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3:54 a.m.
Lawrence resident Chuck Benedict, 81, reads to his one-year-old great granddaughter Finley LaDuke on Friday at their home. Two years ago Benedict moved in with his granddaughter Sarah LaDuke and her husband, Aaron LaDuke. Benedict explained that he has cherished the time he has spent with them. Grandparents share tidbits of wisdom with younger generation
September 9, 2007 in print edition on 11A
Lawrence grandparents offer some food for thought to younger generations. Here’s what they had to say:
1:00 p.m.
Susan Earle, curator of European and American art at the Spencer Museum, organized "Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist," the first nationally touring retrospective to celebrate the art and legacy of the Topeka native. The exhibit opens Saturday, but an opening reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the museum, 1301 Miss. Renaissance man
September 9, 2007 in print edition on 1D
Growing up in Topeka, Cyrene Holt knew that her uncle - “the artist” - was making important work in New York. “Everyone was really impressed with what he was doing,” Holt says. “But thinking that he was going to be famous or known - I don’t know if that was thought of because of the fact that black people weren’t recognized in that way.”
10:00 p.m.
KU students walk on campus Wednesday. Stricter policies led to the dismissal of 884 students last year. Some call tuition disparity unfair
September 9, 2007 in print edition on 1A
At Kansas University, tuition for in-state freshmen costs $213 per credit hour, but that hardly tells the whole story of the price of a college education. Even ignoring room and board, or required campus fees, a sizable additional cost comes from differential tuition, or course fees, which range from $13.80 per credit hour in the School of Journalism to as much as $156.80 per hour for master’s degree classes offered in the School of Business.

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6Sports video: Jayhawks 2-0 on the season
September 9, 2007
1975 was the last time a Kansas football team held back to back opponents under ten points, until Saturday. The Jayhawks were looking to start the year 2-0 for the fourth straight season against FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana.
6News video: 21-year-old KU graduate dies after accident
September 9, 2007
A KU graduate died after being injured in an accident on I-70 at the east Lawrence Interchange. The 21-year-old Auburn native Melissa Beth Evans died Saturday at Kansas University Hospital.
6News video: Haskell hosts annual Indian Art Market
September 9, 2007
If you favor a little different taste of the local art culture, across town was the place to be this weekend. Haskell Indian Nations University hosted its annual Indian Art Market.
6Sports video: KU volleyball hosts Jayhawk Classic
September 9, 2007
The Kansas Volleyball team looked to sweep the competition at the Jayhawk Classic. Off the Eagle serve, Emily Brown set up Savannah nows with the spike.
6News video: KU hosts annual Band Day
September 9, 2007
The KU marching band and area high school bands paraded through downtown Lawrence Saturday to mark the 60th Annual Band Day.
6Sports video: KU soccer still looking for win
September 9, 2007
The ladies of the Kansas soccer team are still looking for the win column.
Some call tuition disparity unfair
Provost: Higher fees may price students out of majors
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
At Kansas University, tuition for in-state freshmen costs $213 per credit hour, but that hardly tells the whole story of the price of a college education. Even ignoring room and board, or required campus fees, a sizable additional cost comes from differential tuition, or course fees, which range from $13.80 per credit hour in the School of Journalism to as much as $156.80 per hour for master’s degree classes offered in the School of Business.
Native band rouses lackluster response at Lied Center
September 9, 2007
Led by Deni Wilson on guitar with Scott Reed on bass and Rod Bradley on drums, the band creates an unusual blend of native rock and techno beat that serves Bedard’s purposes in combining her native roots with a 21st-century sound. The group is creating a noteworthy catalog of songs that reflect the couple’s social and cultural concerns and reveal their considerable combined talent.
The Fifth Quarter: Kansas 62, SE Louisiana 0
September 9, 2007
Tying up loose ends from KU’s 62-0 blanking of Southeastern Louisiana, which was the school’s first shutout since a 42-0 win over Southern Illinois in 2000.
6News video: Raven Bookstore changes ownership
September 9, 2007
It’s a changing of the literary guard for an independent bookstore born 20 years ago in downtown Lawrence. The new owners of the Raven say they’re ready to thrive in an industry where others have closed the book on book sales.
Band-day beatdown
Jayhawks rough up little Lions
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
In all aspects, Saturday’s snoozer at Memorial Stadium just wasn’t a fair fight. That was symbolized countless times in Kansas University’s 62-0 football victory over Southeastern Louisiana. The Jayhawks’ defensive line often would explode at the snap, toss the Lions’ offensive big boys aside and swarm to the football. Chaos ensued.
Analysts: Bin Laden tape all about timing
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Osama bin Laden’s latest message is a hodgepodge of anti-capitalist vitriol, impassioned Islamic evangelism and what can best be described as a twisted attempt at reconciliation: Join us, or we’ll kill you.
Pavarotti receives last ovation during funeral
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D5
Luciano Pavarotti received a final, tearful standing ovation after a recording of the great Italian tenor singing a duet of “Panis Angelicus” with his father was played during a somber funeral service Saturday in his hometown cathedral.
Horoscopes
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D5
You make waves this year. So much mental activity results in a transformed individual (you) who approaches life quite differently. Your daily life becomes more inspiring by the end of this birthday year. If you are creative, your abilities will surge in 2008. Single Virgos could develop a very important relationship in 2008. If you are attached, your sweetie will become more unpredictable.
No. 9 V-Tech unravels at LSU
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C9
LSU didn’t need any small-school sacrificial lambs on its early season schedule to post a couple of gaudy blowouts. No. 9 Virginia Tech couldn’t stop the second-ranked Tigers any more than some pushover could.
Lane lifts A&M in 3OT
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Texas A&M turned to its powerful running back to stave off Fresno State on Saturday. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for two of his four touchdowns in the second and third overtimes as the 23rd-ranked Aggies beat the feisty Bulldogs, 47-45, in the first three-OT game in A&M history.
How they scored
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
A rundown of when the coring happened.
MVP Brown lifts KU to crown
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s volleyball team closed out its non-conference schedule with an emphatic sweep - 30-17, 30-24, 30-28 - over Morehead State on Saturday in Horejsi Center to claim the Jayhawk Invitational crown.
Baker rolls in old duds
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Baker University’s home football opener had a new-school-meets-old-school feel about it Saturday at Liston Stadium. On the same day that the school unveiled a new, sleeker and more colorful Wildcat mascot with bright orange fur to match Baker’s helmets, the football players wore black jerseys and pants like the Wildcat teams of the early ‘90s.
Synagogue auctions off seats for $1.8 million
September 9, 2007
Just in time for the Jewish high holidays, two lifetime front-row seats to services at a synagogue here are being auctioned off on eBay. The bidding starts at $1.8 million.
Surprise for repo man as tot tumbles out of car
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A repossession crew got a surprise when a 4-year-old boy leaped out of the sport-utility vehicle they were towing away.
The Graduate’ turns 40
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D7
Here’s a fact that may make baby boomers do a spit take while sipping their tall skim lattes: “The Graduate” is 40 years old. Yes, the film that encouraged a generation of young moviegoers to rebel against their parents’ “plastic” values has hit middle age.
Modern copies of painted furniture available again
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D4
American furniture made with painted decorations is nothing new. From the days of the early 17th century until today, brightly colored paint has been used on furniture. There are three types of painting: plain overall color; painting that imitates wood, marble or other finishes; and “fancy” painting that’s imaginative.
Immigration enforcement debate muddies farm bill
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Consumers could see the price of fruits and vegetables double if the nation does not address a looming farm labor shortage in the wake of tightening immigration enforcement, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said Saturday.
Zambrano gives Cubs strong outing
September 9, 2007
Carlos Zambrano pitched himself out of an extended slump with one of his best starts of the season, limiting Pittsburgh to two hits and a run over six-plus innings.
Eudora mother raising funds to help save infants
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
Aubrey Brooks wants people to have answers. Earlier in the year, she lost a child during what seemed like a normal pregnancy. At the time, she had no answers. “Everything seemed to be going good,” said Brooks, of Eudora.
Space odyssey
Veteran NBC reporter’s new book details his singular coverage of 50 years of spaceflight
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D3
Only one person on the planet has covered every manned launch out of Cape Canaveral and now, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of spaceflight, he’s written a book about it.
Capability is more important than electability
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Bill Clinton made a provocative aside while campaigning for his wife last week, and it bears some examination. “This electability thing is a canard; it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans,” the former president said in Portsmouth, N.H. “What you need to figure out is, who would be the best president.”
Trade should top Democratic debate
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
This is the first question I would ask the top Democratic presidential hopefuls at today’s first-ever Spanish-language television presidential debate in Coral Gables, Fla.: How can you claim to be pro-Hispanic and at the same time oppose free-trade deals with Latin America that would benefit both U.S. Hispanics and their native countries?
