Archive for Monday, August 24, 2009

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The day in photos, August 24, 2009 29th annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships
Will you get vaccinated for the swine flu?

Poll results

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Not sure
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Which of the KU football team's non-conference games are you most worried about?

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vs. Southern Miss
vs. Duke
vs. Northern Colorado
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Healthier Haskell kicks off Wednesday
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
For the past two years, participants in the Healthier Haskell program aimed to walk around the world — 24,901 miles.
City Commissioners Tuesday to authorize nearly $2.5 million in Bowersock repairs
City hopes $2.5M enough for Bowersock Dam facelift
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
It will cost nearly $2.5 million to repair the more than 100-year-old Bowersock Dam on the Kansas River.
Douglas County designated as recovery zone, which should boost economy
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A1
The designation gives local businesses and governments access to low-interest bonds through federal stimulus legislation aimed at spurring economic development.
Rogue bat forces county clerk to briefly close office
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
A bat found its way Monday morning into the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., and the commotion forced the county clerk’s office to close briefly until an animal control officer could remove the flying creature.
Former Nebraska running back convicted of murder
August 24, 2009
Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and other charges stemming from a September 2008 shooting in Omaha that left one man dead and another seriously wounded. The Douglas County jury also found the former Cornhuskers player guilty of attempted second-degree murder and two weapons counts. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the first-degree murder conviction.
Report: Heat’s Beasley checks into rehab facility
01:27 p.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 03:24 p.m.
Michael Beasley told his personal manager several days ago that he was working out in Houston because it brought “a change of scenery” from Miami and Washington. What happened next is a mystery, even to those who know Beasley best. The Miami Heat forward checked into a Houston rehabilitation facility last week and is being treated for various issues, including depression, a person briefed on the situation told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, and could not say whether the other issues included drug or alcohol treatment.
KU Hospital’s heart doctors have raised more than $2 million for program’s endowment
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas University Hospital announced Monday that its cardiologists and heart surgeons have raised more than $2 million for a lead gift to begin an endowment to support the hospital’s heart program.
Kansas governmental leaders hold summit on swine flu
Kansas University reports number of cases triples
10:14 a.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 04:19 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas officials planning for the next wave of swine flu urged residents on Monday to take a common-sense approach to battling the virus: Wash your hands frequently, stay home if you’re sick and get flu shots.
Statehouse Live: Schools say more budget cuts will hurt students
House panel focusing on state budget problems
09:26 a.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 05:47 p.m. in print edition on A1
School district officials tell lawmakers that recent budget cuts have hurt and that any further reductions will dismantle parts of education system.
KU’s swine flu cases reach 47
09:11 a.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 05:56 p.m.
Kansas University has 32 confirmed cases of the virus, and university officials are asking its 27,000 students to take action to avoid it.
Police respond to double shooting in south Lawrence
Police investigating incident at mobile home park
12:07 a.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 02:41 p.m. in print edition on A1
Two people were transported to a Kansas City-area hospital by air ambulance after a double shooting Sunday night at the Easy Living mobile home park, 3323 Iowa.
Lieberman: Many health care changes can wait
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
An independent senator counted on by Democrats in the health care debate showed signs of wavering Sunday when he urged President Barack Obama to postpone many of his initiatives because of the economic downturn.
Slow gains for women in Afghanistan
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A7
Last spring, I wrote from Kabul about the controversy over a law that would have restored Taliban-style restrictions on women and legalized marital rape.
August 24, 2009
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures were higher Monday. Wheat for December delivery jumped 12 cents to $4.9925, while December corn advanced 9.25 cents to $3.355 and December oats rose 6.75 cents to $2.2575.
In heart of the city, South Park goes country
Fiddlers and pickers gather for contests, concerts
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A1
The sweet strains of bluegrass music wafted over downtown Lawrence on Sunday afternoon at the 29th Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships.
Quirky, quick day: Lesser-known sites around K.C. pack in one more day of family fun
August 24, 2009
Looking for a quick day trip to serve as a last hurrah for summer? Here are some suggestions in the Kansas City area, provided by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.
High-tech trackers: New devices help parents keep track of children
August 24, 2009
It’s any parent’s worst nightmare, looking up and realizing your child has vanished.
What a treat!
Once again, the city horticultural team has provided us some delightful summer scenery.
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A7
It is rare, indeed, for the Lawrence area to reach mid-August as “green” as it is right now, with moisture totals running six and seven inches above normal for the year.
August 24, 2009
My husband was not my first love. There were many others before him. And, by that I mean many, MANY others. The first was Wally Cleaver. Deep in my heart, I knew he was way too mature for a girl of 7. He was in high school, after all. His younger brother, Beaver, was a more age-appropriate match. But Wally was so cute with his wavy brown hair and big blue eyes. I loved him unabashedly and was bitterly jealous of his girlfriend — that pert and perky Mary Ellen Rogers — who was so unworthy of him.
Community spirit: Chance encounters influence way in life
August 24, 2009
“I believe things happen in life to lead us on a path,” says Erika Dvorske, 36, Douglas County United Way’s president and chief executive officer.
Time for tapas: Entertain with small entrees for big impact
August 24, 2009
Are your big dinner party plans clashing with your small budget? Consider keeping your plates small, too. Spanish-style tapas are by definition budget-friendly, since they are small plates of food traditionally served at bars. Most can be prepared quickly and using inexpensive ingredients, allowing you to serve a varied and flavorful menu while keeping costs down.
Kansas soccer wins opener
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas opened its soccer season with a 2-0 victory over Drake.
Suspect: It cost $10K to pass checkpoints
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
Attackers paid $10,000 to get a bomb-laden truck past checkpoints and next to the Iraqi Finance Ministry in last week’s attacks, one of the suspected masterminds said in a confession broadcast Sunday.
Even in death, former leader unites Koreas
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
In death as in life, Kim Dae-jung managed to bring the two rival Koreas together.
Obama family arrives at Martha’s Vineyard
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
The first family settled in Sunday for their vacation on Martha’s Vineyard not long after Hurricane Bill scampered away, leaving behind big waves and heavy rip currents for the Obamas.
Reality TV actor found dead in Canadian motel, police say
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
A reality show contestant wanted for murder in the gruesome death and mutilation of his ex-wife was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide after hanging himself in a secluded motel, authorities said.
Millions face shrinking Social Security payments
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A2
Millions of older people face shrinking Social Security checks next year, the first time in a generation that payments would not rise.
Douglas county district court
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued; Divorces granted
How to Help: Day of Caring seeks weekend warriors
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center is planning a Day of Action as a part of a nationwide service initiative on Sept. 11 and 12.
Inventor creates way to rid smells from latrines
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A4
Don Sifers never forgot his first trip to a latrine at Boy Scout camp when he was 12.
ECKAN to distribute food on Thursday
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A6
ECKAN will be distributing food items to low-income persons at two locations Thursday.
Vacating wins accomplishes nothing
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B2
Question for college hoops fans: Have four No. 1 seeds ever reached the Final Four of the men’s basketball tournament?
U.S. wins 3rd straight Solheim Cup
Pressel, Wie lead Americans to triumph over Europe
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B2
The scoreboards around Rich Harvest Farms were awash in European blue and the holes beginning to dwindle.
Cuddyer, Twins clobber K.C., 10-3
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Twins beat the Royals, 10-3, behind Michael Cuddyer’s two home runs.
Schools crack down on ‘freak dancing’
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A6
Schools in the Wichita area and elsewhere in the state are cracking down on inappropriate dancing at their functions, and some students are responding by staying away from the events.
Medical robot makes rounds at Army hospital
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B10
Staff Sgt. Juan Amaris was in intensive care recovering from life-threatening burns when he got a peculiar visit from his doctor. Dr. Kevin Chung — rather, a 5-foot-tall camouflage-clad robot with Chung’s face on a monitor — rolled in to check on him.
Godmothers rise in Naples crime syndicate
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B10
They go by such nicknames as “Fat Cat” and “Tomboy.” Their simmering power struggles once drove them into the streets, guns blazing.
Beetles, wildfire: Double threat in warming world
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B10
A veil of smoke settled over the forest in the shadow of the St. Elias Mountains, in a wilderness whose spruce trees stood tall and gray, a deathly gray even in the greenest heart of a Yukon summer.
Wind farms spark debate among property owners
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B10
Richard Grant Jr.’s family has ranched Wyoming’s rugged granite-and-grass hills for generations, their 123-year-old ranch dotted with reminders of their long history — a historic schoolhouse, an old red barn and the parcels of land sold away during hard times.
ADHD drugs prevalent in prescription abuse
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A1
Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention-deficit drugs soared 76 percent over eight years, sobering evidence about the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse, a study released today shows.
‘Buried treasure’ claims debunked
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
This year, Kansas elected officials have cut the state budget four times because of dwindling revenues.
State political parties plot new strategies
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A1
With few big name contenders so far for the 2010 elections, the executive directors of the Democratic and Republican parties have their work cut out for them.
Health fair offers screenings, shots
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
A free health fair will be offered in McLouth.
Pump patrol
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several stations.
Walk aims to gain ground on autism
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A3
Supporters of two autistic McLouth youths are planning to put feet to pavement in October at the Kansas Speedway.
Attack on Obama riles Glenn Beck’s advertisers
August 24, 2009
Glenn Beck returns to Fox News Channel after a vacation today with fewer companies willing to advertise on his show than when he left, part of the fallout from calling President Barack Obama a racist.
The more things change …
The Jayhawks’ football program has been turned around, but players say coach Mark Mangino has remained the same
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football players say coach Mark Mangino hasn’t changed much, though the program sure has.
Thousands flee raging wildfires
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A10
A partial drop in gale-force winds early today offered hard-pressed Greek firefighters a brief respite after wildfires raged unchecked for two days north of Athens, burning houses and swaths of forest while forcing thousands to flee their homes.
Pitt, Tarantino’s ‘Basterds’ earns glorious $37.6M
August 24, 2009
The war effort by Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt has paid off as their history lesson “Inglourious Basterds” claimed victory at the box office with a $37.6 million debut.
