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Archive for Friday, August 22, 2008

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Busker Festival preview
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Polls
How much of the Summer Olympics have you watched?

Poll results

Response Percent
I watch some each day.
 
44%
I watch at least three to four hours a day.
 
18%
I haven’t watched any.
 
13%
I’ve watched a couple times a week.
 
12%
I’ve watched only once or twice.
 
11%
Total 1214
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kent Nunemaker cuts some corn for silage Wednesday northeast of Lawrence.The state's corn harvest should get into full gear by mid-September, and Kansas may be looking at its largest-ever corn crop. State heading for record corn crop
August 21, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Kent Nunemaker launched his corn harvest this week by cutting a 40-acre field northeast of Lawrence. He was pleased with the results. “The corn looks pretty good this year,” he said on Thursday. “It’s a little above average.” Nunemaker’s harvest began at least three weeks ahead of most corn growers. His early corn was stored in a silo to be fed to cattle. He still has about 1,500 acres to cut.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University KU drops two spots in rankings
August 22, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University dropped two spots to 40th in the 2009 public university rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The university fell four spots in the national university rankings, which include private universities, to a four-way tie for No. 89. The fall comes after two years of upward movement. KU praised its position as a top 50 public university among the 164 public institutions in this year’s rankings.
10:00 a.m.
Shannan McCawley, family members and friends spend time on June 27 cleaning up after a fire nearly totaled the family home at 1141 New York. Neighbors plan workday at burned house
August 22, 2008 in print edition on 4A
Shannan McCawley and her eight children can’t catch a break. Faulty wiring sparked a blaze that destroyed their three-story home at 1141 N.Y. on June 12. Damage was estimated at $81,000 for the building and $25,000 for the contents. The home was uninsured and the family lost everything - shoes, clothes, appliances, beds, photographs.
2:00 p.m.
Tom Schmitendorf, who works at Kansas University's Recycling Center on West Campus, sorts through papers ready to be bundled. KU did not receive exemplary status on a recent report card of green initiatives at state colleges and universities, but officials say that may simply be due to incomplete paperwork on a survey. KU gets ‘incomplete’ on green report card
August 22, 2008 in print edition on 5A
The National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education, released Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation, placed Kansas higher education entities 12th when it came to the push for green initiatives. But of the 17 Kansas colleges and universities surveyed, only six achieved exemplary status. Kansas University didn’t make the cut.
6:00 p.m.
John Henry/Journal-World Photo.Julie Vernon, a north Lawrence resident, is shown in front of her home garden. She has been growing vegetables at her home for thee years, and growing flowers for five years. She said when her garden is producing food, she can, for the most part, eat food grown solely in her garden. Food crops need not be confined to single area of yard
August 22, 2008
It requires a double take to realize Julie Vernon’s well-landscaped lawn and backyard are actually her garden. Mixed among the shrubs, trees and flowers are strawberries, squash, sweet potatoes, eggplant, berries, garlic and even grape vines.
10:00 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol's Trucks on Patrol for Safety program, or TOPS, has deployed a big rig as part of its fleet this summer in a mission to catch lawbreakers and reduce the number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks. Troopers partner with truck drivers to catch scofflaws
August 22, 2008 in print edition on 1B
It’s not your traditional patrol car. The Kansas Highway Patrol has deployed a big rig as part of its fleet this summer in a mission to catch law breakers and reduce the number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks.

