The week that was

PERHAPS THE BUDWEISER LOBBY WILL HAVE MORE LUCK THAN THE OLDE E' FOLKS: KU administrators have nixed plans to allow 3.2 beer sales in the Kansas Union's bowling alley and Hawk's Nest lounge, as had been advocated by students and the union.

"There's not a way to essentially guarantee we wouldn't end up serving an underage drinker, or that someone under 21 would get a cereal malt beverage from someone over 21," said Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success. "Given what the mission of that building is, if we were to have a violation on that, it would not be an appropriate message for the university and for the union to be sending."

Beer sales have been banned in the union since 1998 after a recommendation by a task force of city, KU and Haskell Indian Nations University representatives. The task force convened after the death of Lisa Rosel, a KU student who was hit and killed by a car driven by another student, Matt Vestal, as she walked in the 1400 block of Tennessee. Both Rosel and Vestal were intoxicated, police said.
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ROMANCING THE STONED Those tiny fake roses sold in glass tubes at convenience stores aren't just impulse buys for romantic souls. The 4-inch tubes are commonly used as crack-cocaine pipes, while the "Sweetheart Roses" thrown away or tossed on the ground outside the store. A piece of copper wool stuffed in one end of the tube serves as a makeshift filter.

"It sounds pretty blatant to me," said Jeff Brandau, a special agent in charge with the KBI. "There's nothing you use a glass pipe for that's legitimate. Nothing."
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DEFINITELY MORE LUCRATIVE THAN A PREACHING GIG: Former KU B-ball standout Wayne Simien - who was selected by the Heat as the 29th pick in the June NBA Draft - agreed to terms Friday. Leigh Steinberg, Simien's agent said the contract was worth $4.6 million over four years.

The Miami Herald reported Simien was guaranteed $1.8 million for the first two years. Under the NBA's new labor agreement, Simien can sign a two-year contract with two one-year options.

Steinberg added that Simien, a Leavenworth High product, planned to set up a scholarship at KU and organize a foundation in Miami.
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LUCKILY, WE CAN STILL SUPPORT OUR EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLES BY GOING DEEPLY IN DEBT: The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the personal savings rate of Americans dipped to 0 percent in June - putting the country on track for its lowest annual savings rate since the Great Depression.

Financial experts say consumers don't save for big purchases anymore - they buy on credit and pay interest later. But that approach can defer savings for their children's college expenses and their own retirement plans. "I think our society has become an entitlement society," said Peggy Johnson, of Ameriprise Financial, the Lawrence firm known until recently as American Express Financial Advisors. "I'm entitled to have everything now - I'll worry about future goals later."
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WTF OF THE DAY: A U.S. ARMY SERGEANT PUBLICALLY PRAISING THE "BRAVERY" OF A MAN WHO INTIMIDATES PACIFISTS BY FIRING A GUN: President Bush might have made his peace with the anti-war encampment outside his Texas ranch, but his next-door neighbor has taken up arms.

On the other side of Prairie Chapel Road, Larry Mattlage hopped into his pickup truck, barreled across his pasture and pulled up to the fence within a few hundred feet of the protesters. He then climbed out of the cab, retrieved a shotgun from the back and fired at least one blast into the air.

Mattlage insisted he was shooting at birds. But he said the activists had worn out their welcome, and he wanted them to go away.

"I wish I had the nerve to do something like that," said Army Sgt. Vernon "Dusty" Harrison, who spent a year in Iraq and owns an adjacent property. "I salute his bravery."
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HOW DO YOU PUT A PRICE TAG ON A GOOD SCREWIN'?:Starting in 2007, Kansas University students should have a much better idea of how much a four-year education will cost. KU officials have said they plan to propose a "guaranteed tuition" plan to the Kansas Board of Regents. The plan would lock in tuition rates for four years for undergraduate students, giving families a more precise amount of money they'll need to save for their children's time in college and incoming freshmen an incentive to finish in four years. Details remain to be hashed out before the plan is presented to the regents.
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BECAUSE IT'S FUNNY WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SUFFER MISFORTUNE: More than four inches of rain in a span of about four hours Saturday left some Lawrence drivers helpless, their vehicles in deep water as weather authorities issued a flash flood warning.

Lawrence Police blocked off the Second Street underpass in North Lawrence at 3 p.m., and wreckers had to tow at least two cars out of the water.

Patrons at nearby Johnny's Tavern, 401 N. Second St., watched and then laughed when a wrecker pulled out one of the cars, a silver hatchback with Kansas State University stickers on it.

"We thought it was funny; welcome to Lawrence," Janna Traver said.
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