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6:00 a.m.
The Interstate 70 bridges over the Kansas River, a "fracture critical" bridge, is scheduled to be replaced in 2008 because of deterioration in some of the steel elements. The bridges get inspected every year. KDOT to motorists: State’s bridges are safe
August 2, 2007 in print edition on 1A
It’s all about trusting a set of eyes. Inspectors for counties and the Kansas Department of Transportation crawl, climb and creep over bridges all across the state to ensure that problems don’t develop that lead to catastrophic failures like Wednesday’s deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
10:00 a.m.
A loader moves coal at the Westar Energy plant in Lawrence.  The plant, which burns coal to generate electricity, serves Lawrence and the surrounding area. Westar among ‘dirtiest plants’
August 3, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The Lawrence Energy Center releases carbon dioxide at a faster rate than all but 11 other large power plants in the country, according to a new study. Westar Energy’s coal-fired plant reported emitting 4.18 million tons of the gas while producing nearly 3.26 million megawatt hours of electricity last year, according to the study from the Environmental Integrity Project.
1:00 p.m.
Mark Anderson, right, husband of Brittani and father of Aiden, 23 months, will deploy today for his third tour of duty in a war zone. He will head to Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Lawrence soldier deploys today for third time
August 3, 2007 in print edition on 1C
When Mark Anderson joined the Army in 2003, he had no idea that four years later he would be serving his third tour of duty in a war zone. He knows he has only himself to blame.
3:00 p.m.
Cast members of Baldwin City Community Theater's production of "Grease" rehearse a song this week. The show opened Thursday and continues through Au Pulse Podcast: ‘Grease’ slides into Baldwin City
August 3, 2007
For the first time in five years, the Baldwin City Community Theater’s summer performance is back outside this year, in a vacant downtown lot.
5:00 p.m.
Sheryl Saathoff, a superintendent of the flower exhibition at the Douglas County Fair, looks at tags on the entries exhibit after judging was completed Thursday morning. County fair in full bloom
August 3, 2007 in print edition on 3A
It’s not just cows, goats and swine being displayed and judged at the Douglas County Fair. There are also cacti and caladiums, hibiscus and herbs, sunflower and sage.
10:00 p.m.
5 bridges in county ‘deficient’
August 3, 2007 in print edition on 1A
There’s definitely a batch of bridges in Douglas County to keep a close eye on. Kansas Department of Transportation leaders on Friday confirmed there are five bridges that have been rated as “structurally deficient,” the same category that the collapsed Minneapolis bridge was rated.

All stories

6News video: Court upholds rental property inspection law
August 3, 2007
A federal appeals court upholds the city’s right to inspect rental units against the wishes of tenants or property owners.
6Sports video: Raiders roll over Pittsburg
August 3, 2007
To stay alive in their quest for a 5th straight state title, the Lawrence Raiders easily defeated the Pittsburg Post 64 by a final score of 15-5.
6News video: Demolition Derby a big hit
August 3, 2007
The countdown has been on all week for the Douglas County Fairground’s Demolition Derby and fans were finally able to watch the destruction Friday evening.
6News video: City leaders at odds with some hotel operators
August 3, 2007
Whether or not they realize it, every time someone spends a night in a Lawrence hotel, they spend extra to promote tourism in the city.
6News video: Several bridges in Douglas County need repairs
August 3, 2007
Two days after the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse, we’re getting a clearer picture on which bridges in Douglas County need special attention.
6News video: LJW earns top honors for Kansas mining stories
August 3, 2007
A pat on the back for a couple of our colleagues to announce tonight. A series of stories on mining in Kansas earned LJW a top honor from the associated press.
6Sports video: Ask the Pro: LCC Head Pro Jon Zylstra
August 3, 2007
In this week’s edition of Ask the Pro, LCC Head Pro Jon Zylstra helps Bill from Lawrence with his problem of landing on ‘every hill in play.’
6News video: State leaders adopt 5 million dollar flood relief plan
August 3, 2007
Legislators adopted Governor Sebelius’ plan today to help SE Kansas businesses recover from flood damage.
5 bridges in county ‘deficient’
KDOT says structures are not unsafe, but they need to be monitored
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
There’s definitely a batch of bridges in Douglas County to keep a close eye on. Kansas Department of Transportation leaders on Friday confirmed there are five bridges that have been rated as “structurally deficient,” the same category that the collapsed Minneapolis bridge was rated.
6News Now: Appeals court backs city’s right to search rental properties
August 3, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a federal appeals court upholds the city’s right to seek search warrants to inspect rental units, and a look at the structurally deficient bridges in Douglas County.
State will review inspections of deck truss bridges
KDOT has expressed confidence that Kansas bridges are safe
August 3, 2007
“Our bridge inspections are rigorous and our data is current and sound. The Kansas bridge system ranks among the best in the country and I want all travelers to feel safe and confident when they use our highways,” KDOT secretary said.
Fair results: 4-H/Free-for-All Sheep
August 3, 2007
Results for the 2007 4-H/Free-for-All Sheep show
Fair results: Quilts Open Class
August 3, 2007
Results for the 2007 Quilts Open Class show
Court says city can get warrants for rental inspections
A three-judge panel wrote it found no “genuine issue” against the city in the case.
August 3, 2007
A three-judge panel wrote it found no “genuine issue” against the city in the case. The city was sued by tenants Mary Anton Jones and Monte Turner - who had their rental units inspected against their will in 2002 - and Lawrence landlord Ronald Lawrenz.
Lending probe intended to protect students
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors said Thursday that an investigation into the relationship between major college athletic departments - including Kansas University - and a student lender is being conducted to protect students.
Sebelius proposes programs to assist flooded businesses
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is proposing three new programs to help flood-damaged businesses in southeast Kansas. She wants to provide state funds to businesses so they can reopen and keep jobs in afflicted communities, repair or rebuild their buildings, replace damaged machinery and rent space while original stores and offices are under repair.
Lawrence soldier deploys today for third time
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Mark Anderson joined the Army in 2003, he had no idea that four years later he would be serving his third tour of duty in a war zone. He knows he has only himself to blame.
Who will manage Royals?
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
After Buddy Bell steps down at the end of the season, who will get the next shot at trying to manage the Kansas City Royals back to respectability?
KU adds staffer
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s athletic department has announced the hiring of Katy Lonergan as assistant media relations director.
Twins’ direction draws criticism
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
One day after lefthander Johan Santana criticized the direction of the team after it failed to make a deal for a hitter, most Twins players supported their star pitcher.
Dodgers hold steroids awareness clinic
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
It was steroids awareness day at Dodger Stadium, and it had nothing to do with Barry Bonds.
China pledges to boost safety
Fisher-Price toy recall spurred by internal probe
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
China said it would work with the United States to improve product safety amid a massive U.S. recall Thursday of plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor, including products featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters.
Walsh’s legacy more than X’s and O’s
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bill Walsh was celebrated as the best NFL coach of the last quarter-century, one whose offensive innovations are being used today in some form by almost every team.
Chiefs’ Law thrilled to be healthy again
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was only a routine interception during 11-on-11 drills, something that will be repeated a hundred times in training camps around the country. But it gave Ty Law more satisfaction than the pick he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Man convicted of setting hotel fire
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
A man accused of setting a hotel fire that killed six people in an attempt to get the attention of one of the victims was convicted Thursday of arson.
Sen. Roberts has qualms about GOP’s loyalty committee
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Sen. Pat Roberts has misgivings about the Kansas Republican Party’s new loyalty committee, worrying that it might hurt the GOP’s image as it tries to attract new voters.
Phenix season ends only to rise again
Players enjoy little time off before cycle renews
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Trying out for a team can put added pressure on kids. Many youngsters feel they have to play above and beyond their usual skill level to impress the coaches enough so they can make a roster.
State has 3,000 deficient structures
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Kansas has slightly more than 3,000 bridges that are rated as “structurally deficient.” That’s not any worse than the national average.
People in the news
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Chavez praises Penn for criticism of war ¢ Date set for R. Kelly child pornography trial¢ Louis Vuitton label turns to Gorbachev¢ Pulitzer winner Simic named poet laureate
Crown Toyota receives President’s Award
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Crown Toyota, Lawrence, is a winner of the 2006 Toyota Motor Sales President’s Award and will be recognized in an advertisement in local subscriber copies of the Aug. 20 issue of Time Magazine.
News of the weird
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Some parents feel “unprecedented levels of angst” to pick cool enough names for their kids, with some even hiring consultants, according to a June Wall Street Journal report.
