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Kansas Senate panel approves National Guard promotions
October 15, 2010
A Senate committee has approved three promotions for the Kansas National Guard put forth by Gov. Mark Parkinson.
Blog: Democratic group pulls focus from Moore campaign
October 15, 2010
A Washington, D.C., political blog reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had reduced ad buys in several House races, including Stephene Moore’s campaign in the 3rd U.S. House district which includes east Lawrence.
Grant helps pave DeVictor Park trail
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Grant money is helping stretch the city’s pavement in DeVictor Park. R.D. Johnson Excavating is nearing completion of its latest work at the 40-acre greenbelt park: extending a section of concrete trail by a quarter-mile.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to conduct sobriety check lane Saturday night
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety check lane from 11 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday in Douglas County.
Cause of rural house fire southwest of Lecompton blamed on electrical problem
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
An electrical problem with a refrigerator in the garage caused a fire that destroyed a home southwest of Lecompton Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.
Nursing home support group Kansas Advocates for Better Care celebrates 35th birthday
October 15, 2010
In 1966, Lawrence resident Anna “Petey” Cerf was appalled by what she saw as a visitor in a nursing home.
GOP challenges Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s ad on payday loans
October 15, 2010
Republicans are accusing Attorney General Steve Six of being a hypocrite after his campaign began airing a television advertisement criticizing his Republican opponent in the attorney general’s race for his dealings with the payday loan industry.
Kansas Supreme Court rules case against Planned Parenthood can move forward
11:10 a.m., October 15, 2010 Updated 03:30 p.m. in print edition on B4
The Kansas Supreme Court is allowing a criminal case against a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic move forward.
ECKAN plans commodity distribution on Oct. 28
October 15, 2010
ECKAN will distribute food items Oct. 28 to people who have previously signed up for commodities.
Eudora man injured in rollover accident on K-10
10:56 a.m., October 15, 2010 Updated 11:02 a.m.
A 21-year-old Eudora man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday night after his pickup truck rolled on Kansas Highway 10 just west of Eudora.
2 Jefferson County women injured in accident Thursday north of Lawrence
10:55 a.m., October 15, 2010 Updated 11:59 a.m.
Two Jefferson County women went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident north of Lawrence.
Statehouse Live: Kansas mental health advocates push for passage of constitutional amendment
09:00 a.m., October 15, 2010 Updated 10:55 a.m. in print edition on B3
Kansans with mental illnesses on Friday urged voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would delete a provision that allows the Legislature to take away their right to vote.
KDOT to give update on planned BNSF transportation facility near Edgerton
October 15, 2010
Kansas officials will give an update next week on a project to bring railroad and surface transportation jobs to Johnson County.
Fort Hood soldiers testify about deadly shooting
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Unarmed soldiers caught up in a deadly shooting rampage as they prepared to deploy from Fort Hood reacted as though they’d already reached a combat zone, playing dead to avoid gunfire and refusing to leave fallen comrades behind, according to testimony Thursday at a military hearing.
Letter demands China free imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
More than 100 Chinese activists have signed and released an open letter asking that Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo be released from prison.
Kansas education officials adopt new English, math standards
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
State education officials have adopted English and math standards that have already been approved in 37 other states.
Man dies after being hit by train in downtown Wichita
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Police say a 43-year-old man died after he was hit by a train in downtown Wichita.
One injured in Thursday night accident at Ninth and Alabama
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
One person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Thursday evening after a motor vehicle accident.
Woman reports jewelry stolen in 200 block of McDonald Avenue
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 51-year-old Washington woman reported Wednesday the theft of jewelry valued at $1,500 from the 200 block of McDonald Avenue.
Neb. Senator Mike Johanns seeks talks on fetal pain
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
Bolstered by the passage of unique abortion restrictions in his home state of Nebraska, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns is pushing for a new federal discussion of the notion of fetal pain.
Can Kansas salvage season? Fat chance
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
For the past eight seasons, Kansas University had a fat football coach. This season, the Jayhawks have too many fat players. So far, given the choice, I’ll take the fat coach.
Salina Catholic diocese starts $15 million capital campaign
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
The needs of retired and future priests have prompted the Catholic Diocese of Salina to begin a $15 million capital campaign — the largest fundraising campaign in the diocese’s history.
Riley County police don’t suspect foul play in death of K-State student found in ditch
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
Police investigating the death of a Kansas State University student now say they don’t suspect foul play in the man’s injuries.
Jayhawks ready for fun in Allen Fieldhouse
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball players have worn some wacky costumes at their season-opening Late Night basketball celebration throughout the years. There have been top hats and tuxedos, suspenders and overalls and Halloween-themed Frankenstein’s monster/Count Dracula get-ups.
KU basketball preview magazine available
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
There is a new Kansas University basketball preview magazine on sale today.
LHS football to take on Olathe North tonight
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High football coaching staff and student section won’t be wearing their traditional red for tonight’s game against Olathe North.
Free State football to play host to Olathe Northwest tonight
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
To hear Free State High offensive guard Justin McCandless tell it, there’s no better feeling than laying a crushing block on a defender and springing a teammate free for a long touchdown.
Top recruits to gather at Late Night
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Some of the country’s future college basketball stars will be sitting lower level, northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse during tonight’s 26th-annual Late Night in the Phog.
Jayhawks lay egg; Fans beat it early in lopsided loss to Wildcats
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Maybe they were just trying to appease Kansas University coach Turner Gill and his 10 p.m. curfew. Or, perhaps, the KU student section simply had seen enough.
West Virginia stifles South Florida
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, and No. 25 West Virginia held South Florida to a season-low for yards in a 20-6 victory over the Bulls on Thursday night.
Yankees will face Wilson in Game 1
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
The New York Yankees avoid Cliff Lee until Game 3 of the AL championship series. In the opener, they instead face another Texas Rangers left-hander who has been greatly influenced by the postseason ace in their short time together.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B5
Kansas’ loss to Kansas State on Thursday night was KU’s second-worst defeat in the 108-game history of the Sunflower Showdown.
Wildcats relish rout over Jayhawks
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B5
Legendary Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder acknowledged the cheers of a thousand or so purple-clad football fans late Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.
KCK police officer wounded in shootout
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
A police officer and a suspect are being treated for gunshot wounds after a confrontation in a Kansas City, Kan., appliance store.
“School Pride” makeover show doesn’t impress
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
“School Pride” (7 p.m., NBC) offers the latest variation on the “Extreme Makeover” model. Produced by “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines and “Makeover” producer Denise Cramsey, “School” puts the spotlight on a different failing institution each week as a trio of enthusiastic semi-celebrities offers help and inspiration to a team of eager students, teachers, administrators and parent volunteers.
People in the news
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
People in the news for October 15, 2010.
Young voters vent frustration to Obama in MTV forum
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
If Democrats are counting on young and minority voters to keep them in power in next month’s elections, the under-30 audience at a nationally televised youth forum Thursday showed President Barack Obama that they’re feeling dissatisfied, too.
Horoscope for October 15, 2010
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, many opportunities evolve, pointing to a new direction. This transformation could involve your daily life. You have many interests; you might decide to make one of them a business. If you are single, several people could light up your life. If you are attached, the two of you could share a new pastime or interest, drawing you closer. Aquarius always whips up the fun.
Lawrence women reports clothing, property stolen in 800 block of Ohio
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 44-year-old Lawrence woman reported Wednesday the theft of personal property valued at $1,790 from the 800 block of Ohio Street.
Dollar keeps falling as investors await Fed action
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
The dollar keeps falling around the world, tumbling against other major currencies because investors expect the Federal Reserve to pump more money into the economy next month to try to stimulate growth.
Pump patrol
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several stations.
Justice Dept. challenges ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ruling
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Department of Justice asked a federal judge Thursday to set aside her decision stopping the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays and lesbians until it can appeal the ruling, saying it would “irreparably harm our military and the national security of the United States.”
Chile miners start new lives
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Chilean miners began their unfamiliar new lives as national heroes Thursday and got a taste of what awaits them outside the hospital doors — a swarm of reporters, TV producers, publicity agents and even soccer teams all desperate for a piece of their story.
U.S., reversing course, backing Afghan peace effort
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration on Thursday endorsed fragile Afghan efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban, backing off its prior stance that talks with the Taliban were premature until the war is all but won.
Swiss build world’s longest tunnel
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
A massive drilling machine called Sissi is about to chew through the last few inches of rock standing in the way of the creation of the world’s longest tunnel.
Hoover Dam bypass bridge complete
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
A soaring bridge that will let drivers bypass Hoover Dam — and steer clear of its security checkpoints and gawking tourists — is set to open after nearly eight years and $240 million worth of work.
U.S.: 77,000 Iraqis killed during worst of war
Count falls short of 85,694 estimated by Iraqi Human Rights Ministry
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
A new U.S. military tally puts the death toll of Iraqi civilians and security forces in the bloodiest years of the war thousands below Iraqi government figures.
Two top women’s recruits on hand for Late Night
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Two of the top uncommitted women’s college basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2011 will attend tonight’s Late Night in the Phog on official recruiting visits.
100 years ago: Moving picture operators fined for displaying boxing film
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
Judge Clark returned a verdict of guilty this morning against the moving picture operators who exhibited the Nelson-Wolgast films here in defiance of the strict orders of the authorities. Yesterday in police court the city introduced competent evidence to show that the pictures were immoral and degrading. In handing down his decision, the court held that the films had been proven immoral and vicious and that the Kansas statutes made prize fighting or anything in connection with pugilistic encounters, a penitentiary offense. For this reason he felt justified in fining the defendants a nominal fine of $14.50 each.
40 years ago: ‘Midi’ skirt a fashion flop
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
Designers had brought the mid-calf skirt, or “midi,” to the stores in time for fall shopping, but it was a nationwide flop so far. Unlike the strong customer reaction to the miniskirt a decade earlier, the early numbers for the midi were rather tepid. The most spectacular failure, according to one retailer, was the “midi coat.” However, there was a trend towards slightly longer hemlines, a compromise between the mini and the midi, which hit just at or just below the knee.
25 years ago: Bank files suit against Opera House backers
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
The University State Bank had filed a lawsuit against the financial backers of the Lawrence Opera House, alleging that Opera House Investments Inc. had failed to pay the mortgage on the property and owed more than $186,000. The suit asked that the property be sold to satisfy the debts. Earlier in the summer, a partnership had announced their plans to purchase and remodel the building, restoring it as closely as possible to its 1911 condition. The purchase had not yet gone through because of the lawsuit.
Library support
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
As a strong supporter for the library and the proposed ballot question to renovate its 38-year-old building, I am saddened by those who say they too support the library but that they’re going to vote no and wait for some future proposal that would include branches or be “more moderate.” If you support the library, you should put an “X” by “yes” when voting this fall.
Vulnerable dot
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
On Valentine’s Day 1990, a camera on the spacecraft Voyager I was turned back toward Earth in a daring attempt to photograph our plant. The result was an amazing photograph showing a pale blue dot in an immense sea of blackness. That pale blue dot is planet Earth! Home to all the peoples of the Earth, our only sort of air, water and food!
An early scorecard of 2010 races
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
When the election is over, prizes and trophies and hosannas will be issued left and right. But why wait? As a public service, I present an infallibly prescient scorecard of best and worst of 2010.
‘Red’ is leaden spy game caper for Willis and pals
October 15, 2010 in print edition on C1
Critics often gripe about the blink-and-you’ve-missed-it frenzy of action sequences in today’s Hollywood thrillers.
Congress will have many new faces in 2011
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
Voters seem to think Congress is like a weedy lot — that anything done to it will improve it — so they seem poised to produce something not seen since 1981-82. Then, for the first time since 1952, a majority of senators were in their first terms. This was the result of three consecutive churning elections — 1976, 1978 and 1980.
Student progress
Research funded by Kansas University’s largest grant ever may have a huge impact on the American education system.
October 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
One of the biggest complaints that educators and other Americans have about the federal No Child Left Behind mandates is that the program only measures educational success with one-size-fits-all tests.
Late Night: He’s seen ‘em all, so has the Byers duo
October 15, 2010
Back in October of 2008, in a fit of braggadocio, I asserted that I was assuredly the only person to have attended each of the season-opening Late Nights in Allen Fieldhouse.
KU red-shirt freshman Erick McGriff has 1st catch
October 15, 2010 in print edition on B4
Sometimes, Fred McGriff brought up the subject when eating with his son at Bigg’s Barbecue or Applebee’s in Lawrence.