From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1971:
- In spite of his threats to close down the “hippie community” in Lawrence, Vern Miller was not held in much awe by members of that community. The “long-haired denizens of River City” were responding to the new Kansas Attorney General’s threats in a nonchalant manner. One said, “He won’t touch the big dealers and business will go on as usual.” “He makes busts but he does a sloppy job of it,” said another young man. When hearing of rumors that Miller already had undercover agents in Lawrence, the young people were still not seriously concerned. “He’s got his information sources and we’ve got ours,” said one. “He’s got his long-hairs and we’ve got our short-hairs.”
- Final federal census figures, released this week, showed an increase over preliminary estimates for both Lawrence and Douglas County. In addition, the numbers revealed that city growth was responsible for more than 90 percent of the county’s growth. Lawrence final population figure was set at 45,698, with Douglas County coming in at 57,932.