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12:00 a.m.
Decision to skip Leavenworth as NBAF finalist was unfair, angry lawmaker says
August 11, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A state legislator on Monday expressed anger after a report indicated that Leavenworth had a high score as a possible location for a federal biosafety lab but was leapfrogged as a finalist by politically connected Mississippi.
6:00 a.m.
Terry Harmon sweeps after a load of salt is delivered to the city. Half of Lawrence's 4,000-ton order for the coming winter has been delivered. Officials are hoping for a less severe winter but are still trying to avert a repeat of last season's salt shortage by ordering early.  Area stocks up early on road salt
August 12, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Four months after seeing their road salt supplies depleted from a harsh winter, local road and street departments are well on the way to replenishing stock. “The problem was we had no carryover like we did the last six or seven years,” said Tom Orzulak, street division manager for the city of Lawrence. “Last year, I was ready to go to McDonald’s and get salt packets. I was completely out. Out. I had to increase the order to replenish my safety net.”
10:00 a.m.
Devil’s advocate: Emporia author seeks to humanize Quantrill
August 12, 2008 in print edition on 1C
“You’ll want to know about Lawrence, of course. Everybody does. If they don’t ask outright, they will make some oblique reference in hopes of sparking a conversation or perhaps an argument.” These are the opening lines of “I, Quantrill,” a novel told through the eyes of William Clarke Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla warrior best known for his 1863 attack on Lawrence. The fictionalized story, as told by Emporia author Max McCoy, is an attempt to remind readers that Quantrill was, in fact, a man - and not the demon some have made him out to be.
10:00 p.m.
Destiny Boyd, 8, looks for just the right backpack and other school supplies given by community groups and other donors. Destiny and other families picked up the supplies Tuesday at the Ballard Center, 708 Elm St. Donated school supplies help families during tough economic times
August 12, 2008 in print edition on 3A
With smiles on their faces, Morgan and Aaron Hemelrick strapped on new backpacks Tuesday morning.The brother and sister will return to their fifth- and sixth-grade classes at Prairie Park School Wednesday morning with new school supplies, thanks to the generosity of Lawrence community groups and donors.

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Joe Mortensen ready to anchor talented linebacking unit
August 12, 2008
Opposing offenses have the right to fear the Kansas linebacking unit this Fall. All three starters return, including all-Big 12 First team selection Joe Mortensen. Kevin Romary chats with Mortensen in a one-on-one interview.
Tuesday, August 12 weather at 10 p.m.
August 12, 2008
The forecast for Wednesday, August 13 calls for a high of 88 with a low around 61.
Two arrested in alleged home invasion case
08:58 p.m., August 12, 2008 Updated 10:46 p.m. in print edition on A4
Two men were arrested in connection with a home invasion Monday in the 2400 block of Alabama Street.
Officials urge patience, caution on streets near Lawrence schools
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
More than 10,000 students, another 1,500 professionals and a seemingly infinite number of aspirations are making their way back into Lawrence public schools this week.
Ronnie Chalmers resigns from KU
Father of former Jayhawks player to pursue ‘other interests’
03:36 p.m., August 12, 2008 Updated 04:16 p.m. in print edition on B5
Ronnie Chalmers, director of basketball operations for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team and father of former Jayhawk guard Mario Chalmers, has resigned from his position, head coach Bill Self said Tuesday. “We are very thankful to Ronnie for his efforts the past three years,” Self said. “We have all enjoyed his connection and participation with the basketball program. His family will obviously be remembered at Kansas.”
Greenpeace bringing ‘Global Warming Tour’ to Lawrence
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Greenpeace’s “Global Warming Tour” will roll into South Park from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Mayor to ask commission to OK a second sales tax ballot question for transit
02:45 p.m., August 12, 2008 Updated 03:01 p.m.
Mayor Mike Dever plans to ask commissioners tonight to consider another sales tax proposal that would provide additional funding to the community’s embattled public transit system.
Donated school supplies help families during tough economic times
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
With smiles on their faces, Morgan and Aaron Hemelrick strapped on new backpacks Tuesday morning.The brother and sister will return to their fifth- and sixth-grade classes at Prairie Park School Wednesday morning with new school supplies, thanks to the generosity of Lawrence community groups and donors.
Westar customers face record fuel costs, plus new request for rate increase
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Westar Energy customers are getting socked with record electricity-producing fuel costs at the same time the giant utility is seeking a $177.6 million rate increase.
New stop signs to be added to KU campus
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
New stop signs will be installed Friday near Kansas University traffic booths to help slow vehicles and increase pedestrian safety
American League Roundup: Twins shut out Yankees
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Brand-new papa Glen Perkins pitched eight outstanding innings, and light-hitting Adam Everett hit a two-run homer, lifting the Twins to a victory over the reeling Yankees.
Woodling: Topeka deserves shrine
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Will someone take the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame? Please. In the latest chapter of the saga involving the nomadic state shrine, the Wichita City Council voted unanimously last week to evict the hall from the city’s Old Town section for failure to pay $97,000 in back rent. Is this the end of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as we know it?
Horoscopes
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
Focus on the quality of your daily life this year, and be willing to do whatever you need to do to make it work. You might be delighted by what happens if you relax and value each moment. If you are single, you could meet someone quite challenging but very interesting beginning 2009.
Commentary: Women’s basketball team shining
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
It didn’t cause quite the stir. The stars weren’t nearly as pampered, or arrogant, or famous. But the team might have been better. A lot better.
Commodities
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures finished mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 28.5 cents to end at $7.9375; December corn dipped 1.25 cents to close at $5.17; December oats rose 0.25 cent to finish at $3.755; and November soybeans rose 15.5 cents to end at $11.96.
Stocks end higher, continuing gains
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
Wall Street advanced Monday but gave back some of its gains after crude oil prices pulled off their lows and the Federal Reserve said more banks are tightening lending standards.
Researchers reveal keys to invisibility
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Long the stuff of fantasy, practical invisibility shields have been brought a step closer to reality by researchers who say they have engineered materials that can hide an object by bending ordinary light like balloon animals at a circus.
Half of overweight adults may be heart-healthy
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy.
Russian action in Georgia affecting global oil supplies
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Oil traders on Monday shrugged off Russia’s widening invasion of neighboring Georgia, but if the conflict spreads farther it could threaten nearly 1 million barrels per day of needed global crude supplies from the Caspian Sea, most of it bound for Europe.
Devil’s advocate: Emporia author seeks to humanize Quantrill
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
“You’ll want to know about Lawrence, of course. Everybody does. If they don’t ask outright, they will make some oblique reference in hopes of sparking a conversation or perhaps an argument.” These are the opening lines of “I, Quantrill,” a novel told through the eyes of William Clarke Quantrill, a Confederate guerrilla warrior best known for his 1863 attack on Lawrence. The fictionalized story, as told by Emporia author Max McCoy, is an attempt to remind readers that Quantrill was, in fact, a man - and not the demon some have made him out to be.
Another day, another KU back defection
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
And then there were four. The Kansas University football team’s running-back corps, already facing the recent loss of two young backs, was dealt another blow Monday when it was revealed tailback Donte Bean would be leaving the program. Just a day after sophomore Carmon Boyd-Anderson decided to leave school citing personal reasons, Bean, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore out of North Garland (Texas) High, confirmed he will pursue a transfer as well.
One minute to calm
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C2
Whether it’s at work or around the house, being stressed out can hinder your day. Sure, an hourlong massage or a weeklong vacation would do wonders to ease your stress. But what can you do to chill right now? Woman’s Day offers ways to beat stress in 60 seconds or less.
Lawrence kitefest’s angle all about fun
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
When was the last time the wind did more for you than mess up your hair? Robert Guy Bickers has fond memories of the wind providing more than a new hairdo: a day’s worth of entertainment.
Pump patrol
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several locations.
Teen columnist excited, fearful for last year of high school
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Wes: This week we conclude Julia Davidson’s year on Double Take. While all the co-authors to date, including next year’s writer, have been seniors, Julia took the reins as a rising junior. To be honest, I had some apprehension about this experiment. Could a junior find her voice while still shy of the top of the pyramid?
City Commission agenda: Homeless shelter regulations up for approval
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
New regulations for where homeless shelters can locate in the city will be up for approval by Lawrence city commissioners.
Musharraf likely faces impeachment
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
The move to impeach unpopular President Pervez Musharraf started slowly Monday, indicating that the ruling coalition may try to force Musharraf to resign, as the former army chief’s backers insisted he would fight any impeachment to the finish.
On the record
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
A condition update for Sean Ragan, a Lawrence teen injured in a weekend fall from an apartment balcony, was unavailable. A spokesman at Kansas University Hospital could neither confirm nor deny his presence at the hospital.
Farmers concerned about enforcement of truck route policy
23rd Street could be more congested, but city commissioners to weigh change
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
You already know to beware of game day traffic on 23rd Street. Soon, you may want to add Harvest Day traffic to your list of reasons to avoid that major city thoroughfare. Farmers are warning that 23rd Street could become a mess of large, slow-moving grain trucks if city commissioners follow through on plans to enforce more strictly its truck route ordinance.
National League Roundup: Mets’ bullpen can’t hold off Pirates
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B4
Steve Pearce hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning, and Pittsburgh became the latest team to take advantage of the Mets’ shaky bullpen.
Information released on 6th Street accident
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police released a narrative of how three teenagers were injured when their car flipped over on Sixth Street last Tuesday.
How to give medicine to kids
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C2
Many parents have trouble getting their children to swallow the liquids and pills they need to be healthy. Virginia pharmacist Tara Kompare has created an acronym called “MED TIPS” to help:
Voting spotlights political rift
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Both sides in Bolivia’s bitter political standoff came out of a weekend recall referendum Monday with reason to declare victory. The big loser appeared to be national unity.
China’s fans love, cheer it all
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C12
For months, Olympic officials here fretted about Chinese fans. The fans might boo athletes from countries perceived as unfriendly to China, or maybe they wouldn’t know when to cheer, the government feared. Officials went so far as to draft 210,000 retired state employees and teach them the right way to hoot and holler.
Meier relishing roles
Kansas receiver/QB/punter flourishing
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kerry Meier could have been the poster boy for taking one for the team. He ended up the Sports Illustrated cover boy instead. Meier, starting quarterback for the Kansas University football team for most of the 2006 season, lost that job last year to Todd Reesing. But the KU coaches thought Meier could help the team more on the field than the sideline, so they approached him about the possibility of becoming a slash - as in, quarterback/wide receiver - and Meier agreed.
KU keeping quiet on potential budget cuts
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas University officials are remaining mum about how they might handle proposed budget cuts.
Man demands free porn videos to ‘inspect’
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man claiming to be a police detective tried to get an adult novelty shop to give him free X-rated videos, saying he wanted to make sure the performers weren’t underage, authorities said.
Land use decisions often tricky
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
At a recent voters’ forum, candidates answered a question about agricultural land use. Some of their answers reminded me of my service on Horizon 2020’s land use task force when a member of the committee suggested that farmers only be allowed to sell their land to other farmers.
Critical services
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In April 2007, Fire Chief Mark Bradford requested a budget increase to replace aging equipment. Around the same time, the city commissioners reviewed the effectiveness of tax abatements as business incentives.
Some felons getting to vote
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
Herbert Pompey had gone through rehab, stayed sober, held a job, married and started a landscaping business in the two years since he walked out of Taylor Correctional Institution. But what Pompey hadn’t done - and what he assumed a string of felony drug and DUI convictions would keep him from ever doing again - was vote.
Yellow House owners face records charges
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Additional details have emerged about new federal charges filed against Lawrence business owners Guy and Carrie Neighbors.
Instinct runs deep for both winners, losers
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C12
Chimps do it. Gorillas do it. Michael Phelps does it too. The exuberant dance of victory - arms thrust toward the sky and chests puffed out at a defeated opponent - turns out to be an instinctive trait of all primates … humans included, according to new research released Monday.
Fire destroys two-story building
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
A fire in southern Leavenworth County destroyed a two-story building Monday. Shortly after 10 a.m., firefighters from Reno Township and surrounding fire departments responded to a fire in the 11800 block of County Road 1, just south of Kansas Highway 32.
Russia drives deeper into Georgia
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Russian tanks roared deep into Georgia on Monday, launching a new western front in the conflict, and Russian planes staged air raids that sent people screaming and fleeing for cover in some towns.
Final Four floor for sale
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball fans now have the opportunity to own a piece of the San Antonio Alamodome floor on which the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Trial to begin in English-only case
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
A lawsuit filed by three Hispanic families against the Catholic Diocese of Wichita challenging a policy that requires students to speak only English while at school goes to trial in federal court today.
Sports struggle
Organizers need to rethink the mission and financing of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame has fallen on hard times once again. The Kansas Legislature created the sports hall in 1961 as part of the state’s centennial celebration, but it never fully funded the venture. For many years, the hall was housed in the Watkins Community Museum of History here in Lawrence.
Ex-Jayhawk Jackson remains unsigned
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson has not yet signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jordan’s king visits post-Saddam Iraq
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
On Monday, King Abdullah II of Jordan became the first Arab head of state to visit Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s regime collapsed in 2003.
Seniors can benefit from Recovery Act
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
There’s a lot to digest in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. I’ve addressed a few provisions of the new law already, and over the next several weeks I’ll continue to examine and comment on various sections of the act.
3 Japanese journalists detained in China
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Security authorities in Kuqa in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on Sunday temporarily detained two Japanese reporters and a Japanese cameraman who entered Kuqa to report on the series of terrorist bombings that occurred there earlier in the day, according to sources.
Bush to relax protected species rules
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C12
Parts of the Endangered Species Act may soon be extinct.
Packers’ Rodgers sharp in debut
Post-Favre era begins with 20-17 loss to Bengals
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Aaron Rodgers shrugged off a shaky beginning as Brett Favre’s replacement.
Disney wants big things from Tinker Bell
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B7
Tinker Bell, after many decades with no lines, is finally getting a starring role.
School district reduces property tax levy
Unexpected interest income lets board offset local-option increase
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school board Monday night voted to approve its budget for the 2008-2009 school year and gave a special consideration to taxpayers while doing it. Board members enthusiastically endorsed a motion to lower the budget’s mill levy from 8 mills to 6, fulfilling a promise to minimize the impact of the local-option budget passed by voters in April.
Phelps, China dominate Games
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
No drama from Michael Phelps this time. Just another gold medal, another world record and another rung up the chart of Olympic greatness. Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:42.96, the fastest-ever time by nearly a full second, giving him three golds and three world records thus far in Beijing. This also was his ninth career gold medal, tying Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis and two others for the biggest stash of Olympic gold.
Area stocks up early on road salt
Winter fears prompt action
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Four months after seeing their road salt supplies depleted from a harsh winter, local road and street departments are well on the way to replenishing stock. “The problem was we had no carryover like we did the last six or seven years,” said Tom Orzulak, street division manager for the city of Lawrence. “Last year, I was ready to go to McDonald’s and get salt packets. I was completely out. Out. I had to increase the order to replenish my safety net.”
Wipeout’ survives ratings obstacles
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
Proof that some shows are critic-proof and, frankly, beyond (or beneath) criticism arrives with the news that “Wipeout” (7 p.m., ABC) has done well enough this summer to be renewed for a second season.
Shout-outs give Obama the blues
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
In the arsenal of the culture wars, rap music remains somewhat radioactive - and Barack Obama now finds himself exposed.
Olympic protests allowed, but permits aren’t available
August 12, 2008 in print edition on C12
China late last month announced that individuals or groups wanting to demonstrate during the Olympics could go to “protest pens” in three public parks around Beijing.
Offices lend insight into presidential hopefuls
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
By their offices ye shall know them. The personalities and personal histories of John McCain and Barack Obama are as evident in the artwork, books and mementoes in their Senate offices as in any words they may utter.
Candidates grappling with war in Europe
August 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
Asked in 1957 what would determine his government’s course, Harold Macmillan, Britain’s new prime minister, replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Now, into America’s trivializing presidential campaign, a pesky event has intruded: a European war.
People in the news
August 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ ‘Heroes’ star’s father accused of striking wife¢ Ed McMahon, wife sued by another creditor¢ Mary-Louise Parker stars in ‘Hedda Gabler’