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MAN FACES MANSLAUGHTER
July 17, 1996
A St. Joseph, Mo., man was charged with involuntary manslaughter Tuesday after an auto accident that killed one of his friends. Authorities said Ronald L. Stevenson, 58, was northbound on U.S. Highway 59 about 1 a.m. Tuesday when the car he was driving left the road at a T intersection with Kansas Highway 4.
FBI SAYS TONGANOXIE FIRE MAY BE HATE CRIME
July 17, 1996
Racial disturbances at a Tonganoxie restaurant prompted a federal probe.
SUNFLOWER PLANT EXPLOSION DRAWS PROBE
July 17, 1996
A test burn of buildings at the Sunflower Army Ammunitions Plant is being examined by state environmental officials.
ADAMS CLAIMS CLASSIC
July 17, 1996
Slade Adams knows Lawrence Country Club from his days as a Kansas University golfer and Big Eight champion. Adams used course knowledge to his advantage, as he shot a 68 Tuesday and won the Stephens Real Estate Classic by finishing three strokes ahead of the rest of the field at 7 under par.
ROBERT CUNNINGHAM
July 17, 1996
Services for Robert Lynn Cunningham, 44, Tonganoxie, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Alden-Harrington Chapel, Bonner Springs. Burial will be at Bonner Springs Cemetery. Mr. Cunningham died Monday, July 15, 1996, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.
CANDIDATES TALK BUDGETTRAFFICWAY
July 17, 1996
Candidates for the Douglas County Commission faced questions from the Douglas County Property Owners Assn.’s Tuesday night. “We’re not here tonight to promote a Republican or Democratic candidate,” said Don Cashatt, DCPOA president. “But we’re here to give an opportunity to all candidates to hear their positions and learn more.”
POOL WORK ON TRACK FOR PUBLIC OPENING
July 17, 1996
Construction at the Lawrence Aquatic Center is behind schedule in some areas, but that won’t stop the public from diving in Saturday afternoon, a city official said. Tom Wilkerson, the city’s assistant director of parks and recreation, said that a few minor portions of the $2.88 million pool project were behind schedule Tuesday. A large wooden shade structure has yet to be installed, and a few electrical outlets are missing.
OLYMPIC SPONSORS HOPE TO CASH IN
July 17, 1996
Corporate sponsors gain high recognition with Olympic exposure.
LECOMPTON COUNCIL SEEKS LOWER PROJECT BIDS
July 17, 1996
City council members on Monday asked coordinators of a renovation project to hit the negotiating table after project bids came in too high. Ed Smith, acting mayor during the meeting, said the city received three bids on renovation of the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center, housed in the former Lecompton High School.
HOLCOM LIGHTS SOUND OFF
July 17, 1996
Why are the lights left on all night long at Holcom Park? “They aren’t,” said Tom Wilkerson, the city’s assistant director of parks and recreation. “If that ever happens, please notify us so we can get them turned off.”
ATTORNEY SEEKS HARD 40 IN MURDER
July 17, 1996
Trials have been scheduled for two men accused in a Jefferson County homicide.
EX-JAYHAWK BREW FINALLY SIGNS WITH DOLPHINS
July 17, 1996
Dorian Brew’s contract hold-out is over. Brew, who earned all-Big Eight honors at cornerback during Kansas University’s 10-2, top-10 football season last fall, agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday and reported to the team’s Davie, Fla., training camp the same day.
LUCILLE M. DICKERSON
July 17, 1996
Services for Lucille M. Dickerson, 82, Oswego, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Spring Valley United Methodist Church in rural Parsons. Burial will be at Springhill Cemetery, Parsons. Mrs. Dickerson died Saturday, July 13, 1996, at the Good Samaritan Center in Parsons, where she had lived since March.
COMMISSION OKS BUDGET
July 17, 1996
The city’s proposed $70.1 million budget for next year is ready to roll.
