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Lawrence artist's 'meaningful' gemstone necklace line picked up by Urban Outfitters

Megan Roelofs’ personal mantra is “Life keeps getting better and better.” And for the Lawrence occupational therapist and jewelry artist, it seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Her handmade gemstone necklace line was picked up by Urban Outfitters this year. Her unique wearable art features leathers intricately woven around gemstones, shells and other natural elements. By Caitlin Doornbos

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Lawrence celebrates Hanukkah with menorah lighting

Community members celebrated the sixth night of Hanukkah on Sunday by lighting a 9-foot-tall menorah filled with donated gloves, scarves, hats and socks outside of the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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Lawrence High ESL teacher wins teaching award, $5,000

The Lawrence Schools Foundation on Wednesday presented a $5,000 check and the Dedication to Education award to Lawrence High School English as a second language teacher Heather Lee.

Briggs Subaru donated vehicle to Lawrence Humane Society at Saturday adoption event

Briggs Subaru surprised Lawrence Humane Society executive director Kate Meghji by donating a vehicle to the organization at an adoption event at the dealership Saturday, Meghji said.

Two men arrested after high-speed chase Saturday morning

A 24-year-old Pittsburg man was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police officer, cocaine possession, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through eastern Lawrence early Saturday morning.

Leavenworth man sentenced to 36 months in prison for Lawrence home-invasion robbery

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced a 19-year-old Leavenworth man Monday to 36 months in prison for an August home-invasion robbery in south Lawrence. Darvon Thomas, who was originally charged with aggravated robbery, pleaded no contest to robbery as part of a plea deal in October.

Lawrence Aquatic Center to host Santa Splash

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will host the Santa Splash from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the craft room at the Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.

Lawrence post office to open for final two Sundays before Christmas

The U.S. Post Office at 645 Vermont St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, the remaining two Sundays before Christmas, according to a sign posted at the building.

Gas prices fall more than 40 cents since November; Lawrence fuel prices lower than state average

Kansas drivers have reason to be pumped this holiday season as average fuel prices have been steadily declining. Since this time last month, the average gas price in the state has dropped about 42 cents to $2.42 per gallon, according to AAA’s fuel gauge report for Friday. Since December 2013, the average price is down about 60 cents per gallon, the report said. By Caitlin Doornbos

Lawrence man sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for filing false tax return

A 31-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 30 months – or two and a half years – in federal prison Wednesday for filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

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 ...

Lawrence Die-In

Over 50 people held an organized "Die-In" in front of U.S. Bank at 900 Massachusetts St, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The protest, which began with the naming of victims of police violence, was held for four minutes, approximately the time it took for Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy, to receive first aid after being shot by police, Nov. 22, 2014, in Cleveland. For more information about the protest: http://ljw.bz/1zRf0k9

2014-15 Lawrence Master Teacher

Art teacher Darin Fischer was named 2014-15 Lawrence Master Teacher in a school assembly at Prairie Park Elementary, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

A large crowd and dozens of carriages and horseback riders participated in the 22nd annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Saturday through downtown Lawrence.

Almost three decades later, family still in the dark about son's disappearance

Harold and Alberta Leach, of rural Linwood, have had 26 years full of sleepless nights wondering what happened to their son Randy, who mysteriously disappeared in 1988, along with the family’s car, after attending a high school party. He would now be 44.

Eudora couple creates haunted yard experience

Mike and Wendy Deines, of Eudora, have created a haunted yard to entertain and scare you as you walk through the maze of voices and scary creations.

National Book Award winner James McBride reads, performs in Lawrence

National Book Award winner James McBride reads from his book "The Good Lord Bird" and plays with his Good Lord Bird Band, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Liberty Hall. McBride spoke as part of the Lawrence Public Library's first annual Ross and Marianna Beach author series.

Columbus Must Go Protest

Eighth-grade students from Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, staged the 2nd annual Columbus Must Go protest march Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Students suggested alternate historical figures to replace Columbus, including African-American civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, Native American leader of the Oglala Lakota, Crazy Horse and African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Hands Up Walk Out demonstration at KU

Organizer Megan Kaminski talks about Monday's Hands Up Walk Out demonstration at Wescoe Beach in protest of police brutality and in solidarity with Mike Brown, who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9.

Ice Bucket Challenge

University National Bank employees, along with Lawrence Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry McElwain and others get drenched in ice-cold water by taking the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS awareness, Friday morning.

CJ Brune on patriotism

Longtime Lawrence activist for peace, CJ Brune talks about her thoughts on patriotism and its problems as well as her hopes for the future.