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12:00 a.m.
Outgoing mayor Mike Dever listens to a discussion among the commissioners Tuesday at City Hall. On his final night as mayor, Dever delivered his State of the City Address, in which he asked the commission to prioritize its search for a new homeless shelter. Outgoing mayor: Shelter issue needs cooperation
April 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Outgoing Mayor Mike Dever on Tuesday congratulated the community for coming together in the last year to handily approve a trio of sales taxes for public transit and infrastructure projects. Now, he says the community and the commission need to come together on another long-talked-about subject: homeless shelters.
10:00 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. Ethics officials investigating House Speaker O’Neal for possible violation of nepotism law
4:38 p.m., April 15, 2009 Updated 5:31 p.m. in print edition on 1A
When state Rep. Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, was elected speaker of the House earlier this year, his wife also changed jobs. Cindy O’Neal had been secretary of the House Judiciary Committee, which her husband chaired. But when Mike O’Neal got a promotion, Cindy O’Neal was hired as a House Republican Caucus liaison at $27,000 per year.
2:01 p.m.
Lori Alexander, who’s been on the job for 11 years, works Wednesday at her dispatcher station in a secure area of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. Thirteen dispatchers work in split shifts around the clock to answer about 240,000 emergency 911 and other telephone calls every year. Emergency dispatchers celebrated for their behind-the-scenes work
April 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
As one 911 dispatcher sent officers to track down a reported mushroom hunter, another rushed paramedics to a reported medical death. Meanwhile, a third emergency dispatcher was on the phone with a caller who was complaining about someone driving across their property.

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Half Marathon expecting big turnout
April 16, 2009
About 1,600 athletes are expected for the Lynn Electric Kansas Half Marathon on Saturday.
Streaking KU baseball visits Texas Tech
April 16, 2009
The KU baseball team is off to Lubbock, Texas, to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Community rallies around high school student
April 16, 2009
A Tonganoxie senior was hospitalized late last month, and now the community is now rallying around him.
Thursday, April 16 weather at 10 p.m.
April 16, 2009
The forecast for Friday, April 17 calls for a high of 68 degrees and a low of 48.
Lawrence High Film Fest work to be displayed at Liberty Hall Sunday
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence High 2009 Focus Film Festival award ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Attorney general honors local residents
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence resident has received the Criminal Justice Award from the Kansas attorney general’s office for his work with crime victims.
Senate candidates differ on stance toward Cuba
April 16, 2009
As they’ve campaigned for the Senate, Republican rivals Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran have agreed on most issues, but U.S. policy toward Cuba isn’t one of them.
First state-owned casino will open as scheduled in November
April 16, 2009
Boot Hill Casino and Resort will open as planned in November after Kansas regulators made it easier to buy slot machines and other gambling equipment, its operators said Thursday.
KU student, 22, charged with attempted rape
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
A 22-year-old Kansas University student was charged with attempted rape and criminal restraint Wednesday, prosecutors said.
Earth Day celebration on tap for Saturday
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
The local salute to Earth Day will kick off Saturday in downtown Lawrence.
Relay for Life team registration due
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Relay For Life of Douglas County team captain meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. April 28 in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium, 325 Maine.
Local attorney to discuss legal implications for cancer care
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence attorney Molly Wood, a specialist in elder law, will discuss the legal aspects of medical care at a free educational program from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday April 23 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine, in Room A.
Regents affirm commitment to freezing tuition
11:48 a.m., April 16, 2009 Updated 04:26 p.m. in print edition on A1
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday affirmed their commitment to a one-year tuition freeze for Kansas residents if current budget situations hold.
Regents approve KU’s Jayhawk Generations tuition plan
10:42 a.m., April 16, 2009 Updated 04:40 p.m. in print edition on A4
A new “Jayhawk Generations” legacy tuition waiver plan won approval Thursday from the Kansas Board of Regents.
Send us your Kansas Relays photos, memories
April 16, 2009
The 82nd running of the Kansas Relays is underway now and is looking for your photos from this year and year’s past, as well as any memories you may have at the relays.
Social networking sites changing the way people learn about health
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Internet is changing the way people communicate about health. At the click of a button, family members, friends and even acquaintances can get an update on how someone is recovering after surgery. No longer does mom have to make a dozen telephone calls to close loved ones while others are often left wondering.
Car swerves to avoid chickens in roadway, hits motorcycle
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Lawrence man was taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 40. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, the 23-year-old driver of a 2005 Nissan swerved to avoid chickens in the roadway when he hit Kevin Richcreek’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
KU women sign guard
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
Rhea Codio, a 5-foot-8 guard from Independence Community College, on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas University, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced.
Aldrich, McCray honored
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball players Cole Aldrich and Danielle McCray were honored Wednesday by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award.
Henry UK visit April 25-26
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
Basketball recruits Xavier Henry and his brother, C.J., plan on visiting Kentucky the weekend of April 25-26, the players’ father, Carl Henry, told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday. The two players, who have been released from the Memphis letters-of-intent, also have KU and Memphis on their list. Carl Henry has told Memphis likely is not an option.
Thousands rally at ‘tea parties’
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged “tea parties” around the country Wednesday to tap into the collective angst stirred up by a bad economy, government spending and bailouts.
U.S., Europe mull next steps on Iran
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Top U.S. and European diplomats met Wednesday to plan a way ahead in dealing with Iran’s suspected nuclear program, just hours after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicated he was willing to build a new relationship with the United States.
Most-wanted drug lord caught ‘like a dog’
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Colombia’s most wanted drug lord was cowering like a dog under a palm tree when he was captured Wednesday in a jungle raid involving hundreds of police officers, the defense minister said. Daniel Rendon Herrera, a far-right warlord known as “Don Mario,” was taken in shackles to the capital to await possible extradition to the United States.
WR commits to KU
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
Ricki Herod Jr., a Class of 2010 wide receiver, told on Wednesday he made a non-binding verbal commitment to attend Kansas on a football scholarship.
LHS soccer now 5-0
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls soccer team claimed a 3-1 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest on Wednesday at Youth Sports Inc. and improved to 5-0.
Youth fields filling up
More games, less room create challenge
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lee Ice has served as the city’s youth sports supervisor for 17 years, and perhaps no spring has been more hectic than this one.
Former Illinois governor wants to join reality TV show
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
Just when you thought the saga of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich couldn’t get any stranger, it has. Blagojevich wants to star on the NBC reality show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” — a program similar to “Survivor” in which contestants will be plopped down in the Costa Rican jungle to perform sweaty physical tasks, scheme to avoid elimination and throw tantrums for the camera.
‘Park’ gives no reason to linger
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
Jackie Gleason once created a show (“You’re in the Picture”) so bad it was canceled after one episode. In an act that made TV history, The Great One showed up the following week to apologize for its failure. It would be unfair for Amy Poehler to take all of the blame for “Parks and Recreation” (7:30 p.m., NBC), the dreadful new “Office” clone.
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
This year, you need to be more aware of your image and the direction of your career. You have worked long and hard to achieve what you have during the past few years. If you are single, you could meet someone because of your visibility. If you are attached, open up different avenues of communication. Accept feedback, and share more of your fears.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 16, 1909: “The Elks gave one of the most elaborate banquets ever held here in inauguration of their new officers. More than 100 attended ‘a most sumptuous feed.’ … A 550-pound girl attracted a good deal of attention at the depot here yesterday.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
A natural gas explosion demolished a three-story house at 23 E. 11th which had been used as the Achievement Place for Boys home. Five people were in the house at the time but all escaped without serious injury. Mr. and Mrs. Elery Phillips were the house parents.
Afghanistan central to terrorist fight
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
When Gen. David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill recently about the new U.S. policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the story was relegated to the inside pages of major papers. What a contrast to the media circus when Petraeus testified on the Iraq war.
Unseemly bonus
News about additional bonuses awaiting Kansas University’s athletics director raise some troubling questions.
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
What is the protocol of higher education? Is it proper for departing administrators to put into place policies or practices that a new administration will have to follow and execute when he or she moves into the vacated office?
Even after filing, keep tax matters in mind
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
The red-flag April 15 tax-filing deadline has passed. But throughout the year, you have to make decisions that affect your tax situation. It’s already time to start considering what moves this year will have an impact on your tax return next year.
Analysts expect inflation to stay low
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
So much for fears that flooding the economy with money to fight the financial crisis would ignite inflation. The recession is keeping a tight lid on both prices and wages. Consumer prices have fallen over the past year at the fastest clip in more than a half-century, including an unexpected drop in March. Economists see little sign that inflation will be a problem anytime soon.
Recession, bailout not on tongues of Congress
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C8
Recession? Bailout? Stimulus? Deficit? Not at the U.S. Capitol. The Sunlight Foundation, a Washington watchdog group that tracks the language used in congressional debate, found that none of those words has cracked the top 30 most frequently uttered terms so far in this year of economic agony.
Law enforcement warned about resurgence of right-wing extremism
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C8
The economic downturn and the election of the nation’s first black president are contributing to a resurgence among right-wing extremist groups that had been on the wane since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment distributed to state and local authorities last week.
Yard cleanup time to look for signs of termites
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
The rhyme “April showers bring May flowers” might be more accurately written in Kansas to say “April showers bring Eastern subterranean termites.” The thought is less than heartwarming, but the first few warm spring rains often bring swarming termites out of the ground in search of places to build new colonies. Being on the lookout for them in and around your home could help detect the destructive insects before they do more damage.
Gardening through the moon’s phases
Some experts say planetary forces influence how plants grow
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
Some gardeners turn their eyes to the night skies to determine when to plant.
County to apply for jail program funding
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday night authorized the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a federal grant to help bolster the sheriff’s jail re-entry program aimed at combating recidivism. The sheriff’s office will apply for federal funding through the Second Chance Act, which would allow the county to add two full-time positions and cover other costs.
Albrecht signs with Yale; Green inks with CSU
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
The first day of the spring signing period was met with enthusiasm at Lawrence’s two biggest high schools, as student-athletes at Free State and Lawrence High signed national letters of intent with their respective colleges on the first day they were allowed to do so.
Leader pays tribute to KU student
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
Jana Mackey’s mom called it the “ultimate compliment” — her daughter’s greatest role model delivering the inaugural speech in the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series. Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organization for Women, said she was the one who was honored.
Pump patrol
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several locations.
Goodrich cleared
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University women’s basketball freshman guard Angel Goodrich was medically cleared Wednesday for full participation following nearly six months of rehabilitation after having knee surgery in October of 2008 for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
Fast out of the gate
KU’s Kratovil in second place after decathlon’s first day
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
There was no snow, and winds were not unbearably heavy, so in that regard, Wednesday was a good day to be a competitor in the Kansas Relays in the eyes of KU decathlete Corbin Kratovil.
River City baseball event on tap
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B2
Break out the peanuts, warm up the vocal cords. It’s Take-Me-Out-to-the-Ballgame, River City style.
Prices set for KU in K.C.
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B2
Prices have been set for Kansas University’s baseball game against Missouri on April 22 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets for students are $7 on April 22. KU students typically get into Hoglund Ballpark for free with a valid KUID.
Edwardsville chief cleared of charges
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
Corruption charges against former Edwardsville Police Chief M. Steve Vaughn were dismissed Tuesday because the statute of limitations for a speedy trial had passed. Vaughn was charged with allegedly hiding records of two people accused of DUI in Edwardsville. His case originally was dismissed on June 4, 2007, by the Wyandotte County District Court for the violation of a speedy trial.
On the record
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
• Lawrence police arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence man on charges of rape, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, intimidation of a victim, criminal restraint and domestic battery at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. • A fire alarm Wednesday forced the evacuation of Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road.
Write-in candidates win posts in Linwood
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
The people have spoken, and even though no one filed for Linwood mayor or for one of three open seats on the city council, two residents will fill those positions. On Thursday, Henry Biera announced he would accept the council position he was elected to by receiving the most votes — seven out of 20 write-ins. “I’m going as long as I make the meetings,” Biera said.
Stimulus should help women, too, leader says
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy told a roomful of state legislators Wednesday not to forget women when it comes time to spend economic stimulus dollars. While much has been said about creating shovel-ready construction jobs, Gandy said just as much focus should be placed on more female-dominated “human ready jobs,” such as librarians, teachers and social workers.
Afghan women attacked at protest
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming “dogs!” on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of the men picked up small stones and pelted the women.
N. Korea asks U.S. experts to leave
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
The United States said Wednesday that American experts working at North Korea’s main nuclear plant have been asked to leave the country, further heightening tension following the North’s firing of a rocket earlier this month over U.S. ally Japan.
Obamas made $2.7M last year
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, millionaires from his best-selling books, made $2.7 million last year and paid just under one-third of their adjusted income in federal taxes. While the income, mostly his, was far more than the U.S. median household income of about $50,000, it was quite a decrease from the $4.2 million the Obamas made in 2007.
Army soldier convicted over 2007 Iraq killings
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A6
A U.S. Army soldier was convicted Wednesday of murder in the execution-style slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees. The prosecution said Master Sgt. John Hatley acted as “judge, jury and executioner” to hatch the plot and carry out the killings in spring 2007.
American sailors return to U.S.
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
The saga of the American merchant seamen who clashed with Somali pirates on the high seas off Africa ended early Thursday with a big “welcome home” banner and the warm embrace of families. A charter flight from Kenya brought the crew of the Maersk Alabama to Andrews Air Force Base, where they had a private reunion with their loved ones.
Free State tennis sweeps LHS
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
Free State High sophomore Patrick Carttar sensed that something was up. Playing in one of the final matches to finish up at Wednesday’s city tennis dual between FSHS and Lawrence High, Carttar noticed when the gallery outside of his court grew substantially.
KU satisfactory in latest APR report
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University on Wednesday released its 2008 Academic Progress Rate statistics, and for the first time since its inception during the 2003-04 academic year, each of the school’s 18 athletic programs earned satisfactory marks from the NCAA.
Bodiless murder trial gets under way
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B8
A bodiless murder trial has gotten under way in Sedgwick County District Court. During opening statements Wednesday, the defense for Jeffrey Salas said there was no evidence to show that Tony Epps is dead. But prosecutors said Salas killed Epps in March 2007 over a drug debt of up to $18,000.
Regents review state budget situation
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
With downward projections of the Kansas budget expected later in the week, the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday reviewed its current financial situation with a careful eye toward the future. Diane Duffy, the regents’ vice president for finance and administration, told regents on Wednesday that all signs point to a declining revenue forecast later this week.
Library hours to change Sunday
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Public Library’s hours will change on Sunday before the “After Hours at the Library” fundraiser that will feature Neda Ulaby, National Public Radio arts reporter. The library, 707 Vt., will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, instead of the normal 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The change will give volunteers time to prepare the library for the 7 p.m. fundraiser sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library Foundation.
People in the news
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Allen: American Apparel is harassing him
Company donates medicine to program
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B8
An Overland Park company is donating $250,000 worth of unused prescription drugs to medical clinics across Kansas. Prescription Solutions, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, said Wednesday that the drugs will go to 36 clinics in 30 Kansas cities. The first $70,000 of drugs went to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, with the remainder going out over the rest of the year.
Inconvenient law
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: As a 15-year-old getting ready to get my license, I’ve developed some concerns about the new driving laws that state that teens cannot use their phones while driving for the first six months they have their unrestricted license.
Lesson from China
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I am writing to applaud the unpopular decision that Gov. Sebelius made in vetoing the latest coal-fired plants for Kansas. We had an experience recently that I will never forget. My wife and I chose to travel to China in October as we were told that the weather would be great.
Technology association plans April mixer
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Lawrence Technology Association will be host to a mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 at HiPer Technology, 2920 Haskell Ave. Guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, adjutant general of Kansas. Bunting will provide a brief outline of current and anticipated nonlethal research interests in the Department of Defense and talk about research and possible applications in the military, homeland security, the Kansas National Guard and other government programs.
Financial planner earns distinction
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
Dan Cary, Lawrence, a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial, qualified in the company’s 2008 Circle of Success program. This designation indicates Cary is ranked in the top 10 percent of the company’s 10,486 financial advisers. Qualifiers are recognized for providing excellent services to their clients. This is the seventh consecutive year Cary has qualified for this honor.
Zarco 66 president speaks at conference
April 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
Scott Zaremba, Lawrence, president of Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels, spoke at the Sustainable Communities Conference March 9-11 in Dallas. The three-day event was presented by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Skylines Initiative in partnership with the city of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments and private sector organizations.
‘Kite Runner’ among last year’s challenged books
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C8
Not everyone loves “The Kite Runner.” Khaled Hosseini’s million-selling novel about friendship and betrayal between two Afghan boys, a book club favorite that became a feature film, was among the releases mostly likely to inspire complaints last year from parents, educators and others, the American Library Association announced today.
Give your window screens a clean
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C2
Give your window and door screens a spring cleaning with these tips from the Soap and Detergent Association.
Arts center auction scheduled for Saturday
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
The 29th annual Lawrence Art Auction, to benefit the gallery program at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., will feature works from more than 250 artists in both silent and live auction formats. This year’s event also includes some changes intended to answer concerns that artists’ works were undervalued. A minimum bid of 50 percent of retail value has been set on each piece.
Madcap ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ opening at Lawrence Community Theatre
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
A wacky, behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Gone with the Wind” — loosely based on historical events — is the premise of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a play that opens this weekend at Lawrence Community Theatre.
Lecompton man arrested after displaying handgun in fight
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman said a 68-year-old Lecompton man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he showed a handgun to several individuals with whom he was arguing. Sgt. Steve Lewis said the arrest stemmed from a back-and-forth altercation between several people. The 68-year-old displayed the handgun in the 600 block of Whitfield Street.