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THE 65 MPH SPEED LIMIT
November 17, 1989
A new federal study says congressional action two years ago allowing states to raise speed limits on rural interstate highways has cost about 600 additional lives. Forty states have raised speed limits to 65 mph since April 1987 when Congress authorized the increase on rural interstates those passing through areas with fewer than 50,000 residents.
JET-SET SPEAKER
November 17, 1989
Does House Speaker Tom Foley need a jet? Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., a close Foley ally, says he does, and added that he hoped “people would take into account that the president has a plane, the vice president has a plane and the speaker should have a plane.”
LEE WORTMAN
November 17, 1989
Services for Lee Wortman, 73, Nevada, Mo., were today at Pleasanton. Mr. Wortman died Tuesday in a car/train accident in Nevada.
PROPERTIES MOVE TOWARD TAX SALE
November 17, 1989
Sixty-one properties in Douglas County moved a step closer to a judicial tax sale Thursday. That’s when a list of 61 properties with unpaid taxes dating back as far as 1985 was filed in Douglas County District Court, according to Patti Hackney, assistant county counsel.
DISPUTE GOES TO FACT FINDER
November 17, 1989
The Tonganoxie School Board and its teachers will meet with a fact finder at 3:30 p.m. Monday in an attempt to reach a contract agreement for this school year. The board and its teachers have been at a contract standoff since June and so far have exhausted all contract negotiations offered by state statutes. Fact finding is the final step in the negotiation process.
PROTEST FORMS STILL POPULAR WITH TAXPAYERS
November 17, 1989
Tax protest forms remain in demand at the Douglas County treasurer’s office. The treasurer’s office had handed out more than 850 forms through Thursday and people continued to come into the courthouse this morning for more forms, County Treasurer Nancy Hempen said.
PROBE CONTINUES IN FATAL SHOOTING
November 17, 1989
Douglas County authorities are not closing the book on Monday’s fatal shooting of a Kansas University student. “There’s going to be some more investigation,” Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp said this morning.
POLICE SEARCH AT AREA LAKE FORVICTIMS
November 17, 1989
Johnson County authorities were conducting a search today at Clinton Lake for the bodies of three suburban Kansas City women who have been missing since June and are presumed dead. Lt. Dave Burger of the Lenexa Police Department, said this morning that five members and a specially trained search dog from his department, two members of the Overland Park Police Department and about 25 members of the Johnson County police academy recruiting class were searching a 100-acre area on the east side of the lake below the dam.
THIRD PREP PICKS KU
November 17, 1989
Richard Scott, a 6-6, 215-pound forward from Little Rock, Ark., has become the third high school basketball player to sign a letter of intent with Kansas University. Scott, who averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Little Rock Central High last season, signed with KU just before the midnight deadline on Wednesday.
BANQUET SCHEDULED FOR SOVIET DELEGATION
November 17, 1989
A five-member Soviet trade delegation will arrive in Lawrence Saturday on the last stop of a tour, in which they visited Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, Mo. The Soviet business leaders on tour represent Vnesheconom Service, a Soviet chamber of commerce group.
FOR THE RECORD
November 17, 1989
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR CEMETERY
November 17, 1989
A Lecompton group still is seeking donations to create a reward fund for the arrest and conviction of vandals who caused more than $4,000 in damage to a local cemetery. Vandals toppled more than 70 headstones during the last week of October. No arrests have been made.
FOUR ARRESTED AFTER BAR BRAWL
November 17, 1989
One person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and four others were arrested after a fight involving more than 30 people broke out early this morning at Gammon’s bar, 1601 W. 23rd, according to Lawrence police reports. Christopher McLeroy, 22, Lawrence, was treated and released after suffering a broken jaw in the scuffle, which started when a group of 25 people demanded entrance into the bar at about 12:15 a.m. today, according to reports.
GARNER R. BAILEY
November 17, 1989
Services for Garner Ray Bailey, 72, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home, Lawrence, with the Revs. Mike Proctor and Duane Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Bailey died Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born March 10, 1917, in Star City, Ark.
KU TO APPEAL POSSIBLE CUTS IN STATE AID
November 17, 1989
Administrators at Kansas Board of Regents universities won’t hesitate to appeal a recommendation from the governor’s budget director that the regents’ request for next fiscal year be cut, a Kansas University official said today. Keith Nitcher, KU director of business and fiscal affairs, said he is confident that higher education remains at the top of the governor’s and Legislature’s list of priorities. KU officials will work diligently to modify the budget recommendation, he said.
