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2009 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day The day in photos, October 22, 2009 2009 Big 12 Women's Basketball Media Day
Polls
Who will win Friday's football matchup between Free State and Lawrence high schools?

Poll results

Response Percent
Free State High School
 
69%
Lawrence High School
 
22%
Not sure
 
8%
Total 504
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Harry Cook, North Lawrence, weighs popcorn that he’ll sell from his massive stockpile of growing kernels over the years. Pop secret: Growers, connoisseurs share favorite recipes for homemade popcorn
October 21, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Harry Cook never planned on being the “Popcorn Man” to Lawrence’s kernel lovers.
6:00 a.m.
Rex Fleming, project engineer for the Kansas Turnpike, stands on a new Kansas River bridge that is expected to welcome traffic today. He said traffic heading west would move onto the bridge when there’s a break in the weather. Thousands of vehicles to roll across new bridge today
October 22, 2009 in print edition on 1A
After spending nearly $60 million, working for more than 16 months and — under light rain Wednesday afternoon — watching the final squeeze of sealant into holes securing one last expansion joint, Rex Fleming is ready to steer 15,000 vehicles onto the Kansas Turnpike’s newest bridge.
10:00 a.m.
John Olsen, warehouse manager at Just Food, prepares grocery bags of food items Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. Just Food is a new centralized food pantry at 1200 E. 11th St. Partnership aims to simplify food pantries in county
October 22, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Leaders in Lawrence’s social service community hope they’ve streamlined Douglas County’s food pantries.
2:00 p.m.
Rose Naramore-Winfrey explores exhibits at the Murphy-Bromelsick House. Third-graders from New York School toured the historic house at 10th and Delaware streets during a field trip Wednesday. Organizers are hoping to accommodate more student field trips at the site. Murphy-Bromelsick House in east Lawrence now open to students
October 22, 2009 in print edition on 3A
About 30 third-graders from New York School made history on Wednesday. They were the first school group to tour the Murphy-Bromelsick House, a local landmark commemorating the founding of Lawrence and Kansas statehood.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence improv troupe Those People include (from left) Garrett Kelly, Spencer Lott, Amy Virginia Buchanan, Chris McGillivray, Doug Altman and Alex Nichols. Theater of the Absurd: Those People Improv take the art of being funny very seriously
October 22, 2009 in print edition on 1C
There’s always that risk of failure … That’s what makes improv more fun than something scripted, says Alex Nicols of Lawrence’s Those People improv troupe….

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Two sisters make Lawrence High football their Friday night attraction
Dedicated? In half a century, they’ve made nearly every game
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
If Lawrence High School’s playing football, it’s a sure bet that sisters Mary Jo Elston and Imogene Kilgore will be in the stands.
Dedication ceremony planned for conservation easement
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Land Trust will host the dedication of a land conservation easement in Jefferson County at an event 1 p.m. Nov. 7.
Club Axis owners surrender liquor license
Business for sale after judge repeatedly ordered it to stop operating illegally
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
A controversial Lawrence nightclub has surrendered its liquor license, closed its doors and been put up for sale, after being repeatedly ordered by a judge to stop operating illegally.
Army captain comes home to Lawrence to tell students about his war stories
LHS grad has embraced military, from West Point to Special Forces
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
After graduating from Lawrence High School in 2001, Capt. Sean Patton enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 2005. He’s completed officer basic training, Ranger training and jump school — as in jumping out of airplanes — before being assigned to his first platoon with the 101st Airborne Division. He was 23.
Both drivers in K-10 double fatality had about 3 times the legal limit of alcohol
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Both drivers killed in a wrong-way crash last month on Kansas Highway 10 had about three times the legal amount of alcohol in their systems, according to Johnson County coroner reports released Thursday.
NAACP to celebrate 100th anniversary in November; group hopes to increase membership
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Members of Lawrence’s NAACP branch want to celebrate the past and look to the future as part of an event next month.
Nature center to host trick-or-treat hike Friday
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Children can participate in a trick-or-treat hike Friday night at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., more than a week before Halloween.
Weather postpones shift of traffic lanes on Kansas Turnpike
Rain slows transfer of traffic traveling west through Lawrence onto structure
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas Turnpike officials are ready to steer traffic onto a new Kansas River bridge.
Statehouse Live: Douglas County DUI case going to Kansas Supreme Court
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Court being asked to decide whether .08 breath result is enough to support conviction
Withey out four to six weeks with knee injury
October 22, 2009
Kansas freshman center Jeff Withey will miss four to six weeks of practice after suffering a knee injury earlier this week in practice, KU coach Bill Self said at Thursday’s Big 12 media day at the Sprint Center.
KDHE applies for federal grants to encourage doctors to switch to electronic records
October 22, 2009
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has applied for $9 million in federal grants to encourage physicians to switch patient records to computers.
Participants reflect on past LHS-FSHS high school football showdowns
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Past participants recall previous LHS-Free State football showdowns.
Facing McCray
Big 12 coaches admire KU star
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair thinks Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has its own Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Their names are Danielle McCray and Sade Morris.
U.S. health care tab would grow under overhaul
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A10
The nation’s medical costs will keep spiraling upward even faster than they are now under Democratic legislation pending in the House, a report from government economic experts concluded Wednesday.
Philadelpia making return trip to Series
October 22, 2009
Ryan Howard and the defending champs are back in the World Series — proving last year was no fluke and looking even more dangerous this time around.
K.C. owner Clark Hunt feels more comfortable
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
Shortly after his father died three years ago, Clark Hunt realized he wasn’t fully prepared to be an NFL owner.
Texas coach Brown: McCoy’s thumb OK
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Texas coach Mack Brown said quarterback Colt McCoy has thrown the ball well in practice despite a bruised thumb on his right hand.
State economy seen as weak despite dip in jobless rate
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B10
Kansas officials remained pessimistic Wednesday about the economy, even though the state Department of Labor reported that unemployment dropped in September.
Pump patrol
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several stations.
Most pet owners willing to go mouth-to-muzzle
October 22, 2009 in print edition on C10
Most pet owners would leap into action for an injured pet, even if it meant risking dog breath by going mouth-to-snout.
Google, MySpace, Facebook make forays into music
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
Internet power players Google, MySpace and Facebook are adopting strategies to better compete in a music industry that is rapidly shifting online.
NFL rebuff of Limbaugh well deserved
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A8
We are gathered here today in sympathy with our brother, Rush Limbaugh.
25 years ago: KU freshman killed in Turnpike accident
October 22, 2009
Voter registration in Douglas County hit an all-time high of 38,799, County Clerk Patty Jaimes reported. The breakdown included 16,166 unaffiliated voters, 14,028 Republicans, 9,865 Democrats, 22 Libertarians.
Lawrence-Free State volleyball showdown on tap tonight
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Last year, Free State had its way with Lawrence High during three regular-season volleyball meetings before falling to LHS at sub-state, where it mattered most. This year, their meetings have been tighter and, because of that, tonight’s regular-season finale for both teams figures to be a high-energy affair.
FSHS soccer nets record victory
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Free State High soccer team added another victory to its memorable season Wednesday night, defeating Shawnee Mission East, 1-0, at SME.
Collins: Jayhawks similar to ’08 squad
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Sherron Collins, who played a sixth-man role on Kansas University’s 2008 national championship basketball team, agrees with those who believe the 2009-10 Jayhawks ultimately could match the accomplishments of that wildly successful squad.
Bradford’s decision put on hold
Injured Sooners quarterback needs more time
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Just when it seemed as if Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was ready to make a decision about his future, the injured Oklahoma quarterback decided he needed more time to think about it.
