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January 26, 2001

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Utilities

Kansas Gas Service customers may get a break

Natural gas customers could see a substantial drop on their February bills if the Kansas Corporation Commission approves a rate decrease request from Kansas Gas Service.

The request, filed Thursday, would decrease customers' natural gas bills by about 22 percent from January, said KGS President Gene Dubay.

KGS provides natural gas to more than 625,000 customers across Kansas.




Music

Lawrence High School senior becomes opera Quiz Kid

A Lawrence High School senior will represent the Kansas City Lyric Opera at an international opera quiz competition next month.

Katherine Lorenz, 18, will travel Feb. 22 through Feb. 24 to Toronto to compete in the finals of the Texaco Quiz Kids competition. She defeated Rebecca Mozley of Raytown South High School and Amber Woodward of Blue Valley North High School Tuesday in a test of knowledge on three operas: "The Magic Flute," "Carmen" and "Aida."

Lorenz was one of three finalists selected from 23 competitors in the Kansas City area. She will compete against winners from five other regions in Toronto. The top three finishers will be featured on the New York Metropolitan Opera's March 31 broadcast.

Quiz Kids is a spinoff of the Texaco Opera Quizzes held during intermission of Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.




Community

'Bowling Alone' author kicks off Bert Nash summit

The Bert Nash Building a Better Community summit opens at 8 tonight in the Lied Center at Kansas University.

Harvard University professor Robert Putnam, author of "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community" will speak for an hour, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

The summit will resume 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lied Center with speeches by Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith on preventing violence and Peter Benson on building a healthier community. Question-and-answer sessions will follow each speech.

Events will conclude with a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday summarizing the summit and its implications for the community.

Free tickets are available by calling 843-9192, online at www.bertnash.org, or at the door. Persons who need transportation may call the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center at 843-9192. The summit is sponsored by Bert Nash, Kansas University and the Hall Center for the Humanities.




Health

Cancer unit in high demand

Lawrence Memorial Hospital's expanding oncology unit is already seeing an increase in patients. Dr. Matt Stein, left, seen here with oncology nurse practitioner Shari Kretzschmer at the hospital, expects the numbers to grow even more. See page 3B.

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