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Archive for Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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The day in photos, July 14, 2009
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Polls
If KU wins the national championship in 2009-10 and Sherron Collins ends his career as KU's fourth-leading scorer, would you consider him the greatest KU guard of all-time?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
46%
No
 
40%
Undecided
 
13%
Total 1169
Should Kansas University officials be allowed to enter rooms in student housing uninvited if authorities believe illegal drinking or drug use is happening inside?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
50%
No
 
46%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 1619
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Alice, a denizen of The Dusty Bookshelf. Shopping companions: Meet some of downtown Lawrence’s favorite furry characters
July 13, 2009
Allie sits at the window and stares outside at customers. People with their dogs walk by, stopping to say hi. Someone comes in the store and Allie greets them, giving them the guided tour of the store. Allie works at It’s About Time, 816 Mass., but she’s not on the store’s payroll.
6:00 a.m.
Shelly Nichols, animal control officer with the city, captures one of two young raccoons who wound up in the back of a city sanitation vehicle on Monday, July 13, 2009. The two animals were inside a trash container when dumped into the truck. The sanitation crew halted work until Nichols arrived to rescue the raccoons. Nichols freed the animals in a nearby field. Baby raccoons rescued from trash truck
July 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
An animal rescue prompted a slight delay in a Lawrence trash crew’s route Monday morning, after two young raccoons wound up inside the crew’s trash truck.
10:00 a.m.
Parking control officer Taunya Miller issues a ticket to a vehicle in the city parking lot on the 900 block of Vermont Street. City commission to debate fee increases Tuesday night
July 13, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Speeders, illegal parkers, and good and bad golfers alike may soon face higher fines or fees in Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
Parking control officer Taunya Miller issues a ticket to a vehicle in the city parking lot on the 900 block of Vermont Street. Plan for new rec center met coolly
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
There may not be much room for fun and games in the city’s 2010 budget.
2:00 p.m.
Former Kansas University basketball standout Wayne Simien has retired from professional basketball and has started Called to Greatness, a Christian-based sports organization through Morning Star Christian Church, 998 N. 1771 Road, and Midwest Student Ministries. Simien, Moody to chair tourney
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 1B
The inaugural Family Promise of Lawrence Charity Golf Tournament, set for Sept. 21 at Lawrence Country Club, will benefit the Lawrence chapter of Family Promise, a faith-based, non-profit program designed to help homeless adults with children.
6:00 p.m.
Hannah Scott, 7, Topeka, plays with Kaden while her family camps at the Cedar Ridge campground at Clinton Lake in this file photo from May. Kids, animals and adults can all be bitten by chiggers climbing out of the grass. Watch out: Chiggers ‘ready and waiting’
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Hot and humid — perfect weather for chiggers.

All stories

East Heights school receives donation
10:30 p.m., July 14, 2009 Updated 11:52 p.m. in print edition on A4
While budget woes are hurting the Lawrence school district, one program at East Heights Early Childhood and Family Center received a big donation.
Langford hitting his stride overseas
July 14, 2009
Keith Langford, who scored nearly 2,000 points as a Jayhawk, is putting his NBA dreams on hold for another go-round in Europe.
Attorneys for Club Axis and the city to discuss nightclub’s future at hearing
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
Attorneys for the city and Club Axis, a controversial Lawrence nightclub, are scheduled to meet Friday to debate the club’s future.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital offers insights to city leaders
July 14, 2009
The city of Lawrence and its hospital rely on each other to be successful — something leaders underscored Tuesday during an annual luncheon.
Find all the best Sidewalk Sale deals with LJWorld.com and Twitter
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Make sure you’re telling all of Lawrence about the bargains you find at the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale by using the hashtag #SWSale. LJWorld.com and LawrenceMarketplace.com will be tweeting bargains all day long as well.
Annual Sidewalk Sale set for Thursday
Merchants prepare for tomorrow’s huge sidewalk sale
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s annual sidewalk sale doesn’t officially begin until sunup Thursday, but workers at the Gap, 643 Mass., have been planning and preparing for weeks.
Douglas County AIDS Project to display AIDS Quilt panels
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County AIDS Project will be displaying AIDS quilt panels at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The quilt panels were created by members of DCAP’s Quilting Circle in recognition of the agency’s 20th anniversary.
Kansas to get $2.7 million in stimulus funds for appliance rebate program
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas will receive nearly $2.7 million in federal stimulus funds for an appliance rebate program, officials said Tuesday.
KU proposal would allow housing supervisors to enter dorm rooms with probable cause
‘Probable cause’ on drinking would allow supervisors to use their keys
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
A proposed policy at Kansas University would allow student housing supervisors to enter students’ rooms without a search warrant if they had probable cause to believe alcohol was being consumed inside.
29-year-old Ellsworth legislator appointed as Kansas agriculture secretary
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Democratic legislator from Ellsworth has been selected as the state’s new agriculture secretary.
Kobach says statement about Obama ‘just a joke’
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Democratic Party didn’t find Republican secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach’s joke about President Obama’s birth certificate funny.
Kansas seeking stimulus money to upgrade state’s Amtrak service
July 14, 2009
Kansas is seeking about $17 million in federal stimulus funds to help upgrade passenger rail service.
Budget deficit tops $1 trillion for first time
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
The federal deficit has topped $1 trillion for the first time ever and could grow to nearly $2 trillion by this fall, intensifying fears about higher interest rates, inflation and the strength of the dollar.
Web site re-creates Apollo 11 mission
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
Families crowded around black-and-white television sets in 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong take man’s first steps on the moon.
OAS should take stand in Venezuela
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
While the Organization of American States is rightly denouncing the coup against ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, there are growing questions about why it hasn’t said a word about the coup against Antonio Ledezma in Venezuela.
10 ways to save on your summer water bill
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C2
Brown grass, swimming pools and water-crazy kids add cents and dollars to your utility bill every summer.
Double Take: Transgendered reader keeping truth from boyfriend
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
There’s no graceful way to say it, so I’m just going to be blunt; I am a transgendered individual.
Paine’s own words
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Mr. Miller (Public Forum, July 12), have you ever read a single word by Thomas Paine? Obviously, not. Your theories about Mr. Paine’s Christian beliefs are ludicrous.
Faith-based help
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: This is in response to another vitriolic letter from Mr. Springsteen (Public Forum, July 9). First, it takes a very high level of self-importance to attempt to tell Hobby Lobby, or anyone else how they are to believe or what they are to believe in.
Watch out: Chiggers ‘ready and waiting’
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
Hot and humid — perfect weather for chiggers.
K-State working to rebuild trust
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas State is putting football coach Bill Snyder at the head of the parade in its campaign to recapture the trust of angry donors and disillusioned fans.
Simien, Moody to chair tourney
Charity golf event to benefit Lawrence’s Family Promise
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
The inaugural Family Promise of Lawrence Charity Golf Tournament, set for Sept. 21 at Lawrence Country Club, will benefit the Lawrence chapter of Family Promise, a faith-based, non-profit program designed to help homeless adults with children.
Child sex crimes bring 91 months in prison
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 57-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
Kansas confident on NBAF lab
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas officials remained confident Monday that a new federal biosecurity lab will be built in their state, despite apparent attempts to delay construction or block funding.
Cat purrs send different messages
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
A cat’s purr normally says, “I’m happy.” But a new study suggests some purrs send cat owners a much different message: “Feed me!”
In hearing, Republicans question Sotomayor’s impartiality
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Senate Republicans, trying to make the most of a weak hand, served notice Monday they will attack Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor over the next two days as a biased judge who cannot be fully trusted to follow the law and whose ethnic identity could sway her rulings.
Rattner leaving auto task force
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Steven Rattner, who led the Obama administration’s efforts to restructure General Motors and Chrysler through swift, government-led bankruptcies, plans to depart his post, officials said Monday.
Tensions rise after police shooting kills 2
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
The capital of China’s western Xinjiang region was tense amid tight security today, a day after police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third more than a week after deadly ethnic rioting.
Storms cause 5th delay for space shuttle
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A2
Thunderstorms once again forced NASA to call off the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on Monday, the fifth delay for the space station construction mission.
Dancing law appealed
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A6
Dancing the night away in Des Moines doesn’t seem to be at the top of many must-do lists. Maybe because it’s illegal.
Ala. doctor tapped for surgeon general
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
President Obama announced Monday he would nominate Dr. Regina Benjamin, a family physician who founded a health clinic in a small, shrimp-farming town in Alabama, to be surgeon general.
Cameras captured ‘chilling’ home invasion
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Byrd and Melanie Billings had a growing brood of adopted children with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and took care to make their nine-bedroom house a safe place for them, wiring it with surveillance cameras in every room.
Quail Run librarian wins national award
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
A Quail Run School librarian won a national award touting her vision and leadership by using information technology to build lifelong learners.
Contador plays down tension with Armstrong
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B4
Alberto Contador is playing down tensions between him and Lance Armstrong, a rivalry that has left a glaring unresolved issue at the Tour de France: Astana’s leadership remains in question while these former champions vie for the yellow jersey.
Fielder powers past Home Run Derby contenders
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Prince Fielder beat the hometown boppers on their own turf.
Greinke snubbed?
Blue Jays’ Halladay, Giants’ Lincecum picked to start
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B1
Tim Lincecum plans to enjoy this trip to the All-Star game much more than his last one. The first thing he has to do is stay healthy so he can pitch.
Firefighters’ funds receive distribution
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A5
A tax paid by insurance companies will provide about $271,000 to assist Lawrence firefighters this year, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s office announced Monday.
Americans’ debt stress easing, even as unemployment rises
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
Unemployment is rising. Nest eggs are in tatters. Home values have tanked. And yet surprisingly, Americans are feeling less stress from debt these days.
Walking, biking to work linked with better fitness
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C8
Walking or biking to work, even part way, is linked with fitness, but very few Americans do it, according to a study of more than 2,000 middle-aged city dwellers.
Yankees should trade for Halladay
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
So Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said last week he’s open to trading Roy Halladay. And Halladay said Monday in St. Louis, where he’s preparing for tonight’s All-Star Game, that he’s open to getting traded to the Yankees.
Nationals fire manager Acta
Bench coach Jim Riggleman named interim replacement
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B2
Washington — So much for the plan to have Manny Acta’s patient optimism lead the Washington Nationals out of the doldrums. The abysmal won-loss record became too much to stomach, costing him his job at the All-Star break and adding another layer of instability to the worst team in baseball.
Downtown change
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A7
The exit of several notable retailers from downtown Lawrence reflect a change in the area, but where will that change lead?
School board accepts donation for new facility
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Firebirds will have a place to roost near their football field come fall.
Minority investment gap persists
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
For more than a decade, Chicago-based Ariel Investments has examined the investing habits of African-Americans.
Amtrak rolls out stimulus project
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
Amtrak has wasted little time using its $1.3 billion slice of the federal stimulus package, unveiling the first of 81 passenger cars to be restored with the help of economic recovery funds.
D.A. issues alert on door-to-door sales
Don’t be pressured into buying, and know your rights after a sale, Branson advises
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B7
With the economy still in rough shape, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says the sales tactics of door-to-door salespeople seem to be more aggressive.
Horoscopes
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
This year, you cannot help it — you are noticed. Many could push leadership roles on you, whether you like it or not. Make headway and stay centered. If you are single, many people would like to be your significant other. Take advantage of time in order to choose the right person. If you are attached, do more as a couple more often. Aries can trigger strong reactions.
Plan for new rec center met coolly
City manager says project fulfills 1994 sales tax purpose
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A1
There may not be much room for fun and games in the city’s 2010 budget.
Smart style: Needs and wants for your first dorm room
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
As soon as the residence assignments are sent out, some college students are eager to feather their new dorm nest.
Welcome to Miami, Bravo
July 14, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bravo’s new faux-p-opera “Miami Social” (9 p.m., Bravo) takes place in Miami, but it could have been shot in the Twilight Zone.
Tips for LD students on college search
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C1
The transition from high school to college is daunting for most students, but the anxiety is exaggerated for most students with learning disabilities.
Youths can plan to head off summer weight gain
July 14, 2009 in print edition on C2
When we think summer, most of us think outdoor fun.
Boston zoos may get funds after euthanasia scare
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Massachusetts lawmakers said Monday they would try to restore $4 million in state funds for two local zoos after operators suggested that without the money, animals might have to be destroyed — a claim the governor called a scare tactic.
Orangutan escapes zoo enclosure
July 14, 2009 in print edition on A8
Officials at an Australian zoo say a clever orangutan used a rope to swing out of its enclosure and enjoy a brief taste of freedom.