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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 09:45 pm

quick takes 10-28-04

ALL YOU CAN BE

Need info on how to avoid getting sucked into war?

Bill Ruhaak, a veteran of the Illinois Army Reserve, offers advice at an event on Wednesday sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield, a local Roman Catholic peace group.

Ruhaak, a reservist from 1964-70, is a 1995 graduate of the Diocese of Joliet Peace and Justice Institute. Active in many Roman Catholic peace and social-justice efforts, he's also a member of the War Resisters League, the Peace Tax Fund, Prisoner Visitation and Support, the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition, and the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

Ruhaak's talk, titled "The Power of Conscientious Objection," will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Lincoln Library, Seventh Street and Capitol Avenue.

HALLOWEENIEWEAR

Springfield's Planned Parenthood hands out free condoms, safer-sex info, and candy to any and all tricksters who stop by the agency's offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29.

Planned Parenthood is located at 1000 E. Washington St.

Costumes are not required.

SO THAT'S HOW HE SPELLS IT!

A familiar voice from the Statehouse, Illinois Radio Network Springfield bureau chief Ben Kiningham, was named the radio-television alumnus of the year at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Kiningham's career started at SIUC in 1960, when he was a continuity director for the campus FM station. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Kiningham is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Air National Guard.

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