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Four years after the Iraq War started, what is your opinion?

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It’s time to leave.
We must remain until the job is done.
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Demolition of historic house starts dispute
March 20, 2007
A historic battle may be brewing in east Lawrence to save a 137-year-old house.
Details emerge about national pet food recall
March 20, 2007
More details tonight about a the local impacts of a nationwide pet food recall that involves 88 brands of dog and cat food.
Couple’s cat sick from affected pet food
March 20, 2007
Ten dogs and cats have died nationwide from eating a certain types of pet food and for one area couple and their cat, it may already be too late.
Learning new offense focus of spring football
March 20, 2007
Let’s head to the gridiron toddy, where last week the KU football team began spring practice on campus.
Investigation continues into house fire
March 20, 2007
The investigation continues into a fire that destroyed a home in southwest Leavenworth County.
Break allows crews to finish maintenance work
March 20, 2007
For many of us spring break means kicking back, sleeping in, and maybe heading out of town but for facilities and maintenance crews that work for Lawrence public schools, spring break means putting it into high gear and getting some work done.
KU baseball again postponed by weather
March 20, 2007
Weather has once again put a damper on the KU baseball team’s plans. Wet field conditions have postponed the Jayhawks game against Northern Colorado until tomorrow.
LHS baseball preparing for Oklahoma trip
March 20, 2007
The Lawrence High basketball team is heading for warmer and hopefully dryer weather this weekend. Brad Stoll’s squad will open its season on Friday in Tulsa. Okla.
Jankovich introduced as head coach at Illinois St.
March 20, 2007
Kansas assistant basketball coach Tim Jankovich was introduced as the new head coach at Illinois State this afternoon.
Cat Tracker accident victim making improvements
March 20, 2007
Four months after the accident involving Kansas State’s Cat Tracker fan bus in Lawrence, a passenger whose stuck his head on an overpass continues to defy the odds.
Gun possession sends felon back to prison
March 20, 2007
A Lawrence man is found guilty of possessing a gun as a felon and will be sent back to prison.
Lawrence man found guilty for death of girlfriend
March 20, 2007
Justice for the victim and relief tonight for prosecutors as a jury finds a Lawrence man guilty on all counts in the beating death of his longtime girlfriend.
Accident-prone street could see improvements
March 20, 2007
Fewer fender benders may be in the future for a notorious stretch of Iowa Street.
Hawks not taking Salukis lightly
March 20, 2007
The Kansas basketball team has arrived in the capital of Silicon Valley tonight. The Jayhawks play their sweet 16 contest Thursday evening in San Jose, Calif.
Woman sentence for stealing from local business
March 20, 2007
A Lawrence woman is sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 from Jayhawk bowling supplying.
Manning to be promoted at season’s end
March 20, 2007
Former Kansas University All-American Danny Manning will be promoted to a full assistant to replace Tim Jankovich at the end of the season. Jankovich was named the new head coach at Illinois State Monday.
Construction crews working on schools through spring break
March 20, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, while teachers and students look forward to spring break, work crews will be performing a lot of construction, and more about President Bush’s visit to the Kansas City area.
Protesters emphasize human cost of Iraq war
Activists stage march on fourth anniversary
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A group of about 100 anti-war protesters rallied Monday in Lawrence to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war’s beginning.
Second-half surges carrying Florida
Play after intermission has carried defending national champs to Sweet 16
March 20, 2007
Maybe the Florida Gators make good adjustments. Maybe they wear down opponents. Maybe they can turn it on when they need it most. Or maybe they’re just a second-half team.
DePaul upends KSU, reaches regional final
Mejia, Chandler lead Blue Demons to 70-65 win; both coaches ‘T’d’ up
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Sammy Mejia and Wilson Chandler led DePaul with 18 points each, and the Blue Demons reached the NIT West Regional finals with a 70-65 second-round victory over Kansas State on Monday night.
Timberwolves continuing to struggle at point
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Given the Minnesota Timberwolves’ identity crisis at point guard these days, the Phoenix Suns are the last team in the NBA they want to see right now.
People in the news
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Angelina Jolie arrives in Hanoi to get visa for adopted son ¢Judge in Anna Nicole Smith case accused of smoking marijuana ¢ Cheryl Burke goes for third win on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ ¢ Chuck Leavell donates conservation easement ¢ Songwriters Hall of Fame names 2007 inductees
Pump patrol
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Accused denies role in killing
Christopher Belone testifies in own defense as trial winds down
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence resident took the stand in his own defense Monday in a murder trial and said he never struck his longtime girlfriend in the stomach with a table leg.
Pure class
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
o the editor: Congratulations, Russell Robinson! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was so good to see you recognized as Player of the Game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Actor may attract GOP conservatives
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
In most presidential campaigns, after the party nominations are settled, voters experience buyer’s remorse: a sense that other candidates might have been a better choice.
KU student arrested for attempted rape
March 20, 2007
A Kansas University student was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted rape at a residence hall on campus.
Search continues for Boy Scout missing 3 days in wilderness
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Warmer weather raised rescuers’ hopes Monday as they searched for a third day for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who disappeared while camping with his troop in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina.
Wichita talk of the town
Free State seeks repeat; LHS wants its title shot
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Free State and Lawrence High baseball squads had quite the contrast in finishes to last year’s season.
Woodling: DeVictor got things done
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
At the standing-room-only fete for Fred DeVictor last week at the Holcom Rec Center, I listened to speeches extolling the city’s retiring parks and recreation director.
Jury search begins in Spector murder trial
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of legendary music producer Phil Spector - four years after an actress who starred in a cult movie was shot to death in the foyer of his castlelike home.
Bush, Congress at odds over Iraq as war enters fifth year
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
On the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war, President Bush and Congress’ Democratic leaders clashed over whether lawmakers should move to bring U.S. troops home - and whether they can.
Griffey no longer center of attention
Cincy star headed to right field upon return
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Dontrelle Willis is all set to start on opening day. If Ken Griffey Jr. is ready to play, he’ll find himself in right field.
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, March 20
Candidates sound off on transportation issues
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a town with thousands of commuters each day, streets and transportation issues are a guaranteed campaign topic. The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission all have different views when it comes to transportation issues ranging from street maintenance to roundabouts to public transit.
On the record
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Teens need feedback in good times and bad
March 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
Q: Dear Dr. Wes and John: Last year I struggled to complete and turn in my assignments. This semester I began taking a new medication for ADHD, which has helped me complete assignments.
Gonzales’ hold on job tenuous
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ hold on his job grew more uncertain Monday as the Justice Department released e-mails with new details about the firings of federal prosecutors. The White House said it hoped Gonzales would survive the tumult.
KU’s next tourney venue inspires deeper look at catchy song lyrics
March 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
With all this talk about the Jayhawks headed to San Jose, it seems like half of Lawrence has a certain nine-note melody stuck in its head. “Do you know the way to San Jose?”
If life is a circus, open your own sideshow
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
Why do we slow down to gawk at highway wrecks? Why do we pick at scabs? Why do people find Tori Spelling fascinating? Life is a mystery.
A&M, ISU ousted; OU wins
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
With star post player Jessica Adair on the bench for much of the game and a step slow when she was in it, George Washington won with smallball.
Sunni insurgents step up attacks
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Dozens of insurgents wielding machine guns surrounded the police station before dawn Monday in Duluiyah, a majority Sunni town about 45 miles north of Baghdad. The five officers on duty walked out, hands to the dark sky, and waited to be executed.
Free speech debate on bumper sticker grows
March 20, 2007
A legislative staffer who put an anti-war bumper sticker with a profanity on her car and parked it in the Statehouse garage upset one lawmaker and had the governor and others debating the limits of free speech.
Big Brutus’ glory days
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
It stood 16 stories tall. Its bucket could hold 90 cubic yards of earth. It was the second largest shovel in the world and hasn’t moved in more than 30 years.
Ability to keep pace with technology deemed priority
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence’s public schools need to prepare students for a quickly changing future, according to Mike Machell.
Creative car loans may not pay
Do the math before using home equity
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Would you take out a 30-year car loan? OK, you’re probably thinking that sounds outrageous, so let me take it down a bit: How about a 10-year auto loan?
Mining’s legacy: A scar on Kansas
March 20, 2007
Coal, lead and zinc mining in southeast Kansas left the land scarred and contaminated with pollutants. And troubles persist.
Goodbye waves
Fashion-forward tresses on the straight and narrow
March 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
If you want one of the hottest looks this season you have to get perfectly straight. Hair, that is.
Greinke shows good stuff
Royals starter helps his case for spot in rotation
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Zack Greinke appears to be pitching his way into the Kansas City Royals’ rotation. Greinke allowed two runs, two hits and a walk in five innings Monday, striking out three in Kansas City’s 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Greinke is competing with Brian Bannister for the only remaining vacancy in the rotation.
Nuclear talks resume as money issue resolved
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
A timetable for North Korea’s disarmament is getting closer to being agreed upon.
KU student vies for Glamour spot
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University student who went from being a high school dropout to a top scholar is in the running to be named one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women for 2007.
KU Hospital leader resigns
Cumming accepts Illinois job amid negotiations with medical center
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s been a tough battle. And with the contentious negotiations between Kansas University Hospital and KU Medical Center unresolved, KU Hospital President Irene Cumming is planning her exit.
By Jonathan S. Landay and Shashank Bengali
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
CIA officers in Kenya failed to use their influence to win the release of an American citizen who was secretly deported to Somalia and is now imprisoned in Ethiopia, a country that the State Department says abuses detainees, according to an internal U.S. government e-mail.
Sebelius chides lawmakers over pace of health care reform
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that the Republican-dominated Legislature is moving too slowly on health care issues, but GOP leaders argued they’re making some progress on market-based reforms.
House advances bill on technical schools
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas House on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would set up a panel to coordinate technical schools and advise the Kansas Board of Regents on funding of technical schools.
Russia mine blast kills 78, leaves 50 missing
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
A methane gas explosion deep in a Siberian coal mine killed at least 78 people and left another 50 trapped Monday in Russia’s worst mining disaster in a decade.
Local resident recalls working in coal mine
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Walter Wettstein went to work in a Crawford CoWalter Wettstein went to work in a Crawford County coal mine when he was 12 years old.
Official: Saddam’s former deputy hanged
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Saddam Hussein’s former deputy was hanged before dawn today for the killings of 148 Shiites, an official with the prime minister’s office said.
Bill addresses threat of parental abduction
All states asked to consider legislation giving judges more options to act
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
Every time Mike Beadle’s four children visit their mother, he gets a sinking feeling in his stomach.
Charlton Manley earns recognition
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Charlton Manley, Lawrence, has been recognized as Acuity Insurance Co.’s top-producing agency in Kansas during 2006.
Tribunal gives terrorist the platform he sought
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
What timing! Just when the attorney general and the president were coming under fire for the politicized dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys, the Pentagon released a transcript of a March 10 hearing in which Guantanamo detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to masterminding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Reports: Castro may soon return to power
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Bolivian President Evo Morales has added his voice to a chorus of speculative references to Fidel Castro’s future, hinting that the ailing Cuban leader could return to power within weeks.
Hamas gunmen break cease-fire
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Hamas gunmen shot and wounded an Israeli electrical worker Monday just outside the Gaza Strip in the first such attack by the Islamic movement since it agreed four months ago to stop rocket fire and other military strikes from the strip.
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Dogged ‘D’
Stopping opponents Southern Illinois’ calling card
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
When some of the country’s top coaches think of Southern Illinois University basketball, they think of intense, in-your-face, almost impenetrable defense.
A major loss
Various pressures finally have led to the departure of the Kansas University Hospital’s top executive.
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
Irene Cumming’s decision to resign as president and chief executive officer of Kansas University Hospital is not a big surprise, considering the abuse she absorbed from KU Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Illinois St. selects Jankovich
KU assistant will finish season before joining Redbirds
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University basketball assistant Tim Jankovich, who has been a college head coach twice before, will lead a program again.
Registration opens for Relay for Life
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
The first opportunity to register for the year’s Relay for Life will be at 5:30 p.m. March 29.
Artistic asset
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Lied Center is one of many community treasures that enrich our lives and draw people to visit Lawrence and Douglas County.
U.S. attorney’s office offers citizens academy on justice system
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren on Monday announced a pilot project aimed at teaching community leaders and others about the federal criminal justice system.
U.S. 24-40 collision injures two drivers
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two people were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday evening after a two-car collision on Kansas Highway 32 at its junction with U.S. Highway 24-40 northeast of Lawrence, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Public input sought on Burroughs Creek trail
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
The city wants ideas and input on the design of a proposed trail that will go through eastern Lawrence.
National Geographic explores Kansas
Magazine’s April issue, out his week, features Flint Hills
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
It’s time the Flint Hills area gets the respect it deserves, officials said Monday as they promoted the April issue of National Geographic magazine, which features a photo spread of the rolling Kansas hills and their emerald green grasses, colorful prairie flowers and wildlife.
Economic blame
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The City Commission forum story of March 6 portrays that present commissioners believe the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is to blame for the lack of new jobs.
NIU hires former Buff coach Patton
Huskies fired Judson last month after seven-win season
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
Northern Illinois University has picked former Colorado coach Ricardo Patton to be the school’s new men’s basketball coach.
Defendant says he made fake devices to protest Iraq war
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
A man accused of conspiring to bomb London’s public transport system told a court Monday that he deliberately made fake devices that were not meant to explode but would spread fear and panic in protest against the invasion of Iraq.
Spotlight shines on UNLV again
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
There was a time when coach Jerry Tarkanian’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were the biggest stars in Sin City.
Couple in their 70s adopt 5 young children
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A couple in their 70s have adopted the woman’s five great-grandchildren, four girls and a boy - ages 3 to 8.
Lawrence Datebook
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
March 20, 2007
A couple of mines still exist
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Most of the coal strip mining in Kansas ended in the 1980s, but there are two operations still active.
Tests of suspect pet food killed 7, government says
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
As many as one in six animals died in tests of suspect dog and cat food by the manufacturer after complaints the products were poisoning pets across the country, the government said Monday.
Capitol Federal hires new planning officer
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence resident Carl Ricketts is the new first vice president and chief strategic planning officer for Capitol Federal Savings.
Crop center to be transplanted
Va. company developing corn for ethanol is moving to Junction City
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
A company that is developing enhanced crops for use in the production of ethanol is coming to Kansas.
How to straighten your hair with a blow dryer
March 20, 2007 in print edition on D2
Want to calm the frizzies or straighten your curls for a day? According to these tips from, all you need is a round brush, a blow dryer, some hair products and about 30 minutes.
Postal rates to go up; forever stamp approved
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
The cost of mailing a letter will go up on May 14, but you’ll be able to lock in that price - no matter how rates rise in the future - by buying the new “forever” stamp.
Bridge contract has incentives
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
The contractor repairing the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton can earn $10,000 a day for every day it comes in ahead of deadline.
Museum exhibit celebrates girl power
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Watkins Community Museum of History will host an event celebrating women’s history month.
Henrickson adds second recruit
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has received her second commitment for the 2007-08 season, and again the theme is height.
Wade ‘doing good,’ but return unsettled
Miami’s star mum on potential timetable
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Dwyane Wade sat before a bank of microphones on March 5, saying he would need at least two weeks of rehabilitating his dislocated left shoulder before deciding whether to return to the Miami Heat this season.
Shaw’s status uncertain
SIU forward injured left ankle in tourney opener
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Southern Illinois University’s basketball team recognizes it will need a complete effort Thursday if it wants to get past Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.
Principal, aide charged with stealing $14,000
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former Camden elementary school principal and his top aide were indicted Monday on charges that they tricked parents and students in the nation’s poorest city into paying for outings that were financed by the school district, then kept the thousands of dollars they collected.
Town’s survival sweetens centennial
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
Four years after a tornado put their town’s future in doubt, residents of Franklin are busy preparing a huge party to celebrate the community’s centennial.
Traditional’ family now quaint
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
I see in the paper that the U.S. Department of Education laid out $750,000 for a study that shows that going to art museums and looking at art is good for schoolchildren, which I would have been happy to tell them for, say, $500 and a nice lunch. I also have some thoughts about the defecatory habits of bears, if the Forestry Service is interested. If the government is paying large sums of money to have the obvious pointed out, then I am your man. Ask me about this war and I’ll tell you for free.
Pentagon says suspected bomber confesses
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Yemeni portrayed as an al-Qaida operative and a member of a terrorist family confessed to plotting the bombings of the USS Cole and two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing hundreds, according to a Pentagon transcript of a Guantanamo Bay hearing.
Police seize 21 tons of cocaine in bust
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A6
Panamanian police seized a boat off the nation’s Pacific coast carrying 21.4 tons of cocaine in one of the biggest maritime cocaine busts anywhere on record, officials said Monday.
Teacher charged with indecent liberties
March 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 24-year-old female teacher has been charged in Douglas County District Court for having sex with a minor.
Attorney appointed to state commission
March 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence attorney Mark Andersen has been appointed by the Kansas Bar Association to the Electronic Recording Commission in Kansas, and serves as its secretary.
Commentary: Wright could be key for Tar Heels
Skinny freshman’ can’t have another off night if North Carolina hopes to advance past USC
March 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said before Saturday’s Michigan State game that freshman forward Brandan Wright better grow up in a hurry.