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Y2K BUG NOT SEEN AS UTILITY THREAT
December 14, 1998
The chairman of a community task force studying the Y2K bug said he personally is not worried about major problems with utility service in the Lawrence area.
HEFFERNAN NAMED FIREBIRD HEAD COACH
December 14, 1998
Free State High has dropped the interim tag from cross country coach Steve Heffernan’s title, athletics director Steve Grant announced. Heffernan replaces Ward Brethour as head coach.
MICROSOFT OFFICE IS CLEAR CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONALS
December 14, 1998
What is the difference between Microsoft Office 98 and ClarisWorks 5.0 for the Mac? Which should I use? Microsoft Office 98 is a combination of Word (a word processor), Excel (a spreadsheet/calculation program), PowerPoint (a graphics/presentation program), and other small programs. Office 98’s components are extremely powerful and advanced, but sometimes rather complex and intimidating. In addition, the Microsoft software works the same on a Mac as it does on a PC and allows you to use the documents you create on both systems, which is a big advantage to users who use both computers.
MARKETS GET ROSY WORLD VIEW
December 14, 1998
After a months-long spell of global gloom, investors seem to be taking a brighter view of the world economic outlook as 1998 draws to a close. While Wall Street has rallied strongly through the autumn, it isn’t just the U.S. stock market that has staged an impressive comeback from the severe summer selloff.
BRITISH TELECOM REGRETS THE TROUBLE
December 14, 1998
I’m thinking of going back to England next summer, and I called a real estate agent in London the other day. The phone call went through without a hitch, but I was reminded of the differences in our systems. Most of the time telephones in the United Kingdom work as well as they do in the States. Occasional idiosyncrasies remind the visitor, however, that he is not in Chicago or Cleveland or Lawrence. One year in London, I received a lot of wrong numbers. In typical British fashion, instead of saying “Hallo,” I was answering “536 4823,” and the callers were all trying to reach 536 4825. The first few times, I was very polite, but after the seventh request for Doreen, testiness took over.
SOUND OFF
December 14, 1998
When will the city synchronize the consecutive traffic lights on Sixth and 23rd streets like it did on Iowa? The city currently has a consultant under contract to synchronize the traffic signals along Sixth between Massachusetts and Wakarusa Drive. A similar project will be initiated along 23rd at a future date when funding is available, said David Woosley, city traffic engineer.
BALLARD CENTER NEEDS
December 14, 1998
Holiday Bureau volunteers The Elizabeth B. Ballard Community Center is looking for donors.
LEAGUE OF CITIES LAUNCHED HERE 75 YEARS AGO
December 14, 1998
The national organization has grown into an influential lobbying organization and support mechanism for cities from its founding in 1924 in Lawrence.
VOLUNTEER NURTURES INJURED WILDLIFE SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
December 14, 1998
WildCare experience leads volunteer toward new career choice.
HIGHWAYS FOR WHOM?
December 14, 1998
When it comes to highway improvements, no lawmaker ever says, “not in my back yard.” A proposed new state highway plan already is shaping up as one of the hottest topics the Kansas Legislature will tackle in the 1999 session.
BIRTHS
December 14, 1998
Sheri and Rick Rosenstengle, Lawrence, a boy, Sunday.
December 14, 1998
Christmas cards sent by Americans serve as a statement of what a person wants others to think of him or her and what the sender thinks of himself or herself, KU professor Barry Shank says.
Lose yourself in the game”
December 14, 1998
The message has been delivered by Roy Williams before and his Jayhawk basketball players will surely hear it again. His mantra, “Lose yourself in the game,” may have never been issued with more forcefulness than before KU’s 107-78 victory over Southern California on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
SONGS OF LOVE
December 14, 1998
A cross-state trek was required to log the sounds of frogs and toads in the throes of desire. By Mike Shields
S ONLY JUST BEGUN. SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
December 14, 1998
As I sit here wondering how to express myself using carefully constructed, eloquently spun words, I hear the phrase “Whew, I made it!” racing through my mind. For many people, that phrase signifies the end of some era or other significant time frame, but as a parent thinking back over the 14 months since my daughter’s birth, I realize more and more as each day passes that it means my journey is only beginning. In fact, as I reflect on the many joyous moments from my daughter’s first birthday celebration, I remember saying quietly to myself, “Whew! We made it through the first year. It must be all downhill from here.”
SCOTT ROGERS, A 6-2, 230-POUND LINEBACKER FROM SCOTTSDALE (ARIZ.) COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HAS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO KANSAS.
December 14, 1998
The same Arizona junior college that produced Kansas University football cornerback Muhammad Abdul-Rahim could provide KU with needed help in its linebacking corps, too. Scott Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder originally from Chandler, Ariz., who played the last two seasons at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, has given KU a nonbinding verbal commitment, and he plans to enroll at Kansas for the spring semester.
ST. LAWRENCE CENTER TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS
December 14, 1998
The St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center is offering scholarships to Kansas University students for the 1999-2000 school year. Scholarships include the young Catholic Scholars Scholarship, choral scholarships, the Capital City Bank-Topeka Area Scholarship, and memorial scholarships.
VICTORY OVER DALLAS.
December 14, 1998
Dressed in camouflage gear after Kansas City’s win Sunday, Bam Morris was chided for his disguise. There was nothing to hide from.
YOU DESERVE IT
December 14, 1998
Mommy’s B.R.E.A.K. Club is an opportunity for mothers only to get together once a month without their children to eat a meal they didn’t cook. They don’t have to clean up, and the only mouth they have to worry about feeding is their own. For more information on Mommy’s B.R.E.A.K. Club, contact Monica Stark through e-mail at gstark@gateway.net, or call her, 842-0872.
December 14, 1998
Christmas cards sent by Americans serve as a statement of what a person wants others to think of him or her and what the sender thinks of himself or herself, KU professor Barry Shank says.
LAWRENCE FIRMS WIN ETHICS AWARDS
December 14, 1998
Two Lawrence companies and another that does business in the city were recognized last week by the Better Business Bureau for their high ethical standards. Environmental Management Resources Inc. and Laser Logic, both of Lawrence, and Topeka-based Capitol Federal Savings were named winners of the 1998 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The award recognizes firms that consistently put their ethics into action by treating consumers and fellow businesses in a fair and ethical manner.
SALES TAX A HANDY WAY TO RAISE MORE REVENUE
December 14, 1998
Kansas Department of Revenue Nobody likes taxes. We badmouth them and avoid them when possible. But we vote them in and pay them anyway because they are necessary. They ensure that our children receive at least a basic education, roads are built and maintained, police and emergency services are there to protect us, and that our neighbor receives needed assistance when times are bad.
ST. LAWRENCE CENTER TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS
December 14, 1998
The St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center is offering scholarships to Kansas University students for the 1999-2000 school year. Scholarships include the young Catholic Scholars Scholarship, choral scholarships, the Capital City Bank-Topeka Area Scholarship, and memorial scholarships.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 14, 1998
Of all the businesses along North Second in North Lawrence that had to be elevated four feet because of the floodplain, how come Tanger Mall never had to be elevated four feet when they built it? Here’s the answer from city hall:
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 14, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A black, 1994, 4-door Mazda 626 valued on a police report at $10,000 was stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from the 100 block of Indian Avenue, police reported.
BROMELSICK PARTY SET FOR DEC. 19
December 14, 1998
The 47th annual Bromelsick Christmas Party for Douglas County Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H members will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Kansas University Lied Center. The party will include group singing, a concert by the Plymouth Bell Ringers, the Elmo and Scruffy clown show and Christmas treats.
IN 1898
December 14, 1998
On Dec. 14, 1898, the Lawrence Journal told of the previous evening’s annual meeting of the Associated Charities of Lawrence in the rooms of the W.C.T.U. in the Watkins building (now the Watkins Community Museum). The chairman Alfred Whitman began by reviewing the past decade noting, “The original organization was the result of a charity concert given in 1888 at the opera house, when the sum of $441 was realized, and as there was no organization to which it could properly be turned over, a mass meeting was called and the Associated Charities was organized. The work of the association was shown to have been confined to supplementing the charity work of the city and county. No attempt has been made to — in any way — do the work of furnishing provisions or fuel, but the society has confined its attention to the care of the sick and the aged, and to providing clothing and shoes.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
STILL BOOTS UP MEMORIES
December 14, 1998
The other day I finally decided to part with my first computer, an Apple IIe, and it was not without a bit of genuine sadness. We spent many long hours together, that old computer and I, and though for years I’ve tried to justify keeping it around for one purpose or another, it has finally become clear that I’ll never use it again, and frankly, I need the space. The world of personal computing was a very different world 15 years ago. A lot of the software I purchased back then came in ZipLoc bags with the installation instructions photocopied and tucked inside. Most of it was produced not by giant software development corporations with huge research and development (and marketing!) budgets, but by regular folks — school teachers, college students, small business owners and others — people whose imagination had been captured by the little beige box with the rainbow-colored Apple logo.