Archive for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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The day in photos, July 13, 2010
How often do you play the Lottery?

Poll results

Response Percent
Once a year
Less than once a month
Total 708
Do you like the new format for the NCAA tournament?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t know.
Total 369

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
An unidentified man threatens a teller at the KU Credit Union, 3400 W. 6th Street, Monday afternoon. The suspect demanded money and then pulled cash out of the teller's drawer when he became impatient, police said. Police catch suspect in armed robbery reported at KU Credit Union
3:22 p.m., July 12, 2010 Updated 11:23 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, Lawrence police officers apprehended a suspect in the armed robbery of KU Credit Union Monday afternoon, Lawrence police said.
6:00 a.m.
Jay Kennedy, left, and his son, Nick Kennedy, 6, hike out of the woods in Clinton Lake State Park during a geocaching adventure in this file photo from June 2008. Geocachers use GPS to search, with provided coordinates, for a hidden object - sort of a high-tech scavenger hunt. Geocaching game combines treasure hunting and technology in Kansas parks
July 12, 2010
Thanks to technology, treasure hunting is not as hard at it used to be.
10:00 a.m.
First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during the 101st annual NAACP convention, Monday, July 12, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. During her remarks she talked about the Let’s Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. First lady calls on NAACP to help fight childhood obesity
July 12, 2010 in print edition on 1A
First lady Michelle Obama encouraged the NAACP to help fight the growing child obesity rate, just like it fought slavery and discrimination.
2:00 p.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. Lawrence city commissioners to set maximum spending levels for 2011
July 12, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Piece No. 1 of Lawrence’s property tax puzzle is about to fall into place. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will take their largest step yet toward approving a 2011 budget that will hold the line on the city’s property tax rate, but increases water, sewer and trash rates. It also will give city employees a slightly larger raise than they received this year.
6:00 p.m.
Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Thousands expected at annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale
July 12, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Thousands of people are expected to pack the streets on Thursday, July 15 for the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

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Kobach rally in Overland Park evacuated after suspicious package found unattended
09:24 p.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 10:46 p.m. in print edition on A5
A rally featuring an Arizona sheriff and Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach was evacuated after a suspicious package was found on the scene, according to emergency radio traffic.
State Board of Education recommends $471 million increase to schools to ‘fund the law’
05:26 p.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 05:51 p.m. in print edition on A1
The State Board of Education on Tuesday recommended that the Kansas Legislature “fund the law,” which would require a $471 million increase in school funding.
No criminal charges to be filed against man accused of blackmailing KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Douglas County prosecutors don’t plan on filing a criminal case against a former Kansas Athletics Inc. employee accused of blackmailing Athletics Director Lew Perkins over use of loaned personal exercise equipment.
Statehouse Live: State Board of Education urges Legislature to fund schools as law says
July 13, 2010
The recommendation for the 2011-2012 school year will be forwarded to the governor and Legislature for consideration in the next legislative session, which starts in January.
Lawrence resident celebrates 106th birthday
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
While celebrating her 106th birthday Tuesday, the Lawrence resident recounted teaching piano lessons until she was in her 70s. She occasionally plays during religious services in her living unit at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Kansas University Hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care to undergo a $50 million expansion
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care will undergo a $50 million expansion that will add three new patient care floors.
License of former Basehor-Linwood teacher revoked after sex crime against student
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
The State Board of Education on Tuesday revoked the teaching license of a former Basehor-Linwood teacher who received a six-month suspended sentence for one count of battery.
Londerholm withdraws from Republican race for U.S. Senate
July 13, 2010
Former Kansas Attorney General Robert Londerholm is dropping out of the Republican race for U.S. Senate.
Suspect in 1981 rape, for which other man was exonerated, files motion to dismiss
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
The defense attorney for a 54-year-old New York man charged with committing the rape for which a Manhattan, Kan., man spent 10 years in prison has filed a motion to dismiss the charges.
Jury finds Briggs Auto Group not liable in fatal Cat Tracker accident
01:43 p.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 06:09 p.m. in print edition on A1
Jurors have begun deliberations in the civil trial stemming from a 2006 fatal accident involving the Cat Tracker fan bus.
Suspect in KU Credit Union robbery charged with armed robbery
11:31 a.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 05:35 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Douglas County prosecutor Tuesday said a 21-year-old man accused of robbing a Lawrence credit union has a long criminal history, including being shot in 2009 attempting to rob someone at a Lawrence mobile home park.
Lenexa father still missing as daughter’s wedding nears
July 13, 2010
The search continues for a 58-year-old Lenexa man who has been missing since he didn’t show up to take his son to a dental appointment on Thursday.
Most Kansas school districts yet to secure teacher contracts
July 13, 2010
Just weeks before school is scheduled to start, a majority of the state’s school districts have not reached contract settlements with their teachers.
Kansas bar owners say enforcing long-ignored liquor law means higher drink prices
July 13, 2010
A decision by state liquor officials to begin enforcing a long-ignored law may raise the cost of an alcoholic drink — and some bar owners aren’t happy about it.
Financial overhaul gains support from New England senators
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Sens. Olympia Snowe and Scott Brown pushed sweeping financial legislation to the edge of final passage Monday, both announcing they intend to support the regulatory overhaul despite initial misgivings.
Somali militia admits to deadly blasts in Uganda
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
East Africa saw the emergence of a new international terrorist group, as Somalia’s most dangerous al-Qaida-linked militia claimed responsibility for the twin bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people during the World Cup.
Lousiana senator supports birther lawsuits
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship in court.
Broken axle blamed for train derailment in Pottawatomie County
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B8
Union Pacific says it’s found the cause of one of two coal train derailments in northeast Kansas in recent days.
Kansas offensive tackle Spikes sidelined for season
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World has learned that junior tackle Jeff Spikes injured his Achilles tendon during a recent non-contact, non-football accident, and on Monday KU officials confirmed that Spikes “has a lower leg injury and will miss the 2010 season.”
‘Girl with Dragon Tattoo’ fans let the story guide them in Stockholm tour
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C2
Fans of the late crime novelist Stieg Larsson are getting lost in the Swedish countryside, searching for the quaint town of Hedestad featured in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The problem is, it doesn’t exist.
Minnesota standout signs with Iowa State
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Royce White needed a second chance, and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg needed talent.
Fisher decides to stay with Lakers
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Although Derek Fisher thought about joining that burgeoning superteam in Miami, he’s staying in the Los Angeles Lakers’ own collection of stars.
Big Papi wins Home Run Derby
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B4
David Ortiz believes his power swing is all the way back, and now Boston’s beloved slugger has a trophy to prove it.
Viewers turn away from late-night talk shows
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
Jay Leno and David Letterman are in the twilight of their days as late-night TV kings, and it’s not clear that any late-night comic will wield that kind of broad influence again.
Taliban attacks increasingly kill Afghan civilians
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
Taliban insurgents are carrying out more attacks this year than at any time since early in the war, killing increasing numbers of civilians as U.S.-led forces push into the militants’ southern strongholds, an Afghan rights group said Monday.
Pump patrol
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Competition among young pianists ends
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Two young pianists came out ahead of their fellow competitors at Kansas University’s International Institute for Young Musicians on Monday evening.
Kennedy School makes way for East Heights students
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kennedy School will turn 50 years old in January.
Attorney: Stamos had fling with 17-year-old
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
A woman charged with conspiring to bilk actor John Stamos of hundreds of thousands of dollars had a brief romantic fling with him when she was a 17-year-old high school student during a spring break trip to Florida in 2004, an attorney said Monday.
Gibson tape mentions hitting of girlfriend
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
Mel Gibson was heard allegedly acknowledging he hit the mother of his 8-month-old daughter in a recording released Monday by a celebrity news website.
Winfrey biopic based on Kelley book planned
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
Oprah Winfrey’s quarter-century run on daytime TV may be accompanied by a TV film dramatizing her life.
Intelligence not Central to this Agency caper
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
The new series “Covert Affairs” (9 p.m., USA) isn’t believable for a second. And it doesn’t have to try. For reasons never truly explained, fetching blonde Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) joins the CIA and aces every exam, test of physical ability and mental stress. She’s a natural asset and gorgeous to boot.
Horoscope for July 13, 2010
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, your emotional and financial security are prime issues. You also have an unrecognized talent that could be a tremendous asset if capitalized on. Your creativity and imagination will be necessary. If you are single, you could meet people with ease. You don’t realize the power of your words and body language. If you are attached, the two of you often need to work through either/or situations. Leo appreciates you.
Avon buys Silpada for $650 million
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
Avon Products Inc., a direct seller of beauty products, agreed to buy Silpada Designs for at least $650 million in an effort to expand its jewelry business, the company said Monday.
Alzheimer’s detection improves; researchers seek better treatment
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
Scientists are reporting advances in detecting and predicting Alzheimer’s disease at a conference in Honolulu this week, plus more proof that getting enough exercise and vitamin D may lower your risk.
Books offer advice, support on elder care
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
The ladies like him. He’s got jokes, so the staff likes him too.
Hefner moves to own all of Playboy
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
Hugh Hefner wants to buy out the portion of the Playboy empire he doesn’t already own in a bet that the iconic brand can still bring in profits even if the ink-on-paper magazine is past its prime.
Iroquois athletes face passport snag
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
The teams participating in the World Lacrosse Championships in England represent 30 nations, from Argentina to Latvia to South Korea to Iroquois.
BP places new cap on Gulf oil well
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP robots attached a new, tighter-fitting cap on top of the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak Monday, raising hopes that the crude could be kept from polluting the water for the first time in nearly three months.
Gingrich says he’s considering presidential campaign
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday he’s seriously considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination and will announce his decision early next year.
Polanski freed as Swiss reject U.S. extradition request
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a stunning ruling, Roman Polanski was declared a free man on Monday — no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for his extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.
