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Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

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Grape escape
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Polls
Should the Kansas Legislature adopt a statewide smoking ban?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
62%
No
 
36%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 773
Will you attend KU's first football game of the year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Let the tailgating begin!
 
66%
Other.
 
18%
I’m waiting for basketball.
 
14%
Total 800
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
This home at 1200 New York has been by pinpointed by the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association as attracting criminal activity and known criminals.  The property owner, Paul Winn, a specialist in the city's Human Relations Department, has been cited for housing code violations. Landlord-tenant mediator again accused of violating housing code
August 30, 2007 in print edition on 1A
For the second time in a year, the city employee responsible for mediating landlord-tenant disputes is being prosecuted in Municipal Court for owning slumlord-quality rental properties. City inspectors confirmed that they have turned over to Municipal Court a housing code violation case against Paul Winn, a specialist in the city’s Human Relations Department.
1:00 p.m.
Harold Fatzer, a shirt catcher at Midwest Graphics, 4811 Quail Crest Place, organizes freshly inked and dried Kansas University football T-shirts. The company is in the process of printing 25,000 T-shirts for Saturday's home opener for the Jayhawk football team. KU officials expect at least 44,000 fans at the game against Central Michigan. Local businesses prepare for ‘million-dollar weekend’
August 30, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Lanny Riedel is looking forward to Saturday’s kickoff of the Kansas University football season. And not just to see Lawrence’s own Brandon McAnderson burst through holes, Aqib Talib pick off a pass or two and Todd Reesing drive the Jayhawks to victory against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.
4:00 p.m.
Harry and Mary Lou Hughes, of Lawrence, were stationed in Haiti from 1972 to 1976 with the United States International Communications Agency. Mary Lou befriended local artists and amassed a huge collection of Haitian art. A portion of their collection is on view at the Spencer Museum of Art. Couple share love of Haitian art in Spencer exhibition
August 30, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Mary Lou Hughes didn’t have a museum exhibit in mind when she started buying art from her Haitian friends in 1972. She just couldn’t get the images out of her head. “I could look at a painting and, honestly, it was like a surge of adrenaline if I found it something that I felt like I wanted,” says Hughes, a 1947 Kansas University graduate. “And I usually would sleep on that, and I would go back and buy it.
10:00 p.m.
The Kansas Senate passed a bill banning smoking statewide on Tuesday. In this file photo, a resident is pictured smoking a cigar outdoors. Proposed statewide smoking ban debated
August 30, 2007
Despite pleas from health officials Thursday, a legislative committee snuffed a statewide ban on smoking in indoor, public places. The House-Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee said smoking ban decisions should be made by local cities and counties.

All stories

6News video: Some weather radios could actually put you at risk during a storm
August 30, 2007
Some defective weather radios have been recalled due to a malfunction. Instead of receiving alerts from the National Weather Service, the defective radios just produce white noise.
6News video: Accused killer’s past may be used as evidence in trial
August 30, 2007
Prosecutors ask a judge today to allow an accused killer’s criminal past to be allowed as evidence at an upcoming trial.
6Sports video: KU hoping to contain Central Michigan on Saturday
August 30, 2007
In 2006, a proficient-passing QB on the opposite sideline meant big problems for the Kansas football team. The Jayhawks finished 119th among Division I schools in pass defense last year and hope to turn things around this season, starting with Central Michigan this Saturday.
6News video: Supporters and opponents of a statewide smoking ban square off
August 30, 2007
Some Kansans want smokers to keep it outside and ask lawmakers to enact a statewide ban on smoking inside public places.
6Sports video: Haskell shutout in pigskin opener
August 30, 2007
The Missouri Southern Lions shutout the Haskell Fightin’ Indians by a score of 51-0 in the team’s first game of the season.
6News video: Developers ask for demolition permits to raze area on 12th and Indiana
August 30, 2007
The former home to ‘Yello Sub’ and current home to a bar near the KU campus are targeted for removal.
6News video: Tongy mayor hoping to make town more accessible to the disabled
August 30, 2007
He holds the most powerful seat in town, only his seat happens to be a wheelchair. Using his unique perspective as a quadriplegic, Tonganoxie mayor Mike Vestal is on a mission to make his town more accessible to people with disabilities.
