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Polls
Who will win the U.S. House, District 3 race?

Poll results

Response Percent
Dennis Moore
 
77%
Nick Jordan
 
22%
Total 9
Who will win the Kansas Senate, District 3 race?

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Tom Holland
 
69%
Roger Pine
 
15%
Patrick Wilbur
 
15%
Total 13
Who will win the U.S. House, District 2 race?

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Nancy Boyda
 
72%
Lynn Jenkins
 
27%
Total 11
Who will win the presidential race?

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Barack Obama
 
68%
John McCain
 
31%
Total 16
Who will win the Kansas Senate, District 2 race?

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Scott Morgan
 
66%
Marci Francisco
 
33%
Total 12
Who will win the Douglas County Commission 2nd District race?

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Nancy Thellman
 
100%
David Brown
 
0%
Total 5
Who will win the Leavenworth County Commission, District 3 race?

Poll results

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Pete Henderson
 
0%
John Flower
 
0%
Total 0
Who will win the Leavenworth County sheriff race?

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James Dyson, Sr.
 
75%
Dave Zoellner
 
25%
Total 4
Who will win the State Board of Education, District 4 race?

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Carolyn Campbell
 
0%
Robert Meissner
 
0%
Total 0
Who do you think will win the Kansas Senate, District 19 race?

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Anthony Hensley
 
0%
Shari Weber
 
0%
Total 0
Who do you think will win the Kansas House, District 59 race?

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Jim Irey
 
0%
William Prescott
 
0%
Total 0
Who do you think will win the Kansas House, District 53 race?

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Ann Mah
 
0%
Cecil Washington, Jr.
 
0%
Total 0
Who will win the Kansas House, District 45 race?

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Tom Sloan
 
50%
John Wilson
 
50%
Total 2
Who will win the Kansas House, District 42 race?

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Timothy Moran
 
0%
Connie O’Brien
 
0%
Total 0
Who will win the Kansas House, District 38 race?

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Anthony Brown
 
0%
Stephanie Kelton
 
0%
Total 0
Who will win the Kansas House, District 10 race?

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Tony Brown
 
0%
John Coen
 
0%
William Stewart Starks
 
0%
Total 0
Who will win the U.S. Senate race?

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Jim Slattery
 
100%
Pat Roberts
 
0%
Total 5
Who will win the Douglas County Commission, District 3 race?

Poll results

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Jim Flory
 
100%
Ken Grotewiel
 
0%
Total 5
Do you ever avoid talking about politics or religion with friends or family to avoid uncomfortable conversations?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
78%
No.
 
21%
Total 956
Who will win the Leavenworth County Attorney race?

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Frank Kohl
 
0%
Todd Thompson
 
0%
Total 0
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Joleen Neher, co-owner of Kansas Coin Connection, says there's been a local and national run on gold coins causing prices to skyrocket. At left is a Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin and at right is an American Eagle. New gold rush is on
October 30, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Demand for buying physical gold and silver is high locally and nationally. But plan on having a long wait. Especially if you want gold. Buyers vastly outnumber sellers.
6:00 a.m.
Liam Wilson, 3, straightens a stuffed fake parrot on his shoulder at the arts center. Halloween activities abound in Lawrence area
October 30, 2008 in print edition on 3A
There are plenty of treats and frights to delight all ages for the Halloween holiday. Take your pick, if you dare.
10:00 a.m.
Online chat
10th District candidate John Coen to chat with LJWorld.com users
October 31, 2008
John Coen is challenging Tony Brown for the 10th District Kansas House seat, currently held by Tom Holland. Holland is running for State Senate.
10:00 a.m.
Online chat
10th District candidate John Coen to chat with LJWorld.com users
October 31, 2008
John Coen is challenging Tony Brown for the 10th District Kansas House seat, currently held by Tom Holland. Holland is running for State Senate.
12:00 p.m.
A 4,000-square-foot therapy gym is part of the new Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The center also has 27 exam rooms, four specialized diagnostic rooms and 11 procedure rooms, allowing patients to have tests, treatments and therapy sessions in one location. KU Hospital to open spine center on Monday
October 30, 2008 in print edition on 11B
Kansas University Hospital is opening a new $5.5 million center for back problems on Monday.
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence city employees clear out a wooded area just north of the Amtrak station, east of the Riverfront Mall, a well-known campsite for local homeless people. Two bodies were found last Friday in the wooded area just north of the Amtrak station, east of the Riverfront Mall. A third homeless person was found dead Wednesday beneath the Kansas River bridge. City workers clear homeless campsite
9:54 a.m., October 31, 2008 Updated 3:56 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Lawrence city workers are busy cleaning up wooded areas north of the Amtrak station where two homeless men were found dead last Friday afternoon.

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KU to face KSU at home
October 31, 2008
Tomorrow, Memorial Stadium will be packed for the 106th installment of the Sunflower Showdown.
Trick-or-treaters swarm downtown area
October 31, 2008
Halloween is probably the only time Hannah Montana, Batman, and Elvis will walk the streets of Lawrence at the same time. Kids and their pets dressed in their Halloween best to trick-or-treat in downtown Lawrence Friday night.
Students partake in Fun Run
October 31, 2008
Central Junior High students and their staff laced up their running shoes Friday afternoon for the Fun Run.
Friday, October 31 weather at 10 p.m.
October 31, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, November 1 calls for a high of 71 with a low around 46.
Free State, LHS win final district games
October 31, 2008
The Free State High football team defeated Olathe Northwest, 41-9, while the Lawrence High football team beat Leavenworth, 49-21.
Wagnon watching race for State BOE slot
October 31, 2008
Bill Wagnon is keeping a close eye on the District 4 State Board of Education race. After all, the winner will replace Wagnon, a Democrat who is retiring after three terms on the board, serving most recently as its chairman.
Business owner, economist face off in 38th District
October 31, 2008
One is the incumbent, a small-businessman and former teacher who wants to make his home district the best place to do business and raise a family. The other is an economist who has published dozens of articles on public policy issues.
Advance voting totals approach 20 percent in Douglas County
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
The thousands of voters piling into the Douglas County Courthouse for advance voting are making it easier for the remaining traditionalists, who’ll be lining up at polls on Tuesday.
New faces on the ballot in 10th District contest
October 31, 2008
Candidates for the 10th District House of Representatives -Tony Brown, D-Baldwin City, and John Coen, R-Baldwin City - cite their backgrounds as reason to vote for them.
LHS volleyball eliminated at state
Lions fall to Goddard, BV West, Dodge City in straight sets
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High volleyball team lost all three matches it played at the state tournament Friday in Topeka.
Pine, Holland facing off for 3rd District Senate seat
October 31, 2008
Two veteran legislators are going head-to-head for the Senate seat in Kansas’ 3rd District. Incumbent Republican Roger Pine has held the position since January 2005. He is being challenged by Tom Holland, a Democrat who since January 2003 has represented the 10th District in the Kansas House.
Keegan: KU coaches should commit to Sharp
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Kansas University football coaching staff had reason not to trust the running game early in the season. The new offensive line, featuring a redshirt freshman at each tackle spot, was having trouble meshing. The search for a first-string tailback still was in the audition stage and every one of the three candidates appeared to be singing slightly off key.
Problems detected in motor voter registrations
October 31, 2008
Some Kansans who say they recently registered to vote when they got their driver’s license are finding that their registration wasn’t recorded, officials said Friday.
Both sides offer legislative experience in District 19 race
October 31, 2008
A former legislator is trying to return to the Kansas Statehouse by challenging an incumbent state senator.
Economy key issue in 3rd District House race
October 31, 2008
In the race for the 3rd District congressional seat, it’s no surprise the U.S. economy is a hot topic as Election Day approaches.
KU Med Center receives $1.25 million grant to encourage young scientists
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Kansas University Medical Center a $1.25 million grant.
Secretary of state, GOP at odds over reason for high voter registration
11:59 a.m., October 31, 2008 Updated 02:23 p.m. in print edition on B5
Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh on Friday predicted a record voter turnout in Kansas — caused in part by what he called the “Obama Effect.”
Fire sprinkler systems in new homes could one day be mandatory
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
In the future, when Lawrence homeowners talk about their sprinkler system, they may not be talking about the one in their yard.
City workers clear homeless campsite
I couldn’t believe it,’ official says. ‘They were getting ready to build a city down there.’
09:54 a.m., October 31, 2008 Updated 03:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence city workers are busy cleaning up wooded areas north of the Amtrak station where two homeless men were found dead last Friday afternoon.
Iraqi government wants US troops out by end of 2011
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C8
Iraq wants to eliminate any chance U.S. forces will stay here after 2011 under a proposed security pact and to expand Iraqi legal jurisdiction over U.S. troops until then, a close ally of the prime minister said Thursday. Those demands, which were presented to U.S. officials this week, could derail the deal - delivering a diplomatic blow to Washington in the final weeks of the Bush administration.
Pump patrol
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.05 at several locations.
Lions ready for state
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
During the glory years of Lawrence High’s volleyball program, Joan Wells made a point of using the same message in her pre-state speeches. That message? No team deserved to win state more than LHS because no team worked harder than LHS. With that in mind, it appears this year’s team has more of a link to the past than just being coached by one of Wells’ former players.
Mayer: Kansas needs victory
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Saturday’s Kansas State visit has to be the season-changing moment for this Kansas football team. Same for K-State. Both are desperate for a victory, any victory; the Sunflower State angle only adds to the luster.KU enters Nightmare Alley starting Saturday - then goes to Nebraska, plays Texas here and Missouri in Kansas City, Mo.
Time to get along
Enough of the pettiness and ugliness in this election year! It’s time to take stock, regroup and begin to confront our real enemies.
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
“Can we get along?” The troubled Rodney King asked that, on national television, in 1992 after his beating and abuse by police led to terrible Los Angeles riots. The violence caused 53 deaths, nearly 2,400 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damage to 3,100 businesses and nearly $51 billion in financial losses.
Firebirds focused on district crown
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Free State High has not been around long enough to take championships for granted. So the Firebirds, playing their 11th season, don’t make a habit of it. Tonight, when FSHS plays host to Olathe Northwest at 7 p.m. at Haskell Stadium, the Class 6A, District 4 title will be up for grabs.
Two lead at Ginn sur Mer
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kent Jones recovered from a tee shot in the rough to birdie the 18th hole Thursday for a 7-under 65, giving him a share of the lead with rookie Michael Letzig in the first round of the Ginn sur Mer Classic.
Driver recovers after K-10 accident Oct. 23
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Maria Thorson, 25, who was injured in a two-car accident on Kansas Highway 10 on Oct. 23, was moved out of Kansas University Hospital’s intensive care unit late Tuesday night and is continuing to recover, according to her mother, Amy Thorson.
Banks borrow record amount from Fed
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
Banks borrowed in record amounts from the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending program over the past week, while investment banks drew loans at a slower pace. The Fed’s report, released Thursday, showed commercial banks averaged a record $111.9 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That surpassed the old record - a daily average of $105.8 billion - from the prior week.
Election provokes peculiar and unsettlng Web videos
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Since this is the last Net Worth before the presidential election - assuming it’s not postponed by rain - now is the ideal time to look at some of the more wacky clips related to the campaign. No, I don’t mean soundbite-style footage of the candidates that have been exploited by the opposite party.
Not a luxury
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I am a frequent T rider, as are my husband and 14-year-old son. We are T riders by choice for a number of reasons. While I will be extremely disappointed if sales tax Questions 2 and 3 are not passed and the T is eliminated, my life will not be adversely affected.
Chiefs sign cornerback
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs signed cornerback Tyron Brackenridge to a two-year contract on Thursday. Brackenridge entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Kansas City in 2007 and saw action in 13 games.
Book offers wedding etiquette advice
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Getting engaged is easy. Getting married is so much harder, and if you don’t have a clue where to begin, “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wedding Etiquette” (Alpha, $9.95) runs the gamut of topics regarding weddings, wedding plans and the aftermath of the event.
German students tour Lawrence
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
A group of German students is spending its last days in Lawrence, and they’ve learned important things about American culture. “We like to say ‘dude,’ ” said Daneil Preiss, 17. “We’ve got to take that to Germany.” Between Lawrence High and Free State, 15 students were integrated into the life of an American teenager for five weeks. All are from Eutin, Lawrence’s sister city in Germany. The hospitable host families helped the transition.
Halloween might come day late for Jayhawks
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Even though tonight is a night for trick-or-treating, don’t expect the Kansas University football team to be pounding the pavement with plastic jack-o-lanterns and empty pillow cases. Most likely, the Jayhawks will be getting their rest in preparation for Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. kickoff against Kansas State.
Simplify choices
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Regarding your political endorsements: It must be exhausting, quite personally draining, to justify your selections. Much easier to skip the drivel and say “I only vote for Republicans and hope you do, too.” Separate topic: Remember when Florida purged its voter lists of felons (and purged more legal voters than they did felons?).
People in the news
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Academy names Strait artist of the decade¢ Beatles music to be in new video game¢ Newman postpones European tour¢ Julie Chen’s mystery trip sends her to Paris¢ Frampton fuming over stolen Obama signs
Missing Fla. dog shows up 1,000 miles away
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
A Maltese dog named Max is headed home to Florida after he was spotted in Chicago - 1,000 miles from where he vanished. Richard Gonzalez had reported a pet theft after Max disappeared several months ago from his daughter’s yard in Brandon, Fla.
Bloody Halloween
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here is the High School Division winner.
Stupid stand
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Though considering the Lawrence Journal-World’s past record of knee-jerk right-wing presidential endorsements, this week’s endorsement of John McCain and Sarah Palin is not surprising, it is supremely disappointing and well, stupid.
Mental health center to dedicate expansion
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
The Recovery and Hope Network Inc., 1009 N.H., will be having an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to dedicate its new expansion. RAHN serves more than 150 people with severe and persistent mental illness in Douglas County.
Scary Story
October 31, 2008
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here is the Junior High Division runner-up.
Fair tax policy
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Once again it appears the presidential election will be determined by our perception of income tax rates. Sen. Obama wants to increase taxes on those in the highest income bracket while Sen. McCain wants to reduce taxes for them.
Study: Therapy plus Zoloft helps kids with anxiety
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C8
A popular antidepressant plus three months of psychotherapy dramatically helped children with anxiety disorders, the most common psychiatric illnesses in kids, the biggest study of its kind found. The research also offers comfort to parents worried about putting their child on powerful drugs - therapy alone did a lot of good, too.
New guidelines issued for seminarians
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Vatican issued new psychological screening guidelines for seminarians Thursday - the latest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to be more selective about its priesthood candidates following a series of pedophile scandals.
Crumpletons headline Masquerade Ball
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Halloween revelry isn’t just for the kiddies. Adults can dance, drink, and show off their costumes while local favorites The Crumpletons perform ‘60s music and assorted psychedelic melodies. This benefit for the Drama Program at the Lawrence Arts Center is $10 per person and a cash bar will be available.
Skeptical strikers scrutinize Boeing offer
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
Leaders of Boeing Co.’s striking Machinists union on Thursday published details of a contract offer it says protects more than 5,000 factory jobs, as workers expressed mixed opinions about the tentative deal. The organization posted the latest changes to the proposal from the airplane maker on its Web site and recommended that the roughly 27,000 union members accept the offer in a vote scheduled for Saturday.
Commentary: Marion Jones still running with a lie
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
The public rehabilitation of Marion Jones officially began, as it so often seems to in these kinds of cases, with a tearful appearance on Oprah. Tissue in hand, the disgraced sprinter told of finally being happy with herself and hoping that the story of her rise and fall will somehow help make things better in the world.
Service gaps
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Some people may think that the university bus system (KU on Wheels) is sufficient for Lawrence and there is no need for the city to run its own system (the T). I would like to point out a few facts.
Deer survey planned
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, along with a Kansas University Environmental Studies field class, today will conclude a three-day whitetail deer census survey in a tri-county area. The trophy buck above was spotted Tuesday north of Lawrence.
63K register across state
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B12
At least 63,000 additional Kansans registered to vote during the five weeks before the deadline, and officials and activists believe the presidential race spurred the record numbers. “There’s definitely a surge of interest,” Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, an anti-abortion group long active in state politics, said Thursday.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
The commemoration of the Cherokee Strip land rush was held in the Arkansas City area. H.D. Johnson and L.H. Corel of Lawrence were two of those who had taken part in the original rushes of 1892 and 1893. They had many amazing tales of the historic event.
