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Ottawa's Old West Cowboy Days to return this weekend with longhorn drive down Main Street

After six years, admirers of cowboy culture have reason to dust off their spurs and squeeze into their chaps once again: Ottawa’s Old West Cowboy Days is back this weekend after a long break.

Hawks, Cops and Kids event to offer free activities

Registration is open for the annual Hawks, Cops and Kids event, where elementary students can participate in a morning of free activities with Kansas University athletes and local law enforcement officers.

Disrepair of Lawrence’s sidewalks concerns pedestrian-bicycle task force

The ails of Lawrence’s sidewalks -- cracks, raised or depressed sections, brick sidewalks with gaps -- and the more than $6 million it will cost to fix them was one of the main concerns discussed by the Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force. The city protocol for sidewalk maintenance is leaving many repairs undone, city engineer Dave Cronin explained to task force members at their Monday meeting.

Lawrence high school students’ ACT scores exceed state, national averages

Lawrence high school students’ ACT scores exceeded both state and national averages for 2014-15.

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Lawrence student's photograph selected for national tour

In the photograph of Lawrence High School graduate Nina Friesen, it’s hard to tell either of the mirror images are her. Blurred by movement and horizontal streaks of digital interference, the photograph does well to live up to its title, "Motional Static.”

Lawrence native to represent U.S. in international bartender competition

When Tyson Buhler packed last week for his trip to South Africa, his four suitcases contained some unusual mementos — a Kansas state flag, a photograph of his grandparents’ farm and a homemade jar of pepper jelly. Also stowed were more than 20 carefully wrapped cocktail glasses. By Rochelle Valverde

Man who drowned Saturday at Perry Lake identified

A 30-year-old man who drowned Saturday evening at Perry Lake has been identified as Bonner Springs resident Jeremy Welch.

No injuries in single-vehicle rollover accident

The driver in a single-vehicle accident was uninjured after his vehicle flipped over just outside of the Lawrence city limit Sunday morning.

Lawrence school board to consider increasing recess

Students rush out double-doors toward playground equipment or to start games on the blacktop, but the whistle follows close behind them. The longest recess break for Lawrence students is 15 minutes. Members of the district’s school board would like to see that time increase.

Prairie Walk will explore restored area behind Free State High School

The Grassland Heritage Foundation is offering a tour to educate the public on how Free State High School and Kansas University instructors and students turned an unused football practice field into a prairie restoration site. The Free State Prairie Project includes a demonstration prairie with more than 40 species of plants that FSHS students grew from seeds.

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 ...

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."

Lawrence emergency responders train for hazmat scenario

A full-scale hazardous-materials disaster took place Thursday, June 18, 2015, in the parking lot of the Lied Center and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The exercise tested emergency responders' procedures for handling hazardous materials, as well as patient-decontamination plans.

Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band

Billy Ebeling and the Late for Dinner Band perform at the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department's Brown Bag concert Thursday, June 11, outside the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Brown bag concert with the Beer Bellies

Everybody gets happy during the first Lawrence Parks and Recreation Brown Bag concert of the year with the Beer Bellies, Thursday, June 4, 2015, in downtown Lawrence.

Girls Rock Lawrence camp

Take a look at the Girls Rock Lawrence camp, which seeks to empower girls through musical collaboration and performance, and also aims among other things, to expunge the stigma that girls are weak.

A song for the cicadas

Musicians Jared Scholz of The Greenhouse Culture band and Chris Luxem talk about collaborating on a song about the 17-year cicadas, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Sound + Vision Studio at Lawrence Public Library.

Gearing up for the 17-year cicadas

Kansas University professor of environmental studies Robert Hagen talks about the phenomenon of the 17-year cicada, which will begin emerging in the tens of millions, says Hagen.