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HOW MANY TEACHERS ARE THERE IN THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT? HOW MANY OTHER EMPLOYEES ARE THERE?
July 30, 1998
“The numbers are changing daily as we hire people,” Julie Boyle, Lawrence public schools administrative assistant in communications, said. As of the now there are 854 certified employees and 696 classified employees in the district, Boyle said.
FENDER NAILS DOUBLE EAGLE: JIM FENDER OF LAWRENCE POSTED A RARE DOUBLE EAGLE LAST WEEK. USING A DRIVER AND A WEDGE, FENDER RECORDED A TWO ON THE 468-YARD, PAR FIVE NO. 2 HOLE AT ALVAMAR. WITNESSES WER
July 30, 1998
* Eudorans Champs: Jayhawk League National Division 13-year-old All-Stars won the Babe Ruth district tourney in Spring Hill. Team members from Eudora are Joe Born, John Born, David Frote, Tyler Jackson, Dustin Moyer, Luke Powers, Andrew Pyle, Steven Rehmer and Tyler Wingbach. Gary Van Horn of Wellsville is also on the team. Coaches, all from Eudora, are Joe Pyle, Rod Moyer and Jim Jackson.
MELVIA WINCHELL HOOPER
July 30, 1998
Services for Melvia Winchell Hooper, 90, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Chapel in Topeka. Burial will be at Valencia Cemetery in Valencia. Mrs. Hooper died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, at a Lawrence hospital.
SO IT COULD MAKE THE TREK TO THE WEST COAST.
July 30, 1998
Split Lip Rayfield starts its 30-day tour this week, kicking it off Friday night at Hi-Jinx, 1117 Mass. The band will then be heading west and will perform at the North by Northwest Music Festival in Portland, Ore. Bassist Jeff Eaton says the mega tour should be fun.
A GROUP OF 24 SINGERS WITH THE KANSAS UNIVERSITY CHORAL DEPARTMENT SPENT TWO WEEKS SINGING AMID THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SMELLS AND STRUCTURES OF FRANCE.
July 30, 1998
Mouths agape, a troupe of Kansas University’s finest singers sat underneath a striped awning on the French countryside eating pastries and drinking cafe aulait. With the sun rising in the east and images of Monet everywhere they turned, the vocalists agreed they were, in fact, immersed in paradise.
EUROPEAN DRAWINGS SHOW VARIETY OF MEDIASTYLES
July 30, 1998
More than 80 drawings and watercolors by great European draftsmen will be on display in the “Durer to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art” exhibition, showing through Sept. 6 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The exhibition includes works ranging from the 13th through the 20th centuries by such artists as Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Boucher, Gainsborough, Delacroix, Degas, Klee and Hepworth.
S CONDITION FAIR FOLLOWING WRECK
July 30, 1998
A Lawrence physician injured earlier this month remains in fair condition in the rehabilitation unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. A spokeswoman said Dr. Dale Clinton was in fair condition Wednesday but would not release additional information. Efforts to reach Clinton directly about his progress were unsuccessful.
INTERNET PROVIDER WEAVES GROWTH PLAN
July 30, 1998
Expansion into neighboring states and more mergers are part of the plan to rapidly increase the company’s size.
WHERE YOUR ROAD LEADS TRISHA YEARWOOD
July 30, 1998
Give Trisha Yearwood credit: She’s coming off “How Do I Live,” the highest-profile hit of her career, and instead of filling her sixth studio album with 11 clones of the Cher-like melodrama — something that would have been rewarded commercially — Yearwood refrains from coasting. “Where Your Road Leads” finds a maturing artist grappling with complex adult emotions in a largely country setting. That said, despite some exquisite moments (the sultry ballad, “Never Let You Go Again”; the sly “That Ain’t the Way I Heard It” and the spiritual title track, co-written by Desmond Child), “Where Your Road Leads” is a slight letdown when compared to her previous two albums, the terrific “Thinkin’ About You” and “Everybody Knows.” The material isn’t always up to her uncommonly high standards and a trio of ballads on the CD’s latter half throws its pace off. New Power Soul
KU STUDENT REPORTS RAPE AFTER LAWRENCE PARTY
July 30, 1998
A 17-year-old Kansas University student told police she was raped after drinking at a party last week. According to a report released by police on Wednesday, nearly a week after the July 23 incident was reported, the girl was at a party in the 4800 block of West 26th when the incident happened. She apparently fell asleep in a bedroom at the house and woke up during the attack.
KANSAS WORKERS RELIEVED STRIKE OVER
July 30, 1998
Skilled workers at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., returned to work Wednesday. Kansas City, Kan. (ap) — Laid-off General Motors workers who worried about dipping into retirement accounts and life savings to survive the Michigan strikes say they’re relieved the stoppage appears to be over.
JEFFERSON CO. MAN FACING ASSAULT, BATTERY CHARGES
July 30, 1998
A 41-year-old rural McLouth man allegedly took a former girlfriend for a ride, forcing her to drive him around in her truck.
KOCH GIVES GRANT TO HASKELL FOUNDATION
July 30, 1998
The Haskell Foundation has received a $50,000 challenge grant from William I. Koch. The foundation will be soliciting matching funds from private educational foundations and individual contributors.
CHANGING VIEWS
July 30, 1998
To the editor: Perhaps it is because I am young that I have such a liberal point of view concerning homosexual issues. Maybe it’s because I was raised to be open-minded and accepting of other people and different opinions, no matter how much those opinions conflict with my own. Maybe I just fit the teen-age standard of noncaring complacency. Either way, I think that all the commentary, articles, letters and even advertisements that are flooding the media these days are entirely unnecessary. Some groups like Center for Reclaiming America are placing full-page ads in the New York Times asking gays to confront their sins and change their orientation. Cal Thomas’s column on July 21 said, “Homosexuals can change ways.” What I want to know is: Why do these people think they should spend so much time, money and effort in a weak attempt to change other people’s lifestyles? What business is it of anybody to tell other people how to live their lives? Don’t they have anything better to do? Although I think society’s obsession over sexual orientation is ridiculous, I respect the rights these groups have to express their opinions.
COUNTY LINKING ITS COMPUTERS
July 30, 1998
Douglas County is installing underground fiber optic cables in South Park so it can link computers in the courthouse and an old church it bought several years ago for office and storage space. The county worked with city planners and the Parks and Recreation office for permission to bury the cables in South Park.
CIVIL WAR GROUP PLANS ACTIVITIES FOR ANNIVERSARY
July 30, 1998
Civil War on the Western Frontier plans activities surrounding the 135th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid.
CIGARETTES
July 30, 1998
Douglas County Jail inmates aren’t allowed to possess cigarettes, let alone smoke them.
WHEN WILL DOUGLAS COUNTY ROAD 2100 SOUTHWEST OF EUDORA BE BLACKTOPPED? IT CARRIES A LOT OF TRAFFIC TOWARD THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
July 30, 1998
Donna Oleson, Eudora city clerk, said the mayor and council still are working on the project. Nothing is definite. The roadway is half in the city and half in the Eudora Township. Douglas County is not involved in the roadway. How many teachers are there in the Lawrence school district? How many other employees are there?
CHARGE DROPPED IN BURGLARY CASE
July 30, 1998
A Douglas County prosecutor dropped charges against a burglary suspect Wednesday afternoon after a witness changed his story in court, but charges might be refiled. The aiding and abetting burglary charge against Tavaras Hunter, 18, Lawrence, stemmed from a July 7 break-in at a house in the 2700 block of Bonanza. The owners were away on vacation, but a neighbor called police when she saw several males knocking on the front door and then going around the house.
CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST KU STUDENT IN BOTTLE-BOMB CASE
July 30, 1998
An investigation led by Kansas University police has cleared a student of involvement in making a soda-bottle explosive that injured a residence hall employee. Travis Weeks, 20, Lansing, supplied a component of the bottle bomb, said Assistant Douglas County Dist. Atty. Marlon Williams, but he wasn’t aware what the two other defendants in the case planned to do with the material. Williams didn’t say what material Weeks gave Joshua Bodenheimer, 18, and Jonathan Kurre, 18.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT DISTRICT COURT
July 30, 1998
Criminal case proceedings * Tim Carey, 22, Lawrence, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. A trial for two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy was scheduled Wednesday morning, but he pleaded before it began. Carey was charged in January for the abuse, which occurred between Nov. 18 and Nov. 21, 1997. At the time, Carey was baby-sitting the victim, who was 5 years old, Assistant Douglas County Dist. Atty. John Wilcox said. A sentencing date has been scheduled for Sept. 3.
WHERE CAN I WRITE THE BEASTIE BOYS?
July 30, 1998
You can write to the rap group at 298 Elizabeth St., New York, N.Y. 10012. By the way, the group is scheduled to perform a concert with A Tribe Called Quest and Money Mark at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
CAFE ALLEGRO OFFERS PERFECT DINING EXPERIENCE
July 30, 1998
Cooking and service are impeccable at the small Kansas City restaurant that offers “contemporary seasonal American cuisine done in a highly personal way.”
TICKETS TO GO ON SALE FOR OMA SEASON
July 30, 1998
Tickets for the 1998-‘99 season at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium will go on sale Monday. Individual show tickets can be purchased beginning Aug. 24. OMA’s Main Event Series includes “The Nutcracker,” featuring the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, Dec. 5; Landis & Company Theatre of Magic’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Feb. 6; and the a cappella group Pieces of Eight, March 13.
OF PAINTING HELPS CONQUER DEPRESSION
July 30, 1998
Sarah Oblinger’s tempera and acrylic paintings are the featured works at the Lawrence Art Guild All-Member Show, which also includes paintings and photos by 35 guild members.
MOTION PICTURES AS EDUCATIONPUH-LEEZ!
July 30, 1998
Summer movies offer a mixed bag of cinematic faults and guilty pleasures. A bit of advice: Take the pleasures and run. Let us pause and ask all of you who take life too seriously to just move to the back of the class.
S RUSSELL FALTERS IN DISCUS QUALIFYING
July 30, 1998
Kansas University’s Scott Russell threw the discus 49.14 meters and failed to qualify for the finals in the World Junior track and field championships Wednesday in France. Russell, a native of Windsor, Ontario, is competing for Canada in the championships. He will throw in the javelin trials on Friday.
July 30, 1998
A group of young actors mounts an ambitious Shakespearean production.
ADDRESSES DEATH REALISTICALLY
July 30, 1998
An uplifting play about friendship is being performed as a benefit for Hospice Care in Douglas County.
LOTTERY FEVER SPREADS
July 30, 1998
Thousands of Powerball lottery tickets were sold in Lawrence on Wednesday by people hoping to win a portion of the record $250 million jackpot.
IN 1898
July 30, 1998
On July 30, 1898, the Lawrence World stated: “It is gratifying to see our people take hold of the electric street car line so enthusiastically. That line is going to be built. The town will have its share done in a short time.” As it turned out, it would be September 1909 before a electric street car line was built here. — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
July 30, 1998
Roger H. Taylor II, 47, Lawrence, and Ellen E. Miles, 46, Lawrence. Jonathan Dane Martin, 25, Lawrence, and Melissa L. Devora, 22, Lawrence.
THE SHOW INCLUDES WORKS THAT ARE BIG IN SIZE OR SCALE.
July 30, 1998
You won’t find any dainty teapots or small pen-and-inks in Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art’s “Big Stuff” exhibition. Size and scale matters in this show.
PERFORMANCE INCENTIVE INTRODUCED TO RESEARCH
July 30, 1998
Though commonplace in the business world, performance incentives are somewhat new in the world of research grants.
