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That raccoon stole my lamb chop!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 29 Kansas at Stanford Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Rock Chalkboard

Isaiah Moss breaks out of shooting slump in win over Stanford
As the final seconds of the first half of KU basketball’s 72-56 win over Stanford ticked off the clock, Tristan Enaruna fired a pass to a wide open Moss. The sharpshooter immediately rose up, and the shot hit nothing but net.

KU basketball plane lands safely in San Jose after engine fails
"Upon our return flight home from San Jose, CA, roughly 20 minutes into the flight, one of the engines failed," read a statement released by KU athletics. "The pilot immediately contacted the San Jose Airport where we returned and made a safe landing. We are grateful to the pilots and the entire flight crew of Swift Air. We will stay the night in San Jose and return to Lawrence once the plans have been finalized."

Tip time announced for KU basketball-West Virginia Big 12 opener
Since the contest between the two Big 12 foes, which will open Big 12 play for both teams, is an ESPN+ game, the Jayhawks had their digression with setting the time for the game. KU previously announced it was awaiting the results of the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL regular season to determine when the game would be played.

Media buzzes about Kansas domination of Stanford
With eight days to sit on Kansas' stunning 56-55 loss to Villanova, the Jayhawks came out and put the clamps on a previously 11-1 Stanford team (one with a dominating win over another Big 12 team in Oklahoma), holding Stanford without a field goal in the opening 11 minutes and cruised to a 72-56 road victory.

A look back at the top KU sports stories of 2019 | KUsports.com
From titles and first-time triumphs to legal issues and hope for the football program, the past 12 months delivered several memorable moments and stories that will be talked about for years to come for athletic programs at the University of Kansas.

Here is a quick look back at the biggest KU sports stories of the past year.

Happy Birthday to the GOAT

LeBron James & Kobe Bryant Share Tender Moment Courtside: Watch
The Lakers had some pretty great company watching the game at the Staples Center. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was sitting courtside and at one point, he had an iconic moment with LeBron James. In the clip below, LeBron walks over to Kobe and they dap each other up with huge smiles on their faces.

LeBron James named AP top male athlete of decade
He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight Finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the past 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart.

Lakers' LeBron James Became the 1st Player to Do This in NBA History | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, James' 13 assists gave him over 9,000 for his career, making him the only player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and 9,000 assists.

LeBron James: On 35th birthday, Lakers star has no plans to slow down
The video flashed on the scoreboard, causing LeBron James to look above and smile at the Lakers’ gesture. Despite liking that tribute during the Lakers' 108-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Staples Center, James did not want to hear a “Happy Birthday” greeting from reporters.

Eraser Dust

Texas Church Shooting: 2 Dead and 1 Critically Wounded in White Settlement - The New York Times
A security member at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, fatally shot the gunman.

GOP senator: Trump isn't a role model for young people | TheHill
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) criticized President Trump in a recent interview over the rhetoric and language he uses in his tweets, saying it was “definitely not the way that I'm raising my kids.”

Civil rights icon John Lewis diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - BBC News
Mr Lewis, 79, said in a statement that he was diagnosed with the advanced cancer after a "routine medical visit".

Unvaccinated students can't come to class: Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools has informed parents that unvaccinated students will not be allowed to return to class after a January deadline, and is making free clinics available to get students' immunization records up to date.

Glacier Park International Cleared For Takeoff in 2020 - Flathead Beacon
Ratkowski said all the airlines that serve Kalispell — Delta, Alaska, United and American — have seen growth in recent years, but American had a big influence on the numbers in 2019, its inaugural year flying in and out of the area. American offered flights to Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas and it plans to expand its offerings out of Kalispell in June 2020 with a new direct flight to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

About five pounds of meth seized after officials search a Kalispell motel room | ABC Fox Kalispell | abcfoxmontana.com
Multiple search warrants were executed and officials seized about five pounds of methamphetamine, over a pound of marijuana and a gun.

Secure Act includes one critical tax change ‘that will send estate planners reeling’ - MarketWatch
On Dec. 20, President Trump signed into law the awkwardly named Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (Secure Act). The new law is mainly intended to expand opportunities for individuals to increase their retirement savings. But it also includes one big anti-taxpayer change that will send some financially comfortable folks and their estate planners reeling. The Secure Act includes some other important tax changes that have nothing to do with retirement.