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State and local briefs

September 12, 2004

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Tickets remain for McGovern lecture

Around 500 tickets remain for Monday night's lecture by George McGovern.

The former U.S. senator and presidential nominee will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center.

Free tickets are available by calling 864-2787 or visiting the Lied Center box office. A Lied Center spokeswoman said Friday about 1,500 of the 2,000 tickets had been claimed and that tickets would be available for walk-ups Monday night.

McGovern will receive the second annual Dole Leadership Prize from the Dole Institute of Politics.

In addition to his years as a senator and representative, McGovern was the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee.

Event

Fall Arts and Crafts fest today at South Park

The 25th annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival is expected to lure about 170 artists and a crowd of thousands today to South Park.

Artists will exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

The festival also will feature food, live music and children's entertainment, including a moonwalk, wading pool and pony rides.

Wichita

Cessna machinists approve new contract

Machinists at Cessna Aircraft Co. overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract Saturday for 4,300 workers.

Workers at the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer voted 79.4 percent in favor of the agreement, said Bob Wood, a negotiator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The deal gives machinists a $2,500 ratification bonus; annual wage increases of 4 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent over the term of the contract; and pension pay of $48 monthly for each year of service, up from $41.

It also maintains employees' choice of three health insurance providers.

Sesquicentennial

Poem immortalizes horseback rider

With the city set to celebrate its 150th birthday Sept. 18, the Journal-World is taking a look at early-day life in Lawrence:

A victim of the Bleeding Kansas era of Lawrence was immortalized in a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Thomas W. Barber was killed in December 1855 by Missouri border ruffians while approaching Lawrence on horseback. Barber County is named for him.

Whittier wrote "The Burial of Barber," about Barber's funeral at what is now called Pioneer Cemetery, on Kansas University's west campus.

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