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New Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will be paid a maximum of $425,000, about 25 percent more per year than Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Do you consider Gray-Little's salary to be fair compensation for the job?

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Which KU football game time do you prefer?

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Childhood friends plan ultimate road trip: Europe to Mongolia in a tiny, tiny car
2 men, 25 countries, 10,000 miles, 1 tiny car
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
After earning his degree from Kansas University in May, Lawrence native Andrew Schmidt wasn’t ready to join his fellow graduates in sending out résumés to potential employers.
World hangs on Obama’s every bite
June 8, 2009
At the bustling Pi pizza restaurant in St. Louis, the staff has come up with a new mantra: “It’s just pizza!”
Common Cents: Brighten up your home
June 8, 2009
It’s simple to bring the outdoors inside by introducing bright colors into your home.
6Sports Top Six
June 8, 2009
The top six area sports plays from the past week.
KU Cancer Center accreditation could be convenient for patients
June 8, 2009
Kansas cancer patients often must travel hundreds of miles for treatment. That could change if the KU Cancer Center earns accreditation.
Lawrence builder charged with bank fraud
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence builder is charged with bank fraud, accused of buying off a public official in a Junction City housing development project.
Prosoco lays off 10 employees
Loss of 10 jobs blamed on slowdown in new construction
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
Prosoco Inc. laid off 10 employees Monday at its Lawrence headquarters,
More economic hits coming for education, treasurer says
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
The state treasurer warned Monday that public schools and higher education could be hit hard by more budget cuts in coming months.
City to consider road projects near Oread Inn
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will be asked to spend $90,000 to make several street and sidewalk improvements around the Oread Inn project.
Victim of near-drowning in fair condition
04:38 p.m., June 8, 2009 Updated 09:48 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 14-year-old Lawrence boy who was pulled from the raging waters of the Kansas River Friday afternoon is in fair condition at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., a hospital spokeswoman said.
Tonys disappoint nominees with local ties
June 8, 2009
Two people with ties to Lawrence missed out on Tony Awards during the annual presentation ceremony Sunday night.
Regents release details on new KU chancellor’s salary
Gray-Little will receive about 25 percent more than Hemenway
03:12 p.m., June 8, 2009 Updated 09:53 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s new chancellor will receive about 25 percent more than outgoing Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the Kansas Board of Regents disclosed Monday afternoon.
Man convicted in Lawrence firefighter’s death released from prison
David Winebrenner was found guilty in 1986 blaze that killed firefighter
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
The man convicted of killing a Lawrence firefighter in 1986 was released from prison Monday after being granted parole, a parole board official said.
Police seek information in weekend robberies downtown
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old Lawrence man was robbed early Saturday morning while walking alone in a downtown Lawrence alley, police said Monday.
Police identify man found dead in woods near depot
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
A man found dead Friday afternoon in a wooded area north of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway depot was identified by Lawrence police Monday as Leonard Cornelius, 53, of Baldwin City.
KU football gets another game on TV, and it’s at 11:30
June 8, 2009
The Big 12 Conference announced two more TV games Monday morning and the Kansas Jayhawks picked up one of them, at the not-always-popular-with-fans time of 11:30 a.m.
Kansas City’s Archbishop Naumann decries slaying of Tiller
11:02 a.m., June 8, 2009 Updated 05:58 p.m. in print edition on B8
In response to the slaying of Dr. George Tiller, the Roman Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas has written that violence is unacceptable in the fight over abortion.
Tonganoxie youth contracts swine flu
June 8, 2009
The first confirmed H1N1 flu case in Leavenworth County involves a Tonganoxie youth.
KCK to decide Thursday on a new casino plan
June 8, 2009
Unified government commissioners will vote Thursday on endorsing two proposals to operate a state-owned casino in Wyandotte County.
Some Kansans eligible for extended unemployment benefits
June 8, 2009
The Kansas Department of Labor is notifying almost 10,000 unemployed people in the state that they possibly qualify for a new round of jobless benefits.
City Commission agenda: Kasold contract up for approval
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
Commissioners will consider approving a $431,025 contract with Bartlett & West to design a rebuilding of Kasold Drive from Clinton Parkway to 31st Street.
Farm fresh: Save money by making produce last longer
June 8, 2009
Clipping coupons, car-pooling and shopping at discount stores are all tactics employed by people trying to save money. But one of the best ways to save, an approach often underutilized, is wasting less. And one of the most often overlooked places where people can waste less is in the produce drawer in their refrigerator.
Prevent summer brain drain in kids
June 8, 2009
Even when school is out, learning still will be very much in.
The Edge
June 8, 2009
• ‘The Family Man’ (Books) • ‘Life List’ (Books) • Ambient Baseball ScoreCast (Games)
Power outages linger following overnight storms
In Douglas County, more than 200 remain without electricity
12:00 a.m., June 8, 2009 Updated 05:57 a.m.
The National Weather Service has called off a severe thunderstorm watch that was in effect for Douglas and surrounding counties.
