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HOW FAINT THE ASSURANCE
September 18, 1992
A member of a radical Islamic group in Egypt contends he and his cohorts only want their bombs to scare foreign tourists rather than kill or injure them. “We are going to continue and escalate attacks on tourism but not tourists. Attacking an empty tourist bus will scare tourists into not coming here,” he said. The group radicals believe an economically crippling decline in Egypt’s billion-dollar tourist industry would be “good for us and bad for the government.”
CLASS
September 18, 1992
A current Kansas University law student said Thursday that a law professor that KU is trying to fire made a remark about a female student’s skirt in class. William Gentry, a third-year law student, said that in the spring of 1991 he took a course from KU law professor Emil Tonkovich, whom KU officials are trying to fire for alleged sexual harassment.
LEAVENWORTH WOMAN APPOINTED TO SENATE
September 18, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney has appointed a former Leavenworth city commissioner and mayor to the 3rd District Senate seat. Carolyn Tillotson will succeed Republican Edward Reilly Jr., who has resigned after almost 30 years in the Senate to chair the U.S. Parole Commission.
T READ FULL REPORT BY SENEX
September 18, 1992
Kansas University’s Senate Executive Committee isn’t happy with working a comprehensive report on KU programs mandated by the state Board of Regents. That’s because the regents don’t intend to read the report, and SenEx members call that an outrage.
LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS RETURN FROM SUMMER TREKS
September 18, 1992
A tornado added a new dimension of adventure for several local girls selected to attend a Girl Scout Wider Opportunities workshop this summer. The tornado and accompanying rainstorm swept through Abilene in June when Amber Heiserman, South Junior High School eighth-grader, Brianna Reeves, South seventh-grader, and Bridgette Murphy, Central Junior High School eighth-grader, were there for a Wider Opportunity workshop called “Kansas Connection.”
REGENTS APPROVE NEXT EXPANSION PHASES
September 18, 1992
Construction of the next two phases of the Kansas University athletic department’s expansion project could begin by the end of September, KU athletic director Bob Frederick said today. The Board of Regents approved the plans on Thursday, and now the state architect’s office must give final approval. If construction starts near the end of the month, Frederick said Phase II could be completed by January.
GRACE CRABB
September 18, 1992
Services for Grace Opal Crabb, 100, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Homewood Christian and Community Church in Homewood with the Rev. Bruce Osladil officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Crabb died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1992, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
THOMAS E. GLEASON SR.
September 18, 1992
Memorial services for Thomas E. Gleason Sr., 68, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Ottawa, with the Rev. Gary Beach officiating. Private inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. The body was cremated. Mr. Gleason died today, Sept. 18, 1992, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
THEODORE J. GRAY
September 18, 1992
Graveside services for Theodore J. “Ted” Gray, 72, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 10 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Michael Pogge officiating. Mr. Gray died today, Sept. 18, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
THOMAS HUNT SR.
September 18, 1992
Services for Thomas E. Hunt Sr., 70, Oskaloosa, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Falls with the Rev. Jon Boyd officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Mr. Hunt died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1992, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
BROOKS
September 18, 1992
Services for George L. “Tim” Brooks, 75, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Charles Gilmore officiating. Mr. Brooks died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1992, at his home.
LAVERA HUMPHREY
September 18, 1992
Graveside services for LaVera Bell Humphrey, 79, of Berryton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton. Mrs. Humphrey died Thursday, September 17, 1992, at a Topeka nursing home.
THOMAS B. HARDEN
September 18, 1992
Services for Thomas Benjamin Harden, 84, DeSoto, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the DeSoto Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Copeland officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kings Prairie Cemetery, Osceola, Mo. Mr. Harden died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1992, at his home.
PROJECT TO EXAMINE PROBLEM BEHAVIOR
September 18, 1992
Kansas University will be part of a national effort to develop positive behavior management in people with developmental disabilities, such as autism and retardation. The five-year project has received $500,000 in first-year funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The center’s purpose is to help people with developmental disabilities build high-quality lifestyles and become fully integrated into their communities.
LAWRENCE HIT WITH HALFTIME HEX AGAIN
September 18, 1992
For first-year Lawrence High soccer coach Mark Craig, halftime has been his worst nightmare. “We’ve been playing brilliantly in the first half,” Craig said. “So much of this game is mental, and the kids are just not responding in the second half. I might just quit talking to them at halftime. I’m serious. I might just let them kick the ball around instead.”
REPORT
September 18, 1992
Only half the Kansas University students who took the two easiest math classes offered on campus passed the courses during the spring semester. According to a new basic skills assessment of KU released Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting, the story isn’t much better in KU’s introductory English course. In the spring, just two-thirds passed English 101.
COMPUTER LAB TAPS INTO STUDENT FEES
September 18, 1992
The sound of tapping fingers in Learned 1037 is music to Nancy Sliker’s ears. Sliker is director of a busy School of Engineering computer laboratory that was financed by a special fee paid by engineering students.
T BE SAME WITH BEER-DRINKING BAN
September 18, 1992
I gotta admit there wasn’t much to be sad about Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The sun broke through the morning clouds minutes before the Jayhawks ran onto the field, and from then on things were hot. I was pleasantly surprised as I watched KU lodge the football into the end zone time after time. But once as I watched a receiver running the ball in for another six points, my gaze turned toward Campanile Hill. And that sight dampened my spirit. The crowds of people and their kids, Frisbees and dogs were nowhere to be seen. I was only slightly cheered by the stream of white smoke coming from a small barbecue.
WATER GETS CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH
September 18, 1992
Customers of Douglas County Rural Water District No. 2 are free to drink their tap water again, two weeks after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a “boil water” notice. Routine water sampling revealed the presence of fecal coliform bacteria, and customers were warned Sept. 4 not to drink or cook with water straight from the tap. Water district officials have repeatedly flushed the lines with chlorinated water to combat the bacteria and sealed off an unused standpipe, which was suspected as the source of contamination.
DEERFIELD TEACHER WINS $25,000 AWARD
September 18, 1992
Deerfield School teacher Tom Christie had never heard of the Milken family before Thursday, but he has taken an immediate liking to them. During a surprise visit to Christie’s classroom Thursday, state education officials told the teacher he had received a $25,000 national educator award from the Milken Family Foundation. Christie also won a huge round of applause from his students when the award was announced.
LAWRENCE MAN NAMED TO LOCAL DRAFT BOARD
September 18, 1992
A Lawrence man has been appointed to the Selective Service System board. Roland Hurst is a technologist at Kansas University. He was recommended by Gov. Joan Finney and appointed by the national director of Selective Service acting on behalf of President Bush.
T AFFECT KU PROSPECTS
September 18, 1992
A proposal that would require prospective state university students to complete a standardized college test would have no impact on Kansas University, a KU official said. KU already requires all students entering the university with less than 24 hours of college credit to complete the ACT or SAT before they enroll, said Ed Meyen, KU’s executive vice chancellor.
MAYOR SEEKS RESOLUTION ON PLUMBING CONFLICT
September 18, 1992
Local sprinkler system owners could save hundreds of dollars on mandated changes to their systems depending on the outcome of a meeting sought by Mayor Bob Schulte with system installers and city plumbing officials. Schulte met with sprinkler system installers Thursday to hash over a months-long conflict between installers and the city’s plumbing board over whether installers can perform certain work on sprinkler systems.
CITY SEEKS TO FUNNEL GASOLINE TAX FUNDS INTO HIKING TRAILS
September 18, 1992
Residents pumping gasoline into their tanks in the near future also could be pumping dollars into bike trails and hiking paths in Lawrence. Lawrence city commissioners will consider adopting a special ordinance Tuesday that would allow the city to use state gasoline tax funds to pay for footpaths and bicycle trails.
LIBRARIES TO LOG ON TO COMPUTER NETWORK
September 18, 1992
Two area public libraries and 10 area colleges, including Baker University and Haskell Indian Junior College, will unveil a new state-of-the-art computer library network at a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Missouri Valley Room of the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library, 311 E. 12th St. The schools and public libraries are members of the newly established Kansas City Library Consortium.
HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION SHIFTS FOCUS TO LAWRENCE
September 18, 1992
Investigation into the slaying of a man whose body was found in the Wakarusa River south of Topeka has moved into Douglas County. James Campbell, an investigator with the Capital Area Major Case Squad, today said authorities have moved the focus of their investigation to Lawrence and Douglas County. He said investigators plan to contact local residents who reportedly have information about the homicide.
