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Lawrence was recently named one of America's top 10 college communities. Other than Lawrence, what is your favorite Big 12 North college town?

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Boulder, Colo.
Manhattan, Kan.
Lincoln, Neb.
Ames, Iowa
Columbia, Mo.
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Gill names Webb starting QB for Saturday
Junior lineman Hatch also to return to starting lineup
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has named red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.
Downtown Eldridge hotel getting a multi-story addition, upgrade
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Downtown Lawrence’s venerable Eldridge Hotel is set to get a modern, multi-story expansion.
Style Scout: Jane Leek
September 8, 2010
I have a pretzel tattoo and pierced ears.
Style Scout: Jeff Stolz
September 8, 2010
I don’t have any least favorites, I try to be positive.
EPA concerned about dredging sand, gravel from Missouri River
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
The regional office of the EPA on Wednesday announced it opposes a plan to dredge 11.6 million tons of sand and gravel each year from the Missouri River.
Jim Barnett resigning from Kansas state Senate
September 8, 2010
Republican Jim Barnett is resigning from the Kansas state Senate with two years left in his latest term.
Basehor police capture escaped inmates from West Virginia youth home
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
On a routine check of a neighborhood early Wednesday morning, Basehor police captured three escaped inmates from a youth home in West Virginia.
Charities invited to apply for St. Patrick’s Day funds
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
St. Patrick’s Day is still six months away, but a Lawrence group already is thinking green.
Lawrence lands No. 9 spot in ranking of top 10 college communities
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The city’s low unemployment, its high number of youthful students and its growing ranks of highly educated residents helped Lawrence land at No. 9 on a new ranking of college destinations from the American Institute for Economic Research. The ranking is up from 14th a year earlier.
Former Easton teacher given probation for sexual relationship with high school student
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
A former teacher in Leavenworth County who pleaded guilty to having sex with a high school student has been sentenced to probation for three years.
Budget cuts mean elimination of dental benefits to thousands of elderly, disabled Kansans
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Cuts in dental benefits for elderly, poor and disabled Kansans have been devastating, social service advocates said Wednesday.
Jeffries, Simmons ask for sentencing delay in KU ticket scandal case
01:18 p.m., September 8, 2010 Updated 02:45 p.m. in print edition on A4
A former University of Kansas athletics official has asked a federal judge to delay his sentencing in a case tied to a $1 million ticket scalping scandal at the school.
Domestic Debris’ exhibit at KU explores everyday junk
September 8, 2010
That pile of junk in your home might be more than clutter.
Trial date set for Lawrence woman accused in Missouri homicide
September 8, 2010
A trial date has been set for a Kansas woman charged with killing her ex-boyfriend in Missouri.
Kansas State University gets patent for type of stem cells
September 8, 2010
Kansas State University has been issued a patent for a type of stem cells obtained from a substance in the umbilical cord.
Burning more than the Quran
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
Saturday is International Burn a Quran Day. Perhaps you hadn’t heard. The day is the brainchild of one Terry Jones, pastor of the tiny Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla. You will not be surprised to hear that his plan to build a bonfire of Qurans has stirred passions around the world.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman basketball point guard Josh Selby attended his first classes of the semester Tuesday.
Tonganoxie hires former KBI administrator as new police chief
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
A former administrator with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will be the next Tonganoxie police chief.
Asteroids to zoom harmlessly past Earth on Wednesday
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
NASA says two small asteroids discovered just days ago will zip harmlessly past Earth today, a double flyby that should be visible through a telescope.
Skin infections pose risk to trapped miners
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rescuers have sent down antibiotics and ointments and were working Tuesday to blast cool, dry air to 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground for more than a month.
Daley says he’s served his last term as Chicago’s mayor
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mayor Richard M. Daley, who wielded more control over Chicago than anyone but his father decades before, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election, bringing a surprising end to a dynasty whose name became synonymous with the city’s legendary political machine.
Students, public invited to appeals court hearings at Dole Institute
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
When a panel of Kansas appellate court judges hears arguments on three cases next week, they won’t be in the normal courtroom setting.
Lawrence commission to look at trash options
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
City commissioners promised to be deliberate in making any changes to the city’s trash system, as sanitation workers filled City Hall on Tuesday evening.
