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Should Kansas University notify the parents of an underaged student who is caught using drugs or violating alcohol policies?

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12:00 a.m.
Stacey Wohlberg, Lawrence parent. ‘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.”
6:00 a.m.
In this Feb. 7, 2007, file photo, Sunflower Electric Cooperative’s coal-fired power plant churns out electricity in Holcomb, Kan. State reaches agreement to enable one coal plant to be built at Holcomb
3:43 p.m., May 4, 2009 Updated 8:11 a.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University first-year graduate student Ari Jean-Baptiste, right,  a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the U.S. Army, laughs with classmate Matt Miles, a first-year graduate student from Lecompton, as he unloads his laptop in preparation for a statistics class on April 23 at KU. Jean-Baptiste is attending KU through the university's Wounded Warriors program. During his second tour in Iraq, Jean-Baptiste sustained injuries when his helicopter went down near Kirkuq. 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.
7:41 p.m.
Town Talk
Follow City Commission debate on homeless camps
Posted May 5, 2009
The Lawrence City Commission tonight will consider a proposal to allow the homeless to establish camps in a city park. The City Commission meeting starts ...

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Dancers help teach students meaning of Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2009
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Deerfield Elementary played host to some ethnic dancers to teach students about the holiday.
Prescription bus makes stop in Lawrence
May 5, 2009
More than 90,000 Kansans are facing tough times because of unemployment. But a little relief rolled through Lawrence Tuesday.
Baldwin, Eudora split doubleheader
May 5, 2009
The Eudora High School softball team hosted its biggest rival, Baldwin High, for the HyVee High School Game of the Week.
Environmentalists condemn coal-plant agreement as bad deal for Kansas
Parkinson defends agreement with Sunflower Electric Power Corp. as a victory for state
05:49 p.m., May 5, 2009 Updated 05:49 p.m. in print edition on A1
As details of the coal-burning power plant settlement between Gov. Mark Parkinson and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. emerged, environmentalists condemned the deal as bad for Kansas.
Kansas Senate passes 2.75 percent across-the-board cut in state budget
Public schools would lose $83M
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Senate on Tuesday approved a 2.75 percent across-the-board cut in the state budget, which will require additional “revenue enhancements” to become balanced.
Public invited to Jack Kemp memorial at KU’s Dole Institute
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
A public memorial for Republican politician Jack Kemp will be on display through Saturday at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.
Turnpike to close half of interchange for two weeks
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
Before the Kansas Turnpike can dismantle one bridge and implode another, it first must close half of the East Lawrence interchange. And it’s only a preview of a larger — and longer-lasting — project to come.
Area agencies eligible for funding for emergency food, shelter programs
May 5, 2009
Douglas County has been chosen to receive about $27,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
Health department offering orientation to prospective child care providers
May 5, 2009
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a free orientation meeting for prospective child care providers.
KDHE plans event to reach out to uninsured, low-income women
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
Early Detection Works, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment program, is reaching out to uninsured and low-income women.
Legislators hope to bring swift end to coal battle with necessary legislation
12:20 p.m., May 5, 2009 Updated 04:55 p.m.
Legislators promised Tuesday to move quickly to enact a deal allowing a western Kansas utility to build a coal-fired power plant and ending a 19-month dispute between the governor’s office and the company.
Siemens plans wind turbine plant in Kansas
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B12
German conglomerate Siemens AG said Tuesday it would build a wind turbine production plant in Kansas, expanding its presence in the U.S. and employing 400 workers.
Woman identifies defendant as rapist in 1997 case; defense asks twice for mistrial
11:30 a.m., May 5, 2009 Updated 06:46 p.m. in print edition on A3
A rape victim identified the man who attacked her 12 years ago, as she testified Tuesday morning in Douglas County District Court.
In wake of recent deaths, KU adopts new alcohol policy, including parental notification
10:39 a.m., May 5, 2009 Updated 01:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
Parents of underage Kansas University students now will be notified if their children are caught using drugs or violating alcohol policies, according to one of several new policies announced Tuesday by the university.
Some Kansas Republican employees getting special pay bonuses
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Republican leaders who have pushed for cuts in state employee pay have been generous paying their own staffs, according to state payroll records.
Buzz saw upends Seabury tennis
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Between football, basketball and forensics obligations, little time remains for Seabury Academy sophomore Skyler Malone to focus on his tennis game during the year.
Pump patrol
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.93 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth.
People in the news
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
• Adoption case heard amid paternity dispute • Allen seeks to block Farrow’s testimony • Pete Seeger honored at 90th birthday concert • Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard officially tie the knot • Study by Obama’s mother to be published
Pakistan situation growing more urgent
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Pakistan is not going to fall to the Taliban tomorrow. But, after several days in this country, I can envision a scenario in which militant Islamists keep expanding their sway over rural areas and destabilizing cities.
Obama aims at tax loopholes for firms operating abroad
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Monday announced a major offensive against businesses and wealthy individuals who avoid U.S. taxes by parking cash overseas, a battle he said would be fought with new tax laws, new reporting requirements and an army of 800 new IRS agents.
KU athletes promote fitness to 3rd graders
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
More than 20 Kansas University student athletes volunteered their time last Friday to help with Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day (KKFD), a statewide event held every year in May.
Southern Hemisphere vulnerable to epidemic
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Southern Hemisphere has been mostly spared in the swine flu epidemic. That could change when winter starts in coming weeks with no vaccine in place, leaving half the planet out in the cold. So far, the most affected nations have been in North America and Europe, which are heading into summer. But flu is spread more easily in the winter, and it’s already fall down south.
Falling stars: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ child actors return to life of extreme poverty
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Rubina Ali’s house is flooded with sewer water, and her feet itch. She’s discovered a world of creepy-crawlies in the opaque gray water: scorpions, rats and slithery creatures with lots of legs. Two months ago, the child star of the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” was worrying about what to wear to the Oscars. Now she has come home to a very different problem: How to get the fetid water out of her family’s one-room shack.
KU Wind Ensemble releases new CD: ‘Wild Nights!’
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University Wind Ensemble is becoming a fairly prolific recording artist.
Timeline of coal-fired plants proposals
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A6
Timeline of coal-fired plants proposals from November 2006 to May 2009.
No contest plea entered in shooting
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
One of three suspects accused of firing gunshots in an east Lawrence neighborhood last month entered a plea Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court. Samantha Schumock, 19, pleaded no contest to aggravated assault and two counts of battery, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Charles Branson said. Schumock is scheduled to be sentenced June 8.
Cavaliers’ James named MVP
LeBron easily tops Lakers’ Bryant, Heat’s Wade
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Unstoppable at both ends of the floor this season, LeBron James claimed the league MVP on Monday, receiving the award in the high school gym where he first emerged on the national scene.
Orlando halts rally
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Orlando Magic avoided an epic collapse when the clock ran out on the Boston Celtics’ comeback bid.
Houston hangs on
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Blood flowed, players were sprawled on the court, and the Houston Rockets came into Staples Center and outmuscled Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Teen son’s victim mentality sabotaging friendships
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Our 13-year-old son is exhibiting an emotional pattern of rejecting friends at home and at school. He has a victim mentality about how people don’t like him, but my husband and I have been observing repeatedly how he sabotages friendship. Any thoughts?
Unusual projects receive Gates grants
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Can tomatoes be taught to make antiviral drugs for people who eat them? Would zapping your skin with a laser make your vaccination work better? Could malaria-carrying mosquitoes be given a teensy head cold that would prevent them from sniffing out a human snack bar?
Court orders review of wardrobe malfunction
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal fight over entertainer Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. The high court on Monday directed the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to consider reinstating the $550,000 fine that the Federal Communications Commission imposed on CBS over Jackson’s breast-baring performance at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Craigslist suspect charged with assault
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A medical student jailed in Boston on suspicion of killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist was charged Monday in an arrest warrant with pulling a gun on a stripper in a Rhode Island hotel. The warrant accuses Philip Markoff of assault and weapons violations. Authorities had previously said Markoff was the suspect in the April 16 robbery attempt at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick.
Government urges U.S. to follow troop deadline
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s government Monday ruled out allowing U.S. combat troops to remain in Iraqi cities after the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal, despite concern that Iraqi forces cannot cope with the security challenge following a resurgence of bombings in recent weeks.
Taliban tighten hold, threatening peace deal
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Taliban forces tightened their grip on Pakistan’s Swat region Monday and continued resisting the military’s efforts to dislodge them from neighboring Buner, bringing a fragile peace accord closer to collapse and the volatile northwest region nearer to full-fledged conflict.
Fears of flu rebound as nation seeks normalcy
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Mexico announced a return to normalcy on Monday, preparing to reopen businesses and schools even as the virus sickened more than 1,400 people in 20 countries. World health officials said the global epidemic is still in its early stages, and that a pandemic could be declared in the days to come.
House Democrats leave Gitmo money out of bill
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A6
Amid fears that terror suspects could be brought to the U.S., House Democrats on Monday rebuffed the Obama administration’s request for $50 million to relocate prisoners from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Self’s ‘think tank’ supports youth
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
Bill Self’s Assists Foundation is sponsoring a youth wellness “Think Tank,” on Friday, June 5 at Kansas City Wyandotte High School.
Beetles will rock final ‘Wild Science’
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
The leaf beetle and its adaptation to its surrounding environment will be the topic of the Kansas University Natural History Museum’s “Wild Science” series Wednesday. Caroline Chaboo, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will share how leaf beetles have constructed tiny “umbrellas” for protection, engaged in cooperative social behavior and created a toxin powerful enough to be used by humans to fell a giraffe.
Prescription bus to stop in city
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
The “Help is Here Express” bus tour will be stopping today in Lawrence to help uninsured and low-income Kansans access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or at a reduced price. Patients who visit the bus also can learn about new medicines in development to fight chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
County to aid city on Farmland annexation
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
The site of a former fertilizer plant at the southeastern edge of Lawrence is poised to become part of the city without a single shovel of dirt being displaced. Instead, Lawrence officials are preparing to annex the property — more than 400 acres along the northern side of Kansas Highway 10 — into the city, with visions of the idle expanse being transformed into a business park.
On the record
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
• Police arrested a 57-year-old Lawrence man Monday afternoon on two charges of indecent liberties with a child, one of which was aggravated. • A 38-year-old Lawrence woman reported burglary and theft Sunday morning. Police reports indicate that a black Buell Blast motorcycle was stolen between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
Kansas City, Kan., businesses pay to opt out of smoking ban
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
It’s hard to tell there is a smoking ban in Kansas City, Kan., because many businesses have paid for an exemption. The owners of 69 businesses, bars and restaurants have paid a $250 fee to continue to allow smoking in their establishments. The smoking ban began in February, but provides for the exemption fee through 2011.
Program redirects unused meds
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
A new effort in Kansas to redirect some types of unused medications to safety net clinics is off to a slow start, but supporters are confident it will eventually benefit patients and the state. Under a program approved by the Legislature in 2008, adult care homes, mail service pharmacies and medical care facilities can donate unused prescription drugs to clinics and health centers that serve the uninsured and poor.
Is ‘American Idol’ safe or audacious?
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
The most surprising moment of the “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) results show was not the departure of Matt Giraud but the presence of Adam Lambert in the bottom two. Lambert’s front-runner status has been a given for the last half of the season, so the notion that he might be shown the door offered a couple of moments of suspense.
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
You make waves this year. Focus on the quality of your daily life. You might make some interesting changes and adjustments, allowing a new hobby or interest to dominate. If you are single, it is quite possible that you could encounter a foreigner or someone very different. If you are attached, the two of you could grow tremendously by taking a workshop in communication, even if you relate well now.
Alumni Association plans Grad Grill
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Alumni Association is planning a Grad Grill event for KU graduates on Thursday. The Student Alumni Association and the KU Alumni Association will provide free dinner, soft drinks and door prizes for all graduates while providing information on alumni programs and services.
President taps warlord as running mate
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A8
President Hamid Karzai chose a powerful warlord accused of rights abuses as one of his vice presidential running mates on Monday, hours before leaving for meetings in Washington with President Barack Obama and Pakistan’s president.
Sears retools its business model
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B7
The chairman of Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that the retailer is working to change how customers interact with it in stores and online. Speaking at an annual shareholder’s meeting at Sears’ suburban Chicago headquarters, financier Edward Lampert said the company was upgrading its Web sites, selection and interactivity to help the company emerge stronger than ever from the recession, particularly as competitors slash prices in an effort to sell merchandise.
Are Pakistan’s nuclear weapons secure?
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Taliban’s recent advances in Pakistan are intensifying concern about whether its nuclear arsenal is safe from terrorists. Pakistan’s president says it is. Asif Ali Zardari, who meets President Barack Obama in Washington on Wednesday, recently proclaimed that “the nuclear capability of Pakistan is under safe hands.”
Evidence suggests recession easing
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Evidence that housing is poised to improve and optimism about the results of banking “stress tests” raised hopes Monday that the recession is easing and helped lift a key stock market measure into the black for the year.
Mixed message
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: There is a great deal of controversy as to when life actually begins, but I do not see how any logically thinking person can believe that late-term or partial birth abortions do not terminate the life of a viable human being.
Blighted, empty neighborhoods fill Rust Belt cities
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C8
Meet the forgotten housing crisis. While most attention has focused on the wave of foreclosures sweeping mostly middle-class, suburban Sunbelt neighborhoods from California to Florida, the nation’s emptiest neighborhoods have remained concentrated in the same place for nearly a generation: the mostly minority, poor, urban neighborhoods of the American Rust Belt.
Doctors urged to ask about addiction problems
May 5, 2009 in print edition on C8
If more doctors started asking, would more drug and alcohol abusers ’fess up so they could get help? It’s a huge irony of health care: Go to the emergency room and you’ll be asked about a tetanus shot, even though “most of us have never seen a case of tetanus,” says Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, emergency medicine chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Unworthy of honor
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: She is obviously an accomplished woman. She is a feted law professor at Harvard; and has been the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She should know better. Mary Ann Glendon refuses to be honored at Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony because she opposes the right of a woman to have an abortion.
KTEC change
Parts of KTEC should be preserved, but it would be a big mistake not to force a full examination of the agency’s operation.
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
The operative word concerning the future of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. is “change.” The question is how best to achieve that change. Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed funding for KTEC and proposed folding some of its functions into the Kansas Department of Commerce.
WNBA’s Fever sign KU product Dixon
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University product Tamecka Dixon has signed a free-agent contract with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA.
Flu scare echoes fearful time that began in Kan.
1918 epidemic originated at Fort Riley
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
The calendar says 2009, but our fears say it is 1918. The front page tells us about Mexico, and a new strain of influenza that has killed more than a dozen people there and spread to the United States and Europe and Asia. But our dire imaginations take us back to another contagion in another century. Victims sometimes died within hours, blood coursing from noses and mouths; coffins piled high on city streets.
Impact of credit card changes varies widely
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B7
Many credit card users are in a panic as lenders snatch away long-held but unused credit cards or significantly reduce their available credit lines. For some, the move will result in lower credit scores. And a lower credit score means you pay more for the money you borrow. It can also mean higher insurance rates for your home or car, or worse, the loss of a job.
Dandelions just fine
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The city of Lawrence should be proud to have the median of a major thoroughfare, Kasold Drive, filled from edge to edge with thick masses of yellow, then white dandelions year after year. It shows that we are not spewing out toxins to kill a harmless plant that I frankly find to be lovely. I think we have more pressing “problems” to address. I would rather have the dandelions than the herbicide!
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 5, 1909: Syd Herd has been named the new marshal by Mayor Sam Bishop. The marshal is one of the old settlers of the county and has a farm in Grant Township. He also has had various businesses in town. … ‘A better and greater Lawrence’ was the theme of Mayor Bishop’s inaugural address last night as he made various appointments and took charge.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
Weather looked bad for the Sunday Art in the Park show and there was a controversy over entry requirements that did not sit well with some prospective entrants. The Missouri University board of curators launched a new search for a president after the last of four finalists withdrew his nomination. Critics said they were not pleased with the “breadth of choice” in the process.
Jayhawks hitting weights
Strength coach says KU men’s basketball team motivated
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Andrea Hudy’s cell phone started flashing in Kansas University’s basketball team bus an hour and a half after the Jayhawks’ season-ending loss to Michigan State on March 27 in Indianapolis.
Sole survivor
Lone FSHS senior a dedicated teammate
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Tyler Hatesohl used to be just like everybody else he ran around with. Soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball all spring and summer. Then one day he blinked, and he was the only one still standing.
Greinke’s dominance continues for K.C.
Righty tosses another complete game, strikes out 10; ERA sits at miniscule 0.40
May 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Walking through Kauffman Stadium for the first time since returning from hip surgery, Royals third baseman Alex Gordon looked over and saw teammate Zack Greinke arriving for his next start.