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SHELTERING UNWANTED PETS
May 5, 1992
To the editor: As reinforcement to the Humane Society’s message in your paper the other day about spaying and neutering pets, I want to let your readers know that the six newly weaned puppies recently left along our road northeast of town almost became food for the coyotes around here because they weren’t wanted. Just by chance, I saw them in my headlights as I was returning home after dark. My husband and I gathered them up and they’re living in our basement until they are adopted. It was only by chance that we found them. The Charles Ise Animal Shelter would have been the humane place to take them. What could their owners have been thinking? That they would fend for themselves? Luckily, they had not been out long; their coats are in good condition and they look well fed.
CHANGING COURSE
May 5, 1992
It is interesting, disturbing and disappointing to learn of the decision by members of the Western Civilization program or reading list committee to eliminate several basic and important materials from the Kansas University course. Eliminated required readings include: Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence; Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, The Federalist Papers; Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America;” and Frederick Douglass, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.”
COURT PRESENTS JUSTICE AWARD TO LOCAL LAWYER
May 5, 1992
Lawrence attorney Paul Wilson is no stranger to awards and honors. His work to improve the Kansas legal system inspired Kansas Gov. John Carlin to declare a day in 1981 as Professor Paul Wilson Day in the state.
S RIGHTS BILL
May 5, 1992
Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan today predicted Kansas voters would approve a victim’s bill of rights were it placed on the ballot this fall. “I presume this is going to be passed by the people of this state,” Stephan told about 25 students today at the Lawrence High School class “Introduction to U.S. Politics.”
FOR THE RECORD
May 5, 1992
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
RAILROAD CREW ROLLS WEST TO COLORADO
May 5, 1992
A team of Union Pacific Railroad workers that made Lawrence its home for two months has left the area to begin work on another project. The railroad’s Steel Gang No. 9001, which replaced 54 miles of track between Kansas City and Topeka, had been living near Lawrence in several specially designed “bunk” railroad cars.
NO NEED FORPOLICY
May 5, 1992
Regardless of how a statement may be worded, it is difficult to understand why there is any need for any kind of “free speech” policy at a university. Members of the Human Relations Committee of Kansas University’s Senate Executive Committee have been working for some time to get approval of a “free speech” policy for the university. Several months ago the committee tried to have a free speech policy approved which encouraged free speech, other than that which was deemed “to threaten violence, property damage or lawless action” and that which had “no essential part of any exposition of ideas and (is) of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from (it) is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality.”
CITY SEEKS TEAMWORK ON FINANCES
May 5, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners hope their county and school board counterparts will be interested in working together to create to financial plan for the community to keep a lid on property taxes. “I think we need to form a strategy between the three bodies,” said Commissioner Bob Schumm, referring to the city commission, Douglas County Commission and the Lawrence School Board.
KUMC JOINS CANCER PREVENTION STUDY
May 5, 1992
The Kansas University Medical Center will be one of 270 sites in the United States and Canada to participate in the first large-scale breast cancer prevention study for women at increased risk for the disease, according to a recent release from the medical center. Sponsored by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and conducted by the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, the study will determine whether tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen drug, is effective in preventing breast cancer.
CREDITOR CANCELS SALE OF DOWNTOWN BUILDING
May 5, 1992
The sheriff’s sale of a downtown Lawrence building has been canceled for the second time, according to an attorney for a Topeka bank that won a foreclosure judgment against the building’s owner. The building at 609 Mass., which is owned by local developer and property manager Robert S. Phillips, was scheduled to be sold to the highest bigger at 10 a.m. today on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse. Topeka attorney Eldon Gay, who represents Columbian National Bank and Trust Co., said he had canceled the sale but wouldn’t say why.
PELICANS STOP OFF IN LAWRENCE
May 5, 1992
American white pelicans have been spotted near the dam at the Kansas River, and a Kansas University Museum of Natural History official said their appearance in Lawrence is not too uncommon. Chris Norment, adjunct curator at the museum, said the pelicans are common migrant birds and flock to large bodies of water, like the river. They are common at Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend, he said.
WAYNE E. PRAVECEK
May 5, 1992
Services for Wayne Edward Pravecek, 49, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Mustard Seed Christian Fellowship with the Rev. Pieter Willems officiating. Military graveside services will be conducted by Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 American Legion. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Praveck died Monday, May 4, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He had cancer.
OPAL J. OPPERMAN
May 5, 1992
Services for Opal J. Opperman, 84, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield with Rick Frisbie officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Winfield. Mrs. Opperman died Monday, May 4, 1992, at her home.
ELLEN L. MILHAM
May 5, 1992
Graveside services for Ellen Lucille Milham, 76, Belton, Mo., will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. The Rev. Don Dunn will officiate. Mrs. Milham died Sunday, May 3, 1992, at Belton Research Hospital in Belton, Mo. She was a longtime Lawrence resident who recently had moved to Belton, Mo.
ESTHER A. MAY
May 5, 1992
Services for Esther Anna May, 78, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Haven United Methodist Church here with the Revs. Tim Hutabaret and Andrew Stover officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Cemetery in Haven. Mrs. May died Sunday, May 3, 1992, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.
ELLA V. WESTLUND
May 5, 1992
Services for Ella Viola Lindholm Westlund, 92, Topeka, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mulvane Chapel at the United Methodist Home in Topeka. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Westlund died Monday, May 4, 1992, at a Topeka retirement home.
CHARLOTTE B. SHUMAKER
May 5, 1992
Graveside services for Charlotte B. Shumaker, 79, Oskaloosa, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Pleasant View Cemetery here with the Rev. Jerry R. Voie officiating. Mrs. Shumaker died Monday, May 4, 1992, at her home.
STEVENS SERVICES
May 5, 1992
Services for Sarah Jane Griffith Stevens, 83, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. John Macauley officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Stevens died Friday, May 1, 1992, at South Bay Hospital in Redondo Beach, Calif.
MOSES SERVICES
May 5, 1992
Services for David Paul Moses, 35, San Francisco, formerly of Lawrence, will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Rumsey Funeral Home. Cremation is planned. Mr. Moses died Friday, May 1, 1992, at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness.
JAPANESE PROF SEES TRADE SOLUTION IN BETTER CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
May 5, 1992
The U.S.-Japanese trade imbalance could be leveled if the two nations diverted some of their attention from economics to mutual understanding, a Japanese business professor said Monday. Norihito Tanaka, an associate professor of business administration at Kanagawa University in Hiratsuka, Lawrence’s Japanese sister city, said the trade gap may actually be rooted in a perception gap.
MEAT SHIPMENT STILL UNEXPLAINED, STORE OFFICIAL SAYS
May 5, 1992
The division president for Falley’s Food 4 Less said the company’s investigation has failed to explain how meat embargoed by state health officials after an April 25 fire in Leavenworth wound up in the company’s Lawrence store, 2525 Iowa. In an interview Monday evening, Kent Laughman, president of the company’s Midwest division, said he spent most of the day at the Leavenworth store, where a stock room fire had damaged inventory.
DETENTION FACILITY DIRECTOR STARTS JOB BY HITTING BOOKS
May 5, 1992
Douglas County’s new juvenile detention director hit the ground reading Monday on her first day on the job of a program in its formative stages. “I’m just wading through papers,” said Pam Weigand as she reviewed a thick file of background material on the Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
LLOYD H. SMITH
May 5, 1992
Graveside services for Lloyd H. Smith, 71, Denver, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Scully officiating. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alford-Clarke Post No. 852 of Lawrence, will conduct military graveside services. Mr. Smith died Saturday, May 2, 1992, at his home.
COUNTY COMMISSION SETS LIGHT MEETING
May 5, 1992
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday faces a light schedule with only one regular agenda item. The commission will consider a resolution to grant a cereal malt beverage license to Reed Brinton, a Lawrence concert promoter, for the River Valley Music Festival on Saturday southeast of Eudora.
