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What will the Kansas football team's record be at the end of the regular season?

Poll results

Response Percent
9-3
 
37%
8-4
 
25%
10-2
 
18%
7-5
 
6%
12-0
 
6%
11-1
 
3%
3-9 or worse
 
1%
4-8
 
0%
6-6
 
0%
5-7
 
0%
Total 1009
Whom will Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama choose as his running mate?

Poll results

Response Percent
U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden
 
31%
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
 
25%
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton
 
13%
None of the above
 
11%
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine
 
10%
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh
 
7%
Total 785
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Alex Rausch, a Kansas University sophomore from Shawnee, scoots around campus on his 1982 Motron mo-ped on Tuesday. Rausch dusted off the retro mo-ped, which his grandfather gave him years ago, as an affordable alternative to driving a car. Mo-peds, scooters make inroads at KU
August 19, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Alex Rausch’s ride oozes old-school European cachet as he arrives on campus, and for that he can thank an arbiter of the decidedly old-fashioned. That would be his late grandfather, from whom the Kansas University sophomore inherited a 1982 Motron mo-ped. He hasn’t looked back since.
6:00 a.m.
A bagworm clings to an evergreen tree in downtown Lawrence on Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Bagworms more serious pests than webworms
August 20, 2008 in print edition on 6A
Picking bagworms from trees can be a tedious task. But overlooking just one “bag” can mean leaving hundreds of bagworms on a tree. Female bagworms lay about 1,000 eggs in each of those bags, according to Roger Boyd, professor emeritus at Baker University in Baldwin City. He also is tree board chairman in Baldwin City. “If you don’t pick any, they tend to build up,” Boyd said.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius thanks local heroes who rose up to help their storm-devastated neighbors in the 2008 State of the State Address on Monday at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kan.  "Kansans came together," Sebelius said on Monday to a packed House chamber. Democratic congressional leaders announced Tuesday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will deliver their party's response after President Bush's State of the Union Address later this month. Reports: Obama has narrowed VP choices
August 20, 2008 in print edition on 10A
Kansans know what the “Final Four” means. Anything can happen. And by most media accounts on Tuesday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is in the “Final Four” of possible Democratic vice presidential running mates.Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will announce his decision any second, or in a couple of days.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University freshman Travis Young, Garden City, winces as his friend Kim Nguyen, also a Garden City freshman, pulls a KU hat down on his head Wednesday at Jayhawk Bookstore. Through the end of June, KU had received $626,000 in royalties from sales of licensed merchandise connected with KU's national basketball championship, a record haul for such a title. KU tops North Carolina for royalties title
August 20, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Kansas has beaten North Carolina again, this time when it comes to proceeds from sales of officially licensed merchandise.

All stories

Leavenworth County officers still searching for Florida man
August 20, 2008
Officers in Leavenworth County are still searching for a Florida man after the suspect abandoned his car southeast of Tonganoxie Sunday night.
Wednesday, August 20 weather at 10 p.m.
August 20, 2008
The forecast for Thursday, August 21 calls for a high of 80 with a low around 66.
LHS football team looking to bounce back in ‘08
August 20, 2008
The Lawrence High football team had a miserable end to it’s 2007 season. On October 26th of last year, the Lions lost to Topeka High for the first time in a decade. That setback ended a five-year streak of state playoff appearances. But a new campaign starts in two weeks for Dirk Wedd’s bunch…and memories of ‘07 are providing plenty of motivation.
Sebelius not answering VP questions
August 20, 2008
Mum is the word in Topeka - with speculation swirling around her, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius still isn’t talking about the vice presidency.
Hemenway: If budgets suffer, staff positions will be cut
04:59 p.m., August 20, 2008 Updated 06:38 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University would have to cut up to 125 employee positions in Lawrence if talks about budget cuts become reality. Chancellor Robert Hemenway told members of the Board of Regents during its annual retreat in Wichita that if 5 percent was cut from next year’s budget, there was no way students wouldn’t be affected.
Court appearance scheduled for man accused of breaking into cars
August 20, 2008
An 18-year-old Lawrence man accused of breaking into two cars will have his first appearance in court on Aug. 29.
KU tops North Carolina for royalties title
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas has beaten North Carolina again, this time when it comes to proceeds from sales of officially licensed merchandise.
Cross-country trip raising awareness about housing for disabled adults
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A4
Without a car, Matt Eddy and Ron Steenbruggen left New England on June 30 to embark on a mission across the United States. Day 52 of that assignment brought them right through Tonganoxie and then to Lawrence on Wednesday.
Labor dispute at center of protest outside grocery store
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
A labor union’s long-running dispute against a contractor has led to a protest outside a Lawrence grocery store.
Freshman Jayhawk basketball player gets court date after BB gun incident
KU coach Self: ‘We take this matter very seriously’
01:31 p.m., August 20, 2008 Updated 07:55 p.m. in print edition on A3
An incoming Kansas University basketball player is accused of shooting an Airsoft rifle BB gun out of his university dorm room, possibly hitting a woman in the courtyard below, the KU Public Safety office said. Markieff Morris, 18, was issued a notice to appear in court after the incident, which the KU Public Safety office said occurred about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Jayhawker Towers. According to a report from the KU Public Safety Office, Morris was suspected of using alcohol.
Bagworms more serious pests than webworms
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A6
Picking bagworms from trees can be a tedious task. But overlooking just one “bag” can mean leaving hundreds of bagworms on a tree. Female bagworms lay about 1,000 eggs in each of those bags, according to Roger Boyd, professor emeritus at Baker University in Baldwin City. He also is tree board chairman in Baldwin City. “If you don’t pick any, they tend to build up,” Boyd said.
American League Roundup: Rays rally against Angels
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B4
Willy Aybar broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and Tampa Bay rallied past Los Angeles for its ninth victory in 11 games.
Dispute on judges divides ruling coalition
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
As Pakistan’s ruling coalition government got off to a new start Tuesday a day after the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf, political disagreements and a bomb that killed at least 26 people in the country’s volatile northwest underlined the challenges faced by the new government.
Nearly half of Americans are ‘problem sleepers’
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and awakening too early afflict a lot of Americans these days, according to the editors of Consumer Reports.
Cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease all byproducts of trans fats
August 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
Q: Are trans fats really that bad for you?
Keegan: Mangino faces decision
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
I know a guy who knows a guy who got his start in the college football coaching business as a spy. This is how the spy didn’t do his job: He didn’t wear a big red “S” on his forehead. He didn’t wear a Groucho Marx nose, glasses and mustache set. He didn’t carry a briefcase. This is how the spy did his job: He peeled back a few bills from the huge wad of cash one of the coaches paid him, purchased a round-trip airline ticket, and arrived in town mid-week, late enough that if he were spotted, the enemy couldn’t redo its entire game plan.
Scientists announce blood breakthrough
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scientists say they’ve found an efficient way to make red blood cells from human embryonic stem cells, a possible step toward making transfusion supplies in the laboratory.
Weather’s effects on wireless signals studied
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Kansas University researchers, along with Sprint Nextel and Sunflower Broadband, will be studying ways to improve high-speed wireless technology.
Heels’ Lawson pleads guilty
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
North Carolina basketball player Ty Lawson has pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving.
A human side?
Why should we care whether William Quantrill had an unpleasant relationship with his mother?
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
It is difficult to believe we need a book purporting to show the “human side” of William Quantrill, who led the devastating 1863 raid on Lawrence. Who really cares, except perhaps devotees of the Confederacy, who still are inclined to consider this murderer a hero. The author of the novel “I, Quantrill” says the fictionalized story is designed to remind readers that the raid leader was just a man, not a demon.
Armed 85-year-old makes intruder call 911
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
An 85-year-old woman boldly went for her gun and busted a would-be burglar inside her home, then forced him to call police while she kept him in her sights, police said.
Impeachable crimes
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Back in the ‘70s Gerald Ford was credited for “saving” the presidency by stopping the investigations into the crimes of the Nixon administration. More recently, the Supreme Court did us a similar service by stopping the recount in the presidential election in Florida and awarding the presidency to George Bush.
Boomerang’ Fay maintains strength while crossing Florida
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Tropical Storm Fay rolled ashore in southwestern Florida on Tuesday without much fanfare, but stubbornly hung around like an unwelcome houseguest, maintaining strength and threatening - once again - to become a hurricane.
New year, new faces motivate KU’s Self
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
Nolan Richardson, who coached the University of Arkansas to an NCAA basketball championship in 1994, visited with the 2008 national title coach on Sunday at an auction to benefit the College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Richardson told Kansas University’s Bill Self what he should expect in leading the Jayhawks the season after winning it all.
Forum civil and informative
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A9
The “civil forum” featuring presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain may not have been as exciting as Michael Phelps winning his eighth Olympic gold medal, but it was civil and it was a forum from which emerged useful information.
Housing organization is Best of the Best
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Tenants to Homeowners Inc., 2518 Ridge Court, Lawrence, recently received the Best of the Best award at the 2008 Housing and Urban Development Spotlight on Excellence Conference.
Be heard
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Lawrence’s representatives to Congress, Nancy Boyda (2nd District) and Dennis Moore (3rd District) are back in Kansas to hear what we, their constituents, think about local, national and global issues. They’re here because Congress is in “recess’” which is designed for exactly this purpose.
State obesity tops 25%
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B10
Kansas has joined the ranks of states with an adult obesity rate higher than 25 percent, according to a new report released on Tuesday.
IU’s Crean signs 10-year contract
Hoosiers coach’s deal worth at least $23.6 million
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
New Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean received the job security he wanted, signing a 10-year contract worth at least $23.6 million.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
The 103rd academic year at Kansas University was to begin with the first day of classes on Sept. 16.
Moving business gets new owners
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Starving Artists Moving, Lawrence, is operating under new ownership.
District reports enrollment gain
Rise at elementaries, virtual school offset decreases at high schools
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
The unofficial numbers are in: 281 more students are attending Lawrence public schools this school year than last. But school officials say this is just a first look at enrollment. They will submit official numbers to the state by Sept. 20, and it’s those numbers that state bean counters will use to determine how much funding the local district receives.
Sizemore leads Cleveland past K.C.
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B3
Grady Sizemore finally got a pitch to his liking and enjoyed the results even more.
Commodities
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Agriculture futures traded mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 14.5 cents to $8.455; December corn added 11.75 cents to $5.845; December oats slipped 6.5 cents to $3.89; November soybeans dropped 13 cents to $12.76.
Suffering ‘required’ for Olympics opening ceremony
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A1
Martial arts student Cheng Jianghua only saw the army barracks he stayed in and the stadium where he performed at the spectacular Olympics opening ceremony. But his sacrifices were minor - other performers were injured, fainted from heatstroke or forced to wear adult diapers so the show could go on.
National League Roundup: Phils hand Nats 11th straight loss
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jayson Werth hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia past Washington, the Nationals’ 11th straight loss.
Pump patrol
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
Bush breakup
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I blame neither Vladimir nor George. These things just happen. Their relationship was promising enough seven years ago when George “looked the man in the eye” and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” It remained good for some years before things began to go south.
Inflation increase puts Fed on the spot
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Despite declining energy costs, wholesale prices soared in July, giving the economy the worst 12 months of inflation in almost three decades and increasing pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 20, 1908: “The committee in charge of the movement to secure a woman member of the board of regents of the University of Kansas has sent out letters to alumni in 36 of the state’s largest cities, quietly and methodically attempting to reach its goal.
Arsenic may be linked to diabetes
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A7
A new analysis of government data is the first to link low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes, researchers say.
Royals sign pitcher Wells
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals have signed veteran free-agent pitcher Kip Wells for the rest of 2008. The 31-year-old Wells started the season as the Colorado Rockies’ opening day starter, but he was eventually demoted to the bullpen.
10 French soldiers die; US base attacked
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Insurgents mounted two of the biggest attacks in years on Western forces in Afghanistan, killing 10 French soldiers in a mountain ambush and then sending a squad of suicide bombers in a failed assault early Tuesday on a U.S. base near the Pakistan border.
Tax figures
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Allow me, one of our nation’s college students, to share a lesson I learned this election year. I heard Barack Obama raging against the injustice of our tax system, how the Republicans had given tax breaks to the rich while leaving the middle and lower classes to suffer.
Cardiovascular doctor joins Lawrence office
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Cardiovascular Consultants, 330 Ark, Lawrence, recently announced the addition of Roger J. Dreiling to its practice in Lawrence.
Researcher: Bigfoot just a rubber suit
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Turns out Bigfoot was just a rubber suit.
Johnson jubilant after winning gold for U.S.
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
Shawn Johnson’s smile was a thousand times wider than the balance beam she had just conquered Tuesday night. Finally, it was a golden grin.
KU abstains from effort to lower drinking age
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway doesn’t plan to join a nationwide movement by college leaders to reduce the drinking age from 21 to 18. College presidents from about 100 of the nation’s best-known universities are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age, saying current laws encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.
Putin seeking to restore Russia’s power
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
I’ve received a lot of angry e-mail about my last column, which harshly criticized Russia for invading Georgia.
Rookie impresses Chiefs
Former OSU player catches eye of Edwards
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B5
The odds were long entering training camp that Dantrell Savage would make the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster when the season opened. However, he has picked up a big fan in head coach Herm Edwards.
US looks more vulnerable
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A9
Suddenly the world is beginning to seem a much more dangerous place. When I was growing up it was the Cold War. At school we learned to “duck and cover” in case of a nuclear attack.
Olympic Roundup: U.S. freestyle wrestler wins gold
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B3
Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin are familiar faces by now, so seeing the gymnasts side-by-side on the medals stand Tuesday was nice, but nothing new.
Horoscopes
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B9
You have optimism, energy and a strong sense of direction working in your favor this year. Many people cannot or will not say “no” to you. In the long run, good feelings develop in an open atmosphere. If you are single, curb a tendency to put someone on a pedestal, if possible.
Easy pickings: Variety of recipes put seasonal tomatoes to use
August 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
August is the all-too-brief time of year when tomatoes are the obvious star of any recipe. If your garden bounty exceeds even the number of grateful friends and co-workers who are taking home the fruits of your labor, then it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Here are some recipes courtesy of the Washington Post that will put some variety to your tomato dishes.
Montessori teacher wins accolade
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s less than a week into the new school year, and one Lawrence teacher has already earned an honor of a lifetime.
Finally his time
Russell a thankful participant in Beijing
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
As I reflect on the events of Aug. 8, I recall the lyrics of Mick Jagger. You can want something so bad in life, whether that be material things, wealth, happiness or, in my case, a life-long goal, but sometimes things get in the way and you don’t achieve these things. I have felt this way for so long. When I missed qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, I felt like I was still too young and immature in this sport to be extremely upset. I was nowhere near my peak in terms of age, so I was not heartbroken.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ shares recipes from Farmers’ Market vendors
August 20, 2008 in print edition on C3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Saturday at the Farmers’ Market.”
On the record
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these fire calls:
Airport business park plan deferred
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday balked at a proposal for a new industrial park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport, saying the project has more questions than answers at this point. Commissioners unanimously deferred - likely for 60 to 90 days - a rezoning request for 144 acres near North Seventh Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 after expressing a variety of concerns about the project.
Rivalries renewed: Ranking the biggest games in the Big 12 this fall
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B7
Five teams have legitimate shots of winning the Big 12 Conference this upcoming football season. All due respect to Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor: It’s just not going to happen this year. However, the conference looks as powerful as it’s been since 2001, when the Associated Press ranked four Big 12 teams in the top 10.
Talent on loan to the not so Big Easy
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B9
What a joy it is to watch a talent competition unfold without phony tension, lame music and manufactured hissy fits.
Commentary: NASCAR is most dishonest sport
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
John Edwards always wanted to be president. Well, I have the perfect job for him. President of NASCAR.
OSU to honor Thomas
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas will be honored during the Bedlam football game this year as part of his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
NATO avoids harsh penalties
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A7
NATO declared Tuesday that there will be no “business as usual” with Moscow while Russian forces occupied large parts of Georgia, but it took no decisive action to enforce a demand for an immediate Russian withdrawal in line with a French-brokered cease-fire.
Reports: Obama has narrowed VP choices
August 20, 2008 in print edition on A10
Kansans know what the “Final Four” means. Anything can happen. And by most media accounts on Tuesday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is in the “Final Four” of possible Democratic vice presidential running mates.Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will announce his decision any second, or in a couple of days.
People in the news
August 20, 2008 in print edition on B9
¢ ‘Bronze Fonz’ statue dedicated in Milwaukee¢ Applegate: Mastectomy was a ‘tough’ choice¢ Dave Matthews Band’s saxophone player dies¢ Roger Moore: Being Bond could be scary¢ Gary Glitter released from Vietnamese prison