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Do you support the recently changed law that allows concealed-carry permit-holders to bring loaded weapons into bars that don't have a no-handgun sign posted on its doors?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
50%
No.
 
48%
Not sure.
 
1%
Total 1659
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12:00 a.m.
Hillcrest School team members show their spirit with a wave of their flags and a cheer Friday during the Relay for Life kickoff at Free State High School. The event, scheduled to go all night, is a fundraiser and celebration of those who have battled cancer. Relay for Life walkers burn midnight oil
June 14, 2008
Hundreds of cancer survivors lined up on the Free State High School track Friday evening to celebrate life in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life benefit. Between the people in the back of the pack who just months ago went into remission and those in the front who beat out cancer 20 years ago, Leslie Mutuku held her two young daughters’ hands, glad to be alive after surviving breast cancer two years ago.
6:00 a.m.
From left, Karen Buxton, of Greensboro, N.C., and Leslie Curley, of Topeka, talk with Patrick Geren, of Omaha, Neb., about energy supplements during the Ironman 70.3 Kansas expo at the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The triathlon starts Sunday morning at Clinton Lake. Expo sets tone for Ironman competition
June 14, 2008 in print edition on 1B
People often think of triathlon competitions as an individual sport. That’s not so for a St. Louis couple who have trained and competed together in triathlons for 20 years. Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas competition will mark Chris and Wayne Polette’s second Ironman event.
4:00 p.m.
Gary Roit, left, consoles Shannan McCawley on Friday as they clean out the charred remains of McCawley's house at 1141 N.Y. A fund has been established at Douglas County Bank to help the family. Lifetime of memories destroyed in house fire
June 14, 2008 in print edition on 1B
It was a night of highs and lows for Shannan McCawley and her family. Her son and niece received their GEDs on Thursday night. Then, she received two text messages telling her that her home at 1141 N.Y. was on fire. Lawrence fire officials said Friday that the blaze was due to faulty electrical wiring. The house she grew up in, where she lives now with her fiance, seven children ages 2 to 17 and her son’s girlfriend, was in flames.

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Power has been restored to Westar Energy customers affected by afternoon outage
04:05 p.m., June 14, 2008 Updated 09:59 p.m.
Westar Energy restored power to all customers affected by an afternoon outage in northwest Lawrence.
High waters force some road closures at Perry Lake
June 14, 2008
Park Ranger cautions boaters to watch for debris.
Carvey needs to let go of old material
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D7
What’s worse? Not being able to outlive your earlier fame, or having never been famous at all?
Economy forces spending shifts
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wondering how consumers are coping in such a troubled economy? Look at what’s selling instead of which sales are tanking.
PodTrod postponed
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C5
Wet conditions forced the postponement of the PodTrod MP3-Mile Challenge, a three-mile trail race that was scheduled for Saturday at the north shore Clinton Lake trails.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 14, 1908: “The Kaw River has fallen sharply from the 23.5-foot crest during the flood period and there is no disquieting news from upstream.
People in the news
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Kevin Spacey to teach at Oxford University¢ Michael Moore to publish ‘Election Guide’
Club news
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D3
Kaw Valley Quilters’ Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Monday and at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. The program will be “Quilters’ Stories: Collecting Your Quilt History.” Debra Rowden will be the featured speaker.
Active campaigns
Incumbents still enjoy a significant advantage, but local voters will have many strong choices on this year’s local, state and national ballots.
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
It’s great to see a full slate of candidates seeking seats on the Douglas County Commission. This is an important body and having multiple candidates for each of the two open seats will encourage full discussion of issues facing the county and give voters a good choice at the ballot box.
Shuttle retirement will hurt Florida’s Space Coast
June 14, 2008 in print edition on E8
In the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the countdown has begun in the towns that run on the space program’s clock. NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet in two years, and for at least five years after that, no humans will launch from Florida’s “Space Coast.”
Pump patrol
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.89 at several stations.
