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On the street
Has your city of Lawrence tap water had a strange taste or odor the past few days?

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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Pharmacist Ken Wood and Alicia Norton fill prescriptions  for patients at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. The on-site pharmacy helps create a one-stop shop for patients. Underground prescription drugs an ‘epidemic’
June 10, 2012
On a daily basis, people in Lawrence engage in an underground economy of selling and buying prescription pain medications, said a Douglas County mother of two.
10:00 a.m.
Five-year-old Gillian Sellet, center, lights up as she and other young children gather to look at classic pieces of art while listening to poetry  during Kidsapalooza June 4 at the Lawrence Public Library. Kidsapalooza is one of many events hosted by the library that are designed to keep kids intellectually engaged during the summer months. Programs aim to plug brain drain
June 10, 2012
On a sunny afternoon, children were inside throwing pieces of felt in the air, gluing abstract cutout shapes to paper and designing nature collages with leaves, branches and twigs. As the group of 5- and 6-year-olds was learning about famous modern artists at the Lawrence Public Library, they also were practicing the skills they had spent the previous nine months acquiring in school.
2:00 p.m.
University of Kansas Professor Emeritus of Art Elden Tefft stands by a fullsize wax sculpture of his Sandrat statue. The statue will stand about 3 feet tall and will sit on a curved limestone bench which spans 12 feet. The proposed site for the sculpture and plaza is near the new hydroelectric plant currently under construction on the north bank of the Kaw River. Home sought for sandrat sculpture
June 10, 2012
A proposal is being considered to install a sandrat sculpture on the north bank of the Kansas River, just east of the Massachusetts Street bridge.
6:00 p.m.
Jay Lovett, a water treatment technician for the city of Lawrence, collects a sample of water at the Kaw River Water Treatment Plant, on Monday June 11, 2012. Some people have complained drinking water has an odd taste and smell. Officials say it's caused by geosmin, which is a by-product of dead algae that accumulate at Clinton Lake and sometimes in the Kansas River. City officials working to pinpoint cause of odd odor, taste in drinking water; safety not a concern, they say
June 11, 2012
Officials at the city’s two water treatment plants are running tests today to determine what is causing odd taste and odor issues with the city’s drinking water, but are confident the water remains safe to consume.
10:00 p.m.
Mike Tennyson, owner and baker at Munchers Bakery, 925 Iowa, prepares some strawberry and cream-cheese pastries while working his overnight shift recently. Offbeat Occupations: Munchers baker owns the night
June 10, 2012
It’s the drunks who come at night. They stagger in bleary-eyed, fix their gaze on the wood display case and cast a slurred order at the person behind the counter. The person behind the counter is often Mike Tennyson, owner of Munchers Bakery, 925 Iowa.

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Man injured in Highway 59 accident last week now in fair condition
June 11, 2012
David Guenther, a 59-year-old rural Lawrence man injured in an accident last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 59, was in fair condition Monday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Franklin County scrap-metal theives caught thanks to eagle-eyed resident, police say
June 11, 2012
Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry said a watchful resident helped officers identify two suspects in a scrap-metal theft north of Ottawa last week. The resident called sheriff’s officers about noon Thursday to report a suspicious vehicle in the 3800 block of Reno Road, at an abandoned farmstead now used for storage.
Woman charged with DUI, claims she swerved to ‘avoid bunny’
June 11, 2012
Lawrence police arrested a 21-year-old Lawrence woman for DUI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident early Monday after a crash in the 4100 block of West 24th Street.
Two people arrested after being found on roof of Lippincott Hall
June 11, 2012
Kansas University police took two people to jail and cited two others for criminal trespassing after officers found four people early Saturday on the roof of Lippincott Hall, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd.
Pump Patrol
June 11, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.33 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Prosecutors still pondering action in case of gun in KU dorm room
Student’s legal right to possess weapon not entirely clear
June 11, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors are still reviewing whether to file charges against a 22-year-old Kansas University student who was accused of possessing a gun inside his scholarship hall room in April.
