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SUSPECTS IN KIDNAPPING INCIDENT ELUDE AUTHORITIES
November 10, 1998
Douglas County sheriff’s investigators on Monday continued searching for suspects in a kidnapping and robbery that took place Friday afternoon. The three suspects, two black men and a white or Hispanic man, were last seen in a small white pickup with a white camper shell. No license plate information was available.
WET CONDITIONS STALL HARVEST, WHEAT SEEDING
November 10, 1998
Harvest and wheat seeding splashed to a standstill as rains and flooding rolled across Kansas last week, the state reported Monday. In its weekly crops and weather report, Kansas Agricultural Statistics said wheat seeding was about 97 percent complete across Kansas by the end of last week. Usually, it would be 99 percent finished by this time.
DAY EVENTS SET
November 10, 1998
A 24-hour vigil and other ceremonies are planned in conjunction with Veterans’ Day, which is Wednesday. A veterans appreciation reception will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union at Kansas University. Decorated Vietnam veteran John Musgrave will speak at the reception.
UNITED WAY HOPES FOR LAST-MINUTE RUSH
November 10, 1998
The United Way campaign heads into its final stretch just short of its $1.25 million goal.
IMPACTS
November 10, 1998
The joint City-Universities Task Force will meet later this month with the idea of forming general recommendations.
THREE FIREBIRDS NAMED ON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
November 10, 1998
Free State High’s volleyball team was rewarded for its Sunflower League championship, placing three players on the all-league first team. The Firebirds who were honored were junior setter Alison Lungstrum, senior setter Mariana Zylstra and senior hitter Jamie Morningstar.
OFFICE CLOSINGS LEAVE REPRESENTATION GAP
November 10, 1998
U.S. Rep. Vince Snowbarger, R-Kan., will close field offices long before Rep.-elect Dennis Moore is sworn in as the 3rd District’s new congressman. First to be vacated will be offices in Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan. Snowbarger spokesman Phil LaCerte said Monday that both would be shut down Nov. 30.
KROGER WILL TAKE $75 MILLION CHARGE
November 10, 1998
Supermarket giant Kroger Co. said its proposed merger with Fred Meyer Inc. would result in a charge to operations of about $75 million for transactions fees and costs. In a merger document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kroger said the costs of integrating the companies also would result in other non-recurring charges to the results of operations of the merged companies.
SIAN HU
November 10, 1998
A memorial service for Sian Hu, 75, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Cremation is planned. Mrs. Hu died Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
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November 10, 1998
I noticed that Holiday Park Pool’s gate is not locked on the west side of the pool. Shouldn’t that be locked for safety? Security of private swimming pools is the responsibility of the owner, City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
SOUND OFF
November 10, 1998
Regarding KU Coca-Cola scholarships to faculty and staff’s children: Does KU offer an equal opportunity to KU faculty and staff who do not have children; those who can’t have children or those who choose not to have children? What is the equal benefit? Can the person designate a student of their choice to receive the Coca-Cola scholarship? This year 101 dependents of KU employees were awarded scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 as part of the university’s proceeds from an exclusive beverage agreement with Coca-Cola. The total amount awarded was $86,000. The program is for dependents of KU employees which would include step children and others for whom employees are legally responsible.
JAPANESE EDUCATORS TOUR LAWRENCE SCHOOLS
November 10, 1998
A delegation of Japanese teachers gets a taste of American education.
OLD COMPANY, NEW STORE
November 10, 1998
With the grand opening Wednesday of its new store on south Iowa Street, JC Penney will be bringing all its latest bells and whistles to Lawrence. But the company is far from new here. It opened its first downtown store in 1924.
FUTURE
November 10, 1998
While its recreation center is dead and its skate park is about to open, anything else in Centennial Park’s future remains open for discussion. And the conversations start Saturday.
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November 10, 1998
Justin Carlson completed 10 of 28 passes for 205 yards to lead Bethany’s junior varsity to a 9-7 football victory over Haskell Indian Nations University in the season finale. Haskell ended the season with a 2-7 record. Bethany improved to 4-0.
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November 10, 1998
Student-athletes who entered Kansas University in 1991 graduated at a higher rate than the entire student population in a study released by the NCAA last weekend. Fifty-six percent of the student-athletes who entered KU in 1991-92 school year graduated in a six-year period. The entire KU student population graduated at a 54 percent clip.
