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What do you think of the proposed city ordinance that would make it illegal to tie up dogs outside for longer than 1 hour?

Poll results

Response Percent
It will help prevent the inhumane treatment of animals.
 
53%
The city already has enough restrictions on pets in town. We don’t need more.
 
28%
This would limit my pet’s ability to enjoy the outdoors.
 
14%
Undecided.
 
3%
Total 977

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Sebelius names Lawrence resident Moffet to KCC
June 25, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 12:05 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today nominated Michael Moffet of Lawrence to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
E and E Display Group to close doors
June 25, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:23 p.m.) Longtime Lawrence manufacturer E and E Display Group will close its doors early next month after struggling for years to regain business.
Regents approve tuition increases; KU highest at 18 percent
June 25, 2004
As expected, tuition will be on the rise this fall at the six Kansas universities. For the third straight year, the Kansas Board of Regents blamed the Legislature for a lack of higher education funding, then approved the tuition increases, including an 18 percent increase at Kansas University.
Budget signals bigger tax bills
Mill levy decrease won’t likely offset increase in property valuations
June 25, 2004
Officials made public a City Hall budget plan for 2005 that would likely mean bigger tax bills for most Lawrence property owners, though the property tax rate would decrease.
Regents will ask for maintenance reforms
June 25, 2004
A pipeline break that caused $1 million in damage at Kansas University Medical Center is becoming a rallying cry for university officials hoping to raise money for campus maintenance. Regents on Wednesday indicated they would ask the Legislature to triple the state property tax levy dedicated to campus repairs when legislators reconvene in January.
Royals ship Beltran to Astros
Kansas City picks up three prospects in three-team deal
June 25, 2004
Standout center fielder Carlos Beltran was traded from Kansas City to the Houston Astros on Thursday night as part of a three-way deal that also sent reliever Octavio Dotel to Oakland. The last-place Royals wound up with three prospects: highly touted third baseman Mark Teahen and right-hander Mike Wood from Oakland, and catcher John Buck from the Astros.
Briefly
June 25, 2004
¢ Shooting injures nine at fireworks display ¢ Two suspects arrested in AOL spam scheme ¢ U.S. solicitor general submits resignation ¢ More
Lawrence team having great time in Great Race
June 25, 2004
The rumble of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air mingled with applause Thursday morning as the lead car in the Great Race pulled into the Dillons parking lot at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive for a pit stop.
Lawrence Datebook
June 25, 2004
For networks, no news may be the only news
June 25, 2004
When did Friday become news night? All three major networks now regularly schedule newsmagazines on Friday nights. PBS has a history of airing business and political talk shows on Fridays, and now they have Bill Moyers and Tucker Carlson as ideological bookends.
Finding their voice
Lawrence R&B act 3 A.M. tries to harmonize in a town dominated by college rock
June 25, 2004
It’s a good thing local trio 3 A.M. isn’t afraid of a challenge. Because for an R&B group trying to make it in an indie-rock dominated town like Lawrence, there are plenty of roadblocks ahead. “Any time we do a show, it’s mostly alternative with some rock or rap. We’re the only R&B cats that are really SINGING around here,” Brian Harris says. “It’s hard to get shows, but at the same time it sets us apart.”
Judy K. Cheek
June 25, 2004
Briefly
June 25, 2004
¢ Kansas political author to appear on C-SPAN ¢ Line replacement to affect water service ¢ Sheriff’s Office confirms identity of bod ¢ More
People
June 25, 2004
¢ Destiny’s Child plans reunion ¢ Letters detailed Charles’ affair ¢ John previews ‘Billy Elliot’ songs ¢ Judd the new face of beauty
Beauty treatment ‘priceless’ present
June 25, 2004
Kansas University basketball player Crystal Kemp got an interesting break from her summer routine of classes and training Thursday morning — a surprise makeover on national television. “This still is really just a shock,” Kemp said afterward. “It probably won’t hit me until I see it on television.”
Briefly
