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Archive for Sunday, June 20, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Sisters Ada Hyde, 6, left, and Iris Hyde, 9, collaborate each weekend as “business” partners operating a stand on the sidewalk in front of their home in the Cordley neighborhood. Plenty of items are up for sale, including original artwork by the girls, handbags made from duct tape, vegetables and herbs from the family garden. Junior startups: Child entrepreneurs find new ways to raise cash
June 19, 2010 in print edition on 1D
It’s summer. And for enterprising local kids, that means it’s time to make money.
6:00 a.m.
Bill Mayhew stays busy with his granddaughters Grace Mayhew, 7, left, and Allison, 4, while their grandma is in the other room tending to the girls’ 1-year-old sister. “When you have grandkids, you just have the opportunity to sit and watch them. That is really amazing,” Mayhew said. Grandfathers able to have their cake and eat it, too
June 20, 2010 in print edition on 1A
It is funny how time changes the questions a son will ask a father.
10:00 a.m.
Turner Gill greets daughters Jordan, center, and Margaux, right, after Gill was introduced as KU’s football coach during a news conference on Dec. 14, 2009. Dear old dad: Gill’s girls reflect on growing up with famous father
June 20, 2010 in print edition on 1C
For two people who know him perhaps better than anyone else, the memories of Turner Gill have very little to do with football, especially on Father’s Day.
2:00 p.m.
Provost Jeffrey Vitter has been the leader of Kansas University's cutback evaluation process, which he acknowledged on Monday will include some cutbacks in personnel. Incoming provost starts crafting strategic plan for KU
June 20, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Kansas University’s incoming provost hopes to bring about changes at KU that will better prepare students for a constantly evolving world.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence residents Carolyn Beasley, right, and Ursula Stammler laugh as they talk shop with homeowner Bobbi Strayer about her garden Saturday during a stop on the Tour Des Fleurs in the Briarwood subdivision. Strayer was one of several Lawrence residents to open her home to the viewing public for the tour. Tour Des Fleurs inspires area gardeners
June 20, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Spend just a few minutes with Bobbi Strayer in her backyard garden in northwest Lawrence, and her enthusiasm for flowers becomes as crystal clear as the saltwater pool that’s surrounded by the hundreds of plants she loves.

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Severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County expires early
08:14 p.m., June 20, 2010 Updated 11:46 p.m.
The severe thunderstorm watch issued for Douglas County until 3 a.m. has expired early.
Good fathering should be the norm
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
This is the 100th commemoration of Father’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? REALLY nice ties.
Severe thunderstorm watch expires
12:01 a.m., June 20, 2010 Updated 02:47 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled the severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 3 a.m.
U.S. envoy urges independent probe into Kyrgyz riots
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
A top U.S. envoy called Saturday for an independent investigation into the violence that has devastated southern Kyrgyzstan, as amateur video emerged of unarmed Uzbeks gathering to defend their town during the attacks.
U.N.: Afghan violence soaring
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
Afghanistan has become a far more dangerous place for Western troops and Afghan civilians, with an increase in suicide attacks, roadside bombings and political assassinations in the first four months of 2010, the United Nations said in a report released Saturday.
CIA learns from spy mission’s mistakes
Agency makes film out of failed Cold War operation in China
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots.
As Army mounts anti-suicide campaign, soldiers save each other
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Army Spc. Joseph Sanders was despondent over the breakup of his marriage and feeling alone in the oppressive heat of an Iraqi summer when he turned his rifle on himself and pulled the trigger.
Obama wants presidency back from spill
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
BP chief executive Tony Hayward committed a faux pas when he admitted he wanted his life back. President Barack Obama is too smart to say it aloud, but he wants his presidency back.
Roddick driven by loss
Epic setback to Federer motivates American at Wimbly
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C6
“Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick! Rodd-ick!” Surprising as it may have been to hear full-throated chants echo through the often-staid Centre Court stands — 15,000 or so voices rising as one in the moments after last year’s Wimbledon final concluded with a 16-14 fifth set — what was most remarkable was the name the spectators chose to yell.
Democrats spend big in hopes of bringing out Obama’s voters
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A4
As political gambles go, it’s a big and risky one: $50 million to test the proposition that the Democratic Party’s outreach to new voters that helped make Barack Obama president can work in an election where his name is not on the ballot.
CEO’s yacht trip angers Gulf residents
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
BP chief executive Tony Hayward took a day off Saturday to see his 52-foot yacht “Bob” compete in a glitzy race off England’s shore, a leisure trip that further infuriated residents of the oil-stained Gulf Coast.
Gray-Little touts KU initiatives in Abilene visit
Chancellor discusses medical school campus in Salina during trip to Eisenhower Library
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
In a trip on Saturday to the north-central part of Kansas, Kansas University’s chancellor talked to an Abilene audience about new initiatives at KU, including a planned medical school campus in Salina.
Grandfathers able to have their cake and eat it, too
Grandpas gain new perspective by caring for their grandchildren
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A1
It is funny how time changes the questions a son will ask a father.
Indian-Americans seek office in record numbers
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A3
Meet Reshma, Surya, Manan, Raj, Ami, Ravi, Nimrata and Kamala — a new wave of Indian-American politicians.
Pill to boost female libido eludes pharma
June 20, 2010 in print edition on E1
A “pink pill” to boost women’s sex drive remains elusive after a decade of searching by some of the world’s biggest drugmakers.
Tour Des Fleurs inspires area gardeners
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Spend just a few minutes with Bobbi Strayer in her backyard garden in northwest Lawrence, and her enthusiasm for flowers becomes as crystal clear as the saltwater pool that’s surrounded by the hundreds of plants she loves.
Glaus’ homer lifts Braves over K.C.
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C3
Troy Glaus figures it was his turn for some late-game heroics. Glaus hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Thinning fruits on trees leads to better harvest
June 20, 2010
Snowballs of bloom followed by miniature fruits tell of branches soon to be bowed by the weight of large and luscious peaches, apples, pears and plums. Large and luscious, that is, if you pluck some of those fruits now, before they get much bigger.
Incoming provost starts crafting strategic plan for KU
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s incoming provost hopes to bring about changes at KU that will better prepare students for a constantly evolving world.
Task force on elementary schools to begin work
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Several members of a task force that will study Lawrence’s elementary schools say they will come to the table with an open mind.
Look who’s lurking at U.S. Open
Pro-Am champ Johnson leads, but Woods steals show with 66 to put himself in contention
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Dustin Johnson plays his best at Pebble Beach no matter what month, no matter what stage. Hours after Tiger Woods came to life in the U.S. Open with his best round of the year to get into contention, Johnson turned in a prime-time performance every bit as good Saturday.
Dear old dad: Gill’s girls reflect on growing up with famous father
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
For two people who know him perhaps better than anyone else, the memories of Turner Gill have very little to do with football, especially on Father’s Day.
2010 NBA Draft capsules
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C8
A thumbnail look at potential first-round selections for the NBA Draft to be held Thursday:
The Netherlands advances; Cameroon out
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C6
Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal, and the Netherlands beat Japan, 1-0, on Saturday. The victory, combined with Denmark’s 2-1 win over Cameroon, clinched a spot in the second round for the Dutch.
Lefty struggles on ‘moving day’
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C5
There was no other choice: Lefty had to play righty. And that choice on the ninth hole almost became a footnote to Phil Mickelson’s wild third round on Saturday.
Wayward pet found after 3-week excursion
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
A sign outside Carol Armstrong’s Lawrence home informs friends and neighbors of some very good news: “Ruby is Found.”
TCU, UCLA open College World Series with wins
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
The first College World Series game in TCU history didn’t exactly get off to a pretty start.
K.C. awaits mountain biking trails
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
Volunteers are building an urban mountain biking trail system in Kansas City that will eventually include more than 50 miles of trails.
Rail bridge that buckled passed inspection
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B8
A south-central Kansas railroad bridge that buckled this week while two locomotives and two rail cars were on it passed an inspection last month.
Road rules
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
Lawrencians, for the safety of yourself and others, please pick up and read a Kansas driving handbook this summer. You can get one at the DMV for free, or you can review it online. There have been far too many vehicular deaths in and around this city, and the situation is well past dangerous. Taking the time to review the “rules of the road” might reveal how many distractions we allow ourselves while operating heavy machinery.
Brownback show
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
Sen. Sam Brownback proposes an Office of Repealer in Kansas government to get rid of archaic or inconvenient state rules and regulations. (Journal-World, June 15). When asked what regulations should be repealed, Brownback’s spokesperson could give no examples. The senator has made a gesture but there is nothing there, no substance.
25 years ago: Preliminary estimates made for bypass around south Lawrence
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
During a two-hour study session with public works director Frank Hempen, county commissioners discussed the preliminary estimates for a bypass around southern and western Lawrence. Early figures were at about $16 million. The preliminary map showed the road beginning a loop south of Lawrence at K-10 and County Road 442, then following the path of 31st Street from Haskell to Kasold. It would then follow Kasold north to Clinton Parkway, turn a mile west, then travel north on County Road 13, ending near County Road 438.
40 years ago: Basement fire breaks out in 900 block of Mass St.
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
A basement fire broke out between 925 and 927 Massachusetts Street, causing damages of well over $100,000 by early estimates. Affected businesses included Pounds, a recently opened yard goods store, the Professional Building, which housed the U.S. Selective Service office, and Doore’s Stationery. Ray Stoneback’s appliance store, south of Doore’s, also suffered some smoke damage. Willard Doores, operator of the stationery store, reported that he heard “popping sounds” and saw flames in the basement area. He fought the blaze with a fire extinguisher, suffering burns on his left arm in the process, then rushed out of the building and contacted the fire department.
Female sheriff paved way through Kansas history
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
In a safe in the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office sits a 1920s Thompson submachine gun that can fire 500 to 600 rounds a minute.
Man shoots 4, self in fast food restaurant
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
A man opened fire on his stepdaughter’s family inside a California restaurant Saturday, killing her husband and 6-year-old son, critically wounding her and another child, and then fatally shooting himself, police said.
Flooding deaths rise to at least 132 in China
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Massive flooding in southern China has killed 132 people and forced 860,000 to flee their homes, and more storms were forecast, the government said today.
Princess Victoria gets married
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria wed her former personal trainer Daniel Westling in Stockholm’s Storkyrkan cathedral Saturday, the culmination of almost two weeks of festivities in the Swedish capital.
School to reverse ban on boy’s hat
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district that banned a second-grader’s homemade hat because it displayed toy soldiers with tiny guns said Saturday he will work to change the policy to allow such apparel.
Obama blames GOP for jobless woes
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama on Saturday pinned blame on Republicans for making life harder for the unemployed and for those who could lose their jobs without new federal intervention. He did so even as he sought to distance himself from the “dreary and familiar politics” of Washington.
Peru’s celebrity inmate chooses isolation
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A6
A prison compound on the dusty outskirts of Peru’s capital is home to hundreds of convicts from Peru’s leftist insurgency of the 1980s and 90s.
Kagan unscathed after revelations from past
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A5
Tens of thousands of pages worth of documents from Elena Kagan’s past have left President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee relatively unscathed and important details about her still a mystery heading into confirmation hearings for a lifetime job as a justice.
Official: Woods wrong to rip Open greens
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C5
Tiger Woods was wrong to criticize the Pebble Beach greens as “awful,” USGA executive director David Fay said Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Brownback intent
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
The June 14 article regarding Sen. Brownback’s initiative to reduce state regulations focused on the immediate lack of detail instead of what is important — the intent. Clearly, Sen. Brownback’s intent is to identify and eliminate regulations that have outlived their usefulness.
