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SOUND OFF
March 27, 1994
How does Kansas compare to the nation in registration costs for vehicles? What state is the highest? Kansas is the highest in the country on new cars and one of the very lowest on cars over 15 years old among the states that tax vehicles, says state Rep. Les Donovan, R-Wichita.
KU STUDENT MONITORS EL SALVADOR ELECTION
March 27, 1994
Kirk Shaffer was one of 4,000 observers at the election, but says the process may have excluded many voters.
ACTION PUTS FACULTY PAY IN LIMBO
March 27, 1994
The fate of the Partnership for Excellence is unknown after a recommendation from the House Appropriations Committee.
LAWRENCE WOMAN SERVES ON NATIONAL COMMITTEE
March 27, 1994
After a scandal tarnished the United Way of America, redesigning the charitable organization has led to more local involvement at the national level. Marilyn Bittenbender is helping to shape the new structure. Bittenbender, a Lawrence resident and board president last year of the United Way of Douglas County, has served two years on a national networking committee for United Way of America.
PANEL READIES PLAN FOR UNITED WAY
March 27, 1994
An assessment of Douglas County’s social service needs is under way, aided by representatives throughout the county.
WHERE DID SHOOTING GO IN 1993-94?
March 27, 1994
I’m not sure what happened to college basketball this season. Maybe it was an increased emphasis on defense, or perhaps shooting skills have diminished. Probably it was a combination of the two, but whatever it was, Kansas was a classic case.
BIG EIGHT WENT 6-4 IN NCAAS
March 27, 1994
Notes and quotes while wondering who would have thought Kansas’ basketball season would end before Kansas State’s … For the first time in three years, Big Eight teams compiled a winning record in the NCAA Tournament. Missouri (3-1), Kansas (2-1), Oklahoma State (1-1) and Nebraska (0-1) gave the conference a 6-4 record. Big Eight teams were 5-6 in each of the last two NCAA meets after going 7-3 in 1991 …
LHS NOTES
March 27, 1994
By all indications, the future is now for Lawrence High’s softball team. The Lions, 5-16 three years ago, 7-14 two years ago and 12-7 last year, return 11 letter-winners and all but one regular position starter from last year.
LHS BASEBALL TO BURN RUBBER ON BASES
March 27, 1994
Lynn Harrod can name that team in two words: team speed. “I feel comfortable about our development,” said Harrod, Lawrence High’s baseball coach. “I don’t think our pitching will be overpowering or our hitting. But the one thing you can’t teach is speed, and we’ve got it. I’m just amazed at our team speed.”
SOUND OFF
March 27, 1994
If postal workers are not allowed to smoke in U.S. postal facilities, are they allowed to smoke in government vehicles? Bill Reynolds, Lawrence’s postmaster, said postal workers are not supposed to be smoking in vehicles while they are driving.
SPLITTORFF CUFFS SOONERS, 2-1
March 27, 1994
Jamie Splittorff reverted to form; Brandon English reverted to form; and Kansas stayed true to form, winning its fourth baseball game in four tries against Oklahoma. Splittorff pitched his second straight complete game, stifling the Sooners on six hits.
SOUND OFF
March 27, 1994
How soon will the road at the Bloomington Beach at Clinton Lake be open to the public? According to Dave Rhoades, Clinton Lake park manager, the Bloomington Beach day use area and the Cedar Ridge campground will be open April 1. Restroom facilities in these areas are subject to freezing. Shelters are available for reservation in this area beginning April 1.
TEACHER TRANSFERS FORM NEW PLAN
March 27, 1994
A new staffing policy would transfer teachers between Lawrence schools when boundaries change and student enrollments rise or fall, district officials say.
RESIDENTIAL OASIS ON SOUTH IOWA HAS COMMERCIAL-SIZED TAX BILL
March 27, 1994
Taxes are the feet that trample hardest with the march of progress, one land owner says.
SENTENCING TRANSICTION NOT SILKY SMOOTH
March 27, 1994
A Thursday docket call in a Douglas County District Courtroom sheds light on problems caused by the state’s transition in sentencing systems.
SOUND OFF
March 27, 1994
Because of a reporter’s error in a Friday story about Seder, the Jewish observance of Passover, two references were made to actions symbolic of Jesus. In the first, the breaking of the matzo is not representative of Jesus and in the second reference, wine is not representative of his blood.
ANOTHER MALT DUCK? ZIMA HOPES NOT
March 27, 1994
Zima, a type of clear malt beverage, is the fastest-selling new alcoholic beverage in years, local liquor store and bar employees say.
FAMILY BEGINS PASSOVER HOLIDAY WITH SEDER
March 27, 1994
Each component of the traditional meal is full of symbolism.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 27, 1994
Admissions Majel Gardner, DeSoto.
GOING BAD FOR CRAPPIE SUNDAY
March 27, 1994
Mike Suitt knows that early spring is the cruelest of seasons for crappie fishermen around northeastern Kansas. He suffered through hardscrabble days for more than 20 years. Just the other day Suitt got another dose of that misery. And until the crappies get ready to spawn, he will endure a lot more days of sorry fishing.
NO RELIEF
March 27, 1994
Kansas’ relievers couldn’t provide much relief, and Oklahoma proved one of baseball’s fundamentals: If you can walk, you can run. Spotted a 7-5 lead through David Meyer’s 6 the talent to find some fish that will bite. He has been known to catch countless walleyes on the face of the dam, as well as channel catfish and white bass up in the creeks that feed the lake. And he occasionally finds some of those elusive crappies while he is at it. ls reached on Dan Rude’s error. Mark Soto followed with an RBI fielder’s choice. Meyer walked Mickey Meunier to put runner’s on first and second, and Meyer was replaced by Jason Schreiber. Rick Gutierrez smacked a two-run double down the third-base line to tie it at 7. Gutierrez stole third and scored when catcher Ted Meadows’ throw sailed into left field. Then M.J. Mariani homered off Schreiber (1-1) to make it 9-7, Oklahoma. “We’ve got to get stronger in the bullpen,” KU coach Dave Bingham said. “I think everybody has a closing guy and a starting guy. The question is, who’s solid in middle relief?” And then there’s the question of the walks. “If you walk 12 guys over nine innings, you don’t have much chance to win that ballgame,” Bingham said. “I’m pretty sure the little sisters of the poor could have beat us with 12 walks.” The Jayhawks stayed close throughout. Trailing 3-0 in the first, Mahon jerked a Steve Connelly pitch over the right-center fence to pull KU within 3-1. KU tied it in the second, thanks to consecutive singles by Brent Wilhelm and Ron Oelschlager, an error on OU left-fielder Dusty Hansen, an RBI fielder’s choice by Joe DeMarco and an RBI single by Rude. OU took the lead, 4-3, in the fourth, but Kansas responded with a four in the fifth. Rude singled to lead off, and Mahon followed with a single to right, where Darvin Traylor misplayed the ball, allowing Rude to score and Mahon to advance to third. Darryl Monroe hit a grounder to short, but Hills’ error allowed Mahon to score and Monroe to reach first. Monroe advanced on Josh Igou’s bunt single, and both advanced on a passed ball. Monroe scored on Brent Wilhelm’s groundout, and Igou went to third on Oelschlager’s groundout. Brandon English was intentionally walked, and Igou scored on a delayed double-steal to make it 7-4, Kansas. “That part of it we played pretty well,” Bingham said. “But we had a chance to turn it around — we had the bases loaded once and runners on — and we didn’t.” Still, KU took two of three from the Sooners this weekend and four of five this season. “In the Big Eight, it’s a 30-game race,” Mahon said. “Last year, we lost seven or eight, so we’re happy to take four of five. But you like to go on the field thinking you can win them all.” “Overall,” added Bingham, “I feel it was a pretty good series. I’d like to win four of five from everybody. But I was concerned today. We weren’t very tough in RBI situations.” Kansas (19-6 overall, 5-2 in the Big Eight) will play host to Iowa State at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday. Oklahoma improved to 18-8 and 3-4.
MEYERS COOLS ON FUNDING FOR PARKWAY
March 27, 1994
First things first