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Do you think it's fair for police to sit and wait for drivers to disobey temporary traffic signs?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. If anything, police should have been helping to direct traffic.
 
54%
Yes. The signs are designed to protect the construction workers and keep traffic moving safely. Drivers need to be more alert when they enter construction zones.
 
17%
No. The signs in question near Seventh and Massachusetts were easily lost amidst the visual clutter of orange cones, construction equipment and barricades.
 
14%
Yes. Too many drivers either fail to pay attention or just decide to ignore the signs.
 
12%
Undecided.
 
1%
Total 580
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LHS athletics facilities to become equal
July 28, 2005
The recent bond issue will fund locker room renovations at Lawrence High School and for the first time girl athletes will get equal facilities.
EHS football gets jumpstart on season
July 28, 2005
They have arguably been the best prep football team in the area for the past five years. And this week, the Eudora Cardinals are trying to get a jumpstart on Class 4A.
Governor OKs plans for Sunflower plant
Site to include KU life sciences research park
July 28, 2005
The long-awaited renewal of the former Sunflower Army Ammunition plant took a major step forward today, with approval of plans that include a Kansas University research park.
Rebels struggle in elite tourney
July 28, 2005
The Midwest Rebels concluded their final summer session at the National Select Baseball Tournament Association National Invitational Tournament over the weekend. Unfortunately, the results were not exactly what the coach had in mind.
Anti-tax advocate gives award to state legislator
July 28, 2005
One of the nation’s leading anti-tax proponents today compared Republicans who vote for tax increases to “rat heads in a Coke bottle.”
City wakes to Octoberfest of cool weather
July 28, 2005
Today, July 28, is normally the warmest day of the year. But if you got up around sunrise, it seemed more like an average October morning, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
One time TV hotshot faces reality
July 28, 2005
There was a time, not that long ago, when David E. Kelley was considered an unstoppable one-man television machine. The writer/creator associated with “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope,” L.A. Law,” “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” wrote reams of dialogue every day, reportedly in longhand and on legal-sized yellow pads.
Is reggaeton the new hip-hop or just a flop?
July 28, 2005
When the Latin hip-hop fusion called reggaeton began popping up on urban stations a couple of years ago, few sensed the start of a trend. If anything, the bouncy but simple Spanish-language music sounded like a novelty: the “Macarena” of the new millennium, perhaps.
Acting (para)normal
Jake Weber happy with only ‘Medium’ level of recognition
July 28, 2005
Jake Weber is “not interested in inviting scrutiny.” But when you’re the co-star of a successful TV series, that stuff happens.
Old toys in attic could be auction treasures
July 28, 2005
Don’t throw away old toys you find in your attic. Some toys remembered from childhood - yours or your children’s - are selling for high prices today at collectibles sales. Some of the most popular are toys related to TV shows for children.
Take the heat off your summertime energy bills
Quality thermostat, clean air filters can make a difference in efficiency
July 28, 2005
It really doesn’t make any difference what part of the country you live in, extreme weather of any kind - hot or cold, rain or not - will have a negative impact on your energy bill and your level of comfort as well.
Landscape your yard to weed out wood ticks
July 28, 2005
Patrick Guilfoile is making it his business to get rid of wood ticks. What began as a plan to protect his family from Lyme disease has grown into an educational specialty and a book about tick-proofing areas where people like to gather.
On the record
July 28, 2005
Lawrence datebook
July 28, 2005
Our town sports
July 28, 2005
Focused on wins
Recent victories have Trucks driver Dennis Setzer eyeing series title
July 28, 2005
This driver got off to a sluggish start in his 2005 NASCAR season, but when he got back on track, he went right to the top.
Done deal: Brown headed to Knicks
Former KU coach to be introduced today in Manhattan
July 28, 2005
A month of drama for Larry Brown ended with him landing his “dream job.”
Medical Center restructures
Changes made at top
July 28, 2005
The Kansas University Medical Center will restructure its top research leadership, the campus’ top administrator said Wednesday.
Browning trees may be dormant, not dead
July 28, 2005
Mother Nature has turned up the heat, and many landscape plants are paying the price. Leaves are curling, scorching or just turning brown and falling off. Although we’ve had rain, it may be too little, too late. If it looks like autumn has struck your yard, with crunchy leaves blowing around in the wind, be concerned. Take time to inspect trees to see if you need to take action.
