Archive for Sunday, August 26, 2007

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6:00 a.m.
South Junior High School eighth-grade English teacher Kathleen Scollon teaches in the hallway of the new school, which cost about $24 million. The school's construction took up the largest part of a $54 million bond issue passed in April 2005. $54 million: With Lawrence school construction winding down, the district offers a look at what taxpayers paid for
August 26, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The work that resulted from a $54 million bond issue in 2005 is done - well, nearly done. Gone are the portable classrooms at the junior high schools. In their place are new wings to schools, as well as new classrooms and locker rooms. Older schools are now new and improved. One school, South Junior High, which still needs work, was totally rebuilt.
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence author Laura Moriarty returns to small-town Kansas in her second novel, "The Rest of Her Life," which chronicles the aftermath of a tragedy caused by a teen's carelessness and its impact on an already strained mother-daughter relationship. Blind spot
August 26, 2007 in print edition on 1D
In the thick of writing her second novel, Laura Moriarty’s life got complicated. Her infant daughter’s father left town unexpectedly. Then she and her baby came down with chronic bronchitis that nagged them for six months. Still, the Lawrence author felt relatively fortunate.
10:00 p.m.
Aaron McClellan of Burlington, Colo., spends time with his daughter, Alyssa McClellan, 4, Sunday, after arriving at Forbes Field in Topeka after serving a year in Iraq. National Guard unit returns
August 26, 2007 in print edition on 3A
It was a mad dash to the cars and home Sunday afternoon in Topeka. The members of the 714th Security Forces unit of the Kansas National Guard arrived back in the United States and weren’t going to waste any time standing around feeling nostalgic for Iraq. Stacy Gonzales stood with nearly two dozen members of her family who came to Forbes Field to give her a big welcome home.

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6News video: Local men and women return from Iraq
August 26, 2007
After months in Iraq, local men and women returned home and reunited with their families. Dozens of soldiers landed at Forbes Field after a year-long deployment in Iraq. After the loss oc two of their brothers, the men and women are grateful to be back.
6News video: State fiddling and picking championships
August 26, 2007
If you heard music on Massachusetts Street this weekend, it was the sound of a Lawrence tradition more than 27 years in the making: the state fiddling and picking championships. The competition sounds nice, but it’s serious business; there’s no fiddling around when there are bragging rights up for grabs.
6Sports video: KU releases depth chart
August 26, 2007
Today, head coach Mark Mangino release his final depth chart before the Kansas Football team opens the 2007 season, on the two deep, only a few surprises.
6News video: Citizen Journalism Academy applicatons available
August 26, 2007
Lawrence area residents have a unique opportunity to make headlines this fall. Applications for the third Citizen Journalism Academy are now available at LJWorld.com. The class - sponsored by The World Company and the KU School of Journalism - will teach how news decisions are made, the ethics of storytelling, how to ask the right questions and get hands-on experience in a number of other key topics.
6News video: Third Annual Burcham Park Music for the Masses
August 26, 2007
Six months of planning came together for a special cause at the Third Annual Burcham Park Music for the Masses concert. Saturday’s concert highlighted the talent of eight bands as concert-goers kicked back and enjoyed the sounds of rap, rock and instrumental jazz.
6News video: Tonganoxie residents rally to help neighbor
August 26, 2007
The city of Tonganoxie rallied together to help a neighbor pay her medical expenses. Residents hoped to raise nearly $7,000 for Donna Conrad through donated clothing and furniture at a benefit sale.
6News video: Local police volunteer as football coaches
August 26, 2007
By day they patrol the streets, but once the school bell rings, you’ll find a number of Lawrence police officers on the football field instead. Officers with the Lawrence Police Department have been volunteering their time for more than a decade coaching the seventh grade football program.
6News video: KU starts Women Philanthropists group
August 26, 2007
KU started a new group of women connected through the University and public service. The initiated called Women Philanthropists for KU banks on a national trend that women not only want to support causes, but get involved.
National Guard unit returns
Families welcome back armed forces
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
It was a mad dash to the cars and home Sunday afternoon in Topeka. The members of the 714th Security Forces unit of the Kansas National Guard arrived back in the United States and weren’t going to waste any time standing around feeling nostalgic for Iraq. Stacy Gonzales stood with nearly two dozen members of her family who came to Forbes Field to give her a big welcome home.
