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Archive for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Also from May 19

Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, May 19, 2009
Podcasts
Polls
Are you leaving town over Memorial Day weekend?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
66%
Yes
 
26%
No, but friends/relatives are visiting
 
7%
Total 603
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence firefighters work to put out a major fire at the Boardwalk Apartments, 524 Frontier Road, on October 7, 2005. $12 million settlement reached in lawsuit over deadly 2005 Boardwalk Apartment fire
May 18, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The owners of the Boardwalk Apartments are urging tenants to abandon their apartments for safety reasons, just days after agreeing to a $12 million settlement with victims of a deadly 2005 fire at the complex.
6:00 a.m.
Uncertainty a common feeling, photographer finds in annual trip to Cuba
May 18, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Early every morning and late into the evenings, I walked the streets of Old Havana, a place I know well from years of visiting Cuba.I traveled to Cuba this year to cover May Day in Havana, a celebration of labor, and it was an unbelievable time. I was up at 5 a.m. May 1, as people in Havana started to assemble. On other trips, I’ve covered May Day in other, less populated parts of the island.
10:00 a.m.
Stan Roth, retired biology teacher, right, discusses the characteristics of a bullfrog for a group of Hillcrest School students including Armando Martinez, left, and Alex Mwithiga, second from right, during a field trip Monday to the Baker Wetlands. Young students get close-up with nature
May 19, 2009 in print edition on 5A
Hillcrest School went into the wild Monday morning to get a lesson straight from Mother Nature.
2:00 p.m.
Crown Chevrolet, 3400 S Iowa, is one of several General Motors dealerships that are expected to lose their franchise as GM seeks to slim down its dealer operations. Crown's franchise would expire in October 2010 unless GM reverses itself. Lawrence Chevrolet dealer may not make GM’s cut
May 18, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Turns out Crown Automotive received a letter last week from General Motors, notifying the Lawrence dealership that it shouldn’t expect to be selling Chevrolets past October 2010.
6:00 p.m.
Contractors put the finishing touches on the first pour of concrete Monday for a new Kansas Turnpike bridge crossing the Kansas River. Monday’s pour is the first of four base loads scheduled to form the deck for the bridge, which is part of a larger $130 million project to upgrade and overhaul portions of the turnpike as it passes through Lawrence. Concrete set in turnpike project
May 19, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Bright sun. Blue sky. Temperatures rising into the 70s. And no playing hooky for the folks at United Contractors.

All stories

Local students run for a good cause
May 19, 2009
South Junior high students contributed cans and money to charity at the school’s annual Cougar Fun Run.
Basehor-Linwood softball suffers upset loss
May 19, 2009
Bishop Ward softball used some small ball to short-circuit Basehor-Linwood’s shot at a state championship berth.
Tonganoxie baseball ends season with loss
May 19, 2009
Tonganoxie baseball met the end of its road at regionals.
LHS forensics program flourishes
May 19, 2009
Lawrence High is having its best year on record when it comes to forensics.
Self expects C.J. Henry to push for major minutes
07:26 p.m., May 19, 2009 Updated 10:15 p.m. in print edition on B1
C.J. Henry might not be overshadowed by his brother, Xavier, much longer.
Pizza fundraiser to benefit after-school program at Central Junior High
May 19, 2009
Proceeds from a fundraiser Thursday night will benefit a new after-school fitness program at Central Junior High School.
Stan Herd painting a new ‘second-chance prize’ for Kansas lottery game
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Players of a new Kansas Lottery game will be getting more than a 1-in-75,000 chance of winning $10,000.
KU professor recalls his own experience putting Hubble into orbit
It’s literally rewritten the textbooks’
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
After being the first to “let go” of the Hubble space telescope, former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley had mixed emotions this week as the last repairs were completed on the telescope.
County reopens west entrance to courthouse
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The west entrance to the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., has re-opened after a restoration project on the historic building.
KU, Archer Daniels Midland form biofuel research partnership
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
After receiving $2.4 million in outside funding, a new research collaboration between Kansas University and Archer Daniels Midland Co. will focus on new ways to approach biofuel refining.
