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January 17, 2002
Local Briefs
January 17, 2002
Classes resume today at KU to kick off spring semester Classes for Kansas University students resume today for the spring semester. Students have been trickling back to campus since Monday, when residence halls reopened. There will be no classes Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Students don’t have another vacation scheduled until spring break, which is March 18-24. Stop day for the spring semester is May 10, with finals scheduled for May 13-17. Commencement is May 19. Above, Amy Innes, left, and Alicia Sanson, both KU freshman from Phillipsburg, review their schedules of spring semester classes. _______________________________________ Environment: Advisory committee meets to discuss county air quality The Lawrence-Douglas County Air Quality Advisory Committee convened Wednesday for its first-ever meeting. The committee of environmentalists, industry representatives and health officials, will meet every three months to discuss ways the county can improve its air quality. Public health is a concern, but so is money. Douglas County commissioners asked that the committee be formed after the Environmental Protection Agency considered grouping the county with the Kansas City metropolitan area in a program that would have made federal highway dollars dependent on meeting air-quality standards. EPA ultimately decided not to take the action, but local officials decided to act anyway. “Anything we do at this point is pre-emptive,” said Karl Birns, an environmental scientist at Kansas University. The committee meets next at 10:30 a.m. April 17 at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. _______________________________________ SCHOOLS: Oskaloosa to pare staff in budget-tightening year Oskaloosa public schools won’t replace the elementary school principal this fall and may eliminate up to nine positions to make up for a projected loss in state aid and declining enrollment. Supt. Loren Lutes said Wednesday the district is anticipating about a $250,000 shortfall during the 2002-03 school year, meaning the budget will fall from $5.1 million to $4.8 million. He said the school board voted Tuesday night not to replace elementary principal Kathy Godsey-Drum, who is leaving at the end of the school year her first on the job. Instead, Lutes said the middle school principal will cover kindergarten through eighth-grade and the assistant high school principal will assist both the middle school and high school principals. During the next two months, Lutes said the school board also will decide where to cut three to four teaching positions and four to five support positions. He said he hopes some positions will be decreased by attrition. _______________________________________ Crime: KU student reports theft of personal identity items Someone is using a Kansas University student’s identity to apply for credit cards and then going on shopping sprees. Lawrence Police are investigating the case in which a 22-year-old Great Bend woman is the victim. She told police she was notified Jan. 7 by Fashion Bug, a Topeka store, that someone was using a credit card in her name, Sgt. Mark Warren said. Additional checks showed credit cards from Sears and JC Penney were obtained with the woman’s name. More than $1,600 worth of merchandise had been charged to the Sears card, police reported. The charges were made since September, Warren said. Total amounts have yet to be determined. Police have a suspect but no arrest has been made, Warren said. “They have to work against the clock before they are discovered,” Warren said of credit card culprits. “This is definitely something we all need to be aware of and think about.”
THE MAG: Wake Up Call - Reform school
Mag political columnist writes an educational letter to America’s first lady
January 17, 2002
By Greg Douros Mrs. Laura Bush The White House Washington D.C.
Horoscopes
January 17, 2002
THE MAG: Movie Listings
January 17, 2002
THE MAG: Top Movies
January 17, 2002
Local Briefs
January 17, 2002
Classes resume today at KU to kick off spring semester Classes for Kansas University students resume today for the spring semester. Students have been trickling back to campus since Monday, when residence halls reopened. There will be no classes Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Students don’t have another vacation scheduled until spring break, which is March 18-24. Stop day for the spring semester is May 10, with finals scheduled for May 13-17. Commencement is May 19. Above, Amy Innes, left, and Alicia Sanson, both KU freshman from Phillipsburg, review their schedules of spring semester classes. _______________________________________ Environment: Advisory committee meets to discuss county air quality The Lawrence-Douglas County Air Quality Advisory Committee convened Wednesday for its first-ever meeting. The committee of environmentalists, industry representatives and health officials, will meet every three months to discuss ways the county can improve its air quality. Public health is a concern, but so is money. Douglas County commissioners asked that the committee be formed after the Environmental Protection Agency considered grouping the county with the Kansas City metropolitan area in a program that would have made federal highway dollars dependent on meeting air-quality standards. EPA ultimately decided not to take the action, but local officials decided to act anyway. “Anything we do at this point is pre-emptive,” said Karl Birns, an environmental scientist at Kansas University. The committee meets next at 10:30 a.m. April 17 at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. _______________________________________ SCHOOLS: Oskaloosa to pare staff in budget-tightening year Oskaloosa public schools won’t replace the elementary school principal this fall and may eliminate up to nine positions to make up for a projected loss in state aid and declining enrollment. Supt. Loren Lutes said Wednesday the district is anticipating about a $250,000 shortfall during the 2002-03 school year, meaning the budget will fall from $5.1 million to $4.8 million. He said the school board voted Tuesday night not to replace elementary principal Kathy Godsey-Drum, who is leaving at the end of the school year her first on the job. Instead, Lutes said the middle school principal will cover kindergarten through eighth-grade and the assistant high school principal will assist both the middle school and high school principals. During the next two months, Lutes said the school board also will decide where to cut three to four teaching positions and four to five support positions. He said he hopes some positions will be decreased by attrition. _______________________________________ Crime: KU student reports theft of personal identity items Someone is using a Kansas University student’s identity to apply for credit cards and then going on shopping sprees. Lawrence Police are investigating the case in which a 22-year-old Great Bend woman is the victim. She told police she was notified Jan. 7 by Fashion Bug, a Topeka store, that someone was using a credit card in her name, Sgt. Mark Warren said. Additional checks showed credit cards from Sears and JC Penney were obtained with the woman’s name. More than $1,600 worth of merchandise had been charged to the Sears card, police reported. The charges were made since September, Warren said. Total amounts have yet to be determined. Police have a suspect but no arrest has been made, Warren said. “They have to work against the clock before they are discovered,” Warren said of credit card culprits. “This is definitely something we all need to be aware of and think about.”
Horoscopes
January 17, 2002
Inloes services
January 17, 2002
Merlin G. Ewing
January 17, 2002
THE MAG: Best Bets
January 17, 2002
   
Subversive action
January 17, 2002
THE MAG: Top Movies
January 17, 2002
THE MAG: Top Music
January 17, 2002
Friends and neighbors
January 17, 2002
Planning dissent
January 17, 2002
Eleanore Schumacher
January 17, 2002
Daily Ticker
January 17, 2002
Guthrie services
January 17, 2002
In The Halls
January 17, 2002
Old home town - 25, 40, and 100 years ago today
January 17, 2002
Our town sports
January 17, 2002
Roger Dale DeAtley
January 17, 2002
Sage advice
January 17, 2002