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Kevin Yoder fined in 2009 for refusing Breathalyzer test
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
Congressional candidate Kevin Yoder entered a plea in traffic court in 2009 in connection with refusing to take a preliminary breath test as part of a traffic stop on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence, according to Douglas County court records.
Lawrence Police investigating attempted child abduction in eastern Lawrence
03:27 p.m., October 24, 2010 Updated 03:31 p.m.
Lawrence Police Sunday afternoon were investigating an attempted child abduction in eastern Lawrence.
Overnight shooting at Topeka West High School leaves 1 dead
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
One person is dead after a shooting on the grounds of Topeka West High School. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that officers rushed to the school at 10:43 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report that shots had been fired.
Winchester man transfered by air ambulance after crash near McLouth
October 24, 2010
A Winchester man was transported by air ambulance to Kansas University Medical Center around 11 p.m. after a vehicle accident near McLouth.
Intellect matters in candidates
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” — from the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States That’s for Christine O’Donnell. “Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?” she asked last week, drawing gasps and astonished laughter from an audience of law school students.
LIbrary fills many roles for many people
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence Public Library’s spaces are often filled with faces in the community for a wide variety of purposes.
Mortgages
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 106 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Tourism bureaus using social sites to boost traffic to sights
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
State tourism bureaus have been aggressively using social networks to promote business and attract visitors with travel packages, itineraries and tips from travelers themselves.
QB shuffle suits Ags
Starter gets record, but sub shines
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C4
Texas A&M senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, the Big 12’s preseason offensive player of the year, broke the Aggies’ career record for total offense Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Opurum OK in start at DE
RB-turned-LB-turned-end has six tackles in setback
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C5
In his first start at defensive end, Kansas University sophomore Toben Opurum contributed six tackles, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Three of four city cross country squads make state
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s girls placed third with 99 points to earn the final state-qualifying position. Free State, with 100 points, was fourth and did not qualify as a team — the only one of four city squads at the cross country regional not to earn a team state berth.
Matt Tait’s Kansas football notebook
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C5
Though he has shown throughout the course of the season that he’d rather error on the side of caution when it comes to calling timeouts, Kansas University coach Turner Gill said after Saturday’s 45-10 loss to Texas A&M there was a point in the game where he wished he would have called one.
Nobody’s home: Fans flee scene of latest KU setback
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
It was a homecoming game in which everybody went home. At this rate, there’s no guarantee they’ll be coming back.
Haskell student arrested on sexual assault charges
October 24, 2010
A 25-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student was arrested Saturday afternoon after an alleged sexual assault Saturday morning.
Seabury volleyball team’s season ends
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
The Seabury Academy volleyball team’s season ended on Saturday at home.
Seabury runners qualify for state
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Both the Seabury Academy boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the 1A state meet at a regional Saturday.
Jayhawks swept by Cyclones
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
Despite upsetting Iowa State two weeks ago, Kansas University’s volleyball team could not repeat the feat Saturday night.
Keselowski wins Nationwide race again
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C2
Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide 5-Hour Energy 250 on Saturday, rolling past Reed Sorenson with two laps remaining at Gateway International Raceway.
Lawrence man arrested after leading police on brief foot chase
October 24, 2010
A 28-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Saturday evening after leading police on a brief foot chase down Massachusetts Street.
Academic: Jane Austen had help from editor
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
She’s renowned for her precise, exquisite prose, but new research shows Jane Austen was a poor speller and erratic grammarian who got a big helping hand from her editor.
Leaked war files portray weak, divided Iraq
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A2
The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened by persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbors, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave.
Mizzou knocks off OU
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C6
Oklahoma’s stay at the top of the BCS will be brief.
Jaguars face Chiefs’ No. 1 run game
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C2
All those critics who’ve been carping about the way Todd Haley uses his running backs all of a sudden have fallen silent. It’s hard to argue with No. 1.
Giants going to World Series
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C2
Nothing came easy for the San Francisco Giants this season, not even the postseason. It doesn’t matter now. They’re in the World Series.
Kansas joins movement toward national education standards
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas education officials now have joined 37 other states in adopting national proficiency standards for reading and math. And science could be next.
Newton sparks Auburn to 24-17 win over LSU
No. 8 Spartans rally to beat Wildcats
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C6
Cam Newton ran for 217 yards, and Onterio McCalebb sprinted 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left to lift Auburn to a victory over LSU.
Kansas men’s basketball team displays speed
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
One of the several hundred coaches at Bill Self’s annual Kansas University basketball coaches clinic appeared impressed with some fast-paced action Saturday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Tightening Senate races give GOP pause
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
To understand Republicans’ nagging fear that the Nov. 2 elections might not be quite the massive triumph that many have predicted, check out Pennsylvania’s perplexing Senate race.
Motherhood generates talk in Oklahoma governor’s race
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A3
In her quest to become Oklahoma’s first female governor, Democrat Jari Askins has amassed an assortment of professional qualifications: she’s been a judge, a legislator, the head of a state agency, and a corporate attorney. But what she hasn’t been is a wife. The 57-year-old career woman, who now serves as the state’s lieutenant governor, has never been married or had children. And as this historic race between two women candidates for the state’s top office nears its conclusion, that gap in her biography is attracting increasing attention.
Questions about accuser surround Kansas City, Mo., sex slave case
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B8
The allegations in the indictment were shocking: A young woman had been held captive for years as the sex slave of a Missouri couple. She had been locked in a cage and subjected to electrical shocks. Parts of her body had been nailed to wooden planks. When announcing charges last month, U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips called the case one of “the most horrific ever prosecuted in this district.”
25 years ago: Physicians group says it is safe for students with AIDS to attend school
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
Physicians of the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying that there was no reason for children with AIDS to be kept out of school. The group was attempting to reassure parents and educators who were worried about AIDS as a threat to their children. The doctors reported that of the 13,500 AIDS cases reported to date, none where known to have contracted the disease in a school or a daycare center.
40 years ago: Community service projects dominate Homecoming
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
Instead of preparing the traditional house decorations and floats, many Kansas University students were spending the week before Homecoming doing community service projects. The theme for the yearly weekend festivity was “Relevancy,” and many of the activities of the past, such as decorations and the selection of a Homecoming Queen, had been deemed “frivolous” and had been replaced by service activities for the betterment of the community.
Turkish alliances may be shifting
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
In 2008, when I last visited this hilly capital city in the Anatolian heartland, I talked with top officials about their efforts to mediate between Israel and Syria.
Correct quote
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Craig Tucker’s letter of Oct 22 quoted Bill O’Reilly as saying “all terrorists are Muslims” from the well-publicized TV show “The View,” last week. That was the premise of his entire letter. In fact, Mr. O’Reilly did not say that. I was watching the show. He said, “Muslims killed us on 9-11, and 70 percent of Americans feel building that mosque on the site is inappropriate.”
Political march
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Can it be true that the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court would encourage it? Chief Justice John Roberts says justices could opt out of attending the annual State of the Union address of the president. Yes, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head, mouthing “not true” and declared he would not attend again. Dissent is his right, but is attendance or absence?
Voting ideas
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
Kris Kobach and Sam Brownback believe voters are unsound thinkers who can’t remember two good ideas at once (Journal-World, Oct. 18).
U.S. may follow British financial lead
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
The most important political news last week came from across the Atlantic, where the coalition government of British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an austerity budget that radically reduces government spending on the welfare state. Both the policy and the political circumstances that brought it about have profound implications for the United States.
Kennedy-Nixon race opened lasting fissures
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B7
It was, literally, the election of a generation. The candidates both were in their 40s. Both had been Navy lieutenants. Both had been seared by their experience in World War II in the Pacific. Both had been marked by the appeasement that preceded and perhaps prompted the war across the Atlantic.
Achebe cool to anniversary of independence
October 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author and political dissident, finds little reason to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his native country’s independence.
‘A writable situation’: Acclaimed sports writer has spent decades honing skills
October 24, 2010 in print edition on D3
What is it, Gay Talese is asking, about sports? It occupies a messy, emotional territory in which we embrace, and, just as easily, discard, heroes. “It’s not just losing the game,” Talese reflects, voice etched with the soft syllables of southern New Jersey, where he was born in 1932. “You lose the game enough, or get knocked out enough, you lose your job.”
Brand, Perry wed at tiger reserve in India
October 24, 2010 in print edition on D5
Comedian Russell Brand and pop star Katy Perry were married Saturday in northwestern India, the couple confirmed in a statement.
Bankruptcies
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
13 dead in massacre at Ciudad Juarez party
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
Gunmen stormed two neighboring homes and massacred 13 young people at a birthday party in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments.
Maine city weighs letting noncitizens vote in local races
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A5
Like his neighbors, Claude Rwaganje pays taxes on his income and taxes on his cars. His children have gone to Portland’s public schools. He’s interested in the workings of Maine’s largest city, which he has called home for 13 years. There’s one vital difference, though: Rwaganje isn’t a U.S. citizen and isn’t allowed to vote on those taxes or on school issues. That may soon change.
Kansas man completes duty as Tomb Guard
October 24, 2010
Sentinel Kyle Obrosky’s calculated movement at the Tomb of the Unknowns defines respect for service members who surrendered their lives in battle without losing their country’s admiration.
The deceptions and betrayal of the art world’s Bernie Madoff
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E3
Several years after the unraveling of one of the most elaborate art frauds in history, Earl Davis has nightmares about confronting Lawrence Salander. Why did the art dealer spend decades cultivating his friendship even as he sold more than 90 of father’s paintings behind his back, dismantling a collection that Davis had sought so hard to preserve?
Tribune Co. files reorganization plan
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E1
The day after its chief executive resigned, troubled Tribune Co. said Saturday that it filed a reorganization plan in U.S. bankruptcy court, designed to keep the newspaper and broadcasting company in one piece while cutting its debt by turning ownership over to the holders of its massive loans.
Starting Over: With housing crippled, many are forced to restart careers
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E1
In 2007, the construction industry employed millions of people nationwide.
Some Africans, poor no more, hit by new diseases
October 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
A growing urban middle class is defying the image of Africa as poor, underfed and under-medicated. And with the comforts of middle class life, afflictions familiar in the West are making inroads here too — obesity, diabetes, lung cancer, strokes, heart disease.
100 years ago: Quarterly report shows Douglas County with $75k deposited
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
“County Treasurer Eddy has completed his quarterly report and filed the document with the commissioners. It shows that approximately $75,000 is deposited in various banks over the county to the credit of Douglas county. The most depleted funds belong to the city of Lawrence, the general fund containing but .06 cents and the school fund but .35 cents.
Education pays
State university leaders are making a strong case that education is the best investment Kansas can make in its economic future.
October 24, 2010 in print edition on B6
Preparing to make a case for additional funding next year, the leaders of Kansas’ six state universities have come up with a strong sales pitch — not only for their own institutions but for K-12 schools as well.
Kovel’s Antiques: Halloween decor priced for nostalgia
October 24, 2010 in print edition on D8
Halloween-related decorations and objects are among today’s most popular collectibles.
PIcking pumpkins: Cooking versus carving calls for different purchases
October 24, 2010
Pie pumpkins (the term is used for all culinary varieties) really are different than ornamental pumpkin varieties.
Horoscope for Oct. 24
October 24, 2010 in print edition on D5
This year, you will often put your own spin on events. The issue with this type of thinking is that you distort past history to serve your personal issues, for better or for worse. We all color our life with what we choose to see. Please be open to other perspectives and ways of life. If you are single, you could discover how desirable you are. If you are attached, you will use your innate charisma to help bridge any differences. Work on flow and respect rather than manipulation. Taurus often challenges you.
Football spoils homecoming vibe
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C1
A most pleasant evening. The smell of bratwursts riding the strong wind, crashing into the scent of fried doughnuts. Generations of pretty, smiling faces. Suds flowing. Old friends swapping old stories one more time. Nirvana in tailgate land for homecoming night.
LHS, Free State volleyball come up short
October 24, 2010 in print edition on C3
All day Saturday, no matter which match was on the court, the crowd was raucous, with emotion from all sides running high. Though they played in separate brackets, Lawrence High and Free State High volleyball teams also shared something in common: Each fell to an Olathe opponent in the finals of sub-states on Saturday at LHS.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
October 24, 2010
Road work planned for the week of October 24, 2010.
Boomer Girl Diary: “Normal” graded on a wide curve
October 24, 2010
I am pleased to report that, according to Oprah, I’m perfectly normal.
Around and about in local business
October 24, 2010 in print edition on E1
News from local businesses for October 24, 2010.