Archive for Friday, June 3, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
McLouth High School student Justin Johnston, 16, was shot and killed Thursday, June 2, 2011, while on a trip to Costa Rica with the school's Spanish Club. McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas
10:32 a.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 12:48 a.m. in print edition on 1A
A student at McLouth High School has died while on a school trip to Costa Rica, the victim of an overnight shooting.
10:00 a.m.
Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management drops a plumb line gauge into the Kansas River to measure the river's flood stage Thursday, June 2, 2011. The county will take measurements every four hours until Saturday morning to monitor the river level. Rodrigue measured the river level at 15-feet, 8-inches at 2:30 p.m., up from 15-feet, 3.5-inches at 10:30 a.m. Burcham Park, Riverfront Park, lower Constant Park all closed as Kansas River prepares to crest at flood stage
4:01 p.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 11:55 a.m. in print edition on 1A
The Kansas River reached flood stage in Lawrence Friday morning but the water level is expected to decline tonight or Saturday morning, according to officials at Douglas County Emergency Management. However, the flood warning will remain in effect until Saturday afternoon.
4:30 p.m.
Randy Lewis among the ruins of a Joplin, Mo., neighborhood during Memorial Day weekend. Lawrence residents spend Memorial Day weekend volunteering in Joplin
June 2, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence residents who visited the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin, Mo., over Memorial Day weekend to help with relief efforts came back with a new respect for nature’s destructive power and for the resilience of the town’s people.
7:00 p.m.
Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft applies coats of wax to "Sandy the Sandrat" in his studio May 19, 2011. North Lawrence residents who consider themselves "sandrats" were looking for a mascot, and Tefft sketched out Sandy. The annual sandrat reunion in North Lawrence is June 4, and attendees can get an early look at the sculpture in progress. Sculptor Elden Tefft creating bronze ‘sandrat’ for residents of North Lawrence
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As North Lawrencians from across the country reunite again this year to celebrate their history and to catch up with each other, they’ll have something else to celebrate. Elden Tefft, a Lawrence bronze sculptor, is creating a 3-foot “sandrat” to commemorate the traditions and people of North Lawrence.

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Tax caution
The Kansas tax system may need revision, but lawmakers should carefully consider both the positive and negative effects of any changes.
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
In recent speeches and talks with reporters, Gov. Sam Brownback has repeated two interesting points related to the state’s economy.