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Do you think motorists should be banned from using wireless phones while driving?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. They’re dangerous.
No. Government is becoming too intrusive.
No. It’s no more dangerous than listening to the car stereo.
Yes. But only for drivers under age 18.
Total 1546

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House speaker calls for investigation into Nuss
Panel to be formed after legislative session ends
April 28, 2006
TOPEKA - House Speaker Doug Mays today announced he will appoint a committee to investigate the recent diclosure that a Kansas Supreme Court justice discussed the pending school funding case with two legislators.
Supreme Court denies sex predators’ placement
April 28, 2006
The Kansas Supreme Court today ruled in favor of preventing sex predator Leroy Hendricks from living in a home in Leavenworth County In its unanimous decision, the court also said the Legislature must address the issue of where sex predators can live once they have left the state’s civil confinement treatment program.
Douglas County under flood watch
Showers and thunderstorms expected through Sunday
07:21 a.m., April 28, 2006 Updated 12:15 p.m.
Get ready for a lot of rain - Douglas County has been placed under a flood watch through 7 a.m. Saturday, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
United 93’ a first-class drama
April 28, 2006
Up until recently, the title of this film was “Flight 93.” But the subtle move of altering it to “United 93” endows the picture with so much more depth.
Farmers Market vendors balance tradition and change
April 28, 2006
Avery Lominska kneels down in the dirt to examine two long, green rows. It’s time to assess the damage.
Even top prospects unsure of draft fate
Draftees-to-be keep busy as Saturday’s lottery looms
April 28, 2006
Two days before the NFL Draft, even the players who will be picked at the top are tired of listening to the chatter and reading the gossip.
KU professor backs ad calling for end to Cuban embargo
April 28, 2006
Marta Caminero-Santangelo’s parents left Cuba in 1960, soon after the revolution that brought the communists and Fidel Castro to power there.
Area builders to tout trade
Spring tour begins Saturday
April 28, 2006
The Spring Parade of Homes isn’t just for Lawrence anymore. The annual springtime event, sponsored by the Lawrence Home Builders Assn., begins Saturday and will highlight 54 homes and developments in Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, Tonganoxie and - new this year - De Soto, offering people a chance to see the latest in construction, decor and features.
Atkins powers Rockies
Home run lifts Colorado past Philadelphia, 6-3
April 28, 2006
Even outside of Coors Field, Garrett Atkins found out the ball travels far when it’s hit well. Atkins’ tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning helped the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-3, on Thursday.
KU tennis wins
April 28, 2006
Kansas University’s tennis team tripped Colorado, 4-3, on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference championships. The No. 8 seed Jayhawks (14-10) will meet No. 1 seed Baylor today.
Dixon nominated
April 28, 2006
Former Kansas University basketball player Tamecka Dixon is one of 30 nominees for the WNBA’s All-Decade Team. Dixon, who plays for the Houston Comets, played for Los Angeles from 1997 to 2005.
KU names Brent sports psychologist
April 28, 2006
Kansas University has hired Megan Brent as its first full-time sports psychologist. Brent will provide performance-enhancing consultation to coaches and athletes, as well as individual and group counseling for mental-health issues. Prior to working at Cincinnati, Brent completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Kansas State.
Baker coach honored
April 28, 2006
Baker University’s Karen Exon has been named Heart of America Athletic Conference women’s golf coach of the year. Baker recently placed third overall and second in the conference at the NAIA Region V/HAAC Tournament.
Brady Tanner to compete at Special Olympics event
April 28, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University softball coach Gary Tanner won’t have to go far Saturday to watch his son compete in the regional Special Olympics powerlifting competition.
Time to get serious
Kansas seniors key as OU, Texas loom
April 28, 2006
There will be no more juggling for Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price. Starting today, the skipper will not jumble the middle of his order. The Jayhawks’ offense only will go as far as seniors Ritchie Price, Matt Baty, Gus Milner and Jared Schweitzer can carry it.
