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Polls
What do you think of the Douglas County Fair antique tractor pull?

Poll results

Response Percent
Never been.
 
45%
Sounds like fun.
 
24%
Sounds like a drag.
 
16%
Wouldn’t miss it.
 
8%
What is it?
 
5%
Total 368
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Oil and gas developer T. Boone Pickens addresses a town hall meeting on energy independence Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Topeka, Kan. Pickens packs house
July 31, 2008 in print edition on 1A
With a salesman’s pitch that combined patriotism and profits, Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday kicked off his tour to get the country off imported oil. Approximately 500 people crammed into Heritage Hall at the Kansas Expocentre to listen to the 80-year-old Pickens say, “I think we are very close to a disaster for the country.”
9:51 a.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical crews respond to a house fire at 1005 Indiana on Thursday. The fire started about 5:15 a.m. Fire Department: Illegal use of fireworks causes destructive Indiana Street fire
5:42 a.m., July 31, 2008 Updated 5:16 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical said late Thursday that a fire at 1005 Ind. was caused when a couch on the front porch was ignited by the illegal use of fireworks. The fire injured two college students, caused $360,000 in damage and totaled the house, Chief Mark Bradford said. The multiple-alarm fire broke out about 5 a.m. Thursday. The four college-age men inside the house all escaped the fire.
10:00 p.m.
Indiana Street was blocked off Thursday as firefighters responded to a house fire at 1005 Ind. A ladder truck failed to work at the scene. Ladder’s failure hinders effort
July 31, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Efforts to fight Thursday morning’s fire at 1005 Ind. were seriously hampered by the failure of a fire truck that Chief Mark Bradford had repeatedly warned city leaders about. When firefighters sought to raise the 100-foot ladder on the department’s 10-year-old aerial truck, it simply wouldn’t move. “It obviously did have an impact on our fire attack,” Bradford said. “It was significantly delayed in getting large volumes of water on the fire.”

