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Archive for Saturday, April 24, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
An early '80s publicity photo of The Embarrassment. From left: Ron Klaus, John Nichols, Brent Geissmann and Bill Goffrier. Celebrity Art Party’: Embarrassment founder Goffrier returns to Lawrence for gallery and guitar showcase
April 23, 2010 in print edition on 1C
It’s been three decades since Bill Goffrier staged an art show in Kansas. Of course, that depends on your concept of “art” and “show.”
6:00 a.m.
City workers on Monday, December 28, 2009, add to a pile of snow removed from Lawrence's streets. City pays more than twice the regular amount for snow removal in 2009-2010
April 23, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The snow shoveling is done, but Lawrence City Hall leaders are still trying to dig out from the unexpected expense that came with clearing the city’s streets of snow.
10:00 a.m.
Vehicles travel Thursday on Iowa Street near 15th Street in this file photo. City Commissioners to consider rebuilding busy stretch of Iowa Street
April 23, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A center turn lane and $5.5 million for a busy portion of Iowa Street will be on the wish list of city engineers Tuesday.
2:00 p.m.
KU student Katie Summers has been accepted into nursing school, an increasingly difficult feat. Good grades, leadership and health care experience are all required as the competition for available student seats intensifies. More applicants competing for fewer spots in KU’s nursing school
April 23, 2010 in print edition on 1B
As applicants line up to get into Kansas University’s School of Nursing, they’ll be facing an increasingly tough road, thanks to state budget cuts.
6:00 p.m.
Pastor Erik Rocha gives a sermon during a recent service of the Centro Cristiano Nueva Vida, which meets at the Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Church. Dios mio: Spanish speakers in Lawrence now have church services to call their own
April 24, 2010 in print edition on 1D
For Christians worldwide, God is God, whether you call him “Dios,” “Dieu,” “Gott” or something else entirely. But talking to and about God in a language that’s not your own? That can be, well, difficult…

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Truck fire stops traffic on U.S. Highway 59
April 24, 2010
Traffic was stopped because of a pickup truck fire.
Strong storms possible, but severe storms not expected
April 24, 2010
National Weather Service reports thunderstorms throughout evening, but no severe warnings or watches.
Bengals grab Briscoe in 6th Round
01:41 p.m., April 24, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Although he expected to be a mid-round selection, former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe had to wait until the 22nd pick of the sixth round (191st overall) of the NFL Draft to hear his name called.
Kerry Meier taken by Atlanta Falcons in 5th round
12:34 p.m., April 24, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Many believed that former Kansas University wide receiver Kerry Meier possessed too much versatility to be passed over in this year’s NFL Draft.
FINAL: Kale Pick looks sharp in Blue team’s 14-10 win at Spring Game
Pick throws for TDs of 73 and 37 yards
12:04 p.m., April 24, 2010 Updated 03:46 p.m.
Pick’s final numbers (when you combine his Blue and White team stats): 14-for-22, 214 yards, two TDs, 0 interceptions.
Stuckey scooped up by San Diego in Rd. 4
09:47 a.m., April 24, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on C1
One of the first people that former Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey spoke with after being selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th pick in the fourth round (110 overall) of Saturday’s NFL Draft was San Diego secondary coach Steven Wilks.
Pump patrol
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several stations.
Kansas City adds speed, athleticism on Day 2 of NFL Draft
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
Two days into the three-day NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have become quicker and more athletic and probably quite a bit better at returning kicks.
Club news
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Club news for April 24, 2010.
Should secular parents consider a religious education for their child?
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D1
Reverands Peter Luckey and Kara Eidson discuss religious education for children of secular parents.
TKE fraternity members move outside their comfort zone
Weekend spent in makeshift shelter offers perspective on homeless plight
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
As members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter set up their cardboard shelter for the weekend, they knew what they were getting into.
Muddy Waters: Stellar defense highlights KU baseball’s pummeling of Texas Tech
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
A ballplayer wears no greater badge of honor than a dirty uniform. Kansas University left fielder Jimmy “Muddy” Waters, a junior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, looked as if he had been pinned in a mud-wrestling match after doing a little bit of everything to help the Jayhawks tag Texas Tech, 10-2, in Friday night’s Big 12 series opener at Hoglund Ballpark.
Jayhawk tennis tumbles, 6-1
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Sophomore Ekaterina Morozova won her singles and doubles matches, but Kansas University’s tennis team fell to Texas Tech, 6-1, at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.
Dios mio: Spanish speakers in Lawrence now have church services to call their own
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D1
For Christians worldwide, God is God, whether you call him “Dios,” “Dieu,” “Gott” or something else entirely. But talking to and about God in a language that’s not your own? That can be, well, difficult…
Royals fall to Twins
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C8
Jim Thome homered and drove in three runs, and Carl Pavano survived a bizarre inside-the-park homer by David DeJesus to lift the Minnesota Twins to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
KU soph wins hammer throw
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University sophomore Alena Krechyk won the women’s hammer throw title Friday at the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego. Krechyk threw 204-feet, 5-inches.
