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SPENDING PRIORITIES
December 8, 1992
To the editor: I am so relieved to find out from our city commissioners that we don’t have any hungry or homeless people living in our fair city. If such problems existed here, I know the commission in all their wisdom would not waste $9,000 on a hunk of concrete and steel, all in the name of art.
SOUND OFF
December 8, 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.
LEFT-TURN SIGNAL GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM TSC
December 8, 1992
The Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission approved a request Monday night to add left-turn signals at the intersection of Second Street and McDonald Drive, and asked city staff to work out the details with the Kansas Turnpike Authority. “It’s not going to be a five-minute meeting, or a five-minute decision,” said Terese Gorman, city engineer. “It won’t be an easy decision with the turnpike.”
LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIAL PICKED AS SCHOLAR
December 8, 1992
Kay Kent, administrator and health officer at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, has been selected to serve as a scholar in the national Public Health Leadership Institute, to be held for the second consecutive year. Kent will join a group of 55 public health leaders in the Institute’s yearlong program.
NURSING TEACHER NAMED TO PANEL
December 8, 1992
Betty Smith-Campbell, assistant professor in nursing at Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, has been appointed to the selection committee for the state’s new director of health. State Health and Environment Secretary Robert Harder made the appointment.
WOMAN WAIVES DETENTION HEARING
December 8, 1992
A 50-year-old woman accused of robbing a Lawrence savings and loan in August waived a detention hearing this morning in U.S. District Court in Topeka. The district court clerk’s office said that because she waived the hearing Carol Ann Scroggins will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.
RAPE CHARGE COULD BE REFILED
December 8, 1992
Prosecutors are taking another look at a rape case they dismissed last week because they were unable to find the alleged victim. Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Mark Knight said a Lawrence woman who claimed she was raped Feb. 26 by a 42-year-old Lawrence man showed up Monday morning after the man’s trial was scheduled to begin.
MOVIE COMPLAINT
December 8, 1992
To the editor: I am very upset with the movies that are out right now. If kids go to movies more than adults, why are more movies rated R than PG or PG-13? This does not make sense. I talked to ten kids. They said that more than once in this past year, they went to a movie theater, and all movies were rated R, except for one. I think that most moviemakers only are thinking violence, sex and language. I think that movies should reflect everyone instead of just adults.
AN EXCELLENT BALANCE
December 8, 1992
What a weekend. Most any university in the country would be envious of Kansas University this past weekend when one of its students was selected for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and another group of students, members of the KU basketball team, won a nationally televised basketball game against the No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers. And, added to this ideal mix of academics and athletes, members of the KU football team are making plans for their upcoming trip to Hawaii to play in the Aloha Bowl.
FACT-FINDER TO ASSESS TEACHER TALKS
December 8, 1992
Representatives of Lawrence teachers and the Lawrence school board will resume negotiations Wednesday when they present their salary proposals to a fact-finder. The negotiators are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Holidome. The negotiations, which are not open to the public, then are expected to resume Thursday morning.
LHS GRAD AWARDED MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP
December 8, 1992
Kannon Shanmugam, a Lawrence resident now studying classics at Harvard University, has been awarded the prestigious British Marshall scholarship to study at a university in Britain next year. One of 36 U.S. students to be named a 1993 Marshall scholar, Shanmugam will attend Oxford to continue his study of classics. Shanmugam, the son of Sam and Radha Shanmugam, will finish his undergraduate studies at Harvard in May.
47 GAME
December 8, 1992
Emporia State paid Kansas University in 1947 to come play in White Auditorium, and the Hornets made the fee worth it, beating Phog Allen’s Jayhawks 67-44. Some 45 years later in Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas paid Emporia State back with interest: $22,000 and a 91-56 pounding.
MORE KANSAS HISTORY
December 8, 1992
To the editor: Concerning the books on Kansas. One not mentioned was “Mankind Yields,” about Old Town Franklin, three miles east of Haskell Indian Junior College. This has a lot of history, 181 pages by Josephine Shiras McGonigle.
GLASS WINS SCRATCH EVENT
December 8, 1992
Bob Glass topped a field of 26 bowlers to claim the city scratch championship on Sunday at Royal Crest Lanes. Glass, a PBA member, averaged nearly 250 for the five-game series. He had scores of 247, 257, 248, 235 and 256.
TIME OUT CAME LATE FOR EMPORIA
December 8, 1992
During a devastating five-minute run in the second half of Kansas’ 91-56 victory against Emporia State on Monday night, ESU coach Ron Slaymaker desperately needed a momentum-breaker. “I kept waiting for that TV timeout at 16 minutes and it never came,” Slaymaker said. “I didn’t want to use my last timeout then. We had a timeout coming, it’s just we needed a whistle. I should have jumped out at midcourt and got a whistle to stop things. That little spurt right there did us in.”
PLANS FOR RESTAURANT UNVEILED
December 8, 1992
The owner of Lawrence’s two Taco John’s restaurants is planning a third near 23rd and Haskell, having applied for permission to demolish a house and old business there. Kenneth R. Creasey last week filed two applications for demolition permits: one for a house at 2325 Haskell, the other for a building at 2309 Haskell.
HEARING SCHEDULED IN HIT-AND-RUN CASE
December 8, 1992
A trial-setting date was scheduled for Friday during a hearing this morning for a Lawrence man accused of leaving the scene of an accident involving the former director of the Kansas Union at Kansas University. Michael J. Armstrong, 24, is charged with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of a car-bicycle accident on Nov. 1, 1991, in which the cyclist, Lawrence resident Frank Burge, was injured.
LL STAY AS LONG AS HE CAN
December 8, 1992
Bob Hill isn’t the first NBA coach with college coaching experience to say it, and he won’t be the last. “I don’t miss the recruiting,” the Indiana Pacers head coach said.
T MET WILLIAMS
December 8, 1992
One of Kansas University’s more accomplished basketball alums seventh-year NBA center Greg Dreiling has not yet met Jayhawk coach Roy Williams. Dreiling approached KU’s fifth-year coach two years ago at the Final Four at the Hoosier Dome, but the Pacers’ 7-foot-1, 250-pound center shuffled by without saying a word.
BALDWIN COUNCIL OKS $230,000 ELECTRIC BOND
December 8, 1992
The Baldwin City Council on Monday agreed to issue $230,000 in bonds to help fund improvements to the city’s electric system. Brian Wilcox, city administrator, said the council heard from Gale Doner of Capital Finance, Wichita, the financial adviser for the bond issue. Acting on his advice, the council approved a bid from Cooper Malone McClain, Wichita, and will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baldwin City Hall to approve the paperwork. The six-year bonds feature a net interest rate of 4.9344 percent, Wilcox said.
BOARD SEATS UP FOR ELECTION IN NINE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS
December 8, 1992
Board of education elections will take place April 6 in nine area school districts, and candidates have seven weeks to file. The filing deadline is noon Jan. 26. Candidates can file with their respective county clerks or by submitting a petition with a specified number of signatures of registered voters. County clerks will provide the necessary forms and can explain the procedures.
VIVIAN ZULE
December 8, 1992
Services for Vivian Marie Zule, 74, Leavenworth, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bud Jones officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Mrs. Zule died Sunday, Dec. 6, 1992, at Providence-St. Margaret Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
FOR THE RECORD
December 8, 1992
Civil cases filed Rita L. Melendez, Lawrence, has filed a suit in excess of $50,000 on behalf of her daughter, Maria M. Melendez, against Darla J. Paulsen, Lawrence, and Melendez’s auto insurer, The Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., Topeka. The suit alleges that on March 12, Paulsen’s car collided with a car driven by Luis Melendez in the 1000 block of New York Street. The suit states that Paulsen was driving the vehicle in a “negligent and careless fashion.” Maria Melendez was a passenger and allegedly suffered disfiguring injuries. The suit also alleges that Farm Bureau has failed to pay $2,000 in medical bills.
TRIAL ORDERED IN DEATH OF LOCAL MAN
December 8, 1992
A former Douglas County resident testified Monday that she was able to escape from a man who shot and killed her companion by lying on the floor and pretending she was unconscious. Valerie Hartley, 23, testified in Douglas County District Court that she managed to escape from James P. Ludlow III after he killed Tracy Robbins, 32, on Nov. 22 at Robbins house just south of Lawrence. Robbins was a local contractor.
OKLAHOMAN TELLS OF AIDS DANGERS
December 8, 1992
Lisa Tiger’s father died when she was 2. Her grandmother died when she was 3, and two years ago her baby brother Chris was murdered. It seemed that life had thrown enough curve balls Tiger’s way. But on July 5, Tiger tested postive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
BOARD DISCUSSES PLAYING MISSOURI AT ARROWHEAD
December 8, 1992
What do you think about playing the Kansas-Missouri football game in Arrowhead Stadium every year? That’s what KU athletic director Bob Frederick asked members of the KU Athletic Corp. board at their December meeting on Monday afternoon at the Adams Alumni Center.
