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POWWOW SCHEDULED TODAY AT HASKELL
May 2, 1998
The Lawrence Indian Education program, a school district group, is holding its fifth annual powwow today. Organizers expect at least a dozen vendors and 50 dancers at the Haskell powwow grounds.
LOCAL STUDENTS COMPETE IN HISTORY DAY FINALS
May 2, 1998
Students from around the state will gather to make history today at the Eisenhower Center in Abilene. Featuring the theme “Migration in History: People, Ideas, Cultures,” the 1998 History Day state finals will be attended by 250 students in grades six through 12 from eight state districts. Students will present original dramatic performances, media presentations, historical papers and three-dimensional exhibit projects. State winners will go on to the National History Day competition June 14-18 at the University of Maryland at College Park.
LAWRENCE AUTO LOT REPORTS THEFT OF RV
May 2, 1998
A man who reportedly used a forged cashier’s check to steal a $32,000 recreational vehicle was last seen driving north out of Lawrence in his new home. The suspect went to Mike’s Auto Sales, 1001 N. Third, last week to look at the vehicle, made by Swinger.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS
May 2, 1998
Stephen Jordan, who has been the Kansas Board of Regents’ executive director since 1994, will become president of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Topeka (ap) — The leader of the Kansas Board of Regents’ staff is resigning to become president of a university in Washington state.
MARCH COVERAGE
May 2, 1998
To the editor: I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see that the 1998 Human Rights March and Rally on April 25 did not receive any coverage by the Journal-World. I think it was worthy of at least a small article to inform people that it happened.
FREE SCREENING CLINIC TO BE HELD FOR TODDLERS
May 2, 1998
The Douglas County Infant/Toddler Coordinating Council will have a free screening clinic for children age 3 or younger. Children will be screened by child development professionals who will look at your child’s gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech and language development, and self-help and personal-social development.
SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, SEN. DANIEL MOYNIHAN TOLD A DALLAS AUDIENCE HE THINKS THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD MAY BE CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR WAR THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE ATOMIC BOMBS WERE DROPPED ON JAPAN TO END
May 2, 1998
Moynihan was, and is, an outspoken critic of the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. This past Thursday, members of the Senate voted 80-19 to expand NATO across the former Iron Curtain.
POLICE SUPPORT
May 2, 1998
To the editor: I would like to publicly thank the Lawrence Police Department for allowing me to attend the 10th annual Citizens Police Academy. It was interesting and enlightening and at times quite sobering. I also enjoyed getting to interact with some of my fellow citizens of all ages.
FIRST-GRADERS AIM TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
May 2, 1998
Students learn the importance of jobs through a Junior Achievement volunteer.
PROBATION FOR INTIMIDATING WITNESS TACKED ONTO SENTENCE
May 2, 1998
A Lawrence man convicted of threatening a witness in his attempted voluntary manslaughter case was put on two years’ probation Friday morning. Julius Miller Jr., 20, won’t have to serve any extra time in the probation program, however. Friday’s sentence will run concurrent with the three years of probation he’s serving for the attempted voluntary manslaughter case.
SEA OF SPRAWL
May 2, 1998
To the editor: Reading last week’s Journal-World “Progress” edition has changed my life. Up until then I had only thought about becoming actively involved in the struggle to preserve our community and its surrounding open spaces.
FRANCES HEPNER
May 2, 1998
Services for Frances Hepner, 91, Baldwin, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin. Burial will follow in Worden Cemetery. Mrs. Hepner died Thursday, April 30, 1998, at Baldwin Care Center.
S ABOUT TIME
May 2, 1998
The Federal Aviation Administration’s interest in radar problems at Kansas International Airport should be welcomed by area travelers. Travelers flying in and out of Kansas City International Airport will be glad to know that glitches in the facility’s air traffic control system finally have gotten the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration. Control of KCI flights is being switched to a tower in Olathe from 9 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Sunday to give FAA officials a chance to perform diagnostic testing on equipment in the KCI control tower. While they’re at it, they’ll be performing some preventive maintenance on the system.
EUDORA SUPERINTENDENT IN RUNNING FOR NEW POST
May 2, 1998
Supt. Dan Bloom is a finalist in the superintendent search in Coffeyville.
PEARSON SERVICES
May 2, 1998
Services for Donald R. Pearson, 87, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Pearson died April 30, 1998, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburg.
CRIME STOPPERS REWARD IS RECORD
May 2, 1998
An unidentified caller who helped capture suspects in a June 1997 murder case will receive the largest payoff in the history of the Douglas County Crime Stoppers program. The caller — whose identity and gender is kept secret through the tip program — told authorities information that led to the arrest of two men in connection with Robert Baldwin’s death.
DOG-AND-FRISBEE SHOW SET FOR SUNDAY
May 2, 1998
Frisbee-catching dogs will compete for fun and prizes Sunday in South Park. The 1998 Alpo Canine Frisbee Disc Championships will jump into the park at 2 p.m. Sunday. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
May 2, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A television, camera, stereo system and hand tools, valued at $1,900, were reported stolen from a storage unit at 2910 Iowa between Oct. 31 and Wednesday.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
May 2, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Three handguns and other items valued at $1,650 were reported stolen between noon April 24 and 5:30 p.m. April 26 from a residence in the 1200 block of Vantuyl Drive.
VALUATION NOTICES ARE IN THE MAIL
May 2, 1998
The Douglas County appraiser’s office has mailed the 1998 personal property valuation notices, including descriptions of property such as mobile homes, boats and business equipment. The notices include the value of the property for 1998.
OLD HOMETOWN MAY 4 IN 1898
May 2, 1998
On May 4, 1898, the enlistment of many young men into military service due to the Spanish American War was causing a re-evaluation of what young people could do. The Lawrence World observed: “In politics when a young fellow announces himself for office he is frowned upon on account of his youth and people say that we want older and more experienced men to represent us. Just now it is different and a large per cent of the men enlisting in the volunteer army could not grow a beard if the success of their arms depended upon it. If a man is experienced enough to fight for his country and represent it by force of arms, he ought to be capable of serving it as well in other capacities.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
OLD HOMETOWN MAY 3 IN 1898
May 2, 1998
On May 3, 1898, with the Spanish-American war under way the headlines read: “They Are Ott. — A Tremendous Farewell To Our Soldier Boys — A Great Parade. — The Biggest Turnout of Citizens Seen in Lawrence For Many Years,” in the Lawrence World. Despite a gloomy, rainy morning, the boys in Company H began their day at Plymouth Congregational Church where “Flags and bunting draped the entire church,” joined by many KU students the soldiers marched from the church to the depot. The World noted: “At the depot, the crowd was so intense that it was almost impossible to move in any direction and a way had to be opened for the soldiers. The number of people present ran into the thousands.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
OLD HOME TOWN MAY 2 IN 1898
May 2, 1998
On May 2, 1898, the Lawrence World’s headline read “Patriotism at the University,” and the brief item read: “At a mass meeting of the university it was decided to have no school tomorrow, the morning to be spent in honoring the Lawrence soldiers and the afternoon in watching the Kansas-Nebraska [base]ball game. All students will meet tomorrow morning at Music Hall [1001 Mass.] at 9 o’clock and will march to the depot in a body with Capt. Clarke’s company of fighters.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
LILITH FAIR, SHANIA TWAIN TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
May 2, 1998
Tickets for several Kansas City-area concerts go on sale at noon today. The concerts are: Lilith Fair, 4:30 p.m., July 2, and Shania Twain, 8 p.m. July 17, both at Sandstone Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs; and Guitars & Saxes, with Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Marc Antoine and Kirk Whalum, 8 p.m. June 6, and Gordon Lightfoot, 8 p.m. Sept. 11, both at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.
LAWRENCE WRITERS TAKE STATE HONORS
May 2, 1998
Two Lawrence writers took top honors in the ninth annual Kansas Voices writing competition, held by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. More than 300 authors submitted about 800 short stories and poems for the competition.
FIREFIGHTERS COLLECT MONEY FOR CHARITIES
May 2, 1998
Lawrence firefighters and paramedics will be asking for donations this weekend for two charity projects. In one of the projects, called “Fill the Helmet,” firefighters will take donations to send children who have received burns or other injuries to a summer camp. That project is being held in conjunction with firefighters collecting donations in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., and Johnson County.
WHY DOES THE POST OFFICE ON 31ST STREET FLY ITS FLAG AT NIGHT AND DURING STORMS?
May 2, 1998
“It’s flown at night because it is a lighted flagpole. If the flagpole was not lighted we would not fly it,” said Bill Lawrence, assistant Lawrence postmaster. “As far as bad weather, during severe weather, such as tornadoes or something like that, the flag would be taken down,” Lawrence said.
GOVERNMENT AT WORK?
May 2, 1998
Did anyone in state government know exactly what they were doing when they approved a ban on late-term abortions in Kansas? Remarks by Gov. Bill Graves on Friday concerning a bill banning late-term abortions in Kansas offer a sad commentary on the state’s legislative process.
HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS SUNFLOWER GIRLS MEET
May 2, 1998
Saturday at Olathe California Trail Junior High Team Scoring: Shawnee Mission East 215, Olathe East 190, Leavenworth 172, Lawrence High 157, SM Northwest 130, SM South 114, SM North 101, Free State 90, Olathe South 81, SM West 61, Olathe North 60.
S CRITICS NOT ALLAYED BY SRS REPORT
May 2, 1998
An SRS report on Kaw Valley Center isn’t enough to satisfy legislators who continue to tangle with the foster care issue.
DANCE COMPANY KICKS UP HEELS
May 2, 1998
University Dance Company’s spring concert is a choreographic adventure that takes the audience through time and round the globe. From classical ballet to East Indian dance, from the Renaissance to 1930s jazz — it’s a diverse program that entertains and intrigues. “Donizetti Pas de Six,” a ballet by Jerel Hilding and set to “Concertino for English Horn and Orchestra in G Major” by Donizetti, uses a ribbon to tie together the movements of soloist, duet, trio and sextet. Outstanding are the graceful and technically sound Chih-Pei Gan and Kooi-Lan Tan.
COWARDLY ARSONISTS
May 2, 1998
It is well to have a special period designed to cut down on the more than 500,000 set fires that our nation is subjected to each year. Many crimes reflect cowardice by the perpetrators, but easily one of the most disgusting is arson — whether it be in an apartment house, a dormitory, public building or private home. And in recent years, Lawrence and Douglas County have seen examples of all of these. Incredibly, the death and injury tolls have not been much higher.
DID THE LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY MEET ITS GOAL OF 100 PEOPLE CHECKING BOOKS OUT THEMSELVES?
May 2, 1998
The library exceeded the goal on 3M’s Check-it-out Yourself Day. One hundred ninety-nine people used the SelfCheck machine that day.
COUNTY TECHNOLOGY
May 2, 1998
Douglas County comissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the courthouse. Among issues they will discuss is spending $69,300 on records management software for the register of deeds office without bidding out the purchase.
SUSPECT IN ROBBERIES HAS RUN-IN WITH LAW
May 2, 1998
The suspect, trying to flee police on foot, was captured when he ran into a police car and injured his leg.
CHILDREN WILL PAY
May 2, 1998
Kansas can’t afford to sit back and wait for its privatized foster care system to get better. How much is the welfare of a child worth?
LAW OFFICERS CONVERGE IN LAWRENCE
May 2, 1998
Dozens of law enforcement officers were in town Friday night to honor their colleagues at the Joint Law Enforcement Conference Banquet.
TRIP SOUVENIR LEAVES LASTING IMPRESSION
May 2, 1998
Henna paints a bright picture for people who are dyeing to be different.
KU STUDENT MAKES PIANO CONTEST SEMIFINALS
May 2, 1998
Francis Yang, a doctoral student in piano at Kansas University, is one of eight semifinalists in the 21st annual Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition in Canada. The final rounds of the competition will be held through Sunday in Brandon, Manitoba.
GREYHOUND GROUP PLANS RACING PROTEST
May 2, 1998
A protest against the racing industry’s overbreeding of greyhounds will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the “horse fountain” on the Country Club Plaza, at 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway. The event is organized by the Retired Greyhounds as Pets group, a nonprofit organization.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
May 2, 1998
* A 43-year-old man with stab wounds in his back showed up just after 9 p.m. Friday in the emergency room of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Police said he refused to give them any information about how he was wounded. Randy Hoover was admitted to the hospital and was listed in fair condition Friday night.
FILIBUSTER THREATENED TO FORCE VOTE ON KAW DREDGING
May 2, 1998
A Lawrence senator is considering a filibuster today to get the Senate to approve recreation areas on the Kansas River.
COUNTY OFFICIAL BIDS TO BYPASS THE RULES ON SOFTWARE PURCHASE
May 2, 1998
The county hopes to buy software that will scan in records in the register of deeds office in less time than it would take staffers to input them on computer.