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The day in photos, October 27, 2009 Free State soccer 4, Junction City 0
Podcasts
Polls
Should panhandling be outlawed in downtown Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
76%
No
 
18%
Not sure
 
4%
Total 1336
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Damian Scott, 19, panhandles for change from the downtown lunch crowd Nov. 6, 2008, on Massachusetts Street near the Ninth Street intersection. Lawrence city commissioner seeks outright ban on panhandling downtown
October 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Andre Atwell, 1, Lawrence, takes some candy from Jesse Gilbert, a Kansas University freshman from Chicago, during a trick-or-treating event Sunday at KU’s Lewis Hall. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year — and on the night before daylight saving time ends. Below, Chris Botkin, 8, of Tonganoxie, also haunted Lewis Hall on Sunday. Some Halloween reminders for everyone
October 27, 2009 in print edition on 1A
In a world where the latest Facebook changes can freak out even the most sensible folks around — A new homepage?! Horrors!!! — imagine the witches’ brew of fun and fright waiting to get stirred up when Halloween arrives this Saturday night.
10:10 a.m.
Online chat
Health director to talk about swine flu, immunization clinics
October 27, 2009
Dan Partridge, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, will answer questions concerning the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as well as the vaccine and the community immunization clinics.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas coach Bill Self laughs between questions during Big 12 media day Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. Deadlines nearing for latest round of grants from Bill Self’s foundation
October 26, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his foundation are seeking ideas this week from organizations on how to help young people in Kansas.
6:00 p.m.
Ally Koppes, a Lawrence High School senior, paints and draws in Wendy Vertacnik’s art class. Koppes is the October ArtStar, an honor co-sponsored by Jayhawk Dental and The World Company. Drawing lesson: October ArtStar blossoms after intensive study in pastels
October 27, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Ally Koppes has loved drawing for years, but she wasn’t ready to spend all day, every day doing it.

All stories

Legislator behind RedNeck Rap video posts sequel online
October 27, 2009
A Kansas legislator has posted a YouTube sequel to his “RedNeck Rap” video criticizing President Barack Obama.
State leaders say NBAF is necessary to protect national security
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B11
State officials said Tuesday that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is needed to patch a dangerous hole in national security.
Statehouse Live: Republicans tout health care amendment to nullify proposed government plan
October 27, 2009
Proposal would make required insurance unconstitutional
Kansans hope bison will develop Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve into a tourist destination
13 bison brought from South Dakota to Kansas to start a new herd
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
Leaders from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City are in South Dakota to collect 20 of the bison — more informally, buffalo — from this unique herd of about 500 to start a new herd in Kansas.
Judge reduces penalty against Club Axis owners by $10,000
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
Club Axis, 821 Iowa, was ordered in September to pay the city $11,500 in legal fees. On Tuesday, District Judge Michael Malone reduced the amount to $1,500.
Topeka man, 65, dies in Jefferson County accident
12:53 p.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 05:46 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 65-year-old Topeka man died Tuesday morning after the van he was driving struck a bridge railing on U.S. Highway 24 near Williamstown in Jefferson County.
Law enforcement officials find missing Tonganoxie couple
12:09 p.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 04:53 p.m. in print edition on A5
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s officers were successful Tuesday in finding a rural Tonganoxie couple who had lost contact with their family Monday evening.
Westar selected to receive $19 million for ‘smart grid’ test project in Lawrence
11:38 a.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 06:19 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence homes could be the first in the state outfitted with smart electric meters, thanks to a federal stimulus package geared toward modernizing the country’s power grid.
Swine flu vaccination shortage forces changes to local clinics
KU, health department call off most sessions
10:12 a.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 05:57 p.m. in print edition on A3
A shortage of swine flu vaccine has forced Kansas University and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to cancel five swine flu immunization clinics, leaving just two on the calendar.
