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TAX ABATEMENT TIMING
February 20, 1991
Strange things happen around election time, and one has to wonder whether the tax abatement proposal for the Famous Brands warehouse, which was rejected by the city some weeks ago, would have been approved by the Lawrence City Commission if the vote had been taken closer to the Feb. 26 primary election. Last week, Lawrence commissioners approved a 50 percent tax abatement plan for a plastics company considering a Lawrence facility that would employ about 60 people.
SUPPORTING THE TROOPS
February 20, 1991
To the Editor: At a time when the men and women in our armed forces are facing their greatest test, we at home are facing a test as well. Our test is to maintain our unity and resolve, as our troops are doing in the Persian Gulf.
2LET1 SCHOOL BOARD FORUM
February 20, 1991
To the Editor: All residents of Lawrence should be aware of the opportunity at 7 p.m. Thursday of becoming acquainted with the candidates for the school board through the scheduled Channel 6 forum. This is not listed in the TV guide for the week. Critical issues will be decided by this school board. We, as concerned citizens, have a responsibility to inform ourselves about the positions of the candidates. We thank Channel 6 for making this possible.
CITY FUNDS FALL SHORT FOR LIBRARY
February 20, 1991
The Lawrence Public Library may not be able to stock its shelves as planned this year after the city of Lawrence found it had about $30,000 less than expected to give to the library. The exact cause of the shortfall has not been determined, said City Manager Mike Wildgen. The two sources that fund the city’s portion of the library budget are the property tax and motor vehicle registration tax, he said.
OSKALOOSA WINEMAKER TURNING HOBBY INTO BLUE-RIBBON WINNER
February 20, 1991
The basement of Robert O’Shea’s Oskaloosa home seems typical at first. But alongside the clothes washer and dryer, two freezers, refrigerator, furnace and well-stocked tool bench, more than 100 gallons of homemade fruit wine and an odd assortment of winemaking equipment and gauges line the shelves. O’Shea, an amateur winemaker for about the past 30 of his 65 years, recently entered his first competition and came away with a blue ribbon. He placed first in the fruit category of the Kansas Grape Growers and Wine Makers Amateur Wine Making Contest in January with his 1988 elderberry and mixed fruit wine.
CITY CANDIDATES FILE REPORTS ON FINANCES
February 20, 1991
John Nalbandian is leading the pack of 14 city commission candidates in campaign funds, preliminary public disclosure records show. According to financial reports for the period of the campaign that ended Thursday, Nalbandian received donations totaling $4,015, almost double the amount received by Bob Schulte, who, with $2,350, has collected the second-highest amount.
LHS SOPHS TIP INDIANS
February 20, 1991
Mardell Trotter scored 17 points as Lawrence High pounded Manhattan, 82-48, in sophomore boys basketball Tuesday night. Jason Goolsby, Steve Walker and Tim Turner each added 14 points. The Lion sophs, 14-1, will finish the season on Friday when they entertain Shawnee Mission Northwest.
FORUM
February 20, 1991
Contrary to popular opinion, women who are raped by acquaintances suffer as much psychological harm as women who are sexually assaulted by strangers, speakers at a forum said Tuesday. “Often people think acquaintance rape isn’t serious,” said Charlene Muehlenhard, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies at Kansas University.
PANEL HEARS PROS, CONS OF QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS
February 20, 1991
There were no surprises Tuesday during a Senate Education Committee hearing on legislation that sets minimum standards for admission to the state’s public universities. Critics of the bill said an end to open admissions at Board of Regents universities will limit access to public higher education and won’t guarantee success of college students.
DOTSON SERVICES
February 20, 1991
Services for Stacia Bernice Dotson, 79, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, with the Rev. Steve Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Dotson died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
ROBERT L. SMITH
February 20, 1991
Services for Robert L. Smith, 62, Overland Park, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Overland Park Chapel of D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Funeral Home. Mr. Smith died Monday at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He was born in South Paris, Maine, and had lived in the Kansas City area since 1950.
KUMC SEES MORE WOMEN, MINORITY STUDENTS
February 20, 1991
The number of women and minorities entering medical school is increasing, but progress is slow, officials at the Kansas University Medical Center said recently. Dwayne Ollerich, associate dean of student affairs, and Una Creditor, associate dean of admissions, both said they expect it will be awhile before the number of women and minorities in medical schools increases significantly.
LECOMPTON OKS USING BUILDING FOR ANNUAL EVENT
February 20, 1991
The Lecompton Ball Assn. received permission from the Lecompton City Council this week to use the community building free of charge for its annual bingo night, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 26, City Clerk Susie Hackathorn said this morning. In other business at the council’s regular meeting, the council passed an ordinance for renewal of the city’s KPL Gas Service franchise.
BUFFS HOPING TO LAND NCAA BID
February 20, 1991
Five straight years Colorado has finished in the Big Eight basketball basement. Now the Buffaloes have an outside shot at an at-large invitation to the NCAA penthouse. “If we could win one or two more games, maybe we’ll think about it,” first-year CU coach Joe Harrington said.
