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Have rising gasoline prices led you to change your driving habits?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. I’ve cut back on my daily trips.
No. I have to drive, so I’ll cut back elsewhere in my budget.
No. It hasn’t affected me at all.
Yes. I’m walking or riding a bicycle more.
Yes. I’m joining a car pool.
Yes. I’m switching from an SUV to a vehicle with better mileage.
Yes. I’m getting a scooter or a motorcycle.
Yes. I’m using public transportation more.
Yes. I’m getting a hybrid gasoline/electric car.
Total 1306

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Lawrence High football chooses kicker
September 1, 2005
This season, the Lions hope to improve on their kicking game. Over the summer, Lawrence High head coach Dirk Wedd asked LHS girl’s soccer player Abby Vestal about kicking for the Lions. Although she gave Chris Cates plenty of competition, Cates will kick for the varsity while Vestal will kick for the JV team.
Firebirds take out Indians
September 1, 2005
The Free State High football team took out Shawnee Mission North, 27-9, in their season opener Thursday at Haskell Stadium.
Kansas accepts EPA fuel waivers
11:59 a.m., September 1, 2005 Updated 01:17 p.m.
In response to concerns about heightened fuel costs caused by Hurricane Katrina, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced today that Kansas will accept a waiver on fuel blends issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Red Cross to offer classes for hurricane relief volunteers
September 1, 2005
In response to a high number of local residents looking to volunteer for Hurricane Katrina relief, the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct special training classes later this month.
Police issue warning after KU student robbed
Student’s purse stolen as she walked to dorm
September 1, 2005
KU police have issued a warning to students after an 18-year-old female student was robbed walking to her dorm late Tuesday night.
Chat transcript with Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson
September 1, 2005
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson took questions about J.R. Giddens and the Moon Bar fight, a proposed marijuana ordinance and underage drinking
Kansas Guard troops deployed to help in hurricane relief effort
September 1, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today ordered the deployment of more than 120 Kansas National Guard soldiers to Louisiana to help in the rescue of people stranded by Hurricane Katrina.
Clear skies expected this evening
07:38 a.m., September 1, 2005 Updated 04:12 p.m.
Headed out to tonight’s Free State High School football game? You can expect clear skies, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Book prize winners, lecture announced
September 1, 2005
Jonathan Earle, associate professor of history, and Jill Kuhnheim, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, are the winners of the 2005 Byron Caldwell Smith Book Prize, awarded by the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University.
Keegan: J-W Cup spices up rivalry
September 1, 2005
No such thing as a friendly rivalry in sports, but in many ways the one between the two biggest high schools in town comes close.
Mother charged with harming son
Not yet 2, child has been hospitalized 13 times
September 1, 2005
A mother has been charged with deliberately making her son so ill that he was hospitalized 13 times, Jackson County prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Fuel spill forces evacuations in South Hutchinson
September 1, 2005
Two tanker cars carrying a highly flammable liquid jumped the tracks late Tuesday, forcing evacuations of 40 to 50 nearby homes, authorities said.
Natural gas leaks detected in Lyons
At least 16 potentially explosive problems uncovered near school, hospital
September 1, 2005
Crews in central Kansas are fixing at least 16 potentially explosive natural gas leaks that were uncovered near a school and a hospital, city officials in Lyons said.
Jailed tycoon seeks seat in parliament
September 1, 2005
Seeking to transform himself from jailed tycoon to political heavyweight, former Yukos Oil Co. chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky announced Wednesday that he plans to run for parliament from prison.
Ebola virus threatens Central African apes
September 1, 2005
Conservationists say the dreaded Ebola virus along with decades of hunting and logging are putting some ape species on the brink of extinction in Central Africa.
Venomous centipede found inside house
September 1, 2005
Aaron Balick expected to find a tiny mouse rustling behind the TV in his apartment. Instead, he found a venomous giant centipede that somehow hitched a ride from South America to Britain.
Anti-rape device spurs controversy
September 1, 2005
A medieval device built on hatred of men? Or a cheap, easy-to-use invention that could free millions of South African women from fear of rape, in a country with the worst sexual assault record on earth?
U.N. agency: Bird flu virus may spread to Europe, Mideast
September 1, 2005
The bird flu virus that has hit several Asian countries is likely to spread to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned Wednesday, urging nations at risk to step up surveillance and prepare national emergency plans.
Kansas City company to close Iowa bakery
September 1, 2005
Interstate Bakeries Corp. said Wednesday it was closing its bakery in Davenport, Iowa, part of its nationwide effort to streamline operations in a bid to emerge from bankruptcy.
Judge tosses lawsuits against wireless firms
September 1, 2005
The nation’s five largest wireless carriers don’t engage in antitrust practices by persuading customers to buy certain handsets to subscribe to their services, a judge ruled.
ConAgra Foods taps former PepsiCo CEO
September 1, 2005
ConAgra Foods Inc. has named Gary Rodkin, a former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Beverages, as its new president and chief executive officer.
September 1, 2005
Machinists urge workers to reject Boeing deal
September 1, 2005
Boeing Co. braced Wednesday for a possible strike at its commercial airplane operations after leaders of more than 18,000 Machinists advised workers to reject a final contract offer they deemed “insulting.”
Real estate investors question tax codes
September 1, 2005
In a recent column, I covered several mistakes that amateur real estate investors make because they misinterpret tax issues on their investment.
Gas prices continue to climb
September 1, 2005
Gasoline prices leaped nationwide Wednesday as key refineries and pipelines remained crippled by Hurricane Katrina, crimping supplies and leading to caps on the amount of fuel delivered to retailers.
Worrisome economy
Katrina forecast to slow growth
September 1, 2005
Surging energy prices and business disruptions from Hurricane Katrina, likely the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, threaten to slow what has been a steadily expanding economy.
Outrageous cut
September 1, 2005
To the editor: I am outraged by the news of the proposed Medicaid cuts that would affect the services offered at the Bert Nash Community Health Center.
Doctor backed
September 1, 2005
To the editor: After reading the recent articles in the Kansas City and Lawrence papers, I felt the need to write a letter in support of Dr. Howard Ellis.
Ranking doesn’t tell full story
September 1, 2005
In recent days, the Journal-World has expressed serious concerns about Kansas University’s decline this year in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings and has extrapolated that things are badly amiss at KU. As seen by the J-W, this decline is indicative of deteriorating performance and suggests complacent administrators who do not aspire to greatness and thus care little about what U.S. News has to say.
Federal spending grows out of control
September 1, 2005
Congress returns to work in a few days, which means that the unrestrained raiding of the public purse through wasteful and unnecessary spending is likely to continue.
Poor planning
Students at Century School are getting a lesson in the importance of planning ahead.
September 1, 2005
Parks are great. Coordinating students to produce a piece of public art is nice. But the city of Lawrence should steer clear of a request to buy a vacant downtown lot and turn it into a pocket park primarily to preserve the view of a student-painted mural.
A big deal
Kansas doesn’t want to be left out of the “certain circles” that are concerned about the state’s evolution education debate.
September 1, 2005
I t seems that Kansas Board of Education member Kathy Martin still is missing the point.
Locals lose
September 1, 2005
To the editor: Just when I thought the Kansas University Athletic Department had gotten the message about the Oklahoma football game being played at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri, Athletic Director Lew Perkins states at half-time of the Chiefs game that the Lawrence community is totally behind such a game.
Pilgrimage stampede kills hundreds
More than 840 die as rumor of suicide bomber sparks panic
September 1, 2005
Thrown into a panic by shouts that a suicide bomber was in their midst, thousands of Shiite pilgrims in a procession across a Baghdad bridge suddenly stampeded, killing more than 840 people, many of whom plunged to their deaths in the Tigris River.
Rangers keep White Sox reeling
Texas’ starting infielders reach 20 home runs for second straight year
September 1, 2005
Michael Young put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay while setting another home-run mark on the same swing.
L.A.’s Lowe spins one-hitter
Marlins’ Hermida rips slam in first big-league at-bat
September 1, 2005
A new pitching angle paid off for Derek Lowe on Wednesday.
Getting on track
Vickers shows improvement in recent Cup races
September 1, 2005
He doesn’t have three wins in his past seven races like Tony Stewart.
Sun cruise past Shock
September 1, 2005
The Connecticut Sun didn’t want to embarrass themselves at the Palace of Auburn Hills again.
Saints unlikely to play home opener in Superdome
September 1, 2005
There is only one certainty about the New Orleans Saints’ future: They will live and work out of the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio for a while.
Commentary: Cincinnati about to hit skids
Bearcats president made big mistake in canning Huggins
September 1, 2005
Ask Cincinnati fans if they would like their program to be on the same level as North Carolina, UCLA and Indiana, and few would decline that offer.
Sharapova sharp at U.S. Open
Wind gusts can’t shake player in 6-1, 6-0 tennis rout
September 1, 2005
Wispy Maria Sharapova was one strong gust away from getting knocked over, though not out, at the U.S. Open.
Theater schedules comedies for Labor Day
September 1, 2005
English Alternative Theatre presents a double-bill of comedic one-acts by Kansas University students for its annual Labor Day Special at the Lawrence Arts Center, 946 N.H.
Silver, copper pieces popular in late 19th century
September 1, 2005
For centuries, smooth, polished silver was the metal favored for luxurious serving pieces. That changed by the mid-1870s, when Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts metalsmiths, searching for a new look, began to make unusual and expensive pieces with a hammered surface that left marks, indicating that the piece was hand-wrought.
Lied Center hires director of education
September 1, 2005
The Lied Center has hired Anthea Scouffas, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, as the new director of education. Scouffas joins the Lied Center from Tucson, Ariz., where she was the community engagement director for UApresents at the University of Arizona from 2002 until 2004. She also served as the interim director at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., in 2001.
Commissioners delay action on turnaround
September 1, 2005
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday delayed action on a request to install a temporary turnaround along East 920 Road near Clinton Parkway and the northeast portion of Kansas Highway 10.
On the record
September 1, 2005
Four indicted in alleged terrorist plot
September 1, 2005
The leader of a radical Islamic prison gang and three others were indicted Wednesday on federal charges of planning terrorist attacks against U.S. military facilities, the Israeli Consulate and other Los Angeles-area targets.
FDA approves new flu-shot supplier
September 1, 2005
Mindful of last year’s flu vaccine shortage, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new shot on Wednesday in an attempt to ensure adequate supplies for the upcoming flu season.
Reported fight lands pair in hospital
September 1, 2005
Two people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon after police were sent to investigate a fight at an eastern Lawrence residence.
Air Force Academy fall investigated
September 1, 2005
The Air Force Academy is investigating allegations that one cadet pushed another out a dorm window, causing him to fall 30 feet and break his back, the Colorado Springs school confirmed Wednesday.
Public divided on teaching evolution
September 1, 2005
Americans are divided over whether humans and other living things evolved over time or have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, according to a new poll.
Princess Diana remembered on anniversary of death
September 1, 2005
Princess Diana’s most loyal fans gathered outside her former home Wednesday to mark the eighth anniversary of her death and to revile the woman who succeeded her as the wife of Prince Charles.
Huskers — gasp — rebuilding
Nebraska coming off rare losing season
September 1, 2005
Without even playing a game, this year’s Nebraska Cornhuskers already have a unique claim to fame — they’re the school’s first squad in 43 years trying to rebound from a losing season.
Ex-Jayhawk Walters wanted to be coach from beginning
September 1, 2005
Rex Walters has had his eye on a coaching career a long time.
FDA official resigns over pill decision
September 1, 2005
The highly regarded women’s health chief at the Food and Drug Administration resigned Wednesday in protest of her agency’s refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.
Kansas QB Meier’s status uncertain
September 1, 2005
It appears the Kansas University football coaching staff still has no idea what it should do with freshman quarterback Kerry Meier and his red-shirt option.
Poll: 4 in 10 would tell Bush to get out of Iraq
September 1, 2005
When asked what they would tell President Bush about Iraq if they could talk to him for 15 minutes, four in 10 said they would urge him to get out - the one response given most often to an open-ended question asked by Gallup.
