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DEADLY RELIGION
February 22, 1991
To the Editor: I have just finished reading the Journal-World religion page of Sat., Feb. 16. There is an article concerning “religion rhetoric” by George W. Cornell, AP Religion Writer, in which he quotes “religion specialists” assuring us that the present war has nothing to do with religion. This must be so, for President Bush so attests in this article. We should feel relieved.
TERROR PERSISTS
February 22, 1991
To the Editor: An article in the Feb. 15 Journal-World reminds one that recent TV and screen fascinations do mean real-life terror for women involved. Between midnight and 4 a.m., a Lawrence woman calls the police six times to her home for protection for herself and her three children, ages 6, 3 and 1, from a man she has asked the court and the police to restrain from being on her premises. Suddenly the house is aflame! The woman and her children flee into the night in terror! An occupant, awakened in a second-story apartment, must jump from the burning building!
BUSH IS SINKING
February 22, 1991
To the Editor: It was interesting to see our president put a contract on Saddam Hussein’s life on national TV last weekend. Who will he go after next, Salman Rushdie? The more George Bush grapples to be seen as taking the higher moral road in the Persian Gulf War, the lower he sinks. That’s what war does to a man, and I believe, a nation.
NONVIOLENT BATTLE
February 22, 1991
To the Editor: I was pleased to read the two thoughtful letters in the Public Forum column on Feb. 16. Walter Kollmorgen’s letter was convincing, but I would like to respond to Dean Gibson.
KU CLINIC, PHYSICIAN TREAT VOICE DISORDERS
February 22, 1991
In an effort to better serve the Lawrence community, a local physician and speech-language pathologists from Kansas University are working together at a voice clinic on campus. The voice clinic, part of the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at KU, opened at the beginning of the spring semester, said Linda Larrivee, a speech-language pathologist who’s serving as supervisor of the voice clinic.
HULEN S. FORSEE
February 22, 1991
Services for Hulen Spencer Forsee, 82, rural Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rumsey Funeral Home with Bill Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Forsee died today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
EDITH J. MOORE
February 22, 1991
Graveside services for Edith Juanita Moore, 74, Eudora, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Moore died Wednesday at Eudora Nursing Center.
KYLE E. HOOK
February 22, 1991
Services for Kyle E. Hook, 73, Excelsior Springs, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church in Martinsville, Mo. Burial will be in Kidwell Cemetery in Martinsville. Mr. Hook died Thursday at the Excelsior Springs Medical Center. He was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Martinsville. He had lived in Harrison County, Mo., most of his life and in Excelsior Springs since 1967. He was a bus driver for Jefferson Lines in Kansas City, Mo., for 14 years before retiring in 1980.
HAND-EYE PREPARATION
February 22, 1991
Chuck Yeager is the famed American airplane pilot who was the first human to guide a craft to shatter the sound barrier. He frequently points to one of the basics for excellence in handling of planes and spacecraft: Good hand-eye coordination. Good pilots, whether military, commercial or in general aviation, must be able to see, judge and react in a way that meets the critical and demanding challenges of the skies. That was necessary in World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam, and it’s as vital as ever now that Americans are flying the unfriendly skies of the Persian Gulf war. Could those kids who “fooled around” too much with video games actually have benefitted to the point their careers as pilots were enhanced? With today’s complicated flying machines, hand-eye coordination seems even more vital.
KU FACES 15TH-RANKED HOGS
February 22, 1991
Kansas’ perfect record pleases baseball coach Dave Bingham. “I was ecstatic about our competitiveness at Hardin-Simmons,” Bingham said after last weekend’s 13-6 and 14-2 season-opening wins in Abilene, Texas. “The second game, we were able to completely dominate them. It was a strong defeat we put on them. This week I’ve sensed some added enthusiasm about our program.”
PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS SOUGHT
February 22, 1991
Renee Karr says if she’s elected to the Lawrence school board two of her goals would be to improve communication between the board and school patrons and to build partnerships within the community. “The community’s feeling rather detached from the board, and I’m also hearing that from teachers,” said Karr, 39, who works in the district as a substitute paraprofessional. “That’s why I want to build partnerships among the board, teachers, parents, students and others in the community. You eliminate a lot of misunderstanding when you put the effort at communicating ahead of decisions.”
