A Johnson County organization that seeks to fight political extremist groups has formed a chapter in Douglas County.
The MAINstream coalition, a non-partisan coalition of religious, business, political and community leaders, on Thursday night formed a Douglas County chapter.
The following people were elected to the new chapter's board of directors: Barbara Frick, Bill Stype, Craig Templeton, Ellen Reid Gold, Gary Hale, Josh Stein, Kay Hale, Mavis Wiseman, Ruth Turney and Sid Shapiro.
The MAINstream coalition was formed by the Rev. Robert Meneilly to counteract threats to Constitutional freedoms by sectarian and political extremists.
The organization claims more than 60 active members who live in Douglas County.
set temperature marks
Lawrence and Topeka broke record-high temperatures Thursday and Salina tied its all-time high for the date, the National Weather Service reported.
Lawrence reached a high of 92, breaking the previous record of 91 for May 28, set in 1991.
Topeka reached a high of 93 degrees, breaking the previous May 28 record of 92, which was set in 1937. Salina tied its record high temperature of 94 degrees, which was set in 1989.
High temperatures Friday should be from 95 to 100 in western areas, with lower to mid-90s forecast for the central and east.
Highs may again reach triple digits for the west Saturday, with lower to mid-90s forecast for the rest of the state.
High temperatures should begin to fall by Sunday, with highs of 85 to 90. By Monday and Tuesday, highs are expected to be in the 80s.
Tickets for Phish,
Garfunkel go on sale
Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday for several Kansas City area concerts.
The concerts are: Smokin' Grooves `98, featuring Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Busta Rhymes and Wyclef Jean and the Refugee All-Stars, 6 p.m. Aug. 8, Sandstone Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs; Art Garfunkel, 8 p.m. Aug. 21, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Mo.; Jethro Tull, 8 p.m. July 18, Starlight Theatre; and Phish, 7:30 p.m. July 28, Sandstone Amphitheatre.
Tickets are available from all Ticket Central outlets, including Creation Station in Lawrence, or by calling (816) 576-7900 or (800) 771-3666.
Police arrest seven
Lawrence police arrested seven people for soliciting without a license after they were caught allegedly selling magazines in one area of town.
The arrests were made after police located a vehicle in which the suspects were riding.
Arrested were James Michael Flinn II, 20, Pilot Point, Tex.; Lathy Wells Jetton, 24, Ganado, Tex.; James Robert Burns, 20, Wickliffe, Ohio; Jeremy Lee Gander, 21, Lawrence; George Fredrick Senner IV, 21, Pilot Point, Tex.; Jillian Joy Latocki, 19, Pilot Point, Tex.; and Richard Lee Foist, 17, Pilot Point, Tex.
They were booked into the Douglas County Jail between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday.
All were released after posting $100 bond.
Soliciting without a license, a misdemeanor, is a violation of a city ordinance.
The suspects were scheduled to make an appearance at 8:15 a.m. June 10 in Lawrence Municipal Court.
Information on where the arrests were made wasn't immediately available.