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Lawrence landmark gets refurbished
November 2, 2008
A historical Lawrence landmark is receiving a makeover this week. The 50-foot-tall teepee at Teepee Junction in North Lawrence is being redecorated.
Various health screenings crucial for women
November 2, 2008
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month stressed the importance of early detection in fighting the debilitating disease.’s Cathy Hamilton reports that there are other diseases and conditions women should be aware of.
Where should Mark on the Move go next? Let us know!
November 2, 2008
“Mark’s on the Move” is a feature segment as 6News anchor/reporter Mark Boyle searches for the often untold and overlooked stories in our community. This is a great chance for you the viewer to weigh in on and add to the stories that we are unable to cover through our daily news coverage.
Kansas gets sixth win after KSU game
November 2, 2008
After being blown out at the hands of Texas Tech, the Kansas football team regrouped and vented a little frustration against Kansas State.
Teacher bonds with struggling student
November 2, 2008
Some teachers make a lasting impression on students and parents. For one Lawrence family going through a difficult time, those educators are at New York Elementary School.
Sunday, November 2 weather at 10 p.m.
November 2, 2008
The forecast for Monday, November 3 calls for a high of 78 with a low around 56.
Crews calling for air ambulance in vehicle accident in Baldwin City
One person suffering life-threatening injuries, according to dispatch
November 2, 2008
Single-vehicle accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police say overnight shooting was accidental
Topeka woman treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
November 2, 2008
A Topeka woman was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Sunday after being accidentally shot. Cassie Hedges, a white female, was in the driver’s seat of a stationary vehicle at the Kwik Shop at 3440 W. Sixth St. when a passenger in the backseat accidentally discharged a weapon, shooting through the driver’s seat and hitting Hedges, Lawrence Police Sgt. Ted Bordman said.
Overnight shooting sends one to hospital; police investigating
02:58 a.m., November 2, 2008 Updated 05:30 a.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating a shooting that injured one person early Sunday morning.
Professional group adds new member
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County Connections recently announced the addition of a new member, Chuck Folks, owner of Advanced Plumbing Inc., in Lawrence. Folks specializes in service repairs, remodels and new construction. He has been a plumber since 1993 and opened his own business in 2008.
Charges dismissed for prostitution ring leader
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B3
A North Platte man accused of running a prostitution ring won’t face charges. Lincoln County Judge Kent Florum has dismissed a pandering charge against 36-year-old Kevin Leslie, saying there wasn’t enough evidence for a conviction.
Baldwin girls win in 4A
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
For the second straight year, the Baldwin High girls cross country team left with a Class 4A state title. Baldwin cruised to the team victory as it scored 46 points. Frontier League rival De Soto was the runner-up with 96 points. Wamego placed third with 101.
KU men’s, women’s runners place eighth
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Lauren Bonds finished in 12th place at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships on Saturday, becoming the second women’s runner in Kansas history to earn All-Big 12 honors, as both the KU men’s and women’s cross country teams placed eighth at the Iowa State Cross Country Course.
Break the rules to create original effects
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D2
I subscribe to a simple photographic philosophy: Know the rules, then break them. If all photographs always adhered to strict rules all the time, photography would be predictable, unsurprising and boring. And those are three adjectives that photographers should never want attached to their work.
State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 59
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
A retired school administrator and an Osage County commissioner are running for the Kansas House of Representatives seat in the 59th District. Republican William Prescott, 53, Osage City, is a farmer in addition to being a commissioner. Jim Irey, 63, the former school administrator, is a Democrat from Melvern.
Baker rallies for upset
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C9
No more will Baker University football players grouse about the monotony of the two-minute drill during practice sessions. Not after the Wildcats staged a dramatic comeback in the last 91 seconds to overhaul Missouri Valley, 26-22, on Saturday afternoon at Liston Stadium.
On Election Day, stick with, 6News for latest results
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
We know you’re interested in up-to-the-minute, local election coverage, and we’re committed to delivering it to you on Tuesday. Online at and on 6News Lawrence, we’ll be providing you with results, analysis and news from the minute the polls open until the last ballots in Douglas County are counted.
Court frees parents who tried to wed kids
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Pakistani court has freed the parents of a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy on bail a day after police raided an illegal wedding for the children. Police arrested the parents and a cleric preparing to perform the ceremony before 100 guests in Karachi on Friday. On Saturday, a judge ordered the parents released pending the next hearing in their case.
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
A listing of this week’s best-selling literature.
Cautious joy as blacks imagine Obama victory
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E10
Lula Cooper expects the tears to flow if Barack Obama becomes the first black president. But she’s not breaking out the tissues just yet. “I cried when I marked my ballot for him. We’ve had such an incredible journey to this point,” said the former civil rights activist, her voice quavering. “I think he’s going to win, but I really am very, very cautious.”
State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 53
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
A businesswoman and a pastor are vying for the 53rd District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. The incumbent, Democrat Ann Mah, Topeka, was first elected in 2005. She is the owner of Discover! Strategies, a company that provides speaking, consulting and training services.
City Commission agenda: Election Day to make meeting brief
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
Top 25 roundup: Gator rout: No. 5 Florida flattens Georgia, 49-10
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C8
Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdowns, Percy Harvin scored twice, and revenge-minded Florida thumped No. 8 Georgia, 49-10, Saturday in one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of this storied rivalry..
Federal races: U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
The 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, is at the epicenter of the national Republican-Democratic battle for control of Congress. But neither candidate - incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, nor state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, a Republican - is making a big deal about her party affiliation. Each needs independents and leaners to win.
Elections: The day after
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B9
Columnist David Shribman offers speculative next-day analyses of both an Obama victory and a McCain victory as a way to assess what each would reveal about the state of America in 2008.
Supporting Obama? No treats for you
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
A suburban Detroit woman has decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters. Shirley Nagel of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., handed out candy Friday only to those who shared her support for the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate Sarah Palin. Others were turned away empty-handed.
Baldwin City voters asked to decide school bond issue
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
Baldwin School District voters will decide Tuesday whether a $22.9 million bond issue should be approved. The bulk of the bond issue - about $14.6 million - would go to replace the aging Baldwin School Primary Center, which houses kindergarten through second grade. The other big-ticket item is a new performing arts auditorium at Baldwin High School at a cost of $3.7 million.
Paris finalists set
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Defending champion David Nalbandian beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, on Saturday to set up a Paris Masters final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga defeated 11th-seeded James Blake, 6-4, 6-3.
Douglas County Commission races: Commission 2nd District
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
The 2nd District Douglas County Commission race has centered on issues of growth, economic development and budgeting. Both candidates - Democrat Nancy Thellman, of rural Lawrence, and Republican David L. Brown, of rural Vinland - say they are the best person to deal with the tough issues.
Tea, chocolate event to benefit shelter
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Community Shelter will be host to a Chocolate and Tea at Three benefit Nov. 9 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1 Riverfront Plaza. The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
McCain lacks realism on foreign policy
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
In his efforts to portray himself as the better foreign-policy candidate, John McCain has distanced himself from President Bush. That’s not surprising. McCain calls for leaders to be held accountable for past decisions. And Bush’s foreign policy has produced a sad series of failures, from Iraq’s post-war agony to Iran’s surging power to the rebirth of al-Qaida.
Bush no demon but he won’t be missed
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
Almost eight years ago, just after the election of George Bush, I found myself in the company of some academicians who were consoling one another by sharing jokes about the newly elected president. Periodic fits of despondency troubled the jovial mood. Dire prophecies were exchanged. Bush spelled doom. America was going to become a plutocracy. A new age of ignorance and barbarism was upon us.
Those lunches add up
Social networks can help with financial discipline
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
Dan Hassenplug’s monthly expenses used to include around $300 for lunch and three or four books bought from Now he’s plugged into a new breed of social network that helps him manage his finances.”When you see a graph that says you averaged $10 a day for lunch - about $300 for the month - well, that’s a lot of money,” said the 24-year old design manager from Geneva, Ill.
Rebels tighten grip on eastern Congo
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E10
Tutsi-led rebels tightened their hold on newly seized swaths of eastern Congo on Saturday, forcing tens of thousands of frightened, rain-soaked civilians out of makeshift refugee camps and stopping some from fleeing to government-held territory.
Last weekend: McCain seeks upset, Obama stays confident
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Warmed by the cheers of thousands, John McCain and Barack Obama plunged through the final weekend of their marathon race for the White House, the Republican digging for an upset while his confident-sounding rival told supporters, “We can change this country.”
Cheap just up the road from crazy
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
If cheap is the new black, color me the doyenne of hip. I come by my frugality honestly. My mother - who cringes at the word “cheap” (“I prefer ‘inexpensive.’ ‘Cheap’ is crass.”) taught me well.Unfortunately, it took me years to recognize the brilliance in her thriftiness.
State Board of Education race: 4th District
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
Bill Wagnon is keeping a close eye on the District 4 State Board of Education race. After all, the winner will replace Wagnon, a Democrat who is retiring after three terms on the board, serving most recently as its chairman.
Wildcats eat their words
Murphy: ‘They were the better team today’
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
Deon Murphy dined on more than a Kentucky Fried Chicken boxed lunch after Kansas State’s 52-21 loss to rival Kansas University on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. He also ate his words.
Kansans’ campaign contributions all over map
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
When it comes to presidential campaign contributions, Lawrence isn’t the stereotypical bastion of blue in a sea of red this election season. Contributing to the tune of $166,800, Lawrence residents gave more to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama than any other city in the state.
State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 38
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
One is the incumbent, a small-businessman and former teacher who wants to make his home district the best place to do business and raise a family. The other is an economist who has published dozens of articles on public policy issues.
Big 12 Roundup: Red Raiders beat Longhorns in final second
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C4
Texas Tech can call itself No. 1 in the Lone Star State - and maybe best in all the land. Graham Harrell fired a 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with one second left, and No. 6 Texas Tech stunned No. 1 Texas, 39-33, Saturday night in a wild game that will shake up the national title race.
Lookin’ Sharp!
Salina back runs wild; KU dismantles KSU
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Thanks largely to the marvels of modern technology, Jake Sharp did not have to wait long Saturday afternoon before the inevitable messages began to make their way, via high-frequency radio waves, into the junior running back’s cell phone.
State Senate races: Kansas Senate District 3
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
Two veteran legislators are going head-to-head for the Senate seat in Kansas’ 3rd District. Incumbent Republican Roger Pine has held the position since January 2005. He is being challenged by Tom Holland, a Democrat who since January 2003 has represented the 10th District in the Kansas House.
Talk about the election without stepping on toes
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D2
Sure, everybody’s talking about the election. But doing so haphazardly may end up putting you in an uncomfortable spot.
Federal races: U.S. Senate
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Jim Slattery has tried to pin failures at home and abroad on Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. Through a campaign advertising blitz, Roberts has attacked Slattery’s past as a congressman and lobbyist.
Keegan: Clock is ticking on Prince’s tenure
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
How fitting that the week started with a Kansas State player talking so tall and ended with the team walking so small. What a perfect way to capture the expiring Ron Prince era. All talk. So much style, so little substance.Listen to the man talk, and you leave impressed with his intelligence.
Caricatures play a key part of political history
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D7
Presidential campaigns in the past were no different from how they are today. Caricatures, gossip, even lies and scandal were part of the campaign, although the information traveled slowly without TV or radio.Grover Cleveland, in the 1884 presidential race, was accused of having an illegitimate son. He admitted it and won the presidency because voters admired his honesty.
Red Sox, Fort Myers agree
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Boston Red Sox will keep their spring training home in the Fort Myers area for 30 more years after signing an agreement on Saturday with Lee County, Fla.
Busch ties Nationwide record
Driver snares 10th victory of season in second-tier series
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Kyle Busch overpowered the field Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Texas Motor Speedway, winning in the second-tier series for a record-tying 10th time this season.Busch, whose first victory of the season came on the same 1.5-mile oval in April, matched Sam Ard’s season record set in 1983. He held off a charging Carl Edwards in the final laps of the O’Reilly Challenge.
Game balls & Gassers
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
¢ Jake Sharp didn’t carry the ball in the fourth quarter and still rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns and had 76 receiving yards in the game of his career.¢ James Holt blitzed effectively, played well in pass coverage and flew all over the field making sure tackles.¢ Russell Brorsen intercepted two passes from the defensive end position.
Bobcats’ May inactive
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Bobcats forward Sean May was on the inactive list for Saturday’s game against Miami, two days after coach Larry Brown criticized his fitness following a sluggish performance in the season opener. May started in Charlotte’s 96-79 loss to Cleveland on Thursday night, but was 0-for-6 from the field and played only three minutes in the second half. Brown said May needed to get in better condition and lose weight.
Bear killed out of worry for trick-or-treaters
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Wildlife officials in Alaska have killed a 200-pound black bear that was raiding garbage in a home driveway while children were trick-or-treating in the Anchorage neighborhood on Halloween.Officials say children were never in any immediate danger.
Wizards, Crew tie, 1-all
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Steven Lenhart scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, salvaging a 1-1 tie for the Columbus Crew against the Kansas City Wizards in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.Under the home-and-home, total-goals format, the winner of next week’s game in Columbus will advance to the conference title game.
KU swimming falls
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
The No. 23 Kansas University swimming and diving team fell to No. 21 Missouri, 173.5-121.5, on Saturday. The Jayhawks (2-2) received strong performances from Danielle Herrmann and their relay teams.Kansas opened the dual with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay.
State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 10
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
Candidates for the 10th District House of Representatives - Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City, and John Coen, R-Baldwin City - cite their backgrounds as reason to vote for them.”I honestly think that we have got to try some new ideas in the Kansas Legislature,” said Brown, who has been a psychology professor at Baker University for 18 years.
Schwab Cup postponed
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Heavy rains forced the postponement of the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Saturday. Play was suspended at the Champions Tour’s season-ending event for more than 31â2 hours before officials made the decision to delay the remainder of the tournament until today.
Packers release lineman
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Green Bay Packers released Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the franchise sacks leader, on Saturday. The defensive end had been with the team for nine seasons and appeared in 124 games, starting 74. He had 741â2 sacks for Green Bay, passing Reggie White’s career mark of 681â2 in 2007.
Garcia tied at top in Spain
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Order of Merit contender Lee Westwood trailed co-leaders Soren Kjeldsen and Sergio Garcia by one stroke Saturday when heavy rain stopped play for the second straight day at the Volvo Masters.Westwood was at par through six holes during the third round, leaving him at 4 under before showers hit Valderrama.
Quirky, vivid story collection traces line of physicians
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
Sometimes a promising new fiction writer stumbles in the early portions of a first book, improving as the pages and confidence mount. Once in a while, a writer emerges with an idiosyncratic gift that challenges readers to learn in the reading how to enjoy it.
Party politics: Throw a red, white and blue fest
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D6
Whether you’re celebrating, biting your nails or drowning your misery, why not sweat out Tuesday’s election returns with friends? After a long and tense campaign season, people are ready to celebrate - or, at least, to have the sting of defeat leavened by good food and friendly faces.
