Archive for Sunday, May 31, 1998

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CITY SEEKS INPUT ON BUDGET ISSUES
May 31, 1998
If you’ve got ideas for spending the city’s money next year, now is the time to speak up. Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will conduct their first public hearing for the city’s 1999 operating budget. The meeting starts at 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
EFFORT APPRECIATED
May 31, 1998
To the editor: I am writing to thank the Lawrence Journal-World, Mike Dekker and Mike Yoder for the wonderful coverage that has been given on the Lakeview-Crowder-Lewis cemetery and its rededication.
VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. WHAT IS IT?
May 31, 1998
“Several years ago, the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) adopted a large number of `symbol’ signs to replace `word message’ signs,” said David Woosley, the city’s traffic engineer. “This sign was developed to replace the word message `Pavement ends.’ “However, subsequent studies by FHwA have shown that the average motorist does not understand the meaning of this particular symbol. Therefore, these signs will be discontinued in the future.”
ANDREW CHRISTOPHER LEE, 28, LAWRENCE, AND REBECCA ANN MORROW, 24, LAWRENCE.
May 31, 1998
Michelle L. Hughes, 25, Lansing, and James Blankenbaker, age unavailable, Olathe. Randy L. Gfeller, 32, Lawrence, and Marie Joseph, 36, Lawrence.
MALAYSIAN STUDENT RECEIVES HONOR
May 31, 1998
Doreen Sze-Sze Phang, a Kansas University senior from Malaysia, has been announced the winner of the 1998 Clark Coan Leadership Award. Phang, a broadcast management major, received the Coan award — which honors the international student of the year at KU — for her leadership contributions on campus.
ADDRESS?
May 31, 1998
You can write to the country singer at P.O. Box 120369, Nashville, Tenn. 37212.
S ABAROA, URIBE ELIMINATED IN NCAA TENNIS
May 31, 1998
The Kansas University men’s doubles team of Enrique Abaroa and Luis Uribe lost in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tennis tournament on Saturday. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of Stanford stopped Abaroa and Uribe, 6-3, 6-3. By advancing to the quarterfinals, Abaroa and Uribe matched the best-ever NCAA tournament finish by at KU men’s doubles team. John Falbo and Jim Secrest reached the quarterfinals in 1989 before falling to a Stanford duo.
GARBAGE OUT
May 31, 1998
There seems no limit to the amount of harm computer-savvy criminals could do in our society. Why should we be surprised by any of the stories about how our computerized society can be crippled or endangered by criminals intent on ghoulish “pranks”? Almost from the start of the computer age there was evidence we always would be faced with social aberration by people with less-than-noble goals.
BUFFALO SCULPTURE CLEANED
May 31, 1998
The Buffalo, a longtime sentry at the corner of Clinton Parkway and Lawrence Avenue, is in good company. The 10-year-old sculpture is sporting a spot-free exterior after being blasted with baking soda, a process that was first used on the Statue of Liberty 12 years ago.
SHAPES OF FUTURE CURBS ARE ON THE LINE TUESDAY NIGHT.
May 31, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners plan to receive a report concerning “lay back” curbs, which differ from traditional “vertical” curbs by being slanted enough to allow vehicles to drive over them. Commissioners, responding to requests from developers, wanted more information before deciding whether to allow such curbs to be installed.
LAWRENCE BOY WINS TAE KWON DO CONTEST
May 31, 1998
A 12-year-old Lawrence boy won the grand championship at a tae kwon do tournament earlier this month at Lawrence High. Kelvin McDaniel, son of Jude and Wayne McDaniel, beat out about 100 competitors in the forms category at the May 2 tourney. He has been practicing Tae Kwon Do since he was 6 years old.
GARDENERS CAN FIND CHALLENGE IN ESPALIER
May 31, 1998
If you are looking for a new idea for your home landscape this spring, you may want to try the espalier technique to add interest to your garden. Espalier is a French word for a tree or other plant trained to grow flat against a wall or trellis with its branches arranged in a pattern. With proper care, plants can be trained into almost any desired shape, formal or informal.
CUSTODIAN RECEIVES ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP
May 31, 1998
Kathy Braun, head custodian at Pinckney School, has been chosen as the recipient of the Lawrence Education Assn. annual scholarship. The $500 scholarship is given each year to a Lawrence Public Schools classified employee who is working on an undergraduate degree in education or an education-related field.
ESCAPING DESK JUNGLE
May 31, 1998
Ellen Langan of Langan & Associates in Seattle offered these insights on escaping from a cluttered desk: * Do you empty your in-box daily? It should be equated to your mailbox at home. Neglect the mail and people think you’re away. Act on in-box items every day: read, file or trash.
