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December 6, 1990
A sign of the times. Two of the most interesting, important and dramatic television “shows” now appearing on America’s TV screens are not the brainchildren or products of major networks such as ABC, NBC and CBS, but shows originating on C-Span I, C-Span II and CNN.
SOUTH STUDENTS TAKE 1ST PLACE IN STATE IN KNOWLEDGE CONTEST
December 6, 1990
South Junior High School this week took first place in the state in the Knowledge Master Open, an academic competition in which students test their knowledge about English, math, history, geography and several other subjects. South also placed 11th in the nation out of 466 competing junior high schools.
COUNTY SEEKS STIFF PENALTIES IN DRUG CASE
December 6, 1990
Douglas County prosecutors for the first time Wednesday filed a charge carrying stiff penalties against a man for allegedly selling illegal drugs near a school. William C. Ray, 26, 921 N.Y., was charged with two felony counts of selling marijuana. The charges take advantage of legislation passed earlier this year that increases penalties for selling drugs if the transactions occur within 1,000 feet of a school.
KU, BAKER STUDENTS CUT FROM RHODES COMPETITION
December 6, 1990
The Baker University student and two Kansas University students nominated to receive Rhodes scholarships weren’t among those selected Wednesday as Kansas candidates in the national finals. A panel of judges in Topeka selected Molly Graver, Overland Park, of Davidson College in North Carolina, and Kristy Parker, Valley Center, of Kansas State University.
OHIO STATE AIDE HIRED BY PURDUE
December 6, 1990
Jim Colletto, offensive coordinator at Ohio State, was named head football coach at Purdue this morning, succeeding Fred Akers, who resigned under pressure last week. A nine-member search committee interviewed Colletto on Wednesday, and reported its recommendation to Purdue president Steven Beering.
KU WOMEN FACE FIRST TEST AT HOME
December 6, 1990
Kansas has passed one of the most difficult tests in women’s basketball: winning on the road. Now, can the Jayhawks do it at home?
GIFT TO BENEFIT KU ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
December 6, 1990
A Hutchinson family has committed $100,000 to benefit the English department at Kansas University, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announced today. The gift, from Wendell Holmes and his daughters, Nancy and Sally, will establish the Alice Fontron Holmes Summer Institute for Literature at KU in memory of Holmes’ wife.
DEATH
December 6, 1990
A hearing on a defense request to keep some evidence out of the trial of two men accused of killing Kansas twin brothers was postponed Wednesday because some of the evidence has not been returned. Dustin L. Belmarez, 20, and Clyde W. Wagner, 51, are charged with murder in the May 18 bludgeoning deaths of 59-year-old Chester and Lester Tucker of Winchester, Kan.
INCREASE SOUGHT IN PERRY TRASH FEE
December 6, 1990
With rising costs for fuel and landfill use, the fee for trash pick-up in Perry could also be on the way up. Perry City Council members Wednesday night heard a request from Ray Cunningham, owner of AARDS sanitation company, to increase monthly rates from $5.50 to $7.50, said City Clerk Roger Hodson.
TV ACTUALLY SAID NO
December 6, 1990
Many people who have watched and listened to what they consider questionable offerings on MTV doubtless have wondered if there are any limits on how far the producers will go to get attention and remain popular. Apparently, thank heaven, there are.
JOB MARKET SHOWS SIGNS OF SLOWING, BUT NOT RETREATING
December 6, 1990
The local job market is starting to show signs of a slowdown, but it’s marked more by a slowness in the employment growth rate rather than a cutback in jobs, public and private employment officials say. A Lawrence Chamber of Commerce official says the number of new jobs in Lawrence will continue to grow during 1991, but not at the rate new jobs were created in 1990.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 6, 1990
ADMISSIONS Capitola Vernon, Lawrence.
OFFICIAL
December 6, 1990
The bulk of insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse patients was improperly designed to encourage expensive hospital treatment to the detriment of outpatient community services, a Lawrence clinical psychologist said. Sandra Shaw, executive director of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, said in a University Forum lecture Wednesday at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building that the country needs a consumer-driven mental health care system.
FINNEY OFFERS FREE INAUGURAL TICKETS
December 6, 1990
For the price of two postage stamps, as many as 16,000 Kansans can secure an invitation to Gov.-elect Joan Finney’s inauguration party. Finney has decided to make the four-hour celebration Jan. 14 at Topeka’s Kansas Expocentre free and open to anyone with a ticket.
DESOTO WORKS ON PROPOSAL FOR BOND ISSUE
December 6, 1990
DeSoto School Board members met twice this week and will continue discussions Monday night in efforts to get another bond issue off the ground. Larry Phye, director of business operations for the district, said the board on Monday interviewed representatives from five architectural firms which were vying for any design work approved on DeSoto’s next bond issue. As the night wore on, members decided to postpone a decision.
FOR THE RECORD
December 6, 1990
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
PAULINE SMITH
December 6, 1990
Services for Pauline Smith, 91, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Smith died today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 28, 1899.
BALDWIN MAN HUNTS FOR PROOF OF COUGAR
December 6, 1990
Edwin Smith longs for the day he shoots with a camera a stealthy eastern Kansas cougar. “It will be fairly difficult,” said Smith, who lives near Baldwin and is interested in wildlife art and big cats.
LAND TRUST PROPOSAL UNVEILED TO COUNTY
December 6, 1990
A proposal that would forge a partnership between Douglas County and a newly formed private group to protect certain areas of the county was unveiled Wednesday night at the Douglas County Commission’s meeting. The recommendation, the Douglas County Natural Areas Program, was explained to the commission by Kelly Kindscher, a Lawrence environmental consultant. Kindscher also is the director of advisers for the Kansas Land Trust, an organization formed in July to identify sites such as prairies, woodlands and wetlands in the state for possible protection.
