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Archive for Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
William S. Burroughs rows around Clinton Lake in the 1990s. The man behind ‘A Man Within’
May 7, 2010 in print edition on 1C
“I knew I wanted to make a documentary about Burroughs, but I didn’t know I’d be making THE documentary about Burroughs,” Yony Leyser says. After four years of work, he’s done just that…
6:00 a.m.
This image, which is subject to change, represents a visual schematic of Kansas University’s planned engineering building. Because of the emphasis on green technologies, and using the building as a lab, researchers are having ongoing input into the design of the building, which is not yet named. Ground-breaking ceremony held for new KU engineering lab building
12:00 p.m., May 7, 2010 Updated 4:40 p.m. in print edition on 1B
A new 34,600-square-foot engineering building on the Kansas University campus will house laboratories for research in a number of multi-disciplinary areas.
10:00 a.m.
The processional of students march through the archway at Haskell Stadium  for the start of the Haskell Indian Nations University 2010 graduation ceremony Friday. Haskell holds 2010 commencement
May 7, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Families and friends of Haskell Indian Nations University’s Class of 2010 braved a brisk morning wind Friday to watch the graduates take the next step in their lives. The graduates came from all corners of the country, and many represented the first in their families to receive a college degree.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence Law Enforcement personnel pay their respects Friday at Maple Grove Cemetery to Officer Allen Moore, who died in 1901 in the line of duty. Wreaths were also laid Friday for Officer Wilson Pringle, who died in 1909, and Officer Melvin Howe, who died in 1931. A tribute to the fallen: Police honor those killed in line of duty
May 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Amid solemn ceremonies Thursday to honor the decades-ago losses of three Lawrence police officers in the line of duty, three current officers reflected on what it means to wake up each morning and wear the uniform that signifies service, civility and strength.
6:00 p.m.
 Jim Huber sits in silence with other Quakers at the Oread Friends Meeting. The silence of the Quakers
May 8, 2010 in print edition on 1D
There is nothing obvious at all except the silence. Every Sunday, or First Day, as they refer to it, the members of the Oread Friends Meeting sit on long wooden pews or individual chairs set in a circle around a bare white room.

All stories

House approves budget, many issues still in the air
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
A bipartisan coalition in the House approved a budget Saturday after a grueling marathon debate, but delayed voting on a $314 million sales tax increase to fund the plan.
Herbicide leak west of Lawrence cleaned up by emergency crews
04:46 p.m., May 8, 2010 Updated 08:31 p.m. in print edition on B2
Emergency crews responded to an herbicide leak from a truck on East 250 Road in Kanwaka Township.
Kansas House approves $13.6 billion budget
03:49 a.m., May 8, 2010 Updated 05:36 a.m.
The Kansas House has advanced a proposed $13.6 billion state budget requiring a tax increase.
Statehouse Live: Legislator says Kansas needs illegal immigration law like the Arizona law
May 8, 2010
State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said the Legislature needs to “defend our constitution.”
Body found trapped under tree
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
Emergency crews responded Friday evening to a report of a man’s body found trapped under a tree.
National baking firm building Topeka plant
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
A company that makes baked goods plans to build a 135,000-square-food production plant in Topeka, bringing about 52 jobs to start.
Firebirds’ Flannigan, Portela lead league swimming
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C3
Free State’s Morgan Flannigan and Chloe Portela both finished first in two preliminary events Friday at the Sunflower League girls swim meet.
Kansas softball schedule tweaked
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C5
Due to forecasted inclement weather, Kansas University has altered its weekend softball schedule. Instead of playing single games today and Sunday, KU will host a doubleheader with Iowa State at noon today. It will be the regular-season finale for both teams.
‘Boogie’ tickets on sale
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C5
Tickets are on sale for Bill Self’s Basketball Boogie, set for June 11 at the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $200 apiece. Details are available at basketballboogie.org.
Bradley more trouble than he’s worth
Mariners outfielder never has had enough production to justify putting up with his antics
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C2
Albert Belle was one of the most anti-social players imaginable. He could divide a clubhouse and turn a great job into a nightmare for the people charged with supervising him or playing alongside him. He also could hit like very few others of his era.
UConn’s Calhoun signs five-year contract
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C2
Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun, coming off a year marred by health problems, an NCAA investigation and a disappointing performance on the court, signed a five-year, $13 million contract, the school announced Friday.
