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Nine years ago, Douglas County, one of the most Democratic-voting counties in the state, got sliced by a Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature and governor and placed in two congressional districts. Now, even stronger GOP majorities will be cutting up the state’s political boundaries during the once-a-decade redistricting process. Will Douglas County stay as it is — generally the western part is in the 2nd U.S. House district and the eastern part in the 3rd — get diced up in another way, or be reunited and put into the same district? The Lawrence City Commission will talk about what it would like to see happen today at City Hall as a precursor to Cromwell a public hearing of the Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting that will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2 at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. “We have to decide whether to weigh in,” said Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell. Every 10 years, the Legislature redraws district boundaries in state House, Senate, congressional and State Board of Education districts to bring districts into balance population-wise based on the updated census. Legislators will redraw the districts during the 2012 legislative session, which starts in January. Kansas has grown by 6.1 percent since 2000 with most of the growth occurring in northeast Kansas and around Wichita in south-central Kansas, while much of western Kansas continued to lose population. Seventy-seven counties lost population, while 28 counties gained. The 1st District has lost population while the 3rd has gained. So the 1st must take in more counties, and the 3rd will lose some area. This shifting may put Please see REDISTRICTING, page 4A
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They have been called everything from “Community Improvement Districts” to “sneaky taxes.” Whatever you call them, they’ll be making an appearance again at City Hall today. City commissioners at their weekly meeting are expected to have their most significant discussion yet about whether they want to offer financial CITY incentives to COMMISSION attract retailers to Lawrence. “I do have some concerns about whether we should be using these types of incentives right now,” said City Commissioner Mike Amyx. “If these are something we really don’t want to use, we should let the community know up front so we don’t create any false expectations.” The incentive drawing the most questions from commissioners is one that creates a special taxing district called a Community Improvement District. The districts allow for up to an extra 2 percent sales tax to be charged on all goods sold in the district. The money from the extra sales tax can be used to pay for public improvements — such as roads and sidewalks — or for private improvements — such as store expansions or special marketing. The idea of the special taxing districts was a hotbutton issue during April’s City Commission election. Candidate Bob Schumm, who went on to take the top spot in the election, branded the districts a sneaky tax because he’s convinced many shoppers aren’t aware of the higher rates. But whether city commissioners will outright ban the use of such districts in Lawrence is uncertain. “I think we may want to take some steps to discourage providing incentives for
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SAVANNAH PEARCE PLAYS WITH A BOXER NAMED SABALIA at the Pooch Plunge on Monday at Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. The pool plays host to the dog-swimming event every year before the pool closes for the season. See video from the event at LJWorld.com, and see more photos on page 4A.
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Twitter users monitoring police, fire and emergency service activities By Shaun Hittle firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Mikkelsen, a 29-year-old political activist from Kansas City, Mo., doesn’t support drunken driving. But he’s strongly against police DUI checkpoints, which he says violate
drivers’ constitutional rights. Mikkelson’s taken his mission to Twitter, tweeting out checkpoint locations and getting tips from other Twitter users about checkpoint spots. Sometimes he tweets out the link to a live stream he sets up to monitor checkpoints. Mikkelsen, who has more
gency dispatch scanners; everything from auto accidents to fires to police chases. “It keeps the community informed,” said Mike Frizzell, known in the Twitter sphere as @Operation100. Frizzell, 25, has been listening to police scanners since he was 13. “I’ve always been fascinat-
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than 400 followers, is one of several local Twitter users monitoring police, fire and emergency service activities online. Other local Twitter users, such as @KansasScanner and @Operation100, send out frequent Twitter updates from what they overhear on emer-
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ed by it,” said Frizzell, who has more than 1,500 followers. At his home in Shawnee, Frizzell has six scanners, which he uses to monitor several area counties. The hobby has also turned into a fulltime job, as he contracts with several news organizations,
including the Journal-World, providing information about accidents, fires and crime incidents overnight. Twitter users such as Frizzell can fill the gaps between what happens on the street and what ends up on Please see TWITTER, page 2A
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DEATHS ARTHUR ROBERT ‘BOB’ MULL Memorial services for Arthur Robert “Bob” Mull, 88, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home
and Crematory. Mr. Mull died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
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SHIRLEY A. SHOWALTER BAILEY Funeral services for Shirley A. Showalter Bailey, 88, Lawrence, formerly of Ottawa and Welda, were held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ot-
tawa. Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. Mrs. Bailey died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence.
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Arrangements for Norman Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Jump, Eugene Gibler, 82, Lawrence Gibler died Saturday, August Shawn Prinare pending and will be 20, 2011 at Lawrence Memogle, Chrisannounced by the Rumseyrial Hospital. tina Pringle, Thea Brown, Logan Brown, Soccorro ‘Cora’ Adame Amanda Mass of Christian Burial Señora Adame enjoyed Watkins, Pringle for Señora Adame, 96, will her membership in the Micheal be Friday August 26th, 10 J. Pringle, Lawrence doll club. She a.m. at St. John the EvanMarti Pringle, Randy Washer is survived by their three gelist Catholic Church in Jr., Destiny Moreno and daughters, Rita Adame and Lawrence. Burial will be in Sara Adame Reese, both Chantelle Pringle; and 16 Mount Calvary Cemetery, of Lawrence, and Laura great-grandchildren. Lawrence. Señora Adame She was preceded in Adame Trickey, Kansas died Sunday, August 21, death by her father, Chester City, Mo.; a brother, Louis with family around her. Beerbower; her stepfather, Ramirez of Wichita, a sisShe was born August 28th ter Lucy Roman of WhitDan Dickerman; her mother, 1918, in Mexico and came Myrtle Dickerman; two tier California, and predeto the United States four brothers, Billy Beerbower ceased by her parents and years later, where she and Jerry Beerbower; a sisbrothers Jimmy Ramirez, was raised by her parents ter, Ellen Powers; and a son, Lawrence Ramirez and Sarah and Jesus Ramirez. Micheal D. Pringle. sister Mary Black. Señora She graduated from Empo- Adame is also survived by Friends may call from ria High School, went on noon to 8:30 p.m. Wednes10 grandchildren; Branto college at Kansas State day at the funeral home. don and Candise Trickey, Teachers College in Empo- Robyn and Ramon ReThe family suggests ria, where she graduated memorials to the American ese Garcia, Michael and with Masters and BachCancer Society, sent in care Leslie Reese, Julie Trickey, elor’s degrees in Spanish, of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Heather Trickey, Brian French, Psychology, and Lawrence, KS 66044. Trickey, Debra Trickey, Art. While attending colOnline condolences may Scott Trickey, Matt Reese lege she met Sam Adame be sent at rumsey-yost.com. and Marie, and Cal Trickand after graduation marey; and 20 great-grandried him on June 10, 1942, children; Dustin, Ryan, in Emporia. Señora Adame Nathan, Greighson, Jessica, began her teaching at Cen- Antonio, Justine, Steven, tral Junior High School in Jordyn, Paisley, ChrisJoan ‘Jody’ Hise Fayman Lawrence. Señora Adame tina, Sammy, Ellie, Mia, then went on to establish Rigley, Roman, Kaden, Joan “Jody” Hise FayMiniature the Language Arts depart- Kelsie, Kylie, Kaden and 3 man, 86, Lenexa, KS Museum. ment at Lawrence High Great-great-grandchildren. passed away August 18, She also School where she taught The family will receive 2011. A visitation will be volunSpanish until her retirefriends from 5 p.m. to 7 pm from 4-6 PM, Thursday, teered at ment. Señora’s tenure with a rosary at 7 p.m. on August 25, 2011 at D.W. Shawnee at LHS was filled with Thursday August 25th, at Newcomer’s Sons Johnson Mission happiness and joy. Señora Warren-McElwain MortuCounty Chapel, 11200 MetMedical continued her passion of ary. In lieu of flowers the calf Ave., Overland Park, Center for teaching where ever there family requests a donation Fayman Kansas. A private family 25 years, was a need. She taught at to the Cora Adame Scholgraveside service will take earning a the Senior Citizens Center arship Fund and may be place the following day in 6,500-hour service award. right up until 2010. She sent in care of the mortuJohnson County Memorial Jody was a member of was a lifelong parishioner ary. Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the Village Presbyterian of St. John the Evangelist Online condolences memorial contributions Church, the Lakeview Catholic Church and was may be sent to www. are suggested to Lakeview Chapel, and a life member active in the community. warrenmcelwain.com. Village Foundation, 9100 of the KU Alumni AssociaPark, Lenexa, KS 66215 or tion. Kansas City Hospice, 10100 She was preceded in W. 87th St., Suite 100, death by her parents. Her Overland Park, KS 66212. loving survivors include Jody was born May 3, her daughters, Karen Lois Victoria Tooker (Milberger) 1925 in Kansas City, MO to Fayman Leiker of Spring, June 15, 1955 – August 14, 2011 Carl Myron Hise and Mar- TX, and Janet Fayman garet Alice (Montague) Kernes of Shawnee, KS; A native of Kansas City, family for Hise. She graduated from son-in-law, Bruce Kernes; MO, Lois returned to the her great Prairie Grade School and brother, Harlan M. Hise Midwest eight years ago warmth, Shawnee Mission Rural of Prairie Village, KS; after 30 years in Northern humor, inHigh School, class of 1943, and grandchildren, Jason California. A graduate of telligence, and continued her educaLeiker, Kelley Kernes, and the University of Kansas, generostion at Monticello Girls Jr. Lauren Kernes Park. Lois earned an MBA from ity, and College and the UniverAlthough the sense of St. Mary’s College in Morloving sity of Kansas, where she loss for all who knew her aga, CA, and had a long, spirit. Lois was a member of Sigma is immeasurable, we are successful career as an ad- Tooker was the Chapter of Gamma Phi blessed for the time we vertising executive in San beloved Beta. She lived most of her were given with her, grateFrancisco. In recent years, wife of 18 years to Wayne life in Johnson County, ful for the joy she brought she enjoyed ranch life in Tooker; cherished sister of KS but also resided in La to all our lives, and know Oskaloosa, KS, where she Joanne Milberger Bell; and Jolla, CA, Santa Barbara, she will always be watchand her husband Wayne devoted auntie to AlexanCA, and Lawrence, KS. ing over us. We will miss moved to lead a simpler dra Victoria Bell and Eric, She moved to Lakeview her dearly. life closer to the land. Lois Jordon, Chasey, and Talon Village in 2004 where she Arrangements: D.W. was proud of her Midwest- Tooker. She was preceded was active in many volNewcomer’s Sons Johnson ern roots, and particularly in Heaven by her parents unteer programs. She was County Chapel. of her descent from the Victoria and Louis Mila docent at the Toy and founders of Milberger, KS, berger. near Russell. Lois loved Visitation for friends her family, her horses and and family will be Saturdogs, and was deeply com- day, August 27 from 2-4 mitted to animal rescue p.m. at Rumsey-Yost-Fuand volunteer work. She neral Home in Lawrence, enjoyed gardening and KS. INE SERVICES needlework, and her skills Online condolences may were admired by all who be sent at www.rumseyMemorial graveside serand Cosmos International. knew her. She will be reyost.com. vices for Richard Roderick He married Georgia Nell membered by friends and Pine, 91, Lawrence, will be at Phillips in 1947. She died in 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial 1990. Park Cemetery. Survivors include three suspect might gain an advanMr. Pine died Saturday, sons, Richard R. Jr. and wife tage by hearing what’s on the Aug. 20, 2011, at Brandon Cynthia, Pinckney, Mich., scanner, police have several Woods at Alvamar. Randall C., Lawrence, and secure channels to switch to, He was born May 17, 1920, Russell M. and wife Marcia, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A he said. in Lawrence, the son of Wil- Pleasant Hill, Mo.; seven The Johnson County Sherbur Columbus and Katherine grandchildren, Nathan Pine, Margaret Purel Pine. He Amanda Pine, Matthew Pine, the news, but it’s important iff’s Office may also begin sending out their own tweets graduated from Liberty MeBreanna Kelly, Mason Pine, to note that the information about emergency calls, simimorial High School in 1938. Russell Pine Jr. and Jeffrey is preliminary and not al- lar to what some other larger Mr. Pine earned a certifiAllen Pine; and two greatways accurate, said Univer- law enforcement agencies, cate in electrical engineergrandchildren, Henry Tyler sity of Missouri professor Jen such as the Wichita Police ing from Kansas University. Pine and Hoyt Mason Kelly. Reeves. Department, are already doHe served in the U.S. Navy He was preceded in death Reeves cited an incident ing. during World War II as by two brothers, Phillip and in Columbia, Mo., where a chief radioman on board the William. Twitter user sent out an erUSS Spica. After the war, Friends may call from roneous tweet that there was — Reporter Shaun Hittle can be reached he opened Pine’s Radio and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at a gunman loose on the Misat 832-7173. TV Service in Eudora before Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, souri campus. moving the business to Law- where the family will receive That’s why news outlets rence, where he operated for them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. must keep up, she said. more than 34 years. Before The family suggests “It’s our job (as journalists) retirement, Mr. Pine worked memorials to the Douglas to be prominent enough (on several years in the research County Visiting Nurses, Twitter) to say ‘slow down,’” and development departRehabilitation, and Hospice Reeves said. ment of Reuter Organ Com- Care, sent in care of the Johnson County Sheriff’s pany. He enjoyed Lawrence funeral home, P.O. Box 1260, Office Deputy Tom Erickson High School and KU sports, Lawrence, KS 66044. said his office hasn’t run into gardening and coffee with Online condolences any problems with Twitter friends. He was a former maybe sent at rumsey-yost. users who monitor the scanmember of the Lions Club com. ners. In the cases where a A visitation for Juanita “Nita” F. Pringle, 70, Lawrence, will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Pringle died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born July 2, 1941, in Lawrence, the daughter of Chester James Beerbower and Myrtle Ellen Evans. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School. Mrs. Pringle worked for Kansas Color Press, Bendix King, and retired in 2006 from the Kansas Turnpike. She also enjoyed playing bingo. She married Delbert E. Pringle on May 17, 1958, in Lawrence. He survives of the home. Other survivors include three sons, Randy G. Pringle and Gregory L. Pringle, both of Lawrence, and Timothy M. Pringle, Dallas; three brothers, Melvin Beerbower, Eudora, John Dickerman, Lawrence, and David Dickerman, Norman, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, Heather
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retail development, but I would hate to issue a blanket no,” Mayor Aron Cromwell said. “I always want to have some flexibility for a project that is truly exceptional.” But Cromwell said he does expect some changes to the city’s current policy. He said it is likely that wording will be added to require businesses that charge a special sales tax to post a sign alerting customers of the additional tax. “I think it would be extremely unlikely for any type of CID project to go forward without a signage ordinance in place,” Cromwell said. “I think most developers understand that may be coming.” Area retail developers likely will be watching what Lawrence does with the issue. Developers have told City Hall previously that incentives are becoming a bigger part of the equation when retailers or restaurants are deciding where to open new locations. There are 13 Community Improvement Districts in the state, with three more in the development phase in Wichita. Kansas City, Lenexa, and Olathe each have one of the districts. Cromwell said he doesn’t doubt that incentives are becoming more important to the national and regional retail chains that may be looking to locate in Lawrence. But he said it would be unfortunate if retail development became much like attracting a new industrial development, where incentives are often assumed to be something a community will offer. “It might be heading in that direction, but I think it would be a dangerous direction for Lawrence,” Cromwell said. “I think as a community we just tend to really disagree with that type of philosophy.” Lawrence does not have any Community Improvement Districts, but it does have two developments that use a different type of special taxing district called a Transportation Development District. The Bauer Farm development on the northeast corner of Sixth and Wakarusa and The Oread hotel development both charge a special sales tax to help pay for transportation-related improvements. Both charge an extra 1 percent sales tax. Commissioners are expected to discuss their policies surrounding TDDs and also the use of the Neighborhood Revitalization Act, which provides a property tax rebate for certain types of development. The city recently offered that policy as an incentive for Lawrence-based Treanor Architects to relocate its offices into the downtown area. Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall.
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Recliner stolen from football stadium Kansas Athletics Inc. officials have replaced a Touchdown Club recliner that was stolen from Memorial Stadium last week. Jim Marchiony, an associate athletic director, said Monday that Kansas University officials are examining footage from security cameras to try to identify who stole the chair from the covered section near the south end zone that features the recliners. According to a KU Public Safety Office report, the recliner was stolen between 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 7 a.m. Aug. 15. The theft was reported to police last Wednesday. Loss was valued at $1,000. Marchiony said this was the first theft of a recliner since KU established the Touchdown Club, and he said chairs are put in the section generally from mid-August to mid-November for the football season.
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Hurricane headed toward U.S. A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene roared off the Dominican Republic’s resort-dotted northern coast on Monday, whipping up high waves and torrential downpours on a track that could see it reach the U.S. Southeast as a major storm by the end of the week. Irene grew into a Category 2 hurricane late Monday and the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said it could reach Category 3 as early as today and possibly become a monster Category 4 storm within 72 hours. “We didn’t anticipate it gaining this much strength this early,” said center meteorologist Chris Landsea, adding that the ocean’s warm temperatures and the current atmosphere is “very conducive” to energizing storms. Forecasters said it could still be that strong when it slams into the United States, possibly landing in Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina. Irene is expected to rake the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas today and Wednesday. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
JORGE PÉREZ, AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE AT KANSAS UNIVERSITY, LEFT, laughs with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other KU administrators and media members on Monday in his classroom at Wescoe Hall after being notified that he is a recipient of a 2011 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Pérez is among several faculty members receiving a Kemper Award, which is accompanied by a $7,500 check.
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S&P head stepping down The president of Standard & Poor’s is stepping down, an announcement coming only weeks after the rating agency’s unprecedented move to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating. The McGraw-Hill Cos., the parent of S&P, said late Monday that Deven Sharma will be replaced by Douglas Peterson, now the chief operating officer of Citibank N.A., Citigroup Inc.’s chief banking arm. Sharma, 55, “was ready for new challenges” after helping Sharma S&P separate its data, pricing and analytics business from its ratings business, McGraw-Hill said in a statement. The company unveiled that restructuring at S&P late last year. Peterson, 53, will take over the helm of S&P starting Sept. 12. Sharma will stay on as an adviser at the parent company until the end of the year.
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Chancellor leads delivery of year’s 1st Kemper Fellowship By Mark Fagan
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little doesn’t normally walk into a classroom and take over a lecture, but Jorge Pérez couldn’t have minded too much. Pérez, an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, accommodated an unexpected visit from the chancellor and her supporters as they presented him with a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. The award came with a $7,500 check. “Wow,” Pérez said, shocked into speaking English in his upper-level Spanish course, Advanced Composition and Grammar. “Thank you. … I’m overwhelmed. I’m used to speaking Spanish in my class, so I’m a little … ”
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Prosecutors sought on Monday to dismiss the criminal charges in a sexual-assault case against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying persistent lying by the hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her in his posh suite made it impossible for them to determine what really happened. In a 25-page court document, Manhattan prosecutors described the lies and inconsistencies they said had shattered the housekeeper’s credibility, delved into DNA evidence they said showed sexual contact but not necessarily a forced encounter and discussed why they saw medical findings as inconclusive. They said they “simply no longer have confidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.” With that, the district attorney’s office asked a judge to put an end to a case that created a crosscontinental sensation. A formal dismissal is expected at Strauss-Kahn’s court date today, though the maid, By Andy Hyland Nafissatou Diallo, is asking the judge to boot the DA’s email@example.com office off the case and put it on hold until a special The Kansas Bioscience Auprosecutor can be appointed. thority’s investment committee 3 | ALBANIA recommended new investments on Monday that would seek Wreck full of wine jars found to bring jobs to the state and A U.S.-Albanian archaeological mission said Mon- improve a company’s animal day it has found the well-preserved wreck of a Ro- health products. man cargo ship off Albania’s coast, complete with All investments must be apsome 300 wine jars — all empty, alas. proved by the KBA’s full board The wreck dates to the 1st century B.C., and its of directors before becoming cargo is believed to have been the produce of south- official. ern Albanian vineyards en route to western European The committee approved an markets, including France. expansion and attraction grant A statement from the Key West, Florida-based that would give $550,000 to RPM Nautical Foundation said the find was made Ceva Animal Health LLC to re50 yards deep near the port city of Vlora, 90 miles locate its North American headsouthwest of the capital, Tirana, early this month. quarters to Lenexa.
!"See a video of KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little discussing — and presenting — the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. ! What would you do if somebody walked into class and handed you $7,500? See video of KU students addressing the dream scenario.
Surprised? It wouldn’t be unusual. This is the 16th year that representatives from KU, the Kansas University Endowment Association and the William T. Kemper Foundation have been walking into classrooms unannounced to honor KU educators for their outstanding teaching.
Board ready to seek volunteer advice
The award to Pérez was the first of 10 to be distributed this semester. Six more are scheduled to be presented this week on the Lawrence campus, and three are slated to go to faculty at the KU Med Center. The awards are supported by an annual gift of $37,500 from the foundation, with Commerce Bank as trustee, plus another $37,500 from the endowment association. Pérez has been at KU since 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he received the Cramer Professorship for excellence in research and teaching; in 2009 he was recognized for excellence in graduate teaching by the Center for Teaching Excellence. — Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188. Follow him at Twitter.com/ MarkFaganLJW.
The Lawrence school district is on track to assemble an array of experts to provide advice in budgeting, facilities planning and possibly other complicated and far-reaching topics and issues that require spending money or otherwise allocating valuable resources and attention. And, as school finances continue to dwindle, such consulting services won’t be expected to cost the district a penny. “The school district is such an important part of what makes Lawrence, Lawrence,” said Keith Diaz Moore, a board member and advocate for boosting public involvement in the district’s decision-making deliberations. “I think people will be willing to volunteer and provide their expertise to help the district out in these times of need.” The concept gained support as Diaz Moore and his fellow board members met for more than two hours Monday night to discuss their goals for the coming year. While the meeting covered strategies for closing achievement gaps and evaluating teachers and exploring curriculum options and other matters, several board memPlease see VOLUNTEER, page 5A
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Potential investment would spur state jobs Company representatives said the funds would allow them to keep 10 highpaying jobs in Lenexa while attracting 20 more to the state. Vranicar The jobs would have a payroll of more than $3 million in total. Also on Monday, the committee recommended that Manhattan-based MegaStarter LLC receive a $205,000 research and development voucher that
would be matched by the company in order to make improvements to an animal health product. David Vranicar, KBA interim president and CEO, said the committee also heard a proposal from GreenTree Technology Partners to develop software that would assist clinical research organizations. After hearing the proposal, Vranicar said the committee took no official action, but may move forward in the future with a smaller request for funding. The investment committee also recommended a change in the way the KBA reviews its candidates for its Eminent
Scholars program, frequently used by the KU Cancer Center to attract new recruits. Candidates who are members of the National Academy of Sciences are also required to undergo a review of their credentials by a third party. Bill Sanford, chairman of the investment committee, said it was the committee’s feeling that membership in the National Academy of Sciences was sufficient to determine whether a candidate was qualified for the program. — Higher education reporter Andy Hyland can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at Twitter.com/ LJW_KU.
KU student earns 3-year, $90,000 grant for scoliosis treatment research By Karrey Britt firstname.lastname@example.org
At age 12, Kansas University graduate student Nikki Johnson was diagnosed with scoliosis, a painful and debilitating condition where the spine curves from side to side. Left untreated, it can worsen and cause disfigurement, and respiratory and digestive problems. Just three months after her diagnosis, Johnson had spinal fusion, a surgical technique used to join two or more vertebrae. Her spine is fused from her shoulders down to her waist. She has two rods and lots of hooks and screws.
The 23-year-old said, “I can’t twist or bend to the side very much. So, merging into traffic and twisting around to see what’s coming is difficult.” Her personal experience has led to research that could lead to improved treatment for scoliosis. There are only two treatment options widely available: wearing a brace or fusing the vertebrae together. “Personally, it has given me a motivation and passion for my research because I’ve gone through it,” she said. Johnson, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., recently received a prestigious three-year, $90,000 grant from the
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National Science Foundation for her research. She is specifically researching how children with scoliosis move and how it limits their motion. The goal is to make a model that simulates adolescents with scoliosis, so surgeons and companies can use them for testing. Currently, no model exists. She soon will be recruiting two groups of adolescents: those with scoliosis and those who do not suffer from the disease. She will attach sensors to their spine and have them move, bend and twist, capturing their movements on computer software. She will be comparing the movements between the two
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groups. Johnson is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital to recruit patients with scoliosis. “That will help us determine just how a child with scoliosis is different from a child who doesn’t have it,” she said. “These children are the same height, same age; the only variable is scoliosis, so seeing those differences in movement can help lead to better product development to fix it.” She Please see SCOLIOSIS, page 5A
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NIKKI JOHNSON has received a threeyear, $90,000 National Science Foundation grant for her research on scoliosis. Johnson is a Kansas University graduate student in bioengineering.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT • A 19-year-old female Haskell student reported to Lawrence police Thursday morning that someone had stolen $4,300 worth of items in a burglary, including a 55-inch Mitsubishi television, an Xbox video game system and a Sony stereo CD player and two speakers. The burglary occurred between 6:30 p.m. July 30 and 2 a.m. Aug. 18 from a residence in the 6300 block of Candy Lane near Clinton Parkway and Lake Pointe Drive. • A 20-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Thursday that someone had stolen her blue and white metallic Iron Horse bicycle valued at $1,500 from the 2600 block of Ridge Court. The theft occurred between 12:50 p.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday. • A 37-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Saturday that someone had stolen 10 rigid floor fans valued at $2,000 total and a power carpet stretcher valued at $400 from his property in the 800 block of Lyon Street. The man alleged the thefts occurred over a period of June 1 to Saturday morning. • A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported to police Aug. 16 that someone had stolen $1,600 worth of items in a burglary from a residence in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, including a black MacBook laptop computer, Internet router and DVD player. The burglary occurred between 2 a.m. and 7:51 a.m. Aug. 16. • A 19-year-old male KU stu-
dent reported to police Sunday that someone had stolen his 2001 Pontiac Grand Am valued at $4,000 from the 1500 block of Tennessee Street. The auto theft occurred between 5 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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APRIL DIXON TRIES to coax her dog Tippi into the cool waters Monday at the Outdoor Aquatic Center during the annual Pooch Plunge.
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THIS SMALL DOG leans on its owner’s legs to keep its paws Matthew Young, somewhat dry. Dogs of all sizes took part in Monday’s student, Pooch Plunge. Denver, Colo. “Mario Chalmers. Or Brandon Rush. Brandon Rush is fun to watch.”