McCain regaining campaign momentum
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Two hours before Fred Thompson formally entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his old friend John McCain turned in the kind of performance that once would have kept Thompson from running.
Kansas Football Notebook
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University junior Aqib Talib, the recipient of a 36-yard touchdown catch Saturday, has four career catches now - a three-yard reception last week, and touchdowns strikes of 42, 49 and 36 yards in each of KU’s last three games dating to last season.
Jars of dead snakes, birds found in luggage
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Airport security officers are used to finding strange critters while screening luggage, they just don’t encounter the kind that have venom too often.
Education funding
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I sent a letter regarding the predatory lending practices of some lenders to which Leonard Gehrt replied. My theme was that government had not done anything to help the borrowers, only the banks and corporate lenders who had preyed on people uneducated in the mortgage system.
Woman sues judge for word restrictions in trial
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
The woman at the center of a sexual assault case has sued the judge who dismissed the case because he barred the word “rape” and other words from being used during the trial.
Lawrence Datebook
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence
Bankruptcies
September 9, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Japanese man retains air guitar championship title
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A12
A Japanese man out-“played” challengers to win the Air Guitar World Championship for the second consecutive year at a contest in northern Finland. Ochi Yosuke received the highest score from a panel of judges in the final late Friday at the Teatria rock club in Oulu, Finland, near the Arctic Circle.
Southwest Kansas towns plan summit
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
What southwest Kansas cities tend to lack is a sense of perspective - at least, according to Liberal Mayor Larry Koochel. Through the efforts of Garden City Mayor Reynaldo Mesa, the leaders of Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal are tentatively planning to form ties that were abandoned in decades past.
Ang Lee’s NC-17-rated film wins top award
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D5
Taiwan-born Ang Lee’s erotic spy thriller “Lust, Caution” won the Venice Film Festival’s top award Saturday, two years after he captured the same prize here with “Brokeback Mountain.”
Tigers keeping hopes alive
September 9, 2007
Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning to help Detroit beat Seattle and move two games ahead of the Mariners in the American League wild-card race.
Student found alive after being trapped in ravine
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
James McCormick drove by a ravine near his Laurel, Md., home many times in the week since his 18-year-old son disappeared, oblivious to the fact that his son lay trapped in a car wreck below.
Latinos anticipate historic debate
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Would that 1984 presidential debate have been as memorable, or as decisive, if Walter Mondale had fixed Gary Hart with an exasperated glare and demanded: Donde esta el bistec? We could find out tonight when eight Democratic candidates square off in Miami in the first nationally televised debate en español.
Planned unit rotations will provide opportunity for troop reductions
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
As military units move in and out of Iraq over the next six months, the planned rotations provide commanders with opportunities to reduce troop levels. One chance could come as early as January.
Car bombing at barracks kills at least 28 officers
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
A car bombing killed 28 coast guard officers in Algeria on Saturday, just days after a blast ripped through a crowd waiting for the president. Both suspected al-Qaida-linked attacks targeted symbols of the government as it tries to wipe out an Islamic insurgency.
Best-Sellers
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D3
The best-selling books this week.
Officials: Sen. Hagel will not seek third term
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a persistent Republican critic of the Iraq war, intends to announce Monday he will not seek a third term, according to Republican officials.
Eudora High grad earns medal for service in Iraq
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
Former Eudora resident U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Kurt Hopson has been commended a second time for his service in the armed forces. Hopson served with the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) and received a Purple Heart last year for an injury he suffered during his 2004 deployment to Iraq. This year, Hopson was given the Bronze Star.
City up in arms over hookless statue
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
The swashbuckling sea captain who helped found America’s first permanent English settlement lost his right arm in battle nearly two decades earlier - but you wouldn’t know it to look at the two-armed statue on the campus of the university named for him.
First lady Laura Bush has successful surgery
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
First lady Laura Bush underwent surgery Saturday to relieve pain from pinched nerves in her neck. The White House said the procedure was successful.
Robinson to lead education association
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Reginald Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, recently was elected chairman-elect of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Court considers liability in chases
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
A man who saw his wife killed when a car slammed into her car during a police chase wants to sue the Wichita Police Department for putting residents at risk by pursuing a criminal. Gabe Robbins’ case has gone to the Kansas Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments Friday. The court will decide whether his case can go to a jury. “The police are OK with the fact that she got killed,” he said. “Well, I’m not OK with it. They need to be held accountable for their actions.”
Poll: Wide skepticism ahead of assessment
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Most Americans think this week’s report from Gen. David H. Petraeus will exaggerate progress in Iraq, and few expect it to result in a major shift in President Bush’s policy. But despite skepticism about the Petraeus testimony and majority support for a U.S. troop reduction in Iraq, there has also been a slight increase in the number who see the situation there as improving.
KU graduate dies after Interstate 70 wreck
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Melissa Beth Evans, 21, Auburn, died Saturday morning at Kansas University Hospital after she was severely injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning. The accident occurred at 7:20 a.m. on Interstate 70 near the east Lawrence interchange.
Economic efforts
Lawrence’s economic development efforts could use a little revving up.
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Among all the discouraging numbers noted in a recent Journal-World story about Lawrence’s stagnant growth, the most disheartening may be the statistics related to economic development and jobs.The story listed a number of indicators that pointed to a decline in Lawrence’s population: new utility connections, new housing construction, etc. But perhaps the most telling statistic concerned jobs.
Missing girl’s parents to leave country for U.K.
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter in Portugal are to return home today, a family spokeswoman said.
From Bundy to Manson, ‘murderabilia’ hot on the Internet
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Round and chrome, it looks a lot like your average hubcap from a vintage VW Bug. But this one is special. And it’s for sale. It’s off the tan 1968 Volkswagen Beetle that Ted Bundy drove as he roamed the West in the mid-1970s murdering young women. From Washington state to Colorado to Utah, Bundy is considered among the most diabolical serial killers in U.S. history.
Man charged with impersonating fireman
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A12
James Campbell seemed to relish being a firefighter, showing up in uniform at the World Trade Center, train wrecks, the aftermaths of hurricanes, including Katrina, and wildfires. He even posed for his driver’s license photo in a Los Angeles County firefighter’s uniform.
Guitarists to open Baker University series
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D4
Baker University’s annual Artist and Lecture Series will open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium.
Recently Divorced? bury the past
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
When Jill Testa’s 20-year marriage ended in 2006, she and her husband split up their material goods “mutually and amicably.” There was just one nagging residual. What should she do with her wedding ring?
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.71 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
School daze: It isn’t like it used to be
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D8
I didn’t walk miles to school through rain and snow - only a block and a half. Husband Ray, who lived a good three miles from his country school, didn’t walk that far, either; he rode a horse. So I was surprised to learn that students who lived less than a block from granddaughter Zoe’s Missouri elementary school are bused.
Bombing strikes Shiite district of Sadr City, killing at least 15
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives-packed Mercedes near a row of stores in the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, police and hospital officials said.
Funeral chapel welcomes director
September 9, 2007 in print edition on E1
Jake Barnett is the new funeral director at Lawrence Funeral Chapel.
Studies link animal tumors to FDA-approved microchips
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients’ medical records almost instantly. The FDA found “reasonable assurance” the device was safe. A sub-agency called it one of 2005’s top “innovative technologies.”
FSHS tennis wins meet
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Jessica Wuthrich and Carly Fish won singles titles, Sierra Amon and May Simpson won in doubles, and Free State High’s girls tennis team took first place Saturday in the eight-team Hiawatha Invitational.
Former D.A. Nifong a free man again
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mike Nifong, the former district attorney who spent 24 hours behind bars for withholding evidence during the Duke lacrosse case, was released from the Durham County Detention Facility on Saturday morning to the excited utterances from the same supporters who surrounded him Friday.
Missing stars damage PGA playoffs
September 9, 2007
First off, any golf tournament with Bubba Watson and Boo Weekley in it is OK in my book. I will pull for these boys at Cog Hill to git ‘er done. A tournament with Angel Cabrera in it is also a cool thing, just as long as he doesn’t flick a cigarette butt at me. King of the world Tiger Woods has graced us again with his presence in Lemont, where I swear he could shoot a 69 left-handed.
More zebra mussels discovered
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B8
Adult zebra mussels were discovered this week at Cheney Reservoir, making Cheney the third Kansas lake contaminated with the destructive species that can cause problems for swimmers, boaters and the public water system.
6News video: Fall Arts and Crafts Fair losing interest
September 9, 2007
For 28 long years, the Lawrence Fall Arts and Crafts Fair has drawn vendors and shoppers alike to South Park. But the fair, a source of revenue for the city’s parks and Rec department hasn’t been as popular as in years past.
Renaissance man
Exhibit honors native son whose artwork became the bold signature of a new era in black culture
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
Growing up in Topeka, Cyrene Holt knew that her uncle - “the artist” - was making important work in New York. “Everyone was really impressed with what he was doing,” Holt says. “But thinking that he was going to be famous or known - I don’t know if that was thought of because of the fact that black people weren’t recognized in that way.”
Military taking on civilian duties
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Officers studying at the Army War College walk the ground at nearby Gettysburg where Pickett’s men walked across an open field under fire. They wonder, how did Confederate officers get men to do that? The lesson: Men can be led to places they cannot be sent.
FSHS girls CC 3rd, boys 6th in Omaha
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State had four athletes with top-10 finishes, propelling the Firebirds to third place on the girls side and sixth on the boys side at the Millard South cross country invitational on Saturday.
Yoga lovers bend their way to win
Regional competition victors head to L.A.
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ruby Mackinnon-Love put her hands under her heels, bent her head backward and gracefully put her chest high in the air. She was one of 24 very flexible people who bent their bodies in unimaginable ways for the Tri-State Regional Yoga Competition in Lawrence on Saturday. The contestants were from Lawrence; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; and Memphis, Tenn.
Grandparents share tidbits of wisdom with younger generation
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A11
Lawrence grandparents offer some food for thought to younger generations. Here’s what they had to say:
Mayor says he’ll keep job despite risque mail
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
A day after he vowed to resign his post if residents requested it in the wake of a risque e-mail he sent, Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal said Saturday he has received nothing but support.
Wolverines humiliated once more
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C9
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti posed for a picture on the block M in the middle of the field at Michigan Stadium, a scoreboard looming in the background. “Make sure you get the score in there,” Bellotti said.
Henin cruises to U.S. Open crown
Top seed turns back Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-3, in title match
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
Let those big-spending spectators or TV types gripe about Justine Henin’s lopsided Grand Slam final victories. She’ll take ‘em. Every last one. Capping a dominant run, the top-seeded Henin overwhelmed No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-3, Saturday night to win her second U.S. Open title and seventh major championship overall.
Lions suffer bad breaks
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Southeastern Louisiana’s football program, which netted $275,000 for playing at Kansas University, suffered a rather costly defeat Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. “It’s not worth a nickel to lose a guy like that for our season,” Mike Lucas, coach of the second-tier school, said dejectedly after a 62-0 loss to the Jayhawks.
KU fans adjust to construction’s effect on tailgating experience
New view not entirely pleasing
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Football, beer, burgers and a bunch of dirt. Tailgating just isn’t quite the same this season at Kansas University. Construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex and practice fields has changed the landscape and tailgating experience.
FSHS volleyball 6th at Missouri tourney
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High volleyball team won three of its five matches Saturday at the MoKan Invitational at Lee’s Summit West and finished sixth out of 16 teams. The Firebirds opened with two three-game thrillers against Park Hill and Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Keegan: KU has wicked WR fleet
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Sometimes talent screams so loudly it can be heard even above the shrill voices shouting that no conclusions can be reached from a mismatch as grand as the one played Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, where Kansas University buried Southeastern Louisiana, 62-0.
Bush braces for Iraq policy fight
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Bush met with wounded soldiers and military commanders Saturday before heading for the White House and a renewed fight with the Democratic-run Congress over future U.S. involvement in Iraq.
As Brazil’s rain forest burns down, planet heats up
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A10
For more than a decade, Vigilio de Souza Pereira has carved his living out of the thick Amazon rain forest around his ranch in northern Brazil. When Pereira needs more land for his crops and cattle, he cuts more virgin jungle and sets the vegetation ablaze. When the nutrient-poor soil has been depleted, he moves on and cuts down more jungle.
A-Rod tags 50th, 51st
September 9, 2007
Alex Rodriguez believes his third 50-homer season is a lot more meaningful than the first two. This time around, he’s playing for a team in a pennant race. A-Rod homered in consecutive at-bats against rookie Brian Bannister to set a single-season record for a third basemen, helping the New York Yankees overpower the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, on Saturday night.
Tick
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: Tick by Mike Penner.
Three Fort Riley soldiers killed in explosion in Iraq
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
Three soldiers from Fort Riley were killed Tuesday by an explosion in Baghdad, the Department of Defense announced Friday.
Obituary’ collection about deaths is really about lives
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D3
It’s hard to imagine overselling the importance of death to a person’s life, but listen to author Michael Largo. “The manner of death is the most concise summary and perhaps the true epitaph of a person’s life,” he writes in introducing his book, “The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died” (Harper Paperbacks, $14.95). It’s “the most poignant snapshot” of a life.
Concerns for missing Fossett mount with vast aerial search
Aviator, 63, left no clues as to landing
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Pilots brushed off a series of false sightings and scoured Nevada’s high desert Saturday as the massive aerial search for Steve Fossett grew more urgent nearly a week after the adventurer’s disappearance.
Elders share wisdom on Grandparents Day
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Grandparents have a wealth of knowledge. “My mother used to say when a grandparent dies, it’s the same as a library burning down because all of that information is stored in that grandparent’s brain, and if you haven’t tapped into that, it’s gone,” said DJ McQuade-Lancaster, daughter of Marian McQuade, founder of Grandparents Day, which is today.
KU has no takeaways
(Not that it really matters, though)
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
It’s nitpicking at its finest, so here goes: Kansas University is struggling to create turnovers. With KU’s 62-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday the second straight blowout the Jayhawks have accomplished, it’s interesting to note that the points haven’t added up by capitalizing on takeaways.
People in the News
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D5
¢ Hilton sues Hallmark over catchphrase¢ Alma mater dedicates Letterman building¢ ‘Sopranos’ actress to guest star on ‘30 Rock’
Gabrielle becomes tropical storm, heading toward N.C.
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Tropical Storm Gabrielle swirled Saturday toward North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but its promised rain and high winds weren’t enough to scare residents and vacationers away from the beach.
On the Record
September 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Condition reports¢ Emergency calls
Haskell disaster catches coach’s attention
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Seldom does soft-spoken Eric Brock raise his voice during postgame debriefings. Saturday afternoon he did. Haskell Indian Nations University’s sixth-year football coach clearly was peeved after South Dakota Tech posted a boring 17-3 victory over the tepid Fightin’ Indians.
Fishermen caught at sea during hurricane left stranded, helpless
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Cecil Clark and Manuel Vendless could see the lights from land, could see safety, when Hurricane Felix’s waves picked up their boat, slammed it deep into the ocean and spit it out into the darkness again.
Lawrence teams 4th at Emporia CC
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kelly Renfro placed fourth in the girls race, and Dylan Hedges was fifth in the boys race to pace Lawrence High’s cross country team to a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Emporia Invitational on Saturday.
Tornado tragedy hasn’t muffled band’s spirit
September 9, 2007
When a huge tornado flattened the small town of Greensburg on May 4, one of Mike Brummett’s first instincts was to ensure the safety of his 50 band students. But then it was their tubas, trombones and piccolos.
Area church prides itself on diversity, acceptance
September 9, 2007
The service at Metropolitan Community Church of Topeka begins with the singing of “Jesus Loves Me.” The standard handshake greetings, call to worship, prayer and children’s sermon follow.
Houston expects heavy dose of Larry Johnson in opener
September 9, 2007 in print edition on C12
With Larry Johnson missing most of camp because of a 25-day holdout, many expect the Kansas City Chiefs’ star runner to be limited in the opener in Houston on Sunday. The Texans are not among that group.
Presidential candidates have personal tragedy of child loss in common
September 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Presidential candidates Fred Thompson, John Edwards and Joe Biden belong to a club that no one wants to join. Each has lost a child. In their campaigns, they raise the subject of their personal tragedies only occasionally and, even then, usually in a tangential way.
Long-winded boomer notorious for leaving serial phone messages
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
I am leaving the world’s longest message in somebody’s voice mail. “Hi. It’s me, calling you back. Obviously, right? Sorry I missed you. I was getting a haircut that was WAY overdue. Can you say ‘Rip van Winkle’? But I got your message and, yes, I am interested and would love to have her contact information.
Poem’s simplicity deceptive
Flint Hills region inspires Steven Hind
September 9, 2007 in print edition on D2
For more than 25 years, Steven Hind has written poetry about life in the Great Plains and Flint Hills of Kansas, including the small towns.
Disney rediscovers Tinker Bell’s allure
T-shirts, toys and other products expand pixie’s character, but some fans not happy
September 9, 2007 in print edition on E1
Try perching Mickey or Minnie or one of the Disney princesses seductively on the rim of a martini glass, then calling it a Disney collectible poster. Forget it. Some things just can’t be mixed without looking goofy or profane.
Independent minded
New owners of The Raven to update enduring bookstore
September 9, 2007 in print edition on E1
Just because the economy’s in a downturn, credit is tight and competition on the Internet is stronger than ever doesn’t mean it’s time to close the book on independent bookstores. Or so say Kelly Barth, Lee Henry and Nora Kaschube, who are opening a new chapter in their lives as first-time business owners - by buying The Raven Bookstore in downtown Lawrence.