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City, former chief ask for dismissal of lawsuit

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Two of the three parties named as defendants in a $5 million lawsuit alleging wrongful death in this year’s unsolved disappearance and demise of SIU student Pravin Varughese filed responses this week asking that the case be dismissed.

Sarvela gives State of the University

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While flat enrollment numbers gave the SIU campus some much-needed positive news last week, Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela says myriad challenges remain — many of them, as usual, revolving around the university’s long-term financial situation. Sarvela says that while SIU officials are pleased with a generally flat state appropriation of $103.9 million for fiscal year 2015, mid-year cuts are possible.

Hinson to speak at BGCC dinner

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The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a dinner Oct. 3 at the Carbondale Civic Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are $45 a person or $360 for a table of eight. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Sept. 19. With a theme of “Honoring Founders, Friends and Futures,” the event will feature SIU men’s basketball Coach Barry Hinson as the main guest speaker.

SIU reports flat fall enrollment for 2014

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SIU is reporting a slight uptick in fall enrollment at its Carbondale campus, although Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela concedes that the university has plenty of work remaining after more than a decade of steady declines. In 10th-day numbers released Tuesday afternoon, the university says 17,989 students are enrolled in classes for the fall semester — a marginal increase of 25 students over fall 2013.

Fallout over fired police chief continues

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Former Carbondale Police Chief Jody O’Guinn says that right after City Manager Kevin Baity fired him, Baity took him to get a gun. O’Guinn, who was dismissed Aug. 18 after five years as the city's police chief, says he was immediately required to turn over his badge, his city phone and the keys to his city vehicle.

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