S ACTION AT SESSION ON TRANSPORTATION
May 5, 1992
Frustrated by the lack of public transportation in the city, several Lawrence residents told a city-hired transportation consultant Monday that they wanted to see some city action not another study. About 60 people several using wheelchairs packed the meal site at Babcock Place Apartments, 1700 Mass., to air their complaints at a public meeting about what they said was a lack of affordable and accessible public transportation in the city.
DOWNTOWN PLAN RANKED TOP GOAL
May 5, 1992
Creating a plan to “vitalize” downtown became one of the Lawrence City Commission’s top goals Monday and also one of their most demanding tasks. “This is an awesome program right here,” said Commissioner Bob Schumm, looking at a prioritized list of ideas for improving the downtown’s economic health. City staff members drafted the list after receiving commissioners’ input.
CITY COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF MEET INFORMALLY OVER DINNER
May 5, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners meeting for dinner Monday turned their attention away from regular city business and talked about such things as college days, Texas cuisine and how to steal second base, that is. The five commissioners, their spouses and members of the city manager’s staff and their spouses held an informal gathering at the Eldridge Hotel’s American Bistro restaurant. In all, 17 people attended the dinner, where commissioners had a chance to chat about things that might seem out of place at a regular commission meeting.
HOSPITAL REPORT
May 5, 1992
DISMISSALS Barbara Yowell and baby boy, Lawrence; Shraboni Datta and baby girl, Lawrence; Mary Murphy and baby boy, McLouth; Tina Meadows and baby boy, Lawrence.
QUORUM CHANGES GAIN KEY SUPPORT
May 5, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners feigned fatal heart attacks and coughing jags at a goals review session Monday as Commissioner Bob Schumm slipped them the “Q” word. “After great thought and study, I would be in favor of reviving the quorum question,” Schumm said, grinning.
NEW APPROACH
May 5, 1992
Karen Dechant of Garden City spent a recent day here in the “big city.” But she didn’t drive across the state to shop or to catch a Royals game. She spent the day at the Kansas University Medical Center having her ninth cycle of chemotherapy.
CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT CLEARS KU INQUIRY
May 5, 1992
A federal government report cleared Kansas University of wrongdoing in the handling of four sexual harassment complaints filed against two law school faculty, a KU official said today. The U.S. Department of Education’s findings were contained in a report prepared by its office of civil rights and received by KU on Monday. Copies of the report were not immediately made public.
KU ADDS DOHERTYWINFIELD
May 5, 1992
Both a player and coach joined Kansas’ basketball program today. Julian Winfield, a 6-4 point guard, who averaged 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for St. Louis University as a freshman last season, is transferring to KU, coach Roy Williams announced this morning.
TEACHERS SAY RIOTS SPARKED DISCUSSION
May 5, 1992
Like many others around the nation, some Lawrence High School students were deeply disturbed by last week’s verdict in the Rodney King case. And many LHS students vented their opinions and frustrations verbally in their social studies classes. “As social studies teachers, I think we have a special responsibility in an event like this to provide a forum for students to talk about it,” said Paul Stuewe, one of several LHS social studies teachers who allowed considerable classroom discussion of the issue.
CAYWOOD COLUMN
May 5, 1992
Polonyi moved in time to qualify to play for Lions Whether you take K-10 or the turnpike, the drive between Lawrence and Kansas City and Lawrence takes the best part of an hour. And with apologies to the folks at the toll booths, the Hardees, the Coastal and the DeSoto McDonald’s it’s dull.
LAWRENCE BATS SILENT IN LOSSES TO O-SOUTH
May 5, 1992
Something happens to Lawrence High softball players when they put on their uniforms. “In practice, we hit the ball,” said LHS coach Sandra Walker. “In practice, we bunt the ball. In practice, we play well. But when we put on our uniforms, things change.”
CONCERN
May 5, 1992
A rumored leaky roof at the Baldwin library now under construction has triggered concern about potential damage to the building’s drywall and insulation. The issue surfaced at the Baldwin City Council meeting Monday, when members were asked to approve a $36,088 payment to Dutoit Construction Co., the Olathe firm contracted to build the library.