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Local day care closes after allegations of improper punishment, force-feeding

A Lawrence child care agency closed Friday after Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials alleged the owner had multiple violations, such as prohibited punishment, leaving young children unattended and force-feeding a small boy, going back to May 2014.

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Only in Lawrence: Marla Welch puts together Pieces for children at Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Marla Welch keeps a folder filled with about two dozen handwritten thank-you notes from people she’s never met. Some — with large, round print — are written by children. Others are penned by their parents. But all thank her for the same thing: a hand-knit quilt given to them when they were sick. By Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence Jewish community celebrates completion of first Torah scroll

The crowd at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life overflowed the approximately 100 seats, filling the aisles and the entry way of the tent set up to celebrate the completion of Lawrence’s first Torah scroll Sunday morning.

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Pregnant runaway dog now safe after community rallies in search for her

Thanks to the help of social media, dozens of volunteers and one woman’s keen eye, a pregnant runaway Labrador retriever mix is out of the frigid air and cuddly warm at the Lawrence Humane Society. By Caitlin Doornbos

Lawrence Transit System to host public meetings on service changes

The Lawrence Transit System is hosting three open house meetings next week to discuss service changes in the coming year. Lawrence residents are invited to share with officials their opinions of how the current bussing serves are working on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Transit Office at 933 New Hampshire, and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

United Way: Student volunteers to help others get health care

Matt Pfannenstiel, a Kansas University sophomore and 2013 Free State High School graduate, volunteers at Heartland Community Health Centerevery Friday afternoon, doing things like organizing medical records and calling patients to remind them of their appointments. As he gains an invaluable inside look at the way medical care is delivered in our community, it’s having a profound impact on his career plans.

New exhibition featuring art of Lawrence students opening on campus

Both Lawrence high schools are collaborating with the Kansas University Department of Visual Art in a new art exhibition opening Sunday on campus. The work is a mix of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

Collaborative art exhibition opening on campus

Both Lawrence high schools are collaborating with the Kansas University Department of Visual Art in a new art exhibition opening Sunday on campus. The work is a mix of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

Prom Boutique to provide free formal dresses

The annual Prom Boutique, which provides free formal dresses, will be held in Ottawa Feb. 21. The event will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 410 South Hickory St., Ottawa.

KU School of Engineering selects new associate dean

The Kansas University School of Engineering has selected a new associate dean for undergraduate studies. Lorin Maletsky, associate professor of mechanical engineering, assumed the role Jan. 1.

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 ...

Salvation Army stabbing victim airlifted

A man who was stabbed at the Salvation Army, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, is airlifted to a nearby trauma center.

LMCMS students enter pasta bridge in KU Engineering Expo

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students put their pasta bridge to a weight test Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, during the KU School Engineering Expo.

Dog playdates at the Lawrence Humane Society

Ethan Hrabe, animal care associate at the Lawrence Humane Society, oversees a dog-to-dog playtime with pit-bull mixes River and Atlas, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. The shelter recently started the practice which pairs two dogs together for a playdate where they can work on their socialization and behavior.

100-year-old Kansas woman lines up for tickets to presidential visit

Olathe resident Fern Coffin, who is 100 years old, joined members of her family Tuesday, January 20, 2015, and waited in line for hours at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to secure tickets to see President Barack Obama speak Thursday at Kansas University.

Sunflower Elementary choir rehearses for big performance

Sunflower Elementary School's fourth- and fifth-grade choir, directed by Peter Gipson, rehearses Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, for an upcoming performance at the annual Kansas Music Educators Association State Conference, Feb. 27, in Wichita. The choir will present a warm-up concert before the event at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at South Middle School. The public is invited.

Liberty Memorial students honor area law enforcement agencies

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students honor area law enforcement agencies on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, marking Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Members of the club Conversation P.E.A.C.E. (Purpose-Equity-Accountability-Character-Education) presented certificates to representatives from the Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, KU Public Safety Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Nick Krug's Photos of the Year 2014

In this audio slideshow, Journal-World photographer Nick Krug talks about his best work from 2014.

Mike Yoder's Photos of the Year 2014

In this audio slideshow, Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder talks about his best work from 2014.

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:

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.