State Republican lawmakers propose ‘Healthcare Freedom Amendment’
08:38 a.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 05:01 p.m. in print edition on A7
Several Republican state lawmakers toured Kansas on Tuesday pushing for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would prohibit requiring Kansans to buy health insurance under a government plan.
Utility Cold Weather Rules takes effect Sunday
October 27, 2009
Kansans who get behind on natural gas and electric bills will have some protection against shutoffs when the state’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect Sunday.
Crews respond to RV fire west of Lawrence
03:28 a.m., October 27, 2009 Updated 05:21 a.m.
Multiple fire crews responded about 2 a.m. Tuesday to a RV fully engulfed in flames approximately two miles west of Lawrence.
Public option dodges larger issue
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A10
The “public option” is dangerous not for what it might do but for what it allows the politicians not to do.
NFL Briefs
October 27, 2009
— Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware finally has his big contract with the Dallas Cowboys. He just won’t be getting paid as much as some of the elite quarterbacks he will be trying to sack.
McGwire joins Cardinals
Ex-St. Louis slugger to be hitting coach
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Mark McGwire is back in baseball, reunited with Tony La Russa as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach.
Senate health care bill puts public option back on table
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Health care legislation heading for the Senate floor will give millions of Americans the option of purchasing government-run insurance coverage, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Monday, although he stopped short of claiming the 60 votes needed to pass a plan steeped in controversy.
Non-English addresses coming to Internet
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names — or addresses — that can be written in languages other than English, an official said Monday.
Drawing lesson: October ArtStar blossoms after intensive study in pastels
October 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
Ally Koppes has loved drawing for years, but she wasn’t ready to spend all day, every day doing it.
Easy-to-make costumes suit budget
October 27, 2009
This Halloween, the only thing scarier than ghouls, ghosts and goblins is the economic forecast.
Computer theft, burglary reported
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday aggravated burglary and the theft of a computer and computer accessories.
More information on high school reconfiguration sought
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district will continue looking into the logistics of moving ninth-graders to high school buildings as part of a potential school reconfiguration.
Logic? Throw it out the window in Big 12
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Simple mathematics tell us that if “A” is greater than “B”, and “B” is greater than “C”, then “A” is most certainly greater than “C.” Unless, of course, you’re talking Big 12 college football.
Disgruntled RB Johnson reportedly uses slur
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson reportedly used a gay slur for the second time in as many days on Monday.
Taylor welcomes family’s support
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
After each game last year, Tyshawn Taylor could always expect three or four missed cell-phone calls from his mother critiquing him on his play.
Kansas women’s point guards selfless
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B1
Competitiveness in the pursuit of a defined goal doesn’t always breed mutual admiration.
A win’s a win
FSHS soccer rolls, 4-0, despite missed opportunities
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
The story of the Free State High soccer team’s 4-0 victory against Junction City on Monday at FSHS was not how the Firebirds scored their four goals. Instead, the most telling part of the night was how the home team played once it had them.
Lawrence soccer collides with O-Northwest
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence High boys soccer team is well aware of the fact that the 2009 season has been less than ideal in terms of the team’s win-loss record.
Saints on record pace
October 27, 2009
Drew Brees had four turnovers, was sacked five times, and his team was down by three touchdowns in the waning moments of the first half. The Saints still won. On the road. By double digits.
Barbee’s career-low 64 paces KU men’s golf
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Nate Barbee’s career-best 64 on Monday helped the Kansas University men’s golf team rise six spots into a tie for ninth place entering the final round of the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
Philadelphia bounces back
October 27, 2009
DeSean Jackson scored on a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception, both in the first half. His night might have been perfect if his tender right ankle hadn’t messed up his touchdown tap dance.
Obama says he will not rush troops decision
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama mourned 14 Americans killed Monday in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan and told a military audience he will not be hurried as he evaluates whether to alter U.S. strategy in the war.
KU football lands Fink
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
Ed Fink, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Althoff Catholic in Belleville, Ill., orally committed to play football at Kansas University, Rivals.com reported Monday.
