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BILLING CONFUSION
July 9, 1998
To the editor: To all doctors and their business offices from all senior patients: Every month we get bills from your offices that seem to indicate the bill must be paid. But as it usually turns out, insurance claims have been filed. If you’d buy an inexpensive rubber stamp saying (in big letters) DON’T PAY THIS, WE HAVE FILED YOUR INSURANCE CLAIM, we’d be less confused and you’d have fewer phone questions to answer. True, some of your forms have this information in fine print. That’s not good enough. Thanks.
HOSTAGE INCIDENT SHAKEOUT CONTINUES
July 9, 1998
Nothing was stolen during the episode, which police are calling an aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
DISTRICT EXPECTS TO FILL POST TODAY
July 9, 1998
If all goes as planned, the Lawrence school district will have its new superintendent in the fold by the end of the day.
UPGRADE CHASE MAY LEAD TO COMPLETELY NEW SYSTEM
July 9, 1998
Every month I must get 10 or 15 different catalogs from various computer hardware and software suppliers. You probably do, too if you subscribe to any computer magazines, or if you’ve sent in a registration card for a software package or computer you’ve purchased. These catalogs are full of all the latest and greatest computer hardware, peripherals and software, and with each new catalog comes the temptation to upgrade something. How do you know when the time is right to move up? It doesn’t matter when you decide to make the move to a new computer: By the time the purchase shows up on your credit card bill, there’ll be yet another model, faster and more powerful than the one you’ve just purchased. Unless you’ve got money to burn and time to waste, it’s a bit silly and impractical to constantly pursue the latest and greatest.
VIRGIL RUSSELL SR.
July 9, 1998
Services for Virgil W. Russell Sr., 78, Independence, Mo., will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Speaks Midtown Chapel, Independence. Entombment will be in Mound Grove Mausoleum, Independence. Mr. Russell died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at his home.
POLICE ARREST TEEN, RECOVER STOLEN SPEAKER
July 9, 1998
Police apparently caught a Lawrence man red-handed as he left a house with a stolen stereo speaker Wednesday morning. Tavaras Lamar Hunter, 18, was arrested outside the house in the 2700 block of Bonanza shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police spokesman Matt Sarna said Hunter and three juvenile males were seen leaving the area and were stopped by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies who were in the area.
A LAWRENCE NATIVE RETURNS HOME TO HELM THE NEXT SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION.
July 9, 1998
Chicago-based actor Jeff Orr loves the opportunity he has to direct the upcoming Summer Youth Theatre production of “Romeo and Juliet.” After all, he is an alumni of the program. For Orr, a graduate of both Lawrence High School and Kansas University and former SYT member, the summer directing gig is a chance to impart his love of Shakespeare to a new batch of youthful performers.
ROAD RASH 3-D ELECTRONIC ARTS
July 9, 1998
Road Rash 3-D’s music could be the soundtrack to all the drink product commercials geared toward “extreme” athletes. Leather-bound bikers beg for attention with their facial tattoos, piercings and expressions in the video sequences. Ultra-violent crashes send both bikes and riders hurtling through the air to land in equally spectacular ways. Pedestrians flail their arms and emit a quiet “yelp” as they get run over. Anyone who wants to get on a motorcycle and enter a race where kicking, punching and whacking opponents with a 2-by-4 is legal, should get their jollies from this game or its predecessor, Road Rash. Unfortunately, the only improvement with Road Rash 3-D is the new graphics. Bike control can be frustrating and the race courses lack any new excitement, especially when wheeling through them a second time from the opposite direction. A two-player option could have compensated for the game’s faults, but as a one-player punch-and-drive-athon, Road Rash 3-D stales quickly. Warhammer: Dark Omen
REVOLVES AROUND GYPSY DANCES
July 9, 1998
“Cairo on the Kaw IV — Gypsies” will feature performances by three dance groups.
GARDENER, DOCTORS LIST HERBAL POTIONS
July 9, 1998
Have a case of poison ivy? The juice of impatiens applied directly to the rash might help.
