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Archive for Saturday, September 4, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Blue Team quarterback Jordan Webb has a pass held up by White Team defensive end Richard Johnson Jr. during the spring game Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Memorial Stadium. Kansas DTs stick together
September 3, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Pat Dorsey and Richard Johnson’s big hits in practice also come with some friendly advice to the Kansas running backs.
6:00 a.m.
Ford CEO and Lawrence native Alan Mulally greets friend Frank Becker, a Lawrence businessman, former regent of the Kansas Board of Regents and current advisory board member for KU’s School of Engineering, after the Community Education Breakfast Friday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. Mulally served as the keynote speaker for the sold-out event, which benefits the Lawrence Schools Foundation. “I’ve know Alan for a long long time and he’s a wonderful young man,” Becker said. Ford CEO Alan Mulally praises his education, Lawrence during talk
September 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Alan Mulally returned to Lawrence on Friday, giving back to the community that gave him so much — including a broad-based education that led to a career in engineering and business that shows no signs of slowing down.
10:00 a.m.
Lifeguard Michael Heaney stands at his station, keeping a sharp eye open on swimmers at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. City won’t open outdoor pool Saturday due to lack of lifeguards
September 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Plans to spend the holiday weekend in the city’s outdoor swimming pool will need to be adjusted.
2:00 p.m.
In this 2009 file photo, Marcus Johnson, 2, from left, his mother and father, Tausha and Mark Johnson, and sister Jozlyn, 3, sit outside the Lawrence Community Shelter. Homeless shelter about halfway to $3 million fundraising goal
September 3, 2010 in print edition on 1A
An effort to raise $3 million to move the Lawrence Community Shelter to a site in eastern Lawrence has reached the halfway point, shelter leaders announced Friday morning.
9:40 p.m.
The North Dakota State defense scrambles to recover a fumble by Kansas tight end Tim Biere late in the fourth quarter, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at Kivisto Field. The fumble was Biere's second of the game. North Dakota State stuns Jayhawks, 6-3
9:29 p.m., September 4, 2010 Updated 11:39 p.m. in print edition on 1C
In March, University of Northern Iowa shocked Kansas University’s basketball team with an upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, a similarly scrappy North Dakota State University football team handed KU another crippling loss. Hard to believe that a three-pointer — a 32-yard field goal from NDSU kicker Ryan Jastram with 8:04 to play in the third quarter — from a Missouri Valley upstart did the Jayhawks in again.

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North Dakota State stuns Jayhawks, 6-3
Jayhawks stunned in Gill’s debut
09:29 p.m., September 4, 2010 Updated 11:39 p.m. in print edition on C1
In March, University of Northern Iowa shocked Kansas University’s basketball team with an upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, a similarly scrappy North Dakota State University football team handed KU another crippling loss. Hard to believe that a three-pointer — a 32-yard field goal from NDSU kicker Ryan Jastram with 8:04 to play in the third quarter — from a Missouri Valley upstart did the Jayhawks in again.
Report: Former KU receiver Dezmon Briscoe waived by Bengals
September 4, 2010
Former Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe has been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.
25 years ago: Western Hills annexation process begins
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Despite opposition from residents, the Lawrence city commission started the annexation process for the Western Hills area. About 40 residents of the 120-acre “island” west of Monterey Way and north of 15th Street attended the meeting. Their objections to the annexation included higher property taxes and possible special assessments for street improvements and water and sewer line installation.
Federal agents arrest fugitive
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
U.S. marshals arrested a Texas fugitive on Friday in the 800 block of East 11th Street.
Royals lose in 11th
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C4
Will Rhymes started the game with an 11-pitch at bat, fouling off six offerings from Zack Greinke with two strikes.
Bennett, Veritas football cruise, 60-22
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C3
Nick Bennett didn’t throw much, but when he did — look out.
Roethlisberger suspension reduced
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C2
Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension has been cut from six games to four by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Kansas volleyball wins two, remains unbeaten
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University swept Arkansas and Akron in a day/night Jayhawk Classic volleyball doubleheader Friday at Horejsi Center and improved to 6-0 for the program’s best start since 2004.
Fox: Kara DioGuardi departs ’American Idol’
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C7
Kara DioGuardi is following Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell out the door at “American Idol.”
Brooks & Dunn end 20-year career at show
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C7
The first song Brooks & Dunn ever sang together has become their last.
VA psychiatrist placed on probation
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
A former psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Topeka has been sentenced to three years probation for unlawfully prescribing controlled substances.
