Sunday, April 16, 2006
A KU graduate student is using his athletic ability to help a local charity in need. Right now KU graduate student Rickie Friesner is on the East Coast preparing for the Boston Marathon Monday. But next month this marathon runner will be lacing up for a different kind of race here in Lawrence. The number of state employees earning more than $100 thousand a year has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the state records obtained by 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World. The number of top earners went from 740 in 2002 to nearly 1,200 last year. Congress isn't in session now, but that doesn't mean Kansans aren't working hard in Washington. One Prairie Village resident and KU student has taken her passion for politics straight to the top, landing an internship on Capitol Hill. Saturday, KU softball pitcher Kassie Humphreys threw a complete game shutout as the Jayhawks beat Texas Tech, 1-0. Just before the start of Sunday's game, she found out that she would head to the hill again to try and do the same thing. Last Friday's spring game, all eyes were on number one quarterback Kerry Meier. The season opener is not until September 2, but if Meier looks anything like he did in the blue vs. white scrimmage, Jayhawk fans have a lot to look forward to.