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April 9, 2005


City holding workshop on pedestrian safety

Area residents who want to learn more about how the city can become more pedestrian-friendly are invited to attend a Walkable Community Workshop on Monday.

The event, sponsored by the city of Lawrence, will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The event will feature speakers associated with the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

In addition to several presentations, the event will take participants on a walk to identify barriers to safely walk in certain areas of town.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m.

City commission

David Dunfield's term coming to an end

After six years at City Hall, Tuesday night will be David Dunfield's last as a city commissioner. The two-term commissioner decided not to seek re-election.

In 1999, after serving as president for the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, Dunfield ran for the City Commission. The architect finished in third place, earning a two-year term, and in 2001 he earned a four-year term.

"Well, six years is a pretty good commitment, I think," the 52-year-old Dunfield said. "Honestly, I felt when I won the second term, the four-year term, that that would be the last."

He said he's most proud of his work on the flood plain regulations and wishes he could have had the opportunity to finish working on the new development code and the Public Improvement Task Force.

"You know I've made a lot of friends, with other commissioners, folks at City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce, and around the community. I'll have less contact with those people and certainly there is a loss there," Dunfield said.

Paramedic battered; transient arrested

Lawrence police officers arrested a homeless woman early Friday morning, saying she attacked a paramedic who was trying to help her.

Police called paramedics to an alley in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street about 1:30 a.m. because officers thought the 29-year-old woman possibly injured herself in a fall.

Police said the woman appeared to be intoxicated and kicked a 26-year-old paramedic twice as he was trying to assist her. He was not seriously injured.

Officers took the woman to the Douglas County Jail, where she was booked on battery charges.

Money stolen from Liberty Hall register

An unidentified thief took hundreds of dollars right out of Liberty Hall's cash register this week.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Dan Ward said that late Monday morning someone walked into Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., opened a cash register in the ticket office and stole more than $400.

One employee was inside at the time, but police said he was in a different section of the business when the theft occurred.

Police have not yet identified a suspect.

Thieves strike home construction site

Thieves hauled more than $1,000 in goods from a North Lawrence home under construction earlier this month, police said.

The theft occurred between April 1 and Monday, at a home in the 700 block of Walnut Street.

Police said thieves made off with everything from lights and doorbell wiring to a Whirlpool bath tub.

The house, belonging to Black Stone Developments of Shawnee, was unsecured because it was still in the early stages of construction.

Loss from the construction site is estimated at $1,020.

Applications available for new United Way fund

United Way of Douglas County is accepting applications from groups interested in tapping the newly created Community Impact Fund.

The United Way's Community Impact Fund was created to encourage collaboration, efficiency and innovation among groups that serve the community. It was initiated in memory of Barbara Smith Reavis, executive director of the United Way of Douglas County from 1986 to 1997.

Groups eligible to apply may be nonprofit, government, or for profit, but the fiscal agent must be a United Way agency, all of which are nonprofit.

Groups can receive proposal request forms by calling the United Way office at 843-6626 or picking one up at the United Way office, 2518 Ridge Court.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the United Way office. The total available for this year is $50,000.

KU students awarded Udall scholarships

Three Kansas University juniors have been awarded $5,000 Morris K. Udall scholarships, the university announced Tuesday.

The scholarships are offered to students planning careers in fields related to the environment and for American Indian or Alaska natives seeking careers related to health care or tribal policy.

The recipients are Laura M. Adams, Topeka, Andrew Harrington, Olathe and Trisha Shrum, Olathe. Shrum also won the honor last year.

In addition, two juniors -- Rebecca Evanhoe, Derby and Catherine Kollhoff, Beloit -- received $350 honorable mention prizes.

Eighty scholarships were awarded nationally. Fourteen Udall awards have been given to KU students since they were established in 1996.

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