Archive for Thursday, February 19, 1998

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THEFT
February 19, 1998
Employees at the garage are replacing the engine in the recovered vehicle, which should be returned today.
APPROVAL
February 19, 1998
Up to eight boys could take part in the program by Teen Challenge of Greater Kansas City.
TAX-CUT GAP
February 19, 1998
Members of the Kansas House shouldn’t be overzealous in approving state tax cuts. How much tax relief is enough?
SUBWAY ROBBERY TRIAL GIVES WAY TO FEDERAL CHARGES
February 19, 1998
A Kansas City, Kan., man is facing federal charges for an October 1997 robbery of a fast-food restaurant in Lawrence. Derek T. Harrison, 23, was arrested Oct. 17, the day after Subway Sandwiches, 1530 W. Sixth, was robbed.
S THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SIZE OF A BASKETBALL COURT BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE?
February 19, 1998
College and professional basketball courts, by rule, measure 94 feet by 50 feet. According to the National High School Activities Assn., a high school floor can’t be bigger than 94 x 50, but the NHSAA adds that the “ideal measurements” for a high school floor are 84 feet by 50 feet. In case you’re wondering, the new main gym floor at Free State High measures 94 x 50 — the same as, for instance, Allen Fieldhouse — and the auxiliary gym is 84 x 50. At Lawrence High, the main gym floor is 84 x 50 and the auxiliary gym is 83 x 49. Why doesn’t Channel 6 repeat the women’s basketball games, as it does the men’s games?
KANSAS UNION BOARD EYES STUDENT FEES FOR RENOVATION
February 19, 1998
A Kansas University student fee scheduled to expire in 2000 would be extended under a plan approved by the KU Memorial Corporation’s board of directors. The $18.50 fee, initiated in 1992 to pay off bonds associated with renovations of the Kansas Union, would be used for improvements, repairs and operations at both the Kansas and Burge unions.
SENATE PANEL RESTORES KU TRAINING CENTER FUNDS
February 19, 1998
Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson urged a Kansas Senate committee Wednesday to stop a planned $188,000 funding cut for the state’s law enforcement training center near Hutchinson. “Reducing the level of funding would have a direct effect on the quality of law enforcement statewide,” Anderson told the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
OTTAWA COUNCIL CONDEMNS PROPERTIES
February 19, 1998
The Ottawa City Council on Wednesday approved resolutions condemning four derelict properties. “The next step is notification to property owners,” said City Clerk Scott Bird. “They’ll be given time to respond. Then, if no improvement is made, we’ll take action. At least two owners have already indicated they will remove the structures on their own.”
COMPUTERS TO COST LMH $2.7 MILLION
February 19, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is replacing its current accounting computer system, which is 14 years old.
DIPLOMACY SUPPORTED TO THE EDITOR
February 19, 1998
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and military were killed by U.S. bombs and other weapons in the Persian Gulf War seven years ago, and hundreds of thousands more have died as a result of U.N. sanctions. The U.S. is now preparing to bomb again, yet through it all, Saddam will likely survive and retain power. Whatever happens, it’s the Iraqi people who will suffer.
IOLA BRAKE FIRM SOLD TO SWEDES
February 19, 1998
No layoffs are expected at the Midland Brake plant after its sale to an international company, company officials said. Auto parts-maker Echlin Inc. signed an agreement to sell its Kansas City-based Midland-Grau heavy duty brake group to the Haldex Group of Sweden.
S HOBBY IS SELLING STOLEN GOODS
February 19, 1998
Lawrence police believe two arrests they made Tuesday will clear up five hobby store burglaries that have taken place in recent months. Brian S. Rogers, 24, Lawrence, and Ann Marie Speicher, also known as Ann Marie Defrees, 27, Oskaloosa, were arrested after trying to sell hobby equipment at HobbyTown USA, 2016 W. 23rd, said Lawrence police Det. John Lewis.
NO ATTACK SUPPORT
February 19, 1998
To the editor: We are told that the United States would be acting for the world community in attacking Iraq. But all reports are that only the British and Australians are keen for a military strike. Three of the five permament members of the United Nations Security Council oppose it. Virtually all of the countries in the region oppose it. Even Iraqi exiles living in Britain, who would love nothing better than to see the end of Saddam Hussein’s regime, oppose the kind of military strike that is being proposed. We should not allow ourselves to be boondoggled into thinking that what is essentially a unilateral American action is the will of the United Nations or the world community.
TESSIE MOTEN
February 19, 1998
Services for Tessie Rosetta Moten, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Moten died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
OAK RIDGE ESTATES WIN COUNTY APPROVED
February 19, 1998
The Douglas County Commission approved three planning items Wednesday relating to Oak Ridge Estates, located north of Lawrence between North 1750 Road and the Kansas Turnpike on the west side of East 1000 Road. A community unit plan and a final plat for the development were approved, as well as a resolution that officially declared a change from agricultural to suburban home residential zoning for the 92.67-acre area.
REVIEW DUE FOR APARTMENT PLANS IN OREAD
February 19, 1998
The apartment complex would be built next to a mansion listed on local and national registers of historic places.
HOME STRETCH
February 19, 1998
Four teams are in the running for designing a renovated and expanded Lawrence Arts Center, a design contract that could be worth anywhere from $300,000 to $700,000. Lead members of each team: Glenn Livingood Penzler Architects, 1001 N.H.
