Advertisement

Archive for Tuesday, March 19, 1991

All stories

TEAM OF WINNERS
March 19, 1991
Kansas University basketball team members, coaches and others in the official KU party leave this evening for Charlotte, N.C., for the NCAA regional basketball tournament. Regardless of how the team fares Thursday night against its opponent, Indiana, the winning performances of the Jayhawks in last week’s sub-regional games in Louisville has provided a happy, enthusiastic lift for the entire state and all KU fans.
INVESTMENT IN SAFETY
March 19, 1991
The sales tax increase approved by Lawrence voters last year to help hire additional law enforcement personnel may be an investment that’s coming just in time. According to Kansas Bureau of Investigation figures released last week, serious crime in Lawrence grew by 28.9 percent from 1989 to 1990. Included in the category of serious crimes are burglary, theft, murder, rape, robbery and assault. Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin says that figure is slightly misleading and that department statistics show an increase of only 19.4 percent in serious crimes in 1990. Either way, the increase is large and the trend is disturbing.
COLLEGE READINESS
March 19, 1991
To the Editor: Robert Fluker’s letter of 3-17-91 reflects the concern of many people regarding the competency of our Kansas high school graduates and how to predict the future accomplishment of our youth whose high school diplomas reflect little other than the fact that they have warmed a seat for a prescribed number of years. I realize that the mere words “competency testing” are anathema to some, but how else to determine whether a marginal prospective “student” is ready for college?
FOR THE RECORD
March 19, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
TRIPLEX PERMIT WAS IMPROPER, COURT DECIDES
March 19, 1991
Lawrence’s Board of Zoning Appeals acted improperly in allowing an East Lawrence triplex to be renovated, a Douglas County District Court judge said in a decision filed Monday. The triplex is owned by city commission candidate Paul Horvath.
TASK FORCE PONDERS SAFE HOUSE FUTURE
March 19, 1991
The fate of the local Salvation Army shelter for homeless people may be announced Friday, after the agency’s board of directors hears recommendations from a shelter task force. Funding problems at the Salvation Army Safe House, 924 N.H., were discussed for about an hour Monday afternoon by about 10 members of the task force, made up of Salvation Army board members.
GERTRUDE ALLEN
March 19, 1991
Services for Gertrude Allen, 79, Perry, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa with the Rev. James Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Buster Cemetery north of Perry. Mrs. Allen died Monday at a Winchester hospital.
KU STUDENT TO RECEIVE A MELLON FELLOWSHIP
March 19, 1991
A Kansas University student has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships for undergraduates. Margaret Jane Baptist, a Leawood senior who’s studying East Asian language and cultures, is KU’s 14th Mellon recipient.
TAX ACTION
March 19, 1991
To the Editor: As all of our state officials in Topeka continue to dodge the property tax issue, it becomes more apparent that they have a short memory. Have they already forgotten Mike Hayden and what happened to him for ignoring this same issue? They must remember that they too will have to face the voters again come next election, and although they may have short memories, we will not forget.
LMH HEALTH PLAN IN BETTER SHAPE, NEW REPORT SAYS
March 19, 1991
Claims against the Lawrence Memorial Hospital employee health plan continue to run in excess of premiums. But hospital officials say the high claims are a carry-over from last year and they hope increased premiums adopted this year and a more restictive claims policy will move the health plan out of the red. Dennis Strathmann, assistant executive director for finance at LMH, will report to trustees Wednesday on the status of the employee health plan and on the current budget during a 9 a.m. meeting. The meeting will be in the Sunflower Room at LMH.
KU PROF FINALIST FOR WEST VIRGINIA JOB
March 19, 1991
A Kansas University professor is one of eight finalists for the presidency of Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene distinguished professor of public administration, said today that he was nominated for the position and received a call about a month ago from Marshall.
E, KPL MERGER
March 19, 1991
Shareholders of Kansas’ two largest energy utilities voted overwhelmingly today to approve their proposed merger. More than 90 percent of the shareholders of Kansas Power and Light Co., which operates as KPL Gas Service and is Lawrence’s electric utility, approved the merger at a meeting at KPL headquarters here.
