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Vintage planes on display 2010 Sidewalk Sale Photos The day in photos, July 14, 2010
Polls
How much do you expect to spend at the Lawrence Sidewalk Sale on Thursday?

Poll results

Response Percent
Nothing
 
81%
More than $100
 
4%
Up to $25
 
4%
Up to $50
 
4%
Between $50 and $100
 
3%
Up to $10
 
1%
Total 765
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Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
These renderings show the before and after for a $50 million expansion to Kansas University Hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care. The expansion will add three floors and 123,000 square feet to the center. Kansas University Hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care to undergo a $50 million expansion
July 13, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Kansas University Hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care will undergo a $50 million expansion that will add three new patient care floors.
10:00 a.m.
Officers from the Lawrence Police Department investigate the scene of an injury accident at 15th and Iowa streets involving the Cat Tracker bus. John Green was killed and another seriously injured in the accident on Saturday, November 18, 2006. A jury yesterday decided Briggs Auto Group was not responsible for the death in the accident. Jury finds Briggs Auto Group not liable in fatal Cat Tracker accident
1:43 p.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 6:09 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Jurors have begun deliberations in the civil trial stemming from a 2006 fatal accident involving the Cat Tracker fan bus.
2:00 p.m.
Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn got first-hand experience Tuesday helping city sanitation workers do their routes in Lawrence. Lawrence keeps options open for increasing water, sewer and trash rates
July 14, 2010 in print edition on 1A
More details emerged Tuesday night about possible water, sewer and trash rate increases at City Hall, although city commissioners weren’t quite ready to approve them.
6:00 p.m.
A ticket scalper offers tickets to fans passing by before 2009 home game. The Kansas Athletic Department is now working to rebuild confidence in the ticket office after officials within the department reportedly sold tickets independently of the department. Former KU Athletics employee Jason Jeffries pleads guilty to ticket scandal charges
6:43 a.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 2:22 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A former KU Athletics employee who resigned in the wake of the million dollar ticket scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

