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Polls
Which of these insects creeps you out the most?

Poll results

Response Percent
Cockroaches
 
30%
Spiders
 
28%
Ticks
 
24%
Chiggers
 
4%
Insects don’t bother me
 
4%
Bees
 
2%
Mosquitoes
 
2%
None of the above
 
1%
Ants
 
1%
Flies
 
0%
Total 546
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Regents OK new measures for safety
May 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
By September, new employees at Kansas University and the five other state universities will be subject to criminal background checks before they are hired. The new policy, approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents, is modeled after a one used for years at KU Medical Center.
8:00 a.m.
Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy, left, and drummer Glenn Kotche perform Wednesday at the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire Streets. It was the city's first major outdoor downtown concert. Outdoor concert impresses visitors
May 15, 2008 in print edition on 3A
The city’s first major outdoor downtown concert proved successful Wednesday night, leaving many people wanting more family-friendly outdoor events of its kind in the future. On the lawn north of the Lawrence Arts Center where opening band Retribution Gospel Choir and headliner Wilco played, Vanessa Sanburn, Jake Lowen and their five-year-old daughter Nadia Sanburn relaxed in between sets.
12:00 p.m.
Andrew Hauser Student lands dream job before graduation
May 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A car accident took Andrew Hauser’s leg below the knee, but it didn’t rob him of his big league baseball dreams. “I have a timeline in my head that I want to get to the big leagues, the major leagues,” the Kansas University senior said. “That’s the ultimate goal.”
4:00 p.m.
Jerry White, president of the Lakeside Village board of directors, pauses to scan the property of an abandoned lot and trailer home during a tour May 6 of Lakeside Village near Perry Lake. Jefferson County officials plan to clear and clean many of these properties, many of which have been abandoned for years. Lakeside lots no scenic view
May 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The windows are smashed, the doors are missing and so is most of the metal siding on the outside of the abandoned mobile home. Inside, trash and debris cover the rotting floor. The tattered remains of clothing are piled in a bedroom closet. And dirt-covered dishes are stacked on a drying rack next to the kitchen sink where someone left them many years ago.
10:00 p.m.
Deb Engstrom, Lawrence High school special education teacher, hugs her granddaughter Rejjin Jackson, 6, after Engstrom was named the recipient of the Bobs' Award during an LHS assembly on Thursday. The award is a teaching honor given through the Lawrence Schools Foundation by a group of civic leaders who share the same first name and an appreciation for education in Lawrence. LHS special education teacher receives Bobs’ Award
May 15, 2008 in print edition on 3A
The 2008 Bobs’ Award winner almost missed the assembly meant for her. Instead, she wanted to do something that shows why she won $10,000 for outstanding teaching. Deb Engstrom, a special education teacher at Lawrence High School, was going to drive a student to work because he didn’t have any other way to get there.

