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June 8, 1999
Ninth Street work to build ‘confusion’
WHEN LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, TELLWHOPPER
June 8, 1999
“Thieves are better than liars,” my father always said, “because you can watch thieves and, while you are watching them, you know they are not stealing from you. But — with liars — anytime their mouths are moving, you can’t be sure they aren’t lying to you.” In fact, malicious lying — to me or about me — is one of the things you can do that I won’t be forgiving and forgetting. The other two unforgivables are being cruel to a child or an elderly person. If you promise to stay away from those despicable behaviors, I promise to be your forever friend.
TOP 7TH-GRADERS URGED TO USE TALENTS WISELY
June 8, 1999
An overflow crowd packed the Lied Center at Kansas University for an awards ceremony on Sunday for the state’s top seventh-grade students.
BLOTTER
June 8, 1999
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
6-7 WOULD YOU USE A CITY-WIDE BUS SYSTEM?
June 8, 1999
Would you use a city-wide bus system? Matt Schuckenbrock,
SOUNDOFF ON MAYFEST ORGANIZERSCOSTS
June 8, 1999
Who is in charge of MayFest at Kansas University, and what does it cost? MayFest, an annual celebration open to KU employees and their families, is planned by an 18-member committee that includes representatives of the Classified Senate, the Unclassified Professional Staff Assn. and the faculty. The chair of the committee rotates among the three groups. This year, a faculty member headed the MayFest 1999 panel.
IDA BLEDSOE OBITUARY
June 8, 1999
IDA BLEDSOE Oskaloosa — Services for Ida M. Bledsoe, 78, Oskaloosa, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Countryside Baptist Church, rural Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Oskaloosa.
LOCAL BRIEFS FOR MONDAY
June 8, 1999
Ex-Jayhawk returns, clears 18-4 1/2 in vault
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SMILING BABY BOY
June 8, 1999
Say cheese! Salem Gabriel Haley, 6 months, enjoys having his picture taken. The photo session was planned for Salem’s 6-month birthday, which was just after his first two bottom teeth grew in. Salem is the son of Angel and Matthew Haley, Lawrence. The picture was submitted by Angel Haley. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name and phone number, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
SPORTS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR GIRLS GROWING UP
June 8, 1999
My younger daughter’s 15th birthday and her big school dance coincided the other day. Naturally, grooming and finery dominated — just as when I was 15. But what’s striking is how unusual that was: Most of the time, the life of my ‘90s teen-ager is a far cry from my ‘60s teen years — and sports have made the difference. Participation in athletics has dramatically changed girlhood in America. Amid all our worries about Ophelias in need of revival, all our anxieties over girls’ obsession with weight and looks, a wonderful thing is often overlooked: Girls can be jocks now. This opportunity has revolutionized their lives.
RAIDERS WIN TOURNEY
June 8, 1999
Lawrence’s Raiders opened the American Legion baseball season by winning the eight-team Taylor Classic. The Raiders, who run-ruled Frontenac, Wichita and Winfield to start the tournament, handcuffed host El Dorado, 4-1, in Sunday’s finals.
JUNE 7-100 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
On June 7, 1899, the Lawrence Journal’s headlines read: “PROBABLE FOOTBALL COACH — Yost of Nebraska Likely To Be Employed in That Capacity,” and the accompanying story read “Coach Yost, who taught the Nebraska football team how to play last year, will probably coach the Kansas university eleven this fall. An offer of $350 and $150 conditionally had been made to Yost, and Yost offered to come for $400 and $200 conditionally, before the offer was made, so that it will be seen that the two parties are very close together. The Athletic association decided that it would not be wise to undertake to have the team trained by graduate players, as several former football players had proposed to do.”
APPROACH TO SCIENCE
June 8, 1999
The Kansas Board of Education will have an opportunity to make history this month if it decides to vote on science education standards for K-12 students in Kansas. The board is faced with two sets of draft standards that could not be more different. One set, drafted by a 27-member committee appointed by the board, draws heavily on national science standards established by the premiere scientific organizations in the nation — the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. An alternative version championed by board member Steve Abrams, was drafted by a Missouri Creation Research Assn. and turns science and science education into the proverbial pillar of salt — deaf, dumb and mute.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, LHS FOOTBALL SENIORS
June 8, 1999
Football farewell. The senior members of the Lawrence High School football team proudly show their District Champion and Regional Runner-up trophy at their annual football banquet. This was the last team to be coached by Dick Purdy, who has retired. Seniors are, from left: Dustin Myers, Josh Boulton, Rocky Von Knorring, Manager Merissa Pelot, Charles Chappel, Frank Salb, Simon Cordova, Ryan Fender, Nick Wilcox, Antonio Glover, Riley Scott, Ryan Williams, Kurtis Wenger, Aaron Johnson and Tony Thomas. The picture was submitted by Sally Salb, Lawrence. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name and phone number, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
SOYBEAN PLANTING CUTLINE
June 8, 1999
Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo Larry Landis stirs up a little dust while planting soybeans Monday afternoon south of Lawrence. Soybean planting is 48 percent complete across the state, according to a new report, well below the 83 percent planted by this time last spring. The report also showed that disease and bad weather have taken a toll on the winter wheat crop. The crop’s condition has declined 5 percent in the past week as locally severe hail storms battered parts of Kansas. Diseases also continue to plague nearly half the crop. As of Sunday — with harvest for most farmers probably less than a week away — the Kansas winter wheat crop was rated 17 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 24 percent fair, 7 percent poor and 3 percent very poor.
MARTINA CHRISTINE FINCHAM OBITUARY
June 8, 1999
MARTINA CHRISTINE FINCHAM A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Martina Christine Fincham, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Center. Inurnment will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Cemetery, Beatrice, Neb.
READY RIDERS
June 8, 1999
To the editor: One can only applaud the city commission’s plan to install a fixed-route public transportation system in Lawrence. For a college town of our size this has been long overdue. There are, however, a couple concerns and ideas we would like to share with you in response to the commissioners’ “wish list:”
KC METRO ALL-STAR BASEBALL SHOWCASE SET
June 8, 1999
For recent Free State High graduate Bix Ellenbecker, tonight’s Kansas-Missouri All-Star Baseball Showcase is one more opportunity to show what he can do. Several college coaches are expected to attend the two all-star games tonight, featuring some of the best baseball players in the Kansas City metro area, at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. The first game will start at 5 p.m. and the second at approximately 7:15 p.m.
KANSAS GROWTH AT 5 PERCENT DURING 1997
June 8, 1999
Kansas’ gross state product increased 5 percent during 1997, outstripping the national rate of 4.3 percent, according to a new report. The increase put the state’s output at $71.73 billion. The report, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, put Kansas near the top in annual growth rate.
YBOA TOURNEY OFF
June 8, 1999
Youth Basketball of America’s regional tournament, scheduled for July 16-20 at several gyms in Lawrence, has been called off. Approximately 18 to 20 teams in Kansas and neighboring states had signed up for the tournament in various age groups from 10-and-under to 18-and-under.
CUTS NOT EXPECTED TO HIT LOCAL OPERATIONS ALLIEDSIGNAL TO BUY HONEYWELL
June 8, 1999
Even with Monday’s announcement of a $14.8 billion merger with Honeywell Inc., AlliedSignal Inc.’s 450 employees in Lawrence shouldn’t expect many changes. Except in the wardrobe department.
HAASE, MCGRATH HIRED BY KU COACH ROY WILLIAMS
June 8, 1999
Jerod Haase and C. B. McGrath, former basketball teammates at Kansas, are returning to the Jayhawks as part-time administrative assistants while in graduate school. KU oach Roy Williams said Tuesday that Haase and McGrath will share the duties previously held by Ben Miller, who was promoted to a full-time assistant coach last month.
CLOSE
June 8, 1999
Local markets As of Monday’s close, courtesy of Farmer’s Cooperative Assn. South Elevator — Wheat, $2.50; soybeans, $4.39; milo, $1.66; corn, $1.89. Midland Elevator — Wheat, NA; soybeans, $4.39; milo, NA; corn, $1.90. North Elevator — Wheat, $2.55; soybeans, $4.39; milo, $1.66; corn, $1.94.
COUNTY LEADERS LOOK TO TIGHTEN THEIR SPENDING
June 8, 1999
During Monday’s discussion of a proposed capital improvement plan, county commissioners sounded like a body ready to take a hard line during upcoming budget hearings.
STULL ROAD MOVES DOWN PRIORITY LIST
June 8, 1999
Improvements to Douglas County’s Stull Road will follow $750,000 in reconstruction work on County Road 1029 from U.S. Highway 40 to Lecompton, according to a five-year plan approved Monday by the Douglas County Commission. The county receives about $391,000 in federal funding annually for construction projects on collector roads and bridges. Each year, the county must update its five-year plan for the funding, which requires a 20-percent local match.
JUN 7-25 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
The Douglas County Commission was studying changes in the wording of its Lone Star Lake regulations to prevent nude swimming and sunning which had been noted in some locales of late. The local area already was water-logged from recent heavy rains and more moisture was in the forecast.
JUNE 8-100 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
IN 1899 On June 8, 1899, the Lawrence Journal observed: “The improved appearance of the north end of Massachusetts street near the post office (646 Mass.) since the removal of the wooden shed awning in front of the building formerly occupied by the Jones grocery, has been a matter of frequent comment, both from the citizens of the town and from strangers. It makes the city seem wider, cleaner and more like that of a thrifty up-to-date city. If the city would enforce the ordinance against signs across the walks, and pass a new one removing all the wooden sheds in front of the business houses, there would be such a change in the town that people living here would hardly know it, and those who visit the city occasionally would wonder what had caused the great improvement.”
STATERS PURSUE PATH TO LEADERSHIP
June 8, 1999
Kansas recognized 16 new cities this week. But they’ll be gone by this time next week.
BUSINESS BUREAU WARNING OF TELEPHONE SCAM
June 8, 1999
People shouldn’t give out credit or bank account numbers to callers, the Better Business Bureau says.
DIVERSION SOUGHT IN FALSE ID CASE
June 8, 1999
A Kansas University student accused of operating a false ID operation at his fraternity is seeking a diversion agreement in the case, his attorney said Monday. In a diversion, prosecutors agree to eventually dismiss criminal charges as long as the defendant complies with certain court orders by a set deadline.
OTTAWA INDIANS SOUNDOFF
June 8, 1999
Are there any Ottawa Indians left? I’ve never heard of modern Ottawa Indians anywhere in the United States, except the name. “The Ottawa Tribe was one of the tribes that was pushed down here from the Great Lakes states,” said Bill Welton, natural resource instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University.
LAWRENCE SENIOR HELPS BLIND
June 8, 1999
Frank Day enjoys recording material for Audio-Reader Network and was recently honored for his dedicated volunteer work.
EXPERTS COMPARE THE FIFTY TO TODAY
June 8, 1999
How high is high? Every investor has to be wondering if, tomorrow, this glorious stock-market genie will crawl back into its bottle. Even Jeremy Siegel, the fearless defender of most of today’s high stock valuations, says he’s uncomfortable. By his measure, some popular growth stocks have definitely overshot.
CLOSE
June 8, 1999
Dow Industrials CLOSE: 10,909.38
HOSPITALS
June 8, 1999
Births Les and Katie Grose, Meriden, a girl, Monday.
BLOTTER
June 8, 1999
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
GAMES NOT HARMLESS
June 8, 1999
To the editor: Competition is good! It seems an inherent human trait to find joy in competition. It is surely one of the primary sources of confidence and self-esteem. A competition, however, that allows a person to “target” their friend with simulated weapons (“Laser tag opens on the defensive,” J-W, May 28) seems to me to be a VERY small step away from disaster. It may also be the last step in the process of desensitizing America’s youth, a process that I believe owes its biggest gains to the video game industry.
TOPEKA CLINIC OFFERS AFFORDABLE CARE
June 8, 1999
A Topeka dental clinic that serves low-income Shawnee County residents is so busy that potential patients are being turned away.
MONDAY DATEBOOK
June 8, 1999
TODAY 9 a.m.: Douglas County Commission, county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
GEORGE WEDGE OBITUARY
June 8, 1999
GEORGE WEDGE III Memorial services for George F. Wedge III, 71, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church. Private inurnment will be at Pioneer Cemetery.
KU GOLF FOLLOW
June 8, 1999
Chaska, Minn. — Scores during the NCAA Div. I men’s golf championships at Hazeltine National Golf Club were a lot like kites — the more wind, the higher they soared. “The wind comes up and it just makes this golf course so much more demanding,” said Kansas University junior Ryan Vermeer, who finished the four-day tournament tied for 23rd with a 12-over-par 300. “You can’t miss a shot. You have to hit every shot absolutely perfect.”
INDONESIANS MARK HISTORIC BALLOTS PEACEFULLY
June 8, 1999
Monday’s elections helped move the country from the authoritarian rule that began crumbling when pro-democracy student groups forced President Suharto to resign last year.
LAWRENCE DATEBOOK FOR TUESDAY
June 8, 1999
TUESDAY 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Storytime for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school-age children, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
MEMORIES OF VIOLENCE HAUNT ELECTORATE
June 8, 1999
A history of rioting and cultural hatred are lurking below a seemingly calm suface.
CAR SEAT MISUSE IS EPIDEMIC, BUT LOCAL CHECKUPS OFFER CURE
June 8, 1999
Getting your child’s car safety seat installed properly can be something of a challenge; Douglas County SAFE KIDS Coalition is offering some help.
COUNTY CREWS GETTING TO ROOT OF NOXIOUS WEED PROBLEM
June 8, 1999
April showers bring May flowers — and the scourge of noxious weeds that will rapidly spread if left unchecked.
JUN 7-40 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
Southwestern Bell expansion projects totaling almost a million dollars were to be added to the Lawrence metropolitan telephone system in the next two years. W.L. Collinson, local manager for the telephone company, announced the planned expansion. The phone company was located at 734 Vt. and had been regularly updated since its inception in 1954.
CITY FACING UMPIRE SHORTAGE
June 8, 1999
City adult sports supervisor Bob Stanclift says supply is down and demand is up for city recreation slowpitch umpires.
IRLETTA FAY PEINE OBITUARY
June 8, 1999
IRLETTA FAY PEINE Services for Irletta Fay Peine, 72, Topeka, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
JUN 8-40 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
IN %% 1959 Judy Gorton, fine arts sophomore from Lawrence, was among 11 Kansas University women named as Elizabeth M. Watkins scholars by Maud Ellsworth, chairman of the selection committee.
KU FACES ANOTHER LAWSUIT CHARGING DISCRIMINATION
June 8, 1999
For the fourth time in less than a year, a current or former faculty member filed a discrimination lawsuit against KU.
MONDAY SCORES
June 8, 1999
INTERLEAGUE St. Louis 7, Kansas City 5
T SLOWING DOWN COMPUTER SYSTEM
June 8, 1999
Please tell me why my desktop system with a P233 and 48 megabytes of RAM runs twice as fast as my laptop with a P150 and 32 meg RAM. The noticeable difference is when I am “online” … downloads with the laptop are very slow, double the time compared with the desktop. The major difference between the two is that the laptop is running Windows 98 while the desktop runs an updated Windows 95.
LINDA LASSEN IS A GOOD FRIEND TO THOSE IN NEED
June 8, 1999
In 1969, Linda Lassen was a poor, single mother, a high-school dropout with two growing boys, who went looking for help. She found it at Penn House, the emergency assistance charity at 1035 Pa., where she now is director.
HOSPITALS
June 8, 1999
Births Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Daniels, Lawrence, a girl, Saturday.
