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Archive for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, July 28, 2010
Polls
What KU football position group do you feel the best about heading into the 2010 season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Offensive Line
 
31%
Running backs
 
21%
Wide receivers/Tight ends
 
17%
Secondary
 
10%
Defensive Line
 
4%
Quarterbacks
 
4%
Linebackers
 
4%
Kickers/Punters
 
2%
Other
 
2%
Total 185
Does Kansas need a state fossil?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
75%
Yes
 
24%
Total 632
Videos

Lead stories

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 commission agrees to 9 percent property tax increase
11:13 a.m., July 27, 2010 Updated 3:56 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Douglas County commissioners plan to increase the county’s share of property taxes by 9.12 percent for next year, now that they’ve closed the books on discussions for their 2011 budget.
2:00 p.m.
Conference chatter
Day 3 of Big 12 media days: Video wrap-up of KU's day in Irving, Texas
Posted July 28, 2010
4:57 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell Here's a final video wrap-up of KU's appearance at Big 12 Media Days on Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who ...
2:00 p.m.
Conference chatter
Day 3 of Big 12 media days: Video wrap-up of KU's day in Irving, Texas
Posted July 28, 2010
4:57 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell Here's a final video wrap-up of KU's appearance at Big 12 Media Days on Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who ...
6:00 p.m.
Tonganoxie mayor Mike Vestal Tonganoxie mayor resigns in wake of obscene e-mail scandal
12:53 p.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 4:21 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal resigned as mayor of the city at noon Wednesday, two days after it was revealed he had sent an improper e-mail from a computer he uses in his duties with the city’s answering service.

