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Aug. 11, 2010 storm First day of elementary school The day in photos, August 11, 2010
Did you enjoy the first day of school more as a child or as a parent?

Poll results

Response Percent
I enjoyed it more as a child
I enjoyed it more as a parent
I’m not a parent, but I enjoyed the first day of school
I’m not a parent, but I didn’t enjoy the first day of school
Total 406
Who will be KU's leader in receptions in 2010?

Poll results

Response Percent
Johnathan Wilson
Bradley McDougald
Daymond Patterson
Chris Omigie
Christian Matthews
Total 277

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Rob Farha, owner of The Wheel, is getting ready for another school year of KU students coming to his bar and another influx of fake IDs. Fake ID 101 is a campaign to help curb the use of fake IDs and Lawrence bars. Agency, Lawrence bars prepare to fight fake IDs
August 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
White posters are going up all over Lawrence businesses this week that warn minors about the consequences of using fake IDs to try to get into bars.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence Police Captain Tarik Khatib was named interim police chief by City Manager David Corliss on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Khatib will take over when current chief Ron Olin retires on September 1. Corliss selects Tarik Khatib as interim Lawrence police chief
9:20 a.m., August 10, 2010 Updated 9:55 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Capt. Tarik Khatib has worked in virtually every division of the Lawrence Police Department, from patrol officer to investigator to supervisor.
10:00 a.m.
With the help of a neighbor near 10th and Illinois, Amy Rzadczynski and her boyfriend had a portable toilet delivered for a 2009 football game day. Rzadczynski said, “Yes, it’s an eyesore but at least they are not using my trees or bushes.” The city is now contemplating regulating portable toilets during game days. City: Toilets around stadium need regulation
August 11, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Portable toilets on the properties surrounding Memorial Stadium are a necessary evil, property owners told the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday night.
2:00 p.m.
File photo of gun, bullets and Kansas concealed carry permit. Statehouse Live: Parkinson says he signed concealed carry expansion to avoid veto showdowns over other issues
11:16 a.m., August 10, 2010 Updated 11:25 a.m. in print edition on 1A
During the last legislative session, lawmakers removed several of the reasons the Kansas Attorney General’s office could deny a concealed carry permit to an applicant.
6:00 p.m.
Over 30 volunteers built mud forts on the banks of the Kansas River Tuesday, August 10, 2010. The forts are part of an annual event commemorating Lawrence's role in the Civil War. Kids dig in and learn a little Kansas history during mud fort event
August 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
At 7 years old, Brady Traffas could finally join his older brother Kade this year in building mud forts by the Kansas River.

