Archive for Monday, September 27, 2010

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The day in photos, September 27, 2010 2010 Festival of Cultures
What is your favorite color for a car?

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Will the KU football team beat Baylor on Saturday?

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Would you take out a loan to upgrade your home's energy efficiency if the loan process were simpler?

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KU’s Biodiversity Institute receives $3 million to update facilities
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Biodiversity Institute will be getting a nearly $3 million update to its aging and dilapidated facilities.
Obama’s idea to extend school year would cost Lawrence schools $6.5 million extra
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
While the concept of moving to a longer school year for students in kindergarten through 12th grades “makes sense” to President Obama, the top administrator for Lawrence public schools isn’t buying in.
Commissioners enthusiastic for Lowe’s but have significant concerns about proposed location
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lowe’s advertising slogan of “Let’s build something together” may get put to the test Tuesday by Lawrence city commissioners. A trio of city commissioners on Monday said they’re excited about the prospect of Lowe’s coming to Lawrence, but expressed significant concerns about the plan to build a 150,000 square foot store on property that essentially is in front of Free State High School.
FDA gives Kansas $1.1 million to improve animal feed safety
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas is receiving a $1.1 million federal grant to improve its efforts to keep animal feed safe.
Lawrence dealers consider fashion trends, economy when it comes to most popular car colors
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
In a Crayola box there may be 20 different shades of the same color. This same variation can also be found at a car lot. At Laird Noller Hyundai in Lawrence, for example, silver is available in a surprising number of shades.
Home sales in Lawrence slow in August; this year still looking better than last
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
Home sales in Lawrence continue to rebound in 2010, although activity in August slowed significantly, according to a new report.
Statehouse Live: Kansas economy recovering, economist says
11:28 a.m., September 27, 2010 Updated 02:13 p.m. in print edition on A6
But several legislators on the House-Senate Committee on Economic Development and the president of a state economic agency were more pessimistic.
Carbon monoxide likely cause of two deaths in Manhattan
September 27, 2010
Two Manhattan residents have died from what appears to be carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.
Special scamper: Beshears earns Big 12 (but not KU) special-teams honor
10:16 a.m., September 27, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that Kansas University sophomore D.J. Beshears was the league’s special teams player of the week for Sept. 25.
Fort Riley to open traumatic brain injury clinic Thursday
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
A new center is preparing to open at Fort Riley to treat soldiers suffering from what the Army calls a signature wound from recent wars.
Festival of Cultures celebrates world of difference
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence is a city known for its diverse and multicultural community.
Muslim comic book hero to debut in “The Silver Scorpion”
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero — a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.
Community Career Connection fair aims to connect jobs, workers
Career fair is Friday at Pinnacle Career Institute
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Great Recession may officially be over, but organizers of the upcoming Community Career Connection know plenty of people still need help locating jobs, compiling job applications and otherwise preparing to secure jobs in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Vote on middle-class tax cuts may come after November elections
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress said Sunday they would find a way to extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections, unable to secure GOP backing before lawmakers break to campaign.
Venezuela residents await results of congressional election
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tried to break his long-standing monopoly on power in congressional elections Sunday, and demanded electoral authorities release the results after an hours-long wait that put the country on edge.
Delegates attend North Korea political meeting
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Delegates to North Korea’s biggest political meeting in decades gathered in the country’s capital amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il will appoint a son and other family members to key positions as part of a succession plan.
House leader: Stephen Colbert’s immigration testimony an ‘embarrassment’
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
The House’s No. 2 Democratic leader said Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert’s testimony last week on immigration was “inappropriate” and “an embarrassment.”
Jewish activists aim to challenge naval blockade in Gaza
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A boat carrying Jewish activists from Israel, Germany, the U.S. and Britain set sail on Sunday for Gaza, hoping to breach Israel’s naval blockade there.
Malicious Stuxnet computer code attacking industrial systems
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
A powerful computer code attacking industrial facilities around the world, but mainly in Iran, probably was created by experts working for a country or a well-funded private group, according to an analysis by a leading computer security company.
Lawrence public transit systems honored by state, federal associations
Ridership increase since KU, city bus lines merged is best in the state
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
It’s being hailed the “Best Bus Around,” and state and federal officials are smiling.
Lawrence Public Library’s Fall Book Sale to open Thursday
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
More than 100,000 books will be available for purchase, typically for anywhere from 75 cents to $1.50 apiece, during the upcoming Fall Book Sale conducted by Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.
Nevada gets first AP Top 25 ranking in 62 years
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
The only previous time Nevada was ranked in the AP Top 25, the Wolf Pack ended the season playing in the Harbor Bowl in San Diego.
Kansas duo invited
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s No. 1 doubles team of Ekaterina Morozova and Erin Wilbert qualified for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s All-American Championships.
KU soccer falls, 2-0
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s soccer team fell to Iowa State, 2-0, on Sunday.
Beshears’ day not unexpected
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Three touchdowns, nearly 200 total yards and big-time production as a runner, receiver and special-teams return man. Surely the performance turned in by Kansas University sophomore D.J. Beshears during the Jayhawks’ 42-16 victory against New Mexico State on Saturday night was the best game of his life, right? “In college, yes,” Beshears said.
Californians conflicted about legalizing marijuana
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A10
California has a long history of defying conventional wisdom on the issue of marijuana, including its embrace of the drug in the 1960s and its landmark medical pot law 14 years ago. So it may not be all that surprising that a November ballot measure to legalize the drug has created some odd alliances and scenarios.
Latino culture 500 years in the making
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
What happens when cultures collide? The clash of an established civilization with visitors from an unknown world is an idea so powerful that it has inspired thousands of sci-fi novels and movies. The recent popularity of “Avatar” demonstrates its lasting appeal.
‘Wall Street’ leads market with $19M
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Movie fans are investing in Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” which opened as the No. 1 weekend movie with $19 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Horoscope for September 27, 2010
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A9
Your communication determines whether you are successful this year. Review your priorities rather than act automatically. Questioning yourself is excellent, but wavering in front of an audience breeds a lack of confidence. If you are single, be careful — you might get involved with someone who cramps your style too much. If you are attached, you discover the power of strong communication but also the power of expressing empathy. Gemini points out snafus in your thinking.
Abortion pill remains divisive in U.S.
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
Ten years ago, after long and bitter debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of the abortion pill by American women. It is hailed as safe and effective, but new turmoil may lie ahead as the pill’s proponents consider using telemedicine to make it more available.
Abu Ghraib victims still waiting for compensation
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A6
Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in 2004 that he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered “grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces.”
Forward Julius Randle to attend Late Night in the Phog
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B3
Julius Randle, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore basketball forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, will be attending the Oct. 15 Late Night in the Phog on an unofficial recruiting visit, reports.
Dreaded KU hoops Boot Camp under way
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Marcus Morris was in a good mood last Wednesday … until mid-afternoon, when a media member reminded him that Kansas University’s Basketball Boot Camp loomed just five days away. “I know. Don’t remind me,” junior forward Morris said, frowning. “Every time somebody starts talking about it, I drag my head and get all …” Depressed? Concerned? Anxious? Actually, all of the above.
Westar proposal may energize loan program
Homeowners seek simpler way to get money for efficiency upgrades
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Local energy auditors hope a proposal from Westar Energy will help save a fledgling state program that gives loans to homeowners for energy efficiency upgrades.
Lawrence elementary school lunches
September 27, 2010
Treating like with like: Lawrence community increasingly turns to homeopathy
September 27, 2010
“Word of mouth has led to a growing interest in homeopathy,” says Lowen Millspaugh, assistant wellness manager at the Community Mercantile, 901 Iowa. “More people want to take healing into their own hands and they like homeopathy’s lack of side-effects.”
Georgia pastor: I’ll fight like David battled Goliath
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Casting himself as the Bible’s ultimate underdog, Bishop Eddie Long went before thousands of faithful supporters at his megachurch Sunday and promised to fight accusations that he lured four young men into sexual relationships.
Israeli building slowdown ends
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Jewish settlers released balloons and broke ground on a kindergarten in celebration Sunday as a 10-month construction slowdown expired, while U.S. and Israeli leaders tried to figure out how to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks over the end of the restrictions.
100 years ago: 3 students missing from Haskell found in Ottawa
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Three Indian girls who escaped from the Haskell Institute, were taken in charge by Officer Bruner this morning while eating breakfast, says the Ottawa Republic.
40 years ago: Campus group aiming to return Comanche to Army
September 27, 2010
Comanche, the cavalry horse on display at KU’s Museum of Natural History, was the subject of some dispute. A campus group was seeking signatures on a petition to ask the Chancellor to turn the horse over to the Army. The group’s objective was to remove the horse from the museum, where they disliked its prominent place among the Indian artifacts.
