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POOR JUDGMENT
March 7, 1991
Lawrence and Douglas County residents have been well-served over the years by their police and sheriff’s departments. Officers in both the law enforcement agencies have done a good job in meeting their responsibilities, and the city and county have good records in apprehending those who have broken the law. Unfortunately, there have been several fatal incidents, involving American Indians, which have not been explained to the satisfaction of all parties. This situation has grown until it has spawned accusations of poor or careless police work, a lack of zeal in investigating the cases, perhaps a bias by some in local law enforcement and government circles and an insensitivity by these people concerning those affected by the unsolved deaths.
MOBILE HOME PARK WATER PACT SIGNED
March 7, 1991
A lengthy battle over water service at an east Lawrence mobile home park apparently was resolved with a city-mediated agreeement signed Wednesday night. The agreement signed by Wade and Joann Qandil, owners of the Green Acres Mobile Home Park, 1045 E. 23rd, and Bob Eye, attorney for the park’s residents, calls for all mobile homes in the park to have adequate water service by 5 p.m. Friday.
CITY CLEARED IN COMPLAINT OVER HABITAT
March 7, 1991
The city has erected a fence on its property just east of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza in response to an East Lawrence resident’s complaint that some cars were parking on the property and creating ruts, City Manager Mike Wildgen said today. Wildgen also said state wildlife officials were satisfied that the city hadn’t violated any regulations concerning bald eagle habitat when city crews recently cleaned brush from the 5.8-acre area.
FOR THE RECORD
March 7, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
HOUSE DEBATE BEGINS ON PROPERTY RELIEF PROPOSAL
March 7, 1991
The Kansas House was to begin debate today on a proposal that, if passed, would come within $30 million of achieving the newest “minimum” amount of property tax relief that Gov. Joan Finney advocates. In a news conference Wednesday, Finney said she would accept $300 million in property tax relief this year. That is down from the $500 million she previously had said was the minimum needed to provide meaningful relief.
EUDORA MEAT COMPANY TO TRIM CUSTOM SLAUGHTERING BUSINESS
March 7, 1991
Pyle Meat Co. plans to close the custom slaughtering portion of its meat business on April 11, according to Pat Pyle, son of owner Tom Pyle. The younger Pyle said his father started the operation 31 years ago, and it is the last of five custom slaughterhouse operations in Douglas County to close. In a custom slaughterhouse, farmers can bring in their beef live and have it slaughtered and aged and made ready for cutting.
DORIS J. BENANDER
March 7, 1991
Services for Doris J. Benander, 60, Overbrook, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tibbitts-Griffin Funeral Chapel in Topeka. Burial will be in Clinton Cemetery. Mrs. Benander died Wednesday at a Topeka hospital after an extended illness.
KTEC WINS GRANT FOR CENTER
March 7, 1991
The state of Kansas has been selected to establish a manufacturing technology center to help small- and medium-sized businesses modernize their operations, it was announced today. Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. will receive a $1.5 million grant this year to establish the Mid-American Manufacturing Technology Center, the Commerce Department said.
KU RECEIVES $100,000 GIFT
March 7, 1991
The Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust has given $100,000 to Campaign Kansas, Kansas University’s fund drive. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor for the KU Medical Center, said the gift will be used for construction of the Sutherland Institute for Facial Rehabilitation at the medical center, Kansas City, Kan.
JAYHAWKS COMMIT EIGHT ERRORS IN LOSS
March 7, 1991
Baseball’s a funny game. How do you explain eight Kansas errors in a 13-2 loss to Missouri Southern on Wednesday at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium?
ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT
March 7, 1991
To the Editor: Side by side, on page 9A of Tuesday’s Journal-World, I read:
LOCAL FIRE VICTIMS SEEK ASSISTANCE
March 7, 1991
The Bevens family of Lawrence, whose house was destroyed by fire early Sunday, is seeking help from local residents. The house, located at 826 N.Y., and most of the family’s belongings were destroyed when an extension cord shorted and ignited about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $42,000.
FINNEY SAYS PRIORITIES ARE TAX RELIEFROADS
March 7, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney on Wednesday said her main legislative objectives now are property tax relief and highway construction, suggesting a modification of her priorities. When the governor took office in January she frequently proclaimed that her top goals included the Margin of Excellence program for state universities.
EXPLANATIONS VARY FOR INCREASES IN GASOLINE PRICES AT RETAIL LEVEL
March 7, 1991
No consensus exists as to why, but gasoline prices around Lawrence appear to be on the upswing. “They’re going crazy right now,” said Crystal Little, manager of the Town & Country Market Store, 501 W. Ninth.
ADVOCATE FOR ECOLOGY URGES CHANGES AT KU
March 7, 1991
Steven Hamburg turned off the lights during a Kansas University forum to make a point. “This room had its lights on, even with the drapes open,” said Hamburg, an assistant professor of environmental studies. “How much light did we need?” he asked, looking around the room that was illuminated only with sunlight.
KU, STATE FORGE PLAN TO CLEAN UP DUMP SITE
March 7, 1991
Kansas University and state officials have reached agreement on a plan that lays the foundation for cleanup work at a university waste dump near DeSoto, KU announced today. KU and the KU Medical Center buried laboratory byproducts at the Sunflower Research Disposal Site, a federally licensed landfill on KU property, from 1965 to 1982.
OLATHE MAN, 19, ORDERED TO TRIAL
March 7, 1991
A 19-year-old Olathe man Wednesday was ordered to stand trial on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge stemming from a Dec. 27 automobile accident. Trial was scheduled for June 3 for Benjamin Sassaman, the man, who is accused of being intoxicated while driving the night of the one-car accident. A passenger, Scott Ellis, 17, Olathe, was seriously injured in the accident and died Jan. 18 at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.
EUDORA PATRONS PAY LAWSUIT BOND
March 7, 1991
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Eudora school district have raised the $5,000 injunction bond ordered by a Douglas County district judge by soliciting donations from Eudora patrons. Alvie Guy, Ken Adkinson and Ruth Stone pounded the pavement and received about 240 contributions, according to their attorney, Timothy Pringle. He said his clients posted the bond Tuesday afternoon.
ACES NEEDED NO FIERY PEP TALK TO SPARK BLITZ
March 7, 1991
Knute Rockne was famous for his halftime speeches. Ed Southern isn’t…even if, on paper, it looks like he’d asked his team to win one for the Gipper. Wichita East exploded after intermission to bury Lawrence, 89-61, in a first-round game of the Class 6A state high school basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon at White Auditorium.
FORUM CENTERS ON ABORTION ISSUE
March 7, 1991
Although the subject was abortion, participants in a forum Wednesday night at Kansas University remained calm and rational as they discussed their differences. Women’s issues, medical facts and ethics, statistics, polls and religious considerations were addressed for about two hours in the Kansas Union.
UNION MEMBER CLAIMS SUCCESS AS FOOD BARN STRIKE CONTINUES
March 7, 1991
Strikers picketing in front of the local Food Barn store, 1900 W. 23rd, continued to say today that they are turning away much of the store’s business and that the five-day walkout has remained peaceful. “We’ve got a really strong line,” said Nova Koen, a checker at the store who is today’s strike coordinator. “We’re turning away 70 percent of the business. People are just going in for the sale items. All they’re coming out with are the specials.”
COUNTY OKS RURAL ADDRESS PLAN
March 7, 1991
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a countywide addressing system to complement the enhanced 911 emergency telephone system after learning the telephone company could accept rural residents having two addresses. Ted McFarlane, director of emergency medical services and emergency preparedness, informed the commission that a Southwestern Bell official said the company could handle rural residents having one address for the enhanced 911 system and one address for mailing purposes. The commission, which for three months has debated the merits of changing rural addresses to a grid system, had assumed that the phone company required customers to have only one address.
SKEWED LOGIC
March 7, 1991
To the Editor: Now let me get this straight, planning commissioners: A larger Wal-Mart store on a four-lane highway on the outskirts of town is a traffic problem? An outlet mall downtown, dumping traffic into residential as well as current commercial areas, is OK? So where are you saying the throngs of Lawrence consumers are shopping, generating revenue, and clogging traffic? Wal-Mart!
LOSS COMPOUNDED
March 7, 1991
To the Editor: March 2nd was my daughter’s birthday. She would have been 22 years old, but she was violently taken from us by a drunken driver last May 8. Needless to say we miss her dearly. My sister, other daughter, and I went to visit her grave on Saturday only to find, for the second time, someone had taken the flower arrangements from her grave. Last September I made her a basket of silk violets only to return and find them missing. They were held in the ground by stakes 12 inches long. This February, as I was buying one daughter a Valentine’s present, I was making the other a heart-shaped basket of flowers for her grave which I lovingly placed on a wreath stand attached with 3 pipe cleaners twisted through the basket and onto the stand. I also used an additional 3 tie wraps. To my surprise, as I visited on her birthday, the empty wreath stand was all that remained. I hurt for the loss of my daughter and want her grave to look nice. I hope the persons who liked the arrangements so much to take them will shudder when they read this and think of my daughter while they enjoy the memorials to her.
FED CHIEF HOPING FOR SPENDING GAIN
March 7, 1991
Washington policy-makers are anxiously waiting to see whether spending on homes and cars rebounds now that the Persian Gulf War is over. So far, policy-makers hoping for a quick end to the recession are clutching at faint signs of a rebound in those two key consumer sectors, although they concede their anecdotal evidence could turn out to be wrong.
CHIEF NOTES MISTAKESAPOLOGIZES
March 7, 1991
Local Native Americans and members of other minority groups said today they were disappointed by an apology that Police Chief Ron Olin issued Wednesday regarding controversial comments made by a police employee in a statewide police magazine. “The first thing about it, and this is a crucial issue, is that I understand this statement was issued by the police chief through his new media spokesman,” said Dan Wildcat, president of the board of directors of the Lawrence Indian Center. “I keep asking, `Where is Ron Olin?’ If you feel strongly about something, you don’t give a statement to a spokesman and have him distribute it.”
PERRY CITY COUNCIL VOTES ITSELFRAISE
March 7, 1991
Perry City Council members and Mayor James Abel will get a pay increase, the council decided Wednesday night. City Clerk Roger Hodsen said the council passed an ordinance granting a raise from $20 to $30 per meeting for the mayor and from $10 to $15 per meeting for the council members.
PLAN WOULD CUT AID TO LAWRENCE SCHOOLS
March 7, 1991
A school finance plan fashioned by the Senate Education Committee and scheduled to be debated in the Senate this afternoon would cut state aid to Lawrence schools by more than $2 million. The committee’s plan proposes a $14 million reduction in general state aid to Kansas’ 304 public school districts and could mean an increase in school property taxes of more than $150 million statewide.
HASKELL, BAKER OFFER SPRING THEATER PRODUCTIONS
March 7, 1991
This weekend marks the return of actors Bruce Woodruff and Allan Hayton to some familiar territory. Hayton comes back to Haskell Indian Junior College to appear in “The Fifth Sun.” He will play Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the El Salvadoran archbishop who was slain during a 1980 Mass.
STATE HOPES WITH 89-61 VICTORY
March 7, 1991
Basketball’s premise was Lawrence High’s basic problem Wednesday in the first round of the Class 6A boys state basketball tournament. Put statistically, LHS hit 33.9 percent of its shots from the field to Wichita East’s 60.7 percent. Put simply, the Lions couldn’t get the ball in the hole.
TEACHERS SEEK PART-TIME OPTION
March 7, 1991
Veteran teachers wanting to ease their workload could start teaching part time at age 50 without affecting their early retirement benefits under a plan proposed Wednesday during Lawrence teacher negotiations. Representatives of the Lawrence Education Assn. presented the proposal for consideration by the school board negotiating team. The LEA and board teams exchanged negotiating packets in January, but Wednesday marked the first day of actual discussions.
AP TABS SMITHHOUSTON
March 7, 1991
Doug Smith of Missouri and Byron Houston of Oklahoma State are co-winners of the Associated Press Big Eight player of the year award. Smith, a 6-10 senior who was Big Eight player of the year last season, and the 6-7 Houston each received a total of eight votes from the 16-member panel of writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the Big Eight.
STUDENTS URGED TO OPPOSE CUTS
March 7, 1991
Kansas University’s student body president urged his fellow students to get fired up about KU budget cuts and tuition increases the Kansas Legislature has proposed. During a rally sponsored Wednesday by HEAT the Higher Education Awareness Team Mike Schreiner, student body president, and Greg Hughes, KU director of Associated Students of Kansas, told students they may have to dig deeper into their pockets next year.
NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS TO ARRIVE HOME NEXT WEEK
March 7, 1991
The first Kansas National Guard members to return from the Persian Gulf are scheduled to arrive home next Thursday, Gov. Joan Finney announced Wednesday. And some of those members of the 190th Air Refueling Group are from Lawrence. The unit, which refuels airplanes that are in flight, is based at Forbes Field in Topeka.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 7, 1991
ADMISSIONS Joshua Gorden, Eudora.
KANSAS PURSUING 6-10 JUCO CENTER
March 7, 1991
College basketball recruiting update… Kansas is pursuing Eric Pauley, a 6-10, 210-pound center from Cypress, Calif., Junior College. Pauley, who averages 21.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, has been termed by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons as the best juco center in the country.