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National Guard to Louisiana
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Polls
How often do you shop at a Wal-Mart store?

Poll results

Response Percent
Weekly
 
25%
Never
 
22%
Less than once a month
 
20%
At least twice a month
 
17%
Monthly
 
9%
Daily
 
3%
Total 662
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Chris Breit and his Whippet, Poppy, play at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center in Sept. 2008. Several hundred dog owners brought their pets to the pool for the Pooch Plunge, the final event of the summer. Dog paddle is the stroke that signals pool’s close
September 3, 2008 in print edition on 3A
If it weren’t for all the dogs paddling in the pool, Tuesday could have been mistaken for any other day at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center. Instead of the shouts of children, yips and barks filled the air. And towels, of course, were not the preferred way of drying off. It was a day for the dogs at the pool, 727 Ky., where hundreds of dog owners brought their pets to the sixth annual Pooch Plunge.
11:00 a.m.
Sgt., Ben Johnson, Osawatomie, with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry (2-137th) based in Lawrence, waits to board a bus at the National Guard Armory, 200 Iowa St. with other members of his National Guard unit early Wednesday morning. Sixty-five National Guardsmen departed Lawrence for Louisiana at 5 a.m. to help with cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast in response to Hurricane Gustav. Kansas National Guard heads for Louisiana to provide Hurricane Gustav relief
September 3, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Two buses loaded with members of the Kansas National Guard pulled out of Lawrence well before dawn on Wednesday, headed for Louisiana.
3:00 p.m.
Ramona Morgan, center, sits with her attorney Billy Rork, right, during her preliminary hearing June 2 in Douglas County District Court. Morgan is charged with two counts of reckless second-degree murder in the deaths of two highway workers last September. First responder testifies in hit-and-run trial
September 3, 2008 in print edition on 3A
A construction worker struck by a pickup truck speeding through a work zone described the scene on U.S. Highway 59 nearly a year ago. “I saw shovels and hard hats flying in the air,” Curtis Delzell testified. “I tried to process what I was seeing.”
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University's Facilities Operations workers, from left, Jack
Bame, Floyd Grant and Bob Sieber affix the new steam whistle as
fellow worker George Cone watches. The whistle was installed Friday
on KU's power plant, where it signals the end of classes. The old
whistle cracked in January.
KU unplugs steam whistle to cut costs
September 3, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Don Steeples embraces tradition, understands the importance of getting to class on time, and respects the public’s communal reliance on familiar on-campus rituals.He also knows that tooting KU’s familiar steam whistle costs about $3,000 a year.So he’s pulled the plug.

