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April 20, 1990
A 36-year-old rural Eudora man burned extensively in a propane explosion at his home three weeks ago remained in serious condition this morning. Danny Abel, who was burned when a propane heating system used to heat his greenhouse exploded about 8 a.m. March 31 while he was attempting to relight it. The explosion occurred at Abel’s residence, which is on Douglas County Road 442 near the intersection with Evening Star Road.
PICK UP THE MESS
April 20, 1990
Seniors who had so much fun streaming toilet paper all over the Lawrence High School campus last week should learn a lesson about that old saying “you have to pay to play.” It was a monumental prank; 1,300 rolls of toilet paper waving from the trees on the LHS lawn. The only problem was, within a day or two, that became 1,300 rolls of toilet paper trash strewn not only at LHS but in neighboring lawns and parks.
20-YEAR MYSTERY
April 20, 1990
Hard-nosed investigators have been stumped for two decades by the Million Dollar Question: Who is responsible for setting fire to the student union at Kansas University? Although authorities compiled a foot-tall file on the case, no one was prosecuted for using a petroleum-based fuel to start a fire that destroyed 40,000 square feet on two floors of the Kansas Union. Damage to the structure totaled $1 million.
BOARD SELECTS SUPERINTENDENT
April 20, 1990
The Tonganoxie School Board on Thursday selected a new superintendent, but is withholding the man’s name until he formally resigns his current job and the board formally votes to approve his contract. Gail Drake, clerk of the board, said this morning that the board chose one of its two finalists to replace the current superintendent, who is resigning to take another superintendent’s job near Topeka.
PEGGY M. HOWE
April 20, 1990
Graveside services for Peggy Mae Howe, 57, San Angelo, Tex., will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, with the Rev. Glenn Kahler officiating. Mrs. Howe died Tuesday at Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo. The cause of death was unavailable this morning.
MABEL WECKMAN
April 20, 1990
Services for Mabel Weckman, 101, Oskaloosa, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Wayne S. Feuerbacher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. Mrs. Weckman died Wednesday at the Geriatric Center, Winchester.
2 WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN DEATH OF LOCAL MAN, 19
April 20, 1990
Authorities today released composite pictures of two men they want to question about the March 2 death of a 19-year-old Lawrence man. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson today said the men were seen about a mile east of Lawrence on East 15th Street near the time Christopher Bread died.
IRE
April 20, 1990
Rick Harman of the Kansas Board of Regents didn’t hide his feelings Thursday about Kansas University’s two self-instructed math courses, known as SIMPL. Poor performance of students in the courses should have set off alarm bells at KU years ago, he said during the regents meeting at Emporia State University.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 1990-92
April 20, 1990
Jane Gnojek was elected president of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County for the 1990-92 term during a Thursday night meeting. Mrs. Gnojek, who was president-elect last year, will serve one year and will be succeeded by Nancy Ares, who was chosen president-elect Thursday night.
MEASLES VACCINE IN LOW SUPPLY IN GARDEN CITY
April 20, 1990
Finney County health officials continued to be overwhelmed with requests for measles vaccines this week and put limits on who could receive shots because supplies are low. Jeanne Shafer, county health nurse in Garden City, said demand for the measles vaccine continued to rise throughout the state.
ROGERS SURPRISES HERSELF
April 20, 1990
Known as “Boo,” Busarind Rogers can scare her heptathlon opponents. And Rogers proved they had plenty to fear when she claimed an easy victory in the Kansas Relays heptathlon, which concluded Thursday at Memorial Stadium.
NEW ADVISORY PANEL HOLDS FIRST MEETING
April 20, 1990
A new council formed to advise the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on its economic development marketing program received some basic orientation information at its first meeting Thursday. The panel, called the Lawrence/Douglas County Economic Development Advisory Council, was created by the Douglas County Commission and the Lawrence City Commission to oversee the activities of the marketing program.
ELLIS PASSES DECATHLON TEST
April 20, 1990
You won’t see Morris Ellis on a basketball court anytime soon. That’s because Ellis, a senior on the Eastern Michigan track team, had a rather painful and embarrassing experience while playing basketball recently.
OFFICIAL TAKES JOB IN GOODLAND
April 20, 1990
McLouth Supt. Jack Bittner has landed a job in Goodland, where he thinks he has found the new challenges he’s seeking. Bittner will take over as the Goodland district’s chief financial officer.
COUNTY TO FINISH 1990 KDOT PLAN
April 20, 1990
Douglas County commissioners Monday are expected to put the finishing touches on the 1990 Kansas Department of Transportation five-year plan. The document, which is updated each year, serves as a planning tool for the county and KDOT in developing and reviewing project plans and spending federal road and bridge funds.
