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KU officials meet with NCAA Infractions Committee
August 13, 2006
All Kansas University officials can do now is wait to see what the NCAA decides. Representatives from KU met with an NCAA Committee on Infractions for six and a half hours on Sunday in Baltimore to give their side of the story on 11 violations that were self-reported last summer.
Show documents atheist’s month in Christian home
August 13, 2006
The premise for the TV show “30 Days” is to place individuals in a lifestyle that is different from their upbringing, values or profession. In the case of Lawrence resident Brenda Frei, an avowed atheist, that meant being sequestered for a month with a conservative Christian family in Frisco, Texas.
Hitting the (check) books
Sending kids to school more costly than ever; fees, transportation, programs drive up expenses
August 13, 2006
Sue Roberts did the math. “On that first day of school, it’s going to cost us $338 for my son to walk in the door,” she said. “That seems like a lot to me.”
Chiefs stymie top pick but fall in preseason opener
Another Houston rookie steals the show from vaunted DE Williams
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
If the Houston Texans hope to justify spending their No. 1 pick on Mario Williams, he’ll have to contribute more than he did Saturday night.
A manly man
Satirical author Maddox dispenses ‘how-to’ guide on releasing the inner male
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
Behind the prickly public persona and poison pen, the author of the crudest, rudest and most politically incorrect new book on the market is actually a pretty laid-back, low-key, mild-mannered person.
Take a vacation in your own backyard
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D2
There’s a famous commercial featuring a couple looking back wistfully on their cruise. They were treated like royalty, basically. Their minions were instructed not to disturb them until such-and-such a time. Tea was poured. Pillows were fluffed.
Mirror doesn’t reflect youthful spirit
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am staring at myself in the bathroom mirror. And like every morning since my 50th birthday, I can’t believe what I see.
Sturgis rally rolls to a close; riders remain revved up
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B6
Taylor McKee wasn’t going to make it here. Too much business to attend to in Kansas City, too many responsibilities.
Agency turns airports’ banned items into eBay cash
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man-sized artificial palm tree and a sausage grinder have shared space in a state government warehouse with piles of Swiss Army knives and chain saws - just a few of the things travelers have had to give up at airport security checkpoints.
Heat is on Pelosi as Democrats try to reclaim House
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A9
Facing a strong re-election challenge from Democrat Heath Shuler, veteran Republican Rep. Charles Taylor is going after a candidate who gets an “F” from the National Rifle Assn. and a perfect score from a leading abortion-rights group.
Distorted history
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Cal Thomas has given a prime example of how he distorts history to make his point.
Horoscopes
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D8
For Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006
Poet’s Showcase
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
“Forsaken,” by Xin Liu
Spencer gallery closed for changes
August 13, 2006
In some ways, the temporary closing of the 20/21st Century Gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art will allow it to be better positioned for the 21st century.
Pit bull amnesty convinces some owners to abide by ban
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
Animal control officials said 149 illegal pit bulls have been turned in or confiscated in the two weeks since the city increased its enforcement of a ban on the breed.
Migratory birds subject of hearing
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
Wildlife and Parks commissioners will conduct a public hearing on late migratory bird seasons at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pratt Community College.
Fishing report
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
Gearing up for high school sports
A look at the costs of being a high school athlete
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kristen Karlin admitted she had no idea how much money was required to be a high school volleyball player.
Potter Lake no fish tale
Busboom enjoys snagging bass on campus
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
To sports fans, Potter Lake at Kansas University is known as the friendly football destination for game-winning goalposts. It became routine last season for the posts to crash into the water amongst throngs of screaming KU students, following victories against Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa State.
Wood putters eliminate hopping
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
To walk through Dave Musty’s workshop is to see wood putter manufacturing in its rawest and most beautiful forms.
Kane’s training off to fast start
Former Eagle Bend pro invited to PGA Championship
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jim Kane’s career is in transition. The Oral Roberts University Hall of Fame member is preparing a return to serious competition.
The cost of cool
Trendy gear bumps up school expenses
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
Remember Nano pets? You know, those tiny, egg-shaped keychains with screens that display a virtual “pet”?
Expensive lessons
Stick to budget when school shopping
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C10
School starts this week in Lawrence and other area school districts, and that means something new for Natasha Naramore. The pressure’s on the pocketbook.
Busing fee helps offset Lawrence district’s costs
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A4
In Kansas, school districts are expected to haul - or offer to haul - students who live more than 2.5 miles from their schools. The state picks up about half the cost.
Best sellers
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
Left Bank’ excels at fictionalizing a famous Parisian couple
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
Leave it to the Brits to stick it to the French. In finding the mordant humor in almost anything, especially humor-impaired French intellectuals, the British are peerless. They leave Americans, to say nothing of the French, in the Parisian muck.
On the record
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Missouri sees increase in dove population
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
Dove hunters in the Kansas City and St. Louis regions have reason to rejoice, if population figures released by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation are any indication. Dove season will open Sept. 1 and run through Nov. 9.
Lawrence datebook
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Offices start semester with extended hours
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B3
Several Kansas University offices will be open for extended hours Monday through Thursday for the start of the new semester.
On the move: Construction at West, other sites sets up busy year
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Inconvenience. It’s the price of progress. That’s what Lawrence school leaders are saying as they prepare for a new school year, with the inescapable traffic jams and parking problems brought on by the district’s $54 million bond-financed construction bonanza.
Torches represent new, longtime Jayhawks
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two Kansas University freshmen will receive a torch in KU’s annual Traditions Night program set for 8 p.m. Monday in Memorial Stadium.
Lawrence commuter report
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B3
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Run raises $24K for after-school programs
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B3
Four miles and tens of thousands of donated dollars later, Lawrence youngsters can look forward to more places to chat and learn after school this year.
Exercise keeps seniors active
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
About 20 senior citizens have given themselves enough space across a room at the First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive.
Train kills person leaning on tracks
53-year-old Lawrence resident was trying to remove an object from engine’s path
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 53-year-old Lawrence resident died after being run over by a train Saturday afternoon in North Lawrence.
Successful freshman year within students’ grasp
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
Sit in the front row. Open your books. Lock your doors. Do something other than play video games.
Brothers focus of terror probe
One is named a key al-Qaida suspect; police follow leadsBy Paul Haven - Associated Press Writer
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
The investigation into a plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic zeroed in Saturday on brothers arrested in Pakistan and Britain, one named as a key al-Qaida suspect who left the family’s home in England years ago and the other described as gentle and polite.
Man on trial tries to escape court to pray
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
A suspected Islamic extremist on trial for killing a high court judge was subdued by security forces Friday after he tried to escape from the courtroom to attend traditional prayers.
Thousands rally for alliance with U.S.
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of South Koreans, including former defense ministers wearing their old military uniforms, rallied Friday in Seoul demanding the president halt moves to retake wartime command of the country’s military from the United States.
Nobel Prize winner says he served in Waffen SS
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
German novelist Guenter Grass admitted in an interview that he served in the Waffen SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler’s dreaded paramilitary forces, during World War II, a German newspaper reported Friday.
Researchers make stem cell breakthrough
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Kyoto University research group has successfully generated a new pluripotent cell out of a mouse skin cell, which resembles an embryonic stem cell, it has been learned.
China begins cleanup after Typhoon Saomai
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Chinese authorities distributed emergency food supplies to evacuees and began massive clean-up efforts Saturday in the wake of Typhoon Saomai, which killed 105 people and left another 190 missing after it tore through the country’s southeast.
Pill to prevent HIV promising in early tests
Drug shown to be safe, but more study needed
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
The first test of a daily pill to prevent HIV infection gave a tantalizing hint of success, but a real answer must await a larger study due out next year.
Poll: Many Japanese wary of eating U.S. beef
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Eighty percent of respondents in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey said they were concerned, either greatly or to some extent, about the safety of U.S. beef, whose imports resumed recently.
Candidate: Votes from 5,000 sites are invalid
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Mexico’s leftist presidential candidate wants votes from nearly 5,000 polling places thrown out, a top aide said Saturday, amid signs that a partial recount won’t change enough results to swing the election his way.
Newspaper: Castro up, about on birthday eve
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Fidel Castro is sitting up, walking and even working a bit on the eve of his 80th birthday, Cuba’s official Communist Party newspaper said Saturday. It was the most optimistic report yet since intestinal surgery forced the Cuban leader to step aside as president.
3 U.S. soldiers killed by militants
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Militants attacked a U.S. patrol with rocket-propelled grenades, killing three Americans in Afghanistan’s wild northeast, an official said Saturday.
Landplan Engineering adds two employees
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C10
Lawrence-based Landplan Engineering has added employees for two of its satellite offices.
2 Fort Riley soldiers killed in copter crash
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Metro East serviceman was a medic training to be a doctor’s assistant when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing him and another soldier, his grandfather said.
Missouri church ministers to skaters
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B7
Neighbor kids always flocked to J.D. Dirks’ backyard when he was going up. It was fun. J.D.’s dad was cool. And everyone was there.
Water coming from tree has unknown origin
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Is it an artesian spring, a broken water pipe or an abandoned well?
Activist Cindy Sheehan in hospital for exhaustion
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Anti-war demonstrator Cindy Sheehan was hospitalized Friday evening for dehydration and exhaustion after fasting for more than a month and protesting earlier this week in 100-degree weather, friends and relatives said.
9 of 11 missing Egyptian students in custody
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Nine of 11 Egyptian exchange students who recently entered the United States and failed to appear at their college program were in custody Saturday after three were arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, officials said.
Bankruptcies
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C10
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Separated twins, 4, breathing on own
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Conjoined twins separated during a 26-hour surgery were breathing on their own Saturday, a milestone just days after the operation.
Thousands rally to protest violence in Mideast
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people gathered near the White House on Saturday, even though the president was out of town, to condemn U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East.
Israel surges into Lebanon after U.N. cease-fire vote
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A7
More Israeli troops surged into southern Lebanon on Saturday, reaching the Litani River and engaging in some of the heaviest combat of the monthlong war just hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a cease-fire plan. Israel lost 19 soldiers - its highest one-day toll.
Analysis: Deal won’t dismiss U.S. image abroad
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A7
A U.S.-backed diplomatic pact to end more than a month of war between Israel and Islamic militants in Lebanon may stop the worst of the killing and retire the daily television images of burning buildings and suffocated children.
More conspirators may exist
U.S., British officials warn against complacency
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A8
British and U.S. officials warned Saturday against complacency after the arrest of suspects in the plot to blow up passenger jets bound for the United States, and said the search continues for more people who might have been involved.
Lieberman looks outside Connecticut for help with independent run
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A9
Sen. Joe Lieberman made an unusual pitch to people outside Connecticut when he conceded the state’s Democratic primary to Ned Lamont and announced plans to run as an independent.
K-State to study new ways of making ethanol
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
Kansas State University researcher Bikram Gill imagines a day when the state’s annual prairie burns give way to turning the unwanted debris into automobile fuel.
What’s in your water?
Enhanced waters offer consumer a new version of H20, but is the flavor worth the increased cost?
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D5
Looking for sweeteners? Preservatives? And if you don’t mind consuming those substances, what are some of the fluids you’re supposed to drink every day? Try bottled water.
The back story, revisited
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D5
Have low-back pain? Ever had it? Want to avoid it? OK, that covers all of us, so listen up: The muscles of the lower back are designed more for stability and less for power or acceleration (unlike, say, the quadriceps). Thus, you want to choose back exercises that promote endurance, not brute strength.
Getting your green foods
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D5
The newest dietary guidelines from the federal government call for five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That means average people (those who eat 2,000 calories a day) need to eat nine servings - 4-1/2 cups per day. Here are seven lucky ways to eat green and meet that requirement.
Expectant parents fear Year of the Horse
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D4
Old superstitions die hard - and in South Korea, beliefs in astrology remain so strong in that fertility rates plummeted and thousands of abortions were performed in 2002 because parents didn’t want to give birth to a daughter in the dreaded Year of the Horse.
Organization can turn cluttered bedroom into romantic sanctuary
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D4
After revamping many homes on HGTV’s “Takeover My Makeover” and other shows, designer Valerie Bickford has noticed a near-universal trend: The bedroom is neglected.
Dancing collectibles fetch high price
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D6
Dancing is one of the newest crazes on television. Adults and children show their dancing skills and compete for prizes. But dancing has been popular for a long time. About 1920, the famous Steiff company of Germany made dancing bears. The bears were dressed like humans and stitched together to make a couple. One couple was a 14-inch golden mohair boy and a 13-inch white mohair girl. It must have been hard to make the teddy bears dance, but they seem to have special charm, because they sold for $20,900 at a recent auction.
American supersizing their homes, too
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D6
Houses built now are bigger, but they’re on smaller lots. More people are living in the suburbs, but not necessarily in a house with a yard. And the typical American home these days is constructed with more bathrooms, more bedrooms and more amenities than in the past - but on average shelters fewer people.
People in the news
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Martha Stewart having trouble selling home for $9M ¢ ‘Last Comic Standing’ winner celebrating victory nonstop ¢ Sixpence None the Richer singer can’t escape hit song ¢ Actor released from jail after allegedly abusing girlfriend ¢ Artist creates busty bust of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Red nose, big shoes not enough for clowns anymore
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A2
Big shoes, white face paint and a round red nose just don’t cut it anymore. Clowns at a festival in Denmark are turning to elaborate tricks, like losing their shorts while being sucked into a giant orange balloon or using a baby carriage as a trapeze.
Study: Male lefties have right stuff
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D7
Left-handed men who attended at least a year in college go on to earn significantly more than their right-handed classmates - even more reason they’ll be celebrating International Left-Handers Day today.
Commentary: Autographs should be kept kid stuff
If an athlete is younger than you are, you shouldn’t be asking for a signature
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C2
Autographs are for kids. If you’re old enough to sit on a bar stool and order a drink, you’re too old to ask for an autograph.
Rice leads 20-man class for hall
Players in college shrine wish they could do it over again
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C2
College seems like a blur to Jerry Rice.
Time running out for GOP, analyst says
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A9
Just as voters are about to tune in to this fall’s battle for control of the House of Representatives, many Republican incumbents are running away from President Bush out of fear that they’ll be caught in an anti-Bush tidal wave that could sweep them from power.
A year later, life forces itself back in spite of Katrina
Perseverance necessary for those who return to, rebuild in destroyed city of New Orleans
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A10
They said she was too frail. That the mold growing on the warped walls of her flooded house would make her ill. That she shouldn’t bother since her mottled, mud-filled home would likely be bulldozed anyway.
Roethlisberger exits early
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C7
Ben Roethlisberger didn’t mind that his appearance at the grand opening of the extravagant new home of the Arizona Cardinals was as brief as it was fruitless.
White Sox closing gap
Chicago makes it two straight wins over Detroit
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Chicago White Sox got a solid effort from their starting pitcher, took advantage of their opponent’s mistakes and gained another game in the division standings.
Double displeasure: Hafner’s winning RBIs vex Royals
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C3
Travis Hafner’s 100th RBI of the season came in an important spot for the Cleveland Indians.
Raiders win after rain-delayed start
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Raiders remained undefeated in the Central Plains regional, defeating South Dakota-Rapid City, 3-1, Saturday night.
High school sweethearts run in family
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D10
Laura Korb and Brad Reischman, both of Tonganoxie, found love in the same place that their parents did: high school.
Democrats, Michael Moore seeking payback on war
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B9
Forget the war in Iraq, the war on terror, or any other war against which Connecticut citizens are said to have voted by defeating Joe Lieberman and nominating Ned Lamont for the U.S. Senate. The operative war for American citizens is something closer to home - a war of independence from the bickering partisans who have made political life in America a childish and tedious exercise.
Cubans, exiles ponder future without Fidel
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B9
The two brothers couldn’t be more different. Where Fidel is considered charismatic and impulsive, younger brother Raul is seen as pragmatic and reclusive.
Stop signs
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: I think I have deciphered the word “stop” when it comes to college students, high school students and bicycle riders.
Practical party
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: It seems Kansas isn’t so socially right-wing after all.
Anger-driven politics often not productive
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
Thank you, Connecticut Democrats, for showing a refined sense of humor. You have delivered a victory for irony by telling Joe Lieberman to get lost. Only that could have spurred Lieberman into doing what is needed for political success in these days of global political rage.
Back on track
The philosophical roller coaster being driven by the Kansas Department of Education provides a bumpy ride for local school districts.
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
Judging by the results of the Aug. 1 primary election, many Kansans think it’s time for some changes on the Kansas State Board of Education.
Nearly 50 die in violence
August 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Police found a dozen bodies trapped in a grate in the Tigris River, and a roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers on a foot patrol south of Baghdad Saturday as nearly 50 violent deaths were reported across Iraq.
Real men don’t read instructions
August 13, 2006 in print edition on D7
What would we women do without men to fix things for us? And what would our men do without us telling them HOW to fix it? Women are able to do that because we read directions, while any man worth his salt wouldn’t be caught dead holding an instruction manual.
Some countries - even U.S.- may be wary of change in Cuba
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B9
Watching the latest events in Cuba from this part of the world, one gets the sense that the international community - perhaps including the United States - will be in no great hurry to seek a rapid transition to democracy on the island.
Missourian keeps western tradition alive with custom leather products
August 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Gary “Cowboy” Hollis has spent 45 years trying to keep the “Old West” alive and at the same time perfecting an art he learned as a young child.
NCAA hearing serious business
Infractions committee to hear KU’s case today
August 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
If anybody should know what Kansas University is diving into today with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, it’s the university’s legal counsel, Overland Park-based attorney Rick Evrard.