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4:04 a.m.
Last year, Meredith Kane was in her first year of teaching at Lawrence High School. She pleaded guilty in July to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.  Kane apologized on July 2, 2007, for her actions. Former teacher ordered held in jail
August 28, 2007 in print edition on 3A
A judge on Tuesday ordered a former Lawrence High School teacher convicted of a sex crime to remain in jail until her sentencing in October. Douglas County District Judge Stephen Six ruled that Meredith Kane, 24, violated her bond, based on allegations from prosecutors that she has had contact with the victim, a 16-year-old boy, at least five times since her guilty plea July 2.
6:00 a.m.
Mintoy Tolbert, Lawrence, gets her mail from her post office box at the city's main post office, 645 Vt. City commissioners are looking at a new proposal to move the downtown post office and redevelop downtown's west side. City Commission to send second letter regarding move
August 29, 2007
A deal to move the U.S. post office off its current downtown site is still brewing, and city commissioners Tuesday evening attempted to give it a nudge. City commissioners on a 4-1 vote agreed to send a second letter to postal leaders assuring them that the city has no problem with the post office leaving its current location at Seventh and Vermont streets to make way for additional downtown development.
11:00 a.m.
Online chat
Chat about changes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau with director Judy Billings
August 29, 2007
Judy Billings, Senior Vice President of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, will join us for an online chat to discuss changes in the CVB that would make it the organization to run a 41-county National Heritage Area focused on the role of Kansas and Missouri in the Civil War era.
1:00 p.m.
KU football head coach Mark Mangino announced Todd Reesing as the Jayhawks' first-string quarterback after a Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 practice. Keegan: Reesing ready to lead
August 29, 2007 in print edition on 1B
While getting bombarded Tuesday with questions about his first college start, Todd Reesing turned back the clock seven years to discuss his favorite season opener. “Seventh grade,” said Reesing, Kansas University’s sophomore quarterback from Lake Travis, Texas. “It was my first year to play tackle football. First game. It was our big rival. I scored a touchdown as the clock expired to win. We won 13-12. That’s a nail-biter. Lake Travis Middle School against Dripping Springs Middle School.”
4:00 p.m.
A study published late last year by Christine Bruhn, director for the Center for Consumer Research at the University of California-Davis, and two colleagues, challenges the idea that fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value when they're canned or frozen. Fresh, frozen or canned
August 29, 2007 in print edition on 1C
The rule for eating vegetables, in many people’s minds, is that fresh is always best. “I’d like to change the rule,” says Christine Bruhn, director for the Center for Consumer Research at the University of California-Davis. “It should be, ‘Eat fruits and vegetables in whatever form fits your lifestyle.’” A study published late last year by Bruhn and two colleagues challenges the idea that fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value when they’re canned or frozen.
10:00 p.m.
Thomas E. Murray, center, is cuffed by court security officers Ken Fangohr, left, and Dale Flory at the end of Murray's sentencing at the Douglas County District Court. Murray, a former English professor at Kansas State University, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murder of his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross. Murray seeking new trial
August 29, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Thomas E. Murray, the Kansas State University professor convicted of killing his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross, in her rural Douglas County home, says he was denied a fair trial and wants a new one. Murray’s appeal will be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court on Sept. 6. “The state’s case was a house of cards, built on dozens of minor circumstances,” Murray’s appellate attorney, Sarah Ellen Johnson, argued in a legal brief.

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6News video: Imprisoned former K-State professor seeking a new trial
August 29, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife claims he was denied a fair trial and wants a new one.
6News video: New numbers show Lawrence schools are making progress in ensuring no child is left behind
August 29, 2007
School district leaders released results today from last year’s state assessment standards for reading and math. Those tests - known as Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, - fall under the federal ‘No Child Left Behind Act.’
6News video: Highway patrol looking for new recruits
August 29, 2007
The Kansas Highway Patrol isn’t just looking for speeders - it’s also looking for new recruits - and the search is harder than it used to be.
