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ACLU ROLE
May 17, 1999
To the editor: The May 10 Journal-World featured on the first page a “teaser” regarding the ACLU and a follow-up article on how the ACLU is inundated with concerns about students being denied their “constitutional rights.” For openers, students/teen-agers don’t have the “constitutional rights” of parents. These people are working to earn those “rights” but, because of the ACLU, these students are now intimidating and terrifying their own parents, not to mention school officials, school boards, teachers and anyone else who, before the ACLU, were authority figures.
ROAD LIST
May 17, 1999
Motorists traveling from Lawrence to Topeka should beware of two construction areas: * Kansas Turnpike, between mileposts 194 and 198 near the Lecompton exchange, resurfacing, one lane of traffic closed in both eastbound and westbound lanes.
5-17 DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE A LONG, HOT SUMMER?
May 17, 1999
Do you think it will be a long, hot summer? Myriam Vuckovic,
SCHOOLS READY TO ENROLL EDUCATIONAL READINESS STUDENTS
May 17, 1999
Preschool enrollment scheduled for today
BLOTTER
May 17, 1999
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
MON DATEBOOK
May 17, 1999
TODAY 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Lawrence public schools preschool enrollment, East Lawrence Recreation Center. Parents of children who will be 4 by Aug. 31 should bring proof of income, birth certificate, immunization records and Social Security card.
APPRAISER SOUND OFF 2
May 17, 1999
How do the appraisers come up with your appraised valuation? What do they go by? They don’t come inside, so how do they determine the appraised value? “Basically we look at market sales,” said Marion Johnson, Douglas County appraiser. “If we don’t have enough sales information, then we estimate what it would cost to rebuild the property minus the depreciation. Commercial valuations are based on the rebuilding cost combined with the amount of money the property might generate in rent.”
FIRE DESTROYS HOME
May 17, 1999
Flames as high as 50 feet were reported in a fire that destroyed a home Sunday night west of Eudora. There were no injuries.
MAY17-40 YEARS AGO
May 17, 1999
Widening and resurfacing of three thoroughfares were to move two steps closer to reality after careful study by the city commission in an ultra-long afternoon and evening session. The projects in question were the widening and resurfacing of portions of Seventh, Ninth and New Jersey streets. Temporary notes were to be issued to pay for the extensive work. Despite heavy rains locally and upstream, there appeared to be no major threat of any flooding in the Lawrence area. The region had had an intensely wet spring and the ground was saturated. However, timely runoffs had prevented problems here to date.
SCHOOLS TO KEEP ELECTRONIC EYE ON VIOLENCE
May 17, 1999
Nearby McLouth schools, the site of recent telephoned bomb threats, already have a video surveillance system.
BAKER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES URGED TO LEAD BALANCED LIVES
May 17, 1999
About 385 students graduated from Baker University on Sunday. Two commencement ceremonies were held to accommodate students, families and friends.
ADDING DEVICES COULD BE ADDING TROUBLE
May 17, 1999
My older Macintosh is acting strangely. I have recently added a new external hard drive and a new modem, but now my external CD-ROM is not mounting on my desktop. Could these different drivers be incompatible? That is definitely a possibility. The driver software for your CD-ROM may be conflicting with the driver software for your external hard drive. Be sure to check that you are using the latest version of the driver. An easy place to check for the latest version of any software program is www.versiontracker.com.
WEB-BASED CALENDAR COULD HAVE SAVED THE DAY
May 17, 1999
I’m a relatively busy person, and I’ve been spending some time lately thinking about how to be better organized and get better handles on my time and schedule. Software for “personal information management” has been around for a long time, and I’ve used a variety of those programs at various times. But when you use one computer at work and another computer at home or on the road, you’ve always got a problem: synchronization. I was burned by this not long ago — I had made an appointment while using the computer at my office, and entered it into my calendar program. Then I left for a business trip for a few days, and returned the day before the appointment. I wasn’t feeling all that well the next day, so I stayed home, but just to be safe, I fired up the laptop and checked my calendar to make sure I wasn’t missing anything important. Unfortunately, the calendar file on my laptop had not been brought up-to-date with the calendar file on my office computer. My laptop calendar told me the day was clear; had I been at the office, I’d have been reminded of my appointment. (Yes, I missed it.)
MON BEST BETS
May 17, 1999
TODAY Syrum, The Moaning Lisas, The Bottleneck, 737 N.H.
PROGRAM LETS KIDS PLAY AND LEARN AT KU
May 17, 1999
The National Youth Sports Program will give Lawrence-area youths a chance to play and learn this summer.
MCGINN, GRUBER BRINGING BACK TRADITION
May 17, 1999
Living together has worked wonders for KU’s Kevin McGinn and Charlie Gruber. The distance runners each won an event at the 1999 Big 12 Indoor.
MAY17-25 YEARS AGO
May 17, 1999
IN 1974 The Kansas Board of Regents approved fiscal year 1975 operating budgets for state schools totaling $215.7 million. The Kansas University share of the pie was to be $52.9 million. Also approved was an operating budget of $55.4 million for the KU Medical Center operation for the same period.
LAWRENCE WOMAN MORE THAN JUST ATTORNEY
May 17, 1999
From attorney to real estate investor to spiritual leader, Bonita Yoder has no trouble wearing several hats, or shoes for that matter.
BRAVERY OR JUST PLAIN WEIRD?
May 17, 1999
Someone once gave me a mug with my name on it: “MARSHA,” it says in big green letters, “Meaning: BRAVE.” The short poem that follows says I am “dauntless and daring” and that I “have no fear.” Yeah, right! Tell that to the Guthrie, Okla., pharmacist who witnessed my panic when the tornado sirens sounded while my aunt was pondering which brand of laxative to purchase. Or to our fellow tourists who thought I was never going to get up the nerve to descend from the pyramid at Chitzen-Itza. (I finally managed it by holding onto a safety chain as I bounced down the steep steps on my posterior.)
AREA REGIONAL ROUNDUP
May 17, 1999
Ottawa High’s baseball and softball programs survived first-year growing pains and are ready to teethe on their first postseason tournaments. “This is something Ottawa has wanted for a long time,” OHS baseball coach Justin Henry said.
HOSPITALS
May 17, 1999
Births Erica Ricketts and Shawn Lee Smith, Lawrence, a girl, Sunday.
KU STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FOR HOMELESS
May 17, 1999
Christina Harms recently finished serving as project coordinator for Into The Streets Week at Kansas University.
PANEL CALLS FOR SWEEPING KANSAS JUDICIARY CHANGES
May 17, 1999
One recommendation of the Kansas Justice Commission calls for statewide merit selection of district judges. Currently, some are elected.
CITY SCHOOLS SET FOR GOLF, TENNIS REGIONALS
May 17, 1999
Lawrence High is riding high entering today’s Class 6A regional boys golf tournament at Lake Shawnee. The Lions are coming off a fourth-place finish last week at the 26-team Lawrence Invitational after winning three tournaments in a row.
FIREFIGHTERS HELP INVESTIGATE DEATHS
May 17, 1999
Six firefighters from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical also serve as coroner’s scene investigators, responding to the scenes of unexpected deaths for the county’s coroners.
SO LONGSHEL
May 17, 1999
To the editor: I feel horrible about Shel Silverstein’s death. I love and treasure his poems. I have a favorite. It is “The Meehoo With an Exactlywatt.” He made me laugh and showed me how reading was fun. I am really going to miss him, but I’m glad that he left us such beautiful and funny poems.
MAY 17-100 YEARS AGO
May 17, 1999
IN 1899 On May 17, 1899, Frank Blackmar, professor of history and sociology at KU, wrote a letter to the editor of the Lawrence World. Blackmar told of eight different kinds of slot machines numbering 30 altogether being operated in the city. Often involving a wager of a nickel, the gambler could win a five cent or ten cent cigar. The professor warned, “There are reasons why these should not be tolerated. First it is an unfair method of trade. Second, it develops the gambling spirit among the young. It may seem a small matter to some, but that is just the reason why it makes an easy beginning for boys. Third, it is a waste of time and money and in the end will deceive alike the proprietor and player. It is a bad example to get something for nothing and he who builds his business or his life upon it will fall sooner or later. It begets idle habits. Then it is against the law of the land and merchants have no right to violate it.”
SOUTHWEST STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONTESTS
May 17, 1999
Southwest Junior High School was well-represented in the All-City Junior High Jazz Ensemble. The following Southwest students participated: Lori Lemesany, Jeff Cravens, Peter Stephens, Candice Bailey, Tom Radocy, Andrea Stoneback, Michael Ornburn, Kristen Jordan and Kristin Potter. ***
FLAGS SHOULD FLY HIGH ALL DAY SATURDAY
May 17, 1999
Flags should fly high all day Saturday
LOCAL BRIEFS FOR MONDAY
May 17, 1999
KU baseball issues awards
KU SOFTBALL MAKES REGIONAL
May 17, 1999
The Jayhawks are one of 48 teams to advance to the NCAA Softball Tournament. KU will meet Southeast Missouri State in a first-round contest on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz.
TORNADOES HIT WESTERN IOWA
May 17, 1999
Tornadoes swept through western Iowa on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 14, authorities said. A tornado that developed about 4 p.m. Sunday destroyed six homes, damaged several others and destroyed a bridge on a rural gravel road, authorities said. SEE STORY PAGE 2A