With US election, sun setting on Guantanamo Bay trials
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E10
Camp Justice, erected six months ago for the first U.S. war-crimes trials in a half-century, already feels like a ghost town. A hundred canvas tents pitched on a weed-choked airfield to house an army of lawyers and journalists stand mostly empty, even as air conditioning blasts through them to keep iguanas and large rodents at bay.
Brorsen shows hands
Defensive end snares two pickoffs
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C7
After playing his entire freshman year at tight end, Russell Brorsen was switched to defensive end by Kansas coach Mark Mangino the next season. The reason? “I got moved back probably partly because of my horrible hands,” Brorsen said with a smile after KU’s 52-21 victory over Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Clippers’ Davis ailing
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Baron Davis missed the Los Angeles Clippers’ game at Utah on Saturday night due to a sore left hip. Davis was injured Friday night in the second quarter against Denver and was inactive Saturday for the trip to Utah.
Travelers face extra challenges this holiday season
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E1
If you think you have extra time to make your holiday travel plans because the turbulent economy will keep more people home this year, think again. Most travel experts I talked with say that despite the uncertain times, people still like to go home for the holidays. “People will borrow money to visit relatives during the holidays,” said Tony Maupin, owner of Maupin Travel in Raleigh, N.C.
Questions on system’s future remain
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
When the Lawrence Public Transit system began operations on the cold, snow-packed day of Dec. 16, 2000, more than the hum of diesel bus engines was in the air. There were the near-screams of jubilation from supporters who had been lobbying for a public bus system for years.
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D5
Your ability to present yourself and your ideas remains strong this year. If used properly, it could expand your security base and financial acumen. If you are single, you meet people with ease. If you are attached, the two of you might often hold back in order not to hurt each other’s feelings.
Jayhawks refocused
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C3
The funk is over, Bonnie Henrickson says. No crying over spilled milk for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. Henrickson, KU’s fifth-year coach, and her players were down in the dumps two weeks ago today when touted freshman Angel Goodrich suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice.
North needs
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B9
To the editor: The plan for a development near Johnny’s Tavern excites me because we will have a tourist attraction right around the corner from me. However, it will increase the traffic, which a lot us here in North Lawrence don’t want.
NBA roundup
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C10
Danny Granger scored 20 points, and Indiana beat Boston. Richard Hamilton scored 24 points, and Rasheed Wallace added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Antwan Jamison led Washington (0-2) with 24 points, and Nick Young added 23. Jose Calderon scored a career-high 25 points, including a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, and Toronto won its third straight. Chris Bosh had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
KU football notes
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C7
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino wanted to make one thing abundantly clear following his team’s 52-21 victory over visiting rival Kansas State on Saturday: Not once this season has he questioned the abilities of first-year KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen.
Simpsons Treehouse of Terror XIX’ unveiled
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D9
It’s time for the annual “Treehouse of Horror” special featuring the Simpsons. This year’s edition, number XIX, is like going trick-or-treating and getting a huge candy bar and two apples. There’s nothing wrong with apples. It’s just the other offering is much sweeter.
Tapahonso to read new poetry collection
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
Luci Tapahonso returns to Lawrence to launch “A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories.” She will hold a free public reading at 7 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. In this sixth collection of stories and verse, Tapahonso finds sacredness in everyday life.
Calendar celebrates iconic Kansas courthouses
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
Sara Aufdemberge used to love the courthouse in her hometown of Fredonia, in southeast Kansas. But time took its toll on the old building, and the county tore it down in favor of a new structure. Still today, a passion for old Victorian-style courthouses remains for Aufdemberge.
Dugan Arnett’s quick hits
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C6
Four. That was the number of times Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman turned the ball over Saturday: three interceptions and a fumble at the goal line. Freeman, who entered the game with just five interceptions on the year, has now turned the ball over 13 times in three career games against the Jayhawks.
Federal races: U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
In the race for the 3rd District congressional seat, it’s no surprise the U.S. economy is a hot topic as Election Day approaches. Incumbent Dennis Moore, a Lenexa Democrat seeking his sixth term, says there’s plenty of blame to spread around but insists he’d rather look forward to forging a solution to the troubles plaguing the U.S. and global economies.
