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December 5, 2001

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WICHITA: Suspect in shootings to testify at trial

Cornelius Oliver, the Wichita man accused of four killings, plans to testify in his own defense, his lawyer said.

Oliver, 19, is charged with four counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Raeshawnda Wheaton, 18; her roommate, Odessa Ford, 17; Ford's cousin, Quincy Williams, 17; and Jermaine Levy, 19.

"He's going to testify in this case and tell you what happened," Ron Evans of the state's Death Penalty Defense Unit told jurors.

Jury selection continued Tuesday in the Sedgwick County courtroom.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.: High school to institute uniform requirement

Central High School, on Jan. 15, will become the first high school in the Kansas City School District to require uniforms.

Uniforms are part of Central High's effort to reform after the Missouri Board of Education named it and four other district schools academically deficient. If Central does not improve within two years, the state will assume more oversight of the school.

Beginning next month, belts must be worn, shirts must be tucked in, and shoes can be only white, brown or black. Students wearing jeans, capri pants or shirts with a logo other than the school's face suspension.

As an incentive to keep students at school until graduation, seniors will be exempt from wearing uniforms.

WICHITA: Banking executive dies at age 84

A. Dwight Button, retired chairman of Fourth Financial Corp., died Sunday at age 84. His funeral was scheduled for Tuesday at Plymouth Congregational Church.

Button rose to the chairmanship after getting his start in banking as a messenger in the collections department at Fourth National Bank following his graduation from high school in 1937.

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