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Dog stolen from Lawrence Humane Society
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
A five month old pit bull/terrier mix went missing from the Lawrence Humane Society about 1 p.m. Monday.
Douglas County prosecutors charge Georgia man with bigamy
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors charged a man with bigamy on Monday, after accusations that he married a Kansas University student in Lawrence while also being wed to a woman in Georgia for the last 10 years.
City expected to arrive at budget that holds property taxes steady, but increases fees
City expected to keep property taxes steady, increase fees
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
It is the end of the road tonight for the city’s 2010 budget deliberations.
State hires company to handle Medicaid transportation
August 10, 2009
State officials said Monday they hope to improve service and save taxpayers’ money by hiring a company to handle transporting Medicaid patients.
Leavenworth County Fair starts Tuesday in Tonganoxie
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A5
Miss the carnival rides, shaved ice and animals of the Douglas County Fair that ended Saturday? You’re in luck. The 83rd annual Leavenworth County Fair begins Tuesday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie along Kansas Highway 16.
KU names interim vice provost
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
A longtime Kansas University public administration professor and administrator has been named the university’s interim vice provost for academic affairs.
City considers bus shuttle for KU football game days
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
KU football fans would be able to pay $1 for a round-trip bus ticket connecting downtown and Memorial Stadium this season, under a plan up for approval Tuesday night by Lawrence city commissioners.
Congresswoman Jenkins plans listening tour through 2nd District
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, will visit 25 communities, including Lawrence, in the 2nd Congressional District over the next three weeks during the congressional recess.
First-degree murder charges filed in death of 50-year-old Oskaloosa man
02:14 p.m., August 10, 2009 Updated 03:30 p.m. in print edition on A4
Jefferson County Attorney Caleb Stegall announced Monday afternoon that first-degree murder charges were filed against a 36-year-old man.
With eye on governorship, Brownback pushes pro-business agenda
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback still wants to shrink the federal government by a third, work for “incremental” change in U.S. health care and maybe even coordinate a U.S. visit for what would be a formidable Sudanese basketball team.
Hospital, Lawrence city leaders to discuss future of Woody Park
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
The future of Woody Park will be discussed during Saturday’s monthly meeting of the Pinckney Neighborhood Association.
Tuesday’s open KU football practice canceled
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University football team’s Tuesday morning open practice at Memorial Stadium has been canceled due to the unavailability of Kivisto Field, the school announced Monday.
Douglas County commissioners changing meeting schedule to one day a week
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Next month Douglas County commissioners will begin a trial run at meeting one day a week instead of their normal two days per week.
Jurors complete first day of deliberations, will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday
Attorneys paint drastically different pictures
09:50 a.m., August 10, 2009 Updated 06:24 p.m. in print edition on A1
After two hours of deliberating, jurors went home Monday night without reaching a verdict in Matthew Jaeger’s kidnapping and aggravated battery trial.
About 325 Douglas County Westar Energy customers without power
09:37 a.m., August 10, 2009 Updated 04:31 p.m.
About 325 Douglas County Westar Energy customers were without power Monday afternoon.
House south of Lawrence catches fire, possibly from lightning
06:51 a.m., August 10, 2009 Updated 03:05 p.m. in print edition on A4
A house just south of Lawrence caught fire early Monday morning.
Chiefs camp: so far, so good
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
First-year coach Todd Haley is pleased with the Chiefs’ first week of training camp.
The Edge
August 10, 2009
• ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ (Books) • ‘Dollhouse: Season One’ (DVD) • ‘Life on Mars: Series 1’ (DVD)
Child care licensing session is Tuesday
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is having an orientation for Douglas County residents who are interested in child care licensing.
1 million are evacuated as powerful typhoon hits China
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A powerful typhoon toppled houses, flooded villages and forced nearly 1 million people to flee to safety on China’s eastern coast before weakening into a tropical storm today.
7 bodies found after midair collision
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A6
Divers pulled a helicopter and four more bodies out of the murky Hudson River on Sunday in their search for victims, wreckage and explanations from a midair collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane that killed nine people.
Holding out hope
Wide receiver Henry optimistic he’ll stick with Jets
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
Former Jayhawk Marcus Henry hopes to make the New York Jets’ roster.
Firebirds look back, ahead to school
Last year’s yearbooks are big attraction as students prepare for start of classes
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Sign up for athletics. Enjoy some barbecue. Get your yearbook. Reconnect with friends and get excited for school.
Judgment day: Pokorny decided on career in law after teaching
August 10, 2009
Despite spending summer days hanging out in a graveyard with other teenagers, no skeletons were found in Sally Pokorny’s closets during the thorough background checks and process leading to her appointment as a Douglas County District Court judge.
Calif. prep Turner to visit Late Night
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
Josiah Turner plans to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.
A’s muscle up, blast past Royals, 6-3
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
Bobby Crosby homered twice as the A’s beat the Royals, 6-3.
Seniors remain wary of health care reform
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B10
Senior citizens are emerging as a formidable obstacle to President Barack Obama’s ambitious health-care reform plans.
Arctic ice melts at alarming speed
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Arctic Ocean has given up tens of thousands more square miles of ice on Sunday in a relentless summer of melt, with scientists watching through satellite eyes for a possible record low polar ice cap.
Tips for saving on electricity: You might be able to cut your costs by about $500 a year
August 10, 2009
The average American household spends more than $1,300 a year on electricity. Want to knock that down by, say, $500? You can.
NE Kansas buoyed by stimulus funds
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
Northeast Kansas is receiving almost half of the more than $800 million worth of stimulus money coming to the state from government agencies.
Blasts to level old bridges
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
Much of the 9 million pounds of steel that’s been supporting hundreds of thousands of vehicles crossing the Kansas River for more than 50 years soon will be coming down. In a matter of seconds.
Library top 10
August 10, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of July 27 through Aug. 3.
Dog days of summer good time for pet compost
August 10, 2009
The dog days of summer are here, and if you have a dog or two it might be a good time to consider a doggie waste compost pile. Adding dog or other pet waste to your regular compost pile is strongly discouraged. Composting pet waste separately is a great solution to a smelly problem. Once finished, the compost can be used on ornamental landscapes or relinquished back to the earth unceremoniously.
August 10, 2009
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: In the past, you believed that you didn’t have time to take part in certain leisurely activities. However, this year things change. You realize that when you hang out with others you’re not wasting working hours — you’re actually working. You’ll make fortuitous connections this year that help you expand your personal horizons, enrich your relationships and increase the number of them, and win in business. This month brings a windfall. October highlights education. Travel in March.
Finding passion, fame with a personal blog
August 10, 2009
Julie Powell says she wasn’t thinking book or movie deal when she began blogging her recipe-by-recipe adventure through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
New GI Bill more generous with benefits
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
For Daniel Craig, the benefits that started flowing from the new GI Bill this month make a big difference.
Lawmakers meeting at taxpayers’ expense
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas legislators have cut down on the number of interim committee meetings during the legislative off-season, but they are going all out to attend the Midwestern Legislative Conference in Overland Park.
K.C. Zoo prepares for polar bears
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas City Zoo has moved one step closer to adding polar bears to its list of attractions.
Wichita man wins lottery a 2nd time
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Edward Williams is the definition of lucky after winning the lottery for a second time in a year.
Topeka Zoo discusses increased security
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Officials at the Topeka Zoo are discussing increased security options after vandalism led to the escape of a bobcat and porcupine last week.
Day of Action will be citywide effort
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is planning a Day of Action as a part of a nationwide service initiative on Sept. 11-12.
Obama, Calderon remain at odds over drug war as summit begins
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama pressed for a new tone in the United States’ relationship with Mexico but found no immediate progress Sunday on the divisions between him and Mexican President Felipe Calderon over the pace of U.S. drug-fighting aid and a ban on Mexican trucks north of the border.
Chavez urges military to prepare for conflict
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Hugo Chavez told his military to be prepared for a possible confrontation with Colombia, warning that Bogota’s plans to increase the U.S. military presence at its bases poses a threat to Venezuela.
Felicia weakens to tropical storm
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hawaii braced for Tropical Storm Felicia on Sunday, taking no chances even though the storm weakened rapidly as it slipped toward the islands.
Chemical industry supports reform
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a reversal, chemical industry leaders said last week they are joining environmentalists, public health groups and consumer advocates in seeking more robust federal regulation of chemicals.
British contractor held in fatal shootings
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A British private security contractor was taken into custody by Iraqi authorities in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday after he fatally shot two colleagues, Iraqi officials said.
Evidence points to Taliban leader’s death
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
The U.S. and Pakistan are almost certain a U.S. missile strike killed the head of Pakistan’s Taliban and that his death led to a fierce power struggle among his deputies, officials said Sunday, despite claims and counterclaims as to the fate of the country’s most wanted man.
White House: Afghan war not in crisis
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama’s national security adviser did not rule out adding more U.S. forces in Afghanistan to help turn around a war that he said on Sunday is not now in crisis.
About 250 inmates injured in prison riot
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A10
A California state prison near Los Angeles remained on lockdown Sunday after a riot sent 55 prisoners to hospitals and injured more than 250 inmates in all, prison officials said.
Governor’s use of plane questioned
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A10
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used state aircraft for personal and political trips, often bringing along his wife and children — contrary to state law regarding official use, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Netanyahu-Obama feud impedes peace
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
All of a sudden, many of the pieces have fallen into place that might allow meaningful negotiations to settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
American people’s fears are real
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
Maybe it’s the dog days, but three friends recently got in touch within a 24-hour period to catch up. Or more like it, to catch their breath.
College competition
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
In the current tight economy, universities are hanging on, but community colleges are booming.
Obama’s EPA plans fewer cleanups
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B10
For years, the Bush administration was criticized for not cleaning up enough of the nation’s most contaminated waste sites. The Obama administration plans to do even less.
Intense flu season anticipated
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A5
Health officials across Kansas expect the flu season that begins this fall to be unusually intense after watching swine flu cases pop up and spread for several months.
VH1 recalls cultural icons of ’60s and ’70s
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A9
VH1 dedicates the week to “Lords of the Revolution” (7 p.m., VH1), five hour-long documentaries about figures who helped create and foster counter-cultural attitudes during the 1960s and ’70s.
Wait for sex and marriage? Evangelicals are conflicted
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A9
When Margie and Stephen Zumbrun were battling the urge to have premarital sex, a pastor counseled them to control themselves. The couple signed a purity covenant.
Horoscope for August 10, 2009
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A9
This year, stretch in order to see other points of view. If you hit an obstacle, more often than not, you will need to revamp your approach and your thinking. If you are single, you’ll break past an intimacy barrier and become more emotionally available. If you are attached, the two of you learn to relate differently because of your personal transformations. Aries shares with ease and introduces different views.
Bird’s brain: Nature center’s parrot stays sharp with movies, mischief
August 10, 2009
Twenty-year-old Tino’s favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz.” He likes to dance and sing along when he watches. And if that’s not absurd enough, it gets better: Tino’s a bird. He’s a scarlet macaw — a colorful type of parrot native to South America — who lives at the Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
A session in class: 50 tips to start the school year off right
August 10, 2009
We asked local experts how your family can start off the school year on the right note. Here are their top-50 ideas.
Old standbys revamp current wardrobe
August 10, 2009
By mixing classic wardrobe pieces with fun accessories, you won’t get bored waiting around for fall. Add feminine accents and trendy touches to your daily wear using items you already own. Play up your favorite fashion trends for a style-savvy daytime look.
Campus extracurriculars: Unsure about your first year away from home? Here’s an idea on what you might enjoy.
August 10, 2009
Greek life carries a certain stigma with it, yes — but skeptics, don’t count it out just yet. If you aren’t part of or planning to be part of any other groups, Greek life can be a great way to get involved in a group at school.
Wishing you were here: Take a trip through our photo scavenger hunt
August 10, 2009
If the end of summer is arriving without you getting a proper vacation, take a moment and enjoy some virtual world travels through the lenses of some fellow Lawrence residents.
Answers for the photo scavenger hunt
August 10, 2009
Don’t look at the answers below until you’ve tried to match the photos in this gallery to the list in this story
Lawrence elementary school lunches
August 10, 2009
Layer up on sunscreen
August 10, 2009
According to the calendar, summer is winding down. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to put the sunscreen away. The sun can burn and damage skin any time of the year. But how do you know which sunscreen to use and what do those SPF numbers really mean?
Dress-up: a case for supplies & demand
August 10, 2009
Have the kids had enough fun in the sun yet? It’s OK to give them a day off from sand, sprinklers and splashing, and allow them to discover another pleasure of childhood that can last all year long: the dress-up trunk.
Canned salmon packed with nutrition
August 10, 2009
Historically, canned foods have been considered the poor relative of the culinary world and have an even worse reputation, nutritionally speaking. But times have changed.
Some supplies ease back-to-school blues
August 10, 2009
School is starting, and that’s a problem. But there are some school supplies that may make life a little bit easier. Here are five common student stresses and supplies that can help:
Avocado Fries
August 10, 2009
Dying for guacamole, but avocados still days from being ripe? Put them in a paper bag and toss in a banana, apple or citrus fruit. That’s because avocados — which are powerhouses of ethylene, a natural ripening hormone — ripen faster if placed in a paper bag. And they ripen even faster if you add another ethylene producer, such as a banana.
U.S. border police facing corruption charges more often
August 10, 2009 in print edition on A10
Corruption along the U.S.-Mexican border takes many forms.
Kane news tarnishes Hawks’ reputation
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
For almost two years, the thing the Blackhawks did best, even better than playing hockey, was image-shaping.
Woods rallies to win at Firestone
Harrington surrenders lead with triple bogey on 16
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
First came another signature moment from Tiger Woods, an 8-iron over the water that stopped a foot from the hole. Even more stunning was the meltdown that followed by Padraig Harrington.
Rape claim puts focus on Beijing’s ‘black jail’ system for protesters
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B10
The 20-year-old student spoke softly but firmly as she described how a dispute over grades led to her rape at an unofficial jail.
Small, local papers press on successfully despite industry woes
August 10, 2009 in print edition on B10
Newspapers are hurting all over the United States, but the pain is less severe at small publications like The Black-shear Times in Georgia.
Sea dog: Globe-trekking Labrador gets her own children’s book
August 10, 2009
When Curt and Cheryl Lindeman bought their first sailboat in 2002, they didn’t hesitate when deciding what to name it before setting off on their first big adventure.