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Archive for Monday, April 20, 2009

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Births
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On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, April 20, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
Have you ever eaten tofu?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
68%
No
 
31%
Total 750
Do you think recruit Xavier Henry will choose Kansas?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
57%
Yes
 
36%
Undecided
 
5%
Total 5468
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
David Balakrishnan, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, rehearses his composition “Tree of Life” with the KU Wind Ensemble. The    performance “Tree of Life” is a science and arts collaboration that is two years in the making. It is an artistic representation of evolutionary theory. A project’s evolution: ‘Tree of Life’ combines disciplines to explain Darwin’s theory
April 19, 2009 in print edition on 1C
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?
6:00 a.m.
Seven-year-old Andrea Grimes is this month’s featured story on the Children’s Mercy Hospital Web site millionreasons.org. Andrea, who is pictured at her home with her mother, Sheila Warren, received treatment from Children’s Mercy for an enlarged heart muscle shortly after being born. Warren submitted her daughter’s story to the Web site, which shares and promotes many success stories of children and families who have gone through the hospital. Social networking sites changing the way people learn about health
April 16, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Carolyn Landgrebe, left, and Geraldine Tyler hug outside Tyler’s home in south Lawrence. Landgrebe has been delivering Meals on Wheels to Tyler and her husband for several years. Landgrebe has been honored with the Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind Award. Volunteer makes most of every minute
April 20, 2009 in print edition on 1A
If you’ve ever thought there just isn’t enough time in the day, then you haven’t met Carolyn Landgrebe. The 71-year-old grandmother of five somehow finds time to volunteer five days a week delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, takes home-baked goods to Presbyterian Manor residents and visits daily with senior citizens who have no family in town.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence High school students Cody Jones, left, and Ryan Hobbs examine the award Hobbs received for Best Actor during the fourth annual Focus Film Festival Awards on Sunday at Liberty Hall.  Jones and Hobbs, along with classmate Chase Billings, also took home an award for Best Comedy for their film “The Ballad of Bryan Jaston.” LHS makes good showing at high school film festival
April 20, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence High film students took home 12 of a possible 15 awards for their creations at the fourth Focus Film Festival Awards ceremony Sunday. LHS junior Luke McDaneld won three awards for his drama “Elise,” including best drama, best story and the biggest award of the day, best in show.
6:00 p.m.
Rhiannon Emerson, 10, looks for the right bin while sorting materials for recycling at Broken Arrow School, 2704 La.
Efficiency experts: Broken Arrow students trade recess for recycling efforts
April 20, 2009
Sherry Emerson says they have eagle eyes. They sort through each blue bin cautiously, carefully, making sure not to miss anything. If they aren’t thorough, they might overlook a few pencils, a pair of scissors or even some used tissues. They call themselves the Green Team.

All stories

FSHS senior wins $20,000 scholarship
April 20, 2009
A Free State High School senior received a $20,000 scholarship from a nationwide scholarship contest.
6News Top Six
April 20, 2009
Every Monday, 6News staff compile the area’s top six sports plays from the previous week.
Kidcast: Haley Lockwood
April 20, 2009
The record high for April 13 is 93 in 2006. The record low is 23 in 1950.
Charity run for paralyzed student set for Sunday
April 20, 2009
A charitable run to benefit a paralyzed Free State High School senior is back on.
County OKs funding to replace aging bridge
April 20, 2009
Douglas County commissioners on Monday approved the final piece of funding to replace an aging bridge in the county that is the only access to a few properties.
Key legislator says revenue enhancements may be needed to balance budget
April 20, 2009
Legislators must consider proposals for boosting revenues to help prevent a deficit in the next state budget, the House Appropriations Committee’s chairman said Monday.
Stiffer penalties in store for those who drink and drive
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
A third or fourth conviction for driving under the influence in Kansas will mean more jail time starting next year.
Ninth Street project includes turn lane
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
The city’s first infrastructure project to be fueled with new sales-tax revenue will come with a bonus: a new turn lane.
Cordley student wins statewide healthy eating contest
Ode to tofu takes top honors
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
A Cordley School first-grader won a statewide essay contest about healthy eating. While most youngsters focused on fruits and vegetables, Nathan Williams wrote about tofu and how it’s low in fat and high in protein.
Donations sought for Eudora woman left homeless in fire
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Monetary donations are being solicited for a Eudora woman whose mobile home was damaged in an April 14 fire.
Tennis players worried they may be out of luck for lights on new tennis courts
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
A group of Lawrence tennis players fear they could be on the losing end of a long volley, as concerns grow over whether the city will install lights at new courts south of Lawrence High School.
Sebelius to be inducted into KU’s Women’s Hall of Fame
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will be among this year’s nominees to Kansas University’s Women’s Hall of Fame.
KTEC leader serving on board of company that received state funding
Taylor, company leader says no money changed hands
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. loaned a San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company $100,000 while KTEC’s leader served on its board of directors, according to records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Person who fell from ladder flown to Kansas City hospital
03:57 p.m., April 20, 2009 Updated 05:34 p.m. in print edition on A4
After suffering injuries in a fall from a ladder in west Lawrence, one person was flown to a Kansas City area hospital Monday afternoon.
Kansas judges get 5 more years on bench
April 20, 2009
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a bill allowing judges to remain on the bench longer.
Housing for Kansas prison visitors loses funds
April 20, 2009
A fraction of the $16 million cut from the state prison system’s budget is affecting a group that provides an affordable place to stay for people visiting inmates.
Turnpike’s concrete work to close some North Third Street lanes Wednesday
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Work begins Wednesday morning to pour concrete atop a new Kansas Turnpike bridge over North Third Street in North Lawrence.
Government projects costing less than originally expected
April 20, 2009
A possible silver lining for taxpayers in the current recession is that public works projects are costing less than originally expected, officials report.
Contractors eager for stimulus work
Recession has been ‘brutal,’ but federal money may provide much-needed boost
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
With millions of dollars pouring into road and repair projects throughout the country, state, northeast Kansas and, yes, right here in Lawrence, contractors suddenly are being called upon to lift the country out of its economic pothole.
Henry brothers close to making decision; father says no visit to Kentucky, but later says visit on tap
11:15 a.m., April 20, 2009 Updated 01:40 p.m. in print edition on B1
Xavier and C.J. Henry are close to making a decision concerning where they’ll play basketball next season, Carl Henry, father of the basketball playing brothers said Monday morning.
Jury selected in Lawrence arson trial
10:43 a.m., April 20, 2009 Updated 04:52 p.m. in print edition on A4
A Douglas County prosecutor Monday accused a defendant of burning his ex-girlfriend’s Lawrence mobile home last June as an act of revenge.
Court rejects former Kansas utility CEO’s appeal
April 20, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal from former Kansas utility head David Wittig of his prison sentence following a 2003 bank fraud conviction.
Kansas ruling may affect other death penalty cases
April 20, 2009
Lawyers are debating whether a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that led to a convicted murderer getting off death row could undermine three other death penalty cases.
Handgun missing after police arrest vacationing couple
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a Jacksonville, N.C., couple Monday morning after a domestic disturbance involving several handguns and a broken windshield, police said. Sgt. Michael McLaren said the couple, a 20-year-old man and his 19-year-old wife, was on vacation doing target practice. They had three handguns in their car.
Pump patrol
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several stations.
Praeger to discuss health insurance
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will speak on health insurance in Kansas and the United States tonight at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt. Praeger’s talk, at 7 p.m., is sponsored by Kansas Health Care for All.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 20, 1909: “The board of education has purchased an entire block in South Lawrence to be used for a school house in several years when the town has grown enough to justify the construction of a school in that end of the city.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
Local legislators Morris Kay, John Vogel, and Reynolds Shultz expressed hope the Kansas Legislature would override two vetoes by Gov. Robert Docking, one on highways and the other on school aid. Docking was a former Lawrence banker whose father, George, also had served as governor.
U.S. embargo of Cuba is proven failure
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
Many “hard” scientists regard the term “social science” as an oxymoron. Science means hypotheses you can test, and prove or disprove. Social science is little more than observation putting on airs. Among the social sciences, economists are the snobs.
Some acts of violence defy explanation
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
Even to speak of it in a serious way is to feel a bit like a rube, a yokel from some backwoods backwater where nobody ever heard of clinical depression, sociopathy or any of the other terminology we use to explain the cruelties human beings sometimes perpetrate. To ascribe such behaviors to something so vague and indefinable is faintly embarrassing.
Slants
An online survey indicates there is less individual thinking about politics.
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Internet has countless benefits to offer society, but it also has some disturbing aspects, such as the hateful and vicious messages that can be sent in so many ways with an anonymity that helps cover the cowardice of the producers.
500 years on, Henry VIII looms large
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
Monarch. Tyrant. Reformer. Husband from hell. King Henry VIII, who took the throne 500 years ago Tuesday, went on to transform Britain. He married six times and sent two of his queens to the executioner. His battle to divorce his first bride led him to break from the Roman Catholic church and establish the Church of England.
Volunteer makes most of every minute
Sertoma honors Carolyn Landgrebe for sharing her time, skills
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
If you’ve ever thought there just isn’t enough time in the day, then you haven’t met Carolyn Landgrebe. The 71-year-old grandmother of five somehow finds time to volunteer five days a week delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, takes home-baked goods to Presbyterian Manor residents and visits daily with senior citizens who have no family in town.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A9
U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum appeared to be cruising effortlessly toward meeting her campaign financing goals while her Democratic challenger, Jim Maher of Overland Park, had raised only $100 from outside sources. The Kassebaum treasury already had topped $92,000 for the first quarter alone and her total war chest surpassed $207,000.
Efficiency experts: Broken Arrow students trade recess for recycling efforts
April 20, 2009
Sherry Emerson says they have eagle eyes. They sort through each blue bin cautiously, carefully, making sure not to miss anything. If they aren’t thorough, they might overlook a few pencils, a pair of scissors or even some used tissues. They call themselves the Green Team.
Managing work e-mail
April 20, 2009
Three hours already into a Monday morning workday, and Don Steeples has already received 24 e-mails. “Typical,” says Steeples, senior vice provost at Kansas University.
Constant voice: Baldwin student standout in poetry recitation competitions
April 20, 2009
Madeline Roger has spent some time getting into the minds of poets. “You have to interpret it yourself and say it the way you think the author would want to say it,” she says.
Calling home: Wartime communication much different today
April 20, 2009
During World War II, the only way American families and soldiers had to communicate was by letter. Delivery time was unpredictable. “For the people involved in combat, it could be weeks. In my case, that was typical,” Lawrence resident Roy Creek says.
Horoscopes
April 20, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You are definitely not interested in coasting through this year, though you could if you wanted to. Instead you are compelled by risky ambitions and dreams of transformation. And though the next three weeks are far from comfortable, you emerge as the person you wanted to be, and that is so worth it. A loyal partner will be by your side. When you make an effort to understand this person’s way of communicating, the relationship is stress free. Travel in August and October is wonderful.
Library Top 10
April 20, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of April 6 to April 12.
Independence Inc. offers food assistance
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Independence Inc. has been selected by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to receive Food Assistance Program funds. The goal of the Food Assistance Program is to end hunger and improve the nutrition and health of low-income Kansas households.
The Edge
April 20, 2009
• ‘The IT Crowd’ (TV) • ‘Admission’ (Books) • ‘Fork in the Road’ (Music)
Rose among class of elite NBA guards
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Warning: This is what is called an I-told-you-so column. I don’t do many of these, and by saying that, I realize I risk being told there’s a simple reason I don’t: I’m so very wrong so very often.
Boredom, hunger and fear add to ordeal for pirates’ hostages
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
Some hostages are little more than skin and bones, their food running out and illnesses setting in as negotiations for their release drag on, angering their volatile captors. Others report less brutal conditions, even being allowed to fish for extra provisions.
Boob Tube hits market
April 20, 2009
Sleeping was difficult for Tonya Turner of Richmond. That’s because her breasts touched when she slept on her side. “I hate to touch, so I would shove my shirt in between or a blanket or something, but it would fall out in the night,” she says. “When I would wake up, I would be touching again.”
Kansas baseball trounces Tech
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University salvaged the final game of its baseball series at Texas Tech.
Earth-friendly totes in style all year long
April 20, 2009
A lot of folks have moved beyond the “paper vs. plastic” grocery bag debate, having settled on neither.
Franchitti triumphs at Long Beach
Driver wins in only second race back in IndyCar
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
One thing Dario Franchitti and team owner Chip Ganassi have in common is that both hate to lose.
Earth-friendly homes featured in spring tours
April 20, 2009
Earth-friendly homes are among those featured in both the Topeka and Lawrence Home Builders Association Spring Tours this season. Two homes, and their respective builders, will be previewed on this week’s “Home and Away.”
Simplify a parent’s visit to the E.R.
April 20, 2009
If you help care for an elderly parent, you can save yourself a world of headache by planning ahead for a possible emergency visit to the hospital.
Kid reads: ‘The Ghost, the White House and Me’
April 20, 2009
“The Ghost, the White House, and Me” is a funny book that takes place in — you guessed it, the White House!
Lawrence elementary school lunches
April 20, 2009
KU rowing snares pair of thirds
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University rowing took third in the Second Varsity Eight race and third in the Varsity Four race at the annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta on Sunday. Kansas had all five boats qualify on Saturday to take place in the grand finals Sunday.
Maryland pursuing Stephenson
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Maryland coach Gary Williams had an in-home visit with Kansas University recruiting target Lance Stephenson.
Young’s walk-off sinks Royals
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Michael Young’s walk-off homer lifted the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victdory over the Royals.
Exxon Mobil now leads Fortune 500
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Exxon Mobil Corp. unseated Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in the 2009 Fortune 500 list, shrugging off the oil price bubble and weathering what the magazine called the worst year ever for the country’s largest publicly traded companies.
Coins, mummies point to Cleopatra tomb
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Egypt’s top archaeologist made his version of a sales pitch Sunday, presenting 22 coins, 10 mummies, and a fragment of a mask with a cleft chin as evidence that the discovery of the lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra is at hand.
Officials: Govt. unlikely to take over a big bank
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Some big banks will need more bailout bucks, Obama administration officials said Sunday, although it is unlikely the government might need to take over any reeling institution. “We’re confident that, yes, some are going to have very serious problems, but we feel that the tools are available to address these problems,” senior presidential adviser David Axelrod said.
Few vote in election delayed since 2007
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Clear-plastic ballot boxes were nearly as empty as Port-au-Prince’s unusually deserted streets Sunday as few voters turned out for Senate elections in which candidates from a major populist party were not allowed to run.
Kansas women’s golf 9th at Buckeye
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
KU’s women’s golf team placed ninth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational.
Driver charged in crash that killed 5 children
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Police filed intoxication manslaughter charges Sunday against a driver who lost control of his car while using a cell phone, plunging the vehicle into a rain-filled ditch and killing five children inside. Chanton Jenkins, 32, was in police custody facing four counts of intoxication manslaughter, one charge for each of the children found dead so far, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith.
U.S. boycotting U.N. meeting on racism
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
The United Nations opens its first global racism conference in eight years today with the U.S. and at least seven other countries boycotting the event out of concern that Islamic countries will demand that it denounce Israel and ban criticism of Islam.
GaDuGi SafeCenter to offer volunteer training tonight
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
GaDuGi SafeCenter is offering volunteer training this evening for people interested in becoming advocates for women surviving sexual violence. Applications are available at gadugisafecenter.org, and can be returned by e-mail to directorsurvivorservices@sunflower.com. The training will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the Peaslee Room at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court. For more information, call 843-8985.
KU tennis falls to A&M
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Yuliana Svistun provided the only singles victory on the day for Kansas University’s tennis team, and the Jayhawks fell to 35th-ranked Texas A&M, 6-1, on Senior Day on Sunday at First Serve Tennis Center.
KU men’s golf finishes in 12th
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas’ men’s golf placed 12th at the Aggie Invitational.
Winners of the Focus Film Festival awards
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival Awards were announced Sunday at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. More than 80 submissions were received from area high schools in 15 categories. Here are the winners.
Pothole hot line
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
To report a pothole in need of repair, call the city’s dedicated Pothole Hot Line, 832-3456, and leave a message. You also can file a report online by following a link at LawrenceKS.org/public_works. Be sure to report the location — an exact address is best — and size of the hole. Officials also ask that you include information about how the Public Works Department can contact you; such information is kept confidential.
Kansas signee dazzles
Prep Robinson returns to old haunt, has solid showcase
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Thomas Robinson, who grew up in Washington, D.C., but elected to play his final year of high school basketball in New Hampshire, concluded his prep career back in his hometown Saturday night. “It was fun. My family finally got to see me play. There were probably 20 to 30 (friends and family) there,” said Robinson, a future Kansas University power forward.
Fort Scott hosts ’Sendler’ premier
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
One of the children Irena Sendler worked to save from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II was among the 400 people attending the premier of a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about Sendler. Renata Zajdman, one of about 2,500 Jewish children Sendler helped rescue in Poland in the 1940s, saw the film, “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” last week at its world premier in Fort Scott.
On the record
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 41-year-old woman about 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning on charges of aggravated burglary, battery, theft and criminal damage to property. She was arrested at her home in the 2700 block of Rawhide Lane. Bond was set at $10,000.
Author J.G. Ballard dies at age 78
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A12
Author J.G. Ballard, a survivor of a Japanese prison camp whose vision was so dark and distinctive it was labeled “Ballardian” and who reached a wide audience with the autobiographical “Empire Of The Sun,” died Sunday, his agent said. He was 78.
Meals on Wheels has fundraiser this week
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
It delivers meals to about 130 Lawrence residents every day, but on Thursday, Meals on Wheels will be serving up a lot more than just food. “We have just about anything you can think of,” Executive Director Kim Culliss said, talking about items that will be up for bid at the organization’s fifth annual charity auction.
Vigil marks 10th anniversary of shootings
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
Hundreds attended a sunset candlelight vigil on Sunday to honor the 13 victims of the Columbine High School massacre on the eve of its 10th anniversary. A steady stream of visitors walked slowly around the Columbine Memorial in a park next to the school in Denver’s southern suburbs. Wildflowers or florists’ bouquets rested on each of the tablets bearing the victims’ names.
Health care reform efforts to start again
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
This time it’s really going to happen. Or so they claim. Senators get down to work this coming week on turning ideas into legislation to cover some 50 million people without health insurance and contain costs for everyone else. Hopes are high that Democrats and Republicans can find common ground for a bill to emerge by summer.
LHS makes good showing at high school film festival
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence High film students took home 12 of a possible 15 awards for their creations at the fourth Focus Film Festival Awards ceremony Sunday. LHS junior Luke McDaneld won three awards for his drama “Elise,” including best drama, best story and the biggest award of the day, best in show.
Haskell among tribe’s charity beneficiaries
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation awarded $75,600 in charitable contributions to various organizations in Kansas for this year’s first quarter. Recipients of the funds include the Stormont-Vail Foundation, Doorstep Inc., the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the students of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Lawrence schools defining ‘21st century skills’
April 20, 2009
Children today are growing up in an ever-changing and fast-paced world, and that affects the classroom, too. The latest trend for education is making sure students pick up 21st-century learning skills and getting prepared for what may face them in the workplace.
Forgive and forget — or at least forget
April 20, 2009
I took a seat and pulled out the concert program to see when my daughter would be performing. She was 5 years old, and this was her first violin recital. She would be playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and then her daddy would join her on guitar for a duet. Looking down the long list student/performers, I took note that she would be the third to play. The room was filling up when my husband leaned in next to me and whispered, “I have to run home. I’ll be right back.”
Barrel through this project to be green, save money
April 20, 2009
To properly install a rain barrel, you will need two to four cinder blocks, a guttering elbow, a 15-foot or longer piece of garden hose, a hacksaw and a shovel.
Five things to watch when adopting a purebred
April 20, 2009
What to expect from a good purebred rescue group.
KU softball tumbles to UT, 3-2
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s seventh-inning rally fell short, and the Jayhawks suffered a 3-2 Big 12 softball setback Sunday to Texas to give the Longhorns a sweep of the weekend series.
Writer’s journey: Author recalls start at newspaper, magazine
April 20, 2009
“I was thrown into the writing world at the deep end when I interned at the Kansas City Star as a KU junior,” recalls Stanley Hamilton, 75, author of the book “Machine Gun Kelly’s Last Stand.”
Rye: an American whiskey makes a comeback
April 20, 2009
There’s a modern-day whiskey rebellion brewing. Rye, once the quintessential American whiskey (it even was distilled by George Washington), is pushing back from an obscurity triggered in part by Prohibition, but also by the post-Prohibition rise of its cousin, bourbon.
KU’s Youth Chorus explores complex music
April 20, 2009
Sydnee Rheums has a simple goal. “I want to try out for ‘American Idol,’” the 11-year-old says. “My mom tried out and didn’t make it. I want to prove to the judges our family has talent.”
Lawrence staging fashion shows for charity
April 20, 2009
In April and May, Lawrence takes off as the fashion hot spot of Kansas. Check out two shows coming up in Lawrence for a personal dose of hometown high fashion.
Earth Day books can empower youngsters
April 20, 2009
Endangered species, energy hogs and mountains of garbage may sound like insurmountable grown-up problems to little people looking to make a difference on Earth Day, which is Wednesday.
Unusual veggies add color to mealtime
April 20, 2009
Rather than choosing carrots, opting for broccoli or nabbing your old stand-by squash in the produce aisle this spring, why not meander over to the more curious veggies available in local stores? Your efforts could be — pardon the pun — fruitful.
Scrutiny growing on states’ use of tax breaks to gain jobs
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
The time-honored swap of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the promise of thousands of jobs is under more scrutiny as states slash spending to shore up their budgets. Missouri lawmakers pushing for caps on state tax credits to businesses are holding up Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to reward more companies that hire employees at a decent wage with health benefits.
Obama says reaching out to enemies strengthens U.S.
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Defending his brand of world politics, President Barack Obama said Sunday that he “strengthens our hand” by reaching out to enemies of the United States and making sure that the nation is a leader, not a lecturer, of democracy.
Kennedy School needs volunteers for Spring Carnival
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kennedy School needs 15 to 20 volunteers to help with its Spring Carnival from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Volunteers will be asked to run booths and take tickets in exchange for food. If interested contact Crystal Harris, at 330-1689 or by e-mail at cjharris@usd497.org.
Recruitment for Day of Caring continues
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center still needs volunteers for Day of Caring 2009. There are a wide array of projects across the community to help with, including gardening, painting, wrapping presents, sorting, and yardwork.
Treatment stretches road work budget
12:00 a.m., April 20, 2009 Updated 01:51 p.m. in print edition on A3
Rubberized pavement can fill cracks. Formed concrete improves drainage. But when it comes to restoring a smooth surface to a city street, Lawrence officials are finding an efficient solution — and a wear-extending preservative — in a 3/8-inch-thick layer of new pavement.
Storm chaser
Hilding runs away with half marathon
April 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Ryan Robinson began to wonder if his first half marathon as race director would end before it even started. “It got pretty spooky,” Robinson said. “We were out setting the course, and lightning bolts were going around. At about 3 a.m., it sure didn’t look like we were going to have a race.”
Soldier from Topeka dies in Afghanistan
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
A soldier from Topeka has died while serving in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. The Department of Defense announced Sunday that Pfc. Richard A. Dewater died Wednesday from wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. The 21-year-old Dewater was on a dismounted patrol near Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.
Tons of released drugs taint waterways in U.S.
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A12
U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Scars linger for survivors of Columbine
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
The “boy in the window” — who fell bloodied and paralyzed into the arms of rescuers during the horrifying Columbine High shooting rampage — is doing just fine. Now 27, Patrick Ireland has regained mobility with few lingering effects from gunshot wounds to his head and leg a decade ago. He is married and works in the financial services industry. His mantra: “I choose to be a victor rather than a victim.”
Can you be supersized, green at the same time?
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A11
Is everything really bigger in Texas? “Build it Bigger” (9 p.m., Science), a series dedicated to the engineering and science behind some of the world’s largest structures, visits the site of the new stadium being built for the Dallas Cowboys. Everything about the 80,000-seat arena is superlative.
DioGuardi on being an ‘Idol’ judge: It’s not easy
April 20, 2009 in print edition on A11
When Kara DioGuardi accepted her job as the fourth judge on “American Idol,” she did not immediately grasp the enormity of a full-time gig on the most-watched TV show in the nation. “I probably in my own way didn’t really take in what a huge thing it was, just ’cause it would be so overwhelming,” she said.