LION DIVER HARRELL COMES THROUGH
April 20, 1990
Kenna Harrell doesn’t cringe at the sight of a black cat. She doesn’t avoid ladders OR dread Friday the 13th. Yet …
DEBATE EXAMINES GLOBAL WARMING
April 20, 1990
Republicans said environmentalists are mistakenly taking a “doomsday approach” toward global warming because there is no concrete evidence to support the claim. KU Democrats countered by saying that immediate action and leadership are needed to counter global climate changes that are occurring now, based on “overwhelming” scientific data.
CARPOOLERS HELP SAVE MONEYENVIRONMENT
April 20, 1990
Lawrence residents who commute to Kansas City or Topeka are joining car pools mainly to save money, but they’re also helping to save the environment. In fact, energy conservation is what fueled the establishment of the state of Kansas’ van pool program in 1980, according to Orion Jordan, director of the Kansas Central Motor Pool, which administers the van program. That’s obviously accomplished, with 19 vans commuting each day, carrying 262 people that might be driving their own cars instead. Reducing air pollution, another goal of the program, is another tangible benefit.
RIDDLE SERVICES
April 20, 1990
Services for Linda Gayle Riddle, 36, Lawrence, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Bryant-Christian Funeral Home in Great Bend with the Rev. Richard Greenland officiating. Burial will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Mrs. Riddle died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
S BACK TO NORMAL AGAIN
April 20, 1990
Well, I see where everything’s back to normal for Larry Brown. He’s winning. And he’s unhappy.
CORRECTION
April 20, 1990
Because of incomplete information supplied to the Journal-World, one of the local winners in the recent History Day contest at Kansas University was not reported. Sarah Goldman, a student at West Junior High School, took first place in the individual project category. She and other first- and second-place winners will participate in the state history contest May 4 in Abilene.
TRACK RESULTS
April 20, 1990
High School Results LAWRENCE QUADRANGULAR
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 20, 1990
DISMISSALS Sherie Bronson, 3805 Shadybrook; Janelle Johnston and baby boy, 2021 W. 27th.
CITY TO DISCUSS NEW DOWNTOWN PARKING LOT
April 20, 1990
The city will build a 28-space parking area on the south side of Sixth Street between Kentucky and Vermont streets, if city commissioners approve the plan and if a majority of area property owners don’t protest. A proposal for the parking lot will be presented to commissioners during their next meeting, 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
KU DRAMA SUCCEEDS IN BLENDING TRADITIONS
April 20, 1990
RESULTS
April 20, 1990
A group of Lawrence Catholics who would like to see strict state laws against abortion are unhappy that responses they collected to a newspaper survey done by Sen. Wint Winter Jr. were not included when survey results were announced. Winter, R-Lawrence, however, said he did not get the results from the group in time to include the responses in information he released about the survey. And he said now that he has the results from the group, he will take them into account just as he did other results collected.
EXPERT URGES ECONOMIC STRATEGY
April 20, 1990
Communities need to take on a continuing role in planning their own economic growth, an Indiana economic development expert told about 60 northeast Kansas community leaders this morning. “This is a cyclical process, not a linear process,” said Graham Toft, a national expert and consultant for community strategic planning and the senior vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Council.
STUDENTS HOPE CAN-COLLECTION PROJECT CAN BE EXPANDED
April 20, 1990
Hundreds of pounds of aluminum get new life each week, thanks to the efforts of the Kansas University Student Senate and Environs, two university groups that have sponsored a full-force recycling project on campus this semester. The two groups have taken the lead in establishing a volunteer campus recycling task force, and its work is showing signs of success.
FOR THE RECORD
April 20, 1990
District court Criminal charges filed
S UNION BURNED
April 20, 1990
Twenty years ago tonight, an arsonist set fire to Kansas University’s student union, searing in the minds of many a reference point for a turbulent time. The year was 1970. U.S. troops fought on in Vietnam. U.S. college students protested against the war at home, where the action was hot as well.
KU MINORITIES STILL SEEKING CAMPUS CHANGE
April 20, 1990
Minority students were scheduled to meet with Kansas University administrators today to discuss ways to resolve a recent racial incident at a KU fraternity and improve the campus environment for minority students. At a short news conference Thursday at KU, black students said they were not satisfied with the administration’s efforts.
5 WOMEN NAMED TO KU HALL OF FAME
April 20, 1990
The Commission on the Status of Women inducted five women into the Kansas University Hall of Fame and honored dozens of outstanding KU women Thursday at the annual Women’s Recognition Program. The ceremony took place in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.