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May 5, 1998
Two Lawrence men are in the Douglas County Jail today, awaiting a court hearing in what police are calling a staged armed robbery early Monday in a Lawrence park. A man carrying a handgun and a tire iron approached two men shortly after midnight Sunday in the north part of Centennial Park, near Sixth Street and Rockledge Road, said Tom Moore, a Lawrence police spokesman.
WHEAT, CORN PROGRESS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
May 5, 1998
The Kansas wheat crop is in better-than-normal condition and corn planting continues ahead of schedule, a weekly report said Monday. As of Sunday, Kansas Agricultural Statistics said, 78 percent of the state’s wheat crop was in good or excellent condition, compared with 54 percent a year ago.
REPTILE INTEREST GROUP TO MEET AT KU
May 5, 1998
A meeting for people interested in snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas Biological Survey, Foley Hall, Room 125 on Kansas University’s West Campus. The meeting is sponsored by the North American Amphibian & Reptile Interest Group and will be led by Joe Collins, herpetologist emeritus at the KU Natural History Museum.
S RESTRICTED EARNINGS COST-CUTTING MEASURE BACKFIRED BIG TIME ON MONDAY.
May 5, 1998
The restricted-earnings coach rule was adopted at the 1991 NCAA Convention as a way to save money and create an entry level coaching position in various college sports. “That’s fairly expensive cost-cutting legislation,” Kansas athletics director Bob Frederick said Monday after learning the NCAA had been ordered to pay almost $67 million in damages to 1,900 coaches for restricting their salaries.
GET INVOLVED
May 5, 1998
To the editor: I am writing in regard to the article “Loving the children…hating the system” in the April 26 Journal-World.
JAMES BURDETTE SMITH
May 5, 1998
Services for James Burdette Smith, 83, Kansas City, Mo., will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Martin City Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park.
HELEN E. HENRY
May 5, 1998
Services for Helen Henry, 81, Independence, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Potts Chapel, Independence. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cave Springs Cemetery, Sarcoxie, Mo. Mrs. Henry died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Mercy Hospital, Independence.
TEACHERS, BUSINESSES FIND UNDERSTANDING IN EXCHANGE PROGRAM
May 5, 1998
About 14 teachers are taking part this week in a program to learn more about school-business partners.
DESOTO PATRONS UPSET WITH BOUNDARY CHANGES
May 5, 1998
Several patrons of the DeSoto school district on Monday night again voiced their displeasure with the board after it approved new elementary school boundary changes. After eight months of study, the board last month unanimously approved boundary changes. But no public comment was sought before the vote, school officials said.
DANE G. BALES JR.
May 5, 1998
Services for Dane G. Bales Jr., 50, Logan, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Logan. Burial will be held in Pleasant View Cemetery, Logan. Mr. Bales died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
NBC SPORTSCASTER WILL BE AT KU TODAY
May 5, 1998
Bob Costas, longtime broadcaster for NBC and the former voice of the Missouri Tigers, will visit the Kansas University campus today. Costas is a longtime friend of Tom Hedrick, the former voice of the Jayhawks and current lecturer in journalism at KU who arranged the visit. Costas called Missouri games in the mid-1970s.
T BEND RULES TO BUY SOFTWARE
May 5, 1998
Before shelling out $70,000 to an Atchison company for software, Douglas County commissioners want to make sure they’re getting the best price.
COUNTY OKS SPENDING
May 5, 1998
Douglas County commissioners approved spending more than $100,000 Monday for equipment for several county offices. * The commission approved $33,948 for a new vehicle for the Eudora EMS first responder squad. Eudora Township will pay $8,000, and the city of Eudora will pay $15,948 toward the Suburban. The county will contribute the remaining $10,000 from the ambulance capital reserve fund.
CITY GETS ROLLING ON BICYCLE SAFETY
May 5, 1998
Several projects and plans to improve bicycle safety and convenience are on track at city hall.
CHARLES LINCOLN PETEFISH
May 5, 1998
Services for Charles Lincoln Petefish, 54, Indianapolis, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Castleton United Methodist Church. Cremation is planned, with burial in Washington Park East Cemetery. Mr. Petefish died Monday, May 4, 1998.
FOR PURCHASES LESS THAN $2,000, THE COUNTY CAN MAKE PURCHASES WITHOUT GETTING BIDS OR COMMISSION APPROVAL.
May 5, 1998
For purchases $2,000 to $5,000, the county is required to have at least two bids. If the item is budgeted and the county accepts the lowest bid, the department head can OK the purchase. If it’s not budgeted, the department head can initiate the purchase, but the commission must approve it. For purchases $5,000 to $10,000, the county requires at least informal bidding, and the department head can approve the purchase if the department budgeted the item and accepts the low bid. If it rejects the low bid or if the item was not budgeted, the commission must approve the purchase.
BALDWIN MAY NAME ADMINISTRATOR THIS WEEK
May 5, 1998
A new city administrator likely will be named this week, following interviews with four finalists for the job last weekend. City Clerk Penni Porter said a press release likely will be issued this week after the new administrator is picked by the city council.
OLD HOMETOWN MAY 5 IN 1898
May 5, 1998
On May 5, 1898, the 2nd District Republican Convention held at Ottawa after 335 ballots, nominated local businessman J. D. Bowersock as their U.S. Congressional candidate. The Lawrence World reported “The announcement of the nomination in Lawrence was greeted with the blowing of whistles, ringing of bells, etc.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
SON OF KU BENEFACTORS DIES
May 5, 1998
Dane G. Bales Jr., son of Kansas University benefactors Dane and Polly Bales, died Sunday at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He was 50. The younger Bales attended KU in the early 1970s.
CARS AT COMPLEX TARGETS OF BURGLARY
May 5, 1998
Four cars were burglarized early Sunday in a south Lawrence apartment complex, Lawrence police said Monday. Tom Moore, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the burglaries occurred sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Sunday in an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street.
STREETS TO STUDY
May 5, 1998
Officials’ “Top 10 Priority List” of Lawrence streets to be evaluated for “bicycle/auto compatibility,” the first step toward installation of possible bicycle lanes: 1. Naismith Drive. 2. Ninth Street. 3. Sixth Street. 4. Tennessee Street. 5. Kentucky Street. 6. Vermont Street. 7. Louisiana Street. 8. 15th Street. 9. 19th Street. 10. 11th Street.
OTTAWA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI TO FETE LONGTIME VOLUNTEER
May 5, 1998
Marian Rader Alderman of Ottawa will receive the Esther Ruth Award during the annual Ottawa University Alumni Banquet, May 16, in the Mowbray Union. The award is for her many years of volunteer service to the university and the Ottawa community.
RUBY IOLA JONES
May 5, 1998
Services for Ruby Iola Jones, 80, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Ms. Jones died Monday, May 4, 1998.
RIVER RECREATION BILL SINKS IN LEGISLATURE
May 5, 1998
A Kansas River corridor plan was nixed in final hours of the 1998 Legislature, but a repeat attempt is expected to resurface next year.
PAYROLL TAX BITE DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS
May 5, 1998
A recent study shows that average workers pay 28 percent of their incomes in payroll taxes — and much of it is hidden.
LECOMPTON CHOOSES FIRM FOR SEWER STUDY
May 5, 1998
The Lecompton city council hired a Topeka engineering firm to conduct a study of the city’s sewer and lagoon upgrades. Kramer Engineering was hired to conduct the study for about $3,000, Mayor Roy Paslay said.
KENNETH BOND
May 5, 1998
Services for Kenneth Porter Bond, 81, Long Beach, Calif., were held Friday in Long Beach. Mr. Bond died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Long Beach.
WOODLING COLUMN
May 5, 1998
For years they were known as non-revenue sports because, as the name implies, they cost money yet produced very little, if any, income. Today they’re more euphemistically known as Olympic sports.
SESSION VICTORY FOR GTAS
May 5, 1998
Kansas University graduate teaching assistants were celebrating Monday, as the Legislature earlier in the morning preserved their right to negotiate with the administration.
GRAVES PUSHES TRANSPORTATION
May 5, 1998
In his talk to a Lawrence group, the governor said he is “very committed” to the completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
TOURISM CONTINUES TO TALLY IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS LOCALLY
May 5, 1998
The Lawrence Convention and Visitors bureau is marking National Tourism Week.
WATER WORLD
May 5, 1998
Cities across the United States are looking at the quality of drinking water this week Twenty-three city employees operate Lawrence’s two water treatment facilities, which will be pumping up to 20 million gallons of water a day from the Kansas River and Clinton Lake this summer.
S STOCK SOARS ON CANCER CURE REPORT
May 5, 1998
A story in Sunday’s New York Times boosts Entremed’s stock as high as $85. Boston (ap) — The stock of a company developing a new cancer treatment leaped from $12 to $85 at one point Monday, even while doctors cautioned against getting too excited over something that has been tested only on mice.
HISTORY
May 5, 1998
A KU professor promotes Cinco de Mayo as a day for everyone — not just Hispanics — to celebrate.
AREA FIRST-GRADERS ARE SWIMMING IN MANATEE FACTS.
May 5, 1998
Wakarusa Valley School first-grader Hannah Norman spent Monday morning encouraging 200 of her contemporaries to eat crackers while holding their noses. It wasn’t exactly manatee cuisine, but Hannah and her classmates were making a point.
CLOSING TIME
May 5, 1998
Not all the decisions hammered out in the closing hours of the legislative session are good ones, but overall, 1998 was a favorable year for Kansas lawmakers. Things always get interesting when the Kansas Legislature races toward the finish line, and this year was no exception. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the Legislature’s final hours.
ASHANTE JOHNSON, A 6-FOOT-9 FORWARD FROM CANADA COLLEGE, PICKED KU OVER XAVIER, PEPPERDINE AND FLORIDA STATE.
May 5, 1998
Kansas has added some size to its basketball lineup. Ashante Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound sophomore forward from Canada College in Redwood City, Calif., on Monday signed a national letter of intent with KU.
BILAL COOK, JERMAINE CROMERDIE, J.J. JOHNSON AND AVERY RANDLE WERE ARRESTED EARLY SUNDAY DURING A FIGHT DOWNTOWN.
May 5, 1998
The four men arrested in a fight involving some 200 people early Sunday in downtown Lawrence are or were Kansas University football players. They are:
BIRTHS
May 5, 1998
Robert and Gigi Woodard, Lawrence, a boy, Monday. Dana Duellman and Scott Indermaur, Lawrence, a boy, Monday.
KENNETH URBANSKI
May 5, 1998
No services are planned for Kenneth John Michael Urbanski, 51, Atlantic Beach. Mr. Urbanski died Sunday, May 3, 1998.