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12:00 a.m.
Executive chef Chris Wofford, of Ten restaurant in the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass., shows off a fall dish of pheasant and fingerling potato stew. Fall in flavor: Lawrence chefs tweak their menus with seasonal ingredients
October 7, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Temperatures are dropping, and Lawrence is inching into fall. The new season brings new seasonal foods and the desire for warm comfort foods, and many Lawrence restaurants are changing their menus to offer a fall meal to customers.
6:00 a.m.
Morning commuters drive out of a thick fog between Eudora and Lawrence on Tuesday. About 20,000 Douglas County motorists commute into Kansas City each day. If Lawrence is determined to be out of compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, all gasoline stations in Douglas County likely would be required to sell specially formulated, low-vapor gasoline during the summer months. New EPA air quality standards could mean higher gasoline prices for Lawrence residents
October 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Local health and transportation leaders are eagerly awaiting a number from the federal government that could affect how much Lawrence motorists pay for gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new air quality standards by the end of October. There are concerns that the new numbers for allowable ozone may push Lawrence into noncompliance.
10:00 a.m.
Democratic governor candidate Tom Holland and Republican candidate Sam Brownback will face off today in a debate at the Kansas State Fair. Campaign Notebook: Gubernatorial candidates tangle over taxes, schools
October 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
All four candidates said they opposed the statewide ban on indoor smoking in public venues, such as bars and restaurants.
2:00 p.m.
A picture of the KU India study abroad group at a viewpoint in MM Hills, in Karnataka, in 2010. Kansas University ranks third among its current Big 12 Conference peers in the number of students studying abroad, according to a report to be released today. Total immersion: KU students spend summer in Indian forests as part of study abroad
October 7, 2010
Total immersion is often the hallmark of a college study abroad experience. Usually, that means students live and learn in another country and another language to gain a unique and intense educational experience. But for 11 Kansas University students this summer, total immersion meant something even more extreme.
6:00 p.m.
Zombies gather for instructions before making a scary stumble along Massachusetts Street Thursday night, Oct. 7, during the fourth annual Lawrence Zombie Walk. Participants were asked to bring donations for the Humane Society, local food banks and homeless shelters. Lawrence Zombie Walk takes over downtown
7:28 p.m., October 7, 2010 Updated 9:40 p.m. in print edition on 3A
It took Tina Gordzica about 15 minutes to go from the living to the undead Thursday night.

All stories

New incubator to drive high-tech growth
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
A new company developing software and records-management services for behavioral health centers will start making calls on possible customers next week, all from its new home in a business incubator on Kansas University’s West Campus.
City crews installing concrete barriers to prevent access to MagnaGro
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
There was more activity Friday at a troubled east Lawrence manufacturing plant that was shut down by the city for code violations.
Possible covered wagon wheel discovered in Kansas River east of Second Street
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Luke Stone believes he has found a pioneer covered wagon in the Kansas River just east of Second Street.
Bert Nash Dash & Bash set for Saturday afternoon, will shut down 600 block of Massachusetts with free public party
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
The 600 block of Massachusetts Street will be shut down Saturday afternoon and evening for a free public party, as well as the finish of a 5K and 10K run.
Colorado man riding renewable energy-powered tricycle 2,500 miles to raise awareness
Tom Weis stopped on KU’s campus to share his message with students
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Traveling through one small town at a time, Tom Weis aims to gather the support to convince lawmakers to create a 100-percent renewable energy grid by 2020.
Game Dog Guardian organization aims to end discrimination against pit bulls
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Pit bulls are often considered vicious dogs, because of their breed. That’s a perception Anthony Barnett, Lawrence, wants to change.
KU puts Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on two-year probation following hazing investigation
01:24 p.m., October 8, 2010 Updated 05:35 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University has placed Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on probation for two years after concluding a hazing investigation, according to a statement from the university.
Lawrence officials create map to help bicyclists navigate city
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
A quick look at 23rd Street can scare the Gatorade right out of a novice Lawrence bicyclist. But city officials now have created a city map aimed at showing cyclists that there are many nonintimidating routes to get around the community.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy arrests suspect in aggravated battery south of Lawrence
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday afternoon arrested a Lawrence man who was a suspect in a late-September aggravated battery committed south of Lawrence.
Lawrence police arrest suspect in aggravated battery, assault on Arkansas Street
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police have arrested a 27-year-old Lawrence man in connection with a Thursday incident in which an Olathe man said he was hit with a metal object during an argument.
Arts roundup: Upcoming oboe and jazz performances, quilting workshops by a renowned teacher
11:18 a.m., October 8, 2010 Updated 11:18 a.m. in print edition on D7
Upcoming: Clarinet recital at Baker University; performances on oboe and Jazz Ensembles from KU; author Robert Day visits the Spencer; three days of quilting expertise.
Statehouse Live: Republicans concerned about political fallout from school finance plan, memo indicates
11:17 a.m., October 8, 2010 Updated 02:43 p.m. in print edition on B1
Last month, Siegfreid of Olathe unveiled a school funding plan that would increase reliance on local property taxes and eliminate pupil weightings.
Survivors, supporters prepare for American Cancer Society’s Make Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Event takes place Oct. 17 in downtown Topeka
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Colleen Bloom is making her strides, dressed as a superhero, in honor of her mother.
Kansas flies flags at half-staff for fallen Wichita soldier
October 8, 2010
Gov. Mark Parkinson has ordered flags to be lowered across Kansas in honor of a soldier from Wichita who was killed in Afghanistan.
25 years ago: Sunset Hill celebrates 30 years of students
October 8, 2010
Lawrence’s Sunset Hill grade school was celebrating its 30th birthday. The school, the city’s seventh at the time of its opening, had had an original enrollment of 83 pupils.
Former Olathe day care operator found guilty in toddler’s death
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
The former operator of an Olathe day care has been found guilty in the suffocation death of an 18-month-old girl.
Chapman woman pleads guilty to killing newborn boy
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
An east-central Kansas woman pleaded guilty in the death of her newborn son, whose body was found buried in a ravine.
Johnson County football league decides coach in wheelchair poses safety risk
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
A father who uses a wheelchair has been told he must have an adult standing beside him when he coaches his second-grade son’s football team in a Johnson County youth league because his chair poses a safety risk.
Car crash damages Dodge City longhorn statue El Capitan
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
When a life-sized bronze longhorn was knocked from its foundation in recent days, some local residents took the loss to heart.
$13M grant to help foster kids is largest in KU’s history
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
A five-year, $13.3 million grant will help Kansas University and four private partners with the goal of reunifying foster children with their birth families.
Honeybee deaths may be caused by combination of common fungus, new virus
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
The mysterious deaths of billions of honeybees since 2006 that have harmed the agricultural industry may be caused by a common fungus and a previously unknown virus, University of Montana researchers say.
Report: Illegal laborers worked at former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs’ homes
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
The Nation magazine is reporting that former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs relied on illegal immigrants to help maintain his homes even as he spoke out on the air against them.
Italian mother learns of daughter’s murder on live TV
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
An Italian mother whose anguish over her missing daughter gripped the nation for weeks was told on live TV that the teenager had been slain, allegedly by the girl’s uncle, whose house was hosting the show.
Gary Coleman’s death ruled an accident
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Authorities have confirmed that “Diff’rent Strokes” actor Gary Coleman’s death has been ruled an accident.
Northwest Missouri man gets 22 years for prostitution ring
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
A northwest Missouri man who pleaded guilty last year to running a prostitution ring with young girls in Kansas City and Overland Park has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison.
New airport project in northwest Kansas making progress
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Plans for a new airport in northwest Kansas are moving ahead despite some conflict with a proposed wind farm.
Toxic sludge flood unlikely in U.S.; Texas, Louisiana only states with alumina factories
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
Images like those from Hungary of homes surrounded by red mud and cars floating through toxic sludge from a nearby metals plant would be unlikely in the U.S., where only two states have similar facilities, according to industry officials and regulators.
Southern Baptist leader says yoga is not Christian
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Southern Baptist leader who is calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice.
Retailers ready to slash prices for skittish Christmas shoppers
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
The Christmas shopping season doesn’t kick off for another six weeks, but retailers already are signaling they’re prepared to discount aggressively to entice shoppers still skittish about spending.
More U.S. women making six-figure incomes
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
The number of women with six-figure incomes is rising at a much faster pace than it is for men.
Pew Research Center: Young adults with college degrees more likely to marry
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Young adults with college degrees are now more likely to be married than those who are less educated, a reversal of longtime trends as the struggling economy pushes weddings to all-time lows.
$18 million in government stimulus payments went to deceased
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.
Police seek help catching suspect in random shootings in Indiana, Illinois
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Authorities asked for the public’s help Thursday finding a disheveled gunman who fatally shot a man and wounded two others in rural parts of Illinois and Indiana.
Baggage handler causes plane scare at Philadelphia airport
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two US Airways workers loading a Bermuda-bound plane grew suspicious of whether another baggage handler was allowed to be near the jet and confronted him Thursday, leading the man to flee and forcing transportation security officials to remove passengers and rescan all their luggage.
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize for literature
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Mario Vargas Llosa, the newest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, has never found much honor in boundaries.
Problems still mar India’s Commonwealth Games
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
Thursday’s results at the Commonwealth Games saw the usual haul of gold medals by some of the world’s top athletes — but the glory was accompanied by glitches: A large scoreboard crashed to the ground at the vacant rugby stadium and more than a dozen swimmers fell ill with a stomach virus.
Tax-slashing proposals on Colorado ballot
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Businessmen gather at an empty Denver Broncos stadium, with an ominous warning: The more than 70,000 vacant seats around them represent the number of state jobs that would be lost if three tax-slashing and debt-cutting measures are approved in next month’s election.
Former KU football players Vernon Brooks, Jamal Greene to stand trial for burglary, assault
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered two former Kansas University football players to stand trial in connection with a May incident in which four KU students were briefly held at gunpoint in a Lawrence apartment.
Prosecutors want life sentences for Kansas couple accused of overdoses at clinic
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to put a Kansas doctor and his wife behind bars for life for operating a clinic linked to dozens of patient overdose deaths.
Randy Moss ‘back home’ with Vikings
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
To hear Randy Moss tell it, this week’s blockbuster trade that moved him from New England to Minnesota didn’t just bring him back to the place where he started his NFL career.
LaceDarius Dunn suspended from classes after domestic violence allegations
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn was suspended from classes by the university Thursday amid allegations that the star player hit his girlfriend during a domestic dispute, his attorney said.
Ruling awaited in Mike Leach lawsuit
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Attorneys for fired football coach Mike Leach argued before a three-judge panel Thursday that Texas Tech’s behavior surrounding his departure means it can’t claim immunity from his wrongful termination lawsuit.
Michigan’s Denard Robinson faces tougher test vs. Michigan State
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Denard Robinson, as the nation knows, will not be bound by shoelaces. Defenses are another story. We’ll find out Saturday — in the showdown between the Wolverines and Spartans — if a tougher opponent means the end of Robinson’s pinball numbers. Or if Michigan State is just another pair of flippers from which the kid will ping, fling and zing.
Local KU football recruits committed despite Jayhawks’ rocky start
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
The 2010 Kansas University football team may have gotten off to a rough start. But the Jayhawks’ 2-3, roller-coaster record has not had a negative impact on the local recruiting scene.
Larsen congratulates Halladay on no-hitter
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Don Larsen was watching the news Wednesday night when he saw an item of particular interest. His most exclusive of clubs had just picked up another member.
Chiefs using every angle to prepare for Peyton Manning, Colts
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
As a loyal Tennessee grad, Peyton Manning enjoys returning to his roots and working out with the Volunteers.
Rangers take two-game lead
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Gratified to finally be in the playoffs, Michael Young and the Texas Rangers are making the most of their opportunity.
Twins’ losing streak continues
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Sure, the New York Yankees stumbled through September as Andy Pettitte tried to work his way back from a groin injury. After landing in the AL wild-card spot, the defending World Series champs look as though they had the Minnesota Twins right where they wanted ’em.
Lincecum pitches Giants to victory
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
The last time the San Francisco Giants were in the playoffs, muscle-bound slugger Barry Bonds was the face of the franchise. Now, it’s the skinny, shaggy-haired pitcher full of quirks.
Colts sign Edgerrin James’ cousin
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
The Indianapolis Colts have signed running back Javarris James to the active roster and dumped the contract of linebacker Tyjuan Hagler.
Lawrence man in serious condition following accident
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Jonathan C. Pogge, a 20-year-old Lawrence man, was listed in serious condition Thursday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said. Pogge was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday near the Jefferson County-Douglas County line.
40 years ago: KU, K-State both jolted by conference probation
October 8, 2010
As they prepared for their annual Sunflower State battle, KU and Kansas State were “jolted” by an announcement from the Big Eight conference. K State had been placed under no-bowl, no-television probation for a three-year period, and KU was placed under all-sports, no-sanction probation for two years. Recruiting and entrance requirement violations were the main basis for the punishments.
100 years ago: Oldest KU student studies Latin, mathematics in his 50s
October 8, 2010
The ambition to acquire a college education and sit up late of nights poring over text books, has departed from most men before they are well out of their teens, but D. E. Conner, who lives with his family at 1640 New Hampshire, is an exception to this rule. Mr. Conner is over fifty years of age and has the distinction of being the oldest student in the University of Kansas.
Israelis, Palestinians signal deal on settlements
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
In the clearest sign that a deal may be emerging to keep the troubled U.S. Mideast peace push alive, a top Palestinian official said Thursday that his side would accept an American proposal for Israel to curtail settlement construction for two months.
Justin Timberlake prefers vinyl to MP3s
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Justin Timberlake says he thinks vinyl records sound better than digitalized tunes.
Billy Idol has book deal
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Billy Idol is writing a memoir — by himself.
Toni Braxton files for second bankruptcy
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy a second time, citing millions of dollars in debt and financial problems exacerbated by a heart condition that forced her to cancel a series of Las Vegas shows.
‘Parker/Spitzer’ sets frantic pace
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
In a world of good television, bad television and weird television, the new talk show “Parker/Spitzer” (7 p.m., CNN) is more weird than bad. But that’s subject to change.
Horoscope for October 8, 2010
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Paint your year as exciting and dynamic. You might wonder which way to go with several key ideas and life decisions. Play the waiting game; do adequate research. Sometimes you feel out of sorts or discouraged, especially when dealing with obstacles. If you are single, you might not meet the love of your life, but you could have a lot of fun dating. If you are attached, don’t assume that you are right. Scorpio knows how to spend your money!
LHS volleyball goes 2-1
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Lawrence High’s volleyball team won two games and lost one Thursday at Olathe North. The Lions defeated Shawnee Mission East, 25-27, 25-18, 25-22, and Olathe North, 25-17, 25-22. They lost to Blue Valley, 22-25, 20-25.
Free State, Olathe East to clash on gridiron tonight
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Earlier this season, finding success running the football against Free State High’s defense wasn’t as simple as handing the ball off to a back.
KU softball rips JCCC
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Sophomores Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull and Mariah Montgomery batted in three runs apiece and the Kansas University softball team trounced Johnson County Community College, 16-1, on Wednesday in fall ball action at Arrocha Ballpark.
Lions soccer falls, 3-1
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Shawnee Mission West, 3-1, on Thursday at West’s field.
FSHS volleyball goes 2-1
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Free State High’s volleyball team went 2-1 at a triangular Thursday at Shawnee Mission West.
Lost opportunity
The Lowe’s denial is another sign of Lawrence’s loss of fire and imagination.
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
At one time, not too many years ago, Lawrence was a city that other communities wanted to emulate. It was “on fire” and looked to as a city of opportunities. The city and Kansas University combined to provide an environment of excitement, optimism, enthusiasm and forward thinking.
Technology doesn’t make journalist
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
I do not believe in “citizen journalism.” Yes, I know that’s heresy. Yes, I know the old model has changed: The monologue is now a dialogue. Yes, I know ordinary people with cellphone cameras now “report” newsworthy events, and bloggers are indispensable to the national dialogue.
Harmful ruling
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
The old saying is: “You can’t fight city hall.” What are your odds fighting a multibillion dollar corporation? In their absolutely devastating ruling (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Jan. 21, 2010), the conservative U.S. Supreme Court gave huge international corporations the unlimited ability to financially back any candidate they want, for as much money as they want.
Congressional inaction is no joke
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
A president’s first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office. The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama’s “re-elect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton’s in October 1994, the eve of the wave election that gave Republicans control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
Toxic red sludge reaches Danube
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
Red sludge flowed into the Danube River on Thursday, threatening a half-dozen nations along one of Europe’s key waterways. Monitors took samples every few hour to measure damage from the toxic spill and emergency officials declared one Hungarian tributary dead.
Momentum killer: Hobbled Lions beaten up in 55-21 setback to Vikings
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Most of the Lawrence High football team jogged to the buses behind a shed at the Shawnee Mission South District Stadium Thursday night after suffering a 55-21 loss at the hands of Shawnee Mission West.
Bill Self ends annual basketball Boot Camp early, gives KU squad “high passing grade”
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B6
Kansas University basketball coach/drill sergeant Bill Self won’t be issuing any marching orders at 6 this morning.
Nebraska dominates Kansas State, 48-13
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Instead of resenting No. 7 Nebraska for leaving the Big 12, maybe Kansas State should thank the Cornhuskers. Who wants to keep playing a team that always beats you silly?
Cole Aldrich, Mario Chalmers to collide at Sprint Center for Thunder vs. Heat
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Cole Aldrich expects to see a lot of Crimson and Blue in the Sprint Center stands tonight.
Eudora High football rich with tradition
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sitting at the desk in his modest office, Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb got to thinking about the demands placed on a high school football player.
Get your planting shovel ready now
October 8, 2010
Fall planting of trees and shrubs might go against your grain.
Oral Roberts hires Sean Sutton as adviser
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
The reclamation of Sean Sutton’s coaching career has begun.
Rec calendar
October 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Rec calendar for the week of October 8, 2010.
Marjah insurgency hasn’t died down
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The young Marine had a simple question for the farmer with the white beard: Have you seen any Taliban today?
Pump patrol
October 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.