June 25, 2004
¢ Israeli forces search homes for militants ¢ U.S.: N. Korea threatens to test nuclear weapon ¢ Pigeons lead workers to Renaissance fresco ¢ More
Sideline
June 25, 2004
¢ KU’s Clark, Manthe named Academic All-Americans ¢ Player charged for punch ¢ Knight staying at Tech
Union unhappy with state pay provision
June 25, 2004
A state-employee labor union on Thursday accused Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office of undercutting the state’s civil service laws. “We went to these laws to cut down on corruption and abuse. We don’t want to go back to those days,” said Betty Vines, president of the Kansas Association of Public Employees, a union that represents about 10,000 state employees.
Comedy grows pale in ‘White Chicks’
June 25, 2004
It’s hard to understand the fascination of watching men in drag. Those who enjoy this spectacle think simply parading around as a woman is amusing in itself. That’s really only true if those in drag are given something funny to do or say.
KU lineman Rodriguez keeps putting on pounds
Freshman hopes added weight leads to starting role
June 25, 2004
Kansas University listed offensive lineman Cesar Rodriguez as 6-foot-7 and 253 pounds on its football roster last season. In his office at Anderson Strength and Conditioning Center, Chris Dawson had another set of numbers jotted down.
Briefly
June 25, 2004
¢ Medicare lottery to give drug coverage to 50,000 this year ¢ Pilot in accidental bombing won’t be court-martialed ¢ Two soldiers will be charged in death of Iraqi general ¢ Bomb blast kills four, raising security fears over summit
County opens own budget process
June 25, 2004
Douglas County commissioners will start crunching numbers next week on a proposed $47.5 million spending plan for 2005.
Rancher’s secret hailed as latest national treasure
June 25, 2004
For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and its secrets under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open.
Regents approve raises for CEOs
Chancellor to receive 4 percent increase; KU faculty to see 6 percent
June 25, 2004
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will receive a 4 percent pay raise from the state beginning next month. The Kansas Board of Regents approved the increase at its meeting Thursday.
Stiff penalty no DUI guarantee
One-year maximum sentence for habitual offenders raises debate
June 25, 2004
A Eudora man was led off in handcuffs Thursday after a judge sentenced him to a year in jail for his eighth DUI conviction, the harshest sentence yet for the repeat offender with a history of drunken driving dating back two decades.
Insurgent offensive kills 100 in Iraq
Coordinated attacks could signal escalation of strikes in coming days
June 25, 2004
Insurgents set off car bombs and seized police stations Thursday in an offensive aimed at creating chaos ahead of next week’s hand-over of power to a new Iraqi government. U.S. and Iraqi forces regained control in heavy fighting, but the day’s violence killed more than 100 people, including three U.S. soldiers.
Wakarusa organizers reflect on concert
Promoters prepare to adapt music festival for next year
June 25, 2004
Two days after last weekend’s Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival wrapped up its successful debut, it was announced that this summer’s Lollapalooza tour had been canceled due to poor ticket sales. The news emphasized how difficult it is for even an event as established and well-respected as Lollapalooza to remain viable.
Court rejects media deregulation
Judges reverse FCC’s rule changes
June 25, 2004
A federal appeals court on Thursday largely reversed a landmark set of rule changes from the Federal Communications Commission that would have allowed companies to own more radio and television stations in the same market.
Wal-Mart discrimination case may prompt industry change
Analyst says retail giant addressing gender equity
June 25, 2004
Retail experts say a nationwide class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. could lead to changes within the world’s largest retailer and among competitors. “If the allegations are true, it will very fast lead to radical improvement of the situation.
Briefcase
June 25, 2004
¢ AOL purchases ad firm ¢ Biotech association taps Lawrence leaders ¢ Ford to shift work to K.C. ¢ Kroger names chairman ¢ Del Monte profits rise
Clinton legacy still shallow
June 25, 2004
