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Response Percent
Yes.
 
50%
No.
 
33%
No, because there was no election where I live.
 
15%
Total 457
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12:00 a.m.
Shirley Barrand  counts out the steps as she and husband Blue teach a dance class. Dance fever: Couple keep fit teaching what they love
April 6, 2009
It started with a dress. A dress for Shirley Barrand to dance in with her husband, Warren “Blue” Barrand. The couple had met on a dance floor at a single’s mixer, and one thing led to another, and then, as a young married couple, they took up ballroom dance lessons. But it wasn’t until Shirley laid her eyes on an elaborate ballroom gown that the thought of competitive dancing crossed her mind.
6:00 a.m.
Child sexual assaults by area ‘It’s a reporting issue’
April 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The area of southern Lawrence between Holcom Park and Louisiana Street, south of Clinton Parkway/23rd Street, is a mixture of apartment complexes, single-family homes, churches and businesses. What sticks out here is that nothing sticks out. This section of the city is characteristically Lawrence in many ways.
10:00 a.m.
Karen Vespestad casts her ballot early Tuesday for local school board and city commissioners. Voter turnout was slow early in the day — of the 1,165 voters registered at Kanwaka Township Hall, only 5 had voted by 8:30 a.m. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today
April 6, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as voters throughout the area decide a host of city and school board races.
12:48 p.m.
Karen Vespestad casts her ballot early Tuesday for local school board and city commissioners. Voter turnout was slow early in the day — of the 1,165 voters registered at Kanwaka Township Hall, only 5 had voted by 8:30 a.m. Amyx, Cromwell, Lance Johnson will be the next City Commissioners; Bradford, Sanburn, Byers elected to school board
10:29 a.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 9:40 p.m.
Election workers have tallied advance ballots, and they show that incumbent Mike Amyx has a clear lead in the Lawrence City Commission race. In the Lawrence school board race, a tally of nearly all of the advance votes show Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical Chief Mark Bradford with a slight lead in the race, and he’s joined in the top three by Kansas University graduate student Vanessa Sanburn and Bob Byers, chairman of the district’s equity council.
11:11 p.m.
Mike Amyx, who received the most votes in the city commission race, gets a high five from steering committee member and supporter Becky Mondi, Lawrence, as the final numbers are announced during his watch party at the American Legion Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Amyx, Cromwell and Johnson pick up seats on Lawrence City Commission
April 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
With perhaps the tightest city budget in recent memory looming, voters selected a familiar face in Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission election.

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Amyx, Cromwell and Johnson pick up seats on Lawrence City Commission
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
With perhaps the tightest city budget in recent memory looming, voters selected a familiar face in Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission election.
Bradford, Sanburn, Byers walk away with seats on Lawrence School Board
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school district voters selected the fire chief, a newcomer to the city and a voice on equity issues to step into leadership roles during a transition period for the district.
Chieftains advance to 4-0
April 7, 2009
The Tonganoxie Chieftains hosted a double-header on Tuesday. They defeated Jeff West in both matchups.
Basehor baseball to face Tonganoxie Wednesday
April 7, 2009
Tonganoxie will battle the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats on the HyVee High School Game of the Week.
Spring football game slated for Saturday
April 7, 2009
The Kansas football team is just a few days away from wrapping up its spring training experience.
LHS, Free State baseball teams win
April 7, 2009
Lawrence High pitcher Albert Minnis struck out 12 as the Lions baseball team shut out Shawnee Mission Northwest, 2-0, tonight at Ice Field.
Fatal crash causes major power failure in Eudora
08:48 p.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 09:57 p.m. in print edition on A5
A vehicle crash into a power pole near Olathe on Tuesday night killed the driver and knocked out power in many areas of Eudora. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the crash around 7 p.m. Tuesday near 127th Street and Hedge Lane, according to a report from the Olathe police and fire departments.
80-year-old pedestrian killed in accident on North Michigan Street
05:25 p.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 05:25 p.m. in print edition on A3
An 80-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning after being struck by an automobile in the 200 block of North Michigan Street.
Political-insider-turned-newsman urges students to follow dreams
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Political correspondent George Stephanopoulos told Kansas University students Tuesday to look for that one moment that grabbed them when deciding their life plan. In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session touching on many different aspects of politics, journalism and political campaigns, the host of ABC’s Sunday morning news show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” told more than 400 people about the moment he knew what he wanted to do.
KU men finish 10th in final ESPN/USA Today poll
02:49 p.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 02:59 p.m.
