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U.S. PARKS TO BE TOPIC OF LECTURE TODAY AT KU
March 31, 1998
The chair of the history department at Yale University and a member of the National Parks and Conservation Association Board of Trustees will speak today at Kansas University about the future of America’s park system. Robin Winks’ lecture, titled “America’s National Parks: the Best Idea We’ve Ever Had,” is scheduled for 8 p.m. today at KU’s Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. The lecture is open to the public.
FAST-MOVING STORMS GO EASY ON AREA
March 31, 1998
Despite severe thunderstorm warnings for the area on Monday, no significant damage was reported.
S REQUEST LEADS TO LOWERED SPEED LIMITS
March 31, 1998
The opening of Lawrence’s newest high school has increased traffic on Folks and Peterson roads, concerning residents.
DUMPED TRUCK STOPS TRAFFIC
March 31, 1998
An overturned sanitation truck partially blocked traffic Monday afternoon along Sixth Street.
RAPE REPORTED IN LECOMPTON
March 31, 1998
A 28-year-old Lecompton woman said she was raped in January, then was struck by the same man Sunday, Douglas County sheriff’s officers reported Monday. Officers received information about both attacks Monday morning. The matter is under investigation, said sheriff’s department Lt. Mike Suitt.
POLICE REPORT ARREST IN METH MANUFACTURING
March 31, 1998
A Lawrence man was arrested Saturday night on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, Lawrence police reported Monday. Darryl Wayne James, 33, was also arrested on a Leavenworth County warrant.
CREDENTIALS?
March 31, 1998
Call the hospital’s human resources department, or inquire at the clinic where the doctor works. The American Medical Assn. has an Internet site (www.ama-assn.org) that will allow you to check the credentials of 650,000 AMA and non-AMA doctors. The site includes information on the doctor’s educational background and where he or she works.
MARGARET ELIZABETH SEWELL
March 31, 1998
Services for Margaret Elizabeth Tarwater Sewell, 89, are pending at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. She died Monday, March 30, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
S DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE IS GETTING MORE NATIONAL ATTENTION.
March 31, 1998
The April edition of Reader’s Digest, on page 48C, includes four paragraphs taken from a Wall Street Journal story written a year ago about the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band’s tax night party. The story talked about how the band had been holding the party for 10 years at the post office, Seventh and Vermont.
TO ROLL DOWN OTTAWA STREETS
March 31, 1998
Ottawa will be one of seven Kansas pit stops for the 16th Annual History Channel Great Race, a cross-country race featuring more than 80 pre-1951 vehicles. The cars will stop in downtown Ottawa for about two hours on the afternoon of June 6.
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS HARD TO PUT ASIDE
March 31, 1998
Friends of families who have experienced suicide should offer support and not pull away, the director of a local counseling center said.
CITY ANNOUNCES FERTILIZER GIVEAWAY
March 31, 1998
The city has plenty of nitrogen-rich organic matter lying around, and it’s looking to unload it all on willing local gardeners. The free fertilizer — called biosolids, or the leftovers from the city’s sewage treatment process — is available by request. All that’s necessary to score some of the prime soil conditioner is to call Jeanette Houfek, the city’s residuals coordinator, to arrange a pick-up time and get directions.
CALEB DAME
March 31, 1998
Services for Caleb Patrick Dame, the 11-week-old son of Preston and Jessica Dame, Tonganoxie, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Caleb died Monday, March 30, 1998, at his home.
CONSTRUCTION THRIVES IN CITY
March 31, 1998
Building values are soaring in the Lawrence area this year even as statewide totals dip, a new report said. For the first two months of 1998, contracts for future construction in Douglas County rocketed 66 percent, according to the F.W. Dodge Division of The McGraw Hill Cos.
PERRY RESIDENT HAS BEEN REAPPOINTED TO STATE PANEL
March 31, 1998
Gov. Bill Graves announced Monday that Dwayne Peaslee, Perry, has been reappointed to the State Building Advisory Commission. Peaslee, a retired business manager, plumber and pipefitter, represents the AFL-CIO on the state commission and is currently serving as an executive board member of the Kansas AFL-CIO.
BIOSOLIDS: COME AND GET IT
March 31, 1998
The city has plenty of biosolids — leftovers from the city’s sewage treatment process — available for local gardeners to use in their gardens. Here’s how to get some: Set up an appointment by calling Jeanette Houfek, the city’s residuals coordinator, at 832-7859. Call weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
GRABSEAT
March 31, 1998
Anyone interested in participating in the upcoming “Pedestrian Safety Roadshow,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second, needs to reserve a seat. To grab a spot, call Dorothy Stites, a management assistant at city hall, 832-3404. Although space is limited, Stites said, “there’s still plenty of room.”
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
March 31, 1998
* Lawrence police responded to a report that two gunshots were fired at 11:07 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Rockledge Road. Police said they checked out the area, but couldn’t find any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. * A 26-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Sunday on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior, Lawrence police said Monday. Police said they were on patrol at 1:55 a.m. Sunday when they observed a group of people standing in the 1000 block of Massachusetts and saw that a man had pulled his pants down to his ankles and was exposing himself to a young woman. The man was released on $250 bond, according to jail records.
TWO BLOOD DRIVES SCHEDULED IN LAWRENCE
March 31, 1998
The Kansas University Athletic Corporation is sponsoring a campus blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9 at Allen Fieldhouse. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a free cholesterol test and are eligible to win prizes from KU Athletic Corporation. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 in the Jayhawk Auditorium. Donors may schedule an appointment by contacting Jody Behlow at 840-3161.