NED KEHDE COLUMN
May 31, 1998
For Kansas fishermen and wild turkey hunters, May is the most splendid month of all. On the flip side, the last day of May also reminds us that the long, languid and humid days of summer lie ahead.
DISMISSALS
May 31, 1998
Bonnie Mills and infant daughter, Lawrence, Saturday. Births
MAYER COLUMN
May 31, 1998
My recent column on the high costs of non-revenue college sports brought to mind a classic yarn about promising something nonexistent, then having fate produce delivery from evil. Not surprisingly, the tale features Jack Mitchell, the flamboyant riverboat gambler who coached the Kansas football team from 1958 through 1966. Nowadays, of course, college coaches have more scholarships to help recruit kids for non-football-basketball activities that operate in the red. I can remember when coaches like Floyd Temple in baseball and even Bill Easton in track had to parcel out what little aid their programs provided and lure other prospects with personality, promise and charm. Occasionally, they’d get help from kids like Bob Allison and Gale Sayers who had scholarships in other sports.
S OFFICE, OUTLINES THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF LAY BACK CURBS:
May 31, 1998
Advantages: Developer’s work not as extensive; allows driveways to be placed without cutting a curb; easier to repair curbs because of lack of slope; able to be driven over; vehicles may leave road to avoid obstacles; allows developers greater flexibility in placing driveways; cheaper for developers; driveways can be tied without existing curbs and gutters; and residential access is improved. Disadvantages: Street’s drainage capacity is reduced; water forces flow out into street; bump created for driving into a driveway; drivers may park on or over curbs, instead of only the street; definition of street perimeters is reduced, adding to difficulties in removing snow and cleaning streets; too easy to drive over; makes it easier for drivers to plow through yards; increased potential for vandalism; greater chances for damage to sewer inlets; disrupts smooth flow of pedestrian traffic; pushes snow up onto sidewalks; does not control vehicular traffic, putting pedestrians and children at risk; increases need for underground drainage systems; and “creates a climate for a juvenile game called `farming,’ where motorists will drive into a yard and destroy everything in their pathway.”
JESSICA SYLVESTER, RACHEL TRENDEL, KRISTEN SELLS AND BRIDGET MORRISEY GAVE OTTAWA ITS THIRD STRAIGHT STATE TITLE IN THE 4 X 800 RELAY.
May 31, 1998
Call them the Golden Girls. Ottawa’s 4 x 800 meter relay team of Jessica Sylvester, Rachel Trendel, Kristen Sells and Bridget Morrisey earned the school’s third straight gold medal in the event Saturday at the state high school track meet.
DIRECTORS OF THE WAKARUSA-KAW DRAINAGE DISTRICT ARE ASKING COMMISSIONERS TO ENLARGE THE DISTRICT.
May 31, 1998
The property within the requested addition is “subject to injury and damage from the overflow of stormwater and the ultimate drainage thereof due to the contour of the land immediately surrounding the real estate,” the directors say.
CANCER SURVIVORS FIND STRENGTH AMONG FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE AT THE HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY STADIUM THIS WEEKEND.
May 31, 1998
The weeks following the birth of a baby can be a difficult but rewarding time for a family, full of moments that are committed to memory forever. Amy Laughlin, Lawrence, can only relive some of those moments through photos after they were robbed from her mind by anti-nausea drugs in her fight against cancer.
WORK AND PLAY COMBINE FOR A BEAUTIFUL EFFECT IN THE COUNTRY.
May 31, 1998
Someone recently said to me that every action should have more than one benefit. The point is not that we should work harder. In fact, just the opposite. We should work in such a way that any single effort on our part has at least a double outcome — the originally intended result and a second one, a bonus, if you will. Gardeners have been known to achieve this twofold results, although sometimes serendipitously. How often have we planted a flower for its beauty only discover it has a delightful fragrance as well? Or we have placed a bush in the garden to camouflage an unsightly structure only to witness the attraction that birds and butterflies have to it. That being so, when gardeners consciously seek to maximize results, they assure a doubled output for their single effort.
UNDERSHERIFF READY FOR RETIREMENT SHIFT
May 31, 1998
Don Schwartz has carried a badge for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years, but he’ll keep busy on the farm after his retirement in June.
PSYCHOLOGY EXPERT ASSESSES SCHOOL SHOOTINGS
May 31, 1998
Like many other `copycat’ trends, school shootings should eventually run their course.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
May 31, 1998
Dale Edward Brown, 28, Lawrence, and Angela Kaye Neel, 27, Lawrence. Carleen Marie Premus, 24, Lawrence, and Bradley Jay Faber, 33, Lawrence.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
May 31, 1998
* A blue 1990 Honda valued at $5,000 was recovered in the 1000 block of New Hampshire after it was reported stolen between 12:01 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday. Emergency calls
WOODLING COLUMN
May 31, 1998
On Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals will have the fourth pick in the annual free agent baseball draft. As a matter of fact, the Royals own four of the top 47 selections in the three-day meat market. Keep your fingers crossed.
