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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Crash: A look at the frequency, locations and other factors involved in wrecks in Lawrence
August 16, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Accidents happen. In fact, thousands of traffic accidents happen every year in Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University sophomore Sarah Hicks, Bennington, searches Friday for a spot to hang her poster of country music star Taylor Swift with her younger brother Josh Hicks, 16, in Tower A of Jayhawker Towers Apartments. Renovations to Tower A involve new bedroom fixtures, kitchen appliances and kitchen fixtures. KU unveils renovated Jayhawker Towers
August 16, 2009 in print edition on 1B
As cars, pickup trucks and U-Hauls pulled up to Jayhawker Towers on Friday crammed with furniture and other belongings, Stephanie Chase took a break from moving to look at her newly renovated apartment.
2:00 p.m.
Woody Park, which sits just north of Lawrence Memorial Hospital and has been home to many a neighborhood baseball game, could become a parking lot. That suggestion has raised concerns among members of the Pinckney Neighborhood Association. Among their concerns is the idea that in losing the park, named for Elgin Woody Sr., Lawrence is losing a piece of its history. Woody Park’s supporters plead for new parking lot elsewhere
August 16, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Pinckney Neighborhood residents urged Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build up instead of out so as to spare Woody Park.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence artist Marty Speer, the great-great grandson of abolitionist John Speer, arranges drawings along a sketching board at the Murphy-Bromelsick House located in Hobbs Park. Relative history: Descendant of abolitionist hopes to spread word about family’s past
August 16, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Marty Speer grew up hearing the stories, but he didn’t pay much attention to them.

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Lawrence man injured in Turnpike rollover
20-year-old treated and released Sunday at LMH
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was injured Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence.
One transported to hospital after west Lawrence accident
03:19 a.m., August 16, 2009 Updated 12:58 a.m. in print edition on A4
A 68-year-old Topeka woman was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after a two-vehicle accident in west Lawrence.
Homeowners renting rooms to battle recession
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D4
Renting out a room in his home was both a financial necessity for Christopher Paulsen and a hedge against loneliness.
Arrowhead renovation a work in progress
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C10
Decorative tarps shroud debris and construction equipment behind barricades. Steel girders and sheet metal obstruct the familiar bowl shape. Inside, overspray from the wall paint covers concrete floors, ductwork and pipes snake uncovered across the ceiling.
Wheel genius: Road work planned this week
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B5
Major road projects scheduled in the area for the coming week:
Cruisers worry classic cars are finished
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A10
Jack Beller’s blue 1966 Corvette has the classic big-block engine and the enormous carburetor that make putting the keys in the ignition a roaring ode to muscle car history.
Vote a test for Afghanistan’s tenuous south
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A9
Five years ago, Eitadullah Khan — then 25 — voted for the first time in his life. He even campaigned for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Low-income students attain college with assistance from prep program
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B4
She must have been only 5 or 6 at the time, but Xochitl Saldivar still remembers her schoolmates’ questions.
Dissent is patriotic; selling fear is not
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
“Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reason are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason.” — from “The Assault on Reason” by Al Gore
Four decades later, memories of Woodstock still fresh
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D1
Forty years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair promised “3 Days of Peace, Love, & Music.”
Boomer Girl Diary: Week with rehabbing mom reveals unexplainable quirks
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
I arrived at my mother’s house last Sunday afternoon — suitcase, laptop and mini-blender in hand.
Reform advocates drowned out in uproar
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas advocates of expanding health care coverage have conceded ground at recent town hall meetings.
Poor standing
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In the media’s current hubbub surrounding health care town-hall unruliness, a stark fact has gone missing.
Reason over fear
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a veteran activist in the last major effort to provide universal health insurance for our country, which ended when Hillary Clinton presented her ill-conceived plan and hope for real reform went down with it, I am saddened to see this round poised to go down in flames too.
Divisive debate
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a physician I have talked with people about how they want to be treated at the end of their lives.
Wedding fire kills at least 41 guests
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
A fire at a wedding tent Saturday has killed at least 41 women and children guests and injured 76 others, authorities said.
