Archive for Friday, August 24, 2007

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Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Cicadas
Podcasts
Polls
Should the city expand the public library downtown, or should it build a satellite branch in another part of Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
Build a satellite branch
 
36%
Expand downtown
 
31%
Neither
 
30%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 615
Videos

Lead stories

2:13 a.m.
Kurt Nesbitt and his dog, Pocha, rest Thursday by the Kansas River near Burcham Park. Plans for a sculpture park near where Nesbitt was sitting have been put on hold after some people expressed concerns that it would damage wildlife habitat. Nesbitt, who is an artist and who has walked the river trail since he was 8, said he would support such a sculpture park. Sculpture trail plan on hold
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Call it a bump in the road or, more accurately, the trail. Plans for a new Burcham Park trail that would be lined with unique sculptures are on hold after some residents were concerned the project would too dramatically disrupt the natural area along the Kansas River. “We’re just people who believe nature should be left alone,” said Alison Roepe, a Lawrence resident who lives near the wooded area of Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets.
9:00 a.m.
 Jeff Cole, a Ph.D. candidate in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at Kansas University, displays a collection of cicada specimens used to study the insect.  Cicadas, whose shrill song can be heard throughout Lawrence in the evening, is the world's loudest insect and can produce sounds up to 120 decibels.  Cole is pictured on Wednesday at his Haworth Hall lab at KU. Cicada chorus fills the air
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Cicadas, the world’s loudest insect, have emerged from below where they have spent years underground as nymphs waiting for just the right time to climb out, shed their skin and sound their mating call. “There are some that are basically as loud as a jet engine taking off,” said Jeff Cole, a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas University’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The loudest species can get up to 120 decibels, which is about the pain threshold of human ears.”
1:28 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Old musical form still going strong
Posted August 24, 2007
Shape-note singing is a musical form that dates back to Colonial times in the United States, but it's still alive, both musically and spiritually. The musical form is featured this week in the Pulse Podcast. The podcast coincides with Sunday's public demonstration singing event by the Kaw Valley Shape Note Singing Association, which will set up in the South Park gazebo from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the Kansas State Picking and Fiddling Championships. In the podcast, local member Joe Casad talks about why he's involved in shape-note singing, and Matt Hinton, who co-directed the documentary "Awake My Soul" about the musical style, talks about its history. After that, find out what else is going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.
3:00 p.m.
"Mad Greek" is one of the many diverse pieces to be featured at Alec Joler's debut art and film show. Joler will be mounting the first 15 pages of the comic with the word bubbles left blank. Sharpies will hang next to the bubbles so viewers can fill in their own stories. Variety show
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Alec Joler is one of the busiest unemployed men in Lawrence. Since recently losing his retail job, the artist/writer/filmmaker has used the time to focus on a project that combines all of his skills. “As long as I’m actively creating something, I’m OK,” Joler says. “Even if I have a (crappy) job that pays $2 an hour, I feel that if there’s stuff coming out of the ‘factory,’ it’s all good.”
10:00 p.m.
Craig Nowatzke, right, owner of "SunDog," an outdoor food cart, makes change for Jon Klassen in downtown Lawrence in this Journal-World file photo.  Tonight city commissioners are considering four options for a new sales tax proposal. Support for sales tax gaining momentum
August 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Support for a new citywide sales tax is continuing to grow inside City Hall. On Friday, the list of commissioners expressing support for some type of new sales tax grew to four. Commissioner Rob Chestnut said he’s convinced that the city needs a new revenue source, and believes that a sales tax would be fairer than a property tax.

All stories

6News video: Branson hires new ADA, promotes prosecutors
August 24, 2007
Douglas Country District Attorney Charles Branson promoted two prosecutors and hired a third. Amy McGowan has been named Chief Assistant District Attorney for trial management and David Melton has been promoted to Chief Assistant DA for administration.
6News video: Tourism group interested in Lawrence
August 24, 2007
Lawrence’s role in the Civil War era could gain a higher profile across the country as headquarters for a national heritage area. Tuesday night, board members of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will ask city commissioners to help create a new organization to run the 41-county tourism group.
