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Even in death, daughter prompts Christmas acts of kindness

Suzanne and Cory Ozbun didn’t realize their baby daughter’s birth would someday have the makings of a modern Christmas story.

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Lawrence pool players get second chance at world championship

In the game of pool, tales of big money games, rough venues and even rougher people roll off the tongue about as often as the balls roll along the green felt. Sometimes the stories even come with a prop, like the left hand of Lawrence resident Noble Lathrom. It features a protruding carpal bone and some fingers that don’t quite lay straight. How it got that way about 50 years ago, Lathrom admits, sounds a bit like a scene from Paul Newman’s famous pool hall movie “The Hustler.”

Datebook: Arts and crafts, junkyard jazz and more events for June 9

Lawrence and area events for June 9.

Mulvane family leaves Kansas to live off the grid

Seeking a life of simplicity and self-sufficiency, a Mulvane family has decided to live off the grid and allow television cameras to film them as they build their lives anew from the ground up.

Pair who underwent kidney transplant start charity to benefit other organ donors

A Mississippi man and the Kansan he gave a kidney to in 2012 have started a charity to benefit other organ donors and recipients.

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Flying over Royals playoff games a thrill for Lawrence pilot

He's flown in formation over KU football games, NASCAR races and other sporting events. But if the Royals keep winning, Lawrence pilot Al Stuber just might fly over his first World Series. It would fit in well with his many other stories. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence 10-year-old, his cancer in remission, to be honored at Light the Night Walk

Ten-year-old cancer survivor Bray Ballew, of Lawrence, will be the honored hero at the 2014 Light the Night Walk this Saturday at South Park in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce

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For Lawrence woman, building monkey bridges is just another example of her love of animals

During a recent interview outside a coffee shop in downtown Lawrence, Rachel Kilian got up and started walking into the middle of the street. "Oh, no!" she said. She was worried about a black lab that was wandering aimlessly around the busy intersection of Massachusetts and Seventh streets. She kept walking toward it until she saw that some people had corralled the dog and were looking after it. She came back and sat down at the table. It goes to show how much she cares about animals. So does the fact that she travels to Costa Rica every few months to build so-called monkey bridges, aerial structures that allow wildlife to safely cross a road that cuts through the rainforest. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence man with special needs finds his creative calling

Steven Petrie is an artist. Every time he wants to draw, he gets out his supplies. When he's finished, he pushes them away and says, "done." He even signs some of his pieces, with a loop and some lines at the bottom right corner of his paintings. The 39-year-old Lawrence man might be mostly nonverbal, the result of a loss of oxygen around the time of his birth that left him with severe cognitive impairments, but he can communicate. He tells you — with sounds, with his body language, with emotions — exactly how he's feeling. So, yes, Petrie is an artist.

Lawrence woman doing 50-mile trail run in honor of friend who was shot to death

Raven Rajani didn't know Justin Sneegas for that long. But the time she spent with him had a big impact on her. 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.