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Do you support Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson's proposed statewide ban on smoking in public places?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
75%
No
 
24%
Total 1715
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A pitch is lobbed to the plate during a game between the Kemira Phog Dogs and Those Sons of Pitches Aug. 18 at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex.
Diamond devotees: Lawrence fans show up to support their softball-playing partners
August 31, 2009
Sarah Shaffer enjoys both the competition and comedy. Lenette Hamm treasures the memories, both past and future. Lauren Trower cashes a paycheck, soaking up the atmosphere that only ag lime fields and aging major-league wannabes can provide. And Amy Lee? “It’s a change of scenery,” exhales the exhausted mother of Maya, 3, and Cami, 1. “It’s something to do. An activity.”
6:00 a.m.
Is using a center turn lane to merge with traffic illegal? It isn’t, but that’s not what they’re there for, city officials say. Repaving project on tap for 23rd Street
August 27, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Crews from Topeka will be tearing up a 1.2-mile hunk of 23rd Street, dragging away more than 40,000 square yards of pavement and replacing it all with more than 5,000 tons of fresh asphaltic concrete.
10:00 a.m.
Bud Light is selling special edition cans of beer in Kansas University colors. The beer is only sold in a 24 pack, which also features the colors of KU. Crimson and blue Bud Light cans make appearance on Lawrence liquor store shelves
2:42 p.m., August 31, 2009 Updated 5:17 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Crimson and blue Bud Light cans on the shelves of Lawrence liquor stores have Kansas University officials seeing red.
6:00 p.m.
A public meeting Monday allowed residents to meet with engineers and consultants regarding the city’s planned reconstruction of Kasold Drive south of Clinton Parkway. Jeff Jones, left, with Bartlett & West, explains design plans to neighbors John Martell and Billie Archer. The meeting was Monday night at the Holcom Park Recreation Center. City gathers input on Kasold reconstruction
September 1, 2009 in print edition on 4A
Before a contractor is hired to rebuild the southern stretch of Kasold Drive, city officials want to know just how much inconvenience nearby residents might be willing to endure.

All stories

East Lawrence Farm and Home store to host pet food drive for Lawrence Humane Society
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A5
Beginning Wednesday, Orscheln Farm and Home is starting a two-week pet food drive to help the Lawrence Humane Society.
Though in disbelief, many Lawrence residents pleased with cooler-than-average summer
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
“Unbelievable,” is how Bill Wood, director of Douglas County’s K-State Research & Extension office, summed up this summer’s weather.
Dole Institute names fellows for fall semester
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Dole Institute of Politics has tapped a former Kansas City, Mo., mayor and a strategic communication expert to be Dole Fellows for the fall 2009 semester.
Tax credits to help fundraising campaigns for homeless shelter, Ballard Center
Donors aiding local agencies can decrease state income taxes
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B10
Fundraising drives for opening a new homeless shelter and providing day-care services are getting a major boost from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
KU awards last Kemper Award on Lawrence campus
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s “surprise patrol” gave out its last 2009 Kemper Award on the Lawrence campus Tuesday to Leisha DeHart-Davis, associate professor of public administration.
Parkinson to push for statewide smoking ban and may seek increase in cigarette tax
Parkinson backs statewide measure, may also push for cigarette tax hike
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Tuesday said he would push for a statewide ban on smoking in public places when the Legislature convenes in January, and he may propose increasing the cigarette tax.
Police, attorney general to host personal-safety forum at KU
11:34 a.m., September 1, 2009 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on A1
The state attorney general has planned a personal safety forum at Kansas University, in an effort to increase awareness about a series of rapes in Lawrence that date back to 2004.
Walgreens bringing wellness tour to Lawrence
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
The AARP/Walgreens Wellness bus tour will be stopping in Lawrence.
Jenkins staffer says Congresswoman didn’t read resolution she supported, which referenced ‘great white hope’
11:21 a.m., September 1, 2009 Updated 01:37 p.m. in print edition on A4
A spokeswoman for Kansas’ 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins says the congresswoman didn’t read a resolution she supported urging a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.
Jenkins plans town hall forum at Dole Institute
September 1, 2009
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., will conduct a forum at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University’s West Campus.
KU to offer seasonal flu shots
September 1, 2009
Kansas University Student Health Services is offering the first of a series of clinics for seasonal flu vaccinations.
Health department plans seasonal flu vaccination clinic
Vaccine separate from swine strain still recommended
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
While the focus of attention seems to be on swine flu, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department reminds people to — not — forget about seasonal influenza viruses and the need to get vaccinated.
Statehouse Live: Parkinson to push for smoking ban, possibly cig tax hike
09:33 a.m., September 1, 2009 Updated 01:12 p.m.
Governor declares his intent to push for smoking ban during meeting of fitness council.
Kansas soccer picks up national ranking
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
Following a 3-0 start, the Kansas University soccer team has earned a national ranking; the Jayhawks are ranked No. 23 in the Soccer Times’ Top 25.
Payless shoes expanding into Russia
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A6
Collective Brands says it plans to open its first Payless shoe stores next year in Russia, its latest market for international expansion.
Former House speaker in Kansas to campaign for Tiahrt
September 1, 2009
The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was heading for Kansas to help the Senate campaign of Rep. Todd Tiahrt (TEE’-hart).
Rodriguez knows gravity of situation
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Rich Rodriguez looked like a beaten man—and the season hasn’t started yet.
Pump patrol
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.34 at several locations.
Forum tries to educate public about mentally ill, homeless
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A5
Walk through downtown Lawrence and it’s not uncommon to have an encounter with someone who appears homeless or mentally ill.
Talks could bring new ties with Turkey
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Armenia and Turkey, bitter foes for a century, took a step toward reconciliation Monday by announcing they would launch final talks aimed at establishing diplomatic ties.
City gathers input on Kasold reconstruction
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Before a contractor is hired to rebuild the southern stretch of Kasold Drive, city officials want to know just how much inconvenience nearby residents might be willing to endure.
Wheeler’s reports stolen truck
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Wheeler’s, 792 N. Second St., on Saturday reported an auto theft.
Obama keeps Bush nominees in top posts
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
For all the GOP howling about Barack Obama radically steering the government to the left and leading the nation toward socialism, some of his major appointments are Republican men and women of the middle.
Cuban goods forbidden, but names not
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Cuban rum maestro Jose Navarro’s taste buds sing when he sips Havana Club, the sweet spirit distilled in this farming town south of the capital.
Horoscopes
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Tuesday, Sept. 1: This year, opportunities come forward. If you dive into anything too quickly, you might not be comfortable. If you are single, you’ll meet a lot of people through your daily life. You could find someone very enticing. If you are attached, the two of you will gain by taking time away together. You might even feel like newlyweds.
Obituaries don’t ignore human failings
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Forty years after the Summer of Love, the summer of mourning is coming to a close.
U.S. should get troops out of Afghanistan
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
“Yesterday,” reads the e-mail from Allen, a Marine in Afghanistan, “I gave blood because a Marine, while out on patrol, stepped on a (mine’s) pressure plate and lost both legs.” Then “another Marine with a bullet wound to the head was brought in. Both Marines died this morning.”
An economic appeal to take part in census
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
My grandmother, Big Mama, was fearful of divulging personal information to the government.
It’s time for seniors to get started on college applications
September 1, 2009
The single most common piece of advice I hear from high school seniors after they’ve completed their applications is “I wish I had started this earlier.”
People in the news
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Chris Brown says he remembers beating Rihanna and that a brief interview clip making the rounds online Monday in which he said he didn’t recall the incident “is not representative of what I said.”
25 years ago: Congressional candidates debate
September 1, 2009
The two contenders in the 2nd Congressional District race — Republican Jim Van Slyke and Democrat incumbent Jim Slattery — made their first joint appearance of the 1984 campaign here and come out fighting. Van Slyke jabbed aggressively at what he called Slattery’s “inconsistent” voting record on a nuclear freeze. Slattery countered with blows at Van Slyke’s proposal for a new Social Security program, calling it “double taxation” that would cause a revolt. About 100 were in the local library audience.
40 years ago: 2 police cars shot at
September 1, 2009
Weekend disturbances in the areas of East Seventh and East Eighth streets resulted in two Lawrence police cars being shot at, several minor injuries and at least four arrests, with more likely.
100 years ago: School buildings repaired for fall
September 1, 2009
School buildings have received extensive repairs this summer and schools are equipped with sanitary drinking fountains under provisions of the new laws. The fountains do away with the cups that could spread so many ailments
Self event a success
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
More than 100 golfers participated in the Bill Self Boy Scout Classic on Monday at Lawrence Country Club.
K.C. loses lead, falls to A’s, 8-5
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
Ryan Sweeney had a two-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on Adam Kennedy’s bases loaded fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, on Monday night.
Michigan coach denies violations
Rodriguez says program abides by NCAA rules
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that his football program has abided by NCAA rules, despite allegations from anonymous players and former players who say the team has practiced far beyond the time allowed.
Royals sign general manager Moore to extension
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Royals owner David Glass gave general manager Dayton Moore a vote of confidence two weeks ago despite one of the team’s worst seasons in years. Apparently, he meant it.
Haskell coach faces revocation of bond
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Haskell head football coach Eric Brock was booked into the Johnson County Jail last week, accused of violating a condition of his bond in an earlier case.
Study: 1 in 10 binge drinkers get on road
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
One in 10 binge drinkers got behind the wheel the last time they drank heavily.
Farmers’ Almanac predicts numbing cold
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Americans, you might want to check on your sweaters and shovels — the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold winter for many of you.
Hurricane stronger, heads for Los Cabos
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Extremely dangerous Hurricane Jimena roared toward Mexico’s resort-studded Baja California Peninsula on Monday, chasing away an international finance conference and prompting emergency workers to start evacuating thousands of people from shantytowns.
Disney catches comics firm Marvel in $4B web
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Walt Disney Co. is punching its way into the universe of superheroes and their male fans with a deal announced Monday to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion, bringing characters such as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and “Toy Story.”
Frantic 911 caller: ‘My whole family is dead!’
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Guy Heinze Jr. arrived home from a night out to find a gruesome scene — seven people dead, a cousin with Down syndrome clinging to life and another critically injured.
Hamas leader denies Nazi genocide of Jews
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Hamas spiritual leader on Monday called teaching Palestinian children about the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews a “war crime,” rejecting a suggestion that the U.N. might include the Holocaust in Gaza’s school curriculum.
Flight 93 Memorial work to start in Nov.
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
The federal government will pay about $9.5 million to acquire land so the Flight 93 National Memorial can be built by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday.
Haley fires Gailey
Chiefs coach takes over as O-coordinator
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Rookie head coach Todd Haley fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and assumed that role himself Monday, 13 days before he opens the season with a very unsettled quarterback situation.
Kansas revenue tops forecast for August
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas revenue department said Monday the state collected $6.9 million more in taxes than had been expected for August.
More than 20 fall ill at restaurant
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lenexa (ap) — Health officials are trying to determine what may have caused more than 20 people to become ill at a Lenexa restaurant.
New ramp to open at turnpike interchange
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Westbound motorists on the Kansas Turnpike should expect changes to the East Lawrence interchange today.
Auto burglary reported over weekend
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man on Sunday reported burglary, criminal damage and theft from a motor vehicle.
Dismissal of Web hoax charges finalized
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A6
A judge has finalized his decision to throw out convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in an Internet hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who committed suicide.
Huge chest hoisted aboard space station
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A6
Astronauts hitched a giant chest of drawers to the international space station on Monday that contained a brand new freezer, sleeping compartment and treadmill bearing a TV comedian’s name.
Major cigarette makers sue over new law
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A6
Two of the three largest U.S. tobacco companies filed suit Monday to block marketing restrictions in a law that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco, claiming the provisions violate their right to free speech.
Ousted Ill. governor explains himself in new book
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wanted his help in arranging to leave the Obama administration after two years to reclaim his seat in Congress.
Mix of cocaine, livestock drug kills 3, sickens dozens
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Nearly a third of all cocaine seized in the United States is laced with a dangerous veterinary medicine — a livestock de-worming drug that might enhance cocaine’s effects but has been blamed in at least three deaths and scores of serious illnesses.
Wildfire makes menacing advance near L.A.
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Homes destroyed, prized possessions gone forever, lives altered — the wildfires sweeping parts of Southern California have been taking an increasingly serious toll.
Lawrence man convicted in ID scam
Fake diplomatic credentials bestowed ‘ambassador’ status
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
Three men who had connections to a social movement that rejects the legitimacy of the U.S. government were found guilty Monday of conspiracy to buy and sell fraudulent diplomatic credentials, prosecutors in Missouri said.
Free speech lawsuit centers on comments at city council forum
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Mulvane woman who claims the city violated her free speech rights at a city council forum will get the opportunity to make her case in federal court.
Learning from Mexico’s lessons for next wave of swine flu
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
Mexico is preparing for a second wave of swine flu, looking at what worked and what didn’t last spring when it banned everything from dining out to attending school in an effort to control the virus.
For Bo, it’s a dog’s life, then some
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C8
He has torn through magazines and stray socks, even sunk his teeth into the president’s gym shoes. Charm school taught him to sit, heel and shake a paw on command. He spent his first summer vacation on breezy Martha’s Vineyard.
Health insurance ’purging’ investigated
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
A top House Democrat is investigating whether the nation’s largest health insurers have deliberately canceled coverage for small businesses after their employees became sick and sought expensive treatment.
Commodities
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures were mixed Monday. Wheat for December delivery rose 3.5 cents to $4.9875 a bushel, while December corn inched up 0.75 cent to $3.2975 a bushel and November soybeans dropped 31.5 cents to $9.795 a bushel.
Vegas party offers mindless viewing
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
“We’re in the boredom-killing business.” — Howard Beale, “Network” There’s some truth to what Peter Finch’s character spoke in the over-the-top 1976 television satire. But I still can’t imagine being bored enough to want to watch something called “Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Cafe” (9 p.m., Tru), the second season of a series about a big blowout thrown by a Las Vegas hotel for approximately 6,000 guests.
Fair taxation
The idea of annexing the Lawrence Energy Center is worth investigating.
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
City officials have made a convincing preliminary case in favor of annexing Westar’s Lawrence Energy Center, and the matter certainly warrants further consideration.
Oldest dog dies at 21 — or 147
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
A wire-haired dachshund that held the record as the world’s oldest dog and celebrated its last birthday with a party at a dog hotel and spa has died at age 21 — or 147 in dog years.
U.S. commander calls Afghan situation ‘serious,’ salvageable
September 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
he top U.S. commander for Afghanistan called the situation there “serious” but salvageable, in a sobering assessment issued Monday that is expected to pave the way for a request for more American troops, funds for Afghan forces and other resources.
LHS soccer falls, 2-1
September 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High boys soccer team dropped its opener, 2-1, on Monday against Manhattan.
Sleep better tonight: 5 tips
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Getting good zzz’s is crucial to your health, but listening to the experts talk about the “rules” for getting a good night’s rest can make it seem like an impossible dream.
Double Take: Friend’s behavior red flag for anorexia, depression
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
My friend has decided to eat an unhealthily low amount of food each day.
Story for all ages: KU alumnus writes children’s book on John Brown
September 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
This might be the only illustrated children’s book that has the hero hanged at the end.