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Service learning classes pick up steam at KU
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
There’s a lot of “doing” in Raquel Alexander’s Kansas University business classes.
Lawrence businesses hope Final Fridays program will draw art lovers to downtown
Lawrence could be the Santa Fe of the Midwest’
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence tourism leaders are hoping that Friday eventually will be remembered as the day that Lawrence took its first big step in becoming known as the art capital of the Midwest.
Campaign Notebook: Gay candidate for Legislature receives death threat
02:47 p.m., August 25, 2010 Updated 07:24 p.m. in print edition on A1
Dan Manning, a West Point graduate, said the note scared him a bit but he wasn’t going to be intimidated by it.
Journal-World receives fourth consecutive APME honor
August 25, 2010
The Associated Press Managing Editors have awarded the Lawrence Journal-World an honorable mention in their 2010 contests.
Former newspaper editor selected for annual William Allen White Foundation citation
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The William Allen White Foundation will award its 2011 annual citation to John S. Carroll, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and Lexington Herald-Leader newspapers.
Kansas airports add billions of dollars to state economy, report says
11:38 a.m., August 25, 2010 Updated 01:15 p.m. in print edition on A3
The $337,000 study — funded mostly by the Federal Aviation Administration — assessed the impact of the state’s 132 general aviation airports and eight commercial airports.
KU-KSU hoops to appear on GameDay
11:21 a.m., August 25, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Kansas men’s basketball team will once again host an ESPN College Gameday in the 2010-11 season, this time on Jan. 29 against Kansas State, the Big 12 announced Wednesday.Allen Fieldhouse for the Jan. 29 Kansas University-Kansas State men’s basketball game, the Big 12 Conference and KU announced Wednesday.
Topeka school bus crash sends eight children, three adults to hospital
09:19 a.m., August 25, 2010 Updated 12:56 p.m. in print edition on A3
Several children and adults were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car in Topeka Wednesday morning.
Testing finds asbestos at some Kansas prisons
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B8
State prison officials say an audit has found some asbestos-containing materials at some prisons, leading to work at two of the facilities.
Roberts endorses Pompeo in 4th Congressional District race
August 25, 2010
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has endorsed his party’s nominee in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.
New Baldwin school will open next week
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Although students at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center didn’t get to start classes at their new school on time, they will be moving into it earlier than expected.
Jet misses runway in northeast China, crashes
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Aviation officials at a relatively new airport in northeast China searched through debris today for clues to why a passenger jet crashed and burned while trying to land on a fog-shrouded runway, killing 42 people and injuring 54 others.
Rondo not part of U.S. basketball final roster
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
The U.S. national basketball team finalized its roster Tuesday for the world championships and there’s no Rajon Rondo.
Tigers stifle Royals
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
As good as Rick Porcello was on Tuesday night, Tigers manager Jim Leyland thinks he can do better.
China’s massive traffic jam could last for weeks
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C10
A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.
Solar system with at least 5 planets found
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C10
Astronomers have spotted a solar system 127 light-years from earth with at least five planets orbiting a star, the biggest system found since exoplanetary research began, the European Southern Observatory said Tuesday.
Douglas’ ex seeks ‘Wall Street’ cash
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
Michael Douglas’ return to his Academy Award-winning “Wall Street” role also spawned a legal sequel to his decade-old divorce.
People in the news
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
People in the news for August 25, 2010.
Low prices, rates can’t slow fall in home sales
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A8
Home prices in many parts of the country scream bargain, and mortgage rates haven’t been this low for decades. So why are houses across the nation sitting on the market for so long?
100 years ago: Lightning kills 3 heifers and a mare
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
When Wm. J. Pettinghill entered his pasture yesterday morning he found three fine heifers and a trotting bred mare dead, presumably by lightning. The heifers had evidently been reaching through a barbed wire fence to graze when the bolt hit the wire and all went down in a bunch, but the horse, a fine young animal, was in another pasture and was at least sixty feet from the fence.
Boehner calls for firing economic advisers
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called Tuesday for the mass firing of the Obama administration’s economic team, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House adviser Larry Summers, arguing that November’s midterm elections are shaping up as a referendum on sustained unemployment across the nation and saying the “writing is on the wall.”
KU’s CREES celebrates 50 years
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
This weekend, Kansas University’s Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies will celebrate 50 years of offering courses in culture, language and area studies training.
Stem cell ruling to be appealed
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The government will quickly appeal a court ruling that undercut federally funded embryonic stem cell research, the Obama administration declared Tuesday, but dozens of experiments aimed at fighting spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments probably will stop in the meantime.
9 states, D.C. get education grants
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than 13 million students and 1 million educators will share $3.4 billion from the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” grant competition, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday.
Low-cost salmonella vaccine might have prevented recall of half-billion eggs
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Low-cost vaccines that may have helped prevent the kind of salmonella outbreak that has led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs haven’t been given to half of the nation’s egg-laying hens.
25 years ago: Emporia woman pleads guilty to conspiring with minister to kill her husband
August 25, 2010
Down in Emporia, Lorna Anderson Eldridge pleaded guilty and admitted conspiring with former minister Thomas P. Bird to kill her husband, Martin Anderson. In return for the guilty plea for two counts of criminal solicitation, the charge of conspiracy to commit murder was dropped.
The hottest pepper in the world
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C3
Anyone with a fondness for hot chili peppers should know the Dorset naga.
McCain wins renomination
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Veteran Sen. John McCain sailed to nomination for a fifth term Tuesday over an Arizona challenger with tea party support, but big-spending political novice Rick Scott beat an insider in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary as voters split on the merits of establishment candidates vs. outsiders.
City commission primaries revamped
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Commissioners unanimously agreed to change the law regarding City Commission elections.
Santa Fe Depot grant fails
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will keep looking for grant money to restore the Santa Fe Depot building in east Lawrence, after learning recently that the project failed to win a federal transportation enhancement grant.
Islamist rebels attack Somalian hotel, killing 32
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Islamist militants wearing Somali military uniforms stormed a hotel favored by lawmakers in the war-battered capital Tuesday, firing indiscriminately and killing 32 people, including six parliamentarians.
Gators in northern U.S. waters probably pets
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two gators in the Chicago River. One strolling down a Massachusetts street. Another in bustling New York City. And that’s just in the past few weeks.
Pick adjusting to being starting QB
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore Kale Pick has been through four practices and one scrimmage since being named the team’s starting quarterback late last week.
2 days of food stretched more than 2 weeks in mine
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C10
Each of the 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground lived on two spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk, a bite of crackers and a morsel of peaches. Every other day.
Digital diversions leave homes sleep-deprived
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C10
There are nights when Jane Hopkins feels like a sleep cop.
Microbes reduce Gulf oil plume
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C10
The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem was ready and waiting for something like the Deepwater Horizon blowout, and seems to have made the most of it, a new scientific study suggests.
Free State football young
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The three star receivers have moved on and so has the productive running back. The quarterback who packed so many thrills into game after game has used up his eligibility.
Big Ten mulls over changes to conference
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Since 1943, fans have always known where to find the annual showdown between Michigan and Ohio State: Right at the end of the Big Ten schedule.
Falcons won’t replace Meier yet
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Atlanta Falcons will not sign a receiver to replace injured rookie Kerry Meier (knee) for a couple of weeks.
Ochocinco fined $25,000 for tweet
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
The National Football League has fined wide receiver Chad Ochocinco $25,000 for the timing of his tweets.
56-year-old chimp gives birth at zoo
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B8
A 56-year-old chimpanzee has surprised officials at a zoo in northeast Kansas by giving birth.
Brownback vows to defend Kansas aviation industry
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B8
Republican gubernatorial nominee Sam Brownback envisions a future of commercial space flight where existing aircraft makers in Kansas use their expertise and infrastructure to work with private space companies to design and build spaceships.
Confronting ghosts of Cooperstown
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
As summer winds down, “Ghost Hunters” (8 p.m., Syfy) returns with a sixth season of new episodes. Tonight, Jason, Grant and the rest of the Atlantic Paranormal Society travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s also the location of the century-old Otesaga Hotel, a grand vacation spot that has been owned by the same family for its entire existence.
40 years ago: Watchman finds noose hanging in Watson Library
August 25, 2010
A night watchman making his rounds in KU’s Watson Library was startled to find a hangman’s noose dangling from a ceiling beam. The noose was in a restricted-access mechanical room, and the watchman said it had not been there earlier in the day.
Horoscope for August 25, 2010
August 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you swing back and forth as you determine your boundaries in key associations. Sometimes you feel as if you don’t give enough. Other times you feel as if you give too much. If you are single, you meet people with ease. In fact, you will meet someone you feel passionately about. If you are attached, add sparks and fire to your bond. Pisces can be challenging.
Drug war sends bullets whizzing across the border
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A8
The first bullets struck El Paso’s city hall at the end of a work day. The next ones hit a university building and closed a major highway.
Student impact
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
I met a former student working in a local fast food restaurant and wondered if he had heard about the dip in Kansas University’s academic rating (“Slip in rankings may reflect growing concerns at KU,” Journal-World, Aug. 21). I doubt it, though we were both a bit embarrassed.
District lines
Will redrawing Lawrence’s high school boundary line benefit students?
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s not a bad idea to take a look at Lawrence’s high school boundaries, but engineering the two districts in an effort to achieve educational goals will be a tricky business.
Technology overtakes tradition
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
In a few weeks my wife and I will be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. Not surprisingly, we have been trying to discover what each would like as a present. Over the years I have learned that the best way to be certain of what Karen wants as a gift is simply to wait until she suggests a gift for me. Almost always, her suggestion for me is actually what she wants for herself.
What do I do with tomatillos?
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C1
Tart and sweet, these peppers hide a world of flavor underneath their thin, papery skin.
Lemon a safe bet when canning salsa
August 25, 2010 in print edition on C3
Is it really necessary to add lemon juice to home-canned salsa?
History repeating itself in the Mideast
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Never has George Santayana’s oft-quoted warning had greater significance than when it comes to Middle East “peace talks,” including the latest round scheduled to begin Sept. 2 in Washington, D.C. In constantly pressuring Israel to go far beyond the multiple and unreciprocated concessions it has already made, the United States ensures repetition of past mistakes, which will produce the same outcome.
Panel stresses need for financial education
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
Teaching Americans to be better financial planners has to happen early and often, a panel of bankers, regulators and educators told two members of Congress on Tuesday.
Pump patrol
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Lawrence man arrested after spanking child
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence man was arrested about noon Tuesday in relation to an incident from Aug. 14.
KU students warned of date rape dangers
Agency’s safety tips include responsible use of alcohol, watching out for friends
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
As thousands of Kansas University students are back for the fall semester, the temptation to drink and engage in risky behavior is a given. But a local agency is urging students to take precautions to avoid a dangerous situation.
Lawrence holds off on new special taxing district
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
City commissioners want to hear more about a potential expansion of the Hobby Lobby store at 23rd and Ousdahl before they sign off on a special taxing district for several stores near the intersection.
U.S. troops still face danger in Iraq
August 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas.