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Do you think the debate going on in Kansas about how evolution is taught in the state's public schools is giving Kansas a reputation of being anti-science?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, and I agree with Kansas University’s provost that it’s damaged KU’s national reputation and made it tougher to recruit science faculty and top students.
 
39%
Yes. National media coverage tends to make it appear that most Kansans question evolution.
 
24%
Yes. I think it will hurt the state’s efforts at recruiting scientists and researchers to create a biosciences industry.
 
20%
No. The debate shows that Kansans are open to challenging accepted teachings in the search of truth.
 
7%
No. I disagree with those who say it is hurting the state’s efforts at building a biosciences industry and attracting science faculty. Kansas has much to offer anyone willing to come here.
 
4%
No. Kansas is just one of several states where evolution is being questioned.
 
3%
Total 595

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Lions volleyball has new look
August 30, 2005
One season after reaching the state title match, there are big changes at Lawrence High. Jo Huntsinger is out, and top assistant Molly LaMere is in.
Fatal accident won’t result in charges
August 30, 2005
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson on Monday said he would not file criminal charges against an Ottawa man involved in a fatal accident May 23 on the southern edge of Lecompton.
Falkenstien to retire at the end of the year
06:01 p.m., August 30, 2005 Updated 07:29 p.m.
Veteran Kansas University football and basketball announcer Max Falkenstien has announced this year will be his last broadcast in KU sports.
Gas prices rise again
Prices raised 15 to 20 cents per gallon
August 30, 2005
As Gulf Coast residents sort out the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, gas prices around the country, including prices in Lawrence, spiked again today.
Traffic delays expected for KU and K-State games
August 30, 2005
Driving to a college football game this weekend? State highway officials recommend giving yourself extra driving time because of construction projects on the way to the Kansas and Kansas State games in Lawrence and Manhattan.
D.A.- Giddens charged in Moon Bar brawl
Former KU standout to appear in court Sept. 21
11:46 a.m., August 30, 2005 Updated 04:59 p.m.
He’s been charged with battery and disorderly conduct. But former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens didn’t throw the first punch the night of an infamous brawl at a Lawrence bar. That’s according to Douglas County’s prosecutor, who today filed charges against Giddens and another man in connection with a fight May 19 at the Moon Bar, a then-popular night club at Ninth and Iowa Streets.
LHS soccer game canceled
August 30, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys soccer game against Leavenworth that was scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at YSI Fields has been canceled. No make-up date has been scheduled.
Grab the sunglasses
August 30, 2005
Clear skies and warm conditions are on tap for the Lawrence area today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It will be sunny, buy not sticky,” Schack said. Temperatures will climb to a high of 88 this afternoon, she said.
Datebook
August 30, 2005
Today’s events
Kansans should be on lookout for hurricane scams
August 30, 2005
Kansas has its eyes on Katrina.
Kansans keep close tabs on storm
August 30, 2005
A suspenseful wait for a phone connection Monday left Tim Ribelin worried about his family in Petal, Miss.
Woodling: No titles in sight just yet
August 30, 2005
Back in the fall of 1995 - most of us are still alive - Lawrence High won the Class 6A state football championship. It was the Lions’ eighth state title in 10 years.
Daily ticker
August 30, 2005
Today’s stocks
Punto picks his spot
Two-run double in 10th leads Twins past Royals
August 30, 2005
Nick Punto made good on his second chance.
Ratings fleet docks for ‘NCIS
August 30, 2005
On a repeat “NCIS” (7 p.m., CBS) from last May, a hero medic becomes a murder suspect after the corpse of a female sailor is found in a storage locker.
Blues’ is back
Impact of ‘Blues Brothers’ still reverberates 25 years later
August 30, 2005
No matter how far director John Landis travels, he cannot help but run into a couple of soul-singing, sunglass-wearing characters from his past - Jake and Elwood Blues.
Horoscopes
August 30, 2005
For Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005
Clintons vacation in Hawaii
August 30, 2005
Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton spent a vacation on Kauai Island with their daughter Chelsea doing what most tourists do - shopping, eating out and golfing, albeit with a movie star.
Haskell postpones fall convocation
August 30, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University officials decided Monday to postpone today’s fall convocation.
Analysts expecting decline in auto sales
August 30, 2005
Auto industry analysts predict a slowdown in vehicle sales in August, a trend due less to high gas prices than to a summer of heavily publicized discounts that thinned dealer lots and satiated consumers.
Hurricane disrupts energy sector
Storm pushes oil, gas prices higher
August 30, 2005
Hurricane Katrina disrupted Gulf Coast petroleum output and rattled energy markets on Monday, sending oil and natural gas prices soaring and setting the stage for a spike in the retail cost of gasoline.
Power play?
August 30, 2005
A plan to hire a new economic development planner seems like a step toward putting more of the area’s business future into the city’s hands.
Spice up basic recipes with help from ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
August 30, 2005
On a repeat of “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week, learn “Hidden Magic: Tips to Dress Up Everday Recipes.”
I can dunk hard’
KU’s Stewart proved might by shattering backboard on all-star trip
August 30, 2005
Rodrick Stewart stole the basketball at midcourt, and, racing in for an uncontested score, put on a show for 2,000 or so hoops-crazed fans in Slovenia.
.500 Brewing
Young talent, veteran bats helping Milwaukee near its first winning season since Yount/Molitor days
August 30, 2005
Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount still were playing the last time the Milwaukee Brewers had a winning season.
Carpenter continues torrid streak
Cardinals’ right-hander earns 19th win, improves to 11-0 in last 14 starts
August 30, 2005
Chris Carpenter pitched 72รข3 innings to become the first 19-game winner in the major leagues, and David Eckstein went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 Monday night.
Rangers rookie stifles Sox
Error-prone Chicago loses for 10th time in last 15 games
August 30, 2005
Rookie Juan Dominguez allowed seven hits in eight innings, and Mark Teixeira had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Texas Rangers over the Chicago White Sox 7-5 Monday night.
KU singled out for effort to enhance achievement
August 30, 2005
Kansas University is among 20 institutions across the nation singled out for its efforts to enhance student achievement.
Protesters to take anti-war message to 25 states on tour
August 30, 2005
War protesters camping out near President Bush’s ranch prepared Monday for a three-week bus tour to spread their anti-war message to people and lawmakers in 25 states.
On the record
August 30, 2005
Law enforcement report
Rams look solid; Lions look sloppy
August 30, 2005
Marc Bulger made accurate passes, receivers made catches in open space, and Steven Jackson ran over and around defenders.
Superdome offers miserable refuge for thousands seeking shelter
August 30, 2005
They lined up by the thousands to get inside, clutching meager belongings and crying children. A few hours later, the power went out, turning the building into a muggy mess. Then part of the roof blew off.
French Quarter battered but unbowed
August 30, 2005
Gail Henke could think of no better way to celebrate the French Quarter’s survival of Hurricane Katrina than to belly up to a bar on Bourbon Street with a vodka and cranberry juice. Call it a libation to the storm gods.
FEC asks court to review campaign finance ruling
August 30, 2005
The Federal Election Commission on Monday asked an appeals court to reconsider a decision ordering the FEC to write tougher rules to carry out a 2002 campaign finance law.
Air Force limits prayer at academy
August 30, 2005
Seeking to curb a climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy that several cadets have said is intolerant of non-Christians, the Air Force offered new guidelines Monday that discourage public prayer, disappointing critics who had sought an outright ban.
Video shows Gotti Sr. threatening columnist
August 30, 2005
The jury at John A. (Junior) Gotti’s racketeering trial on Monday saw the secret 1996 jailhouse video in which his father threatens to harm former New York Daily News mob columnist Jerry Capeci.
Roberts to be questioned on ‘Bybee’ torture memo
August 30, 2005
Democrats plan to question Supreme Court nominee John Roberts about a disavowed Justice Department memo that critics say led to torture in foreign prisons, top Senate Judiciary Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Monday.
Bush attempts to drum up support for Medicare prescription benefit
August 30, 2005
President Bush tried Monday to drum up support for a Medicare prescription drug benefit that begins next year, encouraging audiences to learn about the new plan even if they don’t want to sign up.
Gunman kills self after fatally shooting four others
August 30, 2005
A gunman killed four people near a small-town church, then killed himself early Monday after a nine-hour standoff with police, authorities said.
Terrorists exploit immigration laws to enter United States, study finds
August 30, 2005
Suspected or convicted foreign-born terrorists have exploited federal immigration laws over the last decade to enter or remain in the United States illegally, according to a report set for release today.
Gulf Coast swamped as Katrina roars by
New Orleans escapes direct hit; Storm harshest on Mississippi
August 30, 2005
Hurricane Katrina was not the apocalyptic storm that New Orleans has been dreading all these years. But it was fast approaching that level in nearby Gulf Coast towns in Mississippi.
Wells speaks out after suspension is upheld
August 30, 2005
Boston pitcher David Wells lashed out at Bud Selig after losing his appeal of a six-game suspension Monday, drawing denials and apologies for the blustery lefty’s charge that the commissioner dragged his feet on steroids.
Slumping Palmeiro loses first-base job
August 30, 2005
Rafael Palmeiro has lost his job as the Baltimore Orioles’ regular first baseman, the result of a prolonged slump that began after he returned from a 10-day suspension for testing positive for steroids.
Wood’s season will end with shoulder surgery
August 30, 2005
Chicago Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday and hopes to be ready to pitch by spring training.
Rolen undergoes second operation on shoulder
August 30, 2005
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Cubs deal Hollandsworth to Braves for pitchers
August 30, 2005
The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Todd Hollandsworth to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night for minor league pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows.
U.S. roster chosen for baseball’s World Cup
August 30, 2005
Trenidad Hubbard, an outfielder who has spent 10 seasons in the majors with nine teams, was among 24 players selected Monday for the U.S. team at the World Cup in the Netherlands.
Still no Rush news
August 30, 2005
There was no change Monday in the eligibility status of Brandon Rush.
NCAA cracks down on spearing
Intentional or not, helmet-to-helmet hits off-limits
August 30, 2005
The NCAA has a warning for college football players: See what you hit or expect to get flagged.
Big 12 Football roundup
As opening weekend looms, several Big 12 schools finally announce starting slingers
August 30, 2005
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t sound too worried about having to replace the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led the Sooners to consecutive national championship games.
Flamboyant Nadal rolls in opener
High-strung 19-year old dazzles crowd at U.S. Open
August 30, 2005
The love affair begins.
After years of success, Wildcats suddenly woeful
August 30, 2005
No Darren Sproles. No clear starter at quarterback. No free passes in an improving Big 12 North.
Barmann tapped as starter - for now
August 30, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino left the door open when he announced Monday that Adam Barmann would be the team’s starting quarterback to open the season.
Gold medalist to speak at weight conference
August 30, 2005
Kansas University alumnus and former Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills will speak at KU’s seventh annual Conference on the Prevention and Treatment of Overweight and Obese Individuals from Sept. 8-10 at the Marriott Hotel, 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.
Special bond honored through essay contest
August 30, 2005
An essay contest to honor the bond between grandparents and grandchildren is being promoted by the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. in Topeka.
Co-defendant pleads in sheriff’s death
August 30, 2005
A man arrested in connection with the death of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels pleaded guilty Monday to drug and firearms charges.
Plans afoot to expand Truman Historic District
August 30, 2005
Backers of a plan to expand the federal Truman National Historic Landmark District say it would reflect the impact former president Harry S. Truman had on his city.
Gathering in Kansas City pays tribute to jazz great Parker
August 30, 2005
With music and words, they came to remember jazz giant Charlie Parker on the eve of what would have been his birthday.
Bridge replacement to feature artistic flair
August 30, 2005
Unlike the utilitarian approach used for a 1960s-era bridge, the replacement for the city’s Topeka Boulevard Bridge has been designed with a more artistic flair evocative of the Art Deco style of its predecessor.
Music releases may mark demise of CDs
August 30, 2005
When Ohio-based rock band the Sun releases its first full-length album next month, it will be available on DVD, online and on vinyl record. But not on the medium that’s still the biggest seller in the music industry today: the compact disc.
Workshop planned on textile arts
August 30, 2005
Lawrence textile artist Carla Tilghman will present a workshop titled “What 1,000 Looks Like” at the Carnegie Arts Center in Leavenworth.
