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March 3, 2001


Driver charged in fatal wreck

A man involved in a fatal crash in February at the intersection of Sixth Street and Monterey Way was charged on Friday with involuntary manslaughter.

Brandon Gentry, 30, was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the Feb. 4 death of Kansas University student Shyra McGee, who was a passenger in a car headed north on Monterey Way. McGee's husband, John, who was driving the car, suffered a broken jaw in the crash.

Gentry had been driving west in a sport utility vehicle when he crashed into McGee's vehicle.

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich filed additional charges against Gentry: two counts of aggravated battery, driving under the influence, failure to obey a traffic control device and speeding.

School, city candidates to participate in forum

City commission and school board candidates will meet in a public forum Monday in the cafeteria at Lawrence High School, 19th and Louisiana streets.

School board candidates will share their views at 6 p.m., followed by commission hopefuls at 7:45 p.m. A question-and-answer session with members of the public will be featured.

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County, the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and Youth in Local Government.

The general election is April 3.

Roberts to speak on research benefits

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will be among the speakers to address the Kansas Legislature Monday in Topeka on the importance of science and technology research to the state's economy.

Roberts will speak to a joint meeting of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 9 a.m. in Room 313 South of the Capitol building.

In 1996 Roberts established a blue-ribbon Advisory Committee on Science, Technology and the Future to advise him on Kansas science and technology needs.

Also speaking will be Bill Neaves, chief executive officer of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo., and Michael K. Welch, vice chancellor for research and senior associate dean for the School of Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center.

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