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12:00 a.m.
Cheryl Miller, a Lawrence life coach, feels that removing clutter from your house and purchasing used items rather than new are two simple ways of taking a proactive role in a greener lifestyle. Green families tout clutter-free lives
June 10, 2009
One day last year, Dave Bruno looked around his house and realized that for a man who had spent years trying to live simply, he had an incredible amount of “stuff.” “It got me motivated to come up with this harebrained idea. Is it possible to exist in American suburbia and truly not have a lot of excessive stuff?” he said.
6:00 a.m.
Carl Herd, senior maintenance worker for the City of Lawrence, mixes piles of yard waste at the city’s Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th St. City trash trucks pick up yard waste throughout Lawrence and unload it at the composting facility where the mix of grass, leaves and small tree branches is left to decompose and later be used for compost. Our trash: ‘You couldn’t even imagine’
June 11, 2009 in print edition on 1A
We are wasteful. Just ask the folks who collect trash every day. They see it all.
10:00 a.m.
David Tucker walks along the along the Kansas River, trying to ID people who might be living out in the cold. A study released Wednesday said the homeless population of Kansas was shrinking. Local officials question survey results showing decrease in homeless population
June 10, 2009 in print edition on 1A
A report released Wednesday shows a startling decrease in the number of homeless people in Kansas, especially in Lawrence, but community officials say the statistics need further review.
2:00 p.m.
Vendor Jane Wohletz of Tomato Allie, right, and Douglas County master gardner Cindy Haines ready bags of green onions to be donated to the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen after the closing bell of the downtown Farmers Market. Haines and other master gardeners have encouraged local gardeners to plant an extra row to help serve the hungry. Haines collected several bags of produce from other vendors on May 23, as well. Master gardeners help fill food pantries
June 11, 2009
A Lawrence gardener is beginning to see the fruits of her labor and master plan to help curb hunger in Lawrence. Last summer, Cynthia Haines had some extra zucchini and didn’t want it to go to waste. She decided to donate it to a local food pantry.
6:00 p.m.
Street theater: Downtown Film Festival returns with more outdoor summer cinema
June 11, 2009 in print edition on 1C
The abandoned lot at Ninth and New Hampshire streets, normally overrun with weeds and ultimate Frisbee players, will soon be filled with people in lawn chairs eating popcorn.

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Former KU athletic director in hospital after bicycle accident
06:53 p.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 01:24 p.m. in print edition on A3
Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital, where he was taken Thursday night after a bicycle accident at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
GM’s new leader viewed as humble, down-to-earth
04:31 p.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 01:32 a.m. in print edition on B9
The pending arrival of Ed Whitacre Jr. as chairman of General Motors means leaders at two of Detroit’s Big Three automakers will share a common past experience: carrying Kansas driver’s licenses.
Board to drop charges against Tiller
June 11, 2009
The Kansas Board of Healing Arts will be dropping its case against Dr. George Tiller.
KU doctor explains need for bone marrow donors and how process works
June 11, 2009
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is having a bone marrow registry drive on Friday.
Kansas park may use sharpshooters to reduce deer
03:37 p.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 12:13 a.m. in print edition on B10
Park officials in a Kansas City suburb want to bring in sharpshooters next fall to kill about three-fourths of the deer in a park that they say is overpopulated.
Smyth, Heere taken in MLB Draft
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B4
KU closer Paul Smyth and right-fielder Brian Heere heard their names called Thursday, during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Man convicted of armed robbery in Lawrence wants to withdraw guilty plea
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Gardner man convicted of robbing two people at gunpoint in Lawrence wants to withdraw his guilty plea. But the attorney for 23-year-old Terrell D. Griffin recommended during a court hearing on Thursday that the defendant not seek a trial because he could face more prison time.
Eight KU students, recent grads receive awards
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
Eight Kansas University students or recent graduates have earned awards for research and study abroad in the coming academic year, including six Fulbright awards.
Kansas Democrats deny placing online advertisement for U.S. Senate candidate
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
ndrea White, a spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, said Thursday that the ad wasn’t generated by the party.
Lawrence city bus destroyed by fire after apparent engine failure
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence city bus was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon after an apparent catastrophic engine failure.
Biden praises economic recovery project in Kansas
10:06 a.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 12:12 a.m. in print edition on B10
Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday the $787 billion economic stimulus program is creating jobs with infrastructure projects like the replacement of a dilapidated bridge in central Pennsylvania, the first stop of a cross-country “Road to Recovery” tour.
World Health Organization issues first pandemic alert in 41 years
10:03 a.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 12:26 a.m. in print edition on A2
The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years — as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
Westar restores power to all Douglas County customers
01:53 a.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 04:02 a.m.
According to Westar Energy, 1,676 of its customers in Douglas County lost power early Thursday morning.
Sub helps in hunt for Air France black boxes
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
The urgent hunt for the black boxes of Air France Flight 447 received a boost Wednesday — a French nuclear submarine scoured the search area, listening for the data and voice recorders’ pings before they fade away.
Even with a Fiat alliance, Chrysler’s problems remain
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chrysler was reborn Wednesday under a new Italian parent, but it can’t shake the shadows of its past: It’s not selling enough cars, its fleet is tilted to trucks and SUVs, and help is more than a year away.
Our trash: ‘You couldn’t even imagine’
Alternatives to landfill urged
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A1
We are wasteful. Just ask the folks who collect trash every day. They see it all.
Kansas State names interim provost
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
Ruth Dyer will serve as Kansas State University’s interim provost.
Horoscopes
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Thursday, June 11: This year, you are willing to break past previous restrictions and pioneer new adventures. Once you free up your thinking, your world appears far different and much more vital. If you are single, you’ll meet someone through travel, education or a spiritual experience or class. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from travel or taking a seminar together.
Reusable bags gaining ground on plastic
Lawrence store managers see huge increase in usage of environmentally friendly option
June 11, 2009
It isn’t hard to figure out why using a reusable bag makes sense. There are tons of data on how unhealthy and costly it is to use plastic and paper bags. Lisa Foster, founder of California-based 1 Bag at a Time, reminds shoppers that free paper and plastic bags are not free.
City collects 11,000 tons of yard waste
Program saves $215,000 in landfill costs, gives residents cheap option for compost
June 11, 2009
Those containers of grass, leaves and small branches that homeowners put on their curbside each Monday morning add up to big savings and richer yards. In 2008, 11,244 tons of residential yard waste was picked up and used in the city’s composting program. That amount saved $215,000 in landfill costs.
People in the news
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
Jessica Alba … a vandal?
Juco path leads to title run
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B1
When decision time arrives for high school baseball standouts, in many cases they can either choose to end their careers and attend a four-year college known for a great social culture in a happening town, or they can continue playing ball at a junior college miles from nowhere.
Budget deficit nearing $1 trillion for fiscal year
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
The federal budget deficit soared to a record for May of $189.7 billion, pushing the tide of red ink close to $1 trillion with four months left in the budget year.
Administration seeks to tame corporate pay
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Talking tough but stepping gently, the Obama administration rejected direct intervention in corporate pay decisions Wednesday even as officials argued that excessive compensation in the private sector contributed to the nation’s financial crisis.
Space gathering to set record
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Mix seven shuttle astronauts and six space station residents and you set a record for the biggest off-the-planet gathering.
Key nations agree on N. Korea sanctions
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Western powers reached agreement with North Korea’s key allies Wednesday on a proposal that would impose tough new sanctions on the reclusive communist nation’s weapons exports and financial dealings, and allow inspections of suspect cargo in ports and on the high seas.
GOP stages coup in New York Senate
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pandemonium erupted on the floor, the lights went out and the live television feed went black as the coup unfolded.
Palm fills CEO position with ex-Apple whiz
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Jon Rubinstein, a former executive behind Apple Inc.’s iPod, on Wednesday was named chief executive of smartphone maker Palm Inc., replacing Ed Colligan, who is stepping down after 16 years at the company.
Legislation would tone down volume of TV ads
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Congress might mute screaming TV-ad announcers who press viewers to “buy now!”
Bert Nash Center announces new staff
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center welcomes Amy Brown as WRAP specialist at Eudora High School. Brown earned a master’s degree in social work from Kansas University. Her most recent position was as a therapeutic case manager and outpatient therapist for KVC Behavioral Healthcare Inc.
Commodities
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures mostly fell Wednesday.
IRS mulls oversight on tax preparers
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Tax-return preparers may soon be subject to training, licensing and federal oversight.
Woman arrested in connection with vehicle theft
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of theft totaling more than $1,000.
Neb. doctor says he will offer late-term abortions
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Nebraska doctor said Wednesday that he will perform third-term abortions in Kansas after the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller, but would not say whether he will open a new facility or offer the procedure at an existing practice.
Owner asks for more time to save tracks
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
The owner of two closed dog tracks has asked state regulators to delay revoking their licenses while he tries to persuade legislators to give the tracks more slot machine revenue to help make them profitable.
Owens to be inducted in Kansas Hall of Fame
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University basketball coach Ted Owens is one of 14 individuals to be inducted in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 4.
County, Baldwin City to study options to U.S. 56 intersection
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
What started as a joint work session between the Douglas County Commission and Baldwin City officials turned into a major discussion regarding the safety of an intersection on U.S. Highway 56 where a new school is going to be built.
Former Jayhawk Langford to Russia?
June 11, 2009
It looks as if former Kansas University guard Keith Langford is about to strike it rich.
‘Horrible’ Meche dominates; Royals roll, 9-0
June 11, 2009
Kansas City routed the Indians, 9-0.
Douglas County Bank names new manager
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B7
Becca Booth has been named marketing manager of Douglas County Bank. Booth is a lifelong resident of Lawrence. She earned an undergraduate degree from Kansas University and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University.
KU’s Tarasova moves on to NCAA finals in hammer throw
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B3
On the first day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Kansas University senior Zlata Tarasova advanced to the finals of the women’s hammer throw by posting a mark of 57.34 meters (188 feet, 1 inch) on her first attempt Wednesday at John McDonnell Field.
Our Town Sports
June 11, 2009
Phenix-Fyler Second: Lawrence Phenix-Fyler U-18 softball finished second in the USSSA Capital City Showdown last weekend at Lake Shawnee. Jamie Jarrett went 8-for-15 and scored six runs in the six games. Alli New threw two one-hit shutouts. Other team members are Kristen Bell, Allison Coy, Shelby Droddy, Sarah Hanson, Dana Kramer, Anna Mages, Jamie Morgison, Abby Mott, Madison Oller, Chelsea Sevigny, Taylor Simmons and Jourdan Sumonja. Coaches are Randy Fyler and Steve Seratte.
Study: Jobs in green sector growing
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A8
The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday.
Research suggests winds dying down
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A8
The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming — the very problem wind power seeks to address.
Swine flu reported in Pottawatomie County
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B8
Swine flu has been detected for the first time in Pottawatomie County.
Immigrants charged over stolen tax refunds
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B8
A federal grand jury indicted eight illegal immigrants Wednesday on charges of stealing tax refund checks from Texas workers and using phony IDs to cash them in Kansas.
Cat show coming to fairgrounds
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas City Midwest Cat Club will host its annual cat show Saturday and Sunday in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.
Pump patrol
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.43 at several locations.
TV to make digital transition on Friday
Subscribers of pay services, including Sunflower Broadband, are all set
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A3
Subscribers of Sunflower Broadband and other pay-TV services still have nothing to worry about when it comes to the approaching digital transition, set to arrive Friday.
Misleading the flock?
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I agree with David Reynolds’ letter titled “Wrong change.”
Word choice
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Bill Skepnek’s letter of June 5 appropriately focuses on some key points.
Difficult choice
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: George Tiller has been referred to as a mass murderer and baby killer.
Academic fraud
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The NCAA is talking about stripping Memphis of its national runner-up banner from ’08, as well as their NCAA record 38 wins, because Derrick Rose allegedly had someone else take his SAT for him.
Road resurfacing to wait for Ironman
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A5
Two sections of road near Clinton Lake will just have to wait a little longer to get sealed with asphalt and gravel.
Health care plan may call for flexibility
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
The goal of the Obama White House is to come up with a health care plan that can attract bipartisan support. The president has told visitors that he would rather have 70 votes in the Senate for a bill that gives him 85 percent of what he wants rather than a 100 percent satisfactory bill that passes 52-48.
Unnecessary delay
Delays in approving the appointment of a state legislator to the Kansas Bioscience Authority board appear to have some political motivations.
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A7
Recent news stories report a suspicious holdup in approving Rep. Melvin Neufeld’s appointment as a board member of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 11, 2009
Substantial rain followed a severe weather alert here but there were no tornadoes and no serious damage even though straight winds topped 60 mph at times. Other areas around Lawrence did not fare so well and house and tree damage was substantial in portions to the east and south.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 11, 2009
The weekend air show at the Lawrence Municipal Airport had proved to be a major attraction. Especially popular were the aerobatics performers. Huge crowds turned out.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 11, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 11, 1909: Twenty-five boys of the civil engineering school at the university, accompanied by Profs. B.J. Dalton and J.D. Newton, left this morning for their summer school camp north of Midland, where they will pitch tents and spend the next six weeks in practical work such as surveying, bridge building and laying out railroad routes.
Governor seeks online revolution in schools
June 11, 2009 in print edition on A8
In the state that gave the world Facebook, Google and the iPod, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says forcing California’s students to rely on printed textbooks is so yesterday.
Master gardeners help fill food pantries
June 11, 2009
A Lawrence gardener is beginning to see the fruits of her labor and master plan to help curb hunger in Lawrence. Last summer, Cynthia Haines had some extra zucchini and didn’t want it to go to waste. She decided to donate it to a local food pantry.
SLUG turning consumers into gardeners
June 11, 2009
Roommates Kelly Rushing and Jessi Howell are the proud parents of a cute, little vegetable garden. The Lawrence residents are constantly showing off the pretty plot of land at their home, south of the Kansas University campus.
Street theater: Downtown Film Festival returns with more outdoor summer cinema
June 11, 2009 in print edition on C1
The abandoned lot at Ninth and New Hampshire streets, normally overrun with weeds and ultimate Frisbee players, will soon be filled with people in lawn chairs eating popcorn.
Author offers tips on living ‘Green, Cheap and Happy’
June 11, 2009
Fifteen years ago, Lawrence resident Randi Hacker published an 82-page book on how to save money and the planet at the same time. Today — in a world where those two concepts are on the minds of many — her book is seeing a second life.
Couple turn scraps into rich compost
Local residents find process easy, cheap
June 11, 2009
It was an easy decision. Jeff and Loretta Severin knew they wanted to compost. They say they generate little trash other than the fruit and vegetable peels left over from meals made in their Lawrence kitchen.
Gender-specific programs abound
June 11, 2009 in print edition on B6
OK, we get it. Some cable networks and even some networks target one specific gender.