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The day in photos, May 4, 2009 Jayhawk Invitational 2009 Dogs have their day in the park Lawrence Art Guild holds 48th Annual Art in the Park
Were you surprised that one week after former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius left for Washington, D.C., that Gov. Mark Parkinson reached a deal with Sunflower Electric Power Co. to build a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas?

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Do not feed the artwork? Grazers part of new installation
May 4, 2009
A Chinese artist is using animals to connect with KU students and show similarities between the United States and China.
6Sports Top Six
May 4, 2009
Every Monday, 6News staff compile the area’s top six sports plays from the previous week.
KU student comes in second on ‘Jeopardy!’
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Mark Petterson’s knowledge of the “Lord of the Rings” books, the University of Florida’s football team and the metric system wasn’t enough to push him past a fellow “Jeopardy!” contestant from the University of Missouri.
Kindergarteners learn a thing or two about banking
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Broken Arrow School kindergartners got their money’s worth in a lesson on banking. Here’s what some kindergartners know about money:
Baldwin City man accused of shooting his neighbor placed on probation
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Baldwin City man accused of shooting his neighbor in the head has been placed on probation.
Fire department seeking grant funding to help residents buy smoke detectors
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
When fire and medical crews were inspecting homes three years ago to ensure dangerous gas fumes had not seeped into houses, they also checked for something else: Working smoke detectors. What they found was that 30 percent of the houses didn’t have a single working detector.
City Commission will consider future of KU football gameday shuttle
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
The future of a Kansas University football shuttle service that takes fans from downtown Lawrence to Memorial Stadium is up for discussion by the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday. Commissioners are being asked by staff members to consider charging for the service, which last year was provided for free to users.
Jury selected in decade-old rape case
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors said it was a single fingerprint from a man’s left pinkie that helped Lawrence police crack a decade-old rape case. Now, the 36-year-old man who is accused of leaving that print is on trial, charged with raping a then-21-year-old Kansas University student in May 1997.
Thompson earns Big 12 player of week honors
04:36 p.m., May 4, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas University sophomore Tony Thompson on Monday earned the Big 12 player of the week award for games played April 27-May 3.
State reaches agreement to enable one coal plant to be built at Holcomb
Parkinson agrees to build single facility with ‘green’ offsets
03:43 p.m., May 4, 2009 Updated 08:11 a.m. in print edition on A1
The State of Kansas and Sunflower Electric Power Co. have reached an agreement resolving ongoing litigation over whether coal-fired power plants will be built in southwest Kansas.
Area residents warned not to fall for credit card e-mail scam
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents are being warned about a recent e-mail scam asking people to sign up for a credit card program.
Senate cancels budget debate as work on compromise progresses
02:56 p.m., May 4, 2009 Updated 11:08 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Senate has canceled a debate on spending cuts and revenue-raising measures so members can try to come up with a compromise to balance Kansas’ next budget.
Soldier finds calling in KU’s Wounded Warrior program
May 4, 2009
Ari Jean-Baptiste is one of seven students enrolled in Kansas University’s Wounded Warrior program, a partnership between the university and the U.S. Army.
Swine flu could be taking root in Kansas, health officials say
May 4, 2009
The state has another case of swine flu and it could indicated the virus is taking root, Kansas health officials said Monday.
Recruit Wall charged with breaking and entering
12:54 p.m., May 4, 2009 Updated 03:09 p.m.
One of the nation’s most sought-after basketball recruits has been charged with a misdemeanor breaking and entering after police found him walking out of a vacant house in North Carolina, police said Monday.
State employees could suffer under proposal
May 4, 2009
State employees aren’t out of the woods yet by any means.
Parkinson not so sure KTEC should be abolished
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B7
Gov. Mark Parkinson’s view of what should happen to a state economic development agency is different than that of his predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius. Parkinson said he is willing to allow a less-funded Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. to exist for now, while Sebelius wanted to eliminate the agency entirely.
Sorry, hoops-heads: Baseball king in this town
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Lawrence long has been a basketball hotbed, but for natives and move-ins, it’s a baseball town.
Historic mother: Tour marks sacrifice
May 4, 2009
The day before you celebrate your own mother, the Lawrence Arts Center invites you to honor a mother you’ve never met.
Pump N Run ‘n’ done
Iowa team ends K.C.’s mastery
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
All-Iowa Attack beat KC Pump N Run, 76-72, in the championship game of the 17-under division of the Jayhawk Invitational.
Flu could slow economic recovery
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A7
Unless it is contained shortly, the Mexican swine flu outbreak that is sounding alarm bells across the world is likely to have long-term economic, law enforcement and political consequences on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Bar association admits new attorneys
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Bar Association hosted a champagne reception April 24 to honor 139 new admittees to the Kansas bar. The reception immediately followed the swearing-in ceremony in Topeka. The following individuals successfully passed the Kansas bar exam and were eligible to be sworn in before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Relay for Life seeks post-walk volunteers
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Relay for Life will be on June 12-13 at South Junior High School, 2734 La. This year canned goods will be used to anchor the paper sacks in the luminaria display. Relay for Life needs six to 10 volunteers to come on Saturday morning to help break down the luminarias and load the canned goods for transport to food pantries. Work will begin when the relay ends, at 7 in the morning.
Lawrence students committed to yearbooks in a Facebook era
May 4, 2009
Facebook lets people tell their friends how much they mean to them every day. It lets friends post and comment on photos. It facilitates inside jokes and helps people meet new friends. It records the passing of the year day by day, minute by minute.
Retool your body image
May 4, 2009
Unfortunately, how most of us relate to our bodies is more Simon Cowell than Paula Abdul.
Sooners salvage finale
OU clips Kansas, 10-9 in 10 innings; Jayhawks still claim series, 2 games to 1
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
Oklahoma won the third game of its baseball series with Kansas, 10-9 in 10 innings.
Dancing doll rings in Cinco de Mayo
May 4, 2009
Although Cinco de Mayo is not considered a major holiday in the United States, it is very important to some of the more than 22 million Hispanic Americans who live in this country.
Kansas softball falls in finale
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball team fell to Iowa State, 3-1, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Atlanta routs Miami, closes out series
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
The final blowout went to Atlanta, so it’s the Hawks who’ll get a shot at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Royals rally for win
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Royals came back for a 7-5 victory over the Twins.
Sertoma BBQ fires up Saturday
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A5
The cooks at the Sertoma 48 BarBQ contest will all be grilling, but the end product — whether the meat is rubbed, smoked, marinated or glazed — is a different story. “It might all be pork butt, but they have a different spin and flavor,” coordinator Sandra Studley said.
Lawrence Arts Center needs help with Ball D’Artes 2009
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Arts Center needs approximately 100 volunteers on the evening on Saturday, June 13, to assist with the Ball D’Artes 2009: Divas and Gentes. The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and there are three different volunteer shifts — 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and 9 p.m. to midnight. Volunteers may work more than one shift.
Habitat For Humanity looking for several committee members
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Habitat For Humanity is looking for members for the following committees: communications, construction, faith relations, family selection, family support, finance, fund development, ReStore and site selection.
Lawrence Community Garden Project needs springtime help
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Community Garden Project, 921 Miss., needs volunteers to assist with repairing and painting the fence around the garden, pulling weeds and organizing garden materials. Contact Rachael at 865-5030 or
Youth ensemble seeks summer volunteers
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Youth Ensemble seeks volunteers to assist its summer theater camp, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekday afternoons June 1-12 in South Park. Volunteers will be paired with small groups of children to play theater games and encourage imaginative play. No theater experience is necessary.
On the record
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A4
Police arrested a 20-year-old Lawrence man Sunday morning on charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. He was booked into jail at 1:10 a.m. on $4,250 bond. The incident occurred at Blalock Hall, 155 Indian Ave., at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Tensions threaten peace with Taliban
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A6
Pakistan’s army and the Taliban blamed each other Sunday for a rise in tensions that threatened to destroy a much-criticized peace deal, just days before the Pakistani president heads to Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.
Buffett shares lessons of economic turmoil
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A6
Billionaires Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger said Sunday the most important lessons of the recent financial turmoil are that companies should borrow less and build a system that imposes severe disincentives for failure. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s top two executives offered that frank assessment of what led to the current recession at a news conference held a day after 35,000 attended the company’s annual meeting in Omaha.
Edwards’ spending in campaign now under investigation
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A6
His once-prominent political career is buried, and the turmoil of his marriage is playing out in public. Now, John Edwards is facing a federal inquiry. The two-time Democratic presidential candidate acknowledged Sunday that investigators are assessing how he spent his campaign funds — a subject that could carry his extramarital affair from the tabloids to the courtroom.
Kansas swine flu cases likely to jump
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Kansas officials say they have two more “presumptively confirmed” cases of swine flu in the state. If verified by federal labs, it would raise the number of Kansas cases to four, with one probable case in Johnson County still awaiting further testing.
New swine flu cases found in Europe, U.S., Latin America
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
The swine flu epidemic spread deeper into the United States, Europe and Latin America — and in Canada, back to pigs — even as Mexico’s government hinted Sunday it may soon be time to reopen businesses and schools in the nation where the outbreak likely began.
Fiat eyes new company with GM Europe, Chrysler
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Fiat Group SpA confirmed Sunday that it is in talks to buy most of General Motors Corp.’s European operations, taking another step toward creating a global automotive powerhouse. Fiat also said it is evaluating the possible spinoff of its auto business to form the core of a new company.
Supermarket magnate wins presidential vote
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Conservative supermarket magnate Ricardo Martinelli won Panama’s presidential election in a landslide Sunday, promising to guide the country through the world economic crisis and an ambitious expansion of the Panama Canal.
Wolves no longer protected in N. Rockies
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Wolves in parts of the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the endangered species list today, opening them to public hunts in some states for the first time in decades. Federal officials say the population of gray wolves in those areas has recovered and is large enough to survive on its own.
Attempts to fire army chief spur crisis
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
Security forces went on high alert today to avert street clashes in Nepal’s capital amid a government power struggle over the prime minister’s attempts to fire the army chief. The prime minister, from Nepal’s Maoist party, unleashed the crisis Sunday by trying to fire the army chief because of his moves to block the enlistment into the military of former Maoist rebels.
Management threatens newspaper shutdown
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A2
The management of The Boston Globe threatened late Sunday to begin the process of shutting down the newspaper in a dispute with its unions over $20 million in cuts. The Globe’s owner, The New York Times Co., said it had given the Globe’s biggest union a copy of a notice it was prepared to file today if it was unable to agree on the concessions by midnight Sunday, a deadline that passed without word from the union or the Times Co.
Denver punishes Dallas in Game 1
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B5
If not for Nene’s breakout first half, Carmelo Anthony’s fourth-quarter fireworks and Anthony Carter’s defensive deftness wouldn’t have mattered much.
Ghosts won’t rest in peace on several shows
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
The old saying “Dead men tell no tales” does not apply to television. Not this season. On too many series, the dead just won’t shut up. We’ve come to expect this on “Medium” (8 p.m., NBC), where Allison makes a living out of talking with ghosts. Or dreaming of conversations with spirits. In parts 1 and 2 of a three-part season ender, Allison makes the radical move of quitting her work with the district attorney’s office to join a plush corporation.
Performers, record labels seek royalties from songs on radio
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A9
Jack Ely, the singer whose 1963 version of “Louie Louie” still makes the rounds on oldies radio, lives with his wife in a mobile home on a horse ranch in Oregon. Ely says they share $30,000 a year from her teacher’s pension and his Social Security checks. They are paying down a mortgage.
U.S. workers’ wages stagnate as firms rush to slash costs
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A10
In December, Timothy Owner, a trombone player with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, called his landlord to tell her he might have trouble paying rent around May. He and the orchestra’s 53 other full-time members, many of whom are paid less than $30,000 a year, had agreed to a monthlong furlough.
Ethanol presents science vs. politics challenge
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama’s commitment to take on climate change and put science over politics is about to be tested as his administration faces a politically sensitive question about the widespread use of ethanol: Does it help or hurt the fight against global warming?
Doles reflect on lifetimes of service in encouraging public involvement
Tributes, insight and wit doled out
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Former Sens. Bob and Elizabeth Dole began the 2009 Dole Lecture on Sunday afternoon by remembering Jack Kemp, Dole’s 1996 vice presidential running mate, who died Saturday after a battle with cancer. “He was one of those Republicans who wanted to make the party bigger for the right reasons,” Bob Dole said. “He’s just a good guy and a good friend.”
Wage reductions expected to take years to reverse
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
Across the country, workers’ earnings are stagnating or, in some cases, declining. Employers big and small have resorted to slashing hours, and once-unthinkable wage cuts. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household has had their hours or pay cut in the past few months. That’s a nine-point increase since a similar poll was conducted in February.
Ignorance of history, civics fuels violence
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A7
A few days ago, a high school student in Sarasota, Fla., failed history and another failed civics. As a result, the one wound up shot in the chest and the other jailed on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Here’s the story, as reported by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Share the costs
Instead of charging a fare for its football shuttle service, the city should seek more support from KU and downtown businesses.
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A7
Providing free downtown parking and free shuttle service to Kansas University football games was a great idea. In fact, the system implemented last fall was such a great idea that it attracted more riders and, therefore, cost more to operate than city officials had estimated. Now, Lawrence city commissioners are considering whether to offer the shuttle service again and, if so, how to pay for it.
Put your yard, kitchen waste to use as compost
May 4, 2009
Backyard composting is an easy way to make use of yard and kitchen waste.
Morel Mushroom Omelet
May 4, 2009
“The Season for Morels”: Five morel mushroom recipes.
Master mixers: Save money by preparing your own seasonings
May 4, 2009
Want to save money on your favorite store-bought foods? Try making it yourself.
South Park becomes canvas for annual work of art
Skies are brighter for Art in the Park
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Art Guild on Sunday held its 48th annual Art in the Park in South Park. More than 100 artists were set up in booths displaying and selling their work. The guild receives 10 percent of the artists’ profits at the end of the day. This year’s goal was $5,000; Art in the Park is the guild’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
May 4, 2009
Take a peek at the rebuilding in Greensburg
May 4, 2009
Ann and Bob Dixon were among the first to rebuild. When an F-5 tornado all but destroyed Greensburg two years ago today, the Dixons were grateful to have miraculously survived the total destruction of what had been their three-story, 100-year-old Victorian home. Seven months later, they moved into an energy-efficient, systems-built rancher, complete with a steel-reinforced safe room, built on the same lot.
Queen Guppy inspiring, but she’s no stress therapy
May 4, 2009
Supposedly, watching aquarium fish reduces stress — at least that’s what some studies suggest.
New airline tries to make skies friendlier for furry travelers
May 4, 2009
Few tasks are more stressful for a pet owner than having to pack up little Spanky or Fluffy and put them on a plane, knowing the animal is destined to spend the next few hours in a cargo hold.
Library Top 10
May 4, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of April 20 to April 26.
May 4, 2009
This week’s birthdays: You experience an amazing and rare phenomenon. You’ll be promoted or be the winner in a competitive environment, and still keep your friendships with those who didn’t win. You treat everyone with equal respect and that is part of your success secret. June brings a fun change of pace. You try to capture a heart and wind up on an unexpected adventure. August brings a business rush. There’s a chance to make a risky investment in September. A windfall comes in mid-October.
Counties will sue state over highway funds
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Several western Kansas counties have agreed to join Shawnee County in a planned lawsuit against the state to collect underpayments of highway funds. In April, Shawnee County invited all 19 other counties affected by the state’s errors to join in the lawsuit. As of Friday, the counties joining Shawnee County were Rice, Ness, Russell, Lane, Trego, Cowley, Geary and Leavenworth.
