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Polls
As of July 1, Kansas' sales tax on food is higher than the state tax charged at liquor stores. Should the liquor tax be increased to match or exceed the sales tax?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
55%
No
 
42%
Not sure
 
1%
Total 1450
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A ticket scalper offers tickets to fans passing by before 2009 home game. The Kansas Athletic Department is now working to rebuild confidence in the ticket office after officials within the department reportedly sold tickets independently of the department. Two guilty pleas expected in KU athletics ticket scandal
1:37 p.m., July 7, 2010 Updated 7:45 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are facing federal charges that they knew about a ticket-theft scheme without telling authorities in a timely manner.
6:00 a.m.
Officers from the Lawrence Police Department investigate the scene of an injury accident at 15th and Iowa streets involving the Cat Tracker bus. John Green was fatally injured and another seriously injured in the accident on Saturday, November 18, 2006.           Expert witness says Cat Tracker had several defects that led to fatal accident on Iowa Street
1:36 p.m., July 8, 2010 Updated 3:36 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The Cat Tracker bus that 27-year-old John Green was riding when his head struck an overpass had several safety defects, according to testimony in the second day of a civil trial stemming from the fatal accident in 2006.
10:00 a.m.
This house on Vermont Street has seen property taxes rise dramatically during the past several years. County commissioners Thursday said they were considering a property tax increase of as much as 16.6 percent. Douglas County to consider ‘jaw-dropper’ property tax increase of 16.6 percent
4:31 p.m., July 8, 2010 Updated 2:51 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A combination of dwindling revenues, ongoing state and federal cuts and increasing community needs have Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug proposing what would be the largest property-tax increase in his more than three decades in local government.
6:00 p.m.
Ashley Ray sings “Sweet Home Alabama” on a forthcoming Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album. Sweet Home Kansas: Lawrence native Ashley Ray embraces her rock roots to find success in the country music industry
July 9, 2010 in print edition on 1C
While Ashely Ray is currently best known as a Nashville-based country artist, a childhood baptism in rock has served her well.

All stories

Local students participate in international music event at KU
July 9, 2010
As some of the 75 talented young pianists converging on Kansas University this week can explain, at a certain point, playing the piano becomes a lot more than just pushing the right keys at the right times.
Sales tax exceeds liquor tax in Lawrence after statewide increase
Sales tax on groceries is 8.85%, but on booze it’s only 8%
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
It now pays to be thirsty instead of hungry in many Kansas cities.
Lawrence city commissioners considering going back to old primary system for elections
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Candidates haven’t even begun to emerge, but a primary election in the next Lawrence City Commission race seems more likely. City commissioners at their meeting this week will consider relaxing the requirements on when a primary election must be held in City Commission races.
Highway 40 re-opened after injury accident southwest of Lecompton
04:22 p.m., July 9, 2010 Updated 05:22 p.m. in print edition on B2
Emergency crews are responding to the scene of a serious accident on the 500 block of Highway 40 around 4:15 p.m.
Report questions city’s water and sewer fund transfer rates
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
As city commissioners consider increasing water and sewer rates, the city’s auditor is calling for more transparency in how rate dollars are spent.
Van Go Mobile Arts offers young adults advice, training through employment program
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
Young adults are learning more at Van Go Mobile Arts than just how to be creative. They are also learning how to get jobs.
Governor names journalist, political scientist to Board of Healing Arts
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson has named a journalist and a political scientist to the state board that licenses and regulates doctors.
Family gives emotional testimony in third day of Cat Tracker trial
Driver says he was never told to keep people off the roof of the bus
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
When Samantha Green delivered her daughter on Dec. 30, 2006, her husband was not by her side. He wouldn’t be there for the late-night feedings or to help with changing diapers.
Historic cigar shop Indian statue from downtown Lawrence to be auctioned off in Jefferson County
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Visitors to downtown Lawrence 30 years ago likely will remember George’s Pipe Shop. In an era when mom-and-pop shops filled the streets, 727 Mass. stood out for one reason: a talking Indian.
Fort Leavenworth to continue media training program
01:40 p.m., July 9, 2010 Updated 05:00 p.m. in print edition on B8
An Army general said Friday he doesn’t foresee significant changes in a program that prepares mid-grade officers for dealing with the media in light of a Rolling Stone article that led to the dismissal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Statehouse Live: Banning smoking in casinos would be costly, officials say
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
A statewide ban on smoking in public, indoor places took effect July 1, but exempted casinos.