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Thursday, July 31 weather at 10 p.m.
July 31, 2008
The forecast for Friday, August 1 calls for a high of 96 and a low around 71.
Tonganoxie football team putting dismal 2007 season behind them
July 31, 2008
2007 was an easy season to forget for head coach Mark Elston and the Tonganoxie High football team. This week, the Chieftains begin preparations for what they hope will be an improved 2008. Andrew Baker has that story…
Pennies for Paige’ nearing goal
July 31, 2008
Last week, 6News introduced you to Free State senior Paige Tremble. On the surface, she seems to be a typical 17-year-old girl - but has dealt with more than any young lady her age should have to.
KU defense returns 9 starters from last season
July 31, 2008
Aqib Talib and James McClinton are gone. Luckily for the KU defense, there are nine other guys waiting to take over leadership roles in 2008.
KU defense under new management
July 31, 2008
On the field, the Kansas defense won’t change much this Fall. Nine starters return to anchor the unit. But that experienced group is under new management.
Douglas County Fair Tractor Pull draws a crowd
July 31, 2008
Owners of beautifully restored tractors gathered Thursday night in the ever-so-popular Douglas County Fair Tractor Pull.
Ladder’s failure hinders effort
Fire chief says defect underscores frailty of firefighting fleet
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
Efforts to fight Thursday morning’s fire at 1005 Ind. were seriously hampered by the failure of a fire truck that Chief Mark Bradford had repeatedly warned city leaders about. When firefighters sought to raise the 100-foot ladder on the department’s 10-year-old aerial truck, it simply wouldn’t move. “It obviously did have an impact on our fire attack,” Bradford said. “It was significantly delayed in getting large volumes of water on the fire.”
One person transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a vehicle accident at 23rd and Harper streets
07:46 p.m., July 31, 2008 Updated 08:30 p.m.
Lawrence police have cleared the scene of a vehicle accident at the intersection of 23rd and Harper streets.
Giant mushroom amazes Lawrence residents
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
At the base of a white oak tree that stands 65 feet or so rests a 2-and-a-half-foot wide polypore mushroom. It weighs more than 15 pounds. The mushroom is uncommon in the area and has been a wonder to those who have seen it.
State officials lobby for NBAF in Manhattan presentation
300 attend hearings to comment on bio-defense facility
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Federal and state officials Thursday sought to quell concerns about the safety of a proposed biosecurity lab that would conduct research on dangerous diseases. “It’s all about managing the risk,” said James Johnson, director of the office of national laboratories for the Department of Homeland Security. “We feel like if we put in the right layers of safety and security strategies, those risks can be managed,” Johnson said.
Settlement in rooftop fall case at apparent stalemate
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
A possible settlement in a civil case involving a Kansas University student who fell from the roof of a home in the Oread neighborhood could be off the table.
Dole hopes health care forum will stimulate bipartisan action
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
What exactly does health care reform mean? More accessible doctors? Cheaper treatment? If nothing else, former Sen. Bob Dole hopes Monday’s health care forum gives political leaders an idea what people think about when they worry about the country’s health care system.
Campaign finance reports show spending for county race
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
Republican John Tacha and Democrat Nancy Thellman have raised the most money among the eight candidates in the Douglas County Commission races, according to campaign finance reports through July 24.
Report indicates driver in wreck that killed sheriff’s deputy was distracted by cell phone
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The driver of a car that struck and killed a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy on his bicycle was distracted by a cell phone and other electronic devices during the accident, a Kansas Highway Patrol report said.
More of 19th Street closed for improvement projects
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Additional portions of 19th Street will be closed to traffic today as construction crews work to complete improvements to the intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
July 31, 2008
Here is the workout for today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days at noon and 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Fire Department: Illegal use of fireworks causes destructive Indiana Street fire
Two KU students injured in early-morning blaze at 10th and Indiana streets
05:42 a.m., July 31, 2008 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical said late Thursday that a fire at 1005 Ind. was caused when a couch on the front porch was ignited by the illegal use of fireworks. The fire injured two college students, caused $360,000 in damage and totaled the house, Chief Mark Bradford said. The multiple-alarm fire broke out about 5 a.m. Thursday. The four college-age men inside the house all escaped the fire.
Pickens packs house
1st town hall meeting on energy plan draws hundreds
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
With a salesman’s pitch that combined patriotism and profits, Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday kicked off his tour to get the country off imported oil. Approximately 500 people crammed into Heritage Hall at the Kansas Expocentre to listen to the 80-year-old Pickens say, “I think we are very close to a disaster for the country.”
Bush signs housing bill to provide mortgage relief
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets.
People in the news
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ India.Arie’s Broadway debut postponed¢ Ex-boy band promoter sings in murder case¢ Cheech and Chong reunite after feud¢ Authorities set sights on limiting paparazzi
Our town sports
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
A listing of camps and tournaments in and around Lawrence.
818 advance votes for primary received
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
As of Wednesday, 818 advance votes had been cast or mailed into the Douglas County Clerk’s office for Tuesday’s primary election.
Royals sweep Athletics
Guillen drives in go-ahead run
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Jose Guillen had to convince Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman to let him stay in the game. It was a good call.
US struggles to save peace talks
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
If doctors pledge to first do no harm, U.S. presidents seeking peace in the Middle East could do the same. The Bush administration is trying to keep Israel and the Palestinians talking through the waning months of President Bush’s term, because not talking is worse.
American League Roundup: Abreu tags two home runs
