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4:31 a.m.
Ann Peuser, owner of Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, waters a bed of annuals Monday afternoon. The city commission is scheduled to approve a 5 percent rate hike for water usage Tuesday evening... Higher water, sewage rates to increase revenue stream
August 7, 2007
It is about more than just your taxes. When city commissioners meet tonight to finalize the 2008 budget, they’ll also be increasing several fees that Lawrence residents must pay. Monthly sewer bills are expected to increase by about 6 percent, water bills by about 5 percent and trash collection fees by about 4 percent.
10:00 a.m.
This architect's rendering shows the Wal-Mart site at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Wal-Mart proposal up for city approval
August 7, 2007
Wal-Mart is back at City Hall. City commissioners tonight are scheduled to vote on plans related to Wal-Mart’s proposal to build a store at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the project last month. If city commissioners approve the project, it would mark the end of an approximately five-year battle by developers to build a second Wal-Mart in the city.
1:30 p.m.
Patrick Gerring of Cromwell Environmental wires in a set of six solar panels on the roof of Southwest Junior High School, 2511 Inverness Drive. The panels are being installed as part of a nationwide project, Solar 4 R Schools, that aims to raise awareness of renewable energy. School’s solar panels will empower student learning
August 7, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The sun is giving a boost to Southwest Junior High School. A crew on Monday finished installing a 1.2-kilowatt solar module on the roof of the main entrance to the school, 2511 Inverness Drive. Solar power will provide a portion of Southwest’s energy needs, but school leaders say the educational component will be the greatest benefit.
4:00 p.m.
Micah Edmondson, front, stretches before a recent Dog Days workout. The 10-year-old Lawrence boy usually attends the 6 a.m. session. Fitness pups
August 7, 2007 in print edition on 1C
What do teachers, doctors, attorneys, mothers pushing strollers, high school athletes and even elementary school children have in common? They all can be found at Memorial Stadium on the Kansas University campus Mondays through Thursdays, three times a day, doing jumping jacks, crunches, push-ups, running stairs or jogging laps around the track in the heat of the summer.Hundreds of people of all ages join in on Dog Days. Many wonder how this all began.
6:30 p.m.
This architect's rendering shows the Wal-Mart site at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. LIVE BLOG: City Commission decides budget, Wal-Mart
10:49 p.m., August 7, 2007 Updated 11:55 p.m.
Chad Lawhorn brings you live coverage

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LIVE BLOG: City Commission decides budget, Wal-Mart
Chad Lawhorn brings you live coverage
10:49 p.m., August 7, 2007 Updated 11:55 p.m.
Chad Lawhorn brings you live coverage
6Sports video: Jayhawk football squad kicks off 2007 Media Day
August 7, 2007
The college football season officially began today for the Channel 6 Sports crew at the 2007 Kansas Jayhawk Media Day.
6News video: Abercrombie & Fitch scheduled to close after August 18th
August 7, 2007
Just as school is about to begin, a retailer that caters to students is making plans for closing its Lawrence store.
6News video: Authorities still investigating body found on the Turnpike
August 7, 2007
Investigators are trying to figure out what killed a Minnesota man whose body was found on the Kansas Turnpike.
6News video: Stolen vehicle found in the Kansas River
August 7, 2007
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office recovers a stolen mini-van from the Kansas River today.
6Sports video: Raiders fall short of 5th straight state title
August 7, 2007
The Lawrence Raiders’ title hopes were crushed as they were defeated by the Salina Falcons by a final score of 8-2.
6News video: Martin Logan looking to broaden its base under new leadership
August 7, 2007
A Lawrence-based maker of high-performance audio equipment is tuning in a new boss. Martin Logan sells its speakers to movie stars and admitted audiophiles.
6News video: South Junior High still under construction
August 7, 2007
Classrooms without walls, unfinished floors, and no where to park. A new South Junior High School is a work in progress - and students move in next week!
6News video: Victim of Sunday’s drowning identified
August 7, 2007
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office identifies the victim of Sunday’s drowning at Clinton Lake.
6News video: The ‘T’ survives a round of cuts at City Hall
August 7, 2007
Commissioners came to the city bus system’s rescue tonight, saving it from a cutback in service hours. In 2008, the ‘T’ will continue to run until eight at night, instead of shutting down at six.
6News video: Rescue workers pull a second body from the Kansas River
August 7, 2007
Two men went missing Sunday when their canoes flipped. The body was found shortly before 7:30 this morning.
City commissioners back off plan to cut public transit hours
August 7, 2007
City commissioners this evening backed off a plan to cut the hours of the city’s public transit system, but stuck to their plan to increase the property tax rate by 0.425 mills.
Man suspected in rapes appears in court
Judge allows additional charges
August 7, 2007
Judge allows additional charges
Lawrence Raiders fall short of fifth state title
Lose to Salina Falcons, 8-2
August 7, 2007
Lose to Salina Falcons, 8-2
6News Now: Commissioners may end Sixth and Wak battle
August 7, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the battle for Sixth and Wakarusa may come to an end tonight, and workers push to finish South Junior High School before students arrive.
Notes from Kansas Football Media Day
August 7, 2007
Some notes early on from Kansas Football Media Day at Hadl Auditorium…
New uniforms unveiled
August 7, 2007
Check out the new KU football threads unveiled at today’s media day, featuring the University-wide Trajan font.
Body found near Turnpike
Person identified, but cause of death still under investigation
August 7, 2007
Person identified, but cause of death still under investigation
Drowning victim identified
August 7, 2007
Victim identified as James Whitaker, 33, of Lawrence.
Roberts preparing for tough race
Longtime politician isn’t taking victory for granted this time
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Pat Roberts has more reasons to feel safe heading into a re-election year than most American politicians. The Kansas senator is a Republican in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 75 years. He’s kept both the conservative and moderate wings of his party happy. He has a record of easy election victories, and no Democrat is making noise about trying to unseat him next year.
Keller not a starter just yet
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Sam Keller already has the fan adulation, and he already has been named offensive newcomer of the year in the Big 12. All this, and he hasn’t been named Nebraska’s starting quarterback. At least not yet. It has been almost a year since Keller had the starting job at Arizona State yanked from him unceremoniously. The decision by Dirk Koetter chafed Keller, and he left the desert for the green pastures of Nebraska.
Higher water, sewage rates to increase revenue stream
August 7, 2007
It is about more than just your taxes. When city commissioners meet tonight to finalize the 2008 budget, they’ll also be increasing several fees that Lawrence residents must pay. Monthly sewer bills are expected to increase by about 6 percent, water bills by about 5 percent and trash collection fees by about 4 percent.
Colts lose McFarland
Knee surgery could be in DT’s future
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Super Bowl champions could be a missing a big contributor on defense for much of the season. Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Anthony McFarland injured his knee Friday and missed Saturday’s controlled scrimmage. Colts coach Tony Dungy called the injury serious and said McFarland might need surgery but didn’t give details on how the injury happened or which knee was hurt.
Disney cashes in on networking site for younger users
August 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
These days, it’s little brother who’s watching. Younger and younger children want their share of the social networking craze, but popular Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook are reserved for older crowds. So sites are now aiming at children 14 and under, with online worlds where their animated personas can play games, chat with others their age and even engage in adultlike activities such as e-commerce.
Study shows advertising shapes consumer tastes
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Anything made by McDonald’s tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that powerfully demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children. Even carrots, milk and apple juice tasted better to the kids when they were wrapped in the familiar packaging of the Golden Arches. The study had youngsters sample identical McDonald’s foods in name-brand and unmarked wrappers. The unmarked foods always lost the taste test.
Small plane crashes into unoccupied house
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A small plane believed to have four people on board crashed Monday near the picturesque downtown of Sitka, destroying an unoccupied house, authorities said. Police said the likelihood of survivors was slim, but no one on the ground was reported injured.
Painter donating artwork to tornado victims
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
Victims of the Greensburg tornado will get help brightening their temporary homes from a man who helped prosecute the killers made infamous by Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” Duane West, a longtime photographer and painter from Garden City, plans to give away 50 of his photos and watercolors and 20 works from other artists.
Events mark region’s Civil War heritage
13-day program coincides with anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence in 1863
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence revisits its Civil War history later this week as it begins a 13-day commemoration of that tumultuous time. Movies, documentaries, plays, re-enactments, tours and discussions highlight the 12th annual Civil War on the Western Frontier, which starts Thursday and continues through Aug. 21.
Woodling: Best to avoid Arkansas
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
I don’t collect football stadiums. I don’t keep a list of all the gridiron venues I have visited during nearly four decades of covering the Jayhawks. Yet it occurred to me not too long ago that I had never been to Arkansas. Hmmm. I had been all over the country - from Los Angeles to Syracuse, from Florida State to Oregon State - on KU football assignments and had never set foot on the campus of a school approximately the same distance from Lawrence as Oklahoma State.
Real estate boom continues on Bravo
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
Nobody goes to the movies or watches TV for an accurate depiction of “real” life. Entertainment often provides a circus mirror image of events and trends, offering a nearly perverse diversion from reality. During the Depression, half the movies seemed to be about millionaires throwing parties or Fred Astaire dancing in top hats and tails.
On the Record
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
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Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several locations.
Gatlin thought shot was B12 vitamin
World-class sprinter hopes confusion over injection shortens 8-year ban
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
The top assistant to track coach Trevor Graham gave Justin Gatlin an injection, which he believed to be vitamin B12, two weeks before the world record-sharing sprinter tested positive for steroids. After Randall Evans gave Gatlin the shot, the sprinter was given what he was told were anti-inflammatory pills as a follow-up, a person with knowledge of the case told the Associated Press on Monday.
Rallying Raiders
Dramatic finishes lift Lawrence into title game
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Raiders sure have a flair for the dramatic. It took two late-inning rallies for the Raiders to top Pittsburg and Salina in the Class AAA American Legion state tournament Monday at Dean Evans Stadium. The Raiders lost an eight-run lead against Pittsburg, suffering an 11-run swing in the final three innings.
Fitness pups
Youngsters among ranks in summer Dog Days workouts
August 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
What do teachers, doctors, attorneys, mothers pushing strollers, high school athletes and even elementary school children have in common? They all can be found at Memorial Stadium on the Kansas University campus Mondays through Thursdays, three times a day, doing jumping jacks, crunches, push-ups, running stairs or jogging laps around the track in the heat of the summer.Hundreds of people of all ages join in on Dog Days. Many wonder how this all began.
Cubs’ Soriano on DL
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano went on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after tearing his right quadriceps while running the bases against the New York Mets. Soriano is expected to miss several weeks.
Gockel cards an 80
August 7, 2007
Kansas University golfer Meghan Gockel finished her first round of stroke play with an 80 Monday at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Golf Amateur. She is tied for 104th.
Handyman admits to shooting journalist
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A teenage handyman for a Black Muslim splinter group has confessed and will be charged with murder in the shooting of an Oakland journalist who was investigating the group’s finances, the assistant police chief said Monday.
Women’s obesity linked with risk for birth defects
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Women who are obese before pregnancy face a higher risk of having babies with a variety of birth defects than women with a healthy weight, a new study suggests. The results involving nearly 15,000 women from eight states found abnormalities of the spine, heart, arms, legs and abdomen, building on previous research that showed heart and spine defects.
Israel warns against travel in Egypt, Jordan
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Israeli security officials on Monday warned citizens traveling in Egypt, Jordan and other Muslim countries to leave immediately due to a “concrete and severe” threat of terror attacks.
Police kill militants’ deputy commander
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police have killed the deputy commander of al-Qaida-inspired militants entrenched in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, the government said Monday. Abu Hureira was killed a few days ago by police in the northern port city of Tripoli, near the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp where Fatah Islam militants have been fighting Lebanese soldiers for more than two months, said Information Minister Ghazi Aridi.
KU upperclassmen lend hand at camp
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Sasha Kaun and Mario Chalmers worked as camp counselors at the Adidas Nations Basketball Experience from Friday through Monday in New Orleans.
Court dismisses lawsuit on adviser’s job change
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two former Kansas State University journalism students over a faculty member’s removal as the campus newspaper’s adviser. Ron Johnson was removed as director of student publications and adviser to reporters and editors on the Kansas State Collegian in 2004. He and two student editors, Katie Lane and Sarah Rice, sued school leaders.
