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Should Kansas ban adoptions by gays and lesbians?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. Existing law allows gays and lesbians to adopt children. Those rights should not be taken away.
 
71%
Yes. Kansans have voted to change the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. This would be an extension of that concept.
 
25%
Undecided.
 
2%
Total 1675

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Firebirds win sixth straight against Lions
April 8, 2005
The Free State High’s baseball team won its sixth straight game against Lawrence High on Thursday night.
Art a la Carte
April 8, 2005
Signs of Life Gallery director James Schaefer usually lingers behind the scenes. But he’s been working in his studio for the past month, and tonight he opens a show that highlights the fruits of his labor.
KU fires dean of students
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 5:33 p.m.) Kansas University officials have fired Richard Johnson, who has served as dean of students since March 2001.
Housing bill gets governor’s signature
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 3:52 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed a bill designed to provide property tax breaks for the construction of affordable housing for Kansans who are elderly, disabled or have low-incomes.
Governor signs savings plan legislation
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 2:52 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed a bill designed to help low income working Kansas working families save money for post-high school education or for a first-time home or a business.
Canvass brings no changes for Tuesday’s election outcomes in Douglas County
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 12:58 p.m.) The results of Tuesday’s City Commission and school board elections were officially confirmed Friday morning by the Douglas County Board of Canvassers.
Governor criticizes Legislature about school finance
Sebelius to oppose efforts to ban adoptions by gay couples
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:40 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today stepped up her criticism of the Legislature’s work on school finance, the budget, health care and campaign finance reform.
Sunny skies expected for Lawrence
April 8, 2005
(Updated Friday at 10:28 a.m.) After being covered by a dense fog this morning, Lawrence is expected to have a bright sunny day.
6Sports video: Firebirds take out Lions
April 8, 2005
The Free State High’s baseball team defeated Lawrence High, 8-3, Thursday at Free State.
Carter snub is Bush-league
April 8, 2005
Where’s Jimmy? In the sea of people attending Pope John Paul II’s funeral, you won’t find former President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize winner, first American president to welcome a pope to the White House and as much a defender of human rights and an advocate for the poor as the late pope.
In increasingly secular Europe, outpouring for pope surprising
April 8, 2005
Millions push toward the bier of Pope John Paul II. Britain postpones a royal wedding. Television coverage is nonstop, and major newspapers run headlines proclaiming the dead pontiff “The Last Giant.”
Born Into Brothels’ focuses on Calcutta’s red-light kids
April 8, 2005
One of the best tidbits of wisdom imparted to young directors is to “make the movie you ARE making, not the movie you PLANNED on making.” Such is the case with British photojournalist Zana Briski, who spent years living in the red-light district of Calcutta to study the harsh conditions of impoverished prostitutes.
Family brushed history on day pope was shot
April 8, 2005
Bruce Risinger and his family know their story about the day they saw Pope John Paul II shot in St. Peter’s Square is a little hard to believe.
Player’s father shoots high school football coach, Texas officials say
April 8, 2005
A man whose son had been kicked off the high school football team and who had been banned from school grounds because of volatile outbursts shot and critically wounded the head coach Thursday before trying to take his own life, officials said.
Woodling: Baylor women breath of fresh air
April 8, 2005
Kim Mulkey-Robertson, whose name almost is as long (18 letters) as she is tall (64 inches), fielded a call from President Bush the other night. Congratulations, the prez told Baylor University’s women’s basketball coach, on winning the NCAA championship. And Dubya, who owns a ranch not too far from Waco, Texas — the home of the Bears — hinted about an invitation to the White House.
Swanson ‘rolling with it’ while making case to start
Game has slowed down for senior, who’s hoping to be Jayhawks’ top QB
April 8, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino knows what his quarterbacks can do in flashes when they’re given the reins. Adam Barmann, Jason Swanson and Brian Luke all have looked like All-Americans for a play here, a play there.
Bioscience Authority takes shape
April 8, 2005
With their first installment of money arriving in less than three months, members of the Kansas Bioscience Authority board have begun the cumbersome process of deciding how to spend a projected $581 million over the next decade.
Attractive, tall, slender workers earn more
Survey says
April 8, 2005
Why wasn’t I born rich instead of handsome? Or so the lament goes. But an office of the nation’s central bank now says that if you’re gorgeous, chances are better that you will get paid more than plain folks.
Sahara’ avoids sand trap with action-packed pace
April 8, 2005
“Sahara” feels like it’s jammed with more stuff — characters, plot lines, sight gags, explosions, buddy banter and the romantic flutter of gorgeous people falling in love — than there are grains of sand in the desert.
