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Archive for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Also from July 23

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, July 23, 2009
Polls
Would you post a critical comment online if you had to use your real name?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
53%
No
 
32%
Not sure
 
13%
Total 979
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kathy Prather, left, and her stepdaughter, Zoe Prather, bag nuts for Kathy Prather’s new business, Nut Nation. The smoked pistachios are for sale at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market and other area locations. Coming out of her shell: Lawrence resident starts her own ‘Nut Nation’
July 22, 2009 in print edition on 1C
The idea seemed simple enough: Take a popular snack nut, add copious amounts of savory garlic and park the nuts in a smoker long enough to impart the kind of campfire-night goodness that adds up to nothing more than addictive.
6:00 a.m.
Regular LJWorld.com commenter Marion Lynn is pictured Tuesday at his home. Lynn, who has recorded about 16,000 comments online, chooses to reveal his identity because he believes it gives him credibility. In the world of online comments, there are plenty of opinions, but few names
July 23, 2009 in print edition on 1A
They spend a lot of time online telling the world what they think, but their identities remain a mystery.
10:00 a.m.
Mariah Dickson, 15, and her sister Jenalee, 10, are members of the Kanwaka 4-H Club and will participate in the Douglas County Fair with homemade clothing entries. The sewing competition is becoming more popular, a local fair leader said. The fashion events for the Dicksons will begin Monday. Stitching together a new trend
July 23, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Sewing is a family affair for the Dicksons. What began as a hobby for LeeAnn Dickson has been passed down to her three daughters, who are now busily preparing for the Douglas County Fair, which begins Aug. 1.
2:00 p.m.
Shoppers browse along Massachusetts Street. City’s economy grades ‘just OK
July 23, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The midterm grades on the Lawrence economy are in, and the community put up lower marks in four of the core subjects.
6:00 p.m.
World's No. 1 ranked women's disc golfer, Valarie Jenkins, who will be competing in this weekend and next week's Disc Golf World Championships in Kansas City. Throw down: Disc golfers bring world championships to KC, struggle for recognition
July 23, 2009 in print edition on 1C
More than 900 disc golfers will make a pilgrimage to Kansas City this week to compete in the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships. We talked to the women’s and men’s No. 1 players, as well as Lawrence’s top-ranked player, Kevin Babbit…

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Eudora kicks off CPA event
July 23, 2009
Eudora’s annual CPA fair officially began Thursday evening.
Garlington leads KU volleyball into 2009 season
July 23, 2009
KU volleyball player Karina Garlington leads four returning starters back to the Horjesi Center this season.
Virtual school enrollment surging
July 23, 2009
Lawrence Virtual School is seeing an uptick in enrollment.
Crews respond to injury accident near Sixth and Lawrence Avenue
Air ambulance dispatched, several buildings evacuated due to gas leak
10:02 p.m., July 23, 2009 Updated 01:44 a.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded Thursday to an injury accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue.
Moore praises pause in effort to create new health care plan
Insurance choice should lower costs, lawmaker says
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Rep. Dennis Moore on Thursday said he believes it makes sense for Congress to slow down — at least for now — on crafting a health care reform bill.
Eudora teachers reach contract agreement with school district
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Eudora National Education Association and district representatives reached tentative agreement Wednesday on the teachers’ contract for the 2009-2010 school year.
Man pleads guilty in Burrito King assault
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man arrested for punching a person and firing a gun outside a Lawrence restaurant pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault and battery charges, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office said.
Former KU professor suspected in theft of laptop computers
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
A former Kansas University professor is at the center of a campus theft investigation, KU police said Thursday.
Highway funds will dwindle, projects to be limited, unless transportation funding improves
Few projects will be completed across state in next few years
12:21 p.m., July 23, 2009 Updated 05:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
The federal stimulus program may be injecting $348 million into state highway projects, but don’t expect a long list of new work in coming years, the state’s top transportation official warned Thursday.
Interns at Watkins Community Museum dusting off bits of Lawrence’s past
Papers shed light on work of Mayor A.L. Selig, city growth
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
When you think of intern tasks, making coffee or copies might come to mind. But three interns at the Watkins Community Museum of History have been dusting — for about 100 hours each.
KU football picked 2nd in North by preseason media poll
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
For the second straight year, the Kansas football team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 North in the annual preseason media poll.
Fairs in region gearing up for activities
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
Wanting to hit the fairs in our region? Here’s a guide:
Relax: Henrys will fit in
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Don’t worry. Like Brandon Rush, the Henry brothers will do just fine once they get to Kansas.
Obama rallies support for struggling health care revamp
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Six months in office, President Barack Obama sought Wednesday night to rally support for sweeping health care legislation he’s struggling to push through Congress, expressing support for a surtax on families making more than $1 million a year to help pay for it.
Software a new friend in Web accuracy quest
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Do Eskimos have more words for “snow” than we do? You’re probably not alone if you thought the answer was yes.
Mass. building to see retail
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
There soon may be new life for the former Arensberg Shoes building in downtown Lawrence.
Stay cool
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Are the homeless lazy? Stigma or truth? What is the cause? If you were not raised with a work ethic, how do you develop this?
Raiders face tough zone road
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Raiders are the lowest seed in their zone tournament.
Red Sox acquire LaRoche
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Boston Red Sox added some depth a day after they dropped out of first in the AL East, and got rid of shortstop Julio Lugo in one of Wednesday’s deals. Boston traded Lugo and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Chris Duncan, announcing the swap hours after they acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche from Pittsburgh for two minor leaguers.
Another day, another Angels comeback
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Los Angeles Angels rallied for another victory over the Royals.
Obama, al-Maliki meet at crucial moment
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama, calling for a broader relationship between Iraq and the United States, acknowledged Wednesday that “differences in strategy” remain to be resolved, but said he was satisfied with developments in the war-torn nation.
GOP’s Graham says he’ll vote for Sotomayor
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Outspoken Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he would vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, calling her “well-qualified.”
Feds: U.S. man gave al-Qaida subway info
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
An American man charged with giving al-Qaida information on the New York transit system and attacking a U.S. military base in Afghanistan has been a secret witness in the fight against terror here and overseas, authorities revealed Wednesday.
6 shot, wounded in drive-by at university
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Six people were shot and wounded at a community rally on the Texas Southern University campus Wednesday in what police believe was a gang-related drive-by shooting, a school spokeswoman said.
Anti-meat group says hot dogs need warnings
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hot dogs may be as American as baseball and apple pie, but an anti-meat advocacy group says they’re hazardous to your health and should carry warning labels.
Mayor restricts idling, but his SUVs do it
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pushed an ambitious green agenda and cast himself as a national environmental leader, routinely runs afoul of his own anti-pollution policy by letting his official SUVs idle, sometimes for more than an hour.
Commodities
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures were mixed Wednesday. September wheat fell 12.75 cents to $5.22.
Be wary of fake mortgage ‘rescues’
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
State and federal law enforcement officials across the country are teaming up to stop despondent homeowners from needlessly shelling out thousands of dollars in an attempt to save their homes from foreclosure.
Tough times call for a rodeo
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
A few steps into the air-conditioned Mesquite Rodeo is all it takes to feel the relief. Cool air. Cheap prices. And the stars of the show sitting nearby, ready with a smile and a pen so they can autograph the program given away at the door.
Ethics commission clears House speaker
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas ethics commission dismissed a nepotism complaint Wednesday against House Speaker Mike O’Neal stemming from his wife’s hiring on the chamber’s leadership staff.
Fashion show in Eudora to display 4-H fair finery
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
After a day of critiques and judging, 4-H’ers will get the chance to participate in a runway fashion show beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eudora City Park.
Blogger profile: Paul Getto
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Screen name: Made_in_China
Blogger profile: Marion Lynn
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Screen name: Marion
In the world of online comments, there are plenty of opinions, but few names
Merits of anonymity debated in online world
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
They spend a lot of time online telling the world what they think, but their identities remain a mystery.
Something to prove
Kansas’ Sharp motivated by doubters
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University running back Jake Sharp is driven to succeed, at least in part, by the folks who said he wouldn’t.
FDA: Electronic cigarettes toxic
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Federal health officials said Wednesday they have found cancer-causing ingredients in electronic cigarettes, despite manufacturers’ claims the products are safer than tobacco cigarettes.
Local golfers taking advantage of good weather, down economy to hit the links
Struggling economy means more players in city, leaders say
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence golfers are soaking up the pleasant weather and the stressed economy.
