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Vanessa Mccoy Dorm Days: 1980's
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Did your parents help you move into your freshman college dorm?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
48%
No.
 
28%
I lived at home during college.
 
11%
I didn’t go to college.
 
11%
Total 670
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Jessica Bailey, of Bonner Springs, helps her friend, KU freshman Jeremy Paterson, of Bonner Springs, move into Lewis Hall on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Dorm life not spartan anymore
August 17, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Sunday was the first day of Emily Mangelsdorf’s college life. She came prepared. Tons of clothes. Twenty pairs of shoes. Couch. Microwave. Refrigerator. Coffee maker. Even a rice steamer. “I’m sure my mom’s load for college was about half this,” she said, standing beside her pile of belongings atop Kansas University’s Daisy Hill.
10:00 a.m.
Diane Spicer, a teacher at Douglas County Day School, is one of the main instructors who help students sentenced to attend Day School, either for committing crimes or behavior problems. Day School puts students back on track
August 18, 2008 in print edition on 5A
Ashley refuses to go to high school. Not with the throngs of students, the teachers that couldn’t get through to her, the distractions. She’s more comfortable clad in the green sweatshirt and blue sweatpants that make up the Day School uniform at the Douglas County Youth Center. The only problem is the outfit is unflattering. “I will refuse to go back to a regular school,” she said. “Here, I can understand it a lot easier.”
1:51 p.m.
Online chat
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore chats with local citizens
August 18, 2008
Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who represents a portion of east Lawrence and east Douglas County, as well as Wyandotte County and Johnson County, chats about his activities in Washington, D.C., since being re-elected in 2006. He is running for re-election. He is joined by Rebecca Black, communications director of Moore for Congress.
1:51 p.m.
Online chat
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore chats with local citizens
August 18, 2008
Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who represents a portion of east Lawrence and east Douglas County, as well as Wyandotte County and Johnson County, chats about his activities in Washington, D.C., since being re-elected in 2006. He is running for re-election. He is joined by Rebecca Black, communications director of Moore for Congress.
2:20 p.m.
Online chat
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore chats with local citizens
August 18, 2008
Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who represents a portion of east Lawrence and east Douglas County, as well as Wyandotte County and Johnson County, chats about his activities in Washington, D.C., since being re-elected in 2006. He is running for re-election. He is joined by Rebecca Black, communications director of Moore for Congress.
3:00 p.m.
Kerry Altenbernd, of Lawrence, portrays John Brown on Sunday during a first-person educational performance at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. John Brown was an abolitionist who spent time in Kansas prior to the Civil War and was involved in a skirmish against a pro-slavery militia in 1856 at Black Jack Battlefield. Re-enactor breathes new life into abolitionist John Brown
August 18, 2008 in print edition on 3A
With his full gray beard and long black coat, Kerry Altenbernd seemed to step effortlessly into the role of legendary abolitionist John Brown. He paced the stage, at times pounding his fist on the podium for added emphasis, as he recounted the life of the controversial figure who holds a central place in the history of Lawrence and the state.
6:00 p.m.
Avery Lominska is one the first to arrive at the Lawrence Farmers' Market on July 26. He will be selling a variety of vegetables from his stand on this day. Lawrence restaurants look local for key ingredients
August 18, 2008
Lawrence chefs look forward to the fruits of summer when preparing their premier dishes
10:00 p.m.
Lindsay Buscher, left, of Lawrence, and Karen Rippel, of Topeka, enjoy an outdoor lunch Monday on Massachusetts Street. The city is considering lifting a long-standing ban against downtown bars applying for sidewalk seating areas. Commission to consider sidewalk seating for bars
August 18, 2008 in print edition on 1A
A pitcher of Budweiser and a sidewalk seat: it may soon be the newest downtown attraction. City commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night will consider lifting a long-standing ban against downtown bars applying for sidewalk seating areas. Since 1994, downtown restaurants that make at least 70 percent of their sales from food have been allowed to apply for sidewalk seating areas. But bars and restaurants that don’t meet that sales standard have been prohibited.

All stories

Coaches raise money at golf tournament
August 18, 2008
A number of the nation’s best college basketball coaches teed it up this afternoon at the National Golf Club of Kansas City for the CBE Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Monday, August 18 weather at 10 p.m.
August 18, 2008
The forecast for Tuesday, August 19 calls for a high of 86 with a low around 56.
Reesing undisputed starter at QB in ‘08
August 18, 2008
A year ago this week, it was a two-man quarterback race for the KU football team. Todd Reesing vs. Kerry Meier. In the end, Reesing won the job and led the Jayhawks to a 12-1 season capped off with an Orange Bowl victory.
KidCast: Jennifer Pomes
August 18, 2008
The record high for August 18 is 109 in 1936. The record low is 51 in 1943.
Commission to consider sidewalk seating for bars
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
A pitcher of Budweiser and a sidewalk seat: it may soon be the newest downtown attraction. City commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night will consider lifting a long-standing ban against downtown bars applying for sidewalk seating areas. Since 1994, downtown restaurants that make at least 70 percent of their sales from food have been allowed to apply for sidewalk seating areas. But bars and restaurants that don’t meet that sales standard have been prohibited.
School negotiators discussing new proposals
August 18, 2008
Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and the Lawrence Education Association are taking a break from meetings Monday evening for each side to discuss proposals for a new contract for the 2008-09 school year.
Attorney general warns students about financial risks
August 18, 2008
Days before school starts, the attorney general raises awareness about fraud, credit cards.
First-time students head to preschool
August 18, 2008
It’s their first day of school Tuesday, but on Monday East Heights Early Childhood Family Center opened its doors for an open house. Administrators know it takes a while for kids to get used to new surroundings.
Lawrence-based Identigen secures first North American customer
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
A Lawrence-based operation that uses DNA technology to trace the identity of meat products from source to shelves now has its first North American client.
Kicker Hoge leaves KU football team
Hoge leaves school to pursue academics; Branstetter could miss season due to eligibility issues
04:50 p.m., August 18, 2008 Updated 08:13 p.m.
Kansas University redshirt freshman Stephen Hoge, one of three placekickers vying for the Jayhawks’ starting job this season, left the team Sunday, according to his father, John Hoge.
Suspect cited in altercation outside downtown bar
August 18, 2008
A 22-year-old Lawrence man allegedly punched an Overland Park man in the face early Sunday morning outside a downtown Lawrence bar, police said.
Yearbook sales face competition from Internet, but Lawrence bucks trend
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B2
The days of the yearbook may be waning. The traditional yearbook is facing challenges from the economy and social networking Web sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Several high schools and colleges across the country have seen a downturn in sales.
Lawrence restaurants look local for key ingredients
August 18, 2008
Lawrence chefs look forward to the fruits of summer when preparing their premier dishes
Douglas County offers incentives to encourage early retirement
As much as 5% of the workforce could be eligible
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Douglas County Commission has sweetened the deal for employees close to retirement to try to convince some of them to leave earlier than planned.
KU freshmen start year with walk up hill
August 18, 2008
Each year for the past several, a new group of Kansas University freshmen has started their college careers with a trek that mirrors the one they hope to make four (or five) years down the road.
KU students can now ride T for free as city and university begin bus pass collaboration
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
Monday marked the first day for a new collaboration between the city and university bus systems.
Phelps finished; now what?
Swimmer done, but Games go on : with plenty of stories to follow
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
Among the modern architectural marvels of Beijing is the CCTV Tower, a 750-foot curiosity that resembles nothing so much as trouser legs.
Horoscopes
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B6
Expect a very strong and dynamic year where you learn to play and live in harmony with a key partner or associate. Certainly every moment is not easy, but when you look back, the tension, negotiations and process will prove to be worthwhile.
Unknown’ uncovers lore of the gladiators
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B6
A smart show with a dumb title, “Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein” (9 p.m., Discovery) stars a handsome adventurer/ archeologist who spans the globe to explore strange and ancient cultures.
Keegan: Hmmm, good question
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
The question sounded easy enough, until, that is, it came time to answer it. “Which team will be better this year,” a marginal sports fan asked, “Kansas football or basketball?” It’s been so long since the answer automatically was basketball that the question threw me for a loop. Which team will be better, Kansas football or Kansas basketball?
No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
So much for hugging in church. A day after Barack Obama and John McCain exchanged an embrace during a faith forum at a California megachurch, Obama called the U.S. economy a disaster thanks to “John McCain’s president, George W. Bush,” and chided his Republican rival’s campaign team for trying to make him look unpatriotic and weak.
City Commission agenda: Utility rate increase considered
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
As one of the final pieces of the city’s 2009 budget, city commissioners will consider approving increases for water, sewer and trash rates.
Rural woes may help Obama
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
The folks in this picturesque mountain community with red barns and Amish buggies have been voting overwhelmingly Republican in national elections for decades. But tough economic times in Mifflin County and in rural areas all around the country have created possible openings for Democrat Barack Obama.
Presentation to cover addiction and recovery
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kendall Heiman will present “The Disease of Addiction in the Family and How the Family Recovers” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Professional Treatment Services, 3205 Clinton Parkway Court.
Weight on her shoulders: Competitive weightlifter looking to 2012 Olympics
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
The final weightlifting Olympic medals will be settled in Beijing on Tuesday, but Kansas University student Vanessa McCoy’s sights are already focused on the 2012 Games. The weightlifter has achieved one of her goals: an invitation to attend the prestigious Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.
National League Roundup: Chicago cruises past Marlins, 9-2
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B4
Chicago put together a big seventh inning to make Ryan Dempster a winner and seal a 5-1 road trip.
First Financial buys Great American Bank
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
First Financial Bancshares, Lawrence, announced its purchase of Great American Bank in De Soto on July 31 from Enterprise Financial Services Corp. in St. Louis.
Three new designer stationery collections hit shelves
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
Designer collaborations are commonplace today. It’s no surprise that the partnerships have extended to paper goods.
Muslim rebels attack southern villages
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Muslim rebels attacked several southern coastal townships today, killing a local official and burning houses in a sharp escalation of fighting amid uncertainty over a fragile peace process, officials said.
Day School puts students back on track
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A5
Ashley refuses to go to high school. Not with the throngs of students, the teachers that couldn’t get through to her, the distractions. She’s more comfortable clad in the green sweatshirt and blue sweatpants that make up the Day School uniform at the Douglas County Youth Center. The only problem is the outfit is unflattering. “I will refuse to go back to a regular school,” she said. “Here, I can understand it a lot easier.”
Challengers keep up in fundraising for races
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
Most challengers to area incumbents in state legislative races are holding their own in fundraising as the Nov. 4 general election nears. Republican Scott Morgan, a Lawrence school board member, received more campaign contributions through July 24 in the state Senate race against incumbent Democrat Marci Francisco, a former Lawrence mayor.
Septuplets’ mother waits to hold babies
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
A day after giving birth to septuplets, a 27-year-old Egyptian woman said Sunday she’s only seen her babies on television and hopes to hold them and name them soon.
TV remains top source of news
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fewer Americans are reading newspapers and are instead getting their news online, but television remains the leading source of news in the country, according to a survey released Sunday.
Latest recruit finds football to his liking
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
Three years ago, a lanky freshman showed up for high school football practice at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. He had never played football before, and, at 6-foot-4, he looked a lot like a basketball player - which, in fact, he was. But as a new student in his first year at a new school, Neal Barlow figured football would be the best way to get acquainted with his new classmates.
Pool hours change as summer winds down
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
School has started, and that means the swimming pool’s hours have changed.
Floods breach dam, force evacuations
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A6
Days of heavy rains around the Grand Canyon created flooding that breached an earthen dam Sunday and forced helicopters to pluck scores of residents and campers from the gorge. No injuries were immediately reported.
Tropical storm lashes Cuba, could reach hurricane force
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Cuba evacuated dozens of coastal communities and promised to protect foreign tourists Sunday as the approaching Tropical Storm Fay lashed the island with heavy rains and winds. Forecasters warned Fay could turn into a hurricane.
Thunder’ rumbles past ‘Knight’
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B6
It took four of Hollywood’s biggest stars to take down Batman.
American League Roundup: Rios, Jays blast Beckett
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B4
Alex Rios went 5-for-6 and matched a club record with four doubles, and Toronto knocked Boston ace Josh Beckett out after 21â3 innings.
Electric bicycles selling briskly as gas prices climb
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
When Honora Wolfe and her husband moved to the outskirts of Boulder, Colo., she wanted an environmentally friendly way to commute to her job as a bookshop owner in the city.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 18, 1908: “If Douglas County loses the big lawsuit brought against the commissioners by William Sinclair, the county treasury will be poorer by just $6,500. In all, 39 claims were included in the one suit, ranging from $25 to several hundred dollars.
People in the news
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Reports: DeGeneres and de Rossi married
7,000 police blanket Kabul before event
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Afghan police ordered 7,000 officers onto the streets of Kabul to guard against attacks on senior leaders during Independence Day celebrations today, responding to signs of the Taliban’s growing strength near the capital.
Ex-Marine criticizes civilian prosecution
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
A former Marine sergeant facing the first federal civilian prosecution of a military member accused of a war crime says there is much more at stake than his claim of innocence on charges that he killed unarmed detainees in Fallujah, Iraq.
Edwards captures fifth Cup crown
Busch still series leader, but gap closing before Chase
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B2
Carl Edwards sent a not-so-subtle message to Kyle Busch Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
System regulating real-estate appraisers ‘completely broken’
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
As soaring home prices set the stage for America’s great housing meltdown, a critical step in making sure those home sales were a fair deal - the real estate appraisal - was undermined from within. After the nation’s last major banking disaster, Congress set up a system to catch rogue appraisers. Their game: inflating the value of homes at the direction of equally unscrupulous real estate agents and mortgage brokers, whose commissions are determined by the size of the deals.
Russia aggression may benefit McCain
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
Last August, John McCain’s campaign was a guttering candle, out of money but flush with half-baked ideas that were unlikely to be improved by further baking. Anyway, to have many ideas is to have too many for a campaign’s concluding sprint, and McCain’s revival has not been robust enough to bring him even with Barack Obama.
Yanks spank Royals
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B3
Mike Mussina kept turning around to see poorly hit balls find holes in the Yankees’ defense, his body language conveying just a touch of exasperation. By the time he walked off the mound after the first inning, Kansas City had a three-run lead.
Money Tip: How to buy running shoes
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
Here are some tips for buying the right pair of running shoes, from Consumer Reports:
On the record
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police said they responded to a vehicle rollover at 24th and Iowa Streets over the weekend. Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said early Saturday morning, an SUV was southbound on Iowa Street when the driver apparently stuck out an arm and fired a shot toward a Pontiac on the road.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
Fred Williams, 36, took over as director of the Kansas University Alumni Association. He had been director of alumni relations and development at Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. He succeeded Dick Wintermote, who had resigned but was due to remain in an advisory capacity for as long as he was needed, he said.
Russians’ claims about damaged city exaggerated
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
As Russian troops pounded through Georgia last week, the Kremlin and its allies repeatedly pointed to one justification above all others: The Georgian military had destroyed the city of Tskhinvali.
Private enterprise
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: In the Old Home Town section, it was reported on Aug. 4, 1908, that an electric car line was being planned. It would be financed by local men, not by any form of government.
Re-enactor breathes new life into abolitionist John Brown
History buff’s portrayal continues Civil War on the Western Frontier series, which ends this week
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
With his full gray beard and long black coat, Kerry Altenbernd seemed to step effortlessly into the role of legendary abolitionist John Brown. He paced the stage, at times pounding his fist on the podium for added emphasis, as he recounted the life of the controversial figure who holds a central place in the history of Lawrence and the state.
Report: Negotiators have basis for pact
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Zimbabwean negotiators have the basis for a power-sharing agreement and should quickly resolve their political differences and turn their attention to their nation’s economic crisis, southern African leaders said Sunday.
Schwarzenegger’s knee surgery successful
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday night after a nagging injury prompted him to clear his schedule and cancel a weekend appearance in Lake Tahoe.
Who’ll fill the void?
KU searching for B-Mac’s replacement
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team will miss Brandon McAnderson. Curiously, though, according to the guys whose job it will be to replace him, the nifty numbers McAnderson put up last season - 190 rushes, 1,125 yards, 5.9 per carry, 16 touchdowns, plus another 213 yards receiving - are the least of their worries.
Dentist receives Fellowship Award
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Academy of General Dentistry honored Dr. Patrick Jankowski, Eudora, with its Fellowship Award during the AGD Convocation ceremony.
Afterschool-program helpers needed at CJHS
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A5
The afterschool program at Central Junior High School seeks volunteers to assist with activities.
Solar potential
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I concur with Russell Mesler’s “Wind won’t solve energy crisis” (Journal-World, Aug. 9). I, too, am an engineer - for some 60 years. My Cal Tech Engineer and Science magazine contains an excellent article, “Powering the Planet.” This article discusses the “scale of the problem, carbon dioxide, kicking the carbon habit and renewable energy.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
Residents of the Perry and Williams-town area were organizing to complain about what they considered poor service from the Kansas Telephone Co. which served their region.Former President Dwight Eisenhower suffered another serious heart attack and was in serious condition.
Visitors urged to leave Florida Keys
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A2
Florida Keys officials closed schools, opened shelters and urged visitors to leave as Tropical Storm Fay threatened to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday, but residents and some tourists seemed in no hurry to evacuate.
Spanish flu survivors still have immunity
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
Nearly a century after history’s most lethal flu faded away, survivors’ bloodstreams still carry super-potent protection against the 1918 virus, demonstrating the remarkable durability of the human immune system.
Calif. man rescued after 2 nights in old mine
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C8
A man was rescued from an abandoned gold mine Sunday after tumbling more than 100 feet and spending two nights at the bottom of the dark shaft, authorities said.
Russia: Pullout to begin today
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A8
Russia’s president promised to start withdrawing forces from positions in Georgia today, but suggested they could stay in the breakaway region at the heart of the fighting that has reignited Cold War tensions.
Coffeyville kindergarten moving to nursing home
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B8
A new kindergarten classroom in southeastern Kansas will be located inside a nursing home.
Delegates fired up for Democratic convention
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A1
Local delegates are preparing for what they hope will be a successful Democratic National Convention that will lead to retaking the White House in November. “This is an immense opportunity for the country to get back on the right track, and I want to be part of it,” said attorney Margie Wakefield, who is attending her first national convention.
Having too much experience
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
Q: I have more than 30 years of accounting experience but do not have a degree. I’ve taken continuing ed classes regularly, but every time I am interviewed, they ask me about my education. How should I write it on my resume? - Colleen
Pump patrol
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
Yearwood offers Southern recipes in new book
August 18, 2008 in print edition on C1
In a culinary age when terms such as fried or stuffed can be considered taboo, Trisha Yearwood is giving Americans a throwback to good old-fashioned Southern cooking.And she’s doing so without apologies.
Olympics Roundup: Chinese hurdler Liu pulls up lame
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B3
Michael Phelps got what he came for, capping the greatest Olympics for an individual athlete by winning his eighth gold medal in Beijing and 14th of his career.
Kansas Chamber has new vice president
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce recently announced that J. Kent Eckles will join its staff as vice president of government affairs.
Commentary: Phelps’ Olympic feat incomparable
August 18, 2008 in print edition on B2
Now what? I mean it isn’t like Michael Phelps is all of a sudden going to challenge Usain Bolt in the 200. He hasn’t been invited onto U.S. track’s sprint relay team, although it could use something, some healthy body in its futile attempt to beat Jamaica.
Museum praise
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Congratulations to the Watkins Community Museum of History for coordinating the successful “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibition.
Marching forward
Last season’s Orange Bowl trip apparently is providing a welcome incentive for the Marching Jayhawks.
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Kansas University football team may not be the only one putting on a great show in Memorial Stadium this fall. After several years of struggling, the KU marching band reported this week that more than 200 musicians had signed up to participate. That’s not as big as some bands in the Big 12, but it’s a marked improvement from the 177 members last year or 165 the year before.
Energy struggle
August 18, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: “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,” or so says the Journal-World of Aug. 12. But it doesn’t have to be so.