Archive for Monday, June 22, 1992

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MOVING THE LINES
June 22, 1992
The Palm Beach, Fla., main post office now promises service within five minutes or a free 29-cent stamp. It’s part of a new satisfaction program which seems to be making a hit with patrons. For the first four days, not a free stamp left the Palm Beach office, one of three post offices in South Florida testing the idea. There have been glitches, and a few free stamps, but for the most part, the project seems to be effective.
CROOKS
June 22, 1992
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the 20-year “celebration” of that bungled burglary called Watergate is how well some of the crooks involved in the caper have fared. Most notable among the profiteers is G. Gordon Liddy, the brusque superego who supposedly was the mastermind of it all. He has gained rather handsomely from his involvement in the illegal operation, with lucrative printed material, television appearances and celebrity status that are discouraging to many.
BACK IN THE BAKER WETLANDS
June 22, 1992
Workers have wrapped up a project to put the “wet” back in the Baker Wetlands, and a boardwalk to assist with environmental education at the 573-acre area is in the works. Baker University, which owns the wetlands south of Lawrence, received a $12,000 grant in 1991 and an additional $11,600 in January from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Wildlife program. The money financed several projects geared toward countering flood control measures that have left the wetlands not so wet.
EX-KU VAULTERS FALL SHORT AT TRIALS
June 22, 1992
Three former Kansas pole vaulters Scott Huffman, Pat Manson and Jeff Buckingham failed to make the U.S. Olympics team. In Sunday’s vault final at the Olympic trials, Tim Bright of the Mizuno Track Club won at 19-0 on fewer misses over Dave Volz and Kory Tarpenning, who cleared the same height and qualified.
COUNTY RESIDENTS RUSH TO PAY TAXES
June 22, 1992
Mail appeared to be the method of choice for paying the second half of the county’s 1991 personal property and real estate taxes. “It looks like they’re coming in pretty good,” said Deputy County Treasurer Joan Wiley as she sifted through a full box of mailed payments this morning.
June 22, 1992
Tom Christie, a teacher at Deerfield School, finds it hard to sit still, so it’s not surprising that his educational interests reach far beyond his classroom. He explored the complex issue of year-round school in his doctoral dissertation in 1989. He has represented the Lawrence Education Assn. in teacher negotiations, and in 1988 he received training from the Centers for Disease Control to provide workshops for educators in the area of human sexuality and AIDS.
TONGANOXIE DEMOCRAT WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION
June 22, 1992
Stevi Stephens, D-Tonganoxie, has filed for the 42nd District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Stephens has served one two-year term representing rural Leavenworth County, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Easton and the northwest corner of the city of Leavenworth. The redrawn district now also includes northern Fairmount, southern Stranger and Reno townships.
OUTLAWS WIN IN OTTAWA
June 22, 1992
The Lawrence Outlaws lost two games but nevertheless won the Ottawa Invitational baseball tournament over the weekend. The Outlaws beat Ottawa, 14-5, in the semifinal and Leavenworth, 18-13, in the championship game on Sunday.
KARL JUSTIN SMITH
June 22, 1992
Graveside services for Karl Justin Smith, 28, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fredonia City Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Quiring officiating. Mr. Smith died Friday, June 19, 1992, in an automobile accident in Jackson County, Mo.
THELMA JOHNSON
June 22, 1992
Services for Thelma Johnson, 78, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ryan Mortuary in Salina. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 10 miles northwest of Salina. Mrs. Johnson died Sunday, June 21, 1992, at Sterling Heights nursing home in Lawrence.
AMARILLIS H. RUBLE
June 22, 1992
Services for Amarillis Hansen Ruble, 89, Fremont, Calif., will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Vinland Cemetery with the Rev. Phyllis Counts-Casson officiating. Mrs. Ruble was cremated and will be inurned. She died Friday, Jan. 3, 1992, in Fremont, Calif.
STONER SERVICES
June 22, 1992
Services for Gertrude M. Stoner, 85, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Abilene Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Morris Berry officiating. Burial will be in the Prairiedale Cemetery in Talmadge. Mrs. Stoner died Friday, June 19, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU RECEIVES GRANT TO AID IN DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION
June 22, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney announced today the award of $1.04 million in discretionary grants for drug abuse prevention programs, including funding for two that are part of the new Kansas Family Initiative program. One of the grants goes to Kansas University for the cost of a conference. KU receives $15,000 to pay a third of the cost of the annual Governor’s Conference on Multicultural Substance Abuse.
THREE SISTERS DIE IN BONNER SPRINGS FIRE
June 22, 1992
State fire officials were expected to join Bonner Springs investigators today to determine what caused a house fire that killed three young sisters. The blaze early Sunday trapped the girls in an upstairs bedroom, authorities said. Another sister and the girls’ mother and stepfather escaped the fire.
THANKS FOR REUNION
June 22, 1992
To the editor: The weekend of June 12-14, 1992 was a very special one for many of us in the Lawrence High School of 1972. I would like to thank all those, and especially Bobbi Smith, who organized and helped make our 20th high school class reunion such a success. It was very nostalgic to walk through the halls of Lawrence High 20 years after we last ran from those same halls screaming for joy.
WOMAN PRESUMED DROWNED AT PERRY
June 22, 1992
Jefferson County officials resumed their search at 6:30 a.m. today for the body of a 20-year-old Leavenworth County woman presumed drowned at Perry Lake. The woman reportedly fell out of a boat at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the Big Slough boat ramp at the lake. Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers searching the lake received assistance from the county dive-rescue team, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Wildlife and Parks and the Jefferson County Ambulance Service.
REPUBLICAN FILES FOR SENATE SEAT
June 22, 1992
A Leavenworth city commissioner and former mayor has announced her candidacy for the 3rd District seat in the Kansas Senate. Carolyn Tillotson, a Republican, was Leavenworth mayor in 1990-91. The seat she is seeking will be vacated by Sen. Edward Reilly Jr., who is retiring after almost 30 years in the Senate.
BODY DISCOVERED IN MISSOURI RIVER
June 22, 1992
Leavenworth County officials are attempting to identify the remains of a body pulled from the Missouri River Friday afternoon. Janette Nesmith, public relations officer for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, said employees at the Smoot Grain Elevator Co. barge terminal reported seeing a mass floating in the river at the easternmost section of the county, just east of Kansas Highway 5 and southeast of Lansing.
RUMILNG WON
June 22, 1992
Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that “hate crime” laws are unconstitutional will not affect similar legislation in the city or state, because neither body has such controls. Hate crimes, such as cross-burning, are not outlawed as such in Lawrence or Kansas, city and state officials said today. However, local officials find other ways to prosecute the crimes.
CITY COMMISSION TO CONSIDER CREATING REGULATION FOR KPL
June 22, 1992
Responding to pleas from residents, Lawrence city commissioners say they want the city to look into creating an ordinance requiring KPL Gas Service to hold public hearings and obtain permits for new projects. “I’m sympathetic to the feeling the citizens have that there are major public policy decisions being made that affect them and that they don’t have access to that process,” said Commissioner John Nalbandian.
KU, INDIANA GAME MIGHT NOT HAPPEN
June 22, 1992
It’s possible, perhaps likely, the made-for-TV Kansas-Indiana basketball game, set for Dec. 5 at the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome, may not take place after all. “I’d say that is correct, based on my most recent conversation with Indiana,” Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick said today.
SALES TAX RECEIPTS SHOW LOCAL RETAIL GROWTH
June 22, 1992
Retail activity in Douglas County continues to show growth this year through increases in local collections of the statewide sales tax. The Kansas Department of Revenue reported that collections of the state’s sales tax for the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, were up 6.73 percent over the comparable period in fiscal 1991.
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June 22, 1992
Richard Thomas is fully aware the Maupintour Travellers represent his final sure shot at competitive baseball, and he’s not about to waste the opportunity. Thomas, a graduate of Topeka Seaman who played two years at Allen County CC and a year at Arkansas, jumped at the chance to join the semi-pro Travellers this summer.
T NEED AN OLD CORNFIELD
June 22, 1992
If you build it, they will come. And, sure enough, a seemingly interminable string of automobile lights serpentined into the Iowa night at the conclusion of the movie “Field of Dreams.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 22, 1992
DISMISSALS Pamela Puckett and baby girl, Lawrence.
FINAL
June 22, 1992
Kansas women’s tennis coach Michael Center may have seen the future of his program brighten in Sunday’s Lawrence Open tennis tournament. Kim Rogers, a transfer from Tulsa, surprised current Kansas standout Rebecca Jensen, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the women’s open singles semifinals. Before beating Jensen, Rogers beat another new teammate, Casey Cooley.
BRUCE FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
June 22, 1992
A Douglas County District Court jury today found a Lawrence man guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse in the February death of a 23-month-old boy. Donald Bruce Jr., 30, faces an automatic life sentence for murder. Child abuse carries a minimum sentence of two to three years and a maximum sentence of five to 10 years.
BOARD FACES TIGHT SCHEDULE TO GET BOND ISSUES ON BALLOT
June 22, 1992
Although some long-awaited facilities recommendations to the Lawrence school board are expected to arrive next month, they may come too late for the district to get a proposed bond issue on the November ballot. Two school panels, the Elementary School Facility Task Force and the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education, are expected to report to the board in July. Both groups have adopted their recommendations but are still developing their final reports.
TIME FOR RESEARCH
June 22, 1992
College professors from around the country specializing in the study of black communities in America are taking part in a research seminar at Kansas University. “The Growth of Urban Black Communities in America” seminar is being conducted by David Katzman, KU professor of history, courtesy professor of African-American studies and chair of KU’s American Studies department.
JUVENILE CENTER BUDGET EXAMINED
June 22, 1992
The Douglas County Commission today focused on the budget and location of the proposed Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center without reaching a decision on either issue. Pam Weigand, director of the detention center, proposed a 1993 budget of $245,026 for the center. She said the budget was based on an estimated opening date of Nov. 1, 1993. The county budgeted $243,693 for the center in 1992.