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Archive for Saturday, May 9, 2009

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12:00 a.m.
Buffy Barton Davis performs at the 1992 River Valley Music Festival with her band Baghdad Jones. Come together: Lawrence Reunion gathers music, art community from early ’90s heyday
May 8, 2009 in print edition on 1C
College students of today may find it hard to believe that a generation ago, the Lawrence music scene was as good, if not better, than it is now.
6:00 a.m.
Over 100 graduates received their diplomas in Haskell University's 125th graduating class Friday, May 8, 2009. Haskell Indian Nations University marks past, future at graduation
May 8, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Old pictures of Haskell Indian Nations University flashed up on a large screen in Coffin Sports Complex Friday during the university’s commencement ceremony, and nearly every speaker referenced history in some way or another.
10:00 a.m.
Sunflower Electric Corporation's coal-fired power plant rises beyond a pile of coal as it churns out electricity in Holcomb, Kan. Legislature ends wrap-up session
12:00 a.m., May 9, 2009 Updated 2:40 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas lawmakers finished the wrap-up session early Saturday, sending Gov. Mark Parkinson bills on budget cuts, taxes and a coal-burning power plant.
2:00 p.m.
Cem Basoflas stands with his lawyer during his sentencing at the Douglas County Courthouse Friday, May 8, 2009. Former KU student sentenced to deportation in animal cruelty case
May 8, 2009 in print edition on 1B
A former Kansas University international student who pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty will be deported to his home country of Turkey, prosecutors said Friday.
7:00 p.m.
Howard and Keith Smith stand next to a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, which will be one of several cars auctioned off on Saturday, May 9, 2009. H.Z. Smith motors is going out of business after 32 years. It’s the end of the road for longtime Lawrence classic car dealer
May 8, 2009 in print edition on 1B
After 32 years in business, H.Z. Smith Motors is closing Saturday, May 9, with an auction that begins at 10 a.m. at the business, which is just east of the LRM plant on Kansas Highway 10.

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Crews extinguish west Lawrence apartment fire
01:32 a.m., May 9, 2009 Updated 05:25 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded Friday night to a structure fire at the Peppertree Apartments, 3113 West 22nd Street.
Mother’s Day: without mom
May 9, 2009
Amy Burke lost her mother three years ago, soon after her 25th birthday. The Baltimore resident thinks about her mother every day, and though she’s sad, she says she has her grief in check except for one annoying time of the year — Mother’s Day.
T.G.I. Friday’s: Snake head wasn’t cooked
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
T.G.I. Friday’s says a severed snake head found in a dish of broccoli at one of its upstate New York restaurants was apparently planted in the meal.
Obama won’t fight global warming with polar bear rules
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A8
The Obama administration, which promised a sharp break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era policy against expanding protection for climate-threatened polar bears and ruled out a broad new attack on greenhouse gases.
Scouting news
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D3
Kate Baringer and Myette Simpson, juniors at Free State High School, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor offered by Girl Scouts.
Legislature ends wrap-up session
12:00 a.m., May 9, 2009 Updated 02:40 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas lawmakers finished the wrap-up session early Saturday, sending Gov. Mark Parkinson bills on budget cuts, taxes and a coal-burning power plant.
U.S. teams to invite Collins, Taylor
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor are expected to be invited to compete for berths on USA Basketball teams this summer.
Woman in mobile home killed in storm
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
Heavy rain and high winds raked southeast Kansas on Friday, flipping idled airplanes and cutting off power to more than 21,000 customers. A woman was killed when her mobile home was blown 40 feet off its foundation.
Faith Forum: What did your mother teach you about faith?
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D1
he Rev. Randy Weinkauf, pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church & University Student Center, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway: I grew up in a family, both immediate and extended, where one’s faith in Jesus as Savior was freely and openly shared.
KU softball season ends
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s softball season ended with a 2-0 setback to Iowa State.
Free State baseball upends Falcons
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C5
Free State’s baseball team beat Olathe South, 3-2.
FSHS softball splits
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C5
Free State beat Shawnee Mission West, 4-1, and fell by the same score.
Kansas baseball tumbles
Missouri pulls away for 8-5 victory
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Missouri beat Kansas, 8-5, but the Jayhawks still qualified for the Big 12 tournament.
Military news
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D3
Air Force Airmen Jacob Krause and Andrew Goodrick have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Women’s group to discuss development
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Housing and commercial development will be the topic of discussion at today’s meeting of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence and Douglas County.
Abortion doctor asks FBI to find vandals
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B4
A Kansas abortion provider has asked the FBI to investigate vandalism at his Wichita clinic.
Gay marriage effort stalls in R.I.
