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ROCK CHALK THANKS
April 18, 1990
Dear Editor: On April 12, a group of KU students associated with the Rock Chalk Revue presented a check for $30,000 to United Way of Douglas County. The Board of Directors of United Way wants to express sincere gratitude for their generosity on behalf of its 26 local member agencies.
COST-BENEFIT FORMULA
April 18, 1990
Lawrence city commissioners are trying to devise a formula that will tell them whether various expenditures of city tax dollars can be justified according to how such expenditures benefit the community. The basis for the study is to try to find out if city spending is out of tilt with the actual benefits that evolve from those expenditures. Of course, the root of the question is the years-old suburban mall debate, and during the discussion of the matter at Tuesday night’s meeting, one commissioner couldn’t keep from injecting a horror story of how a suburban mall development in another part of the country had ruined a downtown area. Apparently, current city commissioners are going to continue to support any and all efforts to oppose a suburban mall development, regardless of the eventual costs to the city.
HELPING THE CHILDREN
April 18, 1990
Dear Editor: I am compelled to respond to the article written by Art Buchwald on April 12. He inaccurately alleges that people who believe in the right to life abandon the very children we try to save from abortion. It is a terrible injustice to insinuate that unplanned preganancies carried to term will result in a criminal fashioned by our society.
WHOSE TAX RELIEF?
April 18, 1990
Dear Editor: One does not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who may have influenced our state senators to introduce and pass a tax relief amendment which would tax golf courses the same as agriculture. These same legislators had the audacity to propose reducing the assessment on residential property a paltry 0.5 percent. Hog wash! With inventories removed, commercial property being taxed as farmland, it would seem the privileged will get the “tax relief” and the lowly taxpayer will pick up their share.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 18, 1990
ADMISSIONS Jolene Brown, Baldwin.
MCTAGGART
April 18, 1990
Services for W.D. “Don” McTaggart, 77, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. James P. Cole and Kathleen Kechell Ferris officiating. Burial will be in Vinland Cemetery. Mr. McTaggart died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
EDUCATION EXPERT SAYS MORE MONEY NEEDED
April 18, 1990
Universities need to make the financial commitment to match federal funds for minority scholarships and grants before education will improve for minority students in the United States, a Washington, D.C., expert on education said Tuesday. Arnold Mitchem, executive director of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Assn., told about 20 Kansas University faculty and staff members that universities can’t rely solely on federal funds.
NEW COACH WILL NOT FILL TRACK POST
April 18, 1990
Dick Purdy will likely inherit Bill Freeman’s physical education teaching duties, but he won’t assume Freeman’s head track coaching position. “We’re starting on that soon, track and girls’ basketball, too,” Lawrence High principal Brad Tate said. “We’ve done some interviewing on track. Some of the football coaching applicants were interested in track either together (with football) or separately. We’re looking just like we did here. We have some applications from inside, and we’ll give those people every opportunity.”
FOR THE RECORD
April 18, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
WALTERS HEADED TO KU
April 18, 1990
Once again, a Big Ten athlete has decided to transfer and play basketball at Kansas. Two years ago, Rick Calloway bolted Indiana for KU. Now Northwestern’s leading scorer, 6-3 sophomore shooting guard Rex Walters of San Jose, Calif., who averaged 17.6 points and 4.5 assists for the Wildcats last season, has announced intentions to transfer.
KU VICE CHANCELLOR AGAIN A JOB FINALIST
April 18, 1990
Judith Ramaley, executive vice chancellor of Kansas University, thinks that the presidency of Portland State University in Oregon sounds attractive. She is one of two women who were named finalists Tuesday for the presidency of the college. Ramaley recently turned down an offer at the University of Vermont, where she also was a finalist for the presidency.
PAROLE BOARD ISSUES DECISIONS
April 18, 1990
Kansas Parole Board Director Micah Ross recently announced the results of parole hearings held during March for some inmates convicted in local courts. The following is a list of inmates convicted in local courts, their place of incarceration in February, the charges of which they were convicted and the outcome of their parole hearings:
CITY COMMISSION OKS STREET OVERLAY PROJECTS
April 18, 1990
A number of city streets will be smoother after this summer’s expanded overlay program is completed. The Lawrence City Commission, at its Tuesday meeting, awarded the contract for the program to LRM Industries, which submitted the low bid of $439,980 for the work.