Armed thieves steal 4 masterpieces from French museum
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Five armed, masked thieves sprinted into an art museum on the French Riviera during opening hours Sunday afternoon and snatched a Monet and three other masterpieces off the walls in the latest brazen heist of high-profile art from the rich collections of Europe.
Lawrence attorney named to crime board
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
Lawrence attorney Edward Collister Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve a four-year term on the Kansas Criminal Code Recodification Commission. The commission makes recommendations on proposed modifications, amendments and additions to state criminal code. Part of this involves reviewing sentencing policies for Kansas and other states.
4-H’er takes championship in stride
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
Tyler Kapelle, 12, said keeping things on an even keel helped him become owner of what became Douglas County’s grand champion market steer Sunday. Did he expect it? “Nope. I thought it was pretty cool,” he said calmly Monday at the home of his parents, Jamie and Kelly, southeast of Lawrence.
Departing columnist dispenses wisdom as he heads to college
August 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the third time since its inception in fall 2004, we come to our annual end of an era in Double Take. This year it’s the John Murray era. As John leaves the column, he is, like so many of his peers, embarking on an entirely new journey - the one that ends in adulthood. For many, this involves leaving home, family and friends for a new and rather foreign environment and lifestyle. John will be heading to Texas A&M.
Horoscopes
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
Those with birthdays today: You might want to head in a new direction or direct your energy elsewhere this year. Know when to stop holding yourself back. Your creativity emerges when dealing with various situations. Move on what you think are creative issues by the new year to maximize your success factor. PISCES draws you out.
Survey: teens lack AIDS knowledge
August 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ever wondered what high school students know about AIDS? Two decades after the federal government mandated in-school instruction on the life-threatening virus, Weekly Reader Research surveyed American high schoolers to find out if it’s working.
Wal-Mart proposal up for city approval
August 7, 2007
Wal-Mart is back at City Hall. City commissioners tonight are scheduled to vote on plans related to Wal-Mart’s proposal to build a store at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners unanimously recommended approval of the project last month. If city commissioners approve the project, it would mark the end of an approximately five-year battle by developers to build a second Wal-Mart in the city.
U.S. troops see signs that surge is working
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
U.S. troops had nicknamed the suspected insurgent “George Clooney” because of his handsome mug, but he wasn’t so pretty after members of his own Sunni tribe shot and wounded him, and then turned him over to the Americans.
Three men killed in pickup wreck
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
Three Missouri men were killed and a fourth was injured Sunday when their pickup was sideswiped by a car and rolled near Wathena. The Kansas Highway Patrol said two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third died at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo.
Famous fossil Lucy embarks on U.S. tour
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
After 3.2 million years in East Africa, one of the world’s most famous set of fossils was quietly flown out of Ethiopia overnight for a U.S. tour that some experts say is a dangerous gamble with an irreplaceable relic.
Old Home Town - 100 Years Ago
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 7, 1907: “Several citizens are starting a movement to crack down on ‘jay drivers,’ those in autos, rigs and on bicycles who drive recklessly and dangerously.
Pseudo news
August 7, 2007
To the editor: In a surprisingly pseudo-news reporting effort Thursday, the Journal-World ran with this line at the very top of the Sports front page: “Basketball: KU freshman Cole Aldrich fine after bridge collapses in Minneapolis. 3B.”
Area land surveyors volunteer after tornado
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Douglas County employees Michael Kelly and Kevin Sontag were among members of the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors who volunteered to help establish a network designed to guide reconstruction efforts in Greensburg, a Kansas town devastated by a tornado May 4.
Vinland Fair marks centennial celebration with time-tested events
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B10
In 100 years, a bit has changed, but many things have stayed the same at the Vinland Fair. “It’s just a down-home community fair,” said Nancy Helm, who has participated since childhood. Organizers will mark the fair’s centennial celebration this week, Thursday through Sunday, by continuing the classic fun.
Journal-World tops in newspaper contest
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Suburban Newspapers of America on Monday named the Lawrence Journal-World Newspaper of the Year for 2007. It is the second time in three years the newspaper has won first place in the contest that honors newspapers for general excellence, including news, writing and design, as well as advertising, marketing and press reproduction.