George Nathaniel, chiropractic, Kansas City, Mo. “I like (Russell) Robinson and the guy that played for the Heat. Chalmers.”
Emily O’Neill, student, Colorado “We want Xavier (Henry).”
TWO DOGS GO UP FOR A BALL during Monday’s Pooch Plunge. The annual event gives dogs and their owners a chance to enjoy the pool before it is drained for the season.
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Douglas County in play. Prior to 2002, Douglas County was wholly in the INJURY ACCIDENT 2nd District. • A Basehor teenager is in House Minority Leader serious condition after he was Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, and injured in a car accident late the ranking member of the Friday west of Bonner Springs. legislative redistricting comAccording to a report from mittee, said it makes more the Leavenworth County sense to make the 3rd more Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Preston Farris of Basehor was compact by making it a Kandriving north on 166th Street sas City metro area district, across Kansas Highway 32 in which means Douglas Counhis 1995 Honda Civic about 11:45 ty would be placed in the 2nd p.m. Friday. He failed to stop at District. the stop sign there, according to the report, and the driver’s “It certainly makes a lot side of his car was struck by of sense to keep the Kansas a 2006 Chevy Cobalt traveling City metro area whole,” Daeast on K-32, driven by Mark A. vis said. Liechti, 45, of Linwood. Cromwell said he thought Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services Lawrence would have a took Farris to Kansas University stronger voice if placed enHospital for treatment of a tirely in the 2nd District, possible broken leg. A hospital where it would join Topeka spokesman there said Monday and Manhattan, rather than morning that Farris was in serihaving its political voice dious condition. The passenger in Liechti’s luted between two districts. car, 51-year-old Brenda K. But Cromwell noted that Liechti of Linwood, was taken some believe there is an adby Leavenworth County EMS to vantage in having two repreLawrence Memorial Hospital sentatives watching out for because of injuries to her arm. A hospital spokeswoman Lawrence’s interests. said Liechti was treated and Congressional incumbents released soon after arriving. usually take a big interest in Alcohol did not appear to the redistricting process. play a role in the accident, But U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, according to the sheriff’s report.
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Janell Farrell, office assistant, Frankfort “The Morris brothers. It makes me sad that they’re gone.”
R-Kan., who represents the 2nd District, said she is staying on the sidelines, trusting state legislators to “do the right thing.” “I love my district as it sits today, but I would welcome all of Douglas County if that’s what the lawmakers in the Statehouse deem appropriate,” she said. In earlier redistricting committee meetings this summer, Democrats have alleged that Republicans have a plan to extend the 1st District, which takes in all of western Kansas, all the way to the Kansas-Missouri border, taking in Wyandotte County. That would have the effect of removing Democratic voters in Wyandotte County from the 3rd, which would make it easier for U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and putting those Democrats in the overwhelmingly Republican 1st District, represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. But Republican legislative leaders have said that moving Wyandotte County into the 1st would be difficult to justify. — Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785-354-4222.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
BRIEFLY Court date set for KU football player
called to his apartment in the 1300 block of West 24th Street following a complaint about a A freshman Kansas Univerloud party, said Sgt. Matt Sarna, sity football player faces a Sep- a Lawrence police spokesman. tember hearing in a drunken Sarna said KU junior safety Braddriving case in Douglas County ley McDougald, Sands’ roomDistrict Court, according to mate at the time, was also cited court records. for disturbing the peace in the Benjamin Heeney, 19, a line- incident, and municipal court ofbacker and former Hutchinson ficials said his case was resolved High School standout, pleaded after McDougald pleaded guilty not guilty July 29 to one count May 4 and paid $253 in court of DUI and one count of racing costs and fines. on a highway, according to After Sands missed the June Douglas County prosecutors. court date, a judge issued a bench A Lawrence police officer warrant for his arrest. Sarna said arrested Heeney at 3:15 a.m. officers made contact with Sands July 16 in the 700 block of and arrested him on the warrant West 23rd Street after a veSaturday night after they were hicle stop, according to police called to the same apartment and jail records. Additional complex for a complaint about information about the stop loud music. and arrest was not available Jim Marchiony, an associMonday. Heeney posted $250 ate KU athletic director, said cash bond after the arrest, and Monday afternoon head coach his attorney, John Frydman, Turner Gill was still gathering appeared in court on Heeney’s information regarding Sands’ behalf on July 29. A trial setweekend arrest. “As soon as ting is scheduled for Sept. 13, he is sure of the facts, he will according to jail records. have something to say,” MarJim Marchiony, an associate chiony said. KU athletic director, said MonSands, a sophomore from day Heeney was still a member Sunrise, Fla., played in 10 games of the team. last season. He was also ar“Coach (Turner Gill) is aware rested briefly on a warrant in Ocof that and has handled it tober last year after he failed to internally,” Marchiony said. appear in municipal traffic court In criminal cases in Kansas, for speeding. Court officials said prosecutors must prove a Monday the traffic case was no driver’s blood-alcohol content longer pending. was 0.08 percent or more whether the driver is of legal Woman charged in drinking age or not. But a driver under the age of 21 can carjacking case face driver’s license restricDouglas County prosecutors tions if his or her blood-alcoaccuse a 26-year-old Lawrence hol content was at least 0.02 woman wanted in connecpercent. tion with a July carjacking in west Lawrence with making KU player arrested a phone call to lure the victim the area, according to court for failing to appear to records. A sophomore Kansas UniverDeondria L. Smith appeared sity running back was arrested in Douglas County District Saturday night on an outstand- Court on Monday afternoon on ing warrant for missing a June charges of aggravated robbery court date related to an April and conspiracy to commit robmisdemeanor disturbing the bery. Police and prosecutors peace citation. accuse Smith of conspiring Deshaun Sands, 20, posted with two men — Travis Brown$203 cash bond shortly after lee, 33, and Charles Reed, 19 his arrest and was given notice — the night of July 23 to rob a to appear in Lawrence Munici- 28-year-old Lawrence man at pal Court on Aug. 30. gunpoint in the 2500 block of Municipal court officials said Winterbrook Drive. Monday morning that Sands The victim had been called failed to appear for a June 21 to the area about 3:30 a.m. to hearing. Sands was cited the help transport someone, but he night of April 7 after police were said instead he was robbed by
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bers pushed for going outside the district payroll for help dealing with short-term complications and long-term visions. Randy Masten suggested that the district create both a Budget Advisory Committee and a Facilities Advisory Committee. The two groups, made up of volunteers from Kansas University and the area business community, would support the daily efforts of district administrators. “They’d provide sound advice or input or possibilities,” Masten said. Mark Bradford, board president, cautioned that the committees could end up merely forming recommendations based on “philosophies,” such as setting budget levels for spending on overall construction projects or assigning certain percentages of budgets to contingency funds. Board members are elected to decide such matters, he said. “I’d hate to put another
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is working with fellow bioengineering student Erin Lewis, 24, of Fort Scott, who also is doing scoliosis research. She looks at cadavers and measures cadaver motion. Their goal is to merge their research into making an adolescent scoliosis model. “The whole purpose of the model is for design and testing of medical devices because right now medical device companies or surgeons have to test new devices and new procedures on children. So, it’s something they can drill into and work on for product devel-
two men who stole the car after he was struck in the head. Lawrence police had asked for the public’s help in finding all three suspects. Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said Monday that officers had located Smith in Texas, where she was arrested. According to jail records, she was brought to Lawrence on Saturday evening. Sarna said Monday the two men were still at large. A judge set Smith’s bond Monday at $50,000, and her next hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. Anyone with information is asked to call police, 785832-7650, or Douglas County Crime Stoppers, 785-843-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers with information leading to the arrest or one of all of the suspects could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Prosecutors seek to withdraw plea A 31-year-old Lawrence man convicted of voluntary manslaughter is fighting a request from prosecutors to withdraw an earlier agreement Edwards to trim four years from his sentence in exchange for testimony against a co-defendant. Branden Bell, the new defense attorney for Major C. Edwards Jr., said Monday his client held up his end of the bargain when he testified in the March trial against co-defendant Durrell Jones. Edwards had pleaded guilty in 2010 to voluntary manslaughter related to the Oct. 14, 2006, shooting death of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital, and Edwards testified at Jones’ trial that he saw Jones shoot Vital to collect on a drug debt. Edwards said he felt remorse for leading Jones, 24, of Kansas City, Kan., to Vital but contended he didn’t pull the trigger. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in Jones’ trial, and District Attorney
layer in there,” Bradford said, noting decisions are made by a majority of the seven-member board. “It’s four votes.” Rick Ingram, who received the most votes among four candidates in the board election in April, countered that the board could make its best decisions while contemplating a wide range of options, not simply those forwarded by administrators alone. “If it’s one set of opinions, then we don’t even have a choice,” Ingram said. Ingram indicated that he’d also like to consider expanding the district’s publicinvolvement processes to include at least two other advisory committees: one made up of students, and another made up of teachers. “We could probably learn a lot from the people who are in the trenches,” said Ingram, who also wants to create Facebook pages and conduct digital surveys to foster “two-way communication” between the district and its patrons. The board already has at least one volunteer group in place: The Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group meets next week to
start devising recommendations for consolidating a list of six elementary schools into three or four. That would fulfill the vision created by the Lawrence Elementary School Facility Vision Task Force, which in February recommended pursuing consolidation and closing Wakarusa Valley School — two efforts endorsed by the school board that had four other members. While current board members did not formally vote Monday on their goals for the coming year, such ideas for advisory committees and other input-oriented efforts drew consensus. Rick Doll, district superintendent, admitted that he’d entered the discussion with “some defensiveness,” a feeling that eased as he compiled the list of suggestions for helping, not hurting, district operations. “I see a goal there,” he said. Doll plans to compile suggested goals into a single document for discussion next month. Board members would be expected to approve the goals by the end of September.
opment without having to experiment on kids,” Lewis said. The two conduct their research in a lab on the second floor of Learned Hall. It has unique machines, numerous plastic spine models and even cadavers. Last week, Johnson did her first cadaver testing. She said it was fascinating, but it took a while to adjust to the smell. “I had never done that before,” she said. Johnson is conducting her
research under the guidance of Lisa Friis, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Friis said she has been working with Johnson for a little over a year. “She’s an incredibly bright, energetic and motivated student,” Friis said. “I have no doubt that she will be successful in her future career and help many people through her work.”
— Schools reporter Mark Fagan can be reached at 832-7188. Follow him at Twitter. com/MarkFaganLJW.
— Health reporter Karrey Britt can be reached at 832-7190. Read her health blog at WellCommons.com, and follow her at Twitter.
Charles Branson announced Aug. 2 his office would not seek a second trial against Jones and dismissed the charges due to concerns with Edwards’ credibility. Branson alleges Edwards made statements to a fellow inmate after the trial that contradicted his testimony, including allegations that Edwards said he shot Vital and that Edwards and Jones did discuss killing Vital prior to the murder. Edwards in court filings has denied those allegations. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Edwards to an 18-year prison sentence concurrent with a federal weapons conviction, but the defense contends Edwards should still be eligible to receive four years off of his sentence. “Our position is that he did come and testify truthfully,” Bell said. Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild has scheduled an Oct. 12 hearing on the matter.
White Owl escorted from KU campus A 64-year-old Lawrence man, known by the nickname White Owl, who was banned from the Kansas University campus in 2009, was escorted from campus Monday afternoon, a KU spokeswoman said. Jimmy Neil Tucker was given notice to appear in municipal court for criminal trespassing after he was on campus about noon Monday, the first day of classes, said Jill Jess, a KU spokeswoman. Tucker is recognized for his long white beard and in the past, frequently attended KU sporting events. Jess said Tucker was banned from campus in November 2009 for five years as a result of a series of complaints filed against him. Around that time Tucker had several legal issues, including a 2009 theft case in which he was accused of stealing three books from Anschutz Library. He also pleaded no contest in Douglas County District Court in January 2010 to violating a protective order, according to court records.
Planned Parenthood responds in lawsuit By John Milburn Associated Press
TOPEKA — Attorneys for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri asked a federal judge on Monday to require Kansas to pay the group quarterly with federal funds for non-abortion services. Planned Parenthood has filed suit to block a provision of the state budget aimed at preventing the organization from receiving any of the state’s share of federal family planning dollars. Monday’s filing in Wichita asks U.S. District J. Thomas Marten to require the state to make payments to the group as it has previously. The brief was filed in response to a request by the state that it pay Planned Parenthood monthly and only for services provided. The state also is asking Planned Parenthood to post a bond should Kansas prevail in the suit and recover funds. President and CEO Peter Brownlie said last week that the Planned Parenthood chapter hasn’t received any funds from the state Department of Health and Environment, despite Marten’s order to the contrary. The group estimates that the new state provision, if enforced, would cost it about $330,000 a year and force it either to increase charges for low-income patients or cut back on services such as providing birth control and performing exams. Marten issued an order Aug. 1 to block the budget provision. Last week, Marten rejected the state’s request to suspend his order while the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver considers whether to overturn it. Attorneys for the state said in a filing posted Friday that they would ask the appeals court to stay Marten’s original order.
Lee Thompson, attorney for Planned Parenthood, wrote that the state has had three weeks to comply with the court order “yet they continue to stall and otherwise avoid compliance.” Thompson said unless the state complied that Planned Parenthood would file a civil contempt motion with the federal court. Thompson said in the filing that previously the state made quarterly payments to the group to provide services. They argue that Marten’s order required the state to maintain “the status quo,” which would mean quarterly payments beginning in July at the start of the state’s fiscal year. The “defendants seek to change the status quo between the parties and further delay compliance with the order by imposing a new ‘after the fact’ reimbursement schedule or other administrative delays,” Thompson wrote. Planned Parenthood has clinics in Overland Park, Hays and Wichita. It says it keeps abortion financially separate from other services, but critics argue any tax dollars for the group indirectly subsidize abortions.
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Uneven post-9/11 data-cloaking persists By Justin Pritchard Associated Press
Take a virtual tour of New York on Google Maps and some blurry images appear. As you zoom down in satellite view, what looks like the crisp outline of the airport terminal near upstate Buffalo dissolves into a fuzzy white blob. Instead of cars, blotches of color sit in the main parking lot. Swing southeast 140 miles to the prison in Elmira, near the Pennsylvania border, or the atomic research lab in Schenectady, about 180 miles northeast from there — and the images hide behind the same type of blur. The alterations are not the work of a hacker. In the post-9/11 world, they’re the product of New York state’s homeland security apparatus, done in the hope of preventing terrorists from attacking.
THIS COMBINATION OF SCREEN CAPTURES shows maps of the Buffalo, N.Y., airport available on the Bing website, left, and Google maps services website on Thursday. In the post-9/11 world, the blurred image of this and other sites is the product of New York state’s homeland security apparatus. ment swung too far toward secrecy, particularly in the years immediately after 9/11, do not believe all information should be available. Rather, they argue that in too many cases decisions were made to hide information that was, in fact, important for the public to know. “We do not have a king or a ruling class that decides what our security policies should be,” said Steven Aftergood, who directs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “Secrecy short-circuits the whole democratic deliberative system and it’s fundamentally at odds with the kind of society we are all committed to.”
Befuddling inconsistencies As a staggered nation scrambled after Sept. 11, 2001, to anticipate possible next targets, there was a widespread sanitizing of publicly available information suddenly viewed as tipsheets and road maps for terrorists. But what also resulted, as shown by an Associated Press review for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ‘Flourishing of information’ Others argue that the govwere some befuddling inconsistencies — telling private ernment has performed with pilots not to fly over nuclear admirable openness during reactors, for example, and the war on terror, especially then not allowing them ac- compared to other times of cess to plant locations. war, when outright censorIt was all based on a fear ship was routine. that seemingly innocuous “What strikes me about the fragments of information period after 9/11 is I think we’ve could be paired to hatch an had an amazing flourishing of attack. If authorities couldn’t information and speech,” said be sure what information John Yoo, a law professor at might help, the University Secrecy short-circuits of California, they concluded it was the whole democratic Berkeley, who best to keep as a Department as much se- deliberative system of Justice attorcret as pos- and it’s fundamentally ney helped desible. Or if at odds with the kind velop the Bush total secrecy of society we are all administration’s couldn’t be program of agjustified, at committed to.” gressive interleast make rogation techthe informa- — Steven Aftergood, who directs the niques. Yoo tion much Project on Government Secrecy at also conceded, harder to ob- the Federation of American Scientists “You’re going tain. to see individSecurityual programs sensitive information wasn’t where bureaucrats muck just the coordinates of the na- things up and make sometimes tion’s nuclear power plants, silly decisions. It’s inherent in or the locations of massive in- bureaucracy.” ventories of dangerous chemOnline maps offer an inicals, or detailed maps of teresting case study because potentially explosive natural while millions of people use gas pipelines. Withheld from them every day to get from public view were things that point A to point B, they also average citizens might need can be used by terrorists and to know: emergency response other criminals. plans for public buildings in Evidence introduced at Idaho, building blueprints in a New York terror trial Delaware, and drinking water showed that the defendants test results in Texas. referenced Google’s mapping The efforts sometimes have software during a foiled 2007 tried to defy the Internet-age plot to blow up jet fuel tanks reality that once something is at John F. Kennedy Internapublic, it’s nearly impossible tional Airport. In an unreto make it private again. lated case, one member of a group that used small planes Too far? to fly drugs from Canada to Critics who believe govern- the northern U.S. said he
used Google Maps to scout hundreds of small airports for fences and cameras. Less clear is the rationale behind other decisions to hoard information that once was public — or information that is public in one form but not others. Some examples: ! After 9/11, one concern was the nation’s network of underground pipelines, which if broken can fuel raging propane or natural gas fires. Though some utilities kept their own maps public for a while, access to the National Pipeline Mapping System was almost immediately restricted, and remains so today. In several post-9/11 accidents, first responders did not know about the existence or location of pipelines. In the case of a 2007 explosion in Mississippi that killed two and injured seven, federal safety investigators concluded that if local authorities had known the problem was a busted propane line, they would have evacuated the area so residents couldn’t do something to ignite the gathering gas cloud. ! Security has become an entrenched reason that governments at all levels give for denying public records requests. Soon after 9/11, blueprints for structures including stadiums and state office buildings were exempted by Delaware lawmakers from public disclosure. An Alaska disclosure law passed in 2002 exempts infrastructure and security plans. New York City still refuses to release architectural plans of 2,500 buildings deemed security sensitive. Even the list of buildings isn’t public. At the federal level, the tone was set by an October 2001 memo from then-Attorney General John Ashcroft that said federal agencies should be circumspect, because of national security concerns, in releasing information. One manifestation was the use of a disclosure exemption based on the protection of “critical infrastructure.” In March, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the government’s broad use of that exemption in a case involving a Washington state man who wanted to get maps that show how bad accidental explosions could be at the Navy’s main West Coast ammunition dump.
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VISITORS TO THE REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL take pictures behind security fencing on the National Mall in Washington, on Sunday. BELOW, the memorial is seen on the National Mall on Sunday. It stands at the midpoint of a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from King’s speeches and writings.
Mood somber at opening of King memorial in D.C. By Ben Nuckols Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Some were locals who’ve watched for years as the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took shape on the National Mall. Some were tourists who happened to be in Washington the day it opened. All felt honored to be a part of history as they gazed at a towering granite sculpture of the civil rights leader. Hundreds of people slowly filed through the entrance to the 4-acre memorial site on a warm, sunny Monday morning in the nation’s capital. Before reaching the sculpture, they passed through two pieces of granite carved to resemble the sides of a mountain. About 50 feet ahead stands the 30-foot-tall sculpture by Chinese artist Lei Yixin. King appears to emerge from a stone extracted from the mountain, facing southeast across the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial. The design is inspired by a line from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered during the March on Washington in 1963: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” While visitors snapped photos, shot videos and spoke with dozens of reporters, the mood was quiet and respectful. “I’m ecstatic,” said Tehran Wadley, 35, of Washington. “It brings tears to my eyes, just to be able to see this.” King is the first person of color to have a memorial on the Mall. It is surrounded by memorials to presidents — Thomas Jefferson to the southeast, Abraham Lincoln to the northwest, Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the south. “I think it’s appropriate,” said Frank Myers, 49, a Teamsters union officer from King George, Va. “His contribution was just as great as any of the presidents. This country’s come a long way
List: Web older than incoming college freshmen By Dinesh Ramde Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Mention Amazon to the incoming class of college freshmen and they are more likely to think of shopping than the South American river. PC doesn’t stand for political correctness and breaking up on Facebook is more common than any more personal encounter. These are among the 75 references on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List, a compilation intended to remind teachers that college freshmen born mostly in 1993 see the world in a much different way: They fancied pogs and Tickle Me Elmo toys as children, watched televisions that never had dials and their lives have always been like a box of chocolates. Once upon a time, relatives of the current generation swore never to trust anyone over the age of 30. This group could argue: Never trust anyone older than the Net. The college’s compilation,
released today, is assembled each year by two officials at the private school in southeastern Wisconsin. It also has evolved into a national phenomenon, a cultural touchstone that entertains even as it makes people wonder where the years have gone. Remember when the initials LBJ referred to President Lyndon B. Johnson? Today, according to the list, they make teenagers think of NBA star LeBron James. And speaking of NBA legends, these kids didn’t want to be like Mike. They fawned over Shaq and Kobe. In their lifetimes, Major League Baseball has always had three divisions plus wildcard playoff teams, and every state has always observed Martin Luther King Day. The “yadda, yadda, yadda” generation that’s been quoting Seinfeld since they were old enough to talk also has always seen women serve as U.S. Supreme Court justices and command U.S. Navy ships. Then there’s OJ Simpson.
These students were still in diapers when the former NFL star began searching for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. “Hmm, I know there was some scandal about him,” said Alex Keesey, 18, an incoming freshman from Beloit. “I think it was robbery or murder, maybe both.” Comments like that can be a little jarring to older folks who imagine that everyone knows about the Simpson murder trial and subsequent acquittal. But if the generation gap has you down, get used to it. The list’s authors note that technology has only accelerated the pace of change and further compressed the generational divide. Older Americans who read previous Mindset Lists felt that life was moving too quickly, list author Ron Nief said, and now even younger people share that sentiment. “I talk to people in their early 30s and they’re telling me they can’t keep up with all the advances,” Nief said. Nief’s co-author, English
professor Tom McBride, predicts the trend will only accelerate. “If you look at the jump from email to texting, or from email to Facebook, it’s been faster than the jump from typing to computers,” McBride said. “These generational gaps are getting smaller.” Still not feeling old? Consider this: Andre the Giant, River Phoenix and Frank Zappa all died before these students were born. They don’t know what a Commodore 64 was, and they don’t understand why Boston barflies would ever shout, “Norm!” Oh, and Ferris Bueller could be their father. McBride and Nief say the main lesson professors should take from this year’s list is that their incoming students have never lived in a world without the Internet. From the moment these kids were able to reach a tabletop, their fingertips probably were brushing against computers plugged into the World Wide Web.
as a result of him and people like him.” Monday’s opening had little fanfare, but that will change during a week of events leading up to Sunday’s dedication, which falls on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the ceremony. The memorial cost $120 million, and Harry E. Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, said the group is $5 million short of that goal. The sheer size of the King sculpture sets it apart from the nearby statues of Jefferson and Lincoln, which are both about 20 feet tall. It stands at the midpoint of
a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from King’s speeches and writings. Among them: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The sculpture depicts King with a stern, enigmatic gaze, wearing a jacket and tie, his arms folded and clutching papers in his left hand. Lei, the sculptor, said through his son, who translated from Mandarin, that “you can see the hope” in King’s face. But his serious demeanor, Lei said, also indicates that “he’s thinking.” Lei said he wanted the memorial to be a visual representation of the ideals in King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “His dream is very universal. It’s a dream of equality,” Lei said through his son. “He went to jail. He had been beaten, and he sacrificed his life for his dream. And now his dream comes true.” King was assassinated in 1968 while supporting black sanitation workers who had gone on strike in Memphis, Tenn. The memorial site is surrounded by 182 Yoshino cherry trees that will blossom pink and white in the spring. It’s intended to be peaceful, giving visitors an opportunity to reflect on King’s words and legacy.
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GOP pushing balanced budget amendment By Andrew Taylor Associated Press
WASHINGTON — As a “supercommittee” tries to find $1.5 trillion in new deficit cuts this fall, Republicans will be pressing a far more ambitious goal: passing an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The idea is being pushed most forcefully by conservative activists eager to shrink the government and its spending but disappointed with the results they’ve achieved so far in Washington, where Democrats control both the White House and the Senate. “Spending cuts and caps are steps in the right direction,” said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. But a balanced budget amendment is “the only permanent solution to control government spending and end our nation’s spending-driven debt crisis,” Sessions said. House GOP leaders — short of the two-thirds margin required to pass the amendment — have held off scheduling a vote. But both House and Senate are required to hold votes this fall as one of the conditions of recently enacted legislation to raise the government’s borrowing cap. It’s a decidedly uphill battle, even though Republicans control the House with larger numbers than they had in 1995, when a balanced budget amendment sailed through the chamber with 300 votes. It fell just one supporter short of the required twothirds margin in the Senate. There appear to be fewer Democratic backers now than
The new version of the balanced budget amendment would virtually make it impossible for future Congresses to raise taxes by requiring a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. It also would force a huge shrinking of government programs by capping spending at 18 percent of the nation’s total economic output each year. there were in 1995, when 72 House Democrats voted for the amendment. For starters, there are far fewer southern white conservative and moderate Democrats in the House than there were back then. And Republicans have made the task more difficult by pushing a significantly more stringent tea partybacked version of the amendment now than they did in 1995. The new version would virtually make it impossible for future Congresses to raise taxes by requiring a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. It also would force a huge shrinking of government programs by capping spending at 18 percent of the nation’s total economic output each year. This year, government spending is running about 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), the widest measure of the U.S. economy. Democrats won’t back the stricter version. But if House leaders also press a vote on the 1995 version, which permits tax increases by a simple majority vote, they’ll run into opposition from conservative activists like Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who say the old version is a recipe for higher taxes. “There are lots of reasons not to like the original balanced budget amendment,” Norquist said, warning that
it could lead to tax increases imposed by lawmakers squeamish about cutting spending, or even by federal courts. Given the enormity of the nation’s fiscal gap, future Congresses facing a balancedbudget mandate would surely consider tax increases as a way to ease cuts to defense, Social Security, Medicare and other domestic programs. Even tea party-driven House Republicans shunned such cuts earlier this year when adopting a nonbinding GOP budget blueprint that forecast deficits in the $400 billion range for most of the decade. Republican decided against offering a balanced budget because it would have forced cuts on current recipients of Medicare and Social Security benefits. Lawmakers did have an opportunity to vote for balancing the budget in the form of a much stiffer budget plan offered by the conservative Republican Study Committee, which promised a balanced ledger by the end of the decade. That balanced-budget plan, however, won only 119 votes in the 435-member House in April and a majority of Republicans opposed it. The balanced-budget blueprint relied on massive cuts to domestic programs like health care and food aid for the poor. It also featured politically implausible propos-
als like raising the eligibility age for full Social Security retirement benefits to 70. In 1995, the failure of the balanced budget amendment to pass the Senate propelled then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., to engineer congressional passage of a seven-year balanced-budget plan. It fell prey to a veto by President Bill Clinton but set the stage for a bipartisan balanced budget two years later. The so-called supercommittee is required to produce cuts in the range of $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion — too small to satisfy the tea partydriven House. So a vote on a balanced budget amendment is an opportunity to take a tougher stand, even as lawmakers are spared difficult votes on concrete proposals to cut spending further. Should the amendment win two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate, that would negate the requirement for the supercommittee’s deficit cuts or an alternative $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts if the panel fails to find a compromise or its recommendation is rejected by Congress. The proposed amendment also is an opportunity for Democrats to cast a toughon-spending vote. Sixteen House Democrats have signed on to the version that passed the House in 1995. So far, Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina is the only Democrat to sign on to the tea party-backed version requiring two-thirds supermajorities in the House and Senate to raise taxes. It would take 48 Democratic votes to pass either amendment, assuming that all 240 House Republicans vote for it as well.
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RICHMOND, VA. — Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven’t been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday. Policymakers, public interest groups and telecom companies are seeking to bridge the digital divide by reaching even the most remote pockets of the U.S. with broadband Internet, hoping to improve economic and educational opportunities there. “There’s a big gap that remains between rural and urban areas because it’s just hard to make a business case in rural areas,” said Jonathan Adelstein, the agriculture department’s rural utilities service administrator, in a conference call with reporters. “Rural areas’ future depends upon access to broadband and we’re not where we need to be today.” The states that will benefit from the funding are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Vir-
! Cleaning up tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from a pipeline and fouled a stretch of Montana’s renowned Yellowstone River is expected to cost Exxon Mobil Corp. an estimated $42.6 million, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. About 42,000 gallons, or 1,000 barrels, of crude leaked into the waterway upstream of Billings, the state’s most populous city, when the pipeline buried under the scenic river broke on July 1. If the cost figure holds, the accident will cost Exxon more than $1,000 for every gallon spilled. Exxon Mobil’s cost estimate includes $40 million for emergency response work and $2.5 million for damage to public and private property. The company valued the lost oil at $100,000, according to documents submitted to federal pipeline regulators and obtained by The AP through a public information request. An inspector will be present during the construction of the pipeline replacement, the agency said.
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Survey: No recession, but weakness will endure By Paul Wiseman Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Another recession isn’t likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy. That’s the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.S. economy into 2012. Their gloominess comes at a time when Europe’s debt crisis threatens to infect the global financial system. It also coincides with an annual economic conference late this week in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and speculation about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will unveil any new steps there to help the economy. Worries that another recession is nearing and that the European crisis will spread have led to a roughly 15 percent drop in stock prices in the past month. Economists say the Great Recession ended in June 2009. What makes a solution so difficult is that the fear gripping investors isn’t just a symptom of economic distress; it’s also a cause of it. Sinking stock prices frighten consumers and businesses. They then spend and invest less. Investors respond to lower corporate sales by selling stocks, worsening the market declines. Each day that the stock market sinks “puts another nail in the coffin of the recovery,” said Beth Ann Bovino, senior economist at Standard & Poor’s. “I had been saying it was a half-speed recovery; now, it’s
a quarter-speed recovery,” Bovino said. She is among 43 private, corporate and academic economists surveyed this month by the AP. As a group, they are more downbeat than when surveyed eight weeks ago. Among their conclusions: ! The likelihood of a recession within the next 12 months is 26 percent. In June, the economists had put the likelihood at 15 percent. ! The economy will inch ahead at an annual rate of 2 percent in the July-September quarter and 2.2 percent from October through December. Though stronger than the growth for the first half of 2011, that isn’t enough to lower the unemployment rate much, if at all. And next year will barely be stronger. ! Weak consumer spending poses a “major” risk to the economy. In June, Americans cut their spending for the first time in nearly two years. And consumer spending fuels about 70 percent of the economy. ! The unemployment rate will end this year at 9 percent and 2012 at 8.5 percent. Those rates are slightly less than July’s 9.1 percent. But they’re more consistent with a recession than a recovery. ! The Fed’s efforts to keep interest rates at record lows may not succeed in promoting growth or easing unemployment. But its low-rate policies will likely boost stock prices. The economists do foresee economic growth, job creation, consumer spending and home prices all rising over the next year. But the gains they expect are so slight that many Americans won’t notice.
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ginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. As many as one in 10 Americans can’t get Internet connections fast enough to engage in such common online activities as watching video or teleconferencing, and two-thirds of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs, the Commerce Department reported earlier this year. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission released a national broadband plan that set a goal of hooking up 100 million U.S. households to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second by 2020. That’s at least 20 times faster than many existing home connections. About 28 percent of rural America, or nearly 19 million people, lack access to Internet with speeds of three megabits per second or faster, compared with only 3 percent, or 7.2 million people, in non-rural areas, according to an FCC report titled “Bringing Broadband to Rural America.” Adelstein said rural areas lag behind the urban areas of the country when it comes to broadband Internet access because the more remote areas don’t have enough people, have rugged terrain, or it’s too costly for companies to serve them.
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Back-to-school can mean vaccines for tweens, teens Letterman back at work By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot? If you haven’t worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering kindergarten, better put vaccines on the to-do list. Older kids need a few new immunizations starting at age 11, including a shot to guard against the worrisome resurgence of whooping cough. And for the first time this year, 16-year-olds are supposed to get a booster shot, too, for a scary type of meningitis. Many slip through the cracks. One reason: Schools don’t require adolescents to comply with a list of national vaccine recommendations like they do kindergartners. Another reason: “Kids this age go to the doctor much less,” says Dr. Melinda Wharton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who had to scramble to get her own daughter that meningitis shot before she headed to college. “This whole back-toschool push is a good time for parents to think about their kids in terms of what vaccines are recommended.” But when it comes to whooping cough, a growing number of states are requiring updated shots as students enter middle school and beyond. A new California law requires a staggering 3 million students to show proof they’re protected as they head back to class.
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TREVOR REESE, 13, GETS HIS TDAP SHOT from pediatric nurse practitioner Jenny Lu, right, Thursday in Tustin, Calif. Backpack. Notebooks. Whooping cough shot? If you haven’t worried about back-to-school shots since your tween or teen was entering kindergarten, better put vaccines on the to-do list. “It is that kind of effort that’s going to help us stem the outbreaks,” says Dr. Mark Sawyer of the University of California, San Diego. Aside from an annual flu vaccine, here are federal recommendations for preteens and teens: !"A Tdap shot between ages 11 and 12. It protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough — and the latter is key as the cough that’s so strong it can break a rib is on the rise. Young children get vaccinated before kindergarten but that protection wears off, and pertussis outbreaks in middle or high school no longer are rare. While older kids usually recover, whoop-
ing cough can cause weeks of misery — and worse, they can easily spread the bacterial infection to not-yet-vaccinated infants, who can die. Last year was especially bad for whooping cough, with more than 21,000 U.S. cases and at least 26 deaths. California was hard hit with more than 9,200 cases — the most since 1947 — and 10 babies died. !" A first dose of what’s called meningococcal conjugate vaccine between ages 11 and 12, with a booster dose at 16. This fast-moving bacteria can cause meningitis or a bloodstream infection. It’s fortunately rare, causing fewer than 2,000 cases a year. But it can be so ag-
gressive that someone can feel fine one day and be dead the next — and its main targets are adolescents and college freshmen. Why? That’s not clear, but about 10 percent of the population carries the germ harmlessly in their noses and throats. Carriers tend to spread it by coughing, kissing and sharing drinking glasses, especially in crowded conditions like dormitories. Infection initially mimics a stomach bug, with fever and vomiting. Up to 15 percent of patients die. One in five survivors suffers permanent disabilities including brain damage, deafness or amputated limbs. !" Finally for girls ages 11 to 12, there’s the HPV vaccine for strains of human papillomavirus that can cause cervical cancer. The idea is to start the three doses needed early enough to be fully vaccinated well before the girl becomes sexually active. But in 2009, only 27 percent of girls ages 13 to 17 had gotten all three doses. “We were very disappointed in those numbers,” Wharton says. A vaccine version is sold for boys to prevent HPVcaused genital warts, although CDC hasn’t yet recommended its routine use. Wharton’s final advice: Adolescence is a good time to catch up on any shots that were recommended after your child started kindergarten and thus missed, like the second dose of chickenpox vaccine that became routine for the 5-year-old set just a few years ago.
It’s alive! Space station’s robot awake By Marcia Dunn
In a spectacular turnabout, hospitals are treating almost all major heart attack patients within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival, a new study finds. Just five years ago, less than half of them got their clogged arteries opened that fast. The time it took to treat such patients plunged from a median of 96 minutes in 2005 to only 64 minutes last year, researchers found. Some hospitals are moving at warp speed: Linda Tisch was treated in a mere 16 minutes after she was stricken while visiting relatives near Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut this month. Emergency responders called ahead to mobilize a team of heart specialists. Once she arrived, “they had a brief conversation and I went straight into the OR. My family was absolutely
NEW YORK — David Letterman was back at “Late Show” on Monday after a two-week vacation, his first day at work since a threat against his life was posted on a jihadist website. Outside the Ed Sullivan Theater before the mid-afternoon taping, it was pretty much business as usual. CBS has declined to comment on any special security measures being taken for the busy day (which, as usual, calls for a taping of Thursday’s show Letterman after Monday night’s show is wrapped). A bomb-sniffing dog was led around the periphery of the midtown Manhattan theater. Meanwhile, ticket-holders queuing up on the sidewalk seemed relaxed about attending Letterman’s first taping since the assassination threat. Some were even unaware that his life had been threatened. “I’m not worried. They’ve got metal detectors,” said Kendall Phillips, a 25-yearold from Houston, noting a standard provision in the TV world for screening audience members. “Plus, it’s like really hard to get tickets.” It was last week that a frequent contributor to a jihadist website posted the threat to Letterman. He urged Muslim
LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian’s weekend wedding kept the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office busy. Officer Drew Sugars says the Saturday evening ceremony brought 22 calls into the station, mostly complaints from neighbors about loud music and helicopters overhead. Sugars says seven deputies were hired to provide supplemental security at the nuptials,
ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY, EXPEDITION 26 COMMANDER, RIGHT, POSES with Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, March 15 in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. NASA ground controllers Monday turned on the robot for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. embedded in the arms for controlling the joints. “Robonaut behaved himself,” said deputy project manager Nicolaus Radford. “Oh, Robonaut definitely got an ‘A.’ He won’t be held back a grade, if that’s what you want to know.” “It was just very exciting,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming to get this thing turned on.” The robot was delivered
on space shuttle Discovery’s final flight. It took this long for the operating software to get up there, and for the astronauts to have enough time to help with the experiment On Sept. 1, controllers will command Robonaut to move its fingers, hands and arms. “It’s been asleep for about a year, so it kind of has to stretch out a little bit,” Radford told The Associated Press. “Just like a crew mem-
ber has to kind of acclimate themselves to zero gravity, our robot has to do a very similar thing, kind of wiggle itself and learn how it needs to move” in weightlessness. For now, Robonaut exists from the waist up. It measures 3 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 330 pounds. Each arm is 2 feet 8 inches long. A pair of legs currently are being designed and should be launched in 2013.
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followers to “cut the tongue” of the late-night host because of a joke and gesture the comic had made about al-Qaida leaders on his CBS show. One joke that may have helped inspire the threat was among several about alQaida in Letterman’s June 8 monologue. This was just days after the death of al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. Though Kashmiri was rumored to be a long-shot choice to succeed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn’t have worked out even had he lived, Letterman cracked, pointing to Kashmiri’s “rocky start” as a frontrunner: “He botched up the story of Paul Revere.” The real butt of that joke: Sarah Palin, potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, who in early June on her “One Nation” bus tour claimed that Paul Revere’s famous ride was intended to warn British soldiers as well as his fellow colonists. The website contributor, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, wrote that Letterman had referred to both bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman, in discussing Kashmiri’s death, had “put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter.” “Is there not among you a Sayyid Nosair al-Mairi ... to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever?” AlBasrawi wrote, referring to El Sayyid Nosair, who was convicted of the 1990 killing of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane. Letterman is not Jewish.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — NASA’s humanoid robot has finally awakened in space. Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems. The robot was not commanded to move; that will happen next week. “Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind,” Robonaut posted in a Twitter update. (All right, so a Robonaut team member actually posted Monday’s tweets under AstroRobonaut.) The four visible light cameras that serve as Robonaut’s eyes turned on in the gold-colored head, as did the infrared camera, located in the robot’s mouth and needed for depth perception. One of Robonaut’s tweets showed the view inside the American lab, Destiny. “Sure wish I could move my head and look around,” Robonaut said in the tweet. Robonaut — the first humanoid robot in space — is being tested as a possible astronaut’s helper. The robot’s handlers at Mission Control in Houston cheered as everything came alive. The main computers — buried inside Robonaut’s stomach — kicked on, as did the more than 30 processors
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flabbergasted,” said Tisch, 58, who went home to Westerly, R.I., two days later. Tisch wasn’t a fluke. The hospital took 26 minutes on another case on Thursday. “Americans who have heart attacks can now be confident that they’re going to be treated rapidly in virtually every HEALTH hospital of the country,” said Yale cardiologist Dr. Harlan Krumholz. He led the study, published online Monday by an American Heart Association journal, Circulation. What is remarkable about this improvement, Krumholz said, is that it occurred without money incentives or threat of punishment. Instead, the government and a host of private groups led research on how to shorten
treatment times and started campaigns to persuade hospitals that this was the right thing to do. “It’s amazing and it’s very gratifying. I’m surprised that we were able to achieve that type of dramatic improvement” so quickly, said Dr. John Brush, a cardiologist at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., who helped the American College of Cardiology design its campaign, which involved more than 1,000 hospitals. Heart attacks are caused by clogged arteries that prevent enough oxygen and blood from reaching the heart. Each year, about 250,000 people in the United States and more than 3 million worldwide suffer a major one, where a main artery is completely blocked. The best remedy is angioplasty, in which doctors push a tube through an artery to the clog, inflate a tiny balloon to flatten it, and place a mesh prop called a stent to keep
the artery open. The period from hospital arrival to angioplasty is called “door-to-balloon” time, and guidelines say this should be 90 minutes or less. Any delay means more heart damage, and the risk of dying goes up 42 percent if care is delayed even half an hour. Not all hospitals have the capability to do angioplasty around the clock, so part of the effort to speed care involved setting rules for who has to be consulted before deciding to do the procedure. The study involved more than 300,000 patients who had an emergency angioplasty at hospitals that get Medicare reimbursements. The researchers looked at records from 2005, just before campaigns to shorten treatment times were launched, through September 2010. Only 44 percent were treated in the recommended time in 2005, but by last year it was 91 percent.
which were held at a private estate in Montecito, Calif. No citations were issued, and no arrests were made. Kardashian’s marriage to professional basketball player Kris Humphries was filmed for a forthcoming TV special. It is the first marriage for the 26-year-old athlete and the second for the 30-yearold reality star, who appears on E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 LIBYAN REBEL FIGHTERS FIRE toward forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during fierce gunfire in downtown Tripoli, Libya, on Monday. World leaders said the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi’s regime and began planning for Libya’s future without the man who has held power there for 42 years.
Gadhafi son resurfaces, free and vowing to fight Getting Libyan oil back to market could take years NEW YORK (AP) — It could be a year or more before Libya produces enough oil to start exporting it in large amounts again. But once the oil starts flowing, it should bring the price of gasoline down even further. International oil prices fell Monday because of the prospect that those shipments will hit the market again. The shipments stopped six months ago as the rebellion in Libya raged. The conflict damaged pipelines and fields and forced out foreign oil engineers who once helped the nation export 1.5 million barrels of oil every day. Before the country can begin producing oil in large amounts again, security must be re-established, a new government must be formed, the United Nations must lift international sanctions, and damage to oil fields and pipelines must be repaired. The prices of crude oil and gasoline were already falling sharply because of concerns that the slowing global economy will slow demand from drivers and businesses. Gas has fallen 41 cents, to $3.57 a gallon, from its peak this year of $3.98 on May 5. It could fall as low as $3.25 by the middle of September, experts say. The ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi would clear the way for a new government and a return to oil production. But bringing Libyan oil production back to levels that will make a difference will take months if not years, experts say.
A BOY HOLDS a drawing depicting Moammar Gadhafi and his son Seif al-Islam being hanged during celebrations early Monday.
By Ben Hubbard and Karin Laub Associated Press
TRIPOLI, LIBYA — The son and heir apparent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Seif al-Islam, resurfaced free and defiant early today, a day after rebels claimed to have captured him, boasting in a bizarre reappearance that his father’s loyalists still control parts of Tripoli and would crush the rebellion. Seif al-Islam’s sudden — even surreal — arrival at a Tripoli hotel where foreign journalists are staying threw the situation in the capital into confusion. It underlined the potential for Gadhafi, whose whereabouts remain unknown, to lash back even as his grip on power seemed to be slipping fast. Rebels say they control the large majority of Tripoli, but on Monday they were still fighting pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns. Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman, who was in Tripoli, said the “danger is still there” as long as the elder Gadhafi remains on the run. He warned that pro-Gadhafi brigades are positioned on Tripoli’s outskirts and could “be in the middle of the city in half an hour.” The rebel leadership seemed stunned that Seif al-Islam was free. The leadership’s spokesman, Sadeq al-Kabir, had no explanation and could only say, “This could be all lies.” He could not confirm whether Seif al-Islam escaped rebel custody, but he did say that another captured Gadhafi son, Mohammed, had escaped the home arrest that rebels had placed him in a day earlier. On Monday, the rebels had said Seif alIslam was captured, but did not give details on where he was held. The Netherlandsbased International Criminal Court — which indicted Seif al-Islam and his father — had confirmed his capture. Seif al-Islam, with a full beard and wearing an olivegreen T-shirt and camouflage trousers, turned up early to-
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day morning at the Rixos hotel, where about 30 foreign journalists are staying in Tripoli under the close watch of regime minders. Riding in a white limousine amid a convoy of armored SUVs, he took reporters on a drive through parts of the city still under the regime’s control, saying, “We are going to hit the hottest spots in Tripoli.” Associated Press reporters were among the journalists who saw him and went on the tour. The tour covered mainly the area that was known to still be under the regime’s control — the district around the Rixos hotel and nearby Bab al-Aziziya, Gadhafi’s residential compound and military barracks. The tour went through streets full of armed Gadhafi backers, controlled by roadblocks, and into the Gadhafi stronghold neighborhood Bu Slim. At Bab al-Aziziya, at least a hundred men were waiting in lines for guns being distributed to volunteers to defend the regime. Seif al-Islam shook hands with supporters, beaming and flashing the “V for victory” sign. “We are here. This is our country. This is our people, and we live here, and we die here,” he told AP Television News. “And we are going to win, because the people are with us. That’s why were are going to win. Look at them — look at them, in the streets, everywhere!” When asked about the ICC’s claim that he was arrested by rebels, he told reporters: “The ICC can go to hell,” and added “We are going to break the backbone of the rebels.”
U.S., NATO were crucial, unseen hands By Lolita C. Baldor and Slobodan Lekic Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Through months of military stalemate in Libya it was an open secret among NATO allies that countries inside and outside the alliance were quietly but crucially helping rebels gain their footing against the much stronger forces loyal to longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Covert forces, private contractors and U.S. intelligence assets were thrown into the fight in an undercover campaign operating separately from the NATO command structure. Targeted bombings methodically took out Gadhafi’s key communications facilities and weapons caches. And an increasing number of American hunter-killer drones provided round-the-clock surveillance as the rebels advanced. These largely unseen
hands helped to transform the ragtag rebel army into the force storming Tripoli. Diplomats acknowledge that covert teams from France, Britain and some East European states provided critical assistance, without — they contend — compromising NATO’s mandate from the United Nations to restrict its operations to protecting civilians. The aid included logisticians, security advisers and forward air controllers for the rebel army, as well as intelligence operatives, damage assessment analysts and other experts, according to a diplomat based at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have been gathering information throughout the conflict from contacts they’d developed
when they were working closely with Gadhafi’s government on counterterrorism against al-Qaida-related Islamic militant groups operating in Libya. This thawing of relations between two longtime adversaries, lasting only a few years, paid unexpected dividends later. Foreign military advisers on the ground were key to getting real-time intelligence to the rebels, helping them accurately concentrate their limited firepower on the enemy. One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said the Qatari military led the way, augmented later by French, Italian and British military advisers. This effort had a multiple purpose, not only assisting the rebels but monitoring their ranks and watching for any al-Qaida elements trying to infiltrate or influence the rebellion.
In Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital hundreds of miles east of Tripoli, the head of the rebel National Transitional Council said the rebels have no idea where Gadhafi is or whether he is even in Tripoli. “The real moment of victory is when Gadhafi is captured,” Mustafa Abdel-Jalil said. An Obama administration official said the U.S. had no indication that Gadhafi had left Libya. President Barack Obama said the situation in Libya reached a tipping point in recent days after a five month NATO-led bombing campaign. However, he acknowledged that the situation remained fluid and that elements of the regime remained a threat. The Obama administration official said the U.S. believes 90 percent of the capital is under rebel control, while regime loyalists still control Sirte and the southern city of Sebha. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. Gadhafi’s forces remained active, firing off a shortrange Scud missile Monday near Sirte, Gadhafi’s hometown and one of the few remaining cities still under his control, said U.S. military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations. It was unclear where the missile landed or if anyone was hurt. It was only the second Scud missile fired during this year’s conflict. On Aug. 15, Libyan government forces launched one near Sirte that landed in the desert outside Brega, injuring no one.
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SUPPORTERS OF SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD shout slogans and wave their national flag, as they protest to show their solidarity to their president in Damascus, Syria, on Friday. Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, is facing the most serious international isolation of his rule. On Thursday, the United States and its European allies demanded he step down. Syrian security forces killed at least 20 protesters Friday despite promises by Assad that the military operations against the 5-month-old uprising are over.
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By Elizabeth A. Kennedy
BEIRUT — Taking inspiration from the rapid unraveling of the regime in Libya, thousands of Syrians poured into the streets Monday and taunted President Bashar Assad with shouts that his family’s 40-year dynasty will be the next dictatorship to crumble. Assad, who has tried in vain to crush the 5-month-old revolt, appears increasingly out of touch as he refuses to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of people demanding his ouster, analysts say. Instead, he blames the unrest on Islamic extremists and thugs. But many observers say Assad should heed the lessons of Libya. “Gadhafi is gone; now it’s your turn, Bashar!” protesters shouted in several cities across the country hours after Assad dismissed calls to step down during an interview on state TV. Security forces opened fire in the central city of Homs, killing at least one person. “Leaders should know that they will be able to remain in power as long as they remain sensitive to the demands of the people,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to Turkey’s Anatolia news agency. Turkey, a former close ally of Syria and an important trade partner, has grown increasingly frustrated with Damascus over its deadly crackdown. The violence has left Syria facing the most serious international isolation
Leaders should know that they will be able to remain in power as long as they remain sensitive to the demands of the people.” — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
in decades, with widespread calls for Assad to step down. Human rights groups say more than 2,000 people — most of them unarmed protesters — have been killed in the government’s crackdown on the uprising. Britain’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox told BBC radio that Assad would “be thinking again in light of what has happened in Tripoli overnight.” Syria presented a different case than other Arab nations swept by unrest this year. A military intervention has been all but ruled out, given the quagmire in Libya and the lack of any strong opposition leader in Syria to rally behind. The U.S. and other nations have little leverage to threaten further isolation or economic punishment of Assad’s pro-Iranian regime. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed the idea of arming the Syrian rebels. “I don’t think anybody thinks that more guns into Syria is going to be the right answer right now,” she said. “The Syrians themselves don’t want that. So that’s why our focus has been on political and economic pressure.”
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DUI loophole Legislators should close a key loophole in the state’s new DUI law.
ith its new DUI law that took effect on July 1, Kansas is getting tougher with those who drink and drive. The law also establishes the state’s first centralized DUI database, allowing prosecutors easier access to a Kansas driver’s full DUI history. Starting with the first offense, a motorist gets a misdemeanor, a 30-day license suspension, an ignition interlock for a year, two days to six months in jail or 100 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine. Penalties increase for each conviction, leading up to a fourth offense. At a fourth conviction, the driver faces a felony, 45-day license suspension, ignition interlock for three years, 90 days to one year in jail and District Attorney Charles Branson said a $2,500 fine. These are his office requests good changes. that all officers get But there is a loophole in a judge to sign a new law, search warrant to get the according to a blood draw within state Sen. Tim Rtwo hours for all DUI Owens, Overland Park, suspects who refuse who spent five to submit to breath or years trying to reform Kanblood tests as part of sas DUI laws. the traffic stop or DUI If the driver is investigation. asked by the officer to take a Breathalyzer test and fails, he or she is subjected to jail time, a fine and the ignition interlock device. The loophole comes in when a driver refuses a Breathalyzer test. By refusing the test, the driver would face a one-year driver’s license suspension and the interlock for one year. However, although the driver could still be prosecuted for DUI, it’s far more difficult to gain a conviction without the Breathalyzer evidence. Prosecutors are left with field sobriety tests administered by the on-scene officer, said Owens, who has been a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge in his career. He said he’s seen cases in which someone refuses a test and evades a conviction for DUI. Months before the new law took effect, Douglas County prosecutors were working with law enforcement to improve the chances of successfully prosecuting DUI convictions. District Attorney Charles Branson said his office requests that all officers get a judge to sign a search warrant to get a blood draw within two hours for all DUI suspects who refuse to submit to breath or blood tests as part of the traffic stop or DUI investigation. “We are able to file cases that we were not able to file before,” Branson said of his policy. That’s good news for prosecution, and helps to address the loophole in the new DUI law, but it sounds like a lot of work. Also, how many Kansas counties will do what Douglas County is doing? Long term, it would be better for Owens and his colleagues to seek a statewide solution by closing the Breathalyzer loophole.
Argentine leader faces hard choices BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — When I asked a group of 10 influential business people at a luncheon here last week whether President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is likely to intensify or moderate her leftist-populist policies after her expected victory in the Oct. 23 elections, a majority of six raised their hands indicting that they fear she will become more radical. In the discussion that followed, they cited three major reasons: !" First, they said, the president is almost sure to feel emboldened by her unexpectedly high vote in the Aug. 14 primary election. She got more than 50 percent of the vote, 38 percentage points more than her nearest rival. !" Second, they said, she will be increasingly tempted to nationalize businesses or seize private sector assets because the government is broke. Despite benefitting from the biggest economic bonanza in recent memory, thanks to booming world prices of Argentina’s soybean exports, the government has spent well beyond its means in recent years. Fernandez de Kirchner, and her late husband former president Nestor Kirchner before her, have created social programs that give away cash to millions of people without requiring them to work, and have heavily subsidized electricity, gas, and other public services. Bus fares in this capital, for instance, have been frozen for several years at 30 cents a ride, in
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The international context has changed, and Fernandez de Kirchner cannot count on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to rescue Argentina, as he did a few years ago. Venezuela is having its own financial problems, and Chavez is focused on winning the 2012 elections at home.”
a country where most consumer goods are more expensive than in the United States. Argentines are on a consumption spree, buying everything from cars and plasma TVs to apartments in Miami. But the “fiesta” will soon be over, the six pessimistic business leaders said. If Fernandez de Kirchner is forced to choose between cutting subsidies and nationalizing businesses, she will opt for the latter, they said. !" Third, despite the presi-
dent’s election campaign moderation in recent months, her vice minister of economy, Roberto Feletti, said recently that the government will “deepen the economic model,” a euphemism for increasing the state control over the economy, they said. Hours later, I presented the results of my decidedly unscientific focus group to Alberto Fernandez, the president’s former chief of staff, who despite a recent run-in with the government, told me that he voted for Fernandez de Kirchner in the Aug. 14 primary. “The possibility of a government radicalization is increasingly smaller,” Fernandez told me. “The Peronista (government) party will be thinking of how to win the 2015 elections, and radical measures would generate conflicts that would not help it achieve that goal.” But the former chief of staff cautioned that the government has a “suicidal gene” that sometimes leads it to take impulsive actions when it feels very strong, such as when it cracked down on ranchers three years ago. He added, “There is always a risk that this suicidal gene will show up unexpectedly.” Another Peronist party insider, who is very close to the president, said that Fernandez de Kirchner is likely to tone down her radical leftist leanings in her second term. True, the government won’t be able to maintain its current subsidies for the entire population, but will solve that problem by raising bus fares and electricity bills, while at the
same time compensating the poor with higher cash handouts, he said. He also dismissed the vice minister of economy’s statement about “deepening the model” as meaningless, adding that Feletti is a low-level official who will soon leave his job to serve as congressman. My opinion: I tend to disagree with the majority of business people who said in my informal luncheon poll that Fernandez de Kirchner is likely to move even closer to Venezuela, Bolivia or Ecuador’s style of crazy populism. It’s hard to be populist when you run out of money, and when there is no financial savior in sight. The international context has changed, and Fernandez de Kirchner cannot count on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to rescue Argentina, as he did a few years ago. Venezuela is having its own financial problems, and Chavez is focused on winning the 2012 elections at home. To maintain Argentina’s consumption spree, avoid hyperinflation, keep the population happy and remain in power, Argentina’s ruling party will have to start generating confidence, so that it can reduce capital flight and begin drawing domestic and foreign investments. Unless its “suicidal gene” takes over — something that, admittedly, happens often in Argentina — it will have little choice but to follow that road.
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Responding to a recent state survey, a Kansas University official YEARS said that figures AGO indicating a ‘brain IN 1982 drain’ from state schools were ‘misleading.’ Sally Bryant, assistant to the dean of educational services at KU, was referring to the results from a survey mailed to 159 National Merit semifinalists. Of the 102 semifinalists who responded, 58 percent had indicated that they would leave the state to attend college.
Douglas County Attorney Mike Elwell reported to the county comYEARS missioners this AGO morning on his IN 1967 progress in prosecution of delinquent fathers. Elwell was sending a letter to women receiving Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) payments from the Douglas County Welfare Department. The letter requested that the women sign criminal complaints against their husband if the men had deserted the family and were paying no child support.
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To the editor: Our state Legislature consists of too many good old boys and girls who have been in the Legislature for too many years. When in session they spend more time protecting their own interests, mainly their pocketbooks and purses, than they do benefiting the state and their constituents. Too many of them own businesses or have investments in business that they use the Legislature to reduce taxes on or use other means to protect themselves. This is very apparent when for decades they have underfunded the state retirement fund and the school systems, to name a few. And don’t forget term limits for our governor. Howard Lynch, Lawrence
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Careful Advice To the editor: I respectfully submit that in Aaron Couch’s article “Financial strategy: What now?” the comment that “... passively managed retirement funds beat funds carefully tended by financial planners” carelessly confuses the concept of financial planning with a well-known study about active vs. passive mutual fund management.
Financial planners and advisers work with individual investors to design a plan to help them achieve their goals. That plan might very well be fullfilled by the use of passive investments, but the planner’s primary value is in understanding the client and properly designing and maintaining a balanced portfolio of investments based on their particular objectives and risk tolerance — not in guessing which stock may be the next Apple. Further, the suggestion that investors should “get free advice by spending a few hours on Google” seems inconsistent for a professional educator. Jason Edmonds, Lawrence
Racism alive To the editor: Wordsmith and political speech writer Pat Buchanan referred to President Obama as “your boy” to the Rev. Al Sharpton. Buchanan denied racial insensitivity. I don’t. A congressman from Colorado called Obama’s health plan a “tar baby” that one should not get stuck with. Everywhere I researched tar baby, it suggests racial overtones and is demeaning. A media review of tar baby finds it being used primarily by leaders from the Right since Obama has been elected. An elected leader
in Kansas refers to undocumented workers as being like an invasive animal that should be exterminated, but denies any racial overtones in his comments. These recent samples from recognized leaders at national and state levels suggest an evolving attitude that should be attacked for its tasteless and damaging tone. Instead it seems to be gaining credible acceptance. In the recently released movie “The Help,” we are reminded of a time barely 50 years ago where African-American women worked in homes of whites, cooked their food, raised their children, but were considered a health hazard and denied use of their employers’ bathrooms. One domestic was even willed to another family member upon her death, a century after the abolition of slavery. Fast forward to today and we have separate but unequal schools, income disparity at frightening lows for minorities compared with whites and this country seemingly engaged in a perpetual war against an enemy of color and a religion we fear. A proper sequel to “The Help” might be “We Need Help.” Ace Hickey, Lawrence
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Manhattan 99/73 Topeka 96/74 Emporia 94/73
Great Bend 101/72 Dodge City 101/70
Garden City 100/70 Liberal 103/70
Kansas City 98/76 Lawrence Kansas City 95/73 96/72
Chillicothe 92/74 Marshall 92/75 Sedalia 93/75
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Today Wed. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Acapulco 88 75 t 88 75 t Amsterdam 73 59 t 72 56 pc Athens 88 72 s 89 76 s Baghdad 111 75 s 110 70 s Bangkok 92 79 t 92 77 t Beijing 78 68 t 77 68 sh Berlin 81 69 pc 85 69 t Brussels 78 61 t 73 54 c Buenos Aires 55 43 s 59 45 pc Cairo 98 76 s 95 73 s Calgary 76 48 s 78 50 s Dublin 64 48 sh 63 46 r Geneva 87 61 sh 84 64 t Hong Kong 90 80 t 90 79 pc Jerusalem 86 63 s 84 63 s Kabul 103 61 s 102 62 s London 69 58 r 72 55 pc Madrid 86 59 s 88 63 s Mexico City 73 55 t 75 55 t Montreal 74 60 pc 82 63 pc Moscow 67 48 c 67 49 s New Delhi 88 81 t 83 77 r Oslo 71 54 pc 61 53 sh Paris 79 61 r 71 57 sh Rio de Janeiro 78 67 pc 75 67 pc Rome 91 69 s 92 69 s Seoul 86 68 pc 84 66 c Singapore 90 79 t 90 79 t Stockholm 70 50 pc 70 56 r Sydney 66 52 sh 68 50 s Tokyo 84 73 t 83 74 t Toronto 78 66 pc 80 64 pc Vancouver 70 55 pc 72 59 pc Vienna 94 77 s 93 75 t Warsaw 71 53 s 77 59 s Winnipeg 86 60 s 85 55 s
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Atlanta 91/72 El Paso 97/77
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-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s National Summary: Thunderstorms, some strong, will rumble across the Upper Midwest today, while an old frontal boundary sparks thunderstorms across parts of the Southeast. Nice weather is in store for the Northeast and lower Midwest. Most of the West will stay warm and dry. Today Wed. Today Wed. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Memphis 96 77 pc 95 77 pc Albuquerque 93 72 t 93 70 t Miami 92 82 t 92 81 t Anchorage 60 52 sh 63 52 c 80 70 t 86 69 t Atlanta 91 72 s 90 72 pc Milwaukee Minneapolis 92 68 t 85 63 pc Austin 102 75 s 103 74 s Nashville 90 68 s 95 73 pc Baltimore 82 59 s 86 68 s 96 78 t Birmingham 95 73 s 95 73 pc New Orleans 96 78 t New York 80 66 s 82 70 s Boise 90 63 s 93 68 s Omaha 92 72 pc 90 62 s Boston 76 64 pc 82 65 s Orlando 94 76 t 94 75 t Buffalo 76 59 s 82 65 s Philadelphia 80 64 s 84 69 s Cheyenne 94 58 t 89 56 s Phoenix 110 91 s 112 90 s Chicago 84 72 t 88 70 t 79 56 s 84 64 s Cincinnati 84 64 pc 91 70 pc Pittsburgh Cleveland 78 61 s 84 68 pc Portland, ME 74 54 pc 79 60 s Portland, OR 82 63 s 85 59 s Dallas 105 81 s 105 79 s Reno 93 60 s 95 60 s Denver 96 64 pc 93 61 s 86 64 s 88 68 pc Des Moines 92 73 t 92 69 pc Richmond Sacramento 96 60 s 95 60 s Detroit 83 64 pc 86 70 t St. Louis 90 74 t 95 76 t El Paso 97 77 s 98 77 s Salt Lake City 94 71 s 96 71 s Fairbanks 68 49 sh 67 46 c San Diego 72 68 s 76 69 pc Honolulu 88 73 s 88 75 s San Francisco 73 57 s 70 55 pc Houston 101 78 s 100 76 s Seattle 74 58 pc 78 56 s Indianapolis 82 68 pc 89 72 t 84 60 s 89 60 s Kansas City 95 73 pc 91 69 pc Spokane Tucson 103 80 pc 103 81 t Las Vegas 106 87 s 108 87 s Tulsa 98 77 t 101 76 t Little Rock 96 76 t 98 76 t Wash., DC 84 65 s 85 72 s Los Angeles 83 66 s 85 67 s National extremes yesterday for the 48 contiguous states High: Gila Bend, AZ 115° Low: Bodie State Park, CA 28°
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BRIEFLY Fire damages house from ‘In Cold Blood’ ONLINE: See a special report on ‘In Cold Blood’ at LJWorld.com
HOLCOMB — Firefighters have put out a small fire in a rural southwest Kansas farmhouse where four family members were killed in 1959, sparking Truman Capote to write the critically acclaimed novel “In Cold Blood.” Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton says the fire started Sunday night in an upstairs bedroom, most likely after a cigarette was left unattended. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a chair in the room, but the rest of the house sustained some smoke and water damage. The Holcomb home was the scene of the horrific slayings of Herbert Clutter, a prominent farmer and community leader, and his wife, Bonnie Mae Fox, along with their children, 15-year-old Kenyon and 16-year-old Nancy. The hunt for their killers mesmerized the nation, drawing journalists from across the country.
Funding surge saves cerebral palsy ranch EL DORADO — A southeast
Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities won’t be auctioned off after all. After word spread that the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ranch would be sold, supporters rallied in recent days to save it. KSNW-TV (http://bit.ly/ ouiyWs ) reports they raised $12,000 by Monday toward a goal of $65,000. The ranch opened in 1964 as a joint venture of the Kansas Jaycees and the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. It occupies 147 acres near El Dorado in Butler County. The Jaycees supported the ranch with $100,000 a year until a decade ago, when funding began to dwindle. The camp was to be auctioned Aug. 27. About 12,000 people have camped at the ranch over the years.
Thief grabs gold worth thousands WICHITA — The owner of a Wichita store where a thief made off with bag of scrap gold estimates his loss at $20,000. Police on Monday were still
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PRYOR CONVICTION Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor was tapped in the third round of the NFL’s supplemental draft by Oakland. Story on page 2B.