LECOMPTON OKS APARTMENTS ON COMMERCIALLY ZONED LAND
April 18, 1990
A public hearing to zone land for apartments raised no opposition at the Lecompton City Council’s regular meeting Monday night. City Clerk Susie Hackathorn said today that Gary Kroeger, owner of Kroeger Country Store near Lecompton and of Kroeger Country Meats in Lawrence, requested the rezoning from commercial to residential for about an acre.
KU LAW ALUMNI PLEDGE $100,000
April 18, 1990
Kansas University alumni in the Wichita law firm of Foulston & Siefkin have pledged or given $100,000 for the KU School of Law as part of Campaign Kansas, Dean Robert H. Jerry announced today. The contributions establish the Foulston Siefkin Law Review Fund to provide scholarships for articles editors, note and comment editors, and other key members of the editorial board of the Kansas Law Review. The law firm also will supplement the fund’s income each year so students receive $1,000 awards.
MATTHEW STARCEVICH
April 18, 1990
Services for Matthew Brett Starcevich, 19, Bartlesville, Okla., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bartlesville with the Revs. Gary Myers, Robert Bogue, Kent Smith and Stephen Austin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville. Mr. Starcevich died of natural causes Monday at his parents’ home in Bartlesville. He attended Kansas University in the fall of 1989. He had transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
HEWITT GETS 3 TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FATAL SHOOTING
April 18, 1990
A 26-year-old rural Valley Falls man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an Oskaloosa man last year was given the maximum sentence for the offense. Gale W. Hewitt was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for the death of Randall Lane Malbrough, 31, Oskaloosa. Malbrough was killed early the morning of Oct. 21, 1989, outside the Leavenworth County Co-op Mill just north of Oskaloosa. An autopsy revealed he died from a single gunshot wound through the heart.
LINDA GAYLE RIDDLE
April 18, 1990
Services for Linda Gayle Riddle, 36, Lawrence, are pending at Bryant Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend. Mrs. Riddle died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
CITY PROSECUTOR STUDIES MOTION ON NOISE LAW
April 18, 1990
City Prosecutor Tom Porter is studying a motion filed by a local attorney attacking Lawrence’s noise ordinance to determine whether the attorney’s arguments are stong enough to prompt a change in the law. Don Strole, the attorney, filed the motion Monday asking that charges be dismissed against his client on the grounds that the ordinance violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Strole claims the ordinance is vague and does not “give a person of ordinary intelligence fair notice that his contemplated conduct is forbidden.”
AT VIGIL, MAYOR AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
April 18, 1990
Lawrence Mayor Shirley Martin-Smith said that violations of anyone’s civil rights, including those of gays and lesbians, should be a concern. The mayor’s comments came after she dropped in Tuesday night at a candlelight vigil at city hall. The vigil was held in conjunction with Gay and Lesbian Awareness Week.
PROF SEES DRUG TESTS AS MEANS OF CONTROL
April 18, 1990
Drug testing may be an evolving mechanism for social control designed to instill “automatic docility” among people, because the testing itself is affecting areas of social behavior rather than addressing the problem of drug use, a Kansas University professor said. Allan Hanson, KU professor of anthropology, made the remarks during his speech, “Drug Testing and Social Control,” Tuesday night at the Lawrence Public Library. Hanson spoke to about 50 people at the spring meeting of the Douglas County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
FREEMAN LAUDS SUCCESSOR
April 18, 1990
Bill Freeman feels sorry for his friend and long-time loyal football assistant, Ron Commons. “I say this very reluctantly, but in coaching, like in life, there are a lot of disappointments,” said Freeman, who has stepped down after 16 years here.
STUDENTS GETTING INTO THE SWING WITH EARTH DAY 1990 ACTIVITIES
April 18, 1990
Local students of all ages will participate in activities promoting environmental awareness in the days before and after Earth Day 1990, which is Sunday. Jessica Katich, a fifth-grader in Hillcrest School’s Youth In Action group, said she hoped the activities would make people aware that the planet could be greatly endangered if many people don’t start changing their lifestyles.
GIFT ENDOWS KU GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS
April 18, 1990
Madison and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Ill., have contributed $1 million to Kansas University for the first major endowed graduate fellowship program in school history. “It is my goal to encourage and help the especially gifted and motivated who, in turn, can be reasonably expected to make a real difference during their lifetime,” Madison Self said.
