Archive for Wednesday, May 2, 1990

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PRESERVING PRINCIPLES
May 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: Which is more important: Our national flag or the principles it is supposed to symbolize?
NATTY ATTIRE FOR DEFENDANTS
May 2, 1990
Some public defenders in nearby Jackson County, Mo., are asking that taxpayers pay $300 or more for new clothes for each indigent defendant so the accused can be as well-dressed as witnesses and police who testify against them. Such a motion is one of a number filed recently in two Jackson County death-penalty murder cases. The pretrial motions range from asking for new clothes to requesting free babysitting for potential jurors with limited incomes. The latter certainly makes a lot more sense than the former, though it, too, needs a close look.
RACISM AND KU
May 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: Please accept some comments about recent reports of racism on the KU campus from an interested, uninvolved observer. Lest my remarks be attributed to Pollyanna-ism or booster-ism, I offer the following: (1) I doubt we will ever scourge racism and its potential for social disorganization from the American scene; (2) KU, like all institutions of higher learning, has a penchant for believing its own advertising, especially when seeking public or private funds, and is prone to hypocritical, self-serving declarations.
S NOT NEEDED
May 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: We recently learned that beer is going to be sold at the Independence Days celebration in Burcham Park. We as parents, grandparents, taxpayers and citizens of Lawrence wonder how this decision was made. The Independence Days celebration is one which Lawrence can be proud of. This celebration has been going on since 1983 with great success, without the sale of alcoholic liquor or beer. The hours of hard work and preparation put into such a celebration sometimes goes unnoticed. The people who work at this gathering, who have volunteered in booths and volunteers who have entertained, have been exemplary. We as citizens have gone each year and enjoyed the crafts, shows, the entertainment geared for both children as well as adults, and we appreciate the hard work that surrounds this event. We are proud of what Lawrence has to offer on Independence Days and what the event stands for. The selling of beer could open up a can of worms for families that go to enjoy this clean, wholesome event. If beer is to be sold this leaves this celebration open to the possibilities of intoxicated drivers, confrontations, and underage minors possessing alcohol; this could undermine what this celebration really stands for. Why must we subject ourselves and our families to this?
CONTEMPT FOR FLAG-BURNER
May 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: Throughout history mankind has regarded the burning of something to be the ultimate act of violence and destruction. Now the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that to burn this nation’s flag is merely a form of free speech since it only represents the arsonist’s opinion of what that flag represents.
FOR THE RECORD
May 2, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
GORDON B. HARMAN
May 2, 1990
Services for Gordon B. Harman, 73, Tonganoxie, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tonganoxie Christian Church with the Revs. Sandra Reynolds and Ben Saathoff officiating. Burial will be in Reno Cemetery. Mr. Harman died Tuesday in Wamego.
HOSPITAL ENDOWS KU PROFESSORSHIP
May 2, 1990
Wesley Medical Center in Wichita has honored Dr. Daniel K. Roberts with a $250,000 gift to the Kansas University Endowment Association. The contribution will establish a named professorship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita, according to Dr. William Reals, vice chancellor and dean of the school.
DESPITE VOTE, PENNY WANTS TO BUY LAND
May 2, 1990
The Lawrence City Commission will pursue purchase of a tract of land east of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza, but the city won’t be alone in the bidding. The commission, in a 4-0 vote, directed City Manager Mike Wildgen to pursue negotiations for purchase of the land, which is owned by Penny’s Concrete.
BILL OF RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK, KUNSTLER WARNS
May 2, 1990
William Kunstler, a civil rights lawyer, writer and TV commentator add uncompromising critic of the U.S. Supreme Court to the list is a busy guy. On Tuesday, he counseled penitentiary inmates in Leavenworth, met with author William Burroughs, lectured twice at Kansas University and visited relatives in Wichita.
HOSPITAL REPORT
May 2, 1990
ADMISSIONS Alma Mae Moorman, 1516 Mass.
RESIDENTIAL GAS BILLS DROPPING 14 PERCENT
May 2, 1990
As of Tuesday, residential customers of Kansas Public Service, Lawrence’s natural gas utility, will see their monthly gas bills drop by an average of nearly $6 a month, a company representative said today. Michael Hertling, KPS vice president of administration, said the decrease is a result of a price cut from KPS’ suppliers that the utility will pass along to consumers.
JOHN J. BICKNELL
May 2, 1990
Services for John J. Bicknell, 74, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka with the Rev. Ron Goodman of the First Christian Church, Lawrence, officiating. Burial will be in Topeka Cemetery.
POLICE SAY WOMAN WAS MURDER VICTIM, RELEASE TENTATIVE ID
May 2, 1990
Police this morning could not positively identify a woman whose body was found Friday in East Lawrence but said they suspect the victim is a 25-year-old Lawrence woman who was last seen Halloween night. Officials said there are “strong indications” that the body is that of Tamara C. Baker, who was reported missing Nov. 6 by a man who said she had disappeared a week earlier.
BAKER UNIVERSITY TO HONOR FACULTY
May 2, 1990
Baker University on Thursday will honor two longtime faculty members for their outstanding work. The faculty members, Lowell Gish, professor and chair of the education department, and Dean Bevan, professor and chair of the English department, will be recognized for their contributions to the university at the annual Baker University Honors and Awards Convocation at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin.
