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FUNDING MISERY
December 10, 1991
The serious funding problems of local area universities such as Kansas and Kansas State are generally well-known by now. Unfortunately, the state seems to be saddled with a shortsighted governor and Legislature which are not inclined to do anything substantial to improve the situation very quickly. Sadly, things could get worse before there is any improvement. But if, as they say, misery loves company, KU, KSU and other state institutions of higher learning can take comfort they are far from alone while sailing this hazardous sea of uncertainty.
TEACHER TESTIMONIAL
December 10, 1991
To the editor: Friday morning I came to know about an article you published on KU’s computer science department. Though I have not read the article, my friend did mention that the article presents Dr. Bavel as the troublemaker. You did your part, now let me do my part.
NO APOLOGY NECESSARY
December 10, 1991
To the editor: I have just finished watching one Pearl Harbor remembrance. They are trying to tell us on one hand that Japan should apologize to us. On the other hand the Japanese say we should apologize for the A-bomb. Hey, that was 50 years ago. Will any apology replace the lives lost?
PRINTER SUES FOUNDATION FOR SERVICES
December 10, 1991
A fourth lawsuit has been filed by a creditor against the Meeting for Peace Foundation, a non-profit corporation that hosted an October 1990 visit by 300 Soviet citizens to Lawrence and other U.S. cities. Mainline Printing Inc., Topeka, filed suit Friday in Douglas County District Court, seeking a judgment of $6,260.57 plus court costs, interest and fees for printing services between September 1990 and Aug. 31, 1991.
DCDI STILL PURSUING SHELL BUILDING LEASE
December 10, 1991
A proposed lease for the shell building in the East Hills Business Park is still being passed back and forth between attorneys for a Kansas City company and Douglas County Development Inc., the park’s developer. Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, said DCDI had expected to have a lease signed last month. However, Toebben said the terms of the agreement, which also cover the Kansas City company’s expansion plans at the site, proved more complex than originally thought.
FL
December 10, 1991
Roy Williams and Nolan Richardson visited between games during the Jayhawk Juco Shootout on Sunday in Garden City. The Kansas coach and the Arkansas coach discussed the Razorbacks’ 87-76 loss to Missouri on Saturday night in Fayetteville. The Tigers, 4-0, are ranked 21st in this week’s AP poll. KU is seventh.
COMMISSION OKS EXPIRED-TAG LAW
December 10, 1991
An expired license plate may soon be illegal even for a car that isn’t moving. Lawrence city commissioners approved an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that would allow city police to issue tickets when they find parked cars with expired tags.
JEANNE E. THOMSON
December 10, 1991
A memorial service for Jeanne Eadie Thomson, 73, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Dean Dixon officiating. Mrs. Thomson died Monday, Dec. 9, 1991, at a Topeka hospital.
MARCELLA E. ARNDT
December 10, 1991
A private family inurnment for Marcella Elizabeth Arndt, 93, rural Lawrence, will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Arndt died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU FACULTY MEMBER AWARDED MDA GRANT
December 10, 1991
The Muscular Dystrophy Assn. has awarded $132,405 to a Kansas University assistant professor of biochemistry and biological sciences. The grant given to Diana J. Bigelow, the faculty member, will go toward her study of regulation of calcium in muscle cells, a news release from the association said.
STEVENS UNCERTAIN HE HAS JOB LOCKED
December 10, 1991
Now that California’s Wally Joyner has signed with the Royals, a starting spot in the Angels’ lineup has been freed for Lee Stevens. Hasn’t it?
KORNBRUST SERVICES
December 10, 1991
Services for Jewell J. Kornbrust, 65, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Jimmy Cobb officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Kornbrust died Monday, Dec. 9, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of Lawrence since 1957.
CORONER SAYS ACCIDENT VICTIM WAS INTOXICATED
December 10, 1991
The Douglas County coroner this morning said the blood-alcohol level of a 29-year-old Lawrence man who died in a traffic accident early Sunday was three times the legal limit. Dr. Carol Moddrell said Ronald Janesko’s blood-alcohol level was .37. Under Kansas law, a driver is considered intoxicated if his or her blood-alcohol level is .10 or above.
