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2010 Main Street Live: Eudora The day in photos, August 5, 2010
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Do you think you'll attend any events for "Civil War on the Western Frontier"?

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76%
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin passes by new department recruits at a press conference on August 4, 2010. On August 3, Olin announced he was retiring effective September 1. Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin announces retirement
1:32 p.m., August 3, 2010 Updated 6:59 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Soon there will be a new top cop in Lawrence for the first time in more than 20 years.
6:00 a.m.
The Riverfront Plaza is the site of the Lawrence offices for Sunflower Broadband. The World Company announced Wednesday that the cable company had been sold to Georgia-based Knology for $165 million.  Company agrees to purchase Sunflower Broadband
August 5, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A Georgia-based communications company has agreed to purchase Lawrence-based Sunflower Broadband, ending more than 40 years of the Simons family owning the cable, Internet and phone company.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas quarterbacks Jordan Webb and Kale Pick are still in the lead for the position. Pick ’em: Freshman Webb still co-leader with sophomore Pick for KU starting QB spot
August 4, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long has a simple theory on quarterbacks that might help explain why the KU coaching staff has yet to pick a starter for the 2010 season.
12:08 p.m.
Kansas players form a circle for a game of hot potato before the start of the first day of fall practice, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 at the practice fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Back for more: Quigley embraces role as camp opens
August 5, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Most college football players get four — maybe five — cracks at the first day of fall practice. On Wednesday, Kansas University senior Angus Quigley completed his sixth.
2:00 p.m.
Mary Ellen Barnes examines a jar of jam Tuesday at the Douglas County Fair. She will travel to eight county fairs this year to judge countless jars of jam, without tasting any of them. Jam judge brings over 30 years of expertise to the Douglas County Fair
August 4, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Ask Douglas County Fair jam judge Mary Ellen Barnes nearly any question about canning fruit, and she has the answer.
6:00 p.m.
Holcomb 1, pictured above, is operating at 85 percent capacity. The Holcomb Station Project proposed by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation would add a second plant that would operate at 90 percent capacity. Jobs pitted against environment at coal-fired plant hearing
6:53 p.m., August 4, 2010 Updated 8:27 a.m. in print edition on 1A
About 100 people attended the first portion of a hearing on a proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the 895-megawatt plant. Another 75 people were on hand for the evening portion of the hearing.

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Selby’s eligibility in question; freshman’s mom: ‘ … I don’t foresee any problems at all’
Self releases statement Thursday evening
04:00 p.m., August 5, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The mother of incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Selby is not alarmed that the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010 has yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play college basketball because of questions about her son’s amateur status.
Sunflower Electric getting strong support in proposed plant’s home county
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
About 100 people attended the hearing in the Joyce Auditorium on the Garden City Community College campus. Almost all who spoke were in support of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment granting a permit for the project.
Senate confirms Kagan as 112th U.S. Supreme Court Justice
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Honored teacher dies suddenly at Lawrence home
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University and officials at other area school districts are mourning the loss of a Lawrence resident recently recognized as one of the state’s outstanding teachers.
Turnpike accident cleared, replaced by rush hour congestion
02:44 p.m., August 5, 2010 Updated 04:25 p.m.
An injury accident caused traffic backup on eastbound I-70 at mile post 205.
Furniture stores opening in former food store on South Iowa
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
After about five years of sitting empty, a multimillion-dollar project has brought the old Food-4-Less building on South Iowa Street back to life.
Prosecutors charge 28-year-old man in shooting at apartment complex
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A1
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Lawrence man suspected of firing a handgun and injuring several people Sunday morning at a south Lawrence apartment complex.
Biggs accuses Kobach of ‘radical personal agenda’ in campaign letter
01:54 p.m., August 5, 2010 Updated 02:17 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kobach’s campaign manager says Biggs’ rhetoric is off base
Nebraska judge refuses to dismiss funeral protest charges against Phelps-Roper
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Nebraska judge has again refused to dismiss charges against a Kansas woman who protested at a soldier’s funeral in 2007.
Woman dies in crash on I-70 in Topeka
12:17 p.m., August 5, 2010 Updated 12:57 p.m.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Topeka Thursday morning.
New garden project flourishing at Douglas County Jail
Inmates enjoy doing time outdoors, growing own fruits and vegetables
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A1
Mike Caron, programs director at the Douglas County Jail, was told the soil wasn’t exactly perfect for growing food. But a few months after starting the jail’s first garden, a wide variety of vegetables and fruits are thriving.
Gardens, crops thriving in summer’s heat, humidity
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A6
All sorts of plants have benefited from this summer’s combination of heat and — to this point — plenty of rain. It’s been an even better growing season than last year’s cool and rainy summer.
Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis dies one day after retiring
11:56 a.m., August 5, 2010 Updated 12:59 p.m. in print edition on A3
Former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis has died at age 70, only a day after retiring from the bench, the court said Thursday.
Brownback defends stance on Medicaid
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A4
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback says he does not support legislation providing an additional $131 million in federal Medicaid funds to Kansas because it hasn’t been drafted in a fiscally responsible way.
Topeka Zoo attempts unusual procedure on deformed giraffe
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
A giraffe born at the Topeka Zoo with deformed rear legs was recovering after undergoing a procedure designed to help her survive.
Lawrence-area native Paretsky earns Kansas arts honor
August 5, 2010
Author Sara Paretsky, creator of the famed fictional private eye V.I. Warshawski, is being honored in Kansas with the 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award.
Holland kicks off campaign for governor, challenges Brownback to debates
August 5, 2010
Democratic nominee Tom Holland is kicking off his fall campaign for Kansas governor by proposing a series of debates with Republican Sam Brownback.
‘Static kill’ leaves oil well dead
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A1
On the 107th day of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Macondo well became an apparently harmless hole in the seafloor, clogged with 13-pound-per-gallon gunk, and barely more of a threat to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico than to start gushing lemonade.
Police professional
Lawrence’s retiring police chief deserves credit for the way he has run his department for the last 23 years.
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s hard to come up with a better word than Mayor Mike Amyx used to describe Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin: professional.
National job market brightens on service sector growth
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A8
Job prospects are looking just a little brighter.
Haysville pool reopens after chlorine scare
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
A public swimming pool near Wichita where high levels of chlorine made several children sick has reopened.
Wichita man creates buzz with wooden golf cart
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A4
Howard Nor-dyke doesn’t particularly care for plans when he’s building something from wood, calling them too cut-and-dried.
Wild mustangs, burros to be sold at Hays auction
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
The federal government is bringing 60 wild mustangs and 10 burros to Hays this week to be auctioned to new owners.
Rumored attack on Ahmadinejad dismissed as firecracker
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
It was first reported as a grenade, then a bomb and finally a harmless firecracker. But whatever was tossed toward Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s motorcade Wednesday, news of the incident went viral across the Internet as his government quickly denied an assassination attempt.
2 die as barn collapses at Ohio egg farm
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
Winds reaching 70 mph knocked over three barns being renovated Wednesday at the state’s largest egg farm, killing two workers, authorities said.
Favre hasn’t made decision yet
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B2
Brett Favre’s flip-flopping is at full throttle, the surest sign yet that training camp is under way in Minnesota.
Pakistani school seeks to turn boys from Taliban
August 5, 2010 in print edition on C8
The painting is disturbing: raindrops shaped like bullets and branches intended to look like blood-soaked necks. The artist was a boy recruited by the Taliban to help kill Pakistani soldiers.
Mo. vote puts health care back in political crosshairs
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
Missouri voters’ overwhelming opposition to requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance puts one of the least popular parts of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law back in the political crosshairs.
Udall voters decide not to recall mayor
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
Udall residents have decided that Mayor Christopher Lette will stay in office.
Kan. county, 27 cities share $9.2M in grants
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B8
A southeast Kansas county and 27 rural communities will share $9.2 million in federal grants for infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and sewers.
Group sues to stop ground zero mosque
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B7
The debate over a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero became a court fight Wednesday, as a conservative advocacy group sued to try to stop a project that has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In D.C., no such thing as too poor for medical pot
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B7
No one should be too poor to buy pot if they live in Washington, at least if the marijuana is for a medical condition. That’s the conclusion of a new medical marijuana law enacted in the nation’s capital.
Big turnout for new constitution vote
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B7
Enthusiastic voters, many wrapped in colorful traditional blankets, waited for hours Wednesday to cast ballots on a new constitution that could spell a new era for Kenya — curtailing the president’s enormous powers and giving citizens a bill of rights.
Pregnant moms who overeat could have obese babies
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B7
Women who gain too much weight during pregnancy have big babies, putting their children at risk of becoming heavy later on, a new study says.
‘The Squad’ quashes crime behind bars
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B6
Criminals may end up in prison, but crime does not stop there. “The Squad: Prison Police” (9 p.m., A&E) follows an elite unit of agents who try to curtail criminal activity in a Tennessee penitentiary where all of the residents are hardcore criminals.
People in the news
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for August 5, 2010.
Horoscope for August 5, 2010
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you greet life with a new openness. Network, meet new people and don’t hesitate to explore different ideas. You might not agree, but you understand finally where others are coming from. If you are single, you will meet many people, as outgoing as you are. Many people could be yours. If you are attached, you discover how much fun the two of you can have if you wave goodbye to being judgmental. Gemini though often scattered, helps you focus.
Kagan’s path to Supreme Court clears as senators pledge support
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A8
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s elevation to the Supreme Court appeared virtually assured Wednesday as a majority of senators declared their support for her nomination as the debate over her confirmation entered its second day.
Jobs bill to stop teacher layoffs nears approval
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A8
Last-minute money to save the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and other public workers overcame a Republican filibuster Wednesday and sped toward Senate passage.
County priorities
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
I would like to echo Cait McKnelly’s concern for our children (Public Forum, July 31). Children (and adults) in Douglas County are hungry and in need of medical care. I do not object to the reasons for the tax increase, especially adding a psychiatrist for Bert Nash.
40 years ago: One person attends city budget hearing
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
Carter Brookhart was the lone citizen out of nearly 46,000 city residents who showed up at a recent public hearing to question the proposed 1971 budget. He questioned the city commissioners about the proposed expenditure for the new city hall quarters in the First National Bank building at Ninth and Massachusetts.
Girlfriend: Conn. gunman was ‘dazed’ before rampage
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A6
As Omar Thornton prepared to head off to work at a beer distributorship Tuesday morning, his girlfriend sensed something was wrong.
Lawrence man arrested after making threats with scissors
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a pair of scissors at his neighbor.
Kansas GOP candidates promote unified effort
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
Republican Party members and their newly anointed candidates pledged Wednesday morning to make a clean sweep of Kansas races in the November general election.
Primary winners take aim at D.C. Democrats
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
The four winners of Kansas’ Republican congressional primaries wasted no time Wednesday beginning their campaigns for the general election and efforts to restore trust among voters.
Pump patrol
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Lawmaker: Enbridge violated oil spill rules
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
A member of Congress said Wednesday that Enbridge Inc. violated federal regulations by dragging its feet on reporting a pipeline rupture that poured hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a southern Michigan waterway, although the company said it met legal requirements.
Myanmar triples size of tiger reserve
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
Myanmar has tripled the size of the world’s largest tiger reserve in an effort to save the endangered species, which now numbers less than 3,000 in the wild, a conservation group said in a statement seen today.
U.S. tries to improve its image with Pakistanis
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration is stepping up emergency relief for victims of Pakistan’s devastating floods, hoping a highly visible dose of goodwill will soften anti-American attitudes in a country seen as vital to defeating al-Qaida.
Petraeus renews limits on airstrikes
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A2
Afghanistan commander Army Gen. David Petraeus has renewed orders to American troops to refrain from calling in artillery or air power when battling Taliban forces unless they’re certain that no civilians are present.
Company agrees to purchase Sunflower Broadband
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A1
A Georgia-based communications company has agreed to purchase Lawrence-based Sunflower Broadband, ending more than 40 years of the Simons family owning the cable, Internet and phone company.
Drama queen of South strikes again
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B2
Day 2 of Year 3 of the Brett Favre retirement watch was mostly a quiet one down in Mississippi. Just Favre sitting in a recliner on his farm, sending a few text messages and watching the big screen as ESPN played a continuous loop of his five greatest passes.
Shaq officially joining Boston’s Big Three
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Big Three of the Boston Celtics are now a Very Big Four.
Our Town Sports
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of local events, achievements and happenings.
KU swimmers 18th
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann and current Jayhawks Brooke Brull, Shannon Garlie and Joy Bunting took 18th in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay on the second day Wednesday of the ConocoPhillips National Championships.
KU track team honored
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s track and field teams was one of 151 to be named a Div. I All-Academic team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Oakland edges Royals
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning to back Brett Anderson, and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, Wednesday to win the three-game series.
Robinson follows money to Spain
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B1
Russell Robinson is putting his NBA dream on hold — for at least one year — as he heads overseas to make a good living playing basketball.
Back for more: Quigley embraces role as camp opens
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B1
Most college football players get four — maybe five — cracks at the first day of fall practice. On Wednesday, Kansas University senior Angus Quigley completed his sixth.
Chiefs standing pat on defensive front
August 5, 2010 in print edition on B1
In a busy offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs went after just about everything except what many fans think they lacked the most.
25 years ago: More than $1 million of marijuana confiscated in raids
August 5, 2010
Local authorities said that recent raids on marijuana fields had netted more than $1 million worth of the drug. No arrests had been made as a result of any of the raids, but the district attorney’s office pointed out the importance of confiscation as it “hit the dealer in the pocketbook.”
100 years ago: Accident victims laid to rest
August 5, 2010
At three o’clock this afternoon, only a trifle more than twenty-four hours after Mr. and Mrs. Boyd drove out of their yard to visit their daughter in this city, two caskets were borne out of the tiny home east of Lawrence. The services were very simple.
Nuclear issues
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
Joe Douglas’ letter of Aug. 2 (“Nuclear madness”) lumps the World War II nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the subsequent proliferation of nuclear weapons. It seems that as time moves farther from the two bombings, many wish to depict them as a misdeed by our nation, as evidenced by the planned vigil to commemorate those who died. While use of these weapons was horrific, they were used against a determined foe that did not fight the same kind of war as any of its other combatants.
Kagan debate is about future
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
This week’s Senate debate on Elena Kagan is less about confirming President Barack Obama’s second Supreme Court nominee than about the future.
Gridlock has earned Senate scorn
August 5, 2010 in print edition on A7
Earlier this week, as the United States Senate went through the motions of debating Elena Kagan’s nomination to a Supreme Court seat that almost certainly will be hers, readers of The New Yorker across the country could review journalist George Packer’s masterful article “The Empty Chamber,” tracing the decline and fall of that same Senate.
I-dosed: Can kids catch a buzz just by listening to music?
August 5, 2010 in print edition on C1
Dangerous gateway drug that will lead your children to a sordid life of addiction? Or … New Age Enya soundtrack?
Style Scout: Garrett McGraw
August 5, 2010 in print edition on C1
Men wearing skirts. It’s just not right!
Style Scout: Mara Williams
August 5, 2010 in print edition on C1
My hair is my favorite accessory … but I want to completely shave my head while I am still young.