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INTIMIDATION TACTICS
May 17, 1991
To the Editor: How much longer is this country going to send emissaries to Israel, or, more particularly, to Shamir, a former terrorist, on bended knees and in a position of a supplicant pleading for settlement of a problem that has cost us tens of billions of dollars, several hundred lives and keeps over a million refugees homeless and without hope? Instead of getting a sympathetic hearing, we are usually dismissed with snide and contemptuous remarks, are reminded of their sovereignty and then asked for more aid, which our Sugar Daddy usually grants, although his pockets are empty. These grants are usually referred to as negotiations to create an appearance of statesmanship.
TO STOP IN CITY
May 17, 1991
“Hemp Tour ‘91,” an event sponsored by the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and designed to tout the virtues of marijuana, will make a stop Monday in Lawrence. A rally will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Burcham Park, Second and Indiana, and will feature hemp products on display and for sale.
COST
May 17, 1991
Douglas County is one of seven Kansas counties and cities that will participate in a sobriety check lane program sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation and designed to curb drunken driving. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department recently was awarded a $3,200 grant to pay for overtime for officers and equipment to run the lanes. Reno, Labette, McPherson and Johnson counties received similar grants, as did Dodge City and Hays.
VIRGINIA M. MCDERMOTT
May 17, 1991
Services for Virginia Mae McDermott, 72, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. McDermott died today, May 17, 1991, at Sterling Heights Nursing Home, Lawrence.
HELMSTADTER SERVICES
May 17, 1991
Memorial services for George A. Helmstadter, 59, Rt. 4, will be at 10 a.m. next Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence. Cremation is planned. Mr. Helmstadter died Tuesday, May 14, 1991, at the Dryden District General Hospital in Dryden, Ontario, Canada, of an apparent heart attack while on a fishing trip.
DEATH
May 17, 1991
A Baldwin couple have filed suit in Douglas County District Court against a Lawrence obstetrician alleging negligence and malpractice after one of their twin sons was stillborn. Attorneys for Brenda and Jeff Saile, Baldwin, filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Dr. Scott Gray, Lawrence. In the suit, the Sailes contend that Gray was negligent in the prenatal care of Mrs. Saile, who gave birth to twins in June 1989. One twin, Mitchell Saile, was stillborn.
VISITING NURSES FACING $40,000 DEFICIT
May 17, 1991
An increase in the amount of indigent care provided by the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. has contributed to a deficit at the agency of almost $40,000 during the first quarter of 1991. Marceil Lauppe, VNA director, told the agency’s board of directors Wednesday that the agency provided $73,145 in free or subsidized care during the first four months of the year. She said that is about $12,000 more than the same period last year.
CONVICTED KILLERS EACH RECEIVE 2 CONSECUTIVE LIFE TERMS IN JAIL
May 17, 1991
Two men convicted in the bludgeoning deaths of twin brothers from Kansas each were sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison. Clyde Wagner, 30, cried quietly as the sentence was read Thursday by Red Willow County District Judge Jack Hendrix. Earlier Thursday, Dustin L. Belmarez, 20, received the same sentence.
THE GAMBLING GOOSE
May 17, 1991
This news dispatch from Montgomery, Ala.: “Horse racing in Alabama started with a bang when the $100 million Birmingham Turf Club opened in 1987. “Now, some horse lovers fear their sport is about to end with a whimper the sound of greyhounds… . A bankruptcy judge has approved a plan to mingle dog racing with horse racing at the Birmingham track which lost $23 million in three seasons. The proposal calls for 60 days of thoroughbred meets each year in addition to dog racing. The Alabama House passed the plan last week, and a Senate committee is expected to consider the proposal soon.”
EXPERTS URGE EARLY CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS
May 17, 1991
By MICHAEL DEKKER J-W Staff Witer Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department officials say they’re thankful the measles outbreak that hit Lawrence last year, and the mumps outbreak that struck in ‘88-‘89, haven’t been repeated yet.
JUDGE FINES 5 FOR WAR PROTEST
May 17, 1991
Five people arrested in February during a protest of the war with Iraq were fined $100 each today and ordered to pay court costs. The five, who are members of a group calling itself Direct Action Movement, each pleaded guilty to a count of criminal trespassing stemming from the Feb. 21 protest at the U.S. Army recruiting office, 2223 La.
4 STUDENTS HONORED WITH KU SCHOLARSHIPS
May 17, 1991
Clint Pevril, a Kansas University graduate student from Mountain Home, Ark., and Laura Moriarty, a Bozeman, Mont., junior, have been selected to receive the 1991-92 University Community Service Scholarship from Student Union Activities. Pevril, who is studying art education, is president of the KU student chapter of the National Art Education Assn. He is a volunteer counselor at Trinity Lutheran Services, Women’s Transitional Care Services and a volunteer art teacher at St. John’s Elementary School.
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS TO RECEIVE AWARDS ON SUNDAY
May 17, 1991
Five graduate teaching assistants at Kansas University will be honored for excellence in teaching at the Graduate School’s Graduate Teaching Assistant awards during the commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. Chancellor Gene Budig will present the awards to Lynne A. Baur, mathematics; Sucharita Ghosh, economics; Juli A. Highfill, Spanish and Portuguese; Sabrina Oppenheimer, linguistics; and Dixie Lee West, anthropology. The award winners, all doctoral students, will sit on the speakers’ platform during commencement ceremonies.
WAR ON KANSANS
May 17, 1991
To the Editor: Ascension to a position of power, by whatever means, has always given public officials the opportunity to speak well of themselves. Gov. Finney likes to think of herself as the Margaret Thatcher of Kansas politics. But Margaret Thatcher ran a country, not a state, and she made war against Argentina, not Britain. I would suggest that a more illustrative modern parallel would be Saddam Hussein, who made war against his own people.