Hospital infections blamed in thousands of deaths
Consumer group working to make data available to public
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Each year in the United States, more people die from infections they picked up at hospitals than from car accidents or homicides. It’s a statistic the Consumers Union has used to try to pass legislation state by state that would make the rate of hospital-acquired infections public.
Keegan: Voters betray Hadl
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
A dreaded affliction for which no known cure exists periodically spreads throughout sports writer colonies. The affliction, known as expert-itis, suppresses the portion of the brain responsible for generating common sense and inflates the part that controls the ego.
Expectations will be high for Chargers’ new coach
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
San Diego - Lucky Norv Turner. Or is it poor Norv Turner? Turner was minding his offseason business as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers when the San Diego Chargers called during their search to replace the suddenly fired Marty Schottenheimer.
Focus turns to Harrington as Falcons’ new starting QB
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
While many now wonder if Michael Vick will have a second chance in the NFL, Joey Harrington is determined to make the most of his third opportunity.
Don’t count on Vick playing in NFL again
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Michael Vick’s plea agreement and Roger Goodell’s decision Friday to suspend the Atlanta quarterback indefinitely add up to this: It’s better than 50-50 that Vick will never play in the NFL again.
Dove season looms
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
For Kansas bird hunters eagerly awaiting Sept. 1’s opening of dove season, the last few days of August pass by like cold syrup even though outside temperatures are in the 90s.
Wakefield baffles White Sox
Knuckleballer tied for league lead with 16 wins
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Tim Wakefield’s wakeup call came several years ago. To keep pitching he needed to work on more than just his baffling knuckleball. His body needed attention, too. And that’s why at age 41, he’s having one of his best seasons.
Edwards claims ‘biggest win of career’
Driver turns in dominating performance at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
Carl Edwards picked up another 10 bonus points to use in his pursuit of the Nextel Cup title with a dominating victory Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ad Astra Poetry Project kicks off with nod to Stafford
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D2
William Stafford (1914-1993) is my first choice for the exemplary Kansas poet. His work exhibits the language, values and experience of the Great Plains. He describes the sky’s drama: its Milky Way swirls, wind-churned clouds and limitless space.
Ladies launching the long ball
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C10
Boys don’t cry. Sure they don’t. Erin O’Neil, women’s golf coach at Kansas University, knew better at a young age. She saw all sorts of reactions from boys her age when she would rifle her tee shot past them and post a better score. One boy went beyond tears.
People in the news
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Disney thumb-wrestles Ebert in negotiations¢ Sheriff: Suspected drugs found in rapper’s home¢ Johnny Cash’s son visits dad’s old home
Are blink-and-you-miss-them sentences celebrity justice?
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D7
In a city famous for showing that life’s little problems can be resolved in a 30-minute sitcom, celebrity justice is sometimes just as swift. Blink-and-you-miss-them sentences this week for Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie have resurrected the question of whether fame provides a soft landing for fallen stars.
Creating prosthesis for tailless dolphin may help amputees
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Prosthetic specialist Kevin Carroll travels the country tackling the toughest human amputation cases, so it was only natural that he was also drawn to Winter - the only known dolphin to survive the loss of her powerful tail flukes.
Horoscopes
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D7
You have a plethora of ideas this year. Expressing them in an appropriate, clear manner is important. You have drive, which, properly placed, could make you an insurmountable personality and a force to be dealt with.
Pet sitting a growing job
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D10
Walking a dog on a beautiful day, playing with kittens - for money. Sound better than the job you have now? Whether you’re interested in working for an established company or starting out on your own, pet sitting is a growing business.
Money tip
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
In the September issue of Money magazine, Jason Zweig offers secrets of successful investing:
Attorney to offer training in Jordan
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
Katherine Kirk, a Lawrence attorney and mediator, has been selected by the American Bar Association to spend three months in Jordan, where she will train judges and lawyers in the art of mediation and negotiation.
Issue settled
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I am glad the Wal-Mart issue has been resolved. It dragged on long enough. That land was zoned commercial when the school district bought it so they should not complain now about increased traffic. Something had to go in there.
Vietnam analogy will haunt Bush
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
Desperate presidents resort to desperate rhetoric, which calls new attention to their desperation. President Bush joined the club this week by citing U.S. failure in Vietnam to justify staying on in Iraq.
Families who came for free housing still staying in town
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
James Colley doesn’t rave about Kansas sunsets. He doesn’t gush about the way the community of Marquette, to which he moved a few years ago upon an offer of free land, came to his aid when his wife died unexpectedly last June.
Ideas vary for future of Mississippi coast
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Hurricane Katrina erased much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s past, but the deadly storm also created a blank canvas and a historic opportunity for reinventing cities like this once-quaint beach community.
Biden struggles to stand out from ‘others’
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
To watch Joe Biden at his best, owning a room with bluntness and humor and passion and ideas, feeding off the crowd in a way few politicians do, is to wonder: Why is this guy stuck at 2 percent?
Naked man arrested in court building
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A5
A man stripped naked inside a Dallas County courthouse and tried to grab a weapon from an officer who attempted to subdue him, officials said.
Fires rage, killing at least 49
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Fires pushed by gale-force winds tore through more parched forests, swallowed villages and scorched the edges of Athens on Saturday, with ashes raining onto the Acropolis. At least 49 people died, and the government declared a nationwide state of emergency.
Little hope left for Utah miners
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
The latest hole drilled into a collapsed mine where six men are trapped broke through an area too small for the men to survive, a lawyer for several of the men’s families said Saturday.
Investors file suit against Alvamar
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
A group of Alvamar Country Club investors has filed a lawsuit alleging Alvamar Inc. negotiated a new lease that substantially reduced investors’ returns. The dispute centers on Quail’s Nest Developers. Alvamar is managing partner and owns 70 percent of the interest in Quail’s Nest.
Royals’ Davies shelled
Indians win, 9-4, thanks to early blows
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
Aaron Laffey kept the Kansas City Royals beating the ball into the ground, and the Cleveland Indians came through for him with some run support. Making his third big-league start, Laffey got 14 groundball outs in six innings, and Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez homered to help Cleveland beat the Royals, 9-4, Saturday night.
Marcus Giles goes on DL
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
The San Diego Padres placed second baseman Marcus Giles on the 15-day disabled list because of a left knee sprain Saturday.
Two bombs kill at least 37, injure 50 in southern India
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two bombs exploded Saturday night in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, killing at least 37 people and seriously injuring 50, officials said. The first bomb went off just after 7:30 p.m. in an amusement park during a laser light show, killing nine people in an area filled with families.
Office optimism
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
Even in the midst of an economy stung by a sliding stock market, rising mortgage foreclosures and a mounting credit crunch, owners of one of Lawrence’s largest office projects see opportunity in their corner of the market.
Malibu residents tired of beach parties
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D7
The summer beach party scene could be coming to an end in Malibu for a brigade of Hollywood B-listers like Sean Stewart, Jonathan Silverman and Nicky Hilton. And not just because summer is almost over.
Kong’ movie recalls golden age of boring video games
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D8
When video games were first invented 400 years ago, things were, to say the least, a little different. There were no epic-feeling sports games populated by disquietingly lifelike-looking athletes (the “Madden” franchise), no sprawling quests that took sunshine-free weeks and a swimming pool’s worth of Mountain Dew and beef jerky to complete (“Final Fantasy”) and no obsession in senseless violence without repercussions (“Grand Theft Auto,” “Dance Dance Revolution”).
Can today’s wham-bam stars keep genre kicking?
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D9
Matt Damon would have to swing his screen-writing Oscar like a club to have any chance in an alley against martial artists Jet Li and Jason Statham, the stars of the action-packed “War,” opening Friday.
German factory’s porcelain coveted
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D4
The crossed-swords mark on the bottom of a vase. Small figurines of 18th-century people. Elaborate bowls. Onion-pattern dishes. These are all antiques that make collectors hope that they have a piece of very old Meissen porcelain.
Saying ‘I do’ is possible with not much due
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D5
Weddings, like movies, come in many forms: a show-stopping blockbuster, a wide-release romance or an intimate indie affair with DIY production.
Alaskan adventure tests local couple’s mettle
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D6
No one was more surprised than husband Ray and I to find ourselves winging toward an Alaskan wilderness adventure - especially one that involved nine days on a small cruise ship. We are consummate landlubbers, and I personally have suffered seasickness on ocean ventures of less than an hour, and occasionally in the bathtub.
Teen must keep his eye on prize
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
I wanted to use your name on this, but the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice asked me not to.
California family grieves second son killed in Iraq
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Early in the Iraq war, Jeff and Peggy Hubbard faced the news that every parent with a child at war dreads, the death of their son Jared, a Marine killed alongside his best friend.
Visualizing New Orleans in 2015
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, much of the “city that care forgot” still lies in ruins. But Otis Biggs’ task as he shuffles his Tarot deck this moist August day is to peer into the future to 2015, the storm’s 10th anniversary.
New Orleans: Then and now
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
When Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, it was labeled the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history, killing 1,800 people across the Gulf Coast and leaving more than 800,000 homeless.
Basehor couple win $200,000 in Powerball play
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Charles and Kelly Mills’ $5 investment turned into $200,000 in less than 12 hours. The Basehor couple found out they had won a $200,000 Powerball prize after matching the first five numbers in the Aug. 15 drawing.
Prairie Rose, part of theme park bankruptcy filing, sold
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper and Hopalong Cassidy theater will be converted into a dinner theater and convention center, the new owners said.
Running club members face felony charges for scare
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge. The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.
Missouri inmate charged in teen’s death
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
A man currently imprisoned in Missouri was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Nacole Winter in Topeka.
Lawrence Datebook
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Legislators need a raise
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kansas state legislators are due for a tangible pay raise, and they should not fear bringing it to a vote. Legislators have been careful to distance themselves from the issue because they typically get heat from taxpayers over it.
Arts Commission calls for Phoenix nominations
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D10
Nominations are being accepted for the 12th annual Phoenix Awards, a project of the Lawrence Arts Commission. Eight awards will be presented, recognizing area residents for outstanding achievement in the arts, during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Music festival spotlights local bands for charity
Burcham Park event attendance low, but some revenue goes to humanitarian group
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lonnie Fisher sat on the hood of a white Cadillac hearse, waiting for the chance to show his talent. Other members of his band, Lonnie Fisher and The Funeral, puffed on cigarettes.
Suicide bomber attacks convoy
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
A string of bombings and gun battles reported around Afghanistan Saturday killed 41 people and left at least six wounded, including two foreigners hurt in a suicide bombing near the capital.
Best-Sellers
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
The best-selling books for this week.
Man arrested trying to steal city vehicle
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University student was arrested after trying to make a getaway on a city-owned utility vehicle early Saturday, police said.
Thousands ordered to evacuate near wildfire
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
A mandatory evacuation was ordered Saturday for residents of more than 1,000 homes south of Ketchum, where a massive wildfire raged and high winds grounded firefighting air tankers.
Dog-owning judge to decide Vick’s fate
Sentencing for ex-quarterback likely to be set before the end of the year
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Michael Vick can only hope he will get more leniency from the judge than he did from the NFL. Roger Goodell’s letter informing the Atlanta Falcons quarterback of his suspension reads almost like a goodbye, the NFL commissioner doing nothing to hide his disgust and his disdain.
Pets can complicate house Cleaning
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
Bringing home a cat or dog is a commitment - not only to the animal, but to the extra work involved in keeping your house clean.
Time for last-minute tweaks
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
Forget about how tough these hot summer months are on baseball players. The real stress is clearly on fantasy baseball owners. Those athletes who wear down after running out triples in 90 percent humidity get paid millions of dollars.
Tafanelli not planning to run for Congress
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
State Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, said Saturday he will probably not run for Congress during the 2008 election cycle. “I’ve got plenty to do here in Kansas,” Tafanelli said.
Budding Eagle Scout builds wetlands ‘rest stop’
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
In the middle of the Baker Wetlands under a bright blue sky Saturday afternoon, Alex Coffey put the finishing touches on a project that will help him become an Eagle Scout, something he has waited seven years to become.
Navigation system may reduce flight delays
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Federal officials showcased an experimental air traffic control system that would let pilots see other nearby planes and help prevent gridlock in the skies. The Federal Aviation Administration hopes the satellite-based navigation system will replace the current land-based system in the coming decades.
Family of missing boy plans for funeral Mass
Search continues along Kansas River
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
The family of a 9-year-old boy who disappeared in the Kansas River on Aug. 15 is planning a funeral Mass for him, as a scaled-down search continues on the river.
Palestinians breach border, die in gunfight
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
In a rare breach of Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, two heavily armed Palestinians scaled a 25-foot wall Saturday, opened fire on an army outpost and eluded capture for nearly a half- mile before soldiers tracked them down and killed them, Israeli officials said.
Kansas artists focus of journal article
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D4
Paintings by several contemporary Kansas prairie artists are the subject of an essay by retired Kansas University English professor Elizabeth Schultz titled “The Art of Open Spaces, Contemporary Sea and Prairiescapes.”
VFW bikers young and old rally, ride and raise money
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Snuggled behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lawrence sits the cabin. A few dozen guys and gals chit-chatted outside. Red Dog X, the week’s resident bartender, served booze between strokes of his long, red, braided beard. And George O’Brien Sr. collected money.
Permit for boathouse to be considered
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners will consider a special use permit for a proposed boathouse in Burcham Park at their meeting Wednesday.
Still no love for Barry Bonds
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds’ smiling mug won’t be gracing boxes of the Breakfast of Champions anytime soon. Since hitting No. 756 there have been no “I’m going to Disneyland” moments for Bonds, no cereal box immortality.
Dental clinic launches phone recycling drive
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Dental Clinic, in cooperation with the PaceButler Corp., is starting a cell phone recycling fundraising program to help the environment and the clinic.
Iraq question: How many troops to cut?
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
New calls from lawmakers to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq may trouble the White House but are not too out of step with scenarios envisioned by war commanders. The disagreement mainly is about how deeply to cut, not when to begin.
Manning flashes midseason form in Colts’ victory
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
Tony Dungy wanted Saturday night’s preseason game to be a tuneup for the defending Super Bowl champions. Peyton Manning was thinking more about cleaning up.
Lawrence poet to read works from residency
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D4
Lawrence poet Chantel C. Guidry was accepted for an August residency at the Harveyville Project, an artists’ and writers’ residence, workshop and retreat, housed in a schoolhouse built in 1939 in Harveyville.
Hot air balloon catches fire, killing mother, daughter
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
A hot air balloon burst into flames over western Canada, burning a woman and her adult daughter to death while their families looked on, officials said Saturday. Other passengers leaped to the ground, some with their clothes in flames, witnesses said.
Away they go
Jayhawks debate KU’s fastest
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s just one-tenth of a second. But Aqib Talib will tell you that it’s quite noticeable. “You see a 4.3 (40-yard dash) live, it looks crazy, man,” Kansas University’s heralded junior cornerback said. “You can see a 4.4, but if you see a cat run a 4.3, it’s only that one little tenth, but it’s a big difference. You can tell the difference. It just looks so much faster.”
Bomb kills five at Shiite shrine
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
A bomb placed beneath a parked car exploded outside a prominent Shiite shrine in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least five people at the start of a major religious ceremony, U.S. military officials said.
Chiefs name Huard starter
Veteran beats out struggling Croyle
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Damon Huard, who has spent his career backing up some of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, is finally No. 1. Coach Herm Edwards said Saturday the 11-year veteran would start for the Kansas City Chiefs.
New York widens lead in N.L. East
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Orlando Hernandez pitched seven sharp innings to lead the Mets.
Snow Queen’ auditions set for Sept. 9
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D2
Auditions for the Lawrence Arts Center’s production of “The Snow Queen” will be Sept. 9.
Ranger rescues lost Kansas hikers
Colorado vacation goes awry during daylong walk
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
Four Kansas hikers were lost for nearly three days during a recent vacation in the Colorado mountains. James Florez, Bonner Springs; his son, Ashtyn Florez, who lives in Edgerton; and Dan and Daniel Guinn, of Olathe, had left their camp in Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike when they got lost and hiked into a vacant part of the park.
Blind spot
Road to family strife paved with good intentions in local author’s second novel
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
In the thick of writing her second novel, Laura Moriarty’s life got complicated. Her infant daughter’s father left town unexpectedly. Then she and her baby came down with chronic bronchitis that nagged them for six months. Still, the Lawrence author felt relatively fortunate.