Strange seeds
Unusual plants quell gardeners’ lust for experimentation
July 28, 2005
Gardeners are daring people. The plant industry is constantly coming out with new varieties of old favorites and flora that we’ve never laid eyes on, but once we do, the unabated lust to grow them in our gardens overwhelms us. We are risk takers with an appetite for experimenting with color, texture, scent and sound.
New guide, old guard
Uniform change results in old-school look for Jayhawk football media guide
July 28, 2005
What was shaping up to be a sticky situation ended as an admirable tribute to two greats.
Injury forces Giles to miss USA hoops tryouts
July 28, 2005
C.J. Giles, who is not completely recovered from a bruised left hip, will not travel this weekend to Colorado Springs, Colo., for USA Basketball’s World University Games tryouts.
Raiders ready to defend
Squad gunning for third straight AAA title
July 28, 2005
Kevin Tucker knows how significant a third straight AAA Legion championship would be for his Lawrence Raiders.
Comets rally past Liberty
July 28, 2005
Michelle Snow’s jumper with 0.3 seconds left capped Houston’s 15-point second-half comeback and lifted the Comets to a 71-69 victory over the New York Liberty on Wednesday night.
Sweeney swats pair; K.C. captures series
July 28, 2005
On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.
MU staff treated player
Report: O’Neal whisked to offices, then hospital
July 28, 2005
A Missouri football player who died after collapsing at the end of a preseason workout wasn’t taken immediately to the hospital across the street but instead driven to the team offices, a university police report shows.
Area briefs
July 28, 2005
¢ Teen sentenced for vomiting on teacher ¢ Board of Healing Arts gets new member ¢ Eudora man suspected in rape, kidnapping
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 28, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.11 at Citgo and Zarco Phillips 66, both at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Emergency team will watch for trouble on 50-inch TV
July 28, 2005
Douglas County Emergency Management handles big problems. Now the agency has a big TV to match.
Big Red One: home again
Return of division victory for Fort Riley
July 28, 2005
Kansas won an economic and symbolic victory Wednesday with confirmation that the headquarters of the 1st Infantry Division - the Big Red One - will return to Fort Riley, officials said.
Boeing profit declines
July 28, 2005
Boeing Co.’s second-quarter results breezed past Wall Street’s earnings expectations Wednesday while the aerospace company boosted its profit outlook, forecasting continued strong demand for its commercial airplanes.
Commodities
July 28, 2005
Laptop 101: What to take to college
Toplikar: KU, companies connect to offer student discounts
July 28, 2005
Time is short. It’s almost time for my twin daughters to head to college. And we’ve been having it for a few weeks - The Computer Talk.
Briefcase
July 28, 2005
¢ ‘Sims’ family faces ‘adults only’ effort ¢ AFL-CIO re-elects embattled president
Sprint posts strong earnings
Quarterly results boost firm’s shares
July 28, 2005
Investors rewarded Sprint Corp. Wednesday after the nation’s No. 3 wireless carrier reported more than doubling second-quarter profits and raised its forecast for annual operating earnings.
New townhome sales heating up
National housing trend eluding Lawrence, area
July 28, 2005
The red-hot market for new housing across the country is manifesting itself in Lawrence - just not in sales for new single-family homes.
Chinese delegation visits; Sebelius promises trip
July 28, 2005
With a delegation of Chinese political and business leaders visiting Kansas to strengthen trade relationships, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius promised Wednesday to visit China later this year.
Guilty plea entered in knife incident
Man also accused of stabbing J.R. Giddens
July 28, 2005
Jeremiah Creswell, the man suspected of stabbing then-Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he threatened his uncle and mother in a separate incident last month.
Special session cost $574,000
July 28, 2005
The recent special session on education funding cost taxpayers nearly $574,000 to cover the Legislature’s expenses.
Teens experience Third World life at global village
July 28, 2005
Samantha Roll wiped her face with a white T-shirt drenched with sweat during a 95-degree day and stirred rice in a dented pot over an open fire. The cozy air-conditioned confines of her high school in Ohio seemed a world away.
