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Archive for Friday, August 21, 2009

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The day in photos, August 21, 2009
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Polls
How many hours a month do you do volunteer work outside the home?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t do any volunteer work
 
54%
Three to five
 
12%
One to two
 
9%
Six to 10
 
9%
21 or more
 
7%
10 to 20
 
6%
Total 960
Would you pay $15,000 for a courtside seat at Allen Fieldhouse for the 2009-10 Kansas University men's basketball season?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
77%
Yes
 
22%
Total 3118
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Ari Fish, Kansas City designer and contestant on Project Runway's season 6, in her Kansas City home and studio. Designer, interrupted
August 19, 2009
KC’s Ari Fish was one of the 16 designers who long ago taped season 6 of Project Runway, and has just had to wait — and wait — for it to see the light of day. The wait is about to come to an end though, as the first episode finally airs Thursday…
6:00 a.m.
an older model car advertises the Cash for Clunkers program on the lot of the Laird Noller Hyundai dealership, 2829 Iowa. Several Lawrence car dealers have participated in the program but have yet to get paid back by the government. Dealerships worried about Cash for Clunkers payments
August 21, 2009 in print edition on 7A
Even before the Obama administration announced that the Cash for Clunkers rebate program would end Monday, local car dealers were already winding down their participation.
10:00 a.m.
In this 2009 file photo, Marcus Johnson, 2, from left, his mother and father, Tausha and Mark Johnson, and sister Jozlyn, 3, sit outside the Lawrence Community Shelter. More families in Lawrence being forced into homelessness
August 20, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Three-year old Jozlyn Johnson stands on the front porch, preparing to pet a baby python. “No honey, not on its head,” says the large man with the python wrapping around his arm. He nods approvingly when the toddler begins to stroke the snake’s lower half.
2:00 p.m.
Deborah Smith, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University, left, got a surprise visit from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, right, and received a $5,000 W.T. Kemper Fellowship on Thursday. Smith was honored during her class on the biology of insects in Stauffer-Flint Hall. In all, 20 professors will be honored and $100,000 distributed this year as part of the Kemper awards. New chancellor surprises KU faculty with $5,000 Kemper awards
3:57 p.m., August 20, 2009 Updated 4:34 p.m. in print edition on 3A
As students found their way to the first day of classes at Kansas University Thursday, the annual “surprise patrol” of KU administrators sought out professors singled out for Kemper awards.
6:00 p.m.
Mama Lou Strong Woman Sidewalk sideshow: Busker Festival features street-level artistry
August 21, 2009
Richard Renner received an e-mail the other day. It was from a street performer in Germany who wanted to come to this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

