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Police investigate shots fired in 1600 block of Haskell Ave.
June 20, 2009
Lawrence police investigated a report of gun shots being fired in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue early Saturday morning.
Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C2
Defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon on Friday because of tendinitis in his knees.
Extreme makeover: Stadium edition
New turf going in at KU’s Memorial Stadium
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C1
New turf is being installed at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, and a new scoreboard might be in the works, too.
New iPhone sells with less drama
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B4
The new iPhone went on sale Friday morning, greeted by much smaller lines and less hoopla than previous models. A few hundred people were in line just before the 7 a.m. opening of Apple Inc.’s flagship store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, a fraction of the people who lined up around the block for last year’s launch.
Adoptive parents of 8 welcome 5 more into home
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Jack and Carol Daniel, eight wasn’t enough. After raising eight adoptive children and seeing seven of them leave the nest, the Leawood couple will be adopting five more. The Daniels, both pediatricians at Children’s Mercy Hospital, have adopted eight children since 1975.
U.S. shouldn’t meddle in Iran election
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Can you hold a dialogue with an Iranian regime that blatantly steals an election as the world watches? Should we help the Iranians who are protesting that election? These are the questions confronting President Obama as the riveting drama in Iran continues, with hundreds of thousands of Iranians marching in the largest demonstrations since the country’s revolution, objecting to the election results.
A father delivers: KU student earns doctorate after family’s help following accident
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D1
Imagine you are thousands of miles away from your son. On a different continent, in fact. In a remote, sun-baked place with little in the way of communication to the world outside.
Club news
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D3
The Lawrence Sertoma Club conducted their 80th annual Inaugural Banquet on June 9 at the Masonic Lodge.
Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area Baseball First teamers
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C5
A look at the Lawrence Journal-World’s All-Area Baseball First teamers.
Chiefs release four
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Chiefs have waived four players. The team on Friday released long snapper Thomas Gafford, wide receiver C.J. Jones, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson and linebacker Darrell Robertson. Gafford played nine games as the Chiefs’ long snapper last season while Jackson played in four games a year ago.
Studebakers Drivers Club all geared up
June 20, 2009
The Kaw Valley chapter of the Studebakers Drivers Club will roll in to Lawrence on Saturday for an annual meeting.
Woodland solid in U.S. Open
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland is off to a good start at the U.S. Open.
Pujols haunts K.C.; St. Louis cruises
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C1
Albert Pujols helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Royals, 10-5, in the I-70 Series opener.
Boys & Girls Club celebrates Juneteenth
June 20, 2009
The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence celebrated Juneteenth at Broken Arrow Park on Friday.
6Sports Shot of the Week
June 20, 2009
The 6Sports staff continues its battle on the links with local golf pros.
Technology revolutionizes school safety
June 20, 2009
The use of new technology has revolutionized the business of school safety.
Economy Jobless rate out West tops 10 percent
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A1
The housing bust sent the unemployment rate in the West bolting past 10 percent in May — the first time in more than 25 years that a region of the United States has suffered double-digit joblessness. A Labor Department report released Friday showed the West absorbing the worst of the recession, which is now the longest since World War II. California, Nevada and Oregon endured particularly heavy job losses in construction, manufacturing and tourism.
Hosting law aims to curtail underage drinking
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
For those thinking of throwing a backyard kegger this summer and inviting underage drinkers to it — you might want to reconsider. Lawrence just became the city with the strongest social hosting ordinance in the state.
Pump patrol
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
LMH doctor to discuss health care
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Dr. Matthew Stein will give a presentation next week about how possible changes in the health care system at the national level might affect Lawrence residents and doctors. His presentation, “Making Sense of the Health Care Debate,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session and general discussion.
Assists Foundation announces first awards
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C3
Bill Self’s Assists Foundation has announced its first round of grant and scholarship recipients.
Stoll’s signature style leads Lions to state title
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C5
For five seasons, Lawrence High coach Brad Stoll has coached baseball the only way he knows how — with high expectations and a biting sense of purpose. Throughout the years, Stoll has had teams that he thought could have (or even should have) won a Class 6A state championship.
New guy in town reaches the top
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C5
When Lawrence High junior Albert Minnis left behind his friends and teammates to transfer from Park Hill High to LHS last January, he didn’t know exactly what he was getting into. Sure he knew that the Lions had a good team and that the school had a well-known winning tradition, but questions about how he would be accepted, how warmly he would be welcomed or how easily he would find his role on the team still bounced around his head.
