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On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, April 8, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
Should the United States loosen trade restrictions with Cuba?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
65%
No
 
28%
Not sure
 
6%
Total 495
Do you expect iTunes' new three-tier pricing plan — ranging from 69 cents per song to $1.29 — to affect your music buying habits?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t use iTunes.
 
47%
No
 
30%
Yes
 
22%
Total 497
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Mike Amyx, who received the most votes in the city commission race, gets a high five from steering committee member and supporter Becky Mondi, Lawrence, as the final numbers are announced during his watch party at the American Legion Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Amyx, Cromwell and Johnson pick up seats on Lawrence City Commission
April 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
With perhaps the tightest city budget in recent memory looming, voters selected a familiar face in Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission election.
10:00 a.m.
City commissioner Rob Chestnut, center, talks with school board candidate Mark Bradford as the two look over election results Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Douglas County Courthouse. At left is Lawrence city manager David Corliss. Bradford, Sanburn, Byers walk away with seats on Lawrence School Board
April 7, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence school district voters selected the fire chief, a newcomer to the city and a voice on equity issues to step into leadership roles during a transition period for the district.
2:00 p.m.
Political commentator George Stephanopoulos, stopped at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St., for a walk-through visit during a trip to the city Tuesday, and took a moment to sign an autograph for Aaron Morrison, 12. Stephanopoulos spoke at Kansas University later Tuesday. Political-insider-turned-newsman urges students to follow dreams
April 7, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Political correspondent George Stephanopoulos told Kansas University students Tuesday to look for that one moment that grabbed them when deciding their life plan. In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session touching on many different aspects of politics, journalism and political campaigns, the host of ABC’s Sunday morning news show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” told more than 400 people about the moment he knew what he wanted to do.
6:00 p.m.
Tom Hilger, his grandson Haris Hilger, 5, and Ronda Davis, all of Lawrence, sample foods from the new culinary venues at Kauffman Stadium. In the foreground is stadium chef Michael Slavin.
Major league munchies: Renovated Kauffman Stadium home to expanded array of culinary options
April 8, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Michael Slavin has been hard at work for opening day. Slavin is the executive chef for Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. That’s right — a ballpark has a chef. Gone are the days when hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks were the only menu options. That’s especially the case this year at the newly remodeled Kauffman Stadium.

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Tonganoxie stomps Basehor-Linwood, 12-0
April 8, 2009
Tonganoxie played at Basehor-Linwood for the HyVee High School Game of the Week.
Students finding creative ways to cover tuition
April 8, 2009
Paying for a child’s college education can be difficult. Some local high school students are taking an innovative approach to paying for college.
Brothers have good bill of health following liver transplants
April 8, 2009
Miles Blomgren, 10, and his brother, Aiden, 7, are growing by leaps and bounds and are always ready for a new adventure. That’s pretty typical for boys. But what makes the Blomgren brothers special is that they have overcome progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis, an inherited disease that causes progressive jaundice and scarring of the liver.
Double lung transplant recipient now enjoys ‘normal’ life
April 8, 2009
She walks up two flights of stairs and to her cubicle on the second floor of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in west Lawrence. On the way, Heidi Karn Barker, 25, is talking about her full-time job as a professional development coordinator. Heidi jokes about how she knows more about grass than she ever imagined she would.
Friends remember victim of fatal accident as willing volunteer
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
Wallace “Wally” May was known as the “Brownie Man” among nurses in Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s second floor medical unit. He silently kept them in line, fixed wheelchairs for them and frequently brought them goodies. “Wally was an inspiration,” said Barb Harris, LMH personal care assistant. “He was a good friend.”
Two-year-old makes strong recovery following transplant
April 8, 2009
One year ago, Addison Whitenight was 18 months old and fighting for her life. The Lawrence girl was diagnosed with bilary atresia at the age of 6 weeks. She had a liver disease that caused severe jaundice. She was on a feeding tube 17 hours a day and she had rickets or a softening of the bones. A tumble off the couch caused her to break her left leg and arm. She was in a red-and-blue cast that covered most of her body.
Kansans leading efforts to improve relationships with Cuba
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
Moves to relax the United States’ trade approach to Cuba are coming from diverse political corners, including Kansas farmers. U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., recently introduced legislation aimed at removing barriers to sales of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba.
For second election in a row, east Lawrence turnout dwarfed by west
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kennedy School and Langston Hughes School are in the same city, but when it comes to voting, they are worlds apart. At Kennedy — on the far east side of Lawrence — 7.5 percent of eligible voters surrounding the school turned out to vote in Tuesday’s city and school district races. At Langston Hughes — on the far west side of Lawrence — 21.9 percent of voters came to the polls.
KU football player injured in weekend incident; reportedly in good condition
03:12 p.m., April 8, 2009 Updated 04:38 p.m. in print edition on B3
A Kansas University Hospital official confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Ben Lueken, a freshman football player at Kansas University, is being treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during a weekend incident on the KU campus.
Rabbi celebrates sun’s lesson in Birchas Hachama service
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
The sun was out in full force Wednesday morning with not a cloud in sight. This was especially important for those attending a service in South Park led by Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel.
Regents to consider legacy tuition plan
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
A previously discussed plan to allow out-of-state legacy students to receive a discounted tuition rate at Kansas University is going before the Kansas Board of Regents next week.
Kidney transplant recipient grateful for organ donation and life-saving procedure
April 8, 2009
Logan Hastings signed up to be an organ donor as soon as he got his driver’s license. He’s always been a believer in giving the gift of life. He just never dreamed that he would be on the receiving end, especially at age 26
State plans hearings on state support for children
April 8, 2009
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is preparing the Child Care and Development Fund State Plan for 2010-2011.
Tonganoxie boy enters guilty plea in explosives case
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A3
A former Tonganoxie Middle School student who brought an explosive device to school in January entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Leavenworth to a felony charge of attempted criminal use of explosives, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson.
Smoke from range burning in Flint Hills reaches east to Lawrence and Kansas City
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
Smoke from pasture burnoffs in the Flint Hills of Kansas has been seen and smelled in a wide area of the state and into the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Tiahrt to make official his plans to run for Senate
April 8, 2009
Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt plans to take the last step he needs to take to make his Senate candidacy official.
Magazine lauds KU’s prostate program
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A5
Urology Times medical magazine has named the prostate cancer program at Kansas University Cancer Center one of 13 “Clinical Centers of Excellence” in the country. It is the only prostate cancer center in Kansas or the Kansas City area to receive the honor.
Lions shut out third straight team
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Brad Stoll calls him “a late Christmas present for Lawrence High baseball” and pitcher Albert Minnis certainly has been the antithesis of a lump of coal.
USDA to increase food aid to children in poor countries
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B12
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is almost doubling its support for a $95.5 million food aid program that focuses on hungry children in poor countries. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday his agency was providing an additional $80 million in agricultural commodities this year, which he said would feed around 655,000 children in four African nations — Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Niger and Uganda.
Gay families invited to White House event
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian parents as part of the Obama administration’s outreach to diverse communities. Families say the gesture shows that the new administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption.
Tar Heels are game’s gold standard
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
Unlike Magic Johnson, who attempted to inspire his beloved Spartans before they began their Final Four journey, Michael Jordan, who had been in Detroit for at least two days, didn’t offer any words of encouragement for his Tar Heels.
Strong aftershocks strike Italy
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A12
Strong aftershocks Tuesday sent a fresh wave of fear across earthquake-shattered central Italy, and rescue crews pulled a young woman alive from a collapsed building about 42 hours after the main quake struck the mountainous region.
Man saves baby after bomb kills mother
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
A salesman rescued a baby from a blaze ignited by a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood Tuesday, reaching through the shattered window and grabbing the boy after the blast killed his mother and eight other people. The rescue, which witnesses described to an Associated Press reporter at the scene, highlighted the often overlooked role of Iraqi civilians in the aftermath of such bombings.
Gunmen in killings had permits
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A9
They had more in common than unleashing carnage — nearly every gunman in this monthlong series of mass killings was legally entitled to fire his weapons. So what does that say about the state of gun control laws in this country? One thing appears certain: the regulations aren’t getting stricter. Many recent efforts to change weapons laws have been about easing them.
Michelle Obama isn’t so scary now
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
Maybe you remember when Michelle Obama was scary. Surely you do; it was just a few months ago. A fire-snorting amalgam of Angela Davis and Sister Souljah she was, a militant, terrorist fist-bumping sister girl whose hatred of America was exceeded only by her hatred of “whitey.” Or so we were told.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 8, 1909: “Grant Township farmers are planning still another levee to protect their land from spring rains and surveyors are busy. A dike was built after the 1904 flood but was washed away last spring. The start of the rebuilding will depend on the cost and how much money can be raised.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
Along with growing concern about drug abuse by youngsters in the Lawrence area, teen-age beer drinking was becoming a growing problem, officials stressed. Efforts were being redoubled to prosecute suppliers of the juveniles.
U.S. working on closer ties to Pakistan
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
As President Obama promotes his new plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan, there’s a little-noticed part of the strategy that draws on psychology more than bullets. It involves an effort by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, and other top U.S. officials to establish closer ties with the heads of Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishments.
After slowdown, Somali pirates back in action, seize 5 ships
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C10
For the first three months of 2009, Somalia’s notorious pirates faded from the headlines as a massive international naval force moved in, and many observers thought the pirates were running scared. Not so fast: The pirates have hijacked at least five vessels since Saturday.
Health care costs of smokers debated
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C10
Smoking takes years off your life and adds dollars to the cost of health care. Yet nonsmokers cost society money, too — by living longer. It’s an element of the debate over tobacco that some economists and officials find distasteful. House members described huge health care costs associated with smoking as they approved landmark legislation last week giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
Success of trip hard to gauge
Obama charts new course in diplomacy
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C10
President Barack Obama headed home from his first trip overseas Tuesday confident of at least one thing: He had managed to put his face indelibly on American foreign policy for much of the rest of the world. Using personal diplomacy to advance his broad policy goals, Obama charted a new course as he moved rapidly across the continent, attending three summits, visiting six countries and meeting at least 15 foreign leaders, wrapping up with a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday.
10 tips to trim your cell phone bill
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B11
The average cell-phone user spends about $600 a year on mobile service, while families that talk, text or use other phone features more than average can spend upward of $1,800. And the bigger your bill, the more you get tapped for service taxes and surcharges, which tack on an average of 14.5 percent.
Local resident named to KansasWorks board
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B11
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announces Debra Zehr, Lawrence, has been appointed to the KansasWorks State Board. Zehr currently serves as president of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. She previously held numerous positions in Hesston at Schowalter Villa, a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community.
BabyGap, GapKids return to downtown
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B11
BabyGap and GapKids are back in downtown Lawrence. Gap, 643 Mass., this week announced the return of the two concepts to the southern side of the retail store, 643 Mass. The two concepts had been missing from Gap’s Lawrence store since 2005, when they were dropped to make way for Gap Body — a lineup of sleepwear, intimate apparel and other items.
Ruling spells trouble in Iowa
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A11
When Meredith Willson wrote the wildly popular musical “The Music Man” half a century ago, Harold Hill proclaimed trouble had come to River City, Iowa, in the form of a pool hall, which he claimed would corrupt young people unless the local citizens bought the musical instruments he was selling and got their kids into a marching band.
New cop drama faces difficult competition
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
From its enigmatic and unsatisfying title to its shifting tone, “The Unusuals” (9 p.m., ABC) throws viewers a series of curveballs. Is it a quirky police comedy? A gritty, shot-on-location drama? A supernatural mystery that just happens to be set in a precinct house? Or a slow-building love story?
KU shouldn’t subsidize tickets
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A11
I was shocked last week when I learned that the subsidy for faculty tickets to athletic events was being terminated in order to save the university several hundred thousand dollars per year. I was neither shocked nor disturbed that the subsidy would end.
People in the news
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
• New ‘Star Trek’ movie premieres in Australia • Actor Kal Penn joins White House team • Stars salute Strait as Artist of the Decade • Redmond O’Neal faces drug charge • Arraignment in Smith drug case delayed
Horoscopes
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B10
Others seek you out, as they find your manner very appealing. Your high energy seems to be contagious; your enthusiasm floats to others. Consider a boss or higher-up who could be pushing hard. If you are single, finding a potential mate is easy, but choosing the right person could be more taxing. If you are attached, let your significant other play a bigger role. Learn to respect his or her opinion.
A roundup of area results
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
• Ken Wagner will be the new Baldwin City mayor • Scott P. Hopson was elected Eudora mayor with 59 percent of the votes • Incumbents Jason Ward and Jim Truesdell were successful in their bids for re-election to the Tonganoxie City Council • Roy Paslay was elected Lecompton mayor • Former Basehor City Council member Terry Hill won a tight race to be the city’s mayor
Pitching, defense lead Firebirds
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Last season, Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill admits his team could win games a lot of different ways.
Storage unit auctions on the rise
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B11
The auctioneer slides the steel door up, and a small crowd at the storage facility steps forward for a peek. They are here to bid on possessions left behind when the people who rented the storage unit on Chicago’s West Side stopped paying for it.
Man arrested after intimidating resident with fake gun
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 37-year-old transient man after he accosted a resident with what appeared to be a handgun. Sgt. Damon Thomas said that the transient and the Lawrence resident had an argument in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street. The man then lifted up his shirt to display what appeared to be a gun in the small of his back.
Langston Hughes precinct reports 22 percent turnout
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Langston Hughes precinct results were the final ones election officials counted. Shew said the precinct was the busiest in the county with a 22 percent turnout. Poll workers faced a rush there just before the 7 p.m. closing time, so it took them longer to complete their job.
Election results unofficial until Friday
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
The election results are not official until the canvassing at 9 a.m. Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. County Commissioners Jim Flory and Nancy Thellman and Treasurer Paula Gilchrist will decide whether to count 77 provisional ballots.
KU polling location gets 0.2 percent turnout
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
At one polling place near Kansas University, Tuesday’s turnout was beyond slow. Out of about 2,000 registered voters in the precinct, no one showed up at Burge Union until 11:20 a.m., when Molly DesBaillets walked in the room. The polling place ended up with a 0.2 percent turnout.
Young sidekick accompanies candidate until victory
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
Emma Johnson — the 8-year-old daughter of city commissioner-elect Lance Johnson — earned the privilege of staying up past her bedtime Tuesday night. Emma was with her father at the courthouse as Johnson waited for the final results. He said it’s fitting that his victory wasn’t assured until votes from the Langston Hughes School polling site were counted.
Voter turnout sluggish throughout city
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
After the final tally of election results flashed on the projector screen Tuesday in the Douglas County Courthouse, excitement soon died down when candidates and election watchers saw an ugly number. Voter turnout: 13.9 percent.
Eudora poll workers work in darkness after crash
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A6
Poll workers in Eudora and Grant Township had to finish work at their polling sites Tuesday with flashlights. A fatal vehicle crash near Olathe knocked out power in many areas of Eudora, but Shew said poll workers successfully executed their backup plan.
City approves buy-local policy
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
A new city policy to give preference to local Lawrence businesses will benefit one local car dealership. The City Commission unanimously adopted a buy-local policy Tuesday that would allow the city to award contracts to Lawrence businesses over out-of-town ones, even if the local bid is higher.
OU’s Griffin to enter NBA Draft
Sooners forward says he’ll forgo final two seasons
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin will give up his final two years of eligibility and head to the NBA after a sophomore season that ended with him being recognized as college basketball’s top player.
iTunes pricing changes
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
The era of one-price-fits-all-songs on iTunes came to an end Tuesday as Apple Inc., the Internet’s dominant digital music retailer, began selling some of its most-downloaded songs for $1.29 apiece. Apple said in January that it would end its practice of selling all individual songs for 99 cents each and begin offering three tiers: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29.
Crocodile numbers surge in south Fla.
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Listed as a federally endangered species in 1975 after hunting and habitat loss nearly wiped it from the wild, the American crocodile has surged to numbers not seen in a century. Today, the population is about 2,000 at the southern tip of Florida, the species’ only U.S. habitat, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has downgraded its status to threatened.
KU baseball tops Iowa
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University sophomore Brian Heere collected a career-high five hits, but it took freshman Zac Elgie’s RBI single in the top of the ninth before the Kansas baseball team claimed a 5-4 victory against Iowa Tuesday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
Fidel Castro meets with U.S. lawmakers
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Signaling its willingness to discuss improved relations with the U.S., Cuba on Tuesday granted three visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus the first meeting with Fidel Castro by American officials since he fell ill in 2006.
FEMA housing aid runs out May 1
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A8
Nearly 6,000 residents in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama face a May 1 deadline to leave the government trailers where they have lived since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita raked the Gulf Coast. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the $5.6 billion housing assistance program that began after the 2005 storms was the largest federal temporary housing operation in the nation’s history.
Scientists to go on tornado chase to learn their secrets
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B12
For most people, tornadoes are something to flee. But next month a small army of scientists will be doing just the opposite, crisscrossing the nation’s middle in search of twisters. Organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation, Operation Vortex2 will last from May 10 to June 13.
New revenue figures make budget shakier
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A1
State tax collections fell $53 million short of expectations in March, putting Kansas’ budget for the next fiscal year on shakier ground. Many legislators worry that they will have to significantly rewrite the $13 billion budget they approved last week for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1.
Farmers’ Market to launch ‘soft’ opening Saturday
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
You might not see a lot of hubbub around town about it, but if you show up Saturday morning at the public parking lot on New Hampshire between Eighth and Ninth streets you’ll stumble upon the Lawrence Farmers’ Market. Why so hush-hush?
Two great coaches
Kansas University and Lawrence have reason to be proud of both the current coach and the last coach of the Jayhawk basketball team.
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A10
Congratulations to Roy Williams and his North Carolina team for winning the NCAA national basketball title, and congratulations to Bill Self for being named the national Division I coach of the year. Williams did a tremendous job as coach of the Jayhawks for 15 years and strengthened the base and excellence of the Kansas University basketball program, making it a contender for league and national titles year after year.
KU Hospital remodels, reopens dialysis center
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B11
Kansas University Hospital reopened a newly renovated outpatient dialysis center this week. The renovated space, at 4720 Rainbow Blvd., incorporates the same floorplan as before with 28 chairs and two nursing stations.
New- and old-world ingredients meet in salmon dish
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C2
This sauce was the result of blending old and new world ingredients that came together via trade between Spain and Mexico.
Major league munchies: Renovated Kauffman Stadium home to expanded array of culinary options
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C1
Michael Slavin has been hard at work for opening day. Slavin is the executive chef for Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. That’s right — a ballpark has a chef. Gone are the days when hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks were the only menu options. That’s especially the case this year at the newly remodeled Kauffman Stadium.
Flank steak lean, delicious
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Flank steak is lean and very flavorful, but not particularly tender.
KU diver Mertz in her own class
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B8
As ecstatic as Kansas University diver Erin Mertz was to qualify for this season’s NCAA swimming and diving championships — and she was very much ecstatic — she couldn’t help but dwell on the one drawback that comes with establishing yourself as one of the nation’s finest aquatic performers.
UConn cruises to title
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B5
With one final blowout, UConn grabbed the national title and a piece of basketball history.
KU softball to meet Nebraska, Oklahoma
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Four home games in the next four days are on tap for Kansas University’s softball team.
O-South defeats Free State
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
Free State High dropped a softball doubleheader Tuesday to Olathe South.
O-North sweeps LHS
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B3
What took three innings to obtain in Game 1 was replicated in the first and third innings of Game 2 and the Olathe North softball team used the strength of three two-run innings to sweep Lawrence High, 3-0 and 6-2, Tuesday at Holcom.
Holding onto hope
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Upon bumping into local attorney Brennan Fagan — thankfully, not hard enough for him to take action against me — at Dillon’s during the winter, I congratulated him for his blind loyalty based on the cap that rested atop his head, the cool-looking Royal blue one with connecting white “KC” letters.
Bullpen blunder
K.C.’s Farnsworth gives up 3-run homer in 8th
April 8, 2009 in print edition on B1
Jim Thome pumped his fist as he rounded the bases and then came out for a curtain call. Even after all these years, a go-ahead home run on opening day is something to celebrate. Thome hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox past the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, Tuesday in a season opener delayed a day because of bad weather.
In Baghdad, Obama tells troops Iraq must take over
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Flying unannounced into a still-dangerous war zone, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops and Iraqi officials alike Tuesday it is time to phase out America’s combat role in a conflict he opposed as a candidate and has vowed to end as commander in chief.
Biden: Cheney ‘dead wrong’ on security
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday his predecessor, Dick Cheney, is “dead wrong” when he says President Barack Obama’s national security policies are making the United States less safe. Biden said the exact opposite is true and added that President George W. Bush’s vice president was part of a dysfunctional decision-making system.
Vermont legislature OKs gay marriage with veto override
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A7
Vermont, which invented civil unions, on Tuesday became a pioneer again as the first state to legalize gay marriage through a legislature’s vote, suggesting growing popular acceptance of the idea. The House barely achieved the votes necessary to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill that will allow gays and lesbians to marry beginning September 1. Four states now have same-sex marriage laws and other states soon could follow suit.
Democrat to follow Emanuel in Congress
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
A reform-minded Democrat on Tuesday claimed the high-profile Illinois congressional seat that Rahm Emanuel gave up to be President Barack Obama’s chief of staff. Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, 50, trounced GOP nominee Rosanna Pulido and Green Party candidate Matt Reichel for the 5th Congressional District seat that Emanuel first won in 2002.
Official: Man kills wife, 3 others, self
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
A man facing a divorce trial shot and killed his estranged wife, their teenage daughter and two other relatives in rural north Alabama before returning to his home in a nearby town and killing himself, authorities said Tuesday.
Student charged with piloting plane into U.S.
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A2
Suicide by fighter jet was the goal of a flight student who stole a plane in Canada, entered U.S. airspace and flew an erratic path over the Midwest with the military on his tail before he landed safely on a rural Missouri road, federal authorities said Tuesday.
On the record
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested at his home on charges of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. • Two Douglas County Sheriff’s officers had to be taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Friday when the patrol vehicle they were inside rolled during a training exercise at Clinton State Park, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Number of uninsured higher than thought
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A4
There are 45.7 million Americans who are without health insurance, or at least that’s what we thought. That number represents how many people were without health insurance for the entire year of 2007. Families USA, a national health care advocate for consumers, looked further into the issue and found that 86.7 million Americans under age 65 were uninsured at some point during 2007 and 2008, based on data from the Census Bureau and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Judge dismisses conviction of Stevens
Rare criminal probe ordered into prosecutors’ conduct
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A8
A seething federal judge dismissed the corruption conviction of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on Tuesday and took the rare and serious step of ordering a criminal investigation into prosecutors who poisoned the case. “In nearly 25 years on the bench, I’ve never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I’ve seen in this case,” U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said.
Pump patrol
April 8, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several stations.
Hard-cooked eggs integral part of Easter
April 8, 2009 in print edition on C3
Q: I’ve never boiled eggs for Easter. How do I do it?