UNIVERSITY TACKLES SUMMER PROJECTS
May 31, 1998
Starting after graduation May 17, the flurry of activity on the Kansas University campus has consisted not of backpacks or buzzing brain waves but of backhoes and buzz saws.
S SHIFT TO THE RIGHT SEEMS WRONG
May 31, 1998
One of my friends sent me an article about my old home state, Idaho. The article wasn’t fun to read, especially because we’re planning to drive to Idaho in July. We don’t want to wind up in jail for throwing an orange peel out of the car window. Idaho brags that it has little crime. It has little crime because you can get slapped into jail for minor offenses. Idaho believes in prisons. Boy, does Idaho believe in prisons!
34 POINTS SATURDAY AT THE CLASS 6A STATE MEET, WHILE CHRIS WILLIAMS GARNERED ALL 10 POINTS FOR THE LHS BOYS.
May 31, 1998
Kizzie Ricks rocks. Ricks, a Lawrence High senior, won the 100-meter high hurdles, placed in two more individual events and anchored the sixth-place 4x100 relay to figure in 23 of the LHS girls’ 34 team points Saturday at the Class 6A track and field state meet at Cessna Stadium.
HEADLINE WRONG
May 31, 1998
To the editor: Wait. Did I miss something? The headline in Friday morning’s paper (LJ-W, May 29) screams “Wave of violence hits area schools.” Yet, reading the story, it’s clear that this was no “wave” and that, in fact, there wasn’t even any “violence.” This kind of rumor-mongering is simply irresponsible and you should be ashamed of yourselves for printing it.
* CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A CEREAL MALT BEVERAGE LICENSE FOR LONE STAR MARINA.
May 31, 1998
* Consider approval for mileage reimbursement for county employees who use their personal vehicles for business. * Discuss the state’s comprehensive transportation program.
WHICH CITY OFFICE CAN I CALL ABOUT LARGE POTHOLES ON OUR STREET?
May 31, 1998
The city of Lawrence has a special pothole hotline. Call 832-3456. Is it legal in Lawrence to make your own beer and wine for your own consumption?
HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS
May 31, 1998
STATE MEETS Saturday at Cessna Stadium, Wichita
COMMISSION REGULARS ELECT TO FOLLOW ISSUES
May 31, 1998
Attending local government meetings helps people learn about their communities, gadflies say.
CLEAN, DIRTY DESK THEORIES GET TRASHING FROM EXPERTS
May 31, 1998
While some experts say messy desk owners are stricken with “pile-a-mania,” others think a cluttered desk is “cognitively enriching.”
IN 1898
May 31, 1998
On May 31, 1898 the Lawrence World discussed “The Population.” regarding Douglas County, the newspaper began “It is going to be nip and tuck to keep the census returns of the population up to the 25,000 mark. That there are that number of people in this county no one doubts but that the assessors will get them all is not so certain. … Lawrence shows a net gain of 477 over last year. The population in the entire city is found to be 11,391 as against 10,914 last year.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
BUDGET SCHEDULE
May 31, 1998
City officials have a schedule for compiling, reviewing and ultimately approving an operating budget for 1999. All are set for city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts: Tuesday: Public hearing, 6:35 p.m.
WILTED GARDEN PLANTS SHOULD RECOVER SOON
May 31, 1998
When Kansas winds combine with a sudden blast of spring temperatures in the 90s, even well-watered flowers and garden vegetables will wilt. In fact, this reaction can be extreme for new greenhouse transplants and for seedlings that sprouted outdoors during a cool, cloudy spring.
* APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF GREG FROST TO THE LAWRENCE-DOUGLAS COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, AS RECOMMENDED BY MAYOR MARTY KENNEDY.
May 31, 1998
* Set a 2 p.m. June 16 deadline for bids to handle the city’s 1998 curb repair program. * Agree to buy, for $29,968, two kV switchgears from Graybar Electric Co., to be used by the Utilities Department.
D LIKE MY MOM TO HAVE SUCH A LIST POSTED ON HER REFRIGERATORJUST ASREMINDER.
May 31, 1998
Actually I do have a list. It may be a bit over-simple and exaggerated with several “NEVERS,” but if followed, it would eliminate a lot of rip-offs. 1. Never participate in sweepstake offers either through the mail or over the phone. The odds of winning are terrible and many are out-and-out scams.