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Archive for Sunday, August 2, 2009

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Douglas County fairgoers wait in line for carnival rides at the 2008 Douglas County Fair as the Zondar rises into the night sky. The fair got underway Saturday and will continue through the week. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Second-year medical student Chris Cassidy visits with a patient at the JayDoc Free Clinic run by Kansas University Medical School students at 340 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Student and doctor volunteers have recently expanded the health clinic’s availability. Practice makes proficient
August 2, 2009 in print edition on 1B
It’s a place where a Kansas University physical therapy student can hear a lecture about torn ACL tendons in the morning, and then have the chance to help patients recover from them that same evening.
5:30 p.m.
Workers Jorge Simental, right, Santos Hernandez and Roberto Laon fill fence post holes with concrete Thursday as construction continues on the new football field adjacent to Bishop Seabury Academy. The field will also be used for physical education classes. Bishop Seabury plans sports upgrades
August 2, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Athletic fields at Lawrence’s public high schools aren’t the only ones getting a summer makeover.
8:30 p.m.
Amy Hecker, physician assistant at Lawrence Orthopedic Surgery Center, left, confers with patient Chase McElhaney, right, Thursday after Chase had a cast removed from a healed broken ankle. Orthopedic specialists put Lawrence on the cutting edge
August 2, 2009 in print edition on 1A
As the population ages, the need for doctors who can take care of aching bones and joints is rising.

All stories

One transported to hospital after two-car accident at 900 Iowa
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
One male victim in a car accident early Sunday morning was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
Road work from around the area
NRA fails to sway senators on Sotomayor
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The National Rifle Association’s threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.
Health care reform needs more than narrow win
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
Here are some numbers that you need to remember as you watch President Barack Obama and Congress wrangle over a blizzard of figures at the heart of a proposed dramatic overhaul of the way Americans receive their health care: 372-33, 77-6, 307-116 and 70-24.
Horoscope for Aug. 2, 2009
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D5
Focus on the quality of your life. Even if you go to work every day, think of ways to make yourself more content. A change in fields wouldn’t be surprising. Be smart with money. If you are single, you easily could meet that special someone in your day-to-day travels. If you are attached, your life gets more interesting if you allow a great ebb and flow of feelings. Capricorn can be pushy!
Behind the Lens: Flickr fast answer to family demands
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D2
I’ve spoken at length before in a column or two about my disdain for playing the role of the official family photographer. Far too often, the family photo enthusiast is saddled with the burden of documenting the big reunion or grandma’s 133rd birthday, and if you aren’t speedy about making them viewable, you’re likely to hear some serious whining.
Crabtree a no-show at camp
Ex-Texas Tech star, San Francisco still working on contract
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C6
Michael Crabtree was a no-show at San Francisco 49ers training camp Saturday.
City survey issued to assess arts scene
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D1
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission wants your opinions.
KU men’s basketball schedule finalized
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s 2009-10 men’s basketball schedule has been finalized following Saturday’s release of the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase matchups.
Peavy joins White Sox
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C5
Jake Peavy woke up from a nap and had about 40 minutes to make a decision on his future.
Hornaday races to record 5th straight win
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to his record fifth straight NASCAR Camping World Trucks victory, easily holding off Brian Scott in a green-white-checker finish Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway.
NFL stance on gambling hypocritical
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C2
The gamblers of Philadelphia have to be trembling with excitement at the thought of driving just a few miles this fall to place bets on their beloved Eagles. It may not be long before Delaware lures them all with the promise of new point spreads every week.
Guess who’s back
Quarterback’s return has Firebirds thinking big in 2009
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Call him the anti-Kerry Meier. Last year at this time, Free State High’s Camren Torneden was working on his route-running, focusing on looking the ball all the way into his hands and dreaming up ways to extend his yards-after-catch numbers.
Replacing Gonzalez daunting
Cast of TEs, WRs, RBs to pick up slack
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Trent Green did it. Damon Huard, too. Even Brodie Croyle in his limited time under center.