6Sports video: KU Freshman RB hoping to earn playing time
August 29, 2007
Jayhawk freshman running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson has been impressing coaches during practices and hopes to earn some playing time this season.
6News video: Rural Broadband Summit held at Dole Institute
August 29, 2007
A conference at KU concentrates on speeding up the information superhighway throughout the country. Rural areas need the same access to high-speed internet as the nation’s most populous areas.
6News video: Alcohol was a factor in wreck
August 29, 2007
It appears alcohol played a role in last week’s crash just south of the KU campus that sent five freshmen to area hospitals.
6News video: Hollywood stuntman visits KU students
August 29, 2007
He’s been set on fire, jumped off the roof of a 180-foot building, and hit by a car too many times to count. And Wednesday night, Hollywood stuntman Chris Daniels showed off the stunts that made him famous to students at the Kansas Union.
6Sports video: Aqib Talib to see action on offense?
August 29, 2007
Already the Jayhawks’ best defender, star CB Aqib Talib may also see some action on offense as a WR this season.
6News video: Tongy School Board holds special session
August 29, 2007
A special session of the Tonganoxie School Board ends in three and a half hours of meetings behind closed doors.
6Sports video: LHS volleyball squad begins first season under new coach Stephanie Maguson
August 29, 2007
In 2006, the LHS volleyball team made an improbable run to the state tournament, though it was cut short with an early elimination. But this season, with new coach Stephanie Maguson on board, the team hopes to get further in the state tourney.
6News video: Proposed Tonganoxie pool still without construction bid
August 29, 2007
Tonganoxie city leaders have sorted out all the details of a new city pool - down to the slides and toys. Now one detail remains unsettled - who’s building the facility?
Murray seeking new trial
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Thomas E. Murray, the Kansas State University professor convicted of killing his ex-wife, Carmin D. Ross, in her rural Douglas County home, says he was denied a fair trial and wants a new one. Murray’s appeal will be heard by the Kansas Supreme Court on Sept. 6. “The state’s case was a house of cards, built on dozens of minor circumstances,” Murray’s appellate attorney, Sarah Ellen Johnson, argued in a legal brief.
6News Now: Alcohol was involved in last week’s crash
August 29, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, it appears that alcohol played a role in last week’s car crash involving 5 KU students, plus we’ll also take a look at how Lawrence schools stack up in the latest round of ‘No Child Left Behind’ assessments.
LHS, junior highs fall short in some ‘No Child Left Behind’ testing categories
August 29, 2007
Lawrence High School students with disabilities did not meet state standards in math assessments. And “subgroups” at each of the four junior highs also failed to meet some of the standards.
Report: Alcohol a factor in accident that hurt five KU students
August 29, 2007
The Aug. 21 accident occurred when a black Ford Mustang full of Kansas University Oliver Hall residents crossed the median and struck a tree, injuring all those in the car.
Iraqi PM says he won’t resign
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Looking tired and pale but speaking firmly, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told McClatchy Newspapers Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning despite rising U.S. criticism of his government. In a 50-minute interview in his office in Baghdad’s Green Zone, al-Maliki strongly defended his tenure and said that he doesn’t expect to be forced out. He said his efforts at national reconciliation, not the surge of additional U.S. troops or actions by Iraqi security forces, are responsible for improved security.
Appeal denied in lawsuit against pharmacy program
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Pennsylvania judge has denied an appeal by a man suing Kansas University for defamation and retaliation. Craig Marten, a former student in the university’s nontraditional pharmacy doctoral program, filed a suit against the university several years ago after he was dismissed from the program. He argued that his dismissal for plagiarism was retaliation for a complaint he made against the program and its professors, according to court filings.
Recipes differ for making canned vs. fresh salsas
August 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Q; My garden is producing a huge crop of tomatoes this year. I want to can salsa but have never done it before. Can I just use my fresh salsa recipe?
