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Do you expect anniversaries of World War II events such as D-Day and Pearl Harbor to be commemorated in the same way in 25 years as they are today?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
60%
Yes.
 
39%
Total 583
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12:00 a.m.
A photo by Lee Tonks shows the artist holding his infant son.
The ink crowd: Tattooists reveal their skills on traditional canvas at Ichiban art show
June 5, 2009
When Martin Del Camino isn’t busy tattooing ink on a paying customer, he’s usually painting.
6:00 a.m.
Emergency crews work to rescue a trapped individual from the Kansas River Friday at the Bowersock Dam. 14-year-old boy flown to K.C. hospital with critical injuries after being pulled from river
12:16 p.m., June 5, 2009 Updated 4:18 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Emergency responders rescued a 14-year-old Lawrence boy from the raging waters of the Kansas River Friday afternoon, after he became trapped under a large log.
10:00 a.m.
Roy Creek, 91, Lawrence, was a 26-year-old company commander in the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division when he and his company parachuted into German-held Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Creek holds a photo of his company. Lawrence D-Day survivor devoted to stories
June 6, 2009 in print edition on 1A
It was 65 years ago. A Tuesday. June 6, 1944. Army paratrooper Roy Creek jumped out of a plane and into history with thousands of other Allied soldiers as part of the largest single-day invasion of all time — the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University chancellor Robert Hemenway, left, and athletic director Lew Perkins visit with an audience member following a news conference concerning the NCAA's response to infractions committed by KU. Hemenway and Perkins discussed the NCAA-imposed penalties at Hadl Auditorium. Athletic departments accused of censorship
June 6, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink or Wite-Out. Alabama. Cincinnati. Florida. Florida State. Ohio State. Oklahoma. Oregon State. Utah. They all censor information in the name of student privacy, invoking a 35-year-old federal law whose author says it has been twisted and misused by the universities.

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Severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County expires; watch continues
09:15 p.m., June 6, 2009 Updated 12:54 a.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning for for northwestern Jefferson and central Jackson counties has expired, leaving a watch in place until 3 a.m.
Crews respond to minor fires
June 6, 2009
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded Saturday to two structure fire calls.
Missing Jefferson County man found in Minnesota
June 6, 2009
An 85-year-old Jefferson County man who was reported missing early Friday morning has been found unharmed in Duluth, Minn., Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
Chiefs’ Waters reports for minicamp
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C2
Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters showed up for the first day of Kansas City’s mandatory minicamp Friday, admitting he was a bit out of shape but refusing to say whether he still wants a trade.
American league roundup
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C4
Kevin Millwood held Boston scoreless for seven innings, Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer, and Texas ended an eight-game losing streak in Fenway Park.
Pump patrol
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.45 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Winless Edwards still in prime position
Driver stresses Chase Cup crown more important than individual victories
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Carl Edwards heard the chants for the backflip, so he had to line up the right spot.
Borel seeking personal Triple Crown
Jockey reunites with Mine That Bird, opens as 2-1 favorite
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
A Cajun, a cowboy and a tough little gelding have teamed up to make this Triple Crown season one to remember.
Garmin to sell wireless phone in Asia
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B5
Navigational device maker Garmin Ltd. will start selling its oft-delayed wireless phone in Asia within the next month, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble told shareholders Friday. Speaking at the company’s annual meeting in suburban Kansas City, Pemble said the nuvifone will go on sale in selected markets in late June or early July. But he said a release date for North America and Europe is still on hold.
North Lawrence Harley parade to take off Saturday
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
Dozens of motorcycles shone in the Holidome parking lot Friday afternoon. They might have all been Harley-Davidsons, but each was definitely unique. Some motorcycles were decked out in leather and studs, others had black fur seats and one even had a teddy bear in the back.
Chicken Curry for One
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
Put an onion in a deep bowl with vegetable oil and toss together. Microwave at full power for 1 minute, then add garlic and ginger and microwave again for 1 minute. Stir in spices and cook for another 30 seconds. Mix cornstarch into the spice mixture, then yogurt, then chicken. Microwave at full power for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after every minute. Serve with extra yogurt and the chopped cilantro.
U.S. loses just 345,000 jobs in May, raising hopes
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Employers throttled back on layoffs in May and cut the fewest jobs in any month since the financial crisis erupted last fall — raising the brightest hope yet that an economic recovery will take hold later this year. But with companies still reluctant to hire, the nation’s jobless rate rose to a quarter-century high of 9.4 percent, and it likely will keep rising into 2010, possibly within striking distance of its post-World War II peak of 10.8 percent.
Can’t refinance? Try your congressman
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Can’t afford your mortgage payment? If the bank won’t take your call, your member of Congress just might. Several lawmakers whose districts are drowning in foreclosures are taking unprecedented steps to help people stay in their homes, including picking up the phone themselves to negotiate with banks on behalf of their constituents.
Report: Dozens dead, missing after landslide
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
A landslide buried an iron ore plant and several homes, killing 26 people and leaving dozens missing in a valley in southwestern China, state television said today. CCTV reported that 19 miners and seven staff from a mobile phone company were killed in the landslide Friday in Wulong county, about 90 miles from Chongqing city. Rescuers saved seven people, three of whom were seriously injured but in stable condition.
29 children killed in fire at day care
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Flames engulfed a day care center in northern Mexico on Friday, killing at least 29 children and injuring dozens as neighbors and teachers ran through thick, black smoke to pull preschoolers from the blaze, officials said. The fire may have started at a tire and car warehouse Friday afternoon and spread to the neighboring ABC day care center in the city of Hermosillo, said Jose Larrinaga, a spokesman for Sonora state investigators.
U.N.: Tehran’s nuclear supply up sharply
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran has boosted its supply and output of reactor-grade nuclear material significantly, according to a quarterly report issued Friday by the United Nations’ arms-control division. Meanwhile, in Syria, international inspectors reported finding unexplained particles of modified uranium at a lab in Damascus, far from the location of an alleged nuclear site.
Klansman’s conviction upheld in ’64 crimes
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
A reputed Ku Klux Klansman will remain in prison after a federal appeals court’s split ruling wiped out his acquittal in the kidnappings of two black teenagers who were slain in 1964. James Ford Seale, 73, was found guilty in June 2007 of abducting the teens who authorities said were beaten, weighted down and thrown, possibly still alive, into a Mississippi River backwater in May 1964.
Mattel fined $2.3M for toys with lead
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Toy maker Mattel Inc. and its Fisher-Price subsidiary have agreed to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty for importing and selling toys with excessive levels of lead. The penalty is part of a settlement the companies reached with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced Friday, that the toymaker had knowingly violated a 30-year-old federal ban on lead paint in toys.
FCE news
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C3
The 59ers FCE will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Marjorie Walton, 5918 Longleaf Drive. Co-hostess will be Esther Smith. Sammie Locke will present the lesson, “Showing Respect for the Flag.”
Club news
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club announces results of its May 30 meeting, with hosts Ray and Myrna Ikenberry. Blue winners were Tom Waller, first; Paul Jordan, second; Darlene Schneider, third; Bebe Huxtable, fourth; and John Golden, fifth. Pink winners were Carolyn Jordan, first; Mary Fleske, second; Isabelle Schaake, third; Mary Gaumer, fourth; and Alice Akin, fifth.
Military news
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
Air Force Airman William J. Sharp graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman is a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High School and the son of Glen and Pam Sharp, Baldwin City.
Around and about
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
Missouri State University, Springfield, announces its dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester for students earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Area students on the list are: Ashley Mayer and Lynne Sauer, Lawrence; and Lauren Sanders and Carrie Shirk, Wellsville.
Vatican: Confession, psychologist not same
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D8
A Vatican official is lamenting that many faithful don’t confess their sins, and says some confuse a psychologist’s couch for a confessional booth. Archbishop Mauro Piacenza has told Vatican Radio that the sacrament of penance, which the Catholic church also calls the Sacrament of Reconciliation, has been experiencing a “deep crisis” for decades now.
Lebanese women working against patriarchal political attitudes
June 6, 2009 in print edition on E8
A seductive woman looks out from the billboards that line Beirut’s highways proclaiming, “Be Beautiful and Vote,” one political party’s appeal to women in this beauty-obsessed nation’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Women’s rights activists have fumed that the ad is demeaning. An opposing party has put up billboards with a more feminist message, “Be Equal and Vote,” though featuring, of course, an equally sexy model.
Teen with AIDS embraces forgiveness
June 6, 2009 in print edition on E8
Brryan Jackson has been left out of birthday party invitations and asked not to use water fountains. His daily routine at one point included 23 pills, three IV medications and two injections. But the toughest part of growing up with AIDS for him may be knowing how he got it.
Frugality gains favor among consumers
June 6, 2009 in print edition on E8
In these recessionary times, people like Seigrid Walker are no longer concerned about keeping up with the Joneses. Now the goal is to fall far behind them. The 33-year-old lawyer from Mitchellville, Md., once regaled her friends with tales of shopping sprees at Nordstrom and Caribbean vacations with her husband. Now she tells her girlfriends about staying home for pizza night with the kids.
CDC’s incoming leader to take aim at smoking
June 6, 2009 in print edition on E8
Dr. Thomas Frieden has swung a big stick as New York City’s top health official, pushing through bans on smoking and artery-clogging trans fats. The New York Post called him “Dr. Buttinsky.” Others attacked him as a wrong-headed crusader. But smoking plummeted and the city made admired inroads against cancer and other chronic diseases.
FSHS softball coach retires
Firebird program’s only coach steps down after 13 years
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
The 2010 softball season will be a season of firsts at Free State High for more reasons than one. In addition to opening play on their new turf field — work on replacing the current surface is scheduled to begin this summer — the Firebirds will be playing under the direction of a new head coach for the first time in school history.
Demolition stopped at Tiger Stadium
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C5
A halt was ordered Friday to the demolition of Tiger Stadium, just hours after crews began tearing down what’s left of the historic ballpark. Wayne County Circuit Judge Isidore Torres issued a temporary restraining order to stop activity at the site, said Robert Rossbach, spokesman for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Ex-Indians owner Jacobs dies at 83
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C5
Richard E. Jacobs stepped up along with his brother in the 1980s to rescue Cleveland’s baseball franchise, which was struggling under weak financial backing and poor fan attendance at an outdated, mammoth stadium. Under his leadership, the Cleveland Indians twice reached the World Series and sold out 455 consecutive games at a new ballpark.
Glavine reports ’couple of calls’
Former Braves ace unsure of his next move
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C5
Tom Glavine said he returned to the Atlanta Braves last season because he believed pitching for the Braves while living at home with his family was “the best of both worlds.” Glavine, still seething after being released by the Braves on Wednesday, said Friday he’s not sure if he’ll attempt to prolong his career with another club.
National League Roundup
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C4
Carlos Zambrano homered and pitched into the seventh inning to earn his 100th career victory as Chicago beat Cincinnati. Zambrano didn’t allow a hit until Adam Rosales lined a single to left with one out in the fifth inning.
Lawrence D-Day survivor devoted to stories
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
It was 65 years ago. A Tuesday. June 6, 1944. Army paratrooper Roy Creek jumped out of a plane and into history with thousands of other Allied soldiers as part of the largest single-day invasion of all time — the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Athletic departments accused of censorship
Universities use vague law to keep public records from being seen
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
Across the country, many major-college athletic departments keep their NCAA troubles secret behind a thick veil of black ink or Wite-Out. Alabama. Cincinnati. Florida. Florida State. Ohio State. Oklahoma. Oregon State. Utah. They all censor information in the name of student privacy, invoking a 35-year-old federal law whose author says it has been twisted and misused by the universities.
Eisenhower’s vision now key to U.S. leaders’ military thinking
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
Of the complex problems Dwight Eisenhower had a reputation for analyzing, none would be bigger than leading the long-awaited Allied assault on Hitler’s Europe. But, in assembling his staff and selecting units for the undertaking, Eisenhower recognized that victory and a lasting piece required more than military might. The U.S. also could not withdraw from world affairs, as it had after the previous world war.
No wreckage found from doomed plane
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
Days after Air France Flight 447 vanished, an intensive international effort has failed to recover any confirmed wreckage and concern grew Friday about whether searchers were even looking in the right place. Air France, meanwhile, told its pilots in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that it is replacing instruments that affect flight speed in all its bigger jets. Investigators have focused on the equipment’s possible role in the disaster.
Crossword buzz
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It’s great to see lawrence.com’s recently deceased Deadwood edition reprised as the Thursday Pulse section! Lawrence.com content is always fun and first-rate, but it’s an extra treat to get a chance to read it offline every now and again.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 6, 1909: “Enterprising citizens of Tonganoxie have made arrangements to get $500 a year from the state for their high school to teach vocational classes. Tonganoxie was the first city in the area to so act.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
A temporary injunction issued May 27 from the Douglas County District Court, barring persons from disturbing the peace on the Kansas University campus, was extended until June 26 by Judge Frank Gray. Defendants in a critical case had requested more time for their attorney to plan.
Saturday column: Regents should review hiring policy for university leaders
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
Pittsburg State University has a new president, Steven Scott; Kansas State University has a new president, Kirk Schulz; and Kansas University has a new chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little. It’s likely Wichita State University and Fort Hays State University will be looking for new presidents within the next few years, and Emporia State University also will be looking for a new leader at some point.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
T.A. Mindrup was named Lawrence division manager for Kansas Power and Light, replacing Fred Bryan who had served as the local manager since 1976. Gene Pennel was named division superintendent at the local office, replacing Bob St. John who was being moved to Topeka.
Recession may burst ‘green bubble’
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
There once was an Indianapolis concert featuring 50 pianos. Splendid instruments, pianos. Still, 50 might have been excessive. As is today’s chorus summoning us to save the planet. In the history of developed democracies with literate publics served by mass media, there is no precedent for today’s media enlistment in the crusade to promote global warming “awareness.” Concerning this, journalism, which fancies itself skeptical and nonconforming, is neither.
Slow start
Prime construction time is getting away from crews working on city street projects.
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
The city’s summer street work seems to be getting off to a slow start. City crews have started working on some curb replacement projects in residential areas of west Lawrence and are filling cracks in some streets, but the major projects planned for this summer have yet to get under way.
Obama honors Holocaust victims
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
President Barack Obama absorbed the stark horrors memorialized at the Buchenwald concentration camp Friday and said the lesson for the modern world is vigilance against evil, against subjugation of the weak and against the “cruelty in ourselves.”
TV Week’ adjusts channel listings based on requests
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
TV Week, a publication listing many of the programs and channels available on Sunflower Broadband, no longer includes the Sci Fi channel and other listings that remain available through an on-screen programming guide.
Lemonade stands help fight cancer
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B2
One little girl’s lemonade stand has become a national effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Alexandra “Alex” Scott founded the first lemonade stand as a 4-year-old. The Pennsylvania girl received a neuroblastoma diagnosis before her first birthday and died from the disease in 2004 when she was 8.
Brown bag concerts to return Thursday
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
Live lunchtime music is making a return to Massachusetts Street this summer. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Brown Bag Concert Series begins on Thursday, June 11.
All British Car Club to discuss autos
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
British automobiles of all makes and models will fill the Checker’s parking lot June 14 as members of the Lawrence All British Car Club gather to enjoy an afternoon spent doing something they love: talking about their cars. The show is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
K.C. mayor recall effort may continue in court
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
A petition drive seeking to recall Mayor Mark Funkhouser could be headed to court, after local election officials said a recount could not be done. City Clerk Vicki Thompson told the City Council on Thursday that election boards in Clay and Platte counties refused to conduct recounts unless they are ordered to by a court. Election officials in the two counties said nothing in the city’s governing rules authorizes them to recount recall signatures.
Time for change
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to respond to Mr. Simons’ Saturday Column where he continues to attack President Obama’s efforts to improve the well-being of America. Simons implies that Obama is trying to turn the United States into a “socialist” nation by “taking over” the banks and car companies and trying to “socialize” health care.
Johnson’s legacy cemented prior to 300th win
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C5
For a few pitchers, their 300th victory pulled them out of the Hall of Very Good and punched a ticket to Cooperstown.
Auto racing briefs
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
NASCAR accused suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield of willfully violating its substance-abuse policy in a court filing Friday and argued his failed drug test shouldn’t be overturned.
Washout leaves Stewart with pole at Pocono 500
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Rain didn’t entirely spoil Tony Stewart’s week.
Tests not performed on euthanized horses
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Two agencies that oversee thoroughbred racing in New York have not asked for follow-up tests after the deaths of 20 horses who were euthanized in racing or training accidents at Aqueduct and Belmont Park this year, according to a report in The New York Times.
Learn by doing
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It’s big of you pro-life people to compliment people about being so disciplined to follow their principles about no abortion and right-to-life concerns, but who is accepting the life of the baby if it’s not perfect or is handicapped? Do the church schools or religion classes accept the mentally handicapped in their schools, or do they ignore them, or make up excuses like “We don’t have special education teachers”?
Catalog reveals KU basketball opponents
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
Kansas University will face Oakland, Georgia State and Tennessee Tech next men’s basketball season.
Jordan uncertainty concerns Brown
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C3
Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown would be “nervous” if an ownership change stripped Michael Jordan of his role running the team’s basketball operations.
Teeth-baring Bryant locked in
Lakers star’s no-fun demeanor reflection of desire
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C3
Magic Johnson had his magnetic smile. Michael Jordan soared to the basket with his tongue hanging out. Kobe Bryant is baring his teeth and scowling in these NBA finals.
Raiders drop pair in Emporia tourney
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
Lawrence’s Raiders fell, 6-5, to the Kansas Senators and 11-7 to Olathe South.
Stephenson undecided
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C8
One-time Kansas University basketball recruit Lance Stephenson still hasn’t picked his college.
Job seekers get wrinkles out with Botox
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A5
Colleen Delsack is a 47-year-old single mother who can’t seem to find a steady job, and she worries that her age may have something to do with it. So she joined dozens of other unemployed workers Friday to take advantage of free Botox wrinkle injections offered by a Virginia clinic.
Kansas City, Mo., district suggests closing 13 schools
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas City public school officials have proposed a plan that would close 13 schools as the district struggles with costs and declining enrollment. The Board of Education is expected to agree on a final plan and budget by the end of June. A public hearing is scheduled for June 15.
Court upholds Chrysler sale to Fiat
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld Chrysler’s sale of most of its assets to Italy’s Fiat, but the deal will remain on hold to allow an appeal to the nation’s highest court. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will continue to delay the sale until 3 p.m. CDT Monday, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. The three-judge appeals court panel was expected to release a written ruling later Friday.
S.D. rancher wins $232M jackpot
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
If this were a movie, nobody would believe it: A rancher struggling to eke out a living in one of the poorest corners of America claimed one of the biggest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history Friday — $232 million — after buying the ticket in a town by the name of Winner.
State Dept. retiree accused of spying
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
A former State Department official with top-secret security clearance and his wife have been charged with spying for Cuba over the past three decades, passing information by shortwave radio and correspondence exchanged in local grocery stores, federal prosecutors said.
Bill calls for employers to provide health care
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
Employers would be required to offer health care to employees or pay a penalty — and all Americans would be guaranteed health insurance — under a draft bill circulated Friday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s health committee. The bill would provide subsidies to help poor people pay for care, guarantee patients the right to select any doctor they want and require everyone to purchase insurance, with exceptions for those who can’t afford to.
Brown refuses to quit as prime minister
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown battled desperately Friday to keep his job, ignoring demands to quit amid a flurry of Cabinet resignations and a swelling rebellion in the ranks of his Labour Party. Brown, who waited impatiently for a decade to inherit his job from Tony Blair, promoted loyalists to Cabinet posts in a shake-up of his team aimed at restoring his credibility.
Church’s cash handout part of ‘faith stimulus’
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D8
On a recent Sunday, members of Bay Community Church each were given envelopes stuffed with cash.
Lecompton author’s book explores spirituality, vegetarianism
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
Ever want to know why someone has chosen not to eat meat or animal products? Local author Judy Carman has asked so you don’t have to.
Faith Forum: What’s your favorite Scripture verse and why?
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
My favorite Scripture placed me on a crossroads in life as I was striving for success, happiness and fulfillment.
A friend in need: Trinity Episcopal leader moving on to new calling
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
When Onva Boshears was in need, the first thing he did was turn to his favorite priest. And, boy, was he in need. His city, New Orleans, was underwater. He had not lost many of his material things, but he’d lost his city and that was much worse than losing furniture and clothing. One of the first voices he heard when the storm cleared was that of his former priest, the Rev. Jonathon Jensen, calling from far-off Lawrence, offering him a place to stay and a shoulder on which to lean.
GM to sell Saturn to racing magnate Penske
June 6, 2009 in print edition on A3
General Motors reached a tentative deal Friday to sell its Saturn brand to auto racing magnate Roger Penske, a longtime business partner of the Detroit automaker. GM did not disclose how much Penske Automotive Group, which operates more than 300 franchised dealerships, paid for the brand and assets, such as Saturn’s parts inventory and retail network.
Stocks end week flat as jobless rate checks gains
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B5
With unemployment still rising, investors are questioning whether stocks should be, too. Stocks ended a volatile day Friday little changed after the government reported a spike in the unemployment rate to 9.4 percent in May, the highest level in more than 25 years, even as the pace of layoffs eased more than expected.
Palm Pre may hold Sprint’s fortunes
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B5
No doubt bolstered by positive reviews, Sprint Nextel Corp. CEO Dan Hesse said today’s release of Palm Inc.’s Pre smart phone represents a “coming out party” for Sprint as it seeks to reverse subscriber losses. The celebration might be cut short, though, if the wireless carrier can’t keep up with the high demand it expects for the device.
Virginia tests political waters
June 6, 2009 in print edition on B7
Rousing the Republican faithful, conservative commentator Sean Hannity and gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell both took their inspiration from the same words of Ronald Reagan, his 1975 call for a philosophy of bold colors, not pale pastels.
Broadway past and present dominates
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D7
Theater buffs don’t have to wait until the Tony Awards to begin their celebration. The documentary “Mr. Prince” (7 p.m. tonight, Ovation) profiles longtime Broadway director Harold Prince. A veteran of more than five decades on Broadway, Prince has been intimately involved in notable hits and a virtual revolution in the stage musical.
People in the news
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D7
• Police: Carradine death may be accidental • Colbert to broadcast 4 shows from Baghdad • Armstrong announces birth of son on Twitter • Attorney: ‘Life-altering injuries’ in ‘Bruno’ case • Scottish singer released from clinic
Horoscopes
June 6, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, June 6: This year, you befriend many. More often than not, you won’t make the first move. In any case, do remember a hard-learned lesson: No one can control anyone. If you are single, many potential admirers surround you. The issue is: Who should you choose? If you are attached, this year allows you to socialize more than ever.
Federer rallies in France
June 6, 2009
Sentimental favorite Roger Federer did not quite follow the script Friday at the French Open. He decided to go for high drama.
Greinke bombed
Blue Jays rough up Kansas City’s ace, 9-3
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Zack Greinke had a rare rough outing in the Royals’ 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.
Topekan Lucas masters Four-Ball
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Gary Lucas and Mike Grosdidier won the Masters Division of the Kansas Four-Ball Championship.
Beginning of the end
Tourney last hurrah for tennis center
June 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence Open tennis tournament kicked off with a touch of nostalgia Friday evening at the Lawrence Tennis Center. The eight-court complex, which has been home to the tournament for years, is scheduled to be torn down this month as part of an athletic-facilities upgrade currently being carried out at Lawrence High School.