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SYMBOLIC COMMENT
October 7, 1992
To the editor: The recent Campus Comment article by Debbie Myers was indeed disturbing, as well as confusing. After stating that it doesn’t matter what the symbol of Kansas University’s seal is, the writer goes on to explain that it does matter. It does matter after it is determined that the admittedly obscure symbol (mistaken for the campus skyline) is that of Moses and the burning bush. The article goes beyond an argument for church-state separation, actually taking an offensive tone about what many hold sacred, even boldly dismissing Christianity as out-of-date. Why should a school seal bother anyone enough to turn their stomach, as the writer suggests?
COMMANDER CLINTON?
October 7, 1992
To the editor: Some response needs to be made to Mr. Clodfelter’s letter in the Sept. 30 issue of the Journal-World in which he was trying to assuage the Vietnam veteran’s feelings toward Bill Clinton.
SNYDER LAUDS KU BALANCE ON OFFENSE
October 7, 1992
Kansas’ offensive balance as personified by KU quarterback Chip Hilleary is one of Kansas State coach Bill Snyder’s greatest concerns. For the Wildcats to beat Kansas on Saturday at KU’s Memorial Stadium, Snyder said during his weekly media conference on Tuesday, they’ll have to find a way to tip Kansas’ balance and contain Hilleary.
ROBERT AMMAR
October 7, 1992
Services are pending for Robert H. Ammar, 27, formerly of Lawrence, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Ammar died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1992, in San Francisco. He died of an accidental drug overdose.
AIDES
October 7, 1992
Although the possibility was left open on Tuesday, Bill Clinton’s campaign aides said today that the Democratic candidate for president won’t make a trip to Lawrence this week. Clinton will be in Kansas City, Mo., later this week to prepare for the first presidential debate Sunday in St. Louis.
COALITION OVERSEES ASSISTANCE
October 7, 1992
Monday evenings can become very stressful at times for volunteers of the Emergency Services Council of Douglas County Inc. Every Monday, the volunteers review applications submitted by families seeking financial assistance. The problem the volunteers face is that there is always a greater need for funds than there are funds available.
LOCAL CRIMES RATE FALLS
October 7, 1992
A dramatic drop off in burglaries and thefts caused crime in Lawrence and Douglas County to fall almost 20 percent during the first six months of 1991, statistics compiled by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation show. In contrast to a statewide increase, the overall crime rate dove 19.3 percent during January through June compared to the same period in 1991.
LIONS FIFTH IN LEAGUE TENNIS
October 7, 1992
Coach Dick Wedel is reluctant to call it peaking, but he hasn’t seen his Lawrence High tennis team play better than it did on Tuesday. The Lions, led by Gretchen Linhos’ third-place finish in No. 2 singles, finished in a tie for fifth in the team race in the Sunflower League tournament at Homestead Country Club.
SLAYING PROBE AGENTS STAY ON CASE
October 7, 1992
At the last minute Tuesday, authorities investigating the slaying of a man whose body was found near Topeka uncovered enough information to keep a special investigation squad together. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said this morning that officials were ready to disband the Capital Area Major Case Squad on Tuesday afternoon because leads in the case were dwindling.
TICKET SALES RMAIN BRISK FOR KU-KSU
October 7, 1992
If you called the Kansas ticket office this week, chances are you were put on hold. Ticket sales remain brisk for Saturday’s Kansas-Kansas State game at Memorial Stadium, and KU officials are still hoping for a sellout.
UNARMED MAN ROBS RESTAURANT
October 7, 1992
An unarmed, masked man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after a robbery early Tuesday at a fast-food restaurant, Lawrence police reported today. Lt. Ed Brunt said this morning that the man entered Taco John’s restaurant, 1626 W. 23rd, through a back door at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday and grabbed a cashier around the neck.
KIOSOW SERVICES
October 7, 1992
Services for Elena Kiosow, 94, Kansas City, Kan., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. Kiosow died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1992, at Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 7, 1992
DISMISSLAS Elizabeth Baker, Ottawa; Gretchen Renee Edwards and baby boy, Lawrence; Angela K. Hoffhines, Tonganoxie.
BOARD PLANS PAROLE HEARINGS
October 7, 1992
A list of inmates who will be eligible for parole in November has been distributed by the Kansas Parole Board. The board also has scheduled three public comment sessions to obtain input on whether the inmates should be granted parole.
FARMLAND, UNION TO NEGOTIATE NEW CONTRACT FOR LOCAL PLANT
October 7, 1992
Farmland Industries and the union that represents workers at its Lawrence fertilizer plant will begin negotiating a new contract Thursday. Trig Oleson, financial secretary for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Local 5-613, said representatives of the company and the union were scheduled to have their first meeting Thursday, at which each side would present its proposal.
SHANKEL NAMED KU FACULTY REP
October 7, 1992
Del Shankel, a Kansas University professor of microbiology and biology, has been named the Jayhawks’ new faculty representative to the Big Eight Conference and the NCAA. “Dr. Shankel is the perfect choice,” KU Chancellor Gene Budig said. “He has been associated with the department of intercollegiate athletics at KU for many years, serving twice as acting director and as a mentor to many student-atheltes.”
TO THE EDITORS RAISE ISSUE OF TRAFFICWAY ACCESS
October 7, 1992
Douglas County, which sought written comments from people who could not attend a Sept. 23 public meeting on the South Lawrence Trafficway, received 33 letters about the trafficway’s route. Trafficway project manager John Pasley said that a majority of the letters concerned where to locate an access point along the trafficway’s southeastern leg.
CIVIL CASES FILED
October 7, 1992
Cathy M. Wales, Rt. 5, filed suit against Hillcrest Foods Inc., doing business as Checkers Foods, for injuries she allegedly suffered from a fall in the store two years ago. Wales contends that on Oct. 7, 1990, she slipped and fell in an area of standing water on the floor of Checkers, 2300 La. She claims she injured her back, head, right leg and right foot as a result. Wales also asserts the injuries are permanent and that she has incurred medical expenses to treat the injuries. Wales contends Checkers was negligent in “failing to repair or correct a known dangerous condition.” She also alleges that the store failed to warn people of the water and failed to maintain the business “in a safe condition.” Wales is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
CIVIL CASES FILED
October 7, 1992
The Kansas Department of Revenue has filed suit in Douglas County District Court against Bum Steer Bar-B-Q, 2554 Iowa, alleging the restaurant has not paid state taxes. The suit alleges Bum Steer has not filed Kansas sales tax returns, paid state sales taxes and accounted for and paid withholding taxes. The state seeks to close the business permanently or at least temporarily as the case is being decided. The suit does not specify how much money Bum Steer allegedly owes in back taxes or for how long it allegedly has not paid the taxes. John Michael Hale, an attorney in the department’s collections legal bureau, said state law prohibited him from discussing those details with anyone other than the defendant, the defendant’s attorney and the court. Chris Lemmon, owner of the Bum Steer, was not available for comment today.
POLICE HOPE TO QUESTION EX-RESIDENTS OF HOUSE
October 7, 1992
Lawrence police today were trying to track down previous tenants of an East Lawrence house to help officers solve a mystery that began with the recent discovery of several human bones. Lt. Ed Brunt said officers were interested in talking to people who have lived at a rental house at 732 Conn., where a Kansas University student on Sept. 25 found several bones in an earthen space in the basement.
DONNA LEE BRIDE
October 7, 1992
Services for Donna Lee Bride, 40, Gunnison, were held Sept. 28 at Oh Be Joyful Church in Gunnison. Burial was in Gunnison Cemetery. Mrs. Bride died Friday, Sept. 25, 1992, at a Grand Junction, Colo., hospital of an aneurysm.
FATHER
October 7, 1992
The eight students enrolled in the welding class at Haskell Indian Junior College will be taking a break from practice joints. They’re going to learn art, the hands-on way.
INDIAN CENTER OFFERS LEGAL AID SERVICE
October 7, 1992
A Kansas University law school graduate has begun providing legal services at the Lawrence Indian Center, the center announced. On Thursday, Dennis J. “Boog” Highberger began giving advice and offering legal representation in areas such as landlord-tenant disputes, Indian Child Welfare Act cases and any area related to preservation of families.
DENISE A. HELLER
October 7, 1992
Services for Denise A. Heller, 92, New York, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Manhattan. Cremation is planned. Mrs. Heller died Sunday, Oct. 4, 1992, at a New York hospital.
MCLOUTH MAN, 80, DIES IN ACCIDENT
October 7, 1992
A McLouth man was killed at noon Tuesday when his car was struck by another car on U.S. Highway 24 in Jefferson County. Harold E. Elkinton, 80, died in the two-vehicle accident, according to a spokeswoman for the Kansas Highway Patrol.
T JOIN IN BATTLE ON LIQUOR-BY-THE-DRINK
October 7, 1992
Any fight against a county ballot issue allowing liquor-by-the-drink will be waged by individual preachers and not the Lawrence Ministerial Alliance, the alliance decided Tuesday. The volunteer organization of local clergy from a variety of theological backgrounds chose not to endorse a statement against the liquor-by-the-drink ballot question as a group. Instead, they agreed ministers should discuss the issue with their congregations.
CITY OKS WATER, SEWER BOND ISSUE
October 7, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners issued $3 million in water and sewer system revenue bonds Tuesday to help revamp the systems, suffering from rust and increased demand for service. The bond issue is part of a planned water and sewer system renovation plan that could run as much as $8.5 million, according to Roger Coffey, utilities director.
TOO MUCH TRAFFIC?
October 7, 1992
It is, perhaps, encouraging to learn that the leading problem cited in a recent planning poll is one the city and county already are working to solve. The top complaint about Lawrence voiced in a telephone survey that will be used to help formulate the county’s new Horizon 2020 long-range plan was traffic. Two related issues, parking and street conditions, also drew criticism.
CITY, COUNTY VALUATION INCREASES
October 7, 1992
The city’s and county’s property tax bite in 1992 will be smaller than previously estimated due to slight increases in property valuations. But local property owners aren’t yet able to compute their 1992 taxes because a vital piece of the property tax puzzle the value of property located within the Lawrence school district remains uncalculated.
DISTRICT CONTINUES STRIVING FOR GOALS
October 7, 1992
One year after the Lawrence school board adopted a set of national education goals, the district has done little to try to achieve them, a local education specialist says. But school board members say it will be difficult to focus on any new goals until one pressing need is met: the construction of new schools to relieve crowded classrooms.
HONOR
October 7, 1992
Proclaiming the day set aside for Christopher Columbus as “American Indian Day” caps recent efforts by the city to be more sensitive to Native American concerns, Haskell Indian Junior College officials said today. At their Tuesday meeting, Lawrence city commisssioners proclaimed Monday Columbus Day as “American Indian Day,” at the request of Haskell officials.
MILTON REIFSCHNEIDER
October 7, 1992
Services for Milton Reifschneider, 65, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Church of Christ in Bismark, N.D. Mr. Reifschneider died Monday, Oct. 5, 1992, in Bismark. He was born Sept. 11, 1927.
JAYHAWKS START CONDITIONING
October 7, 1992
Approximately 1,800 maple trees, ranging from 80 to 150 years old, were used in the construction of Kansas’ new basketball court. The trees, uprooted from forests managed carefully by a process called natural regeneration, didn’t go to waste.
CITY TO INTERVIEW 3 FIRMS FOR GOLF STUDY
October 7, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners whittled down a list of companies competing to update a feasibility study on a city-owned golf course Tuesday, approving interviews for three firms. However, they shunned a plea from Commissioner Bob Schumm to move up the deadline the city has imposed on a developer who wants to build a golf course east of Lawrence along Kansas Highway 10. Schumm, who has been critical of developer Jeff Gazaway, said he doesn’t think Gazaway can build the course and the city should procede with plans for its own course west of town.
S FAMILY AT HOME IN REMODELED HOUSE
October 7, 1992
When Dan Lambert wants to add a rec room onto his home, it takes more than hiring a contractor out of the phone book and figuring out where the windows should go. Lambert is president of Baker University. He and his family his wife, a son, a daughter, two dogs and two ferrets live in university-provided housing. And when the Lamberts entertain, the guest list could be 200 people long.
CITIES SEEK FUNDS TO PAY FOR MANDATES
October 7, 1992
Kansas cities are suffering under the hand of stringent state and federal regulations that come with strict guidelines but no money to pay for them. Convincing policy-makers to plug in funds to help pay for new rules was the most important lobbying plan to come out of a meeting attended by city officials this weekend in Wichita, said Lawrence City Commissioner John Nalbandian.
HOUSE CANDIDATES TRADE ACCUSATIONS
October 7, 1992
Democratic House candidate Forrest Swall today blasted Republican opponent Bob Skahan for skipping campaign forums and distorting Swall’s stand on prison reform. Skahan said Swall’s criticism wasn’t justified and amounted to political mudslinging.
SURPLUS BLANKETS, COTS AID SHELTER
October 7, 1992
Dozens of new cots and 100 white wool army blankets await area homeless people at the Lawrence Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, which will house the homeless seven days a week beginning Oct. 15. The army blankets recently arrived courtesy of the Department of Defense through an inquiry from the Lawrence-Douglas County Coalition for the Homeless.
CHIEFS FOLLOW-UP
October 7, 1992
Second-guessers don’t keep Chiefs’ coach Marty Schottenheimer awake at night. Or so he says.
WEATHER TAKES BITE OUT OF APPLE CROP
October 7, 1992
A cold snap in March severely trimmed back this fall’s apple crop in Douglas County, several area apple growers said today. The pickings are slim for many popular varieties Jonathan, red delicious or golden delicious, they said.
FOR THE RECORD
October 7, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
S TIME TO DISPEL RAMPANT RUMORS ABOUT BOWL SCENE
October 7, 1992
Whatever happens, you won’t have to go back to Birmingham, Ala. With its Big Eight season about to dawn, Kansas’ bowl prospects are wide open. The Jayhawks could play anywhere from Miami to Memphis to El Paso to Anaheim to Honolulu.
NICARAGUAN CHURCH OFFICIAL HOPES U.S. WILL RELEASE AID
October 7, 1992
The Bush administration is playing politics by not releasing $104 million in much needed economic aid for Nicaragua approved by Congress, a protestant church official and native Nicaraguan said. Gustavo A. Paraj’on, founder and president of the Council of Evangelical Churches in Nicaragua, said the United States had withheld aid hoping the Nicaraguan government will make certain political changes.