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Behind the scenes at Lawrence's Fight Club

If you hear the name Lawrence Fight Club, you’re probably picturing a dingy and damp basement in some old building on Mass Street with fluorescent lights flickering from the ceiling. Down below a circle of spectators surrounds two shirtless dudes who are pulverizing each other.

Sunset Hill to host annual TAG Sale on Saturday

Sunset Hill Elementary School will host its annual TAG Sale (take, arrange, gather) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the school’s gym, 901 Schwarz Road.

Lawrence elementary students to perform at All-State music convention this week

A handful of Sunflower Elementary School students will represent Lawrence at the Kansas Music Educators Association All-State Elementary Choir concert on Thursday in Wichita. Fifth-graders Madison Brosa, Charlee Burghart and Will Hendricks will perform with other elementary school singers from across the state at 5:45 p.m. at Wichita’s Century II Convention Center. Ava Kohart, a fourth-grader at Sunflower, was also named as an alternate for the All-State ensemble. All are members of their school choir, led by Sunflower choir director Pete Gipson.

Friday's Arctic Blast to benefit Catch a Break program's cancer survivors, families

Ask Cindy Sargent about her cancer story, and she’ll try to convince you that it wasn’t all so bad. No, really — despite the mastectomy, four rounds of chemotherapy and the countless doctor’s appointments, Sargent describes her 2006 bout with breast cancer as “one of the best experiences of my life.” “As hard as that is to believe, it led me to Catch a Break,” says Sargent, who founded the grassroots organization for fellow cancer survivors and their families back in 2007. “It definitely helped me find something positive out of something that isn’t so positive.”

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6 restaurants in 2 hours? Journal-World staffers take a chicken challenge

If you’ve kept up with Chad Lawhorn’s Town Talk and you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering exactly what the cluck is going on with all of these fried chicken joints popping up around town. To further investigate the allure, as every journalist should, I enlisted the help of sports editor Tom Keegan and the fried chicken oracle of Lawrence himself, Chad Lawhorn, to eat at all of them.

Datebook: Biochemistry of Love, Mr. Mojo Risin' tribute to The Doors and other events for Feb. 11

Area events for Feb. 11.

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Expect plenty of seeds, sharing and socializing at Saturday's Kaw Valley Seed Fair

Master gardeners and horticulture newbies alike are invited to this weekend’s installment of the annual Kaw Valley Seed Fair, slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. Now in its eighth year, the free event is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 people to the fairgrounds for a day of sustainability-focused seed sharing, educational demonstrations, kids’ activities, raffle prizes and more. Visitors can also purchase vegetarian fare from The Purple Carrot Co-op throughout the day.

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School to stage original play in honor of Black History Month

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School will stage a production of "April Fourth, 1968 'Dare to Dream'" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1400 Massachusetts St.

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They're here! Douglas County Girl Scouts to start delivering 2 truckloads of cookies

Jackie Stancil didn’t have to go to the gym or hit the sidewalks Monday for her daily workout. “I’ve hit my 10,000 steps already,” she said.

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Work begins on St. John Catholic School's $3.3 million improvements

St. John Catholic School’s much-anticipated $3.3 million renovation is finally off the ground, both figuratively and literally. Crews on Wednesday morning entered the project's first phase by picking up and moving “The Convent,” as it's lovingly known in the St. John community, from its original location near 12th and Kentucky streets to 1229 Vermont St. The former Sisters of Charity Convent (in recent years, it’s been used as additional meeting space for the parish) now sits snugly between the school and St. John’s existing parish center.

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

KU Cancer Center seeks national status

Kansas University is working to get a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer center. The goal will require a large investment, but officials say they'll be repaid in the number of lives saved. Downtown rumbled with the sound of ...

Fight for Your Right to Hoodie: An interview with Sarah Sung of The Lucha Narrative

The Lucha Narrative sprang from the soul of Sarah Sung, a KU grad and graphic designer seeking to merge her passions for creating cool stuff and helping the world. She visited with us to discuss the launch of the Lucha ...

Anarchonomics: An Interview with the Solidarity! Collective

On March 15, Solidarity will move from 1109 Mass. (next to It’s Brothers) to 13 E. 8th Street (next to the Sandbar). The bad news is that people will still be puking on their doorstep; the good news is that ...

C-TRAN students sing Christmas carol

Students in the Community Transition Program (C-TRAN), sing Christmas carols to residents at the Pioneer Ridge Health & Rehab skilled nursing facility, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.

Lawrence Civic Choir rehearsal

The Lawrence Civic Choir rehearses for their upcoming holiday concert Monday evening at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave. The holiday concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Lawrence farm creates sorghum syrup with horse-powered press

Using a horse-powered press, John Craft presses sorghum stalks to make sweet sorghum syrup at Willing Horse Farm on the east edge of Lawrence. Craft sells the sweet sorghum syrup at the Lawrence Farmer's Market, and several local restaurants and bakeries use the natural sweetener.

Royals fans in Lawrence celebrate

K.C. Royals fans in Lawrence celebrate their World Series win Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.

Lawrence Halloween Throwback Photo Contest

Over 100 photographs were submitted by readers for the Journal-World's Halloween Throwback Photo Contest.

Kansas University Band Day parade

Sights and sounds of the 68th annual Kansas University Band Day parade Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Instrument builder Jim Triggs talks about mandolins

Jim Triggs and his son Ryan build custom mandolin and guitars by hand. Jim worked with Gibson for several years helping build mandolins and archtop guitars. Triggs' mandolins have been played by some of the top bluegrass musicians in the country.

Humane Society director talks about need for facility renovations

Kate Meghji, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, talks about facility problems which are creating animal care problems at the shelter.

Puppies at the Lawrence Humane Society

Two puppies pose for the camera during a recent trip to the Lawrence Humane Society.

Piano Prodigy Matthew Liu performs 'Flight of the Bumblebee"

Eight-year-old Lawrence pianist Matthew Liu performs "Flight of the Bumblebee."