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Have you winterized your car and home?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
73%
Yes
 
26%
Total 332
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12:00 a.m.
A Hutchinson Salt Co. miner moves salt and rocks near the face of the salt mine Friday, Oct. 24, in Hutchinson. State transportation officials awaiting salt deliveries
October 28, 2008 in print edition on 1A
State highway officials are hoping for warm, clear and uneventful weather conditions through Halloween, as a fearful few weeks for salt supplies comes to an end.
6:00 a.m.
Chris Braden, left, and Mellissa McEachron, volunteers from the Black Hills Energy weatherization team, winterize a home Tuesday at Fifth and Maine streets. The team visited a handful of aging Lawrence homes to prepare them for winter. It’s time to winterize
October 29, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Gladys Rennels has been living in a white house on Maine Street south of Lawrence Memorial Hospital since 1962. Her house is 79 years old and features an old coal furnace that’s been converted to operate on natural gas. “We never had any trouble with it,” she said.
10:00 a.m.
High school student Alison Janzen, 17, watches fellow student Robby Sattelmeier, 17, both from Whitewater, launch a pumpkin with a trebuchet they built Tuesday at Eaton Hall at Kansas University. KU's School of Engineering hosted a design contest where teams competed using trebuchets to launch objects, including pumpkins. LHS the king of fling at KU trebuchet contest
October 29, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Ready, aim, pumpkins! Lawrence High did smashingly well Tuesday in a design contest hosted by the Kansas University School of Engineering. Schools from across Kansas sent more than 25 teams to the competition. Teams had to build trebuchets - catapult-like machines that use gravity to launch objects, even stuffed pumpkins.
6:00 p.m.
Ben Delgado, 4, of Eudora, was getting his teeth cleaned at Growing Smiles, at 1425 Wakarusa Drive, in this 2008 file photo. Many parents are watching their children's teeth this time of year, with Halloween close at hand and lots of sweets being given out. Growing Smiles is hosting a "Halloween Candy Buyback" party on Nov. 3. The candy will be sent to overseas to military personnel. Halloween frightfully sweet
October 29, 2008
Children love Halloween for two reasons: Costumes and loads of candy. Soon, their faces and fingers will be covered in chocolatey, gooey treats that they collected by the handfuls on Halloween night.

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Halloween frightfully sweet
October 29, 2008
Children love Halloween for two reasons: Costumes and loads of candy. Soon, their faces and fingers will be covered in chocolatey, gooey treats that they collected by the handfuls on Halloween night.
Researchers begin harvesting soybeans in an effort to improve crop
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B9
Researchers with Pioneer Hi-Bred are busy hand-harvesting soybeans from a research plot at the northern edge of Lawrence, hoping to gain clues for commercializing the next generation of high-yield, high-quality, drought-tolerant and pest-resistant beans.
Election results won’t be official until Monday after balloting
October 29, 2008
Results from Tuesday’s election in Douglas County won’t become official until a few days later than usual.
Fraternity members prepare to run to raise money in fight against leukemia
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Members of Phi Gamma Delta from Kansas University and Kansas State University will put their rivalry aside Friday in honor of a member who died of leukemia in 1974.
Police identify body found beneath Kansas River bridge; foul play not suspected
04:11 p.m., October 29, 2008 Updated 06:46 p.m. in print edition on A3
Lawrence police are investigating the death of a transient whose body was found under the Kansas River bridge.
Tickets available Monday for former President Bush’s visit to Lawrence
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Students and members of the public may acquire free tickets beginning Monday for former President George H.W. Bush’s Nov. 16 appearance in Lawrence.
GOP, labor interests primary sources of funding in 3rd Senate district race
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
The race to represent the 3rd state Senate district has become a high-dollar affair between Republican incumbent Roger Pine of Linwood and Democratic challenger Tom Holland of Baldwin City.
Seabury prepares to dedicate new wing
October 29, 2008
When Bishop Seabury Academy christens its new arts facility Thursday evening, Head of School Don Schawang thinks it will instill a bit of pride in his students.
Roddick wins in Paris
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Andy Roddick boosted his chance of qualifying for next month’s Masters Cup by winning his second-round match Tuesday at the Paris Masters. The seventh-seeded Roddick beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-4.