The Kansas men’s basketball team finished the season ranked 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll.
Alferd Packer Memorial String Band to play at post office tax party
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
As inevitable as both death and taxes, members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String band will gather downtown next week to mark the end of income tax season.
Author to speak at KU
April 7, 2009
Author Luis Alberto Urrea is scheduled to visit Kansas University for a lecture on April 15.
Work starts on East 15th Street sidewalk
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
A new sidewalk will stretch for a half-mile in East Lawrence, the first of nine such projects to share in $235,801 of financing through the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
Memphis not hiring recruit’s father
Carl Henry says he will not be joining Pastner’s staff
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Carl Henry will not be hired by the University of Memphis as director of basketball operations, the former Kansas University basketball guard said Tuesday.
State tax collections fall again in March, jeopardize next state budget
01:25 p.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 10:42 p.m.
State tax collections fell $53 million short of expectations in March, putting Kansas’ budget for the next fiscal year on shakier ground.
Burge Union gets first voter about 11:30 a.m.
April 7, 2009
At one polling place in central Lawrence, turnout for Tuesday’s local elections was beyond a little slow.
Women who took furniture with permission asked to contact police
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A5
A man wants to talk with two women who took a piece of his furniture, and Lawrence police are enlisted in the search.
Poll judges busy remembering what it was like to be busy
April 7, 2009
My, what a difference dozens of races, five months and two presidential candidates can make.
Amyx, Cromwell, Lance Johnson will be the next City Commissioners; Bradford, Sanburn, Byers elected to school board
10:29 a.m., April 7, 2009 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Election workers have tallied advance ballots, and they show that incumbent Mike Amyx has a clear lead in the Lawrence City Commission race. In the Lawrence school board race, a tally of nearly all of the advance votes show Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical Chief Mark Bradford with a slight lead in the race, and he’s joined in the top three by Kansas University graduate student Vanessa Sanburn and Bob Byers, chairman of the district’s equity council.
KU’s Walz earns honor
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore T.J. Walz was selected as the Big 12 Conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 6.
‘It’s a reporting issue’
Risk factors for abuse not easy to pinpoint
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
The area of southern Lawrence between Holcom Park and Louisiana Street, south of Clinton Parkway/23rd Street, is a mixture of apartment complexes, single-family homes, churches and businesses. What sticks out here is that nothing sticks out. This section of the city is characteristically Lawrence in many ways.
National title game was clear cut
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
Yeah, fine. You Tar Heels go celebrate. But a little warning, fellas: Michigan State is going to kick your butt the third time around. Kidding, kidding. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the better team won Monday night. This truth should make the result easier on Spartans fans — and, eventually, easier on the Spartans themselves.
2 NU players transferring
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
Two Nebraska basketball players have announced plans to transfer to another school. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced Monday that sophomore Cookie Miller and redshirt freshman Alonzo Edwards both plan to transfer after contributing to the team’s 18-13 season.
Carolina clobbering
Tar Heels claim fifth NCAA title with stomping of Spartans
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Warm and fuzzy they were not. For a year, maybe more, North Carolina could feel this national championship coming. It was a calculated march, and behind the unrelenting play of Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels stomped out Michigan State’s inspirational run Monday night with an 89-72 blowout that wasn’t that close.
Woman arrested after ax incident
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 59-year-old Lawrence man reported aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 3200 block of Saddlehorn Drive. The incident occurred at 5:15 a.m. Sunday. Sgt. Ted Bordman of the Lawrence Police Department said a 54-year-old Lawrence woman, who was known to the victim, arrived at the house and forced her entry through the garage. The man stopped the woman at the garage door.
Letter said to be from killer forecast slayings
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years, even spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently was intent on killing people before returning “to the dust of the earth,” according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.
Two local residents up for Hall of Fame
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
Longtime local residents Warner “Tony” Coffin and Gerald “Jerry” Tuckwin will be among four men inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame on May 2 at Prairie Band Casino and Resorts Convention Center in Mayetta.
Golf tourneys postponed
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
Two golf events scheduled for Monday were postponed because of cold weather.
Robinson using McDonalds snub as motivation
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’ll take some time for Thomas Robinson to get over the disappointment of not being invited to play in the McDonald’s All-America basketball game.
KU softball deserves upgrade
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Glen Mason may not have been the most popular football coach in Kansas University annals. Mason could be gruff at times, downright surly at others.
Obama reaches out to Muslims
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama made his most direct outreach to Muslims around the world Monday, telling Turkey’s Grand National Assembly that the United States “is not and never will be at war with Islam.” “Our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a violent ideology that people of all faiths reject,” Obama told the assembly.
Separate trials set in 2006 murder case
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
Two men accused in the shooting death of a Lawrence hip-hop artist in 2006 will stand trial separately. A judge on Monday granted a defense motion for the separate trials for Durrell Jones and Major Edwards. The two face first-degree murder charges in the death of 28-year-old Anthony Vital.
‘Rescue Me’ ready to start 5th season
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
Art and reality television are full of lessons. Sometimes you have to get fake to be real, and often the so-called “real” is the fakest article of all. Shows like “Deadliest Catch” (8 p.m., Discovery) have spawned an entire genre of tough-guy documentary series.
People in the news
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Brown enters not guilty plea in beating case • Fawcett treated for cancer’s spread to liver • Toby Keith livid about article by Ethan Hawke • Report: Lohan, Ronson ‘taking a brief break’ • NBC anchor Williams wins Cronkite Award • Britney Spears tour may head to Australia
Horoscopes
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
You have a way or style that draws many this year. Sorting through what must be done as opposed to what you would like to do will help clarify plans. If you are single, you’ll meet people in your daily life. If you are attached, the two of you need to do more as a couple, even if it is just cleaning house.
Unfair to teens
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I love being a teenager, but sometimes it’s a challenge in Lawrence. I am writing this letter because something has been on my mind. Teens normally hang out around the downtown area, but now stores have posted signs discouraging teens’ business. I understand that some teens steal, break the rules or interrupt the store, but not all of us are about that.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 7, 1909: “Although the electric line has been a major topic of late, the building of levees across the old riverbed in North Lawrence remains a major point for discussion and action and several resolutions are being drawn up.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Topeka firm that unsuccessfully tried the past year to buy and renovate the Lawrence Opera House was ready to try again. A representative of a bonding company said money was now available for the project, which was to include creating a school for entertainers.
Tourism won’t bring democracy to Cuba
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
I’m not opposed to the growing push in Washington to liberalize U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba, but the stated reason behind the move — that a flood of U.S. tourists will bring democracy to the island — is wishful thinking.
Sexual abuse reports at Central not cause for alarm, district says
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A8
More than 400 students arrive on the 1400 block of Massachusetts Street every school day to attend Central Junior High. According to data obtained from the Lawrence Police Department, the block is also the location of 10 reported sexual assaults against children — the highest number of any single block in Lawrence — over the past five years.
KU women’s golf fourth
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University women’s golf finished in fourth place on Monday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Missouri tries to shed reputation as ‘puppy mill’ capital of America
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
When authorities raided J.B.’s Precious Puppies, they discovered more than 200 dogs standing in their own excrement, crammed three and four to a cage. Some were so sickly they were missing clumps of hair. The skeletal remains of puppies and adult dogs were found inside pet-food bags.
Earthquake in Italy claims 150 dead, 1,500 injured
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Rescue workers using bare hands and buckets searched frantically for students believed buried in a wrecked dormitory after Italy’s deadliest quake in nearly three decades struck this medieval city before dawn Monday, killing more than 150 people, injuring 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
NBAF lab brings interest from businesses
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
It’s not expected to open for at least six years, but the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility is already sparking interest from researchers and companies hoping to forge connections with the federal laboratory. No definitive agreements have been signed, but expressions of interest and inquiries have increased since January, when the Department of Homeland Security picked Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., as the site for the $650 million laboratory that will study livestock diseases.
City manager receives positive reviews
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
City Manager David Corliss received high marks during his annual performance evaluation Monday. Following a nearly two-hour executive session, city commissioners said Corliss had provided good leadership to the city during tight budget times.
Jordan among Hall of Fame class
Stockton, Robinson, Sloan, Stringer also elected
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
Air Jordan has a new name: Hall of Famer.
On the record
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
• Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators do not suspect foul play in the unattended death of a 29-year-old Lawrence man Sunday at a Clinton State Park campground. • The Lawrence Police Department arrested a 44-year-old Lawrence man accused of burglary of a vehicle and theft Monday afternoon. • A 51-year-old Lawrence woman was booked into jail at 11:02 a.m. Monday on two charges of aggravated battery.
Study: 20% of 4-year-olds are obese
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
A striking new study says almost 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, and the rate is alarmingly higher among American Indian children, with nearly a third of them obese. Researchers were surprised to see differences by race at so early an age.
Divorce papers accuse governor of affairs
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
First lady Dawn Gibbons accuses Gov. Jim Gibbons in divorce papers of having extramarital affairs with a former Playboy magazine model and another woman to whom he sent hundreds of text messages last year. The Republican governor has been untruthful about his “infidelity” with the two women, his estranged wife says in a divorce filing, which was unsealed Monday by a court order in Washoe County Family Court.
Pyongyang praises launch of rocket
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea’s state media claimed today that a rocket launch seen overseas largely as a technical failure will propel the country to greatness, while moves at the United Nations to punish remained mired in a lack of consensus.
Bombs kill at least 32, rekindle violence fears
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Seven explosions ripped through Iraq’s capital Monday, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 130 in the latest sign that violence may be on the upswing again. Most of Monday’s explosions occurred in crowded shopping markets or other busy gathering places, and most victims were civilians, many of them women and children.
Cuts seen for F-22, other weapon systems
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
The nation should stop pouring billions into futuristic, super-expensive F-22 jet fighters, pull the plug on new presidential helicopters and put the money into systems U.S. soldiers can use against actual foes, Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared Monday.
Vehicle hits student after confrontation
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas University Public Safety Office is investigating an early Sunday morning incident in which a student was struck by a vehicle and injured. Capt. Schuyler Bailey, a spokesman for the public safety office, said the incident occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot east of the Jayhawker Towers. The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was later transferred to KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Sour grapes?
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Yep, the writer of the last Saturday Column is spot on, that “many readers probably think this writer (publisher Simons Jr.) has written too much on the chancellor situation,” whatever that is. Mr. Simons appears to be having a very serious sampling problem again.
Energy costs
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: During this economic crisis, we cannot afford to risk facing soaring energy prices as we did last summer. As Congress considers President Obama’s budget and stimulus packages, it must do everything it can to avoid passing on higher taxes to the energy industry, which would simply drive prices higher.
Ironic argument
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: This letter is in response to Dolph Simons’ editorial, “Obama’s Revolution” (Journal-World, March 28). I find it hilarious how Mr. Simons points out that Obama is using executive privilege to push through his policies as one of his main criticisms in his editorial.
Calorie count: How many do you need?
April 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
Daily calorie consumption has increased among American adults, from an average of 2,234 per day in 1970 to an average of 2,757 in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Brighter outlook
The city’s plan to acquire the Amtrak depot building in east Lawrence is looking far more doable.
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
City officials still need to approach with caution the plan to take ownership of the Amtrak depot in east Lawrence, but approval of more than $600,000 in federal stimulus funds to upgrade the 1950s building certainly makes the deal more attractive.
Some businesses make layoffs last option
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
Even as the recession cuts deeply into their revenue, some companies are opting to do the unconventional: They’re keeping all their employees and finding other ways to trim costs. Their strategy isn’t about mercy. It’s built on the notion that layoffs bring high costs and hassles of their own.
Books can start financial conversation
April 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
Beware parents, there is an attack on your children. The predators — advertisers, credit-card issuers, retailers — are waging a war, and if they can get to your kid early enough, they can do a lot of harm. So when you are tucking your young ones in at night and reaching for a bedtime story, add to the nightstand a collection of books that will entertain them yet also protect them from becoming prey for those intent on making them lifelong debtors and uncontrolled consumers.
KDOT spreads word about work zone safety
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gary Burroughs doesn’t remember what it was like to become one of the more than 6,100 people injured in work zone accidents in Kansas during the past decade. But he isn’t about to forget. “A semi came over the top of the hill, and he wasn’t paying attention,” said Burroughs, an equipment operator for the Kansas Department of Transportation. “He was speeding, and overweight a little, and he hit it — he hit the back end of our truck.”
Pump patrol
April 7, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several stations.
Help graduating teens start down right path to independence
April 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s an easy cliché to pick a point in a child’s life and say, “There’s no more important moment than this.” Yet among the top contenders for that title is the moment when a newly minted adult leaves home for college, trade school or the world of work. Facing the inevitable sense of grief and loss that accompanies this golden moment, it’s easy to forget our most important parenting goal is to try to keep them from moving home again.
Green grilling: Reduce your carbon footprint while cooking outdoors
April 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
If you’ve been having ”responsible citizen of the world” thoughts about greening up your summer grilling and leaving less of a carbon footprint wherever you picnic, Diane MacEachern and Rick Browne can get you off to a good start.