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NUCLEAR ARSENALS
November 21, 1991
There is some evidence the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals will be weakened and even, some day, abolished. The United States and the Soviet Union have taken encouraging steps in that direction, but there remain a number of other trouble spots of note. We continue to worry about the nuclear capabilities of nations such as Iraq, Israel, Libya and various Asian territories, so it is no surprise America is asking China to help pressure North Korea to allow outside inspectors to check whether the Koreans are developing such weapons.
GIFT OF FREEDOM
November 21, 1991
What a wonderful Thanksgiving present the release of the last American hostages in the Middle East would be. It’s now possible to hope that such a wish might come true.
BUDIG URGES STUDENTS TO LOBBY LEGISLATURE
November 21, 1991
In an address to the Kansas University Student Senate, KU Chancellor Gene Budig said student leadership is the key to helping maintain KU’s level of excellence. “This university is at a critical juncture,” Budig said at the start of Wednesday’s senate meeting.
INTEREST RUNS HIGH IN NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
November 21, 1991
Living in what he calls “the mountain bike capital of Kansas,” Geoff Davis hoped for a lot of interest when he decided to form a Lawrence mountain bike team. He got it.
FOR THE RECORD
November 21, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported A compact disc player and miscellaneous stereo equipment valued at $2,009 were taken between 11:45 p.m. Tuesday and 8:15 a.m. Wednesday from a 1988 silver GMC pickup parked in the 1600 block of West 28th.
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS
November 21, 1991
To the editor: Almost everyone in the U.S. agrees that our health care system needs major reform, but basic disagreements remain about the shape our future health care system should take. Kansans for the Improvement of Nursing Homes (KINH), a statewide organization with headquarters in Lawrence, has just given a big boost to the process of reaching the grassroots consensus we’ll need before reform is likely.
CIVIL CASES FILED
November 21, 1991
Walter Delgadillo, Lecompton, has filed a lawsuit claiming Douglas County didn’t have a flagman warn Delgadillo about a vehicle blocking the road before a Dec. 6, 1990, accident on County Road 1029 in the western part of the county. He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering. Delgadillo alleges he reached the peak of a hill on County Road 1029 when he saw a county truck sitting in the right lane of traffic. Delgadillo says there was no flagman in his lane to warn of the truck and he couldn’t see the truck until he crested the hill. Delgadillo swerved his car into the ditch, according to suit, and it landed on its side. The car, valued at about $3,000, was totaled. Delgadillo says he suffered injuries to his arm, shoulder, chest and back. He claims to have incurred medical bills of more than $1,000, and continues to receive therapy for the injuries. The county has not responded to the suit. In August, the county denied Delgadillo’s insurance claim about the accident.
RICHEY TO MISS KANSAS OPENER
November 21, 1991
Patrick Richey, who missed last Saturday’s Kansas basketball exhibition against Eastside Melbourne because of back spasms, will not play in Saturday’s season opener versus Maryland-Baltimore County, KU coach Roy Williams said Wednesday. “Patrick is not practicing and will not practice the rest of the week and will not play on Saturday,” Williams reported.
PLANNERS APPROVE MINIMUM MAINTENANCE ROADS
November 21, 1991
After hearing protests from several landowners, the Lawrence-Douglas Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved only part of a request by the Palmyra Township board of trustees to designate parts of several township roads as “minimum maintenance” roads. The commission voted 6-1, with Commissioner Norbert Grosdidier opposed, to designate nine township roads, located in southwest Douglas County, as minimum maintenance roads.
ALEX A. CHAPUT
November 21, 1991
Mass of Christian burial for Alex Albert Chaput, 83, Concordia, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Concordia with the Rev. John Lahey officiating. Burial will be in St. Concordia Cemetery in Concordia. Mr. Chaput died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1991, at Mount Joseph Care Home in Concordia.
NO CHARGES FILED IN FATAL WRECK
November 21, 1991
No charges will be filed in connection with an Oct. 9 traffic accident that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Eudora man, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells announced Wednesday afternoon. In a prepared statement, Wells said that after reviewing the reports of the car-motorcycle accident, which occurred about seven miles southeast of Lawrence, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to justify a criminal complaint or citation.
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November 21, 1991
If you want to be tested at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department for the virus that causes AIDS, be prepared to wait until next year. Kay Kent, director of the department, said there are no appointments for AIDS tests available until January.
OFFICIALS SAY FIRE MAY HAVE BEEN SET
November 21, 1991
An early morning fire that destroyed a Jeep in a parking lot in the 1700 block of West 23rd may have been intentionally set, Lawrence firefighters said today. Firefighters extinguished the fire about 2:27 a.m. today. The fire also damaged cars parked on either side of the Jeep as well as a nearby power line.
POLICE SAY GRAFFITI NOT GANG RELATED
November 21, 1991
References to the Crips gang in graffiti on several buildings in downtown Tonganoxie are not the result of gang activity in the small community, according to police and school officials. Tonganoxie Police Chief Larry Smith said the graffiti was more likely the doing of “kids trying to make a name for themselves.” He said the vandals probably were copying what they’d seen on television or in movies about gangs.
EARL J. HOIT
November 21, 1991
Services for Earl J. Hoit, 80, McLouth, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McLouth United Methodist Church here with the Rev. Donald D. Powell officiating. Burial will be in the McLouth Cemetery. Mr. Hoit died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1991, in a Winchester hospital.
FORGET THE COMMENTARY
November 21, 1991
I’ve had it with the TV networks. The big ones and the little ones. Whether it’s ABC or Raycom, CBS or TNT, NBC or Prime Sports, I’ve had it with the programming of football games. Each one has the same formula: Get some announcer-type who can read commercial script just enough, add a former jock as a “color” commentator who presumably knows the game, and televise the football plays. With replay, televise the plays over and over again. Talk about the details, the “fine points” of the game. If the former jock is a quarterback, let him talk about footwork, the speed of the delivery of a pass, the faking of the handoff technique all done with the use of the electronic equivalent of etch-a-sketch. If the former jock is a lineman, let him talk about how the offensive guards and tackles are supposed to hold their hands so they aren’t caught holding which they can’t do with electronics, so they have to do with replay, but they can’t because they never can find a shot of an offensive lineman not holding.
COMMISSION SEEKING HELP ON JAIL ISSUE
November 21, 1991
Douglas County will pursue some free federal assistance next year to deal with its jail overcrowding problem. The county commission on Wednesday night approved County Administrator Chris McKenzie’s recommendation to participate in a seminar offered by the National Institute of Corrections, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The NIC will offer a seminar on “intermediate sanctions-punishments” in February and will follow that training with an on-site “local technical assistance study” to evaluate the county’s jail. Both the seminar and local evaluation would be paid for by the NIC, he said.
S HOMOSEXUAL BAN PUTS KU PROFESSORS AT ODDS
November 21, 1991
Kansas University shouldn’t fight to end the U.S. military’s ban on homosexuals in the service because discrimination against the gay and lesbian lifestyle is appropriate, a Kansas University professor said Wednesday. “I’m very concerned that the university leadership is calling good evil and evil good,” said Carl Burkhead, professor of civil engineering and a member of University Council, a KU faculty and student governance group.
KU OFFICIAL STAYS OUSTER OF FULCHER
November 21, 1991
Darren Fulcher will remain Kansas University student body president, at least temporarily. David Ambler, KU vice chancellor for student affairs, announced Wednesday that he ordered a stay on the KU Student Senate’s vote to remove Fulcher from office until an appeals hearing on the matter can be held on Monday.
REVIEW BOARD FOR JUVENILE CENTER FORMED
November 21, 1991
Months of planning by Douglas County officials is turning into action on the proposed regional juvenile detention center. The county commission Wednesday night approved the formation of a five-member consultant review committee for the detention center. Named to the committee were Loren Anderson, sheriff; Frank Hempen, public works director, Louie McElhaney, county commission chairman; Judy Culley, director of The Shelter Inc.; and Chris McKenzie, county administrator.
ACCREDITATION GRANTED FOR TOPEKA BLOOD BANK
November 21, 1991
Topeka Blood Bank Inc. has been granted renewal of accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks. The blood bank recently was awarded a contract to provide blood services for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU SENATE OVERRIDES PANEL, FUNDS AIDS ACTIVIST SPEECH
November 21, 1991
The Kansas University Student Senate approved funding for an AIDS education speaker after a suspension of its rules and more than an hour of heated debate. The bill originally had died in committee. “Why do we have a committee system … if everything is going to be overturned?” said Greg Hughes, ex-officio member of the senate who spoke against the bill and the way in which the senate handled itself Wednesday night.
