Advertisement

Archive for Friday, June 26, 2009

Also from June 26

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, June 26, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
Will you be attending the St. John's Mexican Fiesta this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
68%
Yes.
 
21%
I haven’t decided yet.
 
10%
Total 442
What is your favorite Michael Jackson album?

Poll results

Response Percent
“Thriller”
 
46%
I’m not a fan
 
29%
Other
 
7%
“ABC” (The Jackson Five)
 
7%
“Bad”
 
6%
“Ben”
 
1%
“Invincible”
 
0%
Total 1231
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Allison Olassa. Miss Allison
June 25, 2009 in print edition on 1C
There’s something enviable about Allison Olassa’s folksy lifestyle. She plays a sort of timeless music that’s as free and loose as Gillian Welch, and she pays the bills by cleaning houses (with all-natural products, of course)…
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a budget request that could get back over three years all the funding that lawmakers and Gov. Mark Parkinson have cut from post-secondary schools this year. Officials approve a 6 percent tuition increase at KU
12:24 p.m., June 25, 2009 Updated 2:36 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Anticipating another round of budget cuts, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 6 percent tuition increase for many students at Kansas University, and a 7 percent increase on the four-year compact for the incoming freshman class.
10:00 a.m.
Relay For Life fundraiser Bob Silipigni, who reached his career fundraising goal of $100,000 this year, talks Tuesday at his Lawrence home about how his late mother, Flora C. Silini, watched her own father and brother die of cancer. Silipigni collected $23,775 this year for Relay For Life, sending his career fundraising total to $106,366.63. Dedication pays off in fight against cancer
June 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence resident Bob Silipigni is doing extraordinary things to fight cancer and help provide services for people suffering from the disease.
2:00 p.m.
Jim and Joan Vandergriff, of Leavenworth County, display a 1942 3HW Triumph, just one motorcycle in their extensive collection.                                Leavenworth County couple comes together over motorcycle collecting
June 25, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Their wedding day helped ensure Jim and Joan Vandergriff would have a motorcycle marriage.
6:00 p.m.
Mary Ross, of Bismarck Gardens just outside North Lawrence, looks over an ear of sweet corn Thursday. This year’s crop of sweet corn will be available beginning next week, after spring rains forced a delay in planting. Ross expects to begin selling sweet corn on Tuesday. Farmers to gather sweet corn
June 26, 2009 in print edition on 3A
It’s not ready yet. Area farmers say spring rains forced a later planting — so it will be at least next week before that delicious sweet corn is available.

All stories

6Sports Shot of the Week
June 26, 2009
Featured this week: No. 16 at the Lawrence Country Club.
Oskaloosa man receives minor injuries in accident
05:20 p.m., June 26, 2009 Updated 05:52 p.m.
An Oskaloosa man received minor injuries Friday afternoon, after rolling his pickup truck multiple times, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Veterinarians warn residents to protect dogs from heat
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Dr. Mark Marks, a Lawrence veterinarian, reminds residents to keep their pets in mind during the dog days of summer.
Radio club exercise set for weekend
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Members of the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club will take part in a nationwide exercise June 27-28 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Judge denies prosecutor’s evidence in murder case
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Douglas County prosecutors say a murder suspect threatened to kill a witness, but jurors will not be allowed to hear evidence of the alleged crime when the case goes to trial.
First Christian Church pastor resigns without explanation
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Rev. Randy Beeman resigned this week as pastor at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky.
Troubled Kansas Technology group to discuss its future
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B4
Under new leadership, the beleaguered Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. will meet Monday to try to map out its future.
Kansas secretary of aging resigning to work for Sebelius in Washington
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas Secretary of Aging Kathy Greenlee, of Lawrence, will be following her old boss, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, to Washington D.C.
Judge delays rapist’s sentencing
June 26, 2009
A judge has delayed sentencing for a man convicted of raping a Kansas University student 12 years ago.
Judge delays hearing in Tiller’s murder case another month
June 26, 2009
The preliminary hearing for an abortion opponent accused in the death of Dr. George Tiller has been delayed for another month, giving lawyers more time to examine evidence.
Court narrows scope of car searches
June 26, 2009
The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a law allowing police to search for evidence of any crime in a traffic stop, rather than only evidence to support the crime for which the stop was made.
Family of six grateful for Habitat for Humanity home
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Saturday will mark an important milestone in the lives of the Mendoza family. They soon will be the recipients of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity’s 71st home, which will be the result of lots of sweat equity on the part of the family.
KU plans to be first public university library to allow free online access to researchers’ work
No other public university has created such access
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University has become the first public university in the country to create a system that allows anyone to access the work of campus researchers for free online.
State Supreme Court rules against Lawrence area landowners in water case
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Kansas Supreme Court ruling on Friday affirms a water district’s right to get a temporary easement for test drilling for groundwater on an area farm.
Hoops troubles not new
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
USA Today this week devoted a cover story to the premise that college basketball is in troublesome shape with its payoffs, academic finagling, coaching crookery and financial excesses.
Clippers draft Sooners’ Griffin
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Blake Griffin was the consensus No. 1 pick. Shaq to the Cavs was the consensus blockbuster.
Commodities
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures were mixed Thursday.
State leaders take refresher course on open meetings law
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
There are more than 4,000 governmental councils and boards in Kansas that are required to follow the state’s laws regarding open meetings and transparent government.
Softball coach Smith eager to start at KU
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Never in 14 years of Big 12 Conference softball has Kansas University ever won a regular-season championship.
Metal of honor: Cinematic success of ‘Anvil!’ frees veteran rock band from obscurity
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
Steve “Lips” Kudlow believes, “The way you really prove yourself in heavy metal is by staying around.”
Berkman’s RBIs propel Houston past K.C.
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B5
Houston’s Lance Berkman needed to drive in one run to become the third player in franchise history to reach 1,000 RBIs.
KU releases GPAs for spring semester
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Eleven Kansas University athletics teams posted grade-point averages of 3.0 or better, leading KU student-athletes to an overall GPA of 2.95 during the 2009 spring semester, KU athletic department officials announced Thursday.
Failed-test names should be revealed
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
When criticizing baseball’s “convicted” steroid users becomes redundant and when judging Hall of Fame merit for these players gets tired, there’s always the opportunity to switch the conversation and discuss who is at fault.
Shaq’s trade to Cavaliers official
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
LeBron and Shaq: Two of the NBA’s biggest stars are now teammates. The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a blockbuster trade Thursday, bringing superstar center Shaquille O’Neal from the Phoenix Suns to join current MVP LeBron James.
Raiders’ miscues lead to 6-2 loss to Willard
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Drew Noble’s noble pitching effort went for naught.
Forum to gather input on aging issues
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
The aging of Douglas County’s population will be the topic of discussion at a community meeting.
Career Connection reprise set for Oct. 23
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Out-of-work residents in the Lawrence area soon will get another chance to meet with potential employers, absorb job-searching advice and brush up their résumés and cover letters.
District’s error axes summer break
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s a kid’s worst nightmare — just as the last bell has rung for summer break, a school district’s error sentences students to another six weeks in class.
Taylor, U.S. hoops team leave for New Zealand
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Tyshawn Taylor and his USA Basketball Under 19 World Championship teammates left training camp in Colorado Springs on Thursday for Auckland, New Zealand, site of the July 2-12 tournament.
Feeling at home
Lawrence High golfers take advantage of knowledge of Alvamar at tournament
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
For the five Lawrence High golfers playing in Thursday’s Kansas Junior Golf Association Northeast Section tournament at Alvamar Public, the event delivered a relaxed and laid-back environment, as the Lions were able to enjoy their home-course advantage.
Bombings kill scores ahead of U.S. withdrawal
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The bombing of a Baghdad bus station Thursday pushed the death toll from a weeklong series of blasts near Shiite targets to about 200, calling into question Iraq’s ability to provide security as U.S. combat troops slowly withdraw from cities.
Packers, McCarthy donate to Baker
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers organization have partnered to make a $100,000 donation to Baker University, it was announced Thursday. This is the second year McCarthy and the Packers have made a donation to the university.
On the record
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
• WheatFields Bakery, 904 Vt., reported criminal damage on Thursday morning. • A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported aggravated burglary and theft on Wednesday.
Opposition leader says he won’t give up fight
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran’s embattled opposition leader vowed Thursday that he wouldn’t back down from challenging what he called a rigged presidential election despite the regime’s increasing attempts to isolate him, telling the hard-liners: “I won’t leave the picture.”
Politicians call for governor to resign
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
A day after his stunning confession that he cheated on his wife with a woman in Argentina, a chastened Gov. Mark Sanford sought to do damage control Thursday at home with his family while many politicians urged the South Carolina leader to resign.
Aldrich’s dad: Cole content at KU
June 26, 2009
Kansas University junior-to-be Cole Aldrich told the Journal-World before the NBA Draft he had no second thoughts about putting the pros on hold another year.
Surprise study finding: Fish in acidic waters grow bigger ears
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Listen up! Carbon dioxide being absorbed by the oceans is having a puzzling effect on fish — their ears get bigger.
Strip search of Arizona teen illegal, Supreme Court says
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that school officials violated an Arizona teenager’s rights by strip-searching her for prescription-strength ibuprofen, declaring that U.S. educators cannot force children to remove their clothing unless student safety is at risk.
Tree owners could reap climate bill windfall
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
For years, landowners have gotten paid for not farming. Now they may get paid for not cutting down trees.
Bernanke faces heat on bank deal
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Facing an unusual political trial, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke disputed accusations Thursday that he pressured Bank of America to acquire Merrill Lynch in a deal that cost taxpayers $20 billion.
Dedication pays off in fight against cancer
‘He takes his fundraising like it’s his job’
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Bob Silipigni is doing extraordinary things to fight cancer and help provide services for people suffering from the disease.
U.S. bolsters Somalia aid to foil rebels
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration has decided to bolster efforts to support Somalia’s embattled government by providing money for weapons and helping the military in neighboring Djibouti train Somali forces, U.S. officials said Thursday.
Location chosen for Clutter memorial
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B10
A location has been picked for a memorial to honor the family of four whose 1959 killing in rural southwest Kansas was chronicled in Truman Capote’s novel “In Cold Blood.”
OU regents approve $1.48B budget, no tuition increase
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
University of Oklahoma regents on Wednesday approved a $1.48 billion budget for the upcoming school year that does not include increases in tuition and mandatory fees.
Homeowning not seen as wealth strategy
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Nearly half of American adults who participated in a recent survey said they no longer believe that homeownership is a realistic way to build wealth, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling reported this week.
State ranks 7th in list of pro-business states
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Kansas was named the seventh most pro-business state in the nation Wednesday by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, an influential brokerage and consulting firm in Chicago.
Commission approves rate hike for KCPL
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Kansas regulators have approved a $59 million rate increase for Kansas City Power & Light customers.
Bounced check no harm to credit
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Q: I am planning to refinance my mortgage. I am self-employed, and a $4,000 check that one of my clients wrote for some work I did was sent back to me because he didn’t have enough money in the bank to cover the $4,000.
NBAF funding cut from bill
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
Even though funding was stripped from an appropriations bill, members of the Kansas congressional delegation on Thursday remained confident that a proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility would still be built in Manhattan.
Air France: Flight 447 pilot’s body retrieved
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Search crews in the mid-Atlantic have retrieved the bodies of the chief pilot of Flight 447 and a flight attendant, Air France said Thursday.
Farmers to gather sweet corn
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s not ready yet. Area farmers say spring rains forced a later planting — so it will be at least next week before that delicious sweet corn is available.
‘Grill’ offers sizzling summer theater
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
University Theatre at Kansas University kicks off its summer series with “Spitfire Grill,” a musical based on the 1996 film by Lee David Zlotoff.
For some Jon & Kate fans, the show must not go on
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C3
“The show must go on,” Kate Gosselin of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” said on the episode where her split from her husband, Jon, was revealed. Usually, that line elicits admiration, as when an actor sprains his ankle but perseveres in the dance number anyway.
‘Charlie’s Angel’ Farrah Fawcett dies at 62
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C3
A winsome smile, tousled hair and unfettered sensuality were Farrah Fawcett’s trademarks as a sex symbol and 1970s TV star in “Charlie’s Angels.”
Middle Eastern leaders top gift-givers
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C3
When U.S. presidents and their diplomats meet some Arab leaders, they come away with more than an earful about foreign policy. They also get exquisite baubles, objects of gold, robes, art — even a papier mache Santa Claus.
Obama right to be cautious
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
There was a noticeable change in the climate during President Obama’s Tuesday news conference that had nothing to do with the heat and humidity, the excuse given for moving the event indoors from the Rose Garden.
In search of alone time
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
One short weekend, so much to do — an invitation to go swimming at night by moonlight, the Iran protest march downtown with our mouths taped shut, a dance at the Eagles Club with a hot horn band playing ’70s funk that propels people onto the dance floor as if shot from guns — but here I am stuck with house guests who are unable to sit in a room without me for more than 15 minutes.
Will ‘Virtuality’ become a cruise to nowhere?
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B8
You have to admire an outer-space fantasy that kicks off during the Civil War. OK, that’s not really the case, but the opening moments of “Virtuality” (7 p.m., Fox) would have you think so, and that’s what had me hooked.
People in the news
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B8
Award-winning actress Edie Falco, cable television’s no-nonsense “Nurse Jackie,” delivered a stern message to lawmakers Thursday: fix health care.
Women are playing a leading role in Iran drama
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
One of the more amazing and less-noticed aspects of the Iranian election drama is the leading role played by women. In fact, two women have come to symbolize the opposition to an unjust regime.
Iran revolution needs Yeltsin-like leader
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
Iran today is a revolution in search of its Yeltsin. Without leadership, demonstrators will take to the street only so many times to face tear gas, batons and bullets.
Human nature
Excesses got us where we are, remain a danger and cannot be governed by rule books.
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
Billionaire Warren Buffett, with good reason, is constantly sought as an adviser on matters economic and ways to deal soundly and effectively with the huge challenges we now face as a nation. The Omaha financial expert has a record of achievement that justifies such status.
Net Worth: Literal videos find fresh way to lampoon MTV classics
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
They say your entertainment preferences are forever shaped by the decade in which you went to high school.
Robots help transform movie into long, boring failure
June 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
As big, dumb summer “entertainments” go, they don’t get much bigger or much dumber than “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
Theaters improvise to help relieve economy’s effects
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B9
From major theaters such as Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival to small companies such as the Barnstormers Theatre in bucolic Tamworth, N.H., uncertain economic times have forced theaters across North America not only to re-examine what they are putting on stage this summer — and beyond — but how to sell these plays and musicals, as well.
Docking named chair of regents
June 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Jill Docking has been elected chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.
‘Prairie Home’ turns 35
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B8
For the 35th anniversary of his “A Prairie Home Companion,” humorist Garrison Keillor will be in “Lake Wobegon” when he reads the news from Lake Wobegon.
Horoscopes
June 26, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Friday: This year, open up to new possibilities. Moneymaking ideas come your way, but they could cost you if you’re not careful. Others transform right in front you this year. If you are single, opt for the person who is very different from past attachments. If you are attached, look to understanding your sweetie better.