FSHS baseball hammers SM South
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s baseball team clobbered Shawnee Mission South, 11-1, in a five-inning, run-rule-shortened game on Friday at Free State’s field.
Wichita prep Ellis named top soph
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Perry Ellis, a 6-8 sophomore from Wichita Heights High School, on Friday was named ESPN RISE’s national sophomore of the year.
Free State soccer rolls
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Chelsea Casady gave Free State a goal in the first five minutes, and Elena Auer and Kylie Dever recorded a shutout in goal as the Firebirds blanked Topeka High, 4-0, in high school soccer on Friday at FSHS.
Ochoa says goodbye
Golfer could play limited schedule
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C2
Her voice breaking and eyes watering, Lorena Ochoa said goodbye to golf.
NCAA’s move to 68 makes sense
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C2
Scaring your customers silly might not sound like much of a business strategy.
Eudora students show movie project
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B2
The public is invited to view a movie-making project undertaken by Eudora elementary students.
Mel Brooks gets star on Walk of Fame
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
Nobody could say people walk all over Mel Brooks. Until now.
Anita Baker headlines New Orleans festival
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
Grammy winner Anita Baker wants to give her audience the best that she’s got at this weekend’s New Orleans jazz fest.
Woody Allen heads to Paris for next film
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
Woody Allen’s European detours from his native New York will continue with his next film, “Midnight in Paris.”
Michaels hospitalized with brain hemorrhage
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
Bret Michaels is in critical condition suffering from a brain hemorrhage, his publicist said Friday.
Pacino is killer in Kevorkian role
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
The best actors get lost in a role. Al Pacino does just that in “You Don’t Know Jack” (8 p.m., Saturday, HBO). The Pacino you know from “The Godfather” movies, “Scent of a Woman” and a generation of memorable films vanishes as he becomes the celebrated, notorious, iconic and — to director Barry Levinson — a deeply misunderstood American original, Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Horoscope for April 24, 2010
April 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
This year, you develop a new talent. Not only will you find it rewarding, but it also might become an excellent second source of revenue. If you are single, go exotic, and you could be delighted by the type of relationship you form. If you are attached, plan on that special trip you have always talked about. Virgo understands you much better than you think.
State’s groundwater levels keep rising
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
Evidence of one of the wetter periods in the past decade lingers on Todd Zimmerman’s Rice County farm.
Administration trims bailout cost estimate to $87 billion
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is telling Congress that the administration believes the final cost of the government’s heavily criticized financial bailout effort could be as low as $87 billion.
Alaska dog honored for leading troopers to fire in owners’ workshop
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Buddy the German shepherd was hailed Friday as a hero for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners’ workshop.
Oil accidents prompt new safety rules
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Federal regulators did not need this week’s explosion aboard a state-of-the-art rig to know the offshore drilling industry needed new safety rules: Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last several years had already convinced them that changes were needed.
Convicted Utah killer chooses execution by firing squad
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Utah inmate facing the death penalty for a violent 1985 escape attempt is scheduled to die on June 18 by firing squad, an execution method that has been phased out in nearly every state, including Utah.
Allies to start handing over to Afghans
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
Fearful of losing public support for the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO on Friday agreed to start transferring control of the country back to its leaders by year’s end but acknowledged that achieving stability will take decades.
Series of bombings marks Iraq’s deadliest day of ’10
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
The bloodiest day of the year in Iraq left at least 69 people dead in a series of bombings in mainly Shiite areas Friday — concerted attacks seen as demonstrating the resilience of the Sunni-led insurgency after the slaying of two al-Qaida leaders last weekend.
Greece seeking bailout
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
Hobbled by exorbitant borrowing costs, Greece triggered an emergency aid plan Friday to draw cash from the International Monetary Fund and countries that use the euro — the first test of whether the EU is prepared to bail out one of its members.
Fake mop top finds cops at TV appearance
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s going to be a hard day’s night in jail for a Beatles impersonator after police arrested him on an old warrant outside an appearance on a San Diego morning news show.
Ex-Rwandan diplomat, now in U.S., probed in genocide
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
Aside from his name and accent, Jean-Damascene Bizimana blends in almost perfectly in small-town Alabama. He has a house on a corner lot, SUV, Polo shirt, job and mortgage.
Arizona governor signs stiff immigration enforcement bill
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama on Friday and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico.
Delta passenger detained after trying to open plane’s door
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A flight from Los Angeles to Florida was diverted to Albuquerque early Friday after a passenger sprayed the first-class cabin with a water bottle, tried to open a cabin door and threatened to blow up the aircraft.
Scouts ordered to pay $18.5M in abuse case
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A jury on Friday ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay $18.5 million to a man sexually abused by a former assistant Scoutmaster in what is believed to be the largest such award against the national organization.
Guilty plea given in subway bomb plot
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A New York man said Friday that a plan to attack the city subway system was ordered by al-Qaida leaders two years ago while he was in Pakistan with a friend, a former airport shuttle driver who has admitted to building the homemade explosives in the plot.
Attacks against contractors surging
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Attacks on U.S. contractors, construction companies and aid organizations have been rising just as the U.S. pushes faster development of Afghanistan as a priority in its strategy to counter the insurgency.
Police: Strip club employed 14-year-old
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
The manager of a Detroit strip club was charged after authorities learned a 14-year-old girl was employed as a topless dancer, making several hundred dollars a night, authorities said Friday.
Breathing tubes recalled after 3 deaths
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.
Fundraiser benefits agency on aging
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will conduct its annual “There’s No Place Like Home” fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 15 at Topeka’s Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave.
Panthers tap Clausen
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C8
The big crowd at Radio City Music Hall for the second night of the NFL draft had to wait for the big names to go. They got a star-studded show while they hung around Friday.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C5
A slew of new faces will be on the field at 1 p.m. today, when the Kansas University football program kicks off its annual spring game at Memorial Stadium.
New look on display at spring game
Kansas takes field at 1 p.m. today
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
Most years, the Kansas University football team’s annual spring game is a lopsided affair that features a bunch of fan favorites beating up on a pile of backups.
KU women struggle at Big 12 golf meet
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Megan Gockel, Emily Powers and Grace Thiry were tied for 35th place with first-round 78s as Kansas University got off to a rocky start at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championships at Austin OU Golf Club.
Barbee, KU men’s golf in 10th at Big 12
April 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Nate Barbee shot 70-72—142 and sat in a tie for 10th place after the first day of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships on Friday at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
KSU leader foresees 100% private funding
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz says the Manhattan university could be completely funded by private money within two decades.
Actor Gary Sinise to perform at Fort Riley
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B4
Lt. Dan and his band are reporting for duty this weekend at Fort Riley.
Veteran gets prison for faking paralysis
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B4
A military veteran who claimed a rollover wreck left him paralyzed collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer benefits and was kept stateside when his Army unit shipped off to Iraq. Yet doctors could never pinpoint why he couldn’t use his legs.
Global wheat glut drives farmers to other crops
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B4
This year might not be a good one for local farm incomes. A global glut in wheat has driven down prices significantly from their heyday in 2008. Australia and Russia have seen their harvests rise by a third in the past two years, creating the biggest worldwide glut of wheat since 2002. The wheat supply is at a 22-year high in the U.S.
Check the facts
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
The health care debate has been fraught with lies and misinformation. The latest is that Medicare provider reimbursement is being cut by 21 percent. Therefore, doctors may no longer take Medicare patients. The truth is the reform rescinds that cut and restores the reimbursement rate. Don’t be fooled by the misinformation campaign. Go to www.healthreform.gov or www.medicare.gov and get the truth.
Kind gift
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
Every day, we hear negative things about young people. I would like to share my experiences of the generosity of youth despite the current era of economic hard times.
Spanish hospital claims first full-face transplant
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
A team of surgeons has carried out the world’s first full-face transplant on a young Spanish farmer unable to breathe or eat on his own since accidentally shooting himself in the face five years ago.
Sarah Palin testifies in e-mail-hacking trial
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A5
Sarah Palin testified Friday about the disruption and hurt caused when her e-mail account was hacked during the 2008 presidential campaign and said outside court that there should be consequences for what happened.
Kyrgyzstan adoption process frustrates U.S. families
April 24, 2010 in print edition on A5
Amid high-profile furor over adoptions from Haiti and Russia, about 60 American families are persevering with a two-year struggle to complete adoptions from Kyrgyzstan — an already emotionally draining quest further complicated by recent political upheaval.
Around and about
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Around and about
4-H News
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
4-H News for April 24, 2010.
Scouting news
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Scouting news for April 24, 2010.
Professor takes a closer look at university rankings game
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
Every spring, not long after March Madness, there is another kind of tournament of interest to many Kansas University faculty, students and administrators. This is not a sports tournament by which the winners and losers of games are determined but a tournament by which some universities and university programs are claimed to be better than others: the annual rankings of colleges and universities and their degree programs by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations.
New Jersey governor attacks tax burden
April 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
The bridge spanning the Delaware River connects New Jersey’s capital with this town where the nation’s most interesting governor occasionally eats lunch at Cafe Antonio. It also connects New Jersey’s government with reality.