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What do you think of the new Wal-Mart plans for Sixth and Wakarusa?

Poll results

Response Percent
Bad - it doesn’t matter how well-designed it is, it’s still a Wal-Mart.
 
46%
Good - it looks better than most Wal-Mart stores.
 
31%
Good - it doesn’t matter how well-designed it is, it’s still a Wal-Mart.
 
12%
Bad - it doesn’t accommodate neighborhood concerns well enough.
 
6%
Undecided.
 
3%
Total 604
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Chat with Fire Marshal Rich Barr about fireworks
June 29, 2006
Fire Marshal Rich Barr talks about fireworks.
Man convicted in paramedic’s death sentenced
June 29, 2006
A 29-year-old Topeka man was sentenced today to 13 years nine months in prison in connection with the death of a paramedic who was a Kansas University student.
Climbing into the upper 90s
Most thunderstorms to the east of us tonight
June 29, 2006
Grab a cold drink this afternoon - and don’t forget the ice. “The temperature is very hot today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’ll soar up to 97 degrees.”
Nelson-Atkins to open building in June 2007
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will open its new building June 16, 2007, it was announced Wednesday.
Father of beaten teen sees no progress in investigation
Charges have not yet been filed against suspect
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
One week after he released a home video of his son being pummeled during a youth basketball tournament, Dale Vestal says the incident is getting plenty of attention, but the investigation is still not getting enough.
Man claims he was hit by bus
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B10
A 19-year-old man went to the hospital Wednesday after he said he was struck by a bus belonging to the Lawrence Bus Co.
KU team reverses murder verdict
Students working on Defender Project say case was mishandled
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
A Dodge City woman convicted of killing her baby is getting a new trial, thanks to Kansas University’s Defender Project.
Commissioners vote to close river bridge during repairs
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Despite pleas from area residents and business owners, Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night voted 2-1 in favor of closing the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton next year when it undergoes major repairs.
Builders review methods after collapse of deck
Nails, not bolts, secured structure
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Nancy Davis thought the Big One had finally hit Kansas.
KU football lands in-state commitment
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team landed a 2007 commitment from another in-state athlete, Haven High’s Isiah Barfield.
Student called to testify about Barton scandal
Former athlete says she was reprimanded for questioning work-study timesheets
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former student Tiffany Schleve testified Wednesday she was reprimanded and told to apologize to then-Barton County Community College coach Lance Brauman after questioning whether track athletes were actually working the hours for which they were getting paid.
When less is more
Big rewards can grow in small spaces
June 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Lawrence gardener Carla Rasch has a petite space in which to create her outdoor sanctuary - and she’s not alone.
New law to increase booster seat use
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Matthew Lee’s fourth birthday is today, inspiring thoughts of the cool Batman stuff he could receive as presents. In Kansas, reaching age 4 also has meant a child could shed the special vehicle safety seat on car trips.
Pizza, movies are served up
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
Pizza and a movie anyone? Two documentaries celebrate iconic American industries: Hollywood and the fast-food slice. But the more you learn about making pizzas and movies, the more you wonder about their authenticity.
People in the news
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Star no longer in ‘View’ ¢ 80th birthday salute ¢ Dylan’s second hall of fame ¢ Drunk and disorderly ¢ Bored of the ‘Rings’
ABC’s Gibson quits his day job
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
Surrounded by his family and with Kermit the Frog perched on his shoulder, Charles Gibson toasted the end of his near 19-year tenure on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. He’s working later now on ABC’s evening news.
Area honor rolls
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Perry-Lecompton Middle School, Perry-Lecompton High School and Lawrence Central Junior High School have announced their second semester 2005-2006 honor rolls.
Correction
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
The appointment of Judy Billings to the Kansas Humanities Council was mischaracterized on the Business page Tuesday. Billings, elected to the council in 2000, was elected by fellow board members to be immediate past chairwoman. The council has been actively promoting the understanding of history, literature and cultural resources since 1972.
On the record
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Infant returns to Iraq after medical treatment
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
An Iraqi infant brought to the United States to be treated for severe birth defects has returned to her family in Iraq.
Rain forecast gives firefighters hope
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Nevada continued to endure lightning-sparked wildfires on Wednesday, but an approaching rainstorm - complete with a flood watch - held the potential to douse some of the flames.
Lavender: Out of the linen closet, into the kitchen
June 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Lavender, once just a dainty toilet and linen-closet favorite, has hit the grocery shelves in full force - because cooks have latched on to it.
Making man’s best friend feel at home in your nest
June 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
When you have a baby, you child-proof your home, making it safe and cozy for your new bundle of joy. Why should it be any different with your pup?
Environmental groups sue to stop Navy sonar
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Environmental groups sued the federal government Wednesday to prevent the Navy from using active sonar during drills off Hawaii next month, saying the sound could harm whales and other marine mammals.
Beer blockade outside S.D. reservation stopped
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Activists on Wednesday gave up plans to seize beer from motorists driving into the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a tribal police official said it would be illegal and dangerous and promised to help find a different way to fight alcoholism.
Floods force thousands from homes
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Up to 200,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre area were ordered to evacuate their homes Wednesday because of rising water on the Susquehanna River, swelled by a record-breaking deluge that has killed at least 12 people across the Northeast.
Supreme Court upholds DeLay’s Texas redistricting plan
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court gave politicians new legal license Wednesday to redraw election districts aggressively to benefit the party in power, as it upheld the mid-decade redistricting plan engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Texas Republicans.
Residents flee fighting in capital
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hundreds of Somalis fled their homes Wednesday after an Islamic militia that controls much of southern Somalia clashed with gunmen from an opposing clan at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital.
House of Lords votes to elect new speaker
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Members of the House of Lords voted Wednesday to choose their first Lord Speaker, an innovation to replace the centuries-old office of Lord Chancellor. The winner will be announced July 4.
Iran on Rice’s agenda after Afghan visit
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is joining international talks on Iran’s nuclear program as the world awaits Tehran’s response to a U.S. offer to bargain with the country’s clerical rulers.
Health institute hires researcher
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Laura Harrington has joined the Kansas Health Institute in Topeka as a research assistant.
Let’s simplify: Fund fees perplex MBA students
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
If cutting investing costs is so important, why don’t more people do it?
Bountiful wheat crop: As harvest winds down, farmers worry about beans, corn
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence area farmer Jerry Neis’ 170 acres of wheat produced more than 50 bushels an acre, a rate better than the county’s average in recent years.
Commodities
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Commentary: U.S. basketball system ailing, failing
European players ahead of Americans in fundamentals, and NBA Draft proves it
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
The guessing game on the teeny bops is gone now, extinguished with that sinking, smarmy feeling for NBA executives that came with trolling high school gyms for prospects. The draft grew a little older Wednesday night, but it still could get so much better in the States.
Roddick’s temper under control
American recovers for first-round Wimbledon victory
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
All the ingredients were in place for Andy Roddick to throw a tantrum Wednesday at Wimbledon.
Reds beat up on Royals
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
All of those homers flying out of the ballpark put Aaron Harang’s performance in perspective.
Mauer mania sweeps Minnesota
Catcher baseball’s top hitter - and Twin Cities’ marketing marvel
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Everyone wants a piece of Joe Mauer these days - or at least a facsimile. As if Joe Mauer Bobblehead Day and Joe Mauer Autographed Bat Day weren’t enough, the Twins are planning a Joe Mauer Sideburn Day, in which fans will receive synthetic sideburns.
Five-player deal ships LaFrentz to Portland
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Boston Celtics selected Villanova guard Randy Foye with the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday night, then promptly traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Sebastian Telfair in a five-player deal.
Meals volunteer wins Cornerstone award
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Paul Getto, recipient of CornerBank’s Community Cornerstone Award for June, will be honored at 4:30 p.m. today with a public reception at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St.
Commentary: Morrison means automatic excitement
Jordan labels draft pick’s crying jag in NCAAs ‘passion for the game’
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
We all had our favorites, and Washington guard Brandon Roy was mine.
Wrapping it up: Fox Sports says goodbye to 2006, looks ahead to 2007
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Fox Sports not only says goodbye for the 2006 Nextel Cup season after Saturday night’s Pepsi 400, it also bids farewell to summertime visits to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Attorney general appoints new director
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Wednesday he has appointed Sherriene Jones as his director of communications, effective July 10.
KU mourns alumnus who upheld equality
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University officials expressed condolences Wednesday after the death of KU alumnus and Wyandotte County District Court Judge Cordell D. Meeks Jr. Meeks, of Kansas City, Kan., died Wednesday. He was 63.
Russia orders hunt for hostages’ killers
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered special services to hunt down and “destroy” the killers of four Russian hostages in Iraq - slayings that shocked Russia and prompted an angry outcry against the U.S.-led coalition.
Cowboy for Jesus rides to reach Holy Land
Traveler stops in Lawrence to evangelize en route
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Yes, that was a cowboy riding through Lawrence Wednesday on a mare, pulling a miniature mule and ministering to others the Gospel of John.
Marine who appeared in ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ killed
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Marine and one-time recruiter who appeared in Michael Moore’s documentary film “Fahrenheit 9/11” has died in a roadside bombing in Iraq.
Funeral held for kidnapped soldier
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Roman Catholic priest urged mourners Wednesday at the funeral of a Texas soldier who was captured and mutilated in Iraq to avoid “unholy rage” and work for peace to honor his memory.
Online chat with fire marshal
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Have a question about shooting fireworks in Douglas County?
Send-off slated for Special Olympians
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence athletes participating in this year’s Special Olympics will be part of a Team Kansas send-off Friday in Olathe.
Council calls for closing state hospital
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas no longer needs two state hospitals for the developmentally disabled. “They should close at least one,” said Jane Rhys, executive director at the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Firework festivities regain spark after city ban
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Three years into a citywide ban on shooting and selling fireworks in Lawrence, Jerry Pine says business has since rebounded at his family’s decades-old fireworks stand at the Tee Pee Junction, north of the city.
Suspect in shrine bombing captured
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
Iraq has captured an al-Qaida suspect from Tunisia who allegedly bombed a Shiite shrine earlier this year and set off a spasm of sectarian violence, a top security official said Wednesday.
Woman fights government for Cimarron land
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
A 79-year-old American Indian woman who lives in the Cimarron National Grassland is embroiled in a battle with the federal government over the land’s boundaries.
Daily ticker
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Police link two deaths to robbery
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B10
A man who died in a murder-suicide at a variety store apparently planned to rob the store but did not intend to kill anyone, police said.
Court to consider Wittig’s cases together
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
A federal appeals court has granted former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Wittig’s request to review appeals in his looting and bank fraud convictions together in September.
Registered sex offender who lobbied for homeless is missing
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
A registered sex offender who frequented public meetings here in recent years as a lobbyist for the homeless is missing.
Fewer wars tallied, but ‘conflicts’ rage on
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
From the African bush to Indonesia’s shores, the number of wars worldwide has dropped to a new low, peace researchers report. But the face of conflict is changing, they say, and free-for-all violence in such places as the Congo can defy their definitions.
Alpha & Omega adds representative
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Mike Everett recently joined Alpha & Omega Financial Services Inc. as a representative in Lawrence.
Militants offer to halt attacks if withdrawal scheduled
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered an immediate halt to all attacks - including those on American troops - if the United States agrees to withdraw foreign forces from Iraq in two years, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Soccer ignites historical passions
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B9
I wasn’t very interested in soccer until I came across a kind of international guide to the game in a recent issue of Mother Jones magazine. It was called “How to Watch the World Cup: Politics and War by Other Means.” Even if I didn’t know soccer, I thought, perhaps I could still enjoy the extraordinary show of geopolitical passion that the sport ignites.
Democrats not presidential
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B9
The Senate votes on pulling out of Iraq revealed a damning fact: Of the many Democrats running for president, there is not yet a commander in chief among them. No one who imagines personally shouldering the terrible burdens of wartime leadership could possibly vote for either of those awful resolutions.
Foolish action
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: In the last quarter century, the relationship between the United States and the Moslem world has greatly deteriorated.
Respect for protest
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Fellow veterans may disagree, but I respect those war protesters recently arrested outside the military recruiting office (Journal-World, June 22).
Exhibits lacking
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: One of the most beautiful buildings in Lawrence is the Watkins Museum run by the Douglas County Historical Society.
Lawrence High and Free State High School honor rolls
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
Old home town - 40 years ago today
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
Thirty-five young bicyclists, the Wandering Wheels, stopped through here on a trip from the West Coast to the east. Leading them was Bob Davenport, a former UCLA football star who had grown up in Topeka.
Leadership shaky in Iraq, Afghanistan
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
The situation the United States and its allies now face in Afghanistan and Iraq is almost without precedent. In two countries where we used our military might to rout the menacing dictatorial regimes running things, we now find ourselves sponsoring governments with notably shaky holds on popular support.
Uninviting station
The Lawrence Amtrak station is in serious need of repair.
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
A newly refurbished Amtrak station was unveiled in Topeka last Friday. Although an editorial in the Topeka newspaper conceded that the situation at the station was improved, it also contended that the station “leaves something to be desired as a gateway into the city.”
Horoscopes
June 29, 2006 in print edition on D4
For Thursday, June 29
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 29, 1906: “The police drag net failed to catch a single drunk last night, consequently the police court docket was empty today. However, in county court, Jake Washington was found not guilty when it was learned he had not been violating any fishing laws as wardens had charged. It turns out the wardens were not properly familiar with the rules and it is a bad reflection on them that they took Washington to court and then were so poorly prepared. “
Raptors bag Bargnani at No. 1
Six lottery picks involved in flurry of draft-day trades
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Andrea Bargnani went first. Then came the trades. The Toronto Raptors selected Bargnani with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in an unpredictable NBA Draft that saw four of the top seven picks switch teams by the middle of the first round.
Keegan: Patrick, Bilas bring ‘A’ games
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
The greatest moment of Wednesday night’s NBA Draft, televised by ESPN, wasn’t supplied by a guard or a forward, a center or a coach. Instead, it was furnished by a broadcaster whose mouth was fresher than his brand-new burnt-orange hair dye job.
Elite Eight offers few surprises
Six remaining teams have titles to their credit
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
What did we learn from the World Cup’s round of 16? Ronaldo is still Ronaldo, Spain is still Spain and flopping after contact wins games.
Bonnieball 101
Dribble-happy players close out three-day session
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ever heard the sound of 300 basketballs being dribbled in one gymnasium?
Our town sports
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Pharaonic tomb contains flowers, not mummy
June 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Archaeologists hoped the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 80 years would hold the mummy of King Tut’s mother. They opened the last of eight sarcophagi Wednesday, revealing no mummies but finding something almost as valuable: embalming materials and ancient woven flowers.
Israel expands action over captured soldier
June 29, 2006
Israel sent tanks into northern Gaza and arrested the Palestinian deputy prime minister and dozens of other Hamas government officials early today, escalating its response to the abduction of one of its soldiers.
Martinez no match for Sox
June 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
Pedro Martinez was touched by the fans and tagged by the Red Sox.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Guilty verdict issued in deputy murder
Defendant could receive death sentence
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
A Newton man was found guilty Wednesday of capital murder in the April 2005 death of a Harvey County sheriff’s deputy.
Preserve your bountiful tomato harvest by fighting disease, rot
June 29, 2006 in print edition on D2
There is nothing more delicious than fresh salsa made from vine ripe tomatoes harvested from the garden. And there are few things more disappointing than having to throw away tomatoes because they are spotty, malformed or have a dark patch on the blossom end. Now that we are entering tomato harvest season, gardeners are starting to inspect their crop a bit more closely.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
The drought here was officially broken. The area had registered more than 15 inches of rain since May 1 and farmers were currently complaining about too much moisture, which was hampering the planting of milo and soybeans. The wheat harvest was also being badly impeded by the heavy rains. The city commission and city-county planning commission continued their tug-of-war over floodplain restrictions and regulations.