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Archive for Saturday, August 15, 2009

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6:00 a.m.
Francie Biggs, the ex-girlfriend of Matthew Jaeger, is fully ready to move on with her life now that Jaeger, who was convicted on Thursday of savagely attacking and kidnapping her, will be punished for his crimes. Finally justice was served,’ says survivor of Matthew Jaeger’s brutal attack
August 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Francie Biggs, the 23-year-old victim in the Matthew Jaeger trial, had prayed for a way out of her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend.
10:00 a.m.
Grace Baxter, 10, of Globe, works with her steer at last week’s Douglas County Fair. Despite her small stature — 4 feet tall and 60 pounds — Grace has a commanding presence with the 1,300-pound steers she works with. Grace has taken home the title of Grand Champion Market Steer, the best-in-show honor, the last two years. Small stature doesn’t stop 10-year-old girl from showing big steers who’s boss
August 14, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Standing about 4 feet tall, and weighing around 60 pounds, 10-year-old Grace Baxter isn’t large by any means.
2:00 p.m.
Jeremy Murphy, left, and Jeff Coe, both of Independence, Mo., and both employees with V.F. Anderson Builders of Raymore, Mo., construct the stone block risers for fan seating Thursday at Lawrence High School’s new football field. The home side of the field will have 12 rows of seats while the visitors’ side, on the east side, will have nine rows. Stadium at LHS has ADA issues
August 15, 2009 in print edition on 1B
The home-side grandstand at Lawrence High School’s new football stadium remains unfinished, but that’s not what could prevent the Lions from playing their home opener on Sept. 4.
6:00 p.m.
The Rev. Vincent krische, who ran the St. Lawrence Catholic Center for 28 years, has returned to Lawrence after serving as a priest at St. Ann Parish, Prairie Village. Back on campus: Vincent Krische returns to help Catholic center he directed for 28 years
August 15, 2009 in print edition on 1D
The last thing on Monsignor Vincent Krische’s mind when he decided to retire was sitting around on a beach somewhere. No, when the longtime Lawrence priest, who spent 28 years at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, decided to call it a formal career at 71 this spring, relaxation wasn’t at the top of his list.

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Britons unite to defend health care
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Britons love to mock their National Health Service — just don’t let anyone else poke fun at it.
Horoscopes
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Aug. 15: This year, you see life more positively. A new mental outlook could change your view of a relationship. Your ability to move forward allows you to greet something new. If you are single, a friendship could evolve into more. If you are attached, let your sweetie have more say. You will become much closer as a result.
Inge’s homer sinks K.C.
August 15, 2009
Brandon Inge homered to make a winner of Jarrod Washburn and the Tigers, 1-0 over the Royals and Zack Greinke.
Is campus ministry different than ministry to the general public?
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D1
• Ministry focused on finding truth • Faith in its purest form found on campus
Pastors turn to Internet for inspiration
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D8
To say that the Rev. Barry Smith is always looking for new sermon ideas is an understatement.
Bankruptcies
August 15, 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:
Pitino escapes blame at Louisville
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C2
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the lurid revelations about Rick Pitino, not the least of which are that moral depravity and dishonesty may not mean what you think and that the president of the University of Louisville should be a little more careful in choosing his words.
Woods builds four-shot PGA edge
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C2
Three players took turn sharing the lead with Tiger Woods until he stood alone at the PGA Championship. The final hour at Hazeltine changed everything.
Arrowhead debut awaits Haley
First-year Chiefs coach to make first appearance in home stadium tonight
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Chiefs-Texans exhibition game will be K.C. coach Todd Haley’s own little private grand entrance into the small and exclusive club of NFL head coaches.
Priest charged in prostitution sting
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Wichita priest has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and other misdemeanors after being arrested last week in a prostitution sting.
Coleman must pay in heater deaths
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Denver jury has ordered a camping outfitter to pay $660,000 to the family of two hunters killed when they used a heater indoors.
KBI seeks financial help for meth lab cleanups
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking for new ways to clean up meth labs after budget cuts eliminated another state agency’s program.
Local rep attends Silpada conference
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B5
Cinda Garrison, Lawrence, an independent Silpada Jewelry representative, attended the national Silpada conference July 23-26 in Kansas City, Mo. About 5,500 representatives from across the country participated in the conference.
Ready to rumble
Rookie Opurum getting up to speed
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
Freshman running back Toben Opurum is getting a handle on things as Kansas University’s football team rolls toward its season opener.
KU basketball lands in-home with Payne
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University has set up a Sept. 14 in-home recruiting visit with Adreian Payne, a 6-foot-10 senior center from Jefferson High in Dayton, Ohio, according to Rivals.com.
Linux New Media launches magazine
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B5
Linux New Media USA LLC announces the launch of a new print publication, Ubuntu User magazine.
Bank executive graduates from school
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B5
Ernesto Hodison, vice president of loan services at Douglas County Bank in Lawrence, has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. GSBC is an intensive 25-month banking school providing senior management and leadership training for community banking professionals.
