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LOCAL POSTMASTER PREPARES FOR ONSLAUGHT OF TAXPAYERS
April 9, 1990
If the pattern from previous years continues, thousands of local residents will flock to Lawrence post offices next Monday to file income tax returns, according to Bill Reynolds, Lawrence postmaster. The main Lawrence post office, 645 Vt., will stay open until the midnight deadline to postmark tax returns for procrastinating taxpayers, Reynolds said today.
KU, VETERANS HOSPITAL OK RESEARCH AGREEMENT
April 9, 1990
A new research affiliation between Kansas University and the Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Administration Medical Center in Topeka will provide for cross-appointments for KU faculty and the professional staff of the hospital. The agreement was signed recently by Frances Horowitz, KU vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public services, and P.K. Kennedy, director of the VA center in Topeka.
NO ARGUMENTS REQUIRED IN SUIT
April 9, 1990
A federal court has decided against hearing oral arguments in the appeal of a case brought by a local environmental group over development of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza. Bob Eye, attorney for POETs (Protect Our Eagles’ Trees), said he received word from the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals that the court was canceling the oral arguments, originally scheduled to be heard Tuesday.
MARIE B. FERRIS
April 9, 1990
Marie Banning Ferris, 94, Topeka, died Sunday at Hillhaven Convalescent Center in Topeka. Cremation is planned, and Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, is handling the arrangements. No public services are planned. She was born Oct. 11, 1895, in Lawrence. She spent her early life in Lawrence, but moved to San Antonio, Tex., in 1926, where she and her husband, George T. Ferris, owned and operated the Ferris Employment Agency. In 1982, she returned to Lawrence and later moved to Topeka.
ARTHUR W. GABRIEL
April 9, 1990
Services for Arthur W. Gabriel, 79, DeSoto, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the DeSoto Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Copeland officiating. Burial will be in the Eudora Cemetery. Mr. Gabriel died Monday at Delmar Gardens, Olathe, following a long illness.
CHANGE IN SCHOOL CALENDAR UNLIKELY
April 9, 1990
Neither local residents nor Lawrence school officials are happy about classes being held on Memorial Day this year. But while some would like to see the national holiday restored for students this year, officials say no changes will be made in the school calender before next year. Students will attend school on Memorial Day to make up one of the 2 days that they missed this year because of inclement weather. Although this isn’t the first year that the holiday has been scheduled as a makeup day, it’s the first year the district has had to use it.
BALDWIN COUNCIL TO OFFICIALLY NAME NEW CITY ADMINISTRATOR
April 9, 1990
Baldwin officials plan to officially name the city’s first-ever city administrator during the city council meeting tonight. Baldwin Mayor Loren Litteer said this morning that he expects the council to name Rick Shain, current city manager of Council Grove, to the job that was created late last year.
AUCTION RAISES $23,000 TO BENEFIT ARTS CENTER
April 9, 1990
Between 300 and 400 people crammed into the Lawrence Arts Center Saturday night during its 10th Art Auction. More than 150 donated art works were sold at the event, and about $23,000 was raised, about $2,000 more than last year, said Ann Evans, the center’s director. The money is placed into the arts center’s general operating fund.
LEGISLATORS SAY AMENDMENT MAY NOT GET THROUGH HOUSE
April 9, 1990
Although three state representatives from Douglas County were glad the Kansas Senate was able to pass a measure seeking to reduce property tax inequities, all three questioned whether the constitutional amendment will receive the two-thirds support in the House it needs to be sent to the voters. “The House is a different arena than the Senate,” said Rep. Jessie Branson, D-Lawrence. “There’s less pressure on the Senate because they don’t face election (this year).”
MASON REACHES THE BIG FOUR-OH
April 9, 1990
Just in case Kansas football coach Glen Mason had forgotten today was his 40th birthday, wife Sally and friend Smitty Belcher made sure he remembered. Mrs. Mason and Belcher slipped into Mason’s office in Parrott Complex on Sunday night and `decorated’ it with black crepe paper, balloons and streamers.
ANGELS SEND STEVENS OUT
April 9, 1990
Lee Stevens had an impressive spring in the California Angels’ preseason camp, but the Lawrence High product will open the season in the minor leagues. Stevens, who slammed three homers during the abbreviated spring training, was assigned late last week to the Angels’ Triple-A farm club at Edmonton.
KU STUDENT, 20, REPORTS ROBBERY
April 9, 1990
A 20-year-old Kansas University student was kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint early Sunday near the Leavenworth-Douglas County line, sheriff’s officers reported today. Officers reported today that the student was driving from Tonganoxie to Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24-40 when she saw a car with flashing red lights approaching her car from behind.
SCANT COVERAGE
April 9, 1990
Dear Editor: I’m writing with regard to the scant coverage of the 3rd Annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 5K Shamrock Shuffle race.
CRIMES INCREASE IN KANSAS CITIES
April 9, 1990
William S. Sessions, FBI Director. That compares to a similar 3 percent increase in 1988. A spokesman for the FBI office in Kansas City, Mo., said the bureau’s statistics were for about 150 cities nationwide and did not include numbers for Lawrence.
STONECIPHER STRIKEOUTS LIFT KU, 5-4
April 9, 1990
Eric Stonecipher struck out nine batters in a 6-2 Big Eight baseball loss last weekend at Nebraska. He whiffed 13 more in Kansas’ 5-4, 10-inning win over Kansas State Sunday at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
FLEMING HELPS KU TENNIS TEAM DOWN NEBRASKA
April 9, 1990
If pressure is a privilege, as Carlos Fleming contends, then the Kansas sophomore was indeed endowed Sunday afternoon. In a tennis match with Nebraska at the Allen Fieldhouse courts Sunday, KU and the Huskers were tied in team points, 4-all. That was before Fleming and partner Paul Garvin had finished their doubles match with Steve Barley and Scott Randolph.
WANDA J. HUNTER
April 9, 1990
Memorial services for Wanda Janet Hunter, 85, Lawrence, will be at a later date in Beufort, N.C. She was cremated. Mrs. Hunter died Satruday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
CONVICTED MAN, 33, WILL BE ASSIGNED TO CORRECTIONS TERM
April 9, 1990
A Douglas County district judge ruled Friday that a 33-year-old Lawrence man who was sentenced in December on cocaine-related charges will be assigned to a Douglas County Community Corrections term. The ruling came after a hearing Friday in the case of Greg Gibler, the man who was sentenced Dec. 14 to three to 10 years imprisonment on a felony count of possessing cocaine with the intent to sell.
PRITCHARD TO PARTICIPATE IN PRO SCOUT SHOWCASE
April 9, 1990
Kansas guard Kevin Pritchard is one of 32 seniors participating in the Orlando All-Star Classic a showcase for NBA scouts that began today in Florida. Others on hand include Kansas State’s Steve Henson, Duke’s Alaa Abdelnaby, Loyola Marymount’s Bo Kimble, Texas’ Travis Mays, LaSalle’s Lionel Simmons, Louisville’s Felton Spencer, and North Carolina’s Scott Williams.
CITY COMMENT TO PLANNERS TO BE DISCUSSED
April 9, 1990
If the Lawrence City Commission wants to express its thoughts to Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, it should do so as a body not through individual commissioners appearing before planners Commissioner Bob Schumm says. During its Tuesday meeting, which begins at 6:35 p.m. at city hall, the commission will discuss the appropriateness of individual commissioners commenting to planners on issues of interest to the city. And Schumm is making it clear he thinks such action is inappropriate.
INDIANA ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1990
Dear Editor: In regards to Mr. Woodling’s comments on the Indiana high school basketball tournament in the March 26 Journal-World.
IN CITY
April 9, 1990
If you haven’t filled up your car lately, you may be in for a surprise local pump prices are hitting $1 a gallon for the first time since last summer. Self-service pump prices on the city’s major streets were ranging from 95.9 cents to $1.05.9 per gallon for unleaded gasoline Sunday, according to a Journal-World check of posted prices around the city.
S WORK REFLECTS ROOTS IN SOUTHWEST
April 9, 1990
Q: Where are you from? A: Where I’m from is like this:
PASSING THE BUCK
April 9, 1990
The government of Belgium has just experienced what might be called a royal copout. Rather than sign a bill legalizing abortion recently, King Baudouin, a devout Catholic, decided on a move that allowed him basically to pass the buck. He agreed to be temporarily suspended from office. The government could then enact the abortion bill without the king’s signature, which normally is required.
PARTISAN VOTE RILES SENATE LEADER
April 9, 1990
Angry that an anti-drug measure was defeated along party lines, Senate Democratic Leader Michael Johnston sent news organizations a letter blasting Senate Republicans for allowing Gov. Mike Hayden’s re-election ambitions to get in the way of good law. Johnston, D-Parsons, said the Republican majority in the Senate last week used a rule making it difficult to require roll-call votes to hide their opposition to proposed changes in a bill that increases penalties for people who sell drugs to minors.
ENDS HOUSE SESSION
April 9, 1990
Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, described the hours prior to first adjournment of the Kansas House as an “early-morning battle of wits” over the state’s social services budget. That battle, which ended without resolution in the wee hours of the morning Sunday, was in some ways a perfect example of how the 1990 session has gone, especially in a divided House, according to Douglas County legislators.
S NOT BE PICKY ABOUT THESE PICKS
April 9, 1990
Baseball season began today, a week late and a few dollars short, and I’m glad because it means I can pick the pennant races. Pennant predictions have been a sportswriters’ prerogative since Abner Doubleday first took ‘em two days at a time. So here goes, and maybe this time I’ll be right for once.
BUDGET ISSUES REMAIN IN LIMBO
April 9, 1990
From Staff Reports State Rep. Jessie Branson, D-Lawrence, uses an old baseball cliche “it’s never over ‘til it’s over” to describe the 1990 legislative session.
COUNTY OKS AGREEMENT FOR BRIDGE REPAIR
April 9, 1990
Douglas County commissioners today approved an agreement with Leavenworth County for the repair of the Kansas River bridge north of Eudora. Frank Hempen, county public works director, estimated the cost of the Kansas River bridge deck replacement project at $1.4 million. The project, which will require the bridge to be closed to traffic for nine months to a year, probably will be started in 1991 or 1992, he said.
FOR THE RECORD
April 9, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported