Archive for Saturday, November 28, 1998


November 28, 1998


Problems with the water-cleaning system have forced city officials to close the swimming pool at the Carl Knox Natatorium this weekend.

The pool will be closed to the public both today and Sunday because the water has become too cloudy, said Kathy Fode, recreation superintendent.

Fode said crews have been working all week to repair a pipe that broke either Monday or Tuesday.

"They are going to be working on it today, and they are going to be working on it tomorrow morning," Fode said Friday. "They had to order a part."

The pool water should be clear and ready for swimmers by Monday, Fode said.

Kansan's movie to be

screened at Liberty Hall

"Pep Squad," a black comedy written and directed by Manhattan resident Steven Balderson, will make its Kansas premiere at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.

The film was shot in the Wamego area during the summer of 1997 and was completed in March. The movie has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival in London and the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden.

"Pep Squad" chronicles the lives of a handful of students during the 10 days leading up to the prom at the fictional Oak Hill Kansas High School. The film addresses such social issues of school violence, sexual abuse of students by teachers, the abuse of power by authorities and middle-class greed.

Tickets will be available the night of the screening at the Liberty Hall Box Office. The doors will open at 9 p.m.

Train crew reports

pedestrian on tracks

Douglas County emergency personnel were called to North Lawrence early Saturday morning after a report that a person walking on railroad tracks might have been hit by a train.

The possible accident was reported just after midnight by a crew member on a southbound train, who claimed a pedestrian on the northbound tracks may have been struck. A northbound train that entered the area shortly afterward was stopped on the tracks between Tanger Factory Outlet Center and Riverfront Park while the crew and emergency workers searched for a body. Law enforcement officers trying to locate a northbound train that had passed through a few minutes earlier called ahead to Topeka and had officers there check the train when it arrived at the Southern Pacific yard to see if it was involved.

The train's crew didn't think they had hit anyone, Lawrence police said.

Several trains between Lawrence and Topeka were stopped while the search was conducted.

At least four police officers and six Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel searched the tracks between the Tanger Factory Outlet Center and the Riverfront Park on U.S. Highway 59 for more than a half hour but found no one.

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