HEATING PROBLEMS KEEP BOARD BUSY
December 10, 1991
The Baldwin school board continued its search for an affordable solution to heating and cooling problems at Baldwin High School during Monday’s meeting. Supt. John Nuspl said the board heard from Gary Hogsett, of Peak Street Energy, a Baldwin consulting firm, who reported on the situation at the school.
COUNTY TO ACT ON PAY PLAN
December 10, 1991
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will put the finishing touches on the county’s compensation plan for 1992. After discussions dating back to the county’s budget hearings in July, the commission will decide on a plan to pay county employees.
JUDGE URGES CONCERN FOR CHILDREN
December 10, 1991
Douglas County District Judge Jean Shepherd views the juveniles and children who go through her court as her own, and she encourages everybody to do the same. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that all children in the community are “well-educated … nurtured and directed toward the values that this community holds,” Shepherd said in a talk Monday at the Lawrence Rotary Club. “We have a real interest in seeing those kids go into the work force.”
FIRE CAUSES $200,000 DAMAGE
December 10, 1991
A fire started by a candle caused $150,000 to $200,000 damage to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on Monday night, firefighters said today. No injuries were reported. Fire Chief Jim McSwain this morning said the fire started in room 207, on the north wing of the three-story building at 1301 West Campus Rd.
DISPLACED FRAT MEMBERS SCRAMBLE TO HANDLE EXAMS
December 10, 1991
This is a “Stop Day” Kansas University sophomore Chris Cotton probably won’t ever forget. Cotton’s room at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was ruined in a fire late Monday. Although no one was injured, several students, including Cotton, lost all the belongings they had at school.
LAW
December 10, 1991
Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan said this morning that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down today could change a Kansas law that calls for criminals to forfeit their assets to the Crime Victims Compensation Board. The Supreme Court on an 8-0 vote today struck down a New York state law that compensates crime victims by seizing profits criminals make from describing their misdeeds.
WOMAN, 99, CREATES OWN CHRISTMAS CARDS
December 10, 1991
A little bit of homemade Christmas from Lawrence soon will be making its way to California, Texas, Ohio and Florida. Nettie Spray, a resident of Sterling Heights, 1800 W. 27th, plans to mail her 14 hand-painted Christmas cards next week to family and friends across the country. This year’s batch of cards by the 99-year-old artist includes a holly wreath design (her favorite) and an assortment of Christmas floral arrangements.
LOCAL FILMING
December 10, 1991
A film crew from the television show “Rescue 911” began its first lengthy stretch of filming Monday night and early this morning at Kansas University. The show’s 13-member crew, which arrived in Lawrence last week, is re-creating a March 28 incident at KU in which a bomb exploded near Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall.
SOVIET FUTURE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT
December 10, 1991
The Soviet Union may be officially dead, but rapidly changing political developments in the region make an assessment of the situation extremely difficult, Kansas University professors say. “I would be amazed if this were the last (political) adjustment,” said Bill Fletcher, professor and director of the Soviet and East European studies program. “The place is full of problems. It’s utter chaos.”
DRAFT STATEMENT HEADED TO REGENTS
December 10, 1991
A compromise mission statement for the state university system drafted Monday should resolve concerns among faculty that the Kansas Board of Regents is trying to centralize control of universities, a regents’ official said today. The mission statement prepared by a committee appointed by regents, if approved by the board, will guide decision-making at Kansas University and five other state universities in the 1990s.
DEATH
December 10, 1991
Leavenworth County Dist. Atty. Frank Kohl said today that he will review a report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation before deciding whether to ask for a coroner’s inquest into Friday’s shooting of a Leavenworth County man. The inquest would determine whether the shooting of David Thomas Albert was justified.
BUSINESSES GO ON PROWL FOR HOLIDAY SHOPLIFTERS
December 10, 1991
Even before most people were making out holiday wish lists, many Lawrence businesses were preparing for the season’s horde of customers both the shoppers and the shoplifters. That preparation might explain why only two cases case of shoplifting have been reported to Lawrence police since the Christmas shopping season officially opened on Nov. 29.
JANESKO SERVICES
December 10, 1991
Graveside services for Ronald Lawrence Janesko, 29, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Friends may visit from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.
KU LEADERS RESPOND TO PROTEST
December 10, 1991
Kansas University administrators on Monday called on KU’s black student leadership to work with them to improve the multicultural, racial and ethnic climate on campus. Del Shankel, KU executive vice chancellor, and David Ambler, vice chancellor of student affairs, issued a statement urging cooperation after black students marched to Strong Hall and said KU has been insensitive to minority concerns and issues.
TIME MARCHES ON TOWARD CUTBACKS IN COACHING STAFFS
December 10, 1991
Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. It’s time to put a penny in assistant coaches’ hats. For hundreds and hundreds of men and women in athletic departments all over the country, Christmas 1991 will be their last as college coaches.
BRITTLE BONES
December 10, 1991
Osteoporosis, a condition that results in a loss of bony tissue and makes elderly people prone to fractures, is considered a disease of the young, explains a Kansas University Medical Center physician. That’s because it results in part from habits established early in life choosing soda instead of milk, going for chips instead of cheese. The physician, Dr. David Donaldson, KUMC assistant professor of pediatrics, also noted that although osteoporosis usually affects people late in their lives, children can experience osteoporosis-like bone problems as well.
MOVES AVERT HOLIDAY TRAVEL WOES
December 10, 1991
The demise of Pan American World Airways isn’t likely to ground any holiday travelers to South America, local travel agents said today. Several Lawrence agents said they had seen the handwriting on the wall and had been steering clients away from Pan Am.
KU GRAD STUDENTS CONSIDERING UNION
December 10, 1991
A group of graduate students at Kansas University is moving ahead with an effort to establish a union for graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants. The union would bargain for tuition breaks, health benefits and better wages. Steve Ellis, a GTA in philosophy, said the drive to unionize graduate students with teaching and research duties will begin in earnest in January. The goal is to finish the process by March, he said.
T RAISE TAXES
December 10, 1991
Tonganoxie residents won’t see a tax increase when it comes time to pay for a citywide sewer system overhaul. Bill Crawford, city administrator, explained the purpose of the project and the city’s plans for financing the work during a public hearing at Monday’s city council meeting. Rain water seeps into the collection system through old, cracked lines, he said, and the waste water treatment plant can’t handle the high volume of water and sediment.
PANEL STUDYING SCHOOL NAMES TO INCLUDE NUMEROUS GROUPS
December 10, 1991
Senior citizens, teachers, principals and students are among the people who will serve on a committee to consider name changes for the district’s three junior high schools, the Lawrence school board decided Monday. The decision to establish a committee was made at the board’s Nov. 25 meeting after a discussion about renaming West, South and Central junior high schools. Board members Monday did not specify the committee’s size or membership, but they did establish who should be represented on the body.
KU RAISING PRICE OF FOOTBALL TICKET
December 10, 1991
A ticket to a Kansas football game will cost $2 more next season. Members of the KU Athletic Corp. Board, meeting Monday afternoon at the Adams Alumni Center, voted to boost single-game ticket prices for 1992 Kansas home football games from $16 to $18.
CITY LIKELY TO SELECT PARKWAY ALIGNMENT
December 10, 1991
Three Lawrence city commissioners said today that they were leaning toward endorsing the same route for the Eastern Parkway that the Douglas County Commission approved last week. The commissioners are expected to select one of three proposed routes for the parkway at tonight’s city commission meeting. County commissioners chose the path named Alignment One last Wednesday.
BOARD CONSIDERS BUS ROUTING PLAN ROGRAM CUTS COSTS, SAYS DIRECTOR
December 10, 1991
A Geographic Information System being used to project enrollment for the Lawrence school district also could be used to plan the district’s bus routes under a program discussed by the Lawrence school board Monday. Laurie Jampolsky, director of World Geo Solutions, told the board that a Geographic Information System (GIS) could improve efficiency and reduce costs of busing students. World Geo Solutions already is working on enrollment projections and a study of school boundaries for the district.
LAWRENCE GIRLS ROLL PAST WASHINGTON
December 10, 1991
Last year, Jill Oelschlager believed if she shot poorly in practice, she’d shoot poorly in games. This year, at least after one game, she’s witnessed just the opposite.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 10, 1991
Burglaries and thefts reported Clothing valued at $1,670 was taken between 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday from an apartment in the 1300 block of Tennessee.