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Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Also from July 15

Births
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On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, July 15, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
What did you think of this year's downtown Lawrence sidewalk sale?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’m not going
 
57%
It was OK
 
14%
I haven’t gone yet
 
12%
I expected better
 
12%
The best ever
 
3%
Total 823
What do you think of the parking meters on Massachusetts Street raising their rate to 25 cents for a half hour?

Poll results

Response Percent
All parking should be free.
 
37%
The rate is still pretty low; the city could use more funds.
 
22%
The increase is about right.
 
20%
They should not change the rate.
 
20%
Total 99
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Brent Hill, store manager at Francis Sporting Goods, 731 Mass., and employee Samantha Zuber begin the task of sorting shoes Tuesday for Thursday’s annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale, which will last from the crack of dawn until sundown. Annual Sidewalk Sale set for Thursday
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University students walk to their dormitory on Daisy Hill in this 2008 file photo. KU proposal would allow housing supervisors to enter dorm rooms with probable cause
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Club Axis, alternately know as well as Club 821, 821 Iowa St., has drawn attention from the city due to a number of disturbances and violent incidents at the establishment. Attorneys for Club Axis and the city to discuss nightclub’s future at hearing
July 14, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Attorneys for the city and Club Axis, a controversial Lawrence nightclub, are scheduled to meet Friday to debate the club’s future.
6:00 p.m.
Diane Chrislip grows beets in her garden southwest of Eudora. What do I do with … beets: Simple preparation yields superb side dish
July 15, 2009 in print edition on 1C
In the produce kingdom, there might be no more divisive a vegetable than the beet.

All stories

Local credit union brings financial literacy to pre-teens
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
While Langston Hughes sixth-grader Domino Brewer might not have a lot of money to her name, she’d like to do a better job handling the cash she does have.
Landfill plans to make electricity from waste and sell it to Westar
July 15, 2009
A landfill plans to make electricity from its waste and sell it to Westar Energy Inc., officials from both companies said Wednesday.
Lightning sparks traffic signal malfunctions
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
No, it doesn’t take more than a minute to walk across Sixth Street. And beacons normally don’t flash for school zones at 2 p.m. on a Sunday.
State department on aging wants public’s take on agency
July 15, 2009
Martin Kennedy, interim secretary of the Kansas Department on Aging, has scheduled three public meetings to gather input for shaping the agency’s budget.
Salvation Army seeks volunteers for summer fundraising campaign
July 15, 2009
The Salvation Army still is seeking volunteers for its “Christmas in July” fundraising campaign.
Insurance Commissioner Praeger to be at Lawrence Farmers’ Market Saturday
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will be at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market on Saturday to promote local buying and healthy eating.
State Board of Education proposes $282 million increase in public school funding
01:31 p.m., July 15, 2009 Updated 05:17 p.m. in print edition on A1
The State Board of Education on Wednesday recommended a $282 million increase to public schools to make up for a wave of budget cuts and comply with state laws designed to provide regular funding hikes.
Moran reports raising $3.1 million for U.S. Senate race
State primary election 2010 Senate candidate gathers $3.1 million for campaign
01:19 p.m., July 15, 2009 Updated 11:42 p.m. in print edition on B8
Republican Rep. Jerry Moran has stockpiled $3.1 million for his Senate campaign and kept up a big lead in cash over rival GOP Rep. Todd Tiahrt, reports from their campaigns showed Wednesday.
Kansas Lottery reports declining revenue
July 15, 2009
The Kansas Lottery reports a 2.6 percent drop in sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That translates to a $6 million decline in revenue.
Topeka officials upset that historic Sumner School not being maintained
July 15, 2009
Topeka officials want to know why the couple who bought the historic Sumner School property are not maintaining it.
Tour de France update, stage 10
July 15, 2009
After the Rest Day there was nonstop talk about whether or not we would be wearing radios.
Earpiece ban story of day for Tour de France
July 15, 2009
The tension is clear between teammates Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong. That’s nothing, however, compared to the anger many riders feel toward Tour de France organizers.
K-State announces Landon Lecture lineup
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B12
Kansas State University says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will give the school’s Landon Lectures this fall.
Parking meter costs to increase
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
Stock up on quarters, and make sure your watch is working.
More Paine
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
To the editor: In my earlier letter I did not say that Thomas Paine was a Christian.
Fish targeted in fight to clear lake of algae
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B12
Wildlife officials are trying to rid a central Kansas lake of two fish species they say could be to blame for helping cause algae blooms that have tainted the water supplies of two nearby towns, Marion and Hillsboro.
Firebirds fired up to land new facility
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Free State High football team is ecstatic about the recent news that an anonymous donor would help foot the bill for a new locker room facility at the team’s new field.
Pump patrol
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.23 at several stations.
Eudora High standout tests soccer skills on international stage
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
Eudora High senior Matt Jump traveled to Sweden recently to participate in the Gothia Cup.
THS track champion adds speed on AAU circuit
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
Tonganoxie High track star D.J. Lindsay has spent his summer running with an AAU relay team that teaches new techniques.
Former Cardinal now a star at Illinois
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B6
Eudora High grad Melissa Fernandez is making a name for herself at the collegiate level.
Raiders sweep Emporia
Offense sizzles late as bats come up big down stretch
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Raiders took two from Emporia Tuesday night at Ice Field.
Crawford catch saves AL All-Stars
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
The American League outlasted the National League, 4-3, Tuesday night at the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis.
Different course, same strategy
Woods preparing for his first event at Turnberry
July 15, 2009
The sea breeze in his face was not nearly as important to Tiger Woods as finding the best route around three pot bunkers on the 10th hole at Turnberry.
Defending British Open champion facing uncertainty
July 15, 2009
Padraig Harrington believes his experience winning the British Open the last two years will give him an advantage over almost everyone at Turnberry. The hard part will be giving himself a chance.
Back with a vengeance
Defensive back Thornton thrilled to be reunited with team
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University cornerback Justin Thornton spent the end of last season suspended. Now, the senior is back with the team and looking to make up for lost time.
Agencies meet to discuss hunger resources, needs
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
Representatives of social service agencies gathered at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence on Tuesday to network and discuss strategies for meeting the needs of the area’s hungry.
KCC approves path of transmission line
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a path for a high-voltage transmission line through six southwest Kansas counties.
Army units going to Iraq for changing mission
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Pentagon has created, and ordered to Iraq, four custom-made Army brigades designed to focus more on advising Iraqis and less on fighting as America prepares for its 2011 exit.
‘Ike Dike’ mulled to prevent flooding
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
It has been dubbed the “Ike Dike” — a 55-mile barrier, 17 feet high, that would be built along the Texas Gulf Coast to fend off the sort of devastating flooding inflicted by last year’s Hurricane Ike.
2 French security advisers seized
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two French security advisers on a mission to train Somali forces were kidnapped Tuesday at a hotel where they had checked in as journalists, officials and witnesses said.
Liberia’s ex-leader denounces charges
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
His combat fatigues were replaced by a dark suit and tie, and the tinted aviator glasses gave the former Liberian leader a haughty air as he took the stand Tuesday to emphatically denounce the war crimes charges against him as “disinformation, misinformation, lies, rumors.”
7 charged with killing couple, stealing safe
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
An ex-convict who taught self-defense to children. A day laborer who served prison time for killing a man in a fight. An Air Force staff sergeant attached to an elite special operations unit.
House lays groundwork for probe of secret CIA program
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
The CIA spent at least $1 million on the secret intelligence program that aimed to develop hit squads to kill al-Qaida leaders but never went beyond the planning stage, a congressional official said Tuesday.
Activist pushes for hate-crime probes
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
A Kansas City man who was the driving force behind an effort to bring civil rights-era offenders to justice is preparing to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder to jump-start efforts to find criminals because “people are dying and memories are fading.”
Release of K.C. mayor’s wife’s journal won’t delay trial
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A6
The employment discrimination lawsuit against the Kansas City mayor and the city will not be delayed by the release of the mayor’s wife’s diary, in which she takes sharp jabs at city council members — calling one a moron and another a phony.
Decision to free man who became killer questioned
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A9
A North Carolina parole officer overloaded with cases should not be blamed for failing to tell jail officers to keep behind bars a career criminal who later killed five people, authorities said Tuesday.
Terror alert colors may disappear
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A9
It’s code blue for the color-themed terrorism advisories.
Temperament of Supreme Court nominee called into question
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Sonia Sotomayor kept her cool Tuesday, even when she was being portrayed at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing as just the opposite — a hotheaded judge who is sometimes mean to lawyers who appear before her.
Test score disparity persists
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
Despite unprecedented efforts to improve minority achievement in the past decade, the gap between black and white students remains frustratingly wide, according to an Education Department report released Tuesday.
Helicopter reported shot down in Afghanistan
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A2
A civilian helicopter ferrying humanitarian aid was shot down in a southern Afghan province where fighting with the Taliban is raging, killing all six Ukrainian crew members and a child on the ground, officials said.
Sotomayor disputes racial bias charges
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A7
It was almost as if the judge were on trial. Answering for her own past statements, Sonia Sotomayor battled her way through a grueling day of intense and sometimes critical questioning by senators.
Obama on burden of fixing economy: ‘Give it to me’
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A8
Conceding unemployment will get worse before it shrinks, President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $12 billion plan to help community colleges prepare millions of people for a new generation of jobs.
Health booklet: Teen sex can be fun
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C10
Britain’s National Health Service has a message for teens: Sex can be fun.
House health proposal would require coverage, boost taxes
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A1
House Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a far-reaching $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans, with medical providers, employers and the wealthiest picking up most of the tab.
Homeless shelter closes on weekends, holidays
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B12
A lack of money and volunteers has forced a western Kansas homeless shelter to close on weekends and holidays.
‘Dark Blue’ proves ridiculously violent
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B10
Prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer presents “Dark Blue” (9 p.m., TNT), a hyper-violent new cop show aimed at viewers who found “The Shield” too introspective.
People in the news
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B10
Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi golf course is set to open July 25 in suburban Memphis after a $16 million renovation aimed at making it environmentally friendly.
Horoscopes
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B10
For Wednesday, July 15: This year, you head in a new direction and make a difference. You will do best in groups, though you will relate well to individuals, too. However, you will discover the power of a support group. If you are single, you could meet someone very interesting and exciting. If you are attached, you discover that your sweetie could be changing and growing in a new direction.
Commodities
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
New LCD TV tech can enhance performance
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B11
While TVs continue to get larger and prices continue to shrink, the best news is that picture quality keeps getting better — not by leaps and bounds but in small steps that add up to noticeable change over time.
Goldman-Sachs back to big profits
Company repays bailout, still posts $2.7 billion gain
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B11
Goldman Sachs is emerging as the king of post-meltdown Wall Street.
Hospital, city leaders discuss relationship
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B11
The city of Lawrence and its hospital rely on each other to be successful — something leaders underscored Tuesday during an annual luncheon.
What do I do with … beets: Simple preparation yields superb side dish
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
In the produce kingdom, there might be no more divisive a vegetable than the beet.
U.S. should get credit for Pakistan aid
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A10
Despite the exciting events in Iran, Honduras and the Koreas, pay attention to a less-observed drama beginning in Pakistan this week.
Bus options?
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A10
To the editor: How frustrating is the Lawrence school district’s decision to eliminate bus service for students who live less than 2.5 miles from their school?
Greensburg offering tours of renovations
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B12
The project to rebuild Greensburg as an environmentally friendly town is now open to public tours.
Exercise success
A workout that attracted more than 2,700 people was a great way to bring the community together.
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A10
Last Wednesday’s community workout was a great success, with more than 2,700 people gathering to participate in what is likely to be the nation’s largest single community exercise session.
Recreation plans
It’s not too soon to start planning for a recreation center in northwest Lawrence.
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A10
Lawrence city commissioners shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the idea of starting to plan for a new recreation center in northwest Lawrence.
Martha Stewart’s newest book offers sweet range of cupcakes
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
Face it, cupcakes just make people giddy.
World sees Obama as weak
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A11
What did President Obama achieve for himself and for America during last week’s G-8 summit? Not much.
Protect the computers
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A11
A combination of recent events and a recently published book have made me think about the state of our nation’s cybersecurity.
Bubble tea cool treat for summertime
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C1
I have seen bubble tea advertised in windows. What exactly is it?
Water district eyes tapping wind energy
July 15, 2009 in print edition on B12
A water supply district in southeast Kansas may soon switch to wind turbines to power its treatment plant.
Madoff starts 150-year sentence at N.C. prison
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C10
Bernard Madoff’s life of luxury is a thing of the past.
British musician, wife commit assisted suicide hand-in-hand in Switzerland
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A12
He spent his life conducting world-renowned orchestras, but was almost blind and growing deaf — the music he loved increasingly out of reach. His wife of 54 years had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So Edward and Joan Downes decided to die together.
Summer savings found at Camp Grandparents
July 15, 2009 in print edition on A12
Over the river and through the recession to grandmother’s house they go. The lingering recession is forcing cash-strapped parents to cancel camp for the kids. Instead, they’re being packed off to their grandparents’.
Funeral home closed for cutting off musician’s legs to fit him in casket
July 15, 2009 in print edition on C10
A South Carolina judge Tuesday revoked the license of a funeral home where a worker cut the legs off a 6-foot-7 body so it would fit in a casket.