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6:00 a.m.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and his Republican opponent, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, shake hands before the start of their debate Thursday evening at Washington University in St. Louis. Biden, Palin square off in vice presidential debate
October 2, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Under intense scrutiny, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stood her ground Thursday night against a vastly more experienced Joe Biden, debating the economy, energy and global warming, then challenging him on Iraq, “especially with your son in the National Guard.”
10:00 a.m.
Douglas County Third District candidates Jim Flory, left, and Ken Grotewiel, talk after their forum on the issues Thursday night at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. County candidates debate trafficway, growth
October 3, 2008 in print edition on 5A
Third District Douglas County Commission candidates started their forum Thursday night talking about an old issue: The controversial South Lawrence Trafficway. Republican Jim Flory said he would be a vocal supporter of the approved plan to complete the trafficway along the 32nd Street alignment through the Baker Wetlands.
2:00 p.m.
Douglas County Commission candidates Nancy Thellman, left, listens to an answer from her opponent David L. Brown during Thursday night's forum at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. 6News Director Cody Howard moderated the forum sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition. Contenders clash over development viewpoints
October 3, 2008 in print edition on 5A
Two 2nd District Douglas County Commission candidates Thursday night sought to convince voters they were the best choice to lead the county during challenging economic times. Democrat Nancy Thellman said the county, city and Chamber of Commerce should not forget the economic potential of its agricultural industry during an economic downturn.
6:00 p.m.
Workers equip the stage with sound equipment for the third annual Get Down Town music festival. The festival, slated for Friday and Saturday on New Hampshire Street, will feature music and local vendors. Get Down Town festival kicks off
October 3, 2008
Friday night, three months of work for Brett Mosiman came to a head when the third annual Get Down Town festival kicked off.

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Piper falls to Bonner Springs
October 3, 2008
The Piper Pirate football team was defeated by the Bonner Springs Braves by a final score of 35-13.
Watkins debuts exhibit dedicated to ‘Day of the Dead’
October 3, 2008
The Watkins Museum debuted an exhibit on Friday dedicated to the Mexican festival ‘The Day of the Dead.’
Jayhawks ready for Iowa State
October 3, 2008
Saturday morning, the Kansas Jayhawks open the Big 12 portion of their schedule in Aimes against Iowa State.
Friday, October 3 weather at 10 p.m.
October 3, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, October 4 calls for a high of 81 with a low around 51.
Firebirds get fired up at homecoming parade
October 3, 2008
The Free State High School Homecoming Parade marched from 15th and Wakarusa to the school Friday afternoon.
Firebirds roll to 36-7 Homecoming victory
October 3, 2008
Free State defeats Shawnee Mission East, 36-7.
Veritas leading at halftime
Eagles up 44-6
08:40 p.m., October 3, 2008 Updated 08:40 p.m.
Veritas Christian is leading St. John’s Military 44-6 at halftime.
Nader to visit Lawrence next week, says lawmakers will be punished for bailout votes
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader on Friday predicted that congressmen who voted for the financial markets bailout will be punished at the polls in November.
Police say student ran into car before Free State Homecoming parade
04:09 p.m., October 3, 2008 Updated 05:27 p.m. in print edition on B1
A 42-year-old woman struck a 15-year-old Free State High School student during the school’s homecoming parade Friday afternoon.
Get Down Town festival kicks off
October 3, 2008
Friday night, three months of work for Brett Mosiman came to a head when the third annual Get Down Town festival kicked off.
Conditions ripe for especially colorful fall
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Douglas County has had the moisture this year to make conditions ripe for a beautiful fall. Now we just need some colder nights to trigger the bold orange, purple, scarlet and yellow backdrops across trees in Lawrence neighborhoods and in the rural areas.
Lawrence’s Deciphera partnering with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly in cancer drug research
12:45 p.m., October 3, 2008 Updated 05:28 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence-based Deciphera Pharmaceuticals LLC is teaming up with Eli Lilly and Co. to license and develop technology designed to fight cancer, in a partnership announced Friday that ultimately could lead to $520 million in development, regulatory and sales milestones for Deciphera.
Congress clears hotly contested bailout bill
12:29 p.m., October 3, 2008 Updated 01:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
With evidence mounting that the nation faces a sharp economic downturn, Congress on Friday gave final approval to what may be the biggest government bailout in American history, authorizing the Bush administration to spend $700 billion to try to thaw frozen credit markets and prevent a deep recession.
