Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2004

City briefs

February 11, 2004


Lawrence NAACP considers closing chapter

The Lawrence chapter of the NAACP is once again on the brink of collapse.

After a renewed effort to revive the chapter last fall appeared to be successful, attendance at the chapter's meetings has dwindled.

"It's really disheartening to have only two or three people show up at these meetings," said Marian Brown, first vice president of the chapter.

A meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 900 N.Y., to discuss whether the chapter will continue and other important issues, Brown said. It will be presided over by the chapter president, Janis Cobbs. Also leading the meeting will be John Baptiste, president of the Kansas State Conference of the NAACP.

Kansas University

Journalism students win in Hearst contest

Three Kansas University journalism seniors have placed in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program for stories published last year in the University Daily Kansan.

Vonna Keomanyvong, Kansas City, Kan., took fifth place in the feature writing competition for "Imperfect Proportions: KU Women Seek Breast Plastic Surgery to Correct Health Problems, Body Image." She won $600.

Abby Mills, Overland Park, took seventh place for in-depth writing for "After the Fall: University Studies Residence Hall Safety" after freshman Eric Wellhausen died from falling off a ledge outside his dorm room. She won $500.

Joe Hartigan, Glen Ellyn, Ill., took 20th place in feature writing for "Memory Lingers for Peers, Family," a story about Wellhausen that accompanied Mills' article.


Marble maker appears on 'River City Weekly'

Enter the world of aggies, immies, shooters and swirls with Bruce Breslow from the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs on "River City Weekly."

Breslow, owner and operator of Moon Marble, demonstrates his marble-making skills while discussing the history of the marble.

Then, on "Snapshots with Snead," Bill Snead, Journal-World senior editor, talks with McLouth residents Dorothy Rumbaugh and her son Gary Rumbaugh about their life together. Gary was born 57 years ago with Down syndrome.

On "Better Health" from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, exercise physiologist Alicia Fankhauser discusses the hospital's "Fit for Life" program.

"River City Weekly" with host Greg Hurd premieres on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with encore presentations at 7:30 weeknights, 8:30 weekday mornings and 9 a.m. Saturdays.

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