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Seabury vs. Wetmore
Which of the Top 5 teams in the AP Poll right now do you think has the best chance to win the NCAA title?

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Response Percent
North Carolina
Total 1325
Lawrence schools may ask voters to OK a half-mill tax increase to raise $650,000 to give employees a 1.5% pay increase, less than the 3% inflation rate. Without the money, raises could be less than 1%. Would you vote for the tax increase?

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Response Percent
Not sure.
Total 515

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6Sports video: Lady Chieftains take down Piper
February 12, 2008
The Tonganoxie girl’s basketball team took on the Piper Pirates on Tuesday evening.
6News video: Regents to discuss capping tuition increases
February 12, 2008
The Kansas Board of Regents meet on Wednesday to discuss setting a cap on state universities’ increasing tuition costs. Meanwhile, one family with three kids has little idea of how to cover the cost.
6News video: DA’s office presents case in murder trial
February 12, 2008
The prosecution will continue calling witnesses tomorrow in the first-degree murder trial of Lafayette Cosby.
6News video: No conflict for Hack or Johnson
February 12, 2008
The Kansas Attorney General’s office ruled that two local officials did not violate the state’s conflict of interest laws by working to keep a pharmaceutical company in Lawrence.
6News video: CJH teacher awarded monthly honor
February 12, 2008
A local teacher may be a Missouri fan, but his lessons in Lawrence are written in history.
6News video: Two Last Call shooting suspects in custody
February 12, 2008
Lawrence police announced they have arrested two people in connection with the weekend shooting outside a downtown Lawrence nightclub.
6News video: Man pulled from blaze home from hospital
February 12, 2008
A man who was pulled from his burning house on Monday is out of the hospital.
6News video: Two murder suspects back in court
February 12, 2008
Two suspects accused of beating a man to death inside of his Lawrence mobile home were back in a Douglas County courtroom on Tuesday.
6Sports video: Freshman leads KU tennis to victory
February 12, 2008
After three straight losses, the KU tennis team shut out St. Louis on Sunday.
6Sports video: Tongy trumps Pirates in overtime
February 12, 2008
The Chieftains took down the Piper Pirates in overtime on Tuesday evening.
6Sports video: KU softball off to best start since 2003
February 12, 2008
The Kansas softball team is off to a 5-1 start after winning last weekend’s Central Florida Invitational in Hawaii.
6News video: Douglas County resident dies in accident
February 12, 2008
Emergency crews responded to a fatal accident southeast of Lawrence late Tuesday afternoon.
6Sports video: James comes up big for Texas
February 12, 2008
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes Damion James’ second half performance in the Longhorns’ victory over Kansas.
6News video: Commissioners undecided on hotel
February 12, 2008
City commissioners are debating whether to allow a new hotel to be built on the edge of the KU campus.
6News video: Flowers delivered in name of charity
February 12, 2008
A local woman is using Valentines day to say thank you.
Emergency crews responding to accident on East 1900 Road
05:01 p.m., February 12, 2008 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Emergency crews are en route this afternoon to a single-vehicle accident that has been described as a fatality on East 1900 Road, said Lt. Kari Wempe of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
AG: No conflict of interest by Hack or Johnson
February 12, 2008
Neither Douglas County Commissioner Bob Johnson nor Mayor Sue Hack violated the state’s conflict of interest law by working to keep a start-up pharmaceutical company in Lawrence, an investigator with the Kansas Attorney General’s office has found.
6News Now: Family of fire victim grateful for rescue
February 12, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the family of the man who was rescued from a fire yesterday is grateful for the heroic efforts of a passerby.
Focus of KDHE’s carbon dioxide inventory is to reduce pollution
February 12, 2008
Kansas’ top environmental official today told lawmakers his agency is preparing an inventory of carbon dioxide emissions statewide with the goal of reducing pollution.
Fire victim’s condition improving
February 12, 2008
Victim could be released from the hospital today or tomorrow.
Extra Minutes: Texas 72, Kansas 69
February 12, 2008
Tying up loose ends from KU’s second loss of the season, this one coming in Austin to the No. 11 Texas Longhorns. KU was stellar offensively for a half, but shot poorly after halftime and was outrebounded 23-12 after the break.
