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KU Move-in 2007 Kaw Valley Force U11
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How do you feel about KU students returning to town?

Poll results

Response Percent
They help make Lawrence what it is
 
53%
I’m not looking forward to the ruckus in my neighborhood
 
37%
I don’t really notice the difference
 
6%
Undecided
 
2%
Total 942
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Lead stories

3:19 a.m.
Janice Taliaferro, left, and Ben Taliaferro, 12, help Kasey Taliaferro, an incoming Kansas University freshman from Berryton, move into Templin Hall. New, returning Jayhawks flock to residence halls
August 13, 2007
Bye Mom, bye Dad. Love you. Woo-hoo, freedom, baby. Kansas University’s newest students and their families had to brave hot temperatures Sunday while lugging their stuff into student housing facilities, particularly the residence halls on Daisy Hill. “It’s terrible,” said Hannah Ballard, 18, a recent Wellington High School graduate. “It’s nice and cool inside, but it’s terrible coming out here.”
10:04 a.m.
The Brownback Report
After Ames, what next?
Posted August 13, 2007
Straw Poll Analysis[(UPI) Brownback not giving up:][1] Despite a third-place finish in the Iowa Republican presidential straw poll, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said Sunday he's ...
1:00 p.m.
Gold-star parenting
August 13, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Rob and Jamie Hulse have a system. Every day when their sons get home from school, the couple sit down with the boys and go through their backpacks. “We ask open-ended questions about the things they brought home,” Jamie Hulse says. “It’s relaxed and low-key.”
4:00 p.m.
Genevieve Smith, a recent Basehor-Linwood High School graduate, has been blind since infancy. Smith said she gets through life just fine despite the disability. Blind student shows independence in Braille Challenge
August 13, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Genevieve Smith sees the world through her ears and her hands. The recent Basehor-Linwood High School graduate can identify a coin just by the sound it makes hitting the floor and can read a book using only her fingertips just as fast or faster than many of her sighted peers. The 18-year-old has been blind since infancy. “I just have to figure out a different way of doing things,” Smith said.
10:00 p.m.
South Junior High School teachers tour their new school for the first time Monday. Classes were scheduled to begin Wednesday, but they may be pushed back a few days because of unfinished construction. Administrators will decide when to start by noon on Tuesday. School’s start may be delayed
August 13, 2007 in print edition on 1A
School may be delayed several days for students at South Junior High School, where construction is still under way and teachers are scrambling to set up classrooms. Lawrence public schools begin classes Thursday and seventh-graders are scheduled to attend a half-day of classes Wednesday.

All stories

6Sports video: Reesing moves ahead in QB battle
August 13, 2007
In Mark Mangino’s second open practice of the season, the media and fans in attendance watched a Kansas offense run almost exclusively by sophomore QB Todd Reesing.
6News video: Animal cruelty trial delayed
August 13, 2007
Trial is delayed as plea negotiations are underway for a Lawrence man facing felony animal cruelty charges.
6Sports video: Third Jayhawk baseball player signs pro contract
August 13, 2007
KU outfielder Brock Simpson has inked a deal with the Cleveland Indians organization.
6News video: Lawrence’s newest school could face delay
August 13, 2007
Most Lawrence public school students are set to return to class on Wednesday, but that might not be the case for those headed to the city’s newest school.
6News video: Gas prices fall, milk prices rise
August 13, 2007
Gasoline prices are down, but milk prices are on the rise. Consumer reports estimates that Americans are paying a hefty price for falling prey to online scam artists.
6News video: Some students still in need of supplies
August 13, 2007
With the school-year set to start in less than 48 hours, many students still don’t have the supplies they need.
6News video: Eudora City Council to support bond issue
August 13, 2007
The Eudora City Council will publicly support the school district’s upcoming bond issue at their meeting tonight.
6News video: Tongy Council to focus on 2008 budget
August 13, 2007
Discussions at tonight’s Tonganoxie City Council meeting centers around the 2008 budget and a hearing starts at 7.