KPERS assets drop more than $1 billion in fiscal year’s first quarter
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Troubled by 401 (k) losses? Imagine what Glenn Deck feels like. Deck is the executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, which is the pension plan for state workers, teachers and many local governmental employees.
Narcissist looks for love in her own diary
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
CBS has based its new relationship fantasy “The Ex List” (8 p.m. CBS) on an Israeli TV hit. But they needn’t have traveled halfway across the globe to plagiarize. They appear to have stolen an idea much closer to home.
LHS volleyball finishes 2-1 at SM East
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High’s volleyball team defeated Shawnee Mission East and SM West after losing to Lansing on Thursday at the Lancers’ gym.
Northern exposure: Alaskan actor spins tales that celebrate his cultural heritage in ‘ReGenerations’
October 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
During the last few months, Alaska has come to signify far more than just being a big, cold state. For Allan Hayton, an Athabascan Indian raised in his indigenous Alaska, the state embodies an even deeper cultural identity.Hayton employs his skills as an actor, storyteller and playwright to spin tales that celebrate his heritage.
Rec calendar
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
A list of recreational sporting activities in and around Lawrence.
A believer - with questions
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A9
In a moment, I will say something you’ve probably never read in an opinion column. Last week, you see, I wrote about Sarah Palin’s attempt to ban books when she was a small-town mayor. In the process, I noted that “we all have questions” for Palin. Among them: “Does she really take the parable of Adam and Eve as literal truth?”
Offended neighbors get Utah park statue moved
October 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
A Utah state park moved an American Indian-inspired statue of a humpbacked flute player Thursday after objections that it was offensive because the male figure is anatomically correct.
Longoria powers Rays past Chisox
Rookie’s two home runs decisive in Tampa Bay’s 6-4 victory
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Cool and calm, or so it seemed. Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays appeared perfectly at home in the playoffs with a Game 1 victory over Chicago. The rookie said looks can be deceiving, though.
Rash of social networking sites overwhelms author
October 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
In terms of socializing, the Internet is like the party that never ends. Each month a new crop of social networking sites sashays into the cultural consciousness. Some are general, some peculiarly specific. It’s easy to first embrace the concept by joining an obvious candidate such as Facebook. But after prods from a few acquaintances, that lone site can easily expand into a dozen more.
Free State parade to mark Homecoming
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B10
Firebird pride will be on display this afternoon, as Free State High School culminates a week of events with its Homecoming parade.
Kansas soldier pleads guilty in Iraq killings
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of accessory to murder and was sentenced to eight months in prison for his role in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners who were bound, blindfolded, shot and dumped in a canal.
Armadillos inspire Ig Nobel winners
October 3, 2008 in print edition on C8
Deborah Anderson had heard the urban legends about the contraceptive effectiveness of Coca-Cola products for years. So she and her colleagues decided to put the soft drink to the test. In the lab, that is.
KPERS not hurt by financial crisis
Retirement plan ‘not going to lose a dime,’ official says
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
When stocks dove almost 800 points on Monday, many people were wondering whether their 401(k) was more like a $4.01(k). But Lawrence teachers and other public employees can rest easy. Their retirement funds are safe. Teachers defer 4 percent of their salary to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS.
Dodgers push Cubs to brink of elimination
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
After two duds by the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers look ready to run Chicago’s championship drought to 100 years.
State rejects day care ‘neglect’ ruling
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
A decision that led to the suspension of the day care license of a Lawrence woman has been overturned by a state administrative hearing officer. The officer’s decision overturns an investigative ruling from the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. SRS had determined that a 13-month-old child had suffered burns in March while attending day care at the home of Deborah Kay Henning, 1502 W. 27th St.
Texas, Kansas State football games sold out
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas Athletics, Inc. on Thursday announced KU home football games against Texas and Kansas State are sold out, while only a limited number of tickets remained for games against Colorado and Texas Tech.
On the record
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old Lawrence man was charged with felony aggravated assault in Douglas County District Court on Thursday afternoon, after police said he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a 42-year-old woman.
Hogs for Dogs to aid humane society
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Humane Society on Saturday will be host to its first Hogs for Dogs Poker Run.
