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Archive for Monday, September 8, 2008

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Polls
Which KU running back will have the most rushing yards this season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Angus Quigley
 
49%
Jocques Crawford
 
35%
Jake Sharp
 
15%
Total 665
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Madison Kuhle, 5, Lawrence, poses as a butterfly for her father at the Monarch Watch open house Saturday at Foley Hall on Kansas University's campus. Monarch butterfly fans spread their wings at open house
September 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Foley Hall on Saturday was caterpillar city. “The kids can ooh and ahh,” said Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch. “We’ve got caterpillars of a lot of different kinds.” Caterpillars, monarch butterflies and blooming flowers were among the sights at the annual fall open house for Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program at Kansas University.
6:00 a.m.
Digital identity: Lawrence as seen through the electronic eyes of MySpace.com
September 8, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The Third Planet, a downtown shop that sells Pink Floyd lunch boxes and various forms of hemp, is the most prominent retailer in Lawrence. Ghosty - a group of six Lawrence-based indie rockers - are the largest celebrities in the city. Massachusetts Street is no longer historic or quaint but rather is a “wonderful Bohemia.”
10:00 a.m.
Pigeons are causing problems in Kansas University parking garages. KU officials are seeking advice from exterminators on nonlethal deterrents to roosting. Bird droppings foul KU garage parking spots
September 8, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Leave it to a bird expert to confirm for us what we already know: There’s no shielding our vehicles from the droppings of our feathered friends overhead. “I park my car under a tree behind my house, and it gets covered with poop,” said A. Townsend Peterson, an ornithologist, professor in Kansas University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and curator at KU’s Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. “I don’t really see much that anyone can do, other than to park in the open.”
2:00 p.m.
Susan Shaw, bottom left, and her daughter, Caitlyn Shaw, 6, of Lawrence, use computers to look up items at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Susan Shaw said she has seen an increase in traffic at the library in the 15 years she's been a member. Librarians throughout the area have also noted rising numbers of patrons at their facilities. More people checking out libraries
September 8, 2008 in print edition on 3A
The public library - it’s close to home, it’s full of entertaining and useful resources, and it’s free, which has made it a staple in many communities. And it’s those qualities that librarians think contribute to their growing popularity in an ailing economy. While the summer months are always the busiest, area libraries have reported a significant increase in activity this year.
6:00 p.m.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain addresses an overflow crowd of supporters outside a campaign rally in Lee's Summit, Mo., Monday. Overflow crowd turns out to hear McCain in suburban KC
3:00 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 5:55 p.m.
John McCain and Sarah Palin found out on Monday they have several thousand votes waiting for them in the Kansas City area.
10:00 p.m.
District making progress when it comes to No Child Left Behind Act
9:00 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 1:37 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Lawrence public schools are making progress when it comes to leaving no children behind, but work still needs to be done.

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KidCast: Sydney Haralson
September 8, 2008
The record high for September 8 is 105 in 1925. The record low is 44 in 1986.
District making progress when it comes to No Child Left Behind Act
09:00 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 01:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence public schools are making progress when it comes to leaving no children behind, but work still needs to be done.
Jury to continue deliberations in U.S. Highway 59 fatalities
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Jurors will return to Douglas County District Court this morning to deliberate the fate of a Washington state woman accused of killing two highway workers in 2007 in a hit-and-run.
New signal order at busy intersection has drivers turned around
September 8, 2008
After turning left onto Clinton Parkway from Iowa Street five days a week on her way home from work, Sarah Warbritton thought she had it all figured out.
City Commissioners to consider plan for future industrial parks
September 8, 2008
Right now this intersection of Kansas Highway 33 and U.S. Highway 56 in southeast Douglas County looks like many other rural corners - a couple of houses and a couple of pastures. But in the future it could be the home to a new industrial park designed to take advantage of the planned transportation hub being built by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in nearby Gardner.
As fuel prices rise, mini-trucks prove popular
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
John Grau used to drive a big, gas-guzzling pickup truck while checking cattle and fences on his rural Jackson County farm. Not anymore. Last spring he bought a Japanese-made mini-truck for that purpose.
Trial begins in indecent solicitation case
September 8, 2008
A Douglas County jury began hearing evidence Monday in the case of a man accused of trying to lure a West Junior High School student into his car last December.