All stories

6News video: Tuition rates could rise for KU students
May 15, 2008
Tuition rates for KU students not on a fixed plan could be on the way up next year.
6Sports video: Keegan and Romary fall short in coaching debut
May 15, 2008
After last night’s barnstormers game at Lawrence High, it’s pretty obvious that Tom Keegan and Kevin Romary should never go near a sideline again. On Wednesday night, KU’s seniors knocked off Keegan and Romary’s talented squad of prep all-stars. The only thing holding back the high school kids, obviously - coaching…
6News video: Shooting victim remains in serious condition
May 15, 2008
The Lawrence man shot early Wednesday morning remains in serious condition at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
6Sports video: LHS baseball team ready for trip to state
May 15, 2008
LHS qualified for the state tournament by beating Manhattan and Washburn Rural Wednesday night. Next up for Brad Stoll and company? Another trip to T-Town for the state tourney next week…
6News video: Proposed Leavenworth County Turnpike project bids lower than anticipated
May 15, 2008
The bids are in for the proposed Leavenworth County Turnpike project - and they are much lower than originally anticipated.
6News video: Car sales on the rise in Lawrence
May 15, 2008
It seems the price for everything is going up these days. But in Lawrence, the price for new cars is not. As 6News reporter Jesse Fray found - local car dealers say they’re actually reaping the benefits of a slowing economy.
6News video: Wells Overlook Park may become favorite destination for area mountain bike enthusiasts
May 15, 2008
A proposal to build bike trails on the Southwest corner of the park was presented to the Douglas County Commission.
6News video: Lawrence man faces federal charges for violating Water Pollution Control Act
May 15, 2008
56-year-old Richard Sawyer - the operator of local fertilizer manufacturer ‘Magna-Gro’ - is indicted with unlawfully discharging waste into the Lawrence sewer system.
6Sports video: Firebirds are headed to state
May 15, 2008
The Free State High baseball team earned a trip to the state tournament Thursday after defeating the Olathe NW Ravens by a final score of 9-4.
6News video: More concerts may be in downtown Lawrence’s future
May 15, 2008
A promoter for last night’s Wilco concert - held in vacant lots near 9th and New Hampshire Streets - says he was ecstatic with how the concert worked.
6News video: Local teacher wins Bobs’ award
May 15, 2008
A surprise assembly leads to a big check for one local teacher.
6News video: Matthew Jaeger trial set
May 15, 2008
Trial is now set for a man charged with kidnapping and beating his former girlfriend in Lawrence.
LHS special education teacher receives Bobs’ Award
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The 2008 Bobs’ Award winner almost missed the assembly meant for her. Instead, she wanted to do something that shows why she won $10,000 for outstanding teaching. Deb Engstrom, a special education teacher at Lawrence High School, was going to drive a student to work because he didn’t have any other way to get there.
Lawrence High’s soccer season ends, 1-0 in double overtime
May 15, 2008
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Washburn Rural, 1-0, in double overtime.
Free State baseball advances to state tournament
Firebirds topple Olathe Northwest, 9-4, in regional final
May 15, 2008
Free State High’s baseball team earned its first state berth since 2006 with a 9-4 victory against Olathe Northwest.
Dallas TV station to report Darrell Arthur allegedly may have benefited from academic improprieties in high school
May 15, 2008
Dallas television station WFAA is teasing a story set to air at 10 p.m. tonight about a former South Oak Cliff athlete — presumably KU basketball player Darrell Arthur — who may have benefited from improprieties in high school that helped him qualify for a college scholarship.
Firebirds one win from state after blowout
Free State to meet Olathe Northwest tonight
May 15, 2008
The Firebirds pummeled Leavenworth, 10-0, to advance to the regional championship game.
6News Now: Jaeger trial date set
May 15, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a man charged with kidnapping and injuring his former girlfriend will be tried in October.
Lawrence man indicted on federal charges of discharging fertilizer-production waste into city sewer
May 15, 2008
A Lawrence man and his firm have been indicted in federal court with unlawfully discharging waste from a fertilizer manufacturing operation into the Lawrence sewer system.
Trial date set for Matthew Jaeger, man accused of severely injuring woman
May 15, 2008
A man charged with kidnapping and injuring his former girlfriend will be tried Oct. 27 in Douglas County District Court.
Bringing back foreign plants causes problems for travelers
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Gardeners are fond of purchasing promising plant specimens while traveling abroad - a few seed packets here, some live stem cuttings there. But many are surprised when those prized collectibles are weeded out and dumped upon their return.
People in the news
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Jack Black reveals Jolie-Pitt twins news¢ McCartney’s vehicle delivery backfires¢ Heston items to be auctioned¢ Winehouse won’t face drug charges¢ Lopez to host LA hospital gala
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 15, 1908: “Teachers are being advised about a county institute planned in the days ahead to improve our teaching methods and benefit the students.
Keegan: Seniors embrace energy
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Adrenaline can’t be purchased at a store. It can’t be packed into an equipment bag. Adrenaline picks athletes, not the other way around. It makes basketball players jump higher and at times shoot better. Unannounced visits to golfers result in drained putts, green after undulating green.
Kansas lawmakers split on farm bill
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Kansas Democrats on Wednesday joined the vast majority of House lawmakers in supporting the latest farm bill, but the state’s Republicans said they could not support a measure that cuts direct payments and the crop insurance program.
Housing swing not a crisis for everyone
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Lewis Carroll, call your office.
Our town sports
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Local sports briefs.
Sheer scope of disaster slows China’s massive relief effort
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Soldiers rushed to shore up a dam cracked by this week’s powerful earthquake, and rescuers came by helicopter and ship Wednesday into the isolated epicenter but still were forced to dig for survivors with their bare hands.
Bush holds hope for peace as violence flares in Mideast
