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'52 Jayhawks reflect on Olympic basketball title

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How will the 2008 USA men's basketball team finish in the Beijing Olympics?

Poll results

Response Percent
Gold
 
62%
Won’t medal
 
25%
Bronze
 
12%
Silver
 
0%
Total 8
Should the U.S. Olympic basketball team be made up of amateurs (as in 1952) or NBA players?

Poll results

Response Percent
Amateurs
 
68%
NBA players
 
31%
Total 19
If driving at a slower speed is safer and saves on gasoline, what highway speed limit would you support?

Poll results

Response Percent
75 mph
 
36%
65 mph
 
22%
70 mph
 
16%
60 mph
 
15%
55 mph
 
9%
Total 1465
Who should coach the 2012 Olympic team?

Poll results

Response Percent
Bill Self
 
44%
Roy Williams
 
28%
Doc Rivers
 
24%
Billy Donovan
 
4%
Total 25
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Fuel prices down in Kansas; still higher than last year
August 14, 2008
Kansas fuel prices fell considerably in the last month, but they are still well above last year’s.
Thursday, August 14 weather at 10 p.m.
August 14, 2008
The forecast for Friday, August 15 calls for a high of 79 with a low around 63.
Tonganoxie family a staple of Leavenworth County Fair rodeo
August 14, 2008
Every year the Leavenworth County Fair is anchored by the rodeo. Among the contestants traveling from all over the region to attend the event, there is one Tonganoxie family that stands out among them all.
Work to start Monday on Kansas Highway 10 bridge repairs
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A5
Drivers on Kansas Highway 10 will face more minor traffic delays beginning Monday, as crews start work on their fourth bridge-repair project along Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County.
Sebelius assigns transportation task force, says no to motor fuels tax increase
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday kicked off the start of the next transportation program by assigning a task force and shutting the door to any increase in the motor fuels tax.
Lawrence police to take part in drunken driving crackdown
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police will join law enforcement agencies from across the state in conducting extra, random drunken driving patrols through Labor Day. Officers will be looking for drivers who are violating seat belt laws and driving under the influence.
Lawrence natives cherish Olympic basketball gold
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Bill Lienhard, Charlie Hoag, Bill Hougland and Al Kelley hope the 2008 USA Olympic men’s basketball team leaves Beijing with the same memories as they did during the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Games.
Democrats to open Lawrence headquarters on Saturday
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore and Nancy Boyda, both D-Kan., and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Slattery will help kick off the opening of the Douglas County Democratic headquarters Saturday.
Researchers awarded $10.1 million grant
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
Proteins are a building block of life, and better understanding of them could help the treatment of diseases. To help a coalition of Kansas researchers tackle the complex issue of proteins, the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $10.1 million grant.
Police say alcohol was factor in rollover accident
02:08 a.m., August 14, 2008 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 22-year-old woman was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, after police said she caused a two-vehicle rollover accident about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a Lawrence Police report said.
World’s tallest woman dies at 53 years old
August 14, 2008 in print edition on C8
Sandy Allen, a woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world’s tallest female died early Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53.
Examine merits of homebuyer tax credit
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Lots of folks have been asking me whether the much-touted first-time homebuyer tax credit is worth taking.
Horoscopes
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
Understand that you need to step up to the plate this year. The unanticipated opens doors more often than not. Instinctively, you come out on top, as you are far more grounded than you thought in the past. If single, you meet people with ease in the second half of the year.
Pump patrol
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.57 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.
People in the news
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall to open NY annex¢ Spears revels at mom, aunt roles¢ Accused stalker can stand trial, judge says¢ Lil Jon shifts from crunk to ‘world music’¢ ‘Virgin’ actor pleads not guilty in attack
Griffin entertains at Walter Reed
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B6
“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (9 p.m., Bravo) wraps up its fourth season with a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to entertain wounded and recovering veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Melting pot turns up heat: Census sets 2042 as end of white majority
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.
Start-up gets $1M for drug plan
Firm is working to bring KU research to marketplace
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