6News video: Incoming freshmen at KU become Jayhawks tonight
August 13, 2007
At ‘Traditions Night,’ University leaders taught students to ‘Rock Chawk,’ ‘Wave the Wheat’ and find the spirit it takes to be a Jayhawk.
6Sports video: Aqib Talib ready to lead the Jayhawk defense
August 13, 2007
While several Jayhawks battle it out for starting positions, Aqib Talib is NOT one of them.
6Sports video: Fall sports season underway for prepsters
August 13, 2007
Today, practice fields, courts, and courses around the area were being used for the first time this school year.
6News video: Kidcast for August 13th, 2007
August 13, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: Coffeyville oil refinery to open weeks ahead of schedule
August 13, 2007
Devastating flood waters last month damaged the refinery after a nearby river over-topped it’s levy, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into the rising waters, coating houses and lawns.
6News video: Bauer Farms Development looks to change plans
August 13, 2007
Developers of Lawrence’s first new urbanism neighborhood has to change some of their plans.
School’s start may be delayed
Construction could postpone opening of South, Broken Arrow
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
School may be delayed several days for students at South Junior High School, where construction is still under way and teachers are scrambling to set up classrooms. Lawrence public schools begin classes Thursday and seventh-graders are scheduled to attend a half-day of classes Wednesday.
Ryan Wood’s Monday practice notebook
August 13, 2007
KU football beat writer gives some notes from Monday’s open practice.
Opening of South Junior High, Broken Arrow could be delayed; decision on Tuesday
Teachers and administrators to meet Tuesday morning
August 13, 2007
The start of school Wednesday at the new South Junior High School, 2734 La., which is still under construction, could be delayed one or two days. A decision will be made by noon Tuesday.
6News Now: Bauer Farms developers seek changes
August 13, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, developers of Lawrence’s first New Urbanism neighborhood are asking the city commission for permission to change their initial plans, and work at South Junior High is racing the start of school.
Roberts announces housing grants to Lawrence
August 13, 2007
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts today announced that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving more than $1 million in housing grants to Lawrence.
Making call for flexibility
Telecommuting can be convenient, but it’s not for everyone
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Solutions for the highway blues come in a dozen different flavors, but none sounds quite so tasty as telecommuting - that wonderful piece of business jargon that conjures up thoughts of lounging by the pool with a glass of iced tea in one hand and a laptop propped on your, well, lap.
Instant messaging can cause problems on the job
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: A good friend of mine at work just got fired for sending instant messages on the job. Isn’t that stupid? I mean, how is that any different from me taking a personal call at work? In fact, I would think instant messaging is better because it’s free and it takes less time to respond to. - Katie
Coffee shop owner realizes retirement dream a bit early
August 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
J&S Coffee Co., 4821 W. Sixth St., celebrates its fourth birthday Wednesday. Owners Joe and Sarah Farthing met at Washington University in St. Louis, where they earned graduate degrees - she in social work and psychology, and he in physics and chemistry. He’d been fascinated with different tastes since childhood and once bought various brand-name waters just to discern the differences.
Gold-star parenting
Students more likely to excel when education treated as family affair
August 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Rob and Jamie Hulse have a system. Every day when their sons get home from school, the couple sit down with the boys and go through their backpacks. “We ask open-ended questions about the things they brought home,” Jamie Hulse says. “It’s relaxed and low-key.”
Endeavour repairs may require spacewalk
August 13, 2007
NASA may have to send astronauts on a special spacewalking mission to mend a 3 1/2-inch gouge on Shuttle Endeavour’s belly that appears to penetrate all the way through two heat shield tiles that protect the orbiter.
Kaw Valley Force at the KC Legends Invitational
August 13, 2007
The Kaw Valley Force U11 team participated in the KC Legends Invitational tournament last weekend in Shawnee.
Symbol of home in wartime takes center stage
National Powwow honors war veterans
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
They call the drum “Desert Thunder.” A group of Native American soldiers and Marines stationed at an air base near Fallujah in western Iraq in 2004 fashioned the drum, stretching the tarp from a cot across the top of a 55-gallon barrel. They wanted to hold a powwow in the middle of the war zone, and a drum is an intrinsic part of the ceremony.
Rescuers still searching for Utah miners; video doesn’t show men
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
A camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine revealed equipment but not the six missing miners Sunday, and officials planned to drill yet another hole in a desperate hope of finding signs of life nearly a week after a thunderous cave-in. Poor lighting allowed the camera to only see about 15 feet into a the space where they hoped to find the men.
Training benefits Alzheimer’s caregivers, patients but is hard to find
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
The findings are stunning: Offering simple training to people struggling to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease not only eases their burden - it even can keep patients out of nursing homes for an extra 1 1/2 years. But the exciting research also runs headlong into a grim reality: Alzheimer’s caregivers seldom can make time in their daily grind to seek out that kind of help. And when they do, they too often find waiting lists for services, or programs geared only toward people with advanced disease and not the larger pool in the purgatory that is dementia’s decade-long middle ground between independence and helplessness.
Experts explain realities of drowning
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
A person in distress, flailing above water and screaming for help may be Hollywood’s version of a drowning. But health professionals say that in reality it’s the opposite. “There is no prelude to it at all. They just go down,” said Capt. Pat Talkington, training officer for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical and a certified emergency medical technician. “They’re too physically exhausted to do any flailing. I think the thing that surprises people is the quickness that somebody will go under.”
High school dropouts can stay in military with new program
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Brittany Vojta survived boot camp. It was high school she couldn’t make it through. Now, however, she has benefited from a program the National Guard started this year in Pennsylvania for privates who drop out of high school after signing up. In an old barracks at Fort Indiantown Gap, the 18-year-old Cleveland woman and other dropouts spent three intensive weeks in class this summer to help them pass their GEDs - so they would meet the minimal educational requirement for staying in the Guard.
Rec Calendar
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Events around Lawrence
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Young racer eyes the track and the future
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Mackinzie Urish has raced midget cars competitively for five years and has won numerous races. That’s quite an accomplishment considering she’s only 10 years old. Mackinzie races in the Topeka Quarter Midget Association, competing in the Senior Honda and Light 160 heats. Before she climbs into her car, her father, Willie, often gives her some advice. “During the race I’m always told to work on my starts and passes,” Mackinzie said. “Once the race gets going I’m not really focused on anything.”
Primary maneuvers
The battle to lead the nation’s primary election calendar is reaching ridiculous levels.
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
A number of Kansas residents probably are upset that our state won’t have a presidential primary in 2008, but the silly election maneuvers of a number of other states may ease Kansans’ disappointment.
Drowning a reminder that lake hazards sometimes hard to gauge
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
High waters this spring washed away signs banning swimmers from an area of Clinton Lake where a Lawrence man drowned last weekend. James Whitaker, 33, who died last week at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was the third person to drown at the lake since 1996.
Military reports 5 U.S. deaths in apparent trap
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
A sniper felled a U.S. soldier in the tough Arab Jabour district south of Baghdad. His compatriots charged for a house where they thought the gunman was holed up. One stepped on a buried, pressure-triggered bomb at the house. That soldier and three others died and four more were wounded in the blast.
Events Calendar
August 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oil minister steps down
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh stepped down Sunday, plunging the administration of the world’s fourth-largest oil producing operation back into the uncertainty that has shadowed it under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Hurricane Flossie expected to weaken
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Flossie packed 135 mph wind as it spun closer to Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted the Category 4 storm would weaken before passing by the islands later this week.
First election since U.N. withdrawal goes smoothly
August 13, 2007
Ballot-counting was under way Sunday in Sierra Leone’s first presidential election since U.N. peacekeepers withdrew two years ago - a vote seen as a test of the country’s transition to democratic rule.
