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5:36 a.m.
Josh Washburn, Rachel Scialabba and Taylor M., rave at Last Call.  On Sept. 5, 2007, Lawrence city leaders took the first steps to have the license of the controversial downtown nightclub revoked by state regulators. City wants Last Call’s license denied
September 6, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The battle stage is set. Lawrence city leaders Wednesday took the first steps to officially ask state regulators to not renew the license of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call. Mayor Sue Hack sent a letter to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control unit requesting a hearing be held to determine whether the license of Last Call, 729 N.H., should be renewed in November, when its one-year liquor license is set to expire.
9:00 a.m.
School Resource Officer Matt Sarna talks with students Wednesday at Free State High School, explaining his role at the school during a late-morning class. The city of Lawrence, which funds the student resource officers and crossing guards in the Lawrence school district, wants the district to pay for part of those costs beginning next school year. Commission: School district should help fund resource officers, crossing guards
September 6, 2007 in print edition on 1A
It will be a lesson in sharing. City commissioners and Lawrence school board members soon will get an opportunity to discuss how they can share and share alike when it comes to funding crossing guards and police officers who are stationed at Lawrence public schools.
11:46 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. Kansas Supreme Court hears Murray appeal
September 6, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in rural Douglas County was denied a fair trial because of inappropriate statements made by prosecutors, a defense attorney argued Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
4:00 p.m.
Frank Norman, of Norman Ecological Consulting, looks over one of the few parcels of remaining tallgrass prairie in the area, west of Lawrence. "The state of our prairies is dwindling and with that goes history," he says. Prairie jewels
September 6, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Some people don’t appreciate the glorious rolling hills of the Kansas landscape. They take the scenery for granted - a blip on the radar from the Rockies to the Ozarks. But for others, the area is one of Mother Nature’s greatest feasts for the eyes, rivaling the towering Tetons or the crashing force of Niagara Falls.
10:00 p.m.
Craig Nowatzke, right, owner of "SunDog," an outdoor food cart, makes change for Jon Klassen in downtown Lawrence in this Journal-World file photo.  Tonight city commissioners are considering four options for a new sales tax proposal. City budget woes persist
September 6, 2007 in print edition on 1A
It’s the pain that won’t go away. City Hall leaders once again are spending some time worrying about lagging sales tax numbers, acknowledging that more spending cuts may be needed in the fourth quarter to get the 2007 budget into shape.

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6News video: Supreme Court hears arguments in Murray case
September 6, 2007
He’s serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of his ex-wife - but a former Kansas State University English professor believes he deserves a new trial.
6News video: Leaders at City Hall continue to worry about lagging sales tax numbers
September 6, 2007
Lawrence sales tax collections for August were down compared to a year ago - and were less than what city leaders had budgeted.
6Sports video: Pendleton makes huge splash in collegiate debut
September 6, 2007
In 2005, he red-shirted. In 2006 he did not see any game action as a freshman. In 2007, however, KU sophomore Raimond Pendleton is making a name for himself.
6News video: Former Greensburg resident raises money for ravaged town
September 6, 2007
She’s seen her hometown and old high school destroyed in a devastating May tornado - now New York School principal Nancy Degarmo and several Lawrence teachers have provided a boost for Greensburg teachers.
6News video: Neglected animals moved from Hays to Lawrence
September 6, 2007
Malnourished, neglected, and ill - words state officials use to describe more than 250 animals relinquished from a pet store in Hays.
6Sports video: Free State tops LHS in volleyball
September 6, 2007
In another ‘City Showdown’ tonight, Free State high held off LHS on the volleyball court.
6Sports video: LHS football squad routs Ravens
September 6, 2007
After a disappointing loss to Olathe North last week, the LHS football team bounced back to shut-out the Olathe Northwest Ravens by a score of 28-0.
6Sports video: Christian Veritas ready for home opener
September 6, 2007
The HyVee High School Game of the Week is all about 8-man football tomorrow night.
6Sports video: Free State wins city soccer showdown
September 6, 2007
Free State high school defeated Lawrence High on the soccer field by a final score of 2-0.
