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What do you think of Sam Brownback's performance in the Senate during his presidential campaign?

Poll results

Response Percent
It needs improvement
 
83%
It’s good
 
7%
It’s adequate
 
5%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 413
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2:23 a.m.
Presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., steps off his campaign bus at a stop in Adel, Iowa. Brownback kicked off his summer road trip Monday, a 1,200-mile, four-day, 27-stop tour through Iowa. Brownback absences rank No. 3
August 10, 2007 in print edition on 1A
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican running for president, has missed nearly 40 percent of his Senate votes this session. Many of those absences stem from campaigning in Iowa in preparation for that state’s leadoff presidential caucus in January and the Iowa Straw Poll, which is Saturday.
10:00 a.m.
Doug Stephens, a road inspector for Douglas County, moves a sign across the road near the bridge over the Kansas River at Lecompton. The bridge linking Lecompton and Perry is set to reopen today after a five-month deck replacement project. Bridge reopening today
August 10, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Life gets a little easier after 3 p.m. today for residents of Lecompton and Perry. That’s when the last barricade is supposed to come down and the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton reopens. After five months, the two communities across the river from each other that share a school district will be reunited.
1:00 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Band plays music from 1850s Kansas
Posted August 10, 2007
Lawrence probably had a strong music scene in the 1850s, but just a tad different from the way things are today. No drum sets or electric guitar. Banjos, fiddles, guitars and animal bones were among the instruments. And the music represented the eclectic immigrant tradition that was helping to populate the West. This week's Pulse Podcast takes a look at the music of territorial Kansas through the eyes of Jonathon Goering, a member of the Wichita band The Freestaters. The Freestaters will be playing a dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Hear some traditional music from the era and hear why Goering thinks musical instruments were often part of the wagon loads that headed west.
4:00 p.m.
Off the map
August 10, 2007 in print edition on 1C
After being exposed to Gillian Welch’s music, a listener unfamiliar with the singer-songwriter might conjure a distinct mental picture of her. She is likely a Southerner who grew up in dirt-poor conditions. Learned to play guitar from her grandpappy. Still lives on a farm. Wears a lot of gingham. In truth, Welch is a New York City native raised primarily in Los Angeles by parents who co-wrote the Emmy-winning musical numbers on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

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6News video: Wakarusa improvements needed
August 10, 2007
Now that another new development is headed to northwest Lawrence, neighbors turn their attention to getting local roads ready for them. With Wal-Mart and the Bauer Farms project going up at the north end of Wakarusa Drive, nearby residents are calling for some major improvements to the north-south connector.
6News video: KU residence halls open Sunday
August 10, 2007
A new batch of Jayhawks will hatch on the hill this weekend. Residence and Scholarship halls open for students at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, 90 minutes earlier than usual, in hopes of beating the expected 100 degree heat.
6News video: Dog Days participants earn tshirts
August 10, 2007
Hundreds achieved their personal goals as a summer full of dog days winds down. As participants in the daily workouts rounded the track at memorial Stadium for the last time, a coveted prize waited at the finish line.
Art a la carte
August 10, 2007
Lawrence pays homage to its Bleeding Kansas roots this weekend with the 12th annual Civil War on the Western Frontier.
6Sports video: Ask the Pro bloopers
August 10, 2007
Every Friday for the past three months, the Golf Pros of Lawrence - John Morris, Randy Towner and Jon Zyllstra - made it look oh so easy. This evening though, our final Ask the Pro segment is dedicated to the truth.
6News video: Celebration planned for bridge re-opening
August 10, 2007
It’s been a long road, but the residents of Perry and Lecompton have cause to celebrate tonight. After newarly five months of construction, the Lecompton Bridge opened to one lane of traffic this afternoon, reuniting the two communities.
6Sports video: New uniforms debuted
August 10, 2007
The Kansas Football team not only met the media for the first time in 2007, but the Jayhawks also unveiled their new look uniforms for the upcoming season.
6News Now: Dog Days come to a close
August 10, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, hundreds achieve their personal goals as the summer of Dog Days winds down, and commuters can travel over the Lecompton Bridge again.