COUNTY TO NEGOTIATE FOR MONITORING UNITS
November 10, 1998
House arrest through electronic monitoring costs a lot less than incarceration, and Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday by approving negotiations for equipment. The board voted 3-0 to allow Douglas County Youth Services and Community Corrections to negotiate with Electronic Monitoring Systems for equipment based on 50 units used annually.
VOTING REMINDER
November 10, 1998
To the editor: I read with interest Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes’ comments regarding low voter turnout in Tuesday’s election. During the previous election, I called Ms. Jaimes to ask why certain voting sites in Lawrence displayed “vote here” signs and other sites did not. Ms. Jaimes quickly responded to my inquiry by ensuring that signs were placed where they had been omitted.
T HAVE HEART FOR REFRIGERATED SURPRISE
November 10, 1998
Holy cow! Or was it a pig? A Kansas University graduate student from Merriam received quite a jolt over the weekend when she reached into her refrigerator and found what appeared to be a heart in a plastic bag.
COUNTY TO NEGOTIATE FOR MONITORING UNITS
November 10, 1998
Douglas County commissioners voted 3-0 to allow Douglas County Youth Services and Community Corrections to negotiate with Electronic Monitoring Systems for equipment based on 50 house arrest units used annually. The departments would lease the equipment.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
November 10, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Currency and personal checks valued on a police report at $3,500 were taken between 11:15 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 31 from Wehner’s Retail Liquor, 945 E. 23rd, Lawrence police reported Monday.
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November 10, 1998
County Administrator Craig Weinaug told commissioners Monday that based on the progress of a space needs study to date, it seems likely the city and county will pursue expansion of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center to accommodate needs of the courts and police department. “We originally thought that either the court functions or the law enforcement functions would eventually move out into separate quarters,” he said in a memo to the board. But growth projects have indicated neither the courts nor law enforcement would fill the building for more than 40 years, he said.
POST AUDIT REPORT LISTS IDEAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
November 10, 1998
Legislative auditors Monday suggested several measures for improving the state’s privatized foster-care system. Among them: * Welfare officials should periodically review the files of private contractors to assure needed services for foster children in their care are being recommended and supplied. Quality of services also should be periodically evaluated.
S CORCORAN NAMED TO KVL TEAM
November 10, 1998
Perry-Lecompton junior Joe Corcoran has been named to the all-Kaw Valley League football team on offense and defense. Santa Fe Trail senior Jim Sleichter was also named to the all-league offense and defense.
ALICE BERNITA WANG
November 10, 1998
Private services for Alice Bernita Wang, 71, Lawrence, will be held at a later date. Mrs. Wang died Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, at her home.
IN 1898
November 10, 1998
On Nov. 10, 1898, the Lawrence World editorialized in the wake of the Republican victory: “Here is a prediction. There have never will be another national contest along the lines of free silver. The people have tired of that and will go back to something more substantial. The republicans, of course, if allowed to choose will go to the country on the tariff question. The longer we live the more we are impressed that the tariff is the question of the day. The only wonder about it is that everybody is not a protectionist.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
EMERGENCY CALLS
November 10, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
Free State football still improving
November 10, 1998
It’s one thing to score five touchdowns in a game. It’s quite another thing to score five long touchdowns in a game. Free State had scoring runs of 69, 55 and 30 yards and touchdown passes of 56 and 43 yards in Friday night’s 35-24 victory over Shawnee Mission West.
S CAR WINDOW PULVERIZED BY PUMPKIN
November 10, 1998
Lawrence police this week continued to investigate an incident of vandalism during which the rear window of a district judge’s car was smashed by a pumpkin. Sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, an unidentified suspect or suspects threw the pumpkin through the back window of Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin’s 1995 Volvo station wagon. The car was parked in the 1500 block of Stratford, west of the Kansas University campus.
SUGGESTION BOX
November 10, 1998
The city has scheduled two meetings to receive public input regarding the future of Centennial Park. They are: * 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the gym at Sunset Hill School, 901 Schwarz
SPACE NEEDS SPUR TURF WARS AT JLE
November 10, 1998
District courts and the police department are vying for use of vacated municipal court space.
LOCAL GROCER RECEIVES FLAG AWARD
November 10, 1998
Lawrence grocer Jim Lewis, owner of Checkers, 2300 La., has received a citation of appreciation from a local veteran’s auxiliary for flying the flag at his store. He was presented the award earlier this year by the American Legion Auxiliary.
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November 10, 1998
r. James Naismith’s 13 original rules of “basket ball” were first published in January of 1892 in the Springfield (Mass.) College newspaper, the Triangle. Today, the typewritten original is owned by the Naismith family. Ian Naismith, grandson of the founder of the game, has it safely tucked away in a safety deposit box in a downtown Chicago bank.
