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Woman injured in rollover accident on U.S. 59
01:01 p.m., May 10, 2009 Updated 04:16 p.m. in print edition on A4
A woman was injured Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59 at the top of Pleasant Grove Hill.
Police investigating armed robbery reported Sunday morning
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are seeking a suspect in an armed robbery reported Sunday morning.
‘Bad Mother’s’ day: Waldman revels in parenting controversy
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D3
The morning after Ayelet Waldman’s infamous essay was published, she got a call from a friend who warned: Don’t watch “The View.”
Boomer Girl Diary: Mothers: They never play to type
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D1
There are many kinds of mothers. Married mothers, single mothers.
Mothers also thankful on Mother’s Day
Helping hands strengthen bonds
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
This Mother’s Day, things really haven’t changed all that much for Kim Cooper.
Bonuses common for top staff
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
When it comes to paying legislative staff, legislative leaders have a lot of leeway.
Not good enough
Greinke gives up just one run in first loss
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
Facing the stingiest pitcher in the American League this season, Joe Saunders had the game of his career.
Mark’s on the Move: Winery sets standard for state
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
Three weeks past bud break, local wineries are working to thin out the shoots on each and every grapevine.
Students, inmates take part in class
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
Baker University students and inmates at Topeka Correctional Facility together are learning about the criminal justice system and generating ideas on how to solve problems related to crime and the administration of justice.
Gay marriage debate fades in Mass.
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A4
Twenty years after he met the love of his life, nearly five years after their wedding helped make history, it took a nasty bout of pneumonia for Gary Chalmers to fully appreciate the blessings of marriage.
Outbreak a windfall for tourist spots
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A8
The cruise Zenaiva Cervantes booked was to stop in sun-drenched beach cities on the Mexican Riviera. The cruise she took? That landed her in Seattle, where she pulled her arms tightly to her chest as she debarked on a damp, 50-degree morning.
Prof. wanted in killings found dead
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Cadaver dogs found the body of a wanted professor “beneath the earth” in the north Georgia woods Saturday, two weeks after police say he shot his wife and two other people to death outside a community theater, then vanished.
S. Africa swears in new president
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
Jacob Zuma took power Saturday in the culmination of an extraordinary political comeback, pledging to Nelson Mandela and the nation to renew the spirit of commitment and hope of South Africa’s first black presidency.
Bankruptcies
May 10, 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.
Backbone lost
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It looks like Kansas leadership is suddenly in need of more backbone. I think Gov. Parkinson’s capitulation to the coal interests shows just how much backbone left Kansas when Gov. Sebelius went to Washington, D.C., to take on heavier work.
Mother of intention: KU student juggles challenges to raise children
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D1
It’s early evening, and the sidewalks surrounding Stouffer Place Apartments, on Kansas University’s south end, are stirring to life with children enjoying a bit more of a beautiful spring day.
Ageless Martin wins again
At Darlington, 50-year-old takes second victory in four races
May 10, 2009
Mark Martin won the wreck-filled Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway.
Will knowing your type help find Mr. Right?
May 10, 2009
Girls, women, singles everywhere, whip out your pencils and grab a seat… It’s time to take the “Ms. Typed” quiz.
Fashion mileage on a budget
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D8
Time was when the economy was flush, and spending money on a new seasonal wardrobe was a rite of spring.
Collectors dish out popular floral prints
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D4
It’s spring, and the flowers are blooming.
Tips ease travel with pets
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D4
We dress them up. We feed them gourmet foods. We treat them like members of the family. So when we have to fly — whether it be on a beach vacation or to grandma’s house, our pets are often a first-class priority.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B3
Among significant projects expected to affect drivers this week in the area.
KU baseball team rallies past Missouri, 7-4
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
Preston Land’s two-run single in the top of the fifth broke a 3-all tie, and David Narodowski and Casey Lytle each had a career-high four hits as the 23rd-ranked Kansas baseball team trumped Missouri, 7-4, Saturday at Taylor Stadium.
KU’s Chapple honored
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas senior third baseman Val Chapple has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team for the second consecutive year.
Free State baseball shut out
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
Free State was shut out for the first time this season Saturday in a 6-0 high school baseball loss to Savannah, Mo.
Former Jayhawk Walters: Coach Daly a special man
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
Rex Walters held a coaching clinic at the University of San Francisco last Aug. 31, just 41⁄2 months after the former Kansas University basketball guard was hired as head coach at the West Coast Conference school.
Chiefs’ Mr. Irrelevant used to being teased
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C3
After being saddled all his life with a name that sounds like a vulgar insult, “Mr. Irrelevant” felt like an identity upgrade.
Hadl recalls Kemp
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
Fresh off playing in the Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, John Hadl reported to his first pro football training camp with the San Diego Chargers in 1962. He put his bags down and met his new roommate. The two men, both quarterbacks, weren’t teammates for long, but remained friends for life. Hadl lost that friend a week ago Saturday when Jack Kemp died of cancer.
Retired superintendent to take interim role as board continues search
Wimmer served for 14 years in Olathe
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B5
A retired superintendent who led Olathe USD 233 for 14 years will be named interim superintendent of De Soto USD 232 this week.
Longtime Girard church closes doors
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B5
“What a substantial structure is this, our new church building, with its solid walls of brick, mortar and stone, its well built towers, its massive, artistic, durable roof and all this superstructure resting upon a foundation of solid rock.”
More swine flu deaths, cases confirmed
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas has confirmed six more swine flu cases, bringing the total to 18 in the state.
On the record
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
• Medics reported Saturday evening to an injury accident involving a motorcycle in Leavenworth County near Tonganoxie.
Power line fight could be nearing agreement
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B2
Proposals from two groups seeking the right to build ultra high-voltage power lines in southern Kansas are to be considered in the week ahead for a possible agreement.
School orders shot glasses as prom favors
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Pennsylvania high school ordered more than 450 shot glasses for its prom, a move the assistant principal now says sent the wrong message.
Man jailed 83 days for skipping jury duty
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A man arrested for allegedly failing to appear for jury duty was released Saturday after spending 83 days in jail, a length of detention that a judge called “unacceptable.”
Nice, mom! Whales break birth record
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Right whales have plenty to celebrate this Mother’s Day — the sea moms gave birth to a record 39 calves this spring.
NASA clears Atlantis for launch to Hubble
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
After months of delay, NASA cleared space shuttle Atlantis for a Monday launch to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Baseball has uneven playing field
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C2
The new rules for Manny Ramirez read like something out of the Wild West, which is somehow appropriate since baseball doesn’t get played much farther west than Dodger Stadium. Instead of having to be out of town by sundown, Ramirez must be out of uniform by the time paying customers begin making their way into the seats once known as Mannywood.
Web site: Hundreds of civilians killed
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
A massive artillery barrage slammed into Sri Lanka’s northern war zone early today, killing hundreds of civilians in one of the bloodiest days of the government’s offensive against the Tamil Tigers, a rebel-linked Web site reported.
Obama jabs at himself, GOP, D.C.’s establishment at dinner
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama mocked his own administration and gave playful digs at his critics and Republicans at a black-tie dinner Saturday night attended by a mix of politicians, celebrities and journalists.
Hundreds of thousands of desperate civilians flee fighting
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A2
Civilians cowered in hospital beds and trapped residents struggled to feed their children Saturday, as Pakistani warplanes pounded a Taliban-held valley in what the prime minister called a “war of the country’s survival.”
NASCAR driver Mayfield suspended for failing drug test
May 10, 2009
Jeremy Mayfield was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after failing a random drug test.
Swine flu death occurs outside N. America
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A8
Costa Rica reported the first swine flu death outside North America on Saturday, while Japanese authorities scrambled to limit contact with their country’s first confirmed cases and Mexico delayed the reopening of primary schools in some states.
Officiating gaffe helps Nuggets
May 10, 2009
Denver edged Dallas, 106-105, with a little help from an admitted officiating mistake.
James scores 47; Cavs roll
League MVP gets in ‘zone;’ Cleveland up 3-0
May 10, 2009
Cleveland beat Atlanta, 97-82, for a 3-0 lead in their NBA playoff series.
Stamp cost adds 2 cents Monday
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A1
Peel it and weep: It’ll cost an extra 2 cents to mail a letter starting Monday.
Cleanup begins after Midwest storms kill 6
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B8
Residents of the Midwest cleared away wreckage Saturday following a wave of powerful storms that splintered homes, knocked out power to thousands and killed six people.
Most wildfire evacuations being lifted
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Thousands of residents were back home Saturday as a blanket of cool, moist air flowing in from the Pacific Ocean tamed a wind-driven wildfire that burned 80 homes along the outskirts of town during the week.
Wrong address: Stolen phones sent to FBI
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
If you’re going to buy something with a forged cashier’s check, don’t misspell “cashier’s” or use an FBI office as your shipping address.
11 hurt in pleasure boat explosion in Florida
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Six people were seriously injured Saturday in a pleasure boat explosion in Florida’s Tampa Bay, authorities said.
Cell phone ban may follow trolley crash
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
The head of the Boston-area transit authority said Saturday he’ll ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cell phones on board after a trolley driver told police he was texting his girlfriend before a collision Friday.
Obama presses Congress for credit card company legislation
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A3
Send me a bill that stops credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers, and do it by month’s end, President Barack Obama is demanding of Congress.
‘Protest Singer’ an intimate retrospective of Pete Seeger
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D3
Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger turned 90 on May 3, and at least two new biographies are stepping onto the stage to mark the occasion.
Monarch butterflies find haven, support at spring open house
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sixth-grader Matt Pribbenow and his parents, Glenn and Kathy, came to Saturday’s Monarch Watch Open House on the Kansas University campus to pick up some milkweed.
Fla. professor charged with enticing child
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B8
Ford County authorities have charged a Florida State University music professor with using the Internet to entice a child to commit an illegal sex act.
Students study ways to cut KU’s carbon footprint
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
Placing a carbon tax on parking passes, having vending machines turn on only when people walk by them and investing in wind farms — these are some of the suggestions that have come out of a Climate Action Plan at Kansas University.
U.S. report blames Taliban for Afghan civilian deaths
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
The U.S. coalition blamed Taliban militants Saturday for causing what Afghan officials say are dozens of civilian deaths during a prolonged battle that included American airstrikes. The U.S. said an unspecified number of civilians died but did not take responsibility for any deaths.
Lebanese gays take fight for their rights public
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A7
In the Arab world, where several nations have seen killings of gay men in recent months, it can be startling to see a rainbow flag unfurled in public.
Nursing student drawn back to music hobby
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
Most of the time, Cecilia Martinez is a reserved nursing student.
Pope seeks closer Jewish-Catholic bond
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A6
In a wall of the tiny museum at Rome’s majestic central synagogue hangs a copy of the 1555 edict of Pope Paul IV that confined the Jews to the ghetto, branding them as killers of Christ.
Horse, rider drown while herding cattle
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B8
A 20-year-old Nickerson man and the horse he was riding have drowned while herding cattle.
Brazil evangelicals target drug lords
Pastor tries to persuade armed youths to give up guns for God
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A6
It is the scene of an old-time revival, with Pastor Andre Assis laying hands on the young man and diving deep into a religious chant.
Migrants, protestors clash at old courthouse
May 10, 2009 in print edition on E10
Far-right protesters tried to storm an old courthouse in central Athens Saturday where hundreds of illegal immigrants have lived for months amid piles of fetid rubbish and human waste without electricity, running water or sanitation.
Expiration dates help save money where haute cuisine is standard
May 10, 2009 in print edition on E10
Bargain-hunters in a grocery store northeast of Paris squint as they scan figures stamped on shrink-wrapped chunks of Gruyere and bags of green olives.
Horoscopes
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, May 10: Deal with others directly this year, and you’ll often find there is a connection or a strong common ground. Misunderstandings could hatch out of nowhere, especially involving funds. Details, clarity and confirming that others are on the same page will be pivotal this year. If you are single, you will want a partnership with depth and caring, even more than in the past. From January 2010 on, this becomes a distinct possibility. Romance is delightful, especially all the flirting! If you are attached, refuse to quarrel; instead, find a solution. Lose the blame game, for both your sakes.
People in the news
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
He’s a comic, actor, “Saturday Night Live” veteran and “Late Night” talk show host.
Edwards faces questions going public
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D5
Back in August, on the day John Edwards acknowledged he’d had an extramarital affair, his wife of three decades begged for privacy and a respite from what she called the “voyeurism” that brought the story to light.
Hunt for meteorite subject of TV show
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B8
The hunt almost four years ago for a meteorite in western Kansas is one of the subjects of a Science Channel special premiering tonight.
American innovation?
Patent office not exactly busy these days
May 10, 2009 in print edition on E1
Got a bright business idea? Take a number. Americans haven’t stopped dreaming up newfangled gizmos or sketching engineering marvels on the back of cocktail napkins. But tight credit and business cutbacks have slowed the pace of getting the latest U.S. innovations to market.
Transmission of wind power urgent
May 10, 2009 in print edition on E1
A nagging issue wound its way through the chatter at what was an otherwise celebratory event for the nation’s wind industry in Chicago. The U.S. has become the world’s biggest wind-power generator and of the electricity production added in the country last year, 42 percent came from wind turbines.
Near tragedy
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Last Monday at 5 p.m., a young girl on a bicycle blew through a stop sign at Belle Haven and 27th Street Terrace, causing me to slam on my brakes and send my groceries flying. That she didn’t react to the loud screeching of my tires is — I presume from the earbuds in her ears — because her iPod was jacked up to full volume.
Energy efficiency
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It’s sad to see the lack of leadership in Kansas government create a situation where we are falling farther and farther behind other states in preparing our residents, businesses and industries for the future.
Elder abuse
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: On Mother’s Day, we honor and remember our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. One of the harsh realities of growing older in the United States is the unprecedented number of older adults affected by elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
State intervention undercuts capitalism
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
From Oct. 18 to Dec. 3, 1961, 116,000 people visited New York’s Museum of Modern Art before anyone noticed that Henri Matisse’s painting “Le Bateau” had been hung upside down. Modernity is supposed to “transgress” standards of the traditional, which is why Paul Hindemith, while rehearsing one of his dissonant orchestral compositions, said to the musicians, “No, no, gentlemen — even though it sounds wrong, it’s still not right.”
Credit ‘rights’
Credit should be less available to those who haven’t shown they can use it responsibly.
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
American citizens have many important rights but the “right” to buy things on credit and pay for them later is not one of them. One of the criticisms of the “Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights” recently passed by the U.S. House is that it could restrict some people’s access to credit. Why is that is a bad thing? Some people obviously can’t handle credit.
Group offers cleaning to cancer patients
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D4
When you’re battling cancer, a clean house isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a matter of health. A clean environment is essential when an immune system is compromised. That’s why the Cleaning for a Reason Foundation offers free monthly housecleaning services for four months to women undergoing treatment for cancer.
Lifestyle expert offers new book on design
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D4
Elizabeth Mayhew thinks decorating doesn’t have to be daunting. When friends ask her advice on what to paint a room, she says, they don’t want a design lesson; they want a specific paint color. That’s why she’s written “Flip! for Decorating: A Page-by-Page, Piece-by-Piece, Room-by-Room Guide to Transforming Your Home.”
Tips may boost your ‘good’ cholesterol
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D2
Cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, a type called high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, helps clear damaging cholesterol from the blood.
Don’t forget the food thermometer
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D1
Relying on meat color is not a reliable indicator of how well it’s cooked.
‘American Idol’ finalist Yamin talks about new CD
May 10, 2009
When Elliott Yamin competed on the fifth season of “American Idol,” his singing brought Paula Abdul to tears, and Simon Cowell described his voice as a “vocal masters class.”
Poet’s Showcase: Love
May 10, 2009
I love you.
Some trends are fresh off (last year’s) runways
Top stylists suggest how to select pieces that will work multiple seasons
May 10, 2009 in print edition on D8
Some trendy shoppers don’t have the patience to hold out for a bargain, snapping up the hottest looks early in the season at full price.
Bank stress testing needs to continue
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
Stress-testing top banks has turned out to be a terrific stress reducer. Like a medical patient who takes off on a euphoric binge after the biopsy comes back negative, bank stocks have staged a heady rally, driving a broad recovery in the markets and talk that the end of the recession may be nigh.
Washington must tackle entitlements
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B7
The mountain labored, and brought forth a mouse. Last week the administration confronted the budget of the U.S. government in the “line-by-line” review long promised by President Obama — and found theoretical savings almost invisible to the naked eye.
U.S. blacks in denial about gay community
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B6
That’s for Marion Barry, who seems to need the reminder. The former mayor and current city councilman of Washington, D.C., is a longtime supporter of gay rights. So observers were stunned last week when a bill committing the city to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere passed the council on a vote of 12-1.
Castroneves snares Indy 500 pole
After uncertainty of legal battle, driver relishes third top spot
May 10, 2009
Helio Castroneves claimed his third Indianapolis 500 pole position.
Ex-coach Daly dies at age 78
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C2
The Detroit Pistons made plenty of enemies while winning titles and throwing blows two decades ago. Chuck Daly, though, was universally admired for his class and coaching acumen.
Firebirds third, LHS fourth at league
May 10, 2009 in print edition on C1
As it turned out, the finals at this year’s Sunflower League girls swimming championships were about much more than finding out how high Free State or Lawrence High would place.
Even good guys can have bad intentions in playoffs
May 10, 2009
As pressure mounts in the playoffs, tempers sometimes rise.
In swine flu, key moments, decisions lie ahead
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A8
The most pivotal moments in the swine flu saga are yet to come.
New law may lower alternative energy costs
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
Alice Bean is looking forward to the day when the electric meter on her West Lawrence home runs both forward and backward.
Barbecue contest takes art of taste, texture seriously
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B1
As 48 barbecue teams were hard at work at Saturday’s 11th annual Sertoma Barbecue Competition at Broken Arrow Park, members of the public got to sample the end result.
City Commission agenda: Resident requests increase in speed limit near LMH
May 10, 2009 in print edition on B4
City commissioners will consider increasing the speed limit on a portion of a street near Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Health care overhaul draws groups’ competing demands
May 10, 2009 in print edition on A5
Patients and doctors. Small businesses and multinationals. Retirees, workers and insurance companies.