New WB series not exactly ‘Fran’-tastic
April 8, 2005
“The Nanny” star Fran Drescher returns in the May/December romantic comedy “Living With Fran” (7:30 p.m., WB). Drescher’s eponymous character is recently divorced from an unseen husband and living with her look-alike teen daughter Allison (Misti Traya, “Joan of Arcadia”).
Armstrong mulls retiring
Cyclist may call it quits after Tour de France
April 8, 2005
Lance Armstrong is considering retiring after he tries for a record seventh straight Tour de France victory this July.
Kansas high school basketball scores from April 7
April 8, 2005
Wooden to be unveiled
Simien finalist for national award
April 8, 2005
Wayne Simien departed Thursday for Los Angeles for this weekend’s Wooden Award ceremonies. Simien, Kansas University’s senior power forward from Leavenworth, today will coach a team of underprivileged children in the Wooden After School All-Star basketball tournament.
Calendar
April 8, 2005
People
April 8, 2005
Egg donors raise moral issues
April 8, 2005
It’s no surprise that the debate about cloning research has turned a degree or two from focusing on the moral status of the egg to the moral status of the egg donor. Up to now, we’ve treated eggs as if they were disembodied commodities.
Pfizer pulls popular painkiller
Regulators want warnings listed on Bextra’s rivals
April 8, 2005
The blockbuster painkiller Bextra was yanked off the market Thursday, and the government ordered 19 other popular prescription competitors — from Celebrex to Mobic to high-dose naproxen — to carry tough new warnings that they, too, may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Bioscience Authority considers KU vaccine research for funding
April 8, 2005
Russ Middaugh is sure his vaccine research will make a successful start-up company someday. He’s hoping that day comes sooner rather than later.
Cemetery settles 15 complaints
April 8, 2005
The Attorney General’s Office has settled complaints of shoddy maintenance and poor customer service at Lawrence’s Memorial Park Cemetery, resulting in payments by the owner to 15 individuals with loved ones buried there.
Greinke drilled by hit
K.C. starter OK after suffering bruised forearm
April 8, 2005
Mike Wood, the third of five Kansas City pitchers, allowed three runs and four hits in 22/3 innings and the Royals lost to Detroit, 7-3.
Horoscopes
April 8, 2005
Safety issue
April 8, 2005
Clarity lacking
April 8, 2005
Checks, balances
April 8, 2005
SBC to seek deregulation in K.C., Topeka
Utility agency claims move would hurt consumers
April 8, 2005
The largest phone company in Kansas wants permission to lift price controls on 47 residential and business services — including basic service — in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita metro areas.
Commodities
April 8, 2005
Briefcase
April 8, 2005
¢ Fewer Americans claim unemployment ¢ Gasoline prices to continue rising ¢ Payless shares slip despite sales growth
Rome merchants, hotels benefit from Vatican crowds
April 8, 2005
Pope John Paul II often cautioned against the excesses of unbridled capitalism, so it’s tempting to wonder what he would have made of the scene on the Borgo Santo Spirito near the Vatican this week, as customers swarmed a line of shops to snap up religious trinkets.
Sahara’ star lives trailer dream
Matthew McConaughey trades red carpet for RV parks
April 8, 2005
When he steps out from behind his Airstream trailer, Matthew McConaughey looks nothing like the smooth-talking Knicks fan women adored in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” This McConaughey, clad in a backward hat, Wranglers and a few days worth of stubble, appears surprisingly at home at Missouri’s Basswood Country Inn and RV Resort.
Best Bets
April 8, 2005
Arts Notes
April 8, 2005
¢ KU graduate to sign novel at Oread Books ¢ BU Theatre to present ‘How I Learned to Drive’ ¢ Versatile vocalist to perform at Lied
This Weekend’s Highlights
April 8, 2005
¢ Galactic ¢ LHS - Battle of the Bands ¢ Diplomats of Solid Sound ¢ ‘Signs and Seasons’ ¢ ‘Calling from the Smoke’
Business friendly’ policies proposed
City Hall needs one stop for business owners, task force says
April 8, 2005
Business owners wanting to expand or move to Lawrence could soon have a one-stop team of city staff members to answer their questions.
Tallgrass prairie preserve to get long-awaited improvements
April 8, 2005
There’s going to be a lot more tall grass in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills. Officials on Thursday announced the purchase of lease rights that will remove cattle grazing on 1,100 acres of the preserve and allow the grass to grow.
Former museum leader indicted in thefts
Some missing artifacts were on loan from NASA to Cosmosphere
April 8, 2005
The co-founder of a Kansas museum that houses a nationally recognized collection of space memorabilia stole dozens of artifacts, sold them and pocketed the profits, prosecutors said Thursday.
Local briefs
April 8, 2005
¢ Traffic stop leads to kidnapping arrests ¢ Catholic schools closed today for pope’s funeral ¢ State health agency fines local restaurant ¢ Transients arrested for drinking in park ¢ City’s compost giveaway continues ¢ KU raises $8,800 for tsunami relief ¢ Hospital sponsoring annual health fair ¢ Retirement community encourages volunteering
Interim Iraqi leaders take charge
April 8, 2005
Cementing Iraq’s first democratic government in 50 years, one of Saddam Hussein’s most implacable enemies took his oath as president Thursday and quickly named another longtime foe of the ousted dictator to the powerful post of prime minister.
Explosion in Cairo kills two
April 8, 2005
An explosion apparently set off by a bomber on a motorcycle hit a tour group shopping in a historic bazaar Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 18 — the first attack targeting foreign tourists in the Egyptian capital in more than seven years.
Briefly - World
April 8, 2005
¢ House clears way for mayor’s arrest ¢ Bus passengers cross Line of Control ¢ Probe launched in death of prime minister ¢ Fifth suspect arrested in U.S. nun’s killing ¢ U.S. envoy: N. Korean nukes went to Libya
Smoking ban proposal lights up debate across Nebraska
April 8, 2005
Sen. Mike Friend of Omaha says Nebraska is full of hypocrites when it comes to smoking. On one hand, he said Thursday during debate on a statewide smoking ban, many cities are trying to curtail — if not eliminate — smoking in public. On the other, he said, they clamor for the millions of dollars in tobacco tax money they get each year.
Democrats unhappy appointment being stalled by Senate committee
April 8, 2005
Democrats are unhappy that Republicans are holding up Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ selection for executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
McGovern: Partisanship hurts both parties
April 8, 2005
Conservatism and liberalism have been the driving forces in American history, former U.S. Senator George McGovern said Thursday, adding that both political philosophies are in trouble if the current political environment doesn’t improve.
Commentary: It’s time to get back to real baseball
Home runs are more exciting when they don’t come with last few years’ alarming frequency
April 8, 2005
A newspaper photograph of actress Uma Thurman sparked a heated debate in the Fenway Park press box before Game 4 of the 2003 Division Series. A veteran sports writer maintained that Thurman did not rank among past or present beauties. Several younger writers disagreed.
Recruiting signals a ‘new mind set’
Some fear aggressive competition for state money
April 8, 2005
Virtual schools may not have physical boundaries, but that doesn’t mean lines can’t be crossed. Lawrence Virtual School principal Gary Lewis has canceled a 40-stop recruiting tour of Kansas towns after hearing complaints from officials in some districts he intended to visit.
Girl’s rapist back in court
Attacker had received probation in case that sparked effort to unseat judge
April 8, 2005
One of three men who received probation in a controversial sentencing for a 2003 rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl was back in court Thursday to face an allegation he’s not living up to terms of his probation.
Pope considered resigning, ordered his papers burned
April 8, 2005
Five months after he was elected to the Throne of St. Peter, 58-year-old John Paul II took up his pen and began writing thoughts about his death. Still vigorous in the early years of his papacy, he worried about threats to his church and to his native land.
Marriage amendment raises adoption concerns
April 8, 2005
With new language in the Kansas Constitution banning marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples, some gay-rights advocates fear they will soon face legislative efforts to ban adoptions by gays and lesbians.
On the record
April 8, 2005
Marjorie Ann Sparks, McLouth
April 8, 2005
Lloyd Charles Douglas, Lawrence
April 8, 2005
Arch James Herron Jr., Lawrence
April 8, 2005
First day wet, wild at Augusta
April 8, 2005
What started as a wet Masters soon turned into a wacky one. Tiger Woods hit a shot into Rae’s Creek — with his putter. Billy Casper hit five shots into the water on one hole and took a 14, the highest score on any hole. He made history, but not the record books, because after adding up his score of 106, he decided not to turn in it.
Date set for ruling on abortionist’s license
April 8, 2005
A doctor whose Kansas City, Kan., clinic has been the focus of a legislative debate over new rules for abortion will learn April 23 whether he’ll lose his medical license.
State, Sac and Fox tribe settle dispute over inspection of slot machines
Agreement could lead to building of new, larger casino
April 8, 2005
The state and Sac and Fox tribe have settled a dispute over inspecting tribal slot machines, which could clear the way for a legislative vote on the tribe’s proposal to build a new, larger casino.
Changes ahead for ‘No Child’ law
April 8, 2005
In what could lead to broad changes in the Bush administration’s education reforms, federal officials said Thursday they were open to relaxing requirements for states that show a commitment to improve.
New tire pressure systems ordered
April 8, 2005
A light on motorists’ instrument panels soon will warn them when a tire is underinflated.
KU baseball heads to OU
April 8, 2005
Oklahoma needs to make a move in the Big 12 Conference baseball chase. So does Kansas University.
Lions struggle at windy Washburn Rural
April 8, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys tennis squad was 1-2 at a varsity quadrangular Thursday at Washburn Rural.
Seahawks open program with bang
April 8, 2005
Seabury Academy’s tennis squad started its program on an incredibly high note, routing Kansas City (Mo.) Lincoln Prep, 11-1, on Thursday.
Let’s talk
Before simply declaring that Lawrence Memorial Hospital should reopen its mental health unit, members of the city’s Task Force on Homeless Services need to fully understand the situation.
April 8, 2005
There may be more than one way to provide additional mental health services to members of the Lawrence community. Although there seems to be broad agreement that providing more services to people with serious mental illness is important to dealing with the city’s homeless population, there is less agreement on how to accomplish that goal.
Juneau, Lions sweep ONW
April 8, 2005
Lawrence High’s softball squad improved to 4-0 after a pair of victories Thursday over Olathe Northwest.
Firebirds still winless
Topeka High shuts out sluggish FSHS
April 8, 2005
Free State High’s girls soccer team still is seeking its first victory after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Topeka High on Thursday at Hummer Sports Complex.
Cardinals ready for home opener
Mulder to make debut
April 8, 2005
Mark Mulder will pitch the third game of the season for the Cardinals today, and it’ll be every bit as big of an occasion as Opening Day.
Reds complete sweep of Mets
New York’s 0-3 beginning its worst since 1964
April 8, 2005
Three games into his rookie season as the Mets manager, Willie Randolph already has something in common with the famous Casey Stengel.
Indians rally, trim White Sox in 11
Home run barrage in ninth helps Cleveland overcome five-run deficit
April 8, 2005
A day after Bob Wickman couldn’t close out a game for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago closer Shingo Takatsu was just as bad.
Kidd lifts Nets past Knicks
April 8, 2005
Jason Kidd kept the New Jersey Nets’ playoff hopes alive with his 66th career triple-double and fourth-quarter shove that pretty much put the New York Knicks in their place.
Town meetings scheduled for football points system
April 8, 2005
Kansas University athletic department personnel will host a series of town hall-style meetings next week to inform fans about the new priority points system for football games at Memorial Stadium.
Video: Mandy Patinkin ‘Princess Bride’ montage
April 8, 2005
A montage of Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, with the line that made him famous.
Firebirds take down LHS
FSHS gets better of ex-aide
April 8, 2005
It could be “fun” only for so long for Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll. Stoll, a former Free State High assistant, was looking forward to his return to the old stomping grounds Thursday evening, but after the Firebirds’ six-run fourth inning, his Lions couldn’t recover, and fell, 8-3.
KU track taking act on road to two venues
April 8, 2005
Kansas University’s track teams will compete this weekend at two sites. Some of the Jayhawks will be at the Texas Relays today and Saturday. Others will be at Saturday’s Emporia State Invitational.
Briefly - Nation
April 8, 2005
¢ Shooter kills two during crime spree ¢ Legislature approves Medicaid cuts ¢ Border volunteers cleared of allegations ¢ Gun search delays ceremony at school
Lawrence Datebook
April 8, 2005
Montana, once Marlboro Country, passes statewide smoking ban
April 8, 2005
Montana, which has served as Marlboro Country in magazine ads depicting rugged cowboys puffing on cigarettes while riding a fence line, is about to outlaw smoking just about everywhere but the great outdoors.
Weather suspected in crash of U.S. military helicopter
April 8, 2005
U.S. soldiers on Thursday examined the charred wreckage of a military helicopter that plunged into the Afghan desert, killing at least 16 people in the deadliest incident for Americans since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
Man of a thousand faces
KU theater alum to recap versatile career during Lawrence visit
April 8, 2005
“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Mandy Patinkin can’t get through the day without someone approaching him and delivering that phrase. And he loves it.
A former ‘Toad’ seeks career redemption
April 8, 2005
Glen Phillips has strapped in for another go-round on the music industry roller coaster. This time, though, he plans to enjoy the ride.
U.S. headed for more intelligence failures
April 8, 2005
Have I got a spy story for you. It takes place just before the Iraq war. It reads like a thriller, except you can’t believe the spooks in the story could be so clumsy. The most hair-raising chapter tells the tale of a defector named Curveball, who duped the United States into believing that Iraq had mobile germ-warfare labs.