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12:00 a.m.
A young couple strolls in the north end of Burcham Park late Friday afternoon. Advocates for the homeless have proposed building a campsite on the location. City of Lawrence being asked to establish campsite for homeless people
May 1, 2009 in print edition on 1A
City commissioners are being asked to establish a campground for up to 50 homeless people in either Burcham Park or a wooded area along the Kansas River in East Lawrence.
6:00 a.m.
Jill and Scott Eller in front of their split-geodesic dome home in Greensburg, Kansas. Thursday 23 April 2009 Greensburg reinvented
May 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Stubby remnants of once majestic oaks, maples and cottonwoods dot the prairie landscape, silent witnesses to the devastation of the deadly F5 tornado that killed 11 people and all but destroyed this Kansas town two years ago Monday.
10:00 a.m.
Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Co., right, discusses the future of his company with Stuart Bell, Kansas University’s dean of engineering, Wednesday in Bell’s office. Mulally visited his alma mater and met with KU students at Eaton Hall. Ford CEO chats about company’s future, KU
May 3, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Alan Mulally grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Lawrence High School and earned aeronautical and astronautical engineering degrees at Kansas University. Now, having already ascended professionally into service as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mulally finds himself behind the wheel as the top executive at Ford Motor Co.
2:00 p.m.
Chancellor Robert Hemenway KU pays tribute to chancellor
May 3, 2009 in print edition on 1B
From the straw hat Kansas University Chancellor Bob Hemenway donned during commencement ceremonies to a ceremonial hat all the way from Nigeria, tribute was paid to the many different hats the retiring leader wore both literally and figuratively.
6:00 p.m.
Topeka residents Stan and Carla Soper shop for fresh lettuce on the opening day of the Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market in 2008. They brought along their two chihuahua dogs Millie, left, and Cassie. Farmers’ Market fans flock to opening
May 3, 2009 in print edition on 1B
James Snow worked until dark picking as much lettuce and spinach as he could Friday night.

All stories

Students get sloppy in mud volleyball tournament
May 3, 2009
It was a sloppy, muddy mess Sunday afternoon at Broken Arrow Park. But it was the perfect venue for the students of Lawrence High School.
Police searching for man who robbed gas station at gunpoint
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Police Department is looking for a man wielding a semi-automatic handgun who robbed a gas station at 9 p.m. Sunday. Sgt. Mark Warren said the man walked into Presto, 602 W. Ninth St., threatened the clerk with the handgun and stole an undetermined amount of money.
KU pays tribute to chancellor
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
From the straw hat Kansas University Chancellor Bob Hemenway donned during commencement ceremonies to a ceremonial hat all the way from Nigeria, tribute was paid to the many different hats the retiring leader wore both literally and figuratively.
If you’re taking your pet along, be prepared
May 3, 2009
Leaving Fluffy or Fido at home or with a sitter during a day trip is unfathomable for some. But for those planning to bring their furry friends along on the journey, doing so may seem more challenging than traveling with a small child.
Hit the road: Scenic byways offer educational, historic views of Sunflower State
May 3, 2009
Nine trips, more than 575 miles and a seemingly endless array of art, wildlife, ranch lands, tallgrass prairies and reminders of diverse ethnic heritage, Civil War outposts and American Indian history.
Cycling adventures of every kind await
May 3, 2009
Miles of tree-lined trails dotted with quaint towns, smooth paved roads that roll over rural hills or single-track dirt paths littered with rocks and steep climbs. Name your surface and scenery, and chances are the region has a bike route fit for you.
Foodies will find delights along state’s path
May 3, 2009
One of the best things about going on vacation is the chance to eat at unique restaurants. Fortunately for Kansans, there is plenty of variety to be found right here in the state.
Ride ’em cowboys: Rodeos draw crowds with unique contests, small town hospitality
May 3, 2009
The gate opens and out comes a cowboy on a bucking bull. The crowd claps and hollers for the cowboy as he tries to hold on with one hand for 8 seconds. Once the ride is over, clowns distract the raging bull with barrels and gadgets as the cowboy makes it to safety. Welcome to the rodeo.
