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Archive for Monday, April 26, 2010

Also from April 26

Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, April 26, 2010
Polls
How many of these four bad habits do you have — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet?

Poll results

Response Percent
Two
 
34%
One
 
31%
None
 
18%
Three
 
8%
Four
 
7%
Total 1299
Which KU football offensive position group are you most concerned about heading into next fall?

Poll results

Response Percent
Quarterbacks
 
43%
Offensive Line
 
27%
Running Backs/Fullbacks
 
13%
Wide Receivers
 
9%
Undecided
 
5%
Tight Ends
 
1%
Total 473
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Baseball was Bill James hobby until he made a name for himself in the baseball world by analyzing players and statistics to project likely future results. One new hobby that replaced baseball was an interest in collecting sculptures and facsimiles of real people. James is pictured at his Lawrence home. On being Bill James: Lawrence historian discusses baseball, crime books and bobbleheads
April 25, 2010 in print edition on 1D
Like all true obsessions, baseball has a grip on James’ heart, as well as his head. He works largely by the numbers - methodically, empirically, diagnostically. Yet, he waxes poetic on the heady days of early spring…
6:00 a.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University students Patricia Fuqua, Tlingit, of Anchorage, Alaska, left, and Bobbie Wells, North Arapaho, of Ethete, Wyo., have a laugh as they work to attach fins to the base of a 12-foot rocket in Sequoyah Hall on the Haskell campus. They are members of a class that will take the rocket, which is made of G-10 fiberglass, to the First Nations Tribal College High-Powered Rocketry Contest next weekend near Milwaukee. According to Lucas Miller, instructor of mathematics at Haskell, the rocket is expected to travel more than 9,500 feet into the air. Rocket project designed to launch math, science interests
April 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
It’s T minus five days and counting for a group of Haskell Indian Nations University students, preparing to take a semester’s worth of work and shoot it more than 9,500 feet into the air.
10:00 a.m.
Dr. Charles Yockey and his wife, Nancy, ride their recumbent, tandem tricycle down a residential street. The Yockeys ride as often as they can in the evenings, and usually cover about 20 miles in two hours. Couple enjoy taking tricycle for a spin
April 26, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence and Douglas County are home to many avid cyclists, who may ride contraptions with one, two, three wheels or more.
2:00 p.m.
Miguel Luevano is the deli counter manager at Community Mercantile, 901 Iowa. He says he enjoys the benefits of flex time. Around the clock: Flex-plan policies developing as win-win scheduling for companies, employees
April 26, 2010
When it started in 1951, Hoss & Brown Engineers operated much like most other businesses did at that time — employees worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week. And maybe then some.
6:00 p.m.
Jack Ozegovic, Lawrence, prepares to launch his glider inside The Percolator, 913 R.I., which hosted the first Lawrence Paper Glider Fly-in workshop on April 17. Participants learned how to make handmade paper gliders. The event was in tandem with the gallery’s current exhibit, “Out of Thin Air.” Up in the air: Percolator gallery hosts wind-themed show ‘Out of Thin Air’
April 26, 2010
Paper airplanes, balloon-launched Twinkies and kazoos are all elevated to high art for the latest interactive art exhibit at the Percolator art space, “Out of Thin Air”…

