Lawrence residents will turn clocks and watches back an hour this weekend, and fire officials are reminding them to make another change that could be life-saving.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs is advocating people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Lt. Pat Karlin, public education specialist for the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical, said home fire deaths began to rise across the country in 1995, and non-working smoke alarms are a contributing factor. An average of three children die each day, and civilian fire injuries in homes totaled 19,300 in 1996.
Working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a house fire, Karlin said.
The "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" campaign is in its 11th year.
Annual Fiji run
scheduled next week
For the past 25 years, members of Kansas University and Kansas State University's Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternities have honored a former fraternity brother by joining together in a leukemia benefit.
On Friday, Oct. 30, the two Fiji chapters will again raise money, running the football for the KU-K-State game from Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The 70-mile route will go along U.S. Highway 24 through Riley, Pottawatomie, Shawnee and Douglas counties.
The honorary game ball will be presented to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Morgan of Dwight, who are the parents of Rod Morgan. Morgan died of leukemia in 1974.
The Fijis have raised more than $310,000 for the Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America during the past 24 years, making them the largest single contributor to the state chapter.
All proceeds from the Fiji run are designated for leukemia research and Kansas patient aid.
KU to honor
During a special ceremony today, John Frazee, vice president of news services for CBS News, will receive the Radio-TV-Journalism Alumni Honor Citation from Kansas University's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The award will be presented during a broadcast writing and production class at 2:30 p.m. today in Room 2092, Dole Center for Human Development.
Frazee, a member of KU's class of 1975, went to CBS News from the local affiliate in St. Louis.
Vice president of news services since 1989, Frazee is responsible for CBS News' Newspath, a continuous video and live news-gathering service for CBS affiliates and foreign broadcasters. He is also responsible for "Up To The Minute," CBS News' overnight broadcast.
Frazee previously was executive producer for CBS news services.
At KU, he worked at public radio station KANU-FM 91.5.