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Archive for Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Also from October 13

Births
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Photo galleries
The day in photos, October 13, 2009
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Polls
What is your favorite color for a vehicle?

Poll results

Response Percent
Black
 
27%
Silver
 
14%
Red
 
13%
Blue
 
13%
White
 
11%
Green
 
6%
Gray
 
4%
Other
 
3%
Yellow
 
1%
Gold
 
1%
Brown
 
0%
Total 1149
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Swatch watch: The right paint chip may make you feel at home — or help you sell it
October 12, 2009
Somewhere in America, there is a yellow house with a red dining room, orange living room, green kitchen and blue bedrooms. And the people living inside are excited when they eat dinner, comfortable when they watch television, calm when they open the refrigerator and feel safe when they sleep.
6:00 a.m.
Kim Brooks walks with her grandson Kenny Brooks Monday at Schaake's Pumpkin Patch in this file photo. Pumpkin growers are looking forward to an average crop after last year yielded fewer pumpkins. Area pumpkin growers worried about small crop
October 12, 2009 in print edition on 1A
With fewer than three weeks until Halloween, area pumpkin farmers are nervous. The wet and cool summer months have prompted growers to wonder whether they have enough pumpkins to last until the end of the month.
10:00 a.m.
Paul Bittinger frames a home Monday at 317 Carver Lane. Just weeks ago, Bittinger couldn’t find work in construction, but a turn in the economy has put him back in business. Some think the local market has been helped significantly by the federal government’s $8,000 first-time homebuyers’ credit. Defying predictions, homes are expected to regain value
October 13, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence’s housing bubble perhaps just fizzled instead of popped. According to a recently released report from the Douglas County appraiser, the office is now predicting that by the end of the year many homes in the county will have regained most of the value that they lost earlier in 2009.
2:00 p.m.
Mary Lou Warner wears a pink extension in her hair at at meeting of Bosom Buddies, a group of breast cancer survivors, as do many of the members. The group met Monday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer awareness supporters sport pink hair
October 13, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Three years ago, Lawrence resident Emily Willis learned her best friend might have breast cancer.
6:00 p.m.
Peggy Sampson plays the role of Nora in "Cups," a Lawrence Community Theatre production that tells a woman's life story through her bras. A brave tale: Lawrence Community Theatre stages ‘Cups,’ where undergarments mark a woman’s life story
October 13, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Joni Sheram never realized bras could evoke so many emotions. Three years ago, the Colorado playwright penned “Cups,” which tells a woman’s life story through the brassieres she has owned.

All stories

Lawrence woman finalist to be national face of United Way campaign
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence resident Caitlin Ballard says she is representing northeast Kansas this week in an online competition to become the national face of the United Way for 2010.
Oskaloosa man pleads guilty to cattle fraud
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
An Overbrook man pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors for his role in a Jefferson County cattle fraud case.
KU tries to become more sustainable in its practices
Dining Services receives high marks for use of local food
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
A national independent organization has given Kansas University a C+ grade for its sustainability efforts this year. KU officials said the grade from the Web site greenreportcard.org is improved from last year’s C-, but it’s a sign the campus still has room to do better.
Student test scores going up in Kansas
03:01 p.m., October 13, 2009 Updated 06:01 p.m. in print edition on A1
For a ninth straight year, more Kansas students are achieving or exceeding reading and math standards, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
House Democrats bristle over description of KPERS as bankrupt
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
Describing the Kansas governmental pension system as “bankrupt” was incorrect and that description frightened retirees, Democrats on Tuesday told Kansas University’s Art Hall.
Iwig Family Dairy offering shares in company to avoid foreclosure
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B9
Iwig Family Dairy began offering shares to its customers at $1,000 a share in an effort to save the business from foreclosure.
Stull United Methodist Church opens new food pantry
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Stull United Methodist Church west of Lawrence will open its new food pantry from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1596 East 250 Road.
Tonganoxie group plans community block party
October 13, 2009
Team Tongie, a Tonganoxie organization that raises funds to help students in the school district who are battling serious illness, is hosting a community block party Sunday.
KU chancellor offers condolences to student’s family, friends
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas University officials released a statement Tuesday after the death of student Bobby Weiss, 20.
U.S. 24-59 briefly shut down Tuesday morning
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
U.S. Highway 24-59 was briefly shut down Tuesday morning after a tractor trailer became stuck off the highway, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said.
A month passes with no sign of missing Atchison couple
October 13, 2009
Atchison County authorities say they have no new leads in the search for an elderly couple who have been missing since Sept. 11.
Statehouse Live: Lawmakers hear about Statehouse project costs
08:51 a.m., October 13, 2009 Updated 04:27 p.m.
Renovation and expansion project costs up to $285 million.
KPERS problems to be reviewed in Tuesday hearing
October 13, 2009
Kansas legislators are examining the long-term funding problems faced by the state pension fund for teachers and government workers.
KU’s lost scholarships significant
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
From my chilly vantage point at the Kansas University soccer field, I could see Parrott Complex, the stronghold of Kansas Athletics Inc.
Suicide bomber kills 41
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A6
Islamic militants mounted their fourth attack against a Pakistani target in a week, this time detonating a suicide car bomb in a crowded bazaar that killed 41 people in the Shangla District on the edge of the Swat Valley, where the Pakistani military had said it crushed the insurgency.
Breast cancer awareness supporters sport pink hair
‘I am a survivor’
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
Three years ago, Lawrence resident Emily Willis learned her best friend might have breast cancer.
Health insurance firms’ warning shot has Democrats scrambling
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
Insurance companies aren’t playing nice any more.
People in the news
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B6
With a familiar high-pitched voice counting off one-two-three-four, a new Michael Jackson single debuted online Monday, prompting a hasty response from the singer’s estate after Paul Anka revealed he was the song’s co-writer.
Repairs to Hubble a Herculean effort
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B6
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! Get to Hubble on the double! The excellent science series “Nova” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “Hubble’s Amazing Rescue,” an hourlong look at the multimillion-dollar mission to repair the deep-space telescope, a service-call six years in the making.
Take time to comment on credit reports
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
I’ve been meaning to pull my credit reports for some time. I, like so many others, am concerned about identity theft or uncorrected errors in my credit files that might ding my credit scores.
Horoscope for Wednesday, October 14
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Wednesday, Oct. 14: This year, take your leave of situations; feel free to withdraw and reflect. You simply know that sometimes you are on the wrong path. If you are single, you could meet someone who is unavailable. If you are attached, as a couple you’ll benefit from frequent timeouts together. Virgo makes a good doctor.
Heisman worthy?
Mangino: QB deserves trophy consideration
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
Mark Mangino said before his Kansas University football team’s season began that fans shouldn’t expect to see any type of “Todd Reesing for Heisman” campaigning on behalf of the school.
LaFrentz’s NBA career likely coming to an end
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball standout Raef LaFrentz’s NBA career appears to be over.
Spotlight again shines on A-Rod
October 13, 2009
The spotlight has a way of finding Alex Rodriguez the way water will find a pinhole in a leaky radiator, or a hot grounder will find the leaky glove in an infield.
OSU seeking Bryant reinstatement
WR to meet with NCAA compliance officials today
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday the school is backing the reinstatement of star receiver Dez Bryant, less than a week after declaring him ineligible for lying to the NCAA.
Chiefs slowly improving
Winless K.C. shows progress vs. Dallas
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B1
A team that’s lost 28 of 30 games takes encouragement from every little nook, cranny and crawlspace where anything positive might be found.
Bal paces KU women’s golf
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior Meghna Bal is in fourth place individually after the first round of the Price’s Give ‘Em Five Intercollegiate. Bal’s 71 matched a career low.
Jets have trouble stopping wildcat
October 13, 2009
With 10 seconds left and the game on the line, the Miami Dolphins went with the wildcat.
Howard propels Philly
October 13, 2009
Chase Utley ducked near second base. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies never flinched.
Fundraiser to support Sister Cities program
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Area residents will have an opportunity to support Lawrence’s Sister Cities program at an upcoming fundraiser.
Schools to hold swine flu clinics
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A5
Lawrence public schools are required by the state to keep records of how many of their students are going home with flu-like symptoms. The district is hoping to prevent those numbers from skyrocketing by holding H1N1 vaccine clinics at 14 elementary schools in mid-November.
