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Polls
Will picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate help or hurt Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign?

Poll results

Response Percent
It will hurt.
 
55%
It will help.
 
33%
Not sure.
 
10%
Total 1652
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The fall harvest season is near and large machinery hauling corn and soybeans will soon be hitting county and city roads to take the crops to area grain elevators. Drivers should be alert and patient when they find themselves behind the slower machinery. Pat Ross, left, and Kent Nunemaker, owners of Nunemaker-Ross Farms Inc., say the driving is just as tense for the farmers as it is for other motorists on the road, and they try to limit their time on city roads. Traffic conflicts increase as harvest season gets under way
September 1, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Believe it or not, Pat Ross is thinking of you when he perches high in his driver’s seat, slips the vehicle into gear and motors out onto the Kansas River bridge from North Lawrence. At 22 miles per hour. “I normally just take the center of the bridge, so they don’t have room to pass,” Ross said, with a guarded chuckle. “It’s just safer that way. It’s safer not to pass on that bridge.” Rest assured, he’s not kidding.
12:00 p.m.
Kansas University students pick up textbooks last week at the KU Bookstore in the Kansas Union. From left are sophomores Stephanie Hermreck, Ottawa, Diana Kaepplinger, Chicago, and Erin Stork, Topeka. Students navigate expensive, changing landscape of textbooks
September 1, 2008 in print edition on 3A
One week into classes at Kansas University, Nick McCoy has spent around $800 on books. “You need money to do stuff. You need money to go out,” the Overland Park junior said. “But you’ve got to pay for textbooks first. You can’t just show up without the textbooks.” McCoy isn’t alone. Many students still feel the pressure of expensive textbooks.
5:00 p.m.
Jerry Totten completes a mail delivery at Mark's Jewelers, 817 Mass. Totten is Lawrence's only full-time, walking mail carrier, and his route includes most of downtown. Walking ahead: Postal carrier overcomes polio, accident to deliver mail
September 1, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Jerry Totten, 51, is a survivor. He’s defied death on two occasions and is Lawrence’s only remaining full-time, walking mail carrier. He admits he’s lucky to be walking at all.

All stories

Is the Eldridge Hotel haunted?
September 1, 2008
Many buildings in Lawrence have a long history - but few have a haunted pedigree to match the Eldridge Hotel. 6News reporter Mark Boyle was there as paranormal investigators were given their run of the hotel, hoping to settle the spirited debate.
Former All-American wins individual crown at invite
September 1, 2008
Despite both the Kansas men and women sweeping the Bob Timmons Invitational on Saturday, it was a familiar face that took home the individual crown.
KU defense shines in season opener
September 1, 2008
Well, it didn’t take the Kansas football team long to pick up right where they left off. On Saturday - in front of a packed Memorial Stadium - the Jayhawks sent Florida International packing to the tune of 40-10.
Monday, September 1 weather at 10 p.m.
September 1, 2008
The forecast for Tuesday, September 2 calls for a high of 90 with a low around 65.
KU soccer team off to 2-0 start
September 1, 2008
For the first time since 2004, the 25th ranked Kansas soccer team is 2-0.
CU’s Smith leads Buffs past Rams
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Josh Smith bounced back from a rocky start with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Colorado beat Colorado State, 38-17, on Sunday night in what might have been their last game at Invesco Field.
Leaders confident police won’t bolt
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
More than a week ago, at the first hint Gustav could be a threat to New Orleans, police Superintendent Warren Riley issued an unusual order - he gave all the city’s 1,485 officers paid time off to get their families to safety.
Giant panda cub born; twins a possibility
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda family just got larger.
People in the news
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Springsteen ends tour at Harley celebration¢ Fans snag tickets for Oprah, Olympians
Keegan: Defense rock-solid in debut
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Consider all the issues raised in Kansas University’s sometimes-sloppy 40-10 season-opening victory against Florida International, and then note what they have in common. Based on the unproductive run game and the heat put on quarterback Todd Reesing by FIU’s blitzing defense, the readiness of the inexperienced offensive line remains a concern. Red-shirt freshman Jeremiah Hatch, who had earned the starting right tackle spot, did not play.
Raising the Bar’ folds pretty quickly
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Here’s a TV tip. Generally, if the creator and/or executive producer’s name appears in the credits above the show’s title or before the list of the show’s stars, then the show has a very good chance of being a dud. I’ve seen this happen many, many times.
Business thinks inside the box to cut costs
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Plastic containers might become relics at one Lawrence business. This month Prosoco, 3741 Greenway Circle, starts the transition of shipping some of its liquid cleaning products in “bag in a box” packaging instead of plastic containers. When the firm orders new containers, six times as many 5-gallon bag in a box packages as plastic containers can be loaded onto a truck. The new packaging, made of double-walled corrugated cardboard with a mixed-plastic bladder, can be folded when empty.
Kansas football won, but couldn’t run
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Typically, it is difficult to find glaring fault in a college football team’s 30-point victory. It is even harder to do so when the team’s quarterback threw for over 250 yards and three touchdowns and its biggest cause for concern entering the season - special-teams play - proved, for a day at least, to be a strong suit.
Volunteers sought for special needs kids
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Visions for Tomorrow is looking for two volunteers to work with special needs children while caregivers attend a VFT class.
Walking ahead: Postal carrier overcomes polio, accident to deliver mail
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Jerry Totten, 51, is a survivor. He’s defied death on two occasions and is Lawrence’s only remaining full-time, walking mail carrier. He admits he’s lucky to be walking at all.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 1, 1908: “A Eudora man who operates a joint in Eudora was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $200 in court this morning. : A man who lost a hand in a work accident at the Bowersock Mill and sued for $8,000 had his award dropped to $6,500 today.
Students navigate expensive, changing landscape of textbooks
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
One week into classes at Kansas University, Nick McCoy has spent around $800 on books. “You need money to do stuff. You need money to go out,” the Overland Park junior said. “But you’ve got to pay for textbooks first. You can’t just show up without the textbooks.” McCoy isn’t alone. Many students still feel the pressure of expensive textbooks.
Hundreds of thousands still trapped by floods
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Stranded by hundreds of miles of floodwaters and trapped on rooftops and trees, desperate villagers stormed rescue boats on Sunday as they tried to escape the flooding that tore through a riverbank and spilled over northern India’s vast plains.
Sharing the road with farm vehicles
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A8
With fall harvest expected to move into full swing during the next week or two - opening with corn, then closing with soybeans around Halloween - here are some tips for drivers as they encounter slow-moving agricultural equipment and vehicles on area roads:
Money Tip: Alternatives to cobra
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
If you’ve lost your job, or are soon to be unemployed, COBRA may be the right choice for continuing your health insurance. However, COBRA coverage can be expensive.
Gee-Gees’ three threes not enough
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B3
The law of averages finally caught up with Kansas University’s Canadian exhibition opponents. Ottawa’s Gee-Gees misfired on 14 of 17 three-point tries in a 95-60 blowout loss to Kansas at Montpetit Hall, just a day after Carleton and McGill swished 15 and 10 treys apiece in one- and five-point losses to the Jayhawks.
Chiefs claim 2 off waivers
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday claimed two players off waivers, lineman Brian De La Puente from San Francisco and linebacker Erik Walden from Dallas.
Fundraiser benefits accident victim
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
Reed Medical Group will conduct a garage sale, bake sale and car wash on Saturday to raise funds for the family of Erica Smith.
Innocence Project investigating 1988 blast that killed firefighters
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Midwest Innocence Project is opening its own investigation into the case of five people convicted of causing a 1988 explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters.
Labor Day closings, hours announced
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed today in observance of Labor Day.
Laboring longer becomes growing trend for Americans
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Americans are changing the game plan for retirement, with millions laboring right past the traditional retirement age and working into their late 60s and beyond.
Federal first-time home buyer program has fans, skeptics
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
New federal legislation designed to boost the housing market and encourage first-time home buyers is getting mixed reviews from some Lawrence bankers and real estate agents. One component of the legislation signed into law July 30 by President George W. Bush allows first-time buyers who qualify to get a $7,500 tax credit.
Gustav’s impact felt near and far
GOP curtails convention; New Orleans waits uneasily
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, casting himself as above politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. “We will act as Americans,” not partisans, he declared.
New search begins in western Nevada for adventurer Fossett
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
A year after aviator and adventurer Steve Fossett vanished on a Labor Day solo flight over western Nevada, friends and admirers are waging a new search for some sign of him in an area of rugged mountains.
Little plays big
Newcomer keys KU’s exhibition rout of Ottawa
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University newcomer Mario Little fell just short of a triple-double in the Jayhawks’ 95-60 men’s basketball exhibition rout of the University of Ottawa on Sunday night at Montpetit Hall. For the record, the undersized, 6-foot-5, 210-pound power forward scored 21 points off 9-of-11 shooting, dished eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 28 minutes.
Telling employers about an illness
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Q: I have recurring ovarian cancer. To look at me, you would not know I am sick. I’ve also been very fortunate not to have any noticeable effects from the chemo. I’ve only missed three workdays since March ‘07 because of the illness. I will shortly be unemployed and will be seeking a new position. How/when do I tell a prospective employer about my cancer? - Meredith
Read Across Lawrence’ events to begin
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
For being one city in a state of more than 82,000 square miles, Lawrence gathers more than its fair share of the book “Kansas Curiosities, 2nd Edition: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff.”
Location, location
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Journal-World Sports Editor Tom Keegan lives near Free State High School but not near enough to be affected by any of the traffic, lights, noise, trash, parking, water, etc., caused by any proposed development in the sports area at Free State!
Extra page on ballot could cost thousands
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A3
The number of races and questions on the general election ballot appears to be a double-edged sword for Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and election officials. The presidential, congressional, state and county races, plus three Lawrence sales tax questions, should help boost voter turnout. But it also means lots of words on the ballot.
Gary Bedore’s KU in Canada postcard: Day 2
September 1, 2008
I’m thinking about what I’m going to write today while reclining in a downtown Ottawa Starbucks on a beautiful Sunday morning, 65 degrees, just a few clouds in the sky. I’m reading the print edition of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, sipping a Grande-sized coffee and also gazing at tourists ambling past a Sears Department Store with a giant red Canadian Maple Leaf emblazoned above the entry-way.
KTKA, KANU win broadcast awards
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has chosen KTKA, Topeka, as Station of the Year in the medium-market television category, and KANU, Lawrence, as Station of the Year in the noncommercial radio category.
Military aid promised to Georgian provinces
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Russia’s president said Sunday his country will give military aid to the two separatist regions at the center of the war with Georgia - signaling Moscow has no intention of backing down in the face of Western pressure.
Incremental drawdown in Anbar expected
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
The drawdown of Marines from the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar will take time because there is still much work to be done, a top U.S. commander said Sunday on the eve of the once violent province’s transfer to Iraqi security control.
KTEC Pipeline to offer fellowships
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
The KTEC Pipeline technology entrepreneur fellowship program will begin accepting applications for its 2009 class on Thursday.
Amarr Garage Doors chosen as Best Buy
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B7
Amarr Garage Doors, Lawrence, received Consumer Digest’s Best Buy ratings for three models in Amarr’s Classica Collection. The ratings and products are detailed in Consumer Digest’s August issue.
National League Roundup: Sabathia overpowers Pittsburgh
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
CC Sabathia pitched a one-hitter in his latest dominating start, allowing the Pirates only an infield single by Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning, and Milwaukee picked up its eighth victory in nine games.
US 50 among state’s most dangerous highways
Two-lane road has highest rate of head-on collisions, heaviest big-truck volume
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A5
In the past decade, U.S. 50 has seen a number of improvements that made it safer in some areas. Still, four years after nine people were killed on the highway near Peabody in a series of accidents in construction zones, U.S. 50 remains one of the most dangerous two-lane highways in the state.
Schwarzenegger: ‘Maverick’ misses mark
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
If John McCain becomes president, he will be confronted by a Congress with significantly larger Democratic majorities than today’s - majorities furious about high hopes dashed by an eighth Republican victory in 11 presidential elections. And if the normal pattern of off-year elections obtains in 2010, those majorities will expand.
City Commission agenda: Festival request to be considered
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider a request to give $20,000 to a nonprofit organization looking to host a two-day community festival in downtown.
American League Roundup: K.C. losing streak continues
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B4
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in all four runs in Detroit’s victory over Kansas City.
Report: Mayor’s lawyers offer plea deal
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lawyers for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick have proposed a deal in which he would resign, plead guilty to two felonies, make restitution and serve five years’ probation in exchange for avoiding jail time, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Health crisis threatens Zimbabwe
Reduction of aid harms hospitals
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
The advice of doctors to Zimbabweans is, don’t get sick. If you do, don’t count on hospitals - they’re short of drugs and functioning equipment.
KU soccer lackluster in victory
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
A hint of satisfaction pierced through Mark Francis’ scathing words. Just don’t hurt your eardrums trying to pick it up. Kansas University’s soccer coach first took a trip to Negativetown, lamenting his team’s poor play Sunday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex against Auburn University. The Jayhawks didn’t control the tempo, Francis said. They continually got beat to the ball. They allowed the Tigers to fire freely away on goal.
Ex-Jayhawk roots for KU up north
Former three-sport athlete Roberts honored by Jayhawks
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mario Chalmers’ three-pointer that sent the 2008 NCAA men’s basketball title game into overtime truly was a shot heard ‘round the world. Proof is Jay Roberts’ reaction north of the border. “I drove everybody nuts. I went off the deep end,” former Kansas University football/basketball/track athlete Roberts said. He jumped for joy while watching KU’s 75-68 victory over Memphis on TV in his Ottawa, Ontario, home.
T boon
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: OK. Let me get this right. “The city is financing a shuttle bus to travel to and from the city’s two downtown parking garages to Memorial Stadium.” (Aug. 28, Journal-World) We cannot seem to get the city to finance the T for paying customers, but the city can give free rides to hundreds - likely thousands - of fans who want to go to the stadium?
Johnson secures Pepsi 500 crown
Two-time reigning Cup champ led 228 of 250 laps
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jimmie Johnson overpowered the field Sunday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway, grabbing his third victory of the season.
On the record
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these responses:
Obama deals gently with Palin on equal pay issue
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
Barack Obama seems to have only one problem with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president: She holds the same positions as John McCain, the GOP presidential candidate who tapped her.
Dark Knight’ reaches $500M
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
Batman’s rich alter-ego Bruce Wayne has added half a billion dollars to his riches.
The Gulf Coast is waiting: Will it be another Katrina?
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A2
With a historic evacuation of nearly 2 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city’s empty streets Sunday night - and even presidential politics took a back seat as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
A $5,500 damage claim was filed with the Douglas County Commission by a Lecompton couple who said construction of roads to the new Kansas River bridge there had caused them inconvenience. County Attorney Dan Young said such action would have to go through state channels.
Army strong
In an effort to produce more qualified recruits, the Army has implemented a new program to help youngsters complete their high school work.
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
The U.S. Army has, from its inception, served as a magnificent strength for our country. We need to remind ourselves of the countless benefits and achievements of this branch of service and take note of where this nation would be without a strong Army and other branches of the military. There are ample critics of the Army, but the overall record of this military service is superb.
A gray area in men’s hair care
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C1
Among the sundry ways in which life sorts itself into lists labeled Fair and Unfair is the way in which we regard gray hair on males and females. Generally speaking, men gain the adjective “distinguished,” while women are saddled with “mature.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A7
Kansas University, described as a “Cornbelt Berkeley,” was again a four-star academic institution in the eyes of the New York Times’ “Selective Guide to Colleges.”
Palin changed her position on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ critics say
September 1, 2008 in print edition on C8
Gov. Sarah Palin was for the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” before she was against it, a change of position the GOP vice presidential running mate ignored last weekend when she bragged about telling Congress “thanks but no thanks” to the pork barrel project.
Recess makes comeback in Wichita middle schools
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B8
Until recently, moving up to middle school meant saying goodbye to a cherished school-day respite: recess. “It doesn’t seem normal to have recess in middle school,” said 12-year-old Andrea Gomez, a seventh-grader at Truesdell Middle School, as she enjoyed the sunshine.
Traffic conflicts increase as harvest season gets under way
September 1, 2008 in print edition on A1
Believe it or not, Pat Ross is thinking of you when he perches high in his driver’s seat, slips the vehicle into gear and motors out onto the Kansas River bridge from North Lawrence. At 22 miles per hour. “I normally just take the center of the bridge, so they don’t have room to pass,” Ross said, with a guarded chuckle. “It’s just safer that way. It’s safer not to pass on that bridge.” Rest assured, he’s not kidding.
Horoscopes
September 1, 2008 in print edition on B6
You see a big difference if you kick back and let events unfold this year. Curb a tendency to dominate; instead, let events run their course. If you are single, your desirability is evidenced by the actions of those around you. If attached, let your significant other be more dominant, although often you might feel you could be more efficient.