All stories

Lawrence school board votes to move up 6th graders, 9th graders in 2011
09:58 p.m., April 26, 2010 Updated 12:56 a.m. in print edition on A1
The makeup of Lawrence’s schools will be different starting in 2011-2012.
Farmhand convicted in killing Oskaloosa man
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B10
A man accused of killing northeast Kansas farmer who had given him a place to stay has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
Kansans to rally in support of services for those with disabilities
April 26, 2010
Lawmakers returning to the Kansas Statehouse this week will be greeted by a rally to support services for people with mental disabilities.
Hillcrest Elementary wins $10,000 KU Athletics award
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Students at Hillcrest Elementary School celebrated Monday when they learned their school won a district-wide competition.
More than 1,000 attend Dylan Meier’s funeral
04:33 p.m., April 26, 2010 Updated 09:25 a.m. in print edition on B2
Former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier was a tough competitor who spent his time off the field living life to the fullest and befriending those around him, according to speakers at Meier’s funeral.
Medicaid challenges loom, officials say
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
The availability of taxpayer-funded health insurance is going to increase dramatically over the next few years, and states need to take the lead in controlling costs, officials said Monday.
Study: Habitual parking violators downtown rack up thousands in unpaid fines
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
They really do mean habitual. As city commissioners consider whether to scale back a new $50 parking ticket given to habitual parking violators, a new report out of City Hall sheds light on how often some people get a parking ticket.
Kansas City man indicted for alleged drug crimes in Douglas County
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A federal grand jury has indicted a Kansas City, Kan., man for alleged drug crimes in Douglas County.
Purchase of Lawrence-based Protection One announced
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Protection One Inc., the only publicly traded company that is based in Lawrence, is going private in a deal valued at $828 million, which includes refinancing of Protection One debt.
‘Good Morning America’ segment to focus on director of Lawrence’s homeless shelter
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Community Shelter’s efforts to raise money for a new $3 million shelter will get a nationwide boost.
Parkinson threatens veto of budget that relies on more cuts
08:50 a.m., April 26, 2010 Updated 05:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
Parkinson says that after cutting the budget nearly $1 billion, more cuts would do permanent damage to necessary government services.
Veteran leads protest of Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church
08:50 a.m., April 26, 2010 Updated 12:20 p.m. in print edition on A5
A Topeka church that has gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers was itself picketed after turning a group of veterans and their families away from its noon worship service.
Buffalo, N.Y.,-native chosen as next head of Kansas Air National Guard
April 26, 2010
A veteran pilot with more than 5,400 hours of flight time has been chosen as the next commander of the Kansas Air National Guard.
William Allen White children’s book awards handed out
April 26, 2010
A story about a girl who steals a dog to claim the anticipated reward and a tale of a soldier bonding with his bomb-sniffing dog have won William Allen White Children’s Book Awards.
GOP Secretary of State hopefuls tout endorsement from Kansas Republican leaders
April 26, 2010
Two rivals for the Republican nomination for Kansas secretary of state are touting endorsements from former state party leaders.
Healthy dose of optimism aids medical treatment
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
In July 2008, Rolland Hueston, then 79 years old, was mowing the lawn when a painful sneeze became the beginning of a series of life-changing events. He remembers the incident as if it were yesterday.
Phelps’ son predicts church won’t last
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
The estranged son of a controversial Kansas pastor encouraged people to feel sympathy for members of his father’s church, “at least for the young children stuck in that situation.”
The right undergarment controls your summer exposure levels
April 26, 2010
New spring shapes are filling the department stores and local shops all around town. Open-back tops, deep plunging necklines, skintight body-con dresses, boat-neck blouses, and racer-back tank tops…
A different pace: Longtime mechanic calls Lawrence home
April 26, 2010
When Bryan Harris’ family moved to Utah when he was in second grade, he didn’t dream he’d return to Lawrence one day and open his own successful auto repair business. If it hadn’t been for his grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary celebration in Lawrence, he might still be living and working in the fast-paced “it needs to be fixed today” culture of California.
Rail trail up for state park status
Prairie Spirit Trail runs from Ottawa to Iola
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
A hike and bike trail in northeast Kansas could become an official state park.
Helping out
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Although the City Commission decided at the 12th hour to approve a homeless shelter near the Douglas County Jail, it wasn’t, as we know, without a struggle. It’s lamentable that it took so long, lamentable that it was so hard-fought and, in the end (and we all hope this is the end), they settled on a less than desirable location in the city limits. Now that this Pyrrhic victory has been won, I urge the City Commission not to drag its feet any more.
Do it right
Plans to reconstruct a section of Iowa Street should include addition of a center turn lane.
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Lawrence city commissioners will be asked Tuesday to approve plans to rebuild Iowa Street from Yale Road south to Bob Billings Parkway.
Up in the air: Percolator gallery hosts wind-themed show ‘Out of Thin Air’
April 26, 2010
Paper airplanes, balloon-launched Twinkies and kazoos are all elevated to high art for the latest interactive art exhibit at the Percolator art space, “Out of Thin Air”…
No deal yet on financial rules as test vote looms in Senate
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
With no bipartisan deal on how to rein in Wall Street, Democrats stepped up their efforts Sunday to splinter unified Republican opposition to their sweeping regulatory overhaul.
Nation mourns victims of ship blast
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
South Korea’s president today bemoaned the “precious deaths” of dozens of sailors killed when an explosion destroyed their warship, as suspicion increasingly fell on a North Korean torpedo blast in the disaster.
Saviors as tornado hit: A table, a wall, a freezer
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
One prayed to God under a communion table as his church was blown to pieces around him.
Armed man arrested as Obama departs
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
An armed man spotted at a North Carolina airport parking lot just after Air Force One departed Sunday told an officer he wanted to see the president and had a car equipped with police gear, including a siren and flashing lights, authorities said.
Al-Qaida confirms airstrike killed 2
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Sunni insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq acknowledged in a statement released over the weekend that its two leaders were recently slain in a U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq, confirming reports by Iraqi and U.S. officials.
Obama, Billy Graham share prayers
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham’s mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower.
Major earthquake hits off southeastern coast
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the southeast coast of Taiwan today, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake swayed buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and no tsunami alert was issued.
Bannister propels Royals
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B4
Changing to more sinkers and changeups, Brian Bannister worked through a day of trouble to help Kansas City avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Reesing looking at CFL?
April 26, 2010
Former Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing, the school’s all-time leader in nearly every passing category, may be headed to the Canadian Football League.
Route helpers needed for arthritis walk
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Arthritis Foundation needs four to six people to volunteer on May 8 for the annual Walk for Arthritis.
Is there any way to save ‘Chuck’?
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A9
“Chuck” (7 p.m., NBC) has morphed over its short run from being about a slacker who becomes an inadvertent spy who’s baby-sat by a beauty, to Chuck as a real spy with a real romantic chance with his former minder.
‘Dragon’ wings it back to No. 1
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A9
“How to Train Your Dragon” continues to breathe fire at the box office, while newer releases are mostly blowing smoke.
Harvick nips McMurray at Talladega
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kevin Harvick executed the pass exactly how his team drew it up in the playbook.
Bush book to depart from traditional memoir format
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A9
The publisher of former President George W. Bush’s book “Decision Points” on Sunday set a Nov. 9 release date, unveiled its cover design and announced new details about it.
Horoscope for April 26, 2010
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, you will witness many changes. How well your life works will depend on your flexibility and willingness to work with others. If your ideas haven’t worked up till now, try new ones. If you are single, a relationship could be exciting, but not necessarily stable. If you are attached, use care with your children or loved ones. Libra is a good co-worker.
Services for Dylan Meier today
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
Services for former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier will be at 10 a.m. today at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium with Rev. Dan Moss officiating.
Leader confident of landing new loans
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A10
A key Greek economic official expressed confidence Sunday that his country will be able to secure billions of dollars in emergency loans from European countries and the International Monetary Fund to avoid a crippling debt default.
Congressman: U.S. should fight new law
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A10
An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration on Sunday not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges.
Quick end to gulf oil leak depends on robot subs
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A10
It could take hours or it could take months to stop a 42,000-gallon-a-day oil leak polluting the Gulf of Mexico at the site of a wrecked drilling platform.
Kansas tennis blanked
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
No. 2-ranked Baylor ruined Kansas University’s tennis senior day, 7-0, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Facility.
Kansas women’s golf places 12th at Big 12
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Emily Powers shot a final-day 76 and tied for 28th place Sunday at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championships.
Barbee 27th; KU men 12th at league golf
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Nate Barbee tied for 27th place, and the KU men’s golf team placed 12th at the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
Discontented Iranian officials provide wealth of nuclear intelligence
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B10
Iran’s political turmoil has prompted a growing number of the country’s officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a new flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program, U.S. officials said.
Proxy war heats up in Afghanistan
India and Pakistan battle for influence
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B10
Across Afghan-istan, behind the obvious battles fought for this country’s soul, a shadow war is being quietly waged. It’s being fought with spies and proxies, with hundreds of millions of dollars in aid money and ominous diplomatic threats.
D-ends provide hope
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Looking for positives on a Kansas University football team that doesn’t have a single player who projects as a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection? Then look at the defensive end position, based on Saturday’s spring game.
Portland prep visiting KU
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
McDonald’s All-American Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward from Portland, Ore., who is ranked No. 13 nationally by Rivals.com, told his 2,373 Twitter followers that he made it to Kansas safely late Sunday afternoon.
Flaws at state levels hinder national child-abuse registry
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
Combatting child abuse is a cause with universal support. Yet a push to create a national database of abusers, as authorized by Congress in 2006, is barely progressing as serious flaws come to light in the state-level registries that would be the basis for a national list.
Lack of timely hitting sinks KU softball
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University dropped a pair of games to Texas Tech, 4-2 and 4-1, Sunday.
Double trouble: Dozen two-baggers doom KU baseball
April 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Tentative pitching, more than anything, was what ate at Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price after his team dropped a pair of games to Texas Tech, 11-8 and 21-10, Sunday at cold and windy Hoglund Ballpark.
Rocket project designed to launch math, science interests
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
It’s T minus five days and counting for a group of Haskell Indian Nations University students, preparing to take a semester’s worth of work and shoot it more than 9,500 feet into the air.
Couple enjoy taking tricycle for a spin
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence and Douglas County are home to many avid cyclists, who may ride contraptions with one, two, three wheels or more.
100 years ago: City planning to buy more trash cans
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
“‘The next campaign we want to wage,’ said Mr. George Barker today, ‘is against the practice of throwing waste paper in the streets and carelessly littering up the public highway with waste that can just as easily be put in receptacles for that purpose.’
40 years ago: Man arrested for KU building fire
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
A 24-year-old man was arrested on arson charges following a fire at the Kansas University Military Science Building.
Choices
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Thursday’s Journal-World noted that President Obama just wanted to make sure that a woman’s choice is preserved concerning abortion and his Supreme Court nominee. Isn’t that what God did when he created man and gave us free will? He said you can have everything but you can’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That’s what man has been doing since then, choosing between good and evil.
Worst of times
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Why in the world would we want to revisit the year of 1970? What useful purpose did it serve to dredge up one of the worst times in our history?
Plan needed
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
School reconfiguration is an action item for the Lawrence school board tonight. The question to be answered is “Should students be moved?” A substantive model of what the change will effect, except the relocation of students, has not been presented. The administration has provided myriad ideas and possibilities, but no plan and no budget.
WWII vets offer sobering perspective
April 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Hearing about a shortage of farm laborers in California, the couple who would become Susumu Ito’s parents moved from Hiroshima to become sharecroppers near Stockton. Thus began a saga that recently brought Ito, 91, to the Holocaust Memorial Museum here, where he and 119 former comrades in arms were honored, during the annual Days of Remembrance, as liberators of Nazi concentration camps. While his Japanese-American Army unit was succoring survivors of Dachau, near Munich, his parents and two sisters were interned in a camp in Arkansas.
Fit feet: New shoe lines promise health, fitness benefits
April 26, 2010
Can a new pair of shoes ease your aching back, tone your legs even help you lose weight?
Egg adds creamy topping to pizza
April 26, 2010
Seems you can’t order a pizza these days without someone having cracked an egg in the center.
Healthy plate: Consider fruit at the dinner table
April 26, 2010
If you found it hard to get the five daily servings of produce you’ve been told for years you need, you’ll probably find it even harder to get the nine serving experts now suggest.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
April 26, 2010
Natural instincts: Lied Center program ties arts, sciences together for students
April 26, 2010
Sandy Sanders opened the afternoon with a question at the Baker Wetlands. “Who are the guests here?” she asked. “Them or us?” “Them” would be the snakes, frogs, beavers, birds, turtles and other critters that call the wetlands home. “Us” would be the 40 second-graders from Langston Hughes School who had come to visit for the afternoon.
Lawrence author writes latest ‘American Girl’ series
Love of outdoors inspires ‘green’-themed addition to Mattel phenomenon
April 26, 2010
Jane Kurtz knew a little about the popularity of the American Girl dolls. Several years back, her daughter saved up her own money to buy one of the dolls. But Kurtz came to understand the full phenomenon this spring, when she was signing a book she wrote based on one of the American Girl dolls. In Chicago, families started lining up at 5:30 a.m. ahead of a 10 a.m. signing. In Boston, one girl and her family camped out overnight.
Designer challenge transforms home
April 26, 2010
What do you get when you combine a team of talented home designers with a house in need and contributions to a worthy cause? That would be the 2010 ERC Designers’ Showhouse in Topeka.
Around the clock: Flex-plan policies developing as win-win scheduling for companies, employees
April 26, 2010
When it started in 1951, Hoss & Brown Engineers operated much like most other businesses did at that time — employees worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week. And maybe then some.
Hydraulic cement licks leaks in walls
April 26, 2010
If spring has sprung a leak in your basement wall, it is time to head to your local hardware store or lumber yard for some hydraulic cement.
Relaxing with a root canal
April 26, 2010
There are few outings new moms can count on for relaxation. An eye exam, the annual physical, anything necessitating time in a room sans children becomes a precious respite during those early days of turning newborns into functioning people.
Maximize your fun money
April 26, 2010
Movies are expensive. Books are expensive. Babysitters are expensive. Enjoying yourself can be expensive. But there are ways to maximize your entertainment dollar.