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VERA LAREA POOCH
May 7, 1998
Services for Vera Larea Pooch, 91, Eudora, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Clearfield United Methodist Church, rural Eudora. Burial will follow at the Clearfield Cemetery. Mrs. Pooch died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at the Eudora Nursing Home where she had been a resident since 1991. She was born Jan. 25, 1907, in Decatur County, Iowa, the daughter of Osmer M. and Nancy J. Johnson Rew.
VANDAL LEAVES MASS. STMESSES
May 7, 1998
A Lawrence man told police he was “ornery” after being arrested in a stolen truck and suspected of a downtown vandalism spree.
KU GRADUATES NAMED FELLOWSHIP WINNERS
May 7, 1998
Two Kansas University graduates, who received degrees last May, have been named 1999 National Science Foundation graduate fellowship winners, KU officials announced this week. Sarah Storms, a civil engineering graduate and current graduate student in engineering from Bridgeton, Mo., and Scott Williamson, a mathematics and systematics ecology graduate from Olathe, have each received three-year NSF fellowships that will provide about $24,500 for each year of graduate study.
RUBY IOLA JONES
May 7, 1998
Services for Ruby Iola Jones, 80, Lawrence, will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Jones died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
MISSION IN GULF
May 7, 1998
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says the United States should consider opening the door to Iran with agricultural products.
ROBERT J. HAFFERKAMP
May 7, 1998
Services for Robert J. Hafferkamp, 58, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Hafferkamp died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SUNFLOWER STUDENTS DIG INTO LESSON
May 7, 1998
First- and second-graders learn about plants and flowers in a hands-on lesson.
CAR HITS GAS METER, CAUSES LEAK
May 7, 1998
A car ran over a natural gas meter Wednesday at 117 Main in Perry, causing a gas leak which forced the evacuation of one city block. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s department said no one was injured, and no one was in the house were the meter was hit. Within 20 minutes after the car hit the meter, the leak was plugged temporarily by emergency management personnel. KPL was en route Wednesday night to fix the leak.
POLICE COMMENDED
May 7, 1998
To the editor: I am writing regarding your article, “Brawl closes Mass Street.” As a resident of Massachusetts Street, I had a bird’s-eye view of the events of last Saturday night. I feel it is necessary for me to express my appreciation for the way the officers of the Lawrence Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and the KU Police Department handled the situation.
TO THE EDITORS BECOME ONE-WOMAN SHOW
May 7, 1998
A former Lawrence resident has learned to appreciate her grandmother’s writings.
A TOPEKA PIZZERIA KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A FINE PIE.
May 7, 1998
Certain things in life are open to personal preference. Take pizza. It’s a personal choice whether one prefers Pizza Hut over Domino’s, or Little Caesars’ Pizza-Pizza over Godfather’s.
CIVIL CAMPAIGN
May 7, 1998
It probably won’t be easy, but Republicans should do their best to meet the challenge of conducting a fair and respectful primary campaign. In announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, David Miller of Eudora said he wanted to engage in “a civil campaign” with Gov. Bill Graves that doesn’t include personal attacks.
EARFUL OF JELLO
May 7, 1998
What: Jello Biafra spoken word performance. When: 8 p.m. May 15.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TO HOLD CAMPS
May 7, 1998
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will offer two summer camps for youngsters ages 8-16. The first is slated June 22-July 3 at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside. The second will be held July 6-17 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lenexa.
A NUMBER OF LOCAL LITERARY MAGAZINES AND SMALL PRESSES PUBLISH POETRY. HERE AREFEW:
May 7, 1998
Coal City Review Brian Daldorf, editor
RESIDENTS CAN FIGHT HUNGER VIA MAIL
May 7, 1998
Letter carriers across Lawrence will have heavy mail sacks on Saturday — and not just from Mothers’ Day cards. The Lawrence post offices will participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger drive, one of the largest single-day food drives in the nation. Letter carriers will be picking up non-perishable food as they deliver the mail along their routes.
JACKSON M. WRIGHT
May 7, 1998
Services for Jackson “Jack” M. Wright, 64, Horton, formerly of McLouth, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial will be at McLouth Cemetery. Mr. Wright died Monday, May 4, 1998, at his daughter’s home in Horton.
T HEARD ABOUT ANY LOCAL CELEBRATIONS. HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANY?
May 7, 1998
A week of lunchtime events, sponsored by the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the city’s Historic Resources Commission, kicks off Monday. All events are scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Here’s a rundown:
HASKELL UNION WORKERS TO PICKET
May 7, 1998
The employees’ protest will coincide with the university’s weekend commencement activities.
ECONOMIST: STATE ECONOMY BRIGHT
May 7, 1998
Kansas’ economic outlook remains strong for the rest of 1998, although trouble in Asia is expected to dampen the state’s growth. Still, the outlook remains good, said Mark Drabenstott, vice president and senior economist of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.
MARKET OFFERING NEW TWISTENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1998
More than 55 vendors offer their produce and crafts at the Farmers Market, which opens Saturday.
