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S ART SCENE
February 20, 1992
Two late, world-class artists are the subject of a concert tonight, and five living, regional artists are on display this weekend. But that’s the way it goes in Lawrence. The concert, at 7:30 p.m. today at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass., puts the University Symphony Orchestra under director Julian Shew, who will be playing music by Mozart and Prokofiev. The gallery show, featuring five regional artists, ends this weekend at Artists En Masse, 803 Mass.
SAFETY PROBLEM EXISTS
February 20, 1992
To the editor: This letter is in reference to the necessity of placing a pedestrian-controlled traffic signal at 17th and Massachusetts streets. I have been following with great interest, the lack of progress on correcting this problem by the Traffic Safety Commission.
DOLE AND BUSH
February 20, 1992
To the editor: On Jan. 12, a Journal-World headline announced “Dole is Senate’s top Bush supporter.”
TRANSPORTATION GROUP AIRS CONCERNS ABOUT DOWNTOWN
February 20, 1992
Public transportation should be part of a report for improving the economic vitality of Lawrence’s downtown, members of a transportation advocacy group said Wednesday. “If there is any community in this country who can get behind public transportation, it’s Lawrence, Kansas,” said Ray Petty, a member of the Citizens Public Transportation Blueprint Committee. “When I looked at your report, I was surprised that public transportation was not in it.”
ORDINANCE OUTLINES NO-SKATING AREAS
February 20, 1992
Good weather brings out skaters, and a growing number of people in Lawrence consider the Kansas University campus and downtown the best outdoor locations in town. However, an ordinance prohibiting the use of skateboards downtown and at KU also prohibits all other types of skates, including in-line skates.
CHARLES ROBERTSON
February 20, 1992
Services for Charles “Marion” Robertson, 67, Leavenworth, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Administration Immanuel Chapel here with the Rev. Gilbert McCurdy officiating. Burial will be in the Leavenworth National Cemetery. Mr. Robertson died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1992, at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth.
GEORGIA W. HEITMEYER
February 20, 1992
Services for Georgia W. Heitmeyer, 89, Eudora, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at L.D. Pearson’s Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. Mrs. Heitmeyer died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1992, at the Eudora Nursing Center.
JOHN E. TERHUNE
February 20, 1992
A memorial service for John Emery Terhune, 84, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home. The Rev. Larry Preston of Visitation of the Northland Christian Church, Topeka, will officiate. Mr. Terhune died Thursday, Feb. 13, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was cremated.
RENO E. BRUNS
February 20, 1992
Services for Reno E. Bruns, 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Charles Gilmore officiating. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by Lodge No. 6 AF&AM at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Bruns died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1992, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
ELLIOTT SERVICES
February 20, 1992
Graveside services for M. Kathleen Elliott, 63, Lawrence, will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Bishop officiating. Mrs. Elliott died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1992, at her home. She had cancer.
OTTAWA WOMAN REPORTS ROBBERY
February 20, 1992
An 18-year-old Ottawa woman reported to Lawrence police that she was robbed on the corner of Fifth and Florida at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. The woman, who was selling goods door to door, told officers she was walking near the intersection when a man approached her and asked whether she was selling candy. She said yes, and the suspect asked whether she had change for a $20 bill. Police said that when the woman took out her money bag, the man took the bag, containing $72.25, and ran south on Florida.
SMITH SERVICES
February 20, 1992
Memorial services for Leo F. Smith, 97, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church here with the Rev. Kirby Hayes officiating. Mr. Smith died Friday, Jan. 17, 1992, at the Orchard Lane Nursing Facility in Baldwin. He was cremated.
NOTES
February 20, 1992
A visit to the jeweler appeals to Rex Walters. “I love to wear rings. We had a Big Eight ring looking right at us,” Kansas’ junior guard said after KU’s 81-79 overtime loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night. “Tonight, if we win this and play like we can at home, we’re in great position to win the league. I guess we were expecting a gift from somebody.”
FINAL BUCKET HAUNTS OSTERTAG
February 20, 1992
Greg Ostertag couldn’t shake a sense of personal responsibility for Jamar Johnson’s game-winning three-pointer. With one second left in overtime, Johnson took an inbounds pass and hit the trey that gave the Huskers an 81-79 victory over No. 3 Kansas.
MARY JANE SULLIVAN
February 20, 1992
Memorial services for Mary Jane Sullivan, 66, Overland Park, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park with the Rev. William Murphy officiating. The body was cremated. Mrs. Sullivan died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1992, at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, Mo.