Man killed in fall was jumping grain bins
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
Larned police say a man who died last weekend after falling off a fertilizer storage bin had been drinking beer and jumping from the top of one 40-foot-high bin to another.
40 years ago: Husband surprises wife with airborne anniversary banner
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Mrs. Russell Dittmar shed happy tears over an anniversary surprise planned by her husband. Mr. Dittmar had arranged for a small airplane to circle their Jasu Drive home, trailing a banner with a wish for a “Happy 25 Anniversary.”
100 years ago: Man arrested for gross offenses against public decency
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
Holding Chas. Warren at the point of a gun until the arrival of the police, Walter Johns yesterday captured the man whom the authorities believe has long been guilty of gross offenses against public decency. Warren went to a house in the 1600 block of Vermont late yesterday afternoon, on the pretext of measuring the plastering to be done. He was seen standing near the window by the women occupying the adjacent house. A moment later one of them stepped outdoors, and chancing to glance at the window opposite was horrified at the offensive spectacle presented by Warren.
Early deadline for society news next week
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Because of the Labor Day holiday, the deadline for Society news will be a day earlier than usual — noon Tuesday for Saturday publication.
4-H and FCE news
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
4-H and FCE news for September 4, 2010.
Club news
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for September 4, 2010.
Scouting news
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Scouting news for September 4, 2010.
Stocks extend Sept. rally after jobs report
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A5
The stock market had its first winning week in a month thanks to better news on the economy.
Teen accidentally texts sheriff to buy pot
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
General rule of thumb: when looking to buy marijuana, don’t text the sheriff.
Taliban say their bomber kills 43
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
A suicide bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 43 Shiite Muslims at a procession in southwest Pakistan. The assault sharply drove up the toll of sectarian assaults in a country battered by massive flooding.
Professor from plague scare sets off airport shutdown
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
The suspicions airport security officials had when they saw the metal canister grew when they learned about the man who brought it in from the Middle East: a scientist who sparked a bioterrorism scare after he reported missing vials of plague samples seven years ago.
Castro appears in military duds
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
Fidel Castro dusted off his full military uniform for the first time since stepping down as president four years ago, a symbolic act in a communist country where little signals often carry enormous significance.
Blackwater linked to shell companies
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday.
Visit may strengthen China-North Korea ties
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
During his second visit to China in four months, Kim Jong-il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, had a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao which is expected to cast a far-reaching influence on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and on future bilateral ties.
Alleged human trafficker arrested
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
The head of a labor recruiting company accused of exploiting 400 workers from Thailand and forcing them to work on U.S. farms pleaded not guilty Friday, part of what the FBI calls the largest human-trafficking case charged in U.S. history
KU soccer nips No. 14 Northwestern
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kaitlyn Cunningham booted a shot into the back of the net off a corner kick to lift Kansas University’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over No. 14 Northwestern on Friday night at Lakeside Field.
Sweet shellacking: Lions put ‘09 behind, paste Pioneers in football opener, 40-6
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C1
In one night — one half, really — Lawrence High’s football team erased all the painful memories of 2009 with a 40-6 pasting of Leavenworth on the opening night of the new season.
Tongie rolls over K.C. Ward
Chieftains open season with 54-6 victory
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C5
Normally presents aren’t a part of the Labor Day holiday weekend. But the Tonganoxie High football team unwrapped a big box of blowout victory Friday night at Beatty Field.
College football still grandest
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C2
In my formative years as a sportswriter, an era archaeologists characterize as “pre-cable,” college football was a mom-and-pop business.
Add it all up? KU 4-8
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C1
The mystery that is Turner Gill’s Kansas University football team goes public for the first time at 6:10 p.m. today, so it’s last-chance time to guess how this team will perform on offense and defense.
The family guy: Gill’s parents on hand for KU debut
September 4, 2010
As far as debuts go, this one figures to be a doozy. Sure, there’s the part about Kansas University football coach Turner Gill coaching his first game with the Jayhawks — 6 tonight vs. North Dakota State — the questions surrounding how this year’s group of players will fill the void left by some of the school’s all-time greats and the usual nerves, jitters and hype that always seem to surround the opening weekend of college football. But compared with what’s happening for Gill and his family this weekend, that stuff seems secondary.
Faith Forum: Why is Rosh Hashana considered the Jewish New Year?
September 4, 2010
In Hebrew, “Rosh Hashana” literally means “head of the year,” which, of course, would indicate the New Year. Interestingly enough, however, on the Hebrew calendar, a lunar calendar with an extra month added periodically to prevent a drift from the seasons, Rosh Hashana does not fall on the first day of the month, but the first day of the seventh month. Therefore, in a sense, Rosh Hashana is not the New Year of the beginning of the Hebrew calendar.