Numbers don’t tell whole tuition story
Cost to attend KU has doubled since ‘02
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Twice a year, a $60 million deposit is made into Kansas University’s bank account. It’s not really one big deposit, but rather many smaller deposits - deposits from students and families in Kansas, across the nation and even around the world. They’re also deposits that are getting bigger. In the past five years, in-state tuition at KU has doubled. Almost exactly, in fact.
Knocked off the top
KU falls to 2nd in Big 12
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mario Chalmers walked slowly off the Erwin Center court, shaking his head slowly from side to side as he headed to the visitor’s locker room late Monday night. He appeared more mad than sad after missing an off-balance potential game-tying three at the buzzer of No. 3-ranked Kansas University’s 72-69 loss to No. 11 Texas.
Icebox of the Nation’ reaches new depths: 40 below zero
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
It lived up to its name: The temperature in International Falls fell to 40 below zero Monday, just a few days after the northern Minnesota town won a federal trademark making it officially the “Icebox of the Nation.”
Pump patrol
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.84 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Last straw
Lawrence has lost its patience with Last Call and is ready for about any action that is needed to close the club down.
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
Various city efforts have failed to completely close down the troublesome Last Call drinking establishment at 729 N.H. After a shooting incident early Sunday that wounded two employees and a 15-year-old Topeka resident, it’s time for the city to do whatever it takes to rid itself of this dangerous business.
Double Take columnists respond to J-W letter about teen sexuality
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Editor’s note: Below is a reader contribution that recently ran as a letter to the editor in the Lawrence Journal-World:As a grandmother of seven with five teenagers, I was appalled at the answers to the question “How young is too young for sex?” in the Double Take column of the J-W on Jan. 15. The appropriate age is when a male and a female fall in love and get married.
Pine, Francisco split on coal-plant vote
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawrence’s state senators on Monday split over a committee-approved bill that would allow two coal-burning power plants and restrict the state from preventing even more plants. Roger Pine, a Republican, voted for the bill, while Marci Francisco, a Democrat, was against it.
Fund set up for carjacking victim
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B10
Longtime Kansas University faculty member Harry Shaffer has set up a fund to aid a local carjacking victim.
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 45 cents to $10.48 a bushel; March corn lost 4.5 cents to $5.035; March oats shed 6 cents to $3.44; March soybeans slipped 13 cents to $13.26.
Confused caucus
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I attended the Democrats’ caucus last week and witnessed democracy in action - Kansas style. The crowd from west Lawrence was to gather at Abe & Jake’s for their caucus at 7 p.m. I arrived at about 6:30 to find the two lines extending east about 150 yards. A cold wind, blowing snow and mass confusion reigned.
The iPod connected to the knee bone …
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Max Donelan is an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and chief science officer at the company Bionic Power. Here he explains an invention that would use the energy people use to walk to power electronic devices.
Lawrence grad student places in OU contest
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Jackie Dubois Miller, Lawrence, was part of a team that finished in second place among graduate students in the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business’ inaugural Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the college’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Poll shows Obama leading McCain
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
If Democrats want their best shot at defeating John McCain this fall, a new poll suggests Barack Obama may be a better bet than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Late free throws lift Georgetown to victory
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Jonathan Wallace, fouled in the backcourt by Corey Stokes with one-tenth of a second remaining, sank both free throws to give No. 8 Georgetown a 55-53 victory Monday night, the Hoyas’ first home win over Villanova in more than a decade.
Action coordinates historical activities
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners unanimously agreed to provide $18,000 in funding to a new historical tourism group that will provide management services to the Watkins Community Museum of History.
Lawrence may annex land near Lecompton
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
There’s a new twist in efforts to create a business park near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.
KU women go pink
Jayhawks, Huskers to sport special uniforms
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s women will be dressed in pink uniforms trimmed in blue. Nebraska’s players will wear white trimmed in pink.