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A7
Gay marriage could soon become the law of the land across New England — except in the heavily Roman Catholic state of Rhode Island.
British lawmakers expense X-rated movies, horse manure
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
It has all the makings of a Monty Python sketch — prim British lawmakers caught in a farce over expense claims for everything from X-rated movies to a bathtub plug.
White House aide resigns over flyover
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Well, at least it’s a heck of a photo.
Barack, Miley move up baby names list
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Barack and Miley move up, but the classics still rule. Emma is the top baby name for girls, Jacob for boys.
U.S. says death toll ‘over-exaggerated’
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Video of the aftermath of a disputed incident involving American forces and the Taliban shows bloodied bodies of children laid out with other corpses, confirming international Red Cross findings at the two remote villages in western Afghanistan.
Bryant puts L.A. in driver’s seat
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C6
Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 108-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Howard silences Boston
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C6
Into the stands. Off the backboard or in another player’s face, Dwight Howard sent Boston Celtics’ shots everywhere.
Conservation land program cuts 4 million acres
Actions raise questions over environmental effect
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B2
Millions of U.S. acres will no longer be part of a program that pays farmers not to plant crops, opening up new options for growers and raising environmental concerns.
Trolleys collide, 49 people hurt
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A6
A trolley rear-ended another trolley that was stopped between two underground stations in downtown Boston on Friday night, injuring about 50 people, and one of the conductors told police he was texting at the time of the crash, officials said.
Cheap getaways might go away this summer
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A6
Cash-strapped Americans looking for a cheap getaway at a state park or campground this summer are likely to find instead reduced hours, higher fees and closed beaches and pools.
KU Chancellor receives U.S. Army citation
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway has been awarded the outstanding service medal, which honors individuals not employed by the Army for service and support.
Walking group sets goal of 10K steps a day
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence group is looking for people to put on their walking shoes.
KHPA leader to leave position for KU Med
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B3
Marcia Nielsen, executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, will leave that position to return to Kansas University Medical Center, it was announced Friday.
FCE news
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D3
The 59ers FCE will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Mary Ann Thomas, 872 E. 1264 Road, Lawrence. Co-hostess will be Wilma Elder. Marjorie Walton will present the lesson, “An Easier Life With Assistive Technology.”
Program helps parents cope with crying babies
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B8
Amid a recent spat of child-abuse deaths, a community group has announced a campaign to teach parents how to cope with a crying baby.
Pakistani army vows to oust militants
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Pakistan’s army vowed Friday to eliminate militants from a northwestern valley but warned that its under-equipped troops face thousands of Taliban extremists who have seized towns, planted bombs made from pressure cookers, and dragooned children to be suicide bombers.
30,000 people ordered to flee California wildfire
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Turning the horizon a lurid orange and raining embers on roofs as it advanced, a raging wildfire that has destroyed scores of homes in the hills menaced this celebrity enclave and other coastal towns Friday, and the number of people ordered to flee climbed to 30,000.
Research suggests it’s possible for children to recover from autism
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Leo Lytel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. But by age 9 he had overcome the disorder.
Pelosi still explaining interrogation briefing
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
It’s a political squall that won’t die: What did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know about harsh questioning of detainees, and when did she know it?
Pope expresses respect for Islam
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Pope Benedict XVI began his first trip to the Middle East on Friday, expressing his “deep respect” for Islam and hopes that the Catholic Church would be a force for peace in the region, treading carefully after past missteps with Muslims and Jews.
Quarantine lifted at hotel where flu found
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A3
Hong Kong lifted a weeklong quarantine Friday of an upscale hotel where Asia’s first swine flu case was traced, allowing 280 guests and workers to end an isolation that was criticized as overkill by some but a medical necessity by authorities.
Sunspots may cause problems for Earth
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A8
When the sun sneezes, it’s Earth that gets sick.
Toyota sees losses deepening this year
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B5
Toyota Motor Corp., battered by plunging global sales, reported its worst annual loss since its 1937 founding — and forecast even more red ink in the year ahead.
Obama aims to refocus unemployment system
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B5
President Barack Obama wants unemployment insurance to become a stepping stone for future work by making it easier to enroll in school or job training. Whether he succeeds will depend on the willingness of states and colleges to change the rules.
The fridge is full, but nothing to eat
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D7
If Sunday is Mother’s Day, then why does Saturday remind me of leftover night, the unglamorous culinary salvation of the overworked homemaker? Saturday’s sports schedule and May sweeps conspire to leave early Mother’s Day observations to a couple of random movies on Oxygen and other “women’s” networks.
Horoscopes
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, May 9: This year, you make a difference. Your footprints are on many projects, professionally, within your community or at home. The real question remains — how are you going to juggle all of the needs, demands and requests of others? If you are single, meeting the right person is likely to happen through a friend. If you are attached, agree to disagree.
