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Reigning Ms. Wheelchair Kansas uses title to spread message: Focus on ‘abilities that we do have, not what we don’t’

Following a car accident that left both of her legs and one arm amputated, Lawrence resident Deb Young was focused first on surviving, then on figuring out how to function in her new body. Even years later, the idea of proactively talking about her situation publicly was far from her mind, she said. So when a former Ms. Wheelchair Kansas suggested she enter the competition, Young said she laughed and told her “thanks for the kind words" — at least at first.

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Community class helps fathers become better dads

Healthy Dads classes provided at jail, homeless shelter and to community members

Patience. It’s never been one of Chance Smith’s strengths. But with a 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, the Lawrence dad said, he's realized it’s time for that to change. That’s been one of the most important lessons Chance, 31, took home from the Healthy Dads Healthy Families program offered by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

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'No excuses': After accident that left him paralyzed, KU student living college life at fraternity house

Tom Babb had just finished his first semester as a Beta Theta Pi fraternity pledge at KU when an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Determined to return to KU, he did so in fall 2016 and is now finishing his first year navigating life as a quadriplegic in a fraternity house.

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 artist's business grows out of campaign to cheer up hospitalized friend

Art has been Stacey Lamb’s refuge since childhood, but she thought two years ago her days as an artist were over.

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Sunrise Project behind on renovating old garden center; seed business gets preliminary OK to locate there

The Sunrise Project is designing its renovation of the old Sunrise Garden Center, but after months of fundraising it’s still falling short on the cost to complete it.

For the Love of Birds: Keep an eye out for eastern bluebirds

To a lot of people, March Madness means basketball tournaments, but it's also happening right now in your own backyard. The eastern bluebird is everywhere in Johnson and Douglas counties and covers the state of Kansas almost year round.

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Daddy Rules: Dogs of a certain age remind us that one day, our pups will pass us up

I explain to my kids that this will be our dog Claudius' 15th Christmas. It’s difficult to make them understand how old he is, but anyone can tell he is ancient just from his frosty face.

For end-stage cancer patients, hospice can ease final transition

Despite advances in medicine, there is no absolute cure for cancer. Hospice care aims to help terminal patients maintain dignity and quality of life, and to help their families cope with grief.

Lawrence police aim to have all officers complete Crisis Intervention Training to address those in mental health crises

When 18-year-old Joseph Jennings, of Ottawa, was fatally shot by Ottawa police officers in August 2014, it was the end of a life riddled with seizures, migraines and depression, Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith, said after the incident. In Lawrence, police are taking strides to de-escalate situations before use of force becomes necessary. Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib plans, within three years, to have all Lawrence officers complete 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training to learn how to handle encounters with people in mental health crises. By Caitlin Doornbos

Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival

The Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival kicked off on Saturday in Baldwin City with more than 30 venders and an expected 30,000 people for the weekend event.

Bikers take part in the 37th annual ABATE Rally

Hundreds of motorcycles descended on Paradise Point at Perry Lake for the 37th annual ABATE motorcycle rally.

Masters of the barbecue pit

Truebud BBQ team members talk about cooking 'cue. The team has been traveling to barbecue competitions nearly every weekend since February, which — coupled with their meticulously smoked and seasoned meat — has helped propel them to the top 10 in the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Team of the Year points chase standings.

NCI announcement

The University of Kansas Medical Center held a press conference at the Roberts E. Hemenway Life Sciences Invocation Center to announce the National Cancer Center designation.

Art therapeutic for Parkinson's patient

McLouth resident Sherry Leftwich enjoys artwork and says it helps with her Parkinson's disease.

Ruth Perry remembers

Ruth Perry, who celebrates her 100th birthday Jan. 19, recalls her earliest memory and her first teaching job in isolated northwest Wyoming more than 80 years ago.

First baby of 2012

Lawrence couple Tyler and Dana Cummins introduce their first child, Claire Jamison Cummins. Claire, born at 6:23 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1, was the first baby born at the hospital in 2012. The couple says earning that distinction has been a fun experience that's only added to their excitement.

Doug Compton on 'The 901 Building'

Doug Compton, president of First Management Inc., talks about his seven-story apartment/retail/office project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The building will house a health club and office space, along with 55 apartments.

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.

Living with Mental Illness: Melinda Stofferahn

Lawrence resident Melinda Stofferahn, talks about her mental illness hand how she deals with it.