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September 19, 2004


Motorcycle accident kills Ottawa resident

An Ottawa woman died from injuries she received in an early-morning accident Saturday just west of the Ottawa city limits.

Gaylene J. Moenning, 38, died at 7:54 p.m. at University of Kansas Hospital as a result of injuries from the accident, authorities said.

At 1:18 a.m., the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Ottawa Police Department responded to the accident. According to a sheriff's report, Moenning was driving her Harley-Davidson motorcycle when she lost control. She was thrown off the bike and found lying on the road when officers arrived. Moenning wasn't wearing a helmet.

Moenning was treated at the scene and taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa by the Franklin County Ambulance Service. She was later transported by air ambulance to the KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

U.S. House candidate to join online chat

Kris Kobach, 3rd Congressional District Republican candidate, will take part in a live online chat Monday on the Journal-World's Web site.

The chat will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, but readers may submit questions earlier at

Kobach is running in the Nov. 3 election for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat seeking a fourth two-year term.

Kobach, 38, served on the Overland Park City Council before spending three years in Washington working for the U.S. Justice Department.

An attorney and constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kobach also is representing students who are suing the state to strike down a new law granting in-state tuition rates to some illegal immigrants.

The 3rd District comprises Johnson and Wyandotte counties and part of eastern Douglas County, including eastern Lawrence.

KU forms relationship with Italian university

Kansas University students will have a new study abroad option next year thanks to an agreement signed Friday between KU and the University of Trento in northern Italy.

Chancellor Robert Hemenway met with four professors from the school Friday to finalize the exchange agreement. The representatives from Trento will stay for three days to begin collaborating on teaching, study abroad and research projects.

Though Italy is one of the most popular study abroad destination for KU students, this is the first formal relationship KU has formed with an Italian university.

The University of Trento is known for its engineering, law and business programs, often ranked among the best in Italy.

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