Completed chat with Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price
May 19, 2009
Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price will join KUsports.com for a chat at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
KTEC chief resigns
Tracy Taylor had been under fire for months
03:30 p.m., May 19, 2009 Updated 04:13 p.m. in print edition on A1
Tracy Taylor, chief executive officer and president of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., has resigned, a KTEC board member said Tuesday.
In wake of settlement, Boardwalk Apartment owners asking tenants to leave quickly
Lawyer offers little information on why tenants asked to leave
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The owners of Boardwalk Apartments are asking all tenants to quickly leave their apartment complex, so they can do “something different” with it, an attorney said Tuesday.
Most government offices to be closed Monday for Memorial Day
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Battle of Black Jack anniversary event to feature tours, re-enactment, campfire dinner
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Battle of Black Jack will be celebrated on its 153rd anniversary May 30 at the battle site, off Highway 56, just southeast of Baldwin City.
KU seeks summary judgment in 2004 firing of art museum director
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Kansas University attorney on Tuesday morning told a judge that KU officials acted properly in 2004 when they fired the longtime director the Spencer Museum of Art.
KU to install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium
New surface will debut in football season-opener on Sept. 5
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University will install new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this summer, athletic director Lew Perkins announced in a press release.
Governor urged to veto provision that would divert funds from Planned Parenthood
Parkinson urged to veto budget provision cutting $300,000 from organization
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Gov. Mark Parkinson was urged Tuesday to veto a budget provision that would divert away from Planned Parenthood about $300,000 in federal funds for family planning services.
Narodowski named Big 12 newcomer of year
12:32 p.m., May 19, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
In the spring of 2008, having realized his scholarship money had all but dried up, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price attempted to sell recruit David Narodowski, then a second-year player at tiny Vernon (Texas) College, on an idea
Sought-after Wall opts to play for Kentucky
11:58 a.m., May 19, 2009 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Top-rated prospect John Wall has ended his recruitment and will play for Kentucky next season, multiple sources — including ESPN.com, SI.com and Rivals.com — reported Tuesday.
Brownback leading efforts to oppose funding closing Guantanamo
May 19, 2009
Sen. Sam Brownback and a growing number of his colleagues are lining up to oppose efforts by the White House to move suspected terrorism detainees to the United States.
Three new cases of swine flu diagnosed in Kansas
May 19, 2009
Kansas has three new confirmed cases of swine flu, raising the total number of cases in the state to 49 since the outbreak began in late April.
Cash and other prizes planned for Project Graduation this Sunday
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
Graduating seniors in Lawrence might not be able to drive away in a used car after Project Graduation this year, but they’ll have more chances to get cash prizes during the “Mission: Possible”-themed celebration.
Governor signs bill to make job training funds available
May 19, 2009
Gov. Mark Parkinson has signed a bill allowing Kansas to tap into $69 million in federal stimulus funds to bolster unemployment benefits.
KTEC statement: Taylor Steps Down as President and CEO of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation
May 19, 2009
The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC) Board of Directors announced today that Tracy Taylor is stepping down as KTEC’s President and chief executive officer (CEO). KTEC will name an interim CEO and conduct a national search for a permanent leader of the organization. The Board has asked Taylor to remain until June 30th, which is the end of the fiscal year for KTEC.
Astronauts finish work on space telescope
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Spacewalking astronauts completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday, leaving it more powerful than ever and able to peer even deeper into the cosmos — almost to the brink of creation.
L.A. will be too much for Denver
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B2
This is how the road ends. The Denver Nuggets will engage in a fierce, entertaining battle with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets will push the Lakers to the brink, taking the Western Conference finals to seven games. Sorry, the Nuggets will lose.
Gruden replaces Kornheiser on MNF
Former Bucs coach takes over columnist’s three-year reign
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B2
Monday Night Football tried a Cowboy, a comic, a columnist and a Cosell. To fill the latest vacancy in the broadcast booth, ESPN went with a winning formula — a coach, and a Super Bowl champion at that.
