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Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Members of the KU EcoHawks student group work Monday on a 1997 GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicle that they are converting to an electric vehicle. From left are seniors Nathaniel Mayhew, of Horton, and Josh Petty, of Olathe. When finished the vehicle will be used by KU Libraries to deliver campus mail. . KU student group working to modify vehicle to run solely on electric power to deliver campus mail
October 25, 2010 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Aspiring actors and actresses run through dance routines with choreographer Melia Stockham, bottom right, during tryouts for Annie on Wednesday at Theatre Lawrence, 1501 N.Y. The theater recently received a nearly $500,000 grant from the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. Lawrence Community Theatre gives everyone a chance to find the spotlight
October 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
I stepped into the Lawrence Community Theatre near 15th and New Hampshire thinking I could do this. It was open auditions for the theater’s December production of “Annie,” and I was set to sing a little “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to woo the producers. Then, I find myself sitting with 30 other fellow audition participants in a cramped basement, and my thinking changes.
10:00 a.m.
Golfer and Lawrence resident Marcello Hall practices on the driving range Tuesday at Alvamar Golf and Country Club. Owners of Alvamar Inc. have decided to sell the two golf courses for a price of $6.5 million. Alvamar golf courses, country club for sale; asking price is $6.5 million
October 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The owners of Alvamar Inc. are working to sell their two golf courses, country club operation and other recreational aspects of the company that helped drive much of Lawrence’s western growth since the late 1960s.
2:00 p.m.
The East Hills Business Park, located along Kansas Highway 10 in East Lawrence, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008. City fired up for Plastikon proposal
October 26, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Even before the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, area residents are champing at the bit to apply at a new East Hills manufacturing plant recently proposed by Plastikon Industries.
6:00 p.m.
One of the biggest challenge in diabetic baking is finding a substitute for powdered sugar says Barbara Reynolds, a Lawrence resident who has been baking diabetic treats for her husband for the 14 years since he was diagnosed. These diabetic-friendly sugar cookies are frosted using a butter cream recipe that features the sugar alcohol xylitol. Diabetic treat recipes, scared up just in time for Halloween
October 26, 2010
Halloween sugar shock is pretty familiar to most people in the United States, where tiny fun-size candies are as synonymous with the holiday as ghouls and goblins. But for an ever-growing group of Americans, ingesting a huge amount of sugar isn’t on the table, even for such a sweets-heavy time of year as Halloween.

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Task force to consider historic and open space preservation projects
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
Lawrence residents made recommendations on how Douglas County Commissioners could spend $350,000 it has set aside for historic and open space preservation. The suggestions were made to the Natural and Cultural Heritage Task Force, which will recommend the best way to dole out the money.
Douglas County commissioners agree to halt Fraternal Order of Police lawsuit
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners approved an agreement that would halt a lawsuit with local Fraternal Order of Police chapter over zoning regulations.
Moore’s campaign releases ad on Yoder’s refusal to take breath test
08:40 p.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 08:55 p.m. in print edition on A5
Democratic congressional candidate Stephene Moore’s campaign on Wednesday released a campaign ad criticizing her opponent Kevin Yoder for his 2009 plea for refusing to take a preliminary breath test in Douglas County.
GOP candidates energized by supporter turnout at Lawrence rally
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Several candidates addressed dozens of Douglas County Republican supporters at 3rd District congressional candidate Kevin Yoder’s Lawrence campaign office, 123 W. Eighth St., as part of what’s being called the “Clean Sweep Tour.”
Lawrence officials working on issue of lights at LHS tennis center
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
The city of Lawrence still wants to install lights at Lawrence High School’s new tennis center, and still has $100,000 set aside to get the job done.
Lawrence Humane Society seeking donations for dog’s hip replacement surgery
October 27, 2010
Lawrence Humane Society is looking for donations to help pay for a hip replacement for an 8-month-old dog, Rosco.
Lawrence school district mulls bleachers for athletic fields at high schools
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district still needs to buy a bunch of bleachers for its athletics fields at Free State and Lawrence high schools.
Late farmer’s collection of antique red tractors headed for auction
October 27, 2010
John Pierson loved to show off his collection of bright red antique tractors at local parades. Wednesday morning, his tractors paraded one last time as members of Ottawa’s Power of the Past Tractor Club loaded a fleet of flatbed trailers with nearly 30 of Pierson’s tractors and headed down Douglas County Road 458 south of Lawrence.
State’s role in health care reform law becoming focus of Kansas attorney general candidates
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
While current Attorney General Steve Six, Democrat, says he will not join other states that have filed litigation to challenge the federal health care reform law, his challenger, Republican Derek Schmidt says he wants to get Kansas involved in a constitutional challenge.
Bill Self says Josh Selby is cleared academically, but his amateurism remains in question
KU coach doesn’t expect a decision by the NCAA before the regular season opens
03:21 p.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Josh Selby is one step closer to being able to play basketball for Kansas University during the 2010-11 season.
Monarch Watch unveils new campaign to spread milkweed plants
02:28 p.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 03:34 p.m.
In an another effort to bolster a declining monarch butterfly population, Kansas University’s Monarch Watch program is unveiling a plan to spread milkweed plants across the country.
Governor signs executive order creating a group to foster wind energy in Kansas
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday signed an executive order setting up an inter-agency group to promote wind energy.
Westar Energy plans more transmission lines in Kansas
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Westar Energy says it plans to build several transmission lines across the state in the next decade.
Kansas GOP candidates like proof of citizenship requirement, but court says no in Arizona
12:36 p.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 05:32 p.m. in print edition on A1
Plaintiffs praised the ruling, saying the Arizona law created barriers to voter registration, especially for new U.S. citizens. Supporters of the law said it ensured only eligible voters cast ballots in elections, and they promised to appeal the ruling.
Fundraiser brings Halloween-themed mini-golf to Lawrence
October 27, 2010
The second annual Caddy Stacks fundraiser transforms the library into an 18-hole mini- golf course. Each hole is decorated by Lawrence businesses and organizations.
Kansas receives $500,000 from FDA to bolster anti-smoking efforts
October 27, 2010
Kansas is one of 15 states that will receive a federal grant aimed at preventing young people from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products.
McKinney, Estes facing off Tuesday in Kansas state treasurer’s race
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Although incumbent state Treasurer Dennis McKinney was not elected to the post, he is no stranger to being a candidate for office.
Town Talk: Cramming at City Hall; library flier with utility bills; update on overcrowded houses
11:17 a.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 01:17 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Campaign Notebook: Parkinson hopes Kansas voters don’t punish state Democrats over federal policies
10:58 a.m., October 27, 2010 Updated 04:43 p.m.
Sensing an angry electorate, Gov. Mark Parkinson on Wednesday pleaded with voters to try to differentiate between Democratic officials in Washington, D.C., and Democratic officials in Kansas.
Dole Institute, KU ROTC to host ‘A Tribute to Veterans: USO Style’
October 27, 2010
Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics and its ROTC unit will host a salute to veterans, followed by music and dancing next month.
Leavenworth police will not be charged in death of man after fight with officers
October 27, 2010
The Leavenworth County Attorney says he will not file charges against police who were involved in a fight with a man who later died.
Fort Riley brigade heading to Iraq
October 27, 2010
Soldiers from Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division are scheduled to deploy to Iraq next month for a year.
NPR firing is another hair-trigger response
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A8
I probably should not be surprised the Juan Williams story got as big as it did. There are, after all, few topics in public life more dangerous than race and culture. And the fact that the liberal-leaning National Public Radio fired Williams for comments made on Fox News about that topic provides irresistible ammunition for conservatives who see liberals as hypocritical on matters of free speech.
Mexico watching California marijuana vote
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
If California voters approve a proposition calling for the legalization of marijuana in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, get ready for a domino effect in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. It is not likely to be immediate, but it will be hard to stop in the near future.
World Cup oracle Paul the octopus dies
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Paul, the German octopus who found fame during this year’s soccer World Cup by predicting eight correct successive match winners, has died, his spokesman at the Sealife Oberhausen visitor attraction in Germany said Tuesday.
Hollywood Treasure,” World Series and “Friday Night Lights” make up Wednesday’s TV highlights
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B9
What do you get when you combine the knowing appraisals of “Antiques Roadshow” with the geek chic of Comic-Con? “Hollywood Treasure” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Syfy) looks at the world of movie memorabilia and collectibles, featuring expert Joe Maddalena.
20 years of mayhem for Jerry Springer
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B9
Thanks to Jerry Springer, the idea of a midget standing on a table to start a food fight or passionately kissing her sister on a daytime TV show doesn’t seem so shocking anymore. Springer’s theater of the absurd is like video wallpaper now, as he celebrates his 20th season on the air today with an episode filmed in New York’s Times Square that plays back some of the memorable wig-pulling, chin-smacking and turkey-tossing moments of the past.
Free State school resource officer called after student becomes disruptive
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Free State High School administrators called the school’s resource officer Tuesday after a junior male student sold or distributed prescription medication at school.
KU student victim of aggravated battery in 900 block of Vermont Street
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
22-year-old KU student was victim of an aggravated battery early Sunday morning.
Landscape stones reported stolen from 700 block of North Seventh Street
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 81-yearold Lawrence man reported Monday the theft of $1,000 worth of landscape stones from the 700 block of North Seventh Street.
Memphis Grizzlies hope preseason carries over
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
The Grizzlies would like to think the first perfect 8-0 preseason in the franchise’s history will carry over into the regular season. It certainly would help.
Give Big Three and Miami Heat time to warm up
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
Hours before Tuesday night’s historic Miami Heat season-opener, Dwyane Wade’s new commercial for Nike’s Jordan brand began airing nationally, with Wade portraying a superhero performing impossible, daredevil stunts on a motorcycle. The spot ends with him, saying, “Now THIS, my friends, gonna be fun!”
Giants ready for Cliff Lee in Game 1
Texas ace close to unhittable in postseason career
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and the rest of the San Francisco Giants can study the scouting reports and videotape all they want, trying to find the secret to getting a hit against Cliff Lee. Or, they can just ask Cody Ross.
Pitching legend Nolan Ryan leaves imprint on Rangers’ success
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
For all the influence Nolan Ryan has on Texas Rangers pitchers, there is one thing the Hall of Famer can’t do.
No surgery for Cowboys QB Tony Romo
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Tony Romo doesn’t need surgery on his broken left collarbone, just time for it to heal. He may have all the way until the spring minicamp.
Injured CU QB Tyler Hansen still in hospital with ruptured spleen
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen has undergone a procedure on his ruptured spleen and is expected to stay in the hospital for a couple more days.
Miss. State LB Chris Hughes suspended
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Mississippi State linebacker Chris Hughes has been suspended one game by the Southeastern Conference for his hit to the head of a defenseless player during Saturday’s 29-24 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.
KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush describes ideal defensive end
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Carl Torbush, coordinator of a Kansas University defense that has had trouble hassling the quarterback, described the ideal physical characteristics of a defensive end.
Olathe man accidentally shoots self
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Olathe man went to the hospital Sunday evening after he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
Brandon Rush hid truth on specifics of knee injury in 2007
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush did not tell the truth to his college coach or the media 31⁄2 years ago when asked how he suffered a devastating right knee injury that resulted in ACL surgery and six months of rehab.
Quarterback carousel: Juco transfer Mecham gets nod with Webb, Pick injured
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Though he’s taught plenty of X’s and O’s, go routes, fades, bubble screens and zone blocking schemes, there’s one piece of advice that Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long thinks stands above everything else.