6News video: Two KU grads top Forbes’ list
September 6, 2007
Cynthia Carroll and Linda Zarda Cook are both ranked in Forbe’s list of the ‘100 Most Powerful Women in the World.’
6News video: State AG’s declare war on school violence
September 6, 2007
A group of state attorney generals declare war on school violence - among them - our top state law enforcer, Paul Morrison.
City budget woes persist
Sales tax numbers may necessitate spending cuts
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s the pain that won’t go away. City Hall leaders once again are spending some time worrying about lagging sales tax numbers, acknowledging that more spending cuts may be needed in the fourth quarter to get the 2007 budget into shape.
6News Now: Murray appeal reaches Kansas Supreme Court
September 6, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Thomas Murray’s attorney makes his case for appeal in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, and new sales tax numbers from the city continue to lag.
Kansas Supreme Court hears Murray appeal
September 6, 2007
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in rural Douglas County was denied a fair trial because of inappropriate statements made by prosecutors, a defense attorney argued Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Chiefs’ Allen eager to return to field
Defensive end must sit out Kansas City’s first two games because of suspension
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Football figures to be a lonely experience for Jared Allen the next couple of weeks. Kansas City’s suspended defensive end can be on the practice field. But only by himself. He’ll be no different from millions of other football fans who are watching the action but wishing they could strap on the pads and play.
Her marriage central to defining Clinton
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
As the serious stage of the presidential campaign begins this fall, Hillary Rodham Clinton has clearly established herself in the lead of the race for the Democratic nomination. That makes her the most worthy subject for examination among all the White House prospects.
Watch out for financial scams
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
I’m not quite ready for membership in AARP, but increasingly I’ve been getting invitations in the mail for me and my husband to attend investment seminars that promise to help us ensure we have enough money to retire. The notices use all the right buzzwords. But I have a special place for those invitations - the trash can.
Jayhawk from the start
Lineman shuns Seminoles to live out dream at KU
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sometimes, the roots run so deep that they never let you get too far away. Chet Hartley knows the feeling. A Butler Community College lineman out of small-town Kansas, Hartley was being courted by legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden a year ago. Yet deep down, he knew the tradition-rich Seminoles didn’t have much of a chance. Not over Kansas University.
Lions hit the road in search of first win
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
The secret’s out. Last week, in Lawrence High’s season-opening loss to Olathe North, the Lions unleashed an aerial attack that surprised their opponents and even themselves. It wasn’t quarterback Clint Pinnick’s 16 attempts and 165 yards that caused eyes to pop. But LHS lining up in three-receiver sets with Pinnick in the shotgun created a stir.
Lecompton may receive permanent police help
City also could start own municipal court
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city of Lecompton wants to find a better way to address problems such as sloppy yards, vandalism and speeding. “We need law enforcement to enforce our codes. Period,” Mayor Roy Paslay told Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night during a joint city and county meeting in Lecompton City Hall.
Fall is the time to seed new grass
September 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
Warm days and cool nights are perfect for overseeding your whole lawn or just spot-seeding the weak areas. Natural moisture in the fall gives the seed a good chance to germinate, allowing the fragile new growth to take hold in the soil.
LHS graduate parties with Paula Deen on TV show
September 6, 2007
A former Lawrence woman and a friend will appear Friday night on the popular Food Network program “Paula’s Party.” In February, Sarah Anne Miller, a 1998 Lawrence High School graduate now living in Black River, N.Y., sent an application to see the program in person and was selected. In June she went to Savannah, Ga., for the show’s taping. The show features Paula Deen, who also has a separate cooking show on Food Network.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.71 at BP Amoco at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Our Town Sports
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Rec and Club sports around Lawrence
Established artist to unveil ‘whole new idea’ at festival
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
After 32 years perfecting and mastering her craft, artist Nancy Reese decided it was time to experiment. In January, she transitioned from small-scale, neutral-colored sculptures to large, colorful, contemporary wall hangings. “It’s a whole new idea,” she said. “No one has done things like this, I don’t think; it’s rather frightening.”
Not cool
Trying to freeze Lawrence in time isn’t a hot strategy for the future.
