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6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
Construction continues on the new football complex south of Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. Saturday's game against Central Michigan kicks off at 6 p.m. Construction hampers tailgating, view
August 31, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The best parking spots around Memorial Stadium already have been taken - and kickoff for Kansas University’s football season opener is still a day away. Those spots are claimed, of course, by construction on the new Anderson Family Football Complex and accompanying practice fields. But in order to accommodate the approximately 40,000 fans expected to attend Saturday’s game against Central Michigan, several additional lots have been designated for tailgating.
12:00 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Singer known as 'vocal instrumentalist'
Posted August 31, 2007
When Lawrence Redding was playing the subways in New York City, he needed some instrumental accompaniment. Instead of finding a friend that played a horn, he decided to make up the sounds himself - with his own mouth. Now, he's known as "Lipbone Redding" for the trombone/flugelhorn noises he conjures up without an instrument. Redding, whose music mixes elements of roots, Americana, funk, jam soul and R&B, comes to the Lawrence Public Library for a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday. In this week's Pulse Podcast, Redding talks about how he came up with the "lipbone," as well as how his background influenced his musical style. After that, you can find out what is going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.
4:00 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
A new year for Free State, Lawrence High
Posted August 31, 2007
The 2007 high school football season kicks off tonight and the Lawrence Journal-World has got you covered. In this season's first edition of High School Spodcasters, J-W High School Sports Editor Matt Tait talks with high school beat writers Jesse Temple (LHS) and Benton Smith (FSHS) about the prospects for both teams this season. In addition, the trio offers a preview of each team's season opener as well as a glance at the outlook for Veritas Christian in the 8-man ranks.
4:30 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
A new year for Free State, Lawrence High
Posted August 31, 2007
The 2007 high school football season kicks off tonight and the Lawrence Journal-World has got you covered. In this season's first edition of High School Spodcasters, J-W High School Sports Editor Matt Tait talks with high school beat writers Jesse Temple (LHS) and Benton Smith (FSHS) about the prospects for both teams this season. In addition, the trio offers a preview of each team's season opener as well as a glance at the outlook for Veritas Christian in the 8-man ranks.
5:00 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
A new year for Free State, Lawrence High
Posted August 31, 2007
The 2007 high school football season kicks off tonight and the Lawrence Journal-World has got you covered. In this season's first edition of High School Spodcasters, J-W High School Sports Editor Matt Tait talks with high school beat writers Jesse Temple (LHS) and Benton Smith (FSHS) about the prospects for both teams this season. In addition, the trio offers a preview of each team's season opener as well as a glance at the outlook for Veritas Christian in the 8-man ranks.

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West facing four misdemeanor charges
August 31, 2007
An unusual trial took place today in Douglas County District Court. 21-year-old Laura West is facing four misdemeanor charges stemming from a traffic stop the Kansas Highway Patrol made in June.
6News video: Annual breakfast supports Lawrence schools
August 31, 2007
Praise for the arts, record fundraising numbers and a serenade from a Nashville musician with Lawrence ties highlighted the 6th Annual Lawrence Schools Community Education Breakfast.
6News video: City leaders unveil plan for waterline reconstruction
August 31, 2007
Hoping to avoid the disruption seen during the recent downtown waterline reconstruction project, Lawrence city leaders unveiled a plan that goes outside the box, or to be more specific, outside the city limits.
6news video: Westar upgrades coming
August 31, 2007
Leavenworth County leaders have put the finishing touches on the 2008 budget. Commissioners approved the $53 million spending plan earlier this week after a public hearing.
6Sports video: Free State started season against O-South
August 31, 2007
A year ago, the Free State high football team reel off 11 straight wins before falling to Shawnee Mission West in the state semifinals. Tonight, Bob Lisher’s bops took the field for the first time since then.
6Sports video: Lions open at O-North
August 31, 2007
Dirk Wedd and the Lawrence Lions opened their season on the road at the Olathe District Activities Center against Olathe North.
6News video: Plans moving forward for Burroughs Creek Trail
August 31, 2007
They haven’t been used in six years, but the old railroad tracks running through east Lawrence could soon see some activity. Plans to turn the old rails into the Burroughs Creek Trail and Linear Park could soon start moving forward.
6News Now: ‘Rails for Trails’ project could take big step forward
August 31, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, plans for a ‘Rails for Trails’ project in East Lawrence could take a big step forward in the coming months, plus it’s opening night for area high school football teams.
Sebelius bans discrimination against gays in state workplace
August 31, 2007
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday signed an executive order aimed at protecting state employees from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Record money raised at Community Education Breakfast
August 31, 2007
Nashville musician Chuck Mead, a 1979 Lawrence High School graduate, gave a humorous keynote speech and also played the guitar on stage with Superintendent Randy Weseman.
Judge strikes down law banning gay marriage in Iowa
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
A county judge struck down Iowa’s decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples. Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson’s ruling.
WWE suspends 10 for drug violations
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
World Wrestling Entertainment has suspended 10 of its wrestlers for violations of a policy that tests for steroids and other drugs, the company said Thursday.
Indian’ summer
Locally produced film explores hidden history of Haskell
August 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
The camera slowly dollies in on the stern face of actor Kevin Geer. About 30 cast and crew members crammed into the third floor of the Watkins Community Museum of History look on. “This is not a prison. There are no walls. No fences. But there is a clock,” Geer scolds. “You will learn to respect time.”
Act fast to deal with termite infestation
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Homeowners with problems caused by termites or other pests should take care of dangerous construction defects before focusing on their extermination options.
Pentagon seeks changes in Iraq report
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Pentagon has disputed parts of a progress report on Iraq drafted by the Government Accountability Office and asked that some of the assessment’s failing grades on key political and security benchmarks be changed before the final report is made public next week, a Defense spokesman said Thursday.
Va. Tech president defends response to shooting rampage
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
With anguished parents demanding his firing, Virginia Tech’s president bristled at suggestions Thursday that he bears responsibility for the bloodbath on campus, calling it a crime “unprecedented in its cunning and murderous results.”
Video game transforms into television series
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
Want proof that they don’t make cartoons like they used to? Check out the new series “Tak and the Power of Juju” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). If “Tak” looks like your standard-issue video game, that’s because it is based on one.
Horoscopes
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
This year, make it your job to work more often with others individually. You might focus on one partnership exclusively. This new attention could make a big difference in the feelings between you and others. If you are single, you could land in a significant relationship before you know it.
Beauty obscures Diana’s flaws
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
Britain’s version of Elvis week reaches its crescendo today with a memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The woman famously described by Diana as the “third person” in her marriage isn’t coming. Discretion and the Queen convinced Camilla that her presence would distract from the occasion.
Bump spurs old memory
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
I live in a 1911 house built for a family that had a cook and a housemaid who were short, coming from undernourished countries like Ireland and Sweden, so the back stairway has low clearances, where Mary Margaret or Inga used to hustle down to fix breakfast, and where I now clomp down for coffee eight or 10 times a day.
Feds offer assistance following floods
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Natural Resources Conservation Service announces the availability of $3.66 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program funds to assist Kansans affected by May floods and tornadoes. Among counties whose residents are eligible for assistance: Douglas, Leavenworth, Lyon, Ottawa and Shawnee.
No. 2 Tigers blank Bulldogs
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Craig Steltz had three of LSU’s six interceptions of Mississippi State quarterback Michael Henig, and the second-ranked Tigers manhandled the Bulldogs again in a 45-0 victory Thursday night.LSU’s new starting quarterback Matt Flynn and new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton struggled to find a rhythm early, but they received plenty of help from Henig, who set a school record by throwing six picks.
Haskell Stadium a house of history
August 31, 2007
Phil Homeratha still recalls first setting foot inside Haskell Stadium 50 years ago just in time to hear the public-address announcer recap a 98-yard touchdown run from Lawrence High great John Hadl. It was then that Homeratha, now the interim athletics director at Haskell Indian Nations University, began to realize what the stadium meant to football in Lawrence.
Pless touched by ‘special’ honor
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
He stopped playing football in 1999, but the honors keep piling up foe Willie Pless. In 2000, Pless was inducted into the Kansas University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2005, he entered the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. On Saturday, his name will go up on the Ring of Honor at Memorial Stadium during halftime of KU’s season opener against Central Michigan.
