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Which sounds like the best option for library expansion in Lawrence?

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Response Percent
Expanding downtown at a cost of up to $30 million.
 
41%
Creating satellite branches at a cost of up to $15 million.
 
37%
No changes are needed.
 
20%
Total 232
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KU game to be broadcast in Chinese
KU’s new Confucius Institute is helping fans to shake it up a bit
November 28, 2006
KU’s new Confucius Institute is helping fans to shake it up a bit.
School boundary upsets parents
November 28, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, some parents are “peeved” by the school board’s boundary decisions, a KU student’s documentary on Rev. Fred Phelps premiers tomorrow, and the remnants of a recent Jayhawk football win are still in the Kansas weather.
Man drives car into store
November 28, 2006
An Overland Park man drove his car into the Baldwin City Dollar General store today as he was planning to go next door to the pharmacy to pick up medication.
Details emerge in $400 million KU hospital deal
November 28, 2006
The proposal covers 10 years and includes $140 million in clinical salary support, $100 million for a new clinical cancer facility, and $60 million for a clinical ambulatory care building.
Business executive enters city race
Allen Press CFO files for one of three at-large seats to be decided in spring election
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
The chief financial officer for one of Lawrence’s larger employers is seeking a seat on the City Commission after watching the community struggle with planning and job creation issues.
Consistent approach keeps working for Spielman
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
For the past 15 seasons, Baldwin High cross country coach Mike Spielman has transformed runners who knew little about the sport into top runners in the state. “Everything from the scoring, to the running, to the race strategy, to the pace, to the speed work, to form, is all from him,” senior Chris Elniff said of Spielman. “He taught me everything.”
Getting better with age
Elniff closes out Baldwin career with best state meet
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
Baldwin High senior Chris Elniff knew little about cross country when he started the sport his freshman year. He decided to start running because he did not want to play football.
Dartmouth hurting
Ailing Big Green off to 0-5 start
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C4
It has been about as rough a start to the season as one could imagine for Dartmouth College’s men’s basketball team. The winless Big Green, 0-3 on the road and 0-2 at home, enter today’s 7 p.m. battle at No. 5 Kansas with five injured players listed as “doubtful.”
Thompson keys OU’s title-game run
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops dismissed his starting quarterback from the team, he told his players not to go looking for excuses for the upcoming season. What they found instead was a leader.
Strutting their stuff
LHS winter athletes take center stage
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High showcased its winter sports Monday night while entertaining the fans, students and parents who filled the basketball gymnasium during “Rock The House.” “It was a take-off from ‘Late Night With KU,’” said LHS athletic director Ron Commons.
Bragging rights have extra kick
McDonalds now in charge of both city programs
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
For the Lawrence High swimming and diving team, Free State swimming coach Annette McDonald is referred to as the “other coach McDonald.” The reason is the Lions’ new head coach. Lawrence High boss Kent McDonald - who served as an assistant coach for LHS the last two years - is married to Annette.
KU jumps to No. 5 in newest AP poll
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s victory over defending national champion and top-ranked Florida meant a jump of five spots in the Associated Press poll for the Jayhawks. KU (5-1) moved from 10th to fifth in the rankings, while Florida dropped three slots to fourth.
Kansas gets groove back
Jayhawks rejuvenated entering Dartmouth clash
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Suddenly, everybody’s hopping back on the Kansas University basketball bandwagon. Just a couple of weeks after a shocking home loss to Oral Roberts, the Jayhawks take a 5-1 record - which includes Saturday’s marquee overtime victory over defending national champion Florida - and new No. 5 national ranking into today’s nonconference contest against 0-5 Dartmouth.
Commentary: Nebraska establishes ground attack
Known as pass-happy coach, Callahan realizes Cornhuskers need to move ball by land as well as air
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C2
As much as Bill Callahan likes to throw the ball, even he knew Nebraska wouldn’t be a championship-caliber team until the Cornhuskers could run with some consistency. In 2005, the once-proud ground game at Nebraska had moved just about as far away from its running roots as humanly possible.
Lawrence Datebook
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
Ruder, Weinmaster score unique double
Free State linemen earn All-Sunflower League football honors on both sides of the ball
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Free State High linemen Mikel Ruder and Kyle Weinmaster pulled a rare double on the All-Sunflower League football team. Ruder and Weinmaster were the only players to earn first-team berths on both offense and defense on the mythical squad chosen by league coaches.
Security increased after thwarted attack
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Politicians faced extra security Monday at the Northern Ireland Assembly as they debated their failure to forge a Catholic-Protestant administration - an argument dramatically interrupted last week by a Protestant extremist with a bag full of nail bombs.
N. Korean envoys arrive for disarmament talks
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
North Korea’s nuclear envoy, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, came to Beijing on Tuesday as chief negotiators from China, the United States, South Korea and Japan were meeting to work out details on the next round of six-nation disarmament talks.
Parliament to recognize Quebec as nation
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Parliament formally recognized Quebec as a nation within Canada Monday, a symbolic gesture that has led to a Cabinet resignation and ignited concerns over a renewed push for the French-speaking province’s independence.
Israel’s Olmert offers prisoner exchange
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
In a peace overture to the Palestinians a day after a shaky cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday offered a series of conciliatory steps, including the release of large numbers of prisoners in return for an Israeli soldier seized by militants in June.
Presidential candidate promises end to U.S. counternarcotics operations
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
The leader in Ecuador’s presidential election Monday repeated his promise to end the U.S. military’s counternarcotics operations out of an airport in Manta, while his rival cried fraud.
Iraqi president seeks end to bloodshed
Sectarian violence continues
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
A U.S. Air Force jet crashed Monday in a Sunni-insurgent stronghold west of the capital, the military said.
NAACP takes aim at racial slur
Richards’ rant prompts call to hip-hop artists, comedians
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
Comic Paul Mooney used to joke in his routine that he uttered a racial epithet offensive to blacks 100 times every morning. “Well, white folks, you shouldn’t have ever made up the word,” Mooney, who is black, says in promotional material.
Posing with corpse no crime, lawyers contend
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Three former workers at a Sterling Heights, Mich., nursing home accused of taking photos of themselves with a woman after she died at the home insist they did nothing wrong because state law does not ban mistreatment of a corpse.
Murder suspect chased through school
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
A murder suspect ran through an elementary school Monday as he fled police trying to arrest him, and schools in the area were locked down while officers tried to find him.
Supreme Court debates deadline for pay-discrimination claims
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
A former tire plant worker’s complaint that she was paid thousands of dollars less than men in the same job made it to the Supreme Court Monday in a case that could affect pay discrimination claims nationwide.
Mayor says police used excessive force in deadly weekend shooting
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the uproar over a deadly police shooting Monday, saying bluntly that officers appeared to use excessive force when they fired 50 shots at an unarmed man in a confrontation outside a strip club hours before his wedding.
American Red Cross fined $5.7M for violations
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
The federal government has fined the American Red Cross $5.7 million for violating blood-safety laws and the terms of a 2003 consent decree.
Trained dogs join subway patrols
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A7
Look for Rin Tin Tin on the R train.
White House Christmas tree arrives from Pennsylvania
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A7
For all that Francis and Margaret Botek have to be proud of - take their three children and eight grandchildren, for starters - it was an 18 1/2-foot tree that brought the family to the White House and a meeting with the first lady on Monday. But what a tree it is.
Parks and Rec collects toys for holiday gifts
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department asks people to celebrate a “Month of Sharing” by providing a holiday gift for kids in the community.
County GOP committee announces new officers
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
New officers were elected this month by the Douglas County Republican Central Committee.
Holiday sale to feature LHS merchandise
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
If you’re looking for a gift for a Lawrence High School graduate, you might consider the LHS holiday sale on Dec. 9.
Chili feed to benefit Firebirds baseball team
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Free State High School baseball team will have its annual chili feed today in the school commons area.
Police charge suspect in robbery at store
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 56-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with robbing a convenience store during the weekend.
Duties keep county’s drug-sniffing dog busy
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
A random sniff of vehicles in a hotel parking lot is among the duties performed in recent days by Levi, one of two drug-sniffing dogs owned by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
School board looks to stretch ‘wish list’ funds
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence’s school board received a few options Monday night on how to fund some of the wish lists from district principals. And like a Christmas shopper finding extra funds from a cookie jar, an old mattress or even a piggy bank, the board learned it could stretch its capital outlay funds to pay for around $6 million in building maintenance projects next year - out of $30 million of requests.
Football field plan sidelined for now
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Approval to build a lighted football field and concession building on church property south of Lawrence was delayed Monday by the Douglas County Commission.
Library director bounces satellite option
Multiple sites cheaper, Flanders says, but wouldn’t address community needs
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
There is a significantly cheaper way to tackle Lawrence’s library space crunch, although the city’s top library leader is not recommending it. Bruce Flanders, director of the Lawrence Public Library, said in a Journal-World online chat Monday that the city could build a system of three satellite libraries to complement its existing downtown library for about half of what it would cost to build a new downtown library.
Group home fire kills 10 in Missouri
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
An early morning fire broke out in a group home for the elderly and mentally ill Monday, killing 10 people and injuring two dozen others in a blaze that the governor said was being treated as a crime.
Disabled, needy bear new burden of proof
Citizenship documentation needed to retain coverage
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Thousands of low-income and disabled Kansans have lost or been denied health care coverage since new rules took effect that require documented proof of U.S. citizenship, according to state officials.
DUIs on record of Cat Tracker driver
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
The driver of the Cat Tracker fan bus involved in a fatal accident Nov. 18 had three DUI convictions and was driving on a restricted license. Brent Simonsson, 41, of Wamego, was driving the bus to the Kansas-Kansas State football game when Shawnee resident John Green, 27, and Salina resident Christian Orr, 34, struck the Irving Hill Road overpass in the 1700 block of Iowa Street.
Black Friday’ victim seeing red
Lax ID procedures at stores enable credit card spree
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
‘Tis the season to be merry. Just watch out for the grinches. The holiday season started on a sour note for Susan Turner, a Lawrence woman who said her home was burglarized and credit card stolen last week. Turner said Monday that she was amazed at how easily the suspects racked up hundreds of dollars in purchases at local business on Black Friday - during the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy - using her credit card.
Hay, grazing event set for Dec. 13-14
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Laws governing hay transportation will be among the topics covered during the 2006 Kansas Hay and Grazing Conference, set for Dec. 13 and 14 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
KU Course to address starting a business
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Budding entrepreneurs who are considering starting a business are invited to enroll in a course at the Kansas University Small Business Development Center.
Charlton Manley hires new executive
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Sharon Nelson has joined Charlton Manley Insurance as a commercial account executive.
Financial books make valuable gifts
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
John Ruskin, a British art critic and author, said this about books: “All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.” I think there is a third class of books: books that inform for a lifetime. I have come to realize that prosperity happens on purpose - read the right financial book and it can change your life.
Commodities
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Bank case draws interest
Federal, state lending rules at issue before Supreme Court
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
A North Carolina-based bank wants to break the shackles of state regulations and instead adhere only to federal rules when it comes to running mortgage-lending operations nationwide.
Promiscuous pals worry reader
November 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
Double take: Promiscuous pals worry reader.
Senior sass
More students straying from portrait studios, taking own senior pictures
November 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
Thirty years from now, Jake Schultz figures his classmates will look back on his senior yearbook picture and crack up. The black-and-white portrait frames the Lawrence High School student in a satin smoking jacket with an oversized flower fixed to the lapel and a comb-over sculpted with pomade. To top off the swanky look, he’s puckering his lips slightly.
Student loans to get new scrutiny in Democratic Congress
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A4
One lucrative corner of the banking community has been so well-connected in the Republican-controlled Congress that a powerful committee chairman once assured its members that the industry’s interests were in “two trusted hands.”
River project work falls behind schedule
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
A $20.6 million beautification project at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers is more than two months behind schedule but remains on budget. The project, which began in May 2005, had been expected to be done in October but is about 75 days behind schedule. It is now projected to open to the public in early spring, with a formal dedication set for May 18.
Livestock producers graze wheat acres
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
Kansas producers have put livestock on emerging winter wheat fields to graze before winter sets in, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday. In its weekly crop report, the agency said 9 percent of the state’s wheat had been pastured.
Kansas City brings back police horse patrols
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B4
For the first time since 1922, police officers on horseback are patrolling Kansas City, Mo., streets again.
Not our business
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Majority leader recommends using surplus for school plan
November 28, 2006
Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt wants legislators to bank a big chunk of the anticipated growth in state revenues to pay for the final year of a $466 million school finance package.
Hidden motives
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Rising taxes
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Tax piracy?
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Roberts’ future
It would be unfortunate if Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chooses to resign his seat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Apparently there is the possibility U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas might decide to leave the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The Kansas Republican has served as chairman of this important committee, but with Democrats winning control of the Senate, as well as the House, Roberts lost the chairmanship and West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller is due to take over.
Pelosi smart to keep draft off agenda
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Nancy Pelosi knows her history and the Democrats are better off because of it. She may have erred getting involved in a messy internal Democratic leadership fight about which few outside the Beltway cared. But, the new House speaker had the political acumen to slap down one of her own whose personal agenda could damage the Democratic Party’s.
Despite problems, life is good
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B7
As you get older and you can afford to eat well, your metabolism shrinks to that of a common warbler. A cruel irony. That is why, at pricey restaurants, you see old coots pay $35 for a big white plate with three scallops on it and a dollop of rice and some emulsified celery. That is all the food they need, plus a pipkin of prune pate for dessert.
Alzheimer support
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Is U.S. eyeing water to south?
November 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
In recent trips to several Latin American countries, I have been asked the same question: Is the region bound to get rich because it has the world’s biggest reservoir of water, which may become the most precious commodity in the 21st century?
Woodling: At least Kansas was consistent
November 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Year after year after year, it seemed, Kansas University football fans groused about the roller-coaster effect. Too many good seasons followed by too many bad seasons. Too many peaks followed by too many valleys. Gee, they said, if we could just reach a level of consistency.
People in the news
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ It’s divorce for Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock ¢ Country singer pleads guilty in bear tagging case ¢ ‘Survivor’ creator Burnett, actress Downey to wed
New sitcoms explore love, marriage
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
Two new sitcoms arrive, each with a big ensemble cast and hardly an original idea between them.
Police shootout prompts FBI probe
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
The FBI will lead an investigation into the fatal shooting of an 88-year-old woman during a drug raid last week.
Shoppers face generous discounts when shopping online
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A4
After jamming malls on Friday for discounted flat-screen TVs and toys, shoppers clicked onto their computers at work Monday as retailers ushered in the start of the online shopping season with bargains and marketing hype.
Horoscopes
November 28, 2006 in print edition on A8