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Archive for Monday, August 27, 2007

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Kaw Valley Soccer On a mushroom mission
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Should City Hall extend the hours drivers must pay to park downtown?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
72%
Yes
 
26%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 240
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Lead stories

2:50 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
Change considered for parking meters
August 27, 2007 in print edition on 1A
It’s 8 p.m. on a pleasant Friday evening on Massachusetts Street. The sidewalks are bustling, outdoor diners fill the air with the clanging of plates and silverware, and Mass Street is a river of slow-moving vehicles. In short, there’s activity everywhere. Everywhere except at the parking meters, that is. They’re on break, like they are every evening. City regulations require that downtown parking meters be fed only from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
1:00 p.m.
Between tumbling, handstands and the balance beam, it's hard to tell that Alexis Foster nearly lost her foot. A year ago she spent nearly five weeks at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., being treated for a foot injury. 4-year-old gymnast, family rebound after girl nearly lost foot
August 27, 2007 in print edition on 3A
With her arms outstretched, 4-year-old Alexis Foster steadied herself. She placed one foot in front of the other and inched across the balance beam. She didn’t seem to notice the occasional bursts of laughter coming from the children scurrying around her. Alexis reached the end of the beam and turned around. Her mother, Donna Foster, and her father, Phil Foster, watched. Next to the parents, Alexis’ brother, Philip, played on a computer.
4:00 p.m.
"The African Queen," an unidentified mushroom, photographed in Nigeria. On a mushroom mission
August 27, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Taylor Lockwood’s mushrooms are psychedelic - even without eating them. The fungi in his photographs glow in bright pinks, greens, blues and other colors you’d never see in the drab mushroom section of your local supermarket. “The point of my work,” he says, “is to show people one more beautiful facet of their natural world.”
10:00 p.m.
Craig Nowatzke, right, owner of "SunDog," an outdoor food cart, makes change for Jon Klassen in downtown Lawrence in this Journal-World file photo.  Tonight city commissioners are considering four options for a new sales tax proposal. 10-year sales tax increase on table
August 27, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Think longer. Support built among city commissioners on Monday for a plan to ask voters to approve a sales tax increase that would sunset after 10 years, rather than after five years as previously proposed. “I think we have needs that just exceed what we can do in five years,” Mayor Sue Hack said.

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6News video: Boating accident killed Topeka man at Perry Lake
August 27, 2007
A boating accident in Jefferson County killed a Topeka man. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks officers are looking into the fatal boating accident that happened Saturday evening at Perry Lake.
6Sports video: Veritas football hoping for better start, finish
August 27, 2007
In 2006, the Veritas Christian school football team struggled to a 5-5 record. The Eagles lost their first three of the year and then lost in the first round of the playoffs.
6News video: Two Lawrence residents charged in meth bust
August 27, 2007
Two Lawrence residents were charged in connection with a methamphetamine bust on Sunday. A 27-year-old Lawrence man faces one count of felony unlawful acts under the state’s chemical control statute.
6News video: Free State teacher named best in state
August 27, 2007
A Free State High School art teacher has been named by her peers as the best in the state. Carolyn Berry was selected as the outstanding high school art educator for this school year by the Kansas Art Education Association.
6News video: BOE approves teacher contract negotiations
August 27, 2007
The Lawrence School Board members unanimously approved a tentative agreement tonight with teacher-contract negotiators.
6News video: Former teacher arrested for violating court order
August 27, 2007
A former Lawrence teacher who admitted earlier this year to having sex with a student was arrested this afternoon for violating a court order in the case.
6News video: AG comes to the rescue
August 27, 2007
A dog attack in Topeka ended with help from the long arm of the law. Kansas Attorney general Paul Morrison was off-duty, in the right place at the right time, ad ready to firth crime when a woman’s nightly dog walk turned into disaster.
6News video: Bauer Farms project seek expansion
August 27, 2007
Lawrence’s first new urbanist neighborhood could end up bigger than originally planned. Developers of the Bauer Farms project plan to ask city leaders for permission to build 10,000 square feet more retail space than they oriinally approved in January 2006.