DOCTORAL CANDIDATES TO BE HONORED
May 17, 1991
Five Kansas University doctoral candidates and an educator will be honored during Sunday’s Graduate School doctoral hooding ceremony. The ceremony will be at 9 a.m. in Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall. For the first time in the graduate school’s history, four candidates will be recognized for doctoral dissertations displaying originality, signficance and high quality.
EISENHOWER GRANT WILL AID RESERACH
May 17, 1991
A Kansas University doctoral student has received a $7,500 research grant to do research for a dissertation in history. Mark Damon Smith, 160 Pine Cone Dr., is one of only five recipients of the Dwight Eisenhower-Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship offered annually by the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C.
EX-LION MODDRELL REACHES NJCAA
May 17, 1991
Former Lawrence High golfer Mike Moddrell, now a freshman at Coffeyville Junior College, has qualified for the NJCAA golf championships. Moddrell, Coffeyville’s team captain, shot two rounds of three-over-par 75 for second place at last week’s Region Six Tournament at Willow Bend in Wichita. That qualified him for the national meet June 3-7 at Midland, Texas.
BALDWIN SIRENS WARNED OF STORM
May 17, 1991
Emergency sirens were sounded in Baldwin on Thursday night after Douglas County officials decided to take precautions after a tornado was reported in nearby Osage County. Jim Murray, Douglas County’s associate coordinator of emergency preparedness, said he called for the alert because of a tornado sighting on the ground near Vassar by weather spotters in Osage County at 9:55 p.m. Vassar is south of Pomona Lake. Osage County is southwest of Douglas County.
A NEW HEART CAN REQUIRE LENGTHY WAIT
May 17, 1991
Barb Flakus, the cardiac transplant coordinator at Kansas University Medical Center, says she hopes she’ll soon have good news for the 15 med center patients who are waiting for new hearts. During an interview Wednesday at KUMC, Flakus, a registered nurse, explained what happens to patients from the time they find out they need a new heart to the time one is “harvested.”
RETIRING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO STAY INVOLVED IN LOCAL SCHOOLS
May 17, 1991
Although veteran Lawrence school board members Mary Lou Wright and Maggie Carttar will retire from the board this summer, they plan to remain active in local public education. Ms. Wright, who has served on the board for 12 years, will take part in a districtwide school volunteer program that she helped to establish this spring. Meanwhile, Ms. Carttar, who has been on the board for eight years, is completing her teacher recertification so she can be on the district’s substitute teacher list.
HURDLE SURFACES IN WILLIAMSPORT
May 17, 1991
Clint Hurdle stood in the third base coaching box, clapping his sizable hands from time to time, urging one of his batters to hit safely. I was perched in a box seat at ancient Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., home of the New York Mets’ Class AA farm team in the Eastern League, wistfully watching Hurdle and recalling the days when he was a full-fledged phenom with the Royals, a genuine future superstar.
11-YEAR-OLD BOY AWAITS NEW HEART AT KUMC
May 17, 1991
Ian Neal’s room looks like a fifth-grader’s room. A picture of Bart Simpson hangs on the door. A blow-up Hulk Hogan waits in the corner, near the stash of Cocoa Puffs and pile of paperbacks. A duck on a poster that his best friend gave him exclaims, “I’ve Got an Attitude!”
EX-K-STATE AD TOWERS FINDS TIME FOR GOLF NOW
May 17, 1991
Perhaps Dick Towers has never enjoyed Kansas State athletics as much as he does now. For Towers, K-State’s athletic director from 1981-85, the pressure’s off. He’s 61, retired, living in Manhattan and a regular at KSU football and basketball games.
HONORS STUDENT PREPARES TO LEAD PROCESSION
May 17, 1991
When Tom Walker makes an educated guess, the emphasis is on educated. So when Walker, a Kansas University senior who’s graduating Sunday, speculates that his 4.0 grade-point average had something to do with his being chosen to lead the commencement procession, it’s almost a sure bet he’s right.
HOSPITAL REPORT
May 17, 1991
DISMISSALS Baby girl Marshall, Lawrence.
COMPANY, PHYSICIANS ANSWER LAWSUIT
May 17, 1991
A local medical products company and two physicians with practices in Lawrence on Thursday filed an answer to a lawsuit seeking $750,000 in damages against them and two other parties. The lawsuit was filed April 23 in Douglas County District Court by Carol Miller, Ottawa, against Davol Inc., 700 E. 22nd; Drs. John B. Hiebert, Steven Myrick and Matthew Stein, all of whom maintain practices in Lawrence; and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka.
T DETER KU STUDENT FROM GOALS
May 17, 1991
One moment, Peter Cannistra was a ruggedly independent 20-year-old Kansas University junior. The next, he was completely dependent on others for survival. In October 1987, a van carrying three KU debate coaches and six debaters to a tournament in Atlanta crashed near the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
PACT TOPS CITY MEETING AGENDA
May 17, 1991
A proposed three-year work agreement with the city’s firefighters and changes in the historic preservation ordinance are among the issues scheduled for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lawrence City Commission. The work agreement was unanimously ratified by the firefighters last week. It includes guaranteed raises of 10 percent over three years. Merit raises could increase that to 18 percent over three years for most firefighters.
AS PROMISED, FINNEY VETOES TAX INCREASE
May 17, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney today vetoed a tax increase package that local lawmakers considered the major accomplishment of a grueling 1991 Legislative session. Finney announced that she was vetoing a $138.3 million sales and upper-bracket income tax increase aimed at preventing a potential large property tax increase across the state.
FOR THE RECORD
May 17, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported