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12:00 a.m.
Pumpkins large and small catch the attention of Savannah Nelson, 11 months old, as she wanders through a field of the gourds Saturday at Lawrence Landscape, 1185 N. 1250 Road. Lawrence Landscape was one of many area farms that were host to the Kaw Valley Farm Tour on Saturday. Farm tours enchant all age groups
October 5, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Saturday was a beautiful fall day. The sun was shining, breeze blowing, leaves changing colors, and the pumpkins - well, they were flying. Actually, they were being chucked into a pond at Lawrence Landscape, one of the 15 farm stops for people on the fourth annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour, which continues today. “It’s hilarious,” said Pamela Brown, of Topeka.
6:00 a.m.
SuperTarget employees Gabriel Ortiz, left, and Missy Stirling put together a Christmas display in the store at 3201 Iowa. Retailers are putting Christmas items on display earlier than usual in an effort to expand the holiday shopping season into October and increase sales. Calendar says October; store displays say it’s Christmas
October 6, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Crisp, dry autumn leaves have yet to fall in Lawrence, but holiday shopping is already under way. Shoppers nationwide have started to purchase gifts for family and friends. Some began months ago. And they have a good reason: It will be a bumpy shopping season. The National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, reported last month that the 2008 holiday shopping season would present challenges for shoppers and stores.
10:00 a.m.
Heavy smoke billows out of the former A.B Coker Co building, 1927 Moodie Road, about 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Lawrence firefighters poured water on the building, which was to be the home for an off-site brewing and packaging facility for downtown's Free State Brewery. Heavy water and smoke damage occurred. Firefighters extinguish two-alarm blaze at new Free State Brewery facility in east Lawrence
7:04 a.m., October 5, 2008 Updated 4:13 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Days away from the launch of a major expansion project, Free State Brewing Co. sustained damage to its East Lawrence brewing and bottling facility early Sunday. “When I pulled around the corner at 6:30 in the morning before daylight, I just had the sense this is a really bad dream,” Free State owner Chuck Magerl said Sunday afternoon from the scene.
11:39 a.m.
Heavy smoke billows out of the former A.B Coker Co building, 1927 Moodie Road, about 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Lawrence firefighters poured water on the building, which was to be the home for an off-site brewing and packaging facility for downtown's Free State Brewery. Heavy water and smoke damage occurred. Free State Brewing Co. fire ruled accidental
10:55 a.m., October 6, 2008 Updated 6:10 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Investigators have classified Sunday’s fire at Free State Brewing Co.’s eastern Lawrence facility as accidental due to an electrical malfunction.

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Area youths learning about global culinary customs
October 6, 2008
Some local kids are getting a world tour of food right in their own junior high. As part of Central’s after school program, students are not only learning about culinary customs from around the globe, but they’re making them too.
KU soccer squad in the middle of the Big 12 standings
October 6, 2008
Two weekends into the Big 12 soccer schedule and the Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in the middle of the pack.
KU defense rebounds from nightmarish first half
October 6, 2008
The first half was an absolute nightmare for the Kansas defense. On Saturday, the Jayhawks couldn’t stop Iowa State in the game’s opening 30 minutes.
Monday, October 6 weather at 10 p.m.
October 6, 2008
The forecast for Tuesday, October 6 calls for a high of 67 with a low around 55.
Tonganoxie football team preparing for battle with St. James
October 6, 2008
The Tonganoxie football team is preparing for a Saturday clash with St. James Academy.
Piper High to face Perry in Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week
October 6, 2008
The Piper High football team will try to circle the wagons this week against Perry on the Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week.
Basehor leaders to take another shot at annexation
October 6, 2008
Leaders in Basehor will take another shot at annexing a 115 acre development into the city Monday night.
KidCast: Carson Redmond
October 6, 2008
The record high for October 6 is 95 in 1963. The record low is 31 in 1952.
Credit unions appear to avoid turmoil
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
The national economy is in turmoil, but a relative calm exists at state and local credit unions.
County mulls no-slip bridge coatings
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Douglas County is looking into using an increasingly popular pavement-sealing technology to extend the lives of its bridges - while boosting cost efficiency, reducing traffic delays and giving tires a better surface to hold onto.
KU Hospital and St. Luke’s co-winners of National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., has been named a co-winner of the National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award.
