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Polls
Lawrence city staff is recommending proceeding with a $1.1 million remodel of the Carnegie Library. Do you support the decision?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
64%
Yes.
 
29%
Not sure.
 
5%
Total 350
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy, who was on a leave of absence to run former Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign for president, is back at work at the institute. Lacy will share stories from the campaign trail during "An Evening with Bill Lacy" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the institute on Kansas University's West Campus. Dole Institute director proud of campaign accomplishments
March 31, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Bill Lacy set his alarm for 7 a.m. Monday, the first time in seven weeks it had even been used at all. It was his first day back on the job at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, and it wouldn’t be good to be late.
8:00 a.m.
Roy Williams Taking two sides
April 1, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Randy Towner plans to hunker down at the newly remodeled 19th Hole lounge at Alvamar, unable to decide whom to cheer for. Mike Davis intends to duck into the Alamodome sporting an orange outfit, seeking refuge in a seating section neither dominated by crimson and blue nor awash in Tar Heel blue.
12:00 p.m.
The former Carnegie Library building, shown in this file photo, has been vacant since the Lawrence Arts Center moved to a new location in 2002. The Convention and Visitors Bureau set up offices in the vacated building at 9th and Vermont streets in 2007. City to hear $1.1M library expansion plan
April 1, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It’s a city budget versus a historic building. City commissioners tonight will be asked to approve a $1.1 million project to expand the Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets, despite a city budget that is expected to be tight in 2009.
2:00 p.m.
Kaley Dawson votes April 1 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 4300 W. Sixth St. Early voter turnout has been dismal for the school district's local option budget. Early voter turnout dismal
April 1, 2008
Polls are open until 7 tonight as the Lawrence school district seeks permission from voters to increase the district’s local option budget, and early activity suggests a relatively low voter turnout.
6:00 p.m.
KU coach Bill Self talks with an official. The fifth-year KU coach left a nice situation in Illinois in 2003. A new chapter
April 1, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Maybe someday, say 10 years hence, the idea of a Roy Williams-led team playing against the university that gave him his first head-coaching gig might be old news.
10:00 p.m.
Voter turnout for Tuesday's local option budget election was less than expected.  Kaley Dawson voted at the First Southern Baptist Church at 4300 W. 6th Street. Tax vote too close to call
April 1, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence school officials were keeping their fingers crossed Tuesday night that the unofficial local-option budget election results would hold up.

All stories

6News video: Naismith exhibit showcases basketball history
April 1, 2008
An electric massage machine and a stretching apparatus for athletes: those are just a couple of notable inventions by Dr. James Naismith.
6News video: Fieldhouse to host Final Four game viewing
April 1, 2008
If you’re still looking for somewhere to watch the big KU game on Saturday, the answer might be in your own backyard.
6News video: Local man dies after being tased
April 1, 2008
A Lawrence man died after being tased by a Shawnee County Sheriff’s Deputy at the Goodyear plant in Topeka.
6Sports video: Hawks fall short against Shockers
April 1, 2008
The Kansas baseball team took on Sunflower State rival Wichita State this evening.
6News video: LOB election a close one
April 1, 2008
The Lawrence school district’s local option budget increase gets unofficial approval today by just over 50 votes. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more from the newsroom.
6News video: City leaders vote to subsidize part of Oread Inn project
April 1, 2008
Demolition on a property at 12th and Louisiana will likely begin next week for the new Oread Inn.
6News video: Kansas high school uses KU mascot
April 1, 2008
The Jayhawk might seem like a unique Lawrence entity, but it turns out a handful of other schools across the nation use the mascot as well.
6News video: CO2 emissions tax proposal fails
April 1, 2008
One day after the House advanced an unprecedented tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the proposal failed.
6News video: Lawrence gets new mayor
April 1, 2008
The City Commission voted Mike Dever in as the man in charge for the next year.
6News video: Voter turnout lower than expected
April 1, 2008
The school board discovers if Lawrence voters are willing to let them raise the local option budget and property taxes. Polls opened at seven this morning. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the vote.
6News video: Local assisted living facility fined
April 1, 2008
The Windsor assisted living facility in Lawrence faces a $10,000 fine after regulators uncovered evidence of resident neglect.
6Sports video: OSU coach out, but Self will stay
April 1, 2008
A coaching change took place in the Big 12 today, and it happened at Bill Self’s alma mater.
6News video: Hwy 59 construction should finish on schedule
April 1, 2008
A wet winter slowed progress on construction of the new Highway 59 freeway in Franklin County, but a spokesman for the Kansas Department of Transportation says workers should catch up as the weather warms.
6Sports video: Bill’s boys meet with media
April 1, 2008
For the 13th time in school history, the Kansas men’s basketball team is headed to the Final Four. Andrew Baker has more.
6Sports video: Firebirds best Lions in soccer showdown
April 1, 2008
Lawrence High and Free State High faced off in the first head-to-head city showdown of the spring sports season.
Tax vote too close to call
Provisional ballots to decide district question
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school officials were keeping their fingers crossed Tuesday night that the unofficial local-option budget election results would hold up.
Vote too close to call on hike in Lawrence school local-option budget
07:40 p.m., April 1, 2008 Updated 09:00 p.m.
It’s too close to call. With all 61 precincts reporting, voters are supporting the school district’s request to increase its local option budget. The results - 3,783 in favor, with 3,730 against - also include advance ballots.
Assisted-living center fined after reports of resident neglect
April 1, 2008
The Windsor, an assisted-living facility in Lawrence, is facing a $10,000 fine after state regulators reported residents suffering from various forms of neglect, including bed sores and improperly cared-for hands, and facing risks of falling.
6News Now: Local-option budget voter turnout low
April 1, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, voting was slow as the Lawrence school district seeks permission to increase its local-option budget, and weather promises to stay cool overnight.
After fire alarm, voting resumes at Central Junior High
03:35 p.m., April 1, 2008 Updated 04:26 p.m.
A fire alarm this afternoon at Central Junior High School temporarily suspended voting in the special election for Lawrence school district voters.
Self on OSU: ‘I’m not a candidate’
April 1, 2008
At his Tuesday press conference leading up to Saturday’s national semifinals - during which Bill Self heard a more firm confirmation of Oklahoma State’s Sean Sutton being out as the Cowboys’ head coach - the Kansas University coach again diffused rumors that he’d be a candidate for the opening.
What Keegan says … on the OSU coaching situation
April 1, 2008
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan discusses the immediate moves Oklahoma State should make in the wake of Sean Sutton’s departure from the head men’s basketball coaching post…
Early voter turnout dismal
April 1, 2008
Polls are open until 7 tonight as the Lawrence school district seeks permission from voters to increase the district’s local option budget, and early activity suggests a relatively low voter turnout.
Governor to forego turkeys for birdies
April 1, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will be watching birdies instead of shooting turkeys.
Kansas House rejects tax on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants
April 1, 2008
One day after the House advanced an unprecedented tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the proposal failed 51-74.
Taking two sides
For Roy Williams’ Lawrence friends, KU-UNC game presents a tough choice
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Randy Towner plans to hunker down at the newly remodeled 19th Hole lounge at Alvamar, unable to decide whom to cheer for. Mike Davis intends to duck into the Alamodome sporting an orange outfit, seeking refuge in a seating section neither dominated by crimson and blue nor awash in Tar Heel blue.
People in the news
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Kathie Lee Gifford joining ‘Today’¢ Heather Mills to judge Miss USA Pageant¢ Anna Nicole Smith, son died the same way¢ Jessica Simpson released from hospital¢ Wayans brothers drop bid for movie studio¢ Jazz singer Nancy Wilson hospitalized
Horoscopes
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
This year, look at what you want - your true, heartfelt goals. With a little help from your friends and supporters, you might be amazed at the surprises that unfold before you.
Business park marks 20 years
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B9
Twenty years after the East Hills Business Park started with a vision for an employment center at the southeastern edge of town, Lawrence leaders are working to build momentum for more projects like it - new parks that could be home for new jobs, new taxes, new volunteers and other new benefits that would be expected to follow.
Indians’ Martinez hurt
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
Indians All-Star catcher Victor Martinez was taken for an MRI on his injured left hamstring, which he hurt while running the bases in the second inning of Cleveland’s season-opening 10-8 victory Monday over the Chicago.
Farmers to plant more soybeans
Kansas producers expected to boost acreage by 23 percent
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
Ottawa County farmer John Tibbits spent his Monday morning scouring the government’s newly released spring plantings intention report.
On the record
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 28-year-old Lawrence man recently reported the theft of about $6,400 in electronic equipment and other items.
House advances proposed CO2 tax
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
A proposal imposing the state’s first tax on carbon dioxide emissions won first-round approval Monday night in the House, but some members didn’t see it as a sincere effort to combat global warming.
Bush ties may not be fatal for McCain
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
It turns out that President Bush may not be as large an albatross around John McCain’s neck as many people think, after all.