Entries sought for Red Balloon To-Do
August 30, 2005
Artists of any genre are invited to participate in the third annual Red Balloon To-Do. Film, dance, sculpture, photography, drawing, poetry and more will be accepted.
Two-dimensional work sought for art show
August 30, 2005
The Unity Art Gallery is planning an exhibit titled “Chalks and Pastels,” which will run from Sept. 25 to Nov. 12.
Baker alumni’s work featured in exhibit
August 30, 2005
Seven Baker University graduates will display their artwork through Sept. 30 during the Alumni Invitational Art Show at Holt/Russell Gallery at Baker.
Teen board to start new year Sept. 13
August 30, 2005
Students in sixth through 12th grades are invited to join the Journal-World Teen Board. We’re seeking students who want to contribute ideas, stories and pictures for publication in the Pulse section.
Auditions planned for Halloween show
August 30, 2005
The Lawrence Arts Center’s Center Stage family theater series has announced auditions for the Halloween production “The Witch of Lok Island,” directed by Ric Averill.
21-year-old author writes sure-fire follow-up novel
August 30, 2005
At 21, Christopher Paolini is an adult, but just barely. Still, much of what he has done seems pretty grown-up. He has written two 500-page books (finishing the first when he was 15). He also is an artist (he drew the maps in his books) and a linguist (He created the languages his characters use.)
In the halls
August 30, 2005
Are girls pressured to be thin?
Double Take: Communication key to successful parent-adolescent relationships
August 30, 2005
Dr. Wes: This week, we begin the school year with a new Double Take co-columnist. Marissa Ballard is a Lawrence High School senior. She has written for the school newspaper, The Budget, and interviewed me last year for a story she was doing on cocaine at LHS. Thereafter, she served behind-the-scenes as a consultant for my side of the column. In that role, I came to respect her opinions and views on adolescence, and I know she’ll do a great job this year offering the teenage perspective on my advice and providing readers with a lot of her own. I asked Marissa to pick a topic for the first column. She chose the ever-fresh issue of parent/child communication.
Stick figures or sick figures?
Web sites that advocate eating disorders worry some health experts
August 30, 2005
Pictures of sickly thin models and tips about how to hide her anorexia greeted Shannon Bonnette every time she surfed the Web five years ago.
Man charged with breaking into Aniston’s Malibu home
August 30, 2005
A 48-year-old homeless man has been charged with breaking into the Malibu home of actress Jennifer Aniston, authorities said.
Within science circles, Kansas square
KU officials say standards debate has harmed state’s reputation, prospects
August 30, 2005
The debate over how evolution is taught in Kansas schools has damaged Kansas University’s national reputation and made it tougher to recruit faculty and top students, KU Provost David Shulenburger said Monday.
WWII war correspondent’s childhood home demolished
August 30, 2005
The Indiana farmhouse where World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle grew up has been demolished, shocking preservationists who had worked to keep Pyle’s legacy alive.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Pitt, Aniston could have avoided publicity
August 30, 2005
Gwyneth Paltrow says the publicity of Brad Pitt’s breakup with Jennifer Aniston could have been avoided.
Actor to roll dice on different role in Las Vegas
George Clooney takes serious stake in $3 billion Las Ramblas development
August 30, 2005
The last time George Clooney scored big in Las Vegas, he played a character who ripped off a casino in the movie “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Commissioners seek tweak of mitigation plan
August 30, 2005
Douglas County commissioners Monday asked the Emergency Management Department to make minor changes to a plan needed for the county to receive federal and state emergency funding.
Ruby slippers of Oz fame stolen from museum
Shoes are considered ‘Holy Grail’ of Hollywood memorabilia
August 30, 2005
A pair of ruby slippers considered to be “The Holy Grail” of all Hollywood memorabilia has been stolen.
MADD’s move angers longtime volunteer
Kansas and Missouri offices will be consolidated
August 30, 2005
A Franklin County woman who is a longtime volunteer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving is steamed about the group’s reorganization.
Kansas Gas Service faces possible fine
August 30, 2005
The state’s largest provider of natural gas service is facing a potential fine of $400,000 from regulators over concerns that the company failed to answer too many telephone calls from its customers last year.