MURDER CHARGE FILED IN DESOTO SHOOTING
February 22, 1991
A 31-year-old woman has been charged with killing one roommate and wounding another early Wednesday in a house they all shared. Nelda S. Woolverton was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Michael R. Fann, 37. Woolverton also was charged with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Joy Townsend, 35, in the shoulder.
COUNTY OFFICIALS SEEK LAW CHANGE ON CONTRACTS FOR JUVENILE FACILITY
February 22, 1991
Douglas County officials, caught between a state mandate to build a regional juvenile detention facility and limited means to do so, are trying to amend a state law to allow counties to enter into long-term leases with other counties. In October, Douglas County was one of four counties approved by a state committee as a site for a regional juvenile detention facility. The county has since been planning for the proposed 14-bed, 9,100-square-foot facility, said County Administrator Chris McKenzie, but still has financial questions.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ARSON
February 22, 1991
A 19-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Thursday to setting fire to the residence of a woman he once lived with. Adonis C. Tolbert pleaded guilty to a felony count of arson in connection with the fire, which was reported at 3:53 a.m. Feb. 14. Tolbert entered the plea after waiving a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYS BARN
February 22, 1991
The Wakarusa Township Fire Department lost a battle with a barn fire early this morning south of Lawrence, said Fire Chief Louie McElhaney. Firefighters were called at 2:58 a.m. to the corner of Douglas County Roads 1055 and 458, where the blaze already had engulfed the barn’s roof.
NEW FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN REGULAR DUTY
February 22, 1991
Eleven new firefighters began their first day of regular duty today, more than six months after Lawrence voters authorized city officials to hire them. The recruits received their badges Thursday during a luncheon at the American Bistro restaurant in the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
CRASH VICTIM MAY HAVE BEEN LOST
February 22, 1991
A 75-year-old Eudora woman who died early Thursday afternoon in an automobile accident near Lawrence may have become lost and then panicked before the accident occurred, the woman’s son said. Marion Pachella was pronounced dead at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from injuries she suffered in the accident, which occurred at 12:35 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection of Douglas County Road 13. The accident location is about 2 miles west of Lawrence.
CANDIDATE SLATES SET FOR AREA RACES
February 22, 1991
At Tuesday’s primary election, area voters will narrow the field of school board and city council candidates who will go on to the April 2 general election. In school board races with more than two people running for the same position, voters will select two to advance to the general election. Primaries for at-large representative positions on the Eudora School Board and Baldwin City Council will narrow those fields to twice the number of positions open.
TRIAL DATE SCHEDULED FOR FITNESS CLUB OWNER
February 22, 1991
A local bodybuilder who owns a fitness club has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of possessing steroids with the intent to distribute them. Trial was scheduled for April 22 during a preliminary hearing Thursday for the man, Richard G. “Junkyard” Sells, 38, the owner of Junkyard’s Jym & Nautilus Center, 535 Gateway Dr.
PACKER PLASTICS TO SEEK TAX BREAK, IRBS FOR PROJECT
February 22, 1991
Packer Plastics Inc. on Tuesday will ask the city for a letter of intent to issue $6.27 million in industrial revenue bonds and to grant a tax abatement on the equipment the bonds would finance. Packer will request a 50 percent abatement of taxes for 10 years on equipment valued at about $4 million. About $2 million of the bonds would be used to finance existing equipment.
PHARMACY SCHOOL HONORSSTUDENTS
February 22, 1991
The School of Pharmacy at Kansas University recently honored two students who received national scholarships for research projects. Steven Kent Elkinton, fourth-year pharmacy student from Gardner, is one of 12 students nationally to receive a $5,000 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Assn. scholarship for a research project involving new antibiotic compounds.
U.S. NEEDS ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TO BE COMPETITIVE, ENGINEER SAYS
February 22, 1991
The United States must be able to develop and market new energy technologies to be competitive in the future, says a newly appointed division director of the National Science Foundation. However, Irene Peden, an electrical engineer, professor and administrator, said she wasn’t sure if the NSF would receive additional federal funding for new engineering research during her appointment to the foundation.
DEBATERS AT KU RANK 6TH IN U.S.
February 22, 1991
Kansas University debaters ranked sixth in the nation, ahead of Harvard and Georgetown universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan, according to the most recent poll of the American Forensics Assn. George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., ranked first, followed by Wayne State University, Detroit; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.; Baylor University, Waco, Texas; and Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
CANDIDATE DROPS OUT OF SCHOOL BOARD RACE
February 22, 1991
Citing personal and professional reasons, Lawrence school board candidate Larry Morlan announced Thursday that he is withdrawing from the race. His surprise announcement, which came just before the start of a candidate forum Thursday, makes Tuesday’s primary election something of a moot exercise.
DOCTOR RECUPERATING FROM BYPASS SURGERY
February 22, 1991
Local pediatrician Vernon Branson is “doing extremely well” after undergoing heart bypass surgery, his wife, Jessie Branson, said today. Dr. Branson had the surgery on Tuesday at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. Mrs. Branson said the surgery was recommended after her husband took some heart tests after experiencing symptoms of a possible problem. She said he did not have a heart attack.
FOR THE RECORD
February 22, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
CANDIDATES QUIZZED ON MONEY MATTERS
February 22, 1991
Money issues popped up frequently Thursday night during a forum that featured candidates in the Lawrence school board primary. Eight candidates for the four available seats faced questions from a panel of the government communications task force of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event.
PROFESSOR SAYS SUBJECT OF RACE NEGLECTED BY U.S. INTELLECTUALS
February 22, 1991
The subject of race is the most neglected of all major topics addressed by American intellectuals, a Princeton University professor said Thursday at Kansas University. Arnold Rampersad, professor of English, and a biographer, delivered a KU Humanities Lecture Series talk on “Four Black American Lives: Du Bois, Hughes, Hurston and Wright.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 22, 1991
DISMISSALS Debbie Leasure and baby boy, Lawrence.
KU STUDENTS PRESENT EXHIBIT, PROGRAM ON KC PARK SYSTEM
February 22, 1991
Kansas University architecture students shared their findings on the history of the Kansas City parks and boulevards system during a public forum Thursday evening. The students, enrolled in KU’s urban design studio, spent a year researching the Kansas City parks and boulevard system from its inception in 1892 to today for an exhibit and slide show presented at the forum. They are working with the city’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners to determine what should happen to the system in the next 100 years.
T IGNORE PUBLIC WILL
February 22, 1991
Lawrence school board candidate Tom Murray says he hopes to be part of a board that is more in tune with district patrons. “My belief is that for some time the school board has been out of touch with the sentiment of the community on a number of matters, and that includes spending taxpayers’ money,” said Murray, 43, an attorney. “I believe that we need to have four new school board members who are in touch with the sentiments of the community.”
INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS URGED
February 22, 1991
Mary Loveland says that if she’s elected to a second term on the Lawrence school board, she would continue to advocate innovative programs that benefit both students and teachers. Loveland, 42, said one exciting development in curriculum during her first term was the adoption of the Transition Math program. Taught at the seventh-grade level, Transition Math integrates mathematics, pre-geometry and pre-algebra, making it easier for students to move on to courses focusing on algebra or geometry, she said.
SLATTERY SEES NEED TO REVIEW MILITARY POLICY
February 22, 1991
Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., says he thinks Operation Desert Storm could hasten a review of the Defense Department policy banning homosexuals from the military. “This is an issue (Defense Secretary Dick) Cheney is going to have to deal with as soon as the Persian Gulf war ends. We’ll probably learn hundreds, if not thousands, of gays and lesbians … served their country with distinction,” he said.
PANEL DEBATES CUTS IN REGENTS BUDGET
February 22, 1991
A House subcommittee today debated whether to recommend a budget for state universities, including Kansas University, that provides no funds for faculty salary raises and imposes higher tuition increases this fall than previously approved. The House appropriations subcommittee took no formal action on the Board of Regents budget. However, the panel is scheduled to meet again Monday morning to continue deliberations, said Rep. Bill Wisdom, D-Kansas City.
SM NORTHWEST NAILS LION GIRLS IN OT, 52-48
February 22, 1991
The season-old motto of Lawrence High’s girls basketball team took an ironic turn Thursday night. Originally phrased to welcome first-year coach Gary Hammer, the slogan “It’s Hammertime” proved prophetic in the Lions’ 52-48 overtime loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest at the Cougars’ gym.
FIVE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN PROTEST AT LOCAL ARMY RECRUITING OFFICE
February 22, 1991
Four Kansas University students and a Lawrence resident Thursday afternoon became the first people to be arrested here protesting the U.S. war against Iraq. Members of a group calling itself the Direct Action Movement were arrested and charged with criminal trespassing about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. Army recruiting office, 2223 La.
ELKS LODGE PURCHASE DEBATEDDEFENDED
February 22, 1991
The Lawrence school board’s recent purchase of the former Elks Club lodge has provided fuel for debate in the Lawrence school board race, and it has made fiscal accountability one of the top issues. All eight candidates were asked about the purchase at a candidate forum Thursday night, and only the two incumbent candidates, Mary Loveland and Harriet Shaffer, said they felt comfortable with the purchase.
COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSOR CREATES A MUSICAL TRIBUTE
February 22, 1991
When a Topeka musician wanted a lament for a world-class bassoonist, he turned to a Kansas University computer science professor. That wouldn’t sound so unusual if you knew Zamir Bavel, whose life is split between the digital and the musical. On Sunday afternoon, Rodney Boyd, a bassoonist on the faculty at Washburn University, will play Bavel’s “Lament for Solo Bassoon.” The piece honors Sherman Walt, a bassoonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who died in a 1989 automobile accident.
ATTENTION TURNS TO HOUSE ON CLASSIFICATION PROPOSALS
February 22, 1991
When the Kansas Senate earlier this week failed to muster the necessary votes to pass a resolution advocating changes in the state’s property classification system, all eyes turned to the House Taxation Committee. “I don’t think we’ll give up just because of what happened in the Senate,” said Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, a member of the committee.
S ACCENTUATE KANSAS POSITIVES
February 22, 1991
One man’s retrospective on a mid-week visit to the Rocky Mountains… IT SEEMED like everybody associated with the Kansas basketball program coaches, players, managers reacted like it was the end of the world after Wednesday night’s 79-71 loss to the Buffaloes. Glum faces everywhere.
SLUMPING SOONERS NEXT FOR JAYHAWKS
February 22, 1991
Kansas’ shooting slump is nothing compared to Oklahoma’s. The Jayhawks, who take on the Sooners at 1:10 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, have hit better than 50 percent once in their last five games.
CITY CANDIDATES LIST CONTRIBUTIONSEXPENDITURES
February 22, 1991
Candidates for the Lawrence City Commission raised nearly $13,000 during the reporting period ending Feb. 14, according to reports filed with the Douglas County clerk’s office. Kansas public disclosure laws now require most candidates for elective city offices to itemize individual receipts and expenditures of more than $50.
RAISE CONCERN
February 22, 1991
There are more issues than are being discussed in the campaign for Lawrence City Commission, says incumbent candidate David Penny. And to Penny, one of the most worrisome of the silent issues is what he calls a gay rights amendment to the city’s human rights ordinance.
SCHWARTZ LIKES CHANGE OF BIG 8 INDOOR SCENERY
February 22, 1991
Gary Schwartz used to see red Cornhusker red this time of year. “In the 80s, the (Big Eight) Indoor was Nebraska’s meet. I got a little tired going to Nebraska,” said KU’s track coach who hasn’t been pleased that NU hosted the league championships the past 11 years.
KANWORK DELAYS DISCUSSED
February 22, 1991
Blaming the lack of success in the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ KanWork program on the state’s education system is the wrong approach. That was the reaction of Rep. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, to statements by Robert Harder, acting SRS secretary, during a meeting on children’s issues held this week in Topeka.
CITY TO HEAR APPEAL OF OREAD DEMOLITION PERMIT
February 22, 1991
Depending on whom you ask, an appeal of a demolition permit scheduled to be heard at Tuesday’s city commission meeting is either the first test of the environs section of Lawrence’s historic preservation ordinance or a disagreement over how the city issues demolition permits. At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a public hearing will be conducted on an appeal of a certificate of appropriateness for the demolition of a house in Oread neighborhood. The commission is meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday at city hall because of the primary election in city races is being conducted that day.
COMMUNITY GOALS IDENTIFIED
February 22, 1991
There are no hot issues in the race for Lawrence City Commission, and that suits candidate Bob Schulte just fine. “Probably more important than any one issue are the community goals that are always there, like how are we going to grow, how fast, how slow, what are we going to do about taxes, jobs,” he said. “Those things are really more important in the long run than the small issues that define a campaign sometimes.”