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Marathoners brave weather for charity
April 19, 2009
Over 1,400 runners took to the wet and windy streets of Lawrence this morning in the Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon. The athletes competed in a 13.1 mile half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K race.
Police arrest man accused of assault, battery of two KU students
06:01 a.m., April 19, 2009 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Lawrence man in connection with an early-morning assault and battery outside of Burrito King, 900 Ill. An incident there began when one vehicle hit another in the drive-through lane, said Sgt. Michael McLaren. The occupants of the vehicle that was bumped got out of the car and approached the other driver.
Lawrence man arrested for aggravated assault outside night club
05:04 a.m., April 19, 2009 Updated 08:45 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested for aggravated assault early Sunday morning outside East 23rd Street Roadhouse, 1003 E. 23rd Street.
Police arrest man after incident outside Club Axis
April 19, 2009
Lawrence Police arrested one man early Sunday morning after an incident involving a handgun at Club Axis, 821 Iowa.
Thunderstorm hits Leavenworth County; Flood advisory posted
April 19, 2009
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for Leavenworth County.
Nearly 2,000 Westar customers lose power early Sunday
02:42 a.m., April 19, 2009 Updated 05:45 a.m.
Westar Energy reported several power outages in west Lawrence early Sunday morning.
FSHS baseball game called off
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C10
Saturday morning’s rain played hob with the River City Festival baseball tournament.
Eyes on quarterbacks in Nebraska
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C5
Bo Pelini won’t name his starting quarterback until the fall, but there was little doubt after Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage that Zac Lee will be the guy.
KU soccer team shuts out South Dakota
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Junior Monica Dolinsky scored a pair of goals to lead the Kansas soccer team past South Dakota, 5-0, Saturday in the final game of the team’s spring season.
Cornerback picks KU
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Dave Clark, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Independence Community College, orally committed to play football at Kansas University on Saturday, according to
KU tennis team falls to Texas, 7-0
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas’ Edina Horvath and Kate Morozova outlasted Texas’ 34th-ranked doubles tandem of Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic to win their doubles match, 8-3, but it wasn’t enough as the Jayhawk tennis team fell, 7-0, to the No. 32 Longhorns at First Serve Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
KU women’s golf team in eighth place
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Kansas women’s golf team sat in eighth place after 36 holes at the Lady Buckeye Invitational after the Jayhawks shot rounds of 309 and 314 Saturday at the Scarlet Course.
Bogus waiter tricks diners at 2 restaurants
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
Hoboken police say a man posing as a waiter collected $186 in cash from diners at two restaurants and walked out with the money in his pocket.
Easy decorating tips help make a small space look larger
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D8
There could be many reasons why you might be downsizing to a smaller home or a small condo.
Jenkins to speak at chamber lunch
April 19, 2009 in print edition on E1
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins will speak during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce lunch at noon May 1 at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka and former Kansas state treasurer, took office in January for her first House term after she defeated Nancy Boyda in the November election.
Critter Care: Cat’s death made better by offering shelter animal new home
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D8
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself facing something no pet owner ever wants to face. I’d had an evening class and then grocery shopped on the way home, so I didn’t get in until after 9:30. The dogs, as always, charged out to greet me, stuck their big noses in the grocery sacks to see what I’d bought, and then headed into the back yard.
Businessman takes donations to Africa
Nigerian brings medical supplies to homeland
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Larry Ojeleye knows that basics — things often taken for granted in some places — are still desired in Third World countries.
KU students dance for a worthy cause
All-night marathon raised funds for children’s healthcare
April 19, 2009
At 4 a.m. Sunday, Alex Ross wasn’t weary or low on energy. On the contrary, the Kansas University freshman was a high-fiving, wide-smiling ball of excitement.
Chiefs’ Thomas wants to win now
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C5
Zach Thomas wants to be clear: He did not come to Kansas City to rebuild.
T-Tech holds off Kansas rally, 7-5
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Second baseman Robby Price went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Kansas University’s 7-5 baseball loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at Law Field.
KU signee scores 14
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University basketball signee Thomas Robinson scored 14 points in helping Team Finish defeat Team Create, 134-131, in the Reebok All-American game on Saturday night at American University’s Bender Arena.
KU softball shut out
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team struggled to put runners on base as Texas held KU to just two hits en route to the Longhorns’ 5-0 victory. The loss, which dropped KU to 16-24 on the season and 4-7 in Big 12 play, spoiled a three-game win streak for Kansas.
Gay leads by three
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C2
Brian Gay moved a round away from his second career PGA Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Tim Wilkinson in the Verizon Heritage.
Warren to remain at Oklahoma
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C2
Big 12 freshman of the year Willie Warren has no interest in leaving Oklahoma for the NBA. Warren and his mother met with coach Jeff Capel for about 40 minutes Saturday, and the 6-foot-4 guard confirmed that he plans to remain with the Sooners for another season.
Baby animals across state help raise public awareness of nature
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B4
It’s spring, and across the state, baby animals are opening their eyes and taking their first steps on Kansas soil. These babies tell stories about their species and promote awareness.
Boy with cancer spends birthday with firefighter
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B4
Braeden Gilbert is a fighter. After all, he’s just 7 years old and has to endure things like chemotherapy and IV treatments and spinal taps to fight the acute lymphocytic leukemia he was diagnosed with two years ago.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
Among significant projects expected to affect drivers this week.
Mark’s on the Move: Fungo bat transforms ball game
Lawrence High School coach uses a little assistance during practice
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
Coaches hit thousands of grounders and fly balls throughout the course of a baseball season, all in the name of practice. Every coach, at any level, will admit that his or her job is made easier thanks to the fungo bat.
Yellow submarine to try again for glide
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
A second try is about to get under way at sending a little yellow submarine gliding across the Atlantic Ocean to collect scientific data from beneath the waves.
Premier says economy better than expected
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday the country’s stimulus package is working and the economy is “better than expected,” but he cautioned that complete recovery will take much more time because the global financial crisis continues to spread.
Holocaust survivors visit new museum
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Fritzie Fritzshall gazed up at the illuminated wall and scanned the rows of victim names engraved in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, when one suddenly jumped out: Bella.
Couple, 3 kids found dead
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
An accountant for a railroad operator killed his wife and their three children before fatally shooting himself in a northwest Maryland home, leaving a gruesome scene that was discovered Saturday by the youngsters’ grandfather, authorities said.
K.C. art museum manages enhancements amid cuts
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is unveiling the first half of a $17.2 million improvement project this month, despite recent staff and program cuts.
Shells hit Baghdad’s Green Zone
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
Suspected militants shelled Baghdad’s protected Green Zone on Saturday in the first such bombardment in more than three months.
April 19, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Support Obama
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Sen. Sam Brownback, by appearing as the darling of anti-Obama rallies called “TEA parties,” the brainchild of the screechy right-wing media, sends a signal that he is willing to pay any price to succeed the best governor we’ve had in my 41 years as a resident of Kansas.
Shopping local
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Shame on you, KU Athletics Department! The way I see it, your lack of support to a local concessions company (Mid-America Concessions) is forcing them out of business. It seems a South Carolina-based company will benefit. I don’t know the particulars. I’m not sure they really matter. I’m assuming this all comes down to the almighty dollar.
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: When Larry Brown left the Kansas University basketball program, there was great consternation on the part of many who felt that he was irreplaceable. They were wrong. The university hired Roy Williams, a young, talented individual who matched or exceeded the accomplishments of his predecessor.
Dining tables can become art
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D4
Homeira Goldstein’s elegant soirees and tabletop settings are legend in Southern California’s South Bay. “There are no rules for setting a table,” she says. “The most important thing is to just be creative.”
2009 River City Reading Festival canceled
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D1
The River City Reading Festival will take a hiatus for 2009. Altrusa International of Lawrence, which sponsored the festival the past two years, announced this week that it couldn’t secure enough sponsorships to support the festival this year.
Study: Low vitamin D can worsen inflammation
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D2
Most Americans don’t get enough vitamin D. And while it’s well-known that vitamin D deficiencies can lead to bone problems, a University of Missouri professor has also found a link to inflammation.
KU men’s golf team in 12th place
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C3
Zach Pederson shot a season-best 73 to put the Kansas men’s golf team in 12th place at the rain-shortened Aggie Invitational.
Cheerleading clinics scheduled for youths
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department and G-Force Athletics will offer three cheerleading clinics for youths of various age groups. The clinics will teach cheers, chants, jumps and more.
Yankees shouldn’t enforce patriotism
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C2
Bradford Campeau-Laurion may or may not be telling the whole story about what happened to him during the seventh inning stretch one August night last year at Yankee Stadium. A judge or a jury will eventually decide that, as is often the American way with these kind of things.
Kansas Relays notebook
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
Bershawn ‘Batman’ Jackson was a last-minute scratch to the men’s 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the 82nd annual Kansas Relays, ending a longtime string of victories for the charismatic 25-year-old.
FSHS girls sprint medley takes 9th
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
After two days and more than a dozen different races, the Free State High track team learned one thing about its make-up this weekend: The Firebirds have a fistful of talented relay runners.
Greinke tosses gem, shuts out Texas
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Most pitchers dread a trip to Rangers Ballpark. Not Kansas City’s Zack Greinke. He kept posting zeros.
LHS baseball edges BV West
Gentry adding depth to Lions pitching staff
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Brad Stoll wasn’t just woofing when he placed his pitchers on a pedestal in preseason.
‘Meaningless’ rabbit has intriguing role on track
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
The marquee event of the Kansas Relays was well under way when track announcer David Lile let the crowd know to ignore the runner in the black shirt.
A memorable mile
Webb captures audience with hard-earned victory
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Even now, 55 years after Roger Bannister made history on a dirt track in Oxford, the four-minute mile has managed to maintain a level of intrigue that defies true explanation.
Power plant tour scheduled
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Environmental Education Project is organizing a tour of Bowersock Mills and Power Company on Saturday at the plant, on the south side of the Kansas River at the Massachusetts Street bridge.
Economy, new units not driving rent down
Though some places offer incentives, prices hold steady
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
When Kansas University junior Stephanie Reaves was looking to move from an apartment complex to a house closer to campus, she anticipated the economy working in her favor.
Raptor, wetlands centers attract birders
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Great Bend Zoo’s Raptor Center and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, which overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, are being unveiled this month.
Iran convicts U.S. reporter of espionage
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Iran convicted an American journalist of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison, her lawyer said Saturday, complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to break a 30-year-old diplomatic deadlock with Tehran.
One community’s vehicle for change: adult tricycles
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
The newest way for Arlington County, Va., employees to get around has three wheels, a bell and an orange safety flag. It’s a tricycle.
U.S. to boycott United Nations racism meeting
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Obama administration will boycott “with regret” a U.N. conference on racism next week over objectionable language in the meeting’s final document that could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech, the State Department said Saturday.
NATO frees 20 hostages from pirates
Belgian ship seized as attacks continue to become more frequent
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
NATO forces rescued 20 fishermen from pirates who launched the latest attack in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, but let the Somali hijackers go because they had no authority to arrest them.
Lawmakers predict spirited wrap-up session
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Featuring falling tax revenues, a couple of vetoes and probably a new governor, the Legislature’s wrap-up session promises to pack a political wallop.
Teen prostitutes treated as abuse victims
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
By the time she was 8, Amanda had been sexually abused by her father’s friend for four years. At 12, she was peddling crack. At 14, she was selling sex on the sidewalk.
Pell grants to increase for 2010
KU officials predict surge in applications
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Students seeking financial aid from the federal government will see their maximum levels of aid increase next year.
Screenings available by appointment
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
Lawrence Early Childhood Special Services is offering free developmental screenings for children who are 3 to 5 years old.
Thailand’s bloody Muslim insurgency deeply rooted
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A9
While Thai authorities are preoccupied with riots in the capital, a five-year-old Muslim uprising in the south of the country is intensifying, and Thailand’s troubled government and army are at odds about how to deal with it.
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, April 19: This year, you could make waves professionally. Follow an independent track, even if you are a bit uncomfortable. Know what possibilities lie ahead. Study the ramifications, especially concerning a boss. A friend could add that element of mystery and imagination to your life. This person could be a touch flaky. If you are single, you will meet people just by being out. Be a skeptic before you decide this person is the one. Time is your ally. If you are attached, the two of you need to join together in a common goal. Talk about your long-term aims. Make them a reality together.
Energized McCartney opens Coachella
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D5
Energized by the desert air and memory of his late wife, a playful and passionate Paul McCartney riffed on “Foxy Lady,” led an after-midnight “Hey Jude” singalong and dedicated songs to his former bandmates at the Coachella music festival that kicked off Friday.
Animals at center of solar power debate
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A10
A westward dash to power electricity-hungry cities by cashing in on the desert’s most abundant resource — sunshine — is clashing with efforts to protect the tiny pupfish and desert tortoise and stinginess over the region’s rarest resource: water.
Congress weighs far-reaching global warming bill
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
The last time Congress passed major environmental laws, acid rain was destroying lakes and forests, polluted rivers were on fire and smog was choking people in some cities.
Researcher studies ties between personal beliefs, well-being
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
Hilda Schau says it’s a belief in God that carried her through divorce and job loss. Urologist Manuel Padron says he regularly sees the power of faith at work in his patients.
Gold Medal Club honors far-flung alumni of 50 years
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Hal and Ellen Grindle hadn’t been back to Kansas University since they walked down the hill at graduation.
Lawmakers back to deal with big issues, goals
Sebelius vote expected Tuesday
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
So far this year, Congress has done what it does best — spend a lot of money and make a lot of promises.
Casinos cash in on penny slot revenue
Better technology helps make machines more accessible
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B5
Gamblers may be cutting back like other consumers, but one thing they’re not doing is pinching pennies.
10 ways to save with frequent flier programs
Air travel full of bargains, if you know where to look
April 19, 2009 in print edition on E1
Casino pit bosses will tell you the best way to make your table action pay dividends is to sign up for a players card that is used to record points based on how much money you put down and how long you play. You often can get freebies on food, hotel rooms and merchandise.
George McGovern a caricature but with character
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
There’s no pretense here at the Beachcomber restaurant — heck, there are hardly any windows here at the Beachcomber — and that befits a place where you have to take a left at the washer and dryer to reach the men’s room.
Ex-ambassador assesses foreign policy moves
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
Peter W. Galbraith, the author of “The End of Iraq and Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies,” formerly served as a U.S. ambassador to Croatia. He discussed global challenges for the United States with foreign-affairs columnist John C. Bersia.
Local news
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Lawrence is fortunate to have the Journal-World in a time when so many dailies are closing shop and making it difficult for local news to get to the public. For example, the front page for April 15 is fully devoted to only three local stories.
Earth Day events draw conservation-minded
April 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
Having just joined the recycling committee at work, Beth Merryfield decided this was the year to march in Lawrence’s annual Earth Day Celebration.
Sure, he may make more money, but T. Boone Pickens also might do a lot to benefit the nation.
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
Oilman T. Boone Pickens is waging a broad and costly campaign for alternative energy and is getting a great deal of support for his effort. He also is drawing criticism from skeptical sources who contend he’s only out to make more money.
Figures tell story of shrinking Russia
April 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
America’s “progressive” president has some peculiarly retro policies. Domestically, his reactionary liberalism is exemplified by his policy of No Auto Company Left Behind, with its intimated hope that depopulated Detroit, where cattle could graze, can somehow return to something like the 1950s. Abroad, he seems to yearn for the 1970s, when the Soviet Union was rampant and coping with it supposedly depended on arms control.
YouTube boosts full-length movies, TV show lineup
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D4
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.
How Barack Obama resurrected The Dead
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D4
He’s still got a little work to do on the economy, but already President Barack Obama has accomplished at least one task that had appeared all but impossible just a year ago: He’s put The Dead back on the road.
Pediatric study questions validity of cord-blood banking
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D2
Prospective parents face an array of medical decisions before their baby is born: Which pediatric practice to use?
Tips can help prevent sun damage
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D2
You ditched the baby oil with iodine ions ago, but you still have some burning questions about less-obvious sun no-nos. Now that everyone’s exposure time is likely to increase, get updated on the latest sun sense.
A project’s evolution: ‘Tree of Life’ combines disciplines to explain Darwin’s theory
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
By all accounts, nobody knew where this project was headed when it started. How could they, with scientists and artists — many of whom had never met before — sitting around the same table?
Boomer Girl Diary: Mathematics never factored into lifelong plans
April 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
This week, I learned that April is national Math Awareness Month (or MAM, as my accountant would say). MAM was started in 1986 with the goal of “increasing public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics.” Unfortunately, that was 23 years too late for me. Or, is it 24? Sorry, I can’t do the math.
Poet’s Showcase: Ohh Mom!
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D3
Though I am now so aged that I strain to lace a shoe, each day my dear old mother still tells me what to do.
Paper or pixels?: ‘Dumb Money’ got smart start as an e-book
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D3
Daniel Gross has had a book out for almost two months now, but you couldn’t buy it in your local bookstore until this week.
Lessons on nurturing life, circa 1700s Japan
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D3
It came as a shock of delight while reading “Yojokun: Life Lessons from a Samurai” (Kodansha, $19.95), a work of classical Japanese philosophy, to realize that what I held in my hands was a self-help book.
Built-in furniture common in 18th-century homes
April 19, 2009 in print edition on D4
Ever wonder how large, tall pieces of furniture were moved in and out of the small doorways in 18th-century homes? Beginning about 1740, corner cupboards were very popular storage pieces. Some were built into the room by carpenters so they never had to be moved. Instead of a rectangular piece of furniture, the corner piece was triangular in the back so it fit into a corner with no wasted space.