Attackers kill at least 76 in northeast India
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Bombs planted in cars and rickshaws ripped through crowded markets in a coordinated attack Thursday in India’s volatile northeast, killing at least 76 people and wounding more than 300. The scale and planning behind the 13 blasts surprised authorities, who struggled to determine who was behind the attacks - among the worst in a region plagued by separatism, ethnic violence and Islamic militants.
Bus cooperation
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: The vision for successful public transit in Lawrence dangles by a thread. Each and every voter will have the option to voice their opinion on the ballot next week. Voters should not let the unknown keep them from voting “yes” for Questions 2 and 3.
Bill collectors get aggressive, and complaints are surging
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
After several years in which Americans were buying stuff on credit they couldn’t afford, a rising number are complaining about getting harassed and abused by bill collectors. Nearly 71,000 people filed such complaints with the Federal Trade Commission last year, roughly double the number in 2003. In addition, more than 14,000 complained to the Better Business Bureau. Thousands more lodged grievances with state and city officials.
Man sets self aflame at college and dies
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
A 61-year-old former University of Washington staff member doused himself with gasoline and set himself ablaze Thursday in the midst of a crowded campus plaza. He died a short time later. The man, who authorities did not immediately identify, died shortly after he was brought to Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.
KU, MU hoops rookies blossoming quickly
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas City Pump N Run basketball coach L.J. Goolsby will be watching the Kansas University-Missouri home-and-home series with great interest this season. “I plan to be at both of those (games). I’ll probably come to the Kansas game (in Allen Fieldhouse) and sit behind the KU bench and go to the Missouri game (in Mizzou Arena) and sit behind the Missouri bench,” Goolsby said Thursday.
NBC’s season a trick, not a treat
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
Proof that the recently begun and barely noticed fall TV season has been more tricks than treats for NBC can be found tonight. Those few viewers who might be looking for “Life” are out of luck. The police procedural has been moved to Wednesday nights, where NBC hopes it finds a happier home tucked between the brainless “Knight Rider” and the ageless “Law & Order.”
Bearcats bruise Bulls, 24-10
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Not bad for a guy with a broken arm. Playing with a soft cast protecting his surgically repaired left forearm, junior Tony Pike had one of his finest games Thursday night, throwing a pair of touchdown passes and steadying Cincinnati’s offense in a 24-10 victory over No. 24 South Florida.
Senior services gives Seaver Award
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Senior Services has announced Hank Booth as the 2009 Seaver Award recipient. Booth is a former radio station owner, on-air personality and announcer for Kansas University men’s basketball games. Booth is also involved in several community organizations and currently works for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
McCain’s similarities to Dole emerge
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C8
At the beginning of his long journey to the Republican nomination, John McCain sometimes spoke of his old friend Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican candidate for president. McCain spent months traveling with Dole that year, keeping the candidate company, entertaining the press and observing how a presidential campaign operation works.Or didn’t work, in Dole’s case.
Silence at Dark
October 31, 2008
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here is the High School Division runner-up.
Democrats have case of election jitters
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
Have you noticed that the spookiest colors of the season are not orange and black but red and blue? As Halloween slips into Election Day, the race for the White House has scared more grown-ups than any trip to the haunted house.
Program welcomes coat donations
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Scotch Fabric Care is looking for coat donations to keep others warm this winter. Scotch stores will be collecting coats until Nov. 26 as part of the 22nd annual Scotch Share the Warmth program. Since the program began, more than 172,080 coats have been collected and cleaned in Lawrence and Topeka.
UNC’s Hansbrough ailing
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
North Carolina standout Tyler Hansbrough is out of practice indefinitely with a stress reaction condition in his right shin. The reigning Associated Press player of the year did not practice Thursday. Instead, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said he underwent an MRI that revealed the stress reaction.
Financial reality
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I take my hat off to the Direct Action Organizing demonstrated by those seeking to increase my taxes to pay for our T. Two letters a day in the paper, handouts at various stores around town, questions at all the legislative forums; they know how to make it look like there is strong support for their cause.
Keep transit alive
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Lawrence’s bus system - the T - will survive and thrive if voters say “yes” to Questions 2 and 3 on Nov. 4. Otherwise, the bus system will shut down completely. That’s because the city has allocated zero dollars for buses in 2009 and the city’s bus contract expires in December.
NBA Roundup
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
LeBron James scored 22 points, Daniel Gibson had 20 of his 25 in the first half, and Cleveland won its home opener against Charlotte, spoiling well traveled coach Larry Brown’s debut with the Bobcats. James just missed a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and nine assists in only 30 minutes for the Cavs, who bounced back from a sloppy season-opening loss at Boston with a much crisper performance. Mo Williams finished with 17 points.
State issues
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: No one can deny that the presidential election is exciting. It has attracted 3.5 million new voters, according to an Associated Press poll. Because of the economic crisis, many Americans are concerned about how their future president and U.S. congresspeople are going to shape our economy.
Lions not overlooking Leavenworth
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Ryan Giblin remembers the emptiness he felt a year ago when Lawrence High’s football season ended on a sour note. “It was hard on the seniors, and it was hard on us,” said Giblin, then a junior, about the 35-28 loss at Topeka High. “That’s why we’re not taking Leavenworth lightly.” Giblin, a defensive end, and the rest of the Lions know they can earn a berth in the Class 6A playoffs with a victory over the Pioneers tonight.
Conflict shows flaws in peacekeeper force
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C8
The refugees watched in anger as the U.N. tanks headed away from the battlefield and the Tutsi rebels they were supposed to be stopping. “Where are they going? They’re supposed to protect us!” shouted Jean-Paul Maombi, a 31-year-old nurse who had fled his village because of the violence. Nearby, young men hurled rocks at the U.N. troops.
Royals trade for Jacobs
K.C. sends reliever Nunez to Florida
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Florida Marlins traded power-hitting first baseman Mike Jacobs on Thursday to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Leo Nunez. The Marlins were shopping Jacobs because he was due a big raise in arbitration, and have plenty of options at first base. In exchange, they got a right-hander who throws in the mid-90s.
Number of US diabetes cases doubles over last 10 years
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A9
The nation’s obesity epidemic is exacting a heavy toll: The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the past 10 years, the government said Thursday. The highest rates were in the South, according to the first state-by-state review of new diagnoses.
Area Football Roundup: Eudora wins, but loses
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
To say there were mixed emotions Thursday night would be a major understatement. Eudora High beat rival Baldwin, 35-28, to win its second Class 4A football district game of the season. However, the Bulldogs will advance to Tuesday’s bi-district playoffs.
Free State soccer falls to Washburn Rural, 3-1
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Free State High boys soccer team lost, 3-1, at Washburn Rural on Thursday in the regional finals. The Firebirds gave up a goal in the first half and were down, 1-0, at the half. The score remained 1-0 until four minutes remaining when Washburn Rural scored again. Free State immediately responded when Daniel Chance scored off an assist from Brock Norwood to make it 2-1.
Campaigns to finish in flurry of states
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A6
Sen. John McCain launched a two-day bus tour of the Buckeye State on Thursday in a spot that offered a good measure of his mood as he continued his pursuit of the White House in the face of polls suggesting it is quickly slipping away from him.
Bone find encourages Fossett investigators
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Searchers have found what appear to be two large human bones near the crash site of Steve Fossett’s plane in California’s Sierra Nevada, along with the adventurer’s tennis shoes and driver’s license, authorities said Thursday.
Hubble working, but upgrades delayed
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Hubble Space Telescope is working again, taking stunning cosmic photos after a breakdown a month ago. But the good news was quickly tempered by NASA’s announcement Thursday that a mission to upgrade the popular telescope will be delayed at least until May.
Stevens & Brand open new office in Topeka
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
Stevens & Brand, 900 Mass., Lawrence, recently opened an office at 515 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka. Attorney Patricia E. Hamilton will work in the office. The firm has also hired Kana R. Lydick as an associate attorney. Hamilton served as law clerk to John T. Flannagan, U.S. bankruptcy judge, for six years and has been in private practice in the Kansas City area and Topeka since 1987.
Next year starts now for champion Phillies
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Philadelphia Phillies are built to be more than a one-year wonder. Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge aren’t going anywhere. Neither are Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins. With the team’s nucleus expected back next year, the Phillies have a chance to be the first repeat World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.
Filth licker’ among monsters haunting Japan
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Halloween is a frothy foreign import in Japan, an excuse to have a party and eat sweets. Monsters, though, are a more serious matter. They are indigenous and reputed to be everywhere. One is called Akaname, the Filth Licker, and he haunts dirty bathrooms. Using his long, lascivious tongue, he eats bathtub scum.
The Substitute
October 31, 2008
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here is the Elementary Division runner-up.
High stakes
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: The time is getting close. The next few days, the voters will be voting for the local, state and national candidates. The citizens of this country have the right to vote, one of the special privileges a person has, to choose the right person to hold an office.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 31, 1908: “‘Our high school girls don’t know any more about sewing than the girls in grade school,’ says Miss Epler, the new school instructor in domestic art. ‘We will start at the bottom and try to change that for the better.’ Work at the new Manual building began this week in earnest.
Banks call for debt forgiveness
Program aims to help people struggling to pay off credit cards
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
With defaults on credit card debt spiraling amid a global financial downturn, banks already reeling from the mortgage crisis are losing billions more from unpaid credit card bills. Big banks have formed an unusual alliance with consumer advocates to urge the government to allow huge portions of credit card debt to be forgiven, a turnabout from recent years when the banking industry lobbied strenuously to make it harder for consumers to erase their credit card debts in bankruptcy.
Real change
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Your editorial (Oct. 27) must have been based on the McCain talking points or written by a McCain staffer. The editorial claims that Sen. McCain will bring about real change in Washington. How is that possible when his campaign staff and closest advisers are credentialed lobbyists for corporate entities that created the current economic mess?
Horoscopes
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B10
You have a way and style that draw many this year. If you let go and relax more, surprising adventures will head down your path. Just be open! If you are single, you’ll discover the fun of having choices. Carefully look at someone who provides a lot of excitement. If you are attached, you discover each other once more and start acting as if you just met.
GOP reform
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: If you are a Republican, remember this moment. Not for the rise of Obama or even the surge of the Democrats. No, remember this moment as the start of the reformation of the Republican Party. These last few years have been so painful for moderate Republicans as to drive them to the courthouse to change their status to Unaffiliated, or farther, Democrat.
Rec calendar
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B8
Lawrence Bicycle Club Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com. GP VeloTek Youth Cycling Team rides and meetings for youth age 8 to 18. Loaner bikes available. Call Jim Whittaker at 843-8356 or visit www.velotek.com.
Comeback crushed
Senior Day concludes in 38-20 loss
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
It was not the way the Veritas Christian football team wanted to end the regular season. But the Eagles chose a heck of a way to end the game. Veritas played its second straight stellar second half Thursday and closed out its regular season - and the careers of six Veritas seniors - with a 38-20 loss to Wichita Sunrise Christian Academy.
Lobby lap dogs
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Our government’s interference in the financial markets coupled with an easy money policy by the Federal Reserve will cost the American taxpayer trillions of dollars. Today, we see the results of these failed policies in the form of lower housing prices, tighter credit, rising unemployment, record high foreclosures and the contraction of the world’s economies.
Bad Chemistry
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here is the Junior High Division winner.
Price, Eger tied at top
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nick Price made a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole to pull even with David Eger at 6-under 66 atop the leaderboard Thursday in the opening round of the Charles Schwab Cup.
A Dreadful Detention
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school.
Nadal, Federer advance
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer reached the Paris Masters quarterfinals Thursday. Nadal beat Gael Monfils of France, 6-3, 6-2, and Federer defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4.
Wacky Series highlights audience issue
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
This year’s World Series will be remembered for a rain delay that caused a game to end close to 2 a.m., a quagmire that led to a suspended game and a three-inning sprint to the finish. Still, Philadelphia Phillies versus Tampa Bay Rays also had its share of exciting moments, courtesy of some remarkable young players. For the first time in six years, the World Series produced three, one-run games.
Some Halloween spirits just won’t leave
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B11
Like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, some ghosts and other spirits seemingly can’t avoid the temptation to thrust themselves back into the media’s spotlight - even if they’ve been dead for several decades.Where is the farm where the Texas Chain Saw Massacre took place?
Drop in consumer spending helps confirm recession fears
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Let the economists debate all they want. This is a recession. Scared and often broke, Americans stopped buying everything from cars to corn flakes in the July-September quarter, cutting back spending by the largest amount in 28 years and jolting the national economy into what could be the most painful downturn in decades.
Busch qualifies third
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kyle Busch qualified third Thursday for the NASCAR race at Texas in a truck that was salvaged two nights earlier from a hauler fire that destroyed the team’s primary truck and a lot of equipment. Rick Crawford, making his 22nd start at Texas, earned his first pole.
Macha to manage Brewers
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ken Macha was hired Thursday as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, taking over from Dale Sveum following the team’s first postseason appearance since 1982.The 58-year-old Macha, who managed Oakland to a pair of AL West titles, agreed to a two-year contract. He replaces Sveum, who became interim manager when Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left in the regular season.
On the record
October 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
¢ A 35-year-old Lawrence man reported five vehicle windows were criminally damaged Thursday in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue. The damage estimate is $1,150.¢ A 63-year-old Lawrence woman reported a Zenith 36-inch TV, DVD/VCR player and 100 DVDs were among numerous items stolen from a residence Monday in the 1700 block of West Third Street. The estimated loss is $3,961.
Ramirez becomes free agent
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Ben Sheets wasted no time in filing for free agency. The trio was among 65 players who filed on the first possible day. Thursday began a 15-day window in which approximately 180 players could become free agents.
Judge: Vick must appear
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick won’t be allowed to plead guilty to dogfighting charges by videoconference, a judge ruled Thursday. Vick’s lawyers had requested that he be allowed to enter the plea from federal prison in Leavenworth. Surry County Circuit Judge Samuel Campbell said it would be better for Vick to appear in person.
Griffey option declined
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Ken Griffey Jr.’s $16.5 million option was declined Thursday by the Chicago White Sox, making the No. 5 home run hitter in major-league history eligible for free agency. Griffey is owed a $4 million buyout, which completes a $116.5 million, nine-year contract that he agreed to with the Cincinnati Reds before the 2000 season.
Pistons, Maxiell agree
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Detroit Pistons took another step toward ensuring they will have players to replace their aging frontcourt. The Pistons and Jason Maxiell agreed on a $20 million, four-year contract extension.
NCAA ends early Madness
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
The NCAA’s board of directors is ending the practice of early Midnight Madness practices because it believes it could give schools a recruiting advantage. The emergency legislation, passed Thursday, is designed to close a loophole in a previous rule that allowed coaches to have two hours of individual instruction before the official start of the season.
Creepy classrooms
Scary Story Contest winners pen terrifying tales
October 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
We asked area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “When I went to Room 101 for after-school detention, I didn’t recognize the teacher who was there waiting for me …” We received nearly 200 entries from participants that were divided into three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Runners up can be found at LJWorld.com.Here are the winning entries.
Garcia trails by three
October 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark shot a 6-under 65 Thursday for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Volvo Masters. Sergio Garcia was second after a 68.