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U.S. Senate committee approves $36 million for the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B11
The U.S. Senate budget committee Thursday approved $36 million in initial funding for the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.
Kansas receives $69 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment benefits
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B11
Kansas officials were notified Thursday that the state will receive $69 million in federal stimulus funds for unemployment benefits.
Missing Lawrence man found
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
A 46-year-old Lawrence man who family members reported missing to police last weekend was found Wednesday evening near Ottawa, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
Hallmark buyouts reach 15 percent in Lawrence
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B11
More than 100 employees of Hallmark Cards Inc. in Lawrence have agreed to accept buyouts and leave the company, as Hallmark seeks to reduce its U.S. workforce.
Superintendent renews contract of teacher who claimed he was fired because of his beliefs
04:51 p.m., June 18, 2009 Updated 05:52 p.m. in print edition on A3
Tim Latham, the Lawrence High School teacher who said his contract was not renewed because of his political beliefs, will return to teaching at Lawrence High School in the fall, the Lawrence school district announced late Thursday afternoon.
KU’s Smyth signs with Oakland A’s
June 18, 2009
Former Kansas University pitcher Paul Smyth signed a contract with the Oakland A’s organization Thursday, a week after being selected in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Lawrence Humane Society has influx of dogs, including small breeds, to adopt
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
If you are in need of a furry companion, the Lawrence Humane Society just might have the dog for you.
42-year-old sentenced to probation for charges in Eudora mobile home fire
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
A 42-year-old man was sentenced to probation Wednesday, after pleading no contest to three charges related to an April fire at a Eudora woman’s mobile home, prosecutors said.
Three people cited for indecent exposure after allegedly skinny-dipping in apartment pool
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police issued citations to three people for skinny-dipping in a Lawrence pool Sunday.
Local food pantries bring their shelves into the Internet era
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Community members seeking to help out local food banks don’t need to haul cans of soup and green beans across town anymore.
Child advocacy group calls for better tax system in Kansas
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
Facing a budget meltdown, Kansas needs a better tax system, a child advocacy group contends in a report released Thursday.
Democrats criticize Jenkins’ vote against troop funding bill
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Democrats are blasting U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, for voting earlier this week against a bill that provides emergency funding to maintain U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wichita man faces 18 theft and burglary charges related to Lawrence break-ins
June 18, 2009
An 18-year-old Wichita man faces 18 theft and burglary charges in Douglas County District Court, accused of breaking into multiple homes and cars in Lawrence and stealing miscellaneous items, including vodka and a Bible.
Kansas Republican leaders backing Brownback for governor
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
On Thursday, the Brownback campaign issued a news release saying former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and current U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts would serve as national co-chairmen for Brownback’s run for governor.
ISU coach signs contract
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has signed the five-year, $5.75 million contract he agreed to in December.
New rules spell out major changes for financial sector
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama hoped to head off a new economic meltdown with his sweeping financial “rules of the road” on Wednesday. But even his own top economic adviser conceded that no plan — and no president — can look around the curve to avoid the next crisis.
Univ. of Nebraska to cut 56 positions
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
University of Nebraska administrators plan to eliminate 56 positions at the flagship campus in Lincoln to deal with a budget shortfall that is also expected to lead to cuts at other locations within the four-campus system.
Collection of U.S. banks repay $68 billion received from bailout
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
A key government effort to ease the credit crisis reached a milestone Wednesday as 10 large banks said they had repaid a total of $68 billion in bailout funds. Treasury said last week that the banks could begin repaying money they received under the $700 billion financial system bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.
Zicam not alone in side effect reports
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A6
The unsettling little secret of Zicam Cold Remedy finally spilled out this week. Though widely sold for years as a drug for colds, it was never tested by federal regulators for safety like other drugs. And that was perfectly legal — until scores of consumers lost their sense of smell.
Repression vs. freedom
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
In Iran, Lebanon and North Korea, a familiar lesson has played out dramatically in recent days: When freedom reigns, human life has greater importance and security; the opposite prevails under repression. Why not start with the just-concluded sham election in Iran, a country that once experimented with genuine democratic practices?
Our town sports
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
A look at local sports opportunities.
Lawrence police arrest two after South Park robbery
12:00 a.m., June 18, 2009 Updated 02:51 p.m. in print edition on A3
Police arrested two Topeka teenagers early Thursday morning in connection with multiple Lawrence robberies.
Semi hits pole early Thursday morning leaving many without power
12:00 a.m., June 18, 2009 Updated 07:44 a.m.
A semi-truck hit a power pole at 23rd and Ousdahl early Thursday morning, knocking out power for 1587 Westar Energy customers.
Mickelson trying to win U.S. Open for wife Amy
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B6
The U.S. Open might have one tough act to follow. Tiger Woods was pure theater at Torrey Pines last year, playing on a left leg so badly injured that the U.S. Open turned out to be his last event of the year.
Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area Softball First team
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
Here are the 2009 Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area Softball First teamers.
PLHS coach emphasizes fun, fundamentals
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
Perry-Lecompton High coach Jill Larson-Bradney might have made a case for receiving the Journal-World’s All-Area Coach of the Year award on her positive attitude and loving personality alone. However, her impressive 39-6 record during the past two seasons, including 19-3 this season, definitely pushes this nominee to the top.
KSU faces another buyout
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas State University could be required to pay another expensive buyout if it does not reinstate Jim Epps, a deputy athletic director on indefinite administrative leave, according to a published report.
Royals sign 18 from draft
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals have signed their sixth-round pick and 17 other players from this year’s draft, as well as three undrafted free agents.
Major league roundup
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
John Danks took a shutout into the eighth inning, Alexei Ramirez homered in the first, and the White Sox played some NL-style baseball to beat the Cubs on Wednesday. The White Sox, backed by a large and vocal following at Wrigley Field, now lead the spirited interleague series, 34-33.
Scherzer outduels Greinke, Diamondbacks paste Royals
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Mark Reynolds finally got to Zack Greinke.
Federal criteria released for railway funding
Plans in Calif. and Midwest could have inside track
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
High-speed rail plans in California and the Midwest appear to be front runners in the race for $8 billion in stimulus cash based on federal criteria released Wednesday that favor projects with established revenue sources and multistate cooperation.
Country singer to perform in De Soto
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
The night before he headlines Saturday’s De Soto Chamber of Commerce Country Concert, Tracy Byrd will play at the country music shrine, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
Crises almost always bring tighter rules
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
The pendulum of government regulation is swinging in a new direction. The government spent most of the past three decades dismantling rules put in place to fix bad practices that led to the Great Depression of the 1930s. President Barack Obama’s financial overhaul plan marks a clear step toward greater regulation.
Son charged with impersonating mother
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Irene Prusik has been dead for six years. But in April, someone showed up at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Brooklyn to renew her driver’s license. The explanation given by prosecutors rivals the Hitchcock classic “Psycho”: It was her son, in drag.
Man bears resemblance to missing N.Y. boy
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
The same chubby cheeks. The same round face and bright, blue eyes. And, most important, the faint scar on his chin. John Barnes does indeed bear a striking resemblance to photos of a 2-year-old boy who was snatched from outside a bakery on New York’s Long Island in 1955.
Autopsies suggest jet broke up in sky
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Autopsies have revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France disaster victims, injuries that — along with the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic — strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air, experts said Wednesday.
North Korea urged to return to talks
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Russia and China urged North Korea on Wednesday to return to the negotiating table on the fate of its rogue nuclear programs — an unusual joint appeal from two Security Council members who have resisted more punitive U.S. measures against Pyongyang.
Kaws’ Kasson a dual threat
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
Looking at Perry-Lecompton High pitcher Courtney Kasson as a freshman or sophomore, an observer would have had a difficult time predicting her as the winner of the 2009 Journal-World’s All-Area Player of the Year.
Jackson best ever? Don’t go there
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Though the afterglow will continue indefinitely for redemptive superstar Kobe Bryant, aging gentleman Derek Fisher and the rest of the Lakers, none will savor this championship more thoroughly than Phil Jackson.
Better training urged in Afghan probe
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
A report on deadly airstrikes in Afghanistan calls for better training for air and ground forces to reduce civilian casualties that have undermined the counterinsurgency campaign, The Associated Press has learned.
Obama: More benefits for gay workers 1 step
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama signaled to gay-rights activists Wednesday that he’s listening to their desire for greater equality in “a more perfect union.” But he didn’t give them even close to everything they want, bringing to the surface an anger that’s been growing against the president.
Case of less propane in tanks heating up
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
The heat is being turned up on big propane companies who last summer quietly reduced the amount of fuel in canisters that are attached to backyard grills without telling their customers, according to a pair of federal lawsuits.
Kansas Lottery considers high-priced casinos
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
The potential glitz of buzzing slot machines was drowned out by the recession Wednesday as state officials heard proposals from companies that want to operate state-owned casinos in Kansas. The Kansas Lottery Commission is negotiating contracts with two applicants that want to run a casino in Wyandotte County and three looking at a casino in Sumner County.
Midwest storms spawn tornadoes
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Storms that spread across the central U.S. brought heavy rains, wind and at least two tornadoes, renewing flooding concerns in already soggy areas and leaving thousands of people without power.
Dozens to fulfill education dream Thursday
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
With jobs getting harder and harder to come by in these tough economic times, imagine trying to find employment without a high school diploma. It’s nearly impossible.
It’s time to change NBA Draft rule
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kudos to Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self for coming down on the wise side on the issue of when basketball players should become eligible for the NBA Draft. Self, likely about to coach his first one-and-done player in Xavier Henry, could have kept his mouth shut on the issue, but as he’s known to do, he was asked a question and answered it.
Thompson named to ABCA 2nd team
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson was named a second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B5
Kansas University freshman Jeff Withey and junior Tyrel Reed did not play in the scrimmage. Withey, a 7-foot transfer from the University of Arizona, is out two to four weeks with a sprained right thumb.
Kansas-Missouri prep football game on tap
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B5
The last time Mitch Werts, Eric Franz and Matt Frantz were on the same football field together, they were playing for a state championship in Topeka.
Grain industry analysts predict ‘decent’ winter wheat crop
Harvest gets under way after slow start
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B10
The first loads of the 2009 Kansas winter wheat crop have begun coming in, and officials are hopeful that they’ll see good results in the wake of little disease and mostly good growing weather. The OK Co-Op Grain Co. in Kiowa reported Wednesday that harvest has started “in pretty good fashion” once fields in the area dried from the weekend rains.
Shuttle launch delayed by hydrogen leak
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A7
For the second time in less than a week, a potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak early Wednesday forced NASA to delay shuttle Endeavour’s launch to the international space station, this time until July at the earliest.
Gasoline prices rise for 50th straight day
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Retail gas prices climbed for the 50th straight day Wednesday, and crude prices that had slumped all week bounced back. Historically, filling station prices tend to rise during the summer as millions of Americans take to the road. But a surge in crude prices during the past few months and less production from the refiners that make gasoline has added pressure on prices.
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures traded higher Wednesday. Wheat rose 0.25 cent to $5.66; corn rose 3.75 cents to $4.08;and soybeans rose 5 cents to $12.06. Meanwhile, beef futures were higher and pork futures were mixed. Live cattle rose 1 cent to 81.37 cents; lean hogs rose 1.68 cents to 59.95 cents; and pork bellies lost 0.35 cent to 58.8 cents.
Bankrupt Eddie Bauer to be acquired
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Eddie Bauer Holdings, the retailer known for its upscale outdoor clothing, said Wednesday that it’s seeking bankruptcy protection and is being acquired by a private equity firm. The Seattle-based company filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware bankruptcy court, while also announcing that it has a deal to be bought by CCMP Capital Advisors for $202 million in cash.
Families, women in chadors join Iran’s opposition
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s not just young, liberal rich kids anymore: Whole families, taxi drivers, even conservative women in black chadors are joining Iran’s opposition street protests. They say they want something simple: their votes counted and their voices heard. What they will settle for — or push for — is a far bigger question.
Douglas County Bank names new manager
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Michael Crossman has been named manager of Douglas County Bank’s branch at Sixth Street and Folks Road. Crossman has been with Douglas County Bank since 2003.
Structural engineer joins Lawrence firm
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Professional Engineering Consultants P.A. announces that Gary Bond, P.E., has joined the firm’s Lawrence office. Bond has more than 26 years of structural engineering and design experience focused on sports facilities, mixed-use and institutional projects including educational, research and government buildings.
Chamber announces ribbon-cutting events
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Health-caring relationships
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
I was sitting on an examining table, waiting to meet the new doctor my insurance company had assigned me to, when she blew in the door, offered her hand and shook mine energetically. Then the new doc sat down on a chair in the corner of the room, put her feet up on the seat of another chair and clasped her hands behind her head like somebody who planned to be there for a while.
Americans wise up on tobacco usage
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
Politicians have extraordinary shoulder joints that enable them to pat themselves on the back, and last week the president, a master of that calisthenic, performed it in the Rose Garden. His subject — aside from himself, as usual — was the bill by which Congress authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco.
Bad decision on busing
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: I recently received a letter from the Lawrence public school district informing me that the “PayRide” program was being eliminated for the 2009-2010 school year. This program has allowed families to have their children bused to and from school, from within a 2.5-mile radius of the school, where state funding for school bus transportation begins.
Concerns refuted
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Mike Hoeflich’s June 17 column on a health care plan for the uninsured argues: 1) that he’s unable “to feel great confidence” in the “efficiency and competence” of large-scale government projects since WWII; 2) that he doesn’t want our government to have more access to individual’s information since the potential for abuse and disclosure are too great; 3) the costs will make the “$1 trillion deficit look good;” and 4) that he personally doesn’t “trust Congress or the executive branch” to shape a national policy on health care.
Joy of service
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
I finally reached the point that I feel I must comment on behalf of all those in the “silent majority” that read letters and think, “I should comment.”
Broken process
Planning regulations are important, but some local rules seem to be unnecessarily complicating Lawrence’s planning process.
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
A certain number of planning rules are important to protect public safety and maintain the quality of development projects in Lawrence. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to let regulations take on a life of their own, creating endless and sometimes senseless hoops for businesses to jump through.
Many Americans fear growing health costs
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A10
As Washington considers overhauling the nation’s health care system, a new poll finds considerable concern about health costs, with nearly half of all Americans worried about paying for future care.
Obama gives black women hope
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A10
Monica Weeks has met many men, but at age 51 she says she still hasn’t found her “Barack.” Among Weeks and her friends, President Barack Obama’s name has become shorthand for a black man with integrity, character and spirituality, one who loves and values his wife and makes his family a priority — in other words, the kind of man that many black women had despaired of finding.
One-dog policy forces tough choice
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A6
Mrs. Chen can’t imagine abandoning one of her two best friends: her scruffy terrier mutt and a white fluffy Pekingese mix with buggy eyes. But that’s what the government in this southern Chinese city wants the middle-aged housewife to do when a one-dog policy takes effect in Guangzhou.
25 years ago: Democratic nominees battle for DA slot
June 18, 2009
Round One in the battle between two Democratic candidates in the Douglas County district attorney’s race was won by city prosecutor Mike Glover, who had survived a challenge by incumbent DA Jerry Harper to his candidacy. A special state board ruled on the issue. Harper had said Glover had not had enough practice experience and that he was ineligible for the office.
Stars still around during rerun time
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
On a lazy summer night filled with reruns and reality time-wasters, fans of shows past and present can still find some of their favorite stars. They might not be able to see them, but they can definitely hear their voices.
People in the news
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
• Emmys move over for MTV Video Music Awards • U.S. publication of book delayed in dispute • Crawford is People’s ‘hottest bachelor’ • Jane Fonda undergoes surgery to replace knee • Billy Joel and third wife Katie Lee split
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Thursday, June 18: This year, much goes on behind the scenes. You might choose to say less and think more. Evaluate exactly what you need and expect, and follow that path. If you are single, you could meet someone very different.
100 years ago: Boy saves woman from drowning in well
June 18, 2009
Hearing screams from the mouth of a well at 311 Mississippi, Archie Campbell, a well-known Lawrence boy, ran to the well, dived through a hole in the curbing and rescued Mrs. Dick Bateson from drowning yesterday afternoon.
40 years ago: Public safety department to begin work
June 18, 2009
A new eight-man public safety department, in addition to the police and fire corps and under the direction of Gilbert Smith, was to go into effect here June 30.
Return of the Idol: ‘American Idol’ winner David Cook comes home to Kansas City
June 18, 2009
How exactly do you move on with life after winning “American Idol”?
Heritage area set to apply for millions in funding
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
Eastern Kansas and western Missouri’s claim as the birthplace of the Civil War is expected to receive a boost. The board for the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area today will finalize a key document that will allow a 41-county region along the Kansas-Missouri border to apply for up to $10 million in federal funding over the next 15 years.
Lakers fans turn out by thousands
Parade honors NBA champs in downtown L.A.
June 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Thousands of fans turned out to celebrate the Lakers’ NBA title.
Commission approves new fairgrounds signs
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
New building and entrance signs at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds are on the way after the County Commission unanimously approved the $20,000 proposal Wednesday night.
Pump patrol
June 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Woodland set for U.S. Open
June 18, 2009
Former KU golfer Gary Woodland will tee off at the 2009 U.S. Open on Thursday, which will be his first ever major.