CHAMBER OFFICIAL PANS STATE ABATEMENT STUDY
September 18, 1992
A local economic development official takes exception to the suggestion that industrial revenue bonds and tax abatements are siphoning $73 million in revenues from Kansas schools. Bill Martin, economic development director for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, said a report released this week by the Legislative Research Department doesn’t tell the whole story. The report, which was prepared for the Legislature’s Interim Assessment and Taxation Committee, pegged the appraised value of tax-exempt Kansas property at $3.4 billion to $7.6 billion.
CITY SEEKING STATE HOUSING FUNDS
September 18, 1992
Residents with homes going to seed or no home at all could find secure shelter, if two city requests for $600,000 in state housing funds are successful. Lawrence city commissioners will consider approving the applications at their Tuesday meeting, which will begin at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
JV
September 18, 1992
Haskell didn’t have to wait long to bounce back from last Saturday night’s 49-6 home football loss to Hutchinson Community College. Playing again Thursday night, the Indians scored on their first three possessions and blitzed Benedictine’s JV, 34-14, at Haskell Stadium.
STEIER TURNS GOLF GAME AROUND WITH ADVICE, CHANGED ATTITUDE
September 18, 1992
Armed with a new attitude and some advice from her boyfriend, Kathryn Steier shot her best-ever round at Alvamar, and she didn’t even need to take advantage of the no-play bunker rule. “I played really well,” said Steier, a Lawrence High senior, after her round of 112 helped the Lions to a share of sixth place at the 10-team Lawrence Invitational on Thursday. “I shot a 112 one place in Kansas City before. My drives were excellent, but I did have a little trouble chipping. I’m really happy.”
TANZANIAN SISTER CITY PUT ON HOLD
September 18, 1992
Lawrence sister city officials are putting on the backburner a proposal to create a sister city tie with a city in Tanzania, tendered by the nation’s ambassador to the United States. “At this point we just need more information,” said George Woodyard, chair of the city’s sister city advisory board. “We’re not far enough into it to know what we need to know.
FOR THE RECORD
September 18, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
RECRUITERS BOTHER CHICAGO PREP, MOM TAKES OVER
September 18, 1992
College basketball recruiting notes… The country’s top high school center prospect, 7-0 Rashard Griffith of Chicago King High, is fed up with the recruiting process.
BALDWIN PHONES TO BE UPGRADED IN THREE WEEKS
September 18, 1992
In three weeks, Baldwin phone customers will wave goodbye to scratchy telephone connections and five-digit phone numbers. United Telephone plans to switch the community to a digital system starting Oct. 10. Mary Peters, customer relations manager for United Telephone, said population growth in Baldwin dictated the need for improved telephone service. “Every year, we evaluate the different offices and there are many reasons that determine where we’ll put in a digital switch,” she said.
MEDIEVAL SKIRMISH AT KU RE-ENACTS PAST
September 18, 1992
A mild-mannered graduate student by day, Steve Boyd strenuously works toward his master’s degree in education at Kansas University. His goal? To teach Latin to high school students. But when he’s not studying, he takes a walk on the wild side or at least the medieval side of life.
HOSPITAL REPORT
September 18, 1992
DISMISSALS Tonya Tate and baby girl, Lawrence.
PLANNERS TO UNVEIL LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
September 18, 1992
A preliminary 20-year transportation plan for Lawrence will be unveiled and ready for public comment at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the city commission chambers at city hall.
RED DEVILS BRING THE BLUES TO RIVER VALLEY FESTIVAL
September 18, 1992
When you think of sunny Los Angeles about the last things that comes to mind are the blues. Pop? Sure. Heavy metal? Definitely. New wave? Of course. Rap? You bet. But for the last four years, Los Angeles has played host to a blues band named The Red Devils, a kind of super-group formed from among the best blues musicians in that city.
FINAL CLEANUP OF REACTOR UNDER WAY
September 18, 1992
Specialists this week began surveying radioactive materials in a Kansas University building as part of a project to remove the last vestiges of radiation from a former nuclear reactor site. “There’s nothing mystical about this … but once they start working, the room will be sealed off,” said Benjamin Friesen, director of the KU Office of Radiation Safety.