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Archive for Saturday, July 3, 2010

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
A crowd presses against the railing along Seventh Street as two cyclists run neck and neck during the 2010 Tour of Lawrence Street Sprint event in downtown Lawrence. Crowd gathers for Tour of Lawrence race
July 3, 2010 in print edition on 1B
With a camera around her neck and video camera in hand, Lora Webb stood ready to watch bicyclists sprint up Seventh Street in downtown Lawrence on Friday night.
10:00 a.m.
Boat traffic moves on Clinton Lake Wednesday, June 30. The long Fourth of July weekend should boost the local economy with campers and boaters converging on the lake. Holiday weekend could bring 50,000 people to Clinton Lake
July 2, 2010 in print edition on 1B
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.
2:00 p.m.
Frankly American: Move over, apple pie; hot dogs reign on 4th
July 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
A frank. A wiener. A hot dog. Call it what you will, but our nation can’t get enough of them.
6:00 p.m.
From posters to posting: Lawrence bands offer best ways of utilizing Internet to promote their music
July 3, 2010 in print edition on 1D
Gone are the days when the only way a Lawrence band had to promote itself was by stapling fliers to telephone walls or taping album promos to store windows. Yes, the rise of the Internet has made an enormous difference for musicians trying to connect with their fanbase.

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Police searching for car after strong-arm robbery
04:47 a.m., July 3, 2010 Updated 05:15 a.m.
Police are searching for a silver Dodge Magnum with three occupants who were reportedly involved in a strong-arm robbery.
Children of accused spies confront identity crisis
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
Children often ask the question “Who am I?” as they come of age, but that’s nothing like the identity crisis now confronting the sons and daughters of four couples accused of spying for Russia.
Lawyer: Spy suspect’s dad told her to go to police
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
A lawyer for a Russian diplomat’s daughter accused of being a spy said Friday that her father told her to go to police with a fake passport an undercover FBI agent had given to her, leading to her arrest and solitary confinement.
Health care overhaul may mean longer ER waits
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million.
From posters to posting: Lawrence bands offer best ways of utilizing Internet to promote their music
July 3, 2010 in print edition on D1
Gone are the days when the only way a Lawrence band had to promote itself was by stapling fliers to telephone walls or taping album promos to store windows. Yes, the rise of the Internet has made an enormous difference for musicians trying to connect with their fanbase.
Government changes would dismay America’s founders
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
This weekend, millions of Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July.
29 times as a bridesmaid, then finally a bride
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
After walking down the aisle 29 times as a bridesmaid, it wasn’t until Julie Caldwell was moments away from the church that it sank in that she was finally the bride.
Faith forum: What is the meaning of the phrase ‘true freedom’?
July 3, 2010 in print edition on D1
Every major religious tradition teaches that our true freedom lies in serving others. That wisdom is reflected in other arenas of life.
Petraeus seeks to unify U.S.-Afghan effort
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
Our policy in Afghanistan may remain the same under Gen. David Petraeus, but his confirmation hearing this week offered fascinating clues about the very different way he will carry it out.
Source: Stoudemire done in Phoenix
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
A person with knowledge of the situation says Amare Stoudemire’s days with the Phoenix Suns are over after the team reached contract agreements with forward Hakim Warrick and center Channing Frye.
Travolta thanks fans for demanding ’Grease’
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C7
John Travolta is thanking his adopted Florida hometown, Ocala, after residents waged an online campaign to bring a limited rerelease of his hit “Grease” to the area.
Plane crash probe opened
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
Federal officials on Friday began their investigation into a fatal plane crash that killed two people.
Speed racers: Cyclists sprint through downtown
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Most summer nights, one of the most popular draws to downtown Lawrence is the Free State Brewing Company’s “cyclist” beer, a mixture of lemonade and Wheat State Golden ale.
Farmer recalls grain elevator collapse in Russell
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
Agco elevator workers Sean Banks, 19, of Russell, and Max Greve, 21, of Wakefield, Neb., were killed in the June 24 accident.
Around and about
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Around and about for the week of July 3, 2010.
Mexican murder suspect says U.S. consulate infiltrated
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
Lesley Enriquez was among three people connected to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez who were killed March 13 in attacks that raised concerns that Americans were being caught up in the drug-related violence raging in that border city and across Mexico.
Armstrong takes 4th in opening time trial of Tour de France
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C5
Lance Armstrong hardly could have imagined a better start to what he’s calling his last Tour de France.
100 years ago: Naismith teaching women’s swimming class
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 3, 1910: “Dr. James Naismith, physical director of the university, is teaching a class of young women to swim. An average girl can be taught to swim across the pool in five lessons. Every day from three to five, the pool is filled to capacity with the girls who are just beginning to appreciate the lure of the old swimmin’ hole for little brother.”
