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February 18, 2004

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Children protest actions of candy store worker

A group of about 10 children and adults gathered Tuesday afternoon outside Penny Annie's Sweet Shoppe in protest of allegedly unfair treatment of children who were in the store during Monday's snowfall.

Alexandria Kimball, 13, Lawrence, and her cousin Asia Kimball, 11, Lawrence, said store employees told them to leave the store because they were consuming juice and a pretzel from Juice Stop, 812 Mass. The two said they had purchased candy at Penny Annie's earlier in the afternoon and intended to buy more.

A store manager at Penny Annie's, 845 Mass., said she was not there and would not comment on the situation.

"This isn't a safe world," said Alexandria's father, Mickey Kimball, who was helping hand out fliers criticizing the store's actions.

"I'm hurt and disappointed," Alexandria said. "It's a children's candy store and they kicked kids out."

Above, Asia Kimball, right, and a group of her friends protest Tuesday outside the candy shop.

Television

Music store owner on 'Antiques Roadshow'

Jim Baggett, owner of Mass Street Music, 1347 Mass., made his first appearance Monday on the PBS television show "Antiques Roadshow," and he hopes to make a few more.

"It was a lot of fun," Baggett said.

Baggett was asked last summer to join the show in August for a segment in Oklahoma City's Cox Business Services Convention Center. His job was to examine antique guitars and determine what they were worth.

Baggett was shown examining a 1937 Martin guitar, which he valued from $12,500 to $14,000.

"The person bought it for $65," Baggett said.

Baggett said he thought he was approached about being on the show because he was a business partner with an appraiser in the musical instruments section of Christie's Auction House in New York City.

Courts

Police chief testifies in protester's trial

Police Chief Ron Olin took the witness stand Tuesday to describe being bumped and bruised by protesters July 21 outside a Dole Institute of Politics dedication event.

"In the whole context of things, I felt very lucky I was not seriously injured," Olin said.

He testified on the first day of trial for 22-year-old Leo C. Jalipa, Columbia, Mo., who's charged with battering Olin during a scuffle outside the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. The protesters were picketing a $500-a-plate dinner they said was an insult to the poor and hungry.

Olin testified he was pushed from behind and knocked to one knee when he tried to block protesters from walking across the street. He said he suffered bruises on his back and shoulder.

Jalipa's defense attorneys will call witnesses this morning.

Last month, a district court jury acquitted one protester of battery on a law-enforcement officer. Previously a municipal court judge acquitted six protesters of four of the five charges against them.

6Productions

'River City Weekly' looks ahead to Oscars

Greg Hurd plays host to Journal-World entertainment editor Jon Niccum, along with Kansas City film critics Sean Edwards of Fox 4 TV, Loey Lockerby of the Kansas City Star and John Tibbetts of KCTV-5, on the fourth annual "River City Weekly" Academy Awards preview at 6:30 tonight on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

Highlights include discussions of the best actor and actress, best picture and best director, as well as the worst picture of the year choices.

"River City Weekly" encores can be seen on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 at 7:30 weeknights, 8:30 weekday mornings and 9 a.m. Saturdays.

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