Judge rejects Merck’s request to delay trial
August 30, 2005
Beleaguered drug maker Merck & Co.’s request to postpone the next trial over its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx was turned down Monday by the New Jersey judge presiding over the case.
Save for retirement before child’s education
August 30, 2005
If you had just $50 to invest, would you put it toward your retirement or save it for your child’s college education?
KPMG to pay fine in tax-shelter probe
August 30, 2005
Eight former executives of accounting firm KPMG were indicted Monday and the firm agreed to pay $456 million as it admitted it sold fraudulent shelters to help wealthy clients avoid paying billions in taxes.
Katrina takes toll on airlines
August 30, 2005
The one-two punch of Hurricane Katrina and oil prices briefly topping $70-a-barrel is giving the beleaguered major airlines just what they don’t need as they approach a traditionally slow travel season and a few of them flirt with bankruptcy.
Sharon: Not all current settlements will remain
August 30, 2005
Not all Israeli settlements in the West Bank will remain in place in a final peace accord with the Palestinians, but there will be no pullbacks comparable to this month’s evacuations, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday.
Official warns of attack in capital after blast
August 30, 2005
Police installed more closed-circuit cameras in Manila malls, sent out guards with dogs and set up checkpoints on roads Monday as a senior official warned of a possible major attack in the capital following a ferry bombing that injured 30 people.
Pope meets with ultraconservative
August 30, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI met Monday with the head of the ultraconservative schismatic movement founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and both sides said they had agreed to take steps to resolve their differences.
Ontario bans pit bulls in wake of attacks
August 30, 2005
Ontario on Monday became the first province in Canada to ban the pit bull in the wake of vicious attacks by the dogs, but defiant owners have already challenged the law.
U.S. military: Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan
August 30, 2005
The U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces have killed a suspected Taliban commander and three of his fighters in the country’s south, while six other rebels died in a clash with Afghan police, officials said Monday.
Ukraine, U.S. sign bioweapons agreement
August 30, 2005
Washington The United States and Ukraine agreed Monday to work jointly to prevent the spread of biological weapons, signing a pact that clears the way for Ukraine’s government to receive U.S. aid to improve security at facilities where dangerous microbes are kept.
Iraqi constitutional draft divides religious communities
August 30, 2005
Rebuffed in the constitution deliberations, Sunni Arabs now face a dilemma: boycott the Oct. 15 referendum on a new charter and hand the Shiites a landslide victory, or take part in a vote that demographics suggest they’ll lose.
Texas speech
August 30, 2005
To the editor: There has been some discussion in recent letters regarding Cindy Sheehan’s attitude toward America.
History lesson
August 30, 2005
To the editor: “Today in History” (Journal-World, Aug. 23) notes that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty on Aug. 23, 1939.
Sad response
August 30, 2005
To the editor: First let me give praise to the person that wrote the letter entitled “Not so noble.”
Preachers should get out of politics
August 30, 2005
Portstewart, Northern Ireland Word of Pat Robertson’s outrageous remarks recommending the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reached this small seacoast town. A local man asked me what I thought of his comments. “Not much,” I replied with some embarrassment. I’m sure the non-Christian world is having a fine time ridiculing this latest example of un-Christ-like behavior.
Taking a stand against contrived news
August 30, 2005
And then Bob Costas said no.
Changes could devastate Bert Nash
Proposed rules would cut funding
August 30, 2005
Proposed changes to Medicaid rules could “decimate” funding for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and 700 of its clients, CEO David Johnson said Monday.
Courts must follow U.S. law
August 30, 2005
While it would be both inappropriate and a waste of time for senators to question John Roberts on specific issues such as abortion, it is crucial they pursue general questions about his judicial philosophy.
County residents camp out with ‘Peace Mom’
August 30, 2005
When Douglas County, Kan., residents Lauren Sullivan and Rex Powell drove here Aug. 20 to show support for Cindy Sheehan and other mothers whose sons and daughters were killed in Iraq, they expected to stay only a couple of days.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 30, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Committee preparing to map out eastward growth
East Area Plan has seemingly replaced controversial Southeast Area Plan
August 30, 2005
A new Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission committee is preparing to map out the future of Lawrence’s eastward growth.