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Should the amount of loans a student receives in college be tied to their potential earnings after graduation based on their major?

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What did you do with your 401k during this week's volatile market?

Poll results

Response Percent
I did nothing and let it ride
I don’t have a 401k
I moved my money to more conservative funds
I moved my money to more aggressive funds
Total 332

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Appeals court strikes insurance requirement
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lawrence man recalls building of Berlin Wall
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Fifty years ago today, a siren woke Bob Derby, an 18-year-old Army private, and his comrades around 5:30 a.m. He had been stationed in Berlin for nine months and was used to drills.
Two Franklin County residents injured in rollover accident south of Ottawa
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two Franklin County residents were injured Friday morning in a rollover accident on a county road south of Ottawa, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Kansas health officials warn more lakes show toxic algae bloom
August 12, 2011
Kansas health officials have added more lakes to the list of waters unsafe for wading, swimming and water skiing because of high levels of toxic blue-green algae.
Dean of K-State’s Salina campus to retire
August 12, 2011
The top official of Kansas State University’s campus in Salina has announced plans to retire.
Strangers provide headstone for eccentric Salina woman known as ‘Lady in Black’
August 12, 2011
An eccentric Salina woman who became known as the “lady in black” has not been forgotten since she died in 1982.
Kansas City man and woman sentenced in counterfeit check scheme
August 12, 2011
A Kansas City man and woman have been sentenced for manufacturing and distributing more than $650,000 in counterfeit checks throughout the Midwest.
Shawnee man accused of peeking into women’s showers at KU dorms faces eavesdropping charges
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors have filed five misdemeanor eavesdropping charges against a 23-year-old Shawnee man who is accused of peeking in the shower on women in Kansas University residence halls last spring.
Pittsburg man tracks game birds in order to help them
August 12, 2011
David Jenkins has spent the better part of July and the first part of August trapping mourning doves in metal cages and crimping metal rings around their legs.
Hutchinson family hopes car sets speed record at Utah race
August 12, 2011
His pride was clear as Justin “Bondo” Fields sat on a low stool in his body shop in the 800 block of South Main Street, stroking his long taupe-colored beard as he talked about the challenge taken up by his sons.
Portable corral innovator sets standard for others
August 12, 2011
If copying is a form of flattery, it may be the most insincere. John McDonald knows that first hand. The Abilene entrepreneur and his wife, Mary, have been the masterminds of Rawhide Portable Corral, 307 Augustine, for the past nine years.
Federal government pledges more money to $31.5-million health insurance program Gov. Brownback rejected
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
The federal government on Friday announced the award of $185 million in grants to states to help set up health insurance exchanges — a process that was thrown into limbo in Kansas after Gov. Sam Brownback this week rejected a $31.5 million grant to work on establishing an exchange.
Five city-owned Wichita golf courses in financial trouble
August 12, 2011
At a time when fewer people are golfing, Wichita city officials are trying to decide what to do with five city-owned golf courses in financial trouble.
Five Kansas City, Kan., police officers say they were detained illegally
August 12, 2011
Five Kansas City, Kan., police officers who were held at their headquarters for several hours following an FBI sting operation into police theft say they were detained illegally and want to be compensated.
Edgerton man pleads guilty in Douglas County Court to molesting two girls
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 45-year-old Edgerton man in Douglas County District Court pleaded guilty Friday to molesting two girls, ages 5 and 6, in 2010.
KU AD Sheahon Zenger working hard to protect Jayhawks’ conference interests
August 12, 2011
Kansas University’s future in the Big 12 Conference — or any other conference, for that matter — may be a little more in doubt today than it was a few weeks ago, but it’s not because of a lack of focus from the school’s athletic director.
Gov. Brownback plans 5 events to name notable Kansans
August 12, 2011
Presumably, the list of the top 25 notable figures in Kansas history includes President Dwight Eisenhower, famed aviator Amelia Earhart and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
Applebee’s to replace flags stolen from Lawrence VFW post
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Applebee’s International Inc., the Lenexa-based operator of the grill and bar chain, has donated funds to the post to cover costs of the new flags and their installation, said Bob Rentfro, the company’s director of operations.
Statehouse Live: More states get federal funds to help set up health insurance exchanges
August 12, 2011
Earlier, Kansas had been awarded a $31.5 million “early innovator” grant to start work on the health insurance exchange. But on Tuesday, Brownback, who had earlier signed off on the grant, rejected it, saying there were too many strings attached.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with 14-year-old girl
10:42 a.m., August 12, 2011 Updated 02:55 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence police arrested a 55-year-old Lawrence man Thursday afternoon after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl earlier this year.
Miniature horse makes big impression at area nursing homes
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Cindy is just 4 years old, and for the past several weeks she’s been visiting area nursing homes, entertaining and delighting each establishment’s residents. Cindy is a miniature horse.
Town Talk: Grinding out more details on Dillons; Civil War events and what Lawrence ought to do to mark a tragic anniversary; Downtown Lawrence planning shopping event
August 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas City area philanthropists Don and Adele Hall donate $5 million to KU Cancer Center
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas City-area philanthropists Don and Adele Hall have donated $5 million to support Kansas University’s cancer fighting efforts.
Heard on the Hill: Engineering students win regional Traffic Bowl; law student goes to NYC over the summer to study ‘fashion law’; professors earn grants to study endangered languages
August 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
1 in a million: Man traveling country to spread kindness
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Most nights, Bob Votruba sleeps in an old school bus without air conditioning. He eats peanut butter and sugar sandwiches at least 15 times a week. He is the self-proclaimed “king of the dollar menu.”
Ancient sea reptile gave birth, didn’t lay eggs
Plesiosaurs fossil originally found in Kansas
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
The remains of a giant sea creature are providing the first proof that these prehistoric reptiles gave birth to their young rather than laying eggs.
From JFK to 9/11, conspiracy theories thrive
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
In Dealey Plaza, with the white “X” painted on the spot where President Kennedy was assassinated, ask anyone about the grassy knoll and the second gunman.
Dow gains big as Wall St. rockets up again
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lurching higher in its week of whiplash, Wall Street recorded one of its biggest gains of all time Thursday after investors seized on a few signs that the economy might just be able to avoid a new recession.
GOP debate: Candidates hit hard at each other, Obama
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
Woman reports damage to room, closet at residence
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Tuesday that someone had damaged 10 windows and created holes in drywall in a bedroom and utility closet at a residence in the 2500 block of Belle Crest Drive.
Alcohol suspected in wrong-way crash on K-10
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Kansas City, Kan., man who died last weekend on Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County had been traveling the wrong way on the divided highway for at least one mile before causing a head-on collision near Interstate 435, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
UK battling internal enemy
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Some have compared the riots in the UK to the London Blitz. It’s a flawed comparison. The strategic bombing of London in 1940 came from an external enemy, Nazi Germany. Enemies from within are carrying out the free-for-all that began in Tottenham, England on Saturday — quickly spreading to London and other parts of the UK — following the shooting death of suspected gang member Mark Duggan by Metropolitan Police.
Vinland Fair keeps old-fashioned feel
Events continue through Saturday
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
If you ignore the modern cars and the modern clothes, Vinland Fair in Baldwin City might make you forget what year it is, at least for a few hours.
Pump patrol
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.45 at several stations.
Key for Kansas: Pound the rock
Jayhawks need to shorten the game, not air it out
August 12, 2011
My first college football game. Our seats were right behind the Syracuse University bench, close enough to hear the banging and the growling. My father didn’t like the seats.
Young Royals fall again, this time 4-1 to Rays
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
The Kansas City Royals are going through the growing pains of a promising young team.
National briefs: Titans GM ready to offer RB Johnson deal
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Titans are ready to make Chris Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history — all he has to do is show up at camp so they can finalize the deal.
Stricker ties record with 63 at PGA
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Steve Stricker stood a mere 10 feet away from the lowest round ever in a major, a captivating moment at any other championship.
NCAA approves increase in APR cutline
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
The NCAA Board of Directors voted Thursday to ban Div. I teams with a four-year academic progress rate (APR) below 930 from participating in the postseason, including all NCAA tournaments and football bowl games.
Vic Shealy stoked about KU defense’s progress
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University defensive coordinator Vic Shealy spoke with reporters for about 25 minutes following Thursday’s practice and it seemed as if he could’ve talked for at least twice that long.
Open competition: KU football special teams spots (mostly) up for grabs
August 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
So far, Aaron Stamn isn’t playing favorites. The Kansas University special teams coach has yet to publicly declare a starter for kicker, punter, punt returner or long snapper.
Sound decision
The best way for Kansas University to move beyond the embarrassing athletic ticket scandal is to make sure it could never happen again.
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Kansas University leaders made a fiscally sound decision last week not to file a civil lawsuit against those convicted in a $2 million athletic ticket scheme.
Other worries
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Dorothy Martin’s fond memories of the fair (Public Forum, Aug. 9) are wonderful but, from the flip side of things, not everyone is involved in 4-H but just enjoys the fun and carefree adolescence that the fair brings once a year.
No thanks
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Sam and I were walking down Massachusetts Street, and a fellow from Washington comes up and says, “Hey, here’s $31.5 million to help Kansans with their health insurance.”
Political dysfunction hurts economies
August 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Free markets, in theory, are supposed to be self-correcting. When they’re knocked off balance, changes in prices should gradually bring the system back to equilibrium. The same process of regeneration is supposed to operate with democratic political systems, too.
ABC invites us to watch ‘Karaoke’ alone together
August 12, 2011
I’m a sucker for titles that include “USA” for no apparent reason.
Horoscope for Aug. 12
August 12, 2011
This year, you move in a new direction with enthusiasm. You often are challenged by others. Listen to their feedback, as there might be a common thread. If you are single, you have many would-be suitors waiting. If you are attached, you often juggle two different concerns. Aquarius has the same issues as you but a different approach.
Jayhawks upgrade depth, speed
‘We’ve got so many guys who can play and are good’
12:00 a.m., August 12, 2011 Updated 10:01 a.m.
In 2010, Kansas University linebackers Justin Springer, Drew Dudley and Steven Johnson played just about every snap and even took turns on special teams.
Stacked at running back: Jayhawks should have improved ground game
August 12, 2011
For most of last season, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff struggled to figure out the best way to use the limited weapons the Jayhawks had on offense.
40 years ago: KU students, AD disagree on season ticket prices
August 12, 2011
Kansas University’s athletic department and the Student Athletic Seating Board were at an impasse regarding a dispute over student ticket prices.
100 years ago: Community asked to help widowed mother
August 12, 2011
“The police have discovered a case where there is need of charity.”
25 years ago: November election to include three local ‘sin’ issues
August 12, 2011
The election on Nov. 4 was expected to generate a higher-than-usual level of local interest.