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Archive for Friday, April 16, 2010

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, April 16, 2010
Polls
Do you bag your grass clippings or let them fall?

Poll results

Response Percent
I let the clippings fall
 
75%
I bag my grass clippings
 
15%
I don’t have a yard to mow
 
8%
Total 1093
Videos

All stories

As many as 30 Lawrence teachers may not get new contracts for next school year
Positions would be eliminated as part of budget cuts
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school district administrators on Friday said they expected to not offer contracts next year to up to 30 teachers once they finish evaluating $4.6 million in cuts and staffing needs at schools.
Statehouse Live: State revenue drops; economic recovery weak, officials say
05:55 p.m., April 16, 2010 Updated 07:03 p.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson said a tax increase is needed to shore up the staggering state budget, which has already been cut $1 billion.
Talk at Jordan Brand practice indicates good news coming for KU, Kentucky
Sources say KU no longer recruiting Lamb
05:10 p.m., April 16, 2010 Updated 08:00 p.m.
Though official announcements won’t come until Saturday, top basketball recruits Josh Selby and Doron Lamb are believed to be heading to different schools.
Free State teacher, coach honored for her efforts to get students, teachers physically fit
Free State instructor wins silver medal in national contest
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
A longtime Lawrence teacher and coach was recently honored by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for her cardiovascular fitness program aimed at helping students and teachers get physically fit.
Another city commissioner raises concerns about proposed shelter location as threat of lawsuit looms
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
Add the threat of a lawsuit to the list of reasons Lawrence city commissioners may reject a proposal to move the community’s homeless shelter to a site near the Douglas County Jail.
City commissioner says it may be time to discuss whether city should continue to collect lawn trimmings
And city could save by not collecting them
04:26 p.m., April 16, 2010 Updated 05:31 p.m. in print edition on A1
City leaders questions whether picking up yard clippings actually is helping improve the environment.
Lives on the line in budget crisis, advocates for disabled say
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
For Kansans with disabilities, the fight over the state budget is a life and death struggle.
Bert Nash to honor its supporters
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A3
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will highlight accomplishments, honor supporters and look forward to the future during next week’s annual Pioneer Celebration.
Southeast Kansas mine on list of dangerous mines around the country
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
A coal surface mine near Garland is included on a list of 48 mines that a California congressman says are potentially dangerous.
Two men questioned after firing gun
April 16, 2010
Two men hunting raccoons southwest of Clinton Lake reported being shot at about 10 p.m. Thursday.
Tonganoxie student in a class by himself
Special graduation ceremony conducted for teen with cancer
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
With a “thumbs up” sign, Tonganoxie High School senior Connor Olson let THS Principal Jamie Carlisle know he was ready to receive his high school diploma.
Teen proved inspirational to KU football players
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A couple of Fridays ago, Kansas University linebacker Steven Johnson strolled out to spring practice a little more slowly than normal.
Rising jobless claims emphasize wobbly recovery
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B9
A spike in unemployment claims Thursday underscored the bumpiness of the economic rebound: Consumers are spending more. Factories are making more. But layoffs have not tapered off as fast as expected.
Sunflower Broadband adds, shifts HD channels
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B9
Sunflower Broadband changed some of its high-definition channels Thursday, both by launching new ones and shifting existing ones.
Toyota rushes to do safety tests on all SUVs
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B9
Toyota is testing all its sport utility vehicles to reassure buyers of their safety after Consumer Reports warned a large Lexus SUV is susceptible to rolling over.
There’s nothing wrong with a little vanilla
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A9
Said it before, say it again: It’s a great country, and one of its beauties is freedom of expression, freer now than ever before, and another is a general amiability that you find everywhere, the helpfulness of strangers, the pleasure of small talk. Of course, it’s spring, and the air is brisk, and this makes for public happiness. And I’ve just come from Nashville and Seattle, two mightily congenial cities. The young and restless stroll the downtown honky-tonks and a sweet breeze blows, laden with flowers, and it is darned near idyllic.
Nuclear summit ignores key threats
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A9
There was something oddly disproportionate about the just-concluded nuclear summit to which President Obama summoned 46 world leaders, the largest such gathering on American soil since 1945. That meeting was about the founding of the United Nations, which 65 years ago seemed an event of world-historical importance.
