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February 26, 1998
Woody Harrelson takes a credible turn as the antiheroic Harry Barber.
DEMOCRATS HOPE TO CASH IN ON SLOTS TO FUND COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROPOSAL
February 26, 1998
House Democrats plan to push a college scholarship plan through the Legislature this session, but an area Republican doesn’t think the measure will fly.
AUCTION
February 26, 1998
A Green Bay Packers jersey autographed by quarterback Brett Favre. An autographed pair of Greg Ostertag’s size 18 basketball shoes. An autographed Muhammad Ali boxing glove. These goodies are a mere fraction of the stuff to be auctioned off for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence.
SIXTH STREET EXTRAS TO BE PAID BY CITY
February 26, 1998
A $6.5 million project will widen Sixth Street to four lanes from Wakarusa Drive to the South Lawrence Trafficway.
SENATE APPROVES VENTURE CAPITAL CHANGES
February 26, 1998
Two bills designed to remove the state from direct investments in new, high-technology companies, won final approval Wednesday in the Senate. Both bills allow venture capital funds to sell the state’s interests to private investors and give the investors income tax credits for the cost of their investment.
COUNTY COMMISSION VACATES MARION ROADS
February 26, 1998
Douglas County commissioners followed the Marion Township Board’s road vacation recommendations to the letter Wednesday. They approved vacation of 15 portions of township roads, including one that borders the property of Marion Trustee Bonnie Wiscombe. County commissioners and county Public Works Director Frank Hempen Monday viewed the roads, many of which had been out of public use for several years. Some contained substantial hedge rows and trees, while others had become de facto parts of local farms.
REZONING REQUIREMENT UPSETS CAR LOT OWNER
February 26, 1998
No sale: Planning commissioners oppose a rezoning request that would allow operation of an auto sales lot on the eastern edge of town.
RESIDENT REPORTS THEFT, ASSAULT IN FRONT OF HOME
February 26, 1998
A Lawrence man told police he was knocked unconscious outside his home Wednesday morning, and awoke to find money from his wallet missing. The 26-year-old victim told police he went outside at 1:45 a.m. to roll his car windows up in the 2300 block of Barker Street. Two men appeared and one of them hit him in the head with a blunt object. Although police recovered an object from the scene, police spokeswoman Sgt. Susan Hadl would not say what the evidence was.
SIRLOIN STOCKADE SATISFIES WITH SPEED AND VALUE
February 26, 1998
If you’re looking for quick, reasonably priced steaks and meals, check out Sirloin Stockade.
KANSAS UNIVERSITY BAND WINTER CONCERT
February 26, 1998
Kansas University Band will present its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lied Center. Thomas Stidham, associate director of bands at KU, is conductor of the 88-piece band, assisted by doctoral student Will McDonald and graduate student Charles Van Middlesworth.
RADIO PROGRAM BRINGS WINTER SEASON TO END
February 26, 1998
New Orleans jazz, old-time music, cowboy songs and storytelling are among the acts featured on the next “Goodtime Radio Revue” at 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. The show will be broadcast live on KANU-FM 91.5.
MARY F. WILSON
February 26, 1998
Services for Mary F. Wilson, 82, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. Mrs. Wilson died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
STUDENT POETRY
February 26, 1998
These “springboard poems” were generated by the writers’ close reading of a classic work of literature of their choosing. After contemplating the work, the writers converted the famous prose into poetry. They were written by students in Joy Clumskey’s creative writing class at Lawrence High School. The Little Match Girl
SUZI RAYMANT EXPLODED FOR 35 POINTS AS KANSAS RALLIED FROM A 14-POINT HALFTIME DEFICIT TO DEFEAT OKLAHOMA, 78-74.
February 26, 1998
Suzi Raymant found her shooting form at Oklahoma’s expense. Raymant, who had hit just nine of her previous 45 shots heading into Wednesday’s game, connected on 10 of 15 shots and five of eight three-pointers while scoring a career-high 35 points as the Jayhawks edged OU, 78-74, at the Noble Center.
AFTER GRADUATION NEXT YEAR, KANSAS UNIVERSITY JUNIOR JELANI JANISSE WANTS TO RETURN TO HIS HOMETOWN OF LOS ANGELES TO HELP KEEP JUVENILES OFF THE STREETS.
February 26, 1998
Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Jelani Janisse often felt like a character on the TV show, “Cops.” “There have been quite a few drive-by shootings in my neighborhood,” said Janisse, Kansas’ 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior point guard from Los Angeles. Janisse lived in “gang-infested” South Central until his early teen years, when his mother moved the family to a tad safer section of L.A.
IRVIN SUTTON JR.
February 26, 1998
Graveside services for Irvin B. (Jesse) Sutton Jr., 72, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery near Baldwin. Mr. Sutton died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
LIBERTY HALL AND ROYAL CREST LANES ARE GOING BOWLING TOGETHER.
February 26, 1998
Will Scott Bliss find the next “Big Lebowski”? Could you be that “Big Lebowski”?
FEDERAL LAW LIMITS MEMBERSHIP
February 26, 1998
The 1934 Federal Credit Union Act says membership “shall be limited to groups having a common bond of occupation or association” or to groups in a geographical area. In 1982, the National Credit Union Administration expanded its definition of “common bond.” Small businesses that lacked enough workers to form their own credit unions were allowed to join existing credit unions, so long as each group of employees had its own “bond.”
GILLESPIE TAKES NEBRASKA POST
February 26, 1998
Dave Gillespie, who spent the past four years working as coach and administrative assistant on Kansas University’s football staff, has resigned to become running backs coach at Nebraska. Gillespie came to KU in 1994 as recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach after working as recruiting coordinator at Nebraska from 1986 through 1993. Gillespie worked two seasons (1995-96) as line coach then moved to the position of administrative assistant last fall. He was the last assistant coach leftover from the Glen Mason era.
BIKE PANEL BEGINS EDUCATION EFFORT
February 26, 1998
The city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is looking to improve relationships between cyclists and motorists.
DORSEY SHINES FOR BAKER
February 26, 1998
First, Baker University senior men’s basketball player Brent Dorsey broke the school’s career scoring record. Then Dorsey, a 6-foot-6 forward from Wellsville, learned the school would retire his No. 34 jersey.
CYCLISTS
February 26, 1998
Fred Sherman, the city’s transportation planner, said Lawrence cyclists could be grouped into four categories: Novice riders, mostly moms and dads who enjoy a recreational trip every now and then, make up 50 percent of riders.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
February 26, 1998
* Lawrence police and Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel about 5:05 p.m. Wednesday were called to clean up a small amount of mercury after a thermometer broke in a home at 4137 Wimbledon. Only a few drops of the liquid were spilled and crews were able to remove it from the residence, said LDCF&M Battalion Chief Bill Stark. Burglaries and thefts reported
GRAND JURY INDICTS 2 IN ROBBERY PROBE
February 26, 1998
A federal grand jury has indicted two Lawrence men for their alleged role in the robbery of two local liquor stores and a fast-food restaurant last month. Matthew Headley, 21, has been charged in the Jan. 19 robbery of Spirit Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave., and the Jan. 7 robbery of Taco John’s, 1101 W. Sixth.
IN 1898
February 26, 1998
On Feb. 26, 1898, the Lawrence Journal told of a debate contest between area colleges including KU at the opera house at 646 Mass. The Journal noted “There was the usual amount of college yelling, but the bitter feeling of rivalry did not seem to exist inside the opera house. There was an evident combination of all the colleges against Kansas University, and when the Kansas University yell was started it was immediately drowned out by all the other colleges. When any of the others attempted to give their yell they were listened to respectively.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
IRAQ SETTLEMENT
February 26, 1998
To the editor: “And has the U.S. secretary of state been superseded by the U.N. secretary general?” Such a statement (editorial, J-W, Feb. 24) represents an ugly jingoism unworthy of even the right wing of the Republican Party.
HOW DID EARL RICHARDSON GET THAT GREAT PICTURE ON THE FRONT OF THE FEB. 9 SPORTS SECTION THAT WAS TAKEN FROM UP IN THE AIR SOMEPLACE?
February 26, 1998
“Contrary to popular belief, I can’t fly, so to get the picture of the action around the basket that ran February 9, I mounted a camera with a short telephoto lens in the cat walk over the basket and triggered the camera with a radio trigger from my position on the baseline at the opposite end of the floor,” Richardson explained. “After the game ended and the fieldhouse cleared, I retrieved the camera from its lofty perch.”
ADELINE CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS
February 26, 1998
Services for Adeline Christian Williams, 93, Lawrence, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall, Pioche, Nev. Burial will be in Masonic/I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pioche. She died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BUSINESS BOUNCES BACK FROM FIRE
February 26, 1998
One year after a devastating fire, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop reopens in its original location.
MARY ANN NORRIS
February 26, 1998
Services for Mary Ann Norris, 60, Lawrence, are pending with Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Ms. Norris died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, in Lawrence.
S DEGREE CANDIDATES EXHIBIT THEIR ART AS PART OF A THESIS REQUIREMENT.
February 26, 1998
Lisa Kriner and some of her classmates are doing double-duty this year, trying to fulfill artistic and scholarly assignments as they pursue their master’s degrees at Kansas University. To showcase their work in an exhibit is both an honor and a requirement if they are to achieve their dreams of working as artists and teachers.
A TOPEKA METALSMITH TRIES TO KEEP UP WITH HIS IMAGINATION.
February 26, 1998
Old rusty wheels are welded together to form a fence on both sides of the gate leading into Trails End Ranch northwest of Topeka. The gate is decorated with large palm leaves. The mailbox is shaped like a buffalo; a pull on the horns opens its door.
TOUCH OF HUMOR
February 26, 1998
What: A reading of “Rudolph Encouraged By His Therapist,” by author Eugene Bales. When: 3 p.m. Saturday.
DIVA DESIGNS CONCERT FOR LAUGHSTEARS
February 26, 1998
A versatile singing actress brings her talents back home to Baldwin for a benefit performance.
AUTHOR WALKS DUAL PATH
February 26, 1998
School teacher Eugene Bales abandons his mild-mannered image when he sits down to write his satirical short features.
T GET MAD WHEN ANOTHER DRUMMER BREAKS HIS KIT.
February 26, 1998
Bob F. Cutler, musician, city commission candidate and self-described “nightly one-on-one Replay Lounge spoken word performer,” has added another feather to his punk-rock cap. He recently accepted the job of U.S. publicist/promoter and A&R for Sudden Death Records.
JOINING THE CIRCLE
February 26, 1998
What: After-hours party “circles” open to the general public. Where: Jesters, 1105 Mass.
LAWRENCE BUSINESSES GET A HAND FOR HELPING SCHOOLS.
February 26, 1998
When educators and members of the Lawrence business community got together four years ago to form the Lawrence Business-Education Partnership, there was some apprehension. “When we first proposed school-business partnerships, a lot of you thought, `Oh dear, it sounds like another committee,”’ school board President Mary Loveland said at the Fourth Annual Recognition and Sharing Event Wednesday at Free State High School. “This is a group of people who take the time and effort to make it a success. The school-business partnerships have become very important to Lawrence schools.”
VACATION IN NOT-SO-SUNNY LA.
February 26, 1998
The What Gives, Lawrence’s pop favorites, had a warm yet wet vacation recently in rain-drenched Los Angeles, where they were invited to perform at the third annual Poptopia festival. The band, with Jon Harrison and Dan Berchenko on guitars, Stephen Naron on bass and Bret Dillingham on drums, was one of 150 bands performing at the six-day festival, held Feb. 2-7 at nine Los Angeles venues.
KANSAS TO ERECT BANNERS
February 26, 1998
Banners representing every first-team All-American in Kansas basketball history will hang from the Allen Fieldhouse rafters next season. Thirty-two All-America banners, representing 29 men and three women, will be dedicated during the 1998-99 home opener.
RICHARD BARBER
February 26, 1998
Private graveside services for Richard A. “Dick” Barber, 86, Lawrence, will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. He died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at his home in Lawrence.
TOMMY RAY ALLEN
February 26, 1998
There will be no local services for Tommy Ray Allen, 46, Miami. His body was cremated in Miami. Mr. Allen died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, in Miami.
ACADEMIC REQUEST PROMPTS DEBATE AMONG KU FACULTY
February 26, 1998
Debate continued on Wednesday on an anonymous request from the Legislature tracking regents institution courses that discuss homosexuality and bisexuality.
INTERNET SMUT PLAN FILTERS TO TOPEKA
February 26, 1998
Legislators may urge schools and libraries to adopt filtering systems for obscene material on the Internet.
S SHELTERS OF LAST RESORT IS FACINGPROBLEM
February 26, 1998
The Community Drop-In Center isn’t the only homeless service with an uncertain future. Acceptance House, a shelter and afternoon drop-in center for the homeless, mentally ill also might be forced to close.
DAYTIME RETREAT FOR HOMELESS MAY SOON BE HOMELESS ITSELF
February 26, 1998
The Community Drop-In Center must find a new location by the end of next month.
CORRECTION
February 26, 1998
An article in Monday’s Journal-World incorrectly reported that the late author William S. Burroughs died before he could record his book, “Naked Lunch.” According to James W. Grauerholz, the writer’s longtime companion, Burroughs recorded the book in 1995 at Grauerholz’ home studio for Time Warner Audio Books.
ADELINE WILLIAMS
February 26, 1998
Services for Adeline Christian Williams, 93, Lawrence, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall, Pioche, Nev. Burial will be in Masonic/I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Pioche. She died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
T WORRY EXECUTIVES
February 26, 1998
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, though, sounded a cautious note on Capitol Hill. Washington (ap) — In contrast to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s gloomy ruminations about Asian storm clouds, chief executives of the nation’s largest corporations see the region’s financial turmoil as having only a small negative effect on their businesses.
KU STUDENT REPORTS RAPE
February 26, 1998
An 18-year-old Kansas University student reported to police that she was raped by a man she had met through friends. Police made the report public Wednesday morning.
COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT THOSE ARE?
February 26, 1998
Bill Stark, a battalion chief for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, said certain nonemergency situations are placed under the designation of “good intent” calls. The calls usually originate as a structure fire, but a response is usually unwarranted and the situation is downgraded after investigation. For example, if someone reported seeing smoke from a barbecue grill, thinking the house was on fire, it would be a good intent call. Fire crews are also often called when heat causes wet roofs to steam, creating the illusion the house is on fire. When there is actual smoke but no fire, such as when a light ballast fails, the call is designated as a smoke scare.
AREA CHEERING SQUAD PREPARES TO DEFEND ITS NATIONAL TITLES
February 26, 1998
Four Lawrence High School students and two Baldwin High School students are members of a 25-member national champion cheerleading squad.
BPW TO MEET AS SCHEDULED
February 26, 1998
The Lawrence Business and Professional Women will meet as scheduled at 7 p.m. today in the Gallery Room of the Lawrence Public Library. KU student
CANDIDATES INTERVIEWED FOR COMMISSION VACANCY
February 26, 1998
The Ottawa City Commission on Wednesday interviewed four people interested in taking the commission seat being vacated by Mayor Vicki Cummiskey. The four residents interviewed are Richard Jackson, Charles Gillette, Raquel “Rocky” Fleer and Louis Reed.
BALDWIN SCHOOL BOARD OKS MIDDLE SCHOOL WORK
February 26, 1998
The Baldwin school board this week gave administrators approval to seek bids for renovation of the middle school. Plans call for the walls of eight classrooms to be reconfigured, giving students more room.
SCHOOL BETRAYAL
February 26, 1998
To the editor: At New York School Friday night, we found out how empty the promises of Save Our Schools board members Austin Turney and James Hilliard are. These two, who spoke so vociferously against the closing of neighborhood schools, are sending a proposal to the board which entails the closing of New York School. They propose to build a new school across the street from East Heights and send the populations from New York and East Heights to this new “state-of-the-art” school. It would seem that the Save Our Schools campaign should have been taken with a grain of salt. Now that Cordley and East Heights have been spared, Turney and Hilliard feel that they can offer up New York. This is the worst sort of betrayal.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
February 26, 1998
* Lawrence police and Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel about 5:05 p.m. Wednesday were called to clean up a small amount of mercury after a thermometer broke in a home at 4137 Wimbledon. Only a few drops of the liquid were spilled and crews were able to remove it from the residence, said LDCF&M Battalion Chief Bill Stark. Condition reports
JESTERS KEEPING LATE HOURS
February 26, 1998
The parties are called “circles” and last until after the sun comes up.
YOUTH SPORTS
February 26, 1998
Lawrence Youth Third: Chris Santaularia of Lawrence shot 75-79—154 and finished third in the Crystal Classic youth golf tournament in Sunset Beach, N.C. Santaularia ranks third in total points on the International Junior Golf Tour. *
S COMEDY IS FULL OF WITTY, BRITTLE LANGUAGE.
February 26, 1998
Francis Cullinan is working with the familiar. Cullinan, a former theater professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was tapped last fall as the director for University Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” an Oscar Wilde comedy he has directed five other times.
T THAT ILLEGAL?
February 26, 1998
City Prosecutor Tom Porter said there is not an ordinance specifically prohibiting this. There are licensing requirements for street vendors, Porter said, but the musicians would not fit into this category. He said it would more likely fall under the city’s anti-begging law, but that he “would never prosecute anyone for begging” in the situation you describe. Porter said his office hasn’t received any complaints relating to musicians who accept donations in downtown Lawrence. How did Earl Richardson get that great picture on the front of the Feb. 9 sports section that was taken from up in the air someplace?
SCHOLARS SHOW OFF ART
February 26, 1998
What: MFA Thesis Exhibits, including “Physical Surfaces,” by Lisa Kriner, and “Portraits and Figures,” by Michael Maloney, next week. When: New exhibits open on Monday and run through Friday each week.
CREDIT UNIONS BRACE FOR UNCERTAIN FUTURE
February 26, 1998
The impact of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling could spread even further if bankers push for similar limits on state-chartered credit unions.
CHANGING NEIGHBORS
February 26, 1998
It’s understandable that neighbors of Corpus Christi Catholic Church are opposed to converting the church property into a city recreation center. The possibility of the city of Lawrence buying the building and seven-acre site now used by Corpus Christi Catholic Church and converting it into a neighborhood recreation center should alert local property owners that it is a mistake to believe they are protected from radical changes in how nearby or adjacent property may be used in the future.