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Archive for Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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The day in photos, April 14, 2009
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Are you getting a federal tax refund?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
66%
No
 
30%
I didn’t have to file a tax return
 
2%
Total 589
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Colleen bloom plays with Lexie Webb and Taylor Bell at Stepping Stones, 1100 Wakarusa Drive, where she is the infant lead instructor. Day care providers generally have limited openings for infants because of state regulations that permit only three infants per one care provider in centers. Baby steps: Lawrence parents must start early to reserve infant child care
April 13, 2009
Julie Henderson knows that she’s one of the lucky ones. After she has her baby boy in May, she knows she can return to work secure in the fact that she has quality child care. Henderson’s employer, Lawrence Athletic Club North, 3201 Mesa Way, provides child care.
6:00 a.m.
Claire Kaufmanschmidt, 3, looks at a piece of moon rock, at center, and a video display of men on the moon at a NASA exhibit at Eaton Hall at Kansas University. The multimedia exhibit showcases NASA exploration programs and will be open again from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Exhibit provides lunar sensations
April 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Cody Stumma smiled after walking out of a trailer housing a touchable moon rock on the Kansas University campus. Now, the Hoisington freshman is pursuing a career in music education. But when he first entered school, he was in aerospace engineering, with the hopes of becoming an astronaut.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins (in red) gets a hug from Representative Barbara Ballard as center Cole Aldrich (in white) talks with media members after the KU basketball awards banquet. Collins and Aldrich announced at the banquet Monday at the Holidome that they would return to KU next season and not jump to the NBA. Collins, Aldrich announce plans to return to KU next season
9:13 p.m., April 13, 2009 Updated 10:08 p.m. in print edition on 1B
Kansas basketball players Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich announced their intentions to return to the Jayhawks next season during the 2009 Awards Banquet on Monday at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
KU campus Governor says her action allows Kansas Regents to freeze tuition
April 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday vetoed restrictive budget provisions on higher education, an action she said will allow the Kansas Board of Regents to freeze tuition for one year.
6:00 p.m.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and his wife, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., appear at the unveiling of his portrait at the U.S. Capitol in July, 2006. Bob and Elizabeth Dole to lecture together at KU
April 14, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Former U.S. Sens. Bob and Elizabeth Dole are scheduled to deliver the 2009 Dole Lecture sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics. Bob Dole has given one of the annual lectures before, but Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, said he has tried to get the two of them to appear at the institute together since Bob Dole’s last speaking engagement there.

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Tonganoxie claims victory in Piper doubleheader
April 14, 2009
The Tonganoxie Chieftains played host to the Piper Pirates on Tuesday night for the HyVee High School Game of the Week.
KU’s Lew Perkins in line for extra $750,000 in retention bonus
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s athletic director could be in line for $750,000 more this summer than originally planned in his contract. KU added the amount to a retention payment due to Lew Perkins this summer after he declined efforts made by another university in June 2006 to recruit him as its athletic director, said Lynn Bretz, a KU spokeswoman.
Radio host honored for volunteer service
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Hank Booth handled his first on-air shift at KLWN when he was 11, and he’s been at the microphone ever since. But Booth also has used his signature talents to make Lawrence a better place to live for more than five decades, say those who have named him the 2009 recipient of the Jim and Virginia Seaver Award from Douglas County Senior Services.
Gardner man admits role in robbery, shooting
April 14, 2009
A Gardner man has admitted to robbing two people at gunpoint in Lawrence in January, and subsequently firing shots at a vehicle on Kansas Highway 10.
Brownback: Congress shouldn’t stand in private sector’s way on alternative energy
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he doesn’t want Congress to make it tougher on the private sector to supply alternative sources of energy like hydroelectric power from a dam on the Kansas River.
Concessions provider says 75 will lose jobs after KU terminates contract
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B11
An official at Mid-America Concessions said the local company is in line to cease operations after failing to acquire a bid from Kansas Athletics.
KTEC chief accuses consulting firm of improper business solicitation
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Tracy Taylor, who is in charge of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., recently accused a consulting firm that was evaluating KTEC’s operations of improper business solicitation, according to the consultant.
Free State softball washed
April 14, 2009
The Free State High softball doubleheader against SM North has been postponed.
Senate Republican wants to keep KTEC alive
11:14 a.m., April 14, 2009 Updated 03:57 p.m. in print edition on A4
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to fold a state agency that nurtures high-tech businesses into the Department of Commerce hasn’t gotten much traction with the Republican-controlled Legislature.
House explosion in Franklin County sends two to hospital
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Two people were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa with minor injuries early Tuesday after an explosion at a house in Franklin County, Undersheriff Steve Lunger said.
Hallmark to lay off 6 to 8 percent of U.S. work force, with some in Lawrence
Company has 700 employees working at Lawrence production plant
09:59 a.m., April 14, 2009 Updated 11:34 a.m. in print edition on B11
Hallmark Cards announced Tuesday that it would be eliminating jobs at its production plants in Lawrence, Topeka and Leavenworth, part of an overall plan that could cut up to 750 jobs from the Kansas City, Mo.-based company.
Police arrest homeless man in connection with Eudora mobile home fire
02:23 a.m., April 14, 2009 Updated 11:10 a.m. in print edition on A5
Police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of aggravated arson Tuesday morning after an early-morning fire that severely damaged a mobile home.
Horoscopes
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
You break the mold this year. You want to blaze a new trail, and that is exactly what you will do. If you are single, perhaps your new experience could be one of commitment. Allow someone quite unique into your life. If you are attached, understand the different currents that impact your bond.
Pirate rules
The United States deserves international support and assistance in standing up to Somali pirates.
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
It must be somewhere in the pirate code of ethics: We (the pirates) can take someone else’s property, kidnap innocent crew members and threaten to kill them, but if someone takes action against us, they are the ones who deserve to be retaliated against.
Longtime Phillies broadcaster dies
Harry Kalas, 73, found passed out in booth before game
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who punctuated innumerable home runs with his “Outta here!” call, died Monday after being found passed out in the broadcast booth before a game against the Washington Nationals. He was 73.
Passenger lands plane after pilot dies
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Doug White and his family had just enjoyed a smooth takeoff and were ascending through the clouds when the pilot guiding their twin-engine plane tilted his head back and made a guttural sound. The pilot, Joe Cabuk, was unconscious. And though White had his pilot’s license, he had never flown a plane as large as this.
President signs off on Islamic law deal
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistan’s pro-U.S. president signed a regulation late Monday to put a northwestern district under Islamic law as part of a peace deal with the Taliban, going along after coming under intense pressure from members of his own party and other lawmakers.
Protest leaders call for an end to rally
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Thai TV news channels have reported that leaders of ongoing anti-government protests in Bangkok have called for an end to the demonstrations after two days of rioting. Thai channels TPBS and The Nation say protest leaders speaking to a rally today outside the prime minister’s office told protesters to go home.
Court declares Franken leading vote-getter
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Minnesota court confirmed Monday that Democrat Al Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman, who immediately announced plans to appeal the decision. Coleman has 10 days to appeal to the state Supreme Court. Once the petition is filed, it could further delay the seating of Minnesota’s second senator for weeks.
Council condemns North Korea launch
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Eight days after North Korea’s rocket launch, the U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the action, demanded an end to missile tests and said it would expand sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.
Order creates group to get kids outside
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued an executive order Monday to form a new group that will create opportunities for children to experience nature. The group, called Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature, will work with state agencies and other organizations.
Jayhawk players have a ball touting fitness to children
Members of men’s basketball team visit area schools
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
Basketball season may be over, but that is not stopping some Jayhawks from getting out into the Lawrence community and chatting with children at several area schools about the value of being physically fit. Mario Little and Brennan Bechard joined Jason Bott’s second-grade physical education class at Wakarusa Valley School on Monday to play basketball and learn some dance moves.
Not enough to do
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am writing this letter for me and on behalf of my fellow classmates. Ever since the country has been in recession, the cost of everything has been going up and down. I’m not here to write about the economy because we’ve all heard enough about that. My concern is how prices are affecting teens.
Moral costs
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: President Barack Obama has announced his goal to get nuclear weapons banned worldwide. Since the United States is the only country to have employed nuclear weapons in war, we are especially obligated to prevent their future use.
Love of the land
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: We have recently been reading a lot of misinformation about the cattle industry and its effects on the environment. With Earth Day approaching, we felt compelled to explain that we feel beef producers are some of the original environmentalists. Our family has been raising cattle in western Douglas County for nearly a century.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 14, 1909: “Although the thermometer dropped to 4 degrees below freezing and ice was formed last night, fruit growers here say the county escaped with little damage. Strawberries in particular seemed to fare well. … John Kilworth has sold his farm near Riverside to George W. Husted. The farm contains 127 acres and brought $12,000, a pretty good price for Douglas County land.
KU event to mark death of composer
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Just a few days after many churches celebrated Easter by listening to the “Halleluia Chorus,” today marks the 250th anniversary of composer George Frideric Handel’s death. Paul Laird, a Kansas University musicology professor, and the period-instrument group Collegium Musicum will mark the occasion with a lecture and concert titled “Beyond Messiah: The Life and Music of George Frideric Handel.”
High schools to use KU stadium for graduation
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Seniors from both Lawrence High School and Free State High School will be receiving their diplomas on May 24 at Memorial Stadium on the Kansas University campus, school board members decided Monday night. The board had multiple options to choose from, including the stadium at Haskell Indian Nations University and a large warehouse at the East Hills Business Park.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
Kansas’ population rose 2.1 percent to 2.414 million between 1980 and 1982 and Douglas County enjoyed a slightly higher increase of nearly 3 percent. The current county population was listed at just under 70,000 by the Census Bureau but local officials contended that was at least 5,000 below the actual figure.
Sebelius restates amount of donations from Tiller
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B8
President Barack Obama’s health secretary nominee got nearly three times as much political money from a controversial abortion doctor as she told senators. The Health and Human Services Department said Monday that the omission was an oversight that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would correct.
Wesley original nomad
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
If I walked along Massachusetts Street and asked passing pedestrians if they had heard of Walt Wesley, I would want to do it on a warm day. I couldn’t stand on Mass that long in cold weather. Who was Walt Wesley? He was a slender 6-foot-11 center on some of coach Ted Owens’ quality Kansas University men’s basketball teams of the mid-1960s.
People in the news
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Phil Spector guilty of 2nd-degree murder • Mel Gibson’s wife files for divorce in L.A. • Obamas host Easter egg roll at White House • Madonna still hopes to adopt Malawian child • ‘Idol’ star Cowell says he isn’t leaving yet
Recession causing layoffs at big law firms
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
In America, there are always people to sue or contracts to negotiate, right? Apparently there aren’t enough. The recession is taking a steep toll on the legal profession, an industry long seen as immune from the ups and downs of the economy. Trying to weather the financial crisis, the nation’s largest law firms are laying off attorneys and delaying the hiring of others.
Obama promises to examine U.S. options to combat piracy
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
The United States is considering new military and diplomatic strategies in the aftermath of the high-seas hostage drama, including adding Navy gunships along the Somali coastline and launching a campaign to disable pirate “mother ships.”
Scientists: Climate change bringing crisis to Australia
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
Frank Eddy, his hands as dry and cracked as the orchards he tends, explained what damage a decade of drought has done. “Suicide is high. Depression is huge. Families are breaking up. It’s devastation,” he said. “I’ve got a neighbor in terrible trouble. Found him in the paddock, sitting in his (truck), crying his eyes out. Grown men — big, strong grown men. We’re holding on by the skin of our teeth. It’s desperate times.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
Police records showed that 382 motor vehicles had been hit by vandals and thieves so far this year and there was fear that such activity would increase with milder weather. Citizens were asked to keep their eyes open and report to police any activity that might lead to arrests and prosecution in the rampage.
Obama promotes new leadership style
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
Now that President Obama has wrapped up his inaugural trip abroad, some are saying he was too wimpy. Traveling from London to mainland Europe to Turkey (with a stop in Iraq), Obama delivered a message of “Let’s work together” rather than “My way or the highway.” This was the “un-Bush” in action — admitting America’s flaws, looking for consensus among allies, and talking about strengthening international institutions and treaties.
Bob and Elizabeth Dole to lecture together at KU
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Former U.S. Sens. Bob and Elizabeth Dole are scheduled to deliver the 2009 Dole Lecture sponsored by the Dole Institute of Politics. Bob Dole has given one of the annual lectures before, but Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, said he has tried to get the two of them to appear at the institute together since Bob Dole’s last speaking engagement there.
Pump patrol
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
State to receive arts recovery funds
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Kansas Art Commission will receive $301,700 in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds will be given to arts and cultural organizations throughout the state. Guidelines will be posted at http://arts.ks.gov beginning April 21, and applications can be submitted starting July 1.
Stolen bass: Lawrence mom selling jewelry to help replace son’s instrument
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Ozzie Backus V had it pretty good. Five months removed from a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Backus was making a decent living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, piecing together solo gigs and playing bass with friends in classical and jazz settings. Then, he woke up one morning, and his bass was gone from the place he was staying.
Double Take: Set guidelines, rules early for tech-savvy children
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
I saw a quote from Einstein the other day pondering the idea that our technology has surpassed our humanity. So it goes. As personal technologies have become commonplace in our daily lives, even the most tech-savvy of us have to step back and remember that 20 years ago, primitive desktop computers were just gaining a foothold in business and cell phones were big, expensive and owned by just 1 million subscribers in the United States.
Jobless train for ’green collar’ work
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
As the economy sheds jobs, community colleges across the country are reporting a surge of unemployed workers enrolling in courses that offer training for “green-collar” jobs. Students are learning how to install solar panels, repair wind turbines, produce biofuels and do other work related to renewable energy.
FTC considers changes for debt collection
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
Whenever people ask me what they should do about their debts, I encourage them to call their creditors and do what they can to make good on their promise to pay. Morally, that’s the right thing to do. I also believe debt collectors have a moral obligation to treat debtors honorably and with respect. Just because someone is a debtor doesn’t mean he or she is a deadbeat.
Russian ‘dog wizard’ knows how to soothe wildest canine behavior
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
Nobody could tame the naughty, unpredictable, flat-out ferocious pooch known as Oliver the Welsh corgi. Nobody except Vladae the Russian Dog Wizard. “Nothing ever changed his behavior,” Pat Clements says of her formerly stubborn pup. “He was like the Tasmanian Devil when he’d see other dogs.” Then Clement and Oliver found Vladae. “He’s … like a psychologist for dogs.”
Songs go on sale to benefit Annika
April 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
The CD tribute to a local girl battling lymphoma is now available for sale.
Avalon’s appearance on ‘Idol’ revealing
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
The excitement of live television is not without peril. On last Tuesday’s “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) contestant Adam Lambert was said to have been incredible. He even received a standing ovation from the professionally cranky Simon Cowell. But like millions of Americans, I didn’t see the performance. And I watched the whole show. Or at least I thought I did.
Obama lifts broad set of sanctions against Cuba
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a series of steps aimed at easing the U.S. relationship with Cuba, breaking from policies first imposed by the Kennedy administration and stepping into an emotional debate over the best way to bring democratic change to one of the last remaining communist regimes.
Wiggly Greinke pitches Royals to 4-2 win
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Zack Greinke reached 25 scoreless innings in a row. It wasn’t easy. Greinke (2-0) wiggled out of trouble for five scoreless innings before departing after 104 pitches, and the Kansas City Royals held on to defeat the Indians, 4-2, Monday night.
Driver Austin to throw out first pitch at The K
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Driver Chase Austin, a Eudora native, will throw out the first pitch for the Royals’ game against Cleveland.
On the record
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported theft from a motor vehicle Sunday afternoon. Police reports indicate that somebody broke into the victim’s car about 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street. Two stereo amplifiers and two stereo power cells were stolen in the incident. A vehicle window was also damaged. Total loss was estimated at $2,450.
One day left to prepare income tax return
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Stress, fatigue and a seemingly endless array of forms, figures and other financial facts can add up to unintended mistakes on anyone’s tax return. The IRS understands this, but doesn’t necessarily forgive. And certainly won’t forget.
Exhibit provides lunar sensations
‘Where else can you touch a moon rock?’
April 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Cody Stumma smiled after walking out of a trailer housing a touchable moon rock on the Kansas University campus. Now, the Hoisington freshman is pursuing a career in music education. But when he first entered school, he was in aerospace engineering, with the hopes of becoming an astronaut.
Museum purchases meteorite from Texas
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B8
A nearly 4-pound chunk from a meteor that blazed across the Texas sky in February has been sold to a Kansas museum. There’s no word on how much Don Stimpson paid for the meteorite. He and his wife, Sheila Knepper, own the Kansas Meteorite Museum and Nature Center in the southern Kansas town of Haviland.
Recount request filed for smoking ban
April 14, 2009 in print edition on B8
A recount has been requested after a smoking ban won approval last week in Emporia by just six votes. Emporia attorney Michael Helbert filed the request Monday morning at the office of the Lyon County Clerk. The hand recount will start at 1 p.m. today. It is only expected to take two hours to double-check the more than 4,700 ballots cast.