All stories

City finances being put under the microscope
August 22, 2008
The city’s finances are being put under the microscope as part of a new report by the city’s performance auditor.
Eudora High football team hoping for success in ‘08
August 22, 2008
Two weeks and counting until Gregg Webb and the Eudora Cardinals open the 2008 High School football season. Last year, the Cards recorded only two streaks. They won 8 straight and lost two straight. Kevin Romary has more…
Trial date still not set in rape case
August 22, 2008
A trial date has yet to be set for a Pratt man accused of raping a woman inside a KU dorm last Spring.
Buskerfest’ hits downtown Lawrence
August 22, 2008
A one-of-a-kind festival opened up on Massachusetts Street Friday night: the city’s first ‘Buskerfest.’
Friday, August 22 weather at 10 p.m.
August 22, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, August 23 calls for a high of 87 with a low around 68.
Police uncover possible meth lab
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Police raided a possible meth lab Friday in a south Lawrence apartment building.
Troopers partner with truck drivers to catch scofflaws
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s not your traditional patrol car. The Kansas Highway Patrol has deployed a big rig as part of its fleet this summer in a mission to catch law breakers and reduce the number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks.
KU to place trees along new practice fields
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
If Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino was concerned about the lack of privacy provided by his team’s new practice fields, he now can rest easy. KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony told the Journal-World on Friday afternoon that 100 pine trees will be planted around the fields in an effort to enhance privacy during team workouts.
DUI patrol set for weekend
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
A saturation patrol and a sobriety check lane will be conducted Saturday night by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department.
No change in status of Morris twins
Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris still waiting on clearance
August 22, 2008
There’s been no change in the eligibility status of Kansas University freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris, KU coach Bill Self said before Friday afternoon’s practice at Allen Fieldhouse
Food crops need not be confined to single area of yard
Bio-intensive gardening allows use of whole property
August 22, 2008
It requires a double take to realize Julie Vernon’s well-landscaped lawn and backyard are actually her garden. Mixed among the shrubs, trees and flowers are strawberries, squash, sweet potatoes, eggplant, berries, garlic and even grape vines.
Photo inspiration: How photography connects us to the rest of the world
11:29 a.m., August 22, 2008 Updated 11:30 a.m.
David Griffin, director of photography for National Geographic, explains in this video presentation how photography connects humanity to the rest of the world.
State Supreme Court affirms conviction in 1993 shooting death
Convict belonged to Ku Klux Klan group
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of Michael Wilkins, who was sentenced in the 1993 shooting death of David Shipley, whose remains were found in and around a rural Jefferson County pond.
Sebelius says lower speed limit should be seriously considered
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
A proposal to lower the speed limit from 70 mph to 65 mph on Kansas highways “needs to be looked at seriously,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.
Teen driver cited in crash with two buses
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
A school bus, a Kansas University transit bus and a car were involved in a crash Friday morning at 21st Street and Naismith Drive.
New name emerges as possible Obama VP candidate
Announcement expected by Saturday
August 22, 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama prepared to name his running mate, perhaps as early as Friday, from a small field that included at least one dark-horse finalist.
Fort Hays State fires debate coach, suspends debate program
10:34 a.m., August 22, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
Fort Hays State University in western Kansas says it is firing its controversial debate coach whose profanity-laced tournament debate was posted on YouTube.
World Company seeks public donation for United Way garage sale
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
The World Company is hosting a garage sale to benefit the United Way from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Lawrence.
Veepstakes nearing an end?
Obama expected to make running mate plans clear no later than Saturday afternoon
August 22, 2008
Presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday the running mate he has chosen - but has not yet announced - had to meet three standards to join the Democratic ticket: Prepared to be president, able to help him govern and willing to challenge his thinking.
On the record
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these fire calls:
American League Roundup: Lee stops Royals, wins 18th
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B4
An 18-2 record pitching for any team is impressive.
Niccum: Pandora tempts curious music listeners
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
In Greek mythology, Zeus was riled that humans had acquired the forbidden gift of fire from Prometheus. So he ordered that the first woman, Pandora, be created as punishment for mankind. Pandora was given a large jar that contained various seductive evils - greed, envy, vanity, etc. - and told not to open it. But the “curious woman” did, of course, allowing these harmful items to escape.
Babyland’ reveals truth on poverty, infant mortality
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
The purpose of news is to look for the truth, no matter how unpleasant. This is never easy on television, where the emphasis is on glamour, distraction and selling deodorant. So give ABC some credit for the “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) special “Babyland,” hosted by Elizabeth Vargas.
From the field to the sideline
Former KU QB Barmann transitions from player to coach
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Of all the perks of Adam Barmann’s new job - he was recently named an assistant football coach at Free State High, where he’ll also work as a paraprofessional - the biggest might be a potential relief from his duties as the Barmann household lunch-maker.
Rec calendar
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
A list of recreational sporting activities in and around Lawrence.
Pump patrol
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
Bring neighbors onboard with plan before launching home-based business
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Anticipate problems with zoning laws and neighbors before you start a home-based business.
US, Iraq near deal over troop pullout
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A6
Iraq and the U.S. pushed close to a deal Thursday setting a course for American combat troops to pull out of major Iraqi cities by next June, with a broader withdrawal from the long and costly war by 2011.
Chamber to interview finalists for CEO post
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is narrowing its search for its next president and chief executive officer.
Commentary: Golf without Tiger isn’t all bad
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
On most days, a 22-handicapper would have better luck finding a ball in the deepest U.S. Open rough than he or she would have finding a silver lining around a tournament not graced by the presence of Eldrick Tiger Woods.
National League Roundup: D’backs’ Webb logs 19th victory
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B4
Brandon Webb pitched seven shutout innings for his career-high and major-league-leading 19th victory.
Neighbors plan workday at burned house
Friends to pitch in after owner, son injured during cleanup
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Shannan McCawley and her eight children can’t catch a break. Faulty wiring sparked a blaze that destroyed their three-story home at 1141 N.Y. on June 12. Damage was estimated at $81,000 for the building and $25,000 for the contents. The home was uninsured and the family lost everything - shoes, clothes, appliances, beds, photographs.
KU drops two spots in rankings
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas University dropped two spots to 40th in the 2009 public university rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The university fell four spots in the national university rankings, which include private universities, to a four-way tie for No. 89. The fall comes after two years of upward movement. KU praised its position as a top 50 public university among the 164 public institutions in this year’s rankings.
Equal Rites Awards still find good homes
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Once more we prepare to honor our foremothers by celebrating the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. Each year, in advance of August 26, our one-woman committee gathers to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to those stalwarts who have done the most in the past year to set back the cause of women.
Raw materials drop off from high July prices
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
Financial markets are frazzled, and the jobs situation is getting worse. But there is a surprising bit of good news for the economy in the months ahead.
Commodities
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 22.5 cents to $8.9725 a bushel; December corn gained 22.5 to $6.175; December oats added 8.5 to $3.96; November soybeans gained 48 to $13.48.
U.S. softball team settles for silver
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
With silver medals swinging from their necks, their eyes filled with tears, five members of the U.S. Olympic softball team walked to home plate and placed their cleats in the dirt.
Pittsburg State president to retire
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
Pittsburg State University President Tom Bryant announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the academic year after nine years as president.
Olympic Roundup: U.S. wins in soccer, volleyball
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Winning certainly wasn’t a given Thursday for the American athletes, though the women’s soccer team won its third gold medal in four tries, edging Brazil, 1-0, on Carli Lloyd’s goal in extra time; and the men’s 400 runners swept the medals.
Upshaw dies at age 63
Union chief learned Sunday he had cancer
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Gene Upshaw, a towering lineman on the football field who went on to win untold millions of dollars for NFL players as their union leader, has died at age 63.
Obama raps McCain for ignorance of homes
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
John McCain may have created his own housing crisis.
Board set to pick managers for 2 Kansas casinos today
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B10
After a day of questioning applicants, a state review board planned to vote today on which companies will manage state-owned casinos in Cherokee and Sumner counties.
4 things you didn’t know about sleep apnea
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
What is it: This common disorder occurs when throat muscles relax and cause breathing to repeatedly stop or become very shallow. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and occur up to 30 times an hour.
State fair spurs nostalgia
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
I got to go to the Iowa State Fair on Sunday and eat a very excellent pork chop on a stick as I stood by the U.S. Marines booth, where various civilians lined up to do chin-ups on a high bar, counted off by a Marine whose T-shirt said “Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body.” I’ve seen many things at state fairs but never chin-ups.
Successful Callahan Creek ads run again
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
A radio campaign created by Callahan Creek, 805 N.H., for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kansas City will run again during the college football season.
Feds: Fire alone caused 9/11 building collapse
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Federal investigators said Thursday in Gaithersburg they have solved a mystery of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: the collapse of World Trade Center building 7, a source of long-running conspiracy theories.
US-India nuclear deal to be discussed today
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
The United States appeared optimistic and reaffirmed its commitment to a landmark U.S.-India nuclear cooperation deal Thursday at the end of a first day of discussions by a consortium crucial to its fate.
Iran looks to US for wheat
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
This summer, Iran purchased more than 1 million tons of wheat from the United States, the first such purchase in 27 years.
Chiefs’ Franklin hurts knee
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Rookie receiver Will Franklin limped off the Kansas City Chiefs practice field Thursday because of a right knee injury.
Gators compound Fay’s flood misery
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
As if a fourth straight day of rain from Tropical Storm Fay wasn’t enough, weary residents are now dealing with quintessentially Floridian fallout: alligators, snakes and other critters driven into flooded streets, backyards and doorsteps.
People in the news
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Usher boosts Obama voter drive in Detroit¢ ‘American Idol’ Sanjaya on Nationwide’s side¢ Crow aims to upload voters with download¢ Rejected by Hong Kong, Glitter goes to Thailand¢ Seinfeld to become pitchman for Microsoft¢ Gwen Stefani gives birth to second child
Motion rejected in hit-and-run case
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Trial is scheduled to start early next month for a Washington woman accused of killing two construction workers last year on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.
Groups to hand out bucks for buckling up
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Need a dollar? State Farm Insurance, Safe Kids Kansas and the Kansas Department of Transportation are rewarding safe drivers and buckled-up passengers by passing out $1 bills. Just where or when is part of the mystery.
Tea, fashion show to benefit seniors
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University School of Pharmacy will sponsor a tea and fall fashion show to benefit Douglas County Senior Services.
Morris twins, Collins don’t practice
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Travis Releford was deemed academically eligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Thursday and participated in Kansas University’s 2-hour, 20-minute season-opening, pre-Canada-trip basketball practice at Horejsi Center. Fellow freshmen Marcus and Markieff Morris missed the session, however, as they continue waiting for what is expected to be a favorable ruling from the organization.
Titanic treasures to be highlighted at aquarium
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
The brightly lit room looks like any nondescript warehouse packed with boxes and dusty shelves, but inside this plain brick building is nearly $200 million worth of treasures from the world’s most famous shipwreck.
Horoscopes
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
Reach out for others this year. Be willing to work with a very idealistic person or a bohemian thinker. If you are single, you will gain and grow through a relationship with someone very different - if you learn to respect your differences.
Locals tackle Leadville
City represented in grueling bike ride
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
Sarah Underwood went all the way to Leadville, Colo., swung a leg over her bicycle at 6:30 in the morning and basically didn’t stop pedaling for the next half a day, covered 100 miles in all, up fire roads and down singletrack, never dipped below 9,000 feet and gained about 14,000 total feet in elevation, and two minutes - a lousy 120 seconds - separated her from her goal of a 12-hour finish and rodeo-style belt buckle.
Rocker’ plays a familiar tune
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
“The Rocker” might really have rocked if it didn’t feel like a cover of a couple of superior comedies. The first and most obvious is “School of Rock.”
OU guard not enrolled
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Guard Jenna Plumley has not enrolled at Oklahoma for the fall semester after being suspended indefinitely.
Officials: Threat sent to McCain office
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
A threatening letter containing an unidentified white powder was sent to a John McCain campaign office in Centennial, a south Denver suburb, Thursday, authorities said. No injuries were immediately reported.
Rushed zoning
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Most residents of Lawrence are not aware of a huge change in zoning laws being promoted by a group called Family Promise. Here is what will change if they get their way: You may end up living next to a day shelter for homeless people, no matter where you live - in east, north, south or west Lawrence.
Street smarts: Curbside performers say success comes with persistence
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Hate your desk job? In a twisted way, downtown Lawrence could offer you a career fair like you’ve never seen this weekend. There will be fire eaters, sword swallowers, jugglers, magicians, musicians, living statues and other street performers in town for the first-ever Lawrence Busker Festival, which begins tonight and continues through Sunday.
Presentation to cover international shipping
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce welcomes Keith Hustings, a commercial development manager, to speak about international shipping at 7:30 a.m. next Friday at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.
TherapyWorks adds new staff member
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
TherapyWorks, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 1000, Lawrence, recently announced the addition of Becca Booth as executive public relations and marketing director.
Suicide bombers target Pakistan weapons complex
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A10
Two suicide bombers killed at least 64 people during a shift change at the Pakistani army’s main weapons complex Thursday, a sign of the worsening security in the troubled country as parties in the ruling coalition continued to squabble over priorities after the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf.
FDA: Irradiating spinach, lettuce OK
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A10
Consumers worried about salad safety may soon be able to buy fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce zapped with enough radiation to kill E. coli and other germs.
LMH offers incentives for using alternative transportation modes
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is encouraging its employees to go green. It’s an effort to help the environment and, at the same time, save parking spaces for patients and visitors as construction continues to eat up spaces.
Russian troops dig in despite promised Georgia pullout
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Russian forces lingered deep in Georgia on Thursday, digging trenches and setting up mortars a day before Kremlin officials promised to complete a troop withdrawal from this former Soviet republic.
Support expands for KU Band
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
All of us involved with the KU Band are excited about the upcoming year, and we certainly have enjoyed the attention that fielding the university’s largest band in several years is attracting. When I arrived at KU one year ago, the Marching Jayhawks numbered 177 members and was the smallest marching band in the Big 12 Conference.
Mayer: Football fever hits KU fans
August 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas football fever may be the most intense right now than it’s been for 47 years. A 12-1 record and a major bowl victory can do that for a program which has had so many convolutions since its debut in 1890.Max Rife, Jerry Rogers, Jerry Waugh, Floyd Temple and John Hadl were around for that wildly anticipated 1961 season. They’ll attest how the joint jumped. The KU Nation had savored its storied ‘60 campaign (7-2-1) and figured ‘61 would be even better. It was, sort of (7-3-1). The ‘08 preseason atmosphere crackles as much as it did then.
It’s back to politics as usual
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
Last Monday at a trade show for people who are part of the Florida tourist industry, I asked the 750 assembled for lunch how many were happy with the tone of modern politics? Not a hand was raised.
Researchers find face-recognition tool within human brain
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
Ever wonder why it’s so much easier to remember people’s faces than their names? Neuroscientists have an explanation. They’ve identified a pea-sized region in the brain that reacts more strongly to faces than it does to cars, dogs, houses or body parts.
Just the facts
Kansas legislators need to be able to trust the budget-cutting scenarios offered by the state’s six universities.
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
A Kansas Board of Regents member offered sound advice this week when he urged the regents and university officials to stick to the facts when describing the potential impact of a 5 percent budget cut.
Melting Arctic Ocean opens shipping frontier
August 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
Rapidly melting ice on Alaska’s Arctic is opening up a new navigable ocean in the extreme north, allowing oil tankers, fishing vessels and even cruise ships to venture into a realm once trolled mostly by indigenous hunters.
Witnesses testify in arson case
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence woman testified Thursday that she has no doubt who burned her East Lawrence mobile home down earlier this summer.
Extra pounds mean insurance fees for Alabama workers
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
Alabama, pushed to third in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat. The state has given its 37,527 employees a year to start getting fit - or they’ll pay $25 a month for insurance that otherwise is free.
KU gets ‘incomplete’ on green report card
August 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
The National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education, released Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation, placed Kansas higher education entities 12th when it came to the push for green initiatives. But of the 17 Kansas colleges and universities surveyed, only six achieved exemplary status. Kansas University didn’t make the cut.