KU aide accused of making illicit drug has first court appearance
September 8, 2008
A Kansas University research aide, who is charged with trying to make a drug similar to ecstasy in a campus laboratory, made his first appearance Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court.
Overflow crowd turns out to hear McCain in suburban KC
GOP nominee, running mate attack Obama on earmarks
03:00 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 05:55 p.m.
John McCain and Sarah Palin found out on Monday they have several thousand votes waiting for them in the Kansas City area.
Jury heads home in hit-and-run case
02:18 p.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 05:27 p.m.
Jurors in a hit-and-run trial involving the deaths of two highway workers in Douglas County will have to decide whether the defendant showed an extreme indifference to the value of human life by her actions that day on Sept. 11, 2001.
KU’s game with Sam Houston State to be televised
September 8, 2008
Sam Houston State game to be televised: Kansas’ Sept. 20 game against visiting Sam Houston State will be broadcast by Fox College Sports (FCS), KU announced Monday.
Defense rests in trial of woman accused of killing U.S. 59 workers
September 8, 2008
The defense rested at 10 a.m. Monday in the murder trial of a Washington state woman accused of striking and killing two highway workers one year ago in Douglas County.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Douglas County canceled
04:43 a.m., September 8, 2008 Updated 05:03 a.m.
The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Douglas County has been canceled.
Spears sweeps MTV awards
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
It took a year, but Britney Spears got the comeback she was seeking from the MTV Video Music Awards - and she didn’t even have to sing or dance.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Mike Elwell, Douglas County associate district judge, denied a request to change the location of a 17-year-old Lawrence man’s first-degree murder trial. James Chadwick Fourhorn was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the death of elderly Harry Puckett here.
Killer Ike hits Cuba after lashing Bahamas and Haiti
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Ike roared onto Cuba Sunday after destroying houses and crops on low-lying islands and worsening floods in Haiti that have already killed more than 300 people.
Prime minister calls early election
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Canada’s prime minister on Sunday triggered an early election, dissolving Parliament in a bid to bolster his party’s grip on power in a vote next month that will be the country’s third national ballot in four years.
Bangkok Dangerous’ reaches No. 1
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Nicolas Cage action-thriller “Bangkok Dangerous” needed just $7.8 million to take the top spot at the box office in what was the slowest movie weekend in at least five years, according to estimates released Sunday.
Olathe, Topeka listings differ from Lawrence’s
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
In case you’re wondering, Lawrence’s MySpace presence does look different than many other communities’.
Rock slide death toll increases to 32
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hopes diminished Sunday for finding survivors among hundreds of people believed trapped beneath massive boulders that destroyed an impoverished neighborhood on Cairo’s outskirts, killing at least 32 people, including whole extended families.
On the record
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
A female was transported with minor injuries to Lawrence Memorial Hospital shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday after being struck by a car near the intersection of Ninth and Arkansas streets, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mark Warren said the pedestrian ran out in front of the vehicle when the accident occurred.
American League Roundup: Dialed-in Lee baffles Royals
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
Cliff Lee won his 10th straight decision, the longest winning streak in the majors this season, and Cleveland beat Kansas City, 3-1, on Sunday.
Hall of Famer Haskins dies
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
The glow from Don Haskins’ greatest triumph was mostly a memory when Disney decided to take another look.
Duct-tape-designed dress earns top prize at state fair
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
You really can do anything with duct tape. Duct tape is a product with which men repair their world - one of the 20th century’s most useful innovations that provide easy remedy for whatever goes wacky.
Johnson coasts into victory lane
Two-time defending champion sets sights on Chase
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jimmie Johnson has momentum on his side and history in sight.
Keegan: Don’t freak out yet
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two games into the season, the Kansas University football defense has allowed three points, the receiving unit looks as if it could become known as the best in school history, the punt-return team has transformed from a horror show into a highlight show, and the Jayhawks are ranked 13th in the nation by the Associated Press. Sometimes it pays to pause and soak in all that before returning to freaking out about the state of the running game.
Nectarine and Raspberry Macedonia recipe
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Be sure the fruit you use is ripe; feel free to add other berries or stone fruits, grapes or melon to this version.
Education system fuels Finland’s boom
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Like many other foreign journalists, I made the obligatory pilgrimage to Finland to learn how this country has climbed to the top spots in key international rankings measuring economic, political and social success. The answer, I was told, is amazingly simple.
Parliament to resume with full plate
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Iraqi lawmakers end their summer break this week facing urgent tasks of approving a new election law and signing off on a still-unfinished security pact with the U.S. - key steps in laying the foundation for a lasting peace.
Quigley ‘in mix’ earlier
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Kansas University third-string running back Angus Quigley rushed for 47 yards on six carries in the team’s season opener, it didn’t seem to raise many eyebrows. Just a minor note in a 30-point Jayhawks blowout, fans figured. Just a backup making the most of his garbage-time carries. But while the first game easily could have been written off as a fluke, Quigley’s effort Saturday - a 15-carry, 84-yard outing in which he finished with a 5.6 yards-per-carry average -was a bit harder to ignore.
Top fashion labels mark milestones
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
Forty years is a long time in the famously fickle fashion business, and Calvin Klein has remained a top-tier label through it all. The company seems deserving of the big birthday party it’s throwing itself during New York Fashion Week, filling Manhattan’s new High Line park Sunday night with celebrities and other style stars.
Owner: Ride’s over at Coney Island park
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
When reports circulated over the weekend of a last-minute deal to keep Coney Island’s historic Astroland amusement park open for another year, owner Carol Hill Albert was not amused.
KU soccer clips SMU
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Kortney Clifton scored her third goal of the weekend, and junior goalkeeper Julie Hanley posted her second shutout of the season as 20th-ranked Kansas held off SMU, 1-0, in a nonconference soccer match Sunday at Westcott Field.
National League Roundup: L.A. reclaims control of NL West
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B5
James Loney had three RBIs, and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks that gave Los Angeles a 11รข2-game lead on Arizona in the NL West.
Recession could delay rescinding the Bush tax cuts, Obama says
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Democrat Barack Obama says he would delay rescinding President Bush’s tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.
McCain takes on GOP and Bush along with Obama
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
Barack Obama isn’t John McCain’s only opponent. Sometimes McCain sounds like he’s running almost as hard against President Bush and the Republican Party as he is against Obama, his Democratic rival for the White House.
Jersey prep Cheek plans to visit Kansas
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Dominic Cheek, a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J., has decided to make official basketball recruiting visits to Kansas University, Villanova and Wake Forest, according to ZagsBlog.net.
Fish flies out of lake, breaks teen’s jaw
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
It’s a fishing tale that packs a wallop so strong it broke the jaw of a southeastern Arkansas teen and covered him in fish blood and guts.
PM faces court battle over cooking show
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Thailand’s embattled prime minister appeared in court today to defend himself against accusations he violated the constitution by hosting a televised cooking show while in office.
More people checking out libraries
Free use of books, DVDs, computers may account for growing popularity
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The public library - it’s close to home, it’s full of entertaining and useful resources, and it’s free, which has made it a staple in many communities. And it’s those qualities that librarians think contribute to their growing popularity in an ailing economy. While the summer months are always the busiest, area libraries have reported a significant increase in activity this year.
Our turn
Thanks to Oprah Winfrey, Chicago has a leg up in the contest to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
If anybody knows the benefits of promotion and how to stage effective come-ons, it’s Oprah Winfrey, the rich, famous and versatile entertainment personality. One of her latest highly commendable efforts was to tape the season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at a downtown Chicago park.
Safer driving possible without $4 gasoline
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
Big Oil has taken its lumps in the arena of public opinion this year, thanks to humongous company profits and record-high gas prices. If petroleum giants such as Exxon Mobil, Shell and BP desire an image makeover, perhaps they could launch a nationwide PR campaign with this theme: “High Gas Prices Save Lives!”
Digital identity: Lawrence as seen through the electronic eyes of MySpace.com
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Third Planet, a downtown shop that sells Pink Floyd lunch boxes and various forms of hemp, is the most prominent retailer in Lawrence. Ghosty - a group of six Lawrence-based indie rockers - are the largest celebrities in the city. Massachusetts Street is no longer historic or quaint but rather is a “wonderful Bohemia.”
Big 12 perfect 12-for-12, but so what?
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
So the Big 12 went 12-for-12 this past weekend, a first in the league’s 13 seasons. Sounds great. But what does it really mean?
Horoscopes
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
You might want to revisit some of your ideas this year. You are changing, and your perspective changes as quickly. A variation or transformation on the home front will be inevitable. If single, give up the thought of being single for too long, as many people would like to be your significant other.
Bird droppings foul KU garage parking spots
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Leave it to a bird expert to confirm for us what we already know: There’s no shielding our vehicles from the droppings of our feathered friends overhead. “I park my car under a tree behind my house, and it gets covered with poop,” said A. Townsend Peterson, an ornithologist, professor in Kansas University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and curator at KU’s Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. “I don’t really see much that anyone can do, other than to park in the open.”
Atom smasher ready for work
Collider to explore tiniest particles
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C8
It has been called an Alice in Wonderland investigation into the makeup of the universe - or dangerous tampering with nature that could spell doomsday. Whatever the case, the most powerful atom-smasher ever built comes on line Wednesday, eagerly anticipated by scientists worldwide who have awaited this moment for two decades.
Youth volunteers needed for garage sale
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Youth Volunteer Council needs volunteers ages 11 to 18 to assist with the Meals on Wheels Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at AAPS Storage, 2400 Franklin Road.
KU must keep grip on faculty despite state budget squeeze
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has more than possible layoffs to worry about. It needs to keep an eye on its current employees as well. University officials worry that unpredictable annual budgets may make it harder to keep their best professors from being snatched up by other universities. “When you’re subject to attempts of staff poaching, it’s a sign your faculty are doing something right,” Provost Richard Lariviere said.
Analysis: In mortgage crisis, Treasury secretary sweeps in with full force
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Hank swept through nation’s capital Sunday with gale force regulatory winds and a tidal surge of federal cash, upending two of Washington’s biggest enterprises and permanently changing the landscape of housing finance in America.
McCain, Palin in KC area today
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will attend a rally this morning at a retirement complex in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Pats win, lose
Brady hurt in victory over K.C.
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Tom Brady screamed. The fans went quiet. The seemingly indestructible star of the New England Patriots lay on the ground, clutching his left knee. The NFL’s reigning MVP and three-time Super Bowl champion was done for the day - at least.
Favre’s form fine in victory
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Six months after Brett Favre decided to call it a career in Green Bay before changing his mind, he made a successful debut with his new team. Broadway Brett threw for two scores.
Commentary: Positives on Notre Dame? Nothing
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Notre Dame looks like Notre Dame again. This is not the good news for you Fighting Irish football fans. This is the bad.
Esprit de corps’: West band director’s lessons resonate with students
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
“Junior high school was an awful experience for me,” says Lauren Gaugert, 27, band director at West Junior High School. “I felt awkward and self-conscious, didn’t know who I was and didn’t like myself. My classmates called me ‘Bob’ because I bobbed around when I played the flute.” Teachers and band directors took time to encourage and help her see and accept the importance and value of her musical gifts.
City Commission agenda: New pedestrian island considered
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Commissioners heard the request in June, but asked the Traffic Safety Commission to consider whether the new pedestrian refuge islands would be compatible with bicycle riders. The city’s Bicycle Advisory Board unanimously agreed to support the project, and the city’s Traffic Safety Commission also is recommending approval.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 8, 1908: “A disastrous fire at Baldwin yesterday destroyed the post office building, including the Baldwin Ledger office, Carter’s photography and Dr. Listen’s office, with damage running well over $20,000. The fire got too much a head start to be contained early.
Havana prepares for blow from Ike
Cuban capital could take direct hit; Haiti reeling from new rainfall
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans on Sunday evacuated to shelters or higher ground as Hurricane Ike barreled their way. The Category 3 storm hit eastern Cuba late Sunday, and was forecast to sweep across the country and possibly hit the capital, Havana, head-on by tonight.
Wonder Pets!’ boosts kids’ musical horizons
September 8, 2008 in print edition on B7
India’s fabled Bollywood musicals have become ever more popular, influencing films as diverse as the 2004 art-house romance “Bride and Prejudice” to the recent Disney Channel “Cheetah Girls” movie.
Add liver disease to complications of obesity in adolescents
September 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants.
Doggie diets: Nutrition and feeding tips
September 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
With so many dog foods on the market, it’s tough to know what’s right for your pooch. You can ask a breeder or veterinarian for advice, but it’s up to you to see how the food affects your dog. If his energy level is right for his breed and age, if his appetite is good, if his skin and coat are healthy and shiny, if his stools are firm, and if he seems to be in overall good health, then the food is doing its job. The American Kennel Club offers the following nutritional tips to keep your dog happy and healthy.