Archive for Monday, June 29, 1992

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BID PREFERENCE
June 29, 1992
Lawrence automobile dealers would seem to have justification to be unhappy about purchasing policies of the city of Lawrence. Last week, the city took delivery of 11 new police cars purchased from a Kansas City dealer. Lawrence dealers were invited to make bids on the cars, and two local dealers sought the city business. In both cases, however, the bids of Lawrence dealers were slightly higher than the out-of-town bid.
APPRECIATION DUE
June 29, 1992
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are to be congratulated for their desire to appropriate $1.5 million to hire more minority faculty members at the state’s regents schools. Likewise, Lawrence city commissioners are to be congratulated for their action several months ago in approving and encouraging the formation of the Lawrence Alliance. This group is designed to help identify and reduce or eliminate discrimination in Lawrence.
EUDORA MAN INJURED IN 2-VEHICLE WRECK
June 29, 1992
A Eudora man was listed in serious condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken by helicopter after smashing his car into the rear end of a pickup truck in Eudora on Sunday night. Adam Johnson, 23, was driving a 1980 Camaro west on 10th Street near Elm Street at a high rate of speed at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, according to Eudora Police Chief Bill Long.
LOCAL MAN NAMED TO NATIONAL POST
June 29, 1992
Michael L. Miller, commander of VFW Post No. 852 in Lawrence, has been appointed as a National Aide-de-Camp, recruiting class for 1991-1992, by VFW National Commander-in-Chief Robert E. Wallace. “It is because of the tireless efforts of civic- and patriotic-minded citizens like Comrade Miller that the veterans and the communities the VFW serves have been affected in a positive manner,” Wallace said.
TIGHT RACE
June 29, 1992
(Staff photo by E. Joseph Zurga) Jon Greenberger, on jet ski No. 50, and Dave Lafond battle each other on Clinton Lake on Sunday as they fine-tune their skills for an upcoming jet ski race in Lincoln, Neb. Greenberger, who lives in Overland Park, and Lafond, a resident of Topeka, said they practice year-round at Clinton Lake.
VETERANS GROUP PLANS JULY 4 PARADECONCERT
June 29, 1992
The United Veterans Organization of Douglas County will hold a parade and concert Saturday with the theme, “An Old-fashioned Fourth of July.” It is the second year for the event. The parade will start at 10 a.m., traveling down Massachusetts Street from Eighth Street to South Park, where a variety of bands and entertainers will perform until 5 p.m.
STORE OWNERS CHALLENGE PLAN FOR ROAD
June 29, 1992
In the Bible, David lofted a stone to topple Goliath. In Douglas County District Court, Richard and Sheryll Wright are seeking an injunction in hopes of stopping the city from taking their business. Faced with losing their “ma and pa” wallcovering store to make way for a frontage road leading to a new Wal-Mart, the Wrights went to court Friday.
POLICE GIVE DETAILS OF WEEKEND FIGHT OFFICER REMAINS HOSPITALIZED AT LMH
June 29, 1992
Lawrence police today released more details about a fight early Saturday morning at Hardee’s Restaurant, 23rd and Iowa, in which one man was arrested and two police officers were injured. Police Lt. Ed Brunt said police were called to the restaurant about 4:10 a.m. by employees after a group of about 20 people entered the business and began yelling obscenities and pushing buttons on cash registers. Restaurant employees also reported that a fight broke out between two of the people in the restaurant.
PLAINTIVE PEROT
June 29, 1992
Ross Perot is now cooking in the campaign kitchen, and he apparently doesn’t like some of the political heat. The not-yet-announced presidential candidate has spent much of the last few days accusing Bush forces of unveiling a “dirty tricks” campaign against him. The choice of the old Watergate term to describe the supposedly atrocities probably is no coincidence.
GLENN E. DAVIS
June 29, 1992
Services for Glenn E. Davis, 65, rural Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rumsey Funeral Home. David Hallenbeck will officiate, and burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Davis died Sunday, June 28, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 11, 1926, in rural Lawrence, the son of Clarence Lloyd “Bud” and Marium Magdalena House Davis. He grew up in Lawrence and attended Lawrence public schools. He served in the Pacific campaign during World War II.
WENDY E. JOHNSON
June 29, 1992
Services for Wendy Elizabeth Johnson, 15, Topeka, will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Chapel, Topeka. A rosary will be said. She died Sunday, June 28, 1992, at the Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka.
LEONARD O. THOMAS
June 29, 1992
Services for Leonard O. Thomas, 80, Tequesta, Fla., will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fulton-Nickel Chapel in Kansas City, Kan., with the Rev. John Walker officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Thomas died Friday, June 26, 1992, at a hospital in Jupiter, Fla.
TO THE EDITOR
June 29, 1992
To the editor: Ah! More humor from city hall! Recent comments from city officials regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned a Minnesota “hate crimes law” reflect the city’s lack of commitment to civil rights protections and officials distorting the facts.
THREE AREA WOMEN RECEIVE PRESS AWARDS
June 29, 1992
Three Lawrence-area women received awards in the 1992 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. Nora Cleland, Vinland, received an honorable mention for news reporting in an internal publication. She is the editor of the “Oread,” a faculty and staff newsletter published by the university relations office at Kansas University.
TRACKSTERS WIN MEDALS
June 29, 1992
Lawrence Track Club members earned three individual championships and one relay gold all in the girls 11-12 age division at the Missouri Valley AAU-USA track and field championships Saturday. Adrianna Rollins won the 1500 racewalk in 8:47.3, Devin Houchin the 800 in 2:35.4, and Betsy Lee the 1500 in 5:33.0. Lee and Houchin also ran legs in the victorious 4 x 400 relay. The other relay runners were Akua Crum and Rachel Lehman.
COUNTY COLLECTION OF TAXES FOR 1991 NEARS 91 PERCENT
June 29, 1992
Douglas County has collected almost 91 percent of the 1991 taxes it is owed, the treasurer’s office reported today. The county has received $43,599,188 in tax payments as of Friday, said Treasurer Nancy Hempen. The total for 1991 taxes owed to the county is $47,962,568.
WORK ON REBUILDING HOCH TO BEGIN SOON
June 29, 1992
Demolition of unsalvagable sections of Hoch Auditorium and selection of an architect to design the $18 million reconstruction of Hoch could occur by Aug. 1, a Kansas University official said today. Next month, a contractor will begin removing debris from the 1991 fire that gutted Hoch and what remains of the building’s west, south and east walls, said Allen Wiechert, KU’s director of facilities planning.
LOCAL CHAMBER PLANS TO START BUSINESS STUDY
June 29, 1992
The Douglas County Commission today agreed to go along with a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce request and co-sponsor a grant application to the Southwestern Bell Foundation. The chamber is requesting a $4,500 grant from the foundation’s Economic Excellence Program. The funds, if received, would cover the consulting and printing costs of a study of the local business climate, which would target the printing industry, research and development and administrative services.
EDITORIAL
June 29, 1992
It is so terribly easy for political “outs” such as presidential contenders Bill Clinton and Ross Perot to verbalize bold, swift, decisive actions they would take if they were sitting in the White House. So many times the alleged solutions to such issues as budget deficits, the national debt and riots in urban areas sound so appealing. Americans are accustomed to seeking quick fixes for difficulties, major and minor, and they tend to rally around people who seem to have such speedy solutions. But what the Perots and Clintons of the world so often fail to take into account, or simply don’t realize, is the layer upon layer of bureaucracy which anyone in an elective position must try to overcome to get to the bottom of a given situation. Nowhere is it clearer that it is easier to theorize than to achieve than in the former Iron Curtain countries of Europe. It is so simple to talk about freedom, democracy and self-determination; it is quite another thing to dump decades of harmful momentum created by a collective system and suddenly enter a “free market society” format. The United States is nowhere near that kind of chaos, but it does have to scratch deeply beneath the veneer of bureaucracy when it considers solving given problems.
FIRE CAUSES $30,000 DAMAGE TO HOUSE
June 29, 1992
A fire early Sunday morning gutted a house at 717 Mich., causing an estimated $30,000 in damage, Lawrence firefighers reported. Twenty-one firefighters were called to the one-story, wood-frame house at 6:10 a.m. Sunday after flames were seen coming out of the front.
CORRECTION
June 29, 1992
Because of incorrect information supplied to the Journal-World, it was reported that a fee would be charged for a recycling class to be offered July 20 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Registration is required, but the class is free.
MAINLINE GOES OT
June 29, 1992
The last thing Michael Zimmerman wanted out of his Mainline Classic qualifying tennis match with Yasufumi Yamamoto was for it to go to three sets. The next-to-last thing he wanted was for the sets to be determined by tie-breakers.
LAW STUDENTS HONOR PROF FOR SERVICE
June 29, 1992
Kansas University law students like Reggie Robinson’s open door policy. To prove it, they presented Robinson the Frederick Moreau Award for the second consecutive year to recognize his work as a mentor to students.
GIBBY WINS LOCH LLOYD
June 29, 1992
A wiseguy tried to rattle Gibby Gilbert as he approached the 18th tee Sunday at Loch Lloyd Country Club. “Somebody said, `Has anybody ever made 15 on this hole?’ I said, `Yeah, and if I do, I’ll come looking for you,”’ Gilbert said, grinning, after wrapping up the Southwestern Bell Classic championship by nine strokes over hometown favorite Jim Colbert.
ROUND PLACES HUTCHENS IN AMATEUR
June 29, 1992
Chris Hutchens almost made it into red numbers Monday, which is not something he usually strives for. Hutchens, who lives in Lawrence and works as an insurance agent, fired a 1-over-par 73 to tie for medalist in the KGA Amateur qualifying at Alvamar Golf Club.
QUARTERBACK IS BASEBALL PLAYERTOO
June 29, 1992
Just as mood rings, pet rocks, and disco were popular fads of the 1970’s, two-sport athletes rank among the cultural phenomenons of the 1990s. Add Nate Florell to a list that includes Brian Jordan and Deion Sanders as athletes who have successfully made the jump from football to baseball and helped popularize the hobby of playing two sports.
PROF NAMED PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES ADVISER
June 29, 1992
Diana Prentice Carlin, Kansas University political debate researcher, is one of five people appointed to recommend to the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates whether H. Ross Perot and other independent presidential candidates be included in the 1992 debates. Carlin, a commission advisory board member, attended the commission’s June 11 news conference in Washington, D.C., that announced dates for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. Criteria for evaluating independent and third party candidates for the debates and the special committee to use the criteria also were announced.
SOCCER TEAM GOES INTERNATIONAL
June 29, 1992
After two years of playing in the USA Cup in Blaine, Minn., a pair of Lawrence select soccer teams will instead play this summer in the International Friendship Cup of Colorado in Denver. “We’ve been to the USA Cups twice, and we still wanted to go somewhere,” explained Bill James, coach of the 16-and-under Force ‘75. “We thought we might want to go somewhere different. So we took a vote. We had a very good time and reasonable success in Minnesota.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 29, 1992
Burglaries and thefts reported An undisclosed amount of cash was taken between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday from Country Kitchen restaurant, 1511 W. 23rd, Lawrence police reported. Entry was gained when a side door was pried open, causing $300 damage, police reported.
AREA LAKES, TOWNS SCHEDULE EVENTS TO MARK JULY 4TH
June 29, 1992
Firing up the barbecue grills, pitching tents, setting up volleyball nets, or just taking it easy all are part of the traditional Fourth of July weekend, but several Lawrence-area communities and lakes have scheduled special activities to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day. McLOUTH Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday starting at dark, about 9:40 p.m. The city of McLouth and the city’s recreation commission, Kiwanis Club and fire department are sponsoring the display. They are asking visitors to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but not their own fireworks.
EDITORIAL
June 29, 1992
A female Navy officer’s story of sexual harassment paints a sordid picture of the male officers with whom she served. Lt. Paula Coughlin, 30, went public with her story this week after becoming frustrated that the Navy had not taken action against the fellow aviators who allegedly molested her and 25 other Navy women at a Las Vegas convention last September. She also said she hoped the publicity would help change the attitude of Navy men toward their female colleagues.
BACK IN UNIFORM
June 29, 1992
As a district executive for the Boy Scouts’ Heart of America Council, Eric Melton hopes to provide some of the same guidance that kept him on the right track as a child. Melton had worked as a district executive in Johnson County since October 1990, but moved to the Pelathe District, which encompasses Douglas County and Linwood, in February. He and his wife, Ann, have lived in Eudora since April.
QUAKES JOLT LOCAL TRUCKER
June 29, 1992
Rob Edmiston was asleep in the cab of his tractor-trailer rig Sunday morning when the truck began to shake. “It felt like somebody was climbing on the side of the truck,” Edmiston said this morning during a telephone interview with the Journal-World. “The truck was going up and down, and side to side.”
ACTIVISTS PREDICT STATE EFFORTS RULING MAY SPUR ACTIVISM IN STATE
June 29, 1992
Today’s Supreme Court ruling will fuel efforts by anti-abortion groups to make it harder to obtain a legal abortion in Kansas, a local legislator and abortion activists on both sides of the issue said today. The high court gave states new power to limit abortions by upholding key provisions of a Pennsylvania abortion law. Justices didn’t, however, overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that established abortion rights nationwide.
LOCAL WOMEN SHARE CENTURY OF LIVING TWO LAWRENCE WOMEN NEAR 100TH BIRTHDAYS
June 29, 1992
Lawrence residents Nettie Spray and Clella Beth Boswell have something uniquely in common in that they both remember what they were doing when the president was shot. But the president they’re talking about is not John F. Kennedy. It’s William McKinley, who was assassinated 91 years ago.
T ADVANCE IN CONTEST
June 29, 1992
Lawrence High School student Cyrus Mody was not among the 15 students who advanced to the second day of national Citizen Bee competition, which is being held today in Washington, D.C. Mody and another Kansas student, Casey Markee of Towanda, were eliminated following Sunday’s competition, in which 123 students answered questions about American history, the U.S. Constitution, economics and current events in both a written test and an oral competition.
WOODLING COLUMN
June 29, 1992
While Jeltz sits, KC’s shortstops remain abysmal A peculiar game is major league baseball.