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Are you tipping more, less or the same today as you did a year ago?

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Response Percent
I’m tipping about the same.
I’m tipping more.
I’m tipping less.
I don’t tip.
Total 679

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6News video: Weekly outdoor concerts started Wednesday
May 28, 2008
Downtown is filled with the sound of great music tonight. A summer tradition returns to Lawrence as the city band hits the stage at the South Park gazebo.
6News video: Local group wants to found eco-friendly school
May 28, 2008
A group of Lawrence residents wants to bring green learning to town. The Lawrence Community Environmental School is just a seedling, but the potential founders are working to get the project to full bloom. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on their eco-friendly proposal.
6News video: New state law will reduce primary elections
May 28, 2008
Douglas County voters may have one less election to worry about. State legislators passed a new law that increased the number of candidates that must file before a primary election is required.
6News video: Local law enforcement take part in Special Olympics torch run
May 28, 2008
The Kansas Special Olympics torch run returns to Douglas County today. A dozen law enforcement officers handle the relay, the first in the county since the 1990s.
6Sports video: T-Bones star in northern league
May 28, 2008
On the other side of Kansas City, things are going much better for the northern league T-Bones. 6Sports reporter DJ Whetter has more.
6News video: Gov. questioned on abortion doctor’s presence at party
May 28, 2008
After helping accept the Wal-Mart gift, Governor Sebelius faced questions about a party she hosted last year at the Governor’s mansion.
6News video: Plane crashes at Lawrence airport
May 28, 2008
When veteran pilot Dick Martin came in for a landing today at Lawrence Municipal Airport, he forgot one very important thing: to put down the landing gear.
6Sports video: Rush working out in Chicago
May 28, 2008
Brandon Rush will not take part in this week’s pre-NBA draft camp in Orlando.
6News video: Man taken into custody after call for help
May 28, 2008
A call for help in southeast Douglas County kept sheriff’s deputies tied up for around three hours today.
6News video: Outdoor pool closed temporarily today
May 28, 2008
It’s been open less than a week, and already the city has had to close the outdoor aquatic center.
6News video: Fireworks costs shoots up
May 28, 2008
A turbulent year in the fireworks industry sent prices on a drastic increase, but don’t expect sticker shock to damper any of the celebrations for this Fourth of July.
6Sports video: KU volleyball player honored
May 28, 2008
This afternoon Kansas junior Katie Martincich of the Kansas volleyball team was named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year.
6Sports video: Morris twins waiting on academic qualifications
May 28, 2008
On Tuesday, Kansas head coach Bill Self told Lawrence Journal-World basketball writer Gary Bedore that incoming freshman twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have not yet qualified academically.
6News video: Wal-Mart donates $700,000 to KU, Boys & Girls Club
May 28, 2008
The world’s largest retailer delivers its largest gift ever to an organization here in Kansas, and the beneficiary is KU.
6News video: State cuts funding for local road work
May 28, 2008
The future of major road construction in Lawrence in uncertain. Fewer construction projects are expected in the city next year as the state puts the brakes on spending. 6News reporter Jesse Fray explains.
Gov. Sebelius dismisses abortion foes’ claims
05:03 p.m., May 28, 2008 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius confirmed Wednesday that Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider from Wichita, indeed had paid to get a seat at a dinner last year with her at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion in Topeka. But Sebelius is dismissing an anti-abortion group’s assertions that Tiller had been an honored guest, and that the April 9, 2007, reception had been a “lavish secret party” for Tiller, his staffers and other doctors who perform abortions.
Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center reopens after pump breakdown
02:56 p.m., May 28, 2008 Updated 05:09 p.m.
The city’s Outdoor Aquatic Center reopened after a faulty pump forced the center to close this afternoon.
KU accepts $700,000 Wal-Mart Foundation grant
11:15 a.m., May 28, 2008 Updated 01:08 p.m.
A $700,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation will finance Kansas University research to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America bolster its after-school tutoring program.
Court OKs suits on retaliation
Workers have more leeway in cases of discrimination
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
An unexpected blend of liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices gave workers more leeway Tuesday to sue when they face retaliation after complaining about discrimination in the workplace.
Deadline today for summer events calendar
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Pulse summer activities calendar for children and teens is coming soon - perhaps in a year where they’ll be spending more time at home, if gasoline prices and other factors have led to scaled-back vacation plans.
Asian menu spices up new ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Asian-Lite Spring Menu.” Host Jayni Carey and her guest, Chef Tim Quillin will prepare the following recipes: Diver Scallops with Jicama Citrus Salad, Seared Halibut with Cilantro Lemon Grass Broth and Sauteed Vegetables, and Apricot Sake Sorbet.
2008 spring high school sports notebook
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Free State High junior third baseman Kelsey Leinmiller-Renick earned a second-team berth on the All-Sunflower League softball team as selected by league coaches. Teammates Kayley Lane and Catherine Smith earned honorable mention, as did Lawrence High’s Kalli McClure and Lauren Massey.
HBO profiles famed biographer
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B8
After airing the miniseries “John Adams,” HBO honors the author of the biography upon which it was based with “David McCullough: Painting with Words” (6 p.m., HBO).
Cheddar Sunflower Sandwich
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Try this tasty, cheesy sunflower seed spread on your next sandwich.
Don’t scrimp on paints and stains
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
Consumers could spend several dollars more per gallon for exterior paint and stain this year, thanks in part to the pricier petroleum that goes into them. That might tempt shoppers to pick a lesser-grade coating. But Consumer Reports’ recent tests show that penny-pinching could cost more money over time.
People in the news
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ ‘Idol’ winner dates Season 2 contestant¢ Stone questions China’s karma¢ ‘Desperate Housewives’ star serves up Frostys¢ Spears, Lohan in new relationships?¢ Tori Spelling to return to ‘90210’ grounds¢ Kelsey Grammer gets another sitcom shot
Bush raising money for McCain
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush on Tuesday plunged into a fundraising tour for Sen. John McCain, but don’t expect to see much of the two men together.
Meteorologists can’t explain severity of tornado season
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Another week, another rumbling train of tornadoes that obliterates entire city blocks, smashing homes to their foundations and killing people even as they cower in their basements.
Keegan: The Barber Poll
Local hair-cutters speak their minds on upcoming KU football season
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
As I was well into an opinion-finding tour of the downtown hair-cutting establishments, the sign on Ninth Street stared mockingly from a distance, like mirages teasing thirsty cowboys in all those Spaghetti Westerns: “Joe’s Bakery.”
Around the corner
East Lawrence store strives to become ‘community space’
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Moving across the country from New York City to Lawrence, Jordan Ferrand-Sapsis expected a bit of culture shock. But she found it in the most common and unexpected places: the street corner.
Holiday travelers stick close to home
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Spending Memorial Day weekend closer to home was a popular destination choice as gas prices continued to climb. The average price of unleaded gasoline in Kansas was $3.84 on Memorial Day, up about 16 percent compared with $3.29 a year ago.
Number of troops with PTSD jumps
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A6
The number of troops with new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder jumped by roughly 50 percent in 2007 amid the military buildup in Iraq and increased violence there and in Afghanistan.
10 casino contracts move ahead
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
Ten proposals to manage three state-owned casinos were endorsed Tuesday by the Kansas Lottery Commission and forwarded to a review board that will make the final selections.
Research budgets are cut amid food crisis, wheat worry
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C10
Dr. Yue Jin, a kind-faced man in a blue lab coat, is the nation’s bulwark against a devastating new plant disease. He’s the only federal scientist whose main mission is protecting the $17 billion U.S. wheat crop from annihilation.
Local officers to participate in torch run
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Special Olympics torch run returns to Douglas County today for the first time since the 1990s. A dozen local law enforcement officers will participate in a relay run while carrying the torch 15.5 miles. They will represent the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Police Department and Kansas University Public Safety Office.
NASA fixes Mars lander radio glitch
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
NASA couldn’t send commands to the Phoenix Mars lander for most of Tuesday because of a radio glitch, delaying a second day of activities, officials said. The minor problem was fixed later in the day and the Mars Reconnaissance orbiter resumed relaying the lander’s images of the Martian landscape, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.
Florida Atlantic taps Jarvis
Former George Washington coach replaces Walters
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mike Jarvis found a home in Boca Raton four years ago. Now, he’s got a job to go with it. Jarvis was introduced Tuesday as the men’s basketball coach at Florida Atlantic, returning to run a program for the first time since St. John’s fired him six games into the 2003-04 season.
Childhood obesity rates quit rising
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
The percentage of American children who are overweight or obese appears to have leveled off after a 25-year increase, according to new figures that offer a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dismal battle.
Honored vets
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I enjoyed reading Penny Lungren’s interesting and well-written article about the Cambridge American Cemetery in England. The picture accompanying the letter was beautiful.
Runnin’ down a dream
Saving the best for last
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
In all, more than 40 athletes from Lawrence High and Free State made the trek to Wichita last weekend for the state track and field meet. And that’s to say nothing of the dozens more from other high schools around the area.
LMH invites public to annual reception
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
Members of the community are invited to hear about past progress and future plans for Lawrence Memorial Hospital at the hospital’s annual Report to the Community and Reception, set for 5 p.m. Monday at the hospital, 325 Maine.
Learning coaches program to be altered
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A5
It’s a plan to maximize current resources and enhance support for all schools. Administrators on Tuesday night gave Lawrence school board members an update on how they will restructure the district’s learning coaches, who provide support to teachers, including those newer to the profession.
K-State offers cattle symposium
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
The leader of Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute says that humane treatment of cattle is important for the livestock industry, and not only because it’s considered the right thing to do. It’s also good for the bottom line, he said.
Junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s military regime on Tuesday extended the house arrest of democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, refusing to bow to international pressure of the sort that persuaded the generals to let in foreign help for cyclone victims.
Post-quake flood threat grows
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A8
About 80,000 people were evacuated Tuesday downstream of an unstable earthquake-created dam that is threatening to collapse, and troops rushed to carve a trench to drain the water before it floods the valley.
Home sales increase unexpectedly in April
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
Sales of new homes rose in April for the first time in six months although the unexpected increase still left activity near the lowest level in 17 years.
States ranked on child health care
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A6
Children who live in the Northeast and Upper Midwest get better health care, on average, than those in the South and Southwest, according to a study by a private foundation released today.
Royals’ skid hits 9
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Michael Cuddyer singled home Joe Mauer in the 12th inning, giving the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 victory Tuesday night and sending the Kansas City Royals to their ninth straight defeat.
Aid for Iraq police at US cops’ expense
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
At the same time the Bush administration has been pushing for deep cuts in a popular crime-fighting program for states and cities, the White House has been fighting for approval of $603 million for the Iraqi police.
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
KU’s Ellrich honored
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University infielder Justin Ellrich was named a third-team Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine on Tuesday.
Who’s counting?
At least for now, the opportunity to lose more money more quickly could give a Wyandotte County casino the edge over its Missouri competition.
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
For anyone who’s still ambivalent about the expansion of casino gambling in Kansas, it’s a little disconcerting to learn that potential casino developers see the state as prime territory because, unlike Missouri, it places no limits on how much someone can lose in a casino.
Gas station to mix fuel and green energy
Zarco 66 proposal receives tentative OK from leaders
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
If Scott Zaremba has his way, his filling station will become an interactive billboard for solar energy, wind power and a host of other green technologies. Zaremba won tentative approval Tuesday night from city commissioners to add a small-scale wind turbine, a set of solar panels, a green roof and a botanical garden area to his Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels filling station at the southeastern corner of Ninth and Iowa streets.
Indiana lands transfer
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Georgetown guard Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, will transfer to Indiana.
Looting suspects paraded in public
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A8
About 20 men and women suspected of looting houses and stores in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, were paraded in front of the public as a part of efforts to tackle a burgeoning wave of looting in the aftermath of the recent massive earthquake.
Former prosecutor is seeking County Commission post
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A5
Jim Flory, a former county and federal prosecutor, filed as a Republican Tuesday for Douglas County’s 3rd District County Commission seat.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 28, 1908: Eph Vancil, the Lawrence shoemaker recently sent over to the state prison after his murder conviction, is now employed in the ‘tinker shop’ and is making artificial legs.”
Take out stains, even while traveling
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
You packed light, figuring a couple of outfits could get you through. That was before the coffee landed on your lap.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
Lawrence police recovered another 253 books missing from the Kansas University Watson Library after a third student admitted being involved in book thefts. The total recovered now stood at nearly 400 volumes with a value of well over $5,000.
Summer program feeds kids for free
May 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Is the Summer Food Program being offered again this year?
Space station needs plumber, soon
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
The international space station’s lone toilet is broken, leaving the crew with almost nowhere to go. So NASA may order an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.
