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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Jefferson, Franklin County until 9 p.m.
04:14 p.m., May 30, 2010 Updated 06:19 p.m.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Jefferson and Franklin County until 9 p.m. tonight.
Government isn’t our enemy
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B6
“There has never been a challenge that the American people, with as little interference as possible by the federal government, cannot handle.” — Bobby Jindal, March 24, 2009 That was then. This is now: 11 people dead in an oil rig explosion, fragile marshlands damaged, perhaps irreparably, uncalculated millions (billions?) in lost revenue for the tourism and fishing industries, and a nation with a short attention span transfixed by a compelling image from a deep sea camera, brown gunk billowing out from a hole in the ocean floor, Things Getting Worse in real time.
Actor, director and hell-raiser Dennis Hopper dies at 74
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A8
Dennis Hopper, 74, an actor and director whose low-budget biker movie “Easy Rider” made an unexpected fortune by exploring the late 1960s counterculture, and who changed Hollywood by helping open doors to younger directors such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, died Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif.
KU curveball?
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B7
Kansas University faculty members are not getting raises. KU buildings and infrastructure are crumbling. KU student services are being cut. And Athletic Director Lew Perkins, who earned $4 million-plus last year, lost upward of $3 million in the illegal ticket scandal because, he says, he was thrown a curveball that he didn’t see coming.
Taken for a ride
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B7
Here’s an idea. Perhaps Mr. Lew Perkins can back up his crocodile tears with a donation to KU of, say, $3 million, since that’s the tip of the iceberg of the monetary damage this scandal has caused Kansas University and the state.
Mountain range a lesson on presidential ups and downs
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B7
One of the most vivid memories of a New England childhood is the mountain descent on the Jewell Trail, across the Ammonoosuc River, past cascades and through brooks, affording unforgettable views of the western White Mountains and the Dartmouth Range. The path leads down from Mount Clay in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range.
Human response inspires confidence
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B7
It took almost a full hour of President Obama’s news conference for the professor-president to come down from his lecture platform and show the human reaction to the Gulf oil leak accident that people had been looking for.
Elections spur political overreaction
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B6
Washington’s punditocracy loves to overreact. And it’s doing so again. When Republican Scott Brown won an unexpected Senate victory last January in Massachusetts, analysts quickly pronounced the Obama presidency on life support and predicted that this result foretold a smashing Republican victory in November.
KU country?
Understanding the challenges Kansas University faces in western Kansas is the first step.
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B6
It didn’t take Kansas University’s new chancellor long to figure out one thing about KU and its relationship with Kansas.
Road-trip radio
A guide to podcasts to make your summer drives fly by
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D1
Whether or not you appreciate the window views on your road trips this summer, those three-, five-, 10-plus-hour stints in the car sure are a lot more enjoyable if they fly by. For my money, loading up on free podcasts before you hit the road is the best way to make trips fly by…
16-year-old blends pop and jazz for debut CD
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D2
Nikki Yanofsky has been scatting her way across some of music’s most hallowed stages, including Carnegie Hall, but don’t label her a jazz singer.
Boomer Girl Diary: Garage sale opens floodgates of past traumas
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D1
There are certain things I never wanted to do more than once in my life: Get married, go through “the change,” contract meningitis, have a tooth pulled, visit Branson, Mo., and put on a garage sale.
Research finds the poor are more obese
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D4
The smaller the paycheck, the bigger the belly, say many researchers who study poverty and obesity.
Grant enhances library’s summer program for children
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Public Library was anything but quiet Saturday morning as more than 30 members of the Marching Cobras drummed, danced and marched their way into the auditorium.
Obama’s priorities extend beyond the Gulf oil mess
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A5
President Barack Obama keeps reassuring the nation that stopping the Gulf oil spill and limiting the fallout on the region are his top priority.
‘Sex and the City’ sequel may face ban in Abu Dhabi
The film, which includes scenes set in the city, may be deemed too risque for the conservative Middle Eastern enclave
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D4
Abu Dhabi is the setting for “Sex and the City 2.” Yet the movie may never be shown here.
Aquatic center makes good use of ‘gorgeous’ opening day
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Can openers, front flips, cannonballs and dives — all those were good enough reasons for 10-year-old Jayson Sylva to be among the first to take advantage of the opening day of Lawrence’s public outdoor swimming pool.
KU baseball falls again
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C5
Baylor shortstop Landis Ware hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the Bears’ 6-3 triumph over Kansas
40 years ago: Nearly 50 arson cases reported this spring
May 30, 2010
Lloyd Davies, deputy state fire marshal, reported that Lawrence was the scene of four dozen arson cases in the spring of 1970. The most spectacular blaze was the Memorial Union fire, which caused approximately $2 million in damage. Other buildings affected included an attorney’s home, the home of a county judge, a savings and loan building and a downtown furniture store.
100 years ago: Storms disrupt Memorial Day services
May 30, 2010
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 30, 1910: “This morning at 10 o’clock veterans and friends started out to the cemeteries with great heaps of flowers to place on the graves of their dead comrades. The parties had not gotten more than half way out, when a drenching downpour began and continued till they had returned to town. Services at the graves were cut miserably short by the heavy rain, though umbrellas and covered wagons were in abundance.
County warns of waterborne illnesses and gives strategic precautions for summer
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
In a weekend that sends many to area lakes and outdoor pools, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is asking swimmers to watch for waterborne illnesses.
Discus throwers qualify for KU
Eighteen Jayhawks are headed to NCAA championships
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s Mason Finley and Brian Bishop placed second and fourth in the discus at Saturday’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary.
Police: Attackers were Pakistani Taliban
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
Militants who attacked a minority sect, killing 93 people in the country’s east, belonged to the Pakistani Taliban and were trained in a lawless border region where the U.S. wants Islamabad to mount an army operation, police said Saturday.
1,000th G.I. killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour of duty
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan had already fallen once to a hidden explosive, driving his Humvee over a bomb in Iraq in 2007. The blast punched the dashboard radio into his face and broke his leg in two places.
Thousands march to protest immigration law
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people from around the country descended on the Phoenix area Saturday as supporters and opponents of Arizona’s tough new crackdown on illegal immigration held separate rallies.
Obama: Ongoing oil leak ‘enraging’
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama said Saturday that the failure of BP’s latest effort to stop the damaging flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is “as enraging as it is heartbreaking.”
KCK water park looking for a better season
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Kansas City, Kan., waterpark that got off to a slow start is hoping for a better season this year.
City commission agenda for June 1, 2010
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B5
Center may use Moodie Road site
Cosmic ray research may strike southwest Kansas
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B3
Nobel Prize winners don’t flock to southwest Kansas. Not yet.
Celtics relish rest before NBA finals
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C8
The Boston Celtics sure could use some time off.
May 30, 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.
Expand the lifespan of your washer, dryer
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D8
The longevity of a washer and dryer has a lot to do with proper use and care.
25 years ago: Fire breaks out at Meadowbrook Apartments
May 30, 2010
A fire at Meadowbrook Apartments caused an estimated $85,000 in damages to Building I of Regency Place. KU senior and resident Bill Eckert had discovered the fire after arriving home from his job at Nabil’s Restaurant.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Will Summer Never Come’
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D3
Will summer never come? Will the birds never sing their Songs of romance and pain and joy?
‘Steak’ chronicles one man’s quest for finest cut of meat
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D3
Some meats have an image problem. No one wants to be chicken or a turkey, a dead duck or a lamb to the slaughter. In politics, nothing is dodgier than pork.
Fringe dwellers: ‘Role Models’ gives insight into John Waters
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D3
An artist drawn to the margins, John Waters achieved infamy with low-budget 1970s films starring garish, up-for-anything transvestite Divine and other horrifying/lovable Baltimore misfits.
Study: Gratitude keeps love alive
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D4
Picking up a pint of ice cream. Issuing a compliment.
Kovel’s Antiques: Millinery pieces perfect fit for some collectors
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D8
Hats are not as popular today as they were years ago, so there are fewer hat shops and fewer people making special hats fitted to a particular buyer.
Dreams crushed: Free State loses momentum after heartbreaker in semis
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C1
Through the first 17 innings of this year’s Class 6A state baseball tournament at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark, Free State High had surrendered just one run. So how was it that the Firebirds found themselves playing for third place Saturday, a day after a dominant, five-inning victory against Wichita Northwest and a few minutes after what likely will go down as the marquee game of this year’s tourney?
Serena survives, Roddick falters in French Open
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C2
Serena Williams looked ill, and not only because she had lost five games in a row at the French Open.
Submit your photos for publication in paper
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Journal-World invites readers to submit photos for the Friends and Neighbors and Refrigerator Door sections.
Penske, Ganassi look to stay on top
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C2
Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi stood in front of the cameras at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday morning and placed their hands on Borg-Warner Trophy given annually to the Indy 500 winner.
Cops release most of 980 detained in raid
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
All but a handful of the roughly 980 Jamaicans detained during raids by security forces in gang-heavy Kingston slums have been released, police said Saturday.
1st tropical storm of season kills 12
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
The first tropical storm of the 2010 season hit the Pacific coastline of Guatemala and Mexico on Saturday, killing 12 people under landslides and rockfall triggered by torrential rains.
Man who attacked 29 children executed
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
Chinese authorities today executed a man who attacked a kindergarten in eastern China last month, slashing 29 children and three teachers with a knife, a state news agency reported.
Fight in Kandahar: U.S. says it’s not going to look like war
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A2
In the make-or-break struggle for Kandahar, birthplace of Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency, U.S. commanders will try to pull off the military equivalent of brain surgery: defeating the militants with minimal use of force.
As spill grows, BP’s credibility fades
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A3
At nearly every step since the Deepwater Horizon exploded more than a month ago, causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history, rig operator BP PLC has downplayed the severity of the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
GOP hopes ride with tea party
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A6
In Kentucky, the Republican Senate candidate stumbles over a question on racial segregation.
Superintendent to appear in online chat
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B8
State budget cuts led to an eventful first year in the Lawrence school district for Superintendent Rick Doll, who was hired from Louisburg.
Canadian commander relieved of duty
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
The chief of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, has been relieved following allegations of an inappropriate relationship, the Canadian military said today.
U.S. drone crew blamed for deaths of Afghan civilians
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
U.S. military investigators found that “inaccurate and unprofessional” reporting by U.S. operators of a Predator drone was responsible for a missile strike that killed 23 Afghan civilians in February, according to a report released Saturday.
Chinese premier: Avoiding Korean conflict urgent
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A7
China’s premier said today that avoiding conflict between the Koreas over the sinking of a warship is most urgent, but did not express support for a bid by South Korea and Japan to condemn North Korea at the United Nations for allegedly carrying out the attack.
BP turns blind eye to llamas’ helping hair
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B1
Pooh Bear hummed, but he wasn’t singing.
Woman convicted in boyfriend’s death
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B8
A woman has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Pardons sought for defendants in ’69 robbery case
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B4
Gov. Mark Parkinson has issued one pardon so far in his term, but lawyers from the Kansas University Project for Innocence are hoping to triple that number.
Jurors convict man in death of 2-year-old boy
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B4
Sedgwick County jurors have convicted a man of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
Judge won’t dismiss grandparent’s lawsuit
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B4
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by grandparents accusing a social worker of failing to protect a toddler who was beaten to death by her father’s girlfriend.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B4
Road work for the week of May 30, 2010
Baldwin girls win 4A track and field title
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Baldwin High girls track and field team won the Class 4A state championship by 0.03 seconds.
Maize wins softball title
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C3
Maize High’s softball team decided it was going to try something different before the championship game of the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Lakers make finals again
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C8
Kobe Bryant is again showing the world what postseason greatness can be.
City seniors end careers on high notes at state track and field meet
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C1
Keene Niemack needs a nap.
Buchholz pitches Bosox past Royals
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C5
Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Zack Greinke and lead the Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
Collins, Henry on fire at Combine
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C5
Former Kansas University basketball players Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry shot well during individual drills at the recent NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
Philadelphia’s Halladay throws perfect game
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C1
Stoic as always, Roy Halladay’s expression never changed. Until the end, that is.
Fort opens complex for wounded soldiers
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B2
Army officials have opened a $54 million complex for wounded soldiers at Fort Riley.
Game, players special
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C1
From the spacious college ballpark to the quality of play on the field, it was easy to forget this was a high school baseball game being played on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
UConn coach Calhoun escapes responsibility
May 30, 2010 in print edition on C2
On balance, it hasn’t been a bad month for Jim Calhoun.
Hundreds of Kansans killed on the job
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B2
Over the past three decades, more than 680 Kansans have been killed on the job. Nearly one in 10 died working at a grain elevator. The 60 grain elevator deaths include three painters who fell 125 feet from the top of an elevator in Jetmore in 1982.
BP’s top kill effort fails to plug Gulf oil leak; next fix readied
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
The most ambitious bid yet to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history ended in failure Saturday after BP was unable to overwhelm the gusher of crude with heavy fluids and junk. President Obama called the setback “as enraging as it is heartbreaking.”
Search for ancestors ‘addictive’
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
It is something Poe would write. Mary Burchill walks the grounds of Oak Hill Cemetery — stabbing the soil with her steel rod.
Optimism high for capital campaign
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A1
As available state budget dollars shrink, top Kansas University officials are focusing more and more on an upcoming private fundraising campaign to help support the university’s needs.
States passing budget cuts onto local governments
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A5
Confronted with severe revenue shortfalls, some states have found a convenient way of softening painful cutbacks and avoiding statewide tax increases: They’ve passed the buck to their counterparts in cities and counties.
Military couples balance raising children, warfare
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
Four-year-old Ava abandons her playmates at school, flying into the arms of Air Force Sgt. Stacia Zachary. The mother and daughter head to the playground.
Team of Arlington ladies escorts fallen to their graves
May 30, 2010 in print edition on A4
Joyce Johnson remembers the drums beating slowly as she walked with her girls from the Old Post Chapel, behind the horse-drawn caisson carrying the flag-draped casket of her husband.
Around and about in local business
May 30, 2010 in print edition on E1
Around and about in local business for May 30, 2010
Taking care of business before tying the knot
May 30, 2010 in print edition on E1
You’re young, you’re in love, you trust each other. No need for a prenuptial agreement before you tie the knot, right?
Setting the tone
May 30, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s a given in management that the person at the top sets the tone for his entire organization, so it’s fair to ask what kind of example Lew Perkins set.
‘Tonight’ bandleader Eubanks leaves show
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D5
It’s a wrap for “Tonight Show” bandleader Kevin Eubanks after 18 years backing up host Jay Leno.
Man sues Beyonce for trespassing
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D5
A man living across from a video shoot for Beyonce Knowles in the Hollywood Hills is suing the singer for nuisance and trespassing, claiming his privacy was invaded by unnecessary noise and crowds.
Pop star Ke$ha sued by former managers
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D5
Ke$ha’s former managers say the pop star squeezed them out of her career under pressure from hit songwriter Dr. Luke, but her lawyer said Friday she simply exercised her rights to fire the managers when they didn’t perform.
Horoscope for May 30, 2010
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, a problem within a financial or emotional partnership will clear up, and quite suddenly. You will need to do your share as well. Some consideration will be given to changing your home or remodeling your present digs. Whatever your decision, you will be happy with the end result. Curb a tendency to worry. If you are single, you could meet someone quite important to your life’s history, though there could be a lot of suitors to sort through. If you are attached, the two of you simply seem more indulgent and caring with each other. Capricorn bottom-lines problems.
Recession? Carrie and friends revel in excess
May 30, 2010 in print edition on D5
Early on in “Sex and the City 2,” Charlotte, Carrie’s stay-at-home-mom-on-Park-Avenue friend, is making pink-frosted cupcakes with her daughters.
At festival, string theorists ask if we’re holograms
May 30, 2010 in print edition on E8
Brian Greene works in a world where scientific reasoning rules all and imagination leads to the most unlikely truths.
Dalai Lama’s death looms over Tibet
May 30, 2010 in print edition on E8
The question looms over this raggedy hillside town, a place where ancient mysticism constantly brushes against the realities of modern geopolitics. The monks who fled across the Himalayas ask it quietly, as do the exile politicians. Even the angry young activists are careful how they raise the issue.
Lost ark or African treasure? Museum’s relic stirs passions
May 30, 2010 in print edition on E8
Tudor Parfitt has spent years chasing a theory that a lost tribe of Jews wound up in Southern Africa. But his latest leap has landed him in a minefield.
Found objects: Lawrence resident decorates with quaint discoveries
May 30, 2010
When designing a landscape, objects and structures are often as important as the plants. Fences, arbors, trellises and pergolas emphasize the flowers and vines that grow on and next to them. A well-placed birdbath, feeder or fountain adds line and shape to a landscape design…
Behind the Lens: Get the most from vacation pics
May 30, 2010
Photography is usually not the main purpose of vacation, but I always pack a camera. Not only is it a way to document an adventure, but it’s a great tool to creatively engage with and experience the environment. I linger longer as I put some thoughtfulness into framing what I am seeing in the moment. If done in a visually interesting manner, vacation photographs can provide others with a unique glimpse of what I witnessed…