LAWRENCE HAS A DATE WITH EARTH DAY 1990
April 18, 1990
From South Park to the Kansas University campus, Lawrence residents will be getting down to earth in coming days. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, which is Sunday, local activities are being planned to fit in with the national theme of Earth Day 1990: “Think globally, act locally.”
REPORT
April 18, 1990
The city’s $3.5 million investment in the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza will be recouped within 10 years, and the city will see revenues generated above and beyond that initial investment in years thereafter, a city report shows. City Manager Mike Wildgen prepared the cost-benefit projections at the request of Commissioner Bob Schumm, who said he was responding to recent criticism from the public of the city’s participation in the factory outlet center. The projections were presented during Tuesday’s city commission meeting.
HOSPITAL GETS GOOD REPORT ON FINANCES
April 18, 1990
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital board heard a favorable report from auditors today then discussed plans to prepare for expected future cash shortages by creating a grading system for major purchases. Auditors Raymond Custer and Steve Smith of Laventhol & Horwath, Kansas City, Mo., said that compared with most hospitals, LMH is in very good financial shape.
SOVIETS LOSING CREDIBILITY, ADELMAN SAYS
April 18, 1990
Although Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” to discredit its government, Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost and perestroika have accomplished what Reagan could not. Such are the sentiments of Kenneth L. Adelman, former director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, who spoke at Kansas University Tuesday night as part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture Series.
T STICK FORK IN KANSAS RELAYS
April 18, 1990
Hardly a man is still alive who remembers when Lawrence’s mid-April lifestyle did not include the Kansas Relays. In a couple of days, the Kansas Relays will be 65 years old and the giant-size track meet is now an institution, if an old gray mare of one.
TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES TABLED
April 18, 1990
City Manager Mike Wildgen and a Kansas City traffic engineer have a simple message regarding traffic associated with the newly opened Lawrence Riverfront Plaza. Their suggestion: Don’t make any major changes at least until traffic patterns have a chance to establish themselves.
April 18, 1990
Despite 32 years and 189 wins as a head coach, Dick Purdy said he would be tested at Lawrence High. “The challenge is to maintain it, to keep the credibility it’s had,” Purdy said Tuesday night after the LHS selection committee named him to take over the Lions’ football program. “Obviously you want to take it a notch higher, but that will be difficult to do.”
WOMEN SEEK CHANGE IN ART SCENE
April 18, 1990
The Guerrilla Girls don’t monkey around. They know exactly what they want from the art world: the same chance that men get.
SPECIAL TELEPHONE SERVICE TO BEGIN
April 18, 1990
Gov. Mike Hayden will make the first telephone call May 7 on a new Lawrence-based comprehensive telephone service that will serve speech- and hearing-impaired Kansans. Hayden will be among the dignitaries participating in local ceremonies to mark the opening of the Kansas Relay Center, 734 Vt.
CITY WANTS STUDY OF 6TH STREET, DOWNTOWN SPENDING
April 18, 1990
One will be a task force effort, the other is to be performed by a professional consultant, but two studies ordered by the Lawrence City Commission won’t take off without the commission first putting its stamp on them. The commission, at its Tuesday meeting, set out the responsibilities for the Sixth Street Task Force and outlined the areas of study for an analysis of downtown Lawrence’s benefits to the city.
BROKERAGE FIRM SETTLES FRAUD CASE
April 18, 1990
Dean Witter Reynolds signed an agreement Tuesday settling charges by the Kansas securities commissioner’s office that several clients lost money on investments as a result of fraud and misrepresentation by the brokerage firm’s Lawrence office. Under the agreement, which closes a case the securities commissioner’s office began investigating nearly six years ago, the brokerage firm agreed to pay a $50,000 fine. The agreement also calls for disciplinary sanctions against the firm and Dean Witter employees who were responsible for the investments that went sour.
KU TEAM SEEKS OUT, FOLLOWS BAD STORMS
April 18, 1990
While most people run for cover during severe weather, a group of Kansas University meteorology students runs to the heart of the bad weather system. For example, Mark Bogner, coordinator of the newly created Severe Storms Chase Team, said he and other team members two weeks ago chased a severe weather system from Lawrence nearly to Wichita in hopes of learning more about storms.