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Wednesday, September 3 weather at 10 p.m.
September 3, 2008
The forecast for Thursday, September 4 calls for a high of 72 with a low around 52.
Ryan Cantrell anchors offensive line unit
September 3, 2008
Injury also affected the Kansas offensive line in the opener. Freshman Jeremiah Hatch did not see time at right tackle thanks to an undisclosed injury. Senior Matt Darton took his place while another freshman, Jeff Spikes, manned the left tackle spot. While KU is young on the ends - there’s experience in the middle with Ryan Cantrell. Kevin Romary caught up with the Jayhawks’ senior center on Tuesday…
Bob Dole make appearance at convention
September 3, 2008
A familiar face for most Kansans makes an appearance on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.
Mangino: Week 2 improvements extremely important
September 3, 2008
The biggest improvement during the season for any football team should come between weeks one and two - this according to head football coach Mark Mangino on Tuesday at his weekly media gathering.
LHS volleyball team has high expectations for 2008
September 3, 2008
Stephanie Magnuson begins her second season as head coach of the Lawrence High volleyball team. A year ago, LHS finished under .500. To make matters worse, the Lions season came to an end at the hands of cross town rival Free State High in the Sub-State Tournament. This year, expectations are higher for the 7 seniors, 2 juniors, and 2 sophomores that make up the 2008 version of Lawrence High volleyball.
Fields to miss Louisiana Tech game
Kansas receiver Dexton Fields will miss Saturday’s game due to injury
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior receiver Dexton Fields will miss Saturday’s game against visiting Louisiana Tech due to injury, coach Mark Mangino said Wednesday evening.
Mistrial declared in kidnapping case
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the case of a man charged with the November 2007 kidnapping of his girlfriend at a south Lawrence apartment complex.
Police Web site provides safety tips for students
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B4
Lawrence police are reaching out to local college students to help keep them out of danger and out of legal trouble while they’re in town.
KU unplugs steam whistle to cut costs
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Don Steeples embraces tradition, understands the importance of getting to class on time, and respects the public’s communal reliance on familiar on-campus rituals.He also knows that tooting KU’s familiar steam whistle costs about $3,000 a year.So he’s pulled the plug.
Anti-abortion groups parade graphic images in ‘free speech zone’ at KU
September 3, 2008
Tammy Cook wants students to know what effect abortion has on society.And Cook, director of field operations for the Wichita-based anti-abortion group Justice for All, has visual aids.
Report: Chalmers, Arthur caught with marijuana at NBA camp
02:21 p.m., September 3, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The NBA careers of former Kansas University basketball standouts Darrell Arthur and Mario Chalmers are off to stormy starts, to say the least. Memphis Grizzlies power forward Arthur and Miami Heat point guard Chalmers were dismissed from the NBA’s rookie transition program Wednesday for violating unidentified league rules.
1 charge dismissed in solicitation case
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
A judge Tuesday dismissed one charge against a man accused of exposing himself to three junior high girls and trying to lure another one into his car last December.
First responder testifies in hit-and-run trial
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
A construction worker struck by a pickup truck speeding through a work zone described the scene on U.S. Highway 59 nearly a year ago. “I saw shovels and hard hats flying in the air,” Curtis Delzell testified. “I tried to process what I was seeing.”
Kansas National Guard heads for Louisiana to provide Hurricane Gustav relief
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two buses loaded with members of the Kansas National Guard pulled out of Lawrence well before dawn on Wednesday, headed for Louisiana.
Pump patrol
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.50 at several stations.
Oil prices plunge as storm dissipates
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C10
Oil prices plunged to the lowest level in five months Tuesday, falling to within sight of $100 a barrel on signs that Hurricane Gustav only grazed U.S. energy infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.
GOP hails McCain, assails Obama
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Republicans assailed Barack Obama as the most liberal, least experienced White House nominee in history Tuesday night and enthusiastically extolled their own man, John McCain, as “ready to lead this nation.” Delegates at the GOP National Convention rallied behind running mate Sarah Palin in the face of fresh controversy.
More Kemper fellowships awarded
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Another Kansas University professor received a William T. Kemper fellowship Tuesday. Raj Bhala, a distinguished professor of law, received the 16th Kemper fellowship of the year.
Palin is pleasant surprise
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
I have never met a weak woman, or a male victim, in Alaska. You’ve got to be tough to survive in a state that is further away from Washington than any other, except Hawaii. In terms of the contrasts between how most Alaskans think and what passes for reasoning by career politicians in Washington, Alaska might as well be a colony on the moon.
Forward leaves Mizzou
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Newark high school basketball standout Keon Lawrence has transferred from Missouri to play at Seton Hall.
Horoscopes
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
Often this year, you might wonder whether you are coming or going. Just when you resolve an issue, you discover that there is another direction or situation. You have the wherewithal to handle issues by honoring your priorities. If you are single, you want to really get to know someone before you decide he or she is “it.”
Are blood-measuring devices the same?
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
When it comes to self-monitoring kits for hypertension and diabetes, Consumer Reports found big differences in accuracy and consistency. In a recent report, CR suggests that relying on the readings of an inaccurate model could lead to inadequate care.
Meals together good for family
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Q: With the startup of school and school-related activities, our family is already struggling once again to eat meals together. How important is it?
Genes may be to blame for infidelity
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Men are more likely to be devoted and loyal husbands when they lack a particular variant of a gene that influences brain activity, researchers announced Monday - the first time that science has shown a direct link between a man’s genes and his aptitude for monogamy.
American League Roundup: Butler leads Royals to win
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs to lead Kansas City in a game between teams that combined for 40 losses in August.
Eudora complaint
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
To the editor: I live in Eudora but I only live in Eudora; I do everything else in Johnson County or Lawrence. When I tell people the same thing I just wrote in the first sentence, they always give me grief asking me why I would take money out of the city I live in and give it to another city.
USC new No. 1
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
By staying away from the cupcakes, Southern California earned itself a slim new ranking. No. 1 always seems to fit USC.
National League Roundup: Manny, Dodgers down Padres, 8-4
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Manny Ramirez homered and drove in three runs.
Buy $169K dollhouse, get real home ‘free’
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A8
Like many homeowners around the country, Gerry and Cindy Mann have struggled to sell their house in the past year.
Faulty judgment
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
To the editor: Any parent, male or female, with a special-needs newborn, a pregnant teenage daughter and three other children faces enormous personal responsibilities. I’m dumbfounded that Gov. Palin would agree to take on the grueling schedule of a high-profile political role at such a delicate time in the life of her family.
Study: Smoking riskier to women’s hearts than to men’s
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Women typically get heart disease much later than men, but not if they smoke, researchers said Tuesday.
Information on grants available today
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Community Foundation will conduct an information session today for anyone interested in applying for funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund. The session will begin at 4 p.m. in the gallery room at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Jacksonville lineman shot
Jaguars’ offensive tackle Collier sustains life-threatening injuries
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot and critically wounded outside an apartment building early Tuesday as he and a former teammate waited for two women they had met at a nightclub, police said.
City to help fund party downtown
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners are in the mood for a downtown party, even if it requires closing down parts of New Hampshire Street and making a substantial donation to the party fund. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to provide $20,000 in funding to help pay for Get Downtown, an event that will attract about a dozen bands to downtown Oct. 3-4.
Suspect surrenders after shooting spree
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A shooting rampage Tuesday afternoon in northwest Washington has left six people dead, including a sheriff’s deputy, the State Patrol said. A suspect in the shootings has surrendered.
Ron Paul supporters rally
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Ron Paul has no plan to set foot in the Republican National Convention in nearby St. Paul. If he tried, he said, party officials told him that he would have to be chaperoned. So the presidential candidate and 10-term congressman from Texas held his own party, a nine-hour “Rally for the Republic” that amounted to a one-day counter-convention Tuesday.
Tips for late-summer gardening
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
Late-summer gardening tips from Ann McCulloh, curator of plant collections at the Cleveland Botanical Garden:
LHS soccer blanks J.C., moves to 2-0
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team improved its record to 2-0 Tuesday night, with a 4-0 road victory over Junction City.
Judging judges
Kansans now have sound information on which to base their judge retention votes.
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance is providing a great service for Kansas voters. In judicial districts, like Douglas County, whose judges are nominated by a local commission and appointed by the governor, voters’ only direct oversight is to decide whether those judges should be retained in office every four years.
Athletic plans
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
To the editor: A few years back, when the school board voted to close the very effective and successful Centennial School, those of us in the neighborhood knew there were designs on the nice expanse of open green grassy space associated with the school.
Bush truth
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
To the editor: It is a matter of record that the Bush Justice Department has prosecuted many, many more Democrats than Republicans over the last eight years. There are also serious questions about U.S. district attorneys being fired when they refused to investigate and prosecute based on a person’s political party affiliation.
Customer service director joins staff
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Printing and publishing services provider Allen Press Inc., 810 E. 10th St., recently announced the addition of Dee Ann Berry to the company as director of customer service.
Big daddy
DT juggles football, dad duties
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
If there was an eye-popping moment from the Kansas University football team’s meeting with the media Tuesday, it occurred when defensive tackle Jamal Greene, a 6-foot-4, 301-pound mountain, sat in a chair in the back of Mrkonic Auditorium and started talking about “onesies.” This, for the record, is not everyday lingo among members of the 14th-ranked Jayhawks. During interviews, players do not, generally speaking, spend significant amounts of time discussing baby attire. Greene does.
Chamber of Commerce begins candidate interviews
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
The first of three finalists to fill the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s top position, George M. Guastello, is a lifetime Kansas City-area resident.
Commodities
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Agriculture futures traded lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 34.5 cents to $7.6675; December corn fell 15.75 cents to $5.6925; December oats dropped 2.25 cents to $3.60; November soybeans lost 25.5 cents to $12.985.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 3, 1908: “The people of Lawrence will have to wait another week before learning the fate of those seeking franchises for electric street car operations here. Current city council attention is focused on paving jobs that need to be done before winter.
On the record
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old transient man, who was arrested on allegations of inappropriately touching a woman and later pulling a knife on her friend, was charged with battery Tuesday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.
Still high, suicide rate drops for US youths
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Suicides among U.S. teens and adolescents dropped in 2005 after a sharp rise the previous year, but the number still remained high compared with historical trends, researchers said Monday.
Chiefs rookie Albert likely to start against Pats
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Even though he missed almost all of training camp, rookie Branden Albert may start at left tackle Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs open their season as 161â2-point underdogs at New England.
Grudzielanek done
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
The season is over for Kansas City second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, who was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster.
Frightening pick
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
To the editor: Wow. Sarah Palin as potential commander-in-chief, with her finger poised above the button of an all-out nuclear holocaust and the end of civilization as we know it lying in the balance? The ultra-right fringe of the Republican Party must have lost their collective minds.
Program discusses drunken driving
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Student Union Activities will cosponsor an event educating students on the dangers of drunken driving at 6:30 p.m. today at the Lied Center.
Commentary: Williams sisters grand dames of sport
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
On the surface, they would seem to be the yin-yang couple of women’s tennis. Billie Jean King is short and feisty and crackles with an irrepressible energy. When 6-1 Venus Williams is really, really upset, she’s liable to frown slightly on the court. But that’s it.
National campaign will put Palin to test
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
Tom Donilon, the Washington lawyer who did the delegate-counting for Jimmy Carter in 1980, has a bit of practical wisdom that he has offered over the years to many other Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Dog paddle is the stroke that signals pool’s close
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A3
If it weren’t for all the dogs paddling in the pool, Tuesday could have been mistaken for any other day at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center. Instead of the shouts of children, yips and barks filled the air. And towels, of course, were not the preferred way of drying off. It was a day for the dogs at the pool, 727 Ky., where hundreds of dog owners brought their pets to the sixth annual Pooch Plunge.
Palin offers ‘Troopergate’ details
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has asked the state’s personnel board to review allegations that she improperly ordered the firing of the former public safety commissioner.
Ogden hires ad sales manager
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B6
Ogden Publications Inc. has recently hired Steve Sabran, Lawrence, as its advertising sales manager for two of its key rural-lifestyle titles, Mother Earth News and Grit.
Keegan: Bowlers back in house
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Generally, you find what you’re looking for in life. Wayne Martin, who runs Royal Crest Lanes and the adjacent bar and restaurant with Larry Burton, Lawrence’s best lefty bowler, could find the sunny side of life if he lived in a cave with no exit. When the city enacted a smoking ban, Martin could have turned the Mojave Desert into an ocean of tears. He didn’t.
Campaign funding becomes issue
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Democratic Party on Tuesday said Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Lynn Jenkins’ “outsider” image has been undermined by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which will spend $580,000 in television ads to help her try to defeat U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, the Democratic incumbent.
Self: Canada good for KU
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self returned to work Tuesday with pleasant thoughts of his team’s Labor Day-weekend trip to Canada. “As long as NCAA legislation stays the same, absolutely we’ll do it again. I don’t know if it’d be Ottawa (again), but it’s certainly something that’s been good for us. It’s so easy,” Self said of making the short trip north of the border.
People in the news
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
¢ Don LaFontaine, voice of movie trailers, dies¢ Singer-actor Jerry Reed dies at 71¢ Great White offers $1M to settle fatal fire suits¢ Rock Hall will honor innovator Les Paul¢ Lohan gets political on MySpace blog
Bush, GOP stand by McCain at convention
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A1
Republicans began laying out a vigorous argument Tuesday for electing John McCain to the presidency, using the second day of their national convention here to portray the senator from Arizona as an independent-minded leader who would represent a clean break from the eight-year Bush administration.
Southeast US coast eyes Hanna
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C10
Nervous residents rushed to buy plywood and generators while emergency officials in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas weighed possible evacuations Tuesday as Tropical Storm Hanna was expected to shift toward a tough-to-predict landfall along the southern Atlantic coast by the end of the week.
Sons of Anarchy’ may try too hard
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B7
It’s hard to make the next “Sopranos” without trying too hard, and the new series “Sons of Anarchy” (9 p.m., FX) tries very hard all the time.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
The fall enrollment total in the Eudora school system was 735 while at Baldwin the figure was 486 from kindergarten through the eighth grade and 245 in high school.
Officials say US-led forces kill at least 15
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
Intelligence officials and a witness say at least 15 people died in an attack involving U.S.-led forces in northwest Pakistan.
Abortion not the only issue
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A7
Sen. John McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate is an interesting, if controversial, move. I do not believe, as some have suggested, that this will win over very many Democratic women who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton. Palin and Clinton share few, if any, political beliefs, and it is hard for me to imagine Clinton supporters feeling comfortable with Palin’s views on abortion, the environment, or intelligent design.
Phelps to start foundation
September 3, 2008 in print edition on B2
Michael Phelps will put his $1 million bonus to good use, announcing plans to start a foundation promoting water safety and youth swimming.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A6
Lawrence Opera House owner Skip Moon said he had secured a loan commitment from University State Bank to pay off an existing mortgage on which Lawrence National Bank was planning to foreclose.
Kitchen politics: Over the years, cookbooks reflect nation’s mood
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C1
“Not only do I eat, I also am a Democrat,” wrote Frank Sinatra in an intro to 1960’s “Many Happy Returns: The Democrats’ Cook Book, or How to Cook a G.O.P. Goose” (the sales of which helped buy TV air time for candidates). “Not only should every Democrat own a copy of this book, but he should load up all his or her friends and even smuggle some copies into Pasadena and other points where the enemy is strong and square.”
Tanker crashes after engine catches fire
September 3, 2008 in print edition on A2
A jet engine fire engulfed the wing of an air tanker moments after takeoff, sending the plane rolling into the ground and killing all three members of the aerial firefighting crew, a federal investigator said Tuesday.
Evacuees say authorities ‘jumped the gun’ for Gustav
September 3, 2008 in print edition on C10
Millions fled the Gulf Coast in fear of Hurricane Gustav, billed as the apocalyptic “mother of all storms.” It didn’t deliver. Now, with three other storms lining up in the Atlantic, some fear people might not listen next time.