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Would you avoid reading a book or seeing a Hollywood movie if you heard it contained scenes that some consider to be offensive?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
79%
Yes.
 
15%
Not sure.
 
5%
Total 1189
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Friday, August 15 weather at 10 p.m.
August 15, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, August 16 calls for a high of 83 with a low around 61.
Kansas volleyball team hoping to return to NCAA tourney
August 15, 2008
The time is now for the Kansas volleyball team. After a 13-17 record in 2007, there’s a sense of urgency for a program that reached three straight NCAA Tournaments in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Ground broken for Eudora Middle School expansion
August 15, 2008
Eudora Middle School students and administrators put their golden shovels to good use during the groundbreaking ceremony for the building’s latest expansion project.
KU professors voice concerns about Russian invasion of Georgia
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
The first thing Kansas University professor Diana Carlin thought of when she saw the Russian invasion of Georgia wasn’t what effect it would have on the stability of the region.
Traffic officials brace for first game-day blitz
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Hundreds of motorists will need to call a game-day audible as they enter and exit Lawrence for Kansas University’s season-opening football game, now just two weeks away.
KU releases 2009 football schedule
August 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
While Kansas University released its 2009 football schedule Friday, the site for the Jayhawks’ annual Border War matchup with Missouri - and college football’s oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi - hasn’t yet been determined.
Lawrence man accused of selling fake U.S. Department of State IDs
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
A 65-year-old Lawrence man with connections to the sovereign citizen movement was indicted by a grand jury for leading a conspiracy to use, buy and sell fraudulent diplomatic identification cards, a spokesman for a federal attorney said.
KU assistant chemistry professor dies
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Julian Limburg, assistant professor of chemistry at Kansas University, died Thursday at his home in Lawrence. He was 36.
Fall victim returns to United States
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore Shannon Tuley is home in Overland Park after she was released from a hospital in Paris, where she suffered a fall while studying abroad.
KU football coach Mark Mangino names starting offensive tackles
August 15, 2008
Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch named starting offensive tackles.
23-year-old Lawrence man accused of distributing crack cocaine near school
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
A 23-year-old Lawrence man faces multiple federal charges stemming from the alleged distribution of crack cocaine in Douglas County, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren’s office said Friday.
Free fishing derby hopes to hook area kids
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Area children are eligible for a free fishing trip Saturday at Clinton State Park.
Community garden comes to life in North Lawrence
August 15, 2008
Brooks Hanson no longer is surprised when he wakes up and sees a neighbor or two squatting in his front yard. In fact, he welcomes them.
Neufeld: Budget may force trimming aid to schools
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B10
The Kansas House’s top Republican says budget problems could force the state to rethink its commitments on aid to public schools, a position that could lead to conflict with Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Candidates could use a bath
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A9
People accuse us old liberals of smarmy self-righteousness, and God knows they are right. Four of us had lunch the other day and we agreed before we sat down: no politics. We know what we’re going to say so why say it?
Uhart on preseason All-Big 12 team
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior middle blocker Natalie Uhart has been named to the preseason All-Big 12 volleyball team, it was announced Thursday.
People in the news
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Bale off the hook in assault case¢ Awkward love triangle: Kate, Leo, Sam¢ ‘Harry Potter’ flick moves to summer¢ Brown fumes over leak of unfinished song¢ Voice of a lion among Bernie Mac’s last works¢ Cassandra Wilson takes fresh look at standards
US, Europe must stand up to Russia
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Russian invasion of Georgia last week took place just before the 40th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Idol’ follies: Lawrence singers test their voices at TV auditions
August 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
When David Cook won this year’s “American Idol,” much national attention was brought to his hometown: Kansas City. Consequently, the “Idol” juggernaut decided to select KC for the first time as one of its eight audition sites. Last Friday, thousands of wannabe stars filed into venerable Kemper Arena (not the new Sprint Center, since “Idol” is sponsored by AT&T) seeking their instant ticket to stardom.
US, Poland reach agreement on anti-missile defense deal
Russian leaders send frosty response
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
Horoscopes
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
You have a lot to be optimistic about. The fruition of many of your dreams becomes a possibility, especially because of better networking and interactions. If you are single, it will be your choice to maintain that status.
KU Med researchers share anthrax discovery
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Medical Center researchers, along with researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and William Jewell College, have made a discovery that could be used to eventually prevent anthrax infections from harming humans.
American League Roundup: Tigers avoid sweep by Jays
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Edgar Renteria hit a tiebreaking two-run double in Detroit’s five-run eighth inning, and the Tigers avoided a four-game sweep with a win over Toronto.
VP vetting now more rigorous
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
When Barack Obama and John McCain finally choose their running mates, voters can feel sure that these two people were carefully vetted from every possible angle and, if elected, will play a real role in the next administration.
Parks prepped for replay
Selig expresses confidence in technology
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Major-league ballparks are being wired for instant replay, and commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday his “confidence is growing” that the technology to assist umpires will be ready soon.
The extra price of owning your home
Doing the math on your property
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
The values of Lawrence homes may not be increasing as they once did, but chances are Lawrence residents will be paying more in property taxes this year anyway. For that, they have to thank the highest Lawrence property tax mill levy in at least the last 10 years.
Commentary: Softball victim of Olympic cutback
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
A few years ago, the International Olympic Committee had a problem: an overload of sports. The Games had grown too big. Cost too much. The solution was clear. A sport or two needed to be eliminated. So the Olympic hammer was brought down full force on … Softball?
Ex-bishop, president to be inaugurated
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fernando Lugo, the former San Pedro Roman Catholic bishop noted for his service to the poor, was elected to the presidency of Paraguay last April. Lugo will be inaugurated today in Asuncion.
Hollywood war movies skewered in ‘Thunder’
August 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
This is the one they put on Ben Stiller’s tombstone. This is the spectacular spectacle that he will be known for, the movie that all those years spoofing Hollywood, the industry he grew up in and the people who run it, were leading up to.
Four straight home runs propel White Sox
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Jim Thome’s long three-run homer started it. Shortly after he returned to the dugout, the parade really got going.
Shipping delay plagues Netflix DVDs
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Netflix, the DVD rental service, is suffering from the biggest shipping problem in its history, delaying delivery of those familiar red-and-white envelopes to millions of its customers.
T investment
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Dare I say it? Call our City Commission spineless for its cowardly handing off of the future of the T to a vote by citizens who likely aren’t patrons of the T and may be happy to deep-six it rather than invest in it.
Two kickers still battling
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Nick Novak and Connor Barth have a lot in common. They’re roommates. They’re good friends. They’re trying to stomp on each other’s dreams.
Commodities
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 14.25 cents to $8.645; December corn added 18.75 cents to $5.7725; December oats gained 10 cents to $4.01; November soybeans slipped 10 cents to $12.74.
Pump patrol
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.57 at several locations.
Judge upholds ruling against 9/11 lawsuit
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Families of Sept. 11 victims were rebuffed again Thursday in their attempt to hold Saudi Arabia and its rulers legally responsible for the terror attacks.
Mortensen on Butkus Award watch list
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior Joe Mortensen, a first-team all-Big 12 selection a year ago, was one of 66 players named to the 2008 Butkus Award watch list Thursday.
On the record
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported several items were stolen from the 700 block of Arkansas Street between June 21 and Tuesday. Items reported stolen include a King saxophone with a black case, a ski coat, a leather coat and two U.S. passports. The estimated loss is $1,330.
Games a hit with viewers
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
The Beijing Olympics remain on pace to be the most-watched non-U.S. Olympics ever, validating NBC’s high-volume approach.
Clinton’s name to appear on roll call, signifying party unity
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A10
Turns out Democratic primary loser Hillary Rodham Clinton will get time to shine at the party’s national convention after all - and quite a bit of it.
Longtime dentist dies of cancer
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
Dr. Lawrence A. Mayer, 73, who died at his home Thursday after a long battle with cancer, had been a local dentist for 38 years. But Mayer’s influence on the community extended beyond his practice. He long had been active in a wide variety of professional, social, church and civic projects.
Story fuels questions on gymnast’s age
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government’s news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin was 13, which would have made her ineligible to be on the team that won a gold medal this week.
Area volunteers assist war-torn Georgia
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
Trish Blair of Columbia traveled halfway around the world to run a camp in Georgia for children with diabetes.
KU to host seminars for small businesses
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center, 734 Vt., Suite 104, is holding free “Right Start” seminars from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the center.
Coaches’ screaming fight finds way to YouTube
FHSU investigating incident involving profanity, insults, trouser dropping
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
A debate coach for Fort Hays State University traded profanity-laced barbs with another coach from the University of Pittsburgh during a tournament and at one point during the argument pulled down his shorts, exposing his underwear.
Taste of Lawrence set for Sept. 10
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Chamber of Commerce’s largest event of the year, the Taste of Lawrence, is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Meadowbrook Apartments, located at the intersection of Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive.
Air Force tanker contract clarified
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
Despite supporters’ claims that the competition is unfairly slanted against it, Boeing got what it wanted from newly released Pentagon guidelines for a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, according to the chief executive of rival bidder Northrop Grumman.
National League Roundup: Brewers’ streak stopped at eight
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jake Peavy outpitched Ben Sheets with seven strong innings, and San Diego snapped Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak. Peavy (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in a matchup of the past two starters for the NL in the All-Star game. Peavy, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, struck out eight and lowered his earned-run average to 2.61.
Bankrupt oil marketer hurts Kansas
Producers in state stand to lose more than $100M
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
The bankruptcy of an Oklahoma-based oil marketer has the Kansas oil industry looking at reducing production as it faces losing tens of millions of dollars in revenue.
Celebrities seek country makeover
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
What would happen if you set “The Surreal Life” in a Cracker Barrel restaurant? Something not far from “Gone Country” (7 p.m. and 9 p.m., CMT), now entering its second season. “Gone” takes a cast of curious and not-too-busy-right-now celebrities and determines who has the talent and grit to become a country star. John Rich returns as host and musical mentor.
President expected to resign shortly
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Indications grew stronger Thursday that President Pervez Musharraf, whose allegiance has been a linchpin of the U.S. fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida, will be pushed into resigning in the next few days rather than face a humiliating impeachment saga.
U.S. wins gold, silver in women’s all-around
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
No runner-up finish to her friend and rival this time. Nastia Liukin won the biggest prize of all. Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women’s gymnastics today in an intense matchup that lived up to its billing at the Beijing Games. Liukin finished with 63.325 points, a mere six-tenths ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion who beat Liukin at the U.S. championships and Olympic trials only a few weeks ago.
Forum calls for action on climate
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
It’s never too late to make a change, according to tribal leaders who participated in a three-day environmental forum at Haskell Indian Nations University this week. Leaders left participants with a positive message and ideas for change Thursday at a closing ceremony of the seventh annual Tribal College Forum, “Climate Crises and Water Nations are Calling for Awakening.”
Russia: Georgia can ‘forget’ 2 provinces
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
The foreign minister of Russia said Thursday that Georgia could “forget about” getting back its two breakaway provinces, as Russia sent tank columns to search out and destroy Georgian military equipment.
Animated ‘Star Wars’ tale lacks inspiration
August 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
If you live for the flash of light sabers, the shriek of spacefighters and the symphonic swell of John Williams themes, you’ll find much to enjoy in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” If you like a little narrative mixed in with your thrills, however …
Traffic deaths fall to lowest level since ‘94
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
Traffic deaths in the United States declined last year, reaching the lowest level in more than a decade, the government reported Thursday.
Greenpeace seeks action on climate
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Greenpeace brought its national global warming tour to Lawrence on Thursday, in an effort to demand action from Congress on the issue. The environmental organization’s Global Warming Story Tour is aimed at giving Americans an opportunity to show their commitment to end global warming, and asks political leaders to respond.
Law protects military members’ homes
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B9
A federal law approved in 2003 protects most servicemen and servicewomen from losing their house or apartment if they’re deployed in another country.
Advocates for disabled urge movie boycott
Tropic Thunder’ uses insulting terms for intellectual disability
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence resident Kathy Lobb has been fighting negative stereotypes sometimes associated with her disability for more than 50 years. “I am a person with a developmental disability,” Lobb said. “My disability just didn’t come up. I’ve had it all my life.” That’s why the release of a new movie, “Tropic Thunder,” is especially hurtful to her.
TV station accused of links to FARC
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Telesur is again mired in controversy over its alleged links to Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas.
A tough stand on Russia
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A9
Russia’s invasion of Georgia on the pretext of “protecting” Russian peacekeepers stationed in the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and ending the “ethnic cleansing” of native Russians living there, is a sobering reminder that the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 was not a sign that old-line communists were ready to walk the sawdust trail of repentance and convert to capitalism, democracy, human rights and religious freedom.
Drop-offs
What’s to be done about improperly loaded vehicles?
August 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Given any thought lately to vehicular drop-offs? Perhaps you should, whether you’re a potential victim or someone who might inflict damage, injury or death upon someone else.
Mayer: Injuries concern for QBs
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
All the football teams in the Big 12 Conference are one ligament or torn cartilage away from being transformed from contenders to also-rans. The league never has had such a wealth of vital triggermen. Kept healthy they will give us a sterling season. Yet take away, for even a game or two, a Todd Reesing of Kansas, a Chase Daniel of Missouri, a Josh Freeman of Kansas State, a Joe Ganz of Nebraska or a Cody Hawkins of Colorado, and a genuine wannabe can in an instant become an almost-but-not quite.
Rec calendar
August 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
A list of recreational sporting activities in and around Lawrence.