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Shawnee firefighter dies when house burns
May 23, 2010
A suburban Kansas City firefighter has died while searching a burning home.
Two die in 5-vehicle accident in northeast Kansas
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A5
Two women have died in a five-vehicle pileup near the northeast Kansas town of Lindwood.
Three motorcyclists injured in accident
02:31 p.m., May 23, 2010 Updated 06:23 p.m.
Three motorcyclists were transported to hospitals after an accident near the intersection of Highway 24/40 and 1600 Road.
A new ballgame: Fatherly advice for a high school grad
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D1
My oldest son, Eric, graduates from Free State High School today. In August he leaves for college in Illinois to play baseball. At 17, he hasn’t yet learned all the lessons I’ve learned in 47 years. He will learn them, and likely the hard way, but not before I share my wisdom.
Painful racial stereotypes persist
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B7
Last week, Soledad O’Brien made a young mother cry. It came in the midst of a special series, “Black Or White: Kids on Race” on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” The series was based on a new version of the famous “doll tests” pioneered by husband and wife psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the 1930s and ’40s, and recreated in 2005 by Kiri Davis, a teenage filmmaker.
Rain check: Garden designed to manage stormwater flow
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D8
Sally Myers’ rain garden is barely noticeable from the street, but it has a definite impact on the neighborhood. The garden does what rain gardens are intended to do: It collects and filters water that runs off of Myers’ roof and yard. Without the garden, the excess water would run down the street and into the storm drain, where it then goes directly to the river…
Old-style political maneuvers helped bury Specter
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B7
He’s respected as a prosecutor and legislator — and reviled as a schemer and political survivor. Twice a Democrat and once a Republican, no one ever said he lacked grit — or guile. Savvy and scrappy, he is tenacious — and ubiquitous.
Obama poses dilemma for Democrats
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
Halfway through the 2010 primary season, the fundamental tension in the American political system is becoming more clear: A liberal government is struggling to impose its agenda on an electorate increasingly responsive to an activist conservative movement operating inside the Republican Party.
Google Earth engineer’s love of geography started in Lawrence
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
Do you know which country is bordered by Malawi and Rwanda, or which country in the Americas is second to the United States in meat production? These are the kind of questions that Stefan Petrovic from Lawrence can answer in seconds. He’s a finalist in this year’s National Geographic Bee. He will be competing with 53 other geography-minded young people this week in Washington, D.C.
Loose ends
Without a true “veto session,” Kansas legislators are much more likely to leave loose ends behind when they head home.
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
An error in the state budget bill that could cost the Kansas Board of Regents system as much as $43.6 million raises an important issue about what used to be known as the “veto session” of the Kansas Legislature.
GOP candidates tout differences at barbecue
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B5
Republican candidates were busy touting their party at Saturday’s Leavenworth County Republican Party Barbecue in Tonganoxie.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B4
Area road work planned for the week of May 23, 2010.
First man in family to attend college
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
Aundre Allen doesn’t want to think about his grades through the seventh grade, when he attended school in Miami. They were nothing to be proud of — mostly Cs and Ds.
Food fight pits big producers against local farms
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E8
To put it bluntly: Take your arugula and shove it.
Celtics hammer Orlando
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C6
There were still 20 seconds left in the game when Paul Pierce decided he didn’t need to see any more and headed to the locker room.
Francis, Rockies frustrate Royals, 3-0
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Colorado Rockies have a healthy Jeff Francis to compliment ace Ubaldo Jimenez.
Vault by Free State’s Davis 15th in nation this year
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C3
Having already gained state supremacy in the pole vault, Free State senior Drue Davis is apparently making a push for some national notoriety, as well.
Castroneves claims Indy pole
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C2
Helio Castroneves put his foot down Saturday and proved he’s still the one to beat at Indy.
Rural Kansas grocery stores closing
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B8
A summit is planned for next month to discuss the growing number of Kansas groceries closing their doors and talk about ways to sustain those that remain.
Ex-senator, former EPA chief head commission to investigate spill
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Environmental Protection Agency chief on the job during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989 and a former Florida senator will lead the presidential commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Spencer wants to be ‘museum of the future’
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
Spencer Art Museum at Kansas University is making some big plans for the future, starting with a study by world-renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
Lakers riding momentum into Game 3 of Western Conference finals
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C6
Los Angeles Lakers fans were chanting “Bring on Boston!” before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was over, and they picked up the volume near the finish of Game 2.
People in the news
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D5
People in the news for May 23, 2010.
Burton, Cannes jury judge so-so film lineup
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D5
The 12-day festival ends Sunday night with a ceremony to announce winners.
Thirst for cash brings push to tax sweet beverages
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
A soft-drink-tax measure in Kansas failed to pass the 2010 Legislature.
The real victims
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B7
For the past 20 years, while Fred Phelps was exclusively targeting the funerals of men who had died of AIDS and noted gay individuals, state and federal governments stood idly by. So why do something about it now? The reason is because members of the heterosexual community have finally felt the hate that has been reserved for homosexuals targeted at their own people.
