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Do you think the city should begin eliminating 17 business entrances on 23rd Street between Louisiana and Iowa Streets to improve traffic safety?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. The city should instead build the South Lawrence Trafficway as the solution to improving traffic problems on 23rd Street.
Yes. The city should work with business owners so that reducing access doesn’t hurt those businesses financially.
Yes. There are far too many curb cuts on that road, leading to too many accidents.
No. Businesses need to have access to 23rd Street and the city should not cut their access.
No. Safety can be improved on 23rd Street with traffic calming devices, such as islands, speed bumps or roundabouts.
Total 1068
Are you going to play sports next fall?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 63

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Tigers hoping to recapture bragging rights
October 26, 2005
Missouri is entering the Border Showdown this week with a 3-1 Big 12 record, fresh off a victory over Nebraska. But while Mizzou currently boasts a better conference mark than KU, they haven’t had bragging rights for three years.
Car chase ends in two arrests
October 26, 2005
Lawrence police said they were continuing to gather details today about a Tuesday night car chase that began in East Lawrence, ended in rural Douglas County and resulted in two people being arrested.
Another frosty morning, but 50s in afternoon
October 26, 2005
If you parked outdoors overnight, you probably have a little job to do before you drive off this morning, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “You will have to scrape that windshield,” Schack said. “There’s widespread frost in eastern Kansas.”
Court finds ex-officers, 27 Colombians guilty
October 26, 2005
A military court sentenced three former Venezuelan military officers and 27 Colombians to prison terms ranging from two to nine years Tuesday for an alleged plot to kill President Hugo Chavez, the state news agency reported.
Annan: Peacekeepers face ‘alarming situation’
October 26, 2005
Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that U.N. peacekeepers face an “alarming situation” in the tense Ethiopia-Eritrean border area following Eritrean restrictions on their movements and urged the Security Council to take action to prevent another war.
Report: New bird flu outbreak kills 545 fowl
October 26, 2005
A bird flu outbreak has killed 545 chickens and ducks in central China and prompted authorities to destroy 2,487 others, the government said Tuesday.
Nations threaten Syria with sanctions
October 26, 2005
The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday demanded that Syria detain government officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister and ensure their help with a U.N. probe or face possible sanctions.
Report details decades of priests’ sex abuse in Ireland
October 26, 2005
Former bishops, police and state agencies did far too little to prevent the alleged sexual abuse of more than 100 children by Roman Catholic priests in southeast Ireland over a 36-year period, a report published Tuesday charged.
Conservative group starts anti-Miers ad
October 26, 2005
A conservative group opposing Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers bought $250,000 of TV and radio time Tuesday to broadcast an advertisement nationwide calling for President Bush to withdraw her nomination.
Attorney wraps up 1993 WTC bombing civil case
October 26, 2005
An attorney for victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing closed his case Tuesday saying the building’s owners failed to take steps to thwart a possible terrorist assault.
Man dies driving to brother’s funeral
October 26, 2005
Crystal Chockley thought something was wrong when her brother-in-law didn’t show up for her husband’s funeral.
Councilman indicted in federal corruption probe
October 26, 2005
A city councilman was indicted on federal fraud and bribery charges Tuesday, five days after he was talked down from the City Hall observation deck.
Bomb threats prompt three California airports to close
October 26, 2005
A San Diego International Airport terminal was evacuated Tuesday morning after luggage screeners mistook a child’s toy and a cookie for bomb-making materials.
Search continues for missing Ill. college student
October 26, 2005
The search for a missing college student may have reached a critical point, as officials in Mississippi waited Tuesday for medical and dental records to determine whether a body found in a burnt-out chicken house could be that of 21-year-old Olamide Adeyooye.
Lawmakers shown two sides of torture bill
White House, constituents have different views on extent of legislation
October 26, 2005
Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in U.S. custody or weaken the prohibition, as the White House prefers.
Baseball’s lack of black players visible
Astros first Series team since 1953 with no black players on its roster
October 26, 2005
Joe Morgan worries about the face of baseball. Watching the World Series, the Hall of Famer is troubled by what he sees.
Houston fans savoring first appearance in World Series
October 26, 2005
Nearly every seat in the stadium was filled more than 30 minutes before the first pitch and chants of “Let’s Go, Astros” broke out as soon as the national anthem ended.
Chicago prevails in 14th
White Sox take 3-0 series lead
October 26, 2005
Ten, 11, 12, 13 innings. No one could break through.
