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Do you think Kansas deserves the label of having the worst public school science standards in the country that was given to it by a national education group?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. The State Board of Education’s decision to challenge and criticize evolution in school science curriculum standards has damaged the state’s science reputation.
Yes. Even if the state board’s decision is reversed, Kansas now has a bad reputation that will hurt it in luring bioscience industries to locate here.
No. By challenging evolution, the state board is merely encouraging students to be open to other ideas on how we came to be.
No. This was a political decision and doesn’t reflect how science is actually being taught in Kansas schools.
Total 2240
What is the best part of playing organized sports?

Poll results

Response Percent
Making new friends
Learning how to play a sport
Winning trophies
Getting a uniform
Total 15

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Wal-Mart recycling center reopens
December 14, 2005
It’s time to clean out those old cans and bottles being stored in the garage - Wal-Mart’s community recycling center in south Lawrence is open again.
Temperatures staying in the 30s
December 14, 2005
Watch where you step or drive on the way out - it could be a little slick this morning, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We do have the potential for a little bit of freezing on the roadway,” Schack said. Today’s high is expected to climb into the upper 30s.
Governor discusses success guidelines
December 14, 2005
An audit of four “resource efficient” school districts shows there is no “silver bullet” to success, but there are some general guidelines, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday.
Gymnasts take top spots at Winter Cup
Local competitors use home gym, crown to finish first, third overall
December 14, 2005
The Lawrence Gymnastics Academy hosted the Winter Cup, their only home meet this season, on Saturday. The girls competed well in their home gym, taking the third overall team spot in Level 5 and first place in Level 6. In addition to the team honors LGA had nineteen members place in individual events.
Trotters are sentenced in cocaine case
Judge declines to give lighter penalty
December 14, 2005
A judge declined Tuesday to make a statement against harsh crack-cocaine penalties in a drug-dealing case involving a former Lawrence High School basketball star.
Nursing home fined after aide is abusive
Lake View Manor employee fired after inspectors arrive
December 14, 2005
Lake View Manor nursing home is in trouble again. State officials fined the Lawrence facility $7,000 last month after confirming reports that an aide had been rough with residents.
Sports park pitched to city, county
Former mayor to ask school district, governments to conduct feasibility study
December 14, 2005
A bank president and former mayor said she thinks there is room for a new multi-purpose, indoor/outdoor sports center in Lawrence similar to Topeka’s Hummer Sports Park. And she said public and private entities might be willing to come together to fund it.
Ancient Mayan mural discovered
Find of a lifetime’ clarifies advancements of civilization
December 14, 2005
Archaeologists have uncovered an elegantly painted, 30-foot-long mural in a ceremonial chamber beneath a Guatemalan jungle pyramid, providing new evidence that Mayan civilization was in full flower more than 2,000 years ago.
Kansas players focus on finals
KU basketball slate has 9-day break
December 14, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players are focusing on much more than the next opponent - Pepperdine - this week.
Kansas’ Reid third-team All-American
December 14, 2005
Nick Reid needs a bigger trophy case.
The big sell
KU, Houston scramble to unload ticket quota for Fort Worth Bowl
December 14, 2005
It’s a cram session to sell a bundle of football tickets, but Kansas University officials are pleased with their start.
Keegan: Football needs playoffs
December 14, 2005
If you’re like most people in town, you care about the outcomes of two of the 28 bowl games.
Chiefs shuffle snapping duties
Backup guard Bober to handle field-goal chores in place of Perry
December 14, 2005
Backup guard Chris Bober was declared Kansas City’s long snapper Tuesday, at least for field goals, as the Chiefs struggled to remedy what suddenly has become a worrisome problem.
Interest rate increase hits wallets
December 14, 2005
The Federal Reserve lifted interest rates to the highest level in 4 1/2 years Tuesday but also indicated its 18-month rate-raising campaign was winding down. At least one more increase in borrowing costs seemed in store to keep inflation under control.
December 14, 2005
Lawrence High School Principal Steve Nilhas’ name was misspelled in a story in Monday’s Journal-World.
On the record
December 14, 2005
Lawrence datebook
December 14, 2005
City may donate land for tennis center
December 14, 2005
City commissioners are interested in helping in a small way to assist a proposed indoor tennis center.
Wildgen receives honor for work
December 14, 2005
City managers from across the state came to Lawrence City Hall on Tuesday night to present City Manager Mike Wildgen with an award recognizing him for excellence in city management.
