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VOTING COP-OUT
April 3, 1992
There’s a lot of merit to the old saying that people who don’t vote have no right to complain about the people who are elected. It’s just not enough to say, as one Lawrence supporter of Jerry Brown did this week, that you are “alienated” from the political process. Ken Wilson is planning to send Brown $100, but the former California governor won’t get his vote in the Kansas primary. Wilson quit voting 12 years ago and isn’t even registered.
VOTING COP-OUT
April 3, 1992
There’s a lot of merit to the old saying that people who don’t vote have no right to complain about the people who are elected. It’s just not enough to say, as one Lawrence supporter of Jerry Brown did this week, that you are “alienated” from the political process. Ken Wilson is planning to send Brown $100, but the former California governor won’t get his vote in the Kansas primary. Wilson quit voting 12 years ago and isn’t even registered.
FEATHERS AND FINES
April 3, 1992
To the editor: Did you know that it is against the law to pick up a feather? The Migratory Bird Act offers protection to wild birds found in the United States and is worded so that it is just as illegal to pick up and have in your possession a feather as it is to kill, buy or sell the bird the feather came from. According to the information put out by the U.S. Department of the Interior, “It is especially directed at persons engaged in the sale, trade or barter of feathered Indian art objects, artifacts, antiques, curios and other goods.”
SCHOOLHOUSE FUN
April 3, 1992
To the editor: We are representatives of Mrs. Young’s 4th grade class at Kennedy School. We recently went to Lanesfield School near Edgerton and Gardner. It is the last 1-room schoolhouse working in Kansas. In Landsfield School we got to use quill pens with bottles of ink, and we had to use slates and copy-books. Also, the teachers who went had to participate as older students. We also got to look in the girls’ outhouse. For recess, we played Flying Dutchman and airbase. It was fun! In school we had a spelldown, in other words, we had a spelling bee. We just wanted people in Lawrence to know what a fun experience it was for all of us.
PROSECUTORS TRYING TO EXTRADITE MAN
April 3, 1992
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells this morning said local prosecutors have begun an effort to extradite a man arrested Tuesday in Brooklyn, N.Y., in connection with the 1989 murder of a Lawrence woman. Authorities said Tyrone Walker, the man, has confessed to being involved in the murder of Tamara C. Baker, 25, Lawrence, on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, 1989, in Lawrence.
T QUIT, AIDE SAYS
April 3, 1992
Democratic presidential candidates don’t drop out of the race, they just hang in suspended animation. At least that’s the story with former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, said Robert Hite, Tsongas’ national campaign coordinator.
CHARGES FILED IN LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY
April 3, 1992
Two Lawrence men linked to a Wednesday night liquor store robbery each were charged with a count of aggravated robbery, a felony, during their first appearance Thursday afternoon in Douglas County District Court. Prosecutors allege that Isaac E. Smith, 19, 1724 W. 24th, and Lamont Ephraim, 20, Lawrence, robbed Else’s Liquor Store, 315 E. Seventh.
HOT LINE ESTABLISHED IN OTTAWA MURDER
April 3, 1992
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has established a secret witness hot line in hopes of getting information about the death of a rural Ottawa woman on March 20. Doris E. Branson, 45, died at her home, four miles north and west of Ottawa, after being stabbed several times.
FOR THE RECORD
April 3, 1992
Condition reports Kathryn Pooley, 67, Lawrence, was released Thursday from the Olathe Medical Center, where she was taken March 24 after she was struck by a van that pushed through a wood wall at Raney Hillcrest Drug, 925 Iowa.
JUDGE DISMISSES ID-CHECK LAWSUIT
April 3, 1992
Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Lawrence woman against the state’s alcohol beverage control agency because of what she called an illegal identification check at a local bar in February. Malone this week dismissed Joey Kate Martens’ suit against the Alcoholic Beverage Control Bureau with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled at a later date. Martens’ attorney, Don Strole, said he could not comment on the case.
WATCH OUT, VITALE SOMETIMES SPILLS ONTO CHANNEL 19
April 3, 1992
Everything you wanted to ask about this year’s NCAA Final Four, but were too worried about when Gregg Jefferies would begin hitting to sound off… Will Dick Vitale be anywhere to be heard during the Final Four?
FINNEY REITERATES OPPOSITION TO TAX
April 3, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney this morning said she was committed to Kansas education but again stressed her opposition to any school finance proposal that would raise the state sales tax or the income taxes of low- or middle-income Kansans. “This is not the time to be raising taxes on the average Kansas family struggling to get through these times,” Finney told members of the Kansas Press Assn., which is holding its annual convention at the Lawrence Holidome. “I continue to say, `No new taxes.’ … I’m saying it louder now, and I mean it.”
OVERBROOK CO-OP APPROVES MERGER WITH FCA
April 3, 1992
Members of a farmer co-op at Overbrook voted Thursday night to merge their organization with the Lawrence-based Farmers Cooperative Assn. effective May 1. The merger, in which the FCA will absorb the Overbrook Farmers Union Cooperative Assn., will create a farm organization with more than 1,500 voting and about 430 non-voting members, said Ken Larsen, manager of the FCA.
YOUNG MASTERS
April 3, 1992
An occasional game of chess with his son led Kyle Thompson to venture into the world of club building specifically organizing and sponsoring the Lawrence Junior Chess Club. Thompson, a former Maryland junior chess champion and Kansas co-champion, said he first played chess as a youth during his sophomore year at Shawnee Mission North High School.
S AID IN EXPANSION
April 3, 1992
After three years of record growth, Kantronics Company Inc. wants to expand its facilties and hopes the city will lend a hand. At Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting, Kantronics officials will request $1.5 million in industrial revenue bonds from the city and a 50 percent tax abatement on new construction and equipment.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 3, 1992
DISMISSALS Cara Lynn Engelken and baby boy, Eudora; Melissa Kay Green and baby boy, Lawrence.
CLEAR CHOICE LACKING IN RACE
April 3, 1992
George Bush is all my fault. The recession, the Persian Gulf World-Police Action, the homelessness, the unemployment. That’s mine. I did that.
EFFORTS TO BUILD MULTICULTURALISM URGED
April 3, 1992
People with different cultural, ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds must learn to overcome myths and stereotypes to build true multiculturalism in society, a speaker said Thursday at Kansas University. “Building relationships is an essential part of making multiculturalism happen,” said Barbara Love, professor of multicultural and organizational development at the University of Massachusetts.
FUNDING MAY HAMPER KU RESEARCH
April 3, 1992
Kansas University must overcome significant barriers to fare better in the race for research funds from federal sources, a new report from a KU institute says. The Institute for Public Policy and Business Research said external funding to KU for science and engineering research and educational activities peaked in 1989. When corrected for inflation, the report said, funding to KU has leveled off since then.
FINE-ARTS PERFORMANCES SCHEDULED
April 3, 1992
Faces familiar to Lawrence dot the schedules for the 1992-93 Kansas University Concert, Chamber Music and New Directions Series, which were released Thursday night. Artur Pizarro, an internationally known pianist and Lawrence resident, will present a solo Concert Series performance Nov. 17 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Phyllis Pancella, an opera singer and 1986 KU graduate, will join the New World String Quartet on April 2, 1993, also at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
WHY NOT AN OIL EMBARGO?
April 3, 1992
To the surprise of virtually no one, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon and the Arab League have criticized the new U.N. sanctions against Libya, and Moammar Gadhafi is threatening to withhold oil exports to Europe in retaliation. Protesters in Libyan cities have reportedly condemned what they called the unjust and “Draconian” sanctions the U.N. Security Council imposed Tuesday on Libyan air traffic and arms trade, the official Libyan news agency JANA said.
S HEAD FAMILIAR WITH COUNTY
April 3, 1992
Although new to Lawrence, Douglas County’s recently named juvenile detention director is no stranger to the county and its needs for a detention center. Pam Weigand, named Monday by the county as the new director of the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center, said today that she had made presentations to the county several years ago when the regional detention center concept was being considered.
KC FIRM ACQUIRES SCANNING AMERICA
April 3, 1992
Scanning America Inc., an information conversion firm founded by Lawrence entrepreneur David Kimbrell, has been acquired by Saztec International Inc., a Kansas City, Mo., company. Saztec officials said the acquisition, which was closed Thursday evening, was effective immediately. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed, a company statement said.
GROUP DISPLAYS SKILL, EMOTION IN RENAISSANCE PERFORMANCE
April 3, 1992
COLLECTION
April 3, 1992
Earl Schweppe can’t boast a lifelong interest in computers. “When I was a child, they weren’t invented yet,” he said. “I was starting graduate school before I knew computers existed.
CITY COMMISSION LIKELY TO PROMOTE VICE MAYOR
April 3, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners will elect a mayor at their meeting Tuesday, and it doesn’t look like Mayor Bob Walters will reach far to pass the reins. Vice Mayor Bob Schulte, who sits to the Walters’ right at commission meetings, seems a likely candidate to fill the mayor’s shoes.
SKAHAN FILES, URGES CONTROL OF SPENDING
April 3, 1992
A Douglas County Republican who owns a financial consulting firm today officially entered the race for the Kansas House 45th District saying “we have to say no to spending in Topeka.” Bob Skahan, 47, Rt. 7, who owns Resource Management Consultant, a home-based business, today paid the filing fee for the seat, which is now held by 14-year incumbent Democrat John Solbach, a Lawrence attorney.
PBS SERIES TO TRACK COMPUTER HISTORY
April 3, 1992
“The Machine That Changed the World,” a five-part television series that presents the history of computers, will premiere this week on the area’s public television stations. The show airs at 9 p.m. Monday on Topeka’s KTWU. It will run weekly on Monday evenings through May 4.
PANEL COMPROMISES ON GTA WAIVER
April 3, 1992
The Senate Ways and Means Committee ended two days of wrangling Thursday by approving a higher but less than total tuition waiver for graduate teaching assistants at state universities. The fight to raise the waiver from 75 percent to 87.5 percent was the most acrimonious issue during committee debate about the $1 billion budget for the Kansas Board of Regents system.
VERA PAYNE
April 3, 1992
Graveside services for Vera V. Payne, 82, Kansas City, Mo., were to be at 1 p.m. today at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton. Miss Payne died Thursday, April 2, 1992, at Ramona Villa Nursing Care in Kansas City, Mo.
LIONS KEEPING 32 ON TENNIS ROSTER
April 3, 1992
If you have the dream, Lawrence High has the team. That’s the approach of LHS boys tennis coach Dick Wedel, who welcomes a whopping 32 players for this year’s squad.
NEW ROLE AS OREGON COACH KEEPS GREEN AT HECTIC PACE
April 3, 1992
Suitcase in hand after returning from Oregon, where he was named the Ducks’ head basketball coach on Tuesday, Jerry Green stopped by Kansas’ basketball office Thursday afternoon. After being presented a cake by staff members and handling local interview requests, the former Kansas assistant headed back to the airport to catch another flight this one to Minneapolis, site of the NCAA Final Four.
PROGRESS EDITION
April 3, 1992
Hospital executive sees exciting times ahead in health field
REPORT LISTS OPTIONS AT 17TH AND MASS.
April 3, 1992
A center median on either side of the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts is one of several options being studied to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection, a traffic engineer said today. Tom Swenson, an traffic engineer with Johnson, Brickell, Mulcahy and Associates, a Kansas City, Mo., engineering firm, has been searching for ways to get pedestrians safely across the intersection where an elderly woman was struck and killed by a car in January.
FUTURE
April 3, 1992
Can lasting reforms ensure the health of intercollegiate athletics? How might colleges and universities balance teaching and research responsibilities?
HASKELL LINKS UP FOR CHARITY DINNER
April 3, 1992
When Haskell Indian Junior College student Dan Davis lived in Topeka, he frequently saw homeless people in the capital city. “I lived in a really bad part of town, and I used to see the homeless people all the time,” Davis said.
GRADUATION PLANS
April 3, 1992
Kansas University has completed plans for this year’s 120th commencement with tradition in mind. “I think the commencement committee, in general, wants to keep the ceremony as traditional as possible,” said Susan Elkins, coordinator for the KU Information Center who also serves on the 34-member 1992 Commencement Committee.
HOT MARKET IN REAL ESTATE POINTS COUNTY TOWARD RECORD
April 3, 1992
Call it mortgage madness. It’s what happens to lenders and the county officials who process paper work when homes change hands in a real estate market that’s as hot as the one that’s hit Lawrence this year.
April 3, 1992
A Lawrence man was listed in serious condition this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken after he was shot in the face Wednesday night at a local bar. A hospital spokeswoman said Donnel J. Chilton, 25, Lawrence, was being treated for a broken jawbone, which he suffered during the shooting.