Brown v. Board decision celebrated in Topeka
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
With prayer, song and reflection, several hundred people gathered in Topeka over the weekend to mark the 55th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
China emerging as auto epicenter
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
America’s auto titans are dismantling their global empires. But across the Pacific, it’s as if the global economic forces that have pummeled Detroit never struck. Chinese auto sales are up, and this year China is projected to displace Japan as the world’s largest car producer.
FDA falls behind in auditing state food inspections
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Food and Drug Administration conducted only about half the state food safety audits it promised in the two years before the recent peanut salmonella outbreak, according to new documents the agency sent to Congress.
People in the news
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam will be part of Conan O’Brien’s first “Tonight Show.”
Young students get close-up with nature
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
Hillcrest School went into the wild Monday morning to get a lesson straight from Mother Nature.
Olathe Northwest stands in city teams’ way
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Of all the Class 6A high school softball teams in Kansas, only one has a spotless record.
Lions, Firebirds meet again
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
After waiting nearly the entire regular season to face each other, it took just five days for the Lawrence High and Free State High girls soccer teams to see each other on the schedule again.
Later retirement may delay dementia
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Working a few years beyond retirement could help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new British study published Monday.
Obama plan would link vehicle efficiency, emissions for 1st time
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama plans to propose the first-ever national emission limits for cars and trucks as well as average mileage requirements of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 — all costing consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle.
Yet-to-open sex park being demolished
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
This investment turned out to be as risky as it was risque.
Sheriff: 8th-grader planned shooting
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Louisiana middle school student stormed into a classroom and fired a gunshot over a teacher’s head Monday before shooting himself in a bathroom, authorities said. Investigators found a suicide note and plans for a rampage in the teen’s journal.
Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
Financial sector executives should not fear government-imposed caps on their salaries even as the Obama administration moves to influence how firms pay their employees.
Court: 9/11 detainee can’t sue leaders
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller may not be sued by a Pakistani man who was seized in the United States after the 2001 terrorist attacks and who alleged harsh treatment because of his religion and ethnicity.
Obama, Netanyahu discuss peace efforts
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Monday opened his deepest foray into the Middle East quagmire, telling Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu he must stop Jewish settlements and should grasp a “historic opportunity” to make peace with the Palestinians.
Post office has cut 25,000 jobs
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A1
The U.S. Postal Service has cut its staff by 25,000 this year as it struggles to reduce massive deficits, Postmaster General John Potter said Monday.
LJWorld.com wants your graduation photos
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Did you walk down the hill on Sunday?
Home-course advantage
LHS’ Noller wins; Lions, 2 Firebirds qualify
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
With three groups still out on the course, Lawrence High’s Joe Noller — already in the clubhouse with a 76 — headed to the practice green to prepare for a playoff he assumed was in his future.
Davis, Niemack lead Free State track team
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B3
Drue Davis and Keene Niemack each had a runner-up finish to pace Free State High’s entries in the rain-delayed Sunflower League track and field meet on Monday at Olathe District Activities Complex.
Teacher, school get award for being ‘green’
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The recycling program at a local school earned honors Monday from Pet World.
Relay for Life captain’s meeting next week
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
The final team captain meeting for the Relay For Life of Douglas County will be at 5:30 p.m. May 26 in Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s auditorium.
Fun Run to benefit scholarship fund
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
The South Junior High Cougar Fun Run will take off in a sprint at 2:15 p.m. today.
Earthquake highlights ongoing seismic risks
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A8
The latest earthquake to hit the nation’s second-largest city was a garden-variety temblor by California standards, rumbling through on a Sunday evening when most residents were home eating dinner or watching TV. The magnitude-4.7 quake shattered more nerves than glass, and scientists say it could have been worse.
State defends law on adult store signs
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B8
A state law restricting billboards that advertise for strip clubs and sex shops does not violate the First Amendment, lawyers for Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six argued Monday.
KU alumna wins Profile in Courage award
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
Two U.S. federal regulators who sounded early warnings on the financial crisis and a Liberian peace activist who helped end that nation’s civil war were honored for their efforts Monday at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
Horoscopes
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Tuesday, May 19: This year, much goes on involving your friends, long-term goals and your social life. You might even network professionally more. You could get involved with a community cause or a professional matter. If you are single, you certainly will meet a lot of people, and quite quickly at that. If you are attached, encourage your significant other to become more involved with a key hobby or project.
Local resident wins literacy service award
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
Jan Kuyper Erland, Lawrence, received an award for Outstanding Achievement for Literacy Promotion community service in Lawrence from the state regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution at a luncheon meeting and awards ceremony May 16 at Alvamar Country Club.
Bank has open house, ribbon cutting today
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
Bank of America Home Loans, 4931 W. Sixth St., Suite 122, formerly Countrywide, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m.
Commodities
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
Chicago Board of Trade: Agriculture futures were higher Monday. Wheat for July delivery jumped 13 cents to $5.905, while July corn gained 4.25 cents to $4.215 and July soybeans surged 16 cents to $11.465.
Nutrition plays vital role for cancer patients
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
The statistic is shocking: Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least one in five cancer deaths. Yet nutrition too often is an afterthought until someone’s already in trouble.
National elections to take place Jan. 30
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C8
National parliamentary elections will be held Jan. 30, Iraqi officials announced Monday, sliding the date into next year in a move that could complicate the U.S. timetable for drawing down its forces.
Pro-life movement is gaining momentum
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
Put aside the question of whether a distinctly Catholic institution like Notre Dame should award an honorary degree to a man who stands against any restrictions on abortion; put aside the notion of academic freedom, which liberals favor as an intellectual premise, but rarely practice when it comes to conservative speakers, whom you very rarely see standing at the lectern at commencement ceremonies anywhere in the United States this time of year.
Gambling trends
Lower gambling revenue is good news for at least some Americans.
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
The nation’s gambling industry is counting its losses. A report released Monday by the American Gaming Association indicated that revenues at casinos across the country fell by 4.7 percent in 2008.
Project will turn waste into energy
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A5
Ground has been broken in suburban Kansas City on a $15.6 million project that will use solid waste and restaurant grease to power a sewage treatment plant.
KTEC self-defense
KTEC board members have little choice but to defend the actions of their CEO.
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
The headline in Friday’s Journal-World read, “KTEC board clears CEO.” The story said, “On Thursday, the KTEC (Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.) executive committee issued a news release, saying recent accusations made against KTEC’s CEO, Tracy Taylor, were ‘baseless.’”
Campaign takes aim at security adviser
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A7
The knives are out. The tom-toms are beating. And by Washington standards it’s soon. Usually the trashing of the national security adviser takes longer.
Camp schedules challenge working parents
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C2
As a single working mom, Elizabeth Capdevila has to make sure her 8-year-old daughter has a place to go all day, every day, in the summer.
A summer unplugged: It’s time for camp — where computers, phones, video games are off-limits
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
Tim Chai keeps in touch with friends through Facebook, listens to music on his iPod and never goes anywhere without his BlackBerry.
Concrete set in turnpike project
Weather helps smooth over bridge work
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
Bright sun. Blue sky. Temperatures rising into the 70s. And no playing hooky for the folks at United Contractors.
On the record
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday evening for criminal threats, criminal trespassing, and criminal damage to property more than $1,000.
KU still lagging in Big 12
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B1
Clang. That’s the sound of the gate slamming shut on another Big 12 Conference sports season.
6Sports Top Six
May 19, 2009
A look this week’s six best local sports plays.
Pump patrol
May 19, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.19 at several locations.
Eudora hosts baseball regionals
May 19, 2009
Eudora and Baldwin headlined Monday’s Class 4A baseball regionals.
Glee’ a new take on ‘High School Musical’
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B6
“Glee” (8 p.m., Fox) has both promise and problems. It all comes down to tone. In music, as in television, tone is everything.
Student loan delays increase what you pay
May 19, 2009 in print edition on B7
The commencement speeches will soon be over. The graduation caps and gowns put away, the gift cards used.
Double Take: Set technology rules for kids as early as possible
May 19, 2009 in print edition on C1
A few weeks ago we discussed how to introduce cell phones to preteens.