FOR THE RECORD: POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE AND COURT REPORTS
February 19, 1998
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
S COMPUTER DREAMS COME TRUE
February 19, 1998
A 7-year-old Lawrence boy’s dreams were realized, thanks to a Kansas City chapter of the Dream Factory.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
February 19, 1998
* A 28-year-old Lawrence man suffered two cuts on his head when he was hit by Lawrence police reported. The man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and received stitches for the two wounds. Police said they have the name of the suspect, but haven’t found him. Police said the suspect was angry about the victim dating the suspect’s former girlfriend. Burglaries and thefts reported
IN 1898
February 19, 1998
On Feb. 19,1898, the Lawrence Journal commented: “Complaint is made that the ground hog missed his guess this year. The ground hog is an animal that has been greatly abused, and it is due to him that criticisms of his conduct come for the most part from people who know least about him. Now, for instance, can you tell whether when he sees his shadow he remains out of his hole or goes back for 6 weeks? And if he fails to see it, does he remain or go back? As a matter of fact, the ground hog is a privileged character, and can do just as he pleases. What he does is nobody’s business save his own, and he rarely if ever makes a confidant of any one. The ground hog is all right, and there is no authenticated case on record where he missed a guess on weather.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
KU DRINKING-AGE MEASURE PASSES BY ONE-VOTE MARGIN
February 19, 1998
Kansas University’s Student Senate, by the narrowest of margins, passed a resolution Wednesday night supporting the lowering of the legal drinking age in Kansas. The nonbinding resolution passed on a 21-20 vote following an hour and 45 minutes of debate, said Senator Dion Jones.
JUANITA JOHANSEN
February 19, 1998
Graveside services for Juanita Johansen, 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery. Ms. Johansen died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Lawrence.
THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE MAY BE DOWN THIS YEAR, BUT IT FIGURES TO IMPROVE IN THE FUTURE, KU COACH ROY WILLIAMS SAYS.
February 19, 1998
You will not hear Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams bad-mouth the Big 12 Conference. “I do not think we’re as bad as people are making us out to be,” Williams said of the league that boasts just one Top 25 team — No. 4-ranked Kansas.
CULTURE SWAP AT HASKELL WOWS JAPANESE STUDENTS
February 19, 1998
A group of college students visiting from Japan swapped cultural traditions with Haskell Indian Nations University students.
IS IT LEGAL TO CARRY A FIREARM IN YOUR VEHICLE?
February 19, 1998
There are no state laws prohibiting carrying unconcealed firearms in vehicles, said Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich. Lawrence also does not have a city ordinance prohibiting the practice, but other communities may ban it, city prosecutor Tom Porter said.
BIRTHS
February 19, 1998
Tania and Carnell Atkins, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday. Max and Vicky Sawyer, Lecompton, a girl, Wednesday.
THE DOG POUND
February 19, 1998
Baldwin Bulldogs fans go to extreme measures to show their support.
PANEL TO DRAFT ARTS CENTER ARCHITECTS TODAY
February 19, 1998
By the end of lunch today, a team of architects could be slated for designing the renovation and expansion of the Lawrence Arts Center.
TESSIE MOTEN
February 19, 1998
Services for Tessie Rosetta Moten, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Moten died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
PITCH, PUTT GOLF COURSE READY FOR SPRING
February 19, 1998
The little courses are gaining popularity both for a quick game and to attract new players to the sport.
SHANDY ROBBINS SCORED 17 POINTS TO LIFT KANSAS OVER COLORADO.
February 19, 1998
It took Shandy Robbins all of about two minutes to turn Kansas’ women’s basketball game with archrival Colorado from a squeaker to a laugher. Robbins, KU’s reserve guard/forward, collected five points and three steals in just over 120 seconds, helping the Jayhawks turn a two-point lead into a relative rout of Colorado, 67-51, on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
LMH BOARD SCHEDULES APRIL PLANNING SESSION
February 19, 1998
Members of the nine-member Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees and LMH administrators will have a four-hour planning session to shape the hospital’s priorities over the next several years. The meeting, scheduled for April 18, will focus on three to five strategic objectives the administration will be asked to pursue. Those objectives haven’t been outlined yet.
JONATHAN HEMPHILL PRIMED FOR STATE SWIM MEET
February 19, 1998
As a runner-up in two events at the boys state swimming meet last year, Lawrence High junior Jonathan Hemphill expects to challenge again this weekend in Manhattan. As a sophomore, Hemphill played a key role in the Lions’ first state championship crown in boys swimming. He placed second with school-record times in the 500 free (4:42.61) and 200 free (1:45.53).
February 19, 1998
Kansas University information booth attendants keep watch over the hundreds of drivers, many without permits, who pass by their tiny huts.
GAMES?
February 19, 1998
Sunflower Cablevision representatives provided this answer: If the question refers to Kansas University basketball games, the replays of men’s games on Channel 6 are of games originally telecast live by major networks, such as CBS or ESPN. Under contractual arrangements, Sunflower replays the network video, using its own announcers for the audio description. Sunflower itself originates the cablecast of certain KU women’s basketball games because networks are not originating telecasts of these games. Sunflower has no opportunity to replay them.