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What do you think of Judge Paula Martin's decision to give a 60-day jail sentence, plus probation, to two 19-year-old men convicted of raping a druken 13-year-old Lawrence girl?

Poll results

Response Percent
The judge was wrong. How can a drunken child — who can’t consent to sex even when sober — be a willing participant in sex?
I agree with the judge, but the sentence should have still been heavier. This sends the wrong message to rape victims about coming forward.
The sentence seems too light. But the judge knows all of the facts in the case, so I defer to her decision.
I agree with the judge that the men shouldn’t receive the presumed penalty of 13 years of prison because the girl was “an active participant” in her own rape.
Total 312

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Bitter cold temperatures expected overnight
January 26, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 1:24 a.m.) Round three of the winter storm that’s hitting the Lawrence area is coming after midnight — a bitter cold blast that will create Arctic-like conditions. “The low will drop to 9 overnight, with winds 12 to 24, so windchills will be well below zero, about minus 10 to minus 20,” said Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist.
EPA seeks information about Westar coal-fired plants
January 26, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 1:11 p.m.) TOPEKA — Federal environmental regulators have requested that Westar Energy turn over information about the utility’s coal-fired power plants since 1980, according to documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lawmakers want to dissolve state board of education in favor of cabinet post
January 26, 2004
(Web Posted Monday at 12:04 p.m.) TOPEKA — Two lawmakers today said they will file a measure that would establish a secretary of education and dissolve the State Board of Education.
KU wins award for exhibit of African-American artist
January 26, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:53 a.m.) Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has received $100,000 for an exhibit of the work of Aaron Douglas, considered by some to be the father of African-American art.
MyPublisher captures way to create photo book
January 26, 2004
Plenty can be done with the hundreds of digital pictures we took of our baby in his first few weeks, from simple prints and calendars to paperweights and elaborate CD slide shows that run on the PC or TV for hours. But my favorite — and one that is sure to be cherished for years — is the old-fashion photo book created with high-tech tools from a company called MyPublisher Inc.
On the money
January 26, 2004
A living trust has become a popular saving method for protecting assets from probate and tax concerns.
USA offers quality miniseries with ‘Traffic’ tale
January 26, 2004
Remember when miniseries used to matter? Discerning viewers should not miss “Traffic: The Miniseries” (8 p.m., USA, continuing Tuesday and Wednesday). While clearly based on the 2000 film (and the British television miniseries that in turn inspired that movie), “Traffic” presents an entirely different cast of characters and updates the drama to reflect the war on terror. But like those two fine dramas, it weaves a complex, overlapping story about the illegal international trade in drugs, weapons and human lives.
On the record
January 26, 2004
Lawmakers visit Libya
U.S. delegation arrives amid improved relations
January 26, 2004
The sight of the white jet taxiing down the tarmac Sunday — the first U.S. military plane to touch down in Tripoli since 1969 — left no doubt that a pariah state was coming in from the cold after renouncing its nuclear weapons program.
Arnold Shearon
January 26, 2004
Crosby K. Edmonds
January 26, 2004
Budget session precedes regular meeting
School board agenda highlights ¢ 4:30 p.m. today ¢ 110 McDonald Drive
January 26, 2004
The board will have a budget study session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will set the stage for development of a budget for the 2004-2005 school year.
Teen surfer receives prosthetic arm
January 26, 2004
Three months after losing her left arm in a shark attack, teen surfer Bethany Hamilton received a prosthetic limb.
Recycling issue
January 26, 2004
Worry of war
January 26, 2004
Athletic diversity
January 26, 2004
U.S. copter crashes in Iraq
Two missing from crew; accident’s cause unknown
January 26, 2004
A U.S. helicopter crashed in the Tigris river while searching for a missing soldier Sunday, and the aircraft’s two crew members were missing, the military said.
