The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri on July 21, 1993 · 21
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The Kansas City Star from Kansas City, Missouri · 21

Kansas City, Missouri
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Wednesday, July 21, 1993
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TOMORROW in The Star WEDNESDAY July 21 1993 THE KANSAS JL CITY STAR Section C JENNIFER HOWE Walter Blair executed for the 1979 killing of Katherine Jo Alien ByJOELAMBE and ERIN PERRY OteM - -- Stan writer POTOSI Mo — A Jackson i County man was executed at 1:30 am today aftdr the US Supreme Court lifted a stay granted Tuesday- Walter Junior Blair 32 died by lethal rnjec BkS tion at the Po tost Correctional £ Center The 8th Cir-ant Court of Appeals had granted Blair a wjmf 'sr§ stay on Tuesday afternoon The ®r Missouri attorney general’s office appealed to the Supreme Court Just before midnight the high court rejected a defense motion for a stay Just after midnight the justices lifted the stay granted by the appeals court The execution was then rescheduled for 1 :30 am Gov Mel Carnahan did not intervene Blair 32 had been sentenced in the Aug 19 1979 murder for hire See DEATH C-B Col 1 Photo by DON IPOCXThe Star As street crews pumpsd water away from Main Street in front of the Williams on Tuesday morning The Missouri River has risen to the Old Town Cafe Parkville Street Department employee Paul Conz railroad tracks in downtown Parkville Tracks have been submerged (left) took shelter from the rain and talked with cafe owner Dave on the south edge of town Missouri River rises in towns not yet recovered from the last time By MIKE KENNEDY and KRISTIN VAUGHAN Staff Writer Lynni Maldonado stood behind a pile of sandbags in the doorway to her Parkville restaurant Tuesday afternoon watching the ebb and flow of river water escaping through the storm sewers on Main Street “I’m tired of it” Maldonado sighed “I’m so fed up with the water We want to get on with life and business” But there was no relief in sight for Maldonado and other business owners in Parkville and Riverside along the banks of the rushing Missouri River Monday night the water began to rise again And by Tuesday afternoon it had climbed nearly as high as the worst levels about 1 0 days ago Riverside shut off power to its industrial area as a precaution volunteers began filling sandbags again and overworked public safety workers were waiting for National Guard troops to return “We’re back to square one” said Riverside Detective Marty Rowe supervising an emergency com-See WATER C-3 Col 1 Dunmire hires a crew for 431 5 Charlotte By BILL NORTON Staff Writer Frances Whitton made her way along the sandbagged sidewalk in downtown Parkville in a downpour Tuesday morning Whitton who owns a real estate business on Main Street was going there to see whether the sandbags had held Battlefield protection program lauds work at Battle of Westport site By BRIAN BURNES Staff Writer of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City toured an isolated stretch of Hardesty Avenue north of Swope Park Nearby two armies squared off nearly 130 years ago in the Civil War Just where historic Byram’s Ford Road cuts through brush and On some days the Battle of tangle at modem-day Hardesty Westport still is being fought Avenue sat three damp dingy and Consider a recent morning decidedly nonhistone mattresses when Orvis Fitts past president Fitts flinched taking the sight Odyssey to resume housing inspection Any port in a storm These women lived through the Depression They delight in Extensive costly plan offers a constant vigil on neighborhoods Implementation worries some eking out that last inch of usefulness Saturday two girls 1 2 and 14 came to the sewing group for the first time Soon each held a pattern and a little wad of fabric Gibson and Clayton envisioned snazzy red shorts with white polka dots The girls looked doubtful Theirs is the era of malls microwaves and disposable diapers Some students never finish their projects but many do Then they hold fashion shows “Hiey like to be able to take something like this plain old piece of material and say ‘Look what I did’ ” Clayton says The longtime students help the newcomers “Stand up straight baby” one student chided one of the new girls as she took her measurements Gibson or Clayton probably told the older student the same thing six months ago At least 200 students have come and gone They’ve taken scores of garments and new skills with them In this group age values thrift and youth is learning to value age The know-how spreads from one hand to another like the sturdy cloth running under the students’ needles By JEFFREY SP1VAK Staff Writer Susan O’Keefe drove her blue city government car slowly down the 4300 block of Forest Avenue this week Two years ago the block had been a mess Eight-foot-tall weeds blocked one home peeling paint left bare wood on others and drug dealing occurred at two more It had been O’Keefe’s job as a neighborhood housing inspector to reverse those conditions So she induced the homeowners to paint cut weeds patch holes and replace rotted wood Then the city razed one drug house “I had this whole block cleaned” O'Keefe recalled But because of budget cuts it was among the last to receive a city-inspired makeover Now the city’s Odyssey 2000 improve- A look at the city wide capital improvement projects in the Odyssey 2000 plan 6-2 ments campaign would resume the inspection program bigger than ever before There would be 27 new inspectors compared with three when the city phased out the program last year plus grants rebates and small home repair loans Because the inspections would be driven by neighborhood requests the process pushes policy See ODYSSKYC-2 Col 2 JOE LKDFORDTh Star Jerry Zaring (left) of Bonner Springs and John end loader for shelter from the rain Tuesday Studey of Tonganoxie both of Rylie Equipment while pulling fiber-optic cable through a sewer & Contracting Co used the bucket of a front- line near 39th Street and Harrison Parkway With the Housing Authority taken away by a judge Luther Washington is working once again in Mayor Cleaver’s office C-3 The latest Mm for Kansas City schools: desegregation by computer A minor shokoup gives one assistant Kansas City manager expanded duties while another’s m nii wa aa aa IKIHtl at r nltrinL dRh 4Nfe responsibilities snnnx u-a TWO mon enter guilty pleas in a federal investigation of gambling in the Kansas City area C-2

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