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LAWRENCE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOURS BRITISH ISLES
September 20, 1990
Ever since the Renaissance, the British have borrowed music heavily from continental Europe. Italian and later German composers such as Handel and Haydn crossed the channel to write music for the Hanovers. Of course, in the last 150 years, the British isles produced their own batch of famous composers, including this century’s Benjamin Britten, R. Vaughan Williams and William Walton. But according to one local composer and conductor, the British have not kept up with their American or continental counterparts.
SHOWING SUPPORT
September 20, 1990
Dear Editor: I am the commander of Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, the American Legion. I am writing to urge the citizens of Lawrence and Douglas County to express their support of our government and our armed forces serving in the Middle East.
EMBARGO WILL FAIL
September 20, 1990
Dear Editor: The likelihood of war in the Middle East appears to be increasing with each passing week. Not only, as the media have repeatedly pointed out, because the massive deployments of men and materiel make the situation increasingly dangerous, and not merely because “mistakes,” “hot tempers,” or “miscalculations,” can turn a precarious stalemate into a sea of blood in an instant. War is increasingly likely in the Middle East primarily because the stated American objective of forcing Saddam Hussein to withdraw from Kuwait by means of a multinational embargo will surely fail.
DECISIVE ACTION
September 20, 1990
Although the circumstances were unfortunate, it was good to see how quickly and decisively Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and President Bush acted to replace Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Dugan after the general made some careless and potentially harmful comments about Operation Desert Shield in the Mideast. Gen. Dugan was very frank in outlining how U.S. air power would attack Iraq if their leader Saddam Hussein should initiate military action against Desert Shield forces. He didn’t pull any punches and said that if a shooting war should break out, U.S. planes would swing into an all-out air war rather than selecting specific small targets and trying to make “surgical” strikes against the enemy. He also suggested efforts would be made to eliminate, kill by one means or another, Iraqi President Hussein.
FOR THE RECORD
September 20, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
SRS TASK FORCE PLANS SESSIONS
September 20, 1990
The Special Task Force on Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services will continue meetings Monday and Tuesday in Topeka, with members of the committee dividing into four subcommittees to concentrate on specific areas. The four subcommittees include one to study medical services, another specializing on organizational structure and delivery of human services, one to study children’s services and another on mental health and retardation services.
SRS OFFICE AWAITS WORD ON CHANGES
September 20, 1990
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services workers now based in Lawrence are waiting for the dust to settle. Under a reorganization announced late last month by Dennis Taylor, acting SRS secretary, the Lawrence SRS office, now serving just Douglas County under the Topeka-area office, soon will become an area office serving seven northeast Kansas counties.
HASKELL REGENTS TO DISCUSS GOALS
September 20, 1990
Members of the Board of Regents at Haskell Indian Junior College are in town today, discussing long-range goals for the two-year college. Bob Martin, president of Haskell, said regents would be talking about the college’s committee system, its reorganization and approval of an associate science degree program. The regents also are sending out information to Congress regarding Haskell’s budget for fiscal year 1991.
EFFECTS OF OUTAGE FELT ACROSS LAWRENCE
September 20, 1990
With three people on the operating table and another women ready to deliver a baby by Caesarean section, the timing of Wednesday’s hour-long power outage could have been better for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. But hospital officials say emergency electrical systems performed exactly as they were designed.
JEANNETTE ELSTON
September 20, 1990
Services for for Jeannette Elston, 85, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF MISSOURI MAN
September 20, 1990
Authorities today identified a man who was killed Wednesday afternoon at KPL Gas Services’ Lawrence Energy Center when a drill rig he was operating struck a high-voltage line. Ronald W. Schaffer, 29, St. Joseph, Mo., died in the accident, which knocked out one of the main power lines leading from the plant and caused a power outage to more than half of Lawrence.
KU BIGWIG IN WEEKEND TABLOID
September 20, 1990
A Kansas University administrative assistant will sing the praises of an Ozark Mountain resort town as a guest editor in the coming USA Weekend magazine, inserted in Sunday’s Journal-World. “They invite people to submit a favorite weekend getaway and I took them up on it,” said Barbara Paris, administrative assistant in KU’s English department.
GURLEY LEANING TO KANSAS
September 20, 1990
All-state basketball player Greg Gurley of Shawnee Mission South will sign a letter of intent during the November period, and indications are it will be with Kansas. “We have not verbally committed to KU,” Jim Gurley, father of the 6-5 guard-forward, said, “but the competition has pretty much eliminated itself. It seems like every coach in the country has figured that Roy Williams has him locked up.”
HASKELL PRESIDENT FEARS BUDGET CUTS
September 20, 1990
Fearing unpaid furloughs for his staff, the president of Haskell Indian Junior College hopes Congress soon will reach a budget resolution. In August the Bush administration ordered federal agencies to draw up plans to cut spending by 31.9 percent in the event mandatory budget cuts are required to ease the budget deficit. Cuts would take effect Oct. 15 unless Congress and the White House agree on a package of tax increases and spending reductions.
EMERGENCY DRILL ENABLES CREWS TO PRACTICE, IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS
September 20, 1990
A few hours before a real emergency hit Lawrence, the first in a series of drills to hone the skills of emergency personnel started Wednesday morning in a North Lawrence railroad yard. The drills, which continue this week, are being staged jointly by the FMC Corp., the Lawrence Fire Department and the Douglas County Ambulance Service in the rail yard at Third and Locust streets.
