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The day in photos, October 26, 2009
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Have you ever physically fallen asleep on the job?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
58%
No
 
41%
Total 948
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Area residents gather at the Westar Energy plant Saturday to participate in one of hundreds of rallies worldwide, advocating for wind energy. The event was coordinated by 350.org, which is urging world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. Protesters decry coal use near Westar
October 25, 2009 in print edition on 1B
With a billowing smokestack in the background, about 30 activists on Saturday chanted, “What do we want? Clean energy. When do we want it? Now,” in front of the Westar Energy facility, 1250 N. 1800 Road in Lawrence.
6:00 a.m.
Shannon Gorres, pastor of Hispanic Ministries at Plymouth Congregational Church, standing at left, talks with teacher Rocio Sanchez Ares during an English as a second language class as a student and volunteer work together, in the foreground. Gorres started the program this year at the church. Church makes teaching English a mission
October 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
At first glance, it may not look like much — about 20 people gathered in a small classroom on the second floor of Plymouth Congregational Church.
10:00 a.m.
A Kansas University student makes his way toward the dorms on Daisy Hill in this file photo. KU still fine-tuning policy on alcohol
October 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University students are continuing to address a proposed policy change that seeks to balance individual privacy rights against student safety.
2:00 p.m.
Dr. Darren Klish, a radiation oncologist at the Lawrence Cancer Center, gets a hug from one of his patients, Lisa Flanders, in this 2009 photo. Flanders had been diagnosed with breast cancer a year earlier. Health care specialists collaborate to streamline optimal cancer care
October 26, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Just over a year ago, 48-year-old Lawrence resident Lisa Flanders felt a really sharp pain in her left breast.
6:00 p.m.
Fear factors: Why we love to be scared
October 26, 2009
You walk though a dark hallway with ghoulish shadows and shrieks, and suddenly a hand grabs you through a hole in the wall. You might scream, run away or get excited, but in the back of your mind, you know it’s harmless.

All stories

Kansas regulators approve equalizing Westar rates
07:01 p.m., October 26, 2009 Updated 11:27 p.m. in print edition on B10
Kansas regulators have approved equalizing the rates for customers of the state’s largest electric provider.
Brownback, Roberts, Moran, Tiahrt cite hate crimes provision in voting against military funding bill
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas’ U.S. senators and two Kansas House members seeking a Senate seat dislike hate crimes legislation so much that they voted against a bill funding the military for the next year.
Deadlines nearing for latest round of grants from Bill Self’s foundation
Assists Foundation targets youth, wellness
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his foundation are seeking ideas this week from organizations on how to help young people in Kansas.
State Board of Education chairwoman urges lawmakers to not cut school funding
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A5
State Board of Education Chairwoman Janet Waugh urged lawmakers on Monday not to cut public school funding any further.
27th Street repaving set to begin
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
A mile-long stretch of 27th Street is scheduled to start getting a fresh coat of pavement Tuesday, with completion expected by the end of the week — “weather-permitting,” said Steve Lashley project manager for the city’s Department of Public Works.
Panel recommends closing Kansas Neurological Institute, downsizing Parsons State Hospital
If approved, commission’s plan also would downsize Parsons State Hospital
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
A state commission Monday recommended closing the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, which serves nearly 160 people with severe developmental disabilities. If approved, the plan could shut down KNI within three years.
Lawrence city commissioner seeks outright ban on panhandling downtown
City commissioner wants to prohibit panhandling in downtown area
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
City commissioners will hear a pitch from one of their own on Tuesday to adopt a new set of regulations that would ban panhandling in the downtown area.
Annual event to focus attention on social justice
October 26, 2009
Kansas University’s Student Union Activities and the KU Oxfam chapter are hosting the 2009 OXFAM America Hunger Banquet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Big 12 and Jayhawk rooms in the Kansas Union.
Wild Science segment this week to explore tapeworms
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Kansas University professor will be discussing a rather unsettling topic this week — the more than 5,000 species of tapeworms living in the intestines of their vertebrate hosts.
Two blood drives scheduled in early November
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A5
The American Red Cross and the Community Blood Center are sponsoring two blood drives in November.
Alleged burglar helps himself to creampuffs, soda, then leaves driver’s license behind
Suspect consumes cream puffs, soda during break-in at KU building
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
A package of creampuffs and a two-liter bottle of Sprite were reported stolen early Sunday morning during a bizarre burglary at Kansas University, campus police reports said.
KU-KSU gametime will not be determined until this weekend
Game will be televised on either ABC or Versus
October 26, 2009
The Kansas-Kansas State football matchup set for Nov. 7 in Manhattan will not have an official kickoff time announced until this weekend.