Oxford dream granted to Lawrence teen who had heart transplants
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
By the time Rose Naughtin, second from left above, was 12, she was on her third heart. Today, five years after her second heart transplant, the 17-year-old Free State High School senior is looking forward to college and is reflecting on a dream trip.
KU-Oklahoma game to be televised on ABC
October 6, 2008
The Kansas-Oklahoma game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, will be televised by ABC, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Two Baldwin City teens hurt in traffic accident
01:20 p.m., October 6, 2008 Updated 04:29 p.m. in print edition on A3
Two 16-year-old Baldwin High School juniors were taken to an area hospital by helicopter ambulance Friday night after a one-vehicle accident about four miles south of Baldwin City.
Former Lawrence church youth leader convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Douglas County jury on Monday morning convicted a former Lawrence church youth leader of having a sexual relationship nine years ago with an underage girl who was in the youth group.
Free State Brewing Co. fire ruled accidental
10:55 a.m., October 6, 2008 Updated 06:10 p.m. in print edition on A3
Investigators have classified Sunday’s fire at Free State Brewing Co.’s eastern Lawrence facility as accidental due to an electrical malfunction.
Stewart takes Talladega victory
Controversy over out-of-bounds line surrounds race
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tony Stewart was the first driver convicted of dipping below NASCAR’s out-of-bounds line, learning a valuable lesson in 2001 at Daytona that he has carried with him the last seven years.
NFL Roundup: Manning, Colts rally past Texans
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
Peyton Manning turned a colossal collapse by the Texans into a stunning victory for the Colts.
Recordings aim to capture calls of the wild West
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
Rattlesnakes aren’t to be trifled with, but if you’re trying to collect the sound of every creature in the West that slithers, hops, flies or flops, distance isn’t a luxury you can afford.
Los Angeles stays alive vs. Boston
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
Francisco Rodriguez’s biggest save of a record-breaking season came in a tie game.
New ballots easier for voters to read
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The ballot for Douglas County voters will look different in the Nov. 4 general election. But County Clerk Jamie Shew says the changes are not drastic and are necessary to help voters better read and understand the ballot. “People find this far easier to read, clear to read, easier to use,” Shew said. “It doesn’t change. You still mark the ovals.”
Creation tale
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Columnist Leonard Pitts got something right in his one weak subject - religion - then, under pressure from indignant literalists, backpedaled and apologized for his “arrogance,” rescuing foolishness again from the jaws of reason.
Sorry shutout
Edwards: ‘I didn’t see that coming’
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Herm Edwards came up to John Fox an hour before kickoff and gave him a hearty bear hug. The former college teammates then exchanged stories and laughs.
Death leaves no room for error
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
The first time, Troy Davis came within 24 hours of death. The second time, he came within two.
Investors expect more volatility this week
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
The world’s financial markets face an uncertain and possibly volatile week as investors await details about how the Treasury will implement the government’s financial rescue package - and watch for any further fallout from the credit crisis around the globe.
Defense renews bid to end Stevens trial
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A6
Attorneys for Sen. Ted Stevens on Sunday renewed their effort to get a federal corruption case against the veteran Alaskan lawmaker thrown out, saying prosecutors manipulated the story of its star witness to undermine the defense.
DCAP needs help for annual art auction
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
The Douglas County AIDS Project seeks volunteers to help prepare for its upcoming art auction fundraiser. People are needed to help with office work, wrapping and photographing art, and transportation.
Danks delivers for ChiSox in 5-3 victory over Rays
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
Thanks to John Danks and the White Sox, Chicago still has one team standing.
Eleven Iraqis killed in Mosul raid
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Eleven Iraqis, including women and children, were killed Sunday after U.S. forces came under attack by gunfire and a suicide bomber during a raid in Mosul, the military said. No U.S. casualties were immediately reported.
CU goalie makes life tough for KU, 2-0
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
If Kansas University’s soccer team never sees Colorado goalkeeper Kirstin Radlinski again, it will be too soon. Radlinski stonewalled the Jayhawks with an array of acrobatic dips and dives for 90 minutes Sunday afternoon, as Colorado downed Kansas, 2-0, at Jayhawk Soccer Complex. In the process, she accomplished something no other goalie had managed to do in the Jayhawks’ first 11 games - record a shutout.
