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LIONS REPLACE COACHING POSITION
August 24, 1998
If Lawrence High lacks depth on its football team, it sure has no problem reloading its coaching staff. LHS head coach Dick Purdy replaced an all-stater with another all-stater when Jason Thoren joined his staff to fill the void left by Adam Green, who is now living in Chicago. Thoren was an all-stater for the Lions in 1993 and Green in ‘91.
CAMPAIGN REFORM
August 24, 1998
To the editor: Passage on Aug. 6 of campaign finance reform in the House of Representatives was nothing short of historic. The Shays-Meehan legislation, which effectively bans “soft money,” requires that funding for “issue” ads obey the same rules that apply to other election activities and strengthens Federal Elections Commission enforcement. It has gone to the Senate for action.
LAWRENCE RESIDENT KILLED IN WRECK
August 24, 1998
The Kansas Turnpike Authority on Sunday night was investigating an accident in which a Lawrence woman died in the Kansas City area. A KTA dispatcher said troopers were still investigating the accident, which occurred about 6 p.m. on Interstate 70 near Interstate 635 in Kansas City, Kan.
S THE BOSS
August 24, 1998
Should I shut my computer off when I am not using it? This is a question that few experts agree upon. Leaving your computer on drains electricity and makes it more susceptible to power surges. However, most computers fail as they are being switched on or off. The surge creating by turning it on eventually causes components to fail.
FIRE DAMAGES HOME ON TENNESSEE STREET
August 24, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel were investigating the cause of a fire that gutted the second floor and much of the first floor of a home under renovation. Firefighters and paramedics at 11:18 p.m. Sunday were called to the home at 1605 Tenn.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 24, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Shoes, a bag and other items valued on a police report at $3,423 were stolen between 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 12:25 a.m. Sunday from a residence in the 3000 block of Saddlehorn.
* APPROVE A FINAL PLAT FOR PRAIRIE MEADOWS NORTHEAST, A 31-LOT RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION COVERING 8.5 ACRES SOUTHWEST OF WEST 27TH STREET AND CRESTLINE DRIVE. REQUESTED BY JERRY WILLIS, MANAGING MEMBER
August 24, 1998
* Approve a final plat for Commerce Bank Addition, a one-lot commercial plat covering 1.38 acres northwest of Yale Road and Iowa Street. Requested by Mark Gonzales, president of Commerce Bank, the property owner of record. * Approve a replat for St. Lawrence Campus Parish, a one-lot plat covering 2.26 acres southeast of Engel Road and Crescent Drive. Requested by BG Consultants for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, the property owner of record.
A PUSH TO PREVENT NEW APARTMENTS FROM OVERWHELMING A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD WILL FACE REVIEW FROM PLANNING COMMISSIONERS.
August 24, 1998
The request, from the Brook Creek Neighborhood Assn., would rezone most of four city blocks in the neighborhood from their current “multifamily” land use designation (RM-1) to a category (RS-2) that would permit only development of single-family homes. The property — which includes East Heights School — generally is located along both sides of Haskell Avenue and north of 15th Street, between the railroad tracks and Maple Lane. To the west of Haskell the area’s northern border is 12th Street; to the east, the northern edge is 13th Street.
THE REZONING REQUEST COMES WITH THE FORMAL BACKING OF 69 PERCENT OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE AFFECTED AREA, AS WELL AS THE OVERALL SUPPORT OF THE BROOK CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. A COMPLETE LIST OF TH
August 24, 1998
Brook Creek is a low- to middle-income neighborhood, 86 percent of which is comprised of single-family homes, of which 80 percent are owner-occupied, Taylor said, in his letter. Apartments make up the remaining 14 percent of the neighborhood, most of them considered small — usually about four units an acre — and on scattered sites. A neighborhood survey found that 93 percent of neighborhood residents prefer single-family housing, and 80 percent of them want the neighborhood’s housing density to remain at current levels.
PROGRESS MADE
August 24, 1998
Inspection results indicate conditions have improved at Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s skilled nursing facility. Much attention was focused on Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s skilled nursing facility last year when state inspectors found many deficiencies that directly affected patient care.
RESIDENTS WORK WITH PARK OWNER TO AVOID EVICTIONS
August 24, 1998
Pine Hills and Riverside owner still working with some residents on improvements.
