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STRANGE DIVERSION
February 12, 1992
It is terribly interesting to note what people in “newly free” countries espouse as indicators of long-awaited emanicipation from the grip of the communist system in Europe. Food, of course, is paramount, as are clothing and shelter, always the basics of existence. But from there, where? Are they eager for jeans, MTV, jazz, liquor, running water, flush toilets, electricity, automobiles?
UNIONS AND QUALITY
February 12, 1992
To the editor: I should like to respond to the editorial cartoon that you had on page 5A of your Feb. 3 edition.
COMMENT ON COUPS
February 12, 1992
I seldom bother with letters to the editor because, as a scholar, I am more given to quiet reflection. Having broken the habit I must comment on President Bush commenting on the coup in Venezuela as an “outrageous, illegal military coup.” Some readers may be under the impression that all military coups are indeed “outrageous and illegal.” They would be deadly wrong to think so. Some coups are “legal,” as for example, the one we are waiting for against Saddam in Iraq. Others, while possibly “illegal,” are not at all “outrageous.” Here we may cite the coup in the Soviet Union against Gorbachev during which the White House held out for two days in case it might have succeeded.
CELEBRITY JUSTICE
February 12, 1992
There is no cause for anyone to celebrate the conviction of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson on charges of rape. But there are, perhaps, some lessons to be learned and some positive aspects to be gleaned from the case. First, the Tyson verdict seems to prove that celebrities sports and otherwise can’t always escape the consequences of their actions. Our society has been all too tolerant of outrageous, illegal behavior by its supposed heroes.
FOR THE RECORD
February 12, 1992
Law enforcement report Condition reports
SIX ARRESTED IN TUESDAY RAID
February 12, 1992
Jefferson County sheriff’s officers arrested six people during an early morning raid Tuesday at a rural Meriden residence. Authorities also confiscated what was thought to be marijuana and methamphetamine and recovered some property stolen several weeks ago in a burglary at The Dam Store north of Perry, said Sheriff Roy Dunnaway.
RICHEY MAY PLAY THIS WEEK
February 12, 1992
Today marks the three-week anniversary of Patrick Richey’s ankle operation. Expected to miss four-to-six weeks, Kansas’ sophomore guard will suit up and could conceivably enter tonight’s KU-Iowa State game. Tipoff is 7:08 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. A live telecast is available on channels 49 and 62.
LUCILLE MCCREATH
February 12, 1992
Graveside services for Lucille F. McCreath, 90, rural Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Todd officiating. Mrs. McCreath died today, Feb. 12, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
MAY USHER
February 12, 1992
Private memorial services for May Usher, 94, Lawrence, will be held at a later date. Cremation is planned, and inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Usher died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
PERFORMERS BREAK BARRIERS
February 12, 1992
Both Akira Matsui and Shisui Arai grew up in longstanding Japanese art traditions. Akiri is an actor in the noh theater and Shisui plays the biwa, a lute-like instrument. But the two Japanese artists take the decidedly non-traditional step of combining the biwa and noh. The unusual combination, along with excerpts from more traditional performances, form the core of a concert scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
EUDORA CONVERTS CHARITIES, TOPS JEFFERSON
February 12, 1992
North Eudora won’t need to practice free throws this week. The Cardinals had plenty of time for that during their 56-49 high school basketball victory at Jefferson North on Tuesday night. Eudora hit 14 of 21 free throws, including 14 of 19 in fourth quarter to preserve a lead.
BUILDINGS
February 12, 1992
A handful of Eudora school district patrons, parents and board members witnessed cramped conditions during a tour of the district’s schools Tuesday morning. The group met at Eudora Junior-Senior High School and rode a yellow school bus to the Holy Family Catholic Church, where the district leases two rooms for kindergarten classes.
FIVE DOGS FROM RAID RETURNED TO OWNER
February 12, 1992
Two Irish setters and three huskies that were being housed at the Lawrence Humane Society Animal Shelter after a January kennel raid in Washington County have been returned to their owner, the shelter’s manager said Tuesday. Roma Tesch, shelter manager, said the five dogs were returned to a Clyde woman who had leased the dogs for breeding to Mike and Kathy McCall, who kept an unlicensed kennel in Washington County that was raided earlier this year. Washington County is north of Junction City along the Nebraska border.
HAROLD KIPP
February 12, 1992
Private family services for Harold L. Kipp, 88, formerly of Lawrence, will be held at a later date. Cremation is planned. Mr. Kipp died Monday, Feb. 10, 1992, at his home in Overland Park.
OFFICES, BUSINESSES TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAY
February 12, 1992
A number of local offices and businesses will close their doors Monday in recognition of Presidents’ Day. Offices in Lawrence City Hall and the Douglas County Courthouse, including vehicle and voter registration, will be closed.
KU WOMEN FACE BUFFS IN BOULDER
February 12, 1992
When the Big Eight women’s basketball season began, Colorado was one of the teams Kansas coach Marian Washington feared most. The Buffs, along with Nebraska, would provide the Jayhawks with their toughest tests, according to Washington.
MERGER MAY SPUR BANK COMPETITION
February 12, 1992
The way MidAmerican Corp. sees it, bigger is definitely better. MidAmerican, the Johnson County-based holding company that owns First National Bank of Lawrence, announced Tuesday that it had approved a definitive agreement for a $13 million deal to buy LNB. If everything goes according to MidAmerican’s plan, LNB would merge into First National this summer, increasing First National’s assets from $156 million to about $210 million.
LAWRENCE GIRLS TUMBLE
February 12, 1992
Practicing a bit of Golden Rule basketball, the Emporia High girls team did unto Lawrence as LHS did unto the Spartans earlier this month. The third-ranked Lions, who won their fourth consecutive Glacier’s Edge tournament title with a championship-game victory over Emporia on Feb. 1, had their 11-game winning streak snapped with a 56-46 loss to sixth-ranked EHS here Tuesday.
DOCTOR
February 12, 1992
A fatal blow that killed a 23-month-old boy last week in Lawrence could not have been an accident, a forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on the toddler said Tuesday afternoon. “The severity of the injuries, the location of the injuries. It is not possible,” Dr. Kris Sperry said when asked whether Eric Brewer’s death could have been accidental.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ISSUES DISCUSSED
February 12, 1992
More research must be conducted on African-American language and culture, which has been distorted by a Eurocentric view over the centuries, speakers at a Kansas University panel discussion said Tuesday night. “European tradition has kept scholarship in this field down, to say the very least,” said Jacob Gordon, associate professor of African and African-American studies.
GROUP SEEKS PRIORITY FOR PEDESTRIANS
February 12, 1992
In the wake of a fatal car-pedestrian accident last month, members of the Oread Neighborhood Assn. challenged city commissioners Tuesday to give the streets back to pedestrians. “We need to recognize how fundamental the rights of pedestrians are to travel the city and access its services in relative safety,” said Lance Rake, ONA board member.
REGENT URGES STATE TO INSURE BUILDINGS
February 12, 1992
Last June’s fire that ravaged Kansas University’s Hoch Auditorium demonstrated the inadequacies of not insuring most state buildings, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents told a legislative panel today. Apparently there is no way to immediately come up with $18 million to rebuild the KU landmark, Regent Charles Hostetler said. That raises a question, he said, as to what would happen if a tornado wiped out several buildings on a state university campus.
MINIMUM PAY FOR SCHOOL CHIEF RAISED
February 12, 1992
Figuring they want a school superintendent who can almost “walk on water,” Lawrence school board members Tuesday raised the minimum salary they will offer to the successor of Supt. Dan Neuenswander. Board members decided to raise the minimum salary offered from $65,000 to $75,000. The superintendent’s salary would be negotiable and would depend on the person’s qualifications and experience.
S ESTATE TO PROVIDE KU SCHOLARSHIPS
February 12, 1992
A $709,731 bequest from the estate of the late Irene McClune Goldsmith of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., will provide scholarships for students in the aerospace engineering department at Kansas University, Chancellor Gene Budig announced today. Budig said in a release that “gifts of this magnitude are instrumental in attracting top students to KU.”
ICY BLAST PROVIDES CITY WITH RETURN OF WINTER
February 12, 1992
Winter made another cameo appearance in the area Tuesday night and today, depositing the first precipitation of the month in Lawrence. The Kansas University Weather Service measured 0.30 of an inch of a wintry concoction of rain, sleet and snow as of 7 a.m. today. It was the first precipitation recorded in Lawrence since Jan. 23.
KU SURVEY LOOKS AT SEX ATTITUDES
February 12, 1992
Kansas University officials say a survey that showed many students have been victims of sexual violence is proof of the need to provide sexual awareness programs and support services such as rape counseling. In the survey, which was conducted last year, 22.8 percent of women respondents and 8.4 percent of men said they had been sexually molested or assaulted before the age of 18.
KIMBRELL AGREES TO SELL NEW FIRM TO KC COMPANY
February 12, 1992
Lawrence entrepreneur David Kimbrell has entered a preliminary agreement to sell his latest enterprise, Scanning America, to a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that also specializes in electronic document conversion. The prospective buyer, Saztec Inc., currently is conducting a due diligence review of Scanning America’s operations, and Kimbrell said he expected Saztec officials to decide whether to proceed with the acquisition by March 1.
THURSDAY NIGHT APPEARS TO HAVE EXCITED KU FANS
February 12, 1992
Maybe I’m too much of a deep-dish traditionalist, or maybe I just don’t like staying up late on weeknights, but I’m not thrilled about college football on Thursday nights. I guess I’m in the minority, though, because ever since Kansas announced it would move its scheduled game against California-Berkeley from Saturday, Sept. 26, to Thursday night, Sept. 24, KU officials report they’ve heard nary a discouraging word.
SIGNS OF GOOD TIMES HIGHLIGHT BANNER DAYS AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE
February 12, 1992
On Feb. 22, 1984, the big, bad Oklahoma Sooners held a net-cutting party in Allen Fieldhouse after beating the Kansas Jayhawks 92-82 in overtime. Post-game activities included a shoving match between the crowd and Oklahoma players as they trotted to their locker room after the victory, which ensured the Sooners of at least a tie for the Big Eight Conference title.
SESSION ON POLICE TO BE RESET
February 12, 1992
Because of a scheduling problem, the televised discussion of a review panel’s report on the policies and practices of the Lawrence Police Department will be rescheduled. Darrel Stephens, the chairman of the group that authored the report, can not attend the March 3 commission meeting at which commissioners planned to discuss the report, City Manager Mike Wildgen told the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday night.
KANSAS SWIMMERS HAVE SIGHTS ON CROWN
February 12, 1992
Gary Kempf hopes to be in the fight of his life Saturday night. Kempf, Kansas’ head swim coach, says he won’t be surprised or sorry if the Big Eight men’s swim meet is determined by the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
CITY GETS REPORT ON STREET, SEWER PROJECTS
February 12, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners received a report Tuesday on the progress and financing of several improvements to city streets, sewers and buildings. “I just wanted to bring you up to date on the status of some of these projects,” said City Manager Mike Wildgen, who prepared the report on capital improvements for the commission.
LOCAL LAWMAKERS BEAT DEADLINE TO INTRODUCE BILLS
February 12, 1992
Several bills, ranging from improving foster child care in the state to reforming how the state deals with sexual offenders were introduced Tuesday and today by two Lawrence legislators. The bills, introduced by Sen. Wint Winter Jr. R-Lawrence, and Rep. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, were among dozens of bills that were drafted in the House and the Senate today, which is the deadline for individual lawmakers to introduce bills.
LIONS SMASH SPARTANS, 69-46 LHS BOYS BUST TWO-GAME SKID
February 12, 1992
The first game of the rest of the season went about as well as Lawrence High could have wanted. The Lions, coming off back-to-back losses last week, drilled Emporia, 69-46, Tuesday in boys basketball in the EHS gym.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 12, 1992
DISMISSALS Jacqueline Steelman and baby boy, Ottawa; Sonja Stockwell and baby boy, Lawrence.
February 12, 1992
Irina is caught between two men who don’t really want her. One offers her freedom but abandons her. The other offers her security but little else. It takes more than two hours to resolve this issue, and the viewer must struggle to care that long about Irina, the lead character in “The Blonde