Archive for Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
4:00 a.m.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, right, has picked Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. AP: Obama picks Biden as his running mate
12:20 a.m., August 23, 2008 Updated 2:34 a.m.
Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with an older congressional veteran well-versed in foreign and defense issues.
10:00 a.m.
Senator Barack Obama, D-Illinois, center, shakes hands with Topekan Ted Ensley as Obama is escorted by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the ballroom of the downtown Topeka Ramada Inn, in this file photo. Late Friday, Obama selected Delaware Sen. Joe Biden for the Democratic ticket, ending a frenzy of speculation that also swirled around Sebelius, who was considered by most political observers as among the top tier of possible nominees. Sebelius plans to keep campaigning for Obama
1:12 a.m., August 23, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Saturday voiced support for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s pick of U.S. Sen. Joe Biden for vice president, and then headed to Denver to help launch the new ticket and start the Democratic National Convention.In a prepared statement, Sebelius, who had been a contender for the No. 2 spot, said Biden’s experience in foreign policy was “an asset in these complicated times.”
2:00 p.m.
In foreground, from left, Lola Vassar, Niquita Davis and Heather French, all of Lawrence, join a workshop Monday at Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell Ave. The agency is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. At left is Tracy Bedell, the agency's workshop coordinator. 30-year-old agency expands its disability services
August 23, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Independence Inc., which provides services for people with disabilities, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. “For the last 30 years, Independence Inc. has been a catalyst for change,” said Ranita Wilks, independent living skills and peer counseling specialist. Wilks cited the housing and transportation programs the Lawrence agency started as examples of the first of such services in the community.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Police officers watch the intersection of 9th and Indiana while Lawrence firefighters battle an early morning blaze at 1005 Indiana in this July 31, 2008 file photo. Lawrence police officers and firefighters would receive a raise less than the 1.5 percent raise received in 2009 under the tentative agreement that city commissioners will consider Tuesday. 1.5 percent raise likely for police, firefighters
August 23, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence police officers and firefighters will receive at least a 1.5 percent raise in 2009, under a proposed set of deals that city commissioners will consider Tuesday. After protracted negotiations that required a federal labor mediator, the employee organizations for both the police officers and firefighters have agreed to new wage deals.

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News control
As the suspense over vice-presidential running mates grew this week, the news coverage got a little silly.
August 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
Sen. Barack Obama sure knows how to frustrate the news media. Whether or not that’s a good strategy as he heads into the Democratic National Convention next week is open to debate.
Scouting news
August 23, 2008 in print edition on D3
4-H news
August 23, 2008 in print edition on D3
Club news
August 23, 2008 in print edition on D5
Around and about
August 23, 2008 in print edition on D3
Commentary: Upshaw’s death leaves void
Union leader was proud of NFL labor peace
August 23, 2008 in print edition on C6
Shaun O’Hara had just arrived at Giants Stadium for practice Thursday morning when a teammate said he had seen an item about Gene Upshaw’s death on television.
Military news
August 23, 2008 in print edition on D3