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BASEBALL PLEA
January 31, 1992
To the editor: I don’t know to whom I should turn for a problem I have. Maybe the right people will read this and try to right a wrong, if it is wrong.
MISLEADING FIGURES
January 31, 1992
To the editor: The Jan. 26 Journal-World article concerning Michael Gaines leaving Kansas University reinforces false conceptions about faculty salaries. Most faculty in our department make approximately half the salary that was attributed to Dr. Gaines. (The article stated that Dr. Gaines’ salary was $67,226.)
GEORGE E. KRATT JR.
January 31, 1992
Services for George Edward Kratt Jr., 76, Lawrence, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home. The Rev. Jonathan A. Knight will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Kratt died today, Jan. 31, 1992, at his home.
93 GOALS
January 31, 1992
While Lawrence school board members like the idea of increasing the district’s accountability for student achievement, some are concerned the extra effort could be costly and put a heavy burden on teachers. The school board Thursday night held a study session on the board’s goals for the 1992-93 school year. The board’s present goals, which were developed in late 1990, are in effect through June 30.
CITY, COUNTY TO STUDY SETBACKS
January 31, 1992
Setbacks along the South Lawrence Trafficway will be the focal point of a study session Monday between the Lawrence City Commission and the Douglas County Commission. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in the county commission meeting room on the second floor of the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
STEPHAN SAGA
January 31, 1992
Kansas Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan can’t seem to escape the cloud of legal uncertainty that has followed him for much of his 13-year tenure. The latest development is a federal grand jury indictment charging Stephan with perjury for telling a jury he didn’t know the settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit against him was supposed to be kept secret. The charge is part of a continuing legal saga that has followed Stephan since 1982, when a former employee filed a lawsuit charging Stephan with making sexual advances and lewd comments.
E. FERN VANDERPOOL
January 31, 1992
Services for E. Fern Vanderpool, 87, Ozawkie, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ozawkie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Fry officiating. Burial will be in Ozawkie Cemetery. Mrs. Vanderpool died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1992, in a Topeka nursing home.
FUSING RHYTHMS OF THE PASTPRESENT
January 31, 1992
J.H. Kwabena Nketia helped pioneer the scholarly frontier of ethnomusicology the study of music, usually non-Western, in its social context. Dating back only about 50 years, ethnomusicology now thrives on many campuses across the United States. Thanks to Nketia, two courses using the field’s techniques are being taught this semester at Kansas University.
EX-JAYHAWK NEWTON WILL PLAY IN AUSTRALIA
January 31, 1992
Fast food restaurants on 23rd Street, the campanile and hordes of students are some of the sights Milt Newton sees every day. However, after Saturday, they’ll become memories for the former Kansas basketball standout. Newton is leaving to join the East Melbourne Spectres, a professional team in Australia.
HASKELL PRESIDENT SELECTED FOR PROGRAM
January 31, 1992
The president of Haskell Indian Junior College will spend several months this spring in the office of Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R.-Kan., working with the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs as part of a Department of Interior training program. Bob Martin, president of the Bureau of Indian Affairs school, said Thursday that he is looking forward to developing his management skills through the Interior Department’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
LION SWIMMERS SCARE MANHATTAN
January 31, 1992
Ironically, Lawrence High’s first swim loss of the year may give the Lions their biggest lift. “I hate to speak for the kids,” Lawrence coach Dick Reamon said, “but I feel they know they will be one of the major players at state.”
JAYHAWKS FACE OU TRIP
January 31, 1992
If Jay Price does for Billy Tubbs on Saturday what he did thrice for Roy Williams, then the Kansas basketball coach might be tempted to reach for his wallet. Price spent the last three seasons as a student manager under Williams. In those three years, KU won a whole bunch of basketball games, but the Jayhawks failed to win in Oklahoma’s Noble Arena.
MOORE
January 31, 1992
Kansas continued its domination of in-state football recruiting by securing a verbal commitment from two-time all-state end Jim Moore of Garden City on Thursday. Moore is the eighth Sunflower State prep to announce plans to sign with the Jayhawks next Wednesday, the first day national letters of intent can be tendered.
FLOYD E. SMITH
January 31, 1992
Services for Floyd Eugene Smith, 57, Tonganoxie, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Quisenberry Chapel in Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. The Revs. Ben Saathoff and Herman Karriker will officiate. Mr. Smith died Thursday, Jan. 30, 1992, at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness.
FRIENDS OF HASKELL ELECTS OFFICERS, BOARD MEMBERS
January 31, 1992
Friends of Haskell, a group formed to boost relations between Haskell Indian Junior College and the Lawrence community, elected officers and formed an executive committee Thursday night. Clenece Hills, a ninth-grade teacher at South Junior High School, was elected president of the group.
THERESA M. KNIGHT
January 31, 1992
Memorial services for Theresa M. Knight, 86, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plymouth Congregational Church’s Althaus Chapel with the Revs. Jonathan Knight and Henry Roberts officiating. Ms. Knight died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1992, of injuries from a car-pedestrian accident that occurred when she attempted to cross Massachusetts Street just south of 17th Street.
KU TO INTERVIEW 5 TO FILL VACANT POST
January 31, 1992
A Kansas University professor is among five semifinalists for vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and public service at KU, a KU official said Thursday. Andrew Debicki, university distinguished professor of Spanish and Portuguese, was selected by a search committee, said Kelley Hayden, assistant to the executive vice chancellor.
BREAKFAST-TIME BLAZE DESTROYS HOME
January 31, 1992
What was once home to a North Lawrence couple and their 1-year-old son now are six rooms with soot-covered walls, floors and ceilings. “I think we lost everything, honey,” Karin Tesch told her boyfriend, Rick Ayers, Thursday afternoon.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS ORDER AGAINST PARENT
January 31, 1992
The Lawrence School District is seeking a restraining order against a parent of a Central Junior High School student. The school district, in a motion filed in Douglas County District Court, is seeking to prevent Carlene Hadl from coming onto the premises of Central Junior High unless asked in writing by the principal or assistant principal.
CONVICTED MURDERER UP FOR PAROLE
January 31, 1992
A Kansas City, Mo., man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1985 strangulation death of a Kansas University professor is eligible for parole in Februray, the Kansas Parole Board has announced. Eugene Avis Jr. currently is serving a 12-year prison term at the Norton Correctional Facility.
LONGING FOR WINTRY PLEASURES
January 31, 1992
Sure, the weather outside is delightful. There’s nothing that can compare to driving around, sunroof open, windows down, in the middle of winter. Or wearing shorts to class if you can force yourself to attend. Or even camping out between classes on Wescoe Beach, that warm-weather sun-soakers’ haven/meat market.
EUDORA GIRLS TRIP BALDWIN IN SEMIFINALS OF WELLSVILLE TOURNEY
January 31, 1992
If a team is only as good as its last game, as the saying goes, then Eudora High’s basketball team is approaching greatness. The Cardinals used hot shooting and a tough zone defense to beat Baldwin, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team, 46-34 in the semifinals of the Wellsville Invitational girls tournament on Thursday night.
EUDORA WINKELMAN
January 31, 1992
Services are pending for Eudora Winkelman, 79, Linwood, at the Quisenberry Chapel in Tonganoxie. Mrs. Winkelman died Thursday, Jan. 30, 1992, at Olathe Medical Center.
SANDS SURPRISED BY POSTSEASON PUBLICITY
January 31, 1992
All-time NCAA single-game rushing leader Tony Sands received a lot of attention at both the Hula and East-West Shrine Bowl football games. “I had big articles written on me in the San Francisco and Hawaii papers,” said the ex-KU running back, who gained a record 396 yards rushing on 58 carries versus Missouri. “I was surprised. A lot of the players came up to me and talked about the record.
FOR THE RECORD
January 31, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Jewelry valued on a police report at $3,315 was taken between 4:50 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday from a house in the 900 block of Pamela Lane.
COMPETENCY HEARING SET FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT
January 31, 1992
A man charged with robbing the Wellsville Bank twice last fall will be held without bond, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Thursday. Dale Alan Robertson, Olathe, is charged with two counts of bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during the first robbery. More than $7,500 was stolen from the Wellsville Bank on Aug. 23 and Sept. 4.
THE JAYHAWKS AND BASKETBALL
January 31, 1992
With No. 5 Kansas riding high in the national basketball rankings, KU officials Thursday unveiled a set of player trading cards to satisfy zealous Jayhawk fans. “The interest level is there,” said Kip Helt, director of marketing for the KU athletic department. “We get all sorts of calls from people wanting to know if we have cards.”
FIREFIGHTERS BACK LEGISLATION OPPOSED BY CITY COMMISSION
January 31, 1992
A Lawrence city commissioner and a Lawrence firefighter offered opposing views Thursday on a bill that would require cities to come under state regulations dealing with employer-employee relations. Commissioner Bob Schulte told the Senate Labor, Industry and Small Business Committee that the city’s current procedures in contract negotiations with employee groups offer more flexibility than those under the state’s Public Employer-Employee Relations Act.
S ADMINISTRATOR QUITTING JOB
January 31, 1992
Douglas County Administrator Chris McKenzie today announced he was resigning to become executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities in Topeka. McKenzie, 40, has been county administrator since 1985 and is the only person to serve in that job.
COMMISSION TO LOOK AT FACILITIES PLAN
January 31, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will examine a master plan for new facilities for city services that includes building a storage and maintenance facility for the Parks and Recreation Department on city property in east Lawrence. “Our city is growing and our departments need new areas to work,” City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
LHS GIRLS ROLL, 90-23, IN TOURNEY
January 31, 1992
Tracie Lee started the high school girls basketball season on Lawrence High’s junior varsity. From there, as is often the case, she moved to the end of the varsity bench.
LOCAL JOBLESS RATE ENDS 1991 AT 2.8 PERCENT
January 31, 1992
Douglas County remained relatively unscathed by recessionary unemployment during December, when the local unemployment rate dipped to a 1991 low of 2.8 percent, figures released today by the Kansas Department of Human Resources show. The local rate compares favorably with the 3.9 percent level reported for the entire state during December and the U.S. unemployment rate, which was 7.1 percent for the month.
NEW JAMES BOOK OFF TO PUBLISHER, DUE OUT IN MARCH
January 31, 1992
Bill James didn’t have time to talk last week. I understood. I have deadlines, too. “When I’m in a book crunch, I don’t do anything else,” the nationally known baseball pundit told me. “Then all of the things I put off have to be done.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 31, 1992
Jessica Elliott-Schenker, Ottawa; Crystal Cool, Lawrence; Theresa Gilges and baby girl, Lawrence; Pamela Merkel and baby boy, Lawrence.
TRAFFICWAY SPURS HIRING OF ATTORNEY
January 31, 1992
Owners of land along the South Lawrence Trafficway route met with and hired a Topeka attorney Thursday to help negotiate with the city of Lawrence and Douglas County. A group of about 40 property owners held an hour-long question-and-answer session with attorney John Hamilton to learn about their rights should the county try to designate portions of their land as greenspace or buffer zones along the 14.1-mile trafficway route.
SECURING LINKS WITH RUSSIA
January 31, 1992
A Baker University student who just returned from her third visit to Russia hopes her experiences will open the door to an international career. Melinda Farris, Winchester senior, arrived in the United States earlier this week after spending a month in Tver, Russia, about 60 miles northwest of Moscow. She worked at Tver InterContact, a company that establishes links between businesses in Russia and others worldwide.
OWNER WANTS ICE PLANT TORN DOWN
January 31, 1992
The building that once housed the Lawrence Ice Co. at 616 Vt. has finally outlived its usefulness, said co-owner Robert Harrison, who wants to demolish the building to make way for new developments. “It’s an old building,” Harrison said. “It was designed as an ice plant. Basically, that’s what it’s set up to do, and that era is gone.”
GIVE FAMILIES MUCH MORE THAN SHELTER
January 31, 1992
“Home” is much more than just shelter, home economist Trudy Rice told a group of about 20 extension homemakers recently at the Douglas County Extension Center. Mrs. Rice was presenting a family life lesson on “The Meaning of Home,” which those attending the session later were to share with their units.
CITY STUDY FOLLOWS PEDESTRIAN DEATH
January 31, 1992
City officials, nearby residents and traffic engineers today are scrutinizing the intersection where an 86-year-old resident of Babcock Place Apartments was struck and killed by a car Wednesday. Apartment residents asked the city several times in the past year to provide some kind of traffic control at the intersection at 17th and Massachusetts to make it safer for elderly residents to cross.