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Archive for Saturday, August 1, 2009

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12:00 a.m.
Colin Galiano, 3, heaves a 15-pound hay bale onto a platform during the 2008 hay bale throwing contest at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. The contest came before the demolition derby rally. Douglas County Fair offers plenty of offbeat events
July 31, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The Douglas County Fair is officially underway at Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets.
6:00 a.m.
Colin Galiano, 3, heaves a 15-pound hay bale onto a platform during the 2008 hay bale throwing contest at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. The contest came before the demolition derby rally. Images show blood on defendant
12:46 p.m., July 31, 2009 Updated 6:13 p.m. in print edition on 1A
During an interview with police in the early morning of Oct. 10, 2007, Matthew Jaeger, a defendant in a Lawrence kidnapping and aggravated battery case, denied several times that he harmed his ex-girlfriend. But prosecutors allege that Jaeger battered his ex-girlfriend, severely mutilated her vagina and pelvic region, and dragged her from her Lawrence apartment after he found her with another man on Oct. 9, 2007.
10:00 a.m.
Shari Anderson, left, Julie Embrey and Susan Cary walk along Folks Road on Friday as they train for the 2009 Breast Cancer 3-Day, a fundraiser in Chicago from Aug. 7 through Aug. 9. The group has walked more than 500 miles since February and has raised more than $9,000 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The women named themselves “Amy’s ACEs” in honor of their friend Amy Laughlin, who battled breast cancer and died on Nov. 9, 2008. To honor friend who lost battle with breast cancer, local women prepare for Komen walk for the cure
July 31, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Rather than be consumed by their grief, three friends are using it as fuel for a 60-mile journey through Chicago. They call themselves “Amy’s ACEs,” and they are walking to help find a cure for the disease that took their friend.
2:00 p.m.
A Lawrence resident and Clinton Lake State Park camper lounges out with a book underneath a pavillion at the park Friday, July 31, 2009. Twenty-five thousand worth of federal stimulus dollars to the state will replace 39 picnic tables at the park. The picnic tables, which have been purchased from an Oklahoma company, were one of the many projects in Kansas contracted to out-of-state businesses. Stimulus money going elsewhere
August 1, 2009 in print edition on 1A
In what the Kansas Chamber of Commerce calls “a travesty,” out-of-state contractors are handling most federal stimulus work.
6:00 p.m.
Tracie Morris, left, and Olelah Mae Morris bring their church bulletins to Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Restaurant, 707 W. 23rd St., on Sundays to receive a 10 percent discount. Feeding the masses: Lawrence restaurants offer discounts to church crowd
August 1, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Sundays often are a day of rest, and Tracie Morris wouldn’t mind taking that idea literally. But it’s hard to take a break with a family of six under her roof, all hungry after a morning spent at the Indian Avenue Baptist Church, 146 Indian Ave. “Sundays are a day I don’t like to cook if I don’t have to,” Morris says.

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Tonganoxie man killed in motorcycle accident
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
A car-motorcycle accident late Saturday morning claimed the life of a Tonganoxie man on U.S. Highway 24-40.
Around and about
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
News from around and about for August 1, 2009
Foot-long baby croc causes scare in the air
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
An official at the Cairo airport said a foot-long baby crocodile wriggled out of a passenger’s hand luggage and caused panic on a flight from the United Arab Emirates.
Wichita bowmaker finds high demand
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
For a guy who loves the outdoors, Dave Beeler doesn’t get there very often.
Tom Keegan’s golf notebook
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Many who have seen the 1980 film Caddyshack must wonder what it would be like to play a round of golf with comedian Bill Murray, who played Carl Spackler in the golf spoof.
News is better than sitcom
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
For my money, the funniest show on television is “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel.
Faith Forum: What do you picture God looking like?
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
When my son was about 5 or 6, his Hebrew school class drew pictures of God. Most of the kids drew (or tried to draw) a man with a white beard wearing a long robe. But my son drew the sky, the sun, grass, trees and flowers. “Where is God?” I asked. “Everywhere,” he answered.
Brady says he will play
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expects to be on the field in exhibition games next month — his first action since injuring his knee in the 2008 regular-season opener.
Knowshon a no-show
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Knowshon was a no-show, and Champ Bailey a no-go.
Seattle releases Wahle
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Two-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Mike Wahle has been released by the Seattle Seahawks before their first practice of training camp.
Buccaneers sign Freeman
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Josh Freeman wants to give himself every opportunity to become Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, so the rookie insisted on signing a contract before the start of training camp.
Ortiz hypocrisy comes as no surprise
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C2
JBig Papi? Big Fraud. That’s the worst of it in the latest installment of baseball and steroids, the latest new seepage of old sludge. It isn’t so much that David Ortiz once used performance-enhancing drugs.
K.C. can’t solve Tampa Bay
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
David Price doesn’t have an answer as to why most of his success during his rookie season has come at Tropicana Field.
Sikh soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Queen Elizabeth II has switched bearskin hats for turbans outside Buckingham Palace, where Sikh soldiers have begun guarding the monarch and her treasures, Britain’s defense ministry said Friday.
Vick plan to get vote
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Though a judge ruled that Michael Vick’s bankruptcy plan can be sent to creditors to vote on, it remains unclear how the out-of-work quarterback will get the income to pay them.
Smaller projects also seeing stimulus funding
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paying an Oklahoma company $25,000 for picnic tables that will be used at Clinton State Park.
‘Cash for clunkers’ rebates survive — for weekend
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Attention car buyers: There’s still time to get in on the “cash for clunkers” rebate rush.
Economy appears to be turning around
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
The worst U.S. recession in 70 years should end over the next three to six months, judging by data released Friday that showed that the economy’s contraction eased considerably from April through June.
Stimulus money going elsewhere
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
In what the Kansas Chamber of Commerce calls “a travesty,” out-of-state contractors are handling most federal stimulus work.
Governor offers $5K reward in K.C. killing
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is offering $5,000 for information leading to arrests in an unsolved April 2008 killing in Kansas City, Kan.
Protocol detailed for ‘Silver Alert’ program
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Attorney General Steve Six’s office has announced guidelines for a new system designed to help find missing elderly people.
Judge strikes down part of K.C. volunteer ordinance
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Jackson County judge on Friday struck down the portion of a Kansas City ordinance that prohibited the mayor’s wife from volunteering in his office, calling part of the city’s position “simply irrational.”
Colts assistants return
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Longtime Colts assistant coaches Tom Moore and Howard Mudd are returning from retirement.
Wave of blasts near mosques kills 29
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
A string of bombings targeted Shiite worshippers in the Baghdad area during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people in an apparently coordinated attack against followers of an anti-U.S. cleric who were blamed for some of Iraq’s worst sectarian violence.
Sen. Dodd has cancer, will have surgery
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd said Friday that he has been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer and will have surgery in early August, but the prognosis is good and the illness will not affect his plans to seek a sixth term next year.
Astronauts return from space to sushi overload
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts returned to Earth on Friday, completing a long but successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the international space station.
Indicted mayor resigns after 1 month on job
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Mayor Peter Cammarano III resigned Friday, one month after taking office and a week after vowing to fight federal corruption charges against him while remaining on the job.
Current, former Jayhawks advance at Kansas Amateur
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas golfer Nate Barbee and former Jayhawk Andrew Storm both won two matches Friday at the Kansas Amateur at Kansas City Country Club to advance to the quarterfinal round.
NFL Briefs
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Two-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Mike Wahle has been released by the Seattle Seahawks before their first practice of training camp.
Court rules Musharraf’s actions were illegal
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state of emergency former President Pervez Musharraf imposed in 2007 was unconstitutional and declared invalid the appointments of judges he made during that period.
People in the news
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D7
People in the news for August 1, 2009
Corazon Aquino, former president, dead at 76
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Former President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a dictator with a “people power” revolt and then sustained democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years, died on Saturday, her son said.
Tiger escapes magic act, ends up on streets
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Police in Las Vegas say a tamed tiger that escaped from a magic act has been captured.
Ex-UNC coach joining KU runners
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C3
Michael Whittlesey is joining the Kansas staff as assistant coach for cross country and middle distance/distance running, KU coach Stanley Redwine announced Friday.
Unusually mild season frustrates tornado chasers
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B8
This has been an unusually mild year in Tornado Alley, which is good news, of course, for the people who live here, but a little frustrating to scientists who planned to chase twisters as part of a $10 million research project.
County coalition marks breastfeeding week
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Greater Douglas County Breastfeeding Action Team is marking World Breastfeeding Week — today through Friday — with displays touting the environmental benefits.
‘Twilight’ drawing set at blood drive
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Community Blood Center will be host to a blood drive from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
RU-486 abortion drug to be allowed in Italy
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, capping years of debate and defying opposition from the Vatican, which warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the pill and for women who use it.
New KU chancellor will face challenges, opportunities
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
In a few days, Bernadette Gray-Little will be arriving in Lawrence to assume the chancellorship of Kansas University.
Orakpo, Redskins agree to deal
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
Brian Orakpo was enjoying a late-night, day-early birthday dinner in Austin when he got the word: A five-year, $20 million deal with the Washington Redskins was ready for his signature.
Off to a good start
Chalmers holds golf fundraiser at Alvamar
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
The first tee-shot of the inaugural National Championship Classic sailed far right and toward the trees, a slice if ever there was one, but in the eyes of the man responsible, things could have been much worse.
Chiefs face first test under fiery Haley
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C6
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t get a leisurely day of meetings and meals to kick off training camp.
KU football season tickets a hot item
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Apparently, a dismal economic climate isn’t enough to dampen anticipation for the upcoming Kansas University football season.
Raiders fall short in third round
Lawrence faces Pittsburg today
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence Raiders’ road to the AAA Legion state championship got a little longer Friday.
Matthew, Sergas share lead at Women’s British Open
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C5
Catriona Matthew of Scotland hit a hole in one in a 5-under 67 Friday to share the second-round lead with Giulia Sergas of Italy at the Women’s British Open.
Amateur leading U.S. Senior Open
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C5
Tim Jackson came to the U.S. Senior Open with one goal: Making the cut.
White Sox acquire Padres’ Peavy
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C2
Jake Peavy has finally agreed to pitch for the Chicago White Sox. The San Diego Padres traded their ace to the White Sox on Friday, barely beating the deadline to make deals without waivers.
Cuba’s Communist leaders plot next steps in economic crisis
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
Cuba clicked into crisis mode Friday, postponing a key Communist Party congress aimed at charting a post-Castro future and announcing that its woeful economy is even worse than expected.
USDA to aid struggling dairy farms
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Agriculture Department is helping struggling dairy farmers by raising the price the government pays for milk and cheddar cheese through a dairy price support program.
U.S., British troops test new field technology
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B4
British military officials are testing new technologies that they say will make operations with the United States and other coalition partners more efficient and responsive to threats.
4-H news
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
4-H news for August 2, 2009
Backpacks offer more options than briefcases
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
A backpack? Really? True, you’re probably not spending your summer dashing from youth hostel to train station, but chances are you’re just as active.
Club news
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D5
Club news for August 1, 2009
New Web site helps to time mid-movie bathroom breaks
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D7
The mid-movie dash to the restroom can turn us into calculating Usain Bolt wannabes: Ah, this looks like a lull — time to dash.
Horoscope for August 1, 2009
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D7
This year, you will want to be more social. No matter what age you are, you seem to don a naiveté, which could be startling to many — even to you! A key associate could continue to act impulsively. If you are single, you draw many people. If you are attached, keep communication clear. Sagittarius always proves to be fun!
Driver’s ed for the sightless: Blind students test drive vehicle
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
A voice rose above the chatter in the University of Maryland parking lot: “Blind man driving!”
House votes to clamp limits on Wall Street bonuses
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Bowing to populist anger, the House voted Friday to prohibit pay and bonus packages that encourage bankers and traders to take risks so big they could bring down the entire economy.
Jackson’s doctor was in financial trouble
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A5
Dr. Conrad Murray was in dire financial shape when he signed on as Michael Jackson’s personal physician earlier this year at $150,000 a month.
Homeless help
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Twice on Mass Street in the past week, I have encountered homeless women with infants asking for money for necessities such as diapers.
School priorities
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The financial situation at our schools is bewildering to me.
Help at hand
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: As I viewed the paper recently, my attention was caught by the court cases, the crime and the misery so many people are experiencing.
Herbicide misuse
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I have been walking through Oak Hill Cemetery for the past 20 years, and it has always been a place of beauty, affording peace of mind as I walk along the quiet roads amid the lush green grass, graveside plantings and time-worn trees.
Airport chapels offer refuge to travelers
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
Ordained a United Methodist minister, the Rev. Chester Cook has now become a jack of all faiths. On a recent day, Cook welcomed a Christian-oriented Army chaplain, a Muslim family and a Buddhist ticket agent to his interfaith chapel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — a snapshot of the grab bag of faithful who make a stop in the chapel.
When weather heats up, clergy relax dress codes
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D2
Beads of perspiration formed on Eric Rogers’ forehead Sunday as he arrived at New Covenant Community Church in northeast Fresno, Calif., wearing board shorts and flip flops.
Feeding the masses: Lawrence restaurants offer discounts to church crowd
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
Sundays often are a day of rest, and Tracie Morris wouldn’t mind taking that idea literally. But it’s hard to take a break with a family of six under her roof, all hungry after a morning spent at the Indian Avenue Baptist Church, 146 Indian Ave. “Sundays are a day I don’t like to cook if I don’t have to,” Morris says.
Choir raising money for African education
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
The music of hope will be hitting the rafters Friday at Stull United Methodist Church, 251 N. 1600 Road, Lecompton.
Woods sizzles from start
August 1, 2009 in print edition on C5
Tiger Woods had the best five-hole start of his career, chipping in for eagle and making four birdies.
Burroughs exhibits begin at DotDotDot ArtSpace
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D1
The local celebration of the 50th anniversary of William S. Burroughs’ novel “Naked Lunch” kicks off tonight with an exhibition of some of his art objects. The objects, provided by William Burroughs Communications, will be on display from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the DotDotDot ArtSpace, 1910 Haskell Ave. Among the items are stencils, stamps, “paint-covered curiosities” and others. Some of Burroughs’ paintings also are on display at the Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., where there will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday that will include live music and readings.
HBO documentary revisits brutal 1983 boxing match-up
August 1, 2009 in print edition on D7
Nobody can accuse HBO Sports of glorifying boxing.
Trust is key to Mideast peace process
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Any president who tries to foster peace between Israelis and Arabs must be part diplomat and part shrink.
Shelter stress
August 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
Some interim measures may be warranted, but there’s a limit to how much the already stressed Lawrence Community Shelter can expand at its current location.
Amazon sued over Kindle deletion
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
A high school student is suing Amazon.com Inc. for deleting an e-book he purchased for the Kindle reader, saying his electronic notes were bollixed, too.
U.N.: Civilian deaths increase 24% in Afghanistan
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Civilian deaths in the escalating Afghan war soared by 24 percent during the first half of 2009 compared with the same period last year, the United Nations said Friday, blaming most of the casualties on Taliban attacks launched with little regard for civilian lives.
2 new Mozart pieces to be unveiled
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
The huge musical puzzle that is Mozart is about to be expanded by two potentially important pieces.
Health care bill gets through key congressional committee
August 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, Democrats narrowly pushed sweeping health care legislation through a key congressional committee Friday night and cleared the way for a September showdown in the House.