Fidel Castro back in view on Cuban TV
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A6
A relaxed and lucid Fidel Castro returned to the limelight Monday after years spent largely out of public view, discussing world events in a raspy voice in his most prominent television interview since falling seriously ill four years ago.
Lawrence man reports burglary, theft
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported Saturday, July 3, the burglary and theft of personal items from the 2700 block of Grand Circle.
Lawrence woman reports personal property stolen
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 61-year-old Memphis, Tenn., woman reported Saturday the theft of personal items from the 600 block of Rockledge Road.
Lawrence man reports theft of truck
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 53-year-old Lawrence man reported Thursday the theft of a 1996 Chevy S-10 truck from the 1900 block of West 31st Street.
Youth Ensemble’s play is about Baker Wetlands
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Youth Ensemble will perform a play titled “Discovering the Wetlands,” about the Baker Wetlands this weekend, as well as July 23 and July 24.
GOP Senate hopefuls Moran, Tiahrt prepare for final debate
12:00 a.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 08:09 a.m. in print edition on A4
U.S. Senate candidates Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran have sharpened their attacks on each other ahead of the two Kansas congressmen’s final debate before the state’s Aug. 3 Republican primary.
Stern not happy about TV special
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
NBA commissioner David Stern congratulated LeBron James on his decision. He just wishes it came without “The Decision.”
Outrage over Heat amusing
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Miami Heat has become the most hated team in America, and it might be this way for a long time. LeBron James turned from adored to abhorred overnight, apparently. “The fallout continues,” ESPN keeps telling me. Isn’t it great?
KU swimmers honored as Academic All-Americans
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
Four members of Kansas University’s swim team have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
KU soccer player in U-20 national camp
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore soccer midfielder Sarah Robbins has been invited to participate in a second camp for the Under-20 Canadian National Team.
KU’s Self OK with NCAA Tournament expansion plan
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
Get ready for a First Four before the Final Four.
NL team weary of AL’s All-Star mastery
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ryan Howard is sick of all the talk about the American League’s dominance in the All-Star game.
Meet ’n’ greet: Aldrich introduced in Oklahoma City
July 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich wore a gray suit and bright yellow tie to his introductory news conference at high noon Monday at Integris Health Training Center in Oklahoma City, practice court of the NBA’s OKC Thunder. The fashion statement didn’t end with Cole’s outfit.
100 years ago: Creamery and milk products plant considered
July 13, 2010
At a session of the Lawrence Committee a proposition will be submitted for the location of a $10,000 creamery and milk products plant in Lawrence. The promoters expect to manufacture a high grade of butter and condensed milk. Cheese may also be a by-product of the concern, but no cream or milk will be sold.
25 years ago: Urban Renewal Agency to meet with developer planning downtown mall
July 13, 2010
During their second meeting at City Hall, the Urban Renewal Agency discussed the legal ramifications of the group’s broad powers to assist downtown redevelopment. The agency was planning to meet in August with the president of Town Center Venture Corp., which was planning to build a mall in the 600 block of downtown.
40 years ago: Governor on hand for ground breaking at K-Mart distribution center site
July 13, 2010
Gov. Robert Docking and S. S. Kresge Co. President Robert Dewar were pictured turning over the traditional first spadeful of dirt at the site of Kresge’s planned multi-million-dollar, 23-acre warehouse. The building, which was to be by far the largest in Lawrence, was in the Santa Fe Industrial Tract northwest of the city. It was planned for use as a distribution center for 235 Kresge, K-Mart and Jupiter stores within a 300-mile radius. Lawrence was also being considered as a possible location for a new K-Mart store.
‘No’ to taxes
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Just what are our civic leaders smoking? Increasing taxes in a recession? They need to understand that we don’t have any more money to give them. That’s why our per capita spending is lower than cities of similar size. Take more in taxes and we will spend even less.
Corporate grab
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
The so called “tea party” seems to have forgotten history. They are angry, but at the wrong people, or at least for the wrong reason.
Names, numbers
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Most of us are so busy celebrating the fact that the Big 12 Conference did not totally explode that we are neglecting a positive action needed for the future. It is time to get on with our lives and promote our new alliance. It seems to me that a now-overdue task is naming of the new conference.
U.S. options on Iran may be limited
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Which is more threatening to U.S. security interests: the prospect of an Iran with nuclear weapons or the fallout from a U.S. (or Israeli) strike against Iran’s nuclear sites?
Broken system
The fact that many Kansans now pay a higher tax rate on groceries than on alcohol is an indication of a state tax structure that is seriously out of whack.
July 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Perhaps the realization that most Kansans probably are now paying a higher tax rate on a gallon of milk than on a bottle of liquor will prompt Kansas legislators to take a serious and comprehensive look at the state’s tax structure.
Going the distance: Lawrence cyclist treks cross country for personal cause
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C1
After riding a bicycle 1,700 miles across the country, with an additional 2,300 miles to go, Jeff Serbus has every right to complain.
Double Take: Wedding not as important as life that follows
July 13, 2010 in print edition on C1
his week’s column was safely to bed and ready to transmit just as my weekly life-altering experience reached out to grab me.