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COLD BLAST FORECAST TO CONTINUE
December 22, 1998
Arctic air from Canada will continue to be in the area through the rest of the week. The coldest day may be today, the National Weather Service said.
POLICE CHASE SUSPECTED AUTO THIEF UP TREE
December 22, 1998
Police weren’t out looking for a Christmas tree south of Lawrence, but nonetheless they were interested in an evergreen tree. Officers were chasing a suspected auto thief Saturday afternoon when the pickup truck he was driving slid off U.S. Highway 59, hit a stop sign, and became wedged in a ditch. The suspect jumped out and ran across a field with police in pursuit, also on foot.
KU BASKETBALLS ON SALE FOR $75
December 22, 1998
Kansas’ men’s basketball team has signed 200 basketballs which are currently on sale with the profits earmarked for selected charities. Each ball sells for $75. The KU basketball office, located in the Wagnon Center next to Allen Fieldhouse, will be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
KATHRYN ELIZABETH LOGAN
December 22, 1998
Services for Kathryn Elizabeth Logan, 73, Topeka, will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Parker Price Mortuary, Topeka. Cremation was held. Mrs. Logan died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at the Rolling Hills Health Center, Topeka.
LIGHTING LIMITS
December 22, 1998
To the editor: I would like to put a reminder out to your readers on the importance of remembering to use electricity conservation, even when expressing the holiday spirit with Christmas lights.
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December 22, 1998
Where can I write to Gwyneth Paltrow? You can write to the popular actress at 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.
POLICE SEEK HELP FINDING TWO FUGITIVES
December 22, 1998
Crime Stoppers is looking for suspects in a 2-year-old restaurant robbery and the armed holdup of a taxi driver last month.
COUNTY PAYS COST OVERRUN
December 22, 1998
A break-in at the Douglas County Courthouse didn’t keep commissioners from taking care of business Monday as they reviewed a contract for pavement marking services. The county’s contract with Twin Traffic Marking was for $145,481, but the final cost came in at $157,137, an $11,656 difference. Commissioners approved the overrun but expressed concern about setting a precedent.
CRUMET
December 22, 1998
Services for Connie “Beth” Crumet, 46, Lawrence, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Private family interment services will be held at Hardy Oaks Cemetery. Mrs. Crumet died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital as a result of a vehicle accident Sunday on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
CLAUD H. BAKER JR.
December 22, 1998
Services for Claud H. Baker Jr., 65, Baldwin, will be announced at a later date. Mr. Baker’s body was donated to the Kansas University Medical Center for teaching and research use. Mr. Baker died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SENIOR SERVICES TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAYS
December 22, 1998
In observance of Christmas, Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The agency will also be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. All activities at the Lawrence Senior Center will be canceled these days.
CARTOON DISPUTED
December 22, 1998
To the editor: Your editorial cartoon of Sunday, Dec. 20, which asked the reader to guess which the NRA opposes — instant death or instant checks — was not only grossly misleading, but wrong.
AUTOPSY FINDS TEEN HAD BEEN DRINKING
December 22, 1998
Autopsy results released Monday showed an 18-year-old driver was legally intoxicated this fall when he crested a hill at 70 mph during a police chase, then slammed into a fence and two trees, killing himself. Jance Blanco’s blood-alcohol concentration was .06, according to an autopsy performed about seven hours after his death on Sept. 23. Although drivers 21 and older must have blood-alcohol concentrations of at least .08 to be charged for driving under the influence, Kansas law sets the limit at .02 for drivers under 21.
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December 22, 1998
On Dec. 22, 1898, the Lawrence Journal editorialized: “The introduction of a bill providing for the pensioning of Confederate soldiers … shows the disposition of the southern people, and their intense eagerness to take advantage of every opportunity for the advancement of the `Lost Cause’ or its memory. It is the highest ambition of the typical southerner to live to see the day when the Confederate soldier will be `vindicated,’ and occupy the same position that is held by the Union soldier. The youngest will not live long enough to see that day. There is too much patriotism in the country, there will always be too much, to permit such a thing. When there is not enough to prevent it, then will the days of the Republic be ended.”
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December 22, 1998
Another Texas high schooler has cast his lot with Kansas University’s football team. Ryan Cuffee, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back from Arlington (Texas) Martin High, has given the Jayhawks a nonbinding verbal commitment.
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December 22, 1998
Spanish-speaking educators sought for program
STATE JOBLESS RATE UNCHANGED
December 22, 1998
Addition of seasonal workers during the election and holiday sales seasons helped Kansas set a record during November for the number of people employed. The Department of Human Resources reported Monday that the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent between October and November.
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December 22, 1998
Has Lawrence School District 497 considered turning Central Junior High into administrative offices and storage space? The idea of using the building for storage has at least been discussed, assistant superintendent Craig Fiegel, said.
BALDWIN APPROVES WATER LINE STUDY
December 22, 1998
The Baldwin City Council on Monday night OK’d a study for a new water line between Lawrence and Baldwin. The council approved a study by BG Consultants of Lawrence, which will determine if a new line is needed.
