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July 30, 1990
A local man went out of his way to get arrested and convicted for smoking marijuana, then began a headline-seeking hunger strike after he was slapped in jail. He ended the hunger strike at a convenient time, of course, without any obvious physical damage and has since turned down a probationary period with parole because he says he does not want to be hindered and intruded upon by officers of the court. Does that mean he wants no restrictions on additional marijuana possession or use? The man says his goal is to get antiquated laws making it illegal to possess marijuana off the books. As a sideline, but perhaps not, he also happens to be a candidate for Congress. Is he running for Congress to dramatize his views on marijuana or is he manipulating news coverage of his childish pot party to get votes? As if in a Greek chorus, his supporters rise in indignation if anyone even remotely questions the “candidate’s” sincerity.
DOWNTOWN
July 30, 1990
The Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Assn. will sponsor a program on downtown development at noon Friday at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza. The program, which is directed at planners on a statewide basis, is designed to acquaint them with redevelopment efforts in Lawrence’s downtown.
CITY LOOKS INTO PLAN FOR NEIGHBORHOODS
July 30, 1990
Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Rundle is looking into a federally sponsored program that may bring together neighborhood, business and city interests for the betterment of Lawrence’s neighborhoods. Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) is a national network of locally funded and operated self-help associations whose mission is to revitalize decaying neighborhoods. Each NHS, organized as its own non-profit organization, draws upon the resources of neighborhood residents, business and civic leaders and local government officials.
S JOBLESS RATE INCREASES SLIGHTLY
July 30, 1990
Mostly because of seasonal factors, Lawrence’s unemployment rate increased by 0.4 of a percentage point during June, according to a state report released today. The Lawrence metropolitan statistical area, which includes Douglas County, saw its unemployment rate increase from 3.3 percent in May to 3.7 percent in June, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Human Resources.
MAIL LINKS KU STUDENTS TO CAMPUS
July 30, 1990
Nancy Colyer is beginning to think that all times of the year are busy for the independent study office at Kansas University. As students frantically struggle this summer to finish courses needed for graduation, Colyer’s staff is struggling along with them. The director of independent study, a division of Continuing Education, Colyer took some time out last week to talk about what’s happening in those small trailers near the Kansas Union.
ORGANIZERS SAY LOCAL GAMES WERESUCCESS
July 30, 1990
More than 2,500 contestants and 1,000 volunteers who participated in the weekend’s Sunflower State Games made the first year of the Lawrence event a successful one, organizers said today. “I was thrilled with the turnout, the weather, the volunteer effort it was a huge success for the first year,” said Judy Billings, director of Lawrence’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I think we’ve gotten it off to a terrific start.”
SCHOOLS NEED POLICY ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE
July 30, 1990
The Lawrence school board has plenty of incentive to approve an employee substance abuse policy scheduled for consideration at its meeting in two weeks. If such a policy isn’t in place by Aug. 17, the school district will not be eligible to receive any federal funds.
MCLOUTH THRESHING BEE OPENS FRIDAY
July 30, 1990
The 33rd annual McLouth Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee will start its three-day run Friday and continue through the weekend. The celebration, which dates back to 1957, will offer a variety of activities including displays of antique farm equipment and machinery, a flea market, airplane rides, demonstrations, food, music and dancing. The show also will include rock-crushing demonstrations, a blacksmith shop, straw baling, an old-time sawmill, antique and mini hot rod tractor pulls and a draft horse pull.
CRAIG D. YOUNG
July 30, 1990
Services for Craig “Chip” Young, 23, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Quisenberry Funeral Home with Leimkuhler officiating. Burial will follow at Wild Horse Cemetery near McLouth. Mr. Young died of natural causes Saturday at Providence-St. Margaret Health Center, Kansas City, Kan.
VOLUNTEERING LEADS WOMAN TO NEW LMH JOB
July 30, 1990
Allyson Leland has made a career out of volunteering. Since the age of 12, Leland has contributed her time and efforts to organizations and non-profit agencies in and outside the state. Now Lawrence is benefiting from her experiences.
LOCAL GROUP OPPOSES SALES TAX
July 30, 1990
A group calling itself the Public Funds Protective Committee has gone on record as opposing the proposed increase in the city’s sales tax rate. The committee on Sunday began what will be a series of advertisements in the Journal-World urging a “no” vote in the Aug. 7 referendum, in which city voters will be asked to approve a -percent increase in the local sales tax. City officials say proceeds from the tax will go toward hiring an additional 27 police officers and nine firefighters with the remainder going toward reducing property taxes for the city’s property owners.
RESEARCH AT KU CENTER FACTOR IN FUTURE GROWTH FOR NEW STATE INDUSTRY
July 30, 1990
Last week’s announcement by Merck and Co. and Du Pont that they’re joining forces to create an independent, research-driven, worldwide pharmaceutical firm will have little effect on Merck’s research at its INTERx facilities in Lawrence, says a company spokesman. However, the announcement underscores how important pharmaceutical and biotechnological research at Kansas University are to Kansas economic development, according to key players in Kansas’ attempt to build its pharmaceutical industry.
ZEPHYRS TAKE STATE TOURNEY
July 30, 1990
Lawrence’s Zephyrs likely would have made the trip to the Connie Mack West-Central regional tournament in Davenport, Iowa, this week whether they’d won the state championship or not. But they took no chances, slapping Topeka Express for the second day in a row, 12-8, to win the state tournament here Sunday.
COUNTY APPROVES CORRECTIONS PLAN
July 30, 1990
The Douglas County commission unanimously approved the 1992 community corrections plan of $469,546 during its regular meeting today. The plan, which represents a 5.4 percent increase from its 1991 budget, will be submitted to the Department of Corrections. The department then considers the county plan in its overall budget request, which will be submitted to the Kansas Legislature.
FOR THE RECORD
July 30, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
DR. ASHTON J. WISE
July 30, 1990
Services are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary for Dr. Ashton J. Wise, 92, Lawrence. Cremation is planned. Dr. Wise died Sunday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 30, 1990
DISMISSALS Margaret Williams, Rt. 7; Deborah Becker and baby boy, Eudora; Susanne Vedani and baby boy, 2224 Summertree.
EVEN ANCIENTS DESPISE LOSING
July 30, 1990
Wint Winter Jr. leaned against the hallway wall in nearly deserted Robinson Center late Sunday afternoon, a Sunflower State Games silver medal dangling from his neck. Two days of basketball competition had ended several minutes earlier, and the 37-year-old Lawrence state senator’s team, Winter Land and Cattle, had blown a halftime lead and lost to a team from Olathe in the ages 35-and-over championship game.