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July 29th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Just before 2:30 a.m., Lawrence Police responded to both of the Wal-Mart stores in town after both reported receiving threats. There were not many details aired over the radios, other than to say that the caller was a male in both phone calls. Dispatchers also indicated that one of the callers was reported to possibly be "mental". There was no indication as to whether or not it was the same caller to both stores, The first call to the Wal-Mart store at 550 Convressional Drive was dispatched to officers at 2:27 a.m.. The second call was dispatched at 2:29 a.m., to the Wal-Mart store at 3300 Iowa Street. It did not sound as though any special precautions were taken at either location. As of this report, no other details were available. Check back with the Lawrence Journal-World later this morning for additional information, should there be anything to report.

Elsewhere this morning, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the Wal-Mart at 5000 10th Avenue also received a telephone threat just before 4 a.m.. Officers quickly responded and were able to report the scene "clear" as of 4:30 a.m.. Again, no further details were immediately available.

More information on all three of the Walmart threat incidents can be found here from Operation 100 News.

Back in Lawrence, Police also responded on three reported disturbances, and two fireworks complaints. No serious injuries were reported.

At 5:20 a.m., Officers were called to the area of W 28th Street and Kasold Drive on reports of a Prowler. The caller only reported that it was believe a subject was possibly in the backyard, "looking into windows." There were no reports of any damage or of anything taken from the property.

None of this morning's activity was said to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 28th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence firefighters were kept pretty active this morning.

Around 1:45 a.m., crews were called to an address in the 2300 block of Ridge Court on a report of a fire alarm sounding and reports of smoke. After making access to the building's basement firefighters determined the alarm was set off after someone used a fire extinguisher. The structure fire response was cancelled with only one fire unit remaining on scene to reset the alarm.

Around 2 a.m., one fire crew was dispatched to investigate a fire alarm sounding at an address in the 2300 block of Packer Road, north of the Turnpike. Shortly after arriving on that scene the crew requested the incident be upgraded to a structure fire response. Several of the units were already out of the station due to the earlier structure fire call and were able to quickly go responding. Initial reports from employees was of a fire in the warehouse. By 2:26 a.m., firefighters reported the structure to be "all clear" and that all employees were accounted for. The fire was reported to be under control at 2:34 a.m.. There were no reports of any injuries and no reports of anything even being visible from outside of the building.

Lawrence Police responded on several disturbances this morning. One of which was reported to have involved up to 20 people fighting. None of the disturbances were reported to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 27th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police conducted just almost 10 vehicle stops this morning.

Officers responded on what was reported to be a possible prowler. The caller reported an unknown subject looking into a window of their home. The subject was last seen running away from the address. Police only seemed to have a vague description of the man.

Eudora Police conducted a vehicle stop on K-10 near mile marker 13 before 3 a.m.. Police found that the license plate on the vehicle had been altered and the driver was also driving while suspended. The driver was arrested on charges for both offenses.

Shortly before 4 a.m., Officers received information on a non-injury accident in the 1500 block of Kentucky.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 26th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Around 1:40 this morning, Police were called to the 2300 block of W 26th Street after a report of two males breaking windows of vehicles and stealing items from inside. Officers arrived about a minute after being dispatched. A few seconds later officers reported two males running through the parking lot. Both men were captured and taken into custody about two minutes later. It was not immediately clear how many vehicles were broken into and/or damaged in the incident.

The rest of the morning's activity mostly centered around the passing weather. More on this morning's weather can be found here from my earlier report for the Lawrence Journal-World.

One accident was reported this morning around 7:40 a.m., in the 200 block of N Iowa Street. Police arrived on scene of what was believed to be a non-injury accident, when asked if they would like Fire/Medical to respond, one of the involved requested a medic unit. Medics responded to the scene around 7:50 a.m., no serious injuries were reported.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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Nearly 3,500 in Douglas County lose power overnight; service restored

6:30am - Electricity to the remaining 10 customers has been restored. Currently no outages reported in Douglas County.

5:15am - Westar Energy's website now shows only 10 customers without power.

5:07am - Westar Energy's latest update has dropped the number of customers without power to 1,835. Also added a rainfall total map from the National Weather Service. These are radar indicated totals, so they may not be exact. Map is accurate as of 5 a.m..

4:45am - Lawrence Fire has arrived on scene after a report of arcing power lines near the intersection of W 23rd and Ousdahl Road. Westar Energy arrived a short time later and the fire crew cleared from the scene. Outage numbers have dropped by one in the past hour. Now sitting at 3,457.

Kansas City Power & Light has also now updated their website to show one outage in south Douglas County, zip code 66006.

4:06am - This morning's storms are believed to be responsible for knocking out power to just under 3,500 Westar Energy customers this morning in Lawrence.

Earlier this morning, around 2 a.m., Westar was only showing one customer without power in eastern Lawrence. After 3:30 a.m., that number jumped to 95. As of 4 a.m., that number has jumped to 3,458. According to Westar Energy's website the majority of those outages are in central Lawrence.

The National Weather Service office in Topeka has not issued any watches or warnings for any of the passing storms. Everything is well below severe limits currently. Should something develop and there is a watch or warning issued, check back here for the latest.

Operation 100 News on Facebook and on Twitter for real time breaking news updates.

Screenshot of preliminary rainfall totals in the past 12 hours in Douglas County from the National Weather Service. These numbers are radar indicated and are approximate. As of 5 a.m., July 26, 2012.

Screenshot of preliminary rainfall totals in the past 12 hours in Douglas County from the National Weather Service. These numbers are radar indicated and are approximate. As of 5 a.m., July 26, 2012. by Mike Frizzell

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July 25th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police responded on one battery this morning. Officers also responded on a reported burglary and conducted three vehicle stops.

KUPD conducted a few vehicle stops of their own as well as several building checks.

None of this morning's activity was said to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 24th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Police responded on two reported burglaries this morning, and two disturbances. Officers also checked for a fireworks complaint and conducted several vehicle stops throughout Lawrence.

LDCFM responded on at least two medical emergencies as well.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 23rd Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police conducted at least six vehicle stops this morning. Officers also responded on two disturbance calls, both were reported to be domestic related.

Fire/Medical also responded on several medical emergencies.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 22nd Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Fireworks complaints were the most common calls this morning throughout Lawrence. The earliest that I heard was just after I began listening at 1:30 a.m.. The most last was reported just before 4:15 a.m.. In all Police responded on four complaints regarding fireworks, two of those were initially reported to be gunshots. Officers determined that all were nothing more than fireworks.

After 2 a.m., Police responded on two disturbances, one of which was reported to be domestic related and resulted in an arrest.

Police handled at least two noise complaints. One was said to be loud music, the other was a loud party.

Officers also responded on three medical emergencies with LDCFM.

Douglas County Deputies conducted two vehicle stops with the assistance of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. Both were suspected intoxicated drivers called in by other motorists. Deputies were able to catch up with both vehicles and none of the drivers were found to be intoxicated.

None of this morning's activity was said to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 21st Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Another pretty calm morning in Lawrence. No significant fires or incidents to report.

Police in Lawrence conducted four vehicle stops, and responded on four disturbances.

KUPD reported one arrest for OUI and Unlawful use of a Driver's License.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 20th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Things were fairly calm this morning. Nothing too out of the ordinary for an early Friday.

Police conducted six vehicle stops this morning. One of those resulted in an arrest of a subject with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He has also been charged with Interference with the Duties of an Officer.

That was really about it, a few reckless driving complaints and one disturbance. None of this morning's activity was said to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 19th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Shortly after 2:20 a.m., Firefighters from several township fire departments responded to an address in the 500 block of N 1200 Road for a report of a barn fire. First crews on the scene reported that the "smaller barn structure" was fully involved in flames. Tender (water tanker) units from at least two townships responded to assist with a water supply to fight the fire. No injuries were reported and no word if this morning's weather played a role in sparking the blaze.

Almost two hours later, around 4:15 a.m. as crews were beginning to clear from the Clinton township fire, emergency dispatchers received a report from a passerby of a residential structure fire in the 800 block of N 1850 Road, between Lawrence and Lecompton. Deputies arrived on scene first and reported that the rear of the house had flames showing from the both levels. Fire crews arrived, reported the same findings and began attacking the blaze. A countywide Tender (water tanker) response was ordered for a water supply. Crews began clearing from that scene around 6 a.m.. Initial reports indicated that the home was believed to be vacant. Again, no injuries were reported and no word on what may have caused the fire. More on this fire can be found here from the Lawrence Journal-World.

Back in Lawrence, throughout the early morning hours Police were dealing with several weather related issues. Most included the power outage, which at one point LJW reported were near 3,500 customers. Officers checked on and reported several traffic signal outages. Police also responded on numerous burglary alarms triggered by the power outage and other weather related issues.

Officers also made an arrest involving burglary of a vehicle and unrelated arrests for an outstanding warrant and another for stalking.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have resulted in any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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Live from Mass Street: J-W staffers search for deals

Jon: Bizarre bargains, 7:30 p.m.

After taking a break to get out of the heat, I came across a booth outside of Wonder Fair, which had some locally made, hand-drawn comics. I thought my collection of purchases could use some reading material, so I picked up a hilarious comic called “Cat People” for $1.84. Well worth it.

With the temperatures being so sweltering, next thing I targeted was some kind of refreshment. I thought Cosmos, the new Indian goods store new to downtown, would have an unusual selection. I was hoping some kind of a curry soda would be for sale, but a spice soda was close enough. I also picked up a can of an ice cream flavored soda that sounded ... interesting. Total: $2.

My last stop of the day was to be Urban Outfitters, which also happened to be my first stop over 12 hours earlier. No lines this time, so I got to sort through the bins of sale items earlier shoppers left behind. I picked up the mug I had my eye on earlier that you not only drink from but that teaches you how to do the robot. $3.49. With the sun setting and me already having a good-sized haul, I was still over $4 short of my $20 budget. I saw a pair aviator sunglasses with American flag lenses at Urban earlier that were $14. They would kill my budget but were tacky enough to be perfect for this project, so I had to have them. I decided just to pay the difference out of my own pocket. They'll come in handy when rooting for Team USA come Olympics time. If I learned anything today, it's that it's hard to spend $20 on cheap, weird stuff that's not exactly for everyone. But it's a challenge I'd love to take up again next year.

Ali: Post-mortem, 6:30 p.m.

Even though I had purchased my $20 worth of items, I decided to venture out one more time after work.

The crowds had calmed down for the most part, but there were still quite a few weathered stragglers.

After sitting in an air-conditioned office at work all day, the still-too-hot weather sent me cowardly sulking back to my car a mere 10 minutes later (Boohoo).

Overall, it was a pretty good day, and I got a quality outfit at a good price. I have to admit, though, I was expecting more bang for my buck as far as deals go. Maybe the discounts on clothing aren’t as steep as some other categories. In any case, I’m pleased will be putting off laundry for at least one more day.

Katie: The good sport, 4:25 p.m.

After a scouting run this morning, I headed back out shopping after lunch.

With only $20, I wasn't sure I could get much in the way of sporting goods, so I was glad I had looked around.

Here's what I ended up with:

  • Pink sweatband and red and white star bandana, $5, MissFortune's Creation Station. The bandana satisfies my search for something patriotic to wear during the Olympics.

  • Kansas University shirt for $10 at Jock's Nitch.

At this point, I didn't think I could find anything else for just $5, so I bought a $10 long-sleeved T-shirt at Sunflower Bike and Outdoors. I also picked up $6 bike gloves for a friend there, but they didn't have any in my size for that cheap.

But on my way back to work, I decided I to stay true to the $20 budget and picked one more thing, so I'm not counting the previous T-shirt and bike gloves.

  • KU hat, $5, Lids. I spied a Kansas State University hat hidden on the $5 rack, if you're into that sort of thing.

So, in total, I officially spent $20.39 for my work challenge, but with the bike shorts and tea I purchased this morning plus the extra T-shirt and gloves, I spent about $100 of my own money, most of which I would have spent sometime in the near future if not today.

Today's sales, combined with my previous experiences, reinforced that the most plentiful deals at the sidewalk sale are usually on apparel and accessories, and that goes for athletics-related searches as well.

Sara: Same chair at Sunflower Bike, new guy in it

If you’ve been by Sunflower Bike yet today, you may have noticed that the guy on the pedestal-thingy isn’t the usual guy on the pedestal-thingy.

For the first time in more than 10 years, veteran megaphone-yeller Wade Veazy couldn’t make it. He now lives in Salida, Colo., where he owns his own bike shop, Sunflower owner Dan Hughes says. So, although he has made it the past several third Thursdays in July, it’s kind of a long hike.

But Sunflower still has the infamous chair, and as they do every year, they pulled it out of the basement for the sidewalk sale. This year, though, bike mechanic Willie Stein took the post instead.

“Somebody handed him the megaphone today, and the rest, I think, is history,” said fellow employee Joe Sweet, adding that Stein seems to be doing OK up there. “He’s got a shade umbrella and plenty of water — and he’s full of youthful energy.”

Sunflower Outdoor and Bike mechanic Willie Stein announces deals from atop a makeshift lifeguard chair outside the bike shop during the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Sunflower Outdoor and Bike mechanic Willie Stein announces deals from atop a makeshift lifeguard chair outside the bike shop during the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. by Sara Shepherd

Ali: Outfit complete, and only a dollar over budget, 1:55 p.m.

At 5:30 this morning, my best friend and I walked a bit bleary-eyed into The Gap, which was bumping the Black Eyed Peas over the intercom. Ladies, fresh out of bed and on their first cups of coffee, shook their hips side-to-side and nodded their heads while shuffling through rack upon rack of discounted clothes.

We buzzed through the store quickly with wandering eyes to see if anything immediately jumped out as a “must have.” They had some cool shoes on sale for $10, but this was my first stop! I couldn’t snatch this deal yet.

We made our way down the street and stopped at Miss Fortune’s Creation Station, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike (friend bought some hiking boots for 30% off), Brown’s Shoe Store, Sharks, Third Planet, Arizona Trading Company, Urban Outfitters and Kieu’s.

Urban Outfitters takes the cake for most dedicated shoppers. There was no way I was going to wait in an hour-long line to pay.

Kieu’s was our final stop, and there, I found both of my treasures: some tight, red pants and a green/blue color-blocked tank. Both items were $9.99, so with tax, I ended up spending $21 and some change.

Ali's just-over-$20 outfit from the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

Ali's just-over-$20 outfit from the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale by Mike Yoder

All this shopping and I was still able to get to work by 8 a.m.!

Nick: Lessons learned on a hot day, 1:53 p.m.

As I sit here, sipping a chocolate martini at the Bourgeois Pig, reflecting on the day thus far, I have a few hints to share.

The DVD selection at Liberty Hall is far smaller than that at Game Nut, but priced the same and if much higher quality. They are also witty conversationalists. Their sale caused me to go over-budget by $1, but when you're getting Black Dynamite for $3, budget be damned.

A quick, easy, and novel lunch idea is to grab two samosas and an imported soda from the Indian shop next to Arizona Trading Company. Two samosas for $1.99, and you can get Thums Up cola, a spiced soda, or something that supposedly tastes like ice cream for a buck. The chutney that comes with your samosas is pretty deliciously spicy.

Lastly, stay away from the alleys. The only smell worse than garbage is hot garbage.

Sara: 1 p.m. home decor report, great finds but bring more than $20

If you’re in the market for statement stuff rather than odds and ends like candles or paper coasters, $20 won’t get you a lot of home decor items, or anything really big. But I did find a handful of tempting things this morning — and the two I bought (for a total of $28, oops) are unique.

Home decor finds from the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale: vintage tablecloth from Blackbird Trading Post ($16) and 8-by-10-inch buffalo print, by Austin-based artist Leah Duncan, from Wonder Fair ($12)

Home decor finds from the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale: vintage tablecloth from Blackbird Trading Post ($16) and 8-by-10-inch buffalo print, by Austin-based artist Leah Duncan, from Wonder Fair ($12) by Mike Yoder

Thing 1: An 8-by-10 Leah Duncan print from Wonder Fair. At 40 percent off, it was $12 plus tax. I like it because it’s a little bit western but also a little bit weird. Duncan is an Austin-based illustrator and textile designer.

Thing 2: A vintage floral tablecloth — red, green, pale yellow and gray, 1940s-ish — at Blackbird Trading Post. At 20 percent off, I paid $16 plus tax. I have a small collection of these I never use, so naturally I figured I should buy another one.

A few more household items that may still be out there for the taking: • $12 bar tool set at Sweet. But last time I found myself in want of a bar tool, it was a zester. This set didn’t include one, so I left it there. • Celadon-colored ceramic bowl at Phoenix gallery for $14. If it had been a vase (useful) or a larger (more color), I would have taken it home. • Pink McCoy pottery vase with a bird on it. Also vintage. Only $15 at Blackbird. So cute! So something I don’t know what I'd do with!

This pink McCoy pottery vase was marked down to $15 at Blackbird Trading Post during the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

This pink McCoy pottery vase was marked down to $15 at Blackbird Trading Post during the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. by Sara Shepherd

As far as practical items at great prices — Weavers is where it’s at. Quality (even luxury, you could say) sheet sets marked down, plus bath towels and mats half off. They even had a few sets of extra-long twin sheets if you’ve got dorm-bound teens.

Nick: Music lovers' paradise at Love Garden with 3000 LPs for a dollar

It's odd being on both the retailer and customer sides of the sidewalk sale. Hopefully, it makes me a better customer. As it was, I popped out on a break to attack the 3000 LPs Love Garden had dropped down to a dollar. Should anyone be looking to add some classic rock to their collection, it's a gold mine. Some diamonds hidden amongst the coal included the Del Fuegos' Boston Mass, as well as a healthy number of Blondie and Lords of the New Church records. Everything in the store is also 15 percent off (12 percent with debit or credit), for those not willing to dig.

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Katie: Sporting update, 11 a.m.

I was out for two and a half hours this morning and didn't break into my $20 budget for sporting goods. Not to say I didn't buy anything — I got bike shorts for 10 percent off at Sunflower Bike and Outdoors, which were way over my J-W-granted budget but sorely needed (pun not intended but appropriate). I also got some tea at Au Marché, which was not on sale, but I'll need it to stay awake this afternoon.

There are some deals to be had out there, certainly. Sunflower Bike has kayaks on sale for 20 percent off. Their sales crier said that makes them about $300, which he claimed was about the same amount you'd pay for an Xbox, but with a kayak you get to enjoy the outdoors. Everything inside the store is 10 percent off, including bikes. Outside, there are cycling shoes for 50 percent off, winter coats and clothes, Smartwool accessories, helmets, women's swim suits and more. The stuff outside is 30 percent to 75 percent off.

There is Jayhawk gear aplenty up and down Mass. Street. Lids has KU hats and visors for $5, and KU shirts for as low as $2.50, which was the cheapest I saw.

For apparel you'd wear while being athletic, Francis Sporting Goods has plenty of shirts, both regular T-shirts and the sweat-wicking kind. Garry Gribble's Running Sports has a lot of women's clothes on sale, including sports bras, which is a great deal if you need one. The clothes were $15 for the first item, $10 for the second item, and if I recall correctly, that was the same for the sports bras.

I wanted to get something related to the upcoming London Olympics but didn't find much. Brits says their Olympics shirts are stuck in customs, but they hope they will be in the store sometime before or during the games. Garry Gribble's has some USA shirts for $30, but that was over my budget.

I'm taking a break from shopping to cool off in the News Center and get some work done, but I'll head back out this afternoon to spend the J-W's money. Now that I have an idea of what's out there, I hope it won't take me long.

Stay cool, shoppers. There are free water bottles at Ninth and Mass. streets in front of US Bank, and 3 Spoons, in the 700 block of Mass., is a designated cooling station with free water and air conditioning.

10:52 HQ update:

Photographer Mike Yoder was out early this morning taking pictures of early risers. He posted a photo gallery of his work. Were you one of these brave souls?

Nick: Budget busting vinyl

While I wasn't able to be out and among the throng at first light, I managed to steal off to Urban Outfitters at 8:00 a.m. I wanted to get in before the 50% off ended at 10, and also snag some vinyl before the sun warped it beyond playability. For the princely sum of $16.23, I walked off with LPs by the Phracyde, the Big Pink, and Thurston Moore. My budget was strained due to assuming everything was the same price.

Jon: Weird science

Line inside Urban Outfitters.

Line inside Urban Outfitters. by Jon Ralston

Sidewalk Sale day has gradually become one of my favorite days of the year since I moved to Lawrence full-time nearly six years ago. I live downtown, so whenever there's a major event (4th of July, KU Final Four celebrations, etc.) I feel like I have a home-field advantage as it's all happening literally around the corner from my apartment. I never have to worry about parking, and I never have an excuse not to check this stuff out.

In Sidewalk Sale days past, I enjoyed checking it out and being amongst the masses but never really bought anything. Until last year. I gave myself an assignment to make it more fun and to motivate myself to actually buy something. So I decided to buy the cheapest, weirdest stuff I could find. Before I set out, I thought up the most bizarre thing I could think of that some vendor might actually have: A Snooki doll. And after a whole day of searching, I actually found one at Urban Outfitters. And it TALKS!, saying such Snooki gems as "pickles are my thing" and "I'm not trashy... unless I drink too much." I was giddy, and I decided I wanted to do the same thing this year. The Journal-World is giving me $20 to find the weirdest, most bizarre things I can find, and I don't plan to disappoint.

Coming off an all-nighter and fueled by Red Bull, I set out Thursday morning at sunrise on my mission to find the most-unusual. I started at Urban Outfitters, expecting a massive line inside and out and that's what I found. I spent a few minutes checking out their selection of ugly tank tops and mugs that have instructions about how to do the Robot. The line was at least an hour wait, so I'll go back later in the day when there is no wait (and things are marked down even more).

I headed down Mass. and stopped at Game Nut, where they have their usual tables of hundreds upon hundreds of used DVDs and video games. For some reason, a (brand new!) Blu-ray of a Matthew McConaughey movie I've never heard of called "Surfer, Dude" stood out. It looked awful. I had to have it. And I'm still trying to wrap my head around the tag line: "Love and waves, that's what we need in these dark days." $3 spent on my first bizarre purchase.

I made my way down to Miss Fortune's Creation Station where a bowl full of monster, zombie and narwhal finger puppets caught my eye. Only 50 cents each. I bought four and have have some tiny new friends.

Finger-puppet friends from Miss Fortune's.

Finger-puppet friends from Miss Fortune's. by Jon Ralston

Christmas ornament/neck wear/nightmare fuel from Hobbs.

Christmas ornament/neck wear/nightmare fuel from Hobbs. by Jon Ralston

Hobbs was my last stop of the morning, and they have a reputation for selling weird stuff every day of the year, not just on Sidewalk Sale day, so I had high expectations. Their selection didn't seem to be as big as in years past, but they had a whole table of cheesy Christmas ornaments — a goldmine for anyone who celebrates Christmas in July, I suppose. One of the sellers was wearing a large one around his neck — something that looked straight out of a nightmare episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It was $10, a little steep for my budget, so I settled on a blingy gold watch ornament and Pink Panther ornament. $3.27.

With half my budget spent and the Red Bull wearing off, I'm calling it quits for the morning, but I plan on going back out there to scope out some more places in the afternoon.

Katie: In a sporting mood

Today I’ll be checking out the sidewalk sale looking for outdoor, athletic and sports-related items.

That means I’ll definitely be at Sunflower Bike and Outdoors, one of the downtown retailers that goes all-out for the sale. I’ll also stop by Garry Gribble’s Running Sports and Francis Sporting Goods.

I’ve decided that this category also includes the Olympics (because I love the Olympics), so I’ll check out Brits to see if they have anything related to the upcoming London summer games. I’ll also peruse the many stores selling Jayhawk gear.

I’m not sure what I’ll be looking for. I do want bike shorts and a new lap-swimming bathing suit, but I doubt I’ll be able to get those for the $20 I’m allotted. So I’ll probably try to find sporting accessories, such as bike gloves, swim paddles or sunglasses. I could also use a new KU T-shirt to support my alma mater.

I’m going into the sale pretty open-minded this morning, so I’m looking forward to finding out what I end up with.

Crowds of young shoppers fill the sidewalks outside Urban Outfitters for a pre-dawn start for the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, Thursday, July 19, 2012.5

Crowds of young shoppers fill the sidewalks outside Urban Outfitters for a pre-dawn start for the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, Thursday, July 19, 2012.5 by Mike Yoder

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Comfy shoes? Check. Bottled water? Check. Complaint about the heat? Check. (Also, thanks for the rain!)

OK, we're ready.

It's a few hours until the Downtown Sidewalk Sale officially kicks off, but we've been mentally preparing, scheming, plotting and planning for weeks. We gave five staffers and freelancers $20 with the mission of buying as much cool stuff as possible.

Go! editor Katie Bean is on the prowl for athletic and outdoor gear; fashion writer Ali Edwards is scouting style steals; Pulse editor Jon Ralston has made it his mission to find the weirdest miscellany (can he top last year's Snooki bobblehead doll?); features reporter Sara Shepherd is looking for the best in home decor, and our newly minted music writer Nick Spacek (look for his Live and Local blog on Lawrence.com next week) will be hitting up vinyl vendors for the best deals in rock 'n' roll.

Along the way they'll be tweeting their finds, so give 'em a follow...or just look for the #swsale hashtag.

So, here's our staffers' pre-sale previews:

Ali: Wanted: One affordable outfit

I’m not a morning person. I manage to peel myself out of bed at around “the-last-possible-moment-before-being-late ‘o clock,” and even then, I’m downright mean up until around 9:30 a.m.

But I do like sales. And for that reason alone, I’m going to hop out of bed at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday to hit up the Mass. Street Sidewalk Sale.

I’ll be spending $20, and $20 only (must drill this into my head), and stretching that money to buy the coolest clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, whatever.

To be completely honest, I’m a Sidewalk Sale newbie. For a couple years, I participated in the Sale as an employee at a downtown store, but never have I ventured out as a consumer.

Now that I get the chance to spread my shopping wings on this infamous day, I hope to find some real deals. I’m not talking about the sales I can find around town every day. I mean some real steals.

My goal is to find a pair of shoes, one piece of an outfit (pants, skirt, shorts, shirt) and an accessory all for under $20. Can I do it? You Sidewalk Sale veterans out there know best. Let me know if I’m shooting too high (or too low!).