District uses ‘team cleaning’ to prepare Lawrence schools for fall classes
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence school custodians have enough catch-up work to do every summer. With the buildings practically empty, it’s about the only time they can get their scraping and other intensive cleaning efforts in before students return in August.
Sherron Collins explodes for 32 points in Bobcats’ summer league finale
Russell Robinson contributes 18 in Pacers’ loss
11:43 a.m., July 9, 2010 Updated 02:50 p.m. in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins showed his scoring potential Friday, pouring in 32 points on 12-for-21 shooting in the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team’s 80-77 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Dodge City Diocese says there are “credible” claims of abuse against two former priests
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City has released further information about cases of alleged sexual abuse, naming two priests who have had credible allegations of sexual abuse made against them, church officials say.
Parkinson to discuss tanker bid at National Governors Association meeting
July 9, 2010
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson plans to participate in a discussion with other governors about the Boeing Co.’s bid to build the next generation of Air Force tankers.
Moran, South Carolina senator to hold town hall meeting in Olathe
July 9, 2010
Kansas congressman Jerry Moran is getting help in his U.S. Senate campaign from South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
Federal program aims to boost access to private land in rural areas
July 9, 2010
The numbers of hunters and fishermen have been declining, and the reason most commonly cited is a lack of access or overcrowding.
Kings top Cactus, 6-1
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Pitcher Drew Noble gave up just two earned runs, but the Lawrence Cactus lost to the Andrew County Kings, 6-1, on Thursday at the Kansas State Tournament in Manhattan.
Rec calendar
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Bicycle Club Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.
Sweet Home Kansas: Lawrence native Ashley Ray embraces her rock roots to find success in the country music industry
July 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
While Ashely Ray is currently best known as a Nashville-based country artist, a childhood baptism in rock has served her well.
‘Despicable Me’ funny but familiar
July 9, 2010 in print edition on C2
In a contest of wills, a villain with access to freeze rays and rocket ships is no match for a trio of adorable orphan girls.
Net Worth: Will a certain actress serve jail time? You can bet on it
July 9, 2010 in print edition on C1
Think Lindsay Lohan’s release date is a dumb place to risk money? On YouWager, you can bet on ANYTHING.
Milk tainted with melamine found in China
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Chinese authorities have found dairy products in at least two provinces tainted with an industrial chemical that killed six babies and sickened thousands more in 2008, state media said today.
Officer convicted in California train station killing
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
A white former transit officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in the videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform in an encounter that set off days of rioting in the city.
Terror gripped Philadelphia duck boat tourists as barge approached
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
A photo obtained by Philadelphia television stations shows the barge as it rides up on the stern of the sightseeing “duck” boat and starts pushing the vessel underwater.
DNA trail in Los Angeles serial killer case detailed
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said it marked the first time in the nation that familial DNA had been used to break a case of such magnitude.
Collins scores nine for Bobcats in 31 minutes
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins received extended minutes for the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team Thursday, scoring nine points in the Bobcats’ 77-76 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Country’s woes continue despite World Cup
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B6
South Africa may reap a long-term windfall for defying the skeptics and successfully hosting the World Cup. Short term, however, the profits are heading elsewhere while unions gripe and the nation’s already staggering unemployment rate climbs even higher.
Brazil 2014 World Cup on track, official says
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B6
Preparations for the 2014 World Cup are back on track just two months after FIFA publicly criticized organizers for missing deadlines, Brazil’s top soccer official has said.
Spain’s play based on Barca
Quick touches, slick passing trademarks for Spaniards
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B6
Netherlands great Johan Cruyff probably never expected the style of play he made synonymous with attacking soccer would pay off for Spain.
Netherlands will be finished if it can’t finish
Dutch must convert goals, ‘shed inhibitions’ to win
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B6
Netherlands coach Bert Van Marwijk admits his team doesn’t play with the beauty of World Cup final opponent Spain.
OKC confirms trade for rights to Aldrich
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired the draft rights to Cole Aldrich and veteran forward Mo Peterson from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for the rights to Craig Brackins and Quincy Poindexter.
Milwaukee builds with free agents
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Far removed from the free-agent frenzy and prime-time television specials, the Milwaukee Bucks quietly believe they’re getting better.
Heat send Beasley to Minnesota
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
The Miami Heat just cleared a little more room for LeBron James.
Cavs owner: James quit in playoffs
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B5
Angered and betrayed by LeBron James’ decision to leave for Miami, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert accused the NBA’s MVP of quitting during the playoffs.
LeBron a poor fit with Wade
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
I didn’t have as much problem with LeBron James choosing a one-hour ESPN special (The Decision!) as a lot of fans did. This is, after all, the NBA, and commissioner David Stern created this star-driven league years ago.
Frustrated Brit wins fifth stage
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
Britain’s Mark Cavendish broke down in tears after winning the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday for his first victory in this year’s race.
Goydos cards fourth 59 in PGA Tour history
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
After four months of pretty lousy play on the PGA Tour, Paul Goydos managed to turn things around just a bit — he shot a 59.
James spurns home for Miami
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
LeBron James walked away from the comforts of home to chase an NBA championship.
Little could be surprise
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Somebody on the next Kansas University basketball team will win most-improved honors. Along the way, that somebody will get tagged the surprise impact player of the season.
From camp to camp: Fresh from Akron, Marcus Morris’ next stop is Las Vegas
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Marcus Morris, who just returned from the LeBron James Skills Academy — where, as a camp counselor, he competed against some of the top college players in the country — soon will be going against some of the world’s best pros.
$5M trove of Roman coins found in England
July 9, 2010 in print edition on C8
A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday.
Cheap made-in-China era coming to an end
July 9, 2010 in print edition on C8
Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China the world’s factory floor.
SEC plan takes aim at target-date funds
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B9
Target-date mutual funds — investment vehicles that automatically change your mix of assets as you near retirement — have been suffering some of the same gyrations as the stock market. But some investors are surprised to discover that these funds have performed less than they anticipated when it comes time to bid farewell to work.
Shoppers’ spending sluggish in June
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B9
Stores deepened discounts more than planned in June to draw recession-scarred shoppers to buy summer tops and other merchandise. But shoppers bought mostly items they needed, resulting in small revenue gains.
Deal with N.C. firm to strengthen drug marketing abilities
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B9
A Lawrence-based drug development company has signed a deal that it hopes will open up worldwide markets for it products.
Miege lineman picks Kansas
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B3
After receiving commitments from four offensive linemen in a six-day stretch last month, the Kansas University football program had to wait nine whole days for its next.
Don’t visit ‘Haven’ for the weather
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
Long before “Twin Peaks” created the template for small-town America as the epicenter of weirdness, Stephen King had his Maine.
People in the news
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
People in the news for July 9, 2010.
Horoscope for July 9, 2010
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, you often are so focused or possibly irritated that you allow important details to slip. You do remain aware of your finances. If you are single, you’ll meet someone out of the blue. Don’t decide that this is it for at least a year. If you are attached, you feel as if you are constantly adjusting to your sweetie. Make that OK for now. The favor will be returned. Gemini understands you a little too well for your comfort.
40 years ago: Lawrence houses face demolition
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
A new Centrex phone system was scheduled to greet returning KU students in August.
25 years ago: KU chancellor in Washington
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
KU Chancellor Gene Budig was in Washington, D.C., where he met with Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole about the federal government’s commitment to university research.
100 years ago: New park still without name
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
J. E. Rastall was a mere lad of sixteen when he came to Kansas in the early fifties.
Twisted truth
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
“Court enshrines political correctness” shrills Cal Thomas (Journal-World, July 6), making me nearly spew my coffee across the table with a loud guffaw. He apparently received this legal wisdom from the Rutherford Institute’s claim, “the right to freely associate with believers on campus” was trampled with this Supreme Court ruling (08-1371). Thomas says, “groups favored by the secular left enjoy special status from academic elites” but fails to supply any supporting evidence. This churlish attack is on a court ruling that carefully considered the balance of the right of association and free speech within the context of discrimination law. Thomas concludes his rebuke by stating that this ruling, “will force well-meaning groups to abandon the tenants of their faith.” Tush and poppycock.
Cherished life
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
Someone dear died Tuesday night on Highway 40 between Lawrence and Topeka. We saw it happen. We had pulled onto the shoulder to help her when we saw her walking slowly down the westbound lane. One car hit her full force from behind. It sped off. We raced to help her out of the road when another car sped toward her and threw her to her death. It sped off. Of all the cars that flew past, only one other stopped to help.
Tax burden
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
Scott Morgan has earned a grade of F for his term on the school board. It would seem we’ve not improved our situation with Rich Minder, the new board president: (“School board to consider raising taxes,” Journal-World, July 4).
Great volunteers
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
I just wanted to offer thanks again to the Tour of Lawrence first and foremost for the work but also for the army of volunteers that helped us break down Sunday night and get tens of thousands of dollars of equipment out of harm’s way.
