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MAIL CALL THANKS
January 4, 1991
To the Editor: My daughter Kira asked me to thank all the people who sent cards and letters to her after her address was listed in the Journal-World’s “Gulf Mail Call” column. Her ship, the U.S.S. Yellowstone, will return to Saudi Arabia by Jan. 10th after a month in port in Turkey. It means a lot to her to know that people at home friends and strangers alike care about the military personnel who are far away during the holiday season.
CLUB OWNER ARRESTED ON STEROID CHARGES
January 4, 1991
The owner of a local fitness club was arrested Thursday on charges of possessing steroids with the intent to distribute them. Richard “Junkyard” Sells, 38, owner of Junkyards Jym & Nautilus Center, 535 Gateway Dr., was booked into the Douglas County Jail after he allegedly made a transaction involving anabolic steroids with a confidential informant working for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
SLATTERY PLANNING PERSIAN GULF TRIP
January 4, 1991
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., said today that he plans to leave Sunday for the Persian Gulf with a bipartisan group of about 20 colleagues in the U.S. House. In an interview from Washington, D.C., Slattery said the delegation intends to return Jan. 11. The House members will meet with Middle East government leaders.
DENNIS W. MARTIN
January 4, 1991
Graveside services for Dennis Wayne Martin, 35, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Taylor officiating. Mr. Martin died Monday near Fairland, Okla., after he was struck by a train.
GEORGE E. FARINGER
January 4, 1991
Memorial services for George Emery Faringer, 84, of rural Ottawa will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, Ottawa, with the Rev. Don Richardson officiating. Mr. Faringer died Thursday at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.
KANSAS-NC STATE NOTES
January 4, 1991
North Carolina State has lost to Syracuse, 86-79, and East Tennessee State, 94-91, both on the road. State has beaten Florida International, Baptist, Western Carolina, Mount St. Mary’s and N.C. Asheville… NC State is averaging 103.9 points a game, while allowing 82.1…
BUILDER ABANDONS PLANS FOR HOUSE
January 4, 1991
A Basehor builder, who encountered stumbling blocks during construction of a house in Linwood, has decided to abandon the project. The Linwood City Council refused to refund the cost of John Miller’s building permit this week, although they did reimburse him the cost of tapping into water and sewer lines, said City Clerk Ellenor Large.
MISSING SOVIET TURNS UP IN WASHINGTON
January 4, 1991
A Soviet journalist who disappeared during October’s Meeting for Peace in Lawrence apparently has received political asylum in the United States and is looking for work while staying in Washington, D.C. The journalist, Maxim A. Kniazkov, has been living in Washington, D.C., after gaining assistance from the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based organization that assists political refugees.
NEW SYSTEM TO MAKE PROCESSING KU GRADES FASTER, MORE ACCURATE
January 4, 1991
Kansas University Registrar Rich Morrell might give an “A” to a new system that improves the speed and accuracy of processing KU students’ grade cards. He said Thursday that fall semester grades are ready to be mailed. Under the old time-consuming and error-prone system, they wouldn’t be ready until next week.
BUDIG EDITING BOOK ON EDUCATION
January 4, 1991
Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig is editing a book of essays that will address the challenges facing higher education in this decade. The book, called “A Higher Education Map for the 1990s,” will be published next summer by MacMillan, he said.
BEARD SERVICES
January 4, 1991
Memorial services for Robert C. “Bob” Beard, 54, Americus, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence Heights Christian Church with the Rev. Rod Hinkle officiating. Mr. Beard, who requested his body be donated to medical research for Addisons disease at the University of Texas in Galveston, died Wednesday of a sudden illness while vacationing in Texas.
KU RECEIVES GRANT FOR JOURNALISM CHAIR
January 4, 1991
A $1 million grant from the Knight Foundation of Miami will create an endowed professorship in the School of Journalism at Kansas University, the school’s dean announced today. Dean Mike Kautsch said the grant will be used to support teaching and research about the leadership role of the press in communities.
DONATION, SPENDING REPORTS LISTED FROM ELECTION
January 4, 1991
Financial reports filed with the Douglas County Clerk’s office by local political committees showed that votes didn’t necessarily follow the dollars in the county’s three biggest referendums contested Nov. 6. In the bond elections for the south Lawrence trafficway and eastern parkway, the group that raised and spent the most money saw voters approve its position. However, in the second high school referendum, the opposite was true: The group that collected and spent the least money saw its position prevail at the polls.
BALANCE OF POWER
January 4, 1991
To the Editor: To speak out on the Persian Gulf issue before war breaks out is my first new year’s resolution.
PARK OWNERS THREATEN TO CUT NATURAL GAS
January 4, 1991
Residents of a Lawrence mobile home park, who have threatened to withhold their rent payments until their water service is restored, now have been told by the park’s owners that the natural gas service that heats their homes may be shut off. A letter from Wade Qandil, who owns the trailer park at 1045 E. 23rd with his wife Joann, told park residents that “we are paying your bills to the gas company, which may be nearly equal to the rent during winter months. We do not intend to provide gas unless you pay the rent.”
BALDWIN COUNCIL TO OFFER ARTS CLASSES
January 4, 1991
The university town of Baldwin soon will offer its residents yet another educational opportunity. The Baldwin City Arts Council and Baldwin Recreation Commission have combined to form the BACRC Coalition, which recently secured a grant to establish a non-credit community education program.
WHO CAN EXPLAIN BELLSCANSECOS?
January 4, 1991
Every time somebody mentions Jose Canseco and his brother Ozzie I think of Mike and Mark Bell. Jose Canseco makes a jillion dollars a year playing major league baseball for the Oakland A’s, yet his identical twin can’t seem to advance past Class AA ball.
FAULTY EQUIPMENT LED TO DEC. 24 FIRE
January 4, 1991
Faulty electrical equipment is being blamed for a Christmas Eve fire that destroyed four downtown businesses, but investigators still are working to determine the precise cause and origin of the fire. Fire Chief Jim McSwain said this morning that the fire began near electrical meters and breakers at The Chapman antique shop, 819 Vt.
MEDICAL GROUP PLANS LOCAL OB/GYN CARE
January 4, 1991
Concern over a shortage of physicians in Lawrence who specialize in gynecological medicine may be partially relieved by the announcement that a Topeka medical group will open a part-time clinic here next week. A spokesman for Lincoln Center OB-GYN, P.A., also said that by mid-summer the group plans to add two more physicians to its present staff of seven doctors and open a full-time office for both obstetrics and gynecology in Lawrence.
MAN ARRESTED FOR VANDALISM
January 4, 1991
Police investigators Thursday arrested a Lawrence man allegedly involved in a group responsible for vandalism during October, which may have been racially motivated. Officers said members of the group spray-painted the letters “KKK” on two homes in the 800 block of Connecticut, on the offices of Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell, on a nearby church and on the East Lawrence Recreation Center during the first week of October.
CARLIN TO LEAD FIRM BACKING NEW RESEARCH
January 4, 1991
Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin has been named president of a Lawrence company formed to support and commercialize a Kansas University professor’s ground-breaking research into superconductors. Carlin, defeated in the Democratic gubernatorial primary last year by Gov.-elect Joan Finney, said Thursday in an interview that he formally became president of Midwest Superconductivity Inc. on Tuesday.
S LEGISLATIVE WISH LIST HEADS MEETING AGENDA
January 4, 1991
The final draft of the city’s legislative program will be up for approval when the Lawrence City Commission meets at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. The program, which offers the city’s recommendations on state legislation, will be presented to the Douglas County legislative delegation Wednesday.
DESPITE LAYOFF, LION SWIMMERS COAST TO QUADRANGULAR VICTORY
January 4, 1991
They say you never forget how to swim, no matter how long you’ve been out of the water. Well, Lawrence High’s swim team had been out of the competitive waters for a couple of weeks, and the Lions haven’t forgotten how to swim or win.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 4, 1991
DISMISSALS Joel Johnson, Garnett.
WARM HEARTS DONATION DRIVE SHORT OF OVERALL FUNDING GOAL
January 4, 1991
Organizers of Warm Hearts, a local effort to assist low-income families with winter heating costs, are worried that donations may fall short of this year’s fund-raising goal. Warren Rhodes, treasurer of Warm Hearts, said today that $48,899 had been donated to the campaign. Rhodes said Wednesday and Thursday were good days for the annual campaign.
ALTHAUS SERVICES
January 4, 1991
Services for Carl B. Althaus, 92, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Jonathan Knight officiating. Private inurnment at Memorial Park Cemetery will follow. Mr. Althaus died Wednesday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
STOLEN CAR IS RECOVERED AFTER FOILED BANK ROBBERY FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
January 4, 1991
Two men who were talked out of a bank robbery after holding the bank president at gunpoint and stealing his car are still at large, although the vehicle was recovered Thursday at a Topeka motel, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported this morning. Max Friesen, the 62-year-old president of Kansas State Bank in Overbrook, and his wife Delores returned home from a church meeting Wednesday night to be met in their living room by two armed burglars. The men wanted Friesen to take them to the bank and open the vault but were deterred when the banker explained that the vault was operated on a time lock and couldn’t be opened at night.
S DEFENSE, 51-32
January 4, 1991
Sure, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team had been troubled by an opponent’s defense before. But never before like the hounding given by Shawnee Mission South at the Raiders’ gym on Thursday night.
JAYHAWKS RETURN TO BATTLE WOLFPACK
January 4, 1991
Mike Maddox said it with a straight face, not realizing he was mastering the obvious. “It was good for us to be in Hawaii,” Maddox said.