State awaits, but first things first
Antsy Firebird swimmers place second at Lawrence High quad
April 28, 2006
Stuck in a regular-season rut, the Free State High girls swimmers are “bored” as they move toward the Sunflower League meet and the state tournament. But Free State seemed focused Thursday, placing second in a quad at Lawrence High’s Knox Natatorium after a score of 355. Blue Valley North won convincingly, scoring 476, and Olathe South (285) and LHS (240) followed the Firebirds.
Walters lands Florida Atlantic job
Former Kansas University standout will replace ex-KU assistant Doherty as FAU’s head coach
April 28, 2006
Former Kansas University basketball guard Rex Walters has his first head-coaching job.
Last-hole eagle lifts McDowell
Appleby trails by one, Mickelson by four at New Orleans
April 28, 2006
Graeme McDowell finished a flawless round in easy conditions at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday by one-hopping a wedge from 116 yards into the cup for eagle on the ninth hole, giving him an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Stuart Appleby.
LHS baseball holds on for 4-2 win
April 28, 2006
After a wild start, the Lawrence High baseball team settled into a pitcher’s duel with Olathe North. Daniel Green shut out the Eagles after the first inning and led the Lions to a 4-2 victory.
Seabury tennis stumped
April 28, 2006
Seabury Academy’s tennis squad dropped a dual, 6-3, Thursday to Baldwin. Simon Thompson, Gabrielle Dillon and Scotty King earned singles victories for the Seahawks. Seabury (4-1) will play host Monday to Shawnee Maranatha.
LHS softball loses pair to Olathe North
April 28, 2006
The Lawrence High softball team continued to struggle, dropping a doubleheader to Olathe North on Thursday, 4-1 and 3-0. The Lions now are 6-6 after a 5-0 start.
Lions tie Pioneers
Stuever’s goal preserves deadlock
April 28, 2006
It had only been a few seconds, but Lawrence High’s Stef Stuever already was impatient with her place next to the flag at midfield. “I feel constant energy when I’m on the field,” Stuever said. “I hate being on the side and watching because I feel like I can’t do anything.”
Agent: Versatile Gordon ready for NFL
April 28, 2006
Charles Gordon’s camp has heard the whispers ever since the Kansas University junior turned pro. He’s not fast enough, and certainly not big enough, to be an early entry for this weekend’s NFL Draft.
Woodling: ‘77 easily was KU’s best class
April 28, 2006
These days, it’s top-of-the-page news when a Kansas University football player hears his name called on the first day of the NFL Draft.
Agreement reached on funeral picketing
April 28, 2006
The Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers couldn’t protest closer than 500 feet to any funeral of a U.S. soldier killed in combat and couldn’t use noise to disrupt the service under a tentative compromise bill worked out by House and Senate negotiators.
On the record
April 28, 2006
Broussard drives in 8
Cleveland clobbers Boston, 15-3
April 28, 2006
Ben Broussard was glad he didn’t hear the fans calling his name. Broussard drove in a career-high eight runs, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox, 15-3, on Thursday night, handing Josh Beckett his first loss with his new team.
K.C. salve for Santana’s struggles
April 28, 2006
Johan Santana found the perfect cure for his slow start: the Kansas City Royals. Santana struck out 10 in eight innings to get his first victory of the season, leading the Minnesota Twins over the Royals, 7-3, on Thursday.
Fire damages home
April 28, 2006
Fire badly damaged the inside of a southern Douglas County home Thursday afternoon and forced the owner to move into a trailer on the property.
Mumps cases increase
April 28, 2006
More Douglas County and Kansas University mumps cases were reported Thursday.
Solicitors emerge with warm weather
April 28, 2006
First come the crocus and daffodils. Then come the tulips. Then come the solicitors.
Mine survivor: Some air packs broken
April 28, 2006
Trapped deep below ground by poisonous gases, the Sago miners realized at least four of their air packs did not work, and they were forced to share the devices as they desperately pounded away with a sledgehammer in hopes of getting rescuers’ attention, the sole survivor says.
House delays vote on ethics reform
April 28, 2006
House Republican leaders on Thursday narrowly defused a revolt within their ranks that would have killed lobby and ethics legislation, but then delayed a final vote on the package until next week.
Teen pleads guilty to killing schoolmate
April 28, 2006
A teenager accused of helping his ex-girlfriend kill and dismember a 16-year-old classmate pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that could shorten his sentence by decades.
Burg solid for busy, busy LHS
April 28, 2006
The list of priorities for Lawrence High seniors this week included Thursday’s barbecue, today’s “Skip Day” and Saturday night’s prom.
Soldier found dead after apparent suicide note
April 28, 2006
A 20-year-old soldier was found dead in his barracks the day after an apparent suicide note was posted on his Web page.
2 white teens charged in Hispanic youth’s beating
April 28, 2006
Two white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a Hispanic 16-year-old boy who they believed had tried to kiss a Hispanic 12-year-old girl at a party, authorities said.
National anthem in Spanish draws outrage
April 28, 2006
British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.
CDC: Milder than normal flu season ending
April 28, 2006
This year’s flu season draws to a close as one of the mildest in recent years, partly because the vaccine was a good match for this winter’s most common virus.
KU fraternity to host Cinco de Mayo dinner
April 28, 2006
The Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Kansas University will host a Cinco de Mayo Taco benefit dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 12th Street and Oread Avenue.
Police arrest suspect in purse snatching
April 28, 2006
Lawrence Police arrested a man suspected of snatching a woman’s purse Thursday afternoon in central Lawrence, and officers believe they can link the suspect to several similar recent incidents.
Boat motor stolen from KU crew team
April 28, 2006
A boat motor valued at $4,000 has been stolen from the Kansas University crew team out of a storage area at Burcham Park, marking the second time this week that the team was robbed.
Rangers enjoying Mench’s explosion
Since losing ill-fitting shoes last week, Texas slugger on torrid offensive streak
April 28, 2006
It’s gotta be the shoes for Kevin Mench. Since finally getting the right size shoes last week, Mench is on a torrid streak - a Texas Rangers record with home runs in six straight games, including two grand slams, and 20 RBIs in a week.
KU law prof says legislative probe of justice’s meeting unwarranted
April 28, 2006
The Kansas Legislature could - but shouldn’t - conduct its own investigation into the actions of state Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss, says a Kansas University law professor.
U.N. agency finds Iran has not complied
April 28, 2006
A U.N. watchdog agency’s report to be issued today will declare that, despite a formal request from the Security Council, Iran has not provided international inspectors with any new information about the country’s nuclear program and has accelerated, rather than curbed, uranium-enrichment activities, sources said.
China rate increase has worldwide impact
April 28, 2006
China’s central bank raised interest rates Thursday in the government’s strongest move yet to cool an economy verging on overheating. The news sent resource stocks, oil and commodity prices lower around the world.
U.N.: Health larger role in growth than genes
April 28, 2006
It doesn’t matter whether you are born in India or the United States: If you are breast-fed, vaccinated and get proper health care, you will grow up to be the same height and weight, a U.N. study released Thursday said.
Islamic militant receives seven years in jail
April 28, 2006
An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to seven years in prison Thursday for sheltering the man who allegedly helped mastermind a string of suicide bombings.
Family of jailed reporter worried about his health
April 28, 2006
The family of a jailed Chinese journalist charged with leaking state secrets is worried about his deteriorating health, his brother said Thursday.
Police want to talk with Quizno’s customers
April 28, 2006
Lawrence Police want to talk with a group of people who were inside a local sandwich shop around the time it was robbed on Monday evening.
Management reform battle heats up
April 28, 2006
Rich and poor nations battled Thursday over the fate of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s proposals to overhaul the United Nations, sharply divided on how much new authority to give him.
Much of whistleblower’s Red Cross suit dismissed
April 28, 2006
A whistleblower who claims the American Red Cross failed to immediately alert regulators when more than 600 pints of contaminated blood were released in New Jersey saw the bulk of her lawsuit dismissed Thursday in federal court.
Man executed for mutilating ex-girlfriend
April 28, 2006
A man convicted of mutilating and murdering his former girlfriend was executed by lethal injection Thursday after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine rejected a plea for clemency.
Firefighters gather for conference
April 28, 2006
Lawrence is the hot spot for more than 200 of the state’s higher-ranking firefighters this week.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 28, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 28, 1906: “These are important times at Ottawa University. The Baptist school is celebrating its 41st anniversary with appropriate exercises and events and it is a time many are enjoying. :
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 28, 2006
Lawrence High spring queen finalists were Nancy Knox, Mary Sudlow, Jan Beech, Terry Bysom, Barbara Lauter and Kathy Maloney.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 28, 2006
A proposed 22 percent increase in student tuition at state universities the coming fall semester should be pared back to 15 percent or the extra money should be used for the following year, the Kansas House Ways and Means Committee declared. The Senate Ways and Means Committee had approved the full 22 percent but there was strong opposition to the higher figure among members of the House.
Important job
April 28, 2006
To the editor: May 1 has been designated by the American Federation of Teachers Educational Foundation as “Worthy Wage Day.” It is a time to remind everyone that early childhood educators play an important role in educating our children.
Dress code?
April 28, 2006
To the editor: In the Sound Off section of the Journal-World someone asked the question, “Does the Lawrence school board have a dress code for teachers?”
Treating media as adversaries hurts Bush
April 28, 2006
President Bush has named Tony Snow as his new press secretary. But that won’t fix his press relations unless he changes his underlying philosophy.
Nuss fuss
Republicans in the Kansas Senate should quit sniping at one another and get to work on completing school finance legislation.
April 28, 2006
This is exactly what the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas people don’t need right now.
Negotiators agree on marriage age bill
April 28, 2006
No one under age 16 could marry in Kansas under legislation worked out Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.
Florida suspect arrested in Kansas murder
April 28, 2006
A Florida man was arrested Wednesday at Kansas City International Airport after being charged in a Kansas murder.
Mother found guilty in disabled son’s death
April 28, 2006
A woman who accidentally ran over and killed her disabled son was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter.
Report finds diversity problems at UMKC
April 28, 2006
The University of Missouri-Kansas City has a serious problem with its racial climate and a serious lack of diversity in its faculty, according to an audit commissioned by the school.
Closing credit accounts can hinder mortgage
April 28, 2006
Q: We are planning to apply for a mortgage soon. We have three credit cards that we never use anymore, so we are planning to close the accounts. Would closing the accounts now improve our chances of getting a home loan in a month or two?
Area students win ‘Legendary’ contest
April 28, 2006
Andrea Jeannin, Caitlin Teeters and Emily Knapp already are starting their own legends, by writing winning entries in a contest to celebrate Kansans they consider to be prominent.
Voters shouldn’t be distracted
April 28, 2006
One of my favorite commercials making its way around the Internet is for John West canned salmon.
Darfur demands attention
April 28, 2006
On Sunday, the Save Darfur coalition will hold a mass rally in Washington to focus public outrage on the genocide in Darfur.
Flood of car repairs follows hailstorm
April 28, 2006
Damage from Sunday night’s hailstorm is rolling into a converted tire shop in the Lawrence Auto Plaza, once every 12 minutes.
National: Clooney lends star power to calls for Darfur relief
Senators Brownback, Obama welcome actor’s involvement
April 28, 2006
It would be an understatement to say actor George Clooney overshadowed Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback at a Thursday news conference to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Two-headed monster
Dominant pitching, offense keep Firebirds steamrolling
April 28, 2006
The offensive firepower of the Free State High baseball squad probably causes nightmares for opposing pitchers, but lurking in the background is the fear foes have for the Firebird pitching staff.
Senate passes school finance
$466 million plan faces uncertain future in House
April 28, 2006
A three-year, $466 million school finance plan won Senate approval Thursday after a four-hour debate that focused more on politics and the Kansas economy than how much aid public schools should receive.
3 charged in crack case near school
April 28, 2006
Three Lawrence residents have been charged with dealing crack cocaine near New York School between 2003 and 2004, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren’s office announced Thursday.
Teacher seeks apology from board president over tower discussion
April 28, 2006
A teacher has asked Lawrence school board president Leonard Ortiz for a public apology following an alleged dressing down he gave her for speaking out in favor of a new ornamental tower for Lawrence High School.
Lawrence Datebook
April 28, 2006
Conference focuses on reducing oil use
April 28, 2006
With prices skyrocketing, the typical Kansas household will spend $3,500 at the gasoline pump this year, according to a new report.
