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Archive for Friday, August 1, 2008

Also from August 1

Births
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On the street
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Commonly Found Flora and Fauna Rescued dogs come to Lawrence Electric bikes tool around town Alternative means of travel Vegetable oil power Friends and Neighbors, August 2008 Party Gear
Podcasts
Polls
How much money have you donated to a political campaign?

Poll results

Response Percent
Zero.
 
73%
Less than $50.
 
8%
Between $101 and $500.
 
7%
Between $51 and $100.
 
6%
More than $1,000.
 
2%
Between $501 and $1,000.
 
1%
Total 1168
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Indiana Street was blocked off Thursday as firefighters responded to a house fire at 1005 Ind. A ladder truck failed to work at the scene. Ladder’s failure hinders effort
July 31, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Efforts to fight Thursday morning’s fire at 1005 Ind. were seriously hampered by the failure of a fire truck that Chief Mark Bradford had repeatedly warned city leaders about. When firefighters sought to raise the 100-foot ladder on the department’s 10-year-old aerial truck, it simply wouldn’t move. “It obviously did have an impact on our fire attack,” Bradford said. “It was significantly delayed in getting large volumes of water on the fire.”
6:00 a.m.
April Haight, 4, poses with a giant mushroom known as Bondarzewia berkeleyi, which is a polypore or shelf mushroom. The mushroom, in North Lawrence, weighs more than 15 pounds. Giant mushroom amazes Lawrence residents
July 31, 2008 in print edition on 1A
At the base of a white oak tree that stands 65 feet or so rests a 2-and-a-half-foot wide polypore mushroom. It weighs more than 15 pounds. The mushroom is uncommon in the area and has been a wonder to those who have seen it.
10:00 a.m.
Ernest Hatch welds a dash bar onto a Volvo demolition derby car as his son, James Hatch, 20, oversees the work on Wednesday evening at 19th Street Auto Recyclers, 2005 E. 19th St. The father and son plan to collide with dozens of other drivers in tonight's Demolition Derby, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at the rodeo arena at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Sparks fly as drivers gear up for today’s Demolition Derby
August 1, 2008 in print edition on 3A
It’s the grown-up version of bumper cars. The Demolition Derby crashes onto the scene of the Douglas County Fair tonight, and some local car enthusiasts are getting their vehicles ready. They have been working almost eight hours a day after work for the past three weeks.
2:00 p.m.
Reid Nelson, 47, left, and Bill Remmers, 68, both of Lawrence, have scooters and bicycles converted to run off of electric batteries. Nelson charges their electrical powered two-wheelers from a solar panel on his roof. Residents combat energy price rise with unique rides
August 1, 2008
These vehicles can’t be bought off the lot or even found hanging in the sporting goods section of big box stores. Most are labors of love, involving a little bit of grease and lots of tinkering.
6:00 p.m.
Liz Adams, a volunteer at the Lawrence Humane Society, carries in one of nearly 50 dogs that were brought to Lawrence on Friday after they were rescued from a breeder in Marshall County. Lawrence Humane Society provides shelter for dogs in animal cruelty case
August 1, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The dogs were so deprived that grass was a welcome sight. On Friday, the Lawrence Humane Society took in 49 of the 187 dogs and puppies the state seized from an unlicensed Marshall County retail breeder who endangered the dogs’ health.

All stories

Friday, August 1 weather at 10 p.m.
August 1, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, August 2 calls for a high of 97 with a low around 73.
Piper High football team has new field, offense
August 1, 2008
When the Piper High football team opens the 2008 season on September 5th against Lansing, the Pirates will show off a new field and a new offense. Andrew Baker has more from Coach Radke’s summer camp.
Community rallies to send Free State student to DC
August 1, 2008
Free State senior Paige Tremble needed your help to make a once in a lifetime trip to the inaugural celebrations come true. And you came through to put her over the top.
Earthwork” filming begins
August 1, 2008
Lawrence residents got a taste of the film industry Friday as crews began filming “Earthwork.”
Vital murder trial delayed
August 1, 2008
It will be November before evidence is heard in the murder of a Lawrence hip-hop artist nearly two years ago.
Faulty sensor blamed for fire truck breakdown
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
City commissioners can breathe a $1.3 million sigh of relief. City mechanics on Friday determined that a faulty sensor was to blame for the breakdown of a fire truck that was attempting to extinguish a house fire at 1005 Ind. early Thursday morning.
Judge sets aside default judgment in Collins civil case
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas University basketball player Sherron Collins will get a second chance to defend himself in a civil suit filed against him last year.
Regents, Kansas tribes seek to oust Haskell president
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Board of Regents at Haskell Indian Nations University wants to oust President Linda Warner, who was hired just over a year ago.
NBAF opponent: Anthrax case raises concerns
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
An opponent to bringing the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas said Friday that the recent development in the anthrax case raises new concerns about the safety of federal biodefense labs.
Lawrence Humane Society provides shelter for dogs in animal cruelty case
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
The dogs were so deprived that grass was a welcome sight. On Friday, the Lawrence Humane Society took in 49 of the 187 dogs and puppies the state seized from an unlicensed Marshall County retail breeder who endangered the dogs’ health.
Lawrence police warn public after 11-year-old girl reports solicitation
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are warning the public after a man tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into his vehicle.
KU picked 13th in USA Today Coaches’ Poll
August 1, 2008
On the heels of a 12-1 season and its first BCS Bowl victory in school history, the Kansas football team is ranked 13th in the nation in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Friday.
Residents combat energy price rise with unique rides
August 1, 2008
These vehicles can’t be bought off the lot or even found hanging in the sporting goods section of big box stores. Most are labors of love, involving a little bit of grease and lots of tinkering.
Secretary of State predicts low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Fewer than one in five Kansas voters will cast ballots in the Tuesday primary, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh predicted Friday.
Defense rests in Allen Smith murder case
10:37 a.m., August 1, 2008 Updated 04:23 p.m.
The defense has rested in the felony murder trial of a 36-year-old Topeka man accused of shooting a retired jeweler in April 2005 during a burglary at a rural Lecompton home.
Mayer: 1984 Games majestic
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
If you list your favorite occurrences and athletes in Olympic Games history, I’d probably agree with all of them - countless. Despite all the crap, corruption and criminality since the carnival began in 776 B.C., there has been indescribable nobility, dignity and excellence to far overshadow the trash and garbage, most of it human.
McCain’s moment may be past
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
Another paradise day in our old river town and we linger over supper in the backyard and talk about the dry weather and bats (Do they eat three thousand mosquitoes per night? No, says the family biologist.)
FDIC guarantees deposits, not mortgages
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seizes a bank, it reimburses most of the savers. Borrowers, however, still need to repay their mortgages.
Exxon Mobil turns record profit
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Exxon Mobil reported the fattest operating profit in U.S. corporate history Thursday but took a beating anyway - from politicians railing against Big Oil, drivers bleeding cash at the pump and investors who expected more.
People in the news
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Alicia Keys snubs out cigarette branding¢ Russert’s son to join NBC convention team¢ Spider becomes Colbert’s namesake¢ Court extends Spears’ conservatorship¢ Durning gets star on Walk of Fame
Missouri lands Dixon
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Michael Dixon, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West High, on Thursday orally committed to play basketball at the University of Missouri.
Economy posted growth in spring
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
The economy grew at a respectable pace this spring, despite the financial crisis, soaring fuel prices and moribund housing market. But as the impact of government stimulus payments fades and a boom in exports levels off, the economy is likely to face deepening challenges in the months ahead, economists said.
Rec calendar
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
A list of recreational sporting events in and around Lawrence.
Phoenix lander finds ice in Martian soil
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Phoenix spacecraft has tasted Martian water for the first time, scientists reported Thursday.
Lawsuit: Company backdated options
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
A shareholder lawsuit accuses a Kansas City, Kan., company of changing the dates on which it awarded executive stock options to maximize their returns and then attempting to cover it up.
Jayhawk football team reporting to campus
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
More than 95 Kansas University football players are expected to arrive on campus today for the beginning of training camp.
States face tough choices as budget crisis deepens
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A6
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is laying off as many as 22,000 state employees. New York’s governor is raising the possibility of selling - or more accurately, leasing - the Brooklyn Bridge. Nevada is burning through its rainy-day fund like a gambler on a losing streak. And Maryland is pinning its hopes on slot machines.
Stevens trial set to begin in September
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Thursday and received an unusually speedy trial date, which he hopes will clear his name before voters consider re-electing him in November.
Resolution professional speaks on mediation
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Patrick Nichols, partner in Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, 5200 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, recently gave a presentation at the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Baltimore.
Reds send Griffey to White Sox
Chicago may move slugger back to center field
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ken Griffey Jr. is leaving home to get back in a pennant race.
Wall headed to Baylor?
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
John Wall, the No. 1 prospect in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2009, is expected to soon commit to Baylor University, according to Rivals.com.
American League Roundup: Twins rally past White Sox
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jason Kubel’s three-run homer highlighted an unruly seventh inning. The game was stopped for several minutes when fans threw hats and baseballs onto the turf and had the White Sox running for the shelter of the dugout.
Memphis reports violation
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
The University of Memphis men’s basketball program reported a possible violation to the NCAA on Thursday.
Vital program
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In recent budget sessions, city commissioners voted to use alcohol tax income to fund law enforcement endeavors such as carding underage college kids in bars, and to cut prevention measures such as WRAP, which places social workers at every school in Douglas County.
Is Obama too good to be true?
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
John McCain and Barack Obama seem to occupy different universes. In McCain’s universe, the planets rotate around the sun in a predictable pattern. In Obama’s universe, he is the sun - and we are but minor planets revolving around his brilliant countenance.
Man found guilty in taped sex slaying, faces death penalty
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
A suburban Kansas City man was found guilty Thursday of the videotaped sexual torture and slaying of a 41-year-old woman.
Raiders hoping bats sizzle at state
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Maybe the Raiders should change their nickname to Bashers. Lawrence’s Legion baseball team will head into this weekend’s AAA state tournament in Pittsburg on an astonishing offensive roll. In their last six games, the Raiders have scored 108 runs, or a staggering 18.0 per game.
Judge: Bush aides can be subpoenaed
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Bush’s contention that senior White House advisers are immune from subpoenas, siding with Congress’ power to investigate the executive branch and handing a victory to Democrats probing the dismissal of nine federal prosecutors.
Dam road to close for work on paving
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the road atop the dam at Clinton Lake today for paving work.
Commodities
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 4 cents to $7.8375 a bushel; December corn dropped 13.75 cents to $6.075; December oats shed 7.5 cents to $3.97; November soybeans lost 1 cent to $14.04.
Sparks fly as drivers gear up for today’s Demolition Derby
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s the grown-up version of bumper cars. The Demolition Derby crashes onto the scene of the Douglas County Fair tonight, and some local car enthusiasts are getting their vehicles ready. They have been working almost eight hours a day after work for the past three weeks.
I-70 repaving set in Wyandotte Co.
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
A section of Interstate 70 is about to get a new $1.4 million layer of pavement.
Physical therapist joins orthopedic center
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery PA & Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine LLC, 1112 W. Sixth St., Lawrence, welcomes Andrea Ricke, physical therapist, to the clinical staff.
Witnesses: Passenger beheads seat mate
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Passengers aboard a Canadian bus fled in horror as a fellow traveler viciously attacked his seat mate, repeatedly stabbing him and then severing his head, witnesses said Thursday.
Karadzic skirmishes with war crimes court
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had his first skirmishes with the U.N. war crimes tribunal Thursday: He was cut short by the judge when he tried to protest his arrest, and put on notice that the prosecution will object to his demand to represent himself.
House leader likens salmonella probe to ‘Keystone Kops’ effort
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
The government bungled the salmonella outbreak probe so badly, a House committee chairman said Thursday, that federal investigators reminded him of Keystone Kops. A colleague hoped the maligned tomato can get its good name back.
Congress sends Bush bill banning lead in toys
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Senate on Thursday passed and sent to the White House legislation that bans lead from children’s toys and seeks to ensure that chemicals posing possible health problems will not end up on toys and articles that kids chew on and play with.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 1, 1908: “The YMCA boys who have been camping out at Lake View for the past eight days are back, sunburned and tan but happy. “
On the record
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
A People’s Bank employee reported $6,600 in assorted currency was stolen from the bank, 4831 W. Sixth St. The incident occurred between 1 p.m. July 8 and 4 p.m. July 10.
Niccum: Site explores ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today’
August 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
The phrase “post-modern” is often thrown about when discussing items such as art and music. But one could argue we are currently living in a “post-futuristic” age. The seemingly overnight change in technology this era is experiencing is far beyond what past generations encountered. (A quick look around at strolling preteens taking to their peers via hands-free devices is enough to give anybody future shock.)
Lawrence politicians back Jenkins
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lynn Jenkins has won the endorsement of two prominent Lawrence politicians in her effort to win the Republican Party nomination in the 2nd congressional district.
Allen misses scrimmage
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen did not travel with the Minnesota Vikings to River Falls for their scrimmage Thursday night against his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
KSU picks firm to help find new president
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm will assist the Kansas Board of Regents in its hunt for someone to replace retiring Kansas State University President Jon Wefald.
US death toll falls to new low in July
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Seven American soldiers have been reported killed in combat in Iraq during July, by far the lowest monthly U.S. death toll of the five-year war.
Colbert’s remarks draws response
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Stephen Colbert has a standing invitation from Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to spend a night in the historic jail in Canton, Kan.
Refreshed Pollard ready for action
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
An NBA general manager in need of a 6-foot-11, 278-pound good-luck charm might consider giving free agent power forward Scot Pollard a call. “I’ve been lucky enough to be in The Finals the last two years. You sign me … you go to The Finals. That’s the angle I’m using right now,” said former Kansas University standout Pollard.
National League Roundup: Cubs complete sweep of Brewers
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jim Edmonds hit two homers, including a grand slam, and Chicago finished a four-game sweep of Milwaukee to extend its lead in the NL Central.
Energy option
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
The big thinking of a Texas billionaire might help the nation get moving toward more energy independence. T. Boone Pickens may or may not have the best plan to attack America’s dependence on foreign oil, but he deserves credit for putting forth a proposal that invites the country to break its current pattern of energy production and consumption.
Drug gives couch potatoes benefits of a workout
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Here’s a couch potato’s dream: What if a drug could help you gain some of the benefits of exercise without working up a sweat? Scientists reported Thursday that there is such a drug - if you happen to be a mouse.
Horoscopes
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
You express high energy and radiate charisma. This year, you are likely to redefine your life with your actions and decisions. If you are single, you will welcome a different type of person into your life - someone quite unique, who will be opening doors.
Military ceremony to promote KU alumna
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University alumna will be promoted from major to lieutenant colonel during an 11:15 a.m. ceremony today at the KU Memorial Campanile.
Day of Caine kicks off salute
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Turner Classic Movies returns to tradition with its Summer Under the Stars series. TCM dedicates every day in August to a single movie star and spends 24 hours screening his or her movies.
So long, farewell: Disgruntled Ramirez traded to Los Angeles
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Manny Ramirez is headed to Hollywood. The Red Sox finally parted ways with their disgruntled slugger, sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a startling, three-team trade Thursday that brought Jason Bay to Boston.Pittsburgh gave up Bay and wound up with four young players. The deal was completed just before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline for making trades without waivers.
Race moves to center stage
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
Sen. John McCain’s campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama of playing the “race card” on Thursday, a day after the Democrat said his opponent and other Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing to Obama’s “funny name” and the fact that “he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills.”
Party gear: Candidates’ images, slogans fuel fashion trend this electoral season
August 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Political T-shirts - particularly those supporting presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama - are emerging in a big way this season, transformed from the uniform of campaign workers to a definitive statement of youthful, progressive cool.
Mummy’ unravels before it begins
August 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Three Mummy movies worth of cheese and not one of them is set in Wisconsin. Do America’s dairy farmers know about this? And in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” that cheese has curdled into the dumbest, most violent Mummy yet.
Commentary: Haze, reporters draw ire in China
August 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mother Nature was always going to be a problem, because there are some things even the rulers of China can’t control. Without some timely rain and wind, Beijing’s Olympics will be viewed through a brownish soup of polluted air even though organizers did everything but mount giant fans outside the city to rid it of the haze.
Pump patrol
August 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.67 at several stations.