STRONG START
August 24, 1998
The new Lawrence school superintendent gave local teachers a little inspiration to share with their students as the school year starts. How could local teachers not be impressed by a new school superintendent who volunteered to literally take over their jobs?
EQUESTRIAN LOVES STRATEGY OF COMPETITIVE DISTANCE HORSE RACES
August 24, 1998
Marybelle Cooper and her horses have ridden from one end of the country to the other together.
HELP WANTED
August 24, 1998
City officials hope to hire up to 17 students from Haskell Indian Nations University to take on part-time responsibilities this year. City officials will be available to discuss opportunities during a job fair from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in Stidham Hall at Haskell.
MON TV PICK
August 24, 1998
KU GALLERY MOVE DRAWS CONCERNS
August 24, 1998
The move of the Kansas Union student art gallery has stirred discussion on campus about the effects of commercialization.
WORK-STUDY PROGRAM OPENS CITY JOBS FOR HINU STUDENTS
August 24, 1998
Among the part-time responsibilities are entering police reports into computers and overseeing programs at city recreation centers.
HORSE WHISPERER ON WHEELS PROMOTES TRUST
August 24, 1998
Truth is much better than the fiction. Friends who know horses tell me that Robert Redford’s “Horse Whisperer” is pretty far-fetched. I guess that’s why they call it fiction. Like a good novel, a movie can say what it wants about anything and succeed or fail based on whether it makes the viewers suspend their disbelief long enough to get them to the closing credits. That’s movie magic. We know, for example, that ships in outer space can’t zip and dart like F16s because there’s no atmosphere to create the necessary resistance. But we all cheered for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, anyway.
MARGIE WHELAN
August 24, 1998
Memorial services for Margie Louise Whelan, 50, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Big Springs United Methodist Church. Private burial will be held at Eastview Cemetery, Big Springs. Mrs. Whelan died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, at Colonial Manor in Lawrence.
BIRTHS
August 24, 1998
Amanda Riley and Matt Patterson, Lawrence, a girl, Sunday. Raymond Arthur Bloxsom III and Sarah Bulkley, Lawrence, a girl, Sunday.
GROWING INTONEIGHBORHOOD
August 24, 1998
The city’s HAND addition of affordable homes turns into a community, not just a successful housing project.
MON BEST BETS
August 24, 1998
LOCAL POLICE INVESTIGATING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING
August 24, 1998
Residents in the area of 15th and Prairie report hearing gunshots early Sunday morning.
POLICE INVESTIGATE PIZZA ROBBERY
August 24, 1998
Lawrence police early this morning were investigating the armed robbery of a northwestern Lawrence restaurant. Police about 11:15 p.m. Sunday were called to the Lawrence Pizza Co., Sixth and Kasold, where two men reportedly robbed the business before fleeing. No injuries were reported.
BICYCLIST LISTED AS CRITICAL AFTER WRECK
August 24, 1998
A car-bicycle wreck near an apartment complex left a 22-year-old in critical condition on Sunday night.
INTERESTED IN SOME FAST ACTION ON YOUR COMPUTER?
August 24, 1998
They got game I don’t have much use for computer games myself these days — probably has something to do with the fact that I use computers pretty much all day, every day, at the office. (My last game-playing days were on the old Apple II, when game programmers like Bill Budge were doing amazing things with slow processors, bad graphics and hardly any memory at all.) However, I’m probably in the minority today, given the sheer numbers of computer games on the market, not to mention the sophisticated game hardware you can buy to support them.
COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS CLEAN UP AREA HIGHWAYPARK
August 24, 1998
Community service workers cleaned up sections of U.S. Highway 59 and part of Burcham Park on Saturday.
IN 1898
August 24, 1998
On Aug. 24, 1898, the Lawrence Journal observed: “The first question people ask who return home after having been away for the summer, is in regard to the electric line, and they are more interested in it if possible, than the people who have been home all the time and have watched every step in the progress of the plan. There has been nothing suggested for the welfare of the city in many years that has attracted such interest, and met with such unanimous approval of the people of all parts of the city as the proposition to have a first class electric road here.” The electric streetcar plan of 1898 did not come to pass, and it was 1909 before this form of transportation did occur. — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum