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Do you think the Kansas Supreme Court should shut down schools to force the Kansas Legislature to provide more funding for schools?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. I don’t think the Legislature will approve funding unless they’re forced into it.
 
24%
No. The court is already overstepping its authority in spelling out how much money should be appropriated for schools.
 
23%
No. Children should not be used as pawns in the power struggle between the Legislature and the Supreme Court.
 
19%
No. A constitutional amendment is needed to keep the courts from such actions in the future.
 
16%
Yes. But I don’t think it will be necessary - the Legislature will approve funding.
 
10%
I don’t care anymore - I’ve pulled my children out of public schools.
 
5%
Total 1145
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House rejects proposed constitutional amendment on judicial power
July 6, 2005
The House rejected a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday night to prevent the courts from closing schools to force legislators to obey judicial orders on education funding.
Key lawmakers agree on $148 million school plan
05:13 p.m., July 6, 2005 Updated 05:13 p.m.
The Legislature today reconvened its special session with less than 48 hours before a showdown with the Kansas Supreme Court over the possible closure of public schools.
Negotiators strike deal on school funding
July 6, 2005
House and Senate negotiators agreed today on a $148.4 million education funding package aimed at ensuring public schools open in August and satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court mandate.
Text of Weseman’s e-mail to school board on school finance
July 6, 2005
This is a copy of the email sent by Lawrence Superintendent Randy Weseman to school board members.
Partly cloudy, cooler than normal today
July 6, 2005
Got a big outdoor project on your to-do list? This looks like the week for it - the weather’s going to be dry and not too hot for the next couple of days, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Baseball not just for boys anymore
July 6, 2005
The Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. has a long tradition as a boys-only club. But over the past few years a small number of girls have started to change that. This year, two girls are making their marks in the league.
Ice’s roots lie in Lawrence, baseball
Parks and Rec Youth Sports relies on longtime administrator
July 6, 2005
Some days Lee Ice is up by 5:30 a.m. and in the office by 7 a.m. He spends the next hour rescheduling the rainout games for the nine Lawrence Parks and Recreation baseball and softball leagues, so when parents check in at 8 a.m. they know when and where their children’s games are.
10-U DCABA Angels use rest, offense to topple Royals
July 6, 2005
Rest paid off for the Angels against the Royals on July 25 at 4-H field. The Angels were coming off a four-day hiatus while the Royals were still recovering from a comeback victory the night before against the Bulls.
Legislators reconvene; Kline end run on schools blocked
July 6, 2005
Parents, teachers and students still faced the possibility that schools may not open on time in August as legislators resumed a special session on education funding.
Tour’s ‘Big Five’ turning into ‘Big Two’
Woods, Singh still solid, but other stars fading
July 6, 2005
The record indicates that Tiger Woods is having a big year.
DeJesus delivers for K.C.
Slumping club finally conquers Seattle
July 6, 2005
The Kansas City Royals used their best at-bat in about six weeks to break out of their offensive funk.
Salute toasts fine wine, food - and good cause
July 6, 2005
Cottonwood Inc. really knows how to put the “fun” in fundraiser.
House freshmen toe hard line
July 6, 2005
They’re called the “Hard 20.” The group of approximately 20 freshmen conservative Republicans in the House has by some accounts driven the agenda of the special legislative session and is at the center of an impasse over school finance.
Horoscopes
July 6, 2005
For Wednesday, July 6
Unlike Giddens, Hawkins survived trouble
July 6, 2005
Kansas University senior guard Jeff Hawkins understands what it’s like to reside in coach Bill Self’s doghouse.
Correction
July 6, 2005
In a June 30 story on the Kansas University Athletic Department’s decision to let men’s basketball season-ticket holders choose their seats next season, Bill Tuttle’s status with the university was incorrectly identified. Tuttle is a professor in phased retirement. He served six years on the KU Athletic Corp.’s board of directors.
Cindy lashes Gulf shores; Dennis not far behind
July 6, 2005
Tropical Storm Cindy began moving ashore Tuesday night, pelting the Louisiana coast with sideways rain and intermittent squalls.
G-8 summit to begin today
Leaders look to find wording on key issues that all can come to agreement on
July 6, 2005
For anyone trying to isolate the real issues dividing leaders at the Group of Eight summit convening today, the words between the brackets tell it all.
12-U Asher rebounds with tourney win
July 6, 2005
A change of scenery did Kristy Asher’s 12-U Phenix team good last weekend in Topeka. After struggling its way through competitive softball tournaments in Kansas City and Lawrence - many against the same opponents - Asher’s team blazed through the June 24-26 American Fastpitch Assn.’s national qualifier tournament at the Shawnee County Girls Assn.
Lawrence parents keep close eye on legal battle
July 6, 2005
With talk among state officials about the possibility of schools not reopening in August, Lawrence parents are keeping a close eye on the school funding battle being waged in Topeka.
Armstrong wins jersey in time trial
July 6, 2005
Lance Armstrong is wearing his favorite Tour de France outfit again - the yellow jersey.
Loaiza outduels Pedro; Nats win
Emotional Vidro returns in 3-2 victory; Maddux falls in trip back to Atlanta
July 6, 2005
It would have been so tidy to say that Esteban Loaiza outpitched Pedro Martinez on the night an emotional Jose Vidro returned to the lineup.
Manny’s slam sparks BoSox
Ramirez moves to second on all-time list in 7-4 win
July 6, 2005
Manny Ramirez took a few steps out of the batter’s box and slowed to admire the high-arching shot. The experience wasn’t new for the Boston slugger.
Commentary: Rangers’ Rogers not real All-Star
July 6, 2005
There are plenty of good stories just waiting to be told at next week’s All-Star game.
Nothing to lose’ for Wie on PGA
July 6, 2005
With her sparkly earrings and the “wells” and “you knows” sprinkled liberally throughout her conversations, Michelle Wie could be any other 15-year-old girl.
Comets add to Shock’s misery
July 6, 2005
The Detroit Shock got Swin Cash back Tuesday night.
Fall ends Zabriskie’s Tour lead
July 6, 2005
David Zabriskie tumbled off his bike near the end of the Tour de France team time trial Tuesday, tearing his yellow jersey in several spots and ending his hopes of holding off Lance Armstrong.
Commentary: Media, athletes need to get along
Writers always will be lurking in the clubhouse, so players need to establish a sound relationship
July 6, 2005
Carl Everett usually doesn’t talk to reporters before a game. The Chicago White Sox outfielder was eager to address this subject, however.
Jackpot: Sonics give Allen big deal
Sharpshooter shops around, stays put for $85 million
July 6, 2005
All-Star guard Ray Allen gauged his value on the free-agent market before asking the Seattle SuperSonics for a fair deal.
Jayhawks land QB
July 6, 2005
Kansas University’s football team, building a solid list of early commitments, landed one of the top quarterbacks in Texas.
Mavericks earn ego-boosting split with Outlaws
July 6, 2005
The Lawrence Mavericks had one thought after learning Tuesday morning they would be playing the older Lawrence Outlaws.
Quaffology 101
Your guide for how to fully appreciate a good beer
July 6, 2005
Oh, you think you already know how to drink beer. Grab the bottle from the fridge, pop the top and pour it down the hatch.
Big leagues beckon Hooper
LHS product’s hard work culminates in call-up to Tigers
July 6, 2005
Former Lawrence High baseball standout Kevin Hooper is having one heck of a week.
Stars go toe-to-toe in final dance-off
July 6, 2005
It comes down to John O’Hurley and Kelly Monaco on the final episode of “Dancing with the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC).
Smooth moves: John O’Hurley finds celebrity dancing fits him fine
July 6, 2005
Nobody has smoother moves this summer than John O’Hurley, the familiar character actor (he was J. Peterman on “Seinfeld”) who’s sweeping viewers off their feet on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
For Caine, playing a father figure comes naturally
July 6, 2005
Michael Caine has a simple explanation for why he’s often cast as father figures: He’s loved being a dad to his two now-grown daughters, Dominique and Natasha.
Go Cookies crumble nutrition bar stereotype
July 6, 2005
The makers of nutritional bars are always talking about how healthful their products are. But a California company has opted for a different approach: creating a nutritional bar that looks like a cookie.
Homemade ice cream makes tasty summer treat
July 6, 2005
The proper handling of homemade ice cream ingredients ensures a safe product.
Brownie bliss: 200 simple ways to enjoy the chocolate treats
July 6, 2005
Few people can resist the inviting smell of a warm pan of brownies fresh from the oven. In her book, “Brownie Mix Bliss” (Cumberland House, 2005, $16.95), author Camilla Saulsbury opens up a world of confectionery possibilities, giving chocolate lovers almost 200 reasons to indulge.
Garden variations lead to freestyle cooking
July 6, 2005
One of the pleasures of growing food for the table is being able to cook sizable portions of a meal entirely with freshly picked vegetables from my own garden. Because the bounty from every year’s vegetable garden is just a bit different, the ingredients I have to work with vary. This adds an element of adventure to the cooking end of the process and forces me to be a bit creative sometimes.
On the record
July 6, 2005
Washington teen wins piano competition
July 6, 2005
The last thing Charlie Albright expected to do was earn first place in the International Piano Competition held this week in Lawrence.
State briefs
July 6, 2005
¢ Huelskamp considering run for Moran’s seat ¢ Ryun’s press secretary may run for Congress
County Commission considers bioscience funding
July 6, 2005
Douglas County commissioners said Tuesday that they don’t want to increase property taxes to cover the 2006 budget.
Lawrence datebook
July 6, 2005
Two girls treated after carbon monoxide scare
July 6, 2005
Two girls from Atchison County were taken to the hospital during the weekend after being exposed to carbon monoxide while sleeping in a cabin of a boat on Perry Lake.
Briefly
July 6, 2005
¢ Judge approves $120M church abuse settlement ¢ Suspicious fire damages abortion clinic ¢ Extremist seeks mom’s forgiveness ¢ Prosecutor: Teen wanted to retaliate for teasing
Details emerge about Idaho abduction
July 6, 2005
Eight-year-old Shasta Groene remembers the harrowing events the night she was abducted - being awakened by her mother and led into the living room, where she watched a man tie up her family.
Telescopes analyze comet collision
July 6, 2005
The collision of a NASA space probe and a potato-shaped comet hurled a bright cloud of debris into space at the speed of a jetliner, scientists said Tuesday.
People in the news
July 6, 2005
¢ Martha Stewart describes house arrest as ‘hideous’ ¢ Bono’s stylist ordered to return concert memorabilia ¢ Live 8 downloads top charts ¢ Angie Harmon to star in ‘Inconceivable’ drama ¢ Nigerian honored for short story writing
Briefly
July 6, 2005
¢ Six attackers slain at Hindu shrine ¢ Alliance wants deadline for U.S. military pullout ¢ Reform would create world’s largest bank
Checkpoint Charlie victims memorial torn down
Court orders display dismantled after museum’s lease runs out
July 6, 2005
Locals and tourists watched in dismay Tuesday as workers pulled up wooden crosses and ripped out a reconstructed section of the Berlin Wall, fulfilling a court order to dismantle a private memorial to people killed at the East German border.
Bluff-jumping accidents raise questions of safety
Kansan hurt, Oklahoman killed at Table Rock Lake
July 6, 2005
Two accidents over the weekend involving people falling from the bluffs surrounding Table Rock Lake have lake officials checking to see whether they should post additional warnings.
Insurgents attack diplomats from two Muslim countries
July 6, 2005
Gunmen ambushed top diplomats from Bahrain and Pakistan in separate attacks in the capital Tuesday, just three days after militants kidnapped Egypt’s top envoy.
Al-Zarqawi: Iraqi army as great an enemy as American troops
July 6, 2005
The reputed leader of al-Qaida in Iraq said the Iraqi army is as great an enemy as the Americans and announced the formation of a new terror command to fight Iraq’s biggest Shiite militia, in an audiotape found today on the Internet.
City briefs
July 6, 2005
¢ 2 more fake $100 bills passed at businesses ¢ Man charged with kidnapping, arson ¢ City’s police respond to 300 fireworks calls
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 6, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.06 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Buffer zone’ offers speeders no immunity
Police have news for leadfoots: Going 10 mph over limit is still illegal
July 6, 2005
Roy Lashbrook speeds. No, he’s not a daredevil with a rocket engine strapped to his car, careening wildly down the highway.
Immigrant tuition lawsuit dismissed
Judge says plaintiffs do not have standing; Board of Regents pleased with decision
July 6, 2005
A federal lawsuit challenging a year-old state law giving some illegal immigrants a tuition break at state universities and colleges was dismissed Tuesday, although backers of the case promised to appeal.
Officials wondering whether plans for new junior high are ‘too far out’
July 6, 2005
South Junior High School’s unique design will lead to its eventual demise, but that hasn’t stopped architects from considering a distinctive replacement.
KU touts new logo as strong symbol
July 6, 2005
A font meant to mimic lettering on an ancient Roman column will represent Kansas University in the future, officials announced Tuesday.
Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan had local tie
July 6, 2005
When Jae Chang heard last week that a military helicopter had crashed in Afghanistan, he didn’t think about his cousin being onboard.
Board of Ed follows Kline’s lead to dodge court order
July 6, 2005
Conservative state school board members used their majority to side with Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on a plan for neutering the Kansas Supreme Court’s threat to freeze funding for public schools.
Commissioners split on civility ordinances
Crackdown on camping rejected; panhandling, trespass measures OK’d
July 6, 2005
Downtown patrons concerned about aggressive panhandlers received some relief from city commissioners Tuesday night, but neighbors concerned about homeless camps along the Kansas River did not.
World Co. names online director
July 6, 2005
The World Company announced Tuesday that it has selected a new top officer for its award-winning online operations.
Amazon adventure
Online retailer atop of industry
July 6, 2005
Soon after Amazon.com Inc. debuted 10 years ago, Jeff Bezos and his handful of employees spent late summer nights packing books in a tiny warehouse, scrambling to ship a growing gush of orders.
Using plastic abroad becoming more expensive
July 6, 2005
Not too long ago, charging your way through a vacation abroad was de rigueur for cost-conscious travelers. That’s because credit cards have more favorable exchange rates and fees than banks and exchange bureaus. Lately, though, new markups have made the charge-it strategy trickier.
Stocks rise on economic optimism
July 6, 2005
An improving sales outlook at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sent stocks higher Tuesday as investors, also cheered by a jump in factory orders, looked past another uptick in the price of oil.
Briefcase
July 6, 2005
¢ GM’s discounts drive Ford to offer same ¢ Amdocs purchases broadband billing unit ¢ Investment firm orders six Boeing freighters
Briefly
July 6, 2005
¢ African nations demand Security Council seats ¢ Mother asks countries to deny brothers asylum ¢ Annan announces birth of Democracy Fund
Afghan government criticizes civilians’ slaying; search continues for missing SEAL
July 6, 2005
In a rare rebuff, Afghanistan’s government sharply criticized the U.S. military Tuesday for killing up to 17 civilians in an air strike and ordered an immediate inquiry. The United States called it a “very unfortunate situation” and said it also would investigate.
Protesters warned of crackdown on violence
July 6, 2005
Activists kept up pressure on leaders of the world’s richest nations Tuesday to lift Africa out of poverty, but Britain’s Treasury chief said those who believe human misery can be eliminated “with the stroke of a pen” may be disappointed by the results of this week’s G-8 summit.
Daily ticker
July 6, 2005
Commodities
July 6, 2005
LINK enablers
July 6, 2005
It is time for the First Christian Church to realize that they are enabling many to sit around and do nothing all day. The church is like one married to an alcoholic. They are enablers. The time is now for the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) to close. It has outlived its usefulness.
Herbicide harm
July 6, 2005
It was nice to see your article about the use of chemicals on lawns. It may get some people to think about what they put into our environment. There certainly could be immediate negative effects for residents and pets.
Homeless haven
July 6, 2005
It’s one thing for our city commissioners to devise an ordinance to protect our merchants from homeless campers on their roofs or to forbid “lounging” on our streets, and it’s proper to protect our downtown parks, where young kids and families gather, from homeless campers. But it’s quite another thing to take away the one place they have found where they can be left alone: far down the river and out of our way, which is truly how they want it.
U.S. job losses spur debate
July 6, 2005
When it comes to the offshoring of jobs to countries such as China, India and the Philippines, the response generally falls into two camps.
Bush nominee must be solid conservative
July 6, 2005
When Ronald Reagan nominated Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981, conservatives were nervous because little was known about her. Reagan assured religious conservatives they had nothing to fear.
Transfer of power will take years to jell
July 6, 2005
I’m flying in a Black Hawk helicopter, low over lush palm trees and dry dusty desert, watching two gunners in black helmets and wraparound face masks point their machine guns over the sides.
A.G. activism
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has been a virtual whirlwind of questionable tactics related to school funding.
July 6, 2005
Something’s just not right when the state’s top law enforcement officer is actively advising other state officials to circumvent an order of the state Supreme Court.
Volcanoes hold off Rivercats, stay unbeaten in Houk League
July 6, 2005
In one dugout were the Volcanoes, the undefeated frontrunners of the Houk League. In the other dugout were the up-and-coming Rivercats, in second place in the league and looking to avenge an loss to the Volcanoes earlier this season.
Athletics end regular season with win
July 6, 2005
The Athletics continued to roll in the 12-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. league, but not without a challenge by the Cardinals. The Athletics ended the season on a three-game win streak, including a 13-8 victory over the Cardinals in the DCABA league game July 25 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Tournament postponents aid teams
Rainouts spread out games, give players more time to rest
July 6, 2005
Last year teams in the 12-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. didn’t get to play their postseason tournament because rain postponed games. Playing the tournament would have resulted in playing games so late in the summer that they would have conflicted with state tournaments.
Cubs, Reds scrimmage instead of play
July 6, 2005
A gorgeous summer night out at Holcom was perfect for a Jhawk Baseball league match-up, but instead fans saw only a friendly scrimmage between the Cubs and the Reds. The Cubs only had four players show up for their Friday night match-up. But instead of forfeiting the game, the Reds offered four of their players and an eight-on-eight scrimmage was played.
Sluggers squeak by No Names for win
July 6, 2005
The No Names had struggled all season to come up with a name. They decided Thursday to make their namelessness a part of their identity, coming up with their new moniker on the spot when they faced off against the Sluggers in a Rec Softball league matchup at Youth Sports Inc.