Advisory group fetes Youth Services workers
Douglas County Youth Services received state recognition Wednesday for meeting compliance regulations in each of the past four years.
Reggie Robinson of the Kansas Advisory Group, which advises the governor on juvenile delinquency programs, awarded the county's center a $5,000 check, a plaque and a certificate of recognition. He said the center's outstanding work helped keep the entire state's program in compliance.
Robinson said Pam Weigand, director of Youth Services, can use the money as she pleases to enhance and continue its programs.
Smoke brings evacuation of bank, office tower
The Firstar Bank and office tower, 900 Mass., had to be evacuated about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when light smoke filled the first and second floors of the building, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical said.
The smoke came from an overheated elevator motor on the first floor, Battalion Chief Peter Houston said. A carbon dioxide extinguisher was used on the motor, he said. No flames were seen, and employees were allowed back in after only a few minutes.
Electricity to the building was shut off and fans were set up to blow out the smoke. There were no reports of injuries, Fire & Medical said.
About 100 people were in the building at the time, Firstar President Jack Warner said.
KU adds Hungarian class
For the first time this fall, Kansas University students can take a class in Hungarian.
Monika Pacziga, an American studies master's student from Budapest, will teach elementary Hungarian. Only a few U.S. universities offer classes in the language.
The KU course will be continued in the spring semester with an option of taking a spring or summer break trip to Budapest.
Pacziga has worked with KU officials abroad for two years.
KU students place in journalism contest
Three Kansas University journalism students placed in this year's national Roy W. Howard National Competition.
Kursten Phelps, a Manhattan senior, Jay Krall, a Bartlett, Ill., junior, and Leita Schultes, a Rolfe, Iowa, junior, received scholarships and an all-expenses-paid trip to Indiana University in Bloomington in October.
Phelps and Krall were among four first-place winners who won $3,000. Phelps won for a story on the 10-year anniversary of civil rights militancy on campus surrounding the election of KU's first black student body president. Krall won for a story on how funds are distributed under the contract between the university and Coca-Cola.
Schultes, a runner-up, received $2,000. She wrote about dog fights conducted by Lawrence youth. All three stories appeared in the University Daily Kansan.