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GIRL TO GIRL PROGRAM OFFERED IN LAWRENCE

June 18, 1998

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Young women in Lawrence can learn life skills during the Girl to Girl program this summer.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence is sponsoring the Girl to Girl program for a second summer, starting Friday.

The program is a weekly discussion held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays for girls 10 to 15 years old. It focuses on discussing issues important to young women, like peer pressure, managing money and body image.

``From research, plus on-the-job experience, we know that the years between 10 and 15 are critically important and represent a `make or break' stage for the young women served by our club,'' Joe Stebbins, the club's director, said.

Averella Williams will lead the weekly discussions. She said there will be speakers on each week's topic and time for the girls to ask questions.

The program will run through Aug. 1, and is for members of the Boys and Girls Club. It costs $5.

Lightning knocks out

traffic signals

Traffic signals at several intersections were knocked out of regular working order following lightning strikes in a brief storm on Wednesday night. It took crews about 45 minutes to reset signals at 19th and Iowa, 23rd and Louisiana and 23rd and Haskell.

A police dispatcher said eyewitnesses reported seeing lightning strike the signals at 19th and Iowa on Wednesday night.

David Woosley, the city's traffic engineer, said most traffic signals have a built-in safety device, similar to a circuit-breaker, that is activated if lightning strikes nearby.

The device causes the lights to flash yellow and red automatically. The lights usually have to be reset, although sometimes they come back on line by themselves, he said.

``It's to prevent something from fusing together and having green lights in all directions,'' he said.

Employee's `power burn'

fills shop with smoke

An employee at a southeast Lawrence auto body shop unwittingly summoned firefighters early Wednesday by spinning his tires until the building filled with smoke.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews arrived at Automotive Precision, 1209 E. 23rd, at 12:38 a.m., and broke through a door because the building was locked. They also broke six window panes to let some of the billowing smoke out of the building.

They found no fire, but during a search, the fire crews located an employee of the business hiding in a parts storage room.

The unidentified employee said he was spinning his tires in the building, in what is known as a ``power burn.'' The friction overheated the tires, filling the body shop with thick smoke. The employee then drove the car outside, hosed off the tires and hid when the fire trucks arrived.

No charges were filed, said Fire Battalion Chief Jerry Karr. Instead, the owner of the business was contacted.

``It was an unusual call,'' Karr said. `` ... The employee was inside hiding. He said he just got a little wild.''

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