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CHILLING AND TRAGIC
September 29, 1992
One of the most chilling quotes of all time came from the late Soviet despot Josef Stalin. The cold-blooded communist leader once remarked that one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. He and his colleagues lived by that grim philosophy. Estimates of the number of deaths produced by the various Stalinist purges range from 10 million to 20 million. Evidence of why the higher figure perhaps is the more accurate came this week. German officials in Berlin said they had discovered the mass graves of people who died in a Soviet internment camp set up in 1945 in the former East Germany.
ADOPTION OBSTACLES
September 29, 1992
One of the most difficult human conditions to understand and accept is why it is so difficult for people to adopt abandoned, neglected and needy children. The United States has increasing thousands of adults who want to accept children of all races, nationalities and physical traits into their homes. Yet at a time when there should be more adoptions, it seems the process becomes more costly, tedious and tortuous, and sometimes downright impossible because of silly sanctions and ridiculous red tape.
CLUB DEVELOPER SEEKS ZONING APPEAL
September 29, 1992
Local developer Mike Stultz admits he built a sunroom for Greystone Athletic Club in the wrong place and at the wrong time. “Basically, there was some confusion between me and the contractor,” said Stultz, owner of the club at 2512 W. Sixth.
ROBINSON MUST IMPROVE ROSTER
September 29, 1992
In some people’s eyes, a glass is always half-full, never half-empty. Those are the people who believe the Royals will remain in Kansas City forever a fixture like the Plaza, the Benton curve and those art-deco spires of Winstead’s burger outlets. Yet even Pollyanna might have to think twice before gauging the water level in the Royals’ goblet these days.
FOR STARTERS, MCRAE COVETS SLUGGER, THEN PITCHER, THEN. .
September 29, 1992
Ten years ago, Hal McRae hit 27 home runs and drove in 133 runs for the Royals. To put those numbers in perspective, they’re approximately twice as good as any member of the Royals’ lineup will muster in 1992.
TO VISITING NURSES, HOME IS WHERE THE HEALTH IS
September 29, 1992
He sat back in his recliner, enjoying the visit from his grandson, talking to him about starting kindergarten this year. His wife walked past the large aquarium full of fish, bringing him a cup of the fresh coffee she had made. He was at home, comfortable, even with the IV stuck in his chest. Jack Miller is just one of many people who receive health care at home from the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn.
FOR THE RECORD
September 29, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
SCHOOLTEACHER FROM LAWRENCE WINS AWARD
September 29, 1992
Shawna Deviney, a fourth-grade teacher who lives in Lawrence and teaches in Jefferson County, recently received the “Teachers Make A Difference” Award from KTKA-TV Channel 49 in Topeka. Deviney received the award Wednesday during an all-school assembly at Jefferson County North Elementary School. Deviney knew that a former student, fifth-grader Carrie Ostrander, had nominated her for the award, but she didn’t know why the assembly was being held until it began.
S WORK FORCE MOVES TO NEW OFFICE COMPLEX
September 29, 1992
Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Assn., has moved about 140 of its employees into the new office complex fashioned from the former All-Star Dairy building, 110 McDonald Dr. Elaine Nelson, manager of Sallie Mae’s loan processing operations in Lawrence, said the corporation still has 400 employees working in its 52,000-square-foot center at 2000 Bluffs Dr.
LAWRENCE SCHOOLS HANGING UP OLD PHONES
September 29, 1992
Lawrence schools will have new telephone numbers in the coming weeks as the district switches to a new phone system. The district’s Service Center’s number is scheduled to change to 832-5000 on Wednesday. The numbers at other schools will be changing through Oct. 13. The present telephone number for Lawrence High School, 842-6222, will not change.
POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN INCIDENTS
September 29, 1992
Lawrence police have identified a man suspected of enticing a Lawrence girl and sexually attacking another girl in separate incidents on Saturday, authorities said today. Overland Park police Sgt. Dan Minteer said Lawrence officers had given Overland Park officers the name and a photograph of a man suspected in the incidents. He said Overland Park authorities were interested in talking with the man to determine whether he was involved in two similar incidents on Friday in that city.
