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PARK PROGRESS
January 24, 1992
An agreement announced last week is a promising bit of news for the proposed tallgrass prairie preserve in Chase County. True to her word that she would support private development of a prairie park on the Z-Bar Ranch near Strong City, Sen. Nancy Kassebaum has put together an agreement that would bring various parties together in a private foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to raise enough funds to purchase the ranch and set up the new park, which was turned down earlier this year by Congress.
VENDING VENDETTAS
January 24, 1992
How many vending machine tragedies will it take before people realize kicking, shaking and rocking the imposing pieces of equipment in a tantrum can be hazardous to their health? A Des Moines, Iowa, woman was seriously injured recently when a vending machine fell on her after she kicked it. The woman, 19, told rescuers she booted the soda machine when it wouldn’t return her money.
AREA AIRPORT PLAN
January 24, 1992
To the editor: After some study into the Leavenworth city-county airport proposal, I have come to the conclusion that we don’t need it, we don’t want it and we shouldn’t have to pay for it.
WATER DISTRICT STUDIES OPTIONS
January 24, 1992
The leader of the Kansas River Water Assurance District said the organization remains in a “hold posture” on the Bowersock Dam request for more water. The assurance district board met in Lawrence on Thursday to discuss Bowersock’s request. Two weeks ago, Stephen Hill, whose family owns the Bowersock Mills and Power Co., requested a flow increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or a restoration of the normal flow for this time of year, whichever is less. The water flow at the dam had been running in the 1,000 cfs to 1,100 cfs range, Hill said.
JUDGE TO RULE WHETHER SUSPECT IN BANK ROBBERIES IS COMPETENT
January 24, 1992
A man arrested in October in connection with two robberies of the Wellsville Bank was transferred this week from the Federal Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., to the Leavenworth County Jail, according to an official with the U.S. attorney’s office. Brent Anderson, first assistant U.S. attorney, said his office was notified by the medical center that authorities with the U.S. Marshal’s Office were authorized to transfer Dale Allen Robertson, 38, to the jail.
TWO STATE SENATORS NOW FAVOR QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS
January 24, 1992
Two state senators who had opposed qualified admissions at state universities said Thursday that they have changed their minds. The unexpected announcements by Sens. Frank Gaines, D-Augusta, and Richard Rock, D-Arkansas City, came during a Senate Ways and Means Committee discussion about the future of the Kansas Board of Regents system.
GRACE M. DICK
January 24, 1992
Services for Grace M. Dick, 82, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa with Dr. Ray Jones officiating. Burial will be in Wellsville Cemetery. Mrs. Dick died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1992, at her residence.
LOVE BLOSSOMS IN DESERT STORM
January 24, 1992
Absence not only makes the heart grow fonder, it can make the heart go flutter, a Lawrence woman discovered after her correspondence with a Persian Gulf war veteran led to a marriage proposal. After reading an Ann Landers column last February about supporting the U.S. troops during the war, Jennifer Winters called a Kansas City support group and was given five names of soldiers to write to. One of those names was that of Pfc. Kevin Stewart, who, unknown to Winters, also is a Lawrence native.
MAURICE W. CLARKSON
January 24, 1992
Services for Maurice Wolferd Clarkson, 84, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by the Acacia Lodge No. 9 A.F.& A.M. at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Clarkson died Thursday, Jan. 23, 1992, at his home.
KU MUSEUMS OFFER CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
January 24, 1992
Kansas University’s museums aren’t just for graduate students who enjoy dabbling in herpetology or examining ethnographic art forms of North America. The museums provide a valuable educational resource for the general public and offer thousands of school children an opportunity to explore new worlds.
TASK FORCE OUTLINES GRADUATE EXPECTATIONS
January 24, 1992
The Exit Outcome Task Force on Jan. 14 proposed a list of student outcomes that calls on students to: Demonstrate mastery of essential skills and knowledge including: reading, writing, listening, speaking, math, social studies, science and computer use.
WET WEATHER DELAYS LIBRARY WORK
January 24, 1992
Rainy days during the last couple of months have delayed construction of Baldwin’s new public library, according to the contractor. Clifford Brinson, vice president of Dutoit Construction Co., of Olathe, said workers were unable to pour the concrete slab on schedule at the building site, Seventh and High in Baldwin. Workers had to wait for dry weather.
CLOSING ARGUMENTS MADE IN SUPPRESSION HEARING
January 24, 1992
The attorney for a 29-year-old transient accused of murder says incomplete police reports and promises made to his client in exchange for a confession point to police coercion. However, the prosecutor contends the defendent voluntarily continued talking to police and never asked to see a lawyer.
FOR THE RECORD
January 24, 1992
Law enforcement report Injury accidents Cern Van NewKirk, 20, 1214 Tenn., was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and released after a two-vehicle accident at 10:05 p.m. Thursday on Ninth Street near Mississippi Street. Police said Van NewKirk was riding a Honda scooter east on Ninth when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Alan R. Reeves, 21, 1602 W. 15th, who was trying to turn south off Ninth onto Mississippi. Reeves was cited for failing to yield the right of way. Van NewKirk was cited for not having a motorcycle operator’s license, driving with an expired license, having an expired registration and having no proof of insurance.
KU OFFICIAL ASSISTS EFFORT TO CHANGE DEFENSE POLICY
January 24, 1992
Del Shankel, executive vice chancellor for the Kansas University Lawrence campus, recently represented KU at a high-level meeting seeking changes in a Department of Defense policy. Shankel and representatives of six other universities met at the Pentagon with Department of Defense officials last Friday to seek a change in the policy restricting admission of gays and lesbians to the military.
TRIAL SCHEDULED IN DRUG, GUN CASE
January 24, 1992
A trial date has been scheduled for Feb. 3 in U.S. District Court in Topeka for a Lawrence man charged with possesion of more than 500 marijuana plants and carrying a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime. Assistant U.S. Atty. Brent Anderson said that Vincent A. Perdue, 35, was indicted in October for the crimes which he allegedly committed in Jefferson County.
COUNTY OFFICIALS SET TWO MEETINGS
January 24, 1992
February 3 looms as a busy day for the Douglas County Commission. In addition to its usual 9 a.m. meeting, the commission also will meet that afternoon with the city and planning commissions on two separate issues.
LHS SWIMMERS STAY UNDEFEATED
January 24, 1992
Every athletic team has certain dates on which it places extra importance. The Sunflower League meet, as you’d expect, is one of the highlights on the Lawrence High boys swim schedule. “Those folks, you live with,” LHS coach Dick Reamon said. “We’re defending league champions.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 24, 1992
DISMISSALS Marie Fullerton and baby boy, Eudora; Brenda Frei and baby boy, Lawrence.
CORRECTION
January 24, 1992
Because of incorrect information provided to a reporter, the Journal-World incorrectly reported Thursday that Downtown Lawrence Inc. had scheduled a March 9 meeting with the East Lawrence Improvement Assn. to discuss a report on downtown development. According to Deitre Weismiller, president of ELIA, the neighborhood group still is considering whether to meet with DLI. A story in the conservation section of Thursday’s Journal-World listed the wrong day for the Douglas County Conservation District’s annual meeting. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Building 21 on the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
SHORT CIRCUIT BLAMED FOR FIRE
January 24, 1992
Lawrence firefighters blame a short circuit for a fire early Thursday morning that caused $35,000 in damage to a North Lawrence video store, Fire Chief Jim McSwain said. McSwain said wiring in the south wall of the building had short-circuited and started a fire at 2:36 a.m. Thursday at Vipers Video, 701 Locust.
EDUCATION PROMPTS INCREASE IN CONDOM SALES
January 24, 1992
I read right over the headline in one of last week’s University Daily Kansans that announced a 20 percent increase in condom sales at Kansas University’s Watkins Memorial Health Center. I hit page two, then three, but the word condom kept running through my head. Pages four and five blurred by, and the 20 percent increase entered my mind. Twenty percent? The number whirled around.
CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ITS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
January 24, 1992
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce supports leaving Douglas County in the 2nd Congressional District and qualified admissions standards for the state’s universities. Those two positions were among several on legislative and state issues approved this week by the chamber’s board of directors in response to the results of a recent membership survey. Chamber officials have said that 503, or about 30 percent, of the organization’s members, responded to the survey.
RAIN CAUSES $4,000 DAMAGE TO BOOKS
January 24, 1992
The Lawrence Public Library director reported today that the majority of the children’s books damaged by rainwater leakage Wednesday are beyond re-use. Director Wayne Mayo said 187 books and 59 periodicals were deemed unusable by the library’s staff because of curled pages. He estimated the damage to the books from $3,500 to $4,000, but said the figure could change.
DATE RAPE TOPIC LURES BBC CREW TO KU CLASS
January 24, 1992
A British television crew canvassing North America for information on date rape visited Thursday in Lawrence for an interview with a Kansas University professor who has researched the topic extensively. Charlene Muehlenhard, associate professor and director of women’s studies, was the focus of the interview conducted by the British Broadcasting Company crew. The BBC will air part of the interview on a special report Feb. 14 on its “Public Eye” show, said correspondent Jenny Cuffe.
FORMER MAYOR ANGINO LISTED IN FAIR CONDITION
January 24, 1992
Former Lawrence mayor Ernie Angino continues to be listed in fair condition at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The 59-year-old Kansas University professor of geology and civil engineering suffered a mild heart attack on Jan. 15. He was treated first at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the medical center on Jan. 16.
FIRM PLANS TO LEASE KAW VALLEY SCHOOL
January 24, 1992
A Lawrence environmental firm now plans to lease rather than purchase Kaw Valley School because the Lawrence school district intends to request conditional use of the building instead of seeking rezoning for the area. The Lawrence school board in November approved selling the school building and surrounding land to Environmental Management Resources for $180,000. The board closed Kaw Valley School last year and moved students to India School to save about $70,000 in annual general fund expenses.
S MOTHER HOPES REPORT BRINGS BETTER COMMUNICATION
January 24, 1992
A Lawrence woman whose son was shot and killed by police in April said today that she hoped a peer review panel’s report brought about by the fatal incident would lead to better communication between police and the community. “I really can’t say much because I haven’t read the report or anything, but the main thing is that the 911 dispatcher she has to be involved as to what’s going on,” said Orene Sevier, whose son, Gregg, was shot by police after they were called to the Sevier home on April 21, 1991.
HOUSE PANEL TO CONSIDER NORPLANT LEGISLATION
January 24, 1992
Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence, said the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that compels women convicted of certain drug offenses to be implanted with a birth-control device. Solbach, chair of the committee, said the hearing, which may occur within the next few weeks, was a courtesy to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kerry Patrick, R-Leawood.
GUIDES SUGGEST WAYS FOR FAMILIES TO SPENDDAY
January 24, 1992
The annual January lull affords families one of the year’s prime opportunities to spend time together. The sister publications the new “Kansas Event Guide” and the year-old “Kansas Weekend Guide” offer suggestions on what to do during all that togetherness within the four corners of the state.
COUNCIL VOTES NOT TO CHANGE PARKING POLICY
January 24, 1992
A Kansas University faculty and student governance body Thursday rejected a proposal to end the practice of providing free parking on campus for state vehicles. University Council refused to endorse the KU Parking Board’s proposal, despite pleas from Alan Black, who chairs the parking board, and several members of council.
LOCAL SCHOOL GOALS KEY, SAYS OFFICIAL
January 24, 1992
A U.S. Department of Education official Thursday said Lawrence is off to an excellent start in becoming an America 2000 community one that strives to meet the six national education goals established in 1989 by President Bush and the nation’s governors. “The real key to America 2000 is what communities do locally to implement it,” Cynthia Harris Hillman, regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education, told about 30 people attending the Lawrence Education Round Table.
CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS WRITE TO RUSSIAN PEN PALS
January 24, 1992
Galina likes rap and rock ‘n’ roll. Alesha likes hockey, soccer and tennis. Sergei enjoys science fiction and Oskana likes to travel and sing Russian songs. These are some of the tastes of students in Orel, Russia, about 200 miles south of Moscow.
CITY COMMISSIONERS TO HEAR REPORT ON GOLF COURSE PLANS
January 24, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday will get their first look at plans for a 6,500-yard golf course that they hope will satisfy local need for more affordable and accessible golf. Last fall, the commissioners put off plans for creating a city-owned golf course in hopes that golf course developer Jeff Gazaway could build a public course near his driving range on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
T AS MASSIVE AS XXVI PROGRAM
January 24, 1992
Not too long ago, somebody dumped a Super Bowl XXVI program on my desk. Boy, it’s big, I thought. How big?
CONFERENCE TO VOTE ON EDUCATION GOALS
January 24, 1992
By BUNTY ANQUOE Lakota Times Special to the Journal-World WASHINGTON Delegates to the White House Conference on Indian Education are on a mission.
January 24, 1992
“Student outcomes” proposed last week by a Lawrence school panel include some worthy goals, but achieving each of them could present a tall order, some Lawrence High School students say. It was Jan. 14 that the Exit Outcome Task Force proposed a list of the skills and characteristics that students should have when they graduate from high school. The proposals, which will be further reviewed by the school board and the community, describe characteristics that should be developed throughout students’ 13-year education.
AREA CHAMBER INSTALLS OFFICERS
January 24, 1992
The Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce installed new officers, recognized community volunteers and heard a presentation on commerce history during its meeting Thursday at the Methodist Church of Tonganoxie. Officers installed at the meeting were David Petersen, president; Art Hancock, vice president; Connie Tornedon, secretary; and John Evans Jr., treasurer.
PLAN EARNS PRAISE OF LAWMAKERS
January 24, 1992
Twenty representatives of the state university system descended Thursday on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and received encouraging words about the Board of Regents’ strategic plan to improve the universities. The presentation by four regents, Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and others convinced at least two skeptics on the committee that the regents’ system is moving in the right direction.
REPORT URGES POLICE POLICY UPDATES
January 24, 1992
A long-awaited report on the Lawrence Police Department says the local force is competent and well-trained but calls for updated policies on when police should use their firearms and for improved community relations. The report says the department should use public forums and other means to routinely inform the public of its policies and operations and it also calls for the department to develop a specific policy for handling domestic disturbance calls.
MILL
January 24, 1992
Another day, another rout. Lawrence High’s third-ranked girls basketball team improved to 8-1 with a 75-35 non-league thrashing of one-time rival Leavenworth on Thursday night at the Lions’ west gym.
SRS SAYS IT WILL FUND DETENTION CENTER
January 24, 1992
Douglas County officials were assured Thursday that the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will fund a regional juvenile detention center to be built in the county. The center is expected to cost $1.5 million and would house up to 16 juvenile offenders.