Free State soccer drops double-OT heartbreaker, 1-0
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
In soccer, as in most sports, numbers never seem to capture the whole story. But ultimately, the ones on the scoreboard when time runs out carry the most weight.
Oklahoma State WR Blackmon arrested
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday on a suburban Dallas highway on a misdemeanor DUI complaint and his status with the Cowboys was unclear headed into the final weeks of the season.
Bay Area, Texas link continues
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
We’re going to mess with Texas. Again. Our Bay Area sports teams often turn to the Lone Star state for a major breakthrough, creating some of our greatest memories.
Rangers catcher Molina leaning toward retirement after season
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
This World Series run might be it for Bengie Molina.
La. Tech can’t stop Boise St.
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
Kellen Moore threw two touchdown passes and caught another on a trick play, helping No. 2 Boise State beat Louisiana Tech, 49-20, on Tuesday night for its 21st consecutive victory.
Pelini tweaking Huskers’ home routine
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn’t sure his team’s pregame routine for home games is broken, but he’s going to try to fix it anyway.
LHS soccer falls, 3-0, at regionals
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High’s soccer season ended with a 3-0 regionals loss on Tuesday against Manhattan.
KU women’s golf fourth
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
Katy Nugent tied for fourth place individually to lead the Kansas women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish on Tuesday at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate.
KU softball announces 2011 schedule
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s softball team revealed its 55-game 2011 schedule, a slate that features 20 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.
KU men’s golf stages furious rally, wins first tournament since 2007
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s golf team started the final round of Tuesday’s Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate 11 strokes behind leader New Mexico State.
OU’s Stoops defends late punt in loss
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B5
With the BCS standings in the back of his mind, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday he decided an against-the-odds comeback at Missouri over the weekend wasn’t worth risking a more lopsided loss.
Iran loads fuel rods into 1st nuclear power plant
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iran began the process of loading 163 fuel rods into the reactor core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, celebrating the achievement as proof that Tehran can outmaneuver international sanctions.
Massive windstorm howls across nation’s midsection
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
A massive storm with wind gusts up to 81 mph howled across the nation’s midsection Tuesday, snapping trees and power lines, ripping off roofs, delaying flights and soaking commuters hunched under crumpled umbrellas.
Ford keeps rolling as net income jumps, debt eases
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Ford is on a roll. Its popular new cars and trucks are grabbing a bigger share of the U.S. market. It’s about to erase a big chunk of its health care debt. And it’s adding a significant number of jobs for the first time in five years.
Rhode Island to vote on dropping ’Plantations’ from name
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
This state’s official name — The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — is more than just a mouthful.
100 years ago: Man selling indecent literature disturbing housewives
October 27, 2010
“It was fortunate for a certain agent yesterday that the men were downtown, for otherwise he would undoubtedly have been thrown out in the street. The man was trying to sell a disgusting article and the literature which he was displaying was indecent. At many homes the door was slammed in his face, but at others he practically forced the women to listen to him. If the fellow is still in town he should be reported to the police who may be reached by phone 62.
25 years ago: City planning department to be computerized
October 27, 2010
Up until recently, only large metropolitan areas with large budgets had been able to computerize their planning departments. Now in 1985, advances in technology were making it possible for smaller cities to go digital. Lower costs and a federal grant were paving the way for Lawrence’s city planning staff to have a new computer system which would bypass the burdensome searches of land maps, private utilities, and other scattered sources. Long-term plans called for a later expansion of the system, allowing the public works and utilities departments to have access to the system.
Critical vote
Elections offer opportunity to rein in President Obama’s agenda of change.
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A8
Every election for public officeholders is an important event, whether for a school board position, county commission, state or national office.
Not my care!
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
I received a campaign mailing recently telling me I should be against a certain candidate. It was from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and advised me to tell that candidate that I’m “one of the majority of Americans who don’t want government-run health care.”
Bad timing
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
So let me see if I understand. In the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, we are being asked to vote on an $18 million tax increase for the proposed library expansion. At a time when home foreclosures are at an all-time high, we are being asked to vote for an increase in property taxes on the elderly, working poor, jobless and those on fixed incomes.
40 years ago: KU discontinuing Christmas Vespers
October 27, 2010
Kansas University’s annual Christmas Vespers program was being dropped for reasons of economy. The dean of the School of Fine Arts said that the program, which had begun in 1924 under the guidance of then-dean Donald Swarthout, usually cost about $2,000.
Election issues
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Campaign season. What issues should we write about? Spending less. Which candidate is for three-day-a-week mail delivery and maintaining only one lane in each direction on our interstate highways?
Broad benefit
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Nov. 2 is an important election on many levels. There is one vote we can all cast that has the potential to benefit every member of our community: Voting “yes” for the library.
Try compassion
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
My family and I have spent many hours downtown. Regarding Michelle Babcock’s letter (Public Forum, Oct. 22): Two of the incidents she described are serious criminal acts (assault and assault and battery) and have absolutely nothing to do with panhandling or homelessness. To believe so would be similar to equating crime with race.
Coal vs. wind
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Kansas needs far more economic stimulation from our vast wind power resources and less coal heat in our atmosphere.
Too much
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
As I was told, in Lawrence 8.1 percent of the population is seniors, and there are 5.6 percent unemployed. Neither of these groups can stand a tax increase, and let’s not forget those who have a job and got their hours cut. There are four recreation centers, a swimming pool, arts center, golf course and library that get approximately $4 million in tax dollars each year just to keep their doors open. Of that, $3 million goes to the library.
Areas with worst economy may keep incumbents
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
In a year when voters are angry about the economy and ready to oust incumbents, Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley would seem to be in big trouble — her Las Vegas-area district is the most economically stressed in the country, with soaring unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. But she and most other House members who represent areas with huge numbers of lost jobs appear to be in little danger of losing their own during this election cycle.
Myths about food and weight dispelled
October 27, 2010 in print edition on C3
There are many myths out there related to food intake and physical activity that make it difficult to know what to believe.
Library ‘yes’
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
The current economy is a good reason to vote “yes” for the library.
Southwest Kansas man charged with trying to kill 3 children
October 27, 2010
A southwest Kansas man is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder after three children were found injured at his home.
Kansas man uses turbines to encourage wind systems
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B10
Some assembly required. Fortunately, Bill Smalley has assembled his share of wind turbines in the past few years, and after opening the box holding the Skystream turbine, he set the thick instruction manual aside.
Kansas doctor who offered fake Lyme disease cure pleads guilty
October 27, 2010
A Kansas doctor has pleaded guilty to being part of a scheme to sell a phony system to diagnose and cure Lyme disease.
Prairie Dell Pines Christmas tree farm selected to provide governor’s tree
October 27, 2010
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at a western Kansas Christmas tree farm.
Stutzman Refuse Disposal being sold; no changes planned
October 27, 2010
A trash company that serves communities in 14 Kansas counties has been sold to a California company.
Man found guilty in death of Wichita car dealer
October 27, 2010
A Wichita man has been found guilty of killing the owner of a luxury car dealership during a botched robbery.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B4
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that red-shirt freshman running back Deshaun Sands and sophomore wide receiver D.J. Beshears both would miss Saturday’s game at Iowa State to serve a one-week suspension for violating team rules.
Indonesia hit by double disasters
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia — spasms from the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.
Horoscope for Oct. 27
October 27, 2010 in print edition on B9
This year, you swing from being intensely personal to quite detached. Both avenues of self-expression are you. Just be in tune with your needs. If you are single, be open to a very different type of person. After all, your present type hasn’t worked so far! If you are attached, be willing to walk in your sweetie’s shoes. Cancer helps you see the other side.
Six outspends GOP rival for A.G.
October 27, 2010 in print edition on A10
Democratic incumbent Steve Six has spent twice as much money as his Republican challenger for Kansas attorney general, but outside groups appear to be spending more than the candidates to influence the race.