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Staying the same just isn’t an option. Over the last several decades, growth has been a controversial topic in Lawrence. While some people celebrated the expansion of the town, others wanted to keep Lawrence just as it was: charming, friendly, convenient.
Keegan: Speed sets KU apart
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Big, fast and extremely physical wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe had Boise State, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma State after his signature on a letter of intent. It’s never easy for a prospect to let a coach know he has chosen someone else. Yet for Briscoe, the coaches who didn’t get him weren’t the ones he worried about informing.
Commission: School district should help fund resource officers, crossing guards
Taxpayers currently pay for programs; superintendent says budget is already tight
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
It will be a lesson in sharing. City commissioners and Lawrence school board members soon will get an opportunity to discuss how they can share and share alike when it comes to funding crossing guards and police officers who are stationed at Lawrence public schools.
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him one of the world’s most beloved tenors, died today, his manager told The Associated Press. He was 71. His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. CDT Wednesday). Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.
Project Runway’ spinoff needs makeover of own
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
Proof that spinoffs and product extensions are not always a good idea can be found on “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” (9 p.m., Bravo). Gunn, the smart, acerbic but understanding tutor on “Project Runway” shares his new series with model Veronica Webb.
Suspect in slaying pleads not guilty to sex charge
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
The man who faces capital murder charges in the abduction, rape and strangulation death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith pleaded not guilty Wednesday to separate charges of having sex with a 14-year-old runaway.
S.D.’s Tim Johnson returns to Senate
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson returned to the Senate on Wednesday physically weaker but saying he anticipates running for re-election next year.
Wittig, Lake trial delay likely because of new attorneys
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
The third trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives charged with conspiring to loot the utility, scheduled for January, likely will be delayed as new defense attorneys join the four-year-old case, a federal judge said Wednesday.
Murderer’s appeal can be heard on Web site
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former professor convicted of killing his ex-wife in November 2003 takes his case today to the Kansas Supreme Court - and attorneys’ arguments will be played live online at the court’s Web site. Thomas Murray was convicted in March 2005 of stabbing and beating Carmin Ross, 40, at her home northwest of Lawrence. The case received national attention and was featured on CBS’ “48 Hours” program.
Colts, Saints get head start
NFL season to kick off tonight at Indy
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Peyton Manning grew up in New Orleans, the favorite son in a city where his father, Archie, was considered royalty. Drew Brees grew up in Texas, an overlooked high school recruit who eventually resurrected Purdue’s image as Quarterback U. Now the New Orleans native and the Purdue favorite have changed places.
Lawrence Datebook
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
Popcorn makers drop chemical linked to ailment
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Four of the nation’s biggest microwave popcorn makers are working to remove a flavoring chemical from their products linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers while reassuring consumers about the safety of the snack.
3 senior Marines disciplined in slayings
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
A major general and two senior officers have been disciplined for their roles in investigating the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.
Lions, Firebids to tangle at YSI
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
Tonight, at Youth Sports Inc., Lawrence High and crosstown rival Free State High will fire the first shot in the battle for this year’s World Company Cup. But the Cup, given out annually to the city school that prevails the most in head-to-head clashes, is a mere subplot in a match-up that features two stingy defenses and one high-octane offense.
2 candidates killed days before election
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two candidates from Nobel Laureate and presidential hopeful Rigoberta Menchu’s political party were shot dead Wednesday amid a wave of campaign-related violence that has claimed about 50 lives.
Wrestler’s brain may hold clue to killings
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit suffered head trauma from his years in the ring that could help explain why he killed his wife, son and himself, a doctor who studied his brain said Wednesday. The analysis by doctors affiliated with the Sports Legacy Institute suggests that repeated concussions could have contributed to the killings at Benoit’s suburban Atlanta home, though there was no way to know for sure.
Gov. giving suspect’s contribution to charity
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is giving to charity a $500 contribution she received in 2006 from a major Democratic fundraiser who faces charges in California. Sebelius’ office said the contribution from Norman Hsu will go to Let’s Help, a nonprofit organization that provides programs for low-income families.
Young pageant champ has experience
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Last month in Wichita, 12-year-old Kendra Leet beat out 77 competitors and gained her crown and the National American Miss Kansas Pre-Teen title. “I was a little surprised when I won. I thought I did OK,” the Southwest Junior High seventh-grader said. A little surprised? “I was in shock, and I was crying,” she admitted. “She couldn’t even walk,” said her mother, Teri.
Case flashes other athletic talents
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
Jeremy Case, who played a lot of basketball this past summer, added some other sports to his repertoire. “I took a bowling class,” explained Case, Kansas University’s fifth-year senior guard from McAlester, Okla.”I like it a little but, but I couldn’t sit up there and bowl all day like Julian did.” He’s referring to former teammate Julian Wright, who made the Jaybowl his home away from home during his two years at KU.
Thompson joins GOP race
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Fred Thompson officially entered a wide-open Republican presidential race Thursday, vowing to invigorate a dispirited GOP and promising to thwart another Clinton from capturing the presidency. The actor and former Tennessee senator harkened to the GOP glory days of 1994 when he and other Republicans seized control of Congress and established an equal counterpoint to Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House.
Innocent plea entered in Big Dig tunnel death
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
An epoxy company blamed for a deadly ceiling collapse in one of Boston’s Big Dig highway tunnels pleaded not guilty Wednesday to manslaughter.
LHS 2nd, FSHS 4th at gymnastics meet
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High’s gymnastics team placed second and Free State fourth at the season-opening Shawnee Mission East Invitational.
Tax growth
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I read the Aug. 4 Journal-World regarding “City slowdown.” Why the despair and panic? We can’t have a beautiful, productive community without a big population growth every year? The last 12-15 years I’ve noticed with the population boom an increase in noise, pollution and traffic congestion, in addition to the increase in crime.
Math skills
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I read with interest the letter of Allen Welles in the Aug. 22 Journal-World regarding the “sub-prime” crisis in which he criticized the feds for protecting banks and lenders, but not providing cash to “these loan applicant victims.”
Officials approve replacement of Amelia Earhart Bridge
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B10
The Federal Highway Administration has approved an $88 million plan to replace the 70-year-old Amelia Earhart Bridge with a new four-lane overpass. The aging bridge on U.S. 59, which crosses the Missouri River between Buchanan County and Atchison, Kan., was similar in design to the collapsed Minnesota bridge and one of the worst rated in Kansas.
Mexico, Central America reeling from one-two punch
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A10
Doctors threw together a makeshift clinic Wednesday to tend to the injured after powerful Hurricane Felix flooded their hospital and wrecked villages on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. Remnants of the storm drenched Central America in rain and the death toll rose to at least 18 with dozens more missing.
Phils halt Mets’ win streak at five
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
Brandon Phillips broke Cincinnati’s record for homers by a second baseman, hitting a two-run shot, his 28th homer, as the Reds ended New York’s five-game winning streak. Right-hander Tom Shearn (2-0), a 30-year-old rookie relishing his long-awaited trip to the big leagues, gave up only three hits in six innings to a Mets lineup missing five of its regulars.
Student stress
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I agree with Kelly Kelin that kids are feeling very stressed and overrun by the pressures to perform and achieve. Mental health problems for kids are on the rise. Not enough attention is paid to the effects that stress has on students, families and society.
KU center offers ‘Right Start’ seminar
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present a mid-day edition of “The Right Start,” part of an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
Taste of Lawrence tickets available
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to its annual Taste of Lawrence Fall Mixer, set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Meadowbrook Apartments, northeast of Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive.
Former KBI director tapped to help tackle meth abuse
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
After more than a decade leading the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Larry Welch is taking an unusual detour to help fight methamphetamine abuse in the state. The law enforcement veteran who lives in Lawrence has become a congressional fellow in the office of Kansas Rep. Jerry Moran to offer guidance on dealing with the drug problem. “I’m just a liaison connecting law enforcement to the congressman,” Welch said Wednesday.
Horoscopes
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
You drive a hard bargain this year. You demand and command respect from others. Nevertheless, partners and associates could be a touch flakey. To conservative you, their reactions are somewhat off-the-wall at times. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone through your friends anywhere from the new year on. If you are attached, you’ll find a new warmth between you and your significant other from January on.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, also the nation’s 1936 Republican candidate for president, celebrated his 95th birthday recalling his days at Kansas University, where he had earned a law degree. Landon said he always regretted he had never practiced law but had been tantalized by the oil boom, where he made considerable money.
Chase prognosis
Handicapping the field of championship contenders
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
Now that we know, or at least almost know, who’s in this year’s Chase for the Nextel Cup, it’s time to start asking the really important question: Who’s going to win it? Well, as we head into Saturday’s Chevy 400 at Richmond, the final race before the 10-race run to the championship begins, the fact is that we keep changing our minds on who we think should be at the top of the list just about every time we think about it.
Influential Christian broadcaster dies
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Rev. D. James Kennedy, a pioneering Christian broadcaster and megachurch pastor whose fiercely conservative worldview helped fuel the rise of the religious right in American politics, died Wednesday. He was 76.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 6, 1907: “The city council has passed a resolution requiring monthly tests for city water, and then immediate public knowledge about those reports. A scientist will be employed to handle the situation so that all the rumors can be answered about the status of our water, which has been found polluted and with bacteria from time to time.
LHS tennis splits makeshift dual
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
You’ll have to forgive Lawrence High girls tennis coach Steve Hudson for getting a little flustered Wednesday afternoon when the Lions split a pair of varsity matches. LHS defeated Olathe South, 4-2, and lost to Shawnee Mission South, 4-2, on a day in which they originally were scheduled to play just one match. Hudson was preparing for his team’s dual meet at home against Olathe South when he received a call informing him the meet no longer would be a two-team affair.
B-52 bomber flies with nuclear weapons
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
Abortion opponents petition for grand jury to investigate Tiller
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Abortion opponents turned over a petition Wednesday asking for a Sedgwick County grand jury to investigate late-term abortions by Dr. George Tiller. The petition contains 7,857 signatures, nearly three times as many as necessary to convene a grand jury. Abortion foes said it took them four weeks to collect the signatures. In its petition, Kansans for Life asked that the Sedgwick County District convene a grand jury and appoint an independent prosecutor.
Apple slashes price of iPhone by $200
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Apple Inc. slashed the price of the iPhone by $200 Wednesday - a rare move for the company that typically discounts only older products. It also updated its iPod media players, introducing a model with a touch-screen and other iPhone features.
Painter pushes boundaries of native art
Solo exhibition by Norman Akers replaces canceled Lawrence Indian Art Show
September 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
For a while, Norman Akers sold art at the renowned Santa Fe Indian Market. It was the 1980s, and he’d just graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute. “I have to admit it was one of the rare times I was making a living off of my work,” Akers says. “But what I found is the work I was producing I was becoming less and less engaged with.
City wants Last Call’s license denied
Weapons violations, other safety concerns cited
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
The battle stage is set. Lawrence city leaders Wednesday took the first steps to officially ask state regulators to not renew the license of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call. Mayor Sue Hack sent a letter to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control unit requesting a hearing be held to determine whether the license of Last Call, 729 N.H., should be renewed in November, when its one-year liquor license is set to expire.
Edsel history is a reminder that quality counts
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Leaving no talent untapped in its quest for perfection, the Ford Motor Co. asked Marianne Moore, one of America’s foremost poets in the 1950s, to suggest a name for the product it would debut in late summer, 50 years ago. She replied: “May I submit Utopian Turtletop? Do not trouble to answer unless you like it.” Ford instead named the product for Henry Ford’s late son, Edsel. The Edsel would live 26 months.
Stage set for shareholder showdown
Breeden bid to replace board members adds drama to today’s meeting
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
This year’s annual meeting of H&R Block Inc. shareholders would be an anxious affair under normal circumstances. The Kansas City, Mo.-based tax preparer’s stock price is down 19 percent from its 52-week high of $24.95 and slightly below where it was a year ago. Last week, the company said its planned sale of subsidiary Option One Mortgage Corp. was in jeopardy, bad news as investors have hoped to jettison the struggling operation that pushed the company to post a $433.6 million annual loss.
