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Archive for Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, July 7, 2010
Polls
Who won this week's Moran-Tiahrt U.S. Senate debate?

Poll results

Response Percent
I didn’t watch the debate
 
56%
Moran
 
27%
Tiahrt
 
14%
Not sure
 
1%
Total 569
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A screenshot of a map on the Oread's application shows the streets the hotel would like to close on football game days for block parties. Oread hotel looking to close streets for football block parties
July 2, 2010 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 a.m.
A proposed expansion to the Lawrence Public library includes a renovated entrance on Vermont Street, shown in this artist’s rendering. Library project goes to voters
July 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Now available on the new-arrivals shelf of the Lawrence Public Library: An election.
10:00 a.m.
Antonio and Melissa Pam of Lawrence got married last November after dating for three years. Interracial couples find differences foster communication, respect
July 6, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Melissa Pam remembers her first meeting with the in-laws. As she walked through a black neighborhood in Mississippi, kids would yell, “Hey, white girl!” while others would just stare. Today, Melissa is used to being the only white woman at in-law events, and her husband, Antonio, is used to being the only black man.
2:00 p.m.
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little KU’s Chancellor collecting second-largest payout from North Carolina state pension fund
July 6, 2010 in print edition on 1A
In addition to her Kansas University salary, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little receives $209,337 annually from a North Carolina pension plan.
6:00 p.m.
A screenshot of a map on the Oread's application shows the streets the hotel would like to close on football game days for block parties. Oread street closure plan deferred
July 7, 2010 in print edition on 6A
Don’t plan on an Oread street party just yet.

All stories

Threat of rain causes City Band concert to be moved inside
July 7, 2010
The Lawrence City Band’s children’s concert will move inside to Murphy Hall tonight as a threat of rain moves through the area, parks and recreation supervisor Duane Peterson said.
Moran, Tiahrt argue over health care repeal
July 7, 2010
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran’s main rival for a U.S. Senate seat from Kansas is challenging Moran’s right to call himself the first House member to introduce a bill to repeal the new federal health care law.
Survivor recounts details of Cat Tracker fatality as civil case opens in Lawrence
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Testimony begins in fatal Cat Tracker accident.
Investigator finds no evidence that Lawrence City Manager David Corliss made racial slur
02:11 p.m., July 7, 2010 Updated 02:21 p.m. in print edition on A1
An independent investigation was inconclusive on whether City Manager David Corliss uttered the phrase “spear-chucker” during a staff meeting, but the investigator found no evidence that Corliss was trying to make a racial slur.
Collins does not play in Bobcats’ summer league game Wednesday
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins did not play (coach’s decision) during the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team’s 92-71 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.
Two guilty pleas expected in KU athletics ticket scandal
01:37 p.m., July 7, 2010 Updated 07:45 a.m. in print edition on A1
Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are facing federal charges that they knew about a ticket-theft scheme without telling authorities in a timely manner.
Lawrence developer David Freeman begins prison sentence at Arkansas facility
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man whose disclosures to federal investigators led to KU uncovering a theft of nearly 20,000 athletics tickets worth up to $3 million is now in federal custody.
Statewide smoking ban provides loophole for electronic cigarettes
July 7, 2010
Electronic cigarettes are letting smokers “light up” in the face of the statewide smoking ban that took effect last week.
Board of Education plans to discuss state budget issues
July 7, 2010
Kansas State Board of Education members have scheduled a discussion Tuesday afternoon of spending proposals for the fiscal year that begins in July 2011.
Science fiction fans gather at Kansas University
July 7, 2010
Two of the most coveted prizes in science fiction will be awarded next week during a conference at the Kansas University.
Soldiers return to Fort Riley after a year in Iraq
July 7, 2010
More than 400 soldiers of Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division are scheduled to return to Kansas after a year in Iraq.
Weekend rain relieves stress on crops as Kansas wheat harvest comes to a close
July 7, 2010
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports that 84 percent of the wheat acreage had been cut before weekend rain shut down the harvest. Usually by this time, 80 percent is cut statewide.
Fire causes $5,000 in damage at jeweler
07:39 a.m., July 7, 2010 Updated 10:17 a.m. in print edition on A3
Firefighters responded to a call early Wednesday at a jewelry store in downtown Lawrence.
Detroit parents could be jailed for missed meetings
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
The night Demarco Harris shot and killed a woman during a robbery on a Detroit street, his parents told police knocking on their door at 2 a.m. they didn’t know where their 12-year-old was.
Greinke, Royals edge Mariners
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B3
Zack Greinke allowed two hits over seven innings and continued his mastery of Seattle in Kansas City’s victory Tuesday.
Meeting to explore Douglas County child care licensing
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents who are interested in learning more about operating a child care facility are encouraged to attend a free orientation meeting at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Tire company donates to Lawrence soccer league
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
D & D Tire, Uniroyal Tire and Lawrence Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday the donation of $1,042 to Parks and Rec’s Indoor Futbol league.
Several local blood drives planned during July
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Blood donations decrease about 20 percent in the summer, when the need increases.
Report: Local retail lags behind university cities
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
A new report Tuesday showed how far behind Lawrence’s retail economy is compared with several other major university cities.
Predicting the start of menopause
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Suppose you knew from an early age how old you’d be when you started menopause: Would you adjust your life plans accordingly?
Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
A judge sentenced Lindsay Lohan on Tuesday to 90 days in jail and an inpatient rehab program after finding the actress had violated her probation in a 2007 drug case by failing to attend alcohol education classes.
Spain-Germany feels more like World Cup final
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
The reigning European champion vs. the runner-up. The leading scorer at this World Cup vs. No. 2 on the all-time list. The most dynamic team at this tournament vs. a squad that’s yet to show its full brilliance. A three-time champion vs. a team craving its first title. Sounds like a great World Cup final.
Northwest Kansas man has plea hearing in farm theft case
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Kansas man has admitted stealing farm equipment in exchange for a three-year prison sentence.
Child care center sets free fun night
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
Imagine Drop-In Childcare is hosting a family fun night, open house and barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.
Jayhawk Bookstore sold to Nebraska Book Co.
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
The Nebraska Book Co. has bought the Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent Road, the store’s current owner said.
Pepsi inducts employee into Ring of Honor
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Lawrence resident Sheila Ward was recently honored as one of PepsiCo’s top sales performers and was inducted into the PepsiCo President’s Ring of Honor.
Price of stamps going up again
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Buy those Forever stamps now. The cost of mailing a letter is going up again.
Men on Viagra, Cialis show triple rate of sexually transmitted diseases
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
Men taking drugs for sexual potency showed almost triple the rate of sexually transmitted diseases compared with those not taking the medications, a Harvard University study found.
Firing upheld of northeast Kansas schoolteacher over sexual innuendo
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A5
An arbitrator has upheld the firing of a northeast Kansas middle school science teacher accused of using sexual banter in class.
City approves permit for new power plant
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A6
Plans for a new hydro-electric power plant on the Kansas River are moving forward.
Oread street closure plan deferred
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A6
Don’t plan on an Oread street party just yet.
Lawrence man punched, loses tooth in fight
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was a victim of aggravated battery Sunday in the 800 block of Mississippi Street in the Kwik Shop parking lot.
Parliament debates ban on veils
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
France’s justice minister went before parliament Tuesday to defend a hotly debated bill that would ban burqa-style Islamic veils in public, arguing that hiding your face from your neighbors is a violation of French values.
GOP chair staying put despite gaffe
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Michael Steele is staying put as Republican Party chairman.
U.S., Israel call bond ‘unbreakable’
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Eager to show unity to the world, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed talk of a rift as wildly unfounded, and Netanyahu pledged concrete, “very robust” steps to revive sluggish Mideast peace efforts with the Palestinians.
Queen addresses U.N., places wreath at ground zero
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Queen Elizabeth II challenged the United Nations to fight global dangers by “waging” peace, then entered ground zero on Tuesday for the first time to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Understanding Arizona’s immigration law
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Unless it is halted by a judge, Arizona’s new immigration law is set to take effect July 29.
Alleged Army whistleblower felt angry, alone
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
With his custom-made “humanist” dog tags and distrust of authority, Bradley Manning was no conventional soldier.
Fiscal insanity
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) insane?
‘No’ to tax levy
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
The school board wants to raise the mill levy because they need more money to operate. Go back and read the May 17 Journal-World. According to that article, the school board in 2008 allocated $18 million in work for athletic stadiums and fields at both high schools.
Crime online
Local residents deserve the same Internet access to crime reports that’s available in other communities.
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Lawrence Police Department appears to be somewhat behind the times in providing online crime data.
100 years ago: Man drowns at West Linwood bluffs
July 7, 2010
Within plain view of twenty-five people, Roy Sites of Junction City, a watchman on the Union Pacific work extra No. 696 out of this city, was drowned at West Linwood bluffs yesterday afternoon. He had started to swim the river with his dearest friend. Halfway across the latter turned back. Sites was heard to cry at this instant.
40 years ago: Drought settles in over northeast Kansas
July 7, 2010
A drought had settled in over northeast Kansas, affecting the corn and milo crops. Corn was at its critical “tasseling” stage and each day of dry weather was causing more harm. Early heavy rains in the season had only caused plants to develop shallow root systems, which meant that plants were now unable to tap into moisture deep in the ground.
25 years ago: Possible school reorganization brings protest
July 7, 2010
Recent decisions about school reorganization were bringing protests from many parents who preferred that the system stay the way it was. School officials were defending their actions, saying that expected increases in the number of students made reorganization necessary. Some of the changes being discussed involved boundary changes and the establishment of middle schools.
Doctor who coined ‘ageism’ dies
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
Dr. Robert Butler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase “ageism,” has died in New York City, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 83.
U.S. soldier linked to Iraq attack video charged
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
An American soldier suspected of leaking a military video of an attack on unarmed men in Iraq was charged with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and putting national security at risk, the U.S. Army said in a statement Tuesday.
Make a better salad decision
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Iceberg, the most popular lettuce in the United States, is the least nutritious.
What political party does your clothing support?
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C3
Beyond political slogans on T-shirts, your clothing may have political leanings that you never considered.
Put it on the line: Coaches like look of offensive front
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Some coaches like size, some like speed and others like quickness. Kansas University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes prefers intelligence and toughness, at least when it comes to his leaders.
Dutch advance to finals
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Arjen Robben emerged from the bottom of an Oranje mosh pit, mud on his brow and a smile on his face. For good measure, he threw kisses at his teammates and fans. His goal gave the Netherlands a 3-2 victory over Uruguay and a spot in the World Cup final.
Do as I say, not as I drop
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B1
Nothing makes eyes roll faster than a chronic name-dropper blabbing away. Really, is there any more annoying personality-type? Do they think anybody cares that they met this star or that? It’s not as if the experience counted as a thrill for the celebrity.
LeBron James joins Twitter, decision expected Thursday
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
Well, at least we got a tweet out of LeBron James.
Catching up with Brett Favre — in case you forgot him
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B2
While being really indecisive Saturday about a major-appliance purchase at a big-name store, it occurred to me that I hadn’t thought about Brett Favre in a very long time.
Sebelius calls for expedited drug process
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks it’s taking too long to bring life-saving drugs to patients who need them.
Library project goes to voters
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A1
Now available on the new-arrivals shelf of the Lawrence Public Library: An election.
Pump patrol
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.56 at several stations.
Tiahrt, Moran spar over conservative credentials
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A3
The two leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate tried to paint themselves Tuesday as the most conservative and the one best able to take on President Barack Obama.
Kindle burns through other e-readers
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B7
Amazon’s Kindle e-readers are still the best choice for most consumers, despite improved performance from rival Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader and the arrival of Apple’s iPad tablet computer, which offers e-reader capability.
Ocean’s rising carbon dioxide levels threaten coral reef fish
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
The ocean’s rising carbon dioxide levels may cause many coral reef fish to swim toward the smell of predators rather than away from them — and thus toward likely death, marine ecologists said Tuesday.
Oil seeps into Lake Pontchartrain
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
New Orleans, which managed to escape the oil from the BP spill for more than two months, can’t hide any longer.
Gulf awash in abandoned wells
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Odierno eyes U.N. peacekeeping forces for Iraq
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C10
The top American military commander in Iraq said Tuesday that U.N. peacekeeping forces may need to replace departing U.S. troops in the nation’s oil-rich north if a simmering feud between Arabs and minority Kurds continues through 2011.
Black Hills Energy touts benefits of efficiency program
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
Fewer than a dozen Black Hills Energy customers showed up for Tuesday night’s public hearing in Lawrence.
Federal government sues to throw out Arizona’s immigration law
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration sued Arizona on Tuesday to throw out the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law and keep other states from copying it.
Lawrence man reports car stolen
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 46-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday the theft of a 1999 red Toyota Tacoma from the 800 block of Kentucky Street.
Horoscope for July 7, 2010
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you make a difference wherever you are. Others count on and depend on your ability to home in on the bottom line. Your way of dealing with others helps you make new friends. If you are single, you’ll meet someone quite unique and exciting, most likely through your friends or your immediate circle. If you are attached, the two of you might share some sharp words, but ultimately will become closer. Taurus comes through for you.
PBS train travelogue derailed by marketing
July 7, 2010 in print edition on B6
“David Suchet on the Orient Express” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) promises to be a perfect exploration of the life of Agatha Christie and the lost world of luxury train travel. Unfortunately, it’s not a promise kept.
East Coast seeks respite from hot weather
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A8
The East Coast roasted under an unrelenting sun Tuesday as record-setting temperatures soared past 100 from Virginia to Massachusetts, utility companies cranked up power to the limit to cool the sweating masses and railroad tracks were so hot commuter trains had to slow down.
Public trough
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
The duplicitous rhetoric (Journal-World, July 4) being scoop-shoveled by Rich Minder out the door of USD 497’s spiffy executive offices is another disgusting example of the increased squealing at the trough of public money now that said funds are in short supply. Minder is trying to sell the board’s ongoing monument-building as an economic development initiative, replacing the shopworn “for the kids” (it never really was) with “investments (in) human capital.”
Obama immigration message fell short
July 7, 2010 in print edition on A7
Congratulations, President Obama, for finally making your first speech on immigration reform since taking office. Too bad that it was all words and no action, and that it won’t help pass an immigration bill anytime soon.
Farm Inc: The great outdoors
July 7, 2010 in print edition on C1
All Kevin Irick wanted to do was work in the sunshine. Unfortunately, the construction worker also had a broken neck and a doctor squinting at his chart trying to convince him a desk job would be a healthier option.