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November 20, 1991
Lawrence School Board President Mary Loveland said Tuesday night that although public education is undergoing dramatic reforms, there is one thing that hasn’t changed. “It’s nice to know that there are still heroes,” Loveland told 23 local residents who were honored Tuesday night for their volunteer efforts in the Lawrence school district.
SUPPORT FOR FINNEY
November 20, 1991
To the editor: If you are concerned about local school boards and high property taxes, now is the time, as the state legislators prepare for their next session, for the voters of the state of Kansas to contact their local representatives and senators.
FRIENDLY CONVERSATION
November 20, 1991
Two young women are out for a brisk walk along the streets of Lawrence. One would assume they are friends and enjoy one another’s company. Yet, a closer look reveals that both are wearing earphones wired to miniature radios or cassette players. No conversation, no jokes going between them. They’re both in their separate audio worlds.
SAFER SEX
November 20, 1991
Safe sex, safe sex, safe sex. Ever since the announcement by Magic Johnson that he has acquired HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, headline after headline, magazine cover after magazine cover and television show after television show have featured Magic’s call for more awareness and more attention to “safe sex.”
NEW POLICE RECRUITS PASS FIELD TRAINING
November 20, 1991
Lawrence police recruits who graduated in August are one step closer to becoming full-fledged officers. Most of the recruits completed their field training last weekend, according to Lt. Mike Reeves.
NO MAGNETS NEEDED
November 20, 1991
To the editor: Art Rainwater, associate superintendent of instruction with the Kansas City, Mo., school district, should look to Lawrence for advice, not the other way around. Kansas City schools are in far worse shape than in Lawrence and I daresay anywhere else in Kansas or Missouri. And they haven’t proven to anyone that magnet schools work, though I’m sure that the bus and taxi companies appreciate the increased revenues.
OFFICIAL SEEKS SEPARATE STATE AGENCY
November 20, 1991
A Douglas County official commented Tuesday at a public hearing in Topeka that corrections field services such as community corrections, court services and parole should be consolidated into their own agency rather than merged with the Department of Corrections. Mark Matese, director of the county’s community corrections office, spoke as a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission Consolidation of Field Services Task Force. The task force has been directed by the Kansas Legislature to study the workings of these field services and make a recommendation by January. The three field services currently operate as separate agencies.
FOR THE RECORD
November 20, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported A 1990 Kawasaki motorcycle, valued at $4,000, was taken between 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday from a parking lot in the 2100 block of Heatherwood.
THE NEW CIA ROLE
November 20, 1991
Since the massive deterioration of communism in the Soviet Union and other parts of eastern Europe, there are those who would do away with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a brainchild of former president Harry Truman. But William Colby, former director of the unit, wisely says there are other reasons to keep the CIA functioning. Colby, of course, will be charged with prejudice, but he makes important points when he says there must be intelligence-gathering to cope with such issues as terrorism, drug trafficking and “rogue” countries such as Libya and Iraq. CIA analysts in the past have studied world oil markets and Latin American debt when those issues became critical to U.S. interests. There still is a need for solid data on such matters. Analysis is also due to focus on international industrial espionage and issues such as AIDS and drug use which threaten American society, Colby points out.
DISTRICT STILL LOOKING FOR NEW WELL SITE
November 20, 1991
Attempts to drill a new well in Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 1 were squelched again today, when officials learned the latest test well contains a high level of nitrates that rule it unacceptable for drinking water. John Kendall, chairman of the board for the district, said six wells have been drilled since dangerous levels of benzene were measured in one of the water district’s wells in October. Two of the test wells were dry, two had an excess of nitrates, and two had too much iron in the water, he said.
JAYHAWKS CORRAL YOUNGER SPLITTORFF
November 20, 1991
Jamie Splittorff thinks he’s overcome the pressure of having a famous father. “It probably does put more pressure on me,” said Splittorff, son of former Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff and one of two high schoolers to sign early baseball letters of intent with Kansas. “But I’ve been around it so long, it’s no big deal. I’m used to it. People think it’s really neat, and it is, but I’ve learned to live with it.”
DAILY HONORS GIVEN TO SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
November 20, 1991
All participants in the education process students, parents, teachers and support staff are receiving special recognition in the Lawrence school district this week as part of American Education Week. The spotlight on Monday was on students, who received special treats and, in one school, even had red carpets rolled out for them. At New York School, students made a video in which they told how school will help them reach their goals.
COUNTY GETS FEDERAL FUNDS FOR PROGRAMS
November 20, 1991
Douglas County has been awarded $31,017 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and includes representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.