Unveiling title banner to highlight Late Night
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Allen Fieldhouse doors will swing open at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 17 for Kansas University’s season-opening Late Night in the Phog. The program, which will include men’s and women’s basketball skits and scrimmages, will start at 6:45 p.m., and conclude around 9:30 p.m., KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Thursday. It will be televised by Metro Sports with portions shown by ESPNU.
FDA: No quick decision on kids’ cold medicines
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A top government health official Thursday rejected pediatricians’ calls for an immediate ban on over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young children, saying it might cause unintended harm.
T questions
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: According to Lawrence Transit Authority statistics, ridership is down in 2008 from 2007. Averaging 26 service days per month, the T is carrying less than 800 riders per day, if everyone takes a round trip. Expense estimates for 2009 are more than $10,000 a day.
Henry T’s to donate tips in fundraiser
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B10
A fundraiser to benefit the Social Service League of Lawrence and Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County will be Tuesday at Henry T’s Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.
Free State volleyball goes 2-0
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s volleyball team defeated Leavenworth, 25-17, 25-18, and Olathe East, 25-12, 19-25, 26-24, on Thursday at the Pioneers’ gym.
Angels staying loose
L.A. hoping to draw even with Red Sox
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Justin Speier dashed through the Los Angeles Angels’ clubhouse Thursday, wearing a wetsuit and toting a boogie board, with his flippers slapping against the carpet.
Commodities
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 33.75 cents to $6.36; December corn slipped 30 cents to $4.54; December oats lost 11.5 cents to $3.10; November soybeans declined 49 cents to $10.04.
Nick & Norah’ a modest romantic gem
October 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Someday, Michael Cera will show us what else he can do. He surely must have someone else inside of him besides the poignantly verbal but sweetly awkward nerd we’ve come to know and love in movies such as “Superbad” and “Juno” and the late, great TV series “Arrested Development.”
Veritas triumphs in city rivalry
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B5
There’s a sports rivalry brewing between two of Lawrence’s high schools. And it isn’t just the usual Class 6A suspects anymore.
Report targets Donaghy
Review clears other refs of wrongdoing
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
A review of the NBA’s officiating program found no evidence of illegal activity by any referee other than Tim Donaghy, though it recommended significant changes for monitoring gambling and game integrity.
Costs to increase for FHA loans
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Federal Housing Administration is boosting the cost of its most popular loan-insurance program. The increase will cost many home buyers hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
County candidates debate trafficway, growth
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
Third District Douglas County Commission candidates started their forum Thursday night talking about an old issue: The controversial South Lawrence Trafficway. Republican Jim Flory said he would be a vocal supporter of the approved plan to complete the trafficway along the 32nd Street alignment through the Baker Wetlands.
No. 15 Utah rallies against Oregon State
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Louie Sakoda kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 11-point rally over the final 89 seconds and give No. 15 Utah a 31-28 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
Bone found near Fossett plane
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
More than a year after the mysterious disappearance of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, searchers found the wreckage of his plane in the rugged Sierra Nevada, along with enough remains for DNA testing.
Bloomberg wants 3rd term as mayor
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Silencing the rumors, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made clear for the first time publicly Thursday that he wants another four years.
People in the news
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ James Earl Jones to receive SAG award¢ Dolly Parton named Smokies ambassador¢ Salma Hayek helping fight tetanus overseas¢ Tina Turner opens North American tour¢ O’Donnell to host hourlong NBC special¢ DiCaprio says he’s not ready to settle down
Contenders clash over development viewpoints
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
Two 2nd District Douglas County Commission candidates Thursday night sought to convince voters they were the best choice to lead the county during challenging economic times. Democrat Nancy Thellman said the county, city and Chamber of Commerce should not forget the economic potential of its agricultural industry during an economic downturn.
Royals fire two coaches
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals fired hitting coach Mike Barnett and third-base coach Luis Silverio, the club announced Thursday.
Pump patrol
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.20 at several locations.
Clinton’s watch
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I would like to comment on Rick Baker’s Sept. 29 letter regarding Bush failures. He is correct that there have been no airline hijackings or any terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11. A credit to the Bush “pre-emptive” strategy?
