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December 6, 2001

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Haskell basketball player donates hair to kids

A haircut for Cedric Sunray is such a monumental event that he'll slice off his 24-inch ponytail in front of an audience.

Sunray, a member of the Haskell Indian Nations University basketball team, had his hair sheared during halftime of Wednesday night's game in Lawrence.

His locks will be donated to the "Wigs for Kids" program that helps children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

Susan Roberts, a stylist for A Cut Above, volunteered to perform the haircut.

Sunray said the frequency of cancer in his family convinced him to donate his long hair. More than half a dozen people in Sunray's family have had cancer, he said.

Higher education: KU student advances in Rhodes Scholar quest

A Kansas University senior will go to regional competition for one of 32 national Rhodes Scholarships this weekend in Minneapolis.

Robert Chamberlain, a political science student from Topeka, was one of two students selected to represented Kansas. Also chosen was Andrew Gawrych, a Kansas student attending Notre Dame.

Fourteen students from Kansas competed Wednesday during half-hour interviews at KU.

The Rhodes Scholarships provide more than $50,000 for two years of study at the University of Oxford in Great Britain. In Minneapolis, four students will be selected from Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

If selected, Chamberlain has said he would like to study law at Oxford.

Social security: Checks misrouted should arrive by today

Kansas City, Kan. Some Social Security checks that were supposed to arrive earlier this week at recipients' homes in parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado were apparently misrouted.

Recipients in the four-state area were supposed to get their checks Monday. Instead, they should arrive at recipients' homes and apartments by today, said the regional office of the Social Security Administration in Kansas City, Kan.

Those who have not received their checks by today should call their local Social Security office or 1-(800)-772-1213.

Winter Census: Audubon Society gets ready for 58th annual bird count

Birdwatchers are expected to be in the Lawrence area Dec. 15 for the Jayhawk Audubon Society's 58th Annual Christmas Bird Count.

Unlike most Christmas Bird Counts, the society's count does not begin at a certain time and place. Instead, participants are divided into 10 to 12 teams in advance. Anyone wanting to participate, is encouraged to call Galen Pittman at either 843-8573 (work) or 842-7105 (home). Also, participants may sign up during the society's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt.

The count area includes Lawrence, Perry, Lecompton, Clinton Lake, Baker Wetlands and the Kansas River west of Lawrence.

Philanthropy: Salvation Army taking holiday assistance requests

The Salvation Army is still taking applications for Christmas assistance from those who need help providing Christmas for their family.

Parents who need their family to be adopted should come to The Salvation Army, 946 N.H., from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by Monday. All applications are screened through to prevent duplication.

Most families adopted will receive a letter with an appointment date and time when they will be provided with a grocery voucher and the opportunity to choose toys for their children. New toys donated to The Salvation Army are displayed in their "Toy Shop."

Volunteers interested in providing toys or volunteering may contact Capt. Kirk Schuetz at 843-4188.

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