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Central Lawrence home catches fire
One person taken to LMH; improper disposal of smoking materials cited
10:38 a.m., August 8, 2009 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on B2
Fire, medical and police officers were on full alert Saturday morning as they doused a fire that engulfed the house at 2137 Tennessee.
What to do in Larry tonight
August 8, 2009
Saturday edition: The Breeders, Tractor Pulls, Asteroid Heads, Drama heads, and more curiously named events …
20-year-old Lawrence woman robbed at gunpoint
Police seeking suspects
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
A 20-year-old Lawrence woman was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning.
One arrested for disorderly conduct after gun incident
August 8, 2009
One man was arrested early Saturday morning after pointing a gun at signs and a person while riding in a car.
People in the news
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D7
People in the news for August 8, 2009
Mazzaro, A’s stifle Royals
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Vin Mazzaro pitched the A’s to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City.
Laptop TV connecting fans
Ochocinco among players starring in reality shows
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
So much for Twitter or Facebook. And who really needs camera crews?
Niners practicing without Crabtree
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
Mike Singletary is sticking to the company line: San Francisco’s coach remains focused on the players who are in camp for the 49ers and isn’t busy worrying when top draft pick Michael Crabtree will end his holdout and finally show up for practice.
Dozens killed in bomb attacks on Shiites
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
A suicide truck bomber flattened a Shiite mosque Friday in northern Iraq, and roadside bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, as at least 51 people were killed and scores wounded nationwide.
Writers, filmmaker to give lectures at Hall Center
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Topics for this year’s Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture series at Kansas University will range from health care in the United States to Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry.
Better uses
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful of President Obama and the other leaders of the nations came to their senses and stopped this killing and warring and used the money to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care and infrastructure improvements for their people?
Around and about
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
Around and about for Aug. 8, 2009
Three preps tap Kansas women
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Three Texas high schoolers have committed to Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Two arrested after Friday night armed robbery
12:00 a.m., August 8, 2009 Updated 10:47 a.m. in print edition on B2
Lawrence police arrested two men after an attempted armed robbery.
Douglas County Fair schedule of events
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Here’s the schedule for the final day of the annual Douglas County Fair at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets:
Scouting news
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
Scouting news for Aug. 8, 2009
Military news
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
Military news for Aug. 8, 2009.
Club news
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
Club news for Saturday, Aug. 8
Chiefs’ top pick signs, eager to join new teammates
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Tyson Jackson signed his contract and joined his Kansas City Chiefs teammates.
S.C. governor’s wife, sons move out of residence
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford moved out of the official governor’s residence with their four sons Friday, a little more than a month after he admitted to a yearlong affair with an Argentine woman he called his “soul mate.”
Eunice Kennedy Shriver in hospital
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a sister of President John F. Kennedy and a longtime champion for the disabled, was in critical condition Friday at a Massachusetts hospital.
Senator to resign, clear way for Crist
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Republican Sen. Mel Martinez’s decision Friday to step down 16 months early gave Gov. Charlie Crist the perfect gift: his pick of who should watch over the office while Crist tries to win it for himself.
Police: Woman sober at restaurant before crash
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Police investigating a head-on highway crash that killed a suburban mother and seven other people said Friday she was fine at a fast-food restaurant an hour after starting her drive, narrowing the timeline for when she may have begun a drinking binge.
Birthplace of Roman emperor found
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Archaeologists have unearthed a sprawling country villa believed to be the birthplace of Vespasian, the Roman emperor who built the Colosseum, they said Friday.
Nevada renews push to poach businesses from California
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
Talk about kicking a neighbor while he’s down: Nevada is spending $250,000 for an ad campaign that compares California legislators to talking chimps and tells business owners they can “kiss their assets goodbye” if they stay put.
Gun dealer sold to health club shooter, other mass killers
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
An online weapons dealer who sold a gun or accessories to three mass killers, including a man who opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area health club this week, said Friday that any of the shooters could have just as easily found what they wanted at a Wal-Mart or another store.
Teen stars provide lots of family fare
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D7
In a title fight between teen/tween TV sensations, Victoria Justice (“Zoey 101”) guest stars on “iCarly” (7 p.m., Saturday, Nickelodeon).
Horoscope for Aug. 8, 2009
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D7
This year, you often hit conflict with partners and those who are involved with you financially. You might not want to be so vested in others and their opinions and decisions. If you are single, you easily could meet someone through a friend, or the person might be a friend first. If you are attached, work as a team and focus on your goals and long-term desires. Pisces understands you better than you might like.
Peace group plans bombing memorial
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Peace activists in Kansas are holding a memorial this weekend to mark the 1945 atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Topeka man begins jail term in illegal lawyering case
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Topeka man accused of practicing law without a license began serving time in jail Thursday on an unusual contempt citation from the Kansas Supreme Court. His wife called him “a political prisoner.”
Luxury resort offers $19 room — minus bed
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
A luxury resort in San Diego is offering rooms for $19 a night — if you don’t mind sleeping in a tent.
Mouse builds nest in ATM with $20 bills
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
A mouse found inside an automatic teller machine — along with a nest it had built with chewed-up $20 bills — gave an Oregon gas station employee the surprise of her life.
Attacks on lone blogger reverberate across Internet
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
The outage that knocked Twitter offline for hours was traced to an attack on a lone blogger in the former Soviet republic of Georgia — but the collateral damage that left millions around the world tweetless showed just how much havoc an isolated cyberdispute can cause.
Investigation: Airspeed systems failed on U.S. jets
Similar problem may have caused Air France crash
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
On at least a dozen recent flights by U.S. jetliners, malfunctioning equipment made it impossible for pilots to know how fast they were flying, federal investigators have discovered.
Government: Don’t rush to close schools for swine flu
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
Don’t panic, schools.
Recession means fewer babies
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
There aren’t just fewer jobs in a recession. There are fewer babies, too.
GM Fairfax plant to add 375 jobs
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
General Motors says it will add 375 jobs to its Fairfax plant to help assemble the 2010 Buick LaCrosse.
Johnny’s Tavern opens in downtown K.C., Mo.
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Lawrence-based roadhouse restaurant and sports bar, Johnny’s Tavern, opened its first Missouri bar on Wednesday in the Kansas City Power & Light District. It is located on Grand Boulevard just south of 13th Street, on the first level of the northeast end of the Kansas City Live! Block.
Douglas County VNA announces promotion
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Jennifer Peck has been promoted to information technology manager of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care.
Obama signs ’cash-for-clunkers’ refill
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Car shoppers caught up in the frenzy of the “cash-for-clunkers” program now have more time and a $2 billion reason to trade in their old gas guzzlers.
Hollywood studios conflicted on Redbox
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Hollywood studios are split over Redbox, the $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company: They could supply it with cheap wholesale discs and ride its massive growth, or starve it in the hopes of preserving higher-priced purchases.
No big bang for its buck: Particle collider yet to smash an atom
August 8, 2009 in print edition on E6
When launched to great fanfare nearly a year ago, some feared the Large Hadron Collider would create a black hole that would suck in the world. It turns out the Hadron may be the black hole.
Feeding fear about end-of-life care
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
I am as happy as anyone at signs of an economic recovery. But I confess to having mixed feelings about the resurgence of the wing-nut industry.
Health plan details important
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post on Tuesday in defense of the Obama administration’s efforts to “reform” health care. She wrote: “President Obama and I are working closely with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and health care experts to make sure we get the details of health reform right.
Drill team drummed out of K.C. hotel claims racial discrimination
Management says eviction based on noise complaints; police called to scene deny allegations of Taser, Mace use
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B4
Dozens of children with a Connecticut youth group and their parents were kicked out of a Kansas City hotel in the middle of the night this week after hotel officials said they had gotten tired of fielding noise complaints from other guests.
Mystery messages in St. Louis part of international trend
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B4
A few years ago, amateur photographer Robert Crowe discovered a bizarre and mysterious message embedded in the asphalt of a downtown street.
Desperate workers take jobs they wouldn’t have considered
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
Some of the dirtiest, smelliest, most dangerous jobs are suddenly looking a lot more appealing in this economy.
Lawrence ranks low on income
And even worse on housing costs
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
This is one Big 12 ranking Lawrence could live without.
Jackson policy excluded ’illicit’ drug use
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
The insurance taken out on Michael Jackson for his London concert series does not cover cancellations if the pop star was found to have illegally possessed drugs or was involved in the “illicit taking of drugs,” according to a copy of the policy provided Friday to The Associated Press.
Tour offers peek at unique Dole artifacts
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
Want to see a bottle of wine enameled with Bob Dole’s political achievements?
Battle of Black Jack exhibit receives grant
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Black Jack Battlefield Trust has received a $7,296 grant from the Kansas Humanities Council to fund the production and travel costs of the Battle of Black Jack traveling exhibit.
Public invited to dine with lawmakers
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Members of Congress will speak at a series of luncheons and breakfasts hosted by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Recruiting whirlwind
A one-week recruiting blitz across southern Kansas communities is only a small step in connecting KU to the rest of the state.
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
Kansas University’s annual Wheat State Whirlwind Tour fell victim to budget cuts this year, but a group of KU recruiters has another whirlwind tour on the schedule.
Free speech
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Obama is calling on Americans to turn in their fellow citizens who express concern or opposition to his health care reform.
Lobbying dollars
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: First, apologies to the gentleman in the Aug. 5 Journal-World story, unable to find health care coverage due to a pre-existing condition, shoulder surgery 15 years ago.
Fearless leaders?
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The state GOP political campaign against the Obama plan to move Guantanamo detainees to Fort Leavenworth looks like ordinary political fear-mongering on steroids.
Parkinson term may have positive impact on Kansas
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
History may show that one of the best things to happen for the future of Kansas was former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius accepting an invitation from President Obama to become secretary of Health and Human Services.
Book sales scammers going door-to-door
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson issued a warning Friday about door-to-door scammers canvassing Lawrence.
Surprisingly strong jobs data signal recession turning point
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s the clearest sign yet the recession is finally ending: Employers laid off far fewer workers in July, the jobless rate dipped for the first time in 15 months and workers’ hours and pay edged upward.
Great Train Robber ‘very happy’ to be released from prison
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ronnie Biggs, the last prisoner from Britain’s “great train robbery” and once a high-living fugitive in Rio de Janeiro, gained his freedom on Friday but remained near death in his hospital bed.
Cops storm suspected militant hide-out
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Indonesian police stormed a house today where the regional militant leader suspected in last month’s attacks on hotels in the capital was believed hiding out with several followers, witnesses and police said.
Coach’s clean-slate approach suits Chiefs’ Battle
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Jackie Battle might be the first to benefit from first-year Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s clean-slate approach.
Kansas rowing taps assistant
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C8
George Jenkins has been hired as an assistant rowing coach at Kansas University.
Hopes fade for finding survivors from ferry
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Eighty-five passengers were missing and feared dead today after their ferry flipped and sank off Tonga, with only two bodies recovered more than two days after the disaster.
Panel: Senators’ loans broke no ethics rules
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Senate ethics panel cleared Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad Friday of breaking rules by getting mortgages through a VIP program, but it scolded them for not being more careful to avoid the appearance of sweetheart deals.
North Newton home explodes; 1 injured
August 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
North Newton Police Chief Ray Classen says a 55-year-old man was critically injured when his home exploded.
Palin says Obama’s health care plan ‘evil’
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama’s health plan “downright evil” Friday in her first online comments since leaving office, saying in a Facebook posting that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.
Looking ahead
Lawrence product Hooper happily retired as player, hopes to climb ranks as manager
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Lawrence product Kevin Hooper is enjoying his job as manager of the Wichita Wingnuts.
Ottawa legion suffers first loss
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C8
Ottawa’s Legion team fell to Lamoure, S.D., 5-2.
Harrington holds onto lead
Clark one stroke back at Firestone
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C2
Padraig Harrington broke par for the second straight day, something he hasn’t done in four months.
Sandberg working way back to majors
Hall of Fame second baseman coaching for Cubs’ AA team in Tennessee
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C5
Ryne Sandberg’s goal is the same now as it was in 1978: Get to the majors.
Kansas football gains 1, loses 1
Briscoe takes part in first practice; Lueken bolts program
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Dezmon Briscoe is back, but Ben Lueken is gone from Kansas University’s football team.
Boston-N.Y. rivalry claims another victim
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C2
Theo Epstein marched down from Boston Friday to give John Smoltz the bad news: “Sorry, kid. You haven’t got what it takes.”
KU basketball makes offer to Portland native
August 8, 2009 in print edition on C8
KU has offered a men’s basketball scholarship to Terrence Jones.
Marriage made in heaven: Clergy spouses share life working for churches
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
Moving across the country for work is a carefully orchestrated dance for any family. Finding the right job in the right place that’ll work for all the right people — mom, dad and child — is usually not an easy task. Almost always there’s luck involved, maybe even a prayer that things will work out perfectly
Faith forum: Does it matter in what tone we speak to God?
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
• Communication takes many forms • Multiple biblical verses offer guidance
Sporty meets feminine in fall fashion
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
The clothing and accessories coming out of the action-sports industry (think skate, snow, surf and motocross) are no longer just about hibiscus-printed halter tops, brightly colored board shorts and shapeless logo hoodies. Over the past few years, Southern California-based brands such as Roxy, Billabong, Fox Racing and Volcom have infused high style and trend-conscious fashion into their women’s lines, creating fun, wearable and more age-versatile items that have a refreshingly low price tag.
Taliban leader’s death a blow to militants
August 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
Pakistan’s Taliban chief was killed by a CIA missile strike, a militant commander confirmed Friday — a severe blow to extremists threatening the stability of this nuclear-armed nation and a possible boost to U.S.-Pakistani cooperation in fighting insurgents who wreak havoc along the Afghan border.
California teenager devises a prayer application for iPhone
August 8, 2009 in print edition on D8
For eons, people have reached out to the Almighty with prayers and supplications. Soon they might be able to use their iPhones. Fair Oaks teenager Allen Wright thought up an application for the Apple iPhone called “A Note to God.”