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Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

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August 1, 2001

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Computer virus a no-show in Lawrence public offices

The "Code Red" worm virus apparently hasn't yet slithered its way into public computer systems in Lawrence.

Officials at the city, Lawrence Public Schools, Douglas County and Kansas University said their systems hadn't been infected by the worm virus, which threatens to slow Web servers by sending streams of data to computers using the Microsoft NT and Microsoft 2000 operating systems.

"It obviously is very devastating, from what you read in the papers and all," said Jerree Catlin, KU's associate director of academic computing services.

Computer technicians at KU and the county said they downloaded the software patch recommended by Microsoft to decrease their vulnerability to the Code Red virus.

"We made sure all our virus checking software was updated," said Jim Lawson, the county's director of information services.

"We'll keep an eye on it, but we don't anticipate any problems."

Internet: Kids Voting Kansas Web site returns after porn scare

A Web site for Kids Voting Kansas is back on the Internet after its original address was transformed into a pornographic Web site.

The new Internet address for the Kids Voting Kansas site is www.kidsvotingkansas.org.

Kids Voting Kansas is a nonprofit organization that promotes children's education about voting and participating in government.

Last week, the Kids Voting Kansas Web site had been sold and was being used as a pornographic Web site.

Kids Voting Kansas officials said they never received a bill to renew the Web address.

Apparently, the bills and notifications had been sent to another company, said Susan Buehler, executive director of Kids Voting Kansas.

"At many points along the way, this problem could have been avoided," Buehler said. But Buehler said that she is happy the organization is back on the Internet.

Crime: Former bank teller pleads guilty to fraud charge

Topeka A Lawrence man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a bank fraud charge.

Eric Hernandez admitted to U.S. District Judge Sam Crow that in March and April he embezzled about $24,000 from Bank of America, Lawrence. Hernandez was a teller at the bank, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Jim Flory said.

Hernandez admitted that on other occasions he failed to record transactions and manipulated bank records to conceal the loss of money, Flory said.

Hernandez faces a maximum of 10 years in a federal prison without parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 3 p.m. Nov. 8.

Gasoline costs: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in town

The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.19 at Conoco, 2447 W. Sixth St., and at Site Service Station, 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/ gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.

Hospital will offer cholesterol screening

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is performing cholesterol screenings from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today in the HealthSource Room, near the visitor's entrance at 325 Maine.

The screenings are available for $5 per person. No appointment is required.

Construction to narrow traffic on Kasold Drive

Traffic on a section of Kasold Drive will be narrowed to two-lanes Thursday morning so city crews can repair an underground storm sewer.

The affected section is the southbound traffic lane from 10th Street Place to Harvard Road. Southbound traffic on Kasold will be diverted to one of the northbound lanes from Wednesday through Monday. Crews hope to complete the job in four working days, weather permitting.

Crews will place metal plates in the construction area after hours to allow one lane of traffic in the southbound direction. Two lanes of northbound traffic will flow during after hours.

Police report three arrests at sobriety checkpoint

Three people were arrested July 22 for driving under the influence of alcohol at a Lawrence Police sobriety checkpoint.

More than 230 cars passed through the checkpoint in the 200 block of East 23rd Street, Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The official results were released Tuesday.

In addition, two people were issued citations to appear in Municipal Court for being minors in possession of an alcoholic beverage, Pattrick said. An adult was cited for having an open container, he said.

Police also wrote a report about finding one person in possession of a small amount of marijuana, but no arrest was made. The report will be turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

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