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Archive for Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Tech N9ne. Tech talk: We find out what’s sizzlin’ with Tech N9ne, Kansas City’s most infamous rapper
April 9, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Tech N9ne, while periodically accused of devil worship, will never be accused of lollygagging…
6:00 a.m.
Christopher Cotymaier stands at the counter at the Lawrence Community Shelter.
Many questions and at least one key skeptic make moving homeless shelter less than a done deal
April 9, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A close vote on the future of Lawrence’s homeless shelter is shaping up at Lawrence City Hall.
10:00 a.m.
Christina Hixson, right, speaks at a Lied Center expansion ceremony Thursday. Hixson, the sole trustee of the Ernst F. Lied Foundation Trust, gave $10 million of the trust's money to build the Lied Center in the 1980s. Hixson has been named a life trustee of the Kansas University Endowment Association. At left is KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Christina Hixson named life trustee of KU’s endowment association
April 9, 2010 in print edition on 1B
The Kansas University Endowment Association has named longtime KU benefactor Christina Hixson as a life trustee of the association.
2:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., is a member of Kansas Interfaith Power and Light. The parish TEST group pushed to get new bulbs installed to help conserve energy and reduce the church’s carbon footprint. Seeing the light: Local parishes take steps to be good stewards of our Earth
April 10, 2010 in print edition on 1D
Visualize the inside of a church, worship hall or temple. See the big cavernous space, with its soaring vaulted ceiling lit softy by dozens of lights. Maybe there are a few beautiful old stained-glass windows that date back generations.
6:00 p.m.
The designated “KU ICU bed” is in full display at an armed services hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. KU geography professor Jerry Dobson’s daughter-in-law, Nicole Dobson, pictured, was serving as a doctor there when the hospital was seeking memorabilia from national universities to display in the hospital. KU geography professor helps bring Jayhawk cheer to soldiers deployed overseas
April 9, 2010 in print edition on 8B
When Kansas University geography professor Jerry Dobson heard word that troops overseas were looking for Jayhawk memorabilia, he decided to take some action.

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Stevens carved liberal legacy
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A5
The preservation of abortion rights, protection of consumer rights and limits on the death penalty are due in no small measure to John Paul Stevens’ actions on the Supreme Court.
Lawrence woman reports gemstones stolen
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B2
A Lawrence woman reported Thursday the theft of gemstones from the 2200 block of Harper Street.
U.S. loses 1st Osprey in Afghanistan
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A7
A U.S. Air Force Osprey went down in southeastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Friday, killing three service members and one civilian contractor in the first crash of the costly tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone.
Protest victims mourned, U.S. base’s fate on hold
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A7
As a crowd of thousands mourned the Kyrgyz protesters shot dead by police, many expressed hope Friday that the bloody revolt would bring a better government to the impoverished Central Asian nation. Some said they were counting on Russia’s help.
Woods’ scandal already old news
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C2
The most noticeable difference between the Tiger Woods who left and the one who came back is a pair of dark wraparound shades.
Ankiel ignites Royals, 4-3
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C1
A hard grounder to the shortstop hit right in front of him, and Rick Ankiel took off running. Even with a bobble, he was out 10 feet before the bag.
Westwood, Poulter tied atop Masters
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods still has his game. Now he finds out if his name high on the leaderboard at a major is still as intimidating.
Secondary spotlight
Focus put on improving woeful pass defense from ‘08, ‘09
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C1
It has been three seasons since the Kansas University football team ranked in the top half of the country in pass defense. KU coach Turner Gill believes the 2010 team could return to the upper division.
Achoo! Pollen at its worst in years across the country
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pollen: It’s on your car, in the air and especially in your sinuses.
Military, media forging ties
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B7
Since the Vietnam War, the military and media have had a touchy relationship. Distrust, misunderstanding, secretive are words that historically have been used to describe the relationship between the military and media. However, the University of Kansas and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth are making great strides to improve military and media relations in order to develop a symbiotic relationship that benefits the American people.
Not so smart?
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B6
Roughly 10 days ago, we found out that Lawrence will become the first city in Kansas to enjoy the benefits of “smart meter” technology by 2011. Amazingly, this announcement seemed to go unnoticed across the city. We are completely unaware a baseball bat is about to smack us in the face.
Horns clip KU baseball, 3-2 in 11 innings
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C5
Texas left fielder Tim Maitland’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted sixth-ranked Texas past Kansas, 3-2, in the teams’ Big 12 series opener on Friday in front of 6,446 fans at Disch-Falk Field.
Relays to feature distinguished sprinters
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C5
At this year’s 83rd Annual Kansas Relays, which begins Wednesday at Memorial Stadium, three distinguished international athletes will compete in a variety of men’s sprint events.
City to have 14 runners in Boston Marathon
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C3
Fourteen people who list Lawrence as their hometown have met qualification standards and are entered in the Boston Marathon.
LHS track claims six firsts
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s track and field team had six first-place finishes on Friday at the Topeka Relays at Hummer Sports Park. The Lions boys placed fourth with 85 points, while the girls took fifth with 66 points.
Five city players in all-star game
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C3
There’ll be no shortage of city players in this summer’s Kansas City Metro All-Star Football Game.
Battle ahead for Stevens’ replacement
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A5
The retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, touched off an immediate election-year political battle Friday over President Barack Obama’s second high court pick. Republicans promised trouble for any activist nominee.
U.S. lawmakers reporting more threats of violence
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
The number of serious threats, including death threats, against members of Congress jumped in the past three months during the heated debate over the new health care law.
4 missing miners dead; final toll at 29
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
Search teams found the bodies of four men missing almost a week since an explosion rocked a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation.
Stupak, linchpin of health bill, calls it quits
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
Rep. Bart Stupak insists that tea party activists outraged over his crucial support of health care legislation didn’t run him out of office, but his decision to retire gives conservatives a rallying point as they target Democrats in the midterm elections.
Palin, Obama spar from a distance
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama and Republican Sarah Palin sparred from a distance over nuclear policy with each questioning the other’s experience on the issue in a potential preview of the 2012 White House race.
The Dow’s up but bulls still worried
Average briefly hits 11,000 Friday
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
Think Dow 11,000 is a big deal? Think again.
Choo-choo no match for plucky Shih Tzu
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A3
A stray dog is recovering after getting run over by a freight train — twice.
Health Care Access reports stolen tents
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
Health Care Access clinic employees planned to set up two big tents for its open house Thursday, but the tents were missing.
Network to sponsor walking event in city
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
InterHab, a Kansas-based network for people with disabilities, is sponsoring “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” a statewide event to benefit InterHab’s work and raise awareness for support of people with developmental disabilities.
Pump patrol
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.67 at several stations.
Eudora to start kindergarten fee
District begins effort to cut $410K from school budget
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
Facing a $410,000 budget shortfall, the Eudora school board on Thursday night opted not to cut all-day kindergarten classes, but to charge a $100 enrollment fee for all kindergartners, regardless of full-day or half-day enrollment.
Longtime friends to attend KU Med together
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B3
By the time life-long friends Isaac Johnston and Jeff Cotter are finished with medical school, they will have spent 21 straight years in school together. “And that’s not even including our residencies,” Cotter said.
District seeks input on program expansions
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence school district wants help from business leaders, parents, students and the public in deciding how it expands its career and technical education programs.
Simulation program a hit with troops
Building lets soldiers hone firing skills
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B3
Fort Leavenworth doesn’t have unlimited land available to train its personnel in target practice.
E-filing of tax returns gains popularity
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kansas taxpayers are getting the clue.
Al-Qaida says it’s behind embassy hits
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A7
An al-Qaida front group claimed Friday that it carried out triple suicide bombings outside foreign embassies, underscoring U.S. and Iraqi fears the terror group is attempting to make a comeback.
Russia furious over adopted boy sent back from America
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A7
Russia threatened to suspend all child adoptions by U.S. families Friday after a 7-year-old boy adopted by a woman from Tennessee was sent alone on a one-way flight back to Moscow with a note saying he was violent and had severe psychological problems.
Karzai owes U.S. respect
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B7
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless puppet. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blasted Western governments, which have long supported him, and accused them of interfering in Afghan affairs by pushing hard for reform amid widespread corruption. Worse, Karzai has threatened to join the Taliban, which he said would then become a legitimate resistance movement if Western meddling in Afghan affairs doesn’t stop. Late Tuesday, the White House indicated it, too, could play hardball, saying it might cancel Karzai’s trip scheduled for next month, if there are any more anti-Western outbursts.
German class cuts
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence school district’s plan to cut German 1 in ninth grade next year has serious consequences for our district as a whole. It affects not just the German program in our schools and the community (the Eutin sister city program); it affects the academic integrity of the district and college choices for all Lawrence children.
Court options
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B6
Kudos to Judge Jean Shepherd for her visionary Youth Mental Health Court proposal! Young people with mental illnesses will be changed for the rest of their lives depending on how they enter the “systems” we have in place for them, i.e., mental health treatment or penal incarceration. The tragedy of this proposal is that it will only be the third of its kind in the nation.
Potter cleanup
The efforts of KU students to clean up Potter Lake have been rewarded.
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B6
Kansas University’s Potter Lake is about to get a new lease on life.
Vatican posts online guide
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A6
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the office once known more chillingly as the Inquisition — has long epitomized the secrecy and mystery of the Vatican, with responsibility for banning books and meting out punishments as severe as excommunication and burning at the stake.
KU tennis edged by Mizzou, 4-3
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C5
Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Missouri, 4-3, in the Border Showdown on Friday.
Al-Qaida exemplifies new-age nuclear threat, U.S. says
Israeli P.M. scraps plans to attend conference
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A6
The White House on Friday warned that al-Qaida is quietly hunting for an atomic bomb, adding urgency to a historic summit next week where President Barack Obama will try to persuade world leaders to step up efforts to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands.
Roller derby boasts all-male squad
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
They’ve got nicknames like High Pains Drifter, Wrecking Bill and Specs Offender, but the members of the St. Louis GateKeepers say their derby names are the only thing they have in common with the skaters popular on local television in the 1960s.
Families support Salina couple who helped them
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
For nearly eight years, Charity and Kevin Miller have been wish-granters.
Ohio State’s Turner takes Wooden honor over Collins, field
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C1
Ohio State’s Evan Turner was named winner of the 2010 John R. Wooden Award on Friday night in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
City commission agenda for April 13
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B4
Commissioners will elect a new mayor.
Masonic Center to host blood drives
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Community Blood Center has teamed up with the Lawrence Scottish Rite Bodies to provide bimonthly blood drives in Lawrence.
Quigley newly inspired
April 10, 2010 in print edition on C1
I’m told the Corpus Christi Catholic School substitute teacher, who offered his services in exchange for a promise he would not receive compensation, walked into the third-grade classroom wearing a suit and quickly set down his rules.
Suspect in rape cases returned to Kansas
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Attorney General says a suspect in two 1981 rapes in Ogden has been returned to Kansas.
Public to get latest peek at Shroud
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
The long linen with the faded image of a bearded man is the object of centuries-old fascination and wonderment, and closely kept under wrap. Starting today, and for six weeks, both the curious and those convinced the Turin Shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ can have a brief look.
Abu Ghraib MP unit to return to Iraq
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Army Reserve unit tarnished by the Abu Ghraib detainee-abuse scandal has been mobilized to return to Iraq in its first deployment since photographs of naked, humiliated prisoners surfaced more than six years ago, the Army said Friday.
Postal workers boycott house after cat attacks
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
Britain’s postal service says it has suspended deliveries to a woman following repeated attacks by her 19-year-old cat.
Doctor takes live ammo from soldier’s head
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual and harrowing surgery.
1985 letter: Future pope stalled pedophile priest case
April 10, 2010 in print edition on A2
The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal church,” according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature.
Life, legacy of Lied Foundation’s Hixson is an inspiration
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B1
This past Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony was staged on the south side of Kansas University’s Lied Center to mark the start of construction for a new education pavilion and an expansion of the center’s lobby area.
Around and about
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D3
Around and about for April 10, 2010.
4-H News
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D3
4-H news for April 10, 2010.
Scouting news
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D3
Scouting news for April 10, 2010.
Seeing the light: Local parishes take steps to be good stewards of our Earth
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D1
Visualize the inside of a church, worship hall or temple. See the big cavernous space, with its soaring vaulted ceiling lit softy by dozens of lights. Maybe there are a few beautiful old stained-glass windows that date back generations.
Faith Forum: What impact does Easter Sunday have on your congregation?
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D1
Without question, Easter Sunday is one of the greatest Sundays of the year! Part of the excitement that Easter creates has to do with increased worship attendance. The number of people who worship with us on Easter is more than double of an average Sunday. More people creates a positive atmosphere and energy.
Club news
April 10, 2010 in print edition on D3
Club news for April 10, 2010.
Colleagues set example for integrity
April 10, 2010 in print edition on B6
When I was a young reporter here in the 1960s, this city was full of people who did their jobs not only with skill and energy but with unquestioned integrity. We didn’t think much about it then, so commonplace was it, but when three of them died almost simultaneously last month, I remembered how vital their example really was.