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Archive for Saturday, August 22, 2009

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12:00 a.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.
10:00 a.m.
Alyssa Buecker, a Kansas University student made famous in 1999 when, as a Lawrence home school student, she was commissioned by HBO to make a movie about guinea pigs. She's pictured with Otto, a pet guinea pig. Local woman takes exception to Disney characterizing ‘G-Force’ as first guinea pig movie
August 21, 2009 in print edition on 1B
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.
2:00 p.m.
Robert Grey wipes away tears as his 26-year sentence is read Friday by District Court Judge Peggy Kittel for a rape he was guilty of committing on May 11, 1997. His attorney, Jessica Travis, is also pictured. Judge sentences Robert Grey to 26 years for rape
August 21, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
David vs. Goliath: Lawrence churchgoers weigh in on study about congregation size
August 22, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Head south on Kasold Drive, and contrasting pictures of church life rush past as the road curves east to become 31st Street. On one side sits the Lawrence Baptist Temple, a congregation led by the Rev. Gary Myer, whose membership is around 150. Across the street rises the towering steeple of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, which boasts a congregation of between 750 and 800 attendees, led by the Rev. Bill Bump. On Sundays, cars file into the parking lots as each congregation celebrates its faith.

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Sunflower Broadband subscribers report phishing attack
August 22, 2009
Several Sunflower Broadband subscribers reported Saturday afternoon that they’d received e-mails asking them to confirm their account and provide their account usernames and password.
Fire engulfs van
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to a white minivan engulfed in flames Saturday morning. The van, which caught on fire about 11:30 a.m., was parked just feet away from a west Lawrence doctors’ office. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire burning underneath the hood of van, which was sitting in the parking lot of Lawrence Family Medicine and Obstetrics, 1220 Biltmore Drive.
Burglary spurs high-speed chase
02:55 p.m., August 22, 2009 Updated 04:25 p.m. in print edition on B2
A report of a residential burglary sparked a high-speed chase from Lawrence to Overland Park on Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement is still investigating the incident. The suspects in the chase, three black males, fled on foot near where the vehicle stopped at I-35 and 95th Street in Overland Park.
KU football ranked 25th in preseason AP poll
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Kansas football team is ranked No. 25 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released Saturday.
Bernanke optimistic economy will grow again — and soon
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday offered his most optimistic outlook since the financial crisis struck, saying the economy is on the verge of growing again.
Horoscopes
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Aug. 22: This year, use your willingness to break from your pattern and follow a different approach to life. Many of you could decide to develop your own business on a secondary level. If you are single, you attract many different types of people. Romance happens unexpectedly. If you are attached, the two of you experience more high-voltage moments than usual.
Negotiators aim to cut costs of health care bill
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Bipartisan health care negotiators are aiming to cut the costs of their bill after getting an earful from voters, a participant in the closed-door talks said Friday.
Iran’s self-fulfilling paranoia
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B7
Two years ago, I was released from Evin Prison after 105 days in solitary confinement.
KU spring 2009 honor roll
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D5
Kansas University announces area students who made the spring 2009 honor roll:
Faith Forum: Can God make mistakes?
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D1
• Question depends on what is considered an error • God can reconsider actions when we petition him
People in the news
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D7
Michael Jackson won’t be laid to rest on what would have been his 51st birthday after all.
Collison defends tweets
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University basketball standout Nick Collison is embroiled in a silly, head-scratching controversy in Oklahoma City — home of Collison’s Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.
Twins edge Royals
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C3
A three-run rally capped by an error that looked like a sight gag. A blown save and 53-pitch outing by one of baseball’s best closers. A loss by another All-Star closer.
KU partners with Career Athletes
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas Athletics and Career Athletes have recently agreed to a partnership providing KU’s athletes a truly unique resource for career development.
KU’s Self not fazed by Memphis ruling
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
A day after the NCAA ruled to vacate each of the Memphis men’s basketball team’s 38 victories during the 2007-08 season due to the use of an ineligible player, Kansas University coach Bill Self offered his take on the ordeal during Friday’s KU Football Kickoff at Corinth Square.
Felix wins women’s 200
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C2
Allyson Felix spoiled Usain Bolt’s birthday party Friday, winning the women’s 200 meters to end Jamaica’s sprint domination at the world championships. It was the first sprint gold medal for the United States at the championships and Jamaica’s first loss. Jamaica beat the United States, 5-0, in sprints in the Beijing Olympics.
Vikings, Favre top Chiefs
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Camera flashes illuminated the Metrodome on each of Brett Favre’s eight plays for Minnesota. Captured on film? Only one completed pass.
Slain ex-model ID’d by breast implants
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
An ex-model found stuffed in a bloodstained suitcase without fingers or teeth was so badly mutilated that authorities had to use breast implants to identify her body, prosecutors said Friday.
Traffic noise could be ruining frogs’ sex lives
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Traffic noise could be ruining the sex lives of urban frogs by drowning out the seductive croaks of amorous males, an Australian researcher said Friday.
2 bothersome buskers banned in English city
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
A city in central England says two buskers, or street performers, who plagued a suburb by repeating the same two songs have been banned from performing for two years.
Ex-Vietnam lieutenant apologizes for massacre
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Speaking in a soft, sometimes labored voice, the only U.S. Army officer convicted in the 1968 slayings of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai made an extraordinary public apology while speaking to a small group near the military base where he was court-martialed.
Sources: Report reveals CIA mock executions
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
The CIA’s internal investigator found that agency interrogators conducted mock executions of terror suspects and in one case threatened a detainee suspected in the USS Cole bombing with a gun and power drill, congressional officials said late Friday.
Mystery man still going by Jon Doe
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Little snippets of memories have been coming back to the man who now calls himself Jon Doe: being treated in Shanghai for a kidney stone, a high school girlfriend, a wife who died while pregnant.
Napa police reopen Oakland Raiders investigation
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C6
The Napa police department on Friday reopened its investigation into an attack that left Oakland Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson with a broken bone in his face.
Focused and ready
Jake Sharp is finally the undisputed No. 1 RB for the Jayhawks
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
Jake Sharp is locked in. There’s no doubting that, as the running back sits in a padded chair, surrounded by reporters at Kansas University’s media day. He looks straight ahead, as if zeroing in on a target, and rarely blinks.
State prepares 70th anniversary celebrations of Oz
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
The 70th anniversary of the release of the MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz” won’t pass unnoticed in the home state of its central character, the feisty Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale.
Health department earns national award
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
The National Association of County and City Health Officials recently awarded the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department a 2009 Model Practice Award.
‘Acceptance’ fails to make the grade
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D7
Not even the presence of two fine actresses can save “Acceptance” (8 p.m., today, Lifetime) from a trite script and its confusing shifts in tone.
Schools fight families over autism service dogs
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Like seeing-eye dogs for the blind, trained dogs are now being used to help autistic children deal with their disabilities. But some schools want to keep the animals out, and families are fighting back.
Bomber release stirs diplomatic dispute
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The release of the only man convicted of blowing up a Pan Am flight in 1988 has brought high drama and controversy: the jeering mob outside a Scottish prison, the cheering crowd at a Tripoli airport, the furious families of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing.
2 presidential candidates claim lead in Afghanistan vote
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Both main candidates for Afghan president claimed to be ahead Friday after an election marred by violence, spotty turnout and fraud allegations — threatening U.S. hopes for Afghans to come together to combat the challenges of Taliban insurgency, corruption and poverty.
3 face charges in major jewel caper
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Two men accused in an audacious heist in London appeared in court Friday as police charged a third in the $66 million, or 40 million pound, robbery of a jewelry store this month.
You’ve got mail — and possibly an STD
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Brazilian Health Ministry has created a Web site to let people inform partners they’ve got a sexually transmitted disease via an e-mailed virtual postcard.
4 U.S. troops charged with cruelty
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Four American soldiers in Iraq have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of soldiers in their platoon, the U.S. military said Friday.
Lutherans allow sexually active gays as clergy
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination took openly gay clergy more fully into its fold Friday, as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.
Marriage proposal spelled out in field
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
A wheat farm, large plastic letters and his dad’s small plane? Jason Kahle thought it had a ring to it.
17 states see unemployment drop
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
A rebound in the auto industry and federal stimulus money helped lower unemployment rates in many of the 17 states that reported drops in July — a hopeful sign after only five states had seen their jobless rates dip in June.
Chile confirms the spread of swine flu to turkeys
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
Chile said Friday that tests show swine flu has jumped to birds, opening a new chapter in the global epidemic.
Pilot pleaded to let stranded passengers off plane on tarmac
Blame for incident falling on airline
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E6
The pilot of an airliner stranded overnight on an airport tarmac in Minnesota pleaded unsuccessfully for her 47 passengers to be allowed to get off and go inside a terminal. “We just need to work out some way to get them off … We can’t keep them here any longer,” she said.
Shoppers thinking twice in the checkout line, leave items behind
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E6
Penny-pinching Americans are getting cold feet at the checkout — thinking twice about spending and ditching items before they’re rung up.
Bombings interrupt summer of optimism
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E6
Some worshippers stayed away from mosques Friday, offering their traditional prayers at home. Markets had fewer-than-usual shoppers. Parks were strangely uncrowded — unusual for a hot August day.
Leaders seek review of security forces
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E6
Senior Iraqi officials and lawmakers recommended a review of security leadership, better coordination on intelligence and firmer treatment of detainees Friday as anger mounted over truck bombings against key government institutions that killed nearly 100 people.
