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S PLACE IN HISTORY
June 11, 1998
A bill in Congress could help people understand Lawrence’s place in the Underground Railroad. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday night, 415-2, to help preserve Underground Railroad sites. The bill gives the National Park Service permission to spend $500,000 a year to develop educational materials, link sites and enter partnerships to commemorate the slave escape route.
SCHOOLS LEADER SEARCH NARROWS
June 11, 1998
The Lawrence school board has pared the field of candidates for superintendent to six but will make one more cut before finalists for the job are announced.
AREA THUNDERSTORMS BRING SOME FLOODING
June 11, 1998
A warm front was to blame Wednesday night when a line of strong thunderstorms moved through northeast Kansas.
T THEY HAVE TO WEAR PLASTIC GLOVES?
June 11, 1998
Don Brown, a public information officer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said that Kansas law doesn’t require gloves. “The requirement in Kansas is more specific to washing hands,” he said. “There’s not a specific regulation in Kansas that says that food-service employees must wear gloves.”
BUYER BEWARE
June 11, 1998
Kansas Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall said “red flags” for possible telemarketing or mail fraud include: * Companies demand taxes or shipping and handling fees before a product is sent.
ROBERT WILLIAM SUTTON
June 11, 1998
Graveside services for Robert William Sutton Jr., 82, Waverly, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cadmus Cemetery. Mr. Sutton died Tuesday, June 9, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
ABOUT TRAFFICWAY
June 11, 1998
Nothing about the South Lawrence Trafficway is ever a sure thing, the attorney representing Douglas County in the trafficway lawsuit told commissioners Wednesday. During an executive session, attorney Tim Orrick updated commissioners about a federal provision that might pave the way for completion of the trafficway. But talking to the media after the meeting, Orrick stressed nothing is certain.
PROPERTY OWNERS WORRY ABOUT SIXTH STACCESS
June 11, 1998
Access is still an issue in a recently released plan for improvements to Sixth Street.
ORVILLE JOHN RUSCO
June 11, 1998
Services for Orville John Rusco, 87, Great Bend, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Burial will be in Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery, Ellinwood. Mr. Rusco died Monday, June 8, 1998, at his home.
MAUPINTOUR MOVING TO NEW DIGS
June 11, 1998
The company is moving to leased space and selling its 15-year-old headquarters to Kansas University.
LAWRENCE RESIDENT BITTEN BY RACCOON
June 11, 1998
Animal control officers put a trap under the chimney in the hopes of catching the raccoon, which was as “big as a dog,” Weng said.
CUT AND CAST
June 11, 1998
What: “Ursula von Rydingsvard” exhibition of seven massive and mysterious configurations made of cedar, bronze and graphite. When: Through March 28.
RISK HASBRO INTERACTIVE
June 11, 1998
A game of Risk can be an eight-hour endeavor. It takes an act of grace to insure that all the hundreds of board pieces stay put. One wag of a dog’s tail is all it takes and … oops! Sure, nothing beats the presence and feel of an actual three-dimensional board game (Mousetrap anyone?), but there are advantages to this digitized sibling of an old childhood pastime. Save your progress on a memory card. Watch computer-animated battle sequences. Play in Classic Risk or Ultimate Risk mode. This game has it all, plus more. In Ultimate Risk mode, battalions can battle it out on maps of Asia, Europe or North America, and new elements such as generals, rebel forces and capital cities add to the tension. The new combat system replaces dice with tactical cards such as Surprise Attack or Feigned Withdrawal, and the game logic/artificial intelligence will challenge even the most skilled Risk players, hitting them with random terrain factors like blizzards, scurvy or even the dreaded yellow fever. The new Risk is addictive and is perfect for the strategy gamer in every way. Gran Turismo
OUTLAWS OVERCOME TOPEKA POST ONE
June 11, 1998
Lawrence’s Outlaws came-from-behind to defeat Topeka Post One, 4-2, in a weather-shortened American Legion baseball game on Wednesday night. Topeka scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and had the bases loaded before the Outlaws (7-0) turned a double play to end the threat.
