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Archive for Friday, July 3, 2009

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Big Bang: Vinland’s First Family of Fireworks and their epic Fourth of July bash
July 2, 2009 in print edition on 1C
The sleepy little town of Vinland, 10 miles south of Lawrence, is about to wake up.
6:00 a.m.
Nine-year-old Parker Mesker curves around the sidewalk to cross Harvard Road on Wednesday in west Lawrence. City officials are exploring the possibility of adding additional fees to residents’ utility bills to help cover the cost of sidewalk maintenance. Lawrence residents could face new fees
July 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss’ recommended 2010 budget — released on Thursday — holds the line on property taxes, but doesn’t leave many other stones unturned in its search to generate revenue.
10:00 a.m.
The former Farmland Industries site on the east edge of Lawrence has been vacant for several years. The city must decide whether to pursue ownership of the property or turn it over to private development interests. Retail uses in play for Farmland location
July 3, 2009 in print edition on 3A
An Overland Park investment group that at least partially controls the future of the former Farmland Industries site gave more details Thursday about what it hopes to do with the land.
2:00 p.m.
Ryan Pope, left, and Ed Rose of Black Lodge Recording in Eudora are trying to sell the facility, due in part to shifts within the music industry. Black market: Area’s premier recording studio deals with collapse of music industry
July 3, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Some of the bands that have recorded at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora have claimed it was haunted.
6:00 p.m.
KU pitcher T.J. Walz delivers a pitch against Oklahoma State on April 11. International stage
July 3, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Last week, Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz was in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., taking in a College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium when Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price called Walz’s cell phone with a surprising proposition.

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Accident at 6th and Michigan diverts traffic
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 43-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Friday evening on charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving and driving without insurance after an accident that knocked down two utility poles near 6th and Michigan streets.
Flu-ridden Taylor watches U.S. down Egypt
July 3, 2009
USA Basketball’s Under 19 men’s basketball team didn’t need the services of Kansas University’s Tyshawn Taylor in a 112-55 drilling of Egypt today at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
Palin to resign as Alaska governor
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Sarah Palin announced she will resign as the governor of Alaska.
Local florists attend state convention
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Cary and Susan Engle of Englewood Florist, 1101 Mass., attended the Kansas State Florists’ Association’s annual convention June 13-14 at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Mayetta.
Red kettles to come out for fundraiser
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Salvation Army is dusting off a few red kettles and celebrating Christmas in July.
People in the news
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
Michael Jackson’s memorial service has been set for Tuesday at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Help needed
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: We must guarantee everyone has fair access to affordable health care coverage.
Bush crimes
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: While I do not “pride” myself on self-deception, honesty demands I admit to a high level of expertise in this area, (and to sincere efforts to address it).
Better Buehrle stifles K.C.
Pitcher continues mastery of Royals, 4-1
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B5
Mark Buehrle and the White Sox beat the Royals, 4-1.
Chamber announces ribbon-cutting events
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies:
Commodities
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures were lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Diminishing pay, fewer jobs threaten economic recovery
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Americans lucky enough to still have a job are noticing something unpleasant in their paychecks: They’re making less money.
Probe finds problems with chelation study
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
A federal investigation has found that heart attack survivors enrolled in a study of a controversial alternative medicine treatment were not told enough about potential dangers from the drug being tested, including death.
Health officials tackle swine flu challenges
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Swine flu is running wild in the Southern Hemisphere and is spreading rapidly through Europe, with Britain projected to reach 100,000 daily cases by the end of August. The virus is even showing signs of rebounding in Mexico.
White House: Biden has traveled to Iraq
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
The White House says Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq.
N. Korean missile launch toward U.S. feared
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea fired a barrage of short-range missiles off its east coast in a possible prelude to the launch of a long-range missile toward Hawaii over the U.S. Independence Day holiday.
Report: Air France plane hit the sea belly first
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Air France Flight 447 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean, intact and belly first, at such a high speed that the 228 people aboard probably had no time to even inflate their life jackets, French investigators said Thursday in their first report into the June 1 accident.
Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.
Baaad news? Global warming shrinking sheep
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Like the wool sweater that emerges from the dryer a size too small, global warming seems to be shrinking sheep.
Marines suffer first casualties in new Afghan campaign
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
U.S. Marines suffered their first casualties of a massive new military campaign Thursday as they engaged in sporadic gunbattles along 55 miles of Taliban-controlled heartland in southern Afghanistan.
On the record
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 54-year-old Lawrence woman reported Thursday morning the theft of a pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings.
Schedule of events for July 4th weekend
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Here’s a look at events during the Independence Day weekend in Lawrence.
Retail uses in play for Farmland location
Investors think city should consider commercial plans
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
An Overland Park investment group that at least partially controls the future of the former Farmland Industries site gave more details Thursday about what it hopes to do with the land.
McCray scores 15, U.S. thumps Brits
July 3, 2009
Danielle McCray had 15 points in the United States’ 93-59 rout of Great Britain.
Taylor helps U.S. improve to 2-0
July 3, 2009
Tyshawn Taylor had seven points and five assists in the United States’ 71-55 victory over France.
Journal-World seeks 4th of July photos
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Fireworks, picnics and afternoons on the lake — colorful events to celebrate America’s independence will soon be taking place all over Lawrence.
Pump patrol
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.39 at several stations.
Battery charge filed in park fight
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
A case against a Lawrence man accused of stabbing a 15-year-old in a city park has been dismissed.
City shifting gears for this year’s July 4th activities
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Bicycle races, a food festival and a new spot to catch the fireworks show will bring changes to Lawrence’s traditional Independence Day celebration.
Audit: State could save money on overtime
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A6
Seems like a no-brainer — state agencies paying a lot of overtime, might save money by hiring more people.
International stage
KU’s Walz pitching for U.S.
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Last week, Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz was in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., taking in a College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium when Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price called Walz’s cell phone with a surprising proposition.
Lawrence residents could face new fees
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss’ recommended 2010 budget — released on Thursday — holds the line on property taxes, but doesn’t leave many other stones unturned in its search to generate revenue.
Obama to advise Putin to move past Cold War
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Days from his first Moscow summit, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that former Russian President Vladimir Putin “still has a lot of sway” in his nation and needs an in-person reminder the Cold War is over.
School district needs to cut $500K more
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district’s budget ax will need to cut deeper.
Wiki site helps Army update field manuals
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B10
Authors of Army doctrine and field manuals are launching a pilot project to collect reaction from soldiers and officers on a Wiki site.
Golfer’s daughter inspiring
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
One of television’s most poignant and stirring sports blips never has received the attention the incident and the cause it now supports deserve. It’s still hard to watch it without getting a lump in the throat.
Job opportunity
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: We have recently discovered a great program, called Heartland Works, which places qualifying youth in jobs in the community.
Ruling steps toward true colorblindness
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Ricci case — that white firemen suffered illegal discrimination when a promotional test on which they did well was thrown out because not enough blacks did well — will have no effect on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Knowledge is power
An intelligence education plan that has caught President Obama’s eye had its start right here in Lawrence.
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
A recent news story in the Washington Post told of President Obama’s desire to improve this nation’s intelligence-gathering capabilities.
Black market: Area’s premier recording studio deals with collapse of music industry
July 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
Some of the bands that have recorded at Black Lodge Recording in Eudora have claimed it was haunted.
‘Public Enemies’ a beguiling crime drama
July 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
In “Public Enemies,” two threats to law and order loom over Depression-era America. One is John Dillinger, a gallant bank robber, and his gang.
KPR health reporter wins national award
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Bryan Thompson, health reporter for Kansas Public Radio, was named one of 14 recipients of the 2009 Mental Health America Media Awards.
Personal trainers attend symposium
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
Natalie Wilkins and Jalon Grogan, Body Boutique personal trainers, attended the ACE Symposium in Las Vegas last fall.
Man arrested after Wednesday morning hit-and-run
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday morning for leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Hershey kisses online gifts unit goodbye
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Internet just got a little less sweet.
Longtime forecaster reflects on job
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B10
His blue eyes twinkle when Dale Collins compares his 40-year career as a weatherman to today’s 10 p.m. fellows who depend on radar and Doppler.
Repeats abound on holiday eve
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
“Margaret Cho: Beautiful” (10 p.m., Showtime) captures the star of “All American Girl” and “The Cho Show” in standup mode, examining the nature of beauty and the pressure on people to be and to feel good about their appearances.
Horoscopes
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Friday, July 3: This year, you might be unusually creative, finding paths to goals that most people never would have considered. You often go on overload, as so much gets tossed on your plate. Caring comes naturally, as you are very enticing to many. If you are attached, the two of you need to pitch in and help each other, as much will be on your plate.
Franken attorneys sway election
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of last year’s disputed Senate race, and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s gracious concession at least spares the state any further legal combat.
Obama sends weak message
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
Help me out here. President Obama immediately “meddles” in the affairs of Honduras, denouncing a military coup, the intent of which is to preserve the country’s constitution, but when it comes to Iran’s fraudulent election and the violent repression of demonstrators who wanted their votes counted, the president initially vacillates and equivocates.
Homemade potato salad is a basic American right
July 3, 2009 in print edition on A9
I walked the length of the westbound Lake Shore Limited as it left Albany last Sunday, six crowded coaches, and counted three Twitterers and a couple of phone texters, six laptoppers (two of whom were watching movies), four video gamers, and 27 people reading books.
Williams sisters Wimbledon finalists
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
The purple “W” logo at Wimbledon might as well stand for the siblings who have made the women’s championship their own playground. Yes, the Williams sisters are back in the Wimbledon final.
Final-round format disrupts golfers
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
One day after birdies fell like rain out of the sky, Eagle Bend Golf Course and the Junior Team Championship tournament got their revenge on Thursday.
Tour of Lawrence kicks off today
July 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
This Fourth of July, there will be more than fireworks lighting up the streets of downtown Lawrence. The inaugural Tour of Lawrence cycling event is coming to town for a three-day weekend of some serious cycling.