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IS IT A NEW KENNEDY?
October 28, 1991
Perhaps the public’s disappointment, anger and distrust with Congress finally is getting through to members of the House and Senate. Efforts to impose term limitations are growing throughout the country, various polls show Congress is sinking lower and lower in public respect and the actions of various senators in recent months have not reflected credit on this nation’s senior legislative body. It may be that this awareness of the public’s growing revulsion of the actions, behavior and special privileges enjoyed and/or abused by members of Congress was a factor in Sen. Ted Kennedy announcing Friday that he intends to clean up his personal behavior. Maybe the Massachusetts senator was totally sincere in his public acknowledgement about his past behavior. On the other hand, the senator certainly is aware of his low public ratings in Massachusetts; he may want to appear to be a changed man and a more credible witness in his nephew’s upcoming trial in Florida; he may be trying to explain to fellow liberals why he was so silent in the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination; and, he obviously hoped to score points with Massachusetts voters, as he says he intends to seek re-election in 1994.
THOMAS-HILL CASE BROUGHT WORMS OUT OF THE WOODWORK
October 28, 1991
Though it’s late in the day to be sounding off about the Clarence Thomas matter, especially after everybody who writes a column or an editorial anywhere has had something to say, I feel impelled to offer some long-after-the-fact opinions. I have as much right to express righteous indignation as Justice Thomas. Confirmation came the same weekend as the KU loss to K-State, dncpSand Toronto losing to Minnesota. It had been one of the nastiest weeks in memory.
LOCAL MAN, 59, DIES AFTER BICYCLE CRASH
October 28, 1991
A 59-year-old Lawrence man died this morning after his bicycle collided with a delivery truck at the intersection of 23rd and Ousdahl. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. today, according to Sgt. Mark Warren of the Lawrence Police Department. Neither Warren nor officials at Lawrence Memorial Hospital would release the name of the man until his relatives were notified.
EUDORA HIGH SCHOOL CLUB WANTS TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE
October 28, 1991
The threat of terrorism during the Persian Gulf war forced Eudora High School students to cancel their trip to Europe last year, but the foreign language club has vowed to try again. Kevin Stoda, EHS foreign language teacher and club sponsor, said he hopes to take students on a tour of Eastern, Central and Western Europe to see first-hand the results of unification. The group will visit Prague, Czechoslovakia and Budapest, Hungary, to observe Eastern European culture; Munich and Heidelberg, Germany, to see Western Europe; Vienna, Austria, an example of Central Europe; and Berlin, the only city made up of both Eastern and Western European cultures.
UNIVERSITY PUTS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DIRECTOR ON LEAVE
October 28, 1991
Kansas University officials today placed James Turner, KU’s affirmative action director, on paid leave pending an internal investigation of allegations of inappropriate behavior. Del Shankel, KU executive vice chancellor, said Turner’s leave is for an indefinite period.
CLEANERS ROBBED BY MAN WITH KNIFE
October 28, 1991
A robber walked into Acme Dry Cleaners Inc., 925 Iowa, about 6:25 p.m. Friday and told the clerk at knifepoint that he wanted all of the money in the cash register. The 66-year-old clerk later told officers she gave the man $151.75 in the cash register and he left.
BALDWIN WOMAN GETS NOMINATED
October 28, 1991
A Baldwin woman enrolled at Washburn University was one of five homecoming queen candidates announced during halftime of the Washburn-University of Missouri, Rolla, football game Saturday. Kristi A. Guenther, daughter of Leslie and Gail Guenther, is a senior majoring in law enforcement and corrections. Extracurricular activities include WU Dancing Blues, Delta Gamma social sorority, Washburn Student Assn., Criminal Justice Assn. and the WU Pre-Law Assn. She has been listed on the president’s and dean’s honor rolls and has received the Delta Gamma Foundation Award.
DELEGATION LEADER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NEW OFFICIAL IN JAPAN
October 28, 1991
Despite his tough stance on U.S.-Japan trade issues, Japanese Prime Minister-designate Kiichi Miyazawa probably will do a lot to promote cooperation with the United States, two members of a Japanese delegation to Lawrence said this morning. “The new prime minister speaks very good English, so maybe he can speak to President Bush directly, helping to smooth relations,” said Norikazu Kawahara, leader of the delegation from Hiratsuka, Japan.
