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REVUE THEME TO BE UNVEILED
September 17, 1998
The Rock Chalk Revue Advisory Board will announce the theme for its 1999 show at 7 p.m. today in the Frontier Room of the Burge Union at Kansas University. The theme was chosen by the advisory board during a closed-door brainstorming session Wednesday.
AFTERNOON STORM MOISTENS CITY
September 17, 1998
An afternoon storm thundered in Wednesday but didn’t drop much rain on Lawrence. The National Weather Service recorded .15 inches of rainfall from a rain gauge at Lawrence Municipal Airport.
TRUCK WRECK BLOCKS SECTION OF TURNPIKE
September 17, 1998
Four tractor-trailers piled up on the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday afternoon a few miles west of Lawrence. According to dispatchers with the Kansas Turnpike Authority, an ambulance turning from the westbound lanes on to the eastbound lanes of the turnpike caused a pileup in the westbound lanes.
COUNTY GOP WOMEN TO HOST FALL MEETING
September 17, 1998
The Douglas County Republican Women will host the 3rd District Fall Meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will be the guest speaker. A noon luncheon scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 8, will provide a preview of the Annual High Tea and History of Women from 1854 to 1900. It will be held at Watkins Community Museum of History, with Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer as guest speaker.
DUO HITS GAS METER, FLEES SCENE ON FOOT
September 17, 1998
Several residents were evacuated from a Lawrence mobile home park after a vehicle ran over a residential gas meter early Wednesday.
ENOUGH ALREADY
September 17, 1998
To the editor: Regarding Starr and his graphic 445 pages of information about President Clinton detailing his 11 so-called impeachable offenses — enough already!
EMBARRASSED AT MU
September 17, 1998
To the editor: As a student at Kansas University, I thought it would be exciting to travel to Columbia for this year’s Kansas-Missouri football game. It was exciting, but for the wrong reasons, and I don’t mean the score. I was outraged by the actions of not just a few, but by many Missouri students, alumni, and fans. I am a native of Raytown, Mo., and have lived there my entire life, but last Saturday I was embarrassed to be a Missouri resident. I expected to hear some friendly teasing, but the language and gestures used to express the feelings of the Missouri fans were insulting and repulsive.
ANY DECENCY LEFT?
September 17, 1998
To the editor: How are we to explain to Mr. Clinton’s actions to our youth? How are we to explain Ms. Lewinsky’s actions to our daughters? As an American citizen, I am embarrassed by the actions of our highest elected official. I am outraged by the lies Mr. Clinton told the American people about his disgusting behavior. The financial loss to our country over this national disgrace is staggering. Is this the kind of person we want making decisions for us? If Mr. Clinton has a shred of decency left for himself, his family, and the United States of America he should resign immediately. If he is sincere in his request for forgiveness I believe he will be forgiven by our loving God. If he is not sincere, let’s pray for his soul.
SEEM-TO-BES RETELL CLASSIC FAIRY TALE
September 17, 1998
The troupe’s production of “The Princess and the Pea” focuses on its funny characters.
MARCHING BANDS TO CONVERGE ON LAWRENCE
September 17, 1998
The 51st annual Kansas University Band Day will feature a night-time performance Saturday under the lights in Memorial Stadium. The KU Jayhawks football game against Illinois State University will begin at 6:30 p.m., and Band Day activities will follow the game.
GIRLS TENNIS TAKE TOPKEA INVITATIONAL
September 17, 1998
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team won the 10-team Topeka Invitational on Wednesday at Felker Park. The Lions totaled 62 points. Topeka Gold and Topeka Black each had 60. Laura Gravino won at No. 1 singles while Nicole Gravino and Brooke Seymour won at No. 1 doubles.
TOO MANY DETAILS
September 17, 1998
To the editor: The Journal-World has certainly participated in the general decline in journalistic standards that have been visited upon all of us in the last several years, but we have witnessed a new low with your publication of all of the “juicy details” from Kenneth Starr’s report on the president. How can you reconcile publishing lurid sexual details with your mission as a “family” newspaper? Do you honestly believe that a short editorial warning at the beginning of the report excuses you from the content that you publish? Given that logic, why not publish a short editorial warning above photographs of explicit sexual acts or grossly mutilated bodies?
LAWRENCE YOUTH FOOTBALL INC. IS NOW IN ITS 35TH YEAR OF PROVIDING FOOTBALL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIRD THROUGH SIXTH GRADERS.
September 17, 1998
LYF has also sponsored seventh grade football for three years. Lawrence police officers are in charge of the seventh grade program which features one team for each of the city’s four junior highs. Lance Flachsbarth, a former Lawrence High and Kansas University football player, is head coach of the Central Junior High team. The other head coaches are Ted Teehee (Southwest), Willie Brown (South) and Sean Franklin (West).
A COLLECTION OF 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTOS WEDS A 19TH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS WITH COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY TO UPDATE INACCURATE NOTIONS ABOUT AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE.
September 17, 1998
Among the hundreds of artifacts and artworks in the Haskell Indian Nations University archives is a set of glass-plate negatives made 100 years ago by Nebraska photographer Frank Rinehart and his assistant, Adolph Muhr. Containing more than 800 images, the collection — one of only two sets of Rinehart negatives in existence — provides what one historian has called “one of the best photographic documentations of Indian leaders at the turn of the century.”
WHEN WILL DOUGLAS COUNTY START HIRING FOR THE NEW JAIL? HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL IT EMPLOY?
September 17, 1998
Sheriff Loren Anderson said the recruitment process probably will begin the first part of October. The total number of employees for the new jail still is unclear, but the county likely will hire 25 to 30 additional people, Anderson said. Do head coaches of Kansas University non-revenue sports ever get fired for their team’s poor performances? How many years of poor results does it generally take?
STARR FORMATION
September 17, 1998
To the editor: I understand that a Starr is formed out of gas and that the force of gravity condenses it in 4 1/2 years into 36 boxes costing about $50 million. It is also said that such a Starr attracts in its orbit all manner of moral entrepreneurs eager to parlay the tawdry, puerile, duplicitous but private behavior of the president into political capital. Propelled by the frenetic energy of such gyrating bodies as Dan ( “The president’s a scumbag”) Burton, the priggish moralizing of George Will, the self-righteous sermonizing of Cal Thomas — a galaxy of thousands — we have descended into the gaseous envelope of the planet Springer. The saddest outcome of this devolutionary spiral is not the effect on the president’s family, friends, supporters, and staff or Monica Lewinsky but that our moral vocabulary has become so depleted and trite.
AUTHORS AND BOOKS EVENTS AUTHORS AND BOOKS
September 17, 1998
What: Great American Book Festival. When: From 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
HAZEL MARIE KELLEY
September 17, 1998
Services for Hazel Marie Kelley, 79, Grove, Okla., will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Eudora Cemetery. Mrs. Kelley died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at her home in Grove, Okla.
CRAFTS FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED
September 17, 1998
A little water can’t keep the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival down. The 19th annual festival — rained out for the first time Sunday — has been rescheduled for this Sunday in South Park.
SUSPECT IN FATALITY GOES TO COURT
September 17, 1998
An Ottawa man suspected in a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend will face a preliminary hearing next month.
DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSION 6:35 P.M. TODAY * DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 11TH AND MASSACHUSETTS
September 17, 1998
A clerical error is forcing commissioners to reconsider a bid for 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel from a Topeka vendor. The board decided earlier this year to buy fuel from an outside source instead of repairing and bringing the county’s tanks and pumps up to par. Only one vendor, Capital City Oil Inc. of Topeka, submitted a bid for unleaded fuel and low sulfur diesel.
RECONFIGURED GAS BID TAXES COMMISSIONERS
September 17, 1998
A Topeka business’ clerical error could mean an additional expense of $400 for Douglas County, and county commissioners aren’t sure they’re ready to sign off on the funds. Commissioners say it might only be $400, but it’s also a matter of principle.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
September 17, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * An antique wardrobe and 16 place settings of Frankoma brown-and-tan pottery were reported stolen from a house between 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 section of East 582 Road. With damage to a door, the total loss was estimated at $2,795.
MEDICAL REPORTED THE FOLLOWING RESPONSES:
September 17, 1998
Fire calls * Spill/leak, 1:42 p.m. Wednesday, 203 Ark.
KU BAND STILL REELING OVER MIZZOU MISERY
September 17, 1998
The Kansas University marching band was pelted with insults and projectiles at KU’s football contest with the University of Missouri Saturday.
DIANE ADDELL LINNEBERGER
September 17, 1998
Memorial services for Diane Addell Linneberger, 59, Lawrence, are pending in California. Cremation is planned. Mrs. Linneberger died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at her home.
BAND DAY TO FILL FIELD WITH MUSICMARCHERS
September 17, 1998
The bands will fill the whole field. There won’t be much room to maneuver during Saturday’s Kansas University Band Day half-time show, with more than 6,000 high school musicians on the field.
PATHETIC POLITICS
September 17, 1998
To the editor: MWM seeks real politicians. I have traditionally been critical of President Clinton in many ways, but over time I’ve come to have a mixed regard for his presidency: strong in some areas, ineffectual in others. I really believed that Ken Starr’s report would deal with Filegate, campaign finance violations, and the possible China connection and dissemination of technical knowledge. THESE are the issues that worry me about Clinton. I suspect that if the truth be known there have been crimes committed over time on both sides of party lines worthy of impeachments perhaps, resignations most likely, and voter retaliation surely. But unless Starr actually delivers something that relates to dangerous crimes against our nation, all of us are paying a horrible price while all we are really doing is going in circles — or more accurately, spiraling downward.
POLICE INVESTIGATING THREAT AT SOUTHWEST JUNIOR HIGH
September 17, 1998
A Southwest Junior High student was suspended after allegedly threatening to shoot someone earlier this month. The incident, which occurred about 3:15 p.m. Sept. 3, was made public by Lawrence police this week. According to reports, a 14-year-old male student who was upset about school work told his teacher, a 39-year-old female, that he was going to bring a gun to school and kill someone. Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. George Wheeler said the remark was made “in passing” and that the student took no additional action.
IN 1898
September 17, 1998
On Sept. 17, 1898, the Lawrence World reported on the disappearance of a former general secretary of the Fraternal Aid Assn., an insurance company headquartered here. A warrant had been issued for him in connection with a charge of embezzlement of funds belonging to the F.A.A. The World noted: “Mr. Rousell has lived in Lawrence for many years. He went with the best for many years. Since his trouble ugly stories have been leaking out.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
LOCAL SCULPTURE
September 17, 1998
Dave Loewenstein
DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSION
September 17, 1998
BACKGROUND Capital City Oil Inc. bid .7350 cents per gallon for 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of regular unleaded fuel, .7150 cents per gallon for 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of No. 2 low sulfur diesel for on-road use, and .5350 per gallon for 5,000 gallons of No. 2 low sulfur diesel for off-road use.
CORRECTION
September 17, 1998
An article in Wednesday’s Journal-World reported that the daughter of Lawrence Police Officer J.W. Miller, who pleaded guilty to battery Tuesday, made the phone call to an abuse hotline that led to his arrest last month. The call was actually placed anonymously, although Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson indicated it was likely a friend of the daughter.
LURID CAMPAIGN
September 17, 1998
To the editor: I hope the Clinton haters and Clinton bashers are happy. They have finally succeeded in humiliating and ridiculing the president by exposing the most lurid and salacious details of his private life to the public. They have succeeded in tarnishing not only the president but also the office of the presidency itself, perhaps permanently. Now they would hold that Clinton is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors and should be impeached and possibly removed from office if he will not oblige them by resigning.
FORUM ON TV
September 17, 1998
Wednesday’s forum on at-risk youths was videotaped and will be broadcast on Sunflower Cable channel 6 three times this week. The hourlong forum will be aired at 8 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 4 p.m. Saturday.
SURPRISES WITH UNCONVENTIONALITY
September 17, 1998
Like a coy card shark working over a rookie, “Rounders” sheepishly plays a delectable hand of brass, human frailty and redemption. “Rounders,” the fine new offering from neo-noir director John Dahl (“Red Rock West,” “The Last Seduction”), challenges and satisfies on a number of levels.
WORTH TALKING ABOUT
September 17, 1998
Lawrence elementary schools and junior highs are dismissing early on Wednesdays, but parents and perhaps some teachers still aren’t convinced the policy is a good one. Parents haven’t quit talking about the school district’s new early dismissal policy and neither should district administrators.
CAMPAIGN REFORM
September 17, 1998
To the editor: Campaign finance reform is one of the most urgent issues facing our country, and our Kansas senators should be urged to vote for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill or amendment.
SQUIRRELS CAN DO IT ALL
September 17, 1998
Trying to fit the Squirrel Nut Zippers into one musical genre is like trying to stuff the jelly back into a bismarck. It just doesn’t work — and, really, why would you want to do it in the first place? This band is to be enjoyed and not tampered with.
VONNEGUT TO APPEAR AT KC BOOK FESTIVAL
September 17, 1998
More than 40 authors will give presentations at the Great American Book Festival, an event organized to help fight illiteracy.
PROJECT FEASTS ON PAVEMENT RECIPE
September 17, 1998
Officials hope a new pavement mix will reduce ruts and dips along Sixth and Iowa streets.
PRINTS
September 17, 1998
An American Indian artist recognizes the ancestral link that ties present-day Indian communities to early cultures.
KU SORORITY TO CEASE OPERATING
September 17, 1998
Dwindling membership is forcing a Kansas University sorority to close its doors this spring. Alpha Xi Delta, which was established at KU before World War I but closed during the Depression, reappeared on campus in 1991. Since that time, the sorority saw a peak in membership of about 120 before dipping to 30 within the past year.
HOSPITAL TAPS ADMINISTRATOR TO OVERSEE CLINICAL DEPARTMENTS
September 17, 1998
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is joined by a new clinical administrator.
HOSPITAL REPORT
September 17, 1998
Births Maria and Jack Pate, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday.
WHAT
September 17, 1998
Where: Sixth Street, from Rockledge Road to Missouri Street, and Iowa Street, from Yale Road to Sixth Street. When: Continues through Saturday morning. Crews work from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily, weather permitting. Rain could force crews to work around the clock to wrap up in time for Kansas University’s football game against Illinois State, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
ANNA NORINE PORTER
September 17, 1998
Services for Anna Norine Porter, 86, Oskaloosa, will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Cremation was held. Mrs. Porter died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, at Hickory Pointe Care and Rehabilitation, Oskaloosa.
* CONSIDER APPROVAL TO ADVERTISE FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE LOADER ATTACHMENT FOR AN EXISTING TRACTOR.
September 17, 1998
* Meet in executive session to discuss hiring a new public works director/county engineer.
PUBLIC WORKS POST REMAINS VACANT
September 17, 1998
The Douglas County Commission continues mulling a new hire for the open public works director position.
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September 17, 1998
Singer Josh Rouse will appear Friday afternoon at Kief’s Downtown Music, 823 Mass. He will perform an acoustic set at 3:30 p.m. Rouse will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Granada, 1020 Mass. He will open for Son Volt.
FERGUS TRAVELS TOWARD INNER HEALING
September 17, 1998
An isolated cottage in Iceland lets author Charles Fergus escape reminders of his mother’s murder and come to terms with her death. “There is a book I admire,” Charles Fergus confides near the beginning of “Summer At Little Lava: A Season at the Edge of the World” (North Point Press, $23.)
TEACHERS USE TIME FOR DRILLSLESSONS
September 17, 1998
The inaugural year of collaboration time shows teachers talking about projects and policies.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
September 17, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * An antique wardrobe and 16 place settings of Frankoma brown-and-tan pottery were reported stolen from a house between 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 section of East 582 Road. With damage to a door, the total loss was estimated at $2,795.
PAPERBACK STARR REPORT NO STAR IN LAWRENCE
September 17, 1998
Residents’ interest in buying their own copy of the Kenneth Starr report has been weak at Lawrence bookstores.
S FOOTBALL TEAM HAS BEEN OUTSCORED BY A TOTAL OF 14-10 IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND 24-7 IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF ITS FIRST TWO GAMES.
September 17, 1998
Not long after Terry Allen was named Kansas University’s football coach, he vowed the second-half swoons that characterized Glen Mason’s final Jayhawk team were history. But guess what? They’re back.
MENNING SERVICES
September 17, 1998
A memorial Mass for Margaret Anne Menning will be celebrated at 2 p.m Friday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. She died May 30, 1998.
S CD TAKES A NEW APPROACH
September 17, 1998
Son Volt’s latest CD, “Wide Swing Tremolo,” was written and recorded in an old lingerie warehouse that was converted into a rehearsal space.
TRIO PUTS A TWIST ON CHAMBER MUSIC SHOW
September 17, 1998
Musicians Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall are bringing their “Uncommon Ritual” to Lawrence.
NEW OWNERS TRACE BUILDING TO EARLY DAYS OF DOWNTOWN
September 17, 1998
A mural on the wall and documents in hand prove the age and history of a building anchoring downtown lawrence.
S BASKETBALL TEAM, IS WORKING AS A NIGHT STOCKER AT HY-VEE.
September 17, 1998
Jaclyn Johnson doesn’t consider herself a pioneer or trend-setter. She simply considers herself the night stocker.
T.J. PUGH HOPES TO BE HEALED IN TIME FOR THE START OF BASKETBALL PRACTICE ON OCT. 16.
September 17, 1998
T.J. Pugh could be on a quick road to recovery following arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle eight days ago. Pugh, Kansas University’s 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior basketball forward from Omaha, Neb., discarded his crutches on Wednesday, a day sooner than expected.
PARENTS URGED TO ACT AT FORUM
September 17, 1998
Members of a panel that is identifying ways of reducing juvenile crime said parents need to take a more active role in helping solve the problem. “I don’t know how many parents know how nutty it gets downtown (on weekend nights),” said Lawrence Police Det. Mike McAtee, responding to a question about what can be done about teens hanging around downtown.
NO WARNING?
September 17, 1998
To the editor: In the Starr Report it is stated that “during her relationship with the President Monica Lewinsky spoke contemporaneously to several friends, family members, and counselors about the relationship.” Throughout the years of the relationship Lewinsky kept three female high school friends, three male friends, one aunt, and two therapists or counselors fully informed of every lurid detail as the tragedy unfolded. Also Linda Tripp, the friend who turned on her. At the same time she was assuring the president that she had told no one about the affair. There is no report that any of these persons urged Lewinsky to stop and think about what she was doing.
A PEA-TURBED PRINCESS
September 17, 1998
What: “The Princess and the Pea,” a Seem-To-Be Players production. When: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hot dogs and chips served at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE CAN I WRITE TO DENNIS MOORE WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES?
September 17, 1998
Correspondence can be sent to Moore, the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 3rd Congressional District, in care of P.O. Box 14631; Shawnee Mission 66285. His campaign telephone number is: (913) 789-9799.
THE ROYAL TREATMENT
September 17, 1998
What: Royal Peking Restaurant, 711 W. 23rd St., in the Malls shopping center, 841-4599. Hours: From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays -Saturdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. Delivery is available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Closed Mondays.
S WORK HEADS TO NEW YORK
September 17, 1998
A work by a Lawrence designer-craftsman has been commissioned by a New York synagogue. When former Lawrence resident Roberta Schiff, now living in New York, wanted to donate a piece of artwork to honor the memory of her father to the West End Synagogue in New York City, she called upon designer-craftsman Herb Friedson to create it.
MODERATES LAUNCH ATTEMPT FOR CONTROL OF COUNTY GOP
September 17, 1998
A showdown between conservatives and moderates in the Douglas County Republican Party will be watched by GOP activists statewide.
TRUSTEES GIVE HOSPITAL SALARIES SHOT IN ARM
September 17, 1998
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital board will be correcting a pay inequity next month.
LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS
September 17, 1998
County Teams ACS Champs: A pair of teams from Douglas County won divisional titles in the Kansas American Cancer Society golf tournament on Monday in Wichita. In Div. I, Jan Gentry, Lindsay Gentry, Elaine Brady and Linda Swain shot a 60 and won by five strokes. In Div. II, Klee Zaricky, Lisa Rueschhoff, Teresa Treanor and Sheila Collier shot a 66 for the low score. Both teams qualified for the National ACS tourney on Oct. 29-31 in Boca Raton, Fla. *
HORSESHOE HURLERS LIKE LIFE IN THE PITS
September 17, 1998
In the pits, brawls are rare and the old folks are remarkably fit.