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CORRECTION
April 13, 1993
Because of an editor’s error, an incorrect signature appeared on a letter to the Public Forum concerning supplying students names to groups requesting them. The letter was written by Deborah Brewer, 3510 W. Ninth Ct.
CHILD-CARE TASK FORCE EXPLORES OPTIONS
April 13, 1993
Defining the role that Kansas University plays in offering child care is a “keystone” in developing expanded child-care services on campus, the chair of a task force said today. Ann Eversole, chair of the executive vice chancellor’s task force on child care, said the role of the university is an important but complex issue that required further discussion.
HASKELL REGENTS SCRUTINIZING VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS
April 13, 1993
Members of Haskell Indian Junior College’s administration and Board of Regents are taking a close look at the future of vocational education programs at the college. Dean of Instruction Angelita Felix has recommended that the industrial technology and maintenance technology degrees in the vocational education department be discontinued.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 13, 1993
DISMISSALS Baby girl Olsen, Lawrence, Monday.
RAIN, HAIL SOAK CITY
April 13, 1993
Many Lawrence residents left work Monday afternoon to find they now live on lakefront property as the Kansas version of monsoon season continues. Marble-size hail and pounding rains swamped the area with an additional 1.87 inches of precipitation Monday, flooding some local streets and forcing some merchants to break out snow shovels to clear walks.
FRANCES E. LEWIS
April 13, 1993
Services are pending for Frances E. Lewis, 90, Lawrence. She died Monday, April 12, 1993, at Valley View Care Home.
VALUE
April 13, 1993
A public hearing next week will help decide how much the city owes Richard and Sherryl Wright for the right to replace their Iowa Street businesses with a frontage road to serve a new Wal-Mart. Glenn Kappelman, Bob Stephens and Gene Hardtarfer, appointed by Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone to determine the fair market value of the Wrights’ property, will conduct the public hearing at 11 a.m. next Monday to help guide their decision, which is due by April 30.
CORRECTION
April 13, 1993
Because of an editor’s error, Sunday’s Journal-World gave the incorrect location for a Kansas University Concert Series performance of the Canadian Brass. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
LYME DISEASE INCREASES CONCERN FOR PETSTICKS
April 13, 1993
To most Kansans, spring means open windows and long evenings rocking on front porches. But to dog owners, spring means ticks and hours of careful tweezer grooming searching for the elusive creatures.
CORRECTION
April 13, 1993
Because of incorrect information supplied to the Journal-World, the time for a ribbon-cutting at the American Red Cross Chapter & Blood Center, 2120 W. 25th, was incorrect in Sunday’s Journal-World. The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
JUDGE RULES AGAINST NEWLY ELECTED COMMISSIONER
April 13, 1993
Lawrence City Commissioner-elect Doug Compton was ordered last week to pay a local church damages after a judge ruled Compton broke a $250,000 contract two years ago. Douglas County District Judge Ralph King found that Compton, owner of First Management Inc., backed out on a 1991 agreement to buy the Good Shepherd Church, whose land Compton wanted to develop at 2312 Harvard.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 13, 1993
DISMISSALS Jane Platt and baby boy, Lawrence; Lisa Thomsen, Ottawa; Susan Carlisle and baby boy, Lawrence; Singe Olsen, Lawrence.
FACILITIES UNDERUTILIZED
April 13, 1993
To the editor: Before the new commission recommends expanded services of the city’s parks and recreation department, it should first look at the operations management of the current facilities. What we need is not more facilities, but for existing recreation buildings to be open more.
RODNEY KING EDITORIAL
April 13, 1993
It was gratifying over Eastern weekend to see many news reports of people in Los Angeles seeking to take positive action to ward off potential violence following a verdict in the Rodney King civil rights case. Church services stressed peace and unity and urged LA residents not to resort to violence. Residents of neighborhoods involved in rioting a year ago were marching for peace and urging other residents to show their pride in the area by shunning violence and destruction.
NORTH LAWRENCE VIEW
April 13, 1993
To the editor: What makes the man who wrote that smart piece in the J-W March 31 think that he is any better than North Lawrence people? We might be North Lawrence sand rats, but we are just as good or better than the blue bellies.
POLL TRAP
April 13, 1993
To the editor: Tuesday’s front page article on changes ”most Americans” favor in U.S. health care falls squarely into the trap embedded in most such polls — the fact that ”most Americans” really have very little data beyond media opinions upon which to base their own opinions. The statement which caught my eye was that ”a majority said most doctors overcharged, but that their own doctors’ fees were reasonable.” These two opinions are quite contradictory. If we can accept that MOST respondents knew their own doctors’ fees and believed them to be reasonable, then by extension MOST doctors’ fees ARE believed to be reasonable. The problem here, and in other polls that guide the current trend towards government by media-driven quickie sampling, is that the poll questions are poorly constructed.
UNBIASED ON BIAS
April 13, 1993
The Lawrence Alliance, a group established to help end discrimination in the city, has come under some unjustified criticism because of its refusal to formally support a march scheduled for next week in remembrance of three Native American men who have died under suspicious circumstances or been killed in the last few years. The Alliance was to give minority groups or anyone who feels they have been discriminated against an outlet for their grievances. Alliance members will only be effective in that job if they can maintain their objectivity in the community. As soon as the Alliance starts taking on specific causes and aligning with certain groups in the community, it will lose the perception that it is open and available to anyone who wants to bring an issue before it.
FREDA BRAMMELL
April 13, 1993
Services for Freda E. Brammell, 82, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, McLouth, with the Revs. John Bower and Don Roberts officiating. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery. Mrs. Brammell died Monday, April 12, 1993, at a Topeka retirement home. She was born Feb. 18, 1911, in McLouth, the daughter of Ralph W. and Emma Black Edmonds. She graduated from McLouth High School.
GEORGE CADY
April 13, 1993
Memorial services for George H. Cady, 87, Seattle, will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at University Congregational Church in Seattle. Mr. Cady died March 18, 1993, in Seattle.
SCHOOL BOARD PROPOSES COST-CUTTING MEASURES
April 13, 1993
A freeze on wages, elimination of positions and charge for textbook use are a few items included on a list of about 30 potential cost-saving measures under consideration by the Tonganoxie school board, according to the district’s communication specialist. Jacki Himpel, whose job is among the proposed cuts, said the board met Monday and scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the junior high school to discuss the list, which was drafted by Supt. Ron Burgess.
CITY COUNCIL PONDERS POTHOLE REPAIR FUNDING
April 13, 1993
The Tonganoxie City Council spent much of Monday’s meeting pondering potholes, said Karen Walters, city clerk. The wet winter season with its frequent freeze-thaw cycles caused widespread damage to streets throughout the town. Butch Rodgers, city superintendent, approached the council Monday with suggestions for getting started on repairs.
IRS ALTERS EXTENSION REGULATIONS
April 13, 1993
Late tax filers who say the check is NOT in the mail will be forgiven this year by Uncle Sam, but they still may face penalty and interest payments, according to an IRS spokeswoman. Until this year, the IRS hit taxpayers with a failure-to-file penalty if taxpayers mailed Form 4868 the request for a four-month extension to file the 1040 form but did not include a check, IRS spokeswoman Janice Lawrence said.
SOUND OFF
April 13, 1993
Q: About one-half mile east of Farmland Industries on Kansas Highway 10, on the north side of the road, there appears to be a headstone. I’m curious as to what it is. A: It’s actually one of three headstones in an old cemetery on property in the East Hills Business Park, according to Sid Haupt, a technician with the Douglas County Department of Public Works.
TEACHER ADVOCATES EDUCATION REFORM
April 13, 1993
Citing H.G. Wells’ observation that “human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe,” a Lawrence teacher said Monday that it’s time to restructure the former to avoid running into the latter. Tom Christie, who teaches fifth- and sixth-grade science at Deerfield School, spoke at Monday’s Rotary Club meeting at the Lawrence Holidome. Christie, who recently received a $7,500 Presidential Award and a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, provided a teacher’s perspective on education reform.
