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1 person flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital after single-vehicle accident near Wellsville
06:58 p.m., October 25, 2010 Updated 09:30 p.m.
One person was airlifted to an area hospital Monday evening after a one-vehicle accident in the 2100 block of N. 100 Rd., near Wellsville.
KU student group working to modify vehicle to run solely on electric power to deliver campus mail
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
A group of about 30 Kansas University students are at work this semester on what they hope becomes a new trend: an electric vehicle that gets its power from wind and solar sources.
Authorities warning area residents of veteran funeral arrangement scam
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
If you’re a veteran, and a smooth-talking salesman comes to your home claiming to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs hawking funeral arrangements, watch out, authorities say.
Prosecutors argue for prison for woman in child sex-abuse case
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors are asking a Douglas County judge to give a Lawrence woman prison time instead of probation.
Dozens voice concerns at final coal plant hearing
04:02 p.m., October 25, 2010 Updated 05:53 p.m. in print edition on A1
About 150 people attended Monday’s hearing, which was the final scheduled public meeting on the project that has dominated Kansas politics for more than three years. KDHE has received more than 5,600 comments on the proposed project.
Halloween event set Sunday at Mary’s Lake
03:58 p.m., October 25, 2010 Updated 11:27 p.m. in print edition on A3
Lawrence Parks and Recreation will host a Halloween event at Mary’s Lake.
Nature at work: Permaculture teaches sustainable techniques to growers
October 25, 2010
Justin Dett’s goal, after finishing college, is to start his own farm. He doesn’t want to start just any farm, though. The Park University student wants to use the principles of permaculture that he’s been learning from Steve Moring, one of the area’s most experienced permaculture farmers.
Town Talk: ‘Vote no on library’ signs appear; downtown mural questioned; home sales down for September
October 25, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Coca-Cola Happiness Machine brings surprises to KU students
October 25, 2010
The Coca-Cola Happiness Machine made an appearance at the Kansas Union Monday.
KU-Colorado football game will not be televised
Contest to kick off at 1 p.m. on Nov. 6
October 25, 2010
The Kansas football team’s home game against Colorado on Nov. 6 will kick off at 1 p.m. and will not be televised, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Food bank: Items donated during Late Night in the Phog helping hungry in Lawrence
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
A leader of a local food bank is seeking to reassure area residents that food donated at KU’s recent Late Night at the Phog is being used to help the hungry in Douglas County.
District attorney: Congressional candidate Kevin Yoder entered guilty plea in 2009 to not taking breath test
12:24 p.m., October 25, 2010 Updated 05:14 p.m. in print edition on A3
Republican 3rd congressional district candidate Kevin Yoder pleaded guilty to refusing to take a preliminary breath test in connection with a 2009 incident, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Monday.
Review: ‘Fiddler’ delights Lied Center audience
October 25, 2010 in print edition on C2
Tradition came to Lawrence on Thursday in the form of a traveling production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a musical about the friction generated when social change pushes families and friends apart.
Kansas unemployment rate rose slightly in September
October 25, 2010
Kansas’ unemployment rate rose slightly in September, but state officials still say there’s good news about the economy.
Kansas GOP plans 19-city bus tour for candidates
09:57 a.m., October 25, 2010 Updated 01:31 p.m.
The Kansas Republican Party is planning an 19-city bus tour this week to promote its statewide and congressional candidates.
Lack of federal funds delays $91 million road project near Kansas Speedway
October 25, 2010
Expansion plans around the Kansas Speedway and Village West shopping area in Wyandotte County have stalled after the county missed out on federal highway funds.
It can be, has been, worse for KU football
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The history book, otherwise known as the Kansas University football media guide, informs us it has been worse.
25 years ago: Commissioner receives death threats following suggestion of handgun waiting period
October 25, 2010
City Commissioner David Longhurst was receiving anonymous death threats after having suggested at least a three-day waiting period for a person buying a handgun. Longhurst had made the suggestion at a recent city commission meeting after a Kansas University had recently shot herself with a gun that she had purchased only two hours earlier. Longhurst said that all but one of about 20 phone calls he had received were “abusive,” some even including hints of threats.
Tulsa stays quiet on report that AD is candidate for KU job
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Tulsa University athletic director Bubba Cunningham on Saturday was asked by the Tulsa World to respond to a Lawrence Journal-World report that Cunningham is a candidate for Kansas University’s vacant athletic director post. Cunningham told the Tulsa paper he was deferring to TU spokesperson Don Tomkalski, who issued a statement. “Just as is the case with any coach, we do not comment on speculative conversation regarding any open positions at other institutions,” Tomkalski told the paper.
A little Halloween costume planning goes a long way
October 25, 2010
Halloween is a tricky holiday. Every year once October rolls around, I start to get anxious about my costume. I can never decide what to be! Typically, I spend the first 30 days of the month deliberating and then realize that I have procrastinated half of my options away. Whether you are a last-minute costume person or a planner, check out these tips, tricks and treats that I have compiled in preparation for this Halloween.
Eli Manning looks to leave mark again in Dallas
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B4
Eli Manning is looking forward to going back to the visitors’ locker room at Cowboys Stadium tonight, especially the little attendant’s room behind the main section.
Over the top: Pick-six sparks Kansas City to victory over Jacksonville
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Everybody sat back and waited for the 38-year-old quarterback who hadn’t won as a starter since 2001 to make a critical mistake. And they waited. And they waited. Finally Todd Bouman did, and Derrick Johnson grabbed an interception and ran 15 yards for a game-changing, momentum-shifting touchdown.
Status of Kansas QBs up in air
Webb, Pick ‘under evaluation’ after suffering injuries in loss to A&M
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
As Kansas University’s football team begins preparations for its fourth week of Big 12 play, coach Turner Gill must proceed without knowing for sure who will start at quarterback for the Jayhawks on Saturday at Iowa State.
Auburn ascends to No. 1 in BCS poll
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Cam Newton and Auburn blew by Boise State into first place in the BCS standings released Sunday night.
Denny Hamlin wins 3rd straight NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Denny Hamlin figured if he was going to make a run at Jimmie Johnson’s points lead, there was no better place to start than Martinsville Speedway.
California voters see immigrants as benefit
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Repeated clashes over illegal immigration have marked California’s political races for years, but a new Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll found that voters hold positive views about immigrants overall and favor accommodating illegal immigrants who have held down jobs in the state.
Refs, Miami blow it in loss to Steelers
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Go ahead. Blame the refs, if it soothes the pain. They blew it. They didn’t make the right call at the end.
Live chat to feature Stephene Moore
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
In anticipation of the general election on Nov. 2, is hosting a live chat with Stephene Moore, Democratic candidate in the 3rd Congressional District, at 12:30 p.m. today.
Taste receptors found in lungs
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The ability to taste isn’t limited to the mouth.
Austin no longer awesome
Lonhorns’ home not so intimidating
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
The Texas Longhorns have turned Austin into the road trip everyone wants to make.
Basketball recruit Naadir Tharpe ‘even more excited’ about KU commitment after campus visit
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Naadir Tharpe, who orally committed to Kansas University’s basketball team on Oct. 13, was in town Friday through Sunday on his official, yet somewhat anticlimactic, recruiting visit. The 6-foot senior point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., left Lawrence the way he arrived — ecstatic about his status as a future Jayhawk.
For first time since ’93, Baylor football ranked in top 25
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
Baylor entered the rankings Sunday at No. 25 for the first time since 1993 after a victory over Kansas State that made the Bears eligible to end a 16-year bowl drought. Heady stuff around campus in Waco.
Rangers readying for first World Series appearance
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B3
Cliff Lee threw a bullpen session and took batting practice Sunday. The Texas Rangers are getting ready for their first World Series, and the opener will be at San Francisco, where their ace left-hander will be pitching after an extended break and also taking swings in the National League park, where the designated hitter isn’t used.
Mizzou jumps to No. 7
Tigers get signature win at OU’s expense
October 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
Thousands ignored the obligatory public-address announcement to stay off the field. One goal post was gone, hauled off to a nearby tavern, and the uprights were missing from the other end zone as Missouri fans savored a rare victory over Oklahoma.
Cholera could heighten misery in Haiti
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A cholera outbreak that already has left 250 people dead and more than 3,000 sickened is at the doorstep of an enormous potential breeding ground: the squalid camps in Port-au-Prince where 1.3 million earthquake survivors live.
High tunnels’ extend growing season for many fruit and vegetable crops near Lawrence
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Come Dec. 1, Scott Thellman expects to be harvesting green beans. That’s right, fresh green beans in Kansas in December.
Health reform making companies rethink insurance benefits
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A10
The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations. But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law.
Divorces granted
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Divorces for the week ending Oct. 23.
Marriage licenses issued
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses for the week ending Oct. 23.
Kansas man killed before Missouri football game
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Kansas man who went to Columbia to watch Missouri play Oklahoma has died in a robbery-related shooting.
‘In Treatment’ returns to HBO; zombies converge in ‘Dead Set’
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
The addictive and acclaimed series “In Treatment” (8 p.m., HBO) returns for a third season of intimate and intense conversation.
How to help: Spanish instructors needed at Plymouth Congregational Church
Humane Society, Van Go also in need of volunteers
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Plymouth Congregational Church’s Spanish class is seeking volunteer instructors to prepare and give lessons on Spanish grammar, vocabulary and verbs.
Final public hearing on coal-fired plant in southwestern Kansas slated for Oct. 25
October 25, 2010
At least one phase in the long-running battle over a proposed coal-fired power plant is winding down. People on either side of the question whether to build the 895-megawatt unit in southwestern Kansas will speak Monday during the final public hearing conducted by the Kansas Department of Health on the project’s permit.
Two Kansas University students receive Ex.C.E.L. award
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Tonia Nicole Salas and Michael Wade Smith were honored as the 2010 recipients of the distinguished Ex.C.E.L. award.
‘Paranormal’ sequel scares up $41.5M at box office
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
Fear has taken hold at the box office with a $41.5 million debut for scary movie “Paranormal Activity 2,” according to studio estimates Sunday.
Chills without spills: Ten horror movies that aren’t too gory for teens
October 25, 2010
Every year, Halloween comes along and scary movies are back in the spotlight. But if you’re a parent, it is a challenge to find a good horror movie from the last 50 years that isn’t rated R. The films on this list will do the trick (or treat), and don’t have much — if any — of the gore that’s so prevalent in the genre these days.
Online TV disagreements mean fewer free shows on Internet
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
Broadcasters took a big step toward eliminating free TV shows on the Web after they blocked access to their programming online this month to enforce their demands to be paid.
Horoscope for Oct. 25, 2010
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, you often will defer to a partner, associate or friend. You have a powerful personality, but at the same time, letting others take the lead works. If you are single, avoid rushing into any commitments this year. If you are attached, the two of you demonstrate unusual give-and-take. Scorpio is a soul mate.
Recycled Halloween: Save money, waste with holiday plans
October 25, 2010
The streets fill with vampires, monsters and zombies on Halloween. But there is one specter the citizenry need not fear: waste. Costumes, pumpkins and decorations can all be reused or recycled, and Lawrence counts on more than enough resources to ensure that the holiday won’t contribute to the landfill or damage the pocketbook.
Three Moves: Personal trainer offers tips to tone shoulders
October 25, 2010
Natalie Wilkins, fitness assistant and personal trainer at Body Boutique, 2330 Yale Road, says most Americans tend to hunch their shoulders forward. Not a good look on anyone, and even worse for your posture.
Ride of her life: Retirement brings new adventures for Eloise Kerr
October 25, 2010
American Legion Auxiliary volunteer and school bus attendant Eloise Kerr has ridden motorbikes across the country, flown on small planes, camped at Clinton Lake and, with her grandchildren’s help, keeps up-to-date with modern technology.
Pink ribbon priorities: Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer benefit for LMH Endowment
October 25, 2010
Judy Hollingshead has survived breast cancer. Twice. And she owes it to monthly breast self-exams and mammograms, she says.
Candidates for 3rd Congressional District differ on priorities
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The state’s 3rd District U.S. House race has been a back-and-forth between two candidates who said they would be the best new fit to represent the district in Washington.
Attack ads
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Are we now beginning to wonder who these people are who are spending millions of dollars on attack ads aimed against candidates who support repealing the tax cuts given to multi-millionaires in 2003? We should ask, “Who has millions of dollars to spend?” They give themselves nice-sounding names like “citizens for good government” or “Americans against big government,” but this tells us nothing. They make statements like “job killing taxes” and “government-run health care” with no supporting evidence. Remember, truth in advertising does NOT apply to political ads.
Tina Knowles — Beyoncé’s mom — goes to Walmart for size, size range
October 25, 2010
Tina Knowles taps just about everyone around her to be a fit model for her new line of clothes that just moved into Walmart, from her best 50-something-year-old friend in Houston to the young hip woman answering phones in her Manhattan office. And, yes, her daughter Beyonce already has samples from the upcoming spring collection.
Age-appropriate Halloween costumes can pose a battle
October 25, 2010
Sexy nurses and scantily clad vamps of all kinds come out at night on Halloween, showing off a different take on a holiday once thought to be just for kids. But when young people choose costumes, what they pick out could make a parent’s hair stand on end.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
October 25, 2010
40 years ago: School bus collides with parking control officer’s scooter
October 25, 2010
A Lawrence parking control officer was slightly injured when her motor scooter had collided with a school bus. The driver of the bus was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.
100 years ago: KU museum panorama impresses visitors
October 25, 2010
Visitors at the University of Kansas are always impressed with the panorama exhibit in the museum building, occupying the entire first floor. Much progress in the perfecting of this exhibit has been made during the past summer. The background of rocks and cliffs has been extended around the entire four walls of the building, leaving room only for one entrance. The foreground seems to have been transported entire from the Western plains — the grass is real buffalo grass and the sage brush is genuine. The animals are not placed in rows, but are grouped in natural attitudes, busily feeding, fighting, or playing.
Direct impact
Expanded facilities for the KU School of Pharmacy will have a direct and positive impact on a key state need.
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Friday’s dedication of a new building on Kansas University’s West Campus represents a milestone for the KU School of Pharmacy and the entire state.
U.N. lauded
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
United Nations Day was Oct. 24, but United Nations Week lasts through Oct. 30. The blue and white U.N. flag showing the seven continents should be flown in all of the almost 200 member nations. However, it may not be flown below the flag of any member nation.
Sad statistic
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
How sad to learn so many of our citizens are incarcerated. Sadder still is that the Department of Corrections does not recognize the best solutions for reducing the population, persons who should not have been there in the first place, the mentally ill.
Book of memories: Great-grandmother’s recipe collection evokes nostalgia
October 25, 2010
When my great-grandma Opal died about a year and a half ago, one of the things we found while sorting through her stuff was a handwritten recipe book dated June 25, 1926.
Pawlenty sets stage for presidential bid
October 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Northern Iowans are Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fans. This fact could be portentous 16 months from now when the Iowa caucuses occur and Minnesota’s two-term governor, Tim Pawlenty, probably will be seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
The haunted smoke detector
October 25, 2010
It was a dark and stormy night. Rain seemed to fall not drop by drop, but, rather, bucket by bucket upon our fair city, as an angry Kansas gale ripped across our yards and down our streets. Its target: the power grid encompassing this writer, home alone with her daughters.