CRIME STOPPERS ALERT ISSUED
May 7, 1998
KU police seek students’ assistance in solving Oliver false alarm case
IF A PERSON DRIVING A VEHICLE HAS NOT HAD AN ALCOHOLIC DRINK AND THE PASSENGER SITTING BESIDE THE DRIVER IS DRINKING A BEER OR AN ALCOHOLIC COCKTAIL WOULD THE DRIVER BE GIVENTICKET?
May 7, 1998
Yes, said Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler. In Kansas, it is illegal for a driver to be operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, regardless of who is drinking, he said. I understand next week is “Historic Preservation Week” in Lawrence, but I haven’t heard about any local celebrations. Have you heard of any?
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT SELECTS OFFICERS
May 7, 1998
Glynn Sheridan of Mercantile Bank was re-elected president of the Lawrence Junior Achievement board of directors on Wednesday. Sheridan was tapped during the annual recognition breakfast for teachers and business volunteers at Alvamar Country Club.
SENATOR WITHHOLDS SUPPORT IN GOP RACE
May 7, 1998
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., declared his neutrality Wednesday in the race for the state Republican Party nomination for governor. “I will not be getting involved in the primary, but I will be backing the winner,” Brownback told reporters during a telephone news conference from Washington, D.C.
FREE TRAIL PASSES PART OF CELEBRATION
May 7, 1998
Hikers and bikers will be able to use the Prairie Spirit Trail for free Saturday. The free trail passes are part of the ribbon cutting celebration for the nearly completed second phase of the 33-mile linear park which links five towns, from Welda to Ottawa. The first part of the trail between Welda and Richmond opened in 1996.
RECRUITING, RETAINING MINORITY STUDENTS GOAL OF KU CONFERENCE
May 7, 1998
Beginning today, KU will be hosting the first Big 12 conference on recruiting and retaining minority students.
S FISHING TALE IS HISTORIC
May 7, 1998
The fish that got away from a man casting in the Kansas River last week was replaced by a catch of apparent historical value. The angler, Kevin Wiley, 33, reeled in what he believes to be an auger dating to the middle of the 1800s.
COLLEGE ALL-STARS ALL-BIG 12
May 7, 1998
Jimmy Walker, Baylor; Matt Lewis, Iowa State; Chris Thompson, Kansas; Ryan Vermeer, Kansas; Colby Robertson, Missouri; Jamie Rogers, Nebraska; Hunter Haas, Oklahoma; Charles Howell, Oklahoma State; Edward Loar, Oklahoma State; Bo Van Pelt, Oklahoma State; Brad Elder, Texas; Ryan Palmer, Texas A&M. Honorable mention: Ben Portie, Colorado; Brad Davis, Kansas; Steve Friesen, Nebraska; Kevin Muncrief, Oklahoma; Boyd Summerhays, Oklahoma State; Miguel Del Angel, Texas A&M.
MRI EXPANSION WORK WINS LMH APPROVAL
May 7, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees laid the groundwork for a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging expansion Wednesday by approving a $112,000 bid for concrete work. Construction on the hospital’s east side, near the Maine Street entrance, is expected to begin next week. The MRI will be housed in a ground-floor expansion to the hospital’s radiology department.
OLD HOMETOWN MAY 7 IN 1898
May 7, 1998
On May 7, 1898, the Lawrence World reported on work being done by area principals and superintendents on improving the Kansas High School course of study. The World stated: “It was decided to recommend a course of study of four years leading up the university. There were four studies at a time and 40 minutes to each recitation. It was also decided to recommend that business and manual training courses be added which were to be complete in themselves.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
LOCAL UTILITY DONATES COMPUTER TO AGENCY
May 7, 1998
The local natural gas company has donated a computer and printer to Douglas County Senior Services. The computer is being donated through Kansas Public Service’s parent company, UtiliCorp United, which is upgrading its equipment.
MIDDLE GROUND SOUGHT ON SLT
May 7, 1998
Haskell Indian Nations University is seeking a science laboratory building, among other items, as part of its mitigation plan for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
MATT MAIGAARD WENT 5-FOR-6 WITH SIX RBIS AS FREE STATE CLAIMED A PAIR OF RUN-RULE VICTORIES.
May 7, 1998
It came as no surprise that both ends of Wednesday’s baseball doubleheader between Free State High and Olathe East were blowouts. The shocking part is which team won.
DESOTO CLEARS FIRED DIRECTOR OF FUND MISUSE
May 7, 1998
In a prepared statement, the organization called unfounded the allegations of impropriety over an unusual payment scheme.
CORRECTION
May 7, 1998
The pictures of Liz Meitl and Mark Runge that appeared in Wednesday’s On the Street feature were inadvertently transposed.
ROOM TO DICKER
May 7, 1998
Bypassing the bidding process is a bad deal for county taxpayers. Douglas County commissioners deserve the taxpayers’ thanks for trying to find out whether $70,000 is the best deal the county can get on a software package for records management.
