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WELL-DIRECTED FUNDS
June 18, 1992
To the editor: Washington-bashing has become a popular pastime at water coolers and coffee counters across the country this election year. From Anaheim to Zanesville, voters have rightly voiced concern over the growing list of congressional (and executive) “perks” ranging from free congressional health care to Air Force One golf charter service. The latest complaint is the provision allowing departing members of the House of Representatives to keep unused campaign contributions. Some unethical former House members will no doubt keep the funds for personal use. This is not always the case.
IS A THINLY SLICED BUT SPICY MOVIE
June 18, 1992
BOARD SPENDING RECORD
June 18, 1992
To the editor: Last Wednesday’s editorial regarding the approved expenditures of the school board was, unfortunately, not unexpected news for those familiar with the spending habits of this group.
FOR THE RECORD
June 18, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
WOMAN FILES SUIT AGAINST SOLBACH
June 18, 1992
A lawsuit has been filed against state Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence, by a woman alleging he didn’t represent her properly as her attorney in a 1990 civil suit. Pamela Schian-Gish, age and address not listed, is seeking more than $50,000 on an allegation of negligence and more than $50,000 in general damages from Solbach, who represented her in a 1990 suit over an accident she was involved in during 1988.
LOCAL MAN CHARGED IN OFFICER ASSAULT
June 18, 1992
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was charged with misdemeanor theft, battery on a law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice and terroristic threats Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. Michael J. Navarro, 1908 E. 19th, allegedly broke into the mobile home of an acquaintance late Tuesday night and stole several dollars worth of food and a $200 car amplifier, police said.
BOWERSOCK OFFICIAL
June 18, 1992
The boards that apparently “broke away” Tuesday night when Edwin E. Zink, Jr. was fishing by the Kansas River dam, were doing exactly what they were designed to do, said Stephen Hill, president of The Bowersock Mills & Power Co., the company responsible for the dam. “That’s their purpose,” Hill said. “They’re designed to fall in high water … it lowers the level of the water.”
NO MORE RETAIL SALES FOR APPLIANCE DEALER
June 18, 1992
A Lawrence appliance dealer says he’s dropped retail sales business and is focusing on service to compete in an increasingly competitive market. Mack Price, owner of Price’s Appliance and Repair, 2500 W. 31st, said that after selling appliances in Lawrence for 15 years, he eliminated the sales side of his business at the first of this month.
POWER OUTAGE AFFECTS DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
June 18, 1992
Several businesses in downtown Lawrence were without power Wednesday afternoon when a lead to a transformer failed. Steve Johnson, division manager at KPL Gas Service, said the problem affected businesses between Eighth and Ninth streets and on both sides of the alley between New Hampshire and Massachusetts streets.
CLARENCE P. KORB
June 18, 1992
Services for Clarence P. Korb, 77, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Mark Goldasich officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth. Mr. Korb died today, June 18, 1992, at Providence-St. Margaret Health Center in Kansas City, Kan.
MUSEUM RECEIVES FOSSIL COLLECTION
June 18, 1992
The Kansas University Museum of Natural History recently received a collection of 4,000 fossils that are about 20 million years old. With this collection, the museum’s holdings of specimens from the early part of the Miocene Epoch 5 million to 24 million years ago rival the best in the nation.
LABOSKY SIBLINGS SHOOT FOR BERTHS IN BARCELONA
June 18, 1992
MaryBeth Labosky used to be known as “Vince’s younger sister.” That’s not the case anymore. MaryBeth Labosky, 21-year-old sister of former Kansas University javelin thrower Vince Labosky, has made a name for herself on Mount Oread. She’ll compete at the Olympic Track trials next Wednesday in New Orleans.
ARKANSAS COUPLE COMMIT $200,000 TO KU FUND DRIVE
June 18, 1992
Lawrence D. and Joan Rollman Rogers of Mountain Home, Ark., have committed $200,000 for unrestricted use at Kansas University, Del Shankel, executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus, announced Wednesday. “Unrestricted gifts are among the most important the university receives,” Shankel said, “because they allow us to respond to unique opportunities and challenges. The generous gift from Lawrence and Joan Rogers will benefit students and faculty at KU for many years to come. We are indebted to them for their generosity.”
WASHBURN REACHES OUT TO HASKELL
June 18, 1992
Washburn University announced Wednesday that it has developed guidelines to make it easier for Haskell Indian Junior College students to transfer to Washburn. Washburn President Hugh L. Thompson and Haskell President Bob Martin and members of their staffs met Wednesday on the Washburn campus to discuss those guidelines, a Washburn official said.
KU PROFESSOR DECIDES TO SEEK SEAT IN HOUSE
June 18, 1992
Forrest Swall, a Kansas University assistant professor of social welfare, said this morning that he has changed his mind about running as a Democrat for Lawrence’s seat in the Kansas Senate. Instead, Swall says he will file early next week to run for the Kansas House 45th District seat, which will be open because of the surprise retirement of Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence.
TWO MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES
June 18, 1992
Two roommates were charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court and a third was arrested Tuesday on drug-related charges. Gregory Cecil Keenan, 30, 1100 Highland, is charged with the sale or delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, violation of the Kansas tax stamp and two counts of the sale or delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
OFFICIALS STILL SILENT ON FIRE TRUCK CRASH
June 18, 1992
Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain and City Manager Mike Wildgen have had little to say about the investigation of an accident two weeks ago involving a 30-ton city fire truck. McSwain referred questions about the accident to Wildgen, and Wildgen, in turn, referred questions to city attorney Jerry Cooley.
AREA TEEN-AGER DIES IN ACCIDENT
June 18, 1992
A rural Meriden teen-ager was killed and another was injured in a one-vehicle accident about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in western Perry, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported today. Stephanie A. Ortiz, 15, Meriden, was driving with two passengers in a truck west on U.S. Highway 24 when it went onto the right shoulder and then went out of control as it came back onto the road. The truck rolled at least once before resting on a guardrail, the highway dispatcher said.
ALLIANCE MEMBERS REVIEW FIRST FORUM
June 18, 1992
Although Lawrence Alliance members said a June 3 forum helped make the public more aware of discrimination faced by local youths, the forum drew some criticism in other areas Wednesday night. One Alliance member, Rene Brown, said the session, which was broadcast live on KANU-FM, dealt too much with the problems of homosexuals and not enough on the problems of discrimination in general.
KU GROUP CANCELS REQUEST TO HOLD ANTI-ABORTION RALLY
June 18, 1992
A Kansas University student organization Wednesday withdrew its request to hold an anti-abortion rally in July at Memorial Stadium, a KU official said today. The rally was being organized by KU Students for Life and Kansans For Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion organization. The rally cannot be held in Memorial Stadium without the sponsorship of a student organization.
OELSCHLAGER RECOVERING
June 18, 1992
Two months after suffering multiple internal injuries, Ron Oelschlager is swinging a bat again. “I think I’m recovering a little faster than they thought I would,” Oelschlager said.
CHIEF WINS DISTINCTION AS ENTREPRENEUR
June 18, 1992
William P. Duncan, president and chief operating officer of Oread Laboratories Inc., has received one of eight Entrepreneur of the Year awards for Kansas and western Missouri. Duncan, one of four Lawrence businessmen who were finalists in the competition, received the High Technology-Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year award at a dinner Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
HAROLD HUNSINGER
June 18, 1992
Graveside services for Harold L. “Sleepy” Hunsinger, 72, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Don Dunn officiating. Mr. Hunsinger died today, June 18, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
S BAN ON ALCOHOL PROVIDING DESIRED RESULTS
June 18, 1992
One month after prohibiting alcohol at a Perry Lake public beach and picnic area, officials say they’ve witnessed the desired results. Frank Funk, project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Perry Lake, said the ban on alcohol has curbed drunken revelry at the lake and changed the atmosphere for visitors to the beach, located near the east end of the dam in a cove between the project office and the Perry Marina.
T KILL BOY
June 18, 1992
A man on trial for killing a 23-month-old boy today admitted he lost his temper with the child but told jurors he did not cause the toddler’s death. Donald Bruce Jr., 29, Lawrence, testified today that he had revived the child, Eric Brewer, several hours before the boy’s body was found. Bruce testified that a Lawrence police detective fabricated key elements in a report about an interview with Bruce in which he described events surrounding the youth’s death.
PENNY WILL JOIN KU PROGRAM
June 18, 1992
High school notes and quotes… Kansas University didn’t offer a football scholarship to Nate Penny, but that won’t keep Penny, a Lawrence High spring grad, off The Hill this fall. Penny, a linebacker, plans to walk on at KU.
SOLBACH PLANS TO RETIRE FROM KANSAS LEGISLATURE
June 18, 1992
In a surprise announcement this morning, State Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence, said he was retiring from the Kansas Legislature after 14 years to devote more time to his family and his law practice. Solbach, 45, who was first elected in 1978, said he would not seek re-election to the Kansas House 45th District seat, which covers western Douglas County and several precincts in Lawrence.
AREA MINORITY STUDENTS SAMPLE COLLEGE THROUGH KU PROGRAM
June 18, 1992
A group of grade school and junior high minority students are learning about college and each other in a program that runs through this week at Kansas University. “I wanted to come because it’s better than just sitting at home … I can learn a lot of things,” said Marcus Jones, a ninth-grader at Central Junior High.
RULING ALLOWS TATE TO RETURN TO KU WOMEN
June 18, 1992
Kansas has apparently lost one women’s basketball veteran but gained another. Marthea McCloud, a 5-10 forward, has decided not to play her senior year, according to KU coach Marian Washington. McCloud has had surgery on both knees during her KU career, the most recent on Feb. 20.
DIRECTOR BEMOANS CONTINUED EFFORT TO UNIONIZE
June 18, 1992
Formation of a union for graduate students at Kansas University would damage relations between students and administrators, a Kansas Board of Regents official said. Stanley Koplik, regents’ executive director, said he was frustrated by the plan to unionize 1,700 KU graduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants.
MORRIS EARNS SHARE OF KGA JUNIOR LEAD
June 18, 1992
Have you had trouble putting lately? Consider pulling out the old sand wedge. El Dorado’s Richie Morris did it although not by choice and it worked.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 18, 1992
DISMISSALS Denise Weideman and baby boy, Lawrence; Wende Torres and baby girl, Lawrence.
RECREATION INVESTMENT
June 18, 1992
Ten years and $10 million. That’s what city parks and recreation officials think it will take to bring recreation facilities up to snuff in Lawrence. The town and the demand is growing, they say, and the facilities aren’t keeping up. Among other items, the city needs more ball diamonds and another swimming pool.
COUNTY APPROVES ELECTRIC SUBSTATION
June 18, 1992
Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday night unanimously approved a request by the local electric company to build a substation near Eudora to meet future needs of that community. Commissioners approved a request from KPL Gas Service to build an electric substation that will produce 12 kilovolts of electricity. The substation will be built about one mile west of Douglas County Road 1061 and Kansas Highway 10, just south of Eudora. It will replace a 4-kilovolt substation that currently serves the city.
DAY CAMPS SET UP TO SERVE SPECIAL NEEDS YOUTH
June 18, 1992
Children in Douglas County with special needs have a variety of activities to choose from this summer, including “exceptional outdoor camp” and “integrated day camp,” both of which are sponsored by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. Exceptional outdoor camp, which is open to children with special needs ages 6 to 16, began Monday at South Park with the first of four one-week sessions.
SALES TAX RECEIPTS BUOY CITY FUND
June 18, 1992
An ice-cream cone here. A cherry red half-ton pickup there. It all adds up. Lawrence’s 1 percent sales tax is bringing more money to city coffers this year than expected, said Ed Mullins, city finance director.
MAUPINTOUR MUNCHES MONARCHS
June 18, 1992
The Kansas City Monarchs’ giveaway Wednesday night rivaled even Ed McMahon’s best sweepstakes offerings. Maupintour parlayed the Monarchs’ seven errors and five wild pitches into a seven-inning, 17-2 semi-pro baseball victory at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.