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February 15, 2001

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Life in the fast lane

Scooters are soooo last month. In the quest for speed, a company has come out with alternative sidewalk transportation shoes with "stealth-like" wheels in the heel.



Heelys allow their wearers to go from a walk to a run to a roll, a move the manufacturers have dubbed "heeling." The wheel can be taken out of the shoe, but it doesn't need to be removed for walking.

The shoes are sold at stores like Gadzooks, Journeys and Sun & Ski Sports. The closest retail location to Lawrence is the Gadzooks store at the Metro North Mall in Kansas City, Mo.

Check out the company's Web site at www.ecdesignhouse.com/heelys/default.htm.

Kohl's looking for caring kids

Kohl's Department Stores is looking for youths who contribute to their communities in special ways. A search for "the most caring kid" is under way at each of the chain's 320 stores until March 15.

Nominees will be judged in two age groups 6-11 and 12-17. Nomination forms can be obtained at local Kohl's stores or from the company's Web site at www.kohls.com.

Winners will receive a $50 gift card and be eligible to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and a $5,000 scholarship.

A night in space

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is offering Overnight Space Adventures in March. On March 2 and March 9, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders can spend the night at the center to find out what it takes to be an astronaut.

The program begins at 6 p.m. Friday with hands-on activities scheduled through midnight. Participants will build and launch paper rockets, learn about constellations and take a flashlight tour of the museum. A light breakfast is served Saturday morning.

The program costs $35. Enrollment is limited. Call (316) 662-2305 or (800) 397-0330, ext. 360, for more information.

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