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Archive for Friday, April 3, 2009

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The day in photos, April 3, 2009
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Polls
After the Jayhawks lose, do you cheer for the team that beat them in the NCAA Tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
79%
No
 
15%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 338
The city will be asking residents about the possibility of charging fees for some free programs, such as use of rec center equipment, and increasing fees for other facilities, such as swimming pools. Would these fees affect your use of these programs?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
41%
I don’t use these programs now
 
35%
No
 
23%
Total 849
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Westar Energy plant smokestacks billow behind a windmill in North Lawrence against the backdrop of a Kansas sunset Nov. 26, 2007. Westar rates projected to rise again
April 1, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Westar Energy Inc. customers are likely to see their rates rise $80 million or more over the next year, on top of a significant increase Kansas regulators approved about two months ago.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, from left, stands with former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Tuesday in Washington, D.C., before the start of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sebelius is President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sebelius not expected to be confirmed until after Congress returns from recess
9:53 a.m., April 2, 2009 Updated 5:07 p.m. in print edition on 10A
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is pledging to improve Medicare and Medicaid with an increased focus on prevention and primary care.
10:00 a.m.
Josh Istas, KU jr., Omaha, Nebr, and Tully Corcoran, Lawrence, exercise Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Lawrence Community Building 11th and Vermont. The city is considering adding more fees to Parks and Recreation department services. City looking at increased fees for parks and recreation to balance department’s budget
April 2, 2009 in print edition on 1A
When you pump that iron at city recreation centers, you might need to pump your wallet a bit too.
2:00 p.m.
Trei Dudley, a ninth-grader at Central Junior High school and a 10-year member of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, rehearses with the Central Junior High dance group Thursday, April 2, 2009..Dudley has been named the Youth of the Year for the state of Kansas by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Central student earns statewide honor
April 3, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Trei Dudley says she has found a haven with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
6:00 p.m.
A sizable crowd showed up for Wednesday night's game. Attendance was recorded at 8,360. KU fans hope buzz about WNIT fills the fieldhouse
April 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Bill Hougland says there’s been a change in his coffee conversations. The Lawrence resident, who gathers with friends each morning at McDonald’s at Sixth and Michigan streets, said the group has started talking about the Kansas women’s basketball team.

All stories

Fire crews respond to alarm at Dyche Hall
April 3, 2009
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded Friday evening to a fire alarm at Dyche Hall on the Kansas University campus.
Lied Center announces 2009-2010 season lineup
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
From Tap Dogs to the Glenn Miller Orchestra to a metal-bending presentation of “The Aluminum Show,” Lied Center organizers are presenting a variety of performances for the upcoming season.
VNA expands services to include Private Duty
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
A nonprofit Douglas County agency is expanding its services to help keep seniors at home longer. The new program is called Private Duty Plus.
Governor to consider milk label requirement
April 3, 2009
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream may be unavailable in Kansas if legislation restricting dairy labels is put into law, a state legislator said Friday.
KU bracing for large WNIT crowd on Saturday
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
More tickets. More concessions. More ushers. More fans. And, of course, more traffic.
Kansas House OKs another bill to allow coal plants, but with too few votes to override veto
04:25 p.m., April 3, 2009 Updated 06:09 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas House on Friday approved another bill that would allow construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning power plants.
Bill allowing coal plants closer to passage
April 3, 2009
A bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas has cleared the state Legislature.
City’s woodchips sold out
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
People planning to buy woodchips at the city’s annual woodchip sale on Saturday should change their plans.
Legislators nervous about rail stimulus funds
April 3, 2009
Some south-central Kansas legislators are nervous that the state could miss out on federal stimulus funds for improving passenger rail services.
Dozens of hostages taken, at least six shot in NY state
01:14 p.m., April 3, 2009 Updated 02:02 p.m.
A gunman blocked the back door of an immigration services center with his car Friday before walking through the front door firing, wounding at least six people and taking as many as 41 hostage, officials said.
BNSF train depot to sport new signs, as well as improved platform
April 3, 2009
A new platform isn’t the only upgrade that will be pulling into the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail depot in Lawrence.
House approves minimum wage increase
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
The House has approved a bill raising Kansas’ lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage, putting it one step from final passage in the Legislature.
New anti-abortion bill passes House
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
Anti-abortion legislators were close Friday to winning final passage of a bill they believe will strengthen enforcement of Kansas’ restrictions on late-term abortions.
KU’s Diana Carlin a finalist for presidency of Pittsburg State University
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies at Kansas University, is a finalist in the search for a new president at Pittsburg State University.
Man taken to LMH with non-life-threatening injuries after single-car accident
April 3, 2009
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries early Friday morning after a one-vehicle accident near 23rd and Louisiana streets.
Police investigating burning object placed on east Lawrence street
April 3, 2009
Lawrence police are investigating a burning item found early Friday morning in the 1800 block of Miller Drive.
Equal play
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A13
To the editor: Congratulations to the KU women’s basketball team on making the championship game of the WNIT. And, shame on the J-W for not routinely interviewing the girls on the team (aside from a comment or two from Danielle McCray).
Obama seeking warranties for life
April 3, 2009
Five minutes of explanation to James Madison, and he’ll have a pretty good idea what a motorcar is (basically a steamboat on wheels; the internal combustion engine might take a few minutes more). Then try to explain to Madison how the Constitution he fathered allows the president to unilaterally guarantee the repair or replacement of every component of millions of such contraptions sold in the several states, and you will leave him slack-jawed.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 3, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 3, 1909: ”The pure food department of Kansas has issued an order that all boxes must contain a full quart of fruit instead of the customary seven-eighths of a quart or thereabouts that have been sold in the past. This is important in Lawrence where a large amount of fruit is raised and sold.
So cowardly
Maybe Congress will finally allow some sunshine to spotlight its annual pay and benefit hikes.
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A13
We have still another example of how the state of the economy is forcing even the sneakiest public officials among us to be more open and above-board. In 1989, Congress built in a system to guarantee itself annual wage and benefit boosts without much public scrutiny.
Tempered Glass: Influential composer takes knocks
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
Knock knock. Who’s there? Knock knock. Who’s there? Knock knock. Who’s there? Philip Glass.
Nostalgic comedy has its ups and downs
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
On the surface, “Adventureland,” director Greg Mottola’s follow-up to his hit “Superbad,” looks like another good-time, raunchy romp.
Net Worth: Ridiculing ‘shreds’ bring rock stars down to earth
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
In 1981, technology wasn’t exactly the universal playground it is now.
Lengthy season just fine with KU women
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Folks who like to walk and jog in Allen Fieldhouse can thank Kansas University’s women’s basketball team for a reprieve.
A fitting finale
Unselfish Serbian all about her teammates
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Five years later, listen to Serbian native Ivana Catic of the Kansas women’s basketball team recount her first day in America. Then listen to her high school coach’s perception of Catic on that day and see if you don’t reach the conclusion she is ideally suited to play point guard.
Name removal won’t change co-signer status
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
It’s easy for co-signers to get off a home’s title, but it doesn’t affect their mortgage obligations.
Henry brothers in no hurry
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
There was no family meeting at the Henry household on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
Howard unsung hero
April 3, 2009
Patrick Ewing has a theory on why Orlando Magic do-it-all center Dwight Howard isn’t mentioned as a leading MVP candidate: He’s a big man.
KU fans hope buzz about WNIT fills the fieldhouse
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Bill Hougland says there’s been a change in his coffee conversations. The Lawrence resident, who gathers with friends each morning at McDonald’s at Sixth and Michigan streets, said the group has started talking about the Kansas women’s basketball team.
Two men injured in Clinton State Park rollover accident
April 3, 2009
Two men were injured in a rollover accident Thursday afternoon at Clinton State Park.
Tax shifts have note of fairness
April 3, 2009
If you’re rich and think nobody loves you anymore, meet Rep. John Boehner. He’s the House minority leader from Ohio who is anchoring the opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed tax hikes on households making more than $250,000 a year.
Family seeks $100M after man died in Taser incident
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Family members of a Lawrence man who died after Shawnee County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on him have filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages.
Jacobs, Butler will share time at first, DH for K.C.
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Manager Trey Hillman says Mike Jacobs and Billy Butler will be in his Kansas City lineup for most games, but he isn’t sure which one will be the primary first baseman and which will be designated hitter.
Winds plague Houston
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
The first round of the Shell Houston Open was suspended because of high wind Thursday with only half the 144-player field on the course. The round will resume this morning. The round was suspended for the day at 3 p.m. after wind gusts reached 50 mph.
Commodities
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures rose Thursday.
Dairy label restrictions move ahead
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
A bill placing new label restrictions on dairy products that tout being free of growth hormones was approved Thursday by the Senate over the opposition of state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence.
Boy with lung disease meets Chalmers during visit to Miami
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Eleven-year-old Michael Douglas, of Wellsville, now can say he has walked in his favorite basketball player’s size 12 1/2 shoes.
Coal plant bill advances in Senate
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Maybe it was coal fatigue. The Kansas Senate — without debate — on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow the construction of two 700-megawatt coal-burning electric power plants.
Queen charmed by U.S. first lady
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A11
Michelle Obama’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II began with a handshake and ended in a hug.
American record-holder in mile on Relays slate
Webb trying to run first sub-four-minute time at meet since 1997
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B7
Alan Webb, the American record holder in the mile (3:46.91), will compete in this year’s Kansas Relays.
Girl in father-daughter holdup safe
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
It probably happens every day: A man pulls out a gun and tells a convenience store clerk to open the till. But the little girl in a pink jacket standing forlornly by the robber’s side made this crime anything but ordinary.
Feldman, Rangers check Royals, 9-3
April 3, 2009
Scott Feldman allowed a run and three hits in his sixth spring training start, and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-3, on Thursday.
Tax cut plan spurs debate in Legislature
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Legislature this year has cut funding for social services, public schools and higher education to avoid increasing state taxes.
FDA eyes NY nut plant in pistachio recall probe
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A14
The investigation into a nationwide salmonella scare over pistachio nuts has spread from a California nut processor to its sister plant in New York, where inspectors last month found cockroaches and rodent droppings.
Experts unveil new Leonardo portrait
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A14
Experts unveiled Thursday a previously unknown portrait of Leonardo da Vinci showing the artist and inventor as a middle-aged man with piercing eyes and long, flowing hair.
Central student earns statewide honor
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Trei Dudley says she has found a haven with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
People in the news
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B12
Little Richard and Chuck Berry are dusting off the songbook of a New Orleans legend to raise money for the city’s parks and schools.
Lawrence man arrested for aggravated battery
April 3, 2009
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday evening for aggravated battery and criminal damage of property after cutting another man in an altercation.
Journal-World all-area first team wrestling
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B5
Alan Callahan - Baldwin High, senior: Callahan capped a sensational high school career by reaching the Class 4A finals for the first time and finishing as the state runner-up at 112 pounds.
LHS coach credits solid support system
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High wrestling coach Pat Naughton will be the first to tell you that guiding the Lions to a 17th-place finish at the Class 6A state tournament this season was not the most amazing achievement in the world.
Callahan caps career with stellar run
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B5
Alan Callahan’s wrestling career at Baldwin High was set up for a Hollywood ending at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina.
Cutler headed to Bears
Broncos to receive draft picks, QB Orton
April 3, 2009
Jay Cutler got his wish Thursday: a ticket out of Denver. And the Chicago Bears have a franchise quarterback for the first time in decades.
Sprint supports cell phone recycling week
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
Sprint announced its support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural “Plug-In To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling Week” April 6-12, 2009.
State online auction nets $532,500
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
For more than six weeks, prospective buyers for 647 acres in four Kansas locations visited the properties, met with Purple Wave Auction personnel and returned to their PCs to cast their bids.
Business owner speaks at national conference
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
Carol D. Rau, professional in human resources, was a speaker at the 2008 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) National Educational Conference as part of the Golf Industry Show Feb. 2-7 in New Orleans.
College grads revisit job market options
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B13
David Maley left his internship at Lehman Brothers last summer figuring he would be back on Wall Street once he graduated from Colgate University in May.
Prep golf tournament takes new twist
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Technically, Thursday’s Free State Golf Invitational at Eagle Bend Golf Course was a varsity meet.
Free State soccer falls, 3-0, to SM West
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Like the field on which Free State High’s girls soccer team played Thursday afternoon, the Firebirds still are a work in progress.
FSHS baseball field almost ready
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Weather permitting, today is the day the Free State High baseball team will play its first game on its new turf.
Garage sale next on students’ agenda
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
They’re two little girls with a big goal, and even though they’re only 11, they’ve already been involved in putting on fundraisers for several years.
Thursday’s prep rainouts
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High home softball game on Thursday night against Shawnee Mission East was postponed due to wet grounds. The doubleheader will be made up at at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 7.
LHS swimming tops SM South
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s swim team beat Shawnee Mission South, 117-68, during a dual Thursday at SMSHS.
N.Y. man convicted in child porn investigation
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Chalk up another online sexual predator conviction for the Baldwin City Police Department.
NBA offers tempting
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
In all the discussion about whether Kansas University basketball stars Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins will bypass pro status and return for KU’s 2009-10 season, a human side of the equation too often is swept under the rug.
Obama proclaims summit ‘turning point’
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A11
President Barack Obama leaves London today for a NATO conference in Europe after a global summit here that he said helped the world turn the corner and chart a course out of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.
But will it work?
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A11
Will it all work? World leaders achieved the minimum at their London summit, cobbling together more resources for the International Monetary Fund and pledging to better regulate unruly financial markets. But no country would budge from its bottom line, so the biggest goals were not met.
USC’s Floyd passes on Arizona; Pearl reworks pact
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B4
Tim Floyd has decided to stay at Southern Cal and not become the next coach at Arizona.
Pesky Penn State prevails
Lions scrap past Baylor for NIT championship
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B4
Penn State beat Baylor, 69-63, to win the NIT championship.
KU vice chancellor finalist for Mo. post
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
Robert M. Clark, vice chancellor at Kansas University’s Edwards Campus, has been named one of four finalists for the presidency at Northwest Missouri State University, according to a release from the school.
Yankees in awe of their new stadium
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Derek Jeter stepped out of the dugout and gazed up at those massive grandstands, five booming decks of blue-and-white splendor reaching high into a clear Bronx sky.
Poll: Price of tickets cause for concern
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Take me out to the ballgame … because I can’t afford it.
Local schools to offer kindergarten roundup
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B14
Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, will offer kindergarten roundup on April 15.
Kentucky, Calipari are out of touch
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
While John Calipari was deliberating, Greg Bamberger was cutting.
FDA regulation of tobacco approved
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Anti-smoking forces won a long-awaited victory Thursday as the House passed legislation that would give the federal government key controls over the tobacco industry for the first time.
Obama issues warning to North Korea
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
As North Korea fueled a multistage rocket Thursday for its threatened satellite launch, President Barack Obama promised a “stern” response and Japan vowed to press for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.
Layoffs rise despite hope recession is easing
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Employers are laying off workers at a faster pace despite a few hopeful signs recently that the recession — now the longest since World War II — could be easing.
Admiral: War veterans will suffer for years
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Homelessness, family strains and psychological problems among returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will persist in the U.S. for generations to come, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.
Critics assail law said to legalize rape
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
A new Afghan law makes it legal for men to rape their wives, human rights groups and some Afghan lawmakers said Thursday, accusing President Hamid Karzai of signing the legislation to bolster his re-election prospects.
Blagojevich indicted on corruption charges
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s plan to auction off President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat marked the culmination of years of scheming for personal gain that included trying to extort a congressman and pressuring businesses to hire his wife, prosecutors alleged Thursday.
House, Senate pass budget plans friendly to Obama goals
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Acting in quick succession, the House and Senate approved budgets Thursday night drawn to President Barack Obama’s specifications and pointing the way toward major legislation later this year on health care, energy and education.
Consumers choose simple green life during recession
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A14
When it comes to going green, Kristen Chase does what she can: recycling, using her own grocery bags, buying organic produce and conserving energy and water.
Pump patrol
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
Professor chosen as arts associate dean
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Elizabeth Kowalchuk, a Kansas University associate professor in the visual art education program, will assume the role of associate dean for the new School of Arts at KU.
Advance voting still available today
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
By the end of Thursday, 294 people had cast in-person advance ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse, and 316 voters have returned mail-in ballots ahead of Tuesday’s city and school board elections, according to the county clerk’s office.
Bioscience authority panel OKs funding
Agricultural, health endeavors at KU included in proposal
April 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University and the global agribusiness company Archer Daniels Midland have plans to join together for a three-year, multimillion-dollar project designed to develop new ways to convert crops and biomass into alternative fuels and chemicals.
Horoscopes
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B12
For Friday, April 3: This year, greet the world with a big smile, confident and sure of yourself. Often, you will rethink a decision or center yourself once more. If you are single, high charisma defines your social life. If you are attached, the love temperature could sizzle.
On the record
April 3, 2009
• A 46-year-old woman reported her purse and wallet stolen Wednesday afternoon.
Man’s ‘crazy’ plan to meet gymnast mentioned to Ala. cop during stop
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B12
A man who authorities say tried to break onto the set of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was ticketed on his way to California and let go, despite telling a police officer in Alabama that his plan to meet contestant Shawn Johnson was “a little bit crazy.”
Blank slates wake up less than fresh
April 3, 2009 in print edition on B12
Tonight’s episode gets to the heart of the problems with “Dollhouse” (8 p.m., Fox). How can we develop interest in characters with no memories and with completely erasable and replaceable personalities? If there’s no one there, why should we care?
Police: Mom drugged girl, sought her impregnation
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman’s boyfriend could impregnate the girl without her knowing, police said Thursday. Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, said Uniontown Police Detective Donald Gmitter.
Texas nurse charged with killing 5 patients with bleach
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
Kimberly Saenz worked eight months as a nurse at the busiest dialysis clinic in town. Her turbulent final month on the job is all anyone remembers. One patient after another died last April for reasons no one could explain. Ambulances had to rush people to the emergency room almost every day. Things got so grim at the Lufkin Dialysis Center that the clinic shut down to investigate.
Life at polygamist ranch was austere, controlled
April 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
It was a year ago that the outside world got its first glimpse beyond the battered green gate of the YFZ Ranch. And the view was mesmerizing: Women in pioneer-style dresses, their hair swept up in braids. Men who married multiple times — sometimes, it was said, to underage girls. Children snatched by authorities from their mothers, for fear that they might be abused.