LHS alum gives $100K to school
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Patty Kennedy heard the news that David Booth, a 1964 Lawrence High graduate, had cut a check for $100,000 to the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association, she was shocked. “You could have picked me up off the floor,” said Kennedy, the alumni association’s president.
Boy Scouts had nowhere to go when tornado hit
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
With a tornado barreling toward them, Boy Scouts at a western Iowa camp sought shelter in the one place they thought they were safest: a cinderblock building where they normally gathered to socialize.
Honor rolls
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B4
South Junior High School has announced its second semester honor roll. In addition, Southwest Junior High School has announced its spring 2008 honor rolls.
115-year-old’s brain worked perfectly, scientists say
June 14, 2008 in print edition on E8
A Dutch woman who was the oldest person in the world when she died at age 115 in 2005 appeared sharp right up to the end, joking that pickled herring was the secret to her longevity.
Commentary: Game 6 Fix just one conspiracy theory
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
My research team just called in. They’re still on vacation and all geeked about the “Game 6 Fix,” as they call it.
DA wants teen tried as adult
16-year-old accused in 2 shooting deaths
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
Douglas County prosecutors are seeking to have a 16-year-old boy tried as an adult in the shooting deaths of two men last weekend in east Lawrence. A motion filed by the district attorney’s office calls for Kellam D. Jones to be tried as an adult because the deaths occurred while he was at least age 14 and in possession of a weapon. The motion also states Jones is charged with offenses that if committed by an adult would be a felony.
Journal-World All-area softball First-team selections
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C6
A listing of the all-area softball first-team selections, as chosen by the Journal-World.
Flexibility sought in NCLB demands
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas educators asked for more flexibility to operate under the federal No Child Left Behind law during a conference Friday at Kansas University. “It is my opinion at this point in my career that the federal government’s role is that of aspiration rather than punitive and prescriptive,” said Andy Tompkins, a former Kansas education commissioner and current dean of education at Pittsburg State University.
Strong quake shakes northern Japan
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked a rural area of northern Japan today, killing at least three people, triggering landslides and reportedly knocking down a bridge, fire and disaster management officials said. At least 64 were injured.
Landslide in northern China kills 19
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
A landslide in northern China buried a brick factory, killing 19 workers, local officials said today.
1780 British warship found in Lake Ontario
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A6
A 22-gun British warship that sank during the American Revolution and has long been regarded as one of the “Holy Grail” shipwrecks in the Great Lakes has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Ontario, astonishingly well-preserved in the cold, deep water, explorers announced Friday.
Elder abuse
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults is largely under-recognized and has devastating consequences to older adults who have been victimized.
Sangria sparkles on the Fourth
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D1
Traditional sangrias are luscious, bold blends of fruits, wine and spirits, often served in pitchers or punch bowls. But this wonderfully refreshing summer drink from Spain and Portugal leaves plenty of room for improvisation.
No shame?
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Sen. McCain: Aren’t you even the least bit embarrassed to be proposing tax breaks for the rich and the super rich now that your wife has admitted being worth over a hundred million?
Reds get RHP Arias, complete deal with K.C.
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Reds got right-hander Henry Arias from the Kansas City Royals on Friday, completing their March 19 trade for right-hander Brad Salmon.
Ugandan president’s son among Fort Leavenworth graduates
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B8
Soldiers at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth on Friday were in the presence of a nation’s president. Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of the Republic of Uganda, and Ugandan first lady Janet K. Museveni watched the graduation of their son Maj. Muhozi Museveni Kainerugaba.
Ticket slap
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I love hearing live music but can only afford to go to a couple of carefully chosen concerts a year. This year, I decided to splurge on advance single-day tickets for Sunday at the Wakarusa Festival, spending $115.90 on two tickets with $17.90 of that going to “support a local business” as it said on the Web site, and I could feel OK with that.
NU contract: $109.7 million
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
A proposed marketing contract for the Nebraska Cornhuskers would bring in at least $109.7 million for the university over the next 13 years.