Veteran accused of faking paralysis
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
An Army veteran from Illinois bilked the U.S. government by faking paralysis after a car wreck to get disability benefits and avoid being deployed to Iraq, federal grand jurors allege in indicting the former soldier and his wife.
LMH offers AARP driving program
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will have an AARP driver safety program specifically designed for mature drivers. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 and June 30 in Meeting Room A of the hospital, 325 Maine.
Gun-carrying man raises alarm in Ottawa
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Ottawa Police Department is seeking information about a man who reportedly walked into the Ottawa City Hall on Friday morning with a firearm. Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene around 9:30 a.m. after an employee from the building alerted authorities.
CMT hopes ‘Duet’ creates harmony with audience
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D7
Will tandem performances bring twice the excitement? Double the pleasure?
People in the news
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D7
• Tony Hawk takes a glide through White House • T.R. Knight leaving ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ • Adam Lambert album expected this summer • Settlement deadline set in Freeman lawsuit • Winfrey visits festival at her S. African school
Horoscopes
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, June 20: This year, you swing between being logical, calm and stable and having a devil-may-care attitude. Know that wherever you are emotionally, doors will open. If you are single, you could meet someone quite significant to your life. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy each other far more in the winter holidays.
Nestle recalls Toll House refrigerated cookie dough
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Federal authorities are investigating a new national outbreak of a bacteria-triggered illness, this time related to a sweet treat treasured by the heartbroken and children-at-heart — packaged raw cookie dough. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its preliminary investigation shows “a strong association” between eating raw refrigerated cookie dough made by Nestle and the illnesses of 65 people in 29 states whose lab results have turned up E. coli bacteria since March.
Airlines add fees — with fees on top
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
As if charging $15 to check a bag weren’t enough, two airlines are asking for $5 more beginning this summer if you pay at the check-in counter — a fee on top of a fee. Of course, you could always pay your baggage fee from home. The airlines call it the “online discount.”
Obama to dads: Be involved in your kids’ lives
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A5
Growing up without a father left a hole in his heart, President Barack Obama told boys at the White House Friday in a remarkably personal Father’s Day weekend message. He implored fathers everywhere — and the kids when they’re older — to be involved in the lives of their own children.
2010 census to better count gay couples
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A7
U.S. Census Bureau officials said Friday that married same-sex couples will be counted as such in the 2010 national tally, reversing an earlier decision made under the Bush administration. Steve Jost, a spokesman for the Census Bureau, said officials already were identifying the technical changes needed to ensure the reliability of the information, but remained committed to providing an accurate tally of gay spouses.
Stocks log first weekly loss since early May
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B4
Caution has once again overcome the stock market.
Sotomayor quits club before hearings
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women’s club after Republicans questioned her participation in it.
Military: U.S. airstrikes likely killed 26 civilians in Afghanistan
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
A U.S. warplane failed to follow all operational rules in a complex battle in Afghanistan last month that killed an estimated 26 civilians and 78 Taliban fighters, the U.S. military concluded in a report released Friday.
Groundbreaking marks launch of N.M. spaceport
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
A multimillion-dollar spaceport is moving toward construction in the New Mexico desert, a big step for commercial space development and tourists who will suit up for $200,000 suborbital flights. Gov. Bill Richardson and other dignitaries staged a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday at the remote site of Spaceport America in Sierra County.
Regulators find pot smoke causes cancer
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Marijuana smoke has joined tobacco smoke and hundreds of other chemicals on a list of substances that California regulators say cause cancer. The ruling Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment likely will force pot shops with 10 or more employees to post warnings.
Prosecutor says Sen. did not commit perjury
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
U.S. Sen. Roland Burris provided incomplete and vague answers to state lawmakers investigating his controversial appointment by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but there is “insufficient evidence” to charge him with perjury, a county prosecutor said Friday.
Gay couples’ passports can use married names
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gay couples traveling overseas can now show passports that feature their married names, letting them take advantage of a little-noticed revision to State Department regulations that critics had feared would undermine the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
U.N.: World hunger reaches grim 1 billion mark
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
The global financial meltdown has pushed the ranks of the world’s hungry to a record 1 billion, a grim milestone that poses a threat to peace and security, U.N. food officials said Friday. Because of war, drought, political instability, high food prices and poverty, hunger now affects one in six people, by the United Nations’ estimate.
British WWI veteran becomes world’s oldest man at 113
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Guinness World Records said Friday that 113-year-old British World War I veteran Henry Allingham has become the world’s oldest man. The previous holder of the title, Tomoji Tanabe, died in his sleep in southern Japan earlier Friday at the age of 113.
Health care plan trips, but keeps moving
Pharmaceutical companies may narrow Medicare coverage gap
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A4
Democrats got a sobering glimpse of what it would look like if their ambitious health care overhaul ran into a wall — and they quickly pulled back to regroup and get moving again. Trying to regain the initiative, House Democrats on Friday unveiled draft legislation they said would cover virtually all of the nation’s nearly 50 million uninsured as President Barack Obama has promised. However, they offered few details on how to pay for it.
Nude hiking buffs ready to shed
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
Every year on the first day of summer, a few outdoor enthusiasts nationwide expose virtually all of themselves to insects, scrapes and thorns for the pleasure of bonding with nature au naturel. They call it Naked Hiking Day.
Iran’s leader warns opposition to back down or risk bloodshed
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran’s supreme leader sought Friday to end the deepening crisis over disputed elections with one decisive speech — declaring the vote will almost certainly stand and sternly warning opposition leaders to end street protests or be held responsible for any “bloodshed and chaos” to come.
U.S. officially condemns crackdown
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration on Friday stuck to a measured response to the uprising in Iran over a disputed presidential election, even as both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to condemn an official crackdown on mostly peaceful demonstrations in the streets of Tehran.
Opry offers captions for hearing-impaired
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Grand Ole Opry remains steeped in a tradition of sound, but the 83-year-old country music program will offer captions for the hearing-impaired for the first time today. About 450 people participating at the Hearing Loss Association of America convention in Nashville this week will attend one of the Opry’s evening shows and will be able to follow along with captions on large projection screens.
Leaf’s future was equal to Manning’s
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C2
Their careers were on parallel planes. Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were possibly the best one-two quarterback punch ever to come out of college football.
Billionaire jailed in alleged $7B fraud
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Brash Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford was indicted and jailed Friday on charges his international banking empire was really just a Ponzi scheme built on lies, bluster and bribery. The Justice Department announced charges against Stanford and six others who allegedly helped the tycoon run a $7 billion swindle.
Researcher tries to decode squawk talk
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A8
For hundreds of hours, Ebenezer Otu-Nyarko has been studying “pok-cluck-cluck,” “cluck-bawk-bawk” and “cluck-cluck-cluck.” It might earn him an advanced degree.
Big fine could be big trouble in downloading case
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A6
The $1.92 million verdict against a Minnesota woman accused of sharing 24 songs over the Internet could ratchet up the pressure on other defendants to settle with the recording industry — if the big fine can withstand an appeal.
Ground forces move in for offensive
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistani ground troops moved into Taliban-controlled areas Friday and engaged in the first gunbattle of a new offensive in the volatile northwest, as an aerial and artillery bombardment pounded other targets. Officials said Friday’s action did not represent the start of a full-scale operation in the tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan, but that most troops were now in place for when the orders came.
House impeaches federal judge
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
The House on Friday impeached a federal judge imprisoned for lying about sexual assaults of two women in the first such vote since impeaching former President Bill Clinton a decade ago. The impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas sets up a trial in the Senate. Kent is the first federal judge impeached in 20 years.
Conviction upheld in lobbyist’s murder
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction of Kimberly Danielle Sharp, one of four people convicted in the death of a lobbyist for the homeless three years ago. The court ruled Friday that Sharp’s conviction of life without parole for 20 years was proper. It said the evidence could show she participated in a conspiracy to kill lobbyist David Owen.
Exxon Mobil charged over dead birds
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B8
Exxon Mobil Corp. has been charged with violating a law that protects migratory birds. The Justice Department charged the company Thursday with a misdemeanor that alleges the company unlawfully killed migratory birds, including three owls.
Veteran CBS newsman Cronkite reported ill
June 20, 2009 in print edition on A2
CBS isn’t commenting on reports that veteran newsman Walter Cronkite is gravely ill.
Subterfuge
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: President Barack Obama said upon entering the White House his would be only the most transparent administration, a vague reference to the Bush administration who was accused of being anything but transparent.
Intimidation
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In Ohio, the Operation Rescue van drives by an abortion clinic at five miles per hour. Plastered on it are the usual doctored and Photoshopped pictures of bloody fetuses with one chilling exception. Now added to that is a picture of Dr. George Tiller. With a bullet hole in his head.
Bad change
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I would like to ask Rick Baker a few questions after his attack (Public Forum, June 6) on Mr. Simons’ May 23 Saturday Column. The United States has the greatest health care system in the world. How much is socialized medicine going to cost and how are they going to pay for it? We don’t have a health care crisis; we have an illegal alien crisis. The health care crisis has been manufactured.
Iowa prep Barnes not typical standout
Ballyhooed Ames High recruit keen on business (and, yes, KU is on his list)
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C6
Heralded Ames (Iowa) High basketball standout Harrison Barnes is as concerned about his future college’s business school as its basketball program.
KU great Sayers joins another Hall of Fame
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C3
Gale Sayers was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame.
Weir within a stroke of tying record
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
Mike Weir came within one stroke of matching the best round ever in any of golf’s major championships when he shot 64 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Friday.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B3
The City Commission was having three sites ap-praised as possible locations for a new public library: 11th and Kentucky, the north side of Ninth Street between Kentucky and Vermont; and the south side of Seventh Street between Kentucky and Vermont.
Kansas specialties
Lawrence residents get to enjoy two of the “8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine” right here at home.
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Congratulations to two Lawrence eateries that have been named among the “8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine.”
A soft touch
It’s hard for the Lawrence Humane Society to say no to an animal in need.
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
Does it seem like animal welfare people across the state have gotten the idea that someone at the Lawrence Humane Society is a soft touch when it comes to animals in need? If so, they’re right.
Society’s job
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I have just been watching CNN compare health costs and health results between some of the European and Canadian programs and ours. If we were to compare the results only for those with health insurance in the United States on effectiveness we would look better but be even more costly.
New chancellor should seek academic-athletic balance
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B1
Incoming Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is a newcomer to Kansas. As such, she is sure to be using every means to learn as much as she can about Lawrence and the state and the university’s relationship and history with the other Kansas Board of Regents institutions, alumni and friends, political bodies, the Lawrence community and the many other groups and individuals who have deep interests or involvement in KU.
Funeral protest case under review
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
A judge on Friday set no timetable for a ruling in a case that questions whether Nebraska’s flag-desecration law violates the free speech rights of a woman who let her child stand on the flag during the funeral of a soldier.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 20, 1909: “A gain of more than $6,000 has been made the past year by the Lawrence post office. There were substantial increases in every department and it appears that an extra carrier must be hired to handle the growing business. … The Douglas County Fair Assn. met today and established an impressive list of purses for the fair this September.
Darkness suspends play with Glover in lead
Former champion Weir fires lowest tournament round in six years
June 20, 2009 in print edition on C8
Tiger Woods couldn’t get off the course fast enough.
Around and about
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D3
Pascual and Kristi Laclé, Lawrence, announce the birth of their daughter, Emery Cate Laclé, May 26, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘A Rose’
June 20, 2009
Weekly poet’s showcase feature.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir paying visit to Kansas city
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D1
To those who have seen it, it is an awesome sight: Hundreds of people singing in the name of God.
Rural bank survey: Economy is weak, but worst is over
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
A new survey of rural bankers in 11 Midwest and Plains states suggests the region’s economy remains weak, but the bankers believe the worst of the recession has passed. The Rural Mainstreet survey’s overall index remained in negative territory in June when it slipped to 34 from May’s 36.2.
Military news
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D5
Army Pfc. Gary C. Kearns and Army Spec. Clyde B. May have graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
Faith Forum: What impact has Father’s Day had on your faith?
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D1
Grandfather offered message about God
NPR reporter puts mystical experiences under microscope
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D8
As mystical experiences go, Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s transcendent moment was not the kind that launches a new world religion.
Tiller clinic in focus again, with vigil planned Saturday
June 20, 2009 in print edition on B5
The clinic run by slain abortion provider George Tiller will be the focus of the issue again today, with a vigil and counter-demonstrations planned at the now-closed facility for the first time since his death. Operation Rescue plans a gathering and prayer vigil led by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who helped lead the 1991 “Summer of Mercy” protests in Wichita that sparked mass demonstrations and arrests.
Great green gifts for Dad
June 20, 2009 in print edition on D5
Father’s Day is just around the corner. Got a father who’s hard to please? Never fear, here’s a list of green Father’s Day gifts perfect for all kinds of dads, from sports nuts to tech-heads.