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25 years ago: 30-year-overdue book returned to library during amnesty week

March 4, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 4, 1986:

  • The Lawrence Public Library’s “fine-free week,” the first in a decade, was resulting in the return of some very overdue books. The record-holder so far was “The Best Plays of the Modern American Theatre,” which had been due in 1956. The library workers were hoping for many more books to be returned, saying, “If parents will just check under their children’s beds, we would really appreciate it.”
  • A Kansas University alumnus, now serving as a national officer of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, was urging the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee to approve an anti-hazing bill, saying, “We should not wait until Kansas has a death or a tragedy to act.” Anti-hazing laws existed in 19 states in March 1986, with laws pending in seven other states.
  • Douglas County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution saying that it was illegal to own or keep “vicious” dogs in rural Douglas County. People who kept dogs prone to vicious behavior were to take out insurance to cover a minimum of $50,000 in damages per attack. A maximum $1,000 fine and six-month jail sentence were set for violators of the resolution.


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