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Archive for Saturday, June 12, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Carlin Francis, who graduated Lawrence High School in January, is this year’s ArtStar scholarship winner. ArtStar trek: Carlin Francis boldly embarks on mixed-media career
June 11, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Carlin Francis can barely contain her enthusiasm.
6:00 a.m.
Cancer survivors gather at the south end of the Free State High School track in preparation for the “Survivor Lap” at the Relay For Life event on Friday. The survivors take the first lap around the track to kick off the all-night relay. Relay for Life a shining moment
June 12, 2010 in print edition on 1A
One by one, the lights grew brighter, as each flame was lit on the luminarias honoring those who’ve survived the fight with cancer and remembering those who’ve lost the battle.
10:00 a.m.
The former Farmland Industries site on the east edge of Lawrence has been vacant for several years. The city must decide whether to pursue ownership of the property or turn it over to private development interests. Former Farmland Industries property likely to be in city’s possession within the next 90 days
June 11, 2010 in print edition on 1A
After years of haggling, the former Farmland Industries property likely will be under city ownership within the next 90 days.
2:00 p.m.
Riders with Biking Across Kansas pull into Eudora Middle School, where tents were set up Friday as the community threw a party for them. After almost 500 miles across the state, riders will finish today in Leavenworth at the Missouri River. Cyclists rest in Eudora during eight-day ride across Kansas
June 12, 2010 in print edition on 1B
More than 800 cyclists pedaled into Eudora on Friday night to enjoy one last rest before their 492-mile ride concludes.
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Jayhawks dance with their sixth-consecutive Big 12 Conference title trophy after their 81-68 win over Oklahoma, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. From left are Travis Releford, Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Withey. What does it mean for KU?
June 12, 2010 in print edition on 1A
All this talk of conference realignment often spurs concerns about Kansas University athletes missing more class time because of increased travel demands, or coaches struggling to recruit athletes without the help of a strong Big 12, or even fans missing out on familiar trips to schools that have become woven into the fabric of KU’s athletics history.

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Flash flood watch issued for Douglas County
June 12, 2010
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Douglas County starting at 7 p.m. tonight.
Power restored to Westar Energy customers
12:45 a.m., June 12, 2010 Updated 02:15 a.m.
More than 1,600 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County were without power about 12:30 a.m. Saturday after reports of a blown transformer.
19 slain at clinic, 16 in 2nd city
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
At least 30 gunmen burst into a drug rehabilitation center in a Mexican border state capital and opened fire, killing 19 men and wounding four people, police said.
45 dead, over 600 wounded in riots
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mobs of armed men torched Uzbek neighborhoods in Kyrgyzstan on Friday in ethnic clashes that officials said left at least 45 people dead and 637 wounded in a Central Asian nation that hosts U.S. and Russian military bases.
Bailout repayments inch higher
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Treasury Department on Friday hailed what it called a milestone in the history of the controversial $700 billion bailout fund: For the first time, the amount repaid by banks and other recipients has surpassed the outstanding balance.
Less spending could slow recovery
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Americans are pulling back on their spending, a trend that could slow the economic recovery if it continues.
What does it mean for KU?
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A1
All this talk of conference realignment often spurs concerns about Kansas University athletes missing more class time because of increased travel demands, or coaches struggling to recruit athletes without the help of a strong Big 12, or even fans missing out on familiar trips to schools that have become woven into the fabric of KU’s athletics history.
Relay for Life a shining moment
All-night trek until sunrise symbolic of the hope of a new day
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A1
One by one, the lights grew brighter, as each flame was lit on the luminarias honoring those who’ve survived the fight with cancer and remembering those who’ve lost the battle.
Big 12 wake now a roast
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C2
Typically, death leads to fuzzy memories. Loving eulogies get heaped upon even the biggest jackals because nobody wants to speak ill of the dead.
Selig visiting K.C. for All-Star announcement?
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals have confirmed that baseball commissioner Bud Selig will be in town Wednesday, perhaps to formally award the 2012 All-Star Game to Kansas City.
Free State High’s Stremel considering football, baseball at Baker
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
When Connor Stremel signed last winter to play football at nearby Baker University, he did so with the expectation that it would mean the end of his baseball career.
Huskers hightailing it: Football-rich Nebraska leaves Big 12 for Big Ten
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
One thing many people worried about when Kansas University football coach Turner Gill was hired in December doesn’t seem like much of a problem anymore.
What’s next for KU?
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
The Big Ten is stopping at 12 schools for now, and the Big 12 is hoping to hang on to 10 members. Ten means 12, and 12 means 10. Oh, and Big means small, considering 16-member conferences are all the rage.
Raiders claim first victory
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C5
Austin Holladay and Bill Slivinski combined to pitch a one-hitter, and the Lawrence Raiders handed the Topeka Giants their first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory on Friday in the Nill Bros.-Louisville Slugger Classic.
Cyclists rest in Eudora during eight-day ride across Kansas
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
More than 800 cyclists pedaled into Eudora on Friday night to enjoy one last rest before their 492-mile ride concludes.
People in the news
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C7
People in the news for June 12, 2010.
Around and about
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
News from around and about for June 12, 2010.
South Junior High School honor roll
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B4
South Junior High School has announced its second semester honor roll.
Exhibit captures changing face of Senate
Photographs highlight growing influence of women
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B4
It’s all in the timing.
KU playing catch-up while neighbors leave Big 12
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
The departure of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference and Colorado to the Pac-10, along with the possibility of a number of Texas and Oklahoma schools bolting the Big 12 for the Pac-10 conference, leaves Kansas University in an extremely weak and vulnerable position.
County error costs Scouts 1 camp day
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
A scheduling mix-up on the event calendar for the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds caused some disappointment and anger among local Cub Scouts this week.
World Cup kicks off with two ties
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C2
A joyous day for South Africa. A not quite perfect result.
Using discarded materials to beautify a garden
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s a real shame when good building materials and discarded items go to the landfill and not back into a home or garden.
4-H and FCE news
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
4-H and FCE news for June 12, 2010.
Audio-Reader plans golf fundraiser
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
This year raising money for Kansas Audio-Reader Network can be as easy as swinging a golf club. For the first time the program will be initiating a golf tournament fundraiser.
100 years ago: Aerial crafts to soar overhead
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 12, 1910: “Down the winding valley of the Kaw two aerial crafts will fly next Wednesday, battling against wind and distance, with Kansas City as the goal of the first cross-country flight ever attempted in Kansas or the Missouri valley.”
40 years ago: Severe weather moves through area
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Turbulent weather had moved through the area on the previous evening and had caused tornado-like conditions in eastern Kansas. No injuries were reported, but several residents reported damages. A tornado apparently passed over south-central Douglas County but did not touch down. Baldwin resident Solon Markley described the sound as being “like a jet plane aloft.” Elsewhere in the state, the storms caused three deaths in Fredonia, Wichita, and Newton. The heaviest damage was reported at Iola, where a tornado damaged between 150 and 175 houses.
Market dogs
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Recent visits to the Lawrence Farmers’ Market on Saturdays have convinced me further that dogs don’t belong there.
Pope promises action on clerical abuse
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A6
Addressing the clerical abuse scandal from the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday from victims and promised to “do everything possible” to protect children at a Mass celebrated by 15,000 priests from around the world.
Man makes last appeal to avoid firing squad
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A5
After two days of testimony about a condemned Utah man’s journey from a life of violence to reformation, his lawyer said Friday that fairness should compel a state parole board to stop his execution by firing squad.
Chancellor, A.D. reassure alumni of proactive measures
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Athletic Director Lew Perkins sent a letter to all members of the KU Alumni Association on Friday, regarding the shakeup in the Big 12 Conference:
Ban peanuts on planes? Plan nothing to sneeze at
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Federal regulators are considering a snack attack on the nation’s airlines that would restrict or even completely ban serving peanuts on commercial flights.
Clinton Library releases Kagan papers
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, as a Clinton White House counsel, drafted legal language designed to narrow a proposed ban on a procedure that critics call “partial-birth” abortion.
Royals win NL-style
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C5
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost made seven pitching changes and starting thinking about which position player might take the mound if the game kept going. Felt like he was back in the National League all over again.
25 years ago: City annexes and rezones property
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
City commissioners annexed and rezoned 100 acres northeast of West 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive. Some development on the land was scheduled to begin in February 1986.
Cactus take 2 at Emporia
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C5
Taylor Gentry pitched a complete game and struck out 10, and the Lawrence Cactus won two games Friday at the Sam Ellis Memorial Tournament.
Faith Forum: What should couples know about each’s faith before marriage?
June 12, 2010 in print edition on D1
Like a building, a relationship can only be as strong as its foundation.
Invisible need: Stull food pantry fills cupboards of the rural hungry
June 12, 2010 in print edition on D1
Poverty on main street is so visual it’s hard to ignore: a homeless man sleeping, a woman asking for change, a line of people stationed outside an overnight shelter.
