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AD INFINITUM
August 22, 1990
Some scientists have theorized that the Almighty Sun which does so many wondrous things for us is due to burn out in about 2.9 billion years. That has led frustrated motorists in the Lawrence-Kansas City area to conclude that this means people will end up working in the darkness to reach a semblance of completion of work on Lawrence streets, the Kansas Turnpike and Interstate 35.
HASTY U.S. ACTION
August 22, 1990
Dear Editor: Half a world away, thousands of American soldiers are ready to fight and possibly die. American blood will spill on hot desert sands, not for our country or for freedom, but for oil. Simply because we Americans think we can’t get along without Kuwaiti oil. We can’t conserve, we can’t drive smaller cars, and we can’t ration gas. Instead, the young men and women of the armed forces will be used as fodder, a human wall consisting of thousands of expendable lives, to be replaced by thousands more.
SUPPORT INDY DAYS
August 22, 1990
Dear Editor: There is talk of discontinuing Independence Days due to financial difficulties this year with the 4th falling on a Wednesday.
CONSERVING GASOLINE
August 22, 1990
Dear Editor: The most effective way Americans can respond to the greedy oil companies’ high gasoline prices is to use less gasoline. We should ask ourselves “Is this trip necesssary?” We should go to our banks less by having income checks sent directly to the bank, and when we withdraw cash, get larger amounts. We should go to groceries less by buying more each time. We should carpool more. We should write to President Bush and our congressmen to force automakers to produce fuel-efficient cars and trucks. Forty miles per gallon is not unrealistic.
FOR THE RECORD
August 22, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
FACULTY DISCUSS KU CONVOCATION
August 22, 1990
Members of the University Senate Executive Committee said Tuesday that they were concerned about low faculty attendance at Kansas University’s opening convocation Sunday afternoon. Although the ceremony is geared toward new students and their parents, SenEx members said, faculty should be represented at convocation.
KANSAS UNITS AWAIT ORDERS
August 22, 1990
A Defense Department statement expected this afternoon will determine whether Kansas reserve units will be called to respond to the crisis in the Persian Gulf, according to Maj. Joy Moser, public affairs officer for the Kansas National Guard. If the Pentagon decides that it needs more combat troops, it could call on two infantry divisions stationed at the Lawrence National Guard Armory in Lawrence, Moser said.
TOPEKA MAN DIES IN CRASH
August 22, 1990
A 29-year-old Topeka man died in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday night about 4 miles west of Lawrence, the Doulgas County Sheriff’s office reported. Alan W. Stoddard was pronounced dead at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s officers said.
S DOG CATCHER
August 22, 1990
The highlight of this week’s Lecompton City Council meeting was a discussion of the city dog catcher’s responsibilities, according to the city treasurer. Council members also approved payment of city bills and handled other routine matters.
TEACHERS BECOME STUDENTS DURING DISTRICT WORKSHOPS
August 22, 1990
While local schoolchildren won’t be hitting the books for another couple of weeks, several teachers in the Lawrence school district are already back in the classroom in an effort to hone their teaching skills. Every day this week and for part of next week, teachers will be participating in a variety of workshops presented as part of the district’s in-service program. Among the topics being discussed are how to better make presentations to other teachers, how to use computer software and how to teach children keyboarding skills.
2ND HABITAT HOME FINISHED
August 22, 1990
The first home built this year by Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is finished, and the Roosevelt and Sara Neal family is scheduled to meet with the group’s executive committee tonight to sign a purchase contract. The home, at 2705 Harper, is the second finished by Habitat since the group organized in the spring of 1989.
HEALTH GROUP GETS 14 GRANT REQUESTS
August 22, 1990
The proposals range from bringing health care services directly to places where the elderly and disabled live to providing health screening at the Salvation Army Safe House. A total of 14 minigrant applications ranging from $350 to $3,000 and totaling $19,576 were received by the Douglas County Coalition of Community Health Concerns, a group formed to work on ways to improve health care for low-income people.
COUNTY DEMOCRATS ELECT OFFICERSCONVENTIONEERS
August 22, 1990
Louise Silber was elected Tuesday to chair the Douglas County Democratic Central Committee at its first meeting since the Aug. 7 primary. Silber, who had been vice chair for the last two years, replaces Garth Burns, who had chaired the group for four years.
LOCAL MAN PROPOSES BYPASS CHANGES
August 22, 1990
The man whose lawsuit ultimately forced a referendum on the south Lawrence trafficway now is offering a plan he says could help ensure voter approval of the road. Les Blevins Sr., who sued the Douglas County Commission in 1987 over its issuance of $4 million in bonds for the trafficway without voter approval, offered his suggestions to the Lawrence City Commission during its meeting Tuesday night.
