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Should a creek in eastern Lawrence be named for the late William S. Burroughs, a beat generation icon?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. Burroughs, author of “The Naked Lunch,” lived out the last 15 years of his life in that neighborhood.
 
39%
No, I agree with Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney that Burroughs was a heroin-addicted, wife-shooting keeper of a “revolutionary lifestyle” whose memory ought not be celebrated.
 
26%
No, the name of a natural landmark should go to someone who was more involved in local civic or cultural affairs.
 
18%
Yes, naming the 2.6-mile creek for Burroughs would help bring more literary tourists to the city and to the Brook Creek Neighborhood.
 
10%
Undecided.
 
4%
Total 1422

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KU to give students free bowl tickets
December 3, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 1:07 p.m.) Cash-strapped Kansas University students who want to go to Orlando, Fla., to watch KU’s football team play in the Dec. 22 Tangerine Bowl just got a big break — KU will give them free tickets.
KU helping develop earthquake-resistant buildings
Experts gather in Lawrence to discuss structures
December 3, 2003
Kansas University is playing a leading role in developing design standards for earthquake-resistant buildings and this week has been host to engineering and computer experts from across the country discussing the issue.
Area co-op won’t buy elevator in Eudora
December 3, 2003
Speculation the past several weeks that the Leavenworth County Co-op would purchase the now-closed Eudora Feed and Grain was just that — speculation.
Invesco accused of cheating shareholders
December 3, 2003
¢ Coleman to cut jobs ¢ Kansas International sets meeting for Friday ¢ FAO Schwarz seeking buyer for toy store chain
Google aims to curb illegal drug purchases
December 3, 2003
Google Inc. stopped taking ads from unlicensed pharmacies, joining other popular Web sites that have bowed to pressure to curb the illegal distribution of prescription drugs such as the painkiller Vicodin.
Commodities
December 3, 2003
Billionaire takes stand in DaimlerChrysler trial
December 3, 2003
Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian testified Tuesday that he never would have supported the deal creating DaimlerChrysler if it had not been portrayed as a “merger of equals” between the American and German automakers.
More consumers clicking online for holiday gifts
December 3, 2003
Shoppers logged onto the Internet in large numbers during an unusually early and robust start to the holiday season.
Religion in schools draws ire of ACLU
Group asks Baldwin district to investigate reports of proselytizing Santa
December 3, 2003
Baldwin public school officials are violating the U.S. Constitution’s separation of church and state, the Douglas County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
Pentagon delays Boeing contract
December 3, 2003
The Pentagon will delay plans to acquire 100 air refueling tankers from Boeing in light of a scandal at the aerospace giant that has led to the dismissal of two executives and the resignation of Chairman and CEO Phil Condit.
Worldly creations
Au Marche owner uses foreign fare
December 3, 2003
Lora Wiley has a job any food lover would envy. Wiley, 30, is managing owner of Au Marche, 931 Mass., where she spends her days surrounded by the fruits of the world: German and Swiss chocolates, Italian sausages and prosciutto, French and Spanish cheeses, Scottish salmon and cookies from Holland, along with shelves filled with fancy oils, sauces, spreads, condiments and spices collected from here and there.
Baked goods make great holiday gifts
December 3, 2003
As women have spent less time at home since World War II, family traditions have significantly changed. While it’s unquestionably an appropriate tradeoff for expanded opportunities, it has made a real difference in the amount of attention most families are able to devote to the trappings of the winter holidays.
Culinary institute shares renowned recipe
Versatile cookies featured in cookbook
December 3, 2003
As rich as a slice of pecan pie, pecan diamonds are bite-sized treasures that seem more like a confection than a bar cookie. At holiday season, cookie recipe secrets are especially welcome. Here is insider information for making The Culinary Institute of America’s renowned Pecan Diamonds, otherwise sold only at the college’s Apple Pie Bakery Cafe on the Hyde Park campus.
Elvis to shake up Broadway
December 3, 2003
Always eager to keep Elvis Presley working, managers of his estate have turned their sights on Broadway. “All Shook Up,” a musical commissioned by the Elvis Presley estate and featuring a string of Presley’s hit songs, is scheduled to open on Broadway in spring 2005.
Shows plugged with advertising
December 3, 2003
This column was written on an Apple iMac computer using Microsoft Word. How dumb does that sound? If there’s anything that annoys me more than the sound of Trista Rehn’s voice it’s the cancerous growth of product placement on primetime shows. Not satisfied to saddle us with regular commercials, we now must endure plugs within the programs themselves. Did you ever notice how often Jack hops into a Ford F150 truck on “24,” the show brought to you by the Ford F150 truck? “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” offers an hour-long celebration of name-brand skin creams, hair products and even tea shops.
On the record
December 3, 2003
Third convicted in teen’s rape
December 3, 2003
A jury found a Tonganoxie man guilty on Tuesday of raping an intoxicated 13-year-old girl.
One-pot stews can ward off chill
December 3, 2003
Chilly weather calls for warm-up food, and here are a trio of hearty, one-dish stews, easily made in your favorite pan on the stove top.
Warming effects threaten ski slopes
December 3, 2003
Global warming is threatening the world’s ski resorts, with melting at lower altitudes forcing the sport to move higher and higher up mountains, according to a United Nations study released Tuesday.
Supreme Court backs police in speedy break-in, arrest
December 3, 2003
After knocking, police don’t have to wait longer than 20 seconds before breaking into the home of a drug suspect, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case involving a man who said he needed more time to get from the shower to the door.
Briefly
December 3, 2003
¢ Police link highway shootings ¢ Brain-damaged woman deemed unlikely to improve ¢ Poverty rate falls for single mothers ¢ Fatal mauling blamed on pack of pit bulls
Walker services
December 3, 2003
William J. Hensley
December 3, 2003
Sharon A. Reed Stumpf
December 3, 2003
George Lacy Phenicie
December 3, 2003
Gerald Edward Kuebler
December 3, 2003
DeAnna Mae Stone
December 3, 2003
Naturalist doubts mountain lion rumors
December 3, 2003
Reports of a mountain lion being seen on Kansas University’s west campus come as no surprise to Bob Gress, a naturalist for the city of Wichita.
Genetically altered pet faces challenge
December 3, 2003
The nation’s first genetically altered household pet — a fish that glows in the dark — is set to begin appearing in stores next month everywhere except perhaps California, the only state with a ban on lab-engineered species.
Postal Service gears up for holiday deliveries
December 3, 2003
An improving economy means the Postal Service will handle 20 billion letters, packages and other items being sent to relatives, friends and Santa Claus this holiday season.
Commissioner proposes big-box ban
Future development on line as city studies Wal-Mart at 6th, Wakarusa
December 3, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission took new steps Tuesday to keep Wal-Mart at bay, and one commissioner suggested all big-box stores should be banned. “I don’t think … they’re the wave of the future,” Commissioner David Schauner said. He said research showed that malls and “large format” stores were losing popularity among shoppers.
School pledge
December 3, 2003
Basehor-Linwood students charged in bomb threat
December 3, 2003
Two Basehor-Linwood High School students were charged Tuesday in Leavenworth County juvenile court with aggravated criminal threat in connection with a bomb threat three weeks ago at their school.
Ivan William Rappard
December 3, 2003
A good sign
A recently retired school crossing guard set an example for others to follow.
December 3, 2003
Cloyde Taylor liked to spend time with the kids, and “they all seem to like me all right, too.”
Notorious name
William Burroughs was a notable — but not exactly honorable — part of Lawrence history.
December 3, 2003
Notoriety isn’t necessarily a sign of respect.
Area school officials praise ruling
December 3, 2003
Lawrence-area school officials hailed a judge’s order Tuesday directing state lawmakers to create a constitutional system for financing public schools. But they are not optimistic legislators will meet the political and budgetary challenges of approving a new formula in 2004.
Supreme Court hears case on religion, education
December 3, 2003
The Supreme Court appeared to seek a middle ground Tuesday in a dispute over whether the First Amendment sometimes compels public funding of religious education.
Tribes, state dispute lands in trust
December 3, 2003
Several interests collide when the American Indian tribes of northeast Kansas seek to put land within the borders of their reservations into trust, a legislative study panel was told.
Lions’ Lisher among city athletes honored
December 3, 2003
After another Class 6A state title for Olathe North, the All-Sunflower League football teams were released and several Lawrence High and Free State players were honored.
Suicides increase 16.5% statewide
December 3, 2003
The number of suicides in Kansas rose 16.5 percent in 2002 from the previous year, making it the second leading cause of death in the state behind traffic accidents, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported.
End to violence
December 3, 2003
Stoops tapped Big 12’s top coach
Honor goes to OU boss for second time in four years
December 3, 2003
A No. 1 ranking, a Big 12 Conference title and a berth in the national-championship game all seemed to be reasonable pursuits for Oklahoma this season.
Orlando drops 16th straight
December 3, 2003
The Orlando Magic’s attitude is sinking to the level of their won-lost record.
Tar Heels turn back Illini, 88-81
December 3, 2003
There were ice bags scattered all over the North Carolina locker room and players had a tough time getting their uniforms off. But boy, the pain felt so good Tuesday for the 10th-ranked Tar Heels after an 88-81 victory over No. 11 Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
FSHS boys drastically different
Huge loss of size means Firebirds must adapt
December 3, 2003
Couldn’t last year’s seniors have left a little height? Free State High’s boys basketball team graduated four players from last year’s 15-7 squad — Keith Wooden (6-foot-9), Cameron Karlin (6-6), Bijai Jones (6-5) and Collin Schmidt (6-4).
New coach sparks Seahawk girls squad
December 3, 2003
Around 3 p.m. weekdays, a man’s voice echoes through the halls of the new Seabury Academy building just outside the school’s new gym. Where tennis balls once bounced at the Alvamar Racquet Club, the shouts of the new Seahawk girls basketball coach ricochet off the rafters as he stresses rebounding of a different kind.
6News video: New chase policy unveiled, Wal-Mart discussed at commission
December 3, 2003
Commissioners had a full plate Tuesday night as Police Chief Ron Olin made public the revised policy on police chases and the banning of big-box stores was debated.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks pound TCU
December 3, 2003
A rocky first half didn’t doom the newly No. 1 Kansas.
Letter from the ACLU to the Baldwin school board
December 3, 2003
6News video: Search for justice costs family
December 3, 2003
Jeanette Stauffer’s 2 1/2-year crusade to find justice for her murdered daughter, KU student Shannon Martin, came with mental, physical and financial costs.
6News video: Extra days off denied for county workers
December 3, 2003
Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney wants to shut down the county government on the days following Christmas and New Year’s Day, but budget concerns will keep everyone on the job, at least for this year.
BU football places four on all-conference team
December 3, 2003
Four Baker University football players were selected to the Heart of America Athletic Conference first team by conference coaches.
6News video: FBI to review rural homicide
December 3, 2003
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is enlisting the FBI in investigating the death of 40-year-old Carmin Ross.
Lawrence gets wet snow
December 3, 2003
If you were awake early Wednesday morning, chances are you saw Lawrence’s first substantial snowfall. The heaviest wet flakes fell between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. Sayers reported about a half-inch of snow accumulated on cars, but then melted fairly quickly.
Missouri survives Coppin State
December 3, 2003
Missouri coach Quin Snyder hopes his Tigers will stop thinking about the polls.
Kansas State rolls to 60-41 win
December 3, 2003
Kendra Wecker had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Laurie Koehn added 15 on five three-pointers to lead No. 12 Kansas State past Northern Illinois, 60-41, Tuesday night.
LHS girls picked to click
Coaches favor Lions to win Sunflower League
December 3, 2003
Having a big target on your chest is better than having no target at all, and the Lawrence High girls basketball team likes the bull’s-eye its opponents have painted.
PepsiCo to eliminate jobs, close plant in Ky.
December 3, 2003
Judge ridicules underage sex law
State’s harsher sentences for homosexual partners criticized in appellate hearing
December 3, 2003
The state’s reasons for doling out harsher punishment for illegal sex involving homosexual acts are “utterly ridiculous,” a judge said Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel heard arguments in the case of Matthew R. Limon, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison for engaging in homosexual sex with a minor. Limon was 18 years old when he was convicted in 2000 of having oral sex with a 14-year-old boy at a private group home for people with developmental disabilities in Paola.