Pain shuffle
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The school board and city and county commissions have talked about raising taxes. When you raise taxes you do not solve problems. You just move the pain around. One comment from the city for wanting to raise taxes is to give city employees a raise. So you take from some who cannot afford to pay more and give to someone to make their life easier.
Russia plants flag under North Pole
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
A dramatic deep-sea submarine dive to plant the Russian flag under the North Pole last week has rattled Canadian politics and underscored the growing stakes as the ice cap melts in the oil-rich Arctic. Canada and the United States scoffed at the legal significance of the dive by a Russian mini-sub to set the flag on the seabed Thursday.
2 employees shot during bank robbery
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two young men held up a Louisville bank Monday just after it opened and shot two employees before fleeing, police said. The suspects, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, appeared to have been wearing masks. They produced a handgun inside a Chase bank branch and demanded money, then fired two shots, police said. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
Child recovering after near-drowning
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Capt. Lexie Engelman was off-duty Saturday night but still had to use her lifesaving training as a member of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Engelman said she was at a party in the 800 section of East 550 Road about 8 p.m. Saturday when someone noticed a 4-year-old child at the bottom of a swimming pool.
Reps. Boyda, Moore to speak in Lawrence
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., will be in Lawrence next week to eat breakfast and share some thoughts as part of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s United States Legislator Series. The Aug. 16 event begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by Boyda’s remarks at 9 a.m.
Save the T
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I am concerned that the City Commission is hastening the demise of public transportation in Lawrence. I have previously suggested increasing the parking meter charges, greatly increasing the fines and, most significantly, increasing the parking meter hours until 3 a.m. The bars close at 2 a.m.
A clear message
The serious message sent by the criminal indictment of university administrators in connection with a hazing death probably is coming through loud and clear.
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
An indictment handed down in New Jersey last Friday surely is getting the attention of university administrators across the nation. The felony indictments were for aggravated hazing in connection with the alcohol poisoning death of a Rider University freshman who died March 30 following a fraternity initiation.
Victim of drowning dies at hospital
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 34-year-old Lawrence man who was pulled Sunday from Clinton Lake died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, according to Lt. Kari Wempe, a Douglas County sheriff’s spokeswoman. Wempe said the man’s name would not be released until today because some family members had not been notified.
Old Home Town - 25 Years Ago
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
A month after it had been shaken by news of a fiscal crunch in Kansas government, the Legislative Budget Committee had reviewed the state’s finances and found revenues only slightly below projections rather than the 4 percent that had been forecast.
Police rule breakers to sport Hello Kitty bands
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring “Hello Kitty,” the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday. Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area or arriving late - among other misdemeanors - will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won’t wear the armband in public.
Comments to play role in location of biodefense lab
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Department of Homeland Security is seeking public input on its proposed $451 million biodefense lab, which could be built in Kansas. The department plans a series of “public scoping meetings” this month and in September to solicit comment on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The agency also is taking written comment through Sept. 28.
Fort Riley soldier from Texas killed in Iraq
Fort Riley soldier from Texas killed in Iraq
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
A 19-year-old specialist from Texas has died in Iraq after his vehicle was hit by grenades, the Army said Monday. Killed was Braden J. Long, of Sherman, Texas, a member of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry of Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division. Long was a cavalry scout riding in a Humvee in Baghdad when it was attacked Saturday.
Unity government suffers setback
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
Iraq’s political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings - leaving the embattled prime minister’s unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions.
Corn could use some moisture
Rain would give a much-needed boost to crops planted late
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Pat Ross is no different than anyone else - he’s not much for heat, especially when it comes with a healthy dose of humidity. So it’s no wonder that he and his business partners bagged their sweet corn operation for the season Monday evening. “It’s hot and miserable, and people don’t want to get out,” Ross said.
Have you been called often for jury duty?
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
If you have been summoned for or served jury duty more than once in recent years, Journal-World reporter Lisa Horn would like to talk with you for a story on the topic. Please contact her at 832-7173 or lhorn@ljworld.com
Leaders meet on Palestinian soil
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
In their first meeting on Palestinian soil, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday he hopes to launch negotiations “soon” on establishing a Palestinian state, his clearest promise yet to tackle a final peace deal. The trappings of the three-hour session were perhaps as important as the content.
Paperweight in mail causes bomb scare
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
A threatening-looking object that spurred an employee evacuation Monday afternoon in the East Hills Business Park ultimately was determined to be a paperweight, Lawrence police said. Emergency crews responded to the Vangent Data Center in the business park on the east edge of Lawrence shortly before 6 p.m. after an employee opened a package containing what looked like an explosive device. Employees were evacuated.
Baghdad artists feel painted into a corner
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
Ultimately, it won’t be the constant threat of violence that drives celebrated ceramics artist Mahir Samarrai out of the place of his birth. When he finally, reluctantly moves out of Baghdad later this year, the cause will be much more mundane.
Byrd gets rare shutout
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Paul Byrd threw his first shutout in more than two years, and Travis Hafner homered to lead Cleveland over Minnesota on Monday night. Byrd (10-4) needed 99 pitches to complete the four-hitter, his first shutout since July 1, 2005, at Kansas City. The victory allowed Byrd to match last year’s win total, and now he’s eyeing his best season when he went 17-11 for Kansas City in 2002.
Opinions on Olympics clash in Beijing
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
China’s Olympic organizers said Monday that they will not allow the 2008 Beijing Games to be turned into a sounding board for foreigners with a political agenda. But even as they spoke, foreign demonstrators demanded the release of political prisoners and unfurled a banner depicting the five Olympic rings as handcuffs. The protest, staged by the international press freedom advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, was a rare open expression of anti-government sentiment in the heart of the capital.
Bigger Quigley ready to make collegiate debut
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Looking more like an imposing linebacker, Kansas University running back Angus Quigley seemed back to normal going through drills at Sunday’s open football practice. Finally. One year removed from a devastating thigh injury that required surgery and a stint in a wheelchair, Quigley got his feet wet during spring workouts and now is diving in, looking for significant playing time at running back as KU’s preseason camp gets going.
State’s corn crop looking good
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
Maturity of corn, soybeans and sorghum is running a little behind this time last year, but most of the crops are rated as good or excellent, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday. The service said 62 percent of the corn is in the dough stage, compared with 67 percent a year ago, but ahead of the 58 percent five-year average. It also said 16 percent has dented compared with 27 percent last year and 21 percent for the five-year average.
Water intake key for young players in heat
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Summer of 2007 has been by most accounts mild. Through normally hot months of June and July, temperatures have stayed below the 90s. Until now. August has ushered in the scorching temperatures that many are accustomed to. For youngsters gathering on the practice fields for their fall sports, the milder temperatures of early summer can make them forget about that all important sports ingredient - water.
Mayor Bloomberg reports for jury duty
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Just like any other New Yorker, Michael Bloomberg spent a day on jury duty Monday. But unlike the other members of the pool, the billionaire mayor was greeted personally by the judge and attorneys, was asked for his autograph and was sketched by courtroom artists.
School’s solar panels will empower student learning
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The sun is giving a boost to Southwest Junior High School. A crew on Monday finished installing a 1.2-kilowatt solar module on the roof of the main entrance to the school, 2511 Inverness Drive. Solar power will provide a portion of Southwest’s energy needs, but school leaders say the educational component will be the greatest benefit.
Cards tie consecutive-hit mark
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
St. Louis tied a major-league record with 10 consecutive hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two each in a victory over San Diego on Monday night. Looper opened the inning with a single and then, with the Cardinals up 8-3, bunted for another hit. Miles followed both times with singles, the latter driving in a run.
Frequency, early start devalue debates
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
Although politicians promising more than they can deliver often flout the laws of economics, the 2008 presidential campaign is a priceless illustration of how supply and demand can devalue televised debates.
NASA group keeps track of space germs
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
When NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander rocketed into space Saturday, it went, like all missions, with the assurance that as few Earth microbes as possible tagged along. Hitchhiking microbes could impair the experiments, or worse - an errant microbe could contaminate the planet. Keeping the spacecraft sterile was the job of an obscure but crucial part of NASA known as the Planetary Protection unit.
Yankees fan who caught A-Rod’s 500th undecided
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Walter Kowalczyk’s brother wasn’t surprised that he caught the ball from Alex Rodriguez’s 500th career home run. He has seen his little brother make tougher catches.