TWO PLEAD NO CONTEST IN MURDERS
March 19, 1991
Two men charged in the killings of 59-year-old Kansas twin brothers pleaded no contest to reduced charges. Dustin Belmarez, 20, originally from Billings, Mont., smiled Monday as he pleaded no contest in Red Willow District Court to one count of first-degree murder and one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
SISTER CITY
March 19, 1991
Officials from Kansas University and Kanagawa University, a school in Hiratsuka, Japan, one of Lawrence’s two sister cities, were to sign an exchange agreement today. Twenty-three Japanese students from Kanagawa University have been studying English at KU since February, and KU’s Office of Study Abroad is sponsoring a five-week exchange program on the Hiratsuka campus this summer.
GALT ASKED TO DECIDE ON SITE
March 19, 1991
Douglas County Development Inc. has issued a Friday deadline for Galt Plastics, of Glenville, Ill., to decide whether it will buy DCDI’s shell building in the East Hills Business Park. “We have requested that they execute a contract to buy the building and provide us with earnest money by Friday,” said Bill Martin, economic development director for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, who is marketing the building for DCDI.
DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE ENDORSES CANDIDATES
March 19, 1991
Downtown Lawrence recently announced its endorsement of three candidates in the race for city commission. The group of downtown business owners and supporters is the only special interest group to publicly announce its support for candidates in the election.
CORRECTION
March 19, 1991
A story in Thursday’s Journal-World contained incorrect information about Kansas University police department crime reports. While the department does not release the names of students involved in campus crimes, the department does issue crime reports. KU police do not release the names of students or any information that might identify students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which is designed to protect students’ rights to privacy.
PUBLIC HEARING SET ON REPORTS
March 19, 1991
The Kansas Public Disclosure Commission has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday on charges that the treasurer of the Douglas County Republican Party failed to file two campaign finance reports during the past year. The commission previously ruled that Phil Bradley, the party’s county treasurer, intentionally failed to file a campaign finance report in July. The commission turned information on that ruling over to the Kansas attorney general’s office.
KU TOURNEY WHOOPY
March 19, 1991
The Kansas University Alumni Association is sponsoring activities for Jayhawk fans who travel to Charlotte, N.C., to see KU play in the NCAA Basketball Tournament’s southeast regional semifinals Thursday. The organization is sponsoring a pregame sandwich buffet and pep rally from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST Thursday at the Charlotte Ballroom in the Royce Hotel, 5624 Westpark Dr.
GEOLOGISTS FROM KU, KSU WIN GRANT TO STUDY FOSSIL LOCATIONS
March 19, 1991
A group of geologists from Kansas University and Kansas State University has received a grant of nearly $100,000 from the National Science Foundation to study five locations in the United States where there are exceptionally well-preserved fossils. Participating in the study will be paleontologists from the Kansas Geological Survey and the Museum of Natural History at KU and the geology department at KSU.
ECONOMIC EDUCATION CENTER GETS $126,000
March 19, 1991
The Cloud L. Cray Foundation of Atchison and Kansas City, Mo., has committed $126,000 in support of the Center for Economic Education at Kansas University. The commitment to KU’s Center for Economic Education is one of the largest grants ever awarded by the Cloud L. Cray Foundation. The foundation supports education projects with a strong emphasis in advancing economic education and community self-help programs in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.
JELTZ IN BALTIMORE CAMP
March 19, 1991
Veteran major league infielder Steve Jeltz has flown to the Orioles’ spring training camp at Sarasota, Fla., after signing a Triple-A contract with the Baltimore organization. Jeltz, who hit only .155 games in 74 games with the Kansas City Royals last season, became a free agent over the winter.
90 LHS GRADS HAD COLLEGE PLANS
March 19, 1991
If last year’s Lawrence High School graduates followed through on plans made last spring, a majority of them are now attending a four-year college or university, says a state report being prepared this month. According to the Kansas Department of Education, 64.3 percent of 1990 LHS graduates said they planned to attend a four-year college or university. Statewide, 42.6 percent of 1990 graduates said they planned to go on to a four-year school.
PHONE CABLE REPAIRS UNDER WAY THIS WEEK
March 19, 1991
Work on a telephone cable will partially block southbound traffic in the 2000 block of Massachusetts Street for the next few days, a spokesman for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. said today. Mike Scott, local community relations manager for Southwestern Bell, said the company is replacing a defective 500-foot section of cable that can serve up to 1,500 customers.
HELEN VERMILLION
March 19, 1991
Services for Helen Vermillion, 70, Emporia, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home in Emporia. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery west of Emporia. Mrs. Vermillion died Sunday at a Topeka hospital.
POSITIONS
March 19, 1991
Questions examining the public stands and personal interests of candidates for city commission dominated a forum Monday night. The Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods sponsored the forum, the first of two scheduled for city commission candidates before the April 2 general election.
LESSONS OF WAR
March 19, 1991
To the Editor: While half a million American servicemen and women were rolling to victory in the desert sands, I accompanied eight other veterans of American’s last major war before the Persian Gulf, back to old battlefields and still vivid memories. Five of us were combat veterans, four had been wounded, and two permanently disabled by our war. We each sought, and to varying degrees found, our own separate peace with our own personal war. But we were considerably distracted by concern for the new generation of American warriors. Because we understood what ground combat was like, we dreaded the onset of the ground offensive in the gulf. Thus we were all both overjoyed and astounded when it ended in just 100 hours and in only about 100 American combat deaths.
SUPPORT
March 19, 1991
Susan Kennard, frustrated that the city of Lawrence couldn’t compel her mobile home park landlord to provide basic water service this winter, asked a legislative committee for help. “By far, we don’t earn $40,000 to $50,000 a year or own nice houses. That doesn’t mean we’re any less important,” said Kennard, president of Green Acres Mobile Home Park Tenants’ Assn. and a resident of the park at 1045 E. 23rd.
COUNTY SET TO DECIDE ROAD UPKEEP DISPUTE
March 19, 1991
Just who should take care of roads in a new rural subdivision will be the question before the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday. The commission will try to determine whether the county or Wakarusa Township will maintain the roads in the Southgate Subdivision east of Clinton Lake.
T STOP THINKING FOOTBALL
March 19, 1991
Norma Purdy may find some of the cleaning hasn’t been done when she returns from work at the Kansas Alumni Association this summer. Dick Purdy, Norma’s husband and Lawrence High’s football coach, admits dusting is not his forte, especially when there’s golf to be played.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 19, 1991
ADMISSIONS Amy Black, Eudora.
KNIGHT PRESENCE OVERSHADOWS IU
March 19, 1991
Somebody asked me not too long ago if I thought any team could possibly defeat Nevada-Las Vegas at the NCAA Final Four. “Sure,” I replied. “Indiana.”
LAWMAKERS HOPE TO AVERT REGENTS CUTS
March 19, 1991
A coalition of Democrats and Republicans today agreed to introduce three amendments on the House floor that would restore a portion of the $40 million in state university budget cuts recommended by the House Appropriations Committee. The House was scheduled this afternoon to consider the committee’s fiscal 1992 budget for Board of Regents institutions, including Kansas University. The appropriations committee had voted to slash Gov. Joan Finney’s budget and impose an unprecedented tuition increase.
MORE TAXPAYERS FILING ELECTRONICALLY
March 19, 1991
The number of Kansas taxpayers who are filing their federal income taxes electronically probably will exceed the Internal Revenue Service’s expectations for the second year in a row. As of Thursday, 59,960 income tax returns had been filed electronically by Kansas taxpayers, said Janice Lawrence, public affairs specialist in the IRS’ Wichita district office.
S PLAN TO CUT COSTS WILL PROPOSE JOB FURLOUGHS
March 19, 1991
A local judge says Douglas County District Court employees will not be laid off but will be furloughed one day a month under a contingency plan he is forming in response to possible cuts in the state Judicial Department’s budget. Mike Malone, Douglas County administrative district judge, said the local court is already understaffed and cannot afford to lay anyone off.