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January 28, 1992
To the editor: Who or what is this continuum called “society?” Does it really exist or is it really a means by which we can salve our consciences? We speak of this thing as if it were a great guiding force of concentrated energy by which we are controlled. We worship it; we exalt it; but don’t we really just hide behind it?
RACIST CARTOON
January 28, 1992
To the editor: I question the judgment which permitted the running of the racist political cartoon by Oliphant on the Opinion Page of Wednesday’s J-W. The stereotypical depiction of the Japanese as speakers of the English language harks back to World War II-era caricatures.
TOURNEY RESULTS SHINE NEW LIGHT ON SOME TEAMS
January 28, 1992
Tournament week ended Saturday for the state’s boys, leaving a huge reserve of raw results to be refined. The state’s high school basketball pundits now may go to work sifting and analyzing, deciding who shined and who stunk.
S RESIGNATION SHOCKS COUNCIL
January 28, 1992
City Administrator Bill Crawford took Tonganoxie City Council members by surprise Monday when he announced his resignation. Crawford said this morning that he plans to work full time with his wife, Donna, who owns Governmental Assistance Services, a Tonganoxie company specializing in grant preparation and consulting for small cities.
RURAL DOCTOR SEEKS DELAY ON KUMC BILL
January 28, 1992
A rural Kansas physician asked a legislative panel today to delay considering a bill that would penalize the Kansas University Medical Center unless more of its students enter family practice. “While we appreciate the spirit and the intent of the legislation, we ask you at this point to place it on the back burner,” said Dr. Roger Tobias, president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
WOMAN SUES STORE AFTER SHE WAS FIRED
January 28, 1992
A Lawrence woman is suing a statewide grocery store chain, charging that her firing earlier this month was an act of retaliation. Tina Martinez is suing the Dillon Companies Inc. on two counts, which are breach of contract and retaliatory discharge. She alleges that the action resulting in her dismissal from the Dillon store at 3000 W. Sixth on Jan. 10 should not have resulted in immediate termination under company policy. Her attorney, Don Strole, said the incident that led to the firing occurred when his client checked out items she was purchasing herself. Strole said another store employee watched Martinez as she checked out most of the items. The other employee then completed the transaction, he said, and there was no allegation of the store losing money.
POETS WAGE WAR OF WORDS AT SLAMS
January 28, 1992
Milton and Eliot probably didn’t start out this way reading poetry in front of a mirror in a North Lawrence bar but Daphne Young did. On Monday night, Young, a Kansas University junior, got on stage beneath the red and blue lights of the Flamingo Club and read a couple of funny poems about bikers who drink Boone’s Farm wine.
CHAMBER ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 1992
January 28, 1992
David Evans, a partner in Gould Evans Associates, a Lawrence-based architectural firm, is the new chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Evans, who was elected by the chamber’s board of directors, will begin serving a one-year term on April 1. Gary Sollars, executive vice president of Charlton Manley Inc., was chosen as chair-elect.
GEORGE BARTZ
January 28, 1992
Services for George W. Bartz, 87, Eudora, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Mr. Bartz died Monday, Jan. 27, 1992, at the Eudora Nursing Center.
HARLEY DAVENPORT
January 28, 1992
Services for Harley Davenport, 74, Lawrence, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Davenport died Monday, Jan. 27, 1992, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka.
HELEN T. BOLTON
January 28, 1992
Memorial services for Helen T. Bolton, 62, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Danforth Chapel at Kansas University with Sharon Poindexter officiating. Mrs. Bolton died Dec. 23, 1991, at her home. The body was cremated.
EAST HILLS LEASE TO PAY DIVIDEND, OFFICIALS CLAIM
January 28, 1992
Local economic development officials uncorked the champagne Friday afternoon at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce offices to celebrate the long-awaited signing of a lease on the East Hills Business Park shell building. It was the culmination of months of negotiating and waiting for Pitman-Moore Inc., an international animal health products company, to commit to becoming the third business to locate in the park.
REGINA STRICKLER
January 28, 1992
Services are pending for Regina Strickler, 36, rural McLouth. Mrs. Strickler died Monday, Jan. 27, 1992, at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
BOWERSOCK OWNER MULLING NEXT MOVE
January 28, 1992
The representative of the family that owns the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. said today that he has yet to make a decision on whether to pursue his effort to get more water flowing over the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence. Stephen Hill also said he has not set a time frame for making a decision to exercise Bowersock’s vested water rights. He had asked for a flow increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or a restoration of the normal flow for this time of year at the dam, whichever is less. The water flow at the dam, which generates electricity, had been running in the 1,000 cfs to 1,100 cfs range earlier this month.
GOLF SHOWDOWN
January 28, 1992
Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schumm and golf course developer Jeff Gazaway may lock horns at tonight’s commission meeting over plans for developing a public golf course east of Lawrence. At tonight’s city commission meeting, Gazaway will present one in a series of progress reports that the commission has requested on a golf course proposed near Gazaway’s driving range on Kansas Highway 10. The site is three miles east of Lawrence.
PROF LEAVING KU CITES LACK OF STATE SUPPORT
January 28, 1992
Kansas University professor Michael Gaines is taking a job at Florida’s University of Miami, and his reasons don’t revolve around warm climate and great football. “Every area of the university (KU) is underfunded. Instead of state-supported, it’s state-aided,” said Gaines, professor of systematics and ecology. “Basic support of universities is better there.”
S ELECTRICITY PLAN SPARKS INTEREST FROM COUNCIL
January 28, 1992
Low voltage problems for Eudora electricity consumers could be zapped under a plan discussed by city council members at Monday’s meeting. Keith Brown, of Reed Veach Wurdeman & Associates, the Nebraska firm hired to conduct a study of the city’s electricity needs, shared his findings with the council.
STAFFERS ADJUST TO COURT MERGER
January 28, 1992
Staff members are adjusting after the merger this weekend of staffs and records of the Douglas County District Court criminal and civil divisions. Civil court staff and files were moved to the room that housed criminal court records as part of the remodeling efforts at the Lawrence-Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. Both civil and criminal court records now are located in an expanded room in the northeast corner of the main floor.
STATE SENATOR CONSIDERS BUDGET NO. 1 PROBLEM FOR LEGISLATURE
January 28, 1992
Sen. Richard Bond, R-Overland Park, said Monday in Lawrence that some state lawmakers are calling the 1992 Legislature the session from FEAR. “That’s fear of finance, education, abortion and reapportionment,” Bond said at a Rotary Club luncheon at the Lawrence Holidome.
CHICAGO PREP LINEMAN COMMITS TO KANSAS
January 28, 1992
Kansas had a football player named Mike Arbanas in the 1980s. Now they’ll have one in the 1990s. Mike Arbanas, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman from Thornwood High in suburban Chicago, has verbally committed to sign a national letter of intent with the Jayhawks.
COUNTY TO HEAR CONCERT PROPOSAL
January 28, 1992
Plans for a public concert near Eudora will be heard Wednesday by the Douglas County Commission, which will consider issuing a temporary business permit for the event. The commission will consider the request of Reed C. Brinton, Lawrence, to hold the Free State Music Festival, scheduled from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 9 on property owned by Darrell R. Long. The site is east of Eudora off County Road 2300E.
FORMER MAYOR OF CITY STILL IN FAIR CONDITION
January 28, 1992
Former Lawrence mayor Ernie Angino remains in fair condition at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Angino, 59, suffered a mild heart attack Jan. 15. He was treated first at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and then transferred to the medical center on Jan. 16. Angino is a professor of geology and civil engineering at Kansas University.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SURPASSING BUDGET IN SOME AREAS
January 28, 1992
Although the Lawrence school district could end up $100,000 over budget in areas that the Lawrence school board had hoped to reduce spending, the district will not surpass its overall 1991-92 budget, a school official says. The Lawrence school board Monday revisited those areas in which the board made spending cuts last summer in response to a $2.6 million drop in state aid to the district.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 28, 1992
ADMISSIONS Cora Maher, Lawrence; Jessica Elliott-Schenker, Ottawa. DISMISSALS Sara Lynn and twins, Lawrence.
CITY MANAGER GETS RAISE AND PRAISE
January 28, 1992
The Lawrence City Commission gave a pay raise and a thumbs-up to City Manager Mike Wildgen following his annual evaluation Monday afternoon. The commissioners discussed Wildgen’s job performance and the operation of the city in a closed session with the city manager that lasted close to two hours.
WRITING TEST RESULTS CONCERN LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
January 28, 1992
While Lawrence school board members Monday were disturbed to see that student writing scores in Lawrence were lower than those in other districts, some school officials said direct comparisons among the districts may not be completely valid. Sandra Chapman, the district’s director for student outcomes, presented the results of a new writing test given in November to the district’s seventh- and 10th-graders.
CITY MANAGER GETS RAISE AND PRAISE
January 28, 1992
The Lawrence City Commission gave a pay raise and a thumbs-up to City Manager Mike Wildgen following his annual evaluation Monday afternoon. The commissioners discussed Wildgen’s job performance and the operation of the city in a closed session with the city manager that lasted close to two hours.
MILD TEMPERATURES LET KU BASEBALL TEAM OPEN DRILLS OUTDOORS
January 28, 1992
Nobody is happier about the mild winter than Kansas baseball coach Dave Bingham. Because of the unseasonable weather, Kansas was able to open preseason practice on Monday at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium instead of inside Anschutz Pavilion.
MANY PEOPLE UNWITTINGLY ENDANGER THEIR HEARING
January 28, 1992
John Ferraro says it boggles his mind to see people wearing Walkmans while they’re mowing their lawns. That’s adding insult to possible injury.
FOR THE RECORD
January 28, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Several saws, valued on a police report at $1,050, were taken between 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday from a shed behind a residence in the 1900 block of Stratford Road.