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CHARITY LEADER SAYS DONATIONS ARE SAFE
March 6, 1992
In light of allegations about the president of the United Way of America, Al Hack, president of the board of the United Way of Douglas County, today reiterated that 99 percent of the money the local group raises is spent in Douglas County. Hack also said the local charity kept administrative and fund-raising costs at 11.6 percent of its annual budget.
FUND-RAISER
March 6, 1992
Organizers for the 1992 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade are preparing for final events to be held in conjunction with the parade. This year’s parade will begin at 1 p.m. March 17 at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth, and will end in the parking lot of the Jet Lag Lounge, 610 Fla.
STORE DONATES TOYS TO LOCAL PARAMEDICS
March 6, 1992
The Kwik Shop convenience store, 1846 Mass., has donated 14 stuffed toy bears to help comfort children transported by the Douglas County Ambulance Service, a DCAS spokesman said Thursday. Two bears are placed in each of the county’s five ambulances for children who are transported because of injuries or because a parent or guardian has been injured, said Rob Kort, assistant supervisor for DCAS.
BLUE VALLEY NORTH TABBED TOP SCHOOL
March 6, 1992
Two Johnson County high schools are among the best in the country, Redbook magazine says in its April edition. Blue Valley North and Olathe South high schools are among 140 U.S. schools the magazine recognizes for excellence. The magazine chose Blue Valley North as the best high school in Kansas.
FIFTH BUSINESS ROBBED IN CITY WITHINDAYS
March 6, 1992
Two men robbed a local liquor store Thursday night, marking the fifth robbery in seven days at Lawrence businesses. According to Lawrence police reports, two men walked into Johnson Retail Liquors, 1410 Kasold, about 8 p.m. Thursday. One of the suspects pulled a black semiautomatic pistol from his pants, and the second man walked around the counter and took money from the register, police reported.
TONGANOXIE POLICE STRETCHING OUT
March 6, 1992
Having broken free of their tiny, cramped office, Tonganoxie police officers on Thursday shared their relief with the public during an open house at their new, larger headquarters. About five times the size of the former police station, the new building features two interview rooms, a sheriff’s work station, an area for officers to fill out reports, a file-copy room, and offices for the sergeant and chief.
CITY LEADERS TO LOBBY LAWMAKERS
March 6, 1992
Three city officials hope to lobby federal lawmakers next week for more money for the Eastern Parkway and to preserve the budget for Haskell Indian Junior College when they attend a conference in Washington, D.C. City Manager Mike Wildgen, Mayor Bob Walters, and Commissioner Bob Schulte planned to leave today for the nation’s capital to attend the Annual Congressional City Conference, sponsored by the National League of Cities.
91 SEMESTER
March 6, 1992
The names of more than 2,000 students from the Kansas University Lawrence campus and the schools of Allied Health and Nursing at the Kansas City, Kan., campus who were named to KU’s honor roll during fall 1991 semester recently were announced by Chancellor Gene A. Budig. The honor roll comprises undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the schools of allied health, architecture and urban design, business, education, engineering, fine arts and nursing and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The School of Social Welfare does not compile an honor roll.
JRP RESIDENTS SEEK ASSURANCES ON HALL
March 6, 1992
Although students in a Kansas University residence hall are concerned that their hall may close permanently, there are no plans to do so, a KU official said. David Ambler, vice chancellor for student affairs, said KU currently has no plans to close Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall in the next year or two.
COUPLE PLEDGE $50,000 TO KU
March 6, 1992
Dr. George H. and Helena Hassard of Hot Springs, S.D., have committed $50,000 for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Kansas University, according to Dr. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor for the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The gift to the KU Endowment Association is being developed through life insurance.
GROWTH
March 6, 1992
Whether analyzing recent population trends in Lawrence or historical population trends in Douglas County, one factor is unquestionable: The number of students in Lawrence elementary schools will continue to grow. That was one message of Howard Ebmeier, a member of the district’s Elementary School Facility Task Force, during the group’s meeting Thursday. The task force is expected to make a proposal to the Lawrence school board regarding when and where new grade school facilities should be built.
CITY COLLECTION OF YARD WASTE TO START EARLY
March 6, 1992
Earthbound 92, the city’s yard waste composting program, will start a month earlier this year due to the unusually warm weather. Beginning Saturday, Lawrence residents can drop off their grass clippings, leaves, car batteries and used motor oil from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Earthbound site in Centennial Park off Rockledge Road.
S DEATH SIGNALS END OF ERA IN HISTORY OF SPORT
March 6, 1992
I felt a strange sadness when I learned of George Giles’ death. It wasn’t the kind of sadness you would feel with the passing of a parent or sibling, or that of a close friend. No, this wasn’t the knife wound to the heart. It was more an elusive, troubling pang, just behind the heart, not for a personal loss after all, I’d only talked with the man for a few hours nearly two years ago but for a loss to the world.
CRACK HOUSE SUSPECT ARRESTED
March 6, 1992
Drug enforcement officers arrested a 37-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man Thursday night at a residence they say is the first crack house they’ve identified in the city. Police Chief Ron Olin today said authorities think the man who was arrested, Eddie R. Clark, is one of two people selling crack cocaine at a residence at 217 Ill. Other arrests are expected, Olin said.
TEAM TO HELP FIND SCHOOL CANDIDATES
March 6, 1992
The Lawrence school board this morning agreed to hire a three-member team to help the board narrow the field of candidates for the district’s top post. Although the board did not decide on the team’s membership, the team will play much the same role that three Kansas University faculty members did in the district’s 1984 search for a superintendent.
SOMEBODY TO LEAN ON
March 6, 1992
It isn’t every day local children have the chance to play basketball and eat pizza with Kansas University athletes. “At first we just sat down and we had to tell our names and where we were from,” said James Todd, a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Central Junior High. “I can’t remember who all was there, I was so excited.”
KU BUSINESS STUDENTS OFFER INCOME TAX HELP
March 6, 1992
Sixty-five Kansas University business students are busy this spring filing income taxes. In the first two weeks of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the KU Accounting Club, more than 150 people used the VITA service in completing their income tax forms.
GETTING TOUGH ON CRIME
March 6, 1992
The country must get rougher and tougher with violent criminals before it can afford to get kinder and gentler with them, the U.S. attorney general said Thursday. “The choice is clear: more prisons or more crime,” William Barr said during a Stephenson Lecture in Law and Government at Kansas University.
PRESERVATION ALLIANCE HONORS ARCHITECTURE FACULTYALUMNI
March 6, 1992
The Kansas Preservation Alliance has honored several faculty members and alumni of the Kansas University School of Architecture and Urban Design for their work in historic preservation. A jury of KPA members, including laypersons and architecture professionals, selected the winners of the 1991 Preservation Awards and notified the winners last month. The awards will be presented formally at the KPA’s spring meeting in Wichita.
KPERS PANEL HIRES LOCAL LAW FIRM
March 6, 1992
The board of trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System has hired a Lawrence law firm to handle its major legal work in place of the attorney general’s office. The firm of Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn and Murray was selected Thursday after the board heard presentations from two firms.
SITE LOCATED FOR BUNGEE JUMPING
March 6, 1992
Two Colorado businessmen who moved to Lawrence last month in hopes of starting a bungee jumping franchise have found a site from which to take the plunge. Tim Hoppin, owner of Vertical Addictions Inc., and partner Kevin McNally submitted plans this morning to the city-county planning department for a jumping site near the entrance to Clinton State Park.
WOODLING COLUMN
March 6, 1992
Kansas professor scoffs at sanity, defies rationality Life sometimes imitates nothing, and we cannot offer a rational explanation for what simply is …like Sylvester Stallone, karaoke and the length of the college basketball season. Further, we cannot explain why a man with nearly five decades of accrued wisdom would dig deep into his pockets and spend $3,500 for the opportunity to punish his body in a fantasy baseball camp.
March 6, 1992
Too upset to sleep, Roy Williams popped a tape in the VCR upon returning from Ames early Thursday morning. “It didn’t look any better at 3 o’clock in the morning, and it’s not looking any better right now when we’re grading the film,” Williams said about Kansas’ 70-66 loss at Iowa State on Wednesday night.
COMPUTERS
March 6, 1992
There was no evidence a rogue computer virus named for Italian artist Michelangelo raised its ugly head today at Kansas University, a computer expert said. “I haven’t had any reports,” said Mickey Waxman, a computer programer and “virus watcher” with academic computing services at KU.
LAWRENCE TO MEET OLATHE SOUTH
March 6, 1992
Lawrence High versus Olathe South squared. Like the girls a night earlier, the Lion and Falcon boys advanced to tonight’s sub-state championship with semifinal wins Thursday at LHS.
JOAN D. RICHTER
March 6, 1992
Services are pending for Joan D. Richter, 62, Lawrence, at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Richter died Thursday, March 5, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
EASY COME, EASY GO
March 6, 1992
The House Taxation Committee has started its process of robbing Peter to pay Paul to finance a new school funding plan. The only problem is that, too often, Peter and Paul turn out to be the same person. The major impetus behind altering the way public schools are funded has been an effort to lower property taxes for most Kansas taxpayers. The proposal currently under consideration in the House would levy a statewide 45-mill property tax and distribute that revenue to school districts throughout the state. But that won’t raise enough money to fund public schools, so the House committee is looking at other funding sources.
TAXES LOST
March 6, 1992
To the editor: The Journal-World reported on Feb. 26 that “more than $300,000 in property taxes will be waived over 10 years” for the benefit of Pitman-Moore, Inc. This statement is technically correct but misleading since the amount of taxes abated is substantially over $300,000. The amount of property taxes abated (current mill levy and current market value) amount to $445,932 or $27,871 for each of 16 new jobs.
FOR THE RECORD
March 6, 1992
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80TH
March 6, 1992
Local Girl Scouts and their families will tuck away their famous cookies to dine on birthday cake Thursday in celebration of the 80th birthday of the Girl Scouts international organization. The party is to begin at 7 p.m. in Lawrence High School’s auditorium, 19th and Louisiana, according to Barbara Toman, public relations coordinator for the association.
GROUP URGED NOT TO IGNORE BIAS
March 6, 1992
A local Native American man who has been involved in efforts to improve the relationship between the city and minorities said Lawrence has a ways to go before it becomes a true community. Dan Wildcat, chairman of the natural and social sciences department at Haskell Indian Junior College, said many members of ethnic groups don’t feel a sense of community in Lawrence.