BE PREPARED, OR ELSE
March 31, 1998
The fact there must be programs to train supervisors how to deal with potential murder tactics is sobering, to say the least. Another sad, and frightening, sign of the times:
POLICE REPORTS
March 31, 1998
* Police on Monday night were investigating the report of a bomb threat made to a local motel. An employee of the Virginia Inn Motel, 2907 W. Sixth, reported that about 5:30 p.m. someone called and said a device would blow up if certain demands were not met. The caller hung up, however, before any demands were made. No explosive device was found in the area, police said.
SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUPS
March 31, 1998
There are two support groups for families of suicide victims in Lawrence. Healing After Suicide, for people affected by a suicide, meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread. For more information, call Thad Holcombe at 843-4933 or Marcia Epstein at 841-2345. Another support group for teen-agers meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every other Thursday at Headquarters Counseling Center, 1419 Mass. For more information, call Epstein, who is director of Headquarters, at 841-2345.
FREE STATE SPRING ROUNDUP
March 31, 1998
Free State High’s baseball team already has encountered a full season’s worth of obstacles and the first pitch hasn’t even been thrown. It isn’t likely that pitch will be thrown today either, but the Firebirds’ season- and home-opening doubleheader against Shawnee Mission West is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. — depending on the condition of Ice Field.
DOES HAROLD MALLONEE STILL HAVE POSSESSION OF THE FIRE TRUCK THAT USED TO BE IN SOUTH PARK? WAS AN AGREEMENT EVER REACHED OVER THAT FIRE TRUCK? WHEN WILL WE SEE IT AGAIN?
March 31, 1998
Here’s an update on the 1917 American LaFrance fire truck, which served as the city’s first aerial ladder truck and later as a popular piece of playground equipment until its removal from South Park in 1995. City Manager Mike Wildgen said that: * No, Mallonee does not have possession of the truck.
SECRETARY OF STATE TO SPEAK SATURDAY
March 31, 1998
Ron Thornburgh, secretary of state, will speak at the Douglas County Republican Women’s membership brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Centenary Methodist Church, Fourth and Elm streets. Call 843-9117 for reservations.
THE PEACE BRIGADE
March 31, 1998
To learn more about Peace Brigades International, call the American headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., (510) 540-0749, or log on to the group’s web site, www.igc.org/pbi/ index.html.
LATHER UP
March 31, 1998
Washing your hands takes more than a swipe across a soap bar. Here are some germ-killing hints: Use soap and running water.
COUNTY PURCHASES CARSMOWERS
March 31, 1998
Douglas County commissioners approved the purchase of several items, from chairs to cars, during Monday’s meeting. The county administrator’s office will get six new conference chairs and one new desk chair for $2,180.88. About 60,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline for the sheriff’s office and Emergency Management at 70 cents a gallon will cost $42,000, and two new John Deere tractor mowers with trade-ins will cost $8,650.
CELIA KAPFER
March 31, 1998
Services for Celia Kapfer, infant daughter of Matthew and Amenda Kapfer, Lawrence, are pending at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. She died Monday, March 30, 1998, at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
LHS SPRING ROUNDUP
March 31, 1998
Weather permitting, four varsity spring sports at Lawrence High will open today. The weather hasn’t permitted much practice time for those sports — track, baseball, softball and girls soccer.
AUTHORITY TO HELP CITY STROLL TOWARD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
March 31, 1998
Anyone interested in improving pedestrian safety is invited to take part in a “Pedestrian Safety Roadshow” Wednesday night at the Union Pacific Depot.
THIRD WORLD BODYGUARDS FOCUS OF SPEECH
March 31, 1998
Tonight at Kansas University, a member of an international peace-keeping force will impart his message of nonviolent protection.
STUDY SEEKS WAY TO EASE TRAFFIC LOAD
March 31, 1998
Road officials looking for an improved Kansas City-Topeka link launch a $1.28 million study.
THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL BOARD IS POISED TO PAY $15,500 TO HIRE A CONSULTANT TO LEAD ITS SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT.
March 31, 1998
The Lawrence school board on Monday tentatively selected an Illinois consulting firm to lead its search to replace outgoing Supt. Al Azinger. The board unanimously selected The Bickert Group, Glen Ellyn, Ill. Pending background checks, the board is expected to formally announce the selection later this week.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOPES RESIDENTS CLEAN UP THEIR ACT
March 31, 1998
Health officials are using National Public Health Week to keep people informed on the importance of washing their hands.
BIRTHS
March 31, 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Richardson, Lawrence, a girl, Monday.
IN 1898
March 31, 1998
On March 31, 1898, the recent cold weather drew the following comment in the Lawrence World: “From appearances the principal Easter decorations will be snow balls and icicles.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
TRUTH AND MISCONCEPTION
March 31, 1998
The following are “facts and fables” about suicide from the American Association of Suicidology: Fable: People who talk about suicide do not kill themselves.
KEVIN HOUSTON, A 6-5 GUARD/FORWARD FROM SEWARD COUNTY CC, HAS ELIMINATED KANSAS FROM HIS LIST OF PROSPECTIVE COLLEGES.
March 31, 1998
All’s been quiet on the Kansas basketball recruiting front since Horton High’s John Crider verbally committed to KU on March 16. The silence has made some wonder whom the Jayhawks will sign during the month-long spring signing period that starts a week from Wednesday.