PROTESTS PREVENT ALUMNI WEEKEND FROM BEING NIXED
June 11, 1998
The Kansas University Alumni Assn. is shuffling its traditional Alumni Weekend schedule, moving one event to Homecoming but keeping the rest in the spring.
DRAW HIGH-SCHOOLERS TO KU
June 11, 1998
You won’t catch these teens lounging poolside this week. Through Saturday, a group of aspiring female engineers — all out of high school for the summer — is tackling a number of challenges concerning the physical, material world as part of a week-long program called Project Discovery.
ARCHITECT GIVES PRINT TO KU
June 11, 1998
John Diebboll’s artwork was inspired by the wheat fields of Kansas.
IRENE FLORENCE DURRANT
June 11, 1998
Services for Irene Florence Durrant, 92, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Durrant died Tuesday, June 9, 1998.
PARKING PROBLEM
June 11, 1998
To the editor: I’ve just had a very rude awakening concerning safety in the city of Lawrence.
LAWRENCE TEEN ELECTED TO GIRLS STATE POST
June 11, 1998
One Lawrence delegate lost the governor’s race; another will preside as lieutenant governor at Sunflower Girls State.
NOT WORTH IT
June 11, 1998
To the editor: As the four victims of the early-morning crash this past Sunday recover, I hope their friends and family will take comfort in the words of the patron saint of beer drinkers, Brother Epp: “Because, without beer, things do not seem to go as well.” In light of this accident, and others like it, I must ask, “As well as what?” I wouldn’t trade my life without the “life-enchancing” qualities of alcohol for this kind of thrill. Not for a minute.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE TAKES ON LOCAL FLAVOR
June 11, 1998
A retired Kansas University physics professor Wednesday announced his candidacy for a state board of education district that includes Lawrence. John “Jack” Davidson will run for the Democratic Party nomination in the 3rd District. No other Democrats filed by the deadline, but there will be a primary on the Republican ticket.
JUST 1 MILLER TO VIE FOR GOVERNOR
June 11, 1998
A Lawrence attorney denied a rumor that he planned to run for governor to confuse GOP voters.
BOMB THREAT SHUTS DOWN SALLIE MAE OFFICES
June 11, 1998
Sallie Mae will reopen this afternoon after a bomb threat Wednesday closed its service centers nationwide, including the one in Lawrence.
PARTNERS GO TO CLASS TO FURTHER PROGRAM
June 11, 1998
Partners collaborate at the fifth annual Summer Training Workshop for the Lawrence Business-Education Partnership.
IN 1898
June 11, 1998
On June 11, 1898, Capt. Ad G. Clarke, of Company H of the 20th Kansas had returned from San Francisco to recruit 100 more men to fill the regiment to its maximum capacity. Capt. Clarke told of the Lawrence men’s frustration at not being part of the action of the Spanish-American War. The Lawrence Journal stated that Clarke had noted regarding those from here encamped in San Francisco: “Most of the members of the Lawrence company have had to do time in the guard house, as the strict rules governing their camp life made it impossible for them to visit the city as much as they wanted to and the boys would slip through the lines, and then in coming in would get caught.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
SUNFLOWER GAMES NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
June 11, 1998
Organizers of the Sunflower State Games are seeking volunteers for the weekends of July 17-19 and July 24-25. “Last year, we used over 400” volunteers, said Brian Mason, a sport coordinator for the games.
THE LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM BEGAN JUNE 1 AND RUNS THROUGH AUG. 13. THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 843-38
June 11, 1998
Here’s the lineup of special events for children at the library this summer: Saturday, 11 a.m.: Dizzy dramatics by Ric Averill.
I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE TO PAUL HARVEY. WHAT IS HIS ADDRESS?
June 11, 1998
Well, here’s the rest of the story. You can write to the news analyst at 1035 Park Ave., River Forest, Ill. 60305.
S PRESENCE IN LAWRENCE, ONCE SEEN AS A HOT MARKET BY COLUMBIA.
June 11, 1998
Columbia/HCA Healthcare and Lawrence Memorial Hospital representatives are nearing an agreement in which the national chain’s local businesses are sold to the municipal hospital — a move that could signal the death of Columbia’s plans to build another hospital here. Gene Meyer and Kevin Hicks, the top administrators at LMH and Columbia’s Overland Park Regional Medical Center, respectively, both said they want to reach an agreement on the massive sale, but haven’t yet gotten there.
S DESIGN WINS MASCOT CONTEST
June 11, 1998
The Seahawks beat the Saints and the Cyclones, but the real winners were the students of Bishop Seabury Academy. The school, which opened its doors last fall, didn’t have a mascot for the first semester.
END IN SIGHT?
June 11, 1998
Specific wording in a federal highway bill signed Tuesday may clear the way for work to proceed on the South Lawrence Trafficway. It may be too much to hope for, but could the saga of the South Lawrence Trafficway finally be coming to an end?
YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS TURN LENS ON LAWRENCE
June 11, 1998
Fourteen Lawrence students are showing their photographic images at a local gallery. The Lawrence Photography Project Phase II will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Art Guild’s Riverfront Gallery, suite 206, Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets.
RAIN HAMPERS BRIDGE WORK
June 11, 1998
Construction is about 40 percent complete on a new bridge spanning the Wakarusa River west of Eudora.
CORRECTION
June 11, 1998
Due to incorrect information supplied to the Journal-World, the dates for an upcoming conference were incorrectly reported. The Disabled American Veterans of Kansas meeting at the Lawrence Holidome will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
BIRD EXPERT TO SPEAK THIS WEEK
June 11, 1998
An expert in ornithology will give a public lecture this week on “The Coexistence of Birds and Humans.” Richard Johnston, curator emeritus at Kansas University’s Natural History Museum, will give the talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Senior Center, Eighth and Vermont.
SHOULD BE OSCAR CONTENDER
June 11, 1998
Jim Carrey breaks out of his manic stereotype for an eerie, thought-provoking movie. I’ll get to “The Truman Show” in short order. First, I’d like to note that I was taken to task by some for my recent review of “Godzilla” — in which I forgave the large lizard’s many shortcomings and appeared to condone, or at least excuse, the money-grubbing going on in today’s Hollywood.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS KEEP THEIR SCHOOL EDGE
June 11, 1998
StorySpinners at the Lawrence Public Library encourages readers of all ages to pick up a book this summer.
STUDENT POETRY
June 11, 1998
These poem sketches were inspired by word groups, which students incorporated in the poems. They were written by students in Joy Clumsky’s Creative Writing class at Lawrence High School. Winter Dance
SENIOR CITIZENS LEARN TO SAY NO TO SCAM ARTISTS
June 11, 1998
Fraudulent offers on the phone and through the mail have been growing in Kansas, and faulty claims often target senior citizens.
DEMOCRATIC PRECINCT COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
June 11, 1998
1-1: Carol Renzulli, 533 Ala.; and Paul Jefferson, 240 Ala., Apt. A. 2-1: Lois Orth-Lopes, 704 Ohio; and Steve Lopes, 704 Ohio.
OZ PLANNERS SEEK SUPPORT FROM DESOTO
June 11, 1998
Land of Oz planners would like DeSoto to endorse the Johnson county’s master plan for the federal reservation with the theme park as the development’s cornerstone.
SCHOOL CONTROVERSY
June 11, 1998
To the editor: Once again, the Lawrence public schools are embroiled in a controversy. Let’s see: close schools, don’t close schools; utilize facilities better, build new schools, or change boundaries; cut budgets or seek bond issues; and now we have the implementation of the “collaboration plan.”
FLAMINGO CLUB OFFERS BUFFET IN ADULTS-ONLY ENVIRONMENT
June 11, 1998
The “gentleman’s club” offers a lunch menu, but its quality varies.
BEDORE COLUMN
June 11, 1998
Reports of Raef LaFrentz’s stock dropping in the NBA Draft may be greatly exaggerated. LaFrentz, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound former Kansas University forward from Monona, Iowa, held an impressive workout for the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. And the Nuggets now say they just might tab LaFrentz with the third overall pick in the June 24 draft.
BIRTHS
June 11, 1998
Robert and Korianne Daboda, a girl, Lawrence, Wednesday. Paul and Anne Kirk, a boy, Lawrence, Wednesday.
BIRD EXPERT TO SPEAK THIS WEEK
June 11, 1998
An expert in ornithology will give a public lecture this week on “The Coexistence of Birds and Humans.” Richard Johnston, curator emeritus at Kansas University’s Natural History Museum, will give the talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Senior Center, Eighth and Vermont.
SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FOR LIED CENTER SERIES SHOWS
June 11, 1998
The Lied Center’s new season will offer everything from ballet to banjo music.
ETHICAL ISSUE
June 11, 1998
To the editor: I find it interesting that our congressman in Washington, D.C., is willing to demonstrate methods by which the federal court system might be swayed when making a decision. I’m not a constitutional scholar but, it strikes me that hiding such an amendment in a massive appropriations bill is not really ethical.
THE LIFE OF A SPECIAL LAWRENCE RESIDENT IS RETOLD.
June 11, 1998
Although he died more than two decades ago, Leo Beuerman is still encouraging others with his life story. A fixture on downtown Lawrence streets for decades, Beuerman supported himself by selling handcrafted wares to passersby. His story is notable in that to do so he overcame extreme disabilities, including dwarfism, deafness and eventual blindness.
S MAMMOTH CREATIONS ARE BOTH MYSTERIOUS AND FAMILIAR.
June 11, 1998
Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard stands on the sprawling south lawn at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Dressed in a black sweater, black jeans and black boots, her tall, broad-shouldered frame stands out against the lush green sod moist from a morning rain. von Rydingsvard brushes her hands over “Large Bowl,” a 12 1/2-foot cast bronze sculpture, one of seven mammoth abstract works she has on display at the museum.
S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BUGS AND ITS OBLIGATION TO ENTERTAIN MAKE FOR A UNIQUE AND UNFORGETTABLE LIVE EXPERIENCE.
June 11, 1998
Two bug-eyed monsters resurrected as Be-Non have been wreaking havoc upon the sensory receptor units of unsuspecting humans across the continent. Brodie Rush, guitar and vocals, and Rob Veitch, drums, are the dynamic duo who dare to entertain the placid audiences of today’s hipster bars. The impression burned into the stunned psyche of the attending crowd is one that lasts.
IRENE FLORENCE DURRANT
June 11, 1998
Services for Irene Florence Durrant, 92, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Durrant died Tuesday, June 9, 1998.
POLITICAL WEBSITE MAKES DEBUT
June 11, 1998
Journal-World Web Works, the J-W’s on-line edition, has launched its new politics site on the Internet. The site features the latest J-W and Associated Press stories on the 1998 elections. It also offers a wide range of links to other political sites on the Internet.
MODERATE, CONSERVATIVE WINGS OF GOP STOKE PRECINCT FIGHTS
June 11, 1998
Few Democrats but dozens of Republicans in Douglas County will face opponents in precinct elections Aug. 4.
ELECTION: A BREEZE FOR LOCAL LEGISLATORS
June 11, 1998
Five Kansas House members with districts that include at least part of Douglas County filed for re-election. Two will face no foe on the ballot.
Scott Bairstow: Young hunk, old soul
June 11, 1998
The actor isn’t afraid to make commitments in his personal and professional lives.
S THREE SISTERS INN GOES HOLLYWOOD
June 11, 1998
A Baldwin business is featured in the movie “Monday After the Miracle.”