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September 28, 2004

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Burge to be honored at KU ceremony

Frank Burge, former director of the Kansas University Memorial Unions, will be remembered during a ceremony today at KU.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, will make opening comments and then invite attendees to share their recollections of Burge. A reception will follow at noon in the Traditions Lounge at the union.

Burge, who died July 3, was director of the unions for 30 years. The Burge Union was named for him in 1982.

Politics

Civic Literacy Week events continue at KU

Civic Literacy Week events, which started Sunday at Kansas University, continue today with MTV's Choose or Lose "20 Million Loud" campaign from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wescoe Beach.

Ron Thornburgh, Kansas secretary of state, will discuss "Student Involvement in Presidential Elections" at 7 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics.

On Wednesday, KU will play host to an open forum featuring Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., from noon to 1 p.m. at Wescoe Beach. Kris Kobach, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore in the 3rd District, will be part of an open forum from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, also at Wescoe Beach.

Also on Thursday, Gary Hart, former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center. The audience will be invited to watch the presidential debate at 8 p.m., and Hart will moderate an open discussion after the debate.

Diana Carlin, coordinator with the voter education program Debate Watch, also will moderate a discussion after the debate in the Jayhawk/Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Crime

Dispute leads to assault of turnpike toll collector

A group of men assaulted a Kansas Turnpike toll collector Monday morning in a road-rage incident at the west Lawrence exit, police said.

Kansas Highway Patrol officials said they didn't have a detailed report ready Monday afternoon but said it happened roughly as follows:

About 10:45 a.m., the toll collector exchanged words with the driver of a van that was stopped at the booth. The van's driver tried to spray the toll collector by turning his windshield-washing fluid on.

When the toll collector came out of the booth, a group of at least four men, including the driver, got out and "jumped" the worker.

Capt. John Walters of the highway patrol said he didn't know how many blows, if any, were struck during the fight, but he said the worker declined medical treatment at the scene.

Gasoline Prices

Pump Patrol seeks deals

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.81 a gallon at the Citgo station at 2005 W. Ninth St.

If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.

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