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October 23, 2002

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Public transit: Bus stop benches ordinance changed

Members of the Public Transit Advisory Board made changes Tuesday to a proposed ordinance that would keep restrict use of the city's bus shelters and benches to passengers.

"We suggested some minor changes," said Karin Rexroad, the city's public transit director.

Nonpassengers still would be prohibited from the shelters and benches but only during hours when the T is running. And board members said they wanted a requirement that the rules be posted at the affected locations.

Violators would face a $10 fine. The ordinance would be enforced by police when they receive a complaint from drivers, administrators or patrons of the T.

The ordinance originally went before the city commission in September, but it was withdrawn after public concerns were raised about its effects on homeless people.

Crime: Bank robbed in Pomona

Pomona Franklin County Sheriff's officers are looking for a man who robbed Citizen's State Bank in Pomona on Tuesday.

A man walked into the bank about 9:20 a.m. and demanded money from a teller, Sheriff Craig Davis said. The suspect did not display a weapon but indicated that he had one, Davis said.

The teller turned over an undisclosed sum and the suspect fled out the front door and was last seen running around to the back of the bank, Davis said. No vehicle was seen. No one was injured in the robbery.

'River City Weekly': WRAP coordinator interview set for encore

In a special encore presentation, "River City Weekly" host Greg Hurd interviews Charlie Kuszmaul, the coordinator of Bert Nash Mental Health Center's program Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities (WRAP).

The WRAP program helps foster successful school experiences for youths by placing mental health professionals on-site in targeted area schools.

In addition to the interview with Kuszmaul, Bruce Chladny, horticulture agent with the Douglas County office of K-State Research and Extension, will show how to prepare lawns and gardens for fall.

"River City Weekly" premieres at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with encores at 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

Lecture: Former Navy admiral to speak at KU event

The former senior commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific and Indian oceans will speak at 7:30 tonight at Kansas University.

Former Adm. Dennis Blair will speak on "The Russian Far East Military District: How the Distant Regions are Coping" in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Blair was commander of Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force units for the U.S. Pacific Command from February 1999 to May 2002. He now is senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis in Alexandria, Va.

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