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Interest shown in Sunflower Broadband
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
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Missing Lenexa man found alive on Johnson County trail
06:33 p.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 11:24 a.m.
A Lenexa man who disappeared in early July has been found alive, according to the Lenexa Police Department.
Former Kansas House speaker elected to national legislators conference
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
State Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, has become president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Secretary of State Biggs pokes opponent Steineger over black eye
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Secretary of State Chris Biggs took a political swipe at his Democratic Party primary opponent state Sen. Chris Steineger.
KU hosts leadership program for women from Egypt, Morocco
July 28, 2010
A group of 20 international students received a crash-course in American leadership at KU this week.
Audit of Lawrence Police Department to be completed by October
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
After nearly two years worth of delays, an audit of the Lawrence Police Department is now set to be completed by early October.
Ottawa police release name of missing woman but withold further information
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Police have identified the woman who went missing from her Ottawa home Monday morning and was linked to a woman’s body pulled from the Marais des Cygnes River.
Indoor Aquatic Center to close for annual summer maintenance
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, will be closed Saturday through Aug. 15 for annual maintenance.
Transplant recipients to compete in Olympic-style games
July 28, 2010
Not many people can say they have had a life-changing experience, a live-or-die moment, a miracle.
Statehouse Live: Kobach criticized for taking Nebraska job
01:07 p.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 04:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
But Kobach on Wednesday vowed that if elected secretary of state, he will work full-time at that job and handle immigration litigation on his own time.
Tonganoxie mayor resigns in wake of obscene e-mail scandal
12:53 p.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 04:21 p.m. in print edition on A1
Tonganoxie Mayor Mike Vestal resigned as mayor of the city at noon Wednesday, two days after it was revealed he had sent an improper e-mail from a computer he uses in his duties with the city’s answering service.
Fire at Lecompton cabinet-making shop causes $340,000 in damage; official cause still unknown
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Monday evening fire that gutted the Lecompton Wood-N-Stuff cabinet-making shop caused $340,000 in damage to the building and its contents, H. Wayne Riley, chief of Lecompton Fire/EMS said Wednesday.
Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
A judge has blocked the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect Thursday, handing a major legal victory to opponents of the crackdown.
Statehouse Live: Pyle, Jenkins trade accusations on wasting taxpayer funds
11:58 a.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 04:56 p.m. in print edition on A4
Jenkins has defended her use of franking, saying it is necessary to communicate with people in the district.
Two children killed, three people injured in Jefferson County car crash
10:33 a.m., July 28, 2010 Updated 04:26 p.m. in print edition on A4
Two children were killed and three people — including another child — were injured in a car accident in rural Jefferson County on Wednesday morning.
Nebraska city hires Kobach to fight illegal immigration ordinance lawsuits
July 28, 2010
A Nebraska city suspended its voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but opponents still want a federal judge to block the ordinance until all legal fights are resolved.
Funeral for Franklin County deputy set for Friday
July 28, 2010
A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy who died in a traffic accident while on duty will be buried in Ottawa on Friday.
Leavenworth police issue report on man’s death
July 28, 2010
A preliminary autopsy report says a Lansing man who died while in police custody was under the influence of cocaine and had underlying health problems.
Kansas requests federal help to repair damage from June storms
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas wants federal funds to help pay for removing debris and repairing infrastructure following storms and flooding in June.
Narrative can override truth
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
Not to startle you, but you have a narrative in your head. Dozens of them, in fact. You’re hardly unique. We all carry around these narratives, these perceptions of How Things Are: customer service is extinct; athletes are spoiled and overpaid; kids these days don’t know what real music is; this newspaper has an anti-conservative/anti-liberal bias, whatever.
Known quantity: KSU’s Thomas won’t sneak up on anybody
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Last year, at this time, Daniel Thomas was just another name.
Lawrence commissioners hold the line on taxes, fees
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
The city’s work to create a budget for 2011 ended Tuesday just like it began: without even a hint of increasing the city’s property tax rate.
Six Jayhawks in national swim meet
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Abigail Anderson, Brooke Brull, Joy Bunting, Shannon Garlie, Brittany Potter and Stephanie Payne will compete in the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Swimming and Diving Championships Aug. 3-7 in Irvine, Calif.
Bengals, T.O. reportedly reach deal
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
A year after they were featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Bengals have scripted their own reality show. T.O. and Ocho. Two self-conscious stars, one NFL team.
Feds: Fatal rail crash came from lax oversight
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C10
A faulty electronic circuit that caused a deadly Metro crash last summer was symptomatic of an “anemic safety culture” at the D.C. area’s transit agency, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
Glass negatives bought at garage sale for $45 verified as Ansel Adams’ work
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C10
A trove of old glass negatives bought at a garage sale for $45 have been authenticated as the lost work of famed nature photographer Ansel Adams and are worth at least $200 million, an attorney for the owner said Tuesday.
Mexico justice means catch and release
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C10
It’s practically a daily ritual: Accused drug traffickers and assassins, shackled and bruised from beatings, are paraded before the news media to show that Mexico is winning its drug war. Once the television lights dim, however, about three-quarters of them are let go.
14-year-old sailor gets OK for solo world trip
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C10
The new cushions, sunshade and bright red sail are in place. And now 14-year-old Laura Dekker has the go-ahead she needs.
Best budget bikes and apps for motorists
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B9
Summer is a great time to get out of the gym and hit the road — especially on a bike. CR recently asked more than 3,300 of its online readers to rate their bikes.
Small businesses hear effects of health reform
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B9
Eighty-five owners and managers of small businesses and other Lawrence-area employers met Tuesday to hear from four experts regarding the 2,600-page federal health care reform legislation with provisions that start taking effect Sept. 23.
The Plain in ‘Jane’ is really just inane
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
I was all set to dismiss “Plain Jane” (8 p.m., CW) when I found myself slightly amused and minimally charmed. Given my low expectations for a CW summer replacement, I’ve got to give it a passing grade.
People in the news
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
People in the news for July 28, 2010.
Horoscope for July 28, 2010
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B8
This year, you often find that you are juggling conflicting issues, situations and people. Others seem to be changing before your very eyes, adding an element of unanticipated surprise. If you are single, those you meet could be very interesting, but because of the underlying theme of chaos in the year, insist on a slow and easy courtship. If you are attached, the two of you seem to be perpetually renegotiating your boundaries. A trio restores your bond. Pisces sees different ideas and visions from you.
Police, activists prepare for new Arizona law
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A10
The sheriff of Arizona’s most populous county is making room in a vast outdoor jail and determined to round up illegal immigrants to fill it. Police from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Grand Canyon are getting last-minute training. And protests and marches are planned throughout Phoenix.
25 years ago: Doctor dies of heart attack following plane crash
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
Officials reported that local physician Dr. Wayne Hird had died of cardiac arrest after his ultralight aircraft had crashed into a tree on the Lawrence Country Club golf course.
40 years ago: Buying a gun a relatively simple affair
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
