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MONDAY DATEBOOK
October 11, 1999
TODAY 9 a.m.: Douglas County Commission, county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
10-11 WOULD YOU SPEND 49 DAYS ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH 15 . . .
October 11, 1999
Would you spend 49 days on a desert island with 15 strangers for a chance at $1 million? Sue Erickson,
PRINCIPALS SAY GOOD TEACHERS ARE FIRM, YET LOVE CHILDREN
October 11, 1999
Educators from near and far offered their thoughts about the attributes of a high-quality school teacher.
TUITION HIKES DECREASING IN SIZE, STUDY SHOWS
October 11, 1999
The cost of a college education continues to rise, outpacing inflation rates in many parts of the country, but tuition in Kansas is linked directly to inflation rates.
KU TO RECEIVE GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH PROJECT
October 11, 1999
KU to receive grant for technology research
SPOTTING THE PHONY
October 11, 1999
Don’t you just hate those “see and be seen” affairs? You know, the kind of function where they slap a name tag on you so a person close enough to read it can pretend that they’ve known who you are all along. I once was at a political gathering and politely waved across the room to a man I barely know. Though too far away to scan my name tag, he waved back enthusiastically. I turned to my friend Rhonda. “He doesn’t have a clue who I am.”
LEARN BASICS NOW, SAVE TIME LATER
October 11, 1999
Part of my day job is training. I spend a fair amount of time in various parts of the state training educators and technical people in various areas related to networking and the Internet. I’ve been doing this for the last 13 years or so, and one of the things I’ve learned is that spending time learning the basics, even when we think we don’t need to, saves a lot of time later on. Months ago I taught several workshops at a school district in western Kansas. The first of those workshops was a basic introduction to the Internet, which included some material on the terminology of networking and the Internet, along with basic concepts and some discussion of what makes the Internet work. There was one teacher who decided to skip the introductory session, feeling she didn’t really need it, having been an Internet user for some time. But when we got to the more advanced session she had enrolled in, we ended up having to stop repeatedly to explain things to her — things that her less-advanced colleagues had learned in the beginner session.
HOSPITALS
October 11, 1999
Births Margaret and David Springe, Lawrence, a boy, Sunday.
ESTIMATES PROVIDE RETIREMENT OUTLOOK
October 11, 1999
Sometime in the next 12 months, most working Americans will get a personal Social Security statement in the mail. Please give it a look. You’ll learn much more about the program than you probably know now. It also should make you more thoughtful about your financial planning.
TRAFFICWAY ATCROSSROADS
October 11, 1999
The Haskell Board of Regents will hear from both sides Tuesday during discussion of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
EUROPE
October 11, 1999
NATO’s air war in Kosovo was the geopolitical equivalent of a coffee break or an April shower for Americans. It came and went quickly, seeming to change nothing fundamental in their lives. But that may not be the case for Europeans and their quest for a larger continental political identity. War is the formative experience for most important nations and many governing institutions. After doing their worst, humans frequently find in the ashes they have produced reasons to think differently about themselves and their neighbors.
SALVADORAN ACTIVISTS TO SHARE EXPERIENCES
October 11, 1999
Salvadoran activists to share experiences
OCT 11-40 YEARS AGO
October 11, 1999
Burglars broke into Trinity Episcopal church and blew open the safe during the night. They got only $2 for their efforts but one wing of the church was badly damaged by the blast. Members of the First Christian Church voted unanimously to approve a three-year building fund goal of $80,000 to construct educational facilities for the congregation. The Rev. Benton Roy Hanan was the minister.
Trafficway at a crossroads
October 11, 1999
By Kendrick Blackwood The Haskell Board of Regents will hear from both sides Tuesday during discussion of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
VETERANS WAGING CEMETERY FIGHT
October 11, 1999
Local veterans have expressed interest in a proposed state cemetery system for their peers, which is being pushed by a former chairman of the Kansas American Legion.
EX-SOLDIER IS PUBLIC FACE OF GIRL SCOUTS
October 11, 1999
Girl Scout troops in Douglas County have a new public relations coordinator.
GOOD TEACHERS SHOULD BE FUNNY, YET STRICT, STUDENTS SAY
October 11, 1999
Students in the Lawrence school district, front-line consumers of public education, offer insights into key characteristics of quality teachers.
OBITUARY FOR ALICE REID
October 11, 1999
ALICE BERYLENE REID Memorial services for Alice Berylene Reid, 79, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
AGENDA (3) FOR LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION OCT. 12
October 11, 1999
Consent agenda: The following items will be considered, without debate, on a single vote. * Review and approve minutes of various boards and commissions.
FUNDING FIASCO
October 11, 1999
If candidates face no legal penalties for fund-raising violations until their terms are almost finished, where’s the deterrent? The 2000 presidential election is more than a year and a half away, and yet, the campaigns for the Republican and Democratic nominations have been going on at various levels of intensity since voting booths were closed following the November 1996 election.
GROUP MISLEADS
October 11, 1999
To the editor: I figure it’s better late than never. I wanted to comment on the article done by Michael Dekker in the Sept. 15 paper, front page. The article was entitled, “Earth is flat, say Lawrence theorists.” Will these people never cease their misrepresentations of the Bible? Do they have nothing better to do with their time that to mislead people concerning what the Bible teaches and does not teach?
AGENDA (1) FOR LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION OCT. 12
October 11, 1999
A proposed new franchise agreement with Kansas Public Service could result in higher monthly gas bills for many customers in Lawrence. The biggest impact would be on large industrial customers who buy gas from other companies and have it delivered through KPS lines. The new agreement would capture those customers by assessing the fee based on the volume of gas KPS delivers through its lines, rather than the company’s gross sales receipts.
PVC PIPE SOUNDOFF
October 11, 1999
I see that the new convenience store that’s going in by the Mayflower Bus Co. on East 23rd has plastic plumbing drains and vents running through the walls and out the roof. I thought that PVC pipe was illegal to use in commercial projects above the slab in Lawrence and that cast iron materials had to be used. Has this building code been changed or is this some sort of special situation for this contractor? Yes, the plumbing code has changed to allow plastic (PVC) pipe in restaurants and convenience stores.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION LIST FOR WEEK OF OCT. 11
October 11, 1999
Motorists may encounter delays this week on these major streets due to construction projects, according to the Lawrence Public Works Department. 1. Connecticut, Eighth to 13th. Sections closed to through traffic for sanitary sewer improvements.
BLOTTER
October 11, 1999
Law enforcement report Emergency calls
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SPANISH CLASS TRIP
October 11, 1999
South señoritas. These girls from Grace Marion’s ninth-grade South Junior High Spanish Class traveled to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta last summer. Pictured from left are Kerry Frick, Liz Simmons, Shira Flescher, Bobbi Riling, Kasey Barton, Casey Biberstein, Sarah Bracciano and Sarah Fisher. The picture was submitted by Karen Frick, Lawrence. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
KU SENATE TO DEBATE NONDISCRIMINATION
October 11, 1999
The Kansas University Student Senate may ask the Kansas State Board of Regents to protect gay students from discrimination at the regents institutions. At its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Delta Gamma sorority, the senate plans to debate a petition calling for the regents to adopt a nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.
OCT 11-100 YEARS AGO
October 11, 1999
On Oct. 11, 1899, the news that the 20th Kansas had arrived at San Francisco had set off a celebration in Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal commented: “A demonstration of gladness does not give license for lawlessness. Bonfires are all right in their way, but last night every fire kindled menaced the city. The high wind that was blowing made it almost certain that a bonfire would end in the destruction of property and a terrible fire. The police did good work in their efforts to suppress the lawlessness, but the fire company was more successful, for when a stream was turned on the crowd the boys flew like the cinders when the same stream was turned on the bonfire. There is nothing like a good soaking to take the gaiety out of the festive youth, and the police and fire departments are to be congratulated on their success in suppressing both the fires and the youth.”
NEED FOR FLOPPY DRIVE IS DECLINING
October 11, 1999
Why can’t I buy a Macintosh with a floppy disk drive anymore? Isn’t that really stupid on Apple’s part? Not necessarily. Virtually any program you buy in the store today is shipped on CDs. Since Apple stopped making computers with floppy drives, all Mac software ships on CD. A large number of people do not need a floppy drive, and Apple was able to reduce the price of the computer. Why should everyone have to pay for a floppy when only a certain percentage of people need them?
CITY TO CONSIDER ZONING REQUEST FOR SCHOOL DEAL
October 11, 1999
Because of a protest petition, four votes are needed to approve zoning change.
OCT 11-25 YEARS AGO
October 11, 1999
Indictments charging Dick Docking, brother of Gov. Robert Docking, and 17 other individuals and five firms with bribery and conspiracy were dismissed by former District Judge Jay Sullivan of Emporia. The defendants had been accused in connection with an alleged scheme to kick back $20,000 to the 1972 re-election campaign of Gov. Docking in return for the award for contracts on an expansion project at the Kansas University Medical Center. Robert and Dick Docking both were former Lawrence residents.
AGENDA (2) FOR LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION OCT. 12
October 11, 1999
Like all other cities, Lawrence requires public utilities to obtain a “franchise” for the right to use public rights of way to deliver their service. The last franchise agreement with KPS was signed in 1984, but the gas utility business has changed since then.