Indiana names AD
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Fred Glass, who orchestrated bringing the Super Bowl to Indianapolis, took on a greater challenge Tuesday by accepting the athletic director’s job at Indiana amid an NCAA phone-call scandal and allegations the school failed to properly monitor the men’s basketball team.
Criminal charges possible in boy’s Uzi death
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A9
A prosecutor said Tuesday he is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed after an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself while firing an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair in western Massachusetts. Christopher Bizilj (Bah-SEAL) of Ashford, Conn., shot himself in the head when he lost control of the 9mm micro submachine gun as it recoiled while he was firing at a pumpkin.
Big 12 football notebook
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B4
¢ QB cornucopia¢ J.J. joins the fray¢ Griffin clickin’¢ OU-NU Days of yore¢ The eyes have it¢ KU’s Meier near record¢ Grounded Gobs
Reesing’s journey to KU started in Little Apple
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
These days, it’s hard to imagine Todd Reesing as anything besides Kansas University’s starting quarterback. Saturday afternoons in the fall, top 25 rankings and bowls of oranges have pretty much become synonymous with the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior.
Plat for apartment project approved
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Work to rebuild the Boardwalk Apartments following a 2005 fire is progressing. City commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary plat for the project. The project still has to win site plan approval, but developers hope to construct four new buildings that would house a total of 84 one bedroom apartments.
On the record
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Law enforcement report: Lawrence police arrested a 37-year-old Lawrence man Monday after he allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old Lawrence woman with a steel pipe approximately 3 feet long. The incident occurred at 8:40 p.m. at the victim’s residence, in the 600 block of Connecticut Street. The victim was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The suspect and victim are neighbors.
Democrats spending most in county races
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Democratic candidates for the Douglas County Commission were outraising and outspending their Republican counterparts, according to campaign finance reports. The reports filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission cover the three-month period from July 25 through Oct. 23.
Pelini’s joke: ‘Win or be fired’
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B4
A man who played a central role in the Nebraska-Oklahoma football rivalry of yesteryear has an office just a few steps away from Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini. Has athletic director Tom Osborne given him any advice about what to do in Saturday’s game in Norman, Okla.?
US school, cultural center ordered closed
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Syrian government ordered an American school and a U.S. cultural center in Damascus closed Tuesday in response to a deadly U.S. attack on a village near the Iraq border, the state-run news agency said. U.S. officials said the raid killed a top operative of al-Qaida in Iraq who intelligence suggested was about to conduct an attack in Iraq, but Syria and the Iraqi government criticized the raid.
Ballot design may cut votes cast for president
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A12
North Carolina voters are more likely than those in other states to cast ballots in national elections without making a choice for president. Unlike many states, a straight-party vote in North Carolina does not cast a vote for president. A ballot expert says the split makes it more likely that voters, especially new voters, will leave their polling places failing, by mistake, to vote for president.
Creamy stilton soup with sauteed pears
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
A recipe for Creamy stilton soup with sauteed pears.
Set clocks back this weekend
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Standard time returns this weekend, so set your clocks back an hour Saturday night. Most Americans will get an extra hour of sleep, but those working overnight shifts will toil an hour longer. It also means some will forget to change their clocks, and will show up an hour early for church or other events on Sunday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 29, 1908: “More than 50 members of the law school of the university will sit down to a banquet at the Eldridge House tonight to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the department. They will pay special honor to
Critical UN deadline looms in Iraq
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
Before the economy crashed, everyone expected Iraq to be the hottest issue in the presidential battle. But while we’ve been obsessing over markets, both candidates’ positions have been overtaken by events in Baghdad.The president-elect may face an Iraq crisis before he takes the oath.
Hudson suspect had June drug arrest
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A12
The convicted felon suspected in the slayings of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew was arrested after police allegedly found crack cocaine in his car in June, but authorities declined to return him to prison on a parole violation, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
McCain: Sen. Ted Stevens should quit
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday that Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska has “broken his trust with the people” and should resign now that he has been convicted in a federal corruption case. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Stevens should “step aside” but did not call for him to drop out of Tuesday’s race for re-election.
Smoky cider beef stew
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
A recipe for smoky cider beef stew.
Basic service
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: My wife and I have been fortunate that we have never needed to call the police, nor fire/medical assistance in our 15 years in Lawrence. They are all costly services. We are quite willing to pay for them, and the educational part of the schools, as long as they are objectively monitored for costs. These are critical community services.
UNT players fail tests
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Fifteen North Texas football players failed drug tests conducted this fall at the request of coach Todd Dodge. Eighty-six players were tested from Sept. 24-Oct. 15.
Students want to raise $18K at FunRun
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The 26th annual Central Junior High School FunRun is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday, and students are aiming to raise $18,000 for the school.Students and their advisers are competing against other classrooms for prizes, as they work to earn money that will go toward funding after-school activities, camp scholarships, assemblies, lecturers and a variety of special-needs programs.
Basehor-Linwood breaks ground at ceremony
October 29, 2008
The Basehor-Linwood school district held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new middle school on Tuesday.
China: Richer states should lead on climate
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
Richer, developed nations should take the lead in reducing greenhouse emissions while helping poor countries with money and technology to fight climate change, China said in a key policy paper released today. The 44-page document lays out China’s long-standing position that developed countries should shoulder the historic burden of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are chiefly responsible for causing a rise in global temperatures.
Free State soccer tops Topeka, 1-0
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s only fitting that, in order to advance in this year’s regional soccer playoffs, the Free State Firebirds needed a few overtimes. After all, in the 16 games leading up to Tuesday’s first-round regional contest, the Firebirds had played in seven overtime contests, including five that ended in ties.
Game 5 postponed again
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
As of Tuesday evening, the longest potentially clinching game in World Series history remained on hiatus, postponed for a second straight day with the scored tied at 2-2 in the sixth and the Phillies due up to bat. Pat Gillick spent the day like many others across the Delaware Valley, gazing outside at the gray skies and persistent drizzle.
Ex-Viking Kassulke dies
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Karl Kassulke, a former Pro Bowl safety with the Minnesota Vikings whose career ended when he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, has died from a heart attack, the team confirmed on Tuesday. He was 67. Kassulke died in his Eagan home on Sunday.
Suspect arrested in pharmacy robbery
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Wellsville police, working in tandem with officers from the Ottawa Police Department and Miami County Sheriff’s Department, apprehended a suspect Tuesday morning in the armed robbery of a Wellsville pharmacy. Shortly before noon Monday, someone described as white male in his late 20s entered the Auburn Family Pharmacy with a handgun and ordered everyone to the floor.
White House to banks: Start lending now
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A6
An impatient White House prodded banks and other financial companies Tuesday to quit hoarding billions of dollars flowing into their vaults from Washington and start making more loans. Wall Street soared nearly 900 points on bargain-hunting and hopes of a hefty interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.
US unlikely to accept revised security pact
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Iraqi cabinet agreed Tuesday to amend a draft agreement governing the status of U.S. forces in Iraq, but introducing new provisions that the U.S. military is unlikely to accept. Among other things, the amendments would give Iraqi authorities the right to determine whether a U.S. service member was on- or off-duty when he or she committed an alleged crime outside American bases, where such an American would be tried. It also would allow authorities to inspect all U.S. cargo entering the nation.
Race, economy fears weigh on election
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
What’s more scary: a bleak economy or a black president? The two ideas converge in a small but influential group of voters who fear that if elected, Barack Obama would give blacks preferential treatment just when all of America needs help in financial hard times.
Political gear: trash or treasure?
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
When the final ballot is counted and even the most weathered signs come down, most of us will purge the paraphernalia littering our yards, cars and mailboxes. But one person’s trash is about to become another’s treasure.
Tough choice
A Johnson County Commission race has drawn some unflattering attention.
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
It’s a tough choice for Johnson County voters. Should they vote for the candidate who steals his opponent’s signs or for the one whose wife and friends stalk the alleged offender and hide in the bushes to catch him on videotape?
St. Pat’s committee names beneficiaries
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee announced four beneficiaries of its 2009 funding campaign Tuesday at Capital City Bank in downtown Lawrence. The four organizations are the Lawrence High School Positive Support Team, the GaDuGi SafeCenter, Lawrence Parents as Teachers, and the Boys and Girls Club of New York School.
Erratic McCain
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: In Monday’s editorial opinion, the Journal-World endorsed John McCain for president citing Barack Obama as a dangerous choice: “The danger of Obama’s plan of change becomes even more disturbing.” Republicans have had control of the American government for six out of the last eight years.
