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How often will you be watching the Summer Olympics?

Poll results

Response Percent
As much as I can.
I won’t be watching.
Only the sports I’m interested in.
I don’t know yet.
I will but only if certain drama unfolds.
Total 730

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Friday, August 8 weather at 10 p.m.
August 8, 2008
The forecast for tomorrow calls for a high of 79 with a low around 64.
Friend2Friend: Clinical trials for cancer patients
August 8, 2008
Only 5 percent of cancer patients are involved in clinical trials - but some of those patients are at Lawrence Memorial. 6News has teamed up with them for our ‘Friend2Friend’ campaign and this month’s survivor is just finishing up treatment from a phase three trial.
DISD: Allegations in Arthur case unfounded
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
An investigation by Dallas Independent School District’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded this week that allegations of improper grade changing involving South Oak Cliff High’s 2005 and 2007 boys state championship basketball teams are unfounded.
All Iowa Street lanes open after water line break
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Iowa Street is now fully open to motorists as construction crews completed work this afternoon related to a water line break.
KU student earns A-plus for tackling 100-mile diet
12:11 p.m., August 8, 2008 Updated 11:34 a.m. in print edition on A3
Last September, Kansas University senior Jennifer Kongs took a class project to the extreme when she decided to test the 100-mile diet.
Several men injured in accident in Wyandotte County
August 8, 2008
Two Tonganoxie residents and a Lawrence man were taken to Kansas City area hospitals Thursday afternoon after an accident in Kansas City, Kan., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Provisional ballot results don’t change County Commission primaries
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Douglas County Commissioners Friday morning certified 97 provisional ballots from Tuesday’s primary election, but the county clerk’s office says those votes are not enough to change results in the four county commission primaries.
Suspect arrested in connection with Kwik Shop gunfire case
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Topeka authorities have apprehended a man wanted in connection with gunfire in June outside a Lawrence Kwik Shop, according to Lawrence police.
Leader of the T taking job in Las Vegas
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Cliff Galante, the city’s public transit administrator since 2005, has taken a job to manage the fixed route bus operations for the city of Las Vegas and surrounding communities.
Russians responding to Georgian army move to retake South Ossetia
August 8, 2008
Georgian troops launched a major military offensive Friday to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, prompting a furious response from Russia - which vowed retaliation and sent a column of tanks into the region.
Person injured in fall from third-floor balcony
05:48 a.m., August 8, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence police are trying to determine why a 19-year-old man fell early Friday morning from a third-floor apartment balcony.
Pineapple Express’ launches new genre
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Imagine a “Pulp Fiction” starring the stoners from “Knocked Up.” That’s “Pineapple Express,” a riotously funny introduction to a whole new genre of film: the stoner action comedy.
It’s an amazing country
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
It’s a simple, cheerful life but with occasional grim complications that one simply ignores, such as mortality or the ‘70s or the demise of the downtown department store.
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
You might want to do something very different this year, despite the constraints from your immediate circle. Honoring who you are could make a big difference.
L.J. looks A-OK
Johnson, QB Croyle sharp
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Larry Johnson was having so much fun he didn’t want to leave the field. Considering how much time he missed, who could blame him? Johnson showed glimpses of his old self, and Brodie Croyle hinted at what might be.
City may drop homeless housing plan
New service would cut into existing programs
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Plans for a new program that would encourage Lawrence landlords to offer vacant apartments to the homeless may have to be put on hold because of city funding problems.
Rec calendar
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
Local sports activities
Mr. Outdoorsman
Local fisher/hunter vying for title
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
Tim Gajewski always considered himself a well rounded outdoorsman. Then the Field & Stream Magazine Total Outdoorsman Challenge came along and gave him a chance to prove it.
Ankle injury forces Hamm to withdraw
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
Morgan Hamm’s eyes were red, his voice shaky. The bone spurs digging into his left leg made it impossible for him to tumble, and giving up his spot on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team was the right thing to do - the only thing to do. That didn’t make it hurt any less.
Duffy’s Lounge to have ribbon-cutting event
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Duffy’s Lounge at the Econo Lodge, 2222 W. Sixth St., Lawrence, will have a ribbon-cutting event at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 to celebrate its renovation.
CDC: 250K Americans have HIV, don’t know it
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Some 250,000 Americans are HIV positive but unaware of it, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday, and most of them are not in high-risk groups.
Battery trial delayed until February
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
A man accused of kidnapping and severely injuring his former girlfriend last year will have his trial delayed until next year.
