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Archive for Friday, February 26, 2010

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Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
At home KU vs. Iowa State
Polls
Should parents have to co-sign for a credit card if their college student is under age 21?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
58%
No
 
40%
Not sure
 
1%
Total 1448
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12:00 a.m.
The home of the Lawson and McMillen families circa 1917.  In back: Sara and Logan Lawson. In front, from left: Wes Lawson (younger brother of Bertha McMillen) and the first grandchildren, Dale and Don McMillen. The old stone at Stony Point
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…
6:00 a.m.
Sunset Hill second-grader Miles Mosher, 8, right, points out some of his work hanging in the school’s hallway Thursday, during parent-teacher conferences. From left, with Mosher, is his teacher, Michele Duncan, his mother, Suzy Green, his stepfather, Casey Green, and his father, Matt Lewis. District mulls some savings suggestions
February 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Amid the $5 million budget crisis, Lawrence school administrators say the district is considering some ideas from a group opposed to closing schools, but not all of them are workable.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson shakes hands as he  enters the House Chambers Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, to deliver his State of the State address. House approves statewide smoking ban; measure goes to governor
10:04 a.m., February 25, 2010 Updated 2:43 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Supporters of the ban said it will improve the health of Kansans and decrease the ill effects of second-hand smoke.
2:00 p.m.
"Victim" Jacob Breyne, plays dead as Annie Wildgen, Camas Buerger, and Kailee Dudley take crime scene information to be processed. Central Junior High ninth grade biology students took part in a crime scene investigation exercise on Thursday. Students work murder crime scene as part of biology class
February 25, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Central Junior High students combed a body-littered auditorium looking for clues.
6:00 p.m.
Art House founder Matt Christenot, left, sits with engineer Jim Barnes, center, and co-engineer Isaac Flynn, right, inside of the Art House, 912 Illinois St. Creative space: Musicians, filmmakers, artists and more become roommates at the Art House
February 26, 2010
Record a song. Edit a movie. Paint a picture. Take a guitar lesson. Get a haircut. All these options are readily accessible in a town like Lawrence. Now, all can be found in one house…

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Wednesday’s blood drive in Topeka pits KU fans against K-State fans
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B8
The Community Blood Center in Topeka is having a blood drive on Wednesday to see who donates the most blood — K-State fans or KU fans.
Mini dance marathon for Lawrence high school students to benefit local children’s hospitals
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University Dance Marathon is having a Mini Marathon, which will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the west gym at Lawrence High School, 1901 La. The event costs $5 to attend and all donations benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
KU grad plans bike ride to raise money for those in poverty who need prosthetics
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B2
Lawrence resident and KU graduate Patrick Mathay is organizing a fundraiser bike ride from Oregon to Guatemala this summer.
Legislation being put together to increase state and employee contributions into KPERS
03:36 p.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 03:37 p.m. in print edition on A4
Current retirement benefits are safe, but the system’s ability to weather future economic downturns has been compromised, official says.
Kansas reports tax revenue shortfall for February of $71 million
More cuts may follow
03:35 p.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 11:53 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson backed away Friday from his opposition to additional cuts in the state’s current budget after a report showed tax collections this month were $71 million short of expectations.
As City Hall considers a plan for the future of the Oread Neighborhood, the neighborhood association finds itself at a crossroads
Election shakes up neighborhood association board
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
It is an important time for the Oread Neighborhood. City Hall planners are sketching out a new vision for what the neighborhood will be like for the next 20 to 30 years, and they are doing so at a time when pressure is increasing to convert many older Oread homes into boarding houses that can be rented out to large amounts of people.
Judge gives convicted rapist maximum prison sentence despite plea agreement
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
A Douglas County District Court judge ignored the recommendations of a plea agreement and instead handed down the maximum sentence Friday to a man convicted of raping a Kansas University graduate student outside of a Lawrence bar last August.
Businesses say liquor tax ‘bad public policy’
12:22 p.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 12:44 p.m. in print edition on A4
House Bill 2593 would double gallonage taxes, raising $22 million per year, which would be divided between helping community mental health services and providing in-home care for Kansans with severe developmental disabilities.