Youth organization closing doors today
December 14, 2005
A Douglas County organization that gathered resources, information and programs for area children is closing its doors after eight years.
Interim dean seeks arts and sciences job
December 14, 2005
Barbara Romzek, interim dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the fourth candidate vying for the dean’s position.
KU art sale will assist student injured in fire
December 14, 2005
Students in Kansas University’s Department of Art turned their annual ceramic and printmaking sale into a fundraiser for Leigh McHatton, an undergraduate student who was injured in the Boardwalk Apartments fire. The students raised about $900.
Opera’s newest couple creates sparks at Met
December 14, 2005
The sign covered by a SOLD OUT notice in front of the Metropolitan Opera House advertised Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” but a better name for the show onstage would have been “Gilda and the Duke.”
Head over heels
Naomi Watts fell for ‘King Kong’
December 14, 2005
Naomi Watts jumped at the chance to star in Peter Jackson’s remake of “King Kong,” but didn’t know if she could live up to the original movie’s female lead, actress Fay Wray.
KU music and dance students net awards
December 14, 2005
Numerous students from Kansas University’s music and dance department were successful in the 2005 Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual auditions in November in Pittsburg
Not all alcohol evaporates from food
December 14, 2005
When alcohol is cooked, the general assumption is that it evaporates. Researchers at Washington State University put this assumption to the test.
Holiday entertaining tips
December 14, 2005
Catering specialist Wendy Pashman offers suggestions for making your party extraordinary and pleasing your guests at modest cost.
Kong’ proves king of remakes
December 14, 2005
I recently framed a New Yorker cartoon from the 1930s that shows an irate King Kong barging into an office with a paper in his hand and confronting a man cowering behind his desk. The caption reads: “Are you the motion-picture reviewer of this newspaper?” It’s doubtful Kong will have to worry that critics won’t like the new version of his tale.
Aquila buys homes near Missouri plant
December 14, 2005
Aquila Inc. has bought three houses near its power plant in Peculiar, Mo., including one owned by the leaders of a citizens group fighting the plant in court.
Southwest starts Dallas-Missouri flights
December 14, 2005
The first Southwest Airlines Co. flight from Dallas to Missouri left Love Field on Tuesday morning, opening a new front in the battle between the low-cost carrier and American Airlines.
Lawrence selected for cross country race
December 14, 2005
As expected, Lawrence won the race to land the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships two years from now.
December 14, 2005
Hallmark produces cards for first family
December 14, 2005
Some 1.4 million of President and Laura Bush’s closest friends - and political supporters, advisers, foreign heads of state and others - are opening their mail this month to find season’s greetings from Lawrence.
Holiday gift ideas for shutterbugs
December 14, 2005
If you are a shutterbug needing more than a plain point-and-shoot digital camera to satisfy your photography itch, the 2005 holiday season offers several new developments.
State to help fund station cleanup
Lawrence Food Mart to receive assistance
December 14, 2005
The owner of a Lawrence fueling station will receive state assistance cleaning up the environmental mess left behind when three of four underground storage tanks broke through the concrete above them.
Santa Fe Trail girls slip past K.C. Ward
December 14, 2005
Brooke Pryor had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Sara Weber had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Toni Rutter added 10 points as Santa Fe Trail edged Kansas City Ward, 56-50, in high school girls basketball Tuesday.
Randtke lifts Veritas to boys hoops win
December 14, 2005
Mark Randtke scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Veritas Christian School’s 65-58 boys basketball victory over St. Mary’s Academy on Tuesday night.
Title test awaits Firebirds
FSHS girls to face Junction City for Bonner crown
December 14, 2005
Bryan Duncan had other plans, but he isn’t complaining.
Kansas Athletics reveals emergency plan
December 14, 2005
After months of research and talks with people all over the country, Kansas Athletics, Inc., released a 28-page emergency management and communications plan at its board meeting Tuesday, outlining in detail what should be done in the case of unexpected emergencies either at events or involving student-athletes and facilities.
Former Ohio State AD: Coach admitted violation
December 14, 2005
The Ohio State athletic director who fired Jim O’Brien testified Tuesday that the basketball coach acknowledged he violated NCAA rules by giving a $6,000 loan to a potential recruit.
Wizards will remain in K.C. in 2006
Hunt says he’ll keep trying to sell MLS franchise
December 14, 2005
The Kansas City Wizards are still up for sale, but will remain in Kansas City at least through the 2006 season, owner Lamar Hunt said Tuesday.
Colts keep focus on new goals
Remaining undefeated not high on Indy’s list
December 14, 2005
Tony Dungy wants his team focused on four things: Improving, staying healthy, building momentum and protecting its home field. Anything else, like going unbeaten, is a bonus.
As coaches’ salaries rise, schools race to keep up
Small pool, big impact ensure paychecks will continue to swell
December 14, 2005
Tom Davis didn’t go into coaching to get rich; it just happened that way.
UT’s Young tops on All-America ballot
Texas QB’s selection relegates Southern Cal’s Leinart to second team
December 14, 2005
Vince Young can claim at least one victory over Southern California this season.
Blacks, poor more likely to breathe most unhealthy air
December 14, 2005
Kevin Brown’s most feared opponent on the sandlot or basketball court while he was growing up wasn’t another kid. It was the polluted air he breathed.
College class president charged in bank robbery
December 14, 2005
As Lehigh University students prepared for final exams this week, they found themselves grappling with the news that the sophomore class president had been arrested for allegedly robbing a bank.
Former President Ford hospitalized, released
December 14, 2005
Former President Gerald Ford was released Tuesday evening from the hospital after what his chief of staff called routine medical tests. Ford, 92, was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center late Monday.
American Red Cross president resigns
December 14, 2005
American Red Cross President Marsha J. Evans, who oversaw the charity’s vast and sometimes criticized response to Hurricane Katrina, is resigning effective at the end of this month because of friction with her board of governors, the organization said Tuesday.
Congress wrestles with cuts, Patriot Act at term’s end
December 14, 2005
Terrorism, torture and modest tax cuts to help rebuild the Gulf Coast dot the agenda for the Republican-controlled Congress at the end of a year scarred by scandal. GOP leaders are working to salvage as much as possible from a conservative blueprint drafted in more favorable political times.
T to celebrate 5 years of service
December 14, 2005
The Lawrence Transit System will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a public reception at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., and will provide free rides all day Friday.
Extension 4-H leader steps down from post
December 14, 2005
The Douglas County Extension officer responsible for coordination of the area’s 4-H events has stepped down from her position, creating a vacancy that may not be filled for months.
U.N. forced to investigate Darfur atrocities outside of Sudan
December 14, 2005
The U.N. war crimes tribunal has been forced to conduct its investigation of atrocities in Darfur outside Sudan because of the danger to potential witnesses, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday.
KCP&L announces plans for wind farm
December 14, 2005
Ford County will be home to the third-largest wind farm in the state under a plan announced Tuesday.
Executed gang leader maintained innocence
December 14, 2005
The argument over whether convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams was a man of peace or a death-row con artist raged on after his execution Tuesday, with supporters announcing they would give him a funeral “befitting a statesman.”
Four U.S. soldiers, Iraqi candidate killed on final day of campaigning
December 14, 2005
On the last day of campaigning, a roadside bomb killed four American soldiers Tuesday, and gunmen assassinated a candidate for parliament in this week’s election. A Shiite politician escaped injury in a bombing south of Baghdad.
Election commission suspends activities
December 14, 2005
The Palestinian central election commission said Tuesday it was suspending all its activities after a rash of attacks against its workers.
Royals trying to lure Mientkiewicz
First baseman involved in ownership dispute over baseball caught for final out of Red Sox Series win
December 14, 2005
The Kansas City Royals are attempting to sign Doug Mientkiewicz, the Gold Glove first baseman best known for taking the ball from the final out of Boston’s World Series win in 2004.
Mass grave exhumed; riot victims found
December 14, 2005
Authorities have exhumed the remains of about 100 people killed during riots 24 years ago from a mass grave in Morocco and reburied them individually in a nearby lot.
Investigator says CIA moved detainees from Europe to North Africa
December 14, 2005
A European investigator said Tuesday he has found mounting indications the United States illegally held detainees in Europe but then hurriedly shipped out the last ones to North Africa a month ago when word leaked out.
Area residents can opt out of blood trial
Red blood cell substitute will be given to accident, injury victims
December 14, 2005
The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., is sending about 75 “opt-out” bracelets to area residents who don’t want to participate in upcoming trials of PolyHeme, a red blood cell substitute that will be tested on some accident and injury victims who have lost blood, officials said.
Broncos cornerback could be finished
December 14, 2005
The Denver Broncos have avoided the big injury this season. Finally, luck caught up with them, when starting cornerback Darrent Williams pulled up hurt.
