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Polls
When it comes to daylight saving time, which do you prefer?

Poll results

Response Percent
Neither; don’t mess with the time.
 
42%
Falling back.
 
35%
Springing forward.
 
22%
Total 1840
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Hot scary messes: Last-minute Halloween costumes for the cheap and indecisive
October 28, 2009
If you haven’t assembled your Halloween costume yet, shame on you! Being poor or busy or distracted by swine flu or “balloon boy” or how awful the Chiefs have become are not viable excuses…
6:00 a.m.
Records of customers’ prescription purchases were thrown away in a trash bin along Eighth Street during renovations to the former Round Corner Pharmacy building, 801 Mass. Tom Wilcox, owner of the former pharmacy, later worked to secure the documents Thursday.
Pharmacy records recovered from downtown trash bin
October 29, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The owner of the former Round Corner Pharmacy was scrambling Thursday night to recover hundreds of detailed customer records that had been thrown away during the building’s renovations.
10:00 a.m.
The architect's drawing shows the proposed new community shelter planned for the site of the former Don's Steakhouse on East 23rd Street. Community shelter leaders submit revised plan for new shelter, including renderings
October 29, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter have filed a revised set of plans that shrink the size of the homeless shelter proposed for the former Don’s Steakhouse location on East 23rd Street.
2:00 p.m.
The spirit of Col. Shalor Eldridge is reported to haunt the hallways and basement of the Eldridge Hotel, one of Lawrence’s ghost tour destinations visited by Beth Cooper, co-owner of Ghost Tours of Kansas, a Topeka-based company. She’ll be conducting tours in Lawrence today and on Halloween. Behind Cooper is a photo of Col. Eldridge and his family from 1854 that hangs in the lobby of the hotel, 701 Mass. Hunting Lawrence’s ghosts
October 30, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence is a town with a lot of history, and to Beth Cooper that means one thing — plenty of places are haunted.
6:00 p.m.
The Halloween spirit was alive and kicking Thursday afternoon at the Fun and Games costume store, 1601 W. 23rd St. Trying on a Gumby costume, Jake Miller gets opinions from his friends Ryne Laster, center, and Nick Scannapieco. Shoppers might be a little more frugal in their spending this year, but costume and candy sales won’t be scrapped altogether. Economy scares off some Halloween sales
October 30, 2009 in print edition on 6A
Last year, Americans spent an estimated $5.77 billion celebrating Halloween, but the current economic downturn is prompting some people to scale back on the spookiest of holidays.

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Emergency crews respond to trailer fire, rescue animals
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded Friday evening to a structure fire at Harper Woods and Riverside Mobile Home Community, 2200 Harper St.
Free State, Lawrence High football notch victories
08:12 p.m., October 30, 2009 Updated 09:41 p.m.
The Free State High football team leads Olathe Northwest, 28-7, at halftime tonight in Olathe.
Kansas Supreme Court upholds ban on commercial wind farms in scenic Flint Hills
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
In a case pitting the beauty of the Flint Hills against large wind farms, the Flint Hills won. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of a zoning ordinance in Wabaunsee County that prohibits commercial wind farms.
Drainage District asks for permission to stabilize Kansas River bank
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Kaw Drainage District is asking permission to proceed with a project to stabilize the bank of the Kansas River northwest of Lawrence.
Nearly full moon, extra hour of partying, Halloween combine for possibly busy night for Lawrence police
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
While this Halloween may be no different for young trick-or-treaters, all odds point to a particularly nutty night for the grownups.
Congress approved buyout of Treece, southeast Kansas town scarred by mining
President expected to sign bill today
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B8
Residents of the southeast Kansas town of Treece face “a unique and urgent threat from the legacy of pollution” and should be relocated, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.
Governor tabs new commerce secretary, defends Kerr
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B5
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday named William Thornton acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce and vigorously defended the departing secretary, Dave Kerr, who has been accused of unethical conduct by House Republican leaders.
KU women ranked No. 20 in preseason AP poll
Jayhawks pick up first national ranking in nine seasons
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Kansas women’s basketball team is ranked No. 20 in the preseason Associated Press poll released Friday.
Lawrence man hits the road to nation’s capitals to raise awareness of fallen law enforcement officers
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
Riding a motorcycle to every state capital in America seems unfathomable for most, especially in a period of just three years. But for Lawrence resident Harry Herington - who is the chief executive officer of a multimillion-dollar company - anything is possible.
Health department, area schools announce schedule of H1N1 vaccination clinics
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and area school districts will be offering a number of H1N1 immunization clinics during the next two weeks.
Statehouse Live: Flint Hills beauty defeats wind farms; Parkinson says tax increase may be needed; governor names Thornton, defends Kerr in commerce controversy
10:37 a.m., October 30, 2009 Updated 04:46 p.m.