Sara: Working off the rust

So, I’m new to the Journal-World this summer and — don't judge me — haven’t been to the sidewalk sale since college. Even then, I don’t remember making a day of it (too hot/no money), and I guarantee I didn’t arrive before sunup.

It turns out — I realized while reporting this story for Go! and planning #swsale coverage with my co-workers — that a lot of people actually do that, and apparently I’m going to be among them this year. The J-W is giving each reporter covering the sale 20 bucks (I'm in!), and we’re tweeting and blogging as we shop. My assigned category is “Home Decor.”

Knick-knacks sort of annoy me, and I’m not sure anything I really NEED right now (large bookcase, area rug, authentic mid-century modern accent chair ... wait, did I say need?) can be had for $20, even at the sidewalk sale, so the plan is to be on the lookout for useful items or accents. I’m thinking Urban, Made, Phoenix Gallery, Weaver’s and Hobbs. Maybe a cute vase, throw pillow, wall art — hopefully I’ll know it when I see it.

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Gahh, it’s going to be hot again, so be prepared

Guess what? It'll be hot for tomorrow's sidewalk sale. Like 104 degrees hot. Again.

But we're used to this by now, right? Even so, it's smart to be prepared for the heat.

“Make sure you drink lots of water, and wear sunblock,” said Emily Kurtz, a manager at MissFortune’s Creation Station, 726 Mass.

Weaver’s Department Store Vice President Earl Reineman suggested making occasional stops at cooling stations or to order drinks and food inside restaurants.

“Pace yourself,” he said. “Take breaks from the shopping someplace cool where you can sit down, get something to drink.”

Designated cooling stations, which debuted last year, will be back, said Cathy Hamilton, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. There will be about five of them, marked by big signs in their respective windows.

Another creature comfort, portable toilets, also will be on hand, planned for the breezeway in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.

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Get up and at ‘em — stores open early for the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.

Above, Lawrence resident Emily Bayouth searches through a rack of dresses outside Creation Station during the 2009 Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. by Nick Krug

The Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday, and the rule of thumb is that deals will be available from sunup to sundown. But if you want specifics, we're here to help.

Here's a roundup of published times stores have said they will be open Thursday:

  • Gap, 643 Mass., 5 a.m.
  • Au Marché, 931 Mass., 6 a.m.
  • Brown's Shoe Fit Co., 829 Mass., 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Fortuity, 809 Mass., 6 a.m.
  • MissFortune's Creation Station, 726 Mass., 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Queen Lizzie's Fish and Chip Shop, 125 E. 10th St., 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Phoenix Gallery, 825 Mass., 6:13 a.m. (sunrise)
  • Weaver's, 901 Mass., 6:30 a.m.
  • Brits, 929 Mass., 6:30 a.m. The sale will be inside the store.
  • Foxtrot, 823 Mass., 7 a.m.
  • Arizona Trading Company, 736 Mass., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Made, 737 Mass., 7 a.m.
  • Blue Dandelion, 841 Mass., 8 a.m.
  • Cupcake Construction Company, 727 Mass., 9 a.m.

A few merchants who are not downtown also will have sales:

  • Ditto Lawrence, 4000 W. Sixth St., 7 a.m.
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital gift shop, 325 Maine, 9 a.m.
  • Several North Lawrence shops along Locust Street — BeBe's Cottage, Amy's Attic, Now and Then, Blue Heron and Antiques Plus — will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out this week's Go! story for tips for shopping the sidewalk sale. You can also catch a bus downtown for free.

If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #swsale to search for deals and let others know what you've found. You can also follow the Journal-World's shoppers, who will be looking to spend $20 in these categories:

  • Ali Edwards, Lawrence Laundry columnist for Go!, @edwards_ali, fashion
  • Sara Shepherd, J-W features writer, @KCSSara, home décor
  • Katie Bean, Go! editor, @comma_police, sporting goods
  • Nick Spacek, Lawrence.com music writer, @nuthousepunks, music
  • Jon Ralston, Sunday Pulse editor, @jonralston, the weirdest stuff out there

Check back here for sidewalk sale updates Wednesday and Thursday.

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July 18th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Pretty quiet this morning in Douglas County.

Police in Lawrence conducted three vehicle stops.

Officers also responded on one fireworks complaint in the 800 block of Michigan Street around 2:28 a.m..

Police also handled a non-injury accident in the 4400 block of W 25th Place.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Most of this morning was fairly quiet in Lawrence. Officers responded on a fireworks complaint in the 900 block of Rhode Island Street at 2:15 a.m.. Police also received information on a drug complaint and responded on one disturbance reported to involve weapons. No arrests or serious injuries were reported.

