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May 20, 2002


City officials to hear 2003 budget requests

The Lawrence City Commission is having three days of hearings this week to hear 2003 budget requests from city departments.

The schedule is as follows:

2 p.m. today: The commission will hear from the library, administrative services, planning, police and legal services departments.

12:30 p.m. Tuesday: The commission will hear from the information systems, utilities, human relations, public works and finance departments.

1 p.m. Wednesday: The commission will meet with the neighborhood resources, public transit, parks and recreation and fire departments.

All meetings will be at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

Chase court apartments: Interviews under way in fire investigation

The cause of a fire Saturday that destroyed a three-story apartment building under construction and damaged two other apartment buildings was still under investigation Sunday, said Mark Bradford, deputy chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.

Bradford said subcontractors who were at the fire scene would be interviewed today and Tuesday.

The fire at Chase Court Apartments, 1942 Stewart Ave., caused an estimated $600,000 damage to the three buildings, making it the costliest fire in Douglas County in the past year, Bradford said.

Above are the charred remains from the fire.

The fire was called in to 911 at 1:21 p.m. Saturday and was brought under control shortly after 2 p.m. Only the north building was occupied. No occupants were hurt, although two firefighters suffered minor burns and were treated at the scene.

Chase Court is owned by Doug Compton and his firm, First Management Inc., Lawrence.

Police: Former county DA appointed to U.S. Attorney's Office

A former Douglas County prosecutor has been appointed first assistant in the Kansas U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jim Flory was selected for the position by U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren. Flory will be the No. 2 prosecutor in charge of the office under Melgren. He will handle administrative and management duties.

Melgren said he chose Flory for the job because Flory "did a great job" as interim U.S. attorney for Kansas. Flory had that position about a year until President George W. Bush appointed Melgren.

Flory was elected Douglas County district attorney in 1984 and had the job until he resigned in 1991.

Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.26 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and 920 N. Second St.

If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.

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