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Did you ever take a trip to a traditional spring break venue, such as Florida or Mexico, while in college?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, I never took a trip during spring break
No, I didn’t go to college
No, I’m not in college yet
Total 946

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Austin Smith: High School Scholar Athlete of the Month
February 26, 2009
Austin “Bill” Smith averages nearly a double-double in points and rebounds, while leading his squad to its first winning record since 2001.
Three men plead guilty in attack
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Three Lawrence men entered pleas to aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges Thursday after they were accused of holding a 19-year-old man at gunpoint in January.
Jana Mackey Day volunteer events planned on March 8
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a proclamation designating March 8 as “Jana Mackey Day in Kansas” in memory of the 25-year-old Kansas University law school student who was murdered in July in Lawrence.
New chapter of Freedom’s Frontier strategic plan available for comments
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A6
A new section to Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area management plan is posted online for the public to view and comment on.
Students investigate a whodunit at Central
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s CSI: Central. Four murders. Four groups of crime scene investigators. Ninth graders at Central Junior High are on the case. “She (the victim) was on the exercise machine there and she had a dumbbell across her throat,” said Arre Reed-Weston. “She did have a mark there and so we assume she suffocated because of that.”
State board pursuing ethics complaint against Kline, associates
04:34 p.m., February 26, 2009 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on B12
A document says former prosecutor Phill Kline and two former deputies will face ethics complaints.
Amarr Garage Doors lays off 18 more workers
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B11
Amarr Garage Doors on Thursday laid off another 18 employees in Lawrence, less than three months after the manufacturer cut 100 jobs amid a weak national housing market.
Senate budget committee endorses 13 percent higher ed cut
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Senate budget writers Thursday advanced a recommendation that would cut higher education funding 13 percent. The move came despite warnings over the past few weeks from Kansas University and other schools that a cut like that would mean layoffs, the elimination of some programs and course offerings, and crowded classes.
Kansas House advances coal plant legislation
02:43 p.m., February 26, 2009 Updated 05:17 p.m. in print edition on A3
Legislators who support a plan to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas say they’re ready to take on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for a second year. The chamber gave first-round approval to the bill Thursday, with a final vote expected today.
Salvation Army to close homeless center
Agency to focus on new transitional housing service
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Salvation Army will close its 42-bed homeless shelter on May 1, leaving the community with a single shelter that already operates at capacity.
Washington group lodges complaint against Brownback
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B12
A Washington group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee against Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback.
Senate judiciary committee hears calls for abandoning death penality
February 26, 2009
The Senate Judiciary Committee is being urged to support a bill abolishing the Kansas death penalty law.
City to review road plans near The Oread
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Traffic detours at the northern edge of Kansas University’s main campus are set to become even more restrictive this summer, as crews prepare to rebuild sections of Oread Avenue, 12th Street and Indiana Street.
Police identify accident victim
February 26, 2009
Lawrence police have identified the Kansas University student who was hit by a car on Wednesday afternoon as Zachary Kastens, 21.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity plans Saturday fundraiser
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will host a wine-tasting and virtual auction fundraiser on Saturday.
Candidate sees new path to growth
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Aron Cromwell spent his youth with the eyes of Lawrence upon him — sort of. He grew up in Overland Park, that Johnson County growth machine that Lawrence residents have long gazed eastward at — some longingly, some derisively. So, among the eight candidates running for the Lawrence City Commission, Cromwell may well be the Johnson County expert. But don’t expect his campaign platform to be built with planks calling for more malls or expansive suburbs.
Massive drug recall causing shortage of certain prescription medicines
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
ETHEX Corp. recalled dozens of drugs recently as a precautionary measure, including the generic form of the blood pressure medicine Toprol XL that it manufactured. The drugs have been recalled at the wholesale and, in some cases, the retail level.
Democrats, Kansas Chamber square off over coal-plant bill
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A5
A simmering feud between Democrats and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce has erupted over the proposal to build two coal-burning power plants.
Kids jump for health
February 26, 2009
Students at Deerfield Elementary School jumped at the chance to help raise money for the American Heart Association.
F1 team loses sponsor
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Royal Bank of Scotland will end its sponsorship of the Williams Formula One team next year and cut half its sports funding because of the global economic crisis. The three-year deal was worth about $14.2 million and will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the 2010 season. RBS has sponsored Williams since 2005. The team’s title sponsor since 2006 has been telecommunications giant AT&T.
Moya loses in Acapulco
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Two-time event winner Carlos Moya lost, 6-4, 7-5, to 110th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at the Mexican Open on Wednesday.
