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KANSAS COACH LEAVING
July 24, 1992
Scott Perelman, the winningest tennis coach in Kansas history, resigned Thursday to become associate head coach at the University of Tennessee. Perelman’s title is attractive, but his salary won’t be. It’s a restricted-earnings position, meaning Tennessee cannot pay him more than $16,000 a year.
CITY CONSIDERING SERVICE TO TRACK GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
July 24, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners will consider Tuesday paying a Washington, D.C., firm up to $3,500 to chase down federal legislation and grant opportunities to help solve local problems. Commissioners also will examine a draft of a city housing policy at the meeting, which will begin at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room of city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
EXOTIC DANCERS RAISING FUNDS FOR PENTATHLETE
July 24, 1992
Americans don’t like to be outdone even by New Zealanders. That’s why a group of dancers and other employees at the Flamingo Club, just outside the city limits in North Lawrence, decided to donate money to support U.S. Olympic pentathlon athlete Rob Stull. Stull is one of three U.S. pentathletes in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
STATE SMOKES OUT SINGLE SALES
July 24, 1992
The state Department of Revenue isn’t blowing smoke when it says Lawrence store owners can’t sell individual cigarettes from a pack. “It’s illegal to sell single cigarettes, has been for years. The law is quite specific on that,” Phil Wilkes, staff attorney with the revenue department, said today.
WILLIAMS DONATES $50,000 TO KU
July 24, 1992
Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams and his family have made a $50,000 pledge to the KU athletic department in memory of his mother, athletic director Bob Frederick announced today. Lallage Williams died earlier this month in Asheville, N.C.
HARVEY C. NEWMAN
July 24, 1992
Services for Harvey C. Newman, 67, Lawrence will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rumsey Funeral Home, with the Rev. David A. Hallenbeck officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Newman died Thursday, July 23, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
TWO BEQUESTS TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AT MED CENTER
July 24, 1992
The Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., announced today that two bequests of $25,000 each will provide scholarships in the medical center’s family practice department. Dr. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor at KUMC, said the bequests are from the estate of the late Carl A. Vernon, who died in 1989, and from the estate of Capitola Mae Vernon, Carl Vernon’s wife, who died in January.
MERIDEN MAN GUILTY IN DRUG CASE
July 24, 1992
Sentencing will be Sept. 15 for a Meriden man found guilty of burglary and drug-related charges stemming from a February raid by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In an appearance Thursday in Jefferson County District Court, Kelly McPherson, 23, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of charges of felony burglary, felony theft, battery and possession of marijuana, according to a spokeswoman in Jefferson County Atty. Mike Hayes’ office.
LOCAL FIRM TO MARKET JAPANESE PRODUCTS
July 24, 1992
A Lawrence chemical instrument company expects to double sales through a new operating agreement with a Japanese firm, a company spokesman said today. Cypress Systems Inc., 2500 W. 31st, will work with TOA Electronics of Japan to market TOA equipment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
CORRECTION
July 24, 1992
Because of a reporter’s error, comments about differences between Douglas County’s 2nd and 3rd Commission districts were incorrectly attributed to commission candidate James Chappell in a Wednesday Journal-World article about a candidates’ forum in Baldwin. Incumbent commission candidate Louie McElhaney made the comments. Chappell did say he thinks the county’s ambulance service should be expanded.
COMPUTER ERROR DOWNS CABLE SERVICE
July 24, 1992
Sunflower Cablevision was inundated by phone calls and visits by cable customers today after a computer programming error knocked out service to several hundred televisions. Dennis Knipfer, Sunflower Cablevision general manager, said operators were entering information into computers this morning to set up NBC’s Olympics TripleCast program. An error during the process resulted in an operator’s nightmare basic cable service to several hundred customers was disconnected between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
IOWA PROJECT
July 24, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners will consider Tuesday approving $143,239 in changes to the intersection of Ninth and Iowa Streets that would improve the safety of the intersection and increase traffic flow. Commissioners will consider approving a contract for the work with W.A. Dunbar and Son at their Tuesday meeting, which will begin at 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
HOUSING ADVOCATES BLAST CITY PRIORITIES
July 24, 1992
Advocates for affordable housing and a local homeless shelter skewered city officials Thursday for devoting city dollars to local recreation “wants” while short-changing the “needs” of the homeless. Bill Simons, coordinator of Project Acceptance, an advocacy group for the long-term mentally ill, questioned city officials’ priorities during a forum on helping area homeless.
JAYHAWK TRAINERS TO WEAR EYEGEAR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
July 24, 1992
Blessed with better-than-normal 20-10 vision, Mark Cairns does not need prescription eyewear. Nonetheless, Cairns, Kansas University’s assistant athletic trainer in charge of basketball, will wear glasses with clear plastic lenses at next season’s practices and games.
FOR THE RECORD
July 24, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
AIRPORT SAFETY EQUIPMENT AWAITING FEDERAL APPROVAL
July 24, 1992
Pilots trying to get a fix on Lawrence Municipal Airport in soupy weather soon may use a high-tech landing system to zero in on its main runway. City officials are expecting finishing touches soon on a computerized Instrument Landing System (ILS) which would emit special signals to help pilots hone in on the airport in bad weather.
BROOKCREEK TO REQUEST CITY LAND
July 24, 1992
Plans for a parks and recreation maintenance building in East Lawrence may thwart a request to move the Brookcreek Learning Center to the same location. Lawrence city commissioners will decide which group gets the city land at their Tuesday meeting, beginning at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
S DAMP FORECAST RINGS TRUE
July 24, 1992
This summer’s above-average rainfall and below-average temperatures are not surprising to a Kansas University meteorologist who predicted the pattern in April. “It’s more than a relationship. There is a significant correlation” between this summer’s weather in Kansas and water temperatures thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, said Joe Eagleman, professor of meteorology, physics and astronomy.
FROM BLUEBIRDS TO WRENS
July 24, 1992
Backyard birdwatchers have a new resource to use in identifying feathered visitors. “Birds of Kansas Volume II” which puts songbirds in the spotlight has just been published. The book, which has a yellow goldfinch on the cover, joins Volume I, which was published in 1989 and covers such other Kansas avian species as waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey.
NEW CENTER WILL ASSIST MENTALLY ILL
July 24, 1992
Thanks to several local, state and federal grants, Project Acceptance, a local advocacy group for the mentally ill, soon will be able to open a transitional housing and drop-in center for its client-members. Bill Simons, Project Acceptance coordinator, said several grants, totaling about $50,000, have enabled the organization to make plans to set up the center in a three-story house at 407 Maine.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 24, 1992
BIRTHS Jim and Sherry Sullivan, Pomona, a girl, Thursday.
CAMP OPENS FINAL FRONTIER FOR FUTURE SPACE EXPLORERS
July 24, 1992
In a time when old Cold War adversaries are discussing the possibility of joint space exploration and the space shuttle Columbia set an endurance record in space, some Kansans are getting a piece of the action at an early age. Seven Lawrence students are participating in the intensive five-day Future Astronaut Training Programs in Hutchinson this summer. The camps, which are sponsored by the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, are designed to teach the students about manned space flight, the current shuttle program and NASA’s future plans for space exploration.
TOPEKAN CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENSES AGAINST LOCAL BOYS
July 24, 1992
Douglas County authorities today confirmed that a Topeka man who is charged in Shawnee County with molesting six teen-age Lawrence boys met the teens through his role as a local adviser for an international Masonic organization for young men. Local prosecutors today were considering whether to file charges in Douglas County against Eric D. Sims, 24, who was charged in Shawnee County with 26 sex-related offenses.
OLYMPIC NOTEBOOOK
July 24, 1992
Barcelona is a city that never sleeps. Since my arrival here last Saturday on the second of four U.S. charter flights, I’ve witnessed first-hand how wide awake Spanish life is deep into the night.
POTATO HARVEST KEEPS TRADITION ALIVE
July 24, 1992
The last time Shawn Pine was active in her family’s potato harvest, she had the somewhat tedious job of sorting out any bad potatoes that had been scooped up by the harvester. At the time, she just had graduated from Lawrence High School and wasn’t thinking so much about the success of the harvest as the studies she soon would begin at Kansas State University.
KU BOARD TO STUDY PARKING PROBLEM
July 24, 1992
The Kansas University parking board this year will consider developing a plan for satellite parking at KU to meet long-term parking needs of the university. The board is being asked to review satellite parking operations at other universities and consider how such systems could be implemented at KU, according to a list of its responsibilities for the upcoming year.
ANTI-STALKING ACTION
July 24, 1992
Florida now has an anti-stalking law which other states and even Congress would do well to study and analyze. Under Florida’s new plan, anyone who repeatedly follows, harasses or threatens someone faces five years in prison or a $5,000 fine. The tendency of many of us is to believe that only celebrities are victims of such treatment. But there are numerous cases of stalking and harassment in many an “ordinary” life, and it is well to have a process to deal with it better than it has been handled.
COUNTY SEEKS WORKERS TO STAFF POLLING PLACES
July 24, 1992
The Douglas County clerk’s office needs two dozen more poll workers for the Aug. 4 primary election. Jo Dalquest, deputy county clerk, said about 25 of 258 positions at voting locations in the county remain unfilled.
THREE FOOTBALL SIGNEES FAIL TO QUALIFY
July 24, 1992
Three of the 23 football players Kansas signed last February will not qualify for scholarships for the 1992-93 school year. High school seniors Charles Davis, a 6-0, 185-pound defensive back from Tampa, Fla., and Devin Grant, a 6-5, 210-pound linebacker from Detroit, Mich., did not meet NCAA standards, nor did 6-0, 215-pound quarterback Johnny Mattress, who was to transfer from Coffeyville Community College.
SUNFLOWER RATE TUMBLE UNLIKELY, GM SAYS
July 24, 1992
Lawrence residents probably wouldn’t see a rate decrease for cable television under a re-regulation bill resoundingly approved by the U.S. House Thursday, the general manager of Sunflower Cablevision said this morning. Although he said he couldn’t speculate on specific effects the regulations would have on Sunflower’s cable service, Dennis Knipfer said he was confident residents wouldn’t see a smaller bill than the current $17.45 monthly charge for basic cable service from Sunflower.