Forum looks at homeless issues from several views
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
Six panelists with very different perspectives on homelessness discussed the issue with about three dozen community members at the sixth annual Town Meeting on Homelessness on Saturday afternoon
Stamp sale keeps world record
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E8
The Swedish “Treskilling Yellow” retains its title as the world’s most expensive stamp.
Copernicus reburied as hero
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E8
The 16th-century astronomer was once reviled as a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church.
Atlantis crew relaxes after spacewalks
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
Atlantis’ six astronauts got a little down time up in orbit Saturday on the eve of their departure from the International Space Station.
Kovel’s Antiques: Circus toys wow collectors
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D8
Children love the circus, so what better toy than a model circus parade?
Forget candles: Teachers would really like these gifts
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D4
As we approach the end of the school year, we don’t want to forget those hardy, persevering souls who helped get our children over the finish line: their teachers.
Hefty waitlists shield colleges, unsettle students
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D4
This spring, some colleges have assembled waiting lists that rival the size of their incoming freshman classes, a measure of their uncertainty at a volatile time in higher education.
Boomer Girl Diary: Pecking, nesting and other PDA best not tweeted
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D1
I’ve always had an issue with public displays of affection, otherwise known as PDAs.
Critter Care: We rearrange our lives for beloved pets
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D2
As someone who is earning a degree in communication studies and also owns pets, I’ve come to realize that logically, my area of study should be conspiracy theories.
‘Charlotte and Emily’ tells superb tale of Brontes
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D3
It takes only a few pages into the new biographical novel “Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes” (Griffin Original, $14.99) to understand the source of the Bronte sisters’ dark tales.
New generation of bloggers waxing nostalgic over the joys of housewifery
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D2
Consider this: Three-quarters of Americans believe both partners should contribute to the household income, but only 37 percent of mothers who work outside the home want to be working full time…
‘War’ zone: Author Sebastian Junger bands with brothers
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D3
On a typically blissful Sunday morning in Southern California, physically and figuratively about as far as you can get from eastern Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, hundreds of people have come to hear author Sebastian Junger speak about men at war on the other side of the world.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘What is Important?’
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D3
The true meaning Of this life
Bell, Geubelle lead at KGA Public Links
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C3
Jeff Bell and Ross Geubelle both opened the Kansas Golf Association Public Links Championships with 1-over par 73s to lead after the first round on Saturday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.
Free State baseball seeded fourth at state
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C3
When the Free State High baseball team won the Class 6A state title in 2006, it did so as the state tournament’s No. 4 seed.
KU’s Barbee finishes NCAAs with 71
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C3
Junior Nate Barbee, representing the Kansas University men’s golf team as an individual, capped off his first NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday by firing a 71 in the final round to move up the leaderboard 22 spots and finish the event tied for 39th at Carlton Oaks Golf Club.
Believe Landis? It’s hard to know
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C2
Should you buy a used confession from this man? The short answer: Not all of it.
Kansas utilities worry about greenhouse gas measure
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B8
Two major Kansas utilities oppose a move by Kansas legislators to block limits on greenhouse gases, and Gov. Mark Parkinson’s spokesman said Friday that he is considering their objections.
Democrats campaign at Dole Institute
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B5
Area Democrats got a chance to meet some of their constituents — and make an early plea for their vote — Saturday at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive.
City commission agenda for May 25, 2010
Street repairs could get funding boost
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B4
The city commission agenda for May 25, 2010.
6 blood drives scheduled for June
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Community Blood Center is offering a number of Lawrence area blood drives in June.
Man in critical condition after Franklin County rollover
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 37-year-old Pomona man was in critical condition Saturday after being involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident.
Trail runners endure hours of heat, mud
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C5
In case the thick forests, rolling hills and rocky shoreline of the Clinton Lake State Park’s North Shore trail system didn’t provide sufficient difficulty, Mother Nature decided to put her own spin on Saturday’s Hawk 50-Mile and Marathon Trail Runs.
KU baseball team lets lead slip away in ninth
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C1
Several Kansas University baseball players remained in the dugout — and stared silently at the ground — a good 20 minutes after the final out was made in an 8-7 loss to No. 14-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Scientists: Cleaning oil-soaked wetlands may be impossible
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said.
Clinton courts Chinese; tough mission nears
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that she would be pushing the Chinese for a “more balanced economic relationship” with the U.S. in upcoming economic and strategic talks in Beijing.
GOP wins seat in Obama’s home district
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Republicans scored a midterm election victory Saturday when Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won a Democratic-held House seat in Hawaii in the district where President Barack Obama grew up — the latest triumph for the GOP as it looks to take back control of Congress.
Chicken costumes banned at polling spots
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Voters dressed in chicken costumes won’t be allowed inside Nevada polling places this year.
Cuomo announces he’s running for governor
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo declared his candidacy for governor Saturday, delivering a full-throated call for political reform and pledging to make the notoriously dysfunctional state government more accountable to its citizens.
Texas recruit Peters enjoys welcome in Kansas
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C1
Zach Peters is still adjusting to life after orally committing to play basketball at Kansas University.
