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December 7, 2001

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Law enforcement: KU student injured in motorcycle accident

A Kansas University student was injured Thursday morning when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle at the intersection of Naismith Drive and 19th Terrace.

Aaron A. Reed, 19, Larned, was in serious condition Thursday night at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., a hospital spokesman said. Reed was taken to KUMC by Life Star helicopter.

Lawrence Police were called to the accident shortly before 8:30 a.m. Officers said Reed was not wearing a helmet.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.

Courts: Prosecution rests its case in attempted-murder trial

John McGautha now has his chance to convince a Douglas County jury that he didn't shoot a Lawrence man.

Thursday Douglas County prosecutors completed their case against McGautha, 19, charged with attempted first-degree murder in the June 17, 2000, shooting of Allen Toshavik in eastern Lawrence.

McGuatha's Overland Park attorney, Michael Dunalewicz, had time to call only a few witnesses and will continue his client's defense case today.

Assistant Dist. Attys. Shelley Diehl and Dave Zabel called witnesses and presented evidence they say showed McGautha shot Toshavik twice, once in the neck and once in the back, during an argument. Toshavik is now paralyzed from the neck down.

Also involved in the argument, prosecutors said, was McGautha's brother, Ronnell McGautha, 18. He is charged with aiding and abetting attempted first-degree murder and will be tried at a later date.

Dunalewicz has tried to raise doubt in jurors' minds about witness' identification of his client as the gunman by noting how much the two brothers look alike.

Prize winners: KU graduate wins prize to pay off student loans

A Lawrence woman is paying off her outstanding student loan balance early after she won a $25,000 prize in a student loan provider monthly drawing giveaway.

Lenita Richardson, who graduated from Kansas University with a bachelor's degree in French and now works for National Computer Systems as a data analyst, was among four of the most recent winners in the Great Sallie Mae Giveaway. Winners were announced Thursday; other winners were from Ohio and California.

The giveaway program awards up to $25,000 a month to cover a borrower's outstanding student loan obligations. Students chosen are eligible for a maximum of $25,000 each.

Air travel: KCI traffic down after terrorist attacks

Kansas City, Mo. Passenger traffic at Kansas City International Airport was down again in October, the second straight decline since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, officials said.

The number of passengers arriving at and departing from KCI in October dropped 13.9 percent from October 2000, according to figures released Wednesday by the Kansas City Aviation Department.

Those figures follow a 27.6 percent decrease in September from the prior year.

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