Taliban agrees to free 19 South Korean hostages
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A13
Taliban militants agreed Tuesday to release 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage for six weeks after Seoul reaffirmed a pledge to withdraw its troops by year’s end and prevent Christian missionaries from working in Afghanistan.
Devout Muslim named president
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
A devout Muslim won Turkey’s presidency Tuesday after months of confrontation with the secular establishment, promising to be impartial and praising the idea that Islam and the state should be separate.
Poverty rate falls, but more underinsured
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
Poverty diminished slightly in America last year, the Census Bureau said Tuesday, but the nation’s health-insurance woes worsened as another 2.2 million people, including 700,000 children, joined the ranks of the uninsured.
Town hopes giving trees to Greensburg will help rebuild
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Jerrold Hoffman still has vivid memories of that night 52 years ago when a tornado leveled this little town, destroyed nearly all its trees and killed 77 people. He saw similar widespread destruction from a May 4 tornado in Greensburg, 120 miles to the west, not far from where he grew up. Something needed to be done to help.
Poverty in Lawrence families ranks above state average
Factoring in KU students raises city’s level to nearly 25 percent
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s poverty rate is above the state average, even when the impact of Kansas University students is largely factored out, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday. Lawrence’s poverty rate in 2006 was 12.5 percent for families, and 15.9 percent for families with children, according to the Census Bureau. The corresponding statewide averages were 8.6 percent and 13.8 percent.
Freshman forces way onto field
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Carmon Boyd-Anderson’s first glance at a packed Memorial Stadium will have his emotions in a sword fight. Excited? Nervous? Relaxed? Indifferent? Beats him. “I really don’t know what to expect,” Kansas University’s freshman running back said.
Samuel looking to build on 2006
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Asante Samuel now is ready to build on his outstanding 2006 season. Insisting he’s happy his holdout is over and he has a one-year, $7.79 million contract, the Patriots cornerback was at practice Tuesday. Last year, the best of his first four since New England drafted him in 2003, he tied Champ Bailey of Denver for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions and picked off two more passes in the playoffs.
Big 12 South team recaps
August 29, 2007
Big 12 North team recaps
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
Twelve big questions
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
The 2007 Big 12 season sure was amazing, wasn’t it? With a new commissioner watching, those kids we didn’t expect to come through sure surprised us - almost as much as the clubs that were supposed to be great and didn’t. Wow, hard to believe. There were some great games every weekend, from the old rivalries to some new ones that might be brewing after what we just saw.
British speak with their feet
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A15
Perhaps there will not always be an England. An exodus unprecedented in modern times, coupled with a record influx of foreigners, is threatening to erode the character of the land of William Shakespeare and overpowering monarchs, a land that served as the cradle for much of American thought, law and culture.
Candidates focus on prevention
Brownback, Huckabee talk of cures at cancer forum
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback on Tuesday suggested that as president they would increase federal spending for cancer research and focus more on preventing the disease. “We are about to see a tsunami of cancer in America” because the graying of the baby boomer generation means more people are reaching ages in which the risk of cancer is higher, said Brownback, himself a skin cancer survivor.
Abu Ghraib officer acquitted of most counts
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
The only military officer to be court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was acquitted Tuesday of any criminal responsibility for the widespread abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but he was found guilty of disobeying an order not to talk about the investigation.
Odds and Ends: Big 12 North
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
Odds and Ends: Big 12 South
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B9
Court nullifies 1959 murder conviction
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
An appeals court on Tuesday overturned a 1959 rape and murder conviction that had sentenced a then 14-year-old boy to hang - the youngest Canadian ever to face execution.
Detroit loses ground in AL Central race
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
Needing a win to keep pace in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers ran into a familiar nemesis: the Kansas City Royals. Brian Bannister won for the sixth time in seven decisions, Alex Gordon hit a three-run double and the Royals beat the Tigers, 6-3, Tuesday night.
Preserve your homegrown herbs to be used year-round
August 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
If your garden is overflowing and you want to preserve a lot of herbs quickly, you don’t need any fancy equipment. Here’s what to do: Drying: One easy technique is to strip the leaves from the stems and place them loosely into a brown paper bag closed with a clothespin, says Jim Long, herbalist and author of “Growing & Using the Top 10 Most Popular Herbs.”
Apple Users’ Group to meet Sept. 5
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0’s next meeting, “Analog to Digital: Putting Music and Video Files on Your Mac,” is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the community room at Signs of Life Bookstore, 722 Mass.
Toby Young given 27-month federal sentence
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
The dog handler who helped a Lansing Correctional Facility inmate escape last year was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison. “I trust your judgment and God’s,” said Toby Young as she stood with tears in her eyes before Federal Judge John Lungstrum moments before he passed sentence.
Study shows hope for Alzheimer’s drug
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
However far off a cure may be for Alzheimer’s disease, Baxter International Inc.’s announcement Tuesday that a small-scale study showed progress in improving memory function in elderly patients is the latest indication that drug companies and the government are pushing hard to find treatments for an insidious and costly disease.
Crackdown may yield key data
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A14
The defining characteristic of the battle over immigration reform has been the insistence from each side that their statistics and assertions about why and how illegal residents come to the United States are stone-cold facts.
Hearing in equipment theft case continued
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A hearing for two men recently indicted in federal court for allegedly transporting stolen equipment and vehicles has been continued for a week. During an appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Michael L. Goss, 47, Kansas City, Mo., and Sheldon M. Trieb, 24, Tonganoxie, said they had not yet hired attorneys. They told Magistrate James P. O’Hara they still intend to obtain their own attorneys.
City Commission Briefs
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
¢ Bauer Farm project takes step forward¢ New roundabout set for SE Lawrence
Gonzales was a mistake
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A15
The resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday marks the ends of a troubled era for the U.S. Department of Justice. As soon as word of his resignation became public, the pundits and commentators began to analyze his rise, his fall and his place in history.
Castro predicts victory for Clinton-Obama ticket
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A13
Viva Hillary! Viva Barack! That’s apparently the feeling of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who predicted in a newspaper column Tuesday that a one-two punch of that duo, led by the New York senator, would easily land in the White House.
Former astronaut to use insanity defense
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak is pursuing a temporary insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a romantic rival, according to a court document released Tuesday.
Biodefense lab draws high level of support
Many at meeting say K-State perfect fit for federal facility
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
More than 250 people gathered Tuesday at a public hearing on a proposed $450 million Homeland Security biodefense laboratory that could be built in Kansas. Most expressed support for the project, while some opposed it and others sought more information. “No matter where it is built, it will be safe and secure,” said James Johnson, Homeland Security’s program manager of the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Laboratory, or NBAF.
Lawrence Datebook
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrnece
Sharapova quick winner
Roddick takes his first match at U.S. Open
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
The lady in red shanked a backhand wide, prompting Maria Sharapova’s opponent to leap in the air and pump her fist and smile as though she’d won the match - or, indeed, the U.S. Open championship itself. Uh, not quite. That little celebration by 51st-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy was for winning one game Tuesday night, allowing her to narrow the dressed-for-success Sharapova’s lead to 6-0, 5-1.
Chamber seeks award nominations
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is extending its deadline for accepting nominations for the organization’s fifth-annual Excellence in Commerce awards. The deadline, previously 5 p.m. Friday, has been extended to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 to accommodate people busy during the Labor Day weekend.
Robotic camera becomes stuck at mine
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
A robotic camera lowered into a mountain became stuck 10 feet from its target, forcing crews to come up with another route to attempt getting video of an area where six miners might be trapped, an official said Tuesday.
Rideau wavied by Bears
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Wide receiver Brandon Rideau and the Chicago Bears were expected to reach an injury settlement this week.
