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Air marshal subdues man trying to sneak a cigarette on DC-Denver flight
Onboard officials believed man may have been trying to ignite shoe bomb
10:04 p.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 11:33 p.m. in print edition on A2
A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement put on high alert, officials said.
Broken Arrow principal waiting to hear from parents before deciding how he’ll split his time with Wakarusa Valley
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Broken Arrow Principal Brian McCaffrey sees his assignment for next year as a chance to work with two successful teaching staffs and schools instead of just one.
Regents thank local chambers for supporting tax increase
Education cuts have damaged state, officials say
05:36 p.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 09:25 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas higher education officials on Wednesday thanked the 14 chambers of commerce that said they could support a tax increase to help resolve the budget crisis.
Community group holds forum in an effort to combat alcohol abuse
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
It’s a message alcohol prevention specialists hope teens won’t ignore — a powerful look at a typical night inside Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s emergency room.
One person suffers minor injuries after rollover accident in southern Douglas County
04:24 p.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 05:39 p.m.
Crews from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Clarion Springs EMS and Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical are responding to a rollover injury accident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 56 and U.S. 59.
Three Lecompton City Council incumbents — all write-ins — win re-election
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
Three members of the Lecompton City Council are slated to remain in office, having been re-elected Tuesday as write-in candidates by their fellow city residents.
Lawrence Transit bus winds up in ditch near East Hills Business Park
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence Transit bus found itself in a ditch near the East Hills Business Park Wednesday afternoon.
Officers searching vehicle just east of downtown
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Five Lawrence police cars and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit are on the scene of a car stop in downtown Lawrence.
19-year-old who suffered brain damage during dental procedure files lawsuit
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
A 19-year-old Tonganoxie man who suffered brain damage during a dental procedure in Lawrence has filed a lawsuit seeking damages.
Linwood Library will double its space with move to Linwood Cafe building
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Linwood Community Library will move later this year to the former home of the Linwood Cafe.
Downtown merchants group supports library expansion, still mulling $18 million cost
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Deciding to support an expansion of the Lawrence Public Library in downtown was easy for a host of downtown merchants Wednesday morning.
Volunteers needed to help clean up Black Jack Battlefield historic site
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Volunteers are needed Saturday to help spruce up Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park just east of Baldwin City.
Sporting events canceled, rescheduled
11:30 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 04:17 p.m.
Tuesday night’s severe weather and today’s field conditions have caused several events to be canceled. Here are the ones that have been rescheduled, according to the latest information received at the News Center.
KHP locates driver who allegedly fled scene of U.S. 59 accident
11:21 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 01:18 p.m. in print edition on A4
The Kansas Highway Patrol has located a driver who allegedly fled following an accident between a pickup truck and a semitrailer Tuesday on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.
An emotional exit: Teary-eyed Xavier Henry declares for 2010 NBA Draft
10:23 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman Xavier Henry declared for the NBA Draft during an emotional press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Moran defends living in C Street townhome
09:31 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 03:53 p.m. in print edition on A10
A group that filed an ethics complaint accusing nine members of Congress of paying below-market rents to live in a Washington home affiliated with a Christian group opposes public servants openly practicing their Christian faith, said one of the accused lawmakers.
New rules regarding lead-based paint go into effect this week
April 7, 2010
The regulations are meant to minimize the risk of lead poisoning to residents and to people who work with paint.
100 years ago: Pinckney school to add rooms
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
There are due to be better accommodations at Pinckney School. There is a plan to add four more rooms that are absolutely necessary to deal with the crowding, particularly in the fourth and fifth grades.
25 years ago: LINK providing meals to those in need
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
The relatively new local LINK food program was filing a big void here with efforts to provide regular meals to needy people.
Curbing panhandlers
Creative strategies that could encourage donations to social service agencies instead of panhandlers deserve a look.
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Plans for a new center at the eastern edge of Lawrence to serve the community’s homeless population appear to be moving ahead. However, even if that center becomes a reality, homeless advocates acknowledge it is unlikely to eliminate the issue of panhandlers in downtown Lawrence.
English language learners making gains
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A6
Schoolchildren who are still learning English made progress on state tests over the last three years, according to a report that may indicate tougher accountability standards have resulted in positive gains among a growing segment of the U.S. public school population.
Carnival planned by Cartoon Network
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Cartoon Network is the group behind a planned street carnival in downtown Lawrence.
Bus changes proposed
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Smaller transit buses likely will be coming to some Lawrence streets, along with several other changes to the public transportation system.
Local business reports property theft
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A local business reported Friday the burglary and theft of property from a residence in the 700 block of Walnut Street.
Lawrence girl reports vehicle stolen
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 16-year-old Lawrence girl reported Saturday the deprivation of property from the 2400 block of Louisiana Street.
Pump patrol
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.67 at several stations.
Tax bills to be mailed Thursday
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County officials plan to mail property tax bills on Thursday.
KU students track down elusive lizard
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
For Rafe Brown, curator of herpetology at the Kansas Biodiversity Institute, the opportunity to find and classify a new species doesn’t come along every day.
Crews search for 4 missing miners
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Rescuers held out slim hope Tuesday that four missing coal miners might have survived when a mine repeatedly cited for improperly venting methane gas exploded, killing 25 people in the country’s deadliest underground disaster in a quarter-century.
Former Cherokee Nation chief dies at 64
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, one of the nation’s most visible American Indian leaders and one of the few women to lead a major tribe, died Tuesday after suffering from cancer and other health problems. She was 64.
Military can’t find its copy of Iraq killing video
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military said Tuesday it can’t find its copy of a video that shows two employees of the Reuters news agency being killed by Army helicopters in 2007, after a leaked version circulated the Internet and renewed questions about the attack.
Cancer risk rises after radiation treatment
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Women’s risk of developing breast cancer may increase as much as 20-fold if they were treated with chest radiation for malignancies as children or young adults, according to an analysis of studies.
50 dead as bombings stoke fears of warfare
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Bombs ripped through apartment buildings and a market in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 50 people in postelection bloodshed that threatens to rekindle sectarian warfare that nearly destroyed the country three years ago.
7.7 quake strikes off Sumatra island
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia’s northwest island of Sumatra early today, prompting a brief tsunami warning and sending residents rushing for higher ground.
Change font, save money
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Here’s a way you might save $20 this year: Change the font in the documents you print.
Veteran’s death leaves big void for family
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Retired Col. James Trafton spent 37 years serving his country in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Having retired in 2007, Trafton spent the last few years in a more relaxed way, enjoying time with his family and outdoor activities.
UConn defeats Stanford for women’s championship
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Every basket built their streak, every romp enriched their legacy. From the first shot of the season, it seemed inevitable that Maya Moore, Tina Charles and the Connecticut Huskies would win the NCAA women’s basketball championship. And so they did Tuesday night, rallying from a horrible first half to beat Stanford, 53-47, for their 78th straight victory and stamp themselves as one of the most dominant teams ever — in their sport or any other, men’s or women’s.
Who will wear green? Local golfers weigh in on who they think will win Masters
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Before the sky burst, a smattering of golfers was out battling the wind and seasonal rust, creating divots pointing toward third base on the city’s five golf courses Tuesday.
Long: KU offense won’t be strictly shotgun
12:00 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 08:32 a.m. in print edition on B1
With each spring practice, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill and his staff slowly have revealed what the offense will look like in 2010. Monday, on the fifth day of drills, the coaches shared a little more.
Rain messes with high school sports schedules
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
If it’s April in Kansas, then area high school coaches must be spending a good deal of their time attempting to rework rain-ravaged sports schedules.
KU’s Collins a finalist for Wooden Award
12:00 a.m., April 7, 2010 Updated 10:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University senior guard Sherron Collins on Tuesday was named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, which is presented to college basketball’s player of the year.
Bill James humbled by honors
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
With age comes accumulation, and Bill James has had to make room for a couple more plaques on the wall of his Lawrence office.
Fierce storm rips through area
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Spring is finally settling in on Lawrence. On Tuesday afternoon, so were the storms.
KU men’s golf fourth
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
Nate Barbee and Bryan Hackenberg both earned top-10 finishes to lead the Kansas men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Shocker Classic at Wichita Country Club.
Boston Coll. taps Donahue
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Steve Donahue has been hired as Boston College’s basketball coach after leading Cornell to three straight Ivy League titles and the round of 16 in this NCAA Tournament.
Documents: Toyota lagged in issuing U.S. warnings
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Toyota issued internal repair procedures to its own distributors in 31 European countries about sticking accelerator pedals months before it warned U.S. regulators about the problem — and on the same day it told the U.S. government it would conduct a recall over loose floor mats, according to Toyota documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
9th-grade shift
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
We loved our time at Central Junior High School, including the fact that we spent our freshman year of high school there. Teachers reminded us how important our grades were; we knew we were officially in high school. But we were 14, just starting to figure out who we were, and felt like the world was ours.
Older moms’ births up in down economy
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
U.S. births fell in 2008, probably because of the recession, updated government figures confirm. The one exception to the trend was the birth rate among women in their 40s, who perhaps felt they didn’t have the luxury of waiting for better economic times.
Hot, green cook’s tools coming soon
April 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Judy Hevrdejs/Chicago Tribune
Dinner host has questions on table settings, etiquette
April 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Q: I need help. We are hosting our first dinner for my in-laws, but I’ve never really set a table properly. How do you do it?
Betting the farm: Lawrence farmer works double-time to realize her dream
April 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Natalya Lowther is living her dream. She has a 12-acre farm with sheep, vegetables and a stable of young, enthusiastic, wannabe farmers to help her with her myriad of chores…
Purnell to coach DePaul
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
DePaul hired Clemson’s Oliver Purnell as its basketball coach, hoping he can revive a once-proud program that has struggled in recent years.
Woods’ tee time: 12:42 p.m.
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods’ return to golf at the Masters will be in the middle of ESPN’s live coverage.
City plans repairs to damaged North Lawrence detour route
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B8
Now that the constant stream of traffic is gone, pavement-repair crews are turning their attention to the damage left behind.
PBS presents ‘The Buddha’
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
Filmmaker David Grubin tends to take on big subjects. His films for PBS have included “Napoleon,” “The Secret Life of the Brain” and biographies of American Presidents Johnson, Truman and Franklin Roosevelt. Tonight, he tackles a two-hour biography of “The Buddha” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings).
People in the news
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for April 7, 2010.
Planet- and budget-friendly products that work
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Do you avoid green products because of high prices and poor performance?
Black tea party backers take heat
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values.
Horoscope for April 7, 2010
April 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you often live in a world where the impossible becomes a reality. Your focus, energy and drive help you reach your goals. If you are single, someone you draw in to your life might be difficult to get rid of! If you are attached, you can push your significant other only so hard. Aquarius makes a great pal.
Kansas Athletics bullies business
April 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
As I was walking down Massachusetts Street the other day on my way to lunch with a friend, I passed what once was the Joe College T-shirt store. The shirts are gone but the sign saying that KU had not endorsed or licensed any of the shirts once sold there remained as a sad reminder of the battle between Kansas Athletics and a small Lawrence business owner.