KU can rent out space and not pay property tax
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas University will be able to rent out lab space to a for-profit company and still avoid paying property taxes. The property tax exemption comes courtesy of a new state law and action by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Perfect attendance streak continues
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, was commended Friday for having another year of perfect attendance during the legislative session.
Around and about
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D5
Braxton Nottingham, Lawrence, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2008 semester at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
K.C. falls in 10th
Walk-off home run nullifies Greinke’s gem
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Chad Tracy finally knows how it feels to hit a walkoff homer.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
Gertrude Sellards Pearson who combined with her late husband to rate among the top benefactors in Kansas University history died at the age of 88 in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital.
4-H news
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D5
Vinland FCE will meet for a noon luncheon followed by the monthly meeting Tuesday at the home of Kayelen Hess.
Navy: Pilot killed in jet collision
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Navy says a pilot involved in the collision of two Navy jets over northern Nevada’s high desert during a training mission is dead.
3 guilty of plot against US troops
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Three Ohio men were convicted Friday of plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill American soldiers in Iraq, a case put together with help from a former soldier who posed as a radical bent on violence.
NASCAR to drivers: Be positive
President warns stars to quit their complaining
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C2
NASCAR is tired of hearing the negative message some of the sport’s stars have been sending to fans lately.
Major League Roundup: Phillies embarrass Cardinals
Back-to-back-to-back homers key 20-2 rout
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C4
Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, and the Phillies were just getting warmed up.
Nice visit
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the city and people of Lawrence. I have been given the pleasure of exhibiting some of my sculpture in Lawrence for the 2008 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, and have had a great time in doing so.
City should focus on Farmland site
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
More industrial sites for Lawrence? Our chamber of commerce and some city and county commissioners argue that a shortage of industrial sites is an urgent community problem. A developer is proposing an island annexation and rezoning of agricultural property to industrial. Our leaders are being tempted by an expensive solution to a non-problem.
Ailing Manson follower asks for early release
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
Susan Atkins, the former Charles Manson follower who confessed to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate during a murderous rampage in 1969, has a terminal illness and has asked for compassionate release from prison in her final days, authorities said Thursday.
NASA: Missing clip no threat to re-entry
June 14, 2008 in print edition on E8
A metal clip broke off Discovery’s rudder and four hours passed before the seven space shuttle astronauts got the good news: The missing part poses no danger for today’s re-entry and landing.
Man pleads in case of woman stuck to toilet
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
A western Kansas man pleaded no contest to mistreating his girlfriend, who became stuck to a toilet after staying in the bathroom for two years.
Budweiser fans weigh possible takeover
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
More than any other beer, Budweiser is an American icon: Its Clydesdale horses are fixtures of Super Bowl ads, and even the label is red, white and blue, with an eagle swooping through the “A” for Anheuser-Busch.
Study: VA care for women not equal
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many VA facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels.
Local volunteer heads to flood zone
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Rick Farrier, a local Red Cross volunteer and Lawrence native, will spend three weeks or more in Indiana following recent storms that caused heavy flooding.
Papa Keno’s is back in business
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
Papa Keno’s Pizzeria is back in business, its tax debt with the state settled and its owner back behind the counter, working to get the place cooking once again.
Defeat all but inevitable for L.A.
History stacked strongly against Lakers after Thursday’s collapse
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C3
It no longer seems to be a matter of if but when the Los Angeles Lakers will lose to the Boston Celtics. It could happen Sunday in Game 5 or Tuesday in 6. It may even take seven games. But failure appears to be imminent.
10,000 people driven from homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hospital patients in wheelchairs and on stretchers were evacuated in the middle of the night as the biggest flood Cedar Rapids has ever seen swamped more than 400 blocks Friday and all but cut off the supply of clean drinking water in the city of 120,000.
Father-daughter duo leads McLouth to banner year
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C6
Nearly every morning this past offseason, Kendall Patterson could be found at the McLouth High track, sprinting against the wind with a parachute strapped to her back. At home, her father - and MHS head coach - Ballard Patterson has erected various batting tools so his daughter can fine-tune her sweet swing at any time, day or night, and the local batting cage is within walking distance of the Pattersons’ house.