STATE CUTS FOR AIDS TESTS HIT HOME
November 21, 1991
Kay Kent, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, is worried about what’s going to happen when the state begins to cut back funding for AIDS testing. The local health department is doing more AIDS tests than ever, and beginning Jan. 1, reimbursement from the state is going to decrease from $20 to $5 per test.
S ART TO THE WEST
November 21, 1991
On his first trip to the United States, New Zealand museum curator Tim Walker gets to catch up with some of the prize art objects from his native land. Those objects are moving across the United States in “Pacific Parallels: Artists and the Landscape in New Zealand,” now on display at Kansas University’s Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. Walker says they represent a significant part of New Zealand’s visual culture.
DEAD SEA SCROLLS SET FOR PUBLICATION
November 21, 1991
Flipping through one of three existing editions of the complete Dead Sea Scrolls for all to see, James Robinson declared an end to the scholarly monopoly over one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. “I hope to put this material in everyone’s hands and heal the great biblical wounds in scholarship,” said Robinson, co-editor of “A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls” and professor of religion at Claremont Graduate School in California.
KU STUDENTS DEBATE NEED FOR RESTRICTIONS
November 21, 1991
Kansas University students who defended the state’s open admissions policy in a debate Wednesday said it allows all Kansas high school graduates to pursue their dreams. But students on the other side of the issue argued that their ill-prepared peers slow down their classes. About 250 students attended a debate put on by the Audience Debate Forum in Communication Studies organization, a group formed last December.
OFFICIAL
November 21, 1991
The letters of intent have finally arrived. On Wednesday the last day of the early, seven-day college basketball signing period Kansas coach Roy Williams reported that papers from Chris Davis and Darrin Hancock had been delivered in the mail.
BASKETBALL BAND MOVED UPSTAIRS
November 21, 1991
Kansas’ basketball band has been pushed upstairs. The Jayhawk musicians situated at court level behind the south goal for years now reside in the south side upper deck.
HOSPITAL REPORT
November 21, 1991
Anna Rodriquez and baby girl, Lawrence; Sheila Rains and baby boy, Tonganoxie; Tammy Pickens and baby boy, Lawrence. BIRTHS Caroline Grootes and Ferry Keizer, Lawrence, a girl, today.
SCHOOL SIZE
November 21, 1991
Two members of a Lawrence school commission who tried to find out the ideal size for high school enrollment found that education experts don’t agree on the answer. “Everyone you talk to says, `My program’s best,’” said Tom Murray, vice chairman of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education.
EBONY-ESSENCE WINNERS TO BE NAMED AT KU
November 21, 1991
The coordinator of the 10th annual Mr. Ebony-Ms. Essence Pageant says the event will be a stress reliever for Kansas University students who plan to take part. “A lot of people are really excited about it,” said Toi Willis, coordinator of this year’s pageant. “I think it will be a welcome relief.”
THEATERGOERS OFFERED BOTH ANCIENT, MODERN PLAYS
November 21, 1991
The ancient and the contemporary mark the theater offerings that will appear this weekend in Lawrence. At Haskell Indian Junior College, the Thunderbird Theatre will present a version of Sophocles’ “Antigone” staged with references to Pueblo culture. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Haskell Auditorium.
BAGGY SHORTS, BLACK SHOES HERE TO STAY, WILLIAMS SAYS
November 21, 1991
Roy Williams attended one of John Thompson’s Georgetown basketball practices Tuesday afternoon. “I had a 4:45 wake up call this morning, came back here and saw these letters about our uniforms,” Williams said late Wednesday morning.
T HAD TIME FOR TALKS
November 21, 1991
For Glen Mason, it’s one game and one season to go. On his contract, that is. The five-year pact Mason signed when he took over the Kansas football program prior to the 1988 season expires after 1992. It’s quite likely, however, it will be extended.
COUNTY AGREES WITH CHOICE OF HORIZON 2020 CONSULTANT
November 21, 1991
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday concurred with a selection committee’s choice of a Chicago-based consulting firm for the Horizon 2020 planning process. The commission approved the firm of Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne to assist with the development of Horizon 2020, which will define the city’s and county’s land-use policies and development through the next 25 years. The Lawrence City Commission will consider selection of the firm at its Tuesday meeting.