Kansas festivals cater to eclectic tastes
May 3, 2009
Whether they’re big, medium or small, celebrations occur in communities throughout Kansas almost year-round. Fun of all types can be found within easy driving distance.
When thinking day trips, there’s plenty for sports nuts, too
May 3, 2009
The Heartland might be miles and miles from sports hot spots such as Cooperstown, N.Y., and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, or the Talladega, Ala., Superspeedway. But that’s not to say there aren’t several sports destinations in our backyard.
Mark’s on the Move: Golf course crew keeps greens going with tenderness, tools
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
They’re the ones shutting off the mower engines, hiding behind trees and doing their best to blend in to the surroundings while you’re out playing a round of golf. But unlike Bill Murray’s unhinged groundskeeper character “Carl” in the golf comedy “Caddyshack,” members of the grounds crew at Alvamar Country Club typically stay out of the spotlight and let their work take center stage.
Jest for Grins: Singing sensation Susan Boyle a clear case of needing both talent, luck
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D2
“There are women who sing better than Barbra Streisand who will never sing anywhere but their church choir.”
Pre-‘Rings’ Tolkien poems published for the first time
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D3
Before J. R. R. Tolkien was known as the master fantasy writer behind “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” he was fascinated with Norse mythology.
Thrills in store for families in need of day trip
Children can enjoy camping, science, animals and more
May 3, 2009
Summer is the perfect time for families to hit the open road, and the state and surrounding areas have a number of kid-friendly attractions, sure to please even the pickiest of young travelers.
Royals outlast Twins
Soria’s return sparks K.C.’s 11-inning victory
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
From pitches in the wrong places to foolish base-running and bobbled groundballs, the list of blunders by both teams was long.
Some dedicate day away to helping others
May 3, 2009
Many people will find themselves helping someone else on their day away. During the past several years, volunteers’ time and effort have helped Kansans through difficult times. From tornado-ravaged Greensburg and Chapman to housing for the less fortunate in Wichita, volunteers lead the charge when hard times hit.
Check out state’s quirky side
May 3, 2009
On Oct. 5, 1892, eight people were killed and three were wounded during a gunfight that broke out between a number of Coffeyville residents and five bank robbers, three of whom were brothers by the last name of Dalton. The city of Coffeyville has done much to commemorate this event, such as erecting the Dalton Defenders Museum, which contains some of the original guns from the fight, the original vault doors from the banks where the attempted robberies took place and even burial records of the victims.
Bike maintenance crucial
May 3, 2009
Walt Bickley said he regularly explains to baby boomers who stopped biking about 20 years ago that modern motorcycles are far different from those they used to ride.
Gear up your wheels for a road trip
May 3, 2009
Planning increases the chances of having a successful vacation, according to Jim Hanni, executive vice president of the American Automobile Association of Kansas. In general, AAA recommends that you start planning early and involve the whole family. As the process goes on, it is important not to overlook the vehicle that you’ll count on to get to your destination and safely back home.
Sunflower State a draw for nature lovers
May 3, 2009
For Kansas, being in the bottom half of the nation’s most populous states does have its advantages. The Sunflower State, with its wide open spaces in rural areas, has plenty to offer in the way of nature for those wanting to escape for a relaxing day or weekend in the outdoors.
KU swimming hands out annual awards
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C5
Four swimmers earned individual honors at KU’s annual awards banquet.
Jayhawk softball stumbles
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kansas University’s softball team suffered a 7-2 setback at Iowa State.
Kansas’ Bonds ninth in speedy 1,500
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kansas’ Lauren Bonds placed ninth in the 1,500 in 4:20.95.
Celtics oust Bulls
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C3
After a record-setting seven overtimes in the first six games, the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics made an early night of it with a dominating stretch in the second. That’s second quarter, not second OT.
Prom driver charged with drunken driving
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
A limousine driver hired to take a group of high school students to the prom has been arrested after the students suspected he had been drinking.
Buffett: Government taking the right steps
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Billionaire Warren Buffett spent Saturday praising the decisions U.S. officials made to right the economy in the midst of a “financial hurricane” and defending the ones he made to help his company navigate the storm.
