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Jordan levels charges at Moore
October 16, 2008
Republican congressional candidate Nick Jordan on Thursday charged his opponent, 3rd District U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore, as a major contributor to the country’s current economic crisis.
Basehor-Linwood takes on Tonganoxie
October 16, 2008
A clash of local teams highlights Friday’s action on the HyVee High School Game of the Week. Basehor-Linwood High visits Tonganoxie High on Friday.
Thursday, October 16 weather at 10 p.m.
October 16, 2008
The forecast for Friday, October 17 calls for a high of 66 with a low around 37.
Eudora student: Put the brakes on fatalities
October 16, 2008
A fourth-grader from Eudora takes first in a regional contest to promote traffic safety.
Free State football defeats Leavenworth, 55-21
October 16, 2008
No Chucky Hunter, no problem. Quarterback Camren Torneden compiled a career-high 284 yards of total offense as Free State undressed Leavenworth, 55-21, on Thursday night at Abeles Field. Hunter, the Firebirds’ leading scorer and rusher, turned an ankle in practice Monday and didn’t suit, but Torneden took up the slack, and Kirk Resseguie was solid as Hunter’s replacement, as well.
Depot restoration plans hit roadblock
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Hopes of purchasing and restoring Lawrence’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe train depot will have to follow a different track than once envisioned.
Animal blamed for most recent cat killing
Calico cat in west Lawrence was killed by wildlife, biologist says
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
An animal could be responsible for some of the recent cat mutilations in Lawrence, police said Thursday.
Details released on Obama’s visit to Kansas City
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at a rally Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial near the intersection of Main Street and Memorial Drive.
County commission candidates see development possibilities at former Farmland plant
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
All four Douglas County Commission candidates, who are vying for two open seats, agree the former Farmland Industries site along Kansas Highway 10 is one of the most attractive industrial sites the area offers.
After absences criticized, Jenkins makes KPERS meeting
October 16, 2008
After missing three meetings, State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins made a meeting today of the state pension fund board of trustees.
Lawrence schools meet state’s academic standards
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
If a newspaper doesn’t win a Pulitzer Prize, is it a failure? The answer is no, said Julie Boyle, the Lawrence school district’s communications director. And if a school doesn’t receive a Standard of Excellence award from the Kansas State Department of Education, it is not a failure, either.
Bras Across the Kaw set for Friday
October 16, 2008
More than 800 bras will be strung across the Kansas River bridge to raise awareness about breast cancer.
KU soccer coach reprimanded
11:45 a.m., October 16, 2008 Updated 12:03 p.m. in print edition on B5
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis has been reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference and fined $2,500 by KU for his actions in last Friday’s match at Oklahoma State.
Lawrence man acquitted in sodomy case
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
A Douglas County jury Thursday morning acquitted a 45-year-old Lawrence man of an attempted aggravated sodomy charge.
Candidates head to late-night couch
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
After a delay of several weeks, and much ribbing by the host, Sen. John McCain is scheduled to appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., CBS). Not to be outdone, Jay Leno hosts Sen. Joe Biden, Colin Farrell and Lenka on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC).
McCargo fails physical
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Defensive tackle John McCargo failed his physical, voiding the trade that sent him from the Buffalo Bills to the Indianapolis Colts.
Gould Evans studio hires new designer
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Gould Evans Associates, 706 Mass., Studio 200, Lawrence, recently hired Kyung Jin as a designer. Jin will assist with various research and design tasks, including the new David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Scientists view candidates as supportive
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
Call it the political revenge of the nerds. For nearly eight years, many mainstream scientists have been frustrated with the Bush administration. They’ve claimed that science has been censored, ignored and politicized on issues from global warming to stem cells to evolution. Even the presidential science adviser was booted from the White House, forced to set up office down the street.
Three’s company
Young, energetic Seabury coaching trio making strides
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
They’re more Madden ‘08 than they are Lombardi ‘67, more Arena League in Vegas than Soldier Field in Chicago. But they know their stuff. Limited only by years, this season’s trio of Seabury Academy football coaches has stumbled into - and also helped create - a rare situation.
Colts shelve running back
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Indianapolis Colts placed rookie running back Mike Hart on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season. Hart hurt his right knee Sunday.