GOP uses ACORN to fight banking law
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A6
Conservative Republicans are capitalizing on the troubles of community activist group ACORN — ranging from charges of voter registration fraud to embarrassing videos of its employees — to revive their long-standing fight against a federal law that grades banks on their investments in poor and minority neighborhoods.
P.M.: No war crimes trials for Israelis
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A6
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed never to allow Israeli leaders or soldiers to stand trial on war crimes charges over their actions during last winter’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, furiously denouncing a U.N. report in a keynote address to parliament.
Official: Taliban better financed than al-Qaida
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Taliban are in much stronger financial shape than al-Qaida and rely on a wide range of criminal activities to pay for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, a senior Treasury Department official said Monday.
Report: 5 short-range missiles are fired
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea reportedly test-launched five short-range missiles — and may fire more — in what analysts said is an attempt to improve its bargaining position ahead of possible talks with the United States.
King siblings settle lawsuit over estate
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
After more than 14 hours of discussion, the heirs of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. reached a settlement late Monday that will keep the family from a public jury trial.
Gov. creates day honoring Harvey Milk
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A2
Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk will get a special day of recognition in California, making him only the second person in state history — in addition to conservationist John Muir — to gain such a designation.
Defying predictions, homes are expected to regain value
Revised estimates have implications for taxpayers
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s housing bubble perhaps just fizzled instead of popped. According to a recently released report from the Douglas County appraiser, the office is now predicting that by the end of the year many homes in the county will have regained most of the value that they lost earlier in 2009.
Horoscope for October 13, 2009
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B6
For Tuesday, Oct. 13: This year, your strong personality and drive win over many new friends. If you are single, you could meet someone quite special or have a former “special someone” return to your life. If you are attached, you could have a surprise — be it a new addition or that you suddenly enter an intense, torrid period of romance between you and your sweetie.
2009 great year for women, Americans
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A1
Elinor Ostrom, 76, known for her work on the management of common resources, is the first woman to win a Nobel in economics.
Army studying Kansas program for middle school students
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
The U.S. Army wants middle school students.
After apartment fire, value of renters insurance more apparent
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B8
Five days after a devastating fire at the Aberdeen South apartments, Kim Springer is thankful for her renters insurance.
County schedules H1N1 flu clinics
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County health officials have scheduled several H1N1 flu immunization clinics.
Pump patrol
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.24 at multiple locations.
City delays homeless shelter discussion
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A3
City commissioners are slowing down on plans to give the Lawrence Community Shelter nearly $80,000 in funding to purchase a new site for a homeless shelter.
DMV photos new tool in search for fugitives
October 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver’s license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes.
Day care next frontier in obesity battle
October 13, 2009 in print edition on C8
Grilled chicken replaced the hot dogs. Strawberries instead of cookies at snack time. No more fruit juice — water or low-fat milk only. This is the new menu at a Delaware day care center, part of a fledgling movement to take the fight against obesity to pudgy preschoolers.
Monster drink battle brewing
Energy drink maker fights name of Vermont beer
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
Forget David and Goliath. This fight’s between Matt and Monster.
Commodities
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures advanced Monday. Wheat for December delivery soared 26.25 cents to $4.9425, while December corn jumped 19 cents to $3.8125 and oats for December delivery climbed 14.75 cents to $2.5475.
Local CEO chosen for mentoring program
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program announced its 2009 class of entrepreneurs for its program this year. Among the members of this year’s class is Connie Cook, CEO of EMR Inc. Infrastructure and Environment.
Electric cooperative forms advisory group
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative is forming a member advisory group to provide LJEC’s member-owners the opportunity to stay informed.
IRS announces tax credit deadline
October 13, 2009 in print edition on B7
Businesses planning to claim the recently expanded work opportunity tax credit for eligible unemployed veterans and disconnected youths hired before mid-September have until Saturday to request the certification required for these workers, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Typical response
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Jan. 20, 2009: banner headlines, “First African-American President.”
No public option
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I think the health care issue can be boiled down into two concerns: (1) getting health insurance for those people who cannot afford it, and (2) reining in costs while not denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
Vanity? Please
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Look who’s talking! George Will is accusing the Obamas of vanity (in his Oct. 7 column)? Come on!
Soviets obsolete
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Another Saturday, and another ridiculous editorial from Dolph Simons Jr.
America’s brand may be on its way back
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
I was as surprised as everybody when I read on Friday that President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize, but I was much more surprised a few days earlier when an international poll showed that the United States had suddenly become the most admired country in the world.
‘Play’ deficit
It’s good to know that city officials are serious about improving Lawrence’s recreational facilities.
October 13, 2009 in print edition on A7
It’s good to learn Lawrence city commissioners, city parks and recreation staffers and several citizens continue to work on the development of a major sports and recreation development for the city.
A brave tale: Lawrence Community Theatre stages ‘Cups,’ where undergarments mark a woman’s life story
October 13, 2009 in print edition on C1
Joni Sheram never realized bras could evoke so many emotions. Three years ago, the Colorado playwright penned “Cups,” which tells a woman’s life story through the brassieres she has owned.
Teen dating norms broaden to new extremes
October 13, 2009 in print edition on C1
There are roughly two-and-a-half dating styles among teens and young adults right now.