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Archive for Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Nikki White, executive director of Health Care Access, is pictured in front of the clinic, 330 Maine, in 2009. Health Care Access hopes to relocate near Lawrence Memorial Hospital
May 21, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A clinic that provides medical care for uninsured Douglas County residents is in critical need of space and the community’s help.
6:00 a.m.
Lachesis muta, or bushmaster More snake searching yields no results
2:55 p.m., May 22, 2009 Updated 4:11 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A search for a potentially poisonous snake spotted this week at Haskell Indian Nations University produced no results, the school’s safety officer said Friday.
10:00 a.m.
Traffic moves Ninth Street on Wednesday evening. The city is planning to improve this stretch of road between Tennessee and Iowa streets. Project underway to smooth, improve Ninth Street
May 22, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Ninth Street is about to get an overhaul designed to preserve the road, keep drivers from running into one another and — perhaps most noticeable of all — smooth out the irritating rumble strip that runs downhill toward downtown Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
Bishop Seabury Academy graduate Liam Smith gives a bear hug to secretary Betsy Alford during the graduation ceremony Friday for the class of 2009 in the school’s gymnasium. When asked of her position at the school, Alford replied, “I’m the secretary; they’re all my babies.” Bishop Seabury grads step out with style … and a hug
May 23, 2009 in print edition on 1B
For Jefferson Wagner, Bishop Seabury Academy’s graduation Friday was bittersweet. “I kind of feel empty because I don’t really have anything to do now, but college is starting, so I guess it’ll be filled soon enough,” said Wagner, who will be at Neumont University in Utah studying computer sciences next fall.
6:00 p.m.
Members of Veritas Christian School’s 2009 graduating class are recognized in front of the crowd after receiving diplomas. Pictured from left are graduates Kirsten Bennett, Rebekah Finger, John Hicks, Jeremiah Johnson, Danielle Marsh, Taelyr Shelton, Hannah Walton and Taylor Zook. Close-knit group of 8 celebrate graduation
May 23, 2009 in print edition on 1B
The members of Veritas Christian School’s 2009 graduating class may be moving forward, but Friday evening they celebrated the past at the school’s commencement. The eight-student group officially finished their stint at Veritas Christian with a hourlong ceremony at Stony Point Hall near Baldwin City. Two students delivered speeches reflecting on their years at Veritas, and the keynote speaker was a 1989 graduate of the high school.

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Dog in fire bites rescuer
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
A fire that broke out in the bedroom of a mobile home in the 3300 block of Iowa Street caused $1,500 in damage and injured one Lawrence-Douglas County firefighter.
Free State girls swimming captures state title
FSHS girls bring home school’s third team state title
May 23, 2009
The Free State High girls swimming team won the 2009 Class 6A state title.
Final: Baylor baseball defeats KU, 8-4
May 23, 2009
Kansas will try to salvage its first Big 12 tournament appearance in three years with a victory over eighth-seeded Baylor today, in a game that could likely have NCAA tournament implications.
Barbecue contest begins with bacon bang
Kansas City, Mo., team unfurls ‘perfect blend’ as part of competition
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
The Bacon Explosion — a carnivorous medley of bacon, sausage and barbecue flavor — has inspired nationwide media coverage and a future recipe book, “BBQ Makes Everything Better,” to be released next year by Aaron Chronister and Jason Day.
Former soda jerk recalls days gone by
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
Sometimes in his dreams at night, Dick Huckriede is still a soda jerk, pouring a customer a Green River or serving up an ice cream sundae. Reality, however, hits the 79-year-old when he awakens in his Pratt home — two years after a tornado decimated his hometown of Greensburg, his apartment and his long-time place of work.
Vick should sit out another season
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C2
We’re a forgiving people, just not a forgetful one. There never will be a clean slate for Michael Vick, nor should there be. His apologists equate his release from federal prison this week to washing away the stains of his heinous transgressions. Punitive debt paid, he’s somehow owed the opportunity to continue his high life as it was before the Feds exposed his sordid sub-life.
Horoscopes
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D7
This year, question your priorities. Much occurs behind the scenes. You would be happiest having a confidant. When possible, make decisions in your own time frame. If you are single, the person you meet might not display his or her true colors for a while. If you are attached, you’ll benefit from romantic getaways together.
Pakistani military shows off captured Taliban stronghold
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Pakistani flag now flies over army troops dug in on a strategic ridge that until two days ago was held by the Taliban, a base where militants trained fighters, built tunnels and equipped caves with electricity and air vents. The takeover of the highest Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley by troops who stormed up its jagged, rubble-strewn slopes is evidence of the success of Pakistan’s month-old army offensive.
Photo of U.S. soldier in pink boxers turns iconic
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
An Associated Press picture of a soldier in his pink boxers has become an iconic image of the war in Afghanistan, but at the moment it was taken, wardrobe was the last thing on the minds of the fighter and photographer. “Like them, I was thinking about the situation — where was it safe and where was it safe to work,” said David Guttenfelder, photographer for the AP, who was embedded with a U.S. Army unit in the Korengal Valley when a firefight broke out on May 11.
Catholic colleges feel brunt of Notre Dame uproar
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D8
The protests over the University of Notre Dame’s commencement invitation to President Barack Obama will have an impact beyond the South Bend campus and far longer than graduation season.
Club news
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D5
The Friday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge Club’s game on May 15 was directed by Virginia Seaver. North-South winners were Bebe Huxtable and Janice Hollowell, first in A, B and C; Harry Shaffer and Lynn Hui, second in A and B; Nathan Roser and Jeremy Martin, third in A and B, and second in C; and Sally Taylor and Yvonne Hedges, fourth in A and B.
Faith Forum: Is there a proper way to talk to God?
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D1
Prayer is to reach within
Bishop Seabury grads step out with style … and a hug
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
For Jefferson Wagner, Bishop Seabury Academy’s graduation Friday was bittersweet. “I kind of feel empty because I don’t really have anything to do now, but college is starting, so I guess it’ll be filled soon enough,” said Wagner, who will be at Neumont University in Utah studying computer sciences next fall.
LHS baseball team to face Blue Valley
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C5
If it’s revenge the Lions want, they’ll certainly get their chance. That much was learned Friday, when the Kansas State High School Activities Association released this year’s bracket for the Class 6A state baseball championships.
Cardinals’ rotation on a roll; Wellemeyer shuts down Royals
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
Lately, the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation has been virtually untouchable. Even struggling Todd Wellemeyer was dominant Friday night.
Running with heart
Lawrence High, Free State athletes dig deep to earn state qualifying spots
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
He already had qualified for next week’s high school state championship track meet in two events with personal records, but that wasn’t enough for Lawrence High senior Ben Wilson or his coach, Jack Hood.
Bochy humble about roots
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
In many ways, Kansas University sophomore pitcher Brett Bochy is just like his 30 or so teammates: Sweating through daily workouts, dealing with the stresses that come with being a student-athlete, battling to make a name for himself in the ultra-competitive world of Big 12 baseball.
S.C. mother found with 555-pound son
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Baltimore County police say a South Carolina woman accused of neglecting her 555-pound son’s health has been released from the hospital and transferred to the county jail. Police had taken her to the hospital after her arrest because she showed signs of wanting to hurt herself.
Cigarette makers lose landmark case’s appeal
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A federal appeals court on Friday agreed with the major elements of a 2006 landmark ruling that found the nation’s top tobacco companies guilty of racketeering and fraud for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking.
Parkinson vetoes Planned Parenthood budget restriction
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday cleared the decks of the 2009 legislative session by vetoing an anti-abortion slap at Planned Parenthood and legislation that would have increased requirements for advance voting. Lawmakers return June 4 for the official end of the session, but that day is usually a formality.