Chiefs add linebacker
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker Rocky Boiman, who has played for Tennessee and Indianapolis.
Gettysburg site’s renewal is great gift
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
In 1863, 11 major roads converged on this town. Which is why history did, too. The founding of the American nation was the hinge of world history: Popular sovereignty would have its day. The collision of armies here was the hinge of American history: The nation would long endure.
People in the news
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Madonna, Guy Richie divorcing¢ DJ AM recalls fleeing jet crash¢ Janet Jackson to resume tour¢ ‘Housewives’ actor injured in accident¢ Ryan O’Neal, son face drug charges
Ex-Charger found dead
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Chris Mims, a former defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers beset by legal problems, was found dead in his downtown apartment Wednesday. He was 38. Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play.McCargo fails physical
KU’s Self juggles restless offseason
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Since clipping the nets last April 7 in San Antonio, national champion basketball coach Bill Self has attended:¢ the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.¢ the Winged Foot Coach of the Year Awards in New York.¢ a White House Rose Garden Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Threat of violence increases along with money woes
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
While depression seems to be the main side effect from the sinking economy in Douglas County, in many cases around the country, the swelling financial concerns are leading people to violence. Tragedies keep mounting across the country.
T needs change
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: These numbers are from the city and the bus company. During scheduled hours of operation, there are 10 big buses on the street each hour with a capacity of 47 riders per bus. Each big bus uses 31 gallons of fuel per day at $3.89 per gallon. In August, there were 35,349 riders on the buses.
Pitt loses linebacker
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Pittsburgh outside linebacker Shane Murray will have surgery next week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and miss the rest of the season.
Thunder rookie sidelined
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie D.J. White will be sidelined for six months while his jaw heals from surgery. The team said Wednesday that doctors removed a benign growth.
Five unique uses for zip-top bags
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
So you think that little plastic bag is only good for storing food and keeping it fresh? Woman’s Day offers handy uses for them you might not have considered.
Knight might return
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Bob Knight, the winningest coach in Division I history, left the door ajar to a return to coaching college basketball during a wide-ranging television interview broadcast Wednesday night.
System enables parents to track grades electronically
October 16, 2008
USD 497 will launch Skyward Family Access on Thursday, which will allow parents to log on and check their child’s grades.
Cheney treated for abnormal heartbeat
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Vice President Dick Cheney was treated “without complication” Wednesday for an abnormal heartbeat, his office said, making a short visit to a hospital to restore his normal rhythm with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year that Cheney, a 67-year-old with a history of four heart attacks, had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.
Lenders, not borrowers, at heart of housing crisis
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
While the federal government is making gigantic efforts to keep credit flowing to Wall Street, we’d better make sure we don’t shut off access to mortgage money for those who live on Main Street. And to make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s important to keep pointing out it was loosely regulated risky mortgage lenders - not risky borrowers - who were at fault for the housing crash, according to a new study by the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
BYU player stabbed
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
A BYU basketball player on a Mormon mission and another missionary were attacked and stabbed while returning to their apartment in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Chris Collinsworth, a 6-foot-9 forward, suffered multiple non-life threatening stab wounds.
KU regrets ‘refunds’
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Students at Kansas University’s Edwards Campus were happy to receive some tuition refunds recently, in some cases of more than $700. But then the 421 affected students got an e-mail informing them it was just a computer glitch and they had to return the money. “It was like a kick in the teeth when I first got the initial e-mail,” said Shaun Henry, Shawnee senior, at the Overland Park campus for a class Monday.
Local blacksmith elected to board
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kate Dinneen of Walt Hull Iron Work, 802 E. 1250 Road, Lawrence, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Artist-Blacksmith Association of North America. The ABANA is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of blacksmithing and has more than 5,000 members in more than 60 affiliates.
Commodities
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade Agriculture futures fell Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 17.25 cents to $5.5575; December corn lost 23.25 cent to $3.880;
US: Key leader for al-Qaida in Iraq killed
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
A suspected terrorist killed by American troops in a raid earlier this month has been identified as al-Qaida in Iraq’s No. 2 leader, the U.S. military said Wednesday. Abu Qaswarah, also known as Abu Sara, died Oct. 5 in the northern city of Mosul during a firefight between suspected al-Qaida members and American soldiers raiding a building where they believed Qaswarah was hiding.
Unexpected credit charges directed to Obama campaign
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
Two Missourians who support Republican John McCain say they were stunned to find charges on their credit cards directed to the Barack Obama presidential campaign - transactions that the Democrat’s aides are calling Internet fraud.
Veterinary manager finishes course
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Rebecca Moore, practice manager of the Lawrence Veterinary Hospital, 3210 Clinton Parkway Court, recently completed the Veterinary Management Institute, an intensive management program. The program is offered through Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Omar grows into Category 3 hurricane
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Omar strengthened into a fierce Category 3 hurricane late Wednesday as it pummeled St. Croix with heavy rains and winds, sinking boats in the harbor, knocking down trees and forcing workers to shut down a major oil refinery.
Warped facts in last presidential debate
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
Facts went astray on tax cuts, negative campaign advertising and oil imports when Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain engaged Wednesday in their third and final presidential debate.
Economic fears spreading
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Fear and loathing are spreading as signs mount that the economy is in danger of losing its balance. And a fresh batch of economic reports due out today is likely to show more problems for the already stumbling economy.
Voter registration deadline is Monday
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Eligible Kansas voters have until Monday to register in their home county to be able to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. By late Wednesday afternoon, Douglas County had 80,912 registered voters, compared to 79,437 on Oct. 7.
On the record
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County District Court Jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. today in the case of a Lawrence man accused of trying to sexually abuse his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter.Both sides made closing arguments Wednesday afternoon before turning the case over to the jury around 3 p.m. Jurors recessed at 6:30 p.m.
Hobbled FSHS begins district vs. Pioneers
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Leading rusher Chucky Hunter is hobbling. Center-defensive end Michael Lisher is listed as questionable. “I seriously doubt they’ll play,” Free State High football coach Bob Lisher said. That means the Firebirds will likely begin district play tonight against Leavenworth without two of their best players. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. today at Abeles Field. The game will be televised live on Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband 37).
Late Night on video
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Live streaming video of Friday’s Late Night in the Phog will be shown at kuathletics.com, officials announced Wednesday.
Financial crisis bodes ill for climate-change talks
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
The global financial crisis could hardly come at a worse time for nations seeking a new agreement on climate change that - on top of everything else - will cost tens of billions more dollars. As Western governments muster more than a trillion dollars to bail out ailing financial institutions, poor countries wonder if there will be any money to rescue them from the predicted ravages of global warming.
Iraq: US agrees to limited jurisdiction
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
American troops could face trial before Iraqi courts for major crimes committed off base and when not on missions, under a draft security pact hammered out in months of tortuous negotiations, Iraqi officials familiar with the accord said Wednesday.
Bobcats keep Morrison
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Charlotte Bobcats retained former first-round picks Adam Morrison and Jared Dudley on Wednesday. The team exercised the options in the contracts for the 2009-10 season, meaning Morrison will make about $4.4 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Baldwin students to salute veterans
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Baldwin High School students are honoring veterans at Friday’s football game as a way to make up for last year’s Veterans Day fiasco at BHS. “Last year we had a Veterans Day program on Veterans Day that didn’t turn out to be a good experience,” said Colin Thomas, a sophomore. “I felt terrible that they were disrespectful like that. I really wanted to do something for the veterans.
Reagan hospitalized for broken pelvis
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former first lady Nancy Reagan broke her pelvis and has been admitted to a local hospital, her spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday morning. Reagan, 87, fell last week at her home in Los Angeles and went to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday for tests after “experiencing persistent pain,” the statement said. Her recovery time is expected to last six to eight weeks, and will include physical therapy and a modified schedule.
Informed votes
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: For those who long ago decided to forego Dolph Simons’ Saturday “commentary” and/or that of his doppelganger, Cal Thomas, let me sum up the Oct. 11 columns: Although we can still not be clear about Sen. Obama’s “beliefs” we do know that he is a socialist with nefarious ties to terrorists and the “activist” ACORN organization responsible for fraudulent voter registration.
Kids to buckle up on small school buses
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
Smaller school buses will have to be equipped with lap-and-shoulder seat belts for the first time under a government rule drafted following the deaths of four Alabama students on a school bus that nose-dived off an overpass.