Sampson released by Chiefs
Former KU linebacker Nick Reid survives first cut
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Kevin Sampson, a former spot starter at offensive tackle whose career has been hampered by injuries, is one of nine players who have been released by the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the NFL’s first mandatory cutdown deadline. Teams were required to trim their rosters to 75 by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Indian Removal Act discussed on show
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 is the subject in a special “River City Weekly.” Dan Wildcat, professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University; Randy Thies, archaeologist with the Kansas State Historical Society; and historian Dale Nimz discuss the Indian Removal Act and its effect on Native Americans in eastern Kansas.
This date in history
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Four-run seventh propels Cubs
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jacque Jones hit a game-tying two-run double in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on an error by reliever Scott Linebrink as Chicago rallied to beat Milwaukee. The first-place Cubs scored four runs in the seventh to increase their lead over the Brewers in the NL Central to 2 1/2 games.
Judge approves Noriega’s extradition
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, set to be released from federal prison next month, will soon be extradited to France. A judge in Miami ruled Tuesday that Noriega can face money-laundering charges there despite his status as a prisoner of war.
Exiled leader arrested on suspicion of murder
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A13
A Philippine communist leader accused of commanding a rebel uprising from exile for more than 20 years was arrested by Dutch police Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the murder of two former allies in his home country, prosecutors said.
Convocation marks start of school year
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
The crowd of students and employees who gathered in Haskell Indian Nation University’s auditorium Tuesday cheered and hollered and reached across their seats to shake one another’s hands. “We’re a community, a family, more than we are a student body,” said Carly Blemmel, a junior from Talihina, Okla. About 400 people congregated in Haskell Auditorium for the fall convocation, ushering in a new academic year for the university’s roughly 1,000 students.
Lawrence SAT scores beat nation’s
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
The average SAT scores at Lawrence’s high schools remained above most state and national averages, according to the College Board results released Tuesday morning. At the public high schools, only 150 students - 79 at Lawrence High and 71 at Free State - took the test in 2006-2007, compared with 169 last year and the 553 students who took the ACT test, a more common college entrance test in the Midwest.
Briggs says he panicked after accident
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
As Lance Briggs addressed the media Tuesday for the first time this preseason, coach Lovie Smith leaned a little closer to the circle of reporters surrounding the linebacker to overhear what was being said. Smith probably felt like covering his ears.
Firefighters union to endorse Chris Dodd
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
The International Association of Fire Fighters is set to endorse Democrat Chris Dodd for president, turning down better-known contenders in favor of a long-standing Senate ally whose campaign has struggled to gain traction.
Giuliani to speak at 9/11 anniversary
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
Rudy Giuliani will speak at the sixth anniversary remembrance of the World Trade Center attack, as he has every year, but some relatives of those who died said the solemn ceremony is no place for presidential politics.
United Transportation Union endorses Clinton
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
The United Transportation Union on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, the first national union endorsement of the 2008 campaign.
Vick cancels appearance on popular radio show
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Michael Vick canceled an appearance on The Tom Joyner Morning Show on Tuesday because his advisers told him to, the radio host said.
Burning Man effigy torched early
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A13
Burning Man became Burnt Man four days early on Tuesday, and a San Francisco performance artist was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
Self tours College Basketball Experience
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and other members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors wore white hard hats Tuesday as they toured the soon-to-be completed College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City, Mo. “I was blown away at how nice it will be. It’s really nice,” Self said Tuesday night.
Convenience store robber sentenced
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man who robbed a Lawrence convenience store last year was ordered by Douglas County Judge Jack Murphy on Tuesday to serve 57 months in prison.
Ex-general imprisoned for ordering massacre
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
A former Army general who headed Chile’s secret police in the late 1980s was sent to prison for life Tuesday for ordering the executions of 12 leftist guerrillas during the waning years of the Pinochet military dictatorship.
Seabury volleyball drops pair
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
The seven girls who make up the Seabury volleyball squad started the season with a pair of losses. The septet of Seahawks lost, 16-25, 21-15, to Elwood before falling to Kansas School for the Deaf, 22-25, 19-25.
Soccer player hurt in game at Eudora
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Gardner-Edgerton High School student was transported by helicopter to Kansas University Hospital on Tuesday after being injured in a soccer game at Eudora High School.
