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Which home KU football game are you most looking forward to?

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Kansas State
Florida International (Season opener)
Texas Tech
Total 1116
Do you display your college diploma?

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I don’t have a diploma.
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Douglas County Commission races set for November
County matchups set for November contest
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Support from rural voters carried a former Douglas County district attorney to victory Tuesday in a high-profile Republican primary for a Douglas County Commission seat.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas returns to Lawrence with new award
August 5, 2008
Lawrence’s own Ms. Wheelchair Kansas comes home from a national competition with a brand new award.
Tuesday, August 5 weather at 10 p.m.
August 5, 2008
The forecast for Wednesday, August 6 calls for a high of 88 with a low around 73.
GOP’s Jordan to challenge Moore
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Nick Jordan easily won Tuesday’s Republican Party primary in the 3rd Congressional District to set up a matchup with Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, who is seeking his sixth term.
Kline loses Johnson County district attorney primary
09:03 p.m., August 5, 2008 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline trailed early Tuesday night in a Republican primary race turning on how voters felt about the notoriety he has received for investigating abortion clinics.
3 injured in rollover accident
08:30 p.m., August 5, 2008 Updated 09:55 p.m. in print edition on A5
Three people were injured in a vehicle rollover in west Lawrence on Tuesday night.
Kansas football team not backing down from expectations
Jayhawks have high hopes following 12-1 season
05:57 p.m., August 5, 2008 Updated 05:57 p.m.
Mark Mangino and the rest of the Kansas Jayhawks aren’t about to shy away from the high expectations heaped on them after completing a 12-1 season a year ago. In fact, the KU coach said his team needed to embrace its new standing as one of the favorites in the Big 12. “There is nobody outside this program that has higher expectations than the kids here,” Mangino said during media day on the KU campus Tuesday.
Swimmers find abundance of pesky horse flies this summer
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
If you have gone swimming recently, you may have noticed some unfriendly visitors. Pools have become gathering places for a large, black insect known as the horse fly.
Lawrence pool closed after water contaminated
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., was closed Tuesday because of diarrhea in the water that occurred at a morning swim event.
PolyHeme study shows synthetic blood product no better than real blood
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Hospital and KU Medical Center report that the national clinical trial for the blood substitute PolyHeme failed to show significant benefit to patients.
KUMC adds new electronic emergency notification system
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Medical Center officials are hoping a new set of emergency notification devices will better inform students in the event of an emergency.
Shawnee County sexual predator escapes from Larned State Hospital
August 5, 2008
A 50-year-old man escaped from the Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital early Tuesday morning.
Poll workers blaming heat for particularly low voter turnout
11:33 a.m., August 5, 2008 Updated 04:34 p.m.
Turnout has been light at polls in Lawrence so far this morning.
Rapist sentenced to more than 50 years in prison
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday ordered a convicted rapist to serve what amounts to a lifetime prison sentence.
Ohio man pleads guilty in Internet sex case involving Lawrence teen
August 5, 2008
A 43-year-old Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of using a computer and the Internet to entice a 14-year-old Lawrence girl to engage in sex.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
August 5, 2008
Last days to collect workouts toward you T-shirt
More Lawrence residents turning to locally grown food
Farmers’ Market sees more visitors; Community Supported Agriculture more popular
August 5, 2008
It’s a concept that many of our grandparents lived by. As generations have moved farther away from food sources, the tie between what we eat and how it got to our plate has diminished.
Town hall events might benefit Obama
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A7
As a week of name-calling and rapid responses faded into history, political practitioners seemed to agree that John McCain had diminished himself and his straight-talk brand with negative ads and petty misrepresentations. Yet, surprisingly, a consensus also seemed to be forming that Barack Obama, at least tactically, had not come out on top.
Meche, Royals hold off Red Sox
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
This is the Gil Meche the Kansas City Royals thought they were getting with the biggest free-agent contract in team history. The right-hander, who won nine games last season while getting little run support after signing a $55 million, five-year deal, earned his 10th win Monday night in a 4-3 victory over Boston.
Commentary: ESPN needs more ugly women
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
Paging an ugly woman. Please report with your microphone to Bristol, Conn. ESPN needs you so its female reporters will stop looking bad.
Bush running out of time to see nuclear deals through
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A6
President Bush is rushing the clock and running out of time as he tries to stare down nuclear threats on three fronts. Bush has seen Iran ignore a weekend deadline to say whether it will haggle with the U.S. and others worried that Iran is racing toward the bomb. And he has just days to decide whether to reward another adversary, North Korea, for inconclusive steps to get rid of weapons it already has.
Obama changes position on tapping oil reserve, drilling
Candidates emphasize means to achieve energy independence
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama put forward a broad energy plan Monday designed to end U.S. reliance on imported oil within 10 years and shore up his standing amid a tightening White House race and high anxiety over gas prices.
Officials: Anthrax scientist had decades-long obsession with sorority
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C8
His decades-long obsession with a college sorority may link a former Army biowarfare scientist to four anthrax-laced letters dropped off at a New Jersey mailbox in 2001, authorities said Monday in the latest twist of one of the most bizarre unsolved crimes in FBI history.
Double Take: Parent wants to help mentally ill ‘adult’ daughter
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes & Julia: My daughter has always been a good student, popular and well-adjusted growing up. Now that she’s past 18 she’s beginning to have mental health issues. She is severely depressed, cutting and tried to commit suicide a few days ago. How do we as parents help her?
Quiet on the set! Mass. Street gets taste of movie magic
Downtown block closes for filming
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A1
One block of downtown Lawrence became a soundstage Monday to host a film crew for a movie based on a local artist. “Earthwork” centers on a journey that crop artist Stan Herd took in 1993 to New York City, where he created a public art piece on land owned by Donald Trump on Manhattan’s west side. But that doesn’t mean the film crew will spend much time in New York.
Mortgage rip-offs still happen every day
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B7
A little-known provision in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, signed into law by President Bush recently, is supposed to help homebuyers understand how much debt they are taking on to purchase their home.
Revised sales tax for T sought
Group says proposed amount inadequate to keep buses running
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners tonight may take their biggest step yet in placing a pair of sales tax issues in front of voters in November to save the city’s bus system and improve city infrastructure. But the problem - according to a Lawrence group - is that the city is poised to ask the wrong questions.
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
Color this year dynamic and major - especially after fall 2008. You might be surprised by the doors that open up and the possibilities that head your direction.
People in the news
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Olsen seeks immunity in Ledger probe¢ Photos of Brangelina twins are published
Henry to visit for Late Night
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Xavier Henry, the No. 2 prospect in the college basketball recruiting Class of 2009, on Monday told he will visit Kansas University for the Oct. 17 season-opening Late Night in the Phog.
Green Baby’ book offers family tips
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C2
New and seasoned parents will love “Green Baby,” by Susannah Marriott, which offers everything from superfoods for breast-feeding (citrus fruit) to a recipe for baby cleansing lotion (made with chamomile tea bags).
Storm threat falls, oil prices follow
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A8
Oil prices plunged to a three-month low Monday, briefly tumbling below $120 a barrel in another huge sell-off after Tropical Storm Edouard seemed less likely to disrupt oil and natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico.
YouTube hasn’t changed Mangino
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
During a 2007 season that far surpassed expectations, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino picked up a few new titles: Orange Bowl champion, national coach of the year, and, following a heated exchange caught on camera, YouTube cult hero.
Chiefs’ Dorsey out a week
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs say rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey should miss about a week after spraining his left knee in practice during the weekend.
Celtics’ Pierce detained, released
Former Jayhawk cuffed in Las Vegas traffic incident
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
Police detained NBA star Paul Pierce in handcuffs during a weekend traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip, but released him without issuing a summons.
Host a butterfly for a brief visit during migration
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
August marks the beginning of the fall migration for many butterfly species, including monarchs. Your family can host one and watch it up close for a couple of days with this homemade enclosure.
Rising prices blunt stimulus check impact
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B7
Rising prices, falling home values, stagnant wages and tight credit. It’s a potent combination that has struck the American consumer hard.
After picking, produce still needs proper care
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C2
It’s one thing to pick your produce when it’s at peak ripeness. It’s another to deal with it after bringing it into the kitchen.
Henrickson: Strength of schedule unchanged
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Games against Iowa, Marquette and UCLA highlight the 2008-2009 Kansas University women’s basketball schedule.
EPA impact
Kansas University’s apparent inability to correct the way its labs handle and store chemicals could affect the university’s reputation, as well as its safety.
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A7
It’s easy for Kansas University officials to say that they take violations of Environmental Protection Agency regulations seriously, but their actions say otherwise.
Morgan Freeman hospitalized after serious car accident
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was hospitalized in serious condition Monday after the car he was driving left a rural road in the Mississippi Delta and flipped several times.
Marines told to stay longer in Afghanistan
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront almost a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to a senior military official.
Co-defendant in OJ case pleads guilty
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
A fourth co-defendant pleaded guilty Monday in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case, agreeing to testify against the Hall of Fame football player and one remaining co-defendant.
Robert Novak retiring after tumor diagnosis
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
Conservative political commentator Robert Novak announced his immediate retirement Monday because of his diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor.
Kids need to practice lawn mower safety
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
You see that your child never bikes without a helmet, but are you as careful when it comes to mowing the lawn? Last year more than 16,000 children under age 19 were injured in lawn-mowing accidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Georgia suspends another
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
High expectations for Georgia were overshadowed by off-field troubles as the Bulldogs held their first practice Monday.
Dog Days at KU
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Long ago, Kansas University and the residents of Lawrence had a reciprocal relationship. The university facilities opened to public use regularly.
Food police have big job ahead
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A7
What I want to know is who’s going to stop the young mother who takes her precious little 2-year-old into the 7-Eleven for breakfast, grabs a banana and a package of vanilla creme cookies and then hands her daughter a bag of Cheetos?
Man pleads guilty in ricin poisoning case
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
An unemployed graphic designer who authorities say poisoned himself with ricin in his Las Vegas motel room pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a biological toxin.
Woodling: Mario’s shot still goes in
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
I wonder how many times over the weekend Mario Chalmers nailed his famous three-point goal against Memphis. While channel-flipping, I saw Chalmers do it twice on CBSC, the cable outlet that was telecasting an NCAA Final Four retrospective. Heck, I even watched some of Kansas University’s semifinal victory over North Carolina in April at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Survivor of avalanche describes ordeal on K2
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
Blinded by the glare off the snow and ice, attempting a perilous descent down K2 to save his life, the Dutch mountaineer came upon three Korean climbers.
Hammon’s Olympic journey set to begin - with a twist
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B3
Becky Hammon imagined this moment for a long, long time: Playing in the Olympics, hitting the winning shot, climbing the medals podium. She still might. Only her vision now comes in a different shade. Raised on the prairie, schooled at Colorado State and now starring for the San Antonio Silver Stars, she’s going to Beijing wearing the Russian red.
Check out American airports with child-friendly activities
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C2
Stuck in an airport with kids? Your wait time might not be as dreadful as you fear. has compiled the “Kids’ Airport Diversion Guide,” listing play areas and onsite aviation museums to keep your children occupied until boarding time.
Ex-Irish aide Yonto dies
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
Longtime Notre Dame assistant football coach Joe Yonto, who worked under Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz, died Monday.
State unveils new trademark for agricultural products
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B7
After 30 years of offering agricultural products under the “From the Land of Kansas” trademark, the state is shifting to “Simply Kansas.”
New play among events for Civil War commemoration
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A4
The 13th annual Civil War on the Western Frontier kicks off this week and will run through Aug. 21 with historical tours, theatrical acts, films and children’s activities.
Ancient moss, insects found in frozen tundra of Antarctica
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C8
Mosses once grew and insects crawled in what are now barren valleys in Antarctica, according to scientists who have recovered remains of life from that frozen continent.
Reports on Kansas judges to go online this month
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B8
Some of the state’s appellate and district court judges are being graded, and their report cards will be posted online Aug. 29 to help voters determine whether they should keep their jobs.
Deadly attack in China kills 16 with Beijing Olympics looming
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
In an audacious and deadly attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in China’s restive far west Monday, killing 16.
School resource officers honored
Lawrence police win national acclaim for work with students in and out of school
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
They walk the halls of Lawrence schools often unnoticed, but now Lawrence’s school resource officers are receiving national recognition for their work. Several members of the Lawrence Police just returned from Phoenix, where they were presented with the Model School Resource Officer Agency of the Year award.
Most rescued dogs adopted over weekend
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence community showed up in droves over the weekend, hoping to adopt one of 49 dogs rescued from an unauthorized Marshall County breeder.
Dogs and heat
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I would like to pat the back of the owner of the black Jetta that left their dog in the car at the fair Friday night. It was announced at the Demolition Derby that the dog was in distress. We know from sitting there waiting for the derby to start how hot and sticky we were. Now can you imagine how hot it was in a car and how that dog was suffering?
Submit your fall arts events to the J-W
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Pulse staff will publish a fall arts calendar Aug. 31, part of Labor Day weekend. Submissions about upcoming exhibits, performances and other Lawrence-area fine arts events through Dec. 31 are welcome, as are advance or publicity images.
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Official hopes for higher voter turnout
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A1
The heat might keep some voters away for today’s primary election. But Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said on Monday that he was optimistic that competitive County Commission races could produce better turnout than the 12 percent in the August 2006 primary.
Printer problem delays KU diploma distribution
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A5
A malfunction of Kansas University’s printing press is causing a delay in distributing diplomas to spring graduates.
No place like Memorial Stadium
Jayhawks haven’t lost at home since Oct. 14, 2006
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
As a ruby-shoed Kansas girl once mused, “There’s no place like home,” and on the eve of the Kansas University football team’s 2008 season, that proclamation seems to be coming to fruition for the Jayhawks.
Simple living provides economic shelter
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C8
Keri Rainsberger isn’t rich. She works in the nonprofit world for a relatively low-profit salary. Yet, as many Americans are scrimping for every penny, she hardly feels the pinch.
On the record
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A4
Smoke detector activation, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
Supplies and demand: Classroom requirements, trendy gadgets can test back-to-school budgets
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C1
Brenda van den Berg knew things were going to be different when her husband came home with a T-shirt for her middle child that read, “Nice thing about going back to school is new clothes.”
Summitt gives $600K
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B2
Coach Pat Summitt will donate $600,000 to the University of Tennessee to be shared by the Knoxville and Martin campuses.
Study: Restaurant kids’ meals loaded with calories, few healthy options
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A2
Healthy kids’ meals at top restaurant chains are slim pickings, according to a report by a nonprofit public health group. Nearly every possible combination of the children’s meals at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Sonic, Jack in the Box, and Chick-fil-A are too high in calories, the report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest said.
A funeral and a birth
August 5, 2008
The Ferris wheel at the Minnesota State Fair offered a bird’s-eye view of an end-of-summer, mid-American ritual. From the top, you could see the places where 4-H kids showed off their prized hogs and cows, where farmers ogled gleaming tractors, and where throngs lined up for food-of-every-kind-on-a-stick.
Raiders fall in championship
Lawrence tops Olathe South, but falls short against Pittsburg
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence’s Raiders placed runner-up to host Pittsburg at the American Legion state baseball tournament.
Pump patrol
August 5, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.65 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bravo’s ‘Listings’ should be booed
August 5, 2008 in print edition on B6
If you can’t create, or cast, characters people love, you might as well fill your shows with characters people love to hate. That appears to be the Bravo formula for the “Real Housewives” series, and it also works overtime for “Million Dollar Listings” (10 p.m., Bravo).
Want to talk about it? In pill era, shrinks use less psychotherapy
August 5, 2008 in print edition on C8
Cartoons about the psychiatrist’s couch were recently the subject of a museum exhibition. Now, the couch itself may be headed for a museum. A new study finds a significant decline in psychotherapy practiced by U.S. psychiatrists.