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MISGUIDED APPEASEMENT
October 18, 1991
To the Editor: A brief article in the Oct. 14 Journal-World revealed that Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells has declined to file charges in the recent deaths of two Native Americans, which resulted from a motorcycle accident on Sept. 20. For some seemingly mysterious reason, the KU Medical Center has “declined” to release information which “might” have included blood alcohol tests. Mr. Wells went on to imply that it would require litigation, apparently of dimensions similar to that involving the current KPERS flap, to acquire definitive evidence (which only “might” be included) of the possible role of alcohol in the accident.
October 18, 1991
Two nagging thoughts keep coming back about past decisions of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill when she went public about sexual harassment incidents involving Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Why did she eagerly and willingly follow Thomas from one federal agency to another if she had been pestered in the first job?
DISTRICT PATRONS GIVEN OK TO DRINK THE WATER
October 18, 1991
After two weeks of hauling bottled water, customers of Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 1 can safely drink their tap water again. Residents of southwest Jefferson County, including the city of Meriden, were warned not to drink the water after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment measured high levels of benzene, a component of gasoline, in well water earlier this month.
POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN ROBBERY
October 18, 1991
Lawrence police today are seeking a man who took hundreds of prescription narcotics from a Lawrence pharmacy late Thursday morning. About 11:11 a.m. the suspect, walked into King Pharmacy, 1112 W. Sixth. Carrying a white plastic sack and a piece of paper, the man handed the pharmacist a handwritten note demanding prescription drugs.
JUNIUS C. UNDERWOOD
October 18, 1991
Services for Junius Clark Underwood, 86, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Underwood died Thursday, Oct. 17, 1991, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
ECONOMIST PREDICTS STRONGER FUTURE
October 18, 1991
The Kansas economy, which is emerging from the recession in better shape than the nation as a whole, has a distinct advantage heading into 1992, a Kansas University economist says. “We just do not seem to have been hit nearly as bad as the rest of the nation on average,” said Norman Clifford, director of forecasting for KU’s Institute for Public Policy and Business Research.
LAW OFFICER EASES INTO RETIREMENT
October 18, 1991
When Dallas Murphy looks back at more than 35 years of public law enforcement, he says his most gratifying memory is the way he was accepted by the public. “I think the best thing is the way I was received by the people in eastern Kansas and in Douglas County in particular,” he said Thursday. “I always enjoyed the way I was accepted by the people here; we have some of the best people in the country.”
— MASON
October 18, 1991
Two straight defeats do not make for happy campers, and Kansas may have its tents pitched at a crossroads this week. “Heck, our season is at a crossroads every week,” KU coach Glen Mason said.
ALVAMAR OFFERS TO SELL PUBLIC COURSE TO CITY
October 18, 1991
After casting a line a month ago for proposals for a municipal golf course, Lawrence city commissioners have received only one bite and a tentative nibble. Bob Billings, president of Alvamar Inc., has submitted a proposal to sell the Alvamar Public Golf Course to the city. The commissioners will discuss the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting, 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
FOR THE RECORD
October 18, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported An undetermined amount of money was taken from an unsecured safe between 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass. Lawrence police today reported that the business had not been burglarized during the four-day span.
FINNEY REPEATS PROPERTY TAX VOW
October 18, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney told Kansas business leaders today that she was reaffirming her commitment to cutting state government spending and revamping the state’s tax structure. “Government must focus on the foundations that undergird economic vitality for the long pull,” Finney told participants in the 15th annual Economic Outlook Conference at Kansas University.
October 18, 1991
Once inside the front door, guests at “Kentucky Home” Bed and Breakfast, 1711 Ky., get an immediate fix on their Midwestern location there’s a huge painting of Holstein cows on the wall to their right. Proprietors Hank and Deirdre Humphrey probably use that same painting one of many artworks in their home to remind themselves that “this isn’t Connecticut anymore, Toto.”
KU CRIME HOTLINE HOPES FOR CALLS
October 18, 1991
Activity at the Kansas University Crime Stoppers program has been like a roller coaster since it was created nearly a year ago, a KU police spokesman says. “We probably answer a couple calls a week now,” said police Lt. John Mullens. But, he said, “Literally, through the summer, we had absolutely nothing.”
RED CROSS PLANS TO CONTINUE BLOOD COLLECTION AT CENTER
October 18, 1991
The Lawrence Red Cross Blood Center will continue to collect volunteer blood donations despite Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s switch to the Topeka Blood Bank for blood services, said Dr. William Palko, regional chief medical officer. LMH’s board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to cancel its contract with Red Cross Blood Services in Wichita. Trustees said they were concerned about getting blood products to patients in a timely manner. While it took about three hours for products to arrive from Wichita, products from the Topeka Blood Bank will be about 30 minutes away from LMH.
REGENTS GIVE KU GO-AHEAD ON HOCH PLAN
October 18, 1991
The state Board of Regents on Thursday approved Kansas University’s request to seek $18 million from the state to rebuild fire-ravaged Hoch Auditorium. During the meeting at Pittsburg State University, the board also agreed to name the new Regents Center campus in Overland Park for two 1942 KU graduates.
FIELD
October 18, 1991
Evangel may have a homefield disadvantage when it hosts Baker on Saturday. Sure, the Crusaders will be playing at Briggs Stadium in Springfield, Mo., but Baker coach Dan Harris said the stadium’s lights, artificial turf and 17,500 capacity help motivate visiting teams.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 18, 1991
BIRTHS Thomas and Xiaoyan Graves, Lawrence, a girl, Thursday.
ROBBERY SUSPECT OUT OF HOSPITAL
October 18, 1991
The condition of a man suspected of twice robbing Wellsville Bank has improved, but charges still haven’t been filed, according to a spokesman for the FBI in Kansas City, Mo. Max Geiman, an FBI special agent, said the man was released from an Overland Park hospital and taken to a Johnson County convalescent center earlier this month.
CITY MULLS UTILITY RATE INCREASES
October 18, 1991
Lawrence city commissioners will discuss at Tuesday’s meeting proposed rate increases for three city services, which together could cost Lawrence residents a few extra dollars a month. The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
ROTC PROFESSOR SAYS LOGISTICS WON GULF WAR
October 18, 1991
When Capt. Virgil Woolridge volunteered for service this winter in Operation Desert Storm, he figured the United States needed a few good logistics men and women. “Anyone familiar with military affairs knows that logistics is what wins the war for you,” Woolridge said in an interview this winter shortly after fighting began in the Persian Gulf.
TRAGEDY OF HEARINGS
October 18, 1991
To the Editor: The entire nomination episode has been tragic for both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, but one thing is certain. Few, if any, women will ever again dare to accuse (on their word alone) anyone in high position of sexual harassment and expect to be taken seriously no matter how honest and truthful they may be. And that is the greatest tragedy of all.
NEW NCAA RULE BRINGS SOME FLAK
October 18, 1991
Bob Frederick calls it a “tragedy”. Roy Williams says it “really ticks me off.”
ALVAMAR OFFERS TO SELL PUBLIC COURSE TO CITY
October 18, 1991
After casting a line a month ago for proposals for a municipal golf course, Lawrence city commissioners have received only one bite and a tentative nibble. Bob Billings, president of Alvamar Inc., has submitted a proposal to sell the Alvamar Public Golf Course to the city. The commissioners will discuss the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting, 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
VIOLET FORD
October 18, 1991
Services for Violet I. Blossom Ford, 73, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin with the Rev. Kirby Hayes officiating. Burial and Order of the Eastern Star services will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin. Mrs. Ford died Thursday, Oct. 17, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU STUDENTS USING COMPUTERS TO ACCESS INFORMATION ON AIDS
October 18, 1991
Kansas University students using a new computer-based information service on AIDS have asked some intimate questions about the disease, a Watkins Student Health Center staff member said Thursday. Janine Demo, coordinator of health education at Watkins, said she’s happy with students’ reaction to the service.
GUILT AND GAMEDAY ON THE HILL
October 18, 1991
OK, I’m guilty. I confess I’ve watched a Kansas University football game from Campanile Hill. In fact, I’ve watched more than one. And I enjoyed the experience.