STUDENT IDICTED IN CHILD PORN CASE
July 17, 1996
A Lawrence man is among 16 people indicted by a federal grand jury for participation in a child pornography ring.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 17, 1996
Police report * After questioning a Lawrence youth regarding an aggravated burglary, Lawrence police Thursday night went to the youth’s home in the 1000 block of Holiday to search the 17-year-old’s room. Detectives discovered several ounces of marijuana, equipment for dividing and distributing marijuana and a .22-caliber handgun, according to police reports. The youth, who was at work, was not detained. The case was forwarded to the Douglas County district attorney’s office for possible filing of charges.
LOCAL ARTISTS MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO THE FLINT HILLS
July 17, 1996
A little rain couldn’t keep 17 Lawrence artists out of the Flint Hills. They headed west about 7:30 a.m. Sunday and kept going. The sun emerged after noon while they were enjoying brunch in Council Grove.
ADVANCE STATE VOTING STARTS TODAY
July 17, 1996
Voters in Douglas County can begin casting their ballots today for the Aug. 6 primary election thanks to a change in the state’s election laws. A voting booth will be set up in the county commission meeting room on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts, through Aug. 5.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS
July 17, 1996
* Terry Clark to Brian T. and Amy C. Fontenot; 2813 Winterbrook Dr. * Quail Run Partnership to Whitewater, L.L.C.; two lots on the 1100 block of Vantuyl Dr.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 17, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * Fifteen padlocks and 10 locker handles were damaged between 5 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. July 7 in a men’s locker room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, police reported. Damage was listed at $185. A police report indicated that unnamed items were taken. A similar burglary occurred July 6 at LMH.
LAWRENCE MAN FOUND DEAD IN HOME
July 17, 1996
Lawrence police on Tuesday night were investigating the unattended death of a 34-year-old Lawrence man found in his apartment. Police at 7:47 p.m. were called to the apartment in the 3700 block of Clinton Parkway, where the man was discovered in his living room by a relative, police and neighbors said.
BRUNE SERVICES
July 17, 1996
Graveside services for Icle A. “Muffie” Brune, 96, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Brune died Monday, July 15, 1996, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
DESOTO PUTS BOND ISSUE ON BALLOT
July 17, 1996
The DeSoto school board has approved a $57.5 million bond issue for new and existing schools in the district. Curt Allenbrand, board president, said only one person was in the audience during the board’s regular meeting Monday and that the voting went without opposition. The public will vote on the bond issue Nov. 5.
Amateur’ photos help define the Beats
July 17, 1996
Lawrence writer William S. Burroughs isn’t the only Beat Generation figure whose vast works are being exhibited in Los Angeles.
MARCH
July 17, 1996
A light-hearted juvenile theme will greet listeners at the Lawrence City Band’s weekly concert. The “Children’s Concert,” which features a children’s march through the park led by Kansas University drum majors, begins at 8 tonight at the South Park bandstand.
MCLOUTH APPROVES REZONING OF PROPERTY ALONG HIGHWAY
July 17, 1996
Every chair was occupied at Tuesday night’s McLouth City Council meeting. The main attraction: A request to rezone property on the east side of the city cemetery from residential to community business. Council member Doug Walbridge, who owns the property, proposed to build storage units there for rent, but several neighbors said they did not want the business near their homes. Residents also were concerned with what might happen to the property if Walbridge sells it someday.
HOSTAGE CLARIFICATION
July 17, 1996
A story in Tuesday’s Journal-World about a man charged for allegedly threatening to set his ex-wife on fire with gasoline should have indicated that two girls in the home, ages 14 and 11, were not his daughters. The suspect arrested in the incident, Richard Hedges, did not drive to the home in the 1000 block of East 19th. He walked there after parking his car several blocks away, the woman’s 14-year-old daughter said.
SOUND OFF
July 17, 1996
When does school start in Lawrence and in Perry-Lecompton this fall? In Lawrence, a half-day of classes will be held in the morning on Aug. 20 for first- through sixth-graders and sophomores. The first full day for all students is Aug. 21. A copy of the entire 1996-97 school calendar is available at the district service center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.