State concerned by lack of hotels in casinos planned for KCK, Wichita
October 26, 2009
A state board in Kansas is still concerned that proposals for casinos in the Kansas City and Wichita areas don’t include hotels in their first phases.
Statehouse Live: Waugh opposes further cuts to schools; Panel to vote on KNI closure recommendation; Gaming commission set to destroy machines
08:49 a.m., October 26, 2009 Updated 01:38 p.m.
State officials say machines such as “Quarter Sliders” are illegal
Sebelius tells national TV audience that H1N1 vaccine is coming out as quickly as possible
October 26, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine “is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line.”
The Edge
October 26, 2009
• ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ (Books) • Lucero (Music) • ‘Drinking with George’ (Books)
Horoscope for October 26, 2009
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A11
This year, you are on top of your game. Refuse to get into arguments; simply claim your power. If you are single, take your time getting to know the source of your case of the butterflies. If you are attached, the two of you gain by getting away from daily life. Count on Aquarius to be a live wire.
Bombings target government in Baghdad, at least 147 killed
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
A pair of suicide car bombings Sunday devastated the heart of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 147 people in the country’s deadliest attack in more than two years.
Student pays homage to teacher, learner
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
Let me tell you about my fifth-grade classroom.
Electronics can be recycled at event
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
An electronic equipment recycling event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Free State High School.
Chargers get well against Chiefs, 37-7
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Chargers swatted away the flu bug and stomped on Kansas City, 37-7, Sunday, dominating in virtually every phase.
Tart adaptable to seasonal fruits
October 26, 2009
This tart recipe from James Peterson’s new “Baking” cookbook is easily adapted to just about any fruit. Simply cook the fruit on the stovetop, transfer it to the prepared tart shell, then add the custard and bake as directed.
Headmasters benefit show to feature avant-garde hair
October 26, 2009
Headmasters Salon is hosting a pre-Halloween fashion show, Death Becomes Hair. The event will highlight avant-garde hair designs — individual works of art created by stylists at their salon.
Icemakers don’t require existing water line
October 26, 2009
Last week we talked about setting up a new icemaker using an existing water line. But you don’t have to tap into an existing water line to hook up the icemaker in your refrigerator. Instead, you can use a special tee designed to fit right on the cold water shut off valve beneath your kitchen sink.
Horoscopes
October 26, 2009
You want freedom, and you place yourself in scenarios that afford you plenty of room to explore, experiment and experience the wonders of the world. The next six weeks bring romantic whims and moments of vivid connection with someone special. There will be a happy reunion in November. January brings a financial decision, and it affects where you’ll live. A business you’ll be involved in takes off in March. There will be a sweet new influence in your life in June.
See ‘Home and Away’ for peek of haunted Atchison
October 26, 2009
Various patrons of a riverfront restaurant reported seeing a mysterious woman dressed in Victorian garb. Unexplained paranormal phenomenon and physical attacks were witnessed at a house on Second Street. And a ghost appears to take center stage after dark at the town theater.
Are we killing time or killing television?
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A11
Cake is not a palate-cleanser.
Director-choreographer wanted Jackson healthy
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A11
Kenny Ortega was responsible for some of Michael Jackson’s biggest concerts, including what were to be his comeback shows in London.
Improper use of beacons can put rescuers at risk
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B12
Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world’s most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon’s parched and searing Royal Arch Loop.
Obama sends condolences to Iraqis
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama said Sunday’s “outrageous attacks” outside government offices in the Iraqi capital “reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that they deserve.”
Study: 1 in 5 kids get little vitamin D
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
At least one in five U.S. children aged 1 to 11 don’t get enough vitamin D and could be at risk for a variety of health problems including weak bones, the most recent national analysis suggests.
Harvard workers poisoned by coffee
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Six Harvard University medical researchers were poisoned in August after drinking coffee that was laced with a chemical preservative, according to university officials.
Town grieves for slain priest, accused janitor
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
An arrest in the brutal slaying of a Roman Catholic priest has brought little solace to his parishioners in this affluent community, who widely view the suspected role of the longtime church janitor as a second tragedy.
Militants kill 6 in security forces
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Militant attacks killed six Pakistani security forces today, officials said, a day after the Taliban chief warned of terrorist strikes across the country if the army did not stop a major offensive against insurgents along the Afghan border.
Police vet hundreds of tips in girl’s death
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Investigators had more than a thousand tips but are still trying to figure out what happened when 7-year-old Somer Thompson disappeared on her walk home from a north Florida school last week.
Madoff associate found dead in pool, police say
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Jeffry Picower, a philanthropist accused of profiting more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, was found at the bottom of the pool at his oceanside mansion and died Sunday, police said. He was 67.