MURDER CHARGES UNDER REVIEW
November 10, 1998
Felony murder charges in a potentially precedent-setting case will now be mulled by District Judge Robert Fairchild.
A 5-5 SEASON AND STATE PLAYOFF BERTH IN 1998 PLEASED LAWRENCE HIGH FOOTBALL COACH DICK PURDY.
November 10, 1998
For a football program that won five state championships earlier this decade, five wins and early exit in the state playoffs normally would be considered a bust. Lawrence High coach Dick Purdy, though, was thrilled by the Lions’ performance in 1998, considering Lawrence had its smallest senior class in years, suffered a 30-0 loss to Manhattan in Week Two and was 2-4 heading into district. Also, the Lions were coming off a 4-5 season and no playoff berth.
SOUND OFF
November 10, 1998
Where can I write to Christy Turlington? Write to the model in care of United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.
SCHOOL BOARD HEARS TAX ABATEMENT PLAN
November 10, 1998
The Baldwin school board discussed a tax abatement plan by the Baldwin City Commission on Monday night but took no action. The city wants to adopt a policy allowing 5-year tax abatements for business improvement costs exceeding $10,000.
PAULINE JONES PILKINGTON
November 10, 1998
Services for Pauline Jones Pilkington, 94, Lawrence, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Lawrence. Graveside services will be held at noon Thursday at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Howard. Mrs. Pilkington died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at her home.
HIGH SCHOOL DEBATERS RACK UP AWARDS
November 10, 1998
The Free State High and Lawrence High debate teams won several awards at tournaments last weekend. At St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the Free State team of Jasmin Messenger and Jen Miller placed third with five wins and no losses.
SOLUTIONS TO CRIME PROBLEMS PROPOSED
November 10, 1998
About 40 people attended a public forum in which a report on juvenile crime in Douglas County was presented.
BOUNDARY COMMITTEE GETS NEW SCHOOL TASK
November 10, 1998
The Lawrence school board broached the subject of shifting boundaries for a new school at its meeting Monday.
GOP SCAPEGOAT
November 10, 1998
Newt Gingrich has been driven out as speaker of the U.S. House by Republicans unwilling to share the blame for Nov. 3 election losses. Political analysts will have a field day trying to decide the significance of Newt Gingrich’s decision to step aside as speaker of the U.S. House, one of the most powerful political positions in the nation, and resign his House seat.
ROUND TWO SET IN GOP BATTLE
November 10, 1998
Republican Party activists must miss a Kansas Jayhawks preseason game to attend a meeting designed to settle the party’s internal strife.
SLT ATTORNEY ADDRESSES NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS
November 10, 1998
The plaintiffs’ attorney in the South Lawrence Trafficway case makes a presentation to a neighborhood group concerned about growth and traffic.
DRUNK-DRIVING ARRESTS KEEP POLICE BUSY
November 10, 1998
Lawrence police say they weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary, but they had a busy weekend with drunken drivers. Fifteen drivers nabbed for operating under the influence between midnight Friday and 8 a.m. Sunday.
REPORT DETAILS RISK TO FOSTER CHILDREN
November 10, 1998
Auditors fault the state’s privatized foster care system, but welfare officials say the report proves improvements are being made.
DEFENDANT CLAIMS ATTORNEY INEFFECTIVE
November 10, 1998
A man who wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the shooting death of his ex-wife will have a new hearing later this month to decide whether the public defender who originally represented him was ineffective. Samuel Mutfwang’s new attorney, Harry Warren, told District Court Judge Jack Murphy on Monday that he will file an ineffective counsel charge later this week.
JUANITA M. BROWN
November 10, 1998
Services for Juanita M. (Fox) Brown, 77, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth.
LAFRENTZ, VAUGHN AT GRAND OPENING EVENTS
November 10, 1998
A grand opening celebration for the new JC Penney store is set to kick off at 9 a.m. Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. After the ribbon cutting, city officials and shoppers can mingle with the JC Penney Holiday Bears and the Balloon Man. Miss Kansas/USA Amanda Carraway will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WESCOE MEMORY
November 10, 1998
To the editor: I was saddened to read of the death of Mrs. Barbara Wescoe. It has always been a pleasure to see the Wescoes at various university events, their presence being an expression of their loyal and generous support of KU.
BIRTHS
November 10, 1998
Tivonya Cole and Alphanus Coker, Lawrence, a girl, Monday. Kris and Susie Norton, Lawrence, a boy, Monday.