KU COACH SEEKING HIGH SEED
February 20, 1991
Now that Oklahoma State has wrapped up the Big Eight women’s basketball title, all that’s left is to play for seedings in the postseason tournament. Kansas, currently tied for fifth place, could finish as high as second. The Jayhawks, 6-6 in the Big Eight and 15-9 overall, will host Colorado tonight in their home finale. Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.
NEW PLANNING IDEAS URGED
February 20, 1991
Full citizen participation in the creation of the city’s new comprehensive plan and ecologically sound development are important to Lawrence’s future, says Lawrence City Commission candidate Paul Justus. “We have an opportunity to make Lawrence the leading city in the Midwest at this kind of development,” said Justus, 40, 1115 Tenn. “But we are still developing our town in a ‘50s and ‘60s fashion.”
SOUTH EDGES CENTRAL FOR TOURNAMENT BRONZE
February 20, 1991
More than a month after South began play in the Olathe Pioneer Trail junior high boys basketball tournament, the Cougars emerged with a third-place finish. South edged Central, 71-52, Tuesday night at Central in a game postponed from Jan. 4 because of inclement weather.
ALL INTERESTS SHOULD BE
February 20, 1991
Representing the interests of the people is the most important responsibility of a Lawrence city commissioner, says commission candidate Robert John, and that responsibility has been ignored for too long. “If we had five people who were doing that, who were representing all the interests that we have in the community, I think we’d have a much more efficient government,” said John, 40, 308 E. 19th.
LOCAL JAYCEES PLAN TO MARK 50TH YEAR
February 20, 1991
The Lawrence Jaycees is planning to celebrate 50 years of involvement in the community, and organizers want to make sure former members don’t miss the commemorative event. “Some former presidents, we don’t know where they are, and we hope the public can help us out in locating them,” said Steve Figuieras, a former president of the Lawrence Jaycees and co-chairman of the anniversary project.
February 20, 1991
When residents of Boca Raton, Fla., got their edition of The News on Oct. 11, they might have thought that the city’s newspaper of 35 years had been replaced. The newspaper was splashed with colorful graphics and photos. Stories were shorter and readers no longer had to flip to inside pages to find the continuation of front-page stories.
KIDNAP VICTIM RECOUNTS HIS HARROWING ORDEAL
February 20, 1991
Sometime during the eight hours he lay in the dark, cramped trunk of his car, Mark Monhollon quit wondering whether he was going to die. He was fairly sure he was. Monhollon, a 29-year-old Topeka resident and a Kansas University graduate student, feared the worst after being abducted about 11:45 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Topeka hospital where he works as a recreational therapist.
NATURAL GAS LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION
February 20, 1991
Residents of a southeast Lawrence townhome complex were evacuated briefly Tuesday when a nearby natural gas line was ruptured. Lawrence firefighters reported that workers using a backhoe ruptured a 2-inch gas line at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday near 217 Pinecone.
T BE LAW, COMMISSION SAYS
February 20, 1991
The city should make an official statement about the need for ethical behavior by members of its boards and commissions but should stop short of making its ethics code into law, city commissioners decided Tuesday. Commissioners directed city staff to “bring back in English” an ethics code in resolution form.
2 MEN CHARGED IN ROBBERIES
February 20, 1991
Two Lawrence men were charged with multiple felonies Tuesday stemming from armed robberies of two local restaurants and burglaries of two local residences. Michael R. Brooks, 21, 1817 Miss., and Barry D. Rush, 29, 1820 Maine, each were charged with a felony count of aggravated burglary, two felony counts of theft, two felony counts of burglary, two felony counts of aggravated robbery, a felony count of attempted robbery and a misdemeanor count of theft.
JOSEPH NORMAN
February 20, 1991
Services for Joseph Norman, 88, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. George Orthodox Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Rev. George Timko officiating. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery in Tonawanda, N.Y. Mr. Norman died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
CITY REFERS KASOLD SPEED LIMIT BACK TO TRAFFIC SAFETY PANEL
February 20, 1991
After detailed discussion and public comment, Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday referred a proposed speed limit change on Kasold Drive back to the Traffic Safety Commission for more study. The TSC twice before has submitted recommendations on speed limits along Kasold between Sixth and 15th streets. Its most recent recommendation was for the speed limits to remain unchanged along the stretch.
KU PROF LAMENTS SALARY DISPARITY
February 20, 1991
The Kansas University School of Engineering must grapple with problems created by high salaries paid to engineers with bachelor’s degrees and a skewed reward system for engineering faculty, a KU professor emeritus said Tuesday. James O. Maloney, professor emeritus of chemical and petroleum engineering, spoke about the engineering school’s future and past in a speech at the Kansas Union, where about 150 people celebrated the school’s centennial anniversary.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 20, 1991
DISMISSALS Kevin Arritt, Lawrence; Linda Schrock and baby boy, Lawrence.
RUGGLES PACES CARDS
February 20, 1991
Tracy Ruggles scored 19 points and Gretchen Freeland added 14 as Eudora tripped Oskaloosa, 51-46, in high school girls basketball Tuesday night at Eudora’s gym. The Cardinals, who improved to 15-4, will end the regular season Friday when they entertain Jefferson North.
FOR THE RECORD
February 20, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
S LOVE OF OLYMPICS LAST?
February 20, 1991
George Bush has the toughest job in America. Nobody disputes that. But what’s the second toughest job? Certainly not the vice presidency. Sorry, Dan. The cabinet posts really aren’t that difficult, either. My nominee for the second toughest job in America is coach of the U.S. Olympic basketball team.
HEALTH CARE CLAIMS, MEDICARE POSE THREAT TO LMH FINANCES
February 20, 1991
Concern about the cost of claims against the Lawrence Memorial Hospital employee health plan could lead to additional changes in the plan, which already hit employees with increased premiums Jan. 1. Dennis Strathmann, assistant executive director for finance, told LMH trustees this morning that the employee health plan had to borrow $50,000 from the hospital in January and another $38,000 this month to meet claims.
WINTER TO HEAD SPECIAL PANEL STUDYING KPERS INVESTMENTS
February 20, 1991
Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, has been appointed chairman of a select Senate committee charged with investigating the investment practices of the $4 billion Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). Senate President Bud Burke, R-Leawood, announced the appointment of the committee at a news conference late Tuesday.
COUNTY CENSUS TOTALS SHOW SURGE IN ASIANS
February 20, 1991
The number of Asian and Pacific Islander residents in Douglas County increased more than 150 percent in the past decade, accounting for the largest percentage increase in a minority population category, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Census figures released this week showed that the Asian population in Lawrence rose from 1,006 in 1980 to 2,533 in 1990. The county’s Asian population rose from 1,032 in 1980 to 2,581 in 1990.
JOHNSON TO LEAD KU WOMEN
February 20, 1991
Sarah Johnson spent more than two years playing professional golf before channeling her interests in a different direction. Johnson, a 1986 graduate from the University of Minnesota, earlier this month was named head coach of Kansas’ women’s golf team.
LIONS RETURN WITH TWO TRIUMPHS
February 20, 1991
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Gary Hammer immediately envisioned a worst-case scenario when Megan Kampschroeder slammed to the floor. “I was scared,” Hammer said of Kampschroeder’s decking just before halftime in the Lions’ game here Tuesday night. “I thought that might be it for her for the game. We couldn’t afford to lose her.”
DUE
February 20, 1991
We read regularly about a money-happy jury somewhere awarding a person millions for an “injury” perhaps as serious as a hangnail. It is easy to feel contempt for those who profit so heavily and unfairly for the loss of so little. Then there are the cases like the one in Alabama where the victim seems to be far more deserving of aid. Hopefully it will come in a reasonable amount.
LIBRARY PURCHASE PLAN UPSETS KU PROF
February 20, 1991
A Kansas University professor is upset that academic departments are being asked to set priorities on the periodicals they want KU libraries to receive. Mohamed El Hodiri, professor of economics, told members of the University Senate Executive Committee Tuesday that he relies on periodicals for both teaching and research. He said periodicals serve as laboratories in many fields.
CITY BUREAUCRACY A KEY ISSUE
February 20, 1991
Keeping down taxes and the growth of bureaucracy in Lawrence are among the main concerns of Lawrence City Commission candidate Paul Horvath. “I don’t think the government is always the answer,” said Horvath, 36, 1634 R.I. “Maybe there are areas that the city commission doesn’t belong in, that would be better left to private enterprise.”
TONGIE DROPS GARNETT
February 20, 1991
Tonganoxie High’s boys basketball team likely will be a little tired when it travels tonight to DeSoto for its third game in three nights. The Chieftains notched their fourth consecutive win and second in two nights Tuesday.
LINWOOD, UNDERSHERIFF DISCUSS CITY PROTECTION
February 20, 1991
Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor attended the Linwood City Council meeting Tuesday night to discuss police protection in the city. “The sheriff wanted to make sure they didn’t think we were losing touch with them,” Cranor said this morning. “We wanted to see if they had any questions or concerns.”
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP SEEKS AUTHORITY TO HOLD EASEMENTS
February 20, 1991
An organization that recently gained county approval for a public-private partnership to buy and protect natural areas in Douglas County now is backing state legislation that would enable it to hold conservation easements. The Kansas Land Trust, a non-profit organization formed last year to work on land conservation and protection issues, is promoting legislation that would allow conservation groups, such as the KLT or the Nature Conservancy, to hold easements granted by land owners on property subject to development. The measure is being studied by the House Judiciary Committee.
LHS BOYS RALLY, 73-66
February 20, 1991
With a self-injected dose of chaos, Lawrence High awoke from its offensive coma and flattened Manhattan, 73-66, Tuesday night in boys high school basketball. “They were doing a good job breaking our basic (zone) press,” LHS coach Ron Weber said. “So we decided to jump into our 11 (man-to-man press) and run around like crazy for a little bit and see what happened.”
COX HEADS HOME FOR LEAGUE MEET
February 20, 1991
Not many Kansas University sports fans reside in Hannibal, Mo. “My whole high school went to Missouri. I caught a lot of flak when I signed with KU,” said Jayhawk freshman distance runner Michael Cox, a graduate of Hannibal High.