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Response Percent
I’m more comfortable in the audience
Of course — I command the spotlight!
Yes, but I belong in the chorus line
Total 306

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Moran outshines well-regarded opponent
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Many Kansas Democrats who meet Lisa Johnston or hear her speak come away liking their U.S. Senate candidate, describing her as bright and articulate. But they hesitate to handicap her race against the Republican nominee, veteran U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran. He’s expected to win easily — in a blowout, in fact — and Democrats appear to like Johnston too much as a candidate to want to dismiss her chances.
Task force holding final public meeting to seek historic preservation input
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
For the past month, the Natural and Cultural Task Force has held about a half-dozen public meetings throughout the county to find out what residents want to preserve. The eight-member group has been assigned by Douglas County commissioners to make recommendations on how to best spend $350,000 that commissioners have set aside for historic and open-space preservation.
City fired up for Plastikon proposal
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Even before the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, area residents are champing at the bit to apply at a new East Hills manufacturing plant recently proposed by Plastikon Industries.
Services for Wichita soldier killed in Afghanistan planned for Saturday
05:53 p.m., October 26, 2010 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Services are scheduled for Saturday for a 21-year-old Wichita soldier who died in Afghanistan.
Alvamar golf courses, country club for sale; asking price is $6.5 million
Company says it’s encouraged by interest shown so far
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
The owners of Alvamar Inc. are working to sell their two golf courses, country club operation and other recreational aspects of the company that helped drive much of Lawrence’s western growth since the late 1960s.
Lawrence teacher wants to win contest to help local charities
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
One Lawrence teacher is looking to rally the community in backing a video she made explaining how she would give away $5,000 to local charities.
Fraternal Order of Police, county hope to work out differences centering on lodge, shooting range
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
In hopes of putting an end to a three-year lawsuit, the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter and the Douglas County Commission have reached an truce.
57-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty in federal court meth case
05:07 p.m., October 26, 2010 Updated 05:13 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 57-year-old Lawrence man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a drug charge in connection with a February bust authorities made at a house east of Lawrence.
Lawrence Community Theatre gives everyone a chance to find the spotlight
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
I stepped into the Lawrence Community Theatre near 15th and New Hampshire thinking I could do this. It was open auditions for the theater’s December production of “Annie,” and I was set to sing a little “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to woo the producers. Then, I find myself sitting with 30 other fellow audition participants in a cramped basement, and my thinking changes.
Town Talk: Lawrence BMX track proposed; Berry warehouse site approved; Ben & Jerry’s closes Mass store
02:18 p.m., October 26, 2010 Updated 02:25 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First of four dean candidates visits KU’s law school
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
The first of four candidates to become Kansas University’s new dean of its School of Law was on campus Tuesday.
KU’s university architect Warren Corman to retire
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
After 63 years of working in architecture, Kansas University’s Warren Corman — now 84 years old — has decided it’s time to retire.
Prosecutors seek more information in alleged rape at Haskell dorm before deciding whether to file charges
October 26, 2010
A 25-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student has been released from jail after he was initially arrested as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault last weekend.
Diabetic treat recipes, scared up just in time for Halloween
We found desserts great for diabetics on Hallow’s Eve or any old time
October 26, 2010
Halloween sugar shock is pretty familiar to most people in the United States, where tiny fun-size candies are as synonymous with the holiday as ghouls and goblins. But for an ever-growing group of Americans, ingesting a huge amount of sugar isn’t on the table, even for such a sweets-heavy time of year as Halloween.
Campaign Notebook: Brownback leads in race for campaign contributions
Kansas attorney general outspends GOP rival
09:47 a.m., October 26, 2010 Updated 04:34 p.m.
Democratic incumbent Steve Six has spent twice as much money as his Republican challenger for Kansas attorney general, but both are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of help from outside groups.
An afternoon’s hard work gets tree stump out
October 26, 2010
If time is of the essence or you have a fresh tree stump you want to remove, hand-digging the stump out may be your best option.
Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan agrees to back X-fish as state’s official fossil
October 26, 2010
A Kansas lawmaker has agreed to introduce legislation designating an ancient sea creature the state’s official fossil.
Smoking ban advocates voice concern over Kansas governor’s race
October 26, 2010
Kansas public health advocates say they worry about the views expressed by candidates for governor on the new statewide smoking ban.
Lawrence school board sizes up apparel deal for high schools
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
Following a path already cleared by Kansas University, Lawrence and Free State high schools are lining up to score uniforms, apparel and accessories through exclusive contracts involving adidas, the global sporting goods company.
Payless Furniture store reports theft
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Payless Furniture employee reported Saturday the burglary and theft of almost $3,200 in furniture from the store.
Resident reports burglary, theft in 900 block of 22nd Terrace
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported Friday the burglary and theft of a television, guitar and laptop from the 900 block of 22nd Terrace
Federal banking regulators looking into foreclosure mess
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A6
Federal banking regulators are examining whether mortgage companies cut corners on their own procedures when they moved to foreclose on people’s homes, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday.
Ailing Brett Favre’s starting streak in doubt due to stress fracture
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B4
Brett Favre’s ironman streak has endured a litany of injuries and even a pair of premature retirement news conferences. Perhaps this is the week that, finally, Favre’s health prevents him from playing.
Blue Springs RB Darrian Miller picks KU again
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B4 reported Monday night that Blue Springs High running back Darrian Miller, a four-star back who was the Simone Award runner-up in 2009, had orally committed to Kansas.
NFL lauds legal hitters
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B4
One week after drawing heavy fines for illegal hits, James Harrison and Brandon Meriweather were praised by the NFL for clean play in Sunday’s victories.
ACC associate commissioner Shane Lyons another KU AD candidate
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ray Evans, head of Kansas University’s search committee for a new athletic director, has made it clear the field of applicants includes candidates not currently serving as athletic directors.
James Naismith’s original basketball rules to be auctioned at Sotheby’s
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Dr. James Naismith’s original rules of basketball, currently safeguarded at Sotheby’s, will be auctioned on Dec. 10 in New York, the New York Times reported Monday.
Turkey seeking more independent role
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
All during the Cold War, Turkey was the NATO country the United States took for granted, a secular Muslim state that straddled Europe and Asia and defended a long border with the Soviet Union.
Federal Reserve leader Thomas Hoenig warns of future economic downturn
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
A very big bet on the U.S. economy is about to be made, and one of the leading economists in the country fears federal leaders are set to bet wrong, a Kansas University crowd was told Monday.
Kansas men’s, women’s golf in fifth place
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s men’s golf team is tied for fifth place after two rounds of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
Indiana University student reports theft in 1000 block of Tennessee
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Indiana University student reported Sunday the burglary and theft of his backpack and Macintosh laptop from the 1000 block of Tennessee Street.
Heat-Celtics game dandy tipoff for NBA
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
Before leaving for the airport Monday and catching the flight to Boston, Dwyane Wade had a conversation with the friend he calls Larry. As in, the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The one they give out for winning an NBA championship.
Bosox pitching coach to manage Jays
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
John Farrell was chosen to succeed Cito Gaston, who retired after the season ended. It will be Farrell’s first managerial job.
Giants to start Lincecum in Game 1
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B5
Tim Lincecum is the Game 1 guy for the Giants again.
KU soccer falls to CU
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Caroline Kastor scored a goal for Kansas University in the first 19 seconds, but the Jayhawks fell to Colorado, 2-1 in overtime, on Monday at Prentup Field.
NYC bedbugs scare away tourists
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
New York City’s bedbugs have climbed out of bed and marched into landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale’s and Lincoln Center.
Reeling Jayhawks remain confident, motivated by football losses
Next foe, ISU, sets example for KU
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Saturday, after an upset victory against Texas, Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads had some interesting comments for the television reporter who asked how his team was able to win after being blown out 52-0 and 68-27 by Oklahoma and Utah, respectively, in the two weeks that preceded the game.
Dallas loses QB, game to Giants
Romo suffers broken collarbone in loss to New York
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B4
Tony Romo’s season might be over, and the Dallas Cowboys’ season might as well be. As for Eli Manning and the New York Giants, everything’s clicking.
WikiLeaks documents raise questions about Obama policies
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama stepped into the White House pledging to end George W. Bush’s gloves-off approach to interrogations and detention — but a flood of leaked documents suggests that some old habits were hard to break.
Dark clouds for Democrats as Obama embarks on last push
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning Monday.
Previewing Jayhawks in NBA for 2010-2011: Ailing Collison must start season on bench
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University power forward Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder turns 30 today — Opening Day of the 2010-11 NBA season.
Tight-knit tradition: Firebirds’ postgame soccer circle part of bigger picture
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Shortly after the end of each match — regardless of the outcome — Free State High soccer coach Kelly Barah and his team walk toward the center circle at midfield.
