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Crisp powers Royals past Sox
April 9, 2009
Coco Crisp doesn’t hit many home runs. But when he does, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be against the White Sox.
Free State High student hopes to score college scholarship
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Free State High School senior — Lauren Thames — is competing for a chance for some financial security as she enters college.
Police execute search warrant at apartment of a KU student body president candidate
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police have confirmed they executed a search warrant Monday at the apartment of a Kansas University student body president candidate.
Court rules expert can only review child pornography with law enforcement
April 9, 2009
A Douglas County judge ruled Thursday that a Topeka-based defense expert witness must examine evidence in a child pornography case either at a secure lab in Kansas City or at the Lawrence Police Department.
Report on Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. calls for changes
04:53 p.m., April 9, 2009 Updated 11:37 a.m.
A long-awaited evaluation of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. says that the economic development agency shouldn’t be dismantled, but it needs to change.
Independence Inc. partners with state to fight hunger
April 9, 2009
Independence Inc. has been selected by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to receive Food Assistance Program funds.
Thomas, Appleton leaving Kansas
Players transferring for more playing time
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman Quintrell Thomas and junior Tyrone Appleton, who played sparingly for the Jayhawks during the 2008-09 basketball season, both cited a desire for playing time — and lots of it — as their reasons for deciding to transfer away from KU.
Mike Gaughan to take office Monday as the newest Douglas County commissioner
April 9, 2009
Gaughan will replace Commissioner Charles Jones, who resigned in March to focus more on his increasing responsibilities as director of the Kansas University Public Management Center.
KU offensive lineman released from hospital
April 9, 2009
Kansas University sophomore offensive lineman Ben Lueken was released from KU Hospital Thursday afternoon, KU Hospital spokesman Dennis Minich said.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department honors director of policy and planning
April 9, 2009
Charlotte Marthaler received the Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Kansas University’s School of Medicine moves up three spots in rankings
April 9, 2009
KU moved up three spots to rank 65th in the nation and 36th among public schools. Also, KU’s department of anatomy and cell biology ranked No. 5 among public schools.
KU hosting race and softball game to raise breast cancer awareness
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas University is hosting a race and softball game Saturday to raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for research and patient care.
Controlled burn of wetlands terminated because of wind and wet grass
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
A planned burn of the Baker Wetlands south of Lawrence was terminated on Thursday morning because of unfavorable wind conditions, a wetlands official said.
Tiahrt files for Senate election
11:21 a.m., April 9, 2009 Updated 01:52 p.m. in print edition on A3
Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt made his 2010 Senate run official Thursday, telling supporters that he wants to focus on building the economy from the ground up rather than from the government down.
Volunteers sought to help city staff with park maintenance issues
April 9, 2009
Lawrence Parks and Recreation leaders are calling for volunteers on several dates:
LHS JV tennis canceled
April 9, 2009
The Lawrence High School JV tennis match scheduled for 3:00 today at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka has been canceled.
Youth service group names new director
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
Communities In Schools of Kansas (CIS of Kansas) announces Terry Leatherman will serve as its director of development. Leatherman is president of Leatherman Consultancy, a Lawrence-based business specializing in association management, revenue development and government advocacy services.
Tastefully Simple promotes consultant
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
Deania Mishler, Baldwin City, independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., is now a team leader with the national direct seller of gourmet foods. Mishler earned the promotion through sales achievements and by adding new consultants to the team.
Center to offer voice screenings
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Kansas Voice Center in Lawrence, 1112 W. Sixth St., Suite 216, will offer free voice screenings that will include a computerized voice analysis on April 16. This year’s theme will be “Invest in your voice.” World Voice Day, April 16, serves as an education campaign to inform the public of the importance of the human voice and the need for preventive care.
Simply Wireless now T-Mobile Limited
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
Simply Wireless has been accepted into a new T-Mobile dealer program and will now be operating as T-Mobile Limited. To comply with the T-Mobile Limited Exclusive Retailers, Simply Wireless has moved its Lawrence store that was previously on Iowa Street to 1700 W. 23rd St. The larger retail space will serve as the company’s first fully converted location branded under the T-Mobile Limited name.
New projections drove Fed action
Danger of worsening recession spurred $1.2 trillion plan
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Federal Reserve’s decision last month to plow $1.2 trillion into the economy reflected growing concerns about a vicious economic cycle in which rising unemployment will curtail consumer spending, potentially into 2010.
Athletics fee survives Student Senate cuts
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
A number of different Kansas University entities had funding cuts on the table during a Student Senate fee-review session on Wednesday — but not Kansas Athletics. Senators approved cuts to the fee that funds student activity groups, to a renewable energy and sustainability fund, and to Student Union Activities — which brought in speaker George Stephano-poulos this week — among many others.
Our town sports
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
A roundup of local sports events, results and signings.
On the record
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 54-year-old Lawrence woman reported criminal damage in the 100 block of North Michigan Street early Wednesday. • A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported on Tuesday that somebody stole his laptop computer, valued at $1,985.
KU pitcher honored
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s T.J. Walz was named to the College Baseball Foundation’s National All-Star Lineup.
Free State baseball blanks O-North
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Free State sophomore Cody Kukuk swears he doesn’t do it on purpose. It’s never his intention to make the top of the seventh inning a gut-wrenching experience for Free State High’s baseball team. But he sure is good at it.
Kansas baseball wins, 9-3
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University completed a two-game sweep of Iowa with a 9-3 victory.
Economic optimism
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
Slightly more than half of Americans think the sickly U.S. economy has stabilized, and almost three in every four think it will take longer than six months for a massive economic stimulus program to be felt, an Ipsos-McClatchy tracking poll showed Wednesday.
KU recruit Woolridge to play in Invite
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Royce Woolridge will compete in the Jayhawk Invitational basketball tournament, which will run May 1-3 at gyms throughout Lawrence.
Danica growing her sport
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Driver Danica Patrick makes a fine swimsuit model, but an even better ambassador for her sport.
Facebook, Twitter users suffer from ‘sociability fatigue’
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C8
Eily Toyama gave in after friends pestered her to join Facebook. But she used her cat’s name instead of her own so she could avoid networking requests from people she didn’t really want to connect to. And don’t even ask her about Twitter unless you want to get an eye roll.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 12, 1909: “Word is the Dayton, Ohio, people involved in installing an electric car line here like the franchise that has been arranged and that work might begin soon. … A home at 946 Indiana was quarantined last evening because a university student has a mild case of diphtheria. There is no danger of spreading since the area has been fumigated and the patient moved to an upstairs room.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
A former Lawrence school board member, Julie Hack, announced she was running for the Kansas House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence. Hack, 54, had served for 12 years on the Lawrence school board.
Lawrence legacy?
Voters of a century ago certainly put today’s Lawrence voters to shame.
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
Here’s an interesting perspective on the voter turnout in Tuesday’s elections. On April 7, 2009, a total of 9,374 voters cast ballots in the 49 Lawrence precincts for a turnout of just under 14 percent. On April 7, 1909, the Lawrence Daily World reported that 3,681 ballots were cast in an election that produced a landslide victory for Sam Bishop over W.H. Carruth for the office of Lawrence mayor.
Mexico drug war affects immigrants
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
Mexico’s drug war is bound to have a profound effect on the lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States. On the one hand, the image of Mexico’s chaos as a spreading contagion most likely will strengthen the hand of anti-immigrant forces. On the other, as Mexican newcomers look back at their increasingly dangerous homeland, they will — consciously or unconsciously — set down deeper roots in the United States.
Obama wins Muslim praise during trip
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Middle East is finding, to its amazement, that it may actually like America’s new leader. Barack Obama has impressed many Arabs and Muslims with promises to open a new page after years of distrust during his first presidential venture to the Islamic world this week.
Vote may put gay marriage to Congress
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C8
The next battleground over gay marriage could be the U.S. Capitol. A preliminary vote by the District of Columbia city council to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere puts the issue on a path to Congress, which has final say over D.C.’s laws. That may force lawmakers to take up the politically dicey debate after years of letting it play out in the states.
Three debuts: Hit, miss and bomb
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
The calendar may say April, but with three network series debuting tonight, it feels like September. “Harper’s Island” (9 p.m., CBS) looks like a Stephen King miniseries that unfolds like “The Bachelor,” but here, a character is eliminated — in the grisliest sense of the word — each week.
People in the news
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Patriarch of Winans family dies in Nashville • Zac Efron stars in comedic Web video • Street renamed after Grammy winner Huff • Whitney Houston countersues stepmom • Comedy Central to roast Joan Rivers • Joaquin II? Billy Bob gives odd interview • Holmes to return to stage for concert
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
This year, you think in new and even more practical ways. If you are single, you could meet someone quite different and unique who opens new doors. If you are attached, the two of you need not argue but simply respect your differences and learn from each other.
Library book sale begins next week
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The annual spring Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale will be April 17 through April 26. The April 16 sale is for members only. The sale of thousands of used books, movies, magazines and other goods will be under a tent in the parking lot of the library, 707 Vt. All proceeds from the sale will fund the library’s services and programs.
Pump patrol
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several stations.
Lawyer requests trial in LHS gun case
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
An attorney for a student accused of bringing a gun into Lawrence High School has requested a jury trial. The 18-year-old senior, who is accused of carrying a concealed gun, was in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday. He is charged with criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of weapons.
Billionaire pushes domestic energy plan
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
When billionaire T. Boone Pickens talks, people listen. Pickens, author and bankroller of a plan to wean America off foreign oil during the next decade, brought his campaign Wednesday to Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. The visit drew a capacity crowd of 525, with organizers forced to turn people away from the town hall-style event.
Know what to look for when picking out a tree
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Selecting a tree species that is well-adapted to the area and suitable for the planting site is important, but there are other things you should also consider when you get to the nursery or garden center.
All eyes on Kim at opening of parliament
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term today as leader of one of the world’s most reclusive nations, buoyed by a rocket launch heralded in state media as “historic” but assailed elsewhere as provocative.
Local golfers awed by Augusta
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Four local golfers returned from a trip to Augusta National, where they walked the course Tuesday and came away awestruck. According to four Lawrence golfers just back from Augusta, where they walked the course Tuesday while players practiced, watching on TV just isn’t the same.
Kansas tennis wins Sunflower Showdown
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s tennis team beat Kansas State, 5-2, at First Serve Tennis Center.
License plate letters create tofu snafu
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
One Colorado woman’s love for tofu has been judged X-rated by state officials. Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her fondness for bean curd by picking certain letters for her SUV’s license plate. Her suggestion for the plate: “ILVTOFU.”
U.S. to attend group nuclear talks with Iran
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration said Wednesday it will participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, another significant shift from President George W. Bush’s policy toward a nation he labeled part of an axis of evil.
Ordinary objects, super uses: Common household items have hidden powers
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C2
Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have hidden superpowers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. So the next time you stain a shirt, smell something funky or think about tossing an old banana peel, check out these extraordinary uses first. Not only will you be going green, you’ll be saving some green.
K.C. claims ex-Jayhawk
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Royals claimed third baseman Travis Metcalf on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Metcalf, 26, was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Omaha. The Kansas University product batted .249 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in 217 at-bats with the Rangers over the last two seasons.
Source: U.S. electric grid compromised
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday.
Agencies aim to halt foreclosure scams
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
In an effort to push people away from foreclosure scams, the Federal Reserve has commissioned a 30-second commercial to be shown in the nine states with the highest incidence of home foreclosures. The commercial will air Friday through April 17 in 18 movie theaters in California, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.
Unarmed U.S. crew retakes ship from Somali pirates
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage. The destroyer USS Bainbridge, one of a half dozen warships that headed for the area, arrived at the scene this morning a few hours before dawn, said Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the company that owns the Maersk Alabama.
Greinke, Royals blank Chisox
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Zack Greinke wouldn’t give in. He kept going for the corners instead of going after the hitters, and by his own admission was “too fine.” Or was he perfectly fine? Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Kansas City bullpen was perfect Wednesday night, giving the Royals a 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
New state law clarifies Open Meetings Act
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
A new law taking effect in July makes it clear that public officials can’t use a series of one-on-one meetings, e-mails or texting to skirt Kansas’ open meetings law. Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, said Wednesday the new law corrects a defect in a law enacted last year.
The great divide
Jayhawks fired up by twinbill split
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A1
Yogi Berra was right. It really isn’t over until it’s over. Elle Pottorf offered further proof when her two-run single helped Kansas University divide a softball doubleheader with Nebraska. Pottorf’s seventh-inning safety enabled the Jayhawks to post a 2-1 victory after the Cornhuskers had captured the opener, 4-0, Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Lawrence native takes new AP post
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Associated Press named a Lawrence native on Tuesday to lead its new regional editing operations in the West region of the U.S. Traci Carl, the AP’s bureau chief for Mexico and Central America, is the new West Editor based in Phoenix. Carl joined the AP in 1995 as a legislative relief reporter in Topeka, Kan. She went on to work at the Kansas City and Wichita bureaus before transferring to the International Desk in New York in 1998.
Studies of ‘good’ fat may help with weight loss
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A6
Fight fat with fat? The newest obesity theory suggests we may one day be able to do just that. Just like good and bad cholesterol, there apparently are good and bad types of body fat. Scientists until recently believed this good fat, which spurs the body to burn calories to generate body heat, played an important role in keeping infants warm but by adulthood was mostly gone or inactive.
Fine arts future
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I was pleased to see the Journal-World editorial on April 2 regarding the disbanding of the Fine Arts Advisory Board coincident with the dismantling of the Kansas University School of Fine Arts. The members have been faithful and devoted to the various fine arts programs in the school.
Doing their part
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I noticed some information missing from the March 29 article, “Message in a Bottle.” There is at least one bar in Lawrence that recycles all of its glass waste: the Star Bar at Pachamama’s. As bar manager, I make sure that staff and patrons recycle all glass bottles, as well as tin, aluminum and cardboard — as does Pachamama’s Restaurant.
Cooperative spirit
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: On behalf of the owners and staff of Academy Cars, I would like to thank Journal-World for the positive article published about our move to our new facility. I cannot reiterate enough the incredible level of cooperation our owners have had from two local banks in order to make it all happen.
Suspected U.S. missile kills 3 within Pakistan
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C8
A suspected U.S. missile struck a car in a lawless northwest Pakistani tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials said, killing two insurgents and a civilian a day after the country told visiting U.S. officials it opposes such attacks.
Things to do in your yard now
April 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Trim liriope and other ground covers, including ornamental grasses, before new growth emerges.
Criticism for Masters mounting
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
The azaleas are brighter than ever. As usual, not a blade of grass is out of place. Anticipation is higher than it has been in years at the Masters, with Tiger Woods a winner again after knee surgery and Padraig Harrington going for a third straight major beginning today.
Mother who hid dead baby to be cleared
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Church pianist Bridget Lee lived in fear of Alabama’s death row for more than two years. The Carrollton mother of two committed adultery, became pregnant and panicked — then she hid her stillborn baby in a plastic container for several days in the back of her sport utility vehicle.
Mourners begin to bury those killed in quake
April 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Bells tolled in hill towns across central Italy on Wednesday as the first funerals got under way for victims of the country’s devastating earthquake. The Vatican granted a dispensation so a funeral Mass for most of the 272 dead could be celebrated on Good Friday.
New plan sought for Kemper Arena
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas City is discussing ways to free itself from part of the financial burden of Kemper Arena. Since the Sprint Center opened downtown in fall 2007, Kemper has been relying on subsidies from the city.
Group suing military seeks court martial of top chaplain
April 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
A group with a federal lawsuit in Kansas alleging widespread religious discrimination within the military called Wednesday for the Army to court martial its chief of chaplains. But a spokesman said the Army respects soldiers’ right to worship freely “at all times and in all locations.”