Ex-guerrilla, rival in presidential runoff
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
A blunt-talking former guerrilla seeking to maintain the left’s hold on power in Uruguay easily got the most votes in presidential elections Sunday, but failed to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
Lawmakers split on Afghan troop decision
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
Top lawmakers sparred Sunday over the timing of President Barack Obama’s decision on how to move ahead in Afghanistan, with Republicans urging a quick move to boost troop levels and Democrats counseling patience.
Once-secret uranium site is inspected
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection that raised Western suspicions about the extent and intent of Iran’s nuclear program.
Report: No follow-up on unproven drugs
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn’t extend patients’ lives, say congressional investigators.
Opposition figure killed in hail of bullets
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A12
A popular opposition figure in Russia’s restive Ingushetia province was gunned down Sunday morning in the latest killing of a government critic in the North Caucasus, prompting outrage from human rights groups and raising fears of further violence in the region.
Unity elusive for both major parties
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
Recent years have seen the Democrats and Republicans evolve into predominantly liberal and conservative parties, respectively, rather than the broad coalitions of the past.
McGwire’s return to Cards makes sense
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mark McGwire was without a hitting-coach portfolio as yet when he offered his first professional assessment in the spring of 2001, McGwire’s last year with the Cardinals as a player.
Bradford’s season officially done
OU quarterback to have surgery, will enter NFL Draft
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to enter the NFL Draft in April.
UConn pays its respects
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
A University of Connecticut football player who was fatally stabbed outside a campus dance was looking forward to being a father and wanted to be a part of his daughter’s life, the grandfather of the unborn child said Sunday.
Eagles have stability edge over Redskins
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B4
Over the last decade, the Washington Redskins have employed six head coaches. The Philadelphia Eagles have had one.
KU’s Goff-Dzuba wins in doubles
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior Kate Goff and sophomore Alessandra Dzuba recorded a doubles victory over Iowa State on Sunday to conclude Day Three of the Jayhawk Invitational at First Serve Tennis center.
Pettitte leads Yankees into World Series
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B6
Alex Rodriguez, welcome to the World Series. The New York Yankees are back in baseball’s big event.
Alive and kicking
Dolinsky lifts Kansas over ISU, 1-0
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas edged Iowa State, 1-0, to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
Sunflower Broadband to upgrade technology
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Sunflower Broadband soon will be among a handful of Internet service providers in the country to make DOCSIS 3.0 technology available to subscribers.
25 years ago: Unemployment rate falls
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
School bells sounded some notes of relief for the Douglas County and Kansas unemployment rates during September. The county rate dropped .6 of 1 percent from August and the state’s rate fell .5 of 1 percent to 4.6. The local rate was around 4 percent.
Second chance
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
KTEC officials must prove they deserved the second chance they have been given.
Lidge bolsters Phillies’ bullpen
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B6
Brad Lidge was right in the middle of three celebrations this month, getting the last out when the Philadelphia Phillies clinched the division, advanced in the playoffs and won the pennant.
$1,000 grant available for adoption costs
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Jim Carr Memorial Fund for Adoption is accepting applications from families looking for help with the costs of adopting a child. One award of $1,000 will be given this year.
Poll examines attitudes on taxes
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
The recently released “Kansas Speaks” poll conducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University reported Kansans’ opinions in many areas, but one that didn’t get too much attention was what people want in tax policy.
Health care specialists collaborate to streamline optimal cancer care
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Just over a year ago, 48-year-old Lawrence resident Lisa Flanders felt a really sharp pain in her left breast.
KU still fine-tuning policy on alcohol
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas University students are continuing to address a proposed policy change that seeks to balance individual privacy rights against student safety.
Church makes teaching English a mission
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
At first glance, it may not look like much — about 20 people gathered in a small classroom on the second floor of Plymouth Congregational Church.
Machine taps NU in North
12:00 a.m., October 26, 2009 Updated 10:19 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Sagarin predictor says Nebraska should win the convoluted Big 12 North division.
Lawrence group lends a big hand in Haiti
October 26, 2009
A group of Lawrence residents are working to make life better for people in Haiti. “We’re trying to build a stronger community,” says Bianca Brown, member of humanitarian group Sonje Ayiti. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”
ECKAN food pantry needs assistance
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
ECKAN/Just Food needs volunteers to help out with its food pantry needs.
Converting to cash: The pros and cons of paper money vs. plastic
October 26, 2009
Whether you’re a Dave Ramsey junkie or trying to learn from some big mistakes in your spending habits, it’s no secret that using credit cards encourages more spending. But hopefully you have some clue about how important a budget is to curbing your spending before reading this. Both credit cards and cash have major benefits and drawbacks.
