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October 28, 2002

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Former Jayhawk player to sign books at union

Former Jayhawk basketball player Jeff Boschee will sign copies of his new book Nov. 1 at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

Boschee co-wrote "Long Shot: Beating the Odds to Live a Jayhawk Dream," which details his career as a high school and Kansas University basketball player. He co-wrote it with Mark Horvath, who previously teamed with former KU basketball player Jerod Haase for the book "Floorburns."

Boschee's book, a paperback, is 180 pages and includes several pages of photos. The forward is written by KU coach Roy Williams.

The book signing will be from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the bookstore, on level two of the union.

Douglas County: Flu shots available to public Saturday

Flu shots will be made available to the general public beginning Saturday, officials with the Douglas County Health Department said.

Information about specific dates, times and locations for flu shot clinics will be announced soon, officials said.

In the meantime, shots are continuing to be administered to children and adults at high risk for severe illness. People who can give the flu to those at high risk also are encouraged to get the shots now. They include health-care workers and caregivers.

Shots will be administered to those with high-risk factors at the following times:

10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the health department, 200 Maine.

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Holcom Park Recreational Center, 2700 W. 27th St.

Ethics: 'Right-to-die' author to speak at university

The author of a book about the landmark right-to-die case of Nancy Cruzan will speak at Kansas University this week.

Bill Colby, a Kansas City, Mo., attorney and author of "Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan" will read from his book and sign copies at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in room 104 of Green Hall.

Colby is a fellow at the Midwest Bioethics Center in Kansas City and a former visiting professor of law at KU.

The Cruzan case is the only right-to-die case ever heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. She was injured in a car accident in 1983 and was in a coma for five years in a Missouri state hospital before her family asked that her feeding tube be disconnected.

The state refused, leading to a legal battle that ended in a Supreme Court decision in the state's favor. Missouri courts, however, later ruled in favor of the family, and Cruzan died in 1990.

Politics: Roberts plans speech for chamber luncheon

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will provide a congressional update Friday during a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The event starts at noon at the Lawrence Holidome.

Those wishing to attend must pre-register by calling the chamber at 865-4427. The luncheon will cost $12 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.

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