Reds honor Concepcion
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
Shortstop Dave Concepcion had his No. 13 retired Saturday by the Cincinnati Reds, joining three Hall of Fame teammates and his Big Red Machine manager in the franchise’s ultimate tribute.
Violence down from peak but still high
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
This year’s U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.
U.S. suffocates Canada, 113-63
Defense dominant at FIBA Americas Tournament in Vegas
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
The United States couldn’t shake Canada with offense alone. Turning up the defense sure did the trick. The Americans held the Canadians to just two field goals in a dominant second quarter, pulling away for a 113-63 victory Saturday to remain unbeaten in the FIBA Americas tournament.
Seniors may have to pay
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
Wildlife and Parks may remove its fishing license exemption for people ages 65 and over.
Republicans instructed on media relations
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
About 80 Republicans from the 2nd Congressional District gathered Saturday to attend discussions on public policy issues and the media.
Academy teaches better understanding of news
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The third Citizen Journalism Academy takes place this fall. The CJA is sponsored by The World Company and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University.
Bush hoping for the Truman bounce
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
If Harry S. Truman did it, why can’t George W. Bush? Truman came back from the political abyss - his public approval rating sank as low as 22 percent, thanks in large part to America’s entry into the Korean War and his handling of labor disputes at home - to become regarded by historians as one of the nation’s top 10 presidents.
Program aims to prevent street violence
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B10
Street violence is a public health issue and needs a preventive approach, city leaders said in announcing a program aimed at matching survivors of violence with those now suffering from it - or likely to be.
Storms prompt tornado warnings
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Storms slammed rain-soaked Ohio on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of people in the Midwest were without power after their homes were battered by lashing winds and flooding rains.
Georgian police looking for downed plane
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
A special group of Georgia’s Interior Ministry left for the Kodori Gorge Saturday to look for a plane allegedly downed in the area after Georgian airspace violation August 21.
Children’s puppet series continues
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University student Spencer Lott, creator of Squiggle Puppet Productions, will present puppet shows for children on five Saturdays this fall at Oread Books in the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
Letters reveal Mother Teresa’s struggle with her faith
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
Mother Teresa, a globally beloved symbol of saintly devotion to the poor, spent her last 50 years secretly struggling with doubts about her faith, her newly published letters show. “If there be God - please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul,” she wrote.
Chalmers wraps up camp-filled summer
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Mario Chalmers spent his summer vacation doing what he likes to do most: Play basketball, of course. “It (summer) was very busy, but it was good. Any chance I get to go out and improve my skills and represent Kansas, I’ll do it,” said Chalmers, KU’s 6-foot-1 junior combo guard from Anchorage, Alaska.
Truck plows through wedding guests, killing 6
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
A pickup truck plowed through a crowd leaving a pre-wedding celebration in western Canada, killing six people and injuring 19, police said Saturday.
The real ‘Skinny’
Authors of surly diet book provide tough love
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
Don’t worry about calling Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin a pair of skinny bitches. Just don’t try to get them back on the double-bacon-and-cheeseburger diets of their youth. “We’ve been called a lot worse,” giggles Freedman, who with her best friend Barnouin is co-author of “Skinny Bitch,” the snappiest-titled diet book on the market.
Ex-Woodlands manager arrested in Miami
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
The former general manager of Wyandotte County’s dog and horse racing park has turned himself in to face felony charges, Attorney General Paul Morrison’s office said Friday.
Counselor qualifies for Medicaid clients
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
Kansas Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization overseeing medical and mental health services for Medicaid clients, recently accepted Mark Stotler, Lawrence, as a provider.
Bloomberg-Hagel ticket tests the waters
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
Chuck Hagel, the senator from Nebraska, describes himself as a “tidal” politician, one who believes that larger forces in the society shape careers more than the ambitions of individuals. “The only mistakes I’ve made,” he told me last week, “were when I tried to go against the tide.”
State punished for early primary
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Democratic National Committee decided Saturday to strip Florida of its delegates to the 2008 party convention if the committee and the state can’t settle a dispute over the timing of Florida’s primary.
Wasted water
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I drove by several hydrants being flushed this morning and wondered aloud, “Why can’t we capture some of the water in this drought to water our yards” or cityscape?
Cost-cutting option
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: The “Weighing options” article in the Sunday newspaper only indicated raising tax rates by the City Commission to add more money to future city budgets. How about the option of city commissioners cutting costs as we have been forced to do?
Pump patrol
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.72 at several locations.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 26, 1907: “A Clay Center man recently sold a half interest in one hog for $4,000, and that is more than the $3,600 paid for 36 hogs in the celebrated Sutton sale here recently.
On the record
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 50-year-old Topeka man died about 5 p.m. Saturday at Perry Lake in a boating accident, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing, and no other information was available late Saturday.
Mini-convention offers primary preview
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The former Republican majority in Congress blew it big time, State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins said Saturday as she laid out her case on why she should be the GOP nominee for the 2nd Congressional District.
Man used counterfeit bills for lap dances
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A5
A man who authorities say used his computer to make fake $100 bills to buy lap dances at a strip club has pleaded guilty to counterfeiting charges, federal prosecutors said.
Gibson’s ‘Spook Country’ fascinating and frightening
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
Hollis Henry, investigative reporter and former rock singer, has a fascinating assignment. She’s in Hollywood checking out a new art form - a virtual art that can recreate the death scenes of the famous or fill a hotel room with knee-high poppies.
Dark chocolate: Which bars are the best?
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
Consumer Reports’ panelists tasted 14 dark-chocolate bars, and the champion was Cacao Reserve Extra Dark with Cacao Nibs, at right, by Hershey. It has a big chocolate flavor with a smooth melt. It costs just 68 cents an ounce ($2.39 per bar).
Sounds of Lawrence
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s showcase featuring ‘Sounds of Lawrence’ by Tom Mach.
Mysterious scrawl interferes with shopping, rescue mission
August 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
I am blazing through the produce aisle, shopping for a dinner party just hours away, when I realize I can’t read my own writing. It’s not just a matter of one messy word. There are two, maybe three items that are completely illegible. My grocery list looks like a prescription for penicillin!
Democrats shouldn’t take ‘08 victory for granted
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
You can almost hear the Democrats singing: There’s no way even we can lose the 2008 election. There’s upheaval in Iraq, uncertainty in the financial markets, unease in the country. President Bush’s disapproval ratings are at Richard Nixon levels. Many loyal party members think the GOP has veered off course. This is not an easy time to be a Republican.
Revamped Indians ready
Sixty newcomers change Haskell’s makeup
August 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Haskell Indian Nations University football coach Eric Brock has two goals he wants this year’s squad to achieve. “I want our guys to be able to represent our school well, and I want every team that walks away from playing us to be astonished by the team they just played,” Brock said Saturday at Haskell’s inaugural fall-sports media day.
Bankruptcies
August 26, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
$54 million: With Lawrence school construction winding down, the district offers a look at what taxpayers paid for
Faculty praises new facilities
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
The work that resulted from a $54 million bond issue in 2005 is done - well, nearly done. Gone are the portable classrooms at the junior high schools. In their place are new wings to schools, as well as new classrooms and locker rooms. Older schools are now new and improved. One school, South Junior High, which still needs work, was totally rebuilt.
Fort Riley soldier killed in Afghanistan
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two Army soldiers, one from Fort Riley, were killed during noncombat convoy operations when a Humvee rolled over in Afghanistan, the military reported Saturday.
Clintons raise money in Martha’s Vinyard
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to her favorite family vacation spot Saturday to raise money for her presidential campaign at a celebrity-studded event where she took some pointed swipes at President Bush.
Set for success
The minimal admissions standards set for Kansas high school graduates attending state universities may not be meeting their intended goal.
August 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
It appears that university officials and the Kansas Board of Regents are laying the groundwork for another run at “qualified admissions” for Kansas high school graduates. Until 2001, any student who graduated from an accredited high school in Kansas was automatically eligible for admission to any university in the state system.
Moms, babies go to school together; both seem to benefit
August 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
At West Side High School, kids sprawled on the floor as an African music CD played. A few jokesters had their peers in stitches. The fun in one corner ended, however, when a stranger’s greeting set off a fountain of tears from one diaper-clad youngster.