Archive for Friday, January 1, 1999


January 1, 1999


The month began with U.S. Customs Service agents busting a worldwide pornography ring called the "Wonderland Club" and officials confiscating computer equipment from a Lawrence home on Sept. 1.

The raids -- spanning 22 states, Australia and several European countries -- resulted in the indictment of a 34-year-old Lawrence man, William E. Martin Jr., who pleaded guilty in November to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Syndicated columnist George Will spoke Sept. 10 at Baker University's convocation, declaring all of Douglas County a "Monica-free zone," referring to White House intern Monica Lewinsky with whom President Clinton admitted an affair.

Kansas University football coach Terry Allen was outraged when Missouri fans threw objects at Kansas parents and the KU band during a football game Sept. 12 in Columbia.

The aftermath of a single lightning bolt -- water from fire sprinklers -- caused significant damage Sept. 21 to the Reuter Organ Company, damaging work in progress and most of the company's wood supply.

On Sept. 22, conservative Republicans defeated an attempt by rebellious moderates to force election of new leadership in the Douglas County Republican Party.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the South Lawrence Trafficway case on Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City, later ruling to uphold an injunction on the eastern leg of the project.

In sports, the Kansas University football team beat Alabama-Birmingham 39-37 on Sept. 26 after four overtimes.

On Sept. 27, a statewide survey by researchers at the KU School of Social Welfare said Kaw Valley Center, the private contractor providing foster care in Douglas County and 32 other eastern Kansas counties, was ranked dead last by the foster parents who worked for it.

"Monday After the Miracle," a CBS movie, made its world premiere Sept. 28 at Liberty Hall.

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