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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19,2002 ENTERTAINMENT THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A5 Sculpture deemed unsafe for blind Arctic walkway DENVER (AP) — A 36-ton marble sculpture of the Roman God Janus was partially designed with disabled people in mind. But it has run afoul of a federal law that protects them: It could be dangerous for blind people. The sculpture of Janus — the god of beginnings usually depicted with two bearded heads facing in opposite directions — has noses sticking out more than 2 feet, starting nearly 5 feet above the ground. The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates anything that protrudes 4 inches or more above a height of 28 inches requires some kind of warning for blind people using canes. "It is a good idea to do something about it before something happens. I am legally blind so if I ran across it I might bump into it," said La Tonya Reeves of the Denver chapter of ADAPT, a disabled rights group. The city and sculptor Larry Kirkland hope to find a way to protect the blind without degrading the sculpture or blocking people in wheelchairs from approaching. One idea under consideration is curb-like edging several inches high directly in front of the noses. Kirkland hopes that blind people will touch the sculpture, which was put up a month ago outside a new municipal building that opens Oct. 4. "It almost feels like skin," he said of the marble surface. "Stone is one of the best materials for interaction with blind." John Grant, who manages the city's collection of public art, also praised the piece. "This is a very good example of a piece that people who are blind would enjoy having a dialogue with," he said. "It is tactile. It is designed to be touched and to be out in the elements." Gwen Pier, executive director of the National Sculpture Society, said it is common for art exhibitions to have to be reorganized to make them safe and accessible to the disabled. The solution to the problem must be approved by the city's Commission for People with Disabilities. "At the end of the day, it will be both a triumph for people with disabilities and the city," Grant said. STEVEN HAUSLER / Hays Dally News A new exhibit at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History celebrates the beauty of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The 50 photos by eight nationally and internationally known photographers will be on display on the museum's third floor through Nov. 30. The exhibit was organized in response to Congress' recent lobbying for oil exploration in part of the refuge. City finds banning books backfires ASSOCIATED PRESS Workers place a fence around an outdoor sculpture Friday outside the newly constructed Wellington Webb Office Building owned by the city of Denver. The 36-ton marble sculpture of the Roman god Janus was partially, de.sjgn.ed,with disabled people jn.mind. But it has.run afpulof a fecK eraHleiw 5 thatpfptects tnern;-lt couid-be'-tiangerous for blind people.- • «• WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) — Since Webb City's school library banned three books in the award-winning "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, patrons can't find them on the public library's shelves either. That's because the decision to ban the books, which deal with an adolescent girl's development, only made them popular with readers in this southwest Missouri town. "It's been on the hold list since the challenge," said Sue Oliveira, the public librarian. "The surest way to get everyone to read a book is to ban it." Some critics contend that the series, in which the main character befriends a girl being bullied in the restroom, promotes homosexuality. Others say some issues discussed hi the books — such as menstruation, puberty and sex — are best left to parents. At a school board meeting on Aug. 13, one man called relationships in the books "an abomination." The board responded by voting to remove three of the books, which had been available for checkout by fifth- and sixth-graders. Three other titles were restricted to sixth graders with parents' permission. The titles removed were "Achingly Alice," "Alice in Lace" and "The Grooming of Alice." Joey Davis, state director of Concerned Women for America, said she had not read the books but supported parents' efforts to control what their children read. "It's not about banning books; it's about choosing what's best for our children," Davis said. "If they are teaching tolerance or acceptance of behaviors that are harmful, then it's wrong." Those who seek to ban books "miss the point so much," said Naylor, who works in Washington. "I get letters from kids about book banning that say, 'Our parents have no idea what we think about. They still look at me as an inno- cent little girl or an innocent little guy.' " Naylor said she tries to incorporate children's concerns Into the books. "I believe in honesty and telling kids what they need to know (about) what they ask," she said. "I'm going to keep on doing that." The "Alice" series ranked seventh on the list of most-challenged books in 2001, according to the American Library Organization. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series headed the list. A grandmother from Springfield attempted to have the Potter books banned in school libraries there because she felt they taught witchcraft. If the "Alice" books are checked back into the Webb City Public Library in time, Oliveira said she plans to use them in a display for Banned Books Week. The annual event, spearheaded by the American Library Association, starts Saturday. — On the Net: www.ala.org/bbooks/ Briefs Old Settler's Day features barbershop, bluegrass The Smith County Arts Council will kick off the "Old Settler's Day" celebration with a program at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Center High School Auditorium. Smith Center's "Friends in Harmony," under the direction of Bethie Smith, will lead off the evening with several barbershop tunes. Highlighting the evening will be the "Shadow Creek Blue'grass Band" a five-member band from Wichita that performs gospel, traditional and contemporary music. Brass ensemble to perform at Oberlin High School OBERLIN — The Oberlin Arts and Humanities Commission will present "The Aries Brass Quintet" in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oberlin High School auditorium. The group is a premier ensemble of the popular Denver Brass. This is the first event of the 2002-03 program series. Tickets are available at the door for $10 ($5 for students living at home) or by season ticket. Season tickets are available throughout the year. For more information, call Mary at (785) 4753329 or Ella at (785) 475-3557. distM books most often challenged ... . JL • .1,, • •...!.• * In honor of Banned Books Week, the Hays Public Library will display the 10 books that were nationally the most frequently challenged in 2001. Topping the list again is the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, but there also are some golden oldies included such as "Catcher in the Rye." The theme for the 2002 Banned Books Week is, "Let Freedom Read: Read a Banned Book." Come to the Adult Department at the library and check them out! Elizabeth Delisi THE ARTS and the department of philosophy at Fort Hays State University. There will be a panel discussion of the topic "Mental Health Care: Philosophical and Moral Perspectives" from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the gallery meeting room at the library. This is the first in a series of four public discussions sponsored by the library The FHSU music department will have its Fall Scholarship Musicale Sunday. Funds raised through musicale performances are used to support student scholarships and musical instrument repair and replacement. From 5 to 6:15 p.m., Kristin Pisano and Junghwa Lee will perform works by Brahms and Chopin at the home of Melvin and Jennifer Sauer. From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Kay Werth, Dean Kranzler and Jo Kraus will perform Claude Boiling's "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano" at the home of Drs. Richard Bassett and Marilyn Ray. Tickets are $25 per event, and can be purchased by calling the FHSU music department at (785) 628-4533. — Elizabeth Dellsl Is a Hays author and supporter of the arts. You can send information to her at 1890 Hickok Avenue, Hays, KS 67601, or e-mail her at dellsl@ruraltel.net www.HDNews.net FLQX-A-BeD B ""S£E: 9J /ttJffi&gfiHOTHBfc FREE VIDEO & BROCHURE • RELIEVES ADJUSTABLE BEDS • WAKE UP FEELING REFRESHED • INVIGORATING MASSAGE • NO MORE SLEEPING IN A RECLINER REFLUX, BREATHING DISORDERS, SWOLLEN LEGS & FEiT Keller furniture galleries Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2002. There are 103 days left in the year. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga. On this date: In 1796, President Washington's farewell address was In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Oarfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin. In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby. In 1945, Nazi propagandist William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw," was sentenced to death by a British court. In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy. In 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert. ... In 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn't be allowed to visit In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by the first of two Mathematics Activities . Numbers in the newspaper can be written in many ways. Can your students find examples of a numeral, a number written as a word, a percentage, a decimal, a fraction, a Roman numeral, -'- devastating earthquakes that claimed some 6,000 lives. Ten years ago: Top finance officials of the seven largest industrial countries pledged in Washington to cooperate closely to resolve the worst currency crisis in two decades. Five years ago: In his first public comments since the death of Princess Diana, Prince Charles told the British people he would always feel the loss of his former wife, and thanked them for their support. One year ago: The Pentagon ordered dozens of advanced aircraft to the Persian Gulf region as the hour of military retaliation for deadly terrorist attacks drew closer. Today's Birthdays: Singer Freda Payne is 57. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme'(lOcc) is 55. Actor Jeremy Irons is 54. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 53. TV personality Joan Lunden is 52. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 51. Actor Scott Colomby is 50. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 50. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 46. Actor Kevin Hooks is 44. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 43. Country singer Trlsha Yearwood is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Espraronza Griffin is 33. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 29. Comedian Jimmy. Fallen is 28. Thought for Today: "The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink." - Fran Lebowitz, American satirist. Newspapers in Education Sponsored By: BankofAmerica. CaAc Mighi for HMC Pediatric Unit Renovation Saturday, September 28,2002 7:00 -11:00 p.m. at The Center for Health Improvement Admission $50 a person includes a chance to win a $2,500 travel voucher (donated by MooreTours International, Inc.), and Door prizes. Gaming by Celebrations Entertainment, and Dancing by Complete Music. Enjoy Hors d'oeuvres. Sponsored by the 1200 E. 27" 625-3413 Hay sMedicalCenter F O U N D A'T I O N Silent Auction & Cash Bar Dressy Casual Tickets available at The Center for Health Improvement, Hays Medical Center Foundation Office, CERV's & Midwest Energy. V 1 *

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