State Senate races: Kansas Senate District 2
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
In the race for Senate District 2, there are wide differences in the policy stances of the two candidates: Republican Scott Morgan and Democrat Marci Francisco. Francisco has consistently voted with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in opposing two proposed coal-burning power plants in southwest Kansas.
Sabathia now free agent
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
CC Sabathia, the prize pitcher on this year’s market, filed for free agency Saturday. Sabathia was acquired by Milwaukee from Cleveland on July 7, then went 11-2 with seven complete games, three shutouts and a 1.65 earned-run average in 17 starts to help the Brewers make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Lions to sign Culpepper
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Free-agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper expects to sign a two-year contract with the Lions on Monday, an NFL source said Saturday. Culpepper worked out for the Lions on Tuesday, and coach Rod Marinelli said as recently as Friday that the sides were still talking.
Ability to inspire may be Obama’s greatest gift
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B9
When Barack Obama began his candidacy for the White House 20 months ago, most Americans knew next to nothing about the young senator from Illinois, barely two years into his first term in federal office.
My kitchen? You could say it came with the house
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D2
I only have a kitchen because it came with the house! That statement was e-mailed to me by a friend who knew it expressed my view exactly. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to feel at home in the kitchen, it’s simply that - like a dog who chases a car and catches it - I haven’t a clue what to do with it.
Endorsing the top political movies
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D8
Even the most patriotic of us might be feeling election fatigue at this point. Campaigns generally are messy affairs, with stories that keep changing and endings that never seem to come, and the Obama-McCain battle has been no different.
Misleading plan
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Bulldozers began moving dirt last week at Lawrence High School and the Centennial Virtual School, but city commissioners and school district officials have been bulldozing this community for months with an athletic facilities expansion plan that is fiscally irresponsible, unnecessarily redundant and probably illegal.
Bankrupt grain group to pay farmer
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B10
U.S. Bankruptcy Court earlier this week awarded to a western Kansas farmer some of the money from the sale of grain from a bankrupt Tribune elevator group. Farmer Gilbert Bishop claimed ownership interest in wheat sold to the now defunct Sunbelt Grain, valued at $18,000, according to court documents filed this week.
Art on the hill
Painters highlight KU in new exhibition
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
On a beautiful spring day in April, more than 60 artists donned matching yellow Jayhawk ballcaps and spread out through the Kansas University campus. They set up easels and started their own interpretations of what makes Mount Oread beautiful.
College crunch
Higher education faces a substantial period of financial problems the same as most other segments of our society.
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
Americans have a tendency to consider higher education operations fairly recession-proof. Locally, we see how Kansas University continues to operate year after year and take for granted that KU and all other schools will weather whatever economic challenges come their way. However, current economic conditions will pose some serious challenges.
Douglas County Commission races: Commission 3rd District
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
The 3rd District Douglas County Commission race matches up two experienced politicians: one a longtime Douglas County resident and the other a newcomer to the area. Republican Jim Flory, a former Douglas County district attorney, and Democrat Ken Grotewiel, a retired Kansas Water Office official, have focused on different issues leading up to the Nov. 4 election.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
The $12,568 average salary paid to nine-month faculty members placed Kansas University second among Big Eight Conference schools on the salary scale, said Raymond Nichols, KU vice chancellor for finance. Colorado ranked first with a $13,098 average and Oklahoma State was last at $10,086.
FEMA official: Agency response slow after Ike
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
A top official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency admits that the agency was sluggish in its response to Texans affected by Hurricane Ike’s devastation, according to a published report. Deputy FEMA Administrator Harvey E. Johnson Jr. said he intends to improve the help that the agency provides to Texans whose home were damaged or destroyed by the September hurricane.
