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Suspect in Tiller murder says more violence possible
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
The man charged in the shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller warned Sunday that more violence is possible.
Art glass gains audience
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D8
Twentieth-century art glass is attracting adventurous buyers who search for relatively unknown European pieces.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
Now that the Kansas Turnpike’s Exit 204 in North Lawrence is back open — after a project finished four days ahead of time — the focus on traffic-detouring work turns to Ninth Street and a number of other major road projects scheduled for this week.
Older workers beat out teens for summer jobs
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
After three years of braving Alaska’s minus 50-degree winter temperatures and round-the-clock summer sunshine, architect Victoria Schmitz is taking a break. She’s going to summer camp for two months outside Boulder, Colo.
For many workers, fear of layoff is big motivator
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A4
Her job description says Madeline Adams is a social worker. But lately she’s begun volunteering for tasks she never had before at the St. Louis marriage counseling agency where she works: planning events, ordering supplies, stocking shelves. She estimates she’s put in hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime work.
Boomer Girl Diary: Elementary torture tactics make early years a blur
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D1
This week, as anticipation for my 40-year reunion of St. Ann Elementary School Class of ’69 reached its peak, a tidal wave of memories came rushing back:
NCAA rules place limits on fan enthusiasm
Messages on social networking sites may violate recruiting rules
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
Interested in starting an online group dedicated to, say, showing Wichita Heights High School sophomore and Kansas University basketball recruit Perry Ellis how awesome KU is? Better think twice.
Summer Bird wins Belmont Stakes
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
This was a Belmont for the Birds.
Ad Astra Poetry Project: Jazz music influences poet
June 7, 2009
Kevin Rabas grew up in Shawnee.
The art of fundraising: Local agencies feel recession’s pinch
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D1
Lynne Green knows she could be a lot worse off.
Kuznetsova claims French crown
Safina falls, 6-4, 6-2, in all-Russian championship match
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C2
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were kids in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts.
Changing your own oil simple and inexpensive
June 7, 2009
Changing the oil in your car is an easy way to save money while prolonging the life of your vehicle. Most cars and trucks will run better if the oil is changed every 5,000 miles. Refer to the car owner’s manual for the recommended oil type and capacity. You will probably need 4 to 6 quarts of oil and a new oil filter to get the job done right.
LMH supportive of KU Cancer Center’s NCI quest
Highly accredited neighbor could also boost local hospital
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders like the prospect of having a cancer center nearby that could some day earn the National Cancer Institute gold standard.
Griffin works out for Clippers
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C8
Blake Griffin showed off the high-flying dunks that helped him become college player of the year in a very public pre-draft workout Saturday for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Guilty pleas weighed in some 9/11 cases
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Guantanamo detainees facing the death penalty could plead guilty without a full trial under a plan the Obama administration is considering, a senior administration official said Saturday.
Obama to get into health care planning
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
The White House, backing away from President Barack Obama’s “it’s-all-on-the-table” approach initially advocated, prepared to get louder and more involved in the details of a health care overhaul that officials once were content to leave to Congress, administration officials said Saturday.
President renewing emphasis on stimulus
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama wants agencies to lay out specific goals for economic stimulus spending over the next several months, a push to focus more on his $787 billion recovery plan.
Experts: U.S. wins clout with OAS deal
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
U.S. support for ending Cuba’s nearly 50-year-old suspension from the Organization of American States has given the Obama administration greater clout in the region at little cost, according to diplomats and experts.
Rescuers attempt to save trapped miners
June 7, 2009
Rescuers blasted through rock and debris today to try and reach 27 miners trapped after a massive landslide buried an iron ore plant and several homes in a valley in southwestern China, leaving 26 people dead and dozens missing.
Court asked to block Chrysler sale to Fiat
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
Opponents of Chrysler’s sale to Fiat are asking the Supreme Court to block the deal.
Lawrence BBQ duo grills competition at McLouth contest
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
There are two very apparent things the Crimson & Blue BBQ Crew are passionate about: their love of the Kansas Jayhawks, as evidenced by their name and their Jayhawk-emblazoned tent and shirts, and their love of barbecue.
Medication disposal is intern’s project
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas State University intern Wayne Larson is working to promote safer disposal of medications this summer by visiting retail pharmacies, medical clinics and public venues in Douglas County.
On the record
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mail bomb suspects identified
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Eudora Police have identified four juvenile suspects in connection with three mailbox bombs made with liquid Drano and aluminum foil.
Bynum’s pressure ‘D’ critical
Lakers center ready for Round 2 vs. Superman
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C8
Andrew Bynum was helpless to stop the Boston Celtics’ pummeling of the Lakers in the NBA finals a year ago. He’s finally getting a chance to do something about bringing a title to Los Angeles.
Missiles worry Alaskans
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
Alaskans are concerned over the prospect that North Korea is getting ready to test a long-range missile that could reach strategic targets in their home state.
Billy Thomas giving NBA one final shot
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C3
Bill Self might want to make a way-early scholarship offer to one Zion Thomas, a 3-month old shooting guard out of suburban Kansas City. “He has an athletic body already,” gushed Zion’s proud papa, former Kansas University shooting guard Billy Thomas.
Coaches pull prank after K.C. ends skid
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
Something was missing as the Kansas City Royals celebrated the end of an eight-game losing streak with the customary on-field handshakes: the coaching staff.
For same-sex couples, domestic partnership just isn’t the same
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A8
Yes, tying the knot gave them a huge emotional lift. But getting married also made practical sense to Paul Curtis and Ray Allen. Marriage means more than just a ceremony and a certificate, according to legal specialists. It gives couples both gay and straight numerous rights and protections, having to do with everything from parenting to health care.
Raiders advance to semifinals
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Raiders pounded 14 hits and stole six bases, and Jack Bush scattered five hits over four innings in a 14-5 American Legion baseball victory over McPherson on Saturday in the Sam Ellis baseball tournament. The Raiders went on to win their second game of the night as well, 9-1, against the Wichita Reds.
Vettel takes pole for F1’s Turkish Grand Prix
June 7, 2009
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel edged Formula One championship leader Jenson Button in qualifying to take the pole position for today’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Crash opened window into pilots’ life
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
Long-suffering pilots for commuter airlines say it’s about time that Washington and passengers alike pay attention to the cockpit, after a federal hearing into the deadly crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 exposed pilots who may have been exhausted, under-trained — and paid less than the bus or cab drivers who’d ferried their passengers to the airport.
Stewart crashes, loses Pocono pole
June 7, 2009
Tony Stewart lost his pole position and will start from the back of the pack for the Pocono 500 after wrecking his car during practice at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.
U.S.: Insurgents using teens to stage attacks in Iraq
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A7
Teenagers armed with grenades and suicide vests are the latest recruits for Sunni insurgents trying to find new ways to outwit heightened security measures and attack American and Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Saturday.
Triathlon triggers local rivalries
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
Lawrence resident Scott Patrick isn’t ready to say he’ll cross the finish line around the same time as the professional athletes at this year’s Ironman Kansas 70.3 triathlon, set for June 14 at Clinton State Park.
Attorney displays great stamina at Lawrence Open
Top seed ousted at tennis tourney
June 7, 2009 in print edition on C1
Apparently trying to get every penny’s worth of his entrance fee into this weekend’s Lawrence Open tennis tournament, Jim Rumsey did his best not to leave the court Saturday.
Tiller’s humor, quirks are remembered at funeral
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B5
Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honor slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, and his children remembered him as a loving father with a sense of humor and a passion for his work.
Castroneves triumphs in Texas IRL race
June 7, 2009
Helio Castroneves now is a three-time Texas winner, too. Castroneves, who last month won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time, beat Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe off pit row on the final stop and held on for the final 46 laps Saturday night to win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Review: Community Theatre’s ‘Crazy’ is enthusiastically over the top
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B5
In the Lawrence Community Theatre’s latest production, “Crazy for You,” tap shoes shuffle, chorus girls squeal and lonely cowboys lie around, whittling and cleaning guns just waiting for something to happen.
K.C. libraries put tracing program on their laptops
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas City Public Library system isn’t giving up on stolen laptop computers so easily.
Driver Busch smashing in Nationwide victory
June 7, 2009
Kyle Busch punished the competition and a brand new Gibson Les Paul guitar trophy Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway.
Nature graces the houses of county’s master gardeners
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
While walking the grounds of some of the most lush gardens in Lawrence, it was quite natural for those on the Douglas County Garden Tour to imagine what life would be like living among all the flowers.
NBA fears repeat of Game 1 blowout
June 7, 2009
So much for just being anti-climatic. If this keeps up, the NBA finals could veer toward being simply unwatchable.
Kuznetsova claims French Open tennis crown
June 7, 2009
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were kids in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts. As of Saturday, Kuznetsova owns two major titles — and that’s two more than Safina.
Rams ready to focus on NFC West
June 7, 2009
With his team’s final minicamp wrapped up and only a handful of organized team activities remaining, first-year St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is ready to start focusing on the NFC West.
Downtown hails rumble-roller parade
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Harley-Davidson riders invaded downtown Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. Whether it was a sportster, road glide, heritage softtail classic or ultra classic, the rev of the engine and the shine of the chrome caught the attention of the crowd that had lined up to see the group of some 600 motorcyclists cruise down Massachusetts Street.
KU football lands two commitments
June 7, 2009
The Kansas University football team’s 2010 recruiting class grew by two this week with the addition of three-star prospects Geneo Grissom and Jacoby Walker.
Niners sign snapper to 5-year extension
June 7, 2009
Brian Jennings will be the San Francisco 49ers’ long snapper for longer than he ever imagined.
Quarterback Cassel finally finds his team
June 7, 2009
Everywhere Matt Cassel went, a great quarterback got there first.
Ninth Street closure for street repairs to start Monday
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Work starts Monday to revamp Ninth Street, from Iowa to Tennessee streets.
Farmers’ Turnpike to get $1.6M facelift
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
Work to rebuild a 2.26-mile section of the Farmers’ Turnpike begins Monday, but the real detour-causing holdups won’t arrive for another few weeks.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 7, 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.
Health department to offer child care class
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering an orientation meeting about child care.
June 7, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Obama hardens U.S. stance on N. Korea
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
His patience tested, President Barack Obama on Saturday promised a new and stronger response to defiant North Korea, saying that while he prefers diplomacy, he is now taking a “very hard look” at tougher measures. A Pentagon official said no military moves were planned.
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, June 7: This year, you have a lot on your plate. Many projects, plans and even people seem to be on opposite sides of the fence. Your diplomatic skills come forward, helping you negotiate a path through. If you are single, meeting people happens with unusual finesse. Sagittarius often challenges you.
Carradine family seeks FBI help
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D5
The family of David Carradine is asking the FBI and a private forensics expert to help investigate the “Kung Fu” actor’s death, attorney Mark Geragos said Saturday, the same day Thai police said surveillance footage indicated no one had entered his hotel room before he died.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 7, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 7, 1909: State food inspectors were here today and have been paying particular attention to some bakeries which reportedly are not up to standard. Unsanitary sites are to be totally scrubbed out before any goods can go for public use, officials say. Bakers in particular have been told to stop smoking cigarettes while they work.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 7, 2009
The Lawrence Police Department had its full 50-person strength but was expected to add to the force in the near future. Dick Stanwix was superintendent of the group.
Roosters face manhood challenges
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
A recent barnyard event presented grave implications for a man of a certain age. It began with the introduction of two new hens to our chicken flock. There was the usual daylong mayhem that results when the established order of any social group is thrown out of kilter. The newcomers were chased, squawked at and generally terrorized. They sought refuge behind a discarded window screen. For a day, access to food and water was denied them. By next morning, peace reigned and they went about their chicken business: pecking, clucking and laying eggs. They’d undergone the mandatory hazing and the secret initiation rites and were now accepted members of the family.
FDR’s concern for European Jews revealed
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B7
Seventy years ago, there raged in Washington one of the most portentous, and least known, debates in Western history. World War II had not yet begun. The full extent of Hitler’s maniacal plan to wipe Europe free of Jews was not yet known. The United States hadn’t taken even the first steps toward the informal alliance against Nazi Germany that the Lend-Lease Act symbolized.
‘Priceless’ help
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I have always believed that raising children is the most difficult job most of us will ever do, though also the most rewarding, so I was delighted to read the article “City to get drop-in child care center.”
Lawrence career fair to help out-of-work residents
June 7, 2009 in print edition on E1
More than two dozen employers will participate in a career fair as part of a larger event designed to help out-of-work Lawrencians succeed in applying, dressing and interviewing for employment.
Talk of racism no longer laughable
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
So Newt Gingrich now says Sonia Sotomayor is not a “racist” after all. She must be trembling with relief.
Health care overhaul not a shoo-in
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
While headlines talk about a “fight” over the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court that may never develop, a much bigger battle is about to break out over President Obama’s No. 1 domestic priority, health care.