Chicken quip grounds high-flying candidate in U.S. Senate race
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
Right wing, left wing, chicken wing. Suddenly Nevada politics is all about chickens — bad news for the Republican Senate front-runner but a ray of hope for struggling Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
Working women hurt during ‘Mancession,’ too
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
They’ve called it the “Mancession” — a recession that’s affected men disproportionately because of its brutal impact on male-dominated sectors like construction and manufacturing.
Attack signals end of poppy harvest
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
The gunfire and explosions echoing across this Taliban-infested district in southern Afghanistan on Friday signaled the end of the opium poppy harvest as militants again turned their attention from agriculture to attacking NATO and Afghan forces.
Around and about
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Around and about for May 8, 2010
Dow nosedive could help financial bill
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
The stomach-churning fear about Wall Street’s turbulence is roaring back.
A tribute to the fallen: Police honor those killed in line of duty
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Amid solemn ceremonies Thursday to honor the decades-ago losses of three Lawrence police officers in the line of duty, three current officers reflected on what it means to wake up each morning and wear the uniform that signifies service, civility and strength.
State investigates death at group home
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
A group home for the disabled in northwest Kansas is under investigation after a resident died from burns when he was left alone in a bathtub filling with hot water.
Gates: Students must be Army’s ‘visionaries’
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that he was content with General Command and Staff College students simply trying to stay awake Friday as he addressed them at the Lewis and Clark Center.
NYC cautious after Times Square scare
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Police cleared the streets around Times Square on Friday and called in the bomb squad to dismantle what turned out to be a cooler full of water bottles. Earlier in the day, police were called in to check a suspicious package that turned out to be someone’s lunch.
Persecuted group?
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
With the impeccable reasoning characteristic of religious advocates, Scott Burkhart believes that the best way to practice tolerance in our diverse nation is for government to advocate the ideals and display the symbols of the majority religion, Christianity. To do less, he argues, is just another example of the unceasing oppression of poor, marginalized Christians by a minority of bullying secularists.
Dalai Lama says exiles must press China talks
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Years of negotiations with Beijing have achieved little for the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama said Friday, though he insisted that talks still needed to press ahead and that the Chinese leadership could — eventually — soften its stand on Tibet.
Big parties woo kingmaker in election
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Britain’s inconclusive election turned into high political drama Friday, with the Conservatives and Labour Party wooing a potential ally as the markets pressed for results and a public accustomed to clearer outcomes watched transfixed.
Farm equipment thief pleads guilty
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
A Colby man has pleaded guilty to stealing farm equipment in Oklahoma and Nebraska and taking the equipment to his farm in Kansas.
Pump patrol
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations.
Supporters have cause for concern about drifting KU
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
As the 2009-2010 Kansas University school year draws to a close, those KU alumni and friends genuinely interested in the excellence of the university have reason to be concerned.
Stefanie Powers, Tom Selleck and Betty White too!
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Custom made for Mother’s Day, “Meet My Mom” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark) begins with gentle music and a scene of a doting grandmother (Stefanie Powers, “Hart to Hart”) festooning her front lawn with welcome-home signs and festive balloons.
Horoscope for May 8, 2010
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
This year, expand your circle of friends. Use the same process with work. If you are single and you are ready for a committed relationship, you might meet someone who could give you what you want. If you are attached, the two of you work as a team, socialize more and simply enjoy your life together. Pisces can be changeable but always remains a friend.
Kan. Senate rejects bill to expand gambling
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Senate narrowly rejected a bill late Friday night aimed at reviving the state’s dog- and horse-racing industry by bringing slot machines to racetracks.
Regulators look for clues to market plunge
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Regulators and Wall Street officials scoured millions of trades one by one Friday and canceled thousands as they sought to explain a record plunge in the stock market, undo the damage and keep it from happening again.
Bubble of methane triggered rig blast
Box designed to stop ruptured oil well reaches bottom of sea
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP’s internal investigation.
Europe tries to calm fears over debt crisis
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced early today that the 16 eurozone nations will set up a financial defense plan by the time markets open next week to shield their shared currency against further attack.
RNC dismisses finance director, deputy
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Republican National Committee’s finance director and his deputy were forced out Friday as the organization still reels from reimbursements for donors to attend a lesbian bondage-themed nightclub in Los Angeles.
Lord Jesus Christ (real name) hit by car
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The victim might have forgiven the woman who ran him down in a Massachusetts crosswalk, but police haven’t.
Rail chief dies in apparent train suicide
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The executive director of the Chicago area’s Metra commuter train service died of an apparent suicide Friday after he stepped into the path of one of his agency’s trains, authorities said.
Name that baby: Mom & Dad choose Isabella, Jacob
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mom and Dad may be looking to popular vampire books and the first family for baby names: Cullen is on the rise for boys and Malia for girls. But Miley and Jonas are down, proving that acclaim can be fleeting.
Good news, bad news: Hiring burst, but jobless rate up
May 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
The economy got what it needed in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years. It showed employers are gaining confidence as the recovery takes deeper root.
Lawrence man reports golf clubs stolen
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported Wednesday the burglary and theft of golf clubs from the 900 block of Arkansas Street.
Davis propels FSHS track
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C3
Free State’s Drue Davis won the pole vault and was fourth in the 100-meter dash to pace the FSHS track team Friday at the Shawnee Mission North Relays.
Free State soccer defeats Olathe North
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C3
Free State High defeated Olathe North, 2-1, in girls soccer Thursday night at FSHS.
Tennis challenge awaits
Free State, LHS to play in new-look regional
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Free State boys tennis team made things look easy in rolling to the 2009 Class 6A regional championship, picking up two individual titles and a second-place finish to earn three state tournament berths. Thanks to a shake-up in regional assignments heading into this year’s tournament, however, duplicating last spring’s success might be a bit more difficult.
Baseball thriving locally
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
Sometimes, when the cold wind howls as it did Friday night, Lawrence feels as if it should be a hockey town. Yet, to know anything about the talent that dots baseball diamonds at both high schools year in and year out is to know that this is a baseball town to the bone, even on nights bones shiver.
Rangers rip Royals
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
C.J. Wilson is a starter just as he long has wanted to be for the Texas Rangers. The left-hander still knows how to finish, too.
LeBron quiets panic of elbow injury
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
LeBron James played as if he were tired of all the panic.
In full swing: Offensive outburst, Walz’s pitching lift KU
May 8, 2010 in print edition on C1
The last time the Kansas University baseball team faced Missouri, the Jayhawks needed just one run to pick up the victory. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark, the Tigers continued the low-scoring theme, but the Jayhawks didn’t, exploding for 10 runs on 19 hits in a 10-3 victory against Missouri.
K.C. rape suspect eyed in attacks in Mo., Calif.
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
Detectives in Missouri and California are diving into cold-case files as they investigate a career convict charged this week in a string of Kansas City rapes in the mid-1980s.
Veteran to receive medal 64 years late
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B8
Darrell Donahue was inducted into the military in 1944 at Fort Leavenworth at the age of 18.
HINU leader bypassed for Indian bureau post
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B3
The president of Haskell Indian Nations University won’t be going to Washington to serve as director of the Bureau of Indian Education.
Cottonwood praise
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
The family of Jim and Isabel Vigna wishes to thank Cottonwood Inc., for awarding our family their lifetime achievement award. Our handicapped sister, Linda, was a charter customer of Cottonwood beginning in 1972 and ending with her death in 2005. Cottonwood provided Linda an environment which greatly improved her quality of life. Cottonwood will always have a very special place in the Vigna family’s heart.
Church, state
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
Mr. Burkhart’s rejoinder (Public Forum, May 5) to my letter regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in the Mojave cross case as counter to the separation of church and state is a curious mix of persecution fantasies (“Christianity is oppressed” and “this letter … would be considered hate speech.”) and bizarre legal opinion (“lower courts began striking down religious activities and expressions which had been constitutional for 150 years.”). Striking down state-sponsored religious activities started in 1776 with the ending of some state-sponsored religions.
Club news
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Club news for May 8, 2010
4-H and FCE news
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
4-H and FCE news for May 8, 2010
Military news
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Military news for May 8, 2010
Scouting news
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B7
Scouting news for May 8, 2010
Faith Forum: Do actions speak louder than words in a religious context?
May 8, 2010 in print edition on D1
In Buddhism there are various levels of precepts. Of the first 10 precepts, four are about speech.
The silence of the Quakers
May 8, 2010 in print edition on D1
There is nothing obvious at all except the silence. Every Sunday, or First Day, as they refer to it, the members of the Oread Friends Meeting sit on long wooden pews or individual chairs set in a circle around a bare white room.
Foreign language study vital to U.S. students
May 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
Politicians continue to preach the importance of global competitiveness if America has hopes of remaining an international force for good. The words coming from Washington are persuasive; the record of tangible action is not. Amazingly, not quite half of today’s high school students in the United States are taking a language that is not English, and most of them do not progress beyond the introductory level.