Getting ‘Honest’
Josh Kelley heads into Lawrence on heels of success to promote his newest album
October 26, 2005
Josh Kelley is living the rock-star dream.
Guillen has earned players’ trust
White Sox manager credited with restoring confidence
October 26, 2005
Forever looking for a laugh in any language, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked last week if he thought the seven Hispanic players on his 25-man World Series roster should take an English course in the off-season.
Lucy Lawless tackles ‘Vampire Bats’ on CBS
October 26, 2005
For someone used to confronting vengeful gods, vampire bats must seem like chicken feed.
Combat drama reports on life ‘Over There’
October 26, 2005
Set in Iraq, the FX combat drama “Over There” (9 p.m., FX) completes its first tour of duty. In the season-ender, the fire team protects a civilian convoy on a road that has seen frequent clashes with insurgents. As the situation grows more dangerous and intense, the squad members begin to doubt the judgment and competence of their superiors. Elsewhere, Bo gets a break in his attempts to rejoin the Army and Sergio gets unexpected news from Anna.
Going the extra meal
October 26, 2005
Holly Gault spends most of her days in the classroom and on the soccer field. She doesn’t have much time to be in the kitchen.
Gadgets, gizmos in the kitchen
Peeler Corer Slicer carves out time for applesauce
October 26, 2005
Kitchen gadgets for the sake of kitchen gadgets don’t do it for me.
U.S. death toll in Iraq hits 2,000
October 26, 2005
The death of an Army sergeant on Tuesday from wounds he suffered in Iraq pushed the U.S. past a grim milestone: 2,000 military members have died since the Iraq conflict began in 2003.
Lions looking ahead
Regional proves O-East early target
October 26, 2005
There weren’t many surprises for the Lawrence High gymnastics team Tuesday night.
Henrickson lands three more
October 26, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson continues to dazzle on the recruiting trail.
LHS soccer falls at regional, 4-0
October 26, 2005
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Washburn Rural, 4-0, on Tuesday in Class 6A regional soccer.
Swanson showing no rust
Nearly yearlong hiatus can’t stop quarterback from being productive
October 26, 2005
One play after taking a vicious hit in a 2004 game against Colorado, Kansas University quarterback Jason Swanson dropped back to pass, unleashed a wounded duck and walked to the sideline in pain.
Harrington might be history in Detroit
Lions quarterback has been benched - and could be released when season ends
October 26, 2005
Joey Harrington might have a future in the NFL. It probably won’t be in Detroit.
Commentary: Don’t fault a policy that stresses class
NBA’s new dress code - despite protests from some players - isn’t such a bad idea
October 26, 2005
Alarmists would have you believe that the NBA’s new dress code will turn Allen Iverson into a robot.
Bulls pick up Hinrich option
Ex-Jayhawk signed through 2006-07
October 26, 2005
As expected, the Chicago Bulls have exercised the fourth-year option on Kirk Hinrich’s contract, meaning the third-year guard now is signed through the 2006-07 season.
Commentary: BCS may be puzzled, but there’s no confusion about USC being No. 1
October 26, 2005
Matt Leinart picked up the phone the other day and gave a shout out to Vince Young.
Georgia wants to build on ‘streak’ against Florida
October 26, 2005
This is something new. Georgia heads into the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” with the makings of a winning streak against Florida.
October 26, 2005
A graphic in Sunday’s Pulse section gave the correct address but the wrong location on a map for the studio of artist Judi Geer Kellas. Her studio is at 18711 Jefferson Hills Drive, which is about 3 miles north of U.S. Highway 24-40.
Israeli press official to speak today at KU
October 26, 2005
David Baker, senior foreign press coordinator in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today at Kansas University, in the Courtside Room of Burge Union.
On the record
October 26, 2005
Lawrence datebook
October 26, 2005
City hatches agreement with Internet provider
October 26, 2005
City commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow Lawrence Freenet, a nonprofit Internet provider, to place equipment on the Kasold Street water tower for a reduced rate.
Pinckney, Hillcrest rezoning initiated
October 26, 2005
City commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to initiate the rezoning of several properties in the Pinckney and Hillcrest neighborhoods.
City: 23rd St. property shouldn’t be condemned
October 26, 2005
City commissioners want to move ahead with design work on eliminating curb cuts along 23rd Street, but they aren’t in favor of condemning property or forcing business owners to comply with the new plans.
Shooting suspect dies awaiting trial
October 26, 2005
A 39-year-old man awaiting trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend last summer has died, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said Tuesday.
