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ELECTION SCENARIO MIRRORS 1800
August 9, 1999
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn Washington — Election 2000 may prove to be the most interesting since 1800, when opponents Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr ended up as president and vice president, respectively. What follows is not just surmise, but a plausible outcome.
WORKPLACE BRIEFS
August 9, 1999
Surfing restrictions With the Internet increasingly becoming a workplace tool, more companies are establishing formal policies about using Internet during work hours, reports Management Recruiters International, an employee search firm.
GOODEN DISPUTES INTERNET REPORT
August 9, 1999
Sometimes college basketball players and their families read the Internet at their own risk. Take the case of the mother of Kansas University incoming freshman Drew Gooden, who apparently wasn’t happy to peruse a report on a fan bulletin board concerning her son.
TOO OFTEN OVERLOOKED
August 9, 1999
More attention should be paid to sacrifices in the Korean War as the 50th anniversary of its start approaches. The date of July 27 too often goes unnoticed when it should be used to honor a large number of people who served nobly, were wounded and died in the service of their country.
MORE FUNDING EXPECTED FOR REGENTS INSTITUTIONS
August 9, 1999
A report to the Board of Regents is expected to say slightly more money will be available in fiscal year 2001 for community colleges, Washburn and merit raises at state universities.
SCIENCE BACKERS PROTEST PROPOSAL
August 9, 1999
The Kansas State Board of Education is set to vote on new science education standards Wednesday.
8-9 SHOULD THE U.S. CONTINUE TO FUND A SPACE PROGRAM?
August 9, 1999
Should the United States continue to fund a space program? Chris Merritt,
VA CARE HINGES ON FISCAL FITNESS
August 9, 1999
With the current budget surplus, Congress should provide additional funding for veterans’ medical care, said some Kansas veterans waiting for treatment at an area VA hospital.
LAWRENCE MECHANIC IS ONE OF THE BEST
August 9, 1999
One of the city’s mechanics has been named a “World Class Technician” by the Automotive Service Industry Assn.
GRANTS STILL BENEFITING CITY NEIGHBORHOODS
August 9, 1999
The Nixon-era program — still is considered vital to older, poor neighborhoods — redirects federal dollars back to communities.
NET E-MAIL NEEDS AN ADDRESS
August 9, 1999
When I am at a particularly nice Web site and I want to e-mail the webmaster to tell him or her I liked the site, I get a message saying “Netscape is unable to locate the server mail.” How can I get it to set up e-mail? When you click an e-mail link on a Web site, Netscape interprets the e-mail request and attempts to use it’s own e-mail program to send the message. Many people use another program for e-mail, such as Eudora, so they never set up their Netscape e-mail account.
PARENTING
August 9, 1999
A program new to Lawrence strives to give students a little more attention.
DION JOHNSON HOPES TO HELP STOP RUN
August 9, 1999
Kansas’ defense ranked last in the Big 12 and 107th nationally against the run last season.
JOHNSON, BIG 12 ALL-STARS WIN AGAIN
August 9, 1999
Oklahoma’s Phylesha Whaley scored 21 points and Texas’ JoRuth Woods added 15 as the Big 12 women’s basketball All-Stars defeated Chevakata of Russia, 82-73, on Saturday afternoon in the Espoo Tournament. Kansas’ Jaclyn Johnson had shooting woes and settled for nine points. Johnson missed nine of 12 shots from the field and three of four from the foul line.
LOCAL BRIEFS
August 9, 1999
KU’s Johnson scores 15 in Big 12 Stars’ loss
T THERE SIDEWALKS ON TRAIL ROAD?
August 9, 1999
Why are there no sidewalks the full way along Trail Road, between Lawrence Avenue and Frontier Drive? This is a place where mothers with strollers have to walk their children in the street. They are doing construction on the road and it would have been a good time to add sidewalks. “There are no sidewalks along this street, I suspect, because at the time it was built sidewalks were not a standard part of the road design,” City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
BRIDGE CONSEQUENCES
August 9, 1999
To the editor: Does extending U.S. 59 Highway south from Williamstown Junction to the South Lawrence Trafficway threaten anything else besides making Lecompton a ghost town by leaving the Perry/Lecompton bridge to rot? Yes.
U.S. MAKES MESS OF IRAQ POLICY
August 9, 1999
The Clinton administration looks from abroad to be losing energy, focus and altitude daily in an August that is searing London, Paris and other European capitals as it scorches the United States. Serious British newspapers devote banner headlines to the Clintons’ marriage but ignore the president’s policy agenda. A lackluster, unfocused Clinton performance at the Balkans’ summit in Sarajevo and the inept handling of the change of NATO’s commander has stirred concerns in Brussels and elsewhere about Washington’s alliance management capabilities over the next 17 months.
WOMEN TRADE WELFARE FOR POVERTY
August 9, 1999
It’s time now to lift a (half-full) glass to welfare reform. Three years ago, when Bill Clinton’s promise to “end welfare as we know it” evolved into the Republican plan to end welfare altogether, there were dire predictions of a social catastrophe. Well, it hasn’t happened.
WEDD READY FOR FOOTBALL
August 9, 1999
Lawrence High head football coach Dirk Wedd has had Aug. 16 — the official start of high school football practice — circled on his calendar all summer. Eager for the season to begin, Wedd and the LHS assistants will soon outline the two-a-day practice schedule.
AUG 9-25 YEARS AGO
August 9, 1999
Democrat Vern Miller and Republican Robert Bennett were due for a head-to-head governor battle in the fall. Miller was state attorney general and Bennett was a well-known state senator. Bennett had won the GOP primary nomination over Don Concannon, former state party chairman, with only about a 300-vote margin. Rain was back in the area forecast after a long and debilitating drought period. However, prospects for notable moisture were not considered good.
AUG 9-100 YEARS AGO
August 9, 1999
On Aug. 9, 1899, the Lawrence Journal commented: “There is a squib going the rounds of the newspapers that describe Lawrence editors as battling with Bismark chiggers. This is unfair. In Bismark Grove the chigger is unknown. The picnicker may wander unscared through the woods and wallow at will in the luxuriant blue grass, but never a chigger will he accumulate. Whether some good Saint Patrick banished them from the lovely park, or whether the buffalo tramped them all to death no one knows, but certain is it that none are there. It is the only spot in Kansas, so as present reports show, where the chigger is not be found in his season.”
AQUATIC CENTER ON CITY AGENDA
August 9, 1999
Construction crews have finished preparing a site for the city’s next indoor pool, and officials are ready to solicit bids for construction. Lawrence city commissioners will be asked during their meeting at 6:35 p.m. at city hall Tuesday to authorize staff to solicit bids for construction of an indoor aquatic center adjacent to Free State High School, 4700 Overland Dr.
LAWRENCE CLINIC LOCALIZES SERVICES
August 9, 1999
A new veterans clinic in Lawrence will allow residents to receive care without driving to VA hospitals in Topeka or Leavenworth.
OFFICERS
August 9, 1999
Lawrence police officers who hold degrees can get extra pay for their educational efforts, but the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t offer such an incentive.
COUNTY, SCHOOL DISTRICT STILL SUPPORT TIF DISTRICT
August 9, 1999
Downtown 2000 project tops agenda during rare joint meeting of three local governments
AREA INTERNET SERVICE GETS DISRUPTED
August 9, 1999
Parts of state knocked off ‘Net
MONDAY DATEBOOK
August 9, 1999
TODAY 9 a.m.: Douglas County Commission, county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
HOSPITALS
August 9, 1999
Births Daniel and Charlene Salmon, Tonganoxie, girl, Saturday.
BAD SEEDS DO GROW UP
August 9, 1999
An hour into my first day in kindergarten, Mom was called to school because I hit a male classmate with a little wooden chair. I remember that the chairs were painted in primary colors and that the one I used to smack him was blue, my favorite color. And I remember why. He called my friend Sonja “dumb and ugly.” He might have gotten by with calling me names, but Sonja limped because one leg was shorter than the other and her eyes didn’t track right. As soon as she started to cry, I picked up the chair. I thought that was my only violent act — violence against sisters doesn’t count — until a high school reunion a couple of years ago when Ron, with whom I’d attended grade school, asked if I remembered hitting him on the head with a glass milk bottle. “We were playing spin the bottle at a party in your basement when we were in third grade,” he explained, “and you were supposed to kiss me but instead you hit me with the bottle.”
CHECK CREDIT REPORTING
August 9, 1999
Here’s a new and important reason to check your credit history. Some of your lenders may not be reporting the full status of your account. That’s most apt to happen to the bank’s best customers. They include on-time payers who habitually carry revolving debt. Or people close to their credit limits who could handle more. Or borrowers who were slow-pay in the past, but now are covering bills on time.
FRIDAY SOUNDOFFS
August 9, 1999
Is the number of National Merit Scholars at Kansas University for the past academic year, 1998-1999, privileged information? No. However, figures for 1998-99 academic year are not available yet. In the 1997-98 academic year, 63 National Merit Scholars came to Kansas University. Ninety National Merit Scholars went to KU in ‘96 -97. In ‘95-96, the number was 58, and in ‘94-95, the number was 57.
AUG 9-40 YEARS AGO
August 9, 1999
Two heavy pieces of artillery were given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here to be used as part of the veterans’ memorial at the entrance to post property at Green Lake. The guns were provided by the Navy ROTC at Kansas University. Army Lt. Col. and Mrs. Bernard Rogers and their three children arrived to visit Mrs. Rogers’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Jones of Lawrence. Col. Robert was to attend the U.S. Staff and Command School at Carlisle, Pa.
KANSAS FAMILIES FOR KIDS — TREON
August 9, 1999
Treon is a bright, friendly, 15-year-old who enjoys playing sports and seeing movies. Treon is easygoing and personable. He hopes to someday make it to the National Basketball Assn., but if not, he’d like to become a “lawyer or real estate agent because people say I’m a good salesman. I’m charming and persuasive,” he said.
ECKAN ANNOUCES COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE
August 9, 1999
Agency announces commodity schedule