Self’s hoops boogie eases realignment tension
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C1
There was no sulking, no brooding, no gnashing of teeth on Friday night at the College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.
Boycotting Big Oil? Be prepared to give up your lifestyle
Petroleum products found in everything from air conditioners to deodorant to milkshakes
June 12, 2010 in print edition on D8
Has the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico got you so mad you’re ready to quit Big Oil?
Klein’s standup offers something old, new, borrowed and blue
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C7
If the standup special “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced” (9 p.m., HBO, today) seems a tad old-fashioned, Robert Klein is the last guy to disagree.
Horoscope for June 12, 2010
June 12, 2010 in print edition on C7
This year, you’ll open many new doors, especially if you relax and accept the givens in your life. You actually might start to enjoy life more. If you are single, you could tumble into a very romantic year with one or more suitors. If you are attached, stoke the flames of love and passion. Cancer helps you visualize.
Experts: Oil-covered birds in Kansas not from Gulf
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B8
The great blue heron is no longer blue.
Five ways women can involve their groom in wedding planning
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s coming. Summer. Wedding season. And 99 percent of brides have the same complaint: their grooms aren’t involved. How to rope them in? Follow these 5 strategies:
Club news
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for June 12, 2010.
Scouting news
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
Scouting news for June 12, 2010.
Military news
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B5
Military news for June 12, 2010.
Man arrested after attacking woman with garden tool
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 29-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday morning after striking a woman with a gardening tool.
Benedictine College plans academic center
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
A northeast Kansas college plans to open a new academic center in the fall of 2011.
USDA inspects Topeka Zoo for violations
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B2
The federal government sent inspectors to the Topeka Zoo this week to investigate what it calls the zoo’s repeat violations of animal care laws.
Pump patrol
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.43 at several stations.
Tafanelli gets Army National Guard post
June 12, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Kansas adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, has selected Col. Lee Tafanelli as the next assistant adjutant general for the Army National Guard and commander of the Kansas Army National Guard.
Young have endless possibilities
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
A fine rainy day in Minnesota, and of course we should be discussing regulation of banking and the credit-default-swap market, but something in me wants to walk under a big black umbrella to the cafe for a skinny latte and eavesdrop on the college crowd, who, despite the lousy job market, seem as ebullient as ever.
Needed aid goes unused at community colleges
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A7
Democrats and Republicans finally agree on one vital matter, and they did so with little wrangling or heated debate. With undisputed clarity, they have endorsed the critical need for appreciably more future funding of community colleges in today’s battle for economic recovery.
Van der Sloot taken to prison on murder charge
Police: Suspect claims to know where Natalee Holloway is buried
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A6
Angry onlookers shouted “Disgrace!” and “Murderer” at Joran van der Sloot on Friday after a judge ordered him jailed on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the violent killing of a 21-year-old Lima woman.
Governor vetoes anti-abortion measure
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion during the first trimester to undergo an ultrasound exam and pay for it.
Opposition cautious on election anniversary
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A6
The evolution of Iran’s year-old opposition movement has been a study in indecision. Should it risk bloodshed and take to the streets? Is the aim to topple the ruling clerics or push for gradual reforms?
Incumbents fine, but establishment hurting
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A4
Midway through a tumultuous primary season, incumbents are doing just fine, thank you. It’s the larger political establishment that’s bearing the brunt of voter anger.
Overhaul to force changes in employer health plans
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
Over and over in the health care debate, President Barack Obama said people who like their current coverage would be able to keep it.
New spill total is bad news for BP, wildlife
Plan to burn oil raises health concerns
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
The astonishing news that the oil leak at the bottom of the sea may be twice as big as previously thought could have major repercussions for both the environment and BP’s financial health, killing more marine life and dramatically increasing the amount the company must pay in fines and damages.
Young sailor’s parents face sea of criticism
16-year-old trying to sail around world found adrift
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A3
What were her parents thinking? Many people were asking that question as a 16-year-old girl sat adrift and alone in the frigid southern Indian Ocean, her ship’s mast dashed along with her around-the-world sailing effort.
Flash floods kill at least 16 in Ark.
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
Floodwaters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour tore through a campground packed with vacationing families early Friday, carrying away tents and overturning RVs as campers slept. At least 16 people were killed, and dozens more missing and feared dead.
North vows to blow up loudspeakers
June 12, 2010 in print edition on A2
North Korea vowed today to launch an all-out attack against South Korean loudspeakers and other propaganda facilities along their heavily fortified border, warning it can even turn Seoul into a “sea of flame.”