Campaign in Los Angeles tries to pry residents from cars
July 28, 2005
Getting drivers to take the train or bus has never been easy in this car-crazed city of endless freeways, where gridlock is so awful that rush-hour speeds average less than 30 mph.
Briefly
July 28, 2005
¢ Report: N. Korea insists on relations with U.S. ¢ Eviction campaign defiantly continues ¢ Deadly fire destroys offshore oil platform ¢ Suspect in kidnapping of reporter arrested
U.S., Asian countries promote clean energy
July 28, 2005
The United States and five Asian and Pacific nations, including China and India, agreed Wednesday on a partnership to use cleaner energy technologies in hopes of curtailing climate-changing pollution.
More than 300 Boy Scouts fall ill from heat at Jamboree
Threat of severe weather postpones Bush visit
July 28, 2005
More than 300 Boy Scouts were sickened by the heat Wednesday while waiting for President Bush to arrive at a memorial service for four Scout leaders who were killed while pitching a tent beneath a power line.
Roberts would be fourth Catholic on court
July 28, 2005
If John Roberts is confirmed, he will be the fourth Roman Catholic on the Supreme Court, an all-time high that is focusing attention on how faith might influence law on the high court.
Senate Democrats tie vote to release of documents
July 28, 2005
Democrats gave no ground Wednesday on their demands for more of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ legal documents, saying the limited release by the White House could delay a vote to put him on the bench.
Millennium plotter sentenced to 22 years
July 28, 2005
An Algerian who plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium was sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday by a judge who used the opportunity to sternly criticize the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism tactics.
Possible case of mad cow reported
July 28, 2005
The government is investigating a possible new case of mad cow disease but says there is no threat to the U.S. food supply.
NASA grounds all future shuttle flights
Falling debris not thought to be threat to Discovery
July 28, 2005
NASA grounded future shuttle flights Wednesday because a big chunk of insulating foam flew off Discovery’s fuel tank during liftoff - as it did in Columbia’s doomed mission - but this time apparently missed the spacecraft.
People in the news
July 28, 2005
¢ Rodman doesn’t shed bad boy antics for charity ¢ Moss accepts settlement against British newspaper ¢ Jerry Lewis to be honored for MD charity work ¢ Underwood, Martin world’s sexiest vegetarians
Survey shows teens more wired than ever
9 of 10 youths a fixture online
July 28, 2005
A new survey says that the Internet has all but saturated the youth market.
Task force blames chaos on poor postwar planning
July 28, 2005
An independent panel led by two former U.S. national security advisers said Wednesday that chaos in Iraq was due in part to inadequate postwar planning.
Algerian diplomats reportedly killed
Envoys kidnapped by Al-Qaida in Iraq
July 28, 2005
Iraq’s most feared terrorist group said Wednesday it killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats because of Algeria’s ties to the United States and its crackdown on Islamic extremists.
Junior high plans change after bond issue approved
July 28, 2005
Plans to update Central Junior High don’t match the proposals made by school officials when they sold a $63 million bond issue to the community.
Senate approves historic designation
July 28, 2005
A Lawrence-led coalition of Northeast Kansas counties is one big step closer to receiving federal dollars to help preserve and market its pre-Civil War history.
Withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq could begin in spring
July 28, 2005
Iraq’s prime minister said Wednesday he wants U.S. troops “on their way out” as soon as his government can protect its new democracy. The top American general in the country said he hoped to begin significant withdrawal by next spring.
What’s that smell?
July 28, 2005
Your nose does not deceive you. Parts of town do smell a bit like a cattle feedlot.
Oops! City issues tickets, then admits road signs were not fairly placed
Many $102 citations to be dismissed
July 28, 2005
The angry drivers turned out to be right. City leaders said Wednesday they’d discovered that signs rerouting traffic around a water-line construction project at Seventh and Massachusetts streets weren’t visible enough to drivers. The finding came in the wake of complaints from at least a half-dozen people who had been stopped by police and given traffic tickets Tuesday and Wednesday for disobeying the signs.
Science or ESP?
July 28, 2005
To the editor: Kansans who lack a good science education need to beware.
