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NO PAY? WHO SAYS?
December 12, 1991
Who said crime doesn’t pay? And pretty darn well! If outlawry paid any better than it did in a recent case before the Missouri Court of Appeals, the term “crime wave” would have a totally new and devastating meaning.
KANSAS TO SHIFT CAL GAME THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS COMING TO LAWRENCE.
December 12, 1991
Next year’s Kansas-California football game at Memorial Stadium will be shifted from Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26, to Thursday night, Sept. 24, so it can be telecast by ESPN. “It’s almost final,” Kansas sports information director Doug Vance said. “I’ve talked to ESPN, and I expect they’ll announce something by early next week.”
STAY ACTIVE
December 12, 1991
As the weather turns colder outside, it may seem harder to convince yourself to get out and exercise in the great outdoors. But never fear take advantage of Lawrence’s many opportunities to exercise indoors. Or go ahead and exercise outside anyway. Experts report the cold weather won’t hurt you as long as you take the necessary precautions.
LIVING NATIVITY A VINLAND TRADITION
December 12, 1991
In 1975, the Vinland United Methodist Church asked its superintendent of Sunday school, Wayne Coffman, to develop a Christmas program. Sixteen years later, the living Nativity has become a holiday tradition for Vinland area residents. Coffman and his wife, Janel, organize the annual event, which takes place in a heated barn owned by Howard Hemphill, another member of the church. Volunteers rig up a “star” a bright light high above the barn to guide visitors to the site, and also record background music and readings from the Bible. Others don costumes to pose as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, or shepherds. Local farm animals with their newly born young provide a finishing touch for the scene.
WILLIAM ULRICH
December 12, 1991
Graveside services for William “Bill” Ulrich, 60, Lawrence, will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Nate Rovenstine officiating. Burial will follow. Mr. Ulrich died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
ZONING ISSUE POSTPONES SCHOOL SALE
December 12, 1991
Lawrence school officials say the district must wait for a zoning decision by the Douglas County Commission before it can close the sale of Kaw Valley School to a Lawrence environmental firm. The Lawrence school board in November approved selling the school building and surrounding land to Environmental Management Resources (EMR) for $180,000. The board closed Kaw Valley School earlier in the year and moved students to India School to save about $70,000 in general fund expenses.
GEORGIA M. GIVENS
December 12, 1991
Services for Georgia Marie Givens, 82, Hutchinson, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Elliot Mortuary Chapel in Hutchinson with the Rev. Brad Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Mrs. Givens died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1991, at a Hutchinson hospital.
BOUCHARD SERVICES
December 12, 1991
Graveside services for Edna Alice Bouchard, 66, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Bouchard died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1991, at her home after a lengthy illness.
S LETTER ADDRESSES ALUMNI CONCERNS
December 12, 1991
The dean of Kansas University’s law school has sent a letter to 4,500 alumni that condemns sexual harassment and says any charges of faculty misconduct are treated with seriousness and respect. Robert Jerry, dean of the law school, said his three-page letter was mailed to all law alumni to set the record straight and offset negative publicity about the school in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against two members of the school’s faculty.
WOMAN, 23, KILLED, 3 HURT IN ACCIDENTS
December 12, 1991
Traffic accidents Wednesday in Douglas County killed a Topeka woman and left three other people injured. Kerri L. Babb, 23, Topeka, was killed in a two-car crash at 5:36 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee-Douglas county line, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
STATE ANNOUNCES DECISION ON AUDIT
December 12, 1991
The State Department of Education has announced it won’t conduct a performance audit of the Eudora school district but will review the district’s budget and audit reports. Dale Dennis, assistant commissioner of education, said this morning that the department isn’t equipped to conduct a performance audit, which determines whether money was spent in the manner for which it was intended.
RESIDENTS MAKE ADDRESS SWITCH
December 12, 1991
Despite the initial negative reaction to the Leavenworth County Commission’s announcement of new rural addressing system, most residents have chosen to place the five-digit addresses on their mailboxes or homes. Jim Hewitt, director of the county planning and zoning office, said the number of complaints regarding the new system has dwindled since the change became official on Nov. 1.
INDIAN EDUCATION REPORT AIMS FOR IMPACT
December 12, 1991
Although one of the authors of a report assessing Indian education in the United States admits there have been problems with the release of the report, he said he believes it still can have the impact that Native American educators hoped it would. The report, produced by the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force appointed in 1990 by then Education Secretary Terrel Bell, offers recommendations that task force members say can provide a framework for improvements in Indian education, which has been marked by poor conditions and low achievement.
