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President Obama’s trip to KU, planned for Friday, is called off

Updated: 2013-04-17T04:32:51Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

President Barack Obama’s trip to the University of Kansas, scheduled for Friday, was canceled Tuesday afternoon.

The White House announced the decision in a news release. It gave no reason for the cancellation and did not announce plans to reschedule the visit.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Lynn Jenkins said the congresswoman’s office was told the trip was canceled “due to the tragic events in Boston.” Jenkins’ district includes the KU campus.

The press office announcement also revealed plans for the president to take part in an interfaith memorial service in Boston on Thursday. At least three people died and dozens were injured after two explosions Monday during the Boston Marathon.

The specifics of Obama’s planned appearance on the Lawrence campus, including the venue and the topic, were never publicly released.

Obama last visited Kansas in December 2011, when he traveled to Osawatomie to deliver a memorable address on the economy. His speech mirrored that of President Theodore Roosevelt in the same city more than a century earlier.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send email to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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