Archive for Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Area briefs

October 20, 2004


Hospital cancels flu shot clinic

Kansas City, Kan.-- The University of Kansas Hospital has canceled its popular drive-through flu shot clinic, officials have announced.

The 12th annual event, which was expected to attract more than 3,500 people, had been scheduled for Oct. 30. But a nationwide shortage of the flu vaccine prompted the hospital to donate the 1,750 doses it had on hand to health departments in Wyandotte and other counties.

Hospital officials said they hoped to bring the clinic back in 2005.


Bake sale, chili contest to benefit United Way

Employees with the city of Lawrence will participate in a bake sale and chili contest today in South Park's Community Building as a benefit for Douglas County United Way's fund-raising campaign, "Your Gift Matters."

In addition, hot dogs and hamburgers will be cooked for lunch by Mayor Mike Rundle, Deputy Fire & Medical Chief Mark Bradford, Police Chief Ron Olin and Assistant City Manager Debbie Van Saun. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The chili contest and lunch is for city employees only. The winner of the chili contest receive a "golden chili pot award" and two Kansas University men's basketball game tickets.

Kansas University

Clarence Thomas to visit Law School

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be in Lawrence next week to visit with students and faculty at the Kansas University School of Law.

Thomas will speak to classes and attend receptions Oct. 27-28. The events are not open to the public.

Thomas, 56, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. He is viewed as one of the most conservative justices on the court.

This is the fourth trip to KU for Thomas in eight years; the most recent came in October 2002. Steve McAllister, dean of the law school, clerked for Thomas in 1991.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is scheduled to visit KU in March 2005.


Festival to feature 30 marching bands

The 13th annual Heart of America Marching Festival is set for Saturday at Kansas University.

The event runs from 12:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. It features 29 high school bands, including bands from Lawrence High School and Free State High School. The Marching Jayhawks also will perform.

Admission to the competition is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $1 for children.

Election 2004

Christine Kenney to take part in online chat

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney, a Republican who has held her seat for eight years, will respond to questions today in an online chat at

The chat will begin at 1:30 p.m., but questions can be submitted early on the Web site. The transcript will be available during the chat and will remain posted.

Kenney faces Democrat Charles Branson in the Nov. 2 election. Branson will participate in an online chat at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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