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The old stone at Stony Point
A mysterious monolith south of Lawrence leads to Depression-era family story
February 24, 2010
Decades-old trees growing between the stone steps that once led down into a basement have a way of robbing your own home of its sense of permanence…
Crime victims could receive compensation
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Victims of property crimes in Douglas County soon could be receiving up to $500 in reimbursement from a new, first-of-its-kind program endorsed Wednesday evening.
Budget shortfalls mean some senior citizens in the state are going hungry
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Senior meal program managers across the state are being forced to make a tough decision: who goes hungry and who doesn’t.
Random wild turkey annoying for some, enjoyable for others
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
A wild turkey is trotting through town, a beloved sight to some and an annoyance to others.
Parkinson appoints Garden City attorney to Kansas Corporation Commission
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B10
Gov. Mark Parkinson has appointed a former southwest Kansas legislator to the state commission that regulates utilities.
Sometimes, a baby makes a man
February 24, 2010
Lena had a fever. It had spiked to 104 degrees and brought with it seizures, spasms of movement that terrified her parents. They called 911. But paramedics could not reach their door; the epic blizzard raking greater Washington had rendered their hillside street impassable. So Lena’s parents bundled her up and walked her down. They rode with her in the ambulance through a city leached of color — no more vibrant reds, blues or greens, just the stark gray of the sky and the brilliant white of the snow.
Eudora, Basehor homes catch fire Thursday
02:43 p.m., February 24, 2010 Updated 10:41 a.m.
Firefighters from Eudora Fire Department and Eudora and Wakarusa township fire department contained a house fire at 1037 Cherry Street in Eudora. Another fire in Basehor was also contained but caused significant damage.
Battle for statewide smoking ban looming
House could agree with Senate plan as early as today
02:39 p.m., February 24, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A3
A showdown over a proposed statewide ban on smoking in indoor public places, such as restaurants and bars, may occur today.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office invites citizens to apply for academy
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
Select Douglas County adults will be offered a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the local sheriff’s office, as part of the agency’s first Citizen’s Academy.
KU architecture professor is finalist for University of New Mexico dean post
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B10
Keith Diaz Moore is an associate professor of architecture and chairman of the architecture program in KU’s School of Architecture and Urban Design.
Former American Idol contestant to perform at Veritas convocation
February 24, 2010
An American Idol finalist from 2007 will perform at the Veritas Christian School’s convocation March 4.
CIA backs off from contention Sen. Roberts approved destruction of terrorist interrogation records
01:11 p.m., February 24, 2010 Updated 03:16 p.m. in print edition on B10
The CIA on Wednesday backed off a recently released 2003 internal memo that suggested Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts approved of the destruction of videotaped interrogations of two suspected terrorists, saying the document should not be taken as an exhaustive review of what happened.
Legislative Democrats tell House speaker to resign from lawsuit against state
10:28 a.m., February 24, 2010 Updated 11:14 p.m. in print edition on A1
Legislative Democrats are putting more pressure on Republican House Speaker Mike O’Neal to remove himself from a lawsuit against the state.
Kansas Congressman — and Senate candidate — seeks to expand U.S. trade with Cuba
February 24, 2010
Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran is co-sponsoring legislation he says would open markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers in Cuba.
10 teams that can win it all: No. 4, Kentucky
Improvement on defense makes UK scary
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
Each week in this space, online editor Jesse Newell will take a statistical look at one of the 10 teams that has the best chance of taking this year’s NCAA title.
People in the news
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
People in the news for February 24, 2010.
Homeless shelter gets 1-year extension
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
Downtown will continue to be home to a homeless shelter for a bit longer.
Calif. politician values bipartisan efforts
Willie Brown visits Dole Institute for black history event
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
California politician Willie Brown told an audience Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics about the value of bipartisanship and making friends on both sides of the political aisle.
40 years ago: Officials pessimistic about state budget
February 24, 2010
Local officials here were pessimistic because of the probable loss of funds if the legislature approved Gov. Bob Docking’s proposal to limit all public budgets to a modest 5 percent increase.
KSU keeps title hopes alive
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B5
Jacob Pullen sees his Kansas State team operating on the road like a corporation.
Greatest KU games: No. 4
Wilt put everyone on notice of his skills
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B4
On the day that Wilt Chamberlain turned in arguably the greatest single-game performance in Kansas University basketball history, a photograph of the then-Kansas University sophomore ran in the Journal-World.
Mass. Market: Soon, groceries downtown will again be a thing of the past
February 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
With The Casbah Market closing its doors, downtown Lawrence will be without a grocery yet again — though it wasn’t always that way.
