Archive for Friday, March 20, 1998

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LOCAL STUDENTS REPORTEDLY THREATEN TEACHERS
March 20, 1998
Police were called to Lawrence schools twice on Wednesday following violence that resulted in disciplinary actions. At 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, a 12-year-old male student at Kennedy School, 1605 Davis, pushed a 36-year-old female teacher and yelled obscenities at two other teachers. The altercation began in a classroom and the student began kicking the walls and screaming after being placed in a “quiet room” to calm down.
SENIOR SERVICES BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED
March 20, 1998
The Douglas County Senior Services’ Board of Directors meeting has been changed. The meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt. The meeting is open to the public.
WHERE DID THE SUITS IN PLAYING CARDS ORIGINATE?
March 20, 1998
The French invented the suits that are used today — hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs. Each suit represented one segment of medieval society. Hearts stood for the clergy, spades for the nobility, clubs for the peasants and diamonds for merchants and tradesmen. Why do snakes dart out their tongues?
CORPORATION MAKES RECORD INVESTMENT IN LAWRENCE
March 20, 1998
Calling it exactly the sort of “blue-ribbon company” the state wanted, Gov. Bill Graves on Thursday welcomed Sauer-Sundstrand Corp. to Lawrence. Joined by officials of the city of Lawrence and Douglas County, Graves and officials of the Iowa-based manufacturing company, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at East Hills Business Park.
CRACKER BARREL NOT COMING
March 20, 1998
It’s official: Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores isn’t coming to Lawrence. In a letter to city hall on Thursday, a Lawrence attorney who represents the Tennessee-based restaurant and gift-store chain withdrew applications for land use permits sought by Cracker Barrel and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, where the restaurant was going to build.
WHY DO SNAKES DART OUT THEIR TONGUES?
March 20, 1998
Although snake watchers at zoos love to see reptiles flick their tongues, imagining they are ready to pounce on some unsuspecting prey, the tongues are perfectly harmless. Snakes don’t sting or use their forked tongues as weapons. The tongue is actually an invaluable sensory organ for the snake. It enables the reptile to troll for food (just as a fisherman sticks his line out in the water and hopes for the best), while feeling its way along the ground. It does this by bringing in bits of organic matter that it can smell or taste, alerting it to a potential food source. Some evidence suggests that a snake’s tongue is equally sensitive to sound vibrations, warning it of potential prey or predators.
THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED TO MOVE STUDENTS FROM TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ON THURSDAY.
March 20, 1998
The Lawrence school board on a 4-3 vote approved elementary school boundary changes that would move all students west of Monterey Way and north of Sixth Street from Quail Run to Deerfield school. Also, students living in the Heatherwood addition in areas east of Kasold and north of Clinton Parkway will go to Schwegler, rather than Sunflower School.
TWO MEN INDICTED IN BANK ROBBERY
March 20, 1998
Two men accused of robbing a Douglas County Bank branch on Feb. 19 have been indicted by a federal grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Thursday. Clarence Wayne Cheek, 34, and William Buckley, 35, were indicted Wednesday in Topeka by a federal grand jury for the robbery of the Douglas County Bank branch at 711 W. 23rd.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
March 20, 1998
* A 17-year-old girl who was a witness to a Jefferson County crime told police a suspect in the crime threatened her during a phone call Tuesday night. The 17-year-old lives in the 600 block of Tennessee. * A resident reported hearing two gunshots in the 400 block of California at 12:02 a.m. Thursday, but police found no evidence or damage in the area.
BAKER UNIVERSITY PAYS HONOR TO OUTSTANDING PARTNERS-IN-PROGRESS
March 20, 1998
Baker University annually pays honor to Lawrence residents who have given in time, talent and treasure to the community.
MAXINE DAVIS
March 20, 1998
Services for Maxine Davis, 73, Appleton City, Mo., will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Milster Chapel, El Dorado Springs, Mo. Mrs. Davis died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
STADIUM PROJECT PHASE II APPROVED
March 20, 1998
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved the final plans and contracts for the second phase of construction and structural repairs to KU’s Memorial Stadium. The work is part of an overall renovation project at the football stadium that has been under way since November. The second phase of structural improvements will focus on top coating and deficiencies on the east side and north bowl area of the stadium.
PERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCES ITS FALL SEMESTER HONOR ROLL.
March 20, 1998
Seventh-graders on B-plus honor roll: Daniel Benedict, Shyann Coffey, Jackie Corcoran, Paul Foltz, Kerri Hertlein, Jamie Lobb, Jessica Lucy, Miranda Matheny, Kyle Perry, Crystallynn Quigley, Noah Rees, Jaclyn Simpson, Daniel Vannicola, Elizabeth Warriner, Dean Watson, Luke Zahniser. Seventh-graders on A-minus honor roll: Dorothy Beatty, Jason Boose, Rachel Creek, Michelle Hendrix, Jessica Hildreth, Brandy Jones, Erin Mahoney, Adam Painter, Kim Schweda, Travis Sieve, Matt Wissman, Shannon Wilson.