It was a drug administration system that was developed at Kansas University. Now, a KU start-up company has received $1 million in private financing to push for public testing and Food and Drug Administration approval.
Hoops recruit Robinson to visit KU next month
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
Thomas Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound basketball power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., tells Rivals.com he will make his official visit to Kansas University Sept. 19-20.
Bicycle sharing rides into DC
August 14, 2008 in print edition on C8
Washington joins the ranks of Paris and Barcelona this week with the launch of the first high-tech public bike-sharing program in the United States.
National League Roundup: Murphy leads Mets to rout
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B4
Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs to help New York rout Washington on Wednesday night.
Russia violates cease-fire; US to aid Georgia
Bush sends aircraft, ships to deliver humanitarian relief
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
Russian troops, in violation of a cease-fire agreement reached on Tuesday, embarked Wednesday on what Georgian officials called a deliberate and systematic attempt to demolish what remains of the Georgian military.
Shocker: Phelps second (sort of)
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Shocking news from the pool: Michael Phelps finished second in something Thursday, but it was merely in qualifying for the 200 medley finals.
American League Roundup: Boston holds off Texas
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B4
Kevin Youkilis had three doubles Wednesday night, and Boston held onto a big lead this time.
Ron King Agency wins agent of the month
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Local American Family agent Ron King and his team were named Kansas District Agent of the Month for July.
Stocks end an erratic day with lopsided loss
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Wall Street ended an erratic session Wednesday with a lopsided loss as blue chips fell on investors’ concerns over the health of financial companies and high-tech stocks fared better on news from the semiconductor sector.
McCain foreign policy adviser has financial ties to Georgia
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A8
John McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Buehrle off, but still too much for K.C.
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mark Buehrle never would have predicted he’d have this kind of outing - not based on his warmups.
Democratic chairman fatally shot in office
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
The man who walked into the state Democratic offices in Little Rock, Ark., claimed he wanted to support the party as a volunteer. Instead, he ended up killing the man who gave the party much of its passion.
Majority of parliament backs army after coup
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
More than two-thirds of Mauritanian lawmakers endorsed last week’s army-led coup, urging world governments Wednesday to recognize the ruling junta as the legitimate government.
Transit sales tax questions tied up with T’s future
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A1
We’re now officially on T-watch. For the next 83 days - some would say like sands through an hourglass - a drama will unfold to determine whether the city’s fixed-route transit system lives or dies.
State of the art: part II
Practice facility anchors renovations
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B1
If any members of Kansas University’s sports teams other than football were feeling left out, they shouldn’t feel that way for long. As the KU football team luxuriates in the Anderson Family Football Complex, its princely new home away from home, the rest of the Jayhawk student-athletes soon will get new digs of their own.
Transit example
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: My wife and I just returned from spending 10 days in Portland, Ore. Portland is a city of about 550,000 people (and 31 breweries). It also has an efficient and delightful transportation system - a system appropriate for a modern, progressive city.
UN unveils plans to step up Iraq efforts
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Five years after bombings forced the United Nations to pull out of Iraq, the world body is back. It announced plans Wednesday to help Iraq rebuild and create jobs following complaints the government has been unable or unwilling to spend its oil riches.
Acreage report deadline is Friday
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Farmers expecting to enroll in Farm Service Agency programs must report acreage for spring-seeded crops by Friday.
Cut bottled water from your budget
August 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
We’ve pinched and reorganized our household budgets. But we still often overpay for commercially bottled water. On an annual basis, the typical American consumer spends $1,400 on bottled water vs. 49 cents for the same amount of water from our kitchen faucet, according to the Center for a New American Dream, a nonprofit consumer group in Maryland.
WWII spy ring papers revealed
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.
Best Buy stores to sell iPhones
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
The pending arrival of the iPhone 3G in Best Buy stores across the country signals that shortages of the Apple Inc. devices are easing, analysts said Wednesday.
Ex-OU recruit lands at Troy
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Josh Jarboe, a highly regarded wide receiver recruit who was kicked off the team at Oklahoma two weeks ago, has decided to enroll at Troy.
8 activists detained after Olympics protest
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Police detained eight foreign activists and a British journalist attempting to cover their protest, as the latest in a series of demonstrations spurred jumpiness about dissent during the Olympics.
Kansas ACT scores still above national average
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A3
High school seniors in Kansas continue to score better on the ACT college entrance exam than their counterparts across the nation, and their marks are slightly higher than they were four years ago.
Commodities
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 60 cents to $8.7525; December corn added 30 cents to $5.585; December oats rose 14.5 cents to $3.91; November soybeans gained 70 cents to $12.84.
Taliban ambush kills 3 Western aid workers
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Taliban fighters shredded a U.S. aid group’s SUV with assault rifles Wednesday, killing three Western women and their Afghan driver amid an escalating militant onslaught against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan.
Bright ideas: Color dominates palette in Lawrence gardener’s backyard
August 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
It is always an unexpected pleasure to get mail that isn’t a bill or junk catalog. I particularly appreciate it when readers write to share an idea for an article or to boast of their own garden’s magnificence.
Favre says his arm is ‘fatigued’
Jets’ new QB still on target to start Saturday’s game
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Brett Favre dropped back, looked downfield and launched a long spiral about 5 yards past his intended receiver. A few plays later, the Jets quarterback short-hopped a toss that thumped into the grass.
Sports ‘giant’
Americans’ focus on athletes and sporting events seems to overshadow far more significant issues.
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
An alien coming to the United States these past couple of weeks would have every right to believe “sports” is this nation’s No. 1 obsession.
Trees, shrubs struggle to establish
August 14, 2008 in print edition on C1
This is crunch time, the heat of summer, the days when young trees and shrubs choose to live or die. This is the time when what we have done, or have not done, really makes the difference.
Blood drive to collect donations next week
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Community Blood Center plans to conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 21 during the Auto Plaza Car Wash Days in the Donor Room at the Community Blood Center, 1410 Kasold, Suite 6.
Group disputes military in case
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Fort Riley soldier suing the military was rebuffed recently when he took complaints about violations of his religious freedoms to the post’s inspector general, an advocacy group involved in his lawsuit said Wednesday.
Resident given OK to finance road extension
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A5
In a contentious discussion Wednesday, the Douglas County Commission gave tentative approval for residents in the Lecompton township to expand a rural road.
Bombing subdues new relations with Syria
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lebanon and Syria formally established diplomatic relations Wednesday for the first time since they won their independence in the 1940s, a historic move that was overshadowed by a bombing in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli in which 18 people were killed.
Conventions past provide useful insights
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Stevenson family has a long history with political conventions. Great-grandfather Jesse Fell went to the Republican convention in Chicago in 1860 to help turn the brand-new Republican Party to his friend, Abraham Lincoln.
On the record
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 65-year-old Lawrence woman reported her identity was falsely used to purchase $2,018 worth of computer equipment.
Our town sports
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
A listing of camps and tournaments in and around Lawrence.
Royals farmhands punished
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas City Royals pitcher Juan Garcia and catcher Juan Fortuna, and Chicago Cubs pitcher Starling Peralta were suspended for 50 games each Wednesday after testing positive under baseball’s minor-league drug program.
Baker eyes ‘next step’
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B3
By some reckoning, Mike Grossner should have been at least a little peeved. Here was the Heart of America Athletic Conference preseason football poll, and there was Baker University sitting in seventh place.
Obama campaign reveals convention speech schedule
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A8
Four years ago, Barack Obama, then a little-known state senator from Illinois, rocketed to prominence when he delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Jimmy V matchups set
August 14, 2008 in print edition on B2
West Virginia and three other schools that made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament will meet in the Jimmy V Classic doubleheader on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Public bus system a valuable service
August 14, 2008 in print edition on A7
The only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of midlife and older women.