Crabtree ready for debut
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
The San Francisco 49ers ran interference for Michael Crabtree on Wednesday. Crabtree grabbed the playbook from his locker and took off to get to work before San Francisco’s afternoon practice. The team wants its rookie wide receiver and top draft pick to get all his football studying done before doing any interviews about his highly anticipated NFL debut Sunday at Houston in his home state.
Mangino: Special teams not up to snuff
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football special teams are better than they were last year, but coach Mark Mangino’s still not satisfied.
Biden woos Poland
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A10
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought reconciliation Wednesday with America’s staunch allies in eastern Europe, starting with Poland, which eagerly signed on to a revamped U.S. missile shield.
Kansas volleyball sweeps
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas University junior Melissa Manda dug up a team-best 19 digs, and senior Melissa Grieb added a season-high 14 on Wednesday as the KU volleyball team swept its second straight opponent — Texas Tech.
Democrats go after antitrust exemption
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A10
Democrats launched a drive at both ends of the Capitol on Wednesday to strip the insurance industry of its decades-old exemption from federal antitrust laws, part of an increasingly bare-knuckled struggle over landmark health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama.
Official: Flight hijacking thwarted
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Security guards thwarted an attempted hijacking Wednesday on an EgyptAir flight from Istanbul to Cairo by overpowering a man who threatened crew members with a knife, a security official for the airline said.
Taser tells police to avoid shooting at chest
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Stun-gun maker Taser International has started telling police agencies to avoid firing the devices at suspects’ chests, explaining that there’s an “extremely low” risk of ill effects on the heart and that doing so will make defending lawsuits easier.
Defense ministers: N. Korea still a threat
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that North Korea continues to pose a grave threat to international peace and pledged to maintain a nuclear deterrent in the region.
Chiefs add D-tackle
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B6
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent defensive tackle Kenny Smith to their 53-man roster.
Envoy backs uranium deal, but will Tehran?
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
A top Iranian negotiator praised a plan Wednesday that would ship most of his country’s uranium abroad for enrichment and limit its ability to build a nuclear weapon. There was no guarantee, however, that Tehran’s leaders would accept the idea.
Woman in torture case now says she lied
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
Megan Williams’ shocking accusations initially strained the imagination: Seven white people beat her with sticks, forced her to eat feces, raped her and taunted her with racial slurs over several days in a ramshackle trailer in West Virginia.
Nebraska mulling options at QB
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B3
Cody Green is a bit conflicted. The freshman wants to win the Nebraska starting quarterback’s job for Saturday’s game against Iowa State.
U.S. pressures Karzai on Afghan power-sharing deal
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
The United States built pressure on Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, signaling that a troop increase could hinge on a successful runoff election and that the Obama administration would be receptive to a power-sharing deal between Karzai and his chief rival.
Primate fossil called only a distant relative
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
Remember Ida, the fossil discovery announced last May with its own book and TV documentary? A publicity blitz called it “the link” that would reveal the earliest evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans.
U.N.: Afghan opium most lethal drug worldwide
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
Afghan opium kills more people every year than any other drug on the planet, claiming up to 100,000 lives annually, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.
Man accused of plotting to kill U.S. politicians
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Massachusetts man and two friends tried and failed to get into terrorist training camps and then plotted to kill two prominent U.S. politicians and randomly shoot people at American shopping malls, authorities said Wednesday.
Production of swine flu vaccine is several weeks behind schedule
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through.
Survivor of Arizona sweat lodge ceremony speaks out
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A6
More than 50 followers of spiritual guru James Arthur Ray had just endured five strenuous days of fasting, sleep-deprivation and mind-altering breathing exercises when he led them into a sweat lodge ceremony.
Central Lawrence burglary reported Monday
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported Monday burglary and theft of a laptop.
Sebelius has minor skin cancer removed
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
The office of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she had a slow-growing form of skin cancer removed from her forehead Tuesday.
Gift from estate provides $2.5M to KU
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Wichita businessman and Kansas University alumnus has left a $2.5 million estate gift to KU for unrestricted student scholarships.
