Ruptured gas line causes evacuation
A natural gas line rupture Friday morning forced employees at two downtown businesses to be evacuated for a few minutes.
Kansas Public Service officials were notified about 8:20 a.m. after a backhoe severed a 1.25-inch gas line next to the Journal-World building, KPS spokesman Tommy Johnson said.
Employees at the Journal-World, 609 N.H., and Reuter Pipe Organ Co., 612 N.H., were evacuated, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical said.
The backhoe was being operated by Dunbar Trucking & Excavating Inc., 1101 E. 31st St. A storm drain line was being installed at the site.
Gas to the ruptured line was shut off by 8:55 a.m. and workers put a saddle on the gas line, above photo. The repair was completed by 10 a.m. Johnson said.
Motorcycle accident leaves 27-year-old dead
A 27-year-old man was discovered dead early Friday by a passing motorist in southeast Johnson County, authorities said.
Javier Galvin, of Stilwell, apparently died from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident, Johnson County sheriff's officials said.
The man was found at 8:35 a.m. Friday, but it wasn't clear when the accident occurred. Galvin likely had been dead several hours before he was discovered, authorities said.
The accident occurred near the intersection of 179th Street and Quivira Road, authorities said.
The man was found down a slight embankment, where he apparently landed after traveling east on 179th Street, leaving the roadway and crashing through a barbed wire fence.
Speed appeared to be a factor in the accident, authorities said, although the exact cause of the accident wasn't known. The victim hadn't been wearing a helmet.
Web site lists names of Kansans due refunds
The names of hundreds of Kansas residents who are owed federal tax refunds have been placed on the Web sites of Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.
The lists on Web sites include 2,000 Missouri and Kansas taxpayers whose previous refund checks were returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service.
The list is available at www.house.gov/moore, or by calling the Internal Revenue Service on its toll-free assistance number, (800) 829-1040.
KU, Lawrence Pride Week activities scheduled
Singers, poets and other performers will be on the Kansas University campus next week to participate in the KU and Lawrence Pride Week.
The event is sponsored by Queers and Allies: LesBIGayTrans Services. The week's theme is "Unity Through Community."
Among the performers will be comedian Jan Einarson and musician Skott Freedman. Events will include the Brown Bag Drag Show.
8 p.m. Monday, Kansas Union ballroom, Jan Einarson.
4 p.m. Tuesday, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hashinger Hall Auditorium, Skott Freedman speech and concert.
3:30 p.m. Wednesday workshop, Woodruff Auditorium and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, performance, Jazzhaus, Alix Olson.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, Woodruff Auditorium, movie, "But I'm a Cheerleader."
Noon Friday, Kansas Union plaza, drag show.
11 a.m. Saturday, rights march, Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets, followed by a picnic in South Park.