Lawrence Public Schools Elementary Lunch Menu
October 26, 2009
Baptizing Baby: Deciding when — and if — to baptize a personal choice
October 26, 2009
Having a baby can lead to the most agonizing decisions — medical, philosophical and familial. Heck, even coming up with a name can lead to months of psychological warfare. But just as soon as Jessie and Mike Perkins had their name picked out — Michael, but not Mike Jr. — they also had made another decision very important to them: He would be baptized.
Fear factors: Why we love to be scared
October 26, 2009
You walk though a dark hallway with ghoulish shadows and shrieks, and suddenly a hand grabs you through a hole in the wall. You might scream, run away or get excited, but in the back of your mind, you know it’s harmless.
Return to Sender: Experts suggest how to send back food in a restaurant
October 26, 2009
The chimichanga looked worse for the wear. The presentation was sad — just some chicken wrapped in a tortilla and drowned in an unidentifiable reddish-brown “sauce.” Clay Westerlund hoped it tasted better than it appeared. It didn’t.
Pump patrol
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Pump patrol for October 26, 2009.
Hearing loss topic of presentation
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Ears will be the topic of a special presentation at the Lawrence Senior Center.
DIY weather
October 26, 2009
You know what they say about Kansas weather: “If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes, and it will change.” It is that variance that fascinates Lawrence resident Mary Dillon. Dillon, who grew up in Hutchinson, says she has always been fascinated with weather, and that’s why she created her backyard weather station.
A taste of Oktoberfest: Celebrate fall with German food, festive beverages
October 26, 2009
His freshman year at the University of Stuttgart, Bernhard Minke may have had too much fun celebrating Oktoberfest. Minke, a Kansas University graduate student, attended his first Oktoberfest celebration at Stuttgart’s Cannstatter Volksfest, Germany’s second-largest Oktoberfest celebration.
Apricot-Chili Lime Chicken
October 26, 2009
This week on “Jayni’s Kitchen”: Make Saturday night easy! Join Jayni Carey for a simple weekend menu for the family or for casual entertaining.
Snow poses ‘Fresh living’
October 26, 2009
Sara Snow says buying organic and locally produced foods is healthier for humans and the environment. They also taste better. She should know.
‘Chocolate and Tea’ fundraiser scheduled
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Community Shelter will host its ninth annual “Chocolate and Tea at Three” fundraiser Nov. 8.
Library top 10
October 26, 2009
Here are the top-10 most-requested books at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., for the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 18.
Heirloom creations: Lawrence resident specializes in intricate needlework
October 26, 2009
“Interest in smocking, like cross-stitch, quilting and other needle arts, rises and falls in popularity with the times,” says Lawrence smocker Kathy Schmidt. “Like quilting, smocking is once again a popular needle art around the country.”
100 years ago: Regents in discussions with car company
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
“The street car company and the university regents are discussing details of the contract of the car company and the university for a right-of-way through the campus.
Alternative treatments for menopause popular but not FDA-approved
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B12
Miserable in menopause, Elizabeth Alsgaard pondered an awful choice: Drenching hot flashes or hormone therapies that might raise the risk of cancer.
Health insurer profits turn out smaller than Hershey’s, around 6%
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B12
Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry.
Bill Gates pushes school reform
Foundation shapes federal education policy
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B12
The real secretary of education, the joke goes, is Bill Gates.
40 years ago: Jayhawks fall to 1-5
October 26, 2009
The Kansas football record fell to 1-5 after a 20-44 Jayhawk loss at Iowa State. Pepper Rodgers was KU coach. He had led the Jayhawks to a 9-2 record and an Orange Bowl appearance agianst Penn State in 1968 but was en route to a one-win season in 1969.
Clashes erupt at Jerusalem’s holiest site
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
Israeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside the Holy Land’s most volatile shrine, where past violence has escalated into prolonged conflict.
Employer mandate may be cut from bill
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A7
Businesses would not be required to provide health insurance under legislation being readied for Senate debate, but large firms would owe significant penalties if any workers needed government subsidies to buy coverage on their own, according to Democratic officials familiar with talks on the bill.
Alaskans await progress on pipeline plan
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A12
Sarah Palin hit the vice presidential campaign trail last year and touted what Alaska could provide for America — a natural gas pipeline to help lead the country to energy independence.
One mile at a time, marathon club hopes to spark lifetime habit in kids
October 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Students at Langston Hughes School have the run of DeVictor Park twice a week before school starts.
Nine ex-Jayhawks in NBA
October 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Nine former Kansas University basketball players have made the rosters of NBA teams for the 2009-10 season, which opens Tuesday night.