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DAVID CONE FEATURE
April 27, 1993
Kansas’ basketball team lost two games at Allen Fieldhouse last season, and Kansas City Royals pitcher David Cone witnessed one of them. “I saw the Long Beach State game,” Cone said of KU’s 64-49 loss to the 49ers on Jan. 25. “After that, I was afraid Roy Williams or the chancellor would say I’m not invited back to any more games.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 27, 1993
ADMISSIONS Kayla Clark, Lawrence.
ROUGH ROAD AHEAD ON WORKERS COMP, INSURANCE CHIEF SAYS
April 27, 1993
State Insurance Commissioner Ron Todd said Monday that the Kansas Legislature may not be able to craft a workers compensation reform bill that satisfies Gov. Joan Finney. “It’s going to be a tough thing for the Legislature to do to get something the governor will sign,” said Todd, a Lawrence resident.
JUICE BAR OPENING IN NORTH LAWRENCE STIRS CONTROVERSY
April 27, 1993
It didn’t work as a teen center. And it didn’t fly as a 3.2 beer tavern. So Jeff Wallace is changing his North Lawrence establishment, formerly called Bodine’s, into a an adult “juice bar” featuring nude dancers.
BUT HIS NEW CONTRACT WITH ROYALS MAKES UP FOR 1981 SIGNING FIGURE
April 27, 1993
By GARY BEDORE Assistant Sports Editor KANSAS CITY — By today’s standards, David Cone didn’t receive a huge signing bonus after being selected by the Royals in the third round of the 1981 draft.
GET SERIOUS WITH BUDGET
April 27, 1993
There are three days left in the Kansas Legislature’s allotted session. That must mean it’s time to get serious about the state budget. When it returns for its wrapup session Wednesday, the Legislature will begin its annual ritual of patching together a last-minute state budget. Legislators have spent more than three months haggling over relatively minor matters — the only major work of the session was a worker compensation bill that now seems unlikely to overcome a veto by Gov. Finney — and now it is time to finish off the budget.
OVERLY SENSITIVE SENSOR CAUSING CITY HALL HEADACHE
April 27, 1993
Taking away three parking spaces north of Babcock Place is the only way to keep swerving traffic on 17th Street from inadvertently triggering red lights on Massachusetts Street, the city engineer said. After hearing complaints, Terese Gorman has recommended removing parking on the south side of 17th Street, 125 feet from the east curb on Massachusetts.
TONGANOXIE BENCHES BASKETBALL COACH
April 27, 1993
A popular Tonganoxie basketball coach was benched Monday by a split vote of the Tonganoxie school board. Ken Diskin, who teaches driver education and junior high social studies, has coached the Tonganoxie High School boys basketball team for 13 years. But he won’t be coaching next year.
STEPS AIM TO CURB SUBSTANCE ABUSE
April 27, 1993
Hours at Haskell Indian Junior College’s student union have been expanded, and drinking during sorority rush week has been curbed at Baker University as part of several goals set by a substance abuse task force last month. And although those goals for fighting substance abuse have been accomplished, work needs to be continued on other goals, members of the task force said Monday.
COST-SAVINGS MULLED IN FACE OF BUDGET CUTS
April 27, 1993
Uncertainty about funding from the state led to a discussion at the Tonganoxie School Board meeting Monday on ways to cut operating costs. Supt. Ron Burgess compiled a list of cost-saving measures and encouraged the board to approve at least $100,000 worth of potential cuts contingent on decreased state funding for the coming year. He said he hoped to avoid eliminating positions or programs.
DESOTO SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING SET
April 27, 1993
The DeSoto School Board has scheduled groundbreaking ceremonies for the district’s two new schools. Voters in November approved a bond issue that will finance construction of a new middle school and a new high school. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Monticello Trails Middle School will be at 10 a.m. May 8 on Monticello Road north of Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee. Groundbreaking for the new DeSoto High School will follow at noon on Penner Avenue south of the existing high school.
SOUGHT ON EXOTIC ANIMAL CODE
April 27, 1993
Sasha, a pet cougar, is finding that most people around here prefer to live far away from exotic animals, even allegedly tame ones. In November, the Lawrence City Commission banished most exotic pets from the city.
HOUSING PLANS GET TENTATIVE CDBG NOD
April 27, 1993
Two new programs to help low-income residents buy homes in Lawrence’s high-rent housing market gained support Monday from Mayor John Nalbandian. The programs, which would be financed by $65,000 in federal money, would allow the city to buy available land for housing projects, and help eight to 10 qualified residents place down payments on homes during the next fiscal year.
DILEMMA
April 27, 1993
Publish AND perish. What heresy! Traditionally, universities have existed to generate and disseminate knowledge. They encourage publication through the tenure, promotion and merit salary processes, in which quantity and quality of publications play a major role; thus the often-quoted cliche: “publish OR perish.” However, in some fields or areas of research, there are occasional, valid reasons to delay publication of information on novel technologies until patents or copyrights can be filed. The state, nation and society might be the losers if information about promising new technologies developed at universities are made public prior to receiving patent or copyright protection. Unprotected technology is unlikely to ever be developed and used to the benefit of society. It’s a simple case of economics. Let me explain by using examples in my own field, pharmaceutical sciences.
KGA NAMES RICHEY TO FILL POST AS EXEC
April 27, 1993
Kim Richey of Overland Park is the new executive director of the Lawrence-based Kansas Golf Association. Richey, 42, succeeds Brett Marshall, who resigned last month to take a similar position with the Golf Association of Michigan.
KU TO HOST NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM THIS SUMMER
April 27, 1993
About 250 youngsters from Douglas County are expected for the five-week National Youth Sports Program this summer at Kansas University. The initial recruitment and enrollment phase ends May 3. Mary C. Myers, project administrator, said 10- to 16-year-old youths from low-income or disadvantaged homes are eligible for the program, which runs June 18 to July 23. Children whose parents meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines are eligible to enroll free of charge.
OUTSTANDING TEACHERS HONORED
April 27, 1993
Seven Kansas University faculty members will be honored for their teaching abilities during the all-university supper today in the Kansas Union ballroom. The faculty members also will be part of the platform party at commencement ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in Memorial Stadium. Winners of the H. Bernerd Fink Award, the Ned N. Fleming Trust Award, the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching are included.
CONSIDER THE FACTS
April 27, 1993
To the editor: The most important and controversial issue facing communities in our world today is to find the best way to educate our children. Professional educators have devoted their lives developing methods to benefit all children in this constantly changing and increasingly demanding time. Innovations need to be studied and contemplated in an atmosphere that provides open expression and growth.
TRAFFIC COMPLAINTS
April 27, 1993
To the editor: I am wondering why the bikes have no lights at night and why joggers carry no lights. I have seen them on 31st and Haskell a lot at night at 10 p.m. and later, and joggers on Peterson Road and Kasold. If I hit one I would be blamed. I can’t see why the law isn’t for everyone.
HARLOW PETERS
April 27, 1993
Services are pending for Harlow Peters, 84, Lawrence, at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mr. Peters died today, April 27, 1993, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Beulah, of the home.
COUNTY TO BUILD NEW WETLANDS
April 27, 1993
Douglas County has the green light to build habitat to replace about 15 acres of wetlands in the path of the South Lawrence Trafficway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the project’s permit late last week after reviewing written public comments.
FOR THE RECORD
April 27, 1993
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
SOUND OFF
April 27, 1993
Q: I read with interest in the Journal-World recently about some economic data relating to Douglas County, but was perplexed at what seemed to be conflicting statements. How can Douglas County have an average wage of $35,000 and have one of the highest poverty rates in the United States? A: Helga Upmeier, a research associate with the Kansas University Institute of Public Policy and Business Research, and Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, both said the $35,000 average wage quoted by the reader does not appear to be accurate.
MEDLEN THROWS TWO 300S
April 27, 1993
Most bowlers dream of one 300 game in a lifetime. Mike Medlen has rolled three this year, and two of them came back-to-back Monday night at Royal Crest Lanes. Substituting on the Royal Crest team in the Dirty Dozen League, Medlen had a 183 in his first game. Then he threw 24 strikes in a row, two perfect games.
LARRICK SERVICES
April 27, 1993
Services for Harry Joseph Larrick, 92, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at D.W. Newcomers, Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge, Kansas City, Mo. Burial will be in Floral Hills Cemetery. Mr. Larrick died Monday, April 26, 1993, at the home of his great-niece, Janis E. Fisher, where he resided.
SOUND OFF
April 27, 1993
Q: South of the Morningside Court cul de sac is a city landfill area. It’s full of water and hazardous waste, I’m sure. Children play in it. I imagine it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes. I wonder when the city is going to fill it up or drain it? A: The six-foot-deep hole is on city land, but it’s not a designated city landfill, said George Williams, the city’s public works director.
CENTER OFFERS CLASS TO AID WITH DIVORCE
April 27, 1993
The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center offers classes to help divorcing parents deal with the emotions surrounding a family split. The center’s staff suggests that parents going through a divorce participate in the classes four to six weeks after filing.
RUSSIAN CULTURAL TOUR INCLUDES LAWRENCE
April 27, 1993
A group of 23 Russian folk musicians will call Lawrence rodina home May 9 as more than 100 performers fan out across Kansas for a statewide Russian culture festival. Metelitsa, a group of classically trained Russian college professors, will dip into their folk repertoire at 8 p.m. May 9 at Liberty Hall and then spend the night with local hosts. They also will play a May 3 gig at Baker University in Baldwin.
GARNET ROBERTS
April 27, 1993
Services for Garnet Roberts, 92, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey Funeral Home. She died today, April 27, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
TASK FORCE FOCUSES ON CHILD CARE AT KU
April 27, 1993
Members of a Kansas University task force today struggled to decide on the best way of surveying KU students, faculty and staff to determine the number, ages and care needs of their children. “I think we’re all trying to figure out what information administrators want to convince them” of the need for additional child care at KU, said Marion OBrien, assistant professor of human development and family life.
INJURED POLICEMAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
April 27, 1993
A Lawrence police lieutenant who suffered head and neck injuries early Saturday while trying to arrest a battery suspect said this morning that he was feeling fine and was hoping to return to work next week. Lt. Charles Greer was released this morning from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was taken after he was reportedly hit or kicked in the head by a 24-year-old Lawrence man who was suspected of beating his girlfriend.
INMATES CHARGED IN JAIL FLOODING
April 27, 1993
Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed criminal charges against two Douglas County Jail inmates who allegedly damaged a district court office by flooding their cell with toilet water. James P. Ludlow III and Victor J. Smith were each charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property. Preliminary hearings for both men were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. next Monday.
CHEERLEADING COMPROMISE WINS APPROVAL
April 27, 1993
The Lawrence school board on Monday approved a new junior high school cheerleading program one that apparently satisfies parents’ desires for competition as well as principals’ desires for increased student involvement. The three junior high school principals proposed in March that cheerleading tryouts be eliminated and that the schools adopt a “no cut” policy for students who want to participate in cheerleading.
CITY STARTS DISCUSSION ON BUDGET
April 27, 1993
Looking ahead to negotiations for next year’s city budget, Lawrence city commissioners started asking tough questions Monday about how to balance the city’s growing needs with the possibility of having less money to spend. “We’ve got to set some priorities for the community,” said Commissioner Bob Moody, who noted he fielded budget questions each day of this year’s commission campaign. “We got hammered on recreational facilities, and we got hammered on public transportation. We got hammered on both of them: `When are they going to be in place?’
PALAGEIA MIKIZCENKO
April 27, 1993
Services for Palageia “Paula” S. Mikizcenko, 79, of rural Jefferson County, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel of Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Charles Gilmore officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Mikizcenko died Sunday, April 25, 1993, in Silver Spring, Md., where she was visiting her daughter. She had lived in Jefferson County the past sixteen years after moving there from Troy, Mich.
COURTHOUSE SAFETY IS ONGOING CONCERN FOR LOCAL PROSECUTOR
April 27, 1993
After the violent death of a co-worker, Brian Farley has become a figurative gadfly, relentlessly warning Douglas County officials about a potential courtroom disaster. The memory still stings the local prosecutor like the fly that feeds on the blood of livestock.
BOARD OKS DISTRICT SMOKING BAN
April 27, 1993
A new Lawrence school board policy designed to ban smoking at Lawrence High School could potentially snuff out smoking on any school district property including the district’s maintenance shop. LHS students and faculty presently may smoke in an outdoor smoking area before school, after school, during lunch and between classes.
DESPITE 82% INCREASE, SCHOOL BOARD OKS STATE DUES
April 27, 1993
Citing the valuable services of the Kansas Association of School Boards, the Lawrence school board Monday voted 4-2 to continue its KASB membership despite an 82 percent increase in dues to help pay for KASB’s new $2.8 million headquarters. The board’s 1993-94 membership dues will be $13,145, up from $7,228 this school year. The higher dues are expected to continue for the next three years, the period in which KASB would like to pay off the mortgage on its new headquarters.