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12:00 a.m.
A panorama shot shows the first-floor interior of the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread Ave., during a University Forum. The ministry team is celebrating the site’s 50th year and raising funds for building improvements. Sacred landmark: Capital campaign drives changes at ECM in its 50th year at KU
November 7, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Standing outside of the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, it looks much the same as it has to passers-by for the past 50 years, all salmon brick, smooth lines and a groovy presence.
6:00 a.m.
Todd Reesing fumbled twice in the first half against Kansas State in Manhattan Saturday, November 7, 2009. K-State wins by not losing
November 8, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Sometimes the best way to win a football game is by not losing it.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University Air Force ROTC cadets stand vigil Saturday at the campus Vietnam War memorial. Cadets stood guard at the three campus war memorials to honor fallen soldiers before Veterans Day, which is Wednesday. Kansas University ROTC cadets fill shifts at memorials
November 8, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Amid the flurry of activity over Veterans Day weekend, Kansas University ROTC cadets could be found standing silently for an hour as they paid tribute to fallen soldiers.
2:00 p.m.
From inside his tow truck, repo man Bryan Sorenson waits outside a Lawrence home Oct. 11 as he looks for a vehicle owner who faces repossession. Sorenson explained that although there will always be repossession orders to follow, the down economy has sent plenty of business his way recovering collateral from those who have fallen behind on their monthly payments. Repossessions up amid downturn
November 8, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The rumble of the diesel engine is constant. That steady growl from Bryan Sorenson’s Ford dually pickup is probably what raised the red flags at this home near the eastern edge of Lawrence.
6:00 p.m.
Baldwin City resident Joe Bathke, atop the bar at Hickory Creek Barbecue, belts out his version of ACDC’s “Highway to Hell” during a recent karaoke night performance. Baldwin City resident finds his voice through karaoke ‘hobby’
November 8, 2009 in print edition on 1B
“Joe! Joe! Joe!” The crowd goes wild and yells Joe Bathke’s name in rhythmic chants.

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KU women defeat Emporia State, 85-48, in exhibition finale
02:59 p.m., November 8, 2009 Updated 04:12 p.m.
Krysten Boogaard and Aishah Sutherland both contributed double-doubles, and the 20th-ranked Kansas women used a late first-half run to pull away in an 85-48 victory over Emporia State in the Jayhawks’ exhibition finale.
One injured in single-vehicle accident west of Baldwin City
Man transported to hospital by air ambulance after a.m. accident
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
A man was transported by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City after a Sunday morning accident west of Baldwin City.
Wildcats fired up
Graffiti sends message of disrespect
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C4
Kansas State’s football players probably didn’t need any extra motivation for Saturday’s game against Kansas University.
Reed a leader for Kansas men
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Tyrel Reed, who started twice and came off the bench 33 times last season, opened Tuesday’s exhibition contest against Fort Hays State. The steady 6-foot-3 junior from Burlington has no idea if answering the bell was a one-time occurrence or sign of things to come in 2009-10.
Baldwin City resident finds his voice through karaoke ‘hobby’
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
“Joe! Joe! Joe!” The crowd goes wild and yells Joe Bathke’s name in rhythmic chants.
Repossessions up amid downturn
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
The rumble of the diesel engine is constant. That steady growl from Bryan Sorenson’s Ford dually pickup is probably what raised the red flags at this home near the eastern edge of Lawrence.
Baker football defeats Evangel, 24-17
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Richie Bryant rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Baker football team to a 24-17 victory over Evangel on Saturday.
Busch looking for sweep in Texas
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C2
Kyle Busch keeps extending streaks at Texas in search of a NASCAR first.
West Africa’s last giraffes make surprise comeback
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
A crisp African dawn is breaking overhead, and Zibo Mounkaila is on the back of a pickup truck bounding across a sparse landscape of rocky orange soil.
Wheel Genius: Road work set for this week
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Road work set to take place this week.
Killing daughter can’t be matter of honor
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
We don’t know why Faleh Hassan Almaleki came to this country in the mid-’90s, and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to tell us anytime soon.
Shelter concerns
Perhaps a public forum scheduled for this week will allay some residents’ concerns about relocating the local homeless shelter.