Bring ‘em home
December 14, 2005
To the editor: In the “stay the course” letter that ran Dec. 3, the writer finished his letter, “We must stay the course; if we don’t, grave consequences will follow.”
Student loans
December 14, 2005
To the editor: Why are we as a nation silent while this administration is seeking to raise the cost of student loans to 8.5 percent interest?
Drop shorthand
December 14, 2005
To the editor: The “conservative” agenda listed on the front page Dec. 12 does not seem familiar to me.
Only political solution can unite Iraq
December 14, 2005
The most important coming elections for Americans are not the congressional vote in 2006, but the Iraqi elections taking place on Thursday.
Strong action
It’s too bad such a drastic measure is needed, but a new policy approved by the Lawrence school board seems like a valid way to curb intoxication at school dances.
December 14, 2005
Congratulations to the Lawrence school board for sticking with its plan to require students to pass a Breathalyzer test before attending school-sponsored dances
Spirit of the season
What a joyful legacy Maxine Lee has left behind.
December 14, 2005
This is a story about the true joy of Christmas.
Dramatic turnaround has Vikings in chase
Six weeks ago, Minnesota was at joke at 2-5; now, team contending for NFC North title at 8-5
December 14, 2005
Brad Johnson stood in the huddle two weeks ago against Detroit and couldn’t pass up a chance to have a little fun at his opponent’s expense.
Up-tempo play of Tigers too much for Yellow Jackets to handle
December 14, 2005
Looking to build momentum early in the season, the fourth- and fifth-grade Tigers of the Hoopster league used an uptempo style of play and tenacious defense to defeat the Yellow Jackets, 31-18, Dec. 6 at the East Lawrence Center.
It’s all myth
December 14, 2005
To the editor: I no longer live in Lawrence.
Truce needed in ‘culture war’
December 14, 2005
On Christmas Eve in 1914 a remarkable thing happened in France. On the front lines of what was to become known as the “Great War,” the opposing sides, German and British, decided to honor their holy day by calling a truce. Men poured out of the trenches on both sides, left their rifles on the ground, and began to sing carols and meet each other in the space between.
Tigers claw their way back in second half
Full-court press, free throws highlight Tigers’ comeback victory
December 14, 2005
The sixth- and seventh-grade Tigers pulled off a second-half comeback to beat the Razorbacks, 31-27, Dec. 5 at the East Lawrence Center.
Kayhawk guards step up to defeat Team 1
December 14, 2005
It was a defensive battle when the kindergarten Kayhawks and Team 1 matched up Saturday at the Community Center. After playing neck in neck for a majority of the game, the Kayhawks were able to take advantage of their guard play to defeat Team 1, 18-12.
Guantanamo detainee seeks British citizenship
December 14, 2005
An Australian being held at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay won a court battle Tuesday to be registered as a British citizen, a step he hopes will secure his release.
Regents leader a candidate for dean of law school
Reggie Robinson has worked in D.C. and as KU instructor
December 14, 2005
Reggie Robinson, president of the Kansas Board of Regents, is in the running for dean of Kansas University’s Law School.
Making scents of the holidays
Memories often tied to sense of smell
December 14, 2005
Kathy Heeb knows a good Christmas tree can transport a person back in time. The aroma of pine needles can evoke strong childhood memories of hanging ornaments, spending time with family and unwrapping presents.
Daily ticker
December 14, 2005
Report of partial face transplant brings hope to burn victims
December 14, 2005
In some circles, the partial face transplant performed on a woman in France is more than a medical oddity. It is an exciting new source of hope to burn victims like Bernhard Heitz.
Horned Frogs keep unbeaten streak alive
Wildcats’ strong defense puts up a fight, but comes up just short
December 14, 2005
The undefeated fourth- and fifth-grade Horned Frogs looked to extend their five-game winning streak Dec. 6 while taking on the Wildcats at the East Lawrence Center. While the Wildcats put up a fight by playing tenacious defense, the Horned Frogs got just enough offense from their guards to defeat the Wildcats 20-17.
Junior showdown finishes with Tigers on top of Jayhawks, 22-12
December 14, 2005
It wasn’t only heating up outside but also inside the Community Center as the Border Showdown got an early start to the season as the younger Tigers and Jayhawks battled it out Saturday afternoon. While both teams looked to push the ball up court, the kindergarten Tigers took advantage of a trio of guards to defeat the Jayhawks 22-12.
Bobcats, Rockets both win in 26-all tie
December 14, 2005
The second-grade Bobcats and Rockets battled back and forth for 32 minutes but when the final whistle blew both teams went home winners. The Bobcats and Rockets finished their game with 26 points each Saturday at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
Shelter has 3 months to resolve concerns
Commission on homelessness to work with site’s neighbors
December 14, 2005
The Lawrence Community Shelter has been given another three months by city commissioners to work with its neighbors to iron out concerns about the downtown homeless shelter.
Barber shop OK’d in East Lawrence
December 14, 2005
A barber shop unanimously received a green light from city commissioners to open at 13th Street and Haskell Avenue despite some objections from the Brook Creek Neighborhood Assn.
School-city relations up next in series
December 14, 2005
The relationship between the Lawrence school district and city of Lawrence are the focus of the fourth installment of the Mapping the Future series, set to run tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
Sit Down’ proves a stand out
December 14, 2005
Viewers who love comedy and intelligent conversation should not miss “Sit Down Comedy With David Steinberg” (9 p.m., TV Land). Over the next six weeks, the veteran comic actor, director and producer will host Mike Myers, Larry David, Martin Short, Bob Newhart, Jon Lovitz and George Lopez. And in a refreshing twist, Steinberg will let his guests do most of the talking.
Prime rib cook time varies by preference
December 14, 2005
One of my favorite holiday memories is of standing at my mother’s elbow, watching her make beef gravy from a rib-eye roast. This cut of meat often was the centerpiece of our Christmas dinner, and we always had ample gravy.
Break doesn’t bother Baylor
December 14, 2005
Fifth-ranked Baylor picked up right where it left off after an 11-day break for final exams with a 72-36 victory over McNeese State on Tuesday night.
Hot Hoops pass their way to 34-14 victory over Team 14
December 14, 2005
The first-grade Hot Hoops used superior passing skills to beat Team 14, 34-14, Saturday at the East Lawrence Recreation Center. The Hot Hoops passed the ball as many as 10 times on a single possession several times during the game. Hot Hoops coach Greg Easter said passing is a point of emphasis for the team.
Nova takes Big 5 battle
No. 3 Wildcats survive late Penn rally
December 14, 2005
Allan Ray scored 19 points, and No. 3 Villanova withstood a 24-7 run late in the second half to beat pesky Penn, 62-55, Tuesday night at the Palestra.
December 14, 2005
For Wednesday, Dec. 14
State board holds off on school vouchers decision
Education commissioner says private schools could help close achievement gap
December 14, 2005
Two conflicting views of public schools battled Tuesday to a no-decision before the Kansas State Board of Education. After more than five hours of sometimes heated debate, the Education Board postponed until next month whether to recommend that the Legislature adopt private school vouchers and expansion of charter schools.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 14, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.07 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Riley a hit in return to bench
Shaq scores 30 as Heat turn back Bulls, 100-97
December 14, 2005
Pat Riley insists he’s a changed man, even if his return to coaching had a decidedly familiar feel.
Nebraskan pleads guilty to sex assault against teenage wife
December 14, 2005
A 22-year-old Falls City man faces up to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to a sexual assault charge filed after he impregnated and then married a 14-year-old girl.
Best, worst nursing homes listed
December 14, 2005
Kansas Advocates for Better Care has compiled its annual lists of the state’s best and poorest performing nursing homes. The rankings are based on information gleaned from three years of state reports.
Film awards season kicks into high gear
Golden Globe nominations announced
December 14, 2005
Everyone in Hollywood says the Golden Globes are an honor in their own right. But for film contenders, they’re just another trophy if they don’t lead to an Academy Award.
December 14, 2005
To the editor: President Bush calls critics of his Iraq war irresponsible.
McCarthy moment couldn’t happen now
December 14, 2005
By August 1968, Sen. Eugene McCarthy was gone and his supporters were left to wonder how - whether - his fulfillment was connected to doing good to the country. When the Democratic convention nominated another Minnesotan, Hubert Humphrey - who in 1964 won the vice presidential nomination McCarthy had craved - McCarthy went to the south of France, then covered the World Series for Life magazine. Had he campaigned for Humphrey, who narrowly lost, there probably would have been no Nixon presidency.
Missouri auditor’s ex-huband slain
December 14, 2005
A man found shot to death on a city street was identified Tuesday as David Exposito, former husband of Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill.
Fan seeks ‘Jayhawks on Parade’
Sculptures missing in action
December 14, 2005
Like a lot of people around Kansas University, Rodrigo Duque has an obsession with the Jayhawks.