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Eudora Community Museum restoration organizers hope project sparks downtown revitalization

The wooden floors had long since rotted away, leaving the walls of the building at 720 Main St. in Eudora to surround a sloping floor of clay and rock. But under the peeling plaster, the original brick and limestone walls were strong, and more importantly, volunteers saw them for what they were: a part of the town’s history. By Rochelle Valverde

Lawrence public education rally shows support for march to Topeka

Walkers on a three-day march to Topeka to raise awareness of funding and policy issues affecting Kansas public schools received an enthusiastic welcome to Lawrence Saturday as they arrived at South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.

Vehicle crashes into Lawrence library

The Lawrence Public Library’s Teen Zone is closed today after an early morning accident in which a vehicle struck the east side of the building at 707 Vermont St., breaking two of the vertical pane windows, according to Lawrence police.

Better health means more people living past 100

There was a time when turning 100 was big news. You were in very rare company. Today, widespread better health means that people over 100 are the fastest-growing segment of the population, according to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. There are more centenarians now than at any time in history—an estimated 53,000 in the U.S. and 700 in Kansas.

United Way: Passion to help kids succeed spurs volunteers to collect books for BrainFood program

Jasmy Mavilla was having dinner with Michelle Obama at the White House last summer when the first lady issued a challenge that got this Lawrence third-grader revved up about community service. “She asked us, how would we pay the opportunity forward?” recounted Mavilla, who scored the life-changing invite to the Kids’ State Dinner as Kansas’ winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, Obama’s nationwide recipe contest aimed at promoting healthy eating for children.

Partnership expands recovery services for homeless and uninsured

Substance addiction was going to kill him, most likely. That’s what the homeless man told Kara Holcombe, a United Way AmeriCorps member serving at the Lawrence Community Shelter. Mentally ill and chronically homeless, he’d been addicted for years and seemed resigned to this grim fate. But that changed when Holcombe told him he could create a better future for himself by taking part in the new substance abuse treatment program offered to LCS guests through a new partnership between United Way of Douglas County, DCCCA, Lawrence Community Shelter, the Willow Domestic Violence Center and Health Care Access Clinic.

KU forum seeks solutions to racism on campus

On the last day of classes before spring break, the Kansas University campus was mostly quiet Friday afternoon. One exception was at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, where about 100 people gathered for a racism forum.

KU students host forum about offensive Rock Chalk Revue character

To guide the forum, “I’m not Paco,” Marilynn Chavez wrote a prompt on the white board at the Kansas University Office of Multicultural Affairs: “I feel this way … because ...” A stream of frustrated and disappointed words followed. By Rochelle Valverde

Help plant flowers in Lawrence parks, public spaces

If this week’s weather makes you eager to get your hands in the dirt and garden, start now by signing up to volunteer for one or more of 13 planting sessions in the city’s parks and public areas.

Irish road bowling fundraiser has high turnout, benefits local charities

Bowling Fundraiser Sunday afternoon at Clinton State Park, 798 North 1415 Road. The competition, which benefits the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade, saw its best turnout yet, with about 40 teams participating, said Dani Davey, co-chair of the parade committee.

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 ...

Young guerilla artists leave their marks downtown

First and second-graders participating in the Lawrence Arts Center's guerilla art camp displayed some of their temporary art along with a positive message Friday, March 20, 2015, in downtown Lawrence.

St. Patrick's Day parade

Lawrence celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a parade on Massachusetts Street, March 17, 2015.

1301 New York Net Zero House

Kansas University architecture students with Studio 804 are working on an East Lawrence home designed to use off-the-grid energy sources and one that challenges traditional methods of home building.

Rolling along with Meals on Wheels

The Lawrence Journal-World talks with Meals on Wheels director Kim Culliss and rides along with longtime volunteer Carolyn Landgrebe on her Wednesday route.

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.