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December 28, 1998
How can we help grandparents have rights to their grandchildren? They need to have rights of custody, guardianship, adoption and visitation. We need a law giving grandparents rights. Missouri has a law. Does Kansas? Anyone can petition the court to become a child’s guardian, said Alan Alderson, a family law practitioner in Topeka. The Kansas Parentage Act, outlined in Kansas Statutes, specifically gives grandparents the right to set up visitations if approved by the court. The underlying factor in any visitation or custody case, Alderson said, is if it’s in the best interest of the child. Kansas courts have even established visitation rights for grandparents even when married parents are opposed to it. Statutes pertaining to divorce do not specifically mention grandparents, but Alderson said they are allowed to petition for guardianship, etc.
CITY, SCHOOLS POOLING RESOURCES
December 28, 1998
City officials are looking to team up with the Lawrence school district in spending money generated by a 1-cent countywide sales tax.
FORMERLY HOMELESS, VOLUNTEER NOW HELPS OTHERS AT THRIFT STORE SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
December 28, 1998
Keith Staples enjoys helping customers at the Social Service League Thrift Store. He also encourages others to volunteer their time at the store.
RESIDENTS REAPPOINTED TO FILM COMMISSION
December 28, 1998
Jack Wright and Judy Billings, both of Lawrence, were two of three people reappointed to the Film Services Commission by Kansas Gov. Bill Graves. Wright is the current chairman of the commission and works at a casting agency. Billings is director of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a former chairwoman.
BIRTHS
December 28, 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Monroe, Lawrence, a boy, Saturday.
LEGISLATURE TO GRAPPLE WITH JUVENILE JUSTICE FUNDING
December 28, 1998
Funding for programs that aim to curb juvenile crime may be at the forefront of next year’s political agenda as a state agency pushes forward with grass-roots efforts.
COSMOSPHERE KUDOS
December 28, 1998
A new affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution is an appropriate recognition of the quality exhibits and programs at the Kansas Cosmosphere. Congratulations to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson for becoming one of only two full collections-based affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
IN EVERYDAY LIVES.
December 28, 1998
Architecture tells us about the past. It anchors us, a Kansas University professor says. Sitting in the parlor of a Queen Anne-style home on Louisiana Street, Dennis Domer discussed what the home, its neighborhood and its street were like more than 100 years ago.
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December 28, 1998
How old is Quail Run School, and why does the school bond issue proposal include $180,000 for a new roof that is there already? Quail Run has been operating for 10 years, Asst. Supt. Craig Fiegel said.
LIKE MANY FRESHMEN, JEFF BOSCHEE HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY INCONSISTENCY HIS FIRST SEMESTER AT KANSAS.
December 28, 1998
Point guard Jeff Boschee experienced some growing pains his first semester at Kansas. His vital statistics — 47 turnovers to 45 assists — speak for themselves. “I don’t think it’s carelessness,” Kansas coach Roy Williams said of the 6-foot-1 Valley City, N.D., freshman’s bobbles.
IN THE WORKS
December 28, 1998
A new bike path isn’t all that’s going into a city recreational area in southwest Lawrence. Also under construction: A 28-space parking lot between the softball complex and fields at the adjacent Youth Sports Inc. complex. The lot will serve people who normally park along the softball complex’s access road.
IN 1898
December 28, 1998
On Dec. 28, 1898, the Lawrence Journal reported: “The herd of Buffalo that has been for so long a time confined within the Bismarck grove enclosure, and that has been an attraction for thousands of visitors there in the past few years, has been sold to the city of Denver. … The buffalo will be greatly missed from Bismarck grove and the people who have driven over there hundreds of times to show friends real live buffalo, will not have that attraction for easterners who will visit them in the future. The buffalo have also been a great attraction for the children, and their removal will be especially hard on the little folks who have had such pleasure in looking at the ungainly beasts.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
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December 28, 1998
The city already has embarked on more than $27 million worth of projects to be financed by revenues generated by a 1-cent countywide sales tax approved by voters in 1994. Among the construction projects either already completed or in the works: Lawrence Aquatic Center; East Lawrence Recreation Center; Clinton Lake Softball Complex; Community Health Facility; Indoor Aquatics Center; Centennial Park Skatepark; Prairie Park Nature Center.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
December 28, 1998
* Kimberly Sue Taylor, 26, Lawrence, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property early Sunday following a fight in which she allegedly struck a 26-year-old Lawrence woman with a beer bottle about 1:10 a.m. at Coyotes, 1003 E. 23rd. The victim was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for cuts to her head, police reported. Taylor was being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail on Sunday night. Condition reports
TOBACCO SETTLEMENTS TAKING TOLL ON SMOKERS
December 28, 1998
A recent jump in the price of cigarettes has caused some smokers to cut back and others to quit.
GRANT HELPS PAY FOR NEW BIKE PATH
December 28, 1998
Hikers and bicyclists soon will have a new concrete path to use in southwest Lawrence. Penny Construction Co. will get $72,322 to install a 10-foot-wide path around a drainage pond south of the city’s Clinton Lake Softball Complex, which is south of 27th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
HASKELL TO HIRE PERSONNEL DIRECTOR
December 28, 1998
Administrators at Haskell Indian Nations University are about to do something they’ve wanted to do for many years — hire someone. Until Oct. 31 of this year, Haskell was required to follow Bureau of Indian Affairs procedures when it came to hiring and firing of employees. All applications had to go through the BIA office in New Mexico, making the process lengthy and inconvenient.
U.S. HAS INTEREST IN PRESERVING ENCRYPTION
December 28, 1998
What is 128-bit encryption? In both Netscape or Internet Explorer, there is built-in security software called encryption so when you communicate with a Web site, other computers can’t read what you send. For most applications, the built-in encryption is enough.
U.S. HAS INTEREST IN PRESERVING ENCRYPTION
December 28, 1998
What is 128-bit encryption? In both Netscape or Internet Explorer, there is built-in security software called encryption so when you communicate with a Web site, other computers can’t read what you send. For most applications, the built-in encryption is enough.
FARMLAND, KU TO CREATE NEW EDUCATION PROGRAM
December 28, 1998
KU’s business school will join with Farmland Industries to produce a management education program for company executives.
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December 28, 1998
The holiday — and nonconference — seasons will come to a halt for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team tonight. The 22nd-ranked Jayhawks (9-3) will play host to Houston (4-5) at 7:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse for KU’s final nonconference game of the season.
PENNIES TO ADD UP IN LEUKEMIA FIGHT
December 28, 1998
The Leukemia Society of America is collecting “Pennies for Patients.” From Jan. 25 through Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12, school-age kids across Kansas will be collecting pennies and spare change. Through “Pennies for Patients” schools will have a chance to honor a patient in their local community or be matched with a patient by the Society, according to a release from the society. The program allows kids to help other kids who may be suffering from leukemia the number one child-killing cancer.
CITY PROJECTS BLAZE ON
December 28, 1998
Warm weather has helped Lawrence catch up and get ahead on construction projects.
GUNSFREEDOM
December 28, 1998
To the editor: Take a look at the first two amendments to the Constitution; go ahead, it won’t hurt. The first, among other rights, protects freedom of speech. It does so without qualification or explanation of the context in which speech is to be protected. The Second Amendment is strikingly different. It establishes a right to keep and bear arms, but first of all it sets up two qualifications. (1) “A WELL REGULATED MILITIA being necessary to (2) THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
PARENTS SHOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE TOYS THEIR CHILDREN RECEIVED TO ENSURE THEY ARE SUITABLE. SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
December 28, 1998
Everyone wants the holiday season to be happy and safe, especially for children. But did you know that those fun toys your child may have just received could be the source of a serious or deadly accident? Of the 2.6 billion toys and games sold in the United States each year, two-thirds of them are purchased during the holiday season. But it’s not all fun and games. Keep in mind that more than 120,000 children are treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries.
POSTAGE COSTS GO UPDOWN
December 28, 1998
The United States Postal Service is raising the basic first-class mailing rate while lowering the first-class rate for everything after the first ounce.
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December 28, 1998
How old is Roy Clark? How long was he with the “Hee Haw” television show? Roy Clark was born April 15, 1933, in Merherrin, Pa.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS
December 28, 1998
Who better to lead the Kansas House Education Committee than a former university president? As the Kansas Legislature gears up for the opening of its 1999 session, it’s good to see a local legislator with a strong education background at the helm of the House Education Committee.