Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2002

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Nancy R. Wilson
January 9, 2002
Ruth Boyce Stringham
January 9, 2002
Horoscopes
January 9, 2002
Daily Ticker
January 9, 2002
Local Briefs
January 9, 2002
First lady to pay visit today to Topeka library The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will mark its grand opening today with a visit from first lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush’s visit will bring attention to the importance of library programming for children, said Connie Hubbell, immediate past chairwoman and current member of the library foundation’s board of directors. After a private tour of the facilities this morning, Mrs. Bush will give remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the youth services area of the library. She also will read to a third-grade class from Topeka’s Randolph Elementary School. Tonight, Mrs. Bush will attend a gala reception at the library sponsored by the library’s foundation. ___________________________________________ Internet: Lawrence library unveils new features for online users The Lawrence Public Library announced Tuesday that information about its 250,000-item collection now can be perused on the World Wide Web. The library’s online catalog, which can be searched by author, title, subject and keyword, is available at www.lawrencepubliclibrary.org. Users can check the availability of a particular book, video, DVD, audio tape or other item and reserve items that are checked out to other library patrons. Users also have access to a feature called “My Account,” which allows them to see what they have checked out, renew items, view their reserve list and note any fines or fees. ___________________________________________ Social services: Abandoned infant wanted by callers across country Ottawa A mother didn’t want a newborn girl she abandoned Monday at Ransom Memorial Hospital, but there are a lot of others who do. Ottawa Police and Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services offices on Tuesday were swamped with calls from people wanting to adopt the girl, called Abby Dawn Doe, officials said. Calls from across the country were received at the Lawrence SRS office, said Bob Byers, chief of social services. The Ottawa SRS office quit answering the phone because there were so many calls. Police have also received numerous calls, Chief Jeff Herrman said, although only a few callers gave leads to the mother’s identity. Most of those leads were checked but proved fruitless. SRS is referring callers to the Kansas Children’s Service League, which handles adoptions for the state, Byers said. The infant remained in good health Tuesday at the hospital. ___________________________________________ Crime: Purse-napper accosts 62-year-old in parking lot A 62-year-old Lawrence woman was knocked to the ground Tuesday in a grocery store parking lot when a man grabbed the woman’s purse from her cart, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mark Warren said. The woman’s 62-year-old husband pursued the suspect on foot but didn’t catch him, Warren said. The woman was loading groceries into her car about 1:20 p.m. at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., when a man approached and grabbed her purse from her cart, knocking her to the ground, Warren said. The contents of the black leather purse were worth more than $100. Police later arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man in connection with the robbery. He was in Douglas County Jail late Tuesday.
On the record
January 9, 2002
Andrew Jay Meyer
January 9, 2002
Old home town - 100 years ago today
January 9, 2002
Not a host
January 9, 2002
No SLT split
January 9, 2002
Ramona Faye Sedlak
January 9, 2002
Local Briefs
January 9, 2002
First lady to pay visit today to Topeka library The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will mark its grand opening today with a visit from first lady Laura Bush. Mrs. Bush’s visit will bring attention to the importance of library programming for children, said Connie Hubbell, immediate past chairwoman and current member of the library foundation’s board of directors. After a private tour of the facilities this morning, Mrs. Bush will give remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the youth services area of the library. She also will read to a third-grade class from Topeka’s Randolph Elementary School. Tonight, Mrs. Bush will attend a gala reception at the library sponsored by the library’s foundation. ___________________________________________ Internet: Lawrence library unveils new features for online users The Lawrence Public Library announced Tuesday that information about its 250,000-item collection now can be perused on the World Wide Web. The library’s online catalog, which can be searched by author, title, subject and keyword, is available at www.lawrencepubliclibrary.org. Users can check the availability of a particular book, video, DVD, audio tape or other item and reserve items that are checked out to other library patrons. Users also have access to a feature called “My Account,” which allows them to see what they have checked out, renew items, view their reserve list and note any fines or fees. ___________________________________________ Social services: Abandoned infant wanted by callers across country Ottawa A mother didn’t want a newborn girl she abandoned Monday at Ransom Memorial Hospital, but there are a lot of others who do. Ottawa Police and Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services offices on Tuesday were swamped with calls from people wanting to adopt the girl, called Abby Dawn Doe, officials said. Calls from across the country were received at the Lawrence SRS office, said Bob Byers, chief of social services. The Ottawa SRS office quit answering the phone because there were so many calls. Police have also received numerous calls, Chief Jeff Herrman said, although only a few callers gave leads to the mother’s identity. Most of those leads were checked but proved fruitless. SRS is referring callers to the Kansas Children’s Service League, which handles adoptions for the state, Byers said. The infant remained in good health Tuesday at the hospital. ___________________________________________ Crime: Purse-napper accosts 62-year-old in parking lot A 62-year-old Lawrence woman was knocked to the ground Tuesday in a grocery store parking lot when a man grabbed the woman’s purse from her cart, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mark Warren said. The woman’s 62-year-old husband pursued the suspect on foot but didn’t catch him, Warren said. The woman was loading groceries into her car about 1:20 p.m. at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., when a man approached and grabbed her purse from her cart, knocking her to the ground, Warren said. The contents of the black leather purse were worth more than $100. Police later arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man in connection with the robbery. He was in Douglas County Jail late Tuesday.