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January 8, 1991
Topeka police are trying to determine whether a 38-year-old man they suspect of raping several Topeka women also victimized Lawrence women. Randy Sanders, Topeka police detective, said officers think the man may have been operating in Lawrence because he told several victims he was an attorney from Lawrence. Also, Sanders said, it’s possible the man targeted Lawrence women because he worked for a utility company and frequently traveled in the area.
TERRORIST TACTICS
January 8, 1991
With the Jan. 15 United Nations deadline for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein to withdraw his troops from Kuwait fast approaching, Americans should be asking themselves how they may react to several possible scenarios that may arise out of this dangerous, potentially explosive situation. Considering the instability of the Iraqi leaders, there is the very real possibility Hussein may try to use terrorism to create fear and perhaps turn public opinion against the U.S., United Nations and NATO policies and actions. What will be the reaction of the public, as well as the American media, if and when terrorism comes to our shores?
CLASS APPRECIATED
January 8, 1991
To the Editor: I am writing for my wife to thank the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the many church members who helped teach her English.
UNITED WAY
January 8, 1991
The final total for the United Way of Douglas County’s 1990-91 fund drive is $900,162, or 6.5 percent more than the $845,000 goal, the fund drive’s chairman said today. Al Hack Jr., chairman of the 1990-91 campaign, said the amount represents all pledges that will fund the 26 Douglas County United Way agencies through this year.
TRAFFIC PANEL BACKS CHANGES IN SIXTH STREET CONFIGURATION
January 8, 1991
Controversial changes in the configuration of Sixth Street gained the approval Monday of the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission. The TSC also approved shorter hours for speed limits in Lawrence school zones.
TROOP MAIL GOING VIA PONY EXPRESS
January 8, 1991
Some include cookies; others send books. But for a special touch on letters to service members in the Persian Gulf, how about sending them via Pony Express? The 33rd annual Hashknife Pony Express Ride from Holbrook, Ariz., to Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 23-25 will be dedicated to U.S. armed forces personnel serving in Operation Desert Shield.
JOHN E. ERICSON
January 8, 1991
Memorial services for John Eric Ericson, 42, Lawrence, were this morning at Unity Church of Overland Park. Mr. Ericson died of a heart attack Saturday night after being found lying near 23rd and Iowa in Lawrence. He was cremated.
COLLINS SERVICES
January 8, 1991
Services for Eleanora “Ellie” Alice Collins, 63, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. David Hallenbeck officiating. Burial will be in Big Creek Cemetery in Houston, Mo. Mrs. Collins died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1927, in St. Louis, where she attended school.
MYRTLE E. COX
January 8, 1991
Services for Myrtle Elizabeth Cox, 80, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa with the Rev. William Atchley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Mrs. Cox died Saturday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born May 21, 1910, in Topeka.
LMH NURSING SHORTAGE LESSENING
January 8, 1991
A pay increase for nurses at Lawrence Memorial Hospital appears to be having the desired effect. Since the hospital’s board of trustees announced in November what roughly amounts to a 20 percent pay increase for registered nurses, a consistent shortage of hospital-employed nurses has been cut considerably.
KIMBRELL WANTS PSI SUIT TO PROCEED
January 8, 1991
A Douglas County district court judge is expected to decide this week whether to reconsider his ruling to freeze action on a $3 million lawsuit filed by W. David and Janet Kimbrell against Professional Services Inc. PSI, a Chicago-based firm that bought Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services from the Kimbrells a year ago, asked the court on Dec. 12 to dismiss or stay the lawsuit.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 8, 1991
DISMISSALS Beverly Garinger, Lawrence; Mary McLees, Lawrence.
DESOTO SCHOOL BOARD EYESPLANS
January 8, 1991
The architectural firm hired to draw up plans for DeSoto’s April school bond election presented preliminary ideas to the school board Monday night. Kirk Horner, of Hollis & Miller, described the three concepts developed by the firm, although he stressed that a new plan could be formed by combining parts of each concept.
TOP-RANKED LIONS UPSET BY SM EAST
January 8, 1991
The past few days and the city of Lawrence have not been kind to Kansas’ top-ranked Class 6A high school basketball teams. On Friday night at the Lawrence High gym, the unranked LHS boys upset No. 1-ranked Shawnee Mission South, 65-61. On Monday night at Lawrence’s west gym, the top-ranked and unbeaten Lawrence girls’ team fell to unranked SM East, 52-48.
COUNTY TO DISCUSS TAX LEVY FOR ENVIRONMENT
January 8, 1991
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will revisit unfinished business, including a tax levy that would be used to protect certain areas in the county. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
EDUCATION PANEL PLANS TEAM-BUILDING SESSION
January 8, 1991
A group created by the Lawrence school board to study secondary education issues will meet later this month for a daylong “team-building” workshop. The Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr., where representatives of the IBM Corp. will conduct the workshop.
KENNETH E. GODFREY
January 8, 1991
Services for Dr. Kenneth E. Godfrey, 72, McLouth, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka. Inurnment will be in the Mount Hope Columbarium in Topeka. Dr. Godfrey died Sunday at his home.
LIONS MUST TAKE WINNING IN STRIDE
January 8, 1991
Reggie Mayo knew how significant it was, but he didn’t really know how to relate it. “This is the turnaround,” said Mayo, Lawrence High’s point guard, after the Lions shocked No. 1-ranked Shawnee Mission South, 65-61, last Friday. “We haven’t done this since …”
FOR THE RECORD
January 8, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
COUNTY WORKER APPLAUDS RULE CHANGE
January 8, 1991
County employee Dusty Disque has had one less problem to think about since Monday. Disque, who works in the public works department, no longer has to worry about losing his job for moving to Leavenworth County to care for his ailing parents. The county commission alleviated that concern by abolishing its controversial residency requirement for county employees.
LOCAL BUSINESSES BRACING FOR POSTAGE RATE INCREASE
January 8, 1991
Local businesses that use the mails as a major part of their operations are keeping a close eye on how high the U.S. Postal Service will set its new rates this month. However, some businesses already have made plans to absorb the anticipated rate increase, which could increase their mailing costs as much as 25 percent.
KU OFFICIAL SEES MERIT IN LOAN CHANGES
January 8, 1991
Revamping the student loan system to limit the role of commercial banks and bolster direct lending by the federal government would be a smart or stupid move depending on the vantage point. This reform idea, reported in Monday’s New York Times to be under consideration for President Bush’s fiscal 1992 budget, is supported by higher education officials and opposed by the banking industry.
BOARD MEMBER FIRST TO ENTER SCHOOL RACE
January 8, 1991
Harriet Shaffer, a Lawrence school board member nearing the end of her first four-year term, this morning became the first person to file as a candidate in this spring’s Lawrence school board elections. Shaffer, 47, said there were two main reasons why she decided to seek re-election.
ICY GLAZE ON ROADS TRIGGERS RASH OF ACCIDENTS OVERNIGHT
January 8, 1991
Freezing drizzle that glazed Lawrence streets overnight set the stage for a continuing run of winter weather that’s closed some schools and made driving a risky business. Weather forecasters say chilly temperatures and precipitation will continue through Friday because of cold arctic air masses that continue to flow into the area.
VERNON D. JAMES
January 8, 1991
Services for Vernon D. James, 64, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. David Aanonson officiating. Military graveside services in Oak Hill Cemetery will be conducted by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion. Mr. James died of cancer Sunday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka. He had been a Lawrence resident since 1932.