KU softball splits twinbill
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
Out of the opener early, Kansas University’s softball team won a thriller of a nightcap late.
Puppetry & tragedy: ‘House of Atreus’ finds fresh way to render savagery of Greek theater
April 16, 2010 in print edition on C1
Director Spencer Lott faced a bit of an unusual dilemma. How to portray cannibalism, mutilation and slow-motion murder on stage at the Lawrence Arts Center?
Net Worth: Streamys celebrate tops in Web TV programming
April 16, 2010 in print edition on C1
In the entertainment industry, there are awards for everything.
Kansas targets quiet about decisions
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
Doron Lamb wasn’t about to spoil the surprise.
Horoscope for April 16, 2010
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, you will see many sudden opportunities. You could be very excited by several of them. Something you want could drop into your lap. If you are single, someone could be quite enchanting but not all you think. It will pay to be a little bit of a cynic when dating. If you are attached, the two of you will make more special time just each for other. Taurus can be an anchor but sometimes a stick-in-the-mud.
Kansas’ Davis honored
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman basketball forward Carolyn Davis was named a third-team freshmen All-America by “Full Court Press.”
Baseball make-up date set
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s baseball team will meet Benedictine College in a make-up game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. Admission is free.
Kukuk, FSHS cruise
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
Junior southpaw Cody Kukuk delivered, striking out Warrensburg (Mo.) High’s Jacob Huffman on a 91 mph fastball to squash any chance of a rally. Free State went on to win, 9-2, on Thursday at the River City Festival at Hoglund Ballpark.
Pump patrol
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.
NCAA tweaks wedge rule
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kickoff returns in college football could have a new look beginning with the 2010 season.
KU Class of 1960 returns to campus
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
As members of Kansas University’s Class of 1960 gathered on campus on Thursday for their 50-year reunion, talk would inevitably turn to Wilt Chamberlain.
KU elects new student body president
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University students have elected Michael Wade Smith, a junior from Goodland, as their next student body president.
KU athletic department certified by NCAA
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B3
The NCAA Div. I Committee on Athletics Certification announced Thursday that it has certified Kansas University’s athletic department as part of the organization’s ongoing athletics certification process.
Threats to Cavs, Lakers abound
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B6
Maybe Kobe Bryant is too beaten up to last through three playoff rounds against the rest of the West.
Rec calendar
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Rec calendar for April 16, 2010
Woods reveals plans to play next
Tiger will compete at Quail Hollow beginning April 29
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B2
Out of golf for five months until the Masters, Tiger Woods is waiting only two weeks to tee it up ag
Volcanic ash halts flights across Europe
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A8
An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviation’s most congested areas.
Quake survivors sleep in cold outdoors
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A7
Rescuers probed the rubble for sounds or movement today in a rush to find anyone buried alive more than 48 hours after an earthquake hit western China, killing at least 760 people.
Filming of Seagal’s ‘Lawman’ suspended
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B8
Production of a television show featuring reserve deputy and movie star Steven Seagal will be suspended “for the time being” as Seagal faces sexual harassment allegations, a suburban New Orleans sheriff said Wednesday.
Daniel Radcliffe sings in ’How to Succeed’
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B8
Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway, this time to sing and dance.
Etheridge, partner announce separation
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B8
Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, have announced their separation.
NBC springs rare TV movie on a Friday audience
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B8
Network made-for-TV movies have become as rare as hen’s teeth. Or a CBS show without bloodshed.
Stabbing victim in fair condition
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man, who police said was stabbed Sunday morning in the 900 block of Ward Avenue, was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon at a Kansas City-area hospital.
On to Mars: Obama declares, ‘I expect to be around to see it’
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama boldly predicted Thursday his new plans for space exploration would lead American astronauts on historic, almost fantastic journeys to an asteroid and then to Mars — and in his lifetime — relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built.
