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Dalton Howard: Everyman in a million
August 18, 2010
Dalton’s life serves as a reminder that beyond the spotlight’s glare and commercial success on a grander scale there are diamonds of artistry and humanity right here among us.
Ottawa woman’s story to be featured on TLC this weekend
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
When 34-year-old JoAnne Fluke was born prematurely, doctors thought she would only live for 72 hours. But she defied the doctors’ prognoses and was home two weeks later. Born with a rare birth defect in which the bottom half of her spine is missing, Fluke has tiny webbed legs that she can’t use or control and her body is shorter than a 10-month-old child. Overcoming what would be a tremendous obstacle to some, Fluke has a ferociously independent spirit with a full-time career and a passion for dance.
Lawrence police seeking applicants for Citizens’ Academy
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A6
More than a decade ago, as a relatively new owner of The Wheel — a bar near the Kansas University campus — Rob Farha wanted to learn more about the Lawrence Police Department.
Family celebrating 150 years of farming in Douglas County
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A1
In 1860, Phillip Metsker and his two brothers transformed 240 acres of prairie grass into farmland. Today, another Phillip Metsker, the settler’s great-grandson, grows corn and soybeans while also working full-time as district manager for Taylor Seed Farms.
Minor injury accident snarls traffic on K10 between Lawrence and Kansas City
August 18, 2010
Two vehicles are involved in what was initially described as a rollover accident on Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Eudora.
Chief of Kansas Court of Appeals announces retirement
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
The chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals plans to retire in January when his current term ends.
Douglas County Community Foundation celebrating 10 years of charitable giving
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Since 2000, the Douglas County Community Foundation has contributed funds to everything from accessible health care to historic restoration.
Another gas line break reported at former Arensberg location
02:46 p.m., August 18, 2010 Updated 03:57 p.m. in print edition on A5
A downtown construction site that has been plagued with problems reported another one Wednesday afternoon: the site’s third gas line break in less than two months.
2010 Douglas County Fair results
August 18, 2010
The following are the results from the 2010 Douglas County Fair.
Power restored to hundreds following brief outage
02:44 p.m., August 18, 2010 Updated 03:02 p.m. in print edition on A3
According to Westar Energy’s website, over 750 customers lost power Wednesday afternoon. Power was restored just before 3 p.m.
Jayhawks name captains for 2010 football season
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has announced the captains for the 2010 season and all five are seniors.
Lawrence students’ ACT scores exceed national average
02:21 p.m., August 18, 2010 Updated 04:17 p.m. in print edition on A3
While average scores on the ACT college entrance exam fell slightly nationwide this year, the scores for high school graduates in Kansas increased and continued to outpace the nation.
Tonganoxie couple fined for hosting teen parties with alcohol
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B8
In what the judge and prosecutor agreed was a cautionary tale for changing times, a Tonganoxie husband and wife were fined $2,000 each and received one-year suspended sentences for hosting parties at which alcohol was available to minors.
City’s request for grant to upgrade train depot rejected
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A1
Plans for the city to assume ownership and restore the Santa Fe Depot in east Lawrence have been dealt a blow.
Walk-ons C.J. Henry, Chase Buford leave KU basketball team
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas guards C.J. Henry and Chase Buford have left the KU men’s basketball team, KU coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.
Danielle McCray, Sade Morris sign professional contracts
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas women’s basketball players Danielle McCray and Sade Morris have signed contracts with international teams to continue their basketball careers.
Free screenings open for preschoolers
August 18, 2010
The Lawrence school district is offering free developmental screenings regarding preschoolers’ walking, talking, hearing, vision, thinking and play skills.
KU men’s basketball players visit hospital patients
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players visited patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday morning, a day before the start of first-semester classes.
Official paints a tight financial picture for Kansas public schools
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
A top financial expert in the Kansas Department of Education is predicting another difficult funding year for public schools.
Campaign Notebook: Libertarians unveil school choice plan
09:48 a.m., August 18, 2010 Updated 09:48 a.m. in print edition on A5
The Kansas Education Liberty Act authorizes non-profit organizations to grant scholarships to students to attend a private or public school of their parents’ choice.
Performers to entertain on Downtown Lawrence streets during this week’s Busker Fest
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
El Gleno Grande will be doing a horse act without a horse. Mentoc the Mentalist will bend a spoon with nothing but his mind. And Mama Lou Strongwoman will rip through a phone book before you can tear even a single page.
Farmhand sentenced in Oskaloosa murder
August 18, 2010
A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for killing a northeast Kansas farmer who gave him a place to stay.
Off-duty jailer on administrative leave after shooting
August 18, 2010
An off-duty Wabaunsee County jailer is on administrative leave after shooting a man who appeared to be having car trouble.
Parole violators arrested in statewide sweep
08:17 a.m., August 18, 2010 Updated 11:59 a.m.
A recent four-day effort to locate Kansas parole absconders has resulted in the arrest of 21 people who had broken contact with state officials.
City commission unsure about portable toilets
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
City commissioners aren’t wild about the idea of potty permits.
Blagojevich jury deadlocks on all but one charge
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rod Blagojevich’s bravado was back. After waiting quietly for a jury to deliver its verdict, the disgraced former governor returned to his defiant claims about being the victim of runaway prosectors.
Lawrence to pursue Special Olympics bid
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Landing these games will involve some serious business.
Terrorist interrogation tapes found
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
The CIA has videotapes, after all, of interrogations in a secret overseas prison of admitted 9/11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh.
Mystery surrounds KDHE crash
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
Nearly two weeks after a major state agency’s computer system failed, there is no official word on the cause.
Deep discounts aren’t enough for shoppers
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
A dollar for a 40-ounce bottle of ketchup? Yawn. Four bucks for a 12-pack of Coke? No sale.
100 years ago: Thirsty horses appreciative of new fountain
August 18, 2010
The driving horse of John Ise, humane officer, was the first to drink from the new granite fountain after water was turned on yesterday. It was closely followed by others and before the day closed the buggies in the neighborhood had learned of the new watering place and were trotting on frequent visits to the little round founts at the base of the big fountain.
Cut the fat
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
I just don’t believe our local leaders are up to date in today’s world. Every day we are bombarded with facts showing product sales, sales tax revenues, consumer spending and consumer confidence are all down. Businesses are laying off because of slow sales, bankruptcies are up, foreclosures are up — on and on. Do you suppose this is because the consumer has little or no extra money to spend?
Norton wins KGA Senior title
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Two-time Kansas Amateur champion Bryan Norton of Mission Hills won his first KGA Senior Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Crestview Country Club.
Kansas AD Lew Perkins will still live in Lawrence
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins said Tuesday he plans on making Lawrence his home following his retirement in September of 2011.
ACT scores dip in 2010
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam have inched downward this year, yet slightly more students who took the test proved to be prepared for college, a report out today says.
Cuba travel restrictions may be eased
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration, in a test of the Castro regime’s appetite for reform, is considering easing travel restrictions to Cuba, U.S. and congressional officials said Tuesday.
Piracy charges thrown out
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
A judge on Tuesday dismissed piracy charges against six Somali men accused of attacking a Navy ship off the coast of Africa, concluding the U.S. government failed to make the case their alleged actions amounted to piracy.
Obama’s stand on mosque insensitive, GOP says
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A6
Republican candidates around the country seized on President Barack Obama’s support for the right of Muslims to build a mosque near ground zero, assailing him as an elitist who is insensitive to the families of the Sept. 11 victims.
Dole Institute sets fall lineup
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Dole Institute of Politics will honor Women Air Service Pilots who flew during World War II as part of its upcoming fall programming.
Debate rages over debt
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A8
The national debt is rising to levels that have never been seen in the United States during peacetime. Everyone agrees that it must come down. The question is how fast. Too fast could weaken the already weak economy. Too slow could do the same thing.
Electric vehicle grant to move forward
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
Commissioners agreed to apply for a federal grant that may help both the city and the county add more electric vehicles to their fleets.
Burlingame man in fair condition after accident
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 27-year-old Burlingame man is in fair condition after being involved in an accident west of Baldwin City on Monday.
Former Kline aide to be admonished
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
A former Kansas deputy attorney general will receive an informal admonition for failing to correct information given to the state Supreme Court during investigations of abortion providers.
Baldwin Junction under reconstruction
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A4
From now until early October, drivers should expect road changes near the U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 56 intersection.
Horoscope for August 18, 2010
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you often pull back or fall into a near dream state, allowing your imagination to take over. What frequently comes up could be exciting and point to new, dynamic solutions. If you are single, the question is: Who is right for you? You will have multiple suitors this year. If you are attached, you’ll discover that romantic excitement in your relationship once again. Enjoy. Sagittarius appreciates your humor and ability to laugh.
Survey of viewers shows extent of TV time-shifting
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B7
If you’ve never time-shifted a prime-time television series — watched it later on a DVR, over the Internet or ordered it on demand — you’re now in the minority.
The high cost of collecting critters
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B7
“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) sets out to prove that the peculiar affliction transcends class and economic station.
Number of teens with hearing loss on the rise, report warns
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A1
Teenagers aren’t necessarily tuning out adults; they simply might not be able to hear them.
A lesson in food
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C1
When he’s not teaching in the classroom, Stu Shafer is teaching in the fields
Fidel Castro seeks return to spotlight
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
Here’s the question being asked by almost anybody who is following the latest news from Cuba — what on earth is Fidel Castro up to?
Ratings insight
A closer look at the U.S. News and World Reports college rankings provides some notable insights.
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
Slipping in the rankings is never good news, so Kansas University’s drop in the U.S. News and World Reports college listing released Tuesday is disappointing. It’s interesting, however, to look beyond KU’s decline from 98th in last year’s rankings to 104th in the new list to some of the factors that might have been at play.
Parks & Rec class teaches basics of food preparation
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C3
I read on the community page of the Lawrence Parks & Recreation 2010 Summer/Fall Activities Guide about the Cooking 101 class. Is it just for beginning cooks?
Kansas ‘D’ lacks depth
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs might have the toughest job in America, but Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush can’t be too far behind.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that linebacker Jacoby Thomas, a red-shirt freshman from Texarkana, Texas, had been removed from the team for academic reasons.
Henry, Grizzlies remain in contract stalemate
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
Xavier Henry slipped on a blue Memphis Grizzlies jersey with his name and the No. 13 on it. Still to be determined is if he will wear it in games.
Pleasant surprise: O-lineman Zlatnik seizing opportunity at left guard
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
When Kansas University coach Turner Gill took over the KU football program last December, many talked about his luxury of returning a talented and experienced offensive line.
Charles’ role with Chiefs to be determined
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B1
He’s the first man in NFL history to rush for more than 1,100 yards in fewer than 200 carries and the first Kansas City Chief with four touchdown runs of 40 yards or more.
Finding affordable, top-performing computers, printers
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C10
If you’re shopping for a computer now, there’s good news. Changes to desktops, laptops and netbooks this summer are mostly cosmetic.
Are risks from WikiLeaks overstated by government?
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C10
Although the Pentagon warns that WikiLeaks could have blood on its hands for publishing classified U.S. war documents that name Afghan sources, history shows that similar disclosures have not always led to violence.
Athletes’ head injuries can mimic ALS
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C10
Scientists funded in part by the NFL say they have found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig’s disease.
25 years ago: New students reminded of drinking law
August 18, 2010
As a new wave of students came to town, they were reminded of the new state law under which a person must have turned 19 before July 1 to legally drink beer with a 3.2 percent alcohol content. One ramification of the new law was that a number of students who had been able to drink legally the previous semester could not during the fall 1985 semester. Incoming students were also reminded that using an altered, borrowed or false ID was a Class B misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of six months in jail plus a $1,000 fine.
Bomber kills 61 Iraqis hoping for jobs
August 18, 2010 in print edition on C10
Young men from some of Iraq’s poorest areas waited all night outside an army recruitment center, only to become easy prey Tuesday for a suicide bomber who killed 61 in the crowd.
40 years ago: Chancellor answers questions at Douglas County KU alumni session
August 18, 2010
A meeting of Douglas County Kansas University alumni culminated in a question-and-answer session in Woodruff Auditorium with Chancellor Laurence Chalmers. More than 500 people in attendance, about two-thirds townspeople and one-third KU faculty and staff, witnessed the gamut of questions, which were less hostile than Chalmers had experienced in 27 other alumni visits in Kansas over the summer.
Lives saved
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
In “Unnecessary attack” (Journal-World, Aug. 12), John A. Bond made four statements about the military situation with Japan in 1945 and why we should not have dropped the atomic bombs. He failed to mention that multitudes of Americans and Japanese (military and civilians) would have been killed if the bombs had not been dropped.
Equal rights
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A7
I find it depressing that homophobia is viewed as a valid moral stance, that it is seen as the “other side” of any debate. No other form of bigotry is so encouraged in our society and media today. We would be outraged today if media pundits harped about the immorality of black people, of the danger posed by black people raising children, the horrors of children learning about black people throughout history.
Sheriff: South Carolina mom killed kids, dumped car
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Investigators didn’t buy it when a woman said her two young sons drowned after her car plunged into a river.
Gulf water surface cleaner, but questions lurk
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A2
Researchers are warning that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a bigger mess than the government claims and that a lot of crude is lurking deep below the surface, some of it settling perhaps in a critical undersea canyon off the Florida Panhandle.
Algae, heat to blame for dead fish in Topeka park
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B8
High heat and algae apparently combined to kill up to 1,000 fish at a city park in Topeka.
Pair of downtown pep rallies approved
August 18, 2010 in print edition on A5
The 1000 block of Massachusetts Street will be closed two times this fall for KU football parties.
Batter who hit famous ‘Shot’ dies at 86
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Bobby Thomson, whose “Shot Heard ’Round the World” at the dramatic climax of the 1951 season still is arguably the most famous home run in baseball history, died Monday night in Savannah, Ga. He was 86.
Sooners’ Box out 3-6 weeks
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Linebacker Austin Box could miss the start of Oklahoma’s season because of a back injury that is expected to sideline him for three to six weeks.
Nebraska volleyball No. 2 in coaches poll
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Nebraska will start the season ranked No. 2 behind Penn State in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
OU guard Whitney Hand suffers another setback
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Guard Whitney Hand is expected to miss the first half of Oklahoma’s season after a setback in her recovery from a right knee injury that kept her out of the Sooners’ run to the Final Four last season.
Golf star calls herself a Wichitan
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
This is one for the chamber of commerce.
Deja vu as Favre returns to Minnesota
August 18, 2010 in print edition on B2
Brett Favre is back in Minnesota, right on schedule.