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October 27, 2001


Groups to discuss fate of Ohio Street homes

The city's Historic Resources Commission and Kansas University's Campus Historic Preservation Board will meet jointly to decide the fate of century-old homes in the 1300 block of Ohio Street at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Big 12 Room at the Kansas Union at KU.

KU wants to tear down the houses to make way for a proposed scholarship hall, but neighborhood residents have objected to the destruction and to KU's encroachment into their neighborhood.

KU's board granted permission for the demolition, but the city board denied it. If Tuesday's meeting does not resolve differences, the impasse will be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Officer.

Group of activists plans rally against war and racism

Free State Action, a Lawrence youth activist group, will sponsor a peaceful demonstration at 1 p.m. today to advocate alternatives to war and an end to racism. The event will begin at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park and conclude with a rally at South Park.

Protest organizers say that people across the country have planned demonstrations Saturday in opposition to the war in Afghanistan and to end racial profiling of peoples of color.

Organizers would like to see an end to the ongoing military campaign and "recent racial profiling of many Arabic and Muslim Americans."

Co-sponsors include the Lawrence Peace Project and the KU Green Party. For more information, contact Jesse Heckman, 830-0244.

Planned encounter with teen lands Missouri man in court

A man charged earlier this year with having sex with an underage Lawrence girl he allegedly lured over the Internet, is scheduled to be tried Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.

The suspect, 48, reportedly from Hartville, Mo., was arrested Jan. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn., on a Douglas County warrant. U.S. Customs agents made the arrest as he got off a plane.

Charges against the man consist of three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, three counts of sodomy, and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

The incidents allegedly occurred in 1998 when the girl was 14 years old, Lawrence Police said. The suspect and the girl allegedly met through an Internet chat room, leading to a sexual rendezvous at a motel in Lawrence, police said.

The suspect has been free on bond and appeared Friday with his Johnson County attorney, Carl Cornwell, for a status conference before Judge Jack Murphy Friday.

The trial will begin with jury selection at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Powder at district court confirmed to be harmless

Tests performed on a white powdery substance found Wednesday at the Douglas County District Court Clerk's office came back negative for anthrax Friday, said Lt. Kathy Tate of the Douglas County Sheriff's office.

The negative tests confirmed preliminary analysis performed Wednesday afternoon by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Tests did not pinpoint exactly what the substance was, but nothing dangerous or suspicious was present, Tate said.

A court employee found the powder Wednesday morning on a desk in a records room. Sheriff's deputies handling court security were notified, as was Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical's hazardous-materials unit.

About a dozen employees who arrived for work about the same time were kept in an outer office area, but the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, where the office is located, was not evacuated.

Hospital to undergo accreditation inspection

Two surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accrediting of Health Care Organizations will inspect Lawrence Memorial Hospital from Nov. 12 to 15.

Hospitals in the United States must be accredited by a regulating agency such as the Joint Commission to be eligible to receive Medicare funds.

The rigorous inspection is a routine process for hospitals with more than 70 to 80 beds, according to Karen Shumate, vice president of quality assurance at LMH, which is licensed for 177 beds.

The Joint Commission inspects accredited hospitals every three years. LMH has been Joint Commission-accredited for decades, Shumate said.

The surveyors a physician and a nurse also will look at the hospital's physician practices: Lawrence Family Care, 1311 Wakarusa Drive; Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists, 330 Ark.; and Mt. Oread Family Practice, 3510 Clinton Parkway Place.

Surveyors will issue a final report of their findings 30 to 45 days after the inspection.

National cathedral service spotlights Kansas

Sunflowers dotted the floral arrangements Sunday when more than 100 Kansans gathered at Washington National Cathedral.

Kansans played key roles during the service.

Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., carried the state flag leading the opening procession.

Washington National Cathedral sets aside one Sunday each month to recognize the people and leaders of a designated state.

Gift bearers were Anne Ryun, the congressman's wife, and their son, Drew, both of Lawrence and Washington, D.C.; Sandra Wiechert, Lawrence; Joan Handley, Lawrence; and Edward Reilly Jr., Leavenworth, a former state senator and chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission.

About 50 members of the Lawrence Civic Choir under the direction of Rob Reid performed six a capella selections as part of the program.

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, Topeka, and John Carlin, archivist of the United States and former governor, also attended.

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