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PAPER OR PLASTIC
October 4, 1990
It’s encouraging that Lawrence grocery stores have joined the environmental bandwagon and are making a conscious effort to help reduce waste. Most grocery stores now offer customers the choice of paper or plastic sacks, and some even reward customers who reuse their own sacks and canvas bags. Many stores also have recycling collection sites and designate recyclable items throughout the store.
BUDGET COMPROMISE
October 4, 1990
It is, perhaps, a measure of the proposed federal budget pact’s fairness that everyone can find something they don’t like about it. Senior citizens are opposed to possible income tax hikes and an increase in the cost of Medicare coverage. Some people object to the proposed defense cuts. Those who smoke and drink are probably displeased with proposed tax hikes on cigarettes and alcohol. And just about everyone will be affected by the proposed doubling of the federal tax on gasoline.
NINTH STREET PLANS
October 4, 1990
Dear Editor: A $1.7 million project to “improve the safety and traffic flow on the Ninth Street corridor” between Emery and Iowa is being considered by the city commission. I question the need for these “improvements.”
SILENCE SPEAKS
October 4, 1990
Dear Editor: The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active organizations in town regarding the promotion of the value of Lawrence, the continued growth and prosperity of Lawrence and the overall progress of Lawrence. They have actively pursued the growth of our community in every direction, north toward the new airport, south toward the proposed southern bypass, east toward the industrial park and eastern trafficway and west toward the research park and residential development.
FARMHAND
October 4, 1990
Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders do it. Why not Marcus Robertson? Robertson’s football-baseball double isn’t quite the same, though. He’s a professional baseball player, but he’s still technically an amateur football player.
WIND LIFTS THE ROOF AT STORE
October 4, 1990
Rain wasn’t Mother Nature’s only surprise for Lawrence on Wednesday. Just ask Bob Karr. Karr, manager of the SAC’s discount store, 2525 Iowa, said a gust of wind lifted a portion of roof off the store at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
TEACHERS
October 4, 1990
While too much television might cause Johnny’s grades to suffer, teachers in the Lawrence school district are finding that television, when used properly, can be a valuable instructional tool. “As things change around the world, information in books can become outdated,” said Carol Pilant, librarian at Central Junior High School. “Television can keep students abreast of current information. It also can be used to show sophisticated scientific experiments that the school could not possibly provide.”
TSC TAKES STEPS TO SLOW TRAFFIC NEAR GRADE SCHOOL
October 4, 1990
The Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission is recommending several steps be taken in an effort to slow traffic in front of India Elementary School, 1701 E. 23rd. The TSC, which met Monday, unanimously recommended that the city ask the Kansas Department of Transportation to extend a 45 mph speed limit to the east city limits on Kansas Highway 10. In addition, it wants the city to examing placing a traffic signal at 23rd and Harper. Currently, Harper does not extend through to 23rd Street, but the city plans to open the street.
FOR THE RECORD
October 4, 1990
Law enforcement report Police reports
TELEPHONE EXCHANGE ADDED FOR LAWRENCE
October 4, 1990
An increasing number of local telephone customers has prompted the addition of a new telephone exchange in Lawrence. The new exchange, 832, went into effect last month as the sixth telephone exchange for the city, said Dave Nichols, Southwestern Bell’s local community relations manager.
PERLMAN PROVIDES HOT START FOR SERIES
October 4, 1990
OSHA REPORT ON FATAL ACCIDENT NOT COMPLETE
October 4, 1990
Results from investigations into last month’s fatal accident at KPL Gas Service’s Lawrence Energy Center are about a week from being made public. Steve Frye, safety supervisor in the Wichita office of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Wednesday that OSHA had not yet completed its report on the accident. But he said he expects the report to be released by next Wednesday. At that time, citations could be issued for non-compliance with OSHA regulations or the case could be closed.
PURDY FACES FORMER TEAM
October 4, 1990
Nine years have passed since Dick Purdy last coached Shawnee Mission West’s football team, but he knows how the Vikings will approach this Friday’s meeting with No. 3-ranked Lawrence High. “They believe they can win,” said Purdy, the Lions’ first-year head coach.
KU PROF DEVISES A PLAN TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED
October 4, 1990
Problems abound with the way the state deals with foster children, juvenile offenders and other children in need of care. No one is arguing differently. As John Poertner, a Kansas University associate professor of social welfare, said in a paper he prepared for a task force studying the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services:
KU GIVES HUSKERSRUN
October 4, 1990
Kansas University’s volleyball team didn’t beat No. 1-ranked Nebraska on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks, in fact, lost three straight games, 15-12, 15-13 and 15-5.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 4, 1990
DISMISSALS Sarah Corliss and baby girl, Lawrence.
KUMC COLLECTION DEAL RENEGOTIATED
October 4, 1990
Kansas University Medical Center has negotiated a contract with five firms that reduces the commission charged for debt collections by 25 percent, a KUMC official said today. The three Kansas and two Missouri firms that will handle KUMC collections signed three-year contracts with KUMC and agreed to work for 30 percent of what they collect, rather than 40 percent.
HIGHER GAS PRICES ALTER LOCAL OPERATIONS
October 4, 1990
Whether it’s in street sweepers, school buses or sheriff’s patrol cars, local governments are feeling the pinch from higher fuel prices brought on by the Mideast crisis. The city, in an effort to curtail some gasoline usage in the wake of increased fuel costs, is cutting back the amount of time street sweepers are on the streets.
RECYCLING OFFICIAL URGES PUBLIC TO REDUCE TRASH
October 4, 1990
Pat Marvin was in a sticky situation. Marvin, the city’s recycling coordinator, was the featured speaker at University Forum on Wednesday. As she launched an hourlong presentation about recycling and its environmental rewards, Marvin scrutinized the Styrofoam plates used during lunch at Ecumenical Christian Ministries.
S IN NO RUSH TO REPLACE ADMINISTRATOR
October 4, 1990
Kansas University professor Del Shankel is serving his third stint as KU’s executive vice chancellor. “The chancellor said I had to keep doing this until I got it right,” Shankel quipped.
OSKALOOSA OFFERS NEW AFTER-SCHOOL STUDY TIME
October 4, 1990
Keeping students after school has long been used as a form of punishment, but Oskaloosa teachers and administrators hope youngsters will benefit from a growing program that provides extra one-on-one attention at the end of the school day. Eighth hour is a period after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., when students of all ages gather in the school library for quiet study time to finish homework or seek help from volunteer tutors.
GEORGE SIDDENS
October 4, 1990
Services for George Thomas Siddens, 86, Tonganoxie, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Ben Saathoff officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Riley. Mr. Siddens died Wednesday at his home.
S SHIRT IS RITUAL FOR FETTE
October 4, 1990
Chad Fette’s dad once worked as a ballboy for the Kansas City Chiefs. “It was when he was in junior high,” said Fette, KU’s sophomore tight end from Parkville, Mo. “He’d travel with the team. One time when he went to Detroit, he traded shirts with somebody. He wore the shirt every game in college. I do, too.”
IKE ACTIVITIES TO BRING TRAINS THROUGH CITY
October 4, 1990
Three trains of antique vintage will pass through Lawrence as part of the Eisenhower centennial celebration in Abilene. A train featuring a 1937 steam locomotive named the “Dwight D. Eisenhower” and staff cars used by Eisenhower in 1944 and 1945 in England will pass through the city, without stopping, at an undetermined time Tuesday morning. The train will leave Kansas City at 7 a.m. Tuesday but cannot exceed 25 mph because of the antique cars. Therefore, it is impossible to set an estimated time of arrival for the train in Lawrence, said Alex Tice, regional director of public relations for the Union Pacific Railroad.
PARKING REQUESTS FACE BZAOR MAYBE NOT
October 4, 1990
The Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals may face two requests for loosening parking requirements at local businesses. Then again, it may go home shortly after approving its minutes. The BZA, which meets at 7 p.m. today in the city commission room at city hall, has two items on its agenda: requests from Winter Inc. and Block Properties VII for reductions in the number of required off-street parking spaces. Representatives of both firms, however, have suggested to the BZA that they either will ask for a withdrawal or deferral of their request.
Purdy faces former team
October 4, 1990
Nine years have passed since Dick Purdy last coached Shawnee Mission West’s football team, but he knows how the Vikings will approach this Friday’s meeting with No. 3-ranked Lawrence High. “They believe they can win,” said Purdy, the Lions’ first-year head coach.
PERRY COUNCIL DISCUSSES INSTALLING 911 SERVICE
October 4, 1990
A representative from United Telephone Company addressed the Perry City Council Wednesday night to discuss the procedure for installing a 911 emergency phone system. Roger Hodson, city clerk, said council members plan to seek public input regarding the service. The cost of incorporating the system in the county would be 75 cents a month per phone, he said.
COUNTY POSTPONES DECISION ON MORTGAGE PROGRAM
October 4, 1990
Douglas County’s participation in a low-interest mortgage revenue bond program was put on hold during Wednesday night’s county commission meeting. Commission chairman Mike Amyx deferred action until County Atty. Bob Fairchild could review the proposal, which was presented by Bill Tschudy of Stern Brothers Co. and Chris Forbes of Columbia Savings Assn.
PROTESTERS, KU OFFICIALS MEET
October 4, 1990
A Kansas University student who met with administrators early Wednesday evening in the wake of recent student demonstrations said she was pleased with the response to protesters’ concerns. Kristen Lange, an Overland Park sophomore, joined other student represenatives in a meeting with Frances Horowitz, vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service, and Barbara Ballard, director of Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.
RECONSTITUTED LEMONHEADS ARRIVE AT BOTTLENECK
October 4, 1990
Evan Dando doesn’t speak in superlatives. Ask him how his tour with the group Lemonheads is going, and he says “Pretty good, pretty good.”
T COST FANS
October 4, 1990
Once again, Kansas University’s season-opening midnight basketball practice will combine hoops and music. Yet, unlike last fall’s “Mid-Night Court,” there will be NO admission charge for “Late Night With Roy Williams” set for the night of Sunday, Oct. 14, at Allen Fieldhouse.
ROBBERY DEFENDANT FOUND GUILTY
October 4, 1990
A 19-year-old man who refused a plea bargain from prosecutors who would have dropped six of the nine felony charges filed against him was found guilty today on all counts stemming from the May 13 armed robbery of a local Chinese restaurant. The verdict ended a 2 -day trial for the man, Saymoung Suady of Independence, Mo., that was scheduled after he turned down a deal from the Douglas County district attorney’s office to drop six charges if he pleaded guilty to three.