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Archive for Friday, August 20, 2010

Also from August 20

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Lawrence High School football stadium additions The day in photos, August 20, 2010
Polls
If you had to choose, would you expand coal or nuclear energy to meet demand for electricity?

Poll results

Response Percent
Nuclear
 
78%
Coal
 
21%
Total 1096
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Metsker Family has been farming in Douglas County for 150 years.  Fourth-generation son Phil Metsker, 56, is putting together a family gathering on Aug. 21 at the original 240-acre farm. Family celebrating 150 years of farming in Douglas County
August 18, 2010 in print edition on 1A
In 1860, Phillip Metsker and his two brothers transformed 240 acres of prairie grass into farmland. Today, another Phillip Metsker, the settler’s great-grandson, grows corn and soybeans while also working full-time as district manager for Taylor Seed Farms.
6:00 a.m.
Kale Pick runs drills in spring practice on March 28. Pick is in a quarterback battle with Jordan Webb. Pick the pick: Sophomore from Dodge City will be KU starting QB
3:22 p.m., August 19, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1B
The quarterback on the roster who spent the most time with Todd Reesing will get the first crack at replacing him.
10:00 a.m.
Steve Hall, utility operator at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, makes his rounds in this August 2010 file photo, collecting samples of water from the basins at the plant. Many Lawrence residents at the time complained about their water tasting and smelling musty. Officials at the plant attributed the problem to byproducts of algae. City: Algae in lakes to blame for musty-tasting water
9:47 a.m., August 19, 2010 Updated 5:23 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Your tongue isn’t playing a dirty trick on you. Lawrence’s drinking water really does taste odd.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins expresses his excitement in solidifying the future of the Big 12 Conference during a press conference Wednesday, June 16, 2010. KU restructures athletics board; chancellor considering non-university members
10:11 a.m., August 19, 2010 Updated 5:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
State higher education officials on Thursday agreed with a decision by Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to remove Athletic Director Lew Perkins as chairman of the Kansas Athletics Corp. Board of Directors.
6:00 p.m.
Chad Hull, a service technician with Cloud Heating, makes a service inspection in this 2009 file photo on a home gas furnace. Black Hills withdraws rate increase request
August 20, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Black Hills Energy wants to withdraw a plan that would increase customers’ heating bills in return for providing energy efficiency programs.