JOAN BURNAM RIVAS
December 8, 1992
Services are pending for Joan Burnam Rivas, 64, Kansas City, Mo., at Park Lawn Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Rivas died today, Dec. 8, 1992, at home after a long illness.
POLICE RESPONSE VEXES VICTIM
December 8, 1992
A local businessman says he wants an apology from Lawrence police for their “lack of response” after a caller dialed 911 to report that a sign outside the man’s store was being vandalized. Chad Glazer, owner of Rudy’s Pizza, 620 W. 12th, said police did not respond when they were contacted about 3 a.m. Saturday about a car that pulled into the parking lot of the business, drove into the front sidewalk entryway and struck and snapped a pole with the Rudy’s sign attached. The sign was taken.
OSTERTAG PUTS COACH IN QUANDARY
December 8, 1992
Good or bad, Greg Ostertag sure brings out the emotion in Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams. “Twice I was so mad at him I could’ve shot him. Then he goes down and takes those charges and I could’ve ran out there and kissed the big sucker.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 8, 1992
DISMISSALS Ginger Hodison and baby girl, Lawrence.
ESU USES UTEP STRATEGY
December 8, 1992
Kansas’ basketball team might have known a letdown loomed, but in Steve Woodberry’s mind that didn’t excuse it. On Monday, just two days after the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks beat Indiana, 74-69, in Indianapolis, KU was challenged for a half before if finally handed Emporia State a 91-56 loss.
HEALTH-CARE BOOSTER
December 8, 1992
Dan Purcell moved to Lawrence for a taste of “the real world.” “I was tired of academic settings and school,” said the 22-year-old Columbia, Mo., native. Purcell had majored in American studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts but couldn’t find a career he was interested in pursuing.
LIONS ROUT WASHINGTON IN OPENER
December 8, 1992
Lawrence’s pressure initiated the season by sparking a 20-3 second-half run on the way to an 81-50 blitzing of Kansas City Washington in girls high school basketball Monday night. The Lions, defending 6A champions and ranked first in the Kansas coaches poll, outscored the Wildcats 28-11 in the third quarter. The run was produced by a change in Lawrence’s full-court pressure.
JAYHAWKS AWAKEN, SQUASH HORNETS
December 8, 1992
Chaminade versus Virginia it wasn’t. But Monday night’s Kansas-Emporia State basketball game, which ESU led 15-9 after six minutes, started like it might rival that early ‘80s matchup as one of the massive upsets of all time.
COPIER LEASING DEALS CHECKED
December 8, 1992
Federal and state law enforcement agencies are investigating business practices involving office equipment leasing by a local company, Century Office Products Inc., 925 Iowa. Sources familiar with the allegations against COPI say the investigations are focusing on lease-purchase agreements for copy machines the company made with high-volume users such as businesses and school districts. The leases in question apparently were sold to third parties, including banks and private investors, who would then get the monthly payments on the contracts.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUEST KEEPS REGENTS STRUGGLING
December 8, 1992
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents searched Monday in vain for allies in their quest to take control of the state’s 19 community colleges. The Board of Regents voted in February to seek legislative approval to govern the colleges. Currently, the State Board of Education has responsibility for them.
SPECIAL DELIVERIES
December 8, 1992
Some want Barbies. Others are hoping for troll dolls. And one boy seems almost desperate for a Game Boy. A check with Lawrence’s main post office today shows that the time-honored tradition of writing to Santa Claus is alive and well this year.
CYCLIST APPRECIATES HELP
December 8, 1992
To the editor: Many thanks to the several persons who stopped to assist me Thursday afternoon following my bicycle-dog(s) collision on Indiana Street. I truly appreciated the concern and good help.
FOR THE RECORD
December 8, 1992
Fire calls Lawrence firefighters:
KU CONTRIBUTIONS DECLINE
December 8, 1992
Year in and year out, no athletic department in the Big Eight solicits more donations than Kansas. Last year KU nearly reached the $3 million plateau, collecting a record $2,937,425 in tax-deductible contributions, which are used primarily to fund athletic scholarships.