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Are you looking forward to the start of school?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, because it means summer is almost over
Yes, I’m sending my kids off to school
Yes, because it means summer is almost over
Other (please explain in the comments)
Yes, I’m a student and looking forward to school
No, I’m sending my kids off to school
No, I’m a student and I’m not looking forward to school
Total 334

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Regents want to get on Brownback’s side in budget talks
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
During a retreat at Pittsburg State University, the board discussed its approach in upcoming budget talks with Brownback’s office and the Legislature, which starts the 2012 session in January.
Lawrence Athletic Club owner says personal bankruptcy shouldn’t affect business
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
The owner of the Lawrence Athletic Club said Tuesday his members should expect the business to stay open for the long-term despite his recent personal bankruptcy filing and a nearly $400,000 legal ruling against the business.
Shared smile
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
The other day, I saw a man sitting on the curb outside a store. He had a backpack on the ground in front of him with a dog lying on it, which he was shading from the sun with a cardboard sign. “NEED WORK,” the sign said.
National Endowment for the Arts says it can no longer give funding to Kansas, in wake of Brownback budget cuts
05:20 p.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 08:48 p.m. in print edition on A10
The National Endowment for the Arts says it cannot offer matching federal grants to Kansas this year because the state is no longer funding its own program.
Upperclassmen welcome Lawrence’s newest high-schoolers
August 16, 2011
Ask anyone: Starting high school can feel a bit intimidating.
Leaders at Kansas regents universities have mixed feelings about national rankings
04:54 p.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 05:40 p.m.
Several university presidents said while the rankings, such as those done by U.S. News & World Report, are important, they needed to be kept in perspective.
Board of Regents discusses KU’s cancer initiative
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
KU is scheduled to apply next month for NCI designation of its Cancer Center. Winning the designation would be increase dollars available for treatment of cancer patients.
Daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attending KU this fall
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
After stepping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did what many other parents are doing this week.
Lawrence man facing battery charge
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday filed charges of battery and violation of a protective order against a 26-year-old Lawrence man for an alleged incident Monday afternoon with his girlfriend.
Chicago man pleads guilty to DUI charge; 4-year-old daughter was in car at the time
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 60-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI related to an April 1 car stop in Lawrence and agreed to spend 30 days on house arrest.
ACLU sues over Kansas abortion insurance law
01:06 p.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 05:18 p.m. in print edition on A1
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Kansas law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions, arguing that the measure discriminates against women.
In latest report, Kansas GOP reports being short on cash
10:33 a.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 01:05 p.m.
Reports show that finances for the Kansas Republican Party have been tight recently, and the state Democratic Party has raised more money this year.
Town Talk Kia dealership may be coming to Lawrence; more on city’s police and fire unions; Overland Park increases property tax rate by 46 percent
August 16, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas to seek federal grant to promote marriage
08:04 a.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 10:31 a.m. in print edition on A3
At the same time as Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced it would return a $31.5 million federal grant that would help implement the new health care law, it was applying for a $6.6 million federal grant to promote marriage.
Hundreds line streets of Olathe to welcome home soldier killed in Afghanistan
08:00 a.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 12:12 p.m.
Hundreds of people lined a street in Olathe as the body of a Kansas soldier who was killed in Afghanistan returned home.
Victim’s attorney is witness in Osage County murder case
07:44 a.m., August 16, 2011 Updated 02:18 p.m.
A Missouri man charged with the murder of his wife had told her he wanted to introduce another woman into their sexual life, leading her to begin a lesbian affair that he then blamed for the breakdown of their marriage, the deceased woman’s divorce attorney testified Tuesday.
Heard on the Hill: Chancellor was on troubled DC-KC flight; readers asking about student loan debt forgiveness; comedian Donald Glover coming to campus; freshmen to walk up the hill this weekend
August 16, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Second Kansas woman pleads in insulin death
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A12
The second of two sisters charged with killing a suburban Wichita man has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
New GOP pecking order shifts race
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Suddenly facing two serious rivals, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney declared on Monday his business background sets him apart in the presidential race and dismissed the buzz over emerging challengers as “the political winds of the day.” Rick Perry insisted no one could go “toe to toe” with him, and rising star Michele Bachmann tried to turn her Iowa straw poll victory into gains against both men.
Obama bashes GOP field, defends decisions on bus tour
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Hitting back against an emboldened GOP, President Barack Obama launched a rare direct attack Monday on the Republican presidential field, criticizing his potential 2012 rivals for their blanket opposition to any deficit-cutting compromise involving new taxes.
Jeep damaged in burglary
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 35-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police that her Jeep Liberty was damaged in an auto burglary that occurred between 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Pinecone Drive. The burglars caused $1,360 in damage to the vehicle and stole $480 worth of property.
Orange bicycle reported stolen
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 25-year-old male KU student reported to police someone stole his orange Motobecane Fantom Cross 27-speed bicycle valued at $1,200 sometime between midnight and 10:30 a.m. Sunday from the 1900 block of Kentucky Street.
Laptop computer reported stolen
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
• An 18-year-old female Kansas University student reported to police Sunday someone stole her silver Apple laptop computer valued at $1,300 from an apartment in the 4500 block of Wimbledon Drive. The theft occurred between 1:15 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. Sunday. A 19-year-old Shawnee woman was also listed as the victim.
Sound system theft reported
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Saturday someone had stolen her a Kicker brand 15-inch subwoofer, Kicker amplifier and a pink iPod nano, valued at a total $1,120, in an auto burglary between 10 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The burglary occurred in the 900 block of West 28th Terrace.
Translation: A&M will still bolt
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Two days ago, the easy answer to the question, “Will Texas A&M leave the Big 12 for the SEC,” was “Definitely.” But now? Don’t be fooled. That’s still the answer. It’s just a matter of how and when.
Missouri OT Fisher injures knee
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Missouri senior offensive tackle Elvis Fisher collapsed at practice Monday, screaming in pain and clutching at his left knee before he was helped off the field by two trainers.
Kansas State to start high-definition network
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kansas State announced plans Monday for a high-definition digital network that will broadcast live sports, replays of classic games, news conferences and other events.
Cole, Pirates agree to $8M signing bonus at deadline
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the deadline to sign when the top selection in the June amateur draft agreed late Monday night to a minor league contract with an $8 million signing bonus.
Lefty pitcher Cody Kukuk, Red Sox agree for $800,000
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
It took 69 days and what seemed like hundreds of phone calls for it to become official.
In college football, money trumps tradition
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Big Ten has 12 schools. The Big East is branching out to Texas. And if that’s not confusing enough, the Big 12 may soon be the Little Zero.
KU track’s Dixon, Finley advance in China
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University track athletes Diamond Dixon and Mason Finley advanced in their respective events at the World University Games on Tuesday.
KU baseball’s Manship named an all-star
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University senior catcher/first baseman Chris Manship was named to the Northwoods League’s Postseason All-Star team on Monday.
Texas A&M facing ’lengthy’ process
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Texas A&M is looking into joining the Southeastern Conference, and contemplating remaining in the Big 12.
KU football notebook: Washington, D.C., defensive end De’Jon Wilson commits to KU
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Credit Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson with an assist. Monday night, reported that De’Jon Wilson, a defensive end from Washington, D.C., had orally committed to the Kansas football program.
Royals sign Bubba Starling with $7.5M bonus
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Three-sport star Bubba Starling, perhaps the most celebrated high school athlete in Kansas history, made a last-second decision Monday night to forgo football at Nebraska and play baseball for the Kansas City Royals.
A.J Burnett, N.Y. turn back K.C.
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
A.J. Burnett hadn’t won a game in weeks. He hadn’t felt good about a start in months. And he had never experienced victory as a member of the New York Yankees when the calendar flipped to August.
Ex-KU golfer Chris Thompson shines in Alvamar qualifier
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Ryan Vermeer, on his way to the first tee box Monday on the private side of Alvamar, explained his decision to play that course instead of the public one in the qualifier for this week’s Midwest Classic, a Nationwide tournament at LionsGate in Overland Park.
A helping hand: Cole Aldrich gives back to community, shops for city youths
August 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich, college basketball’s 2010 Academic All-American of the Year, would love to see 20 Lawrence youths attain similar success in the classroom.
Kansans aim for speed record
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
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.
Man spends 5th day on communications tower
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A man who climbed an Oklahoma TV transmission tower spent a fifth day up there Monday while the spectacle at ground level expanded, a public response that a mental health expert decried as callous.
Smoke test to check for sewer leaks
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Where there is smoke, there is not always fire.
Defense companies’ golden decade ending
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, Osama bin Laden is dead, and the federal government is deeply in debt. This spells the end of what was a golden decade for the defense industry.
Studies: Even half of recommended daily exercise is beneficial
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
Don’t despair if you can’t fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Growing evidence suggests that even half that much can help.
Addiction a brain disorder, not just bad behavior
August 16, 2011
Addiction isn’t just about willpower. It’s a chronic brain disease, says a new definition aimed at helping families and their doctors better understand the challenges of treating it.
Investigation finds Somalia famine aid stolen; UN looking into issue
August 16, 2011
Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts in this nearly lawless country.
Coal plant critics seek to block construction
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Opponents of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas on Monday filed a legal brief with the Kansas Supreme Court seeking to block its construction.
Giving back
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
According to the Journal-World, the rent on the SRS buildings at 19th and Delaware is just over $300,000 a year. I would suggest that instead of the city and county paying extortion money to Republican thugs in Topeka, they track down the building owner.
Old text, new wrinkles: Did Butch Cassidy survive?
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
A rare books collector says he has obtained a manuscript with new evidence that Butch Cassidy wasn’t killed in a 1908 shootout in Bolivia but returned to the U.S. and lived peaceably in Washington state for almost three decades.
Get serious
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
The Tea Party has taken an uncompromising and principled stand by telling Washington to stop overspending and get America’s financial house in order. They are demanding fiscal responsibility to solve our economic and employment crises.
GOP puppets
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
I keep blaming Sam Brownback when he does whatever he can to hurt the middle class working people, but when I read about his first wanting the $31.5 million insurance money and then, right after a meeting of the Koch-sponsored American Legislative Exchange Council, turning it down, it’s obvious I am blaming the wrong person or people.
Vinland pride
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
It is great that the Vinland Fair gets coverage each year, but, simply put, Vinland and the Vinland Fair are not in Baldwin City as the Friday Journal-World cover story says twice over.
What’s the rush?
One major election change is enough for Kansas counties to handle this year.
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
If there was reason to believe that Kansas has a serious problem with noncitizens voting in its elections, it might make sense to rush into a voter registration system designed to stem such abuse.
Horoscopes for August 16
August 16, 2011
This year, you will have an opportunity to relate closely to key people in your life. Often you will be resourceful and imaginative, especially at work or within your community. If you are single, you could meet that special person during this time period. If you are attached, do more together as a couple. Express your caring to each other more often. Aries helps you act on a dream.
Show features family dynamics behind running a Chinese restaurant
August 16, 2011
At their best and worst, reality series often suggest good plots and settings for situation comedies. And we all know sitcoms can use all the help they can get. The fact that the creatively anemic fat-joke effort “Mike and Molly” is the year’s biggest comedy breakout is a sad sign of the times.
100 years ago: Residents of hilly Lawrence street object to paving plans
August 16, 2011
“It was alleged that in icy weather passage up this hill would be impossible and the residents up there be isolated from the rest of the world.”
Study captures candid portraits of wildlife
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
They are the hidden family portraits of Earth’s most remote jungles finally revealed: A touching snapshot of an endangered female mountain gorilla carrying an infant on her back. A giant anteater sticking its enormous snout practically in your face. Soulful eyes of a curious chimpanzee, a speedy jaguar and a rare tapir staring back at you.
40 years ago: Three ‘free schools’ now open in Lawrence
August 16, 2011
An article described the “free school” movement as “blossoming in Lawrence.”
25 years ago: On-campus housing fills up as new school year approaches
August 16, 2011
With classes scheduled to get underway in the coming week, residence and scholarship halls on the Kansas University campus were already full to capacity.
Dual-threat QB takes reins at MU
August 16, 2011
After a successful string of pocket passers, the Missouri Tigers are putting their faith in a dual-threat quarterback in 2011.
Indiana stage collapse raises safety questions
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
Nathan Byrd was known as a daredevil, a wiry stagehand who would take on jobs no one else wanted. But one thing scared him: the quality of the canvas roof covering the stage at the Indiana State Fair.
Google has eye on patent prize in $12.5B Motorola Mobility deal
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
It may be the boldest move yet by a company known for being audacious: Google is spending $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility. But the big prize isn’t Motorola’s lineup of cellphones, computer tablets and cable set-top boxes.
Hispanic vote likely to stay with Obama
August 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
Despite the avalanche of bad news for President Barack Obama, he remains the most likely winner of the 2012 elections.
Passionate’ coach keeps ISU fired up
August 16, 2011
It’s difficult for Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott to ignore coach Paul Rhoads’ enthusiasm.