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THE ABRASIVE SUNUNU
December 7, 1991
If President George Bush dumped John Sununu as the White House chief of staff, why did it take him so long to perceive the problem and accept the necessity to get rid of this ill-suited aide? If Sununu quit, the fact he lingered so long after many thought he was a liability to the Bush administration is further testimony to his arrogance and his unwillingness to accept that he could not adapt and grow in the job. Sununu took the post with a reputation for being abrasive and arbitrary, someone poorly versed in the old Dale Carnegie goals of winning friends and influencing people. From the outset, the chief of staff rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, often for wrong reasons. In recent months, he become involved in a self-serving travel scandal that was embarrassing to the White House, and should have been embarrassing to Sununu. Obviously he did not see it that way.
ATTRACTIVE CAMPUS
December 7, 1991
The ranking of Kansas University’s campus as among the nation’s most beautiful is no surprise to anyone associated with Mount Oread. In his new book, “The Campus as a Work of Art,” author Thomas Gaines rates KU’s campus as 13th on his list of the nation’s 50 most architecturally pleasing universities. In his commentary he points to KU’s distinctive buff-colored limestone buildings and red-tiled roofs, especially noting Dyche Hall, home of the KU Museum of Natural History.
HIGH COURT SIDES WITH COUNTY IN SUIT
December 7, 1991
The Kansas Supreme Court Friday upheld a Douglas County District Court ruling in favor of Douglas County, its board of commissioners and Wakarusa Township concerning a July 1987 accident. Russell Howard Collins had sued the three entities, alleging they were at fault for failing to warn him of shallow water below the Washington Creek bridge on a township road about 1 miles south of the Clinton Dam.
FOR THE RECORD
December 7, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Several power tools valued at a total of $1,915 were stolen between 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at a house under construction at 1708 Prestwick, say Lawrence police reports. Among the items taken were four power saws, a power planer, a jigsaw and a power drill.
TWO FACING CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
December 7, 1991
Tommie L. Jones, 39, 736 W. 25th, and David Langston, 31, Eudora, both were charged in Douglas County District Court on Friday afternoon with aggravated robbery in connection with Thursday night’s holdup at a convenience store located about 5 miles south of Lawrence. According to sheriff’s reports, the men walked into the Zarco store at about 6 p.m. and demanded at gunpoint that the clerk hand over the money in the cash register. The store is located south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59,
UNITED WAY ADDS TO DRIVE TOTAL
December 7, 1991
The United Way of Douglas County is $25,658 closer to its fund-raising goal of $1,007,500, the campaign leader said Friday. Marilyn Bittenbender, who is chairing the 1991-92 effort, said $963,902 has now been raised.
2 PEOPLE WOUNDED IN SHOOTINGS IN CITY
December 7, 1991
y BRAD ADDINGTON and DAVID TOPLIKAR Two people were wounded early this morning in two unrelated shootings in Lawrence, one at Brandon Woods Retirement Community and the other at a party at the Kansas National Guard Armory.
INSUBSTANTIAL BUT SWEET
December 7, 1991
JUNE A. DIFFLEY
December 7, 1991
Services for June Arlene Diffley, 62, rural Nortonville, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. The Rev. Sammy Sampson will officiate. Burial will be in the Larkinburg Cemetery. Mrs. Diffley died Thursday, Dec. 5, 1991, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
PROGRAM SHOWS INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS
December 7, 1991
The executive director of the Ballard Community Center said applications are outweighing adoptions in the Holiday Bureau program. Sherri Cannon, Ballard director, said Friday that at last count, 876 applications had been taken, and there were 414 “adoptions.”
EUDORAN TAKES CONCERN OVER SCHOOLS TO GOVERNOR
December 7, 1991
A Eudora woman who met Friday with Gov. Joan Finney about the way the Eudora School District is run said this morning that she was pleased with the outcome of the meeting even though the governor didn’t make any promises. “She listened to us. She really listened to us. She’s all for the kids on education,” said Connie Ford, who spearheaded an effort to audit the school district’s financial records.
JOURNAL-WORLD TOLD OF ATTACK IN EXTRA EDITION
December 7, 1991
When Japanese warplanes struck Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Journal-World brought the story home with an “extra” edition. That Sunday, which wasn’t then a regular publishing day, the Journal-World’s special edition carried Associated Press dispatches from the Pacific and Washington, D.C., along with local reaction to the surprise attack. The extra was off the press shortly after 5 p.m.
COLBY RAMBLES BY TRIBE, 126-99
December 7, 1991
Six Colby CC players scored in double figures as the Trojans raced past Haskell, 126-99, in junior college basketball Friday night at Coffin Complex. The loss dropped Haskell’s record to 0-11. The Indians have actually won two games, but were forced to forfeit them when it was determined Corey Stiffarm, who played in those two games, didn’t have enough academic credits.
