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Archive for Saturday, August 7, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
The Douglas County Jail's garden sits southwest of the facility. Inmates at the jail are learning how to grow vegetables. New garden project flourishing at Douglas County Jail
August 5, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Mike Caron, programs director at the Douglas County Jail, was told the soil wasn’t exactly perfect for growing food. But a few months after starting the jail’s first garden, a wide variety of vegetables and fruits are thriving.
6:00 a.m.
Chris Craig, Lawrence, uses a blow torch between rounds to cut a hole for his shifter in preparation for a consolation round during the Douglas County Fair Demolition Derby. After initial rounds at Friday evening’s event, derby competitors like Craig could be found hurriedly fixing their cars with sledgehammers, wrenches and even intense heat. Rough riders gear up for fair’s demolition derby
August 7, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Chris Craig sits in the front seat of his silver 1980 Chevy Caprice, but he’s not driving the car. He’s using a welding torch to cut a hole in the floor of his car, in a race against the clock to get back into the muddy arena they call the demolition derby.
10:00 a.m.
Five-year-old Christian Moore blows up balloons for his father, James Moore, who runs a carnival dart-throwing stand at the Douglas County Fair. Christian, who is on the road with his dad and Moore’s Greater Shows for the summer, is in the sixth generation of Moores to travel with the carnival. Carnival workers adapt to life on the road
August 6, 2010 in print edition on 1A
When you ask the work crew to see the man in charge of all the rides at the Douglas County Fair, they direct you to Ricky Moore, the man in the Hawaiian shirt.
6:00 p.m.
Personal trainer James Findley slaps hands with Southwest Junior High School ninth-grader Kieran Sebera after a leg workout at Therapy Works, 1311 Wakarusa Drive. Findley has spent the summer working with young athletes, mainly high school students, who are interested in going through conditioning to prepare for the upcoming sports season. The Athletic Republic: Program helps student athletes earn pro objectives
August 7, 2010 in print edition on 1D
Amanda Fevurly could be sitting by the pool on a sunny summer afternoon, but instead, the Lawrence High School junior is staring down a treadmill set at a 35 percent incline and a rumbling speed of 10 miles per hour.

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Tyson Gay upsets Bolt in 100 meters
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C2
It turns out Usain Bolt can be beaten.
Smith’s bodyguard: Boyfriend supplied drugs
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C7
Anna Nicole Smith was “obsessed” with pills and was assisted in taking drugs by her lawyer-boyfriend in the weeks before her death, the celebrity model’s bodyguard testified Friday.
100 years ago: Kansas City orphan places want ad seeking country parents
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
WANTED—A nice pair of kind parents, who live in the country and have plenty of cows and horses and chickens, and lots of outdoors. Johnnie Stevenson.’ This isn’t a common want ad; it is the appeal from the heart of a 5-year-old city boy who has been in the country for twelve delicious days and whose heart is just breaking with the thought of having to go back to the Kansas City, Kansas, Orphans Home.
Climate change
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
I am concerned about climate change. The essentials are not terribly complicated. The Earth’s atmosphere is thin — according to Timothy Ferris in “The Science of Liberty,” thinner relative to the planet’s diameter than the layer of moisture covering one’s eyes. Nitrogen and oxygen comprise 99 percent of the atmosphere. These gases hold in no heat, but the remaining critical 1 percent includes several “greenhouse” gases, notably, water vapor, CO2 and methane.
Mystery of Confederate sub remains 10 years later
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A decade after the raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley off the South Carolina coast, the cause of the sinking of the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship remains a mystery. But scientists are edging closer.
Medicare fraud ‘strike forces’ to grow
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Congress is set to grant President Barack Obama’s request for a record $1.7 billion to fight health care fraud, in part to almost triple investigations into crime rings that steal from Medicare.
KU’s first football foe looks to improve on dismal year
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C2
North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl isn’t worried about the pressure for his team to improve upon last year’s losing season.
BlackBerry tussle
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Canada’s Research in Motion hopes to rock the telecom world with its new BlackBerry Torch smart phone. But it comes at an unsettled time. Security-obsessed officials in some countries are carrying anything but a torch for RIM’s services.
Ethics reports reveal troubling attitudes
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
My favorite part of the ethics report on Charlie Rangel involves his efforts to “close” a $10 million gift “to create AIG Hall” as part of the Rangel Center at the City College of New York. Yes, that AIG.
25 years ago: Definition of ‘day’ defined
August 7, 2010
Ace Johnson, owner of the Sanctuary at 1401 W. Seventh, was in disagreement with John Lamb, director of the Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control Division, about the definition of a ‘day.’
40 years ago: Questionnaires about recent unrest distributed
August 7, 2010
A five-person team from the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest, in town to investigate recent violent events in Lawrence, began distributing a questionnaire with questions such as, “In your opinion, what do you feel is causing the tension and unrest in Lawrence?” Another question asked about the role that “domestic and/or international problems” had played.
LHS junior wins national shot put title
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Lawrence native Blake Hocking captured a gold medal in the shot put at the AAU Junior Olympics on Thursday in Norfolk, Va.
NBC, WWE put viewers in a chokehold for ‘WrestleMania’
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C7
Just in case you missed the first XXV, “WWE WrestleMania XXVI” (8 p.m., today, NBC) airs on network television.
Horoscope for August 7, 2010
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C7
This year, you push the envelope much more than in the past. Others become reactive, specifically one person who lets you know what he or she thinks. A theme of the unexpected runs through the year. If you are single, you could meet someone very exciting. As fast as this person appears is as fast as he or she will disappear. If you are attached, the two of you will see each other in a new light. The more you reveal, the more dynamic the bond will become. Cancer reads you cold.
Giant ice island breaks off Greenland
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
A giant ice island has broken off the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland.
Brazen black bear breaks into houses
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
A brazen black bear with a late-night hankering for supreme pizza surprised a Montana resident last week, and it’s not the first time the animal has eluded capture.
Karachi violence
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Yet again, politics in Pakistan are shown to be a deadly business. The assassination of yet another politician, this time a prominent member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, along with his bodyguard, has unleashed a new cycle of violence in the country’s largest city Karachi.
Weak hiring signals long slog ahead
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
The nation isn’t creating nearly enough jobs to reduce persistently high unemployment.
Teachers fight for Viagra coverage
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get its taxpayer-funded Viagra back.
Climate talks seem to slip backward
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Global climate talks appeared to have slipped backward after five days of negotiations in Bonn, with rich and poor countries exchanging charges of reneging on agreements they made last year to contain greenhouse gases.
Flash floods kill at least 112
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A cloudburst followed by flash floods hit a Himalayan desert region in Indian-controlled Kashmir, sending rivers of mud down mountainsides and killing at least 112 people and injuring another 400, officials said today.
Kagan celebrates with Obama
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
A beaming Elena Kagan and President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated her imminent ascension to the Supreme Court with jokes and references to the irreverent sense of humor she put on display during her Senate confirmation hearing.
KU spring 2010 honor roll
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
Kansas University announces area students who made the spring 2010 honor roll.
Around and about
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B5
News from around and about for August 7, 2010.
Club news
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for August 7, 2010.
Seattle rocks Royals, Greinke
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C4
Chone Figgins drove in three runs and Ryan Langerhans had three hits, including a home run, to help the Seattle Mariners beat Kansas City’s Zack Greinke for the first time, defeating the Royals, 7-1, on Friday night.
Woman in Pitino case claims she had unfair trial
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C2
The woman convicted of trying to extort Rick Pitino said she didn’t get a fair trial because of the Louisville coach’s fame and power.
Novelist Paretsky earns state honor
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
Author Sara Paretsky, creator of the famed fictional private eye V.I. Warshawski, is being honored in Kansas with the 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Arts Award.
NTSB investigates deadly Missouri school bus accident
Report will examine whether seat belts, new technology could save lives
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B4
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examining the Missouri crash that killed a 15-year-old school bus passenger and the teen driver of a pickup truck are hopeful they’ll learn something to make school buses and road work zones safer, an NTSB official said Friday.
World Co. remains committed to newsgathering mission
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Earlier this week, this writer met with Sunflower Broadband employees to tell them a Georgia-based company named Knology was buying Sunflower Broadband.
Rough riders gear up for fair’s demolition derby
Fast repairs keep cars in the action
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Chris Craig sits in the front seat of his silver 1980 Chevy Caprice, but he’s not driving the car. He’s using a welding torch to cut a hole in the floor of his car, in a race against the clock to get back into the muddy arena they call the demolition derby.
At Kansas, as pads go on, expectations go up
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
After two days of practicing in shorts, jerseys and helmets, in accordance with NCAA rules, Kansas University’s football team suited up in full pads for the first time Friday, adding another jolt to the feeling that football season has arrived.
Collins inks deal with Bobcats
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins is more than halfway to beginning a career in the NBA. The former Kansas University point guard, who was not selected in the league’s 2010 draft, on Friday signed a two-year non-guaranteed deal with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Pro potential: Ex-Jayhawk Price having solid season for Renegades
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
Dutchess Stadium, constructed in 73 days in 1994, sits on the other side of I-84 from Fishkill Correctional Facility, a charming-looking structure from the outside built 98 years earlier and visible from the ballpark parking lot. It is here, on the right side of I-84, that Robby Price has started his professional baseball career.
HP CEO ousted
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
Hewlett-Packard Co. ousted its CEO on Friday for allegedly falsifying documents to conceal a relationship with a former contractor and help her get paid for work she didn’t do.
1997 dinner raises diamond questions
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
The party to raise money for Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity started with an odd guest list: Dining among the celebrities was Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, also known as the “Butcher of Monrovia.”
Fires lay ghostly shroud of smoke on Russian capital
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
A miasma of smoke from wildfires cloaked the sweltering Russian capital on Friday, turning the city’s spires into ominous blurs and grounding flights while glum pedestrians trudged the streets with faces hidden by surgical masks and water-soaked bandannas.
New al-Qaida leader knows U.S. well
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network’s global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks.
Crises test leadership of Pakistan
U.S.-allied country coping with floods, war
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Not for the first time, Pakistan appears to be teetering on the edge with a government unable to cope.
First lady’s vacation draws critics
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A6
As the economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Barack Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.
CIA flight carried terrorist detainees from Gitmo in secret
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A6
A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation’s war on terrorism were kept in the dark.
Judge’s personal life debated after ruling
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker has always been characterized as a conservative with libertarian leanings. But after he struck down California’s voter-approved gay marriage ban this week, he was accused by some of being something else entirely: a gay activist.
Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawyers for gay couples, California Gov. Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed legal motions Friday telling a federal judge that allowing same-sex marriages to resume immediately in the state was the right thing to do.
Brownback skips Lawrence on state tour
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback will unveil his “Road Map for Kansas,” on a four-day, 29-city tour next week.
Backup QB leaves ’Horns
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C5
Backup Texas quarterback Sherrod Harris won’t return for his final season so he can focus on getting his degree.
Sooners seek fresh start
Stoops says OU has ‘makings of a lot of special players’
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C5
It’s time for Oklahoma to move on.
’Bama No. 1 in poll
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C5
Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 atop the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll.
KSU donations up
Snyder lauds Wildcats faithful
August 7, 2010 in print edition on C5
A year after disillusioned donors threatened to cut support for cash-strapped Kansas State following revelations of the outgoing administration’s financial mismanagement, the Wildcats have set a record for cash contributions.
Cleanup workers confronted by incomplete data on health risks
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
As BP moves to seal the Deepwater Horizon well permanently, more than 31,000 cleanup workers continue to rely on incomplete and at times misleading information about toxic exposure to the spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Antique tractors put through paces
McLouth Threshing Bee again features saw mill demonstrations
August 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Trailers carrying antique tractors — one even dating back to 1917 — made their way Friday to the McLouth Threshing Bee grounds.
Spill investigators want to find undersea evidence
Rig’s wreckage may help identify who’s responsible
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Now that BP appears to have vanquished its ruptured well, authorities are turning their attention to gathering evidence from what could amount to a crime scene at the bottom of the sea.
Washington ties dash hopes for political promotion
August 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Ah, the cruelty. Veteran lawmakers who toiled for years in Congress waiting for a chance at political promotion have discovered an inconvenient truth: This election year, Washington experience is a career-ender.
Faith Forum: How much faith is truly present in the ‘secular’ world?
August 7, 2010
In the broad history of our world, sustained attempts to form “secular” states are quite new. There’s no consensus as to what “secular” is, either — India, Japan, Turkey and France all claim to be “secular,” but what they mean by that is different from the understandings Americans disagree over when they talk about secularity.
The Athletic Republic: Program helps student athletes earn pro objectives
August 7, 2010 in print edition on D1
Amanda Fevurly could be sitting by the pool on a sunny summer afternoon, but instead, the Lawrence High School junior is staring down a treadmill set at a 35 percent incline and a rumbling speed of 10 miles per hour.