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The day in photos, July 19, 2010
Polls
Should Congress approve President Obama's request to restore the jobless benefits for 2 million people whose benefits are running out?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
54%
No
 
40%
Not sure
 
5%
Total 1025
Who is KU's bigger rival in men's basketball?

Poll results

Response Percent
Missouri
 
70%
Kansas State
 
29%
Total 1713
Do you think the state should be forced to fund public schools at the rate lawmakers approved several years ago to settle a court order?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes.
 
62%
No.
 
32%
Not sure.
 
5%
Total 830
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
This house on Vermont Street has seen property taxes rise dramatically during the past several years. County commissioners Thursday said they were considering a property tax increase of as much as 16.6 percent. Public input sought on lean county budget
July 18, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Scouring Douglas County’s proposed $69 million budget for next year already has trimmed more than $250,000 in expenses from the thick, three-ring binders that elected officials have been lugging around for the past week.
6:00 a.m.
Actors with masks depicting native American lore and wetlands conflict dance in the opening act of a play presented in South Park on Friday. The play was a collaboration between the Lawrence Youth Ensemble and the Percolator, artists KT Walsh and Laura Ramberg, and the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center. Wetlands program inspires young artists, actors
July 19, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Poems, drums, songs, dancing, writing and acting. Area youths are getting the opportunity to try out some new ways of expressing themselves as part of Unmask.Unearth, a collaborative project sponsored by the Lawrence Youth Ensemble.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence High School auto tech teacher Luke Lang puts the finishing touches on a toolbox for a student from his summer class on Friday at the high school. Lang spent a week this summer working an externship with Fannin Fabrication in Topeka, where he learned on-the-job skills that he hopes to pass along to his students. Hands-on training gives teachers a better grasp
July 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
For one week, Luke Lang’s task wasn’t to go to work in his Lawrence High School classroom but to operate as a welder for Fannin Fabrication Co. in Topeka.
2:00 p.m.
Renee Babin works in the Pine Tree Townhomes community garden. Garden envy: A (slightly) competitive spirit can produce beautiful results
July 19, 2010
For years, Renee Babin had garden envy. She’d see beautiful, lush plants dripping with tomatoes or peppers and then skulk back up to her apartment and stew about her lack of a plot to call her own.
6:00 p.m.
David Wetrich, foreground right, a sixth-grader at New York School, rehearses “Jingle Bells” with the school band Monday. Standing at back is band instructor Paul Morgenroth. Gov. Mark Parkinson cut public schools on Monday by $36 million, in addition to not funding the $156 million needed to compensate for increased school costs. Since last year, base state aid has been cut from $4,433 per pupil to $4,012 per pupil. “Some districts will be forced to lay off teachers and close schools,” Parkinson said. School funding cuts ignore law
July 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The school finance crisis in Kansas continues with no end in sight, and attempts to fix it have been temporary at best.

All stories

Eight KU students to study abroad on Fulbright research grants
04:33 p.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 08:32 a.m. in print edition on A3
Eight Kansas University students have earned Fulbright research grants.
Police department to hold academy for Lawrence residents this fall
04:25 p.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 07:35 p.m.
The Lawrence Police Department will hold a citizens’ police academy this fall.
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce debating sales tax signs for businesses in special districts
04:16 p.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 05:02 p.m. in print edition on A1
The leader of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce said Monday that his group is working to develop a sign for retailers to post that tells consumers how much sales tax is charged inside businesses within a special taxing district.
Tiahrt TV ad attacks Moran’s stance on immigration
July 19, 2010
Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt says his main rival for the U.S. Senate supported services for illegal immigrants by voting for a children’s health bill last year.
WellCommons honored in Knight-Batten competition
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
WellCommons was honored Monday as a “notable entry” in the annual Knight-Batten Award competition.
Mother of Congressman Jerry Moran dies at 93
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
The mother of Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran has died at the age of 93.
The Oread provides revised plan to city for KU football tailgating events
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Revised plans for a series of tailgating events around The Oread hotel are coming back to Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday.
Free State High School’s summer autism program encourages social interaction
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
From an outsider’s point of view, the scene looked pretty chaotic as students and staff from Free State High School’s summer autism program took a trip to a restaurant.
Several people hurt in multi-vehicle accident on Kansas Turnpike near Shawnee County line
11:00 a.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 05:53 p.m. in print edition on A4
At least three people — and possibly four — were injured Monday morning in an multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 east of Topeka.
Jayhawks to play four Big Monday games
Jayhawks to face Missouri, K-State, Baylor, Oklahoma St.
10:14 a.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday during the 2010-11 season, the Big 12 Conference announced Monday.
KU hosting women from Egypt, Morocco as part of U.S. State Department leadership program
July 19, 2010
Twenty women from Egypt and Morocco are spending a month at the University of Kansas to learn lessons in leadership.
Voter registration deadline arrives for Kansas primary elections
July 19, 2010
Monday is the deadline in Kansas to register to vote in the Aug. 3 party primaries.
Lawrence marathoner’s new baking projects an exercise in endurance
July 19, 2010
I always think it’s funny when my mom asks me, “You didn’t make that from scratch, did you?” It’s normally when I bake something for a family gathering. I understand her concern. She doesn’t want me to go to too much trouble or stress myself out.
French rider triumphs at 14th stage of Tour de France
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
With the Pyrenees all too ready to punish riders, overall leader Andy Schleck and defending champion Alberto Contador sized each other up, matching wits and pedal strokes in a high-altitude waiting game at the Tour de France.
Vatican to consider St. Louis case for miracle
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
A St. Louis woman believes her recovery from cancer was a miracle, and now the Vatican will have the chance to decide if the cure can be attributed to a French priest, who’s in line for possible canonization.
Renewed opportunity
Hopefully, the sale of property in northwest Douglas County will get plans to build a new warehouse there back on track.
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
Community leaders should be pleased that Thursday’s auction of property near the Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton interchange appears to have opened new opportunities to move forward on negotiations for a new Berry Plastics warehouse on the site.
School audits
There may be ways for Kansas school districts to cut their expenses, but not by as much as some state legislators would like to contend.
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
Audits of a number of Kansas public school districts has provided some valuable information for the districts and for state legislators.
Fighting violence
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
Two years ago, on July 3, Jana Mackey, a Lawrence-area women’s rights activist, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, a man known to have a history of domestic violence. She was a law student at KU, a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women, and a volunteer advocate for sexual assault victims. The impact Jana had on the Lawrence community is readily apparent, and her tragic story only accentuates the necessity of her efforts as a women’s rights activist.
Tax sales ahead
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
I would like to voice my opinion regarding the proposed tax increase from both the county and school board. To raise our taxes and to do so in such an extreme manner is absolutely ridiculous. Very, very few people can afford this increase. I can only guess that if this was put to a vote of the citizens of Lawrence, it would fail miserably.
Tax burdens
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
HELLO… Is anyone out there paying attention? Are our real estate taxes really going up again? Does Douglas County think we’re a bottomless pit of wealth? Our economy is in a shambles. People are losing jobs, losing sleep and going without just to make ends meet. Soon, only the rich will be able to afford to own homes in Douglas County. Taxes are more than what mortgage payments once were and climbing at an astronomical rate. Where does it end?
Puerto Rico seeks statehood support
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
A Republican governor — a very Republican governor — has an idea for solving one of his party’s conundrums. The party should listen to Luis Fortuno, the Reaganite who resides in Puerto Rico’s executive mansion.
Horoscope for July 19, 2010
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, solutions and great ideas seem to bubble forth naturally and weave together. You are a source of ideas for many. As a result, others frequently seek you out for feedback and a different perspective. If you are single, you’ll have your share of admirers to pick from. Don’t settle. Enjoy the process of dating. If you are attached, the two of you become much closer. Scorpio often triggers your imagination.
Study finds higher cancer rate in test-tube babies
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B10
For the first time, a large study suggests a higher rate of childhood cancer among test-tube babies, but researchers say the reason probably has nothing to do with how the infants were conceived.
Some Gaza women smolder over Hamas’ water-pipe ban
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B10
There are few pleasures left for Gaza’s 1.5 million people, squeezed by both a blockade and Hamas efforts to impose its strict Muslim lifestyle. And women here just lost another one.
Rebuilding slow to address Afghanistan’s power problem
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B10
The goal is to transform Afghanistan into a modern nation, fueled by a U.S.-led effort pouring $60 billion into bringing electricity, clean water, jobs, roads and education to this crippled country. But the results — or lack of them — threaten to do more harm than good.
Healing bonds: Lawrence massage therapists will teach pediatric practices in Vietnam
July 19, 2010
Olivia London-Webb wasn’t supposed to make it through the night. Doctors said she was just too premature to have a chance at a long life. So her mother simply asked for a little bonding time.
Current events cause tangible grief
July 19, 2010
Images of the Gulf spill weigh on me, as I know they do on many people, no matter how we distract ourselves.
Create your own back-to-school traditions
July 19, 2010
Rebecca Miller Wilson wants her three children to look forward to the first day of school, so she makes a celebration of it.
Garden envy: A (slightly) competitive spirit can produce beautiful results
July 19, 2010
For years, Renee Babin had garden envy. She’d see beautiful, lush plants dripping with tomatoes or peppers and then skulk back up to her apartment and stew about her lack of a plot to call her own.
K.C. homeowner develops landscaping masterpiece
July 19, 2010
Like an artist with a blank canvas, Todd Kunkel unleashed his gardening creativity on the blank slate that was the meagerly planted grounds of his newly built Overland Park home. The result is a landscaping masterpiece recently featured in Kansas City Home and Garden magazine and the subject of this week’s “Home and Away.”
Back-to-school styles suit Material Girls
July 19, 2010
August is quickly approaching, and before we know it, the first day of classes will be here. Check out the hottest back-to-school fashions for your kids, tweens and teens.
‘Jayni’s Kitchen’ new this week
July 19, 2010
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for a new episode, “Sadie Keller’s Summer Favorites.”
Kid photos on Facebook: dos and don’ts
July 19, 2010
Technology has made it easier than ever for parents to document and share every cute kid moment on Facebook. But that doesn’t mean every moment should be shared. Here are some guidelines.
The stars unite: Upcoming event teaches newcomers about night sky
July 19, 2010
While summer storms have dampened the ability to stargaze around Lawrence, late summer and fall are great times for new and veteran stargazers to examine and wonder about the night sky.
Lashes with flash: Dyeing, extensions and other procedures give the eye area some ooomph
July 19, 2010
Some women never leave home without a coat or two of mascara on their lashes. But, after an hour or two in sultry weather, their eyes can resemble Rocky Raccoon after a rainstorm. Not a good look on anyone. Except raccoons, maybe. Enter eyelash tinting, a relatively new trend in cosmetics, that temporarily dyes the eyelashes.
Fiscal Fitness: Measuring money is complex
July 19, 2010
In the past few articles we have discussed what money is and how it can be inflated. Since 1971, when all ties between currency and precious metals were removed, it has been increasingly difficult to define what money is. So how do we measure it if we have a hard time defining what it is?
Ready to serve: A veteran and tennis player embraces life
July 19, 2010
Despite seeing first-hand some of the atomic bomb’s devastating power, losing his wife of 63 years and having to give up tennis, Jay Hines retains a zest for life and a strong belief in the value of freedom and America’s independence.
Make an outlet for venting by replacing fan
July 19, 2010
Replacing an existing bathroom exhaust fan with a quieter, more energy-efficient one can be a relatively simple job.
A love story
July 19, 2010
This week’s story is a little different from the others. But while it might lack laughs, it should make you feel good all the same.
Microneedles may make getting flu shots easier
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
One day your annual flu shot could come in the mail.
Hands-on training gives teachers a better grasp
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
For one week, Luke Lang’s task wasn’t to go to work in his Lawrence High School classroom but to operate as a welder for Fannin Fabrication Co. in Topeka.
School funding cuts ignore law
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
The school finance crisis in Kansas continues with no end in sight, and attempts to fix it have been temporary at best.
Divorces granted
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted
Marriages
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued
Raytown man arrested on charges of rape
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 46-year-old Raytown man was arrested Sunday on charges of raping a 22-year-old Lawrence woman.
Volunteers needed at counseling center
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Agency: Headquarters
Attacks kill anti-al-Qaida fighters
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
At least 50 people were killed Sunday in attacks west of Baghdad, including a double suicide bombing against Sunni paramilitary members waiting to receive their paychecks outside a military base.
Officials say gunmen kill 17 at party
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Gunmen stormed a party in northern Mexico on Sunday and massacred 17 people, authorities said.
Aftershocks shake Alaska region
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
A series of strong aftershocks in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands region followed a powerful earthquake that shook the remote area, but officials say there are no reports of damage or injury. There also is no threat of a tsunami from any of the quakes.
Train collision kills at least 56
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
A speeding express train collided with a passenger train at a station in eastern India early today, mangling the carriages and killing at least 56 people, railway police said.
Handling of car dealers criticized
