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WEDD INTERESTED IN MANHATTAN
March 5, 1998
Dirk Wedd, a Lawrence High football assistant since 1990, has applied for Manhattan High’s head coaching job, vacant since January when longtime Manhattan coach Lew Lane announced his retirement. Wedd, also the LHS head baseball coach, has been part of five LHS state championships in the 1990s.
TONGANOXIE MULLING TAX REBATE PROGRAM TO SPUR INVESTMENT
March 5, 1998
The little-used Kansas Neighborhood Revitalization Act allows local governments the ability to offer the property tax rebates.
TURNING 50 CAUSED LAWRENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT GARY TOEBBEN SOME GOOD-NATURED GRIEF ON WEDNESDAY.
March 5, 1998
A surprise party was held for Toebben at his home Wednesday night to “mourn the passing of his youth.” Journal-World readers also may have recognized a photo of a very youthful Toebben in a happy birthday ad on page 5B of Wednesday’s J-W.
BARBARA KESSLER
March 5, 1998
Singer-songwriter Barbara Kessler will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread, as part of the West Side Folk series. Her performance at Borders has been canceled.
VETERAN EDUCATOR IS TEACHER OF YEAR
March 5, 1998
Sunflower School teacher Sherry Nelson is the Lawrence Teacher of the Year.
ALL-NIGHT DINER TO SHAKE UP LAWRENCE
March 5, 1998
Steak n Shake would employ about 120 people and would be open 24 hours a day.
BEHAVIOR PROBLEM
March 5, 1998
So much for standing on principle. Efforts by the National Basketball Assn. to get control of players like Latrell Sprewell have received a major setback. The National Basketball Assn. made a valiant attempt to try to control outrageous player behavior, but the league’s efforts were undermined Wednesday by a arbiter’s ruling that reduced the penalty imposed against Latrell Sprewell after he attacked his coach, P.J. Carlesimo.
POLICE CONTINUE PROBE INTO SHOOTINGS
March 5, 1998
Lawrence police on Wednesday continued to investigate two shootings that might have been related in which buildings along Sixth Street were struck by bullets. Police about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday were called to King Pharmacy, 1112 W. Sixth, where several bullet holes were found in the front door and window of the business.
RAYMOND LATZKE
March 5, 1998
Services for Raymond E. Latzke, 71, of Atchison will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster. Burial will be in the Lancaster Cemetery. Mr. Latzke died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at his home.
OREAD PURCHASES N.J. FIRM
March 5, 1998
With the acquisition of Blis-Tech, Oread employs about 700 people in five U.S. locations.
WONDER WHAT THAT ROARING SOUND WAS ABOUT 12:25 P.M. WEDNESDAY OVER LAWRENCE?
March 5, 1998
It was an F-18 Navy jet fighter pilot taking a look at Kansas University’s campus, according to area aviation officials. “He saw the campus and saw the (KU) football field and wanted to take a look, so he did a couple of turns over the city,” said John Lewis, operations manager at the Kansas City Air Traffic Control Center in Olathe.
PIONEERING PUNKS WHAT: THE DAMNED. WHEN: TUESDAY NIGHT.
March 5, 1998
Where: The Bottleneck, 737 N.H. Tickets: Call 841-5483.
BAKER WELCOMES PIANIST
March 5, 1998
Pianist Anthony Molinaro, co-winner of the 1997 Naumburg International Piano Competition, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rice Auditorium at Baker University. Molinaro, who hails from Chicago, began studying piano at age 4.
AREA ARTIST SHOWCASE
March 5, 1998
What: “Kansas Visions” exhibit. When: Saturday through April 17.
AND THE JEWELRY OF ANOTHER LAWRENCE ARTIST IS BEING SHOWN AT COMMUNITY MERCANTILE.
March 5, 1998
Constance Ehrlich, a Lawrence artist who paints realistic and symbolic oil paintings on linen and canvas, is included in three national exhibits. “Household Hodge Podge,” at the Athena Gallery in Savannah, Ga., is a solo show of 17 of Ehrlich’s paintings from her “Eggs and Toast” and “Fish Out of Water” series.
FOUR KANSAS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WILL PIT THEIR ONE-ACT PLAYS AGAINST EACH OTHER IN THE ANNUAL COMPETITION.
March 5, 1998
March Madness isn’t just for Kansas University basketball fans anymore. For the past five years, English Alternative Theatre has pitted four original one-act plays against each another in its version of The Final Four. Staged readings of the plays will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday in room 100, Smith Hall. This year’s lineup is “Execution Day,” by Bob Determan, vs. “Up Comes Society,” by Nick Woods, Saturday; and “The Road to Java,” by Ed White, vs. “Charlotte’s Special Day,” by Darren Weimer, Sunday.
THEATRICAL MADNESS
March 5, 1998
What: English Alternative Theatre’s Final Four playwriting competition, featuring staged readings of four one-act plays written by Kansas University students. The audience picks the winner. When: 8 p.m. Saturday-Monday.
COMPETITION.
March 5, 1998
Who says good things don’t come in small packages? Just take a look at this year’s entries — more than 600 of them — in the International Cone Box Show at Baker University. Each of the entries fits into an Orton Standard Pyrometric Cone Box, or a space measuring 3 inches by 3 inches by 6 inches. Ceramists use pyrometer cones for monitoring temperatures inside the kiln during the firing process.
STRINGS JOIN DANCERS FOR SHOW
March 5, 1998
The accent’s on youth in a collaboration of three Lawrence performing groups.
RECITAL UNITES SOLOISTS
March 5, 1998
Cellist George Work and pianist Guy Wuellner will perform in a recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall. Work has bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a Performer’s Certificate from Eastman School of Music, where he was a teaching assistant to Robert Sylvester.
IN FIGHT FOR HIGHER-ED PLAN
March 5, 1998
A state legislator says he has been trying to clear up misconceptions about a higher-education reform plan before the Kansas House.
I WAS WONDERING WHY, IN THE RECENT HEROIN ARRESTS, BOND WAS $3,000 FOR THE PERSON IN DOUGLAS COUNTY AND $50,000 FOR THE WYANDOTTE COUNTY RESIDENT FOR THE SAME CHARGE?
March 5, 1998
The recent arrests resulted in varying bond amounts set by different judges. Kristine Cave Midyett, Lawrence, and Karen Hanneman, rural McLouth, were given $6,000 “own recognizance” bonds, meaning that they didn’t have to pay money up front to be released from jail. If they fail to show up for a court date, however, an arrest warrant will be issued and they will have to forfeit the $6,000.
COUNTY MAKES CHANGES TO LAND-USE PLAN
March 5, 1998
Douglas County commissioners gave a thumbs up to suggested changes in Horizon 2020 and suggested a few of their own.
ELEVATOR BREAKS DOWN AT JLE
March 5, 1998
A motor on an elevator at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th, malfunctioned Wednesday afternoon, briefly trapping a custodian. Maintenance supervisor Bill Bell said someone called him just before noon to report the smell of smoke.
WEATHER CONTEST WINNERS NAMED
March 5, 1998
Douglas County commissioners applauded three county elementary students Wednesday as winners in the 1998 Douglas County Severe Weather Poster Contest. Colion Lohrenz was the first-place winner in the kindergarten/first-grade division; Alyssa Rudman in the second-/third-grade division; and her sister Kristi Rudman in the fourth-/fifth-grade division.
FESTIVE CARNIVAL TRACES ROOTS TO BRAZIL
March 5, 1998
The annual South American carnival features colorful costumes and tasty food.
SHOW DRAWS GOOD RESPONSE
March 5, 1998
The “Kansas Visions” exhibit showcases the best of area artists.
KU SEEKS LEWIS HALL CONTRACT APPROVAL
March 5, 1998
The campaign to renovate residence halls on Kansas University’s “Daisy Hill” marches on. KU sent a letter this week to the architectural division of the Kansas Department of Administration, asking state officials to accept Topeka’s Ferrell Construction as the contractor for the renovation of Lewis Hall.
BOUNDARY PANEL CEDES DECISIONS TO SCHOOL BOARD
March 5, 1998
The Boundary Committee decided not to decide at its Wednesday meeting.
GAMES
March 5, 1998
Kansas State (8) v. Colorado (9) 2:30 p.m. — Texas A&M (12) v. Baylor (5)
SUSPECTS IN BANK HEIST LIKELY TO FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES
March 5, 1998
Two suspects in a Lawrence bank robbery are awaiting a grand jury’s decision on federal charges, but more charges may be filed in the future.
HEART ATTACK BLAMED IN PICKUP TRUCK FATALITY
March 5, 1998
A rural Lawrence man whose pickup truck was pulled from a farm pond earlier this week in Leavenworth County died of a heart attack that caused him to veer off the road, a coroner said Wednesday. An autopsy Wednesday showed that Alvin L. Hasvold, 72, rural Lawrence, sustained little injury from the accident but had a heart condition that probably contributed to the Monday morning accident.
BALDWIN HOSTING LANGUAGE CONFERENCE
March 5, 1998
The annual conference of the Kansas Foreign Language Elementary School Assn. will be Friday and Saturday in Baldwin. Friday’s program will include French, German and Spanish language workshops, dinner, and a general session on the Kansas Initiative for State Standards for Foreign Languages.
REPRESENTATIVE?
March 5, 1998
The next Kansas State Board of Education election will be held in November. Kevin Gilmore is the representative for District 3, which includes Lawrence. Gilmore’s term expires next year, and he plans to run for re-election this year.
ANTI-HAZING ACTIVITY
March 5, 1998
The Colorado Legislature is taking action in a field where “those crazy college kids” are out of control. In recent years there has been a frightening spate of injurious and fatal hazing at American colleges — including some ugly incidents at Kansas University. “Boys will be boys” we too often are told by apologists, but with the rash of such troubles, one would think young males would wise up and change their tactics.
S CRASH COURSE SOBERS STUDENTS
March 5, 1998
Part of a senior project at Oskaloosa High School, the crash brought the community together to teach its youth a lesson — don’t drink and drive.
TIMOTHY MCCLELLAN
March 5, 1998
Services for Timothy E. McClellan, 33, Eudora, will be 1 p.m. Friday at Prairie Center Church of God of Prophecy, Olathe. Burial will be at DeSoto Silent City Cemetery. Mr. McClellan died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at the KU Medical Center.
Greenfield jumps right in at CNN
New at CNN, Jeff Greenfield is an old hand at sizing up the news
March 5, 1998
After 15 years at ABC News, Jeff Greenfield was looking forward to a few days’ grace when he got to Cable News Network a month ago.
CITY GROWTH MAY INVADE AREA DISTRICT
March 5, 1998
As the city expands to the northwest, Lawrence soon could find itself reaching into the Perry-Lecompton school district.
CELEBRATES POWER OF IMAGINATION
March 5, 1998
The homegrown play will make its world premiere Saturday afternoon.
RESOURCEFUL NUMBERS
March 5, 1998
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 336 Mo., (785) 843-0721. Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 1901 Del., (785) 832-3817.
ALCOHOL AGENCY NEEDS OVERHAUL, AUDIT FINDS
March 5, 1998
An audit recommended that ABC improve liquor licensees’ compliance with state law, beef up systems for identifying and penalizing violators and better assess its own effectiveness.
DAY-CARE LICENSING INFORMATION OFFERED
March 5, 1998
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is sponsoring an informational meeting about day-care licensing and registration on Monday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the health department, 336 Mo.
CONDITION REPORTS
March 5, 1998
* Norma Kurtz, Eudora, was listed in serious condition Wednesday night in a surgical/trauma intensive care unit at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., after being injured in an automobile accident Jan. 5 at 23rd and Harper.
J-W TO PUBLISH VALUATION GUIDE
March 5, 1998
The Journal-World is in the process of assembling a property valuation guide similar to ones the newspaper has published in the past. Data on Douglas County property values are being gathered, and the guide will be produced as soon as possible.
LOCAL SPORTS
March 5, 1998
Hoopsters Win Topeka League: Lawrence’s Salvation Army Hoopsters won the Topeka Third Grade Boys championship by going undefeated in 11 league games. Team members were Nick Devin, D.J. Magley, Evan Lacour, Patrick Johnson, Johnny Novotny, Nick DeBiasse, Daniel Green and Jace McNabb. Coaches were Dale Johnson and Rick McNabb. *
S KANSAS STATE-COLORADO GAME AT NOON FRIDAY AT KEMPER ARENA. THE JAYHAWKS ARE OVERWHELMING FAVORITES TO WIN THE BIG 12 POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT.