Lineman Chad Kolumber bolts
June 11, 2012
The parade out of Lawrence grew by one recently when Kansas University offensive lineman Chad Kolumber decided to transfer to Richmond.
LB Schyler Miles happily trades surf for turf
11:40 p.m., June 11, 2012 Updated 11:20 a.m.
It may sound crazy, but Schyler Miles could not wait to leave his home state of Florida for his new home in Kansas.
Making the grade: Perry Ellis averaged 25.8 PPG, 4.0 GPA
June 11, 2012
McDonald’s All-American Perry Ellis, the all-time leading scorer in Wichita City League history, capped his Wichita Heights basketball career by winning his fourth straight state championship and fourth-straight Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
Expert testifies in school finance case
June 11, 2012
The second week of a trial over the way Kansas funds public schools opened Monday with testimony from a Rutgers University expert who said a “suitable education” involves more than just proficiency in math and reading.
School district may have extra $1.5M
June 11, 2012
The Lawrence school board could have some additional budget funds to allocate for the 2012-13 school year after some new changes go into effect, including one that increases the amount of money paid per pupil by the state by $58, district officials said Monday.
Lawrence doesn’t plan to buy more road salt
June 11, 2012
Public Works officials at both the city of Lawrence and Douglas County said they have not seen a drop in salt prices from their suppliers.
Some cities are stockpiling road salt
June 11, 2012
Iowa is stockpiling salt for winter even before summer arrives. Although the state is coming off one of the mildest winters on record, officials aren’t taking any chances. They’re preparing for blizzards and snow-covered roads.
Southern Miss track coach cheering for KU’s Andrea Geubelle in Olympic trials
07:02 p.m., June 11, 2012 Updated 09:45 a.m.
Kansas University junior Andrea Geubelle is looking ahead to the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. (June 23 preliminaries, June 25 finals), where she has a realistic chance to leap long enough to earn the chance to represent the United States in London (Aug. 3 preliminaries, Aug. 5 finals).
Police investigate shots fired after altercation in south Lawrence
June 11, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating an altercation Sunday night in south Lawrence in which gunshots were fired in a parking lot.
One person transported to hospital after one-car rollover accident west of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 40
04:45 p.m., June 11, 2012 Updated 10:07 p.m.
Emergency personnel are responding to a one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence.
State law would make Lawrence wait two years to start curbside recycling program
June 11, 2012
A little-known state law will prevent Lawrence from starting a citywide curbside recycling program for at least two years.
Candidate crush at Secretary of State’s office
June 11, 2012
Dozens of candidates on Monday crowded the lobby of the Memorial Building to beat the noon deadline and file for newly drawn congressional and legislative offices.
Police examining if weekend suspect is tied to recent rash of burglaries
02:57 p.m., June 11, 2012 Updated 04:22 p.m.
Lawrence police early Saturday morning arrested a 32-year-old Lawrence man on aggravated burglary and theft charges.
City officials working to pinpoint cause of odd odor, taste in drinking water; safety not a concern, they say
June 11, 2012
Officials at the city’s two water treatment plants are running tests today to determine what is causing odd taste and odor issues with the city’s drinking water, but are confident the water remains safe to consume.
Airbus: No interest in Boeing’s Kan. facility
June 11, 2012
A top official at Airbus says the Boeing Co.’s decision to close its Wichita plant will likely have a favorable impact on Airbus operations.
State Rep. Landwehr drops bid for Senate
June 11, 2012
Conservative Kansas state Rep. Brenda Landwehr has dropped her bid to unseat moderate Republican Sen. Jean Schodorf after being drawn out of Schodorf’s district in Wichita.
Fire forces family out of duplex in northern Lawrence
June 11, 2012
A fire Saturday afternoon at a duplex in northern Lawrence displaced a family of four.
Kansas AG Schmidt pays $644K to defend state abortion laws
June 11, 2012
The Kansas attorney general’s office paid outside lawyers more than $644,000 to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year.
Brownback to speak at national anti-abortion event
June 11, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to address the closing banquet of a national anti-abortion group’s convention later this month.
Town Talk: City may have to wait two years before it can start curbside recycling; details of potential curbside program emerge; city to also discuss mandatory trash carts
June 11, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: KU professor among those trying to fight off cheating on tests; KU student wins Miss Kansas pageant; students win scholarships thanks to discrimination settlement
June 11, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence Laundry: Summer wedding style
June 11, 2012
There are certain stages in life during which all your friends have these grand ideas to move to big cities or to get married or to have babies.
Remnant Rehab: Make your own lawn game
June 11, 2012
I was looking for a game to make for a recent backyard party. What I wanted to make was skee ball, but after coming up with a couple of sketches, it seemed like it would be too much sawing for my skill level.
‘Bunheads’ connects generations
June 11, 2012
Having cornered the market on the petulant teen/tween melodrama, ABC Family takes a crack at the multigenerational female bonding dramedy. And who better to create and produce it than Amy Sherman-Palladino, the force behind “Gilmore Girls”?
25 years ago: KU confirms new plans for old reactor facility
June 11, 2012
Plans for the building still needed approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
40 years ago: Legendary LHS gymnastics coach remembered
June 11, 2012
L. R. “Dad” Perry passed away this week at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Voters looking for ‘a driving dream’
June 11, 2012 in print edition on A8
A lot of high-priced consultants are gathering quietly now, plotting how to retain control of the government or to capture Washington. At great cost per hour, they are poring over data, consulting poll findings, weighing demographic and geographic considerations, drawing up scenarios for how Barack Obama should portray his handling of foreign affairs and whom Mitt Romney should select for his running mate.
Make healthy meals fun
New presentations, kitchen involvement make kids more apt to try foods
June 11, 2012
Four-year-old Audrey Montgomery didn’t always like salad. “She just wouldn’t try it,” said her mother, Kris Adair, Lawrence. “It was just not appealing to her.”
Delicious/Nutritious: Varied berry options
June 11, 2012
Strawberries are in season, and the official snack of Wimbledon tennis tournament spectators (with cream, of course). Regardless of whether you’re a tennis fan, you’re in for a treat with these strawberry recipes.
Everyday Life: You must wake up from this dream
June 11, 2012
Let’s talk about George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch guy in Florida who gunned down Trayvon Martin, the kid who was armed with a bag of Skittles, a can of iced tea, and a cellphone.
100 years ago: Early version of fireworks ban to go into effect after the Fourth
June 11, 2012
“The ‘Sane Fourth’ ordinance is passed but it will not go into effect this year.”
Double Take: Alternatives to college
Not every teen takes the same path after high school, but continued education is necessary
June 11, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Miranda: In your graduation column, you gave general words of encouragement to high school grads and Miranda addressed those going to college. But not everyone goes to college, and of the ones who do, not everyone finishes. I was wondering if you could write a column for those kids.
Fix-It Chick: Remove a T-post 3 ways
June 11, 2012
Metal T-posts are by far the easiest way to install a fence, but removing the post can be problematic.
River City Jules: Ground rules for crowd-surfing
June 11, 2012
My husband might not be as young as he was 20 years ago, and his tolerance for warm beer, deafening music and standing in one place for a long period of time may have diminished some, but at heart he is the same hard-rocking, head-banging, concert-going guy I fell in love with during the final months of Bush’s (dad’s) presidency.
Horoscope for June 11
June 11, 2012
For Monday, June 11: This year you learn to let go even more. Make it OK for both sides of the Twins to voice their thoughts. If you are single, you could meet someone very sensitive. If you are attached, what you say and what you do often reveal different agendas.