<I>Why are the tennis shoes hanging over the power lines down at 17th and Kentucky streets and sometimes down at 14th and 13th streets at Kentucky Street? Are they a sign of gang activity?</I>
City officials say they don't know the significance.
"We have been fielding calls asking the same question from time to time," said Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin. "We do not know the source of the shoes or any significance associated with them. I, too, have heard the rumors, but, I have never heard such a claim verified by any reliable source or gang member."