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HISTORICAL CONTEXT
October 9, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: On Dec. 27, 1924, two weeks before his term of office ended, defeated Kansas Gov. Jonathan M. Davis caused the chancellor of Kansas University to be fired. That was an arbitrary act done without a public hearing. It provoked statewide protest.
WHAT IS FAIR?
October 9, 1990
It is understandable why Riverfront Plaza officials would like to have signs around the city directing motorists to their shopping area, and it, likewise, is understandable why city officials would like to be as helpful as they can to the owners and operators of the retail development. The city and its taxpayers have made a sizable commitment to the development, and they would like the project to be successful. At the same time, what is fair? Is it fair for city officials to OK directional and advertising signs for the riverfront area as opposed to directional and advertising signs for Wal-mart, some specific car dealer, Checkers, Dillon’s or Food Barn? How about directional signs for Kief’s, a store which attracts a large number of out-of-town shoppers? If it is all right to put up signs in city rights of way for the Riverfront Plaza, why not put up similar signs for Kief’s, Weaver’s, Dillon’s or one of the yogurt places around town?
VIKINGS BREAK THROUGH, SLIP LIONS 3-0 LOSS
October 9, 1990
While the elements tried to keep Lawrence High goalkeeper Mark Banker cool, Shawnee Mission West conspired to do otherwise. The Raiders’ torrid offense attempted 29 shots on goal as West posted a 3-0 soccer win at a chilly, and intermittently rainy, Holcom field Monday afternoon.
CHARLES MEANS
October 9, 1990
Services for Charles B. Means, 73, McLouth, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the McLouth Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Ping officiating. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery. Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie is handling the arrangements. Mr. Means died Sunday at Cherokee Lodge in Oskaloosa.
WOMEN GATHER TO FIGHT ABUSERAPE
October 9, 1990
According to national figures, a woman is abused every 15 seconds and raped every six minutes. If those estimates are accurate, 600 women were battered and another 125 were raped during Lawrence’s own Take Back the Night celebration. Such violence against women must end, Take Back the Night speakers said Monday evening in South Park.
MAN CONFIDENT HE CAN FORCE ROAD VOTE
October 9, 1990
With more than 900 signatures in hand, a Lawrence man said today that he thinks he can force a vote on two local road projects. “It appears we do have the necessary signatures,” said John Swift, leader of Vote on Tax Enactments (VOTE). He needs 754 valid signatures, or 2 percent of the county’s registered voters, to force an election on the projects.
S FUNDING PLAN
October 9, 1990
Harland Priddle, former secretary of commerce who is running for lieutenant governor on Republican Gov. Mike Hayden’s ticket, said today that the challenger’s plan for funding the Margin of Excellence is “unrealistic” and would close down job-creating research programs at Kansas University. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joan Finney has proposed using lottery and parimutuel money to fund the third year of the Margin.
NIGHTCLUB APPEALING RULING ON VIOLATIONS
October 9, 1990
A Lawrence nightclub is appealing a judgment by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Division that the club was guilty of violating state liquor regulations. Owners of Pizazz, 901 Miss., are appealing the decision handed down last month by ABC Director Tom Hanna, who found the club in violation of four regulations related to its Class B liquor license. The appeal will be heard by the Kansas Department of Revenue, which oversees the ABC.
SCHOOL DISTRICT REVISES PLAN
October 9, 1990
The Perry-Lecompton School Board revised and discussed a five-year capital outlay plan Monday night, but postponed approving the plan until November’s meeting. Supt. Henry Murphy said this morning, “We’re trying to set up a plan to address the needs of the district and still build up the fund so they might be able to put up additions eventually on the middle school and high school.”
DISTRICTS
October 9, 1990
The Oskaloosa School Board continued discussions on realigning board member districts Monday night, and planned to complete the process by the end of the month. Supt. James White said this morning that he will meet with the county clerk, school bus company representatives and postal authorities to collect figures on the distribution of district voters. He will then draw new boundaries for board member districts, and the board will vote on the plan at a special meeting in late October.
ACCIDENT STUDY RESULTS DELAYED
October 9, 1990
Results from the inquiry into last month’s fatal accident at KPL Gas Service’s Lawrence Energy Center will be delayed one week, the federal government announced. “We’re finishing up our investigation this week,” said Tom Morrison, industrial hygiene supervisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Wichita.
S MOORE BREAKS THUMB, WILL MISS MIAMI
October 9, 1990
Glen Mason was happy Monday he decided over the weekend to take linebacker Wes Swinford off the red-shirt list. The Kansas football coach will need Swinford now that starting linebacker Curtis Moore has been ruled out of Saturday’s game at Miami because of a broken thumb suffered during the Iowa State game.
MASON EMPATHIZES WITH BOTH MUCU
October 9, 1990
Coaches all over the country, including Kansas’ Glen Mason, went to school Monday on the Fifth Down Controversy in the Colorado-Missouri game. Mason called a meeting of his assistant coaches and preached increased vigilance.
SUPPORT OF MARGIN
October 9, 1990
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce mailed letters Monday to the eight Douglas County candidates for four seats in the Kansas House to encourage them to support the Margin of Excellence. The letter said the chamber had endorsed the goal of funding the third year of the Margin program, which is designed to improve budgets of state universities, such as Kansas University.
PICK THE TOMATOES
October 9, 1990
The first frost advisory of the season has been issued for tonight by the National Weather Service. Both the Kansas University Weather Service and the National Weather Service are forecasting a low of 32 degrees tonight, which is the freezing temperature on the Fahrenheit scale. The weather service said a slight breeze tonight should prevent frost from forming on plants in open areas. However, plants in areas protected from wind could get nipped if left uncovered.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 9, 1990
ADMISSIONS Pearl Hill, Lawrence; Brenda Gammill, Lawrence; John Roth Jr., Ottawa.
OPPONENTS DEBATE HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS
October 9, 1990
The superintendent of Lawrence public schools tried to emphasize the need for a second high school in the city, and an opponent derided the school board for holding necessary improvements hostage to the second high school proposal during a forum Monday. Supt. Dan Neuenswander squared off with Eric Cleveland, spokesman for “Citizens for Education” in a forum sponsored by the North Lawrence Improvement Assn. The event drew about 25 spectators to the Odd Fellows Hall in North Lawrence.
FREDERICK BACKS DECISION
October 9, 1990
Bob Frederick backs the Big Eight Conference in its decision to award Colorado a controversial football victory over Missouri. “The only situation when you can fairly determine that a game should be forfeited is when you have an ineligible player,” the Kansas athletic director said Monday.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE TITLEDSUCCESS
October 9, 1990
The final numbers haven’t been tallied, but it appears that the 18th annual Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale was a success. “It went very well,” said Clifford Syverson, treasurer of the organization. “I think we probably did $5,000 more than last year.”
ATTORNEY ELECTED VILLAGES CHAIRMAN
October 9, 1990
The board of trustees of The Villages Inc. has elected Robert A. Anderson, an Ottawa attorney, as the new chairman of the board. At a meeting in September, Anderson received the position Dr. Karl Menninger held until his death July 18.
BALDWIN OKS RAISE IN SEWER BUDGET
October 9, 1990
The Baldwin City Council Monday night amended the 1990 sewer fund budget, increasing it by $70,000, said Rick Shain, city manager. The council passed a resolution to issue $70,000 in temporary notes to to reimburse the depleted sewer fund for three improvement projects, he said. The notes will span three years and can be paid for through the city’s mill levy or sewer fund revenue.
STUDY SAYS CHURCH CAN BE PRESERVED
October 9, 1990
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance today released its report on a 120-year-old Lawrence church and pronounced efforts to save the church both prudent and feasible. The Old English Lutheran Church, 1040 N.H., has been the focus of a two-year battle between its owner, Allen Realty Inc., and preservationists, who oppose the company’s plans to demolish it.
4-H LEADERSHIP, ACHIEVEMENTS HONORED AT ANNUAL CEREMONY
October 9, 1990
Participants and supporters of county 4-H activities were treated to stories, awards and standing ovations Monday night during an annual highlight of 4-H recognition and honors. “To be recognized with a 4-H award is one of the highest honors a member could receive,” said Larry McElwain, president of the Douglas County 4-H Foundation.
LOCAL FEDERAL WORKERS AWAIT WORD ON BUDGET
October 9, 1990
Supervisors of federal offices in Lawrence were optimistic today that Congress would approve a federal budget and they wouldn’t have to furlough employees. However, none of those reached today said they had been contacted about what to do if the rift between Congress and the president continues after the 10-day continuing resolution expires. This morning President Bush signed an emergency spending bill that keeps the government operating until Oct. 19.
FINNEY OVERCOME BY EMOTION DURING ABORTION QUESTIONING
October 9, 1990
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joan Finney broke her self-imposed silence Monday on the abortion issue and was overcome by emotion when she tried to tell a story about an incest victim. During a campaign stop at a Lawrence Rotary Club meeting, Finney’s voice broke several times as she elaborated on her opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest.