6News video: Construction on Campanile Hill may impact your game day
August 30, 2007
If Saturdays are made for football, than Saturdays on the hill are made for tailgating. But this year, some of the most popular spaces for cooking out have been squeezed down.
6Sports video: Eudora volleyball team hoping to defend title
August 30, 2007
The Eudora High volleyball team is learning life as the defending state champion - it’s not easy! The team knows it’s a long road to a second straight state title.
6News video: Leaders at Lawrence’s Bishop Seabury Academy are on the move
August 30, 2007
They’ve cleared out an Annex building that was an old club house for the former Alvamar Tennis Center. It will be town down later this Fall.
Proposed statewide smoking ban debated
Committee says cities should decide
August 30, 2007
Despite pleas from health officials Thursday, a legislative committee snuffed a statewide ban on smoking in indoor, public places. The House-Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee said smoking ban decisions should be made by local cities and counties.
6News Now: New development planned for former site of ‘The Crossing’ and ‘Yello Sub’
August 30, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, with the KU football season opener still two days away, some of the best parking spots are already taken, plus we’ll have the latest on plans for new development at the former site of ‘The Crossing’ and the campus ‘Yello Sub.’
Panel hears about proposed statewide smoking ban
Lawrence businesses weigh in
August 30, 2007
Both supporters and opponents of a statewide smoking ban squared off before the House-Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee.
KU guard soaks up big-city summer
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Russell Robinson, who often wears a New York Yankee hat proudly on Kansas University’s campus, was able to cheer for his favorite team back home in the Bronx earlier this month. Robinson’s two-week vacation - which followed the second session of summer school - was highlighted by a trip to “The House That Ruth Built” for a Friday, Aug. 3, game between the Yankees and Kansas City Royals.
Biolab could stay in N.Y.
Home Security announcement surprises many
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas is in a high-stakes contest to win a $450 million federal biosecurity laboratory. But Department of Homeland Security officials concede that it all could be for naught. The eventual winning site could be where the department owns a current lab on Plum Island in New York.
Woodling: KU trip to Auburn a fast one
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Chances are Saturday’s Kansas-Central Michigan football game will last about three hours, give or take five minutes. Of course, if the contest were being televised, it would consume even more time because of extra commercial breaks. Overtime would add to the length, too. Nothing can be done, however, to take a dramatic chunk out of a college game. A 21â2-hour game is an impossibility.
A complete player
TE’s offense catches up with blocking
August 30, 2007
As sure as Kansas University tight end Derek Fine’s hands are, that’s not what’s defined him as a college football player. Not yet anyway. “He’s a real good blocker,” KU offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said. “Very good. I would say that was his strength.” “Was” is the key word.
Chiefs, Hall face off
Returner ambivalent about playing K.C.
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
If Dante Hall played against the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season, it would definitely hold some importance. But the St. Louis Rams’ new return man is rather blase about meeting the team that let him go, in the final preseason game Thursday night.
Firebrand Iraqi cleric freezes activities of Mahdi militia
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.
Ailing Nadal claims victory
Federer, Williams sisters win at U.S. Open
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Playing on a taped-up knee so painful he almost pulled out of the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal was hardly at his imposing best Wednesday. It was a struggle to sprint, and he scuffled against a foe who never has won a Grand Slam match, let alone a title.
Va. Tech report notes faults
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Virginia Tech officials might have saved lives if they had notified faculty and students sooner about the first two shootings on campus, a panel concluded in its investigation of the April rampage that left 33 dead.
Practical immigration policy
Public safety concerns lead cities to don’t ask, don’t tell policies
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
Let’s say the 7-year-old daughter of illegal immigrants working in a big American city wakes up this morning with a high fever and a rash.
People in the news
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Dog inherits $12M from Helmsley’s estate¢ Keith Richards demands apology for poor reviews¢ Owen Wilson quits upcoming movie
Tiller interview to be aired for lawmakers
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A legislative committee that will take testimony next week on late-term abortions plans to review an interview recorded with a psychiatrist once considered a key witness against a high-profile abortion provider.
Downtown services
Lawrence’s downtown needs to remain a center of activity for local residents, as well as visitors.
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
As developers and city officials consider ways to remodel and revitalize downtown Lawrence, they need to remember that, in addition to drawing more nonresidents, downtown also needs to continue to attract and serve the residents of Lawrence. This thought arises in connection with the city’s position on relocating the main Lawrence post office, now located at Seventh and Vermont streets.
Auditors see little progress on goals
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Congressional auditors have determined that the Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush’s Iraq war strategy, The Associated Press has learned.
Tribe to open against Missouri Southern
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Where Colin Bado goes tonight, Haskell Indian Nations University football defenders are sure to follow. Bado led all of NCAA Division II in receptions last season with 88, so the Missouri Southern senior has to be a focus in the Fightin’ Indians season opener. “Obviously, he has a big star on his head,” HINU coach Eric Brock said, “so the awareness is there.” Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Haskell Stadium.
Interference call dooms Mets
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Mets’ Marlon Anderson was ruled out on a game-ending interference call at second base, negating a possible tying run and giving the Phillies a victory. The Mets had runners on the corners with one out when pinch-hitter Shawn Green hit a slow roller to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who shoveled the ball to Tadahito Iguchi at second.
Vick memorabilia going to the dogs
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
The woman who paid $7,400 on eBay for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, acknowledges she hadn’t heard of the star football player before he was indicted for dogfighting.
Payment-option mortgages can be risky
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B11
African Americans often are the target of financial pitchmen trying to convince them they should never pay off their mortgages. Instead, the line goes, people should dig deeper into mortgage debt to purchase cars, fund their chosen lifestyles or to invest.
Nationwide extortion scam hits Kansas
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Large grocery and discount stores across the country have been targeted by a caller who threatens to blow up shoppers and workers with a bomb if employees fail to wire money to an account overseas, authorities said.
Summit targets broadband access
FCC commissioner seeks high speeds for rural areas
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B11
State legislators, federal regulators and a U.S. congressman say they don’t know how to push broadband technology into the nation’s rural areas. But they know it has to happen. “It’s not a do-good or social-policy thing,” said Michael Copps, a Federal Communications Commission commissioner.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University football great Willie Pless is back in Lawrence today and will speak at the year’s first KU Quarterback Club meeting tonight.
Horoscopes
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B10
New opportunities surround the adventurous. If you close down or feel that you cannot do something, you won’t succeed. Root yourself on; be your best cheerleader. Your home life will become even more pleasurable and important.
Higher costs cut profits for Collective Brands
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B11
Collective Brands Inc., which changed its name from Payless ShoeSource Inc. earlier this month, said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit declined 23 percent from higher costs and lower sales.
Fiddling, picking champs named
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B12
Here’s a look at the winners in this year’s Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships, which took place Sunday at South Park:
Our town sports
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
The annual Sandrat Trail Run will be Oct. 7 on the Kansas River Trails. The 9.5-mile event will start and finish at the Ballard Center in North Lawrence.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
In the span of a week, four computers had been stolen from high schools in Lawrence and Basehor. Officials said it was difficult to understand the motive because the type of machines being taken were not “hot” on the black market and needed to be plugged into the home systems to be effective as teaching tools.
Lies, not politics, led to Gonzales’ demise
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
You probably think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned Monday because he was the most controversial Justice Department chief since John Mitchell went to prison for Watergate crimes.You probably think the resignation had something to do with allegations of U.S. attorneys being fired for political reasons.
Southwest drops opener
Schenck runs back kickoff 73 yards for TD
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Manhattan downed Southwest, 20-14, in the Bulldogs’ thrilling junior high football opener on Wednesday at Southwest. Manhattan scored on a three-yard pass with eight seconds left for the final margin.
Countywide effort
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I write to correct a serious spell-check error in Wednesday’s article about Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The article made it sound like I thought it was necessary to educate the “county” when, in fact, my statements were all directed at making sure the “country” knows the story of the role that this region played in the days leading up to the Civil War.
NASA dismisses claims of drunken astronauts
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
A sober internal investigation found no evidence to support recent assertions that several astronauts were impaired by alcohol shortly before blasting into space, NASA reported Wednesday.