6News video: Lawrence schools enrollment up 300
August 24, 2007
A trend continues as Lawrence Public Schools released an unofficial student head count. school leaders said that growth is steady but one school is growing faster than the others. Compared to this time last year, there are some 200 more students in Lawrence public schools. It’s a broad look at the student population that doesn’t excite school leaders.
6Sports video: McClinton named to Lombardi watch list
August 24, 2007
Kansas defensive lineman James McClinton has been named to the 38th annual Rotary Lombardi Award watch list.
Art a la carte
August 24, 2007
Alec Joller is one of busiest unemployed men in Lawrence. Since recently losing his retail job, this artist/writer/filmmaker has used the time to focus on a project that combines all of his skills.
6Sports video: KU volleyball headed to Oregon
August 24, 2007
The 2007 fall sports season officially begins for the University of Kansas this evening. The first team to take the court: the Kansas Volleyball squad.
6News video: What should a new sales tax fund?
August 24, 2007
Support continues to build at Lawrence City Hall for a new citywide sales tax. But the big question seems to be what a new sales tax should fund. City commissioner Mike Amyx previously proposed a half-cent sales tax to fund street, sidewalk and other infrastructure improvements.
6Sports video: McAnderson looking for more playing time
August 24, 2007
For years, he terrorized members of the Sunflower League. More often than not, he ran over them on the way to the endzone on Friday nights. After shouldering the load at Lawrence High for three years, Brandon McAnderson left for bigger and better things at KU.
6News video: Eudora BOE, teachers negotiate contracts
August 24, 2007
The Eudora Board of Education and teachers will proceed to the next step in contract negotiations. A Kansas National Educators Association spokesman says a government mediator will come in Wednesday and help the two sides resolve the matter.
6News Now: Headquarters for a National Heritage Area may come to Lawrence
August 24, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the city’s role in the Civil War could gain a higher national profile, and more about Lawrence public school enrollment numbers.
Lawrence district numbers up, with help from virtual school
August 24, 2007
Preliminary enrollment numbers are 10,539 as of this week.
AG files ‘friendly’ lawsuit on casino law
Governor hopes case will resolve opponents’ objections
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The state’s attorney general filed a “friendly” lawsuit Thursday over a new gambling law, hoping Kansas’ highest court will permit the state to be the nation’s first to own resort casinos. The law, which took effect in April, authorizes one casino in each of four areas and slot machines at dog and horse tracks. The Kansas Lottery is supposed to own and operate the new gambling operations, but day-to-day management would be left to private developers who’d have contracts with the state.
: while Chiefs youngsters struggle
August 24, 2007
The Kansas City Chiefs failed to score in the first 58 minutes of their 30-7 loss to New Orleans on Thursday, but several young players made impressions on coach Herm Edwards. Most of those impressions weren’t great. “We didn’t tackle very well. And offensively, we’re not very good, not very good at running the ball, throwing the ball,” Edwards said. “We’re not very good at all. … We have to come to some kind of conclusion what we’re going to be as a football team.”
City high school soccer squads loaded up front
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Free State and Lawrence High boys soccer squads are ready to get offensive in their 2007 season. Both city schools head into the season anticipating to have a strong showing from the guys up front. “In theory, we have a chance to be pretty deep up top,” Free State coach Jason Pendleton said. “Alex Clayton, a four-year starter, has shown at times that he can score goals and as a sophomore was second-team all-state. Hopefully we can get him back to that level and maybe even a little bit higher and would be very dangerous.
Seabury girls tennis victorious in debut
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
Brooke Sutherland, Gabrielle Dillon, Jennifer Hughes and Leah Tomassian won singles matches, and Seabury Academy defeated Shawnee Maranatha, 6-3, in the debut of its girls tennis program Thursday at Seabury.
Coach has KU corners fired up
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s cornerbacks insist they’ll perform better than last season. Ask them why, and you’ll hear two universal answers. Experience. And Je’Ney Jackson. “Coach Jackson’s the real deal, man,” junior Aqib Talib said. “He got my press technique up to par. He’s been there before. He knows what it takes to get up to the next level.”
Airlines fined $300M each in price-fixing conspiracy
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Two major airlines were fined $300 million apiece Thursday after admitting they conspired to fix prices on international flights and agreeing to help prosecutors investigate other airlines. British Airways PLC, Britain’s largest airline, and Korean Air Co., South Korea’s national carrier, pleaded guilty to antitrust conspiracy charges. They acknowledged colluding with rivals over cargo rates and fuel surcharges, which were added to fares in response to rising oil prices. That meant higher costs for international shippers and passengers.
Take steps to avoid loan default
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Mortgage defaults have soared in recent months, but many financially ailing borrowers can take steps to avoid losing their home to foreclosure.
Petraeus report may deepen divisions
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
Come September, America might slip closer toward a Weimar moment. It would be milder than the original but significantly disagreeable. After the First World War, politics in Germany’s new Weimar Republic were poisoned by the belief that the army had been poised for victory in 1918 and that one more surge could have turned the tide. Many Germans bitterly concluded that the political class, having lost its nerve and will to win, capitulated. The fact that fanciful analysis fed this rancor did not diminish its power.
Horoscopes
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
You often might act kidlike this year, but in reality you are making situations light in order for you to digest what is going. Looking at difficult happenings from other viewpoints or reframing the situation helps your attitude and allows you to flow. If you are single, romance dominates much of the year. If you are attached, the two of you need to re-create some of your great moments. Plan that special trip.
People in the News
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Lohan to serve day in jail in plea bargain¢ Richie checks into jail to start DUI sentence¢ Judge: Campbell’s past can be raised in lawsuit¢ Jet Li: Don’t anticipate great fight scenes¢ Attorney: Mel Gibson following probation rules
Commodities
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
¢ Chicago markets¢ Local markets¢ Nonferrous metals
On the Record
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Law enforcement report¢ Injury accidents¢ Condition reports¢ Emergency calls
Driver faces charges in wake of police chase
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
A 26-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through Johnson and Douglas counties early Wednesday morning now faces numerous charges.Antonio Zavala Pisano was charged Thursday with fleeing to elude the police, reckless driving, obstructing the legal process and theft.
Sculpture trail plan on hold
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Call it a bump in the road or, more accurately, the trail. Plans for a new Burcham Park trail that would be lined with unique sculptures are on hold after some residents were concerned the project would too dramatically disrupt the natural area along the Kansas River. “We’re just people who believe nature should be left alone,” said Alison Roepe, a Lawrence resident who lives near the wooded area of Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets.
Variety show
Alec Joler concocts multifaceted debut
August 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Alec Joler is one of the busiest unemployed men in Lawrence. Since recently losing his retail job, the artist/writer/filmmaker has used the time to focus on a project that combines all of his skills. “As long as I’m actively creating something, I’m OK,” Joler says. “Even if I have a (crappy) job that pays $2 an hour, I feel that if there’s stuff coming out of the ‘factory,’ it’s all good.”
Panda gives surprise birth to cub in zoo
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
A giant panda on loan from China gave her Austrian zookeepers a surprise Thursday: the first panda cub born in Europe in 25 years.
Hadl left off ballot for Hall
Ex-LHS, KU, Charger great ‘disappointed’
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Pro Football Hall of Fame seniors selection committee revealed its two candidates to be included on the ballot for the next class, and former Lawrence High, Kansas University and San Diego Chargers great John Hadl did not make the cut. “I’m obviously very disappointed, and the reason is all my friends took a lot of their time to try to make it happen, obviously it didn’t happen,” Hadl said.
Kansas’ Talib on Camp watch list
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Kansas University football standout Aqib Talib was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award watch list this week.
Beloved cretin returns for ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’
August 24, 2007
Mr. Bean yanks his head out of that turkey and rediscovers his charm for “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” a child-friendly and often adorably childish homage to his inspiration, the great French clown Jacques Tati. And if Brit comic Rowan Atkinson really is retiring his greatest creation, he’s certainly kissing him off in style with this glossy, often charming road picture that has none of the coarse or crass tone of the Hollywood hit “Bean” of 10 years ago.
Mario Lopez hosts Miss Teen pageant
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
Mario Lopez hosts the Miss Teen USA 2007 Pageant (7 p.m., NBC) live from Pasadena, Calif. The former host of “Pet Star” and “Saved by the Bell” alumnus hoofed his way to semifinalist status on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006, losing out to former NFL great Emmitt Smith.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.72 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Seeing the greats helps the game
August 24, 2007
When it comes to watching sports live, fans and athletes alike can agree that it’s a privilege to be inside the action. There’s a point in enjoying live sports where the television cannot reach, a point that only being there can give you. Fortunately for me, this summer I was privileged enough (alongside a gallery of 60,000 fans) to feel that difference at the 2007 PGA Championship.
Army secretary rules out longer deployments
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A8
Army Secretary Pete Geren on Thursday ruled out extending troop deployments beyond the current 15 months, saying that longer tours in Iraq put stress on soldiers and their families and have contributed to an increase in suicides. But Geren, who was confirmed to the Army’s top civilian post in July, also criticized any congressional efforts to mandate deployment lengths or rest time at home.
Cubs acquire outfielder Monroe
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
Craig Monroe quickly found himself back in a pennant race Thursday when the Detroit Tigers traded the slumping outfielder and cash to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Despite hitting only .222 before Detroit designated him for assignment last Friday, Monroe was productive against left-handed pitching. That’s how Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to use him.
Sabbatini leads Cup opener
South African cards 63 at Barclays
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
The playoffs arrived on the PGA Tour and delivered an ideal first-round leader in Rory Sabbatini, a brash South African who loves the idea of going head-to-head and is not afraid to speak highly of his chances no matter who’s in his way. Too bad Tiger Woods wasn’t around Thursday at The Barclays for the FedEx Cup playoff opener.
Lone wolf’ pilot disappears over Africa
August 24, 2007
The first few hours of silence after Lori Love’s plane disappeared off west Africa were not too worrisome. The “lone wolf,” as she liked to call herself, did not like mid-air chatter. She had asked for this solo flight through long stretches of sky not covered by radar. She exchanged a cheerful, routine radio transmission with another pilot about an hour after taking off from Accra, Ghana, last Friday night, said Steve Hall. A longtime friend, he had hired her to ferry a single-engine Beechcraft from Florida to South Africa.
Lawrence residents address wind power
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Lawrence resident Carl Hulsig, president of ITC Great Plains, spoke on a panel moderated by state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, during the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative’s Southwest Power Pool Transmission Workshop III, conducted Wednesday in Dallas.
Giants’ Cain prevents Cubs sweep
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
Matt Cain outpitched and even outslugged opposing starter Carlos Zambrano, shutting down Chicago for seven innings and hitting his second career home run to lead San Francisco. Cain, who came into the game with the third-lowest run support in the National League, figured out a way to fix that problem by homering for the second time this month. Cain (6-13) has won three of his last four starts - including both starts he homered in - after winning just three of his first 22 this season.
Indians increase Central lead
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jake Westbrook and Nate Robertson kept the game scoreless through eight innings. Then in a battle of the bullpens, the Cleveland Indians did better - barely. Pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton’s infield single off Joel Zumaya drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Indians beat Detroit to open a 21â2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central.
Sport defended
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: This is in reference to the story of The Woodlands racetrack and possible illegal actions of its recent manager and the resulting opinions offered by several readers.
Marine instructor charged in abuse cases
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Marine drill instructor has been charged with 225 criminal counts connected to abusing recruits, a Marines spokesman said Thursday. In one incident, Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass allegedly ordered a recruit to jump head-first into a trash can and then pushed him further into the container, according to court documents cited in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is also accused of striking recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight.
Visionary plan
The creation of a new tourism agency in Lawrence could be a great opportunity to capitalize on this area’s many assets.
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
A plan to create a new entity to oversee tourism and promote activities related to a new national heritage area is a great opportunity for Lawrence and Douglas County. Officials of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and local supporters of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area already have endorsed a plan to create a nonprofit entity called Destination Management Inc. The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lawrence Visitors Center would be folded into the new group along with activities related to the heritage area.
Pakistan’s ousted P.M. wins right to return
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Nawaz Sharif, head of a powerful Pakistani political party that wants to oust embattled President Pervez Musharraf, vowed to return quickly after the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the former prime minister can come back from exile. It was yet another setback for Musharraf, and Sharif immediately turned up the heat in a growing public clamor for an end to military rule by calling on Washington to support Pakistan as a country - not just the general.
Old Home Town - 25 Years Ago
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
Because of budget cuts and increasing enrollments, a number of Kansas University students interested in computer courses for the coming fall term were unable to be accommodated.
Illinois prep considering KU
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Verdell Jones, a 6-foot-4, 165-pound senior from Central High in Champaign, Ill., who played well at the Jayhawk Invitational in April, is still in the process of narrowing his long list of prospective colleges. Jones on Thursday told Rivals.com that Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Oregon, Gonzaga, Tennessee and Marquette have extended invitations for official campus visits.
Planner to review proposed standards
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Evelyn Senecal, an senior financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, has been invited by the Certified Financial Planners Board of Directors to discuss proposed revisions to ethical standards set by the financial planning industry.
Special session slated on teachers’ contracts
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board members will meet in a special session 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive, to discuss a tentative agreement reached Wednesday on teachers’ contracts.
Guard duty
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: There seems to be very little oversight of lifeguards at the outdoor aquatic center, particularly with regard to enforcement of the rule that patrons should not distract lifeguards while they are on duty.
Lawrence stunt pilot flies rings around competition with vintage Navy airplane
August 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Back before cigarettes became public enemy No. 1, partygoers were often entertained by the seasoned smoker who could produce rings of smoke with a few puffs. The really skillful types could even blow smaller rings through the larger ones. Herb Baker has put a personal spin on that trick … times 10. The Lawrence native and veteran pilot developed a stunt four years ago that has been wowing onlookers at air shows across the nation.
Old Home Town - 100 Years Ago
August 24, 2007
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 24, 1907: “Two horses were hit by lightning while working in a wheat field here today and were killed. Jerry Dwyer, a prominent farmer working the field with the animals, survived along with a third horse, both of them being only stunned.
Acts of kindness
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Frequently, I find myself in awe of the richness of the life I lead here in Lawrence. I find myself dazzled by the kindness of our residents. The events I experienced in just one week reaffirmed my belief that Lawrence is the BEST place to live.
N. Korea to get $40M in aid for flood recovery
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
South Korea will give an additional $40 million in aid to help North Korea recover from devastating floods earlier this month, a top official announced today.
Nomination reform not easy
August 24, 2007
When the Democratic Party’s rules and bylaws committee meets this weekend, it will focus on whether to penalize Florida for scheduling an early presidential primary. But rules experts in both parties are already beginning to look ahead at ways to fix the nominating system for 2012. Seeking more influence, Florida moved its primary to Jan. 29, entering the time period the party had reserved for Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Michigan also seems about to violate the rules by moving to Jan. 15.
Woman who recovered from muteness dies
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B12
Delores Glaze, who was thought to have Lou Gehrig’s Disease and resumed talking after a silence of nearly two years, has died, a nurse confirmed Thursday. She was 61. Glaze was considered the second such surprise recovery at Medicalodge North Post-Acute Care Center in south-central Kansas. Glaze died Monday at the facility from the disease’s normal progression, said Georgi Hollins, director of nursing.
Wiccans accused of leaving raccoon entrails
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
A self-proclaimed high priestess of Salem witches and a second person were accused of tossing raccoon parts on the doorsteps of businesses, allegedly as part of a Wiccan community feud.
Police: Televangelist beaten, presses charges
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Juanita Bynum, a televangelist with a national following for sermons about women’s empowerment, pressed charges against her estranged husband Thursday after she was bruised in a confrontation with him during a meeting to reconcile, police said.
Old Home Town - 40 Years Ago
August 24, 2007
Police policies relating to individuals’ complaints against other persons, youth gatherings, noisy groups and individual policemen’s conduct were explained by Lawrence Police Chief William Troelstrup at a meeting of the Human Relations Commission.
Searchers drill final test hole in mine
Congress to hold hearing on collapse in September, senators announce
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Even as crews began a last effort Thursday to find six trapped miners, lawmakers in Washington launched separate reviews of whether the mining that preceded the thunderous cave-in was too aggressive.
Officers accused of framing suspects
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
FBI agents on Thursday arrested eight police officers accused of planting drugs as fraudulent evidence against residents of housing projects in Puerto Rico.
Officer indicted in girlfriend’s death
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
The state will seek to execute a police officer in the death of his pregnant girlfriend, and prosecutors want statements made by the couple’s 2-year-old son to be used against him at trial. Bobby Cutts Jr. was indicted Thursday on three counts of aggravated murder in the June death of Jessie Davis, whose disappearance drew national attention as thousands gathered to search for her near her northeast Ohio home. The couple’s son Blake provided authorities with the first clues, saying: “Mommy was crying. Mommy broke the table. Mommy’s in rug.”
Padilla inspires paranoia
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A11
They put Jose Padilla away for having filled out an application form to attend an al-Qaida training camp, a milestone in criminal-conspiracy law that makes me wonder about you readers and what you might do that some ambitious prosecutor could trace back to something I wrote 16 months ago.
Mexico credits luck, preparations for escaping Dean mostly unscathed
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
It drove terror deep into Mexico, smashing ashore as the third most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to hit land. But the furious beast proved relatively toothless, thanks to large-scale preparations - and a lot of luck. Hurricane Dean did kill at least eight people in Mexico. It also destroyed sugar cane, corn crops and mango orchards and demolished a major cruise ship port. Insured losses were estimated to be less than $300 million.
Two more professors win Kemper awards
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two Lawrence campus professors received the most recent William T. Kemper fellowships at Kansas University.
Ex-Jayhawk Metcalf had ‘crazy’ day
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Travis Metcalf’s Wednesday started near the French Quarter and ended in what felt like the fourth quarter. Metcalf, a Kansas University product, went from New Orleans, where he was playing for Triple-A Oklahoma, to Baltimore, where he was a part of a record-breaking doubleheader night for the Rangers, and back to Arlington in 24 hours. It was a full day of plane flights, two full games (he played 12 innings), tying a club record for RBIs in a doubleheader and shaking his head in disbelief - “Did we really just score 30 runs?”
Lawrence Datebook
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence
TV show fans raise money for shelter
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Fans of a television show who were raising money for a Lawrence homeless shelter have met their $2,000 goal. Dana Stodgel, of Illinois, a member of the fan group Fandom Rocks for the CW network series “Supernatural,” will be in Lawrence Sept. 2 to present at least a $1,000 donation to Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St.
Commissioner: Meatball defense doesn’t cut it
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
So much for the meatball defense. A veteran counterterrorism detective’s claims that he flunked a drug test because his wife served him marijuana-spiked meatballs “simply weren’t credible,” and he has been fired by the New York Police Department, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Thursday.
Husband faces charges in wife’s shooting death
August 24, 2007
A Wichita man has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder in his wife’s shooting death. Reginald Johnson, 38, was charged Wednesday in the death of Amy Whiteman, 36, at their house. Johnson’s bond was placed at $100,000, and his preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 5.
2 children found dead in cars in unrelated cases
August 24, 2007
A 7-month-old infant was found dead in the heat of a parked car Thursday near the Washington University School of Medicine, authorities said. Hours later, a 2-year-old toddler was found dead in a vehicle in a suburb of Cincinnati.
Wells agrees on contract with Dodgers
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
David Wells is back in the pennant race with a new team: the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wells and the Dodgers agreed to a contract Thursday and the big lefty plans to make his first start for Los Angeles on Sunday night against the Mets in New York. The 44-year-old Wells was designated for assignment by his hometown San Diego Padres on Aug. 9 and placed on release waivers four days later. He cleared waivers last Thursday and became a free agent. The Dodgers will be his ninth team in a 21-year major-league career.
Baby talk may be biological in origin
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Adult rhesus macaques make high-pitched, sing-songy vocalizations when they encounter infant monkeys - just the kind of sounds humans seem to naturally fall into using around infants, scientists reported this week. Seeing the adult monkeys use a form of baby talk suggests the behavior in humans may be biological in origin, said Dario Maestripieri, associate professor of comparative human development at the University of Chicago.
Mayer: Riggins colorful character
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
When John Riggins is involved, there almost always is “more to the story.” Two noteworthy adventures involved Sandra Day O’Connor, the brilliant retired U.S. Supreme Court justice with a sense of humor to cope with the inimitable Riggo. John, former Kansas University, New York Jet and Washington Redskin running back, will join the KU Ring of Honor on Oct. 13, something he fully deserves as one of only three Jayhawks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jacksonville derails Green Bay
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Green Bay Packers lost Pro Bowl wide receiver Donald Driver and their unbeaten preseason record in a 21-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field Thursday night. After sputtering under starting quarterback Byron Leftwich, the Jaguars’ offense woke up when backup David Garrard entered the game early in the third quarter and led the Jaguars (2-1) to two touchdowns.
Assistance programs combine resources into single food bank
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
In the face of dwindling federal funding, two Douglas County food assistance programs are banding together to help distribute more commodities to local residents. Ballard Community Services and the East Central Kansas Action Network have formed The Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federally based program that helps supplement diets of low-income people by providing food and nutrition assistance.
Investigator recommends dropping Marine’s charges
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A8
A Marine accused of murdering Iraqi civilians, including children, in the town of Haditha should have all charges dropped against him because of weak evidence, an investigating officer recommended Thursday. Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum, 26, is charged with unpremeditated murder of two girls and negligent homicide on suspicion that he unlawfully killed two men, a woman and a boy. He is also accused of assaulting another boy and a girl.
Report: Activist arrested after sending finger
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police arrested an extremist Thursday for sending his severed finger to the ruling party to protest the prime minister’s absence from a shrine on the anniversary of the end of World War II, officials and news reports said.
Suspected al-Qaida fighters hit villages, kill 17
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A8
Suspected al-Qaida fighters stormed two villages near Baqouba on Thursday, bombed the house of a local Sunni sheik and kidnapped a group of mostly women. Residents were finally able to drive off the attackers and end the deadly rampage. Seventeen villagers, including seven women, were killed in the assaults roughly 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. Ten al-Qaida gunmen also died.
New fellows make study session plans
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sit Jennifer Schmidt down in a room and ask her to talk about politics, and the conversation will span a range of locations and topics. There’s her experience as a staffer in the Statehouse in Topeka. And her time as a legal counselor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She has funny stories and amusing anecdotes, and Schmidt, one of two new fellows at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, is hoping to round those up and use them in her study session “Women in Politics: Career Stories.”
Astronomers find hole lot of nothing
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That’s got them scratching their heads about what’s just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That’s an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday.
Residents honored for aiding bald eagles
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service handed out awards to three Lawrence residents and four other Kansans who played a major role in reviving the bald eagle population in Kansas.
Cicada chorus fills the air
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Cicadas, the world’s loudest insect, have emerged from below where they have spent years underground as nymphs waiting for just the right time to climb out, shed their skin and sound their mating call. “There are some that are basically as loud as a jet engine taking off,” said Jeff Cole, a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas University’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The loudest species can get up to 120 decibels, which is about the pain threshold of human ears.”
River City Reading Festival plans come to fruition
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The vision for a spectacular one-day event to celebrate authors and reading is coming to a realization. In place is a strong lineup of authors - including PBS anchor and Kansas novelist Jim Lehrer and Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low-Weso - for the River City Reading Festival. The daylong event is set for Oct. 14 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. “We’ve done so much groundwork and for over a year had a core group of people serving on our planning committee,” said Kassie Edwards, chairwoman of the festival’s steering committee.
Mortgage rates dip to three-month low
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Rates on 30-year mortgages sank this week to their lowest point since late May, providing a ray of sunlight for would-be home buyers. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.52 percent, down from 6.62 percent last week and was the lowest rate since the week ending May 31, when rates stood at 6.42 percent. In mid-June, rates on 30-year mortgages climbed to 6.74 percent, the high for this year.
Report finds Iraq government shaky, security needing support
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Iraqi government is strained by rampant violence, deep sectarian differences among its political parties and stymied leadership, the nation’s top spy analysts concluded in a sobering assessment released Thursday. With the country teetering between success and failure in the next year, Iraq’s neighbors will continue to try to expand their leverage in the fractured state in anticipation that the United States will soon leave, the new report found.
Death row inmate executed for ‘88 slaying
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Luther Jerome Williams was executed by injection Thursday for the 1988 murder and robbery of a man who was taken into the woods and shot after he had stopped on an interstate exit ramp to check on a problem with his pickup truck.
Saints breeze by
New Orleans QB shines :
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
So what if it’s August and he’s missing his two top receivers and his starting left tackle? Drew Brees is already showing off his Pro Bowl form for the New Orleans Saints. The same cannot be said of the Kansas City Chiefs, whose murky quarterback picture was only muddied further Thursday night as Brodie Croyle struggled, and a nearly perfect Brees led the Saints to a dominating 30-7 victory.
Religion vital in lives of young Americans, leads to happiness
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A12
Among America’s young people, godliness contributes to happiness. An extensive survey by The Associated Press and MTV found that people ages 13 to 24 who describe themselves as very spiritual or religious tend to be happier than those who don’t. When it comes to spirituality, American young people also are remarkably tolerant - nearly 7 in 10 say that while they follow their own religious or spiritual beliefs, others might be true as well.
Marbury’s defense of Vick absurd
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
While hawking his sneakers up in Albany on Monday, Stephon Marbury managed to do something that he’s getting really good at, right along with leading the Knicks into the lottery on a yearly basis. He inserted one of those Starbury models in his mouth, royally embarrassing the Knicks. Yet again. How’s that possible, you ask, when the Knicks kind of are a walking embarrassment to begin with? Marbury defended Michael Vick, of all people.
Goggles create out-of-body sensations
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A12
Exploring the connection between our mental and physical perceptions of ourselves, scientists on Thursday said they used virtual reality goggles to induce out-of-body sensations in healthy volunteers. In simple experiments carried out by teams in Switzerland and England, test subjects looking at video images of themselves projected through the goggles reacted as if their own bodies had been touched when their virtual selves were stroked or poked.
Mayor says city shares blame for slave trade
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
An emotional Mayor Ken Livingstone apologized Thursday for his city’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, saying London was still tainted by it.
Proposed sunscreen rules unveiled
Products would be rated for effectiveness in blocking UVA rays
August 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
It may be the summer of ‘09 before beachgoers can count on finding sunscreens to protect against the deeper, penetrating rays linked to wrinkles and cancer. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed long-delayed rules covering the ingredients, labeling and testing of sunscreens that boast of protecting against both the sun’s ultraviolet B rays, which cause sunburn, and the ultraviolet A rays that cause tanning but also are associated with more serious and longer-term damage.
Library expansion not being shelved
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
There are still no easy answers when it comes to a $30 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library. But city commissioners on Thursday made it clear there is one answer they don’t want to give yet: No. “I’m not willing to shut the door on it,” Mayor Sue Hack said at a study session with members of the library’s board of trustees.