Girl Scouts sell NE Kansas camp
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri have sold an 80-acre camp near Topeka, the latest step in an ongoing attempt to deal with a backlog of property.
Army announces Fort Riley changes
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Army has announced plans to convert a brigade at Fort Riley, part of several changes occurring at posts across the country.
Leonard Peltier denied parole
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole after authorities decided that releasing him would diminish the seriousness of his crime, a federal prosecutor said Friday.
Ignore the no’s
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Dolph Simons’ Aug. 15 Saturday Column clearly exposes reasons our country has problems.
Health concern
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I share Dee Boeck’s overall concern regarding a necessity for living a healthier life (“Healthy lifestyles”) and that our current health care model underemphasizes the long-term benefits of preventative care through more physical activity.
Bad business
No matter where you look, you can find people whose blind trust has landed them in a terrible financial morass.
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
Will they never learn? Carmelo Anthony, a professional basketball star in Denver, is suing his former business manager, alleging that the employee misappropriated more than $2 million of Anthony’s assets.
Cash for Clunkers a big success, but merits questioned
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
Expiring Monday, the Cash for Clunkers program encouraged more than a half-million Americans to dump their gas guzzlers for new cars and provided a much-needed, short-term boost to the economy.
S.C. gov. didn’t disclose flights
August 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford took dozens of undisclosed flights on private planes since taking office in 2003 despite a state law requiring him to report who paid for the travel, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Country club wins environmental honor
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace, was named a 2009 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation in recognition of the site’s groundwater and environmental stewardship. This is the club’s second year of designation, under the leadership of Bill Irving, golf course superintendent.
Attorney nominated for inclusion in book
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence resident Roger Walter, of the Law Offices of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd., Topeka, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2010” in the field of securities law.
Bank hires new senior vice president
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Ken Peirce, veteran community banker, has joined University National Bank as senior vice president. Peirce brings more than 20 years of commercial lending and community banking experience to the UNB team.
City, housing authority set landlord summit
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and the Community Development Division of the city of Lawrence are teaming up to co-host a landlord summit on affordable housing issues.
Midwest home sales rise in most markets
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Home sales in the Midwest surged 8.5 percent in July, the second straight annual increase, as new home buyers snapped up properties to take advantage of a temporary federal tax credit, the National Association of Realtors reported Friday.
Harley-Davidson seeks new plant site
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Harley-Davidson Inc. is considering sites in four states for a possible relocation of its main motorcycle plant in Pennsylvania, a company spokesman said Friday.
Pump patrol
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several locations.
6News personalities to serve at fundraiser
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Several Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 personalities will be at On the Border, 3080 Iowa, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today waiting tables as part of a Douglas County United Way fundraiser.
Ex-prison guard gets break for testimony
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
A former Kansas prison guard romantically involved with one of two inmates she helped escape won’t have to serve all of her original five-year sentence.
Garden City teen’s rape charges dropped
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
A southwest Kansas prosecutor has dropped charges against a 16-year-old boy accused of kidnapping and raping two Garden City girls.
Grasshopper infestation plagues Plains
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
Grasshoppers are eating grass and other forage grown for livestock in such proportions that some U.S. ranchers are selling cattle because they won’t have feed for the animals this winter.
K.C. firm to build stadium in Iraq
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B5
A Missouri-based sports architecture firm will build one of its newest structures in an unlikely spot — Iraq.
Around and about
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D5
Diane and Anthony Yadrich, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Brogan Richard Yadrich, Aug. 3, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Scouting news
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D3
Thirteen boys and six adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 59, chartered to First Presbyterian Church, participated in a seven-day backpacking trip and other activities July 11-17 at the Double H Ranch High Adventure Base, near Datil, N.M.
Endowment laying foundation for capital campaign
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E11
Fighting through a difficult economy and large investment losses, Kansas University Endowment Association officials are looking to better days in the future, as an anticipated capital campaign is in the works, and giving remains steady.
Alumni Association weighing site geared toward student activities
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E11
The Kansas University Alumni Association is starting to make plans to take care of the KU graduates of tomorrow. Kevin Corbett, president of the Alumni Association, said officials have begun discussions on an addition to the Adams Alumni Center, located adjacent to campus at 1266 Oread Ave. That addition would be used to house student programs.
KU’s ‘regulars’ integral part of university scene
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E10
Kansas University is home to more than 30,000 students either beginning or enhancing their career paths.
KU newcomers, longtimers take in these favorite venues
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E9
Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member or a member of the community, there will be plenty of things to do during the upcoming school year.
KU keeps up with advances in nursing education
August 22, 2009 in print edition on E8
With many industries reporting astronomical numbers of lost jobs and slim prospects for the future, the nursing profession continues to thrive. In keeping with that trend, programs at the Kansas University School of Nursing are thriving as well.
No. 1 doubles team solid
August 22, 2009
Despite a 3-0 start last year, Kansas University’s women’s tennis team struggled throughout the 2008-2009 season against ranked opponents and fierce Big 12 competition. The Jayhawks ended their season with a 10-13 overall record and a 4-8 record in the Big 12.
Return of whole roster has O’Neil optimistic
Seniors Powers, Gockel expected to lead way, but should be pushed by juniors Bal, Thiry, Clark, Wilson, Rainbolt
August 22, 2009
Expectations are high for the Kansas University women’s golf team this season, as head coach Erin O’Neil returns nine golfers from last year’s roster and hopes that her team’s savvy will lead the Jayhawks to new heights during 2009-10.
Barbee back to lead young squad
August 22, 2009
If there’s one thing Kansas University men’s golf coach Kit Grove has learned during his time at KU, it has been how to lean on his team’s young talent.
Swimming expects ‘interesting’ year
Hammered by the graduation of nine seniors, coach Campbell reloads with whopping 13 newcomers
August 22, 2009
In 18 seasons of college coaching, Kansas University women’s swimming and diving coach Clark Campbell never has seen anything quite like this.
Rowing eyes Big 12 crown
Jayhawks say new boathouse to make ‘big difference in the program’
August 22, 2009
With a new boathouse and dreams of winning a Big 12 Conference championship, the Kansas University rowing team is more excited than ever. Last spring marked the first-ever Big 12 tournament for women’s rowing.
KU probes alcohol-related sorority incident
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
As Kansas University students returned to campus for classes Thursday, so did an ongoing drumbeat of alcohol-related issues at the school.
Moran lauded for bioscience support
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran was recognized with the first Kansas Bioscience Organization Legislative Leadership Award for his support of the bioscience industry in the state.
Runners benefit from experience
Redwine: Track, cross country teams have high expectations
August 22, 2009
In 2008, the University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country team earned a pair of eighth-place finishes in the Big 12 Championships and eighth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively, in the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
Calendar complicates Ramadan dates
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D8
In June, the calls to Dennis Jensen’s Riverside County date farm in Southern California began to pick up. By July, he said, the calls took on a more urgent nature: “Send me some dates; save me!”
Artists sought for new license plate
August 22, 2009
Talk about the ultimate traveling art exhibit.
David vs. Goliath: Lawrence churchgoers weigh in on study about congregation size
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D1
Head south on Kasold Drive, and contrasting pictures of church life rush past as the road curves east to become 31st Street. On one side sits the Lawrence Baptist Temple, a congregation led by the Rev. Gary Myer, whose membership is around 150. Across the street rises the towering steeple of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, which boasts a congregation of between 750 and 800 attendees, led by the Rev. Bill Bump. On Sundays, cars file into the parking lots as each congregation celebrates its faith.
40 years ago: 4 arrested for ‘harvesting’ marijuana
August 22, 2009
Four young men were arrested while “harvesting” marijuana in the Douglas County area. There were no Lawrence men in the group.
City must note poor rankings on income, housing costs
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s interesting — perhaps the words puzzling, disappointing or disturbing would be more accurate — to describe the apparent low public concern about a recent Journal-World news story that reported how low Lawrence ranks on income and high in housing costs compared to other Big 12 Conference cities.
Award-winning setbacks for women
August 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
Every year at this time, we prepare to celebrate Aug. 26, the anniversary of women’s suffrage, in our own quirky way. We cheerfully distribute the Equal Rites Awards to those who have done their best over the last 12 months to set back the cause of women.
100 years ago: Agent attepted to induce female Haskell students to come to KC
August 22, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 22, 1909: The fact that an agent from Kansas City has been in Lawrence to induce Haskell Indian girls to go to Kansas City and enter houses there was the startling statement made today by J.O. Milligan, the disciplinarian of the Indian school here.
25 years ago: Shareholders approve sale of USB stock
August 22, 2009
Shareholders of University State Bancshares approved the sale of a large block of newly issued common stock to two Johnson County investors — C. Humbert Tinsman Jr. and James E.C. Tinsman. University State Bancshares owned about 80 percent of University State Bank at 955 Iowa. Don Johnston was president. Johnston said the bank had not been sold as such and local control was still due to be prominent. The Tinsmans were to factor in bank expan sion projects.
Burress sentence doesn’t seem fair
August 22, 2009 in print edition on C2
The NFL turns out to be the wrong place if you’re looking for justice, and we’re not talking about Winston Justice.
Club news
August 22, 2009 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club announces results of its Aug. 15 meeting, with hosts Marc and Cora Kuepker.
The Edge
August 22, 2009
• Joe Henry (Music) • ‘Exiles in the Garden’ (Books) • Third Eye Blind (Music)