MAYBETH WALTERS
September 29, 1992
Services for Maybeth Walters, 90, McLouth, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church in Tonganoxie with the Rev. Robert Kasper officiating. Burial will be in Wild Horse Cemetery in McLouth. Mrs. Walters died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1992, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.
WICHMAN SERVICES
September 29, 1992
Services for Helen Amelia Wichman, 82, Eudora, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Eudora, with the Rev. Paul Winter officiating. Burial will be in Eudora Cemetery. Mrs. Wichman died Monday, Sept. 28, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
ELLA MILLER
September 29, 1992
Services for Ella Rosa Miller, 86, Lawrence, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Miller died Monday, Sept. 28, 1992, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
DIM LIGHTING HAD LITTLE EFFECT FRIDAY
September 29, 1992
Players and coaches agreed the dim lighting conditions at Haskell Stadium on Friday night had little effect on the outcome of Lawrence’s 35-13 Sunflower League football victory over Olathe South. But that doesn’t mean anyone wants to repeat it, especially LHS athletic director Darrell Falen.
BALLOONING ENROLLMENTS PUSH MED CENTER TO RECORD YEAR
September 29, 1992
Burgeoning interest in nursing and allied health graduate programs at Kansas University Medical Center pushed enrollment to a record level this fall semester. “In those two areas allied health and nursing there are still a lot of openings out there, particularly in the state of Kansas,” said A.L. Chapman, KUMC graduate dean.
DELL SAYS
September 29, 1992
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gloria O’Dell said Monday that the federal government could increase its support for education without raising taxes. “I think it is a matter of reordering priorities as opposed to increasing taxes,” she said.
EVANS SERVICES
September 29, 1992
Services for Joe “Little Joe” Evans, 58, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, preceded by military services conducted by Alford-Clarke Post No. 852, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Evans died Monday, Sept. 28, 1992, at his home. He had cancer.
RESERVISTS USE MUSIC IN ANTI-DRUG ARSENAL
September 29, 1992
“Operation Smart Choice” rolled into three Lawrence schools today, with four U.S. Army reservists armed to do battle against drugs. Although they dressed in camouflage fatigues, the troops deployed weapons that were somewhat unconventional hip-hop, rap and rock music.
MURDER PROBE EMPHASIZES CITYCOUNTY
September 29, 1992
Investigators once again descended on Douglas County today in their attempt to solve the murder of a man whose body was found earlier this month in Shawnee County. Scott Teeselink, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent assigned to the case, said this morning that the majority of the 15- to 17-member Capital Area Major Case Squad would be in Lawrence and Douglas County today.
CHIEFS SILENCE RAIDERS IN 27-7 ROMP
September 29, 1992
Apparently the lowly Los Angeles Raiders still talk a good game. “They come in arrogant. It’s important to silence ‘em and send ‘em back home,” Kansas City running back Barry Word said after the Chiefs’ 27-7 win over the winless Raiders on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
COOL WEATHER MAY NOT KILL FLEAS, BUT IT DOES SLOW THEIR GROWTH
September 29, 1992
Although Lawrence’s overnight low of 41 degrees wasn’t cold enough to kill hordes of fleas and mosquitoes waiting to cling to a warm body, the cooler weather will slow the critters down, local veterinarians say. “It’s going to slow down the (reproductive) cycle a lot,” said Gary Olson, veterinarian at the Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital, 4340 Clinton Pkwy.
BALDWIN BOARD ACCEPTS BUILDING BID
September 29, 1992
During business carried over from a Sept. 14 meeting, the Baldwin School Board on Monday officially accepted a $164,894 bid from Loyd Builders, an Ottawa firm, to construct a 5,000-square-foot steel building next to Vinland Elementary School. The board reviewed bids on the project at the Sept. 14 meeting, when Loyd Builders was determined to be the low bidder. The bids were further evaluated, and the bid from Loyd Builders met the board’s specifications and was accepted as the lowest bid.
SELECTION OF FINANCIAL ADVISER TO WAIT, SCHOOL BOARD DECIDES
September 29, 1992
The Lawrence school board won’t choose a financial adviser for the district’s upcoming bond issue until it’s heard from a number of advising firms. District administrators had recommended the board select George K. Baum & Co. of Kansas City, Mo., as the district’s financial adviser. Baum, which served the district in 1990 for the failed second high school bond issue, already has provided projections of how much the district mill levy would increase if the present bond issue proposal passes.
NEWTON SERVICES
September 29, 1992
A memorial service for Sherwood William Newton, 81, of Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Virgil Brady officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Newton died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SOUTH STUDENTS FIND D.C. A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
September 29, 1992
On a visit to the nation’s capital, 10 South Junior High School students are finding Washington, D.C., a place to broaden their horizons. The trip was organized by Sharon Goolsby, a nurse at South, and Frankie Davis, a former Lawrence resident who now is an attorney in Washington.
CHIEFS, RAIDERS SPARRED IN HOOPS, PLANDEALINGS
September 29, 1992
It’s not all media hype. The Chiefs and Raiders, who tangle tonight at Arrowhead Stadium, really DO dislike each other. “We had a benefit basketball game last year and the Raiders were taking it really, really seriously,” Chiefs’ defensive end Neil Smith told the Omaha World-Herald. “I think I blocked a couple of shots on a guy and dunked on him. He got kind of frustrated and slammed the ball in my stomach. Before I knew what happened, I retaliated.”
LOCAL CHESS ENTHUSIASTS GLAD TO SEE FISCHER BACK IN GAME
September 29, 1992
Several Lawrence chess enthusiasts say they’ve been highly interested in the play of Bobby Fischer, who is leading Boris Spassky 5-2 in their exhibition match in Yugoslavia. And when play resumes Wednesday, the local residents will be interested to see if Fischer displays the right stuff necessary to let him take on the chess world’s current heavyweights.
S FIRST THEFT LEADS TO FIELD GOAL
September 29, 1992
Flushed out of the pocket, quarterback Todd Marinovich fluttered a pass at a pair of Kansas City football defenders on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium. “The ball was coming right to (KC safety) Bennie Thompson. But I ran past him. I attacked the ball,” said Chiefs’ free safety Doug Terry.
AT LHS, THEY MEAN BUSINESS
September 29, 1992
When Jay Bomberger enters college next fall, he’ll have skills beyond the three R’s. Bomberger, 17, is spending his senior year at Lawrence High School attending school in the morning and working as an office clerk for an LHS department in the afternoon.
SAVING LIVES
September 29, 1992
Imagine a trip to the Kansas State Fair. Traveling between booths filled with prize-winning corn and cows, you encounter a most unusual addition to the festive surroundings. It’s a booth promoting the early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Men can go in for a free blood test and rectal exam right there, on the spot.
T THRILL PURDY
September 29, 1992
Neither the winner nor the loser came away from Haskell Stadium very happy on Friday night. The winner, Lawrence High coach Dick Purdy, felt fortunate his top-ranked Lions managed a 35-13 victory over Olathe South, but Purdy was displeased with his team’s offensive showing.
HASKELL PREPARES FOR FLAME SPIRIT RUN
September 29, 1992
Cross country runners from Haskell Indian Junior College will live up to their names on Sunday. On that day, at 7 a.m., they’ll start running east, and they won’t stop until they reach Columbus, Ohio.
COUNTY, CITY SEEK TRASH PACT
September 29, 1992
City and county officials want a long-term pact with the landfill serving Douglas County to guarantee reasonable trash pickup rates for residents and plenty of space to dump garbage. Negotiations are under way with Rod Hamm, owner of the Jefferson County-Douglas County landfill, officials said.
UNITED WAY CHAIR EMPHASIZES NEED
September 29, 1992
United Way of Douglas County organizers should be prepared to answer questions about a national United Way scandal and other concerns that may prevent residents from giving, the chair of the 1992-93 fund drive said Monday. “It’s so important to let people know that if we don’t raise these dollars the need doesn’t go away,” said Diane Mullens, chair of this year’s local United Way fund drive.
RAIDERS SEARCH FOR FIRST WIN
September 29, 1992
Maybe it’s time to revise the Los Angeles Raiders’ motto from `Just Win Baby’ to `Any Win, Baby.’ The once-proud Raiders, who visit Arrowhead Stadium tonight for an 8 p.m. meeting with the 2-1 Chiefs, have not only dropped three straight to open the season, but possess a seven-game losing streak dating back to last year.