\Leaning against a wall near the front of the line, a girl in a fur-trimmed leather jacket looked as if someone had just dragged her from a party. Farther back, a man in a button-down shirt and government security-clearance card looked as if he’d just rushed over from work. A man from Swedish television was asking earnest questions.
Lost and found
June 25, 2004
No comparison
June 25, 2004
Sea of weeds?
June 25, 2004
Chautauqua message echoes from past
June 25, 2004
Chautauqua is literally in my blood. So news that a modern-day version of the turn-of-the-century tent shows was coming to Lawrence this week sent me digging for my Chautauqua roots. The circa-1920s flyer I pulled from the aged metal box advertised a Chautauqua show lineup.
KU-LMH ties
Lawrence Memorial Hospital and its patients both could benefit from a closer relationship with University of Kansas Hospital
June 25, 2004
After failing to reach agreement with St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials have decided to look around for another partner to help LMH expand its heart treatment program.
Murphy Hall cleanup
June 25, 2004
Damage caused by a burst pipeline at the Kansas University Medical Center will require $1 million to clean up, officials said Thursday. The corroded pipe at Murphy Hall burst early Sunday on the fourth floor of the five-story building on the Kansas City, Kan., campus, sending water rushing down the walls and floors for about four hours before it was discovered.
Vance Lee Wenger
June 25, 2004
Lathrom services
June 25, 2004
Ralph I. Horne
June 25, 2004
Marie Pearl Adamson Haas
June 25, 2004
On the record
June 25, 2004
Lawrence briefs
June 25, 2004
¢ Central duo takes third at National History Day ¢ Congressman to visit Lawrence program
Senate OKs $416 billion in defense spending
June 25, 2004
The Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to a $416 billion Pentagon spending bill for next year, including a $25 billion down payment for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and extra money for adding 20,000 Army troops and equipment like Chinook helicopters.
Ruling reinstates more than 100 death sentences
June 25, 2004
The Supreme Court closed off appeals for more than 100 death row inmates Thursday, blunting the effect of an earlier ruling that judges cannot determine by themselves whether a convicted killer should die.
Bush questioned about CIA name leak
June 25, 2004
Federal investigators questioned President Bush for more than an hour Thursday as the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s name reached into the Oval Office. The president was interviewed for 70 minutes by U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the head of the Justice Department investigation, and by members of his team.
Arby’s cooks up items to lure back customers
Company offering more than signature roast beef
June 25, 2004
The roast beef sandwich that has been Arby’s signature dish for 40 years was starting to get a little boring for some customers. That’s what kept Sonia Beato away. She was getting tired of roast beef, and “they didn’t have any salads I liked.”
Risky space walk aborted after suit problem
June 25, 2004
Two astronauts who stepped out of the international space station Thursday for an unusually risky spacewalk were quickly ordered back in when Mission Control spotted a pressure drop in one of the men’s oxygen tanks.
Big cats take spotlight away from humans in ‘Two Brothers’
June 25, 2004
The set of “Two Brothers” was like a reverse zoo: The tigers roamed free while the humans paced back and forth in cages. The sweet-natured story from director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who made the 1988 wildlife drama “The Bear,” chronicles two tiger siblings who are reunited in adulthood after being snatched into the human world.
Former senator elected new regents chairman
June 25, 2004
A former president of the Kansas Senate is again at the helm of a state agency. Dick Bond was elected chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday. He has served the past year as vice chairman, which typically is a grooming position to become chairman.
Audit questions landfill review
June 25, 2004
State environmental officials may not have strictly followed state law when they reviewed a controversial landfill request in Harper County, a recent state audit says.
Montgomery testified of steroid use
Sprinter reportedly was told Giants’ Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs
June 25, 2004
Tim Montgomery testified last year that he used human growth hormone and an undetectable steroid, and that the man at the center of a Bay Area steroid scandal told him he supplied Barry Bonds with performance-enhancing drugs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Topeka newspaper editor resigns
June 25, 2004
A managing editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal resigned when the newspaper learned that the subject of a profile had lied about being a survivor of the Bataan Death March during World War II. The Capital-Journal announced the resignation of Anita Miller, managing editor for special projects, in a story posted Thursday on its Internet site.
FBI confirms Wichita letters are from BTK
June 25, 2004
Investigators said Thursday they believed a pair of letters sent in the past two months were from the BTK killer. Wichita Police Lt. Ken Landwehr said police received a letter earlier this month describing the 1974 strangulation of four family members.
Titans to face Longhorns
Cal St. Fullerton topples S. Carolina
June 25, 2004
Vagabond pitcher Scott Sarver looked right at home in Cal State Fullerton’s most important game of the season. Sarver pitched five-hit ball over six-plus innings, and Jason Windsor finished to lead the Titans to the College World Series championship round with a 4-0 victory Thursday night over South Carolina.
Outlaws earn sweep
June 25, 2004
Rangers sink Seattle in 18
Soriano’s two-run homer propels Texas, 9-7
June 25, 2004
Alfonso Soriano was just trying to put the ball in play. Instead, he knocked the 552nd pitch over the fence to end the longest major-league game of the season. Soriano’s two-run homer in the 18th inning Thursday gave the Texas Rangers a 9-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Carpenter shuts down Cubs
St. Louis earns 4-0 victory, opens three-game lead in Central
June 25, 2004
Seeing more of Chris Carpenter is not helping the Chicago Cubs at all. The St. Louis Cardinals’ right-hander threw eight sharp innings, had two hits and an RBI and started a big double play in a 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Thursday night. He’s 3-0 with a 2.42 earned-run average against them this season.
Bunts boost Raiders
June 25, 2004
Even without a whole lot of speed, the Lawrence Raiders were determined to perform like pests by playing small ball Thursday. With the wooden sticks a requirement in the Al Ice Memorial Woodbat Classic, Lawrence coach Reggie Christiansen accurately assumed the four-day event wasn’t the time for the Raiders to swing their way out of a hitting funk.
Howard, Okafor go 1-2 in draft
June 25, 2004
In the capital city of sarcasm, Emeka Okafor answered with a straight face when asked about being chosen second rather than first in the NBA draft. “It made me feel real special, all warm inside,” Okafor deadpanned on a night when potential was valued more than experience and high schoolers were a hotter commodity than college kids.
Draft getting younger
June 25, 2004
Dick Vitale figures it’s time to change the name of the NBA draft. “This is a developmental-league draft,” Vitale, ESPN’s college-basketball analyst, exclaimed Thursday night as he watched eight high school players and six foreigners selected in the first round.
Rodriguez, Detroit rout K.C.
June 25, 2004
Ivan Rodriguez makes it seem easy. Rodriguez had a single, three doubles and four RBIs Thursday, helping the Detroit Tigers stop a five-game losing skid with a 12-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Briefly
June 25, 2004
¢ Bonds furious after allegations ¢ La Russa, Kline: Everything is fine ¢ Beckett back on DL ¢ More
Cheney panel details to be secret for now
June 25, 2004
The Supreme Court protected the Bush administration Thursday from having to reveal potentially embarrassing details about Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force until after the election, sending the case back to a lower court and noting a “paramount necessity of protecting the executive branch from vexatious litigation.”
Venus eliminated at Wimbledon
Sprem topples Williams after umpire calls wrong score
June 25, 2004
The umpire lost track of the score. Venus Williams lost the match. In a bizarre conclusion, the chair umpire called the wrong score in the second tiebreaker, and Williams fell in straight sets Thursday to Croatia’s Karolina Sprem in the second round at Wimbledon.
China’s fragile move to freedom
June 25, 2004
You have heard of pingpong diplomacy — the exchange of table tennis teams that was the opening move in the series of encounters that ultimately led to the United States and China resuming formal relations a quarter-century ago. Now consider “pingpong journalism,” as defined by a practitioner I met earlier this month in Shanghai.