Search for missing ex-candidate halted
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Mexican authorities suspended their investigation into the disappearance of a former presidential candidate Saturday at his relatives’ request.
Official: 2 detainees admit aiding bomb try
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
Two men detained in Pakistan admitted with pride that they helped the suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing, and one of the men angrily accused his interrogators of “siding with the infidels,” a senior intelligence official said Saturday.
Lawyers: No criminal charges in AIG case
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges against the former head of a division at American International Group Inc. whose dealings in mortgage-related securities nearly bankrupted the company and led to a controversial government bailout, according to lawyers involved in the cases.
Tricky Alvamar awaits
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C1
Ninety-three high school golfers will play a practice round this afternoon at Alvamar Country Club and then assemble for a banquet on the eve of the 6A state tournament.
Another in a long line of Lion alumni
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A1
Haley Parker felt some pressure when she started attending Lawrence High School as a sophomore.
Horoscope for May 23, 2010
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, multiple opportunities head your way. Apply your innate creativity to ideas, and they’ll blossom into even better ideas. Often, you might feel that an associate or partner is difficult. This person just holds very different views and, perhaps, values from you. If you are single, your allure cannot be denied, but choosing the right person out of the many will take some dating! If you are attached, rekindle that playful quality that originally characterized your bond. Libra always is fun and charming.
Helping Haiti
Local businesses play big role in recovery
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E1
Katy Brown is a pharmacist at Hy-Vee in Lawrence, but her know-how is now helping earthquake victims in Haiti.
Mortgages
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 75 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Obama says diplomacy, military go hand in hand
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
The president delivered the commencement address Saturday in West Point, N.Y.
Bankruptcies
May 23, 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:
Around and about in local business
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E1
Local business news for May 23, 2010.
Wal-Mart impact
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B7
“Badmouthing” Wal-Mart seems to be the popular thing to do these days. According to some, a Wal-Mart will come into a town, compete unfairly, and run out other competitors. If this is true, why does Lawrence seem to be an exception?
Elena Kagan’s writings suggest her view on judge’s role
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A3
Supreme Court nominee has no judicial experience, so her writings are being scrutinized.
100 years ago: Halley’s comet obscured in Lawrence
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
As yet Lawrence hasn’t had much of an opportunity to see Halley’s comet, since the clouds have persisted in obscuring the whole solar system with the stars thrown in.
40 years ago: Two shot in midnight fight
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
For the second time in a week, a jury of the Douglas County District Court reduced the amount of compensation awarded a landowner for the widening of K-10.
25 years ago: Lawrence income numbers differ
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B6
The state securities commission ruled that three companies and three individuals involved in Culture Farms Inc. were selling unregistered securities in Kansas.
Jayhawk is leading candidate in Colombian presidential election
Juan Manuel Santos, Class of 1973, one of many family members to attend KU
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
As traveling Kansas University fans know, there are Jayhawk alumni seemingly everywhere you look. You can even find one running for the presidency of a South American country.
Fabulous Firebirds: Free State swimmers finish in third at state
May 23, 2010 in print edition on C1
The end result may not have been what the Firebirds had hoped for. But it wasn’t because they struggled to rise to the occasion.
New laws add high price to pay for parties
City, state measures make hosting underage drinkers easier to prosecute
May 23, 2010 in print edition on B1
Last February, Lawrence Police arrived at a rowdy house party in a west Lawrence subdivision.
Moms of jailed American hikers return from Iran
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A8
The mothers of three Americans jailed in Iran returned to the United States on Saturday, pained to leave their children behind yet heartened to find they’re being treated well and are “in reasonable health.”
13-year-old pianist plays with Iraq orchestra
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A8
A 13-year-old piano prodigy from Los Angeles brought an Iraqi audience to their feet Saturday when he made a rare guest appearance with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad, a city struggling to revive its once-vibrant cultural scene.
Electric car Volt may recharge GM, auto industry
May 23, 2010 in print edition on E8
The Chevy Volt could help usher in a new generation of electric cars, but there’s more at stake here than a technological breakthrough: The fate of GM and its workers.
Insurgents attack NATO base in Afghanistan
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Taliban claimed responsibility today for a nighttime assault on NATO’s biggest base in southern Afghanistan. Insurgents firing rockets, mortars and automatic weapons tried to storm Kandahar Air Field — the second such attack on a major military installation this week.
8 survive India plane crash that killed over 150
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A5
Eight people escaped the crash of an Indian jetliner with 166 people on board that overshot a hilltop runway in southern India and plunged over a cliff, officials said.
May the mysteries on ‘Lost’ never end
May 23, 2010 in print edition on D5
“Lost” is about to end, but the discussions of the show will live on.
Veterans increasingly find that service helps in court
May 23, 2010 in print edition on A4
The plea was passionate, dramatic and effective: haunted to addiction by memories of a Bosnian mass grave and the shooting of a teen in Honduras, former U.S. Army Capt. Sargent Binkley robbed two Silicon Valley pharmacies for painkillers.