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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 23
December 23, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 23.
Cancer defeated, Bigg’s Barbecue owner ready to help feed hundreds on Christmas
December 23, 2013
You could forgive Doug Holiday, the amiable owner of Bigg’s Barbecue on Iowa Street, if he took this year off from his annual charitable efforts — smoking 50 turkeys for a free Christmas Day dinner at First United Methodist Church that feeds around a thousand mouths. The second half of 2013 brought a bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which Holiday won, but the 600 hours of chemotherapy still weigh on him considerably.
State and national groups call for repeal of regents’ social media policy
December 23, 2013
After the Kansas Board of Regents passed a new policy making it possible for university leaders to fire employees for social media posts, faculty members across the state have begun responding. National groups have also chimed in with condemnation of the new policy. By Ben Unglesbee
Mother grateful for ‘Christmas miracle’ after young actor collapses on Theatre Lawrence stage
December 23, 2013
When 20-year-old Jake Leet collapsed on stage Saturday night, audience members may have thought it was scripted — after all he was playing Donkey, the most physically animated character in Theatre Lawrence’s “Shrek.” But castmates quickly realized something was wrong. Leet was not breathing and had no pulse. Jake’s mother, Teri Leet of Lawrence, calls what happened next and in the following days a “Christmas miracle.” By Sara Shepherd
Sidewalk snow ordinance in effect Thursday
December 23, 2013
The city of Lawrence’s sidewalk snow ordinance, which requires residents to shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes, will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, the city announced.
Operation Ride Home gets service members home for holidays
December 23, 2013
Army Pfc. Tysen Fishback didn’t think he would be able to afford the trip to Lawrence from Fort Bragg, N.C. A special program for service members stepped in to help. By Ben Unglesbee
LHS qualifies four-speaker debate team to state tournament
December 23, 2013
Lawrence High School placed second at the four-speaker regional tournament in Topeka on Saturday. The team will compete for the 6A state championship Jan. 17-18 in Overland Park. By Peter Hancock
KU senior Tarik Black named Big 12 newcomer of the week
December 23, 2013
Saturday’s monster game from senior forward Tarik Black produced the Kansas University men’s basketball program’s third Big 12 newcomer of the week honor in seven weeks.
Wind chill advisory for northeast Kansas is canceled
09:06 a.m., December 23, 2013 Updated 03:46 p.m.
It will still be cold, but the National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled a wind chill advisory for the Lawrence area.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 22
December 23, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 22.
25 years ago: Newborns leaving LMH in holiday style
December 23, 2013
The LMH Auxiliary was sending babies home in Christmas-themed outfits.
Geologists to measure aquifer levels
December 23, 2013
Researchers from the Kansas Geological Survey will make their annual trip to western Kansas in January to measure water depths in the High Plains Aquifer. Groundwater levels in most of that area have been declining for several years, and officials say they expect that trend to continue. By Peter Hancock
Free State High School students mentor elementary kids
December 23, 2013
Hannah Moran is one of 27 Free State High School students serving as mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’s Bigs in Schools program.
Marriages for Dec. 23
December 23, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
December 23, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
Business briefcase Dec. 23
December 23, 2013
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department made its Tom Wilkerson Awards on Dec. 13 to recognize groups or individuals for their teamwork.
Lawrence businesses say it’s been a good holiday shopping season
December 23, 2013
About 10 percent of you will still be shopping for gifts on Tuesday (yep, that’s Christmas Eve), a National Retail Federation holiday survey estimates. As for the rest of us, local retailers can tell we’ve been checking off our lists. Businesses in downtown Lawrence, the city’s local retail hub, say it’s been a good season. By Sara Shepherd
Students: Pay isn’t the key benefit of a college education
December 23, 2013
Families and policymakers have been trying to judge the value of a college degree in the wake of a recession that left fewer opportunities for college grads. One measure, the earnings of graduates, are receiving more attention than ever. But some fear income is not the best yardstick for judging the value of higher education. By Ben Unglesbee
40 years ago: Mistletoe sales booming in Lawrence
December 23, 2013
One florist said most mistletoe-buyers so far had been students.
100 years ago: Cold, wintry weather finally arrives in Lawrence
December 23, 2013
“Evidently Old Winter heard of Christmas coming and dropped around to wish the compliments of the season.”
Bankruptcies for Dec. 23
December 23, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for Dec. 23
December 23, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Letter: Loss of trust
December 23, 2013
While campaigning for the ACA, how many times did we hear President Obama declare that if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it — Period! We have since discovered that this is not true. We are told the president misspoke. It is his bill, his signature accomplishment and his legacy. How could he have misspoken so many times? I believe that President Obama lied and deliberately deceived the American people in order to pass his health care plan. If Mr. Obama didn’t know, then neither is his ignorance understood or forgiven.
Opinion: Freedom, security go together
December 23, 2013
In his classic novel “1984,” George Orwell warned about the evils of a totalitarian state dominated by a single ruling party with total power over its inhabitants. Oceania, his fictional superstate, is under complete surveillance by the authorities. The character known as “Big Brother” reminds everyone he is constantly monitoring the citizens of Oceania, mainly by “telescreen.”
Opinion: Sanctions crippling Iran’s future
December 23, 2013
The Iranian economy manages to hobble along despite “crippling” economic sanctions. The streets are clogged with traffic, ATMs dispense streams of cash, banks issue Iran-only debit cards, and a nation of traders finds ingenious ways to evade legal obstacles. 
Editorial: A first step
Proposing funding for all-day kindergarten is one thing; making sure it survives the legislative session is another matter.
December 23, 2013
Having the governor voice support for funding all-day kindergarten across the state is a good start for the upcoming session of the Kansas Legislature, but the real test will come at the end of the session when the kindergarten funding either is or isn’t included in the final budget legislation signed by the governor.