March 5, 1998
This is the time of year Roy Williams usually grins and bears it when asked if Kansas has a huge homecourt advantage in Kemper Arena. “It is sort of a crazy question,” Williams, Kansas’ basketball coach, said as he prepares for his 10th conference postseason tournament.
PRESSED FOR SPACE, KU SCHOOL SEEKS ADDITION
March 5, 1998
An addition to the Kansas University School of Journalism is one of many possibilities the school is considering this year.
COMMISSION CONDUCT
March 5, 1998
To the editor: On Feb. 24, I attending the Lawrence City Commission meeting with my family and several concerned citizens. We were present to voice our opinions on the city’s proposal to build a recreation facility at the current location of Corpus Christi Church. My family and many of the speakers were strongly opposed to this idea. Traffic problems, building in a zoned residential area, safety issues and cost were just a few of the comments made to the commissioners. This letter is being written to comment on the conduct of the commission during the meeting.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 5, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported 10 Sony Playstation video games, videos and other items were stolen from his residence in the 3200 block of Trail. The items were missing when he awoke Feb. 21, but they could have been taken when he and his roommate were gone the night before. A patio door at the house was unsecured.
March 5, 1998
For 15 years, the New York City National Opera Company has been bringing the world’s best operas to the Kansas University campus. Wednesday night was no exception when the troupe and its orchestra ended its two-night run of “The Daughter of the Regiment” at the Lied Center.
TAKES SOME RISKS
March 5, 1998
Ron Simonian’s dark comedy explores a serious subject in a quirky way.
MINI-CERAMICS
March 5, 1998
What: International Cone Box Show. When: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Tuesday through April 7.
J-W TO PUBLISH VALUATION GUIDE
March 5, 1998
The Journal-World is in the process of assembling a property valuation guide similar to ones the newspaper has published in the past. Data on Douglas County and Lawrence property values are being gathered, and the guide will be produced as soon as possible.
FREE STATE BOYS SET FOR SUB-STATE DEBUT
March 5, 1998
Free State will host Kansas City Wyandotte in the Firebirds’ first sub-state contest in school history at 7:30 tonight.
STUDENTS MAKE SHORT MURDER-MYSTERY FILM
March 5, 1998
Makers of “A Game of Murder” hope to have a public screening this spring.
TOURNAMENT.
March 5, 1998
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team seemed bound and determined to prove one of the sport’s oldest truisms untrue. Maybe you can win if you can’t score.
PLAN TOUTS EASIER EVICTION OF TENANTS
March 5, 1998
A proposed change in a landlord-tenant law pleases Topeka police officers but worries Lawrence landlords and tenants.
TRAIN GOING FULL STEAM AHEAD ON TOUR
March 5, 1998
An up-and-coming band is ready for the lessons of its first big tour.
AFTER 22 YEARS.
March 5, 1998
Before the legendary punk-rockers the Sex Pistols toured the United States, fellow English band The Damned released a record and hit our shores. That band gave Americans their first taste of punk rock with the explosive songs “New Rose” and “Neat, Neat, Neat,” which are regarded today as punk-rock classics. Twenty-two years and 12 albums later, The Damned are still rocking hard and playing to multi-generational crowds in sold-out venues across the country.
JAPANESE RESTAURANT SERVES FEAST FOR THE EYES
March 5, 1998
A choice of seating arrangements and menu options give diners a truly unique experience.
CREATIVE FORCE
March 5, 1998
What: “Reliable Junk,” by Lawrence playwright-actor-director Ric Averill. When: 2 p.m. Saturday.
UP ROSES
March 5, 1998
Who: The Lawrence Chamber Players, the Suzuki Strings and the Advanced Youth Ballet Company. When: 2 p.m. Sunday.
KU POET RECOUNTS WWII ATROCITIES
March 5, 1998
A Kansas University professor writes about the atrocities of war.
NOW WHAT?
March 5, 1998
Before and after pregnancy teens have many health options to consider Pregnant teens have many options, but knowing where to begin can be challenging.