TO LOOK AT PLAYING CARDS
March 20, 1998
“Know Your Antiques” will focus on collectible playing cards at its meeting April 15 at Watkins Community Museum of History. Dorotha Douglas, member of the national organization “The Fifty-Two Plus,” will display decks from her collection and discuss collecting decks of playing cards.
I FILED MY TAXES A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I AM EXPECTING A REFUND. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I CAN CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY RETURN AND THE REFUND CHECK?
March 20, 1998
The IRS has established a telephone service where taxpayers can seek information about this year’s tax returns and the status of their refunds. The toll-free call can offer tips for filing taxes, accessing forms or checking that the IRS has indeed received your return. The number is (800) 829-1040. Taxpayers also may call (800) 829-4477 for information on tax topics and status of returns; (800) 829-3676 for instructions on downloading tax forms by fax and how to place an order for publications.
S REVISIONS FAR FROM OVER, OFFICIALS INSIST
March 20, 1998
Lawrence legislators and education officials say the higher education plan doesn’t do enough for state universities.
DAVID TRAMMELL
March 20, 1998
Memorial services for David Devon Trammell, 25, Philadelphia, Pa., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. James A.M.E. Church, Lawrence. Burial will be held at a later date in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Trammell died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.
BIRTHS
March 20, 1998
Michael and Mary Pat Lange, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday.
CORRECTION
March 20, 1998
An obituary for Donna Louise King Stegall, 49, Lawrence, in Thursday’s Journal-World incorrectly said that her funeral would be next week. The services were held Monday in Rolla, Mo.
COUPLE FEELS RAGE OVER ROAD
March 20, 1998
A rural Oskaloosa couple has had a long battle with the county over improving the muddy road in front of their home.
KANSANS FOR LIFE TO HOLD MEETING
March 20, 1998
Kansans for Life will have an educational meeting at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The group is the Kansas Affiliate of the National Right To Life Committee. Refreshments will be served.
SOME MUSINGS ABOUT THE NEWS
March 20, 1998
Some random comments drafted as I sit in my reclining chair with an ice pack against my leg: Will the Starr hearings ever end? I’d bet that, unless something develops right away, Ken Starr will find something to investigate about the Clintons right up to Jan. 20, 2001. He hasn’t even touched the high school years yet.
UTILITY MERGER PLAN ANALYZED BY OFFICIALS
March 20, 1998
The company would have assets of $8.2 billion, and combined revenues for last year would have been approximately $2.1 billion. Kansas City, Mo. (ap) — Savings for electric customers already are factored into the restructured merger agreement under which Western Resources Inc. and Kansas City Power & Light Co. plan to create a new electric utility, top executives say.
KU HOSPITAL BEGINS TRANSFORMATION TO PUBLIC AUTHORITY
March 20, 1998
Much remains to be completed to turn the day-to-day operations of KU Hospital over to a public authority by Dec. 31.
CONNECTED TO KU
March 20, 1998
Answering phones at the KU Information Center is just one way the chancellor keeps tabs on the university. It’s a small thing, but the willingness of Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway to answer a telephone and random questions for a few hours is a good indication of how important he thinks it is to keep in touch with the university.
FAITHFUL HEAD TO MEXICO FOR SPRING BREAK
March 20, 1998
Some members of a Lawrence church group will spend their spring break helping the poor in Mexico.
KANSAS COULD EVENTUALLY BE THE FINAL DESTINATION FOR LUKE AXTELL, WHO HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LEAVE TEXAS AFTER ONE SEASON.
March 20, 1998
Luke Axtell may continue his college basketball career at Kansas. Axtell, a 6-foot-9 freshman guard/forward who has received his release from his scholarship at the University of Texas, is definitely interested in KU, his mother confirmed Thursday night.
LOWE SAYS SOME QUESTIONS BEST UNANSWERED
March 20, 1998
Abra Moore makes a surprise appearance at the Austin Musical Awards Show.
DAVID TRAMMELL
March 20, 1998
Memorial services for David Devon Trammell, 25, Philadelphia, Pa., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. James A.M.E. Church, Lawrence. Burial will be held at a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Trammell died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.
ROAD CONDITIONS
March 20, 1998
Interstate 70 west and east of Lawrence was mainly wet with some slick spots west of Salina, authorities said Thursday night. For motorists traveling south, the Kansas Turnpike was reported slick in areas from Emporia south to the Oklahoma border, but was being treated, a dispatcher said.
JOHN ALAN LEROY
March 20, 1998
Funeral services for John Alan LeRoy, 22, Wellsville, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson and Son Chapel, Wellsville. Burial will follow at the Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. LeRoy died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, in rural Wellsville after a car accident.
CONVICTED KILLER GETS LIFE SENTENCE
March 20, 1998
A convicted killer claimed his innocence just before being sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Floyd White Jr.