Bruins dandy on defense
You better be ready to go and play a man’s game’
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Memphis coach John Calipari knows what to expect from UCLA’s defense in the NCAA’s national semifinals: something resembling a football scrimmage.
Governor names Kittel to district judge seat
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Peggy Carr Kittel won’t have far to move for her new job. Kittel, currently a judge pro tem in Douglas County, was appointed district court judge by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday.
A new chapter
After five years, Williams, KU meet
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Maybe someday, say 10 years hence, the idea of a Roy Williams-led team playing against the university that gave him his first head-coaching gig might be old news.
Woodling: James’ full story untold
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Did you see that piece about Bill James on the CBS news program “60 Minutes” on Sunday night?
New mayor urges fiscal restraint
Commissioner, set to take helm tonight, says economy makes cuts likely
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence will get a new mayor tonight, and he comes equipped with a bright red warning flag. If City Commission tradition holds - and all indications are that it will - Mike Dever will be elected by his fellow commissioners to serve a one-year term as Lawrence mayor.
Rios, Jays still talking
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Alex Rios are ironing out the final details of a six-year contract extension through 2014 that would guarantee him about $64 million.
Blood pressure drugs lower mortality rate
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Contrary to the prevailing belief among cardiologists, reducing blood pressure in people over the age of 80 can sharply reduce the number of heart attacks, strokes and deaths, researchers said Monday.
Election observer team says opposition leading
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Evidence mounted Monday that Zimbabwe’s opposition candidate defeated President Robert Mugabe this past weekend in the first round of a national vote, creating the biggest threat to his grip on power in 28 years of unbroken rule.
Reds designate Stanton
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
Left-handed reliever Mike Stanton was designated for assignment to the minors on Monday, an expensive move by the Cincinnati Reds to upgrade their bullpen.
His check bounces, so man robs bank
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Authorities say a man robbed a bank in South Carolina after the $173 check he tried to cash bounced.
Gore launches campaign against global warming
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former Vice President Al Gore launched a three-year, multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign Monday, calling for the U.S. to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Angle to meet at Lawrence Arts Center
April 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Angle will take a field trip for its April meeting. Angle, the Journal-World’s teen advisory board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
HUD secretary quits
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, his tenure tarnished by allegations of political favoritism and a criminal investigation, announced his resignation Monday amid the wreckage of the national housing crisis.
Ohio Street work set to begin this week
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
Reconstruction work of Ohio Street from Sixth to Eighth streets begins this week.
Transit leader to visit women’s league event
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
The April meeting of the local chapter of the Older Women’s League is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Spiezio, Braves agree
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
Scott Spiezio agreed Monday to a minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves, who gave a second chance to the infielder after he was released by St. Louis in February for an arrest on drunken-driving and assault charges.
Consistent diet, sleep central to health, well-being
April 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Food intake can affect body clocks - and vice versa.
Hands-only’ CPR approved
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
You can skip the mouth-to-mouth breathing and just press on the chest to save a life. In a major change, the American Heart Association said Monday that hands-only CPR - rapid, deep presses on the victim’s chest until help arrives - works just as well as standard CPR for sudden cardiac arrest in adults.
Bush library searches for Web site name
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
While President Bush’s advisers were taking offers on an ideal spot for his library and museum, they probably should have paid more attention to the virtual real-estate market.
Army lets married soldiers live together on Iraq bases
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
When American soldiers get off duty in Iraq, the men usually return to their quarters, the women to theirs. But Staff Sgt. Marvin Frazier gets to go back to a small trailer with two pushed-together single beds that he shares with his wife.
Tickets available today for chief justice visit
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tickets for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ Vickers lecture at Kansas University will become available at 11 a.m. today.
Double Take: Happiness: The answer’s beyond a self-help book
April 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
During a recent trip to the library, I decided to stray from my normal novel-seeking routine and hunt down something new. I found the psychology section and began to look at some of the titles.
Who wants to live forever?
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
The kids on “Fame” wanted to live forever, but they were young and under the influence of stage paint and leg warmers. Who in their right mind would want to loiter for that long? Barbara Walters hosts “Live to Be 150 … Can You Do It?” (9 p.m., ABC).
Free State opening draws 14 applicants
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Administrators will begin screening 14 applicants to become the next Free State High School principal.
Down-home aria
KU Opera remakes famed play ‘Picnic’
April 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sharon Campbell has sung plenty of operas based in 19th-century Europe while wearing ornate dresses. She never imagined she’d be performing in an opera set on the front porches of two houses in small-town Kansas.
SnackerTracker teaches kids healthy eating
April 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Parents prodding picky children to eat healthier will try just about anything.
