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November 6, 1991
Because the recent recession didn’t follow the typical pattern, Americans shouldn’t expect the recovery to be predictable either, an economic analyst told a Lawrence audience Tuesday afternoon. John Mitchell, chief economist for U.S. Bancorp, a Portland, Ore.-based bank holding company, said the most recent recession, which began in August 1990, followed a long period of slow growth and a decline in consumer spending. By contrast, he said, previous recessions were foreshadowed by a burst of explosive growth.
ACTION ON ENVIRONMENT
November 6, 1991
To the editor: Reports in science magazines in recent years note that ocean levels are inching higher year by year as ice caps melt. This may or may not demonstrate global warming under way.
PUTTING THEORY TO WORK
November 6, 1991
“Educators have a real bad reputation, more or less deserved, that we seem to be on the leading edge of rhetoric. What I wanted to do with this grant is convert some of this talk into action.” Gene Ramp Three cheers for Gene Ramp.
S RE-ELECTION PLANS
November 6, 1991
There once was mild speculation that President George Bush, with incredible public support before, during and after Operation Desert Storm, would “quit while he was ahead,” but few politically astute people ever thought he would not seek a second term in office. To be sure, wife Barbara has a great deal of influence on the president, and she doubtless had second thoughts while there was consternation about the health of the chief executive’s heart. There was even a hint that Barbara might be in favor of George’s stepping out after four years in the White House.
CITY ACTION CORRECTS ZONING OVERSIGHT
November 6, 1991
Lawrence city commissioners moved to correct a 14-year-old oversight by city planners that had made two multifamily buildings “illegal” residences. Since 1977, city planners have been misinterpreting an ordinance that allows property owners to build only single-family homes, duplexes or offices in RO-2 zoning districts, said Sheila Stogsdill, a city planner. In allowing construction of a four-unit apartment building and an office building with three apartments, planners followed the density requirements of the RO-2 district but overlooked the requirement on the types of structures to be built.
FORMER DIRECTOR OF KU BAND DIES
November 6, 1991
Russell L. Wiley, Kansas University’s former band director and the founder of KU’s Midwestern Music and Art Camp, died early today at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, Mo. He suffered a heart attack last Thursday in a one-vehicle accident in a shopping center parking lot near his home in Prairie Village. He and his wife, Charmaine Asher-Wiley, were shopping for a camcorder to videotape his upcoming 88th birthday party. Mrs. Asher-Wiley was driving, and Wiley was a passenger in the car, which bumped into a concrete pier that supported a street light.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
November 6, 1991
Burglaries and thefts reported An air compressor and miscellaneous tools valued together at $1,125 were taken between 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday from a house under construction in the 4700 block of Muirfield Drive.
LOCAL LAWYER SWORN IN AS JUDGE
November 6, 1991
A Lawrence attorney late Tuesday was officially sworn in as a U.S. District Court judge in Kansas City, Kan. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Earl O’Connor administered the oath of office to John Lungstrum, 45, during a brief ceremony in O’Connor’s office.
WITNESS OFFERS MORE DETAILS ON HIT-AND-RUN
November 6, 1991
A witness to a hit-and-run accident Friday night near 15th and Iowa has provided more details that Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said may lead officers and investigators to a suspect. The car that struck bicyclist Frank Burge, 70, is now described as a late 1970s or early 1980s model dark blue, four-door hatchback. The witness told police the car may be a station wagon, possibly a Toyota. The car also appeared to have dents on the hood and a hole on the passenger side of the windshield.
CITY AGREES TO DEFER PAYMENT OF $85,000
November 6, 1991
Lawrence city commissioners decided at Tuesday’s meeting to allow Douglas County Development Inc. to lease its vacant shell building in the East Hills Business Park without first paying $85,134 to the city. Under an agreement with the city, DCDI promised to reimburse the city for creating streets and installing storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems at the park once it began selling lots at the park, said Mike Wildgen, city manager.
BANKS IN CITY WAIT TO MOVE ON PRIME RATE
November 6, 1991
Commercial banks in Lawrence traditionally take their time to react when money center banks lower their prime rate. Today was no exception. Local bankers, contacted this morning after several large metropolitan banks dropped their prime from 8 percent to 7.5 percent, said they were in no hurry to follow suit.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION JOB QUALIFICATIONS CITED
November 6, 1991
Kansas University’s next director of affirmative action must be a role model, an effective communicator and a teacher of affirmative action principles, KU officials said today. “The individual who directs that office has to be a role model for … the principles of affirmative action,” said Del Brinkman, vice chancellor for academic affairs.
WATER PIPE BREAKS AT PINCKNEY SCHOOL
November 6, 1991
A water leak at Pinckney School caused by a broken pipe did not prevent students and staff from having access to running water at school today, Pinckney Principal Gary Freeman said this morning. Freeman said water was shut off Tuesday night shortly after a report of a broken pipe on the east side of the school, 810 W. Sixth. Although the leak has not been repaired, the water was turned on again this morning so students and teachers would have running water.
NELLIE M. BOWERS
November 6, 1991
Graveside services for Nellie M. Gallagher Bowers, 93, Kansas City, Kan., will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Cemetery here. Mrs. Bowers died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1991, at a Kansas City area hospital.
BIRDIE I. BERG
November 6, 1991
Services for Birdie Inez Roberts Berg, 79, Newton, formerly of Wellington, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Wellington with the Revs. Gary Johnson and Danny Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery. She died Monday, Nov. 4, 1991, at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton.
CECILIA M. SCHUBERT
November 6, 1991
Services for Cecilia Marie Schubert, 86, Bonner Springs, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bonner Springs with the Rev. Charles Brink officiating. Burial will be in Bonner Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Schubert died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1991, at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital.
POLICE CHIEF GIVEN AWARD
November 6, 1991
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service to the department during the 20 years he’s worked there, Police Lt. Mike Reeves said Tuesday. Olin was given the medal “for all the contributions and innovations he has caused to come about in the police department, particularly the last three or four years,” Reeves said.
RICHEY WHIPPING BACK WOES
November 6, 1991
A third Kansas basketball player is experiencing back pain this preseason. Patrick Richey, who returned to practice Monday after missing a week of workouts, joins a list that also includes David Johanning and Adonis Jordan.
BIG BROTHER GROUP CLOSE TO 1ST MATCH
November 6, 1991
Douglas County’s new chapter of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America continues to make strides toward making its first match between a child and an adult volunteer. “A lot of good things are happening to us,” Tim McHenry, executive director of the local BBBSA, said.
CITATION ISSUED IN FATAL WRECK
November 6, 1991
The driver of a pickup truck involved in a Sept. 30 traffic accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist has been cited for a traffic violation, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells announced today. A complaint was filed Tuesday in Douglas County District Court charging Wendell O. Kasson Sr., 78, Rt. 1, with failure to yield the right of way on a left turn, Wells said.
KU POLICE ISSUE TRAFFIC WARNING
November 6, 1991
The Kansas University campus will be a place to avoid Saturday unless you’re headed to a football or basketball game. KU police say traffic on many streets on and near campus will be rerouted because of Saturday afternoon’s KU-Nebraska football game and Saturday night’s KU-High Five America basketball game.
NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS NEEDED, COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS
November 6, 1991
A council examining the U.S. education system supports establishment of national education standards and testing, the dean of Kansas University’s School of Education said Tuesday. “I think it’s going to happen. We will have some form of standards and national testing,” said Ed Meyen, a member of the National Council on Education Standards and Testing. “We’ll see that pushed out as an agenda and have an influence on subsequent education funding.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
November 6, 1991
DISMISSALS Edna Michner and baby girl, Lawrence.
ANTI-BIAS PANEL READY TO START WORK
November 6, 1991
A new 15-member anti-discrimation panel appointed Tuesday night by Lawrence Mayor Bob Walters probably will hold its first organizational meeting sometime this month, its chairman said today. The panel, called the Lawrence Alliance, will work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in the city, said Ann Weick, chair of the panel and dean of Kansas University’s School of Social Welfare.
S 9-0 REGULAR SEASON
November 6, 1991
Three of the 32 football teams in Class 6A finished the season undefeated, and Olathe North was one of them. “I’m very pleased with the season we had,” Eagles coach Gene Wier said. “It’s been a fun year.”
CITY LIFTS EMPLOYEE RESIDENCY RULE
November 6, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission scrapped a rule Tuesday that required all city workers employed after 1977 to live within a specified area surrounding Lawrence. “I think hiring locally is a good idea, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a good reason to have an ordinance stating such,” commissioner Shirley Martin-Smith said. “A lot has changed (since 1977).”
GROUP SEEKS LOCALE FOR SOVIET-KU GAME
November 6, 1991
Meeting For Peace Foundation officials were scrambling today to try to arrange a fund-raising basketball game Sunday in Lawrence between a team of former Soviet Olympians and former Kansas University players. In the wake of a third lawsuit filed by a creditor last week, the non-profit organization still hopes proceeds from the local Soviet-KU basketball game and one held Tuesday night in Salina can help it pay off part of its $75,000 debt.
PLANS
November 6, 1991
So far it’s been a winter of content for Lee Stevens. OK, so it isn’t officially winter yet for you and me. It is for professional baseball players.
CITY COMMISSIONER WRITES BOOK EXAMINING FORM OF GOVERNMENT
November 6, 1991
It took him four years, numerous drafts and several newspaper subscriptions, but Lawrence City Commissioner John Nalbandian has written a new book on city government. “Professionalism in Local Government,” a 108-page work, analyzes the operations of the council-manager form of city government.