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October 31, 2004

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Westar Energy president to present lecture at KU

Jim Haines, president and chief executive officer of Topeka-based Westar Energy, will present the Kansas University School of Business' Anderson Chandler lecture Nov. 8 at the Lied Center.

Haines, who has a law degree and has been a professor of business ethics, will present, "Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Individual Responsibility" at 7:30 p.m.


Internet

Political activists check out rivals' viewpoints

Are right-leaning voters spending all their online time on Rushlimbaugh.com? Are left-leaning voters locked into the like-minded Talkingpointsmemo.com?

Actually, no. They're checking out the other sides' sites, surprising researchers who had expected to see "selective exposure" among Internet users.

Researchers from the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Michigan's School of Information found Internet users were more knowledgeable than nonusers about arguments that challenged their points of view.

"They were extremely aware of the arguments for their guys, but they are no less aware of arguments challenging their guys," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew group.

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