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Presidential debate: September 26, 2008 Free State football vs. Olathe South LHS football vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest Photographer Jim Richardson on assignment
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Polls
Austria is giving 16-year-olds the power to vote in elections. Is 16 too young to vote?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
71%
No.
 
25%
Not sure.
 
3%
Total 1260
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Bill Elkins, a member of the Jayhawk Model Masters, prepares on Wednesday to fly his  20-to-1 model of a WW1 Curtiss Jenny, model plane that took 20 hrs to put together. The plane is powered by a 62-cc motor and weighs 25 pounds, with a wing span of 105 inches on top. Air show to feature large model airplanes
September 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
A mini-air armada is set to take over the skies above Clinton Lake this weekend, so don’t be surprised if you see biplanes criss-crossing fighter jets.
6:00 a.m.
At 30,102 students, KU enrollment touted as record-breaking
12:18 p.m., September 25, 2008 Updated 6:05 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Board of Regents announced Thursday that Kansas University’s total enrollment for fall 2008 topped 30,000 students.
2:00 p.m.
Carol Bradbury, left, and So Yeon Park co-direct the PEARL Project, which looks to bridge a gap between the public and criminals during a night of poetry reading.  Current and former inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility in Topeka will perform monologues live at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Female parolees to take stage tonight
4:41 p.m., September 25, 2008 Updated 2:06 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Female felons will take center stage tonight during a live performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. The women, who have been released from prison on parole, will perform monologues as a part of the PEARL project - Performing to Empower Awareness and Reinvent Lives.
10:00 p.m.
KU graduate student Brandon Gwilliam holds his daughter McKensie at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Light the Night readies to float cancer awareness downtown
September 26, 2008 in print edition on 5A
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hoping for a bright evening Saturday in downtown Lawrence. Its fifth annual Light the Night fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. in South Park with a carnival-like atmosphere. There will be children’s games, food and entertainment.

All stories

Veterans want immediate troop withdrawal
September 26, 2008
They’ve been on the battle lines in Iraq - now, they’re drawing the line against the war.
Jayhawks use bye week to improve
September 26, 2008
No game for Mark Mangino and the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Instead, the Hawks will take a rest and watch the rest of the country. Kansas is 3-1 heading into its bye week.
Bus drivers agree on union deal
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Union organizers had urged the drivers and monitors to unionize in response to what they say were low wages and poor benefits.
Friday, September 26 weather at 10 p.m.
September 26, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, September 27 calls for a high of 86 with a low around 57.
McCain, Obama argue over war, taxes in first debate
Candidates carefully avoid missteps in first meeting
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
John McCain accused Barack Obama of compiling “the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate” Friday night in an intense first debate of their close campaign for the White House. The Democrat shot back, “Mostly that’s just me opposing George Bush’s wrong-headed policies.”
Area Football Roundup: Baldwin blanks De Soto
Beecher’s two TD’s lift Bulldogs
08:49 p.m., September 26, 2008 Updated 11:35 p.m. in print edition on C5
Offensive highlights were few and far between Friday night during the Frontier League high school football matchup between Baldwin and De Soto. However, Baldwin’s Sam Beecher once again led the Bulldogs (3-1) to victory with a pair of touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the Wildcats (0-4).
Shutout status
FSHS defense clamps down in 18-0 blanking of O-South
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High fell, 41-18, on Friday night to Shawnee Mission Northwest at SM North District Stadium. In the second half LHS scored on a pair of 9-yard passes from Clint Pinnick to Clifton Sims and Murphy Ray.
Missing Franklin County kids recovered in Osage City
06:13 p.m., September 26, 2008 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Two children who law enforcement suspected were abducted from Ottawa by their non-custodial mother have been recovered tonight in Osage City.
LHS sophomore sent home for wearing ‘hazing’ outfit
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence High School girl on Friday found herself caught between prankster-playing seniors and school administrators.
Congressional session postpones Boyda-Jenkins debate
Boyda-Jenkins debate postponed
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Because Congress is still in session, an AARP-sponsored debate in Pittsburg, Kan., originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed between Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, a Democrat, and challenger Lynn Jenkins, the Republican state treasurer.
Behind the lens with National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson
03:23 p.m., September 26, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on D2
For this week’s Behind the Lens story, we talk with Jim Richardson, a photographer for National Geographic magazine who lives in Lindsborg. His most recent story about the soil beneath our feet titled “Our Good Earth” appears on the cover of National Geographic.
Federal prosecutors ask to revoke bond for Yellow House defendant
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B3
Federal prosecutors have again asked a judge to revoke the bond of a Lawrence man accused in an Internet stolen goods case because of a blog post that criticizes prosecutors in the case.
Lawrence banks in better position to weather financial storm thanks to economy
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
Lawrence area bank leaders say the Kansas economy has helped their institutions avoid the major financial struggles that other parts of the nation are having.
Public comment session to focus on East 31st Street improvements
September 26, 2008
The city will take input during a public meeting Monday about planning improvements to 31st Street from Haskell Avenue in southeastern Lawrence to Route 1057 or East 1900 Road in the county.
County to consider new subdivision regulations
September 26, 2008
Douglas County Commissioners on Monday will consider finalizing changes to subdivision regulations concerning environmentally protected areas.
Baldwin City man accused of shooting neighbor to have preliminary hearing
September 26, 2008
A 35-year-old Baldwin City man accused of shooting his neighbor in the head is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court at 9 a.m. Monday, court records indicate.
Debate on as scheduled; McCain will participate
Most Americans wanted debate to go on as scheduled; local groups plan debate watch parties
10:40 a.m., September 26, 2008 Updated 11:43 a.m.
Republican John McCain says he’s going to be at the first presidential debate, even though Congress doesn’t have a bailout deal.
Baldwin City man denies taking indecent liberties with minor
September 26, 2008
A 42-year-old Baldwin City man who faces two charges of aggravated indecent liberties maintained his innocence during an arraignment hearing in Douglas County District Court Wednesday afternoon, court records indicate.
Guard to display vehicles, equipment
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas National Guard will display some of its vehicles and equipment near the Kansas Speedway during this weekend’s racing activities in Wyandotte County.
Rec calendar
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
A list of recreational sporting events in and around Lawrence.
9 siblings lawfully abandoned in Nebraska
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Nine siblings are among 11 children as old as 17 who were left at Omaha hospitals Wednesday under Nebraska’s unique and new safe haven law, which allows caregivers to abandon babies and teenagers alike at hospitals without fear of prosecution.
Error-prone police crime lab shut down
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Detroit police crime lab was shut down by the city’s new mayor and police chief after an outside audit found errors in some evidence used to prosecute cases involving murder and other crimes, officials said Thursday.
Democrats share blame
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
It isn’t often that public outrage peaks so close to an election, but this is a rare moment in history when “we the people” can exact a price from the political leadership that has duped, scammed and lied to them, contributing mightily to the current financial mess.
People in the news
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Letterman keeps up assault on McCain¢ McGangsta: McMahon to rap in online videos¢ David Blaine unhappy with latest stunt¢ Shakira expanding children’s foundation¢ Tejano singer injured in another crash
Huard: Skid ‘taking a toll’
Chiefs QB bemoans 12-game losing streak
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas City’s 12-game losing streak “is taking a toll on everybody,” says the weary-looking quarterback who’ll try to end the streak this week.
Wife blamed in Stevens corruption case
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
Sen. Ted Stevens was clueless about the cost and scope of a pricey makeover of his Alaska cabin that led to federal corruption charges and threatened his lengthy career, his lawyer said Thursday at the opening of his trial.
Changing tune
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Well, the Republicans have done it again, spoken with a forked tongue. Just recently President Bush told us the fundamentals of our economy were sound. McCain reiterated this message, and then just last week we were told that the government would have to bail out Wall Street to prevent a total collapse of our economy.
How to deal with bad behavior
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
In his book “The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude” (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), P.M. Forni presents social quandaries and proposes civil solutions to them. He closes his book with a tipsheet on dealing with rudeness, composed by psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli. If someone’s being uncivil to you, consider these points, adapted from the tipsheet, before you react.