40 years ago: Newspaper sale price of 20 cents forseeable
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
An official of Gannett Newspapers was quoted as saying that the “day of the 20-cent newspaper is tomorrow.” He noted that some daily newspapers had “timidly and apologetically” raised their prices to 15 cents in recent weeks, and he predicted that most newspapers in the country would eventually follow their lead. (The Journal-World was available for ten cents per copy on this date.)
Nadal cruises into Wimbledon final
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
Rafael Nadal knows exactly where he was, of course, on the first Sunday of July 2009, the only time in the past five years that the Wimbledon men’s final went on without him.
Paris Hilton marijuana charges dropped after arrest in South Africa
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C7
A court in South Africa has dropped a marijuana-smoking case against Paris Hilton.
Driving blind? Maybe, with new high-tech car
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality.
City to consider permits for power plant
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
Plans for a new hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River are reaching a new stage.
Judge urged to reject former execs’ motion
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
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.
Kelsey Grammer, wife end 13-year marriage
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C7
Kelsey Grammer and his wife are divorcing after nearly 13 years of marriage.
Apple says iPhones show too many bars
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Apple Inc. said Friday that it was “stunned” to find that its iPhones have for years been using a “totally wrong” formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.
Court sides with Gov. Schwarzenegger on wages
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
A state appellate court on Friday sided with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to temporarily impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.
Jefferson made big slip in Declaration
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
Preservation scientists at the Library of Congress have discovered that Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchial rule.
USAID compound in Afghanistan attacked; 4 killed
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Taliban suicide attackers stormed a four-story house used by an American aid organization in north Afghanistan on Friday, killing four people before dying in a fierce, five-hour gunbattle with Afghan security forces.
City of Chicago OKs new handgun restrictions
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Chicago City Council on Friday approved what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the nation, but not before lashing out at the Supreme Court ruling they contend makes the city more dangerous because it will put more guns in people’s hands.
Noble leads Cactus
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C3
Drew Noble gave up just two hits and struck out 11 batters as the Lawrence Cactus defeated Rogers County, Okla., 7-4, on Friday in the Glen Winget Memorial Tournament.
RNC Chairman Steele takes heat for war remarks
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Republican chairman Michael Steele drew criticism from within his own party Friday, including calls to resign, after saying the 9-year-old commitment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan was a mistaken “war of Obama’s choosing.”
Off-duty coroners save choking boy
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
Two off-duty deputy coroners in central Pennsylvania showed they’re pretty good with living patients too.
Home buyers nationwide win more time to claim tax credit
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B4
President Barack Obama signed Friday morning a three-month extension on the deadline for home buyers to obtain a federal home-buyer tax credit of up to $8,000.
City code clarifies fireworks etiquette
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
Fireworks regulations for the Fourth of July weekend are different depending on the location of each celebration.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates tightens interview rules
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered military officials Friday to get Pentagon clearance for interviews and other media contacts after President Barack Obama fired the top general in Afghanistan for embarrassing comments in a magazine article.
Brimming with style
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B7
There are practical reasons for hats in summer: hair wet from a day at the beach, protection from the sun’s bright rays.
Club news
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for the week of July 3, 2010.
Scouting news
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
Scouting news for the week of July 3, 2010.
4-H and FCE news
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B5
4-H and FCE news for the week of July 3, 2010.
Tibetans have developed high-altitude gene
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
Over a mere 3,000 years — a blink of an evolutionary eye — Tibetan highlanders have developed a unique version of a gene that helps them cope with life at extremely high altitudes.
Pruning by hand sometimes most effective
July 3, 2010 in print edition on D7
Right now, you have with you a most useful pruning tool — two different kinds of pruning tools, in fact: your hands, and your thumbnail.
25 years ago: Firework safety on people’s minds following explosion in Oklahoma
July 3, 2010
Fireworks sales were underway in big tents outside the city limits. New items were available, and old favorites such as sparklers, smoke balls, snakes and Roman candles were selling well. Some customers commented on their increased awareness of fireworks handling safety since the June 25 explosion at a fireworks plant in Oklahoma.
FAIR response
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
Sheldon Weisgrau has no ethical responsibility to be truthful (Public Forum, June 25). The Journal-World, on the other hand, does have an ethical obligation to ensure that it does not publish malicious lies.
Money rules
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A7
So Perkins is retiring? I doubt it. These hired guns almost never really retire unless they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar.
Report: KU offensive lineman Thorson breaks foot
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C3
Reports surfaced late Friday that Kansas University offensive lineman Brad Thorson will miss an undisclosed amount of time because of a broken foot suffered Friday morning.
Germany coasts into World Cup semifinals
Spain earns first final four berth in 60 years
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C5
Don’t mess with Germany, on or off the soccer field.
Gulf Coast expects a glum Fourth of July with oil spill
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B4
White-sand beaches that should be crowded with sunbathers are instead dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Normally packed hotels are trying to fill rooms ahead of what is a crucial weekend for beach businesses. Across the oil-stained Gulf Coast, it’s going to be a glum Fourth of July.
Analysis: Fewer options exist for battling recession
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B4
Just when they might be needed the most, the rescue ropes that hauled the nation out of the Great Recession have become badly frayed. A much-feared “double dip” economic downturn would find interest rates already slashed to near zero by the Federal Reserve and lawmakers leery of voting for billions of stimulus dollars as they face re-election.
Royals rally for victory against Angels in 10 innings
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Mike Aviles singled home the tying run in the ninth inning, and Willie Bloomquist had an RBI single in the 10th, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Crowd gathers for Tour of Lawrence race
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
With a camera around her neck and video camera in hand, Lora Webb stood ready to watch bicyclists sprint up Seventh Street in downtown Lawrence on Friday night.
Sutton to transfer from K-State
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
Kansas State senior forward Dominique Sutton has been released from his scholarship and will transfer.
Big 12 reprimands Tuberville
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
New Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has been reprimanded by the Big 12 after an interview in which he questioned the future of the conference.
Former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder finds new life with 76ers
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
The future spread in front of Quin Snyder like a sprawling, conquerable plain. At 32 he was a prodigy. College basketball’s next big thing. Telegenic, charismatic, he was a natural.
Reports: Pierce staying in Boston
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Boston Celtics have agreed to terms with captain Paul Pierce on a deal that could keep the MVP of their 2008 title run with the team for another four seasons.
World Cup: Uruguay, the Netherlands advance
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B4
Uruguay survived a last-second penalty kick by Ghana in extra time and then won the shootout 4-2 after a 1-1 draw to advance to the World Cup semifinals Friday.
Dollywood, fireworks light up the screen
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C7
As America approaches its 234th birthday, Hallmark marks the silver anniversary of another institution on “Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood.”
Horoscope for July 3, 2010
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C7
This year, you often find a shake-up on the horizon in your work and/or community. You might fear change, and might not like what appears. If you are attached, your significant other could be changing right in front of you. You will need to grow with him or her. If you are single, this is not the year to make a commitment, though you meet potential suitors with ease. Enjoy the dating part of a relationship. Pisces helps you get past problems when you’re stuck.
Jobs report casts shadow over recovery
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A2
A second straight month of lackluster hiring by American businesses is sapping strength from the economic rebound.
Wonder Woman’s new duds spark interdimensional ire
July 3, 2010 in print edition on D8
The wardrobe change came this week, when the publisher put out its 600th issue in the 69-year-old Wonder Woman saga.
European unity tested over crucifixes in classroom
July 3, 2010 in print edition on D8
Crucifixes are on display in many public buildings in Italy, where the Vatican is located, and the Roman Catholic Church has encouraged support for keeping them. They will be taken down in schools, however, if a court ruling stands.
Deciphered David Livingstone letter shows explorer’s despair
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A6
Livingstone was a national hero when he set off to find the source of the River Nile in 1866, but by the time he composed his four-page missive he was at the lowest point in his professional life.
Lawrence man reports jewelry stolen
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 58-year-old Lawrence man reported Friday, June 25, the theft of two rings from the 3100 block of W. 28th St.
Workers decry ruling in Boeing suit
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B8
Angry former aircraft workers criticized a federal judge Friday who dismissed their age discrimination lawsuit against The Boeing Co., saying he never should have handled the case because of his past professional connections to the aerospace giant.
Frankly American: Move over, apple pie; hot dogs reign on 4th
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A1
A frank. A wiener. A hot dog. Call it what you will, but our nation can’t get enough of them.
KU’s Selby eager to return to court
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C1
Wearing a Baker University basketball camp T-shirt and a big smile on his face, Josh Selby on Friday morning dribbled up and down the George F. Collins, Jr. Center court at half-speed.
Political elite say goodbye to Byrd
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A4
Craning their necks and clapping to Appalachian music, West Virginians bid farewell Friday to Robert C. Byrd, their beloved senator who rose from childhood poverty in a coal mining town to become the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress.
Added sugar in diets may explain rise in hypertension
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A5
At the turn of the last century, about 5 percent to 10 percent of American adults were diagnosed with hypertension. Today, the figure is about 30 percent.
Gulf oil spill may be contained, officials say
July 3, 2010 in print edition on A3
By July 15, a new, better cap might replace the present leaky cap on the broken well — temporarily containing all of the oil, said Adm. Thad Allen.
Pump patrol
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at several stations.
Holiday photos sought for contest
July 3, 2010 in print edition on B1
When you’re celebrating this holiday weekend, don’t forget to take some pictures.
Dominique Sutton to transfer from K-State
July 3, 2010 in print edition on C2
Senior forward Dominique Sutton has been released from his scholarship and will transfer.