Archive for Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Photo galleries
The day in photos, June 23, 2009
What will you best remember Ed McMahon for?

Poll results

Response Percent
Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” sidekick
Spokesman for American Family Sweepstakes
Host of “Star Search”
Jerry Lewis’ sidekick on Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon
Dick Clark’s co-host on “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes”
Total 857

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
James Kittel gets ready to drive for Jim Frownfelter, a 37-year veteran of teaching driver’s ed for Lawrence Public Schools. Driver’s ed has now been taught in Lawrence for 50 years. Behind the wheels: A lot has changed in 50 years of driver’s ed in Lawrence
June 22, 2009
Ben Stewart wasn’t sure what he was getting into when he started teaching driver’s education at Central Junior High School in 1959. “I was nervous,” says Stewart, who now is 88 years old. “My wife says it took me three years to get over my nerves and settle into it.”
6:00 a.m.
A helicopter ambulance takes a Nebraska man to a Kansas City-area hospital after a rollover accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway leaves three men injured. One of the men was ejected from the gold Ford Explorer. One person taken by helicopter, two others by ground ambulance after rollover accident on SLT
5:24 p.m., June 22, 2009 Updated 7:31 a.m. in print edition on 4A
Two Lawrence men and a 16-year-old Lawrence boy were injured in a rollover accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway in southwest Lawrence Monday evening.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Abbas Rezayazdi, left, wearing a Kansas University T-shirt, voted in the recent Iranian elections. Rezayazdi, a native of Iran, has lived in the U.S. since 1977, but he is still eligible to vote in his homeland. With him, from left, are his wife, Carolyn Hoang, his sister and his mother. The ink stains on their fingers indicate that they’ve voted. ‘You tell the world’: Iranians reach out to visitors to relay chaos in homeland
June 23, 2009 in print edition on 1A
As the world watches protests and violence unfold in Iran, Lawrence resident Abbas Rezayazdi is pretty sure he knows what will happen next. “I think things will die down,” Rezayazdi said. “As oppressive as it is going to be, as hard as the police are going to come down on protesters, that is what will happen.”
6:00 p.m.
Buildings sit empty in downtown Eudora between 714 and 724 Main St. Eudora downtown improvements don’t produce desired results
June 22, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The $1.4 million spent on improvements to Eudora’s Main Street was supposed to lead to more foot traffic and a more attractive setting that might attract businesses.

All stories

Attorney general expects KU audit to be made public
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Steve Six’s office said Tuesday that a Kansas University audit should be made public once its finished.
KU submits new tuition proposal, but officials aren’t talking
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University has submitted a new tuition proposal, but officials on Tuesday refused to release any information about it.
Former KU student faces local charges in 2003 bank robbery cases
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
A former Kansas University student, who was arrested after a string of Lawrence bank robberies in 2002 and 2003, has been brought to Douglas County to face two charges of aggravated robbery after serving about five years in federal prison.
Wednesday’s Raiders doubleheader called off
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence Raiders scheduled doubleheader with Mauer’s Athletics has been called off.
Residents get creative in finding relief from the scorching heat
03:01 p.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 05:39 a.m. in print edition on A1
The city pool, the frozen-food section of a grocery store, a shade tree and a “beer cave” might seem unrelated, but Lawrence residents are seeking refuge in those places as they try to escape the sticky summer heat.
Driver in Monday’s rollover crash in serious condition
01:51 p.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 05:07 p.m. in print edition on B10
The driver of a vehicle which rolled multiple times Monday evening on the South Lawrence Trafficway is hospitalized with serious injuries as a result of the crash.
Bomb discovered, disposed of in the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center parking lot
01:03 p.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 02:13 p.m. in print edition on A7
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the discovery of a small bomb early Tuesday morning outside the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.
Longtime KU physics professor dies
12:59 p.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 03:00 a.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas University is mourning the death of longtime physics professor Raymond Ammar, 77.
Baker University lays off seven more employees, bringing total to 30
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B10
A total of 30 people have lost their jobs this year at the Baldwin City-based private college as a result of a $1 million budget shortfall.
Gov. Mark Parkinson tries his hand at blogging
June 23, 2009
In his first blog, Parkinson gives a brief bio, likes and dislikes (No, I haven’t forgotten the raids on Lawrence. Seriously, I haven’t), and his concerns going forward.
Governor appoints Francisco to Kansas Commission on Rural Policy
June 23, 2009
State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Parkinson to the Kansas Commission on Rural Policy.
Francisco and Holland honored not missing any votes in latest legislative session
11:17 a.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 02:24 p.m.
State Sens. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, and Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, were recognized for achieving perfect attendance records and were present for every vote of the 2009 legislative session.
Douglas County CASA hopes to raise $25,000 with playhouse display
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
For the 18th year, Douglas County CASA Inc. will be displaying its Casa4CASA playhouse at various sites around Lawrence, starting Saturday and running through July 18.
Legendary television host and comedian Ed McMahon dead at 86
June 23, 2009
Ed McMahon, the loyal “Tonight Show” sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding “H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!” for 30 years, died early Tuesday. He was 86.
Heat advisory upgraded to Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m. Thursday
07:37 a.m., June 23, 2009 Updated 01:04 p.m.
Because extremely hot, humid conditions are expected to persist for four consecutive days — through Thursday — the National Weather Service has upgraded the heat advisory that had been in effect for Lawrence and surrounding areas to an Excessive Heat Warning.
Leader of the pride
LHS introduces Mike Lewis as new coach
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis was introduced at a news conference Monday.
Powers shoots 74
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
KU senior golfer Emily Powers shoots a 74 in the first round of stroke play qualifying at the 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
Pump patrol
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
D.C. transit train smashes into another; at least 6 die
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
One Metro transit train smashed into the rear of another at the height of the capital city’s Monday evening rush hour, killing at least six people and injuring scores of others as the front end of the trailing train jackknifed violently into the air and fell atop the first.
Flu spurs outbreak of reckless reporting
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
The swine flu outbreak that has wrecked Mexico’s economy may become a case study in reckless journalism. It now turns out that it’s not entirely clear whether the H1N1 pandemic originated in Mexico, as first reported, or in the United States.
Half of pets given human names
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C10
So much for Rover and Fido. Almost half of American pet owners gave an animal a human-like name, such as Jack or Sophie, according to an Associated poll of more than 1,000 pet owners released Tuesday.
LSU rallies past Texas in extras
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
LSU wins Game 1 of the College World Series finals vs. Texas.
Raiders return to diamond Tuesday night
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Raiders American Legion baseball club returns to action Tuesday night after a 10-day layoff.
Schools receive federal funds, to be used on teacher salaries
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
It looks like the Lawrence school district will get more than $2.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds will have to be spent during the month of September, and finance division director Kathy Johnson said the money would go toward paying teacher salaries for that month.
Smart summer skin care
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
Here are some safe-sun suggestions from Dr. Mary Noel George, a dermatologist with DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo., and Dr. Scott Fosko, head of dermatology with St. Louis University Hospital:
The heat is on; minimize your exposure
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
No doubt that it’s summer. And no doubt that Kansas summer heat can be dangerous. So take some time to review what to do when it’s this hot. Here’s vital information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that can minimize your risk of heat-related illness.
‘Air of sadness’ accompanies crackdown
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Riot police cracked down anew on demonstrators in Iran’s capital on Monday hours after the feared Revolutionary Guard threatened to crush any further post-election protests. A witness described an “air of sadness” marked by people wailing prayers into the night.
‘You tell the world’: Iranians reach out to visitors to relay chaos in homeland
Lawrence resident hopes crisis ‘plants seed’
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
As the world watches protests and violence unfold in Iran, Lawrence resident Abbas Rezayazdi is pretty sure he knows what will happen next. “I think things will die down,” Rezayazdi said. “As oppressive as it is going to be, as hard as the police are going to come down on protesters, that is what will happen.”
County OKs low bid to repave road
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s another road construction bid lower than the estimated cost. Douglas County commissioners Monday morning approved a $322,308 low bid from LRM Industries to repave Douglas County Road 1057 for a half-mile from Kansas Highway 10 north to Douglas County Road 442. County Road 442 is old K-10 Highway.
Carlin taking helm at Kids Voting USA
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies and former dean of the Graduate School and International Programs at Kansas University, was named Monday as the new chairwoman of the board of directors for Kids Voting USA.
Repaving, sewer line coming to 10th St.
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
Work starts today to repave a one-block stretch of 10th Street, a project that will include installation of a new sewer line for public restrooms at nearby Hobbs Park. Contract crews are scheduled to remove existing pavement and place a new surface along 10th, from Pennsylvania to Delaware streets.
TherapyWorks hosting incontinence seminar
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
TherapyWorks will host a free seminar “Incontinence: Bladder, Bladder What’s the Matter?” The seminar will be at 7 p.m. June 30 at TherapyWorks, 1311 Wakarusa Drive. Cindy Johnson, physical therapist, and Dr. Jon Heeb, urologist, will be the presenters.
On the record
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Law enforcement report: A 52-year-old Baldwin City woman on Saturday reported theft from a motor vehicle. Reported stolen were gift cards totaling $560, $302 in cash and other miscellaneous items bringing the total theft to $1,002. The reported offense occurred between 4:45 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of Iowa Street.