JPMorgan Chase buys WaMu assets
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Inc. came to the rescue of Washington Mutual Inc. Thursday, buying the thrift’s banking assets after WaMu was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the largest failure ever of a U.S. bank. This is the second time in six months that JPMorgan Chase has taken over a major financial institution crippled by bad bets in the mortgage market.
Light the Night readies to float cancer awareness downtown
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hoping for a bright evening Saturday in downtown Lawrence. Its fifth annual Light the Night fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. in South Park with a carnival-like atmosphere. There will be children’s games, food and entertainment.
Tour for Tots set
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The third annual Bikers’ Tour for Tots will parade through Lawrence on Saturday afternoon.
Lawrence banged up for SM Northwest
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
His left ankle strapped into a walking boot, Chebon Dawes wasn’t smiling. “I’m pretty upset,” said Dawes, a senior lineman on Lawrence High’s football team. “It looks like I’m going to be out a week and a half.”
LHS tennis falls at Manhattan, 6-5
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High’s four-match tennis winning streak came to an end Thursday in a 6-5 setback at Manhattan.
Baker releases enrollment numbers
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
Like Kansas University, Baker University announced a record enrollment on Thursday as the university broke the 4,000-student barrier.
Storm heading for Southeast coast
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
An intense low-pressure system with wind gusts of up to 52 mph kicked up rough surf, caused minor flooding and knocked out power to thousands of homes in Virginia as it lumbered toward the Carolinas on Thursday.
Shareholders approve Delta-Northwest merger
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
Shareholders approved the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines on Thursday, a stock deal that creates the world’s biggest carrier.
City golfers struggle
Lions place 19th at own invitational
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
Smiles prevailed for the Lawrence High and Free State girls golf teams after Thursday’s Lawrence High Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course. But not all of them were good.
Focus’ group: Jazz icon, string quartet team up for concert
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Frederick Lifsitz cringes when he hears the phrase among his classical music colleagues. “There’s always this expression I hate,” he says. “When people get something in the classical world, and they get something together, they look at each other and say, ‘Close enough for jazz.’”
FSHS volleyball 1-2 at O-South quad
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s volleyball team went 1-2 at a quadrangular on Thursday at Olathe South.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 26, 1908: “Chancellor Frank Strong of the university has made his seventh annual opening address before a student audience of more than 1,700. He made a strong plea for obedience to discipline and for a great democracy with no snobbery.
Commodities
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures traded mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 6 cents to $7.3625; December corn fell 4.75 cents to $5.5825; December oats added 1 cent to $3.35; November soybeans declined 4 cents to $11.83.
House approves Pentagon budget
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
The House passed a $630 billion-plus spending bill Wednesday that wraps together a record Pentagon budget with aid for automakers and natural disaster victims, and increased health care funding for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bailout proposal breaks down
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
A Republican rebellion stalled government efforts Thursday to avoid economic meltdown, a chaotic turnaround that disrupted the choreography of an extraordinary White House meeting meant to show joint resolve from the president, the political parties and the presidential candidates.
Seniors weigh career options
Expo offers job opportunities for workers older than 50
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
Linda Major sat on a bench outside the Lawrence Senior Center and looked through a pamphlet about the Avon cosmetics company. Major, 63, picked up several pamphlets and brochures Thursday when she attended the Senior Employment Expo organized by Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt. She was looking for a part-time job.
Hundreds in county, thousands in state still eligible for stimulus checks
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
If you haven’t received a federal economic stimulus check this year, you probably haven’t taken the proper steps to get one.
Lawmakers receive small-business awards
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
The National Federation of Independent Business has named members of Congress as Guardians of Small Business for their outstanding voting records on behalf of small-business owners.
Horoscopes
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
You have the unique ability - especially this year - to read others cold. As a result of this characteristic, sometimes you do not see what you are projecting, especially in your personal life. Learn to pull back and listen more frequently to what loved ones say.
Voter registration scams abound
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansans should be wary of unsolicited e-mails or calls requesting Social Security or credit card numbers to confirm voter registration eligibility.
NASA at 50: In space, we still have places to go and things to see
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
In our own halting, herky-jerky fashion, human beings are becoming inhabitants not just of a planet but of a solar system.
Weatherspoon fearful force for MU defense
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
Missouri junior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is racking up so many tackles he sometimes loses count.
New home sales, factory orders fall
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
Weekly jobless claims surged to the highest level in seven years, durable goods orders took a bigger-than-expected tumble and new home sales plunged to the slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data released Thursday.
American League Roundup: Twins overtake White Sox
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Alexi Casilla singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, and Minnesota beat Chicago to move into first place in the AL Central by a half-game.
Firebirds hope to find way against O-South
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two years ago, Free State High’s football team won 11 straight games before losing to Shawnee Mission West in the semifinals of the state playoffs. Last year, the Firebirds were beaten just three times in 10 games.
Patient sues over amputated penis
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Kentucky man who claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision has sued the doctor who performed the surgery.
Cell phone threats stir shooting copycat fears
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Panic spread among students in Finland on Thursday as threatening text messages and Internet postings raised fears of new attacks mimicking a deadly school rampage.
Angry bears and a debate
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
William Shakespeare’s play “Winter’s Tale” includes the most famous and laughed-over bit of stage direction ever composed: “Exit, pursued by a bear.”
Baby animals sick from Chinese milk
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A12
A lion cub and two baby orangutans have developed kidney stones at a zoo near Shanghai, making them the latest victims of China’s tainted milk crisis.
Credit plentiful for farmers
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B12
The economic turmoil on Wall Street has not reached the dusty country roads in the nation’s Heartland, where a rural economic boom has meant farmers are not having much trouble getting loans to plant crops, buy land and replace equipment.
Report: FDA lax in produce oversight
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
The Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to combat food-borne illness are hampered by infrequent inspections, not enough staff and the failure to implement a program devoted to the safety of fresh produce, according to congressional investigators.
Mama’s milk ice cream cone, anyone?
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mooove over, Holsteins. PETA wants world-famous Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream to tap nursing moms, rather than cows, for the milk used in its ice cream.
Rescue effort
Warren Buffett is in the forefront of people who deserve to get more attention in talks about the nation’s finances.
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
The financial world’s Warren Buffett is not one to sit back and simply observe events. He has been issuing warnings about the nation’s financial situation for a long time, and too many people with the ability to alter things paid no attention.
Debate prospects in jeopardy
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Prospects were questionable at best that John McCain and Barack Obama would meet Friday for their first presidential debate as progress appeared to dissolve between Congress and the Bush administration on a $700 billion financial industry bailout.
Fall Parade of Homes to open this weekend
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
The Lawrence Home Builders Association will have its annual Fall Parade of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 4 and 5.
Stuffed animal crafts to aid diabetes research
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop will join with Lawrence residents to help raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for the Cure at 4 p.m. Oct. 5.
FBI: Evangelist arrested in child sex case
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A12
FBI agents arrested evangelist and convicted tax evader Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel Thursday, alleging days after raiding the Arkansas headquarters of his ministry that he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes.
National League Roundup: Beltran’s hit completes Mets’ rally
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Carlos Beltran singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and New York rallied to beat Chicago for a huge victory that halted the Mets’ late-season slide.
Cafe Italiano’ to serve feast for Habitat aid
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
Corpus Christi Catholic Church will be host to an Italian feast Saturday to benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. For its seventh year the event, “Cafe Italiano,” will serve up all-you-can-eat spaghetti with homemade sauces, Italian sausages, meatballs, baked penne, bread and salad.
Beavers stun No. 1 USC
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and Oregon State built an early lead and held on for a 27-21 upset victory over top-ranked Southern California on Thursday night.
Pump patrol
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.27 at Conoco, 1802 W. 23rd St., Lawrence.
LHS volleyball goes 0-3 at SM Northwest
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High’s volleyball team was swept in a quadrangular on Thursday at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Vaccine risk
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Flu season is just around the corner, and we will hear quotes from the Centers for Disease Control of 36,000 deaths from flu per year. Just a quick search of the CDC’s own Web site will provide educated consumers with the real information.
Nondrivers
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Around here, folks tend to think that everyone drives. Well, they don’t. Young teenagers don’t drive, blind people don’t drive, old folks whose reflexes have slowed don’t drive, people with seizures don’t drive, people on certain medications shouldn’t drive.
Boyda opposed tax bill because of deficit implications
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Rep. Nancy Boyda said Thursday that she voted against a tax relief bill heavily favored by her House colleagues because it would have increased the federal budget deficit.
100 Good Women to offer potluck
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
A stranger in need is a friend indeed, according to 100 Good Women, a Lawrence grassroots organization.
Palin defends Alaska-Russia remark
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin defended her comment that the proximity of Russia to her home state of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, explaining in a CBS interview aired Thursday that “we have trade missions back and forth.”
All grown up
Jones matured into NFL starter
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Adrian Jones says to call him A.J., reaching out a hand before pulling a shiny, red Chiefs polo shirt over his Air Jordan sweatpants. Behind him are two pairs of red cleats, two neatly folded white towels and a locker with a red nameplate: “Adrian Jones 73.” Jones is the first Kansas University graduate on the Kansas City Chiefs’ 53-man roster since Doug Terry in 1995. And he’s the one who never thought he’d be here in the first place.
Mayer: KU has plenty to fear
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mark Mangino is good at devising ways to motivate his Kansas University football players. He will bench them, lash out at them, pat them on the back, even give them the silent treatment. As droning and monotonous as his low-key public utterances might seem, he can shift gears fast. The coach is never shy about ripping somebody on the sideline during a game. He won’t suffer fools.
Nuclear waste piles up at hospitals, creating terrorist target
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A6
Tubes, capsules and pellets of used radioactive material are piling up in the basements and locked closets of hospitals and research installations around the country, stoking fears they could get lost or, worse, stolen by terrorists and turned into dirty bombs.
Spike Lee’s ‘Miracle’ an ambitious misfire
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Poor Spike Lee. You just knew, the moment he lashed out at Clint Eastwood for leaving black soldiers out of his two-part Iwo Jima epic, that he had really put his foot in it.
Hairstyles provoke confusion, scorn on the Web
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
It is anybody’s guess how people will respond to a particular column - or IF anybody will respond. But my previous Net Worth has generated a fair amount of feedback. Most of it has little to do with the content. Rather, it’s the accompanying photo that did the trick.
On the record
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are investigating a report that an 18-year-old Lawrence man illegally touched a 15-year-old Lawrence girl, beginning in January 2004 through January 2006, police said.
How to settle dispute with contractor
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
When a remodeling job turns sour, it’s sometimes best to work out a new arrangement with the contractor rather than making a beeline for court.
President’s power
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Michele Dillon, although her heart is in the right place, needs some education about how our government works (Public Forum, Sept. 20). She says, “The president has nothing to do with Roe vs. Wade.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
While workers were adding finishing touches to Alvamar Country Club’s $1.3 million clubhouse, another construction crew was preparing to break ground on Lawrence Country Club’s expansion.
Where were the cops?
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
It’s just human nature that some calamities register in the brain and others don’t. The train engineer texting at the throttle (“HOW R U? C U L8R”) and missing the red light and 25 people die in the crash - oh God, that is way too real - everyone has had a moment of supreme stupidity that came close to killing somebody.
US should balance soft, hard power
September 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
As the presidential candidates bone up for their foreign-policy debate, they should study the speeches of Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Commentary: Millen overmatched … and unlucky
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Matt Millen is not an idiot. I know that’s hard to believe, simply because he was one of the worst executives - if not the worst executive - in the history of professional sports. But it’s true.
Vote at 16: Austria gets them while they’re young
September 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Nina Stanke is too young to drive, but for her 16th birthday, she’s getting the right to vote.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
September 26, 2008 in print edition on B3
¢ Self to be inducted into Chicagoland Hall¢ Kickoff event set¢ Free agents hopeful