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The day in photos, May 12, 2009 Paper airplane design No. 2 Paper airplane design No. 1
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Polls
Do you prefer fries or onion rings?

Poll results

Response Percent
Fries
 
51%
Onion rings
 
42%
Neither
 
6%
Total 928
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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Students enjoy the ever-popular playground swings during recess at a Lawrence school. Playground rules: Tag along for a look at recess in Lawrence
May 11, 2009
It may be child’s play, but it probably looks familiar to anyone who has spent time on a school playground. Kids today still kick it old-school — locking down the tetherball pole before anyone else is a big deal, getting a prime foursquare location can make or break your game, and tagging a classmate to be the next “it” — cooties notwithstanding. These are all recess triumphs.
6:00 a.m.
Caleb Miller, 10, amuses himself with dandelions as he waits for a ride home Monday near Kennedy School. Blame wet September for weed glut
May 12, 2009 in print edition on 1A
You may have noticed an increase of yellow and white dotting all the green recently. Perhaps you even have a backache from trying to get rid of it. An increase in the number of dandelions in the community is the result of a significant amount of rainfall eight months ago, according to one Lawrence garden expert.
10:00 a.m.
Joel Sauer and his wife, Brooke, prepared to close on their first house earlier this year. Early returns suggest Douglas County homeowners will see a significant drop in their property values by 2010. County appraiser: Housing values, real estate sales down from last year
May 11, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Early returns suggest Douglas County homeowners will see a significant drop in their property values by 2010.
2:00 p.m.
A truck passes through the intersection of North Second and Locust Street on March 23. The federal government is speeding up plans to rebuild the intersection of North Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence. The project — to be financed with an expected $2 million from the federal stimulus program approved earlier this year — is set for construction beginning early this summer, rather than the 2010 or 2011 that had been in the city's plans. North Lawrence intersection on track for overhaul
4:22 p.m., May 11, 2009 Updated 12:38 a.m. in print edition on 3A
Rebuilding a busy intersection in North Lawrence is set to begin this summer, and city officials are planning — hoping, anyway — to get the work done sometime next spring.
6:00 p.m.
Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, associate professor of aerospace engineering at Kansas University, constructs a paper airplane. To help celebrate the Lawrence Municipal Airport’s 80th anniversary in May, The World Company is sponsoring a paper airplane contest. Barrett offers some tips for those looking for an edge at the contest. Paper airplanes 101: Brush up on your skills ahead of Saturday’s contest
May 12, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Emily Arnold spends much of her time designing airplanes.

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Registration open for Rock Chalk run
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
The second annual “Rock, Chalk … run!” will be at 8 a.m. June 13 at Clinton State Park.
After flooding nightmare, Ballard Community Center hopes to rebuild dream
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
When Dianne Ensminger returns to 345 Fla. she gets a bit emotional, realizing that a dream 10 years in the making was washed away.
Weekend event planned to raise money for Red Cross
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
A group is calling all area motorcycle enthusiasts to a May 17 event to help raise money for Douglas County’s American Red Cross chapter.
Eudora hopes to hire former Lawrence city manager on interim basis
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Mike Wildgen, a former Lawrence city manager, is in negotiations to become the interim city administrator in Eudora.
Comic book, toy convention planned for this weekend
May 12, 2009
The 2009 Free State FreeCon Comic Book and Toy Convention will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16.
State to roll out simple online option for registering to vote, changing address
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Voter registration in Kansas soon will only require a computer and Internet connection.
Work on railroad crossing north of Eudora to close road
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
Ongoing work on the Union Pacific Railroad will halt traffic beginning this weekend along Leavenworth County Road 1, about a mile north of the Kansas River.
Fort Riley soldier latest to contract swine flu
10:43 a.m., May 12, 2009 Updated 05:11 p.m. in print edition on B10
A Fort Riley soldier has been diagnosed with the latest confirmed case of swine flu in Kansas, health officials said Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 23 cases.
Budget mistake could lead to court closings, furloughs late in next budget year
09:52 a.m., May 12, 2009 Updated 04:45 p.m. in print edition on A1
A legislative mistake in the just-approved state budget could result in court closings and furloughs of court employees, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Davis said Tuesday.
6Sports Top Six
May 12, 2009
A look this week’s six best local sports plays.
Hull twins vexing
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Free State High softball team’s four Smiths — only two are sisters — are relatively easy to tell apart, compared to twin sisters Rosie and Maggie Hull.
Ex-Jayhawk Langford dazzles in Italy
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford — who recently led his La Fortezza Virtus team to a first-place finish at the 2009 EuroChallenge — has finished third in most valuable player voting in the Italian League.
Sister vs. sister: Warinners to be on opposite sides of pitch
Warinners to be on opposite sides of pitch
12:00 a.m., May 12, 2009 Updated 10:10 a.m. in print edition on B1
Madisyn Warinner is a sophomore forward for Free State’s soccer team, while sister Merideth is a freshman midfielder at rival Lawrence High.
People in the news
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B6
• ‘Titanic’ stars help ship’s last survivor • Lawyer: Sutherland didn’t instigate fight • Cowell: Adam Lambert will win ‘American Idol’ • Oprah Winfrey to say goodbye to Dr. Oz • Tobey Maguire’s wife gives birth to baby boy
Paper airplanes 101: Brush up on your skills ahead of Saturday’s contest
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C1
Emily Arnold spends much of her time designing airplanes.
New ‘Double Take’ columnist selected
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C2
Once again, the selection of the new “Double Take” co-author has been an extraordinary experience.
Poll: Fewer Americans vacationing
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C8
The number of vacationing Americans will be down this summer, according to a new AP-Gfk Poll, and a third of Americans surveyed said they have already canceled at least one trip this year because of financial concerns.
Kidcast: Shivani Pandi
May 12, 2009
The record high for May 11 is 93 degrees in 2000. The record low is 35 in 1946.
NBA roundup
Dallas owner reportedly called Denver’s Martin a punk
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B2
An unlikely sideshow developed prior to Monday night’s Game 4 of the Mavericks-Nuggets series: Mark Cuban vs. Kenyon Martin’s mother.
Victim’s family sues over hit-and-run fatality
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
The sons of a 60-year-old Lawrence man killed a year ago in a car accident are suing the driver in the hit-and-run crash. Thomas Crum was killed May 4, 2008, at Sixth Street and Gateway Drive.
Easy salads are perfect for summer picnics
Whip up some perfect picnic fare
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C2
These easy-to-prepare salads take only minutes to make and can be packed in resealable plastic containers for outdoor dining. Each uses ingredients that are high in flavor but low in fat and calories.
Tennis roundup
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B2
French tennis player Richard Gasquet was suspended Monday following a positive cocaine test and will miss the French Open.
NFL roundup
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Minnesota Vikings have spoken: Yes, they’re interested in Brett Favre.
MLB roundup
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B2
Manny Ramirez’s positive urine test showed an elevated testosterone level, and a lab used a test to determine whether the hormone was naturally produced to build evidence against him, ESPN.com reported Monday.
National League Roundup
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B4
Braves 8, Mets 3: Johan Santana is still waiting for some help from his teammates this year.
Pavano powers Tribe
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B4
Carl Pavano threw strikes, and his Cleveland Indians teammates struck quickly at the plate.
Mavericks 119, Nuggets 117
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B3
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter, including a high-arching shot with 1:05 left that put the Mavericks ahead for good on their way to a victory over the Nuggets, extending this second-round series and providing it with a lot more excitement.
Cavs complete sweep
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B3
Like Michael Jordan, he knows there are times that call for dominating. Like Magic Johnson, he knows there are times that call for sharing the ball. LeBron James went with his Magic impression in the deciding game of another playoff sweep.
Free State baseball beats up on BVN
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B3
Free State beat Blue Valley North, 10-1.
Poll shows disconnect in our body image, reality
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A1
Scan the breathless headlines at any magazine rack — Fight Flab in Minutes! Get Beach Ready! Add the skinny yet buxom model, and it should be no surprise that the average woman feels insecure if not downright unhappy with her real-world figure.
Blame wet September for weed glut
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A1
You may have noticed an increase of yellow and white dotting all the green recently. Perhaps you even have a backache from trying to get rid of it. An increase in the number of dandelions in the community is the result of a significant amount of rainfall eight months ago, according to one Lawrence garden expert.
Project to fight frog-killing fungus
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Zoos in the U.S., Panama and Mexico are deploying researchers in Central America to develop new ways to fight a fungus blamed for wiping out dozens of frog and amphibian species as part of a project announced Monday.
U.S. replaces top general in Afghanistan as war worsens
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama fired the top U.S. general in Afghanistan on Monday, replacing him with a former special forces commander in a quest for a more agile, unconventional ap-proach in a war that has gone quickly downhill.
Sergeant fatally shoots 5 soldiers at clinic
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
An American Army sergeant shot and killed five fellow soldiers following an altercation at a military counseling center in Iraq on Monday, officials said. The attack drew attention to the issues of combat stress and morale among soldiers serving multiple combat tours over six years of war.
Suspected Nazi guard deported to Germany
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Deported by the United States, retired autoworker John Demjanjuk was carried in a wheelchair onto a jet that departed Monday evening for Germany, which wants to try him as an accessory to the murders of Jews and others at a Nazi death camp in World War II.
