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The day in photos, August 8, 2010
Polls
Do you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
54%
Only a smoke detector.
 
32%
No.
 
9%
Don’t know.
 
1%
Only a carbon monoxide detector.
 
0%
Total 691
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Abuse case is requiem for both father and son
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
This is a requiem for Willy Brown. As these words are written, he lies brain dead and on life support at Miami Children’s Hospital. By the time you read this, there’s a good chance he will have been disconnected and declared dead. He is, or he was, 2 years old. His father, 23-year-old Lee Willie DeJesus of Homestead, Fla., is in jail, having been denied bond. Prosecutors expect to charge him with first-degree murder.
Lawrence man arrested after making threats
August 8, 2010
A 34-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday morning after making threats during a domestic dispute.
Jets face first camp controversy: ‘roommate-gate’
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Jets have their first big controversy of training camp: roommate-gate. Not to worry, though. This is just a friendly — and playful — case of revisionist history.
3rd spacewalk needed to restore cooling system
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A pair of space station astronauts had to hammer loose a stuck connector during an urgent spacewalk to restore a crucial cooling system Saturday, then an ammonia leak erupted and hampered the entire repair effort.
Sing-a-ma-jigs finding fame on YouTube
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mattel Inc.’s newest singing toys are already rising stars on the Internet.
Obama touts benefits to Medicare from health law
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama says Medicare will exist for many more years, thanks to new legislation that helped put the health care program for America’s seniors on stronger financial footing.
Questions? Facebook hopes your friends have the answers
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D2
Social-networking site Facebook recently started a public test of its new Facebook Questions feature.
Funeral held for young crash victims
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
About 400 people attended funeral services for three young sisters killed last week in a crash in northern Kansas.
Barnyard Olympics gives youths one last chance to compete
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
On Saturday afternoon, Douglas County 4-H’ers put to the test skills they’ve honed all week but never had the chance to showcase.
Royals hold off Mariners, 2-1
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C5
Bruce Chen scattered three hits over seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals held off the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, on Saturday night.
Celebrated students: KU tight ends learning to read defenses
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
It’s not uncommon for Kansas University assistant coach Aaron Stamn to pull his players aside at practice to quiz them on defensive football. Stamn, though, is the tight ends coach. And none of his players has taken a snap on defense in college.
Edwards takes pole at Watkins Glen
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C2
A year ago, Carl Edwards started 33rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International and finished third. This time he’ll start at the front.
School’s ‘chasers’ sink teeth into dropouts
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
School has long since started for the day when Jose Ramirez pulls up to a small bungalow and yells out to a tardy student. Anthony Gonzalez limps to the door, shirtless with a head of bed-tousled hair.
Impact of 3 women on high court unclear
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
At least once a term for 13 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled, some lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court would mistake her for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, or vice versa.
Kagan sworn in as Supreme Court justice
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Vowing to “administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich,” Elena Kagan was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
Seafood industry tries to shake oily image
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The rich fishing grounds of the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to reopen more than three months after crude began gushing from the sea floor. But those who harvest, process and sell the catch face a new crisis — convincing wary consumers it’s not only delicious, but also safe.
Medical mission ends in death for 10
Taliban say they carried out killings of Christians
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
They hiked for more than 10 hours over rugged mountains — unarmed and without security — to bring medical care to isolated Afghan villagers until their humanitarian mission took a tragic turn.
Man in court for hearing, wedding
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The bride wore a gray suit. The groom wore a prison jumpsuit — and handcuffs.
NFL Briefs
August 8, 2010
ESPN’s Chris Berman, a frequent host of the induction ceremonies, was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Hall of Fame for “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
Grape expectations: New retail market simplifies wine-shopping experience
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D1
Shopping for wine should be as stress-free as sipping a glass of your favorite vintage on a lazy summer’s evening.
Boomer Girl Diary: Back-to-school traffic triggers memories of moving daze
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D1
I was feeling so smug. Cruising to the grocery store in my air-conditioned car, I passed countless rental trucks and perspiring parents moving their kids into new digs in the 100-degree heat.
Earthworms enrich garden soils by composting
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D7
Here’s a promising get-rich-quick scheme for gardeners: It’s called vermiculture, or worm composting, and along with super-sizing crop yields, it cuts water bills, conditions soils and repels troublesome insects.
Dallas gardener recreates English castle’s garden, on a slightly smaller scale
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D7
Sissinghurst Castle, the renowned 1930s garden of Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson in England’s Kentish countryside, has inspired gardeners the world over, including at least one homeowner in Dallas.
Landscape makeover: Couple tackle new garden, step by step
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D8
Four short years ago, Wendy and Andrew Shoemaker’s yard was what Wendy calls a disaster.
Kovel’s Antiques: Presidential images fetch premium prices
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D8
Presidents do not endorse products, although they do endorse candidates.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘School Begins in the Country’
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D3
Heart beating loudly, breathing shallow and rapid.
Jennifer Weiner: queen of chick lit
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D3
Just in time for beach reading, she’s back.
Pages and pages: Let kids fill end of summer with new reads
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D3
Summer is one of the best times of the year to relax with a good book, and it’s also one of the most important times to encourage children to read.
Prison escapees linked to killings
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and a woman thought to have helped them have been linked to the investigation of a couple’s killing in New Mexico, authorities said Saturday.
Blasts kill at least 20, wound scores
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Explosions killed at least 20 people and wounded as many as 100 Saturday night at a downtown market in Iraq’s second-largest city, a senior official said, coming at the end of a violent day that also saw the slaying of seven policemen around the country.
At least 80 killed in landslides
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Landslides killed at least 80 people and left an estimated 2,000 missing today in northwest China’s Gansu province, the latest disaster caused by widespread flooding in the country.
Former NFL players Rice, Smith consider destinies fulfilled
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith can stop the chase now.
State approves $27M in bonds for Bombardier
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
Gov. Mark Parkinson and legislative leaders have approved $27 million in bonds to help Bombardier Learjet expand production facilities in Wichita.
New school opens 3 years after tornado
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
Greensburg students will move this fall to a new $50-million facility that replaces the one destroyed in 2007, when a massive tornado steamrolled the south-central Kansas town and killed 13 people.
Veterans give Tebow new ‘do
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
Tim Tebow was all the buzz Saturday night at the Denver Broncos’ practice.
Family looks abroad for stem-cell treatment
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Beth Schneweis can see herself dashing after her young son, Christopher, as he runs off the airplane when they return from Germany this fall.
City commission agenda for August 10, 2010
Portable toilets are on the spot
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence city commission agenda for the August 10, 2010 meeting.
Hall of Fame bias a myth
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Dallas Cowboys’ faithful believe Drew Pearson belongs in the Hall of Fame. I wouldn’t argue against that point. He was named to the NFL all-decade team for the 1970s as Roger Staubach’s go-to guy on a three-time NFC champion.
Johnson County sees rise in motorcycle thefts
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Johnson County authorities say there’s been a rash of recent thefts of sports motorcycles.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned during this week
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Road work scheduled for the week of August 8, 2010.
Kennedy one to watch on gay marriage test
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy eventually will get his hands on California’s gay marriage ban.
College students getting more choices for acquiring textbooks
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
On Friday afternoons between work and rugby practice, Brittany Wolfe would rush to the campus library hoping copies of her advanced algebra textbook had not all been checked out by like-minded classmates.
Student-built homes idle in down market
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas University architecture professor Dan Rockhill used a small fan to blow air inside Studio 804’s latest creation — a 1,700-square-foot home in Kansas City, Kan.’s Prescott neighborhood.
Mickelson about to be No. 1, but is he best?
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C2
It might not come tonight, or next week. But a changing of the guard in the world of golf seems inevitable.
Lefty lurks at Bridgestone; Tiger doesn’t
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C2
Sean O’Hair and Ryan Palmer were tied for the lead in the Bridgestone Invitational after Saturday’s round.
Critics target concealed carry changes
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but there’s a gun battle going on in Kansas.
Huskers’ QB battle heating up
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C5
Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee showed up for the start of preseason practice Saturday with a repaired right elbow and a new attitude.
25 years ago: Marijuana field near Baldwin raided
August 8, 2010
The location of a proposed Douglas County industrial park was still being negotiated, but some hints were surfacing which indicated a possible site north or east of Lawrence.
Chiefs rookie McCluster running through shoes
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
He starts. He stops. He weaves, twists, dashes and darts. Dexter McCluster is hard on tacklers and murder on footwear. Twice since Kansas City drafted the diminutive rookie wide receiver, those churning little feet actually have caused his shoes to start coming apart.
40 years ago: Plan to move landfill halted
August 8, 2010
A recent move of the city’s landfill operation to its controversial new site on the North Lawrence Flood Control Levee was halted by a bureaucratic mess.
NBA contract hasn’t changed Aldrich
August 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
Cole Aldrich didn’t purchase anything extravagant Thursday after signing his rookie contract with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Pump patrol
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
Surgeon to discuss Peru mission trip
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Dr. Jeffrey Randall, a Lawrence orthopedic surgeon, will give a free presentation about his medical mission trip to Piura, Peru.
Annual 5K run to benefit Women Build
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Body Boutique, 2330 Yale Road, and Women Build will be hosts for the fifth annual WOW (Women Opening Doors for Women) Run beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 30.
Resident arranges cemetery upkeep in perpetuity
County approves new district to provide maintenance
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Roberta Peterson walks through ankle-high grass at Rock Creek Cemetery and recalls the lives of some of those who names are written on the tombstones.
Sunflower chief likes coal plant chances
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sunflower Electric Power Corp. chief Earl Watkins says he believes chances are good that Sunflower’s proposed 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant will be built.
Stimulus spending unevenly distributed, difficult to track
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E8
In February 2009, the United States had fallen into what many economists called the deepest economic slowdown since the Great Depression.
Number of 300-pound NFL linemen still ballooning
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E8
Ten or 20 years ago, Nate Newton and William “The Refrigerator” Perry were on a short list of larger-than-life rarities in the NFL. The 300-plus-pound behemoths made headlines simply for existing. Their every move shook the field and made people take notice.
Not much can be done to stop WikiLeaks
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E8
An online whistle-blower’s threat to release more classified Pentagon and State Department documents is raising difficult questions of what the government can or would do, legally, technically or even militarily to stop it.
Around and about in local business
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E1
News from around and about in local businesses.
Mortgages
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 100 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Bankruptcies
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing recently for bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Buffett’s company sees income drop
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E1
Warren Buffett’s company reported a 40 percent drop in second-quarter profit because paper derivative losses of $1.4 billion outweighed improvements at Berkshire Hathaway’s operating companies.
Glass of the future
It’s strong, super thin, difficult to break or scratch — and touted as perfect for new TVs
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E1
An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in the early 1960s is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc.
‘Jersey Shore’ adds new cast member
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D5
Snooki has a new roommate.
Robert Duvall: A lifetime of commanding roles
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D5
Everything Robert Duvall says, whether it’s about meeting his wife or doing a play or making a crab cake, tends to turn into a yarn worthy of a Robert Duvall movie.
Horoscope for August 8, 2010
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, you swing from extreme optimism to wanting to hide out. This pendulum phenomenon reflects much that you will experience. Downtime becomes a must in order to manifest everything that you desire. Your perspective will be changing rapidly. If you are single, you could meet someone who appears very different from who he or she actually is. Date. Take your time getting to know any potential sweetie. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit enormously from vanishing together for some quality time. Another Leo could be very different but, on some level, the same.
Missouri vote
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
The recent Missouri referendum on Health Care Reform had all the characteristics of a “push poll” (a question designed to produce the desired answer). It is not surprising that 71 percent of Missouri voters did not want the government to require the purchase of health insurance. Who wants the government telling them what to do?
Battle lines drawn over tax policy
August 8, 2010 in print edition on E8
Amid a contentious midterm election campaign, one of the sharpest divisions is over the expiration this year of Bush-era tax cuts, but almost everyone agrees on one point — doing nothing is not an option.
New aviation training center prepares for classes
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
For an industrial facility, Sedgwick County’s new National Center for Aviation Training has a light and futuristic feeling.
Santos sworn in as president
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Eight years ago, homemade rockets fired by Marxist rebels rained down on the presidential palace as Alvaro Uribe took office, foreshadowing the all-out war that would come in his efforts to take back much of the country from potent guerrilla groups.
Deal to avert BlackBerry ban could set precedent
Saudi Arabia, phone-maker reach agreement
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
A preliminary agreement between the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some access to users’ data, will avert a ban on the phone in that country.
Fidel Castro makes government appearance
August 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
A lively and healthy-looking Fidel Castro appealed to President Barack Obama to stave off global nuclear war in an emphatic address to parliament Saturday that marked his first official government appearance since emergency surgery four years ago.
100 years ago: Landlords asked to report KU students drinking alcohol
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for August 8, 1910: “Gone, all gone, are the good old days when the accommodating landlady permitted her rah-rah roomers to convert one corner of the refrigerator into a miniature bar room. If she finds some flat flasks hidden under the study room rug, or some round ones between the mattresses, she may not smile indulgently and say, ‘Oh, those dreadful boys.’ Not now. She must march straight to the telephone and call up the university authorities. Such is the content of a bulletin sent out from the university last week to Lawrence rooming houses and boarding clubs.”
Fee dispute
Kansas University business students may not be the only ones who should be concerned about how special per-hour course fees are being used.
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Questions currently being raised about the use of special course fees in the Kansas University School of Business also raise questions about how money raised by so-called “differential tuition” is being used in other KU schools.
GOP leader says Senate working fine
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
It was an odd but intriguing experience to sit at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor last week and listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly rebutted one of my recent columns, implicitly endorsed the message of another and sent a disquieting signal about the prospects that might follow a Republican victory in the midterm elections.
Couples continue to make the case for gay marriage
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
There are two kinds of cases that almost invariably end up before the U.S. Supreme Court — those that turn on fundamental questions of law and liberty, and those contested by implacably determined litigants.
Drive for election change raises constitutional issue
August 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Don’t look now, but suddenly the most interesting political struggles in the nation this summer have nothing to do with the midterm congressional elections. Let me do what columnists do best — oversimplify complex questions in the name of summarizing them and using a sports metaphor to do it.
Style gone in a click of the mouse: Designer brand-shopping grows competitive online
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D4
It’s just after 9 a.m. on the West Coast, and the competition is already out in force at GiltGroupe.com.
Behind the Lens: Take control of your F-stop settings to ‘f8 and be there’
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D2
Depth of field can make or break a shot.
DIY fashion hits land of haute couture
August 8, 2010 in print edition on D4
In the realm of haute couture, where seamstresses concoct handmade gowns that cost as much as a car, one atelier has caused a sensation by purveying a different kind of made-to-measure.