Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2007

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4:51 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence High's Tony Williams tries to avoid Topeka High defender Dillon Hazlett (8). Williams rushed for 167 yards October 27, 2006, in the Lions' 52-28 victory at Haskell Stadium. Haskell may charge for football parking
August 18, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence school leaders’ ears perked up when Haskell Indian Nations University officials said they may charge for parking at high school football games. But Ted Juneau, a consultant to Haskell President Linda Warner, said Friday there is no concrete proposal to establish a parking fee. Juneau, however, said as part of a comprehensive review of university athletic programs, “We have to look at maximizing income.”
12:00 p.m.
Ted Grinter, of rural Tonganoxie, pets his dog Buddy early Tuesday morning in his sunflower field between Lawrence and Tonganoxie. Grinter plants a small field every year, sells the seeds and lets the public take photos when the plants are in full bloom. Sunflower farm shows off state icon
August 18, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row after row of sunflowers on his farm about 7 miles northeast of Lawrence. “Come on out. Take all the pictures you want,” Grinter said.

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It’s official: Reesing’s the guy
August 18, 2007
Following Saturday afternoon’s practice, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino confirmed what many had speculated for nearly two weeks now. Sophomore quarterback Todd Reesing’s first career start will come Sept. 1, when the Jayhawks open their 2007 season at Memorial Stadium against reigning MAC champion Central Michigan.
Relief efforts get organized in Peruvian quake zone
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
Hungry earthquake survivors ransacked a public market Friday, while other mobs looted a refrigerated trailer and blocked aid trucks, prompting Peru’s president to appeal for calm. Aid finally arrived to the disaster zone after about 36 hours without much help.
On the Record
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
¢ Police calls¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls
Where to Write
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Lawrence school district officials said they felt the 13-year decline in public school enrollment here was about to end. Early indications were that the enrollment for the coming fall would be 7,012, a decline of just 10 pupils from the previous fall. An upturn was predicted as early as 1983-84.
KU ranked 5 in Big 12
University still shy of its Top 25 goal
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
In the U.S. News and World Report rankings that came out Friday, Kansas University found itself ranked 85th among all national universities, but fifth among schools in the Big 12 Conference. When Chancellor Robert Hemenway arrived in 1995, he set a goal of making KU a top 25 public university. Since reaching a high of 30th in the 1999 rankings, KU has floated around the 40 mark. Its lowest ranking was 45th in 2006.
Obama stuck in a narrative not his own
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Hillary Rodham Clinton is rigid, cautious and steely. Barack Obama is dangerously inexperienced. John Edwards is a narcissistic hypocrite. Joseph R. Biden Jr. can’t express a thought in less than 25 minutes. Christopher J. Dodd is making sense but nobody’s paying attention.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.74 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Phil’s lost summer
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C10
Beneath a blistering sun and surrounded by cheers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson climbed the steep hill together toward the clubhouse at Southern Hills. They were separated by some 30 yards. And they could not have been farther apart. This was Saturday at the PGA Championship, the final major of the year. Mickelson was on the 18th green, finishing another round over par that left him in the middle of the pack.
QB McNabb sharp in return
Eagles signal-caller goes off for 138 yards in first quarter
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
The way Donovan McNabb is completing passes, it won’t matter if he has lost a step. Playing his first game since tearing a knee ligament last November, McNabb did everything but scramble in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 27-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Friday night.
BCS success sometimes comes at a price
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
Making a BCS bowl was a great deal for Utah - and for Florida, which celebrated the Utes’ success by hiring away their coach. Louisville overcame injuries and adversity to finally hit the big-time, the Orange Bowl. For a game against … Wake Forest? And who will ever forget Boise State’s incredible comeback against Oklahoma last season in the Fiesta Bowl? Certainly none of those Boise State fans.
Selig’s decision fine if it loosens lips
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
We could have done without commissioner Bud Selig’s self-serving plug on behalf of Jason Giambi and his charitable work. Considering that George Steinbrenner is paying the Yankee slugger $23 million this season for what amounts to a part-time job - injuries have limited Giambi to less than half of New York’s games - giving something back is not just the right thing do, it’s practically an obligation.