Raiders win Emporia title
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
After opening the Sam Ellis baseball tournament with two losses, the Lawrence Raiders rallied to win the next four — and the tournament title.
To Lawrence Tennis Open victor go no spoils
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Keith Pipkin won the Lawrence Open tennis tournament’s men’s open singles title, but he couldn’t accept the $100 prize.
Pro-Western majority claims election victory
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Lebanon’s pro-Western coalition declared victory early today, as local television stations reported the faction had successfully fended off a serious challenge by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and its allies to grab the majority in parliament.
U.S. contractors held in slaying inquiry
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Five U.S. contractors have been detained in the investigation of the slaying of another American in Baghdad’s Green Zone, officials said Sunday, in what may become the first case of U.S. citizens facing Iraqi justice under a security agreement that took effect this year.
Shootout kills 16 gunmen, 2 soldiers
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
It was a shootout straight from Hollywood in the former playground of its biggest stars: Outlaws holed up in a hillside mansion in Acapulco fought heavily armed Mexican soldiers with a rain of gunfire and grenades that had tourists cowering in hotels nearby.
15 more bodies found in Air France crash
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Search ships methodically worked through debris from a doomed Air France jet Sunday, recovering 15 more bodies near the spot where the Airbus A330 is believed to have gone down a week ago.
Alley-oops: Blown shot dooms Magic to loss
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Given a second chance, the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage in a 101-96 overtime victory and 2-0 lead in the NBA finals series.
On the record
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday morning on charges of aggravated assault.
Calif. contemplating rewriting social contract
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
With empty pockets and maxed-out credit, California is debating whether it can continue honoring all parts of its social contract with the state’s most vulnerable residents.
6News embarks on kickball adventure, loses 16-5
June 8, 2009
It wasn’t pretty, but several members of the 6News team hit the diamond Sunday afternoon for some kickball action.
Federer wins despite court intruder
Man tries to place a hat on Swiss star at French Open
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
Stunned and shaken, Roger Federer stood on center court during the French Open final wondering if the intruder who had just run up to him posed a threat.
Government jobs serving as shield against recession
In Riley County, Kan., Army base and public university keep economy humming
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
In North Carolina, where one in nine workers can’t find a job, there’s a county where the tough times haven’t been all that bad. In fact, unemployment is well below the state average, relatively few homes are falling into foreclosure and people are still flocking to restaurants and spending money at stores.
Presidential rival says supporters targeted
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s main reformist challenger said Sunday that the Iranian president has made false accusations against his supporters to try to sabotage his campaign with just days to go before Friday’s presidential election.
Obamas linger in Paris to close overseas journey
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
People gawked and cameras clicked as the Obamas cut a wide figure through the French capital even while confined to a presidential motorcade. It was more personal for the few kept not so distant — the restaurant owner who “saw God,” the chauffeur reveling in a “magnificent mission.”
‘Jackie’ walks a fine line on Showtime
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
Edie Falco returns to episodic television in “Nurse Jackie” (9:30 p.m., Showtime). As she did with Carmella Soprano, Falco completely owns her character, a deeply empathetic and overworked nurse whose saintly facade covers up a few personal quirks.
‘Billy Elliot’ wins 10 Tonys; ‘Carnage’ takes best play
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
“Billy Elliot,” the big British musical about a coal miner’s son who dreams to dance, bowled over Broadway on Sunday, winning 10 Tonys, including best musical and a unique best actor prize for the three young performers who share the title character.
Girls State builds political background
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
All this week, Kansas University will be the home for city, county and state governments run by 325 incoming high school seniors from all over the state.
Tax credit plan not paying off for state’s universities
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
Tax credits, which were touted as a major source to pay for repairs and renovations at state universities, have so far been off the mark.
Major problems found in Iraq spending, panel finds
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
This is one Christmas gift U.S. taxpayers don’t need.
Up’ maintains box-office altitude at No. 1 with $44M
June 8, 2009
Two live-action comedies were unable to bring down the animated adventure “Up.”
Patti Blagojevich plays mom to D-list celebs on TV
June 8, 2009
Once she was the first lady of Illinois. Now Patti Blagojevich is gagging down bugs and crawling through tropical slime in a race to be named Queen of the Jungle on a reality TV show.
Event benefits
This weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Kansas is a great event for Lawrence and Clinton Lake.
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
There’s nothing like a couple of thousand “ironmen” to pump up the Lawrence economy.
Caring option
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Douglas County has a head start on health care reform when compared to the rest of the country.
Study examines artery treatments, diabetes
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
For most patients with diabetes and clogged arteries who have not had a heart attack, treatment with drugs and lifestyle changes are as effective at reducing death as immediate bypass surgery or angioplasty, researchers said Sunday.
Obama’s challenge to the Muslim world
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
The historic significance of President Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo cannot be overstated.
President promotes GM debacle
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
“I,” said the president, who is inordinately fond of the first-person singular pronoun, “want to disabuse people of this notion that somehow we enjoy meddling in the private sector.”
Take a peek at the stylish new ‘K’
June 8, 2009
For fans who haven’t yet visited the new Kauffman Stadium, Lori Carson covers all the bases, offering a VIP tour of the recently completed renovations on this week’s “Home and Away.”
Clearly Canadian: Lawrence couple take 6,652-mile motorcycle trip to visit roots
June 8, 2009
They were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. In July 2008, Joe and Sharon Thibodeau had also both recently turned 60. And Joe Thibodeau had been retired for 10 years from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. The Lawrence residents had plenty of reasons to plan a long, relaxing vacation.
Summer Seafood Salad
June 8, 2009
If a trip to the beach (or just a desire for one) has you thinking about seafood, try this simple and intense seafood salad.
K-State student is Miss Kansas 2009
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Becki Ronen, a Kansas State University student competing as Miss Flint Hills, was named Miss Kansas 2009.
June bugs: Studying insects a fun, educational summer activity
June 8, 2009
Aubrey Goscha loves to catch bugs — even those that sting. She’s willing to make that sacrifice.
Perry-Lecompton student selected as congressional page
June 8, 2009
Even though Austin Naramore, a junior at Perry-Lecompton High School, won’t take a government class until next year, he thinks he’ll probably know a thing or two about the way it’s run after spending his summer working as a congressional page.
Kid reads: ‘Anne of Green Gables’
June 8, 2009
When Anne first arrives at Green Gables, a bucolic neighborhood nested inside the shores of Prince Edward Island, she discovers an enchanted kingdom of fairies, flora and fauna. She “befriends” the Snow Queen, a white apple tree outside the yard and admires the reflection off the Lake of Shining Waters.
A local gem: Businesswoman reflects on career path in jewelry
June 8, 2009
Julie Kingsbury, 44, still wears the earrings she made in metalsmithing class nearly 30 years ago. They symbolize a journey of self-discovery and confidence that has led her to believe in herself and make a living from selling her own work.
Tempered spirits: It’s five o’clock somewhere, but has the party moved on?
June 8, 2009
“It’s five o’clock somewhere!” That’s the rallying cry for the time-honored tradition called happy hour, a ritual in which colleagues, friends or perfect strangers convene after work at a local pub or restaurant to relax over their favorite libations.
Feeling stressed? 6 tips for managing
June 8, 2009
If not controlled, a mom’s stress can affect her health and happiness. Psychiatrist Judith Orloff offers six tips for combating the stress, worry, fear and anxiety that come from being a supermom and caretaker.
Daughter generates plenty of energy in this house
June 8, 2009
I used to think of watching TV as a sedentary activity. I guess it is for a lot of people. Not for my daughter, though. She wiggles, tumbles and hangs upside-down.
June 8, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You forge many new connections this year and enjoy the fun, closeness and opportunity these relationships bring. But the most important connection you will make is the one with your higher self. It was always there, and this year it grows stronger than ever. Decision-making is easier, and destiny seems to meet you at every corner. This month is fantastic for finances. Family makes you proud in August. Romance brightens your October. Lifestyle upgrades happen in November.
Out with the old (sort of); brighten up a black dress
June 8, 2009
If you are trying to stretch your summer wardrobe, keep up on new trends and save a few bucks, turning your old clothing into something new, wearable and stylish is essential. Read on for a few ideas that make styling your old wardrobe more fun than wearing a brand new outfit!
Build good credit in bad market
June 8, 2009
Right now most of us are thinking about how to save money and cut back on expenses (goodbye restaurants, hello home-cooked meals, etc.) but now is also a good time to build up good credit.
Too much sleep a warning
June 8, 2009
Doctors have known for years the perils of not getting enough sleep. It can lead to problems with cognitive function, mood disorders, even safety risks as it can inhibit a person’s ability to drive or operate machinery.
Deer removal from park considered
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Officials at a suburban Kansas City park are looking at ways to reduce an exploding population of whitetail deer.
ReStore needs help setting up new shop
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Habitat ReStore has recently moved to 708 Conn. and needs help getting the new location set up. Tasks may include heavy lifting. If you can help out, contact KH at 865-6920.
Conservatives score wins in EU parliament voting
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
Conservatives scored victories in some of Europe’s largest economies Sunday as voters punished left-leaning parties in European Union Parliament elections in France, Germany and other nations.
U.S. Marines fan out across south
June 8, 2009 in print edition on C8
Teams of builders worked through dust storms Monday to expand a base for a brigade of U.S. Marines now fanning out across southern Afghanistan to change the course of a war claiming American lives faster than ever before.
N. Korea sentences 2 U.S. journalists to 12 years’ labor
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea said its top court convicted two U.S. journalists and sentenced them to 12 years in labor prison today, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation with the United States.
Nonprofit’s can-do attitude pays off
Cans for the Community shares the wealth it accumulates through recycling
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Members of Cans for the Community take turns calling nonprofit organizations around Lawrence.
Leaving the nest
Freshman Robinson settling in at KU
June 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball freshman Thomas Robinson has been busy since setting foot in Lawrence.
Dinner celebrates cancer survivors
June 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
It was an evening of celebration in downtown Lawrence.