Giants close to scratching 50-year itch
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
It was eight years and two days ago that the World Series last visited San Francisco. The Giants throttled the Angels, 16-4. The first World Series championship parade in San Francisco was one victory away. Civic delirium erupted.
Lions start soccer regionals tonight at Manhattan
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
A lot of things had to happen for Lawrence High boys soccer coach Mike Murphy to allow his backup senior goalie Julio Salazar to attempt a direct free kick in attacking territory.
Karzai says his office gets cash from Iran and U.S.
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A6
Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday that he receives millions of dollars in cash from Iran, adding that Washington gives him “bags of money” too.
New Amazon species discovered every 3 days for a decade
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
Scientists searching the Amazon have discovered new species — creatures such as a baldheaded parrot, a blue-fanged tarantula and a bright red catfish — at the rate of about one every three days for the past 10 years, the World Wildlife Fund reported Monday.
‘Glee’ pays tribute to ‘Rocky Horror’
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B7
Given the dearth of Halloween-themed musicals, it’s almost inevitable that “Glee” (7 p.m., Fox) would put its own spin on “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the mid-1970s camp classic.
Corn growth outpaces wheat in NW Kansas
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B8
All across northwest Kansas, massive piles of grain — virtually all of it corn — have become a growing phenomenon.
100 years ago: Naismith, engineers working on plan for new University Athletic Field
October 26, 2010
“Dr. James Naismith has thirty engineers at work on plans for a regular University Athletic Field which he hopes to establish in the near future. It will cover a beautiful twelve or fifteen-acre plot of ground located just south of the gymnasium with the gym as a center. It is expected that McCook field will be abandoned eventually for the new location.
40 years ago: KU alumni express preference for traditional Homecoming
October 26, 2010
A random poll of alumni and fans at half-time at the Kansas University football game showed that they would have preferred the colorful decorations usually present during Homecoming. Students had opted to jettison the usual decorations on housing units in favor of doing community projects, in keeping with the theme of “Relevancy,” but alumni claimed that they liked the old traditions better.
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
A new library with a big parking garage sounds good, but it’s overspending, which taxpayers, especially seniors, cannot afford.
Seeking solutions
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
I was deeply interested in your Oct. 19 front page article, “Stimulus bill foes share in benefits.” It seems Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Todd Tiahrt and Lynn Jenkins all voted against the $787 billion bailout, but after it passed with them voting against it, they all had their hands out for a piece of the bailout.
Plenty of hate
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
I would like to offer an apology for misquoting Bill O’Reilly regarding his interview on The View. The quote was actually by Brian Kilmeade of the Fox Network saying “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” while he was defending Mr. O’Reilly’s remarks on The View. Thank you, Sarah Peters, for politely correcting me.
Modest plan
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
“Americans for Prosperity,” a well-funded national group, has bought a big ad our paper telling us not to vote for improving our public library.
20-year tax
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
This is in reference to the library’s $18 million tax issue. I thought the American way was equal coverage on election issues. This is definitely not true of the library issue. Big coverage on the front page for the $18 million library tax. Is this a paid ad or free gratis? If you look closely, you’ll find the vote “no” library tax ad on page 7D of Sunday’s Journal-World. I guess the equal status on some election issues is far from equal.
Election integrity
Voter fraud is a serious crime that should result in serious consequences.
October 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
As Election Day draws near, there are sure to be an increasing number of stories about illegal voting schemes.
Double take: Empathy beginning to lessen over digital divide
October 26, 2010 in print edition on C1
Wes: Over the last 20 years, there’s been an increasing concern in adolescent literature regarding empathy, or the lack thereof.
25 years ago: State legislation could affect Western Hills annexation
October 26, 2010
Lawrence city officials were keeping an eye on proposed state legislation that would change annexation laws. This issue was of special interest to city staff, who earlier had recommended a unilateral annexation of the Western Hills subdivision, a 120-acre area north and west of 15th and Monterey. Most residents of that area were still fighting the annexation.
Horoscope for Oct. 26
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you will be open to many unique opportunities that come through a partnership or through individuals. Sometimes you become extremely critical or hard on yourself. If you are single, you meet people with ease, and they feel your intensity. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from sharing more. Make special time together more often. Gemini helps you zero in on the basics.
ISU seeks consistency
Victory over UT instills confidence
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Cyclones remain an unpredictable bunch with just four games left in the season.
Molina faces old team in Rangers’ first berth
October 26, 2010 in print edition on B5
Bengie Molina gets a ring regardless of who wins this World Series.