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February 14, 2003


KU Engineering Expo planned for next week

A day of speeches, games and demonstrations is scheduled Feb. 21 for the annual Engineering Expo at Kansas University.

The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will draw hundreds of students from across Kansas.

Don Faught, a 1973 KU mechanical engineering graduate, is the keynote speaker for the event. Faught, president of the European and Asia Pacific regions for DuPont Dow Elastomers, will speak at 9:30 a.m. at the Lied Center.

Demonstrations and competitions will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Learned Hall. Demonstrations include rocket designs, a flight simulator, a race-car simulator, a wind tunnel and communication displays.

Above, Kansas University engineering student T.J. Huhn gauges the strength of a bridge made of pasta at last year's Engineering Expo.

More information can be found at or by calling Ian Bradt at 864-5641.


Victim of stabbing was intoxicated at death

A 49-year-old man found stabbed to death in a Lawrence apartment earlier this year had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 -- what a coroner described as "acute" intoxication -- at the time of his death.

Police found the body of Michael B. Riley on Jan. 4 inside his apartment at 1722 W. 24th St. after receiving a tip.

The official cause of death in Riley's autopsy, filed earlier this month in Douglas County District Court, is "multiple injuries," including stab wounds to the chest and neck.

The man who was informally sharing Riley's apartment, 31-year-old David J. Uptain, is charged with second-degree murder in the case. His trial is scheduled to begin May 19 in Douglas County District Court.


School board candidates schedule online chats

Sue Morgan and Michael Pomes were the guests in two more online chats with school board candidates Thursday night on

The chats, which feature several of the 13 candidates running in the Feb. 25 Lawrence school board primary, will continue next week.

The others scheduled so far will be online at the following dates and times:

  • Samuel Gould, 5:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Eddie Lehman, 6:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Cindy Yulich, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Leonard Ortiz, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Mary Loveland, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

Kansas University

Legislator to speak to student committee

State Rep. Paul Davis will speak Wednesday to the Graduate Affairs Committee of Kansas University's Student Senate.

Davis, D-Lawrence, will discuss issues facing graduate students during this legislative session, including the budget and cuts to higher education. He will talk at 6 p.m. in Parlor ABC on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact James Owen at 864-4914.

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