Governor names regents member as acting secretary of commerce. Says departing Secretary Kerr has highest ethical standards.
Parkinson raises the possibility of a tax hike as revenue comes up another $15 million short of projections
Kansas officials expect preliminary October revenue figures this afternoon
08:17 a.m., October 30, 2009 Updated 05:46 p.m. in print edition on A1
As state revenues continued to fall, Gov. Mark Parkinson said Friday that it’s possible he’ll propose a tax increase to lift the budget out of the hole.
Tiahrt denies any ethics violations
No reason exists for believing he’s under investigation, he says
08:14 a.m., October 30, 2009 Updated 06:04 p.m. in print edition on B1
Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., denied Friday that he was focus of a House ethics investigation related to a defunct lobbying firm, earmarks and campaign contributions.
People in the news
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B10
People in the news for October 30, 2009.
White House to correct report on stimulus jobs
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
The White House is promising that new figures being released today will be a more accurate showing of progress in President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan.
Reiske back for Lions
Either LHS, Pioneers to get first win
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B4
Dom Reiske has been cleared to play today for Lawrence High against Leavenworth.
Knight to skip IU event
Ex-coach will miss hall induction ceremony
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B2
Former Indiana coach Bob Knight will not attend next week’s induction into the athletic department’s hall of fame. Athletic director Fred Glass said Thursday that Knight contacted him directly to decline the invitation. Glass said Knight was concerned that the interest in him would be a distraction from the other six inductees.
Tiny-k staff attend training
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B11
Eight tiny-k Early Intervention staff members attended a workshop Oct. 12-13 in Manhattan.
Hunting Lawrence’s ghosts
Company offers tours of reportedly haunted sites in city and area
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence is a town with a lot of history, and to Beth Cooper that means one thing — plenty of places are haunted.
Pump patrol
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A3
Pump patrol for October 30, 2009.
Job forum looks at city’s strengths, weaknesses
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
A diverse group of about 120 area residents agreed on at least one point Thursday night — Lawrence needs to increase its efforts to attract jobs to the community.
A thrilling end: ‘Paranormal Activity’ cast takes long detour in finding stardom
October 30, 2009 in print edition on C1
Just a few weeks ago, Katie Featherston was balancing plates brimming with spaghetti and baked ravioli, working as a waitress at a local Buca di Beppo restaurant.
Spend Halloween with ‘Roseanne’
October 30, 2009 in print edition on D7
Second only to Christmas in the amount of thematic series, movies and specials it inspires, Halloween remains a programmer’s delight. Few shows embraced the holiday quite like “Roseanne” (9 p.m., today, TV Land). From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., TV Land will air eight classic repeats featuring the Conners celebrating the holiday with their trademark gusto.
Late kick sends Heels past Hokies
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B7
North Carolina’s defense is as good as advertised. T.J. Yates, Shaun Draughn and the offense are improving, too.
Michigan State has high hopes
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B5
Tom Izzo is so driven to win another national title that he’s recruiting as relentlessly as he did a decade ago when he was turning a good Michigan State program into a great one.
Halloween sweeps onto TV channels
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B10
Halloween eve brings more tricks than treats to fans of the Fox series “Brothers,” “’Til Death” and “Dollhouse.”
‘This Is It’ draws $20.1M
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B10
The King of Pop is No. 1 again.
Horoscope for October 30, 2009
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B10
This year, you will open doors if you stay in touch with your constantly changing energy. If you are single, you could meet someone at work or through your travels. If you are attached, the two of you must learn to understand that you are very different people, and respect those differences. Aries pushes you hard at work.
N.H. Hikers battle hefty rescue costs
October 30, 2009 in print edition on C8
Stranded with a sprained ankle on a snow-covered mountain, Eagle Scout Scott Mason put his survival skills to work by sleeping in the crevice of a boulder and jump-starting evergreen fires with hand sanitizer gel.
Commerce secretary headed to Missouri
Move prompts questions about Wyandotte County deal
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B12
The Kansas secretary of commerce plans to cross state lines to lead economic development efforts in Missouri, which is prompting some Kansas legislators to question his loyalties in a key business-recruiting effort.
Survey ranks states with the least amount of zzz’s
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A12
Sleepless in Seattle? Hardly. West Virginia is where people are really staying awake, according to the first government study to monitor state-by-state differences in sleeplessness.
More students enrolling in college
Increase stems from 2-year schools
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A12
Some are there because of the recession, and others despite it. Regardless, more young Americans than ever are in college — especially community college, according to a new report.
No happy meal for Utah teens cited after McDonald’s rap
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
A rap by four teenagers at a McDonald’s has gotten them a bad rap in one Utah city.
End-of-life counseling stays in bill
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to “death panels” for seniors is staying in the Democratic health care bill, unveiled Thursday.
House Democrats reveal plan for health care reform
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
Cheered by President Barack Obama, House Democrats rolled out landmark legislation Thursday to extend health care to tens of millions who lack coverage, impose sweeping new restrictions on the insurance industry and create a government-run option to compete with private insurers.
Ethics panel starts probes, gets hacked
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
The House ethics committee announced Thursday it is investigating two California Democratic lawmakers, but its embarrassed leaders then had to explain that other members — named in a confidential memo that leaked out — may have committed no wrongdoing.
More Taliban violence threatens election
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Taliban’s attack on U.N. election workers undermines the U.N.’s ability to help steer Afghanistan through a runoff election in only 10 days.
Iran balks at key parts of nuclear proposal
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran’s response Thursday to a proposed deal to transform its nuclear material into fuel for a medical reactor is “inadequate,” a senior Western diplomat said, adding that it failed to address key U.S. and European concerns about Iran’s nuclear intentions.
25 years ago: Teacher salary negotiations continue
October 30, 2009
Teachers and fact-finders in the current board of education contract dispute were studying the latest proposals with an eye to getting a pack signed as soon as possible. There had been no disruptions in the schools due to the negotiations. Fact-finders in the impasse had said that the school district’s 10 percent salary offer was reasonable and should be accepted.
U.S. economy finally begins growing again
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
After a record four straight losing quarters, the economy finally grew again.
Coast Guard: Plane collides with helicopter
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A2
The U.S. Coast Guard says a Coast Guard plane has collided with a military helicopter off the Southern California coast.
Journalist: Pakistan at ‘crucial moment’
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A8
Pakistan has reached a turning point concerning the government’s stance on Taliban militants, a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist said Thursday.
Passports linked to 9/11 found along Afghan border
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A8
Pakistani soldiers battling their way into a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border have seized passports that may be linked to 9/11 suspects, as they confront an enemy skilled in operating in a mountainous terrain and waging a guerrilla war.
Report: U.S. getting better at saving water
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A1
Americans are using less water per person now than they have since the mid-1950s, thanks to water-saving technologies and a nationwide push to safeguard dwindling supplies.
Donations keep flowing to American Samoa
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
Close to $300,000 in financial donations have been received in American Samoa in the month following a tsunami that claimed 34 lives in the U.S. territory.
Leader of retreat that killed 3 cancels events
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
Motivational speaker and author James Arthur Ray has canceled his remaining 2009 seminars in the wake of three deaths that occurred after a sweat lodge ceremony he led in Arizona.
Police: Thief hid ferret by shoving it in pants
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A7
It’s one thing for shoplifters to hide plunder in their pants. But a live ferret?
Time for U.S. to move out of Afghanistan
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A10
The former Marine officer Matthew Hoh, who resigned his Foreign Service post in Afghanistan because he feels the war is pointless and not worth dying for, deserves all the attention he’s gotten and more.
Obama’s time is up on Afghanistan
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A10
Old Soviet joke: Moscow, 1953. Stalin calls in Khrushchev. “Niki, I’m dying. Don’t have much to leave you. Just three envelopes. Open them, one at a time, when you get into big trouble.”
Public option calls for public outcry
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
Does anyone in Washington tell the truth?
Ghost stories for a Halloween eve
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B11
This is the 10th anniversary of my annual Halloween column, so it seems like a good time to look back at the infamous Bell Witch and provide an update on the many spirits that some believe still walk the halls of the White House today.
Consumers returning to name brands
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B11
Signs of an improving economy might be in your kitchen or bathroom cupboards.
Rec calendar
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B8
The rec calendar for October 30, 2009.
Vols coach Kiffin respects Spurrier
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B7
He grew up far away from the Southeastern Conference, but Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin still scanned the dial on Saturday, looking for Steve Spurrier swaggering down the sidelines.
Secret to success for OU’s Nelson: peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B7
It took awhile, but Jonathan Nelson finally discovered the secret to getting on the field for No. 22 Oklahoma: peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
Burnett delivers for New York
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B6
A.J. Burnett hardly got any attention — until he got the win. Almost an afterthought in his matchup with colorful star Pedro Martinez, Burnett challenged Philadelphia right from the start Thursday night and gave the New York Yankees the confident pitching performance they desperately needed.
Police say threats made in UConn case
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B7
University of Connecticut student committed an act of terrorism by posting Internet messages telling people to “stop the snitching” after the stabbing death of football player Jasper Howard, university police said Thursday.
No. 1 recruit visiting Kansas
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B5
Brandon Knight, the No. 1-ranked high school basketball player in the recruiting Class of 2010, will be making his official campus visit to Kansas University today through Sunday morning.
For second straight year, Eudora downs Baldwin
EHS rolls, 47-0; Perry-Lecompton beats up on Santa Fe Trail
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B4
Eudora High beat its rival for the second straight year and won the Class 4A district football crown Thursday.
Veritas suffers first setback
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B4
In the battle of unbeatens, the Veritas Christian School football team came up short. Wichita Sunrise Christian Academy defeated Veritas, 64-22, on Thursday.
Mother knows best
Gonzalez listens to mom, scores off corner kick for Firebirds
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sometimes, all the planning and preparation in the world can be trumped by a snap decision on a random night.
Yankees hit two solo homers to even series
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui shook the New York Yankees from their lumber slumber and sent the World Series to Philadelphia all tied up.
Alvamar pro Towner shoots a 71
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
Alvamar Country Club pro Randy Towner birdied three of the last four holes to fire a 71, five strokes off the lead shared by three players, in the first round of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship played Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., where the sun shone, and the thermometer read 92 degrees.
KU’s Tolefree contributing already
LHS product second in blocks as freshman
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
At this time last year, former Lawrence High Lion and current Kansas University freshman Tayler Tolefree was preparing for the Class 6A state volleyball tournament in Topeka.
LHS volleyball team at state today
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s volleyball team will open play at the Class 6A state tournament at 3:30 p.m. today with a match against top-seeded Washburn Rural (34-4).
McGwire will have explaining to do
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B2
Baseball fans can be a forgiving lot. Ask Jason Giambi, who recouped much of his icon-in-good-standing status after issuing a generic apology for unspecified indiscretions. Ask Orlando Cepeda, who rode a tightly focused publicity blitz into baseball’s Hall of Fame after serving time for pot smuggling.
Solar options
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: The recent “Thinking solar power” article suggests a relatively high cost associated with going green, especially here in incentive-poor Kansas.
Too much advice
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: This is about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s comment that President Obama is taking too long in making a decision on whether to send more troops into Afghanistan or not.
Local support
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I am baffled with Lawrence.
Insurance claims
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A11
To the editor: As someone who started a small business 12 years ago and has seen our firm’s health care premiums skyrocket while our co-pays declined precipitously over that period, I would like to offer a related perspective on the current debate regarding public options and private insurers.
40 years ago: Kansas football defies odds against Oklahoma
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A10
Oddsmakers were picking Kansas, 1-5 on the season, to defeat Oklahoma State in the weekend football game.
100 years ago: KU reaches right-of-way agreement
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 30, 1909: “R.W. Hocker and F.P. Dickson, promoters of the interurban line which proposes to build up the south side of the Kaw Valley, were in Lawrence today looking over the situation. ‘We plan no grandstand play or bluster,’ said Dickson. … The Lawrence Railway and Light Co. has accepted the terms offered by the university for a right of way across the campus. That settles a dispute that threatened to leave KU without a car line.”
Holding the line
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A10
Some attention from the Kansas governor apparently was the key to clearing a potential roadblock for an important economic development project.
Kansas softball announces schedule
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B3
Twenty-one contests versus NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago highlight the Kansas University softball team’s 2010 schedule, revealed Thursday by first-year head coach Megan Smith.
Kansans in U.S. House cool to health plan
Republicans outright critical; Democrat Dennis Moore reserves judgment
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A6
Kansas Republicans in the U.S. House on Thursday blasted health care reform legislation that the Democratic leadership unveiled.
Economy scares off some Halloween sales
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A6
Last year, Americans spent an estimated $5.77 billion celebrating Halloween, but the current economic downturn is prompting some people to scale back on the spookiest of holidays.
Antiques appraisals featured at fundraiser
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum plans an antiques and collectibles appraisal extravaganza on Saturday.
Perry-Lecompton library plans holiday bazaar
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Perry-Lecompton Community Library’s third annual Holiday Bazaar is seeking vendors.
Postmaster sent to temporary address
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
Mike Behrend is the new officer-in-charge of the Lawrence post office, while Postmaster Judy Raney fills in elsewhere for a postmaster who recently retired.
Eight vehicles involved in accident near Lawrence Avenue
October 30, 2009 in print edition on A4
Three auto accidents occurred in a chain reaction about 7:20 p.m. Thursday on Sixth Street.
Net Worth: The Monster Engine combines tots and terror
October 30, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday.
Energetic documentary offers backstage access to Michael Jackson
October 30, 2009 in print edition on C2
“This Is It” looks beyond the reconstructed face and spindly body of the late King of Pop and basks in his meteoric light.
Texas Tech isn’t a pushover
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B1
Prior to the 1965 football season, Kansas traded TCU for Texas Tech on its schedule. Many local fans exuded a huge sigh of relief, thinking KU had found a softer touch to take the place of a dominator. Not even close.
Firebirds face grass test
October 30, 2009 in print edition on B4
Free State will tangle with Olathe Northwest in its regular-season finale at College Boulevard Activity Center, a grass-covered facility.