Dealers yet to see most Cash for Clunkers funds
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B5
Auto dealers say they still haven’t been repaid for the majority of Cash for Clunkers deals they have made, creating cash crunches for many as they wait for the government to reimburse them under the popular $3 billion vehicle trade-in program.
FDIC chief weighs in on financial overhaul
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B5
The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is arguing against key pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to overhaul the financial system, saying they would not survive in Congress and that she has better ideas.
Emergency declared as wildfires spread
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Fire crews fanned out Friday across a parched California where wind-whipped wildfires have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and led to an emergency declaration in Santa Cruz County.
Controller bantered on phone before crash
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
An air traffic controller bantering on the phone about a dead cat at the airport initially failed to warn a small plane of other aircraft in its path and then tried unsuccessfully to contact the pilot, officials said Friday. Moments later, the plane collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River, killing nine people.
President criticized for typhoon response
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou sharply raised the expected death toll from Typhoon Morakot on Friday to more than 500, amid mounting criticism of his handling of the worst storm to strike the island in over 50 years.
Missing Russian cargo ship found near Cape Verde
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Russian-manned cargo ship that vanished last month in the Atlantic was found Friday near Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa, according to French and Russian officials. There was no immediate information about the condition of the crew or whether there was anyone else on board.
Obama denounces emphasis on health care protest ‘ruckus’
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Trying to lower the temperature of the health care fight, President Barack Obama on Friday denounced news media emphasis on angry protesters at town hall meetings.
K-10 Connector offers free Wi-Fi
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B2
Some commuters traveling between Lawrence and Johnson County actually are being encouraged to use their laptops and PDAs while they roll down Kansas Highway 10 at 65 mph.
Restored B-47 goes on display at Wichita museum
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B2
One of the few Boeing B-47 Stratojets left in the U.S. is on display at the Wichita Kansas Aviation Museum less than a mile from the factory where the plane was built in more than five decades ago.
U.S. senator arrives for talks with leaders
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Days after the world slammed Myanmar for sentencing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to more house arrest, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb arrived in the military-ruled country’s capital Friday.
Republicans back away from end-of-life counseling
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Until last week, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was among the most enthusiastic backers of end-of-life counseling in government health care programs like Medicare.
‘Mad Men’ return, crazy as ever
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D7
The long-awaited return of TV’s smartest, most stylish and best-written series is over. “Mad Men” (9 p.m. Sunday, AMC) returns for a third season of drinking, lying, philandering, office-scheming and the kinds of weird surprises and misunderstandings that erupt when characters live behind layers of masks and illusion they only dimly understand.
Herd paints state’s rich scenery
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B4
As a child growing up in Protection, Stan Herd drew a picture of a whale with a fountain of water streaming from its back.
K.C. mayor’s volunteer veto stands
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B4
The yearlong tussle between Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the City Council over whether the mayor’s wife can work at City Hall may be winding down.
Stadium at LHS has ADA issues
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
The home-side grandstand at Lawrence High School’s new football stadium remains unfinished, but that’s not what could prevent the Lions from playing their home opener on Sept. 4.
Democrats work hard to push Obama health care plan
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
The annual August recess for members of the U.S. House and Senate served as the starter’s gun for a large number of Democratic legislators to spread across the country to sell the Obama health care package.
Pump patrol
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.44 at several locations.
Panel casts dim light on 2020 return to moon
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
When President Barack Obama named a panel to review NASA’s manned space program, his aides said privately they were hoping the group would recommend scrapping NASA’s troubled Ares I rocket program and finding another, cheaper way to get humans back to the moon.
For-profit career colleges boost lending
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
Some of the nation’s biggest for-profit colleges and vocational schools are boosting enrollment in tough times by making more loans directly to cash-strapped students, knowing full well many of them probably won’t be able to repay what they borrowed.
NFL Briefs
August 15, 2009
The San Francisco 49ers still expect to sign top draft pick Michael Crabtree.
Freshmen to wrestle with high schools
Junior high programs eliminated; athletes to be moved up
August 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
Monday night, at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Lawrence school board approved a proposal that requested the elimination of ninth-grade wrestling from the city’s four junior highs and allows any ninth-graders interested in wrestling to join their corresponding high school teams.
Neighbors urged to report domestic abuse
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
Assistant Kansas Attorney General Nola Wright cited a call to police from concerned neighbors as a key component to the prosecution’s case against Matthew Jaeger.
Any brotherly love for Vick?
August 15, 2009
Michael Vick picked a tough place for a second chance.
Seattle is front line in grocery bag fee fight
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
Leaders of this famously green city last year passed the nation’s first grocery bag fee, and other cities around the nation quickly followed.
‘Squeaky’ Fromme gets out of prison
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
Three decades after basking in the national spotlight as “Squeaky,” the infamous Charles Manson disciple who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, the now 60-year-old woman slipped quietly out of a federal prison Friday after being released on parole.
Nun chases, helps nab robbery suspect
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
Thou shalt not steal — especially within sight of a convent.
Bias showing
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In recent pieces appearing in the Journal-World, St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Bill Lambrecht (Aug. 9) and Washington Post pundit Kathleen Parker (Aug. 10) referred to the ongoing nationwide wave of anti-spending protests as “so-called Tea Bag protests” and to the protesters as “Teabaggers.”
Bus priorities
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In our recent school budget cuts, our school board is cutting funding drastically, including school bus service.
Across the aisle
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the Aug. 8 Saturday Column, Mr. Simons praises Gov. Parkinson, saying “He is smart and he wants the best for Kansas.” I agree, and it applies equally well to Kathleen Sebelius, who sought him as her running mate in her campaign for a second term.
Honest debate?
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Todd Tiahrt should be ashamed of himself. By pandering to the crowd at his town hall forum and repeating the myth that health reform will result in ending care to the elderly, he shuts off any possibility of reasoned debate.
Around and about
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D5
The Kansas Hospital Association announces recipients in the eighth annual Health Care Scholarship Program through the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation. In addition to nine KHERF scholarships, the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association and the Kansas Association of Health Care Executives provided four additional scholarships for a total of 13 scholarship recipients and 12 alternates.
Club news
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D5
University Bridge Club announces results of its Aug. 8 meeting, with hosts Al and Carol Smith, Ruth Harwood and Bebe Huxtable.
Back on campus: Vincent Krische returns to help Catholic center he directed for 28 years
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D1
The last thing on Monsignor Vincent Krische’s mind when he decided to retire was sitting around on a beach somewhere. No, when the longtime Lawrence priest, who spent 28 years at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, decided to call it a formal career at 71 this spring, relaxation wasn’t at the top of his list.
Fall nail color trends include bold shades, matte finish
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D1
Pack up the pastels. Put away the blood red polish. Classic polish colors are taking a break for fall 2009 while some fresh and fun ideas gain attention.
Lawrence authors stage Ad Libri Per Aspera tour
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D1
Two authors with ties to Kansas University will read from their latest respective projects. KU professor of English Iain Ellis is the author of “Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists,” which pays tribute “to the great rebel humorists in American rock history (by) investigating comedy and laughter as the catalyst and main expressive force in these artists’ work.
25 years ago: Opera House resolution approved
August 15, 2009
The city commission approved a resolution of intent to issue $1.75 million in industrial revenue bonds to renovate the Lawrence Opera House. The motion passed with a 4-1 vote, commissioner Mike Amyx as the lone opponent. The proposal by Bowersock Ltd was to renovate and use the opera house in many ways, including 10,000 square feet of office space and operation of a school for the performing arts and audio-visual recording. It was uncertain how all this would factor into the Downtown Improvement Committee philosophy.
40 years ago: Train strikes car stalled on tracks
August 15, 2009
Four local young men escaped injury when a train struck a stalled car they were trying to push off the tracks about six miles northwest of Lawrence. The auto was beyond repair, officials said.
100 years ago: Schools to be disinfected before semester starts
August 15, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 15, 1909: Before school starts next month, every little school house over Douglas County must be disinfected as well as the larger buildings in Lawrence and Baldwin. Every school clerk must be in charge to prepare the buildings for state inspectors. This will mean quite an expense for the 85 districts in the county.
Consumer inflation tumbles because shoppers hold back
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
Consumer prices have fallen more in the past year than in any 12-month period in nearly six decades — a huge break for shoppers but also a reminder that prices are being restrained by weak spending that’s likely to slow an economic recovery.
Special Olympians, family celebrate Shriver
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the presidential sister who founded the Special Olympics, was celebrated Friday at a funeral Mass as a fearless warrior for the voiceless who changed the world for millions and an unconventional woman who smoked Cuban cigars and played tackle football.
Trip to Treece
Maybe a firsthand look at the problems in a former mining town in southeast Kansas will convince federal officials of the need to take some action.
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
It appears that members of the Kansas congressional delegation may be making some progress in their quest for fair treatment of a southeast Kansas town devastated by the aftereffects of lead and zinc mining in the area.
Bloggers watch Obama, want action
Online liberals not too disappointed with president — yet
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A5
They wish he’d done more in his first eight months, but the liberal bloggers who helped propel Barack Obama to the White House are far from giving up on him.
Jackson impersonators enjoy thrilling times
August 15, 2009 in print edition on A5
Michael Jackson impersonator Frederick Henry had to go overseas to find steady work in recent years as the pop star’s behavior got weirder and weirder. Many of his colleagues quit the business altogether.
Grandparents pass on the traditions
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
I am back at my post. Feet planted on the porch railing. Back braced against the familiar contours of the Adirondack chair.
Immigration poses threat
August 15, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Daily Telegraph’s headline is meant to shock, or at least get the attention of Europeans apathetic about the threat they face: “A Fifth of European Union Will Be Muslim by 2050.”
People in the news
August 15, 2009 in print edition on D7
Aerosmith has canceled the remainder of its summer tour.