FURBY FRENZY STRIKES LAWRENCE STORES
December 22, 1998
The last of the Furbies are gone from retail shelves in Lawrence.
COMMISSIONERS CANCEL WEDNESDAY MEETING
December 22, 1998
Douglas County commissioners will not meet Wednesday due to the holidays. The board’s next meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
CONDITION REPORTS
December 22, 1998
* Lauren Patterson, 42, Lawrence, was in fair condition Sunday night at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was caught in a paper-baling machine Dec. 3 at the Hallmark Cards Inc. plant in Lawrence. * Dorothy “Sally” Kay, 19, was in fair condition Sunday night at KUMC. Kay was hit by a vehicle while walking home Nov. 29 at 11th and Kentucky.
SPACE NEED
December 22, 1998
To the editor: Recently, the Douglas County commissioners have addressed the issue of space in its facilities, first with the judicial center and then at the fairgrounds. While I do recognize that each of these locations have a legitimate need, I feel that another area of space deficiency that services the whole public and that would benefit the entire public is being overlooked.
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December 22, 1998
Angie Robertson — the mother of Ryan and Troy — will wear a blue turtleneck adorned with lapel pins from Kansas and Saint Louis Universities. Her husband, Johnny, will wear a Saint Louis T-shirt and Kansas University hat at Wednesday’s KU-SLU game at the Kiel Center.
UNFAIR TACTICS
December 22, 1998
To the editor: In response to the Journal-World’s editorial, “Sinking Standards” (Dec. 20), we can agree that character is important for any president. But so is fair play, an element that has been tragically lacking in the impeachment proceedings in Congress.
OMAHA S AND L AIMS AT LAWRENCE MARKET
December 22, 1998
The company’s goal is to be in the top three or four banking companies in all the states where it operates.
CHILDREN
December 22, 1998
Lawrence Wesleyan Church members serve as surrogate shoppers for prison inmates unable to share the holidays with their children.
BIRTHS
December 22, 1998
Jason and Linda Hopkins, Baldwin, a boy, Monday. Greg and Ann Elwell, Lawrence, a girl, Monday.
HIGHER ED PLANS
December 22, 1998
Although a new plan to revise higher education governance is drawing broad support, there still are areas of concern A new plan to revamp higher education governance in Kansas has a number of strong points and broader support from government and education officials than any plan in recent memory, but areas of concern remain.
STORAGE TANKS FACE D-DAY ON FEDERAL LAW
December 22, 1998
The state is granting a grace period on the deadline for gas stations and other businesses with underground storage tanks to comply with decade-old act.
A BETTER FUTURE
December 22, 1998
To the editor: Today, I struggle to believe in a future if our future is dependent on the activities of our Congress. I struggle to have the faith, in the concepts of liberty and justice, as partisan politics recklessly proceed in the capitol. As I hear the righteousness of those who stand before us, each of whom has also taken a vow to protect a way of government in which all citizens are protected, I cannot stop my tears as we seem headed toward self-destruction.
CITY OFFERS PRECAUTIONS ON HOW TO AVOID FROZEN PIPES
December 22, 1998
Bitter cold means hot phone lines for the city’s department of utilities. Each year, dozens of reports flow in about frozen and broken water pipes in Lawrence homes, said Debbie Van Saun, the city’s assistant director of utilities. The problems can cause damage in the hundreds — even thousands — of dollars.
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December 22, 1998
How can I write to Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders? You can write to the football team owner at 332 Center St., El Segundo, Calif. 90245.
HOUSE SPEAKER FINISHES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
December 22, 1998
Lawrence-area Republicans gained ground with the changes announced Monday.
COURTHOUSE BREAK-IN CAUSES CHAOS
December 22, 1998
A break-in at the Douglas County Courthouse couldn’t have been more untimely as it closed down the treasurer’s office for a few hours on the deadline for property tax payments.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 22, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A television and other items were stolen between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8:55 a.m. Saturday from Christianson Enterprises, 111 Riverfront Road, police reported Monday. Total loss and damage was $14,500.
INFORMATION HOTLINE
December 22, 1998
Anyone with questions about how to prevent water pipes from freezing may contact the city’s utility billing office, 832-7878. In case of a water emergency after 5 p.m. or on weekends or holidays, call 843-2685.
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December 22, 1998
Ryan Robertson doesn’t want to be the Grinch who stole Christmas from his little brother, Troy. “I’ll hate to see him crying. Christmas is supposed to be a happy, joyful time and he’s going to be all upset after we beat them,” Robertson, Kansas University’s senior basketball guard, said, needling Troy, a junior swingman on Saint Louis University’s team.
REDUCING HOLIDAY WASTE CAN BE YOUR GIFT TO THE WORLD
December 22, 1998
Don’t let the holidays and all its trimmings and trappings go to waste.
BURGLARS DISRUPT COUNTY BUSINESS
December 22, 1998
Burglars entered the Douglas County Courthouse through a basement-level handicapped-accessible door on the building’s east side.