JAPANESE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE QUICK GLIMPSE OF U.S. CULTURE
February 20, 1992
She convulsed in laughter upon learning her sweatshirt was emblazoned with the name of two famous U.S. basketball players. He discovered that hamburgers were delicious, contrary to what he had been told in his native land.
GROUP MEETS TO BRAINSTORM ABOUT FILLING HOUSING NEEDS
February 20, 1992
Although the gathering was tense at times, city officials and local residents who participated in a meeting Wednesday about housing needs in Lawrence said they were glad they came together to brainstorm about solving housing problems. At various points in the meeting, members of the audience complained that they’ve talked and talked about housing problems in Lawrence but haven’t seen results.
WILDA C. HOOVER
February 20, 1992
Services for Wilda Christine Hoover, 80, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Doris Fawl officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hoover died today, Feb. 20, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
RESEARCHER SEES PROMISE IN ENERGY BILL
February 20, 1992
A Kansas University researcher says he is encouraged by congressional action Wednesday that would authorize an energy research center at KU. Congressional authorization of the Mid-Continent Energy Research Center at KU came one step closer Wednesday after the Senate approved the measure in a comprehensive energy bill, Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., announced.
KU POLICE REPORT CAMPUS CRIME FELL
February 20, 1992
Kansas University police are attributing a drop in campus crime in 1991 to more public education and awareness, plus a greater police presence. “There’s probably about four or five different things that account for the basic drop in crimes,” police Lt. John Mullens said.
THREE STILL IN CONTENTION FOR JOB AS JUVENILE DETENTION DIRECTOR
February 20, 1992
Three candidates remain in the running for the director’s job for a proposed regional juvenile detention center, a Douglas County official said Wednesday night. Pam Madl, personnel and risk management director, said she narrowed the field of applicants from 75 to 20 last week. She then worked with Judy Culley, director of The Shelter Inc., to reduce the field to three candidates.
CORRECTION
February 20, 1992
Because of a photographer’s error, a caption for a photograph in Saturday’s Journal-World contained incorrect information about Army Capt. James P. Norris. Norris is the new commander for the Lawrence Army Recruiting Company. Company headquarters are at 7 E. Eighth.
STATE SIGNS CONTRACT ON DETENTION CENTER
February 20, 1992
Douglas County received a signed contract Thursday from the state that will provide the majority of funding for the construction of a regional juvenile detention center. County Administrator Chris McKenzie said Donna Whiteman, secretary of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, had signed the contract. He said the state would issue bonds for the $1.5 million construction project and cover 90 percent of the costs.
AREA LAWMAKER TAKES AIM AT LONG-DISTANCE CHARGES
February 20, 1992
Lecompton telephone customers can call Topeka toll-free, but they pay long-distance charges to call Perry, only three miles down the road. Linwood residents are charged for long-distance services when they call Basehor, even though the two towns have consolidated into one school district.
EX-ATHLETES, COACH SUPPORT BILL TO LIMIT NCAA PENALTIES
February 20, 1992
Former Kansas University athletes Mike Maddox and Clifford Wiley told legislators Wednesday the NCAA doesn’t know the score when it comes to investigating and disciplining member schools. Maddox, a member of the KU men’s basketball team forbidden from defending its 1988 NCAA title, and Wiley, who got in trouble with the NCAA for accepting a federal grant while on a track scholarship in the 1970s, remain bitter about the way they were treated by the NCAA.
THE SOVIET MILITARY
February 20, 1992
One of the major concerns about the shifting fortunes of the floundering nations which once made up the Soviet Union is the status of the military establishment. Currently, there are growing numbers of demonstrations for “the old order” as the ex-Soviet people struggle with the demands and intricacies of “freedom.” And there are increasing indications that we might be seeing some military coup attempts in various locales.
PANEL BACKS 2ND ABATEMENT FOR WAREHOUSE
February 20, 1992
An application for a second tax abatement on the new warehouse and distribution center that Pitman-Moore Inc. plans to locate in Lawrence received a favorable recommendation Wednesday from the city’s Administrative Review Committee. The ARC recommended that the Lawrence City Commission grant Pitman-Moore, an international animal health products firm, a 50 percent abatement for 10 years on property taxes that would apply to machinery and equipment in the local facility.
S DAVIDSON CAME RIGHT BACK AFTER CRASH DIVE
February 20, 1992
From a spectator’s standpoint, diving is a lot like auto racing. People don’t want to see drivers crash or divers smash into the board, but there is a curiosity involved. “When people hear I’m a diver, they ask, `Are you scared of hitting the board?”’ Kansas diver Tim Davidson said. “I never thought about it until I did it. It’s out of the ordinary for most divers. You occasionally clip a toe or foot, but it’s no big deal.”
DEBATE ON MISSION STATEMENTS DEFERRED
February 20, 1992
The Kansas Board of Regents today postponed debate on proposed mission statements for Kansas University and other state universities to allow regents more time to consider amendments to the documents. “It is in the best interests of all of us not to discuss them today,” said Jack Sampson, chairman of the board. “But there will be a time to do so.”
ONROLL
February 20, 1992
In-line skates are hitting the pavement in growing numbers, whether for games of hockey or transportation, cross-training or free-form fun. The sport emerged in the mid-1980s and locally is becoming a popular exercise and recreational option. In-line skates incorporate a design similar to ice skates, but in-line skaters balance on a row of four wheels (three wheels for a junior-sized skate) instead of a blade.
EX-KU PROF UNCOVERS CONTROVERSIAL WWII DOCUMENTS
February 20, 1992
A U.S. military intelligence report rediscovered by a retired Kansas University history professor provides evidence that the Japanese Army operated an extensive brothel network during World War II. “I somehow recalled that I still had this report after half a century. I just pulled it out,” Grant Goodman, a Japanese scholar and translator of Japanese Army documents during the war, said Tuesday in an interview.
SCHOOL PANEL MEMBER SEEKS LINK FOR NEW PROGRAMS, SPACE NEEDS
February 20, 1992
New programs for meeting students’ needs should be part of any proposal developed by a Lawrence school commission for solving secondary school space problems, a member of the commission told the group Wednesday. “Just addressing growth isn’t going to change some things that need to be changed,” said Vicki Weseman, a member of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education. “How can we address growth and changing needs of students?”
FOR THE RECORD
February 20, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported A microwave oven, range and dishwasher, valued on a police report at $1,094, were taken between 5 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday from from a house under construction in the 1100 block of Oak Tree Drive.
COMMISSIONERS IN FOR LONG NIGHT MARCH 17
February 20, 1992
The Lawrence City Commission meeting March 17 is shaping up to be a “two thermos night,” as city staff call long meetings. Discussions of two major reports have been scheduled for the meeting. One report examines the policies and practices of the Lawrence Police Department, and the other deals with future downtown development.
JOHNSON HITS DEAM SHOT
February 20, 1992
It was a scene that has played itself out innumerable times in playgrounds and driveways and vacant gymnasiums. Home team down by one, one second left.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 20, 1992
Cathy Tarr and baby boy, Lawrence. BIRTHS Joanna and Shane Dye, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday.
NU SINKS COLD-SHOOTING KANSAS
February 20, 1992
Enough is enough. “I’m tired of getting mail. I’m tired of missing free throws,” Kansas coach Roy Williams said after the Jayhawks’ gut-wrenching 81-79 overtime loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night at the Devaney Center.
OWNER OF DAM MULLS WATER-FLOW DECISION
February 20, 1992
Stephen Hill, who represents the family that owns Bowersock Mills and Power Co., said he still has not decided whether to pursue his effort to get more water flowing over the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence. Hill also said he had not set a timetable for exercising Bowersock’s vested water rights.
LOCAL ASCS HEAD TO LEAVE OFFICE
February 20, 1992
Brian Morray announced today that he will leave his job as executive director of the Douglas County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service. Morray, who has headed the Douglas County office since 1979, plans to move with his family to Gridley and take over the farm previously operated by his wife’s parents. His last day in the Lawrence office will be March 21.
IMPACT ON 1991 ECONOMY SET AT $87 MILLION
February 20, 1992
Out-of-towners who spent the night in Lawrence last year had an $87 million impact on the local economy, the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates. Judy Billings, the CVB’s executive director, said she computed the estimate using total receipts from the city’s transient guest tax and a formula approved by an industry trade group.
KU WOMEN ESCAPE HUSKERS, STAY ATOP BIG EIGHT STANDINGS
February 20, 1992
Is it premature to talk about Kansas winning a Big Eight women’s basketball title? Eleven games into the conference season, coach Marian Washington thinks so. “We can’t think about that yet,” Washington says. “We’ve still got K-State, Oklahoma on the road, and Missouri.”