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September 8, 2000

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Injured worker remains hospitalized after fire

A man injured in Wednesday afternoon's fire at Farmland Industries' Lawrence fertilizer plant remained hospitalized in good condition Thursday.

Eliseo Cuerpos was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a spark ignited leaking hydrogen outside a compressor building at the plant, injuring him and another man. Antonio Macias was also taken to LMH, but was quickly treated and released.

State and federal environmental officials said Thursday the latest incident at Farmland probably wouldn't prompt action on their parts. Federal workplace safety officials were unavailable for comment.

The plant remains closed for what officials call previously scheduled maintenance.

United Way seeks Day of Caring helpers

Volunteers still are needed for the Roger Hill Volunteer Center's seventh annual Day of Caring from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The center, a service of the United Way of Douglas County, cultivates service projects from nonprofit groups and then recruits volunteers to complete the projects.

Volunteer opportunities still available include 55 to 69 spots at Community Living Opportunities and 33 to 46 spots at the Pelathe Community Resource Center.

For more information, contact Michelle Heller at 865-5030 or rhvc@grapevine.net.

Margaret Amini Hall to be dedicated Saturday

Chancellor Robert Hemenway will preside at the dedication ceremony for Kansas University's newest scholarship hall.

The Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall in the 1300 block of Louisiana Street is KU's 10th scholarship hall and fifth for women. The dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Koli "K.K." and Margaret Amini, KU alumni from San Antonio, Tex., provided $1.5 million for the construction of the new hall an architectural twin of and adjacent to K.K. Amini Hall, 1318 La. The Aminis contributed $2.5 million for the two halls.

Residents will give public tours of the new building after the dedication.

19th, 23rd streets restricted

Drivers on 23rd and 19th streets will have to deal with more than the usual amount of congestion today.

A private contractor will be working on both streets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to repave road sections torn up to install water lines. The work will restrict 23rd Street to two lanes between Vermont and Massachusetts streets. Eastbound traffic on 19th will be detoured between Massachusetts and Kentucky streets all day.

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