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DOUBLE CHALLENGE
March 4, 1992
One racer in Alaska’s fabled Iditarod sled dog race is battling more than the elements this week. Mike Williams, an Eskimo musher, also is fighting alcoholism. Williams, 39, is a recovering alcoholic who has lost three brothers to alcohol-related accidents or suicide. He is dedicating his Iditarod run to the cause of sobriety for Indians, Aleuts and Eskimos.
ROCK CHALK CONTRIBUTION
March 4, 1992
To the editor: Three cheers to all those who worked to make this year’s Rock Chalk Revue a rousing success! The board of directors of the United Way of Douglas County sincerely thanks each individual who helped to make this year’s Rock Chalk Revue a financial success. We accept your donation of $50,000 with a great deal of gratitude for your ingenuity, hard work and perseverance. This year’s donation by Rock Chalk Revue represents a 52 percent increase over funds raised by Rock Chalk a year ago.
HARMFUL STEREOTYPES
March 4, 1992
To the editor: In the article “Americans doubt quality of U.S.-made products, poll finds” (Feb. 25), the writer refers to the old saw that American-made cars built on Fridays have more mechanical problems and to the charge by Japanese politicans that U.S. workers are lazy. I suspect that these theories in disfavor of American workers were first produced among Americans and then “imported” to Japan. Japanese politicians, then, quote them for their political purpose. When such comments are expressed by foreigners, they sound disagreeable or arrogant to Americans, even to those who believe these are true.
CITY OKS PLANS FOR WAL-MART
March 4, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners enthusiastically approved a revised site plan for a new breed of Wal-Mart store that plans to mix retail with recycling. “Where the uniqueness is coming from is that they are trying to develop a more environmentally sensitive retailing program,” said Roger Schenewerk of Landplan Engineering, which is developing plans for a Wal-Mart store at 33rd and Iowa.
NEIGHBORHOOD SETS 2-DAY HOMES TOUR
March 4, 1992
Nine homes in the University Place neighborhood will be open to the public during a two-day homes tour this spring. The homes tour, sponsored by the University Place Neighborhood Assn., Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Historic Mount Oread Fund, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9 and from noon to 4 p.m. May 10.
MEDICAL SERVICE TRACKED BY KUMC
March 4, 1992
A study at the Kansas University Medical Center shows that the number of Kansas counties critically underserved in primary care is declining. The 1991 Kansas Medically Underserved Areas Report, an annual report put together by Ron Spangler, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at KUMC, shows that the number of critically underserved counties dropped from 62 in 1990 to 52 in 1991. Nine counties were listed as underserved in the report.
CITY TO TRY OUT NEW SYSTEM FOR WRITING PARKING TICKETS
March 4, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners took a step Tuesday toward making handwritten parking tickets in Lawrence as much a thing of the past as the rumbleseat. Commissioners decided to try out for 60 days an automated ticket system that would convert parking violation information into computer data and save the city thousand of dollars in data entry costs.
POSTMARK SNAFU COULD PENALIZE LOCAL BUSINESSES
March 4, 1992
There’s a chance local businesses that didn’t mail their January sales tax remittances to the state until the deadline last Wednesday still could be assessed a penalty and interest. Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds confirmed Tuesday that a postmark cancellation machine in the postal service’s Kansas City, Mo., mail processing plant was stamping an incorrect postmark last Wednesday.
JANE S. VAN METER
March 4, 1992
A Mass of Christian burial for Jane Seymour van Meter, 85, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Saint Lawrence Catholic Center with the Rev. Vincent Krische officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Ms. van Meter died Tuesday morning, March 3, 1992, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She had been a resident of Lawrence since moving here from Virginia in 1960.
SAMUEL W. GILCHRIST
March 4, 1992
Memorial services for Samuel W. Gilchrist, 90, Jackson, were Monday at Christ United Methodist Church here. Mr. Gilchrist, a former resident of Lawrence, Kan., died Friday, Feb. 28, 1992, at his home.
SCHOOL CALENDAR WOULD ADD EXTRA DAY TO SPRING BREAK
March 4, 1992
Students in the Lawrence school district would get an extra day off for spring break and classes would start a week before Labor Day under a 1992-93 school calendar discussed during teacher negotiations Tuesday. The negotiating teams of the Lawrence Education Assn. and the Lawrence school board tentatively agreed to adopt the calendar.
T JUST ABOUT SACRIFICE
March 4, 1992
The Rev. Virgil Brady of Lawrence’s First United Methodist Church remembers that as a young boy, he often would give up reading comic books during Lent. But as the Lenten season begins today, Brady and other members of the local clergy say they put less emphasis on giving up small things and more emphasis on true self-improvement.
CITY LAWS TO AID KU ALCOHOL BAN
March 4, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners decided Tuesday to tighten city laws to help Kansas University police better enforce the school’s policy against carrying or drinking beer or liquor on campus. Under changes suggested by KU officials, possession or consumption of an open container of cereal malt beverage and liquor would be prohibited by the city in public places at KU, said Dave Corliss, city management analyst.
HASKELL OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY ON PROPOSAL TO ADD TUITION
March 4, 1992
Upset by the Bush administration’s suggestion that Haskell Indian Junior College students pay tuition to make up for proposed budget cuts, three officials from the college will testify Thursday in front of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Shawn Braun, student senate president at Haskell, will join Board of Regents Chairman Ray Morgan and Regent Lana Rozler in Washington, D.C., to denounce the tuition proposal and a proposed $1.7 million cut to Haskell’s budget for fiscal year ‘93.
KU PLANS TO LEASE HALL TO HASKELL
March 4, 1992
Kansas University and Haskell Indian Junior College officials have all but received final approval for a lease agreement that would allow about 400 Haskell students to live in a KU residence hall in the fall. Haskell plans to extensively renovate two student housing buildings, Osceola-Keokuk and Winona halls, on its campus this summer, displacing students. The plan would place about 400 male and female Haskell students in KU’s Joseph R. Pearson residence hall for the 1992-93 academic year.
CLASS ACT AT KU
March 4, 1992
To the editor: I recently read an editorial in the Journal-World called “A class act,” concerning the quality of the fans in Allen Fieldhouse. It was a great tribute to the university, its fans and to the basketball program. I certainly agreed 100 percent with the editorial.
BIZARRE RESPONSE
March 4, 1992
To the editor: Many are shocked and numb to hear of the recent brutal beating and death of a 23-month-old child here in Lawrence. May God forgive this savagery and comfort the soul of that baby, and family left behind. Why did it have to happen? It’s so senseless.
LACK OF VISION
March 4, 1992
To the editor: How like our city’s forward-looking Chamber of Commerce leadership to envision a trolley from the university to downtown the one place from which transportation to downtown now exists on a regular basis while public transportation to seek and hold jobs, to get children to day care and medical appointments and to shop downtown (and elsewhere), as well as to take full advantage of our community’s cultural life is non-existent for all those and there are many who do not have access to private vehicles!
CITY SEEKS FUNDING FOR BIKE TRAIL
March 4, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners approved an application Tuesday for $1.5 million in federal transportation funds to construct an 18.5-mile bike path and pedestrian trail along the South Lawrence Trafficway. The 10-foot-wide bicycle-pedestrian path would run along the trafficway from Kansas Highway 10 on Lawrence’s east side to County Road 438 on the city’s west side and tie into other recreation trails for cyclists and pedestrians.
OUTGOING OFFICIAL TAKES PRIDE IN RECORD
March 4, 1992
As he cleaned out his office last week in the second floor turret of the Douglas County Courthouse, County Administrator Chris McKenzie joked that the room had never been so organized. That same line, used more seriously, could be applied to the county itself as McKenzie steps down today after seven years with the county, the last six as administrator. He resigned Jan. 31 to become executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities in Topeka.
March 4, 1992
It is a bit easier to understand why the motion picture business is having so many difficulties, particularly financial problems, when one reads that “Bugsy,” the controversial Warren Beatty’s effort to portray and delineate mob activity in America, has gained a leading 10 nominations for the annual Academy Awards. There have been a lot of films with the same kind of theme which were done earlier and much better, and some may be inclined to think that if “Bugsy” is the best film of the past year, it is no wonder Hollywood is hurting.
LEGISLATORS OUTLINE NEW GROUP ON NATIVE AMERICAN CONCERNS
March 4, 1992
Two local legislators plan to formally announce Friday the creation of a governor’s advisory committee on Native American affairs. Sen. Wint Winter and Rep. Sandy Praeger, both R-Lawrence, met with Haskell Indian Junior College students Tuesday to discuss the proposed group, which Winter said would gather information and conduct hearings about the needs of Native Americans in Kansas, especially in the areas of economic development and health.
NCAA FIGHT RULE MUCH TOO HARSH IN NEWEST FORM
March 4, 1992
Darwyn Alexander no doubt watched Monday night’s Kansas-Oklahoma State basketball game on television back home in Stillwater. Too bad. He should have been allowed to play against the Jayhawks.
VETERINARY PRACTICE HITS CENTURY MARK
March 4, 1992
For 100 years, animal owners in Overbrook and surrounding areas have called on the George Maichel family for veterinary care. George E. Maichel never received a formal education in veterinary medicine. Instead, he read books, examined animals and “did post mortems on them to find out where all the organs were,” said his son, George B. Maichel.
FOR THE RECORD
March 4, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
MONROE FLEXES MUSCLES FOR JAYHAWKS
March 4, 1992
Like all accomplished baserunners, Darryl Monroe has been given the green light. “I told him the only time I’m going to get upset is if he doesn’t run,” Kansas baseball coach Dave Bingham said of Monroe, a sophomore from Lawrence High. “If he gets the chance, he’ll go.”
STRATA PINPOINTED IN DROPOUT STUDIES
March 4, 1992
A disproportionate number of Native Americans, Hispanics and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are among the ranks of Lawrence High School dropouts, two local studies indicate. Nancy Albrecht, a home economics teacher at LHS, and Sandra Chapman, the Lawrence school district’s director for student outcomes, reached those conclusions in two separate studies.
WILDCARE GOES PRIVATE AFTER SEVERING KU TIES
March 4, 1992
The next generation of a local program that rehabilitates injured animals will be a private, all-volunteer and decentralized operation that relies exclusively on donations for survival, organizers said today. Wildcare, the rehabilitation program, is breaking its ties with Kansas University after 12 years.
DEMONSTRATION ENCOURAGES SAFETY
March 4, 1992
A Kansas University senior whose mother was killed in an alcohol-related car accident in 1988 knows first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving. Joel Karman, a Chicago senior, said his mother died when a drunken driver struck her car four years ago. Karman joined several hundred students who watched a mock accident Tuesday afternoon on the front lawn of Stauffer-Flint Hall as part of Safe Break Week.
HOUSE PANEL OKS KU BUDGET INCREASE
March 4, 1992
A House committee Tuesday endorsed a bill that raises spending at Kansas University nearly 3 percent and provides money to plan the reconstruction of Hoch Auditorium. The House Appropriations Committee defeated a proposal to increase tuition by $23 million this fall at KU and other Board of Regents universities before sending the bill to the House. It has yet to be considered by the Senate.
DETECTIVE
March 4, 1992
A Lawrence police detective testified today that the mother of 23-month-old Eric Brewer told him that “I was so drunk” after going to a bar the night of Feb. 4 that she didn’t remember hearing the cries of her son shortly before the boy died in a southeast Lawrence mobile home. The detective, Steve Zarnowiec, was one of two Lawrence police officers who testified this morning in preliminary hearings for Eric Brewer’s mother and her boyfriend, who have been charged in connection with the child’s death.