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CITY CUTTING DOWN THE LANDFILL LOAD
April 23, 1993
Lawrence reduced the amount of solid waste it sends to the landfill in the last few years, and trash officials say consumers have the ultimate responsibility to continue the downward trend. According to an April 1992 report prepared by the city’s sanitation division, landfilling fell from 46,970 tons in 1989 to 46,732 tons in 1990 and 45,796 tons in 1991.
MISUSE OF POWER
April 23, 1993
To the editor: A government that doses children with tear gas and then accuses the other side of child abuse is a government out of control. The whole incident in Waco, Tex., is very reminiscent of gas chambers and shows total misuse of power by our government on its own citizens.
RETIREMENT INCENTIVES
April 23, 1993
To the editor: Some of your readers at KU may wish to know that last weekend Gov. Finney passed House Bill 2211, the ”KPERS Omnibus Retirement Bill.” The change to KPERS retirees has been well-reported. But the bill also includes a provision lowering the permissible age for faculty retirement at Regents institutions from 60 to 55.
JAILHOUSE BLUES
April 23, 1993
It’s tough to feel too sorry for prisoners in the Douglas County Jail. The inmates apparently were trying to find some sympathetic ears when they listed their menus for a recent day in the jail. Yet the food they listed would be a feast for any homeless person in Lawrence, who may be lucky to get one square meal a day. In fact the menus looked at least comparable to those served to the community’s senior citizens at meal sites around town or to children in the local schools.
KU SCHEDULES SEVERAL EVENTS FOR EARTH DAY
April 23, 1993
Earth Day events at Kansas University will be highlighted by an Earth Day celebration on Campanile Hill that will include bands, displays and information booths. The event is scheduled to run from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, said Tricia Sears, a member of KU Environs.
TASK FORCE, HIV PANEL MERGING
April 23, 1993
After finishing up four days of activities for AIDS Awareness Week, Kansas University’s Student Senate AIDS Task Force now faces the final phases of its merger with the University’s HIV/STD Education Committee. Patrick Dilley, chair of the task force, said Student Senate voted this past year to remove the task force from the aegis of the senate, thus relieving the senate’s responsibility to fund the group. The task force will merge with the education committee to form the Center for Sexual Health Education.
96?
April 23, 1993
To the editor: Before moving out here from the West Coast, I could never figure out the secret of Sen. Dole’s success; he’s always struck me as a petty, spite-filled man whose greatest passion in life seems to be partisan one-upmanship. In the five years I’ve lived here, I’ve come to understand that Dole does have certain skills that have obviously served him well; one is a knack for getting pork-barrel projects sent this way, and another is an ability to raise large campaign funds.
LAWRENCE LIBRARY HONORSEFERENCE DESK VOLUNTEER
April 23, 1993
Joginder Kaur, a volunteer at the Lawrence Public Library’s reference department, received on Thursday the library’s annual Mary Murphy Award for volunteer service. Kaur, known as Leela to her friends, was given the award at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.
NEW RETAIL CENTER WILL SOON BE OPENING
April 23, 1993
Despite little cooperation from the weather, progress continues on a new restaurant-and-retail center on the east side of the 2500 block of Iowa Street. Bob Hopkins, of El Canjun, Calif., formerly a Lawrence car dealer, said he’s “a little frustrated with the weather,” but that parts of his Tower Plaza are “really moving along.”
VNA SEEKS TO EASE SPACE CRUNCH
April 23, 1993
The Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. is looking for a little elbow room. With 125 employees going in and out and only 6,500 square foot of space, the agency is feeling cramped. So cramped, in fact, that the weekly all-staff meeting is being held at the First United Methodist Church because everyone can’t fit comfortably in the office any longer.
OU LAW DEAN TO TAKE POST AT KU
April 23, 1993
The dean of the University of Oklahoma’s law school will teach at Kansas University next spring after he reportedly was pressured to step down for supporting OU law professor Anita Hill. David Swank, dean of the OU law school, will be KU’s Rice distinguished visiting professor of law in spring 1994.
JAIL HUNGER STRIKE IN 3RD DAY
April 23, 1993
A hunger strike among Douglas County Jail inmates entered its third day today with inmates saying they may escalate their protest unless their grievances were at least acknowledged by Saturday. Gregory Keenan, who is being held on a drug conviction, said during a telephone interview this morning from his cell block that the strike was showing no signs of weakening.
S YOUNG ASTRONAUT PROGRAM LIFTS OFF
April 23, 1993
An Oskaloosa woman’s effort to start a young astronaut’s club blasted off Thursday at Oskaloosa Elementary School with a high-tech demonstration on aviation and avionics technology. Becky Besser, a rural Oskaloosa resident and an employee of Allied Signal in Olathe, read in the company newsletter that the firm co-sponsored a young astronaut’s club in an Olathe school. She visited the club, liked what she saw and decided to initiate a similar effort closer to home.
ELVA MINNIE COX
April 23, 1993
Services for Elva Minnie Cox, 88, Oskaloosa, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. Paul Reed officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa. She died Thursday, April 22, 1993, in an Oskaloosa nursing home.
WILLIAM SLUSSER
April 23, 1993
Services for William Slusser, 81, Joplin, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City, Mo. The Rev. Robert Easton will officiate. Cremation is planned. Mr. Slusser died Wednesday, April 21, 1993, at St. John’s Medical Center, Joplin.
BARBARA KIRK
April 23, 1993
Services for Barbara Kirk, 44, Winfield, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Fry officiating. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery. Mrs. Kirk died Wednesday, April 21, 1993, at her home. She had cancer.
GORDON WHITE
April 23, 1993
Services for Gordon White, 81, Oronogo, Mo., will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home here with the Rev. Fred Franks officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, north of Granby. Mr. White died Thursday, April 22, 1993, at Meadows Care Center in Joplin, Mo., following a long illness.
STUDENTS JOIN HANDS TO HELP FIGHT RACISM
April 23, 1993
As onlookers stopped and watched with curiosity, about 80 people joined hands and stepped back to form a human circle Thursday afternoon in front of Wescoe Hall. The participants were men and women of various colors and backgrounds, hoping to make an anti-racism statement as part of a national effort.
FOR THE RECORD
April 23, 1993
Law enforcement report Police reports
NEW LAWYERS SWORN IN TODAY
April 23, 1993
Clerks of the U.S. district court and the state Supreme Court swore in new lawyers during ceremonies today in the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Supreme Court spokesman Ron Keefover said 178 new lawyers were eligible to be sworn in, but some did not show up. They will be sworn in later.
MAN RECOVERING FROM GUNSHOT
April 23, 1993
A rural McLouth man shot in the neck Tuesday remained in fair condition today at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department still is investigating the incident. Lowell “Rex” Shafer, 35, was shot early Tuesday morning with a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol during a domestic dispute at his home about 3 miles south of McLouth, sheriff’s officers said.
HARRIETT DYER
April 23, 1993
Services for Harriett Cowles Dyer, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. She died Thursday, April 22, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
RAISING THE ROOF ON CASA FUND-RAISER
April 23, 1993
Gene Fritzel’s 10 grandchildren would love to have what he’s building. Where adults see only a playhouse stands a palatial mansion, a frontier fortress or a witch’s cottage for the imaginative child.
SCOUTING PROGRAMS TEACH ECO-AWARENESS TO YOUTH
April 23, 1993
Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts know a thing or two about eco-awareness. In fact, much of their programming focuses on outdoor activities, learning about nature and protecting the environment. Eric Melton is the district executive for the Boy Scouts’ Pelathe District, which encompasses Douglas County and Linwood. He said the various units often plan environment-oriented programs, and individual boys also develop environmental projects.
PROF DENIES HARASSMENT CHARGES
April 23, 1993
Kansas University Professor Emil Tonkovich testified Thursday on his own behalf and refuted allegations that he sexually harassed law students. “I’m innocent. I didn’t do anything,” Tonkovich said under direct examination by defense lawyer Lisa Ford.
LOCAL RESIDENTS MAKE SWITCH TO ELECTRIC-POWERED MOWERS
April 23, 1993
The luck of the draw enabled at least two local residents to do their part in helping the environment Thursday for Earth Day. They exchanged their gasoline-guzzling, emission-spewing lawn mowers for quieter, emission-free electric ones as part of a program set up by the local electric company.
COUNTY OFFICIAL CALLS FOR INCREASED SECURITY AT JAIL
April 23, 1993
Douglas County Commissioner Jim Chappell said today that court security is inadequate and proposed installing metal detectors at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center and limiting access to the building to one door. After an incident Thursday, when police snatched a jacket containing a handgun from a defendant in the Division IV courtroom, Chappell directed the county administrator to add the security item to Monday’s commission agenda.
MONTANA ARRIVES
April 23, 1993
@sc: KANSAS CITY — Joe Montana played on natural grass during his 14 seasons in San Francisco.
SO
April 23, 1993
Joe Montana, the living legend. The greatest quarterback of all time.
TAKES AUDIENCE FOR THRILLING RIDE
April 23, 1993
A lot of big-time actors and directors have taken on Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and gone down swinging. The difficulty of the material is part of what makes the Kansas University Theatre’s impressive production of the play, which opened Thursday night, so exhilarating. Director Jack Wright and an outstanding cast tie into Williams’ curve ball and almost knock it out of the park.
POTHOLE PROBLEMS PROLIFERATE IN CITY
April 23, 1993
Jerry Bartlow decided the pothole on Iowa Street wasn’t worth avoiding. In fact, he didn’t even flinch Tuesday as he rolled toward 15th Street in his -ton pickup. “I decided not to move,” he said. “The hole didn’t look that big.”
INCREASE IN CITY POOL RATES PROPOSED
April 23, 1993
Rates for using city pools would increase 33 percent this summer, under a plan proposed by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Daily rates would increase to $1 for senior citizens and children 12 and under, and to $2 for those ages 13-59.
SOUND OFF
April 23, 1993
Q: How much does it cost Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have Reeder & Co. prepare and publish its quarterly Stat Report? A: For the spring 1993 issue of STAT Report, Lawrence Memorial Hospital paid Reeder & Co. $5,233.25. This included all writing, photography, design and production, said Janice Early-Weas, LMH Director of Community Relations.
DAUGHTERS OF SLAIN CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS SPREAD MESSAGE AT KU
April 23, 1993
Knowledge of personal heritage, world history and individual self-respect are the keys toward helping eliminate racism, the daughters of slain civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday at Kansas University. Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, and Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke about their fathers, how the two women met and current racial problems to an estimated 4,000 people in Allen Fieldhouse.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 23, 1993
DISMISSALS Kourtney Foley, Lecompton.
FUNDS TO CLEAN KU LANDFILL VETOED
April 23, 1993
Gov. Joan Finney vetoed a provision in a bill Thursday that provided $1.9 million for the cleanup of Kansas University’s hazardous materials landfill near DeSoto. The governor did so to force legislators to provide the full $2.6 million required to deal with contamination at Sunflower Research Landfill.
SQUARES PROMOTE SAFE SEX AT KU
April 23, 1993
College students may know the facts about how AIDS is transmitted, but many of them don’t believe they could ever be infected. That is the opinion of Patrick Dilley, chair of the Kansas University Student Senate AIDS Task Force, and that is why he feels the AIDS Awareness Week activities on campus this past week were important.
SAMUEL SIMPSON
April 23, 1993
Services are pending for Samuel Simpson, 67, Lawrence. Mr. Simpson died today, April 23, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SPIRIT OF AIDS VICTIMS REKINDLED
April 23, 1993
Cherokee prayers to the Great Spirit, a Jewish prayer for the dead and the Lord’s Prayer intermingled Thursday evening at the Medicine Wheel on the campus of Haskell Indian Junior College during a remembrance service for AIDS victims. Twenty-five people, many wearing red ribbons, gathered Thursday evening for the half-hour sunset ecumenical service, which was sponsored by the Douglas County AIDS project.
GUN SMUGGLED IN COURTROOM
April 23, 1993
A Lawrence man who smuggled a makeshift gun into the Douglas County Jail after being convicted of child molestation surrendered to authorities early today after an overnight standoff in which he threatened to kill himself. William H. Snavely III, 37, 711 Conn., was taken to Larned State Security Hospital after surrendering about 8:30 a.m. to authorities who had been trying to talk him out of a room inside the jail since 4:45 p.m. Thursday.