All stories

House catches fire during thunderstorm
10:15 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 11:44 p.m. in print edition on B2
A house in the 400 block of Forrest Avenue was struck by lightning about 8 p.m. Friday night.
Moore touts support for Medicaid at Shawnee health care facility
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
A Shawnee senior health care facility was the 36th stop for a national petition effort to encourage federal and state governments to support Medicare funding.
De Soto boy found in attic recovering at hospital
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
A 6-year-old boy with Down syndrome is recovering at Children’s Mercy Hospital after he was found confined to his home’s attic this week.
Federal charges dismissed against two former Westar Energy executives
05:23 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 08:08 p.m. in print edition on A1
It was Kansas’ Enron: Two high-flying executives accused of looting what had been a financially solid electric utility. On Friday, it appeared the case against former Westar Energy executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake was over.
Dole Institute to host Congressional subcommittee hearing next week on nation’s financial crisis
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
Next week, Kansas banks and credit unions will have the ear of Congress as they testify about how they survived the financial meltdown and what can be done to prevent future ones.
Severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County expires
04:32 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 10:12 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas and surrounding counties until 10 p.m.
2 more KU profs awarded $7,500 teaching fellowships
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University officials announced two more Kemper Fellowship winners for Teaching Excellence on Friday.
Congressional candidates spar over possibility of ‘Fair Tax’
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
The issue of the so-called “Fair Tax” erupted Friday in the 3rd U.S. House District race between Republican Kevin Yoder and Democrat Stephene Moore.
Severe thunderstorm warning expires for Douglas County
04:05 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 04:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 4:45 p.m.
Nationwide recall includes eggs sold in Kansas
03:34 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 05:24 p.m. in print edition on A4
Half a billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has already sickened more than 1,000 people.
Sunflower season in full bloom
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
All that rain in late June may have soaked the soil, drowned 18 acres of just-germinated plants and forced the sowing of another 400,000 seeds between Lawrence and Tonganoxie.
City planners, developers square off over proposal for Lowe’s in northwest Lawrence
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
In northwest Lawrence there’s another battle brewing over a big box retailer.
Severe thunderstorm warning expires for Jefferson County
01:22 p.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 01:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has allowed a severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County to expire.
Kansas Supreme Court reduces length of time Last Call shooter must register as violent offender
11:40 a.m., August 20, 2010 Updated 11:51 a.m. in print edition on B4
A man sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting three people in 2008 outside a former Lawrence bar will not have to register as a violent offender for the rest of his life once he is released from prison, according to a ruling Friday by the Kansas Supreme Court.
De Soto festival on Saturday to feature fireworks
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Better late than never. At least that’s the thinking among organizers of De Soto’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, which was rained out.
KU Law School named a ‘best buy’
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s School of Law has been named as a top 20 “Best Value” school by preLaw magazine.
Judge postpones third trial of former Westar executives
August 20, 2010
The third trial of former Westar Energy executives Douglas Lake and David Wittig, which was scheduled to begin Sept. 20, has been postponed.
Army to honor Sen. Roberts at Fort Leavenworth
August 20, 2010
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is having his name linked forever to the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
Hoops recruit McLemore not ready to commit
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ultra-athletic St. Louis high school basketball guard Ben McLemore will leave for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., a week from today as one of the top uncommitted players in the Class of 2011. Though the 6-foot-5, 185-pound McLemore appears to remain a heavy Kansas University lean — with no other school even close to be considered his second choice at this time — he may remain unsigned all the way until April.
100 years ago: Contraption allows streetcar passengers to pay as they enter
August 20, 2010
‘Yes it is a very clever little device, but you men will have to step up front, you are blocking the passage.’ This and a few yards more of similar explanations marked the installation of the new pay as you enter street car in Lawrence last evening. Patrons climbing on the car found themselves confronted with a little glass box in which fares were to be dropped.
Jetliner grounded in San Francisco after threat
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
A hijack threat halted an American Airlines flight just before takeoff Thursday, leaving the New York-bound jet sitting on the tarmac for several hours while it was searched and passengers were removed for extra scrutiny.
Salina police say motorized bikes illegal
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
Cole Rodenbeek says he and some friends who ride their bicycles to work are being eco-friendly and trying to save money on their daily commute to work.
Welker returns; Pats cruise, 28-10
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
New England’s offense looks just fine, especially with Wes Welker back at receiver. The Falcons’ defense appears to need more work.
Giuliani supports move of mosque near WTC site
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday joined a growing number of politicians supporting a move of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero to state-owned land farther from the Sept. 11 attack site.
Study shows value of quality-of-life cancer care
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Palliative care, which helps the gravely ill make the most of the time they have left, provided a surprising bonus for terminal lung cancer patients: More time left to enjoy.
Exonerated prisoner seeks end of death penalty
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
The criminal justice system makes mistakes.
Wyclef Jean meets with Haiti’s president
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
Haitian President Rene Preval met with presidential hopeful Wyclef Jean for more than two hours on Thursday, touching off a new round of speculation as to whether the singer will be allowed to run in Nov. 28 elections.
Black Hills withdraws rate increase request
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
Black Hills Energy wants to withdraw a plan that would increase customers’ heating bills in return for providing energy efficiency programs.
Regents push aggressive agenda
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
State higher education officials say they will seek more funding from the Legislature and improvements from the schools as part of an aggressive agenda for the new academic year.
Farm families
The Metskers and other long-time farm families are an important part of Douglas County’s economy and history.
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
Maintaining a farm through 150 years and four generations of the same family is no small feat.
Escapee caught at Arizona campground
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
