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12:00 a.m.
Don Gibbs feeds an apple to a bison at Lone Star Lake Bison Ranch. The family began raising its herd of bison 20 years ago. What do I do with … bison
September 16, 2009 in print edition on 1C
When Jared Gibbs looks out his bedroom window first thing in the morning, it’s almost “Home on the Range” come to life.
6:00 a.m.
Annette Cross, also known as Annette Sanford. Lawrence woman charged with killing ex-boyfriend, setting Missouri home on fire
11:50 a.m., September 16, 2009 Updated 3:38 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A Lawrence woman is charged with shooting her ex-boyfriend four times in Missouri and then burning his home to the ground, prosecutors said.
10:00 a.m.
A Lawrence City Commission meeting gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. The city revenues are expected to fall nearly $1 million short of the budget. City to trim budget by $1M
September 17, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The recession has found the coffers of Lawrence City Hall.
2:00 p.m.
An aerial view of the Kansas University campus. Regents request 2.3 percent budget increase, to pay for health insurance, rising enrollments
5:43 p.m., September 16, 2009 Updated 6:23 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a budget request that could get back over three years all the funding that lawmakers and Gov. Mark Parkinson have cut from post-secondary schools this year.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Paper Company workers (L to R) Larry Rosdahl, Rachel Wagner, Jon Henry, and President Justin Hill. Another day at the office
September 16, 2009
Of course, the goings-on at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin are a bit overdone, but there are always shades of truth, that’s what makes it funny. And nowhere in Lawrence might those shades of truth be any more evident than at our own small regional paper company: The Lawrence Paper Company…

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Kids enjoy range of activities at ‘Kickin’ It With Wic’
September 17, 2009
About 120 children participated in “Kickin’ It With WIC,” an annual event that aims to teach families budget-friendly ways to stay physically active.
Lawrence building climate begins to show signs of turnaround
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
A series of new numbers have Lawrence builders and real estate agents harboring a little hope that the city’s housing and construction markets are inching upward.
A Lew Perkins contract one of questions raised in KU management audit
Auditor gives university an overall clean bill of health
04:39 p.m., September 17, 2009 Updated 05:52 p.m. in print edition on A3
An audit of financial dealings at Kansas University and its affiliated groups found no major problems, but did question an $18,000 per-year contract between KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins and a private company that does business with Kansas Athletics Inc.
KHP worker charged with threatening trooper
September 17, 2009
A Kansas Highway Patrol employee has been charged with making threatening phone calls to a KHP trooper since March. The U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas City, Kan., says 32-year-old Timothy Wyrick of Bonner Springs made calls to the trooper until he was arrested on Tuesday.
Main Street Live hits Basehor
Lawrence and Eudora still to come
September 17, 2009
Main Street Live, the live 6News broadcast touring different towns in the viewing area, came to Basehor on Wednesday. It was the second stop for the 6News crew after televising from Tonganoxie last week.
KU will fire a cannon when Jayhawks score this weekend against Duke
The National Guard ceremonial cannon will likely stay around for home games this season
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
Those large booms echoing through Lawrence on Saturday won’t mean some kind of foreign invasion is afoot — they’ll just be a sign of happy Jayhawk football fans.
Kream Keegan winners chosen
September 17, 2009
Congratulations to Rick Anderson, Luke Grover, Todd Hayworth, Bryan Mounce and Zach Knight, who were the five winners chosen out of 55 entries for the Kream Keegan T-shirt drawing.
Lawrence High School, Sunflower Elementary School teachers honored with Horizon Award
Novice teachers chosen for recognition
11:47 a.m., September 17, 2009 Updated 05:02 p.m. in print edition on A6
Two Lawrence public school teachers got a big surprise Thursday.
Regents approve freeze of university leader salaries
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas Board of Regents approved freezing the salaries of the presidents of Emporia State, Fort Hays State, and Wichita State universities, and the regents president.
19th Century soldiers buried at Fort Leavenworth to be identified
September 17, 2009
For more than a century, the names of 62 frontier Army soldiers have been unknown as they lie in rest at Fort Leavenworth’s cemetery.
Regents approve expansion of Memorial Stadium
10:45 a.m., September 17, 2009 Updated 04:52 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas Board of Regents has OK’d a $34 million addition of seating on the east side of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
Statehouse Live: Regents say KU audit shows no major problems
10:30 a.m., September 17, 2009 Updated 01:12 p.m.
Report says former chancellor Robert Hemenway did a good job managing financial accounts; cites one potential problem with a contract involving Athletics Director Lew Perkins
Longtime Johnson County publisher plans run for 3rd District Congressional Seats
September 17, 2009
Steve Rose, the longtime publisher of the Johnson County Sun, said Wednesday that he will seek election to the 3rd District seat in Congress currently held by Dennis Moore.
