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Response Percent
No.
 
72%
I don’t know what that is?
 
14%
Yes.
 
12%
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6:00 a.m.
Online chat
KTA President to chat about turnpike upgrades
June 3, 2008
<a href="http://www.ksturnpike.org">Kansas Turnpike Authority</a> President <a href="http://ksturnpike.com/meetkta.shtml">Michael Johnston</a> will chat online about the Kansas Turnpike project that will see new bridges built over the Kansas River and upgrades made to the Lawrence toll booths.
11:09 a.m.
President Bush stands with members of the 2008 NCAA men's national basketball championship team from the University of Kansas, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.  President Bush welcomes Jayhawks to the White House
10:46 a.m., June 3, 2008 Updated 11:39 a.m.
President Bush welcomed Kansas University’s men’s basketball national champions to the White House.
2:00 p.m.
Ramona Morgan sits during her preliminary hearing Monday in Douglas County District Court. Morgan, 48, is charged with two counts of reckless second-degree murder in the deaths of two highway workers. Hit-and-run ‘something I’ll never forget’
June 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A speeding pickup truck twice drove through a restricted highway construction zone south of Lawrence the day two workers were killed last year, according to testimony on Monday in Douglas County District Court. It was during the second drive through on Sept. 11, 2007, that the deaths occurred near Pleasant Grove, witnesses said.
5:00 p.m.
Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., announces that Benjamin Eric Berlin, a 16-year-old Shawnee Heights High School student, was selected for this year's Congressional Page Program. Autistic teen chosen as congressional page
June 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A former Lawrence teen will be making history this month as a congressional page, it was announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka. According to Boyda, Benjamin Eric Berlin, 16, will become the first person with autism to serve in the page program, which began 181 years ago in 1827.

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6News video: Sunflower broadband explains disruptions
June 3, 2008
Sunflower Broadband has cleared up the problems that caused disruptions in service on Monday and Tuesday.
6Sports video: Four ball championship underway
June 3, 2008
The 20th annual Kansas Four Ball Championship is underway at Alvamar.
6News video: Mass. St. construction to start Wednesday
June 3, 2008
Drivers in downtown Lawrence can expect delays starting Wednesday.
6News video: Sheriff McGovern to run for re-election
June 3, 2008
After nearly four years in office, Douglas County’s Sheriff says he’ll run again.
6News video: Forecast for June 4
June 3, 2008
The high for Wednesday is 90 degrees, while the low will be around 70.
6Sports video: American legion baseball season opens
June 3, 2008
The American Legion baseball season opened on Tuesday night for the Lawrence Raiders.
6News video: Dog days of summer are back
June 3, 2008
The dog days of summer are back in Lawrence, and Red Dog was there to lead the charge on the KU campus on Tuesday’s opening day.
6News video: Ironman to kick off on Friday, June 13
June 3, 2008
World-class athletes will be in Lawrence later this month for the Ironman triathlon.
6News video: Project in northwest Lawrence hits wall
June 3, 2008
A project in northwest Lawrence hit a slight stumbling block on Tuesday.
6News video: Program helps in finding lost livestock
June 3, 2008
Local farmers now have an easier way to find missing chickens or cows.
6News video: Jayhawks visit White House
June 3, 2008
It’s a good day to be a Jayhawk when the President of the United States says “rock chalk” and “wave the wheat” in the same speech.
6Sports video: LHS football starts practice
June 3, 2008
Three months from now, the Lawrence High football team opens the 2008 season, and the preparations began this week.
6News video: Camp teaches kids aspects of theater
June 3, 2008
A new camp is taking kids through all the aspects of theater, from acting to costume and stage design.
6News video: Hit-and-run suspect can be tried for murder
June 3, 2008
A woman accused of a fatal hit-and-run accident will stand trial on second degree murder charges.
Tornado watch issued for Douglas County
07:31 p.m., June 3, 2008 Updated 11:34 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of Douglas County.
School district worker suffers medical emergency in vehicle
June 3, 2008
School district maintenance worker suffers a medical condition, which apparently caused a district vehicle to strike a small tree.
Douglas County Sheriff to seek re-election
Ken McGovern is seeking a second four-year term
June 3, 2008
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern announced Tuesday that he will seek a second, four-year term as the county’s top law enforcement officer.
Douglas County Bank to close downtown Friday for funeral
June 3, 2008
Douglas County Bank will close its downtown branch Friday morning so employees can attend the funeral of Joe Kelly, a former bank director and chief executive officer.
President Bush welcomes Jayhawks to the White House
10:46 a.m., June 3, 2008 Updated 11:39 a.m.
President Bush welcomed Kansas University’s men’s basketball national champions to the White House.
AP tally: Obama clinches Democratic nomination
10:19 a.m., June 3, 2008 Updated 12:45 p.m.
Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.
Heavy thunderstorm turns day to night
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
A storm that pounded Manhattan with baseball-sized hail Monday morning shifted to the south and spared Lawrence from widespread damage. “It had the same intensity, but it didn’t hit Lawrence with that intensity,” said 6News chief meteorologist Jennifer Schack. But it dropped the most rain - 2.15 inches - in one day in Lawrence since August 2006, prompting an afternoon flash flood warning. No significant damage was reported in Douglas County, but some intersections were blocked in the city to prevent vehicles from driving through high water.
Kennedy’s brain surgery ‘successful’
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
After investigating his options with his trademark intensity, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent 3 1/2 hours of risky and exquisitely delicate surgery Monday to cut out as much of his cancerous brain tumor as possible.
On the record
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
¢ A 38-year-old man reported the theft of an estimated $3,087 worth of items from his residence in the 700 block of Rockledge Road. Among the stolen items were $900 in cash, a laptop computer, numerous tools, kitchen utensils and prescription pills.
Despite damage and concerns, many schools open in Myanmar
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
As students filed into Middle School No. 1 on Monday for the first day of classes since the cyclone hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward - at the gaping hole in the roof. The school in Thuwana, a southern suburb of Yangon, was one of at least 4,100 that were damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, according to UNICEF.
National League Roundup: Utley homers in Phillies’ 5-4 win
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Ken Griffey Jr. remained one shy of 600 home runs after getting the night off, but Philadelphia’s Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 21st homer.
Rock icon Bo Diddley dies at 79
June 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
Before Buddy Holly did it, before the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and a million unknown garage bands, there was Bo Diddley - and the beat that bears his name. Diddley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and one of the genre’s undisputed icons, died Monday at his 76-acre spread in rural Archer, Fla., about 10 miles out of Gainesville. He was 79.
Africa beckons American ‘home’
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
Shukura Sentwali is going home - to Ghana, West Africa. Sentwali, a Wichitan and longtime community activist, said she’s moving to Africa next year because two Ghanaian chiefs are offering free land to descendants of slaves.
County leaning toward energy audit
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners appear comfortable paying to find out more about installing energy-efficient equipment in county buildings to help save costs. “I’m inclined to say the $19,000 is probably a good expenditure to learn what we don’t know,” Commissioner Bob Johnson said.
New development sought
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
City commissioners tonight will hear rezoning requests to allow for a new commercial and multifamily development along Sixth Street between Queens Road and Stoneridge Drive. The development in northwest Lawrence could allow for a retail store, a bank, restaurants and a convenience store to stretch between Queens and Stoneridge.
Endless summer
Check out our kid-friendly family fun guide
June 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Scaled-back summer vacation plans may save families some money, but not necessarily any sanity, if the kids are already getting bored and cranky in front of the television. Here are some Lawrence and area events coming up this summer for when it’s time for everyone to get out of the house. While most events are free, you’ll still find the price is right.
Developers send dirt to site near Hallmark
Material from Oread Inn excavation being used to fill undeveloped lot
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
No, Hallmark Cards isn’t expanding. The nearby armory isn’t advancing across the street. The Lawrence school district isn’t building a new junior high across from its headquarters. Instead, the owners of an empty lot near the Kansas Turnpike simply are adding and moving some dirt around with an eye toward the future.
