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August 31, 2000

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Paste found on envelope deemed nonhazardous

The FBI has determined the paste-like substance found on an envelope at a Lawrence business wasn't anthrax or any other harmful substance.

Special Agent Jeff Lanza, of the FBI's Kansas City office, said tests couldn't identify the paste but determined it was "nonhazardous."

Since no threat accompanied the material, Lanza said, the investigation is over.

Sallie Mae, 2000 Bluffs Drive, was shut down for a few hours Aug. 21 after workers notified emergency crews about a paste-like substance on an envelope. The substance may have caused rash and eye irritation for at least two employees of the student loan servicing center. Others also complained of unusual symptoms.

Education

Lawrence district ranks among survey's top 100

The Lawrence public school district is among two Kansas districts ranked among the top 100 high-performing schools nationally in a survey by Offspring magazine.

The Lawrence and Sterling school districts were selected based databases of SchoolMatch, a Columbus, Ohio, research firm. The company assists corporate employee families in finding schools that match the needs of their children.

"I already know that I work in one of the best school districts in the country, but it's nice to see someone else recognizing it in print," said Randy Weseman, Lawrence's interim superintendent.

ABORTION ISSUE

Doctor may be able to use sedative again in procedures

Lawyers for Dr. Kristin Neuhaus and the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts said Wednesday she may be able to resume general sedation in "a very few days."

The news came one day after the board said Neuhaus could not use Valium and other forms of mild general sedatives while performing abortions until she demonstrated she was following national standards for use of the drugs.

After the decision, Neuhaus said she would have to turn away half of her normal number of patients, placing her practice in financial jeopardy.

Mark Stafford, attorney for the state Board of Healing Arts, said a hearing officer was not trying to make it impossible for Neuhaus to resume use of sedation.

"It could go in a matter of a very few days," Stafford said. "I don't want to speculate on a possible timeline."

Neuhaus' attorney Donald Strole hopes expanded record-keeping and proof of staff training for emergencies will meet the board's requirements.

"Hopefully by the end of the week, she'll be back in business," Strole said.

Crime

Sexual battery reported in KU residence hall

Police say a woman napping in a Kansas University residence hall woke up during the weekend to find an unknown man kissing and touching her breast.

The incident happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. Saturday in the sixth floor lobby of Hashinger Hall, but the woman didn't report it until Tuesday.

The suspect is a white male, between 18 and 22 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 240 to 250 pounds.

Sgt. Troy Mailen of KU Public Safety said police were advising students not to sleep in areas accessible to the public, and to lock their residence hall doors at all times.

Saturday's incident is the second sexual attack at KU this month. A 26-year-old Lawrence woman was raped at knifepoint late Aug. 10 on Campanile Hill. No arrest has been made in that case.

Mailen asked that anybody with information about the crimes call KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888, or KU Public Safety at 864-5900.

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