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June 3, 2004

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Human bones found by trash collectors

Trash collectors called police Wednesday after finding a human skull and two other human bones in the trash outside a residence in the 3000 block of West Eighth Street.

Authorities called in a coroner, who had the bones examined by a forensic anthropologist from Kansas State University. The expert determined the bones were "ancient," said Lt. Dan Affalter, who supervises the Lawrence Police Department's detectives.

"Nobody's been murdered, at least not in this century," Affalter said.

The bones appear to have belonged to someone who recently moved out of the residence. Police haven't yet identified the owner.

"We're curious as to why anyone would have ancient artifacts like that outside of a museum or biology department," Affalter said.

Brown Bag Concerts begin today downtown

If you like a little music with your lunch, head downtown today for the first of this summer's Brown Bag Concerts. And you might want to bring a lawn chair.

Sponsored by Lawrence Parks & Recreation and Downtown Lawrence Inc., the free concerts bring a different band at noon each Thursday to the sidewalk in front of US Bank, 900 Mass.

Today's concert is by the Billy Spears Band.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the summer:

June 10: Lonesome Hobos

June 17: Key West Jazz Quartet

June 24: Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band

July 1: Borderline Country

July 8: Lonnie Ray's Blues Band

July 15: Alferd Packer Memorial String Band

July 22: Tommy Johnson Experiment

July 29: The Thursday String Band

In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Former chancellor returning to Kansas

Former Kansas University Chancellor Archie Dykes and his wife, Nancy, are moving to Kansas City, Kan., from their home in Nashville, Tenn.

Dykes was KU chancellor from 1973 until 1980, when he became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Security Benefit Group in Topeka. In 1988, he moved to Tennessee to form his own company, Capital City Holdings Inc., a venture capital group.

In March, Dykes was named non-executive chairman of the board of Texas-based Fleming Cos. Inc., where he has been helping direct reorganization of the bankrupt grocery wholesaler.

In December, Dykes stepped down as chairman of the board of PepsiAmericas Inc., the second-largest Pepsi-Cola bottler, but remains on the board as lead director.

Before coming to KU, Dykes served as chancellor of the University of Tennessee-Martin and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Dykes and his wife will make their home in the Hallbrook Farms subdivision in Johnson County.

Cottonwood plans miniature golf event

Cottonwood Inc. has scheduled its annual Mini Masters miniature golf tournament for June 10 at Twin Oaks Golf Complex, at Kansas Highway 10 and Douglas County Road 1057.

The tournament, which begins at 6:45 p.m., offers the Lawrence community an opportunity to play a round of golf and meet people with disabilities who receive services from Cottonwood.An ice cream social will follow.

The Mini Masters is free and open to the public. For more information about attending or playing in the Mini Masters, contact Peggy Wallert at 840-1605.

Cottonwood Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with developmental disabilities.

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