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Archive for Saturday, June 27, 2009

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
A new Habitat for Humanity home is under construction for the Mendoza family of Lawrence. Pictured at the site of their new house from left are family members Haley Weeks, Luis Mendoza, Morgan Mendoza, Tayiah Mendoza, with her mother, Tammy Mendoza and Domonic Mendoza. Family of six grateful for Habitat for Humanity home
June 26, 2009 in print edition on 1B
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.
10:00 a.m.
The St. John’s Mexican Fiesta kicked off Friday night as dancers including Vanessa Rials, Lawrence, kicked their heels and showed off for the crowds that came to the annual event at St. John Catholic Church, 1234 Ky. The fiesta continues today. Event brings out Mexican community
June 27, 2009 in print edition on 1A
People might flock to St. John’s Mexican Fiesta for the authentic cuisine and traditional dancing, but some were there to tout an important message.
2:00 p.m.
Friday's 97-degree heat found many seeking the shade, but after finding this dog tied up outside Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St., Skyler Houser, left, Patty Crain and Susan Bogart gave water and shade to the dog. Pet owners sometimes forget that summer’s high temperatures can be especially unforgiving to their pets. Veterinarians warn residents to protect dogs from heat
June 26, 2009 in print edition on 1B
Dr. Mark Marks, a Lawrence veterinarian, reminds residents to keep their pets in mind during the dog days of summer.
6:00 p.m.
St. James AME pastor Theodore Lee looks to the choir and starts off a song during a Sunday service at the the church. Recreating home: Historic church building reopens after years of adversity
June 27, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Janine Colter had been into the little building at 647 Maple St. more times than she could count — including a time when she couldn’t count.

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Armstrong, old-school racing on tap
Seven-time champion will face spiced-up route, blasts from races past
June 27, 2009
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong will race in a Tour de France that has a few throw-back rules.
Faith Forum: What role does Vacation Bible School play in ministry?
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D1
VBS is own ministry
Trio of state champions named city’s top athletes
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
Free State’s Drue Davis and Lawrence High’s Aaron Rea and Dorian Green were named this year’s city athletes of the year.
Fishermen face off against pesky dolphins
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
Miles offshore, a fight is raging between angry anglers armed with guns and bombs and bottlenose dolphins, the marine mammals popularized in movies and TV shows like “Flipper.”
Smoky river offers snapshot of history
More tourists expected to look near home for trips
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Take a slow float down the Smoky.
It’s now or never for the last-minute traveler; experts see impending price increases
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
If you’ve been waiting for the lowest possible airfare for a trip this summer, it may be time to get off the fence.
Military news
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D3
Army Pvt. Christian Bittinger has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
Sanford should put head above heart
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
A wise man once said that love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
‘Doctor Who’ returns times two
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D7
When the weather turns torrid, perhaps it’s times for a bit of Dickens and Christmas.
Horoscopes
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, June 27: This year, you can move through problems with ease by being careful and precise with your communication.
Event brings out Mexican community
Fiesta returns for 28th year
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
People might flock to St. John’s Mexican Fiesta for the authentic cuisine and traditional dancing, but some were there to tout an important message.
KU’s Reed eyeing leadership role
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior guard Tyrel Reed has his sights set on becoming more of a leader for the Jayhawks.
9 killed in turnpike traffic wreck
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Nine people died Friday when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of cars stopped by an earlier accident on a northeast Oklahoma turnpike, leaving twisted metal and debris strewn on the highway and stranding miles of traffic in scorching heat.
‘Jena 6’ beating case wraps up with plea deal
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Five members of the Jena Six pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor simple battery and won’t serve jail time, ending a case that thrust a small Louisiana town into the national spotlight and sparked a massive civil rights demonstration.
Judge delays financier’s release on bond
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, facing trial on charges he swindled investors out of $7 billion, will spend the weekend behind bars after a federal judge Friday ruled to delay his release on bond.
State may change name over slavery
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
The country’s smallest state has the longest official name: “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
Warriors: Curry staying put
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C5
Stephen Curry can get comfortable with the Golden State Warriors. Coach Don Nelson isn’t sending his newest high-scoring guard anywhere else.
Swiss team unveils prototype for solar-powered plane
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
It has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs less than a small car. And it is powered entirely by the sun.
Iranian cleric urges execution as punishment for protesters
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A senior cleric on Friday urged Iran’s protest leaders to be punished “without mercy” and said some should face execution — harsh calls that signal a nasty new turn in the regime’s crackdown on demonstrators two weeks after its disputed election.
As world mourns, exact details of Jackson death unclear
Cardiologist was with singer at time of collapse
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A6
Michael Jackson insisted that his concert promoter’s payroll include his personal physician, a financially troubled cardiologist who was with the entertainer when he collapsed.
Raiders rally to pick up first tournament victory
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence Raiders defeated the K.C. Bullets, 4-3, on Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Rubio interests Knicks
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C5
When he was finished making picks and completing trades, Knicks president Donnie Walsh had the same thought as many draft observers. Why did Minnesota keep taking point guards?
New coach Haley drastically different from Edwards
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
Things are much different for the Kansas City Chiefs now that Todd Haley has taken over for Herm Edwards.
One-and-done rule needs extra year
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C2
There was a time not long ago when the morning after the NBA Draft was like a graduation day for Rick Majerus. At the University of Utah, he had an impressive run of kids like Andre Miller to Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac who turned into solid NBA first-round picks, and a few more who were selected in the second round.
Federer drops set, but advances
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C2
Roger Federer advanced to the second week at Wimbledon on Friday by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
Pirates hand K.C. 7th loss in last 9
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Kansas City Royals fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3, on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Jackson may be ‘worth more dead than alive’
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
Michael Jackson spent the last years of his life buried in debt. But the King of Pop’s death is likely to yield a financial bonanza more lucrative than any comeback tour ever could, as fans snap up his music and memorabilia and perhaps one day get the chance to tour his Neverland home.
House passes major energy-climate bill over GOP objections
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed sweeping legislation Friday that calls for the nation’s first limits on pollution linked to global warming and aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy.
Builder expected to plead guilty in bank fraud conspiracy case
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence builder charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a building boom in Junction City is expected to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Topeka.
Outcry arises after city worker lops off robin’s nest when pruning
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
A city employee’s actions on Friday morning ruffled the feathers of workers at a downtown Lawrence business. And it’s all over a bird’s nest.
NASA turns to private companies
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
NASA is turning to private space companies to plug a worrisome five-year gap in its ability to boost astronauts into orbit and return them safely to Earth.
Wife of governor told him to stop affair
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford sat in her oceanfront living room Friday, recalling how her husband repeatedly asked permission to visit his lover in the months after she discovered his affair.
100 pounds of pot found in casket
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop in Dallas.
Love of chrome drives club members
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
The crowd’s eyes fixate on a line of about 20 cars that roll in to Sheridan’s Frozen Custard parking lot at the intersection of 23rd and Iowa Streets.
Obama considering order for indefinite detention
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
Stymied by Congress so far, the White House is considering issuing an executive order to indefinitely imprison a small number of Guantanamo Bay detainees considered too dangerous to prosecute or release, two administration officials said Friday.
Gov. seeks disaster aid for 3 state counties
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Gov. Mark Parkinson is requesting agricultural disaster declarations for three counties in southern Kansas.
Southwest Junior High honor roll
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B5
Southwest Junior High School announces its spring 2009 honor rolls, as provided by the school.
Pump patrol
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.37 at several locations.
Regents need to tighten oversight of state universities
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
All of a sudden, there is much discussion about the need for the Kansas Board of Regents to require exit audits for universities under its jurisdiction when there is a change in chancellors or presidents.
Royals pitcher Ponson tested positive for stimulant during WBC
June 27, 2009
Kansas City Royals pitcher Sidney Ponson tested positive for a stimulant during the World Baseball Classic and has been banned from international competition for two years.
China may reject Hummer acquisition
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
China’s planning agency is likely to reject a Chinese company’s bid to acquire General Motors Corp.’s Hummer unit, in part because its gas-guzzling vehicles conflict with Beijing’s conservation goals, state radio reported.
Alleged cartel hit men killed in shootout
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
A shootout between police and suspected cartel hit men in central Mexico Friday left at least 12 people dead and one police officer wounded, officials said.
150-year sentence sought for Madoff
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff should receive a 150-year sentence for orchestrating perhaps the largest financial swindle in history, federal prosecutors said in court papers Friday.
Government stimulates personal savings more than spending
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Households raised their savings rate to the highest level in more than 15 years in May as many used a big boost in money from the government’s stimulus program to bolster nest eggs rather than to spend more.
Motorcycle bombs kill 20 in Iraq
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Motorcycle bombs killed at least 20 people in separate attacks in Baghdad Friday, at least 19 of them in a crowded bazaar, part of an apparent trend toward increased use of motorcycles to thwart stepped-up security measures.
Obama scoffs at demand for apology on Iran criticism
June 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama’s criticism of Iran escalated Friday into an unusually personal war of words.
Kansas Bioscience Authority says developments will come out later
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas Bioscience Authority spent Thursday and Friday huddled behind closed doors, working on strategic planning.
Jayhawks reportedly land Juco linebacker
June 27, 2009 in print edition on C3
Various recruiting web sites are reporting that the Kansas University football team has added a Juco linebacker.
Academy toughens best-song rules
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D7
No Academy Award will be presented for best song at next year’s ceremony if none of the tunes is considered good enough, Oscar organizers said Friday.
The girls of Gen X say goodbye to favorite Angel
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D7
Dear Farrah Fawcett, I’m sure you understand why Michael Jackson’s death has taken over the airwaves and blogosphere, but the folks you’ve touched remember you, too.
Changing needs
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Don Conrad’s cogent Take a Stand made an important distinction between health insurance and health coverage.
Bogus claims
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In her June 20 letter, Donna McKnelly claims:
Health, not wealth
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Health insurance ads always make me wonder whose health care was denied to pay for the ad.
Obama not first to walk diplomatic tightrope
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
The president may be new and different, but the problem Barack Obama has sought to deal with this week is a familiar one.
Sound approach
Serbia is among the nations taking special anti-flu precautions, and the program makes sense.
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B6
The swine flu emergence has been labeled a pandemic, even though some contend the issue has been overplayed and things are not as dangerous as some medical experts believe.
4-H news
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D5
The Clinton Eagles 4-H Club’s May 18 meeting was at Wakarusa Valley and was called to order by Kirstyn Heine, president.
Club news
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D5
University Bridge Club announces results of its June 20 meeting, with hosts Rhetta Jo Noever, Bonnie Haney, Dottie Miller and Darlene Schneider.
Around and about
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D3
Matthew Parker earned a Bachelor of Science degree with special attainments in commerce June 4 from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
Scouting news
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D5
Derrick Weishaar, 17, Lawrence, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America presents. His Court of Honor was held June 6 at First Presbyterian Church.
Recreating home: Historic church building reopens after years of adversity
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D1
Janine Colter had been into the little building at 647 Maple St. more times than she could count — including a time when she couldn’t count.
Schuller daughter aims to heal Crystal Cathedral
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D8
Starting at age 4, Sheila Schuller Coleman has held just about every job at her father’s Crystal Cathedral, from copying Sunday programs at the kitchen table to launching a private high school on the church grounds.
Young pianists to perform at KU for IIYM
June 27, 2009 in print edition on D1
Approximately 60 young pianists from across the United States and around the world will tickle the ivories at Kansas University the next few weeks as part of the International Institute for Young Musicians competition and workshops.
Central Junior High Honor Roll
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
Central Junior High School has announced its spring semester honor rolls.
South Junior High honor roll
June 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
South Junior High has announced its second semester honor roll.