Armstrong falls to fourth at Tour de France
July 23, 2009
Lance Armstrong couldn’t stay in the front during the final Alpine stage in the Tour de France, so he played faithful teammate for Alberto Contador instead.
Pump patrol
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.14 at several locations.
6 communities vie for energy savings
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
All it takes is a little competition to light the energy-saving spark in six Kansas communities.
City’s economy grades ‘just OK
Revenue, home sales and jobs down, but Lawrence not ‘bad’ by comparison
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
The midterm grades on the Lawrence economy are in, and the community put up lower marks in four of the core subjects.
Clinton offers N. Korea the carrot or the stick
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to tell North Korea that it can avoid “unrelenting” sanctions and win normalized relations with the U.S. by completely scrapping its nuclear program.
Ex-Va. Tech official had gunman’s mental records
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Virginia Tech gunman’s missing mental-health records have been found at the home of a former university counseling official more than two years after the bloodbath — a discovery that angered victims’ families struggling to understand how the killer fell through the cracks so disastrously.
Government seeks volunteers to test swine flu shots
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
The race is on: The government and vaccine makers are seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first swine flu shots — to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this novel virus before its expected rebound in the fall.
HIV’s ‘missing link’ found in ill chimps
July 23, 2009 in print edition on C12
Scientists believe they have found a “missing link” in the evolution of the virus that causes AIDS. It bridges the gap between the infection that does no harm to most monkeys and the one that kills millions of people.
Even death is unaffordable for some
July 23, 2009 in print edition on C12
The poor economy is taking a toll even on the dead, with an increasing number of bodies in Los Angeles County going unclaimed by families who cannot afford to bury or cremate their loved ones.
Massive New Zealand quake moves country west
July 23, 2009 in print edition on C12
Southern New Zealand has moved slightly closer to the east coast of neighboring Australia as a result of a massive earthquake last week off the country’s South Island, a scientist said Wednesday.
For some fliers, trading miles is the way to go
July 23, 2009 in print edition on C12
Scott Hintz needed more miles with American Airlines to book a free trip to Morocco this spring, and he had several thousand miles from another carrier that he thought might be just the ticket.
‘Popular’ urges snap judgement
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
Reached last week by telephone at his London home, host Graham Norton seemed excited to discuss “Most Popular” (9 p.m., WE).
People in the news
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
The Michael Jackson investigation took a stunning turn Wednesday as authorities raided the offices of the doctor who was with the pop star when he died and the physician’s lawyer said investigators appear to be building a manslaughter case.
Horoscopes
July 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Thursday, July 23: This year, you display enormous receptivity and understanding. You are able to incorporate many different ideas as if there is one voice. If you are single, someone most interesting certainly could appear.
‘Pay-go’ measure not a deficit cure-all
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
There is less than meets the eye to the Democrats’ “pay-go bill,” the lavishly touted gesture toward fiscal responsibility that the House passed on Wednesday.
News isn’t the way it was
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Here’s the way it was: If Uncle Walter said it, that meant it was true. You could take it to the bank and pay bills with it. Uncle Walter’s word was gold.
Retail wanted
At least one local businessman is putting a priority on bringing more retail back to downtown.
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Many Lawrence residents would applaud Dan Ranjbar’s goal of bringing more retail business to Massachusetts Street.
Throw down: Disc golfers bring world championships to KC, struggle for recognition
July 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
More than 900 disc golfers will make a pilgrimage to Kansas City this week to compete in the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships. We talked to the women’s and men’s No. 1 players, as well as Lawrence’s top-ranked player, Kevin Babbit…
Stitching together a new trend
Sewing competition gains new popularity among 4-H’ers
July 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Sewing is a family affair for the Dicksons. What began as a hobby for LeeAnn Dickson has been passed down to her three daughters, who are now busily preparing for the Douglas County Fair, which begins Aug. 1.
Our Town Sports
July 23, 2009
JGC Champs: The team of Tom Dennis, Bob Kocour, Conrad Roberts and Pete Whitenight won Sunday’s Jayhawk Golf Club Three-Ball Waltz Tournament at Alvamar with a 20-under par. Runners-up at 15-under were Kent Beisner, Mike Farve, Greg Wyatt and Bill Hamilton. Third at 14-under were Randy Gebhards, Bud Stagg, Travis Walsh and Drew Walters.