Gonzalez calls meeting
Tight end tells K.C. players he’s not bitter
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tony Gonzalez held a players-only meeting with his teammates Wednesday to assure them he’s not bitter the Kansas City Chiefs failed to trade him to a contender. The nine-time Pro Bowler admitted, however, he first felt “betrayed” that the Chiefs had not made a deal before the NFL trade deadline Tuesday. “Initially, yes,” he said. “I thought, ‘I can’t believe this. It’s a lie.’ But then the more I think about it, the more I calmed down.”
MTTI-WellSpring to open new campus
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
MTTI-WellSpring, a natural health and wellness school, will celebrate the opening of its new Lawrence campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 947 N.H., Lawrence. The ceremony will feature entertainment and free chair massages and coincides with the beginning of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week.
Memphis’ mascot dies
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
TOM II, the Bengal tiger mascot of the University of Memphis, has died. He was 17.
UAPB coach reprimanded
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Monte Coleman has received an official reprimand from the Southwestern Athletic Conference for criticizing officials after a loss to Jackson State last weekend.
MU downs KU volleyball
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Missouri defeated Kansas, 3-1, in Big 12 volleyball on Wednesday. The Jayhawks won the third set, 25-21, and fell in the other three 25-20, 25-19 and 25-19. Melissa Grieb and Melissa Manda had 20 digs apiece for Kansas (8-9 overall, 2-6 Big 12). Karina Garlington had 17 kills, while Natalie Uhart and Jenna Kaiser had 12. MU is 9-9, 3-5.
Phillies going to World Series
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies rollin’ with a leadoff homer and they kept right on going. Next stop, the World Series. Rollins homered in the first inning, Cole Hamels pitched his third gem of the playoffs and Philadelphia beat the bumbling Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, Wednesday night to win the NL championship series 4-1 for its first pennant since 1993.
Federer wins at Madrid
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Roger Federer returned from a five-week layoff to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 7-6 (6), on Wednesday in the second round of the Madrid Masters.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 16,1908: “A.M. Rose a New York businessman, was here today to interest local Republicans in organizing a Republican League Club in Douglas County. : Coach Bert Kennedy says he will shake up his lineup and have an entirely new backfield when Kansas plays Oklahoma this Saturday.
Spring exhibitions mulled
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
NFL owners discussed playing spring preseason games as part of a possible expansion of the regular-season schedule. No action was taken by the owners as they wrapped up their meetings on Wednesday.
Ballesteros listed as stable
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Seve Ballesteros was in stable condition Wednesday after the 51-year-old golf great had surgery on a brain tumor a day earlier. La Paz hospital said were no complications from the surgery. Spanish state news agency Efe reported the operation lasted 12 hours. The hospital said a sizable part of the Spaniard’s tumor was removed. It was not immediately known if it was malignant.
Caramel’ apples easy to make
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
Bite-size versions of the fall fair treat, these tiny “caramel” apples are a great party snack.
U.S. absorbs 2-1 setback
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke scored second-half goals Wednesday night to give Trinidad and Tobago a 2-1 victory against the U.S. team in a World Cup qualifier.
Long US recession likely
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
The United States has not endured a deep and prolonged recession in more than a quarter century - enough time for many Americans to forget what one feels like. But unlike the last two relatively short recessions, this one could be much longer and more severe, potentially bringing with it anxiety and job losses not seen in many years.
In many airports, guns allowed outside security
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
Flying in the U.S. has been transformed since Sept. 11, with passengers forced to remove their shoes, take out their laptop computers and put liquids and gels in clear plastic bags. Yet it is perfectly legal to take a loaded gun right up to the security checkpoint at some of the U.S.’s biggest airports.
KU pride
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I had the privilege to attend the KU football game against Colorado Saturday. It was unfortunate to hear that derogatory chant from the student section time and again after each KU kickoff, despite the pleas from Coach Mangino to stop.
Commissioners support sanitary code changes
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday voiced support for changes to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s proposed changes to the county’s sanitary code. The revisions mostly were made after the county reworked its subdivision regulations and to be in compliance with Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations on approving design and construction of septic tanks.