Judge orders retrial in Travolta extortion case
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A2
The trial of two people accused of trying to extort John Travolta following the death of his son in the Bahamas has ended in a mistrial after a lawmaker suggested the still-deliberating jury had acquitted one of the defendants.
State GOP criticizes Moore, stimulus
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Republican Party on Wednesday used the state’s new jobless figures to attack U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa.
Resident could serve remainder of drug sentence in halfway house
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence woman will likely serve the remainder of her federal prison sentence in a halfway house after she admitted to participating in a crack cocaine trafficking operation.
Thousands of vehicles to roll across new bridge today
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
After spending nearly $60 million, working for more than 16 months and — under light rain Wednesday afternoon — watching the final squeeze of sealant into holes securing one last expansion joint, Rex Fleming is ready to steer 15,000 vehicles onto the Kansas Turnpike’s newest bridge.
Charity care on the rise at LMH
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders are concerned about a significant increase in charity care.
Guilty plea entered in exploitation trial
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B10
An Arma woman has pleaded guilty to financially exploiting a 97-year-old woman who was in the care of her and her husband.
Report: Woman robbed of gold mouthpiece
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B10
Leavenworth police are investigating a report that several women mugged a woman and then forcibly removed a gold and diamond mouthpiece that had been cemented to her teeth.
Coach poses as girl to get nude pics of boys
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B10
A 38-year-old elementary school teacher and coach has admitted posing as a young woman on Facebook and talking boys into sending him nude pictures of themselves.
County approves coal-filtration upgrade
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners gave approval Wednesday night to a $380 million project to upgrade the filtration system at Westar Energy’s local coal-fired plant, the Lawrence Energy Center.
CJHS Fun Run aims to raise $18,000
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
Central Junior High is gearing up for its 27th annual Fun Run, a 2.2-mile run around the school campus, several Lawrence blocks and parks.
KU Med Center honors Hemenway, Sebelius
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Medical Center honored two Kansas leaders at its recent annual gala celebration.
Murphy-Bromelsick House in east Lawrence now open to students
A view of 19th century Kansas
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
About 30 third-graders from New York School made history on Wednesday. They were the first school group to tour the Murphy-Bromelsick House, a local landmark commemorating the founding of Lawrence and Kansas statehood.
Partnership aims to simplify food pantries in county
Just Food organization opens food bank at 11th and Haskell
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
Leaders in Lawrence’s social service community hope they’ve streamlined Douglas County’s food pantries.
Lawmaker to post new ‘rap’ on Web
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A3
A Kansas legislator who drew criticism for a “RedNeck Rap” against Barack Obama says he’ll produce another YouTube video praising the president.
Pacifier overuse may lead to speech problems
October 22, 2009 in print edition on C10
Questions about whether a baby should be given a pacifier or allowed to thumb-suck have existed for generations. The concerns center on whether sucking habits will impact tooth alignment and speech development.
Centro Cigars to offer grand opening Friday
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
Centro Cigars is conducting a grand opening Friday to mark its new Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge status. Customers can meet Eric Newman, president of the JC Newman Cigar Co., during the event.
Financial adviser joins Ameriprise office
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
Todd Hayworth has joined the Lawrence practice of Kent Kennedy, of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as an associate financial adviser. His office is at 1617 St. Andrews Drive, Suite 205.
Solar Heat Exchange to give open house
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
Solar Heat Exchange Manufacturing will celebrate the opening of its factory with an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 204 Lecompton Road in Perry. The factory is west of the rail crossing on the road from Perry to Lecompton.
Airlines post losses
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported Wednesday it lost $359 million in the third quarter, and Continental Airlines Inc. posted an $18 million loss.
Commodities
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures advanced Wednesday. Wheat for December delivery rose 25 cents to $5.425, while December corn rose 13.75 cents to $3.9825 and oats for December delivery rose 4 cents to $2.63.
Students save by staying near home for college
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
The College Board recently issued its annual report on the pricing trends for getting a college education. The cost to attend keeps going up — often faster than inflation. And the amount of loans taken out to pay for tuition, fees, books, and room and board continues to rise.
Euro trades above $1.50 vs. dollar
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
Europe’s single currency traded above the $1.50 level versus the U.S. dollar for the first time in 14 months on Wednesday, breaking through an important psychological barrier that will create added heartburn for euro-zone officials worried the strengthening currency will crimp opportunities for an export-led economic recovery.
Krause Dining to end cooking run
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B9
The residential home of Robert Krause’s culinary creativity is closing early next year, as the internationally known chef turns his focus to a new downtown restaurant and other business ventures.
Horoscope for Thursday, October 22
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Thursday, Oct. 22: This year, you often wonder how situations get tossed into limbo when they looked as if they were clear. Learn to regroup quickly. If you are single, you could meet someone who knocks your socks off. If you are attached, the two of you could find this year to be one of the greater years in your relationship. Just be yourself.
Host keeps guests at arm’s length
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B8
Last week’s “30 Rock” lampooned the notion of a critic-driven show watering down its content to appeal to a broader audience.
Valid concerns
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: In Sunday’s editorial about the South Lawrence Trafficway, “Top priority,” the writer characterized opponents of the SLT as barking dogs who bother the mailman. The Journal-World Letters Policy clearly states that letter writers must “avoid name-calling.”
School priorities
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Let me get this right. The Lawrence school district approved funds for two sports stadiums to be built ($400,000 each) and yet Superintendent Rick Doll discusses teachers not having items they need (Journal-World, page 1A, Oct. 19)? What’s wrong with this picture?
Green policies
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Cities around the world are moving forward to reduce the production of greenhouse gases.
A bad idea
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I am an East Lawrence 40-year resident who is opposed to the Lawrence Community Shelter relocating to our neighborhood. Anybody who has been in Lawrence more than a year knows full well the impact the LCS and its clientele have on the downtown area and that the problem is only getting worse!
GOP must reject talk jocks
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A9
Ever so slowly, sane Republicans and conservatives are finally marshaling the courage to confront the unhinged broadcasters in their midst — and not a moment too soon, given the fact that these loons now seem to be running the asylum.
COLA substitute makes little sense
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A8
Three years before Rep. Wilbur Mills, the Arkansas Democrat who then chaired the Ways and Means Committee, had his fling with a stripper named Fanne Foxe, aka “The Argentine Firecracker” (Mills joined her on stage at Boston’s exquisitely named Pilgrim Theater, which specialized in what Time magazine primly called “ecdysiast exhibitions”; this was after he had a fracas with Ms. Foxe that provoked her to jump into Washington’s Tidal Basin across from the memorial to Thomas Jefferson, who really believed that democracies could behave rationally), he decided to seek the Democrats’ 1972 presidential nomination.
A few too many
State officials are right to shine the spotlight on allegations of drug trafficking and sexual misconduct by Kansas prison employees.
October 22, 2009 in print edition on A8
Allegations, and at least one conviction, related to Kansas prison staff members trading illegal drugs for sex with female inmates certainly demands the full attention of state officials.
Theater of the Absurd: Those People Improv take the art of being funny very seriously
Those People Improv take the art of being funny very seriously
October 22, 2009 in print edition on C1
There’s always that risk of failure … That’s what makes improv more fun than something scripted, says Alex Nicols of Lawrence’s Those People improv troupe….
Youth sports worthy of a bailout
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B2
If the high school and youth sports programs in your town aren’t already having trouble paying their bills, they will soon.
Wedge knows his stuff
October 22, 2009 in print edition on B1
Roy Wedge might not look the part, but he is the most popular boy at Lawrence High, could be on the verge of becoming its most accomplished athlete and is among the brainiest students in the building. Did I mention he was voted Homecoming King?