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EFFORT APPRECIATED
April 29, 1992
The efforts of the Kansas Board of Regents to communicate the needs of the state university system to the Kansas Legislature appear to have paid off. By taking what one legislator described as a “kinder, gentler” approach to the lobbying process, regents’ members were able to convince legislators of the need for certain proposals instead of making the lawmakers feel like they were being bombarded by a special interest group.
FRATERNITY SITE CLEARED FOR CONDOS
April 29, 1992
The contractors responsible for the demolition of the old Theta Chi fraternity house now are preparing to build condominiums on the cleared site at Ninth Street and Emery Road. The last remnants of the three-story concrete structure were knocked down and dragged off the site Wednesday, said Chet Clark, project manager for DM Ward Construction Co., Overland Park.
TENANT AGREES TO END HUNGER STRIKE
April 29, 1992
A Lawrence Housing Authority tenant this morning said he would end his hunger strike now that LHA officials have agreed to clarify a memo that he believes made authoritarian demands on LHA tenants. Fred Markham, 2005 Learnard, began a hunger strike at noon last Tuesday to protest a memo the LHA sent to its tenants on March 25. The memo deals with sanitation notices residents receive when their homes are sprayed for pests.
LOCAL DRUG CASE LIKELY TO BE REFILED
April 29, 1992
The case against five people arrested during a raid at a rural Meriden residence in February was dismissed Tuesday in Jefferson County District Court but is expected to be refiled. Donald McPherson, 32, Gary McPherson, 41, Raymond McPherson, 19, Darrell McPherson, 20, all of rural Meriden, and Candace Mullins, 26, Burlingame, were arrested Feb. 11.
FOR THE RECORD
April 29, 1992
Law enforcement report Police reports Vandals damaged a house under construction between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of Christie Court, police reported. Damage to a door, countertop and oven was listed on a police report at $2,000.
APPORVED BUILDING PROJECTS
April 29, 1992
The Legislature’s building committee Tuesday agreed to push ahead with plans for a new Kansas Highway Patrol training center, a state historical research building and structures at Kansas schools for the deaf and blind. The joint State Building Construction Committee, which makes recommendations to the House and Senate budget committees, said the Legislature should allocate:
2 SCHOOLS MAY AX ASK FUNDING
April 29, 1992
A co-director of Kansas University’s Associated Students of Kansas said he did not believe KU would be adversely affected if Kansas State and Wichita State universities pulled out of the statewide student lobbying organization. KSU and WSU may decide this week to withdraw about $49,000 in annual funding for ASK. The organization’s current annual budget is about $109,000.
ADDITIONAL RETIREE
April 29, 1992
An additional Kansas University staff member on the Lawrence campus has been added to the list of 25 who will retire during the 1992 fiscal year. Floyd Temple, assistant athletics director in charge of facilities operations, will retire in June 1992, after 40 years of service to KU.
PALN TO CONTROL RUNOFF UNDER WAY
April 29, 1992
Farmers with land in the new pesticide management area say they understand the need to prevent water pollution, but fear the plan could set a precedent for extensive restrictions on agricultural chemicals. The plan was designed to limit runoff of atrazine, a broadleaf herbicide, into surface water, and went into effect earlier this month. The pesticide management area, which encompasses Perry Lake and most of Jefferson County, prohibits certain applications of the chemical and includes recommendations for the amount of atrazine to be applied per acre per cropland year. It also addresses management and conservation practices, education, monitoring, research, enforcement and evaluation.
CORLETT COTTON
April 29, 1992
Corlett J. Cotton, 86, a longtime Lawrence insurance executive, died this morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a heart attack. Memorial services, which are pending at Trinity Episcopal Church, will be announced later by Rumsey Funeral Home.
ELIZABETH ELLSWORTH
April 29, 1992
Graveside inurnment services for Elizabeth “Betsy” Swigart Ellsworth, 61, Delmar, N.Y., will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six will be the officiant. Mrs. Ellsworth died Nov. 23, 1991, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital.
W. RUSSELL BROOKS
April 29, 1992
Graveside services for W. Russell Brooks, 60, Rt. 2, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Mr. Brooks died Tuesday, April 28, 1992, at his home following a long illness.
MILDRED WIGHT
April 29, 1992
Graveside services for Mildred Murfin Wight, 81, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla., with the Rev. Rob Anderson officiating. Mrs. Wight died Tuesday, April 28, 1992, at Brandon Woods Care Center in Lawrence.
MORELS GALORE
April 29, 1992
Morel mushroom season has slipped into full swing, despite oddball snowstorms and chilly temperatures. Among local hunters is David Bryant of Eudora, who told the Journal-World on Monday that he’d found 3,000 morels in the last three weeks in eastern Douglas County.
FORUM ON VIOLENCE
April 29, 1992
Lawrence residents must come to grips with violence in the community and be honest with themselves about the problem, speakers at a Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice forum said Tuesday evening. The forum, sponsored by LCPJ and the First Presbyterian Church Peacemaking Committee, featured wide-ranging comments from Laura Farha, community facilitator for Women’s Transitional Care Services; Jodi Darst, a WTCS advocate; Dan Wildcat, chairman of the natural and social sciences department at Haskell Indian Junior College; and Aletha Huston, director of the Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children and professor of human development and family life at Kansas University.
2 LHS SENIORS WIN MERIT AWARDS
April 29, 1992
Adam Hefty and Daniel Low, two seniors at Lawrence High School, have been selected to receive $2,000 National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Approximately 14,000 students who reached the finalist level in the 1992 Merit Program were considered for the awards, and 2,000 students were given scholarships.
DESOTO EXPLORES YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS
April 29, 1992
About 100 DeSoto School District patrons attended a public forum Tuesday at Countryside Intermediate School to hear a presentation on year-round school. Patrick McDaniel, director of strategic planning for Albuquerque, N.M., public schools, discussed an all-year school pilot program under way in his district and how the experience relates to DeSoto’s school overcrowding problems.
LOCAL FIRM RECEIVES JUDGMENT
April 29, 1992
A Lawrence company on Friday received a judgment of almost $300,000 in a U.S. District Court case that involved a St. Louis firm that hadn’t paid for advertising. E & E Specialties Inc., 910 E. 29th, was awarded a judgment of $282,715 plus interest since May 22, 1991, in a consensual agreement signed by Hyman Products Inc., St. Louis.
CITY APPROVES IRBS
April 29, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners gave a boost to a booming local business Tuesday by granting a property tax break that could save the company more than $100,000 in taxes during 10 years. The tax abatement would give Kantronics Co. Inc., a 50 percent break on taxes for a planned $500,000 manufacturing facility and $50,000 in new equipment.
COMMISSION REJECTS REVISED APARTMENT SITE PLAN
April 29, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners rejected a revised site plan Tuesday that would have provided only one access road into a proposed apartment complex in west Lawrence. The site plan revision was requested by William Lemesany, who wants to develop a 13-building, 52-unit apartment complex on Clinton Parkway west of Inverness Drive.
ALPHABETICAL MYSTERIES LAND AUTHOR ON BEST-SELLER LIST
April 29, 1992
Sue Grafton followed the alphabet all the way to the New York Times best-seller list. Beginning with “A is for Alibi,” Grafton wrote a string of mystery novels featuring the street-smart, sassy detective Kinsey Millhone. Now Grafton’s latest, “I is for Innocent” is No. 3 in Sunday’s Times hardcover best-seller list, and the previous “H is for Homicide” is No. 2 on the paperback list.
CORRECTION
April 29, 1992
Because of incorrect information given to the Journal-World, dates for the last day of school published in Tuesday’s paper were incorrect. The last day of classes is May 26 for Lawrence High School and ninth-grade students; May 28 for kindergarten and grades seven and eight; and May 29 for grades one through six.
AGONY
April 29, 1992
They say strength is in numbers, but Tuesday’s performance of “Adios, Ayacucho” was impressively powerful with just a one-man cast. About 250 people attended the Spanish-language performance by Yuyachkani, a Peruvian theater group participating in Kansas University’s Latin American Theatre Today conference. The play, based on a short story by Julio Ortega, was performed at Liberty Hall.
KU DORM RESIDENTS CLAIM POLICIES UNFAIR
April 29, 1992
A crowd which peaked at nearly 100 people gathered Tuesday to hear a heated discussion between Kansas University students who are upset with residence hall conditions, and those who support strict rules in KU dorms. KU freshman Bob Zielinski said he called the meeting in Ellsworth Hall to call attention to inconsistant and “outrageous” treatment of some KU students by staff members in Ellsworth and other KU residence halls.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 29, 1992
ADMISSIONS Edwin Sample, Lawrence.
PLAN WOULD REBUILD HOCH BY 1995
April 29, 1992
A plan passed Tuesday by a legislative committee would allow Kansas University students to take classes in a rebuilt Hoch Auditorium by 1995. The State Building Construction Committee, made up of House and Senate members, made Hoch the top priority for multiyear state capital improvement funding.
TO THE EDITOR
April 29, 1992
To the editor: Slowly, inexorably, the quality of life is being stripped from us in the name of cost or as a result of lack of interest in finding a better solution. As this rip-off takes place, some city officials say that other cities cut back services and people hardly care. They learn to live with it.
IOWA MAN TO LEAD LOCAL SCHOOLS
April 29, 1992
The associate school superintendent in Iowa City, Iowa, today was named the new superintendent of schools in Lawrence. Al Azinger, who has been a district administrator in Iowa City for 15 years, is scheduled to take over the Lawrence job on July 1. He will succeed Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander, who announced Feb. 4 that he had taken a job as superintendent of the Pittsburg school district.
LEWIS SERVICES
April 29, 1992
Services for Harold Russell Lewis, 87, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Second Christian Church in Lawrence with the Rev. Paul Winn Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Lewis died Saturday, April 25, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
MAYOR OF EUDORA HAS STRONG OPINION ON REAPPORTIONMENT
April 29, 1992
Eudora Mayor James Hoover has fired off another salvo in his attempt to shoot holes in the Kansas House reapportionment map, which puts his city into a rural district dominated by Jefferson County. Hoover has written another letter to Rep. Judith Macy, D-DeSoto, asking her to help Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, give Eudora a “fair reapportionment plan.”
CURBING CONFLICT
April 29, 1992
Douglas County’s chief law enforcement official confirmed Tuesday night that street gangs, such as the Bloods and the Crips, are in Lawrence. “There are gang members in Lawrence, Kansas. They are identifiable as being associated or affiliated with nationally known gangs. They are here,” said Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells.
CORRECTION
April 29, 1992
Because of an editor’s error, a story in Tuesday’s Journal-World on a hunger strike by Fred Markham, a Lawrence Housing Authority tenant, contained inaccurate information. Markham had indicated last week that a clarification of a memo sent to LHA tenants would be sufficient for him to end his hunger strike against the housing agency.
BIG 8 LEADERS IGNORED BY NFL DRAFT
April 29, 1992
Kansas’ Tony Sands led the Big Eight in rushing last fall and was ignored in the NFL draft. Kansas State’s Michael Smith led the Big Eight in pass receiving in 1991. He wasn’t drafted, either.
TICKETMASTER TO OPEN NEW LAWRENCE OUTLET
April 29, 1992
The drought is about to end for local entertainment consumers who have been inconvenienced during the 14-month hiatus in retail ticket sales in Lawrence. Starting in about a month, Ticketmaster Midwest Inc. will sell tickets to sporting events, concerts and other performances in the Kansas City area through Music 4 Less, a compact disc and cassette music store that will open Friday in the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.
HARRIS, MANSONOPTIONS
April 29, 1992
Quite by chance, the recent execution of a California killer perhaps was influenced by the fact a parole hearing for Charles Manson, the man beind one of the country’s most terrible mass murders, came up about the same time. The execution of Robert Alton Harris, convicted under a post-Manson death-penalty law of murdering two teen-agers in San Diego, was the first in California since 1967. Manson’s latest hearing, the eighth, coincided with the circus-like atmosphere of the Harris case.
CITY APPROVES BUSINESS CONDEMNATION
April 29, 1992
For five years, the owners of Wright’s Wallcovering say, their business has thrived at its present home on Iowa Street, with easy access for both Lawrence residents and out-of-towners using U.S. Highway 59. Now the business is feeling the squeeze between a new Wal-Mart and the city and has fallen between the cracks of what city commissioners call “the future epicenter of discount shopping.”
IOWA CITY EDUCATORS PRAISE AZINGER
April 29, 1992
Al Azinger, Lawrence’s newly named school superintendent, gets top grades from some of the people he has worked with during his 17 years in Iowa City, Iowa. Azinger was praised for his educational leadership, his communications skills and his skills as a contract negotiator.
ORMAND E, NIEHAUS
April 29, 1992
Services are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home for Ormand E. “Bud” Niehaus, 54, Lawrence, who died Tuesday, April 28, 1992, at Sterling Heights Nursing Home in Lawrence, following a lengthy illness. Survivors include two sons, Steve and Ted Niehaus, both of Lawrence.
FATE
April 29, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners struggled for a half hour Tuesday to find common ground on revamping the city’s official logo. They ended up treading water. “There seems to be a mixture of ideas up here,” said Mayor Bob Schulte.
MISS HASKELL NO STRANGER TO LIMELIGHT
April 29, 1992
Administrators at Haskell Indian Junior College warned Sheri Bird on Tuesday that she better get used to speaking in public. Bird will represent the school as Miss Haskell during the 1992-93 academic year. Hannes Combest, executive education assistant for the Bureau of Indian Affairs school, teased Bird that she’s in for a long year of public performances.
LESSONS CULMINATE IN OLYMPICS
April 29, 1992
About 700 Lawrence students became athletic stars for a day as they participated in their own Olympic games Tuesday. Donna Osness, principal at Riverside School, coordinated the event at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. Students from 10 local elementary schools participated, competing in such events as the long jump, high jump, several running heats and “crazy relays” such as the three-legged race.