2 men charged with possession of pipe bombs
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two men found with several pipe bombs in their car near a Navy base were charged Monday with possession of an explosive device, authorities said. A joint state-federal investigation was under way to see whether there was any terrorism connection, said FBI spokeswoman Denise Taiste, but no link had been found. The Navy base is the site of a brig where enemy combatants have been held.
Lawrence Datebook
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Background checks upsetting umpires
August 7, 2007
Umpires are balking at baseball’s attempt to widen background checks in the wake of the NBA’s referee betting scandal.
Pacman’ ready to rumble
Suspended Titans cornerback plans to step into ring
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Adam “Pacman” Jones is stepping into the ring and giving pro wrestling a whirl. His latest career move was announced Monday at a news conference. The suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback, who rarely has talked to the media recently, didn’t attend as promised but released a statement.
Bush, Karzai: Afghans gain ground against terror, drugs
August 7, 2007
Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with President Bush on Monday amid increasing international concern over his country’s stability, with the Taliban apparently regaining strength, the opium industry flourishing and the unruly region along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan re-established as a haven for al-Qaida.
Giuliani’s daughter in Obama’s Facebook group
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
The daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani signaled she was supporting Democrat Barack Obama, then backed off when faced with questions.
Initial efforts to rescue trapped Utah miners declared a failure
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground by a cave-in so powerful authorities questioned whether it was caused by an earthquake. As the rescue stretched into the night, workers were unable to make significant progress and the initial effort was declared a failure.
Videos meant to boost baby brain power do the opposite
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Parents hoping to raise baby Einsteins by using infant educational videos instead might be creating baby Homer Simpsons, according to researchers. In a study published today in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that, among babies ages 8 months to 16 months, every hour spent daily watching programs such as “Brainy Baby” or “Baby Einstein” translated into six to eight fewer words in their vocabularies as compared with other children their age.
College fans prefer victories over discipline
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Here was a look at Monday’s college football headlines around the country: “Suspended Gator gets probation in gun incident.” “Irish DL arrested in prostitution sting.” “Colorado suspends three players for brawling.” “Two ‘Horns will miss three games for DWI.” “Duke’s Tauiliili suspended indefinitely.” It was enough to make any law-abiding citizen scream, “What in the Tauiliili is going on here?” The answer, as any football-abiding fan should know, is nothing. Not nothing as in nothing bad. Just nothing as in nothing out of the ordinary.
First-round pick Bowe agrees
Receiver begins camp on physically unable-to-perform list
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Dwayne Bowe strolled out of the Kansas City Chiefs’ locker room Monday morning to a good-natured jab from new teammate Michael Bennett. “Nice of you to join us,” Bennett said while slapping hands with Bowe, who ended his holdout and agreed to a five-year contract with the Chiefs. Bowe, a wide receiver from LSU and the team’s top draft pick, will begin camp on the physically unable-to-perform list.
People in the News
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Ingmar Bergman, film director, dies at age 89¢ Kelly Osbourne to join London cast of ‘Chicago’ ¢ ‘Bachelorette’ couple become new parents¢ Jenna Elfman welcomes first child, Story Elias¢ >Flu forces Aguilera to cancel 2 shows
Crowded college dorms increasingly the norm
August 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
What most people expect when they move into their first college dorm: one (maybe two) roommates, a basic bedroom setup, and a decent amount of privacy. What Leah Lage got: five roommates, one huge, open room and a window into a public hallway.
Execution-style slaying of 3 college students strikes a nerve
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
In a city where gun violence has become an all too common part of daily life, these shootings were enough to chill even the most hardened residents: Four young friends shot execution-style in a schoolyard just days before they were to head to college.
City may reverse course on cuts to T
August 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
City commissioners tonight may back off their plans for cuts to the Lawrence Transit Service. City Commissioner Mike Amyx said Monday that he is willing to retreat from a plan to close the T at 6 p.m. instead of its current 8 p.m., but only if commissioners cut $600,000 elsewhere in the budget to avoid a 0.425 mill levy increase.
Easing your financial burden
August 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
When you are trying to lose weight and keep it off, health experts say you need to do two things: decrease your caloric intake and increase your physical activity. A similar strategy also works when you are trying to lose a lot of debt. You either can decrease your spending or increase your income. Often you have to do both because you can cut only so much.