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Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

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September 2, 2001

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Scouts rally against pollution with environmental signs

Almost 200 plastic signs that say "No dumping, drains to river," were placed on sewage inlets Saturday by Boy Scouts.

Taylor White, 17, Lawrence, organized the project for his Eagle Scout award.

White, a member of Troop 59, said people should keep hazardous waste out of the sewers.

"I guess they think that it's just a hole in the ground and it doesn't affect them in any way," he said. "But really, that hole leads right back to the river, which is our drinking water."

Above, Scout Josh Bailey, left, watches as Scout Phillip Wrigley applies a sticker stating that no dumping is allowed in city drains.

Mollie Mangerich, operations supervisor of waste reduction and recycling for Lawrence, helped White with his project. The city provided the plastic signs, cement adhesive and maps of the sewage inlets.

White said he hoped the signs cut pollution.

"A lot of people are misinformed," he said. "Any positive step we can take is good."

Visitors: University plans open house with exhibitions, lectures

Kansas University will play host to an All-University Open House Oct. 6.

The open house will feature exhibits, demonstrations, campus tours, lectures, musical performances and hands-on activities for children. Science demonstrations put on by students and faculty members, athletic contests, health fairs and tours of campus buildings and are among other events planned for the day.

Representatives from the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the School of Medicine-Wichita also will participate in the event.

For more information, call the KU Visitor Center at 864-2341.

Gasoline costs: Pump Patrol finds low prices

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.639 per gallon at Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth St, Miller Mart at East 19th Street and Haskell Avenue, and Site at East 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue.

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.

Program offering assistance to international women starts

Fall enrollment and orientation for Small World will begin on Tuesday. Placement testing for new students will begin at 9 a.m.

Small World is a nonprofit volunteer program for women of all ages. Its primary function is to help international women and their young children to learn or improve their English. The program also helps them learn about American customs and how to adjust to life in Lawrence.

Women interested in getting to know other women of all ages and cultures should contact Small World. The organization is in need of volunteers with a variety of talents and interests.

Small World meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway. For more information, please call 841-3645 or visit http://community.lawrence.com/smallworld.

Fraternity members get OK to move back into house

Members of Kansas University's Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity moved back into their house Friday, more than a week after city code inspectors forced them to leave.

Fraternity President Ben Kaplan said the city on Friday re-inspected their house at 1116 Ind. and determined it was safe.

Inspectors first entered the house Aug. 20 after receiving a complaint and determined the house was unsafe for fraternity members to live there. They were ordered to leave by Aug. 24.

Inspectors cited unsafe wiring, no hot water to some plumbing fixtures, unprotected gas pipes, improperly installed lighting and broken emergency lights and signs.

Kaplan said ongoing renovations had led to the safety problems.

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