All stories

Examining fossil record, KU researcher find mass extinctions every 27 million years
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
New Kansas University research attempts to document how, every 27 million years, the planet goes through a massive wave of extinctions, and casts doubt on an old explanation for the phenomena.
On eve of sidewalk sale, city report shows sales tax collections on decline
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
As shoppers prepare to swarm downtown Lawrence for its annual sidewalk sale, a new report out of City Hall shows consumer spending hasn’t yet bounced back in 2010.
On cross-country journey, cyclists roll into Lawrence to help build Habitat for Humanity house
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A4
It’s close to 100 degrees with suffocating humidity, but that is not stopping one group of volunteers from getting their work done. Wednesday was the first day of construction for the 30 cyclists who peddled into Lawrence to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity.
Police still waiting for toxicology reports in Oread hotel death
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
More than five weeks after a man fell to his death from an upper-level balcony at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave., Lawrence police said the case is still under investigation.
Moran retains fundraising lead over Tiahrt in U.S. Senate primary race
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
Jerry Moran retained his fundraising lead over Todd Tiahrt in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, according to recent numbers the campaigns released Wednesday. Moran, of Hays, raised $538,000 in the year’s second quarter through June 30 compared with Tiahrt’s $451,000, but Tiahrt’s campaign said the congressman from Goddard was closing
Heat advisory for Douglas County expires
12:45 p.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 09:05 p.m.
The National Weather service has issued a heat advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties. The advisory will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Vintage planes come to Lawrence Airport today
World War II-era planes descend on airport; visitors can check them out today and Friday
11:51 a.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 01:50 p.m. in print edition on A3
A trio of vintage airplanes will be flying into the Lawrence Municipal Airport this afternoon.
Industry group to challenge memorandum on 25-year-old Kansas liquor law
July 14, 2010
A memorandum put out by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division designed to clarify regulations of the pricing of alcoholic drinks is facing a brewing level of scrutiny from those within the industry.
Service restored in east Lawrence after crane runs into power lines
08:35 a.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 10:20 a.m.
Over 2,600 Westar Energy customers lost power in Douglas County on Wednesday morning, according to company spokesman Nick Bundy.
Kansas Department of Commerce to hold classes on agrotourism
July 14, 2010
The Kansas Department of Commerce is offering a five-week course on agritourism in August for farmers, business owners and others.
Former KU Athletics employee Jason Jeffries pleads guilty to ticket scandal charges
06:43 a.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 02:22 p.m. in print edition on A1
A former KU Athletics employee who resigned in the wake of the million dollar ticket scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
Semi catches fire in apartment complex parking lot north of Sixth Street
06:13 a.m., July 14, 2010 Updated 06:19 a.m.
Lawrence firefighters responded to a call of a semi-truck fire in the Graystone Apartment complex parking lot at 5:44 a.m. Wednesday.
Tour de France becoming two-man race
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B6
Not yet half way through, and the Tour de France is already looking like a two-man contest.
Girlfriend charged in McCollum gun hoax
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old woman with falsely reporting a crime in connection with an April incident that led to chaos at Kansas University’s largest residence hall.
Ohio man executed for fire deaths of 5 children
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A6
An Ohio man said he was “heartily sorry” before he was executed Tuesday for the murders of five children in a 1992 Cincinnati apartment fire he set in an attempt to destroy evidence of a burglary.
Commissioners hear alternative to library expansion plan
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
A plan to put an $18 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library on the November ballot moved forward Tuesday night, but not before commissioners were urged to consider an alternative.
Lawrence may go back to former primary system
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
Future Lawrence City Commission elections likely will revert back to an old system that encouraged city primaries.
Turncoat soldier kills 3 British troops in Afghanistan
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
An Afghan soldier killed three British service members with gunfire and a rocket-propelled grenade in the dead of night, a betrayal that highlights the difficulties in rapidly building up Afghan security forces so that foreign troops can go home.
Subpoenas issued to Lance Armstrong, associates in doping probe
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B6
The New York Times is reporting federal authorities have issued grand jury subpoenas to witnesses as part of an investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong and his associates.
South Africa to bid for 2020 Olympics
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Fresh from its successful hosting of Africa’s first World Cup, South Africa said Tuesday it will bid to bring the Olympics to Africa for the first time in 2020.
Woods looking to make history at British Open
Tiger could be first to win three Opens at St. Andrews
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B5
From the middle of the ninth fairway, just to the right of a pot bunker that he managed to avoid, Tiger Woods considered two options from 85 yards into a gentle breeze and executed both of them perfectly.
3 killed, 19 missing after typhoon in Philippines
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A10
The first typhoon to lash the Philippines this year flooded streets in the capital and toppled power lines today, causing widespread blackouts and suspending flights, classes and work in some government offices. At least three people died, and 19 fishermen are missing.
Woods seeks rebirth at golf’s birthplace
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
There’s no better place than St. Andrews — surrounded by ruined cathedrals and tumbled-down castles and monuments to burnt martyrs, the stony debris of epic pride — to regain a sense of humility. The Old Course demands awe, and provides historical context. What’s clear against its backdrop is that Tiger Woods has been a great player, but not a great champion. What’s unclear is whether he’s up to becoming one.
KU soccer player Cressy in nationals
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior forward Emily Cressy will lead the Eagles soccer club into the U-23 Adult Soccer Association finals July 23-25 at Overland Park Soccer Complex.
Robinson scores 20 for NBADL All-Stars
