Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2001

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Marian M. Watson
May 16, 2001
Friends and neighbors
May 16, 2001
Daily Ticker
May 16, 2001
Citizen action
May 16, 2001
Taxpayer complaint
May 16, 2001
Golfito safety
May 16, 2001
Donald Averill
May 16, 2001
Fala Ellen Mark
May 16, 2001
Historical site
May 16, 2001
Horoscopes
May 16, 2001
Harris services
May 16, 2001
Briefly______________________
May 16, 2001
Judge rules suspect competent to stand trial Paul David Lee, charged last year with attempting to rob a Lawrence bank, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in Topeka. U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels issued his ruling based on a mental evaluation of Lee. Lee then made his first appearance before Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara to have the charge read to him. Lee remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing before O’Hara set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Topeka. Lee, 57, pictured above at center, was arrested by Lawrence Police on Nov. 30 after a man walked into Firstar Bank, Ninth and Massachusetts streets, and said he wanted to “make a big withdrawal.” The incident caused a police standoff, fear of a hostage situation and the evacuation of the bank building. Lee surrendered without incident after police entered the bank. _____________________________________________________________ Kansas Speedway Care center debuts Kansas City, Kan. Kansas University Medical Center today will unveil its infield care center at the new Kansas Speedway. The 3,400-square-foot care center will be staffed by members of KUMC’s nationally certified level-one trauma team. It is the only team in the Kansas City metropolitan area with that designation, KU officials said. The center is equipped to handle emergencies ranging from stroke and heart attacks to delivering babies. It will have two trauma beds and six treatment areas. Patients with more extensive needs will be flown by helicopter to the KUMC Trauma Unit. Two first aid stations, also staffed by KUMC personnel, will be under the grandstand to take care of minor medical problems. An opening celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. today for invited public officials and the news media. Afterward, tours will be conducted. _____________________________________________________________ Weather: Heat wave falls short It was hot, but not that hot. Weather forecasters thought Tuesday’s temperatures in Lawrence, Topeka and other northeast Kansas cities might set record highs. The temperature in Lawrence, made it to 90 degrees, according to Weather Data, a private forecasting service. The record for the date is 91 degrees, set in 1941, officials said. In Topeka the temperature hit 89 degrees. The record is 95, set in 1944, said Phillip Bills, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. “It’s actually warmer up north in Iowa than it is here, and we’re getting south winds where it’s actually cooler in Oklahoma, as strange as that sounds,” Bills said. Today should be about like Tuesday, with a high of 89 degrees, Bills said. A cold front is expected to move through the area tonight and could drop temperatures into the low 80s for highs on Thursday. There is a chance for rain tonight, he said. _____________________________________________________________ Eudora: Superintendent resigns A difference in leadership styles is being cited as the reason behind the resignation of first-year Eudora school Supt. Dave Winans. School board President Marion Johnson accepted Winans’ resignation Monday, citing differences in leadership style. Although the resignation will be effective June 1, Winans left the office on Monday. The resignation comes on the heels of Winans’ annual review by the board. The Eudora News reported last week after the review that some board members were upset by what they called Winans’ “premature” talk of staff cuts in certain departments. The board has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office. At the meeting, the board will consider appointing Eudora High Principal Marty Kobza to fill the vacancy on an interim basis. Winans was hired a year ago after serving 12 years as assistant superintendent for the Leavenworth school district.
People
May 16, 2001
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May 16, 2001