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush put an optimistic face on fading hopes for Mideast peace Wednesday, declaring that Israel’s 60-year triumph over war and tragedy shows democracy can succeed everywhere. But Bush’s upbeat message was marred by rocket fire from Gaza and threats of heavy retaliation by Israel.
Using credit cards always comes with extra cost
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
I should have known: Call people suckers and they’ll take offense.
US investigating insurance fraud
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C10
Companies working on Iraq reconstruction have been accused of padding their profits through an insurance scam, leading to a criminal probe and hurried changes in the way many contracts are handled by the U.S. Army, according to internal military documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Annexation gains 2 supporters
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night expressed support for the city of Lawrence annexing land northwest of town for an industrial park. It wasn’t unanimous.
Big Brown big Preakness favorite
Derby winner given 1-2 odds for Saturday’s race
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Running on the outside has been very good to Big Brown. Now the Kentucky Derby winner gets to try things from the middle.
Lakeside lots no scenic view
Officials plan to clean up blighted areas
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
The windows are smashed, the doors are missing and so is most of the metal siding on the outside of the abandoned mobile home. Inside, trash and debris cover the rotting floor. The tattered remains of clothing are piled in a bedroom closet. And dirt-covered dishes are stacked on a drying rack next to the kitchen sink where someone left them many years ago.
Celtics, Lakers take 3-2 series leads
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Someone is going to have to beat the Celtics in Boston to keep them from winning their 17th NBA title. Cleveland is hoping for one more chance.
Rape trial introduces DNA evidence
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
Scientific testimony took center stage Wednesday during the third day of trial for a man accused of being a serial rapist.
On the record
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence man reported an auto burglary and theft to Lawrence police Monday. Items reported stolen include a Pioneer Mall stereo, Kenwood amplifier and a 12-inch Kicker subwoofer. The crime occurred Tuesday in the 2600 block of Scottsdale Street.
World Harmony Run visits city club
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
World Harmony runners made their way to Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon as part of a four-month event that encompasses 48 states and 10,000 miles.
Royals’ rookie upstages Detroit
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Luke Hochevar is finally beginning to demonstrate why the Kansas City Royals selected him first overall in the 2006 draft.
Man shot near Sixth and Kasold
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was shot early Wednesday morning near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive, according to Lawrence police.
O’Connor makes plea for Alzheimer’s aid
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
The first woman on the Supreme Court is now the nation’s most prominent Alzheimer’s caregiver.
LHS soccer takes on top seed tonight
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Fresh off its 1-0 victory over crosstown rival Free State in the first round, the Lawrence High girls soccer team will look to continue its run through regionals at 6 tonight at top-seeded Washburn Rural.
Protection One losses, revenues increase
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Protection One Inc., a national electronic-security company based in Lawrence, recorded both higher revenues and increased losses during the first quarter, changes the company said were attributable largely to a merger.
FSHS baseball leaves focus on Leavenworth
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Mike Hill couldn’t believe it. Neither could anyone else. Shawnee Mission North, the Sunflower League cellar-dweller with an 0-18 record, shocked No. 1 seed Olathe East, 3-0, in Class 6A regional baseball Tuesday night.
Court ponders gambling law
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
With hundreds of millions of dollars riding on the outcome, the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether the new gambling law complied with the constitutional requirement that casinos be state-owned and operated.
Health department earns grant
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
A grant has been awarded to Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to help it prepare for national accreditation.
Filmmaker creates own ‘Second Life’
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Who would you be if you could choose your looks, identity, body type, gender and even your historical era? Prepare for questions like these and more in the offbeat and provocative film “Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey” (7 p.m., Cinemax).
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
The first formal move toward construction of a Lawrence municipal swimming pool in Central Park was taken when the City Commission set a May 28 bid date for demolition of the old bandstand at the pool site.
Horoscopes
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
You are vital and dramatic this year. Your energy allows you to move mountains. Focus on accomplishment. If you are single, you will meet someone very different but at times quite controlling. If you are attached, the two of you might be working on control games or power plays.
Woman pleads guilty in prostitution probe
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A woman accused of booking clients for a high-priced call girl ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering and promoting prostitution in the federal probe that brought down former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Wacky wheels will claim streets Saturday for Art Tougeau
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Fresco Fords, classy Chevys and tacky Toyotas will roll down the street Saturday as part of the annual Art Tougeau Parade.
Students probe Potter Lake
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
To some Kansas University students, Potter Lake is nasty, smelly and unattractive. “It has questionable things in it,” said John Kenny, a Leavenworth senior. The peaceful lake near Memorial Stadium has blooms of algae floating on top of it, and it’s difficult to see through the murky water.
Myanmar death toll estimates jump
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Red Cross estimated Wednesday that the cyclone death toll in Myanmar could be as high as 128,000 - a much larger figure than the government tally. The U.N. warned a second wave of deaths will follow unless the military regime lets in more aid quickly.
