Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Also from August 16

Audio clips
Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
First day of classes at KU
Podcasts
Polls
Is it hot enough for you?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yup.
 
59%
Could be hotter.
 
22%
It’s Kansas - wait 15 minutes and the weather will change.
 
16%
Undecided.
 
2%
Total 271
What do you find is the most effective way to keep rabbits from munching on your landscape plants?

Poll results

Response Percent
Nothing works
 
51%
Fencing
 
22%
Taste deterrents
 
13%
Repellants
 
8%
Rabbit-resistant plants
 
3%
Total 58
Videos

Lead stories

8:58 a.m.
Turnpike accident snarls traffic
August 16, 2007
A semi-truck was involved in a one-vehicle accident along eastbound Interstate 70 at mile marker 206 at Highway 32. No serious injuries were reported.
9:20 a.m.
Kennedy School art teacher Mitch Pearson, high-fives students as they enter the school on the first day of school Wednesday, August 15, 2007. School started Wednesday for elementary school children and with an orientation for high school sophomores. More state funding needed to expand all-day kindergarten
August 16, 2007 in print edition on 6A
As children return to classes this week, the Lawrence school district rejoins most of the state in offering full-day kindergarten, at least in some of its schools. But officials say it probably would take an increase in state funding to expand full-day kindergarten to all Lawrence elementary schools. “If funding were available, the interest of the school board is to have full-day in all of our elementary schools,” said Bruce Passman, Lawrence’s deputy school superintendent.
10:30 a.m.
Former Attorney General Bob Stephan Former A.G. announces support of medical marijuana
August 16, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Former Attorney General Bob Stephan said Wednesday he supports allowing marijuana for medical purposes. But the state’s chief law enforcement officer from 1979 to 1995, and a cancer survivor, declined to say whether he ever used marijuana to relieve pain. “I don’t think it’s relevant, so I’m not going to get into that,” Stephan said. Stephan will lead a news conference in the Capitol on Friday by the Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition.
1:00 p.m.
Students walk the KU campus near Jayhawk Blvd. Thursday, August 16, 2007, on the first day of classes. KU classes open amid blazing heat
August 16, 2007
With classes opening for the fall semester, thousands of KU students swarmed Mount Oread with at least one goal in mind: Get to class and get inside.
3:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat with child psychologist Wes Crenshaw about school, family and social issues
August 16, 2007
Wes Crenshaw, a Lawrence child psychologist and co-author of the Double Take column in the Journal-World, will take questions about school, family and social issues.
5:00 p.m.
Bunny tracks
August 16, 2007 in print edition on 1C
When I was young, I loved cute, furry, cotton-tailed critters. There was Peter Cottontail, the Velveteen Rabbit, the Easter Bunny, Bugs Bunny. They’re ingrained in our memories of childhood as adorable, nose-twitching creatures. But I’m beginning to see Elmer Fudd’s reasoning. Those wild hares are everywhere. Why are there so many rabbits? I see babies and adults - in my yard, on golf courses, in parks on campus.
10:00 p.m.
Brad Nichols, center, a carpenter with Culbertson Construction, works Thursday to secure wall supports of a home that he and his coworkers are building on Tucker Trail in northwest Lawrence. Home construction numbers in Lawrence are down, corresponding with a national trend. U.S. housing starts have reached a 10-year low, according to a federal report released Thursday. Building slump hits home
August 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Tim Stultz, who builds homes for a living, watches as three big economic indicators - inflation, unemployment and mortgage interest rates - continue hovering at traditionally low levels. Now, more than ever, he’s left wondering why the city’s long resilient home-construction industry has skidded to a career-long low. “Since I’ve been building this is the slowest I’ve seen it,” said Stultz, president of Highland Construction since 1991. “But we ought to be coming out of it - if people would just believe we’re going to come out of it.

All stories

Our Town Sports
August 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
Sport events, clubs and teams around Lawrence
Lawrence Datebook
August 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence