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Holiday weekend at Clinton Lake The day in photos, July 2, 2010
Do you think the speed limit on your street is appropriate?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t know what the speed limit is on my street
Total 687
Should Lawrence police provide an online mapping service of where crime occurs in the city?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 755
Have you bought fireworks this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 1040

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Wreckage from a small airplane crash lies in a field near Phillips Road off of Highway 24 in rural Jefferson County. New York couple killed in Jefferson County plane crash
8:09 a.m., July 1, 2010 Updated 4:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Two people were killed Thursday morning when the plane they were flying from New York to Arizona crashed in rural Jefferson County just north of Lawrence.
6:00 a.m.
The proposed city budget will keep taxes stable, eliminate 10 unfilled city jobs and pay for a new pothole patching machine that works even in cold weather. City budget plan holds line on taxes
July 2, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Pothole repair will increase in 2011. The city’s property tax rate will not, under a recommended budget from City Manager David Corliss.
10:00 a.m.
People sit in Constant Park downtown to watch the 2009 annual fireworks display put on the Lawrence Jaycees. A safer Fourth: Fireworks safety ensures everybody will enjoy their holiday
June 28, 2010
Fireworks are fun and sparkly, and many people like to put on their own shows at home. But playing with consumer fireworks can be very dangerous and should only be used with extreme caution.
6:00 p.m.
Don Mosher is among helpers back on the job for the Kansas Turnpike's Safety Assist Program, which resumes Friday after being phased out for budgetary reasons in 2008. Mosher will be among helpers driving the turnpike between Topeka and the Kansas City area from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, to help stranded motorists. Among services provided free of charge: change a flat tire, refill a radiator, replace a belt, call for a tow and transport a motorist to a repair shop in town. Kansas Turnpike assistance program returns
8:45 a.m., July 1, 2010 Updated 4:17 p.m. in print edition on 3A
The Kansas Turnpike Authority is putting its motorist assistance program back on the road in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.Even if his customers wish they’d never have to deal with him, Don Mosher can’t wait to get back to work. Mosher returns to his on-the-road job Friday, once again cruising the Kansas Turnpike between Lawrence and Kansas City in search of stranded motorists as part of the turnpike’s Safety Assist program.

All stories

Accident on U.S. Highway 40 blocks traffic west of Lawrence
06:02 p.m., July 2, 2010 Updated 06:33 p.m. in print edition on B1
Traffic was blocked in both directions on U.S. Highway 40 Friday evening after a vehicle accident west of Lawrence.
Holiday weekend could bring 50,000 people to Clinton Lake
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Fourth of July is a busy time at Clinton Lake, but not the busiest. The Fourth of July weekend activity is actually behind Labor Day and Memorial Day. Even so, an expected 50,000 visitors gives enough boost in business to keep park staff on its toes.
Oread hotel looking to close streets for football block parties
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
The owners of a new restaurant and bar complex near the Kansas University campus are looking to kick off a round of block parties during KU football game days this coming season. They just need the city’s permission to use the public’s property.
Kansas residents recover a record $14.6 million in unclaimed property
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
The state treasurer’s office says Kansas residents recovered a record amount of unclaimed property from the state in the past year.
Former Westar Energy executives say company would benefit from convictions
July 2, 2010
Two former Westar Energy Inc. executives facing criminal charges want jurors in their third trial to hear evidence that their former employer has a financial interest in their convictions.
Art project on KU’s Chi Omega fountain receives international recognition
July 2, 2010
A public art display at Kansas University’s Chi Omega fountain has been named as one of the year’s 40 best in the U.S. and Canada by a nonprofit arts group.
Peer counselors to help students master basics of personal finance
July 2, 2010
For students continually stressed over credit card debt, overdraft fees and other financial woes, Kansas University has some help on the way.
Kansas flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Senator Robert Byrd
July 2, 2010
Following a presidential proclamation, Gov. Mark Parkinson has directed flags be flown at half-staff across Kansas to honor the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
First-hand experience: Gill, Long offer unique perspective to KU QBs
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kale Pick and Jordan Webb may not have taken many meaningful snaps during their college careers. But both Kansas University quarterbacks figure to enter the 2010 season with an advantage that most signal callers around the country won’t have — their coaches.
Texas Tech appeals ruling
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Texas Tech is appealing a judge’s decision to allow former football coach Mike Leach to sue for breach of contract.
Four golfers tied for lead at AT&T National
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Arjun Atwal learned years ago to stop comparing himself with Tiger Woods during their many practice rounds together in Florida. There was no comparison Thursday in the opening round of the AT&T National.
Time to put NBA free-agent pieces in place
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Before leaving the United Center around noon Thursday after a surprise 90-minute meeting with Bulls officials, Dwyane Wade rolled down the window in the back of a black SUV, smiled and made a peace sign for the cameras. A D-Wave, if you will. What a tease.
Rec calendar
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B6
Rec calendar for the week of July 2, 2010
Pump patrol
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several stations.
Volunteers ready but left out of cleanup
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Many fishing boats signed up to skim oil sit idle in marinas. Some captains and deckhands say they have been just waiting around for instructions while drawing checks from BP of more than $1,000 a day per vessel. Thousands of offers to clean beaches and wetlands have gone unanswered.