KU PANEL TO ANALYZE HARASSMENT PROCEDURES
November 20, 1991
Kansas University officials said today that a special committee of campus leaders and students will be formed to work on strengthening KU’s sexual harassment procedures. Del Shankel, executive vice chancellor, will work with KU governance to create the committee, which will be instructed to hold public hearings on all questions related to sexual harassment.
ALMEDA R. BRENTS
November 20, 1991
Services for Almeda R. Brents, 89, Tonganoxie, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Butler Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan. She died Monday, Nov. 18, 1991, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Home. She was born May 18, 1902, in St. Joseph, Mo., and lived there most of her life. She moved to Tonganoxie in 1989.
COUPLE PLEDGES $50,000 TO KU
November 20, 1991
A pledge of $50,000 from J. Thomas and Cynthia Burcham of Mission Hills and the First National Bank & Trust of Great Bend has established a scholarship fund for business students at Kansas University, Joseph Bauman, KU business school dean, announced today. Of the gift to the KU Endowment Assn., $45,000 will establish the J. Thomas and Cynthia Burcham and First National Bank & Trust of Great Bend Scholarship Fund for business students. Thomas Burcham is chairman of the board of the First National Bank & Trust of Great Bend.
LECOMPTON TAKES REDISTRICTING STAND
November 20, 1991
Lecompton city officials took a stand this week against state redistricting efforts by a legislative subcommittee, said Susie Hackathorn, city clerk. The Lecompton City Council adopted a resolution Monday urging the state Task Force on Reapportionment not to move Lecompton from the 45th Kansas House District to the 47th District with Jefferson County, said Hackathorn.
POLICE SEEKING ROBBERY SUSPECTS
November 20, 1991
Lawrence police are seeking two suspects today in connection with the robbery of one Lawrence business late Tuesday and the attempted robbery of another business early this morning. According to police reports, a robber who wore purple pantyhose over his head and carried a small handgun entered Baskin-Robbins, 1524 W. 23rd, at about 10:03 p.m. Tuesday. The robber ordered the clerk, a 21-year-old Lawrence man, to get on the floor.
COUNTY PLANS GET MIXED RESULTS
November 20, 1991
Douglas County won one and lost one Tuesday during the final day of the annual Kansas Association of Counties meeting in Topeka. The county’s proposal to permit counties the option to appoint private, certified appraisers in place of the commissioners sitting as the Board of Equalization during the property valuation appeals process passed overwhelmingly, said County Commission Chairman Louie McElhaney. The KAC will include this proposal in its platform when lobbying the Kansas Legislature next session. The Legislature would have to pass this proposal for it to become law.
THREE PROPOSED ROUTES BEGIN AT K-10, END AT RAILROAD DEPOT
November 20, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission and the Douglas County Commission will consider choosing a primary route for the Eastern Parkway Monday from three proposed alignments. Alignment 1 would begin at Noria Road just south of the Santa Fe tracks, cross a bridge over the tracks, run along the north side of the tracks to Eighth Street, cross the tracks and Eighth Street on a bridge and connect to Seventh Street near the Santa Fe depot.
CITY, COUNTY WEIGH OPTIONS FOR EASTERN PARKWAY ROUTE
November 20, 1991
City and county commissioners will weigh three alignment options for the proposed Eastern Parkway at a public meeting Monday. In choosing the route, commissioners will consider the cost of the proposed alignments and their impact on surrounding communities and the environment, said George Williams, city public works director.
PANEL TO REVIEW TAX ABATEMENT
November 20, 1991
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday sent to the Administrative Review Committee a request to give Douglas County Development Inc. a break on the property taxes on a building in East Hills Business Park. If eventually approved by the city commission, the tax abatement would reduce the property taxes owed on the vacant “shell building.”
COMING-OF-AGE TALE CHRONICLES POLITICAL CHANGE IN NICARAGUA
November 20, 1991
Tanya Shaffer sent herself to Nicaragua in 1990 to observe life during the election battle between the then-ruling Sandinistas, who had fought a decade-long war against the Contras, and their opponents. When she got down there, she was hit with a few surprises. The biggest surprise of all was that the Sandinistas lost.
NEVER WENT
November 20, 1991
The days when industrial arts class meant making bookends have given way to classes where students build rockets, program robots, assemble engines and construct model airplanes. For the third year, Tonganoxie Junior High School eighth-graders are taking part in “Explorations in Technology,” an innovative course that introduces students to various aspects of technology in a changing world.
SETTING PRIORITIES
November 20, 1991
To the editor: So, many parents want air conditioning in all of our elementary schools as soon as possible while we have homeless people right here that don’t even have a roof over their heads. At least the kids have a place to go, usually by private bus service.
FULCHER EXPECTS STAY TO CONTINUE DESPITE KU RULING
November 20, 1991
A Kansas University appeals panel unanimously ruled today that the KU judicial board has no authority to grant a temporary stay of Student Body President Darren Fulcher’s dismissal by the KU Student Senate. However, Fulcher said today that David Ambler, KU vice chancellor for student affairs, would uphold the stay until a judicial board hearing on the controversy surrounding Fulcher and the KU Student Senate.
WOODBERRY READY FOR SEASON OPENER
November 20, 1991
Kansas has been practicing basketball since Oct. 15. Because of a new NCAA rule that prohibits off-campus scrimmages, the Jayhawks’ only three breaks in the daily routine have been the Late Night With Roy Williams extravaganza, plus exhibitions versus High Five America and Eastside Melbourne.
ARENTSON SERVICES
November 20, 1991
Graveside inurnment services for Carsten A. Arentson, 68, South Padre Island, Tex., formerly of Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Arentson died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1991, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Tex.
RAIN SLOWS AUTUMN WHEAT PLANTING
November 20, 1991
Recent rains have prevented farmers from finishing their wheat planting and harvesting of sorghum, according to the state’s official crop monitoring agency. Nearly half of the infant wheat crop is in poor or very poor condition, and its development has been slower than expected, Kansas Agricultural Statistics reported on Tuesday. The agency said that last week, farmers could spend an average of only 1 days in their fields.
HOSPITAL REPORT
November 20, 1991
DISMISSALS Sheila Woosley and baby girl, Pomona; Helen Barnett, Perry.
KLEINSCHMIDT HAD FAITH
November 20, 1991
Kris Kleinschmidt never doubted that the Kansas volleyball team would reach the Big Eight Tournament. Her confidence never wavered, even when the Jayhawks lost their regular-season finale to Colorado on Friday. The loss dropped KU into a tie with Oklahoma for third place. If Iowa State defeats Missouri in both teams’ finale on Saturday, there will be a three-way tie for third, and only the top four teams reach the tournament.
BALDWIN ZONING BOARD RENEWS ITS SUPPORT FOR LIQUOR ON TRAIN
November 20, 1991
For the second time this fall, the Baldwin Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend that the city allow the Prairie Pioneer Dinner Train to serve liquor. At Tuesday’s meeting, the commission decided to stick with the recommendation it made to the Baldwin City Council in September, said Ralph Tanner, planning commission chairman.
KU CRACKS DOWN ON ALCOHOL USAGE
November 20, 1991
Kansas University officials are taking steps to close the tap on excessive drinking and drunken behavior on campus during and after KU athletic events. “Our basic concern is that over the last couple of football games, a small minority of individuals have been creating problems for us on the hill,” said interim Executive Vice Chancellor Del Shankel. “After the last football game … we met to take some steps to address those concerns.”
BROKEN BONES COMMONPLACE
November 20, 1991
Athletic trainers are fond of saying injuries run in cycles, and Lawrence High hit a cycle of broken hands this season. All-state running back Michael Cosey was only one of three Lions to miss playing time with a broken bone in his hand. Cosey missed the second game of the season, Lawrence’s 14-6 loss to Olathe North. Backup lineman Brian Robb and second-team linebacker Darin White also have been sidelined by similar injuries.
LATE-NIGHT VISITORS DRIVE RIGHT IN
November 20, 1991
Barbara Comer repeated several times Tuesday afternoon that she was afraid afraid someone else might drive a car into her home. Mrs. Comer and her husband, Richard, were asleep about midnight Monday in their home south of Lawrence when a pickup truck crashed into the south side of their house.
OSTERTAG BIGGEST OF SEVEN-FOOTERS
November 20, 1991
Did you buy a winter beach house in Anchorage? How about a lifetime-guarantee light bulb? Or a sure cure for the common cold? If you did, then you believe the published heights of Kansas basketball players.
FAN
November 20, 1991
To the editor: Thanks to Jeanne Averill (“Sweet Charity”), the cast and crew for a wonderful show.
IMPORTANCE OF BIKEWAYS
November 20, 1991
To the editor: Within the last few weeks, there have been two tragic accidents involving bicyclists and motor vehicles. These accidents may have been partly caused by a dramatic increase locally in both bicycle usage and auto traffic. The most frightening aspect of this trend is that school children and college students are particularly at risk on city streets.
TRADE MISSION HOPING TO SELL JAPANESE FIRMS ON LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES
November 20, 1991
Local representatives on a Kansas trade mission to Japan are pleased with the response they’re receiving during visits this week to pharmaceutical firms that might be interested in investing in Lawrence. In a statement transmitted this morning from Osaka, Lawrence Mayor Bob Walters said the local delegation has been received cordially by Japanese industry representatives this week. The delegation has scheduled appointments with companies through Friday.