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Which of the following should be placed on the back of the Kansas quarter?

Poll results

Response Percent
The well-known mural in the Capitol painted by Kansan John Steuart Curry in the 1940s featuring a farmer in overalls standing in a sea of wheat with two children.
 
25%
An outlined map of Kansas, adorned with the state Capitol, sunflowers, a buffalo, an American Indian and wheat.
 
19%
A circle with sunflowers on one side, a buffalo head on the other and, in the middle, the Ad Astra sculpture that sits atop the state Capitol.
 
14%
A sunflower with a banner across it proclaiming, “Theres no place like home.”
 
14%
Symbols of wheat, buffalo and sunflowers.
 
11%
None of the above.
 
9%
Sunflowers, rolling hills and an airplane (alternate).
 
4%
Total 1282
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Mother of slain KU student receives death threats
November 18, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 10:29 p.m.) The mother of a slain Kansas college student who traveled to Costa Rica for the trial of the three people accused of killing her daughter has received death threats, police said Tuesday night.
Baldwin High evacuated, 27 taken to LMH for throat irritation
November 18, 2003
(Updated Tuesday at 3:11 p.m.) Authorities are continuing to try to learn the source of noxious fumes that led to the evacuation of more than 400 students and faculty Tuesday morning from Baldwin High School — including some by ambulance.
Basketball ticket meeting rescheduled
November 18, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 11:18 a.m.) A meeting planned for Tuesday to discuss Kansas University men’s basketball ticket distributions next year to KU faculty and staff has been rescheduled to Thursday.
KU announces HOPE award finalists
November 18, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 10:57 a.m.) Kansas University’s senior class has picked seven faculty members as finalists for this year’s Honor for an Outstanding Progressive Educator award.
Briefcase
November 18, 2003
¢ Home Depot sales set four-year record ¢ Consumer prices steady ¢ Yellow-Roadway deal clears regulatory hurdle
Rising bankruptcies ‘surprise’ state economists
Area leaders say economy improving despite trend
November 18, 2003
Kansas economists are trying to figure out why the state’s businesses bucked a national trend of declining bankruptcy filings. According to figures released Friday, the number of business bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30 declined by 7.8 percent across the country. But in Kansas, the number of businesses seeking protection increased nearly 21 percent.
Sprint Corp. launches walkie-talkie service
November 18, 2003
Sprint Corp. is rolling out a walkie-talkie service for its mobile telephones that will compete with the application pioneered by Nextel Communications and also offered by Verizon Wireless. Sprint said its walkie-talkie service, called PCS Ready Link, would give customers a quick, convenient way to communicate one-on-one or to groups of people with the simple push of a button.
Investors continue to pull money from Putnam
November 18, 2003
Investors continue to pull money out of Putnam Investments, with assets under management declining by $7 billion in the past week and $21 billion overall since the mutual funds scandals surfaced last month.
Smithfield to keep Nebraska plant open
November 18, 2003
The Farmland pork plant in Crete will become the Midwest flagship operation for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., an executive with the company said Monday at a public hearing.
New day care planned at commuter-friendly site
November 18, 2003
Parents commuting from Lawrence to the Kansas City metro area for work soon will have a new child care option. The former Bishop Seabury Academy campus east of Lawrence is slated for use as a day care center big enough for 100 children ranging in age from infants to 6 years old.
Gaming task force split on casinos
November 18, 2003
A task force appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was unenthusiastic about allowing new Indian casinos in Kansas, but its members agreed on little else in discussing gambling issues Monday.
Costly war
November 18, 2003
Ticket fairness
November 18, 2003
Fort Riley receives 6,000 care packages to ship to Iraq
November 18, 2003
Christmas arrived early at Fort Riley on Monday, bringing packages for soldiers deployed overseas and smiles for those left behind with heavy hearts.
Chairman suggests broader reading of open records law
November 18, 2003
The Legislature should consider narrowing an exception to the Kansas Open Records Act that permits government agencies to close most of their personnel records to the public, a committee chairman said Monday.
New 4-H agent sees work as ‘family affair’
November 18, 2003
As a child, Kimberly Davis loved to talk about horses — especially in 4-H club competitions. She remembers traveling to more than 15 states.
Judge nominees
November 18, 2003
Darryl Dean Bell
November 18, 2003
Irene O. Evers
November 18, 2003
John G. Tilghman
November 18, 2003
Vernon Wilson
November 18, 2003
Buckeyes second in BCS standings
Ohio State moves past Southern Cal after win against Purdue
November 18, 2003
Ohio State moved past USC into second place in the BCS standings Monday. Even so, the Buckeyes might need more than a win at Michigan to defend their title.
Yale scares No. 1 Huskies
UConn pulls away, 70-60; Texas hammers Brown
November 18, 2003
Connecticut needed 20 minutes to start looking like the No. 1 team in the country.
Gonzaga falls out of top 10
November 18, 2003
FCA to honor ex-coach Harp
November 18, 2003
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will dedicate the Dick Harp Library in honor of the former Kansas University men’s basketball coach at 10 a.m. Thursday at the FCA World Headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
Another Matsui headed to MLB
Standout latest Japanese free agent to test U.S. big-league market
November 18, 2003
Get ready to make room in the majors for another Japanese standout named Matsui.
House services
November 18, 2003
Iowa State wary of Kansas quarterbacks
Whittemore officially cleared to play, but Mangino uncertain who will start Saturday in regular-season finale
November 18, 2003
Coach Dan McCarney doesn’t know which Kansas University quarterback his Iowa State defense will face Saturday at Memorial Stadium. He wasn’t convinced it would matter.
Woodling: Williams received less fanfare in 1988
November 18, 2003
North Carolina’s men’s basketball media guide arrived in the mail the other day, so naturally I thumbed through it looking for familiar faces. When Roy Williams left Kansas University to take over the stumbling program of his beloved Tar Heels, he took practically his entire KU staff with him — Joe Holladay, Steve Robinson, Jerod Haase, C.B. McGrath. Heck, he even lured Wayne Walden of the KU academic support staff to Chapel Hill.
Red not dead at KU practices
Walk-on tradition continues to strengthen Jayhawk program
November 18, 2003
When one of Kansas University’s men’s basketball practices starts to lose its luster, out comes KU’s scout team — better known as the “Red Team” — to save the day. “Sometimes practice drags on a bit,” said administrative assistant and former Jayhawk guard Brett Ballard, an honorary Red Team member with fellow staff members Danny Manning and Sean Harrington, plus walk-ons Nick Bahe, Christian Moody, Brett Olson and Stephen Vinson.
Francis takes one for team
Shaved head small price for trip to Sweet 16
November 18, 2003
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis elicited a few stupefied stares and some finger-pointing Sunday after fulfilling his end of a deal. KU’s players sheared Francis’ hair after they blanked Missouri, 2-0, and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
NFL briefs
November 18, 2003
6Sports video: Coach Washington inducted in Hall of Fame
November 18, 2003
Marian Washington’s thirty-one years of coaching the women’s Jayhawks have earned her recognition and respect.
6News video: Farmland clean-up may be paid for by KDHE
November 18, 2003
In an effort to keep the cost of the fertilizer plant’s clean-up out of taxpayer hands, the county commissioners are seeking aid from the Kansas Department of Health and the Evironment.
6News video: Charities seek aid for holidays
November 18, 2003
While ECKAN prefers to meet daily needs instead of a yearly feast, LINK and the Salvation Army will have holiday dinners.
6Sports video: KU looking for sixth win
November 18, 2003
OSU kept the Jayhawks from winning a shot at a bowl game.
Political bickering
November 18, 2003
Wichita-based firm to purchase assets from Williams Cos.
November 18, 2003
Williams Cos. has agreed to sell an Alaskan refinery, an interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline and 26 convenience stores in Alaska for $265 million cash, the company announced Monday.
Corps releases new plan for Missouri River water levels
November 18, 2003
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would keep more water in upper Missouri River reservoirs during extreme drought under a plan proposed Monday.
Hip-hop here
Growing scene draws local teens
November 18, 2003
When one considers a growing hip-hop/rap scene, Lawrence doesn’t come to mind. Nevertheless, hip-hop is becoming just as much a part of the Lawrence community as the flourishing rock scene, and it’s a big draw for younger listeners.
American idol Mickey Mouse turns 75
November 18, 2003
Mickey Mouse arrived on the world’s cultural stage 75 years ago today as a scrawny but buoyant black-and-white product of the Jazz Age.
Worries surround growth of Iraqi security force
November 18, 2003
Questioning Pentagon claims of progress in Iraq, members of Congress and others are asking how the U.S. military has been able to recruit, hire and train more than 60,000 new Iraqi security officers in just six weeks. The answer: by speeding up recruiting and pressing many of the officers into service with minimal training.
Limbaugh urges treatment for everyone
November 18, 2003
An upbeat Rush Limbaugh returned to the air Monday fizzing about how excited and happy he was to be back after a five-week program of intensive drug-rehabilitation therapy.
Slaying facts remain elusive
Sheriff urges ‘usual safety’ for residents
November 18, 2003
Sheriff’s officers Monday set up a roadblock near the scene of an apparent homicide to milk passing drivers for clues, but wouldn’t say how the victim died or whether there are any suspects. In the four days since her body was discovered in a rural Lawrence home, investigators haven’t ruled out anything in the slaying of 40-year-old Carmin Ross-Murray, officials said.
No-nonsense nun dazzles on Cinemax
November 18, 2003
If your image of Catholic nuns stopped somewhere between “The Singing Nun” and “The Sound of Music,” then you’re in for a surprise. The award-winning documentary “Sister Helen” (7 p.m., Cinemax) profiles the no-nonsense, occasionally foul-mouthed, Sinatra-obsessed Benedictine Sister Helen Travis, who founded a center in New York’s South Bronx for serious addicts.
Hinckley seeks unsupervised visits
Therapist says mental condition of Reagan’s shooter improved
November 18, 2003
John Hinckley Jr.’s therapist testified Monday that the mental health of the man who tried to assassinate President Reagan is improving, and he should be allowed to visit his parents without supervision.
House-Senate panel approves energy bill
November 18, 2003
House and Senate conferees approved late Monday a massive energy bill that includes $23 billion in tax incentives, clearing the way for the legislation’s final congressional approval.
Italian official resigns, criticizes coalition
November 18, 2003
An Italian member of the U.S.-led coalition has resigned, accusing the Bush administration of inefficiency and failing to understand Iraq. In Tikrit, U.S. forces killed six alleged insurgents as they searched Monday for a former Saddam deputy believed to be orchestrating attacks on Americans.
Democratic candidates blast Bush, bills on energy, Medicare
November 18, 2003
Democratic presidential candidates lined up Monday in opposition to Republican deals on energy and Medicare — legislation that if passed would give President Bush two key political victories one year before the election.
Medical group pushes for better diagnosis of lung condition
November 18, 2003
Millions of Americans at risk for a breath-robbing disease leave the doctor’s office every year not knowing they missed out on a simple test that could tell if their lungs have begun scarring and dying.
Lawrence briefs
November 18, 2003
¢ Two suspects arrested in attack, robbery ¢ Charged police officer considers plea offer ¢ Police confiscate gun found loaded in bushes ¢ Watkins museum lands grant for textiles
On the record
November 18, 2003
NBA cuts suspension for Taylor to 6 games
November 18, 2003
Maurice Taylor’s suspension was reduced to six games Monday by the NBA, and the players’ union withdrew its grievance over the penalty.
Diversions
November 18, 2003
Horoscopes
November 18, 2003
Convenience’ a time thief
November 18, 2003
How long do you figure it would take you to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Not trying to set a land speed record, mind you. Just working at a normal pace, slapping jelly on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. How long do you figure it would take, start to finish? Thirty seconds? Forty-five?
Flip-flops don’t hurt Dean
November 18, 2003
The year’s most remarkable political story has been the rise of Howard Dean from little-known former governor to Democratic presidential front-runner. A close second may be the way Mr. Dean has redefined himself from maverick Democrat to orthodox liberal on an array of issues without damaging his campaign.
Owens thrives as 49ers stifle Steelers
November 18, 2003
Terrell Owens had been ordinary so far this season, with drops, distractions and double coverages all conspiring against one of football’s most exciting players.
Wrong spot
November 18, 2003
Even those making the proposal don’t think Johnson County is the best site for a wind farm. Promoting wind-generated energy in wind-rich Kansas is a great idea, but it’s hard to imagine a place much less appropriate for a wind farm than the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant site near De Soto.
Where are they now?
November 18, 2003
Numbers down at city schools
Athletes lacking as winter practices begin
November 18, 2003
Coaches across the city were asking a similar question after the first day of winter sports practices Monday. Where in the heck are all of the athletes?
6News video: Murder investigation stalled
November 18, 2003
Detectives have followed many leads, but have few solid facts.
Briefly
November 18, 2003
¢ Residents seek change of address ¢ Old sneakers give recycling a bounce ¢ Newest Mars photos suggest ancient rivers ¢ Ice hotel owner expects hot demand
Briefly
November 18, 2003
¢ Sculpture vandalized in downtown Lawrence ¢ SenEx to discuss basketball ticket plan ¢ J-W editor honored ¢ Higher ed advocates to rally for more funding
Briefly
November 18, 2003
¢ Israeli, Palestinian prime ministers to meet ¢ Orthodox Church freezes ties with Episcopalians ¢ Fighters exchange weapons for money, food, clothing
KU briefs
November 18, 2003
Crowded prisons suggest new approach
November 18, 2003
After two decades of being “tough on crime” by “locking them up and throwing away the key” — to recall two of the effective political slogans of the past — the bill has come due. Many states have become incapable or unwilling to pay the cost of housing record numbers of inmates. Twenty-five states have already passed laws easing or eliminating the minimum sentencing requirements that were politically popular in the 1980s and ‘90s. They are also considering early parole for nonviolent, nondangerous offenders to ease overcrowding and the cost of warehousing so many convicts.
County wants state to watch Farmland sales
Commission: Taxpayers shouldn’t foot cleanup bill
November 18, 2003
Douglas County commissioners are asking state officials to keep close tabs on Farmland Industries as the bankrupt cooperative plans to sell its shuttered fertilizer plant at the edge of Lawrence. Commissioners don’t want Farmland sticking county taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up years of environmental pollution at the 467-acre property, something commissioners fear could happen if the cooperative sells off relatively uncontaminated areas around the plant for private development of homes, businesses or anything else.
Daily ticker
November 18, 2003
District delays budget cut plans
Weseman, officials wait for governor’s 2004 finance proposal
November 18, 2003
By this time of year, Lawrence school district staff usually are deep into gut-wrenching negotiations to prepare for budget cuts. Not this time.
Hutchinson adopts Iraqi ‘sister city’
November 18, 2003
After months of flying Army Black Hawk helicopters over Iraq, Capt. Katrina Gier Lewison got a good look at conditions on the ground when she received a new assignment: helping modernize villages. What she saw in one impoverished town tugged at her heart.
Sniper suspect guilty on all counts
November 18, 2003
In a verdict that could cost him his life, a stone-faced John Allen Muhammad was convicted Monday of using a high-powered rifle, a beat-up car and a teenage sidekick to murder people at random and terrorize the Washington area during last year’s sniper attacks.
Schwarzenegger gets down to business as governor
November 18, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who arrived in the United States 35 years ago as a bodybuilder dreaming of fame and fortune, was sworn in Monday as governor of California and said he was ready to take on the “massive weight we must lift off our state.”
Brits plan royal, rude welcomes
Despite protests, President Bush hopes to win European support for Iraqi effort
November 18, 2003
Soon after his arrival today for a four-day state visit, President Bush will receive a royal welcome from Queen Elizabeth II. Later, he will be treated to a rude one from an expected 100,000 protesters of the Iraq war. Bush will have the distinction of being the first U.S. president to sleep in Buckingham Palace since Woodrow Wilson stayed there as King George V’s guest after World War I. But while the British public hailed Wilson as an ally and peacemaker, Bush has become a lightning rod for the storm of anti-Americanism that has swept Europe.
Indian leaders discuss tribal, political issues at congress
November 18, 2003
Jewell James thinks every voice in Indian country should be heard when tribal sovereignty is challenged.
Fall at park under investigation
November 18, 2003
Deck the house with strings of lights
November 18, 2003
Friends and neighbors
November 18, 2003
Chat Wrap with Bill Self
November 18, 2003
KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self chatted with KUsports.com readers for 20 minutes Tuesday, discussing Friday’s opening game against Tennessee-Chattanooga, zone defense and the national respect KU receives.
Loss humbles Chiefs, but 9-1 not too bad
November 18, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs awoke to a cold, rainy Monday morning that perfectly captured the mood of their town.
Suddenly, Bengals in unfamiliar spot — first place
November 18, 2003
All across the NFL’s most overlooked outpost, fans are putting away their paper-bag head covers and cutting loose with a “Who Dey” cheer for the first time in years.
Morgan Stanley to settle ‘preferential’ allegations
November 18, 2003
Morgan Stanley agreed to pay a $50 million fine Monday to settle charges that it pushed investors toward certain “preferred” mutual funds in order to gain millions more in commissions. Morgan Stanley is the second major financial company to settle with regulators in a widening mutual fund industry scandal that has stained a growing list of firms and dismayed many investors.
Legislators don’t promise more funding for public defenders
November 18, 2003
State officials Monday said the system of court-appointed attorneys for indigent criminal defendants was near collapse because of a lack of funding. Even so, key legislators declined to recommend an increase in the hourly rate paid to court-appointed attorneys. Patricia Scalia, executive director of the Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, said the payment of $50 per hour for a court-appointed attorney should be increased to $80 per hour “to avoid the wholesale resignation of our assigned counsel throughout the state and to avoid a lawsuit for fair compensation.”
Suspicions about Bonds mounting
If image is everything, then Giants’ slugger has big problem with possible link to designer steroid
November 18, 2003
When “NFL Today” and CBS SportsLine.com reported Sunday that Raiders Bill Romanowski, Dana Stubblefield, Barret Robbins and Chris Cooper have tested positive for the designer steroid THG, you couldn’t help thinking about Barry Bonds.
AARP endorses Medicare measure
November 18, 2003
In the culmination of a long courtship, Republicans won the AARP’s support for Medicare prescription drug legislation on Monday, and the nation’s most prominent seniors organization said it would spend $7 million or more in a huge barrage of television advertising to back the plan.
Baker football coach Frangoulis quits
Wildcats had inkling resignation was coming after 4-6 record this season
November 18, 2003
Baker University football coach John Frangoulis announced his resignation Monday.
Terrorism fears, profit-taking pull down stocks
Analysts expect end-of-year rally
November 18, 2003
New fears of terrorism sent stock markets tumbling around the world Monday and extended Wall Street’s selloff into a second week.
McDonald’s heiress leaves money for study of war and peace
November 18, 2003
Books on current events mysteriously started appearing in Joyce Neu’s mailbox not long after she became friends with McDonald’s heiress Joan B. Kroc.
Agencies see needs grow as holiday season nears
Lawrence social service groups hope public will help meet demand
November 18, 2003
Ask Andy Brown what the Ballard Community Center needs to help Lawrence’s poor this holiday season, and the list starts to grow: ¢ Volunteers to “adopt” families who need Christmas presents. ¢ Cash donations for utility, rent and prescription payments. ¢ Food and diaper donations.
A-Rod voted the man in AL
Last-place Rangers’ Rodriguez wins MVP award
November 18, 2003
For sale: American League MVP.
Nash propels Mavericks
Guard’s first triple-double keys 105-98 victory
November 18, 2003
Steve Nash is a two-time All-Star, a superstar in his native Canada and widely respected as one of the best point guards in the world.
People
November 18, 2003
¢ Britney sees self as role model ¢ Wedding No. 2 at risk ¢ Pink Panther returns ¢ Reagan movie rescheuled
Briefcase
November 18, 2003
¢ Toys ‘R’ Us to close 182 Kids ‘R’ Us stores ¢ Insurance merger slated ¢ Business inventories rise ¢ 10 percent of work force at Verizon takes buyout
Dog lover trains hounds for hunting season
November 18, 2003
Ringo bounded from the kennel, stretched his 7-year-old frame and went on patrol in a wheat-stubble field.
John Arthur Clippinger
November 18, 2003
Briefly
November 18, 2003
¢ Flu season predicted to hit early, hard ¢ Strategy to revamp Social Security mapped ¢ Federal deficit sets record in 2003
Eudora Middle School honor roll
November 18, 2003
Baldwin High School honor roll
November 18, 2003
Koch Industries buys DuPont textiles unit
November 18, 2003
DuPont has agreed to sell its Invista textiles unit, which makes nylon and spandex, to two Wichita-based Koch Industries subsidiaries for $4.4 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday.