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Controversial Netflix series among topics at upcoming suicide prevention panels

Earlier this week, Eudora schools superintendent Steve Splichal sent a message — through email, Facebook and the Eudora schools website — to employees and school parents, warning adults about a Netflix series that has raised controversy for its depiction of suicide and mental illness. “Suicide prevention experts are urgently concerned about the risks created with a sensationalized and misleading story about youth suicide,” Splichal wrote, echoing worries of educators and mental health professionals across the country who have spoken out about Netflix’s critically acclaimed yet controversial “13 Reasons Why.”

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First-time filmmaker's work to debut at Liberty Hall this week

Lawrence resident Kalee Forsythe says she wants to be a writer/director “more than anything in the world,” but unlike Sara, the lead female role in her film “E 1200,” Forsythe didn’t have to get a $5,000 loan from a sadistic drug dealer named Alice to make it all happen. But, she did need $5,000 to get the dream off the ground. She got it through the slightly less stressful method of an Indiegogo campaign.

Arbor Day Foundation and Black Hills Energy providing free trees

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees initiative, Black Hills Energy is distributing a limited number of free trees to customers.

Community open house planned Saturday at Islamic Center

Members of the Lawrence and University of Kansas Muslim community are planning a “neighborly” event this weekend. A community open house is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Islamic Center of Lawrence.

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Residents invited to 'build Lawrence' at community Lego event

Area kids — and kids at heart — are invited to build their own version of Lawrence with Lego bricks at the historic Carnegie Building on Sunday.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade committee donates $75,000 to local charities

The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee has donated $25,000 each to local nonprofits Douglas County CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County, and Sunrise Project, parade commissioners announced Tuesday.

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KU Distinguished Alumnus to give jazz tribute to Langston Hughes

For many in town, the name Ron McCurdy might be linked with fond memories of trumpets and tubas blasting over the triumphs of Danny Manning and Larry Brown while McCurdy served as director of the Kansas Basketball Band in the late 80s. It’s possible that KU music majors may have recorded jazz pieces within a Murphy Hall studio named after McCurdy, where he once served as the first director of Jazz Studies. For everyone else stateside and far flung around the globe, McCurdy, a KU Distinguished Alumni, is best known for creating the Langston Hughes Project, which he has performed internationally and which he will be bringing back to KU during a performance on April 7 in Swarthout Recital Hall.

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KU Powwow and Indigenous Culture Festival to return to Lied Center this weekend

Last year, organizers of the annual KU Powwow expanded the event into a daylong educational festival complete with workshops, speakers, arts and crafts, and, of course, traditional American Indian dancing. “There was a lot of good feedback,” remembers Melissa Peterson, who co-advises the university’s First Nation Student Association, one of several campus groups involved in planning the powwow.

ECKAN's 10th annual Prom Boutique set for Saturday

The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation wants high school girls in Douglas, Coffey, Franklin, Johnson, Lyon, Miami, Morris and Osage counties to have an affordable prom.

Contest invites Kansans to share the importance of favorite poems

Kansans are invited to enter an essay contest explaining how their favorite poetry influenced their lives.

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."