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Treasury Department failed to consider the economic fallout when it told General Motors and Chrysler to quickly shutter many dealerships as part of government-led bankruptcies, a federal watchdog found.
Surprise S.C. Senate candidate makes first speech
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina’s surprising U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene avoided any major gaffes Sunday as he hit his three major themes of jobs, education and justice.
Germans throw huge party on autobahn
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Germany’s autobahns are renowned for average speeds well in excess of 80 miles an hour.
Farnborough airshow reflects health of global aircraft market
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
Boeing Co.’s long-anticipated 787 jet touched down on British soil Sunday, tipping its wings to the crowd and building buzz at the Farnborough International Airshow, the industry’s premier event.
Submit your photos to Friends & Neighbors
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
Summer is here, and that means cameras will be capturing vacation scenes, sports team gatherings, family reunions and just plain summertime fun.
BP, feds clash over Gulf oil well
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP and the Obama administration offered significantly differing views Sunday on whether the capped Gulf of Mexico oil well will have to be reopened, a contradiction that may be an effort by the oil giant to avoid blame if crude starts spewing again.
Grant’s Farm studied as possible national park site
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
Grant’s Farm, owned by the Busch beer family, has long been a popular attraction in St. Louis County. Soon, it could become a national park.
Pump patrol
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Kids recovering from bus crash
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Most of the nine children injured in a bus crash in eastern Kansas have been released from the hospital.
Former Lawrence attorney to be sentenced
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Scott Bloch, the former head of the Office of Special Counsel under President George W. Bush, faces a federal judge this week to determine his sentence for criminal contempt of Congress.
Wetlands program inspires young artists, actors
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Poems, drums, songs, dancing, writing and acting. Area youths are getting the opportunity to try out some new ways of expressing themselves as part of Unmask.Unearth, a collaborative project sponsored by the Lawrence Youth Ensemble.
Armstrong refutes LeMond’s claim
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
Lance Armstrong dismissed as “nonsense” a reported claim by Greg LeMond that the seven-time Tour de France champion tried to pay someone $300,000 to say LeMond used a banned drug.
Pac-10 must figure out new alignment
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
Once the collegiate Earth was done shaking in June and the Pac-10 was denied the biggest annexation since the Louisiana Purchase, the landscape cleaved neatly and gave the league Colorado and Utah.
A’s muscle up, sweep Royals
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Adam Rosales, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Jack Cust each went deep, and Vin Mazzaro pitched into the eighth inning to help the A’s beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, and finish a three-game sweep.
FSHS golfers sign
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
In a ceremony at Lawrence Country Club, Free State High graduates Connor Klutman and Evan Schmidt both signed with Coffeyville Community College, where they will play golf.
One bad round costly for McIlroy
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
One bad round. One completely, utterly awful round. Take that away, and Rory McIlroy’s walk up the 18th fairway Sunday at the British Open might have been triumphant.
KU hot on trail of Kansas prep Perry Ellis
Kansas basketball coaches fixtures at games of Wichita star Ellis
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
Wichita Heights High junior forward Perry Ellis — who is well on his way to becoming the first McDonald’s All-American from the state of Kansas since Wayne Simien in 2001 — is drawing a lot of attention on the July recruiting circuit.
It’s WUHST-hy-zen: Obscure South African claims claret jug
July 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
The unknown guy with the unpronounceable name finished off the unexpected task Sunday at golf’s ancestral home, and it wasn’t even close.
U.S. to unveil large aid package for Pakistan
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A10
The U.S. will today announce hundreds of millions of dollars worth of civilian aid projects for Pakistan, American officials said, in an attempt to demonstrate that Washington has broadened its relationship with the country, away from just anti-terror cooperation to helping the people of Pakistan.
Fear of ‘resegregation’ rattles North Carolina
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A10
In the annals of desegregation, Raleigh is barely a footnote.
‘Inception’ earns a dreamy $60.4M
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is anything but a sleeper as the thriller opened big with $60.4 million and a No. 1 finish at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lisher worthy all-star
12:00 a.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 08:14 a.m. in print edition on B1
Just as his brother Brett did four years before him, Free State High center Michael Lisher will play in the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl Football Classic that pits graduated high school all-stars from Topeka and all points east against the those from the rest of the state.
Altruism stumbles with ‘Do Something’
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Can television foster social change? It’s difficult for a network to exhort anyone to go make a change when the real purpose of any network is to get you to stay on your couch and watch television. And few networks are as dedicated to indolent, guilty-pleasure channel surfing as VH1.
Auctioneer: Lucille Ball awards go to daughter
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Heritage Auction Galleries says a deal reached Saturday will return the awards to Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Ball’s daughter with first husband Desi Arnaz.
Zsa Zsa Gabor to have surgery for broken hip
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Zsa Zsa Gabor will have surgery to replace the hip she broke when she fell out of bed in her Bel Air home, her publicist said Sunday.
Bone marrow drive to aid ‘Lion King’ star
July 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
A bone marrow drive for an 11-year-old “Lion King” star with leukemia has turned out to be one of the hottest matinees on Broadway.