Final candidate for KU School of Music dean is from University of Utah
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
The final candidate for dean of Kansas University’s School of Music is Robert Walzel, director and professor of music at the University of Utah School of Music.
Hacked off! Lawrence computer users exposed to a variety of hacking techniques to compromise online accounts
February 26, 2010
The hacking of two Lawrence high school classes’ YouTube accounts this week serves as a cautionary tale for how to better protect your online passwords…
Three Lawrence men indicted, following raid, for alleged involvement in meth trafficking
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has indicted three Lawrence men for allegedly taking part in methamphetamine trafficking after a recent raid at a home east of Lawrence.
Lawrence paraplegic, home health agency pleading for end to Medicaid cuts
Home agency saved his life, but state’s financial crisis puts program in jeopardy
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Bob Kania’s home health care was put into jeopardy when Gov. Mark Parkinson cut the Medicaid reimbursement rate by 10 percent on Jan. 1. His case manager had to fill out paperwork to justify his needs, so he could remain at home and not in a nursing home.
Facing criticism over proposal to drug test Kansans receiving state assistance, legislator proposes testing lawmakers
09:32 a.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B3
A House Republican responded to criticism of her bill requiring random drug testing of Kansans on state assistance by proposing an amendment mandating the 165 members of the Legislature undergo the same type of screening.
Kansas House advances bill to expand tax breaks for businesses bringing new jobs to Kansas
09:30 a.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 03:02 p.m.
A proposed expansion of a tax break for businesses bringing workers to Kansas advanced Friday in the Legislature, despite concerns that the cash-strapped state can’t afford it and would be attracting lower-wage jobs.
House panel clears Tiahrt of ethics wrongdoing
08:29 a.m., February 26, 2010 Updated 11:41 p.m. in print edition on B1
A U.S. House ethics committee has says it found no evidence of wrongdoing in an investigation that involved Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas.
Meetings and gatherings
February 26, 2010 in print edition on D3
Meetings and gatherings in the area this week.
Snow, rain pummel Northeast
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
A slow-moving winter storm packing heavy, wet snow and potentially flooding rain spread over the Northeast on Thursday, disrupting air traffic and closing schools. Utility companies braced for possible widespread power outages overnight from high winds and toppled trees.
Nebraska lawmakers discuss fetal pain abortion bill
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A6
A group of lawmakers is pushing to make Nebraska the first state to outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the argument that the fetus might feel pain during the procedure.
Creative space: Musicians, filmmakers, artists and more become roommates at the Art House
February 26, 2010
Record a song. Edit a movie. Paint a picture. Take a guitar lesson. Get a haircut. All these options are readily accessible in a town like Lawrence. Now, all can be found in one house…
Concerns voiced about new homeless shelter
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
A plan to relocate Lawrence’s homeless shelter to the eastern edge of the city won’t be without opposition, but a Thursday evening forum attracted a smaller crowd of opponents than those drawn to previous proposals.
People in the news
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B6
Vancouver police say “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig has been found dead.
Disco stayin’ alive in MTV movie
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B6
Music of a certain vintage receives a serious makeover on two very different offerings.
SeaWorld says it will keep whale despite trainer’s death
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A8
Despite calls to free or destroy the animal, SeaWorld said Thursday it will keep the killer whale that drowned its trainer, but will suspend all orca shows while it decides whether to change the way handlers work with the behemoths.
Movie review: “The Last Station”
February 26, 2010 in print edition on C2
“The Last Station” is a moving, fictionalized account of a piece of real Russian history, a tour de force for an actor who’s in his prime in his 70s and 80s, and a real return to form for a director most at home in period pieces…
District mulls some savings suggestions
Group says schools not using all their money wisely
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
Amid the $5 million budget crisis, Lawrence school administrators say the district is considering some ideas from a group opposed to closing schools, but not all of them are workable.
KU’s Self: OSU trip just for business
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bill Self won’t be grabbing a burger or a beverage at world famous Eskimo Joe’s restaurant tonight or Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.
Veritas boys win; girls lose in state tourney
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Elijah Penny scored 27 points, and the Veritas Christian boys basketball defeated W.A.H.A., 49-37, on Thursday night in the first round of the KCAA state boys basketball tournament.
Wetmore upsets Seabury
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Wetmore, a winner only twice this season, stunned Seabury Academy, 55-50, in a Class 1A regional boys basketball game Thursday.
Kansas Class 6A State Wrestling Preview
February 26, 2010
The following city wrestlers will compete in this weekend’s Class 6A state wrestling tournament in Wichita.
Former KU lineman shares NFL combine stories
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
There’s no documented proof that this is how it went down, but it’s possible that former Kansas University lineman Keith Loneker owes his five-year NFL career to a cartwheel.
LHS-Free State girls to kick off doubleheader
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence High girls basketball team will look to exact a bit of revenge during tonight’s matchup with Free State, which begins at 5:30 at LHS and represents the first game of a girls/boys doubleheader.
Size could be factor in Free State-Lawrence High boys basketball matchup
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
He might be relatively new to the whole Lawrence High-Free State rivalry, but Firebirds center Josh May figures to play a potentially sizable role in it tonight.
Hummer brand runs out of gas
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
One thing you can say about the Hummer, roaring down the road, towering over subcompacts like an NBA center in a sea of toddlers: It always drew a reaction.
House sends Patriot Act extension to Obama
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
Key provisions of the nation’s primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House on Thursday evening after Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.
Rising jobless claims reflect weak recovery
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
Layoffs are no longer dropping as they were in the final months of last year, reinforcing fears that the jobs crisis will weigh down consumer spending and the economic rebound.
College athletics shaken up
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B1
While no massive temblors have been reported, ominous financial rumblings are creating cracks in the walls and shaking dishes off the shelves in college athletics these days. We’ll see a lot more wavy-gravy as struggling sports treasuries are further depleted.
Government raises its flag in Marjah
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Afghan government laid symbolic claim to the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday with a flag-raising ceremony and the formal installation of a new civilian administration.
Mall aquarium springs a leak, douses shoppers
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
When you’re shopping for a pair of Seven jeans or ankle boots, you wouldn’t expect to be met by a flood of saltwater and the imminent specter of sharks. But shoppers at the Dubai Mall faced just that prospect Thursday when the center’s massive aquarium sprung a leak.
Interval training can cut exercise hours
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
People who complain they have no time to exercise may soon need another excuse.
Madoff aide charged with cooking books
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A2
Bernard Madoff’s claim to have pulled off his multibillion dollar swindle without assistance fell apart further Thursday, as one of his longtime aides was charged with helping him cook the books.
Tonganoxie High students try out for MTV reality show
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A5
It isn’t every day your e-mail inbox includes a message from producers at MTV, but that was the case for Tonganoxie High School Principal Jamie Carlisle. In a note that Carlisle nearly deleted, MTV outlined its interest in giving his students the opportunity to live out their dreams on the MTV reality show “Made.”
KU swimming and diving team in fourth at Big 12 Championships
February 26, 2010
Juniors Joy Bunting and Iuliia Kuzhil and senior Megan Proehl led the Kansas University swimming and diving team into fourth place at the conclusion of day two of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday.
Two arrested in connection with auto burglary
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man and an 18-year-old Eudora man were arrested Thursday morning on charges of auto burglary, theft and criminal damage.
Rec Calendar
February 26, 2010
Lawrence Bicycle Club Various rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.
Obama, Democrats on their own after health care summit
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A1
With Republicans apparently unmoved by a daylong face-off on live TV, President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress face the test of whether they can overhaul the nation’s health care system by themselves.
MCAC Tournament next for Haskell women
February 26, 2010
A rubber game with Peru State looms large for Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team.
Veritas convocation to feature ‘Idol’ finalist
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B8
An American Idol finalist from 2007 will perform at the Veritas Christian School’s convocation March 4.
Crisis spotlights auto electronics
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B7
Investigations into whatever is lurking behind Toyota’s crisis of quality have put a spotlight on all that can go wrong with auto electronics — the growing number of wires, sensors and computer chips that have profoundly changed the automobile in the last decade.
Consumers must learn basics of credit card law
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B7
“Credit card debt, does it ever end?” That’s a haunting line delivered by comedian Amy Poehler in a 2006 “Saturday Night Live” skit also featuring Steve Martin and Chris Parnell.
Pump patrol
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
Interchange closure a ‘business decision’
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A3
Closing an interchange in North Lawrence may be a “business decision” for the Kansas Turnpike, but it’s a decision that will be certain to affect a much smaller business run by Brett Sullivan.
Net Worth: Free State High joins ‘lip dub’ rivalry … in reverse
February 26, 2010 in print edition on C1
City’s high school rivalry finds a creative outlet via lip dubs.
Horoscope for February 26, 2010
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B6
For Friday, Feb. 26: You often feel uncomfortable and more awkward than you have in many years. Get past those feelings by focusing on what you are doing. Success heads toward you because you are focused on gaining and growth. If you are single, you could meet someone who knocks your socks off. If you are attached, the two of you will become closer if you take up a mutual interest together.
Obama, GOP agree on some health areas
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A8
Democrats and Republicans found plenty areas of agreement at President Barack Obama’s health care summit Thursday, starting with a shared belief that the system needs fixing. When they delved into the details, though, consensus evaporated in many cases.
Climate warning
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
This is the coldest winter I’ve experienced in years. You too, probably. Last summer wasn’t exactly the scorcher we might normally expect. So, what are you going to believe? Your experience dealing with this cold weather and high gas bills or data put out by scientists who secretly may have invested in wind and solar power and electric cars. It’s obvious! We’re experiencing a cooling trend!
Plenty of potholes
So much for predictions that Lawrence would see fewer potholes this year. It seems Mother Nature had something else in mind.
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
On Jan. 22, city officials told the Journal-World that their crews had filled and/or refilled 2,368 potholes in the previous two weeks. From the looks of Lawrence streets today, most of those potholes are back and they’ve brought their friends.
Nerves likely for city wrestlers at state tourney
February 26, 2010 in print edition on B3
Of all the obstacles awaiting his team at this weekend’s 6A state wrestling tournament in Wichita — powerhouses Derby and Goddard, for instance — the thing that seems to be garnering most of Lawrence High coach Pat Naughton’s concern is his team’s response to the nerves that inevitably come with performing on such a lavish stage.
Olathe man arrested on aggravated assault charges
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 38-year-old Olathe man was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault.
Politics thrives on unreality
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Ever since that night in June when we filed onto the football field in our mortarboards and gowns and the distinguished speaker (what was his name?) informed us that we were entering a time of rapid and unparalleled change, we’ve been waiting and hoping, but here we are, all grown up, and the same soupy music is dripping from the ceilings of lobbies, the internal combustion engine rules the land, ditto the hamburger, fashion is retro, movies tend to be remakes, and Congress is more like itself than it ever was before.
Modern wonders have inherent dangers
February 26, 2010 in print edition on A7
Amazingly, the congressional hearings on Toyota were relatively civilized. Apart from some inevitable theatrical hectoring, the questioning was generally respectful, the emotions controlled. This was all the more remarkable given the drama of some of the testimony, such as that offered by a tearful Rhonda Smith, who recounted how, in her runaway Lexus, she had called her husband because “I wanted to hear his voice one more time.”
100 years ago: New state law allows legal medicinal liquor sales
February 26, 2010
There are due to be many tests of the new state law that allows sale of liquor for medicinal, mechanical and scientific purposes. Druggists are due to be the sellers.
40 years ago: No action to be taken in paper case
February 26, 2010
It appeared KU would take no action against those BSU members involved in confiscating the Daily Kansan on the campus. The action allegedly was a BSU protest against some of the material in one edition of the UDK.
25 years ago: Kansans lobby for agriculture assistance
February 26, 2010
Kansans mounted a two-front assault in their lobying campaign for agriculture assistance, with legislators leading the charge on Capitol Hill in Washington while Gov. John Carlin took up the fight at the White House. Two local Kansas legislators were in Washington for the big push. They were John Solbach and Robin Leach.