LIONS TOP TOPEKA SEAMAN, 72-60
December 7, 1991
Topeka Seaman coach Brad Dietz didn’t have any first-hand knowledge about Lawrence High’s basketball team, but second-hand sources provided him with a partial scouting report. His sources told him to look out for Lions Michael Cosey and Maurice Trotter.
EX-JAYHAWK PRITCHARD HOPES TO STICK WITH CELTICS
December 7, 1991
Kevin Pritchard’s rookie year in the NBA was easy. His second year has been hard. “What’s really crazy is I really didn’t play all that well last year,” Pritchard said by phone from Boston where he’s currently on the Celtics’ injured list. “This year I’m playing better, but I’m struggling to stick with a team. It’s a crazy business.”
KU, KENTUCKY REACH FINALS
December 7, 1991
You know about the tradition. Kansas and Kentucky are synonymous with college basketball. But the two schools’ women’s teams haven’t cultivated a rivalry. They’ve met only once, and that was 14 seasons ago.
OFFICIALS SEEK HANDLE ON CRISIS INTERVENTION
December 7, 1991
Hoping to gain more insight about how law enforcement could deal with crisis intervention, several Lawrence officials attended a presentation by a mental health worker who trains police to deal with those situations. Mayor Bob Walters and City Manager Mike Wildgen were among those who attended the Friday morning presentation by Richard Davenport, the coordinator and instructor of “The Comprehensive Model Mental Illness in Law Enforcement: A Prescription to Crisis Intervention Duties.”
EXPERIENCE MISSING AT MCLOUTH
December 7, 1991
McLouth High’s boys basketball team will be missing an important commodity experience when the Bulldogs’ season opens on Monday. McLouth has have only one letterman returning from last year’s 13-8 team, and he was not a starter. Junior guard Justin Schwinn has the monopoly on varsity experience.
SLATTERY PLANS SESSIONS ON HEALTH CARE POLICY
December 7, 1991
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery said Friday that he plans to conduct a series of town meetings next year, including one in Lawrence, to determine what kind of national health policy Kansans want. He said the meetings that will be held across northeast Kansas will focus on health care plans currently being discussed in Washington.
LOCAL SURVIVORS RECALL DEVASTATION OF ATTACK
December 7, 1991
Fifty years ago today John Pinnick was roused from sleep by the sound of airplanes. From his barracks window Pinnick could see smoke rising from Pearl Harbor and he realized the planes he heard weren’t American. He was witnessing the attack that took America to war with Japan.
LEBANESE ENVOY SEES HOPE FOR PEACE
December 7, 1991
Prospects for peace in the Middle East are better than they have been in 40 years, a Lebanese diplomat said Friday at Kansas University. But Hassan Saad, Lebanese consul general in Detroit, said an agreement between Israelis and Arabs must occur within two years to avoid the risk of major political upheaval in the region.
OSKALOOSA OPENS WITH WIN
December 7, 1991
Oskaloosa High’s boys basketball team ended one streak Friday night, and Bears coach Kevin Boardwick hopes they started another. The Bears, losers of 24 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 13, 1990, won their season opener, 54-53, over Wathena in a first-round game of the Delaware Valley League Tournament.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 7, 1991
Kristina Shackelford and baby girl, Lawrence. BIRTHS Sarah Romero and James Hall, Lawrence, a boy, Friday.
A GAME TO REMEMBER
December 7, 1991
The recent 100th football meeting of Kansas and Missouri caused many to reflect on blockbuster games in the series. Most of the collections were outstanding. As for quarreling about whose top 10 is best, one person’s choice can be another’s throwaway. It’s mostly all in the point of view and the degree of involvement.
S PARENTS ATTENDED KU
December 7, 1991
The parents of David Duke, the former Klansman who’s seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency, met while attending Kansas University. A recent profile on Duke in the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that his parents, David Hedger Duke and Maxine Crick, met at KU and were married in 1937. Duke last month lost a race for the governor’s post in Louisiana.
SATURDAY COLUMN
December 7, 1991
Former directors of the Associated Press gather once a year to receive an update on the worldwide news gathering organization and to discuss budget, personnel, new technology matters and to receive a report on major news developments, both domestic and from throughout the world. This week’s meeting was a bit special in that AP foreign correspondent Terry Anderson was released at the same time of the meeting and AP President Lou Boccardi traveled to meet Anderson in Weisbaden, Germany.
TONIGHT AT LONG BEACH
December 7, 1991
Pick a metaphor, any metaphor, and Roy Williams will play it out for you. Williams, Kansas’ basketball coach, is known for comparing his sport to golf. But his repertoire doesn’t stop there.
December 7, 1991
Last spring’s graduation ceremony took away more than seven of 12 varsity players from the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team. It also took away the Chieftains’ height.