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SOUND OFF
December 5, 1996
Why, in the Journal-World’s Where to Write column on the Opinion Page, does it list the home addresses and telephone numbers of everyone but Police Chief Ron Olin and Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Tonkovich? The Journal-World news policy generally is to avoid publishing personal information about members of law enforcement.
HARLAND C. KERR
December 5, 1996
Services for Harland Kerr, 83, of Parker will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home in Osawatomie. Mr. Kerr died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996, at Overland Park Regional Health Care Center.
DOROTHY HIGGINS
December 5, 1996
Graveside services for Dorothy Higgins, 48, Topeka, formerly of Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Burial will follow. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 5, 1996
Births Kent and Lori Houk, Lawrence, a boy, Wednesday.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 5, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A color television, $100 in currency and other items valued on a police report at $4,325 were taken between 3:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Monday from Days Inn, 2309 Iowa.
SUNSET STUDENTS TO VISIT KU DEPARTMENT
December 5, 1996
Coleen Hoover and Douglas Romary will accompany their sixth grade students and Principal Ken Rigdon on a visit to the Mathematics Department at Kansas University. The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. and will last until noon. The students will meet professor Charles Himmelberg, chairman of the department. They will play computer games, have refreshments, learn about lasers and the Internet, receive advice from honor calculus students and professors, and have a discussion.
AREA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
December 5, 1996
Frontier League coaches have informed Eudora boys basketball coach Terry Zerr the Cardinals are the preseason favorite for the league crown. “That’s what they’re telling me,” said Zerr, who opens his seventh season at EHS on Friday at Paola. “It’s better than being picked at the bottom.”
GIRLS TO OPEN TONIGHT AGAINST O-NORTH
December 5, 1996
What has first-year Lawrence High coach David Platt learned about his girls basketball team the first two weeks of practice? “We have some quickness and I think they have a lot of good defensive instincts,” said Platt, who makes his varsity coaching debut tonight when the Lions play host to Olathe North.
FORTSONFORCE
December 5, 1996
Whoa, Danny boy! Cincinnati junior forward Danny Fortson punished Kansas inside in the first half Wednesday night before the top-ranked Jayhawks rallied past the No. 4 Bearcats, 72-65, at the Great Eight at the United Center.
LAWRENCE HEALTH CARE STILL UP IN AIR
December 5, 1996
A locker room talk between city officials and hospital trustees could lead to a health care game plan for the community, Lawrence city commissioners say.
AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
December 5, 1996
Rarely does most of the cast return for a sequel. Baldwin High, though, has 96 percent of its scoring back from last season’s blockbuster, a 22-4 record capped by the Class 4A state girls basketball championship.
BEST MAN CLAIMS HE WITNESSED MURDER
December 5, 1996
A man who claims to be an eyewitness to a Jefferson County murder took the witness stand Wednesday.
LIONS BOYS LIKELY TO END IN FOURTH PLACE
December 5, 1996
Lions headed for fourth in Sunflower Dick Vitale said he was too busy to offer advice in predicting the Sunflower League boys race.
PREVENTIVE CARE PROGRAM LOOKING FOR MORE CHILDREN
December 5, 1996
Eligible youngsters are being sought to participate in a free primary care preventive health care service program.
COUNTY JUMP-STARTS SLT PROJECT
December 5, 1996
After a three-year detour, the process of planning the final five miles of the South Lawrence Trafficway is back where it started: on 31st Street. Douglas County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to build the eastern leg of the trafficway on the existing 31st Street easement, which crosses the southern end of the Haskell Indian Nations University campus.
CHICAGO COOL TO GREAT EIGHT
December 5, 1996
Not all Chicagoans are excited about the Great Eight college basketball extravaganza. “There had not been a loud outcry for this thing, no matter the redundant ignorability of the local college teams,” Bernie Lincicome of the Chicago Tribune wrote. “Chicago and college basketball go together like thong bikinis and cellulite.”
BYRON ALLEN ALEXANDER
December 5, 1996
Services for Byron Allen Alexander, 44, Lawrence, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Panorama Room of the Natural History Museum at Kansas University. Mr. Alexander died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at his home in Lawrence.
DRIVER SAYS MCCRAY CONFESSED TO SHOOTING
December 5, 1996
The driver of the alleged getaway vehicle in a Lawrence murder testified Wednesday that Damon McCray talked about shooting Onzie Branch immediately after the incident.
BOYS COULD CHALLENGE FOR 6A TITLE AGAIN
December 5, 1996
Lawrence High boys swimming coach Pat Grzenda wouldn’t mind updating the record board high on the wall at Knox Natatorium following the season. Heck, she spent a day last summer inserting the name Jun Kuribayashi over and over on the chart. Kuribayashi, now a senior, holds four school records in individual events and is on two record-setting relay teams.
FORUM EXPLORES TREATMENT OF THIRD WORLD WOMEN
December 5, 1996
Gaining equal footing with men has been a constant struggle for women of the Third World.
GROUP TO RESPOND TO DREDGING REQUEST
December 5, 1996
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s staff was still working Wednesday on its response to Gov. Bill Graves’ request for a delay in considering two new sand dredging applications. Graves’ request targeted the area on the Kansas River between Topeka and Lawrence where sand dredging previously has not been done. The governor wants to see a recreation corridor study completed before the Corps takes final action on the two applications.