Economy still offers opportunity
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B7
We are in an economic time of crisis, around the country, as well as right here in Lawrence, Kansas. There have been lots of layoffs recently and not enough jobs to go around. That should be obvious to everyone, but especially to those of us in the construction industry.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 9, 1909: “Guarantees are due to be posted formally and those involved in getting an electric train service for Lawrence are due here in the next couple days to put up the proper amounts.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
Petitions de-manding “total amnesty” for three KU students charged with misconduct during recent campus disruptions were being circulated. Charles David Denniston, 37, associate administrator for the Burlington, Iowa, hospital, was named new administrator for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Flu in Mexico spurs Latin American rift
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
Despite frequent Latin American summits pledging regional solidarity and ambitious integration plans, the swine flu crisis has opened up a serious rift in Latin American relations. Angry Mexican officials have issued unusually harsh protests against the decisions by Cuba, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru to suspend direct flights from Mexico despite World Health Organization warnings that such measures are unwarranted.
Kemp a man of conviction, empathy
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
On the very day last week that Jack Kemp, the former quarterback, congressman and 1996 vice presidential candidate, succumbed to cancer, other Republicans were honoring his example by launching a search for new ideas and broader constituencies.
Congratulations, grads
The annual graduation festivities in Lawrence have just begun.
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B6
Many activities in Lawrence revolve around the school calendar, which means May is a red-letter month full of graduations and new beginnings. Haskell Indian Nations University held its commencement ceremonies Friday, and Kansas University will have a variety of ceremonies, hoodings and other events in the coming week before graduates take their traditional walk down the hill May 17.
Celebrity chef offers advice inside, outside the kitchen
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D1
Celebrity chef Anna Mosesson, author of “Swedish Food and Cooking,” offered these 10 tips for cooking and living, while speaking recently to students in the College of Hospitality Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.:
BBQ abounds at Broken Arrow Park
May 9, 2009
Teams from Kansas and neighboring states have closed in on Broken Arrow Park in Lawrence for a tasty competition.
Club news
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D3
The Pilot Club will meet for dinner and the installation of new officers for 2009-2010 at 6 p.m. Monday at Stone Creek Restaurant, 3801 W. Sixth St. Officers are Inez Crawford, president; Tricia Boyd, president-elect; Lareeda Hickey, secretary; and Marilyn Bristol, treasurer.
Around and about
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D3
The St. John Mexican Fiesta Scholarship committee announces the 2009 scholarship winners: Joseph Kenney, son of Joe and Dolores Lemus-Kenney; and Erika Green, daughter of Michael and Christine Wenger. Both are seniors at Lawrence High School.
Pump patrol
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.05 at several locations.
On-field accusation plagues A-Rod
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C2
This is not about vague unwritten rules or peculiar unspoken codes. In the world of sports, there can be no vagaries when it comes to this: You play to win the game.
Back tax provision added to budget bill
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B1
Legislators gave final approval Friday to the last piece of a budget-balancing plan, sending a $61 million tax bill to Gov. Mark Parkinson.
Lt. Dan Band gives free concert
May 9, 2009 in print edition on B4
By now, actor and musician Gary Sinise says he’s used to having an all-too familiar movie line thrown his way: “Lieutenant Dan, you’ve got no legs!”
Chiefs promote Thum
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C2
Denny Thum was named president of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, 35 years after he took an entry-level job in the ticket office and began a career that has touched upon just about every off-the-field aspect of the team.
Evidence piling up that worst of recession is behind country
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A2
Evidence is piling up that the worst part of the recession has ended. But that doesn’t mean the pain is over.
Royals’ streak ends
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C7
Howie Kendrick’s two-run, inside-the-park homer Friday night helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-1 victory and put a stop to the Kansas City Royals’ six-game win streak.
Shades of Seaver?
Uncle Jim talks baseball, opera, nephew
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Tom Seaver’s uncle, Jim, sees similarities between his nephew and the Royals’ Zack Greinke.
Despite ailments, city swimmers solid at league
May 9, 2009 in print edition on C1
Lawrence and Free State high schools performed well at the first day of the Sunflower League swimming and diving meet, but injuries and ailments have hampered them.
LHS seniors pull pranks on underclassmen
May 9, 2009
Lawrence High seniors got creative with their senior prank.
People in the news
May 9, 2009 in print edition on D7
Award-winning entertainer, businesswoman and education advocate Dolly Parton has a new title.
On the record
May 9, 2009 in print edition on A4
• A 45-year-old Lawrence man was arrested late Thursday for aggravated battery.