Elderly urged to tell doctor about falls
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A10
Trip and fall lately? Seniors often won’t mention it unless they’re hurt, but new guidelines say that first tumble is a good predictor of who’s at risk for another, more serious fall. With deaths from falls increasing, the guidelines urge doctors to ask patients to ‘fess up.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb.12, 1908: “Harry Stevenson of 1038 Tenn. was hit by an eastbound Santa Fe freight train yesterday afternoon and died of the shock. He was talking on the track and stepped aside to allow the train to pass but he stepped on a small stone and fell into the train.”
UT’s James dominates after break
Forward outrebounds all Jayhawks combined in second half
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B5
Texas forward Damion James was responsible Monday night for the most remarkable statistic yet produced during this Kansas University basketball season. In the second half of the Longhorns’ 72-69 victory against KU, James had 13 rebounds and Kansas had 12.
Jury selected for homicide retrial
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
Opening arguments and testimony were scheduled to begin this morning in Douglas County District Court in the second trial of a man accused in a 2004 Lawrence homicide.
Good Samaritan pulls man from burning house
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
An elderly man is alive thanks to a local resident’s daring act of bravery after a fire broke out at a south Lawrence home.
Keeping up
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: These are exciting times, but it is hard to keep up with all the news. Obama gained more delegates. An economic stimulus package is about to be enacted. Congress is doing a hard-hitting investigation of whether Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs.
4 art masterpieces stolen in Zurich
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
Three masked men pulled off one of the largest art heists in decades this week, forcing workers at a Swiss museum to lie on the floor while they stole four paintings by impressionist and post-impressionist masters worth an estimated $163 million.
Health savings expert to address luncheon
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Beverly Gossage, director of HSA Benefits Consulting, is scheduled as featured speaker for a luncheon intended to help owners of small businesses grapple with rising health care costs.
Panther stable after surgery
Zednik’s carotid artery ‘hanging by a thread’ after accident
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik lost five units of blood, but doctors never considered his life in jeopardy after the player had his carotid artery nearly severed by a teammate’s skate in a freak and frightening accident.
Point applauded
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: In reply to Scott Henderson’s letter to the editor in the Feb. 4 Journal-World: You betcha! It would appear that none of the school board members in our town have a clue regarding the state of our economy, much less the price our senior citizens must pay to remain in their homes and furnish themselves with the medications they need to survive, plus food.
Landmark destroyed by arson, police say
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Police said Tuesday a 69-year-old man upset over a land dispute has admitted setting the fire in Seoul that destroyed the 14th-century gateway considered South Korea’s top cultural treasure.
Tax vote divides city, county, school leaders
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Maybe this is what it will sound like at local dinner tables as families decide whether to vote for a proposed tax increase to improve teacher salaries at Lawrence public schools.
On the record
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
More than $1,200 was reported stolen from Burger King, 1107 W. Sixth St. An employee reported the theft, which occurred between 3 p.m. Feb. 4 and 6 a.m. Feb. 5.
Perry-Lecompton schools evacuated after threat
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Perry-Lecompton student was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a bomb threat scrawled in pencil in the middle school boys’ bathroom.
Rodriguez suit back to court
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
The lawsuit over a $4 million buyout clause in the contract of former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez is headed back to the court where it originated.
Commentary: Mizzou’s Anderson should focus on future
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Somewhere between the elusive truth and the undeniable consequences of yet another uncomfortable L’Affair Mizzou, Tigers basketball has stopped being a story about the here and now, and out of pure common sense needs to urgently bolt into the future.
Medical marijuana bill has little chance of action
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
A bill that would create a defense for people who use marijuana because of medical problems has little hope of getting out of a Senate committee, the panel’s chairwoman said Monday.
Free State girls fall at SM North, 51-38
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Free State High girls basketball team traveled to Shawnee Mission North on Monday night and came home with a 51-38 loss.
Emergency declared as president recovers
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
East Timor declared a state of emergency today after attacks on the country’s top leaders in a failed coup left the president in “extremely serious” condition with gunshot wounds.
Veritas buried by first half
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Poor free-throw shooting and a rough first half signaled the downfall for Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team in a 51-41 loss Monday at St. Mary’s Academy.
World’s growing use of coal carries high cost in human lives
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
Digging coal deep underground, Luo Xianglai learned to listen hard to the sounds the rocks made when struck with his pickax. A dull thud usually meant solid rock and safety. A whistling noise signaled an impending cave-in.