All stories

Crews work overnight restoring power after thunderstorm
06:01 p.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 11:38 a.m.
After Wednesday’s storm, nearly 400 customers in Douglas County are still without power.
Campaign Notebook: Voters at Brownback rallies voice concerns
04:18 p.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 04:51 p.m. in print edition on A1
Brownback, who embarked on a four-day campaign tour, faces Democrat Tom Holland in the Nov. 2 general election.
Hunter education course to be held in September
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2 will sponsor a hunter education course next month.
Raptors acquire Julian Wright
01:55 p.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright, who posted on his Twitter account last February that he was “jealous of all those players that managed to get traded (before the deadline),” need not be envious of his peers any longer.
Brick restoration on New York Street reaches its final phase
August 11, 2010
Block by block, between 1960 and 1976, the historic bricks of New York Street, in one of Lawrence’s oldest neighborhoods, were paved over with asphalt.
92-year-old who won first Vinland Fair tractor pull recalls passion for event
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
When it comes to the Vinland Fair’s tractor-pull competition, no one can hold a candle to Max Moore. Moore, who is 92 years old and still actively farms his 300 acres just north and west of Baldwin City, was on the fair board when the idea was hatched to have a tractor pull back in the early 1960s. He also won the first tractor pull with his Ford, but his favorite, the 1950 Ferguson, has a better record.
Preliminary hearing set for late August for suspect in shooting outside the Exchange apartments
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man accused of shooting six people Aug. 1 outside a south Lawrence apartment faces a preliminary hearing later this month.
Moore denounces attack ad, asks Yoder to respond
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
Democratic congressional candidate Stephene Moore could glance at the television Tuesday for a reminder of how grueling the race in the 3rd District will be over the next three months.
Academic year begins for Lawrence public schools
10:16 a.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 04:12 p.m. in print edition on A1
One down, 174 days to go.
Birth and death certificates, immunization records affected by database glitch
August 11, 2010
Computer problems at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have left several databases unavailable to the public and other government agencies.
Brownback begins campaign bus tour
07:58 a.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 02:30 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback promised Wednesday to ramp up efforts to attract new jobs to rural Kansas if he’s elected governor, but the Republican nominee quickly faced criticism from Democrats that he’s out of touch with the state after a long career in Congress.
Setting the terms of freedom
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
He had no right to judge. That, in a nutshell, is the gist of last week’s uproar over a ruling by Vaughn Walker. Walker is the federal judge, originally appointed by Ronald Reagan and generally regarded, according to the Associated Press, as “a conservative with libertarian leanings,” who struck down Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. It turns out there is a rumor — never confirmed or denied — that Walker himself is gay. That has launched proponents of the ban into a full-fledged tizzy.
Hunt for suspected serial killer hits 3 states
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
Tony Leno was taking a smoking break outside the Toledo, Ohio, church where he works when a tall, muscular white man pulled over in his Chevy Blazer, got out and asked him for directions.
Chemist’s trial transferred to Kansas court
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
The trial of a Missouri chemist accused of stockpiling a poison was transferred Tuesday to Kansas, after federal judges in western Missouri disqualified themselves because prosecutors planned to offer evidence that the defendant once spoke of pumping deadly fumes into the federal courthouse in Kansas City.
U.S. aid winning friends in flood-ravaged Pakistan
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
U.S. Army choppers carrying emergency food and water buzzed over the swollen river and washed-out bridges, landing in the valley once controlled by the Taliban. They returned laden with grateful Pakistani flood survivors — newly won friends in a country where many regard America as the No. 1 enemy.
Prep hoops star Turner to visit Jayhawks, others this fall
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Josiah Turner, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Sacramento (Calif.) High, will visit Kansas University, Louisville, Oregon and Arizona in the coming months, Turner’s mom tells
Lethal power
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
In his letter of Aug. 5, John Dunham claims that the vigil sponsored by the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki confuses two issues: the proliferation of nuclear weapons today and their use against Japan in World War II. I hold that they are anything but separate.
House approves more border agents
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a rare moment of bipartisanship Tuesday, the House approved $600 million to pay for more unmanned surveillance drones and about 1,500 more agents along the troubled Mexican border.
U.S. sees drop in hospital staph illnesses
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Aggressive, drug-resistant staph infections caught in hospitals or from medical treatment are becoming scarcer, another sign of progress in a prevention effort that has become a national public health priority.
Some fishing areas reopened
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
A federal fishing ban has been lifted for more than 5,000 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida Panhandle.
Oil-inspired magazine spread stirs up muck
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A10
The model is in black, prone and dirty on jagged rocks, netting draped around her legs like a dead sea creature.
Taliban blamed for casualties
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A10
The number of Afghan civilians killed or injured in the war soared 31 percent in the first six months of the year, with Taliban bombings and assassinations largely responsible for the sharp rise, the United Nations reported.
Long tarmac delays down significantly
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A7
Only three flights sat on the tarmac for more than three hours in June, compared with nearly 300 a year ago, the government said Tuesday.
Former WWE CEO wins Senate primary
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A7
Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet won the Democratic nomination to a full term in Colorado Tuesday night, overcoming a fierce primary challenge at home and an outbreak of anti-establishment fever nationwide.
Kids activities set at Clinton Lake
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
Clinton State Park is hosting its annual O.K. Kids Day this Saturday, with several activities for kids.
Business hit with ‘till tap’
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Revenue served a tax warrant Tuesday on a Tonganoxie business that owes about $132,000 in delinquent sales taxes.
Worker productivity drops for first time in more than year
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
Worker productivity dropped this spring for the first time in more than a year, a sign that companies may need to step up hiring if they hope to grow.
Fed will buy U.S. debt
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
As recently as two months ago, the Federal Reserve sounded optimistic about the economic recovery. Now the central bank is taking a new step that shows it is clearly more worried, but economists say it probably won’t help much.
Fire hits former Nazi death camp
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
A fire swept through a barrack at the former Nazi death camp of Majdanek, destroying more than half the building and possibly 10,000 shoes of Holocaust victims, officials said Tuesday.
Flight attendant’s grand exit draws charges, fans
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
No fed-up worker has ever said “I’ve had it” quite like Steven Slater.
Tips to protect your identity
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
After trending downward for four years, identity theft is on the rise again. Last year more than 11 million consumers were hit by the crime, according to Consumer Reports Money Adviser.
Waters OK with Iranians rewriting song
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Roger Waters has no qualms about giving a Canadian band permission to tinker with the Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick in the Wall” for use as an anthem for young Iranians.
Bear Grylls almost done in by a camera
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Adventurer Bear Grylls was surprised by a huge crocodile in Australia, navigated a shark-infested channel off Papua New Guinea and lost the ability to breathe while in free-fall at 30,000 feet during upcoming new episodes of Discovery’s “Man vs. Wild.”
Britney Spears looks set for ‘Glee’ episode
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Britney Spears seems set to appear in an episode of the Fox musical-comedy television show “Glee” next season.
Scarlett’s dresses in bad shape, need repairs
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
It’s time to find out if fans of “Gone With the Wind” frankly give a damn about the fabulous dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the multiple-Oscar-winning Civil War drama.
Netflix gains rights to stream more movies
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B8
Netflix Inc. will pay nearly $1 billion during the next five years for the online streaming rights to movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM in a deal that could help convert even more people to the idea of getting their entertainment piped over high-speed Internet connections.
Pair of former Jayhawks taking volleyball skills overseas
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B3
In just a couple days, two former Kansas University volleyball players will travel to Europe to begin another season of professional volleyball.
‘Modern Family’ makes product placement fun
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Easily the best new comedy of the past season, “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC) has received 14 Emmy nominations, trailing only “Glee” among network series. The earnest HBO miniseries “The Pacific” leads all comers with 24 nods.
Horoscope for August 11, 2010
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
This year, focus on the quality of your daily life. You will want change and admire efficiency. You will be able to integrate both of these qualities into your life. Attention to detail will define your success. If you are single, you could meet someone in your daily travels. If you are attached, the two of you working as a team could add to your financial stability. Virgo can be possessive.
Pump patrol
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
City: Toilets around stadium need regulation
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Portable toilets on the properties surrounding Memorial Stadium are a necessary evil, property owners told the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday night.
Kansas to receive $179M in aid
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A6
Kansas could receive approximately $179 million to preserve teacher jobs and help pay for health care for the needy under passage of a $26 billion state aid bill Tuesday by Congress.
Obama signs emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A6
Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.
Huge ice island could pose threat to oil, shipping in Arctic Ocean
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C8
An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland.
Putin helps put out wildfires
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C8
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into a firefighting plane Tuesday and dumped water on two of the hundreds of wildfires sweeping through western Russia and cloaking Moscow in a suffocating smog.
Football notebook: Sweltering heat greets KU at two-a-days
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Jayhawks received a rough welcome to the world of two-a-day practices Tuesday as temperatures rose into triple digits.
Freedom of information at center of Gulf’s BlackBerry debate
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C8
The militants who carried out the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, used mobile phones and other handheld gadgets to coordinate an assault that left 166 dead.
Spring in his step: Dog days of summer no bother to diligent Springer
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
Justin Springer was in no hurry to hit the showers after a three-hour practice in mid-90 degree temperatures last week on the practice fields outside Memorial Stadium.
Football buzz? …Crickets
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B1
A year ago at this time, the days crawled. It seemed as if the opening kickoff for the final seasons of Todd Reesing, Kerry Meier, Dezmon Briscoe, Darrell Stuckey and Jake Sharp never would arrive.
Nebraska wide receivers thrive on competition
Senior Paul, junior Kinnie leading Huskers’ WR corps
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B5
Nebraska’s offense stands to gain if Niles Paul and Brandon Kinnie compete as hard against opponents as they do against each other.
Six can’t-miss games for upcoming college football season
UT-Nebraska highlights Big 12 slate
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B5
Just ask any college football coach and he’ll tell you, all games are big games. OK, we’ll concede that point. But some games are more intriguing than others. Here are this season’s must-see games in the landscape of college football.
40 years ago: Drought produces smaller but sweeter peaches
August 11, 2010
Mrs. C. W. Davenport of Davenport Orchards reported that the continued drought had caused the area peach crop to be smaller in volume, and the individual peaches were ripening sooner than normal and were therefore smaller, but the prolonged sunshine had produced a sweeter fruit.
Art of compromise
Kansans should appreciate the willingness of their governor not only to accept a compromise but to be honest about his reasons for doing so.
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
A good politician has to pick his or her battles. Despite the fact that he has decided to retire from politics, Gov. Mark Parkinson often has displayed a strong sense of when he should fight and when it is better to compromise.
25 years ago: Residents exchange memories of V-J Day
August 11, 2010
Local residents recounted their various memories of forty years previously, when the radio and newspapers carried the news of the dropping of the atomic bomb in early August and the arrival of news of the surrender on August 15, V-J Day.
Show of respect
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
I attended the Free State High School band’s end-of-camp show on Aug. 6. To my surprise, no announcement was made prior to the band playing the National Anthem asking all who are able to please stand and remove their hats. What was even more shocking was that several people remained seated and even more didn’t remove their hats.
Heat wave continues with fourth straight day of triple-digit temperatures
An excessive heat warning is still in effect through 8 p.m. Friday.
12:00 a.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 03:14 p.m.
Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees for the fourth straight day Wednesday, bringing little relief from this week’s brutal heat wave.
Search for fugitives from Arizona continues
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Authorities Tuesday focused on western Montana and southwest Canada in the search for an escaped convict from Arizona and his suspected accomplice who fashion themselves a present-day “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Plane crash in Alaska kills ex-senator, 4 others
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
An amphibious plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens crashed into a remote mountainside during a fishing trip, killing the state’s most beloved political figure and four others and stranding the survivors on a rocky, brush-covered slope overnight.
Coin toss, canvass decide some Kansas races
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A5
For anyone who considers canvassing of votes just a formality, consider a couple of examples from Kansas county races.
Idol’ winner Fantasia hospitalized after overdose
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Fantasia is in stable condition at a North Carolina hospital after taking an overdose of “aspirin and a sleep aid,” according to the manager for the former “American Idol” champ.
Kansas attorney general reports record amount of money recovered
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Steve Six has made record recoveries for consumers and of Medicaid fraud, according to his office’s latest annual report.
Players plead not guilty in hazing at Pittsburg State football camp
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B10
Nine football players from Seneca, Mo., pleaded not guilty to charges arising from an alleged hazing of younger Seneca players during a Pittsburg State football camp.
Disaster declaration signed for 34 Kansas counties
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B10
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in 34 Kansas counties hit by storms and flooding in June and July.
As senator, Stevens delivered billions for Alaska’s future
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
To much of the nation, Ted Stevens was the crotchety senator who famously referred to the Internet as “a series of tubes” and fought to build the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Farm accident kills Linwood man
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
A 54-year-old rural Linwood man died Monday night in a farming accident.
Brazil overpowers United States, 2-0
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B2
It didn’t really matter which players Brazil put in the famous yellow shirts with the five stars.
Cowboy gives up basketball scholarship
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State captain Nick Sidorakis has agreed to give up his scholarship so that the Cowboys don’t have to cut a player from the basketball team.
Being real just isn’t worth it
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B2
Let’s say you’ve just finished a brutal day at work. You come out of your cubicle and are immediately met by someone asking you questions about how and why you failed.
WVU looks into another violation
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B5
West Virginia is investigating whether some football players wore more than just helmets during the first two days of practice, which would be a violation of NCAA rules.
Oklahoma State football dons pads for first time
August 11, 2010 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma State took another step in its preparation for the upcoming season, breaking out football pads Tuesday for the first time in training camp.
Health concerns
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
If we want our health negatively affected let’s go for the coal-fired power plant which, according to Physicians for Social Responsibility, will bring us cancer, strokes, respiratory diseases, etc.
100 years ago: Civil War veteran visits old friend
August 11, 2010
Freeman Harrington, an old veteran of this city, was reunited with a boyhood friend this week when he visited Albuquerque for a short stay. He and Col. Edward Johnson were so nearly physical doubles that they were often confused in the army. They were inseparable companions and fast friends at all times. Johnson had pulled Harrington over an embankment by the heels one time when the latter had been shot, saving him from capture by the rebels. After the close of the war they became separated. Since that time the old comrades have been corresponding until last week when the Lawrence man started south to visit his old friend.
Primary campaigns disappoint
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
Thank heaven the primaries are over. Here in Kansas things ended up pretty much as most folks expected, although I was a bit surprised that Kris Kobach managed to win. But looking back on the primary campaigns, I feel compelled to say that I found them to be really very depressing, not what I would have hoped for in Kansas. The low level achieved by some of the campaigns was actually shocking. I was particularly bothered by several aspects that I want to discuss.
Fair favorites: The prize-winning recipes of 2010
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C1
The mouth-watering, award-winning foods displayed at the Douglas County Fair last week had wide appeal.
Ultra Rice holds hope for health
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C3
What looks and tastes like ordinary rice is actually the product of two decades of research and development.
Want to eat local? Challenge yourself
August 11, 2010 in print edition on C1
aturday marks the beginning of the third annual Eat Local Challenge at The Community Mercantile, 901 S. Iowa, and this year the challenge is heading out of the store and hitting the streets.
Benedictine College to honor Mother Teresa
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Catholic college in northeast Kansas will mark the 100th birthday of the late Mother Teresa with several honors, including the naming of a building for the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Water level too high at Tuttle Creek
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
Riley County commissioners were told that the water level at Tuttle Creek State Park reservoir is 20 feet above the preferred level.
Farmer unknowingly tends marijuana
August 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Authorities say a southern Idaho farmer unknowingly watered and fertilized more than 300 marijuana plants while tending to his corn fields.
Sooners expecting to bounce back
August 11, 2010
When Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford fell to the turf, re-injuring his throwing shoulder on Oct. 17, 2009, the Oklahoma University football team basically lost all hope of making a return appearance to the BCS Championship.
Cowboys chaotic: Oklahoma State to run wild offense
August 11, 2010
Mass chaos. Simply stated, it’s what the Oklahoma State University football team hopes to create for opposing defenses in 2010.
Texas A&M hopes to take ‘next step’
August 11, 2010
If superstars are the key to success in college football, then Texas A&M could be set for a huge year in 2010.