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Archive for Tuesday, July 20, 1993

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PARKS LETTER
July 20, 1993
To the editor: The City of Lawrence has nice parks, sister city programs, and the finest collection of artwork anyone could ask for, but the sewer and storm drainage systems are so inadequate. The recent heavy rains didn’t create the problems. The extra water just turned an old problem into a nightmare.
BAD EXAMPLE
July 20, 1993
To the editor: I operate a business in North Lawrence, and fortunately did not have flood water on the premises. However, we did experience difficulty with gaining access due to the roads being submersed by a few feet of water. I felt the need to express some dismay over the conduct and attitudes of some of the neighboring businesses.
HOSEY A TYPICAL MINOR-LEAGUER
July 20, 1993
Brian McRae and Dwayne Hosey have much in common. Both are switch-hitting outfielders with above-average speed. Both are batting over .300. Both were born in 1967. And both are about the same size — McRae is 6-0, 185. Hosey is 5-10, 175.
RESEARCHERS STUDY GROUNDWATER, SOIL FOR CONTAMINATION
July 20, 1993
Grasslands of the Konza Prairie near Manhattan may soon reveal more about the way groundwater is contaminated by nitrogen or the way nature keeps groundwater supplies clear. This spring, researchers from Kansas University, the Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas State University began a three-year study of groundwater and nitrogen at the Konza Prairie. The work, funded by the National Science Foundation, is being done by Gwendolyn Lee Macpherson, KU geology department; Marios A. Sophocleous, Kansas Geological Survey; and, from Kansas State, M. Katherine Banks and James Koelliker, Department of Civil Engineering; Walter K. Dodds, Division of Biology; and Charles W. Rice and A. Paul Schwab, Department of Agronomy.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 20, 1993
Burglaries and thefts reported — Various items of clothing, including 44 silk shirts, valued together on a police report at an undisclosed amount were taken about 12:40 p.m. Sunday from J C Penney Co. Inc., 1801 W. 23rd. A police spokesman said a witness saw a man walk out of the store with several items of clothing and leave in a vehicle. After obtaining a description of the man and vehicle, police interviewed two suspects, but no arrests were made, the spokesman said.
SOUND OFF
July 20, 1993
Q: What’s the difference between a flood and a flash flood? A: Flash means a rapid buildup of water that can lead to flooded conditions almost instantaneously, said Paul Frantz, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Topeka.
LMH ADMINISTRATOR NIXES CARE HOME IDEA
July 20, 1993
Lawrence Memorial Hospital should not enter into a financial partnership to build a new nursing home, a hospital administrator recommends. LMH is planning to construct a medical office building and hospital expansion, and “basically I feel like our financial plate is a little too full to take on anything else right now,” said Dennis Strathmann, the hospital’s chief financial officer.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 20, 1993
DISMISSALS Cynthia Fritschen and baby girl, Lawrence; Tamara Markley and baby girl, Baldwin; Mary Fairburn and twin baby boys, Lawrence; and Donna Hale, Lawrence.
CRACKS SAID NO DANGER TO WESCOE
July 20, 1993
A new floor slab cushioned from expanding subterranean shale would put an end to shifting floors in Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall but would cost more than $500,000, a Topeka structural engineering firm has determined. Although the shifting floor slab has caused cracked walls and hilly floors, the upward movement is expected to decrease and Wescoe remains structurally sound, Finney & Turnipseed P.A. reported.
KU LAW PROF TO WORK AS RENO AIDE
July 20, 1993
Reggie Robinson’s year as a White House fellow will keep him close to the limelight as he works on U.S. Atty. Gen. Janet Reno’s personal staff. “I’ll work primarily on special projects that she assigns,” Robinson, associate professor of law at Kansas University, said Monday.
AGENCIES LIKELY TO GET FUNDING
July 20, 1993
Douglas County Senior Services and other social-service agencies will probably receive the increases they have requested in the 1994 county budget, the county administrator said Monday. Commissioners had worried that spending increases in such areas as law enforcement might jeopardize higher requests from Senior Services, Visiting Nurses Assn. and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.
COUNTY WILL SHARE COST OF NEW PUMP IN NORTH LAWRENCE
July 20, 1993
Taxpayers in rural Douglas County will join those in Lawrence in paying for a new pump that should help drain stormwater from North Lawrence and portions of Grant Township, Douglas County commissioners decided Monday. At the Lawrence City Commission’s request, the county commission tentatively approved $240,000 of its 1994 budget for the pumping station, which is slated for just inside the city limits near the LRM Asphalt plant.
KU PLANS EAST COAST PEP RALLY FOR OPENER
July 20, 1993
If you’re looking to kick off the college football season at the Kick Off Classic, the Kansas University Alumni Association has a game plan. A pep rally and social gathering that is “really exclusive for KU fans” is planned before the game, which pits Kansas University against Florida State University at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 28, said Brett Fuller, director of constituent programs at the alumni association.
BRIDE LOOKS FOR WAYS TO RETALIATE AGAINST PHELPS
July 20, 1993
A bride whose wedding was disrupted by 14 anti-homosexual picketers wants to fight back against the protesters. Molly and Joshua Fraser were married Saturday afternoon at Danforth Chapel on the Kansas University campus. One and a half hours after their ceremony, a memorial service was held at the chapel for Greg Barker, a KU employee who died June 30 from complications related to AIDS.
STORM MAY HAVE SPARKED HOUSE FIRE
July 20, 1993
A fire that may have been sparked by lightning about 10:30 a.m. Monday injured a firefighter and caused significant damage to a Lawrence couple’s home just west of the city. Members of the Kanwaka Township Fire Department were called to a fire at the home of George and Judy Paley. The house is about a mile west of the city near Clinton Lake.
RUMORS FLOW AS FAST AS THE RIVER
July 20, 1993
North Second Street bridge: closed to all traffic. Kansas River set to flow over Lawrence levees: 4:30 p.m.
SOUND OFF
July 20, 1993
Q: I noticed they didn’t give parking tickets to visitors in town over the weekend for the swimming meet. I think it’s great; it’s good public relations. I know they’re parked a little close to the sidewalks or the end of the block or whatever. But what I want to know is, why can’t the police department do the same for KU football games? A: Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said police did not ticket vehicles that were parked in metered parking slots downtown near the pool “at the direction of city hall” over the weekend.
WOMEN IN COMBAT ROLES
July 20, 1993
When Jennifer McHatton was in the fifth grade she decided she wanted to become an Air Force pilot when she grew up. But McHatton, a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at KU, had to adjust her goals when she learned her less-than-perfect eyesight and the intense competition for pilot jobs would keep her out of the cockpit.
EQUIPMENT PERMITS EYE SURGERY REFINEMENTS
July 20, 1993
Thanks to new equipment at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Dr. Lynn O’Neal and other local ophthalmologists are doing a new type of cataract surgery that causes less trauma to the eye. The new surgical microscope and video camera, which also can be used for other types of eye surgery, allow surgeons a better view of the eye.
GAYS IN THE MILITARY PLAN DRAWS FIRE
July 20, 1993
President Clinton could be right when he says his proposed policy on homosexuals in the military might not please anybody: It was attacked from all sides by several local residents interviewed this morning. However, a Kansas University professor said the new policy does eliminate some conflict between the policies of KU and the ROTC.
KOPLIK ENDS TERM AS REGENTS DIRECTOR
July 20, 1993
Stanley Koplik’s first days as executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents set the tone for his 11 years on the job. “After I was hired … a regent spelled it out,” he said. “Regents felt the universities had begun to push the board aside. My job was to … restore the board’s influence without getting the campuses mad.”
RIVER RAGES, BUT LEVEE SAFE
July 20, 1993
More rain this morning wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of emergency preparedness officials, who watched the Kansas River continue its up-and-down flow through Lawrence’s levee district. The river was down 1 to 2 feet overnight compared to unofficial readings Monday, said Rod Bremby, assistant city manager.
MOTTO
July 20, 1993
Last Saturday was Wilbur T. Wrangler’s birthday. To celebrate, the Wichita Wranglers staged a fireworks show and constructed the “world’s largest ice cream sundae” from first base to third base after their Texas League baseball game with the Tulsa Drillers.
S MINOR-LEAGUE MAJOR-DOMO
July 20, 1993
His grandfather was once dean of the Kansas University school of engineering. His father is a KU graduate in engineering. All Steve Shaad wanted, however, was to become the next Jim Ryun.
300 PEOPLE EVACUATED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY
July 20, 1993
Helping his brother and niece evacuate their rural Perry homes Monday afternoon, Bill Leslie felt a sense of deja vu. In 1951, he had helped pack belongings in the two houses as the swelling Kansas River crept closer. “That was just a dress rehearsal I guess,” he said.