All stories

Judge sentences Robert Grey to 26 years for rape
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A1
Assistant District Attorney Amy McGowan read a victim’s statement during the sentencing hearing Friday for former Lawrence resident Robert Grey, asking Judge Peggy Kittel to impose the maximum sentence. She sentenced him to more than 26 years in jail.
One person killed, another injured in rollover accident on Kansas Turnpike
05:52 p.m., August 21, 2009 Updated 09:47 p.m. in print edition on B2
One person was killed and another was injured after a rollover accident on the Kansas Turnpike at Mile Marker 211, two miles east of the Lawrence Service Area.
Local woman takes exception to Disney characterizing ‘G-Force’ as first guinea pig movie
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
Disney’s promoting its latest blockbuster, “G-Force,” as the first guinea pig movie the world has ever known. One Lawrence woman, however, takes exception to that.
Baker picks up U.S. News ranking
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B2
Baker University has earned a spot among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.
KU strongly encouraging swine flu victims to isolate themselves
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A3
Amid the usual requests of frequent hand washing and sneezing into your shirt sleeve, university officials are asking students to have isolation plans in place in case they catch the flu. The highest concern is among those living in apartments and campus residence halls.
Lawrence man, killed in Vietnam, to be inducted into military hall of fame
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
First Lt. Arlen Richardson, a Lawrence man killed in combat in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago, will be one of five Kansas National Guard officers inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Salina Saturday.
Six more professors honored with Kemper Awards
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B2
On Friday, six more Kansas University professors earned Kemper Awards, which honor outstanding teaching and advising.
Missouri teen stabbed in Lawrence
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
An 18-year-old Missouri man was stabbed Thursday night in Lawrence, police said.
Turnpike Authority eyes road reconstruction east of Lawrence
August 21, 2009
A $130 million project to replace bridges, overhaul interchanges and otherwise upgrade the Kansas Turnpike as it passes through the northern edge of Lawrence remains on track for completion by the middle of 2011 — while another small stretch of the highway still awaits a refresher.
Midwest survey shows economy still firmly outside growth range
August 21, 2009
A monthly survey of rural bankers suggests that the economy in a region of 11 Midwest and Plains states is sputtering in foul territory.
State unemployment jumps to 7.7 percent in July
Slight decrease reported in Douglas County
07:55 a.m., August 21, 2009 Updated 12:18 a.m. in print edition on A1
Unemployment in Kansas jumped to 7.7 percent in July, the seventh consecutive month in which the total number of non-farm jobs was lower than during the previous year.
IRS checks first-time home buyer tax credits
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B11
Rules of the new federal tax-credit program prohibit consumers who inherit a property from claiming the credit, even if they have never owned a home before.
Mortgage troubles reach record high
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B11
With the recession throwing thousands of people out of work daily, more than 13 percent of American homeowners with a mortgage have fallen behind on their payments or are in foreclosure.
In runner’s South African village, no doubts on her gender
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A12
She wore pants instead of a skirt to school, played soccer with the boys and was teased about her masculine looks.
World sets ocean temperature record
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C10
Steve Kramer spent an hour and a half swimming in the ocean Sunday — in Maine.
Law enforcement report : theft
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported Wednesday the theft of a Yamaha Virago motorcycle.
Stories to follow in 2009
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
Odds and ends while daydreaming about the Kansas football team meeting Oklahoma here after a 6-0 start, including Big 12 victories over Iowa State and Colorado:
Rec calendar
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B8
Rec calendar for August 21, 2009.
Sidewalk sideshow: Busker Festival features street-level artistry
August 21, 2009
Richard Renner received an e-mail the other day. It was from a street performer in Germany who wanted to come to this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.
KU sells courtside basketball seats for $15,000 each
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A1
For decades, it was said the media had the best seats in Allen Fieldhouse. No more.
25 years ago: Students boost local business
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
Mid- to late August meant one thing to housing officials in Lawrence and at Kansas University — a huge rush of business. A summer’s worth of vacancies was dwindling rapidly as students arrived for fall classes due to begin the coming week. University housing was to be taxed to the maximum, said Fred McElhenie, director of KU residential programs. Private housing sources also reported a “land office business”, earlier than usual.
100 years ago: Sleepwalker falls from roof
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 21, 1909: While walking in his sleep, Albert Armstrong, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Armstrong of 810 Rhode Island, fell from the roof of their kitchen early yesterday. He sustained painful but not critical injuries. He had been sleeping on the roof and fell some 15 feet.
Ex-reporter Jayson Blair now a life coach
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
Jayson Blair knows his new profession — life coach — smacks some people in the face like a bad punchline.
Low turnout seen in Afghan presidential election; 26 killed
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
Millions of Afghans defied threats Thursday to cast ballots in the country’s second national elections since Taliban rule, but turnout appeared weaker this time because of continuing violence, fear and disenchantment.
Ex-DHS chief links politics to terror alerts
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge claims in a new book that he was pressured by other members of President George W. Bush’s Cabinet to raise the nation’s terror alert level just before the 2004 presidential election.
2nd lead poisoning case hits China
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
China has detained two factory officials after 1,300 children were poisoned by pollution from a manganese processing plant, days after emissions from a lead smelter in another province sickened hundreds.
Bermuda under storm warning as Bill churns
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hurricane Bill remained energized by warm Atlantic waters late Thursday, with forecasters predicting it would cause significant flooding along the Bermuda coastlines over the next two days.
Court rules against lt. governor appointment
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
An appeals court Thursday struck down Gov. David Paterson’s appointment of a lieutenant governor, upholding a constitutional challenge to a move spurred by a paralyzing political drama in the state Senate.
Study: Vaccinating kids best to stop flu
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
New research says the best way to protect society’s most vulnerable from the flu: Vaccinate school-age children and their parents.
Obama woos right, left on health care
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
With control of the health care debate slipping from his grasp, President Barack Obama pitched his ambitious plan to both conservative talk radio and his own liberal supporters Thursday — and denied a challenge from one backer that he was “bucklin’ a little bit” under Republican criticism.
More workplace suicides spur federal investigation
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B11
Workplace suicides surged 28 percent last year, the Labor Department said Thursday, as anxious workers dealt with a struggling economy and watched colleagues depart in a rash of layoffs.
Music, critters, kids’ favorites
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C10
Singer and former TV comedy star Reba McEntire performs before an intimate studio audience in Nashville on “Invitation Only: Reba McEntire” (8 p.m., CMT).
Horoscope for August 21, 2009
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B10
This year, you juggle many different concerns. You alternate between being overly serious and being direct and clear. Be smart — confirm meetings and messages, and be willing not to stand on ceremony, as misunderstandings happen with ease. If you are single, you meet people with ease; however, relationships might not be as stable, especially regarding the process of forming one. If you are attached, accept and respect your differences. Virgo can test your patience.
Gender tests not always easy
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A12
South African runner Caster Semenya has been ordered to undergo a gender verification test, to prove she rightfully won the gold medal in the women’s 800 meters at the world championships in Berlin on Wednesday.
Kennedy seeks to change succession law
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A2
For nearly half a century, Sen. Edward Kennedy has guarded his family’s political legacy.
New sea worm species nicknamed ‘green bomber’
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C10
Thousands of feet beneath the sea live worms that can cast off green glowing body parts, a move scientists think may be a defensive effort to confuse attackers.
Persistence helps diver find lost wedding ring
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C10
A New Zealand man who promised his wife he would find his wedding ring after it fell into the capital’s murky harbor has succeeded — 16 months later.
Consumers devouring nutrient-spiked foods, drinks
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C10
From heart-friendly margarines to sugary cereals that strengthen bones, once-demonized foods are being spiked with nutrients to give them a healthier glow — and consumers are biting, even on some that are little more than dressed-up junk food.
Government of the people
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A11
Seven months after taking office amid a religious-like faith that he was the one (or even The One) we had been waiting for, President Barack Obama is beginning to resemble a shooting star.
Brits bred to follow rules
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A11
A night flight to London crammed into seat 29A but asleep thanks to modern pharmaceuticals and fairly fresh and bright on arrival at Heathrow.
Foul play suspected in Topeka deaths
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B12
Topeka police have identified two women who were found shot to death in a mobile home Thursday.
Girl Scout camp to stop weeklong events
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B12
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri says it is closing a popular camp because of slow Girl Scout cookie sales.
Powerball ticket wins $259.9 million jackpot
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A7
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in South Carolina is a whole lot richer.
Two arrested in connection with meth supplies
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A4
Franklin County dispatch reported Thursday that two people were arrested in Wellsville after police performed a traffic stop.
Kansas budget cuts, deficit contemplated
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas’ budget director is asking agencies to look for an additional $250 million in future spending cuts, but also suggested Thursday that some legislators are too pessimistic about the state’s finances.
Cash for Clunkers to end Monday
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Obama administration will end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday, giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives.
Potential homeowners invited to Habitat event
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A5
People who dream of owning a new house, but need help getting it built, are invited to a meeting Wednesday hosted by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps build homes for families in need.
Memphis victories stripped
Ineligible player leads to NCAA’s ruling
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
Memphis has lost every one of the 38 victories it piled up in a basketball season that ended with John Calipari’s Tigers just missing out on a national title.
Junction City leader resigning Nov. 1
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A3
Rod Barnes, city manager of Junction City, is resigning amid complaints about the city’s role in handling an anticipated housing boom that hasn’t materialized — a controversy that has led to a Lawrence builder and a former Junction City commissioner being indicted by federal prosecutors.
Nazi rhetoric dishonors victims
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
I hope this column makes you sick.
Let’s be honest about end-of-life counseling
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
Let’s see if we can have a reasoned discussion about end-of-life counseling.
New charges against accused drug cartel leaders
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A9
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced new indictments against 10 suspected Mexican drug cartel leaders accused of using everything from a cargo plane to makeshift submarines to bring huge quantities of drugs to U.S. cities that generated nearly $6 billion in profits.
Bomber freed, returns to cheers in Libya
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A9
The only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing returned home Thursday to a cheering crowd after his release from a Scottish prison — an outrage to many relatives of the 270 people who perished when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded.
Missing ship’s crew, hijackers interrogated
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A9
Russian authorities questioned crew members from the Arctic Sea cargo ship after the seamen and eight alleged pirates were returned to Moscow on Thursday, adding new details to the mystery of the ship’s monthlong odyssey.
Ochocinco does it all
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B7
A new role, another new name for Chad Ochocinco.
Optional taxes?
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
For county officials, delinquent taxes are just a fact of life.
McCray on Wooden list
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas senior All-American Danielle McCray was named a preseason candidate for the 2009-10 women’s basketball John R. Wooden Award on Thursday.
Stadium renovations in exploratory phase
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B5
Possible plans to carry out considerable renovations to the east side of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium are still in the “exploratory phase,” KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Thursday.
Football Kickoff on tap
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, football coach Mark Mangino and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will speak at the fourth annual KU Football Kickoff from 6:30 to 10 tonight at Corinth Square.
Royals release Metcalf
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B5
Former Kansas University baseball standout Travis Metcalf has been unconditionally released by the Kansas City Royals organization.
Jones ready to unveil $1.15 billion stadium
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B6
Jerry Jones could have just renovated Texas Stadium. Or he could’ve built the Dallas Cowboys a nice, new place for about $650 million.
Dealerships worried about Cash for Clunkers payments
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A7
Even before the Obama administration announced that the Cash for Clunkers rebate program would end Monday, local car dealers were already winding down their participation.
Burress pleads guilty
Ex-Giants WR gets 2-year sentence
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B7
Facing the prospect of spending at least 3 1⁄2 years behind bars, one-time Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress on Thursday accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub.
NFL Briefs
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B7
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger injured his right ankle or foot during the last half-hour of the team’s final training camp practice. It was not immediately certain how badly he was hurt or how long he would be out.
Baseball seeks consistency
Third baseman Thompson coming off big year
August 21, 2009 in print edition on D9
Last season, the Kansas University baseball team’s objective was to put a bit of swagger back into the program. Having done that — and then some — during a surprisingly successful 2009 campaign, the team’s challenge now will be to maintain it.
Volleyball shoots for top-half finish
August 21, 2009 in print edition on D7
Head coach Ray Bechard’s favorite memory of the 2008 Kansas volleyball season was senior night. Facing a tough Baylor team with a better record and some hard hitters, Kansas rallied to take the match in four sets.
Soccer squad experienced
Francis expects eight freshmen to push returning veterans
August 21, 2009 in print edition on D8
As the winningest soccer coach in Kansas University history, Mark Francis enters his 11th season of coaching with a squad full of potential.
Softball returns ‘good talent’
August 21, 2009 in print edition on D9
Megan Smith didn’t find an empty cupboard when she took over Kansas University’s softball program in July.
Title would have been vacated
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B5
Let’s pretend for a moment Mario Chalmers missed a late three-pointer and KU lost the 2008 national championship game to Memphis. Would KU have been deemed national champion Thursday, following the NCAAs ruling that Memphis must forfeit all its games in 2007-08 for using an ineligible player?
Level playing field?
School district ponders 9th-grade eligibility
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B1
Now that the Lawrence School District officially has taken the first step in moving ninth-graders up to the high school level — with last week’s approval of a proposal to allow freshman eligibility for wrestling this winter — the question that lingers is, “Where do we go from here?”
40 years ago: City manager given raise
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A10
The salary for city manager Ray Wells was raised from $20,000 to $21,500 for the coming year. His benefit package also was boosted.
What are people buying now?
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A8
What we’re buying — and not buying — says a lot about how consumers are feeling these days.
‘Inglourious Basterds’ a Tarantino masterpiece
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C2
It’s not easy to wrap your head around “Inglourious Basterds,” writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s audacious fantasy of Jewish revenge against the Nazis.
Net Worth: History lessons presented while under the influence
August 21, 2009 in print edition on C1
When mining for comedy gold, there’s a debate whether premise or execution is more important.
Health care endgame uncertain
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A8
With hopes growing ever dimmer for a bipartisan accord, White House and Democratic leaders are considering a wide range of strategies for getting a health care bill passed when Congress returns from its summer recess.
Slain model’s fingers, teeth removed
August 21, 2009 in print edition on A6
A reality TV contestant was charged with murder Thursday in the death of his ex-wife as the manhunt for the suspect spread to Canada and police provided gruesome new details about the killing.
People in the news
August 21, 2009 in print edition on B10
People in the news for August 21, 2009.