Phillies: Bring on the Yankees
October 27, 2009
Now the Philadelphia Phillies can say it: The defending champs wanted the New York Yankees all along.
Tehran hints it could ship uranium abroad
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Iran hinted Monday it could agree to ship some low-enriched uranium abroad for processing as reactor fuel as the world awaited its reply on a U.N.-drafted nuclear plan aimed at easing tensions with the West.
Madoff associate had heart attack in pool
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
A man accused of making more than $7 billion off the investment schemes of jailed financial manager Bernard Madoff drowned after having a heart attack, authorities said Monday.
Study reinforces that kids watch a lot of TV
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s not called the electronic baby sitter for nothing.
Heart-disease rates increase for women
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
Middle-aged men still have higher rates of heart attacks and heart disease than middle-aged women, but those gender differences appear to be narrowing, according to a study published Monday.
Pump patrol
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several locations.
To win, GOP must alter nomination path
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A9
The Republican presidential primary process begins in 27 months. That sounds far removed, but the time for action is now if the GOP wants to nominate an electable candidate instead of one suitable for nomination but not a general election victory.
Spain seeks to ease Europe-Cuba ties
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A9
Spain’s announcement that it will seek a major improvement in European ties with Cuba’s dictatorship once it takes over the presidency of the 27-country European Union on Jan. 1 is bad news not only for pro-democracy activists on the island, but also for oppositionists in several other authoritarian-ruled Latin American countries.
Lifetime fitness
Establishing fitness habits for our youngsters is at least as important as promoting team sports.
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A9
When local school or parks and recreation officials start talking about youth activities, the focus often moves quickly to facilities that primarily are aimed at accommodating team sports.
Nightclubs for the plus-size weigh in
October 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Move over, it’s Saturday night at Club Bounce, and people are bouncing onto the dance floor in a big, big way.
Disgraced cloning expert convicted in South Korea
October 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
A South Korean stem cell scientist once hailed as a hero for bringing hope to people with incurable diseases and creating the world’s first cloned dog was convicted Monday on criminal charges related to faked research, but avoided jail.
Global cooling theory just hot air, statisticians say
October 27, 2009 in print edition on C8
Have you heard that the world is now cooling instead of warming? You may have seen some news reports on the Internet or heard about it from a provocative new book.
Citizens for Science sets annual meeting
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
A group dedicated to educating the public about science education issues is commemorating its 10th anniversary this year.
Award established for med students
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
A new award honoring a Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita professor will benefit one student graduating with a master’s of public health degree each year.
‘Jewish Jordan’ teaches area players about sport, religion
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A5
It isn’t every day that area basketball players have the opportunity to learn from a professional, but that was the opportunity given Monday evening at Robinson Gym on the Kansas University campus.
Theft, criminal damage reported Sunday
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday criminal damage to and burglary of a vehicle and the theft of a radar detector.
2 cancer researchers join KU center
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
Two new cancer researchers have joined the Kansas University Cancer Center, bringing with them $3 million in National Cancer Institute funding.
Military retirees invited to event
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
Retirees from all military branches are invited to attend the 46th annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday at Fort Leavenworth.
Developers of casino in Wichita area plan hotel
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
A group hoping to build a casino south of Wichita promised Monday to open a hotel within six months after gambling starts, but a state review board remained skeptical of the project.
Deer in the spotlights: KU to conduct census
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
Kansas University students literally will shine a spotlight on the area’s deer this week, part of an annual deer census.
Parks and Rec wants public input on projects
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department kicked off a series of public forums Monday night to discuss current and future projects.
Some Halloween reminders for everyone
Mostly, mind your manners and be safe
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A1
In a world where the latest Facebook changes can freak out even the most sensible folks around — A new homepage?! Horrors!!! — imagine the witches’ brew of fun and fright waiting to get stirred up when Halloween arrives this Saturday night.
