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Do you think all advance ballots should be counted even if the voter dies before Election Day?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
66%
No
 
33%
Total 596
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6:00 a.m.
This sign appears on Sixth Street just west of Rockledge Road and is intended to help motorists, who may be confused by construction, get to the Kansas Turnpike. Signs clear up I-70 confusion
July 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Drivers confused by a half-open, half-closed interchange along the Kansas Turnpike are getting some instructional help from the Kansas Turnpike Authority. At issue are new directional signs installed this week along Sixth and Iowa streets, near the McDonald Drive exits that lead to the turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange.
10:00 a.m.
The movie "Earthwork," which begins filming in Lawrence next week, will feature actor John Hawkes, left, playing Lawrence artist Stan Herd, at right. The movie will focus on Herd's New York City project he created in the early 1990s. Down to earth: ‘Earthwork’ film production to chronicle remarkable experiences of Lawrence artist
July 25, 2008 in print edition on 1C
John Hawkes has one of those faces you’ve seen before. It’s a quirky-yet-distinguished face that carries a haunted weight to it. Television viewers know him as the Jewish shopkeeper on the Emmy-winning “Deadwood.” Indie film fans remember him as the lead in the Cannes winner “Me and You and Everyone We Know” or as the doomed liquor store clerk in the crime scene that kicks off “From Dusk Til Dawn.”
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Riverkeeper Laura Calwell, shown in this April 25, 2007, file photo, will explore the Kansas River to monitor, clean and restore this major source of drinking water. Trio to conduct Kaw River checkup over 12 days
July 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Riverkeeper Laura Calwell and two associates will spend about 12 days paddling along the 171-mile Kansas River in kayaks and taking inventory. They will identify areas of the river - which runs from Junction City to Kansas City - in need of monitoring, cleanup and restoration. The trio will look at physical structures such as pipes, bridges, dams and banks. They also will test the water quality near wastewater treatment discharges.
6:00 p.m.
State universities in Kansas have managed the recent budget cuts relatively well, but the Kansas Board of Regents warns of the overall effects the cuts could have. Regents warn cuts could have negative effects on enrollment and graduation numbers. Governor says university overreacted over budget cuts
July 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday dismissed the notion that Kansas University would receive a 7 percent budget cut.

All stories

Primary Preview: U.S. Senate
July 25, 2008
In the race for the US Senate, two men are looking to challenge incumbent Pat Roberts. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater sat down with the two Democratic challengers looking to take over in Washington D.C.
Tonganoxie High volleyball team to have a new look
July 25, 2008
It was no ordinary summer volleyball camp this week at Tonganoxie High. Instead, it turned out to be more of a late July tryout. Kevin Romary has that story…
Meier to get more time at wideout this season
July 25, 2008
Kerry Meier started the 2007 college football season as a backup quarterback. He finished the year, however, with a much larger role.
Friday, July 25 weather at 10 p.m.
July 25, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, July 26 calls for a high of 93 with a low around 74.
T. Boone Pickens bringing energy plan to Kansas
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens will bring his new energy plan to Kansas on Wednesday with a town hall meeting in Topeka.
Governor says university overreacted over budget cuts
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday dismissed the notion that Kansas University would receive a 7 percent budget cut.
Sebelius declines to end veep speculation
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said she loves her “day job” but declined to end speculation of becoming a possible vice presidential running mate to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.
Dole to bring national discussion on health care to Lawrence
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Sen. Bob Dole wants to know what Kansans think about the health care system. And he’s coming to Lawrence to hear what they have to say.
Man arrested in hit and run
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while suspended.
Children demonstrate skills in Chinese language
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
In a commons area of the Brandon Woods retirement home, a group of children raised their hands above their heads and counted off.
KCK Unified Government extends minimum wage to previously unqualified workers
July 25, 2008
On the same day the new federal minimum wage took effect, the Board of Commissioners for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., unanimously approved a minimum wage ordinance to cover such workers in Kansas City, Kan.
Indoor aquatic center to close Aug. 2 for maintenance
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, will be closed Aug. 2 through 17 for maintenance, the city announced Friday.
D-list dogs get visit from ‘Whisperer’
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
Kathy Griffin lords her 2007 Emmy win over Cesar Milan on a special episode of “The Dog Whisperer” (8 p.m., National Geographic). The star of “My Life on the D-List” invites Milan to her home to help her get her two dogs, Chance and LuLu, under control. She even bets Milan her Emmy trophy that he can’t train her dogs to work on a treadmill. Guess who loses?
In Berlin, Obama speaks of more walls to tear down
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Cheered by an enormous international crowd, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama on Thursday summoned Europeans and Americans together to “defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it” as surely as they conquered communism a generation ago.
Journalism’s wild one, loved and loathed
July 25, 2008 in print edition on C2
The chain-smoking, pill-popping, shades-wearing journalist Hunter S. Thompson whose counterculture musings about the Kentucky Derby and the Hells Angels led to a couple of Fear and Loathing epics, was, if nothing else, wildly independent.
Home shows tune into Greensburg
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B10
Is it the “greening” of Greensburg or the “screening” of Greensburg? One month after the first TV series starting running about efforts to rebuild this tornado-ravaged town, a second is wrapping up production.
Commentary: Packers should trade Favre quickly
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
The luckiest man in sports right now has to be Green Bay defensive tackle Johnny Jolly. The guy got arrested in Houston and no one noticed because of the all-eclipsing saga rocking Wisconsin. Moral is, if you’re going to get into trouble, do it when “The Dark Knight” is playing at a theater near you.
Buck’s haircut good luck in 4-2 win
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Gil Meche promised John Buck he’d pitch a good game if he could shave the catcher’s head. Buck lived up to his end of the bargain. He has the shiny dome and razor burns to prove it.
Civil War didn’t end US slavery
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A8
This is how John Davis became a slave: He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Ala., when a white man appeared in the road. “Nigger,” he demanded, “have you got any money?”
Training options
The long-overdue partnership between Lawrence and Johnson County Community College already is an important part of the city’s education network.
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A8
The expansion of Johnson County Community College course offerings in Lawrence is good news.
Rec calendar
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
A listing of recreational sports activities in and around Lawrence.
Signs clear up I-70 confusion
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Drivers confused by a half-open, half-closed interchange along the Kansas Turnpike are getting some instructional help from the Kansas Turnpike Authority. At issue are new directional signs installed this week along Sixth and Iowa streets, near the McDonald Drive exits that lead to the turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange.
Attorneys decry blog in stolen goods case
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
A judge has been asked to revoke bond for the owners of Yellow House because federal prosecutors say the couple published false blog posts to criminally defame three Lawrence police officers and a postal inspector.
Congress triples AIDS funds
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A10
The House voted Thursday to triple money to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world, giving new punch to a program credited with saving or prolonging millions of lives in Africa alone.
Second-home sales may raise tax bill
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Q: We have owned a small vacation home for several years, and now we would like to sell it. How would our resale profits be taxed?
Chiefs sign tackle Albert
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed tackle Branden Albert, the second of the team’s two first-round draft picks, the team announced Thursday.
Tires to replace playground surface
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
Students, teachers and staff at Vinland School are about to get a 35-ton lesson in recycling. That’s the combined weight of a playground surface to be installed at the elementary school during the next month or two, thanks in part to a $10,000 grant announced Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Losses from Dolly estimated at $750M
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Residents across south Texas slogged through knee-deep muddy waters, tiptoed around downed power lines and dug through debris Thursday, but were thankful that Hurricane Dolly didn’t pack the wallop they had feared.
Shoulder injury shelves K.C.’s Gathright
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Kansas City Royals placed outfielder Joey Gathright on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a lingering shoulder injury and recalled outfielder Mitch Maier from Triple-A Omaha.
Commodities
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 4.5 cents to $7.8775; December corn rose 1.5 cents to $5.92; December oats rose 4.5 cents to $4.075; November soybeans fell 11 cents to $13.73.
Device burns debris without smoke
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
New rules are cutting the amount of smoke flowing into neighborhoods in connection with brush-clearing burns in Lawrence. Example: First Management’s removal and destruction of trees and brush on property south of Free State High School, a permitted burning site that has yet to ignite a single complaint - or even an inquiry - from anyone in town, said Rich Barr, Lawrence fire marshal.
Convicted spammer kills self, wife, child
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A6
A convicted spammer killed his wife and young daughter in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday while being sought after escaping prison last weekend, authorities said.
Trio to conduct Kaw River checkup over 12 days
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Riverkeeper Laura Calwell and two associates will spend about 12 days paddling along the 171-mile Kansas River in kayaks and taking inventory. They will identify areas of the river - which runs from Junction City to Kansas City - in need of monitoring, cleanup and restoration. The trio will look at physical structures such as pipes, bridges, dams and banks. They also will test the water quality near wastewater treatment discharges.