City, KU discuss coordinating buses
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A merged public transit system that would combine the bus operations of the city and Kansas University likely won’t happen in the near future, both city and KU leaders said following a meeting Wednesday.
Student lands dream job before graduation
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
A car accident took Andrew Hauser’s leg below the knee, but it didn’t rob him of his big league baseball dreams. “I have a timeline in my head that I want to get to the big leagues, the major leagues,” the Kansas University senior said. “That’s the ultimate goal.”
Endearing elegance
Retiree builds oasis in garden
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
In the heart of Lawrence sits an unassuming little ranch house. Nestled on the crest of the hill that also is home to Hillcrest School and other similar 1950s-style houses it rests, tucked behind and under enormous pin oaks.
Blacks live - and die - with police bias
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
I asked you a question. It was two weeks ago in this space. I asked how, given its documented biases against black people, I can trust the justice system.
Astronomers announce supernova discovery
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Astronomers have discovered the youngest known supernova in the Milky Way galaxy, still just a baby at 140 years old.
Outdoor concert impresses visitors
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The city’s first major outdoor downtown concert proved successful Wednesday night, leaving many people wanting more family-friendly outdoor events of its kind in the future. On the lawn north of the Lawrence Arts Center where opening band Retribution Gospel Choir and headliner Wilco played, Vanessa Sanburn, Jake Lowen and their five-year-old daughter Nadia Sanburn relaxed in between sets.
Regents OK new measures for safety
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
By September, new employees at Kansas University and the five other state universities will be subject to criminal background checks before they are hired. The new policy, approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents, is modeled after a one used for years at KU Medical Center.
Council overturns ban on foie gras
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Dining on foie gras - a delicacy made of duck and goose liver - will soon be legal again in Chicago.
Where the action is
Downtown Lawrence isn’t the city’s retail center, but it still can be an important center of activity.
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
Wilco may not be on your iPod, and street performers swallowing fire or walking on stilts may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no doubt that added activity is a good thing for downtown Lawrence.
Commodities
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery fell 31.75 cents to $7.64 a bushel; July corn dropped 11 cents to $5.9625; July oats fell 3.5 cents to $4.0725; July soybeans traded flat at $13.795.
Swiss pilot soars above Alps with jet-powered wing
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C10
A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.
Volunteers sought for Clinton Lake cleanup
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
Volunteers are needed for this weekend’s Clinton Lake cleanup.
Farmers Turnpike topic of meeting
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
People interested in how land along the Farmers Turnpike will develop will have an opportunity to speak out this week.
Better plant selection reduces surprises
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
In the gardening world, lawn and garden pests are sometimes your worst nightmare. You spend time and money planting something and nurturing it along, and seemingly overnight, an insect or disease moves in and takes it away.
Pump patrol
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.65 at several locations.
Mulvane legislator Powers dies
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
Veteran Rep. Ted Powers, a retired music teacher known for injecting levity into debates with humorous comments and snatches of song, has died from complications following a massive stroke.
Statewide smoking ban proposal will be back
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
The state’s top health policy leader said Wednesday that her group plans to ask state legislators again next session for a statewide smoking ban. Marcia Nielsen - executive director of the state-appointed Kansas Health Policy Authority - said the fact legislators won’t be facing re-election in 2009 may give a ban a better chance of winning approval.
Polar bears to be protected species
May 15, 2008 in print edition on C10
The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday because of the loss of Arctic sea ice but also cautioned the decision should not be viewed as a path to address global warming.
Lions earn trip to state
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
With a movie star smile that makes the women swoon and a big league slider that buckles the knees of batters, it’s no wonder that the Lawrence High baseball squad refers to Dorian Green as “Hollywood.”
Jammin’ in the Jungle
High school players relish facing KU’s five seniors
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Baba Diallo clutched a clump of sweaty basketball clothes tightly to his body Wednesday night. Lawrence High’s 6-foot-6 senior forward, still dripping with perspiration, was savoring his last minutes in the LHS gymnasium, not believing the contents of the clothing in his possession. Darnell Jackson’s jersey and shorts. Rodrick Stewart’s shorts. Russell Robinson’s shirt.
LHS softball ousted
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
The LHS softball team lost, 9-0, on Wednesday in regional action at Washburn Rural.
Ex-Jayhawk Metcalf farmed by Rangers
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University baseball player Travis Metcalf was optioned Wednesday to the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A farm club in Oklahoma City.
Self receives honor
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self and University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt received the Winged Foot Award on Wednesday at a gala banquet at the New York Athletic Club.
MLB Roundup: Reds blow lead, bounce back
May 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Reds blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning, but Paul Janish singled home the tiebreaking run in his second big-league at-bat.
Arrest made as wildfires continue
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Authorities arrested a man they say was seen throwing a Molotov cocktail into the woods Wednesday in Palm Bay, where several homes have been gutted by wildfires this week.
Ants are literally electronic bugs
May 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.