Horoscope for October 27, 2009
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Tuesday, Oct. 27: This year, you open up to many new possibilities and probabilities. Your ideas are endless. You also discover that home is where the heart is. Often, you might not want to see information, especially if it involves your personal and domestic life. Be careful with real estate investments. If you are single, you meet people with ease.
People in the news
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld saluted fellow funny man Bill Cosby on Monday night with the nation’s top humor prize at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, along with two co-stars from “The Cosby Show,” Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Wife, her son charged in slaying in Tecumseh
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B10
Four people were charged Monday in the shooting death of a northeastern Kansas man, and authorities said the victim’s stepson confessed to pulling the trigger.
‘Frontline’ lets its hair down
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B8
If you want to hear the truth, go get a haircut. That’s the lesson on tonight’s “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS) installment “Close to Home.”
Tallgrass Beef uses Identigen system
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
Identigen North America Inc., a Lawrence-based operation whose technology allows companies to verify the source of meat products, has landed Tallgrass Beef Co. as a client.
Lawrence resident elected to ABWA post
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
Janis “Jan” Stewart, president of Office Helpline Inc. in Lawrence, has been elected District III Vice President of the American Business Women’s Association, the nation’s premier organization for working women.
New law firm opens in Topeka
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
R. Patrick Riordan, Douglas C. Fincher, Michael R. Munson and Luke P. Sinclair announce the formation of their new law firm, Riordan, Fincher & Munson PA, founded on July 31. The firm offers a variety of legal services, including in the areas of tax law; estate planning; commercial litigation; contracts; business and banking; business associations; and nonprofit and association formation, operation and taxation.
Commodities
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures slid Monday. Wheat for December delivery dropped 20.75 cents to $5.27, while December corn plunged 19.75 cents to $3.78 and oats for December delivery shed 2.75 cents to $2.475.
Women’s golf tied for seventh
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B4
After two rounds, the Kansas University women’s golf team was tied for seventh on Monday at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Federal student loans make better option
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B9
I can’t stand debt. One of my missions in life is to help keep people out of debt.
Double Take: Teens unfamiliar with laws could earn sex offender status
October 27, 2009 in print edition on C1
“Sex offender” — one of the five or six worst terms you could possibly hear applied to your child.
40 years ago: Subdivision plans approved
October 27, 2009
After a long battle, approval of the Rancho Verde estates subdivision was approved by the planning commission.
25 years ago: 5 honored for distinguished service to KU
October 27, 2009
Five Ellsworth Medallion recipients were honored over the weekend at KU homecoming events. they were Fred Anschutz, Robert Billings, John W. Starr, Eleanor Sisson Malott and Donald Slawson. The award was for distinguished service to KU.
100 years ago: 2 suspended for hazing
October 27, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 27, 1909: Officially condemning, by resolution, hazing, the university board of regents has ordered the suspension of Herbert Soelter and H.C. Berger to be in effect until Thanksgiving. The board also promises more severe penalties for the next offenders caught in hazing activities.”
Castro’s sister says she assisted CIA
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A2
One of Fidel Castro’s sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States’ failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Yankees to face Big Red Machine
October 27, 2009 in print edition on B2
Babe Ruth’s team now faces a Ruthian force.
14 Americans die in helicopter crashes
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
In a day of military tragedy and political drama, 11 American troops and three U.S. civilians died Monday in two helicopter crashes in rural Afghanistan, while President Hamid Karzai and his top political rival escalated their dispute over conditions for holding a runoff election scheduled for Nov. 7.
Iraq steps up security after Sunday’s blasts
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s government made progress on a new election law that could ease tensions and pledged tighter security Monday after suicide bombings claimed at least 155 lives, including as many as two dozen children trapped in a bus leaving a day care center.
Hospitals tighten rules for elective deliveries
October 27, 2009 in print edition on A7
Hoping to schedule your baby’s birth while your mother’s in town, or before the doctor goes on vacation? Labor is becoming less of a late-night surprise, but some hospitals are starting to tighten the rules for elective deliveries — because some babies are being delivered too early.