City: Turnpike fares reduce maintenance toll on trucks
Paying to cross Kansas River to get to landfill saves wear and tear from driving through city
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A1
If time really is money, then three minutes is worth about 30 cents in Lawrence. At least it is if you are in a trash truck. Day in and day out, Lawrence trash truck drivers tally up charges on city-owned K-Tags to access the Kansas Turnpike to drive the approximately two miles between the East Lawrence interchange and the West Lawrence interchange.
Venues change up routine for children’s birthday parties
May 4, 2009
It’s your child’s birthday. Time for some cake, presents, fun and games … and then hit “repeat” 365 days later. Birthdays come once a year, but with little or no cost in Lawrence, they can be anything but part of the yearly routine. Places in and around the city provide the birthday fun without the hassle or the same-old, same-old.
Mother’s way: Dr. Laura’s new book touts stay-at-home parenting
May 4, 2009
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a New York Times best-selling author, radio show host and marriage and family therapist. But first and foremost, she says, she’s a mother. An unabashed cheerleader of a woman’s right to raise her children at home, her newest book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms,” both gives advice to and advocates for stay-at-home mothers.
‘I’m proud to be a soccer mom, frankly’: Don’t expect to find these local parents on the sidelines
May 4, 2009
They may drive mini-vans or SUVs and haul their kids to and from soccer practice, but don’t you dare call these mothers “soccer moms.” “I am what I am,” 45-year-old Lawrence mom Colleen Harrell says. “I drive an SUV. I have soccer and softball stickers all over it. If that’s a bad thing, then, oh well.”
Big 12 South will remain football juggernaut
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
Don’t expect too many changes in Big 12 South football this fall. When the dust settled last season, Texas was fourth in the final Associated Press poll with a 12-1 record, Oklahoma (12-2) was fifth and runner-up to Florida in the national championship game, Texas Tech (11-2) finished 12th, and Oklahoma State (9-4) was 16th.
Author sees Rodriguez as insecure
Book, out today, hints A-Rod juiced in high school
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
Journalist Selena Roberts makes the case that Alex Rodriguez likely used steroids in high school and may have taken HGH while with the Yankees in her new biography of the MVP, a portrait of a deeply insecure man trying to cope with being abandoned by his father and obsessed with becoming a superstar.
Displaced Baldwin Junction resident keeps eye on changes
May 4, 2009 in print edition on A3
Since 1887, there’s been a Jardon living near what is now the Baldwin Junction, where U.S. Highways 59 and 56 intersect. What Marvin Jardon is seeing today has never been seen before. The new U.S. 59 construction has moved into high gear at the junction. Buildings are being leveled or are being moved. That includes the house that Jardon and his wife, Norma, built in 1957.
Kaun’s squad second
May 4, 2009 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University basketball center Sasha Kaun’s CSKA Moscow squad fell to Panathinaikos of Greece, 73-71, in Sunday’s Euroleague championship game in Berlin.
Make lasting change without the strain
May 4, 2009
David Bowie once sang, “Ch-ch-changes, tryin’ to face the strain.” And though working on changes in our lives can be difficult at times, it really doesn’t have to be such a strain.
Getting over your head? House budgeting is more important than ever
May 4, 2009
In the current economic climate, many people are keeping a close eye on their budgets. But one area of particular focus is the one that may have caused this financial crisis in the first place: housing.
Style savvy rocks Lawrence runways
May 4, 2009
Two fashion shows featuring the styling and design of brilliant locals recently took place back-to-back.
Children benefit from yoga practice
May 4, 2009
When Alayna Kurek panicked one day about forgotten homework, the 9-year-old stunned her school counselor by using a yoga breathing technique to calm down.
The Edge
May 4, 2009
• ‘Into the Presence’ (Music) • ‘Caprica’ (DVD) • ‘Me 2.0’ (Books)
Right stroke: Swimmer dives into teaching, volunteering
May 4, 2009
Annette McDonald can sometimes be seen chatting up the rival coach at high school swim meets. It’s OK. McDonald, the Free State High School swimming and diving coach, is married to Kent McDonald, the swimming and diving coach at Lawrence High School.