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CIRQUE ELOIZE TROUPE TO PERFORM AT LIED
April 19, 1998
Cirque Eloize is a circus in the European tradition: There are no parading elephants, roaring lions and galloping ponies. Instead, the troupe derives all of its excitement with humans — acrobats, trapeze artists, artistic bicyclists, contortionists, clowns and live musicians.
WHEN WILL SPECIAL OLYMPICS BE IN LAWRENCE, AND WHERE WILL EVENTS BE HELD?
April 19, 1998
Annette Deghand, special populations supervisor for Lawrence Parks and Recreation, said a Special Olympics sports camp will be held June 25-27 at various facilities at Kansas University. That camp includes bowling, swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, and tennis. For more information on the camp, contact her at 832-7920. The Indoor Sports Tournament East, a state Special Olympics event featuring bowling and volleyball for eastern Kansas, will be Nov. 20 and 21. The bowling competition will be held at Royal Crest Lanes on both days. The volleyball competition is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20 at KU’s Robinson Center.
JAMES POSTMA
April 19, 1998
Services for James L. Postma, 82, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Postma died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
PLANS FOR A NEW EQUESTRIAN CENTER SOUTHEAST OF THE CLINTON LAKE DAM ARE HEADED FOR REVIEW ONCE AGAIN BY PLANNING COMMISSIONERS.
April 19, 1998
Jon Davis, head of Lawrence Equestrian Center Inc., is seeking a conditional use permit to operate his center on 60 acres of federal land leased by the city for recreational purposes. The area is southeast of the intersection of Douglas County routes 13 and 458.
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT
April 19, 1998
on school district issues The Board of Education needs your help.
MEMORY
April 19, 1998
City officials will plant a tree at 2:30 p.m. Monday in South Park in honor of a cyclist killed in a bicycle-truck accident. Jon Hermes died after a collision with a dump truck while riding his bicycle on Ninth Street at Mississippi in September 1997.
DAD WARNED ME NOT TO PLAY CARDS WITH A GUY NAMED ACE
April 19, 1998
Never waste as much as a postcard on a recruit who, even vaguely, hints he wants to spend a little time in college to showcase his talents for professional scouts. When some high school or “academy” hot dog lets it be known he’s thinking NBA first with a collegiate experience, including something so revolutionary as an education, far down the line, call somebody else. Kansas City’s JaRon Rush at his recent UCLA signing indicated he might not spend more than two years in Steve Lavin’s Westwood program because of an anticipated call from the pros. That’s a far cry from the fact that Paul Pierce came to Kansas with the goal of doing a four-year course, then decided he’d be better off after three seasons.
S HEALTH FAIR SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 25
April 19, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will have its annual Health Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 25. The event is designed to share information on various health issues with residents. The theme for the fair is “Building a Healthy Tomorrow, Today.”
EGO-DRIVEN DISPUTE
April 19, 1998
To the editor: Imagine my surprise and disgust when I saw the “Name flap rocks festival” item in Thursday’s paper. There’s nothing less attractive than airing one’s dirty laundry in public. I believe at times that the whole world is turning into the Jerry Springer Show.
BY ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE.
April 19, 1998
KLZR, “The Lazer,” is among a list of stations picked by the magazine in its April 30 issue. “It’s quite an honor to show up in a national magazine like that,” said Roger “the Dodger” Formanic, the station’s program director and mid-morning disc jockey.
COUNTY HEALTH BOARD RESCHEDULES MEETING
April 19, 1998
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board has rescheduled its April meeting for 5:30 p.m. April 27. The meeting will be in the Health Department’s large conference room on the first floor.
HAS FRANK MCCOURT WRITTEN?
April 19, 1998
Apparently none. A check with staff at the Lawrence Public Library and a thorough Internet search turned up nothing. McCourt won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize for “Angela’s Ashes,” a story based on his own upbringing in an Irish ghetto. He reportedly is working on another book about his family. What was the Red Dog Inn? Where was it?
FOUNDATION FOLLIES BRINGS IN $10,000
April 19, 1998
All that singing and dancing paid off. The Lawrence School Foundation Follies, held April 3 at Liberty Hall, raised an estimated $10,000.
BAKER SPONSORS WETLANDS FIELD DAY
April 19, 1998
Baker University’s student environmental action group Earth We Are and the Jayhawk Audubon Society will sponsor a field day at the Baker Wetlands from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. The public is invited to walk or drive through and stop at various educational stations along the way. Participants should enter on the east side of the wetlands at Haskell Avenue and 35th Street.
COUNTY MULLS JUVENILE CONSOLIDATION
April 19, 1998
Douglas County commissioners are scheduled to consider a plan to create a juvenile services department.
FISHING CLUB REELS IN $20,000 DONATION
April 19, 1998
St. Patrick’s Day event organizers donated the proceeds from their fund-raising events to support fishing and family fun.
BOY SCOUTS BEGIN FOOD DRIVE TODAY
April 19, 1998
The Boy Scouts will begin their annual “Scouting for Food” good turn project today. Pelathe district Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will drive to many neighborhoods and leave a plastic food bag at each front door.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
April 19, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Sixty-three pagers, a tote bag and two alpha-numeric pager keypads were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 2400 block of Via Linda on Tuesday. Police reports stated the theft occurred between March 13 at 10 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 a.m. Estimated loss was $6,795.
THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN PROVIDES A UNIFIED VISION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BY EXAMINING THE HOUSING NEEDS OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS, THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE OVERALL HOUSING MARKET.
April 19, 1998
The CDBG allocations are intended to help low-income neighborhoods, as well as finance social-service agencies that help serve low-income clients. Commissioners are scheduled to review the report, not officially consider it. Commissioners wanted to look things over after receiving a report last week from Lynn Goodell, the city’s director of housing and neighborhood development, who said he was concerned that the advisory committee and Housing Advisory Council were not backing up the commission’s own direction to focus on its “Step up to Better Housing” strategy.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
April 19, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A burglary and theft from a residence was reported in the 400 block of Locust Thursday. A police report stated that a camcorder valued at $1,000 was taken between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM CONCERT SOLD OUT
April 19, 1998
If you’re looking for tickets to the Boys Choir of Harlem concert at the Lied Center, you’re out of luck. The concert, at 7 p.m. Sunday, is sold out. The boy’s choir will perform a program that will include Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G Major, D. 167”; excerpts from the symphonic suite “Spiritual Heritage,” such as “Let My People Go” and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”; “The Lullaby of Broadway”; a collection of jazz numbers, such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “God Bless the Child”; several contemporary songs; and a selection of songs of praise, including “Amazing Grace.”
IN 1898
April 19, 1998
On April 19, 1898, the Lawrence Journal editorialized as the Spanish-American War grew imminent: “The matter of war has become serious now. For a long time we have talked boastingly of it, and it seemed that a majority of the people of the country were anxious for war. Perhaps they were, but it is more likely that they were only talking, perhaps thinking, that way because war seemed so far off that it did not look dangerous. It is nearer now, and it is time to stop our foolishness, and meet the stern and horrible possibility of actual desolating merciless war. And such a war does not mean a holiday outing. It means shot and shell, and torture by wounds and fever and disease, and death in every form; it means separation of loved ones and heart aches and misery and want and suffering; it means weary marches and battles, and the woes that humanity has ever known. It means the death of thousands of the bravest young Americans, the expenditure of millions and every horror that can be conjured up. Do not think for a minute that war is anything say what it is—hell.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
ULTIMATE FAKEBOOK SWEEPS KLAMMIES
April 19, 1998
Several area bands received awards at the annual Klammies ceremony at Folly Theater. Winners were: Album of the Year for “Electric Kissing Parties,” Best Alternative/Rock Band, Band of the Year and Song of the Year for “Far, Far Away,” Ultimate Fakebook; Best Christian/Gospel Act, Oleta Adams; Best Country/Bluegrass, Dixie Cadillacs; Best Female Vocalist, Ida McBeth; Best Folk Act, Iris DeMent; Best Hip-Hop/Rap Act, Tech N9ne; Best Jazz Artist, Jay McShann; Best Jazz Ensemble, Dave Stephens Swing Sensation; Best Live Venue (under 1,000 seats), The Bottleneck; Best Live Venue (more than 1,000 seats), Memorial Hall; Best Male Vocalist, Kevin Mahogany; Musician of the Year, Jay McShann; Best New Band, Exit 159; Best Punk/Ska Band, Cher U.K.; Best R&B/Blues Band, Sonny Kenner; and Best Reggae/World Beat, Common Ground.
S CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND PROPOSED ALLOCATIONS FOR PROJECTS AND AGENCIES FINANCED THROUGH THE FEDERAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBGPROGRAM.
April 19, 1998
Among the recommendations from the city’s CDBG Advisory Committee: * Ballard Community Center, $29,761 for classroom restrooms.
BANK BRANCH A SIGN OF THE TIMES
April 19, 1998
Phil Harrison, whose family owns property across the alley from the NationsBank branch at 900 Ohio St. in Lawrence, has a moneymaking idea: Bank signs. “That’d be the place to have the angle if you’re in the sign business,” he said last week. “We’re now going to have the fourth sign on that particular property.”
THE PERMIT REQUEST HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEW SINCE DECEMBER, BUT HAS FACED SEVERAL DELAYS. PLANNING STAFFERS ASKED FOR DEFERRAL IN DECEMBER, AND THEN DAVIS ASKED FOR POSTPONEME
April 19, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners, who ultimately must approve any plans forwarded by Davis, already have endorsed Davis’ concept, but are awaiting concrete plans. City commissioners already told Davis he could not sell beer at his proposed clubhouse. Neighbors of the center’s proposed location had objected to various portions of Davis’ plans, particularly the concept of selling beer.
BAKER SPONSORS WETLANDS FIELD DAY
April 19, 1998
Baker University’s student environmental action group Earth We Are and the Jayhawk Audubon Society will sponsor a field day at the Baker Wetlands from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. The public is invited to walk or drive through and stop at various educational stations along the way.
COAST GUARD AUXILIARY TO HOLD NAVIGATION CLASS
April 19, 1998
A basic coastal navigation course will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Community Action Center, 837 N. Harrison, Topeka. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Perry Lake Flotilla 31-9, will conduct the course, which will cover an introduction to coastal navigation, marine magnetic compass, nautical charts, navigator’s tools and instruments, dead reckoning, and piloting.
SURVEY SHOWS ADULTS LACKING IN POLLUTION SAVVY
April 19, 1998
“Means well but lacks basic knowledge!” This would be the comment written on most adult Americans’ report cards on environmental knowledge. The sixth annual “National Environmental Education Training Foundation/Roper National Report Card on Environmental Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviors in America” shows continuing high support for environmental protection but an alarming state of ignorance on the leading causes of water pollution, how electricity is generated and the hazardous character of some household products. The survey, commissioned by the National Environmental Education Training Foundation (NEETF) and conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide, is based on interviews with 1,501 American adults.
April 19, 1998
* Authorize Mayor Marty Kennedy to release mortgages for Mike Edmondson, 1346 N.Y.; Rex Powell, 821 N.Y.; and Gordon Sailors, 831 N.Y. * Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to amend the joint city/county subdivision regulations concerning building envelopes on preliminary plats and requiring separation of drainage and utility easements.
WHAT WAS THE RED DOG INN? WHERE WAS IT?
April 19, 1998
It was the name of a bar-concert hall located during the 1970s in what is now Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.
MUNICIPAL COURT ON THE MOVE
April 19, 1998
It’s not a heist. Those boxes, computers and files being carried out of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center this week will be headed to the new municipal court down the street, 1006 N.H.
DISMISSALS
April 19, 1998
Amanda Floyd and baby girl, Ottawa. Births
S FIRST ROUND OF THE NFL DRAFT. RILEY IS A 6-FOOT-5, 321-POUNDER FROM AUBURN.
April 19, 1998
Like a lot of offensive linemen, Victor Riley fights the battle of the bulge. “Anyone who sits around has a weight problem. If I do that I might put on a couple of pounds,” said Auburn senior Riley, a 6-foot-5, 321-pound tackle who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with their first-round pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft.
TEACHER, STUDENT RETURN TO ONE-ROOM SCHOOL
April 19, 1998
The old one-room schoolhouse at Willow Springs still stands, but it’s a tad different than two people remember it.
SPEAKER MISSES POINT
April 19, 1998
If the speaker of the Kansas House can’t understand why the Kansas Board of Regents wouldn’t support a plan that would abolish the board and supply only a promise of increased state university funding in return, maybe he should look at the issue again. When Kansas House Speaker Tim Shallenburger visited the Journal-World earlier this week, he was noticeably annoyed with the Kansas Board of Regents and its universities.
JAZZ FEST GOES OUT ON A HIGH NOTE
April 19, 1998
When composer-conductor Maria Schneider and trumpet player Ingrid Jensen get together for a gig, you’d better be ready to snap your fingers and tune in a sharp ear. They are no-nonsense women. Jazz is their lives, and before the concert’s final note sounds you’re ready to sign over your soul, too.
APOLOGIZE
April 19, 1998
Repentance: remorse or contrition for a sin, wrongdoing or the like; compunction; contriteness, penitence, sorrow, regret.” Twice, at the time Bella Abzug died, this newspaper carried a statement that Bella was an “unrepentant liberal.” A sinner, a wrongdoer, one who had not shown remorse for her liberal ways.
PLACES AND FACES
April 19, 1998
Bill Lee has been appointed manager of the Virginia Inn motel, 2907 W. Sixth St. Lee is a longtime Lawrence resident who worked 13 years at KLWN/KLZR Radio, where he was KLWN program director for 11 years. *
Community banks find niche
April 19, 1998
Small community banks have survived in the face of megamergers by offering something many consumers want — service. University National Bank, in a homey brick building on a landscaped corner in western Lawrence, has one ATM machine, 14 employees and a shoeshine stand in the foyer.
COMMISSION NOTES
April 19, 1998
* Approve a final development plan and plat to allow construction of a new Steak ‘N Shake Restaurant, to be located on 1.4 acres at the southwest corner of Nieder Road and 31st Street, north of SuperTarget. Requested by Clear Development L.L.C., which owns the property. * Approve a final development plan and plat for Stoneridge Plaza, a planned commercial development of office and commercial uses on 5 acres at the northeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive. Requested by Stephen and Susan Wilson and James and Jane Bush, of Northstar Venture Group L.L.C., contract purchasers from Bob Billings of Alvamar West, who owns the property.
THREE YEARS AFTER THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING, THE ACCUSED HAVE BEEN CONVICTED AND PUT AWAY. BUT THE GAPING HOLE LEFT IN PLACE OF THE ALFRED P. MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING REMAINS.
April 19, 1998
Roy Sells is rebuilding. From the concrete, marble, steel and glass that turned his life to dust this April morning three years ago, Sells is forging a new life. A new beginning.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
April 19, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A burglary and theft from a residence was reported in the 400 block of Locust Thursday. A police report stated that a camcorder valued at $1,000 was taken between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
FIRST LADY LOOKS AHEAD TO SECOND ELECTION
April 19, 1998
The first lady of Kansas, Linda Graves, is many things, but being a mother and a wife come first.
WHO ARE THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND WHEN DO THEIR TERMS EXPIRE?
April 19, 1998
Jefferson County commissioners and their term expiration dates are: William K. Rhodes, Jan. 1, 1999; and Charlie Geist and Francis Grollmes, Jan. 1, 2001.
S HIGH SCHOOL.
April 19, 1998
Mid-major schools Valparaiso and Indiana State asked Marlon London to sign a men’s basketball letter-of-intent back in November. London, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Chicago St. Joseph’s High School, said thanks but no thanks to coaches from those institutions.
S DOUBLEHEADER FOR A 10-6 TRIUMPH.
April 19, 1998
Smarting from a 14-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader with Olathe East Saturday at Ice Field, Lawrence High’s baseball team recovered with a 10-6 victory over the Hawks in the second contest to salvage a split in a rematch of last year’s Class 6A state championship. “This team has a lot of character,” said LHS coach Dirk Wedd, whose team is now 6-1. “They were embarrassed in that first game. What made me proud is they fall behind 2-0 in the second game and come back. They found a way to outwork them and outexecute them.”
S PERFORMANCE WAS ANYTHING BUT PLEASANT FOR COACH TERRY ALLEN.
April 19, 1998
In spring a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of … well, it definitely wasn’t football in the Kansas camp on Saturday morning. “It was like it was a beautiful spring day and nobody wanted to mess it up by hitting anybody or playing football,” KU coach Terry Allen said.
MEXICO BIOGRAPHY OF POWER: A HISTORY OF MODERN MEXICO, 1810-1996
April 19, 1998
Enrique Krauze We do not know the Mexicans very well. There are occasional glimpses of an entrenched, corrupt political system. The people who come up here and do our dirty work for us inspire periodic spasms of Proposition 109. But on the whole, the land of 100 million souls to the south of us remains a mystery.
KU GROUP MAKES DIFFERENCE
April 19, 1998
KU’s Center for Community Outreach was named the Lawrence winner of the national “Make a Difference Day.”
MOVIE PALES NEXT TO NOVEL
April 19, 1998
The show is NBC’s latest mass-appeal adaption of a literary classic, following “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The Odyssey” of recent seasons.
VINCA MINOR CAN BE A MAJOR HELP ON SLOPES
April 19, 1998
Groundcovers are well-known for their easy maintenance and ability to survive in shade, on hills and in rock gardens. They are beautiful cascading down walls. Vinca minor, or periwinkle, is an ideal groundcover for a difficult hill or slope. A real landscaping challenge would be a piece of roiling terrain with a hill that slopes to a lower part of the property. If the sloping portion of the hill were too steep to mow and full of weeds and small trees, a groundcover would seem to be the solution. It will provide a visual carpet that can be observed from other portions of the land and as a bonus will reduce soil erosion.
COURT NOT IN SESSION
April 19, 1998
Municipal court will be closed Monday through Friday to give staffers time to move from the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th, to their new offices and courtroom down the street. Anyone with a court-related emergency during the week may contact staffers at 832-6190.
THE SCOTCH GIRL
April 19, 1998
Olive Brown Randel has written a charming, 27-page booklet about her life and times in Douglas County classrooms. Written in 1994, it’s called “The Scotch Girl.” The booklet details her life from early days growing up in Overbrook, traverses her path through several one-room schools and covers her time spent in libraries and classrooms in Baldwin. It contains several photos of her classes and has lots of names of students she’s taught.
COMMUNITY BANKS FIND NICHE AS GIANTS JOIN FORCES
April 19, 1998
Small community banks have survived in the face of megamergers by offering something many consumers want — service.
S 13-1 VICTORY OVER MISSOURI ON SATURDAY AT HOGLUND-MAUPIN STADIUM.
April 19, 1998
A day after getting run-ruled by Missouri, Kansas University’s baseball team golden-ruled the Tigers: The Jayhawks did unto Mizzou what Mizzou did unto the Jayhawks the night before. Rusty Philbrick limited the Tigers to one run off four hits over a full eight innings, and Kansas handed MU a 13-1, run-rule-shortened loss on Saturday at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
BOYS CHOIR GIVES FLAWLESS CONCERT
April 19, 1998
Walter J. Turnbull, who founded The Boys Choir of Harlem in 1968, should be a proud man. Not only has he taught the youngsters of Harlem to sing and dance, but he also has instilled in them a healthy respect for their abilities, a deep appreciation of their heritage and a realization that hard work has its rewards. The choir’s nearly three-hour show Sunday night at the Lied Center was magnificent, and the singer-dancers were rewarded with an enthusiastic standing ovation.
JOBS FAIR DRAWS TEENS SEEKING CHANCE
April 19, 1998
While some teen-agers were looking for no more than an opportunity to earn some spending money at Saturday’s Summer Jobs and Activities Fair, others were hoping for a stable position to help them move out on their own. The fourth annual event helped pair youths, ages 14 to 18, with possible jobs ranging from fast food to light manufacturing positions.
T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE BLOOMING TREES.
April 19, 1998
During spring break I had the chance to travel to a warm climate. My vacation spot was filled with palm trees swaying in gentle ocean breezes and tropical plants with unusual flowers lining the streets and beaches. Everywhere I looked the tall trees were thick with leaves and colorful blooms, the verdant scenes pure pleasure to my winter weary eyes. Perhaps the hardest thing about my return to Kansas was not the end of a wonderful vacation or the struggle to get back into step of the daily work world, not even the jet lag was too bothersome. No, the hardest thing was the sight of barren trees. No wide green leaves dangled from them to soften the tree’s stick like appearance against the spring sky.
GIRLS SOCCER TEAM SUFFERED A 7-0 SETBACK AGAINST BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST ON SATURDAY AT THE FREE STATE SOCCER FIELD.
April 19, 1998
Saturday’s girls soccer game at Free State High was a historical one. Unfortunately for the Firebirds, it was historical for the visiting team. Blue Valley Northwest received a hat trick from freshman Whitney Allen and went on to win, 7-0, at the Free State High soccer field.