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NAMES IN RAPE CASES
December 4, 1992
It is reassuring to note that the Lawrence police chief, Ron Olin, believes local media have done a responsible enough job on the use, or non-use, of names in rape cases that a state attorney general ruling won’t affect how the issue is dealt with here. Kansas Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan has issued an opinion saying that law enforcement people may withhold names of rape victims. Olin says he is satisfied with the judgment which has been exercised locally, so the state ruling will have no impact here. Where names have been made available in the past, the confidences have not been violated enough to warrant any change in current policies. We can assume the county sheriff’s office is in agreement.
PUBLIC OR PRIVATE?
December 4, 1992
What goes on? Golf course operators from Pratt recently indicated they wanted to build a privately owned public golf course in Lawrence. They stressed it was going to be a private venture and there would be no cost or exposure to the city. These spokespeople said “at this point, it (the course and related facilities) would be total private ownership. It would cost the city nothing. We would not need any city funds in any way.” All they wanted was the city’s “blessing and support.”
TO THE EDITORLINK THANKS
December 4, 1992
To the editor: During this season of giving, the LINK board would like to thank the community of Lawrence for its generosity. Our Thanksgiving meal for which the food was donated, prepared and served by many people and businesses in the community fed over 300 people on Thursday and Friday last week. Our call for volunteers to serve at First Christian Church and to carry out meals to homebound and elderly resulted in many more helpers than we could use.
HOLIDAY COMMENTS
December 4, 1992
To the editor: We agree with Karyl Graves that Christmas is a Christian holiday, but it is not true that everybody in America is Christian. The reason why they’re not adding the Christian part in schools is because there are Jews and other religions in America, and they should have a little respect for them. In some schools some teachers force the kids to sing Christian songs, and in some other schools they don’t. We think it’s not fair when the teachers do that kind of stuff. It makes us feel mad and sad and left out. We want you to understand us and we want to understand you.
STATE GOP CHAIR TO SEEK RE-ELECTION
December 4, 1992
Kim Wells, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, announced today that he plans to seek another two-year term as the top officer of the state GOP. Wells, an attorney who lives in rural Lawrence, said in a prepared statement he will seek re-election as chairman of the Kansas Republican State Commitee.
T ONLY ONE TO DATE STUDENTS, DEAN SAYS
December 4, 1992
A Kansas University law professor fighting his dismissal from the faculty wasn’t the only law professor to date students during the past 10 years, KU’s law dean testified Thursday. Robert Jerry said at a faculty hearing that he had personal knowledge of three law faculty dating students. He named only one Emil Tonkovich, the professor challenging a recommendation that he be fired.
BUILDING PERMITS TOP $7 MILLION IN NOVEMBER
December 4, 1992
Boosted by construction of a new Wal-Mart store at 33rd and Iowa, the November building permit valuation total topped $7 million, its highest level since spring. The building permit that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. obtained for its new 122,000-square-foot store accounted for $3.7 million of the monthly valuation total, according to a report released this morning by the city building inspection office.
HONN SERVICES
December 4, 1992
Graveside services for Vernon Elsworth “Jim” Honn, 74, Lawrence, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery south of Lawrence with the Rev. Lester Flory officiating. Mr. Honn died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1992, at the Valley View Care Center.
HARRY W. EDMONDSON JR.
December 4, 1992
AUSTIN, TEX. Services for Harry W. Edmondson Jr., 75, Austin, formerly of Lawrence, Kan., will be Saturday in Austin. Mr. Edmondson died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1992, in Austin.
KU PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
December 4, 1992
Two doctoral students at Kansas University have received the David Schulman Award for excellence in clinical psychology. The award winners are Jennifer Snyder and Sharon Danoff-Burg, both of Lawrence. They will each receive $100 and a certificate from the department of psychology.
CENTER COULD RUN OVER BUDGET
December 4, 1992
Construction of a juvenile detention center planned for Lawrence could run over budget after all, the county administrator said today. The architects, Abend Singleton Associates Inc., told the Douglas County Commission on Monday that the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center would cost about $1.3 million as designed. The project’s budget is just under $1.5 million.
IU REMEMBERS THRASHING BY KU
December 4, 1992
Two years ago, Kansas smashed Indiana, 83-65, in an NCAA Southeast Regional semifinal basketball game played in Charlotte, N.C. “Some of the other guys told me that Kansas played really hard in the game two years ago. So that means we’ll have to play hard on Saturday,” IU sophomore forward Alan Henderson said earlier this week.
WOMAN FACES BATTERY CHARGES
December 4, 1992
A Lawrence woman who was arrested after she allegedly struck several anti-homosexual protesters with her pickup in Topeka has been charged with seven counts of battery stemming from the incident. Lisa McGraw, 28, is scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Shawnee County District Court on the misdemeanor charges, which were filed Wednesday by Shawnee County prosecutors.
ERNEST A. PONTIUS
December 4, 1992
Memorial services for Ernest A. Pontius, 84, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor chapel. Pastor J. Edward Nelson will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Pontius died Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
HEARD IN LAWRENCE
December 4, 1992
Callers who have been trying their luck in the Journal-World’s “Where’s the Elf” contest should encounter fewer busy signals beginning today. Mike Scott, Lawrence community relations manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone, said four lines have been added to the J-W’s Access telephone information system, which callers use for the elf contest.
DUPLEX RECEIVES ZONING VARIANCE
December 4, 1992
Lance Burr can go ahead with his duplex-rennovation project at 1909 Mass., now that the Board of Lawrence Zoning approved his parking-lot plan Thursday night. But now he needs another variance to allow him to construct the lot with brick instead or concrete or asphalt.
BALDWIN BAGS WIN IN TRIPLE OVERTIME
December 4, 1992
If the first game is any indicator of how Baldwin High’s basketball season will be, the Bulldogs had better fasten their seat belts. Baldwin outlasted Osawatomie, 78-71, in triple-overtime here Thursday night.
ROADWAY SITE YIELDS OLD STONE ARTIFACT
December 4, 1992
Archaeologists working in a southwest Lawrence cornfield have unearthed another treasure. As they were washing away the mud from the artifacts discovered on their two-week dig, they found the base of a stone projectile point. The point’s age is estimated from 9,000 to 10,000 years ago.
GUN DRAWN IN ARGUMENT OVER RESTROOM
December 4, 1992
An argument over the use of a restroom at a Lawrence bar led to an altercation that ended when a 20-year-old Topeka woman pulled a gun on three Lawrence women, police reported today. Police reported that the Topeka woman was arrested at 3:25 a.m. today on an aggravated assault charge, alleging she pointed a small, silver handgun at the Lawrence women about 2:10 a.m. at 14th and Ohio.
DIVORCES GRANTED
December 4, 1992
William L. Hornberger and Norma Wheelock-Hornberger, Lawrence. Dorothy J. Parris Gaston, Eudora, and Donald R. Gaston, Lawrence.
BENEDICTINE, BAKER READY FOR REMATCH
December 4, 1992
When Baker and Benedictine have played football this season, the stakes have been high. Baker played Benedictine here on Halloween, prevailing 33-20 to claim the Heart of America Conference co-championship with the Ravens.
HASKELL PRESENTING SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS ON AIDS
December 4, 1992
Haskell Indian Junior College is sponsoring a series of discussions about AIDS on Monday. Lisa Tiger, a member of the Cherokee nation from Muskogee, Okla., will talk to a social work class and a personal hygiene class, as well as participate in a panel discussion and a forum. Tiger tested positive for the HIV virus.
STARGAZING ALL DAY
December 4, 1992
Dozens of local residents withstood gusting winds and chilly weather Thursday afternoon to get a glimpse of actor Richard Thomas and actress Brooke Shields during the shooting of a movie in Lawrence. Shields and Thomas were in Lawrence to film “The Laura Black Story,” which will be aired on ABC television.
IN INDIANAPOLIS
December 4, 1992
It was just two seasons ago that Kansas’ basketball team received red-carpet treatment in Indianapolis. Coach Roy Williams and the Jayhawks, along with entourages from North Carolina, Duke and UNLV, were the elite four teams to advance to college basketball’s premier event, the Final Four.
EUDORA GROUP OFFERS SAFETY PLANS
December 4, 1992
A task force working to curb drag racing on city streets and address other safety concerns has targeted several areas they hope the Eudora City Council will consider. Terry Lawhon, chairman of the safety task force, said the group has tried to meet twice a month since it was formed in September. He plans to address the city council at the Dec. 28 meeting with a list of proposals:
VERSATILE WEED
December 4, 1992
When aviator George Bush bailed out of his burning airplane during World War II, the life-saving parachute strapped to his back was made from hemp. And, once the future U.S. president was pulled safely from the Pacific Ocean, he stood in boots stitched with hemp thread on a ship with ropes made of hemp.
FOR THE RECORD
December 4, 1992
Fire calls Lawrence firefighters:
HISPANIC STUDENTS CITE GRIEVANCES WITH KU OFFICE
December 4, 1992
Some Hispanic students are questioning Kansas University’s commitment to cultural diversity and have charged that KU’s office of minority affairs isn’t responding to concerns of Hispanic students. Four Hispanic students cited concerns in a petition last spring, and say they are now airing complaints publicly to get KU officials to examine relations with Hispanic students at all levels of the university.
MARTIN SERVICES
December 4, 1992
Memorial services for William Melvin “Mel” Martin, 78, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rumsey Funeral Home. A private inurnment service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Martin died Friday, Nov. 27, 1992, on a cruise ship off the coast of California.
CONSULTANT FINDS PARKING OK SORT OF
December 4, 1992
A parking consultant says that downtown Lawrence has plenty of parking, but it’s up to the Lawrence City Commission to decide how far people are willing to walk between their parked cars and shops. Larry W. Hofmockel and Ronald J. Lange, who prepared the study for Walker Parking Consultants-Engineers Inc. of Aurora, Colo., said a “localized shortage” of spaces at the north end of Massachusetts Street may have given people the impression that downtown had an overall parking problem.
SUICIDE OF FRIEND GRIM, FINAL CHOICE
December 4, 1992
I’ll never be able to laugh with my friend Wayne ever again. He killed himself on Thanksgiving Day. I only knew Wayne casually, but I knew him well enough to go to parties at his house and to have conversations with him every time I saw him.
RESPECT
December 4, 1992
Like most everybody else who’s interested in college basketball, Roy Williams has seen the tape of Bob Knight flinging a chair across the court. He’s also watched Indiana’s controversial coach turn as red as his trademark sweater during maniacal postgame press conferences.
HEARD IN LAWRENCE
December 4, 1992
The first half of 1992 property tax payments are beginning to trickle into the county treasurer’s office, according to Nancy Hempen, county treasurer. Taxpayers must have payments postmarked or personally delivered to the office by 5 p.m. Dec. 21. The normal deadline of Dec. 20 falls on a Sunday, Hempen said, so it was extended one day.
VIDEO TO SHOW HOW TO HOSTMOVIE
December 4, 1992
The Kansas Film Commission is videotaping a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking to ease concerns in Kansas communities about the hubbub created when Hollywood productions come to town. As “The Laura Black Story,” starring Brooke Shields and Richard Thomas, was being filmed Thursday in Lawrence, members of the film commission were taping the process.
SOUND OFF
December 4, 1992
Q: I live near campus and there seems to be a number of kids, probably students, who walk four, five and six abreast down the middle of street, sometimes blocking a lane of traffic. I’ve contacted the police but nothing seems to get done. I’m worried that someone will get hit before anyone takes some action. A: Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said city police have issued tickets to people walking in the street. He said officers urge people to use sidewalks whenever possible.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 4, 1992
DISMISSALS Rebecca Mills and baby girl, Lawrence; Cathy Jean Brynds and baby boy, Lawrence.
CORRECTION
December 4, 1992
Because of a reporter’s error, Hilda Enoch and Ed Dutton were misidentified in Thursday’s paper. Hilda Enoch is a member of the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Older Women’s League, and Ed Dutton is Valley View task force facilitator and the chairman of the Lawrence-Douglas County Advocacy Council on Aging.
NOISE COMPLAINT BRINGS CRACK ARRESTS
December 4, 1992
Two Lawrence men were arrested early today after police allegedly saw them making crack cocaine at the duplex apartment where one of the men lives. The men, ages 35 and 36, were arrested on charges of possessing a controlled substance after officers, who had gone to the duplex about 2:45 a.m. today to investigate reports of a woman screaming, allegedly saw them making crack.
HELPING HANDS
December 4, 1992
More than 450 children in Kansas have special education needs but don’t have parents who will ensure those needs are met, according to Families Together Inc., a statewide organization that serves the families of disabled children. That’s where education advocates can step in.
S OLD STNICK
December 4, 1992
“Merry Christmas,” Santa Claus bellowed from 45 feet above Massachusetts Street. “Merry Christmas,” Daniel Hamilton, 8, bellowed back from the ear-muffed and stocking-capped crowd below.
FOR THE RECORD
December 4, 1992
Law enforcement report District court
OFFICIALS DEDICATE NEW KU REGENTS CENTER
December 4, 1992
More than 200 Kansas University alumni, administrators and friends were present Thursday for the dedication of the new KU Regents Center at 127th Street and Quivira Road. “The dedication of this new regents center acknowledges a unique partnership,” KU Chancellor Gene Budig said. “That partnership involves the university, state government, local government, members of the greater Kansas City and local business community, and loyal friends of the university.”
FORMER J-W ADVERTISING DIRECTOR DIES
December 4, 1992
Ernest A. Pontius, 84, retired advertising director for the Journal-World and a former director and president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, died Thursday afternoon at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor Chapel.