Los Angeles on brink
Lakers edge Spurs, take 3-1 lead
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are one victory away from returning to the NBA finals. Bryant had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs, 93-91, on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Groups sue over new smog rules
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Health and environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that the Bush administration failed to protect public health and the environment when it issued new smog requirements.
L.J. looking good
Chiefs running back says he’s 100 percent
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Larry Johnson took a little swing pass, dodged a defender and streaked 50 yards downfield, running hard and fast, free and easy.
Cable system ushers in digital era
Company won’t leave analog TVs behind
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Relax, Sunflower Broadband subscribers: The co-host of NBC’s morning news program isn’t going anywhere, at least when it comes to programming on the soon-to-be upgraded Lawrence-based cable system. When Sunflower makes its switch to digital signals early Monday, even subscribers without digital capabilities still will be able to tune in to 37 analog channels.
Self: KU duo likely ‘gone’
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers - who declined invitations to compete at this week’s NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla. - have until June 16 to decide whether to keep their names in the draft or return to school. Both appear to be leaning strongly toward playing for pay with Decision Day about three weeks away.
Littered shore
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: On May 19, two friends and I were fishing at Perry Lake. It was a beautiful spring day, and Perry’s water clarity was virtually crystalline. But to our dismay, several sections of Perry’s shoreline from the Slough Creek causeway to Perry Marina were littered with cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and a hodgepodge of other debris that anglers and boaters had thoughtlessly deposited into the water and along the shorelines.
Race’s role in election can’t be denied
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
Sure, I’ll answer your question. It rose from a recent column about the Democratic primary in West Virginia. The contest, you will recall, was a decisive victory for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, amid reports that two in 10 voters in that overwhelmingly white state said race was a deciding factor in their decisions.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is awaiting the results of a Dallas school district investigation into a former South Oak Cliff High teacher’s allegation that KU’s Darrell Arthur had grades changed to remain eligible during his high school days.
Graduate wins car at Project Graduation
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
The early-morning hours after Lena Warren’s high school graduation night came with a huge surprise. The new Lawrence High graduate won a 1994 Honda del Sol during a final drawing around 3 a.m. Monday at Project Graduation.
Place matters
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: May is National Wetlands Month. In his last State of the Union address George W. Bush claimed that saving wetlands was an environmental priority of his administration. Now his Federal Highway Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers have decided that paving the Wakarusa Wetlands is the best way to save it! That reminds me of the logic some of our military tacticians used when I served in Vietnam 40 years ago.
A little less of something extra
With prices rising everywhere, customers may not tip as much
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Val Sheldon’s made a career of getting tips. For 30 years she’s been waiting tables in Lawrence, starting with eight years at Cornucopia, then 12 years at Paradise Cafe and shorter stints at Milton’s, Pizzeria Uno, Perkins, Longhorn Steakhouse and Montana Mike’s. Now two years into her latest gig - at cozy La Familia Cafe in downtown Lawrence - Sheldon reports doing just fine in the tips department, thank you.
Orlando camp lists offer insight
Kansas University’s Arthur grouped with elite, likely signaling end of possible return to school
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
At a time when few, if any, scouts are willing to tip their hands, the NBA offered insight into the top of this year’s draft with the release of three lists of participants at the Orlando draft camp.
On the record
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
From 5 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence police conducted a saturation patrol resulting in the following reportable incidents: 55 citations for speeding, 30 citations for hazardous moving violations, 63 citations for noncompliance with seat belt regulations, four citations for noncompliance with child restraint laws, one arrest for driving under the influence, two arrests for outstanding warrants, one citation/arrest for possession of drugs, and one citation/arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tait: Tradition leads LHS
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
In the final standings of the World Company Cup, Free State defeated Lawrence High, 17-10, to retain the Cup for a third straight year. Yet, in two of the city’s most high-profile sports - basketball and baseball - it was the Lions who got the last laugh. What gives?
May 28, 2008 in print edition on B8
What appears on the horizon right now could take until winter to realize. Plans that are loosely thought out or not tight will backfire this year.
Short supply not expected to burn out 4th
Vendors say to anticipate jump in cost
May 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Summer revelers may have to pay more bucks for their bang this year. Some area fireworks vendors and companies say they’re paying more for fireworks from China and those costs will likely be passed along to consumers.