High court candidate seen as bridge builder
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
As dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan won over conservative colleagues by supporting Jack Goldsmith, a former lawyer under President George W. Bush, for a faculty position. The hiring helped ease ideological strife on the campus.
Gay couples to get hospital visitation rights
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals across the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples.
Obama orders a review of troubled coal mines
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a sweeping review of coal mines with poor safety records and called on federal officials to strengthen laws “so riddled with loopholes that they allow unsafe conditions to continue.”
Powerful bombings rock Kandahar
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two powerful bombings rocked the southern Afghan city of Kandahar Thursday, killing three foreigners and three Afghan soldiers, according to President Hamid Karzai’s half brother. Meanwhile, four German soldiers were killed in fighting in the north.
Pope breaks silence on abuse, urges repentance
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI broke his recent silence on the clerical abuse scandal Thursday, complaining that the church was under attack but saying that “we Christians” must repent for sins and recognize mistakes.
President signs $18B jobless benefits bill
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
Just hours after Congress passed an $18 billion bill to restore unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, President Barack Obama made it the law of the land.
Ex-CIA chief agreed with tape destruction
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former CIA Director Porter Goss agreed with a 2005 decision to destroy interrogation videos showing waterboarding, but nobody told White House counsel Harriet Miers, who was “livid” when she found out afterward, according to internal CIA e-mails released Thursday.
Arts auction reaps more than $100,000
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B10
The Lawrence Arts Center’s annual Benefit Art Auction generated more than $100,000, money that will be used to help sustain exhibitions at the cultural hub in downtown Lawrence.
Habitat to dedicate new home Saturday
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B10
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will dedicate a new home on Saturday.
Parents wary of moving 6th-graders
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A1
Some Lawrence parents on Thursday night questioned whether sixth-graders were mature enough to handle moving into schools with seventh- and eighth-graders.
Our Town Sports
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B6
Abby Vestal scored five tries and completed nine conversion kicks as KU Women’s Rugby Club rocked Kansas State, 78-5, Saturday in Manhattan.
Jayhawks’ Aldrich selects agent
April 16, 2010
Kansas University senior center Cole Aldrich has selected Excel Sports Management president Jeff Schwartz to represent him, Sports Business Daily reported on Thursday.
Lions softball drops two to O-North
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
Lawrence High’s softball team fell to Olathe North, 2-0 and 4-0, on Thursday at Olathe District Activities Center.
FSHS soccer falls
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
The Free State soccer team lost, 2-0, Thursday night against Shawnee Mission South.
LHS soccer falls, 6-0, to Olathe Northwest
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B5
Olathe Northwest broke open a close game with five second-half goals en route to a 6-0 high school soccer victory Thursday against Lawrence High.
Fireballer frustrates LHS, 16-3
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s baseball team knew before its game against Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West on Thursday that Ryan Hafner was going to throw harder than most of the pitchers the Lions would face all year.
Baker’s Hannon wins decathlon
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
Baker University junior Aaron Hannon on Thursday became the first Wildcat in school history to win an event at the Kansas Relays.
Kansas multis plentiful
April 16, 2010 in print edition on B1
But even if the scholarly Conner Teahan somehow should become the No. 1 quarterback, then earn a starting spot on next season’s KU basketball team, he’d still be far in arrears of numerous earlier Jayhawk multi-sportsters.
KU’s loss
In his short tenure at Kansas University, Scott Weiss had a big impact on the KU bands.
April 16, 2010 in print edition on A9
Kansas University’s loss of band director Scott Weiss certainly is the University of South Carolina’s gain.
Another garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic
April 16, 2010 in print edition on C8
Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
Obamas earned $5.5M in 2009
April 16, 2010 in print edition on C8
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $5.5 million last year — much of it from sales of his two books and his $400,000 annual salary — and contributed $329,100 of it to charities, according to tax returns released Thursday.
Want to get audited? Apply for homebuyer credit
April 16, 2010 in print edition on C8
Here’s a good way to get audited by the Internal Revenue Service this year: claim the new homebuyer tax credit.