ROBERT A. DAVIS
October 28, 1991
Services for Robert A. “Bob” Davis, 62, Rt. 3, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. R. Dean Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Davis died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Girard. He attended Central Methodist College, Fayette, Mo., for two years before joining the U.S. Navy and serving in Korea. He graduated from the Kansas University School of Pharmacy in 1957.
MYRNA CLEO SUMMERS
October 28, 1991
Private burial for Myrna Cleo Summers, 76, Lawrence, will be in Stafford Cemetery in Stafford. Mrs. Summers died Thursday, Oct. 24, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
NEWELL SERVICES
October 28, 1991
Services for Amy Newell, 24, Breckenridge, Colo., formerly of Valley Falls, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Valley Falls. Burial will be in Valley Falls Cemetery. Miss Newell died Friday, Oct. 25, 1991, in Boulder, Colo., after suffering a seizure at the home of a friend.
PEARL M. HICKMAN
October 28, 1991
Services for Pearl M. Hickman, 84, Lebo, will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Lebo. Burial will be in Key West Cemetery east of Lebo. Mrs. Hickman died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1991, at an Emporia hospital.
FOR THE RECORD
October 28, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
JOSIE M. MALLONEE
October 28, 1991
Services for Josie Marie Mallonee, 78, Perry, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka with the Rev. Don Flanner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry. Mrs. Mallonee died Sunday, Oct. 27, 1991, at Colonial Manor in Lawrence.
TOO EARLY FOR 2000?
October 28, 1991
While it is inevitable that the year 2000 will come, adoption of the president’s Year 2000 program for public schools should not be considered inevitable and is something the taxpayers of this community should have a chance to decide by vote. Instead, the national government promises some seed money to states to implement the program. Our state representatives jump at the chance for the money, then gain approval from our local school board and presto, the National Year 2000 program becomes part of Lawrence. All of this action originates at the national level of government and descends via the state government to the local level. This is, indeed, a first in education since educational issues are traditionally controlled and administered at the local level and then, possibly, go beyond.
SISTER-CITY DELEGATION SEEKS KNOWLEDGEUNDERSTANDING
October 28, 1991
About 125 people Sunday night turned out at the Eldridge Hotel to welcome a delegation of visitors from Lawrence’s sister city of Hiratsuka, Japan. “Thank you for traveling this great distance to be with us,” Lawrence Mayor Bob Walters told the 19 members of the delegation. “I do hope that your stay with us will be a very enjoyable experience.”
EXECUTIVE JOINS BANK BOARD
October 28, 1991
Lawrence insurance executive Robert C. Johnson Sr. has been elected to the Douglas County Bank board of directors. Johnson, president of Charlton-Manley Insurance, moved to Lawrence in 1968 following a career with Hartford Insurance. He has led the expansion of the agency, which now has 26 employees in Lawrence and 15 in Topeka.
DAVIS TO PEN KANSAS LETTER
October 28, 1991
An enthusiastic Chris Davis phoned his former high school basketball coach Sunday night. “He said `Tell the papers I’m going to Kansas,”’ said Lakeland, Fla., Kathleen High coach Alvin Jones.
S PLAYOFF HOPES DAMAGED AT JEWELL
October 28, 1991
Baker’s 28-20 loss to its biggest rival, William Jewell, was a tough one for BU players and coaches. The loss is also damaging to their playoff hopes. But Baker quarterback Aaron Todd said there’s one thing the loss is not.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS SET TO KICK OFF AMERICA 2000
October 28, 1991
Kansas officials Tuesday will formally launch the state’s participation in the America 2000 education project, but school officials in Wichita, site of the kickoff, are undecided about whether to commit to the plan. Meanwhile, a Lawrence school board member who plans to attend the event said this morning that the America 2000 plan is consistent in many ways with the local goals of the Lawrence school district.
COLD FRONT, RAIN RUMBLE INTO AREA
October 28, 1991
Add warm weather to the list of daylight-saving time and the baseball season as things recently coming to an end. Douglas County residents should awaken to much colder weather Tuesday as a cold front is expected to reach the area late tonight or early Tuesday morning. Winds will shift from the southwest to the northwest from 20 mph to 25 mph to escort the frontal system into the area.
KU SEES INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
October 28, 1991
A record number of international students representing 100 countries are enrolled at Kansas University, and the total should rise in the future, a KU official says. Gerald Harris, director of KU foreign student services, said enrollment increased from 1,933 last year to 1,986 this year, a 3.2 percent increase.