KANSAS OPEN IS WET
July 30, 1998
While most people would point to the abundance of rain for so many high scores during the first round of the Kansas Open, Jay Hunter had another thought. “I just always catch this tournament when I’m tired,” Hunter said Wednesday at Alvamar. “I just played a bunch in a row. That might have something to do with it. I don’t putt the greens well. I don’t hit fairways. My game just seems to leave me here.”
BIRTHS
July 30, 1998
Stephanie McLaughlin and Michael Grob, a girl, Lawrence, Tuesday. Robert and Elizabeth Bond, a boy, Lawrence, Wednesday.
CITY POOL DECISION
July 30, 1998
City commissioners demonstrate they want to develop first-class facilities for Lawrence residents. Congratulations to Lawrence city commissioners for their decision to include a 50-meter swimming pool in their new aquatic center to be built near Free State High School.
MONTH ENDS IN MOVING FRENZY
July 30, 1998
Friday is moving day in Lawrence, the busiest one of the year as students arrive and depart. The rush has utility companies, moving equipment suppliers and landlords scrambling to keep up.
S STEVE GOTSCHE IS TIED FOR THE LEAD WITH DAVE POTEET, OF DUNWOODY, GA., AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 23RD ANNUAL KANSAS OPEN.
July 30, 1998
Defending champion Brian Fogt knows what it takes to win the Kansas Open. “Generally out here, if you can shoot three days under par, you’re going to do OK,” Fogt said.
UBERSTUDENTS
July 30, 1998
Lawrence students attending this summer exchange program were Matt Anderson, Colin Howat, Michael Coggins, Jared Crawford, Regan Buck, Katherine Marden, Laura Blosser, Thia Belcher and Liesel Keel.
CITY TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY OF PRESERVATION
July 30, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners are ready to assume regulatory control of historic preservation.
EXCHANGE STUDENTS SPEND PART OF THEIR SUMMER KICKING AROUND GERMANY
July 30, 1998
Nine students crossed the Atlantic Ocean for a summer experience they’ll never forget.
FLAMENCO GUITARIST AND MUSIC TEACHER ERNESTO VALENCIA OWNS ONE OF THE LARGEST COLLECTIONS OF PRINTED FLAMENCO MUSIC IN THE MIDWEST.
July 30, 1998
When Ernesto Valencia plays guitar, he plays loud. His style is flamenco. He plays it solid and with heart. If you are his student, he will tell you to do the same.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 30, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Two bicycles valued on a police report at $1,100 were stolen between 9:30 a.m. Monday and 5:20 p.m. Tuesday from the 600 block of Indiana.
EMERGENCY CALLS
July 30, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
GAS FUTURES FALL SHARPLY, BUT PRICES STAY STEADY
July 30, 1998
In New York, unleaded gasoline futures plummeted. In Lawrence, the price of a tank remains the same. Gasoline futures fell to the lowest price in 4 1/2 years on Wednesday. Across the country, gasoline demand was at its highest level in 18 months, but summer demand is falling short of expectations.
SUSPECT IN SHOOTING ENTERS GUILTY PLEA
July 30, 1998
A man accused of shooting another man in retaliation for a fight pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. Timothy Cable, 26, shot and wounded Chester Brockman, 26, on June 29, hours after Brockman and another man were in a fight. Cable pleaded to aggravated battery and will be sentenced on Sept. 3, Assistant Douglas County Dist. Atty. Marlon Williams said.
TRAIL RIDE LEAVES RIDER AND HORSE SORE
July 30, 1998
Howdy, pardner. Saddle up and let’s hit the trail. We’re burning daylight, pilgrim. The first time I rode a horse, his name was Fang and he rocked back and forth in my bedroom when I was 4. The second time I rode a horse was last week on vacation in Colorado.
S EFFECT UNCLEAR
July 30, 1998
The legal status of a Baldwin ballot question remains murky, but the election goes on.
50S ROMANCES
July 30, 1998
The movie stars some fine actors, including Vanessa Redgrave and her mother, Rachel Kempson.