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Senegalese woman has conquered numerous obstacles to study at KU, student teach in Lawrence; can she overcome one more?

Ndeye Mbaye has conquered numerous obstacles to study at Kansas University and student teach in Lawrence. But, with her visa set to expire soon, can she overcome one more? By Giles Bruce

Lawrence residents showing support for Boston by running in this year's marathon

A dozen Lawrence residents have entered Monday's Boston Marathon. Several say they are doing it to show support for the Boston community after last year's terrorist attacks. By Giles Bruce

Longtime Lawrence dance instructor to retire

In 1981, Karen Fender opened a dance studio in an upstairs loft at Eighth and Massachusetts streets. The business would move several times in the years that followed, before finding its current home on Legends Drive in West Lawrence, in 1999. It grew from having one instructor (Fender) to nearly a dozen. And now Fender, the longtime owner of the Dance Gallery, plans to retire from the business in a few months. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence woman finds success later in life with catering business run out of her garage

Sometimes late-in-life career changes work. Just ask Dianna Keller, a Lawrence woman who started a catering business out of her garage a few years back. By Giles Bruce

Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy

Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program's founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson's, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek

Lawrence teacher gives kidney to prolong colleague's life

Mike Wormsley took a second look at the email to make sure he wasn't seeing things. A co-worker at Lawrence's Liberty Memorial Central Middle School was offering to donate a kidney that would help help prolong and improve the quality of his life. "I think I read through that thing six times to make sure I was reading it right," said Wormsley, who teaches eighth-grade American history. By Giles Bruce

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Teachers in kilts not out of the ordinary at Lawrence middle school

Paul Corcoran, a sixth-grade teacher in Lawrence, started wearing kilts in the early 2000s, when he was at Deerfield Elementary School, to celebrate his Celtic heritage. He continued the tradition when sixth-grade classes moved two years ago to West Middle School, where he has influenced a colleague into wearing them as well. By Giles Bruce

KU student, competing to become Miss Kansas, advocates for people with special needs

Jennifer Salva, a student at Kansas University, was recently named Miss Topeka, the regional preliminary for the Miss America pageant, and has chosen as her platform helping people with special needs. By Giles Bruce

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Nativity scene has graced shopping center roof for more than 50 years

Dick Raney built Hillcrest Shopping Center, one of the first strip mails in Lawrence, in the late 1950s. He put up a Nativity scene on the roof not long after, on the suggestion of his mother, Mildred, a choir director with Christmas spirit to spare. By Giles Bruce

Teacher who introduced therapy dogs to district now relies on them for her own recovery

Lisa Clark, who teaches first and second grade at Lawrence's Schwegler Elementary School, introduced therapy dogs to the local school district roughly two decades ago. Now things have come full circle, as those same dogs help her recover from a serious spinal injury. By Giles Bruce

Special pets: Blind cat at play

Hibiscus, a 2-year-old dilute calico cat, had her eyes (which never developed properly) surgically removed before being adopted a few months ago. Hibiscus is shy and uncertain around strangers but loves to play just like any other active cat.

Special pets: Three-legged dog plays catch

Izzy's leg had to be amputated after she was hit by a car. Now, her owners say, Izzy has recovered so well it usually takes a few minutes for people to notice she only has three legs.

KU student is iPhone composer

Jason Charney, a senior from Overland Park, has developed some novel technology for the iPhone for music performance. Recently Charney composed a piece and performed it at the Apple Store in Chicago. He demonstrated his composition recently here in Lawrence.

Free Dental Day

Julie Branstrom, executive director of the Douglas County Dental Clinic, 316 Maine, talks about the clinic's fourth annual Free Dental Day on Friday, Sept 30, 2011.

The old Poehler building to be apartments

Developer Tony Krsnich plans to turn the old Poehler building on East Eighth Street into about 50 apartments.

AlphaPointe Association for the Blind

Alphapointe Association for the Blind serves people who are blind and visually impaired through job placement, education, and rehabilitation services. It has been serving the Kansas City region for 100 years.

Ace Bail Bonds

Steve and Brock Robson, of Ace Bail Bond, at 2400 Franklin rd. in Lawrence, are pare of a family owned business in Lawrence, that bail people form jail and sometimes have to go after those who skip on a bond or have a warrant.

Cold temperatures mean bad year at Vertacnik Ochard

David Vertacnik, Lawrence, has peach and apple trees in his orchard, but says this year's crop was hampered by cold temperatures earlier in year. There will be some apples but no peaches this year, he says.

Children's Violin Recital in South Park

Students of violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform for family and friends for their annual summer concert at South Park, July 8, 2011.

Douglas County 4-H project benefits Stormont-Vail neonatal ICU

Douglas County 4-H kids and parents collaborate to create crib sheets for premature babies, Friday, June 24, 2011. The items will go to the Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center neonatal intensive care unit in Topeka.