Midwest a recession ‘safe zone’
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
Carl Rupp and his neighbors follow the old rancher’s creed: “Keep your money in your pocket.”
Universities hoping other shoe won’t drop
Budget cuts already have put higher ed on shaky footing
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
In budget talk, there’s fat, there’s muscle, and there’s bone.
Collector rings up hundreds of bells
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
One look around Charles Stones’ basement and it becomes readily apparent for whom the bell tolls.
Suspect accused of shooting at cop, fleeing
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
Police in Junction City are investigating after a suspect fired at a narcotics detective and fled from officers in a chase that ended in a crash.
Hutchinson Prison honored for recycling program
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Hutchinson prison has won statewide honors for its recycling program.
St. Joseph man stays active as he turns 99
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
John Buhman gave three days’ wages for a boxed supper. Best deal he ever got.
Missouri student earns 2 perfect scores
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Columbia high school student has achieved perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.
Free garden tour planned for Friday
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will be host to a free garden tour at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.
New headstone honors a near-forgotten Civil War soldier
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B5
People can now find John A. Beasley.
Low Medal of Honor count questioned
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A5
Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
High-rise has 32 stories and 200 units — but just 1 tenant
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Vangelakos’ southwest Florida condominium has marble floors, a large pool overlooking a river and modern furnishings that speak of affluence and luxury. What they don’t have in the 32-story building is a single neighbor.
Mr. Clucky may be evicted from condo
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
A celebrity rooster and Miami Beach tourist favorite named Mr. Clucky could soon be evicted from the condo he shares with his owner.
Rookie silences Kansas City’s bats
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Jeff Niemann is not pitching like a typical rookie.
Cards’ splurge comes well before deadline
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C5
It appears the St. Louis Cardinals are finally willing to pay the price for victory.
1 dead, 15 injured in stage collapse
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
One person was killed and at least 15 were injured Saturday after a storm whipped through an outdoor country music festival, causing a stage to collapse.
6 Christians die in riots with Muslims
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of rioting Muslims attacked Christians in eastern Pakistan on Saturday, burning and looting homes in a rampage that killed six Christians, including a child, and wounded 10 others in the latest violence against minorities in the conservative Muslim country.
Gunman kills 3 at gay club in Tel Avivas
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Israeli police say a gunman entered a youth club for gay teens in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night and sprayed the interior with automatic rifle fire, killing three people and injuring 11.
Pittsburg eliminates Raiders legion team
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C1
Dreams of a state title for the Lawrence Raiders AAA Legion team ended with a 14-11 loss to Pittsburg on Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.
Obama trying to recover from first ‘major debacle’
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A4
The success of President Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda — from health care and climate change to education — could depend on how quickly he recovers from the sharp drop in support among white voters after criticizing a white policeman’s arrest of a black Harvard scholar.
Father guilty in prayer death case
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.
Obama: Innovation key to future
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Future economic prosperity depends on building a new, stronger foundation and recapturing the “spirit of innovation,” President Barack Obama says.
Cuba to cut spending in tight economy
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a foundering economy.
23 show horses poisoned with oleander
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
San Diego County ranch owner says 23 show horses have been poisoned by someone who fed them highly toxic oleander leaves.
Migrant slipped into UK aboard agents’ bus
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
The government says an illegal immigrant sneaked into the U.K. by smuggling himself aboard a bus full of British border agents.
Official: Gitmo inmate died of asphyxiation
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Guantanamo detainee whose death has been blamed on suicide apparently died of asphyxiation, a Yemeni official said Saturday.
Bishop Seabury plans sports upgrades
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
Athletic fields at Lawrence’s public high schools aren’t the only ones getting a summer makeover.
Back-to-school deadline looms for projects at athletic fields
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
The start of classes is approaching, and contractors are working quickly to complete new athletic fields at the Lawrence’s two public high schools.
Popularity, Web snafus nearly broke ‘cash for clunkers’
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A8
This was one government stimulus plan that yielded quick results. Maybe too quick.
American-Dutch gay couples wed in Amsterdam
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
The mayor of Amsterdam presided over the weddings of five American-Dutch gay, lesbian and transgender couples on a boat during the city’s Gay Pride festival Saturday, challenging the United States to legalize gay marriage as well.
Iran begins first trial of postelection crisis
Defendants accused of plotting revolution
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
Iran began its first trial of the postelection crisis on Saturday, a mass court case against more than 100 activists and protesters accused of plotting a “velvet revolution” to topple clerical rule.
U.S. troops now a ‘coalition of 1’ in Iraq
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A6
The war in Iraq was truly an American-only effort Saturday after Britain and Australia, the last of its international partners, pulled out.
Students say prayer for protection as schools reopen in Pakistan
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E10
The Taliban invaded their school, an explosion damaged it and a Pakistani army offensive forced them to leave it behind.
Filipinos set aside divisions to honor ex-president
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E10
Thousands of Filipinos lined up in monsoon rains Saturday to pay their last respects to former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, putting aside deep divisions to honor the icon who ousted a dictator and sustained democracy against great odds.
Dispute with Zen master turns violent
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E10
Communist Vietnam’s sometimes edgy relationship with religious freedom is being tested in a dispute over a monastery inhabited by disciples of Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s most famous Zen masters.
Nigerian official: 700 died in recent violence
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E10
A Nigerian military official said Saturday that about 700 people were killed in the northern city of Maiduguri during recent fighting between police and a radical Islamist sect.
Air Force veteran’s remains returned home after 41 years
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B8
Johnny is coming home.
Ten’s wine list earns Award of Excellence
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E1
Another year, another Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for Ten Restaurant at the Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence.
Experts’ advice: Don’t carry your mortgage into retirement
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E1
Time was when everyone retired debt free, or at least without a mortgage.
Prop auction ends a 40-year career
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D5
When Harvey Schwartz left his job as an aerospace engineer and opened an antique shop, he ignited a passion that led to a 40-year career.
Multibillion-dollar market
August 2, 2009 in print edition on E1
Americans spend more than a 10th of their out-of-pocket health care dollars on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such spending in more than a decade.
Market will defeat health care reform
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
In the current discussion of our health care problems, two key words keep popping up: “perverse” and “incentives.”
Health talks moving in right direction
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
Here’s an irony for you: The health care bills in Congress are getting better, even as support for them diminishes around the country.
What’s in a name
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B6
Putting naming rights up for bid can be a dangerous policy for state universities.
Talented youths
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Wow! Yet another stunning example of the talents of the youth of our community.
GOP fringe pulls party toward lunacy
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B7
My daughter was born in Los Angeles County on Sept. 4, 1990. I know this because I was there.
People in the news
Moore plans Michigan comedy festival
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D5
Oscar winner Michael Moore has more big plans for his adopted northern Michigan hometown of Traverse City, where he’s already established a film festival.
Man shot during pro-Zelaya march dies
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Honduran educator who was shot in the head while protesting the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya died Saturday after being in a coma for two days, a teachers union leader said.
Drop everything: Documentary will explore artistic commune with Lawrence roots
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D1
It’s been called the first hippie artist commune, and it had its genesis in a loft in Lawrence.
Haviland pioneer in new vase technique
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D8
The mark “Haviland Limoges” means fine porcelain to most collectors, but in the 1870s Charles Haviland wanted to expand his company’s offerings.
Frustrated husband trying to outsmart raccoons
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D4
“This is the alarm company. May I have your name and password?” As I complied, I grinned in anticipation of the next question: “Is everything all right?”
Army turns to extreme sports for ailing veterans
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D4
Sgt. Sylvia Portillo went first. Secured with elastic cords to a railroad bridge more than 200 feet over a gorge south of Mount St. Helens, Portillo’s mission was to dive over the edge. She pretended to throw up, getting a nervous laugh out of the troops behind her. Then, keeping her own anxiety in check, she bungee-jumped into the lush green below.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Movement Into Light’
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D3
Weekly feature of a local poet.
American gothic: Upcoming anthology will celebrate horror writing with a historical two-volume anthology
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D3
Remember the fantastic ghost stories of childhood? Reach back far enough and you’ll find those tales spool back to when cavemen sat around the fire at night, whispering stories while the stars fell.
Bagworm check
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D1
Check conifers for bagworms, needle-feeding caterpillars that encase themselves in bags of dead needles.
Dead pine trees a common sight
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D8
Sue Romero and her husband, Rick, pictured a healthy, mature, long-living windbreak when they planted more than 100 Austrian pines at their home just south of Lawrence. Now, 20 years later, the Romeros are removing pines one by one as the trees succumb to tip blight disease and environmental stress. Tip blight is just one of three diseases killing Austrian and Scots pines in the Midwest.
Tree Frog resonates in any language
August 2, 2009 in print edition on D1
MY freshman year in college, I got an A in Latin. I’m talking five credit hours each semester, people! Sure, it was only Latin 101, but my scholastic accomplishment is worth noting due to my previously poor record in Spanish, my otherwise unimpressive GPA and a band named Tree Frog.<
Kansas Amateur final set
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C3
Leawood’s Matt Ewald will face Wichita’s Dodge Kemmer in a 36-hole final at 7:30 a.m. today for the Kansas Amateur title at Kansas City Country Club.
Points leader Busch settles for second
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
The inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway came down to a two-man battle between points leader Kyle Busch and top series regular Brad Keselowski.
Twins demote Buscher
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C5
The Minnesota Twins made room for new shortstop Orlando Cabrera by optioning infielder Brian Buscher to Triple-A Rochester.
St. Louis adds Greene
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C5
The St. Louis Cardinals activated shortstop Khalil Greene from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned right-hander Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Memphis.
Airport terminal evacuated because of bomb threat
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A3
Air travelers at New York’s LaGuardia Airport found themselves in a mess of delays and missed connections Saturday after a homeless man carried a fake bomb into its central terminal, authorities said.
Orthopedic specialists put Lawrence on the cutting edge
Surgical practice poised for boom as population ages
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A1
As the population ages, the need for doctors who can take care of aching bones and joints is rising.
Film crew goes on location in Bonner Springs for music video
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B4
Los Angeles, New York and Nashville may now have to tip their hats to another city recently added to the long list of popular music-making locations. Music video-making locations, that is.
Woods moves into Buick Open lead
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods drove on adjacent fairways twice on the back nine, hit a cup of beer in a spectator’s hand, got rattled by a bug and was relegated to shaping some shots around trees and under branches.
Briscoe edges Carpenter
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C8
Ryan Briscoe slipped past Ed Carpenter in the final yards to win the IndyCar Kentucky 300 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
3 American tourists arrested by Iran after crossing border
August 2, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran state TV confirmed Saturday that it has detained three Americans who crossed the border from northern Iraq, saying they failed to heed warnings from Iranian guards.
Mark’s on the Move: Center brings labor of love to injured wildlife animals
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B5
They’re injured, in need of care and represent nearly every native Midwest wild animal species one can think of.
Colby Couple raise billboard of Jesus on I-70
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B2
For Tuffy and Linda Kay Taylor, it’s a billboard with a powerful message.
Chiefs football notebook
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C6
When the Kansas City Chiefs released Connor Barth just before the start of training camp, it appeared the competition for kicker was over. The job was rookie Ryan Succop’s. Not so fast.
Apology from Roethlisberger not needed, teammates say
August 2, 2009 in print edition on C6
Ben Roethlisberger quickly moved to make sure his problems don’t become those of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cyclist census may help secure federal funding
Volunteers, city planners plan to scour community in September
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence and Douglas County planners, KU students and other volunteers are being drafted to chart two-wheeled travel in the River City.
Practice makes proficient
KU students work with patients at free clinic
August 2, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s a place where a Kansas University physical therapy student can hear a lecture about torn ACL tendons in the morning, and then have the chance to help patients recover from them that same evening.