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bobby Abreu hit a pair of homers while getting a day off from the field, Alex Rodriguez also homered and New York pounded Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
City-county discussions on the proposal for a new Kansas River bridge at Lawrence were delayed again to allow for further study of several options for both units of government.
World Co. COO earns Chairman’s Award
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Patrick Knorr, chief operating officer of The World Company, received the Chairman’s Award during the annual meeting of the American Cable Association, conducted this week in Orlando, Fla.
US: Al-Qaida disarray shown by leaders’ exit
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to its leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization.
Mexican migrants struggle to send money home
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
Mexicans working in other countries are sending less money home, threatening businesses, stalling construction and choking cash flow to hamlets where as much as half the population works in the United States.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
Officials reported that the cost of a year at college would be up an average of 10 percent the coming fall semester. The most expensive school was to be Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a tab of more than $15,000.
Pollution index shows improvement
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Beijing’s pollution levels dropped Wednesday to less than half of the previous day’s, the lowest reading since authorities began pulling cars off the road and shutting down factories to address athletes’ concerns about air quality ahead of the Olympic Games.
Stinky gambler fuming after removal
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Yes, Michael Wax stank. He’s the first to admit it.
A place to visit: Serene garden at Lawrence tourism center has storied history
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
There is a gorgeous garden situated in front of the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N. Second St., that frames the façade of the century-old building and complements the aesthetics of its architecture. The French-themed design of the garden is quite authentic. I had to pinch myself to remember that I was not in Toulouse or Nice but instead just across the mighty Kansas River, standing in the shade of a sycamore in good old Lawrence.
Political labels are out of whack
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
Had it not been liberals, it would have been something else. Let’s grant that from the beginning. Broken people, after all, can always find some equally broken rationale for the carnage they cause. And the brokenness of 58-year-old Jim Adkisson can hardly be doubted after he walked into a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday and, according to police, shot eight people, killing two.
Meeting to review bio-security lab plans
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
The safety of a proposed federal biosecurity research lab likely will be a major topic at a public meeting today in Manhattan.
Housing bill loan masquerades as tax credit
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
There’s been a lot of discussion about how much the new housing bill passed by Congress will help individuals facing foreclosure. President Bush signed the bill on Wednesday.
Karadzic’s trial to test tribunal
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The extradition of Radovan Karadzic to the war crimes tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, is being hailed as a triumph for the pursuit of international justice and a potential deterrent to other brutish leaders tempted to flout the law.
On the record
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Police responded to multiple calls of gunshots at an east Lawrence trailer park. Police were called about 11:15 p.m. to the park on East 19th Street near the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. The investigation was continuing early this morning. No official details were available.
Scientists recreate hidden Van Gogh art
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A6
A team of European scientists unveiled on Wednesday in Amsterdam a new method for extracting images hidden under old masters’ paintings, recreating a color portrait of a woman’s face unseen since Vincent van Gogh painted over it in 1887.
National League Roundup: Carpenter returns to lift Cards
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Chris Carpenter pitched four solid innings in his first start since April 2007 for the Cardinals.
Kansas divers place at nationals
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas divers Meghan Proehl and Erin Mertz placed at the U.S. Senior Diving Nationals last week in Pasadena, Calif.
Commodities
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 4.25 cents to $7.8775 a bushel; December corn fell 4.25 cents to $7.8775; December oats added 0.25 cent to $4.045; November soybeans added 14 cents to $14.05.
X marks the spot for sports jargon
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
The X Games (8 p.m., ESPN) turns 14 this summer. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air 14 hours of live X Games programming between tonight and Sunday, showcasing skateboard and BMX competitions. All broadcasts are available in high definition.
Fitness center to open 24-hour workout facility
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Snap Fitness, a 24-hour fitness club, will open its newest location at 1800 E. 23rd St., Studio C, the first week of September.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 31, 1908: “Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Albach celebrated their golden wedding anniversary today. They have lived here 50 years and came to Lawrence direct from Germany. They had many harrowing experiences during and after the Quantrill raid.
Slim majority support offshore drilling
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
As gas prices remain above $4 a gallon, Californians are more open to the idea of off-shore drilling for oil than they have been in the past.
Bush signs new rules for spy agencies
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush approved an order Wednesday that rewrites the rules governing spying by U.S. intelligence agencies, both in the United States and abroad, and strengthens the authority of the national intelligence director, according to a U.S. official and government documents.
Housing fund will have lasting impact
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
If you were to ask Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd - the principal architects of the massive housing bill signed Wednesday by President Bush - which of its many features pleases them most, the answer would surprise you.
Struggling tomato plants may still prosper
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
If you are having difficulties growing tomatoes this year, you are not alone. The weather is the largest factor in the tomato problems, playing a role in the overall health of the plants and influencing insects and diseases.
Brush up on trivia about Olympic history
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
The 2008 Summer Games start Aug. 8 (8-8-08) in Beijing. How much do you know about Olympic history?
Convict testifies about day of shooting
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
Leonard Price swiped some change from the top of a bedroom dresser and started into the living room when a voice called out. “What are you doing in my house?” Those were the last words 77-year-old David Boose said before he was shot to death during a burglary three years ago in his rural Lecompton home.
Francisco appointed to efficiency panel
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to a panel that will make recommendations on ways to increase energy efficiency.
Memos outline budget request
Regents asked to do standard funding exercise
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The recent announcement by Kansas University that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius had asked for budget cut proposals that KU leaders said would hurt students has caused a dust-up in the Capitol. Sebelius strongly denied that she called for a budget cut.
Commentary: Baseball tix reach astronomical price
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Someday soon, spending a day at the ballpark will be the equivalent of yachting, playing croquet or pitching darts on the lawn of the family compound, an ultra-costly diversion enjoyed by the rich and privileged, fantasized about by the rest of us. In fact, that day may be only months away.
Therapist attends education course
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Cari Houghton, a physical therapist at Kreider Rehabilitation Services, 3510 Clinton Place, Lawrence, recently attended an education course, Pelvic Physical Therapy III, in St. Louis.
Detroit trades Pudge to Yankees
Tigers receive Farnsworth in return to bolster bullpen
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ivan Rodriguez was the steady hand for the Florida Marlins when they won the 2003 World Series. A year later, he was the spark that helped turn around the Detroit franchise when nobody wanted to be a Tiger.
Bird’s-eye view
Fans get an up-close look at new facility
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
As the line of people waiting to enter Kansas University’s new Anderson Family Football Complex grew Wednesday, and as it began to stretch well past the ticket office and down toward 11th St., Rob Crane offered an insight that, in its simplicity, was quite appropriate. “This is like a movie premiere,” said the 35-year-old Olathe resident. If this was the case, then the program’s newest entity enjoyed a whopper of an opening night.
County office closed during funeral today
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Register of Deeds office will close from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today so staff members can attend funeral services for a former co-worker.
A family with a lot of pull
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
Steve Enright and his son, Bo, have bonded through their love of tractor pulling.
Boyfriend of woman stuck to toilet gets probation
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B8
A western Kansas man whose girlfriend became physically stuck to the toilet after refusing to leave their bathroom for two years will spend six months on probation.
Morris twins take a few lessons from Simien
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Morris twins, who had watched Wayne Simien play basketball on TV many times, finally met the Jayhawk All-American this week. “I think I want to get to know him better as a person because he’s a great role model,” Marcus Morris, KU’s 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman small forward from Philadelphia, said Wednesday after working the afternoon session of Simien’s “Called to Greatness” camp for youths at Free State High.
Firm pays fine for lack of certificate
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
A firm owned by a Kansas University architecture professor acclaimed for his innovative teaching style, unusual project designs and hands-on construction methods has been fined $500 for practicing architecture without required certification.
Fast food fiasco
The decision to ban new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles is insulting and unfair to both residents and restaurants.
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Los Angeles City Council wanted to look like it was doing something about the growing problem of obesity among South LA residents. So it made the area’s fast-food restaurants the scapegoat.
Horoscopes
July 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
You breeze through challenges as long as you listen to your inner voice. If you think before you act, you could be surprised by what evolves and by the power of opportunities. If you are single, do not hesitate to zero in on the apple of your eye. If you are attached, switch between quality time alone as a couple and more-social periods.
Pump patrol
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.67 at several stations.
Strict building codes limit quake damage, suburb’s residents find
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
The latest in plywood-reinforced walls, tied-down foundations, strengthened concrete and stronger welds - if an earthquake had to hit somewhere in densely populated Southern California, this relatively new suburb of 80,000 people was about the best place possible.
FDA salmonella probe leads to Mexican farms
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
The salmonella strain linked to a nationwide outbreak has been found in irrigation water and a serrano pepper at a Mexican farm, federal health officials said Wednesday.
House votes 424-1 to ban lead from toys, kid’s goods
July 31, 2008 in print edition on C10
Alarmed by a year of recalls targeting millions of tainted toys, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban lead and other dangerous chemicals from items such as jewelry and rubber ducks that could end up in children’s mouths.
Israeli primaries open as PM promises to step down
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Facing burgeoning corruption allegations and plummeting popularity, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday he will resign in September, throwing Israel into political turmoil and heightening doubts about prospects for peace with the Palestinians and Syria.
Ryun, Jenkins battling for GOP bid in 2nd District
July 31, 2008
Jim Ryun’s campaign to reclaim the 2nd Congressional District seat harks back to his days as one of the world’s best long-distance runners and the moments after he was tripped in an Olympic qualifying race.His first television ad showed now-famous footage of Ryun finishing that race in 1972 in Munich.
Little Green Festival set for this weekend
July 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The second Little Green Festival will take place this weekend in South Park to showcase and celebrate the green in people’s lives while sharing information on how to be more environmentally friendly.The two-day event is free.