On the record
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 22-year-old South Fork, Penn., woman was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Saturday following a single-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence, according to a Turnpike Authority report. Jessica L. Ramus was driving a 2002 Pontiac around 10 a.m. at milepost 207.7 when the accident occurred, the report said.
Uncertainties cloud suit over fatal Cat Tracker accident
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
The last time Kansas hosted Kansas State in football, the 2006 game was marred by a fatal accident involving the Cat Tracker bus, a modified Kansas State football fan bus. A negligence lawsuit was filed last year in Douglas County after John Green, of Shawnee, was killed and Chris Orr, of Salina, was severely injured while they were riding through Lawrence on top of the modified bus on Nov. 18, 2006.
Bailout moving beyond Wall Street
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
After a bruising battle to get it through a doubting Congress, the Bush administration’s $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan to purchase distressed mortgages and other bad assets has morphed into something else entirely.Today, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Plan, signed by President Bush on Oct. 3, involves the government taking direct equity stakes in banks, and at least one bank used the money to buy a rival.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 2, 1908: “Lightning struck the Merrifield home at 218 Maryland yesterday and caused very serious damage. The lady of the house was speechless for more than three hours due to the shock of the bolt. All the windows were broken and the neighborhood was thrown into a terrible fright. It was a miracle nobody was killed.”
Money flowing freely in final days
National parties spending big for last-minute advertisements
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
With the campaign only days away, money from outside Kansas is flowing freely into the 2nd Congressional District race. Outside groups have injected more than $1 million in the past two weeks into the race between Democratic incumbent Nancy Boyda and Republican state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins.
Machinists ratify pact with Boeing
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Machinists union members ratified a new contract with The Boeing Co. on Saturday, ending an eight-week strike that cut the airplane maker’s profits and stalled jetliner deliveries. The vote by members of the union, which represents about 27,000 workers at plants in Washington state, Oregon and Kansas, was about 74 percent in favor of the proposal five days after the two sides tentatively agreed to the deal and union leaders recommended its approval.
Judge wants to see legal basis for warrantless wiretaps
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A4
A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memos that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. signed an order Friday requiring the department to produce the memos by the White House legal counsel’s office by Nov. 17. He said he will review the memos in private to determine whether any information can be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege or jeopardizing national security.
Consumer beware
Wacky Packages’ showcases early age of irony
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
When it comes to creating parody in the post-ironic world, the tools available to us are plentiful and democratic. Spend a half hour with Photoshop and your throwaway burst of creativity can convincingly skewer American brand identities that have been decades in the making.
Iraq’s PM stressing US departure
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A11
Iraq’s prime minister is pushing the idea that the U.S. departure is in sight in a bid to sell the security deal with Washington to Iran. To reinforce the message, the Iraqis are asking for changes to the deal that would effectively rule out extending the U.S. military presence beyond 2011.
KU ‘Pillars Week’ to start Monday
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
Kansas University Greek Life has announced Monday as the kickoff to “Pillars Week” for the KU campus and Lawrence community. The four-day event will sponsor activities that reflect the Greek community’s four founding pillars: service, leadership, scholarship and brotherhood/sisterhood.
For some singles, phone texting and dating go hand in hand
November 2, 2008 in print edition on E10
The modern dating scene has come to this: a text-messaging service that hits random female subscribers in Los Angeles with such messages as “Hello to all the beautyful ladys.” Tech-savvy singles are now relying on cell-phone-based services to find dates and friends. The programs help users find strangers to exchange text messages with and even find, on a handset’s digital map, nearby people looking to connect.
Massa takes Brazilian pole
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Home-crowd favorite Felipe Massa won the pole Saturday for the decisive Brazilian Grand Prix, increasing his chances of overtaking Lewis Hamilton for the Formula One title.This is the sixth pole of the year for Massa.
Poet’s Showcase
November 2, 2008 in print edition on D3
“The Power of Words” By Tom Mach
Couple weds on Halloween
Groom wanted ‘least stressful’ holiday
November 2, 2008 in print edition on B3
Halloween’s haunts and chaos stood still at the Reno County Courthouse’s third floor Friday afternoon as Cameron Stapleton, 23, dressed in a black shirt with a painted-on tuxedo, waited to pledge eternal love to his fiancee, Crystal Mann, 19.
Dogs latest victims of financial crisis
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
It’s not just people worrying about losing their homes amid the global economic downturn. Now, even Taiwanese canines face being dumped from their dog houses. Coinciding with the local stock market plunge and a jump in the jobless rate in Taiwan, animal rescuers say more and more dogs are being abandoned as owners look for ways to cut expenses.
Running unopposed: Kansas House and Douglas County offices
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist was busy campaigning up to the last minute before the general election four years ago. This year she’s been able to sit back much like any voter and watch other candidates campaign. She has no opponent in her bid for a second term.
Chrysler struggles to come up with big seller
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
In crises past, Chrysler has somehow managed to stamp out a blockbuster hit vehicle to pull itself away from the cliff’s edge. But as it faces a possible sale to another automaker and what may be the most serious problems in its 83-year history, industry analysts say there’s nothing in the current product portfolio that looks like a savior.
Police: Shooter feared child was robber
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Freddie Grinnell wanted his children to do some old-fashioned trick-or-treating. After taking the family to a Halloween gathering, he drove to a neighborhood in this small city and shepherded his three eldest to a modest red house across the street from a graveyard.
LHS boys run away with state title
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Ben Wilson dreamed of this moment for years. He knew the history as a child - that Lawrence High had not won a boys cross country state team title. Ever. He’d been on the Lions’ team as a sophomore when LHS finished third at the state meet. He was there as a junior when Lawrence was sixth.
Letzig returns to lead
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Michael Letzig birdied three of the final six holes Saturday for a 2-under 70 that gave him the lead in the Ginn sur Mer Classic when Ryan Palmer found water on the final hole. Letzig, who shared the first-round lead at the Ginn Ocean Hammock Resort, finished his run of birdies with a seven-foot putt on the par-5 18th that put him at 7-under 209.
More prisons start recycling, growing food
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Of all the things convicted murderer Robert Knowles has been called during his 13 years behind bars, recycler hasn’t been one of them. But there he was one morning, pitchfork in hand, composting food scraps from the main chow line and coffee grounds from prison headquarters - doing his part to “green” the prison.
State House of Representatives races: Kansas House District 45
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
The House District 45 race features a veteran lawmaker, Republican Tom Sloan, facing a political newcomer, Democrat John Wilson. And the main issue in the campaign has been the proposed construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
State Senate races: Kansas Senate District 19
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
A former legislator is trying to return to the Kansas Statehouse by challenging an incumbent state senator. Shari Weber, a Republican from Herington and former House majority leader, is challenging Anthony Hensley, a Democrat from Topeka, for the District 19 Senate seat.
Local voters key to course of nation, state
November 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
On Election Day, voters in Douglas County - probably more so than any other county in Kansas - will help determine the course of the state and nation for the next several years. Hotly contested races for Congress, Legislature and State Board of Education fill the ballot, in addition to several local contests.
November 2, 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.
Perceptions of Thigpen changing
Kansas City quarterback responds after being thrust into starting assignment
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
In the eyes of most Kansas City fans, it took Tyler Thigpen only two games to go from being the worst quarterback in the NFL to being the most improved. Like magic, he seems to have gone from symbolizing all that’s wrong with the Chiefs to offering hope for a brighter future.
KU volleyball loses 3-1 to K-State
November 2, 2008 in print edition on C2
Despite a balanced defense that included two players in double-figure digs, Kansas volleyball lost, 3-1, to Kansas State in the annual Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks fell, 25-17, 25-17, 23-25, 25-14. The loss dropped KU to 10-12 on the season and 4-9 in conference play. KSU improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the Big 12.