Marriage proposal set in snow castle
February 24, 2010 in print edition on C8
An Ohio man has created a frosty fairy-tale setting for a memorable marriage proposal, building a snow castle for his girlfriend.
States ponder barring release of 911 calls to public
February 24, 2010 in print edition on C8
Linda Casey dialed 911 and screamed, “Oh, God!” over and over into the phone after finding her daughter beaten to death in the driveway of their North Carolina home. Later that day, she heard the 911 recording on the local news and vomited.
Budget woes spur drastic school overhauls
February 24, 2010 in print edition on C8
Even in a school system known for its academic troubles, the numbers at Vaux High School are jaw-dropping: More than 90 percent of 11th-graders tested last year could not read or do math at grade level.
Survey: Products that changed our lives
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B9
What would we do without cell phones and texting? Or wireless Internet access? Or supermarket convenience foods?
Consumer confidence takes a dive
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B9
Americans’ confidence in the economy has suffered a sudden relapse, dimming hopes that they will start spending — and spurring job growth — any time soon.
2010 Winter Games lack memorable villains
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
If the schedule and weather hold up, tonight’s Winter Olympics coverage (7 p.m., NBC) will concentrate on the Women’s Giant Slalom skiing event.
Rushdie to write on forced hiding
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
Novelist Salman Rushdie plans to write a book about his decade in hiding under a death threat from the Iranian government using a digital archive of his personal papers housed at Emory University, he said Tuesday.
Horoscope for February 24, 2010
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
You could be taken aback by all the opportunities that head in your direction this year. You often feel pulled between your feelings and your goals. If single, you will have your choice of suitors. If attached, the two of you could act like lovebirds again. Cancer understands and appreciates your depth.
Sen. Brown assailed after jobs bill vote
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
A month after being crowned the darling of national conservatives, Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is being branded “Benedict Brown” for siding with Democrats in favor of a jobs bill endorsed by the Obama administration.
Democratic youth support wanes amid political gridlock
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
Whither the youth vote? A year after backing Barack Obama by an overwhelming 2-to-1 ratio, young adults are quickly cooling toward Democrats amid dissatisfaction over the lack of change in Washington and an escalating war in Afghanistan.
Snowmen at Capitol protest tax increase
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
A group opposed to increasing Michigan’s taxes wasn’t about to let a good snowstorm go to waste.
Tests show that Cheney suffered mild heart attack
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a “mild heart attack” — his latest bout in a long battle against heart disease.
Bonuses for ’09 exceed $20 billion
Increase comes as banks lower pay for top executives
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
Bonuses at Wall Street firms jumped 17 percent last year, showing how quickly the industry had rebounded from the financial crisis, New York state’s top economic office reported Tuesday.
U.S. military leaders warn against lifting gay ban too quickly
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Top Army and Air Force officers said Tuesday they would be reluctant to overturn a 17-year policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military without more time to ascertain it won’t hurt the services.
Toyota cautions car problems may continue despite recall
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Toyota’s top U.S. executive told lawmakers on Tuesday that he is not certain the company has fixed its runaway car problems even though it has recalled millions of vehicles around the world.
NASA ponders next space destination
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Where to next? It’s a simple question that NASA can’t answer.
Panel probes lawless Blackwater contractors
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Afghan army and declared “sidearms for everyone” even though employees weren’t authorized to carry weapons.
2 teens injured in school shooting
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
A teacher tackled a man armed with a high-powered rifle just after two teenage students were shot Tuesday at a suburban Denver middle school just miles from Columbine High School, authorities said.
Navy plans to let women serve on subs
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Pentagon has moved to lift a decades-old policy that prohibits women from serving aboard Navy submarines, part of a gradual reconsideration of women’s roles in a military fighting two wars whose front lines can be anywhere.
Source: New full-body scanners for 2 airports
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
The first of 150 full-body scanners planned for U.S. airports will be installed in Boston next week, officials said Tuesday.
Abortion doctor’s license suspended
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
Federal agents raided a clinic where abortions are performed and found “deplorable and unsanitary” conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars, according to the state agency that shut it down and suspended the license of the doctor in charge.
Golfers tie for 12th; Powers closes with 72
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B3
A day after shooting a 1-over par 73, Emily Powes fired an even-par 72 to lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a tie for 12th at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Golf Classic on Tuesday.
Swimmers, divers earn academic honors
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B3
Thirteen members of the Kansas University swimming and diving team were named to the first or second Academic All-Big 12 teams on Tuesday.
Firebirds sweep city bowling dual
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
In Anita Carlson’s five years of coaching the Free State High bowling team, she had never swept Lawrence High at the city dual. The five-year slump is over.
National sports briefs
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B2
Sports stories from around the country for February 24, 2010.
Mistake costs speedskater
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B2
Bode Miller made the kind of mistake that happens in skiing, especially for a risk-taker like him.
Kansas’ Aldrich joins elite company
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich isn’t going to challenge fellow Academic All-American of the Year Jacque Vaughn to a 1-on-1 battle of the brains.
Reesing takes time to make South ninth grader’s day
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
As far as South Junior High ninth grader Tara Rasing was concerned, receiving a Todd Reesing jersey from her physical education teacher at an all-school sports assembly was enough.
Free State girls top SM North, 49-24
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
Typically, a 15-point first-quarter cushion is enough to withstand even the fiercest of comeback attempts, and the Free State girls basketball team’s Tuesday night matchup with Shawnee Mission North was no different.
Lawrence High boys tumble, 62-46
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
If there was a silver lining in the Lawrence High boys basketball team’s 63-46 lopsided loss to Leavenworth on Tuesday, it may have been that Lawrence rediscovered its shooting touch in the second half.
Despite shooting woes, Lawrence High girls win
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
How bad were the Lawrence High girls shooting Tuesday night?
Taking roll: Where school board members stand on the budget
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school board members laid some of their cards on the table Monday as the district seeks to cut $5 million before next school year.
Man sues Royals claiming he was injured by hot dog
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B10
Baseball fans who sit six rows behind the third-base dugout at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium know there’s a chance they might have to duck a few foul balls from time to time.
Harvest bounty brings less cash for Kansas farmers
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B9
Last year’s bountiful harvest in Kansas did not necessarily put more money in farmers’ pockets.
NFL Combine awaits ex-Jayhawks
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University football standouts Darrell Stuckey, Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier are all accomplished football players who possess great skills.
Senior moment: Free State boys hold on for Senior-Night victory
February 24, 2010 in print edition on B1
By his own account, Josh May got plenty of touches in the Free State boys basketball team’s matchup with visiting Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday night.
WellPoint to go ahead with insurance rate hike
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
An executive for the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross told California officials Tuesday that the state’s largest health insurer will go forward with much-criticized individual-policy rate increases of as much as 39 percent once a two-month delay lapses May 1.
Congratulations, Cole
Kansas basketball fans should be proud of the program’s latest Academic All-American.
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
The Kansas basketball team locked up a share of the Big 12 title at Allen Fieldhouse Monday night and Sherron Collins officially became the winningest four-year player in Kansas University history, but the real feel-good news of the evening belonged to Jayhawk center Cole Aldrich.
Bad choices
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
Folks, these are troubling times. The liberals and bleeding hearts are trying to bring us down to their level. We better stand up and get back in control.
Fragile students
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
The public debate that I’ve heard about school closings has left out an important point about Hillcrest.
Jayhawks a bright spot in a cold, ugly winter
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
These days, it is increasingly difficult to be optimistic. The weather in Kansas has been just awful. Every time the snow seems finally to be off the ground, it starts falling from the sky again. In spite of the statistics coming from Washington showing the beginnings of a national recovery, the local economy seems to go from bad to worse. Politicians continue to put party over country and, of course, our military forces are involved in another “surge,” this time in Afghanistan. One begins to wonder when we’ll start hearing some good news about something. When will spring finally come?
Joining forces
A three-city marketing effort could pay off for local economic development.
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
A new plan by business leaders in Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan to forge a combined economic development effort is welcome news.
Is this food safe to eat?
February 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
I read a letter to the editor in the Lawrence Journal-World a couple of weeks ago that shared a concern about donations to food pantries that have expired dates on them. Are canned and packaged foods safe to eat after their expiration date?
Iran sanctions will buy U.S. some time
February 24, 2010 in print edition on A9
It was a blunt exchange with the bitter bite of the ideological battles between talk-show hosts Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly — except the sparring partners were Hillary Rodham Clinton and Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.
100 years ago: Farmers fear corn famine
February 24, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 24, 1910: Many farmers are fearing a corn famine this year because of the bad weather, and seed corn should be tested to see if it survived. There is great concern in the corn belt
25 years ago: Commuter flights halted
February 24, 2010
Commuter fights from Lawrence Municipal Airport to Kansas City International were halted after the operating certificate of a commuter airline was revoked by the FAA. The order was against Capital Air Service of Manhattan.