Ballad’ benefits from new direction
August 10, 2007 in print edition on D8
More than 30 people, sometimes seeming to crowd the stage in the frequent ensemble numbers, did an exceptional job with the show’s choral music - not an everyday occurrence even when capable voices are present.
Wakarusa upgrade to wait for Wal-Mart
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Now it’s time to think about the roads. After a five-year odyssey ended Tuesday night with Lawrence City Commission’s approval of a new Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive - and the upcoming Bauer Farms project on the northeast corner of the intersection - northwest Lawrence residents say their streets will need attention.
Johnson makes most of chances
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
Calvin Johnson shrugged his shoulders when asked about the only two passes thrown his way, both of which he caught, giving a glimpse of what’s to come from the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Johnson had two receptions for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and the Detroit Lions rallied late to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-26, on Thursday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.
News of the Weird
August 10, 2007 in print edition on C2
¢ Lead story¢ Can’t possibly be true¢ Unclear on the concept
Commodities
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
¢ Chicago markets¢ Local markets¢ Nonferrous metals
Feds probe acid reflux drugs’ heart risks
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A6
The government is investigating whether popular acid reflux drugs Nexium and Prilosec cause heart problems, federal health officials said Thursday. An initial analysis indicates the drugs don’t increase the risk for heart attack or other heart problems, and the millions of patients taking the medicines or doctors prescribing them should continue, Food and Drug Administration officials said.
Army boosts incentives in battle for new recruits
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tyka Pettey wanted to go to a university. And she needed a car. The Army is making both possible for the 21-year-old. She joined the Army Reserve in late July and leaves in about a week for boot camp to start her new life as a soldier. She’s getting a $20,000 signing bonus and is eligible for college money.
Bucs fullback Alstott could be finished
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
Is this the end for Mike Alstott? He doesn’t even want to think about it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday placed the six-time Pro Bowl fullback on injured reserve because of a neck problem. Alstott said it was not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003.
Larrytown’ provides forum for comic talent
August 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
For years, a great way to gain an introduction to Lawrence’s music scene was to pick up a local compilation CD. These discs - spearheaded by area record labels or venues - typically would showcase more than a dozen Lawrence bands, offering a sonic sampler platter of the city’s music scene. A new project is providing the same service, but this time comic creators are the focus.
The real estate dictionary is put to the test
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
A great source of questions from readers centers around the use of unfamiliar terms. Let’s revisit some of the more useful and some of the off-the-beaten-path definition requests.
People in the News
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Britney Spears hits car; owner sees it on video¢ Pompeo: Media focused on ‘the wrong things’¢ Martin seeks to adopt kids from around world¢ Valerie Bertinelli used to hearing ‘fat’¢ Bonham Carter, Burton expecting second child
Horoscopes
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B8
You’ll go far this year if you trust your instincts. Emotions run deep and stir up an enormous amount of feelings. Learn to honor these strong signs as guideposts. If you are attached, you discover just how important you are to a certain someone. If you are single, evaluate before you find yourself so deeply in a relationship that you cannot get out. CANCER reads you cold. You cannot hide from this sign’s perceptions.
Ex-Jayhawk excited to join Celtics
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B5
Known as one of the zaniest, silliest, most colorful players in the NBA, Scot Pollard didn’t disappoint a roomful of reporters at his Boston Celtics introductory news conference Thursday in downtown Beantown.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at Conoco, 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Lawrence Datebook
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
Markets recoil on subprime fears
French bank’s freeze on funds raises credit market worries
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
Wall Street’s deepening fears about a spreading credit crunch sent stocks plunging again Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrials extending their series of triple-digit swings and falling more than 380 points.
Global Cafe open in downtown Lawrence
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
Owners of one downtown business now own another one next door. Kate and Rafael Gonzalez, owners of Kimbari at 822 Mass., have joined Ali Benremouga in opening Global Cafe, a new restaurant at 820 Mass.
