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Retiring in Lawrence Shade Gardens The Bulldogs beat Shawnee Mission West, 30-16 National Merit Scholars
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What should the city's Transportation 2030 plan emphasize most?

Poll results

Response Percent
Automobile transportation
 
44%
Public transit
 
36%
Bicycle transportation
 
12%
Other
 
4%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 454
Are you donating to United Way this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
40%
Yes
 
30%
I donate my money elsewhere
 
26%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 263
Videos

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5:43 a.m.
Hit-and-run suspects Ramona I. Morgan, left, and daughter Sabrina J. Morgan are escorted by Osage County Sheriff's officers into the Osage County Courthouse Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007 for their first court appearance. The appearance came a day after the accident on US Highway 59 four miles south of Lawrence which left two men dead Ramona I. Morgan was ordered held on a $2 million bond and Sabrina J. Morgan ordered held on a $1 million bond at the request of Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones. Traffic violations pressed while fatality investigation continues
September 12, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The driver of a pickup truck being pursued by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper following the deaths of two highway workers on Tuesday forced one car to the shoulder and tried to avoid a spike strip placed by officers. Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones pointed to these factors Wednesday in Osage County court while asking that Ramona I. Morgan, 48, the accused driver, be held on $2 million bond.
9:00 a.m.
The city's professional planning staff is on board with a controversial industrial park proposal near Lawrence Municipal Airport, pictured at upper right in this aerial file photograph. But whether the city will open its checkbook to help finance the project remains a question. Proposed business park near airport hits turbulence
September 13, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The vision for a major business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport has shrunk considerably, members of the project’s development team confirmed Wednesday. “There are a lot of hurdles out there,” said Lawrence businessman Jes Santaularia, who leads the development team.
12:00 p.m.
Scott Weiss, left, the new band director at Kansas University, and David Neely, the new orchestra director, will conduct performances at the annual Collage Concert put on by the School of Fine Arts. KU music directors to make debut at Collage Concert
September 13, 2007 in print edition on 1C
The annual Collage Concert presented by the Kansas University School of Fine Arts always showcases student talent early in the academic year. This year’s concert, which is Friday, offers something more: the chance to see two high-profile music leaders take the podium for the first time in a concert setting. Both David Neely, orchestra director, and Scott Weiss, band director, are new to KU this year and will make their Lawrence conducting debuts Friday.
2:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat with Maureen Fulton of the Toledo Blade
September 13, 2007
Join us Thursday at 2 p.m., when Maureen Fulton of the Toledo Blade joins KUSports.com readers to discuss Saturday's rematch of last year's 37-31 double overtime thriller.
5:00 p.m.
Kansas receiver Dexton Fields cuts up the sidelines after catching a block in the backfield during the second half against the Lions Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 at Memorial Stadium. Jayhawks’ offense clicking
September 13, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Ed Warinner sounded like he was spouting a cliche during the summer, and maybe he was. But Kansas University’s offensive coordinator wasn’t lying when he laid out the fundamental rule of the Jayhawks’ new offensive attack: Get the ball into the playmakers’ hands.
10:00 p.m.
Traffic pushes through the 1300 block of 23rd Street on Thursday in this file photo. Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioners are asking for public comment on Transportation 2030, a federally mandated plan that spells out the area's top transportation needs. Input sought on traffic priorities through 2030
September 13, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Blankety-blank 23rd Street. The South Lawrence Trafficway. Roundabouts, roundabouts, roundabouts. Douglas County motorists, here’s your chance to do something other than just drive the roads. Community leaders want your help in planning them. City and county planners will host three meetings during the next two weeks, seeking ideas from the public on what major transportation projects or initiatives should be undertaken between now and 2030.

All stories

6News video: New indictments for owners of Yellow House store
September 13, 2007
New federal indictments are announced today by the US attorney’s office against the owners of the Yellow House store.
6Sports video: Terry Allen heads back to Kansas
September 13, 2007
Former KU head coach Terry Allen will be in Manhattan this weekend when Missouri State hits the turf against the K-State Wildcats.
6Sports video: Special teams coming up big for KU
September 13, 2007
Through the first two games of the season, the Jayhawks’ special teams unit has been nothing short of fantastic.
6News video: Aspiring musicians rock for a good cause
September 13, 2007
Contestants took turns rocking out with the video game ‘Guitar Hero’ for the Guitar Hero Corporate Challenge at Maceli’s - an event to benefit the Douglas County United Way.
6News video: Accident on Farmer’s Turnpike leaves one person still hospitalized
September 13, 2007
One person remains hospitalized tonight after a crash involving five vehicles this morning northwest of Lawrence.
6Sports video: Tongy football team hoping for first victory in home opener
September 13, 2007
The Tonganoxie football team has started the season 0-2, but hopes to change that after their home opener Friday night against Bonner Springs.
6News video: Investigators seek public input on fatal hit-and-run incident
September 13, 2007
Detectives ask for your help as they continue to investigate Tuesday’s fatal hit-and-run accident on Highway 59.
6News video: Tribute to black artists from Kansas quickly takes shape in downtown Lawrence
September 13, 2007
In the course of a week, a boldly-colored mural - commissioned by KU’s Spencer Museum of Art - has appeared to go with the museum’s ongoing Aaron Douglas exhibit.
6Sports video: Eudora football team ready for home opener
September 13, 2007
The Eudora High Cardinals kick off their home opener against Wellsville tomorrow night.
6Sports video: LHS eager for battle against SM North
September 13, 2007
The Lawrence High Lions football team is ready for their home opener against Shawnee Mission North at Haskell Stadium.
6Sports video: Free State football squad stomps Leavenworth
September 13, 2007
The Free State Firebirds shut-out the Leavenworth Pioneers by a final score of 41-0.
6News video: Douglas County looking to the future of transportation
September 13, 2007
Community leaders want to know how you want to get around Douglas County years down the road. They’re putting together the Transportation 2030 Plan.
Input sought on traffic priorities through 2030
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Blankety-blank 23rd Street. The South Lawrence Trafficway. Roundabouts, roundabouts, roundabouts. Douglas County motorists, here’s your chance to do something other than just drive the roads. Community leaders want your help in planning them. City and county planners will host three meetings during the next two weeks, seeking ideas from the public on what major transportation projects or initiatives should be undertaken between now and 2030.
6News Now: Early-morning crash sends three to hospitals
September 13, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, three people were taken to area hospitals after crash on the Farmer’s Turnpike, and details on providing input on the county’s new transportation plan.
EAT production of ‘Antigone’ transcends its ancient origins
September 13, 2007
How powerful is Sophocles’ story of war, betrayal and familial love that his “Antigone” is reborn time and again onstage?
Three hospitalized after morning pileup
One person flown by helicopter
09:08 a.m., September 13, 2007 Updated 01:20 p.m.
Sheriff Ken McGovern said it appeared that one vehicle headed west on North 1800 Road or the Farmer’s Turnpike rear-ended another vehicle. That started a chain of events that led to striking a vehicle headed south on East 800 Road. Two other vehicles headed east were also involved.
Firebirds aim to fine-tune defense
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
So much for missing last year’s seniors. Greeted all offseason with questions about which players would replace 2006 stars Ryan and Brian Murphy, Christian Ballard and a mammoth offensive line, the 2007 Free State High football offense has picked up where it left off.
In the shadows
Beat next summer’s heat by planting a shade garden now
September 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
I can hear the gardeners congregating now, hand in hand, rejoicing that the dreaded drought and heat wave of August is behind them. It was brutal. But if you’re one of those lucky people with a wooded lot and a plethora of shade, the scorching heat was no big deal. You were cool and relaxed under a canopy of green. The question is: Have you utilized the earth below that canopy?
Mixer a lesson in good taste
Lawrence educators honored at chamber event
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
Jan Hornberger joined some friends and colleagues for a Wednesday evening tour through some of Lawrence’s prominent eateries. And she wasn’t simply trying to tingle her tastebuds, either. “We’re looking for some ideas,” said Hornberger, an organizer of an upcoming communitywide cooking contest, which will be aiming to identify culinary talent through a “Dining with the Stars” format. “We want to get some tips.”
Cubans haven’t flourished
Defection no guarantee of success in United States
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Just about every Cuban boy hopes to play baseball for the national team in the Olympics. It is only when that wish is taken away - as it was from Francisley Bueno - that thoughts turn to America.
Sexson to miss 10 days
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Seattle Mariners first baseman Richie Sexson, who has missed nine of the last 11 games, has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his left hamstring and likely will be out for another 10 days.
Will open minds greet open-wheel drivers in NASCAR?
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Mario, Jacques and Juan Pablo? No, it’s not exactly going to be like the days of Richard, Cale and Dale next year in stock-car racing. This isn’t Uncle Cletus’ NASCAR anymore. That’s not a bad thing.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Tryouts for 13U Lawrence Outlaws Heinrich tournament team
September 13, 2007
Players needed for 13U Lawrence Outlaws 2008 team.
Jayhawks’ offense clicking
Offense’s outburst no surprise for players
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ed Warinner sounded like he was spouting a cliche during the summer, and maybe he was. But Kansas University’s offensive coordinator wasn’t lying when he laid out the fundamental rule of the Jayhawks’ new offensive attack: Get the ball into the playmakers’ hands.
Full house trumped
Jayhawks fall to Wildcats in three games
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Despite having a rare opportunity to play in a packed gym in front of a raucous home crowd, the Kansas University volleyball team fell to 19th-ranked Kansas State, 30-20, 30-21 and 30-26, in the Big 12 opener for both squads Wednesday night at Horejsi Center.
Woodling: Michigan lousy venue
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
You won’t catch me shedding any tears over the current plight of Michigan University’s football team. I’ve had no love lost for the Wolverines since way back in September of 1979, when Kansas traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., and the UM athletic department treated me like : well, let me tell you about it.
A winning strategy?
Chase teams debate best approach to title
September 13, 2007
Fast start or frantic finish? All-out push or steady as she goes? As the Chase for the Nextel Cup begins with Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, the 12 drivers gunning for this year’s championship don’t really know yet what they need to do to wind up where Jimmie Johnson is right now - at the top of the standings.
Our Town Sports
September 13, 2007
Dodgers going Hollywood to celebrate 50th anniversary
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Dodgers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2008, with a float in the Rose Parade and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Putin fires P.M., gives support to surprise nominee
September 13, 2007
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday replaced his long-serving prime minister with an obscure Cabinet official - a surprise move that could put him in the running to succeed Putin in next year’s presidential election.
Foot-and-mouth disease found in more cattle
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Authorities confirmed a new foot-and-mouth outbreak on the outskirts of London on Wednesday, just days after the government lifted livestock restrictions following the appearance of the devastating disease last month.
Governors to push state action on global warming
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Governors want to expand state regulation of greenhouse gases in hopes of increasing pressure for federal action on global warming, the chairman of the National Governors Association said Wednesday.
City debates strict order for fast food
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
As America gets fatter, policymakers are seeking creative approaches to legislating health. They’ve been entering the school cafeteria - and now they’re eyeing your neighborhood.
House majority leader says 2nd Boyda win tough but possible
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B12
U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on Wednesday acknowledged that U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, faces a tough re-election challenge but said she can do it. “She is a perfect person to be re-elected in this district,” said Hoyer, who attended a fundraiser for Boyda and appeared at a joint news conference with her at Topeka High School.
Common gorillas now ‘critically endangered’
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The most common type of gorilla is now “critically endangered,” one step away from global extinction, according to the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species released Wednesday by the World Conservation Union.
Buildings at former Sunflower site burned
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two controlled burns of buildings at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant south of De Soto on Wednesday created a smoke plume that could be seen for miles in either direction on Kansas Highway 10.
Thanks for caring
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Because of circumstances beyond my control, I am writing this letter to the editor for maximum readership. I would like to thank the four or five KU students and one instructor who took time to stop and assist me when I unfortunately took a tumble down the concrete stairs between Murphy Hall and the Art and Design Building last Wednesday around 10 a.m.
Democrats reject general’s plan
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
A day before President Bush’s war address, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general’s recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and sought legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. forces.
Ortiz drives in five, slays D’Rays
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that barely cleared the low wall in right field to give Boston a victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Ortiz homered twice and drove in all five runs as the Red Sox held their five-game lead over New York in the AL East. The Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night.
Ignoring history
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: As I watched Gen. Petraeus before the joint congressional committee trying to make the case for staying in Iraq, I saw evidence of an administration ignoring history. There he sat, referring to chart after fleeting chart, speaking of “ethno-sectarian violence,” “counterinsurgency operations” and “cyberspace initiatives,” all pulled like plums from a basket of military jargon.
SLT tactics
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: As someone who has been involved with many others for a decade now to curtail this SLT idiocy, the actions of some Douglas County commissioners and the Federal Highway Administration don’t surprise me. A decade ago, this county had to be sued in federal court to follow federal guidelines for this proposed roadway.
Horses killed, riders injured during race
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two horses are dead and three women injured after an accident in central Kansas during The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race.
Blue Jays 3B Glaus out rest of season
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a nerve in his left foot, the latest blow in an injury-filled season that has also included accusations he received performance-enhancing drugs.
3 arrested trying to sell catfish bait as heroin
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A12
Three people who mixed vinegar with catfish bait and tried to sell it as heroin got hooked by undercover officers. Authorities said the three also tried to sell fake LSD. John Burke, director of the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force, said he didn’t know what might happen if someone actually injected a bait-vinegar concoction. Authorities don’t know whether anyone else bought the counterfeit drug.
70-year-old charged with stealing luxury car
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A12
Time served and well behaved, but maybe too old to change. Edward Magenheimer, 70, was out of Westchester County jail for less than 24 hours when he was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing a luxury car left running outside a deli, police said. Magenheimer was spotted about 6:20 a.m. driving the white car in the suburbs about 20 miles north of Manhattan and was taken into custody, police Sgt. John Barbelet said.
Mets clip Braves, pad East lead
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and New York tightened its grip on first place in the NL East on Wednesday night. Marlon Anderson homered off John Smoltz to help the Mets win for the 10th time in 12 games. They padded their division lead to seven games over second-place Philadelphia, which was routed by Colorado.
House leader calls Bush’s troop cutbacks inadequate
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., was in Topeka on Wednesday, and criticized as inadequate the partial troop drawdown endorsed by President Bush. According to news reports, Bush has said he will implement a recommendation from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, to decrease the number of U.S. troops by 30,000 by next summer. That would bring the level down to about the same number of troops that were there before Bush ordered a surge earlier this year.
Mattel says it could have done better on toys
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Acknowledging that “we are by no means perfect,” Mattel Inc. CEO Robert Eckert said Wednesday the company could have done a better job overseeing subcontractors in China that produced more than 21 million recalled toys.
Tiller loses bid to stop grand jury
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
A federal judge has refused to block the seating of a Kansas grand jury sought by abortion opponents to look into whether Dr. George Tiller broke state law on late-term abortions. “Frankly, I’m reluctant to jump into the middle of something that is essentially a state matter,” U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten said Tuesday. “The odds that any appellate court would uphold any injunction in this case would be pretty remote.”
Bulb bill could save country billions
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
It’s a bright idea: Get one of the Senate’s biggest skeptics of the causes of global warming to co-sponsor legislation that encourages conservation. So when Democrats wanted to pass a bill to phase out old-style incandescent light bulbs and require that Americans replace them with more energy-efficient models, they turned to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens for some GOP support.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
September 13, 2007
Lawrence voters were to be asked Nov. 28 to approve a $2.16 million bond issue calling for two new fire stations, a central city warehouse-garage and construction of a new municipal airport west of the city. County assessors were planning to use a new mail method to determine personal property valuations.
Proposed business park near airport hits turbulence
Development proposal scaled back because of neighbors’ opposition
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
The vision for a major business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport has shrunk considerably, members of the project’s development team confirmed Wednesday. “There are a lot of hurdles out there,” said Lawrence businessman Jes Santaularia, who leads the development team.
Bulldog freshmen run over Lancers
September 13, 2007
The Southwest Bulldogs freshman football team used a solid running game to outlast the Shawnee Mission East Lancers, 30-16, on Wednesday at Southwest Junior High.
Kansas schools may not reach target
KU graduate calls law’s goal unrealistic
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
In education, 2014 is the year when no child shall be left behind. Schools across the nation will be striving to have 100 percent of students meet or exceed grade-level standards for reading and math that year, according to the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind act. But a recent Kansas University graduate says that it will be extremely difficult for most Kansas high schools to achieve and that he has numbers to support his opinion.
Democrats unhappy with potential A.G. nominee
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Senate Democrats will block Ted Olson from succeeding Alberto Gonzales as attorney general if President Bush nominates him, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.
Investigation: Produce inspection never improved after outbreak
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Government regulators never acted on calls for stepped-up inspections of leafy greens after last year’s deadly E. coli spinach outbreak, leaving the safety of America’s salads to a patchwork of largely unenforceable rules and the industry itself, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Misguided critics
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I read with interest the Sept. 8 editorial criticizing athletic director Perkins and Chancellor Hemenway for not addressing coach Mangino’s outburst against Raimond Pendleton. My question is, why should they? This was a teaching moment between a coach and a player.
Student loans to be more affordable
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Congressional officials and educators Wednesday touted passage of a historic increase in student aid, saying it will help a generation of Americans access higher education. The increase in Pell Grants, reduction in interest rates for federal loans, and breaks for students who become public employees are part of the largest increase in student aid since the GI Bill of 1944, officials said.
Lawrence Datebook
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
Michigan, Notre Dame down to size
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
There’s more laughing than loathing as we approach Surreal Saturday. A winless Michigan facing a winless Notre Dame for the first time provides irrefutable evidence that God has a sense of humor. Both programs find comfort in their delusions. Both believe that this week’s criticisms and catcalls are a by-product of envy rather than honest assessments that maybe, just maybe, neither is as good as its reputation. This week proves there is justice.
Troops kill 4 rebels after foiled bomb plot
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Turkish troops killed four Kurdish guerrillas in a southeastern province Wednesday, a day after police defused a bomb in the capital that authorities believe may have been planted by separatist rebels.
Lack of funds forces food pantry cutbacks
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence food pantry will be reducing its service as it works to find new finances to keep up with demand for food. Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry will temporarily close its Thursday food pantry, organizers of the pantry wrote in an e-mail to supporters.
As casualties rise, so do Kansans’ doubts
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Rancher Ralph Brooks sat in a barber chair and defined a quandary that Gen. David H. Petraeus hoped to resolve during his much-anticipated testimony to Congress. “We can’t stay, and we can’t leave,” said Brooks, 58, a steadfast supporter of President Bush and of conservative Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly. “If we just cut and run, it’d show the world we don’t have the stomach for it. I don’t know that I have the stomach to see these guys die, but you can’t just cut and run.”
Lawrence students named semifinalists in National Merit program
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
Twenty Lawrence students were named semifinalists Wednesday in the 53rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
False alarm leads to evacuation
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence and Douglas County Fire & Medical Services responded to a fire alarm at Woodlawn School on Wednesday during its after-school program. Staff and students evacuated the building. It was determined that the alarm malfunctioned. District facilities staff are checking the alarm system. Parents of students in the after-school program will be notified of the evacuation.
Lawrence High tennis shows improvement
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team took sixth place out of 10 teams at Topeka High on Wednesday.
Fort Riley adviser, soldier die overseas
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two sergeants assigned to Fort Riley died overseas, the military announced Wednesday. One was an airman and adviser in Afghanistan and the other was an Army soldier serving in Iraq.
Royals won’t lose 100
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Kansas City Royals aren’t going to lose 100 games this season, and manager Buddy Bell isn’t surprised at all. Gil Meche won for the first time in almost two months, David DeJesus and Mark Teahen homered, and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 Wednesday to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Allen Press earns United Way Pacesetter Superstar award
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The United Way of Douglas County’s fundraising campaign hit the ground running Wednesday morning, as leaders unveiled pledges of $458,284 toward the $1.7 million goal. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” said Chuck Warner, a campaign co-chairman with his wife, Karen. United Way leaders announced how much area businesses had raised during their recent pacesetter campaigns at the Kickoff Breakfast at the Adams Alumni Center at Kansas University.
LHS 1st at home quad
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B7
Lawrence High placed first and Free State fourth at the LHS gymnastics quadrangular on Wednesday. The Lions scored 101.6 points to runner-up Olathe South’s 97.25. O-North had 95.1 and Free State 90.8.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 13, 1907: “There were more than 100 students enrolled in a single day yesterday at the university even though regular registration does not begin until next week. The new rules allow earlier enrollment .
Patriot Guard welcomes Marine home
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
When Taylor Sneed’s plane landed Saturday at Kansas City International Airport, he expected to see his family. He got that and a lot more. Sneed, who grew up in Tonganoxie and is a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, was returning home after a seven-month deployment to Iraq. Sneed’s wife, parents and grandparents greeted him at the terminal. Then, he stepped outside and saw 42 motorcycles and six cars full of people waving American flags, honking their horns and cheering.
Still a democracy?
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: President Bush and General Petraeus have decided that we need to stay in Iraq, and the surge is showing progress. And they say that we are sacrificing lives and spending billions so that we can sustain a democracy like our very own in Iraq.
Belichick bemoans spy flap
Pats’ coach walks out of news conference
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
This videotape needs no interpretation: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked out of his news conference Wednesday when pressed repeatedly about the sideline spying scandal that landed him on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s crowded docket.
Helmet laws
If Kansas officials are concerned about the rising fatalities of motorcyclists, they should reconsider the state’s helmet laws.
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
A recent Associated Press article noted the increase in the number of motorcyclists dying on Kansas roads. There were 64 motorcyclist fatalities last year, double the number in 2001. Kansas also was above the national average for such fatalities. Motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of the 468 people who died in Kansas traffic accidents last year, compared with the national average of 11 percent.
U.S. will host meeting on Iran sanctions
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
The Bush administration said Wednesday that retreat in Iraq would cede power in the country to Iran, the U.S.-labeled “axis of evil” nation that has become the bogeyman of the Middle East.
Hurricane Humberto threatens Texas
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Humberto strengthened into a hurricane early today as it edged toward the Texas coast, packing 80 mph winds and promising more rain and possible flooding to a state coming off one of the wettest summers in more than 50 years.
Chipper Jones out again
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Chipper Jones missed his third straight start for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night because of a strained muscle on his right side.
Israeli troops stage limited Gaza incursion
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Israeli ground troops entered the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, a day after rocket fire from the Palestinian territory wounded dozens of Israeli soldiers. But the military described the incursion as routine and said it was not part of a large-scale mission.
American Family agent wins monthly award
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
Ron King, an agent for American Family Insurance in Lawrence, has been named Kansas District Agent of the Month for August, the third month he has won the award that is based on total new business generated.
Study shows investment-seminar dangers
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
In my house, my children know they will receive a harsher punishment for a lie used to cover up a misdeed than for the offense itself. This also should be the rule for those increasingly popular so-called educational investment seminars or workshops. If these gatherings - often with a free lunch or dinner included - promise that you won’t get pitched a product but then the organizers try to sell you something, this should be grounds for double trouble. They should be punished for the lie by losing any chance of doing business with you.
Dates set for N.Y. finales
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Yankee Stadium is set to play host to its final regular-season game on Sept. 21, 2008, with New York playing Baltimore. Shea Stadium will hold its regular-season wrapup a week later, on Sept. 28 against Florida.
Technology association sets September picnic
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Lawrence Technology Association will be serving up burgers, brats, pasta salad, potato salad, baked beans, chips, beverages and dessert during the organization’s September picnic, set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the west shelter at “Dad” Perry Park, 1200 Monterey Way.
KU music directors to make debut at Collage Concert
Band, orchestra conductors working together to build programs
September 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
The annual Collage Concert presented by the Kansas University School of Fine Arts always showcases student talent early in the academic year. This year’s concert, which is Friday, offers something more: the chance to see two high-profile music leaders take the podium for the first time in a concert setting. Both David Neely, orchestra director, and Scott Weiss, band director, are new to KU this year and will make their Lawrence conducting debuts Friday.
Romney staff understands hurdles ahead
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
At the waterfront headquarters of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, the passage of Labor Day marked a major milestone in his long-standing strategy for winning the Republican nomination. The former Massachusetts governor approached the challenge of his dark-horse candidacy with the mind-set of a corporate turnaround specialist - the work he did for years at Bain Capital. As a venture capitalist, he set specific goals and a timetable - and so far, he is on track.
Minstrel leads students downtown to after-school pizza party, painting
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
When the school bell rings at Lawrence junior high schools on early-dismissal Wednesdays, students are free to head any direction they please. Members of the GaDuGi SafeCenter hope to guide youngsters to Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. The agency is providing an after-school program in a supervised and structured environment, said Christie Dobson, youth and adult outreach coordinator for GaDuGi, an organization that promotes violence prevention.
People in the News
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Jon Stewart selected to host Academy Awards¢ Led Zeppelin will reunite for tribute concert¢ Beyonce, J.Lo and Gwen top ‘best-dressed’ list¢ Meg White feeling ill, Stripes cancel dates¢ Foxy Brown’s manager: Rapper isn’t pregnant¢ Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against Lohan
It pays to goof off like Einstein
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A11
I’ll bet you’re reading this at work - and feeling guilty about it. Rest easy. You are not alone. A recent survey found that the typical American worker wastes slightly more than two hours a day, not including lunch and scheduled breaks. The insurance industry is particularly rife with time wasters (can you blame them?) and Missouri, for reasons not entirely clear, is the state with the highest percentage of slackers.
Fall’s the time to control next year’s weeds
September 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
Winter annual weeds sprout now, overwinter and begin active spring growth before all else. Seeds have dropped to the soil and are just waiting to flourish. At the first drop of moisture, or even heavy dew, they start to come alive. They will soon become visible as small seedlings. When these reach the flowering stage, early next spring, they may be next to impossible to control. Now is the most effective, easiest and least expensive control opportunity.
104-year-old still delights in state fair
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
Her hearing has faded, and her eyesight has dimmed. But Bertha Wipf, 104, a resident of Wesley Towers Retirement Center, wasn’t about to let those two small details keep her from making her annual trip to the Kansas State Fair. “I’ll just see the fair through the eyes of Jenni,” Wipf said, naming Jenni Pope, the staff member who accompanied her to the fair last year. “She wheels me around and tells me what things are.”
2 powerful earthquakes strike Indonesia; small tsunami reported
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The second powerful earthquake in as many days shook western Indonesia today, collapsing buildings in a coastal city and triggering tsunami alerts around the region. At least nine people were killed and 49 injured in the twin tremors, which caused tall buildings to sway in at least three countries.
Troop levels likely to remain above 130,000
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
More than 130,000 U.S. troops are likely to remain in Iraq next summer after the withdrawal of five combat brigades, military officials familiar with U.S. deployments said Wednesday. U.S. Iraq commander Army Gen. David Petraeus told Congress in testimony earlier this week that he would recommend that the number of combat brigades in Iraq be reduced by next July, and President Bush is expected to endorse that proposal in a nationally televised speech today.
Terror battle lacks urgency
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A11
If you’re looking for a true sign of how far we’ve come since 9/11, skip the new video from Osama bin Laden and focus on the police bust of terror plotters in Germany last week. The basic facts of the case - the nature of the plot, who was behind it and the fact that the good guys won - tells you what you need to know about how we’re doing. My scorecard sees some good signs, but not nearly enough for us to win. And remember, there can be no ties in this war.
Leader to quit amid scandals, dispute
Abe treated for exhaustion after announcement
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Japan’s prime minister was treated at a hospital for exhaustion today, a day after he announced he would quit amid failure at the ballot box and a political brawl over the country’s aid to U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.
On the Record
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls
Commodities
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
¢ Chicago markets¢ Local markets¢ Nonferrous metals
Deadline approaches for Chamber Day
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
Members of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the general public have until Friday to register for Chamber Day at Kansas Speedway.
U.S. deaths rise by 50,000 in ‘05 after sharp decline
Life expectancy increases, however
September 13, 2007 in print edition on A12
The number of deaths in the United States rose in 2005 after a sharp decline the year earlier, a disappointing reversal that suggests the 2004 numbers were a fluke. Cancer deaths were also up. U.S. health officials said they believe the drop in deaths seen earlier may have been because of 2004’s unusually mild flu season. Deaths from flu and lower respiratory disease jumped in 2005.
Always Sunny’ always demented
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., FX) enters its third season. “Sunny” makes the most of its arrested development. Its cranky misanthropy and “can-you-top-this” gross-out scenarios have the dank aroma of an all-night poker game between aging fraternity brothers.
Businesswomen’s group plans Lawrence meeting
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Business & Professional Women of Kansas will conduct an organizational meeting Sept. 20 in Lawrence.
Horoscopes
September 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
Learn to be the diplomat. Others seem to want and demand control. It might be wise to learn to lie back. Your ability to make money is enhanced by your sixth sense. Buy a lottery ticket or two, but don’t take any unusual risks. If you are single, you could meet that special someone toward the end of 2008. If you are attached, you’ll both gain from frequent getaways together.