Zambrano to remain at Wrigley
Cubs ace avoids free agency, inks 5-year, $91.5 million deal
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
Carlos Zambrano’s long wait paid off. The Chicago Cubs’ talented and emotional ace agreed Friday to a $91.5 million, five-year contract extension that features a 2013 option that could make the deal worth $110.75 million over six seasons.
Fed moves to ease financial fears
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a half a percentage point Friday, moving to ease a credit crunch and calm global financial markets by making it cheaper for cash-starved institutions to borrow directly from the central bank.
Daily Show’ to air reports from Iraq
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” whose phony news coverage has long included phony “remotes” from war-torn Iraq, will be reporting from Iraq for real next week.
General says troop surge should end by August ‘08
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
The U.S military will begin pulling out the additional troops it sent to Iraq as part of the so-called surge next spring and will have completed their withdrawal by next August, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq said Friday.
Lawrence Datebook
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Green a question mark for Dolphins
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Miami Dolphins quarterback competition will end in a week or so when, barring a huge and unlikely surprise, Trent Green draws the short straw and becomes the starting tackling dummy behind Miami’s alleged offensive line.
Bannister brilliant for K.C.
Royals rookie pitches complete-game four-hitter
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
Emil Brown hit his first home run in over a month, Brian Bannister pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game and Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 9-2, on Friday night. Brown’s two-run shot, his first homer since July 14, highlighted a four-run rally in the first that gave Bannister all the support he needed. Brown broke an 0-for-12 streak with the long ball and matched the RBI total of his previous 16 games combined.
August anticipation
K.C. fans show support for 2007 Jayhawks
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
This time of year, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino doesn’t have to say much to get a crowd going. An assurance that the players are working hard. A vow that this year’s team is better. Sneak in the words “bowl game” near the end of the speech, and the ovation lasts until he steps off the stage.
Infrastructure bank would boost renewal
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
For those who lost their lives or their loved ones when Minneapolis’ Interstate 35W bridge buckled and broke, it was an irreversible tragedy. But that a collapse like this was coming, to some bridge, somewhere in America - that fact was entirely foreseeable.
A’s Kotsay returns to DL
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
Athletics outfielder Mark Kotsay was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back spasms before Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
Iowa agrees to pay $925K to orphans used in 1930s stuttering experiment
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
The state has agreed to pay $925,000 to unwitting subjects of an infamous 1930s stuttering experiment - orphans who were badgered and belittled as children by University of Iowa researchers trying to induce speech impediments.
Handshy’s hobbies: harmonica, hard hits
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
Sitting in a dormitory hallway, his back propped against the wall after two-a-day football practices in 100-degree heat, Ian Handshy has a case of the blues. Blues music that is. “He plays everywhere - in the locker room, after summer workouts. I heard him last night when I was sitting in my room. I heard some tunes that were pretty awesome. He’s pretty good,” Kansas University running back Brandon McAnderson said of current KU teammate and fellow Lawrence High graduate Handshy.
Around and About
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D3
Events around Lawrence
Bottled water faces backlash
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
In 1783, George Washington visited the natural springs of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Along with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he took a keen interest in the supposed medicinal qualities of mineral water, a subject of much research at the time. The following year, a friend wrote to him to describe the difficulty of bottling the effervescent Saratoga water.
People in the News
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Uncle Kracker released on bond after arrest¢ Foxx to play musical genius in true-life story¢ Hawke: Spouse’s success can hurt ego, marriage¢ ‘American Idol’ Sparks signs with Jive Records¢ Victoria Beckham’s writing fashion book¢ Lohan’s parents settle divorce, custody dispute
Heche, McDowell star in ‘Science Fiction’
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D7
A whim becomes a controversial cause when a decadent woman befriends a cyborg servant slated for the scrap heap on “Masters of Science Fiction” (9 p.m., ABC), starring Anne Heche and Malcolm McDowell.
Horoscopes
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D7
Express your feelings and thoughts this year, as you have an unusually receptive audience. You might want to let many know and understand the flexible and multifaceted Lion. A child or love relationship could be one of the star events of 2007. By 2008, you might be more into integrating this person into your life. If you are attached, one can only surmise the importance of frequent time alone, whether out for dinner or simply relaxing with a cup of tea.
Tiller’s abortion clinic temporarily closed
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
As Dr. George Tiller faces criminal charges that he performed illegal abortions, his clinic has been closed because of vandalism, his attorneys said. The temporary closing of Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita has been applauded by anti-abortion advocates, but abortion rights advocates say it has proven a hardship to some women.
Lokey’s return from injury a big plus for Longhorns
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
As a defensive tackle, Derek Lokey was a mauler, anchoring a Texas unit that ranked No. 1 against the run most of last season. On offense, he was the masher. As the short-yardage fullback, Lokey opened holes for the tailbacks to get that extra yard or into the end zone.
Society Calendar
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D5
Events around Lawrence
Can a calling from God conflict with marriage vows?
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D1
¢ What God has joined shouldn’t be separated¢ Your relationship with Christ must come first
Iraq, Afghanistan wars strain ammunition supply for police
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A7
Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.
Hurricane Dean sweeps into eastern Caribbean
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean on Friday, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths. Winds strengthened to a supercharged 145 mph as it headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Four killed in helicopter crash; one survives
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
A U.S. Marine Corps search-and-rescue helicopter crashed during a training flight over southwest Arizona, killing four people on board, officials said Friday. One person survived.
Mine rescue tunneling halted indefinitely after three deaths
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
After 10 days of setbacks, nerve-jangling “bumps” and a second mine collapse that killed three workers trying to rescue their comrades, authorities Friday conceded defeat to a mountain that appeared to be slowly crumbling.
Vick’s co-defendants plead guilty
Falcons QB accused of helping to drown, hang dogs
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
It’s up to Michael Vick now. His last two co-defendants pleaded guilty Friday and implicated Vick in bankrolling gambling on dogfights. One of them said the Atlanta Falcons quarterback helped drown or hang dogs that didn’t do well.operation known as “Bad Newz Kennels.”
Ribbon cut on reopened Kansas River bridge
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
After waiting five months for construction on the Kansas River bridge to end, Perry and Lecompton residents weren’t going to let a little rain stop their celebration of the bridge’s reopening Friday. Perry Mayor Mike Lang, Lecompton Mayor Roy Paslay and about 50 people met in the middle of the bridge at 6:30 p.m., just when a downpour stopped, to begin a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Without each other we’re not much of a town,” Lang said.
Keegan: Lawrence boys hit big time
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
Scott Heitshusen, one of the key members of Free State High’s 2006 state championship baseball team, was looking forward to returning to Hutchinson Community College for his sophomore season. Nick DeBiasse, football and baseball star at Lawrence High and valedictorian of the Class of 2007, was looking forward to playing for the University of Arizona baseball team as a preferred walk-on.
The real deal
There will be few, if any, complaints about the visage of Jimmy Stewart on a postage stamp.
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
The U.S. Postal Service in recent years has featured “personalities” on its stamps, ranging from cartoon characters to genuine human beings. The service has been criticized, understandably, for some of its selections, and a number of them were quite questionable.
Judge withdraws from Tiller case
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
An anti-abortion judge who once accused abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of “defying legal and moral authority” withdrew Friday from a case against the doctor, saying he wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Stephan joins push for medical marijuana
Former Kansas A.G. says treatment of drug ‘absurd’
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
The push to legalize medical marijuana got a big lift Friday when former Attorney General Bob Stephan announced his support and urged Kansans to get behind the effort. “The state should not pre-empt the role of the physicians when it comes to deciding what is best for ill Kansans,” said Stephan, a cancer survivor and the longest serving attorney general in state history.
Preseason Schedule
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C8
Regents should strengthen oversight of state universities
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Considerable news coverage in recent weeks has been given to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ appointment of five members to the Kansas Board of Regents. These men and women have the responsibility of overseeing the state’s six universities - Kansas University and its medical center, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University - and the state’s community colleges and vocational-technical schools.
Club News
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D5
The University Bridge Club announces results for its Aug. 11 game. Hosts were Bebe Huxtable, Ruth Harwood, Willie Stoltenberg and Donna Gatts. Blue winners were Karmie Galle, first; Leonard Fleske, second; Harold Riehm, third; Ray Ikenberry, fourth; and Tom Waller, fifth. Pink winners were Virginia Williams, first; Cathy Waller, second; Mary Fleske, third; Wanda Kring, fourth; and Edna Galle, fifth.
K.C. sours Meyer’s moment
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C3
Sometimes storybook moments don’t play out like they’re supposed to. Just ask Dan Meyer, who took the mound for his first start in the major leagues with the home crowd behind him and no doubt a healthy dose of adrenaline running through his veins.
Law allows toddlers to marry with parental OK
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age - even infants - to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.
Patrick, Eldridge to miss OU scrimmage
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
Running back Allen Patrick and tight end Brody Eldridge will be held out of Oklahoma’s scrimmage today because of injuries, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. Patrick, who became the starter after Adrian Peterson broke his collarbone last season, has been wearing a protective boot on his right foot after spraining his ankle last week. He also missed the Sooners’ scrimmage last weekend.
Football needs a monster, and it could be USC
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C7
When Pac-10 football coaches gathered here for media day, their whimpering drowned out the jet engines at nearby LAX. How, they cried, are we supposed to beat Southern California? From the backfield to the secondary, the top-ranked Trojans have more talent than anyone in the nation - and maybe anyone in history, according to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
Tourist agency to ditch gang gesture from ads
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Virginia is still for lovers, but the state’s tourism agency will eliminate images of people making heart symbols with their hands in its upcoming advertising campaign because the gesture is also used by a violent street gang.
Army to try soldier in 1985 triple slayings
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
A soldier acquitted of a triple slaying in civilian court 18 years ago will face a court-martial for the same crimes, an Army general ordered Friday. The Army will try Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis on three counts of premeditated murder in the May 1985 deaths of Kathryn Eastburn, 31, and two of her daughters - Kara Sue, 5, and Erin Nicole, 3.
Progress on N. Korea’s nuclear program made
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
The U.N. atomic watchdog agency and the U.S. government both reported progress Friday in the effort to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear program.
Wren moms who get help invest less energy in chicks
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Whose offspring do better, families in privileged circumstances or those struggling to keep food in the kids’ mouths? For a type of Australian bird called the superb fairy-wren, it turns out it doesn’t make any difference. Researchers found that wren moms with little help lay larger eggs, getting their chicks started off on the right foot.
Bali bombers’ prison sentences reduced
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
Ten Islamic militants jailed for suicide bombings on Bali that killed more than 220 people - many of them foreign tourists - had several months shaved off their sentences Friday to mark Indonesia’s Independence Day.
Sox, Tigers shake up rosters
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Boston Red Sox put backup catcher Doug Mirabelli on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his right calf in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the biggest in a series of moves to bolster the team for the pennant race.
Scouting News
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D3
Boys in first- through fifth-grades and their families are invited to join Cub Scouting programs during the next few weeks.
Coffeyville refinery restarts after flooding that devastated town
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Coffeyville Resources refinery has restarted most of the operating units that had been shut down after flooding hit Coffeyville earlier this summer, company officials said Friday. The refinery had been processing about 108,000 barrels a day of crude oil, but the company said it was now operating at rates up to about 98,000 barrels per day.
Silly songs usher in new school year
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Third-graders at Prairie Park School were captivated by the creativity of the Texas-based duo Trout Fishing in America. “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Alien in My Nose” brought giggles and smiles among the children. “It’s great,” said Tristan Rethman, 8. “They have really funny songs.” Louie Farris, 8, said the alien invasion song was the best.
4-H News
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Douglas County 4-H Council met June 18 at the Douglas County Extension Office. Wesley Callahan, president, called the meeting to order. Jen Livingood led the flag salute and 4-H pledge, and Lacey Hunsinger, secretary, took roll and read the minutes. Whitney Box led the opening activity.
Angels salvage split with Sox
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C4
Orlando Cabrera singled to tie the game and scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s two-run double as Los Angeles rallied off Eric Gagne in the ninth to beat Boston and split a day-night doubleheader. Clay Buchholz (1-0) gave Boston six strong innings in his major-league debut in the afternoon.
Five people killed in small airplane crash
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
A sightseeing airplane crashed near Ketchikan, an island city in southeast Alaska, killing five people, including a 3-year-old boy, his parents and his grandfather, authorities said.
Pendulum swings toward more caution by FDA on drug decisions
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Under growing scrutiny since the blockbuster painkiller Vioxx was pulled from the market, the Food and Drug Administration in recent months has rejected a slew of experimental drugs or delayed their approval and required more data.
MU’s Alexander likes increased role
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C6
After a productive freshman season, Danario Alexander is at the top of the depth chart for Missouri wide receivers. Alexander had 15 catches for 251 yards and a touchdown in 2006. In preseason practice, he’s turning heads while working at the No. 1 spot at the H-receiver position. “He’s certainly a playmaker,” coach Gary Pinkel said after a scrimmage Monday in which Alexander caught three passes for 79 yards.
Haskell may charge for football parking
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school leaders’ ears perked up when Haskell Indian Nations University officials said they may charge for parking at high school football games. But Ted Juneau, a consultant to Haskell President Linda Warner, said Friday there is no concrete proposal to establish a parking fee. Juneau, however, said as part of a comprehensive review of university athletic programs, “We have to look at maximizing income.”
Flood leaves 172 coal miners trapped
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Water from a rain-swollen river poured into a coal mine in eastern China, leaving 172 miners trapped and feared dead, government officials and a state news agency reported today.
Payless ShoeSource closes Stride Rite deal
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Payless ShoeSource Inc. said Friday it had completed its acquisition of competing shoe store chain owner The Stride Rite Corp. for about $800 million.
FDA warns of rare, serious side effect of codeine in some nursing mothers
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Nursing mothers who take codeine should watch their infants for increased sleepiness or other signs of overdose, federal health officials warned Friday. The Food and Drug Administration warning of the rare but serious side effect was prompted by a 2006 report of the death of a nursing infant whose mother was given codeine for episiotomy pain.
Texas cleans up, braces for more tropical weather
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Rescuers searched Friday for people swept away in flash floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin, as wary residents across the Gulf Coast watched Hurricane Dean charging through the Caribbean. At least six people died Thursday and another one was missing because of Erin’s thunderstorms.
Cubs halt Cardinals’ streak at five
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C4
Booed, benched and nearly traded during his time with the Cubs, Jacque Jones heard only cheers at Wrigley Field on Friday. Jones hit a two-run homer and made an outstanding catch as Chicago beat St. Louis, ending the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak. With Milwaukee’s loss to Cincinnati, the Cubs moved into first place in the NL Central.
Jumping tarantula with venomous fangs rescued
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it.
Orioles closer has surgery
August 18, 2007 in print edition on C5
Baltimore Orioles closer Chris Ray is expected to miss the entire 2008 season after having major surgery on his right elbow.
Dole interim director announced
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B5
A familiar face will be taking the lead at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. Jonathan Earle, associate professor of history and current associate director for programming at the institute, will be the interim director of the Dole Institute from now until Bill Lacy returns from his indefinite leave of absence.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 18, 1907: “Thirty-five fancy Berkshire hogs sold for the surprisingly large sum of $3,505 at the great Sutton sale here yesterday. The average price was $100 and buyers came from all over the country.
U.N. Food supply situation to worsen after floods
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
The U.N. warned Friday that North Korea food supplies will dwindle as a result of record downpours that wracked the country’s agricultural heartland. An aid group said the number of dead and missing had risen to more than 300.
Finding your faith ‘fit’
Many campus organizations exist to help students seeking spiritual nourishment
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D1
Some Kansas University students shop around for their majors. Cory Keller shopped around for campus ministries. After spending half of his freshman year not attending a church-related group, Keller decided to try several of the larger groups on campus. He didn’t find the right fit until he fell in with University Christian Fellowship, a group of 20 to 25 students.
Store pulls vinyl bibs after lead problems
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Toys “R” Us Inc. on Friday said it was removing all vinyl baby bibs from its Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores as a precaution after two bibs made in China for one supplier showed lead levels that exceeded Toys “R” Us standards.
Faith Briefs
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D8
Religious events around Lawrence this week.
BBC: Company no longer relaying broadcasts
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
British Broadcasting Corp. said Friday that its Russian-language FM broadcasts have been taken off the air by its Moscow distributor, which called the programs “foreign propaganda.”
NovaStar Financial cuts 500 jobs
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Mortgage lender NovaStar Financial Inc. said Friday it was cutting 500 jobs, or 37 percent of its work force, as it stops selling home loans through brokers.
