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12:00 a.m.
Kansas University students Blair Tudas, Jeff Katz, Brad Stephenson and Lorenzo Murray lounge on a rooftop in the Oread Neighborhood during KU’s Stop Day May 8. KU enacting new alcohol policies to contend with buzz factor
August 18, 2009 in print edition on 1B
This year, when Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, talks to incoming students about Kansas University’s new parental notification law, she gets right to the point. “I say something to the effect that I anticipate some of them are aware that a student died of alcohol poisoning this spring and we don’t want it to happen again,” Roney said. “I’m really that blunt.”
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers in 2009 seized nearly $27 million in drugs from the state’s highways, according to information obtained through an open records request. August one of wettest on record
August 20, 2009 in print edition on 1A
For all of you out there waiting for the tomatoes you’ve planted to turn from green to red, take heart in knowing it’s not your fault they haven’t ripened. It’s the weather.
10:00 a.m.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little tries to quiet the audience after being introduced during the Kansas University 144th Opening Convocation at the Lied Center. Gray-Little stresses worth of pursuing education
August 20, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday reiterated her focus on graduation rates and fundraising and told KU community members to follow opportunities that presented themselves.
2:00 p.m.
Richard Holmgren performs a juggling act with 6-year-old Joey Wood, of Lawrence, and two bean sacks during Holmgren's performance at the 2008 Lawrence Busker Festival downtown. Performers to take to downtown streets this weekend
August 19, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Don’t be alarmed when you come across fire-eating, sword-swallowing and phonebook-ripping folks this weekend in downtown Lawrence.
6:00 p.m.
Ari Fish, Kansas City designer and contestant on Project Runway's season 6, in her Kansas City home and studio. Designer, interrupted
August 19, 2009
KC’s Ari Fish was one of the 16 designers who long ago taped season 6 of Project Runway, and has just had to wait — and wait — for it to see the light of day. The wait is about to come to an end though, as the first episode finally airs Thursday…

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Bolt sets record in 200
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Usain Bolt startled the world again. The Jamaican sprinting great captured the 200-meter gold medal in 19.19 seconds Thursday, yet another world record.
Memphis mess is a Kentucky issue
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
A public relations man (Tom Harris) for Lee Todd said that the Kentucky president viewed the news Thursday that John Calipari had become the first coach in college basketball history to have Final Four trips at two different schools vacated by the NCAA as “not a University of Kentucky issue.”
Las Vegas searching for “high risk” runaway possibly spotted in Lawrence
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police believe a woman classified as a “high risk” runaway from Las Vegas has been spotted in the Lawrence area.
Kansas governor sets flu summit
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Gov. Mark Parkinson and health and emergency management officials announced Thursday that they will convene a summit on the global swine flu pandemic.
Police identify naked man suspected of trying to pull girl from bike
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police detectives have identified a man who allegedly tried to grab a Lawrence girl off her bike on the Kansas River levee on Aug. 4.
City leaders to have community forum about a possible ordinance on gender discrimination
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Members of the city’s Human Relations Commission said Thursday, Aug. 20, that they need more time to think over the issue of gender discrimination and whether to pass a new city ordinance. The group agreed to hold a study session and community dialogue on the subject at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at City Hall.
KU professor receives additional $300,000 for lung cancer research
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
Emily Scott, a Kansas University assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, has received more than $300,000 in federal stimulus dollars to pursue her lung cancer research.
New chancellor surprises KU faculty with $5,000 Kemper awards
03:57 p.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 04:34 p.m. in print edition on A3
As students found their way to the first day of classes at Kansas University Thursday, the annual “surprise patrol” of KU administrators sought out professors singled out for Kemper awards.
Jury finds Pratt man not guilty
Physical evidence didn’t support prosecution’s case, attorney says
01:11 p.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Douglas County jury on Thursday acquitted a 21-year-old Pratt man of a charge that he raped a Kansas University student in March 2008.
Style Scout: Caroline Bauer
August 20, 2009
Classic pieces that take a good looking-for to find.
More families in Lawrence being forced into homelessness
Shelter seeing more and more kids - if there’s room
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
Three-year old Jozlyn Johnson stands on the front porch, preparing to pet a baby python. “No honey, not on its head,” says the large man with the python wrapping around his arm. He nods approvingly when the toddler begins to stroke the snake’s lower half.
Lawrence police to join national crackdown on drinking and driving
10:53 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 05:29 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence law enforcement officers will participate in a nationwide crackdown on drinking and driving during an aggressive, 18-day enforcement that begins Friday.
Wolf Creek shuts down nuclear reactor after power loss
10:47 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 01:51 p.m.
The Wolf Creek nuclear reactor is shut down after a momentary loss of off-site power, officials said Thursday.
Area vineyard looking for volunteers to pick grapes for charity
August 20, 2009
The Jefferson Hill Vineyard near McLouth is seeking grape pickers in exchange for a donation to the picker’s favorite charity.
State government officials looking for another $250 million in savings
10:11 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 05:21 p.m.
Kansas’ budget director is asking agencies to look for an additional $250 million in future spending cuts, but also suggested Thursday that some legislators are too pessimistic about the state’s finances.
Bucs’ CB Talib arrested for allegedly hitting cabbie
09:33 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib was held out of practice Thursday after police say he punched a taxi driver and was jailed on charges of simple battery and resisting arrest without violence.
Sen. Roberts fighting pneumonia
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is fighting a bout of pneumonia and will miss a planned trip to the southeastern Kansas town of Treece.
Residents plead for EPA to buy out their town
08:01 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 03:23 p.m. in print edition on B12
Residents of the southeastern Kansas town of Treece have given top federal officials an earful about contamination and sink hole problems in the old mining community.
NCAA announces Memphis will be required to forfeit 2007-08 victories
Final Four season to be lost
01:19 a.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 03:28 p.m. in print edition on B2
The NCAA has forced Memphis to give up its 38 victories from the Final Four season of 2007-08 under former coach John Calipari because of an ineligible player.
Threats, jeers saturate angry health care debate
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
The images are striking: One congressman’s office defaced by a swastika, other congressmen heckled at public meetings, videos and placards likening Barack Obama to Hitler, private citizens with guns joining anti-Obama protests.
Ceremony honors victims of 1959 Kansas City fire
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B10
The fire was like a living being, “taunting” firefighters who struggled to overcome it.
Hurricane Bill fierce as Category 4 in Atlantic
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Bill howled over the open Atlantic as a fierce Category 4 storm Wednesday, and it could be energized by warmer waters as it moves north.
Tharp mature freshman
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Listening to Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino talk about the sort of training camp explosive true freshman wide receiver Bradley McDougald flashed makes it even easier to picture the Jayhawks featuring one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. Scoring points won’t be the problem. Preventing them is more of an iffy proposition.
KU’s Aldrich ready for junior season
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich, who is expected to vie for college basketball player of the year honors his junior season at Kansas University, hasn’t let any summertime hype go to his head.
Voters’ choice
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: What would our nation look like if the right-wing conservatives ruled?
25 years ago: Lawrence delegates enjoying RNC
August 20, 2009
Greeted by parties, receptions and Texas hospitality, three Lawrence residents participating in the current Republican National Convention in Dallas said they were having an outstanding time. There were no surprises due to the eminence of incumbent president Ronald Reagan as the surefire candidate, but the side events were drawing a lot of attention. The three local attendees were Ken Martinez, Donna Shultz and Bernice Todd.
Professor equally committed to research, KU leadership
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C9
Jeff Aube has had a busy year. The Kansas University professor of medicinal chemistry has helped to lead a new specialized chemistry center that is charting new molecules in the fight against disease, and oversees a large lab space in the new Structural Biology Center Phase III addition.
Various callings bring first-year faculty to KU
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C9
For a man who’s big into energy, Chris Depcik is remarkably laid-back. Even at his most animated — discussing his program emphasizing internal combustion engines, energy and the environment, for example — he never loses his air of easy assurance.
Interim provost enjoys balancing dual roles
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C11
Kansas University’s interim provost has risen quickly through the ranks of academic administration to his current position. Danny Anderson’s goals include working with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to ensure she’s up to speed on all the current issues facing the university.
Former city leadership settles in with KU athletics
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C10
Two longtime public servants are pleased to be continuing their careers in a different kind of arena. Debbie Van Saun and Frank Reeb, former co-workers at Lawrence City Hall, are back on the same team — this time with Kansas Athletics Inc.
40 years ago: Hospital rate increase approved
August 20, 2009
A $2 increase in daily room rates, effective Sept. 1, was approved by the Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees. Also approved were $10 increases in operating and delivery room rates and a $5 minimum charge for the emergency room, up from the current $3. Room rates at LMH were to range from $24 to $30 a day under the new plan.
100 years ago: Site for new park selected
August 20, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 20, 1909: “W.R. Sullivan of the street car company announces he has taken an option on the Smith farm immediately back of the Oak Hill Cemetery as a site for the new park which the company is to build in Lawrence. The tract contains 50 acres and is one of the most beautiful spots in Kansas, covered with handsome trees.
25 years ago: Lawrence residents enjoy Republican National Convention
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
Greeted by parties, receptions and Texas hospitality, three Lawrence residents participating in the current Republican National Convention in Dallas said they were having an outstanding time.
100 years ago: New park to be built in Lawrence
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
W.R. Sullivan of the street car company announces he has taken an option on the Smith farm immediately back of the Oak Hill Cemetery as a site for the new park which the company is to build in Lawrence.
40 years ago: Hospital rates on the rise
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
A $2 increase in daily room rates, effective Sept. 1, was approved by the Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees.
‘Project Runway’ finally returns to TV
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Neither a network shift nor a legal battle could prevent “Project Runway” (9 p.m., Lifetime) from returning for a sixth season.
People in the news
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
People in the news for August 20, 2009.
‘60 Minutes’ creator dies at 86
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Don Hewitt, a TV news pioneer who created “60 Minutes” and produced the popular CBS newsmagazine for 36 years, died Wednesday. He was 86.
Horoscope for August 20, 2009
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Many opportunities appear this year. After October, making money is an easier proposition. Use your recent lessons conserving funds. If you are single, you will meet many people in your travels, and many people demonstrate their interest in you. If you are attached, learn to discuss your anger before it becomes rage. Virgo helps you make money.
Recession heightens financial dilemmas
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B9
The recession is proving to be as stubborn as a toddler who won’t go to bed. The longer it slogs on, the more your nerves are frayed.
Nations race to build electric cars
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B9
Forget that they’re cramped, have a limited driving range and outstrip the average consumer’s pocketbook.
MySpace buys iLike to try to regain influence
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B9
Social networking hub MySpace said Wednesday it is acquiring iLike, a popular music application on rival Facebook, in the first move by new management to restore some of its lost luster on the Internet.
Professor develops unique way to teach physics to kids
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C11
Ushi is a blue-haired, smart (in a cool kind of way) high school student, and she loves to eat sushi and free-range chicken. Her favorite “chill-out” is organic gardening and working on her computer. Her big dream is becoming a scientist and solving the world’s biggest mysteries. She has lots of friends but is a little shy when it comes to the subject of dating.
Wellsville teacher earns award
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B9
Dawn Rottinghaus, secondary business educator at Wellsville High School, received the Secondary Business Teacher of the Year Award at the annual Mountain-Plains Business Education Association Conference on June 18-20 in Rapid City, S.D.
Reality TV contestant sought in death of his ex-model ex-wife
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
Ryan Alexander Jenkins was fulfilling his dream of becoming a star, with a small fortune stowed away, a marriage — albeit brief — to a former model, and two gigs in reality TV.
Army works on troops’ mental fitness
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B10
An Army program developed partly as a response to an increase in soldier suicides will test all active duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers to determine how they handle stress, assess their resiliency and require follow-up training.
New government study shows mercury in fish widespread
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
No fish can escape mercury pollution.
Wave of blasts in Iraqi capital kills at least 95
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Nearly simultaneous truck bombs struck Iraq’s Foreign and Finance ministries Wednesday as a wave of explosions killed at least 95 people, bringing the weaknesses of Iraqi security forces into sharp focus less than two months after U.S. forces withdrew from urban areas.
Man says no regrets about Myanmar jailing
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
American John Yettaw said Wednesday he has no regrets about taking a secret swim to the home of Myanmar’s detained democracy leader — a decision that landed them both in prison — and indicated that he still believes his bizarre visit somehow saved her from being assassinated.
Senate approves Uribe re-election bill
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Colombia’s Senate voted late Wednesday to pass a bill calling for a referendum on whether to change the constitution to allow President Alvaro Uribe to run for a third term.
Gunman records fail to predict bloodshed
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Recently discovered mental health records released on Wednesday contain no obvious indications that the Virginia Tech gunman was a year and a half away from committing the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
Richardson: Talks with N. Koreans ‘hopeful sign’
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday that his meeting with North Korean diplomats offered a “hopeful sign” of improving relations with the reclusive nation, which reiterated its desire for direct talks with the United States.
Fee on plastic, paper bags voted down
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Seattle voters’ rejection of a 20-cent fee on plastic and paper bags represents a sound defeat for other efforts in U.S. cities to limit the use of the throwaway bags, plastics industry officials said Wednesday.
Employers asked to help contain flu
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Government officials are calling on U.S. businesses to help manage swine flu this fall by getting vaccines to vulnerable workers and encouraging employees with symptoms to stay home.
U.S. life expectancy increases
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
U.S. life expectancy has risen to a new high, now standing at nearly 78 years, the government reported Wednesday.
Model to be caned for drinking beer
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
A Muslim part-time model will be caned next week, becoming the first woman in Malaysia to be given the punishment under Islamic law, after she pleaded guilty to drinking beer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Marshall, Broncos have trust issues
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
Brandon Marshall has no problem working with the scout team while he plays his way back into Pro Bowl form.
Law enforcement report: accident
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Topeka woman was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Wednesday morning after her car spun out on the wet road just outside of Lawrence.
Law enforcement report : theft
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 67-year-old Lawrence man reported Tuesday the theft of a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck.
County budget OK’d with no tax increase
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night officially approved the county’s 2010 budget, which does not include a property tax mill levy increase.
Belt-tightening
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
Everyone talks about government waste, but cutting the fat isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Biased report
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The front-page headline of Sunday, Aug. 16, “Reform advocates drowned out in uproar,” was entirely inappropriate.
K-State guard Clemente drains remarkable H-O-R-S-E shot
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
The first few shots, over the backboard, the kneeling three-pointer, seemed plausible. Doubt crept in as the fullcourt jumpers swished in a little too easy. By the time Larry Bird and Michael Jordan started calling bank off the scoreboard and through windows, well, there wasn’t much question the shots were made in the editing room, not on the court.
Back on track?
Sophomore stats still tops for Thornton
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University defensive back Justin Thornton, whose five interceptions tied future first-round NFL draft pick Aqib Talib for the team lead two seasons ago, stole just one pass his junior season.
Bill is a boondoggle
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Thank you, Cal Thomas, for expressing your opinion with courage and sincerity in accordance with your right to free speech.
Research benefit
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The Journal-World reports that Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., is against funding research to determine the best ways to treat ailments. Really?
Bring on the baby boomers
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
If I were inclined to promote economic development, I’d try something new and guaranteed to produce quality, recession-proof jobs for far less than the $27,000 per job spent on average in Kansas to create new ones by the eco-devo gurus.
Contreras stalls Royals
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Jose Contreras is ready for his favorite kind of six-pack.
NFL briefs
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
Venus and Serena Williams have found a new sport: pro football.
Lawyer: QB should be free
Roethlisberger’s attorney: E-mails should absolve him
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
A former Nevada casino worker who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape in a civil lawsuit should drop the case because her own e-mails and text messages prove she wasn’t assaulted, his attorney said.
Humane Society seeks fundraiser volunteers
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Humane Society is seeking volunteers for its largest annual fundraiser in October.
Numbers of uninsured, poor set to increase
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B9
The numbers of poor and uninsured Americans are likely rising — with more than 38.8 million believed to be in poverty.
How much does Brett Favre have left in tank?
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
The salt and pepper in Brett Favre’s hair is long gone, with only a few flecks of brown remaining in the silver atop his 39-year-old head.
Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
After a short hiatus, Kansas University senior Justin Thornton will return to the position in which he thrived during the Jayhawks’ 2007 Orange Bowl season.
U.S. News & World Report keeps KU among public top 50
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
The newest U.S. News & World Report rankings place Kansas University at 96th overall, and in a sixth-place tie among Big 12 Conference schools.
Gray-Little stresses worth of pursuing education
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday reiterated her focus on graduation rates and fundraising and told KU community members to follow opportunities that presented themselves.
August one of wettest on record
Moisture a curse to some, but a blessing to others
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
For all of you out there waiting for the tomatoes you’ve planted to turn from green to red, take heart in knowing it’s not your fault they haven’t ripened. It’s the weather.
The best friends: Swimmer sees perks, pitfalls as country star’s confidante
August 20, 2009 in print edition on C1
While Abigail Anderson was looking for an exit, everyone else was looking for an introduction. On April 27, Anderson did a very normal thing: She went to class and sat next to her best friend. To a big lecture hall, in fact, where very few know one another by name. It’s just that the 400 other students in Chuck Marsh’s Journalism 101 class did know the name of her best friend. As did the hoards of people lining the halls and exits of Budig Hall that day.
Novak among reporter elite
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
Before Bob Novak created the self-parody as “The Prince of Darkness” that his friends and TV fans enjoyed so much, he had two other journalistic identities.
Rulings curb property, speech rights
August 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
It began with the proliferation of campus “speech codes” ostensibly designed to promote civility but frequently used to enforce political conformity.
Sports Briefs
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
News from sports around the globe.
Our town sports
August 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Our town sports for August 19, 2009.