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2011 KU football media day Vigil honors Army reservists killed in Afghanistan The day in photos, August 9, 2011
Sam Brownback was the only other governor to attend the prayer rally hosted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will likely run for president. Do you think Brownback would make a good vice presidential candidate on that ticket?

Poll results

Response Percent
He’d pair well with Perry, but I’d never vote for them.
I think it’s a bad idea for some other reason (Tell us in the comments.)
I can see myself voting for that ticket.
Perry can do better.
Brownback can do better.
Total 1386

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City won’t raise water and sewer impact fees for newly built homes
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday backed away from a proposal to raise water and sewer impact fees charged on newly built homes in the community.
Lawrence City Commission approves funding for SRS office
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday agreed to pay half of a $450,000 local package to keep the state’s SRS office in the community, but commissioners bit their tongues while approving the unique deal.
Watkins Community Museum of History to open exhibit showcasing downtown history
06:54 p.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 11:12 a.m. in print edition on A5
A soon-to-open exhibit at the Watkins Community Museum of History looks at how downtown became downtown.
Judge orders 30-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on child abuse charges
August 9, 2011
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on child abuse charges.
Man in East Hills Business Park accident fled from officer earlier
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 31-year-old Lawrence man who was injured Monday night in a one-vehicle accident at East Hills Business Park was being pursued earlier as a reckless driving suspect by a Douglas County Sheriff’s officer on a county road, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Police ask for public’s help in finding three suspects in Lawrence carjacking
05:13 p.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 05:26 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are asking for the public’s help in finding three people wanted in connection with a suspected July 23 carjacking in west Lawrence.
Lawrence teen among nine people charged with murder of Topeka attorney; Duane Richey remains at large
05:05 p.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 05:45 p.m. in print edition on A3
Topeka authorities said Tuesday they were looking for a Lawrence juvenile who has been charged in connection with a July 21 robbery and murder of a Topeka attorney just outside her home.
Rainfall helps some Kansas crops, but corn condition declines
August 9, 2011
A new report says last week’s rain helped some Kansas crops but came too late to improve the condition of others.
Kansas man admits to embezzling from Masons
August 9, 2011
A northeast Kansas man has admitted embezzling nearly $285,000 from a Missouri-based Masonic organization he served as an officer.
Wichita school board accepts budget with deep cuts, plans to eliminate 230 jobs
August 9, 2011
The Wichita school board approved a budget that includes eliminating 230 jobs including about 150 teaching positions.
Kansas lawyer gets 4 years in prison for $2.3 million Ponzi scheme in Texas
August 9, 2011
A lawyer from Kansas has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison over a $2.3 million Ponzi scheme in Texas.
Parole denied for Wichita man whose conviction is challenged
August 9, 2011
A Wichita man who has served 30 years in prison for a murder conviction that some legal advocates have questioned has lost another bid for parole.
36th annual ABATE Kansas motorcycle rally set for Labor Day weekend at Perry Lake
August 9, 2011
ABATE Kansas, a motorcyclist rights organization, is holding its 36th annual Labor Day rally at Paradise Point at Lake Perry.
Witnesses say soldiers cried out when fellow soldier opened fire
August 9, 2011
A soldier stormed into a U.S. combat stress clinic near Baghdad shortly after leaving a counseling session, opening fire on fellow service members who cried out “oh God, oh God” as they were shot, witnesses said Tuesday during a hearing that will determine whether the alleged gunman stands trial.
Two area churches offering clothing for children heading back to school
August 9, 2011
Two area churches are hosting clothing events on upcoming Saturdays.
Kansas appeals ruling in Planned Parenthood case
August 9, 2011
The state of Kansas has asked an appeals court to stay a judge’s order blocking enforcement of a law stripping a Planned Parenthood chapter of federal family planning funds.
Brownback says state is returning to feds $31.5 million health care reform grant
01:36 p.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 05:53 p.m. in print edition on A1
There is much uncertainty surrounding the ability of the federal government to meet its already budgeted future spending obligations. Every state should be preparing for fewer federal resources, not more,” Brownback said.
Graduate and professional students take a hit in federal budget compromise
12:38 p.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 05:09 p.m. in print edition on A3
Though a recent federal debt budget compromise protected Pell Grants for low-income undergraduate students, graduate and professional students who receive federally subsidized Stafford loans did take a hit.
British police face public anger as riots rage in London
August 9, 2011
Britons swept up, patched up and feared further violence Tuesday, demanding police do more to protect them after three nights of rioting left looted stores, torched cars and blackened buildings across London and several other U.K. cities.
Poker run on Aug. 21 to benefit Headquarters Counseling Center
August 9, 2011
The Headquarters Counseling Center is sponsoring its fourth annual motorcycle poker run Aug. 21.
City reaches tentative agreement with police and fire unions; pact provides raises through 2015
11:12 a.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 06:12 p.m. in print edition on A1
The city’s police and fire unions have reached a tentative agreement with the city that will provide raises to most of their members for the next four years.
Statehouse Live: Kansas may again seek No Child Left Behind waiver
10:58 a.m., August 9, 2011 Updated 05:49 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said the state was well-positioned to receive a waiver.
Town Talk: Saints to open in Old Chicago location by Sept. 1; Dillons to close Mass. store on Saturday; more on K-State and to tax or not to tax
August 9, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: New business dean fills more leadership posts; Memorial Drive to be closed for sewer work; Wichita medical school names new director of medical education
August 9, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Ottawa robbery suspect captured in Mexico
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Minnesota man suspected of kidnapping his wife and robbing a bank in Ottawa, Kan., was arrested Monday in Mexico, and his wife was recovered.
KU student reports aggravated burglary
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported to police in late July that someone stole more than $2,500 worth of property, including two laptop computers, from him in an aggravated burglary in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street. The report was made public Monday, and it occurred between July 23 and 11:30 a.m. July 24.
Electronic items reported stolen
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 32-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man reported to police Wednesday that someone had stolen $4,875 worth of electronic items, including 600 DVD movies, a Sony digital camera and two videogame systems. The thefts occurred between July 8 and Wednesday in the 900 block of West 29th Terrace.
Vehicle reported stolen
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 34-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Saturday that someone stole his 2000 Chrysler 300M car valued at $4,500 from the 1600 block of West 24th Street. The theft occurred between 3 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Safe at former Blockbuster store reported stolen
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 26-year-old Lecompton man who works at Blockbuster Video, 4651 W. Sixth St., reported to police Saturday that someone stole a safe valued at $1,000 from the company’s former store at 1516 W. 23rd St, which closed earlier this year. The burglary occurred between July 5 and Saturday.
Lawrence school board debates consolidation effort
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
A member of the Lawrence school board can’t imagine basing the future of six educational homes for some of Lawrence’s most vulnerable children on what he considers miscalculated math, inapplicable data and ill-conceived conclusions.
Experts: Rural law enforcement offices easy target for savvy hackers
Websites of two Kansas offices among those attacked
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
An online attack against dozens of rural American law enforcement agencies in which emails, credit card numbers and crime tips were stolen and posted on the Internet has left some officials wondering how they can ward off future hacking attempts, if at all.
Extrication required after rollover accident in southeast Lawrence
August 9, 2011
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical rescue workers extricated the occupant of a vehicle after it rolled off of the roadway and onto its side in the 3800 block of Greenway Drive around 11 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2011.
OU experimenting with secondary
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B10
The search for All-American free safety Quinton Carter’s replacement has Oklahoma considering a shuffle in its defensive lineup.
Freshman RB impresses Texas
Malcolm Brown making early push for playing time
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B10
Players have yet to start popping pads in Texas’ fall football camp, where practices began last week. But one newcomer, freshman tailback Malcolm Brown, already has captured the attention of veteran teammates.
Ex-Ravens Le’ron McClain, Kelly Gregg welcomed in K.C.
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Todd Haley remembers watching Kelly Gregg stuff the Kansas City Chiefs’ vaunted rush attack. He has vivid memories of punishing fullback Le’Ron McClain clearing the way for Ray Rice.
Longhorns’ safety arrested
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B10
Texas senior safety Christian Scott has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.
South Fla. misses Ricky Williams already
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
There goes the most interesting athlete in the history of South Florida sports.
Joe Paterno hospitalized after taking shot in drills
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Joe Paterno was hospitalized and undergoing tests on his right arm and hip after a player ran into the 84-year-old coach during practice.
Chiefs remove tight end Tony Moeaki removed from P.U.P. list
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Tight end Tony Moeaki was removed from the Kansas City Chiefs’ physically unable to perform list Monday and participated in the team’s morning walkthrough and afternoon practice.
Ninth-inning walkoff sinks K.C.
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Luke Hochevar did his part with seven strong innings. It was the Kansas City Royals’ offense that came up short.
Baker football picked third
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Baker University’s football team was picked third in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll released Monday at the media day event at Kauffman Stadium.
KU women excited for exhibition trip to Italy
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson says she’s most looking forward to one sight during her team’s exhibition trip to Italy from today through Aug. 19.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
KU hoops offers N.C. prep Allerik Freeman scholarship
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Allerik Freeman, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior-to-be from Olympic High in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday received a scholarship offer from Kansas University.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
DE Pat Lewandowski to miss 2-3 weeks
August 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas head football coach Turner Gill said defensive end Pat Lewandowski would miss two to three weeks because of a leg injury.
Master recruiter: NIU coach Doeren lured some of KU’s best
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Likeability, strong communication skills, an organized mind, a relentless work ethic, steady self-confidence, thick-enough skin to bounce back from rejection, the ability to, as Alec Baldwin so famously said, “A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing. Always be closing.”
Dental needs
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Dental Association’s call for an additional 140 dentists to see Medicaid patients, while commendable, is not enough to help the thousands of children who lack access to a dentist. In fact, even if every dentist in Kansas saw “a few” Medicaid patients, as the KDA urges, it wouldn’t help children who live in rural areas, where there are few or no dentists at all. Right now, 93 counties are short on dentists and 13 counties have none. A piecemeal approach won’t work; we need to expand the dental team, which would extend the reach of the dental workforce, create new jobs, and increase access to routine dental care for everyone.
Stocks plunge on 1st day since credit lowering
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
The stock market buckled Monday under the weight of a crisis in Europe and danger of recession at home. Reeling from a downgrade of American debt, the Dow Jones industrials plunged 634 points.
S&P cites political angle as decision factor
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
The S&P downgrade was more of a statement on the toxic political landscape in Washington than a comment on the nation’s ability to pay its bills. But S&P has its own checkered history. Just a few years ago, the company gave its top triple-A rating to some of the mortgage-backed securities that helped cause the Great Recession.
Horoscope for Aug. 9
August 9, 2011
This year, much occurs in your day-to-day life. You naturally will have a good time and enjoy yourself. If you are attached, you might see the embers of love flash into flames once more. Stoke these fires. Work on not suppressing your difficult feelings so much. If you are able to move through them, you will be freer and more present in the moment. Capricorn understands you well.
New depths in royal watching
August 9, 2011
I am not afraid to admit that when I first received the press release for the one-hour special “Crazy About Pippa” (8 p.m., TLC), my first reaction was, “Pippa who?”
Worried for future
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
I was embarrassed and shocked Friday morning to open the J-W and see the top picture of “a fair to remember.” What a sad way to promote a 4-H and FFA fair!
Political reality
The idea that the majority party holds the advantage in congressional and legislative redistricting is simply a fact.
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
At a recent hearing about congressional redistricting in Kansas, House Speaker Mike O’Neal dismissed the concerns of Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley about districts being redrawn to benefit Republicans as a “conspiracy theory.”
Iowa events will set stage for N. H.
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
April is not the cruelest month, August is.
40 years ago: County fair enjoys good weather, but turnout is low for ‘musical shows’
August 9, 2011
The 1971 Douglas County Fair was reported to have been a success on most fronts.
100 years ago: Health officer releases report of causes of death in Douglas County
August 9, 2011
“According to the regular report of Dr. S. T. Gillispie, county health officer, there were just three times as many deaths as births in Douglas county during the month of July.”
Tea party bullies
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Congratulations! The current credit downgrade is brought to you by the tea party patriots. It was pretty heady stuff. Tea party patriots sounded so, well, patriotic. Maybe it was just the shot in the arm the country needed to get it on the right track again, whatever that meant. When they told us it was time to get our country back, my question was, back from what? But it sounded promising, and it was important to give them a chance.
Crash highlights role of U.S. elite forces in Afghanistan
August 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
The loss of dozens of elite American troops to a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade is a window on the war to come — focused increasingly on the type of special operations the troops were pursuing when their helicopter crashed.
25 years ago: Teen-built house completed and ready for sale
August 9, 2011
A new house at 739 New York was on the market for $30,000.