Notorious sex offender wins $10M in lottery
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
A man listed as one of the state’s most dangerous sex offenders has won $10 million in the Massachusetts lottery, but the attention may have landed him in new trouble.
Lawrence resident fills interim KDHE post
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Secretary Roderick Bremby has named a longtime Kansas Department of Health and Environment employee and Lawrence resident as interim director of environment.
Free State bowlers 3-1 vs. Leavenworth
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Free State High bowling team traveled to Leavenworth on Monday and nearly came home with a sweep.
Fool’s Gold’ nets $21.6M in box-office treasure
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
Audiences were in the mood for love as the romantic comedy “Fool’s Gold” pulled in $21.6 million to lead the weekend box office.
Senate panel reworks bill on coal-fired plants
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Senate committee endorsed an energy bill Monday that would allow two coal power plants in southwest Kansas after stripping out what would have been the state’s first limits on carbon dioxide emissions.
Senior Taliban figure wounded in attack
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Pakistani forces captured and critically wounded a senior Taliban militant on Monday, the second successful targeting in two weeks of a terror suspect as the government faced growing Western pressure to crack down on cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.
First-class stamps to cost a penny more
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mailing a letter will soon cost a penny more. The cost of a first-class stamp will rise to 42 cents starting May 12, the U.S. Postal Service said Monday.
Sept. 11 suspects charged with murder
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Pentagon on Monday charged six Guantanamo Bay detainees with murder and war crimes for the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Officials sought the death penalty in the unprecedented military tribunal case that has been clouded by revelations the key suspect suffered interrogation tactics that critics call torture.
Seabury winless vs. Wetmore
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team had its game against Wetmore well in hand for a fair portion of the night on Monday. Unfortunately, the squad dropped the ball - literally.
KU med school in Wichita facing funding crisis
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas University School of Medicine’s Wichita campus - an essential component to producing doctors in Kansas - is facing a funding crisis that could threaten its accreditation and the health care of many Kansans, officials said Monday.
Encyclopedia of Privacy earns scholarly honor
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Encyclopedia of Privacy - which was edited by a Kansas University professor and included a Lawrence attorney on its editorial advisory board - was included among the best scholarly publications of 2007 by Choice magazine.
Former Royal signs with A’s
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mike Sweeney will begin a new chapter in his career with the Oakland Athletics, agreeing Monday to a minor-league contract and accepting a spring training invitation from the club.
Resolution offers American Indians apology
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B10
A resolution was filed Monday that offers a formal apology to American Indians for centuries of mistreatment by the state of Kansas.
Two car bombs kill 14 at Sunni tribal meeting
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
Twin car bombs targeted a meeting of U.S.-allied Sunni tribal leaders Monday in Baghdad, killing at least 14 and wounding 45, a military spokesman said.
Party People: Students debate proposals to revamp health care system
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Party People is a monthly forum in which members of the Young Republicans and Young Democrats at Lawrence High School address the same topic in point-counterpoint style, writing columns from their respective political viewpoints. The feature runs monthly during the school year.
Langford looks on
Ex-Jayhawk reveals surgery details
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Last February, a video surfaced on YouTube of Keith Langford playing in Italy for Vanoli Soresina. The six-minute clip, shot from long distance, showed the former Kansas University guard skying for rebounds, quickly slashing to the hoop and finishing vicious dunks. He hadn’t shown that much spring since, well, midway through his junior year at KU.
Kansas basketball notebook
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B5
D.J. denied: Kansas University’s basketball team held standout Texas guard D.J. Augustin to 10 points on 1-of-13 shooting, yet still lost to the Longhorns, 72-69, on Monday at Erwin Center.
Keegan: Setback could be costly
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
The shots came a little quickly too often for Kansas University in the second half of a huge Big 12 showdown Monday night in the Erwin Center.
Hit-and-run driver guilty of misdemeanors
Sentence for fatality accident could be 2 years in jail, $5,000 fine
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Joshua Walton won’t be going to state prison for striking and killing a Kansas University student who had been walking across Kentucky Street in 2006, a Douglas County jury decided Monday. Walton instead will face up to two years in a county jail sentence and up to a $5,000 fine after being convicted of two misdemeanors: vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Mistrial declared in case of microwave death
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of woman accused of killing her month-old daughter by burning her in a microwave, finding that new defense witnesses bolster her claim that she is innocent.
Lenders plan to offer broader mortgage plan
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Six major lenders agreed to widen their efforts to help borrowers of all loans - not just subprime - and allow seriously overdue homeowners to suspend foreclosures for 30 days while affordable loans are worked out.
School officials across nation expecting cuts
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
School budgets have seemed to defy gravity in recent years - going up steadily without ever coming down. But school board members from across the country say that’s likely to change soon, and they’re bracing for leaner times forced by the nation’s economic downturn.
KU student died of methadone overdose
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
Kansas University student Skyler Price died of an accidental methadone overdose, according to a toxicology report completed recently.
School board discusses ‘talking points’ for election
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawrence school board members are still planning their public relations campaign on the April 1 election asking for more than $600,000 in extra funds.
Uno the beagle takes first winning steps at Westminster
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Uno barked at his handler, bayed at the crowd, tried to grab his leash and took a flying leap at a piece of filet mignon. Oh, and he gnawed away at a newly printed sign. Now that’s one great beagle.
People in the news
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ McCartney and Mills in court for settlement¢ Jackson thanks fans for success of ‘Thriller’¢ Siegfried & Roy plan fundraiser performance¢ Back problems force Parton to cancel tour¢ Penelope Cruz looks forward to getting older
Jericho’: A series made for cable
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
The post-apocalyptic soap opera “Jericho” (9 p.m., CBS) returns for a second season that almost didn’t happen. When CBS announced its new schedule last May, the network had no room for “Jericho.” But a persistent letter-writing campaign by fans convinced CBS to change its mind. A truncated second season will run on the network, while episodes from season one air Monday nights on Sci Fi.
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
If possible, avoid putting inordinate pressure on roommates and family this year. You might be more demanding than you realize, as different situations unfurl. If you are single, you might want to move quickly into a new relationship. If you are attached, relating might be challenging, but both of you will grow and learn a lot as a result.
City weighs futures of Last Call, downtown
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence bar owners, get ready. City leaders are serious about entertainment licenses. The fallout from the shooting of three people early Sunday morning outside Last Call, 729 N.H., continued Monday as local leaders offered ways to deal with what they say is a bar that is a public nuisance.
Journalists are missing in Iraq, CBS reports
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two CBS News journalists were missing in the predominantly Shiite southern city of Basra, the network said Monday.
Yahoo may be seeking higher bid
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Yahoo Inc.’s rejection of Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited takeover bid left investors guessing the next move in a tense mating dance that may hatch a more imposing challenger to Google Inc. or disintegrate into a bruising brawl.
Subprime crisis erodes wealth of blacks, Latinos
February 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
As we spend this month celebrating the achievements of black Americans, I’m saddened by a report that concludes that the subprime mortgage crisis has caused the largest loss of wealth in modern U.S. history for black and Latino homeowners.
Online dating sites divided on background checks
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C8
As Valentine’s Day approaches, all is not lovey-dovey in the high-stakes online dating industry. The contentious issue of the moment - pitting one of the three biggest companies,, against its major rivals - is whether online dating services can enhance their clients’ safety by conducting criminal background screenings of would-be daters.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
More than 100 appeared at a school board meeting discussing boundary changes. The entire two-hour session centered on changes for Central and South junior high boundaries affecting pupils at Centennial School.
Iran issues on hold until after US election
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A9
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. I saw Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sitting between two Iranian officials at the Davos World Economic Forum.
Even some with chronic disease can live to 100
February 12, 2008 in print edition on A10
Living to 100 is easier than you might think. Surprising new research suggests that even people who develop heart disease or diabetes late in life have a decent shot at reaching the century mark.
Cultural connection
Paraguayan students learn about U.S. through extended stay in Lawrence
February 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sometimes, it turns out, movies aren’t the most accurate reflection of real life. Dalma González, of Paraguay, is finding that out this month as she spends time with high school students in Lawrence. “In the movies, everything is party, party, party, party,” González says. “But they are studious.”