Wildlife photographer’s new book captures nature inherent to Plains
December 3, 2003
Wildlife photographer Bob Gress hopes his new book will make more Kansans realize they don’t need to travel to California’s redwood forest or Florida’s Everglades to enjoy nature.
Area briefs
December 3, 2003
¢ Elderly shopper reports purse snatching ¢ Sentencing postponed in drug-possession case ¢ State senator intends to run for re-election
Jackson gains fame, loses self
December 3, 2003
How weird is Michael Jackson? Well, if you were a 45-year-old man who had just been arrested on charges of child molestation, and you knew that your mug shot would be published around the world, would you lather yourself in lipstick and mascara and conceal one eye — come-hither style — with a wavy lock of hair?
Report: State efforts to keep children healthy decline
December 3, 2003
For the third straight year, Kansas’ efforts to keep children healthy have lagged rather than improved, according to an advocacy group’s grade card released Tuesday.
Wood: City guru knows all, my friend
December 3, 2003
CRYSTAL BALL: Hello, Ryan. Are you in need of my wisdom again? ME: No way, dude. You tried to help me in football, and I ended up looking like a clown. Nonsense, young sports writer. I told you Olathe East would win the Sunflower League, and it did. What was wrong with my advice?
Bechard’s gamble paying off
NCAA berth makes leaving juco juggernaut for KU even sweeter
December 3, 2003
Ray Bechard has led Kansas University’s volleyball squad to a place it’s never been — the NCAA Tournament. KU will take on Long Beach State Thursday in Malibu, Calif., in the tournament’s first round.
Mangino: Tangerine Bowl berth certainly will enhance KU recruiting
December 3, 2003
Mark Mangino has proved to his players that his system works. Kansas University’s coach hopes football players around the country will take notice as well now that the Jayhawks have earned a bowl bid in just his second season.
FBI joins in probe of rural homicide
Official to decide whether expert criminal profilers should be used in case
December 3, 2003
An official with an FBI office that helps investigate serial killings is assisting in the investigation into last month’s unsolved slaying of an attorney at her home in rural Lawrence. But Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp said investigators didn’t believe the death of 40-year-old Carmin Ross was a serial killing.
U.S. to pick up full costs for R&R
December 3, 2003
In an effort to bolster military morale, the Pentagon soon will begin paying travel expenses for troops to get all the way home on leave from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Charles Edwin Young
December 3, 2003
School ruling could cost state $1 billion
Kansas’ funding formula ruled unconstitutional
December 3, 2003
In a historic ruling sure to vex the governor and lawmakers in the coming legislative session, a judge Tuesday declared the Kansas school-finance system unconstitutional and gave lawmakers until July 1 to fix it.
Bush trip to Iraq scores political points
December 3, 2003
As historian Doris Kearns Goodwin pointed out this week on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” there is nothing unusual or unprecedented about presidents visiting the troops during wartime. Lincoln did it several times during the Civil War and FDR managed it during World War II. More recent presidents have shared meals with the military in Korea, Vietnam and Kosovo. So, despite the stealth and drama that marked President Bush’s flight into Baghdad, he was doing what the commander in chief often does, and his visit, brief as it was, clearly cheered the troops. Democrats, properly, refrained from criticizing the trip.
Terror warnings issued for Kenya, Saudi Arabia
December 3, 2003
U.S. Embassies on Tuesday warned of possible terror attacks against two hotels in Kenya and a housing compound for Westerners in Saudi Arabia. Kenyan police said they were investigating reports that terrorists had packed a truck with explosives for an imminent attack.
Sundance announces part of 2004 festival lineup
December 3, 2003
Kevin Bacon and Courtney Cox Arquette are among actors whose films are entered in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, an annual 11-day movie party staged in Utah.
Serologicals set to begin hiring for Lawrence plant
December 3, 2003
Officials of Serologicals Corp. are ready to start filling positions for the company’s new East Hills Business Park facility. The Norcross, Ga.-based company will have a job fair this month to begin staffing the Lawrence manufacturing plant that will produce a chemical component used by a variety of pharmaceutical companies.