Gabbert takes reins at Missouri
September 4, 2010
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert made a grand debut in last year’s 37-9 victory over Illinois. It’s a stronger, more experienced Gabbert that has teammates heavily anticipating an encore in today’s season opener against the Illini in St. Louis.
Today’s Big 12 games encapsulated
September 4, 2010
Here’s a little rundown of what’s going on in the Big 12 today.
KU vs. NDSU: Head to head
September 4, 2010
Know the foe: Bison had similar preseason to KU
September 4, 2010
After an entire spring, four weeks of fall camp and an intense week of game preparation, North Dakota State University football coach Craig Bohl feels pretty prepared for this week’s challenge.
United States mission in Iraq isn’t finished yet
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
It’s party time for the U.S. troops coming back home from Iraq. The formal end of combat operations and their withdrawal, in principle, is a welcome sign altogether. With this development, the Obama administration has fulfilled one of its electoral commitments to pull out of the war-weary Arab country. But has it made any difference for the Iraqis?
Precedent will fall in Pennsylvania election
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B7
When Pennsylvanians go to the polls on Nov. 2, they will have to do more than choose a new governor to succeed term-limited Democrat Edward Rendell; they have to break one of two historical precedents.
Volunteers needed for plant eradication
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Grassland Heritage Foundation is looking for volunteers to help eradicate purple loosestrife near the intersection of Atchison Avenue and Clinton Parkway.
Fraternal Order of Police loses lawsuit
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
A Douglas County judge has ruled in favor of the county commission on two main issues in a dispute with the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter.
Fishermen herd dolphins into Japanese cove but none killed
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A8
Japanese fishermen herded dolphins into a cove made famous by an Oscar-winning documentary about the hunt but did not kill any Friday, as conservationist groups ramped up scrutiny of the annual slaughter.
Mobs attack home of Iranian opposition leader
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A8
Pro-government crowds swarmed outside the battered home of a key Iranian opposition leader Friday after militiamen attacked with firebombs and beat a bodyguard unconscious in a brazen message of intimidation and pinpoint pressure on dissent.
Powerful 7.1 earthquake shakes New Zealand
No casualties, just 2 injuries reported
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake damaged buildings, cut power and knocked fleeing residents off their feet on New Zealand’s South Island early today, but there were so far no deaths and only two injuries reported.
Special-ops touted to woo war skeptics
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A7
The new top commander in Afghanistan is talking up a weapon that has been kept in the shadows for years — special operations missions to kill or capture key insurgents — to try to convince skeptics the war can be won.
Drake University’s ’D+’ logo earns failing grade
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A6
A “D+” campaign logo aimed at encouraging recruitment at Drake University is getting a failing grade from some faculty, students and alumni.
Funny page tour of duty: Beetle Bailey nears retirement age but stays put
September 4, 2010 in print edition on D1
Beetle Bailey is slouching toward retirement age, but the lazy Army private won’t be getting rest anytime soon from his tour of duty on newspaper comics pages.
Venus sparkles; Nadal overcomes great shot
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C2
Her play sparkling as much as her sequined dress, Venus Williams easily eliminated 185th-ranked qualifier Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 6-2, 6-1, on Friday night at the U.S. Open.
Firebirds keep winning ways, drop Falcons, 42-23, in football opener
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C1
So much football talent graduated from Free State High that it became easy to focus on what the Firebirds didn’t have this season. Well, one very hungry senior class showed in Friday night’s season opener that the names have changed, but the winning ways remain.
1st female PM leads party to low point
September 4, 2010 in print edition on D8
Whether or not she emerges as winner following recent elections, Australia’s first woman prime minister will have led the nation’s oldest political party to one of the lowest points in its 119-year history.
Scientists: No life on Mars, but maybe organic material
September 4, 2010 in print edition on D8
Thirty-four years after NASA’s Viking missions to Mars sent back results interpreted to mean there was no organic material — and consequently no life — on the planet, new research has concluded that organic material was found after all.
China doesn’t warm to Western-style dryers
September 4, 2010 in print edition on D8
As increasingly affluent Chinese embrace all the accouterments of the modern, middle-class Western lifestyle — big-screen televisions, automobiles, washing machines, double-door refrigerators with automatic icemakers — one glaring exception stands out: the clothes dryer.
Will heir be unveiled at N. Korean convention?
Kim may put youngest son in key party post
September 4, 2010 in print edition on D8
North Korea is preparing its largest political meeting in 30 years, and leader Kim Jong Il is expected to appoint a son to a key Workers Party position in what would be the strongest sign yet of a succession movement in the secretive communist country.
The man behind the mustache: Geraldo celebrates 40 years in TV
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C7
Four decades. One name. “Geraldo: Celebrating 40 Years” (9 p.m., today and Sunday, Fox News) glances back at the career of an outsized personality whose biography reads like a history of television news, talk and the confluence of journalism, politics and celebrity.
Horoscope for September 4, 2010
September 4, 2010 in print edition on C7
This year, you open doors and make the impossible happen. Friends, associates and loved ones give you support. A partner adds in his or her unique ideas, and creativity flows. If you are single, you’ll meet someone who could become both a friend and a loved one. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from socializing more. It wouldn’t be surprising if a cause becomes a major focus. Count on the Moon Child.
Consortiums get $330M to create academic tests
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B8
An effort to replace the current patchwork system of academic tests with a new national exams is getting a big boost.
Military news
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
Military news for September 4, 2010.
Around and about
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B5
News from around and about for September 4, 2010.
Vanity Fair reporter admits error in Palin article
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B4
A writer for Vanity Fair has acknowledged a case of mistaken identity in an unflattering article about Sarah Palin in the magazine’s October issue.
Salina rolls out sculpture project
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B4
Salinans got their first look at the kick-off piece to the Salina SculptureTour at the Salina Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
Eudora man suffers minor injuries in accident
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 67-year-old rural Eudora man suffered minor injuries after he was caught Friday morning between a guy wire for a utility pole and his tractor, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.
Man arrested for indecent liberties with a child
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and violation of a protection order.
Tonganoxie family’s vacations feature state capitols
In 10 years, two daughters have seen more than half of nation’s statehouses
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B2
It just wouldn’t be a Harrell family vacation without at least one stop at a state capitol.
Families seek justice for soldiers
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B3
As major U.S. combat operations in Iraq end, some families of soldiers and Marines convicted of crimes during battle hope the nation doesn’t forget their sons.
Pump patrol
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.49 at several stations.
Report ranks Kansas highway system
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B1
A California foundation has ranked the Kansas state highway system third-best in the nation based on performance and cost-effectiveness.
‘Birth tourism’ just a tiny portion of immigrant babies
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A6
When Ruth Garcia’s twins are born in two months, they’ll have all the rights of U.S. citizens. They and their six brothers and sisters will be able to vote, apply for federal student loans and even run for president.
Ariz. governor says she was wrong about beheadings
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A6
Gov. Jan Brewer rose to national fame defending the state’s immigration law and warning of rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including a claim that headless bodies were turning up in the Arizona desert.
Harley, union reach proposed labor agreement
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A5
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and its union leaders reached a proposed labor agreement on Friday that could keep manufacturing operations and hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin.
Nebraska officials ordered to pay Westboro fees
September 4, 2010 in print edition on B4
A judge’s final ruling overturning Nebraska’s flag-desecration law includes an order for the state to pay $8,000 in attorney’s fees to the Kansas church member who filed the lawsuit — a bill that will be footed by state taxpayers.
Democrats out of jobs options
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A5
“It’s still the economy, stupid.”
Clinton: Time now for Mideast peace
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A4
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to inject urgency into Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Friday, warning the negotiations may be “the last chance for a very long time” to reach an agreement.
Earl causes havoc for holiday travel
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
Hurricane Earl played havoc with travelers’ Labor Day weekend plans even as it weakened Friday on its path up the East Coast toward New England.
Weakened Earl hits Mass. with rain, wind, surf
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
The remnants of Hurricane Earl dumped wind-driven rain on Cape Cod’s gray-shingled cottages and fishing villages Friday night, but its close brush with the Northeast was less intense than feared only hours earlier.
Company opposed federal safety rules
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
The company whose Gulf of Mexico oil platform erupted in flames this week cited the industry’s “excellent safety record” when it opposed a proposed federal rule last year that would require offshore oil and gas operators to have safety systems aimed at reducing workers’ mistakes.
What now for Gulf? Fire complicates drilling debate
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A3
What now for the Gulf?
Economy treads water as jobless rate edges up
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
It’s not a recession, and it’s not much of a recovery. Instead the U.S. economy is treading water.
Sheriff: Most pot clinics criminal
September 4, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Los Angeles County sheriff has escalated his war of words against California medical marijuana dispensaries, saying as many as 97 percent operate as criminal enterprises.