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June 27, 1993
President Clinton and his top aides, along with senior Democratic senators, are making a big deal about their “great victory” in the Senate early Friday morning in gaining approval of the president’s budget and deficit-reduction package. Who’s kidding who? It was a squeaker any way anyone wants to look at it. The president and his fellow Democrats enjoy a comfortable majority in the Senate, and the president used every hardball lobbying technique to try to force support for the measure from Democratic senators. It’s scary to think of what was promised or the threats that were made by Clinton and his backers to win sufficient support for the president’s budget plan.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS WHITTLE DOWN SPENDING PLANS
June 27, 1993
The Lawrence school board will resume 1993-94 budget deliberations Monday but in a somewhat new light: Administrators’ recommendations for new expenditures are down $74,500 from a week ago. District administrators earlier had recommended $1.03 million in additional spending for 1993-94. That’s beyond the additional $1.33 million that will go into teacher salaries.
LECOMPTON CELEBRATES ITS HISTORY
June 27, 1993
As the first shot rang out, young and old alike stood to watch Saturday’s reenactment of the Battle of Fort Titus at the annual Territorial Day celebration here. Although the celebration is held every year, the battle reenactments are only staged every third year. The battle, which was fought in Lecompton in August 1856, was a clash between free staters and pro-slavery forces over whether Kansas would adopt a pro-slavery constitution.
VERDICT MAY MEAN TAX HIKES ON HORIZON
June 27, 1993
Tax increases, rather than budget cuts, are probably the tactic the Kansas Legislature will use to raise $100 million to refund income taxes collected on the pensions of military retirees, says a local legislator. “I don’t want to be promising anyone a tax increase at this point. But I’m just talking about some of the things that will be under discussion,” said Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence.
GULF WAR VETERANS BACK U.S. ACTION
June 27, 1993
The U.S. missile attack in Baghdad is the right kind of message to deliver to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, two Operation Desert Storm veterans from Lawrence said Saturday night. “I think it was appropriate,” said Lt. Col. Larry Dixon of the Kansas Air National Guard. “Hopefully Saddam Hussein will get the message it’s not something we’re going to tolerate.”
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 27, 1993
DISMISSALS Eunice Ebert-Stallworth and baby girl and baby boy, Lawrence; Sarah Leonhard and baby girl, Oskaloosa; Lorrie Belcher and baby boy, Lawrence; and Kent Mahon, Lawrence.
VIDEO FUSS
June 27, 1993
To the editor: I am extremely annoyed by your newspaper’s focus on the Lawrence Public Library’s policy of allowing anyone out of grade school to check out “R-rated” videotapes, as if it was a problem. I believe, for these reasons, that the policy should remain:
BASE-CLOSING QUESTIONS
June 27, 1993
How much of a role is politics playing in the military base-closing process now under way in Washington? How many of the bases are being put on the mothball list because of political reasons rather than because it is in the best interests of the country? Are some base closings the result of the Clinton administration’s desire to punish members of Congress who have not given 100 percent support and approval to various Clinton legislative plans?
WORLD SERIES FANS
June 27, 1993
To the editor: Many thanks to all the Kansas Jayhawk fans who journeyed to Omaha to take in the College World Series. We sure saw an awful lot of Kansas license plates around town!
MEXICAN FIESTA REVELRY FOLLOWS MONTHS OF TOIL
June 27, 1993
Children were tossing confetti eggs at each other. Costumed Mexican dancers were performing on stage. And hundreds of people stood in line to sample authentic south-of-the-border cuisine. But out of the limelight, Bert Bermudez was standing in a hot kitchen in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church.
CHAPPELL GETS DOOR-TO-DOOR FEEDBACK
June 27, 1993
A man is mowing his lawn when Jim Chappell approaches, and Chappell yells over the din to get the man’s attention. With the lawn mower quiet and Chappell extending his hand, the man asks, “Is it that time again?”
T DRAFT ON EMOTION
June 27, 1993
Three years ago, with the NBA draft rapidly approaching, I wrote a column about Kevin Pritchard’s probable future as a pro. Pritchard was one of the most popular — and deservedly so — point guards in Kansas basketball history. He was athletic, aggressive and personable, and most KU fans figured he was a lock for the NBA.
CAMP GIVES YOUTHS TASTE OF AIR FORCE TRAINING
June 27, 1993
Imagine this as a summer camp: 120 youths firing M-16s, riding M-1 tanks and pulling g-forces in a T-43 training plane. For 12- to 18-year-olds in the Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force auxiliary, this was their summer camp.
BUM MOTOR ELIMINATES BAXTER
June 27, 1993
Tim Baxter finally had his top alcohol dragster running the way he wanted it to run. Trouble was, he was a couple days too late.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 27, 1993
Fire calls Lawrence firefighters:
SMOKING BIDS ADIEU TO CAMPUS BUILDINGS
June 27, 1993
Beginning Thursday, a smoking ban for nearly every Kansas University building will mean more smokers outside and cleaner air inside. But the no-smoking policy, announced this spring by KU administrators, may not have a that big an impact: Many smokers already go outside to light up, plus smoking already is prohibited in many campus buildings.
JURY SELECTION TO BEGIN IN MURDER TRIAL
June 27, 1993
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of transient who told police he shot and killed his former wife and her male companion in self-defense on March 13. Victor James Smith, 35, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of his former wife, Linda M. Smith, 34, and John Pease, 47, in their apartment at 837 Mich.
SCHOOL LUNCH COSTS SLATED FOR INCREASE
June 27, 1993
The cost of school lunches for students at both the elementary and secondary levels will go up, if a plan meets the approval of the Lawrence school board. A recommendation calls for raising the price of elementary lunches from $1.25 to $1.30. The recommendation also calls for raising from $1.40 to $1.45 the price of secondary lunches that are purchased with a lunch ticket.