Final Four revelry expressed through littering, T-shirt sales
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
It looked like a frat house exploded. That’s one way to describe the mess of beer cups, beer cans, beer bottles and anything else beer-related you can think of on Massachusetts Street following Kansas University’s basketball victory Sunday evening that sent the Jayhawks to the Final Four.
Police: Father drowned 3 children in hotel
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man who had argued with his estranged wife over the custody of their three children has confessed to drowning them in a hotel bathtub on the night they were to go back with their mother, police said Monday.
Forum takes aim at underage drinking
Students are making progress in refusing drugs, workers say
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
Prevention workers at Lawrence’s high schools say they are starting to see a welcome trend. Through support groups and clubs, students at Lawrence High and Free State who are adamantly against using alcohol and drugs are encouraging others to do the same.
Oddsmakers make North Carolina 9-5 favorite
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Oddsmakers expect close games, but think North Carolina will beat Kansas University and go on to win the first NCAA Tournament with all four No. 1 seeds in the Final Four.
Several Lawrence polling places consolidated for today’s voting
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B10
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew has consolidated a few polling sites for today’s special Lawrence school district local-option budget election.
County takes steps toward creating ethics policy
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners want an ethics policy. On Monday commissioners said they favor forming a committee to develop an ethics policy for county government officials, department heads and employees.
Express Personnel has new name, Web site
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B9
A Lawrence staffing service today is working under a new name.
Self reflects on Illinois
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
People talk - and talk a lot - about Roy Williams leaving Kansas University for the University of North Carolina. The fact of the matter is, Bill Self also left a pretty sweet situation at the University of Illinois to become KU basketball coach back in the spring of 2003.
De Soto earns award for water system
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Kansas Rural Water Association honored De Soto with the 2007 Most Improved Water System Award last week at an awards ceremony in Wichita.
Stanford twins leaving
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Lopez twins are going pro together.
Old Home Town: 100 years ago
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 1, 1908: “A meeting of 45 university students last night with representatives from many factions including Greeks and independents was designed to help set up a student government system at the university.”
Pump patrol
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.12 at several locations.
Commentary: Another storyline for Memphis, Calipari
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
He’s told the story all week. Memphis’ John Calipari, you soon learn, is the Wilt Chamberlain of the recycled anecdote, retelling locker-room tales and random coach-player lessons in a tapestry of basketball profundity.
Commodities
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Gamecocks name coach
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn is leaving for South Carolina after the Hilltoppers best finish in the NCAA Tournament in 15 years.
Girls soccer showdown today
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
Free State High girls soccer coach Jason Pendleton has a unique philosophy about victories and defeats.
Gust equity
What do Wisconsin and a lot of European areas know about wind energy that we don’t?
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
Kansas has all the wind it takes to turn out high amounts of alternative energy and yet Wisconsin is the one making headlines for its success in this promising field involving a cheap renewable source.
New Mexico extends Alford
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
New Mexico gave men’s basketball coach Steve Alford a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 season.
LSU, Stanford advance to Final Four
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
LSU coach Van Chancellor can thank Sylvia Fowles for his first trip to a Final Four.
Take a Stand: Inconvenient truth about minimum wage
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s an election year, and bad economic policy is popular once again. One of the worst ideas bandied about is that raising the minimum wage is good for low-wage workers.
Spring training a hit
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B5
A record 3,692,125 fans attended spring training games this year, topping last year’s mark of 3,421,055.
K.C. takes opener in Detroit
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
The $138 million Tigers opened with a thud. Tony Pena Jr. hit a two-out, tiebreaking single in the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat Detroit, 5-4, in Monday’s opener.
City to hear $1.1M library expansion plan
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s a city budget versus a historic building. City commissioners tonight will be asked to approve a $1.1 million project to expand the Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets, despite a city budget that is expected to be tight in 2009.
Consumers took credit opportunities too far
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B9
There is no question that the federal government plus many lenders and financial professionals shoulder a lot of the blame for our current economic crisis. But many of the individuals who are overloaded with debt need to take responsibility for their bad choices, too.
In proposed financial overhaul, Fed oversees market stability
April 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
It’s a Herculean task: revamping a financial regulatory system dating back to the Civil War to deal with 21st century crises imperiling the country.
Everybody’s All Americans
Beasley, Hansbrough named unanimous first-team picks
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley were unanimous selections to the Associated Press’ All-America team Monday.
KU reception April 10
April 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team’s postseason awards reception will be at 6 p.m. April 10 in the Kansas Union Ballroom.