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March 27, 1998
Sales in the Midwest were up 8.2 percent, a real estate trade group said.
MARCH WINDS BLOW IN STORMS
March 27, 1998
Strong winds on Thursday blew away trash cans around town and grounded most aircraft at the Lawrence Municipal Airport but caused no major damage or power outages, area officials said. The winds, which held steady between 20 and 40 mph, were expected to continue today in advance of an approaching cold front.
BIKE SHOP OWNERS FACE LAWSUIT
March 27, 1998
The fire that destroyed a bike and outdoor supplies store may have been started by packing materials near a water heater, but a definite cause was not found.
FUND-RAISER NETTING NEW RECORDS
March 27, 1998
Diners at the St. John School Lenten Fish Fry have something to dance about this year. Patrons have been able to enjoy live music as they wait in the cafeteria-style lines, said Pat Coate, who heads the five-member volunteer committee in charge of the event.
LACK OF INFORMATION HINDERS PROTOCOL
March 27, 1998
While the flags outside Lawrence’s city hall flew at half-staff Thursday in honor of U.S. Rep. Steven Schiff, R-N.M., other governmental agencies didn’t follow suit. Here’s why:
PENDING SPENDING ACTIONS
March 27, 1998
In other actions on the spending bill, the Senate: Reacted to this week’s Arkansas school shootings by adopting an amendment by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, R-N.M., to provide $10 million to help schools increase security by giving them access to technology developed by the government’s Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M.
S BOOK CLUB?
March 27, 1998
For information about Oprah’s Book Club, write to Harpo Productions, Box 909715, Chicago, Ill., 60607. The club, which began in 1997, consists of a monthly selection of a book to talk about during a future episode of “Oprah.” It has produced numerous bestsellers.
HEARD IN TOWN
March 27, 1998
Friendship Club met March 16 honoring McLouth Honor students: Gary Walker, Brian Shuler, Lorelei Garcia, Amy Pierce, Nancy Sproul, Casey Weltha, Tim Pierce, Jessica Nowak, Sandi Swisher, Katie Crawford, Jessica Funk, Principal Nancy Albrecht, Ginger Koerner and Cliff Weeks. Other guests were Kathleen McConnell, Davis, Calif.; Oona and Marcus Woodhead, Myrtice Fuqua, Alicia Wood, the Rev. Wayne Castle, Sharon Combs, Shirley Courtney. Delores and David Hornback and Gladys Murphy became members. Nancy Albrecht gave a short message. John Bower gave the table prayer. Birthdays were observed by Dorothy Funk, Louise Gilbert, Freda Meyer and Bea Abegg. Jeanne and Evan Hoit observed an anniversary. Maxine Voelker made a motion to purchase more silverware, seconded by Peggy Lash. The motion carried. The Lawrence shopping trip will be April 9. The Health Clinic will be 10 a.m.- to noon April 20.
MARTHA JAMISON
March 27, 1998
Services for Martha Jamison, 91, Centropolis, will be at 10:30 am. Saturday at Eight-Mile Old German Baptist Brethren Church northwest of Centropolis. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Jamison died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Colonial Manor nursing home in Lawrence.
SEMINAR TO EXPLORE LEGAL PROFESSION
March 27, 1998
Judges, attorneys and others in the legal profession will be taking a look at the next millennium during a two-day conference next week.
DISTRICT ANNOUNCES KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP
March 27, 1998
Calling all Kindergartners! It’s Round Up time, and each of the elementary schools in the Lawrence school district is planning enrollment for children who turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.
DOUGLAS COUNTY CHILDREN FARE WELL IN STUDY
March 27, 1998
Immunizations and child care were the strongest categories for Douglas County children in Kansas Kids Count.
JENNIFER L. TRAPP
March 27, 1998
Services for Jennifer L. Trapp, 23, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lawrence. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Ms. Trapp died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence.
HOW AND WHY DO HORSES SLEEP STANDING UP?
March 27, 1998
Horses have a unique system of interlocking ligaments and bones in their legs, which serves as a sling to suspend their body weight without strain while their muscles are completely relaxed. Thus, horses don’t have to exert any energy consciously to remain standing — their legs are locked in the proper position during sleep. Most horses do most of their sleeping while standing, but patterns differ. Veterinarians say it is not unusual for horses to stand continuously for as long as a month, or more. Because horses are heavy but have relatively fragile bones, lying in one position for a long time can cause muscle cramps.
SECRETARY LAUDED
March 27, 1998
To the editor: I was delighted to see your coverage of Jane Johnson’s long career as the chancellor’s secretary at KU. Jane is one of the best people I have ever worked with and she has made the chancellor’s office function with efficiency and humanity for generations of students.
FINAL FOUR NOTEBOOK
March 27, 1998
Brenda VanLengen, executive director of the women’s Final Four, said the apparent suicide on Wednesday of former Kansas player Jennifer Trapp hasn’t gone unnoticed. “It’s something I know a lot of people here have been touched by,” VanLengen said. “Many of us here have been affected. She had just graduated last year and everybody from throughout the Big 12 Conference knows who she was. It’s very sad. Our hearts go out to her family and to the Kansas program.”
ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION READIES FOR MOVE
March 27, 1998
Next month, the KU Endowment Association will be moving into its new home on West Campus.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 27, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Alarms at two liquor stores Thursday morning alerted police to a break-in and what may have been an attempted burglary. At 1:50 a.m. Thursday, police went to Diane’s Liquors, 1806 Mass., where a metal chair had been thrown through a window. Thirteen bottles of liquor were stolen and about $700 in damage was done to the door. At 3:30 a.m., an alarm at Craig Retail Liquor, 1910 Haskell Ave., alerted police to a broken window. A rock had been thrown through the window, causing a small hole. There was nothing stolen from the store.