Parched state scorched by multiple wildfires
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged residents to heed mandatory evacuation orders Saturday as more than 7,000 firefighters battled to control nearly a dozen blazes across the parched state.
Farmers kidnap, release 17 over fertilizer
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Farmers freed 13 police officers and four civilians seized at a hydroelectric dam in Peru’s Andean region after local officials agreed Saturday to provide them with fertilizer.
Foreign aid for storm relief awaited
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Taiwan awaited desperately needed aid from the United States, China and other countries Sunday as villagers mourned the hundreds who were killed in the worst storm to strike the island in 50 years.
Suspect in civil rights worker killings dies
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Federal authorities will continue to investigate the 1964 Mississippi killings of three civil rights workers — a case that helped pass landmark legislation — despite the death of a key suspect, the Justice Department says.
Elephant hurt by mine getting artificial leg
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A10
An elephant who stepped on a land mine 10 years ago was fitted Saturday for a permanent artificial leg.
For some fans, training camps quite a bargain
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C6
With money so tight for so many people, NFL training camp has become an attractive way to get an affordable — and sometimes free — fill of sports for a day.
Vick comes out slinging in practice debut
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C6
Michael Vick showed off his skills Saturday in his first NFL practice with the Philadelphia Eagles since completing his prison sentence.
Smoltz brings rehab bonanza
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C5
Catcher Tim Federowicz was impressed with everything John Smoltz had to offer in his minor-league rehab assignment. The All-Star ace brought a lot to the plate: fastball and slider — steak, ribs and fixin’s, too.
Nats pessimistic about Strasburg
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C5
Nationals president Stan Kasten acknowledged Saturday there is a “very real possibility” the team will not reach an agreement with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg despite offering him a record-breaking contract.
Royals fall, 10-3
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C3
Carlos Guillen doesn’t know when his right shoulder will be 100 percent.
Behind the Lens: Copying methods preserve family photographs
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D2
If you’re like most families who have enjoyed photography as a hobby during the last 50 years, you probably have a collection of picture albums full of 4x6-inch color prints.
Woody Park’s supporters plead for new parking lot elsewhere
Increasing patient volume creates ‘severe challenge’ during average weekday
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
Pinckney Neighborhood residents urged Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build up instead of out so as to spare Woody Park.
Mark’s on the Move: Water-skiing program caters to special-needs children
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B4
The spray on their faces and the warmth of the sun on their skin were just a couple of memorable impressions made Wednesday for several area visually impaired children.
Relative history: Descendant of abolitionist hopes to spread word about family’s past
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
Marty Speer grew up hearing the stories, but he didn’t pay much attention to them.
KU men’s basketball roster updated
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University has updated its 2009-10 men’s basketball roster on the official kuathletics.com Web site.
KU linebacker spots still up for grabs
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
When last year’s starting linebackers — Mike Rivera, Joe Mortensen and James Holt — all exhausted their Kansas University football eligibility, they left behind a legacy, but no definite replacements. And as the Jayhawks prepare for the 2009 season, competition for the position is still open.
Sloppy start
Haley’s K.C. debut spoiled
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
There’s nothing like playing the first preseason game in a driving rain to cause a lot of slipping and sliding and missed assignments.
KU unveils renovated Jayhawker Towers
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
As cars, pickup trucks and U-Hauls pulled up to Jayhawker Towers on Friday crammed with furniture and other belongings, Stephanie Chase took a break from moving to look at her newly renovated apartment.
Property tax burden strains building industry
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B1
President Obama and leaders in Congress are working to stimulate home sales with an $8,000 tax credit, and continuously low interest rates may serve to entice potential buyers. But Lawrence builder Mike Nuffer still hasn’t sold a home in more than three years now.
Gun law complaints trail Obama during park tours with family
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
Family in tow for a tour of national treasures far from Washington, President Barack Obama is trailed by criticism from gun opponents and parks advocates for allowing firearms into such majestic places as this.
Experts: Health care reform alone won’t make us healthier
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A5
Ask around for the healthiest country in the world, and the United States won’t come close to topping the list.
Son convicted in father’s death
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Gove County jury has convicted David A. Stevenson of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his father.
Crash: A look at the frequency, locations and other factors involved in wrecks in Lawrence
Careful drivers key to safer roads
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
Accidents happen. In fact, thousands of traffic accidents happen every year in Lawrence.
Bollywood star downplays incident
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on Saturday downplayed being questioned at a U.S. airport, saying it was part of a necessary but unfortunate procedure.
U.S. senator meets Suu Kyi, wins American’s release
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A2
An American imprisoned in a trial with Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looked forward to being deported from the military-ruled country today after a U.S. senator secured his release in an unprecedented meeting with the junta chief.
Group puts markers on graves of mentally ill
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A3
Faded numbers stamped into small cement blocks marked the graves of more than 3,200 mentally ill patients buried here at Western State Hospital between the 1870s and 1953. Over time, the stones themselves sank into the earth, leaving the dead in almost perfect obscurity.
Campaign tactics back as Obama presses health care
President counters criticism at own town hall meetings
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A4
President Barack Obama is using political tactics and rhetorical devices honed in his White House campaign to regain the upper hand in the health care debate over increasingly vocal critics.
Tax dodgers scramble to come clean amid Swiss bank crackdown
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A8
A deal with Switzerland settling U.S. demands for the names of suspected tax dodgers from a Swiss bank has a lot of wealthy Americans with offshore accounts nervously running to their tax advisers — and the Internal Revenue Service.
‘Kiss-in’ tries to smack Mormon image
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Mormon church’s vigorous, well-heeled support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California last year, has turned the Utah-based faith into a lightning rod for gay rights activism, including a nationwide “kiss-in” Saturday.
Barber killed was building American life
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B8
Mauro Brito Pacheco began work as a barber when he was only 12, helping out in his family’s shop in Honduras and eventually using his skills to build a life in the U.S.
Group: $2B in state funds unused
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Kansas think tank says the state has amassed almost $2 billion in unused money during a time of financial difficulty.
Assisted living center helps fulfill dreams
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B2
At 90, Audrey Collins was finally doing what she always dreamed — sitting at the controls of a Cessna 172, about to taxi down the runway.
City commission agenda: Change to Horizon 2020 plan under consideration
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B5
City commissioners will consider a change to the city and county’s comprehensive plan that will open the door for possible resort and conference center development in parts of rural Douglas County.
Armstrong cruises at Leadville
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C2
Lance Armstrong can’t remember the last time he raced 65 miles by himself.
People in the news
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D5
George Michael involved in car crash
Horoscopes
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, Aug. 16: This year, avoid being pushed by others. If you feel a need to reinvent your life and do something different, do. Use care with your health, and don’t go on any far-out diets or exercise plans. Check in with the family doctor. Take frequent timeouts. If you are single, you could meet people with ease this year. Though feeling at ease with someone will not happen easily. A new person might not be all that he or she appears to be. If you are attached, the two of you could get involved in a project together that draws you even closer. Be willing to revise your day-to-day life with your sweetie’s input. Cancer understands more than you can imagine.
Tokyo hospital to test viral therapy for tumors
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A10
Tokyo University Hospital will begin a clinical test in late August of a viral therapy in which viruses are injected directly into brain tumor patients, according to hospital officials.
Insurgents target NATO HQ in Kabul
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A9
A suicide car bomber struck near the front gate of NATO headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding nearly 100 in a brazen daylight attack less than a week before Afghanistan’s landmark presidential election.
Mom, baby OK after bizarre accident
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A1
Years from now, Jessica King will tell her daughter about the Tuesday in January that was perhaps the unluckiest, and luckiest, day of their lives.
Making a budget can give you more freedom
August 16, 2009 in print edition on E1
One word seems to turn off consumers like no other — no matter how strapped they are: “budget.”
Vacation may be time for Obama to take stock
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B7
In about a week, the president will go to Martha’s Vineyard for his summer vacation.
Back to school
It’s time to welcome university students for another year and send a special welcome to Kansas University’s new chancellor.
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
The opening of fall semester at Kansas University always is an exciting time, but the arrival of a new chancellor on Mount Oread raises the sense of anticipation even higher this year.
Pat Conroy returns with character-driven ‘South of Broad’
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D3
Even outside the rigid social structures of adolescence, Leopold Bloom King is something of a freak.
Tiny in-home art gallery big hit
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D4
Behind the mustache, he’s pasty-gray, with a rifle laid beside him in his coffin.
Woodstock stockpile: New works accompany festival’s anniversary
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D3
Do aging baby boomers need a major nostalgia fix for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock?
Congress should fold on online poker
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
Howard Lederer, aka “the Professor,” is a professional poker player, not a gambler. If Congress will acknowledge this distinction, it will rectify one of its recent mistakes.
What happens when stimulus ends?
August 16, 2009 in print edition on B6
Before the opponents of health care reform turned congressional town meetings into shouting matches, they had picked another target. The naysayers announced to the world that the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama in February was a dismal failure too.
New economy, old technique
Bartering helps pare medical bills
August 16, 2009 in print edition on E1
Cash, check or a cord of wood for that doctor visit? As health care costs climb, old-fashioned bartering has seen brisk growth since the economy soured.
Best-sellers
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D3
A list of New York Times best-sellers.
Back to basics: Make the most of water in your garden
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D8
The most important thing to remember when addressing your plants’ water needs is to apply water deeply and infrequently.
Handmade animation embraced by new generation of shows
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D6
For many people, “stop-motion animation” instantly conjures up images of clay reindeer prancing around, singing songs and wishing you a “holly jolly Christmas.” But oh, how far the art form has come since those classic holiday specials.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Five A.M.’
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D3
A poem by Beverly Boyd
Magazine names best river trips
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D1
They’re not the country’s biggest rivers, or the best-known. But National Geographic Adventure is highlighting six wild and scenic rivers in the U.S. ideal for rafting trips.
How Smith Center became best little high school team
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Smith Center Redmen might just be the best little high school football team in America. The story of how they got there is even better.
Obamas not the only couple in the White House
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D2
Barack Obama has more than one way of bringing people together: Just ask Cass and Samantha.
25 years ago: Opera House renovation sought
August 16, 2009
After struggling to get city approval for $1.75 million in industrial revenue bonds, Bowersock Ltd., a group seeking to renovate the Lawrence Opera House, began a 120-day race to get the project off the ground. Lee Barnett, Topeka, said his firm would become the opera house’s primary tenant if plans worked out. The city resolution gave Bowersock four months to get moving in the right direction and investors were being sought.
40 years ago: Mill levy approved
August 16, 2009
The county commission at a short public hearing approved the calendar 1970 budget for a total levy of 26.22 mills. The countywide mill levy for all services for the coming year was to be 103.45.
100 years ago: Football players sent copies of new rules
August 16, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 16, 1909: Olin Bell, president of the Lawrence Merchants Assn., is forming an executive committee to help with advertising the community and assisting with other advertising schemes. He heads the Bell Bros. Music Co. and was recently elected to the new post.
Eagles have lost moral high ground
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C2
If we are to believe the coaches, signing Michael Vick to play for the Eagles was about God and Country — not what Vick might be able to do lined up in the “wildcat” offensive formation.
Mortgages
August 16, 2009 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 87 mortgages in the weekly period ended Monday.
Missing ship a foggy saga of rumors, few clues
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A9
The workaday cargo ship the Arctic Sea, which for decades plowed the world’s waterways in obscurity, just had to disappear to be thrust into a swirling drama of rumors and intrigue. The plot thickened Saturday as a Russian maritime expert reported signals from the ship’s tracking device and Finnish authorities said there was a ransom demand.
Field of dreams: Plans match farming aspirants with pros
August 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
He quit his job and drove his wife and their four young daughters across country, a 21st-century pioneer lured to these faraway farm fields by the promise of a life-changing deal with an older stranger.
Pitino won’t be punished
August 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
Questions begging to be answered …
Glass forged into unique collectible
August 16, 2009 in print edition on D8
Paperweights are popular and often expensive collectibles.