ROMP MAY SOOTHE OU FANS SOONER COACH GIBBS
October 28, 1991
Every cloud has a silver lining, even a 41-3 drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma. Kansas was thrashed on Saturday in Norman, but the Jayhawks could take some solace in the fact they turned out the fire under Gary Gibbs’ chair.
KANSAS CITY WOMAN REPORTS RAPE FRIDAY
October 28, 1991
A 17-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman reported that she was raped Friday night by a man she knows at a mobile home on West 31st Street. Lawrence police report that the woman and the suspect, a 20-year-old Lawrence man, were at a party at the residence and about 11 p.m. the man raped her. The woman reported the rape to police about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made.
EVAN R. TRAVIS
October 28, 1991
Services for Evan R. Travis, 85, Kenneth City, Fla., will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Quisenberry Funeral Home in Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mr. Travis died Saturday, Oct. 19, 1991, at St. Petersburg’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
KU PASSING GAME HAS PASSED AWAY
October 28, 1991
Far be it from me to intimate that life, as some have suggested, imitates the World Series. Nevertheless, Kansas football reminds me a lot of the Fall Classic because the Jayhawks have played seven games this season, and the site seems to matter more than the opponent. With one exception.
CITY DECIDES TO CHALLENGE DECISION ON CHURCH HEARING
October 28, 1991
The city of Lawrence has decided to challenge the decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals ordering the city to reschedule a public hearing on the fate of the Old English Lutheran Church. The city will petition the Kansas Supreme Court to review the ruling by the appeals court, said Jerry Cooley, attorney for the city.
REFEREES TO TIGHTEN PAINT CALLS
October 28, 1991
Notes from Sunday’s Big Eight Conference Media Day… John Erickson, the Big Eight’s supervisor of officials, said refs throughout the nation will be clamping down on rough inside play this season. Pushing and shoving to “set position” in the paint will not be tolerated, Erickson said.
JORDAN SUFFERS STIFFNESS IN BACK
October 28, 1991
Toss a basketball on the court and Adonis Jordan forgets about his stiff back. “It doesn’t bother me when I play,” says Kansas’ junior point guard. He’s been hampered by a slight back problem during preseason workouts.
S JOBLESS RATE DROPS TO 3.1 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER
October 28, 1991
Seasonal factors associated with the startup of the school year pulled the Douglas County unemployment rate down to 3.1 percent in September, its lowest level in 19 months, the Kansas Department of Human Resources reported this morning. That figure compared with 3.6 percent record in August as well as in September 1990. Douglas County’s jobless rate had not matched September’s 3.1 percent since April 1990.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 28, 1991
Sylvia and Jeff Black, Lawrence, a girl, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. David Watson, Lawrence, a girl, Sunday.
KU ENDOWMENT NEARING CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY
October 28, 1991
Although Halloween will be the most visible historical observance on Thursday, another event will be remembered by some Kansas University officials. The KU Endowment Association, the nation’s oldest foundation for the support of a public university, will celebrate its centennial Thursday.
COUNTY TO ASK HIGH COURT TO REVIEW SUIT
October 28, 1991
The Douglas County Commission today voted unanimously to send the South Lawrence Trafficway lawsuit to the Kansas Supreme Court for a review of the Court of Appeals decision on the case on the trafficway’s bonds. The commission took 35 minutes in executive session with county counsel Bob Fairchild to reach its decision. On Oct. 11, the appellate court remanded the December 1990 dismissal of the case by Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone, who ruled that the county could spend bond money for the trafficway without an election.
KU PROFS
October 28, 1991
The Middle East peace conference this week in Spain will not provide a quick fix to the conflict between Israel and Arab states, Kansas University political scientists said today. “I want very much to be optimistic, but my fear is that relatively little will come out of this conference in the short run,” said Deborah Gerner, associate professor of political science.
INDIAN TEACHER WORKS TO IMPROVE EDUCATION SYSTEM
October 28, 1991
As an educator and as a mother, Marilyn Bread has been involved in Native American education for more than 20 years. Now she is working to improve Indian education across Kansas and nationwide, an effort that may take her to Washington, D.C., next year. Bread, who works at Haskell Indian Junior College, recently was elected chair of the Kansas Association for Native American Education.