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October 18, 1998
“Xerxes” is not an easy opera to follow, let alone perform. But KU Opera, under the guidance of stage director Terrance McKerrs and conductor Brian Priestman, has conquered the work. Saturday night’s performance of the nearly three-hour opera was spectacular.
S RURAL FEEL SOON COULD GIVE WAY TO PROGRESS.
October 18, 1998
During their meeting Tuesday night, commissioners will review engineering plans for the planned reconstruction of Monterey Way, from 15th Street to Harvard Road. Among the project’s components:
LOTTERY TICKET A WINNING ENTERPRISE
October 18, 1998
A Lawrence woman has won $30,000 in the Kansas Lottery’s new “Star Trek” instant game. Sara Leslie, manager of Miller Mart, 1801 N. Second, won the amount after purchasing a ticket for $3 at her store.
NEBRAKSA REBOUND WITH EASIER BOUT
October 18, 1998
“Struggling” Nebraska amassed a season-best 545 total yards. “Vulnerable” Nebraska recorded its first shutout in nearly a year.
AWARD-WINNING DANCE TROUPE RETURNS
October 18, 1998
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company concert will feature an abstract work.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS, POLICE INVESTIGATE KNIFE RUMOR
October 18, 1998
Lawrence school district officials stress that children at Southwest Junior High were safe, despite allegations a student brought a knife to school.
TWO INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION
October 18, 1998
Authorities on Saturday night were still trying to positively identify two persons who were seriously injured in a head-on collision early Saturday morning east of Lawrence. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews were called to the accident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 40 about 2 miles east of the Douglas-Shawnee county line.
PEDESTRIAN HIT BY TRUCK IN CRITICAL CONDITION
October 18, 1998
A 44-year-old man was taken by helicopter with life-threatening injuries to an area hospital after he was struck by a pickup Saturday night. Gerald Leon Smith was struck about 9:20 p.m. in the 1100 block of East 23rd.
S SPORTS CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
October 18, 1998
In 1968, women athletes at Kansas University were responsible for finding their own rides to games, meals on the trips and scraping together funds for uniforms. A lot has changed in 30 years.
ROADWORK TO CLOSE THIRD AND MICHIGAN
October 18, 1998
A flood of construction work is expected to close an intersection in north-central Lawrence for two weeks beginning Monday. The city plans to close the intersection of Third and Michigan streets to all traffic, to make way for new pipes and other components of a flood-control project in the area.
POSSIBLE TORNADO IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
October 18, 1998
From J-W Staff Reports A line of thunderstorms moved through the area Friday night produced heavy rain, wind and possibly a tornado near Pomona in Franklin County.
TEAM STATISTICS
October 18, 1998
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KU LINEBACKERS RIDDLED WITH INJURY
October 18, 1998
* Injured linebacker Steve Bratten (knee) and cornerback Muhammad Abdul-Rahim (turf toe, sprained ankle) did not suit. So far this season, six defensive starters have missed games. KU’s starting linebackers Saturday were red-shirt freshmen Marcus Rogers and Andrew LeClair, and true freshman Andrew Davison made his first career start in place of Abdul-Rahim. J.J. Johnson, who sat out last week against Texas A&M, relieved at linebacker in the first quarter, but limped off. Johnson returned in the second half. Rogers suffered a left thigh contusion and is questionable for CU. His absence necessitated the use of walk-on Chris Doyle in the fourth quarter. * KU running back Mitch Bowles suffered a pulled right hamstring in the second quarter and did not return. He’s questionable for Colorado.
ORNAMENTAL GOURDS
October 18, 1998
Drying ornamental gourds for home decoration is not difficult. The small ornamental gourds have a thick flesh and need special attention when harvesting. The fruit should be fully matured when picked. When the stem of the gourd begins to dry, carefully cut it from the vine, leaving a small piece of the stem attached. This adds interest to the gourd and prevents disease entry into the fruit. Be careful not to bruise or scratch the fruit. Any damage may ruin its appearance or cause the gourd to rot. Wipe each gourd with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove any soil and disease organisms. Very dirty fruit may be washed with soap and a disinfectant.
SWIFT STORMS BRING DELUGE ACROSS CITY
October 18, 1998
Officials reported no major flooding problems following Saturday’s rain. Dry and much cooler temperatures were forecast this week.
WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO START FIXING PRINCETON BOULEVARD? IT HAS MANY CHUCKHOLES, AND IT IS HARD TO RIDE A BIKE ON IT.
October 18, 1998
“The Public Works Department will check Princeton Boulevard for needed repairs next week,” City Manager Mike Wildgen said Friday. I tried to attend Late Night with Roy Williams a few years ago. The fieldhouse was already full and they did not allow anyone else in. Why will they not allow other people in as people leave when it is obvious that the fieldhouse is no longer packed?
FREE STATE GRABBED AN EARLY 14-0 LEAD, SAT THROUGH A THREE-HOUR, 13-MINUTE STOPPAGE OF PLAY AND HELD ON TO WIN ITS DISTRICT GAME WITH LEAVENWORTH.
October 18, 1998
It’s a good thing Free State High’s district football game started at 11 a.m. Saturday, considering it lasted five hours and five minutes. “We should have started at 9 (a.m.),” FSHS coach Bob Lisher said. “We might have got it in before the storms hit.”
CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO COST $900,000, OF WHICH THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (KDOT) HAS AGREED TO KICK IN 80 PERCENT, OR ABOUT $720,000. THE REMAINING $80,000 WOULD COME FROM CITY TAXPA
October 18, 1998
Evans, Bierly, Hutchison & Associates, 1910 Haskell, is serving as the project’s engineer. The city’s responsible for paying the firm’s $150,000 contract. The city also must pay for any temporary construction easements, which would give contractors access to sections private property during the project.
LONE STAR CHURCH HOLDS PANCAKE DINNER
October 18, 1998
Just 15 days after storm-induced floodwaters ravaged the Lone Star Church of the Brethren, the church is cleaned up and ready to host its 48th annual pancake and sausage dinner today. The dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the church. Freewill donations will be accepted. A quilt raffle will also be held.
October 18, 1998
The famed American Boychoir will make a stop in Lawrence for a performance at Trinity Episcopal Church.
DEATH
October 18, 1998
In separate memorial services Friday, KU students and others gathered to remember Matthew Shepard, James Byrd and victims of hate crimes everywhere.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 18, 1998
Dismissals Samantha Peters and baby boy, Ottawa.
SEATTLE DEFENDS ITS GEEK GOD
October 18, 1998
In Bill Gates’ hometown, the federal government’s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft is seen as an attack on the city itself.
FIRST QUARTER
October 18, 1998
10:45 — Correll Buckhalter 32 run. Huskers drove 47 yards in six plays on first possession, converting on fourth-and-one from the KU 38. On touchdown, Buckhalter took right-side pitch from QB Bobby Newcombe and sprinted all but untouched into end zone. Kris Brown kick. (Nebraska 7, Kansas 0). 4:00 — Brown 27 FG. After holding KU to a three-and-out second possession, NU set sail on a methodical 11-play, 40-yard drive that stalled at the KU 10. Nebraska converted three third downs on the drive, but Newcombe gained just two yards on third-and-three from the 12, and Huskers had to settle for field goal. (Nebraska 10, Kansas 0).
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
October 18, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Cash in the amount of $2,000 was reported stolen between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:45 a.m. Wednesday from Wheatfields Bakery, 904 Vt. The suspect in the theft is not known, an employee of the business reported to police.
October 18, 1998
* Proclaim Friday to Oct. 31 “National Red Ribbon Week.” * Proclaim Monday through Friday “Y2K Awareness Week Designation.”
COLOR SCHEMING IS AN ADVENTURE IN THE ROSE GARDEN
October 18, 1998
Margaret Rose and Steve Ramberg have created a garden that is an exploration of color.
MAPLE LEAF BASH WET BUT WORTH IT
October 18, 1998
The rain didn’t wash away the attendance at the 41st annual Maple Leaf Festival Saturday in Baldwin.
IN HARMONY
October 18, 1998
Who: The American Boychoir, featuring a concert of Renaissance/baroque works, music of 1880s Europe, South African songs and American songs and spirituals. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVED A TOP HONOR DURING A HIGH SCHOOL BAND FESTIVAL, WHILE LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL WAS RAINED OUT.
October 18, 1998
Free State High School was among the bands that received a “superior” rating at the seventh annual Heart of America High School Band Festival Saturday in Memorial Stadium. “They did really well,” said Tom Stidham, associate director of bands at Kansas University, which sponsors the event along with the Kansas Music Educator’s Assn.
SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION DO NOT WORK OUT.
October 18, 1998
Commissioners have been weighing the pros and cons of eliminating one local level of appeal by replacing it with a hearing before the newly established small claims division. County Administrator Craig Weinaug said he spoke to staff in legislative research in Topeka who said it was likely Douglas County’s hearings would be held locally, but there was no guarantee.
TWO INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION
October 18, 1998
Authorities on Saturday night were still trying to positively identify two persons who were seriously injured in a head-on collision early Saturday morning east of Lawrence. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews were called to the accident about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 40 about 2 miles east of the Douglas-Shawnee county line.
LIONS TAKE SUNFLOWER LEAGUE CROSS-COUNTRY
October 18, 1998
Does the name Billy Zane sound familiar? Running against Lawrence’s Chris Williams is comparable to being the supporting actor to Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.
JAYHAWKS TRAMPLED MY THE HUSKERS
October 18, 1998
Kansas has traded the fourth-quarter heartbreaker for the four-quarter butt-kicker. Given his choice, KU football coach Terry Allen would take the former.
IN SEPARATE MEMORIAL SERVICES FRIDAY, KU STUDENTS AND OTHERS GATHERED TO REMEMBER MATTHEW SHEPARD, JAMES BYRD AND VICTIMS OF HATE CRIMES EVERYWHERE.
October 18, 1998
As strong winds whipped across the Kansas University campus Friday afternoon, KU sophomore Crispian Paul scribbled a message to the family of Matthew Shepard in a small diary. If nothing else, she said, the death of the gay 21-year-old University of Wyoming student can call attention to hate and ignorance and serve as a reminder to those who are silent in the face of similar atrocities.
FRIENDS ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE
October 18, 1998
I start by telling you that Bob Ridgway is very much around, so this is not a eulogy. This I must say because I try to write about people when they’re able to read what I’ve said. I long disliked the practice of naming people to halls of fame only after they were dead. So. This past Tuesday Bob told our Westerners group about what he called “belief systems” in Indians (excuse me, Native Americans) of the West. The Westerners is an international organization you may know about, and several years ago Bob was our “sheriff.” The Southwest and American Indians have been a passion of Bob’s for many years, and you may remember when the Ridgways briefly ran a shop here in Lawrence that sold Indian artifacts.
FACES AND PLACES
October 18, 1998
Brandy L. Sutton has joined William B. Pendleton’s law practice, which has changed its name to Pendleton & Sutton, Attorneys at Law. It will focus on landlord/tenant issues, collections and creditors rights. Sutton is a graduate of Kansas University. *
KU STOPPED BY WISTLES
October 18, 1998
If battling college football’s defending national champions in front of 76,174 screaming, red-clad fans weren’t enough, Kansas University defenders felt they battled another Nebraska ally Saturday night at Memorial Stadium: Seven guys in black-and-white shirts.
ATCHISON TOUR OFFERS REAL-WORLD GHOST STORIES
October 18, 1998
Those intrigued by ghosts can learn some mysterious tales firsthand on the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Haunted Homes Tour. The trolley will pass 13 homes and other sites associated with unexplained phenomena.
COUNTY TO WORK ON HOME BUSINESS RULES
October 18, 1998
Douglas County continues to grapple with home occupations, not wanting to put anyone out of business.
LETS STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT FIRESAFELY.
October 18, 1998
Martin Williams Jr. heard the smoke detector go off and got out of bed. Smoke was already thick in the tiny room, and he dropped to the floor where the air was clear.
COMICS NEEDED FOR FUNNY FARM
October 18, 1998
If you need a good laugh, then come on down to Funny Farm. Funny Farm, a forum for comics and other regional talent, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the food court of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets, Sixth and New Hampshire.
Free State grabbed an early lead and held on to win its district game with Leavenworth
October 18, 1998
It’s a good thing Free State High’s district football game started at 11 a.m. Saturday, considering it lasted five hours and five minutes. “We should have started at 9 (a.m.),” FSHS coach Bob Lisher said. “We might have got it in before the storms hit.”
S NOT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION OF COACHES SUCH AS ROY WILLIAMS ABOUT THE TRASH THAT GETS CIRCULATED VIA THE INFAMOUS INTERNET.
October 18, 1998
It’s a mecca of misinformation. Any target for derision who tries to deal with so many untruths will feel like a janitor trying a corral a roomful of feathers with the paddle-fan going full blast from above. You can never stomp down all the lumps in this rug. Sports talk shows are bad, with anonymous callers allowed to rant and rave in unbridled, irresponsible fashion with no accountability whatever. But their junk fades quickly from the airwaves. I once thought unsigned letters to the editor were lousy. At least those folks could write and were given access to something sharper than a Prang crayola.
* CONSIDER ACQUISITION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR A BRIDGE ON 10TH STREET IN EUDORA.
October 18, 1998
* Consider approval for a change in plans and construction for a chip and seal project. * Review site plan to allow a free-standing ATM at Zarco at the corner of Highway 59 and County Road 460.
SCHOOL BOARD TURNS FOCUS ON SELVES
October 18, 1998
The Lawrence school board held a daylong retreat to discuss its goals as a group.
FUNNY MONEY IS BIG BUSINESS, AND THE GOVERNMENT IS CRACKING DOWN ON COUNTERFEITERS WITH THE HELP OF NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN $100, $50 AND $20 BILLS.
October 18, 1998
U.S. Secret Service agent Dennis McCarthy doesn’t know who stung 16 Lawrence businesses by unloading 26 counterfeit $10 bills a week ago, but he knows the work of an amateur looking to make a quick buck in a risky scheme. “Someone who’s inexperienced will do something like that,” said McCarthy, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Kansas City bureau.
A LAWRENCE TEEN-AGER LEARNS HOW BEST TO LIVE WHILE GRAPPLING WITH HIS OWN IMPENDING DEATH.
October 18, 1998
Thirteen-year-old Levi Hellyer likes to joke about mortality. Especially his own death, which is fast approaching.