Cuban culture as seen by camera to be on exhibit
An exhibit showing the Cuban culture through the camera lens of a local photographer will be on exhibit through Monday at the Kansas Union.
Lawrence Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin's fascination with the Cuban culture has led him on 10 trips to the island yearly since 1991.
Now Gwin is displaying a collection of the images he's caught on film from across the island throughout the years.
Gwin said the photographs of Cuba are a far cry from the frightening images many Americans remember from the Cuban missile crisis.
Gwin's shots include waterfalls, schoolchildren, buildings and the many natives he's befriended on his travels throughout the country.
"The simplicity of the little towns that I've seen, never touched by tourists, is the greatest thing," Gwin said.
Gwin's exhibit will continue through Monday in the Kansas Union Gallery with a reception there at 6 p.m. Monday.
KU alumna to compete for Miss USA tonight
A Kansas University graduate will compete for the crown at the 2001 Miss USA competition tonight.
Kristie Knox, 25, has been representing Kansas in the Miss USA pageant in Gary, Indiana since Feb. 15.
Knox has spent the last two weeks making appearances, rehearsing and competing for a place among the top 10 contestants. The finalists will compete in a live broadcast tonight on CBS.
Knox, who is the reigning Miss Wescoe Beach and Miss Kansas, is originally from Hutchinson.
She graduated from KU in 1998. Knox currently lives in Olathe where she works as a wedding coordinator and dates KU assistant football coach Clint Bowen.
Bowen said he and several Lawrence friends would be making the trip to Indiana to support Knox.
Lawrence school district to honor top teachers
The Lawrence school district will honor its elementary and secondary teachers of the year today in separate ceremonies.
No monetary award accompanies these annual designations, but each recipient will be nominated for Kansas teacher of the year.
In 2000, Jan Dicker and Judi Wolfe were selected teachers of the year by the Lawrence district.
Dicker, of Baldwin, teaches primary grades at Grant School, and Wolfe, of Lawrence, is a Free State High School math instructor.
Trial date scheduled in molestation case
A Lawrence man accused of molesting teen-age boys while he was a youth group leader at a church will be tried in April on 11 felony counts.
The 33-year-old Lawrence man appeared Thursday in Douglas County District Court.
District Administrative Judge Michael Malone set an April 16 trial date. The trial is expected to last three days.
The man is charged with eight counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, two counts of criminal sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. All are felonies.
The suspect is alleged to have victimized four boys, ages 13 to 15, during a three-year period at his home in the 900 block of Riverside Court.
The man was a youth leader at Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, authorities said.
The Journal-World generally doesn't name suspects in sex crimes unless they have been convicted.