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May 7, 1998
all. The mitigation plan ensures Haskell doesn’t completely lose if the 31st Street alignment becomes reality, Martin and Bellmard said. Requests plausible
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
May 7, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A three-piece entertainment center was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of North Michigan between 12:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. April 19. Loss was $1,500.
ICARUS STUNS FANS WITH FURRY BOOTSSPANDEX
May 7, 1998
A guitarist’s strap comes up short. KJHK’s annual Battle of the Bands was a tough competition, with Two Player Option coming out on top and winning the prized Day on the Hill slot. The band performed before thousands Saturday at the annual Kansas University festival.
CAMPAIGN
May 7, 1998
Republican Party posts are being reshuffled with state GOP Chairman David Miller’s entry into the race for governor.
OUR TOWN
May 7, 1998
Wilson Smokes Field: Dick Wilson of Lawrence scorched the ages 65-69 division of the Indianapolis Life 500 mini-marathon last weekend. Wilson beat 69 other competitors in his age group with a time of 1:24:42. Second was Paul Heitzman of Eudora who was clocked in 1:30:01. Wilson’s time was the second fastest ever run by a 66-year-old American in the half-marathon. *
OTTAWA UNIVERSITY PLANS $5 MILLION UPGRADE
May 7, 1998
The $5 million improvement project must be approved by the university’s board of trustees, which has been working with administrators to shape the plan.
WRITER SCHEMES TO BREAK INTO ART WORLD
May 7, 1998
If art is in the eye of the beholder, then I think a lot of people need glasses. I have decided to become a genius in the art world. Here’s how I’m going to do it: I’ll take several totally unrelated items and weld them together. Actually, I’ll have a friend who repaired submarines in the Navy do the welding, but I will supervise, so the clarity of my vision shines through.
JELLO BIAFRA SPEAKS HIS MIND ABOUT CENSORSHIP
May 7, 1998
The punk pioneer will address censorship issues for Culture Under Fire IX.
EXHIBIT BRINGS BACK THE PEACE, LOVE AND POLITICS OF THE 1970S
May 7, 1998
The display’s subjects range from the Black Panthers to Mr. Natural.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
May 7, 1998
What: “Images of the Sixties: posters, newspapers, ephemera” exhibit. When: Through August.
RUSSIA HISTORY
May 7, 1998
To the editor: I have not read your April 13 editorial. I must be a little older than Mr. Bowes because I do not need to read the editorial. I want to remind Mr. Bowes we were not allies with the Russians during the complete time of World War II. Did you read the part in your history book where the Germans and Russians split Poland between them? Many Polish soldiers and citizens were mistreated by the Russians; perhaps there were some Polish-American repatriates among them. Some of our airmen who bombed Japan during World War II were interred by Russians and mistreated. Sure the Russians suffered great losses during World War II. As for the sacrifices, courage of the Russians, they had two choices, fight for their country or become slaves to fascism and Nazism.
S JOURNAL-WORLD. THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF THAT COLUMN SHOULD HAVE READ:
May 7, 1998
“Each Supreme Court justice has three or four law clerks — recent law school graduates who act as the justices’ assistants for a year or two. The author of “Closed Chambers,” Edward Lazarus, was a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun for the court term 1988-1989 (known as October Term 1988) — the year that is the principal focus of the book. I had the honor to serve as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White that same term. (One of my colleagues at the KU law school, Steve McAllister, clerked for Justices White and Clarence Thomas in subsequent terms.)”
POLITICS DOMINATES U.S. POLICY
May 7, 1998
In the six years since Secretary of State James Baker III has been out of office, the man who authored the Oslo Peace Accords has barely spoken about the Middle Eastern diplomacy of this administration. Now, as the accords are breaking down at every turn, he has expressed his views in ways that make one wish one could relive the past. His first point, as he spoke here at a small meeting of top-level Middle Eastern diplomats, scholars and journalists, is so basic to any nation’s foreign policy that it should never need to be repeated. It is simply that the United States has broad-ranging interests in the Middle East and it has the responsibility to declare them and to stand up for them.
POETRY THRIVES IN A VARIETY OF PLACES, PUBLICATIONS AND POINTS OF VIEW.
May 7, 1998
top 10 people on Mass. Street and ask them to name Lawrence’s predominant art form, and it’s a safe bet eight or nine will say music. A contrarian or two might pick visual arts. But poetry? Not likely.
A GREAT SLICE OF PIE
May 7, 1998
Restaurant: Glory Days Pizza, 2811 S.W. Wanamaker St. and 400 S.W. 29th St., Topeka. Hours: From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays.
POLITICAL FERTILIZER
May 7, 1998
To the editor: I can finally agree wholeheartedly with something that Cal Thomas has written. He wrote on May 1 that the Republican “grass roots wants some fertilizer” and Gingrich gave it to them! By golly, Gingrich gave them a barnyard full of fertilizer last week!