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Have you met people online before?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, and we met in person.
 
44%
No, I’ve never met anybody over the Internet.
 
42%
Yes, but we haven’t met in person.
 
12%
Total 454

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New security devices in use at District Court
January 5, 2006
Prepare to be searched if you’re heading downtown to the judicial and law enforcement center. A new metal detector and an x-ray machine now grace the lobby of the building that houses District Court.
LHS basketball back in action
January 5, 2006
The holiday break is over for the prepsters. Tomorrow night, both Lawrence High and Free State High host a boys’ and girls’ double header at their home gyms. For the LHS boys, the layoff could not have come at a better timne.
Boil advisory lifted for Baldwin City
January 5, 2006
It’s safe to drink the tap water in Baldwin City, public health officials announced this afternoon.
Group organizing trip to aid New Orleans hurricane victims
January 5, 2006
The LEO Center is organizing another trip to the Katrina-stricken New Orleans area for Jan. 21-28. The group sent volunteers from several area churches in October and December to help clean up and restore the Gulf Coast region after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Poll: Kansans support embryonic stem cell research
January 5, 2006
Kansans overwhelmingly support embryonic stem cell research, according to a poll released today that was commissioned by a group that opposes bans on stem cell research. The poll of 800 registered voters in Kansas is the latest in a buildup of arguments over the issue that is expected to be hotly debated this year.
Another warm day - at least for January
January 5, 2006
Lawrence will get another day of mostly blue skies and above-average temperatures, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It will be partly cloudy today, with temperatures in the 40s,” Schack said. The average high temperature for this date is 39 degrees, while the average morning low is 21.
Spangles to open restaurant in Lawrence
January 5, 2006
Spangles is coming to town.
Community theater announces auditions
January 5, 2006
The Lawrence Community Theatre plans auditions at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for “Red Herring,” by Michael Hollinger.
Lawrence Guild to open show for members
January 5, 2006
The Lawrence Art Guild All Members Exhibition will feature the works of 70 artists at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., from Jan. 13 to Feb. 28, with a public reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13.
Troops sent to hideout of tribe holding hostages
January 5, 2006
The Yemeni government dispatched more helicopter-borne troops Wednesday to encircle a rugged mountain hideout and cut off water deliveries to the region where a renegade tribe is holding five Italian tourists hostage.
Former Steelers star to run for Pennsylvania governor
January 5, 2006
Former Steelers star Lynn Swann declared his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor Wednesday in the city where he made his name in professional football.
Russia, Ukraine agree on gas deal
January 5, 2006
Ukraine agreed on Wednesday to nearly double the amount it is paying for natural gas while Russia agreed to pay $2.4 billion a year more to transport fuel through its neighbor to other European nations. The deal ended a stalemate that threatened the continent’s winter energy supplies and shook confidence in the world’s biggest gas supplier.
Alito receives highest rating from American Bar Assn.; friends, foes plan ads
January 5, 2006
Judge Samuel Alito on Wednesday gained the American Bar Assn.’s highest rating for a Supreme Court nominee, giving him a boost before next week’s Senate confirmation hearings.
Landmark National Bank moves into Lawrence
January 5, 2006
Landmark Bancorp Inc. announced Wednesday that it had closed its $12.875 million acquisition of First Manhattan Bancorp, owner of FirstBank in Lawrence.
Don’t cash out 401(k) early
January 5, 2006
Are you looking for a new position in the new year? If so, what are your plans for the money you’ve accumulated in your 401(k), 403b, or similar employer retirement plan?
Upcoming horticultural, agricultural events
January 5, 2006
Kansas State University Research and Extension and/or its Extension Master Gardeners are participating in the following area and statewide horticultural and agricultural events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
Chalmers rises to occasion
January 5, 2006
During the shootaround several hours before the opening tip, Kansas University coach Bill Self rattled off the names of the five starters for Wednesday night’s tuneup against Yale University.
Fire contained in southern Oklahoma
January 5, 2006
Firefighters aided by retardant-dropping airplanes contained a 7,000-acre grass fire in southern Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Mountains on Wednesday and began battling another fire in the area.
Families to be able to view WTC chamber
January 5, 2006
Family members of Sept. 11 victims will be able to enter a private room in the World Trade Center memorial and look through a window at a chamber storing more than 9,000 pieces of unidentified human remains, development officials said.
Coffeyville Resources to expand
January 5, 2006
A Coffeyville refinery and fertilizer plant that played a role in the bankruptcy of Farmland Industries has announced plans for a $92 million expansion.
Our town sports
January 5, 2006
Canceled committee upsets lawmakers
January 5, 2006
There will be one fewer committee in the Kansas House when the Legislature convenes next week.
Kansas City suburb drops anti-war sign prosecution
January 5, 2006
A Kansas City suburb has dropped its prosecution of a man who was ticketed for anti-war yard signs and plans to review its sign ordinance.
Turkey reports bird flu in children
January 5, 2006
A 14-year-old farm boy who died after developing pneumonia-like symptoms has tested positive for bird flu, Turkey’s health minister said Wednesday. If confirmed, it would be the first human death from the ailment outside of east Asia.
City Council elects first female, gay leader
January 5, 2006
Her voice trembling and tears welling in her eyes, Christine Quinn made history Wednesday by assuming her new role of “Madame Speaker” of the New York City Council.
Nurse gets 9 months for selling fake flu shots
January 5, 2006
A Minnesota nurse was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in prison and given one year of supervised release for selling bogus flu shots to Augsburg College students and staff in a 2004 scam that sent the Minneapolis college into a panic.
Quick’s Bar-B-Q site to cater to car buyers
Custom Highline drives for larger lot on Sixth St.
January 5, 2006
A Lawrence barbecue restaurant and catering business closed this week and has been sold to make way for an auto dealership.
Murder-for-hire case brings federal charges
January 5, 2006
A federal grand jury indicted a Lawrence woman Wednesday for allegedly asking an undercover officer to kill a man in exchange for drugs.
Wife’s whereabouts given in cruise disappearance
January 5, 2006
A woman whose husband disappeared during their honeymoon cruise last summer was found sleeping in a corridor far from the couple’s cabin the night he vanished, the cruise line said Wednesday.
15th body recovered from wrecked ice rink
January 5, 2006
Rescue workers early today recovered the body of a woman believed to be the last person missing in the ruins of a skating rink in this Bavarian resort town, bringing the number of dead to 15.
On the record
January 5, 2006
Sooners, NCAA to meet
Men’s basketball, gymnastics investigated
January 5, 2006
Oklahoma will meet with NCAA officials in April regarding an investigation into the school’s men’s basketball and gymnastics programs, the school said Wednesday.
Ticket line
January 5, 2006
To the editor: I attended the historic game the Kansas University women’s basketball team won against visiting LaSalle Dec. 30 that became the home team’s new season-starting record of 11 wins to no losses.
Teen accused of burning child may be in Kansas
January 5, 2006
Police are looking for a 15-year-old Hurricane Rita evacuee from Lake Charles who may have fled to Kansas after allegedly setting fire to a 7-year-old boy.
Lawrence datebook
January 5, 2006
Pastor arrested on lewdness charge
January 5, 2006
A pastor who has spoken out against homosexuality was arrested after propositioning a male undercover police officer outside a hotel, authorities said.
Three foreign climbers killed in rock slide
January 5, 2006
Rocks and boulders tumbled down Mount Kilimanjaro on Wednesday and crashed into a group of climbers sleeping in tents before their final ascent of Africa’s highest mountain. Three foreign climbers and an unknown number of guides were killed.
Art professor awarded distinguished residency
January 5, 2006
An art professor in Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts was recently selected to participate in the notable Banff residency program in Alberta, Canada.
Cheney to visit troops at Fort Leavenworth
January 5, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney will make an appearance Friday at a rally for troops at Fort Leavenworth.
Two more days slated for tree recycling
January 5, 2006
Ten days after Christmas, and already the City of Lawrence has put your used trees to good use.
No injuries or tsunami reported in strong quake
January 5, 2006
A strong earthquake struck undersea early Wednesday off Baja California, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
H&R Block mailer displays recipients’ SSNs
January 5, 2006
H&R Block Inc. last month mistakenly mailed out free copies of its tax return software that included the recipients’ Social Security numbers on the mailing label, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company said Wednesday.
State races will set stage for ‘08
January 5, 2006
With the return this week of the 109th Congress after last year’s bruising session, it is open season for speculation about November’s midterm election. The collapse of President Bush’s landmark Social Security initiative, the battles over Supreme Court nominations, the scandals real and threatened involving Republican leaders, and the signs of fraying inside the GOP coalition have raised the stakes in the coming House and Senate campaigns.
Local insurance agents sell turkey policies
January 5, 2006
Members of the Lawrence Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors raised $307 for the Salvation Army by selling policies to protect people from burning their holiday turkeys.
Former newsman guilty of theft
January 5, 2006
The former head of the Kansas Press Assn. has pleaded no contest to theft from the organization.
Children invited to join Lawrence choir
January 5, 2006
The Lawrence Children’s Choir is offering a seven-week choir experience for first- and second-graders in the Lawrence area. Janeal Krehbiel and Marilyn Epp will conduct the choir.
Daily ticker
January 5, 2006
Chevrolet top brand for U.S. sales in 2005
January 5, 2006
Chevrolet was the best-selling brand in the U.S. market in 2005, outpacing Ford for the first time in 19 years. But that was where the good news ended for General Motors Corp. and other U.S. automakers, who continued to lose ground to foreign rivals.
Mascot sensitivity runs amok
January 5, 2006
The University of Illinois must soon decide whether, and if so how, to fight an exceedingly silly edict from the NCAA. That organization’s primary function is to require college athletics to be no more crassly exploitative and commercial than is absolutely necessary. But now the NCAA is going to police cultural sensitivity, as it understands that. Hence the decision to declare Chief Illiniwek “hostile and abusive” to American Indians.
Sewing table mainstay of 19th-century housewife
January 5, 2006
Sewing was an everyday activity for the 19th-century housewife. Often, a special table that held sewing supplies and needlework was kept near the living room. The sewing table became a special furniture form. It looked like a small table with a lift top, but there was sometimes a cloth bag or wooden structure below the top to hold sewing work. The top of the table held a tray or box filled with sewing accessories, including many that would not be recognized today.
Mr. Stinky Feet’ visiting Washburn
January 5, 2006
Jim Cosgrove, known to fans as “Mr. Stinky Feet,” brings his brand of silly sing-along songs to the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre on the Washburn University campus.
Girl Scouts to start annual cookie sales
January 5, 2006
Girl Scouts in the Douglas County area will open cookie sales for the year with a kickoff party on Friday.
Putin plays politics with gas pipeline
January 5, 2006
Most Russians celebrate the new year with a few firecrackers, a glass of sweet champagne, perhaps vodka and pickled herring to keep the party going. This year the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, celebrated by switching off the flow of natural gas to Ukraine.
Menninger Clinic land now a state park
January 5, 2006
State Park No. 24 is now a reality.
Master Gardeners sow knowledge in community
January 5, 2006
Gardeners come from all walks of life and have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experiences. But some gardeners possess two traits that make them excellent candidates for becoming Extension Master Gardener volunteers: a passion for learning and a desire to share knowledge with others. As we turn the corner on 2006, it is once again time to recruit and train another class of EMG volunteers.
12 miners found dead after rescue effort
Initial reports after explosion said they survived
January 5, 2006
With their escape routes blocked by heavy smoke, most of the 13 miners caught in an explosion did what they were trained to do: They retreated deeper into the mine and hung a curtain-like barrier to keep out toxic gases while they waited for rescuers to find them, officials said Wednesday.
Perfect Pitt doesn’t panic
Panthers survive Quinn’s big night, down Notre Dame in 2 OT
January 5, 2006
No matter what defense Pitt tried against Chris Quinn, no matter what defender was used against him, he made shots - some from beyond the NBA’s three-point range. But on a night no lead was safe against Notre Dame and its Quinn-led comebacks, what proved the Irish’s undoing was their inability to hold one of their few leads.
Study brings big advance against ovarian cancer
Nearly 6 in 10 couldn’t endure difficult treatment
January 5, 2006
Pumping heavy doses of chemotherapy drugs right into the abdomen boosted survival of women with advanced ovarian cancer by 16 months in what experts call the first big advance in more than a decade against one of the most lethal cancers in women.
No K-State
January 5, 2006
To the editor: There have been eight Big 12 bowl games to watch.
Landslide buries village; death toll could surpass 190
January 5, 2006
A landslide caused by days of pounding rain buried a small village beneath tons of mud and rock Wednesday, bringing the number of dead or missing from days of wet weather in central Indonesia to more than 190, officials said.
Order on Westar rates misleading to consumers, advocates say
January 5, 2006
State regulators are low-balling the cost to consumers of a recent order on Westar Energy Inc.’s electric rates, misleading Kansans into thinking they face only $3 million a year in higher bills, customers’ attorneys said Wednesday.
Ariel Sharon suffers massive stroke
January 5, 2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent hours of surgery after suffering a life-threatening stroke, but doctors resumed operating early today after a brain scan revealed he required more treatment. Powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
New-look Sonics stave off Bulls
Hinrich scores 16; Collison just shy of double-double
January 5, 2006
Rashard Lewis scored 21 points and Luke Ridnour hit two free throws with three seconds left to lead Seattle to a 101-97 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in Bob Hill’s debut as the SuperSonics head coach.
Wittig allowed to keep mansion
January 5, 2006
David Wittig, the former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive convicted of looting the utility, will not have to give up his Topeka mansion or hundreds of thousands of dollars in art and furnishings prosecutors say he bought with ill-gotten gains, a federal judge has ruled.
Poll: Have you met people online before?
January 5, 2006
Once you’ve made a new friend online, it may be a leap of faith - or fear - to meet them in real life. What’s your experience?
Scared Samaritans
It’s sad that fear of legal liability should make people hesitant to help one another.
January 5, 2006
With all the debate these days about what should or shouldn’t be taught in schools, here’s one teaching point on which most of us can agree: It’s good to help when you can.
Running Amtrak into the ground
January 5, 2006
At 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Amtrak train that should have arrived in Atlanta by about 7:40 p.m. wasn’t too far away to the west, but the agent had no idea when the No. 20, known as the Crescent, would arrive.
Independent films top guild nominees
January 5, 2006
“Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Crash” were among best-of-2005 nominees announced Wednesday by guilds representing Hollywood producers and writers.
Attackers behead Afghan headmaster
January 5, 2006
Militants broke into the home of an Afghan headmaster and beheaded him while forcing his wife and eight children to watch, the latest in a spate of attacks blamed on the Taliban that have forced many schools to close.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
January 5, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.20 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU alumna was noted in field of classical music
January 5, 2006
Steve McAllister once met Carla Hinrichsen at a pizza restaurant in London. The tall, gray-haired woman, who had been one of two female graduates in Kansas University’s 1947 law school class, carried the KU alumni newsletter.
Folks like you
The Internet is the ultimate meeting place for people with similar interests. But several Lawrence groups have moved their meetings beyond cyberspace.
January 5, 2006
Nadia Baraban, a freshman at Kansas University, was delighted when she became the owner of a pug named Dublin last year.
Tigers end No. 4 Baylor’s win streak at 30
January 5, 2006
Baylor’s streak is over. Latoya Bond scored 21 points, and Missouri ended the defending national champion and No. 4 Bears’ 30-game winning streak, 64-61 Wednesday night.
Taxes, eminent domain, schools among priorities
January 5, 2006
Douglas County’s key elected officials have “common ground” on several major issues that will go before the Kansas Legislature when it convenes next week.
Young carries Longhorns to national title
Runner-up no more, Texas stuns top-ranked USC, 41-38, in Rose Bowl
January 5, 2006
Vince Young and Texas are second no more to Reggie Bush and Southern California.
Texas QB shines on biggest stage
January 5, 2006
Finally, Texas’ lone star shined brighter than all the glitter and glamour Southern California could muster.
Chiefs reportedly close to naming Edwards
January 5, 2006
Herman Edwards is close to becoming the next Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach.
Notebook
January 5, 2006
Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee will be on the bench, but will not play in the Harlem Globetrotters’ exhibition games at 7 tonight and Friday night at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.
People in the news
January 5, 2006
¢ Lohan admits drug use, battle against bulimia ¢ Sheen, Richards continue with filing of divorce ¢ Queen Latifah first hip-hop artist to get Walk of Fame star
City’s ozone levels deemed acceptable
Lawrence likely to escape costly guidelines
January 5, 2006
Lawrence residents can breathe a little easier.
Yale goes stale
Bulldogs take early lead, then falter
January 5, 2006
For nearly a half, Yale was locked in. Then the Bulldogs’ one-point lead vanished in a whiffenpoof.
A real back-breaker
Hawkins responds off bench
January 5, 2006
Jeff Hawkins hobbled down an Allen Fieldhouse hallway, looking like a guy in dire need of a whirlpool. “I’ve got an old body, a real old body. It feels like I’ve been here seven, eight years,” Hawkins, Kansas University’s fifth-year senior guard, groaned after shrugging off nagging back pain to tie his career high of 19 points in Wednesday night’s 87-46 victory over Yale.
KDOT trying to improve safety on two-lane highways
Rumble strips’ get road test
January 5, 2006
Jim Weaver is a big fan of “rumble strips.” He lives near U.S. Highway 40 between Lawrence and Topeka, which has been the scene of a number of gruesome head-on car accidents over the years. So he’s glad state authorities put the strips along the center line of the highway, to warn drivers when they’re crossing into oncoming traffic.
53 die in suicide attack, other violence
January 5, 2006
A suicide bomber struck a funeral for a Shiite politician’s nephew Wednesday, killing at least 32 mourners, wounding dozens and splattering tombstones with blood - part of a surge of violence as Iraqi leaders try to form a coalition government.
Campaign-finance reforms sought
January 5, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants a new law requiring greater campaign finance disclosure.
Corrections
January 5, 2006
Lawmakers dump Abramoff donations
January 5, 2006
President Bush and numerous lawmakers hastily jettisoned campaign donations linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff on Wednesday as Republican Party officials pondered the impact of a spreading scandal on their 2006 election prospects.
Sebelius prescribes pharmacy discount
Governor wants to lower drug costs for uninsured
January 5, 2006
Uninsured Kansans would receive prescription drug discounts of at least 15 percent under a health initiative unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Bush, White shine for USC
January 5, 2006
Reggie Bush somersaulted into the end zone, his future as the likely No. 1 NFL draft pick ahead of him and his bid for a record third consecutive national championship yet to be dashed.
Keegan: Kansas finding identity
January 5, 2006
Rare is the basketball team that’s more enjoyable to watch play defense than offense, but Kansas University has developed into that sort of group.
Bush, Cheney lash out at war critics
January 5, 2006
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday waged a double-barreled assault on critics of the administration’s domestic surveillance and opponents of the Patriot Act as part of an effort to address public skepticism and congressional opposition to tactics in the war on terrorism.
Cold kills at least five in earthquake zone
January 5, 2006
Freezing temperatures have claimed the lives of at least five Pakistani earthquake survivors, a U.N. health official said Wednesday, as a trickle of villagers descended from mountain settlements in Kashmir to seek shelter on lower ground.
Four Kings’ from bottom of deck
January 5, 2006
It’s a whole new year. And NBC comedy takes two steps forward and one giant step backward. The relatively innovative “My Name is Earl” (9 p.m., NBC) and “The Office” (9:30 p.m., NBC) take their place as “must-see” comedies in the tradition of “Seinfeld” and “Cheers.”
Commentary: Raiders’ Davis should look in mirror
January 5, 2006
Haven’t we done this before? And before that? It was Groundhog Day for Raiders owner Al Davis on Tuesday. He’s changing his head coach again.
Advisory leads to run on water
State expected to give all-clear on Baldwin water today
January 5, 2006
Customers were warned as soon as they reached the door at Baldwin City Market. “No bottled water,” a handwritten sign taped to the glass read.
Horoscopes
January 5, 2006
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