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Should the state raise turnpike tolls to pay for university maintenance?

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79%
Yes
 
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University maintenance crisis: Part 2
February 1, 2007
The institutions are facing a combined maintenance backlog of about $727 million. The focus is on getting funding for the $663 million of “high priority projects.” We took at closer look at the requests behind these numbers, and some of them may surprise you.
Good and bad news comes from teen drug-use survey
February 1, 2007
Students in Douglas County are waiting longer to try drugs and alcohol, but using MORE than other students in the state when they do. That’s part of the latest good news/bad news data collected from a voluntary state-wide drug and alcohol survey students take every year.
Topeka lawmakers consider University repairs ‘most talked about issue’
February 1, 2007
While many of us may be familiar with the current issues facing KU, problems run deep at other universities in the state as well.
Eudora Lady Cardinals drop tough match against Bulldogs
February 1, 2007
In a rivalry game, the Eudora Lady Cardinals could not top the Baldwin Bulldogs, 47-38.
Eudora boys basketball team prepares for rivalry match-up
February 1, 2007
Tomorrow night, the Eudora Cardinals face off against their biggest rival: Baldwin in the HyVee High School Game of the Week.
KU vs. A&M should be a good defensive battle
February 1, 2007
Lovers of a good defensive battle should be in heaven this Saturday when the Kansas men host Texas A&M at Allen Fieldhouse.
Dole Institute of Politics’ welcomes two new faces for the Spring Semester
February 1, 2007
Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden and KU graduate Scott Morris will be leading study groups which kick off later this month at the ‘Dole Institute.’
The KU baseball season is officially underway
February 1, 2007
The Kansas Baseball team, of course, won last year’s Big 12 Conference Tournament for the first time in school history and is now ready for the new season.
Witty, political commentary may never be the same without Molly Ivins
February 1, 2007
Molly Ivins, a caustic, yet, comic newspaper columnist, died earlier this week. More than 400 newspapers featured her columns.
State lawmaker takes aim at ‘Domestic Partnership Registry’
February 1, 2007
Representative Lance Kinzer filed legislation to prohibit cities and counties from approving domestic partnership registries - like the one currently before Lawrence City Commissioners.
National volunteering trend catching quickly here in Lawrence
February 1, 2007
Young adults are taking part in a new addictive habit - and it’s making our community a better place. Yes, we are talking about volunteering!
Sunshine alone not enough to melt that sidewalk snow
February 1, 2007
In January, the city issued 111 notices to property owners who did not clear their sidewalks within 24-hours of a snowfall.
Boardwalk Fire Trial’ set to begin
February 1, 2007
The trial for Jason Rose - the man accused of starting an apartment fire that killed three people - will start next week with his confession allowed as evidence.
Local mail carrier seriously injured while crossing the street
February 1, 2007
Downtown mail carrier Jerry Totten was seriously injured today after he was hit by a truck while trying to cross the street. It happened this morning at the intersection of seventh and New Hampshire.
Columbians fear future loss
Missouri merchants also bank on KU-MU
February 1, 2007
Trish Koetting is scared about her Missouri Tigers playing the Kansas Jayhawks in football next year at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. And not because her restaurant might lose out on sales (she figures it’ll be a “wash”), or that her beloved school might lose the game (as an MU grad and ardent fan, she claims her children literally “bleed black and gold”).
Legislators ponder resolution while wounded veteran testifies
February 1, 2007
As opposition to the war in Iraq grows around the world, Kansas lawmakers are also tackling this difficult issue. 49 News Statehouse Reporter Gena Terlizzi explains how one veteran who almost lost his life in Iraq feels about the plan to send even more troops overseas.
Concealed carry law glitch causes debate
February 1, 2007
The question is whether cities or the state is the final authority when it comes to concealed carry.
Aging campuses add to long list of university maintenance requests
Kansas State President: ‘We are in a crisis’
February 1, 2007
Exactly how bad has the “university maintenance crisis” gotten? We went behind the scenes to show you the unbelievable problems students and staff at Kansas universities deal with every day.
Postal worker struck by vehicle
February 1, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a mail carrier is taken to hospital after a pedestrian-vehicle accident this morning, an effort at the Statehouse to stop Lawrence’s proposed domestic partnership registry, and city commission candidates grade the community.
KU Med signs agreement with St. Luke’s, KU Hospital
Announcement made in Kansas City, Mo.
02:43 p.m., February 1, 2007 Updated 05:07 p.m.
Details remain sketchy of the cross-border affiliation plan. KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said this afternoon that some details of what the affiliations will look like haven’t been finalized, and that KU likely would not release the contents of the letters of intent, which were signed Wednesday night.
Consultant: Distrust between developers, city, neighborhoods ‘strikingly’ high
Main complaint: Review process takes too long
February 1, 2007
Jennifer Hurley - facilitator for the PlaceMakers consulting team that is conducting a week-long planning session for the city - also told city commissioners and planning commissioners that she had never seen a community where developers are more upset with the amount of time it takes to have projects approved.
Olathe legislator tries to head off Lawrence domestic partnership registry
City Hall still considering the possibility
February 1, 2007
Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, has filed legislation — House Bill 2299 — which would prevent any city or county from establishing a domestic partner registry that “recognizes any domestic partnership not recognized under state law.” The proposed registry before the Lawrence City Commission would recognize same-sex partnerships as well as opposite-sex, unmarried partnerships.
Judge denies dismissal of Boardwalk fire case
Trial starts next week
February 1, 2007
During a motions hearing today, Judge Jack Murphy ruled that the trial of Jason Rose would begin as planned next week, despite a motion from Rose’s attorney asking the case be dismissed.
Longtime mail carrier identified as victim of vehicle-pedestrian accident
Helicopter ambulance takes victim from the scene
10:42 a.m., February 1, 2007 Updated 03:17 p.m.
Helicopter ambulance takes victim from the scene.
Winter weather closings announced for Thursday
Let us know your closing
February 1, 2007
Small World International School is closed due to winter weather. Let us know your cancelation: E-mail editor@ljworld.com
Poetry by Doug Crawford-Parker
February 1, 2007
Smoking legislation moves to full Senate
Bill would apply to whole state but includes county opt-out provision
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
Smoking legislation moves to full Senate —
Nature’s art
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I read with great concern your article “River art garden proposal on verge of taking shape.” Several comments on this: I write based on my ecological concerns and interest in environmental art. I accept the idea that art can be a force to bring about environmental consciousness. I do not accept that this is done by altering or disturbing one of the few remaining natural environments that Lawrence has.
Wyoming investigates brawl with N. Mexico
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
The University of Wyoming is conducting an inquiry into the fight that broke out during the Wyoming-New Mexico basketball game Tuesday night in Albuquerque.
Commentary: Legendary dumb question a myth, not fact
Williams never was asked, ‘How long have you been a black quarterback?’
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
The voice is weak and wavering on the other end of the phone. Until the question is posed. Butch, if you were still a sports writer today, would you ask Tony Dungy or Lovie Smith anything about being a black coach?
Tourism leaders back initiative
Lawrence residents working on project to promote state
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two Lawrence residents are helping lead an effort to lift the state’s tourism industry to a new level.
K.C. police seek answers in case of arrested woman who miscarried
Videotape shows officers ignoring pleas for help
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
For now, Sofia Salva will let her attorney and the videotape of two police officers ignoring her pleas for medical help speak for her.
Iraq cuts travel to Iran, Syria
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iraq indefinitely halted all flights to and from Syria and closed a border crossing with Iran as the government prepares for a new security crackdown aimed at crushing violence in the capital and surrounding regions.
Sen. Biden enters presidential race
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sen. Joe Biden spent his first day as an official presidential candidate regretting a gaffe that could spell trouble for his newborn campaign.
Report shortens time for Iran nuclear weapon
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iran is two to three years away from having the capacity to build a nuclear weapon, a leading security think tank said Wednesday.
Jayhawks basketball author to sign books
February 1, 2007 in print edition on D2
Lawrence writer Steve Buckner, author of “Game of My Life - Kansas: Memorable Stories of Jayhawk Basketball,” will sign books for KU fans twice this month at Oread Books in KU’s Kansas Union.
Commuters not happy at having to foot university bill
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius shouldn’t be expecting a thank you card from Sean Wilson. The longtime employee of Hallmark Cards Inc. in Lawrence faces the prospect of seeing his commuting costs rise even more, now that the governor is proposing a plan to boost Kansas Turnpike fees to help pay for repairs and maintenance needs on college campuses.
Martial law imposed in Somalia
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
Three battalions of peacekeepers from Uganda and Nigeria will be airlifted as soon as possible into Somalia amid rising violence that threatens the government’s grip on power, an African Union official said Wednesday.
On the record
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Edwards won’t watch
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
While the Bears and Colts do battle in a historic clash between black head coaches in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Herm Edwards may be all alone in a nearly empty movie theater.
KU football ticket prices released
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University released single-game ticket prices for the 2007 home football season, highlighted by tickets to the Nebraska game going for $75.
Cruise ship runs aground in Antarctic
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Norwegian cruise ship carrying nearly 300 passengers, including 119 Americans, ran aground on a remote Antarctic island and damaged its hull before getting free of rocks, officials said Wednesday. No one was injured.
Residents brainstorm about city growth ideas
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Count John Kiefer among the skeptics of an effort unfolding this week to zero in on a handful of areas around Lawrence and create a vision for the future that will bring back the pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood feeling of yesteryear.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Saturday’s game marks the return of ESPN College GameDay to Lawrence. In its inaugural season, the GameDay crew was on hand for Kansas University’s 90-65 victory over Texas on Jan. 29, 2005. Last year, KU fell at Texas on GameDay, 80-55.
Suspicious devices in Boston part of cartoon ad campaign
One arrested in hoax that caused security fears
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Several illuminated electronic devices planted at bridges and other spots in Boston threw a scare into the city Wednesday in what turned out to be a publicity campaign for a late-night cable cartoon. Most if not all of the devices depict a character giving the finger.
Former minister guilty of sexual misconduct
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
A court convicted former Justice Minister Haim Ramon on Wednesday of kissing a female soldier against her will - a case that riveted the country’s attention and added another layer of scandal to Israel’s beleaguered leadership.
President Clinton’s stepfather dies at 91
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Richard Kelley, stepfather of former President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at his home in Hot Springs. He was 91.
Super Saturday looms for Kansas, A&M
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Let the hype begin for Saturday’s Kansas University-Texas A&M men’s basketball showdown at Allen Fieldhouse.
Topeka starts program to help prostitutes
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Topeka police have begun a program designed to give prostitutes the help they may need to get off the streets.
Recreation is essential service
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
Do you perceive our local parks and recreation offerings as an essential service in Lawrence? If you have any doubts about the benefits our community enjoys and the impact parks and recreation has on our citizens of all ages, try and imagine Lawrence without its nearly 3,500 acres of parks, its 60 miles of hiking and biking trails or its beautiful and educational nature centers.
Higher tolls sought for repairs at universities
Sebelius calls for increase to fund deferred maintenance
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Motorists would pay higher tolls on the Kansas Turnpike to fund repairs at state universities under a $575 million plan released Wednesday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. “This plan is responsible and focused, and it allows us to enhance the academic mission of our universities now and in the future,” Sebelius said.
Carbon neutral’ all the rage, but critics say practice doesn’t absolve polluters
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
It’s a trend that counts Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore among its followers: making life “carbon neutral” by tree planting and other environmentally friendly efforts to curb emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.
Do no harm
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We’ve read about a bereaved mother’s lawsuit with Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Bert Nash and others to deliver a wakeup call about the need for in-patient mental health services in Lawrence. LMH stated that past data indicate the census was too low to justify reopening a unit.
Tree trimming, removal call for assistance from professional arborist
February 1, 2007 in print edition on D2
The snow and ice that was once a magnificent winter wonderland is little more than melting piles of dingy sand, salt and road grime. Not only was the recent storm miserable for driving, but it was hard on landscape trees and shrubs.
Domestic spying papers released
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales expanded Congress’ access Wednesday to classified documents detailing the government’s domestic spying program but still didn’t satisfy several lawmakers demanding information about surveillance.
Agent: Bonds will wait to sign
Commissioner’s office rejects original contract
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Barry Bonds’ contract with the San Francisco Giants isn’t final just yet.
Arts center banking on Souper Bowl
February 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
If history is any indication, the Lawrence Arts Center will be a popular place this Saturday.
Political humorist Molly Ivins dies
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, the sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political establishment and referred to President Bush as “Shrub,” died Wednesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 62.
Commodities
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Commentary: Sosa rebirth would be huge in Texas
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Moments after the Sammy Sosa news conference, ESPN Radio’s Dave Shore hustled over to clarify one of my penetrating questions regarding the Rangers’ latest hired gun. Shore: “Did you realize you used the word ‘juice’?”
Committee to begin planning new 4-H building
Groundbreaking on project could begin by late summer or fall
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Planning for a new 4-H building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds is ready to begin, thanks to $675,000 provided by the Helen Dreher estate.
Warrants issued for 13 suspected CIA agents
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents who allegedly abducted a German citizen in an apparent anti-terrorist operation gone wrong.
K-State wins, moves into race
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
The last time Kansas State was winning conference games at this rate, the Wildcats played in Ahearn Fieldhouse and the Big 12 wasn’t even in the planning stages.
Rig hauling mail burns, closes Interstate 70
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A tractor-trailer hauling mail for the U.S. Postal Service caught fire overnight Wednesday on Interstate 70, closing the highway for about 11 hours, authorities said.
CornerBank names new president
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jana Dobbs has been promoted to community bank president for CornerBank, Lawrence.
Report: Driver may have been drinking
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A preliminary report by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office shows that the driver in a fatal wreck early Tuesday morning in Douglas County may have been under the influence of alcohol.
Arts support
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Lawrence has lost visual arts momentum with the recent closure of three galleries. Also, it is sad, despite the firefighter sculpture (located at Fire Station No. 5) being a very nice work, that a local area artist could not be chosen for that commission out of the hundreds of talented artists we have.
Cold weather brings shivers, accidents, but also ice skating
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
There’s bad news and good news. It’s still cold. Temperatures reached only the mid-20s Wednesday as about an inch of snow fell in Lawrence.
Former Sheriff Johnson has open-heart surgery
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Former Douglas County Sheriff Rex Johnson returned home Wednesday after successful triple-bypass heart surgery.
Stopping smoking a healthy decision for your budget
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
When I sat down with Carl Chandler and his wife to help them get their finances straight for 2007, I had them create a budget.
Texas takes out No. 9 Oklahoma, 67-62
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
Texas senior forward Tiffany Jackson was stretched on the ground, clutching her right leg and moaning. Even so, she was probably smiling through the pain.
Dale’ will bring realization that famed racer was everyman
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
“He was me.” For everything written and said about Dale Earnhardt during his career and since his death, all it really takes to describe what made him who he was, quite fittingly, are those three words.
Except in Topeka, school choice gaining
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Fifty-seven years later, the Sumner Elementary School in Topeka is back in the news. That city’s board of education is still wrongly preventing the right people from getting into that building. Two educators wanted to use Sumner for a charter school, a public school entitled to operate outside the confinements of dictated curricula and free from many work rules written by teachers unions.
Human waste from burst pipe disrupts KU class
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
It was a timely - and smelly - reminder of Kansas University’s maintenance troubles.
Bush takes aim at lavish executive pay
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush challenged the corporate world Wednesday on the lavish salaries and bonuses paid to chief executives, saying their pay should be tied to how much they help their companies’ shareholders.
Study shows air pollution a greater threat to women’s hearts
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The fine grit in polluted air boosts the risk of heart disease in older women much more powerfully than scientists realized, a big federally funded study has found, raising questions of whether U.S. environmental standards are strict enough.
Kansas baseball notebook
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
In addition to its three Big 12 Conference games against Kansas State and Missouri, KU will play one extra non-league contest apiece against the Wildcats and Tigers. KU will travel to Manhattan on April 3 and will meet Missouri in Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium on April 25.
Public forum dates set
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Let the speeches begin. Lawrence’s Voter Education Coalition has announced four forum dates for Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence School Board candidates.
Kasold Drive bridge work nears completion
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
Nearly a year after construction began, the Kasold Drive bridge project over the Kansas Turnpike is slated to be completed this spring.
Venezuela gives Chavez unprecedented powers
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Hugo Chavez was granted free rein Wednesday to accelerate changes in broad areas of society by presidential decree - a move critics said propels Venezuela toward dictatorship.
Creative approach
The governor is thinking outside of the box in an effort to address state university maintenance needs.
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
“Creative” was one of the adjectives used by the chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents to describe the governor’s plan to address a backlog of maintenance needs at the state’s universities.
Astronauts work on cooling system
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two NASA astronauts aboard the international space station ventured outside for nearly eight hours Wednesday to turn on the orbital lab’s permanent cooling system.
Oh so close
KU flirts with first league win
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Shaquina Mosley came close to an unusual quadruple-double. Kansas University’s women’s basketball team came close to its first Big 12 Conference victory. Close, however, counts only in horseshoes.
Keegan: Aggies to test karma
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Plenty of positive things have been happening inside Allen Fieldhouse lately.
Kansas baseball ‘upset’ by snub
Jayhawks to open season late tonight
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
What a memorable spring it was for Kansas University baseball - a stunning Big 12 Conference tourney championship and a berth in the NCAAs. Yeah, but :
Miami vice: Sin is in at sexy Super Bowl site
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Trouble can find even the most disciplined in Miami. Every vice, for a price, is available. Sex. Drugs. Late-night parties.
LHS wrestling routs Schlagle, moves to 10-0
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s wrestling squad ran its record to 10-0 with a 55-24 victory over Kansas City Schlagle on Wednesday night at LHS in its final dual of the season.
Indiana halts Wisconsin’s run
No. 2 Badgers have 17-game win streak snapped
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
A.J. Ratliff’s scariest moment came after the game was over.
People in the news
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Miss USA reveals cocaine use ¢ Aniston admits nose job ¢ Another celeb may face charges in vehicle fatality
Chamber sets ribbon-cuttings
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Upcoming ribbon-cutting events organized by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce:
HPV vaccine
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am astounded at the folks who think that a vaccine against the human papilloma virus (the main cause of cervical cancer) encourages immorality.
Program helps the whole child
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
The late day sky was spitting snow. Inside the classroom, tiny black children, younger than kindergarten, sat in a circle, legs folded “criss-cross apple sauce” beneath them. Soon, they would begin their French lesson, but first there was a ritual chant.
Judge reviewing obstruction charge in case related to shooting
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Audrey Ferguson didn’t want her roommate talking to Douglas County Sheriff’s detectives about what she knew about Anthony Vital’s murder. And, for that, she was charged with obstruction.
House looking harder at language bill
Critics say measure to make English official is discriminatory, unnecessary
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Supporters of making English the official language of Kansas said Wednesday the change will encourage immigrants to assimilate.
Senate panel approves historic Ice Age trail in Pacific Northwest
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Congress revived legislation Wednesday to create a geologic trail that would trace the route of a series of catastrophic Ice Age floods that inundated much of the Pacific Northwest, leaving permanent scars across the region.
The brand to beat
Chevrolets dominated 2006 Nextel Cup and may do it again this year
February 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
All manner of statistics can be used to show how thoroughly Chevrolet teams dominated the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
British police foil plot, arrest 9 terror suspects
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Police foiled a major kidnapping plot, the first of its kind in Britain, with the arrests Wednesday of nine terror suspects who reportedly planned to torture and behead a British Muslim soldier and broadcast the killing on the Internet.
Two get early start on raising campaign funding
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The money is beginning to flow in the race for Lawrence City Commission.
Lawrence Datebook
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Silverman gets with the ‘Program’
February 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Another shock comic tries to reinvent the situation comedy. “The Sarah Silverman Program” (9:30 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-14) stars Silverman as herself. She’s an unemployed woman who sponges off her sister, Laura (portrayed by Silverman’s real sister, Laura), who works as a nurse when she’s not doting on the slightly childlike Sarah. Brian Posehn and Steve Agee portray Sarah’s two gay and nerdy neighbors.
Legislature considering bill to thwart metal thefts
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
In an effort to stop the increasing thefts of scrap metal and copper, the Kansas Legislature is considering a bill that would require scrap metal dealers to get identification from anyone selling the metals.
Foundation preserves the state’s wild spaces
February 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
Wild is an odd word to describe Kansas. We don’t have grizzly bears, tigers or exotic birds. No crashing waves or mountainous terrain. We’re largely agricultural.
Horoscopes
February 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
A way with words
February 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
Each year the Lawrence Arts Center and The Raven Bookstore sponsor the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards to recognize excellence and encourage achievement of emerging writers in Douglas County. This year’s awards went to Jean Grant, fiction, and Doug Crawford-Parker, poetry. Each will receive $500 and will read during a reception at 7 p.m. today - Langston Hughes’ birthday - at the arts center, 940 N.H.