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Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Births
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On the street
Photo galleries
2010 Douglas County Fair Demolition Derby The day in photos, August 12, 2010
Polls
Should you take off your hat for the playing of the National Anthem?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
87%
No
 
12%
Total 1518
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Over 30 volunteers built mud forts on the banks of the Kansas River Tuesday, August 10, 2010. The forts are part of an annual event commemorating Lawrence's role in the Civil War. Kids dig in and learn a little Kansas history during mud fort event
August 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
At 7 years old, Brady Traffas could finally join his older brother Kade this year in building mud forts by the Kansas River.
6:00 a.m.
Campaign Notebook: Voters at Brownback rallies voice concerns
4:18 p.m., August 11, 2010 Updated 4:51 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Brownback, who embarked on a four-day campaign tour, faces Democrat Tom Holland in the Nov. 2 general election.
2:00 p.m.
KU senior linebacker Drew Dudley missed spring drills after having surgery on his left shoulder. Full strength: KU’s Dudley eager to prove himself after surgery
August 12, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Last year, Drew Dudley made 88 total tackles — surpassed on Kansas University’s football team only by Darrell Stuckey’s 93 — had 8 1⁄2 tackles for loss and was credited with three sacks. Not half bad for a man operating at only half strength.
6:00 p.m.
Max Moore sits on his 1950 Ferguson tractor after pulling it out of one of his barns on his farm north and west of Baldwin City Tuesday morning. Moore was undefeated on his favored Ferguson during the years he entered the Vinland Fair tractor pull. The 92-year-old will be there with it Friday to be recognized. 92-year-old who won first Vinland Fair tractor pull recalls passion for event
August 11, 2010 in print edition on 1A
When it comes to the Vinland Fair’s tractor-pull competition, no one can hold a candle to Max Moore. Moore, who is 92 years old and still actively farms his 300 acres just north and west of Baldwin City, was on the fair board when the idea was hatched to have a tractor pull back in the early 1960s. He also won the first tractor pull with his Ford, but his favorite, the 1950 Ferguson, has a better record.

All stories

Pompeo campaign apologizes for linking to ethnic slur on Twitter
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Kansas Republican has apologized for his campaign’s online links to a blog that used an ethnic slur to describe his Democratic opponent in the 4th Congressional District.
Inmate killed, deputy injured in crash near Kansas Speedway
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A5
A sheriff’s deputy has been injured and an inmate she was transporting is dead following a crash on Interstate 70 in northeast Kansas.
De Soto receives EPA grant to help finance water line replacement
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $485,000 to the city of De Soto for improvements to the drinking water system.
Officers to conduct patrols looking for impaired drivers
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will step up their enforcement of the state’s impaired driving laws later this month
Papa Bob’s BBQ prevails on ‘Man v. Food’
Barbecue sandwich ultimately destroys ‘Man v. Food’ host
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
Customers and supporters crowded into Papa Bob’s BBQ restaurant to watch the Bonner Springs restaurant being featured on a national television show.
Meteor shower highlights tonight’s astronomical twofer
08:43 a.m., August 12, 2010 Updated 10:39 a.m.
Stargazers who cast their eyes skyward Thursday should enjoy two-for-one celestial treats.
Service returns after truck snaps power pole
Semi trucks asked to avoid exit 202 until repairs are made
08:42 a.m., August 12, 2010 Updated 05:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
Over 1,300 people lost power Thursday morning after a Penny’s Concrete truck rolled over and hit a power pole.
Kansas expects $179 million in federal jobs legislation
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas officials expect the state to receive $179 million from recently approved federal legislation.
Lawrence man transported to hospital after strong-arm robbery
August 12, 2010
A 55-year-old Lawrence man was victim of a strong-arm robbery late Wednesday night.
Lawrence records fifth straight day of 100-degree temperatures
12:00 a.m., August 12, 2010 Updated 07:45 p.m.
By 7 p.m. the temperature in Lawrence had dropped below the triple-digit mark, but earlier in the day the mercury was as high as it’s been all year. The temperature in Lawrence hit the 100-degree mark just before noon Thursday, eventually hitting the 103 mark, making this the fifth straight day of triple-digit heat in the city.
Angels sweep Royals on walk-off
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B3
Bobby Abreu moved into the top spot in the order after the Los Angeles Angels got swept last week at Baltimore. They’ve been mostly winning ever since.
Airline jobs hit record lows, with room to fall
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Full flights? Get used to them. Stressed flight attendants and call centers in India? Get used to those, too.
Rhetoric dims hope for compromise
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Prospects are bleak for fixing Social Security’s financial problems as the government retirement insurance program celebrates its 75th anniversary this week.
‘Cathy’ comic strip ending Oct. 3
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
The comic strip “Cathy,” which has chronicled the life, frustrations and swimsuit season meltdowns of its namesake for more than 30 years, is coming to an end.
Job-screening tactics challenged as illegal
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A8
Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics.
Tropical weather will cost Gulf crews 4 days
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A8
Bad weather has delayed into early next week a massive effort to permanently kill BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico — a costly operation the government now says it is not certain how best to carry out.
100 years ago: Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary
August 12, 2010
Today at the Kennedy farm, six miles west of the city, there is a celebration of an event that occurs in the lives of but few. It is the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver P. Kennedy and friends and relatives from far and near are at their home to help them celebrate. Mr. Kennedy came to Kansas from Illinois in 1855. At that time Lawrence, called ‘Yankeetown’ by the Missourians, consisted of a log house, several sod dwellings, and some tents. There was no Topeka, Kan. Where that city stands there was tall grass and animals of the prairie roamed at will.
Contractor choice
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
I was excited to see that the city had decided to renovate the Carnegie building in downtown Lawrence, a building that has not lived up to its potential for a number of years now. When I read the proposal and saw that the estimated cost of the proposal was a hair over $1.5 million, I still felt as though renovating this building to make it a usable city asset as opposed to simply an old historic building was well worth the taxpayers money. These projects help build a better community while simultaneously stimulating the economy by giving countless individuals meaningful, productive work.
Style Scout: Sam Grinsfelder
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
(I’ve) read every Harry Potter book at least 10 times, plus I dressed up like a wizard when I saw the movie at the theater.
Ryder Cup captain, reporter trade barbs
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
In an argument as acrimonious as any Ryder Cup match, a Golf Channel reporter pointed his finger at Corey Pavin’s chest and accused the U.S. captain of lying about comments that Tiger Woods will be picked for the team.
Nebraska OL out for season
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
Nebraska senior offensive lineman Mike Smith is out for the season because of a broken leg.
KU soccer picked eighth in preseason poll
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 coaches’ preseason poll.
Lawrence man reports tax refund stolen
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
An 86-year-old Lawrence man reported an aggravated burglary and theft Tuesday in the 4000 block of Parkway Court.
Naperville, Ill., man reports computer stolen
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Naperville, Ill., man reported an aggravated burglary and theft in early morning of July 28 in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.
Lawrence man reports air conditioning units stolen
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 42-year-old Studio Alpha employee reported Monday the theft of two air conditioning units from the 2400 block of Iowa Street.
Storm damages trees, power lines
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A5
A severe thunderstorm blew through Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon, downing trees and power lines but largely confining itself to the area.
Geological Survey receives $1.5M to study carbon dioxide proposal
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Geological Survey has received $1.5 million from the federal Department of Energy to study the feasibility of sealing carbon dioxide in a massive underground reservoir in south central Kansas.
Sovereign citizens spin history, reject government
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A6
They call themselves sovereign citizens, U.S. residents who declare themselves above state and federal laws. Many don’t register children’s births, carry driver’s licenses or recognize the court system.
Pilot surprised by crash survivors
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A6
A pilot who spotted the wreckage of the amphibious plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens looked down on the gashed mountainside and thought that no one could’ve survived such a crash.
Sydney Olympians awarded bronze medals
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
The bronze medals are beautiful. Clearly, though, they don’t make all the memories go away.
Jayhawks focused on running game
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Although most of the outside world is fixated on finding out which quarterback — red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb or sophomore Kale Pick — will win the starting job this fall for the Kansas University football team, the Jayhawks, for now, seem more interested in other areas.
Full strength: KU’s Dudley eager to prove himself after surgery
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Last year, Drew Dudley made 88 total tackles — surpassed on Kansas University’s football team only by Darrell Stuckey’s 93 — had 8 1⁄2 tackles for loss and was credited with three sacks. Not half bad for a man operating at only half strength.
KU football captains predictions
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
Finally, an election free of negative TV commercials and other forms of mud-slinging, crook
Astronauts pull off broken pump
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Spacewalking astronauts relied on brute force Wednesday to remove a broken coolant pump that has hampered operations at the International Space Station. Their first attempt at emergency repairs to the cooling system was thwarted last weekend by a large ammonia leak.
Intelligence community to tighten belt
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
The defense intelligence community is combing its budgets to figure out where to cut 10 percent of its contractors as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ drive to reduce costs in the Pentagon.
Civil rights focus of gathering
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
About 300 tribal officials and representatives of several federal agencies are in New Mexico for what they’re calling a first-of-its-kind discussion about protecting American Indians’ civil rights.
U.S. roundup of wild horses begins
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
It wasn’t a simple, orderly process, but the federal government’s controversial wild horse roundup started Wednesday in northeastern California with few of the problems that opponents decry as they try to put a stop to the practice.
Trade gap likely points to slower economic growth
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
The United States is selling fewer products around the world and spending more on cheap imported goods, an imbalance that hurts the job market at home and means the economy is even weaker than previously thought.
Our Town Sports
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
Shoreline Shuffle 5K: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the second Shoreline Shuffle 5k Trail Run, Saturday, Sept. 25, on Clinton Lake’s North Shore Trails. The race begins and ends at Shelter 4, Campground One, in Clinton Lake State Park.
George Wendt plays Santa on Broadway
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
George Wendt returns to Broadway as Santa Claus in the holiday comedy “Elf.”
Paris Hilton sued for wearing wrong hair
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Paris Hilton was sued Wednesday for allegedly wearing someone else’s hair.
Police thought Fantasia overdose a suicide try
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Police believed they were responding to an attempted suicide after “American Idol” winner Fantasia overdosed on aspirin and other pills at her home in Charlotte, but her manager says she wasn’t trying to kill herself.
PGA a soap opera now
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
Along the humps and hollows of Whistling Straits, against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Michigan, the stage is set for golf’s final major championship of the year, the PGA. This year, that could stand for Players Gone Amok.
Feuding Teutuls fail to amuse
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
Sadder, perhaps, than divorce, a lawsuit between father and sons has sundered the Teutuls, the blue-collar stars of “American Chopper” (8 p.m., TLC). The very public tussle provides the show’s permanent subtitle “Senior vs. Junior.”
Horoscope for August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you could swing from being the gracious, charming Lion to being a rather difficult, picky Lion. Guess which attitude works better? Learn new ways of releasing strain and stress. Cut yourself a break. No one is perfect. If you are single, someone quite dynamic, possibly a foreigner, could enter your life. As fast as this person comes in is as fast as he or she can leave. If you are attached, a trip could give you both the platform you need to relate better. Libra charms information out of you.
Study reports significant link between shared religion and happy marriage
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A1
Black couples are more likely than other groups to share core religious beliefs and pray together in the home — factors that have been linked to greater happiness in marriages and relationships, according to a study released Tuesday.
Marshes show signs of regrowth
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A8
Shoots of marsh grass and bushes of mangrove trees already are starting to grow back in the bay where just months ago photographers shot startling images of dying pelicans coated in oil from the massive Gulf oil spill.
Agri-preneurs dig deep to sprout new business
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A8
In shallow trays of organic soil at her greenhouse in Harrisburg, N.C., onetime real estate agent Kate Brun is cultivating a business: growing and selling microgreens, tiny herbs and vegetables harvested when their first leaves appear.
Pump patrol
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
Death penalty film to be shown Aug. 19
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
The ACLU and the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty will sponsor a showing of the documentary film “No Tomorrow” at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
40 years ago: Organizers attempt to put together rock concert to cool off town
August 12, 2010
Organizers were attempting to put together a rock festival in Lawrence, to be held at a city park unless city commissioners blocked the use of city property. Kansas University had already vetoed the preferred site of Potter Lake, but organizers were hoping for the use of a city-owned field behind the Gatehouse Apartment Complex on 25th Street. The purpose of the proposed festival was stated to be “to cool off Lawrence.”
11th, Indiana now a 2-way stop
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University students and their parents will be making plenty of trips up and down 11th Street this weekend as they move into the residence halls. And when they do, drivers should be aware of a recent traffic change at the Indiana Street intersection.
Baldwin City, county to share road work expenses
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
One of the main roads leading into Baldwin City will get a makeover in 2012.
Recycling center, neighbors meet in attempt to resolve concerns
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
After years of conflict between neighbors in the Brook Creek Neighborhood and the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center, the parties are attempting to come to an agreement.
Firefighter cited for battery after argument
Incident involved national anthem at FSHS performance
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence firefighter was cited for battery and ordered to appear in municipal court after a Friday confrontation with another parent at a Free State High School marching band performance.
Vandals topple 168 headstones at cemetery
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B8
Police in the northwest Kansas town of Colby are looking for the vandals who knocked over dozens of headstones at a cemetery.
There’s an app to help modern Muslims observe Ramadan
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C10
The most ancient traditions of Islam are going high-tech, with a slew of modern offerings for those observing the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.
American boy plans North Korea trip to pitch peace idea
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C10
A 13-year-old American plans to visit North Korea this week and perhaps meet leader Kim Jong Il to pitch his idea for a “children’s peace forest” in the demilitarized zone.
Amputees climb Mount Kilimanjaro
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C10
The three American veterans from three different wars had only one good leg among them. But that didn’t stop them from summiting Africa’s highest mountain.
3 developers offer casino plans
August 12, 2010 in print edition on B8
For the third time in two years, developers are pitching plans to build a state-owned casino in a south-central Kansas county.
Colombia opens door to FARC talks
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C10
The arrival of a more moderate president in Colombia has opened the possibility, if ever so slight, of talks with Marxist rebels to end a cocaine-fueled conflict that dates to the 1960s.
25 years ago: Lawrence telephone customers encouraged to choose a long-distance carrier
August 12, 2010
After a heavy marketing blitz by the three long-distance companies competing for business here, only about 30 percent of Lawrence telephone customers had chosen a long-distance carrier. The remaining 70 percent had been assigned to AT&T by default. Southwestern Bell’s customer relations manager was encouraging the undecided customers to make their own decisions within the next six months, after which they would not be able to change their long-distance carrier without paying a fee.
Gun laws
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Did I read today’s Kansas gun legislation story correctly? (Journal-World, Aug. 11, 1A)
Disappointing column
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
I am writing to express my disappointment in your choice to print Mr. Thomas’ opinion piece on Aug. 10.
Unnecessary attack
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
I disagree with John Dunham’s “Nuclear issues” letter of Aug. 5 in which he supports President Truman’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These crimes against humanity were absolutely unnecessary and horribly immoral. Even the terribly immoral sneak Japanese attack against U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor did not primarily target U.S. civilians in Honolulu or elsewhere. The military situation on Aug. 1, 1945, was as follows:
Chasm separates Netanyahu, Obama
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Two photographs adorn the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist.
Judicial politics
Kansans adopted the state’s current judicial nomination system to shield the process from politics and cronyism — and the system is working just fine.
August 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
The issue of changing the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected again is being raised, along with a number of questionable arguments in favor of fixing a problem that doesn’t exist.
Style Scout: Tony Thompson
August 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
My roommate and I are the same height, and that’s pretty neat.
Apron strings attached: Technology enables college students to rely a little longer on mom and dad
August 12, 2010
Some experts fear this communication shift could hamper the independence of older teens at a time when they traditionally come into their own.
Buffaloes ‘fired up’: Colorado boasts ‘great group of guys’
August 12, 2010
Every time Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins has done well at a school, he has left before being able to soak up the benefits.
Huskers are back: Pelini says ‘culture’ has taken hold
August 12, 2010
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has to love where his team sits entering the 2010 season, most likely the last for the Cornhuskers as a member of the Big 12 Conference.
Cyclones on the rise? ISU faces tougher schedule in 2010
August 12, 2010
Iowa State was one of the surprise teams in the Big 12 in 2009, finishing with a 7-6 record and a victory in the Insight Bowl.