Store tracking thief who stole pricey boots
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
One of the most renowned boot makers in Texas said “a varmint,” a “low-life scum” or “a filthy thief” is responsible for swiping a pair of award-winning cowboy boots worth $10,000. Featuring scenes of busting broncos and a cattle drive, with green full-quill ostrich bottoms, the hand-tooled leather boots were most valuable pair in the store until someone walked away with them.
Plant switching to mercury-free process
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Yielding to years of pressure from environmental groups, one of the nation’s largest mercury polluters will stop using the toxic metal and switch to cleaner technology. But the 200 tons of mercury on hand at the ERCO Worldwide chlorine plant in northern Wisconsin could end up on the world market and drift back to contaminate lakes and rivers.
Vietnam vets now fight for each other
Service organization addresses problems unique to jungle campaign
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Years ago, Ed Hughes was sitting in a Kansas City soda shop with his aunt when a group of young people at the next table called him a baby killer. Hughes, a soldier just back from a tour of duty in South Vietnam, and his aunt got up and left. “I was upset, but I didn’t say anything or make a scene,” the Ottawa resident said recently as he recalled that day 37 years ago.
Departures delayed after computer failure
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Airlines struggled to clean and refuel planes where passengers had been trapped for hours because of a computer crash, leading to additional delays Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for an investigation as carriers dealt with the fallout from Saturday’s computer crash, which stranded more than 20,000 inbound travelers in the terminal and on planes.
Italy probe unearths illegal arms deal tied to Baghdad
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
In a hidden corner of Rome’s busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler’s checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger. Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a monthslong trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq.
Chapter called to many duties
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Ottawa Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 912 hit the ground running when it was formed in 2002. It embarked on a project to bring the Moving Wall to Ottawa. After considerable planning and fundraising, the wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was set up in Ottawa’s Forest Park in the fall of 2003. “That was quite an operation,” chapter President Ron Bishop said.
Ruling party agrees to push for early elections
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Poland’s governing party is pushing for early elections after the prime minister said he could no longer work with his two coalition partners.
Animal wonders
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: With George W. Bush’s television blather on Iraq, his war (I have a grandson who served in Iraq), I change channels to Animal Planet with its treasures of “Growing Up Leopard” and other delights.
Separate incidents cause 2 power outages
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two Sunday morning power outages affected two separate parts of the city. From 6:45 a.m. to 7:19 a.m., 2,679 customers lost power in North Lawrence and areas as far east of there as Linwood, said Karla Olsen, a Westar Energy spokeswoman. A lightning arrester failed at an area substation, which caused four circuits to go out until repairs were made, she said.
ECKAN seeks school supplies donations
August 13, 2007
ECKAN is in need of volunteers to assist with finding donations for school supplies, sorting school supplies, bagging school supplies according to grade and distributing supplies to low-income families.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 13, 1907: “A.J. Griffin, one of the pioneer businessmen of this city, died at his home after an illness of only three days.
Lawrence Datebook
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
X-Files’ star returns in ‘Californication’
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
Writer’s block stinks. That’s the dilemma for acclaimed novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in the new series “Californication” (9:30 p.m., Showtime). Hank left New York to come to Los Angeles, where his gritty novel “God Hates Us All” was being adapted for the screen. Unfortunately, it was turned into a brainless comedy called “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and Hank has never been the same.
Money tip
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
EBay can be a penny-pincher’s paradise, but the online auction isn’t without its perils. St. Petersburg Times’ reporter Laura Coffey offers five tips:
Industrial park
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: It is great to see a discussion starting around the issue of the proposed industrial park north of Lawrence. I had been surprised because there have been so many letters concerning Wal-Mart while a development of much greater impact, both financially and environmentally, seemed to move under the radar.
Public can comment on budget proposal
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Members of the public have the opportunity to comment tonight on the proposed 2007-2008 Lawrence public schools budget. Board members will call to order a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of the Educational Support and Distribution Center, 110 McDonald Drive. The school board is considering about a 0.25 mill levy decrease compared with last year’s budget.
Jayhawk stolen from apartment perch
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Vandals kidnapped a sunflower-bedecked former member of Jayhawks on Parade sometime overnight Saturday from the Legends Place Apartments, 4101 W. 24th Place. Someone pried the statue “Kansan,” by Vernon Kauffman, nicknamed “Sunny” by apartment staff, from its pedestal and hauled it away, said Susan Rinke, manager of the complex. Staff members noticed it missing Sunday morning and filed a report with police. “You can tell that they just kind of ripped it off,” Rinke said.
Cyber bullies a growing problem
Threats move from playgrounds to computers
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fenced-in schoolyard just might be safer than the borderless realm of cyberspace when it comes to bullying these days. “It’s more common than most people think,” said Paige Robinson, 14, of Lawrence. The ninth-grader at Southwest Junior High School said she most often sees people calling each other names while using online instant messages. “It’s usually people that know them that wouldn’t have the guts to do it in person but can do it over the computer,” she said.
Sumner Co. draws casino interest
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
Developers of a destination casino complex have turned their sights toward Sumner County after Sedgwick County rejected the complex. Four development groups have expressed interest in building a casino in Sumner County, including former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight’s group, Chisholm Creek Resort Casino, which says it would spend between $300 million and $400 million on the casino complex if given the opportunity.
Lucky No. 13
This one ‘so much more special’ for Woods
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
The 13th major for Tiger Woods looked like so many others until he finished. His father is no longer alive for Woods to walk into his arms. His mother no longer travels to any major but the Masters. He now shares his triumphs with a wife and baby daughter, and the biggest surprise Sunday at the PGA Championship was seeing them when he walked into the scoring trailer to sign for a 69 and a two-shot victory. Naturally, 2-month-old Sam Alexis was decked out in red.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Democrat Jim Slattery of Topeka and Republican Morris Kay of Lawrence, both former state legislators, squared off in a debate here in their bid to represent the newly oriented Kansas 2nd District.
Company tests device to keep deer from roads
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
A device using a flashing light and a shrill alarm is being tested on a stretch of road near Fort Dix to see whether it can deter deer. The devices, installed by Mount Laurel company JAFA Technologies Inc., are activated when the unit senses headlights on an approaching vehicle up to 150 yards away. Then the device emits a shrill noise and flashes a blue strobe light.
Algeria aims to tap desert for solar power
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
It’s a vision that has long enticed energy planners: solar panels stretching out over vast swaths of the Sahara desert, soaking up sun to generate clean, green power. Now Algeria, aware that its oil and gas riches will one day run dry, is gearing up to tap its sunshine on an industrial scale for itself and even Europe. Work on its first plant began late last month at Hassi R’mel, 260 miles south of Algiers, the capital.
Master strokes
Sharks get to swim under stars
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Pardon Mark Begert if he waxes poetic when it comes to his Lawrence River City Sharks swimming club. While most of his clubmates profess not to care whether they work out inside or out and shrug off any concerns about the club’s ridiculously early wake-up calls, the notion of early mornings outdoors seems to bring Begert alive.
Police identify 3 killed in I-435 wreck
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
Authorities on Sunday identified the three victims of a fiery five-vehicle accident on Interstate 435. Police said Kenneth C. Harris, 22, of Overland Park was killed when his northbound van crossed the median into the southbound lanes. The van driven by Harris struck two other vans head on, triggering the five-car accident about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Obama disappoints on judicial confirmation
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Sen. Barack Obama recently told some Iowa farmers that prices of their crops are not high enough, considering what grocers are charging for other stuff: “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”
Time to adapt
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: A steroid-suspected baseball player broke the home run record the same day that a second Wal-Mart comes to Lawrence. What is the world coming to? Letting go of what we think is right or wrong is so hard. It is a struggle adapting to change even as we hold on to our values, but in my opinion, that defines sustainable growth.
Former MVPs relax
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Shaun Alexander barely broke a sweat. LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t even suit up. That’s what happens when the last two NFL MVPs hook up in an exhibition opener. Alexander’s Seattle Seahawks beat Tomlinson’s San Diego Chargers, 24-16, on Sunday night, getting the go-ahead points on a 36-yard field goal from Josh Brown with 7:18 left.
Woods on track to be best of all time
Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Jones in same company, but Tiger figures to roar for years to come
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Before Jack Nicklaus, there was Bobby Jones, much as before Hank Aaron, there was Babe Ruth. Like Ruth, Jones did his thing some eight decades ago, as part of the so-called Golden Age. And he, too, became larger than life in the game he played, every bit as renowned. From 1923 to 1930, he won 13 national championships. Back then they weren’t called majors. There wasn’t even a Masters tournament until Jones created it in 1934.
Women of Distinction’ calendar marks fifth year
August 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
It started off as a way to counteract the “Women of KU” calendar, a 12-month exhibition of bikini-clad Jayhawk women. But now in its fifth year, the Kansas University “Women of Distinction” calendar has developed a following of its own. “I think it really has taken on a new life,” says Liz Stuewe, a senior and president of the KU Commission on the Status of Women.
Financial executive received MDA award
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Harley Russell, Leavenworth, is the winner of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 2007 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Kansas.
Tiny-k hires teacher, physical therapist
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Two early interventionists have joined the staff at Tiny-k Early Intervention Inc., Lawrence.
9th bridge victim identified
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Divers searching the wreckage of the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge on Sunday found the body of Richard Chit, according to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Chit, 20, of Bloomington, had been riding in a car with his mother when the bridge collapsed Aug. 1. His mother, Vera Peck, 50, is among the four victims still unaccounted for. Relatives have said that Chit had Down syndrome and was inseparable from his mother. He is the ninth person killed by the collapse whose remains have been recovered and identified.
Ex-offenders can struggle to find welcome workplace
August 13, 2007
Anyone who’s searched for a job knows the feeling of disappointment when a potential employer doesn’t call. It’s even harder for people who have a felony on their record. “When you’re in a tough job market, jobs aren’t easy to come by anyway. That’s a kiss of death. You’re last on the list,” said Nick Baumgartner, an ex-offender who now runs a canvassing company in northeastern Kansas.
British men top sexual-satisfaction list
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Oh, behave! It turns out British guys don’t have as stiff an upper lip as we thought - at least not in bed. In fact, Americans can learn a lot from them when it comes to having fun in the sack. Or so says Men’s Health magazine. Guys in the U.S. rank an embarrassing 10th on a list of 20 countries surveyed on sexual satisfaction by the magazine for its September issue, on sale Tuesday.
Line shoulders responsibility for porous pass defense
Platoon of pass rushers, led by senior McClinton, looks to stop big plays before they start this season
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team finished 119th, or dead last, among NCAA Division I-A teams in pass defense last year, surrendering 269 yards a game. The defensive line has a quick fix for the problem, though - harass the quarterback. “Obviously, you know if you sack the quarterback, they’re not throwing the ball,” junior defensive end Russell Brorsen said.
Head of toy company commits suicide
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The head of a Chinese toy manufacturing company at the center of a huge U.S. recall has committed suicide, a state-run newspaper said today. Zhang Shuhong, who ran the Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., killed himself at a warehouse over the weekend, days after China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the company, the Southern Metropolis Daily said.
Rush Hour 3’ weekend’s top draw
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
People rushed to theaters to see the buddy cop comedy “Rush Hour 3,” making the last of this summer’s big budget Hollywood films the top movie at the weekend box office. The film took in $50.2 million, according to studio estimates, enough to push last week’s top film, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” into second place with $33.7 million.
Gunman kills three after church service
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church Sunday, killing three people and wounding several others, a spokeswoman for the city of Neosho said. About 25 to 50 people were briefly held hostage at the First Congregational Church until the gunman surrendered, Neosho spokeswoman Desiree Bridges said. Dave McCracken, Neosho police chief, estimated about four or five people were wounded, but several who were injured fled the scene.
Leaders continue dialogue for peace
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Working to soothe relations with neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan’s president said Sunday that a “particularly dark form” of terrorism confronts the region, while tribal leaders called for engaging in dialogue with the Taliban to confront extremism. Speaking at the close of a four-day meeting of tribal leaders meant to counter rising militant violence, Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan and Afghanistan face a great danger from fringe groups that preach hate and radicalism. He also admitted that Taliban fighters seek safe haven in Pakistan before crossing the border to launch attacks.
Late pass propels Stewart to victory
Gordon gives up Watkins Glen lead with two laps left
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Tony Stewart was more stunned than anyone. With just two laps remaining in Sunday’s Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon had a two car-length lead on Stewart. NASCAR’s top two road racers were preparing for a final clash. It never happened. Gordon spun out on his own heading into the first turn, Stewart zoomed past, held off a late charge from Carl Edwards, and won for the third time in four races.
Burnett boosts Blue Jays
Toronto takes edge in series
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Now that A.J. Burnett has rejoined a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, the Toronto Blue Jays believe they are poised for improvement - and they’re only 61â2 games out of the wild card. Fresh off the disabled list, the right-hander gave up three hits pitching into the eighth inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, Sunday night.
Job interviews a chance to explain past crimes
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Ex-offenders don’t have to go into detail - or even list - an offense on their job application after checking the box that states “yes, I’ve been convicted.”If they are granted an interview, that’s where ex-offenders can explain their crime. Kansas Department of Corrections employees work with ex-offenders to prepare them for answering that question.
New, returning Jayhawks flock to residence halls
August 13, 2007
Bye Mom, bye Dad. Love you. Woo-hoo, freedom, baby. Kansas University’s newest students and their families had to brave hot temperatures Sunday while lugging their stuff into student housing facilities, particularly the residence halls on Daisy Hill. “It’s terrible,” said Hannah Ballard, 18, a recent Wellington High School graduate. “It’s nice and cool inside, but it’s terrible coming out here.”
On the Record
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls¢ Douglas County District Court¢ Divorces granted
Blind student shows independence in Braille Challenge
August 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Genevieve Smith sees the world through her ears and her hands. The recent Basehor-Linwood High School graduate can identify a coin just by the sound it makes hitting the floor and can read a book using only her fingertips just as fast or faster than many of her sighted peers. The 18-year-old has been blind since infancy. “I just have to figure out a different way of doing things,” Smith said.
Merv Griffin dies at 82
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
This former big-band singer and longtime TV talk show host created the iconic game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” - leveraging their success into a sprawling business empire that made him a billionaire at his death Sunday at age 82. In the format made famous in “Jeopardy!” - the answer is: Who was Merv Griffin?
Horoscopes
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
You will experience a progression of feelings this year. At times, you will be overly concerned with responsibilities and heavy in terms of your mood. Other times you could be most efficient, like an accountant or a nurse. If you are single, you might have recently met someone. Understand the importance of dating. If you are attached, the two of you take important steps to secure a better future. VIRGO can always help with the details.
Millar homers in 10th to sink BoSox
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after Miguel Tejada tied it with a shot off Eric Gagne in the eighth, leading Baltimore past skidding Boston on Sunday. It was the fourth loss in six games for the Red Sox, whose lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East shrunk to four games - Boston’s smallest margin since May 1.
Giles’ homers power Padres
August 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Brian Giles hit two home runs for the second consecutive day, and Jake Peavy remained unbeaten against Cincinnati as San Diego routed the Reds on Sunday. Giles, who also homered Friday, has hit five of his seven home runs in the past three days. It’s the third time in his career he has homered in three consecutive games and the first time he has hit five in that span.