Westar rate hearing proceeds
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B12
The commission that regulates utilities in Kansas is going ahead with a hearing today on Westar Energy Inc.’s electric rates, even though it and other parties have proposed a $130 million settlement. The hearing, scheduled more than four months ago, will give the Kansas Corporation Commission a chance to review the agreement, commission spokeswoman Rosemary Foreman said Tuesday.
Rays feeling second wind
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
It was rainy and miserable outside, but the Tampa Bay Rays couldn’t have been happier to spend an off-day in Delaware instead of Florida. The Rays’ collective feeling was that they have been given a second life, with their World Series dream still alive, even if the odds still aren’t in their favor.
Authorities: Skinhead plot not fully formed
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two white supremacists charged with plotting to behead blacks across the country and assassinate Barack Obama while wearing white top hats and tuxes were likely too disorganized to carry out the plot, authorities said, and their planning was riddled with blunders.
Jurors hear alleged plot in Fort Dix case
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A9
The paid informant who helped build the case against five men accused of plotting to attack soldiers in New Jersey took the witness stand Tuesday, but much of what jurors heard from him came in the form of secretly taped conversations with one of the accused.
Toilet shortage feared in case of big Tokyo quake
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
Japan’s disaster prevention panel said nearly a million people would be unable to find a toilet if a major earthquake were to hit Tokyo on a weekday. The panel studied a simulation of a magnitude-7.3 quake striking Tokyo at noon on a workday and found it would send 12 million people spilling from their offices.
Program discusses cancer, intimacy
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Sexuality and cancer are two topics that aren’t easy to talk about. But Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Sunflower Oncology Nursing Society will be hosting a program about both tonight. Dr. Barbara J. Rabinowitz, director of oncology services for Meridian Health in New Jersey, will offer cancer survivors medical information as well as advice about sex and intimacy. Rabinowitz is a certified sex therapist and a registered nurse.
Forward commits to women’s team
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Annette Davis, a 6-foot-1 senior forward from Bellaire (Texas) High School, has orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University. Davis, who averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds a game last season, chose KU over Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin.
Doctor: Olson had stroke
Arizona coach was advised to retire
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lute Olson’s doctor said Tuesday that the former Arizona basketball coach had a stroke within the last year and he advised him to retire. The comments by Dr. Steven Knope at a news conference called by Olson’s family offer the first explanation for Olson’s sudden retirement last week, two days after he appeared at the Wildcats’ media day. Olson said at the time he was energized and looking forward to his 25th season with Arizona.
Reports: Kim running country from hospital
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
North Korea’s reclusive, authoritarian leader appears to be recovering from a stroke and in command of the communist country, the chief of South Korea’s spy agency says. But Japan’s prime minister says Kim Jong Il likely is issuing his orders from a hospital bed.
Keegan: Don’t blame Bowen
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
The knee-jerk reaction of an angry fan base any time a football team with a popular, successful head coach hits hard times involves turning with a mob mentality on the coordinator from the side of the ball doing worse. In the case of a Kansas University football team embarrassed by surrendering 63 points at home Saturday to Texas Tech, that would be Clint Bowen, in his first year of flying solo as defensive coordinator, instead of as co-pilot to revered veteran Bill Young.
Halloween offers teachable moments
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Halloween is a perfect opportunity to teach kids about healthy eating. Turn it into a teachable moment by talking to them about portion size and limits, lessons that can be reinforced all year long.
Mahan wins Challenge
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Hunter Mahan beat American Ryder Cup teammate Anthony Kim on the second playoff hole Tuesday to win the Kiwi Challenge. Mahan shot 65 on the par-72 Cape Kidnappers course on New Zealand’s North Island to tie Kim at 7-under par.
Prison official’s wife accused in escape
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
A decade after a convicted killer escaped from an Oklahoma prison and vanished along with the assistant warden’s pretty young wife, the two were found living together on a Texas chicken ranch. Now, the woman, Bobbi Parker, is back with her husband and fighting in court to prove she was a kidnap victim, not a lovestruck accomplice to escape.
Education issue
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: As a member of the 2004-2006 state science standards committee and a past president of Kansas Citizens for Science (KCFS), I am concerned that the State Board of Education remains committed to having quality mainstream science standards rather than reverting back to creationist/intelligent design-influenced standards, as has happened twice in the past decade.
Tuesday, October 28 weather at 10 p.m.