NCI designation requires investment
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
The road to achieving National Cancer Institute designation is often decades in the making and paved with millions of dollars spent on new faculty and buildings.
Stakes are high for KU in pursuing National Cancer Institute status
With lives on the line, better treatment could be offered
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A1
When Jeff Young received a colon cancer diagnosis at age 28, he was told he had a 10 percent chance of living past five years. Almost three years later, after undergoing two treatments of chemotherapy and surgery, doctors told him they had exhausted all treatment options. With doctors giving Jeff just a few months to live, the idea of experimental, Phase 1 drugs offered hope.
Prudent move
State legislators need to make sure that every dollar being spent on the Statehouse renovation is justified.
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
Considering the state’s current financial status, it only makes sense for officials to carefully examine just about every expenditure of state funds.
Grow up
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Please, please, please, will some physician volunteer to give Dick Cheney and the TV cable pundits a growth shot? They all need help to attain an adult level of thought as they ALL appear to be in a teenage hormonal frenzy.
Fat 2 Fit a weighty challenge
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D2
If you’re like many Americans these days, chances are you’d like to slim down and improve your health.
Families devastated by day care fire
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A6
Sobbing relatives waited outside a morgue Saturday to claim the bodies from a day care fire that killed 38 children in northern Mexico despite desperate attempts to evacuate babies and toddlers through the building’s only working exit. A father crashed his pickup truck through the wall in an effort to rescue his child.
Changing directions: Tough times inspire new career paths
June 7, 2009 in print edition on E1
This wicked recession is throwing roadblocks in the way of many careers. It’s not just layoffs knocking people off track. Workers are facing years with few or no pay raises, vanishing bonuses, curtailed retirement contributions, longer hours and a heavier workload.
Bagworm babies are nearly undetectable
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D8
If someone were to conduct a bagworm census, I suspect they would find that populations have increased in northeast Kansas in the last few years.
Poet’s Showcase: The Sensory Blues
June 7, 2009
Lonesomeness seems
Silent sister: Journalist unearths family secrets in ‘Ghosts’
June 7, 2009
Steve Luxenberg is a journalist and a son, and he is scrupulous about fulfilling his differing responsibilities down to the smallest detail.
Rouse memoir provides a screaming good time
June 7, 2009
It may be a bit early to start recommending this summer’s beach-reading, but if one is looking for laughs, Wade Rouse’s “At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream” (Harmony Books, $24) belongs at the top of your list.
‘Ancient’ artifacts sell cheap in cyber scams
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D4
When Charles “Chip” Stanish, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, craves a good laugh over human folly, he knows it’s just a mouse-click away on eBay’s bazaar of ancient artifacts.
Star treatment for windows
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D8
Besides picking paint colors, the one topic that consistently seems to stump many homeowners is window treatments.
Health care in Pakistan crumbles with refugee influx
June 7, 2009 in print edition on E10
She doesn’t have a name yet. Born five weeks too early, she came into this world at the end of a painful six-hour drive on a creaky old bus that passed through a battlefield before arriving at the hospital. There was no electricity and not enough fuel for an incubator to feed oxygen into her tiny lungs.
Mark’s on the Move: Curveballs create angst for the novice, challenge for the expert
June 7, 2009 in print edition on B3
“Deuce.” “Hammer.” “Hook.” The curveball goes by myriad names, but regardless of what you choose to call it, the curveball is a tough pitch to hit.
As D-Day veterans age, Obama says ‘we must not forget’
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama honored the valiant dead and the “sheer improbability” of their D-Day victory, commemorating Saturday’s 65th anniversary of the decisive invasion even as he remakes two wars and tries to thwart potential nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea.
2 bodies found near Air France crash site
June 7, 2009 in print edition on A5
Searchers found two passengers’ bodies and a briefcase containing an Air France Flight 447 ticket in the Atlantic Ocean near where the jetliner is believed to have crashed, a Brazil military official said Saturday.
‘Smart grid’ buzz of the electric power industry
June 7, 2009 in print edition on E10
Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet. More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation’s electricity distribution system, an aging spider web of power lines, is poised to move into the digital age.
Behind the Lens: Juxtaposition can make a photograph
June 7, 2009 in print edition on D2
I was driving through Lecompton looking for a feature photograph when I spotted a woman mowing her yard.