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Steve Vockrodt

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Festival speakers promote environmental awareness
June 9, 2007
The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival isn’t all about rock tunes and tents. Friday, the second day of the festival, showed it’s also about straight talk on the environment.
A Relay for Life, a relay for hope
Cancer survivors take ceremonial lap at fundraiser
June 9, 2007
For Dale Bellinger, early detection of lung cancer four years ago gave him his best chance at surviving, even if the detection was unintentional.
Bands fuel funky fun
Police presence down on first day of event
June 8, 2007
If the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival means rock concerts, camping out and environmentalism, then Michael Rouse may be the embodiment of Wakarusa’s spirit.
Downtown film noir festival kicks off
June 8, 2007
The large gray wall on the north side of the downtown parking garage now has an entertaining purpose.
Lawrence area under tornado watch
Festival-goers advised to ‘hunker down’ in severe weather
June 7, 2007
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch this afternoon that includes Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth and Johnson counties. The watch, which means weather conditions are favorable for producing storms that could produce tornado, is in effect until 10 p.m.
Residents travel to Germany for celebration of sister cities
June 7, 2007
About 20 Lawrence residents felt at home in their sister city Eutin, Germany. They ate Kansas City-style barbecue, sang “Home on the Range” and drank German beer Wednesday night during a welcome party. The party served as a reaffirmation of the bond between the two cities. It also couldn’t have had better timing.
Power outage caused by winds
June 7, 2007
Strong southerly winds caused at least 2,500 Douglas County residents to lose electricity Wednesday afternoon. A majority of the power outage was in central Lawrence, where traffic lights were out on some stretches of Ninth and Sixth streets east of Iowa Street.
Festival ready to rock
Wakarusa kicks off 4-day event
June 7, 2007
The four-day Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, which in years past has brought thousands of people - and positive and negative attention - to the area, strikes the first chord at 8 a.m. today at Clinton Lake. And with so many activities going on during the festival, organizers don’t want participants to forget about the festival’s main attraction.
Campus for the future
Research park teams K-State, bioscience effort
June 6, 2007
It took $10 to put Olathe on the map of bioscience research. That’s how much the Kansas City suburb was paid to deed over 92 acres of land that will become a bioscience research park, life science business incubator and Kansas State University satellite campus.
Emissions limits could be costly
June 6, 2007
The amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted into the atmosphere by the Lawrence Energy Center has raised environmental concerns. Among those worried are Lawrence residents Ray Dean and his wife, Sarah, who filed a lawsuit last week against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which monitors air quality.

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