October 29, 2008
The forecast for Wednesday, October 29 calls for a high of 66 with a low around 26.
Commodities
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B11
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures mostly fell Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 15.50 cents to $5.140; December corn rose 5.5 cents to $3.9075; December oats dropped 18.5 cents to $2.195; November soybeans fell 14.25 cents to $8.7875.
Apple Cider-Glazed Baby Carrots
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
A recipe for Apple Cider-Glazed Baby Carrots.
Horoscopes
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B10
For Wednesday, Oct. 29: You have creativity, magnetism and Lady Luck on your team this year. You might make the impossible dream a reality. If you are single, excitement will surround you. You will be like the ringmaster at the circus. Learn to be less me-oriented if you are attached.
Local, state community banks in good shape
Federal Home Loan Bank chief says Kansas escaped brunt of trouble
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B11
Despite the national economic downturn, the majority of Kansas’ community banks are in good shape and willing to loan money to qualifying businesses and individuals, a Topeka banking official said on Tuesday. At the crux of the economic troubles are the toxic subprime mortgages resulting from adjustable rate loans, many offered by independent mortgage brokers, said Andrew Jetter, president and chief executive of the Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka.
Light cues
In case you didn’t get the message about yielding to oncoming traffic : just watch the blinking yellow light.
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
Lawrence traffic officials always want to be on the cutting edge, but just how badly does Lawrence need blinking yellow left-turn arrows to guide drivers at a number of local intersections?
States, schools will have to improve dropout rates
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
High schools are coming under pressure from the federal government to improve the nation’s dismal dropout rate - one in four students. Schools and states now must track and lift the graduation rates for all students, including minorities and students with disabilities, under rules issued Tuesday by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.
Greens, tomato and white bean soup
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
A recipe for Greens, tomato and white bean soup
Spend a little time, save money on repairs
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B11
Is it really necessary to pay $95 an hour every time a drain gets clogged or $150 to have someone hook up a TV? Does installing software require a $129 visit from a computer technician? The editors of Consumer Reports Money Adviser say that it might be a good idea to learn how to handle tasks like these without calling in a professional.
T commitment
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: As wife of the general manager for MV Transportation, the contractor providing service for Lawrence Transit and KU on Wheels, I have hesitated to get into the fray on the topic of public transit in Lawrence; no longer.
PBS recalls a time before HSM
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B10
Imagine a time when an orchestra conductor and serious symphonic composer could create a pop-culture phenomenon bigger than “High School Musical.” Blending “serious” composition with jazz, swing and Latin sounds, this musical was not a call to bubble-gum escapism but a story of urban gang violence adapted from a Shakespearean tragedy.
Guerrero option exercised
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Los Angeles Angels will exercise their 2009 options on outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and pitcher John Lackey, but will decline their option on outfielder Garret Anderson.
Johnson, commissioner talk
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson met Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss Johnson’s recent trouble, which could lead to a suspension for Kansas City’s embattled rusher. The league has not yet ruled on a suspension, but Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said nothing Tuesday to indicate that Johnson would return to the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Men’s golf takes 10th
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Behind the efforts of Andrew Storm’s 70 and Nate Barbee’s even-par 71, the Kansas University men’s golf team wrapped up its fall season with a 10th-place finish Tuesday at the Baylor Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club.
Track-meet speed: Sharp, KSU’s Woods renew rivalry from prep years
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University running back Jake Sharp is 2-0 against Kansas State since joining the Jayhawks out of Salina Central High in 2006. But there’s one Wildcat who has Sharp’s number. His name is Justin Woods, a red-shirt freshman running back from Mill Valley High in Shawnee.
Purdue QB may miss game
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter had what coach Joe Tiller called a slight-to-moderate right shoulder separation against Minnesota last weekend, putting his nation-leading streak of 40 consecutive starts in jeopardy heading into Saturday’s game against Michigan.
City OKs rezoning of bookstore property
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Commissioners moved ahead with a rezoning for the Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent Road, despite objections from neighbors. Commissioners unanimously agreed to rezone the property to a mixed-use district, although neighbors protested that the zoning opens the area up to too wide a range of uses.
Petty issues mar campaign
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A11
As I write this column there is one week left in the presidential campaign. Over the past two years of primaries, conventions and the actual campaign itself I have written several columns about the campaigns and the candidates. In this column, my last before the election, I want to express some additional thoughts on a few issues that have been raised over the preceding months and years.
Doorknobs and TV remotes hotbeds of cold germs
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer. Scientists at the University of Virginia, long known for its virology research, tested surfaces in the homes of people with colds and reported the results Tuesday at the nation’s premier conference on infectious diseases.
Contador to miss Giro
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Alberto Contador won’t race in the 2009 Giro d’Italia and may also miss the Spanish Vuelta to focus on winning the Tour de France.
Wall Street Dow soars 900 points
Rocky financial recovery expected
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Wall Street had another astounding advance Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrials soaring nearly 900 points in their second-largest point gain ever as late-day bargain hunters stormed into the market. The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index each shot up nearly 11 percent.
World Series tainted by television
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Game 5 of the World Series became a farce the moment Jimmy Rollins - one of the finest defensive shortstops of his generation - dropped that zigging, zagging pop-up in the fifth inning. This doesn’t happen to Rollins, an all-star and the reigning National League MVP, in playable baseball conditions.
City agrees to contract to sell riverfront land
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
City commissioners Tuesday did their part to keep alive an idea for a new commercial district along the banks of the Kansas River. Commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously agreed to a contract that would sell unused city property to a development group that has proposed turning the area near Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence into a mixed-use district.
Fall high school sports notebook
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B5
¢ Firebirds’ Hunter has shot at 1,000 yards¢ LHS volleyball player boasts good genes¢ Lions’ Sims has been gobbling yards lately¢ Lions now using mostly run plays¢ Veritas hanging in¢ Ballard Iowa starter¢ Family showdown
OU coach mulls options
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma basketball coach Jeff Capel says he’s settled on at least part of his starting lineup for this season. Blake Griffin and guards Tony Crocker and Austin Johnson will be a part of the starting five, but Capel said Tuesday that he’s still determining who the other starters will be.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
An Orange Bowl scout was in Ames to watch the unbeaten Kansas football team, now with a 5-0 record, play the Iowa State Cyclones. Kansas had been ranked as high as fifth in the nation in the early going and Pepper Rodgers’ Jayhawks were considered good prospects for a league title and an Orange Bowl trip.
Tech turnaround: Defense, run game suddenly present for Raiders
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B4
In the eight seasons Mike Leach has completed as head coach of the Texas Tech football program, the Red Raiders have led the nation in passing yards in seven of those years. But Tech never seemed to be an elite national program. The Red Raiders were fun to talk about at parties in terms of how their offense scored at the prolific rate of Bo Jackson in the original Tecmo Bowl.
China pulls eggs amid new food safety scare
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Authorities said today they were investigating how eggs distributed by a Chinese company came to be tainted with the same industrial chemical at the center of a dairy scandal that sickened tens of thousands of babies. The move comes a day after a brand of chicken eggs produced by China’s Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group was pulled off some shelves in the country after Hong Kong food safety regulators found excessive levels of melamine in eggs of the same brand.
Chargers fire coordinator
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Without a sack or interception in the last nine quarters, the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and replaced him with inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera. Cottrell had become a popular target of fan ire as the Chargers (3-5) lost three of their last four games, including a 37-32 loss to former teammate Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in London on Sunday.
LHS the king of fling at KU trebuchet contest
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Ready, aim, pumpkins! Lawrence High did smashingly well Tuesday in a design contest hosted by the Kansas University School of Engineering. Schools from across Kansas sent more than 25 teams to the competition. Teams had to build trebuchets - catapult-like machines that use gravity to launch objects, even stuffed pumpkins.
Northeast snowstorm closes major highways, schools
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The first big snowstorm of the season in the Northeast closed sections of major highways Tuesday and blacked out more than 100,000 utility customers. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for parts of New York state, in effect until 8 a.m. today, and issued winter storm advisories for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont.
Federer to play Davis Cup
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Roger Federer ended speculation over his Davis Cup plans Tuesday and announced he will play for Switzerland against the United States next March.
People in the news
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ ABC out of Obama campaign ad buy¢ Marion Jones gives post-prison interview¢ Dr. Pepper pulls the trigger on GNR offer¢ Spears’ conservatorship extended indefinitely¢ Reeves says he didn’t run into photographer
Girls Basketball LHS forward injures knee
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B5
If the Lawrence High girls basketball team is going to defend its Class 6A state championship this season, it’s going to have to do it without senior forward Tania Jackson. Jackson, one of the heroes of last year’s state title game, and one of the emerging talents in the state, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the medial collateral ligament in her right knee on Sunday during an open gym workout.
Panel: FDA wrong on plastic safety
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Food and Drug Administration’s assurances that a controversial chemical is safe for use in food containers are badly flawed, an independent panel of scientific advisers concluded in a report released Tuesday. The chemical, known as bisphenol A, is used to make plastic for food packaging, baby bottles and other consumer and medical goods.
Kansas donor Kivisto fired in Tulsa
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Tom Kivisto, a former Kansas University basketball standout and KU donor, has been fired by SemGroup LP, the Tulsa firm he helped start eight years ago and guided into one of nation’s biggest private firms until its bankruptcy amid gigantic oil trading losses.
Holmes won’t be punished
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t further punish wide receiver Santonio Holmes for being charged last week with a marijuana-related offense and plan to start him Monday night in Washington.
Chalmers, Arthur, Rush could see significant NBA minutes
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s three early entries may or may not emerge as candidates for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award. But one thing appears certain: First-round draft picks Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush and second-round selection Mario Chalmers appear primed to play significant minutes for the Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat this season.
Students participate in Red Ribbon Week
October 29, 2008
Students across the country are participating in Red Ribbon Week.
Greenspan becomes economic scapegoat
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A10
Fans of the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” will recall Emily Litella, a character played by the late Gilda Radner on the “Weekend Update” segment, hosted by Chevy Chase. Radner, as Litella, delivered the weekly “editorial,” during which she opined about some outrage or injustice.
City delays decision on new homeless regulations
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
New regulations that would allow churches to serve as temporary shelters for homeless families faced criticism Tuesday as being unconstitutional. City commissioners at their weekly meeting agreed to delay final passage of the much-debated homeless regulations after a local church said the new rules placed unconstitutional limitation on how it could practice its faith.
Soup’s on: Fresh ingredients enhance winter comfort food
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
As the weather takes a turn toward winter, it’s only natural to turn to an old friend: that hot, steaming bowl of soup that warms the spots the space heater can’t hit. And making your own fall soup isn’t that much more difficult than reaching for the can opener, say local chefs. With a little know-how, you can make something healthy and hearty that’s missing the preservatives and salt you’d get from the canned variety.
Cookbook highlights best of ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
October 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
It’s been eight years since Jayni Carey began her award-winning show, “Jayni’s Kitchen.” In that time, she’s made and tasted hundreds upon hundreds of recipes. Now her fans can have easy access to some of her favorites in “The Best of Jayni’s Kitchen,” a new cookbook from Carey and Sunflower Publishing on sale now.
Releford ready to roll
October 29, 2008
No Jayhawk is looking forward to KU’s first game against Washburn more than Travis Releford.
It’s time to winterize
Volunteers help residents brace for the freeze
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gladys Rennels has been living in a white house on Maine Street south of Lawrence Memorial Hospital since 1962. Her house is 79 years old and features an old coal furnace that’s been converted to operate on natural gas. “We never had any trouble with it,” she said.
Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B8
Considering that Kansas University’s defensive shake-up against Texas Tech last week placed various players in unfamiliar positions, it should come as no surprise that, as of Tuesday, those players were still getting acclimated to their new posts.
NBA roundup
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
¢ Celtics 90, Cavaliers 85¢ Bulls 108, Bucks 95¢ Lakers 96, Trail Blazers 76
Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick jailed for 4 months
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
A judge sentenced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail Tuesday for a sex-and-text scandal, calling him “arrogant and defiant” and questioning the sincerity of a guilty plea that ended his career at City Hall.Kilpatrick declined to speak in court, but his lawyers urged the judge to look at his entire career, not just the crimes that threw local government into disarray for months.
Strong quake hits; at least 100 killed
October 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
A government minister says the death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan has risen to more than 100. Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation Zamaruk Khan says the government is readying food, shelter and medical care for survivors of Wednesday’s quake.
Pierce, Celtics celebrate
Boston honors championship squad
October 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
The championship banner rose to the rafters. The tears trickled down Paul Pierce’s cheeks. The MVP of last year’s NBA finals finally was part of a ceremony that often seemed unreachable throughout his 10 seasons, all with the Boston Celtics.