Travel poses new choices
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A9
When the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, several people called me to see if I was OK, and I was in New York, standing in line at H&H Bagels at 80th and Broadway, which came as a disappointment to my friends, calling to commiserate about a tragedy, hoping for a good story (“I crossed that bridge 45 seconds before it went down, I felt it wobble”), but H&H is where I was, me and my St. Paul cell phone, waiting for cream cheese with scallions and three poppy-seed bagels. “I thought you were here,” they said. “No, I’m in New York,” I replied.
Technology Association Wireless entrepreneur to address tech group
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
Joshua Montgomery, president of Community Wireless Communications, is scheduled to address a luncheon meeting of the Lawrence Technology Association later this month. The meeting is set from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at Plum Tree, 2620 Iowa. Cost is $10 for association members and $12 for guests.
Dead heat
No leader in Chiefs’ QB race
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
So far, there’s no clear leader in the competition between Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard to become the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback. But that could change as soon as Saturday night. “It’s even. It’s been good competition,” coach Herm Edwards said. “Now we get into the games.”
Stand clarified
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I thought I’d clarify some aspects of my letter of Aug. 1 titled “Gun threat.” I did not mean to imply that our government has no gun regulation whatsoever. Of course we do, and undoubtedly I was remiss in not mentioning the ATF as a regulatory agency. However, considering the level of gun violence in our country that directly affects our health and safety, are we really doing enough?
Daly fires first-round 67 at PGA
Ex-champ trails leader Storm by two; Woods cards 71
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
No one knew John Daly was in town until he showed up Thursday morning at Southern Hills for the first time in 13 years. Not many knew who Graeme Storm was until he showed up atop the leaderboard in a PGA Championship rife with surprises. It’s safe to say they didn’t take the conventional route.
Kazmir flusters Tigers
D’Rays rout Detroit; M’s roll
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
Scott Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings, Carl Crawford homered, and the Devil Rays won consecutive road games for the first time in nearly two months.
Brownback absences rank No. 3
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican running for president, has missed nearly 40 percent of his Senate votes this session. Many of those absences stem from campaigning in Iowa in preparation for that state’s leadoff presidential caucus in January and the Iowa Straw Poll, which is Saturday.
Debates ignore key issues
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A9
The last (but unfortunately not the final) “debate” among Republican presidential candidates aired Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the apparent hope that no one would watch. Few did. But among those who watched, or who read the transcript, ideology once again seemed to take precedence over something the voters might consider of greater importance in next year’s election. That something is competence.
Two Chinese toy makers banned from exporting
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
China said Thursday it has banned lead-tainted exports by two toy manufacturers whose products were subject to major recalls in the United States, Beijing’s latest effort to repair its reputation as a safe supplier.
Monsoon flooding death toll reaches 513
August 10, 2007
Relief workers reaching flooded villages in northern India reported new deaths Thursday from two weeks of monsoon rains, pushing the toll in South Asia to more than 500. In Bangladesh, villagers waded through chin-deep water.
Ankiel’s bat lifts Cards
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
Failed pitcher Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer to cap his debut as a major-league outfielder, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ victory over San Diego on Thursday night.
On the Record
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Law enforcement report¢ Emergency calls
McCray lifts Kansas to win in Australia
KU rebounds from blowout with 78-71 victory
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray poured in 26 points, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team tripped Logan Blue, 78-71, on Thursday during its four-game tour of Australia. McCray scored 14 of her points in the third quarter as the Jayhawks bounced back from an 88-54 thumping by a Sydney club team two nights earlier. “This is a step in the right direction for us,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “It’s a win, and we had a lot of positives, but I am certainly looking forward to us playing better in our upcoming games.”
Sebelius warns Blunt over tax law
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius warned Thursday that a new Missouri tax law that hits Kansans in the pocketbook could lead to legislative retaliation. Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt responded that he favors repealing the law.
Bridge reopening today
Residents happy to see detours end
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Life gets a little easier after 3 p.m. today for residents of Lecompton and Perry. That’s when the last barricade is supposed to come down and the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton reopens. After five months, the two communities across the river from each other that share a school district will be reunited.
Sheehan announces run for House against Pelosi
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
A tearful Cindy Sheehan cited her son, killed in Iraq, as her inspiration as she announced her candidacy Thursday for the U.S. House against Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Police investigating fireworks shell in car
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Wichita police are investigating a fireworks mortar shell that had been shoved into the gas tank of a police car. An officer discovered the golf-ball sized shell jammed into the tube of the gas tank Tuesday. Capt. Terry Nelson said a footlong fuse was dangling along the side of the car. The bomb squad extracted the shell, took it to the explosive ordnance range and determined it was not a dud.
Wrong focus
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: In the Aug. 7 “Image of the Day,” “Camel racers charge through desert,” it states that the Sharqeya Camel Race Festival is controlled by track lengths and the camels’ ages? How about reporting on the little boy jockey who was probably stolen from his village, starved, beaten and discarded like one of Michael Vick’s dogs?
Democrats address gay rights
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
The leading Democratic presidential candidates struck a delicate balance Thursday evening between showing commitment to expand the rights of gay people while justifying their opposition to same-sex marriage during the campaign’s first-ever televised forum focused on gay issues. In an evening devoted to sensitive issues of sexuality and social mores, there were also riveting moments of frankness.
Police investigate killing of U.S. missionary
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
A 79-year-old U.S. evangelical missionary was beaten to death in his home in western Honduras by two men he had hired to do construction work, police said Thursday. The missionary, identified by authorities as Ralph Madison, was found unconscious late Wednesday on the floor of his home in the village of San Juan, said police spokesman Nelson Zambrano.
Break from heat not expected soon
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence’s high temperature reached 100 degrees Thursday for the second day in a row, and triple digits are expected to stick around. Wednesday’s rainfall accumulation, .77 of an inch, wasn’t enough to ward off a heat advisory that is in effect in Douglas County until 7 tonight. According to the National Weather Service, today’s high will be 99 degrees, but what people will really be feeling is the heat index, which will be 109 degrees.
3 more bodies recovered at scene of collapse
August 10, 2007
A week after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed, three bodies were pulled from the Mississippi on Thursday, including those of a Rosemount, Minn., man and a toddler.
Men dominate political blogosphere
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
It’s worth remembering that the blogosphere is still so new it baffles spell check. For that matter, if I type “blogger” on my screen, my retro software offers alternatives like “loggers,” “floggers” and “boggler.” It “boggles” my mind to realize how quickly a piece of Internet terrain has gained power in politics. By now, the political blogosphere is to the left what talk radio is to the right. It is a forceful, sometimes demagogic, message-monger organizing tool for the progressive end of the Democratic Party.
Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent temporarily
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
It has chimed through freezing winters, fierce storms and World War II bombing raids. But old age will silence Big Ben’s bongs - at least temporarily. The famed bell that sounds the hour at Britain’s Houses of Parliament is to fall silent during scheduled repairs for only the fourth time in a century and a half. The bongs will strike for the last time at 8 a.m. Saturday before four to six weeks of maintenance work on the clock.
Foam may have hit shuttle
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
Schoolteacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan helped operate a 100-foot robot arm and extension boom in a hunt for damage on her first full day in orbit Thursday, as NASA said foam insulation may have hit the space shuttle at launch.
52 dead in clashes with suspected militants
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
Clashes between Philippine troops and suspected al-Qaida-linked militants have killed at least 52 people on volatile southern Jolo island, the military said today.
Train drivers strike on commuter networks
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
Train drivers staged a two-hour strike Thursday against the Berlin and Hamburg commuter networks, then called off further walkouts after mediators were appointed to seek an end to the bitter pay dispute.
Monster truck plows into crowd, injures at least 9
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
A monster truck performing stunts in front of an auto parts store plowed into a crowd of spectators Thursday, injuring at least nine people, officials said. Two people were in serious condition at Rockford hospitals, officials said.
Algae to blame for water’s foul smell, taste
City adding carbon to combat bad flavor
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
People living on the west side of Lawrence may have noticed a rather unpleasant change in their tap water this week. Rayanne Dowell sure did. “It smells and tastes like dirt,” she said. She and her family regularly drink the city’s tap water, which she says she loves. “We just can’t drink this; it’s really foul,” Dowell said. “So I’ve been buying bottled water, but it’s getting expensive.”
