Archive for Friday, August 17, 2007

Also from August 17

Audio clips
Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Game Aug. 13-17
Podcasts
Polls
KU is ranked 38th in the latest US News & World Report list. What do you think of that rank?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s about right
 
35%
It’s too high
 
31%
It’s too low
 
29%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 563
Videos

Lead stories

4:58 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
KU campus Ranking moves up to No. 38
August 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University moved up one spot to 38th in the 2008 rankings of public universities by U.S. News & World Report. This is the second year the university’s ranking has climbed since reaching a low of 45th in the 2006 rankings. The rankings, which hit newsstands Monday in the magazine’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide, are facing particularly vocal complaints this year from a group of colleges and educators working to develop an alternative to the system.
12:00 p.m.
Trivia scramble
August 17, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Redemption. Of the 16 teams to compete last month in VH1’s “World Series of Pop Culture,” only one walked away with the $250,000 prize. Fifteen other teams went home with nothing. Worse, they must now forever replay in their minds the questions and answers they screwed up.
3:00 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Trout Fishing in America reels in kids' interest
Posted August 17, 2007
Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet write songs about ice cream, aliens in noses and beans and weenies. It's safe to say their songs are generally intended for children. But they hope parents might actually like the songs, too. The duo make up Trout Fishing in America, a three-time Grammy-nominated band that plays at 7 p.m. today at the Lied Center. The performance is the Lied's annual Family Concert. In this week's Pulse Podcast, Grimwood and Idlet talk about their songwriting process and where their crazy name came from. And, as always, find out what else is going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.

All stories

Lawrence Datebook
August 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence