Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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September 11, 2001


VA director to address Lawrence NAACP

The new director and CEO of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care Systems will address members of the Lawrence NAACP at its September meeting.

Robert J. Malone, who took over as director and CEO July 30, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Saint Luke A.M.E. Church, 900 N.Y.

Malone is responsible for operations at the Topeka and Leavenworth medical centers, as well as 13 community-based outpatient clinics.

Malone was associate director of finance for the Maryland Veterans Affairs Health Care System. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., and a master's degree in social work from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

EKHCS currently operates with an annual budget of approximately $140 million, and during the current fiscal year projects to employ more than 1,500 people.

Coalition to provide training for aspiring politicians

The MAINstream Coalition will be host to a campaign school Saturday for potential political candidates in Kansas and Missouri.

The one-day program will cost $25 only $15 for students and feature local experts on fund-raising, public speaking and working with the media. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The program will be at the Carlsen Center on the Johnson County Community College campus.

"We urge all potential candidates, regardless of their ideology, to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the process," Caroline McKnight, executive director of the coalition, said.

For more information and to make reservations, call (913) 649-3326.

Law officers attend training

Law enforcement agency commanders from Kansas and surrounding states are attending the FBI's executive training this week at Kansas University.

A total of 35 police chiefs, sheriffs or command staff members are undergoing training in the Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. It is being held in the Adams Alumni Center.

Conducting the training are current and retired FBI instructors, some from the FBI academy in Quantico, Va. Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin opened the seminar Monday by speaking about future trends in law enforcement.

Among other topics being discussed are law enforcement executive leadership, media relations and ethics.

This is the 11th year the seminar has been held in Lawrence.

Heart association to honor Lawrence

Lawrence and Douglas County will be nationally recognized Friday by the American Heart Assn. for their placement of heart defibrillators in buildings and community centers.

Since February, when the placement began, 76 defibrillators have been placed in the buildings, as well in some Douglas County Sheriff's Department vehicles. Kansas University also has defibrillators.

Mike Bell, director of training and operations for the American Heart Assn. Emergency Cardiac Care programs, will present Lawrence and Douglas County officials with plaques for their effort in the defibrillator program. It will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.

In addition, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical will be recognized as the heart association's Certified Training Center of the Year in Kansas.

Armitage joins faculty for annual KU Dance Day

Lawrence native Karole Armitage will join Kansas University dance faculty in conducting a number of jazz, ballet and modern-day master classes at this year's Dance Day on the KU campus.

Dance Day is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Robinson Center. Participating KU faculty are Muriel Cohan, Jerel Hilding, Willie Lenoir and Patrick Suzeau.

Although the sessions are reserved for KU students, they are open to junior and senior high school dance students. For more information or to register, call 864-3436.

Robbery suspect arrested

A routine traffic stop by a Lawrence Police officer early Sunday resulted in the arrest of a suspected bank robber.

Craig Banks, 39, Lawrence, was indicted last month in federal court for allegedly robbing First State Bank, Kansas City, Kan. The robbery occurred Feb. 23.

Police stopped the car Banks was driving a few minutes after midnight Sunday in the 1700 block of West 24th Street for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign, a police report said.

During a search of the car, a small plastic bank containing a white powder thought to be cocaine and a glass tube with white residue on it were confiscated by police. A computer check through the National Crime Information Center revealed Banks' recent indictment.

He was taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was to be held for U.S. Marshals.

More time available to clean up after storm

Lawrence residents will have more time to clean up downed limbs and brush left in the wake of Friday night's storm.

Lawrence Parks and Recreation's Forestry Division has expanded its hours at the brush collection site, 1110 Haskell Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday.

The collection site will accept tree branches from homeowners cleaning up after the storm. A $2 fee will be charged per regular-sized truck load. Tree branches and brush will be the only materials accepted. Examples of unacceptable materials are leaves, lumber and trash.

The collection site will return to normal hours on Saturday. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 10.

Musicians to perform at Langston Hughes School

The Lawrence Woodwind Quintet will present two programs Friday at Langston Hughes School. The concerts are at 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.

The programs include the first movement of "Petite Symphonie" by Charles Gounod; a minuet by Anton Reicha; a woodwind quintet by Peter Mueller; "Golliwog's Cakewalk" by Claude DeBussy; and "The Chrysanthemum" by Scott Joplin.

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