ACCUSED ANIMAL ABUSER MISSES COURT APPEARANCE
July 9, 1998
A district court judge issued an arrest warrant for a Lawrence man facing 16 counts of cruelty to animals after he failed to show up in court Wednesday afternoon. Ernest C. Martin, 21, will have to post a $7,500 bond when he’s arrested on the warrant, ordered by District Judge Michael Malone Wednesday. He was charged after animal control authorities seized 16 pit bulls from a house in the 1800 block of Vermont.
LMH OKS CONSTRUCTION
July 9, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital board members on Wednesday afternoon approved spending $679,843 to complete an addition to the hospital that will house a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system. The approval, which came during a teleconference call, brought the total cost of the 3,400-square-foot addition to $801,843. Administrators originally planned to spend $650,000 on the building project. The cost overruns were caused by changes in plans, administrators said.
CARLSON
July 9, 1998
Services for Leota F. `Tommie’ Carlson, 57, of Lawrence will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Carlson died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at her home.
JEANNETTE HOLLOWAY JONES
July 9, 1998
Services for Jeannette Holloway Jones, 85, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. today at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. She died Monday, July 6, 1998. She was a lifelong Lawrence resident.
T DISCOUNT LOCAL MAKES
July 9, 1998
What is the best brand of computer to buy? I’ll limit the answer to the major manufacturers. Both PC World and PC Magazine just published surveys ranking service and reliability. Dell and Gateway got the highest rankings from both magazines.
TRAFFIC HAZARDS
July 9, 1998
To the editor: A reader recently wrote ridiculing efforts to increase enforcement of traffic signal laws. The fact of the matter is that drivers who run traffic lights are indeed random threats to innocent people. I suggest that there have been many more people in Lawrence injured in traffic “accidents” in which a driver ran a light than have been hurt by the sort of gunfire the writer hears in his neighborhood.
HEARING DELAYED IN DRIVE-BY CASE
July 9, 1998
The suspect and victim in a recent drive-by shooting incident appeared in court Wednesday — separated by space and deputies — only to see the hearing postponed. Assistant Douglas County Dist. Atty. Marlon Williams said all of the police reports in the June 29 case haven’t been received by his office. Williams also said he wasn’t sure witnesses would receive all the subpoenas because of the holiday weekend.
S LAKE WILDS
July 9, 1998
Children in the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Summer Playground program didn’t catch many fish while spending the day at Mary’s Lake
MEDICAL OFFICIALS
July 9, 1998
A Lecompton Fire and Rescue emergency medical technician receives 1997 Douglas County First Responder of the Year Award.
OTTAWA WOMAN HIT BY CAR IN LAWRENCE
July 9, 1998
An Ottawa woman was in fair condition Wednesday a day after she was hit by a car while crossing a street in Lawrence. Cheryl L. Bowman, 53, underwent surgery to repair a broken pelvis at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. According to a police report, she was crossing Seventh Street at Vermont Street when she was hit by a southbound car turning left from Vermont at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday.
CITY CONSTRUCTION MARKET BOOMING
July 9, 1998
Boosted by low interest rates, favorable weather and business expansion, Lawrence construction is booming in 1998.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 9, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A $300 JVC car stereo was reported stolen from a 1991 Lincoln in the 2800 block of Four Wheel Drive between 9 p.m. June 30 and 7 a.m. July 1. Damage to the vehicle was $2,500.
ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO REPLACE THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT WOODY PARK?
July 9, 1998
Mark Hecker, the city’s facilities maintenance supervisor for Parks and Recreation, said the slide would be replaced. “The other equipment will be fixed up and new surfacing put under them,” he said.
ADAH M. FISH
July 9, 1998
Memorial services for Adah M. Fish, Phoenix, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Wellsville. Mrs. Fish died May 23, 1998, at her home.
DEBRA LYNN MCLEAN
July 9, 1998
Services for Debra Lynn McLean, 43, Springfield, Ill., will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Burial will be held at Shawnee Mission Memory Garden, Shawnee. Ms. McLean died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Springfield, Ill.
A DECISION ON A NEW TRACK FACILITY MUST BE MADE SOON, BOB FREDERICK SAYS, BECAUSE THE CONDITION OF THE TRACK IN MEMORIAL STADIUM IS DETERIORATING.
July 9, 1998
Kansas isn’t forgetting about track and field as it continues its massive stadium renovation plan. “We have been looking at the possibility of building a track stadium. We must make a decision pretty soon. The condition of the track in Memorial Stadium is deteriorating,” KU athletics director Bob Frederick said Wednesday.
REACHING THE TEACHERS
July 9, 1998
Karen Swisher believes a key focus in education should be to ensure teachers are properly trained.
GOD LEADS TO RECOVERY FROM BETRAYAL
July 9, 1998
Dear Lee: To the lady whose family is rejecting her due to her depression: I, too, am a nurse and grew up in a family where incest (at the hands of my brothers) was the family secret. My parents were in deep denial, and either looked the other way or had medical assistance to help cover up. As a child and young adult, I felt extreme shamefulness and dirty. Now my father is dead. It wasn’t a loving, supportive relationship. The last time I saw him alive, my heavenly father comforted me with an intense spiritual healing, assuring me that God was, is, and will always be my father! He loves me and created me for a purpose.
A TEXAS COMPANY IS SPONSORING A POLL TO CHECK OUT THE QUIRKS, HABITS AND MISCHIEF OF AMERICANS WHILE STOPPEDBUT NOT IDLEIN TRAFFIC.
July 9, 1998
Rose Lichtenberg of Lawrence recently found gridlock in an unlikely place — suburban Dayton, Ohio. To pass the idle minutes, she started checking out motorists suffering through the same aggravating circumstance. Lichtenberg, who coordinates conferences for the Transportation Center at Kansas University, also gave some thought to what she’s done while in a freeway traffic jam or mired in a bewildering series of stoplights. “What I always do is listen to the radio and sing along,” she said. “I play bongo drums on the steering wheel — without hitting the horn, of course. I put on lipstick. As a passenger, I have flossed before.”
TRUCK LOSES FIGHT WITH BRIDGE
July 9, 1998
It took crews more than an hour to remove a dump truck after its bed crashed into a bridge Wednesday while the truck was in motion.
LOCAL SPORTS
July 9, 1998
Heitzman Lenexa Winner: Paul Heitzman of Eudora won the men’s 60-69 division of the Lenexa 5K Freedom Run last Saturday with a clocking of 19:05. In the 10K portion Lawrence’s Dee Boeck was second in the women’s 40-49 division, and Lisa McClain and Dawn Fordice were second and fourth respectively in the women’s 30-39 category. Also, Jay O’Neil of Winchester won the men’s 40-49 division. *
JACKSONS SHOWING PHOTOS AT AARDVARK
July 9, 1998
Shakura Jackson has invented a new art medium called Fifo, which combines photographs and fabric. The Aardvark Gallery, now settled into its new location at 111 Sixth St. in Baldwin, will be featuring the works of two multi-talented Lawrence artists July 17 through Aug. 15.
DEBRA LYNN MCLEAN
July 9, 1998
Services for Debra Lynn McLean, 43, Springfield, Ill., will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Burial will be held at Shawnee Mission Memory Garden, Shawnee. Ms. McLean died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Springfield, Ill.
ELIZABETH LAYTON TURNED TO DRAWING WHEN SHE WAS 68 AND DISCOVERED IT COULD HELP OVERCOME HER MENTAL ILLNESS.
July 9, 1998
Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton had a knack for tapping into others’ thoughts and feelings. Using colored pencils and crayons, her contour drawings, all with herself as the subject, speak volumes about such issues as homelessness, racial prejudice, AIDS, terminal illness, aging and feminism.
T THE 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT PUT UP AT THE LAWRENCE AQUATIC CENTER?
July 9, 1998
The 20 mph speed limit was rescinded several years ago when the city installed a midblock pedestrian signal so that pedestrians can cross the street safely, said David Woosley, the city’s traffic engineer.
T THE MAIN POST OFFICE ON VERMONT STREET ANSWER ITS PHONE?
July 9, 1998
When dialing the main post office number, 843-1681, callers should get a person, Postmaster Bill Reynolds said. “If you call before 8 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m., you will get a message,” Reynolds said.
FIDDLER PREFERS OLD-TIME SOUND
July 9, 1998
A Norwegian musician will play the vintage instrument during Lawrence concert.
PROVES TO BE REAL KICK
July 9, 1998
If you take a deep breath and check your good sense at the door, “Armageddon” will truly knock the wind out of you. Hey, “Deep Impact!” Take that, you pansy. All summer long, Michael Bay, the MTV cowboy protege of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the directing eye behind “Armageddon,” has been ragging nonstop on “Deep Impact,” the similar comet-vs.-earth movie released two months ago.
TEA AND TOUR
July 9, 1998
A perfect day welcomed some of the creative gardeners of the region to a special gathering.
AL WOOLARD LEGACY
July 9, 1998
Al Woolard walks through the empty parking lot outside Haskell Stadium. He smiles as he heads for the car and says, “I used to work in there on Friday nights.” Indeed he did, in there and on lots of other football fields in northeast Kansas.
ACTOR ALSO A STANDUP COMIC
July 9, 1998
“Langly” will perform standup comedy on two nights, and he’ll be looking for feedback from X-fanatics.
IN THAT MANNER?
July 9, 1998
The question refers to Dallas-based Jayhawk Medical Acceptance Corp., which is not associated with Kansas University. Because the company does not reference the university, it does not need the university’s permission to use jayhawk, a term used in the 1850s to describe those who fought for the Kansas Territory to be a free state and the KU mascot.
ROSA FAYE STEWART
July 9, 1998
Services for Rosa Faye Stewart, 63, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Stewart died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
RECOVERY
July 9, 1998
“Mirror, Mirror” is a fictional play based on the life of Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, known best for her contour drawings.
IN 1898
July 9, 1998
On July 9, 1898, the Lawrence World noted: “It is not so surprising that Kansas women should be in the wheat fields helping the men this year. Kansas women are helpmates in the true sense and they work where there is work to be done. However, we have not heard of any men going into the kitchen and washing the dishes after the women had worked in the harvest fields.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
THE MENU ITEMS AT THE RESTAURANT ARE TASTY AND LIKELY TO PLEASE VEGETARIANS.
July 9, 1998
What can a chinese restaurant do to set itself apart from its numerous competitors? The answer at Genghis Khan, 3901 Bell St., is the Mongolian barbecue. The idea is similar to Japanese steakhouse restaurants, but only in that the food is cooked in front of you. The concept is to build your own entree with ingredients at the food bar. Choose from vegetables, raw meats, noodles and sauces, pile them up into a bowl and wait in line at the large, circular cooking device called the Mongolian Barbeque.
WHAT A BORE: CARPENTER BEES LEAVE THEIR MARK
July 9, 1998
Although they resemble bumble bees, carpenter bees are very different in appearance and habit. Bumble bees have hairy, yellow and black abdomens; they also possess a pollen basket on each hind leg. Carpenter bees have hairless, shiny, blue and black abdomens and no pollen baskets on their hind legs. Bumble bees form colonies that they aggressively defend. Carpenter bees are solitary, non-colony bees. Although they are capable of stinging, females will only sting if prodded and provoked. Male carpenter bees, which have a menacing habit of buzzing around a person’s head, do not have a stinger and, therefore, are harmless.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY BUDGET HITS THE SPOT
July 9, 1998
The city’s proposed $79.3 million budget for 1999 instills confidence among elected officials, Commissioner John Nalbandian said.
KU CENTER HOSTING LEARNING CONFERENCE
July 9, 1998
Hundreds of national educators will be in the Kansas City area today through Saturday as part of a 20th anniversary gathering sponsored by KU’s Center for Research on Learning.
RURAL PLANNING STILL VEXES COUNTY
July 9, 1998
County and planning commissioners struggle with rural development in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County, where more and more people are staking out their `piece of heaven.’
BIRTHS
July 9, 1998
Brad and Laura Calovich, a girl, Tonganoxie, Wednesday. Michael and Amy Schoen, a girl, Lawrence, Wednesday.
AILMENTS.
July 9, 1998
Ocoee Miller stands between the rows of her garden. A mosquito lands on a visitor’s arm, striking twice within as many seconds. Miller grabs a ruby-and-green-leafed castor plant, pulls off a stalk and droops it around the visitor’s neck.
PARENTS CAN SET STAGE FOR PICKY TODDLERS
July 9, 1998
Parents must take control of snack time just as they do with meal time.