6Sports video: KU volleyball finishes second in Oregon
August 27, 2007
A second place finish at the Oregon Invitational over the weekend earned two Kansas volleyball players some all-tournament accolades.
6Sports video: Self helps raise money for boy scouts
August 27, 2007
106 golfers turned out at Lawrence Country Club today to help Kansas head coach Bill Self raise money for the Boy Scouts of Douglas County. But only a lucky four got to play 18 holes with KU’s head man.
6News video: Old wiring an issue in KU student housing
August 27, 2007
Old wiring has made several residence halls on the KU campus vulnerable to electrical fires. The number of student housing fires nationwide has increased sharply since 1998.
6News video: New tracking system coming to county jail
August 27, 2007
Douglas County Commissioners agreed to spend more money to buy a new system to track inmate information at the county jail. Commissioners voted today to move ahead on a nearly $350,000 jail-management software program.
6News video: Kidcast for August 27th, 2007
August 27, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: Sales tax increase possible
August 27, 2007
Facing tight financial times in the present, city leaders explore new sources of funding for future projects. Leaders agree that streets and sidewalks would get the biggest boost from any new tax dollars. City commissioner Mike Amyx has put a proposal on the table to add another half-percent to Lawrence 7.3 percent sales tax.
10-year sales tax increase on table
Initial proposal called for five-year plan
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Think longer. Support built among city commissioners on Monday for a plan to ask voters to approve a sales tax increase that would sunset after 10 years, rather than after five years as previously proposed. “I think we have needs that just exceed what we can do in five years,” Mayor Sue Hack said.
Authorities: Former teacher who had sex with student back in jail
August 27, 2007
The former Lawrence High School teacher who admitted earlier this summer to having sex with a student was arrested Monday afternoon for violating a contact order issued by the court.
6News Now: Art teacher honored by peers
August 27, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a Free State High School art teacher is named by her peers as the best in the state, and more about Commissioner Mike Amyx’s sales tax proposal.
New Fort Leavenworth commander says Army needs to work better with civilian agencies
August 27, 2007
Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV said Army officers need to be comfortable working with civilians, especially with those working at the federal level, such as at the U.S. State Department. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan involve more than just military operations, he said.
Accident sends three to hospital
11:49 a.m., August 27, 2007 Updated 02:12 p.m.
Injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Gonzales resigns as attorney general
August 27, 2007
Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his departure over the botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firings of U.S. attorneys, but President Bush had defiantly stood by his Texas friend for months until accepting his resignation last Friday.
County buys inmate-tracking software for jail
August 27, 2007
The current software program is about 15 years old, and was not designed to be a full jail management system. Many of the current records being kept are in paper form.
Investigation continues into Perry Lake death
August 27, 2007
The agency has identified 50-year-old Rafael Estrada, of Topeka, as the man killed on the lake’s upper Rock Creek arm.
Change considered for parking meters
City officials weigh extending hours of enforcement
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s 8 p.m. on a pleasant Friday evening on Massachusetts Street. The sidewalks are bustling, outdoor diners fill the air with the clanging of plates and silverware, and Mass Street is a river of slow-moving vehicles. In short, there’s activity everywhere. Everywhere except at the parking meters, that is. They’re on break, like they are every evening. City regulations require that downtown parking meters be fed only from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
KVSA kicks off season
August 27, 2007
More than 350 players hit the fields Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. for KVSA’s club and recreation season openers.
Detonators beat the Red Hots
August 27, 2007
Two goals by Maddie Woodard helped the Detonators to a 4-0 win over the Red Hots on Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Fiddlin’, pickin’ fill park
State championships set stage for jamboree
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Sweet sounds from stringed instruments mixed with laughter and applause at South Park on Sunday afternoon. The 27th annual Kansas Fiddling and Picking Championships drew hundreds of people to listen to musicians perform, compete and jam in the shade of trees. Mary Kring, of Lawrence, joined a friend for the second half of Sunday’s events.
Big Ben looks ready
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B3
Ben Roethlisberger liked almost nothing about his one half of play. The 247 yards passing, the three consecutive scoring drives, the big shift in momentum didn’t impress him at all. Roethlisberger, effective for only one drive previously in this preseason, had a big half statistically even though he was disappointed by it, and the Pittsburgh Steelers shook off numerous mistakes to defeat the cross-state Philadelphia Eagles, 27-13, Sunday night.
A pitch for fairness
August 27, 2007 in print edition on C2
When it comes to racism, the Reagan-era adage of “trust, but verify” seems apt, a new study finds.
Lawrence police officers take shifts coaching seventh-grade football
August 27, 2007
They’ve gone from putting handcuffs on criminals to practicing handoffs with seventh-graders. “Remember, get in your three-point stance,” Lawrence Police Officer Eric Barkley shouted to a group of Southwest Junior High seventh-graders at a recent practice. “One guy is going to come at you. Fight him off.” Barkley is one of a number of city police officers who volunteer coaching seventh-grade football, a program the Lawrence Police Department has undertaken for the past 12 years.
Woodling: Musings as fall season sets in
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rants and raves while wondering if the stretch of I-29 between Kansas City and Omaha will be dubbed the Shane Costa Highway. :
People in the News
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Brangelina and brood hit New York City¢ Gloria Estefan debuts new album ‘90 Millas’¢ Late actor gets park dedicated in his name
Contractor status has benefits, liabilities
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: My employer recently changed the way we are paid. From what I understand, this now classifies me as an independent contractor, and I am responsible for paying all my own FICA and taxes. However, I am still paid the same way I always was. I don’t understand this. - Sam
Waterfowl waddle on at duck races
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Amid the yucca spikes and wide-open skies of the southwestern New Mexico desert, the ducks are waddling. The 28th annual Great American Duck Race was held this weekend, the cornerstone of a four-day festival in Deming that also features an outhouse race, tortilla toss, chili cook-off, horseshoe and softball tournaments and others. There’s a carnival and even a royalty pageant, where residents dress up like ducks.
Lawrence Datebook
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
All signs point to a unique art experience
August 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Even if you’ve been to the Spencer Museum of Art before, you’ve never seen it quite like this.
Kansas Soccer Academy wraps up weekend play
August 27, 2007
The Kansas Soccer Academy teams wrapped up another weekend of play in Kansas City.
Fossilized walrus bone sells for $8K at auction
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
A fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus isn’t the usual kind of artifact to hang above the mantel.
Hard-working U.S. rips Brazil, 113-76
Bryant scores 20 points, plays intense defense on Barbosa at FIBA Americas tournament
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
After containing Leandro Barbosa, Kobe Bryant still had time to keep up with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. James scored 21 points, Bryant added 20 and harassed Barbosa all over the court, and the United States clinched the top spot in its group by beating Brazil, 113-76, Sunday night in the FIBA Americas tournament. Anthony also had 21 for the Americans (4-0), who for the second straight game pulled away by holding their opponents without a field goal for more than six minutes in the second quarter.
Meth-related arrests made
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Police Department on Sunday morning arrested a Lawrence man and woman on charges related to the possession and manufacture of methamphetamine. A 27-year-old Lawrence man was being arrested on failure-to-appear and out-of-county warrants when Lawrence police officers discovered the components of a methamphetamine lab in the trunk of his car, said Sgt. Dave Hubbel of the Lawrence Police Department. The car was in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel at 515 McDonald Drive.
Washer suspect in jet fuel leak
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
The bolt that came loose and damaged the fuel tank of the China Airlines jet that burst into flames at Naha Airport last Monday likely was incorrectly installed, as a washer and other parts that should have been installed with it have not been found, officials of a government commission investigating the accident said.
Opportunistic Dixon wins Motorola
Driver benefits from crash between Andretti, Franchitti
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
A late-race collision between teammates Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti on Sunday at Infineon Raceway left both drivers fuming and gave Scott Dixon a victory and a narrow lead in the IndyCar Series championship with two races remaining. Although Franchitti refused to openly criticize his 20-year-old Andretti Green Racing teammate, he said, “Marco was out there trying to win the race, and we were out there trying to win a championship.
Iraqi prime minister lashes out at critics
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out Sunday at U.S. and French politicians who have called on him to step down and accused U.S. forces of committing “big mistakes” in killing and detaining civilians in the hunt for insurgents.
Fidel Castro pens essay but is mum on health
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Fidel Castro signed a lengthy essay published Sunday saluting a Cuban political figure but giving no hint of how he is feeling, even amid rampant rumors of his death.
Southwest volleyball looks to continue winning ways
August 27, 2007
Usually when a team comes across two successful seasons in a row, it’s seen as a good era for its school and coach. But when a team claims seven out of the last eight invitational titles and is trying for a third straight city championship, that could be considered a dynasty.
Hafner sinks Royals
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Cleveland Indians needed some two-out magic to take the Royals to extra innings. Two innings later, they did it again. Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez singled home runs with two out in the 11th inning, and the Indians rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals to remain 21â2 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
Money tip
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B9
Consumer Reports’ Money Advisor has six tips for keeping car rental fees under control:
Wolves get three in first half, win 6-1
August 27, 2007
The Wakarusa Wolves scored three times in the first half on their way to a 6-1 victory over Anonymous.
Tribe turns to technology to keep language alive
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
A few American Indians who still speak the ancient Chukchansi language are preserving tribal words and songs with state-of-the-art electronic translators inspired by military technology. Jane Wyatt, 62, of Coarsegold, and her sister, Holly, 65, were among six tribal members who gathered on a recent Friday across the street from the from the Picayune Rancheria’s busy Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold to try out a newly acquired “Phraselator.”
College student hopes 765 hugs broke record
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kneeling for children and stretching to embrace taller people, a college student believes she’s hugged her way into the record books.
Hollywood tops $4B for summer
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Hollywood notched its first $4 billion summer as teen geeks helped Hollywood end the season in record fashion. Sony’s “Superbad,” the comedy about three dorky high-schoolers trying to score booze for a party, was the No. 1 movie for a second straight weekend with $18 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie raised its 10-day total to $68.6 million.
KU football depth chart released
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The last three weeks of Kansas University football workouts finally were put on paper Sunday, when a depth chart was released to the media. It’s the first two-deep made public since after the spring game in April, and the changes are noticeable - even when compared to recent practices open to the public.
Missouri River dredging to continue around K.C.
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B10
Despite concerns about channel bottom erosion, the Army Corps of Engineers said it will continue to dredge sand on the Missouri River in Kansas City. Downward scouring of the channel bottom has lowered water levels around Kansas City, which causes problems for area utilities with water intakes. Despite some adjustments, the downward scouring is continuing, officials said.
National Geographic takes ‘Road to War’
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B8
“Road to War: Iraq” (8 p.m., National Geographic) becomes the latest documentary to try to explain the decision-making process that led to the 2003 pre-emptive invasion. Over the past few years, “Frontline” has addressed this issue, but often without much cooperation from Bush-administration officials.
Rec Calendar
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Sports clubs and events around Lawrence
Child care providers needed during series of meetings
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
Volunteers are needed to provide child care for children with special needs and their siblings while their parents attend the NAMI Kansas Visions for Tomorrow Course from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on four Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24 and Oct. 1. arents and children will be in adjacent rooms. Classes are conducted at the Community Health Building, 200 Maine. Contact Charlotte Pessoni, 830-1778, or Ann Beedles, 830-1821, to volunteer.
Island chain’s first passenger ferry sails
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Loaded with people paying a discount fare of just $5, the $95 million Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run Sunday with a rushed launch for a three-hour voyage to Maui - the first passenger ferry service between the islands.
Search continues for Utah miners
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Despite three weeks of drilling and digging that have revealed no signs of life from six men trapped inside a collapsed coal mine, officials said Sunday the search was continuing. Federal and mine company officials said a seventh borehole was being punched into the Crandall Canyon mine and that a special robotic camera was being lowered into a hole drilled during previous efforts to find the men.
Puffins return to Maine
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
It doesn’t seem to matter to one puffin waddling over to join another of the birds that his chosen companion is a one-legged, wooden decoy. Puffins love company. The deception is one of the techniques that Stephen Kress has used to lure the colorful birds back to this rocky island. “I used an old hunter’s trick, something that hadn’t been done with seabirds before,” Kress, director of the National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, whispers as he watches from a blind about 20 yards away.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Kansas Gov. Robert Docking said at his first news conference since his return from a trip to Vietnam that he thought there should be more bombing of North Vietnam to stop the flow of supplies south to the enemies of the United States.
Women’s group takes action for philanthropy
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Men and women are just different. Pretty tough to argue that. But the Kansas University Endowment Association took that basic notion and made use of it by creating an organization of women philanthropists who are interested in KU. “It’s not a program or a club,” says the Endowment Association’s Judy Wright, who leads a steering committee of the group that was formed four years ago. “It’s an initiative. The point is to get women more involved through programming and to offer opportunities for leadership on campus.”
Gould Evans promotes three and hires two
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B9
Gould Evans, an architectural design firm, announces the promotion of three associates and the addition of one intern and one part-time associate in its Lawrence office.
Former bank becomes haven for tea lovers
August 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bonnie Freeland and Susan Orchelin are tea lovers. During their 35-year friendship, they’ve searched for new tea shops where they’d sit for hours chatting, laughing, dreaming and drinking pots of tea.
Round-the-clock swim
New Yorker plans Manhattan marathon
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Skip Storch was swimming down the East River while lightning flashed and hail pelted his head. As he came past Roosevelt Island and drew near the United Nations, the skies parted and the sun broke through. He looked up and noticed a fisherman on shore. “Any luck?” Storch called out. The fisherman just stared at him. “Now I’ve seen it all,” he said. Then he poured out the beverage he had in a brown paper bag at his side, threw the bottle into the river and left.
60 dead as fires burn on
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Firefighters backed by aircraft dropped water and foam on the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Sunday to stop wildfires from burning the 2,800-year-old ruins, one of the most revered sites of antiquity. But the fires burning for three straight days obliterated vast swathes of the country and the death toll rose by 11 on Sunday to 60. New fires broke out faster than others could be brought under control. Desperate residents appealed through television stations for help from a firefighting service already stretched to the limit and many blamed authorities for leaving them defenseless.
On a mushroom mission
California photographer shares passion for fungi
August 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Taylor Lockwood’s mushrooms are psychedelic - even without eating them. The fungi in his photographs glow in bright pinks, greens, blues and other colors you’d never see in the drab mushroom section of your local supermarket. “The point of my work,” he says, “is to show people one more beautiful facet of their natural world.”
Chiefs’ Johnson hankering to play
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Eager to chip away the rust, Larry Johnson is bugging Herm Edwards to let him run the ball in Kansas City’s final exhibition game against St. Louis on Thursday night. But the coach, still concerned about the conditioning of a Pro Bowl running back who didn’t set foot on the practice field until a few days ago, may not be easy to sway. “We’ll see,” Edwards said after a brisk practice Sunday afternoon. “If he does, if he wants to play, it’ll be real fast. Don’t blink, one of those kind of things. We’ll see where he’s at.”
Company helps glass milk bottles make comeback
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
There was a time - long before the Internet, cell phones and $3-per-gallon gasoline - when milk, not water, came in bottles. And glass bottles at that. As outrageous as the idea may sound to younger people, many older consumers recall glass bottles fondly as providing colder, creamier, fresher-tasting milk. Now, glass milk bottles are making a comeback in Wichita and several other Kansas markets, thanks to a Topeka-area dairyman who hopes the old-fashioned containers catch on once again.
Granderson’s Tigers clip Yankees
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B4
Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer, and Detroit beat New York on Sunday. The Tigers have won two of three from New York and can win their first series since mid-July with a victory tonight. Detroit began the day 21â2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.
Agritourism scholarships available from state
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Kansas Department of Commerce is in its second round of accepting applications for $25,000 in agritourism scholarships. Two types of scholarships will be awarded:
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 27, 1907: “Work has been started on the grading and leveling of the race track at Driving Park and by the time of the county fair Sept. 17-26 it will be in first-class condition.
$100 bill getting face-lift
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
After six decades in which the venerable greenback never changed its look, the U.S. currency has undergone a slew of makeovers. The most amazing is yet to come. A new security thread has been approved for the $100 bill, The Associated Press has learned, and the change will cause double-takes. The new look is part of an effort to thwart counterfeiters who are armed with ever-more sophisticated computers, scanners and color copiers. The C-note, with features the likeness of Benjamin Franklin, is the most frequent target of counterfeiters operating outside the United States.
4-year-old gymnast, family rebound after girl nearly lost foot
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
With her arms outstretched, 4-year-old Alexis Foster steadied herself. She placed one foot in front of the other and inched across the balance beam. She didn’t seem to notice the occasional bursts of laughter coming from the children scurrying around her. Alexis reached the end of the beam and turned around. Her mother, Donna Foster, and her father, Phil Foster, watched. Next to the parents, Alexis’ brother, Philip, played on a computer.
Some in GOP impatient with Thompson
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
“I’m with Fred” enticed the placards set up here at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference at a table touting the noncampaign of actor, ex-senator and possible presidential candidate Fred Thompson. In exchange for a $250 check, the faithful and the curious could enter a private room to meet Thompson, a political insider playing the outsider who might be the nation’s next Ronald Reagan - or might not even run.
Israel faces criticism on treatment of Darfur refugees
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Israel’s decision to close its doors to asylum-seekers from Darfur and all other non-Jewish refugees has Israelis and Jews around the world struggling with their distinct identities of Israel: a Jewish state with a Jewish people, or alternately a state born from the Holocaust with a determination to challenge future genocides and succor their victims.
Howard, Phils smoke Padres
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B4
Ryan Howard homered and drove in four runs as Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a rout of the Padres on Sunday. Howard, the reigning National League MVP, ended a season-high 11-game homerless drought and finished with three hits and three runs scored.
Musharraf faces few options in elections
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Another defeat for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan’s Supreme Court has narrowed the options for the U.S.-allied military leader as he seeks to extend his rule.
Youth movement
Influx of freshmen excites Indians’ student coach
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Melissa Peterson is finishing her degree in community health education at Haskell Indian Nations University this fall. At age 22, she’s also the Indians’ volleyball coach. Peterson has been around volleyball since an early age and played at Virginia Commonwealth University. “I come from a Division I level, so I want to get these girls to play at the Division I level,” Peterson said. “I want them to work their hardest, because when I played, I beat other people that were taller and stronger because I played harder than they did. And I hope they can take that from this season.”
Horoscopes
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B8
This year you will make many strong decisions. Just be careful that you’re not coming from a place of negativity. If you stop and relax, your subconscious will become an enormous resource, providing an armload of strong answers. If you are single, a relationship easily stars in your year. If you are attached, a new beginning becomes possible, especially if you are willing to center around your intimate or personal life. PISCES can often challenge you.
Snakes in suits
Boss-worker relationships increasingly in spotlight
August 27, 2007 in print edition on B9
Bosses are really mean these days, or employees are really thin-skinned. Lawmakers across the U.S. are considering legislation that would give workers grounds to sue their superiors for being, basically, jerks. Bookstores are stocking bad-boss advice tomes, including “Snakes in Suits” and “Was Your Boss Raised by Wolves?”
Events calendar
August 27, 2007 in print edition on C2
Events around Lawrence.
Will women support Clinton candidacy?
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
If one year ago you had asked Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University-Sacramento, whether Hillary Clinton had a good chance of being president of the United States, she would’ve said, “No way.” Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, another well-known political analyst and professor at the University of Southern California, was only slightly more optimistic.
French resistant to economic reforms
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
French libraries are said to file their nation’s constitutions - there have been more than a dozen since 1789; the current one is a relatively ancient 49 years old - under periodicals. Now Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s peripatetic new president, has created a commission on constitutional reform.
Tough choices
It’s hard to imagine local voters getting excited about a tax increase.
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Getting Lawrence voters excited about a sales tax increase is going to be a tall order. Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to revisit the proposal for a temporary sales tax increase during a study session on today. Several configurations of the tax have been discussed, but none of them are likely to be very popular with local residents who already feel overburdened by taxes.
On the Record
August 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Law enforcement report¢ Marriage licenses issued¢ Divorces granted