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Archive for Saturday, August 14, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Josh Nathan works on the set of “Leverage” in Portland, Ore. Nathan is one of four Kansas University film students who spent the summer as production assistants for the TNT original series. Career ‘Leverage’: KU film students spend summer on set of TV series
August 13, 2010 in print edition on 1C
What one learns in film school isn’t necessarily the most vital info when attempting to break into the Hollywood scene.
6:00 a.m.
Search for the new athletic director: ‘There are a lot of people that are going to lust for this job’
August 14, 2010
A. Drue Jennings isn’t sure yet whether he’ll help Kansas University in its search for a new athletic director when Lew Perkins retires following the 2010-11 school year. Jennings — KU’s interim athletic director when Perkins was hired in 2003 — does know this much, though: the university won’t have a lack of suitors.
10:00 a.m.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback (left) talks Wednesday with Tony Mattia, a pastor from Wamego, during a campaign stop in Wamego. Brownback’s ‘Road Map’ for state criticized for being short on details
August 14, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Sam Brownback’s road map for his campaign bus tour better have more detail than his policy “Road Map for Kansas.” If not, he’ll be lost and asking for directions, Democrats say.
2:00 p.m.
In an effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads after the game, state troopers will be conducting a RAVE, or Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement. Don’t feel cheated: ‘Late mergers’ in construction zones can actually ease traffic congestion
August 13, 2010 in print edition on 1A
We’ve all seen it. Construction signs ahead warning of two lanes of highway traffic merging into one. Most motorists are following what they consider to be proper roadway etiquette: Move to the open lane as soon as possible. But then, out of nowhere, there’s that driver who speeds down the now-empty lane and cuts to the front of the line.
6:00 p.m.
Brady Tanner, 29, puts more weight on the bar during his workout last week at Haskell University. Tanner has been active in sports of all kinds for most of his life. He is also a member of the Douglas County Special Olympics basketball team. Tanner has been chosen to compete in weightlifting events at the Special Olympics World Games in Greece. Lawrence to bid for 2014 Special Olympics
August 13, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence, Kansas: Site of the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games.

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No injuries at house fire on Ohio Street
01:57 p.m., August 14, 2010 Updated 07:16 p.m. in print edition on B1
Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical crews were battling a house fire in the 1000 block of Ohio Saturday afternoon. No one was injured during the fire.
Economist: Learn from past mistakes
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
The success of Congress’ financial reforms depends on how well regulators implement them, the head of the Federal Reserve’s 10th District said Friday.
100 years ago: More stringent eligibility requirements to be applied to Haskell
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Ottawa Herald confirms that practically one-half of the local Indian students attending Haskell Institute are to be barred as a result of more stringent regulations outlined in a letter from H. H. Fiske, superintendent of the institution. The letter says that all students possessing less than 25 percent of Indian blood, and residing more than a mile and one-half from any public school, no longer are eligible to the government institution.
100-year-old Scotch found in Antarctica
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday — but the heritage dram won’t be tasted by whisky lovers because it’s being preserved for its historical significance.
8-year-old painter new star of art world
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
He’s Britain’s most talked-about young artist. His paintings fetch hefty sums and there’s a long waiting list for his eagerly anticipated new works.
Office explains financial options
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
Jennifer King knows the importance of having a little extra money to help with tuition costs. The Kansas University senior from Topeka transferred last year to KU from a junior college, and was aided by a Pell Grant.
Need help with classes? Check out tutoring options
August 14, 2010
For those interested in tutoring help at Kansas University, a wide variety of options are available.
Legal office provides vast array of services to students
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
Jo Hardesty realizes Kansas University’s Legal Services for Students isn’t as well-known as it could be.
Office of Disability Resources strives to assist special needs
August 14, 2010
A world that’s easily navigable for most can pose difficult challenges for those with disabilities — a situation Kansas University recognizes and works to mitigate every day.
