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DEADLINE-TIME NEEDED
March 31, 1992
The old description about something being as difficult as pulling a hen’s teeth seems to apply all too painfully to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and its weapons stash. Saddam is going to keep doing everything possible to avoid meeting edicts about such issues as destruction of nuclear weapon and chemical warfare capabilities. Nothing involved in enforcing United Nations sanctions is going to come easily.
BLOOD DONORS LAUDED
March 31, 1992
To the editor: I am a volunteer at the American Red Cross in Lawrence and have seen what a difference blood donors make. They take time away from their busy schedules to come into the center and donate blood. They do this because they feel that by donating blood, they can save other people’s lives and they do. Because of their dedication in helping others, our donors have made this region’s blood supply one of the best. Their donations have kept surgeries on schedule and have allowed the supply of blood to never fall below dangerous levels.
VALLEY VIEW TO CONSIDER OPTIONS
March 31, 1992
During a study session Monday, the Valley View Care Home board of trustees didn’t tell the Douglas County Commission anything it didn’t already know the nursing home’s building is dated and the operation may change during the next few years. But new information may be on the way. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the care home, 2518 Ridge Ct., to discuss options for Valley View’s future, include building a new home, modifying the current building to meet government standards or changing the type of care it provides.
TRAFFIC BLOCKED TO CLEAN SPILL
March 31, 1992
Traffic was halted early this afternoon on North Second Street as firefighters cleaned up an anti-freeze spill caused when a small propane delivery truck collided with another truck. Apparently, anti-freeze leaked from the radiator of the propane truck, and law enforcement personnel halted traffic as firefighters sponged up the spill.
SUCCESS
March 31, 1992
Glen Mason has a rooting interest in this weekend’s NCAA Final Four. The Kansas football coach is a friend of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins.
TIMBERWOLVES SUIT EX-JAYHAWK RANDALL
March 31, 1992
Mark Randall is having the best time playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA’s worst team. “I’m loving it here, being in a city I enjoy and playing in the NBA. What could be better?” Randall, a former Kansas forward, said.
HASKELL STUDENT PLACES IN CONTEST
March 31, 1992
A Haskell Indian Junior College freshman was awarded first and second places in a business competition at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium conference last week in Billings, Mont. Leona Buckman, an accounting instructor and sponsor of the students who participated in the business competition, said Ramona Faulkner, a freshman, took first in computer concepts and second in computer applications.
18 FROM AREA COMPETE FOR AWARDS IN NURSING
March 31, 1992
Eighteen local nurses have been nominated for this year’s “Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare” award program sponsored by the Kansas University School of Nursing. Nominations were solicited during February for current practicing nurses in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area.
WIDENING PROJECT ON NINTH STREET SCHEDULED TO GET UNDER WAY MAY 1
March 31, 1992
Drivers can expect to find roadblocks on Ninth Street west of Michigan Street this summer as work crews widen a portion of the street to four lanes. Street crews will begin working around May 1 to widen a 600-foot section of Ninth that runs west from Michigan, said Terese Gorman, city engineer.
NICOTINE PATCHES PROVE POPULAR WITH SMOKERS
March 31, 1992
The latest hope for smokers who want to kick the habit is selling like hot cakes, local pharmacists say. The product is nicotine patches and demand is so great that pharmacists say they’re barely able to keep them in stock. Bill Axcell, owner of Jayhawk Pharmacy, 500 Rockledge Rd., said the companies manufacturing the patches, formally called nicotine transdermal systems, totally underestimated demand for the product.
COMMISSION DISCUSSES DOWNTOWN PLAN
March 31, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners met Monday to discuss a report on downtown development and how to compose a plan for future development downtown, but ended up singing different tunes. While commissioners started on the same note, the meeting ended in a cacophony of opinions and suggestions. With no consensus, commissioners decided to continue discussion at their meeting tonight.
GROUP DISCUSSES EVENTS TO BROADEN CULTURAL SENSITIVITY
March 31, 1992
Members of the Haskell Coalition of the Lawrence Alliance discussed several activities that could be held in the upcoming months to raise public awareness about cultural sensitivity. The coalition, which met Monday afternoon at Haskell Indian Junior College, discussed workshops, lectures and other activities that could be held for Haskell students and local residents.
OREGON READY TO HIRE GREEN?
March 31, 1992
Kansas assistant coach Jerry Green is apparently the leading candidate to become the next head basketball coach at Oregon. The Journal-World has learned that Green, 48, could be named to fill the Ducks’ vacancy as early as this afternoon. Apparently, Green was flying to Eugene today. He wasn’t in the KU basketball office and his home phone went unanswered.
FLIER ON LSD STICKERS, TATTOOS, NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, POLICE SAY
March 31, 1992
A police spokesman today said parents should be aware, but not alarmed, about fliers that may appear in the area warning that LSD-laden stickers and tattoos could be distributed to local children. Lawrence police Lt. Mark Brothers today said such fliers have circulated around the area “about once every 18 months for the last 20 years” but that police haven’t seen any here recently.
KU BOOK-COLLECTING CONTEST IS ENDOWED
March 31, 1992
Winners of the 36th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest were named Monday at Kansas University after the program’s benefactor donated $10,000 to endow the contest. “I wanted to leave something to the KU Endowment Association,” said Elizabeth Snyder of Mission Hills. “I decided, let’s do it right now. Let’s not wait until I’m dead.”
EUDORA WOMAN DIES OF INJURIES
March 31, 1992
An 18-year-old Eudora woman was pronounced dead this morning at Humana Hospital-Overland Park, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Jennifer Alvarez died of injuries she suffered in a one-car accident Thursday on Kansas Highway 10, just west of Interstate 435 in Lenexa. She was driving east on the highway, when a gust of wind caused the car to swerve. She overcorrected the vehicle, crossed the right lane and overturned on the side of the road, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.
92-93 DEBATED BY SCHOOL BOARD
March 31, 1992
Although the Lawrence school district might see an increase in state aid next school year, one Lawrence school board member would like to see the district hold the line on spending. Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander said Monday that to help district administrators prepare 1992-93 budget options for the board, board members should inform administrators “if there’s some consensus about programs, positions and activities.”
S STILL SEEKING LOCAL SITE
March 31, 1992
The owner of a renowned college hangout in Stillwater, Okla., says he’s still searching for a place to set up shop in Lawrence. Stan Clark, owner of Eskimo Joe’s, a burgers-and-beer joint that caters to Oklahoma State University students, says he and representatives of his company, Stan Clark Productions, continue to evaluate potential sites for a satellite location in Lawrence.
KU NAMES NEW VICE CHANCELLOR
March 31, 1992
A Kansas University distinguished professor with expertise in Spanish poetry today was named vice chancellor designate for research, graduate studies and public service at KU. Andrew Debicki, director of KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities and a member of the faculty for 24 years, will take over the new job in July 1994.
1-ON-1 TUTORING PROMOTED FOR REMEDIAL STUDENTS
March 31, 1992
Rather than looking to blame someone for students who arrive at Lawrence High School without mastery of essential skills, LHS officials have proposed a way to help those students who lag behind. Mary Rodriguez, who chairs an LHS committee that is overseeing the school’s accreditation, presented the plan for a Directed Studies Center at Monday’s Lawrence school board meeting.
JAYHAWKS BEGIN FOOTBALL WORKOUTS
March 31, 1992
If the NCAA ever decides to abolish spring football, it’ll do so against the wishes of Kansas coach Glen Mason. He’s a firm believer in the benefits of spring practice.
STATE GROUPS PUSH FOR IMMUNIZATIONS
March 31, 1992
A Kansas Department of Health and Environment retrospective study found that only 68 percent of 2-year-olds in Douglas County were fully immunized, according to kindergarten records from the 1990-91 school year. Boosting that percentage and other counties’ percentages is the goal of Immunization Action Month, which will be recognized during April throughout Kansas.
EXPERIENCE MAIN ASSET FOR LAWRENCE GOLFERS
March 31, 1992
John Catlin, it goes without saying, would like to win back-to-back state golf championships. But Catlin, a Lawrence High junior who snared the Class 6A crown for the fourth-place Lions a year ago, knows repeating is never easy.
S ADVOCATES SEEK FUNDING
March 31, 1992
The Douglas County Commission, after hearing a report on a program that helps children involved in the court process, is scheduled Wednesday to decide whether to continue funding the program. The report on the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program will cover the first six months of the program’s operation. CASA volunteers help children by acting as trained, independent observers in family disputes or juvenile cases that result in court proceedings. The program was initiated by Douglas County District Judge Jean Shepherd as a way for her to stay better informed about the status of children in numerous court cases.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 31, 1992
Dorothy and Gary Kempf, Lawrence, a girl, Monday. Lexie and Steven Mason, Ottawa, a boy, today.
FOR THE RECORD
March 31, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported A television set, stereo equipment, compact discs and other items, valued together on a police report at $3,790, were taken between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday from a residence in the 1300 block of West 24th.
KPL LOOKS AT BOOSTING POWER LINES
March 31, 1992
A Lawrence neighborhood group met Monday with representatives of KPL Gas Service to discuss the proposed replacement of existing electrical power lines with lines that would carry higher voltage. Tolly Smith, coordinator of the Pinckney Neighborhood Assn., said about 30 people from the neighborhood attended the 2 -hour meeting. Most were concerned about KPL’s plans to run a higher-powered line from its substation at Fifth and California streets to another substation at Sixth and Vermont streets.
FIRM
March 31, 1992
Saztec Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., still is working toward a deal to acquire Scanning America, an electronic document conversion company founded by Lawrence entrepreneur David Kimbrell, a Saztec official said Monday. Kimbrell confirmed last month that he had signed a letter of intent to sell Scanning America, which he founded in 1990, to Saztec Inc. for an undisclosed amount. On Monday, Dave Roberts, senior vice president of Saztec, said completion of the deal appears imminent.
EUDORA TACKLES SCHOOL SPACE NEEDS
March 31, 1992
Eudora School Board members took several initiatives to meet the district’s space needs during a special meeting Monday. Supt. Dan Bloom updated the board on school financing bills pending in the Legislature, and asked for the board’s direction regarding facilities in the event the bills pass. He said House Bill 2835, currently being debated in a Senate committee, would provide state funds to assist in bond retirement. For Eudora, it would mean taxpayers would finance only about a third of projects funded with bond issues.
LHS SENIOR JONES DIVING HEAD-FIRST INTO ANOTHER SPORT
March 31, 1992
High school notes and quotes… Having already gone out for volleyball, basketball and track, Casse Jones now is going off into the deep end.
PANEL ENDORSES SCHOOL FUNDING
March 31, 1992
The Senate Education Committee endorsed a school finance bill this morning that would distribute state aid according to the needs of school districts, rather than on a per-student basis. The bill now goes to the Senate Taxation Committee, where financial considerations will be ironed out.
MARCH RAINS PRODUCE HIGH HOPES FOR AREA CROPS
March 31, 1992
Recent light showers have helped spring get off to a good start for Douglas County farmers, who remember with dismay the hailstorm and pounding rains of last March. “The rain’s been excellent,” said Garry Keeler, agriculture agent with the Douglas County Extension Service. “We’ve had these small showers so the water’s soaked in.”