Local Briefs

Ceremony: Baker to observe 9-11

A 10-minute ceremony Wednesday at Baker University will commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony, scheduled from 8:50 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the front lawn of Osborne Chapel, will include readings from the Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions.

Prayer and a silent time for reflection will round out the ceremony, which is open to the public.

The ceremony is to remember the events of 9-11, honor those who lost their lives and pray that hostilities will end soon, said Ira DeSpain, minister to the university.

Weekend: Kaw Valley Quilters show display patriotic themes

The color scheme was red, white and blue Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, where nearly 70 patriotic quilts were on display.

The Kaw Valley Quilters Guild is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a show featuring more than 200 quilts on display at the museum and the Community Building.

Quilters have shown more interest in patriotic themes since Sept. 11, said Nan Doljac, president of the guild.

The show also has grown because of the increasing popularity of machine-made quilts, she said.

The show continues from noon to 5 p.m. today.

Health: Kansans test negative for West Nile virus

Six Kansans suspected of having West Nile Virus have tested negative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday.

No human cases have been confirmed in Kansas. Surrounding states, including Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas have reported human cases.

The virus has been confirmed in horses, mules, birds and/or mosquitoes in 63 Kansas counties, including Douglas, Jefferson, Leavenworth and Johnson counties.

Six new counties were included in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s latest update: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Grant, Kearney and Osage.

Politics: Democratic AG candidate plans to visit Lawrence

Chris Biggs, Democratic candidate for Kansas attorney general, will be in Lawrence on Monday for a 7 p.m. rally and fund-raiser at the home of Mary Klayder and David Brown, 1212 Vantuyl. Refreshments will be provided.

Expect live music. Biggs was named Kansas banjo and guitar champion in 1984. He placed third in the national flat-pick guitar championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980.

Biggs is running against Republican Phill Kline in the Nov. 5 general election.