Mo. man accused of trying to rob bank
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
A Kansas City, Mo., man is charged with attempted robbery after allegedly pulling up to the drive-up window of a Topeka bank and demanding money. The U.S. attorney’s office says 44-year-old Gregory D. Crosby drove off in a stolen car Thursday after a Capitol Federal Savings Bank teller refused to give him anything. He was arrested later in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart.
2 die in police chase
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
A police chase ended with two people dead in the Kansas City suburb of Lenexa. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the driver was fleeing from Olathe police on northbound Interstate 35 early Friday when he lost control of a pickup truck on the Interstate 435 east exit ramp.
Father gets 100 years for poisoning kids’ soup
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Georgia man was sentenced to 100 years in prison for poisoning his two children to extort money from Campbell Soup Co. William Cunningham was sentenced Thursday after a jury found him guilty of five counts of cruelty to children and two counts of aggravated assault, said Kellie Perry, a clerk at the Clayton County Superior Court.
Former state coach convicted in sex case
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
A former Hutchinson High School basketball coach and physical education teacher has been convicted of having sex with a student. Thirty-five-year-old Bradly S. Specht was found guilty Friday in Reno County District Court after pleading no contest to a single count of unlawful sexual relations.
On the record
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
• Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 45-year-old Eudora man Friday afternoon on charges of aggravated battery and violating a protective order. • A 48-year-old Lawrence man reported aggravated burglary and theft early Thursday morning. • A Colt AR-15 machine gun and a Ruger Single Six pistol were reported stolen from a 60-year-old Lawrence man’s vehicle Thursday morning. • Several cases of criminal damage were reported Tuesday morning in the 1700 block of West 19th Street.
Hawaiian bay named No. 1 beach
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
If life is a beach, Hanalei Bay must be heaven. This remote, two-mile crescent-shaped beach on Kauai where the emerald mountains meet the sparkling sea was selected No. 1 on “Dr. Beach” Stephen P. Leatherman’s 2009 list of top 10 beaches, which was released Friday.
Obama vows not to send troops to war without cause
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that, as their commander in chief, he will only send them “into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary.” In his first address to military graduates, Obama also pledged to invest in the men and women who defend America’s liberty, not just in the weapons they would take with them into battle against 21st century threats.
Accidental millionaires: Couple given $6M credit line missing
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
From running a gas station to just plain running: A New Zealand couple who dropped out of sight after a bank error gave them a multimillion-dollar line of credit was being sought in Hong Kong, police said Friday. An international search was under way for the man and his girlfriend, who disappeared two days after a bank mistakenly handed them a credit line of 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) — 100 times their approved limit of NZ$100,000 ($61,000).
Man sucks venom out of dog after snakebite
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Hawk Springs man says he saved his dog’s life after sucking venom from a rattlesnake bite out of the animal’s nose. But a nurse at the hospital in Torrington later told Bobby Jenkins that’s not a good idea. Jenkins says he began feeling ill after getting his dog, Tank, to a veterinarian. He went to the hospital and received a dose of antivenin.
Letourneau hosts ‘Hot for Teacher’ night
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A teacher who became notorious in the 1990s for having an affair with a sixth-grader is hosting a “Hot for Teacher” night at a Seattle bar — along with the former student, now her husband. Bar owner Mike Morris says Mary Kay Letourneau has served her sentence and it’s OK for the couple to have some fun.
Interpol joins search for mom, son with cancer
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Minnesota authorities said Friday they were turning to an international law enforcement agency for help finding a woman and her 13-year-old son on the run from court-ordered cancer treatment for the boy. Meanwhile, the FBI filed a warrant giving it more legal authority to assist in the search.
State has first death under new suicide law
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die under Washington state’s new assisted suicide law, an advocacy group said Friday. Linda Fleming, of Sequim, died Thursday night after taking drugs prescribed under the “Death with Dignity” law that took effect in March, said Compassion & Choices of Washington.
Ex-President Roh dies in apparent suicide
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, embroiled in a broadening corruption scandal, jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural southern home, his lawyer said. He was 62. Roh had been hiking in the village of Bongha on Saturday morning when he threw himself off a mountainside rock, lawyer Moon Jae-in told reporters.
Anthony claims altitude a factor
Nuggets, Lakers series moves to Denver
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
It’s all even between the Nuggets and Lakers, with Denver’s thin air awaiting these two teams in their breathless Western Conference finals showdown.
Dugan Arnett’s KU baseball notebook
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C5
Representing the last line of defense in the Kansas University baseball team’s quest to avoid a winless Big 12 tournament, Lee Ridenhour will take the mound at 9 a.m. today against eighth-seeded Baylor.
K-State donors angered
Prince deal causing backlash for KSU
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C2
Many Kansas State donors are so disgusted over the secret agreement to funnel more than $3 million to fired football coach Ron Prince they’re closing their checkbooks and vowing, “No more.”
IIYM winner to perform memorial concert
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D1
A former winner of the International Institute for Young Musicians contest in Lawrence is returning this weekend for a concert in memory of two former institute volunteers.
People in the news
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D7
• Sutherland, McCollough resolve differences • Clay Aiken sounds off on ‘Idol,’ Lambert • Man pleads not guilty to murdering Dolla
Weekend brings bad movies galore
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D7
With so many cable networks to choose from, I still want more! I’d love to see a network devoted to cheesy made-for-TV movies. They remain one of the lost stepchildren of pop culture. You can buy or rent a DVD of the fourth season of “F-Troop,” but you can’t beg, borrow or steal many of the great (or bad) TV movies of the past 40 years.
‘Ledger and friends’ present actor’s final role at Cannes
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D7
Heath Ledger’s zeal roused his co-stars to up their game in his final film, and his death inspired them — and three A-list friends who completed his role — to carry on with a story the late actor had wanted to see, director Terry Gilliam said Friday.
Common trait unites teens
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
Estin Talavera and Matthew Van Sickler have been friends since second grade. They share some common interests, but the two Buhler High School seniors share a more fundamental trait. “Both of us don’t get nonverbal cues,” Estin said, referring to what many people call body language.
Family converts old building into home
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
The view out the second story window is more exciting than watching television. Since Easter morning, Chuck and Taryn Vetter, and their two teenage children, have awakened in new bedrooms in the loft above Sounds Great Music, the family business.
U.S. moving closer to swine flu vaccine
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Inching closer to a swine flu vaccine, the government is beginning to analyze two candidates for the key ingredient to brew one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to deliver one or both to vaccine manufacturers by the end of next week so scientists can begin the months-long process of producing shots.
Heavy fighting explodes in capital of Somalia
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of government soldiers attacked Islamic insurgents across the Somali capital amid heavy artillery shelling Friday, battling along streets strewn with bodies as they tried to regain lost ground. The U.N.-backed government, which held just a few blocks of Mogadishu before the fighting erupted early in the day, claimed it had taken rebel-controlled areas, but the insurgents said they repelled the attacks.
Strong quake shakes Mexico City
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday, sending frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and was centered 90 miles southeast of the capital. The Mexican seismological service measured it at 5.9.
Job losses increase in 44 states as recession drags on
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
All but six states lost jobs in April and double-digit unemployment persisted in every corner of the country as companies squeezed by the recession slashed payrolls. For the fifth straight month, California led the nation in net job losses, with 63,700 jobs disappearing in April. Among the handful of winners were Arkansas, Montana and Florida — a state battered by the housing collapse and badly in need of good news.
Prosecutors: Peterson tried to put hit on wife
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Former police officer Drew Peterson offered someone $25,000 to kill his third wife because he thought a pending divorce settlement would financially ruin him, but then killed her himself months later, prosecutors said Friday.
FDA: Pistachio plant knew nuts were tainted
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Food safety inspectors say a California plant at the center of a salmonella scare knew some of its pistachios were tainted but continued shipping nuts for another six months. The Food and Drug Administration issued a sweeping national warning in March for consumers to avoid eating pistachios after concerns surfaced about nuts from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.
Space shuttle landing held up by weather
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Thunderstorms raking NASA’s spaceport kept space shuttle Atlantis in orbit an extra day Friday, giving the crew unwanted downtime as they aimed for a landing the next day. After passing up two opportunities to land Friday at Kennedy Space Center, Mission Control thanked the seven astronauts for their patience.
Close-knit group of 8 celebrate graduation
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
The members of Veritas Christian School’s 2009 graduating class may be moving forward, but Friday evening they celebrated the past at the school’s commencement. The eight-student group officially finished their stint at Veritas Christian with a hourlong ceremony at Stony Point Hall near Baldwin City. Two students delivered speeches reflecting on their years at Veritas, and the keynote speaker was a 1989 graduate of the high school.
Aquatic center set to make waves
Admission fees remain unchanged
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sure, go get wet. After weeks of questions, inquiries and just plain pestering, parents across the city soon will be able to answer affirmatively that Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center is open for business.
High court set to rule on gay marriage
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The California Supreme Court will rule Tuesday on the validity of a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that will end months of speculation over whether gay couples can resume marrying in the state. The high court announced the pending opinion on its Web site Friday morning.
Mother gives birth to sextuplets, rare in U.K.
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
A British hospital says a mother in Northern Ireland has given birth to sextuplets. The babies, four girls and two boys, are the first sextuplets born in the United Kingdom in more than 20 years.
Obama’s changes may not be what voters bargained for
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
During the past few months, there have been an abundance of distractions in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere that have diverted the public’s attention away from many far more serious events taking place in our nation’s capital.
Pump patrol
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.27 at several locations.
Advertising impact on kids examined
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Are children and advertising an unhealthy mix? Peace Mennonite Church and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood are sponsoring a meeting to address the question. They will be showing a 67-minute movie, “Consuming Kids,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The public is invited to watch the film.
Lawrence Jaycees to practice for fireworks
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Lawrence residents will hear some big booms on Sunday night. Members of the Lawrence Jaycees will be firing several test shells near the Kansas River in preparation for their July 4 fireworks show. The testing will be along the Kansas River levee, near Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence. The testing will begin about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, said Rick Bellinger, a member of the Jaycees.
City Commission agenda: Water, sewer service may be extended
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Commissioners have expressed an interest in extending water and sewer service to the airport after Lawrence-based DAR Corp. said it wanted to build a facility at the airport that would manufacture prototype aircraft. The company estimates the facility would employ 65 people within the next five years, but sewer and water service would be needed for the building.
Obama growing into presidential role
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
No new president finds that every aspect of the job suits him at once; some duties are inevitably more comfortable than others. What we have witnessed in the last few weeks is Barack Obama trying on and fitting himself to the role of commander in chief.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 23, 1909: “Eighty-six Douglas County boys and girls will be happy tonight when they get certificates that show they are successful graduates of county schools. Commencement exercises are planed for June 24.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
Plans for a four-lane bridge over the Kansas River, with its southern end at Sixth and Tennessee, were requested by the Douglas County commissioners.
Straight talk on a two-state solution
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
When President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on Monday, their carefully chosen words failed to conceal basic disagreements. The Israeli leader downplayed talks with the Palestinians and never uttered the phrase “two-state solution.”
Back downtown
Bringing the Fourth of July fireworks back downtown is the right move.
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B6
There’s nothing wrong with trying something new, but it’s also good to be able to recognize that the old way wasn’t so bad after all. That seems to be what happened with planning for the Lawrence Jaycees trademark Fourth of July fireworks display.
Propane suppliers quietly reduce size of refills
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Backyard grillers may get a little steamed this holiday weekend when buying refilled propane tanks: They will be getting less fuel for their money than last Memorial Day. When oil prices soared in 2008, propane suppliers quietly reduced by two pounds the amount of gas pumped into each 20-pound tank, saying they wanted to avoid raising prices.
Kasold Drive work likely for next spring
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s next road project set for financing using new sales-tax revenues: reconstruction of Kasold Drive, from Clinton Parkway to 31st Street. City officials are negotiating an engineering design contract with Bartlett & West, which could be approved next month. A contractor would be hired early next year, with construction likely to begin in the spring.
Give Obama 1,000 days
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B7
Instead of looking for what the Obama administration accomplished in the first 100 days or what it might achieve in the next 100, we should focus on the longer term. The 1,000-day mark interests me far more than the sprouts of the administration’s early seeds.
Vatican launches Facebook application
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
Web surfers can now send virtual postcards of Pope Benedict XVI to their Facebook friends or follow the pontiff’s travel on their iPhones. Under a papacy that has suffered communication woes, the Vatican is taking new, technologically savvy steps to bring its message to social networking sites and smartphones.
Agency to host series of meetings
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Douglas County Farm Service Agency office will host informational meetings pertaining to the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The meetings are scheduled at the following locations: 2 p.m. Wednesday, United Methodist Church, 704 Eighth St., Baldwin City; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Douglas County Extension Service, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence.
CornerBank promotes executive
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
Bruce Schwyhart, CornerBank president and CEO, has announced the promotion of Doug Dawson to community bank president for CornerBank’s Lawrence location. Dawson has nearly 20 years of banking experience and started his banking career as a teller while still in college. Dawson has worked in various capacities, including credit analysis and lending.
Chamber announces ribbon-cutting events
May 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
Credit card law a consumer benefit with bugs
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
The new credit card law is receiving widespread kudos as a victory for cardholders over the lenders that impose “gotcha” fees and penalties with scant justification and little notice. Indeed, an industry that has been virtually unregulated will now be reined in in many ways, to customers’ benefit. Interest rates no longer will be allowed to be raised retroactively if you pay your bills.
California faces day of fiscal reckoning
May 23, 2009 in print edition on A5
The day of reckoning that California has been warned about for years has arrived. The longest recession in generations and the defeat this week of a package of budget-balancing ballot measures are expected to lead to state spending cuts so deep and so painful that they could rewrite the social contract between California and its citizens. They could also force a fundamental rethinking of the proper role of government in the Golden State.
Get tested
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D1
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States each year, racking up about $15.9 billion annually in medical costs. But while they can pose serious health risks, many STDs do not have any symptoms, so it is important to get tested regularly.
Scouting news
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D3
Five new Scouts joined Boy Scout Troop 65 during Webelos Graduation Weekend May 8-10 at the Old City Lake in Spring Creek Park. Inducted during an Arrow of Light ceremony were Alex Cigard, Garrett Hundley, Ben Morgenstern, Jordan Peery and Austin Ward. The Scouts became members of the new Wolverine Patrol.
Around and about
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D5
Kansas University’s political science department recognized top students at its annual honors banquet April 23 at Alvamar Country Club. Twenty-eight students were inducted into the Gamma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society.
Accessories give outfits extra kick
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D5
Welcome to the Season of Accessories. Shoes, handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and hats are the easiest and most affordable ways to update your wardrobe, which makes them especially important for recession shoppers.
Tips for hosting thrifty dinner parties
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D5
Dinner parties and potluck meals provide inexpensive options for celebrating special occasions. And you don’t have to sacrifice elegance when creating festive do-it-yourself events, according to Susan Gladstone, an adjunct professor of special events at Florida International University and owner of Susan Gladstone Productions.
James’ epic three lifts Cavs
MVP’s last-second miracle catapults Cleveland
May 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a miracle. LeBron James delivered.
Poet’s passage: Lawrence widower self-publishes book as part healing process
May 23, 2009 in print edition on D1
Death. The word is so familiar, the concept, too, but the act of it, the actual dying part, is something most want to keep so far away that it’s nothing but a fuzzy blip in the background. There, but out of the way of everyday life. So what does one do when death comes into focus, so close to your eyes that it’s impossible to avert them or close them without the image burned into your retinas?