Dangerous pose
July 28, 2005
To the editor: I could not believe my eyes when I opened my paper Monday morning at the photo article entitled “Wedding photographer captures spontaneous moments”!
Porn causes crime
July 28, 2005
To the editor: News flash: Christian men are at increased risk to be victimized by pornography.
Protection
July 28, 2005
To the editor: I would like to commend Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for introducing bill S. 1422 to ban mercury from vaccines.
Smart growth
July 28, 2005
To the editor: Your editorial “Growth woes?” (Journal-World, July 22) links housing production with the desirability of Lawrence as a place to live, but you have the causal arrow backwards.
Salvage mission
July 28, 2005
To the editor: My 3-year-old “recycling assistant” and I just returned from a rescue drive around our neighborhood.
American schools must refocus on history
July 28, 2005
Along with millions of others, my granddaughters Lauren, Nicole and Julia eagerly tore open the boxes containing “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” as soon as they arrived at the airport near the cabin where they were on vacation, and then disappeared into their rooms - barely to reappear for the next 24 hours, while they were devouring the sixth in the best-selling series.
Historical step
Lawrence and 25 other Kansas counties are close to realizing their goal of being designated a National Heritage Area.
July 28, 2005
Congratulations to local organizers who have worked so hard to gain approval for a National Heritage Area for eastern Kansas. The proposal has passed the U.S. Senate, and organizers are eagerly awaiting its approval in the U.S. House, perhaps by the end of the week.
Horoscopes
July 28, 2005
For Thursday, July 28
Pursuing the perfect credit score
July 28, 2005
For years I’ve been trying to manage my credit to achieve the Mount Everest of credit scores - a perfect 850.
Padres snap eight-game skid
Fick’s bottom-of-the-ninth single lifts San Diego over St. Louis, 2-1
July 28, 2005
Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter, and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
Sosa homers, but O’s tumble
Baltimore slugger gets 587th shot; Rangers win in 11
July 28, 2005
Gary Matthews hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to complete his first career two-homer game, and the Texas Rangers overcame a milestone shot by Sammy Sosa to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 11-8, on Wednesday night.
British police arrest suspected bomber
July 28, 2005
Police stormed a brown-brick duplex Wednesday and used a stun gun to arrest a Somali suspected of being one of four men behind botched attacks in London - a breakthrough that could yield the inside story on terror bombings that set the British capital on edge.
Nightmare rains paralyze Bombay
Monsoon kills hundreds near India’s financial hub
July 28, 2005
India’s financial capital was paralyzed Wednesday by the strongest rains ever recorded in the nation, with torrential downpours marooning drivers, snapping communication lines and leaving at least 200 people dead statewide.
Some finding problems with Roberts’ record
July 28, 2005
In 1982, some career attorneys at the Justice Department grumbled to the press about what they called the “Rehnquist connection” and how it provided the intellectual underpinning for abrupt shifts in policy to the right, particularly on civil rights.
Briefly
July 28, 2005
¢ Trade pact on way to Bush’s desk ¢ Network to collect data on medical errors ¢ Mother abandons boy on interstate highway ¢ O.J. Simpson loses DirecTV court case
France and globalization
July 28, 2005
The yogurt kings of France succeeded this week while the barons of bicycle racing and les artistes du striptease failed the nation. Or perhaps it is the other way around. The inimitable French respond to the rising tides of foreign challenge and globalization by saying no, and yes, almost in the same breath.
Corrections
July 28, 2005
Commentary: Ostertag’s back in Utah? Duck!
Former Kansas University center’s return to Jazz won’t come without an explosion of opinion
July 28, 2005
Greg Ostertag is a rare kind of athlete.
Plan for rural control OK’d
Five-acre exemptions could be eliminated
July 28, 2005
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners took a step Wednesday night to make the free, wide-open spaces of rural Douglas County a little more controlled when it comes to future development.
Teachers slightly cut salary request
July 28, 2005
Lawrence teachers on Wednesday reduced their salary request - a teeny bit.
Daily ticker
July 28, 2005
Briefly
July 28, 2005
¢ City will have to wait for new mayor ¢ Sex offender suspected in stabbing arrested ¢ Gotti son cleared in murder conspiracy