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Lawrence City Band concert of June 8, 2011 Russell Smelser salvages parts to keep windmills turning KU Alumni Scrimmage Game
Have you taken steps this year to reduce your energy usage?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, changed my habits.
No, and I have no plans.
Yes, changed to more energy efficient light bulbs.
Yes, major renovations.
No, but I plan on making some.
Total 318

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Caryl Hale, right, has a garden that provides plenty of fresh vegetables for her children including Miles, 2, and Allyson, 3. The Hale family garden is on this year's Lawrence Food Garden Tour. Tasty tour: A little something for everyone on this year’s Lawrence Food Garden Tour
June 7, 2011
This Saturday, the third-annual tour of private and community food gardens around Lawrence will welcome visitors during the coolest part of the day — 9 a.m. to noon and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
2:00 a.m.
City Commissioners Mike Amyx, Lance Johnson and Aron Cromwell are sworn in by City Clerk Frank Reeb on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at City Hall. Environmental Chapter of Horizon 2020 approved by City Commission on 3-2 vote
June 8, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The stage is set for new environmental regulations in Lawrence and Douglas County. City commissioners on a 3-2 vote approved the Environmental Chapter of Horizon 2020 despite a deeply divided crowd that filled City Hall on Tuesday.
10:00 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff's officials investigate a fatality accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway near Clinton Parkway Tuesday, May 31, 2011. One person died when a piece of metal fell off an oncoming truck and went through the windshield. Pickup truck driver says he had no idea a piece came off his vehicle, killing passenger in vehicle on SLT
June 7, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The driver of a pickup truck hauling scrap metal told a Douglas County Sheriff’s detective he didn’t know anything had fallen from his trailer last week or that it had struck and killed a woman on the South Lawrence Trafficway west of Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year. Police department’s 8 new patrol cars feature updated insignia
June 7, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The eight new patrol cars joining the Lawrence Police Department’s fleet this year will have a new look.
6:09 p.m.
Green Hall Kansas University Law School applications drop 23 percent
June 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As Kansas University’s School of Law deals with a national slump in the legal job market, admission applications to the school have fallen sharply.

All stories

KU student reports theft of camera items, including $4,000 Canon camera
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old male KU student reported to police May 31 that someone had stolen his $4,000 Canon camera and other camera items in a burglary that occurred between 7:45 p.m. and 9:07 p.m. May 31 at his apartment in the 900 block of Tennessee Street.
KU student reports stolen TV, laptop computer
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old male KU student reported to Lawrence police Monday that someone had stolen a 42-inch Samsung LCD TV valued at $1,500 and a laptop computer valued at $2,200 and other items in a burglary from his apartment on April 28 in the 1300 block of Kentucky Street.
KU student reports stolen TVs at apartment in Folks Road
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old male Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police last Friday that someone had stolen a 23-inch Samsung LCD television and damaged a 42-inch Vizio plasma TV in a burglary that occurred April 15 at his apartment in the 600 block of Folks Road.
Solid Waste Task Force hears suggestions to encourage residents to recycle
June 8, 2011
The drumbeat for a larger — perhaps mandatory — curbside recycling program in Lawrence grew a bit louder Wednesday. At a meeting hosted by the city’s Solid Waste Task Force, several members of the public asked the city-appointed group to consider ways to get residents to recycle in much greater quantities.
Organizers hope for clear skies for 2011 Tonganoxie Days this Saturday
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Connie Torneden could do without a repeat of the weather at last year’s Tonganoxie Days. Heavy rains on the second Saturday of June 2010 forced some vendors to close up shop early.
Defense attorneys ask judge to delay cases after investigators connect two December robberies
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Defense attorneys for three Wichita men accused in a December robbery of three Kansas University students at a Louisiana Street apartment want more information about the plea deal of another man before proceeding.
New Kansas Arts Commission leader upbeat about fundraising
07:34 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 11:19 p.m. in print edition on A3
The new leader of the Kansas Arts Commission said she’s confident she and other arts advocates can raise enough private dollars for programs, and she’s choosing to stay out of the debate over actions by Gov. Sam Brownback that made the state the first to eliminate its arts funding.
Sheriff’s officers hope to find driver who might be witness in fatal accident on South Lawrence Trafficway
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a car who might have witnessed a May 31 fatality accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway.
New home sought for stray cat who was trapped and shot twice
03:38 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 05:26 p.m. in print edition on A3
The cat’s name is now Bullet. And staff members at the Lawrence Humane Society hope he has a new home soon after the 2-year-old cat was rescued by animal control officers from a trap in northern Lawrence. He had been shot twice.
Defendant in Kansas food stamp scheme to change plea
June 8, 2011
A Wichita man accused of scouring homeless shelters looking for people willing to sell their government benefits is apparently ready to admit his role in a food stamp scheme that has snared the owners of two grocery stores and nine other people.
EPA: Air tests in Joplin show no health concerns from asbestos
June 8, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency says air tests in Joplin don’t indicate health concerns from asbestos.
Tulsa Zoo to welcome 2 female giraffes
June 8, 2011
Tulsa Zoo officials say two female giraffes soon will arrive at the zoo.
Norton drug store selected for national historic preservation competition
June 8, 2011
A former drug store in the northwest Kansas town of Norton has been selected to participate in a national historic preservation competition.
Cowley County administrator resigns
June 8, 2011
Cowley County Administrator Leroy Alsup has resigned to accept a new job.
Hutchinson council authorizes purchase of last home in neighborhood threatened by sinkholes
June 8, 2011
The effort to buy and demolish 37 homes in a Hutchinson neighborhood threatened by sinkholes is winding down.
FINAL: Led by Cole Aldrich, Elijah Johnson, Red team wins first camp scrimmage
Johnson scores 19 points; Tyshawn Taylor has 20 for Blue team
03:17 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 05:51 p.m.
Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Horejsi Center on the Kansas University campus where the KU men’s basketball team is getting set for its first summer camp game.
Conservationist fixes Depression-era murals at Kansas State University
June 8, 2011
The restoration of a set of Depression-era murals at Kansas State University is completed.
Tyson worker’s death under investigation
June 8, 2011
Finney County officers are investigating the death of a Tyson Fresh Meats worker who was stabbed in the neck at the company’s Garden City plant.
60 in Kansas indicted on federal drug trafficking
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
Sixty people in Kansas are facing federal drug trafficking charges in five separate indictments that were unsealed after several arrest warrants were served.
Deadline is Thursday to sign up for De Soto all-alumni dinner
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Thursday is the deadline to make reservations for this weekend’s De Soto High School all-alumni dinner.
Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq on his 27th birthday
June 8, 2011
One of the five American soldiers who died this week when a barrage of rockets slammed into a base in Iraq was from Salem. Pfc. Michael Cook, who had been in Iraq since November, graduated from Salem High School in 2003. Monday, the day of the attack, was Cook’s 27th birthday.
Ariz. wildfire threatens power transmission lines
June 8, 2011
A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona that has forced thousands from their homes headed Wednesday for a pair of transmission lines that supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as far east as Texas.
Hutchinson teen’s suicide prompts Facebook group
June 8, 2011
The suicide of a 17-year-old Hutchinson High School junior in April blindsided many people — from Chris Sullivan’s grieving parents and siblings to his church family, wrestling teammates and coaches.
Suspect accused of breaking Lawrence man’s arm over parking disagreement to face trial
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A judge on Wednesday morning ordered a 62-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial on an aggravated battery charge for a March altercation outside Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., over a handicap parking space.
KU pitcher Tanner Poppe popped in 37th Round by Tampa Bay
01:26 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
For the second time in his baseball career, Kansas University sophomore Tanner Poppe has been picked in the 37th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.
Statehouse Live: Emporia State University presidential search committee gets instructions
01:03 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 03:29 p.m. in print edition on A7
State higher education officials Wednesday approved instructions to a search committee that will help select the next Emporia State University president.
Lawrence superintendent appoints 26 volunteers to help guide consolidation of elementary schools
12:24 p.m., June 8, 2011 Updated 04:12 p.m. in print edition on A7
The Lawrence school district now has 26 volunteers to help guide plans to shrink its number of elementary schools. Superintendent Rick Doll announced his appointments Wednesday to the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, a collection of volunteers tasked with devising a plan to turn a list of six schools to as few as three or four within the next two to three years.
Rural Jefferson County man admits he shot his half-brother during argument over washing dishes
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
A 24-year-old Jefferson County man Wednesday morning admitted to shooting of his 22-year-old half-brother during an argument in February at their home north of Lawrence.
Rural Tonganoxie man who accidentally shot himself in head released from KU Hospital
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old rural Tonganoxie man who suffered a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound in early May has been released from an area hospital.
Baldwin City woman competing in this week’s Miss Kansas pageant
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A woman who graduated from Bishop Seabury Academy, lives in Baldwin City and will attend Kansas University this fall is competing this week in Pratt as Miss Arkansas Valley — for the title of Miss Kansas.
Town Talk: North Lawrence site to become recycling hub; city urging people to come to tonight’s trash and recycling meeting; a farewell to the phone book as we know it?
June 8, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Weather service puts Lawrence in slight risk for severe weather Wednesday
Storms also expected in the area Thursday, Friday
June 8, 2011
There’s a slight chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon in Lawrence and across surrounding areas, the National Weather Service said.
Fort Riley infantry division celebrates 94th birthday, oldest continuously serving division
June 8, 2011
Soldiers and officers at Fort Riley are celebrating the 94th birthday of the 1st Infantry Division, the oldest and longest-continuously serving division in the Army.
Heard on the Hill: Vice provost Marlesa Roney’s new ‘professor of practice’ explained; former KU administrator Lori Reesor involved in imbroglio at UND; new KU administrator Caboni is a Twitter fan
June 8, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Clerk arrested after hockey stick attack
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 37-year-old convenience store clerk spent the night in the penalty box after an off-duty police officer blew the whistle on his shattering of a window with a hockey stick following a dispute about a woman.
Oskaloosa woman taken to LMH after being struck by driver who ran stop sign
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 42-year-old Oskaloosa woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle accident before 8 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 1029 and County Road 438, known as the Farmers Turnpike.
Two men arrested as suspects in burglary of unoccupied house
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Monday as suspects in a burglary of an unoccupied house north of Worden, southwest of Lawrence.
City Commission OKs closing part of Mass. St. for car show
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
It will be a hot rod show and probably the subject of hot debate. City commissioners on Tuesday night agreed to close down the portion of Massachusetts Street that runs through South Park on Oct. 8 for the Rev it Up! Hot Rod Hullaballoo, which will serve as a fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Environmental Chapter of Horizon 2020 approved by City Commission on 3-2 vote
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
The stage is set for new environmental regulations in Lawrence and Douglas County. City commissioners on a 3-2 vote approved the Environmental Chapter of Horizon 2020 despite a deeply divided crowd that filled City Hall on Tuesday.
Sporting KC players thrilled for stadium’s home opener
June 8, 2011 in print edition on B6
After 15 seasons of playing in somebody else’s stadium, Sporting Kansas City has finally found a permanent home at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Kansas guard Elijah Johnson puts on shooting clinic at Bill Self hoops camp
June 8, 2011 in print edition on B6
Kansas University junior combo guard Elijah Johnson put on an impressive three-point shooting exhibition for Bill Self’s basketball campers on Tuesday afternoon in Horejsi Center.
Terrelle Pryor knows NCAA will find more dirt
June 8, 2011
Terrelle Pryor saw no reason to prolong the agony.
Kansas last in Big 12 in Director’s Cup
June 8, 2011 in print edition on B6
Kansas University’s athletic department ranked in 87th place of 263 teams overall — last of all Big 12 schools — in the current Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings.
Tiger Woods to miss U.S. Open
June 8, 2011
Tiger Woods pulled out of the U.S. Open on Tuesday because of lingering issues with his left leg, leaving him uncertain how soon he can resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record for major titles.
KU’s Colton Murray, T.J. Walz selected in MLB draft
June 8, 2011
As the years have gone by, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price has seen more and more former Jayhawks work their way up from the college ranks into minor league and, in some cases, Major League success. That, Price says, can be a helpful tool in recruiting, as he can point to the affiliations between his former Jayhawks and Major League ballclubs with more regularity each year.
LeBron James has eight points in Miami loss
June 8, 2011
LeBron James was looking for the best win of his playoff career. Instead, almost stunningly, he turned in his worst postseason scoring performance.
Mavericks pull even
June 8, 2011
Coughing and wheezing, his temperature spiking to 101, worn out from hardly sleeping the night before, Dirk Nowitzki went through three miserable quarters in Game 4 of the NBA finals. Yet the fourth quarter was his time to shine. Again.
Mazzaro better in Royals loss
June 8, 2011
Just about anything would have been an improvement over Vin Mazzaro’s previous big league outing.
Diamond in the rough: Freshman track star Dixon takes top time in country into today’s NCAA championships
June 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
When you’re given a name like Diamond, nicknames don’t really seem that interesting. Such is the case for Kansas University freshman track star Diamond Dixon, one of a handful of KU athletes who will compete at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which begin today in Des Moines, Iowa.
No DeAndre Daniels, no sweat
June 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Forgive me if I’m not ready to move back to Connecticut in order to cover the college basketball career of DeAndre Daniels.
Common sense
Changes that have been made to the state’s 5-year-old concealed carry law deserve a second look.
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
The elimination of certain requirements to obtain or renew a license to carry a concealed firearm in Kansas simply defies common sense.
Britain may be harbinger of U.S. future
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
The extinct political slogan “As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” may be supplanted by what is happening in the United Kingdom. There is a form of functional political illiteracy here that does not bode well for the United States should it follow Britain’s very bad example,
100 years ago: City water could stand improvement, local man says
June 8, 2011
“‘Its color is not attractive and could be much improved.’”
U.S. withdrawal should proceed slowly
June 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
President Obama has pledged to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan next month, with a goal of pulling all combat troops out by the end of 2014.
25 years ago: Lawrence bicyclists and moped riders warned of traffic rules
June 8, 2011
Young people on bikes tended to forget that traffic rules apply to them, Maj. Ron Olin said.
40 years ago: Girls’ Staters receive cautious encouragement
June 8, 2011
State Reps. Josephine Younkin and Glee Jones met with the 442 young participants in Sunflower Girls’ State in Templin Hall.
Locked Up Abroad’ mimics ‘Goodfellas’ saga
June 8, 2011
When in doubt, make a movie based on another movie. Movie remakes, movies based on TV shows and sequels make up a depressing percentage of summer fare. Over the years, we’ve even seen movies based on old documentaries. The 2003 drama “Seabiscuit” comes to mind. And lately the highly addictive series “Locked Up Abroad” (9 p.m., National Geographic) has begun to base hour-long episodes on famous movies. Last season, it explored some of the untold avenues of the tale of drug smuggling in Turkey that was turned into one of the most harrowing prison pictures ever made. And “Locked Up Abroad: Midnight Express” (8 p.m., National Geographic) repeats tonight.
Horoscopes for June 8
June 8, 2011
This year, you sense an unusual amount of conflict surrounding you. If you listen, you might find a common theme or thread. Perhaps you are giving off mixed signals. If you are single, you meet people with ease, though it could be difficult this year to form a long-term bond. If you are attached, the two of you need lots of downtime together to deepen the bond and each other’s understanding of one another. Virgo can be touchy.