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Plans unveiled to accommodate KU-KSU football fans on a Thursday night
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University has announced special parking plans and extra buses to help faculty and staff deal with a Thursday night football game later this semester.
KU history professor awarded $7,500 Kemper Fellowship
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University assistant history professor Nathan Wood became the latest faculty member to earn a $7,500 Kemper Fellowship on Monday.
Campaign Notebook: Roberts backs Moran
Republican senator endorses Moran to replace Brownback
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran has picked up the backing of his longtime mentor in the race for U.S. Senate.
Two local projects awarded $30 million in bonds
Projects must find buyers by Oct. 1
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
The clock is now ticking on a pair of proposed multi-million dollar economic development projects in Lawrence.
March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride scheduled for Sept. 19
August 23, 2010
This year’s March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride to benefit the March of Dimes is scheduled for Sept. 19.
Flagpole atop Fraser Hall damaged in storm; university contemplates next step
02:10 p.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 02:46 p.m. in print edition on A1
After 50 years of flying high above Kansas University’s golden valley, one of the flagpoles atop Fraser Hall fell victim to a summer storm on Friday.
Tiger Woods, wife officially divorced
01:47 p.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods and his wife are officially divorced.
U.S. Supreme Court ruling led to charges being dismissed in Wittig, Lake cases
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompted their dismissal of charges against two former Westar Energy executives accused of looting the Kansas utility.
Portion of KU rec center still closed after fire sprinkler break
August 23, 2010
A “ball of some sort” broke a fire sprinkler Saturday afternoon at the KU rec center. Staff are still trying to assess damages, as a portion of the center remains closed.
Nebraska prosecutors drop charges against Phelps-Roper
10:04 a.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 01:21 p.m. in print edition on B8
A member of Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church has reached a deal with a Nebraska prosecutor to dismiss charges against her stemming from a 2007 protest outside a soldier’s funeral.
Deer crashes through window at Weaver’s
09:03 a.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 09:06 p.m. in print edition on A1
A deer that broke through a store window in downtown Lawrence early Monday morning has disappeared.
KDOT public workshops focus on future construction projects
08:01 a.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 10:51 a.m. in print edition on B8
State transportation officials are hitting the road beginning Monday to talk with Kansans about future construction projects.
Man arrested on charges of rape Sunday morning
06:01 a.m., August 23, 2010 Updated 09:16 a.m. in print edition on A3
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on a charge of rape Sunday morning after an incident at Delti Chi fraternity.
Parties seek independents’ support
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Leaders of Australia’s two major political parties lobbied for support from independent lawmakers to stitch together the nation’s first minority government since World War II after the closest elections in almost 50 years.
Alarms blamed for van Gogh theft
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
None of the alarms and only seven out of 43 surveillance cameras were working at a Cairo museum where a Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen, Egypt’s top prosecutor said Sunday.
Rallies over NYC mosque get heated
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
The proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting, “Say no to racist fear!” and American flags waving on both sides.
Fiddlers, pickers vie for crowns in downtown Lawrence
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A5
Shade was a hot commodity for musicians and music lovers alike Sunday afternoon in downtown Lawrence.
Coal’s grip on power debated
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
Is coal-fired production of electricity on the rise or is it flaming out?
Farms recalling eggs share suppliers
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A10
Two Iowa farms that recalled more than a half-billion eggs linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business routinely cited for violating state and federal law.
L.A. unveils $578 million school, costliest in nation
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A10
Next month’s opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968.
Mayor defends dolphin hunts as ‘history of our ancestors’
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B10
As children in inner tubes bob on the calm waters of this small ocean cove, a 550-pound dolphin zips through the crowd in pursuit of raw squid tossed out by a trainer.
Gulf Coast tourism facing perception problem
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B10
On the great yawning porch that once belonged to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, two women sit in rockers listening to the cicadas and looking out over Mississippi Sound as they wait for their tour to begin.
Vacationing Obama can’t shed entourage
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B10
President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters’ summer reading list and grab himself a novel.
KU draws line on sidewalk advertising
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
Those pastel-colored sidewalk chalk scrawls hawking cheap well drinks at local bars are on the way out at KU.
Next U.S. target: birthplace of the Taliban
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B10
As Lt. Col. Peter N. Benchoff prepares for an assault next month into the birthplace of the Taliban, he doesn’t sugarcoat the hurdles his troops face in this crucial swath of southern Afghanistan.
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriages for the week of August 23, 2010.
Divorces granted
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted for the week of August 23, 2010.
Dangerous teens back in ‘Bond of Silence’
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
Teenagers out of control! Now we’re talking. Stories about dangerous, scary teens threatening adults have been a staple of B-movies and bad TV shows for decades. But recently, teens tend to be portrayed in a more pleasant light (“High School Musical,” “Glee,” the Justin Bieber phenomenon). So I was happy to see the scary-teen theme return with a vengeance in “Bond of Silence” (8 p.m., Lifetime), starring Kim Raver (“24”).
Faith Evans arrested on DUI charge
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
Grammy-winning singer Faith Evans has been arrested after being stopped at a drunken driving checkpoint in the Los Angeles area.
‘True Blood’ stars Paquin, Moyer tie knot
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
“True Blood” co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have taken their true love to the altar.
25 years ago: KU student falls from second-story fraternity window
August 23, 2010
A Kansas University student from Prairie Village was in intensive care at the KU Medical Center after falling from a second-story window of a fraternity house. He had been climbing over a desk to exit the window to sit on “the balcony,” which was a small roof over a first-floor window, when he lost his balance and flipped out of the window.
Horoscope for August 23, 2010
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, you demonstrate your innate skills in the workplace. You create new avenues to make — and also spend — money. Others begin to understand your savvy. You will find that many people around you defer to your expertise more often. If you are single, you could meet someone through work. If you are attached, your partner often presents very different views. Aquarius can add another quality to the workplace that you admire.
A bittersweet end for Cubs skipper Piniella
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B2
Pinching the bridge of his nose with his left thumb and index finger as if to stop the flow of tears moistening his eyes, Cubs manager Lou Piniella winced.
Royals take marathon series
After 31 innings, Kansas City claims two of three from Chicago
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
Jason Kendall finally put an end to this marathon series.
Corner turning corner
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
It takes more than speed, agility and a sense of timing to play cornerback in the Big 12. It also takes loads of confidence. On that front, Kansas University’s top corner and most experienced player draws high marks.
Wise women build
Lawrence church invites public to unique spiritual retreat
August 23, 2010
“The wise woman builds her own house; the foolish one tears hers down.”
Band champs: Parents play vital role in area high schools’ music programs
August 23, 2010
They might not use the line “I’m with the band” to sneak into football games, but parents of Lawrence marching band members could be considered the ultimate groupies.
Guide to cheap textbooks
August 23, 2010
Research shows textbook prices have increased at four times the rate of inflation since 1994, with no end in sight. It’s no secret students are turning to alternative methods for cheap college textbooks. College students now spend an average of $900 a year on books.
Get your cowboy on in Abilene
August 23, 2010
Late summer in Kansas is the perfect time for a road trip. For less than a two-hour car ride I was able to experience an authentic Midwest tradition, genuine presidential museum and one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Architecture, all in one location.
Book review: ‘Operation Redwood’ young adult tale about environment
August 23, 2010
Julian Carter-Li, a 12-year-old San Francisco boy, is faced with a dilemma in “Operation Redwood.”
The whole pig and nothing but the pig
August 23, 2010
Making something yourself from scratch isn’t just cheap. It’s more satisfying and, in the case of food, it’s often way more tasty.
Family volunteer opportunities
August 23, 2010
Big Brothers & Big Sisters is in great need of volunteers for its Bigs In Schools program. Currently, there are more than 60 students on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister in elementary and junior high schools across the Lawrence school district.
Hidden toxins: Beware these summer dangers for children, pets
August 23, 2010
There’s cyanide lurking in your apples. And those juicy peaches, too. Your potatoes can be deadly if you’re not careful. Same goes for the leaves on those beautiful, tart rhubarb stalks. And that amaretto flavoring in your morning coffee? It has killer origins.
Buddy and beyond: Nonprofit director supports caregiving efforts
August 23, 2010
Kelly Evans understands the importance of respite. She cherishes early morning “alone times” when she meditates, prays and prepares for her busy days as executive director of Trinity In-Home Care, a Lawrence nonprofit that promotes independent living and provides relief for caregivers.
Post-Toddler Stress Disorder
August 23, 2010
I could not understand the urgency with which my parents had delivered my perfectly darling 2-year-old nephew, Charlie, to us last weekend for an overnight stay while my sister and her husband were away.
More women start families with artificial insemination
August 23, 2010
Yiskah Rosenfeld never had baby fever. She didn’t long for a child or hear her biological clock ticking in the giggles of other women’s newborns.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
August 23, 2010
Watch out, Barbie: Mattel’s Monster High is in session
August 23, 2010
Barbie wouldn’t last a day at Monster High. The latest fashion dolls from Mattel Inc. are a dramatic departure from the toy maker’s most recognizable blond: As the offspring of famous monsters, the new Monster High girls are fearless, occasionally furry and a bit freaky.
Get color-coordinated for fall
August 23, 2010
This fall, choose plenty of separates for a wardrobe full of trendy, stylish clothing and accessories. But before you do too much shopping, read about the latest fall color-trends and one popular runway style you’ll be sure to love.
40 years ago: City gains funds for Clinton Reservoir land acquisition
August 23, 2010
The City of Lawrence received nearly $4 million in federal aid when the U.S. Senate passed the $5 billion public works appropriations bill. $2 million was earmarked for the North Lawrence Flood Control Levee which was already under construction. In addition, $1,960,000 was earmarked for land acquisition for Clinton Reservoir to be built just west of the city.
Voter benefit
Just in time for the April elections, city commissioners have an opportunity to bring back Lawrence’s previous primary system.
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A7
Also on Tuesday’s City Commission agenda is a charter ordinance that should draw easy approval.
Michigan, fishing shaped Hemingway
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A7
At the beginning of the last century, when the Great Lakes steamships brought the summer people from Chicago, he was introduced to fishing, hiking and camping along these shores. He lingered alongside the lakes, he plied the streams, he set up tents behind the family home and on the trails. Ernest Hemingway loved northern Michigan.
Where are Mideast peace talks headed?
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A7
‘Twas a famous victory for diplomacy when, in 1991 in Madrid, Israelis and Palestinians, orchestrated by the United States, at last engaged in direct negotiations. Almost a generation later, U.S. policy has succeeded in prodding the Palestinians away from their recent insistence on “proximity talks” — in which they have talked to the Israelis through American intermediaries — and to direct negotiations. But negotiations about what?
33 Chilean miners are trapped alive
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Chile’s president euphorically waved the note, written deep inside a collapsed mine, that his country waited 17 agonizing days to see: “All 33 of us are fine in the shelter,” one of the trapped miners wrote in red letters.
‘Bigs’ needed in Lawrence schools
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of volunteers for its “Bigs In Schools” program. Currently, there are more than 60 students on the waiting list across the Lawrence school district.
Wyclef Jean not giving up on Hatian presidential bid
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean said Sunday he is not abandoning his presidential bid just yet and will try to get the courts to overturn a decision disqualifying him from the race.
Douglas County mediators guide parents through divorce
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
Life can be complicated for a child of divorced or separated parents.
U.S. troops unlikely to resume combat duties in Iraq
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
It would take “a complete failure” of the Iraqi security forces for the U.S. to resume combat operations there, the top American commander in Iraq said as the final U.S. fighting forces prepared to leave the country.
‘Expendables’ stays No. 1 with $16.5M
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A9
Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” fought off an onslaught of newcomers to finish on top of the weekend box office again.
Favre plays one series in Vikes’ loss
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B2
Brett Favre completed one pass and also got clobbered on a sack that lost Minnesota 10 yards.
Good compromise
Just in time for football season, city officials have come up with a reasonable compromise to deal with portable toilets in the Oread Neighborhood.
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A7
Lawrence city staff members have done a good job of drafting an ordinance that sets regulations for the use of portable toilets in residential areas.
100 years ago: Former president Roosevelt to visit Lawrence
August 23, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for August 23, 1910: “When ex-President Roosevelt comes to Kansas next week, he will visit Lawrence. Instead of spending Wednesday evening of next week as the guest of Kansas newspaper men in Osawatomie, Roosevelt will spend the night at the Stubbs home in Lawrence.”
Yellowstone bears more dangerous
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Yellowstone’s grizzlies are going to be particularly hungry this fall, and that means more dangerous meetings with humans in a year that is already the area’s deadliest on record.
Fixing shingles is a snap if you’re OK with heights
August 23, 2010
Replacing damaged or missing asphalt shingles is a simple task, as long as the roof is not too steep and you do not harbor a deep fear of heights.
Kidcast: Daniel Page
August 23, 2010
The 6News Kidcast segment for August 23, 2010.
Ex-officer holds tourists hostage in Philippines
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
A dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized a bus in the Philippine capital today with 24 passengers, most of them Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement, police said.
Israeli P.M. stakes out positions for talks
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Israel’s prime minister demanded Sunday that any future Palestinian state be demilitarized and recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, as he staked out his starting position for new Mideast peace talks.
Meet ’n’ greet: Gill fired up at Fan Appreciation Day
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
After an hour of running his team through proper alignments and assignments at Fan Appreciation Day, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill took the microphone and thanked the crowd for showing up. One problem. Gill’s adrenaline raced so much and his voice boomed so loudly that stadium officials had to turn down the public-address system to contain Gill’s excitement.
Durant steps up ‘D,’ U.S. slides by Spain
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B2
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim called for a switch to his trademark “Orange” 2-3 zone with the United States clinging to a one-point lead.
Potts to start at quarterback for Texas Tech
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B3
Texas Tech senior Taylor Potts will start the season at quarterback.
‘Blue’ wins KU soccer intrasquad
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Whitney Berry scored a goal and had three assists in the Blue team’s 4-1 intrasquad soccer victory over the White team on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Georgia Tech seeks blue-collar workers
Jackets looking for replacement for fearsome defensive end
August 23, 2010 in print edition on B3
Andy McCollum would consider himself a football guy. He’d likely call himself the type of gritty, down-to-earth, jammed knuckles, blood-and-dirt-under-the-nails kind of guy who thinks every football player should be born with those characteristics only. Only thing is, not every football personality is made alike.
Unmanned bomber unveiled
August 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.