Concerns arise that U.S. economic recovery is slowing
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Concerns are rising that the economic rebound is stalling, but a strong jobs report today would go a long way toward assuaging those fears.
Veteran officer named KCK police chief
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The police department in Kansas City, Kan., has a new chief.
Prosecutor seeks no bail for alleged spies
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
A prosecutor warned Thursday that a powerful and sophisticated network of U.S.-based Russian agents were eager to help defendants in an alleged spy ring flee the country on bail.
Boschee reflects on journeyman Gooden’s new deal
Former Kansas basketball guard has fond memories of ex-teammate, who signed with ninth NBA team
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
If anybody can handle playing for nine teams in nine NBA seasons, it’s Drew Gooden.
McDermott hospitalized after motorcycle crash
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Reality star Dean McDermott is being treated for a punctured and collapsed lung after a motorcycle accident.
Runner becomes cyclist
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Back in the height of distance-running popularity, when Jim Ryun’s head bobbed and his long stride kicked him to the tape first, a runner’s career was closer to starting than ending when his college eligibility expired.
SyFy skips ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Few holidays have as many traditions as Independence Day. Even on television. So it’s with a heavy heart that I warn the TV faithful that there will be no “Twilight Zone” marathon on SyFy this Fourth of July weekend.
Horoscope for July 2, 2010
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, you are able to follow your intuition and your higher mind. Your ability to detach draws a lot of people to you. Some want your opinions, while others just want to be close to you. If you are single, you attract someone unusual and interesting. Be open to a different type of person. If you are attached, a trip planned by the two of you will bond you on a much closer level. Pisces helps you see the big picture.
Nets, Knicks visit with James
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B5
While LeBron James listened to reasons why he should leave his team, Rudy Gay was given a huge reason to stay.
Kansas business faces suit over fall from climbing wall
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
A Stafford County teacher is suing a Wichita inflatable amusement company, saying she fell from a climbing wall owned by the company and broke both legs in April 2009.
Bucks, Gooden agree to deal
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B5
Everyone who thought the Milwaukee Bucks would be among the most active teams on the first day of NBA free agency, please raise your hands. The Bucks made a surprising early splash Thursday, agreeing in principle to a five-year, $32 million deal with free-agent forward and former Kansas University standout Drew Gooden.
City budget plan holds line on taxes
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Pothole repair will increase in 2011. The city’s property tax rate will not, under a recommended budget from City Manager David Corliss.
Toyota engines may be faulty
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday about 270,000 cars sold worldwide, including luxury Lexus sedans, have potentially faulty engines, in the latest quality issue to confront the Japanese automaker after a string of massive recalls.
Testosterone gel linked to more heart problems
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
Many men use a testosterone supplement to treat symptoms linked to testosterone deficiency in older age, such as poor libido and deteriorating muscle strength.
Arizona cops expect intense, nationwide scrutiny of immigration enforcement
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
Police enforcing Arizona’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law are allowed to consider if a person speaks poor English, looks nervous or is traveling in an overcrowded vehicle.
Study: Money can buy one form of happiness
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
Money, it turns out, really can buy you happiness — or at least one form of it, according to the biggest study to examine the relationship between income and well-being around the world.
Tackling questions about debt
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B9
While I’m away for a short vacation, I’d like to pass along some interesting questions — and answers — about debt that came up in a recent online discussion.
Soul music: Christian performers unify R&B: religion and blues
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C1
They call him the Electric Reverend. His full-bodied music is as bluesy as they come, and its Christian lessons are as authentic as any available behind the pulpit.
‘Airbender’ crashes
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C2
In “The Last Airbender,” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan takes the beloved Nickelodeon anime series — the full title was “Avatar: The Last Airbender” — and turns it into 103 minutes of overproduced, stilted nonsense.
Terrorist ties to Islam can’t be ignored
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
The Fort Hood shooter, the Christmas Day bomber, the Times Square attacker. On May 13, the following exchange occurred at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee: Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas: Do you feel that these individuals might have been incited to take the actions that they did because of radical Islam?
Camp departures spur everyday drama
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
A perfect shiny summer day and a crowd of jittery children in clusters on the corner, about to board a yellow bus, their backpacks in a pile, their mothers giving urgent last-minute reassurances, and I stop and stare at this Large Life Event. Kids from nice homes being abandoned by their mothers in broad daylight and sent off to summer camp and God Knows What.
Making sense
What would have really made sense is for school officials to seek approval on changes to the LHS playing fields before completing the work.
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
Especially given the concerns of neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the new Lawrence High School playing fields, it’s disconcerting to have school officials apparently in the position of seeking retroactive consent for work that wasn’t completed according to the city-approved plans.
40 years ago: Curfew violators sentenced to year of jail
July 2, 2010
Two men who pleaded guilty to curfew violations during the April disturbances were sentenced to one year in jail. Both men had been attending Kansas University; one had graduated and the other had been scheduled to start his senior year.