BALD EAGLES RETURN
November 17, 1989
Apparently, construction of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza on the banks of the Kansas River hasn’t deterred bald eagles from returning to winter there. City hall employees and other Lawrence residents have spotted several eagles, flying from tree to tree on the Kansas River banks.
COMMUNITY HELP URGED FOR MENTALLY ILL
November 17, 1989
Creation of publicly subsidized community living programs for people with severe mental illness should be the primary goal of states attempting to overhaul treatment systems, an Ohio official said today at Kansas University. Linda Zelch, deputy director for program development in the Ohio Department of Mental Health, told 100 professionals, educators and legislators that state hospitals and prisons should no longer be used to warehouse the mentally ill.
LEGISLATOR ORDERS AUDITS OF 3 CITY BUDGETS
November 17, 1989
Rep. David Miller, R-Eudora, said Thursday that he has ordered special audits of the 1989 property tax budgets of three cities to determine the effectiveness of mill levy limitations the Legislature imposed because of statewide reappraisal. Goal of the audits will be to determine whether local units of government were able to pad their budgets or found loopholes to avoid legislative intent in setting their budgets this year.
SIZZLERS
November 17, 1989
Former Kansas basketball player Calvin Thompson was released by the CBA Topeka Sizzlers on Thursday. “The number one contributing factor, in my opinion, was the deterioration of his physical skills,” Sizzlers coach Mike Riley said. “He no longer possessed the ability to play within the framework we had devised.”
HANDS
November 17, 1989
A man on trial for killing a Lawrence boy in July 1988 today made his second outburst of the trial, loudly proclaiming his innocence seconds after attorneys presented their final arguments in the case. “Damn it, I did not do it,” said the man, John William, who wadded a sheet of paper and threw it to the floor.
HOSPITAL REPORT
November 17, 1989
ADMISSIONS William Atchley, 219 W. Fifth; Jacob Coffman, 2124 Orchard Ln.; Harold Stultz Sr., rural Lawrence.
Murder case in jury’s hands
November 17, 1989
A man on trial for killing a Lawrence boy in July 1988 today made his second outburst of the trial, loudly proclaiming his innocence seconds after attorneys presented their final arguments in the case.
GANNETT CHIEF HAILS GLOBAL VILLAGE
November 17, 1989
There’ll be no more “JetCapades” or “BusCapades” for Allen Neuharth. “No, I think I’ve done my `capading,’” the USA Today founder said Thursday in Lawrence. “I’ll think of something else.”
UNITED WAY DRIVE RAISES $660,572
November 17, 1989
United Way of Douglas County recorded its largest gains of this year’s campaign on Thursday, when between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. the amount of money raised jumped from 65 percent to 86 percent of the $768,000 goal. The $660,572 raised so far can fund United Way services into November 1990.
SCHOOLHOUSE TALES BENEFIT STUDENTS
November 17, 1989
It’s a case of educators of the past helping those of the future. A book recently published by a professional fraternity in education at Kansas University focuses on the history of one-room schools in the area. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go for KU School of Education scholarships.
CITY COMMENTS ON PARKWAY PLAN
November 17, 1989
City officials are in basic agreement with suggested design, routing and speed plans for the proposed eastern parkway, but they shy away from endorsing suggestions for land use along the roadway. The officials’ comments are included in a report scheduled to be received by the Lawrence City Commission at its Tuesday meeting.
PAPER CRANES CARRY MESSAGE OF PEACE
November 17, 1989
Some South Junior High School students hope to tack a message of world peace onto the tree they’re decorating for the annual Festival of Trees, an auction that benefits The Shelter Inc. And the message won’t be as straightforward as “Peace on Earth.”
DONOHOE OWES ONE TO MISSOURI
November 17, 1989
When he was a freshman and Kansas played Missouri, Kelly Donohoe was pumped so high he was a threat to the ozone layer. But Mizzou punched a hole in plans. When he was a sophomore and Kansas played Missouri, Donohoe was generating enough adrenalin to fill Clinton Lake. But Mizzou punched a hole in his boat.