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A LITTLE GOOD NEWS
November 10, 1991
How about a little more good news in the paper? How come you people print so many bad things? We have heard that so very often, particularly during the past decade when so many media people have become more interested in creating news through their own self-serving frills and furbelows than in reporting and sensibly analyzing it.
LECOMTE REVIEW
November 10, 1991
John Sayles and Spike Lee search some of the same streets for material, but whereas Lee’s cinema is hot, vivid and full of passion, Sayles’ world is cool, corrupt and purposefully calm. Sayles’ new film, the ironically named “City of Hope,” opened Friday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. The meaty, intricate, complicated film, which ranks with Sayles’ “Return of the Secaucus Seven,” “It Had to Be You” and “Eight Men Out,” takes a thorough, nearly clinical vivisection of a New Jersey industrial city. We see good cops, bad cops, neutral cops, college professors, councilmen, appliance store owners, mayors, contractors, guys on the street
NOTES AND QUOTES. . .
November 10, 1991
Notes and quotes while wondering how long before the HIV virus becomes known as Magic Johnson Disease… Omaha’s Cedric Hunter was the only former Kansas basketball player on an opening-day roster of a CBA team. Other former Big Eight players listed on CBA rosters are Derrick Chievous (Albany), Jean Derouillere (Bakersfield), Tony Farmer and Stevie Wise (Tri-City) and Clifford Scales (Sioux Falls).
S JONES AS SHOCKED AS ANYONE
November 10, 1991
Calvin Jones didn’t expect to touch the ball much in Nebraska’s football game with Kansas on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. After all, Jones, a backup freshman running back, spent the Huskers’ previous eight games caddying for sophomore sensation Derek Brown, who last week became the fifth sophomore in Nebraska history to top the 1,000-yard plateau.
LATE TOUCHDOWN LIFTS BAKER, 13-10
November 10, 1991
Baker quarterback Aaron Todd hit Sean Gibbs with a two-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 remaining to lift the Wildcats to a 13-10 college football victory over Missouri Valley here Saturday. With 3:31 left, Baker punted to Valley after a stalled drive. But MoValley fumbled the ball, and Baker’s Greg Faimon recovered on the Missouri Valley 18-yard line.
ORGANIZATIONS PLAN VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES
November 10, 1991
Local Veterans Day activities will be held at 11:11 a.m. Monday at the Alford Clark Post No. 852 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 138 Ala. The activities will be sponsored by United Veterans Organizations of Douglas County, which includes representatives from the VFW, Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, Chapter 22 of the Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Forgotten Brothers, Prairie Fire and POWs and MIAs.
JUNE TYLER
November 10, 1991
Services for June P. Tyler, 91, Oskaloosa, formerly of Grantville, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Ridge Cemetery north of Perry with the Rev. Paul Reed officiating. Mr. Tyler died Friday, Nov. 8, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
ATTORNEY
November 10, 1991
Business owners who think the logistics of doing business overseas are an insurmountable barrier to those markets may be cutting themselves out of a good deal. That’s how Judith Hancock, a Kansas City, Mo., attorney who specializes in international law, has sized up the situation.
AREA RESIDENTS PLAN FIGHT AGAINST REDISTRICTING PLAN
November 10, 1991
A map unveiled last week by a legislative subcommittee charged with redrawing the Kansas House districts in northeast Kansas will be challenged by North Lawrence and Lecompton residents who are affected by the changes. Bob Moody, president of the North Lawrence Improvement Assn., said he was opposed to the subcommittee’s plan to put North Lawrence into the Kansas House 42nd District, which includes mostly Leavenworth County.
DISTRICTING PLAN WOULD DIVIDE CITY
November 10, 1991
Parts of four area Kansas House districts would protrude into Douglas County including one extending into North Lawrence under a redistricting plan proposed by a state legislative subcommittee. The proposal, which was made by an interim panel redrawing northeast Kansas House districts, would mean that for the 1992 elections, Douglas County would be broken into six House districts, instead of its current four.
WORKERS OFFER PEEK INSIDE JAIL
November 10, 1991
Randy Smith dabbles in psychology, discipline and medicine, all in the name of helping murderers, molesters and thieves survive another day. But the only title Smith officially claims is shift sergeant for the Douglas County Jail.
HOSPITAL REPORT
November 10, 1991
DISMISSALS Ardith Lynn Shove and baby girl, Lawrence.
TEST
November 10, 1991
Mindie Dodson’s usual opponents are barbells and sociology textbooks. But later this month, she will face off against a team of gladiators American Gladiators, that is. Dodson, a Tulsa, Okla., senior at Kansas University, will compete against the gladiators in the last stop of their national tour, Nov. 19 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.
S WIND TUNNEL PITCH
November 10, 1991
A delegation’s pitch to locate a multimillion-dollar wind tunnel complex in Lawrence was well received by Boeing officials during a presentation in Seattle, two delegation members said Saturday. The seven-member group, led by John Hayes, chairman of the board at KPL Gas Service, met with Boeing officials Friday to pitch the former Callery Chemical Co. site northwest of Lawrence as the location of the proposed complex.
CHINARY UNG
November 10, 1991
Cambodian-born composer Chinary Ung’s first exposure to Western music came from teachers and performers attached to France, the colonial power that ruled his homeland. “When I was a teen-ager, the only live Western music I heard was from the French navy band,” said Ung, whose composition “Spiral” will be heard Tuesday night at the Lawrence performance of the trio Aequalis. “I inherited that kind of music from the colonial power. The first time I heard Beethoven was when a teacher left to go to a school in France. He left me a stack of phonograph records. It was my very first introduction to Western music.”
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
November 10, 1991
A 20-year-old woman reported an attempted rape at 2:37 a.m. Friday. According to police reports, the suspect entered her apartment in the 900 block of Indiana, went into her bedroom, took off his pants and attempted to rape her. Her kicks and screams thwarted him and he left the scene, the report said. A 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Friday for driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. He was released from the Douglas County Jail on $1,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 19.
T COMPARE TO SAYERS
November 10, 1991
Somebody probably said it before, but the first time I heard it was from Pepper Rodgers during his 1967-70 stint as Kansas football coach: “Statistics are for losers.” Boy, does that apply to a recent Sports Illustrated comparison of the first 38 pro game performances by running backs Gale Sayers and Bo Jackson. It was done because both had their gridiron tenures ended because of injury. Don’t bet the farm on seeing Jackson, from Auburn, in shoulder pads again. Sayers of Kansas, of course, was limited to only 64 regular-season pro games because of knee problems.
BOARD TO DISCUSS COOLING SCHOOLS
November 10, 1991
The Lawrence school board Monday will discuss a resolution that calls for air conditioning in all elementary school classrooms. The resolution was developed recently by the Lawrence Schools Area Council, which consists of PTA and PTO representatives from elementary schools in the district.
IRONIC SUGGESTION
November 10, 1991
How ironic. The United States surgeon general, Antonia Novello, made a strong appeal Monday for the nation’s breweries to stop trying to increase sales among teenagers. She said alcohol continues to be the nation’s No. 1 drug habit and No. 1 problem.
SEVEN DECADES OF ART
November 10, 1991
“Palinello” and “Harlequin” both depict clowns, but unless one obtained inside information it would be difficult to tell they were by the same artist. “Palinello” is fairly naturalistic painting of a clown in a tent setting; the figure of the clown twists up from the feet to an almost smug, smiling head. The watercolor “Harlequin” is mainly a cubist painting, with the clown broken up to depict many different perspectives at the same time. Both clown figures share a vibrant, twisting, musical quality, but they could easily be by different artists from different eras.
APPETITES TO SATISFY
November 10, 1991
A cluster of cardinals and chickadees peck at scattered seeds on the ground while a red-bellied woodpecker dines above at a house-shaped feeder. Nearby, a small, downy woodpecker serves himself niger thistle seed from a tube feeder, while at the rear of the yard, morning doves and juncos gorge on pale-colored safflower seeds.
AEQUALIS AWASH IN NEW MUSIC
November 10, 1991
Lovers of classical music occasionally cringe at the thought of works written today. Critics complain that orchestras and musical groups just won’t play new music. But the three members of the musical group Aequalis want to swim against that particular tide. Like the Kronos quartet that performed here in 1990, Aequalis is dedicated to commissioning, polishing and performing music by contemporary composers.
EITHER/ORCHESTRA MAKES OWN TEMPO
November 10, 1991
On Thursday evening, the much and justly heralded Either/Orchestra will let loose its large-ensemble salvos at Rick McNeely’s Jazzhaus, 926 Mass. For an adventurous preview, there’s a brand new and smashing compact disc that’s creating quite a buzz for the band, and for the larger issue concerning the viability of the big band format. THE HALF-LIFE OF DESIRE, Either/Orchestra (Accurate AC-3242): If Picasso had used a large jazz ensemble as his medium, it very well might have sounded like the intrepid Boston-based Either/Orchestra. With its quirky sound-of-surprise twists, its jagged angles and startling palette of gaudy colors, the 11-strong Either/Orchestra, while successfully deconstructing the conventions of the big band lexicon, manages to define a unique stylistic approach all its own. And while its agenda embodies “deep thoughts” that even “Saturday Night Live’s” Jack Handy would be proud to take credit for, this is a group whose seriousness is also fun.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITY
November 10, 1991
To the editor: Tuesday’s editorial writer finds it ironic that shortly before Big Brother Doctor the Surgeon General urges breweries to curtail advertising to a younger market segment, the city commission is considering correcting a true irony that 18-year-old people who can vote, drive and serve in the military are prohibited by law from drinking 3.2 beer. Said writer concludes with the pronouncement that lowering the drinking age will increase “the number of local beer drinkers.”
EATERY IS LATEST 600 BLOCK ARRIVAL
November 10, 1991
Just a few years back, most Lawrence residents probably didn’t perceive the 600 block of Massachusetts Street as part of what the downtown business district was all about. Although the block lay within the geographical definition of downtown, its vacant buildings and faded storefronts didn’t fit the atmosphere created by the blocks of boutiques and restaurants to the south.
VETERANS BENEFITS UNDERGO CHANGES AFTER WAR IN GULF
November 10, 1991
Because the number of killed or wounded U.S. soldiers was relatively low in the Persian Gulf War, the number of veterans’ claims has not significantly increased at a local office that administers such claims. But changes in veterans’ benefits have kept a steady stream of questions coming into the office, an official said.
REPLYING TO AUDIT BY STATE
November 10, 1991
Douglas County’s appraiser said he is pleased with his office’s progress in replying to a state audit but added he needs better cooperation in receiving sales verification information from the public. “I think the staff has done a good job doing what I’ve asked them to do, and we’re on schedule,” said Marion Johnson, now in his third month as county appraiser.
RYNDERS, RING LEAD LHS
November 10, 1991
Pushing to overtake a runner in front of him, Eric Ring’s momentum carried him into contention with Lawrence High cross country teammate David Rynders. But instead of passing, as he looked sure to do, Ring merely tapped Rynders on the shoulder and followed on his heels across the finish line.
BALDWIN BOUNCED BY KC WARD, 18-14
November 10, 1991
Baldwin’s Brian Sheldon seemed to be everywhere Saturday afternoon against Kansas City Ward, but the one place he wasn’t cost the Bulldogs dearly. With 30 seconds remaining, KC Ward quarterback Bill Menghini tossed a 53-yard pass just over the hands of Sheldon to set up the winning touchdown, and the Cyclones downed Baldwin, 18-14, in a Class 4A bi-district football game.
KU HITS PEAKSVALLEYS
November 10, 1991
Kansas hit the highest high Saturday, leading No. 11 Nebraska, 20-17, at the end of the first half. Then the Jayhawks sunk to the lowest low, watching their lead transform into a 59-23 beating by the Cornhuskers.
A BAD IDEA
November 10, 1991
From the beginning, a proposal to allow casino gambling on the Kickapoo Indian reservation in northeast Kansas seemed to present many opportunities for abuse. And the mayor of Kansas City, Kan., seems eager to take advantage of one of those opportunities. Mayor Joe Steineger met this week with Gov. Joan Finney and Kickapoo leaders to discussion the possibility of designating land at an undetermined Kansas City location as an Indian reservation to clear the way for a casino operation in the city. Steineger said he had “an obligation to pursue all possibilities in furthering economic development and expanding our tax base.”
KU CLOBBERS HIGH FIVE, 99-82
November 10, 1991
Adonis Jordan unveiled his new facemask Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. While Kansas’ junior point guard didn’t look like Freddie Krueger Jordan’s mask is clear plastic he did feel a bit alien on the court.
14-YEAR-OLD JAIL FACING MORTALITY
November 10, 1991
Gary Dawson, an inmate at the Douglas County Jail, recalls weekends when two or three intoxicated men would be placed in his cellblock, which already housed eight inmates. The extra men ended up on the floor, which wasn’t an unusual arrangement.
BZA STRIKES AGAINST VARIANCE REQUESTS
November 10, 1991
A city board is putting its foot down on requests for after-the-fact setback variances, and that means immediate trouble for one Lawrence builder. According to city zoning law, the attached garage of a new home built this summer at 305 Sharon Dr. sticks out 5 feet too far into the front yard. Although the city’s building inspection department inspected the home as it was being built, the error wasn’t detected until after the home was completed.
KU FALLS, 59-23, AFTER LEAD EVAPORATES NEBRASKA RESERVE I-BACK JONES TOTALS 294 YARDS, 6 TOUCHDOWNS
November 10, 1991
Kansas couldn’t keep up with the Jones on Saturday. Calvin Jones, that is. Nebraska’s second-string I-back that’s right, second-string ran for 294 yards and a Big Eight-record six touchdowns as the Cornhuskers crushed the Jayhawks, 59-23.
TRICK PLAY STUNNED LIONS
November 10, 1991
Mike Reese felt helpless as he saw the play unfold. Olathe North quarterback Danny Sibert hit Kit Pellow with an eight-yard pass. As Reese closed to make the tackle, Pellow pitched to a speeding Phil Simons.
SOVIET ATHLETES SAY CHANGES IN COUNTY WILL HIT THEMTOO
November 10, 1991
Ivan Yedeshko is proud that his 1972 Olympic basketball team was one of the few Soviet squads ever to capture the gold medal. But he also believes the team will be remembered as one of the last of its kind.
GULF WAR VETERANS GET THEIR DAY
November 10, 1991
Sarah Folsom had never really thought about Veterans Day before. “It was one of those days you just knew about because you saw it on the calendar,” she said.
SABETHA STINGS TONGIE
November 10, 1991
If it had been a pitcher’s mound, they’d have burned it. If it had been a boat, they’d have grabbed a can and started bailing. But it was a football field, so they sloshed around for 48 minutes until Sabetha had soaked Tonganoxie, 17-7, in the Class 4A bi-districts Saturday afternoon.