An escaped state prison inmate and his fiancee, who have been on the run for weeks amid a nationwide manhunt, were captured Thursday in northeastern Arizona after being spotted at a campground by Forest Service workers, officials told The Associated Press.
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michael Jackson
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a concert promoter against the late Michael Jackson over a failed reunion concert.
Grammy nominees to be announced Dec. 1
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
The Grammy nominations will once again be unveiled in a prime-time special despite two years of low ratings.
Study: Movie scenes with smoking on the decline
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
A new study shows that there’s less smoking depicted in movies in recent years.
Opurum move a gamble
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Football helmets mask faces, which can make it tougher to personalize the players, but if you don’t feel for Kansas University sophomore Toben Opurum right this moment, your cold heart needs to bake in the sun for a while. It might even be time for a transplant.
PG Samantha Logic to visit KU
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
Samantha Logic, a 5-10 senior point guard from Case High School in Racine, Wis., will make a recruiting visit to Kansas University this weekend.
Cleveland tops K.C.
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
One night after collecting 17 hits and losing, the Cleveland Indians made a season-high five errors, had a runner thrown out at every base and won.
U.S.: Mideast talks may start soon
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration said Thursday it is near to securing an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. Some U.S. officials said an announcement could be imminent.
Moon may be shrinking, but slowly
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The moon may be shrinking.
Lawrence man loses teeth in fight
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence man was involved in a fight early Sunday morning that left him with teeth knocked out and lacerations to the face.
Lawrence man reports audio equipment stolen
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Wednesday afternoon that someone damaged his car door and stole audio equipment valued at $1,320 while the vehicle was in the 800 block of East 23rd Street.
Major study proves 22-mile plume of oil isn’t going away
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The oil is there, at least 22 miles of it. You just can’t see it.
Archivist finds judge’s 1794 document
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
A document written by a federal judge in 1794 has caused a stir among historians, not for what it says, but for where it was discovered: in President Dwight Eisenhower’s archives in the middle of Kansas.
State unemployment rate rose in July
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Kansas unemployment rate for July increased to 6.9 percent, up from 6.5 percent in June and down from 7.9 percent in July 2009, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
K.C. suburb adopts tax on road use for both homes, businesses
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
A northeast Kansas city has adopted a new tax that will charge fees based on how much traffic specific properties generate.
Street scene: Entertainers invade Downtown Lawrence for third annual Busker Festival
August 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
El Gleno Grande, Bruiser the dog and Mentoc the Mind Fuggler reveal their twisted techniques.
Former boyfriend testifies in Smith case
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, testified Thursday he saw her taking numerous prescription drugs but that she told him she was not an addict.
‘Kids’ are back
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
The cult comedy troupe Kids in the Hall reunites for “Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town” (9 p.m., IFC).
Horoscope for August 20, 2010
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, you might opt to reorganize your daily life. You will become more effective and perhaps build in more time. One of your issues will be, happily so, what to do with this additional time. If you are attached, sometimes a relationship could be confusing, and other times very satisfying. If you are single, many would-be sweeties surround you. Aquarius has the same core issue as you but a very different style.
Pump patrol
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at several stations.
Stride for Stone 5K seeking sponsors
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Sponsorships are being sought for the inaugural Stride for Stone, a 5K run to benefit Team Tongie, the Austin Stone Scholarship and the Brain Injury Association of Kansas.
Spike in layoffs feeds fear of faltering recovery
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
Layoffs are back, and that’s bad news for the fragile economic recovery.
Obama a Muslim? Rumors gain steam, defying facts
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
“President Obama is a Muslim.” “He’s not an American citizen.” “He wasn’t even born here.” None of this is true. But to surprising levels, it is believed.
Rec calendar
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
Lawrence Bicycle Club Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.
Judge considers paralysis sentence
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man’s spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him, the brother of the victim said Thursday.
Old tractors brought back to life for competitions
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
Unquantifiable numbers of garden tractors and lawnmowers in various states of disrepair are littered about a southwest Topeka property.
Clemens indicted in steroid case
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Roger Clemens was vehement: “Let me be clear. I have never taken steroids or HGH,” he told a House committee in 2008. Now, instead of the Hall of Fame, baseball’s seven-time Cy Young winner could go to prison after being indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying to Congress.
Chiefs QB Cassel making strides in year two
August 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Matt Cassel may be known some day as more than the only quarterback to start a game in the NFL without starting in college.
Voters face a dismal choice
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Democrats seem determined to teach us the price of vacillation, while the Republicans are bent on instructing us on the rewards of obstruction. What a helluva choice awaits in the November election.
Mosque an issue of decency, not rights
August 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s hard to be an Obama sycophant these days. Your hero delivers a Ramadan speech roundly supporting the building of a mosque and Islamic center at Ground Zero in New York. Your heart swells and you’re moved to declare this President Obama’s finest hour, his act of greatest courage.
Net Worth: Pop music takes on surprising depth at different speed
August 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Perhaps true art can be made from anything once it’s placed in a different perspective.
Audiences will feel beaten by ‘The Switch’
August 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston headline “The Switch,” which starts with a potentially adventurous sperm-donor premise and utilizes it as the backdrop for a tedious romantic comedy.
40 years ago: Parched land finally recieves some rain
August 20, 2010
Rain finally arrived in the area, much to the relief of dying gardens and parched crops. The heaviest rainfall of the year dumped 1.65 inches of rain on the city, mostly before 8:00 a.m. Tiny hailstones and ear-splitting thunder accompanied the storm.
25 years ago: Lecompton fires dog warden
August 20, 2010
Lecompton’s new Dog Warden was fired after two months for “not living up to his agreement with the city,” said the city’s mayor. The job entailed collecting stray dogs and making sure dogs were licensed, but there were reports that the warden’s own dogs were unlicensed.