Families separated by raid are reunited
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
More than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect’s ranch two months ago began returning to the arms of their tearful parents Monday, hours after a judge bowed to a state Supreme Court ruling that the seizure was not justified.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Twice-a-week trash pickups and the purchase of new park land were the main targets for cost-cutting idea people at a sparsely attended town meeting on the city budget. The budget had not been drafted but commissioners said they continually heard pleas for lowering the tax take here.
Hospital must return papers to patient in sex predator unit
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
A district court judge has taken Larned State Hospital to task for how it has treated a patient in its sexual predator unit who has complained about conditions there. The patient, Mark Brull, contends he is being harassed by hospital staff. The state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which operates the hospital and its sexual predator unit, denies the allegation.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Mrs. Leopold Hoppe, wife of the rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Ottawa, and her son, John, were receiving diplomas from Kansas University in the same spring commencement ceremony.
Energy picture certainly can get worse
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Unless America makes some bold moves, the energy world of the future could be even scarier than today’s. The energy picture is scary and depressing, with the U.S. average price for regular gasoline soon expected to top $4 a gallon - nearly quadruple the level of less than seven years ago.
Gay marriage ban qualifies for ballot
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said a random check of signatures submitted by the measure’s sponsors showed that they had gathered enough names for it to be put to voters.
Walk puts focus on breast cancer
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
Ron Kessler was in Lawrence on Monday as part of his nearly 3,000-mile walk from Delaware to San Francisco to raise awareness about breast cancer. Kessler is among the millions of Americans who have friends and loved ones currently fighting breast cancer.
Safe guidelines for park rides
June 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Saferparks.org has these safety tips for parents taking their children on amusement park rides:
Sharapova eliminated
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Maria Sharapova did not go quietly.
NASA: Office interfered with climate studies
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
NASA’s press office “marginalized or mischaracterized” studies on global warming between 2004 and 2006, the agency’s own internal watchdog concluded. In a report released Monday, NASA’s inspector general office called it “inappropriate political interference” by political appointees in the press office.
Dark economy could have silver lining
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
As the economy continues to slide, many people will face unwelcome changes in their lives. Already people have lost jobs, homes, cars and, in some cases, hope. But with all this change comes the chance to turn a negative situation into an opportunity to live for what you love, say Bob and Melinda Blanchard.
New round of climate discussions opens
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
A tax on airline tickets and an auction of pollution rights are just two ideas likely to be studied at a 162-nation conference examining ways of raising the billions of dollars needed every year to fight global warming.
Poetic punishment: Vandals take class on Robert Frost
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Call it poetic justice: More than two dozen young people who broke into Robert Frost’s former home for a beer party and trashed the place are being required to take classes in his poetry as part of their punishment.
American League Roundup: Jones leads O’s past Boston
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Adam Jones broke a tie with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and Baltimore overcame another home run by Manny Ramirez to beat Boston and avoid a four-game sweep.
$58M effort fails to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay
June 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
A vast government effort to bring oysters back to the Chesapeake Bay has turned out so dismally that it has the ring of a math-class riddle. How do you spend $58 million to get more of something and wind up with less of it?
State not paid quickly for Tiller reception at Cedar Crest
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Taxpayers were on the hook for more than a year for food and wine from a reception with abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ official residence. A top Sebelius aide acknowledged Monday the state wasn’t reimbursed for $848 in costs by the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus until May 23.
Hit-and-run ‘something I’ll never forget’
Witnesses recall highway workers’ deaths
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
A speeding pickup truck twice drove through a restricted highway construction zone south of Lawrence the day two workers were killed last year, according to testimony on Monday in Douglas County District Court. It was during the second drive through on Sept. 11, 2007, that the deaths occurred near Pleasant Grove, witnesses said.
Autistic teen chosen as congressional page
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
A former Lawrence teen will be making history this month as a congressional page, it was announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka. According to Boyda, Benjamin Eric Berlin, 16, will become the first person with autism to serve in the page program, which began 181 years ago in 1827.
Water’s role in production examined
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
On Wednesday, the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hosting a speech by a Westar Energy executive regarding electric power generation and its effects on water consumption. James Ludwig, executive vice president of public affairs and consumer services for Westar, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Jayhawks arrive in capital
Players, coaches begin visit with sobering trip to army hospital
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Players on Kansas University’s national-champion men’s basketball team have a busy, carefree couple of days in store in the nation’s capital. There are monuments to visit and heads of state to meet. First, though, came a sobering trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the self-described “clinical center of gravity of American military medicine.”
Suicide car bomber kills 9 in northern city
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
A suicide car bomber targeted the provincial police headquarters in Mosul on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens, police said. The attack underscored fears that Sunni insurgents are regrouping despite a U.S.-Iraqi offensive in the northern city.
Limited rewards
Rigid adherence to the current teacher salary schedule may not be the best way to reward education expertise and excellence.
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s understandable that Lawrence teachers are wary of a proposal to offer higher salaries to teachers hired in high-demand areas, such as math, science and special education. Yet, it seems that there are two sides to many of the arguments offered against such a system.
Pump patrol
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.85 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Penguins survive wild Game 5
Pitt scores with 34 seconds in regulation, wins in third OT
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Not so fast, Motor City. The Detroit Red Wings’ road to the Stanley Cup has another stop to make.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 3, 1908: “Directors and senior members of the YMCA will handle season tickets for the Douglas County Chautauqua program with Willis Folks as head of the committee.
LMH celebrates year, looks to future
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
Opening a new emergency room, expanding a growing maternity center and adding skilled and caring personnel to the hospital staff and rosters of health care providers during the past year all come with cause for celebration at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the operation’s leader said Monday. But that doesn’t mean the work is over.
Bomb kills 8 at Danish embassy
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
As many as eight people were killed and 24 injured Monday in Pakistan’s capital after a powerful car bomb ripped through the Danish Embassy.
UN leader plans urgent appeal on food prices
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
The head of the U.N. plans to urge world leaders today to help bring down soaring food prices by immediately suspending or eliminating many price controls and other agricultural trade restrictions.
Woodling: Legends buried nearby
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
On Memorial Days, my grandmother would lug a pail of water along with soap and brush and give the family grave stones a thorough scrubbing. That’s my first memory of visiting a cemetery, and I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8 years old. Today I still visit those grave sites - my grandmother is buried there now, too, of course - and I’ll always remember her down on her hands and knees.
Facts not refuted
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: We’ve all watched presidential press secretaries spin, squirm, obfuscate, repeat themselves and not answer questions.
Cheney apologizes for West Virginia joke
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Vice President Dick Cheney threw a verbal insult at West Virginians on Monday, but quickly apologized. Talking about his family roots and how he’s distantly related to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the vice president noted that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family.
Commodities
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
Chicago markets Agriculture futures traded mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery rose 21 cents to $7.825; July corn added 16.5 cents to $6.1575; July oats fell 4 cents to $3.78; July soybeans rose 2 cents to $13.655. Beef and pork futures traded lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. June live cattle fell 1.12 cents to 95.4 cents; August cattle slipped 2.32 cents to $1.137; June lean hogs lost 1.43 cents to 76.32 cents; May pork bellies declined 0.72 cent to 78 cents.
Dog Days sessions begin this morning
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Red Dog’s Dog Days - a 25-year tradition - returns today to Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. The conditioning program will be led by Don “Red Dog” Gardner. The workout varies each session but consists of calisthenics and a one- to three-mile run.
Sex’ sells with $56.8 million debut
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
“Sex and the City” remained a fashionable choice for movie-goers as women turned out in huge numbers for the big-screen version, which led the weekend box office with $56.8 million.
Fathers, sons seek elective offices
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two father-and-son teams of Democrats are running for public office this year. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery planned to file today for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. He kicked off his campaign more than a month ago. He is scheduled to be at the secretary of state’s office at 9:30 a.m. - and he’s bringing his son, Mike.
Mass. Street work begins Wednesday
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
Motorists can expect major street construction beginning Wednesday.
