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March 9, 1998
Ron Simonian’s “Desert Holiday” is the type of script that won’t let your mind wander. The characters are unique, the dialogue is witty, the plot unfolds unexpectedly. Chances are you’ll leave the theater thinking and talking about what you’ve just seen.
DANCE HIGHLIGHTS WJHS ACTIVITIES
March 9, 1998
West Junior High’s Student Council hosted a Decades Dance on Friday for all West students. Prizes were awarded for the best decades’ costume for the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as for a dance contest. StuCo representatives surprised all West staff with handmade valentines and balloons in February. In StuCo fund-raising activities, the council raised $115 for Warm Hearts at the previous dance. Three students from West recently participated in History Day at Washburn University in Topeka. Lindsay Black, eighth-grader, submitted a paper titled “European Migration to the U.S. through Ellis Island.” Chris White, also an eighth-grader, competed with his project, “Salmo Brutta in the Americas.” Seventh-grader Alexis Anderson performed the monologue “A Day in the Life of a Mail-Order Bride.”
FOR THE CHILDREN?
March 9, 1998
To the editor: The Broken Arrow site council’s use of the old cliche “let’s do it for the children,” as reported in the March 6 Journal-World, is just as imbued with political overtones as those concerns they denounce from others as less that “pure.” They claim others’ concerns to be “emotional” and “political.” Their solution is to take students even if they are “from Mars.” It is clear that contrary to doing “what’s best for the children,” Broken Arrow simply wants more students.
M HAS WON FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES, BUT ENTERS THE NCAA TOURNAMENT WITH A 13-16 RECORD.
March 9, 1998
Prairie View A&M is the 14th team in history to enter the NCAA Tournament with a losing record. That doesn’t mean the Panthers — 13-16 overall — are going to apologize for a No. 16 seed in the Midwest Regional and first-round date against Kansas on Friday in Oklahoma City.
STORM KNOCKS OUT POWER
March 9, 1998
Grocery shoppers and those needing gasoline arrived to closed businesses after power was cut off to eastern Lawrence in Sunday’s storm.
EDITH PETERSON
March 9, 1998
A Mass of Christian burial for Edith “Edie” Marie Heinrich Peterson, 48, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Lawrence Chapel in Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Peterson died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at her home.
ARTHUR HICKS
March 9, 1998
Services for Arthur “Wendell” Hicks, 68, Lawrence, will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wellsville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. Hicks died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.
ACCOMPLISHED AND HUMBLE
March 9, 1998
Society could use more role models such as actor-philanthropist Paul Newman and his equally notable wife, Joanne Woodward. Paul Newman has been on the motion picture scene for some 43 years. In that period he also has become well-known as a liberal thinker, a political activist, a husband, parent and race car driver/sponsor. Now 73, he has worn well as a superstar-public figure, someone who is a solid role model for people in an era when substantial “heroes and heroines” seem increasingly hard to find.
TICKET SUPPLY COULD CREATE FAN MADNESS
March 9, 1998
So, you want tickets for the NCAA Tournament first-round match-up between Kansas University and Prairie View A&M? Good luck.
IN 1898
March 9, 1998
On March 9, 1898, the Lawrence World stated “There is an organization in the university known as the Phi Beta Kappa society whose members think it is a very warm thing and say that only genuine bonafide students of each year’s class become Phi Beta Kappas. There is always a great deal of speculation each spring as to who will be chosen. It being supposed that those who are chosen are chosen for scholarship and ability. Like a good many other orders in this world, however, the organization seems to be composed of human beings who are animated by prejudices and petty spites which sometimes bias their better judgments. It is said that a ring exists in the society, a real genuine ring like a political machine, and that this ring runs the election.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
M ON FRIDAY IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
March 9, 1998
Kansas has earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s Midwest Regional. The Jayhawks, 34-3 overall, and perhaps headed for a No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll of the season, will meet the only team in the NCAA Tournament with a losing record — 13-16 Prairie View A&M — on Friday at The Myriad in Oklahoma City. No time has yet been set for the first-round game.
KANSAS ECONOMY EXPECTED TO GROW
March 9, 1998
The Kansas Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose again in January, the latest month for which data were available. The latest index was 158.90, up from an adjusted 157.95 the previous month. The index, compiled by economists at Kansas State University, has increased in 14 of the past 15 months.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPONSOR BLOOD DRIVE
March 9, 1998
The Lawrence Knights of Columbus will host a March Madness Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at K of C Council Hall, 2206 E. 23rd St. Donors can watch the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on a 52-inch television while giving blood. Donors also will be treated to free soup, sandwiches and snacks.
AREA SCHOOLCHILDREN COMPETE IN MATH CONTEST
March 9, 1998
The 16th Annual Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics contest was held Feb. 28 at West Junior High. Two hundred eighty-eight students from 36 elementary and junior high schools in Lawrence and from the surrounding area competed in four different areas of mathematics: number sense, geometry, problem solving, and two open-ended performance items. The top 10 scores in each event and in each grade, fourth through eighth, were acknowledged at the awards ceremony. The winners in the Lawrence Regional will be combined with the winners from the 28 other regionals to determine the state winners. The awards ceremony for state winners is tentatively scheduled for May 3 at Emporia State University.
LABOR SHORTAGE PROMPTS CREATIVE HIRING
March 9, 1998
In the next few years, the labor market will get even tighter, and employers must plan to fill positions.
WEB IS EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE ALL AT ONCE
March 9, 1998
Where is the headquarters for the World Wide Web? I’m confused, how do I get to a Web site in New York when I’m in Kansas? The short answer to your question is there is no headquarters, but instead a set of protocol to get you where you want to be. There are many parties and actions that are involved with a single click of the mouse on your Web browser.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 9, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Three wrench sets and other items valued together at $2,360 were reported stolen between midnight Dec. 15 and noon Saturday from the 500 block of Frontier.
NIGHT
March 9, 1998
Parents of prospective Booster Kindergarten and Kindergarten students planning to attend Baldwin Elementary next year are encouraged to attend “Parents’ Night,” 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. School personnel will be on hand to explain the 1998-99 Early Childhood Programs.
E-RATE FUNDING PROGRAM LOOKS LIKE TAX TO SOME
March 9, 1998
One of the things that has the educational technology world buzzing these days is something called the “E-rate” — a shorthand term for a federal telecommunications funding program, otherwise known as the Universal Service Fund (USF). The aim of the program is to make certain important technologies more affordable for education, and it will most likely accomplish that, but not without some controversy and opposition. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 included an amendment (the Snowe-Rockefeller-Exon-Kerrey amendment) that stated that schools and libraries should have access to telecommunications services for educational purposes at discounted rates. Congress left it up to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work out the details. In May of last year, the FCC published its first Report and Order on Universal Service, in which the USF (E-rate) program was detailed.
BAKER BREAKFAST HONORS THREE BUSINESS LEADERS
March 9, 1998
Baker University will hold a breakfast honoring Hank Booth, Bob Georgeson, and former state Rep. Jessie Branson at 7:30 a.m. March 19 at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence. Booth has been named Lawrence Business Person of the Year, Georgeson was honored for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Business, and Branson for Outstanding Civic Leadership and Service to the Community.
HONEY PRODUCERS SET ANNUAL MEETING
March 9, 1998
The Kansas Honey Producers Assn. will hold a spring meeting Friday and Saturday at the Red Coach Inn in Salina. Among the forum topics to be discussed are “Working a Craft Show or Farmer’s Market,” “Getting Children Involved in Beekeeping,” “Making Creamed Honey,” “Label Requirements,” and “Preparing Honey and Wax for Show and Sale.”
CAN ANY PERSON USE THE SCHOOL MAIL IN LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AS A MEANS TO TARGET CHILDREN TO SELL THEM SOMETHING? ARE TEACHERS AN EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE IF THERE IS ONE? WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SCHO
March 9, 1998
With regard to the distribution of printed material, the Lawrence school district policy states: “The district advocates the use of school time, personnel and resources for the accomplishment of its educational mission. Because of that commitment, dissemination of any printed material not directly related to the accomplishment of the schools’ primary objective is permitted only after careful consideration.
AN AREA WOMAN SELLING ANTIQUES THIS WEEKEND DECIDED TO DONATE HER PROCEEDS TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT BENEFIT THE HOMELESS.
March 9, 1998
Jo Hutson, rural Baldwin, said she decided to donate all sales to five charitable organizations or individuals after reading a six-part series on the homeless published recently in the Journal-World. “I saw the stories and I decided that it would be a good idea to donate everything to these organizations,” she said.
DANCE GALLERY STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
March 9, 1998
Tumbling and acrobatics students of the Dance Gallery competed in the Championship Mid American Tumbling Society Meet on March 1 at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. Winning first-place awards were Caitlin Fitzgerald and Meredith Bush in beginning level. Second-place awards were won by Linda Green and Claire Penzler in the beginning level, Brittany Brothers in the intermediate level, and Sarah Abel in the advanced level. Third-place winners were Betsy O’Brien in the beginning division and Jillian Hill in the intermediate division.
S VITAL SIGNS RECORDED
March 9, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital administrators are inviting residents to a Wednesday night reception to take a look at the past — and hear about the future — of the hospital.
LATE-WINTER STORM BLASTS AREA
March 9, 1998
The storm dropped less snow than expected in Lawrence, but it still caused plenty of problems.
MARTHA BROWN
March 9, 1998
Joint funeral services for Martha Brown, 77, Baldwin, and her husband, Richard P. Brown, who died March 5, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. Mrs. Brown died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at Village Manor Care Center, Ottawa.
S 72-58 WIN OVER OKLAHOMA.
March 9, 1998
On paper, it was a meaningless game. Kansas coach Roy Williams doesn’t wear paper headgear, though. “It never gets old hat to me,” Williams said after KU won the Big 12 tournament championship Sunday. “I think it’s one of the thrills in coaching.”
GAME MAKERS BURN CANDLES AT BOTH ENDS
March 9, 1998
The computer software business is a place where black humor relieves the intense pressure.
NOT JUST ANYONE CAN NAVIGATE THE STREET ZAMBONI
March 9, 1998
Only freezing temperatures can keep the city’s massive roving Wet Vacs from challenging for supremacy of streets.
M ON FRIDAY IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE BIG DANCE.
March 9, 1998
The clearly partisan Jayhawk crowd, mustering almost as much noise as on a steamy, raucous night in Allen Fieldhouse, stirred the sparrows from the rafters of Kemper Arena and drowned out the spartan but lively Sooner faithful. As KU’s Paul Pierce hit shot after shot after shot, it became evident Sunday afternoon that KU was cruising to an unprecedented second straight postseason conference title with a 72-58 win over Oklahoma.
FOOD FIGHT? MIDWEST SHOWS ITS TRUE FLAVOR
March 9, 1998
I always reckoned Mama fed me right, and now I’m sure. Turns out that our family ate the kind of grub Midwesterners would serve somebody from Zimbabwe if they wanted to say to the visitor, “This is the taste of the Midwest.” It’s not Mama who convinced me that I was eating pure Midwestern. It’s research, which shows that the quintessential Heartland supper would feature roast beef or steak; potatoes, mashed or baked; green beans; cobs of corn; and apple pie.
AREA SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY
March 9, 1998
Classes have been canceled today for public schools in Lawrence, Baldwin, Eudora, DeSoto, Perry-Lecompton, McLouth, Oskaloosa, Tonganoxie and Wellsville. Officials in Ottawa will meet early this morning to determine whether classes will be canceled, Supt. Harvey Ludwick said.
S BASKETBALL TEAM IS THE NO. 5 SEED IN THE WEST REGIONAL AND WILL MEET FOURTH-SEEDED IOWA AT 6 P.M. FRIDAY IN IOWA CITY.
March 9, 1998
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team won’t get to stay home for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but it won’t have to go far. The Jayhawks (21-8) earned the No. 5 seed in the West regional and will face 12th-seeded Tulane (21-6) at 6 p.m. Friday in Iowa City. The KU-Tulane winner will face the winner between host No. 4 Iowa (17-10) and No. 13 Massachusetts (19-10) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
DISMISSALS
March 9, 1998
Linda Rose Coleman, Eudora.
THE FOLLOWING INCORPORATIONS WERE FILED RECENTLY IN DOUGLAS COUNTY:
March 9, 1998
Construction, 2112 W. 15th St. Victory Bible Church, 1942 Massachusetts St.
CENTRAL STUDENTS HOLD CELEBRATION FOR MARDI GRAS
March 9, 1998
Mardi Gras was celebrated at Central Junior High with Gateau de Roi delivered from a bakery in New Orleans. The French classes of David West also built intricate parade floats by decorating boxes. Candies and jewelry were thrown from them in the manner of New Orleans Mardi Gras parades. Students created their own masks and wore them throughout the festivities. * Twenty-six young women from geometry and topics classes at Central attended the KU Women’s Society of Engineers Career Day on Feb. 27. A panel of young Kansas University women in engineering presented a panel discussion in which they explained why they chose engineering. They provided information that would be helpful to the junior high students if they choose engineering as a major. During the afternoon, other interested math students from Central attended the Engineering Exposition at Learned Hall at KU. Accompanying the students on this project were Central teachers Sara Holley, Mary Rose-Schaeffer, Chip Anderson, and student-teacher Jennifer Segrest.
STREET SWEEPER BLUES
March 9, 1998
While on the road, Rick Grant has acquired a couple pet peeves: “People rake leaves out into the street and expect us to pick it up. It’s done often.”
KANSAS FANS MAKE CASE FOR PIERCE
March 9, 1998
Kansas basketball fans chanted “One More Year” at Big 12 Tournament MVP Paul Pierce late Sunday afternoon as the Jayhawks wrapped up a 72-58 championship victory over Oklahoma at Kemper Arena. They repeated the refrain as Pierce climbed the ladder and clipped the nets following the historic victory, KU’s 34th against three losses.