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Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Also from August 14

Births
Blog entries
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
South Junior High Teachers
Podcasts
Polls
Should the state make kindergarten mandatory?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
71%
No
 
27%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 295
What's your favorite type of amusement park ride?

Poll results

Response Percent
Roller-coaster
 
77%
Carousel
 
9%
Other
 
6%
Ferris wheel
 
3%
Bumper cars
 
3%
Total 31
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
10:00 a.m.
Templin residence hall residents, from left, Chantz Thomas, Jeremy Todd and Luke McCune, all 18, hold a sign announcing that Templin residents were in attendance Monday at Kansas University's annual Traditions Night, which filled the north end of Memorial Stadium with incoming freshmen. Students gathered to learn the history and traditions of KU. Incoming freshmen learn history, chants at KU Traditions Night
August 14, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Jimmy Khamphilay wants to start a Kansas University tradition in his family. His 23-year-old brother graduated from the university in May. Now it’s his turn to begin his career as a Jayhawk, and the 18-year-old from Shawnee knows he has a lot to absorb. “This will be a learning year to get used to college,” he said.
1:00 p.m.
Tammy Takaishi, left, Lauren Daly, Hannah Fiechtner and Justin Eakes work on their "Spy Twins" project at the Disney Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, Calif. The team was a finalist in the ImagiNations competition. All are Kansas University students except Takaishi, who attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ride of their lives
August 14, 2007 in print edition on 1C
When she was a little girl, Hannah Fiechtner never thought about where the rides at Disney’s theme parks came from. “You think they automatically show up there,” she says. “Poof - like magic. When you’re little, you think they have magicians on staff and never give it a second thought.” After the past year, Fiechtner now realizes those rides are the result of a lot of hard work.
2:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about South Junior High, the opening of the school year, with Lawrence Superintendent Randy Weseman
August 14, 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. Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman takes your questions about that and other beginning-of-the-school-year issues.
4:00 p.m.
Festival pits North vs. South in rock ‘n’ roll skirmish
August 14, 2007 in print edition on 1C
In the early hours of Aug. 21, 1863, several hundred Confederate raiders led by William Quantrill rode into Lawrence while the town slept, gunning down its citizens and setting houses ablaze.
10:00 p.m.
James R. Gardner was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for the 1977 murder of Margaret Maxey. Woman upset that killer will be released
August 14, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The daughter of a Lawrence woman brutally murdered 30 years ago learned this week that her mother’s killer will be released from prison.

All stories

6News video: School leaders delay opening of two schools
August 14, 2007
Less than 24 hours before school was set to open the district decides to delay the opening of two schools - South Junior High and Broken Arrow Elementary.
6News video: Topeka Fire Department loses a firefighter in burning building
August 14, 2007
A 21-year veteran of the Topeka Fire Department dies after battling an apartment complex fire last night in southwest Topeka.
6News video: City leaders say licensing isn’t the solution to downtown safety
August 14, 2007
Lawrence City Commissioners indicate they don’t want to add more licensing requirements to Lawrence bars - but still need to do something to improve the perception of downtown safety.
6News video: Locals recreate historic mud forts
August 14, 2007
A group of Kansas kids, parents and grandparents get a little dirty learning about Lawrence history this morning.
6Sports video: Firebird football squad hopes to follow last season’s success
August 14, 2007
The 2006 season was one to remember for the Free State High football team. After going a perfect 9-0 in the regular season, the Firebirds went on to win the first playoff games in school history. Will this year’s squad be able to follow those big shoes?
6News video: Convicted murderer set to be released on parole
August 14, 2007
A man convicted of murdering and dismembering a Lawrence woman 30 years ago is granted parole - and could be out of the prison system within two months.
6News video: First year program takes a big step forward
August 14, 2007
A local nonprofit takes steps to ensure all kids in Lawrence can put their best foot forward when heading back to school.
6News video: KU employee’s computer being investigated
August 14, 2007
A computer used by a KU employee is being investigated after KU public safety discovered it may contain child pornography.
6News video: Death of Topeka firefighter hits home
August 14, 2007
The death of a colleague hits close to home for Lawrence firefighters - some of whom personally knew the fallen Topeka firefighter.
6News video: A federal agency prepares to disconnect Lawrence-based call center
August 14, 2007
Vangent is losing its contract to operate a center in the East Hills Business park on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
6Sports video: T-Bones fall to RailCats
August 14, 2007
The Kansas City T-Bones lost in a tight match against the Gary-Southshore RailCats by a final score of 9-7.
6Sports video: Who will start opposite Aqib Talib?
August 14, 2007
Preseason All-American Aqib Talib will start at one cornerback position this fall, but who will start at the other spot?
6News video: Membership in the KU Greek community continues decade-long decline
August 14, 2007
Nearly one thousand fewer students have pledged a fraternity or sorority in the last five years - dropping the total Greek population below three thousand last year.
Woman upset that killer will be released
Daughter of 1977 murder victim says she opposes parole
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
The daughter of a Lawrence woman brutally murdered 30 years ago learned this week that her mother’s killer will be released from prison.
6News Now: Broken Arrow Elementary, South Junior High start dates pushed back
August 14, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, summer vacation has just gotten a little bit longer at Broken Arrow Elementary and South Junior High, and a look at why there are fewer Greek students at KU.
One person dies in K-10 accident
Eastbound lanes closed
02:33 p.m., August 14, 2007 Updated 02:53 p.m.
One person was killed this afternoon in a head-on collision on Kansas Highway 10 at the Kansas Highway 7 interchange, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Tonganoxie, Ottawa schools on state’s ‘needs improvement’ list
State officials praise overall picture
August 14, 2007
The state’s education commissioner says 95 percent of Kansas Title 1 schools and districts are meeting testing targets in math and reading.
KU investigating possible child pornography on computer
August 14, 2007
The computer is used by a 59-year-old man who works in Malott Hall. The images on the computer’s hard drive were reported last week by one of the man’s co-workers, said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, KU Public Safety spokesman.
Start of school at South, Broken Arrow delayed
Construction forces district to push back date students will attend class
August 14, 2007
The Lawrence School District announced this morning that the start of classes for students and staff at Broken Arrow Elementary School and South Junior High School will be delayed.
Is there more room at the ‘Inn’?
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Tori Spelling spends the second-season premiere of “Tori & Dean: Inn Love” (9 p.m., Oxygen) feeling queasy. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Socialite Brooke Astor dies at 105
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and high society fixture who gave away nearly $200 million to support New York City’s great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday. She was 105.
Charges can’t hurt former speechwriter
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
Former White House speechwriter Michael Gerson has been accused of self-aggrandizement and taking credit for speeches he did not fully write, stealing the lines of others and making them his own. The accusations come from his former speechwriting colleague, Matthew Scully, in the September issue of the Atlantic magazine.
Hinrich out, Collison in for U.S. team
Former Jayhawk pulls out of crowded point-guard competition
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Citing personal reasons, former Kansas University guard Kirk Hinrich withdrew from U.S. men’s senior national team basketball training camp on Monday, the day ex-Jayhawk Nick Collison was added to the squad.
Fieldhouse getting new roof
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
Allen Fieldhouse, which has leaked in spots since the microburst of March 2006, is getting a new roof. Workers from Boone Brothers Roofing of Olathe have started work on the roof and will continue to replace it in sections, with the job expected to be completed at the end of September.
Pump patrol
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several locations.
School board OKs slight mill decrease
Superintendent to review WRAP program with Bert Nash CEO, present plan in fall
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board members approved about a 0.25 mill decrease Monday night for the 2007-08 budget. Board members also showed support for having Superintendent Randy Weseman sit down and review the WRAP program with David Johnson, chief executive officer of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Firebirds swelter through first drills
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
For better or worse, the Free State fall athletics season officially began Monday. The coaches seemed happy to get things under way, even if some of the players were not.
Numbers hindering Seabury
Veritas drills early to beat the heat
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
Seabury Academy already finds it difficult to compete against schools around the area, but now the girls’ fall-sports programs are starting to battle with one another for athletes within the school.With the school splitting the co-ed tennis squad that played in the spring, the new girls tennis team has cut into the girls cross country and volleyball squads.
Don’t fear speaking up to the boss
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
I once had a boss who had a habit of walking up behind me while I was on the telephone or working at my computer and then just stand there with a notepad in hand until I finished whatever I was doing.
Political outcasts revel in challenge
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A6
Jacqueline Bujanda proudly plays the outcast in this table-flat farming community surrounded by grain silos and anti-abortion billboards.
Bridge under construction collapses, killing at least 20
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
A bridge under construction as a tourist attraction in central China collapsed Monday, killing at least 20 people and leaving 39 missing, state media reported.
No sign of missing miners in video
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
Ghostly video images from deep underground showed a tool bag, shards of broken rock, a twisted conveyor belt and dripping water but no signs of life as the arduous search for six missing miners stretched Monday into a second week.
Tiller asks for new judge in abortion case
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Attorneys for one of the nation’s best-known abortion providers filed a motion Monday asking for a change in the presiding judge, an abortion opponent who once accused the doctor of “defying legal and moral authority.”
2 arrested in multistate immigration investigation
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Investigators have made the first two arrests in an ongoing, multistate probe into whether a Wichita-based American Indian tribe was recruiting illegal immigrants by promising them tribal membership would protect them.
Safe and secure
Manhattan residents should work to get all the information they need to enthusiastically support the location of a federal biodefense lab in their community.
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
The possibility of Manhattan being chosen as the site of the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is an exciting opportunity for that community and the rest of Kansas.
New bridge timetable causes safety concerns
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
The mayor and a key state lawmaker on Monday cautioned that the Minnesota transportation officials’ swift timetable to replace the collapsed interstate bridge could overlook safety and the unique elements necessary to make it a memorial.
Training camp roundup
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Chiefs and wide receiver Bobby Sippio agreed Monday to terms of a two-year contract.
Visiting foreign officers touted
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B10
Allowing foreign military officers to study in the United States has proven beneficial to this country and its military, a Fort Leavenworth official told the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club on Monday.
Laser scans reveal Lincoln facial defect
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Artists, sculptors and photographers knew Abraham Lincoln’s face had a good side. Now it’s confirmed by science. Laser scans of two life masks, made from plaster casts of Lincoln’s face, reveal the 16th president’s unusual degree of facial asymmetry, according to a new study.
Hurricane Flossie weakens to Category 3
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
Hurricane Flossie weakened to a Category 3 storm Monday with maximum sustained winds of 126 mph as it roared toward Hawaii, but it was expected to pass less than 100 miles from the islands.
Nurse practitioner joins Bert Nash center staff
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence has appointed Harold Hogan as adult outpatient advanced registered nurse practitioner, working in the field of medication evaluations and medication management.
Bonds received well in Pittsburgh
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
Barry Bonds singled in three at-bats in what might be his farewell to the city where his major-league career began, and Paul Maholm became the second Pirates left-hander to dominate the Giants in two days.
Top aide Karl Rove resigns
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
GOP guru Karl Rove, bearing the credit for President Bush’s rise to power and the blame for his loss of support, quit his post Monday as the most influential political strategist of modern times.
NFL: Vick investigation not complete
League attorney gathering information about Vick’s alleged involvement in dogfighting
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
The NFL has yet to complete its investigation of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who has been charged with operating a dogfighting ring from his Virginia property.
Hundreds’ dead, missing after heavy rain
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
Powerful storms in North Korea have left “hundreds” dead or missing and destroyed more than 30,000 homes, the country’s state media reported today.
Questions about Rove’s legacy linger
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
President Bush once nicknamed him “the architect,” heaping gratitude on his chief strategist for helping engineer two presidential victories and two cycles of congressional triumphs. But as Karl Rove resigns from the administration, a question lingers over his legacy: What, exactly, did the architect build?
On the record
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence woman left a dog in her car with the outside temperature of 95 degrees at 3:40 p.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West Sixth Street. A Lawrence police officer arrived at the Dillons parking lot and saw a small brown dog inside a vehicle.
KU condemns Britain’s ban on study in Israel
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Provost Richard Lariviere joined thousands of other academics Monday in condemning an effort to ban collegiate exchanges between Britain and Israel.
Tips help teens Take better skin back to school
August 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
No one wants to begin a new school year or first year of college with angry, inflamed skin. Here are some basic tips for daily skin care from cosmetic surgeon Matthew Galumbeck, medical director of Spa Phoenix, a medical/day spa in Virginia Beach, Va.:
Cutler, Smith look ready
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
Alex Smith and Jay Cutler both looked ready to shoulder the big responsibilities they’ll carry this season.
Retail sales rebound in July
Rise of 0.3 percent comes after decline a month earlier
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Consumers went shopping for everything from clothes to furniture last month, helping to calm fears that a key segment of the economy might be faltering. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in July, the Commerce Department said Monday in a report that showed strength in a wide array of areas outside of autos.
Junior high football opens practice in oppressive heat
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B5
Southwest Junior High freshman football coach Skip Bennett watched as his players, helmets in hand, trudged across the fields behind the school on their way to the first day of practice. Each walked as if he carried a boulder from the Clinton Lake dam on his back as the heat pressed down.
Royals upend Toronto
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B5
Mark Teahen wasn’t counting days or at-bats, but he was aware he had not homered in a long time.
KU Web site drops student loan ad
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Web site for the Kansas University athletic department no longer includes a link to University Financial Services.
Horoscopes
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
You often juggle your needs while others observe and have strong opinions. Remember, you only need to satisfy yourself. Communication and determination are instrumental in making what you want happen.
Knuckleballer’s no-no nixed
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
Tim Wakefield held Tampa Bay hitless into the seventh inning, and Julio Lugo had three hits for slumping Boston.
Brownback vows to keep campaign going
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback on Monday vowed to keep his presidential campaign going through the Iowa caucuses this winter, despite his third place finish in the Republicans’ weekend straw poll.
A.G. Edwards associate finishes Series 7 exam
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
Samp Financial Group of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. has announced that Jennifer Stammeyer, a financial associate, recently completed the Series 7 test, which is the National Association of Securities Dealers’ qualifying exam for becoming a general securities registered representative.
Zoning projects on commission agenda
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A7
Among the issues city commissioners have on their agenda tonight are a pair of development projects that neighbors are watching closely.
Tech’s Rizvic gets half season
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech’s Esmir Rizvic, who suffered a fractured eye socket when an opposing player elbowed him, will remain eligible for another half season because of the injury, the NCAA announced Monday.
The better deal
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: In response to Joel Wagler’s Aug. 10 letter about the T, I feel he is the one who “doesn’t get it.” His kind of us-against-them attitude saddens me.
Oread scholar newcomers take symbolic walk up hill
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kristi Jensen started her trek up the hill Monday morning with a short, unplanned tour around Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
New Lewis and Clark Center to house General Staff College
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
More than 200 years after their expedition passed on the Missouri River below, heading into the unknown prospects of the Louisiana Purchase, explorers Lewis and Clark’s names are again linked to the future.
Chiefs encouraged by defensive showing
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
For a Kansas City defense that didn’t score a single point off of turnovers in 2006, ringing up a touchdown and a safety in its first exhibition game of 2007 was a welcome - if rare - occurrence.
Greyhounds will be transferred or adopted
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Wichita Greyhound Park will put some dogs up for adoption and transfer others to different tracks or return them to greyhound farms when the park closes, park officials said.
Hamas militiamen beat Gaza protesters
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
Security men for Gaza’s Hamas rulers clubbed and slammed rifle butts into opponents staging a rare protest Monday, seizing the cameras of journalists covering the event and raiding media offices to prevent news footage from getting out.
Sports distraction
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: After 45 years of living in Lawrence, I see absolutely nothing unifying about KU sports. Indeed, they are an unwarranted distraction from the supposed academic purpose of a true university.
Redskins’ Blaylock still battling
Talented former Chief again finds himself buried on depth chart
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
Robert McFarland would like to tell a story about Washington Redskins running back Derrick Blaylock. Like all the others that detail his career, this one includes an impressive display of athleticism and an injury.
Shuttle tiles perforated, but repair poses danger
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A7
NASA officials said Monday night that they believe the gouge to the bottom of the space shuttle Endeavour is not severe enough to keep the spaceship from returning safely to Earth, but they want more time to consider whether the slightly damaged heat shield needs to be repaired in orbit.
Commentary: Tigers must show up in crucial games
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
I probably should not make too much of a single August baseball game, but goshdarnit, I’m the kind of guy who backs out of the driveway before his seatbelt is fully buckled, doesn’t care if these Contents May Be Hot, and used to down Pop Rocks with a Coke, so I’m going to be my usual bold self and say it: Tonight is the biggest game of the Tigers’ season. (So far, anyway.)
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
As Kansas University freshman football cornerback Chris Harris talked to reporters, junior standout Aqib Talib walked by the scrum and shouted, “That’s my young’n right there!”
Survivorship program receives $300K grant
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Back In the Swing, a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit organization donated nearly $300,000 to create the Breast Cancer Survivorship model program at the Kansas University Cancer Center.
Iraqi prime minister calls political summit
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s prime minister appeared to clear the way Monday - with a last-minute push from the U.S. ambassador - for a crisis council that seeks to save his crumbling government.
Auditions announced for Topeka youth symphony
August 14, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Topeka Symphony Youth Ensemble auditions will be Saturday at Washburn University.
Optometrist starts work with EyeDoctors
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
EyeDoctors Optometrists in Lawrence announces its association with Dr. Erin Hamilton.
Minicar crash injures 8 at Shriner’s parade
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
A minicar and a dune buggy collided during a Shriner’s parade Saturday, sending one of the vehicles into the crowd and injuring eight people, police said Monday.
World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age 114
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Yone Minagawa, who became the world’s oldest person earlier this year, has died at a nursing home in southwestern Japan, an official said today. She was 114.
Hackers post anti-war message on U.N. site
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Computer hackers posted an anti-war message on the U.N.’s official Web site, claiming that U.S. and Israeli policies in the Middle East were taking innocent lives, the United Nations said.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
The new two-night rodeo event at the county fair was considered a successful addition and did “reasonably well” at the gate, considering it was the first trial for such a format.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 14, 1907: From Tangier, Morocco: “Four thousand Moors attacked Casablanca this morning and were repulsed by French troops guarding the port.
Church shooting stuns Micronesian community
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A6
The first man shot in the rural Missouri church sanctuary was a grandfather of three who had shepherded the local community of Micronesian immigrants for about 15 years.
Former dictator wants to return home
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A8
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega wants U.S. officials to send him back to his home country when he finishes his drug trafficking and racketeering sentence next month, but American prosecutors are pushing for him to be extradited to France to face another trial.
Lawrence Datebook
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Taliban frees 2 S. Korean hostages
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Taliban kidnappers freed two South Korean female hostages Monday, a move the fundamentalist militants described as a gesture of goodwill while they negotiate the fate of the 19 other Christian aid workers they still hold.
Ignoring issues
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I thought the Planning Commission hearing on a second Lawrence Wal-Mart was a travesty, but the City Commission topped it. The general sentiment expressed by the public was 7 to 1 against the proposal, yet it passed.
Sparky’ appears to be KU’s starting QB
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sparky’s about to become a starter, it seems. If common sense told any of the 100 or so onlookers at Kansas University’s open football practice anything on Monday, it’s that Todd Reesing is in line to be the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback when Kansas plays Central Michigan on Sept. 1 in the season opener.
McCain calls Iowa straw poll ‘meaningless’
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday shrugged off his 10th-place finish in the Iowa straw poll this past weekend, calling such contests meaningless.
Chinese-made hotel toothpaste recalled
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
A chemical that thickens antifreeze has turned up again in a Chinese-made toothpaste, this time under a brand that serves luxury hotels around the world.
Commodities
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
Soybean futures jumped, while other agricultural prices fell Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 0.5 cent to $6.665; December corn fell 1.5 cents to $3.49; December oats lost 1.5 cents to $2.59; November soybeans rose 10 cents to $8.8175.
Incoming freshmen learn history, chants at KU Traditions Night
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jimmy Khamphilay wants to start a Kansas University tradition in his family. His 23-year-old brother graduated from the university in May. Now it’s his turn to begin his career as a Jayhawk, and the 18-year-old from Shawnee knows he has a lot to absorb. “This will be a learning year to get used to college,” he said.
Russian train derails
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
An apparent explosion derailed several cars on a Russian passenger train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg late Monday, injuring at least 27 people, officials said.
Festival pits North vs. South in rock ‘n’ roll skirmish
August 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
In the early hours of Aug. 21, 1863, several hundred Confederate raiders led by William Quantrill rode into Lawrence while the town slept, gunning down its citizens and setting houses ablaze.
State lawmakers advocate mandatory kindergarten
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would mandate children attend kindergarten and lower the age at which children must attend school.
Dog days hit Lions
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
Fifteen minutes before the start of their second practice of three on the day, Lawrence High’s football players began filing out to the field to warm up. “Whew, a little hot today, guys,” one player said as his metal spikes clanked against pavement.
Reminder: Don’t leave pets in hot cars
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s against city law to leave dogs unattended in a vehicle for more than five minutes when temperatures are higher than 80 degrees. Yet, in the past three months, as temperatures have climbed, several police reports have been filed about dogs left in vehicles.
Keegan: Reesing natural leader
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
Here’s the best thing about Todd Reesing: It doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks about his shortcomings. He thinks he’s really good, and it shows in everything he does.
State indicates willingness to help Lawrence with problems at bars
Commissioners to consider their own licensing system tonight
August 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
The state regulator who oversees the bar and liquor industry said Monday that he’s willing to work with Lawrence leaders to deal with problem bars if city officials are willing to initiate the process.
People in the news
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Jimmy Stewart stamp to be released Friday¢ Miss America signs TV deal with TLC
Former WWF star found dead
August 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Former pro wrestling champion Brian “Crush” Adams died Monday after he was found unconscious in his home. He was 44.
Ride of their lives
Kansas team makes finals in Disney design competition
August 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
When she was a little girl, Hannah Fiechtner never thought about where the rides at Disney’s theme parks came from. “You think they automatically show up there,” she says. “Poof - like magic. When you’re little, you think they have magicians on staff and never give it a second thought.” After the past year, Fiechtner now realizes those rides are the result of a lot of hard work.
Books teach kids about positive behaviors
August 14, 2007 in print edition on C2
Even the most whimsical bedtime stories can teach a useful lesson or two.