Wakarusa festival subject of chat
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
The fifth annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival starts on Thursday, and festival organizers and law enforcement have been working on plans for about a year. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for 13,500 guests, which would make Clinton State Park the second-largest city in Douglas County until the festival wraps up on Sunday.
Bush and Boyda differ on tax cuts
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
President Bush on Monday campaigned to make his tax cuts permanent, saying that allowing them to expire would be harmful to an already limp economy. The message was perhaps aimed more at voters than lawmakers.
Preseason honors roll in for KU football team
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University kickoff return man Marcus Herford was named a first-team preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele magazine, it was announced Monday.
Double Take: Potential dates ask whether teen is ‘prude’
June 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes & Julia: When I entered junior high, I became more comfortable with the whole idea of dating. But the more guys I got to know, the more I was being asked the same question over and over again. Before the guy would fully make up his mind about going out with me he would ask if I was “prude.”
People in the news
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Kelsey Grammer has ‘mild’ heart attack¢ Arrest revives drug woes for Tatum O’Neal¢ Chopra says the joke’s on him in Myers film¢ Rock says poverty behind African attacks
30 Days’ delves into work of miner
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
The “walk a mile in my shoes” series “30 Days” (9 p.m., FX) returns for a third season. In tonight’s installment, Morgan Spurlock, the director of “Supersize Me,” returns to his native state of West Virginia to spend a month working as a coal miner.
Horoscopes
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Your resolutions stick this year. You will get a chance to have a new beginning in an appropriate area of your life. If you are single, others find you unusually attractive and cannot get enough of you. If you are attached, you might be more domineering than usual.
Special interests
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: When Harry Truman took the nomination he said his opponent would put government in control of special interests and bring back the boom/bust cycles that led to the Great Depression. Twelve years later, when Dwight Eisenhower left office, he warned of special interests he called the “military industrial complex.”
One step at a time
KU guard making progress after ACL tear
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
The saying became pretty commonplace at Kansas University women’s basketball practices in regards to freshman guard Chakeitha Weldon last season: 100 miles an hour going nowhere fast. Weldon entered Bonnie Henrickson’s program as a blur on the floor, able to hit top speeds unlike very few. Then, once that speed was somewhat harnessed at midseason, boom.
City to consider next move on industrial site
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
City and county commissioners are being asked to spend a total of $2 million to improve the lone large-acreage industrial site that economic development leaders have to show potential employers.
Roofers started fire at Universal Studios
June 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Workers using a blowtorch on the roof of a movie set building at Universal Studios accidentally set the huge fire that swept through the back lot, fire officials said Monday. Workers had been using a blowtorch to heat asphalt shingles to apply to the roof early Sunday, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman.
Rush to make trips
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University guard/forward Brandon Rush, who will be in Washington, D.C., today with his national champion teammates, has NBA individual workouts scheduled this week in Orlando (Wednesday), Toronto (Thursday) and New Jersey (Friday).
KU’s Gockel advances
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University women’s golfer Meghan Gockel advanced Monday into match play at the 93rd Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Kande picks Kansas
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Prinz Kande, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound safety from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, on Monday orally committed to play football at Kansas University, Rivals.com reports.
Locals eye KGA Four-Ball repeat
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
The ‘old guys’ are back. With their age comes the knowledge that repeating as champions of the Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball tournament will be just as difficult for Chad Roesler and Conrad Roberts as it was winning the first time. Last year, Roesler and Roberts paired to work their way through a field filled with current college golfers - and some fresh out of college - to claim the four-ball crown.
TTU baseball coach resigns
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech’s Larry Hays, one of four Division I baseball coaches with more than 1,500 wins, resigned Monday, clearing the way for former Tech player Dan Spencer, who was named his successor in April.
Commentary: Big Brown burdened by baggage
There’s nothing warm, fuzzy about latest attempt to achieve horse racing’s Triple Crown
June 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
It is difficult to separate a horse from his connections. Especially when those connections are brash, arrogant and, to put it mildly, just a tad bit shady.