Official: N. Korean ship carries weapons
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
A North Korean-flagged ship under close watch in Asian waters is believed to be heading toward Myanmar carrying small arms cargo banned under a new U.N. resolution, a South Korean intelligence official said.
Tropical storm could grow into hurricane
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Tropical Storm Andres was expected to grow into the Pacific season’s first hurricane today and deal a glancing blow to southwestern Mexico before churning its way up the coast past picturesque towns popular with foreign retirees.
Study finds HIV rates highest in the South
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A new Internet data map offers a first-of-its-kind, county-level look at HIV cases in the U.S. and finds the infection rates tend to be highest in the South. The highest numbers of HIV cases are in population centers like New York and California.
Sarkozy says burqas are ’not welcome’
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Monday that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women’s identities and turns them into “prisoners behind a screen.”
Report: U.S. reaches deal on airbase use
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Russian news agency is reporting that the United States and Kyrgyzstan have reached a deal for use of a Kyrgyz base to transport military supplies to Afghanistan. RIA-Novosti cites an unnamed Kyrgyz official as saying that a committee in the Central Asian country’s parliament will discuss the new deal as early as today. The report could not be immediately confirmed.
Drug deal valid if health overhaul OK’d
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hailed by President Barack Obama, a multi-billion-dollar promise by drug companies to narrow a Medicare drug coverage gap for seniors is valid only if Congress succeeds in passing a comprehensive health care bill encountering strong opposition from Republicans, an industry spokesman said Monday.
Actors parents again through surrogate
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are the proud parents of twin girls delivered by a surrogate mother, a publicist said Tuesday, following a pregnancy that proceeded less than smoothly. The girls were born Monday afternoon at an Ohio hospital, publicist Simon Halls said. Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and Tabitha Hodge Broderick weighed 6 pounds.
Holy Cross search includes KU’s Dooley
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
KU assistant Joe Dooley has seen his name pop up in the coaching search at Holy Cross.
KU soccer inks Canadian
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Kansas University soccer team has signed a midfielder from Montreal.
Rich teenagers run amok on ‘NYC Prep’
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
It’s a little-discussed but scientific fact. If you put a teenager — or an actor portraying a teenager — on television, he automatically becomes 35 years old. Luke Perry wasn’t the first or the last to suffer from this affliction. The kids on “NYC Prep” (9 p.m., Bravo) take this premature middle-age thing to a new extreme.
People in the news
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault • O’Neal says he plans to marry Fawcett • Perez: I was punched by Peas’ manager • McConaughey, girlfriend expecting second child • Keillor to mark show’s 35th anniversary
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Tuesday, June 23: This year is a mixed bag, where you often retreat and choose to be reflective. At other times, you are extroverted and out there. If you are single, you are extremely alluring this year. If you are attached, the two of you need a balance of time together — away from your responsibilities — to revive and restore.
Baby sea lion rescued on freeway
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
A baby sea lion wandered onto a busy San Francisco Bay area freeway Monday morning but, after a ride in the back seat of a police car, was safe and resting at a marine center later in the day.
Woodland finishes in a tie for 47th
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a final-round 77 and finished the first major of his career tied for 47th at 12-over. Woodland reached as low as 1-under for the tournament and was tied for 12th heading into the third round.
Supreme Court compromises on Voting Rights case
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Supreme Court on Monday reached a compromise on the Voting Rights Act that allowed it to sidestep the question of whether a key provision of the landmark civil rights legislation remains constitutional at a time when the nation’s racial politics have changed forever.
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures traded lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery slid 9.25 cents to $5.46, while July corn dropped 14 cents to $3.8525 and July soybeans plunged to 27.5 cents to $11.515. Oats for July delivery fell 8.5 cents to $2.035.
Free State’s Hull twins earn all-state honors
Several other area softball players named all-state
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Free State twins Maggie and Rosie Hull were named all-state by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association this week.
Recession taking an emotional toll
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
As the recession continues to roll along, it is taking an emotional toll on a lot of folks. So I asked Celeste Owens, a licensed psychologist and former faculty member at the University of Maryland, to help answer questions from people struggling to survive in this economy.
Chief of baseball union steps down
Fehr to leave no later than March; successor lined up
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
Donald Fehr’s quarter century in charge of the players’ association was marked by a strike that canceled the World Series, record salaries and eventually 14 years of labor peace.
Court: Public must pay for private special ed
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Supreme Court on Monday shifted the landscape for students with learning disabilities, saying parents can in many instances bypass public school special education programs and be reimbursed for private school tuition instead.
Stimulus helps teens find summer work
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
You know the economy’s bad when teens can’t get summer jobs at fast-food restaurants or movie theaters. So thousands are picking up shovels, brooms and trash in part-time jobs paid for with federal stimulus money, which includes $1.2 billion for youth employment.
Provincial president wounded in attack
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
A suicide bomber badly wounded a provincial president in Russia’s North Caucasus on Monday, an assassination attempt that undermined the Kremlin’s claim that it has brought stability to the predominantly Muslim region. Yunus Bek Yevkurov was the third top official to be wounded or killed in the last three weeks in the area of southern Russia around Chechnya, which was devastated by two separatist wars in the last 15 years.
Study: Test results may not reach patients
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
No news isn’t necessarily good news for patients waiting for the results of medical tests. The first study of its kind finds doctors failed to inform patients of abnormal cancer screenings and other test results 1 out of 14 times. The failure rate was higher at some doctors’ offices, as high as 26 percent at one office.
3 adults, 1 toddler found dead in K.C.K.
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
Police are investigating the deaths of three adults and a toddler in Kansas City, Kan. The victims were found about 4:45 p.m. Monday at a house.
Pharmacist pleads guilty in painkiller case
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Wichita pharmacist pleaded guilty Monday to trading prescription drugs for services provided to a doctor. Constance King, 47, wiped her eyes after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting in the unlawful distribution of controlled substances.
Periodic audits
During a leadership transition may not be often enough for audits of certain funds under the control of Kansas University executives.
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
The questionable financial dealings revealed in a Kansas State University audit seem to validate the Kansas Board of Regents’ decision to order the review as part of the school’s presidential transition. In fact, it may make some wonder whether such audits should be done more often, not just when a president or chancellor resigns or retires.
Michael Pollan’s rules to eat by
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
Author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and, more recently, “In Defense of Food,” Michael Pollan writes in support of healthful, natural foods and against corporate farms and highly processed American edibles. Pollan appears in the new movie “Food Inc.,” which, as one critic said, “does for the supermarket what ’Jaws’ did for the beach.”
Double Take: Parental patience necessary for unemployed teens right now
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
Frequent readers know that I’m a big fan of teenagers making their way in the world and that any transfer of money in the home should be an economics lesson.
Noteworthy translation: Lawrence-based festival celebrates diversity of Spanish-language music
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
The phrase “Spanish art music” is not exactly the easiest concept to market in the Midwest.
Tiller slaying suspect bemoans higher bond
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
The suspect in the shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller says he hasn’t heard of anyone raising money for his bond since a judge raised it to $20 million. In a call to KWCH-TV in Wichita Monday, Scott Roeder said when his bond was originally set at $5 million he heard rumors people were working to raise the money, but he never got any offers in writing.
Precautions can keep burglars away while you’re away
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Police say simple steps can prevent homes from being burglarized while owners are on vacation.
Glover survives final day; Mickelson 2nd, Tiger 6th
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lucas Glover steadied his hands for a 3-foot par putt on the 18th hole, an anticlimatic finish to five dreary days at a U.S. Open filled with more delays than drama. The unlikely champion turned to soak up a beautiful sight beneath gathering clouds Monday at Bethpage Black.
The more things change…
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
There I was walking along the new expansive concourse behind the iconic fountains at Kauffman Stadium when I wondered, for no particular reason, about an abstract number. How many fans, do you suppose, are not in their seats at one time at the renovated home of the Royals?
Kidcast: Connor Barker
June 23, 2009
Kidcaster Connor Barker gives us a bit of Lawrence weather trivia.
6Sports Top Six
June 23, 2009
6Sports’ Kevin Romary takes a look at last week’s six best plays from around the area.
Obama signs tough anti-smoking law
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Lamenting his first teenage cigarette, President Barack Obama ruefully admitted on Monday that he’s spent his adult life fighting the habit. Then he signed the nation’s toughest anti-smoking law, aiming to keep thousands of other teens from getting hooked.
Kodachrome film sent out to pasture
Kansas lab is only one to still process it
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Sorry, Paul Simon, Kodak is taking your Kodachrome away. The Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday it’s retiring its oldest film stock because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age.
Mickelson makes Open memorable
June 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
It was a day the USGA had tried to take away from its fans, but with one hole to play, Phil Mickelson was one good shot from giving it all back.
Bombing rule may help protect civilians
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
Stricter new rules for combat and bombing raids in Afghanistan may well complicate the battlefield for American forces, but officials say the changes are crucial to reducing civilian deaths that have been undermining the war effort.
Work begins on world’s deepest underground lab
June 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
Far below the Black Hills of South Dakota, crews are building the world’s deepest underground science lab at a depth equivalent to more than six Empire State buildings — a place uniquely suited to scientists’ quest for mysterious particles known as dark matter.
Athletic-academic balance
June 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
Bill Mayer’s June 19 column, in which he praised the balance that Bob Frederick brought to the KU athletic department during his time as athletic director, has resurrected the ongoing conflict that has been brewing in college sports for at least the past century.