Furyk wins PGA Slam
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jim Furyk won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday, birdieing the final hole to force a playoff with Padraig Harrington and winning with an 8-foot eagle putt on the Furyk, winless on the PGA Tour since the 2007 Canadian Open, shot his second straight 2-under 68 to match Harrington at 4-under 136 on the Mid Ocean Club course.
Chestnuts making a comeback
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
This is National Chestnut Week, and I have a newfound enthusiasm for chestnuts. I was once like you, thinking the nuts existed only in song. My first exposure to a real live chestnut was right here in Lawrence a few years ago, and I was soon to learn of the local chestnut orchard.
Louisville forward out
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Louisville senior forward Terrence Williams underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to be out four to six weeks.
History of struggles motivates KU women for ‘08-‘09
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Bonnie Henrickson couldn’t vote for her own team in the Big 12 Conference preseason women’s basketball poll. Yet if the Kansas University coach could have ranked the Jayhawks :? “I wouldn’t have picked us ninth,” Henrickson said. In other words, Henrickson believes her team will finish higher than the league coaches predicted. And, in truth, even a .500 record would look good to Henrickson who in four seasons on Mount Oread has compiled a lackluster 18-46 record against conference foes.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two Kansas editors once active in state politics were named to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame at Kansas University. They were the late E.A. Briles of the Stafford Courier and Ernest R. Woodward of the Oberlin Herald.
Strong endorsement
A major gift to the Kansas University Hospital affirms the hard work of a number of strong hospital leaders.
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
The hard, visionary work of Irene Thompson, the former Irene Cumming and former president and CEO of Kansas University Hospital; Bob Page, the current hospital president and CEO; Dr. George Farha, former chairman of the KU Hospital board; and Robert Honse, the current hospital board chairman; is paying off for the hospital and its patients in many ways.
3 Jayhawks eliminated
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Three Kansas University tennis players - senior Yuliana Svistun, sophomore Maria Martinez, and freshman Erin Wilbert - were eliminated in the second round of the ITA Central Regionals on Wednesday.
Retirement retreat
October 16, 2008 in print edition on C1
Fuzzy and Jay Lohmann are hilarious. They have a banter with each other that clearly stems from a long, spirited and rarely dull marriage. The two greet me at their sprawling estate just west of Lecompton along the Scenic River Road. Scenic is the optimal word, since their retreat is indeed stunningly beautiful.
SDSU’s Wade suspended
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher has indefinitely suspended senior forward Lorrenzo Wade, who pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of stealing a television from a woman’s home.
Venus advances at Zurich
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Third-seeded Venus Williams defeated Alona Bondarenko, 6-3, 6-4, on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Zurich Open.
Keeping QB Bradford off balance vital for Jayhawks
12:00 a.m., October 16, 2008 Updated 10:17 a.m. in print edition on B1
So far this week, the Kansas University football team’s strategy for slowing down Oklahoma super-sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford has centered on a single idea: disruption. When the 16th-ranked Jayhawks travel to Norman on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff against No. 4 Oklahoma, they’ll be looking to make life particularly difficult for the Sooners’ signal-caller.
Horoscopes
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
For Thursday, Oct. 16: You make a difference this year, especially when you work closely with one person. You are resourceful, and you come from an unusual sense of security or well-being. If you are single, you might never experience a year like 2009 again. If attached, the two of you create your own world when left alone together.
Our town sports
October 16, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ironman Finisher: Katie Rhodes, a 2001 graduate of Free State High who now lives in the Dallas area, completed the 140.6-mile World Championship Ironman on Oct. 11 in Kona, Hawaii. Rhodes completed the grueling course in 12:08:10.
Financial problems are taking mental toll
People facing additional stress, depression, professionals say
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Many people are feeling the effects of the nation’s economic downturn, and for some, it’s bringing great hardship. People are losing their homes to foreclosure and being forced to postpone retirement. For some people, the sinking economy is leading to depression and even suicide. Lawrence experts say mounting negative economic variables - from high gasoline prices, to the recent stock market plummets, and even uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the presidential election - are bringing some people down.
Undecided voters weigh in at Dole Institute
October 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
Political technology was on display at Kansas University’s Dole Institute for Politics on Wednesday, as undecided voters gathered to watch the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.KU professor of communication studies Mary Banwart led a focus group of 15 undecided voters, employing handheld devices to gauge how the voters felt about the candidates and their policies.