Buying a gun in Kansas was not very difficult or complicated in 1970. State statutes provided only that the purchaser furnish “reasonably positive” identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Blue cross hospitalization card and a social security number. A buyer would also be required to sign a purchase form stating that he or she was not a convicted felon. Purchasers of ammunition were only required to provide their name, address, birthdate and either driver’s license or social security number.
100 years ago: Reflected light sparks fire
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 28, 1910: “A window in the sewing room of the Wilder Brothers shirt factory acting as an immense sun-glass and concentrating the refracted sun rays on the gable roof of a two story house opposite, started a small fire yesterday afternoon.”
Rangel gives GOP ethics opportunity
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A8
Given what members of Congress get away with these days, it takes a lot to break House ethics rules. But that’s what a House ethics subcommittee has accused 20-term Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., of doing. Rangel might have avoided a trial had he admitted to any of the charges against him, but after 40 years in Congress, it’s as if he sees himself as invincible. Rangel will face a jury of his congressional peers, which, to some, might look a lot like organized crime members trying one of their own.
Big war boost clears Congress, despite Afghan leak
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
The House on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a major war-funding increase of $33 billion to pay for his troop surge in Afghanistan, unmoved by the leaking of classified documents that portray a military effort struggling between 2004 and 2009 against a strengthening insurgency.
Audit: $8.7B in Iraqi funds unaccounted for
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation.
Utah court reverses polygamist leader’s convictions
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial, saying a jury received incorrect instructions before considering his role in the 2001 nuptials of a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.
Barge hits well near Gulf, sends oil, gas spewing
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
A barge slammed into an abandoned well in a coastal inlet early Tuesday, sending a shower of water, natural gas and oil spewing about 100 feet into the air.
BP hopes to turn page with new CEO
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Battered BP began reinventing itself in the shadow of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Tuesday, naming its first American CEO as it reported a record $17 billion quarterly loss. Its outgoing chief miffed the White House anew with his parting comments.
Korean drills underscore tensions
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
On the 57th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, U.S. and South Korean ships intensified high-profile military exercises Tuesday that underscore rising tensions in a region yet to truly find peace.
Consumer confidence still falling
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
The disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street is growing.
Senate GOP blocks campaign bill
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Senate Republicans blocked legislation imposing new restrictions on political activity by special interest groups Tuesday, likely dealing a fatal blow to a drive by the White House and congressional Democrats to rewrite campaign rules in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Oil pipeline leak pollutes major river
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.
Fossil finder has bones to pick
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A6
As Alan Detrich drove into Lawrence on Tuesday, he simply looked like a guy hauling a trailer full of rocks.
Hearing for former Westar execs delayed
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
A pretrial hearing for two former Westar Energy executives accused of looting Kansas’ largest electric utility has been put off.
Coordinator worth trouble for Southern Cal
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
He answers the phone while packing up boxes in his leased Nashville home, a controversial boss beckoning, a lawsuit swirling, probation waiting. And all Kennedy Pola can do is talk old-fashioned USC football.
$1,000 ring reported stolen
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 55-year-old Lawrence woman reported Saturday the theft of a ring from the 3100 block of Iowa Street.
Dallas’ Bryant never expected pads to be issue
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
Dez Bryant insists he was unaware of the rookie ritual of carrying a veteran’s shoulder pads after practice. The Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick would have done more than that had he known his refusal to accommodate Roy Williams’ request would become such a big issue.
Security cameras reported stolen
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported Monday the theft of three security cameras, valued at $1,200, from the 4900 block of West Sixth Street.
Meche surgery slated
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
Royals right-hander Gil Meche will have surgery on his pitching shoulder that probably will end his season.
Royals hit new low
Twins batter Kansas City again, 11-2
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
Milestones and historic firsts just keep piling up for both the happy Minnesota Twins and the battered Kansas City Royals.
Pump patrol
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations.
Plan to move homeless shelter gains city approval
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
For once at City Hall, all was quiet on the homeless shelter front.
Literacy project seeks participants
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University researchers are seeking participants for a study that focuses on teaching literacy skills to people who can’t meet their daily needs verbally.
Ho, hum, another no-no
Garza’s gem fifth in ‘Year of Pitcher’
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B6
Five no-hitters — two of them perfect games — and another gem that was spoiled by an umpire. By now, San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow and others around baseball are beginning to expect a piece of pitching history every week.
Big 12 notebook: Weeden, KU’s Henry in similar situation
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma State sophomore quarterback Brandon Weeden has something in common with Kansas University basketball guard C.J. Henry: Both are former draft picks of the New York Yankees.
Beebe paints rosy picture
Commissioner says excitement rampant in Big 12
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B5
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe on Tuesday made public the joke that so many people around the country made privately during the weeks that followed this summer’s conference realignment talks.
Bush’s Heisman hollow
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Members of the Heisman Trust face a difficult decision sure to draw a torrent of criticism regardless of how they rule.
Big-time prep tourney on tap
Coaches to converge on Shawnee for high school hoops showcase
July 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
College basketball coaches from each of the schools in the Big 12 Conference — as well as staff members from a majority of the leagues in the country — will descend on the area today through Saturday for one of the final events of the July summer evaluation period. It’s time for the Metro Sports/KC Prep Invitati
Pesto mania: It doesn’t take much of the strong summer sauce to make a meal
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C1
The ingredients are few, the combinations limitless and the finished product is one of summer’s fanciest simple delights: pesto.
Way the cookie crumbles depends on the science
July 28, 2010 in print edition on C3
I want to enter some chocolate chip cookies in the open class division at the Douglas County Fair next week, but my cookies always spread out too much so they’re flat. What’s the problem?
Coupon fraud’s costs eventually reach your wallet
July 28, 2010
It sounds ridiculous, even to me, to think that fraud is a concern when using coupons. I mean, you cut a few coupons on Sunday and maybe print a few during the week; how on earth could you commit fraud?
Alarming data
An alarming rise in the state’s infant mortality rate demands the attention of state policymakers.
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A8
The 2010 Kids Count report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has some positive news for Kansas, but it also reveals a couple of areas that should be of great concern to Kansas residents and policymakers.
Teachers make a difference
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
After 30 years in teaching — 16 of those at KU — it’s hard not to sit down on a hot summer’s day and wonder whether it’s all been worth it. In spite of some state legislators’ opinions, university teaching isn’t an easy job; it takes quite a lot of time and energy. Anybody who has had to lecture six to eight hours each week will tell you that the energy drain is significant.
Fee benefits students, business dean says
July 28, 2010 in print edition on A8
At Kansas University, our mission emphasizes our commitment to offering the highest quality undergraduate, professional and graduate programs. Recently some questions have been raised about business programs and the use of course fees, previously known as differential tuition, to support this mission.