Archive for Thursday, January 14, 1993

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COURSE
January 14, 1993
During last fall’s presidential campaign, candidate Bill Clinton and his advisers hammered away at the idea that the domestic economy was the most important issue and that international problems were far in the background. The economy was portrayed as being in shambles and, with the help of a biased media, the country’s voters bought this campaign tactic.
SCHOOLS AND STATUS
January 14, 1993
To the editor: Regarding the editorial recently about parental attitudes about which school their children attend
CENTRAL STANDS UP
January 14, 1993
To the editor: I have no information and therefore no opinion concerning some parents’ complaints that they were not consulted about the plan to send their children to Central Junior High School. If the quality of the school is an issue, however, I have a strong opinion about that.
525 YEARS
January 14, 1993
Considering the misery he caused so many, “entrepreneur” Charles Keating has been spared much of the punishment that is due him. Granted, at age 69 he continues to serve a 10-year sentence for his state securities fraud conviction. Now there has been conviction on 73 more federal counts of racketeering and fraud, so he technically faces an additional prison term of 525 years. Says the Riverside County (Calif.) Press-Enterprise about Arizonan Keating’s crookery:
MISLEADING CARTOON
January 14, 1993
To the editor: In the editorial cartoon of the Jan. 5 Journal-World, the cartoon character questioned why he was skiing in Colorado instead of boycotting it for “passing an anti-gay amendment.” He proceeded to write “down with discrimination” in the snow with his skis.
CONCERN OVER ELECTRIC CODE SPARKS DEBATES
January 14, 1993
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday threw a circuit breaker on a proposed amendment to the city’s 1993 Electric Code that could have meant greater costs for home builders and home owners. Commissioners threw out the amendment before voting 4-1 to approve on first reading the 1993 National Electric Code with amendments as recommended by the city’s Board of Electrical Examiners.
EVENTS TO CELEBRATE KING HOLIDAY
January 14, 1993
Several local events are planned for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which will be observed Monday. City and county offices will be closed as will Lawrence public schools, Kansas University and Haskell Indian Junior College.
COUNTY TO LEASE SATELLITE SPACE FOR TAX PAYMENT
January 14, 1993
The 550 people who stood in line to pay vehicle taxes at the Douglas County Treasurer’s office Nov. 30 may be happy to learn that next year they will be able to pay their taxes while grocery shopping. The Douglas County Commission signed a lease Wednesday with Dillons Stores for a satellite treasurer’s office in the Dillons at 3000 W. Sixth.
SHANKEL REITERATES SUPPORT TO FIRE PROF
January 14, 1993
A former Kansas University administrator today testified he stands by his decision to seek dismissal of Emil Tonkovich for engaging in sexual activity with students in violation of faculty rules. “I believe … Tonkovich’s pattern of conduct with students violates commonly accepted standards. His violation of professional standards … requires that he be dismissed,” said Del Shankel, professor of microbiology.
BOARD AT VALLEY VIEW SHORT THREE MEMBERS
January 14, 1993
The Douglas County Commission forgot to reappoint three members of the Valley View Care Home board of trustees before 1992 expired. Now it must scramble to gather the board after calling on it Wednesday to close the care home within three years.
POSTAL STATION PLANS AGAIN UP FOR REVIEW
January 14, 1993
The Lawrence postmaster says he expects plans for a new Jayhawk Station to be back on track soon. A proposal for the new 21,521-square-foot postal station, which will be built on a 4-acre site on West 31st Street, was shelved last summer when postal authorities, in an effort to cut overhead, suspended spending on new construction projects.
JAMES SEEMAN
January 14, 1993
Services for James Laverie Seeman, 82, Basehor, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Quisenberry Chapel in Tonganoxie with the Rev. Ernest Gruen officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth. Mr. Seeman died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1993, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth.
MALFUNCTION CHILLS KU RESIDENCE HALL
January 14, 1993
Students living in the west wing of Kansas University’s McCollum Residence Hall were met with a chilly reception when they attempted to turn on their heat Wednesday night. Ken Stoner, director of student housing, said a heating system malfunction left McCollum’s west wing without heat for part of Wednesday night and this morning.
KU STUDENT WHO WAS HIT BY CAR IS BACK IN CLASSES
January 14, 1993
A former Kansas University cross country runner who nearly lost a leg in a traffic accident has returned to KU and is now walking to class. Jeremy McClain, 19, Overland Park, returned to KU this semester after he was hit by a car Sept. 2 while running near 23rd and Louisiana.
KU ENROLLMENT TOTALS 26,353 ON FIRST DAY
January 14, 1993
First-day spring enrollment at Kansas University is up from last year, but KU’s official enrollment in February is expected to be about the same as last year’s because fewer students are enrolling late, university officials reported today. First-day spring enrollment figures show 23,831 students at KU’s Lawrence campus, a figure that includes 1,046 students taking classes at the Regents Center in Overland Park and the Capitol Center in Topeka. The enrollment for the Lawrence campus and those two off-campus locations stood at 23,158 in the spring 1992 semester.
CORRECTION
January 14, 1993
Because of incorrect information supplied to the Journal-World, a story in Wednesday’s edition inaccurately reported on an amendment to the 1993 National Electric Code that was recommended by the city’s Board of Electrical Examiners and rejected by the Lawrence City Commission. The amendment pertained to electrical installations in commercial establishments and places of assembly, not residential structures.
T HAMPER KU
January 14, 1993
The economic tailspin of the nation’s two largest computer manufacturers hasn’t short-circuited Kansas University’s computer education programs. That’s because KU’s School of Engineering and department of computer science don’t have big financial ties with industry giants IBM and Digital Equipment.
LAYERING ON PROTECTION TO BEAT OLD MAN WINTER
January 14, 1993
When the temperatures are in the teens, and the wind chill seems like a direct blast from the North Pole baby, it’s COLD outside. But mail still has to be delivered, icy sidewalks shoveled, graves dug and electric lines repaired, which means somebody’s got to go outside to do it.
CLAUDE O. MATHER
January 14, 1993
Services for Claude O. Mather, 71, of Kansas City, Kan., will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Porter Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mr. Mather died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1993, at Providence-St. Margaret’s Health Center in Kansas City, Kan.
MARY ELIZABETH BUIE
January 14, 1993
Services for Mary Elizabeth Buie, 64, DeSoto, were to be at 1 p.m. today at DeSoto Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Copeland and Sam D. Seaba officiating. Burial will follow in DeSoto Cemetery. She died Monday, Jan. 11, 1993, at her home.
STENE SERVICES
January 14, 1993
Memorial services for Edwin O. “Ed” Stene, 91, Bella Vista, Ark., will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Mr. Stene died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1992, at a Bella Vista care center.
SMITH SERVICES
January 14, 1993
Memorial services for Betty Jean Smith, 66, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Cremation is planned, with inurnment in Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1992, at Humana Hospital, Overland Park.
FOR THE RECORD
January 14, 1993
Law enforcement report Police reports
SNOW-COVERED SLOPES BECKON TO SLEDDING FANS
January 14, 1993
Hitting the slopes in Lawrence has an entirely different meaning than hitting the slopes in ski country. There, hitting the slopes means strapping on unwieldy boots and long, skinny, expensive skis, then throwing yourself down a steep slope.
RESOLVE
January 14, 1993
International political tensions leading to Wednesday’s air strike in Iraq will not change unless Saddam Hussein is removed from power, two Kansas University professors said today. And they predict Saddam might try to test President-elect Clinton when the new administration takes over. Also, Persian Gulf War veterans and family members said they were not surprised when they learned of the 30-minute attack, which they said followed months of Iraqi “taunting” of the international community.
COUNTY TO CLOSE CARE HOME
January 14, 1993
During an emotional meeting, the Douglas County Commission voted 2-1 Wednesday night to close the county-owned Valley View Care Home within three years. From her seat among about 30 shocked onlookers, Rheda B. Wales immediately spoke up for her friends at the home many of whom were too frail to attend when Commission Chairman Louie McElhaney rapped his gavel, closing the matter.
HOUSING ASSISTANT FILES FOR CITY POST
January 14, 1993
A Kansas University administrator has decided to enter the race for one of three Lawrence City Commission seats up for election this April. Milton Scott, 31, who has been assistant director of student housing at KU for five years, plans to formally announce his entry into the race on Sunday.
MULTIPLE TAX ABATEMENTS FOCUS OF TASK FORCE DEBATE
January 14, 1993
Should the city grant property tax breaks only when local companies need them as a condition of expansion? Or should an abatement be granted to help a company’s long-term growth regardless of the immediate need? Those were just some of the questions that local businesses and city officials grappled with during a meeting Wednesday of the city’s Economic Development Advisory Council. The meeting served as a forum on the issue of multiple tax abatements, and representatives from about 15 local companies that have received such abatements attended.
UNION HEARING RESCHEDULED
January 14, 1993
A hearing set to begin Monday to determine whether Kansas University graduate students can attempt to form a union has been postponed three months, KU officials said Wednesday. Kansas Association of Public Employees, the prospective bargaining agent for KU graduate teaching and research assistants, was granted a continuance Tuesday until April 19.
GANG-RELATED SHOOTING DRAWS CHARGES
January 14, 1993
Evidence of gang violence in Lawrence exploded into the public eye today when authorities reported that two local men had been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a gang-related shooting. Yusaf Ali Austin, 20, 1608 E. 15th, and Marvin L. “Feli” Jefferson, 19, 703 W. 25th, are accused of firing at a 19-year-old Topeka man on Jan. 4 outside a residence in the 1100 block of New Jersey.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 14, 1993
DISMISSALS Sandra Hayes and baby girl, Lawrence.