FBI UPDATES FUGITIVE LIST
June 8, 1999
Terrorist Osama Bin Laden, wanted in connection with embassy bombings in Africa last year, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. Anti-abortion activist James Kopp also was added to the fugitive list on Monday, FBI director Louis Freeh announced. SEE STORY PAGE 2A
SIMPLY THE BEST
June 8, 1999
When Gov. Graves completes what he called the “multidimensional jigsaw puzzle” of Kansas Board of Regents appointments, the picture hopefully will be favorable for higher education in the state. Observers who don’t know better might think that the Kansas Board of Regents has been a dismal failure in its job of governing state universities.
AREA TRACK RESULTS
June 8, 1999
AAU Area No. 1 Saturday at Baldwin
KU SIGNEE COLLISON RESTING FROM BASKETBALL GRIND
June 8, 1999
Everybody needs a vacation now and then … including blue-chip high school basketball players. Kansas University signee Nick Collison, who recently survived first round of cuts for USA Basketball’s Junior World National Team, is on a week-long trip to South Padre Island, Texas, with 10 of his buddies from Iowa Falls (Iowa) High School.
LAWRENCE STRIKERS FALL IN HEITZMAN SEMIFINAL
June 8, 1999
Dark clouds, sweeping winds and thunder lingered around Sport 2 Sport softball complex on Sunday, and it appeared the Patty Heitzman Memorial tournament would be postponed or at least delayed. Precipitation never fell, but the Kansas City Blaze rained on the Lawrence Strikers’ parade by posting a 7-3 semifinal win in the under-18 division.
10 WAY TO HELP TODDLERS LEARN THE RULES OF THE ROAD
June 8, 1999
Parents often ask for help to learn how to “discipline” their child. The word “discipline” comes from the Latin word meaning “to teach” but unfortunately often has the connotation of punishment and rules or pain. A better word might be “guidance” which means to steer or lead. Why provide guidance for your child in the toddler years? Your child will begin to learn to understand the difference between right and wrong, will start to develop self-control, will be protected from potentially dangerous or unsafe situations and will most likely grow up to be an “in-control” adult with respect for others. These goals will not be met overnight and may take years of consistency and patience to see these results.
MARY F. GRAY OBITUARY
June 8, 1999
MARY F. GRAY Memorial services for Mary F. Gray, 74, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Central United Methodist Church. Cremation was held.
6-8 WHAT BAND WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE COME TO SANDSTONE
June 8, 1999
What band would you most like to see come to Sandstone this summer? Kristie Altman,
FALSE FIRE ALARMS PLAGUE FIGHTERS, COMPLEX RESIDENTS
June 8, 1999
Managers of a three-story apartment complex in Lawrence say they hope to update an alarm system to cut down on false fire alarms.
S AUTOPSY INDICATES DRUG USE
June 8, 1999
Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell ruled Jud Strong’s May 8 death accidental and reported that traces of cocaine and marijuana had been found in the Baldwin High School senior’s system.
DENTAL COALITION PULLING FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS
June 8, 1999
The Kansas Department of Health and Human Services says Douglas County is lacking in the number of dentists who serve low-income patients.
HAND
June 8, 1999
Even as he struggles to disentangle himself from the mess in Kosovo, President Clinton is setting up the congressional Republicans for another end-of-session rout. And the supreme irony is that the Republicans are helping him a lot more than Slobodan Milosevic is. In the midst of the Kosovo negotiations last week, Clinton took time out to jab the House Republicans for their inability to bring up two scheduled spending bills — for Congress and the Agriculture Department — before they left town for the Memorial Day break.
SCHOOLS BRACE FOR EXTERNAL AUDIT
June 8, 1999
Findings of an audit designed to improve instruction in Lawrence schools will be released tonight by consultants during a forum at Free State High School.
JUN 8-25 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1999
IN %% 1974 The U.S. House of Representatives’ recent approval for road funds for Perry Lake was seen by Rep. Larry Winn as a good sign that federal funds might also soon be forthcoming for the Clinton Parkway.
DOUGLAS COUNTY BRIEFS
June 8, 1999
County soliciting bids for salt spreaders