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University guard Russell Robinson scored 20 points with three assists and four turnovers in the NBA Development League All-Stars’ 88-82 loss to Cleveland in Tuesday’s NBA summer league action in Las Vegas.
NAACP accuses tea party of bigotry
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Leaders of the country’s largest civil rights organization accused tea party activists on Tuesday of tolerating bigotry and approved a resolution condemning racism within the political movement.
Kagan’s confirmation vote postponed
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Senate Judiciary Committee is postponing by one week its vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan after objections from the panel’s top Republican.
Gaza aid ship diverts to Egypt
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Libyan aid boat carrying supplies for Gaza was sailing toward Egypt late Tuesday instead of trying to run a naval blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli military officials said, apparently defusing a potential confrontation on the high seas.
Rare dark jellyfish showing up
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
Scientists say a rare species of dark purple jellyfish is showing up in San Diego Bay and washing ashore on beaches.
Major banking bill faces final vote this week
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured the 60 votes he needs in the Senate to pass a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, all but ensuring that he soon will sign into law one of the top initiatives of his presidency.
Gusher keeps flowing as cap test delayed in gulf
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
A pivotal moment in the Gulf oil crisis hit an unexpected snag Tuesday evening when officials announced they needed more time before they could begin choking off the geyser of crude at the bottom of the sea.
FCC indecency rule struck down
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a sharp rebuke of the Bush-era crackdown on foul language on broadcast television and radio, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government’s near-zero-tolerance indecency policy as a violation of the First Amendment protection of free speech.
Douglas County learns Baldwin City will lose an ambulance in 2011
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A7
A Baldwin City-based ambulance is on track to be eliminated next year, with half its crew to be recalled to Lawrence, Douglas County commissioners learned Tuesday.
Lawrence keeps options open for increasing water, sewer and trash rates
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A1
More details emerged Tuesday night about possible water, sewer and trash rate increases at City Hall, although city commissioners weren’t quite ready to approve them.
Pump patrol
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Agencies circulate fans to Douglas County residents
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A3
With heat indices expected to range above 100 this week, local nonprofit organizations are doing their part to keep people cool.
Defector do-over? Iranian scientist wants to go home
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A10
An Iranian scientist sought refuge in the Pakistani Embassy compound and asked to go home, an apparent defection gone wrong that could embarrass the U.S. and its efforts to gather intelligence on Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.
Washburn president denies lawsuit claim
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B10
Washburn University President Jerry Farley said he has never heard of the term “phantom students” but it is a phrase in the lawsuit that has been filed against him, Washburn University and the school’s board of regents.
KU Cancer Center eyes two scholars
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B10
The Kansas Bioscience Authority is looking to spend more than $1.6 million to bring two drug researchers to the Kansas University Cancer Center.
People’s Champ eyes British Open title
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B5
Phil Mickelson rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole of practice — oh, how he’d love to be in that same position for a win at the British Open come Sunday — then headed off to take care of his other duties.
Ex-LB Taylor pleads not guilty to sex charge
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B2
Former New York Giants linebacker and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor pled not guilty to charges that he solicited and had sex an underage prostitute in May, Tuesday at Rockland County Court.
Lawrence man reports personal property stolen
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 58-year-old Lawrence man on July 7 reported an auto burglary and theft of building keys and a GPS from the 1500 block of West 21st Terrace.
Eudora woman arrested for aggravated assault
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Eudora woman was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and domestic battery early Monday morning in the 1000 block of Peach Street.
KU golfer Gockel makes scholar team
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University golfer Meghan Gockel has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team.
Former KU guard Billy Thomas mulls another year in pro basketball
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B3
Slowed by a nagging ankle injury, Billy Thomas was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional basketball a month ago. Not so fast.
Running backs unproven for KU
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
With the return of experienced backs Toben Opurum, Rell Lewis and Angus Quigley, along with the boost expected from newcomers Deshaun Sands, Brandon Bourbon and James Sims, the running back position appears to be a strength for the Kansas University football program heading into the 2010 season. Not so, according to running backs coach Reggie Mitchell.
National League All-Stars finally win one
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
One key swing by Brian McCann pulled the National League out of the All-Star shadows.
Reaction to George Steinbrenner’s death
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B4
Quotes on New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday at age 80:
‘Boss’ a Yankee legend
New York owner Steinbrenner dies of heart attack
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
He was baseball’s bombastic Boss.
Cream of the crop of icy summer treats
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B9
There’s nothing better than indulging in a bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day.
Apple silent despite poor iPhone buzz
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B9
A decision by Consumer Reports against endorsing the latest iPhone because of reception problems threatens to tarnish Apple Inc.’s reputation, yet fans who have braved poor reception for years are likely to keep buying the product.
Budig: Steinbrenner a business pioneer
July 14, 2010
During his reign as president of the American League, former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig used to joke that he spent one fourth of his time watching video tapes of allegedly questionable umpires’ calls sent to him from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
One last call to the ‘Boss’
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
Phone numbers of certain sources must be viewed as if they are arrows in a quiver, not to be wasted. I had to pick my spots when using George Steinbrenner’s home digits. Is the story important enough? Will his mood be such that he’s receptive to an interview?
Market slump to dent profits at big banks
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B9
The bank industry’s earnings winning streak may be over.
Polanski victim says case should end
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
The woman who was the teenage victim in the Roman Polanski sex case says he is not a threat to anyone and charges should be dismissed.
Plea made in theft of TV Catwoman’s jewelry
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
A man accused of stealing jewelry from Julie Newmar has pleaded no contest to grand theft.
Efron in baseball film “Charlie St. Cloud”
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
Zac Efron got some fastball pointers from an Atlanta Braves pitching coach while pitching his baseball-themed movie, “Charlie St. Cloud” in this city.
Mummies’ digs for reality gold
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
“Chasing Mummies” (9 p.m., History) may not uncover the next King Tut, but it may have discovered the next big reality-TV personality. From Jon and Kate to Snooki and the Situation, documentary-style shows represent a cheap fishing expedition for outsized personalities and exhibitionists, “real” people fake enough to compete with high-priced unionized actors for our attention.
Horoscope for July 14, 2010
July 14, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, your community or professional image could change suddenly. The good news is that something better will come out of this situation, which might look like an unexpected job offer. If you are single, you must make an effort to meet someone. Once you do, you could be surprised by the end result. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy more time just sharing together, without interference. Virgo helps you get more organized.
4-time Texas lottery winner rich in both money and mystery
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined nearly $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion — that’s 18 and 24 zeros.
Big heads help patients withstand Alzheimer’s
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
For patients with Alzheimer’s disease, it helps to have a big head.
Many doctors don’t blow whistle on colleagues
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
Your doctor could be drunk, addicted to drugs or outright incompetent, but other physicians may not blow the whistle.
Another cadmium jewelry recall: 137K Tween pieces
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C10
About 137,000 pieces of imported children’s jewelry sold at two stores popular with preteen girls — Justice and Limited Too — were recalled Tuesday for high levels of cadmium, the latest in a series of recalls involving the toxic metal.
40 years ago: Most northeast Kansas roadways in need of improvement
July 14, 2010
A map issued by the State Highway Department showing the “sufficiency ratings” of Kansas roadways showed most of the northeast Kansas roadways as solid black — the designation given to the below-60 rating meaning “improvement of the road is necessary.”
100 years ago: Physicians to take on ministers at the ballpark
July 14, 2010
The World was phoned today that the physicians and ministers were going to neglect patients and pastoral calls, and settle the question of their base ball supremacy on the diamond.
25 years ago: New long-distance option confusing to some
July 14, 2010
Many local residents were confused by the new “easy access dialing” long-distance telephone service. In the past, only AT&T had offered “1-plus dialing,” and subscribers to other long-distance companies sometimes were required to dial about a dozen extra numbers to make their call. A new program was offering all long-distance companies equal access to 1-plus dialing. However, some of Lawrence’s 23,319 residential Southwestern Bell customers were having difficulties analyzing each company’s plan and choosing a service.
Time well spent
It’s never too soon to form the volunteer habit.
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
A youth volunteer program recently featured in the Journal-World is promoting a couple of activities that would make good lifelong habits for the youngsters involved.
Marriage ‘redefiners’ make progress
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
A federal judge in Boston has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by Congress (427 members voted in favor) and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996 cannot take precedence over a Massachusetts law allowing same-sex marriage. The ruling again raises serious questions about the origin and purpose of law. But before we get to that larger question, the “logic” of Judge Joseph L. Tauro’s ruling should first be examined.
Essential costs?
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
Page 1A: Officials say county cannot afford not to seek 16.6 percent increase (in the ad valorem property tax). Page 9B: three notices of sheriff’s sales, one notice of plaintiff’s motion to extinguish defendant owner’s redemption rights. Curious.
Farm jobs
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
In response to high rates of unemployment and the passage of legislation revolving around illegal immigration, the United Farm Workers Union of America recently launched a campaign offering legal citizens a half-million jobs in the farming industry, many currently held by illegal immigrants. On the campaign’s website (http://www. takeourjobs.org), a simple “application” is filled out and submitted, connecting the applicant with local farm employers.
The ‘little guys’
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
In response to Ms. Paris’ July 2 letter to the editor, I also don’t agree at times with how our tax money is spent, but I found speaking so disapprovingly of teachers very disrespectful and narrow-minded.
County group tried to pursue compromise on warehouse plan
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
The Journal-World’s July 5 editorial regarding the conflict between the owners of property near the Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton Interchange and the need “to clear the path for a new Berry Plastics warehouse” is off the mark in at least one important aspect. You say, “The larger threat appears to be two lawsuits filed by neighbors who have concerns about how an industrial property will fit in with the rural area surrounding the site.”
Flower fan
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A9
Every time I drive down Mass Street, I continue to be struck by the beauty of the flowers in the various street planters. I always think of the people who put so much effort into planting and caring for these plants.
Now not the time to raise taxes
July 14, 2010 in print edition on A8
Over the years I have written in support of most of the major economic development initiatives in Lawrence and Douglas County. Certainly, I support investing in the future of our city and county. But I’m also someone who thinks that politicians and government officials need to exercise reasonable caution and good judgment when it comes to increasing taxes.
What do I do with shallots?
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C1
In American cooking, the onion gets all the attention. But for much of the rest of the world, the shallot is king.
Not all kinds of fibers are created equal in our diets
July 14, 2010 in print edition on C3
It seems like all kinds of foods today have fiber added. Are all kinds of fiber created equal?