Notre Dame’s Obama invite riles bishops
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
This coming week, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, Fla., will take the unusual step of celebrating a Mass of Reparation, to make amends for sins against God.
16 militants, 2 soldiers die in clash
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistani forces repelled a mass assault on their outpost near the Afghan border Saturday in a battle that left 18 dead and shook claims by Pakistan’s army to have regained control of a critical region.
Iraqi soldier kills 2 U.S. soldiers
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
An Iraqi soldier opened fire on a U.S. military team Saturday, killing two American soldiers and wounding three, the U.S. military said, in an attack that could sharpen worries about the extent of militant infiltration in Iraq’s security forces.
LHS girls soccer shut out, 6-0
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C6
The Lawrence High girls soccer team found out firsthand what a team carrying a No. 10 national ranking looks like when it traveled to Olathe East on Saturday morning and went home on the short end of a 6-0 setback to the Hawks.
Parkinson, Sebelius have ‘similar’ abortion views
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Gov. Mark Parkinson says his views on abortion are “very similar” to those held by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, but he acknowledges he hasn’t studied an anti-abortion bill she vetoed before leaving office.
Salina case ends in second mistrial
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B2
A central Kansas murder case has ended in a mistrial for the second time.
Democrats sense opportunity on legalizing gay marriage
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gay marriage legalization in several states and the public’s growing acceptance of same-sex unions have Democrats sensing political opportunity and some Republicans re-evaluating their party’s hard-line opposition to an issue that long has rallied its base.
Ford CEO chats about company’s future, KU
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Alan Mulally grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Lawrence High School and earned aeronautical and astronautical engineering degrees at Kansas University. Now, having already ascended professionally into service as CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mulally finds himself behind the wheel as the top executive at Ford Motor Co.
Greensburg reinvented
Tornado-ravaged town gets new lease on life
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Stubby remnants of once majestic oaks, maples and cottonwoods dot the prairie landscape, silent witnesses to the devastation of the deadly F5 tornado that killed 11 people and all but destroyed this Kansas town two years ago Monday.
WHO may raise flu alert level
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A1
Although the pace of new H1N1 infections seemingly slowed on Saturday — with a total of 195 cases reported in the United States and 793 worldwide, and a few even turning up in pigs — a World Health Organization official said he thought that the agency’s infectious disease alert level ultimately would be raised to its highest point.
Jeopardy!’ college tournament to feature KU student Monday
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
Mark Petterson, a Kansas University senior from Prairie Village, appears on “Jeopardy!” on Monday as part of the television game show’s college tournament.
Farmers’ Market fans flock to opening
More than 50 vendors bring fruits, vegetables, meats to Lawrence residents
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B1
James Snow worked until dark picking as much lettuce and spinach as he could Friday night.
Pentagon using Facebook and Twitter to spread messages
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
You don’t often hear a three-star general using the word “friend” as a verb.
Review store credit cards closely
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
Just about every time I check out at a department or clothing store, a friendly clerk asks, “Would you like to save 20 percent today?”
Mortgages
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 109 mortgages in the weekly period ended Monday.
Bankruptcies
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Ideas for finding seasonal jobs
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
Temporary seasonal work can provide one avenue of employment for someone looking for a job, in need of some occupational experience, or even seeking a new challenge in a different environment.
Outhouses cushion small plane crash
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A6
A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed wound up on a cushioning bunch of portable toilets — and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt.
District workers shed pounds in 10-week contest
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B4
De Soto school district got a lot lighter the past few months — 2,390 pounds lighter, in fact.
273 police injured in May Day riots
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A7
More than 270 police officers were injured in this year’s May Day riots in the German capital, prompting criticism Saturday of Berlin security officials and calls for more officers.
Doctor: 64 die in shelling of Sri Lanka hospital
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A7
Sri Lankan forces shelled a makeshift hospital in the war zone Saturday, killing 64 civilians despite a pledge to stop using heavy weapons in its battle with the Tamil Tigers, a rebel-linked Web site said.
Poet’s Showcase: Persephone’s Answer
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D3
He asks, and she retorts:
Guess the next top baby names
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D1
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and to baby-name fanatics that means one thing beyond cards and flowers: The release of the latest figures from the Social Security Administration.
Prepare your feet for summer
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D8
With summer fast approaching, here are some tips from podiatrists on getting your feet ready for sandals and shoeless outings:
Improve the fuel economy of your RV
May 3, 2009
All motorists share one common goal: to get the most mileage from a gallon of gas.
Field school lets you dig into Kansas history
May 3, 2009
The joke goes if you find any gold and silver, you can keep it. Everything else must be turned in and handled properly. But, of course, no one on the Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School ever finds any gold or silver, according to longtime participant and Lawrence resident Mike Wildgen.
GOP: Obama’s 100 days all spending, taxing
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
Republicans say President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office can be summed up in three words: spending, taxing, borrowing.
Check out this summer’s music events
May 3, 2009
From hosting stops on the Vans Warped Tour to Manhattan’s famous Country Stampede, Kansas offers a great variety of music genres and beautiful venues for any who crave a more musical summer.
Learn while you travel Kansas
May 3, 2009
For some people, an opportunity to travel is an opportunity to learn. Kansas has several programs to assist people in doing just that, including many at Kansas University, said Jim Peters, the director of professional programs for KU’s Continuing Education.
Heading off the beaten path: Roadways lead to unique sites
May 3, 2009
There’s no need to follow the Yellow Brick Road. There’s plenty of asphalt, concrete, gravel and dirt passageways to keep people busy touring the varied natural, historic and otherwise interesting scenery throughout Kansas and along its edges.
Culture in a day: Get a taste of the arts on one tank of gas
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D1
Looking for an art-inspired day trip this summer? Here are some suggestions for checking out the region’s arts and culture opportunities.
Boomer Girl Diary: WHO hazardous to mental health
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D1
I have never been what you’d call a germaphobe (yet another thing Howard Hughes and I don’t have in common).
Back to Mango Street: After 25 years, novel still builds bridges
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D3
Sandra Cisneros had not yet been introduced to the writings of Virginia Woolf when she began her remarkable novel “A House on Mango Street,” but she instinctively understood that desperate longing for a space, a place, a room of one’s own.
All grown up
Younger Releford creating name for himself
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
There is something Trevor Releford would like you to know. His name. It is Trevor. Not “Little Releford” or “Travis’ brother.” Just Trevor.
Kansas baseball rips OU
Jayhawks claim sixth straight victory and seventh straight over Sooners, 9-5
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kansas University beat Oklahoma, 9-5, to clinch its first series victory on the road over a ranked team since 2006.
KU third in Big 12 rowing
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C5
Kansas’ rowing team placed third at the first Big 12 rowing championships.
Busch completes Richmond sweep
Driver celebrates birthday with Sprint Cup victory
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C2
Kyle Busch celebrated his 24th birthday with a trip to Victory Lane, winning Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Congress’ involvement in BCS silly
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C2
On Thursday in Washington, a subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives conducted hearings on the swine flu. Friday, a subcommittee tackled the Bowl Championship Series. Insert your own joke.
Former Dole V.P. nominee, quarterback Kemp dies at 73
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A2
Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described “bleeding-heart conservative,” died Saturday. He was 73.
Kansans revive state’s wine industry
May 3, 2009
Bruce Dozier planted the first grapevines on his four-acre vineyard when he was 60 years old. Now, 10 years later, Dozier Vineyard and Winery, 323 S.E. 80th Ave., Ellinwood, grows about 1,500 gallons worth of 12 different varieties of grapes in one season, with a yield between 6,000 and 8,000 bottles a year.
Region’s barbecue competitions create a win-win scenario for visitors
May 3, 2009
If you love barbecue and live in Kansas, you probably already know you’re in the right place. And what better way to live up to the state’s reputation as the home of barbecue than to have hundreds of barbecue competitions every summer?
Prep star Beal comfortable in Kansas
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C8
One of the top high school basketball players in the state of Missouri feels right at home in Kansas.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B3
Among significant projects expected to affect drivers this week in the area.
50-to-1 longshot Mine That Bird pulls off epic upset
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
Calvin Borel was in a familiar place, along the rail and urging Mine That Bird to fly through the mud. Trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. was someplace he never imagined — the Kentucky Derby, with his horse in the lead.
Rea powers LHS baseball past BV North
May 3, 2009 in print edition on C1
Even for senior Aaron Rea, one of the city’s top high school athletes, Saturday qualified as a particularly busy day.
Forecasting, preparedness improve after tornadoes
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B8
Late in the afternoon of May 3, 1999, Chris Stiles’ then-8-year-old son met him at the front door of their southwest Oklahoma City house as Stiles arrived home from work.
Mother’s Day can be year round if you seek bargains
May 3, 2009 in print edition on E1
The annual Mother’s Day brunch is a tradition for many. But with so many restaurant deals up for grabs, why not make a meal with mom a regular habit?
Aristotle school to become open-air museum
May 3, 2009
The remains of the ancient school where philosopher Aristotle taught his pupils nearly 2,500 years ago are to be turned into an outdoor museum thanks to a donation from a betting company, Greece’s Culture Ministry says.
National parks get Ken Burns touch in new PBS series
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D8
Ken Burns has gained fame as one of America’s best documentary filmmakers with works such as “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” the two most-watched series ever on public television.
These collectibles are the icing on the cake
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D4
At most American weddings, you can expect to see a wedding cake, usually covered in white frosting and often topped by bride and groom figures made of china, plastic, composition or even molded sugar.
Motorcyclists find easy ridin’
May 3, 2009
Whether a member of the Christian Motorcycle Fellowship out of Argonia or a rider with Phat Azz Bikes in Wichita, Kansas motorcyclists agree on at least one thing about riding through the state: The view is unbeatable.
Officials: Gitmo court system likely to stay open
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Obama administration may revamp and restart the Bush-era military trial system for suspected terrorists as it struggles to determine the fate of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and fulfill a pledge to close the prison by January.
Take healthy steps to shake the salt habit
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D2
After decades of warnings about salt, the white, grainy mineral seems poised to become the grocery’s next boogeyman.
Pontiac, pop culture icon, hits the end of its road
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A8
It could crash through burning buildings, make a fool of any number of small-town Southern sheriffs, help save the world from giant robots, even take criminals off to jail while engaging in witty repartee with its driver.
Salina birdwatcher has passion for purple martin
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B4
story> Tell Jeff Watkins he’s gone to the birds, and he won’t be offended. His dad and grandfather went to the birds before him, so he’ll consider it a compliment.
Lapel pin interest grows into Hesston man’s hobby
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B5
Visitors taking a look at Harvey Thiessen’s vast lapel pin collection aren’t just seeing a bunch of items, they’re viewing a sea of memories.
Swine flu control tests Obama’s balancing skills
May 3, 2009 in print edition on A4
There’s a fine line at the White House between hand-washing and hand-wringing.
Horoscopes
May 3, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, May 3: This year, you open new doors and see people in a different light. If you’re triggered, detach. Your creativity emerges when handling problems. If you are single, romance could be a front-page story — intense and possibly torrid. If you are attached, the two of you could add to your bond — a grandchild, baby or new pooch.
Prosecuting past presidents is poor precendent
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B7
When Thomas Jefferson succeeded John Adams, a contest that put America on such a different footing that it is remembered today as the Revolution of 1800, he did not seek to put members of the Adams administration on trial.
Making life more fair would be unfair
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B6
The Fairness Doctrine has crept back into the news. At issue is the domination of talk radio by conservatives.
Obama’s start
The first 100 days of an administration aren’t nearly as important as the president’s record at the end of four years.
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B6
The political climate in the United States is not good at this time. There is too much divisiveness!
California sets bad economic example
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B6
California’s increasingly severe and largely self-inflicted economic crisis will deepen on May 19 if, as is probable and desirable, voters reject most of the ballot measures that were drafted as part of a “solution” to the state’s budget deficit.
Can Detroit still respond to change?
May 3, 2009 in print edition on B7
When I was in high school, my parents gave me 15 shares of General Motors stock, worth maybe $600, and a lecture on investing in America.