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
Proponents of a plan to move the Lawrence Community Shelter to a new location on East 23rd Street are taking a smart step by scheduling a public forum to discuss their project.
Drop Outs, by Nate McFadden
November 8, 2009
They speak and scream as loud as they can, moving their mouth as no one hears a single word they say. There are so many important opinions out there everyday that are never heard. Each day many people drop out and their voices are almost never heard of again.
American heritage: KU contributes to new Native galleries at Nelson-Atkins
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
The figure appears to be singing out from behind the glass. Its large eyes peer from across the dimly lit room, spotlights illuminating the tan and black on its clay body. It has starred in shows before — it’s been on the cover of several art magazines, in fact.
High School Dropouts, by Jasmyn Turner
November 8, 2009
Lawrence High School dropouts clearly do not know the importance of an education. In my opinion, there are different reasons for that. Some students do not have family support. For others, I would blame it on the schools they attended when they were young and Lawrence High School itself. Another reason for dropouts is the individual itself.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Autumn Song’
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D3
The grass turns;
Robert Altman’s passions shine through in colleague’s tales
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D3
For Robert Altman, art imitated life.
‘Bag Lady’ recycles plastic into new totes
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Karen Parrett is taking used plastic bags and turning them into … plastic bags.
Eudora moves on in football playoffs
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
It was difficult to tell whether Eudora coach Gregg Webb was kidding when he told Evan Cleveland to go to the hospital and get an IV after Saturday’s game against Jeff West.
Why LHS Students Drop Out, by Christian Delg
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
There are three reasons why I believe students drop out of school. The parents do not care about their education, so they do whatever they want. One teacher can make them angry and upset in some ways. Then the last one is they really have no motivation for school at all. These are my opinions on why kids drop out of Lawrence High School.
Something has been on my mind… By Jordan Payne
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
One of the country’s primary concerns at this moment is the troublingly high dropout rate among high school students. There are many reasons for this increase. Most people who explore why this is occurring focus on the gender, race, and socio-economic facets of the issue. These are certainly a significant factor in why students are dropping out of school, but I believe that there are many other causes that do not get sufficient attention. The unexpected effects of No Child Left Behind and cutting certain school programs are rarely considered a possible cause of the dropout crisis.
The Dropout Issue, by Lucy Daldorph
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
Thomas, yet again, found his thoughts very far from his teacher’s lecture on the Civil War. No matter what Thomas did, he could never focus for more than two strained minutes on any class. His grades had never been good — how could he do well on tests when he never absorbed the information? His mother and father both barely graduated from high school, so they were not particularly interested in Thomas’ education, which left Thomas with hardly any motivation to improve his learning strategy. He decided to replace his homework time with a job, because at least he could make some money with his employment. Thomas is a classic example of a potential high school dropout. With learning disabilities, unhelpful parents and a job, school becomes an impossible task.
Stanford stuns Oregon, becomes bowl-eligible
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
Toby Gerhart and Stanford did to the Oregon defense what the Ducks did a week ago to Southern California, opening up the Pac-10 race with a program-defining victory.
Northwestern shocks Iowa
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
With Ricky Stanzi watching from the sideline on crutches, No. 8 Iowa ran out of magic.
Game balls and Gassers
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C4
Game balls and gassers from KU’s game against K-State, November 7, 2009.
New-look O-line improved
KU still can’t run, but pass-blocking ‘much better’
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino made it clear following last week’s loss to Texas Tech that he’d do what was necessary to shore up his team’s offensive-line struggles, and Saturday that meant making a number of personnel changes.
Haskell men fall to Bethany, 97-84
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Tyler Cooper scored 18 points in Haskell Indian Nation University’s 97-84 loss to Bethany on Saturday at Coffin Complex.
KU swimmers, divers top Drury, 161-76
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Three Kansas University swimmers and one diver won two events each to give the Jayhawks a 161-76 victory over Drury on Saturday.
KU’s Powers finishes tied for 45th
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
After five rounds of play, Kansas University senior Emily Powers finished the Duramed Futures Tour Qualifying tied for 45th Friday.
Haskell women cruise past Central Baptist
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Justina George scored 13 points, and Haskell Indian Nations University improved to 4-1 with a 79-47 women’s basketball victory over Central Baptist on Saturday in the Bacone College Classic.
