Police investigate note that refers to Taliban

A concerned person called police Tuesday after discovering a suspicious note in an ashtray that praised Allah and made reference to the Taliban being victorious.

The note, found by a pharmaceutical-company employee outside an office complex at 3320 Clinton Parkway Court, also said something about the people of Iraq being victorious, said Sgt. Dan Ward, a Lawrence Police spokesman. But the note didn’t make any specific threats, he said.

Police came to the scene and asked about the note, but they aren’t investigating it as a crime.

New director named for university center

An assistant professor of political science has been named director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Kansas University.

Erik Herron will replace Paul D’Anieri, who recently was named associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.