Teen boys claim prizes for quilting
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A5
If the prizes at this week’s Tri-Rivers Fair are any indication, teenage boys are making headway into that bastion of femininity: quilting. Ryan Whelchel, 15, of the Stoney Ridge 4-H Club, was awarded the best-of-show ribbon for best large quilt. And Joseph Bernhardt, 17, of Salina, won the best-of-show ribbon for best small quilt.
Kansas athletics staffer faces December trial
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B5
A Douglas County Court judge ruled Thursday that William Dent, Kansas University director of sports medicine, will go to trial in connection with an April domestic incident involving Dent’s former wife, Marissa Dent, and her companion, John Clark. Dent, 41, has served in the position at KU since 2004.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 10, 1907: “Lawrence is virtually cut off from the outside world because of a strike by Western Union Telegraph people in Kansas City. Only postal wires are open now.
Hootie and Blowfish to play at speedway
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
The blues and rock band Hootie and the Blowfish will headline the sixth annual Treads and Threads gala on Sept. 7 at Kansas Speedway in western Wyandotte County. The event is a benefit for Kansas University Hospital’s cancer program. Proceeds will be used to create new patient, family and visitor areas in the inpatient care unit and for construction of a second palliative care suite at the hospital.
Off the map
Songwriter Gillian Welch strives for balance between artistic tradition and innovation
August 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
After being exposed to Gillian Welch’s music, a listener unfamiliar with the singer-songwriter might conjure a distinct mental picture of her. She is likely a Southerner who grew up in dirt-poor conditions. Learned to play guitar from her grandpappy. Still lives on a farm. Wears a lot of gingham. In truth, Welch is a New York City native raised primarily in Los Angeles by parents who co-wrote the Emmy-winning musical numbers on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Rescue’ a heroic true story of escape, survival
August 10, 2007
The bamboo walls of the rain forest POW camp are mostly for show. “It’s the jungle that is the prison,” an American captive warns a newcomer. “Rescue Dawn,” a heroic adventure story from the maverick German art film director Werner Herzog, proves the point beyond dispute. Dangerous as armed guards may be, they’re nothing compared with the dense, unthinkably vast green maze beyond.
Lawrence may lead heritage area plan
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence and Douglas County leaders later this month will consider a proposal to make Lawrence the management headquarters for the 41-county Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. That proposal calls for formation of a nonprofit entity - Destination Management Inc. - that would be guided by representatives of the city, county, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the heritage area.
Plane crashes in sea off island; at least 14 dead
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
A plane carrying 20 people crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff Thursday from the French Polynesian island of Moorea, killing at least 14 of those on board, officials said.
Coalition seeks marijuana legalization
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence woman who helped change the way marijuana cases are handled in Lawrence is leading a group that will seek a state law to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons. “Our objectives are simple: to allow physicians - not politicians - to make decisions about what is best for patients, and to protect citizens from the risk of arrest simply because they’re trying to gain relief from a major medical problem,” said Laura Green, director of the Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition.
Free gun lock program faces funding challenge
August 10, 2007
Federal budget cuts could hinder Douglas County’s efforts to distribute free safety locks to gun owners. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been distributing the locks - which, when properly used, prevent the accidental firing of a firearm - for about two years. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office joined the program in January.
January trial set for suspect in rapes
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
A trial date has been set for a California man accused of sexually assaulting two women in the mid-1990s in Lawrence. The 38-year-old man, who was extradited to Kansas this summer after advances in DNA technology led authorities to him, faces four counts of rape and three counts of aggravated sodomy.
Charges in deaths of Iraqi civilians dropped
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
All charges have been dismissed against two Marines accused in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, the Marine Corps announced Thursday.
Designer delivers feng shui workshop
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B9
Dana Niemack, owner of Free Spirited Living, Lawrence, recently presented a feng shui workshop for a meeting of the Kansas Bankers Association, conducted at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
City doesn’t get it
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Once again, the City Commission just doesn’t get it. Punish everyone to the benefit of a few. Raise everyone’s property taxes so the buses don’t shut down two hours earlier - yeah, that’s just brilliant. As for people not being able to get to work, buy a bicycle or call a cab. That is a weak argument.