Oklahoma sweeps Kansas volleyball
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
After winning three-straight Big 12 Conference road matches, the Kansas University volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback (25-17, 25-16, 25-13) Saturday at Oklahoma.
Point guards key for KU, Emporia State
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
If point guards are your basketball passion, today is your day.
K-State wins by not losing
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Sometimes the best way to win a football game is by not losing it.
KU coughs it up
Reesing’s slump continues; KU falls
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Todd Reesing can’t explain it, and so, for the most part, he has given up trying.
Consultant: I communicate with animals
12:00 a.m., November 8, 2009 Updated 02:23 p.m. in print edition on B2
Holly Jacobs bowed her head, closed her eyes and began to concentrate on communicating with Lexi, a 3-year-old black lab.
Chiefs’ Cassel figures to get more time
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C2
This could be the week Matt Cassel keeps his jersey clean.
Basketball fundraiser to honor Frederick
KU students knew former athletic director as teacher
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University graduate students are planning a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise funds in honor of Bob Frederick, the university’s former athletic director.
Kansas University ROTC cadets fill shifts at memorials
‘Pretty forgiving’ weather helps facilitate 24-hour vigil that remembered fallen veterans
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Amid the flurry of activity over Veterans Day weekend, Kansas University ROTC cadets could be found standing silently for an hour as they paid tribute to fallen soldiers.
KU task force to focus on retaining students
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University leaders are looking for ways to help retain students like Jon Kletsky.
Ground broken for Flight 93 memorial
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
With the words “Let’s roll” — the command issued by United Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer to lead the passenger revolt — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and 39 victims’ relatives and dignitaries turned shovels of dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for a permanent national memorial.
Ship built with WTC steel goes into service
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
The USS New York, built with steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was put into Navy service Saturday both as a symbol of healing and strength.
Voters share their thoughts on politics in the past year
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
It was a crisp, autumn day here in Douglas County, and just like in the rest of the country, a sense of change was in the air as voters went to the polls last November.
economy Being jobless harder than it used to be
Unemployment period lasts longer, people carry more debt than in 1982
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
It hurts more to be unemployed now than the last time the jobless rate hit 10 percent.
Youths receive election lessons
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
During the 2008 presidential election, more than 60 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted in Douglas County. It was a higher rate than those between the ages of 25 and 44.
Holiday airfares close to last year but climbing
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
If holiday travelers on the same plane compare what they paid to fly, they’re likely to find quite a spread, depending on when they bought their tickets.
Obama nears decision to send more troops to Afghanistan
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it until after he consults with key allies and completes a trip to Asia later this month, administration and military officials have told McClatchy Newspapers.
Medvedev: Arms deal with U.S. can be done
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Russia and the United States have a good chance of reaching a new nuclear arms reduction deal before year’s end, but other nuclear powers must join disarmament efforts, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in remarks released Saturday.
G-20 officials: Too early to end stimulus
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Finance officials from rich and developing countries have pledged to maintain emergency support for their economies until recovery is assured, but failed to reach a clear agreement to bear the cost of fighting climate change.
Giant dominoes form tribute to Wall’s fall
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Massive colorful dominoes painted by German students were placed Saturday along the former path of the Berlin Wall to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the barrier that divided the city for nearly three decades.
Cornhuskers hold off Sooners
Big 12 roundup
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C7
Matt O’Hanlon had three of Nebraska’s five interceptions against Landry Jones, and the Cornhuskers squeezed enough production out of their struggling offense to upset Oklahoma on Saturday.
Top 25 college football roundup
No. 1 Gators win, but it wasn’t pretty
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
Florida didn’t do much to erase the negative vibes from a rough week.
Free State falters in state soccer final
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Free State High boys soccer team came up one victory short, falling Saturday to Washburn Rural, 3-0, in the Class 6A state championship game at Blue Valley District Soccer Complex.
Surprise! Firebirds share state gymnastics crown
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
It took 13 years, but Free State High finally got the fall sports state title it had been missing. Saturday, at the all-class state gymnastics meet at Newton High, the Firebirds outclassed the field to win the 2009 state championship.
Alabama clinches berth in SEC title
November 8, 2009 in print edition on C6
Julio Jones left defenders grasping at his heels, and Alabama’s defense was typically immovable. The Crimson Tide is riding that combination to the SEC championship game for the second consecutive season.
