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OFFICIAL PLUGS MEXICAN TRADE PACT
March 26, 1992
Kansas and the United States would benefit from a free-trade agreement with Mexico, the state secretary of agriculture said today. Sam Brownback, who has led the state’s Agriculture Department since 1986, said the North American Free Trade Agreement would create 130,000 net jobs in the United States and open up agriculture markets for Kansas farmers. The agreement “would create the world’s largest trading block” with a combined $6 trillion gross national product among the United States, Canada and Mexico, he said.
MUSICAL UPBRINGING CREATES MUSICAL MAN
March 26, 1992
Eric Rosenblith became entranced by the violin not in the great concert halls of pre-World War II Europe but in musical eateries. “In many places, restaurants and cafes, there would be little instrumental groups playing,” said Rosenblith, who will perform this weekend with the Kansas University Camerata. “We went to many cafes and hotels, and they apparently appealed to me as a little fellow. So my parents bought me a one-quarter-size violin and hired a teacher.”
SIMPATICO WITH RIP
March 26, 1992
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev should have no trouble identifying with Rip Van Winkle, the Catskill legend who inexplicably slept for 20 years, then came home from the hills to find things drastically changed. Krikalev and fellow Russian Alexander Volkov the former Soviet Union’s last official cosmonauts landed this week along with a German passenger on the plains of Kazakhstan after being replaced aboard the orbiting Mir space station by a new Russian crew. As one popular Soviet-bashing comedian says, “What a country!” Perhaps the cosmonauts should phrase it, “What? A country?”
BANKER SAYS NO
March 26, 1992
Maybe it took a banker to see through the troubled operation of the U.S. House bank. Amid the many excuses and apologies offered by House members caught in the scandal surrounding bounced checks in the pseudo-financial institution known as the House bank, the voice of Dick Nichols, R-Kansas, is a refreshing change.
GRATEFUL TO COACH
March 26, 1992
To the Editor: Coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, have much to be proud of. This has been a wonderful basketball season with much to celebrate. In addition, as teachers, we would like for them and the community to known how grateful we are for their involvement as parents in our school.
LAWRENCE QUALIFIES SIX FOR STATE KIDS WRESTLING
March 26, 1992
Six members of the Lawrence Kids Wrestling Club have qualified for the state tournament this weekend in Topeka. Kerrigan Bork advanced by winning the 150-pound class in the 12-year-old division at the district meet. Two LKWC members earned second places Joe Corcoran at 79 pounds in the 10-year-old division and Dave Weroha at 125 pounds in the 16-year-old group.
HEARINGS SCHEDULED IN LOCAL MAILBOX CASES
March 26, 1992
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Lawrence teen who is facing charges stemming from a series of incidents last fall during which a half-dozen mailboxes were destroyed in the city. The teen, Matthew B. Bunch, 18, is charged with two felony counts of criminal use of explosives. Bunch made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Wednesday, and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 7.
SEVERAL KU TEAMS MAKE ROAD TRIPS
March 26, 1992
Several of Kansas’ non-revenue sports teams will be traveling this weekend. The Jayhawk women’s tennis team, 8-3 and ranked 20th in the country, will face 5-7 Notre Dame on Friday in South Bend, Ind.
FLUSH MAKES FAUCET BACTERIA-FREE
March 26, 1992
An early February water sample from a janitor’s closet at Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall showed possible bacteria contamination, but the faucet was flushed and its water now appears normal, KU said today. The sample, one of 11 taken Feb. 5 at Wescoe, showed that a faucet with an attached hose in the janitor’s closet tested positive for coliform bacteria.
1,949 ADDED TO VOTER ROLLS
March 26, 1992
The recent voter registration effort added 1,949 people to the Douglas County voter rolls, the county clerk’s office announced today. The additions bring the total number of registered voters in the county to 35,226, most of whom will be eligible to participate in the April 7 Kansas presidential preference primary.
FOR THE RECORD
March 26, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Audio and video equipment and miscellaneous items, valued together on a police report at $3,854, were taken between 7:30 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Wednesday from an apartment in the 600 block of Gateway Court.
BALDWIN FORMS SEARCH PANEL FOR NEW ADMINISTRATOR
March 26, 1992
Two Baldwin City Council members and two Baldwin residents not serving on the council will make up the search committee responsible for finding a new city administrator, the council decided at a special meeting Wednesday. Mayor Loren Litteer said this morning that the city administrator acts as a liaison between city government and the public, so community representatives should be given a say in who holds the job.
CON GAME TAKESBUSINESSES
March 26, 1992
At least three businesses fell victim Wednesday night to a con artist or two, who got away with more than $150, Lawrence police reported. A police spokesman said this morning that the same suspect or suspects probably were involved in two other attempts to commit the crime, known as theft by deception, at two other businesses.
LOCAL GUARD UNITS ON PENTAGON HIT LIST
March 26, 1992
Although a battalion with headquarters in Lawrence was included on a list of proposed Defense Department cuts in National Guard and reserve jobs, battalion members this morning said they didn’t think the cutbacks mean the Lawrence National Guard Armory will close. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney today targeted more than 140,000 National Guard and reserve jobs to be eliminated this year and next. He said they should be cut to achieve balance with the already shrinking active duty force.
LHS SWIMMERS WIN QUAD
March 26, 1992
Lawrence High swimmers won all but one event and captured a quadrangular girls swim meet here Thursday. The Lions scored 498 points. Host Manhattan was runnerup with 434, followed by Junction City with 187 and Garden City with 160.
SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHER SUED
March 26, 1992
A Lawrence High School student and his mother are suing the Lawrence school district and an LHS teacher in connection with a 1990 shop class injury. Joshua Fraser and his mother, Roma Whitson, filed the suit Tuesday in Douglas County District Court against the school district and Ron Commons, Baldwin, an industrial arts teacher at LHS.
$18 MILLION EARMARKED FOR HOCH
March 26, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney today surprised local legislators and Kansas University officials by endorsing the expenditure of $18 million to rebuild fire-damaged Hoch Auditorium. “Hoch was destroyed by an act of God. It may be rebuilt by something which is almost like an act of God,” said Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence.
HOWARD K. GILPIN
March 26, 1992
Services for Howard K. Gilpin, 75, Iola, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Iola with the Rev. John W. Skillings officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Iola. Mr. Gilpin died Wednesday, March 25, 1992, at his home.
FIRE LOSS IN 1991 HITS RECORD LEVEL
March 26, 1992
The events of June 15, 1991, were burned into the collective memory of Lawrence firefighters. Fires that day gutted Hoch Auditorium at Kansas University, causing an estimated $12.8 million damage, and caused $200,000 damage at Packer Plastics Inc., 2330 Packer Rd.
HEARINGS SET IN JEFFERSON COUNTY DRUG RAID
March 26, 1992
Jefferson County District Court has scheduled preliminary hearings for six people arrested during a raid at a rural Meriden residence Feb. 11, according to a spokeswoman in the Jefferson County Attorney’s office. A preliminary hearing for Kelly McPherson, 22, rural Meriden, will be at 9 a.m. next Wednesday, and a hearing for Donald McPherson, 32, Gary McPherson, 41, Raymond McPherson, 19, Darrell McPherson, 20, all of rural Meriden, and Candace Mullins, 26, Burlingame, will be at 10:30 a.m. April 28.
BIG EIGHT HAS FIVE SPOTS
March 26, 1992
Five officials affiliated with the Big Eight Conference will be working NCAA basketball regionals this weekend. John Erickson, director of Big Eight basketball operations, reports that 24 of the 37 officials on the league roster have already worked games in the NCAA sub-regionals, the NIT and the NCAA Div. II playoffs.
CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES TRAVELERS TO BUCKLE UP
March 26, 1992
Only those lucky enough to come across Kerri Ebert as she treks across 40 of Kansas’ largest cities will get a bracelet that resembles a seatbelt. The plastic bracelet is only part of the message Ebert is delivering to Kansas cities about a national seatbelt-wearing campaign: “Buckle Up. Avoid the summertime blues.”
THEIR VALUES
March 26, 1992
If people of different cultures are to get along better, it may be necessary for them to “stretch” their values, a Kansas University communications professor told city employees Wednesday. Dorthy Pennington, associate professor of African and African-American studies and communication studies, spoke informally to about 20 city employees at a brown bag presentation at city hall.
CONTRA WAR IS DESTINED TO BE FORGOTTEN, KU PROFESSOR SAYS
March 26, 1992
The 10-year Contra war in Nicaragua is destined to become a “forgotten” conflict in American history because the United States was the aggressor nation and eventually lost, a Kansas University historian said Wednesday. “We don’t like to think that democracies start wars and are the aggressor nation,” said Charles Stansifer, KU professor of history, during a University Forum on Wednesday. “And the wars we lose, we like to forget them.”
SLATTERY LEARNS OF MORE OVERDRAFTS
March 26, 1992
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., had more overdrafts on his House bank account than he previously reported, a General Accounting Office report says. Slattery said today the GAO report indicates he overdrew his account 50 times during a 39-month period from July 1988 to December 1991.
TAXPAYER COMPLAINT
March 26, 1992
To the editor: We wonder how many taxpayers know that on Friday, our House of Representatives in Topeka passed an appropriations bill to spend $3,000 of our tax money to buy the spines of human cadavers from the Kansas University Medical Center and give them to senators who voted to kill debate on the abortion bill No. 2778.
TERRIFIC SEASON
March 26, 1992
To the editor: I would like to commend the Kansas University women’s basketball team on a terrific season. This team overcame injuries to three key players and won their conference. Every game was exciting to watch and even when they lost, they stayed competitive until the final buzzer.
PLANNERS OK PROPOSAL FOR MULTIFAMILY HOUSING
March 26, 1992
Potential flooding, increased traffic and reduced property values. Those were some reasons seven property owners gave Wednesday night for their opposition to a 132-unit, multifamily development planned for 11 acres southwest of the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.
NUMBERS UP IN TRACK
March 26, 1992
The vein of athletes that helped Lawrence High’s boys win the last three Class 6A state track championships has finally run dry. “Out of the 67 points we scored last year, all of them graduated except two members of the mile relay team,” LHS boys coach Bob Lisher said.
REPORT FINDS ENVIRONMENT AND PARKWAY CAN COEXIST
March 26, 1992
Construction of the Eastern Parkway will bring about no major environmental repercussions beyond infringing on prime farmland and several structures along the proposed route. These were the findings of a report, drafted by Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City, Mo., architectural, engineering and consulting firm, on the possible environmental impact of the route proposed for the parkway.
ONE SEASON ENDS. ANOTHER BEGINS.
March 26, 1992
At tradition-rich Kansas, that season is … basketball recruiting rumor season, what else? Just three days after KU’s season-ending loss to UTEP, the J-W sports desk fielded a call about recruiting.
A YEAR LATER, STORM STILL AFFECTS CITY
March 26, 1992
A year after all hail broke loose in Lawrence, some of the city remains on the mend. “We’re still swamped,” said Scott Mesler, owner of Mesler Roofing. “We’ve got a three-month backlog of jobs.”
OUT-DISTRICT TUITION FUNDING ON TAP FOR SUMMER STUDY
March 26, 1992
Legislation that could reduce the amount of money Douglas County pays annually for out-district tuition to the state’s community colleges may be studied this summer by the Kansas Legislature, says a Lawrence lawmaker. Rep. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, said Wednesday that a House Education Committee has taken no action on a bill some hope would change a practice local county officials say unfair being billed tuition for Kansas University students who live in Lawrence only part time, but take classes at nearby community colleges.
March 26, 1992
Kansas City might host the NCAA Midwest Regional basketball tournament this weekend, but those games will be played inside a cramped, stuffy arena with minimal local interest. On the other hand, Lawrence is to host a sporting event people can watch outdoors under a blue sky and in the fresh, spring air they’ll just have to watch out for low flying saucers.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 26, 1992
DISMISSALS Janice Brown and baby boy, Eudora.
INJURIES TOOK TOLL ON KU
March 26, 1992
Kansas’ basketball season started on Oct. 15. The Jayhawks finished playing on March 22. That’s more than a five-month grind, one that took its toll on the players’ bodies. “We had a lot of mild things. Everybody on the team had some type of knee pain, whether tendinitis or just pain,” KU trainer Mark Cairns said Wednesday.
3-PHASE PLAN PUSHED TO EASE SCHOOL OVERCROWDING
March 26, 1992
A proposal to meet secondary school space needs through gradual facility improvements funded by three bond issues was revisited Wednesday by a Lawrence school commission. School board member John Tacha, who also is a member of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education, first presented the plan to the commission in December. On Wednesday, the commission took a more thorough look at the plan, which calls for separate bond issues to be put on the ballot in three successive years, beginning in 1992.