KANSAS RALLIES PAST BEARCATS
December 5, 1996
Kansas has proven once and for all it can play with the big boys of college basketball. The Jayhawks, who were manhandled by bigger, beefier, stronger teams in Syracuse and Virginia in NCAA tournament losses the last two years, outmuscled Cincinnati’s bruisers, 72-65, in a Great Eight battle on Wednesday night at the United Center.
S WATKINS SELECTS NEW MEDICAL CHIEF OF STAFF
December 5, 1996
Staff physician Randall W. Rock has been named the new chief of staff for Watkins Memorial Health Center. James Strobl, director of student health services made the announcement Monday. Rock’s appointment became effective Dec. 2. He replaces Dr. Charles Yockey, who resigned Sept. 13 to accept a position with a Humana Health Care clinic in Kansas City, Mo. Yockey will remain at Watkins until Dec. 30.
KEITH ROLLIN TUTTLE
December 5, 1996
Services for Keith Rollin Tuttle, Baldwin, 83, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First United Church of Christ in Marshalltown, Iowa. Mr. Tuttle died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at his home in Baldwin.
RED CROSS FIRE BUDGET BURNED UP
December 5, 1996
For the second year in a row, residential fires have quickly consumed the local American Red Cross’ annual fire assistance budget — with half of the fiscal year still remaining. “I don’t want to sound alarmist, but there really is a need,” said Michelle Jantz, executive director of the local Red Cross.
BAD LIGHTS CONCERN OF PERRY
December 5, 1996
Two problematic street lights in Perry are getting officials charged up. The Perry City Council on Wednesday night instructed the city clerk to write a letter to KPL about the lights, which randomly go off in the middle of the night.
PANELISTS DISCUSS DIFFERENT RELIGIONS
December 5, 1996
People of religious minorities at a forum this week said many Christians, at best, often don’t understand their beliefs, and at worst seek to “convert” them. “Just because I am not a Christian doesn’t mean that I’m not religious or that I need a religion,” said Lata Murti, a KU junior who is Hindu.
FESTIVAL OF TREES BRINGS IN $22,350
December 5, 1996
Today is the last chance to catch a glimpse of 52 original trees displayed at the 10th annual Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall. The event, a fundraiser for The Shelter, Inc. brought in $22,350 at Tuesday’s auction.
STEVEN R. DAUGHERTY
December 5, 1996
Services for Steven R. Daugherty, DeSoto, 44, will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel in DeSoto. Mr. Daugherty died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
SOUND OFF
December 5, 1996
The 18 school district coordinators listed in a recent Sound Off column make three-quarters of a million dollars. How many teachers, on average, could the school district hire if it cut these coordinators’ positions out? When the district calculates administrative staff and teaching staff, do they consider these coordinators teachers? Do these people ever teach a class? Marcia Bone, the district’s human resources director, says:
KU COACH NAMED OUTSTANDING WOMAN OF YEAR
December 5, 1996
Marian Washington, KU’s women’s basketball coach, is the second recipient of the award.
CINCY HAD UPS, DOWNS IN DEFEAT BY JAYHAWKS
December 5, 1996
Cincinnati led by as many as 16 points in the first half of Wednesday’s Great Eight showdown against Kansas. The No. 4-ranked Bearcats trailed by as many as 10 during the final half in their 72-65 loss to the top-ranked Jayhawks at the United Center.
RUTH HAYES CAMPBELL
December 5, 1996
Services for Ruth Hayes Campbell, Lawrence, 88, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Campbell died Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
REPORT
December 5, 1996
* A 1987 Yamaha “Bigwheel” ATV valued on a sheriff’s report at $1,100 was taken between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:40 a.m. Wednesday from a residence in the 700 section of East 1485 Road, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday. Ambulance report
SCHOOL TO REVIEW BOUNDARY CHANGES
December 5, 1996
One couple’s arguments over junior high boundary changes proved persuasive enough Wednesday night that school administrators plan on re-examining their recommendations. John and Paige Hill asked during a hearing at Central Junior High School that district officials reconsider moving part of Schwegler School students from South Junior High to Central Junior High. As a substitute, the Hills offered a plan that would move all of Prairie Park School from South to Central.
S COMING TO TOWN TONIGHT
December 5, 1996
The holiday season officially kicks off tonight in downtown Lawrence with the arrival of Santa and a street lighting ceremony. The festivities will get under way about 6 p.m., with remarks by Lawrence Mayor John Nalbandian and other officials.
FIREBIRD OR LION? LHS JUNIORS MUST MAKECHOICE
December 5, 1996
Seniors-to-be at Lawrence High have a decision
OUR TOWN SPORTS
December 5, 1996
Penny, Jamison Honored: Lawrence High football players Nick Jamison and Jon Penny were named All-Class 6A by both the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal. Jamison is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound offensive tackle and Penny a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker. Both are seniors. Also, each newspaper accorded honorable mention to Lions Bryce Crady, a defensive end, and Nate Coffman, a defensive back. *
STUFFED BEAR INCENTIVE FOR GIVING
December 5, 1996
Truffles the Bear is out of his rocking chair at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, in search of Christmas toys for the children of Lawrence. His mission is to gather 200 toys for the annual Toys for Tots program, and he won’t return to his chair until the mission is completed.
CONCERT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR INDIAN CENTER
December 5, 1996
The Lawrence Indian Center is holding a fund-raising concert on Dec. 12 at Liberty Hall. The 8 p.m. concert will feature The Chubby Smith 5, Fear & Whiskey, and Black Lung. The bands play rockabilly, country and bluegrass.