New American jobless claims make surprise drop
Housing construction also increases, though primarily in apartments
September 17, 2009
The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early July, evidence that job cuts are slowing.
Fire on roof reported at Hallmark
12:01 a.m., September 17, 2009 Updated 05:36 a.m. in print edition on A4
Emergency crews responded Wednesday evening to a report of a structure fire at the Hallmark Cards production center, 101 McDonald Drive.
‘Community’ and McHale ooze disdain
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B6
Not to damn with faint praise, but the new comedy “Community” (8:30 p.m., NBC) is not nearly as dreadful as the often-repeated commercials for the series that ran all summer.
People in the news
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B6
People in the news for September 17, 2009.
Horoscope for September 17, 2009
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B6
Claim your power this year. As you do this, some people could become more reactive. You will see a lot of change, as well as new opportunities. If you are single, you meet people easily, as you have strong energy and magnetism. Be sensitive to your sweetie’s needs if you are attached; you could be too me-oriented. Virgo reads you cold.
Artists now just another interest group
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
“This is just the beginning,” said Yosi Sergant to participants in an Aug. 10 conference call that seems to have been organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and certainly was joined by a functionary from the White House Office of Public Engagement.
KU hoops players to sign autographs
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players will sign autographs at 10 a.m. Saturday at the HyVee Hawk zone on the west side of Anderson Family Football Complex at Memorial Stadium.
Our Town Sports
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Woolard Second: Mickey Woolard of Lawrence placed second in the male ultra division of the Patriots Run on Sept. 11 in Olathe. Woolard ran 51 miles in 8:57:46.
NCAA leader Brand dies
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
NCAA president Myles Brand, who while Indiana University president fired basketball coach Bob Knight, died Wednesday afternoon from pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
Swine flu vaccine unlikely for businesses
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
Plan on getting your swine flu shot at work? Don’t count on it.
City to trim budget by $1M
Cuts won’t involve layoffs or direct service reductions
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
The recession has found the coffers of Lawrence City Hall.
Pilots question airspeed sensors’ troubled history
September 17, 2009 in print edition on C10
Airbus knew since at least 2002 about problems with the type of speed sensor that malfunctioned on an Air France passenger plane that went down in June, The Associated Press has learned.
WWE CEO wades into Conn. Senate race
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pro wrestling executive Linda McMahon has never been shy about wading into the ring — and now she’s plotting a smackdown of Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd.
ACORN plans internal investigation
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
The community organizing group ACORN said Wednesday it is ordering an independent investigation after its employees were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about the woman’s profession to get housing help.
More bones turned up in property search
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Investigators discovered bones and removed three truckloads of trash, weeds and debris as they continued their search Wednesday at the home of kidnapping suspects Phillip and Nancy Garrido and a neighboring property for evidence that would link them to two other child abductions.
Karzai leading Afghan vote with 54 percent
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Afghan officials issued full preliminary results Wednesday showing President Hamid Karzai got 54.6 percent of the vote in last month’s election, a result that could be annulled by mounting fraud allegations.
U.S. military closes detention camp
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military on Wednesday closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once its largest lockup in Iraq, as it moves to release thousands of detainees or transfer them to Iraqi custody before the end of the year.
Medical examiner: Yale student was suffocated
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Yale graduate student found stuffed in the wall of a research center had been suffocated, the medical examiner reported Wednesday as police awaited DNA tests on evidence taken from a lab technician who worked in the building.
8 million Americans consider suicide
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
More than 8 million Americans seriously consider suicide each year, according to a new government study.
Health care plan closes some but not all gaps
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A8
You’re a 51-year-old single mother raising two kids and juggling a mortgage and a car loan.
Cost of benefits expected to rise
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A8
Many Americans with health benefits face an erosion of coverage next year under the existing health care system, according to a new survey, as employers continue to cut costs.
Baucus outlines health plan without GOP support
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A8
His calls for compromise rebuffed by Republicans, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled sweeping legislation Wednesday to remake the nation’s costly health care system largely along the lines outlined by President Barack Obama.
Benchmarks focus heavily on Pakistan
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Obama administration’s road map to winning the war in Afghanistan relies heavily on clearing al-Qaida terrorists from Pakistan, according to a list of benchmarks given Wednesday to an increasingly skeptical Congress.
Businessman joins fray for state House seat
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Kansas oilman is the latest candidate to join the throng vying for the U.S. House seat from south-central Kansas being vacated by Republican Todd Tiahrt.
’38 Duke team stole my heart
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
When I was 10 years old in KCK, my parents ordered me to be a Kansas University fan. Neither had gone to college, but Dad drove Greyhound buses in Kansas and Missouri and, a la Don Fambrough, he liked the Kansans a lot better. The vaccination took; I wound up carrying a Jayhawk good-luck charm into war.
Fort Leavenworth Diplomat: Afghan training crucial
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
Germany’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that increased training of Afghan security forces to defend their nation was critical to ending the eight-year war.
LHS tennis team takes first in Topeka Invite
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s tennis team placed first at the eight-team Topeka Invitational on Wednesday.
KU volleyball team falls to MU
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s volleyball team fell to rival Missouri, 19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24, on Wednesday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
County nears decision on quarry
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B8
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday night said they were close to approving reclamation plans in the midst of a longtime dispute about a rock quarry west of Lawrence.
Precious metals soar
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
Gold and other precious metals soared again Wednesday amid a buying stampede.
Lynn Electric earns certification
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
Lynn Electric, a commercial and residential electrical contractor serving northeast Kansas, completed extensive training Aug. 22 and is now fully qualified to offer CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection.
Bank of America directors subpoenaed
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenaed five Bank of America directors Wednesday as investigators prepare to file charges against the bank’s senior executives in connection with its acquisition of Merrill Lynch, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Treasurer highlights public investments
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
State Treasurer Dennis McKinney on Wednesday stressed keeping public funds — when the state is able to — in Kansas banks as a way to help local economies.
25 years ago: ‘Heroin kingpin’ found dead in Kansas City
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
Country music star Porter Waggoner gave a Sunday night performance at Shiloh, 23rd and Haskell. His six-woman band included Lawrence’s Lisa Spears, daughter of local musician Billy Spears. A large crowd attended and applauded wildly after most numbers.
End-of-life choice
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am the 84-year-old person with congestive heart failure, for whom the plug will be pulled under the Democrats’ health care plan, according to Sarah Palin.
Fans up close
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Lew Perkins has done a masterful job of building the Kansas University athletic program, tapping big donors to do so.
Plain tired
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Blazing Saddles” is my all-time favorite movie.
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
The al-Megrahi charade continues, and his acceptance in some quarters is unacceptable.
Applause due
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
National recognition shows Broken Arrow principal an effective leader.
Lawrence man reports theft of motorcycle
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 51-year-old Lawrence man reported Monday the theft of a 2000 Ultra Ground Pounder Motorcycle.
Science fiction author to speak at KU
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
A British author who writes in a genre that has been dubbed “the new weird” is set to deliver the Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.
POWs, missing military members to be honored Friday
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
Fred Shockey III doesn’t want younger generations to forget the pain families go through when American soldiers become either prisoners of war or missing in action.
No troop decision ‘pending’
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama said Wednesday there will be no quick decision on whether to send more U.S. troops into the widening war in Afghanistan, saying “my determination is to get this right.”
Families fumble over financial problems
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
Financial issues can negatively affect even the best of relationships.
Spikes feeling more comfortable on O-line
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lost amid the numerous changes on this year’s offensive line — and the lingering questions about new left tackle Tanner Hawkinson and recently transplanted center Jeremiah Hatch — was talk of Jeff Spikes, Kansas University’s mammoth right tackle.
District offers new proposal for teacher contracts
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Contract negotiations continue between the Lawrence school district and its teachers.
LMH health fair set for Sept. 26
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will offer free health screenings and health information during its annual health fair Saturday, Sept. 26.
Bend it like Bowers
Free State junior wins 3 events to lead Firebirds to title
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
When Free State junior Kelcy Bowers walked into the Lawrence High gymnasium Wednesday, she wasn’t expecting much from herself. When she left, she was in a daze like never before.
Eudora resident joins Tastefully Simple Inc.
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
Terri Humbert of Eudora has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare food products.
Ex-players to gather in honor of Randall
Alvamar to host retirement party tournament today for former Kansas golf coach
September 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Alvamar Country Club head pro Randy Towner came up with the idea and sent the word out through the Internet that Alvamar would play host to a “Ross Chalk Tournament” as the official retirement party for former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall, who spent 30 years in the school’s golf program, the first 28 as head coach of the men’s team.
40 years ago: Water rate hike tentatively approved
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
The city commission tentatively approved a local water rate increase with the average hike to run about $1.05 a month.
100 years ago: Proposal would bring area shoppers in by free rail
September 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 17, 1909: The merchants association is setting up a trade day when people from all over the area are to be brought in via free rail fare to see what Lawrence has to offer in the way of business and shopping. It has good potential.