RENEGADES OFFER BENEFIT FOR VETERINARY SERVICE
December 12, 1991
Artists, musicians, writers and others are banding together this weekend for the benefit of controlling the animal population. Taking a break from their theatrical season, the Renegade Theatre Company presents a “Holiday Cavalcade of Stuff” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont. The multimedia event will benefit a special fund of the Perry and Oskaloosa veterinary clinics to reduce the cost of spaying and neutering stray animals or animals owned by people with limited means.
LANDOWNER, ELIA INVOLVED IN FEUD
December 12, 1991
Bad blood between residents of East Lawrence and two neighborhood landlords surfaced Wednesday morning in the form of a wooden sign, painted in fluorescent orange, on one of the landlords’ properties. The sign reads, “ELIA, keep … out.”
HASKELL-CITY GROUP MEETS FOR FIRST TIME
December 12, 1991
At the first meeting of Friends of Haskell, a group formed to boost relations between the school and the community, Mayor Bob Walters said it was time for Lawrence to exchange culture at home as it has done abroad. Walters pointed out the city’s exchanges with Hiratsuka, Japan, and Eutin, Germany, and said an intensified relationship with Haskell Indian Junior College would be a great opportunity for local residents to learn more about the rich cultures of the tribes represented at the Bureau of Indian Affairs school.
S FLOOR DEMANDS BABYING
December 12, 1991
Like any athlete’s body, the Allen Fieldhouse basketball floor is flexible and resilient, but it must be maintained carefully. And like Jayhawk basketball fever, it’s a seasonal thing. When the Kansas University team finishes for the year, the playing surface goes back into storage until the next season.
EUDORA STUDENTS ON FIRST-QUARTER HONOR ROLL
December 12, 1991
Eudora Junior Senior High School recently announced its first-quarter honor roll. Students who were named to the honor roll are: Straight A’s Seniors Tara Andrews, Amy Gordon, Angie McKinney and Sara Warren.
WALTERS SUFFERS INJURY TO HAND
December 12, 1991
Kansas freshman Greg Gurley suffered from mallet finger during the preseason. Now Rex Walters has developed the same ailment. Kansas’ junior guard, in fact, will wear a splint on the pinkie on his right (non-shooting) hand for the next eight weeks.
PROF VIEWS PROBLEMS IN PARAGUAY
December 12, 1991
Thirty-five years of dictatorship in Paraguay created social ills that will take generations to resolve, says a Kansas University professor who is helping develop social services in the South American nation. “When I think about what needs to be done, from our perspective, they have a tremendous way to go,” said John Poertner, associate professor of social welfare.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 12, 1991
BIRTHS Diane and Rex Carswell, Ottawa, a girl, today.
FOR THE RECORD
December 12, 1991
Law enforcement report Injury accidents Kristina Poracsky, 23, Lawrence, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released after a one-car accident about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday. Poracsky was driving north on North Iowa, near Packer Road, when she tried to avoid a dog that was on the road. The car she was driving left the road and struck a utility pole. She was cited for inattentive driving and not having proof of car insurance.
COUNTY APPROVES MERIT PAY PLAN
December 12, 1991
After months of deliberation, the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday passed a new compensation plan for county employees that features cost-of-living adjustments, merit pay and longevity pay. Under the approved plan, county employees retain cost-of-living raises, which will be 3 percent next year, and longevity pay, which is given to employees with five or more years with the county.
S 1ST MATCH TEAMS LOCAL BOY, 6, WITH BIG BROTHER
December 12, 1991
Jake Butler met Brett Fuller on Wednesday night, and the meeting made a lot of people happy. That’s because the introduction served as the first “match” between an area child and an adult volunteer in the new Douglas County chapter of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America. The program pairs adults with children ages 5 to 17 in need of a big brother or big sister. The adult volunteers make a one-year commitment to spend four hours a week with the child.
ROBINSON OF STANDING PAT
December 12, 1991
Everything you wanted to ask about the Royals after the winter meetings, but were too stunned by the Bret Saberhagen trade to flap your jaw… Why in the world would the Royals trade a potential future Hall of Fame pitcher?
LIONS TO FACE TALL SHAWNEE HEIGHTS TEAM ON FRIDAY
December 12, 1991
Just when you think Lawrence High won’t be at such a height disadvantage this season, it goes and plays back-to-back games against bigger teams. It didn’t matter on Tuesday, when the No. 3-ranked Lions whipped Shawnee Mission South, 65-54, and how they will handle the Thunderbirds’ 6-6, 6-4, 6-3 front line remains to be seen.
KU FACES REVIEW ON HARASSMENT
December 12, 1991
Kansas University officials are puzzled by the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to investigate KU’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against two law school faculty members. Charles Nowell, acting regional director for civil rights at the department in Kansas City, Mo., said Wednesday that he would act on a complaint filed with his office about KU’s handling of the cases.