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October 1, 2002


Crime: Suspect in KU student's slaying to remain jailed

A suspect in the Costa Rica stabbing death of Kansas University student Shannon Martin will spend two more months in prison.

A judge in Golfito, Costa Rica, ruled last week that Katia Vanesa Cruz Murillo, 27, would be detained as police continue their investigation. She was arrested Nov. 21, 2001.

She is one of three suspects detained for suspicion of murder. Two men Luis Alberto Castro and Rafael Zumbado were arrested in July.

Martin, a KU senior just weeks away from graduation, was stabbed May 13, 2001, outside a Golfito nightclub. She was in Costa Rica completing research on tropical ferns.

Higher education: New KU course schedule only available online

Kansas University's schedule of courses is reaching the digital age.

For the first time, KU's timetable will be offered exclusively online at, eliminating the need for printed timetables each semester.

The spring 2003 timetable should be available in the next few weeks. Enrollment for spring semester courses begins Oct. 21.

KU officials said the schedule of courses would be updated every 30 minutes, allowing students to know when classes are full.

Anyone with questions about the online timetable can call 864-5462 or send e-mail to

State: Sneak preview of statue for Capitol here Saturday

Area residents will be able to get a close look at Ad Astra, the 22-foot statue depicting a Kansa Indian warrior, just days before it is placed on top of the Capitol dome in Topeka.

The bronze statue will be in Lawrence from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center, 402 N. Second St.

It will be on display from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hidden Glen Arts Festival, south of Kansas Highway 10 on Cedar Creek Parkway.

The statue will make stops Sunday in Parsons, Iola and Emporia before being placed Monday on top of the Capitol.

The sculpture, created by Richard Bergen of Salina, has been on a statewide tour since Sept. 21. The 30-city tour is a fund-raising and educational event.

Bergen said another $100,000 to $200,000 in private funds is needed to pay for the statue.

In addition, the state is spending an estimated $614,000 to reinforce the dome for the statue.

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