Northern lights ‘switch’ found
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A10
Scientists have exposed some of the mystery behind the northern lights.
Kan. in biotech ‘top 10’
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Business Facilities, a national site-selection magazine, has placed Kansas among the publication’s top 10 states for biotechnology.
Grizzly bear attacks woman near lodge
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A6
A 21-year-old woman working at an Alaskan lodge for the summer was attacked by a grizzly bear about 25 yards outside a building.
423 advance votes cast
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
Elections officers said Thursday that the first week of advance voting before the Aug. 5 primary election has been relatively busy.
Ex-MU guard’s trial delayed
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Missouri basketball player Jason Horton will wait until at least September for his trial on assault charges for a midseason fight outside a downtown nightclub.
Accurate stats?
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: This is a response to “Alarming statistics about teenagers and health” (Journal-World, July 22). Assuming that the posted statistics are from a survey taken by teens in schools, one must consider the possibility of inaccuracy. Usually, each class has one student who disrespects the survey and fills it out without honesty, making the results go awry.
KU to review budget
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University officials have until Aug. 4 to turn proposed budget cuts in to Provost Richard Lariviere.
Torture memo urged ‘good faith’
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lawyers for the Bush administration told the CIA in 2002 that its officers could legally use waterboarding and other harsh measures while interrogating al-Qaida suspects, as long as they acted “in good faith” and did not deliberately seek to inflict severe pain, according to a Justice Department memo made public Thursday.
Blue Jays complete unusual sweep
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
Roy Halladay scattered seven hits over seven innings, leading Toronto over Baltimore, 7-1, after the Blue Jays won a game suspended one night earlier.
Jenkins-Ryun debate to re-air Saturday
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Lynn Jenkins-Jim Ryun televised debate will re-air from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on KSNT, Sunflower Broadband channel 8.
Students start certification program
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Douglas County Manufacturing Certificate program started classes and internships for its inaugural class in June.
Raiders not concerned with spotty pitching
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
Not often does a player who bats eighth in a baseball lineup lead a team in batting average. That’s the case with the Raiders, however. No. 8 hitter Jake Green paces the city’s Legion team in hitting with a .377 average.
GOP kills effort to tap oil stockpile
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
House Republicans on Thursday scuttled a bill that Democrats hoped would help lower gasoline prices by forcing the Energy Department to release 70 million barrels of oil - about a three-day supply - from the national stockpile.
Boutique to start fair
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Body Boutique, 2330 Yale Road, Lawrence, will have a community health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 in the fitness facility parking lot.
Suspect arrested in college shooting
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man shot three people Thursday in a computer room at a Phoenix community college, injuring two of them critically, authorities said. The gunman fled, but a suspect was arrested nearby.
Mayer: Hadl special athlete
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
The late Nanny Duver was noted for his Central Junior High football program that was, in effect, an incomparable farm system. CJHS helped push Lawrence High’s record up among the best the nation has ever seen. Hard-core Nanny wasn’t one to spew verbal superlatives so you had to take him seriously when he said of a young John Hadl, “This kid’s really gonna be SOMETHIN’!” Was he ever! LHS head coach Al Woolard drooled for a long time waiting for the kid to show up on his roster.
National League Roundup: Mets move into first alone
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
Carlos Delgado hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning, and Oliver Perez stifled Philadelphia again, helping the New York Mets earn a 3-1 win that gave them sole possession of first place in the NL East.
Dream team? A humorous look at Sebelius’ pros and cons
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Recently, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius started making the short list of possible vice presidential candidates on U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s ticket because after Obama secured the Democratic nomination, about one million political writers following his campaign had nothing else to do. So here are 10 reasons why Sebelius should be Obama’s running mate, and 10 why she shouldn’t.
Horse shows start at fairgrounds Saturday
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Fair starts this weekend, and that means the horses will be coming out of their barns.
Sales down this year, but not by much
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas Lottery sales in the past fiscal year were below the previous year’s record, but still ranked the second highest in the game’s history.
Defendants negotiate with attorneys in case involving unrecognized tribe
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
With trial just days away, most defendants in the federal case against a Kansas group that claims to be an American Indian tribe have deserted their self-described “grand chief” to make deals with prosecutors.
Horoscopes
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
You naturally assume a leadership role. You could be tired and drawn, feeling as if you cannot succeed. Learn to recharge your energy, and you’ll feel better in all realms of your life. If you are single, look to New Year’s on for an important person to enter your life.
Jindal, Romney offer VP contrasts
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A8
Drum roll. Suspense. Who will it be? In this corner, we have Stormin’ Mormon Mitt Romney. In the other, we have Brain-Buster Bobby Jindal.
Iraq banned from Beijing Games
IOC cites government interference with Olympic panel
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
Just two weeks before the start of the Olympics, Iraq was told Thursday it’s not welcome in Beijing because of a political feud in Baghdad that angered the games’ guardians and exiled a country that arrived to a roaring ovation at the opening ceremony four years ago.
Girls and boys now equal in math skills
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, “Math class is tough!” girls are proving that when it comes to math they are just as tough as boys.
Three Jayhawks to swim in Open Championships
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University seniors Danielle Herrmann and Ashley Leidigh, as well as freshman Abigail Anderson, will compete in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, which begin Tuesday in Minneapolis.
Mission: possible
Like KU in ‘02, Briles inherits struggling program
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Art Briles doesn’t have to look far for proof Baylor really can turn around its football fortunes. Briles, the Bears’ first-year coach, inherits a team that has won a combined eight Big 12 Conference games in the past six years, hasn’t won more than three league games in a season in the history of the conference and has four seasons without a Big 12 victory.
Housing and job reports bleak
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Two cornerstones of the economy - jobs and housing - sank to new depths Thursday, with unemployment claims bolting higher and home prices recording one of their steepest drops on record.
Jayhawks counting on Steward at tight end
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
After tossing touchdowns for most of his recent life, Kansas red-shirt freshman A.J. Steward will be charged with catching them this year.
Ford looks abroad to help out at home
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B9
Bleeding cash and with its very survival uncertain, Ford Motor Co., an icon of American automaking, will try to import some of its success from across the Atlantic.
14th-century Russian chess piece found
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Archaeologists in northwest Russia have discovered a chess piece dating back to the late 14th century, a spokesman for local archaeologists says.
Down to earth: ‘Earthwork’ film production to chronicle remarkable experiences of Lawrence artist
July 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
John Hawkes has one of those faces you’ve seen before. It’s a quirky-yet-distinguished face that carries a haunted weight to it. Television viewers know him as the Jewish shopkeeper on the Emmy-winning “Deadwood.” Indie film fans remember him as the lead in the Cannes winner “Me and You and Everyone We Know” or as the doomed liquor store clerk in the crime scene that kicks off “From Dusk Til Dawn.”
Canoeist conquers grueling river race
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
A couple of co-workers competed in last year’s Missouri River 340, and Chris Jump strolled the couple of blocks from her workplace to see them off at the start. This year, when the 340-mile river race from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo., began, Jump was there again - as a competitor.
Quarterly gallery walk is tonight downtown
July 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Six galleries will participate in tonight’s Downtown Lawrence Gallery Walk, held every three months. The walk is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those participating include:
Democracy open to change
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
New York in July, hot and breezy, the smell of pizza and coffee in the air, and on the subway one is surrounded by women in light summer dresses, the bare shoulders of elegant young urban women whose shoulders tell you they never toted barges or lifted bales, never laid eyes on a barge or a bale except for someone barging into their office and giving them a baleful look.
Coffers swell in Kansas House races
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
Republican Jim Ryun continues to spend huge amounts of cash almost as fast as it comes in as he campaigns to recapture Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District seat.
On the record
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence woman on charges of aggravated assault and reckless driving around 8 p.m. Thursday in northwestern Lawrence.
Ballots of dead pose issue
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
If you vote by mail, but die before Election Day, does your vote count? It depends on where you lived. Oregon counts ballots no matter what happens to the voter. So does Florida. But in South Dakota, if you die before the election, so does your vote.
Obama brings song to mind
July 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
As an inveterate “stage-door Johnny,” I have hundreds of song lyrics floating around in my head and can produce them at a moment’s notice. Sometimes they jump out at the most appropriate time to describe a current event.
Niccum: High school reunion bolstered by Web networking
July 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
It’s been 25 years since I put on my plastic pants, spiked my hair, tied my Japanese headband, grabbed my Police “Synchronicity” notebook and headed for class at Shawnee Mission East High School. Memories of these horrible fashions but wonderful times were brought back this weekend when I attended my Class of 1983 high school reunion. Because of this significant event I was forced to get a Facebook account.
People in the news
July 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Sheryl Crow denies Fleetwood Mac rumors¢ Amy Adams engaged to acting-class sweetie¢ Pamela Anderson has new reality show¢ Lucy Liu joins cast of ‘Afro Samurai’¢ Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to charges