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Births
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On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, August 31, 2010
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Polls
What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?

Poll results

Response Percent
A whole lot of nothing
 
49%
Hanging out with family and friends
 
38%
Taking a weekend getaway
 
12%
Total 557
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Mango Agua Fresca, Cherry-Cucumber Cooler, and Watermelon Lemonade. Summer in a glass
August 30, 2010
The days of summer are winding down, bringing with them nights perfect for sitting on your deck/patio/porch/balcony /couch and enjoying yourself before the temperature plummets us into fall and (shudder!) winter.
6:00 a.m.
A new apartment project for the Oread Neighborhood may mean the end of the house at 1043 Ind., which once gained fame as the home of the Kansas University football team. At left in the distance is the Oread Hotel. New apartment project in Oread Neighborhood may lead to demolition of Varsity House
August 30, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A new apartment project for the Oread Neighborhood may mean the end of an old boarding house that once gained fame as the home of the Kansas University football team.
10:00 a.m.
Steven Johnson has benefited from his determination to work through various injuries. After tearing the ACL and LCL in his knee in high school, Johnson didn’t know whether he’d be able to play football again. His perseverance led him to being an invited walk-on at Kansas. He received a scholarship offer one year later in his sophomore year. This year, his junior year, Johnson will be starting at linebacker. Prayers answered: Steven Johnson’s strenuous journey leads to rewarding opportunity to start at linebacker for KU
August 31, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Steven Johnson sits on the steps on the north side of the Kansas University football practice facility, his arms resting on his knees in front of him. The junior linebacker — with brown eyes, curly black hair and a few scraggly hairs on his chin straining to form a goatee — wants to talk about the upcoming season.
2:00 p.m.
Attendees mill about during a break Monday at the Biosecurity Research Symposium in Kansas City, Mo. Animal lab forum has elements of ‘biosci-fi’
August 31, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Their names seemed to be pulled out of a science-fiction novel: Rift Valley Fever, exotic blue tongue, Chinese porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.
6:00 p.m.
Tennis coach Debbie Woodall, right, chats with eighth-grade players Chloe Clement, left, and Megan McReynolds on Monday before the start of match play at Southwest Junior High. Next year when sixth-graders will join the district’s middle schools, they will have the opportunity to participate in athletics, clubs and other after-school activities. New sixth-graders to get more out-of-classroom opportunities with change to middle schools
August 30, 2010 in print edition on 3A
This year’s fifth-graders will get more opportunities next year to participate in athletics, academic clubs and other organized after-school activities. Thanks, middle schools.

All stories

Two Topeka men arrested on suspicion of stealing copper from Farmland Industries
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers have arrested two Topeka men suspected of stealing copper from the former Farmland Industries plant Tuesday night.
Obama on Iraq: It’s time to turn the page
07:25 p.m., August 31, 2010 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: “It’s time to turn the page.” Now, he said, the nation’s most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy.
Downtown pep rally to celebrate start of KU football season
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Downtown Lawrence will be filled with a sea of crimson and blue Thursday night as Jayhawk football fans take over Massachusetts Street.
Escaped Kansas sex offender captured at Missouri DMV
August 31, 2010
An escaped Kansas sex offender is back in custody after attempting to register a used car at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Missouri.
Two Lawrence bars named to national ‘Top 50’ list
August 31, 2010
Apparently finding a good college bar isn’t really that difficult for Complex Magazine, especially if you look in Lawrence.
Sweet Alternatives: These substitutes to sugar are only natural
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
White sugar might as well be the Casanova of the culinary world. So sweet and seductive that it’s hard to get enough, but so sly and bad-to-the-bone that, at its heart, it’s only a few steps removed from its villainous modern cousin, high-fructose corn syrup.
Regents to consider giving former KU Chancellor Gene Budig a new title
12:02 p.m., August 31, 2010 Updated 03:04 p.m. in print edition on A3
In recognition of 30 years of service to Kansas University, the school is seeking approval to grant Gene Budig the title of chancellor emeritus.
Statehouse Live: Newly renovated Statehouse room needs $250,000 in acoustical work, officials say
10:53 a.m., August 31, 2010 Updated 04:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
Aside from the House and Senate chambers, the old Supreme Court Room is the largest and most ornate meeting room in the Capitol.
Kansas officials hope August tax collections meet expectations
August 31, 2010
Kansas officials are hoping the state’s tax collections in August met expectations.
Kansas Army National Guard’s top personnel officer retiring
August 31, 2010
The Kansas Army National Guard’s top personnel officer is retiring next month after a career spanning 36 years.
Morning house fire displaces mom, four children
08:13 a.m., August 31, 2010 Updated 11:38 a.m. in print edition on A4
Katrice Woods returned to her east Lawrence home Tuesday morning to see smoke coming from the back of the house, 1300 Del.
Two questioned after suspicious items found in checked luggage
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Two men on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Amsterdam were questioned by Dutch authorities after U.S. officials found a cell phone taped to a Pepto Bismol bottle and a knife and box cutter in checked luggage connected with the men, a law enforcement official said.
Delegation from Lawrence sister city calls for stronger ties
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
During a visit to Kansas University, representatives from a university in one of Lawrence’s sister cities on Monday called for strengthened ties between the two schools.
RV dealer challenges ‘Twighlight’ star Lautner to push-ups
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
The owner of an RV dealership sued by Taylor Lautner over a customized vehicle challenged the “Twilight” star Monday to use his muscles instead of his lawyers to resolve the case.
U.S. survives first test in Turkey
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B2
The shot bounced off the back rim, then the front, then finally fell out. With that, the United States walked off the court with a victory, and another warning: A world championship won’t come easily for this young team — if it comes at all.
Wilson, Texas blank Royals, 3-0
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
The more familiar C.J. Wilson becomes with teams, the more dominant he is.
65-carat emerald found at North Carolina farm
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
An emerald so large it’s being compared with the crown jewels of Russian empress Catherine the Great was pulled from a pit near corn rows at a North Carolina farm.
Number of women in Congress could fall
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
For the first time in a generation, the number of women serving in Congress could drop as a result of this fall’s midterm elections, an odd twist on a political season many had dubbed “the year of the woman” as female candidates made runs in several high-profile races.
Mexico says drug lord ‘the Barbie’ captured
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Federal police on Monday captured a long-sought, alleged Texas-born gang kingpin who faces drug trafficking charges in the U.S. and has been blamed for a vicious turf war that has included bodies hung from bridges and shootouts in central Mexico.
Purse, cocaine not hers, Hilton told Vegas police
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
Paris Hilton had an explanation for police: The rolling papers, $1,300 in cash and several credit cards were hers, but not the purse they were in.
Bristol Palin will be among ‘Dancing’ stars
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
The mother of “The Brady Bunch,” a former NFL quarterback, one of the self-proclaimed “guidos” from “Jersey Shore” and the daughter of Sarah Palin are among the celebrities who will cha-cha-cha on the 11th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Impatience may drive high rate of C-sections
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C12
Cesarean deliveries have doubled since 1996 and now account for one-third of all births in the United States. A new study suggests that a big dose of patience on the part of women and their health care providers during delivery might help to lower the rate substantially.
Americans spend more as economy limps along
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Americans are spending a little more this summer, but hardly enough to rejuvenate the weakening economy.
Earl batters Caribbean, threatens eastern U.S.
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
Hurricane Earl battered tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roof-ripping winds Monday as it rapidly intensified into a major Category 4 storm taking a path projected to menace the United States.
Car stickers to include environmental info
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Will your new car get an A in fuel efficiency? A government proposal may add letter grades to showroom window stickers on new cars and trucks to reflect a vehicle’s overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions.
All-in-one flu shots already available to public
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
It’s flu-shot season already, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older.
Fueling conflict
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Charles Krauthammer’s opinion piece (Journal-World, Aug. 27) proposes a sinister form of democracy buttressed by claims of race-baiting by strawman liberals on four political hot buttons. Based on this he bellows with early senility that voters should determine policy.
No gains
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Economics offers much to teach us. Dolph Simons’ Saturday Column of Aug. 28 states that Lowe’s would add sales taxes, jobs and property taxes. Economics shows this to be incorrect.
Drilling effort to free Chilean miners begins
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
An enormous drill began preliminary work Monday on carving a half-mile chimney through solid rock to free the 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine, their ordeal now having equaled the longest known survival in an underground disaster.
40 years ago: 15-year-old Florida boy serves 2 stints in Vietnam
August 31, 2010
A 15-year-old Florida boy was reported to have successfully served two hitches in Vietnam, but the Army was refusing to recognize his service.
25 years ago: State turns down Montana’s offer of grizzly bears
August 31, 2010
The State of Montana had recently requested to send some of its grizzly bears to Kansas, but the Kansas Fish and Game Commission turned them down, claiming that the state already had an overabundance of the bears, who went by a different name here. “We call them state legislators,” wrote the fish and game director.
Mideast peace plan next for Obama
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Firmly and finally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, President Barack Obama will have but a moment before trying to hasten peace nearby between Israelis and Palestinians. Left unclear is whether winding down the war that inflamed Arab passions will do anything to help long-shot Mideast talks.
Rocker Slash files for divorce in Los Angeles
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
Slash is preparing to go solo in his love life.
Louisiana man arrested by Seagal pleads guilty
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
A Louisiana man who was arrested by Steven Seagal and other sheriff’s deputies last year has pleaded guilty to a minor drug charge.
Baseball-as-metaphor abuse endures on ESPN
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
Does America suffer from too many baseball meta-phors?
Horoscope for August 31, 2010
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, look past the obvious. Finally, you will learn to trigger less and allow greater give-and-take between you and others. Empathy increases with understanding. Sometimes you will have to flow with a loved one’s unpredictability. If you are single, don’t count on any relationship being long term until you pass the year mark. Gemini expects a lot from you.
Nationwide bedbug infestation spurs pesticide misuse
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C12
A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators.
Private colleges ‘act local’ with financial aid offers
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C12
Hoping to portray themselves as more affordable and all-around better neighbors, private colleges from Appalachia to Boston are sweetening financial aid packages for students from their own backyards.
Diabetes now tops Vietnam vets’ claims
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C12
By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos.
Divorces granted
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces for the week of August 31, 2010.
Marriages
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriages for the week of August 31, 2010.
Vital stats system now running for KDHE
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it now has access to electronic versions of birth certificates and other vital statistics records.
In first 8 months, returns good for Kansas casino
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
Despite the poor economy, the first state-owned casino in Kansas is exceeding revenue projections and drawing customers from throughout the Midwest, according to lottery officials.
Pump patrol
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Sucking it in: Guys starting to take underwear cue from women
August 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
Further signs of the impending apocalypse: Men’s girdles are now all the rage.
Proud profs
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
This is for Keith Langford: Thanks for your guest column in the Journal-World (Sports, Aug. 29) so that your friends here in Lawrence can learn about your accomplishments and aspirations as well as your disappointments and frustrations.
For fun, not profit
There’s nothing wrong with going to a casino for fun, as long as you’re not going there to win.
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Mark Blakeslee, who teaches a course at Dodge City Community College on treating problem gambling has a refreshingly realistic, if pragmatic, view of the new Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City.
Education seen as key in Afghanistan
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
There’s been a barrage of bad news lately from Afghanistan. So I was glad for the chance to discuss “what should be done?” with Greg Mortenson, the author of the best seller “Three Cups of Tea” who has built more than 151 schools, mostly for girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I’ve traveled with him to some of his schools in Pakistan; he stopped to see me in Philadelphia between interviews in New York and Washington.
Bombs kill 8 coalition troops in Afghanistan
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Roadside bombs killed eight members of the international force in Afghanistan — including seven U.S. troops — raising to more than a dozen the number who have died in the previous three days, NATO said today.
North Korean leader’s trip to China confirmed
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
After Kim Jong Il’s safe return, North Korea confirmed what for days had been clear: the Dear Leader was on a not-so-secret trip to northeastern China.
Kaun making impact for Russia at World Championships
Rush’s Pacers future unclear after incident
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball player Sasha Kaun is the starting center for Russia at the World Championships in Turkey.
Position battles still brewing for KU football
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill went through his first weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday morning and, in doing so, shed some light on loose ends the Jayhawks are trying to tie up before Saturday’s season opener.
Past champs Roddick, Federer, Venus win at U.S. Open
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B2
Once you reach a certain age, birthdays tend to make you reflect on your own mortality. They also, in the case of a professional athlete such as Andy Roddick, tend to prompt questions about the state of your career.
Prayers answered: Steven Johnson’s strenuous journey leads to rewarding opportunity to start at linebacker for KU
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Steven Johnson sits on the steps on the north side of the Kansas University football practice facility, his arms resting on his knees in front of him. The junior linebacker — with brown eyes, curly black hair and a few scraggly hairs on his chin straining to form a goatee — wants to talk about the upcoming season.
100 years ago: Lawrence’s first aero glider destroyed in storm
August 31, 2010
The wreck of the first aero glider built and successfully tried in Lawrence lies in a pasture west of town. The machine was constructed by two Lawrence young men, Ogden Jones and Frank Pryor, and was built after the model of an aeroplane, although without a motor. The machine was used in numerous trips and was successful. It was left out of the shed one night last week, and in the storm that came up the glider was torn from its moorings and the uprights broken.
Biden says U.S. won’t abandon Iraq
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Vice President Joe Biden sought Monday to reassure Iraq that America is not abandoning it as the U.S. military steps back and a stalemate over who will run the war-battered nation’s next government approaches its sixth month.
Seabury tennis beats De Soto
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Seabury Academy’s girls tennis team held off De Soto, 6-3, on Monday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.
Kansas man sentenced for stealing from mom
August 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
A northeast Kansas man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for stealing more than $500,000 from his mother’s trust fund.
Salina church secretary sentenced for embezzlement
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A5
A former church secretary in Salina has been granted probation in an embezzlement case.
Interfaith center envisioned near ground zero
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
The chairwoman of the community board that voted for an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero said she believes adding an interfaith dimension would help unite people, saying a nondenominational chapel built at the Pentagon as part of a Sept. 11 memorial did just that.
Animal lab forum has elements of ‘biosci-fi’
August 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Their names seemed to be pulled out of a science-fiction novel: Rift Valley Fever, exotic blue tongue, Chinese porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome.