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After a couple of years, what do you think of Lawrence's smoking ban?

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Response Percent
It makes a meal out a lot more enjoyable
 
69%
It hurts local businesses
 
29%
Undecided
 
1%
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Rundle won’t seek another term on City Commission
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
At least one new face will be on the Lawrence City Commission after the April election. Longtime Commissioner Mike Rundle announced Thursday that he would not seek another term.
Family pleads for “Alexa’s Law”
January 18, 2007
A grieving family speaks out. Their pregnant daughter was brutally murdered, and they want lawmakers to hear their story.
Family asks for “Alexa’s Law”
January 18, 2007
A grieving family speaks out. Their pregnant daughter was brutally murdered, and they want lawmakers to hear their story.
Black Jack Battlefield gets funding
January 18, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Black Jack Battlefield receives state funds for tourism, an effort to stop bullying at one local elementary school, and state lawmakers want to fight childhood obesity.
Rundle will end City Hall career
Announcement made at 4 p.m.
02:07 p.m., January 18, 2007 Updated 04:07 p.m.
Announcement made at 4 p.m.
Bioscience CEO goes before Kansas Senate committee
Kansas has launched an aggressive bid for a $451 million national defense lab, and needs to do a better job of drawing federal research dollars
January 18, 2007
Kansas has launched an aggressive bid for a $451 million national defense lab, and needs to do a better job of drawing federal research dollars.
Woman injured in rollover accident
Taken to Lawrence Memoria Hospital
10:11 a.m., January 18, 2007 Updated 05:35 p.m.
A woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital this morning following a one-car rollover accident near Vinland.
Decisions loom for proposed tax increases
Increased rates would help with costs to build new library, but could also help fund other projects
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s time to talk money. When it comes to building a $30 million library, Lawrence city commissioners were told Wednesday that they’ll have to soon make some decisions about how much - if at all - they’re willing to raise taxes.
Wayward dolphins stranded in cove
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
A group of dolphins that might have chased herring or other food into a shallow cove off Long Island remained stranded Wednesday, resisting rescue attempts and drawing supporters.
Winter storm closes highways, the Alamo
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
The latest in a series of icy storms blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states spread snow and freezing rain across Texas on Wednesday, closing the Alamo in San Antonio, glazing freeways and immobilizing communities unaccustomed to such cold.
Homicide detectives investigate stunt death
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman believed to have been killed by drinking too much water in a radio station contest.
Scientists find clues to 1918 flu’s lethality
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Frankenstein version of the “Spanish flu” virus, assembled from parts in the laboratory, has shed new light on how the microbe killed at least 50 million people worldwide in 1918 and 1919.
Bush backs off on surveillance powers
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Facing pressure from lawsuits and a Democratic Congress, the Bush administration reversed course Wednesday, saying it will now submit to an independent court for approval of the controversial warrantless wiretapping that the president had ordered on his own asserted authority.
Charge added, new case investigated in Missouri
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A7
A man arrested after two missing boys were found in his apartment terrorized one of them with a handgun to get him to cooperate, prosecutors allege in new charges filed Wednesday.
Our town sports
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C3
B.C. dismisses pair of players
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
Boston College center Sean Williams and forward Akida McLain, both suspended earlier this season, have been dismissed permanently from the program because of an unspecified violation of team rules, the school said Wednesday night.
Vandy dandy in victory
Commodores gun down ‘Bama; Irish, Vols, Hokies take tumble
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Vanderbilt Commodores know they can shoot well. In Wednesday night’s 94-73 victory, they showed No. 10 Alabama just how good they can be.
Tar Heels stomp Clemson
Wright, UNC bounce back, roll over Tigers, 77-55
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
Brandan Wright wouldn’t let one bad game get under his skin. That’s a freshman trait North Carolina fans can learn to love.
K.C.’s Gordon says his time is now
Third baseman, a former Nebraska standout, could land spot on Royals’ opening-day roster
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
Alex Gordon says he’s ready for the big leagues. Gordon was to leave for the Kansas City Royals’ spring training camp on Wednesday night with his sights set on making the opening-day roster.
Schottenheimer to return
Chargers’ coach turns down extension
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
Marty Schottenheimer might be down to one last chance to get the San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl.
Lions eager to see if break translates into improved offense
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High boys basketball team has not played since a 53-33 loss to Shawnee Mission East on Jan. 9, but the layoff may have served the Lions well.
House bill cutting interest rates on student loans passes by wide margin
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to cut interest rates on need-based student loans Wednesday, steadily whittling its list of early legislative priorities.
Keegan: Collison coming on strong
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
Considering he has averaged a single-single throughout his NBA career, what in the world has gotten into Nick Collison of the Seattle SuperSonics lately?
KU women finally snap skid
Morris, Mosley shine as Jayhawks knock off woeful Hornets
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
The loooong 0-fer is over. Kansas University’s women’s basketball team won for the first time in a month, spilling sad-sack Sacramento State, 69-50, Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Shaq’s return to Heat lineup could come tonight
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C4
Shaquille O’Neal has vowed not to resume playing for the Miami Heat until his surgically repaired left knee is “1,000 percent.” He’s almost there.
Pacers, Warriors work eight-player trade
Golden State aquires Harrington, Jackson
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Indiana Pacers traded Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday for forwards Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy as part of an eight-player deal designed to shake up two struggling teams.
Suspect charged with killing student
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
An Arkansas City man who allegedly stalked members of the Cowley College dance team was charged Wednesday with killing a 19-year-old student whose disappearance prompted a four-day search.
Panel: Kline did not improperly use computer
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
Former Attorney General Phill Kline didn’t break the law when an employee used a state computer to copy e-mail addresses for use in Kline’s failed re-election campaign last year, the state ethics commission ruled Wednesday.
Lawrence Datebook
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
County denies request for runway permit
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
A request for a permit to allow use of a private airplane runway near Baldwin City was rejected Wednesday night by a majority of the Douglas County Commission.
Baylor’s skid lives
K-State forced to rally for 69-60 win
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
It’s bound to happen someday because Baylor is making obvious improvement by leaps and bounds. But nobody wants to be the first Big 12 Conference basketball team in more than two years to lose at home to the Bears.
Freshman Silas comes off bench to lift CU
Rookie overcomes foul problems as Buffs claim 74-65 victory
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
Freshman forward Xavier Silas scored all 19 of his points in the second half, sparking Colorado to a 74-65 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
On the record
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
Huskers hold off Wildcats
Oklahoma beats up on Oklahoma State
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kiera Hardy scored 22 points and made a key three-point play late to help Nebraska beat No. 25 Kansas State, 70-63, on Wednesday night.
Saints running backs vastly different but complementary
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
Deuce McAllister is a tough, stout country guy who spends much of his free time in the offseason hanging around with old friends in central Mississippi.
Bears running backs competitive
Jones, Benson appear to have strained relationship, but both say it’s ‘professional’
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
Their lockers are close, although anyone could be forgiven for assuming there’s a fairly large gap in the relationship between Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson.
Colts’ Manning one victory away from Super Bowl - again
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
Jim Kelly or Troy Aikman. Fran Tarkenton or Terry Bradshaw. Dan Fouts or Joe Montana. Dan Marino or John Elway.
2nd year of decline in cancer deaths may mark new trend
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
A second straight year of declining cancer deaths announced Wednesday marks the beginning of what is expected to be a long-term drop as the success of anti-smoking campaigns launched decades ago accelerates progress against the biggest cancer killer of all: lung cancer.
Kansas begins push for national biodefense facility
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas is putting forward a full-court press to land the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, whether it be in Leavenworth County or Manhattan.
Free State bowlers split
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Free State High boys bowling team used a strong effort by freshman Robert Wagner to defeat Leavenworth on Wednesday.
Lawmakers question need for health plan
Some seek enrollment boost for current program
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas health officials Wednesday pushed for support of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposal to expand health care coverage for children, but were asked why thousands of children eligible for current programs weren’t in it.
LHS wrestlers victorious
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
Even short-handed, Lawrence High’s wrestling team had more than enough firepower to remain undefeated in dual meets after it claimed a 46-36 victory Wednesday at Leavenworth.
Poor shooting sinks Seabury boys
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
Freshman Ryan Gutierrez scored 15 points, but the Seabury Academy boys basketball team had trouble putting the ball in the basket Wednesday night in a 60-42 loss to Pomona at the West Franklin Invitational.
Chopper’ roars back to life
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
“American Chopper” (8 p.m., TLC) enters its fourth season on a new network, and the Orange County Choppers prepare to open a vast new facility that will incorporate their garage, service center, retail store, offices and a display center where visitors can watch the guys work. Can a Teutul theme park be far behind?
Hunt is on for past Oscar gowns
Fashion show to highlight notable couture from previous years
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
One dress is not enough for Oscar producer Laura Ziskin. Even 30 of the most iconic dresses ever worn on Oscar’s red carpet are not enough. Ziskin wants more. Not to wear, but to share.
Vandals smashing windows across Lawrence
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
On Saturday afternoon, Julie Steward’s neighbor stopped by to ask if she knew her car window had been broken.
Patriots’ Brady, coach Belichick share unusually strong bond
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
On Tuesdays, Tom Brady meets privately with Bill Belichick for an hour or two, talking football and other subjects. On Sundays, they usually win.
Rep. Boyda sponsors pension-denying bill
Senate approved similar measure
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
It has been just two weeks since Rep. Nancy Boyda was sworn in as Kansas’ newest member of Congress, but she already is sponsoring one of the Democrats’ most high-profile bills.
Terror alert prompts heightened security
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Russia went on high alert Wednesday, deploying thousands of extra police and urging public vigilance in major cities.
Militants release Italian hostage
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Militants in Nigeria said today that they released one of three Italian hostages seized last month in an attack in the country’s oil-rich southern delta region.
Government makes deal with renegade warlord
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
A warlord in eastern Congo has agreed to stop fighting government forces in exchange for a government promise not to pursue war crimes charges against him, the army said Wednesday.
Newspaper: Castro made medical decision
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fidel Castro himself told surgeons not to perform a colostomy, opting instead for a course of surgery that produced a complication leaving the Cuban leader in far worse condition, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
Pressure mounts on Olmert to resign
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz faced new calls to resign Wednesday after Israel’s army chief stepped down, succumbing to widespread outrage over the handling of last summer’s inconclusive war in Lebanon.
Domestic woes pose threat to Ahmadinejad
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Prices for vegetables have tripled in the past month, housing prices have doubled since last summer - and as costs have gone up, so has Iranians’ discontent with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his focus on confrontation with the West.
Doomsday Clock’ ticks closer to midnight amid fears of disaster
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
The world is nudging closer to nuclear or environmental apocalypse, a group of prominent scientists warned Wednesday as it pushed the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight.
Pump patrol
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Police look for suspect in home invasion
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are looking into claims that an unidentified man held down and robbed a 78-year-old Lawrence man in his home this weekend.
T ridership increases for 6th straight year
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
The city’s public transit system, the T, posted its sixth straight year of significant ridership increases in 2006, according to data released by the city.
Zoning board rules proposed retreat can’t sell booze
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
If a proposal for a $6 million corporate retreat in northwestern Douglas County becomes a reality, there will be no liquor sold there.
Sebelius names new chief counsel
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sally Howard, currently chief counsel to the Kansas Department of Transportation, was named chief counsel to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Senators unveil resolution against Iraq war plan
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Senate resolution opposing President Bush’s war plan on Iraq put the White House and Republican leaders on the defensive Wednesday as they scurried to prevent a trickle of GOP support for the measure from swelling into a deluge.
Sebelius supports changes in campaign laws
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is again backing proposals aimed at giving voters more timely information about who contributes money to candidates and how independent groups are trying to influence elections.
TABOR backers now eye other measures
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Unable to push through a constitutional amendment to limit taxes and spending, the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity on Wednesday set its sights on a number of other initiatives that it says will help businesses and streamline government.
Community colleges have $150M in repairs
Bill for deferred maintenance at public universities was already at $727 million
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas community colleges want to be taken care of too when it comes to paying for a backlog of repairs and maintenance.
Westar Energy to build new transmission line
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
As state officials bemoaned the lack of electric transmission lines, Westar Energy Inc. announced Tuesday its plan to build a new line that would cost between $80 million and $100 million.
Lawrence resident joins consultancy
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Ann Stephens, Lawrence, recently joined Creative Business Solutions Inc. as a senior human resource consultant, providing human resource services to clients.
Insurance director earns certification
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lisa Costello, director of workcomp solutions for Charlton Manley Insurance, Lawrence, recently earned the Certified WorkComp Advisor designation, conferred by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals.
Commodities
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
IRS’ Free File removes ads for loans
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
There’s a welcome change in store for taxpayers who use the Free File program run by the Internal Revenue Service.
Cold snap to boost prices
Calif. freeze will affect wide range of produce
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Checkers Foods is selling five navel oranges for a dollar, but don’t expect the sale price to last long now that a hard freeze has squeezed the life out of an estimated 75 percent of California’s citrus crop.
Man gets 100 days in pit bull attacks
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
A man was sentenced Wednesday to 100 days in jail for freeing a trio of pit bulls that mauled three men, reportedly to “see what kind of trouble he could cause.”
Prosecutors want long prison term for Wittig, despite ruling
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
Federal prosecutors are encouraging a judge to sentence former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive David Wittig to five years in prison for bank fraud, despite an appeals court decision suggesting the limit is six months.
Concert to benefit Lawrence students
January 18, 2007 in print edition on D2
Musicians from Lawrence and Free State high schools will perform concertos Saturday to help raise funds for Music Works!, an endowed fund of the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
Cast reunites for second ‘Jest’
January 18, 2007 in print edition on D1
It can be hard to be part of a traditional Jewish family - especially when no one is Jewish.
Squirrels do serious damage if they find their way indoors
January 18, 2007 in print edition on D2
More squirrels are on the way. With the ice, snow and cold keeping everyone inside, one common furry rodent is now more active. JanuaryFebruary is a major mating season for squirrels.
Shroom boom
Strange obsession has paid off for a farmer who raises Japanese fungi in Baldwin City woods
January 18, 2007 in print edition on D1
I write a lot - every day, in fact - and mostly on the subjects of home and garden. So I’m constantly scouring for ideas, poking my head over people’s fences, inspecting new arrivals at nurseries.
Religion, morals
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Richard Smith (Public Forum, Jan. 15) states that theism (belief in a god) is the only position that “tells us what morality is.” Many Christians think that God-believers have a corner on the market for morality and atheists (who do not have a belief in a god) lack morality.
Wrong portrait
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: When I first saw the “presidential portrait” of Sen. Sam Brownback on the front page of Monday’s edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, I assumed the sections of my newspaper were out of order.
Teaching in China reveals contrasts with U.S. universities
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
China is our principal competitor in commerce, industry, and global trade. I had an opportunity to study China up close by spending the month of October in Beijing giving a lecture series titled: “American Government, Politics and Election Campaigns.”
Energy efforts
Expanding our ability to harness renewable energy sources could be an economic development tool for Kansas.
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
It seems the time is ripe for Kansas to advance proposals for alternative energy sources.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan 18, 1907: “The most disgraceful trial ever held in Lawrence came off this morning before police judge Menger, when Mabel McCoy told the shocking story of her relations with John Countrakon, the Green confectioneer.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Fire loss in Lawrence hit an all-time high during 1966. The $1.5 million downtown WREN building fire provided the major thrust and there had been nearly $600,000 in loss at the Rusty’s Hillcrest store.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kansas University’s enrollment was on the rise again. KU officials announced a record spring semester headcount on the Lawrence campus of 21,437, an increase of 37 over the mark the past spring.
Raids show need for new immigration policy
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
A month ago, federal agents raided meatpacking plants in six states, detaining 1,282 workers in a crackdown on illegal immigration. The raids were conducted in conjunction with an investigation into identity theft by illegal immigrants, including the use of Social Security numbers of U.S. citizens to get jobs.
Horoscopes
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Jan. 18
Iraq a test of U.S. brains, not stomachs
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
The third or fourth time I heard Vice President Cheney tell Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday that al-Qaida was gambling that the United States “doesn’t have the stomach” to keep up the fight in Iraq, it crossed my mind that Cheney may be staring at the wrong part of the national anatomy.
Iraqi leader criticizes comments by Bush, Rice
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki voiced frustration with both President George Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, saying their recent criticism of the Iraqi government probably helped the “terrorists.”
Firebirds hope for repeat performance against ranked Maize ballclub
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Free State High boys basketball team will face a familiar opponent in unfamiliar territory today in the first round of the McPherson Invitational Basketball Tournament.
A week to remember
Fans treated to two instant classics
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Big 12 has played some entertaining basketball in front of national-TV audiences this week.
Seniors spark OU past NU
January 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
Two seniors led Oklahoma to a victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night. Now the Sooners hope that Michael Neal and Nate Carter can sustain that momentum.
People in the news
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Austrian invites Paris Hilton to ball ¢ K-Fed to add 30 seconds to 15 minutes of fame ¢ Lohan checks into rehab ¢ O’Reilly, Colbert to trade appearances
Gates suggests more troops needed
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Wednesday he would ask President Bush to send more troops to Afghanistan, an increase that could intensify pressure on a U.S. military already straining to wage the war in Iraq.
Administrator enters limited partnership
January 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Emily Lilienkamp, branch office administrator for Edward Jones in Lawrence, has accepted a limited partnership offering in The Jones Financial Cos., owner of the St. Louis-based financial services firm.
United Way beats campaign goal
Organization receives $1.63 million in donations
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
For Debbie and Richard Konzem, co-chairmen of the United Way of Douglas County campaign for 2006-07, the numbers looked great when unveiled Wednesday.
Statewide smoking proposal raises ire
January 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence bar and restaurant owners Wednesday brought their dissatisfaction with a Lawrence indoor smoking ban to the Capitol to fight against a proposed statewide ban.