14-year-old acquitted in fires at two schools
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Nemaha County magistrate judge has acquitted a 14-year-old boy of starting a fire that destroyed two northeast Kansas schools in March. After hearing five hours of testimony, Judge James O’Connor on Wednesday found Damon Miller not guilty of the fire that destroyed most of the Seneca Grade School and Nemaha Valley Junior High School.
Ex-astronaut wants monitoring bracelet off
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A6
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak wants a judge to let her remove the ankle bracelet that allows authorities to track her as she awaits trial on suspicion of attacking a romantic rival, calling it expensive and unnecessary.
Wichita folds
Voters in Sedgwick County have taken themselves out of the state’s new casino game.
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
Not every Kansas community is ready to gamble on a state-owned casino. Sedgwick County residents bucked the state trend Tuesday by rejecting both casino gambling and slot machines. The casino measure lost decisively by a margin of 56 percent to 43 percent.
Simpler times
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I enjoyed Elizabeth Black’s observations on the subdivisions of Lawrence (Pulse, Aug. 6). Times change. I recall a simpler time. Born on Maine Street in 1928 and coming of age with World War II, I had also lived on Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, Rhode Island, New York and Learnard streets.
Little ‘O’ at the ‘K’
Pitcher Davies impressive in Kauffman debut
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Alarmed at the way his hands seemed to be flying around in a shaky first inning, Kyle Davies consulted with Royals pitching coach Bob McClure and got some simple advice. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Don’t think about that,”’ Davies said. So the 23-year-old right-hander didn’t. And he pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, combining with three Kansas City relievers to beat the Minnesota Twins, 1-0, on a steamy Thursday afternoon.
Neighbors want Pittsburg to prohibit people living in cars
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B10
Steve Graham might not be in the doghouse over a dispute with his wife, but as far as his neighbors are concerned, he’s not far from it. For the past seven years, Graham, 55, has been living in his car parked in the backyard of a house he and his wife, La Donna Graham, own. He said the two have “been having troubles” since 1999 and that he’s been out of the house since about 2000. His wife still lives in the home.
Exiled female writer attacked by Muslims
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
Dozens of Muslim protesters led by three lawmakers attacked an exiled Bangladeshi writer at the release of her book Thursday in southern India, calling her “anti-Islam,” and telling her to go back to her country.
Teen, man arrested in schoolyard killings
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A10
A 28-year-old man and a teenage boy were charged Thursday in the execution-style schoolyard killings of three college students and the wounding of another, a crime that has outraged this violence-marred city.
Mayer: Quit sawing, just win
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Quite often the past five football seasons, Kansas University would play hard, come close, then lose, and coach Mark Mangino would note, in his low-key manner, “We’ve just got to keep sawin’ wood” to get better. You get the impression that athletic director Lew Perkins figures this is the season when the Jayhawks finally need to stop just sawing and start milling some solid lumber to begin construction on a House of Success.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 10, 2007
After a brief public hearing, the Douglas County Commission adopted a $14,390,624 budget and, at the same time, reduced the tax levy by 2.29 mills. Higher property valuation figures had made the levy drop, much to the delight of taxpayers.
Ex-fire chief, wife, son found slain in home
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
A former fire chief, his wife and their son were found slain inside their rural Laceyville, Pa., home, all shot in the head with a shotgun, state police said Thursday.
Costner eliminated at Women’s Amateur
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B4
Former Kansas University golfer Amanda Costner was eliminated in the first round of match play Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf championships.
Flash’ returns, but was he missed?
August 10, 2007 in print edition on B8
The comic book adventure “Flash Gordon” (8 p.m., Sci Fi) has inspired movie serials and now receives an update for 21st-century television. The question remains: Can you stage a revival of an entertainment franchise few viewers remember?
Rescuers closer to learning fate of six trapped miners
August 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
If the six trapped miners are alive, they may be sitting in inky darkness, their headlamps having burned out. Wearing thin work clothes in the 58-degree cold, they could be chilled to the bone if water is seeping into their chamber 150 stories below ground. How much air they might have is anyone’s guess.