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Archive for Sunday, July 11, 2004

City briefs

July 11, 2004

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KU professors to present Le Mans museum design

A Kansas University architecture associate professor is in Le Mans, France, this weekend to present a proposed design for a new auto racing museum there.

Dennis Sander will present plans and photographs designed by 16 third-year architecture students to the governing board of the 24-hour marathon Le Mans race.

The proposal calls for a multilevel stainless steel and glass structure. Above, Sander displays a mock-up of the design with his daughter Erika.

Two other architecture faculty members who worked on the project, Wojciech Lesnikowski and Phillippe Barriere, will accompany Sander.

Storms

Douglas County added to disaster declaration

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius amended her State of Disaster Emergency declaration from July 4 to include counties hit by storms three days later.

Douglas County was among the 11 counties added to the list for damages sustained during storms Wednesday. Shawnee, Jefferson and Leavenworth counties had been included on the original list of eight counties from the July 4 storm.

The declaration, which uses no state funds, allows workers to deploy for longer hours to restore power. Otherwise, drivers of utility company trucks would require 10 hours rest after 14 hours of operating the vehicles.

Unconfirmed reports of tornadoes, in addition to high winds and downed power lines, prompted the amendment, according to a statement released Thursday.

Education

School board to consider new vocal music risers

The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider an $11,111 contract to purchase new risers for the vocal music program at West Junior High School.

Ann Bruemmer, district director of arts and humanities, had informed board members in a memo that the current risers are in poor condition and "pose a risk to the students."

The board also will consider purchasing instruments for the district's band and orchestra programs. The meeting is at noon at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

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