Pontiff calls for Palestinian homeland
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI waded straight into Middle East politics Monday as he began a historic five-day pilgrimage meant to strengthen the Vatican’s strained relationship with Israel and boost his profile as a beacon of peace in the Holy Land.
Refugees flood camps during Taliban fight
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis have fled fighting between the army and Taliban militants in a northwestern valley, raising the risk that public support could turn against an offensive Washington sees as a must-win battle.
Shuttle Atlantis races after Hubble Telescope
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A8
Atlantis blasted off Monday for the Hubble Space Telescope on the most delicate and dangerous repair job ever in orbit — a mission so risky that for the first time a second shuttle stands ready to rescue the seven astronauts if something goes wrong.
U.S. journalist freed, reunited with parents
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A2
An American journalist imprisoned on espionage charges in Iran for four months was freed Monday and reunited with her smiling, tearful parents — a move that clears a major obstacle to President Barack Obama’s attempts at dialogue with the top U.S. adversary in the Middle East.
U.S. red ink rising even higher, to $1.8T
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A8
The government will have to borrow nearly 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year, exploding the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion under new White House estimates.
Industry’s promises may not go far in health reform
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A8
In his quest to transform American health care, President Barack Obama appeared Monday to put his faith in pledges from some of the interest groups that helped scuttle reform 15 years ago, but the industry’s promises fell well short of the White House’s expansive claims.
FAA stops military flight over Hudson
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Federal Aviation Administration turned down a U.S. Navy request to fly a patrol aircraft past Manhattan on Monday, two weeks after a nerve-racking Air Force photo shoot over the Statue of Liberty caused a brief panic.
Study: Folic acid can reduce pre-term births
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C8
Taking folic acid supplements for a year before conception reduces the risk of premature birth by at least 50 percent, researchers reported Monday. Shorter courses of the supplement were not as effective, according to a study of nearly 35,000 women that was reported in the journal PLoS Medicine.
Health fair celebrates walk’s completion
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
An event this week aims to inspire residents to live a healthier life. The event will celebrate the 727 county residents who just completed the eight-week Walk Kansas program. The participants have been invited to help encourage others to follow their footsteps. The health fair also aims to help the participants continue to live a healthier life.
Judge won’t delay genocide case
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
A federal judge on Monday rejected without comment a Justice Department request to designate as complex the case of an immigrant accused in the 1994 Rwandan massacre in what the government contends may be the first U.S. criminal prosecution involving proof of genocide.
On the record
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A4
Law enforcement report: A 48-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested early Monday for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and driving while under the influence. According to Lawrence Police, the woman entered a residence in the 600 block of Illinois Street and struck a male with whom she was believed to have had a prior relationship.
Public meeting set for K-10 study
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
The future of interchanges connecting Kansas Highway 10 and Interstates 435 and 35 will be up for public discussion Thursday in Lenexa.
Food sales benefit Prairie Moon school
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
A fundraiser for Prairie Moon Waldorf School will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 911 Mass. A total of 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the school, which is northeast of Lawrence.
State’s online map to test snow info
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas weather may be crazy, but don’t be fooled today by the state’s own road-conditions Web site. The site — 511.ksdot.org — will be facing a test of its map software, as officials try to repair a problem that surfaced during snowstorms in March.
No contest plea given in fire case
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
Instead of facing a trial, a 41-year-old man has pleaded no contest to three charges related to an April fire at a Eudora woman’s mobile home. Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Monday morning ruled that Donzell Quinn should stand trial on charges of arson, making a criminal threat and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.
Baker players named to All-HAAC teams
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Baker University had three representatives on the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball teams.
LHS golf fifth, FSHS 14th in Leavenworth
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High placed fifth and Free State 14th at the Leavenworth Invite.
Tonganoxie board raises student fees
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A5
Tonganoxie school district families will see an increase in student fees in 2009-10 and a new pay-to-ride policy for some students wanting to ride the school bus. At Monday’s school board meeting, the board unanimously agreed to increase most meals by 15 cents, as well as charge an annual fee of $2,200 for all out-of-district kindergarten students.
GOD TV co-founders buy historic home
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Linwood is not Hollywood, but the small Leavenworth County town of about 400 people is now home to a pair of international TV personalities. The historic Harris House — a 15-room, 1883 mansion west of Linwood — recently was purchased by the co-founders of GOD TV, an international Christian television network that is available across the U.S. on the DirecTV satellite system.
School board can’t put budget to rest
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
Superintendent Randy Weseman told Lawrence school board members Monday night that they have to be making cuts between now and June 1 to meet the lack of public education funding stemming from the state’s approved budget.
LeBron simply too good to be true
Cleveland superstar, free from off-the-court troubles, setting example
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B2
I was wrong. I admit it. I figured LeBron James would crash from hyperbole’s gravitational pull. The can’t-miss kid who became a national obsession at age 14 would miss superstardom and cede to the pressures germinating within our instant-gratification culture, collapsing beneath the weight of judgment lapses or, worse, criminal allegations.
Pump patrol
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.03 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Governor says no to 2010 Senate race
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B8
Gov. Mark Parkinson isn’t planning to run for the U.S. Senate. Parkinson, formerly the lieutenant governor of Kansas, was elevated to governor on April 28 when Kathleen Sebelius resigned to become U.S. secretary of health and human services. Parkinson is a former Kansas Republican Party chairman who switched parties to run on Sebelius’ ticket in 2006.
Overland Park vote on chickens advances
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B8
Two brothers have moved one step closer to getting a permit to raise chickens in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. The Overland Park Planning Commission voted 7-4 Monday to approve a test permit after hearing mixed testimony from neighbors.
‘Housewives’ reach bottom of the barrel
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B6
In the first two minutes of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (10 p.m., Bravo), we watch Teresa try on clothes and underwear that might give Liberace pause while fending off suggestions from her “friends” to get breast implants. The women on this show talk about their breasts a lot. And that’s the least of their problems.
Horoscopes
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B7
For Tuesday, May 12: This year, events and people will encourage another view, to see life differently and open new doors. If you are single, you will meet someone quite dynamic and different. If you are attached, by enlarging your vision, you will transform your relationship.
Commodities
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures traded mostly higher Monday. Wheat for July delivery slipped 0.25 cent to $5.9075, while July corn edged up 0.25 cent to $4.2125. Soybeans for July delivery added 4.5 cents to $11.16. Meanwhile, beef futures advanced on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while pork futures slipped.
Study up on best 529 college plans
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B7
If you’re a parent or a college student and you’re worried about the escalating cost of a higher education, you’ve probably wondered how to pay for what could be the second most expensive purchase in your life after your home.
Sumner Co. endorses 2 casino applicants
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B7
Two applicants to operate a state-owned casino in south-central Kansas have received the required local endorsement from the Sumner County Commission. The commission voted Monday for Foxwoods Development, of St. Louis, which wants to build at the Mulvane exit off the Kansas Turnpike.
Peoples Bank sells branches in Ottawa
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B7
Lawrence-based Peoples Bank is selling the locations that launched the current company 38 years ago.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
Student petitions condemning disruptive protesters on the Kansas University campus were being circulated and the signup pace was reported as brisk. The petitions blossomed after anti-war groups forced cancellation of the annual ROTC review in Memorial Stadium.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 12, 1909: “Perched atop the steeple on the Episcopalian church here, Bjorksen, the human fly, was at his regular painting vocation. A big crowd had gathered to watch him work. Bjorksen is spending the week in Lawrence painting all the church steeples in town.”
Mental health advocacy
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: May has been designated Mental Health Month. It gives those of us who advocate for timely, effective treatment in an appropriate setting an opportunity to speak up for those who suffer from these brain disorders/diseases.
Legislative bonuses
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The Republican Party has controlled the Legislature in Kansas for decades. It has allowed them to create unclassified politically partisan positions within the Legislature that pay more than most average citizens make per year. Now we learn that they get bonuses based on whatever criteria a legislative leader determines is suitable.
Downtown hours
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I’m frustrated with downtown retail businesses. Downtown merchants constantly complain about chain and big box stores stealing their business. Yet, numerous times, my wife and I finish a dinner downtown at 8:00 on a beautiful spring night, want to walk around and maybe shop, and find (only a few) chain stores open.
New Web site created to help inspire U.S. travel
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C2
A new Web site has been launched to help Americans explore their own country: DiscoverAmerica.com.
In hot car, ’just a minute’ can be deadly for dogs
May 12, 2009 in print edition on C2
If you’ve ever left your dog in the car for “just five minutes” on a summer day, the officers of the Washington Humane Society want you to hear some cautionary tales.
Lt. Gov. pick will be made soon
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B8
Gov. Mark Parkinson is hinting that he will name a new lieutenant governor soon. He told reporters Monday that he plans to focus on making the pick during the next week or two.
K.C. unveils plan for more bike trails
May 12, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas City is promoting a recently passed plan to make it more friendly to bicyclists. It was approved last week by the City Council and provides a framework and recommendations for ongoing improvements.
U.S. must listen to Afghan concerns
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
Can Afghanistan make progress against its Taliban insurgency if neighboring Pakistan fails to curb its own increasingly powerful jihadis?
Energy advance
The comprehensive energy legislation passed last week, may play an important role in the state’s future economic development.
May 12, 2009 in print edition on A7
The timing may have been coincidental, but last week’s announcement that a new wind turbine production plant would be built in Hutchinson is an example of the kind of opportunities Kansas now is in a position to take advantage of.