Artist hungry for adventure in Asia
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Traci Furan was just in New York City in May, helping change an art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. Today, she’s moving the exhibit to Beijing for the Olympics. Furan, a Lawrence resident, artist and owner of Little Bluestem Baby, is also a contracted registrar for the Guggenheim’s traveling retrospective on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Migrant-packed SUV rolls, kills 9
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A sport utility vehicle packed with illegal immigrants rolled over Thursday on a rural highway southeast of Phoenix, killing nine people and injuring the other 10 on board, authorities said.
Stem cells for 10 diseases produced
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Harvard scientists say they have created stem cells for 10 genetic disorders, which will allow researchers to watch the diseases develop in a lab dish.
Voting result delay was ‘human error’
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
An oops from the Secretary of State’s office kept vote watchers believing that Douglas County results weren’t complete late Tuesday when they really were.
Aviles living a dream
Royals’ shortstop having fun summer
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Is anyone having a greater summer than Mike Aviles? All that’s happened to Kansas City’s new shortstop since the weather turned warm is the realization of lifelong dream, sudden celebrity, the promise of wealth and an affirmative answer when he asked his girlfriend to please be his bride.
Thugs, muckers
There are prospects for improvement at football games if a “Fan Code of Conduct” is consistently and solidly enforced.
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
One of the latest grim testimonials to the way civility and courtesy seem to be draining from our society comes from the National Football League. It has declared a “Fan Code of Conduct” that calls for drunks, unruly and abusive spectators and rowdy tailgate party denizens to be denied entrance to stadiums and their parking areas, ejected from games without refunds and perhaps stripped of season tickets.
American deaths in Afghanistan war reach 500
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
The deadliest three months for American forces in Afghanistan have pushed the U.S. death toll to at least 500, forcing a war long overshadowed by Iraq back into the headlines.
Jury gives bin Laden driver just 5 1/2 years
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A U.S. military jury sentenced Osama bin Laden’s driver Thursday to just 5 1/2 years in prison, a surprise rebuke to Pentagon prosecutors who portrayed him as a member of the al-Qaida leader’s inner circle worthy of a life sentence.
Old-time farm contest spurs modern angst at Vinland Fair
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Working on a farm wasn’t an easy job decades ago, back when there weren’t chain saws - and certainly no radios and air conditioners in tractors. Families got a taste of just how hard farm work was Thursday during an Old-Time Farm Skills Contest at the 101st Vinland Fair.
Neighbors fight proposed industrial park
Lecompton group raising money to sue city of Lawrence
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
The fight over a proposed industrial park along the Farmers Turnpike may not be over yet. Lawrence City commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to rezone 155 acres near the Lecompton interchange on Interstate 70. The rezoning clears the way for an industrial park to develop at the site.
Mayor thrown in jail after bond violation
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed Thursday for a bond violation in his perjury case, his pleas for leniency rejected by a judge who made it clear the mayor would get no special treatment.
Brees, Leinart nearly perfect in limited reps
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Drew Brees and Matt Leinart started the preseason with near-perfection.
Suicide concern
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: “Double Take” addressed a serious public health concern: suicide. Still, those worried parents and others struggling with how to help a loved one, would benefit from additional guidance.
Cop suspended for demanding free coffee
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Chicago police officer has been suspended for 15 months for demanding free coffee and baked goods from six Starbucks locations.
China’s coming-out party may not be all fun and Games
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
For the past seven years, through clouds of construction dust, thousands of meetings, millions of man-hours and an unprecedented political mobilization, China has waited for today.
News of the Weird
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
Among President Sarkozy’s recent moves to trim the size of the French government was the layoff of half of the 165 physiotherapists at the taxpayer-funded National Baths of Aix-les-Bains.
Ruling coalition moves to oust Musharraf
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
After months of internal bickering, Pakistan’s governing coalition announced Thursday it will seek to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, cranking up pressure on the U.S.-backed former general to resign.
Broncos rookie RB breaks bone in elbow
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Denver rookie running back Ryan Torain is expected to miss about three months after breaking a bone in his left elbow.
Hoops honor on tap
Champs to be recognized Sept. 20
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
There’s some added incentive for Kansas University sports fans to pack Memorial Stadium for the Jayhawks’ Sept. 20 football game against Sam Houston State. On that day, KU’s 2008 national basketball champions will be recognized, likely in a halftime ceremony during the nonconference contest.
New member to join dealer review board
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently appointed a new member and reappointed five members to the Kansas Dealer Review Board to help maintain the reliability of vehicle dealerships in Kansas.
Brewery will offer free pizza to ticketholders
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
23rd Street Brewery, 3512 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, will give away free pizza to ticket-holders of the first 2008 regular season game where the KU football team’s final score is 23 points.
Favre introduced as Jets’ QB
Packers receive 2009 fourth-round draft choice
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Brett Favre held up his new green jersey, hoping he made the right decision. “To a certain degree, I don’t know what I’m getting into,” he said.
PGA course ‘a real beast’
Karlsson, Singh fire first-round 68s
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
The PGA Championship looked a lot like the U.S. Open, with only seven players under par when darkness finally covered Oakland Hills on Thursday and put “The Monster” to sleep. It sounded like a U.S. Open, too.
Independence Inc. to spring for breakfast
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Independence Inc. is celebrating its 30th year with a community breakfast Aug. 26.
NCAA won’t touch beer ads
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Beer ads will continue to pay for college sports telecasts, and college fantasy leagues could become the next real moneymaker on Web sites. On Thursday, the NCAA’s executive committee decided it couldn’t eliminate alcohol advertising nor stop the incorporation of college sports into the fantasy games and decided, essentially, to retain the status quo.
Mayer: Rookies have lot to prove
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s amusing to watch the annual media frenzies about newcomers on an athletic roster. Touted and statistics-laden as they may be, they haven’t yet done anything of note and have a lot of dues to pay before they do. Yet writers and throats tend to go nuts trying to depict them as messiahs, while people who have set the stage so the new blood can ooze may get brushed aside.
Protester takes stand in a manhole
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Bob Bigsby’s protest of a sewer project in Baldwin City didn’t last long Thursday, but he got his point across. Bigsby - broken back and all - climbed into a hole in front of his Sixth Street home at 7 a.m. and didn’t come out for an hour, when City Administrator Jeff Dingman arrived to talk to him.
Remote-control fighters also suffer war stress
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Air National Guardsmen who operate Predator drones over Iraq via remote control, launching deadly missile attacks from the safety of Southern California 7,000 miles away, are suffering some of the same psychological stresses as their comrades on the battlefield.
6 Gallery holds reception tonight
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
A reception is set tonight for 6 Gallery’s latest exhibit, featuring works by Jerry Kunkel and Jennifer Jarnot.
Net Worth: Site reveals obnoxious side of comic book heroes
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
With the latest Batman movie wowing critics and breaking a new box-office record every weekend, it’s hard to argue that old-school comic book characters still have tremendous clout. Perhaps we’re experiencing the true Golden Age of the medium.
Windmills of her mind: Playwright utilizes Lawrence landmark to dramatize history of KU’s first woman professor
August 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
For decades, a breathtaking landmark stood over Lawrence. An 80-foot, Dutch-style windmill at Ninth Street and Emery Road operated between 1864 and 1885. The device was used to grind grain rather than pump water.
Chinese Islamic group issues new Olympic threat
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Chinese Islamic group that has threatened to attack the Beijing Olympics released a new video warning Muslims to avoid being on planes, trains and buses with Chinese at the games, a U.S. group that monitors militant organizations said Thursday.
Tailgate policy angers Bears fans
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
As far as some fans are concerned, the Chicago Bears just committed one big fumble. New tailgating rules are in place and they don’t understand why.
Let the games begin
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
The XXIX Olympics begin with the Opening Ceremony (6:30 p.m., NBC) from National Stadium in Beijing. You know a show is important and ratings-worthy when Roman numerals get involved. The Super Bowl is the only other spectacle to throw around those Latin X’s and L’s, and it always attracts a whopper audience.
K-State extends Prince’s contract
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas State football coach Ron Prince signed a five-year contract through 2012, receiving a vote of confidence from school administrators after the team struggled to a disappointing finish last season.
McCain, Obama decry campaign tone
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
The first question I asked John McCain and then Barack Obama was: How do you feel about the tone and direction of the campaign so far? No surprise. Both men pronounced themselves thoroughly frustrated by the personal bitterness and negativism they have seen in the two months since they learned they would be running against each other.
United States blanks Japan, 1-0, in opener
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
Stuart Holden ended the United States’ three-game scoring drought with a goal in the second half, giving the Americans a 1-0 victory over Japan on Thursday in the Olympic opener for both.
Countdown over, so let Games begin
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
While few were noticing - perhaps because it is impossible to see much through the milky white cloud that passes for air here -some people were engaged in the activity that is the presumed essence of the Olympic Games. Sports competition.
With Favre in New York, Jets cut Pennington
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Chad Pennington quickly became the odd man out once Brett Favre joined the New York Jets.
People in the news
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Freeman discharged, getting divorce¢ Usher’s mother back as his manager after split¢ Mr. Blackwell regains consciousness¢ Comedian expects release in weeks¢ Club employee arrested in woman’s death
Head-to-head collision leaves Jets TE motionless
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
New York Jets tight end A.J. Schable was taken from the field on a stretcher after a head-to-head hit in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Pioneer of student cooperative housing dies
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Luther Buchele, a Kansas University alumnus often credited with spearheading the student cooperative movement at KU, died in a car accident last Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 88.
On the record
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police responded to an attempted burglary call at Glass House Liquor, 2301 Wakarusa Drive, just before 11 p.m. Thursday.
Hope for the best, prepare for unexpected
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Long-term planning, we’re often told, is the means to achieving our financial goals. But even the most assiduous planner can be waylaid by certain calamities. No one can anticipate the unexpected. But good preparation, once again, can help someone get back on course sooner after confronting one of life’s roadblocks.
Jenkins, Boyda kick off campaigns
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
Republican Lynn Jenkins and Democratic U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda on Thursday called for change in Washington as they kicked off their contest against each other to represent Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District.
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures traded higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 56.5 cents to $8.2225; December corn gained 14.25 cents to $5.42; December oats added 3.25 cents to $3.7925; November soybeans rose 17 cents to $12.39.
Kline case costs state $475,000
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B12
The state has paid $475,000 to settle a federal lawsuit prompted by then-Attorney General Phill Kline’s interpretation of a law that he said required authorities to be told about consensual sex by underage youths.
Police raid mayor’s home, kill his dogs
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo got home from work, saw a package addressed to his wife on the front porch and brought it inside, putting it on a table. Suddenly, police with guns drawn kicked in the door and stormed in, shooting to death the couple’s two dogs and seizing the unopened package.
Former Mizzou WR, Titans agree to deal
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
It wasn’t long ago that former Missouri wide receiver Justin Gage was something of a forgotten man. Now, he’s a key part of the Tennessee Titans.
Edwards under pressure to confront National Enquirer report of love child
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Former Sen. John Edwards has a deadline to save his spot on the national stage. With two weeks to go before their national convention, a number of Democrats are saying Edwards needs to publicly address National Enquirer stories that have alleged he had an affair with a campaign worker and fathered her baby.
Oklahoma picks up dismissed LSU lineman
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
An offensive lineman dismissed from LSU after breaking team rules has transferred to Oklahoma.
An ambush produces a hero
August 8, 2008
It all looked as if a video game had come to life. Through his night vision goggles, Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg saw the insurgents scurrying from berms to canals. Some popped up, ran a few yards, then fell to the Americans’ gunfire. But others kept advancing toward his convoy.
Commentary: Where will Games go from here?
August 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Summer Olympics are about to showcase China in a way this nation has never been spotlighted before. What that spotlight will show, however, is as unclear as the smog that smugly drifts over Beijing, impervious to all efforts to remove it. Some things simply can’t be hidden with a fresh coat of paint and a few billion dollars worth of new facilities.
Despite his demons, Ivins remained in high-security lab
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
What took so long? Army scientist Bruce Ivins had a history of paranoia, obsession and delusional thinking. And newly unsealed court documents show he didn’t keep them to himself. Therapists knew. Doctors knew. Co-workers suspected. One complained he was a “manic basket case.” Another recalled him openly weeping at his desk inside one of the military’s top biological warfare facilities.
Politics shouldn’t be uncivil war
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
I haven’t read Robert Novak’s column in 10 years. Back in 1998, he made a comment on CNN - what it was is not material here - that I considered beyond the pale. I decided I could henceforth do without his opinions and insights. He impressed me as a distinctly disagreeable man. And that was well before he outed covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Civil War on the Western Frontier events
August 8, 2008
Solzhenitsyn’s US prophecy
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A11
Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s work and life can best be described as those of a prophet. The prophet died last Sunday at the age of 89. Solzhenitsyn was not only a critic of the Soviet Union, of communism and socialism, he showed the West - and particularly the United States - more than a few of its own flaws.
Olympic hopefuls keep eyes on the prize
Big dreams balance on gymnastics
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gymnastics instructor Kayla Turner holds her right arm out and swivels it at the elbow. The movement makes a cracking sound, like a pencil snapping in two. Turner has glided over balance beams, executed back handsprings and flipped over the vault as a gymnast for more than 10 years.
Pump patrol
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.65 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Iraqis say withdrawal deal near
August 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the last soldiers out three years after that, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. U.S. officials, however, insisted no dates had been agreed.