Apology sought
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A14
To the editor: I don’t know Steve Hedden, the dean of the School of Fine Arts. I have very little interaction with KU’s School of Fine Arts.
Riots in holy city force evacuation
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
Riots broke out during a religious festival in the holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims and leaving 28 people dead, police said. Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted at a televised news conference that the authority of the U.S. military will soon collapse in Iraq. “The political power of the occupiers is being destroyed rapidly and very soon we will be witnessing a great power vacuum in the region,” Ahmadinejad said. “We, with the help of regional friends and the Iraqi nation, are ready to fill this void.”
Check your insurance’s health
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
You might think that you don’t have to worry about paying for medical care if you have health insurance. But you would be wrong. The results of a recent Consumer Reports’ survey shows the depth of jitters even for those lucky enough to have insurance through their jobs and families.
Missing boy’s dad won’t stop looking
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
A missing boy’s father says he won’t stop looking for his son, nearly two weeks after the 9-year-old disappeared in the Kansas River near Maple Hill. The official search for Michael Zapletal was shut down Sunday. The boy’s father, John Zapletal, said he understands the decision but he can’t give up his own search for the boy.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.66 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Language invention scales new heights
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
In any language, Sonja Elen Kisa was depressed. The world was overwhelming, and the thoughts that swirled through her mind in French, English, German or Esperanto echoed that. So Kisa, 28, a student and translator in Toronto, decided to create her own language, something simple that would help clarify her thinking. She called it Toki Pona - “good language” - and gave it just 120 words.
Fresh, frozen or canned
Initial state of fruits and vegetables not sole factor in their nutritional value
August 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
The rule for eating vegetables, in many people’s minds, is that fresh is always best. “I’d like to change the rule,” says Christine Bruhn, director for the Center for Consumer Research at the University of California-Davis. “It should be, ‘Eat fruits and vegetables in whatever form fits your lifestyle.’” A study published late last year by Bruhn and two colleagues challenges the idea that fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value when they’re canned or frozen.
Bioscience projects earn grants
Lawrence-based OsteoGeneX among recipients of authority’s funding
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
Three companies working to take innovative approaches to addressing health problems are the latest recipients of grants from the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The authority announced Tuesday that three companies in northeast Kansas - including one in Lawrence - had been selected for the investments, using money from the estimated $580 million the authority is slated to receive over 15 years to encourage and promote bioscience projects and research statewide.
Tastefully Simple adds consultant
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
Michele Dillon, Lawrence, has become an independent consultant for Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring gourmet products to be prepared at home.
Chinese miners dig out
Trapped brothers ate coal, drank urine
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Meng brothers felt pretty good about their chances of making it out of the collapsed coal mine, until the sound of digging from outside stopped. With no food or water, they were forced to eat coal and drink their own urine from discarded bottles. When they were too exhausted to try to dig themselves out, they slept huddled together in the cold and dark.
Idaho senator says he did nothing wrong, isn’t gay
GOP calls for investigation into case
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A13
Sen. Larry Craig says he’s innocent despite pleading guilty and sorry for any embarrassment. “I am not gay. I never have been gay,” the Idaho Republican said Tuesday in his first public appearance since disclosure of his arrest in June by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.
Damon’s blast lifts Yankees
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking homer against his former team, and Andy Pettitte won his sixth straight start. Derek Jeter also homered and Jorge Posada hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game series in the first meeting between the rivals since June 3.
Heritage area seen as tourism draw
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
Making Lawrence a destination. That is what city commissioners had on their minds Tuesday night as they moved forward on a pair of issues related to downtown redevelopment and boosting local tourism. Commissioners unanimously agreed to move ahead on creating a contract with a new nonprofit corporation that will be responsible for marketing the role Douglas County and 40 other area counties played in sparking the U.S. Civil War.
City Commission to send second letter regarding move
Officials want to free site for development, keep services downtown
August 29, 2007
A deal to move the U.S. post office off its current downtown site is still brewing, and city commissioners Tuesday evening attempted to give it a nudge. City commissioners on a 4-1 vote agreed to send a second letter to postal leaders assuring them that the city has no problem with the post office leaving its current location at Seventh and Vermont streets to make way for additional downtown development.
Quick dinner options prepared on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
August 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Quick-Fix Fish and Shrimp.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Grilled-Seared Tuna with Cannellini Bean Salad, Chili-Glazed Shrimp with Jasmine Rice and Peas, and Pan-Seared Salmon Fillets and Arugula Salad with Mango Chutney Vinaigrette.
Keegan: Reesing ready to lead
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
While getting bombarded Tuesday with questions about his first college start, Todd Reesing turned back the clock seven years to discuss his favorite season opener. “Seventh grade,” said Reesing, Kansas University’s sophomore quarterback from Lake Travis, Texas. “It was my first year to play tackle football. First game. It was our big rival. I scored a touchdown as the clock expired to win. We won 13-12. That’s a nail-biter. Lake Travis Middle School against Dripping Springs Middle School.”
Biden: Bush’s policies meant to delay chaos
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
Democrat Joe Biden charged Tuesday that President Bush’s policies in Iraq are designed to confuse voters and ensure that a chaotic end to the war is delayed until after he leaves office. Biden pointed to the turmoil that accompanied the end of the Vietnam War, with Americans plucked from the roof of the U.S. Embassy as enemy troops poured into Saigon. He said Bush wants to avoid such a stain on the end of his presidency.
Bedtime just as crucial as awakening in garden
August 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
With the temperatures stuck in the 90s and this year’s vegetable garden petering out, it’s hard to think about replanting next spring. But in fact, work we do in the garden over the next month or so will make a difference in how our vegetable crops fare next time around.
University starts health initiative
Healthier Haskell’ program goal is to ‘walk around world’
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
As the nation’s obesity rate continues to grow, Haskell Indian Nations University is launching a communitywide program to promote fitness. The Trust for America’s Health this week released a report that showed obesity rates continued to climb in 31 states last year and that no state showed a decline. Kansas has the 27th highest rate of adult obesity at 23.4 percent and the 24th highest rate of overweight youths at 14 percent.
Minimum-security prison goes green
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
The minimum-security Bastoey Prison, a lockup on a lush island that has often been compared to a summer camp, now has claimed a new distinction: the world’s first ecological prison. Without locked gates or barbed wire, the prison operates with solar panels, wood-fire heating instead of oil, strict recycling and eco-friendly food production - a 10-year project officials say was aimed at helping the roughly 115 prisoners learn values such as protecting the environment and respecting others.
Composer’s physician may have added to lead poisoning
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
Did someone kill Beethoven? A Viennese pathologist claims the composer’s physician did - inadvertently overdosing him with lead in a case of a cure that went wrong. Other researchers are not convinced, but there is no controversy about one fact: The master had been a very sick man years before his death in 1827.
On the Record
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Emergency calls
A defector and the folks he left
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B15
You don’t have to be a lover of ballet to find the poignancy and even tragedy in “Nureyev: The Russian Years” a presentation of “Great Performances” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).Arguably the greatest and most influential dancer of the second half of the 20th century, Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West in 1961, at the height of the Cold War.
Commodities
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B14
¢ Chicago markets¢ Local markets¢ Nonferrous metals
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Two-way player¢ Rodriguez will start¢ Returning punts¢ New scholarship players
Lions lick J.C., 5-0
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team repeatedly tapped on Junction City’s doorstep in the early minutes of its season-opening game Tuesday night at Youth Sports Inc., only to be denied by bad timing and bad luck. Then, the Lions knocked the door down with a sledgehammer.
Off on the right foot
Firebirds enforce mercy rule
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
With 24 minutes and 12 seconds left in the second half of Free State High’s boys soccer opener, the game came to an abrupt stop. Tyler Hatesohl had just scored to make it 10-0, and that spread signaled the official end of the match against Spring Hill.
Upcoming programs interest students
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
The best and worst in politics was on display at the Dole Institute on Tuesday afternoon. About 100 students turned out for the kickoff to this semester’s programming. They were treated to free pizzas and cookies, as well as a screening of some of the best and “most infamous” U.S. political ads of all time.
Katrina amplifies troubles that exist in all towns
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A16
Katrina is old news, right? New Orleans - who cares? It’s just another big city with big problems, bad luck and bad weather. Get over it. Actually, please don’t. Don’t ever get over the tragedy of New Orleans. It’s your tragedy, too.
Johnson County grand jury keeps busy on unrelated cases
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B16
A Johnson County grand jury, originally formed six weeks ago to look at obscenity cases, has yet to decide what is and isn’t obscene. But so far the grand jury has issued indictments in a high-profile homicide, an alleged mortgage fraud scheme at least a dozen other cases, including drunken driving, burglaries and thefts.
Former No. 1 pick linked to HGH
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Former No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch had doping regimens that called for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to documents obtained by Yahoo.com. Couch, cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month, told Yahoo.com he used HGH for about a week, under a doctor’s care, in hopes it would help him recover from shoulder surgery. He denied using steroids or any other banned drugs and said he had never seen the documents.
White Sox suddenly among baseball’s worst
Two years after winning World Series, Chicago simply trying to avoid cellar
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Confetti fell and euphoria reigned as manager Ozzie Guillen and his team paraded through the streets after the Chicago White Sox won the World Series for the first time in 88 years. That day less than two years ago seems so long ago now.
Bidding begins for home-run balls
Starting price for Bonds’ 756th set at $100,000
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Electronic bidding began Tuesday for Barry Bonds’ 755th and 756th home-run balls, with the price for the record-breaker starting at $100,000. Sotheby’s/SCP Auctions is handling sales of the balls Bonds hit to tie and break Hank Aaron’s home-run record. Bidding will close Sept. 15, when the winning offer is to be announced. “These balls are some of the most historic baseballs to come up publicly for auction,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions.
Vick says all the right things in court
Falcons quarterback answers all the questions but one: Why did he do it?
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
I believe in second chances. I have done so many stupid things in my life that I also believe in third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth chances. But I don’t know if I believe in Michael Vick. I watched his performance on ESPN late Monday morning and again online, read and re-read the post-plea statement he offered the media.
It’s always nice :
The attitudes of young people toward money are likely to change as they take over paying their own bills.
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A14
Welcome to adulthood. A recent Associated Press series reported on a poll of American young people and their attitudes on various topics. One finding of the poll is that young people don’t rely on money for happiness; only 1 percent of the respondents said money is the thing that gives them the most joy. Topping their list was family and friends, followed by God, pets and pastimes like listening to music.
U.S. troops reportedly detain Iranian delegation
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
American troops raided a Baghdad hotel Tuesday night and took away a group of about 10 people that a U.S.-funded radio station said included six members of an Iranian delegation here to negotiate contracts with Iraq’s government.
Iraq defies comparison to other wars
August 29, 2007 in print edition on A14
We all know the famous phrase of historian George Santayana, who warned: “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.” But those who raise false historical analogies may harm their cause as much as the memory-challenged. Such is the case with President Bush, who last week compared Iraq to Japan, South Korea - and Vietnam.
People in the News
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B15
¢ Angelina Jolie visits refugees in Iraq¢ Problems unlikely to harm Wilson’s film future¢ Singer’s father-in-law asks fans to boycott her¢ Bo Diddley stable after heart attack¢ Jim Carrey raising awareness on YouTube
Horoscopes
August 29, 2007 in print edition on B15
You create what you want, whether you are aware of that fact or not. This year, cease to blame others and stay more in control of your life by accepting responsibility. You often clear a path through confusion. If you are single, you’ll meet someone spectacular during the winter. If you are attached, be careful not to take your skepticism into your