Twins rout Royals
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Jim Thome hit another towering homer, Delmon Young drove in four runs, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 10-3, on Tuesday night to take their largest AL Central lead in 10 days.
KU volleyball swept for first loss
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
After opening its season with seven straight victories for its best start since 2004, the Kansas University volleyball team suffered its first loss on Tuesday.
People in the news
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
People in the new for September 8, 2010.
100 years ago: Fraternity reinstated, exonerated in matter of ‘keg party’
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
At a special called meeting this morning the Board of Regents of the state university formally reinstated the Sigma Nu chapter to all privileges of the institution. The regents exonerated the chapter from all guilt in the alleged ‘keg party’ in the house last spring and rescinded all previous action taken in the matter.
Examine issues
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
The growing idea that Barack Obama is a Muslim is symbolic of a bigger problem in America. President Obama is a Christian. He has been a Christian since his mid 20s. His presidential campaign was almost derailed because of comments made by his “Christian” minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.
Lawrence man pleads guilty in domestic battery case
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence man has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and other charges after he disobeyed a judge’s bond condition to stay away from a victim in the case.
Three arrested in connection with south Lawrence robbery
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Three Lawrence men were arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with a south Lawrence robbery investigation, and police said more arrests are possible.
Charges filed in sex crime case
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 23-year-old Lawrence man with committing lewd fondling or touching against a 7-year-old child earlier this month.
Tonganoxie couple share important dates
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A.L. “Jim” and Dorothy Smith are celebrating 70 years of marriage.
Officer implicated in CIA abuse now a contractor
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
A former CIA officer accused of revving an electric drill near the head of an imprisoned terror suspect has returned to U.S. intelligence as a contractor, training CIA operatives after leaving the agency, The Associated Press has learned.
Muslims tone down Eid festivities
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Each year on Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan month of fasting, 8,000 to 10,000 Muslims stream into the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., in shifts for special Eid services, followed by food, singing, dancing and henna decorating to celebrate one of Islam’s most festive holidays.
Hermine weakens to depression
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Tropical Storm Hermine gave a wet and windy punch to Texas on Tuesday before weakening into a tropical depression, leaving only minor scrapes in the storm-weary Rio Grande Valley, which is proving resilient this hurricane season after taking a third tropical system on the chin.
For athletes, milk might be best drink
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
At the end of nearly every training session, Matt Whitmore downs a pint of milk straight from the bottle.
40 years ago: Package of marijuana discovered on KU campus labeled as gift
September 8, 2010
For the fourth time in recent days, a package of marijuana had been discovered on the KU campus. This one had been found near Haworth Hall, and like the others, it had contained a note saying that it was a gift to the finder from “the grass man.”
25 years ago: Legislators reconsider statewide lottery
September 8, 2010
Some Kansas legislators were reconsidering their positions on a statewide lottery. Twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia had state lotteries, and multi-state lotteries had recently been initiated by Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Self: KU in much better place than 8 years ago
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bill Self made it perfectly clear Tuesday that he’s not a candidate to replace Lew Perkins as athletic director at Kansas University.
Kansas offensive line struggling
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
All offseason, coaches and players talked about the offensive line — and its five returning starters — being a strength of the Kansas University football team heading into 2010. But then Saturday happened, and all that talk went flying out the window after a 6-3 loss to North Dakota State.
AD successor with Midwestern ties likely
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Not even two hours after Kansas University acting athletic director Sean Lester said he wants to become an athletic director at Kansas or elsewhere, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued a statement that said, in part: “While I am confident in Sean Lester’s ability to lead Kansas Athletics as interim athletics director, he has expressed to me that he is not a candidate to be our next athletics director.” Clearly, the search for a replacement for Lew Perkins got off to a confusing start Tuesday.
Venus Williams lone singles hope in U.S. Open
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Venus Williams arrived at this U.S. Open with a bum knee. She hadn’t played a match in more than two months. She hadn’t reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament in more than a year. And now? Williams is two victories away from her first U.S. Open title since 2001.
Ancient Egyptian city by the sea rises amid resorts
September 8, 2010 in print edition on C10
Today, it’s a sprawl of luxury vacation homes where Egypt’s wealthy play on the white beaches of the Mediterranean coast. But 2,000 years ago, this was a thriving Greco-Roman port city, boasting villas of merchants grown rich on the wheat and olive trade.
Pressure on Florida pastor to not burn Qurans
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A10
The government turned up the pressure Tuesday on the head of a small Florida church who plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, warning him that doing so could endanger U.S. troops and Americans everywhere.
Perkins’ reign over: New athletic director must be subject to checks and balances
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Money, the very thing that enabled Lew Perkins to gain such unfettered power during his reign as athletic director of Kansas University, raised its voice, screamed “Enough is enough,” and brought about the end of his reign.
Report: Reggie Bush to be stripped of ’05 Heisman
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday that 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush is expected to be stripped of the award by the end of the month
EU decries ‘barbaric’ plans to stone woman
September 8, 2010 in print edition on C10
The international crossfire over Iran’s stoning sentence for a woman convicted of adultery intensified Tuesday with a top European Union official calling it “barbaric” and an Iranian spokesman saying it’s about punishing a criminal and not a human rights issue.
Nonword ‘refudiate’ gets most searches
September 8, 2010 in print edition on C10
Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Summer” is not even a word. That’s something no one can “refudiate.”
Consumer Reports finds low-phosphate dishwasher detergents that clean up
September 8, 2010 in print edition on C10
Laws that took effect in 16 states on July 1 limit phosphorus in household dishwasher detergents to 0.5 percent. Previous products could contain up to 8.7 percent. As a result, major manufacturers have reformulated their products for the entire United States.
‘Terriers’ has bite; ‘Hellcats’ just bites
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
Donal Logue (“Grounded for Life”) returns to prime time in “Terriers” (9 p.m., FX). It’s a detective series set in a deceptively sunny California that spends most of its time in the neighborhoods where you can smell the garbage curdling in the streets.
Horoscope for September 8, 2010
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B9
This year, you open up to new possibilities; you can manifest much of what you desire. Creativity marks your days, actions and words. If you’re single, your charm and energy could attract an exotic personality. If you are attached, defer to your sweetie and remain sensitive to him or her. You could become quite me-oriented. A fellow Virgo can be like you used to be — nit-picky and critical.
Obama’s tax-break proposals unlikely to gain GOP support
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
President Barack Obama’s proposed tax breaks for business sound like ideas that have enjoyed broad Republican backing in the past. But in today’s toxic political atmosphere, he’s unlikely to get much — if any — GOP help.
Gov’t launches plan to help ‘underwater’ borrowers
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Obama administration is trying to jump-start its sputtering attempts to tackle the foreclosure crisis with an effort to assist homeowners who owe more on their properties than their homes are worth.
Microbes eating BP oil without using up oxygen
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating “dead zones” where fish cannot survive.
Grim outlook for Democrats puts House up for grabs in Nov. election
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Their control of the House in peril, Democrats are scratching to survive in races all across the country. Disgruntled voters, a sluggish economy and vanishing enthusiasm for President Barack Obama have put 75 seats or more — the vast majority held by Democrats — at risk of changing hands.
Lawrence man reports property stolen
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday the burglary and theft of personal property from the 1200 block of Connecticut Street.
Pump patrol
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Contest offers dinner, movie
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Who wants dinner and a movie on us?
Carolina falls back to sleaze
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Give the North Carolina football program credit. Until this season, the Tar Heels lost the right way.
Boise State gains seven first-place votes
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
More AP Top 25 voters are buying into Boise State as the No. 1 team in the country.
Georgia Tech coach warns team about KU
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
Paul Johnson is warning his Georgia Tech players they better not be distracted as they prepare for the program’s first road game at a Big 12 school since 1992.
Blue Valley West tops LHS soccer, 9-1
September 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Blue Valley West, 9-1, on Tuesday.
Perkins should have left KU much sooner
KU’s athletic director should have left the university long before now
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
Tuesday’s surprise announcement by Lew Perkins that he is resigning after seven years as Kansas University’s athletics director is good news.
Mideast peace talks unlikely to succeed
September 8, 2010 in print edition on A9
For as long as I’ve been a journalist, I’ve been covering the Mideast peace process. I was at Ben Gurion airport in 1977 when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat landed, and on the White House lawn in 1993 when Bill Clinton, Yassir Arafat, and Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo accords. Back then, a two-state solution seemed possible.
Make the best of your own Family Day
September 8, 2010 in print edition on C3
In 2001, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse created Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children, as a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce substance abuse among children and teens.