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City briefs

January 21, 2004

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Television

'Price is Right' episode with Eudora winner airs

A Eudora woman got to watch herself on a national television game show on Tuesday.

Stay-at-home mom Rachel Hernandez, 25, was called to "come on down" during a recent taping of "The Price is Right," which aired nationally Tuesday.

Once on contestant's row, Hernandez successfully bid on an $1,800 diamond ring and then won a 2004 Chevy Cavalier. Hernandez hasn't yet received the car, but placed the order for it through a California dealership. The car is expected to arrive in a couple of weeks.

Hernandez watched the show Tuesday morning with her husband and a sister who made the trip to California with her when the show was taped in December.

"It was just so much fun to watch it, although last night I got nervous," she said.

Tuesday night, Hernandez planned to watch a replay of the show with 40 family and friends at a Lawrence restaurant.

Kansas University

Filmmaker won't speak at 'Into the Streets'

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore has officially announced he will not speak in Lawrence in the spring, officials with Kansas University's Center for Community Outreach said Tuesday.

The announcement wrapped up a three-month stretch that started when Moore reportedly turned down a $30,000 speaking-fee offer from KU.

Weeks later, Moore e-mailed the Journal-World saying he had never received the offer and would speak at KU for free.

Amanda Flott with the Center for Community Outreach blamed the mix-up on Moore's agent, New York-based Michael D'Andrea. Moore originally was invited to be the keynote speaker at the center's "Into the Streets" week this spring.

But in a second e-mail to the Journal-World on Tuesday, Moore said he never discovered why the communication breakdown occurred.

"You know, I never found out what was going on," Moore wrote. "But as far as I know, I'm not coming to Lawrence anytime soon. Hopefully in the future."

Calls and e-mails to D'Andrea were not returned.

County

Commissioners delay talk on banning circuses

Douglas County commissioners are postponing tonight's anticipated circus talk, and instead will focus on road and preservation issues.

The agenda for tonight's 6:35 p.m. meeting at the county courthouse no longer includes a proposal from Animal Outreach of Kansas to ban circus acts in the county, after organization members asked for the issue to be postponed.

Instead, commissioners will consider authorizing creation of a preservation plan for the courthouse at 1100 Mass., which opened in 1905.

Commissioners also are scheduled to consider plans for applying dust-reducing materials on gravel roads, and revising fireworks policies to allow a church in Kanwaka Township to receive official approval for its annual July fireworks display.

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