Parties reform nomination process
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Although a Niagara of vitriol is drenching politics, the two parties are acting sensibly in tandem about something once considered a matter of constitutional significance — the process by which presidential nominations are won.
25 years ago: KU found to be subject of Soviet interest
September 27, 2010
According to government representatives, Kansas University and three other Big Eight institutions were on a Pentagon list of universities the Soviets were interested in as part of a campaign to steal Western technological information. Reaction was mixed: “We can’t decide whether to be chagrined or proud,” said Jim Scally, assistant to KU Chancellor Gene Budig.
Atchison home boasts impressive decor, art
September 27, 2010
The Muchnic Gallery in Atchison is two destinations in one.
Document shredding assures safe disposal
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
Commerce Bank is offering a paper-shredding event next month.
Kansas’ historic women brought to life by First City’s Performers and StoryTellers
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
When Laura Elkins takes on the personality of Madam Carrie Hall, she is reluctant to talk about the Leavenworth woman’s death.
Furyk wins FedEx Cup with save
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
One clutch shot gave Jim Furyk two big trophies Sunday.
Lawrence agencies participating in national Make A Difference Day
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Make A Difference Day is a national day of service that was started by USA Weekend magazine in 1992.
Soaring drug costs raise treatment concern
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Cancer patients, brace yourselves. Many new drug treatments cost nearly $100,000 a year, sparking fresh debate about how much a few months more of life is worth.
Kids Voting Douglas County must fill volunteer poll positions
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
In a county where voter turnout can struggle to reach 50 percent, organizers of a youth voting program are striving for a full 100 percent turnout among people who make their education program go.
Pump patrol
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at several stations.
Huskers No. 1 in Big 12
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
The original intention here was to rank the 12 best YouTube videos of all-time, but a deadlock for No. 1 couldn’t be broken, so instead the Big 12 football teams will be ranked for their nonconference performances.
3-and-oh my! Cassel helps sizzling K.C. dominate 49ers
September 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
After taking grief for “winning ugly” in their first two games, the Kansas City Chiefs went out and etched a beauty. Could this bunch be for real?
GOP majority in Senate looks unlikely
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
As the 2010 campaign began to unfold, Sen. John Cornyn explained why he was wooing some moderates in his role as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Sealing bargains: Stamp club offers expertise on community collections
September 27, 2010
The Lawrence Stamp Club is opening its next meeting to the public for its first walk-in stamp consultation event, called Stamps in the Attic.
From Paris to Provence: Join Jayni Carey for culinary journey overseas
September 27, 2010
Join Jayni Carey as she continues her culinary journey from Paris to Provence.
Reboot your style: Ride one of fall’s biggest trends
September 27, 2010
Shauwna Stover of Lawrence believes owning a closet full of boots is her inalienable right.
Video games increasingly targeted at girl gamers
September 27, 2010
It’s typical to assume that most of the people in the world who play video games are male.
Game plans: As cooler weather sets in, a family tradition livens up nights at home
September 27, 2010
Caroline Wroczynski loves her games so much, it hurts. And the pain is real — Wroczynski actually broke her hand playing a board game.
KU numbers
A slightly smaller student body probably isn’t bad news for Kansas University this year.
September 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The small decline in enrollment reported by Kansas University this fall doesn’t necessarily represent a step backward.
Experiment with volume in your wardrobe
September 27, 2010
Dressing for the crisp fall weather is a refreshing change. Make the most of this season’s fashion trends by experimenting with your wardrobe. Add volume, shape, and texture to everyday outfits for a new, intriguing look that is perfect for autumn.
Many choices for making small concrete repairs
September 27, 2010
There are several products on the market today that can repair pitted or cracked concrete. These products are not meant to resurface large areas, but are great for filling holes, cracks and other imperfections on flat surfaces.
Questions for a divorce lawyer
September 27, 2010
Anyone going through or contemplating a divorce has basic questions, so asked leading divorce attorney Mary Commander.
Voter guide: KU professor engaged in political process
September 27, 2010
Diana Bartelli Carlin’s passion for political process was nurtured in Pittsburgh.
‘Oldies’ aren’t THAT old
September 27, 2010
I have discovered a terrifying phenomenon in music that has nothing to do with Justin Bieber. Huey Lewis is getting airtime. On the OLDIES station.