Lions hope unity leads to success
Team chemistry looks like a strength for Lawrence High
August 31, 2007
When it comes to winning football games, Lawrence High knows a thing or two about how it’s done. Thirty-one undefeated seasons and 26 state championships will do that to a program. Victory is never just a dream floating distantly over the horizon. More often, it becomes a reality and is always an expectation.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Renaissance Festival now recycles
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
There was no such word as “environmentalism” 500 years ago. Nonetheless, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival will be a whole lot greener when it kicks off this weekend. The festival, which runs weekends from Saturday through Oct. 14, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day, will recycle cans, cardboard and plastic bottles for the first time.
Pump patrol
August 31, 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.
Room sought for hotel project
Developers want permits to raze buildings near KU campus
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
The former home to a Yello Sub and the current location of The Crossing bar are targeted for demolition, part of plans to build a new 110-room hotel and retail complex on the site just off the northern edge of Kansas University’s main campus.
Lawmaker backs off abortion restrictions
Olathe Republican still wants details from doctors
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
A key lawmaker said Thursday he was backing off trying to add further restrictions on late-term abortions in Kansas. But state Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R-Olathe, and other abortion opponents want to require that doctors provide more information to the state on the reasons for doing the procedure.
Firebirds face another power
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
When the Free State High Firebirds take the field tonight at Haskell Stadium to open the 2007 high school football season, they’ll find themselves in a situation similar to the one they faced at the end of 2006.
Mo. Southern blasts Indians
Haskell coach pleased despite season-opening rout
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Overmatched? Yes. Overpowered? Indeed. Yet Haskell Indian Nations University coach Eric Brock was also overjoyed following Thursday night’s season-opening 51-0 loss to Missouri Southern at Haskell Stadium.
Central falls in debut
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Jake Brown scored on an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter, but it was much too little much too late for the Central Junior High ninth-grade football team.
Yankees complete sweep of Red Sox
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B8
Another August sweep of the Boston Red Sox put the New York Yankees in prime position for a September playoff run.
NCAA grants waiver for OU
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
The NCAA said Thursday it had granted a waiver for the University of Oklahoma to set up a fund to assist with funeral expenses for the family of a slain football recruit.
Tiller attacks law limiting juries
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A5
Attorneys for a high-profile abortion provider are raising a novel legal issue in defending him against misdemeanor of violating Kansas’ restrictions on late-term abortions.
Tait: Time to raise the curtain
August 31, 2007
Every so often a sequel comes along that is so impressive, so mind-blowing, that it overshadows the original and keeps people debating for decades about which film was better. This might not be one of those scenarios when it comes to high school football in Lawrence. If last year was the local high school football scene on Broadway, this season is Free State and LHS at the tiny improv theater on 78th Street.
Kansas takes on extra film study
New-look Chippewas tough to figure out
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Preparing for Central Michigan’s football team isn’t like driving in the dark with no lights on. But it’s close. Kansas University has put in some overtime in preparing for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game with the Chippewas.
LHS tennis upended
Reunion’ awkward for Lions coach
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Before coming to Lawrence in the fall of 2006, Lawrence High coach Steve Hudson spent two years as an assistant girls tennis coach at Blue Valley Northwest. There, he learned the ropes from Huskies coach Ted Fabiano. Thursday afternoon, Fabiano and crew invaded LHS and created a strong sense of been there, done that for the Lions’ coach.
No ‘O’ in K.C.’s ‘0-4’
Chiefs winless in preseason; L.J. carries thrice
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster Chiefs-Rams preseason finale with just a smidgen of star power. Johnson, who ended a 25-day holdout earlier in the month, was the only starter of substance for either team who got on the field in St. Louis’ 10-3 victory Thursday night. He shook off a bit of rust, carrying three times for 12 yards at the start of the Chiefs’ first drive.
Mayer: Saturday crucial for KU
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Oddsmakers say Kansas is due to open its 2007 football season with a one-touchdown victory over Central Michigan while Kansas State is likely to lose by two touchdowns at Auburn. Both need to do at least that well to set the compass for the kinds of seasons they think they’re capable of.
Partnership, Checkers to replenish pantries
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Checkers Foods, 2300 La., and Just Food are partnering during September to raise money to purchase food for the Just Food pantries in Lawrence. Just Food is a partnership of local pantries, community members, businesses and faith-based groups that work to provide food for hungry families in Douglas County.
Memorial to mark 10 years since Princess Diana’s death
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
Princess Diana is at rest, but the passions that swirled around her tempestuous marriage to Prince Charles are still evident as friends and family prepare to commemorate her life at a memorial service today.
Police officer accuses senator of lying after men’s room arrest
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A12
The officer who arrested Sen. Larry Craig in a police undercover operation at an airport men’s room accused the senator of lying to him during an interrogation afterward, according to an audiotape of the arrest.
Lost work ethic hinders French economy
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
“We,” the finance minister says, “have a terrible past.” She also says: “In a way, we’ve had it too easy.” Christine Lagarde is correct on both counts. Her first “we” refers to Europe; the second, to France. Both Europe’s cataclysms and France’s comforts condition the context for reforms.
What is the biggest breach of separation of church and state?
August 31, 2007 in print edition on D1
¢ Routine violations exclude millions¢ Tax dollars being used to ignore Constitution
Eagles open with rough schedule
Veritas faces three traditional eight-man powers to kick off year
August 31, 2007
Talk about running the gauntlet. When Veritas Christian School opens its fourth season of varsity eight-man football on Sept. 1, the Eagles will face a stretch of three games that could give any coach nightmares. “We have three big challenges ahead of us right out of the gate,” Veritas coach Doug Bennett said. “But I think we’re ready for the challenge.”
LHS soccer tumbles
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Shawnee Heights raised the ante against Lawrence High’s boys soccer team Thursday night on speed, skill level and physicality. By the time the Lions were ready, it was too late.
Phillies closing in on Mets
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B8
Chase Utley hit an RBI single off Billy Wagner in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia completed a huge sweep of first-place New York by rallying for a victory Thursday in a back-and-forth struggle that lasted four hours.
Commentary: Questions, not transgressions, irk Smith
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Some of us still are trying to figure out what Lovie Smith’s threshold for poor behavior is when it comes to his players. Is there anything that makes him mad? Does it take a felony? Or would, say, four misdemeanors and a Denver boot do the trick? What about some combination of speeding tickets, court fines and a citizen’s arrest? Would that bring a snarl to his lip?
Blake bags five-set victory
Roddick, Sharapova advance at U.S. Open
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
James Blake finally managed to win a fifth set. Blake ended his 0-for-9 drought in matches that go the distance, outlasting Fabrice Santoro, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in the second round of the U.S. Open to win a 3-hour, 25-minute struggle that began Thursday evening and ended after midnight.
De Soto celebrates sesquicentennial
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
The theme of this year’s De Soto Days Festival may be “Your Town - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” to further emphasize the city’s sesquicentennial. But in the view of festival organizers, an alternative theme could be “giving back.”
Texas death row inmate has sentence commuted to life
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
Gov. Rick Perry, longtime head of the nation’s busiest death penalty state, spared an inmate Thursday hours before he was to have been executed for being a killer’s getaway driver.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
With fall enrollment about to conclude, Haskell Indian Junior College was down more than 100 students from the previous fall term, a drop the Haskell president attributed to a combination of reductions in financial aid and a lack of dormitory space.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 31, 1907: “‘I would advise people who can secure water from a good, clean, tight cistern to use nothing else for drinking,’ said Prof. Barber of the university today. ‘The city water is polluted and the water from wells about town shows that about 30 percent of them are more or less contaminated.
Reality
Why can’t public officials think less about themselves and politics and give us more statesmanship?
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
What is it about public service that hypnotizes people to the point they refuse to face reality and relinquish their power and “prestige” when they encounter debilitating and embarrassing events? U.S. Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho is in the position of trying to determine if the voters in his region will excuse the scandal tied to his arrest in a public restroom in Minneapolis.
U.S. tops Argentina, 91-76
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
The United States defeated Argentina, 91-76, on Thursday night in the matchup of unbeaten teams in the FIBA Americas tournament.
Laugh Olympics to raise funds for charities
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A5
Two longtime friends know how to celebrate life. Seth Jones, 30, Lawrence, and Thomas Lervik, 29, Charlotte, N.C., learned from two other friends that time is valuable.
Officers investigate residential burglaries
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers are investigating a series of residential burglaries that have occurred since Tuesday in the Grantville area.
Study: Global warming may bring severe storms
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
As the world warms, the United States will face more severe thunderstorms with deadly lightning, damaging hail and the potential for tornadoes, a trailblazing study by NASA scientists suggests.
Probe of Gonzales’ conduct continues
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
The Justice Department said Thursday it is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied or otherwise misled Congress last month in sworn testimony about the Bush administration’s domestic terrorist spying program.
Taliban free last S. Korean hostages
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
Taliban militants released the last seven South Korean hostages on Thursday under a deal with the government in Seoul, ending a six-week drama that the insurgents claimed as a “great victory for our holy warriors.”
Commodities
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures mostly gained Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery jumped 26 cents to close at $7.845; December corn fell 0.5 cent to $3.3975; December oats rose 0.5 cent to $2.5275; November soybeans gained 10.75 cents to $8.85.
Brady, Patriots clip Giants
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
Eli Manning had another solid tuneup for the regular season, even if it was brief. Tom Brady didn’t need one.
Fond memories
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Watching South Junior High School’s demolition has been harder than I had expected. I’ve been a neighbor for over 30 years and our three children attended the school. I supported the bond issue and realize that the new SJHS will be a wonderful building once all the classrooms, gymnasium, library and parking lot are completed. Students, staff, parents and neighbors at both SJHS and Broken Arrow School are to be commended for their positive attitudes during this time of change.
Lawrence Datebook
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Postal ‘amenities’
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I, too, would like to send a letter to the post office. Unlike our city commissioners, however, I do have a problem with our post office fleeing its current location to make way for yet more downtown development.
Ill-informed view
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: As a dual U.S./U.K. citizen having lived for more than eight years in central London, I was deeply saddened by Cal Thomas’ opinion (Journal-World, Aug. 22). Saddened that your readers would have to read the garbage this man writes, with clearly so little knowledge of the subject matter.
Astronaut allowed to remove monitor
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak can remove an electronic monitoring bracelet from her ankle while she awaits trial on charges she attacked a romantic rival, a judge ruled Thursday.
City launches more user-friendly Web site
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city’s Web site has a new look. City Hall leaders launched a new design for their Web site Thursday that aims to make it easier for users to find out about city services.
Overthrown leader to challenge Musharraf
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
An embittered former Pakistani prime minister vowed Thursday to return home from exile in London next month to fight the attempt by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to extend his military rule.
Familiar faces to lead Firebirds
Experienced players take on new roles for Free State
August 31, 2007
If 11th-year Free State High football coach Bob Lisher has a good hand, he’s keeping it close to his chest. As he observed and coached his team in the preseason August heat, it was difficult to tell if he was looking at a royal flush or a pair.
Musician relies on lip skills
August 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Lawrence Redding was playing the subways in New York City, he needed some instrumental accompaniment. Instead of finding a friend who played a horn, he decided to make up the sounds himself - with his mouth. Now, he’s known as “Lipbone Redding” for the trombone/ flugelhorn noises he conjures without an instrument.
Kent State stuns ISU
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Julian Edelman threw for 161 yards and a touchdown to lead Kent State to a 23-14 victory over Iowa State Thursday night in the debut of new Cyclones coach Gene Chizik.
Construction hampers tailgating, view
Free shuttle to take fans to Memorial Stadium
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
The best parking spots around Memorial Stadium already have been taken - and kickoff for Kansas University’s football season opener is still a day away. Those spots are claimed, of course, by construction on the new Anderson Family Football Complex and accompanying practice fields. But in order to accommodate the approximately 40,000 fans expected to attend Saturday’s game against Central Michigan, several additional lots have been designated for tailgating.
FSHS soccer rolls again
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
Following a rout in its home opener Tuesday, Free State High’s boys soccer team kept rolling on the road Thursday with a 7-0 victory at Bonner Springs.
Billy Graham out of hospital
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
After almost two weeks of treatment, Billy Graham left an Asheville hospital Thursday afternoon and returned to his mountain home in nearby Montreat, according to a statement released by Mission Health & Hospitals.
Ordonez raises average, sinks K.C.
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
Magglio Ordonez is much more interested in the American League standings than the batting race.
On the record
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police that someone broke into his car early Tuesday morning. The car was parked in the 100 block of Bristol Terrace. Clothes, a CD case and numerous CDs were reportedly taken. Losses were estimated at $1,200.
New shipments of spinach recalled
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
Consumer advocates say that a Salinas Valley company’s recall of spinach because of a salmonella scare shows that the federal government must do more to protect the nation’s food supply, but industry officials call it proof that their voluntary regulations are working.
Global executions rise in 2006
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
More people were put to death last year - 5,628 - than in either of the previous two years, with China alone accounting at least 5,000 executions, an anti-death penalty group reported Thursday.
Smoldering fire erupts, kills 2 firefighters
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
Fire broke out in a restaurant ceiling and smoldered above diners and employees for an hour or more before erupting, killing two firefighters and injuring 10 who became disoriented, officials said Thursday.
Mentoring agency names executive director
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Patti Broyles has been named executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. Broyles is a former executive director of the Kansas City Missouri Film Office that helped promote and coordinate events for the Kansas City film market.
Big 12 interviews four
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
At least four candidates to replace Kevin Weiberg as Big 12 commissioner have interviewed this week with the executive committee charged with cutting the list down to two finalists, according to several sources close to the situation.
Spiders weave monster of a web
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park.
Midland Railway fest slated for weekend
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Midland Railway Railfest 2007 is set for Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Midland Depot in west Baldwin City. The annual Labor Day weekend event again will include many features with, as usual, train rides leading the way.
Air traffic control contract awarded
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
A team led by defense company ITT Corp. on Thursday won a government contract worth up to $1.8 billion to build the first portion of a new satellite-based air traffic control system.
Ellsworth Medallion winners named
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Dick Bond has known the Ellsworths for years, dating back to his days as an undergraduate at Kansas University. For that reason, it’s especially significant to him that he will receive the Fred Ellsworth Medallion today. Linda Warren and Jim Martin also will receive the KU honor.
Taxpayers network criticizes Sebelius trip
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A5
A recent trip by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, is being blasted by the Kansas Taxpayers Network as a waste of taxpayer dollars. “This is an example of dubious spending that is all too common at all levels of government today,” said Karl Peterjohn, executive director of the network.
School adding arts facility
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
By next spring, Bishop Seabury Academy’s arts department won’t be as crunched for space. “We’re trying to build the sort of facilities that would meet the ambitions of the students and give them more space,” said Don Schawang, who was named the academy’s headmaster in July.
All parks open for holiday
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B12
Despite major flooding this summer, all state parks will be open for an expectedly busy Labor Day weekend, park officials said. State parks sustained about $5 million in flood damage this summer, including a 250-foot-long hiking bridge that washed out on the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail near Garnett.
Poll: Many share blame for product safety
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
Most Americans say the United States itself bears at least some blame for the rash of unsafe products from China, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Thursday. With the tally of Chinese goods bearing high levels of chemicals and toxins growing almost daily, people in the survey reserved the bulk of their ire for Chinese companies.
Hazardous chemical discovered in office
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
U.N. weapons inspectors discovered a potentially hazardous chemical warfare agent that was taken from an Iraqi chemical weapons facility 11 years ago and mistakenly stored in their offices in the heart of midtown Manhattan all that time, officials said Thursday.
LHS, O-North have something to prove today
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Time was when year after year Olathe North and Lawrence were the cream of Sunflower League football. But those days are gone. Now, O-North and Lawrence are considered mere middle-of-the-packers by Sunflower League coaches who tapped the Eagles for fifth place and the Lions for seventh in the preseason poll.
Brownback gives lesson on partitioning Iraq
August 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Sen. Sam Brownback told high school students in this tornado-ravaged city Thursday that the United States needs a “political surge” in Iraq that will divide that country into three independent states with a weak federated government in Baghdad.
Retired Pfizer executive joins Deciphera board
August 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals LLC, Lawrence, announces the appointment of Dr. James A. Bristol to its board of managers. Bristol recently retired from Pfizer Inc., where he had worked since 2000 and had been senior vice president for worldwide discovery research since 2003.
Fury’ a thin parody of sports, kung fu
August 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
You, with scripts of badminton drama, kickball glory, and tiddlywinks tragedy: Hurry to Hollywood. From 2004’s “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” to this year’s “Blades of Glory,” comedies of unlikely sports are being churned out. But “Balls of Fury,” the new pingpong romp, may signify the twilight of the trend.