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KU soccer team has high hopes
August 7, 2008
Two weeks is all that remains before the start of the fall season for the Kansas soccer team. Andrew Baker has the story.
Great Jayhawks come in small packages
August 7, 2008
Two of the most important Jayhawks on Mark Mangino’s roster also happen to be two of the smallest.
New test helps local woman fight cancer
August 7, 2008
Our Friend 2 Friend series continues with the story of a young Lawrence mother diagnosed with breast cancer and a relatively new test that provided her reassurance during her battle with the disease. 6News reporter Janet Reid has more. lets parents manage kids’ lunch accounts online
August 7, 2008
Ever wonder what your children eat while they’re at school? Now you can find out and add lunch money to their accounts.
Cross-country walker spreads message to Lawrence
August 7, 2008
Ted Butler feels strongly about his message about the way in which humans interact with each other and the challenges that face mankind in the future. So strongly, in fact, he is walking clear across the country to spread his ideas, and is in Lawrence tonight doing exactly that.
Thursday, August 7 weather at 10 p.m.
August 7, 2008
The forecast for tomorrow calls for a high of 86 with a low around 59.
National Clown Week opens August
August 7, 2008
Aug. 1-7 was National Clown Week. On Aug. 2, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed into law a joint congressional resolution calling for such a designation of the first week in August. The event has since grown into International Clown Week.
People of all backgrounds clown around
August 7, 2008
Kelly, 1898-1979, spent more than 50 years in a circus career. His character Weary Willie was one of the best-known clowns of his day.
Lawrence drops in national per capita income rankings
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Personal income in Lawrence grew slightly last year, but not enough to keep the city from dropping further in the per capita rankings of the nation’s metropolitan areas.
Mother of student injured in fall reads statement as part of settlement
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Sara Anne Driessel’s fall from an Oread Neighborhood rooftop severely injured her brain and has given the former Kansas University student no chance to recover, her mother said.
Iowa Street traffic may be reopened sooner than anticipated
03:02 p.m., August 7, 2008 Updated 11:48 p.m. in print edition on A3
Work to fully reopen a portion of Iowa Street following a waterline break is proceeding faster than expected, city leaders said.
McCormack to be added to Kansas Football Ring of Honor
NFL Hall of Famer played for KU from 1948-1950
02:05 p.m., August 7, 2008 Updated 02:10 a.m. in print edition on B1
Former Kansas football player Mike McCormack will be the newest member of the Kansas Football Ring of Honor, as he will be inducted during halftime of the Jayhawks’ Sept. 6 game against Louisiana Tech. McCormack, who played at KU from 1948-50, earned All-Big Seven distinction in 1950.
KU student injured in Indiana Street fire released from hospital
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University student who was injured when he jumped through a window of a burning home July 31 was released from the hospital earlier this week, his father said.
Minnesota man convicted of ‘largest cocaine seizure’ in Kansas history
200 marijuana plants confiscated in separate case
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man of two charges in what U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren called “one of the largest cocaine seizures in state history.”
KU professor awarded $2.1 million NIH grant
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University researchers will use a $2.1 million grant to determine whether two promising early drugs can help combat Alzheimer’s.
Last Call loses lease as eviction lawsuit settled
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
The controversial downtown nightclub Last Call has officially lost its lease now that an eviction lawsuit has been settled, an attorney on the case said Thursday.
Escaped Shawnee County sex offender returned to Larned
August 7, 2008
The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Department says a 50-year-old convicted sex offender who escaped from Larned State Hospital has been captured.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
It’s the last day before T-shirt Day
August 7, 2008
Today’s the last day to collect workouts toward a T-shirt.
Untested evidence: Convicted rapist maintains innocence, awaits DNA results after three decades
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Twenty-nine years ago, a Douglas County court convicted 16-year-old Lawrence resident Charles Hunter of a series of rapes, attempted rapes and burglaries. Hunter, while maintaining his innocence, has remained in the Kansas state prison system for nearly three decades. And for all of those years, rape kits containing DNA evidence that might prove Hunter’s claims of innocence remained stored, and untested, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. But not for long.
North 1750 Road to close Monday
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
North 1750 Road just northwest of Lawrence, which was to close today, now will be closed beginning Monday.
Flynt film recalls free speech fights
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Jerry Springer wants to know whether America has talent. Larry Flynt fights to see that America still has a constitution. What a night of television!
Gov. helps unseat senator
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
Going door to door for votes, Kelly Kultala frequently replayed a cell phone message from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius urging her to run against fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Gilstrap. More than just leaving a message, Sebelius took the rare step of working for Gilstrap’s defeat.
Traveling with firewood poses threat to local ash trees
August 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Please leave firewood at home when traveling. Even though the tree is dead, the wood may contain living insects and disease that pose great risk to our native and urban forests.
News noose
Chinese officials seem to be having some difficulty with the concept of news media having “unrestricted” access to their country during the Olympic Games.
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
China has invited the world to the Olympic Games but it isn’t providing a very warm welcome. The reported efforts of the Chinese government to control news coverage at and around the Olympics shine a strong light on the repressive conditions that the Chinese people live with every day. Reports from Beijing also should be a strong reminder to people in the United States and around the world of how closely our freedom is tied to a free press.
Lively Jenkins, Boyda contest expected
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s Republican Lynn Jenkins challenging Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda in what may unfold as one of the most competitive congressional races in the country. Boyda, a freshman from Topeka, seeks re-election in a district that four years ago supported President Bush by 59 percent of the vote. The district includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas.
Police: Man charged in slaying of agent
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A South Florida man was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the killing of a federal agent outside a busy post office in Davie.
9 presumed dead in helicopter crash
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Eight firefighters and a pilot are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter that had just picked up workers battling a blaze in a Northern California forest, officials said Wednesday.
What’s in a site? A heap of history, and likely a Shakespearean theater
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
The theater where “The Merchant of Venice” and “Romeo and Juliet” likely debuted and where William Shakespeare himself may have trodden the boards has likely been discovered in east London, archaeologists at the Museum of London said Wednesday.
Kline’s loss casts shadow over clinic case
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Phill Kline’s loss in the Republican primary for Johnson County district attorney could jeopardize criminal charges he’s pursuing against an abortion clinic.
2nd trial set in killing
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
After a jury deadlock resulted in a mistrial, a Topeka man will face a second murder trial later this year.
Hair art history unlocked
Practice popular in 1800s leads off Civil War series
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
History and hair were woven together Wednesday night at a unique workshop that kicked off the 13th annual Civil War on the Western Frontier series.
Return to greatness?
Dynamic wide receiver happy to fill multiple roles
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
As a redshirt junior last year, Marcus Herford earned a major name for himself as a killer kick returner. Herford was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in a coaches’ vote and earned a spot on Phil Steele Magazine’s All-Big 12 First Team as a return specialist. Big 12 coaches, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and also awarded him All-Big 12 Second Team Return Specialist honors.
Verdict split in war-crimes trial
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
The conviction of Osama bin Laden’s driver by a U.S. military court after a 10-day trial provides an indication of what to expect as dozens more Guantanamo prisoners go to court: shifting charges, secret testimony - and quick verdicts.
Experts predict record paper ballot numbers
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Come November, more Americans might cast their ballots on paper than in any other election in U.S. history.
Wind advocate
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Russell Mesler’s “Take a Stand” (Journal-World, Aug. 2) attack against wind power is full of misinformation and mistakes. He gets his information from National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank that denies humans cause global warming and is funded by conservative foundations and especially companies like Exxon.
Election bill falls to ethnic rivalry
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraqi lawmakers failed Wednesday to agree on a provincial election law and adjourned for the month, casting doubt whether U.S.-backed balloting can be conducted this year in the country’s 18 provinces.
Bad ideology
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The City Commission majority is on track to abolish both T and T-lift with a clever triple whammy while deflecting ostensible responsibility onto voters. First, the T was singled out for a do-or-die sales tax referendum during a recession. Second, even if the referendum passes there won’t be enough money to maintain the system next year. Third, the uncertainty will prevent the planned association with KU on Wheels.
Israel builds up military
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Israel is building up its strike capabilities amid growing anxiety over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and appears confident that a military attack would cripple Tehran’s atomic program, even if it can’t destroy it.
Local media earns awards for excellence
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Mid-America Cable Show recently announced the winners of the 2008 MIDI awards to several local programs and advertisements.
Commentary: Predicting a PGA winner perilous
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
It’s the question everyone asks at a major. And as one of the local golf writers covering the PGA Championship, I have been asked the question more often than usual.
On the record
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
An employee of Sizzors Inc., 600 Lawrence Ave., reported the rear door of the business was damaged and miscellaneous jewelry was stolen.
Journalism professors win national awards
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Susanne Shaw, who joined Kansas University’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1971, will receive the Gerald M. Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication.
Bush says US opposed to China’s repression
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
With all eyes on Beijing, President Bush bluntly told China that America is strongly opposed to the way the communist government represses its people, a rebuke delivered from the heart of Asia on the cusp of the Olympic Games.
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Tropical storm forms off Mexico coast
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Hernan has formed far off Mexico’s Pacific coast and is expected to move farther out to sea.
Ex-Toledo player charged
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
A former University of Toledo basketball player has been charged with point shaving, according to a federal bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Alpha male chimp at Salina park dies
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Cocoa, chimpanzee and popular attraction for the last 12 years at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, has died after a brief illness. He was 37 years old.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 7, 1908: “Nine people living in one room, all of them seriously sick with the smallpox, is the pitiful condition of the Ambler family in North Lawrence. Absolutely destitute, the family are wholly dependent upon the county and during the current siege of sickness; county commissioner Parnell has had his hands full caring for all of them.”
Joy over survival, tears at extension
August 7, 2008
Christmas Day arrived - and for two 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers, there was a gift like no other: their very survival.
Red Dog Run to benefit Boys and Girls Club
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
As a child, Don “Red Dog” Gardner would have appreciated a Boys and Girls Club to meet friends and get him out of his foster homes for an afternoon. From ages 3 to 8, Gardner lived with several elderly people in Lawrence as part of a foster care program, he said.
Distasteful T’s
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Che Guevara and “hammer and sickle” T-shirts appear all over town, apparently for giggles - though some may be serious. All ought to read Ray Chao’s account in Monday’s Journal-World of the cruel wickedness of Che’s hero, Mao Zedong.
Economic spin
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Exxon Mobil announced recently that it had recorded over $11 billion in profit. This is an all-time record profit for any U.S. company! The Exxon Mobile CEO makes $21 million a year. We pay for this every time we fill up. John McCain now has a TV ad out blaming Obama for big oil profits. That’s putting more “spin” on the issue than a Kansas tornado!
Packers reach agreement to send Favre to Jets
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Green Bay Packers have reached an agreement to trade quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets, the team announced late Wednesday night. Terms of the trade weren’t immediately available.
A family affair: Couple build on local cut-flower business
August 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Lynn Byczynski and her husband, Dan Nagengast, dream of fields of flowers - rows upon rows of oddly shaped, brightly colored, tall, squat, wispy, erect, aromatic flowers that stare at them in the dew of the dawn of a new day.
Economy may prove death knell for auto leasing
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Is auto leasing really dead? Oh, I so hope so. But, alas, that question was just a headline on a news release from the National Vehicle Leasing Association. The organization, which represents the leasing industry, was responding to news that some auto manufacturers are drastically scaling back their leasing business because it isn’t so lucrative anymore.
Perkins leading list of sports executives
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins appears to be on his way to being named Time Magazine’s “Top Sports Executive” of 2008. With fan voting continuing, Perkins on Wednesday remained No. 1 on the 35-person list.
Nutritious blueberries star of summer granita
August 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Blueberry granita offers all the cool, summer refreshment of ice cream in a healthier, easier package. The regular stirring of the granita as it freezes is a great job for the kids.
Grand opening today for Massage Envy
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Massage Envy, 4931 W. Sixth St., Studio 110, Lawrence, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today.
Freddie Mac announces loss
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Freddie Mac on Wednesday posted a second-quarter loss that was more than three-times larger than Wall Street expected as a huge number of borrowers with good credit fell behind on their exotic and risky mortgages.
Exotic Prairie: Cookbook celebrates 10 years of using unusual local foods
August 7, 2008
Nancy O’Connor is aware that most people don’t walk into the grocery store and throw some kohlrabi in the cart along with the bananas, apples and lettuce.
Government lays out case that scientist was anthrax killer
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
The murder weapon was a flask. Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer whose mailings took five lives and rattled the nation in 2001, prosecutors asserted Wednesday, alleging he had in his lab a container of the lethal, highly purified spores involved and access to the distinctive envelopes used to mail them.
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
This year, you will make a difference. Your emphasis might be more on the personal level. You will want and will work toward increased security and well-being.
Pump patrol
August 7, 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.
College coach contract notes
August 7, 2008
Some contract notes according to published reports.
Former Calif. governor may run again
August 7, 2008 in print edition on A7
California’s former and perhaps future governor, Jerry Brown, says it took him 13 minutes to get here from Oakland, where he was mayor for eight years and now lives. He came on BART, the transit system launched by his father Pat, who was Democratic governor for two terms until beaten by Ronald Reagan in 1966, which ended a political career that began in 1928 when Pat ran unsuccessfully, as a Republican, for the state Assembly.
Tobacco Free Kansas secretary re-elected
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kathy Bruner, chairwoman of Clean Air Lawrence, recently was re-elected secretary of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition at the state meeting in Newton.
PGA may be toughest test yet
Oakland Hills longest par 70 in major event history
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Rich Beem stood over his tee shot on the 18th hole during his final practice session for the PGA Championship, trained his eye down the narrow fairway squeezed between bunkers, waggled his driver and then backed off.
KU football No. 15
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football team has been ranked as preseason No. 15 in Sports Illustrated’s annual college football preview issue.
Triple-8 wedding date
August 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
It may not be as big as 7-7-7, but thousands of couples are heading down the aisle Friday, hoping the date Aug. 8, 2008, brings them luck.
People in the news
August 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Witness: Woman in crash Freeman’s friend¢ Barker removed from termination suit¢ Hilton’s presidential ad used strategy, memory¢ Wahlberg to appear on ‘Entourage’ series¢ Lisa Marie Presley expects twins in fall