Big 12 removes interim tag from Beebe
Conference’s new commissioner vows to keep fans on cutting edge of technology
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Dan Beebe was hired as Big 12 Conference commissioner Wednesday with an eye toward reaching fans with newer technologies and making new revenues. Beebe was awarded the job permanently after taking the job in an interim role in July. The Big 12’s chief operating officer since joining the conference in 2003, he emerged from a field of five finalists to become the third commissioner of the 12-year-old conference.
Fort Riley soldier among eight killed
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
The U.S. command on Wednesday announced the deaths of eight more American soldiers - some victims of a weapon the American command believes comes from Iran. Three of the American soldiers were killed and two were wounded after their Humvee was hit Tuesday with an explosively formed penetrator, a type of bomb that the U.S. alleges Iran has been supplying to Shiite militias. Iran denies the accusation.
Dream tickets run the gamut
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
As the 2008 U.S. presidential race shifts into higher gear this week, are Americans’ preferences any clearer? In a column several months ago, I asked readers to identify “dream teams” among the existing Republican and Democratic candidates or to create their own. Nearly 500 people have responded by e-mail, telephone and regular mail. Obviously, the results are not scientific, but they certainly reflect tremendous diversity of thinking and imagination.
New policies lead to larger number of dismissed students
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Stricter probation and dismissal policies in Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences led to dismissal of 884 students last year. That’s about 350 more than the year before. Kim McNeley, the college’s assistant dean for student academic services, said the new policy benefits students. “I’ve seen students take more than 200 hours just to try to get their GPA up to a point where they could graduate,” she said.
Summer enrollment at KU slightly down
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Summer enrollment at Kansas University was down slightly this year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the registrar’s office. Overall, 7,603 students were enrolled in classes taught at the Lawrence campus, down 150 from the year before.
Ohio congressman found dead in home
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rep. Paul Gillmor, a Republican whose political career covered four decades, has died, party officials said.
Oncology Fair scheduled for Wednesday evening
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Information about the latest in cancer treatments will be on display during an oncology nursing fair, set for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.
Some Darfur refugees allowed citizenship
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Israel will grant citizenship to some of the hundreds of Muslim refugees from Sudan’s violence-ridden Darfur region who have already arrived, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said Wednesday.
Prairie jewels
Expert treasures what’s left of the state’s indigenous landscape
September 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Some people don’t appreciate the glorious rolling hills of the Kansas landscape. They take the scenery for granted - a blip on the radar from the Rockies to the Ozarks. But for others, the area is one of Mother Nature’s greatest feasts for the eyes, rivaling the towering Tetons or the crashing force of Niagara Falls.
On the Record
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Condition reports¢ Law enforcement report¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls
Germany, Denmark arrests show al-Qaida influence in Europe
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Three suspects allegedly trained in Pakistan by an al-Qaida-linked group have been arrested for plotting massive car bomb attacks on U.S. troops and other Americans near U.S. military bases and German airports, authorities said Wednesday.
Republicans urge Craig to stick to decision to quit
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has infuriated his GOP colleagues by deciding he may stay in office if he can undo his guilty plea to men’s room sex charges. “If he comes back, he’ll be a leper and a pariah,” a top party operative complained Wednesday. “This is the ultimate in personal arrogance.” The conservative Republican had said he intended to step down by Sept. 30 after news broke of his encounter in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.
Fossett search continues
September 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
The search for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett continued Wednesday with some false leads but no sign of the 63-year-old aviator or his plane that vanished over Nevada. Veteran pilots speculated that Fossett fell victim to the treacherous and sometimes deadly Sierra Nevada winds that squeeze through the narrow canyons. The winds are so powerful and tricky they can swirl an airplane like a leaf and even shear off a wing.
Commodities
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
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Rangers’ Padilla baffles Royals
September 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Rangers were counting on Vicente Padilla to be a key member of their rotation before injuries and ineffectiveness at the start of the season spoiled those plans.Now he’s trying to finish on a positive note.