Ram falls in Dubai doubles
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Protected by two bodyguards as he walked on the court, Andy Ram on Wednesday became the first Israeli to play in this Gulf state. He lost a doubles match a week after Israel’s Shahar Peer was denied a visa for the women’s tournament.
MLB eliminates books
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Major League Baseball has eliminated an annual tradition: printed copies of the green and red books. The guides to the National and American leagues started publication in the 1930s and have been an invaluable research tool for media. In the 1980s, an edition also was sold commercially to fans. Baseball spokesman Rich Levin said Wednesday that not having printed editions would save the sport about $100,000.
Gwynn could miss a month
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said Wednesday he could miss up to a month of spring training because of a right shoulder impingement. Gwynn, who was injured during an offseason workout, is scheduled to throw for the first time today. He will undergo medical tests before a decision is made.
Beltre mulls WBC decision
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Adrian Beltre wants a few more days to decide whether to defy the Seattle Mariners and play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
A-Rod homers in debut
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Alex Rodriguez was booed, then homered in his first game since admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Yankees slugger started the spring training season with a two-run homer and two walks Wednesday at the Toronto Blue Jays’ ballpark. The third baseman left the exhibition opener in the fifth inning, and the Yankees defeated Toronto, 6-1.
Big 12 women’s roundup: Baylor rolls past Tech
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B4
Jhasmin Player scored 18 points, and Danielle Wilson added 13 points and 13 rebounds as Baylor easily handled Texas Tech.
Big 12 men’s roundup: Missouri routs K-State
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B4
DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and a career-best 14 rebounds as Missouri improved to 17-0 at home.
Mawson to be inducted into KU Hall of Fame
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Marlene Mawson will be inducted into the Kansas University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Kansas baseball falls in 10, 9-8
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s baseball team dropped a 9-8, 10-inning decision at Arkansas.
Presidential pooch
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
The first family is getting a dog in April and is looking for a rescued Portuguese Water Dog, like the one owned by Sen. Edward Kennedy, above. First lady Michelle Obama tells People magazine that the target date for the arrival of the family pet is in April. “Temperamentally they’re supposed to be pretty good,” Mrs. Obama said of the breed.
Pump patrol
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.73 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
County to keep eye on state cuts
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County leaders are keeping a wary eye on what happens with state budgeting decisions because of the ramifications they could have at the local level. “Based on our past experience with state budget crises, we are just as concerned about the cuts and additional responsibilities that will be placed on counties after the Legislature has gone home,” Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said Wednesday in a report to county commissioners.
Octuplet mom fears hospital may not release babies
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Los Nadya Suleman apparently has bigger worries than taking care of her 14 children. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw says she may have to prove she can handle the load, or else have hospital officials withhold her newborn octuplets.
Bonser likely out for year
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Minnesota Twins right-hander Boof Bonser is expected to miss the entire season after arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder detected partial tears in his labrum and rotator cuff.
What’s news today House OKs $410B spending, reverses some Bush policies
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Democratic-controlled House pushed through a $410 billion measure Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration. The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.
Terror-linked lawmaker faces arrest
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
An Iraqi Airways jet carrying a Sunni lawmaker accused of being a terror boss was ordered back to Baghdad on Wednesday, but authorities could only watch as the combative legislator slipped away before fellow parliament members stripped him of his immunity.
In style and substance, Jindal’s speech panned
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Insane. Childish. Disaster. And those were some of the kinder comments from political pundits about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his response to President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night.
First nuclear power plant starts test run
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iranian and Russian engineers carried out a test-run of Iran’s first nuclear power plant Wednesday, a major step toward starting up a facility that the U.S. once hoped to prevent because of fears over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
US hits China on human rights
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The United States on Wednesday scolded China for a litany of human rights abuses last year even though Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested during her recent Beijing visit that the issue would take a back seat to broader concerns like the global financial crisis.
A.G. Holder: Closing Gitmo won’t be easy
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close — but he’s still going to do it. Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday and spoke to reporters about his trip during a news conference Wednesday.
Obama offers third pick for Commerce post
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession.
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures mostly rose Wednesday. Wheat for March delivery rose 9.5 cents to $5.2475, and March corn also added 9.5 cents to $3.6375. May oats gained traded up 4.5 cents to $1.91, but March soybeans slipped 3.5 cents to $8.80.
Couple sign up with MetLife Home Loans
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B7
Home loan professionals Lance A. Ford and Tammy Ford have joined the Lawrence mortgage branch of MetLife Home Loans, a division of MetLife Bank, N.A. Combined, the Fords have 40 years of experience in the home financing industry.
Commerce Department seeks award nominees
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Kansas Department of Commerce has designated June as Kansas Business Appreciation Month and is accepting nominations for the annual Kansas Business Appreciation Awards. The deadline is 5 p.m. April 10. Late nominations will not be accepted.
Residential appraiser joins local company
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B7
Jill McAtee has joined Larry A. Hatfield Appraisals, 543 Lawrence Ave. McAtee is a certified residential appraiser in Kansas and Missouri, and is FHA approved. McAtee has been appraising in the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding counties for the past five years. She is experienced with single family and multi-family residences.
Yard waste collections to begin again
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B8
The city will soon resume collections of yard waste. On Monday, city crews will begin collecting grass clippings, leaves, and small brushy debris. Crews will collect the material once per week, on Mondays. The material is taken to the city’s Wood Recycling and Compost Facility, where it is turned into compost.
On the record
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a Perry man accused of two counts of battery, one count of aggravated battery and theft. Trevin Kennedy, 20, was charged after attempting to steal tea and other soft drinks from Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. When confronted by an employee, Sgt. Richard Nickell said Kennedy bit the employee on the chest. Others came to the employee’s aid, resulting in the other battery charges.
Lawrence Freenet seeks county help with rural Web plan
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A5
A proposal to provide wireless Internet service to 180 households in southwestern Douglas County was presented Wednesday to Douglas County commissioners. County leaders were asked to sign a loan guarantee so Lawrence Freenet would have a better chance to obtain a $150,600 loan for what was called a pilot project.
Kansas swimming sets two records
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University swimmers set school records in both events at the first day of the Big 12 Championships.
Our Town Sports
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Legion Pancake Day: The American Legion’s Pancake Day to support summer baseball will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at Legionacres, 3408 W. 6th. Volunteers are needed to work the event as well as donations to help offset the cost. Call Jerry Hanson at 842-6887.
KU pitcher Hall gets another award
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas’ Shaeffer Hall was named national player of the week by
Journal-World sports nabs APSE honors
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Associated Press Sports Editors have honored the Journal-World sports section with several awards in their annual contest.
Woods impressive in Tour return
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods made a triumphant return to golf Wednesday in the Accenture Match Play Championship with a start that showed golf what it had been missing in the 253 days since he limped his way to an epic U.S. Open title.
Royals open spring with 12-7 loss
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Royals lost their spring-training opener, 12-7, to the Texas Rangers.
Collison to attend Hinrich ceremony
Thunder forward to be in fieldhouse for Bulls guard’s honor
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Nick Collison will be on hand Sunday when Kirk Hinrich’s jersey gets hung in the Allen Fieldhouse rafters.
Glaciers melting faster than thought
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C8
Glaciers in Antarctica are melting faster and across a much wider area than previously thought, a development that threatens to raise sea levels worldwide and force millions of people to flee low-lying areas, scientists said Wednesday. Researchers once believed that the melting was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow tongue of land pointing toward South America.
Some prenatal vitamins lack enough iodine
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C8
Many brands of multivitamins for pregnant women may not contain all the iodine they claim, potentially putting babies at risk of poor brain development, a new study suggests. Tests on 60 brands that listed iodine as an ingredient on their labels found many fell short of the stated amount.
More teens getting anti-drug message from parents, study says
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C8
Parents appear to be talking more effectively with their children about the dangers of drug use, says a study being released today. “Parents are talking, and what you see in the study, particularly among the girls, is the willingness of kids to listen. They’re more open to talking about the drug issue than kids in the past,” said Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which commissioned the study.
Cull fact from fiction on tax breaks
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B7
I hosted an online discussion recently, and one of the participants had purchased a new car on President’s Day, Feb. 16. Had he waited just one day, he would have qualified for a tax break that allows new car buyers to deduct state, local sales and excise taxes on their federal returns.
Any diet is best to lose weight
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C8
Two decades after the debate began on which diet is best for weight loss, a conclusion is starting to come into focus. And the winner is — not low-carb, not low-fat, not high protein, but — any diet. That is, any diet that is low in calories and saturated fats and high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables — and that an individual can stick with — is a reasonable choice for people who need to lose weight.
Yearwood kicks off ‘Chris Isaak Hour’
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B6
Chris Isaak gets his own TV show. In fact, “The Chris Isaak Hour” (9 p.m., Bio) is his second series. He starred in an underrated Showtime series some years back, a fictional comedy based on his true life that starred longtime members of his band, who return as part of his house band on the “Hour.”