Lawrencian pleads guilty to sex crimes
October 26, 2005
A Lawrence man entered a plea Tuesday to three crimes involving a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
$10.4 million cancer grant is renewed
October 26, 2005
Gunda Georg, a senior Kansas University medicinal chemistry professor, has received a $10.4 million federal grant to mentor fellow faculty members across Kansas and support their promising research in the battle against cancer.
Creswell doesn’t show for Moon Bar hearing
October 26, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens and the man he’s accused of attacking at a local bar were due in court Tuesday, but neither appeared.
Host families needed for holiday program
October 26, 2005
Kansas University’s International Student and Scholar Services office is seeking interested families to participate in the Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program, which gives international students an opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with an American family.
Judge approves anti-stalking order against coach
October 26, 2005
A judge on Tuesday approved a Lawrence woman’s request for a protection-from-stalking order against Free State High School teacher and boys’ basketball coach Jack L. Schreiner.
Number of civilian deaths far surpasses U.S. losses
October 26, 2005
The number of Iraqis who have died violently since the U.S.-led invasion is many times larger than the U.S. military death toll of 2,000 in Iraq. In one sign of the enormity of the Iraqi loss, at least 3,870 were killed in the past six months alone, according to an Associated Press count.
U.S. death toll passes grim milestone
October 26, 2005
The fatality toll among Americans serving in the 2 1/2-year Iraq war has reached 2,000, the military reported Tuesday as it announced the death of a soldier who had been wounded by a roadside bomb.
Prosecutor sets sights on unseating Phill Kline
Johnson County D.A. switches political parties for attorney general race
October 26, 2005
Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison on Tuesday shook the Kansas political landscape by announcing he would switch to the Democratic Party to run against Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, a conservative Republican.
State sues psychologists over BTK videotapes
Pair is accused of profiting from interview segments that were broadcast by ‘Dateline NBC
October 26, 2005
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Tuesday sued two Massachusetts psychologists hired by a state agency to interview BTK serial killer Dennis Rader before his sentencing, accusing the psychologists and their company of profiting from a videotape of a session with the man who terrorized Wichita for decades.
Existing homes sales strong in September
October 26, 2005
Sales of previously owned homes held steady in September at the second-highest level on record as demand was bolstered by hurricane refugees, a real estate trade group said Tuesday.
McDonald’s to post nutrition information
October 26, 2005
McDonald’s Corp. announced Tuesday that it would display nutrition information on the packaging for most of its menu items next year.
How to achieve the best view from front-projector televisions
October 26, 2005
With screen sizes more appropriately measured in feet than inches and high-definition (HD) image quality rivaling the best a plasma TV can offer, front-projector television is probably the closest you can get to a truly theater-like experience in your home.
Cement shortage misses Lawrence
LRM Industries president, city director say prices increasing
October 26, 2005
A growing shortage of cement hasn’t reached Lawrence, experts said Tuesday.
Storms, gas prices clouding outlook
Consumer confidence unexpectedly falls
October 26, 2005
The outlook for the holiday shopping season darkened Tuesday as the latest consumer confidence reading showed Americans even more pessimistic about the economy during October.
Daily ticker
October 26, 2005
Kansas opens trade office in China
October 26, 2005
Kansas has opened an office in the Chinese capital of Beijing as the state tries to strengthen its relationship with its fourth-largest trading partner.
Al-Qaida in Iraq claims responsibility for bombings
October 26, 2005
Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the three suicide car bombs aimed at the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad. Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said 17 people were killed - mostly hotel guards and passers-by - in Monday’s attack, which involved bombers driving two cars and a cement truck.
New generation challenged not to let Parks’ legacy die
October 26, 2005
The death of Rosa Parks underscores that the generation responsible for the key victories of the civil rights movement is fading into history, leaving its survivors with the challenge of keeping the movement’s memory and work alive even as today’s youth often seem disengaged.
Nor’easter teams up with Wilma to pummel Northeast
October 26, 2005
A nor’easter that drew energy from the remnants of far-off Hurricane Wilma battered New England and the mid-Atlantic states with 20-foot waves and winds up to 70 mph Tuesday, brought some inland areas their first snow of the season and knocked out power to about 200,000 homes and businesses.
Group homes filled with love
October 26, 2005
As a board member for over 20 years at a group home facility, I must respond to the article on the Oct. 17 front page.
U.N. failures
October 26, 2005
To the editor: Sixty years of the United Nations should be celebrated by closing and locking the doors of their headquarters and suspending all activities worldwide.
A stormy forecast for Bush
October 26, 2005
Some natural disasters - especially earthquakes - strike without warning. Other disasters, however, can be foreseen, such as the hurricanes that have pummeled the United States in recent months.
President Bush should shift strategy
October 26, 2005
Near the end of his magnificent book, “1776,” historian David McCullough writes this about George Washington: “He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, not a gifted orator, not an intellectual. At several crucial moments he had shown marked indecisiveness. He had made serious mistakes in judgment.”
American hero
The little woman who sat on the bus set a powerful example that should inspire us all.
October 26, 2005
Who would have thought that a 42-year-old black seamstress sitting on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., would become one of the true icons of the American civil rights movement?
Cougars gain playoff momentum with win
October 26, 2005
In the final game of the regular season, the electricity on the sidelines of the second- and third-grade Cougars and Twisters match-up was evident. Both teams looked to grab early momentum and finish the regular season on a high note before heading into the Toy Bowl.
Bulldog win secures higher playoff seed
October 26, 2005
A second-place seeding was on the line between the fourth- and fifth-grade Bulldogs and Gorillas Sunday at Youth Sports Inc. The Bulldogs played a mean game to pull off the 33-13 victory and secure the higher seeding.
Thunderbolts hold off early Cobra surge
October 26, 2005
After playing to a tie last week, the 10U Thunderbolts found themselves in another dogfight against the Cobras Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Sports dollars
October 26, 2005
To the editor: It’s about the $10 million donation for the KU football stadium complex.
Dragons overcome rain, cold weather to defeat Lions 8-5
October 26, 2005
The head coach of the 6U Lions is Johnny Paradise, but the playing conditions for the 6U Lions and Dragons game was nothing like paradise.
Schenker scores five goals in Bombers win
October 26, 2005
The 6U Bullets had no answer for Reed Schenker of the Blue Bombers Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. Schenker scored five goals to help the Blue Bombers pull off the 6-3 victory over the Bullets.
Administration isn’t the key
October 26, 2005
For the past several weeks there has been a good deal of discussion in this newspaper about the upcoming departure of the Kansas University provost and the searches for both a new provost and for several deans. A consistent theme of these various articles, letters, and columns has been that the very future of KU depends upon the outcome of these searches. Indeed, one columnist has quoted a letter from a senior faculty member saying the university “stands on the brink” either of success or failure depending upon the results of these searches.
Vietnam vet says he felt ‘out of place’ in group home
October 26, 2005
A 57-year-old Vietnam veteran who lived in a group home operated by Arlan and Linda Kaufman testified Tuesday he felt “out of place” during group sessions he attended at another of the couple’s group homes.
People in the news
October 26, 2005
¢ Judge throws out charges against rapper Eminem ¢ Model selected to replace Kate Moss in H&M ads ¢ Tonya Harding has boyfriend arrested for alleged assault ¢ Lennon, Ono song lyrics to go on auction block ¢ University to display Kubrick’s film archives
Floridians wait for aid, electricity
October 26, 2005
Repair crews across Florida struggled Tuesday to restore electricity to up to 6 million people, reopen the region’s airports and replace countless windows blown out of downtown high-rises during Hurricane Wilma’s ruinous dash across the state.
Frustrated tourists battle to leave Cancun
October 26, 2005
Tens of thousands of haggard tourists, fed up after five days in hot and dirty emergency shelters, battled Tuesday for airline and bus seats out of Mexico’s hurricane-battered Caribbean resorts.
ESPNU names KU ‘powerhouse program’
October 26, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball program received positive national publicity Tuesday night.
Chiefs’ defense looks for boost from Warfield
October 26, 2005
Eric Warfield finally is back as a starting cornerback, so maybe Kansas City’s supposedly improved defense will begin to play like it.
Giants owner Mara dies at age 89
He shaped nearly every rule and philosophy we have in our league today’
October 26, 2005
Every NFL fan owes a huge debt to Wellington Mara, who died Tuesday at 89.
Tide seeking perfection, if not national title
October 26, 2005
Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle wondered aloud before the season, “Why not us?”
Missing money? Thousands of taxpayers are due $73 million in unclaimed refunds
October 26, 2005
Thousands of people have money sitting at the Internal Revenue Service that could be claimed if they would just tell the tax collectors where they live.
Hospitals updating ICU monitoring
October 26, 2005
Wichita’s Via Christi hospitals are getting ready for a new electronic monitoring system for keeping a closer watch on patients whose conditions are so severe they need intensive care.
October 26, 2005
Mustangs hold off ‘Canes rally to win first game of the season
October 26, 2005
Persistence was the name of the game for the 12U Mustangs as they took on the Hurricanes on Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. The Mustangs battled hard the entire game to earn a 4-2 victory, which happened to be their first win of the season.
Undefeated Hurricanes roll into playoffs
October 26, 2005
The sixth-grade Hurricanes finished an undefeated season Sunday with a 31-0 shutout victory over the Cardinals at Youth Sports Inc. Hurricanes head coach Bret Toelkes said he used some of the game to play some kids at new positions.
Decision to open roof angers Astros
October 26, 2005
Major league baseball pulled the roof out from over the Houston Astros’ heads.
The intricate art of subsistence gardening
October 26, 2005
We stopped at a roadside farm stand the other day to buy a couple of bales of fresh straw, and the vendor also was selling a nice assortment of pumpkins, gourds, apples, turnips, onions, sweet potatoes and winter squash. I felt like I was taking a step backward in time.
Natural History Museum display aims to inform, not enlighten
Peek at evolution exhibit offered
October 26, 2005
Though organizers say it wasn’t planned, the new “Explore Evolution” museum exhibit lands at Kansas University in the middle of a heated statewide debate on the topic.
Bush aides brace for charges in CIA leak case
October 26, 2005
The prosecutor in the CIA leak case was preparing to outline possible charges before a federal grand jury as early as today, even as the FBI conducted last-minute interviews in the high-profile investigation, according to people familiar with the case.
Firebirds poised
FSHS strikes early, then holds on for win
October 26, 2005
Free State High’s boys soccer team made good use of its almost-home-field advantage, beating Leavenworth, 4-2, Tuesday in the Firebirds’ Class 6A regional opener at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Trick-or-treating time set for Monday night
October 26, 2005
City commissioners established 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday as the recommended time for children to go trick-or-treating in the city.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 26, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.24 at Quick Stop, 1000 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Students often ignore health advice, land in medical center
October 26, 2005
A couple of months into his first semester at Kansas University, and freshman Barak Krengel is worn out.
Goblet of Fire’ considered darkest ‘Potter’ yet
October 26, 2005
In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the teenage wizard faces new terrors. A face-to-face encounter with his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, for one. Girls, for another.
Doonesbury’ comic strip turns 35 today
Trudeau was 1st cartoonist to win Pulitzer
October 26, 2005
His characters are well into middle age, but Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” is still picking fights 35 years after exploding on the newspaper scene.
Constitution ratified by huge margin
Sunni Arab leaders doubt insurgency will accept document
October 26, 2005
Iraq’s election commission declared Tuesday that final results from the Oct. 15 referendum show the new constitution was ratified by a huge margin, paving the way for elections. Sunni Arab leaders raised doubts that it would be embraced by those at the heart of the insurgency.
October 26, 2005
For Wednesday, Oct. 26
Parents and kids learn soccer together
Not about competition, Hobbits program puts the fun in fundamentals
October 26, 2005
Christopher Nelson scores a goal and then runs to the sideline to celebrate with his mom. A bit unusual for a soccer player to simply leave the field, but this is not an unusual occurrence in a Hobbits scrimmage. On Saturday morning about 80 4- and 5-year olds took to the soccer field to participate in the Kaw Valley Soccer Association soccer Hobbits program.
Pakistanis report volcanic activity in quake zone, no evidence found
October 26, 2005
Pakistan’s army flew a team of geologists to an isolated northwestern valley Tuesday to investigate reports by anxious villagers of possible volcanic activity in the quake-shattered Himalayan foothills, a government official said.
Marijuana changes take step forward
October 26, 2005
A proposal that would allow marijuana smokers to be prosecuted in Municipal Court could end up costing violators a stiffer fine, which is opposite of what supporters of the ordinance had hoped.
Capitol groundbreaking to be re-enacted
October 26, 2005
The groundbreaking ceremony for what was the proposed state Capitol in Lecompton on Oct. 30, 1856, will be re-created Sunday.
Landlord balks at paying damages
October 26, 2005
A judge has ordered a Lawrence landlord to pay more than $110,000 for refusing to rent to an unmarried interracial couple in 2002.
Loss of ‘legend’ felt in Lawrence
October 26, 2005
When she heard Tuesday that Rosa Parks had died, Cheryl Brown Henderson called up Parks’ assistant to convey her condolences.
Late goal by goalie gives Dusters win
October 26, 2005
Bundled in sweaters, pants and gloves, the 13U Dusters and Hurricanes braved the elements Saturday morning at Youth Sports Inc. The two teams played an even-paced game, but a freak goal from the goalkeeper gave the Dusters a 3-2 win.