Tensions mark talks
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
When recently the Arab League backed restarting direct peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, but only when the Palestinians believe the circumstances are right, the response of Hamas was of angry rejection. The movement’s Damascus-based leader Khaled Mashaal not only said that such negotiations were illegitimate, he denied the Arab League’s right to make such a pronouncement.
KU’s Writing Center focuses on clarity of expression
August 14, 2010
Kara Bollinger sometimes edits 30 papers a week. She is not a professor; she is a graduate student working in the Kansas University’s Writing Center. As a writing consultant Bollinger has helped hundreds of students plan, organize, think critically, edit and improve their papers.
West Campus sees expansion with 2 new buildings opening soon
August 14, 2010
By Scott Girard Special to the Journal-World Two new buildings will open for the fall seTwo new buildings will open for the fall semester on Kansas University’s West Campus. Each building, though serving different purposes, has been designed with the future of technology and business in mind.
Health center services cover needs of students
August 14, 2010
By Andy Hyland ahyland@ljworld.com Students looking t
KU campaigns to boost summer class numbers
August 14, 2010
In an effort to increase enrollment, Kansas University undertook a campaign this year to highlight summer class offerings.
‘Junior’ Williams Fund brings student fans into KU’s ticket system
August 14, 2010
Last year, Kansas Athletics established a junior version of its popular and profitable fundraising program, the Williams Fund, and so far the results are better than expected.
Service trips put alternative spin on spring break
August 14, 2010
By Joe Miller Special to the Journal-World Every year, more than 200 Kansas University sEvery year, more than 200 Kansas University students choose to spend their vacations helping other people around the country through KU Alternative Breaks.
Scholarship living brings out unity in students
August 14, 2010
Four years ago, when Michael Rockford went off to college, he was nervous about making friends. Sure, he’d attended a large high school in Kansas City, one with more than 1,800 students. But KU’s 30,000 plus student population was still intimidating.
‘Something for everyone’ offered at fitness center
August 14, 2010
The Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center can get more than 5,000 Kansas University students walking through its doors in a day sometimes.
Education reform remains priority for KU professor
August 14, 2010
Education means many things to many people. Whether it is the transmission of civilization, a luxury, a responsibility, power, knowledge or invention, it is undoubtedly a cornerstone of society. Wayne Sailor, professor of special education at Kansas University, has been working on behalf of education for more than 30 years. From California to Washington, D.C., Sailor has traveled the country working to improve school systems. His interests: special education and more specifically, school reform.
Budding journalists enjoy perks of Kansan experience
Newspaper staff gains confidence, knowledge through work on KU’s student-run publication
August 14, 2010
With 150 or more members, the University Daily Kansan is one of the largest student organizations on the Kansas University campus. From online multimedia to television broadcast, the Kansan is more than just a newspaper.
Spencer rarities: Library houses varied and diverse collection of books
August 14, 2010
Library collections that aren’t books are often measured in linear feet — the amount of shelf space the materials take up. Bruce McKinney, a Wichita collector of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered ephemera, recently donated his collection of more than 160 linear feet of materials to the Spencer Research Library. There, it immediately went to good use.
Life filled with learning led pioneer to create hybrid study
August 14, 2010
Don Worster bounces around a lot. He’s traveled to Scotland, China, England, the Netherlands, as well as many spots in the United States. And the list keeps stretching.
Medicinal chemistry professor’s ideas flow freely at KU
August 14, 2010
Kansas University Distinguished Professor Barbara Timmermann has traveled all over the world to learn more about how plants can improve human health. But one recent trip stands out in her mind as particularly special.
Studying abroad combines academics with adventure
August 14, 2010
Forty-six days in Russia is not the same as 46 days at home. There’s no way to quantify, in real time, how profound the study abroad experience can be. Just ask Kansas University senior Godfrey Riddle.
Alumni chapters keep KU spirit going after graduation
August 14, 2010
Travel outside of Kansas wearing a Jayhawk shirt and a random “Rock ChalkTravel outside of Kansas wearing a Jayhawk shirt and a random “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” will likely be shouted your way. But where will you meet the most former Lawrence residents?
After seven days, excessive heat warning expires
12:00 a.m., August 14, 2010 Updated 08:22 p.m.
An excessive heat warning that was in effect for a full week in Douglas County has finally expired.
Sayers will appear as guest speaker at Kansas Sports HOF event
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University running back Gale Sayers will be the first in a series of sports celebrities invited to speak at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame’s newly-formed Boathouse Club on Aug. 30 in Wichita.
Kuchar ahead at wacky tourney
Play suspended again at PGA Championship
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
Tiger Woods ate breakfast three times before he teed off in the first round of the PGA Championship. It was time for dinner when his second round began Friday.
Same guy, different voice: Kansas WR Wilson, no longer as quiet, welcomes role of vocal leader
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
A few weeks ago, Johnathan Wilson ran into former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier in the training room on campus.
People in the news
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C7
People in the news for August 14, 2010.
Hallmark presents tale of the preppy and the pauper
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C7
The class struggle comes to the Hallmark Channel! Or maybe not. The made-for-cable romance “Class” (8 p.m., today, Hallmark) features a number of familiar faces and starts out with a prominent social conscience before settling down to a story that wouldn’t wrinkle the brow of your average “Pretty Woman” fan.
Horoscope for August 14, 2010
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C7
You always put your best foot forward, but even more so in the next 12 months. You spark a lot of creativity in others. Honor your need for downtime and a strong familial life. If you are single, be very careful about who you date. If you are attached, the two of you connect more and more on a very emotional level. Scorpio demands a lot.
Storms damage trees, roof at Kansas State
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
Powerful thunderstorms left thousands of people without electricity across northeastern Kansas and damaged trees and a roof at Kansas State University.
Scout Cabin is another step for Greensburg
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
When most of this town was destroyed by a tornado, the quality of life vanished, also.
Club news
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
Club news for August 14, 2010.
4-H News
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
4-H news for August 14, 2010.
Scouting news
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B7
Scouting news for August 14, 2010.
Around and about
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B5
News from around and about the Lawrence community for August 14, 2010.
Kansas unit home after year in Iraq
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
More than 150 soldiers have returned to Fort Leavenworth following a one-year deployment in Iraq.
City commission agenda for August 17, 2010
Football party plans diagrammed
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
The city commission agenda for the August 17, 2010 meeting.
Demofest takes place today in Wichita
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Democratic candidates and party activists will meet today in Wichita as part of the annual Demofest.
Teachers union ratifies master agreement
August 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Teachers and other professionals in the Lawrence school district now are working under a ratified contract, Lawrence Education Association announced Friday.
Royals trade Guillen to Giants
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C5
The San Francisco Giants made another move for the stretch run Friday, acquiring veteran outfielder Jose Guillen and cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
Gill celebrates birthday in style: with Jayhawks
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill turned 48 years old Friday and, on his birthday, spent some of his day celebrating with his team.
U.S. must focus on education
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
When is enough, enough? Some say now, and I wholeheartedly agree. At a time when the Congress passes a bill providing $37 billion to continue financing two wars with limited discussion, the American masses need to pause, think, and consider the future and its daunting priorities. More than a few legislators were, by the way, in a rush to leave the Capitol and head home to campaign for their re-election.
Olympic teams, Pippen, Malone inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Former Jayhawk guard Kelley honored with 1960 U.S. team
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C5
Larry Bird stopped just short of calling the Dream Team the best squad ever assembled.
India eyes Google, Skype in security crackdown
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A6
India may ask Google and Skype for greater access to encrypted information once it resolves security concerns with BlackBerrys, which are now under threat of a ban, according to a government document and two people familiar with the discussions.
No easy fix ahead for sluggish economy
Americans spent less in July
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Federal Reserve has little power left to lift the economy out of its rut. Congress, with an election looming, has no appetite for more stimulus. Shoppers are reluctant to spend, and businesses are slow to hire.
More immigrants getting licenses
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
Carlos Hernandez packed up his family and left Arizona after the state passed its sweeping immigration crackdown. The illegal immigrant’s new home outside Seattle offered something Arizona could not: a driver’s license.
Floods fail to spark strong global aid
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
The global aid response to the Pakistan floods has been much less generous than to other recent natural disasters — despite the soaring numbers of people affected and the prospect of more economic ruin in a country key to the fight against Islamist extremists.
Obama defends plan for mosque near ground zero
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully joined the national debate over construction of an Islamic complex near New York’s ground zero, telling guests at a White House dinner marking the holy month of Ramadan that opposing the project is at odds with American values.
Police: Israeli also suspect in Israel stabbing
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
The man accused of going on a three-state stabbing spree in the United States was also a suspect in a stabbing near his hometown in Israel. But what drove Elias Abuelazam remains a mystery: Relatives describe a shy man from a respected family who had recently become despondent.
Gates: Reinvest defense savings in weapons
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Pentagon plan to reduce spending on civilian contractors could free up more than $10 billion in the next four years, says Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who wants the savings to be spent on new ships, fighters and other weapons systems rather than on reducing the federal budget deficit.
Feds: More drilling needed to plug well
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP’s broken oil well is not dead yet.
Over 10K set human domino record
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than 10,000 people in northern China on Thursday set a world record for the longest chain of human dominoes. Arranged in lines, they collapsed backward onto each other in sequence from a sitting position.
Tamils seek asylum in Canada
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
At sea for three crowded and grueling months, hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers from war-ravaged Sri Lanka sought refuge in Canada on Friday when their rusty, ramshackle cargo ship finally edged just after sunrise into the shelter of a naval port.
Iran’s nuclear plant to get fuel
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Russia announced Friday it will begin the startup next week of Iran’s only atomic power plant, giving Tehran a boost as it struggles with international sanctions and highlighting differences between Moscow and Washington over pressuring the Islamic Republic to give up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms.
FDA OKs emergency contraceptive
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Federal health officials on Friday approved a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than the current leading drug on the market.
Waters blasts ethics panel, media
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a veteran legislator accused of breaking House rules, blasted the ethics committee and the press Friday while denying she had “violated anything.”
Obama signs border security bill
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill directing $600 million more to securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a modest election-year victory that underscores his failure so far to deliver an overhaul of immigration law.
Chiefs suffer 20-10 setback to Falcons in preseason opener
August 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
Matt Ryan can check off a couple of preseason goals.
Brownback’s ‘Road Map’ for state criticized for being short on details
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
Sam Brownback’s road map for his campaign bus tour better have more detail than his policy “Road Map for Kansas.” If not, he’ll be lost and asking for directions, Democrats say.
40 years ago: Hospital to accept credit card payments
August 14, 2010
Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced that it was joining other businesses in allowing patients to place hospital care on their Master Charge or Bank Americard credit cards. The usage was not to be limited to emergency or outpatient service, as had been discussed earlier. Administrator Charles Denniston said that the hospital had received many requests from the public to use the cards, but that “we have tried to get cash in the past — and we will continue to do so.”
25 years ago: City turns down halfway house proposal
August 14, 2010
A proposal to operate halfway houses in the 900 block of Connecticut Street was turned down by the Lawrence City Commission. The houses, which would have served women recovering from alcohol and drug dependency, had drawn opposition from neighbors, who presented commissioners with a petition signed by 80 percent of the surrounding property owners.
Library system’s resources go beyond books
August 14, 2010
By Brenna Hawley bhawley@ljworld.com What has seven branches on campus, millions of free items and will be used by almost every studeWhat has seven branches on campus, millions of free items and will be used by almost every student at Kansas University? The library system.
KU Info continues to expand on service’s long history
August 14, 2010
Sitting in his office near one of the busiest walkways on the Kansas University campus, Curtis Marsh says he’s proud of the way the service he oversees has transformed itself.
Veterans association hopes to ease transition from soldier to student
August 14, 2010
Adjusting from war zone to student life can be daunting for some veterans. Jonathan Duncan, a senior from Newlin, recalls his transition. Whether it was from civilian students asking, “did you kill anyone?” or teachers probing, “are you pretty messed up?” or “are you OK?”, Duncan had many curiosities and questions to confront.
Search for the new athletic director: ‘There are a lot of people that are going to lust for this job’
August 14, 2010
A. Drue Jennings isn’t sure yet whether he’ll help Kansas University in its search for a new athletic director when Lew Perkins retires following the 2010-11 school year. Jennings — KU’s interim athletic director when Perkins was hired in 2003 — does know this much, though: the university won’t have a lack of suitors.
Student body president brings new ideas to office
August 14, 2010
When Michael Wade Smith was elected student body president at Kansas University this spring, he brought with him an ambitious platform.
Campus programs aim to reduce dangerous drinking
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
One night while Karyn Raidl, 22, was still in high school, she slogged back an entire bottle of tequila. Plunging into unconsciousness, her breathing grew shallow, her heartbeat eventually stopped and friends rushed her to the hospital.
University program recognizes outstanding high schoolers
August 14, 2010
Senior year of high school doesn’t always leave students time to pause and recognize all they’ve accomplished. But the Kansas Honors Program, celebrating its 40th anniversary of being put together by the Kansas University Alumni Association, gives students that time by recognizing the top 10 percent of people in their graduating classes.
KU’s Edwards Campus expands with new building
BEST facility to be finished in spring 2012
August 14, 2010
The bronze jayhawk sitting in front of the Kansas University Edwards Campus’s Regnier Hall is just a little smaller than its Lawrence campus counterpart. Vice Chancellor Bob Clark says that it doesn’t matter. “We are KU,” Clark said.
Improved bus access makes getting around a bit easier
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A5
Almost a year into the integration of the Lawrence and Kansas University transit systems, ridership is higher. Now the two departments plan to roll out several changes to the system for the new school year.
Counseling service takes on broader spectrum of issues
August 14, 2010
For students struggling with depression or anxiety, Kansas University makes counseling available for these and other mental issues and disorders.
Peer advisers can help with academic plans
August 14, 2010
“How long does it take to get across campus?” “What’s an easy class?” “Is this professor good?” These are just a few of the questions that Kansas University peer advisers field as incoming freshmen enroll. It can be a stressful time for advisers, but it’s even more stressful for students.
Ombudsman provides safe sanctum for students, staff to find resolution
August 14, 2010
On college campuses around the world, an ombudsman refers to an “agent for justice.” On Kansas University’s campus, this person is Kellie Harmon.
KU Career Center finds new approach to get students jobs
August 14, 2010
Though the economy has restricted many college students from finding jobs, the Kansas University Career Center, led by director David Gaston, has not skipped a beat.
Autumn harvest: Now is the time to start planning for fall produce
August 14, 2010 in print edition on D1
It might be hot enough to create a wilted spinach salad on the sidewalk, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to be thinking about planting said spinach for cooler consumption.
Faith forum: How do your beliefs affect your faith in other people?
August 14, 2010 in print edition on D1
I believe that all men are created in the image of God. This means that every single person, regardless of their level of wealth and intellect, has intrinsic worth.
Federal budget cutting won’t be painless
August 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
Meet Robert Gates, also known as The Leading Indicator. The defense secretary, who is noted among his colleagues for his special closeness with President Obama, stepped out in front of other department heads this week by announcing his plans to trim Pentagon spending in a major way next year.
Georgia Tech, Southern Miss provide challenges for KU before conference play
August 14, 2010
First-year Kansas University football coach Turner Gill won’t have to wait long to get his first taste of big-time football as a Jayhawk.
Jayhawks’ defensive goal: Be more aggressive
August 14, 2010
Kansas University’s football team returns seven starters on defense from a season ago. But don’t expect those same faces to mean it will be the same ol’ defense for the Jayhawks in 2010.
Kansas offense has pieces, but how will they fit?
August 14, 2010
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill must feel like he’s staring down at one of those 5,000-piece puzzles.