Just outside of Douglas County, Tonganoxie firefighters battled a fully involved residential fire just after 5:30 a.m.. Police reported the rear of the home was fully involved with fire. Firefighters from Tonganoxie and several surrounding Township Fire Departments were able to report the fire to be under control as of about 6:15 a.m.. Both residents of the home escaped without injury. More on this fire can be found here from Operation 100 News or from our partners at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Back in Douglas County, Lawrence Fire/Medical are currently (as of 8:10 a.m.) on scene at McCollum Laboratories, 2095 Constant Avenue, on what began as a fire alarm. One fire crew responded and reported light smoke inside the one-story building. A full alarm assignment was added to the call shortly before 8 a.m.. Crews inside the building believe the smoke to be coming from a HVAC related issue. There has not been any confirmation of a working fire at this time. A Haz-Mat crew is also standing by at the scene as a precaution. KUPD has blocked several streets in the area, which are blocked by LDCFM vehicles and apparatus. It did not sound like anyone was inside the building at the time of the initial fire alarm.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Most of this morning was fairly quiet in Lawrence. Officers responded on a fireworks complaint in the 900 block of Rhode Island Street at 2:15 a.m.. Police also received information on a drug complaint and responded on one disturbance reported to involve weapons. No arrests or serious injuries were reported.

Just outside of Douglas County, Tonganoxie firefighters battled a fully involved residential fire just after 5:30 a.m.. Police reported the rear of the home was fully involved with fire. Firefighters from Tonganoxie and several surrounding Township Fire Departments were able to report the fire to be under control as of about 6:15 a.m.. Both residents of the home escaped without injury. More on this fire can be found here from Operation 100 News or from our partners at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Back in Douglas County, Lawrence Fire/Medical are currently (as of 8:10 a.m.) on scene at McCollum Laboratories, 2095 Constant Avenue, on what began as a fire alarm. One fire crew responded and reported light smoke inside the one-story building. A full alarm assignment was added to the call shortly before 8 a.m.. Crews inside the building believe the smoke to be coming from a HVAC related issue. There has not been any confirmation of a working fire at this time. A Haz-Mat crew is also standing by at the scene as a precaution. KUPD has blocked several streets in the area, which are blocked by LDCFM vehicles and apparatus. It did not sound like anyone was inside the building at the time of the initial fire alarm.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 16th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police conducted two vehicle stops within minutes for 2 a.m.. Both stops resulted in OUI related arrests.

Around 2:30 a.m., Firefighters in the Baldwin City area responded back to the scene, 1500 block of N 300 Road, of an earlier grass/brush fire. A deputy checking on the scene reported that the fire had rekindled. Fire crews were on the scene for a little more than an hour extinguishing some hot spots. The fire was not reported to be endangering any structures. Information on the earlier fire can be found here from the Lawrence Journal-World.

Police in Lawrence responded on three disturbances, and received information on a non-injury accident in the 700 block of New Jersey.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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July 15th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police conducted a vehicle stop near the intersection of Valley Lane and University Drive just before 2 a.m.. The driver was suspected to be OUI. While attempting to administer field sobriety tests, the male driver chose to become uncooperative. The officer called for assistance, within about a minute, a total of eight officers were on the scene. The driver was eventually confirmed to be intoxicated and was arrested. He faces charges of OUI 2nd offense, Interference with the Duties of an Officer and Driving While Suspended/Revoked. No injuries were reported.

At just about the same time that all of that was unfolding in Lawrence, Douglas County Deputies were on another vehicle stop near mile marker 397 on US Highway 24/40. Again the driver was arrested for DWI.

Officers responded on a disturbance in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street at 2:11 a.m.. At least four officers were on the scene.

Lawrence Police investigated a non-injury accident in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street, just after 2:20 a.m.. A vehicle was reported to have struck a traffic signal pole and then left the scene in an unknown direction. As of this report, it is not believed that Police have caught up with the driver or the vehicle involved.

At 2:24 a.m., another disturbance was reported in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street and again an officer called for assistance. At least five officers responded to the scene to assist. One person was eventually taken into custody on charges of Domestic Battery.

2:35 a.m., Officers responded on a report of stolen cigarettes from a business in the 900 block of Iowa Street. It did not sound like Police knew who they were looking for, other than the description given by an employee. No arrests have been reported currently.

Police in Lawrence ended up conducting a total of five vehicle stops, responded on 11 disturbances, and four noise complaints. One of the disturbances was reported to have involved a baseball bat.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.

My listening hours as well as contact information is located on my Facebook page. Don't forget to give me a "Like" while you are there.

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