Archive for Friday, April 17, 2009

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The day in photos, April 17, 2009 2009 Kansas Relays
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Polls
Are you planning to do something to commemorate Earth Day on April 22?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
75%
Yes
 
24%
Total 719
What type of event do you enjoy most at the Kansas Relays?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sprints
 
34%
Relays
 
32%
Distance runs
 
18%
Field events
 
8%
Other
 
5%
Total 58
Videos

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Eudora High project gets going
April 17, 2009
A $6.5B project at Eudora High School is well under way.
Lawrence schools act out with ‘Follies’
April 17, 2009
Lawrence schools act out with ‘Follies’
Little has surgery on lower left leg, will be back on court June 1
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior basketball player Mario Little had surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture in his lower left leg, KU coach Bill Self said Friday.
Two of three suspects ordered to trial for fight in 1300 block of New Jersey
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
A Douglas County district judge has ruled enough evidence exists for two of three suspects accused of firing gunshots in an east Lawrence neighborhood to stand trial.
Sebelius signs legislation to make it easier for police to track cell phone signals
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a bill making it easier for police to get tracking information from cell phone companies in emergencies.
Sebelius signs bill to authorize prosecutors to carry guns into courtrooms
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B4
Prosecutors will be able to carry concealed guns to court under a bill signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Lawrence woman charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B3
Prosecutors charged a Lawrence woman with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a 4-year-old child Friday, court documents said.
Four suspects sought in connection with strong-arm robbery
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Police are seeking four male suspects in connection with an early Friday morning strong-arm robbery.
Rural water districts pick up KDHE funding
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that it has selected 39 projects to receive $53 million in funding to improve the state’s drinking water infrastructure.
Baker student earns Fulbright scholarship
April 17, 2009
Baker University senior Justine Greve has received a Fulbright scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year to serve as an English teaching assistant at a German school.
Kansas unemployment rate highest in 26 years
April 17, 2009
The state unemployment rate for March was 6.5 percent, the highest in 26 years, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday.
Inspection questions arise after teen injured by medical gas accident at dentist’s office
Medical gas accident prompts questions about inspections
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
Questions are arising about whether the city acted properly when it allowed a dentist to move into a building that was the site of a March 30 medical gas accident that seriously injured a Tonganoxie youth.
Elementary students make charitable event out of fun run
April 17, 2009
It’s a perfect day for a run, and that’s just what some Langston Hughes and Quail Run elementary students did at DeVictor Park Friday morning. But the exercise was not the most important part of the event.
Senate committee schedules Tuesday vote on Sebelius’ confirmation
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Senate committee has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
State expected to end 2010 budget year $328 million in the red
11:57 a.m., April 17, 2009 Updated 05:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
The state budget picture darkened considerably amid news Friday that the economy continues to fall and unemployment reached a 26-year high.
Student dies in his sleep
High school junior won javelin contest earlier in day
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
A Tonganoxie High School student died in his sleep Thursday night from what is believed to be natural causes.
EPA: Carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases pose threat to public health, welfare
10:55 a.m., April 17, 2009 Updated 12:07 p.m.
The Environmental Protection Agency concluded Friday that greenhouse gases linked to climate change “endanger public health and welfare,” setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.
Lawrence attorney suspended from practice
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the indefinite suspension from practice of Lawrence attorney Andrew Piekalkiewicz because of multiple violations of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.
Sebelius to deliver Harvard commencement address
April 17, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been chosen to give the commencement address to graduates of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government June 3.
Police seek four suspects after strong-arm robbery
April 17, 2009
Lawrence Police are seeking four male suspects in connection with a strong-arm robbery that occurred early Friday morning.
Lawrence man in fair condition after car-bicycle accident
12:50 a.m., April 17, 2009 Updated 05:12 p.m. in print edition on B1
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital late Thursday night after an accident involving a car and a bicycle.
Recruits won’t work miracles
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Chamber of commerce-type promoters are always on the prowl for new businesses and industries to broaden a tax base, bring in socially productive executives and provide lots of high-paying jobs. Yet the good ones also know it’s even more vital to keep nurturing proven, established entities, those that got them to the picnic — “dance with the ones who brung ya.”
Firm checks Allen Fieldhouse’s air pressure
Audit to cut building’s energy usage
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
As if opponents don’t face enough pressure inside Allen Fieldhouse already. This week, a Topeka company is testing the air pressure inside the heart of the 54-year-old fieldhouse, searching for ways to tighten up the historic atmosphere by sealing cracks, closing openings and otherwise improving energy efficiency.
Decade dilemma: What will we name this era? Let’s just never speak of it again
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
Numbers don’t lie, it is said, but sometimes numbers don’t cooperate either.
U.S. crew tells details of harrowing pirate showdown
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A12
“If I die I’m going to take someone else with me,” one seaman vowed, grabbing a knife as alarms pierced the Maersk Alabama and pirates with assault weapons clambered aboard.
Obama: No charges for past harsh CIA interrogations
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama absolved CIA officers from prosecution for harsh, painful interrogation of terror suspects Thursday, even as his administration released Bush-era memos graphically detailing — and authorizing — such grim tactics as slamming detainees against walls, waterboarding them and keeping them naked and cold for long periods.
Leaders pledge action against drug cartels
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon set out an ambitious bilateral agenda Thursday that includes immigration reform, but focused their immediate aims on concrete actions to weaken drug cartels.
Reports suggest stabilizing economy
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
Housing construction unexpectedly plunged, the number of people receiving jobless benefits grew and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said its first-quarter profit dropped compared with last year.
Renters should consider options after job loss
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
Q: I signed a one-year lease for a home last November, but lost my job in January. My unemployment benefits barely cover half the monthly rent, and what little savings I had are almost gone.
Intrust Bank names new retail officer
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
Intrust Bank has named Dina Hinchman, Lawrence, branch manager of the Lawrence-Wakarusa branch, as its retail banking officer.
Lawrence woman arrested for aggravated battery
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for aggravated battery.
On the record
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 27-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. She was arrested at 3:45 p.m. in south Lawrence on $150,000 bail.
Runners ready to take to streets
About 1,600 expected for Lynn Electric Kansas Half Marathon on Sunday
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
More than 1,600 runners are expected to hit the streets of Lawrence on Sunday morning to raise money for Lawrence Health Care Access, a charitable clinic for the uninsured.
Free State struggles offensively
12:00 a.m., April 17, 2009 Updated 03:13 p.m. in print edition on B1
For the season’s first seven games, Free State High’s baseball team coasted to an undefeated record behind extraordinary pitching and less-than-ordinary hitting.
Tiger tamers
Lions knock off undefeated defending 6A champs
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
After playing for six innings and more than two hours, Thursday’s baseball game between Lawrence High and Blue Valley turned into a one-inning affair.
Ryun’s record still stands
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Comedian Will Ferrell, over-actor Paul Giamatti and tattoo model Pamela Anderson weren’t yet famous when the Kansas Relays mile record that still stands was set by Jim Ryun. In fact, they all were in their mothers’ wombs.
DT picks KU
April 17, 2009
Jeremiah Edwards, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound junior defensive tackle from Garland (Texas) High School, on Thursday orally committed to play football at Kansas University, according to Rivals.com.
Singing ‘spinster’ strikes chord on talent show
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
Susan Boyle lives alone in a row house with her cat Pebbles, a drab existence in one of Scotland’s poorest regions. She cared for her widowed mother for years, never married and sang in church and at karaoke nights at the pub.
Mystery donors give nearly $45M to 8 universities
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C8
A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least eight universities have received gifts totaling nearly $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver’s identity.
Skewed values
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Wednesday’s headlines: Area jobs being cut. Shelter issue needs cooperation.
Facts, not spin
Instead of hiding information and leveling accusations at others, KTEC’s CEO should produce the facts and figures to justify funding for his agency.
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
There’s nothing unusual about a CEO fighting to save his company or agency, but the manner in which the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.’s CEO is going about that task may offer some telling insight on both the agency and its leadership.
Numbers dim magic of Obama’s words
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
Franklin Roosevelt gave us the New Deal. John Kennedy gave us the New Frontier. In a major domestic policy address at Georgetown University this week, Barack Obama promised — eight times — a “New Foundation.”
Rescue is worthy of praise
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A11
Conservatives have a point when they criticize President Obama and his fellow Democrats for not calling the mission in Iraq a “success” or a “victory.” But if they are right about that — and they are — they cannot now withhold praise from President Obama for the flawless rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips from the hands of terrorists masquerading as pirates.
Depp hangs 10 on ‘Spongebob’
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
After 10 seasons of submarine silliness, “SpongeBob Squarepants” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) can do anything his porous heart desires. Including, it seems, landing one of the planet’s top movie stars.
Horoscopes
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
For Friday, April 17: Much will change this year. Often you naturally assume the helm of the ship. Your leadership abilities don’t work well with relationships. If you are single, you are likely to see friendship play a big role in meeting that special person, or a budding friendship could evolve into more. If you are attached, remember, ultimately, people and family mean more than work.
Net Worth: Vexing feline Web sites aren’t exactly the cat’s meow
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
I hate cats. OK, maybe that’s too strong a statement. Let’s just say I like every domesticated animal better than cats.
Obama outlines vision for high-speed railroads
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
President Barack Obama on Thursday outlined plans for a high-speed rail network he said would change the way Americans travel, drawing comparisons to the 1950s creation of the interstate highway system.
Sports’ stance on alcohol irrational
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
Before the NFL Scouting Combine, University of Florida star Percy Harvin should have gotten drunk out of his gourd, puked on his shoes and passed out behind the wheel of his car.
KU signee dazzles at Derby Classic
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B1
Elijah Johnson found out last weekend that folks of all ages in Kentucky are serious about their basketball.
KU’s Faunce finalist for CLASS award
April 17, 2009
Kansas University captain Nick Faunce has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors the country’s most outstanding senior in Div. I baseball.
KU women awards scheduled Thursday
April 17, 2009
Kansas University’s women’s basketball postseason awards will be revealed at a reception Thursday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Journalism and conspiracy clash in ‘State of Play’
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C2
As dense as a Watergate-era newspaper and as immediate as a blog, “State of Play” is an absolutely riveting state-of-the-art “big conspiracy” thriller.
Poet always gets the girl
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A11
April is Poetry Month, whatever that may mean to you, perhaps not much.
People in the news
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
A new illustrated children’s book detailing Pope Benedict XVI’s daily life was published Thursday as the pontiff celebrated his 82nd birthday in the quiet company of his older brother.
FSHS softball splits
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B5
Free State beat Olathe North, 6-2, in the opener, but fell, 3-2, in the nightcap.
Royals put Gordon on DL
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals have placed third baseman Alex Gordon on the 15-day disabled list because of a cartilage tear in his right hip.
Madden exits broadcast
Hall of Famer announces retirement
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B2
John Madden is retiring from football announcing, where his enthusiastic, down-to-earth style made him one of sports’ most popular broadcasters for three decades.
Spending stimulus costs states
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A9
When it comes to the $787 billion in federal stimulus money flowing from Washington to the states, it will cost money to spend money.
Texas democrats disavow secession talk
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a state that once was its own nation, a Republican governor who talked about secession without completely dismissing the idea has Democratic lawmakers in an uproar.
Health advocates tout new female condom
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Advocates of the female condom are promoting a less costly, more user-friendly version that they hope will vastly expand its role in the global fight against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Israel rejects U.S. plan for Palestinian state
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a direct challenge to President Barack Obama’s commitment to rejuvenate moribund Mideast peace talks, Israel on Thursday dismissed American-led efforts to establish a Palestinian state and laid out new conditions for renewed negotiations.
Clay, sandbags added to dam protecting town
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
A convoy of trucks, excavators, bulldozers and backhoes moved in to fortify a seeping dam Thursday in eastern North Dakota as engineers and National Guard troops worked to save a tiny town that would flood if the dam fails.
Va. Tech students mark shooting anniversary
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two years after they were wounded by a gunman who sprayed bullets through their German class at Virginia Tech, Katelyn Carney and Derek O’Dell helped the campus mark the second anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Moran raises $2.9M for Senate race
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
Rep. Jerry Moran ended the last quarter with more than $2.9 million in cash for his 2010 Senate race, but Rep. Todd Tiahrt, his rival for the Republican nomination, contends that Moran’s advantage is shrinking.
Al Capone’s prison love song released
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A1
He never sang to the feds, but it turns out Al Capone had a song in his heart. All it took was a stint in Alcatraz to bring it out.
3 dead in hospital shooting
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A7
A hospital worker shot and killed two employees and then killed himself at a medical center Thursday, sending panicked people fleeing, police and witnesses said.
Commodities
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures were mixed Thursday. Wheat for May delivery jumped 9.5 cents to $5.2475.
Google growth slows dramatically
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
Google Inc. eked out a higher profit in the first quarter as the Internet search leader trimmed its work force and winnowed other expenses to overcome the slowest revenue growth since the company went public nearly five years ago.
Educators get in the act for Foundation Follies
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s showtime at Liberty Hall tonight as Lawrence educators get ready to take the stage for the 19th annual Foundation Follies.
Residents give input on rec fee proposal
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A3
Everything from higher swimming pool fees to admission charges at the city’s longtime Arts and Crafts Festival are on the table as a way to stave off potential cuts to the city’s parks and recreation programs.
KU dominates distance events
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B7
The good news for Amanda Miller, a sophomore distance runner on the Kansas University track and field team? With Thursday’s victory in the women’s 5,000-meter run, she earned her first victory in the Kansas Relays — a meet which counts Jim Ryun, Marion Jones and Maurice Greene as past participants. The bad news? “I have class tomorrow,” the Olathe native said.
KU to pay tribute to alumni
Award winners graduated from College of Liberal Arts, Sciences
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B12
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will honor four distinguished alumni during an event today at the Kansas Union.
Student president elected
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B12
Kansas University students have elected Mason Heilman, a junior from Lawrence, as their next student body president.
Dual benefit
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Currently, the Kansas Legislature is debating whether to pass Senate Bill 208, which would amend the current death penalty law in the state of Kansas. Kansas has not carried out an execution since 1965, but the government still places inmates on death row.
Meat costs
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Contrary to the Wulfkuhles’ letter of 4/14/09, the environmental message about the meat industry is anything but “misinformation.”
The solution
April 17, 2009 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Well, Easter has passed, but the message of the cross still remains as God’s only complete solution to humanity’s sin problem.
YouTube boosts full-length movies, TV show lineup
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B10
Google Inc.’s YouTube said Thursday it is vastly expanding its library of full-length movies and TV shows it offers online, while also launching a new advertising service and adding about a dozen new content partners.
Dance Marathon hits KU campus
April 17, 2009 in print edition on C1
Marathon dancing grew into a popular craze of the 1920s and ’30s before it was later vilified as inhumane.
JPMorgan Chase posts upbeat profit report
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B11
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s first-quarter profit wasn’t as good as last year’s, but it told investors what they wanted to hear: Banking isn’t dead.
Announcer Harmon used to call KU football, basketball
April 17, 2009 in print edition on B5
Former NBC announcer Merle Harmon, who died recently, used to broadcast Kansas University football and basketball.