BEER DISTRIBUTOR SEEKS VARIANCE
December 6, 1990
A local beer distributor planning an expansion will seek a variance from the Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals. The board meets at 7 p.m. today in the first floor meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
S FAMILY OPPOSES PAROLE
December 6, 1990
Sue Seurer said she never expected the man convicted of stabbing her husband to death in 1983 to spend the rest of his life in prison. But she and two of her children say they were shocked to learn that Bryan Keith Bell is eligible for parole in January. And they say they will do everything in their power to ensure Bell isn’t released after being incarcerated a little more than seven years.
DANCE COMPANY TO HOLD AUDITIONS
December 6, 1990
A New York dance company is looking for 39 people, and it hopes to find them Saturday at Kansas University. Bill T. Jones Dance/Arnie Zane & Company, which will perform here Feb. 5 as part of the Kansas University New Directions Series, wants 39 local performers to augment the company in a performance of “The Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The multi-media piece is loosely based on the Harriet Beecher Stowe novel, using it to examine themes of race, religion and freedom.
MCLOUTH MAN DIES IN CRASH
December 6, 1990
A 32-year-old McLouth man died in a one-vehicle accident early this morning on Jefferson County Road 1045, commonly referred to as Wellman Road, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s reports. The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was driving a 1983 Chevrolet Blazer north, about 2.5 miles north of U.S. Highway 24, when he failed to negotiate a curve and rolled his vehicle several times, the report said.
LIONS FACE NO. 3 HEIGHTS FRIDAY
December 6, 1990
Lawrence High could be headed for one whale of a season since: A) As coach Ron Weber says, “We have one way to go, and that’s get better.”
KU, WSU ENGINEERING STUDENTS OPPOSE FEE
December 6, 1990
Engineering students voting at Kansas University and Wichita State University do not support a proposal that would charge them an additional $15 per credit hour for their engineering classes. Students at Kansas State University, however, voted to support the fee, which, if approved later this month by the Kansas Board of Regents, would be used to help cover the cost of equipment on the three campuses that have comprehensive engineering programs.
SKITS FOCUS ATTENTION ON SAFE SEX, AIDS PREVENTION
December 6, 1990
“Barb” plays with her hair and talks to her friends about her plans for the evening. She hopes to track down a man she saw in a bar the weekend before.
COUNTY POSTPONES DECISION ON ROCK QUARRY
December 6, 1990
After finding itself in a quandary over a proposed quarry, the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night deferred taking action on the issue for another week. The commission directed County Administrator Chris McKenzie to sift through the various conditions that surround Martin Marietta Aggregates’ request for a 30-year conditional use permit to establish a 720-acre quarry in the western part of the county. The site is near the Shawnee-Douglas County line along both sides of County Road 442, also known as Stull Road.
THOMAS W. HITT JR.
December 6, 1990
Services for Thomas W. Hitt Jr., 70, Moberly, Mo., are pending at Cater Funeral Home in Moberly. Mr. Hitt died today at a Columbia, Mo., hospital.
S AHEAD OF GAME
December 6, 1990
Lawrence officials were led to a conclusion of their own at the end of the latest annual conference of the National League of Cities. “We were talking about it on the plane ride home: After attending these conferences, you really realize how advanced the city of Lawrence is in its operations and policies,” Commissioner Bob Schumm said today.
PLAY
December 6, 1990
For some, the holiday season means another march through pageants featuring rote retellings of the biblical Christmas story. But Ric Averill’s Seem-To-Be Players are about to turn those expectations upside down, in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The children’s play shows how a poor, unruly group of six youngsters make a Christmas pageant anything but typical.
NEW TAXES TO RAISE LIQUOR, TOBACCO PRICES
December 6, 1990
If you regularly buy liquor, wine, beer or tobacco products, get ready to dig deeper into your pockets. On Jan. 1, new federal taxes will go into effect that will raise prices considerably.
MABLE I. NIEDER
December 6, 1990
Services for Mable I. Nieder, 93, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Neider died today at the Eudora Nursing Center in Eudora.
HILL
December 6, 1990
Kansas’ Lauri Hill placed second in her specialty the 200 freestyle at the Big Eight championship swim meet last year. She’s going for the gold this year.
HIDDEN AGENDA?
December 6, 1990
To the Editor: Proposals are scrutinized and stringent criteria are set. When these are met, further changes are demanded. Hours of city commission meeting time are devoted to discussion. Completion is repeatedly blocked. What grave danger to our community warrants such concentrated effort? Can it be that all this surrounds the expansion of Jayhawk Bookstore?
MIXES ANCIENT, CONTEMPORARY TRAGEDIES
December 6, 1990
The three Medeas circle Creon, who stands on a chair to announce Medea’s exile. The Medeas fondle snakes and swat their hand-held mirrors like ping-pong paddles. Their bizarre, red-and-gold dresses look like a cross between the costuming for “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Conan the Barbarian.”
S GAME PLAN FOOLISH LAST YEAR
December 6, 1990
Kansas basketball fans who saw the Jayhawks crush Kentucky, 150-95, last Dec. 10, are convinced the Jayhawks didn’t try to embarrass the Wildcats. The consensus was that probation-riddled Kentucky was foolish to press and run the whole game, especially since coach Rick Pitino suited just eight scholarship players. Kansas simply mashed a shorthanded team that employed a dumb game plan.