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Archive for Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Polls
Should the Oread hotel's neighborhood tailgating proposal be allowed on Kansas University football game days?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
54%
Yes
 
42%
Not sure
 
3%
Total 1065
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Para educator Marilyn Bailey, back, helps Chandlar Adolph move through various yoga poses during an outing of the Free State Summer Autism Program at Dance Hues dance studio on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. A Kansas University professor has contributed to research that could lead to technology that could screen for autism-related disorders. Autism research may be used as screen
July 20, 2010 in print edition on 5A
A Kansas University professor has contributed to research that could lead to technology that could screen for autism-related disorders.
10:00 a.m.
Newly chosen Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan, left, shakes hands with outgoing commissioner Charles Jones during a reception at the Douglas County Courthouse in this 2009 photo. Douglas County commissioners signed off on a 9.12 percent increase on property tax for next year, lower than the projected 15.9 percent. County commissioners ready to raise taxes
July 20, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Douglas County commissioners are resigned to increasing taxes on county residents and businesses for the coming year.
2:00 p.m.
Traffic flows past the corner of 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce debating sales tax signs for businesses in special districts
4:16 p.m., July 19, 2010 Updated 5:02 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
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. The Oread provides revised plan to city for KU football tailgating events
July 19, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Revised plans for a series of tailgating events around The Oread hotel are coming back to Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday.

All stories

Parade, carnival highlight Eudora CPA Picnic
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
After more than a 100 years of success, don’t expect anything different from this year’s Eudora CPA Picnic, organizer Jerry Trober said.
Marcus Morris named preseason second team All-America by Dick Vitale
July 20, 2010
Kansas junior forward Marcus Morris has been named a preseason-second team All-American by ESPN analyst Dick Vitale.
Flood warning expires for Douglas County
03:37 p.m., July 20, 2010 Updated 02:12 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas and surrounding counties until 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Detour set for Thursday to fill potholes on McDonald Drive
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Work to repair potholes will force traffic heading south on McDonald Drive to detour at Rockledge Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Crews to begin repairing Connecticut Street on Wednesday
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Days are numbered for the bumpy ride along Connecticut Street, as crews line up to repair problem areas and replace damaged pavement with a fresh new driving surface.
Statehouse Live: Parkinson to make cameo appearance
03:05 p.m., July 20, 2010 Updated 03:25 p.m. in print edition on A4
Parkinson’s office said the governor has not acted before. Ironically, when he was in high school he tried out for the same part in “Arsenic and Old Lace” and was rejected, his office said.
Investigation continues into disappearance of Tonganoxie man
02:08 p.m., July 20, 2010 Updated 03:20 p.m. in print edition on A4
Authorities who are investigating a missing persons case involving a Tonganoxie man, say they have no new leads.
KU business professor who started meetings with Warren Buffett dies of cancer at 59
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University business faculty member who annually took students to meet with investor Warren Buffett has died.
Governor’s staff says Kansas agencies should prepare status quo budgets
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson’s budget staff is asking agencies to prepare a status quo spending proposal for the state’s next fiscal year.
Kansas revenues $99 million short for 2010 fiscal year
July 20, 2010
Kansas legislative researchers’ final tally shows that state revenues fell $99 million short of expectations during the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Senate candidates highlight unemployment, health care in debate
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Four Democrats tried to show in a televised debate why they would be the best candidate in the upcoming primary for the U.S Senate seat in Kansas.
Autopsy report: Man died of fall from Oread roof, had alcohol and marijuana in system
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
A 25-year-old Lawrence man who died after falling from the top floor balcony at The Oread hotel had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report released by the coroner’s office Tuesday.
Thousands of acres in Flint Hills to be permanently protected
July 20, 2010
A Kansas rancher has granted a permanent conservation easement on nearly 7,000 acres of Flint Hills native tallgrass prairie near Fort Riley.
Heat kills hundreds of Kansas cattle
08:18 a.m., July 20, 2010 Updated 11:29 a.m. in print edition on A5
Kansas livestock owners say intense heat caused hundreds of head of cattle to die over the weekend.
Former senator McGovern skydives on birthday
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
In his 88 years, George McGovern has served as a U.S. Senator and made a run for the presidency. And now he can say he’s jumped out of an airplane, too.
Lawrence school board proposes lower mill levy raise
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board members Monday arrived at a property tax levy increase of 2 mills, less than half of a potential 5-mill increase presented last month.
Lawrence private schools to add grade levels
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence private schools are planning to add grades starting in the fall of 2011 when the public school district changes its school configuration.
Company ends bid for central Kansas wind farm
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Texas wind energy company has ended its effort to lease land for a potential wind farm in central Kansas.