Something ‘didn’t seem right’ about suspect
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
There was the classroom presentation that justified suicide bombings.
Shortage of military therapists a strain
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
Amputations. Combat stress. Divorce. Suicide. For troubled service members, military therapists are at their sides.
Navy officer makes unique homecoming to Vietnam
U.S. commander fled country when he was 5
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A8
On the day his side lost the Vietnam War, Hung Ba Le fled his homeland at the age of 5 in a fishing trawler crammed with 400 refugees.
Some doctors refuse to give vaccine
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A8
The biggest frustration facing many doctors is the dearth of swine flu vaccine for their patients.
Prized mushroom collection returns
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Chinese scholar persecuted during the Cultural Revolution for smuggling a rare collection of mushrooms out of China before World War II was honored Saturday when the collection was returned more than 70 years later.
Doctor disciplined over billing problems
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has taken disciplinary action against a southwest Kansas doctor over billing issues.
Two KCK firefighters hurt fighting blaze
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Two Kansas City, Kan., firefighters have suffered minor injuries while fighting a fire at a vacant house
Health officials: Flu lessening in Kansas
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Flu activity is dropping across Kansas.
2 Fort Hood victims had ties to Missouri
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Two of the victims of the Fort Hood shootings had ties to Missouri.
Saudis won’t bar hajj pilgrims over flu fears
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Saudi health minister said Saturday that the kingdom will not bar anyone considered high-risk for swine flu from performing the hajj pilgrimage this year, though he urged countries where pilgrims set out from to take precautions.
Ministry: NATO airstrike killed Afghan forces
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
U.S. and Afghan authorities investigated Saturday whether a botched NATO airstrike was to blame for the death of Afghan soldiers and police during a search for two American paratroopers missing in a Taliban-infested area of the country’s west.
Shooting suspect’s life spiraled downward
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Jason Rodriguez’s marriage long ago went sour, his home taken in foreclosure, his job lost to incompetence, his finances sunk in bankruptcy. It was a “stress overload” for the man accused of a deadly shooting rampage at his former office, his lawyer said Saturday.
Alleged serial killer rare among mass killers
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Authorities say Anthony Sowell lured women into his home in a busy neighborhood, killed them — most by strangulation — and scattered their remains throughout the inside and buried some in the backyard.
Toys 4 Tots collected at KU
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University will conduct a Toys 4 Tots toy drive from Monday through Dec. 11.
Offices, services to close in honor of Veterans Day
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Several government offices in the area will be closed Wednesday in observance of Veterans Day.
Horoscope for November 8, 2009
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
This year, you will be visible and will make an impact. People will notice you. You could be overwhelmed by everything that drops on you. You often have many different opinions and many people who tap into your knowledge. If you are single, you will meet many people this year. But you will have better odds of meeting someone important in 2010. If you are attached, take up a new hobby together. Go out and about more often. Leo pushes you into the limelight.
Rebuilding your portfolio
Recovery will take time, but don’t despair
November 8, 2009 in print edition on E1
At the height of the recession and the tumult in the stock market, many workers were stunned to see their 401(k)s shrink to 201(k)s.
Mortgages
November 8, 2009 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 100 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Bankruptcies
November 8, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
‘Glass Menagerie’ to open at KU
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie” comes to the University Theatre stage starting Saturday.
LHS students offer teens’ view on dropout problem
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
Recent news stories and an editorial about the local high school dropout rate spurred lively discussion in two U.S. government classes taught by Tim Latham at Lawrence High School.
Arts Notes: Tap Dogs blends dance, theater, music
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D4
Dance, theater and rock music come together Wednesday as Tap Dogs comes to the Lied Center.
Halting elder abuse: Protect yourself against greedy children, others
November 8, 2009 in print edition on E1
When a New York City jury recently convicted Anthony Marshall, 85, the only child of millionaire-socialite-philanthropist Brooke Astor, of 14 counts of fraudulently squeezing huge sums out of his late mother’s $180 million estate, many observers thought it was simply an isolated case of financial patricide among the super rich.
City commission agenda for November 10, 2009
Annexation of land near Kasold Curve on agenda
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Lawrence city commission agenda for November 10, 2009.
Why Students Drop Out, by Wade Briscoe
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
Currently there is a “dropout dilemma” in the halls of Lawrence High. On Monday, September 21, a regional dropout summit was held at the district office to discuss solutions to the escalating dropout rate. Community leaders, youth coordinators and even a few student representatives got together to discuss possible ways to convince students to stay in school.
The Truth About High School Dropouts, by Natalie Lassman
November 8, 2009
The high school dropout rate seems to be climbing higher ever year. This is caused by numerous problems facing the students these days. They include family problems, payment problems, and of course the obvious academic problems. I have known some people who have been forced to drop out. I have also known many people who also dropped out on their own accord. Usually the situation is incredibly sticky, and becomes even more of a mess after they leave school. In today’s world, without a high school education (let alone a college one) it is nearly impossible to find a job that will be able to support themselves.
High School Dropouts, by Nick Jaimez
November 8, 2009
Would you like to know why LHS has a dropout rate that is tremendously bigger than any other school in the county and bigger than any other school in the state? Well I will tell you why from a teen’s point of view.
The Dropout Dilemma, by Meghan Church
November 8, 2009
It is human nature to point fingers at others for blame. People as young as toddlers do it all the time. But do people really turn to look at themselves for the blame? Very rarely. After all, it’s just easier to claim someone else caused the problem. In the case of the recent spike in dropouts, many automatically blame the teachers. After all, the students are around teachers all the time so they must be a factor in this whole situation. I mean, it certainly couldn’t be the individual student themselves or their lives outside of the school. It is simply unheard of!
Students Stuck in “Old School Ways,” by Scott Brenn
November 8, 2009
Student dropout rates at Lawrence High School have been increasing in the last few years and nobody knows why. Teachers have been meeting and meeting and so have parents and nothing can be concluded as to why this is happening. How come these smart educated adults don’t get their thinking caps on and ask the students?
Dropping out? Or giving up? By Sarah Hutchison
November 8, 2009
The stats of high school dropout ratings have increased tremendously in the past five years. On the national center for education website I found that in 2004 that a total of 8 percent of students drop out of high school every year, and in 2009 10 percent of students dropped out. Lawrence has taken notice to the national dropout rate, including Lawrence High. Most adults think that teens drop out because they are dead beats and druggies, but they don’t listen to what the teens that are dropping out have to say.
Drop-outs, by Tyler Kruzel
November 8, 2009
Students face difficulties everyday at school. Many students are overwhelmed with those difficulties and feel forced to drop out. Family, school, or self motivations are common excuses that some have for dropping out. Life seems too hard to be in school in the eyes of dropouts.
Military vets still know how to mobilize
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
A couple weeks before Veterans Day, I went down to the World War II Memorial on the Mall to join Bob and Elizabeth Dole and a group of elderly soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen from her hometown of Salisbury, N.C., who had been flown to Washington that morning to get their first view of the nation’s tribute to the troops that helped defeat Hitler’s forces.
Why are we dropping out? By Nicholas Dimmick
November 8, 2009
It’s common knowledge now that LHS has the highest dropout rate in the entire state of Kansas. Faculty and administration are baffled at this and wracking their brains attempting to find a cause when it’s on the papers they hold.
2010 elections: Democratic fears, GOP hopes
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
Oh, how the tables have turned.
High School Dropouts, by Morgan Mills
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
From an outside view, dropping out of school can simply look like a selfish act. However, there are many more factors to consider when determining the source of the problem. A steadily increasing rate of dropouts is certainly not something to just write off, but to completely understand where these teens are coming from, one has to reflect on what exactly is pressuring them to leave school. Family or peer influence and example can hold major power in the decisions one makes about life. A lack of a significant second option for learning is another factor that can lead teens to leave school instead of trying to find an alternative. Failure to develop their motivation, work ethic, and confidence in academics can permit students to underestimate their complete potential.
LHS Dropout Rates, by Brendan Golledge
November 8, 2009
The quantity of dropouts at Lawrence High School should not concern me, my teachers, or the Education Board. This is because the dropout rate is sufficiently low, and the test scores sufficiently high to indicate that most of the people who could use a degree do, and that the degree offered by LHS is as good as any other. Any program designed to lower the dropout rate would target the least intelligent and least motivated people, which would nearly guarantee that it would drag down anyone who did not fit in this category.
Lawrence High School Dropout by Lacey Hunsinger
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
Lawrence High has the highest dropout rate in the state of Kansas. Some people say that it is just normal for a liberal town. I disagree. There are a few factors that can affect the dropout rate. Ethics, length of school, and parent involvement in a student’s life can make all the difference.
High School Dropouts, by Molly Fister
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
The country, plagued by economic struggles, unemployment and uncertainness, is also currently faced with another factor on the rise: high school dropouts. The sheer number of students leaving high school before graduation has exponentially grown. Though there are many exceptions to this, from a high school student’s point of view there are general factors that influence these life-altering decisions. Lack of hope and drive, as well as familial discord provide excess slack for the government to pick up.
High School Dropouts, by Kyleigh Bowen
November 8, 2009
With a society that thrives on wealth, now more than ever, it is important to receive the best education available. However, some students feel that this does not apply to them and do not obtain a high school diploma. The two main reasons for this dropout rate are school and family connections. Without these crucial connections, one can hardly be expected to succeed. The school connections at Lawrence High are awful, especially within the administration. Improving these conditions and student connections is the only way to reduce the number of dropouts.
100 years ago: Lawrence High continues winning streak
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 8, 1909: Lawrence High came one game nearer to an ever-victorious football season yesterday by defeating Ottawa High 11-0 on McCook Field. The game was poor compared to other efforts by Lawrence but was still a victory needed for Lawrence to claim the state title, which at this point seems a certainty.
40 years ago: New sanitation chief named
November 8, 2009
Don Purdy, 44, was named the city’s new sanitation chief by acting city manager Dennis Kallsen. The annual city mini-cleanup for fall began with support of many local agencies and neighborhood groups. Purdy said his department would help in any way possible.
To defang Taliban, some look to private schools
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
The schoolhouse is so tiny that dozens of pupils have to sit outdoors.
High court to look at life in prison for juveniles
November 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
Joe Sullivan was sent away for life for raping an elderly woman and judged incorrigible though he was only 13 at the time of the attack.
25 years ago: Buildings remain without phone service after cable cut
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B6
About 1,000 here were still without telephone service at home and in their businesses for a third day after major cable cutting in construction at 19th and Massachusetts. Originally, 5,500 phones had been knocked out and it was hoped all the phones would be back by nightfall.
Behind the Lens: ‘Deals’ on cameras may depend on accessories
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D2
With the holidays approaching, you might be looking to buy a new camera. When possible, I shop at camera stores or retailers that have models I’m interested in on display.
Jest for Grins: Household odor spurs great mouse hunt
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D2
When we moved to the country, I was warned to watch out for field mice looking for a warm place in the house to winter.
New ‘Call of Duty’ could set entertainment record
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D5
This holiday season’s biggest entertainment blockbuster likely will be a sequel to a popular franchise, with jarring depictions of war and an intricate story of good versus evil.
Boomer Girl Diary: Extra hour’s sleep insufficient preparation for holiday onslaught
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D1
Today, gentle friends and readers, I’d like to discuss the convergence of the end of daylight saving time with the beginning of the holiday season and how it’s become TOO FREAKING MUCH FOR ME TO BEAR!
Supermen — at least in their minds
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D8
“Fanboy and Chum Chum,” which premieres this weekend on Nickelodeon, is a cartoon about two kids who live in a permanent state of playing.
Toys top sellers on collector circuit
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D8
Although the news media is always telling us about the bad economy, there are some bright spots in the antiques world.
Away we grow: Sweet potatoes simple, versatile garden crop
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D8
Phil Hodson, who has been growing sweet potatoes in the Kansas River valley for more years than he would like to admit, thinks the nutritious root crop might just be increasing in popularity.
Tough questions: Ethical journalism — a book goes case by case
November 8, 2009 in print edition on D3
If you were a newspaper editor, would you run a picture of a young woman and toddler falling from a fire escape?
Crumbling of Berlin Wall still worth celebrating
November 8, 2009 in print edition on B7
We thought it meant the end of international contention. We thought it meant the nuclear menace was no more. We thought it meant Russia and America, the two powers of the future envisioned by de Tocqueville, could be friends.