RAYMOND ROBINETTE
April 13, 1993
Services for Raymond L. “Robie” Robinette, 60, Linwood, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey Funeral Home, Lawrence, with the Rev. Sandy Seaba officiating. Burial will be at Mount Sidney Cemetery, Linwood. Mr. Robinette died Saturday, April 10, 1993, at Providence-St. Margaret Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
2 LHS SENIORS ARE SCHOLAR FINALISTS
April 13, 1993
Kirsten Magnuson and Cyrus Mody, two seniors at Lawrence High School, are among 500 national finalists in the 1993 Presidential Scholars Program. Final selection of 141 scholars will be made by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and will be announced later this month.
DEFENDANT STARTED PRE-SHOOTING FIGHT, WITNESS TESTIFIES
April 13, 1993
Prosecution witnesses in the trial of a 22-year-old Lawrence man accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Topeka men told jurors that the defendant started a fight that led to the shootings. The witnesses said they were drinking on Nov. 27 with the victims, Topeka residents Jerry Thompson, 32, and Jim Buswell, 42, at Henry T’s Bar and Grill, 3520 W. Sixth, when an argument started over a pool game.
GERDA BROUHARD
April 13, 1993
Services for Gerda Ruth Brouhard, 68, Lecompton, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Larry Wright officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Lecompton. Mrs. Brouhard died Sunday, April 11, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
FOR THE RECORD
April 13, 1993
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
TAX
April 13, 1993
Tardy tax filers should head to Lawrence’s main post office at 645 Vt. Thursday to mail their returns to get an April 15 postmark, postmaster Bill Reynolds said today. The main post office will be open until midnight Thursday to accommodate late filers, Reynolds said. The Jayhawk branch office on 23rd Street and all other collection locations will have normal hours on Thursday, he said.
LEGISLATOR
April 13, 1993
There was no acceptable reason for Gov. Joan Finney to veto legislation that would have expanded opportunities for Kansas University medical school graduates to practice medicine in Kansas, Sen. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, said today. “I can’t understand it,” Praeger said. “It had a lot of support. I’m just absolutely dumbfounded. She gave no indication that she would veto this.”
RESEARCHERS SAY LET BUFFALO ROAM PLAINS
April 13, 1993
Depopulation and rural depression are squeezing the Great Plains, and a prescription called the “Buffalo Commons” is the best way to relieve the pressure and its resulting pain, two Rutgers University researchers say. Frank J. and Deborah Epstein Popper presented their 1987 theory to about 150 people at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union Monday night.
EVENTS SET TO DEFUSE LA TRIAL TENSIONS
April 13, 1993
At least two local efforts should help the community vent any emotions springing from the pending verdict of the Rodney King federal civil-rights case. Lawrence Alliance will hold a series of Wednesday-night public forums to be broadcast on local radio, and Baker University will hold a campus vigil.
SENATOR
April 13, 1993
U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan., said Monday that only one-fourth of the controversial $16 billion jobs bill proposed by President Clinton was justified. She said during a visit to Kansas University that the economic package has fostered a bitter partisan dispute between Republicans and Democrats.
2 BOARD MEMBERS QUESTION 82% HIKE IN ASSOCIATION DUES
April 13, 1993
When Lawrence school board member Mary Loveland read that membership dues for the Kansas Association of School Boards were going to increase by 82 percent, she thought it was a misprint. But it wasn’t. The KASB is increasing dues for members statewide to help pay for a $2.8 million building that the Topeka-based organization began using in December.
NORTH LAWRENCE RESIDENTS SEEK SUPPORT TO BLOCK DETENTION CENTER
April 13, 1993
A group of North Lawrence residents sought support from the North Lawrence Improvement Assn. on Monday for their plea to block the county’s planned juvenile detention center. Ruby Webb, 11 Roanoke Ave., said 12 neighbors have banded together to oppose what she and others call “the prison.”
JURY BEING PICKED FOR MURDER TRIAL
April 13, 1993
Jury selection began today in the trial of a 22-year-old Lawrence man accused of shooting two Topeka men outside a Lawrence restaurant. Stephen Bradley Perdue is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 27 shooting deaths of Jim Buswell, 42, and Jerry Thompson, 32, both of Topeka.
HARD-HEADED HERO COLLARS TRESPASSER
April 13, 1993
Heroism isn’t dead, it just has a hard head. Just ask Mark McIntire, a bartender for a local club, who early this morning who was hit on the head with a tire iron by a would-be burglar, but still was able to detain the suspect for police.
IN DOUGLAS COUNTY
April 13, 1993
Hunger is a “substantial problem” for Lawrence’s low-income residents, and local officials can help solve it by helping the hungry become self-sufficient, authors of a study said this morning. Representatives of the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp., a nonprofit social service agency, came to Lawrence this morning to release findings of a seven-county study about hunger and nutrition among poor and low-income residents.
KU CANDIDATES DEBATE CAMPUS PRIORITIES
April 13, 1993
Four candidates vying for the post of Kansas University student body president debated topics on Monday ranging from their priorities in spending student fees to how many student government meetings they’ve missed. KU students will choose a new student body president and new members of the Student Senate on Wednesday and Thursday.
COUNTY TO CONSIDER UNUSED RIGHT OF WAY
April 13, 1993
Some rules of the range still apply to Douglas County government. For example, if two landowners have a dispute about a fence, county commissioners must travel to the property and settle it.
FOR THE RECORD
April 13, 1993
Law enforcement report Police reports
IN-SCHOOL CHILD CARE GETS GREEN LIGHT
April 13, 1993
PTOs and PTAs can provide before- and after-school child care at Lawrence public schools as long as the district is reimbursed for any costs related to utilities or custodial work. That’s in essence what the Lawrence school board said Monday by approving on first reading an addition to the board’s policy on priority use of school facilities. The vote was 6-0. Board member Alice Fowler was absent.
VALUATION APPEALS DUE THURSDAY
April 13, 1993
Property owners have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file for an appeal hearing to contest their 1993 property values, Douglas County Appraiser Marion Johnson said today. So far, Johnson’s office has scheduled 3,350 appeal hearings, representing about 12 percent of the total parcels.
BOARD DELAYS KASB DUES DECISION
April 13, 1993
Forced to join other Kansas school districts in stretching their education dollars, the Lawrence school board on Monday could not bring itself to help finance the new $2.8 million headquarters of the Kansas Association of School Boards. The board tabled voting to renew its membership with the KASB, which is increasing membership dues statewide to help pay for a building it began using in December. The building is at 1420 Arrowhead in Topeka.
LAURENE HARROD
April 13, 1993
Services for Laurene Harrod, 81, Yates Center, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Yates Center, with the Rev. Warren Turner officiating. Burial will be in the Yates Center Cemetery. Mrs. Harrod died today, April 12, 1993, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Yates Center.
MARIE E. DAUM
April 13, 1993
Services for Marie Eileen Daum, 50, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sam Mann officiating. Burial will be in a Lawrence cemetery. Mrs. Daum died Sunday, April 11, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.
GERALD J. DWYER
April 13, 1993
Services for Gerald J. Dwyer, 62, rural Edgerton, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church in Edgerton. Burial will be in St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Dwyer died Saturday, April 10, 1993, at his home.
U.N. SHOULD TURN UP PRESSURE TO END CARNAGE, SENATOR SAYS
April 13, 1993
The United States must do everything it can short of military intervention to stop carnage in the former Yugoslavia, said U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan. “I don’t think people are ready to send in ground troops,” said Kassebaum, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
SHOULD ADVISING BE TIED TO ACTS?
April 13, 1993
The Kansas Board of Regents will be asked Thursday to require state universities to base academic advising decisions on each student’s score on a standardized test. A group composed of Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and state university presidents want to require American College Test scores to be used for advising students entering the university directly from high school.