Rice: US not trying to undermine Russia
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.S. efforts to build closer ties to the energy-rich former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan are not meant to undermine Russian influence in Central Asia, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
No joke: Ball State joins AP Top 25
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
David Letterman is going to love this: at No. 25 in the AP college football poll, his alma mater, Ball State.
Commentary: Can Denver win it all? Doubtful
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Broncos rank as the lead candidate to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Before you start shouting about all the team’s weaknesses, let me also say the Broncos don’t rank among the NFL’s top half-dozen teams.
Janet Jackson delays 3 more shows
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Janet Jackson has postponed three more shows because of an undisclosed illness.
Calendar says October; store displays say it’s Christmas
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Crisp, dry autumn leaves have yet to fall in Lawrence, but holiday shopping is already under way. Shoppers nationwide have started to purchase gifts for family and friends. Some began months ago. And they have a good reason: It will be a bumpy shopping season. The National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, reported last month that the 2008 holiday shopping season would present challenges for shoppers and stores.
Pitch perfect: KU senior finds balance between music major, job
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
“There’s no time for partying or goofing off if you want to succeed in this intense competitive field,” says Kansas University senior Tammy Wolkenfeld, 22. “Majoring in flute performance requires a huge commitment to constant practice and a willingness to push yourself.” In addition to studying, practicing, rehearsing and performing, Wolkenfeld works as a part-time server at the Eldridge Hotel’s Ten Restaurant.
KU professor to examine slogans, rhetoric in presidential campaigns
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
Hope. Maverick. These two words have dominated this year’s presidential campaigns, and whether the messages of U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are influencing voters will be up for debate Oct. 12 during a Kansas University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences program.
Countrywide Financial, states settle lawsuit
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
At least eight states, including Illinois, California and Texas, have reached an $8.8 billion settlement of their lawsuits against Countrywide Financial, the biggest subprime mortgage lender.
On the record
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
A man was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital for emergency treatment following a single-vehicle accident in North Lawrence late Saturday night.
Public opinion largely against lower speed limits
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A6
Kansans appear ready to put the brakes on a proposal to lower the state speed limit from 70 mph to 65 mph. By more than a 5-to-1 margin, Kansas residents oppose the move, according to the dozens of comments received so far by the Kansas Energy Council. Lawrence’s Stanley Rasmussen’s reasoning against the proposal is typical of many.
Report: Ike causes 500,000 gallons of crude oil to spill
Officials totaling environmental damages
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Ike’s winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half-million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
Prep hoops forward torn between Memphis, KU
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
Thomas Robinson, who made official basketball recruiting visits to Kansas University and Memphis two of the past three weekends, now faces the task of choosing between the two schools. “Right now, it is even,” Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior power forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said Sunday night after completing his trip to Memphis.
Pelini to contact Pinkel
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he would try to contact Missouri coach Gary Pinkel to discuss Chase Daniel’s comments about the Cornhuskers being a dirty team.
Shedding light on bicycle safety
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
A bicycle equipped with good lights can make all the difference when it comes to riding safely when darkness falls, whether on a city street, touring route or in the back country. The type of lighting device a rider chooses for a bicycle varies. In general, a cyclist can go with one or more of three general light options.
City Commission agenda: Water topic at early meeting
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will meet at a special time on Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to end no later than 6:30 p.m. Commissioners are scheduled to give approval to a new contract to treat water for Douglas County Rural Water District No. 5.
Mortgage forgiven for woman who shot self
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae said it is forgiving the mortgage debt of a 90-year-old woman who shot herself in the chest as sheriff’s deputies attempted to evict her.
Staph-linked flu deaths in kids jump
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
More children have died from flu because they also had staph infections, according to a new government report that urges parents to have their kids get the flu shot.
Fed steps into Wachovia battle
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
A high-stakes battle over who will gain control of the nation’s fourth-largest bank intensified over the weekend, with the Federal Reserve acting as a go-between in the pursuit of Wachovia by both Citigroup and Wells Fargo.
GOP to file complaint against Obama
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Republican National Committee plans to file a fundraising complaint against Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign today, alleging it has accepted donations that exceed federal limits as well as illegal contributions from foreigners.
Simpson isolated in jail; jurors speak out
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
O.J. Simpson is being isolated from other prisoners for his own safety but continues to hope for a new trial and a strong bid to reverse his conviction for kidnapping and robbery, his lawyer said Sunday.