Congress OKs ethics reform
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Senate sent President Bush a bill Thursday to make lawmakers pay for private plane rides and disclose more about their efforts to fund pet projects and raise money from lobbyists.
Title insurance, PMI popular reader subjects
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Insurance, retirement issues and veterans’ benefits are subjects that are popular with readers of this column. Here we look back at some common questions and their answers.
Study: Toddler ‘word spurt’ builds on itself
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A12
It’s called the “word spurt,” that magical time when a toddler’s vocabulary explodes, seemingly overnight. New research offers a decidedly unmagical explanation: Babies start really jabbering after they’ve mastered enough easy words to tackle more of the harder ones. It’s essentially a snowball effect.
Democrats focused on defeat
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A11
Most Democrats seem so invested in defeat in Iraq that they apparently have no “Plan B,” which would be success. Like the character Billy Bigelow in the musical “Carousel,” who is dumbstruck when he realizes he has not thought about the possibility that his pregnant wife might actually deliver a girl, instead of the son he wants, Democrats appear unable to conceive of victory, or at least stability in Iraq.
Raiders seeking one for the thumb
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
No team wants to be the one responsible for ending a streak, and that includes the Lawrence Raiders. This weekend in Salina, the Raiders will be attempting to capture the program’s fifth straight Class AAA American Legion state baseball championship.
Mayer: Seniors stabilizing influence
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
College basketball coaches such as Bill Self probably dream of recruiting classes hubbed by the likes of Russell Robinson, Sasha Kaun, Danny Manning, Kirk Hinrich, Nick Collison and Jacque Vaughn. Not just because of the talent but because they’re the caliber of four-year men around whom you can build a solid, self-perpetuating program.
Pats’ Moss day-to-day with leg injury
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
A day after appearing to injure his left leg during a passing drill, Randy Moss missed two practices with the New England Patriots on Thursday.
Huskers hire ex-columnist
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson has hired a former Lincoln sports reporter to the top communications post for the athletic department as part of a restructuring of the athletic department, the athletic department said Thursday.
Commentary: It’s time for Quinn to prove his worth
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Dear Brady Quinn: As you work out in Arizona or wherever, have you dared to ask yourself, “Just what am I doing?”
Mavericks 2nd at state
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two tough losses doomed the Lawrence Mavericks to second place in the Class A State Legion baseball tournament Monday in Manhattan. Manhattan Manko came out of the losers bracket and pinned the Mavericks, 2-0, to force a decisive game Monday night, which Manko won, 3-2.
Woman may be Kansas’ 1st ‘07 West Nile death
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
An 83-year-old Wichita woman could be Kansas’ first death from West Nile virus this year.
Top dog
Spry Lawrence dachshund sprints his way into record books at Wiener Dog Nationals
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
If wiener dog racing were as big as NASCAR, ESPN would film a segment devoted to Corky the dachshund. He might even get endorsement deals. Corky, perhaps the most famous wiener dog to come out of Lawrence, has built a dynasty.
KU football to hold first practice today
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football veterans and newcomers reported to campus Thursday and will practice for the first time this season this morning.
Lawrence Datebook
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Pulse Podcast: ‘Grease’ slides into Baldwin City
August 3, 2007
For the first time in five years, the Baldwin City Community Theater’s summer performance is back outside this year, in a vacant downtown lot.
Names back on OU jerseys
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops provided the answer to the No. 2 question on the minds of Sooners fans Thursday night.
Holdman hospitalized
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was hospitalized with a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp Thursday.
Mets’ Martinez throws in simulated game
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
A day after his first scheduled minor-league rehab start was rained out, Pedro Martinez pitched 51â3 innings in a simulated game Thursday against New York Mets minor-leaguers.
Democratic race in Iowa tightens
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Less than six months before Iowa voters open the 2008 presidential nomination battles, the Democratic contest in the Hawkeye State is a deadlock, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards in a virtual tie for first place, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
KU custodian dies
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gary Lee Davis, a 56-year-old Kansas University Facilities Operations employee, died early Wednesday morning.
Senate votes to expand kids’ health insurance
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Senate passed legislation Thursday to add 3 million lower-income children to a popular health insurance program in bipartisan defiance of President Bush’s threatened veto.
Pump patrol
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.78 at several locations.
Teen student convicted in principal’s shooting
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
A high school student was convicted Thursday of fatally shooting his principal three times as homecoming festivities were about to begin last fall.
S. Korean envoy, captors seek talks
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Officials searched Thursday for a neutral meeting place that would be safe for both South Korean negotiators and Taliban captors to hold face-to-face talks about the release of 21 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan.
Marlins’ Johnson might miss 2008
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Florida Marlins’ injury-plagued rotation received more bad news from the doctor Thursday. Right-hander Josh Johnson will require season-ending arm surgery and might miss the 2008 season as well.
Lawmakers grapple with eavesdropping
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Congress struggled Thursday over giving the government more power to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists, bogged down by concerns about the man who would oversee the plan: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Area teachers to help Greensburg classrooms
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Members of Kansas Alpha Delta Kappa from northeast Kansas have traveled to Greensburg to help elementary teachers prepare classrooms for the fall semester.
Study touts simple way to find cervical cancer
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
A cheap method to detect cervical cancer using vinegar, cotton gauze and a bright light could save millions of women in the developing world, experts reported today.
Lawrence agencies to receive grants
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
Millions of dollars in federal grants are being distributed to Kansas public safety agencies and services, and some of that money is coming to Lawrence.
Russian mini-subs dive to polar seabed
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two small Russian submarines completed a risky voyage Thursday deep below the North Pole, planting their country’s flag in a titanium capsule on the Arctic Ocean floor to symbolically claim what could be vast energy reserves beneath the seabed.
Longtime water chief expects regulations in time of shortage
August 3, 2007
Kansas has significant challenges ahead as it tries to tackle water problems and shortages, particularly in western sections of the state, said David Pope, former chief engineer at the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources.
Westar among ‘dirtiest plants’
Energy Center ranks 12th in emissions rate
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence Energy Center releases carbon dioxide at a faster rate than all but 11 other large power plants in the country, according to a new study. Westar Energy’s coal-fired plant reported emitting 4.18 million tons of the gas while producing nearly 3.26 million megawatt hours of electricity last year, according to the study from the Environmental Integrity Project.
WWI museum to remove recording
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
The National World War I Museum plans to remove a series of recordings from its exhibits after failing to reach an agreement with the recordings’ owner.
Veteran equity
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Mike Hoeflich’s Aug. 1 column, “Plan to support veterans,” asks how our country is going to support the troops when they return from Iraq. As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I’m always interested in plans to support veterans.
U.S. arrests doctors on fraud allegations
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. federal agents arrested dozens of doctors accused of obtaining medical licenses through fraud or bribery, carrying out sweeping raids Thursday across Puerto Rico.
Kansas sergeant laid to rest
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
Friends and family gathered Thursday to pay tribute to a Leavenworth man described as another of America’s fallen heroes during a graveside service at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Scientists issue warning on chemical in plastic
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
In an unusual effort targeting a single chemical, several dozen scientists Thursday issued a strongly worded consensus statement warning that an estrogenlike compound in plastic is likely to be causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in people.
Gates shares optimism about Iraq security
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that he is optimistic about the security situation in Iraq but that a lack of political progress there is “somewhat discouraging” and taking far longer than expected.
Favre rejoins Packers after death in family
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Brett Favre rejoined the Green Bay Packers on Thursday with a heavy heart and a desire to resume preparations for the upcoming season.
White House clears way for Tillman interviews
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
The White House has offered to let congressional investigators interview three former officials in an inquiry into what the administration knew about the friendly-fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
Defense strategy may carry risks for suspect
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Jose Padilla’s decision not to put on a defense at his Miami terrorism trial underscores his attorneys’ argument that the case against him is weak, but it could be risky because it gambles on jurors feeling the same way, legal experts said.
Commodities
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures finished higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 5.75 cents to $6.4175 a bushel; December corn closed up 5.25 cents at $3.4125; December oats rose 1 cent to $2.70; November soybeans ended up 5.5 cents at $8.545.
Vaccines in high demand
More chicken pox shots on the way
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
A higher demand has created shipping issues for the company that manufactures chicken pox vaccine, of which two doses are now required for Kansas kindergarten and first-grade students.
Marine convicted of murdering Iraqi man
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
A Marine Corps squad leader was convicted Thursday of murdering an Iraqi man during a frustrated search for an insurgent.
Katrina insurance claims rejected
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Hurricane Katrina victims whose homes and businesses were destroyed when floodwaters breached levees in the 2005 storm cannot recover money from their insurance companies for the damages, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Research: Brain gets going when music stops
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A12
While music may soothe the savage beast, the brain thrills to the sound of silence.
Rice says Israel ready to talk with Palestinians
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that Israel is ready to discuss “fundamental issues” with Palestinians who are now governed by leaders accepted by the Jewish state and the West.
President jeered in public debate
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Alvaro Uribe was booed and heckled Thursday in a most unusual public debate with a teacher who walked halfway across Colombia to plead for a prisoner exchange with leftist rebels.
Web pharmacy charged with racketeering, fraud
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Physicians and executives are among 18 people accused of selling prescription drugs over the Internet to people without any examinations, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday that charges them with federal racketeering.
Leavenworth County men charged in robbery
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three Leavenworth County men have been charged in connection with a robbery Wednesday in the 1100 block of Ohio Street.
Excellence in Commerce’ nominations sought
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will accept formal nominations for its fifth-annual Excellence in Commerce awards through 5 p.m. Aug. 31.
Tragedy likely to reinforce bridge fears
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Mark Reinecke, chief psychologist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said Wednesday’s tragedy in Minneapolis likely will only reinforce irrational bridge fears, or gephyrophobia.
Liberal bloggers get Democrats’ attention
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Liberal bloggers can count the ways they are making their presence felt in the presidential race. More than 1,500 bloggers are expected this weekend at the second YearlyKos Convention, which has about 70 sponsors, including unions and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Credentials to cover the event total about 250.
Sox roll; A-Rod stays at 499
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
All these runs, all these hits, and not one single homer for Alex Rodriguez.
Expanding profits
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Some of our modern oil barons testified recently in Congress about “hot fuel.” In warm weather, gas expands, and without adjusted pumps (something the oil companies don’t want us to have) the consumers (you and I) receive up to 30 percent less gas than what we pay for.
Mahan among Brigdestone leaders
Casey, Sabbatini tied at top; Woods one stroke back
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
It has reached the point where everyone expects to see his name atop the leaderboard, and he got there Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on a course that felt like a major.
Questions emerge about safety of U.S. bridges
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
In a strategic plan laid out in 1998, the Federal Highway Administration set a 10-year goal of shoring up the nation’s nearly 600,000 federally funded bridges so that fewer than 20 percent would be classified as deficient.
County fair in full bloom
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s not just cows, goats and swine being displayed and judged at the Douglas County Fair. There are also cacti and caladiums, hibiscus and herbs, sunflower and sage.
Grease’ slides into Baldwin City
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the first time in five years, the Baldwin City Community Theater’s summer performance is back outside this year, in a vacant downtown lot.
Brookcreek, Ballard merging for efficiency
No major changes in services expected; nonprofits hope consolidation will boost funds
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Saying it will increase funding opportunities and provide efficiency, board members for two Lawrence nonprofit early education organizations announced a merger Thursday. The Brookcreek Learning Center will consolidate with Ballard Community Services on Sept. 1.
Faculty influence
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: The most recent ACADEME, Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors, honors 50-year members, two of whom are distinguished retired Kansas University faculty: Grant Goodman and Richard Moore.
Kazoo band falls short of world record
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Members of a 1980s funk and disco group hit a sour note in their attempt to break the world record for the largest kazoo ensemble, falling short of the some 2,600 impromptu musicians needed.
Hillary Clinton gets Pentagon briefing
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday finally received the Pentagon briefing on how the military is planning to withdraw troops from Iraq - and said more work needs to be done.
Would-be robbery thwarted by pizza
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
A man accused of trying to rob a pizza delivery guy is behind bars after his would-be victim fought him off using his pizza.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 3, 1907: “Only 732 and 171 juvenile tickets have been issued at the city library since the new program began.
Twins, Indians to play
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
This weekend’s four-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will be played as scheduled at the Metrodome, despite the fatal freeway bridge collapse near downtown.
Royals-Twins game to be played Aug. 31
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
Thursday’s game between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals that was postponed because of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 31, at the Metrodome.
Bourne’ best of prequel summer
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
All along, they’ve been calling this the summer of threes - you know how “they” can be, putting things into tidy little boxes. And they focused mainly on the ballyhooed blockbusters that came out at the beginning of the summer: third installments in the “Spider-Man,” “Shrek” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises.
Unanimous leader
To a man, Lions select Rucker captain
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s Quintin Rucker is well aware of the storied tradition that surrounds LHS football. He knows about the state titles, the memorable comebacks and the whole heart-of-a-Lion philosophy. He grew up attending games at Haskell Stadium and remembers watching the great players of the past and dreaming about one day being out on the field as one of them.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
State officials said it was too early to tell whether Kansas revenues were really on the rebound, but a preliminary tally of general fund receipts for July showed they came within a whisker of meeting projections made the previous April. Gov. John Carlin earlier had called for a 4 percent cutback in state spending to meet an anticipated $47 million state shortfall in funding.
Collapse spurs nationwide checks
Cracking, vibration focus of investigation
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Investigators looking into the cause of the Interstate Highway 35W bridge collapse are likely to focus on two primary causes - vibration and fatigue cracking, the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said in an interview early Thursday morning.
Quick checks urged for similar spans
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Federal officials alerted states Thursday to immediately inspect all bridges similar to the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River.
Old guys understand work
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A11
It’s hard to photograph a falling stock market, so the stories about the big Dow Jones plunge showed solemn-faced traders on the floor of the New York exchange or an electronic news banner in Times Square. The banner (what you could see of it) read, “Stocks Plummet Amid Cred,” while in the foreground people crossed the street looking rather unkerfluffed.
Gun regulations
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I have some questions for Neil Brown regarding his letter in the Aug. 1 Public Forum. First, have you recently attempted to purchase an aluminum bat at a local sporting goods store? And secondly, have you recently attempted to purchase a firearm?
J-W seeking sibling empty nest stories
August 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s that time of the year - soon, college freshmen will head off to school for the first time, leaving behind their families.
Water taps run dry during peak heat
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Much of the Iraqi capital was without running water Thursday and had been for at least 24 hours, compounding the urban misery in a war zone and the blistering heat at the height of the Baghdad summer.
House approves breaks between deployments
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
The House voted Thursday to give U.S. troops guaranteed time at home between deployments to Iraq, the latest but assuredly not the last challenge to President Bush from Democrats determined to end an unpopular war.
On the record
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Police arrested a 19-year-old Ottawa man following a robbery Thursday morning at the Ottawa Mini-Mart, 2120 S. Princeton. Officers are seeking more details about the robbery, which occurred about 6 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or (785) 242-2561.
Kansas not on prep Czyz’s narrowed list
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
College basketball recruiting update… Rising Reno (Nev.) High senior forward Olek Czyz narrowed his college list to Duke, Florida and Louisville on Thursday before heading to his homeland of Poland for a three-week trip.
Horoscopes
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
You might want to make some vital changes in your life. Taking action this year won’t be tough; choosing the right action might be more challenging.
Bonds fails to homer, but Giants win
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Barry Bonds’ bid to dent Dodger Stadium ended with a slow walk, rather than a historic trot. After three more homerless games, the slugger heads south to San Diego where Greg Maddux will try to keep Bonds from hitting the single home run he needs to tie Hank Aaron’s record.
Teen fare varies from silly to serious
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
Adolescence marks a time when things matter deeply, truly and utterly or they don’t mean anything at all. Cable covers both extremes of the emotional spectrum with “Fallen” (7 p.m., Family) and the movie-length version of the “Drake & Josh” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) franchise “Really Big Shrimp.”
State seizes ice cream store over back taxes
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
The state has seized an ice cream restaurant that allegedly owes nearly $50,000 in back taxes.
Safety warnings began in 1990
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Minnesota officials were warned as early as 1990 that the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River was “structurally deficient,” yet they relied on a strategy of patchwork fixes and stepped-up inspections.
Free State High gets new athletic trainer
August 3, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine, Lawrence, announces the hiring of Ben Timson to serve as head athletic trainer at Free State High School.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
Citizen interest in local budgets was surprisingly high and hearing turnouts were far larger than normal.
Friends carry weight with one another
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
Let me rise (from the breakfast table) in defense of Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler. The doctor and the political scientist were used to having a rather meager portion of academic attention. But now their cup and their inbox runneth over with charges of hate-mongering, size-ism and fat discrimination.
Good reminder
The Minneapolis bridge collapse should make us more tolerant of any problems caused by the upcoming replacement of Kansas Turnpike bridges.
August 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
It might be good for Lawrence residents to clip out some photos of Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis so they can pull them out for another look next May.