CITY DENIES REZONING REQUEST FOR PROPOSED DUPLEX
August 22, 1990
Residents on Country Club Terrace won’t be seeing a duplex on their street any time soon, after action Tuesday by the Lawrence City Commission. Commissioners, with David Penny absent, voted 4-0 to concur with a recommendation from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission and deny a request to rezone a vacant lot on the street from RS-1 (single-family residential) to RM-D (multifamily residential).
DOLE CENTER DEDICATION SET FOR SATURDAY
August 22, 1990
Almost six years since funding for a state-of-the-art research facility at Kansas University was announced, Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., will officially dedicate a building named in his honor at 9 a.m. Saturday. Dole, as well as a host of state and university officials, will be in Lawrence to dedicate and tour the $12 million, 127,000-square-foot Robert Dole Human Development Center. The buff-colored brick building, located on the south side of the KU campus near the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and Illinois Street, has been in the planning stages for more than 10 years.
LILLIAN C. AUSTIN
August 22, 1990
Graveside services for Lillian Caroline Austin, 96, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. The Rev. J. Keith Bradberry will officiate. Mrs. Austin died Tuesday at a Lawrence nursing home.
MEDIA IN THE MIDEAST
August 22, 1990
It’s a little hard to tell whether the United States has sent more soldiers or more television news people to the Middle East. In their rush to “be where the action is,” all the major networks have sent teams to Saudi Arabia. It wasn’t enough to send their regular foreign correspondents; they also sent their evening news anchors and, at least in some cases, their morning news show hosts.
QUARRY PERMIT REQUEST ON AGENDA
August 22, 1990
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight on a conditional-use permit request for a 720-acre quarry on the western Douglas County border with Shawnee County. The request for the rock quarry special-use permit is from Martin Marietta Aggregates, option purchasers from the owners of record, Clifford C. and Bonnie M. Nichols and Ernest and Francis Wulfkuhle.
1991 COLLEGE GUIDE GIVES KU 4 STARS IN ACADEMIC QUALITY
August 22, 1990
Only eight public institutions nationwide rank higher in academic quality than Kansas University, based on the 1991 edition of a widely circulated college guide. “The Fiske Guide to Colleges,” edited by New York Times education writer Edward Fiske, gave KU the only four-star rating for academics in the Big Eight Conference.
S PLAYFAIR ALLOWS STUDENTS TO GET TO KNOW THEIR CLASSMATES
August 22, 1990
Playfair emcee Jerry Ewen jumped on stage Tuesday night and vowed to deliver a wild and outrageous show for a rambunctious crowd of Kansas University students. “What I need to know,” Ewen shouted through sets of huge speakers placed strategically on the shaded east lawn of Allen Fieldhouse. “Are you ready?”
KU MOVES SOPH GAY TO SAFETY
August 22, 1990
Injuries to Kansas strong safeties Doug Terry (knee) and Paul Friday (ankle) have forced coach Glen Mason into a position switch. Sophomore Matt Gay has been moved from wide receiver to the strong safety slot.
SMITH HUMBLED LAST YEAR
August 22, 1990
His name is forgettable and so was his performance against Kansas State last year, yet for Chris Smith this could be a year to remember. Smith is a fifth-year senior who played in the considerable shadow of Mike Gundy, the Big Eight’s all-time passing yardage leader, the last three years.
JONES BECOMES BIKER
August 22, 1990
Call it a mid-life crisis, call it the residue of his first losing season at Oklahoma State or call it “temporary insanity” like he does. Whatever, at the age of 42, Pat Jones has purchased a Harley-Davidson and joined a motorcycle club in nearby Tulsa.
GROUP REACHES OUT TO BLACK STUDENTS
August 22, 1990
The president of the Black Student Union at Kansas University is confident that the new academic year will be a successful one for minority students on Mount Oread. Cedric Lockett, who was elected president last spring, said BSU hopes to play an important role in helping minority students adjust to KU. The student organization is now sponsoring a networking fair that Lockett hopes will get black students involved in campus activities.
AREA RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY IN DRUG CASE
August 22, 1990
Two Jefferson County men entered guilty pleas to federal drug charges during a hearing Tuesday and are scheduled to be sentenced in November. According to a U.S. District Court clerk, Robert R. “Rick” Weeks, 36, rural Oskaloosa, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to sell and one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug transaction. Daniel C. Easum, 38, rural Perry, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug transaction.
PANICKED BOY FAILED TO ESCAPE TRAIN
August 22, 1990
A 6-year-old Lawrence boy who was struck and killed by a train late Tuesday morning apparently panicked and did not see at least two easy routes to safety, officials reported today. Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Marilyn Malson said the boy, Freeman Edwards, 1600 Haskell, was near the north end of a train trestle just north of Lawrence when he saw and heard a southbound train on Union Pacific tracks.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 22, 1990
DISMISSALS Rebekah Jo Burns, Lawrence.