Bus overturns, killing at least 10
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Authorities say 10 people died and dozens were injured after a charter bus overturned in north-central California. The crash happened Sunday around 6:12 p.m. near Williams, which is about 60 miles north of Sacramento.
Silver tsunami’ to hit city
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Douglas County is preparing for the onslaught of a “silver tsunami.” Nearly 30 community service organizations and businesses formed a coalition this year to see how the county can better serve those age 65 and older.
Detroit sweeps San Antonio
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Katie Smith missed almost the entire second quarter because of foul trouble. Cheryl Ford has been out since the summer with a knee injury. And the Detroit Shock had to play in a college gym half the size of their regular home court.
Phillies advance, knock Brewers out of playoffs
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B5
With plenty of power to go with their improved pitching, the Philadelphia Phillies are ready for anything in the NL championship series. Bring on the Dodgers.
Keegan: Kansas defense passive
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University football team’s offense was its bold, brash self in the second half of a 35-33 comeback victory Saturday at Iowa State. The Jayhawks went for it on fourth down and with the lead kept throwing the ball, instead of milking the clock. “We have to,” coach Mark Mangino said. “It’s part of the makeup of our football team. We tell the kids all the time we need to be aggressive. … You can’t get in your play calling and say, ‘We’re going to sit on this.’
Alaska state workers agree to testify in Palin’s ‘Troopergate’
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Seven Alaska state employees have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her powers by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
Teach kids about money
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
If children sense your stress about the economy, try the approach suggested by Catherine Solheim, a professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota: For the youngest of children, Solheim suggests getting out some play money and setting up a shopping scenario.
Backers playing better
Unit combines for 23 stops, sack at ISU
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Among the various defensive struggles that have caused Kansas University football fans displeasure this fall - a sub-par pass rush, a struggling and injury-bitten secondary - a great deal of groaning has been targeted at the lack of bite from the team’s linebackers, a unit tapped by many preseason college football magazines as one of the best in the land. While the jeers may or may not be warranted, Saturday’s performance against Iowa State should, at the least, temporarily put that sentiment on hold.
As fuel prices rise, highway deaths fall
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Chris Bortz would like to remind everyone that there’s a bright side to those spiraling gasoline prices that have been draining our wallets this year. More people are driving safely on Kansas roads. That’s because the latest price acceleration - including the record push past $4 per gallon over the summer - has spurred people to drive fewer miles, and at lower speeds, said Bortz, assistant chief for the state’s Bureau of Traffic Safety.
HGTV’s ‘Renovation’ spares no expense
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
Cable TV has finally gotten the hint. Flipping houses just isn’t in vogue anymore. I was intrigued by the fact that HGTV was adjusting to new realities with the series “My Big Amazing Renovation” (8 p.m., HGTV), which puts the emphasis on improving an existing home instead of trying to buy a new one.
Fossett plane recovery on hold until next year
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
California officials say recovery efforts around the site of adventurer Steve Fossett’s downed plane might not resume until summer.
Justices a lasting presidential legacy
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
I really hate to bring it up. We already have two branches of our national government in full-scale meltdown. The president looks like a guy pleading before the parole board for early release. The Congress makes “dysfunctional” sound like a compliment.
Audiences make ‘Chihuahua’ top dog with $29M weekend
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
“Beverly Hills Chihuahua” was barking up the right tree with movie-goers, who put the Disney comedy at No. 1 for the weekend with a $29 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Horoscopes
October 6, 2008 in print edition on B7
You have a strong sense of direction. Prepare to be a trailblazer this year. Often, others will be too busy talking about ideas to act. If single, you’ll meet someone through your day-to-day travels. If attached, the two of you might consider taking some workshops or seminars in being sensitive and communicative with each other.
Venus flytraps caught in shrinking natural habitat
October 6, 2008 in print edition on C8
One of nature’s most recognized wonders, the venus flytrap’s ability to snatch living prey makes it a favorite of elementary school science classes everywhere. Yet the flytrap is falsely ferocious: It’s hardly the man-eating Audrey Jr. from “The Little Shop of Horrors,” but a tiny plant only a few inches tall with leaves no bigger than a thumbprint.
Informed votes
Before you head to the polls this year, take time to get informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot.
October 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
Both the Kansas secretary of state and the Douglas County clerk are predicting a record turnout for the Nov. 4 election. That’s great news, but it’s only part of the equation.