People in the news
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Hairdresser: Spears ‘scared’ of ex-manager • Eastwood gets special top Cannes award • Schwarzenegger to play himself in Stallone film • Singer-guitarist leaves Barenaked Ladies • Woman in Freeman crash: Not his mistress
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Thursday, Feb. 26: This year, understand your capabilities and your limitations. Knowing when to put a halt to a problem could determine your success. If you cannot make something work, then let go and keep walking, knowing you have done everything you can. If you are single, your charisma draws many admirers who want to be yours.
Mutinous border guards surrender in Bangladesh
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
Bangladeshi border guards began surrendering Thursday after a 20-hour mutiny that saw guards turn weapons on senior officers and paralyze the capital over demands for better pay. Officials feared as many as 50 people could be dead.
More than 100 survive plane crash
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
The host of a popular Dutch television show was half-dozing with her head against the window of the Turkish Airlines jetliner when she was shocked awake by the sight of the ground looming up through the mist and drizzle. There was no warning from the cockpit to brace for landing when the Boeing 737-800 with 134 people on board slammed into a muddy field Wednesday about two miles short of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, breaking into pieces.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 26, 1909: “Two months more and the drug stores of Lawrence must close out their supplies of liquor, unless new state legislation results. Most druggists are pleased by the cutoff due to problems of enforcement but others are not so happy.
Study highlights big regional differences in Medicare costs
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A6
Medicare costs vary wildly across the country, according to a study that found the government paying twice as much for treating a patient in Miami as in San Francisco. The dramatic cost differences don’t appear connected to climate or to who lives where, and people in the more expensive areas don’t get better care.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
A library consultant here to study the condition of the Lawrence library at Ninth and Vermont called the local facility “vastly inadequate.” An architect had been hired by the city to draw up plans for a new building, which then would require voter support.
Shallow thinking
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Cal Thomas’ Feb. 21 column, “GM, Chrysler should be allowed to die,” is another example of Mr. Thomas’ shallow thinking. Restoring the viability, economic-wise, of the “Big Three” is a “must-do” in order for the U.S. economy to become once again robust.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
Gerald Gipp, president of Haskell Indian Junior College, said funding woes dampened the prospects for a speedy conversion of the Native American school to a four-year university. Haskell was approaching its 100th birthday, but funding shortages continued to plague the local operation.
Carbon footprint
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I recently read an article in Time magazine titled, “Kansas Finally Gets It,” concerning, at the time, the seemingly successful effort to stop the building of coal-fired electricity plants in western Kansas. As a Kansan familiar with politics in this state, I was relieved, but not entirely convinced.
Autism action
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: How to persuade the Kansas Legislature to pass progressive legislation? I speak of Kate’s Law (Senate Bill 12), which would require insurance companies operating in Kansas to cover autism treatment.
A better way
Shifting to a nonpartisan redistricting process would be a good step for Kansas
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
A plan released Wednesday by leaders of the Kansas House and Senate is a worthy attempt to try to take most of the politics out of the state’s redistricting process. The bitter 2002 redistricting battle was only the latest installment of a process that is, as House Minority Leader Paul Davis said, “the most partisan thing we do in this building.”
Public lands
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The U.S. House of Representatives should approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, a far-reaching bill that would protect some of America’s most scenic and important landscapes. Our representatives should support this measure and oppose any changes.
Obama takes gamble with big agenda
February 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
The size of the gamble that President Obama is taking every day is simply staggering. What came through in his speech to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience Tuesday night was a dramatic reminder of the unbelievable stakes he has placed on the table in his first month in office, putting at risk the future well-being of the country and the Democratic Party’s control of Washington.
Home with a history
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
Jennifer Lutz has lived in her Old West Lawrence home for 20 years.
Oscar-nominated film comes to Lawrence stage
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mary Doveton says the play “Doubt” has two acts. “The first is inside the theater, and the second in audience members’ cars and homes as they discuss the play,” she says. That’s why Doveton, director of Lawrence Community Theatre, is looking forward to Thursday’s opening of “Doubt.”
Create a garden getaway in your own backyard
February 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
You can have the perfect vacation, full of much-needed rest and rejuvenation, in the comfort of your own yard.
Massive recall causes prescription drug shortage
February 26, 2009
Drug manufacturer Ethex has recalled several of their products, leaving some local pharmacists in short supply.
LHS, Free State split bowling dual
February 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s boys and Free State’s girls won the city bowling showdown at Royal Crest Lanes.
Wall still undecided
February 26, 2009
Kansas men’s basketball recruit John Wall still hasn’t decided on which school he will commit to.