President’s ‘modesty’ is selective
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
Remember NASA? It once represented to the world the apogee of American scientific and technological achievement. Here is President Obama’s vision of NASA’s mission, as explained by administrator Charles Bolden.
Get out that decoder ring for new logo
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Is it cool, or is it nerdy? You decide.
Vatican targets priests who abuse mentally impaired adults
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Vatican is cracking down on priests who sexually abuse mentally impaired adults, sanctioning them with the same set of punishments meted out for clerics who rape and molest children, The Associated Press has learned.
Measure would allow noncelibate gay clergy
Church keeps definition of marriage as between man, woman
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Presbyterian leaders were split Thursday on two gay-friendly measures, voting to allow noncelibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy but deciding not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples — at least for now.
New moratorium on drilling rejected
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government’s effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues.
First relief well by end of July?
BP claims shortened timetable is possible if ideal conditions met
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
BP and the federal government are offering a ray of hope in a summer of setbacks for crews trying to stop the gulf oil spill: The first of two relief wells could be done by the end of this month, weeks ahead of schedule.
FDA issues alert on herbal supplement
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
One month after authorities raided a downtown Lawrence store, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a public health alert about the herbal supplement at the center of the controversy.
Penning contest in Tonganoxie Saturday
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Kansas State Penning Association will continue its summer schedule with team penning starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Two taken to hospital after Thursday morning accident
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Two people were transported to area hospitals Thursday morning after being involved in an accident on Kansas Highway 10, two miles east of Eudora.
In K.C., Obama draws political line
President offers choice between moving forward or back
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
President Barack Obama on Thursday cast upcoming elections as a choice between the party that caused the economic meltdown and the one that’s fixing it, seizing on a populist, sharply partisan theme for the critical November midterms.
Pump patrol
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Independence Inc. offers poker run
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
Independence Inc. is having its first fundraising event — a motorcycle Poker Run — on Saturday, July 24.
‘Rolls-Royce’ of pianos enhances competition
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
As talented young pianists descend on Lawrence next week for an international competition, they’ll be tickling some pretty fancy ivories.
Norway bomb arrests linked to plots in U.S., Britain
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Three suspected al-Qaida members were arrested Thursday in a Norwegian bomb plot linked to the same terrorist planners behind thwarted schemes to blow up New York’s subway and a British shopping mall.
Federal judge rules part of Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
A federal judge in Boston on Thursday ruled a key element of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, saying it violates the Equal Protection Clause and interferes with a state’s right to define marriage.
10 Russian spies deported
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
In the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, 10 Russian agents who infiltrated suburban America were deported Thursday in exchange for four people convicted of betraying Moscow to the West.
Draft condemns N. Korea for sinking
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council is set to approve a statement condemning a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors, but the declaration stops short of directly blaming North Korea.
Rio Grande rises as new storm hits
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
The gentle stream that usually marks the Rio Grande bulged into a mighty river along much of its southern reach Thursday as a rain-packed tropical depression dumped on a Texas-Mexico border region already struggling with flooded homes and evacuations after last week’s hurricane.
Netanyahu says he’ll make peace
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he intends to “confound” critics and skeptics and make peace with the Palestinians — but he said he needs a partner.
Mortgage rates drop to lowest point in five decades: 4.57 percent
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
Mortgage rates fell for the second straight week to the lowest point in five decades. But many people either don’t qualify for new mortgages or have already taken advantage of the low rates this year.
Scientists find antibodies that stop 90% of HIV
July 9, 2010
An AIDS vaccine may be one step closer after scientists found antibodies in the blood of a patient that kill more than 90 percent of HIV strains, according to a study in the online version of the journal Science.
KU sets up office for financial counseling
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
For students continually stressed over credit card debt, overdraft fees and other financial woes, Kansas University has some help on the way.
Jobless claims fluctuate as recovery slows
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
Applications for unemployment aid have been fluctuating from week to week, offering an uncertain view of layoffs and the job market.
Opportunity lost
City commissioners should have given more thought to using sales tax revenue for the proposed library expansion.
July 9, 2010 in print edition on A9
The idea of using sales tax revenue to pay for at least part the proposed Lawrence Public Library expansion deserved more consideration than it received from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night.
Smokers turn to ’electronic cigarettes’ as statewide ban takes effect
July 9, 2010 in print edition on B10
The statewide prohibition took effect across most of Kansas on July 1.