Horoscopes
December 3, 2003
Daily ticker
December 3, 2003
Police revise high-speed chase policy
Department draws on other cities’ procedures in wake of August pursuit that left bystander dead
December 3, 2003
Lawrence Police have “tweaked” their high-speed pursuit policy after a chase this summer that ended in the death of an innocent bystander. Officials said the revised policy unveiled Tuesday by Chief Ron Olin gives officers broader latitude to end chases they determine are unsafe — but also gives officers more authority to continue those chases in the face of “clear and immediate danger.”
Workers dismantle busts of Saddam
December 3, 2003
Workers began demolishing gigantic bronze busts of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on Tuesday, while U.S. troops to the north arrested at least 20 insurgents in a raid — both moves aimed at stamping out loyalty to Iraq’s ousted regime.
Justice in Costa Rica killing cost victim’s family $100K
December 3, 2003
The mother of a Kansas University student murdered in Costa Rica says the campaign to find and prosecute her daughter’s killers has left her more than $100,000 in debt. “I’m not worried about it, yet. We still have options,” said Jeanette Stauffer, referring to herself and her husband, Brad Stauffer.
City briefs
December 3, 2003
¢ Police suspect fugitive no longer in Lawrence ¢ Snow enters forecast ¢ Victim dies from injuries suffered in accident ¢ Authors discuss works on ‘River City Weekly’
Veritas talented, but young
December 3, 2003
This is the year that Veritas Christian builds a foundation for boys basketball.
Free State girls primed to improve
December 3, 2003
It could be easy for Free State High girls’ basketball coach Bryan Duncan to forget last season.
Tips on flavors, uses of chocolate
December 3, 2003
There really is a white chocolate on the market. White chocolate was first introduced in Switzerland in the 1940s, and since then its popularity has grown worldwide.
Woodling: All’s not well in land of Husks
December 3, 2003
Is there any workplace in any business in these parts that doesn’t contain at least one Nebraska football fan?
People
December 3, 2003
¢ Geena Davis expecting twins ¢ A date for knighthood ¢ King Center to salute Bono ¢ Rap gets bad rap
Jayni’s Kitchen’ to feature festive dishes
December 3, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Holiday Dinner with Lora Wiley.”
Russia will not ratify Kyoto Protocol
Refusal would cause collapse of treaty on global warming
December 3, 2003
In what would be a mortal blow to the accord aimed at halting global warming, a top Kremlin official said Tuesday that Russia would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol limiting greenhouse gas emissions because it would hurt the country’s economy.
Josephine Stewart
December 3, 2003
U.S. loses appetite for debate
December 3, 2003
Last week I spent the better part of two days trying to understand the Medicare bill. I called up the bill’s advocates. I called up the bill’s critics. At one point, I read the advocates’ declarations over the telephone to one of the critics. Then I rang up an advocate and asked him to respond to the critic’s criticisms, and so on. There was a reason why I went to so much effort. At issue, I had discovered, were not merely interpretations of the facts but the facts themselves.
6News video: Judge throws out state school finance law
December 3, 2003
A judge in Topeka has ruled that the state has until July to remedy constitutional problems in the school finance law.
Hawkins hitting high note
Three-point outburst in victory over TCU gives guard confidence
December 3, 2003
Jeff Hawkins and his family did more than feast and watch football on Thanksgiving Day. The Kansas University backup point guard and his loved ones talked basketball, and Jeff’s big brother, Floyd, offered an opinion about the sophomore’s performance this season.
Lions’ boys ready to run and gun
December 3, 2003
Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis is beaming about this year’s squad.
Chiefs to train in River Falls in 2004
December 3, 2003
The tug-of-war between Wisconsin and five area colleges for the right to play host to the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp has been won by Wisconsin — at least for one more year.
Seabury boys building for future
December 3, 2003
Norman Dale he’s not, but Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Marcus Heckman must feel a little bit like he’s walking in the shoes of Gene Hackman’s character from the classic movie “Hoosiers.”