Lions’ golf 4th in opener
September 1, 2005
Lawrence’s High girls golf team placed fourth of 11 teams at the Lions’ season-opening tournament at Burning Tree Golf Club. Senior Jamie Shmalberg placed second with a nine-hole score of 42. Sydney Wilson was ninth at 44.
LHS tennis goes 1-1-1 at Leavenworth triangular
September 1, 2005
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team picked up a victory, a tie and a loss at a triangular Wednesday at Leavenworth High.
Frosh Downs knows how Rush must feel
September 1, 2005
Patience paid off for Kansas University basketball freshman Micah Downs, who learned Friday - eight days into the semester - he had been declared eligible to play basketball at KU.
FAU full of familiar faces
Hoops coaches Doherty, Walters proud of KU ties
September 1, 2005
Rex Walters, who played basketball at Kansas University but now works at Florida Atlantic, laughed out loud when asked who he would be rooting for Saturday.
Scientists find chimps, people 96 percent identical
September 1, 2005
An international team of scientists Wednesday announced the first comprehensive comparison of the genetic blueprints of humans and chimps, an effort that explains what makes us so similar to our closest living relative - yet so strikingly different.
Peace Mom’ takes rally on road
September 1, 2005
After a 26-day vigil that ignited the anti-war movement, Cindy Sheehan took her protest on the road Wednesday, while a handful of veterans pledged to continue camping off the road leading to President Bush’s ranch until the war in Iraq ends
Renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher to shed light on art of meditation
September 1, 2005
Zach Holden starts and ends his days the same way: with 15 to 30 minutes of meditation.
Feeling antsy? Strategies help eliminate unwelcome invaders
September 1, 2005
The weather has finally become predictable: soggy wet with the chance of rain. As a result, basements are flooding, outdoor activities have been canceled, and many creatures are looking for drier places to live. Ants are at the top of this list. Recent record rainfall has forced these pests out of the ground and into our homes. So, if you turned on the kitchen light last night and found hundreds of ants covering the countertop, or moved a box in the garage and found thousands scurrying for cover, then here are some control strategies to help get the “ants out of your pants.”
Autumn in the garden
September 1, 2005
The sweaty, scorching days of summer are nearly gone, and that’s enough to make any gardener get up and dance a little jig. Autumn is right around the corner, and with this season comes shorter days, cooler temperatures and usually more rain. But life is not all wine and roses; the garden will need some tending. Here is a three-month calendar to keep your landscape in shape.
Despite gas prices, many travelers expected on Labor Day
34.5 million Americans likely to travel 50 miles or more away from home, AAA says
September 1, 2005
Clinton Lake will be like a small town this Labor Day weekend.
Coaches to tout driving safety
Seat-belt usage to be focus of Kansas Safe Driving campaign
September 1, 2005
Kansas is putting its first string on the field to persuade motorists to use their seat belts and not drink and drive.
Three students killed in car accident
September 1, 2005
Three students from Chaparral High School were killed Wednesday while driving to a nearby town to sell ads for the yearbook, authorities said.
Prosecutor to take part in online chat
September 1, 2005
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson will take part in an online chat with Journal-World readers this afternoon.
Lawrence now home away from home
September 1, 2005
As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans, Lawrence resident Colleen Quick sent a desperate message to her son, Stephen.
Tax collections climb throughout state
September 1, 2005
State tax collections continued to climb past estimates.
Drunks at dances a problem
September 1, 2005
Free State High student Mesha Monteaux estimated two-thirds of the more than 500 students in the crowd at the school’s Firestarter Dance on Saturday night had been drinking or were drunk.
Thousands feared dead; New Orleans evacuated
Katrina could be deadliest natural disaster since 1906; looting rife
September 1, 2005
With thousands feared drowned in what could be America’s deadliest natural disaster in a century, New Orleans’ leaders all but surrendered the streets to floodwaters Wednesday and began turning out the lights on the ruined city - perhaps for months.
Anti-tax group flunks most lawmakers
September 1, 2005
Most Lawrence-area lawmakers received failing marks on an anti-tax group’s legislative report card.
Pilot says devastation is worse than it appears
September 1, 2005
John Walton, a Louisiana helicopter pilot who has been helping evacuate hospital patients from New Orleans, said the hurricane devastation is even worse than it appears on television.
KU opens doors to stranded students
September 1, 2005
Kansas University is joining dozens of other institutions in opening its doors to students whose college plans were toppled by Hurricane Katrina.
Twins waste 13 hits
Brown’s single gives Royals 1-0 victory
September 1, 2005
The Kansas City Royals found an opponent to play as bad as them.
Documentary recognizes 100th anniversary of classic star’s birth
September 1, 2005
A gray-haired woman in a dark pantsuit strides across a New York street. Her image, filmed from afar, is barely in focus. But it’s unmistakably Greta Garbo.
Landlord won’t renew CBGB lease
September 1, 2005
As several hundred enthusiastic supporters rallied to keep CBGB’s open, the landlord of the venerable punk club announced Wednesday that the lease on the 32-year-old landmark will not be renewed.
Free State seeks to avenge loss to SM North
September 1, 2005
Shawnee Mission North spread the field and, with quarterback Mack Brown at the controls, riddled Free State in high school football last year.
Pooch Plunge to allow dogs into public pool
September 1, 2005
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center will be open to dogs Tuesday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 1, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.85 at Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Program helps inmates earn diplomas
September 1, 2005
This morning, Susan Lately will go where no woman has gone before.
Untrained volunteers asked to stay home
September 1, 2005
State emergency officials urged Kansans to wait before volunteering to head south and try to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.
Sebelius offers to send troops, equipment
September 1, 2005
Kansas officials are ready to pitch in to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort with National Guard helicopters, trucks and personnel, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.
Gas prices spur interest in cheaper rides
September 1, 2005
Scooter sales are up in Lawrence. The bicycle shops are busier than usual. And hybrid car sales are brisk.
People in the news
September 1, 2005
¢ No more ankle bracelet ¢ Inaugural Fred Rogers scholarship announced ¢ A wolf tail tale ¢ Schwarzenegger museum lacks financial strength
Daily ticker
September 1, 2005
States to expand push for Internet sales taxes
September 1, 2005
Going online to buy the latest bestseller or those photos from summer vacation may be tax free for most people today, but it won’t last forever.
Evasive tactics don’t build court respect
September 1, 2005
How did we end the summer on such a prickly little piece of the political landscape - stuck between a Roberts and a hard place?
Our town sports
September 1, 2005
Attractive hypertufa easy to make yourself
September 1, 2005
Hypertufa sounds like a plant disease, but it’s not; it’s something that you might want to bring into your garden.
Last of the new summer tunes
September 1, 2005
¢ Brooks & Dunn “Hillbilly Deluxe” ¢ Eric Clapton “Back Home”
Terrorism through children’s eyes
September 1, 2005
A year ago today, armed terrorists seized a grammar school in the Russian city of Beslan. The documentary “Children of Beslan” (7 p.m., HBO) recalls the horrific event from the point of view of the young survivors.
Lawrence datebook
September 1, 2005
Area’s mental health concerns may become focus of national study
Think tank will address ways to deal with shortages of inpatient units
September 1, 2005
Lawrence’s struggles to provide inpatient mental health care may attract the attention and assistance of a national health policy think tank.
Ochoa settles in at center
Converted right guard solidifies KU’s line
September 1, 2005
Maybe it was the best option all along. After a natural tackle (Matt Thompson) had an unsuccessful crack at center, and after a defensive tackle (Todd Haselhorst) had an uncomfortable tryout, Kansas University’s coaching staff found the answer to the vacancy was right next door.
Jurors deliberate for 4th day without verdict
September 1, 2005
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive officer David Wittig and his chief lieutenant finished their fourth full day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.
Jayhawks win, but it’s ‘ugly’
Kansas blanks Bears, 2-0, to pick up first victory of season
September 1, 2005
You can’t win, a long-forgotten ancient philosopher said, by losing.
September 1, 2005
For Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005
Veteran football coach realistic about Owls’ hopes
September 1, 2005
There are some coaches who reek of optimism and are quick to talk up their own players and the progress they’ve made, no matter how honest the assessment actually is. And then there’s Howard Schnellenberger.