Nation to provide free sex-change operations
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Brazil’s public health system will begin providing free sex-change operations in compliance with a court order, the Health Ministry said Friday.
Prime minister tells Sunnis to unite
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Iraq’s Shiite prime minister carried an appeal for unity to Saddam Hussein’s hometown Friday and told Sunni tribal chieftains that all Iraqis must join to crush al-Qaida in Iraq and extremist Shiite militias “to save our coming generations.”
Jurassic-period lizard skeleton found
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Paleontologists in Russia’s Volga area said Friday they have discovered the fossilized skeleton of a Jurassic-period fin lizard of the pliosaur family.
Military News
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D3
Air Force Airman Ashley M. Keith graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Ex-Red Army Faction member to be paroled
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
A former radical leftist convicted in the murder of a U.S. soldier and bombing of an American military base poses no more danger to the public and will be released on parole, a German court ruled Friday.
More Kemper awards bestowed at KU
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Four more Kansas University professors received William T. Kemper awards Friday for their work at KU.
China attempts to regain confidence
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
China made a fresh effort Friday to prove its commitment to eliminating the country’s recurring food safety problems, releasing a policy paper that highlights improved inspections and putting a trusted troubleshooter in charge of a quality control campaign.
Saddam’s daughter faces terrorism charges
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Less than a year after her father was sent to the gallows, Saddam Hussein’s daughter is facing charges that could lead to her execution.
Government arrests 16 in Muslim brotherhood
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Egyptian security forces arrested the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political bureau and at least 15 other Brotherhood officials Friday, leaders of the group said. The arrests were part of a continuing government crackdown on the Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition organization.
Elderly minister spent two days in wheelchair at airport, family says
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
A well-known 72-year-old Wichita minister is recovering in a Florida hospital this weekend. Details are sketchy, but family members say he was left for two days and nights in a wheelchair outside Orlando International Airport. The Rev. Kenneth Davis, longtime pastor of Immanuel Outreach Centre Church of God in Christ in Wichita, had suffered a stroke and was severely dehydrated when an airport skycap found him Wednesday afternoon.
Investigation traces polonium to 4 new sites
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
British authorities on Friday disclosed four new London locations, including a Moroccan restaurant and a lap-dancing club, at which investigators have found the kind of radiation that killed former Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko in November.
Death toll from oppressive heat hits 47
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Authorities in Memphis and Alabama reported 10 more heat-related deaths Friday, bringing the toll in the Southeast and Midwest to at least 47 since oppressive triple-digit temperatures settled over the region last week.
Assistant city manager hired
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
There’s a new No. 2 at City Hall. Cindy Boecker, an assistant city administrator in Liberty, Mo., will be one of two assistant city managers to City Manager Dave Corliss. She starts Sept. 24.
Sunflower farm shows off state icon
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Sunflowers are in full bloom and fans don’t have to travel far to take in their beauty. Ted Grinter has 27 acres of row after row after row of sunflowers on his farm about 7 miles northeast of Lawrence. “Come on out. Take all the pictures you want,” Grinter said.
Commerce, Treasury funds help boost GOP campaigns
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A4
Top Commerce and Treasury Departments officials appeared with Republican candidates and doled out millions in federal money in battleground congressional districts and states after receiving White House political briefings detailing GOP election strategy.
New program aims to keep probationers out of prison
August 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
Elijah Corum’s world these days is behind a high chain link fence topped with razor wire. He sleeps in a top bunk in a prison barracks without air conditioning. A Bible and pictures of his wife and three children are on a nearby shelf.
Spokesman for White House
August 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
White House press secretary Tony Snow said Friday he’ll leave before the end of the Bush presidency because he needs to make more money. “I’m going to stay as long as I can,” he said without elaborating on a departure date. Snow’s comment caught White House colleagues by surprise, and they said they could not hazard a guess about when he might leave.
Pop quiz: Backpack or messenger bag?
August 18, 2007 in print edition on D1
When it comes time to tote books and homework to and from school, might more children be using urban-style messenger bags than the sturdy stalwart backpack this year? Toward the end of the last school year, 8-year-old Anita Baume, the daughter of Teen Vogue fashion market director Gloria Baume, traded a backpack her mom had given her for a beat-up messenger bag.