LHS tennis falls to Ravens
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence High girls tennis team fell, 4-0, to Olathe Northwest but bounced back to claim second place at the Leavenworth Quadrangular on Wednesday with consecutive 3-1 wins versus Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission North.
Fans want QB out of NFL
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Michael Vick should not be allowed to play in the National Football League again, most professional football fans said in a poll that underscored how far the celebrity quarterback’s star has fallen.
Couple share love of Haitian art in Spencer exhibition
August 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Mary Lou Hughes didn’t have a museum exhibit in mind when she started buying art from her Haitian friends in 1972. She just couldn’t get the images out of her head. “I could look at a painting and, honestly, it was like a surge of adrenaline if I found it something that I felt like I wanted,” says Hughes, a 1947 Kansas University graduate. “And I usually would sleep on that, and I would go back and buy it.
Lawrence Datebook
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Violations lead to ban on new patients at home
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A nursing home for military veterans can’t admit new patients until problems found in an annual inspection are fixed. The Kansas Soldiers’ Home at Fort Dodge had nearly 30 deficiencies, according to an Aug. 16 inspection report.
Prosecutors challenge mental illness claims in pregnant woman’s death
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A neuropsychologist’s report says brain scans indicate that a woman accused of cutting the baby from a northwest Missouri woman’s womb suffers from a mental illness that caused her to believe she was pregnant.
County Commission delays water decision
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A decision to allow property that a church owns outside Eudora to be served by Rural Water District No. 4 was delayed Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission. The delay was at the request of representatives of First Southern Baptist Church in Eudora.
Reprimand sought in Abu Ghraib case
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
A military jury at Fort Meade recommended a reprimand Wednesday for the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, sparing him any prison time for disobeying an order to keep silent about the abuse investigation.
Grant guidelines to be outlined in workshop
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B12
The Douglas County Community Foundation will conduct a workshop for community members interested in applying for funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund.
Don’t lose joy of reading
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
Here it is, the start of another school year, when parents attempt to get recalcitrant children to embrace the joy of reading for the sake of learning, and out comes a report that says the typical adult American read only four books in the past year. Not exactly stellar role models, those typical adult Americans.
Florence cracks down on squeegee wielders
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Florence, Renaissance city of art and history, is trying to clean up its streets by cracking down on squeegee men, saying they were causing “great danger” to drivers and pedestrians alike.
Kansas City blanks slumping Detroit
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Jim Leyland figures an inspirational speech is the last thing his struggling Detroit Tigers need. More than anything, after getting shut out by Kansas City 5-0 on Wednesday night, the Tigers could use a strong performance today by Jeremy Bonderman to avoid a three-game sweep in a stadium where they were on a 14-1 tear just two days earlier.
Grape escape
A succulent surprise is coming into season at Kansas vineyards
August 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas growers are best known for producing wheat, corn and soy. They even maintain sprawling fruit orchards. What slips the mind is that vineyards can be found in the Sunflower State, too. In fact, before Prohibition, Kansas was one of the leading states in growing grapes. Our history is long and fruitful when it comes to those small, savory morsels.
No wins, but still in
Kansas native has a virtual lock on a chase spot although he has yet to win a Nextel Cup race
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
The only thing missing from Clint Bowyer’s short Nextel Cup Series career is a victory. It doesn’t appear even that will prevent him from challenging for his first series championship. With two races remaining before the field is set for the Chase for the Nextel Cup, Bowyer is firmly entrenched in the ninth position in points. The top 12 after 26 races qualify for the Chase.
Military rulers respond to fuel price protests
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Pro-government gangs on trucks staked out key streets in Myanmar’s largest city on Wednesday as the country’s military rulers sought to crush a rare wave of dissent by pro-democracy activists protesting fuel price increases.
Desert hot spot sets heat record
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
People here expect it to be hot, but they sure wouldn’t mind a cool spell. You know, maybe 107 or so.
City cross country loaded with miles
Lawrence High, Free State High, Seabury Academy field deep, talented teams
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Lawrence’s three high school cross country teams have all posted impressive finishes in the past. This year, they’re hoping to raise the bar. With talent, experience and a few new faces sprinkled throughout each program, Lawrence High, Free State High and Seabury Academy all are looking to take a step forward in 2007.
CBGB founder Hilly Kristal dies
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B10
Hilly Kristal had no idea what he was unleashing when he welcomed a rash of unknown bands in his dank Bowery dive: Television, the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, the Patti Smith Group.
Absorbent Ink. earns national ranking
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B11
Absorbent Ink. in Lawrence was the 216th fastest-growing private company in the nation, according to the annual Inc. 500 ratings. Absorbent Ink. had a three-year growth of 1,028 percent.
OU tailback Patrick may play
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Tailback Allen Patrick went through about half of Oklahoma’s practice on Wednesday and may be able to start Saturday when the eighth-ranked Sooners play North Texas.
On the record
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 40-year-old Lawrence man reported stolen property valued at $8,500 to Lawrence police on Sunday. A 2001 silver Toyota Camry worth $6,000 and miscellaneous men’s clothing valued at $2,500 were reported stolen from a 52-year-old Olathe woman between 8 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Rhode Island Street.
Statue honors Nelson Mandela
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Britain unveiled a statue of Nelson Mandela on Wednesday outside the houses of Parliament, honoring the South African anti-apartheid campaigner as one of the great leaders of his era.
Goodbye, Rove
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: “Good riddance and please don’t come back!” I’m referring to the recent departure of Karl Rove, the former political strategist and adviser to President Bush. Mr. Rove’s resignation is the best news Democrats have had in weeks.
Baldwin City driller featured on TV series
Companies race to see who can get to oil the fastest
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Instincts that earned Jim Mietchen the nickname “magic man” have landed him a spot on a cable television series. His techniques for finding oil in Kansas sparked the interest of Discovery Channel. And the Baldwin City man is one of three featured on “Wildcatters,” which begins at 9 p.m. today on Sunflower Broadband Channel 24.
Wildfires contained, relief efforts begin
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Winds relented throughout fire-ravaged Greece, enabling thousands of firefighters Wednesday to tame a rash of fires that killed at least 64 people and obliterated huge swaths of fields and forests over six days.
Commodities
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B11
Wheat prices surged Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery jumped 20.25 cents to $7.585; December corn fell 4.5 cents to $3.4025; December oats were flat at $2.5225; November soybeans added 2 cents to $8.7425.
Scout sign-up today
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Parents who are interested in getting their children involved in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts must sign them up at 6:30 p.m. today at Lawrence public elementary schools.
Alcohol contributed to crash, police say
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police said Wednesday that alcohol was a contributing factor in an Aug. 21 crash on Naismith Drive involving five Kansas University students.
Homework load
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: It’s that time of year again: back to school for Lawrence children. But for students such as myself, the amount of homework given each night is ridiculous. As a junior at Free State High School, I attend school every day for seven hours, go home and have three to four hours of homework.
Local businesses prepare for ‘million-dollar weekend’
KU officials hope for strong attendance at season opener
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lanny Riedel is looking forward to Saturday’s kickoff of the Kansas University football season. And not just to see Lawrence’s own Brandon McAnderson burst through holes, Aqib Talib pick off a pass or two and Todd Reesing drive the Jayhawks to victory against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.
Annual pooch plunge slated for Tuesday
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city’s Outdoor Aquatic Center is set to close for the season Monday, which is Labor Day.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 30, 1907: “Secretary of War W.H. Taft, due to be the next president of the United States, passed through here on the Union Pacific today and only a few greeted him when he got off his rail car during a brief stop.
Missing pilot was adventurous at KU
Plane disappeared on flight over Africa
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The disappearance of Lori Love’s plane in the African desert may be rooted here in Lawrence. A 1972 graduate of Kansas University, Love accumulated many of her initial flight hours here and started skydiving in the area, too. “She and two or three other girls were into skydiving, and she went from that into flying,” said her father, Loren Fred.
Full recovery expected for injured player
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Gardner-Edgerton High School soccer player taken to a Kansas City area hospital Tuesday night after he was injured in a game is expected to make a full recovery, a school spokesman said.
