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Error in budget bill amendment could cost $3.6 million to Kansas higher education
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
Officials are urging Gov. Mark Parkinson to line-item veto a section of a state budget bill amendment that reduces the higher education budget by $3.6 million.
Man hit while crossing Mass Street Tuesday night cited for jaywalking
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old man hit by an SUV in downtown Lawrence Tuesday night received a citation for jaywalking.
Unclear wording of tax credit short changes two-wheel commuters
Benefit encourages cycling, but few are taking advantage of it
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Just before National Bike to Work Day — Friday — not a company in town was to be found providing a bicycle commuter benefit to its employees, despite Lawrence’s status as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” …
Lawrence police looking for suspect in armed robbery of Maurice’s clothing store
05:03 p.m., May 19, 2010 Updated 06:03 p.m. in print edition on A3
Lawrence police are looking for a suspect who held up a Lawrence clothing store.
Baker president to see her ‘first’ class through graduation, with this advice: ‘Look up’
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Baker University President Pat Long hopes she can make it through her keynote address Sunday in what’s bound to be an emotional graduation.
Douglas County District Court clerk’s office to open hour earlier
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Starting Monday the Douglas County district court clerk’s office will return to opening at 8 a.m. Monday to Friday.
Kansas Attorney General seeking supporters for brief in opposition to Phelps’ family’s right to protest funerals
Six seeks support from A.G.s across nation
11:46 a.m., May 19, 2010 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on A5
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six asked attorneys general from across the country Wednesday to join him in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a case that aims to prevent protests at funerals.
Homeless shelter director ‘embarrassed’ by ABC story lauding him as a saint
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Community Shelter director Loring Henderson was lauded as a “saint” and as the “gentlest man I know,” on ABC’s Good Morning America program Wednesday.
Wednesday’s LHS baseball game postponed
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High baseball team’s opening-round regional tournament game against Olathe Northwest in Manhattan, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. today, has been postponed until 2 p.m. Friday due to weather concerns.
Flood watch extended to include Douglas County
May 19, 2010
A flood watch has been extended to include Douglas County beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Advocates rally to protest cuts to Kansas budget that hurt Planned Parenthood
Abortion rights advocates deliver petitions to Gov. Parkinson’s office
08:21 a.m., May 19, 2010 Updated 06:21 p.m. in print edition on A3
Abortion rights advocates are fighting a provision in Kansas’ new state budget that would take family planning dollars away from Planned Parenthood.
KU baseball survives
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B4
Junior Brian Heere went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs scored, while junior Wally Marciel recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in 5 2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief as Kansas knocked off Arkansas-Little Rock, 11-8 Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Social insecurity — what users don’t know
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
In a year, the number of online U.S. households using social networks such as Facebook and MySpace has nearly doubled, expanding online opportunities for criminals.
Lessons in lunch: Elementary students learn ingredients come from places besides grocery store
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C1
School is about education. And for the past week the children at Cordley School have gotten an education in something they’ve been studying since before they could read or write. Food…
Iron Woman: Massey has pitched every inning for Lions this season
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
If, for some reason, Lawrence High junior pitcher Lauren Massey found herself unable to take the mound during this week’s Class 6A regional softball tournament, it’s hard to imagine the team’s pitching staff recovering.
Jones to finally sign letter today
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B2
Terrence Jones, a 6-8 senior forward from Portland’s Jefferson High, is expected to sign a letter-of-intent with either Washington or Kentucky today, the last day of the late signing period.
LHS soccer falls in OT
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Washburn Rural, 2-1, in overtime in a first-round regional game on Tuesday.
City swimmers earn league honors
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Three Free State High swimmers have been named to the 11-swimmer all-Sunflower League first team.
Free State softball can’t beat perfection
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State’s softball team fell to Olathe Northwest, 8-0, in a first-round Class 6A regional game on Tuesday.
Orioles’ Scott vexes Greinke
Slugger homers twice; Baltimore wins in 10
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B4
For a welcome change, the Baltimore Orioles were on the positive end of a comeback victory.
China, Russia on board for Iran sanctions
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
The United States introduced a United Nations resolution aimed at Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program on Tuesday, having won long-sought and pivotal support from China and Russia for new sanctions against its powerful Revolutionary Guard and new measures to try to curtail Iran’s military, financial and shipping activities.
Detained militant details World Cup plot
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
An alleged al-Qaida militant detained in Iraq said Tuesday he had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup in South Africa next month to avenge insults against the Prophet Muhammad.
Voters send message to both political party establishments
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter fell to a younger and far less experienced rival in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, and political novice Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to a Republican rout in Kentucky on Tuesday, the latest jolts to the political establishment in a tumultuous midterm election season.
Parents debate: Is ‘Glee’ too racy for tweens?
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C10
“OK,” went the e-mail that circulated among parents recently at a New York City elementary school. “Is ‘everyone’ in the fifth grade REALLY watching ‘Glee’?”
Weather forecast favorable for graduates
Free State, LHS should have first commencements on home fields Sunday
12:00 a.m., May 19, 2010 Updated 12:27 p.m. in print edition on A3
Weather forecasts look favorable for this weekend’s high school graduation ceremonies in Lawrence.
Eudora answers protest with ‘No Hate’
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Finding creative solutions to difficult problems is the art of teaching.
Indiana Rep. to resign over affair
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, an eight-term Republican who promoted abstinence education, said Tuesday he’ll resign from Congress after admitting an extramarital affair with a part-time staff member.
Hutchinson providing bikes to public
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
Downtown Hutchinson is about to gain a few more residents.
Brownback criticized for misrepresenting advocate’s views
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is being accused of misrepresenting to the Defense Department the comments of a consumer advocate to shore up Brownback’s argument against more regulation of auto loans.
City delays action on tax districts
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
Concerns from Lawrence residents have caused city commissioners to slow down on plans for retailers to create special sales tax districts in the city.
Web development tool Django releases update
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
Developers writing code for thousands of websites now have a stronger and more flexible architecture upon which to build their informational foundations.
Buyer beware
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
The Lawrence City Commission will soon consider recently proposed Community Improvement Districts. The propriety of establishing special increased sales tax districts, up to an additional 2 percent, has become controversial.
Facebook privacy boycott planned
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C3
Paul Barbanes likes to think of Facebook the same way he thinks of other Web activity: when he buy something online, he expects that the retailer won’t share his credit card information.
U.S.: Insurgents attack Bagram Air Field
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Insurgents launched a brazen pre-dawn assault today against the giant U.S.-run Bagram Air Field one day after a suicide bomber struck a U.S. convoy in the capital of Kabul, killing 18 people. The Kabul dead included five American troops and a Canadian and was the deadliest attack on NATO in the Afghan capital in eight months.
Times Square car bomb suspect in court
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
The suspect in a botched car bombing in Times Square appeared in court Tuesday on terrorism and weapons charges for the first time since his arrest two weeks ago and was quickly led away in handcuffs after being held without bail.
Medical pot growers required to go green
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A2
Boulder has approved regulations for the medical marijuana industry with a twist in keeping with the sensibility of this liberal-leaning, Colorado university town.
County: Property tax estimate was flawed
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Projected budget deficits for cities and school districts across Douglas County may have gotten a little less painful Tuesday.
Chief: Investigation ‘won’t be pretty’
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
Detroit’s police chief said Tuesday that findings from an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot during a police raid “won’t be pretty, but they will be honest.”
State gives tax incentive to BNSF Railway for freight hub
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B8
An often-delayed and controversial freight hub proposed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway got a boost from the state Legislature, which passed a tax incentive provision to speed up construction of the project.
Oil spill shuts down 19% of Gulf fishing
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
The sign outside the Pensacola Beach marina says “We’re Still Fishing,” but that’s not really true.
In hearings, interior secretary acknowledges lax oil regulation
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
Grilled by skeptical lawmakers, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday acknowledged his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore drilling activities and that contributed to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Candidate denies misleading on Vietnam
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A8
Trying to defuse a crisis that could give the GOP a powerful opening, Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday that he “misspoke” in claiming more than once that he served in Vietnam, and he dismissed the furor as a matter of “a few misplaced words.”
Men experience prenatal, postpartum depression
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A6
They might relish becoming parents, but they can also be unprepared for the infant in their lives. They’re sleep-deprived, confused and irritable. They’re the fathers.
Study presents 4 options for expansion of rail service
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Transportation and Amtrak officials held an open house Tuesday to discuss four options for expanding passenger rail service.
Lawrence woman reports personal property stolen
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence woman reported Monday the burglary and theft of personal items from the 1600 block of Tennessee Street.
Restaurant says pay what you want
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B7
Panera Bread Co. is asking customers at a new restaurant to pay what they want.
Pump patrol
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several stations.
New state law raises traffic fines
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Speeders and other traffic scofflaws will face higher fines in Kansas beginning in July.
Democrats set candidate forum
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A3
Several Democratic primary candidates for federal, state and local offices plan to attend an event at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Campbell Brown to leave CNN prime time
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
Campbell Brown said Tuesday that she’s quitting her prime-time show on CNN primarily for one reason: Not enough people are watching her.
Travolta, Preston ‘expecting,’ but what?
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
John Travolta and Kelly Preston say in a statement on their websites that they “are expecting a new addition to our family.” The couple did not specify what the addition is.
Williams headed to ‘Desperate Housewives’
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
Vanessa Williams is headed to Wisteria Lane next fall on “Desperate Housewives.”
Horoscope for May 19, 2010
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, home and family increase in importance. You could be surprised by an event or happening that heads in from out of left field. Actually, though at first you might be dismayed by the change, it turns out to be most beneficial. If you are single, others find you to be extremely appealing. If you are attached, the two of you reconnect on a deeper level. Leo is strong-willed, if nothing else.
Bradley Whitford as never seen before
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B6
The new cop-show spoof “The Good Guys” (7 p.m., Fox) parodies the buddy-cop genre and walks a fine line between affectionate homage and pure silliness, blending action, slapstick and glib dialogue.
Seven KU baseball players honored
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B3
Seven Kansas University baseball players were selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team, which was released Tuesday.
Veecks dare to be different
May 19, 2010 in print edition on B1
His name is Veeck as in Wreck, the title of his famous father’s book on baseball’s odds and ends, a volume that was first published in 1962 and has remained popular with generations of passionate fans. Son Mike and dad Bill have had a sweeping impact on the game of baseball over the years, but at different levels.
Free State soccer loses heartbreaker in regionals
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A1
Before Jason Pendleton could make his way off the field, the Free State High soccer coach embraced two of his seniors, Grace Lang and Mckenzie Liebl. His face held steady and his eyes were completely closed. It was an emotional night on Tuesday at the Free State soccer field.
YouTube turns 5
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C10
On a blustery spring day five years ago, Yakov Lapitzy pointed a video camera at his friend Jawed Karim standing in front of two elephants at the San Diego Zoo and hit the record button.
Immigrant crossings into Arizona on the rise
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C10
The migrants walk for days through miles of mesquite scrub, running low on food and sometimes water, paying armed drug thug “guides” and dodging U.S. law enforcement officers along the way. And still they keep coming.
3-D TVs: Nice feature, but little content
May 19, 2010
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of 3-D TV, but is the new technology worth buying right away? Consumer Reports recently tested several new sets in its labs — the first hands-on evaluation outside the manufacturers’ facilities — and found that the sets live up to their advance billing, but the average consumer shouldn’t rush out to buy one.
100 years ago: Mt. Oread street car line still awaiting finish
May 19, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 19, 1910: “It was expected some time ago that the south loop of the street car line down Mt. Oread would be finished and ready for the cars long before this, but owing to the difficulty in getting the rock from the crusher, it has been impossible to complete the ballasting of about 500 remaining feet.
40 years ago: County Commission takes hard line on welfare assistance
May 19, 2010
The Douglas County Commission, sitting as the Board of Social Welfare, unanimously approved a motion to deny general welfare assistance to any person who voluntarily causes his own destitution. The motion was first proposed after commissioners contended that the “hippie-type elements” in Lawrence were not employed because of their appearance or actions.
25 years ago: Quick decision reached on raise for teachers
May 19, 2010
Lawrence teachers and the district reached a quick decision on a salary increase for the fall. The average teacher’s pay was to be raised from $22,224 to $24,090. A beginning teacher’s salary was increased from $13,480 to $14,994. The 8.4 percent increase would be funded from state aid and a local tax increase.
Hard to believe
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A9
Hard to believe that our Lawrence Chamber of Commerce refused to sign the letter in support of the 1-cent sales tax which will be so vital in keeping our public schools from hemorrhaging more — while at the same time, restoring funding for our frail elderly and disabled Kansans. Many chambers throughout our state signed onto the letter in support of this sales tax; not ours!
Assessing high court nominee
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
So, what to think about the nomination of a solicitor general, ex-Harvard law school dean, ex-Clinton official, ex-University of Chicago law professor, and graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School?
Equity expense
Accepting a well-intentioned gift triggered a chain of expenditures that have proved costly for the Lawrence school district.
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
The unintended consequences of a generous gift to Free State High School should have taught Lawrence school administrators and board members a valuable lesson.
Immigration questions to ponder
May 19, 2010 in print edition on A7
Last week was been a bad one for those of us opposing Arizona’s anti-immigration law: New polls show that a huge majority of Americans support the legislation, and key candidates for November’s mid-term elections are now saying they want similar laws for their own states.
Summer Food Program offers free meals for area youths
May 19, 2010 in print edition on C3
Q: I heard a rumor that the Summer Food Program wasn’t going to be offered this year because of budget cuts. Is that true?