Pain at the pump
High prices fuel more drive-offs
April 28, 2006
Three times in the past week, a driver has pulled up to the pump at Wood Oil Co., 920 N. Second St., filled the tank and sped away without paying.
Police officer wounded, traveler killed at airport
April 28, 2006
A man who argued with workers at an airport ticket counter grabbed a police officer’s gun and shot a patrolman before he was killed by another officer Thursday, authorities said.
Workers get day off for protest
Beef plants to close Monday for immigration rallies
April 28, 2006
The nation’s second-largest beef processor will give more than 15,000 of its workers the day off Monday so they can take part in nationwide protests against proposed federal immigration laws, a company spokesman said.
Bulls shackle Shaq
Late technical fouls cap Chicago rout
April 28, 2006
Instead of looking like his old self, Shaquille O’Neal simply looked old, flustered and frustrated.
Documentary shows reality of pregnancy
April 28, 2006
Proof that “reality” television has replaced or perhaps surpassed old-fashioned soap operas can be found on “Oh Baby, Now What?” (9 p.m., A&E).
Al-Jazeera: Cairo bureau chief released on bail
April 28, 2006
Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief was released on a $1,745 bail Thursday and charged with propagating lies with his reporting on this week’s Sinai resort bombings, the pan-Arab satellite channel reported.
Nation jails opposition leader, draws outcry
April 28, 2006
Belarus’ authoritarian government jailed the country’s most prominent opposition leader Thursday after a protest rally that attracted thousands, a move that drew swift international condemnation.
Retail battle
April 28, 2006
To the editor: I was sad to hear the recent news about our city officials. It seems they gave up their courageous fight against the evil empire.
Local doctors attend annual meeting
April 28, 2006
Drs. Jeff Randall and Neal Lintecum, both of Lawrence, recently attended the 73rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago.
Sebelius campaign fined for violation
Ethics commission finds governor sought money from lobbyists
April 28, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ re-election campaign was fined $1,500 Thursday for violating the state campaign finance law.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 28, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several stations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Katrina report blasts Bush, White House
April 28, 2006
A Senate inquiry into the government’s Hurricane Katrina failures ripped the Bush administration anew Thursday and urged the scrapping of the nation’s disaster response agency. But with a new hurricane season just weeks away, senators conceded that few if any of their proposals could become reality in time.
Top cleric OKs plan to dismantle Iraq’s militias
April 28, 2006
The incoming prime minister won the backing Thursday of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric for his plan to disband militias, which the U.S. believes is the key to calming sectarian strife and halting the country’s slide toward civil war.
Road maintenance touted over repairs
April 28, 2006
The city’s top road builders are preaching patience when it comes to fixing some of the city’s more severely deteriorating streets
Publisher recalls book written by teen
April 28, 2006
A teen novel by a Harvard student accused of plagiarizing a successful author of young adult fiction was yanked Thursday from bookstores by its publisher, Little, Brown & Co.
Not prejudiced
April 28, 2006
To the editor: There are good and bad people in every race on this Earth. I am not a prejudiced person. Are the people in the U.S.A. going to stand back and let this country be taken over by the Hispanics or any other group?
A leg to stand on
Musicians, comedians come together to help fellow performer
April 28, 2006
Billy Brimblecom was recuperating hours after having his cancerous leg surgically removed.
Counseling practice hires new therapist
April 28, 2006
Shane Jones announces the joining of Jeff King as a partner in his professional counseling practice, Shane M. Jones & Associates.
April 28, 2006
Exxon Mobile reports record profit as outcry rises
April 28, 2006
Soaring oil and gasoline prices sent Exxon Mobil Corp.’s profit to a hefty $8.4 billion in the first quarter, continuing a highly profitable run that has fired up consumers and made the oil giant a top political target.
Congress struggles to respond to anger over high gas prices
April 28, 2006
House Republicans on Thursday refused to support billions of dollars in new taxes on oil companies as lawmakers in both parties looked for ways to soothe election-year rage over high gasoline prices.
People in the news
April 28, 2006