Tour expecting spike in numbers
Second edition of Lawrence bike race kicks off today
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
Last year, 384 racers rolled into Lawrence to participate in the first Tour of Lawrence. This year, race organizers are expecting that amount to nearly double.
Cars with wings may be just around the corner
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
If cars had wings, they could fly — and that just might happen, beginning next year.
Group seeks Pepsi grant for Lawrence schools
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Some Lawrence students and recent high school graduates are seeking your vote.
25 years ago: Commission seems to favor traffic bypass south of town
July 2, 2010
At a recent meeting, most city commissioners appeared to be in favor of the idea of a traffic bypass south and west of Lawrence. City Manager Buford Watson recommended that the city pay 30 to 35 percent of the engineering costs for the southern portion of the loop. Meanwhile, some rural Lawrence residents raised questions about the plan, saying that it could possibly upset the character and environment of the residential areas west of the city.
100 years ago: 14-year-old breaks arm in bicycle/buggy collision
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A9
Ross Huey, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Huey, 1320 New Jersey Street, sustained a broken arm in a collision with a rapidly driven buggy. Ross is a carrier for the World and has been saving for a good many weeks to buy himself a bicycle. This morning the coveted wheel was purchased and within an hour the lad had collided with a buggy.
Kansas agencies to share federal grant expert
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B9
The joint hiring of a federal grant expert marks a growing partnership between two of the state’s leading economic development agencies: the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp.
Handler gets probation in deaths of dogs in Missouri
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
A St. Louis-area dog handler has been sentenced to two years of probation for leaving eight show dogs inside a hot van overnight, killing seven of the animals.
Serena to face Zvonareva in Wimbledon final
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
After Serena Williams moved within a victory of her fourth Wimbledon championship and 13th Grand Slam title overall, she was asked to assess the woman she’ll face in Saturday’s final, little-known Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
Cactus crush BV West, 11-1
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Cactus baseball team routed Blue Valley West, 11-1, on Thursday in the Glen Winget Memorial Tournament.
Jackson returning to coach Lakers
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B5
After just one relaxing week in Montana, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson decided he can handle another season of the NBA grind.
Former KU provost to retire Dec. 31
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
A former Kansas University provost intends to retire from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the organization has announced.
Marines warn of the danger of foreign beauties
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
U.S. Marines preparing for shore leave in the Seychelles islands were having a standard security briefing this week when they were shown photos of a figure who’s been in the news lately: Russian spy suspect Anna Chapman.
Kidnapped girl gets $20M settlement
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
A woman held captive for nearly two decades by a rapist out on parole will receive $20 million from the state of California for her ordeal, during which she bore two children to the man whom officials were supposedly monitoring.
Two die in rains from Hurricane Alex
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The sprawling remains of Hurricane Alex drenched much of northern Mexico on Thursday, paralyzing the major city of Monterrey. At least two people were killed when dry rivers roared to life and highways turned into rushing streams.
Mortgage rates drop to another low
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mortgage rates have sunk to the lowest level in more than five decades, but consumers aren’t rushing to refinance their loans or buy homes.
Millions of vaccine doses to be burned
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired — meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash.
Last 2 shuttle flights delayed
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
NASA’s space shuttle program will keep going until next year.
Kagan confirmation nearly certain
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Senate confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan continued Thursday, as both parties summoned witnesses who presented competing portraits of the nominee.
Apatow developing new Pee-Wee Herman flick
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Pee-Wee Herman is coming back to the big screen in a Judd Apatow production.
Barbara Eden fans can soon read of Jeannie
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Barbara Eden says she’s been bottled up long enough.
‘The Apprentice’ to arrive early this fall
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
A revised edition of “The Apprentice” is premiering as part of NBC’s fall lineup, buying time for a previously scheduled fall entry, “Love Bites.”
Minnelli debuts designs on HSN
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
With velveteen and sequined clothes, Liza Minnelli has brought some glamour to the Home Shopping Network.
Newest ‘Spider-Man’ announced
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
There’s a new Spider-Man in town.
Kansas father acquitted in baby’s death
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B10
A Kansas father has been acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 3-month-old daughter.
Longevity linked to genetic markers
July 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
They may not have discovered the fountain of youth, but scientists are beginning to unravel some of the mysteries of living past 100 — specifically, that it’s in your genes.
New rules bring online piracy fight to campuses
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C8
Starting this month, colleges and universities that don’t do enough to combat the illegal swapping of “Avatar” or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding.
Lawrence Montessori School ready for new building, growth
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B9
In August — once the construction workers leave — Purviz Birdie will move her preschool out of her basement and into a new building.
Midwest companies less confident about economic conditions
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B9
The economic outlook in nine Midwest and Plains states remains positive, but a new report released Thursday suggests businesses in the region are less confident in their prospects than they were this spring.
‘Twilight’ eclipses record with $68.5M debut
July 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Fans are over the moon for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which pulled in $68.5 million in its first day to set a new record for a movie debuting on Wednesday.
Net Worth: Net embraces most annoying sound in the World (Cup)
July 2, 2010 in print edition on C1
Like many Americans during the last few weeks, I’ve become mildly interested in the World Cup. The key word is “mildly.”