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Woman gets 14 years in prison for child rape
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
A 28-year-old Lawrence woman received on Friday a sentence of 165 months for sexually abusing a 4-year-old child.
Lawrence police officers receive departmental awards
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B4
Two Lawrence police officers were honored Friday night for their outstanding service in the line of duty.
Family dealing with end of 7-year mystery
Whereabouts of missing woman finally known, but parents still asking what happened
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Gary and Marilyn Anderson sat on the couch at their West Lawrence home Friday afternoon. Just 24 hours before they had finally received the news they were dreading for nearly seven years.
Veritas football cruises, 56-6
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C3
Nate Scott scored four touchdowns and Ethan Scott two, while Nick Bennett threw for two TDs and ran for another in Veritas Christian School’s 56-6 football victory over Hutchinson Central Christian on Friday at Veritas’ field.
Henry officially signs with Grizzlies
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C2
The Grizzlies signed first-round draft picks Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez on Friday, getting the deals done just four days before the start of training camp.
Blazing first half leads to Firebirds’ 46-7 rout of SM North
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C1
After starting Friday’s game against Shawnee Mission North despite nursing a sprained right ankle, Free State High quarterback Dylan Perry began the second half standing on the sidelines.
First lady hosts U.N. spouses at farm
September 25, 2010 in print edition on D8
First lady Michelle Obama gave her healthy eating initiative a global showcase Friday when she hosted spouses of world leaders at a farm north of New York City, treating them to a seasonal lunch featuring bounty from the farm and the White House garden.
Queen tried to get poverty fund to heat palace
September 25, 2010 in print edition on D8
Even a monarch needs a little help from time to time — especially when the cost of heating those drafty old palaces spirals past $1.5 million a year.
Ruling sought in lawsuit about judicial nomination process
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B8
Plaintiffs challenging how Supreme Court and appellate justices are nominated in Kansas want a federal judge to issue an immediate ruling in their favor, and asked a federal judge Friday to declare parts of the state constitution unconstitutional.
Lohan back in jail after failed drug test
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
People in the news for September 25, 2010.There were no tears, no last-minute pleading and no lecture from a judge warning Lindsay Lohan she was facing serious consequences for her latest misstep in a 3-year-old drug and drunken driving case.
What did the Pope know?
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
The special report “What the Pope Knew” (7 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Sunday, CNN) takes a scrupulously evenhanded look at Pope Benedict XVI and his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal while pope and in his previous roles as the Archbishop of Munich and as the powerful Cardinal Ratzinger.
Horoscope for September 25, 2010
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
This year, be gracious about the many different suggestions and people’s need for attention. Yes, you will need to sort through the possibilities professionally and personally. If you are single, you have several suitors hot on your tracks. If you are attached, allow your sweetie to be more dominant if he or she so chooses. Taurus wants to become closer.
Scouting news
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B6
Scouting news for September 25, 2010.
KPERS staff sees changes
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B4
Robert “Vince” Smith, the chief investment officer for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, is leaving to become deputy state investment officer at the New Mexico State Investment Council.
Blood Center teams with KU for drive
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Community Blood Center has teamed up with Kansas University to have a blood drive next week.
Lawrence man reports vehicle stolen
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
A 24-year-old Lawrence man reported Thursday the theft of a vehicle from the 2400 block of West 25th Street.
Antique auto club to hold car show
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America is sponsoring the 38th annual Antique Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Candidates plan stops at Farmers’ Market
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Voter Education Coalition is giving local voters an opportunity to meet with candidates at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in September and October.
Asphyxiation ruled cause of death in MagnaGro accident
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The two men killed in an industrial accident at MagnaGro International on April 1 died of asphyxiation, official reports show.
Peace talks in jeopardy, Clinton and Abbas meet
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly a half-hour Friday meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the Obama administration tried to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing.
Ultra-precise clock helps demonstrate theory of relativity
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Among the oft-repeated predictions of Albert Einstein’s famous theory of relativity is that if a twin travels through the cosmos on a high-speed rocket, when he returns to Earth he will be noticeably younger than the twin that stayed home.
Spurs add former Jayhawk Vaughn to coaching staff
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C2
Retired NBA veteran Jacque Vaughn is joining the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.
Ahmadinejad says Iran may end higher level uranium enrichment
Obama calls leader’s Sept. 11 remarks ‘hateful, offensive’
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Iran would consider ending higher level uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Tehran nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Friday.
Alumni top KU swimmers
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s swimming alumni took first in all but one event of the annual Alumni Scrimmage against the present Jayhawks on Friday at Robinson Natatorium.
Comic breaks standup record
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Comedian Bob Marley raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, by joking his way to a record standup act that lasted 40 hours.
Japan releases Chinese boat captain
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
China demanded an apology and compensation from Japan today after it released a Chinese fishing boat captain held more than two weeks after a collision near disputed islands that has triggered the worst spat between the Asian neighbors in years.
KU soccer falls to Missouri, 4-1
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C3
Missouri scored four straight goals to overcome the Kansas University soccer team, 4-1, on Friday.
Poll: Voters favor moving mosque
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A new poll shows a majority of likely voters in New York think a planned mosque near ground zero should be moved.
Lesbian wins back Air Force job
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A federal judge ruled Friday that a decorated flight nurse discharged from the Air Force for being gay should be given her job back as soon as possible in the latest legal setback to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
100 years ago: Woman, five children rescued from wagon that nearly fell off Kaw bridge
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
With their team suspended by the harness over the edge of the Kaw bridge, and their light spring wagon poised perilously on the half finished bridge structure, a woman and five little children were rescued from an eighteen foot drop to the railroad tracks below this afternoon.
Charity not a habit in China
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have invited China’s superrich to their “The Giving Pledge” dinner in Beijing later this month. But will the American philanthropists’ call make rich Chinese open their wallets to charity? The answer to date is “no,” because the number of rich people who have accepted their invitation can be counted on fingers.
Iran nuclear ambitions cast shadow over Mideast
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
While we debate this country’s defense requirements almost exclusively within the context of the need for public spending cuts, military decisions being taken in Washington and the Middle East are a response to the direct threat to security posed by Iran. The announcement that the Gulf Arab states have embarked on the world’s largest peacetime rearmament exercise … marks a new development in America’s strategy towards Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Republicans hope to claim Pennsylvania seat
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the 1930s through the 1950s, Bucks County northeast of Philadelphia acquired a glamorous reputation as a retreat for Manhattan celebrities, including Oscar Hammerstein, who, according to local legend, was inspired by the view from his Doylestown front porch to write “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” the opening song of “Oklahoma!” Today the county, which is 93 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, figures in Republicans’ plans to sing that song on the morning of Nov. 3.
NATO says 3 detained journalists released
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Three journalists picked up by coalition forces or the Afghan intelligence service for their suspected links to Taliban propaganda networks have been freed after brief detentions that prompted angry reaction from journalism advocates and President Hamid Karzai’s call for their quick release.
2M people displaced in Nigeria flooding
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Nigerian authorities opened the gates at two swollen dams in the country’s rain-soaked north, sending a flood into a neighboring state that has displaced 2 million people, officials said Friday.
Texas education board adopts resolution limiting Islam
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation’s publishing industry.
Mid-Atlantic homeowners face invasion of stink bugs
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Shaped like shields and armed with an odor, dime-size brown bugs are crawling into area homes over windowsills, through door crevices and between attic vents in such numbers that homeowners talk about drowning them in jars of soapy water, suffocating them in plastic bags or even burning them with propane torches. In the process, some people are unwittingly creating another problem: When squashed or irritated, the bugs release the distinctive smell of sweaty feet.
Pelosi: Tax cut vote possible before election
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under pressure to send Democrats home to campaign with the strongest possible closing argument, said Friday she is considering calling a vote on extending middle-class tax cuts next week.
Poll: Both parties are unpopular, but GOP is more fired up
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
A political enthusiasm gap is helping Republicans in their effort to roll up big gains in the congressional elections. GOP supporters are a lot more interested in getting their party’s candidates elected than Democrats are in electing theirs, a new AP-GfK poll shows.
Two presidents talking KU basketball
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Kansas University made national news Friday, thanks to a famous alumnus.
Military news
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
Military news for September 25, 2010.
Aggies not overlooking Jayhawks
Know the foe: New Mexico State
September 25, 2010
For weeks, the official website for New Mexico State University athletics feverishly has been promoting the Aggies’ Oct. 2 football game against No. 3 Boise State. As odd as it may seem for a team that has started the season on the wrong end of back-to-back blowouts, it’s clear that at least a few people at NMSU are looking past the Aggies’ game at Kansas University at 6 tonight.
40 years ago: Lecompton celebrates dedication of new bridge
September 25, 2010
The city of Lecompton was gearing up for a big dedication celebration for the new Perry-Lecompton Bridge. Three hundred pounds of boned beef were being seasoned, wrapped, and buried in a pit to simmer in preparation for a barbecue. The bridge dedication, traditional ribbon-cutting, and benediction would take place mid-bridge, followed by a parade with floats illustrating the theme of “Transportation.”
25 years ago: 22 cent stamp likely to remain until 1987
September 25, 2010
The basic cost of mailing a first-class letter had risen from 20 cents to 22 cents in February of 1985. A Postal Service official announced that the current first-class rates for letters and packages would likely remain in effect until 1987.
Club news
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
Club news for September 25, 2010.
Citigroup gives pay hikes in stock to top executives
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
Citigroup, still partly owned by the government after a rescue during the financial meltdown, is giving raises to top executives that could amount to millions of dollars and using stock to get around a cap on cash pay at bailed-out banks.
Lions football team squanders late chance in bizarre ending
Lawrence falls, 23-20
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C1
Every offensive football play starts with a snap, so it’s understandable to overlook them.
Small biz, banks may spurn $30B program
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama’s $30 billion small community business lending program faces one big challenge: many of the community banks and businesses it’s supposed to help don’t want it.
Big 12 teams on outside looking in on title race
September 25, 2010
When Big 12 football fans take a quick glimpse at the top of the rankings, there’s something missing.
KU vs. NMSU Head to head
September 25, 2010
Small-town officials targeted by drug gangs
7 mayors killed so far this year
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Bladimiro Montalvo has one of the most dangerous jobs in this colonial town, and in all of Mexico. He’s the mayor.
Facebook founder donates $100M for N.J. schools
September 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Just two months ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was at a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, and found himself seated at dinner with Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Today’s Big 12 games encapsulated
September 25, 2010
Faith Forum: How can I forgive if I cannot forget?
September 25, 2010
Faith Forum for Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
Explosive material: Jayhawks hope to add to list of big plays
September 25, 2010
There’s a section in the Kansas University football weekly notes that is dedicated entirely to “explosives.”
Tongie avoids shutout
Turner rips Chieftains; Baldwin rolls
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C5
An urgent final drive late in the fourth quarter kept the Tonganoxie High football team from being shut out Friday at Kansas City Turner.
Anthony to New Jersey Nets?
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C2
A person close to the talks says the New Jersey Nets are involved in very complicated negotiations with the Denver Nuggets for small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Former runner Gruber thrilled for today’s Kansas Athletics HOF induction
September 25, 2010 in print edition on C1
U.S. Olympic distance runner Charlie Gruber officially retired from track and field at the conclusion of the 2006 season.
Prosecutors: Skydiving love triangle led to murder
September 25, 2010 in print edition on D8
The two women shared the same first name and were close friends. They both had a passion for skydiving. And they both loved the same man.
Colbert reports to Congress
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
Taking his blowhard comedy act to Congress, Stephen Colbert told lawmakers that a day picking beans alongside illegal immigrants convinced him that farm work is “really, really hard.”
Around and about
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B5
News from around the area for September 25, 2010.
Pump patrol
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at several stations.
MBA students deserve credit for raising issues at KU
September 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Several months ago, 25 students in the Kansas University masters of business administration program became concerned about actions and policies within the KU School of Business and began asking questions.