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Heat-related animal calls on the rise
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
Northeast Kansas finally gets a break from the sweltering temperatures, but it’s little relief for our four-legged friends.
Lyon Street repaving project to run Tuesday through Friday
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
A North Lawrence repaving project — along Lyon Street, from North Second to North Third streets — is set to begin Tuesday morning.
Baker University plans 5.5 percent hike in tuition for 2010-2011
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Fresh off an academic year during which it scoured operations for efficiencies, trimmed 33 jobs and cut $4.5 million in spending, Baker University is heading into 2010-2011 with plans to hold the line on expenses.
Kansas panel approves $700 million fund transfer
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and eight legislative leaders have approved the transfer of idle funds to the state general fund to help manage the state’s bills.
Ethics complaint against Kansas congressional candidate dropped
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
A state legislator who’s running for Congress in northeast Kansas says an ethics complaint filed against him has been dropped.
World Company director wins media fellowship
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Jane Stevens, director of media strategies for The World Company, is among 20 professionals selected to participate in the 2010 Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute, a program to help news leaders guide their organizations to success in a digital world.
Kids Voting Kansas aims to win grant via Facebook contest
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Topeka-based Kids Voting USA and Kids Voting Kansas are competing online for the chance to win $250,000 from Chase Community Giving, and Facebook users can cast votes to help.
Nathan Lindeman of Lawrence wins NBA Draft contest
June 28, 2010
Nathan Lindeman of Lawrence is the winner of the NBA Draft contest conducted last week. Lindeman beat out 315 other entries to win the grand prize, which is a Paul Pierce Boston Celtics jersey and a Pioneer Blu-ray disc player courtesy of Kief’s in Lawrence.
Lawrence Originals founder hopes ideas improve schools, local businesses
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
Creative energy, at times, seems to generate more ideas for local businesswoman Constance Wolfe than she can keep track of. She has ideas to help increase charitable contributions to non-profits, improve local businesses and even help with funding shortfalls in Lawrence schools.
Two injured in motorcycle accident on Highway 40 south of Lecompton
03:23 p.m., June 28, 2010 Updated 09:48 p.m. in print edition on A4
A LifeStar helicopter was called to the scene of an injury accident south of Lecompton on Monday afternoon.
KU Public Safety debuts online crime map
June 28, 2010
The Kansas University community can now easily find the safest place to park a car, the walking route where the fewest assaults occur, or the campus roads to avoid if you’re concerned about getting a speeding ticket.
Police release more information about Kansas University rape case
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Chris Keary, the assistant chief of the KU Public Safety Office, said the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. Thursday in parking lot 100, located in the 1400 block of Alumni Place near the scholarship halls.
19th Street down to one lane from Barker to Learnard for waterline work
June 28, 2010
A stretch of 19th Street in eastern Lawrence, from Barker to Learnard avenues, is down to one lane for traffic, as utilities crews work to install a new waterline underneath the road.
Selby’s finger healing well, Self says
10:41 a.m., June 28, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman basketball point guard Josh Selby, who broke the pinkie on his left, non-shooting hand in a June 7 pick-up game, is “progressing fine,” coach Bill Self said on Monday’s Big 12 summer coaches teleconference.
Kansas Board of Regents announces new chairman
June 28, 2010
The Kansas Board of Regents has named former Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer as its chairman for a year, starting in July.
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92
June 28, 2010
Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday. He was 92.
Man leads police on car chase through Douglas, Franklin counties
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Fort Scott man led Lawrence police on a car chase through two counties before being arrested early Monday morning.
Mind your P’s and Q’s and @’s: Online manners more important than ever
June 28, 2010
You always remember to say “please” and “thank you.” You arrive on time and never outstay your welcome. And you rarely, if ever, fail to send a thank-you note. Emily Post has nothing on you. But Emily was the doyenne of old school etiquette. How’s your “netiquette” these days?
Gratitude check: Thank-you cards evolve; the message doesn’t
June 28, 2010
Thank you. So easy to say that we drop more than a few of them into daily conversation perhaps without even knowing it. But the art of saying it when you really mean it has been lost on some folks, says Carolyn Bailey Berneking.
Thriving at 75: Music academy at KU marks anniversary with new programming
June 28, 2010
Chloe Gilligan was in harmony heaven. The ninth-grader knows there are some students who are serious about music at West Junior High School, where she attends during the school year. But for a week this summer, she was surrounded by hundreds of students who treat music as much more than a hobby.
A crisper summer: New cookbooks teach you how to put extra produce to use
June 28, 2010
Right about now, farmers’ market devotees start coming home with more than they know what to do with, simply because it’s all so beautiful.
Bake a healthier slice of fruit pie
June 28, 2010
Here’s a real reason to celebrate — pies don’t have to be banned from a healthy diet.
A safer Fourth: Fireworks safety ensures everybody will enjoy their holiday
June 28, 2010
Fireworks are fun and sparkly, and many people like to put on their own shows at home. But playing with consumer fireworks can be very dangerous and should only be used with extreme caution.
Fashion on the Fourth: bright colors, stylish accessories
June 28, 2010
I love to go all out on the Fourth of July, dressing up in one of my favorite color combinations — red, white and blue. When you get ready on the Fourth, keep in mind where you’ll be going (barbeques, boating, fireworks, pool parties, drinks downtown…), but most of all, have fun.
Safe, stylish backyard homes perfect for the birds
June 28, 2010
Watching our little avian neighbors enjoy the backyard birdbath and feeder is one of life’s quiet pleasures. But when night falls, they too need a place to sleep.
Harbor of dreams: Marina owner enjoys life by the water
June 28, 2010
Year-round water jobs are hard to find in land-locked Kansas. Megan Hiebert struck lucky. She’s owned Clinton Lake Marina for 12 years. “I have the best job in the world,” she says.
Mario (Kart) miracle
June 28, 2010
Our family vacation had been a little rough on Luke. By the trip’s end, Luke was hungry for a moment of triumph when his soul, which longed for adventure, could rise to a challenge with his body, which obviously did not spend enough time outdoors.
More questions to elate court nominee
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
Pursuant to Elena Kagan’s expressed enthusiasm for confirmation hearings that feature intellectual snap, crackle and pop, here are some questions the Senate Judiciary Committee can elate her by asking:
Book takes compelling look at racial bias
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
“You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” — Richard Nixon as quoted by H.R. Haldeman, supporting a get-tough-on drugs strategy. “They give black people time like it’s lunch down there. You go down there looking for justice, that’s what you find: just us.” — Richard Pryor.
Kidcast: Allison Wilson
June 28, 2010
The Kidcast weather segment for June 28, 2010.
Dons have Kansas look
Lee: USF resembles ‘Jayhawks West’
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball program has spread its wings to the Bay Area in California. “It’s kind of obvious we’re ‘Jayhawks West,’ if you want to call it that,” said former KU guard Michael Lee, who earlier this month accepted a job as assistant coach at the University of San Francisco.
KU’s Finley eighth
12:00 a.m., June 28, 2010 Updated 09:38 a.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley recorded a personal-best mark of 19.74 meters to place third in the shot put at the 2010 USA National Track and Field Championships on Sunday.
Rape is reported on KU campus
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Kansas University police are investigating a sex crime that reportedly happened on campus early Thursday.
Betemit’s bomb rescues Royals
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bruce Chen was laboring, Jaime Garcia was cruising. Then one swing by Kansas City’s Wilson Betemit upended everything.
Kerr crushes competition at LPGA major
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
Cristie Kerr cruised to a 12-stroke victory in the LPGA Championship on Sunday in one of the most lopsided victories at a major, leaving her in position to become the first American ranked No. 1.
Kentucky coach lauds exodus of five Wildcats, says more coming
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kentucky Coach John Calipari sounded like a proud papa on Friday when discussing his five former players who were picked in the first round of the NBA Draft the previous night.
Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B10
Americans increasingly are treated to death, spending more time in hospitals in their final days, trying last-ditch treatments that often buy only weeks of time, and racking up bills that have made medical care a leading cause of bankruptcies.
State of focus: Hypnosis long explored as alternative medical remedy
June 28, 2010
Mystery, magic, quackery and downright silliness are all terms that have been used to describe hypnosis. Stories about stage hypnosis and movies with themes of mind control have created the illusion hypnosis is about losing control. Not true.
Cost of raising kids in U.S. on the rise
June 28, 2010
Expecting children? Expect to cough up some big bucks. The grand total for middle-income parents raising one child from birth to age 17 is $222,360, which doesn’t include college tuition, according to the recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2009 Expenditures on Children by Families report.
Food bank in east Lawrence faces distribution snag
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
A volunteer shortage has led to a growing concern that the Just Food community food bank will not be able to provide food to Lawrence families in a timely manner.
Johnson bumps Busch, wins New Hampshire
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B2
Kurt Busch tried to bump-and-run past Jimmie Johnson for a victory. What he really did was anger the four-time Cup champion.
Cactus take twinbill sweep
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Cactus rallied from an early deficit to claim a narrow win in the opener, then rolled to a run-rule-shortened victory in the nightcap of a youth baseball doubleheader sweep of the Kansas City Blaze on Sunday at Ice Field.
Pope condemns Belgian investigation
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at what he called the “deplorable” raids carried out by Belgian police who detained bishops, confiscated computers, opened a crypt and took church documents as part of an investigation into priestly sex abuse.
Blood test may be able to predict menopause
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Doctors could one day use a blood test to predict decades in advance when women will go into menopause, scientists say.
City has concerns on new fields at LHS
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
City officials have a list of questions they want the Lawrence school district to address as it finishes construction on the athletic complex at Lawrence High School.
Historic judge seat returned to courthouse
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
Even empty, the oak chair looks imposing.
Alex grows back into tropical storm
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Alex strengthened back into a tropical storm as it moved across the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday after dumping heavy rains on parts of Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that left four people dead.
’Toy Story,’ Sandler are hot, Cruise not
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
The “Toy Story 3” gang and Adam Sandler are finding plenty of playmates at movie theaters. Tom Cruise is not so popular, though.
’Huge’ is a big fat snore
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
Reality television has long felt like a vicarious vacation.
Prince Harry horses around in N.Y. for African charity
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
Britain’s Prince Harry took a tumble from his horse Sunday before his defeat in a New York polo match against the world’s best known polo player, Argentina’s Nacho Figueras.
Pine disease moving west in Kansas
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A5
A disease that has killed thousands of pine trees in eastern Kansas is migrating west and beginning to take hold in central parts of the state, plant experts say.
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued
Kansan seeks to preserve Potawatomi language
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
An 87-year-old woman who is the last fluent speaker of the Prairie Band Potawatomi’s native language living on its reservation has been working on documenting it and hopes to keep it from dying out.
Voters in Kyrgyzstan approve constitution
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B10
The people of Kyrgyzstan voted Sunday to adopt a new constitution in a referendum that appeared to proceed calmly despite smoldering tensions after ethnic clashes left hundreds dead two weeks ago.
Chimney cap keeps out water, pests
June 28, 2010
Chimney caps protect the chimney and flue from water and ice damage, enhance air flow and reduce the chances of unwanted animals and insects nesting within the chimney walls. A cap with a tight mesh spark arrestor can also reduce the risk of a roof fire.
40 years ago: New sales taxes kick in
June 28, 2010
Certain items not previously subject to Kansas sales tax were scheduled to be taxed at the rate of three cents per dollar beginning July 1, 1970. Some of the affected goods and services were newspaper subscriptions, laundry and dry-cleaning, car washing, bowling, golfing, and car repair. The cigarette tax was scheduled to increase from 8 to 11 cents per pack.
25 years ago: Car chase follows attemped use of stolen credit card
June 28, 2010
After attempting to use a stolen credit card at Western Auto on 23rd Street, two Kansas City area men led local police on a car chase through Lawrence that caused four non-injury accidents. The car chase eventually ended near 10th and Indiana Streets and the men were arrested for reckless driving, attempting to elude police and leaving the scene of an accident, with other charges pending.
100 years ago: Lawrence avoids use of number 13
June 28, 2010
Number 13 is sedulously avoided by Lawrence people. There is no number 13 on Massachusetts. One hotel here had a room numbered 13, but they changed the number because anyone assigned to the room would demand to be moved. It was one of the best in the house, too. There is no automobile license numbered 13. There was one time, but the ill-fated machine was constantly being wrecked, and has long since gone to the junk pile.
Jayhawk pride
Lawrence is proud that so many former Jayhawk athletes treasure the city as their adopted home.
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A7
One of the fun perks of following Kansas University athletics is to watch former KU players as they pursue sports careers or other professional endeavors after they leave KU.
Supreme Court nominee hearings to begin today
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Leading Republican senators on Sunday questioned whether Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan could be an impartial judge as they tried to inject some drama into her upcoming confirmation hearing.
Ministry: Nukes must be bolstered
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
North Korea said today it must bolster its nuclear capability to cope with “hostile” U.S. policy amid high tension over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang.
Tar balls, oil spotted on shoreline
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Officials say oil has been spotted in at least two areas on the Mississippi coast, which had so far mostly been spared damage from the Gulf of Mexico spill.
Jayhawk golfer third
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior-to-be Jennifer Clark tied for third in the Women’s Amateur of Kansas City Golf Championship.
Sen. Byrd in hospital, seriously ill
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, is seriously ill in a Washington-area hospital, his office said Sunday.
Leaders walk economic tightrope
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A2
Wary of slamming on the stimulus brakes too quickly but shaken by the European debt crisis, world leaders pledged Sunday to reduce government deficits in richer countries in half by 2013, with wiggle room to meet the goal.
Boycotted station owners want BP to help
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A1
Tension is mounting between BP and the neighborhood retailers that sell its gasoline.
Ham radio fans scan old waves for new connections
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A3
For 24 straight hours, Reid Crowe sat in a stuffy room on the third floor of Learned Hall on Kansas University’s campus and talked to people all across the country.
Horoscope for June 28, 2010
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, the unexpected marks your professional and personal lives. You could feel quite pushed by authority figures. As a result, you might decide to go in a new direction. If you are single, you could meet someone quite suddenly through your work or your daily life. If you are attached, the two of you could feel a lot more spontaneous together than in many years. Aquarius understands you far better than you think.
Divorces granted
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted for the week of June 28, 2010
Lawrence man arrested after pointing gun at wife
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Saturday night on charges of aggravated assault after pulling a gun on his wife.
Mentors needed for Lawrence Big Brothers Big Sisters
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A4
Big Brother Big Sisters is looking for volunteer community mentors, age 16 and up with a valid driver’s license.
Oil spill’s psychological toll mounts
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A10
The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath.
CIA director offers mixed review of Afghanistan war
June 28, 2010 in print edition on A10
The U.S. has driven al-Qaida into hiding and undermined its leadership, but is struggling to oust its primary sympathizer, the Taliban, from Afghanistan, the nation’s spymaster said Sunday.
World Cup: Argentina advances
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B4
Carlos Tevez scored twice — once on a disputed goal — and Gonzalo Higuain added another as Argentina beat Mexico on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.
Junior college OL commits to Kansas football
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University football staff continues to build on its Class of 2011 recruiting haul, this week adding a pair of offensive linemen, including junior college transfer Nick Johnson, who orally committed to KU late Friday night.
A driven duo: Ex-KU golfers Vermeer, Thompson chase dream
June 28, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ryan Vermeer and Chris Thompson, former teammates on the Kansas University golf team that won the Big 12 title in 1999, make for good travel partners on frequent road trips from Lawrence to North Carolina, where they play in mini-tour events.