Analysis: VP candidates hold their own
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Sarah Palin entered the vice presidential debate in St. Louis on Thursday night facing an electorate increasingly dubious about her readiness for the nation’s second-highest office. With a relatively steady performance, the Alaska governor might have helped arrest voters’ declining confidence in her candidacy since John McCain put her on the Republican ticket five weeks ago.
Writer: Assessments interfere with learning
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
When a school’s state assessment score goes up, that’s cause for alarm, said Alfie Kohn, a former teacher, author and highly vocal opponent of the No Child Left Behind Act, during a community lecture Thursday night. A response he’d like to hear from more parents is, “What did they have to sacrifice from my child’s education to increase scores?” Kohn said.
Judge denies mistrial bid in Stevens case
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A federal judge rejected a vigorous defense bid Thursday for a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens despite finding that prosecutors broke rules requiring them to turn over evidence favorable to the veteran Alaska lawmaker.
Picture bleak for economy
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A10
U.S. factory orders sank by the largest amount in nearly two years in August, and the number of workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased to a seven-year high last week, ominous signs that the economy is in sharp decline.
Commentary: Raiders coach has no chance at all
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
The new coach didn’t preen or preach or egregiously oversell himself amid this cosmically absurd situation, thank goodness. In fact, the new Raiders interim coach was acting so rational during Tuesday’s otherwise non-stop delirium, I half-expected to see a trail of vapor at some point and an empty spinning chair next to Al Davis.
Lancers loom for upbeat FSHS
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Free State High football team answered plenty of questions about its defense with an 18-0 shutout of high-powered Olathe South last week. This week, the Firebirds are ready for their encore.
Suicide attackers strike mosques, kill 24
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Suicide bombers struck two Shiite mosques in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens during celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Jury ready to begin deliberations in OJ trial
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
O.J. Simpson’s lawyer told jurors Thursday that the former football star’s effort to get items back from two sports memorabilia dealers was a mistake but not a crime, saying that “being stupid, and being frustrated is not being a crook.”
Michigan focused on Obama, economy
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A9
When I visited this battleground area in the suburbs of Detroit early this week, it was to check the public reaction to the first debate of 2008.
Tracking food
The origin of various foods is important information for consumers and health officials.
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A9
New U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that went into effect this week aren’t perfect, but they give consumers useful information about the food they buy.
Bailout hopes rise as more in House switch ‘no’ votes
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A wave of House converts jumped aboard the $700 billion financial industry bailout Thursday on the eve of a make-or-break second vote, as lawmakers responded to an awakening among voters to the pain ahead of them if stability isn’t restored to the tottering economy.
Horoscopes
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
You are unusually direct this year, and you know precisely what you want. Sometimes, when you have a knee-jerk reaction, you discover that the circumstances were not what you thought. You might find that your spending is a little out of control this year, should you be spontaneous in your dating life.
Phillies go two up on Brewers
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
With one more loss to the Phillies, CC Sabathia and the Milwaukee Brewers will have all winter to rest.
Pitt upsets South Florida
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns and Bill Stull threw for another as Pittsburgh upset No. 10 South Florida, 26-21, on Thursday night.
Tait: Priceless gesture inspiring
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
The votes have not been counted, the crowns not yet placed on heads. Yet Free State High senior Taylor Stuart already has proved that he is worthy of a title like “king.” Tonight is Homecoming at FSHS, a time when students and faculty, past and present, gather to celebrate what being a Firebird is all about.
Remorseful officer commits suicide
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
The man was naked, teetering on a building ledge and jabbing at police with an 8-foot-long fluorescent light bulb as a crowd gathered below. Lt. Michael Pigott responded by ordering an officer to fire a stun gun at the man, who froze and plunged headfirst to his death in a scene captured on amateur video and replayed frequently on the Internet.
Dragged around
Lions victims of 41-7 bashing by superior Olathe North
October 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
You won’t hear Dirk Wedd talking about parity in the Sunflower League. “There’s a big gap between the upper echelon and the lower echelon,” said Wedd, Lawrence High’s football coach, “and we’re not there.” Case in point: Olathe North’s 41-7 thrashing of the Lions on Thursday night at Haskell Stadium.
Grant to fund school’s safe room
October 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Eudora elementary school students and teachers should be a little safer, thanks to a $566,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help construct a tornado safe room at their new school.The safe room also will serve as a cafeteria and commons room and will open when the new school does next fall.