Thursday’s top stories, possible 100-degree contest winners and Friday Food Wars

Aw, man. Today is my last day here at, and it’s making me a wee bit sad. The good people of our website have set up a farewell blog post, if you’re in the mood for some giggles.

And now, for the last time, here are Thursday’s most-viewed stories and most-commented items in the last 24 hours.

Most-viewed stories

1. Planned Parenthood says it will receive abortion license, expects to withdraw federal lawsuit
2. Town Talk: Self likely to donate $1 million for West Lawrence recreation center, sales tax dollars may fund rest; skatepark improvements, new East Lawrence playground on drawing board
3. KU athletic department IRS form shows women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson paid almost $2 million in 2009
4. Deal near for KU Coach Bill Self to donate $1 million for new west Lawrence recreation center
5. Sheriff’s Department surveying roofs of county buildings from helicopter Friday

Most-commented items

1. Planned Parenthood says it will receive abortion license, expects to withdraw federal lawsuit
2. Papa Keno’s remains open as owner files for bankruptcy
3. OTS: What was the last thing you spent more than $100 on?
4. U.S. losing art of compromise
5. Blog: It’s Been Good, It’s Been Fun, It’s Been Good Fun! Goodbye Whitney!

100-Degree Day Contest

OK, yesterday we missed hitting 100 degrees in Lawrence by a fraction of a degree. I spoke with the NWS office and they confirmed that it did not officially hit 100 degrees Thursday. So maybe today is your day! Here are today’s possible winners in the 100-Degree Day Contest.

Roxanne Rachlin 11:57 a.m.
Jessica Mortinger 12:59 p.m.
Adam Kasson 1 p.m.
Lindsey Fry 1:10 p.m.
Jolene Born 1:16 p.m.
Synthia Somerhalder 1:43 p.m.
Leah Wewer 1:47 p.m.
Cindy Flippo 2:05 p.m.
Jan Wiebe 2:54 p.m.
Anna Egging 3 p.m.
Miah Cheatham 3 p.m.
Sarah Dinges 3:03 p.m.
Jessica Harris 3:30 p.m.
Brena Harrington 3:31 p.m.
Josh Hunt 3:44 p.m.
Benjamin Turner 4 p.m.
Lisa Hallberg 4:35 p.m.
Tom Morey 5 p.m.

Today’s Friday Food War is popsicles vs. ice cream cones. Smart people will choose popsicles. I’m not biased. I’m just stating facts.

You can vote on Facebook and follow the smack talk on the #IceWars hashtag.