July 17, 1996
The annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale blankets five downtown blocks with clothes racks, workers and thousands of frenzied bargain hunters.
LMH BOARD TO DISCUSS PLAN TO IMPROVE CARE
July 17, 1996
At its regular monthly meeting today, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board will discuss a long-term plan for improving care in the hospital’s skilled nursing facility, where state inspectors found serious lapses in care in May and June. The hospital is facing fines of at least $5,000 and could be forced to close the 18-bed unit if it doesn’t pass another inspection by Aug. 3.
FORMER MEDICAL STUDENT THANKS KU WITH DONATION
July 17, 1996
An offer of sanctuary in exchange for janitorial work changed the life of San Diego ophthalmologist Martin Koke. It was the early 1930s, not the best of times economically. Koke worked several part-time jobs but was struggling to make ends meet as a student in the Kansas University School of Medicine.
COUNTY SALES TAX COLLECTION DROPS
July 17, 1996
Riverboat gambling may be one reason fewer dollars are being spent in Douglas County this year.
BY PLAYBOY
July 17, 1996
Kansas’ Raef LaFrentz and Jacque Vaughn will appear in Playboy Magazine this fall. There’s no scandal brewing, ready to rock the players’ respective hometowns of Monona, Iowa, and Pasadena, Calif. The Jayhawks are fully-clothed members of the magazine’s preseason All-America basketball team, which had its annual photo shoot last weekend in Chicago.
ASIAN VEGGIES TAKE ROOT
July 17, 1996
A Douglas County vegetable farm has developed an international flavor.
STAKEOUT CATCHES MENACE IN THE ACT
July 17, 1996
At this point in summer, when the tomatoes are coming on, nothing sends a gardener into a tizzy like finding gnawing and sucking worms and bugs anywhere near their plants. Imagine my horror — nay, sheer terror — Sunday evening when I happened upon a hornworm that had attached itself to one of my tomato cages, where it was deeply contemplating which part of the plant to attack first. While probably not large enough to stuff and mount, it was a lunker as hornworms go and measured three inches when it stretched.
SOUND OFF
July 17, 1996
What are they building in the southwest area of “Dad” Perry Park? A tennis court, basketball court, sand volleyball court, playground, restrooms and a shelter are being built in the park, along the west side of Monterey Way, said Tom Wilkerson, the city’s assistant director of parks and recreation.
PEG ROGERS
July 17, 1996
Services for Peg Rogers, 87, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Peter Luckey officiating. Mrs. Rogers died Sunday, June 9, 1996, at her home.
HORIZON 2020 READY FOR HEARING
July 17, 1996
Lawrence city commissioners are prepared to hear all about the draft of their proposed comprehensive land-use plan for the next 20 years — three minutes at a time. Next week, during their regular Tuesday night meeting, commissioners will accept public comment on Horizon 2020, the guide plan for developers, city planners and governmental leaders for growth-related decisions two decades into the next millennium.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 17, 1996
Births Mr. and Mrs. James Wells, Lawrence, a boy, Monday.
SOUND OFF
July 17, 1996
How are kids who live four or five blocks away from Lawrence High School supposed to get to Free State High School after it opens? The district will provide bus transportation for students who live more than 2.5 miles from either high school.
S STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES DIES
July 17, 1996
Dr. Raymond Schwegler helped convince students of the need for a new on-campus hospital.
FORGET TITLE, HARROD STILL TRUE COACH HARTSOCK COLUMN
July 17, 1996
As Lynn Harrod and I sat in the Ice Field dugout the other day, a sandlot baseball game — complete with two boys, a girl, a bat and a tennis ball — played itself out. Harrod, Lawrence High’s baseball coach the past 11 seasons, seemed oblivious until his head snapped up at the thud of bat on ball.
Photos help define the beat generation
July 17, 1996
Lawrence writer William S. Burroughs isn’t the only Beat Generation figure whose vast works are being exhibited in Los Angeles.