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Would you work at a prison?

Poll results

Response Percent
I already work at a prison
Total 498
If one of your Facebook friends posted a comment that indicated they were at risk of suicide what would you do?

Poll results

Response Percent
Attempt to reach out to the friend through Facebook
All of the above
Call Headquarters Counseling Center
Report it to Facebook
Total 309

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U.S. formally ends Iraq War with little fanfare
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
There was no “Mission Accomplished” banner. No victory parade down the center of this capital scarred by nearly nine years of war. No crowds of cheering Iraqis grateful for liberation from Saddam Hussein.
Full ban on driver calls could be tough to enforce
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A9
A driver in the next lane is moving his lips. Is he on a hands-free cellphone? Talking to someone in the car? To himself? Singing along to the radio? If lawmakers follow the advice of a federal board, police officers will have to start figuring that out — somehow.
Driver in fatality accident charged with involuntary manslaughter
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County prosecutors have filed an involuntary manslaughter charge against a 23-year-old Overland Park man accused of killing a 19-year-old Lawrence woman in a 2010 drunken-driving crash.
Defensive lineman Keon Stowers commits to KU
December 15, 2011
Keon Stowers, a a 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end out of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., committed to the Kansas football team on Thursday night.
Brownback aide hints plan to touch on sales tax
December 15, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback wouldn’t discuss details Thursday after one of his top aides hinted that the administration’s forthcoming plan to cut income taxes also would affect Kansas’ state sales tax.
KU faculty, students taking part in research involving Higgs boson at CERN laboratory in Switzerland
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
More than 20 researchers from Kansas University have contributed to work in the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, where researchers announced on Tuesday significant progress toward finding the Higgs boson, or “the God particle.”
SRS Secretary Siedlecki steps down, returning to Florida
03:44 p.m., December 15, 2011 Updated 12:28 a.m. in print edition on A1
Siedlecki will be returning to Florida to take a state government position there and be closer to his family, Gov. Sam Brownback’s office said Thursday.
United Way campaign still about $600,000 short of $1.7 million goal
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Erika Dvorske, executive director of the Douglas County United Way, said she’s “cautiously optimistic” that the agency will meet its 2011 campaign goal of $1.7 million.
Trials ordered in two alleged robberies that involved drugs
December 15, 2011
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered a Franklin County man to stand trial for two robberies of a Lawrence man earlier this year.
Lawrence Salvation Army kettle campaign hopes to hit $100,000 goal
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Salvation Army bell-ringers have brought in about $60,000 for the Lawrence Salvation Army this holiday season, but they’re hoping to reach $100,000 in the next week, said Wes Dahlberg, executive director.
Fund established to help Lawrence family displaced by fire
December 15, 2011
A fund has been created to assist a Lawrence family of four displaced by a Dec. 12 house fire. The family’s home at 3404 Oxford Court was damaged extensively during an accidental fire, though no one was injured. The family is being assisted by the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross as well.
Palm-sized baby, 2nd smallest in US, is growing
December 15, 2011
At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces — less than a can of soda — she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world. Most infants her size don’t survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home by New Year’s.
Putin rejects any redo of fraud-tainted vote
December 15, 2011
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vehemently rejected opposition calls for a rerun of the parliamentary election, accusing those who organized massive protests against vote fraud of working to weaken Russia at the West’s behest.
Panetta formally shuts down US war in Iraq
December 15, 2011
After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead and 100,000 Iraqi dead, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the American sacrifice because it set Iraq on a path to democracy.
Italian court explains ruling clearing Amanda Knox
December 15, 2011
The appellate court in Italy that cleared American student Amanda Knox in the slaying of her British roommate has released the reasoning behind its ruling.
Federal prosecutors taking over Lawrence firearm case
December 15, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday morning dropped charges against a 28-year-old Lawrence man accused of firing a gun outside a bar last week because federal prosecutors are expected to charge him in the case.
7 miners rescued from Idaho underground mine
December 15, 2011
Seven miners were pulled from more than a mile below the surface after an accident at a northern Idaho silver mine where two workers died in separate mishaps this year.
Research shows hands-free phones just as risky
December 15, 2011
When someone is talking to you, your brain is listening, processing and thinking about what’s being said — even if you’re in the driver’s seat trying to concentrate on traffic. That’s why drivers get distracted during cellphone conversations, even when using hands-free phones, researchers say. It’s also part of the reason why the National Transportation Safety Board made a recommendation this week it knows a lot of drivers won’t like — that states ban hands-free, as well as hand-held, cellphone use while driving.
Meyer deserved Medal of Honor, his comrades say
December 15, 2011
Even as discrepancies and contradictions may mar the Marine Corps’ official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s deeds, his comrades say he deserves the medal.
Brownback ‘bullish’ on Kansas economy
10:31 a.m., December 15, 2011 Updated 03:35 p.m. in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s “bullish” about the near future for the Kansas economy, pointing to signs of growth in new aviation sectors, energy development and agriculture businesses.
Unusual items turn up in Salvation Army kettles
December 15, 2011
Some donors to the Salvation Army in the Salina area are displaying an unusual sense of humor, unless they think the agency’s clients really need tokens for a car wash.
Mayor: Leavenworth would welcome new US prison
December 15, 2011
The mayor of Leavenworth says residents would welcome construction of a second federal prison in the northeastern Kansas community.
Funeral for Atchison officer is Thursday
December 15, 2011
A police officer who died in the line of duty will be laid to rest in Atchison.
Marines promoted inflated story for Medal of Honor winner
December 15, 2011
Crucial parts of the narrative the Marine Corps publicized about Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s heroism are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy Newspapers examined.
Highway patrol trooper injured in rollover accident in Leavenworth County
10:01 a.m., December 15, 2011 Updated 11:48 a.m. in print edition on A2
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a trooper suffered cuts and bruises when he flipped his vehicle on a highway west of Kansas City.
Town Talk: City still flirting with historic low on home construction; $4.4 million building permit issued for Poehler project; this and that about a new westside recreation center
December 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
2 men injured in one-car accident just outside Lawrence’s east city limits
08:08 a.m., December 15, 2011 Updated 03:32 p.m.
Two Lawrence men were injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning just east of Lawrence.
Former KU coach Turner Gill hired at Liberty University
December 15, 2011
Former Kansas coach Turner Gill has been hired as the eighth coach at Liberty University — an FCS school in Lynchburg, Va.
Pump patrol
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.07 at several stations.
Man involved in fatality accident in serious condition
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Rob Linsin, 45, of Prairie Village, was listed in serious condition Wednesday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said.
Receiver Tre Parmalee commits to KU football
December 15, 2011
Tre Parmalee, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver out of Bishop Miege High School in Overland Park, orally committed to the Kansas football team on Wednesday night.
Almost $5,000 in copper stolen from GSP
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University police are investigating a theft of nearly $5,000 worth of copper from Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, 500 W. 11th St., after someone broke a window open to enter the building
First Bell: How’s this for a homework excuse?; proposed school-finance plan ready for review
December 15, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: New coach Weis’ contract differs from Gill’s in several places; no decision on whether honorary degree recipients will speak at graduation; Hilltop Child Care auctioning birdhouses
December 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Lost owl takes refuge at J-W building
December 15, 2011
Journal-World engraving department employee Bruce Silkey was shown in a photograph holding a sizeable owl.
25 years ago: Experts offer gift ideas for the computer literate
December 15, 2011
Electronic Arts had just released the DOS-based “Starflight.”
Our Town Sports for Dec. 15
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Ottawa boys win in overtime, 69-58
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Semi Ojeleye scored 34 points, and Ottawa defeated Kansas City Schlagle, 69-58 in overtime, on Wednesday night to remain undefeated.
Firebird Kennedy Kirkpatrick commits to UWGB
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
With almost two full seasons of basketball ahead of her at Free State High, junior Kennedy Kirkpatrick has already committed to play at the college level.
LHS wrestlers fall, 39-27, to Gardner-Edgerton
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Tristan Star, Derek Girard, Nick Pursel, Reece Wright-Conklin and Brad Wilson claimed victories, but Lawrence High’s wrestling team fell to Gardner-Edgerton, 39-27, on Wednesday night.
Romeo Crennel makes change at QB for Chiefs
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Romeo Crennel stepped to the podium inside the Chiefs’ practice facility, gripping both sides of it with his meaty hands, and promptly named Kyle Orton his starting quarterback. Let the changes in Kansas City begin.
A fine line: Girls coaches try to keep hype in check as City Showdown looms
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
In high school hoops, there is a fine line between getting hyped for a rivalry game and not letting it become something bigger than it needs to be.
Thomas Robinson moving up menu nicely
December 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Coach Bill Self’s ninth Kansas University basketball team had all that going against it and somehow less than three weeks shy of the Jan. 4 Big 12 opener against Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse is ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Jayhawks can’t be counted out of any conversation about Big 12 title contenders and have a 7-2 record with the only losses coming on neutral courts against Kentucky and Duke, now ranked third and seventh in the country. How is this possible?
As antibullying efforts evolve, ‘data drives decisions’
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas now mandates schools compile data on each bullying incident occurring on campus and at school sponsored events. That data may help shape future policy to combat bullying.
Immigration route
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
I just observed what I deem to be a hateful and prejudiced TV spot encouraging the cancellation of legal immigration into the United States. I would assume this is the ultimate goal of some of the political candidates who are pandering to the voting public for some imaginary appeal to voters.
No talking
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
The National Transportation Safety Board has adopted a recommendation for all states to ban motor vehicle drivers from engaging in electronic activity, even talking on a cellphone with a hands-free device. That made me reflect on what is the difference between banning a driver from talking on a cellphone using a hands-free device and talking with a passenger in the vehicle.
Essential skills
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
I loved the article “Writing more important than ever” by Gene A. Budig and Alan Heaps. They are right on in discussing the power of the written word. Wars are caused by it, treaties are signed with it, and libraries fill the bookshelves with it. Yet it irritates me when I see ads that abuse grammar.
Gingrich criticism of Romney unfair
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
Newt Gingrich — the friend of his detractors, to whom he offers serial vindications — provided on Monday redundant evidence for the proposition that he is the least conservative candidate seeking the Republican nomination. He faulted Mitt Romney for committing acts of capitalism.
Driving distractions
There are many ways to distract a driver, but it’s hard to deny that the use of cellphones is at the top of the list.
December 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s amazing how quickly Americans have become devoted to, even dependent on, their cellphones — and how reluctant they are to temper their use of instant communication devices even in a life-saving cause.
Another year, another horrible Barbara Walters special!
December 15, 2011
‘‘Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011” (8:30 p.m., ABC) has the stale predictability of something that has been kicking around since February.
Nothing exceeds like excess
December 15, 2011
A house built by television goes for sale on television. “Selling Spelling Manor” (8 p.m., HGTV) offers viewers an inside look at the approximately 56,000-square-foot family home constructed by Candy Spelling for her husband, the late television producer Aaron Spelling, and their two children. For the record, that’s 14,000 square feet per family member!
Horoscope for Dec. 15
December 15, 2011
­This year you often feel very sure of yourself. Your thinking might be grounded, but for whatever reason, an element of confusion runs through your life. If you are single, you could date to your heart’s content. Just don’t consider a date a marriage proposal. If you are attached, take up a new hobby together. Virgo can push you beyond your limits.
100 years ago: Woman of the ‘underworld’ confesses, goes mad
December 15, 2011
“Today Etta Lowery is a raving maniac and confined in the padded cell at the county jail.”