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Jacobs honored by Northern League
July 23, 2008
Congratulations to Kansas City T-Bones outfielder Greg Jacobs.
Eudora football team hard at work
July 23, 2008
The high school football season is rapidly approaching, and for the Eudora Cardinals, 2009 kicks off on the road. This week, however, Gregg Webb’s team is at home, taking on summer camp.
Wednesday, July 23 weather at 10 p.m.
July 23, 2008
The forecast for Thursday, July 24 calls for a high of 93 with a low around 71.
Tacha, Flory to face off in county Republican race
July 23, 2008
Our in-depth primary election coverage continues with the 3rd district Douglas County Commission race.
Construction accident kills Perry man
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
An electric lineman was killed Wednesday morning near Tonganoxie.
Minimum wage jumps to $6.55 per hour Thursday
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B7
The federal minimum wage rate increases to $6.55 an hour Thursday, which will affect thousands of paychecks in Kansas.
Commuter bus plan would connect Lawrence to Kansas University Medical Center
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Call it a sign of the times. Kansas University’s School of Engineering, department of mechanical engineering and bioengineering graduate program have teamed up to test the waters of a new commuter bus.
Lawrence woman admits to credit card scheme, ID theft
03:27 p.m., July 23, 2008 Updated 12:01 a.m. in print edition on A4
A Lawrence woman admitted in federal court Monday that she participated in a scheme to illegally use credit cards to buy merchandise without cardholders knowing about it, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren’s office announced Wednesday. Stacy Lyn Barnes-Catlett, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a news release.
Japanese visitors from Lawrence’s sister city explore town
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s the meeting of East and West. A group of kids from Lawrence’s sister city, Hiratsuka, Japan, are in town visiting as part of an exchange program.
Eudora to celebrate 100th CPA Picnic Thursday
02:31 p.m., July 23, 2008 Updated 11:51 p.m. in print edition on A5
Eudora’s CPA Picnic will celebrate its 100th year when festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with carnival rides and games in downtown Eudora.
Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering Kelsey Smith
01:48 p.m., July 23, 2008 Updated 10:01 p.m. in print edition on A3
A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to snatching a suburban Kansas City teenager from a store parking lot, raping her and strangling her with her own belt before trying to conceal her body in a park.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
July 23, 2008
Here is the workout for today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days at noon and 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
On the record
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported no calls Tuesday night.
KC’s Woodlands racetrack to close
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
The company that operates the Woodlands announced Tuesday that it will close the dog and horse track next month, after it failed to reach a deal with the Kansas Lottery for slot machines. In a news release, Kansas Racing LLC said the track would shut down Aug. 24.
Campus bracing for cuts
Officials expect painful changes as $15M gets slashed from KU budget
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Ask a Kansas University student how he hopes an estimated $14.7 million budget cut would affect him and the answer is simple. “I hope it doesn’t,” said Lenexa junior Brian Havens.
Keegan: Reesing provides security
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Knots in the stomach start forming when you sit back and take an objective look at just how much blocking the Kansas University football team lost from last season.
Defense must pick up slack for K-State’s success
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
The grumbling heard in Manhattan these days has nothing to do with an unhappy fan base growing tired of waiting for the Kansas State football team to return to its powerhouse days of the past. It could just be a few upset stomachs.
Chiefs add practice player
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs are adding a little international flavor to their practice squad this season.
Iowa regents reopen case
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Iowa Board of Regents has reopened its investigation into how the University of Iowa handled an investigation into the alleged assault of a woman by two football players.
Ryun, Jenkins argue many issues
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Republicans Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday traded political jabs early and often during their only televised debate prior to the Aug. 5 primary for the 2nd District congressional GOP nomination.
New book lauds comfort foods
July 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
Food, like music, will forever be tied to emotions. If you like food memoirs, you’re likely to enjoy “Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love,” a collection of short stories by Lara Vapnyar (Pantheon Books, $20).
Pump patrol
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.77 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
James sprains ankle in practice
Krzyzewski: Trainers don’t think it’s anything serious
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
As Team USA’s practice ended, LeBron James reclined on a table with trainers tending to his sprained right ankle.
A progress report on road projects across the city
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A6
For anyone who sees the road construction projects across town and thinks there’s no way all the work can get done before school starts next month, Chuck Soules has two words for you. Trust us.
Fair patrons encouraged to donate to food drive
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Q: What is the theme of the Douglas County Fair this year?
Alpha & Omega hosts appreciation luncheon
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Dr. Paul Cleveland and Nelson Nash recently spoke at a client appreciation luncheon and seminar hosted by Alpha & Omega Financial Services Inc., Lawrence.
Rogers pitches Detroit past K.C.
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kenny Rogers pitched six strong innings and Placido Polanco homered and drove in two runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, Tuesday night.
McCain may be zeroing in on a running mate
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
Yet another town-hall meeting isn’t doing the trick. Neither is dropping in on a former Republican president. So just what can John McCain do to draw attention away from his showy Democratic rival? Pick a running mate, perhaps.
Spam King’ receives 47-month sentence
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Robert Soloway abdicated his throne as king of Internet spammers Tuesday when he apologized in court for being a “nuisance” to tens of millions of computer users before being sentenced to 47 months in prison and ordered to forfeit more than $708,000.
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures mostly traded higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Police team for crime-info project
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B10
Thirteen law enforcement agencies in the two-state Kansas City metropolitan area are teaming up for a project to share information about crimes and criminals more easily.
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
Spontaneity seems more natural this year. Often you discover that you like the benefits of impulsiveness, as it brings smiles, happiness and success.
Angry nationalists protest arrest of former Serbian leader
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Serb nationalists skirmished with riot police in the capital Tuesday, lashing out against the new Western-leaning government that captured war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic.
Chamber schedules ribbon-cutting events
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has scheduled several ribbon-cutting events for August.
Rescue of mortgage giants could hit $25B
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A7
A federal rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cost taxpayers $25 billion, congressional budget experts said, as the House scheduled a vote today on legislation that would tap the mortgage giants’ profits to cover any losses from saving 400,000 homeowners from foreclosure.
Commentary: Wrestler small in stature, big in skill
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Randi Miller always saw herself as a basketball player. Fortunately for her, high school coaches couldn’t see past her 5-foot, 2-inch height. After getting cut over and over again during her high school career, Miller finally got the hint and dedicated herself to wrestling.
Gobble shelved by back problems
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Royals reliever Jimmy Gobble, who allowed 10 runs in one inning Monday against Detroit, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a stiff lower back.
Farmland qualms
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Signs are emerging that city commissioners are having second thoughts about efforts to buy the former Farmland Industries property east of Lawrence.
Disposable foil simplifies cooking grilled peppers
July 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
Inexpensive disposable foil loaf pans offer an easy way to cook and serve these cheese-stuffed grilled peppers. This recipe also works with jalapeno peppers, but some people won’t be able to handle the heat.
Boy’s birthday gift: donations to charity
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Children’s birthday parties typically consist of food, fun and plenty of gifts. But last week, 9-year-old Lawrence resident Branden Patterson broke that trend at his birthday party. Branden asked his guests to bring money and household items that could be donated to local social service agencies - rather than gifts for the birthday boy.
Slattery tries to tie Roberts to gas prices
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Democratic challenger Jim Slattery is trying to tie Republican Sen. Pat Roberts to high gasoline prices.
Mass. Street to close for movie filming
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Downtown Lawrence will get its day on the Silver Screen. City commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting agreed to close the 800 block of Massachusetts Street on Aug. 4 to allow for the filming of a movie about Lawrence artist Stan Herd.
Travel writer wins regional awards
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Susan Kraus, a freelance travel writer who lives in Lawrence, won several writing awards at the 2008 Society of American Travel Writers, Central States Chapter conference.
Rezoning OK’d for new Walgreens
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Plans to build a new Walgreens on the corner of Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive cleared one significant hurdle this week.
Russia considers closer Venezuela ties
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Amid talks about a billion-dollar arms purchase from Russia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he wanted the two nations to become strategic partners to ensure “Venezuela’s sovereignty, which is currently being threatened by the United States.”
Obama urges political solution
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama declined Tuesday to rate the Bush administration’s troop surge in Iraq a success despite a reduction in violence, and expressed understanding of Gen. David Petraeus’ opposition to a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops.
13-year sentence likely in sex sting
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
A 39-year-old Carbondale man who was caught in a November sex sting in Baldwin City recently pleaded guilty to three charges and faces a prison sentence.
Polygamist sect members indicted
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Texas grand jury indicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and four of his followers Tuesday on charges of felony sexual assault of a child. Another was indicted for failing to report child abuse.
Golfers wanted
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Plenty of spots remain for Monday’s golf portion of the John Hadl retirement ceremony.
Rice to press N. Korean envoy on weapons
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks with Asian officials today before meeting North Korea’s top diplomat in what will be the Bush administration’s highest-level contact with the Stalinist state in four years.
KU’s Scott, Manning win under-23 gold
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s Crystal Manning and Jordan Scott claimed victories last weekend at the NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships.
Gundy’s ‘rant’ still hot topic
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B3
Members of the media are suckers for a good “rant” story, and so it didn’t take long before someone at Tuesday’s Big 12 Media Days asked Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy about his press conference rant last year aimed at a local reporter.
T’s future hinges on sales tax vote
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The showdown is set. A majority of city commissioners Tuesday night moved ahead on a city budget that includes no property tax funding for the city’s beleaguered public transit system, but rather puts the fate of the bus system in the hands of sales tax voters in November.
Water challenges
A Douglas County water dispute raises issues that illustrate on a small scale why wars someday may be fought over water.
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
Our part of eastern Kansas always has been blessed with an adequate - plentiful, compared to much of the state - supply of water. A dispute now playing out in the Eudora area, however, raises a number of issues that may become more urgent as population and the demand for water grow.
Despite appearance, projects on schedule
Roads should be open before schools resume
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Orange barricades. Big tractors. Sweaty workers. They make a perfect combination near 19th and Louisiana streets, where the clock is ticking for construction workers to finish what city engineers call the most challenging road project of the year.
People in the news
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Estelle Getty of ‘Golden Girls’ dies
Charitable needs call for community action
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
There’s an old saying: “Charity begins at home.” I think that we’re all going to need to keep this firmly in mind over the next few years. The declining economy has now caused a financial shortfall for the state, county and city.
New leader glad to be back home
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Amy Blankenbiller grew up in Lawrence, went to school at Kansas University and made a name for herself in Washington, D.C. - but never could shake her Kansas heritage. Not that she’d ever want to.
Batman star arrested, denies assault on mother and sister
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
The darkness around Batman has deepened: While audiences were shattering weekend box-office records in the U.S., Christian Bale was in London, where his mother and sister reportedly leveled assault allegations against the star of “The Dark Knight” that have yet to become clear.
Tropical Sno: Fruit flavors and summer heat combine to make this Lawrence business a seasonal slam-dunk
July 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
The flavors are like those from a kid’s daydream on a summer day: Jurassic Juice, Blue Cotton Candy, Wipe Out - all fruity, neon-colored goodness. Since 1995, Tad’s Tropical Sno has been churning out mounds of warm-weather confections to customers young and old from its tiny 12-by-14-foot space at 939 Iowa.
Dolly gains hurricane strength and aims for US-Mexico border
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Dolly spun into a hurricane Tuesday, heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border and the heavily populated Rio Grande Valley, where officials feared heavy rains could cause massive flooding and levee breaks.
Suspect in chase appears in court
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
A De Soto man accused of leading officers on a chase Sunday from Eudora to east of Lawrence made his first appearance in court Tuesday.
Bush foreign policy follows Obama’s lead
July 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
To an amazing extent, Bush foreign policy seems to be turning toward the positions of Barack Obama. On Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and other issues, the administration was shifting gears just as the Illinois senator embarked on his overseas voyage. Some of these changes were forced on the White House by events. Some reflect late recognition that policies were not working.
Shake that money tree for savings
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Consumer Reports Money Lab recently uncovered hidden savings in everyday spending that could save consumers up to $500 per month - even while gas and food prices continue to rise.
CNN examines being ‘Black in America’
July 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
Soledad O’Brien hosts the four-hour documentary series “Black in America” (8 p.m. and 11 p.m., CNN, tonight and Thursday), an effort occasionally undone by its vast scope.
Jayni Carey cooks ‘Backyard Bounty’
July 23, 2008 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Backyard Bounty: Summer Vegetable Recipes.” Host Jayni Carey and her guest will prepare the following recipes: Roasted Garlic Heads with Orange Butter, Roasted Beets with Raspberry-Butter, Yellow Squash Gratin, Sweet Corn with Cumin-Green Chile Butter, and Poached Eggs with Tomatoes, Garlic and Spinach.