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October 8, 2001

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Racism: Anti-Semitic incident reported to authorities

A soccer ball covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic statements was found Sunday morning near the driveway entrance to the Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive.

The ball was found about one hour before Sunday school started and was reported to the police, said Leiba Levine, principal of the religious school at the JCC.

Levine said she thought someone wrote on the ball as a prank.

"I think they saw it in the vicinity, wrote on it, and left it there," she said.

Some people thought the ball, which had "Kill all Jews" and "Hail Satan" written on it, could be a bomb, said parent Diane Whitten-Vile.

"It's primitive and it's weird, and it's probably just a prank, but we don't know for sure," she said.

Whitten-Vile said she thought children might be responsible.

"Anti-semitism is everywhere," she said. "People always hope that there is less of it in a place like Lawrence that prides itself on diversity. But anti-semitism, even in this kind of primitive form, is alive and well in Lawrence."

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U.S. Strikes back: KU professors to appear on terrorism program

Two Kansas University professors will be included on a program on terrorism airing on Topeka's public television station.

Deborah Gerner, associate professor of political science, and Daniel Breslauer, professor of religious studies, will appear on "Response to Terror: Views from the Heartland." They will be part of a panel discussion that also includes Ali Khan, professor of law at Washburn University, and Michael Suleiman, professor of political science at Kansas State University.

The group will discuss the roots of terrorism and the cultural dynamics associated with American response. The program airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on KTWU, Sunflower Broadband Channel 11.

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Gasoline costs: Pump Patrol finds low prices

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.229 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/ gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.

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