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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Cori Allen, a recent Free State High School graduate, is headed to the Democratic National Convention as a delegate. Young delegate hopes to make a difference
August 24, 2008 in print edition on 1A
If all goes according to plan, Cori Allen will be among the 75,000 people in INVESCO Field in Denver on Thursday, cheering on U.S. Sen. Barack Obama as he makes history and accepts the Democratic Party nomination for president. A couple of hours later, Allen, of Lawrence, will board a flight to Boston to start her college career. But the presidential race will not be far behind.
12:00 p.m.
Denis O'Doul tells some jokes during a short set on KJHK radio recently. O'Doul has garnered a reputation as Lawrence's "street comedian." Often seen along Massachusetts Street, O'Doul likes to try out his humor on passersby and then perfect his delivery on stage at sets at the Jazzhaus or on KJHK radio. Comedian’s street gig came along by chance
August 24, 2008 in print edition on 1B
What do you get when you take a vibrant downtown nightlife and add a guy with a sense of humor who likes to make people laugh? The answer: an “accidental” comedian named Denis O’Doul, one of the many performers and local personalities helping to keep downtown Lawrence unique.
5:00 p.m.
Hayley Cherveny, of Kansas City, Mo., performs an aerial artistic display with the Thieves of Flight during last year's Lawrence Busker Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The Busker Festival is set to run through the upcoming weekend. Buskerfest hits downtown
August 24, 2008 in print edition on 1B
It’s not every day you get to see aerial acrobatics, living statues and breaths of fire - at least not in downtown Lawrence. After the success so far of the first-ever Busker Festival, event organizers and attendees want that to change. “It’s excellent,” said Jeff Joseph, owner of Jeff’s Curbside Recycling, after watching a comedic juggling performance at US Bank, 900 Mass. “The whole event is excellent. It’s things you don’t get to see often. Hopefully it becomes an annual event.”

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Sunday, August 24 weather at 10 p.m.
August 24, 2008
The forecast for Monday, August 25 calls for a high of 83 with a low around 57.
KU basketball team preparing for journey to Canada
August 24, 2008
In 5 days, the defending National Champions will pack their passports and head north for Ottawa, Canada for three days of preparation for the 2008 season.
Busker Festival captivates locals
August 24, 2008
Artists, musicians, jugglers and everything in-between hit the streets this weekend for the fist-ever Lawrence Busker Fest.
Personal tragedy can force re-evaluation of priorities
August 24, 2008
People change professions for all kinds of reasons, and at all ages. Tonight, Boomergirl.com’s Cathy Hamilton introduces us to a woman who made a drastic career change after personal tragedy forced her to re-evaluate her priorities.
City officials hope to accelerate road work
August 24, 2008
City officials hope to accelerate road work in the coming years.
Fire damages unoccupied home
August 24, 2008
The occupants of an east-side house that caught fire Sunday night had recently moved out.
Couple set new rules behind the wheel
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D1
“You want me to drive?” I ask. “Nah, I’m good,” he replies, for the third time. “Because I can. I’m wide awake. Had lots of coffee.” I throw my eyes open like Gary Busey to appear hyperalert. “I’m doing fine,” he says with an air of finality. He’s been driving for five hours and still won’t relinquish the wheel. Clearly, the man does not want his wife driving on summer vacation.
KU Hospital CEO to chair benefit ball
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University Hospital CEO Bob Page has been named chairman of the 2008 Breath of Life Ball to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Horoscopes
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D5
Dodge negativity, perhaps turning it into responsibility. If you are single and if you have not met someone special this past year, you still might. This person could light up your life. If you are attached, add more of the romance back in.
Biden speaks - and speaks - his own mind
August 24, 2008
Barack Obama told everyone he wanted a running mate who will challenge his thinking, and now he’s got one. Joe Biden’s tendency to speak his own mind - and speak and speak - is entwined in his DNA. The loquacious Delaware senator brings more than verbiage to Obama’s side. Biden is a foreign policy heavyweight with a decade longer in the Senate than the seasoned Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.
Small plane crash near remote town kills 10
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
A small plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board - the pilot and nine people who had spent the day working at a skin cancer clinic in remote community.
Dolphins shut out Chiefs
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C1
Ted Ginn Jr. took the punt, ran backward, shook off two defenders and jetted up the left sideline. He crossed the goal line and put his fist in the air, waiting for a mob of teammates as the Miami Dolphins’ sideline erupted.
Bankruptcies
August 24, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Storm weakens, threatens Gulf cities
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tropical Storm Fay was downgraded to a tropical depression Saturday night, but cities along the Gulf Coast were still bracing for heavy rain.
A conspiracy?
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I am not normally suspicious when reading news articles where our country becomes involved in international intrigue. However, the recent alarming news of Russia’s “invasion” of neighboring Georgia has serious implications beyond the obvious war scare.
If your house is more than 30 years old, be sure to test for lead
August 24, 2008 in print edition on E1
Lead paint poses a real threat to your family’s health, especially your children. Older homes in particular are at greater risk for lead exposure. If you live in a house more than 30 years old and haven’t yet tested for lead, it’s not too hard or costly to do - and it may be well worth it.
Keegan: Sharing stories of Tiger
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C1
So many hackers will pay tribute to the most dominant athlete of his time by wearing a red golf shirt today, as they have every Sunday since Tiger Woods started the tradition. And then those golfers take the club back and any similarity to Tiger ends. Sunday afternoons in front of the tube have not been the same without Tiger hunting pins, birdies and trophies. What is it about most of us that makes us root for the favorite in individual sports and back the underdogs in team sports?
Wall Street bailout aid questioned at Fed conference
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A4
Do Washington policymakers listen too much to Wall Street? A possible bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, on the heels of similar action involving investment firm Bear Stearns, seems to send a loud signal to financial companies that the government will clean up their messes.
KU volleyball team routs alumni
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s volleyball team defeated a group of Jayhawk alumni, 3-0, in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Horejsi Center.
Streelman claims Barclays lead
Singh, Garcia trail by one entering final round
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C2
Steve Stricker lost a ball and a big lead Saturday at sun-baked Ridgewood Country Club, leaving Kevin Streelman atop the leaderboard and more than two dozen players in The Barclays title chase. Streelman shot a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke lead.
On the record
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Police arrested a 32-year-old Lawrence man Friday on charges related to rape of a child. Police had no further information Saturday.
Change of scenery
FSHS, LHS scrimmage on new KU practice fields
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C1
Jayhawk fans hoping to catch one last glimpse of the Kansas University football team at the squad’s new practice fields before dozens of 16-foot trees are planted to provide cover might have been confused Saturday afternoon. Green and red took the place of crimson and blue for two hours as the Lawrence High and Free State High football programs held simultaneous, intrasquad scrimmages on adjacent fields off of Mississippi Street near Memorial Stadium.
Miner shuts down Royals
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C3
Zach Miner was more impressed with Miguel Cabrera’s home run than his own dominating start.
Comedian’s street gig came along by chance
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B1
What do you get when you take a vibrant downtown nightlife and add a guy with a sense of humor who likes to make people laugh? The answer: an “accidental” comedian named Denis O’Doul, one of the many performers and local personalities helping to keep downtown Lawrence unique.
Baby of killed pregnant traffic agent dies
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
An infant boy delivered prematurely after his traffic agent mother was struck by a van and pinned under a bus has died, authorities said Friday.
Millennial voters on different track
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B6
In 1984, a Democratic senator from Colorado named Gary Hart sought the White House by using the phrase “new generation” a dozen times in his standard stump speech. His target was the baby boom generation, a group of about 76 million born between the years 1946 and 1964. Hart didn’t win a presidential nomination, but the themes he explored formed the leitmotif of a quarter-century of presidential campaigns.
Buskerfest hits downtown
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s not every day you get to see aerial acrobatics, living statues and breaths of fire - at least not in downtown Lawrence. After the success so far of the first-ever Busker Festival, event organizers and attendees want that to change. “It’s excellent,” said Jeff Joseph, owner of Jeff’s Curbside Recycling, after watching a comedic juggling performance at US Bank, 900 Mass. “The whole event is excellent. It’s things you don’t get to see often. Hopefully it becomes an annual event.”
Survivor: Wing dipped sharply before crash
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
The airliner that crashed this week in Madrid had just barely got airborne and its right wing dipped sharply before the plane started wobbling and went down, one of the few survivors of the disaster said Saturday.
US to investigate claims of civilian deaths
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scores of Afghan civilians who had gathered in a small village for the memorial ceremony of a militia commander were killed when U.S. and Afghan soldiers launched an attack in the middle of the night, officials and villagers said Saturday.
Office worker fired after sheriff loses in primary
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B8
A former Harvey County sheriff’s office employee was fired for refusing to participate in the sheriff’s election campaign, the employee’s lawyer says.
China’s uniform
In China, there seems to be a fine line between discipline and oppression.
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B6
As the 2008 Olympic summer games draw to a close, it will be interesting to see how China assesses its success in changing the nation’s image in the eyes of the world. In the years leading up to the games, Chinese leaders were outspoken about their desire to open their doors to the world and show what a progressive and modern country China had become.
Polaroid transfers still create exciting results
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D2
One of my favorite alternative photographic processes is the Polaroid transfer. The resulting image can be unpredictable, and the manual process provides a much-needed break from formulaic and uncompromising digital photography. Here is a quick guide to producing your own Polaroid transfers.
Railfest event on track for Labor Day weekend
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B5
Midland Railway Railfest 2008 is set for Labor Day weekend at Midland Depot in western Baldwin City.
District accommodating staffing needs based on changing numbers
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B1
Enrollment numbers at Lawrence public schools may be up, but they’re not yet an indicator of how much funding the district will receive from the state. Official enrollment numbers are due to Topeka on Sept. 20, and there’s a good chance that student numbers will fluctuate between now and then. What they can do, however, is give district administrators a method of gauging staffing needs.
Good program
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: My husband and I welcomed about 40 neighbors earlier this month to hear about Family Promise (a proposed new ministry based on a proven national program to help families in need). We appreciated the interest but were a bit taken back by the resistance to the idea of a day center being in our neighborhood.
Energy-efficient appliances gain favor
August 24, 2008
Fast-rising utility bills have helped homeowners embrace something many previously acted only lukewarm about: energy efficiency. When it comes to home appliances, consumers have learned they can do the right thing environmentally and save money at the same time. Perhaps no household appliance offers more potential for savings than a washing machine.
American League Roundup: Rays rally past White Sox
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C4
Carlos Pena’s two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning, and surging Tampa Bay increased its AL East lead by rallying past Chicago.
Rush plans to make many returns to Lawrence
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball standout Brandon Rush, who last week bought a condo in Indianapolis, plans on returning to his college hometown often during a long NBA career. “I love Lawrence. I don’t know what it is about it. I fell in love with it as soon as I got here,” said Rush, a Jayhawk for three seasons before being tapped No. 13 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2008 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 Kansas City, Mo., native, who was traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft day, was in town Friday and Saturday to sign some national championship books and visit with his former KU teammates.
Worker temporarily gets 6-figure bonus
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
Oklahoma officials say a typo resulted in a state employee receiving a bonus of $850,000 - but it was only temporary.
Ruling coalition on verge of collapse
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
Pakistan’s ruling coalition teetered on the brink of collapse Saturday as the two main partners squabbled over a successor to ousted President Pervez Musharraf.
Ride to benefit victims of multiple sclerosis
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B5
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Bike MS for Eastern Kansas will be Sept. 20 and 21.
Frog utensil is sugary sweet
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D4
Silver asparagus servers shaped like asparagus, fish servers that resemble fishing nets, grape shears with grapevine handles and many other unusual silver serving pieces have been made since the 19th century.One very odd frog-shaped piece was sold this year. The frog has long, bent legs that form sugar tongs, which are used to pick up sugarcubes.
Olympics closing ceremonies to feature stars of song, sports
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Spanish tenor, a British soccer star and a throng of kung-fu fighters are among the scheduled closing-ceremony attractions tonight as China concludes its first Olympics and hands over the role of Summer Games to London.
Local revamping of ‘Phantom’ premieres
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D1
When filmmaker John Woosley was pitching his idea for a feature, he described it as “The Phantom of the Opera” meets “The Da Vinci Code.” The cinematic merger has resulted in “Angel of Music,” a spin on the Gaston Leroux classic that is neither a musical nor horror version of the “Phantom” saga.
Young delegate hopes to make a difference
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A1
If all goes according to plan, Cori Allen will be among the 75,000 people in INVESCO Field in Denver on Thursday, cheering on U.S. Sen. Barack Obama as he makes history and accepts the Democratic Party nomination for president. A couple of hours later, Allen, of Lawrence, will board a flight to Boston to start her college career. But the presidential race will not be far behind.
Obama leads McCain in hunt for the most electoral votes
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in the state-by-state battle for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, flirting with the magic number ahead of their back-to-back nominating conventions.
Katrina’s Children’ offers touching insight
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B6
You cannot watch Laura Belsey’s movie without ruminating upon the myriad ways we fail our young. There are many wrenching scenes in “Katrina’s Children,” but arguably the most wrenching is not the girl crying because the hurricane left her so fearful of water she can no longer swim, or the boys touring the wreckage that once was home, or the children recalling how corpses floated by, writhing with maggots, bursting open.
NFL Preseason Roundup: Giants D-line suffers setback in 10-7 loss
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C5
The New York Giants hope they didn’t lose more than just a preseason game to the New York Jets.
AFC West Notebook: Surgery mandatory for Merriman
Marshall’s absence of 2-3 weeks leaves void for Broncos
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C6
Chargers Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman said Saturday he has two torn ligaments in his left knee and has been told by doctors that he could suffer a possible career-ending injury if he attempts to play without having surgery.
Putting down the roots: Grass roofs latest trend in green building
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D1
Scooter’s Coffeehouse wears its green ambitions for all to see. The soon-to-open drive-through coffee shop at Ninth and Iowa streets is topped with 650 square feet of green grass shooting up from its steeply pitched roof. Scooter’s is just one example of green roofs sprouting up around Lawrence and the surrounding area.
National League Roundup: Ramirez tags two in Cubs’ victory
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C4
Aramis Ramirez hit a pair of three-run homers, and Ryan Dempster matched a career high with his 15th win.
9th-grade schools grow in popularity
Educators say system helps kids with transitioning
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A5
Ninth grade, often the first year of high school, is a critical time when many students sink or swim while coping with new academic responsibilities and learning the oh-so-important social hierarchy.
Royals put Gordon on DL
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Royals placed third baseman Alex Gordon on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a torn muscle in his right quadriceps.
We’re bringing back the Cold War
August 24, 2008
So you haven’t liked the last couple of decades? Been longing for a simpler time, before text-messaging, Hannah Montana, the Global War on Terror and other total bummers? No problem. For you, we’ll make it 1981 again. Rick Springfield, whose single “Jessie’s Girl” was Billboard’s No. 1 hit in August 1981, is back on the charts. And just for you, we’ve also brought back 1981 producer price index levels.
Russia aims to keep control of key Georgian port city
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
Thousands of Georgians demanded that Russian troops leave the outskirts of this strategic Black Sea port on Saturday and took to the streets in protest, while a top Russian general said his country’s forces would keep patrolling the area.
Obama’s choice of Biden as VP candidate praised overseas
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
From confronting Russia to dealing with climate change, Barack Obama’s selection of Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential candidate Saturday was seen abroad as adding weight and depth to the foreign policy of a potential Obama administration.
Glen Campbell album covers modern rockers
August 24, 2008 in print edition on D7
After almost 50 years, it’s hard to imagine Glen Campbell needing an introduction. But not only is “Meet Glen Campbell” his first major release in two decades, it shows a new side of the 72-year-old singer. Campbell, perhaps best known for his ‘70s crossover hit “Rhinestone Cowboy,” covers songs by Green Day, U2 and the Foo Fighters.
Advocate: Saving the earth begins at home
Project director shares tips for cutting energy use
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B1
Nancy Jackson’s to-do list for reducing emissions and improving the environment is long. But not all of the steps are difficult, she said. “We can all cut our energy use in our homes by half while staying completely comfortable,” said Jackson, executive director of The Land Institute’s Climate and Energy Project. “That would have a tremendous impact on how many new coal plants we have to build, which would dramatically reduce our emissions in the state of Kansas.”
Commentary: Where have you gone, Steve Spurrier?
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C2
One of our editors sent out an e-mail the other day soliciting ideas for a wish list of 10 things that will make college football better. I have only item on my list: Make Steve Spurrier relevant again.
New Orleans repeating deadly levee mistakes
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A8
Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson from four decades ago and believe once again that the federal government is constructing a levee system they can prosper behind.
Trade Center steel placed near 9/11 site
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A2
Steel from the World Trade Center has been transformed into a cross and placed near where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in Pennsylvania.
Man, pregnant girlfriend charged in standoff
August 24, 2008 in print edition on A3
A man who held police at bay during a two-day Maryland motel standoff and his pregnant girlfriend, who claimed to be his hostage, both face charges, state police said Saturday.
N.H. Senate seat remains very much in play
August 24, 2008 in print edition on B7
When Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, lists the November races that will swell his party’s majority, New Hampshire is one of the first he brags about.Here on the ground, it looks a lot less certain that Democrat Jeanne Shaheen will cut short the promising career of Sen. John Sununu, namesake son of the former White House chief of staff under the first President Bush.
Gould Evans firm welcomes designer
August 24, 2008 in print edition on E1
Gould Evans Associates, 706 Mass., recently announced the addition of Nathan Speck to its staff as an associate designer.Speck will be working on the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. He previously worked as an intern architect and associate designer at Fitzsimons Office of Architecture Inc., Lexington, Ky.
Olympic Roundup: Richards roars to finish
U.S. dominates women’s basketball
August 24, 2008 in print edition on C8
Sanya Richards took the baton for the final lap of the 1,600-meter relay with the U.S. in second place. Three turns later, Richards remained several strides behind, yet another disappointment looming.Then, she made her move.