SCHOOL BOND ISSUE SPURS DEBATE
September 20, 1990
Officials with Lawrence school district and members of a group opposed to a proposed second high school both have indicated their willingness to participate in a televised panel discussion on the issue. Spokesmen for both groups said that local attorney Peter Curran had approached them about doing such a broadcast on Sunflower Cablevision Channel 6. Curran is trying to organize the discussion on behalf of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s government communications task force, which he chairs.
CORRECTION
September 20, 1990
Because of a reporter’s error, it was incorrectly reported that the obstetrics department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital would be moving to a different area of the hospital when construction begins next year to improve heating and cooling systems. The pediatrics department will move from the first floor to the fourth floor during the construction, while the psychiatry department on the first floor will limit admissions.
KU GRID WALK-ON WATERSKIERTOO
September 20, 1990
Matt Stafford has administered some hard hits on the football field. He’s also taken quite a few. None were as jarring, however, as the bone-rattling shots he received during his days as a national-caliber distance waterski jumper.
EXPANDED 911 SERVICE WINS PRAISE
September 20, 1990
Douglas County commissioners and other officials hailed the county’s move to speed up the extension of basic 911 emergency service throughout the county during the commission’s meeting Wednesday night. “I feel that this is probably the best thing that we could ever do as elected officials,” commission chairman Mike Aymx said after Sheriff Loren Anderson told the commission that basic 911 service was operating for residents of Eudora and Lecompton.
S DISMISSAL UPHELD BY REGENTS
September 20, 1990
In a unanimous vote, the Kansas Board of Regents today refused to hear the appeal of a tenured professor at Kansas University who was fired for violating professional ethics and failing to perform academic duties. Richard Senecal, chair of a regents’ subcommittee that studied the appeal of anthropology professor Dorothy Willner, said Willner was treated fairly by KU in the dismissal process and that her appeal was not justified.
MANAGEMENT ANALYST TAKES JOB IN WYOMING
September 20, 1990
An assistant in the Lawrence city manager’s office is leaving to become assistant city manager in a Wyoming college town. Kelly Arnold, city management analyst for the past 2 years, will become assistant city manager on Nov. 1 in Laramie, Wyo.
MOTEL SPONSORING LONG NOTE TO TROOPS
September 20, 1990
Days Inn, a motel at 23rd and Iowa, is inviting guests and others from Lawrence to send “A Long Note from Home” to troops now stationed in the Middle East. According to a press release, Days Inns of America wanted to do something to show its support for the troops, and motels in the chain throughout the United States are taking part in the campaign.
IMPRACTICAL PROVISION
September 20, 1990
Even good rules sometimes need to be broken. Such an example has come up in New York City, where homelessness has become a leading problem. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity have dropped plans to convert two abandoned buildings into a homeless shelter because the city insisted that the nuns install an elevator in the buildings. The elevator was called for because a local ordinance requires all new construction to provide access for the disabled.
CONCERNS AIRED AT PUBLIC FORUM ON NEW SCHOOL
September 20, 1990
The anticipated cost of busing students to two high schools was just one fact local residents wanted to know Wednesday night at a public forum on the Lawrence school district’s proposed second high school. About 30 people attended the two-hour forum, which was the first of three that the school board plans.
HOSPITAL REPORT
September 20, 1990
DISMISSALS Frances Payne, Lawrence; Ruth Hughes and baby boy, Lawrence.
OTHER POWER SOURCES AVERTED LONGER OUTAGE
September 20, 1990
Electric transmission lines coming into Lawrence from areas other than the KPL Gas Service’s Lawrence Energy Center helped avert a longer blackout than occurred Wednesday, a spokesman for the utility said today. A consultant for a KPL contractor was killed Wednesday afternoon when a drill rig he was working with struck a 115,000-volt power line at the Energy Center. The accident, which occurred shortly after 1 p.m., caused a brief shutdown of the center and knocked out power to more than half of Lawrence and sections of western Douglas County, including Lecompton, for about an hour.
KU BASEBALL TO START FALL SLATE
September 20, 1990
He spent most of the summer evaluating high school talent. Now, starting with Saturday’s fall baseball opener, Kansas coach Dave Bingham will take a good, hard look at his own players. “What we try to do in the fall,” said Bingham, whose Jayhawks will play a 10-game home schedule against junior college teams, “is establish a game plan for the spring. We want to evaluate as many players as we can in as many game-like situations as we can. It’s important we find out how they handle it.”
PRACTICE PAYS WITH BERTH IN NATIONAL TOURNEY
September 20, 1990
The intensity of the Lawrence Roadrunners’ practices has caught some by surprise. “We picked up two players for the tournament season,” said Roadrunners’ coach Grant Newman. “After their first practice, they said they didn’t know anybody practiced like that around here.”
COUNTY COMMISSION TO GET JAIL PROPOSAL
September 20, 1990
A Jefferson County citizens advisory committee heard a proposal Wednesday evening to replace the county’s 59-year-old jail and sheriff’s facility, and will present the plan to county commissioners Friday. Dennis Kimmee of Kimmee Planning and Architecture, Champaign, Ill., explained the floor plan and preliminary drawings for the $3.8 million project, which would be built on a 20-acre site at the southern edge of Oskaloosa, on the west side of U.S. Highway 59.
OUTAGE AT KU DISRUPTIVE, NOT CRITICAL
September 20, 1990
A power outage Wednesday on the Kansas University campus was the first major blackout in about 10 years, an official said today. Mike Richardson, acting director of facilities operations, said it had been about a decade since KU lost power to its entire campus. KU went dark about 1:10 p.m. after a fatal accident at KPL’s Lawrence Energy Center.