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Archive for Saturday, July 31, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Basil Bucatini at Marisco’s, 4821 W. Sixth St. Pesto mania: It doesn’t take much of the strong summer sauce to make a meal
July 28, 2010 in print edition on 1C
The ingredients are few, the combinations limitless and the finished product is one of summer’s fanciest simple delights: pesto.
10:00 a.m.
The U-Haul Center, 540 Kasold Drive, was buzzing with activity Friday as workers tried to accommodate customers for their moving needs. Customer service representative Mike Moreno sweeps out the inside cab on a 17-foot trailer to get it ready for the next customer. Residents do moving shuffle
July 31, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Business is booming for several local businesses as KU students move in and out of Lawrence. The beginning of August is a demanding time for local moving and storage companies and the city’s hotels.
2:00 p.m.
Former KU basketball standout Russell Robinson decided to donate a bin full of his basketball memories to charity on Friday. His last stop was the Community Drop-in Center at 10th and Vermont, to which he donated jerseys and a collage of his career at KU. Russell Robinson makes rounds of Lawrence charities to donate old gear to benefit others
July 30, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Former Kansas University basketball player Russell Robinson posted a status update on Facebook asking for help. Fourteen minutes later, Lawrence resident Teri Guntert — one of Robinson’s 4,959 Facebook friends, and one whom he had never met — offered some advice.
6:00 p.m.
A worshipper adds to the collection of candles during the monthly Taize service held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. Singing for peace through Taizé
July 31, 2010 in print edition on 1D
The worshippers sit silently in short rows on a steamy summer night as two men begin to strum softly on guitars near a minister-less altar. The parishioners join the stringed instruments in unison, somewhere between singing and chanting.

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100 years ago: Trip to circus leads to parental censure for 2 teens
July 31, 2010
Two young girls, aged 16 and 15, begged to go to the circus, says the Junction City Union, and their indulgent father purchased tickets for them. Later, they traded the tickets for merry-go-round tickets, and were riding with several undesirables of the opposite sex, when their father appeared on the scene. He was pretty mad. It is said that the gentlemen had been ordered from the house previously, and the girls had been forbidden to associate with them. Therefore, the father sent the girls home and followed along closely only stopping to cut several switches.
Leaks reveal depth of Afghan challenge
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
The massive leak of U.S. military records relating to the war in Afghanistan is a significant embarrassment to the Pentagon. It gives a new level of detail in understanding the difficulties faced by Allied forces. But the real casualty of the 90,000 leaked logs is more likely to be political: it must cast serious doubt on David Cameron’s assertion that the war can be won in time to start a British withdrawal in 2014.
Favre’s absence at Vikes’ camp is disgraceful
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C2
Vikings players ride bicycles from their dorm rooms to practice at training camp, to save time and avoid signing autographs. As the 80 players who have reported to camp took the field for their first practice on Friday afternoon, a white bike remained in front of the players’ dorm.
Pump patrol
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.50 at Conoco, 1030 N. Third St.
Meeting will address conservation program
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program will be discussed at an informational meeting.
5 candidates compete for Democratic nomination
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
The state’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary hasn’t featured the fundraising haul and harsh political ads of the GOP primary between U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt.
Residents do moving shuffle
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B1
Business is booming for several local businesses as KU students move in and out of Lawrence. The beginning of August is a demanding time for local moving and storage companies and the city’s hotels.
Terrence Howard to join new ‘Law & Order’
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
“Law & Order: Los Angeles” is getting another big-name prosecutor.
NBC to air live episode of Tina Fey’s ‘30 Rock’
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
NBC says “30 Rock” is going live this fall.
Branagh: ‘Thor’ similar to Shakespeare’s heroes
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
Kenneth Branagh is directing “Thor” for Marvel Studios, and some think it’s a stretch for him to take on a superhero movie. He’s more Shakespearean, having adapted several of the Bard’s films for the big screen.
Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt file for divorce
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
Fifteen months after saying “I do,” reality TV stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are headed for divorce.
AMC’s ‘Rubicon’ promises puzzles but proves lifeless
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
A funny thing happened while watching the two-hour pilot episode(s) of “Rubicon” (7 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, AMC) and waiting for something to happen. You have a lot of time to ruminate during “Rubicon” because nothing much ever does.
Horoscope for July 31, 2010
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C7
This year, often you could get locked into thought patterns or a rigid way of looking at situations. The sooner you free yourself of the mental shackles, the sooner you will see opportunities stroll in your direction. If you are single, you draw someone quite unusual. If you are attached, the two of you will grow together through planning that special trip. You might feel and act like newlyweds. Aries opens doors.
Wildlife rescue escalates at Michigan oil spill
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
Volunteers and government officials scrambled on Friday to save geese and other wildlife damaged by an oil spill in a southern Michigan river as the Canadian company that owns the ruptured pipeline said the crude had been contained.
Wildfire threatens homes
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
A huge wildfire in the high desert wilderness north of Los Angeles jumped an aqueduct on Friday, rushing toward hundreds of houses as firefighters also tried to keep flames from damaging power lines that bring electricity to Southern California.
Signs of spill recovery enter new phase
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
BP’s new boss says it’s time for a “scaleback” in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Federal officials say there is no way the crude could reach the East Coast. And fishing areas are starting to reopen.
Arizona governor considers changing immigration law
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A3
The fight over Arizona’s immigration law showed no signs of letting up Friday as the federal judge who blunted its force faced threats and the Republican governor who signed it considered changes to address any fault
Wage increases slated for police and firefighters
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A1
Wage increases of up to 6.5 percent for some police officers and up to 5 percent for firefighters are on tap for 2011 under new pay contracts that will be debated by city commissioners on Tuesday.
House OKs bill on drilling, oil spills
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
The House approved a bill Friday to boost safety standards for offshore drilling, remove a federal cap on economic liability for oil spills and impose new fees on oil and gas production.
Ethics panel to charge lawmaker
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
A House panel is preparing to accuse Rep. Maxine Waters of at least one ethics violation in her efforts to help a bank with ties to her husband, and the longtime California Democrat plans to fight the charges in a House trial, according to a source familiar with the case.
D.A. says no Gore prosecution
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Former Vice President Al Gore was cleared Friday of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a luxury Portland hotel room in 2006, closing a case that could have tarnished the Nobel prize winner’s reputation.
Floods ravage villages, kill 430
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said 430 people had been killed in the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929.
Castro accuses U.S. of torturing spy
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Fidel Castro accused U.S. authorities of torturing a convicted Cuban spy, telling a meeting of communist youths that the agent had been placed in solitary confinement in California.
White House urges WikiLeaks to stop
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration on Friday implored the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents, as the Pentagon pressed its investigation of the massive security breach by bringing a soldier under scrutiny back to the U.S. for trial.
Bill Clinton emerges for Chelsea’s wedding
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
Bill Clinton made a long-anticipated appearance in the upstate New York village where his daughter is getting married, drawing crowds of onlookers Friday afternoon as preparations continued largely out of sight for the grand and secretive occasion.
U.S. casualties in Afghanistan soar to record highs in July
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a summer of suffering, America’s military death toll in Afghanistan is rising, with back-to-back record months for U.S. losses in the grinding conflict. All signs point to more bloodshed in the months ahead, straining the already shaky international support for the war.
A working mom doesn’t necessarily hurt child development
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A2
A new study finds that babies raised by working mothers don’t necessarily suffer cognitive setbacks, an encouraging finding that follows a raft of previous reports suggesting that women with infants were wiser to stay home.
Couples wed under new gay marriage law
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
After a 27-year courtship, two men on Friday became the first gay couple to wed under Argentina’s historic same-sex marriage law — the first of its kind for a Latin American nation.
Syrian, Saudi leaders travel together to Lebanon
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
The leaders of Syria and Saudi Arabia, once bitter rivals, made an unprecedented show of cooperation Friday, traveling together to Lebanon in hopes of preventing any violence if members of a militant group are indicted in the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister.
Dems hope for first lady’s stardust in campaign
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A6
She’s not a political animal, Michelle Obama is quick to say.
Error found in Sunflower permit
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B4
Public hearings on the proposed 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas will go on as scheduled next week despite an announcement Friday that developers of the plant must revise their permit.
Obama touts success of auto bailout
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
The government’s bailout of the American auto industry last year sparked political hand-wringing about the end of capitalism and allegations that President Barack Obama aspired to be CEO of what critics dubbed “Government Motors.”
New law contains paperwork nightmare
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A5
Talk about a paperwork nightmare: Tucked into the massive new health care law is a demand that nearly 40 million U.S. businesses file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods.
Democrats urge Rangel to resign
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
President Barack Obama on Friday called ethics charges against Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel “very troubling” and said he hopes the longtime lawmaker can end his career with dignity. Several House Democrats went further, flat-out urging the New York congressman to resign.
Economic growth slows sharply, signaling pain for many
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A4
U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the spring, the government reported Friday, adding to prospects for continuing financial pressures on millions of American families and a long, drawn-out struggle for the unemployed.
Disney sells Miramax to investors for $660M
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Walt Disney Co. is selling Miramax Films to a group of investors for $660 million, marking a new phase for a studio that helped launch the career of Quentin Tarantino and push independent movies into the mainstream.
Stocks end July with big gain
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Stocks had a fitting end to a choppy July as prices seesawed their way to a narrowly mixed finish. The market still had its best month in a year.
ABC network names new president
July 31, 2010 in print edition on A7
Paul Lee, who as head of ABC Family invigorated the once-flagging cable channel, has been appointed president of the ABC Entertainment Group. His responsibilities include the ratings-challenged ABC broadcast network.
Giant South Dakota hailstone sets U.S. records
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
A hailstone that fell in central South Dakota has set U.S. records, even though it likely shrunk after plummeting to a field, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed Friday.
Army eyes expansion of gaming efforts
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B8
Army leaders met in Kansas this week to review proposals to enhance the military’s use of computer gaming for unit and individual training.
Arizona trades Jackson to Chicago
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C2
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded away an All-Star pitcher for the second time in a week, sending right-hander Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox on Friday for rookie Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.
Yankees ready to acquire Berkman
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C2
Lance Berkman is headed to the New York Yankees, who plan to complete a deal to acquire the former All-Star from the Houston Astros today, a day after the World Series champions obtained outfielder Austin Kearns from Cleveland.
Local reflections on D-day
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
Now that a new month is almost upon us, it’s time to look back at the biggest story of July, the Miami Heat’s signing of LeBron James, announced during a one-hour special televised July 8 by ESPN.
On second thought, preps pick KU
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
Friday turned out to be quite the day for the Kansas University football program.
Chiefs sign Berry, open camp
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
Eric Berry’s tweet was true. The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed Friday they signed the star safety from Tennessee, about nine hours after he said on his Twitter account that he’d come to terms.
A red-letter day: Chiefs unveil statue, plaza
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
At the unveiling Friday of a nine-foot statute of Lamar Hunt, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised the founder of the AFL and Kansas City Chiefs as a humble leader and farsighted visionary who helped shape the modern game.
Club news
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for July 31, 2010
Military news
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Military news for July 31, 2010.
Around and about
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B5
Around and about for the week of July 31, 2010
40 years ago: Explosive device damages real estate offices
July 31, 2010
The relative quiet that the city had been enjoying for a few days was shattered when an explosive device caused “sizable but not catastrophic” damage to the McGrew Real Estate and Insurance Co. at Ninth and Indiana.
25 years ago: Constitutionality of sign ordinance disputed
July 31, 2010
City officials and representatives of Big Bob’s Used Carpets, 738 New Hampshire, were meeting in court for a hearing on whether the city’s sign ordinance was constitutional. As had been reported earlier, the city was claiming that the red, white and blue stripes on the side of the building comprised an illegal sign, while the store’s owner said it was simply a three-toned paint job.
Boomer Girl Diary: Pooch just doesn’t understand nature’s call
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C1
My cocker spaniel can’t seem to grasp the concept of boundaries. I don’t mean tangible, physical boundaries. Lucy has a healthy respect for fences and doors. Unlike her predecessor, the wayward terrier who spent every waking minute concocting an escape plan from our backyard or mudroom, Lucy seems content to stay within the property line.
Singing for peace through Taizé
Reflective service turns music into prayer
July 31, 2010 in print edition on D1
The worshippers sit silently in short rows on a steamy summer night as two men begin to strum softly on guitars near a minister-less altar. The parishioners join the stringed instruments in unison, somewhere between singing and chanting.
Faith Forum: What religious verses help lift your mood?
July 31, 2010 in print edition on D1
In a culture of stress and worry, we are constantly in need of these reminders that none of us can add an hour to our life by worrying, and that “each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Concern lacking
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
This is in regard to the editorial “Alarming data” on July 28. I am just as alarmed about this report as the writer of the editorial. What alarms me more is that from all indications, this community could care less. An article or editorial on abortion can generate over 200 replies to the online story. A report and editorial about children dying in this state from lack of food and medical care has generated seven replies. Three of those are mine.
Fire efforts
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
The Lecompton, Kanwaka, Wakarusa, Baldwin, Willow Springs and Kentucky townships volunteer fire departments deserve high praise for their efforts fighting the major fire in Lecompton on July 26.
British health care cuts a bad omen for U.S.
July 31, 2010 in print edition on B7
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told a group of liberal activists meeting in Las Vegas they shouldn’t worry about not getting the single-payer provision in the new health care law. “We’re going to have a public option,” Reid said. “It’s just a question of when.”
Gordon’s walk-off lifts Royals
July 31, 2010 in print edition on C5
With one swing, Alex Gordon turned a miserable night at the plate into a glorious ending.