LOOKING TO LOCATE IN LAWRENCE
May 2, 1990
A Junction City developer confirmed Tuesday that a “major retailer” is interested in locating a store in Lawrence and is considering several locations. However, the developer would not confirm reports that the retailer is considering locating on a large tract at the southwest corner of 31st and Iowa streets, across Iowa from K mart, 3106 Iowa.
DOCTORS WELCOME INSURANCE RATE CUT
May 2, 1990
An announcement early this week of a big decrease in medical malpractice insurance rates for many Kansas doctors came as good, though not completely unexpected, news for physicians in Lawrence. But local physicians contacted said that even more important is the extent the rate decrease affects a surcharge doctors have been paying into a state fund to cover additional malpractice insurance above what is provided by insurance companies.
BARNES PENS KANSAS BASKETBALL LETTER
May 2, 1990
Cortez Barnes made just two recruiting trips to Kansas and to national champion Nevada-Las Vegas before the 6-8 all-state forward signed with KU on Tuesday afternoon. “He didn’t like Las Vegas for some reason. You’d think he’d like the bright lights,” Wichita Heights coach Charles “Goose” Doughty said. “He really felt good about KU. They have a great coaching staff. You come from North Carolina like coach (Roy) Williams, you can’t get much better than that.”
HOPE
May 2, 1990
The Legislature passed a bill on community colleges last weekend, but it wasn’t what Douglas County officials were hoping for. The bill allows the state’s 19 community colleges to raise their tuition rates each of the next three years. The bill addressed one concern about community colleges by including a provision that bars the colleges from launching “branch” campuses outside their home districts.
NASH CENTER FACES SPENDING FREEZE
May 2, 1990
Because no increase in the level of public funding is expected this year for Bert Nash Mental Health Center, the local agency in 1991 will freeze both the level of services it offers and the number of people on its staff. At the annual meeting of the board of directors of the agency last week, a $1.9 million budget for 1991 was set.
KARLIN YEARNING FOR SHOT AT PROS
May 2, 1990
Pat Karlin certainly doesn’t consider his intelligence a curse, yet he’s often wondered if his grades have obscured what burns in his heart. “Maybe some people get the impression I don’t want to play ball because I’m such a good student,” the Kansas senior outfielder told me. “Maybe scouts get the wrong idea.”
LHS GROUP FOCUSES ON SOCIAL AWARENESS
May 2, 1990
Amy Ralston, Lawrence High School junior, sometimes wears a T-shirt touting a message by performance artist Laurie Anderson: “You know for every dollar a man makes a woman makes 63 cents.
PROJECTED BENEFITS OF LEGALIZED MARIJUANA TOUTED AT RALLY
May 2, 1990
Speakers who don’t think marijuana smoking should be a crime said marijuana, if legalized, could reduce the U.S. budget deficit, help solve the farm crisis, wipe out America’s cocaine problem and even give the planet an ecological boost. These and other projected benefits of legalizing marijuana were touted at a rally Tuesday at Burcham Park, where speakers from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws encouraged a crowd of about 250 people to join the fight for legalization.
TWO SPILLS RELEASE 1,300 GALLONS OF FUEL
May 2, 1990
Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Kansas River in East Lawrence and into a creek that runs into Perry Lake in two unrelated incidents, in which a fuel tank and a fuel truck were overfilled. About 400 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled into the Kansas River in East Lawrence about 9 a.m. Monday when a Kaw Sand Company fuel truck was overfilled, said Marvin Glotzbach, a geologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s district office in Lawrence.
W. GERMAN YOUTH LIKES SMALL-TOWN EXPERIENCE
May 2, 1990
Things are going to be different for Nils Ahrlich when he returns home to West Germany. After all, some of the most sweeping changes in Europe in more than 40 years have come about while Ahrlich has been in the United States as a foreign exchange student.
STRINGHAM SERVICES
May 2, 1990
Services for Raber Paul Stringham, 91, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, Lawrence. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery at a later time.
KU FRESHMAN SPARKLES IN 10-4 LOSS
May 2, 1990
In 13 games as an infielder, Kansas freshman Jim Walker batted .200 and compiled an unimpressive .733 fielding percentage. But Tuesday night, in his 14th game, Walker made his pitching debut. He tossed three shutout innings in relief as the Jayhawks fell to Southwest Missouri State, 10-4, at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
TALK
May 2, 1990
A group of Kansas University students met today with Judith Ramaley, executive vice chancellor, to express their concern about a campus visit Tuesday by a controversial black activist. The students talked with Ramaley about the appropriateness of having Steve Cokely speak at KU. Cokely has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks.
TESTIMONY ON TRIPLEX TO CONTINUE THURSDAY
May 2, 1990
The Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals is expected to resume hearing testimony in a case involving the renovation of an East Lawrence triplex when it meets Thursday. The issue is to be discussed after the board’s completion of its regular agenda items at the meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday in the first floor offices at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PLAN OUTLINED
May 2, 1990
Lawrence and Douglas County officials should implement programs for increased training of law enforcement officials who deal with domestic violence cases and implement procedures to ensure uniform treatment in those cases, the Lawrence City Commission was told Tuesday. Jean Rosenthal, who chairs the local group “People Against Violence,” presented to commissioners petitions signed by more than 1,500 local residents asking that a task force be appointed to develop a “family violence protocol” for Douglas County and Lawrence.