Take Back the Night rally will be Oct. 26
The 13th annual Womyn Take Back the Night rally and march is scheduled for Oct. 26. Pre-march activities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Buford M. Watson Park.
Activities include information tables sponsored by community organizations, entertainment by artists, and the Clothesline Project, a testimonial display of T-shirts created by survivors of violence.
The Womyn's Circle begins at 8 p.m. at Watson Park, and a march through downtown Lawrence follows. An open forum for men to discuss violence-related issues will be at South Park during the Womyn's Circle.
The event is organized by the Womyn's Empowerment Action Coalition to recognize women and children who are survivors of violence.
Border salute Capitol's flags at half-staff
Gov. Bill Graves on Wednesday ordered that flags at the Capitol be flown at half-staff Friday to honor the life of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan.
Carnahan died Monday night in a plane crash south of St. Louis. Carnahan's son Roger and longtime aide Chris Sifford also died in the crash.
"Governor Mel Carnahan was a great friend, a wonderful public servant and a consummate politician," Graves said in a statement. "Above everything else, he loved his family, the people and the state of Missouri."
KU law school event in D.C. scheduled at Supreme Court
About 100 Kansas University alumni and friends are expected to attend a reception being put on by the KU law school tonight in the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Justice Clarence Thomas, who is sponsoring KU's use of the East Conference Room, also is expected to attend.
"It's a great event and a great way to show off and potentially impress a crowd that's hard to impress," said Stephen McAllister, dean of the law school.
KU schools and organizations conduct events like this across the country every year to maintain contact with alumni and university supporters, who may be contacted later for donations.
American Eagle Outfitters clears hurdle in Ottawa
Ottawa city commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution of intent to issue tax abatements for American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
American Eagle, a Pennsylvania-based apparel company, plans to build a distribution and warehouse center at a former hardware distribution center in Ottawa. American Eagle abandoned plans to locate its plant in Lawrence.
Ottawa city officials determined Wednesday that the company has basically cleared the last hurdle in the process toward the abatement, City Manager Scott Limbers said.
The company is seeking a 50 percent tax abatement on the existing building and a 100 percent tax abatement on new construction and equipment.
The city commission will conduct a public hearing Nov. 1 before the issue returns to the commission for a Nov. 6 study session. Final approval is scheduled Nov. 15.