Behind the Lens: Composing your own group portrait
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D2
I have a small collection of old photo postcards, the one-of-a-kind cards that people printed themselves in home darkrooms.
Sarah McLachlan returns with new CD, Lilith Tour
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D4
At long last, there’s an all-new studio album from Sarah McLachlan.
100 years ago: ‘Soiled dove’ fined $25 for being out after curfew
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
Blanch Williams, a soiled dove from Leavenworth, was assessed $25 and trimmings in police court this morning for being out after the Curfew rang.
Program for homeless offers meeting Monday
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence community is invited to a meeting Monday to learn about SOAR, a program that assists homeless individuals in obtaining Social Security benefits.
Harvard biologist comes to the defense of the reviled tree of heaven
June 20, 2010
The misnamed tree of heaven has been outlawed in Washington for more than a century. No one has planted it in decades. Still it grows. Alongside railroad tracks, in the cracked blacktops of abandoned lots, in dark, stagnant alleys.
Poolside relief: Plants soften the landscape
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D8
If you asked me a few weeks ago what to plant around your swimming pool, I would have said to skip it altogether. Chlorine that easily splashes from pools is toxic to plants. Soil, mulch and leaves from the garden easily clog pool filters and dirty the water.
Deco designs beloved by collectors
June 20, 2010
Many companies today are looking at their sales figures and deciding how to change their products to attract more customers. The same thing was true in the 1930s when Chase Brass & Copper Co. decided to make art-deco pieces for the home, along with the buttons, nails and thousands of other brass products it had manufactured since the company’s founding in 1876.
Fathers are example, inspiration
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
It occurs to me that parenthood is the most important job in the world. Yes, more important than governor, senator or president. Still, fathers can feel the pressure: to be brave even when one has worries, to maintain a strong face when work pressures mount, to be calm when the world around you is in turmoil, and most important, to try and be the better role model that your children deserve, no matter the doubts one may have at any given time.
Census silliness
The state census that demands a special recount of Kansas college and university students isn’t worth the time and money.
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B6
The state of Kansas is spending about $650,000 this year to statistically send college students home.
GOP could make Democrats look better
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
The eagerness with which Democrats pounced on the foolish comment of Rep. Joe Barton of Texas that BP had been the victim of a White House “shakedown” tells you everything you need to know about their need to change the subject from the problems confronting the Obama administration.
Crowds jam Universal Orlando Harry Potter opening
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D2
Thousands of people waited in line for hours Friday to get into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando on its opening day, as Daniel Radcliffe and other stars from the movie greeted fans at the minipark.
Christie’s to auction rare Faulkner collection
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D4
A rare auction of signed William Faulkner books and personal items has drawn international interest, but few on the town square of the author’s hometown were aware of the bidding set for Tuesday at Christie’s in New York.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Grins Wiped’
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Once upon his smile And beyond the cocky grin
Bondy chronicles history of World Cup in America
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
It wasn’t too long ago that the world’s soccer fans considered anything American — players, coaches, national teams — to be irrelevant.
Universal character: Fuller takes civil-rights focus to a new genre
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D3
Charles Fuller screws up his face in mock confusion, then laughs.
Faith in action: Athletes express faith through fitness
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D1
Running 50 miles at one time may seem to outsiders like something God doesn’t intend for our earthly bodies.
Boomer Girl Diary: Strong memories of my father, good and bad
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D1
We tend to canonize the dead, especially when they’re family.
Towering NBA humanitarian Bol dies at 47
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
Manute Bol, who was one of the tallest players in NBA history and gained stature off the court for his efforts to save lives in his homeland of Sudan, has died. He was 47.
Still no guarantees Big 12 will last
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C2
The Big 12 gained a reprieve this week.
KU’s draftees ‘solid, great’
Self has heard good reports on Aldrich, Henry, Collins
June 20, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is well connected in NBA circles, has been briefed on KU’s three entries in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Around and about in local business
June 20, 2010 in print edition on E1
News from the local business world for June 20, 2010.
Mortgages
June 20, 2010 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 81 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Bankruptcies
June 20, 2010 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing recently for bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Horoscope for June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, you clear the way for better understanding. If you are attached, the two of you will expand your commitment together. If you’re creative or artistic, you could create one of your life’s masterpieces. Let your imagination come through more often. If you are single, you will draw many different types of people. Your dance card will be full. Relish the process of getting to know the different people and eliminating some. Libra always enchants you.
Scoring better tickets
June 20, 2010 in print edition on E1
Before you pull the trigger on buying those concert or game tickets, ask yourself: Is this the best I can do?
Pixar, known for originality, turns to sequels
Follow-ups to ‘Cars,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’ next two films for animation studio
June 20, 2010 in print edition on D5
Pixar Animation Studios, the pioneering digital studio that long prided itself on creating novel stories and characters, is now treading a well-worn Hollywood path. Three of the company’s next four releases are sequels.
U.S. must clarify withdrawal plans
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B7
It was one of those ohmyGod moments. Gen. David Petraeus was testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. John McCain was pressing him for his opinion on the feasibility of President Obama’s July 2011 deadline to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Suddenly, the general slumped onto the table.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B5
Road construction projects are planned for the following areas the week of June 20, 2010.
Oil spill boosts soap brand from K.C.
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B5
BP’s brand may be tarnished with each week that oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico. But a brand manufactured in Kansas City, Kan., is enjoying the kind of publicity that can’t be bought or planned.
Man sentenced to 38 years in death of child
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
A 33-year-old Leavenworth man has been sentenced to more than 38 years in prison in the death of a 4-year-old boy.
City commission agenda for June 22, 2010
Comments on budget welcomed
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B4
The city commission agenda for June 22, 2010.
Festival celebrates family
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B3
The organizers for the first Dad Days Community Festival on Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds would likely have appreciated the idyllic father-son scene a couple of miles away on Connecticut Street.
Lawrence couple warn others of ‘Trustnet’ scam
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B2
Lawrence resident Barbara M. Bishop was already skeptical when she and her husband received two recent letters informing them they had won thousands of dollars in two drawings.
Mayor backs plan for sales tax signs
June 20, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx is supporting an idea to require businesses that charge a special sales tax to place a sign on their front doors to notify consumers.
Mozzarella confiscated after turning blue
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
Italian police confiscated some 70,000 balls of mozzarella in Turin after consumers noticed the milky-white cheese quickly developed a bluish tint when the package was opened.
Pet owners turn to dye to decorate their dogs
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A8
Walking into Ruowen Pet Spa is like entering a doggie Halloween costume contest.
Militants kill 11 in brazen jailbreak
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
Four suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence headquarters of Yemen’s second largest city Saturday and freed several detainees in the group’s most spectacular operation since a U.S.-backed government crackdown began late last year.
Oil-eating microbes possible spill solution
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
One scientist compares them to the yellow chompers in the Pac-Man video game — hungry, single-minded little microbes fueled by the same fertilizer farmers use on soybeans, gobbling hydrocarbons from the oily waters, marshes and shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
FDA: Avoid coffee aphrodisiac
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday urged consumers to stop using an instant coffee product that is being marketed as a sexual aphrodisiac, saying it could dangerously lower blood pressure.
More flexible exchange rate allowed
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A2
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner welcomed China’s announcement Saturday that it will allow a more flexible exchange rate for its currency and urged it to implement the new policy vigorously.
Filmmakers defy Taliban an adventure at a time
June 20, 2010 in print edition on A7
In real life he’s a pharmacist, a polite young man who dispenses antibiotics and advice in a tiny Jalalabad shop barely 40 miles from where Osama bin Laden disappeared into the mountains.