Police investigate threat
Lawrence Police will be on hand today at Central Junior High School, in response to discovery of graffiti threatening violence against students.
"There will be consequences for any student found to be involved with making such threats," said Brian McCaffrey, assistant principal at Central, 1400 Mass.
The message found Tuesday by a student was written on the wall of a boys' rest room. It said 10 students would die today.
A letter about the threat went home Wednesday with one-fourth of Central's students. Not everyone got a letter, because of early release on Wednesdays.
The incident at Central is in the wake of reported threats at Southwest Junior High School and Free State High School. The district will conduct an expulsion hearing April 26 for a student accused of writing threatening graffiti at Southwest.
Seminar hits home topics
The city is sponsoring a fair housing seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
The seminar will feature sessions on fair housing, state and local laws, and rights of residential tenants, as well as a panel discussion for homebuyers. Speakers will share information on landlord responsibilities, landlord-tenant conflict resolution and moving from renting to ownership.
A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information and to enroll, contact the Human Relations/ Human Resources Department, 832-3310.
Gift to keep good professors at KU in the green
KU professors still can hope for $5,000 bonus checks, thanks to a gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation.
The $690,000 gift, announced Wednesday by the Kansas University Endowment Association, includes $250,000 to extend the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence for five years. The program recognizes 20 professors annually with gifts of $5,000. Diana Carlin, above at left, was among the honorees in 1999.
The largest part of the gift $300,000 will help purchase computers, video and telecommunication equipment for the Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging building under construction at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
It also includes $60,000 each for the KU School of Business Multicultural Business Scholars Program and the Hall Center for the Humanities. The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art will receive $20,000 to help fund the exhibit "The Gilded Age."