Fun seems forced on ‘Fresh Beat Band’
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A9
A live-action series with a cartoony background, “The Fresh Beat Band” (11 a.m., Nickelodeon) combines songs and hijinks from a quartet of well-scrubbed musicians named Kiki (guitar), Marina (drums), Twist (turntable and electronic ephemera) and Shout (Keyboards).
NASA embraces pop culture on next space shuttle flight
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A9
When Discovery flies to the international space station this week, it will deliver a new treadmill named for a TV comedian and pick up a Buzz Lightyear toy.
Flag thief
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I would like to write a thank-you note to the people who stole our American flag off the front of our house.
Lack of trust
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Sen. Claire McCaskill asked the right question at a recent town hall meeting: “Don’t you trust me?” She didn’t like the answer: “NO.”
Not smart
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Homelessness, like health care, continues to dominate the front pages of the Journal-World and other media nationwide.
Lose your hang-ups
August 24, 2009
How difficult is it to hang pictures on a wall? Just about anyone can succeed on the most basic level. All you need is a hammer, a roofing nail and enough coordination not to smash your thumb.
Make it a point to repoint mortar joints
August 24, 2009
If the mortar on your wall, chimney or patio is cracked and crumbling away, it is time to grab a trowel, mix up some mortar and re-point your way into a rewarding home repair project.
Save on your wedding
August 24, 2009
Planning a wedding in these tough economic times is a big challenge. But don’t panic! There are plenty of smart strategies that you can use to plan your dream wedding for half the price. Here are some tips from Sharon Naylor, author and Q&A specialist at iVillage Weddings.
Test of time: Best SAT, ACT prep may be focus on pacing
August 24, 2009
A couple of missed question in a college admissions tests such as the ACT or SAT can be the difference between thousands of dollars in scholarships or a $100 grant. Here are some tips to ensure students can get their highest score — and amount of financial assistance — possible.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
August 24, 2009
Name that bar: Learn how some of Lawrence’s pubs got their monikers
August 24, 2009
Australian shepherds, traditions, nicknames and poets have all contributed to the unique names of bars in Lawrence. Here’s a look at how some of Lawrence’s favorite hangouts got their names.
Library top 10
August 24, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of Aug. 10 through Aug. 16.
Where germs feel at home
August 24, 2009
Wash your hands. That’s a common mantra — and a worthy one. But all the hand-washing in the world may not be a match for the germs and viruses lurking on household surfaces.
Obama facing hard choices on Afghanistan war plans
August 24, 2009 in print edition on A10
As public support for the war in Afghanistan erodes, President Barack Obama soon may face two equally unattractive choices: increase U.S. troop levels to beat back a resilient enemy, or stick with the 68,000 already committed and risk the political fallout if that’s not enough.
Napping and shopping have health benefits
August 24, 2009
To nap or to shop? Neither? Both? Those are questions for many older men and women. It turns out that 40 percent of people 65 and older say they take a daily nap — and a similar percentage goes shopping every day, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.
25 years ago: KU enrollment soars
August 24, 2009
Local delegates to the Republican National Convention admitted they were excited “and quite moved” by the patriotic flavor of the convention’s finale in Dallas. They were Donna schultz, Ken Martinez and Bernice Todd. Incumbent Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were the party nominees to oppose Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic standard-bearers.
100 years ago: Bond set for KU professor
August 24, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 24, 1909: L.C. Miege, the KU professor who was arrested on Aug. 12 at Emporia for fraudulent use of the mails, was given a preliminary hearing before the U.S. commissioner at Topeka. He had been employed to teach French and Spanish at KU but has resigned. His bond is $300 and he has been bound over to the federal court for trial. This closes the incident for KU which will hire someone else for the job.
40 years ago: Chancellor’s family arrives
August 24, 2009
The Laurence Chalmers family arived to set up residence in the Kansas University’s chancellor’s house. There were two sons, Chip, 16, and Henry, 13. Chalmers was succeeding Dr. Clarke Wescoe, who had enter the private medical field.
Black tights key accoutrement for fall
August 24, 2009
Fashions come and go, and it is always most cost-efficient to purchase timeless items; however — timeless or trendy — sometimes you just have to buy it now! So what’s on the hot list today? Try out these hot new trends — and don’t worry, your wallet can behave later.
Walk-on deserves credit
12:00 a.m., August 24, 2009 Updated 04:05 p.m. in print edition on B1
Walk-on Chris Heinz deserves credit for helping to make Kansas University’s football team better.
Experts suggest tips for rapid reading
August 24, 2009
After Memorial Day many of us had an ambitious list of summer reads. But between the picnics, kids’ ball games and lawn upkeep, our bookmarks are still stuck in the middle of that first book. So much for keeping up with Oprah this summer.
10 tips for ER visits
August 24, 2009
Emergency physicians suggest 10 things you need to know if you are ever in the position where you need to take a child to the emergency department.
KU recruit tumbles in rankings
Why the hate? Phoenix prep Woolridge shrugs off lack of respect
August 24, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball recruit Royce Woolridge has fallen from No. 93 to No. 117 in’s national rankings.