DELONG GETS GIFT, STARTS FOR NINERS
October 9, 1990
Keith DeLong has been to Hawaii courtesy of Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. since he last was in Lawrence. DeLong, a 1985 graduate of Lawrence High, also has a new piece of jewelry since last he visited here. You might have heard about the Super Bowl rings DeBartolo bought his San Francisco 49ers after they dismantled Denver last January. They each cost about $7,500 more than the NFL’s limit.
TENANT GROUP ORGANIZES INTO COMMITTEES
October 9, 1990
Committees to look into specific housing problems at Clinton Place Apartments in Lawrence were formed Monday night during an organizational meeting of tenants. One committee of residents will begin looking into the cost and availability of a public telephone to go between exterior and interior doors of the complex so tenants who are locked out can call for help, said Edna Rogers, one of the tenants who attended the meeting.
NORTH LAWRENCE RESIDENTS SHOW FRUSTRATION WITH ROAD CONGESTION
October 9, 1990
North Lawrence residents, asked Monday night for their support of two road issues on the November ballot, made clear their frustration with traffic congestion around the Kansas River bridge. The occasion was a forum sponsored by the North Lawrence Improvement Assn. Mike Amyx, Douglas County Commission chairman, delivered a brief presentation about the proposed eastern parkway and south Lawrence trafficway to the 25 residents in attendance. No representatives of groups opposed to the roads spoke at the forum.
SCHOOL BOARD STUMPS FOR APPROVAL OF BONDS
October 9, 1990
Members of the Lawrence School Board are booked for 37 speaking engagements during the next three weeks as part of the campaign for the proposed $31 million school bond issue, a district spokesman said at Monday night’s school board meeting. Bonnie Dunham, communications coordinator for the district, told of the board members’ busy schedule during a report summarizing the district’s campaign efforts.
SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS AT ROOM ADDITIONS
October 9, 1990
The Basehor-Linwood School Board reviewed plans for the addition of three or four rooms each for the district’s high school and middle school at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night. Supt. Charles Edmonds said the board asked him to develop preliminary cost estimates for the expansion.
October 9, 1990
Students who objected to the celebration of Columbus Day protested Monday at Kansas University, saying the holiday is a clear reminder of the “miseducation” they’ve received during their schooling. A group of about 60 students from KU, Haskell Indian Junior College and Ottawa University gathered near Wescoe Hall for the 45-minute protest against the federal holiday, which was observed Monday. The protesters drew an audience of about 100 people.
DEFICIT DEALINGS
October 9, 1990
Congress has put the U.S. government back in business at least for the next 10 days. The House and Senate approved a measure Monday night that will give them a little breathing space in trying to formulate a new plan to reduce the federal deficit. The action came at the end of a three-day holiday weekend in which the government was technically shut down, but few federal workers were affected.
FOR THE RECORD
October 9, 1990
Law enforcement report Police reports
FAMILIES
October 9, 1990
The word “death” is taboo for many people. “Death” is utterable, however, for some who have to face the possibility every day.
KU BASKETBALL PURSUES SEVERAL TOP 25 HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
October 9, 1990
Never-ending college basketball recruiting tidbits… Two high school seniors who have verbally committed to Kansas Greg Gurley, a 6-5 guard from Shawnee Mission South, and Greg Ostertag, a 7-1 center from Duncanville, Texas have been tabbed top 100 players by Bob Gibbons’ national recruiting service in North Carolina.
BREAKDOWNS ALLOWED CLOSE GAME
October 9, 1990
Early in the fourth quarter last Friday night, Shawnee Mission West quarterback David Reichart took a snap at his own 41 yard line, kept on a draw play and broke into the open field. Safety Mike Reese was the Lions’ only hope of stopping Reichart before he made the end zone.
REPORT SHOWS SCHOOL WATER SAFE
October 9, 1990
Despite recent reports that water in some of the nation’s schools contains dangerously high levels of lead, the drinking water in Lawrence public schools is safe, the Lawrence school board learned Monday night. Board Member Mary Lou Wright said several local residents had expressed concern about the school’s drinking water following the recent news that some water coolers contribute heavily to water’s lead content.
FLOYD M. HENDON
October 9, 1990
Services for Floyd M. Hendon, 76, Tonganoxie, will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Quisenberry Funeral Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial will follow at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mr. Hendon died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
ARCHITECT REPORTS ON HIGH SCHOOL RESTORATION COSTS
October 9, 1990
The emotional dispute over whether to save Eudora’s existing high school continued at the Eudora School Board meeting Monday night when more than 60 district patrons showed up to hear an architect’s report on the costs of renovating the school. The 72-year-old portion of the high school was deemed unsafe by the state fire marshal in July.