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‘SI’ gives KU break it needs First, Brock Berglund, the dual-threat quarterback out of Colorado who graduated early with the intention of competing for the starting quarterback job during spring football, returned home before a practice, thereby killing any chances of winning the job. Then he got in the middle of a legal problem that seemingly hasn’t allowed him to spend more than three days in a row outside of Colorado. Next, the defensive line, already the least-talented unit on the team, was weakened by injuries to Patrick Dorsey and Pat Lewandowski. It’s enough to ask when the Kansas University football program will catch a break. Ask no more. Sports Illustrated took care of that by picking the Jayhawks to finish last in the Big 12 without a single conference victory and a 1-11 overall record. Thank you, SI, for doing Turner Gill’s work for him. It doesn’t take much for college coaches to convince athletes the world is out to get them, nobody respects them, blah, blah, blah, blah. Football is best played with swollen knuckles, a bloody nose and a massive chip on the shoulder. SI took care of the chip by choosing a record that is the reverse of the one KU took out of the regular season just four long years ago. Just what does SI have against KU, anyway? Well, nothing. Going over the Kansas schedule and picking the better team to win each game, it’s difficult to argue with a 1-11 prediction, but here’s the problem with formulating a guess that way: Since when does the better team win every game in a sport so influenced by emotion? Study nothing more than Gill’s first two games as coach at Kansas, where he arrived vowing to build a football dynasty. The better team lost both. The Bison of North Dakota State, which later in the season lost to Terry Allen’s Missouri State squad, were slower runners than the dimmer of the characters from Joel and Ethan Cohen’s masterpiece film “Fargo” were thinkers. Somehow, NDSU still managed to ruin the former Buffalo coach’s debut. Slowly the Bison turned, step by step, making Gill look as if he wished he were back near Niagara Falls. That certainly didn’t bode well for KU’s chances of pulling off two upsets, but Georgia Tech and Colorado left Memorial Stadium in a miserable mood. No reason to believe two upsets can’t happen again this season, which would make KU 3-9. Motivated by last year’s embarrassing loss to North Dakota State, the Jayhawks won’t look beyond McNeese State, a stronger team than the Bison. That’s one. Texas Tech isn’t as young as KU, but isn’t experienced, either. Upset City, baby! (Sorry, wrong sport.) Kansas couldn’t hold onto the lead in Ames a year ago, but should be in better condition with a better running game now. Another upset makes three victories. — Sports editor Tom Keegan can be reached at 832-7147.
Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce, who last visited Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse for his jersey-retirement ceremony in January of 2003, will be back again Sept. 24. This time, he won’t be wearing a suit and tie, but his old KU No. 34 when he competes in an exhibition game in the Jayhawks’ tradition-rich building. “It will be great coming back to Lawrence and catching up with some old friends and meeting the current players,” Pierce
said Monday Pierce, who will in response to be playing for a KU announcteam led by one The Legends of the Phog ing plans for a of two former will tip off at 4 p.m., Sept. 4 p.m. all-star KU coaches — 24, at Allen Fieldhouse. game involvLarry Brown or Tickets will cost $20 for ing former KU Ted Owens. adults, $10 for students and players, most “The Univeryouth. currently in the sity of Kansas Tickets may be ordered via NBA. has meant so the KU Tickets Office online “No place much to me,” (www.kuathletics.com) or by compares to AlHall of Famer calling 800-34-HAWKS. len Fieldhouse Brown said. “I and the rich have a lot of tradition that is fond memories Kansas basketof my time in ball. When you are a Jayhawk, Lawrence, and coming back for you’re a Jayhawk for life,” added this event will be great. I look
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KANSAS FOOTBALL COACH TURNER GILL has made stockpiling running backs a priority. The result? A group that includes, back row from left, Nick Sizemore, James Sims, and Brandon Bourbon; and, front row, Deshaun Sands, left, and Rell Lewis.
Gill explains his focus on upgrading RBs By Matt Tait firstname.lastname@example.org
Until recently, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill had spent dozens of days recruiting running backs but very little time explaining why. As it turns out, Gill, a former quarterback, had a good reason for stockpiling arguably the best collection of young backs the program has seen. Sure, the position needed to be upgraded, but there’s more to it than that. “(There’s a reason) you’ve heard me talk so much about running backs,” Gill said. “Yeah, we gotta have a quarterback, and he’s gotta do his thing, but I think a running back, whenever he makes big plays, he actually raises the level of a football team even more than a quarterback.” Don’t buy it? Here’s the expanded version. “When a running back makes a great run, you see the whole bench get excited,” Gill said. “The offense. The defense. Special teams. Everybody gets excited. If a quarterback makes a good throw or a good run, he’ll get excited, but it’s a little bit different level than when a running back makes a big play. (When he does) he usually shows some toughness,
Q: Who might be KU’s most improved RB? A: Bourbon back hadn’t even been given his team’s plays yet. “My head was spinning,” Just a few minutes after Bourbon said. “I didn’t know Brandon Bourbon entered the what was going on.” meeting room on his Bourbon had come first day of camp last from a small high season, he already was school in Potosi, Mo., getting grilled by Kanwhere he’d averaged sas University running 12.9 yards per carry his backs coach Reggie senior year. Mitchell. His high school had “What’s your asonly three running signment on this play? plays: a toss, a lead and What’s your tech- Bourbon a counter. nique? What’s your “He’s a big, fast guy,” footwork? What’s your Mitchell said, “so in aim point?” Please see BOURBON, page 3B The KU freshman running By Jesse Newell
he makes somebody miss, and he shows a great burst. The fans, your whole team, your coaching staff, everybody gets up with him. That’s why I think a running back is such an important thing for a football team.” Gill has four with top-tier ability, and he plans to use them all.
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From sophomore James Sims, who led the team in rushing yards and TDs as a true freshman, to red-shirt freshman Brandon Bourbon, a former Stanford commitment, and true freshmen Darrian Miller and Tony Pierson — both four-star talents brought to town by super-recruiter Reggie
Mitchell — there is no shortage of backs to hand the ball to this season. The tricky part could be finding enough carries for all of them. Then again, each is slightly different from the others, which gives Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long a back for all occasions. Gill has made no secret he prefers to run the football, but while many believe that’s to keep the game close, wind the clock or take the burden off of the quarterback, Gill explained otherwise. “If you think about all the teams that have been successful or won championships, they’ve had a running back,” Gill said. “He may not have been a great one, but he was someone that raised the level of play of that football team to help them be champions.” After watching former KU coach Mark Mangino team with Todd Reesing to make passing the vogue thing in Lawrence during recent seasons, Gill’s return to the run represents new territory for Jayhawk fans who may not have been around to watch Gale Sayers, John Riggins or even June Henley make the ground game golden in Lawrence. There’s another layer involved here that goes beyond just finding Please see BACKS, page 3B
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Raiders use 3rd-round pick on Pryor By Josh Dubow Associated Press Sports Writer
NAPA, CALIF. â€” The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFLâ€™s supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders and the league announced that Oakland used the 18th selection of the round for Pryor. Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft. Pryorâ€™s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said his client was excited about going in the third round after waiting until last Thursday to
find out heâ€™d even be eligible for the supplemental draft and not working out for teams until Saturday. â€œWeâ€™re tickled and thrilled that Terrelle went in the third round and to the Raiders,â€? Rosenhaus said. â€œThe third round is quite an accomplishment for a young man who had his pro day 48 hours ago Pryor and didnâ€™t know he would be in the draft until Thursday morning
and wasnâ€™t able to meet with any decision makers.â€? Pryor immediately headed to the Bay Area after being drafted and Rosenhaus said he hoped to finalize a contract as soon as possible to get Pryor on the practice field. Rosenhaus has already negotiated a third-round deal with the Raiders this summer with rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke. â€œWeâ€™re optimistic this will be a smooth negotiation,â€? he said. â€œWe enjoy working with the Raiders and heâ€™s very excited.â€? Pryor will be able to practice immediately after signing and
play in the remaining two exhibition games. But he will not be eligible to practice with or play for Oakland during the regular season until the teamâ€™s sixth game. When he was allowed to enter Mondayâ€™s draft, he was handed a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell â€” the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State. Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after an investigation into the teamâ€™s memorabilia-for-cash scandal that cost coach Jim Tressel his job.
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49ers to ban tailgating after game starts
By Mark Purdy San Jose Mercury News
The NFL has a problem. It has friends in low places. Some of those friends showed up Saturday night at Candlestick Park. They turned the parking lot and some parts of the stadium into a fight club and combat zone. This was very bad. But donâ€™t buy the notion that this was isolated to a Raiders49ers matchup. You can end the annual preseason game between the two teamswhich will happen at least temporarily, according to a Monday announcementand it still does not solve the problem. How do I know? Because I have seen too much, in too many other places. Maybe not shootings in parking lots (what kinds of people bring guns to football games, anyway?), but other bad stuff. I have been to New England where a grown man, obviously inebriated, decided to urinate on my rental car tires, just minutes after I pulled into the parking lot. At a Philadelphia Eagles home game, I have seen bottle rockets and cherry bombs fly through the air above the stadium as fights broke out in the seats. In 2004, a man was beaten unconscious in the stands at a San Diego Chargers home game. This is why it is wrong to focus solely on Saturdayâ€™s idiocy. Authorities have reacted to it. Measures have been implemented. I would wager that there will be far less mayhem at this weekendâ€™s home 49ers and Raiders exhibition games. But there will still be issues. The most frequent complaint I hear from average fans who attend NFL games, here and elsewhere, is that they end up sitting in a section where loudmouth, drunk guys are insulting other fans â€” usually from the opposing team â€” and often trying to provoke a fight. â€œI wonâ€™t take my kids to a game,â€? these people tell me so often that I hear the words even before they are spoken. Is the NFL proud of that? It is probably true that Saturday nightâ€™s troublemakers were not season ticket holders and instead bought seats cheap on the secondary market. It is surely true that they were bringing ugly baggage from outside the stadium that led to the violence, whatever that ugly baggage was. But think about this: Why did they choose to bring it to an NFL game instead of somewhere else? The bottom line is, if you plan to stage an event where people can drink all afternoon in a parking lot before going inside to drink some more â€œ& well, then you are operating one of the worldâ€™s biggest bars, not merely an athletic contest. But if someone is operating a huge bar, then it needs to be run like a huge bar. If that means bouncers to keep order, a parking lot patrol to evict misbehaving tailgaters, plus breathalyzer tests before fans enter the stadium, so be it. And yes, Iâ€™m serious. Monday, the 49ers and San Francisco officials did their best to move the needle toward a better and safer atmosphere at Candlestick. The cops announced there will be DUI checkpoints outside Candlestick after every 49ers home date. Alcohol sales will be stopped in the fourth quarter or earlier. Parking lots will not open until four hours before kickoff. Tailgating will be banned once a game begins. Itâ€™s still not enough. Responsible bars do not serve drunk people. Why not a breathalyzer test at the Candlestick or O.co Coliseum gates? Not everyone would receive one. It would be similar to an airport security setup. Already, each ticket holder receives a pat-down for weapons and/or bottles. More and more people think that the way they behaved Saturday is exactly how they are expected to behave at NFL games. Itâ€™s what happens in low places. The league is trying to stop that. The league needs to try harder.
SAN FRANCISCO â€” The 49ers will ban tailgating in the parking lot of Candlestick Park after games start, and season ticket holders caught misbehaving on video will have their passes revoked in moves announced Monday after violence marred a preseason game against the Raiders. In addition, 49ers CEO Jed York said he will recommend to the NFL that the annual preseason game between the archrival 49ers and Raiders be put off next year. â€œThis is a game where you have a rivalry situation and, unfortunately you have the worst segment from a very small segment of both fan bases that come and brings about this type of event,â€? York said. â€œItâ€™s our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at least postponed for some period of time.â€? York later said, â€œI think thatâ€™s an easier solution. Itâ€™s unfortunate.â€? San Francisco police, Mayor Ed Lee and 49ers officials also said police will set up DUI checkpoints near the stadium after all home games and strictly forbid alcohol consumption then. Lee said earlier in the day he was horrified as he watched violent fan confrontations at the game. Lee attended Saturdayâ€™s game with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and both witnessed the brawling firsthand as spectators. â€œThey were just constantly wailing at each other without regard to who was there,â€? Lee said of the fans. â€œThis is a family outing, for residents and visitors and people who want to see the game, not for people to look for people they donâ€™t like, then saying bad words, then getting into it.â€? Police Chief Greg Suhr, a lifelong San Franciscan, said Saturday night was an â€œaberration.â€? Meanwhile, two men who were initially listed as seriously injured in the violence have been upgraded to fair condition by a hospital. One of the victims, a 24-year-old man who reportedly was wearing a T-shirt reading â€œF-- the Niners,â€? was shot several times in the stomach. Police said he managed to make it to stadium security for help despite the injuries. The other victim whose condition was upgraded is a 26-year-old man who was beaten unconscious in an upper level stadium restroom during the fourth quarter.
Haynesworth pleads no contest WASHINGTONâ€” NFL defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth pleaded no contest to a charge of simple assault on Monday to resolve a case in which he was accused of touching a waitressâ€™ breast while having drinks with friends at a Washington hotel. If he stays out of trouble over the next 18 months and completes 160 hours of community service, prosecutors will drop the charge entirely. Haynesworth, who was recently traded from the Washington Redskins to the New England Patriots, appeared in D.C. Superior Court to enter his plea. After a prosecutor read the facts the government would have proven at trial in the case, including that Haynesworth had slid his credit card down the womanâ€™s shirt and touched her breast, the judge asked Haynesworth to respond. â€œI do not contest the governmentâ€™s proffer of facts on this charge,â€? he said.
Raiders return to practice NAPA, CALIF. â€” The Oakland Raiders suddenly got a whole lot faster on offense when Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Taiwan Jones returned from injuries. McFadden had been out with a broken orbital bone in his face, while Ford had a broken left hand and Jones had an injured hamstring. All three players missed the first two exhibition games but were back at practice Monday to the delight of coach Hue Jackson.
Giants CB likely done for year EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. â€” New York Giants starting cornerback Terrell Thomas is probably going to miss the season after suffering a major injury to his right knee in the closing seconds of a first half preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
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