NASA drone to aid fight against wildfires
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
NASA is known for putting men on the moon, a high-powered telescope up in space and a rover on Mars. But fighting wildfires? Not so much.
Lawrence High golfers 8th
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence High girls golf team traveled to De Soto on Wednesday and finished in eighth place out of 10 teams at the Olathe North Invitational.
Special education assessment results in reading blamed on legal technicality
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
Lawrence students met almost all state-assessment goals, according to information the school district released Wednesday. However, one group - those in special education classes - did not meet reading standards. District leaders say that was due to a technicality in the federal law, not student performance.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The 1968 Kansas motor vehicle license tags were to be black and gold. The color scheme, said critics, “smacked of Missouri Tigerdom,” and the combination drew considerable jibing from crimson and blue-oriented Kansas Jayhawk faithful.
GOP colleagues urge Craig to resign
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s political support eroded by the hour on Wednesday as fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to resign and party leaders pushed him unceremoniously from senior committee posts.
Musharraf reportedly to give up military role
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Wednesday that President Pervez Musharraf had agreed to step down as army chief in a deal that could keep him in power and restore her from exile to political leadership here.
Pierre Messmer, former prime minister, dies
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Pierre Messmer, a member of the French Resistance who was the country’s prime minister from 1972 to 1974, has died at age 91, former President Jacques Chirac said Wednesday.
Fertilization strategies kick off new series on fall lawn care
August 30, 2007
September is a key month for lawns. Many lawns went dormant in the heat, while others were maintained with constant watering. Fungi and grubs may have added to the concerns. No matter which concerns you have, now is a key time to give your lawns a boost for fall growth and next year’s health. There are three key areas that demand attention: fertilization, seeding or overseeding, and weed control.
Bush cites Gulf recovery amid signs of neglect
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster’s second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm.
Bucks sign No. 6 pick Yi
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Yi Jianlian is finally going to play for the Milwaukee Bucks. Yi, the sixth overall selection in the NBA Draft in June, signed a standard rookie-scale contract with the Bucks in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Lull in programming a mark of Labor Day
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B10
Sometimes, confusion brings insight. When TBS sent me review material for “World’s Funniest Commercials” (89 p.m., TBS), my inner calendar did a double take. Don’t these advertising roundups usually air during the week between Christmas and New Year’s - the deadest week of the prime-time year, when there’s absolutely nothing on television?
Youth Symphony to start rehearsals
August 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Lawrence Youth Symphony will begin rehearsing after the Labor Day holiday.
Lawrence man gets 6 months for battery
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence man on Wednesday was ordered to serve a six-month jail sentence for a battery conviction.
Negative portrayal
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Who thought it was “cool” to portray Lawrence girls high school volleyball teams’ members as sullen, arrogant and contemptuous in the Aug. 28 photo?
Use of ray gun denied in Iraq amid torture concerns
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
Saddam Hussein had been gone just a few weeks, and U.S. forces in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, were already being called unwelcome invaders. One of the first big anti-American protests of the war escalated into shootouts that left 18 Iraqis dead and 78 wounded.
Guard once accused in Olympic bombing dies
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing and then waged a decade-long battle with news organizations to defend his reputation, died Wednesday. He was 44.
Landlord-tenant mediator again accused of violating housing code
Neighbors say properties attract criminal activity
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
For the second time in a year, the city employee responsible for mediating landlord-tenant disputes is being prosecuted in Municipal Court for owning slumlord-quality rental properties. City inspectors confirmed that they have turned over to Municipal Court a housing code violation case against Paul Winn, a specialist in the city’s Human Relations Department.
School assessments mostly good news
Proficiency targets met in tests, but ‘problematic areas’ remain
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s a mixed bag for the Lawrence school district. School district leaders on Wednesday released results from last year’s state assessments for reading and math - known as Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Pump patrol
August 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.75 at BP Amoco, East 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
Clemens stymies former team
August 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Roger Clemens shut down his original team, allowing only two hits and outpitching a much younger ace in leading the Yankees past Josh Beckett and the Red Sox.Clemens (6-5) held the Red Sox hitless until David Ortiz connected for an upper-deck homer with one out in the sixth.