U.S. Peace Corps allowed for first time in Mexico
January 26, 2004
Mexico has broken a decades-old tradition of rejecting U.S. aid workers, granting permission for the first group of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers ever to work here.
Kansas football lands three commitments
January 26, 2004
Mark Mangino made the most of his next-to-last recruiting weekend. Moorpark College defensive end Martin Miller and linebacker Brouce Mompremier of Miami Edison High gave oral commitments to play football for Kansas University Sunday, according to
Mickelson ends lengthy drought
Lefty tops Kendall in playoff to claim Hope trophy
January 26, 2004
Phil Mickelson can hardly wait to tee it up again. Mickelson defeated Skip Kendall with a birdie on the first playoff hole and stopped an 18-month winless streak Sunday in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Harry C. Foster
January 26, 2004
January 26, 2004
¢ President inaugurated, gets boost from Powell ¢ U.S., Costa Rica create free trade agreement ¢ Break-dancers perform for Pope John Paul II ¢ Honorary knighthood planned for Bill Gates
Report: Boeing mulls Wichita sale
Internal memo leaked to newspaper gives few details
January 26, 2004
The Boeing Co. is considering the potential sale of its 75-year-old manufacturing plant in Wichita, according to an internal strategic-planning document obtained by The Seattle Times.
Kerry maintains N.H. lead, with many voters undecided
January 26, 2004
The Democratic presidential contenders intensified their search for undecided Democrats and uncommitted independents Sunday, campaigning amid a new round of attacks on one another’s electability and allegations of late-hour dirty tricks.
Blood centers report shortages
Call goes out for donors as inventories ‘critical’
January 26, 2004
Lawrence-area blood centers have issued an emergency call for donors as a nationwide shortage of blood reaches critical levels. Community Blood Centers, an organization that supplies blood to hospitals, said last week its inventory of all major blood types was at “critical shortage levels.”
Budget threatens care facilities
People with severe disabilities would likely see reduced services
January 26, 2004
Jo Ann Van Druff is convinced Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget plan poses a danger to her child and others like him. Van Druff’s 43-year-old son, Tim Gibson, lives in a Lawrence facility for people who are severely disabled. Under Sebelius’ budget proposal now being considered by legislators, these facilities would — beginning July 1 — receive about 10 percent less state money.
Winter weather packs 1-2 punch
Snow expected to cover Sunday’s layer of ice
January 26, 2004
John Akin chipped away at his ice-covered car Sunday, and inch by inch the evidence of the freezing rain that fell overnight began to drop away. “It’s kind of a pain,” the Kansas University junior from Prairie Village said, as he labored outside his apartment building near Ninth and Illinois streets.
Scientists say limitations prohibit valuable research
Stem cell debate subsides, but issues remain
January 26, 2004
Kathy Mitchell feels like her hands are tied. If they were unbound, she said, she would have greater opportunity to help cure such ailments as kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or muscular dystrophy. But she can’t because of President Bush’s 2001 decision to limit embryonic stem cell research, in part because the cells come from human embryos that must be destroyed.
Topeka Jayhawks kick off uniform fund-raiser
January 26, 2004
It all began with a chance meeting last fall. Larry Tenopir of the Topeka Jayhawk Club was introduced to Steve Hedden, dean of the Kansas University school of fine arts, at a reception honoring new athletic director Lew Perkins.
Where it stands
January 26, 2004
“Feather the Flock,” a new campaign spearheaded by the Journal-World, is the continuation of a campaign begun last year by the Topeka Jayhawk Club.
State and local briefs
January 26, 2004
¢ School safe for students after derby mercury spill ¢ Wichita activist chosen to fill vacant House seat ¢ Former governor to speak at land trust dinner
Wichita activist chosen to fill vacant House seat
January 26, 2004
Activist Oletha Foust-Goudeau won a special election to fill the vacant 84th District seat in the Kansas House, and afterward pledged to work to improve her Wichita neighborhood.
Lola Frances Allen
January 26, 2004
Richard David Rice
January 26, 2004
Raymond, Clijsters advance to quarterfinals
January 26, 2004
Lisa Raymond followed her stunning victory over Venus Williams with an easier one, defeating wild-card entry Tatiana Golovin, 6-2, 6-0, today to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.
CU cools off Cyclones
January 26, 2004
Veronica Johns-Richardson matched her career high with 16 points, and No. 14 Colorado shut down Iowa State with tough, physical defense in a 62-51 victory Sunday.
Wheel of life keeps turning
January 26, 2004
“Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing his guitars.
Pats, Panthers touch down in Houston
January 26, 2004
The Super Bowl teams arrived Sunday in Houston happy to be out of the nasty weather and ready to get on with business. The New England Patriots got into town about an hour late, although nobody was quite sure why.
Iraq lurches toward independence
January 26, 2004
Iraq’s Shiite majority has begun to pry political control of the country from U.S. administrator Paul Bremer and his small, overwhelmed staff in Baghdad. The Bush administration should welcome and help shape this silent transition rather than fight to retain eroding power.
Stories reopen books on Nazi medical torture
January 26, 2004
A flood of new revelations about grisly medical experiments on Jews during World War II show there probably were thousands more victims than had been previously thought, an expert said Sunday.
New rover’s views wow NASA
Opportunity sending images; cure sought for Spirit’s troubles
January 26, 2004
The U.S. rover Opportunity settled safely inside a small Martian crater over the weekend and opened its eyes on a dark, brooding landscape unlike any previously seen on the planet, complete with the first outcropping of bedrock ever encountered there.
Analysis: Casino board should learn from racetrack experience
Lessons from pari-mutuel struggles could pay off
January 26, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius isn’t proposing something novel when she suggests having a state board pick from among competing developers to determine who manages state-owned casinos.
Civilians enlisted to fight for bases
January 26, 2004
Soldiers first arrived in Kansas in the 1820s, establishing outposts to protect the pioneers settling the West. Their missions changed as national defense needs changed.
The relationship between Kansas University and Lawrence is a precious commodity to be preserved and enhanced.
January 26, 2004
For years, many have been quick to commend the strong and productive relationship between Lawrence and Kansas University and acknowledge how the “town-gown” tie is something to be greatly admired and appreciated. Many former KU chancellors have said this relationship in Lawrence is the finest they have seen on any campus.
January 26, 2004
¢ Bird flu spreads; WHO fears drug resistance ¢ Walters to step down as ‘20/20’ co-host ¢ Guardian Council vetoes bill reinstating candidates
January 26, 2004
¢ Same-sex couples prepare to register ¢ Slain teen believed to be shooting witness ¢ Negotiators optimistic about prison standoff ¢ Passenger boards plane with stun gun, knife
Ex-inspector wants U.S. intelligence review
Kay calls for explanation of WMD claims
January 26, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies need to explain why their research indicated Iraq possessed banned weapons before the American-led invasion, says the outgoing top U.S. inspector, who now believes Saddam Hussein had no such arms.
Real’ KU shows up
Jayhawks play like they practice
January 26, 2004
J.R. Giddens said the “real” Kansas University Jayhawks showed up Sunday, the ones who swish three-pointer after three-pointer every day at practice.
How to avoid making mistakes on Earned Income Tax Credit
January 26, 2004
If you’re a parent, there are probably days that you want to scream (I know I do). You love your children, but goodness knows they can get on your nerves. But at least one time a year — when it’s time to file your tax return — there are many parents grateful for their rugrats thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Rings’ shines at Golden Globes
Film trilogy, ‘Lost in Translation’ lead among award winners
January 26, 2004
Hobbits ruled the Golden Globes on Sunday as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won four trophies including best dramatic film.
Analysis: New Hampshire winner can expect momentum into seven-state contest
January 26, 2004
The winner of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary can expect to have the political wind at his back as the Democratic presidential campaign heads into next week’s seven-state bonanza.
Big Buffalo bristles
Colorado’s Harrison frustrated by fouls, fans
January 26, 2004
Last time he played Kansas University, David Harrison displayed his frustration through tears. Sunday, the Colorado big man was ready to tussle with KU faithful in Allen Fieldhouse.
Florida State stuns Wake Forest
January 26, 2004
Tim Pickett’s second strong finish made history for Florida State.
One week off or two is $1 million question
January 26, 2004
Jimmy Cefalo remembers when he realized two weeks was too much. It was 1985, and the Dolphins had just arrived in California after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. Cefalo, tired after the cross-country flight, hustled to the room he would share with his record-setting quarterback, Dan Marino. But not yet into the room.
Area briefs
January 26, 2004
¢ Weather postpones KSU’s Landon Lecture ¢ KU graduate students to present research ¢ LMH health fair to focus on hearts ¢ Area cities awarded water, sewage grants
January 26, 2004
¢ ‘Butterfly Effect’ upsets box office ¢ Role lures Fonda back to film ¢ Eminem’s ex gets probation
January 26, 2004
Committee to hear evidence on mountain lions
January 26, 2004
Have mountain lions made a comeback Kansas? And should the public be concerned? The Kansas House Environment Committee will examine those questions Tuesday when it gets a report from a Kansas University professor who has been collecting evidence of mountain lions spotted on KU’s West Campus.
Survey: Students say bring on the dough
College freshmen see life philosophy as less important than ever before
January 26, 2004
The Beatles had a hit on college campuses with a song that began: “The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees. Now give me money. That’s what I want.”
Woodling: CU’s Harrison needs to grow up
January 26, 2004
Out at the base of the Flatirons, in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the inmate still is running the asylum that is Colorado University men’s basketball. His name is David Harrison, a 7-foot, 270-pound mountain of a man who continues to act like a child who needs to be taken to the woodshed.
KU goes from yuck to yuks
Jayhawks bounce back from loss to rout Buffs
January 26, 2004
Bill Self noticed something different about Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon. And it wasn’t the ice on the windows. It was the 2,000 or so seats that went unoccupied during his No. 12-ranked Jayhawks’ 78-57 victory over unranked Colorado, a game played in the aftermath of a nasty early morning ice storm.
Watkins Museum extends hours, plans rental space
January 26, 2004
Rebecca Phipps doesn’t want to keep her building open as late as the Granada or entertain the high-energy receptions that fill Liberty Hall. But she wouldn’t mind pumping a little energy into the Watkins Community Museum of History, a historic jewel in downtown Lawrence.
Gizmo grief
Simplicity rarely standard on newest electronics
January 26, 2004
Barry Jaruzelski would have never imagined he’d need to consult a 146-page owner’s manual just to learn how to turn on his new cell phone. The New York tech industry consultant had asked for the simplest handset available to replace a lost phone. But where was the power button? Turned out Jaruzelski had to push the red “end” button twice to power up the handset.
Hottest team in league’ wins again
Grizzlies pop Nuggets to extend franchise-record streak to eight
January 26, 2004
The Memphis Grizzlies are on the best run in franchise history, and they want to keep going.
The Capitol Report
News and views from the Kansas Statehouse
January 26, 2004
¢ Van-pool FAQ ¢ Constitutional marriage ¢ Health insurance ¢ Department of Earl ¢ Capitol doings
Liberals fail to claim power
January 26, 2004
Gavin Newsom, 36, a fourth-generation San Franciscan who has just become this city’s youngest mayor in a century, is, of course, a Democrat. He also is tall, dark and handsome, a self-made millionaire from restaurant and wine businesses, whose wife is described as a prosecutor, television legal analyst and “former lingerie model.” Newsom barely won, even though he was endorsed by Democratic luminaries Bill Clinton, Al Gore and most of the presidential aspirants. But not by Howard Dean, which may say something about the limits of impulsive liberalism.