Archive for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Have you taken any precautions to protect yourself against the swine flu?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 497

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Hilary Brown, owner of Local Burger, prepares food at her restaurant, 714 Vt., in this 2009 photo. Experts to discuss natural keys to better physical, mental health
April 27, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Oskaloosa resident Sue Westwind said she suffered from depression and anxiety most of her life. She began having migraines when she reached puberty. When she married, she wanted to have children but couldn’t.
6:00 a.m.
Transit group recommends biodiesel fuels for buses
April 27, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Voters in November approved new sales taxes to keep the city’s bus system alive, and now city commissioners are poised to take their biggest step yet to make the system more environmentally healthy.
10:00 a.m.
Morgan Davidson, 11, eats some peas as part of her school lunch at Prairie Park School. School district officials have tried over the past few years to improve the nutrition value of the meals that are served to students. School lunch programs strive to be healthy, but habits begin at home
April 27, 2009 in print edition on 3A
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 9 million, or 16 percent, of children ages 6 to 19 are overweight. Another 15 percent are considered at risk of becoming overweight.
2:00 p.m.
An Egyptian Health worker sprays chemicals to disinfect a local pigs farm in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian health authorities are examining about 350,000 pigs being raised in Cairo and other provinces for swine flu. Health officials ask Kansans to be on guard for swine flu
April 27, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Local health officials are encouraging people to be alert after concerns about a deadly swine flu outbreak prompted the United States to declare a national health emergency.
4:58 p.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius leaves her office with a security officer Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse. She was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services and will likely resign her post as governor. Senate approves Sebelius nomination
4:54 p.m., April 28, 2009 Updated 8:20 a.m.
Fifteen months ago, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came to Kansas and received the endorsement of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who then spent a significant portion of her time helping Obama get elected.
6:00 p.m.
Reunited friends Gene Kean, right, and Anh Vo look through some of Kean’s memorabilia from his military years Monday at Kean’s house in Lawrence. Kean is a retired U.S. Army first lieutenant and Vo is a retired lieutenant colonel who fought against the Vietcong with the South Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War. The two met in 1958 when Vo was being trained by the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Va.Vo found Kean by way of the Internet, and the two reunited Saturday for the first time in 50 years. Friends reunited after half-century apart
April 28, 2009 in print edition on 1A
It’s an unlikely friendship that has stood the test of time, and now two soldiers from two different countries are reunited after 50 years apart. “I’m so happy that you’re alive and that you found me,” Lawrence resident and former Army officer Gene Kean said to his long-lost friend Anh Vo, a former colonel in the South Vietnamese army.
11:31 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson reaches down to shake hands with Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis after being sworn in alongside his sons Alex, left, and Sam, his wife, Stacy, and his daughter, Kit, on Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse. Parkinson is the 45th governor of the state. Parkinson sworn in as Kansas Governor
April 28, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Shortly after becoming Kansas’ 45th governor, Mark Parkinson on Tuesday faced the political leadership of the state and expressed confidence that “we will make it through these difficult times.” Parkinson, 51, was sworn in after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

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Practice run?
Hopefully, an outbreak of swine flu in parts of the United States will be only an opportunity for the nation’s emergency responders to test the skills they will need in a larger disaster.
April 28, 2009 in print edition on A9
At least at this point, an outbreak of swine flu is far short of a global disaster, but how this situation is handled could provide some valuable insight and information for medical and government officials charged with dealing with such matters.