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February 18, 1992
Millions of Americans can readily identify with Retired Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in at least one respect, even if they can’t share most of his notable military experiences, and will never know the kind of fame and recognition he enjoys. Schwarzkopf, who commanded U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf War, told a national gathering of auto dealers that he is fast learning how the legendary “other half” lives since his retirement from the Army last August.
REGENTS TO RECEIVE MISSION STATEMENTS
February 18, 1992
The Kansas Board of Regents this week will receive revised mission statements from state universities that describe the philosophy of the institution and its role in the state system. Mission statements for the universities, including Kansas University, are being rewritten by university and regents’ officials this year to emphasize priorities through the year 2000.
SCOTT G. VOORHEES
February 18, 1992
Services for Scott Gregory Voorhees, 27, Hartford, formerly of Lawrence, Kan., were Wednesday at Meadowlawn Funeral Home Chapel in Hartford. Mr. Voorhees died Feb. 9, 1992, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
S BIKE, HIKING PATHS STUDIED
February 18, 1992
Hikers and bikers may get their own version of the South Lawrence Trafficway if the city and county proceed with their plans for a path that parallels most of the 14.1-mile highway. Such paths are provided for in the project’s interlocal agreement, which spells out the trafficway’s basic design. But it wasn’t until Monday’s meeting that the two commissions got to look at preliminary plans for hiking and biking paths.
HOUSING IS FOCUS OF CITY FORUM
February 18, 1992
City officials will conduct on Wednesday the first of two forums on housing to give the public a chance to express its views on the most pressing housing needs in Lawrence. The meeting gets under way at 4 p.m. in the city commission meeting room in city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. Public input will be recorded at the meeting and discussed at an upcoming Lawrence City Commission study session.
SCHOOL BOARD LEARNS PRICE OF ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS
February 18, 1992
Increasing the accountability of Lawrence schools won’t come without a price tag, and on Monday the Lawrence school board learned what costs could accompany new efforts to assess students’ progress. The board received those estimates during a study session to examine its goals for the 1992-93 school year.
RURAL WATER DISTRICT ENDS WATER SEARCH
February 18, 1992
Eighteen months of drilling test wells finally have resulted in the location of a water supply that could remedy the water woes of Jefferson County’s Rural Water District No. 1 customers. John Kendall, chairman of the board for the water district, said water samples from two test wells were evaluated Monday in Topeka and found to be uncontaminated. Of the nine other wells drilled by the water district, two were dry, four had “iron you could walk on,” and three had high levels of nitrates, he said.
FOR THE RECORD
February 18, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Stereo equipment, a bicycle and miscellaneous items, valued on a police report at $7,925, were taken between 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday from a residence in the 2600 block of University Drive.
LEGISLATOR INQUIRING INTO DEATH OF TODDLER
February 18, 1992
Lawrence’s state senator says the death of a local toddler earlier this month has “outraged” him and led him to raise questions about possible changes in the state’s welfare program to further protect young children. Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, confirmed today he has been making inquiries about the death Feb. 4 or Feb. 5 of 23-month-old Eric S. Brewer. Murder and child abuse charges have been filed in connection with the death.
TRAFFICWAY RIGHTS OF WAY, SETBACK OPTIONS DISCUSSED
February 18, 1992
Part of the South Lawrence Trafficway’s future came into view Monday at a study session with the Lawrence City Commission and the Douglas County Commission at city hall. That future includes a preliminary look at the trafficway’s right of way needs, tentative plans for hiking and bike paths around the 14.1-mile route and discussion on the project’s potential setback requirements.
HELEN C. HENRY
February 18, 1992
Services for Helen Campbell Henry, 98, Niles, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Warren with the Rev. William M. Youngblood officiating. Cremation is planned. Mrs. Henry died Friday, Feb. 14, 1992, at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.
RUSSELL WARD
February 18, 1992
Services are pending for Russell A. Ward, 48, Lawrence. Mr. Ward died this morning, Feb. 18, 1992, at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
PSYCHIATRIST SAYS HALCION SAFE IF USED CORRECTLY
February 18, 1992
If used properly, Halcion, the popular prescription sleeping aid that has been the subject of some recent controversy, can be an effective drug, according to a Kansas University Medical Center psychiatrist. “It’s a very good drug,” said Dr. Ekkehard Othmer, a professor of psychiatry at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and medical director of the psychiatric hospital, North Hills Hospital of Kansas City, Mo.
LMH OFFICIAL TO REPORT ABOUT NEW TECHNIQUE
February 18, 1992
Trustees at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will hear Wednesday from the director of operating room nursing about the costs and benefits of making pelviscopy available at the hospital. Tom Campbell, the director, said pelviscopy, an advanced form of gynecological laparoscopy, would help LMH retain patients.
CORRECTION
February 18, 1992
Because of a photographer’s error, a name in a cutline on page 1A of Monday’s Journal-World was incorrect. Special Olympian Todd Williams was pictured with Kansas University men’s basketball coach Roy Williams.
BUDIG LAMENTS KUMC SALARY SCALE
February 18, 1992
Salary increases proposed for Kansas University Medical Center faculty are less than half the national average, KU Chancellor Gene Budig said today. In a presentation to a House appropriations subcommittee, Budig said faculty salaries at academic health centers are rising 6.5 percent to 8 percent a year.
PARADE STILL NEEDS GRAND MARSHAL
February 18, 1992
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Committee has selected eight queen contestants but remains in need of a grand marshal for its annual parade. The committee is looking for any Douglas County resident of Irish anscestry to act as its 1992 grand marshal. Candidates must be 21 or older and are required to write a few paragraphs on why they think they (or their family) would make the “perfect” grand marshal.
MAN ARRAIGNED IN BANK ROBBERIES
February 18, 1992
A man charged with robbing the Wellsville Bank twice last fall was arraigned this morning after he was found competent to stand trial, according to Brent Anderson, first assistant U.S. attorney. A competency trial was held for Dale Alan Robertson, Olathe, before U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Rogers. Robertson then was arraigned before Federal Magistrate Ronald C. Newman on two counts of bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during the first robbery.
S GIFT OF $55,000 TO BENEFIT KU ATHLETICS
February 18, 1992
A. Drue and Susan K. Jennings of Prairie Village have committed $55,000 in unrestricted funds to support expansion of athletics facilities expansion at Kansas University, according to John Hadl, assistant athletic director. The commitment to the KU Endowment Association will provide $50,000 for the facilities expansion and $5,000 for the Chancellors Club, KU’s major-donor organization for unrestricted funds.
COUNTY TO CONSIDER HOW TO SELECT CENTER DIRECTOR
February 18, 1992
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will discuss how it will hire a new director for the regional juvenile detention center. County Administrator Chris McKenzie said an initial screening of the 75 applicants for the job narrowed the list to “approximately 15” candidates. He said county staff will review with the commission the approach to take for screening and interviewing the remaining candidates.
PROGRAM TO HONOR MINORITY STUDENTS
February 18, 1992
Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig will address about 400 minority high school students and their parents at KU’s 13th Endowment Merit On-Campus Visitation and Scholarship Program on Friday at the Kansas Union. The program was founded in 1979 to recognize and award Endowment Merit Scholarships to talented American Indian, Asian-American, black and Hispanic-American students in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 18, 1992
Julie Steinbock and baby girl, Lawrence; Anastasia McDaneld and baby boy, Lawrence; Suzanne Watts and baby girl, Ottawa; Deborah Lux and baby girl, Lawrence; Nancy Golden and baby girl, Lawrence. BIRTHS Sherrie and David Bennett, Tonganoxie, a girl, Monday.
STATE LOOKING TO REFUND $68,000 IN COUNTY
February 18, 1992
The State Treasurer’s office is looking for 396 Douglas County residents and businesses that are due $68,476 in unclaimed assets and property. The treasurer’s office recently published the names of more than 16,000 Kansans and Kansas businesses that have unclaimed assets, including money, stocks or safe deposit boxes.
S PLANS FOR MATHHONORS
February 18, 1992
Starting with the graduating class of 1996, DeSoto High School students will need three credits in mathematics one more than the existing requirement to graduate, school board members decided Monday. Rod Petersen, a member of the curriculum coordinating council, presented the DeSoto school board with three recommendations from the council, including the math credit increase. He said the high school math department plans to incorporate additional courses, such as a math application class using computers.
REGENT URGES STATE TO ALLOW INSURANCE ON STATE BUILDINGS
February 18, 1992
A House committee Monday began to build the foundation for legislation that would make it legal to insure all state buildings against disaster. “Self-insurance was a pretty good idea 40 years ago,” Warren Corman, facilities director for the Kansas Board of Regents, told the House Insurance Committee.
91, STATE SAYS
February 18, 1992
Douglas County merchants collected 13.09 percent more in state sales taxes during the second half of 1991 than they did during the comparable 1990 period. A state report on counties’ collections of the 4.5 percent state sales tax showed that Douglas County businesses took in $12,221,944 during the first six months of the state’s fiscal year, which begins July 1. A year earlier, the county’s collection total was $10,807,576 for the comparable six-month period, which coincides with the second half of the calendar year.
NCAA SHOULD HAVE HEARD PLEAS
February 18, 1992
Glen Mason became the seventh current Big Eight Conference football coach to appear on the dais of the NCAA College Football Forum here Monday. “I’m delighted to be here,” Mason said, “because four years ago I didn’t know if I’d be coaching now.”
DEFENSE MYSTIFIES MIEGE
February 18, 1992
It’s no secret Gary Hammer’s predilection is defense. The Hammer-coached Lawrence High girls basketball team ended a two-game losing streak and a two-season losing streak to Shawnee Mission Miege with a 40-27 victory over the Stags Monday night at the Miege gym.
DOWNTOWN REPORT DRAWS COMMENTS
February 18, 1992
East Lawrence residents warned Monday of the possible negative impact of a report by a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce group on improving the economic vitality of downtown. Of particular concern was a proposal to consider creating a corporation to buy and develop downtown properties for future business use as they become available.
COACHES BOUNCE SAME BUZZWORDS AT NCAA FORUM
February 18, 1992
No one counted the number of times five college football coaches used the words “concerns” and “problems” here Monday, but then again not a single media-type lugged a calculator to the NCAA College Football Forum, either. Suffice it to say, the Forum five including Kansas’ Glen Mason complained about everything from new NCAA legislation to their ongoing love-hate relationship with the National Football League.
PESTICIDE RUNOFF IS MEETING FOCUS
February 18, 1992
Area residents will get a chance next month to comment about a plan designed to reduce atrazine runoff into the surface water in the Delaware River Basin in northeast Kansas, which flows into the Kansas River upstream from Lawrence. The Kansas State Board of Agriculture will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. March 9 at the Jackson County 4-H Building in Holton to receive comments on its proposal to create a pesticide management area in the Delaware River Basin.
CENTIMETER SILLINESS
February 18, 1992
Italian skiers finished 1-2 in the Olympic downhill competition the past week in France, then there was a French protest about the size of their commercial logos. In the past, petty international politicking, mainly at the communist-noncommunist level, tended to lessen the luster of athletes’ achievements. But with the breakup of the Soviet Union, apparently some people felt they had to find another “cause celebre.”
NEW CLAIM OF EARLY HUMANS DOUBTED
February 18, 1992
A Kansas University archaeologist isn’t buying a new theory that suggests humans were in North America twice as early as has been generally thought. Jack Hofman, KU assistant professor of anthropology and archaeologist, said he was not impressed by evidence presented at a conference this month indicating that people were present in North America as early as 28,000 years ago.