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S SEASON-ENDING LOSS TO RHODE ISLAND.
March 17, 1998
The headline “Rock Choke Jayhawk” has appeared in some out-of-state newspapers this week. It refers to Kansas’ basketball team — 35-4 this season, but a second-round NCAA Tournament loser to Rhode Island on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
HENRY WILLIAM TAYLOR
March 17, 1998
Private graveside services for Henry William Taylor, 97, St. Louis, will be held at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Taylor died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at St. Louis Hospital West, Chesterfield, Mo.
CHANCELLOR
March 17, 1998
Kansas University’s chancellor was the answer man Monday at KU’s Information Center, 864-3506.
DEVELOPMENT SKETCHED FOR ROAD PLAN
March 17, 1998
The planned widening of Sixth Street west of Wakarusa Drive is only the beginning. Businesses, offices, apartments and homes are sure to follow.
PARK A. COLWELL
March 17, 1998
Funeral services for Park A. Colwell, 65, Tonganoxie, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Quisenberry Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery. Mr. Colwell died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at his home.
KANSAS LOST A BASKETBALL GAME ON SUNDAY, BUT GAINED A VERBAL COMMITMENT ON MONDAY. JOHN CRIDER, A GUARD FROM HORTON HIGH, HAS ACCEPTED A SCHOLARSHIP OFFER FROM THE JAYHAWKS.
March 17, 1998
John Crider, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Horton High, has verbally committed to play basketball at Kansas. Crider, who grew up a KU fan and has pictures of Jayhawk players on his bedroom walls, late Monday night chose the Jayhawks over Southwest Missouri State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Tulsa, Kansas State, Missouri, Utah and Illinois State.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ALMA MATER ARE GIFTS THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
March 17, 1998
A few weeks ago I explained the probable case of mistaken identity that led that university in Columbia, Mo., to invite me back for the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Banquet. As soon as I saw the evening program listing half a dozen really appropriate honorees — an ambassador to some Caribbean nation, a high muckety-muck of a major oil company and deputy director of the CIA — I knew, even if the sponsors didn’t, that “one of us was not like the others.” But they were all responsible folks who often came back to Columbia to serve as “leaders” and role models, “giving something back to the university,” they said.
SUPT. AL AZINGER FORMALLY ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY HIS PLANS TO LEAVE LAWRENCE FOR ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY.
March 17, 1998
His emotions were mixed but his decision firm. Supt. Al Azinger made it official Monday at the Lawrence school board meeting that he is leaving his position to assume an assistant professorship at Illinois State University in Normal. He will train prospective superintendents in the Department of Educational Administration.
WHO CLEANS THE KENNELS AT THE LAWRENCE HUMANE SOCIETY? HOW OFTEN IS IT DONE?
March 17, 1998
Employees scrub and disinfect each kennel once a day, then follow that up throughout the day with scooping and general tidying up. Occasionally, volunteers help with the cleaning.
SIMPLE SENSITIVITY
March 17, 1998
The controversial critic of the Iwo Jima Memorial would do well to note how he had the privilege of talking “kitsch.” No matter how strongly an arts aficionado might feel about a piece of sculpture, he or she should exercise good judgment in discussing it. A little sensitivity never hurts.
ROCK CHALK REVUE RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR UW
March 17, 1998
A record level of proceeds from this year’s Rock Chalk Revue variety show and related events have been donated to the United Way of Douglas County. Organizers presented a check for $43,000 for the local UW this weekend.
S ALL-AMERICANS ON THE ROSTER NEXT SEASON, SIX IF PAUL PIERCE DECIDES TO RETURN FOR HIS SENIOR SEASON.
March 17, 1998
It would be easy to dismiss Kansas University’s chances for continued dominance in men’s basketball. After all, the Jayhawks lose Raef LaFrentz, KU’s powerful 6-foot-11 forward who won 123 games and lost 17 the past four seasons.
EASEMENT RELEASED
March 17, 1998
A 60-year-old drought relief easement was released Monday by the Douglas County Commission. The easement, located in Kanwaka Township west of County Road 1029 and south of U.S. Highway 40, was granted to the county in the 1930s as part of a plan to prevent future droughts. A reservoir was planned for the area, but the county never exercised any claim to the land or built the structure.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
March 17, 1998
* Michael Dean Tomlinson, 28, Baldwin, who was wanted by the Army for being absent without leave, was arrested by Douglas County sheriff’s officers Friday in Baldwin. Local officers said Tomlinson had been listed as a military deserter since Aug. 5 from Fort Benning, Ga. The Army learned where he was staying and notified local authorities to arrest him. Army officials picked him up over the weekend, according to sheriff’s officers. * A 16-year-old Free State High School student told Lawrence police that her former boyfriend has been harassing her for the last two months, including allegedly holding a knife to her cheek in January and more recently loosening the lug nuts on her car’s wheels. Lawrence police said they have not yet interviewed the former boyfriend, who is 18.
WHY DO WE SOMETIMES EXPERIENCE TWITCHES AS WE ARE FALLING ASLEEP?
March 17, 1998
Twitches while falling asleep are called hypnagogic myoclonus, myoclonus meaning any sort of involuntary muscle spasm and hypnagogic meaning sleep. The twitches occur during very light sleep as the brain gradually becomes unconscious and loses control of motor functions. These twitches are usually accompanied by a sense of falling. What causes them is not entirely known, but they seem to be related to anxiety and/or some minor stimulus, such as a noise.
A SENATE COMMITTEE CHANGED TWO WORDS IN A SAND-DREDGING BILL.
March 17, 1998
They drove their savvy to the levee, but the savvy went dry. That’s the interpretation some gave to action Monday by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee.
ALVIN LAURITZ HASVOLD
March 17, 1998
No services for Alvin Lauritz Hasvold, 72, Lawrence, are planned. Mr. Hasvold died Monday, March 2, 1998, of a heart attack following an auto accident in rural Leavenworth County.
PANEL TO DISCUSS WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES
March 17, 1998
A meeting to highlight problems of women with disabilities will be held Thursday night, sponsored by the Human Diversity Task Force at Independence Inc. The meeting, “Women with Disabilities and Domestic Violence,” will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Mayflower Room of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
THE IRISH
March 17, 1998
Organizers of the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade will decide at 10 a.m. today whether the annual parade will be postponed because of rain. “If it’s coming down in buckets, nobody will show up and I don’t think we’ll have much of a parade,” said organizer Gene Shaughnessy.
CLOTHING COMPANIES LOSE THEIR SHIRTS, SORT OF
March 17, 1998
T-shirts and other items that were planned to commemorate Kansas University’s Final Four appearance are getting facelifts.
SUSPECT IN MAIL THEFTS WILL BE CHARGED TODAY
March 17, 1998
A transient who was arrested Sunday night after allegedly breaking into several post office boxes remained in the Douglas County Jail Monday on theft and forgery charges. Miles Eugene Gray, 34, originally was arrested on seven counts of forgery and theft and seven counts of burglary. He was being held on $23,000 bond.
D LIKE TO KNOW WHY THE SNOW FENCES WERE TAKEN DOWN THE LAST PART OF FEBRUARY?
March 17, 1998
“We made a subjective decision that we wouldn’t have another big, drifting snow,” said Frank Hempen, director of Douglas County Public Works. “We thought we were through the worst part of the winter.” Hempen said the county had put up more than 2 miles of snow fences throughout the county, all of which were taken down as county crews had time late last month.
TRAVEL-CUP DESIGN PATENT INVALIDATED
March 17, 1998
A federal court has invalidated a patent held by the owner of Lawrence’s PackerWare Corp.
SYLVIA M. SHELLEY
March 17, 1998
Services for Sylvia M. Shelley, 88, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Shelley died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at the Eudora Nursing Center.
S LOSS, COUNSELORS SAID MONDAY.
March 17, 1998
Accept the loss and move on. Don’t blame coach Roy Williams, the players or the referees. And don’t dwell on the notion that Sunday’s defeat was part of a grand, depressing pattern.
LMH RENOVATION BID UP FOR APPROVAL
March 17, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees will decide Wednesday whether to approve a bid for renovating the hospital’s intensive care unit. The board will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the hospital auditorium, 325 Maine.
JOHN H. NEWPORTJR.
March 17, 1998
Services for John H. Newport Jr., 65, Perry, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Perry American Legion Building. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry. Mr. Newport died Sunday, March 15,1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
EFFIE BAINES PATRICK
March 17, 1998
Services for Effie Baines Patrick, 83, McLouth, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Mrs. Patrick died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at her home.
DUST PROGRAM TO CLEAR AIR FOR DRIVERS
March 17, 1998
A dust palliative program is being offered once again by the county to help reduce the amount of dust coming off gravel roads.
CRACKER BARREL PLAN CRUMBLING
March 17, 1998
Plans for a new Cracker Barrel restaurant alongside a North Lawrence outlet center aren’t dead yet, but they’re in grave condition. Talks between Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Tanger Factory Outlet Center are continuing, but they’re unlikely revive the ailing deal, said Wint Winter Jr., a Lawrence attorney representing both businesses.
JUNIOR HIGH TEAM WINS STATE CHESS TOURNAMENT
March 17, 1998
A group of students from Southwest Junior High school were crowned state champions in chess this weekend, the first time a Lawrence junior high school has won the honor. “They did real well all year, but I just had no idea that we’d be able to pull it off at state,” said Kelly Barker, SWJH chess sponsor.
TOONS
March 17, 1998
I borrowed several videocassettes of Walt Disney movies from my grandchildren so I could tape off some of the songs. As I looked at the movies, and listened, I thought about what the Disney pictures had meant to us for around 70 years, 1928 being the year the first Mickey Mouse came to us. All the Mickey and Donald Duck cartoons, and all the Silly Symphonies back in the ‘30s. Is there anyone our age who doesn’t remember “The Three Little Pigs” and the way “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” became a commentary on the Great Depression? Our high school team played a team whose nickname was “Bulldogs,” and at one basketball game we all sang “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bulldogs?”
BUILDING PERMIT FEES RAISED IN BALDWIN
March 17, 1998
The Baldwin City Council on Monday night approved a slight increase in building permit fees. Under the new fees, the cost would be $596 for a new home for the first $100,000, and $3.36 for each additional $1,000 of value, city clerk Penni Porter said.