AUTHOR TO VISIT KU NEXT WEEK
March 27, 1998
An author and black studies scholar acclaimed for taking his message to the streets will soon be delivering that message to Kansas University. Michael Eric Dyson, author of “Race Rules,” will speak about the education community and diversity in America at 7 p.m. April 3 at KU’s Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
TEACHER INTERVIEW DAY SCHEDULED AT KU
March 27, 1998
More than 100 school representatives from Kansas, Missouri and as far away as California are scheduled to participate in a “teacher interview day” Thursday at Kansas University. The event is designed to give KU students, alumni and other interested teacher candidates the opportunity to meet individually with representatives of school districts with vacancies or future openings.
KU OFFICIALS SAY ECONOMIC IMPACT GREATER THAN REPORTED
March 27, 1998
A national survey tries to assess states’ returns on their dollars spent on universities.
BIRTHS
March 27, 1998
Noreena Williams and Heath Morgan, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday. Melanie Harp, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday.
MEETING TO FOCUS ON HOMELESS
March 27, 1998
The executive director of Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc. will describe that city’s success in assisting homeless people at a Tuesday meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, Ninth and Vermont. Junell Norris’ speech is sponsored by the Lawrence Coalition for Homeless Concerns and the Lawrence Alliance. The speech, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Room.
WHERE DID THE NAME FLEA MARKET COME FROM?
March 27, 1998
Traveling merchants of old Europe were shunned because people feared they brought in fleas that spread the plague. These merchants, though, offered very cheap prices and set up stands in whatever odd place they could find. These markets gradually became known as flea markets, according a release by the McKinzie pest control company.
HOUSE WANTS SENATE PANEL TO DREDGE UP KAW BILL
March 27, 1998
Deadlines loom, but Kansas River legislation is not moving in the House or the Senate.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 27, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A laptop computer and backpack valued on a police report at $1,730 were stolen between 8 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of West Seventh.
CONFUSION FLIES OVER FLAG RULES
March 27, 1998
The U.S. Flag Code is clear: Flags are to be flown at half-staff upon the death of a member of Congress.
A BOON TO THEATER OWNERS
March 27, 1998
As time passes, the lease agreement with the film’s distributor lets local theaters make more and more from the successful film.
PHIL ZONE BECOMING THEFT ZONE
March 27, 1998
Employees at The Phil Zone will continue “Truckin’,” but repeated thefts at the store are making them wonder what’s happening to Lawrence. In less than two years, the store’s cash box has been burglarized or stolen outright on several occasions, and shoplifting plagues the store.
CANDIDATES VIE FOR LECOMPTON COUNCIL SEATS
March 27, 1998
Four candidates, including a write-in, are seeking election to three Lecompton City Council seats.
BILLY THOMAS OF KANSAS PLACED THIRD OF EIGHT COMPETITORS AT THE NCAA FINAL FOUR THREE-POINT SHOOTING CONTEST ON THURSDAY NIGHT.
March 27, 1998
Kansas University senior shooting guard Billy Thomas placed third at the NCAA Final Four men’s three-point shooting contest on Thursday night at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. In all, eight players competed in the contest, won by Virginia’s Curtis Staples.
BARKLEY SERVICES
March 27, 1998
Memorial services for Charles Barkley, 82, Baldwin, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin. Private family inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Mr. Barkley, a former Baldwin mayor, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at his home. He was cremated.
COMMUNITY ASSETS
March 27, 1998
They may not be household names, but George Catt and Jane Johnson both have made important contributions to Lawrence and Kansas University. Two stories in Thursday’s Journal-World told of the retirement of two individuals who have played a significant and important role in helping make Lawrence and Kansas University better places.
IN 1898
March 27, 1998
On March 27, 1898, the Lawrence World noted that voter registration had come to an end and observed “The women did not register much. A large per cent of those who did were colored. It is not to the credit of the women that they take so little interest in politics. If they have the right of suffrage they ought to use it.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
2 CHURCHES TO SHAREROOF
March 27, 1998
A temporary arrangement leaves pastors hoping the community will join in the spirit of working together.
IMPORTANT WOMEN IN HISTORY WILL BE PORTRAYED BY A BALDWIN GROUP.
March 27, 1998
Just so you’ll know: A troupe of women portraying famous women will be making the rounds next week at grade schools in the Baldwin school district. Nora Cleland, for example, will portray artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Anita White will pretend to be Beatrix Potter, the author of “Tales of Peter Rabbit” and other stories for children.
PROTECTORS
March 27, 1998
Liam Mahony, co-author of “Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights,” will speak Tuesday on the practice of international accompaniment, its goals and hardship. International accompaniment is unarmed volunteers physically accompanying civilian activists who face threats from death squads and tyrannical governments.
KU, FHSU LAND MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR GIFT FROM HAYS COUPLE
March 27, 1998
The auction of 7,000 acres in northwestern Kansas this summer could mean millions for Kansas University, Fort Hays State University and a Hays hospital.
ROOM FOR ALL
March 27, 1998
To accommodate sharing the First Church of the Nazarene building between the Nazarene congregation and Victory Bible Church, a new Sunday service schedule has been worked out. A few joint services have also been added. Here is the new schedule, which begins April 5: First Church of the Nazarene