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A Hindu Wedding on the Kaw The day in photos, May 17, 2011 2011 boys 6A regional golf
Do you think Josh Selby will be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 749
Would you consider visiting the Flint Hills for a vacation?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, it doesn’t seem like a good vacation spot
Yes, I’ve been before and would visit again
I’ve never been but would like to go
Total 710

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Lawrence police officer Laurie Scott, center, takes information from Haskell student Joelle Mansfield while investigating a report on a possibly stolen bike that was found locked in front of Tommaney Library Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Police department requests $1.2 million funding increase to create more positions
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
In the three months since he was tapped to lead the Lawrence Police Department, chief Tarik Khatib has often mentioned one statistic. In 1999 the department had 79 patrol positions — the same number it is allotted today. The other point he mentions is that Lawrence’s crime rate is higher than that in Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa in Johnson County and university communities, such as Norman, Okla., and Boulder, Colo.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Property taxes, water rates and employee health plans the big issues for City Commission’s 2012 budget talks
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It is budget season at Lawrence City Hall, which means it also is a season full of questions that often have dollar signs attached to them. Commissioners at a Tuesday afternoon study session will begin crafting a budget for 2012, and they’ll do so with what has become a standard warning from the city manager.
2:00 p.m.
About 5,000 customers lost power around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Westar crews restored power to most customers around 7:45 a.m. Crews at the power station near Sixth and Kentucky streets were working to repair the issue around 8 a.m. Sunday. Westar cites aging lines as cause for Sunday’s power outages downtown
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
No cinnamon rolls. No croissants. No coffee. And Chuck Magerl, proprietor of WheatFields Bakery, considers himself lucky that the power went off when it did — warming his refrigerators, cooling his ovens and otherwise fouling batches upon batches of baked goods this past Sunday morning. Disaster averted, at least for now.
6:00 p.m.
BlueJacket Crossing's 2009 vintage of the Off-Dry Vignoles was a gold medal winner at the Finger Lake's International Wine Competition. Grape stomp: Eudora’s BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery takes home a gold medal at an international wine competition
May 17, 2011
A gold medal is vernacular in any competition for the best of the best — even if you’re talking about wine.

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Painful chapter
Westar Energy now is being forced to negotiate huge compensation packages for the former leaders that drove the company into financial ruin.
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
We share Westar’s pain.