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Lawrence man who wanted to inspire others after losing 750 pounds dies

Robert Walls, 34, an aspiring Lawrence chef who battled obesity by losing more than 750 pounds, died Monday, the Douglas County Coroner's Office reported.

Hemingway masterpiece selected as KU's 2015 Common Book

KU announces "A Farewell To Arms" will be the 2015-2016 Common Book.

Martin Miller's retrial in murder case to stay in Douglas County, judge rules

The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife will take place in Douglas County after his lawyer asked for a change of venue, District Judge Paula Martin ruled last week.

Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs

Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.

Lawrence considers code changes as a result of fire at pet boarding business

Lawrence city officials are reviewing fire and dog services codes to determine whether amending them could help prevent kennel fires like the one on Nov. 29 that killed at least three dogs and injured others. By Karen Dillon

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Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI case file remains sealed

For the first few years, Harold and Alberta Leach kept hoping their missing son, Randy, would come home. Twenty-six years have passed since the high school senior and the family car vanished from a graduation party, but the Linwood parents still want to find their only child. They’re desperate to know whether law enforcement left no stone unturned in the search for Randy, in part because they’ve felt for years that investigators were secretive, refusing to keep them abreast of developments. But law enforcement agencies refuse to release the records, citing an ongoing investigation, even the broad outlines of which they decline to reveal.

WOW working on long-distance calling issue

Lawrence telephone, Internet and cable company WOW says it is responding to problems concerning its long-distance telephone service.

Lawrence school district's libraries weeding out obsolete books

Obsolete books are being tossed by the Lawrence Public Schools as computers rev up.

Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus

As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.

Hundreds prepare for sunset-to-sunrise Relay for Life

The Douglas County Relay for Life, now in its eighth year, begins Friday at Free State High School.

Leroy Mize, of Oskaloosa, and his wooden motorcycle

Leroy Mize, of Oskaloosa, talks about a 1965 Triumph motorcycle he's built out of wood.

Lawrence Mardi Gras Parade

Cold temperatures and a little snow couldn't stop Lawrencians from celebrating Fat Tuesday with an annual Mardi Gras march down Massachusetts Street, from Aimee's Coffee Shop to Free State Brewery, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Free State Robotics Team puts finishing touches on robot

The Free State High School robotics club finishes building its robot, Feb. 14, in advance of a competition in Kansas City.

Katlyn Conroy's love songs

Musician Katlyn Conroy performs one of the love songs based on someone else's story she wrote for her Valentine's Day project.

Making valentines at St. John Catholic School

Second-grade students in Patty Hill's class at St. John Catholic School decorate sacks for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday.

DIY Kansas Day postcard at Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library went all out for Kansas Day, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Library staffers set up a giant Kansas postcard and encouraged patrons to have their picture taken as Kansas icon John Brown.

KU camps out for tickets to see President Obama

Kansas University students, faculty and staff lined up Tuesday morning, Jan. 20, 2015, to secure tickets to see President Barack Obama speak Thursday on campus.

New York Elementary Schools new cafeteria

New York Elementary School just received a new cafeteria as part of a $5,739, 500 renovation as a result of a 92.5 million dollar school bond issue.

Lawrence dentist Paul Kincaid retires after 70 years

Dr. Paul Kincaid plans to retire from his Lawrence dental practice on his 94th birthday at the end of January, 70 years after he started it.

Lawrence utilities crews keep fire hydrants flowing

Crews from the City of Lawrence's Department of Utilities keep fire hydrants ready for emergencies during freezing temperatures. (A previous version of this cutline identified the wrong city department.)