Boy dies after being tied to tree
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
A couple accused of tying their 13-year-old son to a tree for two nights to punish him for disobedience have been charged with murder in his death, authorities said Friday in Raleigh, N.C.
Farmers dispute district’s right to pump groundwater out of area
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
The future of 1.2 billion gallons of groundwater in the fertile Kansas River Valley soon will be decided by the Kansas Supreme Court. An attorney for area farmer and vintner Greg Shipe said Friday that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that challenges a new water district’s ability to use eminent domain laws to pump groundwater from the valley between Lawrence and Eudora.
Relay for Life walkers burn midnight oil
June 14, 2008
Hundreds of cancer survivors lined up on the Free State High School track Friday evening to celebrate life in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life benefit. Between the people in the back of the pack who just months ago went into remission and those in the front who beat out cancer 20 years ago, Leslie Mutuku held her two young daughters’ hands, glad to be alive after surviving breast cancer two years ago.
Expo sets tone for Ironman competition
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
People often think of triathlon competitions as an individual sport. That’s not so for a St. Louis couple who have trained and competed together in triathlons for 20 years. Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas competition will mark Chris and Wayne Polette’s second Ironman event.
Jayhawk thrower 3-time All-American
Sprinter first female KU honoree since ‘78
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas University senior Egor Agafonov placed third in the hammer throw at Friday’s NCAA Outdoor track and field championships. Agafonov, a native of Togliatti, Russia, who threw 229 feet, 5 inches, became the first KU male in 35 years to win All-America honors in the same event for three consecutive years. Sam Colson won the javelin from 1971 to ‘73.
Victims of Kansas tornadoes identified
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
The victims of this week’s deadly tornadoes have been identified as a 21-year-old woman from Chapman and a 62-year-old Jackson County farmer who was thrown from his mobile home after a twister picked it up.
Will voters pick experience or positions?
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
At times recently, Barack Obama almost seems to be trying to help make John McCain’s case that he should be president because of his superior national security experience and knowledge. Obama has done so by displaying his own inexperience with imprecise statements on issues from Iran to Israel.
China mine blast leaves 27 dead
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Twenty-seven miners were found dead today following an explosion at a Chinese coal mine, and rescuers were working to free seven more who remain trapped, state media reported.
On the record
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
About 9 p.m. Friday Douglas County sheriff’s officers responded to a call about an explosion at Douglas County State Lake. Lt. Kari Wempe, the sheriff’s spokeswoman, said there were two explosions near the marina. Officers were still investigating late Friday. There were no reports of injuries, she said.
Bush says one thing, means another
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Civil War. Cold War. Perhaps weary of travel, President Bush said one thing but meant the other Friday.
Tiger makes a move
Appleby leads Woods by 1 stroke
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tiger Woods still can charge on one leg. Woods limped around the course at times Friday as his surgically repaired left knee continued to remind him that he is human. But just when it appeared as if he was beaten, he gave another superhuman display on the golf course.
Simons: Kansas should seek role as national leader in energy field
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
There is little question that our nation’s economy currently is Americans’ No. 1 issue or concern. Various polls tied in with the upcoming presidential election show the economy is the top issue, with Iraq, the environment and other matters fading into the background.
Stocks rally as dollar gains strength
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B5
Stocks rallied Friday, but posted mixed weekly performance, as fears over inflation were somewhat abated by a rising dollar, a drop in crude-oil prices, and a report showing May consumer prices were in line, excluding food and energy.
Lifetime of memories destroyed in house fire
Family of 10 displaced; home was not insured
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
It was a night of highs and lows for Shannan McCawley and her family. Her son and niece received their GEDs on Thursday night. Then, she received two text messages telling her that her home at 1141 N.Y. was on fire. Lawrence fire officials said Friday that the blaze was due to faulty electrical wiring. The house she grew up in, where she lives now with her fiance, seven children ages 2 to 17 and her son’s girlfriend, was in flames.
Singer acquitted of child pornography charges
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
R. Kelly bowed his head and wept Friday as he was cleared of child pornography charges, acquitted by a jury that deliberated for just 7 1/2 hours over a case that took six years to bring to trial.
Cat show opens at fairgrounds today
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Cat Fanciers’ Association Kansas City Midwest Cat Show kicks off at 9 a.m. today at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Coach soaks up sun, golf benefit
Leading draft site moves Chalmers into first round
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
Bill Self’s fifth-annual, 28-team Lawrence Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Golf Classic ended in a tie Friday afternoon at sun-baked Eagle Bend Golf Course. The foursome of Steve Bunter, Daniel Brumley, Bill Huffman and Joe Reitz shot 55 in the scramble format, topping the host’s team of Self, Kent Ferguson, Terry Keefer and Pat O’Toole, which also shot 55 but lost the scorecard tiebreaker.
Irish voters veto EU treaty
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
It took years to negotiate, weighs in at 260 pages, is virtually unreadable - and now could be a dead letter.
Police: 2 dead in bottling plant shooting
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
A longtime employee and a laid-off tech worker seeking a job were shot and killed Friday morning during an apparent robbery of a soda bottling plant north of Charlotte.
Bad memories resurface for Kings
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C3
For an NBA player, it was the kind of loss that can take years to get over. Now the Sacramento Kings are dealing with it all over again.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
A preliminary report issued by the Douglas County appraiser showed that valuations on personal property and real estate were down nearly $2.5 million from the preliminary valuations of a year earlier.
Al-Maliki raises possibility that US will be asked to leave
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A5
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki raised the possibility Friday that his country won’t sign a status of forces of agreement with the United States and that it will ask U.S. troops to go home when their U.N. mandate to be in Iraq expires at the end of the year.
Senior services seeks volunteers
June 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
Douglas County Senior Services Inc., in cooperation with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, SHICK, is recruiting volunteers to become counselors to help people understand Medicare.
Cooper skyjacking cash sells for $37K
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fifteen tattered $20 bills recovered from the 1971 D.B. Cooper skyjacking sold Friday for more than 120 times their face value at a Dallas auction.
Horoscopes
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D7
You witness a change in a key relationship once more. The good news is, this transformation won’t be long or grueling. By 2009, the partnership will start to stabilize. If you are single, someone quite exotic could appear suddenly in your life.
Raiders fall, 7-6
June 14, 2008 in print edition on C5
Lawrence’s Raiders fell to Colorado, 7-6, Friday in the Fort Scott Legion baseball invitational.
Taliban attack helps inmates escape Afghan prison
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A8
Taliban militants staged a brazen bomb and rocket attack on the main prison in southern Afghanistan late Friday, blowing down the front gate and helping more than 600 inmates to escape, officials said. At least 17 police officers and prisoners were killed.
Turbulent waters
Don Winslow’s ‘The Dawn Patrol’ explores darker side of California surf culture
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D3
Detective novelist Don Winslow was sitting on the patio of a Laguna Beach cafe with a view of the ocean below, looking like a private eye trying to avoid detection. Winslow, 54, was talking about the strip of the coast that runs from San Diego through southern Orange County.
Zimbabwe leader warns of violence if he loses vote
June 14, 2008 in print edition on A8
President Robert Mugabe said Friday that his supporters are ready to fight if the opposition wins an upcoming presidential runoff election, hardening the rhetoric of a campaign that already has seen widespread violence against government opponents.
Faith Forum: What do Christianity and Buddhism have in common?
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D1
I had a discussion regarding Buddhism with my son Jesse, who lives and teaches in Japan. Jesse told me about Pure Land Buddhism, the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan, China and South Korea.
NBC’s Tim Russert dies
June 14, 2008 in print edition on D7
Tim Russert, a political lifer who made a TV career of his passion with unrelenting questioning of the powerful and influential, died of a heart attack Friday in the midst of a presidential campaign he’d covered with trademark intensity.