KU senior guard Reed adds physical therapy internship to busy summer schedule
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Tyrel Reed rolled out of bed at 6:30 a.m., Monday for a 7 o’clock weightlifting session in Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center next to Allen Fieldhouse. Reed, Kansas University’s 6-foot-3 senior basketball guard from Burlington, completed his drills with strength coach Andrea Hudy, then showered, put on a pink golf shirt, gray dress slacks and a name tag and reported at 8:15 sharp for work as a physical therapy intern at OrthoKansas (1112 W. Sixth Street).
Cyclists on lookout for hit-and-run driver
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Curtis Martell has been riding bikes in Lawrence for 15 years. He says he moved to the area because it’s so bicycle-friendly.
Autism research may be used as screen
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University professor has contributed to research that could lead to technology that could screen for autism-related disorders.
Darnell Jackson could be traded
Source: Deal in works to send ex-KU forward to Kings
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson may have found a home with the Sacramento Kings.
Royals snap 6-game losing streak
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
Alberto Callaspo was the only starter on either team without a hit when he came to the plate in the 10th inning. His only hit of the game turned out to be the most important one.
KU women’s basketball coach Henrickson to host golf tourney Aug. 21
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson will host her sixth charity golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Alvamar Country Club.
Calif. tests next frontier on health reform: Pets
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
While states across the nation grapple with national health care reform, a new population of patients is gaining attention in California: Fido and Fluffy.
Kabul meeting to lay ground for 2014 deadline
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
The strategy sits for now on a table in a locked-down Afghan capital: Hand over security in all 34 provinces to the government by the end of 2014 — more than three years after President Barack Obama’s date for the start of an American troop drawdown.
Kansas Health Foundation marks 25 years
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
The work of the Kansas Health Foundation can be seen all over Douglas County as the philanthropy celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Rare primate gets 1st wide-eyed closeup
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
A nocturnal, forest-dwelling primate with orb-like eyes and short limbs was photographed in central Sri Lanka late last year after being feared extinct, researchers said Monday.
State unemployment report mixed
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
The June unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.5 percent, an increase from 6.4 percent in May but down from 7.2 percent in June 2009, officials reported today.
Age not always best retirement benchmark
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
My husband and I are hoping to retire — or at least reduce our work schedules — when our youngest child, who is now 9, graduates from college.
Motorola breaking up amid changing markets
Company selling bulk of wireless gear unit to Nokia Siemens Networks
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
For decades, Motorola Inc.’s products told the story of the march of electronics into the hands of consumers: car radios in the 1930s, TVs in the 1940s and cell phones starting the 1980s.
Cola wars return: Pepsi takes on Coke Zero
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
The cola wars are back, and this time they have zero calories but plenty of nostalgia. PepsiCo Inc. will premiere a revamped version of its “Diner” Super Bowl commercial on Monday night, pitting its Pepsi MAX against Coca-Cola’s popular Coke Zero, a brand five times its size.
WWII-era munitions safely detonated
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Russ Owens, owner of Owens Contracting in Bonner Springs, has seen a lot of strange things in his line of work, but what he found Sunday was the strangest.
Shawnee woman in serious condition after Friday accident
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Shawnee woman was in serious condition Monday afternoon at an area hospital following a Friday accident in southern Leavenworth County.
Lawrence man reports pontoon boat stolen
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported Wednesday the theft of a boat from the 1300 block of West 19th Terrace.
Pump patrol
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Cracks to be filled on 31st, Wakarusa
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Work to fill cracks along stretches of 31st Street and Wakarusa Drive could lead to minor delays today for drivers, a city spokeswoman said Monday.
County commissioners ready to raise taxes
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners are resigned to increasing taxes on county residents and businesses for the coming year.
Firm unveils backyard MedCottage for elderly
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
A small Virginia firm hoping to revolutionize the way Americans care for aging family members has unveiled its first prototype of a portable, high-tech dwelling that would provide temporary shelter for a sick or elderly relative in his or her family’s back yard.
AIDS gel helps prevent infection
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman’s chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool to help women whose partners won’t use condoms.
Leaking oil cap to be left on — for now
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP’s broken well was leaking oil and gas again Monday for the first time since the company capped it last week, but the Obama administration’s spill chief said it was no cause for alarm. The stopper was left in place for now.
Syria bans face veils at universities
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Syria has forbidden the country’s students and teachers from wearing the niqab — the full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman’s eyes — taking aim at a garment many see as political.
Review of bomber’s release urged
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration has asked the governments of Scotland and Britain to review the decision last summer to release the Libyan convicted in the Lockerbie airliner bombing.
Democrats primed to extend benefits
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
With a new face and a 60th vote for breaking a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are preparing to restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits ran out during a congressional standoff over deficit spending. President Barack Obama says, “It’s time to do what’s right.”
Gun permit speeds entry to Texas Capitol
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.
Excessive heat warning extended to 8 p.m. Tuesday
12:00 a.m., July 20, 2010 Updated 04:08 p.m. in print edition on A3
The National Weather Service has replaced the heat advisory for Douglas County with an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. today.
Schleck livid after losing Tour lead
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
The gloves have come off at the Tour de France.
Recruit Nino Jackson receives KU offer
July 20, 2010
KU has offered a scholarship to Nino Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior shooting guard from Ardmore (Okla.) High, Jackson tells Rivals.com.
Wade: Heat will count on Chalmers
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
LeBron James will play some point guard for the Miami Heat. So will Dwyane Wade, as he has throughout his NBA career. Mike Miller will likely do some ballhandling as well. Thing is, none of them are true point guards. And that means this Heat summer of change still has some things left to address — particularly finding a starter at the point spot.
Sobering reality on ‘Deadliest Catch’
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
Reality television has thrived because people refuse to see it as fake. And that’s an art in itself.
People in the news
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for July 20, 2010.
Ex-KU defensive lineman Greene interested in NAIA school
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University defensive lineman Jamal Greene is exploring the possibility of transferring to MidAmerica Nazarene University, an NAIA school in Olathe.
Horoscope for July 20, 2010
July 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you often present a strong front. You want action rather than words. You will sort through confusion, which could surround joint finances and/or matters dealing with the outside world. If you are single, an unusual magnetism emanates from you this year. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy your special time together more than ever. You act like newfound lovers! Scorpio brings out your creativity.
100 years ago: Wife, children return to husband after failed attempt to elope with another man
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 20, 1910: “A dilapidated movers outfit containing a man, a woman, and three unwashed children drove through Lawrence last night on their way to Ottawa. It was Ed. Hockenberry taking the family of Newt. Cox back to the husband. Mrs. Cox took her children and eloped with Hockenberry several days ago. The party drove overland until their money was exhausted, and then concluded to return home and ask for forgiveness.”
40 years ago: Dutch elm disease continues to plague local trees
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
Dutch elm disease, which had first become serious in Lawrence in 1959, had reached epidemic proportions two years later. The city had begun spraying trees with DDT in 1960 and 1961, but although this method had been fairly effective, it had become very unpopular by 1970. The disease had killed at least 700 Lawrence trees since its first appearance in 1947. As of this date in 1970, 175 more trees were marked for removal by the city. City authorities warned residents that it was illegal to cut and stack dead elm wood in their yards, as the wood piles were excellent breeding grounds for the elm bark beetles causing the disease.
25 years ago: Senator opposes state university status for Washburn
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
Sen. Wint Winter Jr. was quoted as vigorously opposing making Washburn University a full-fledged state university. Washburn regents had asked for a “long-term partnership” with the state during the previous April, and a legislative study was considering the possibility of bringing Washburn into the state university system. Winter opposed the change because of financial reasons, saying “There are already too many community colleges and too much duplication in the state’s system of higher education.”
FAIR ties
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
The media director for FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) recently rebuked the Journal-World (Public Forum, July 3) for publishing a letter pointing out that FAIR is currently classified as a nativist (anti-immigrant) hate group by the nonpartisan Southern Poverty Law Center.
Crowd baiting
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Kobach/Arpaio “Illegal is illegal” rally in Overland Park (Journal-World, July 14) was mostly predictable. Protesters held signs, amid repeated police warnings, “cars parked in the (nearby) lot will be towed, unless you are attending the meeting,” which was clearly unenforceable, and “If you step off the (public) sidewalk onto the (private) grass, you are subject to arrest.”
Unwise events
City leaders should say “no” to plans to stage outdoor tailgating parties outside The Oread hotel.
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
Once again, owners of The Oread hotel are asking for concessions from the city. This time they want to be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages outside the hotel and use public right-of-way along Oread Avenue for a series of tailgating parties before Kansas University home football games.
Visa denials counterproductive for U.S.
July 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
The U.S. decision to deny a visa to Colombian journalist Hollman Morris, who had been invited to spend an academic year at Harvard University, sounds like a page right out of the Cuba-North Korea-Iran playbook.
Endless studies: College-bound students dive into summer school
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Summer school was traditionally seen as a remedial operation, a way for students who had fallen behind to catch up. But today, many students choose to hit the books in June and July so they can rack up extra credit
Double Take: Mom jumping too soon into post-divorce lifestyle
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
My mom and dad aren’t even divorced yet and my mom just informed me that she has been dating someone for a while now.
Where to start at Comic-Con International 2010?
A primer for this year’s Cannes for capes
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
“Fan participation” takes on a different meaning at Comic-Con.
Will mainstream success kill San Diego’s annual comic book and sci-fi convergence?
July 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Will the nerds succumb to the narcissism enabled by too much Hollywood love?