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Affidavit: Kidnapping, beating of Lawrence woman with wrench and toy piano had adoption angle

Custody of the victim’s young child may have been the motive for two of four codefendants accused of the alleged brutal kidnapping, beating and blackmailing of a Lawrence woman last month, according to the recently released affidavit justifying the codefendants’ arrests. By Caitlin Doornbos

Preliminary hearing for Cedarwood Apartments homicide defendant continued until September

The preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old Lawrence man accused of killing a woman who lived two doors down from him at Lawrence’s Cedarwood Apartments has been continued until September.

Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

Those looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang may want to consider leaving the city limits if they want to avoid a hefty fine. Fireworks have been banned in Lawrence since 2002, but that didn’t stop many Lawrence residents last year from hosting their own backyard fireworks shows. In 2014, Lawrence police received 226 fireworks calls and issued 34 citations for illegal fireworks over the week of Fourth of July. By Caitlin Doornbos

Man charged in downtown stabbing; victim believes motive related to sidewalk donation

A 25-year-old man was charged with aggravated battery Monday in Douglas County District Court after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old boy in the back of the neck around midnight on Sunday.

Defendant in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case pleads not guilty; jury trials scheduled

A 51-year-old man charged with one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of promoting the sale of sexual relations after a Lawrence massage parlor raid pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

52-year-old Lawrence man dies after garage fire

A 52-year-old Lawrence man died after firefighters found him inside his burning garage early Saturday morning, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Monday.

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Through the ashes: Pet World Wilderness Camp brings joy after heartbreak

When a fire ruined beloved local pet store Pet World on Memorial Day, among owners’ worries was how the business would run the annual summer camps that have brought kids so much joy over the years. But through hard work and community support, one of the four different camps was able to go off without a hitch recently. By Caitlin Doornbos

35th annual St. John's Fiesta keeps true to tradition

The 35th annual St. John’s Mexican Fiesta kept true to tradition Friday night, chairman Frank Lemus said, as the two-day event kicked off with plenty of enchiladas, confetti eggs and a mariachi band at 6 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1234 Kentucky St.

Lawrence gay couples ecstatic over U.S. Supreme Court ruling

On Friday the Lawrence Journal-World reached out to several same-sex couples to ask them how they felt about the historic ruling. All, of course, were ecstatic, but they all remained concerned about what Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's next steps would be. By Karen Dillon

One of five defendants in Lawrence home-invasion robbery sentenced to probation

Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin found Friday that one of five codefendants in a November 2014 home-invasion robbery in Lawrence met the criteria for a non-prison sanction for his crimes.

Spirit Dancer (Brown Bag Concert Series)

Dennis Rogers, a member of the Navajo nation from Topeka, performed his Spirit Dancer show for the Brown Bag Concert Series, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in front of U.S. Bank at Ninth and Massachusetts streets.

Violin students perform in South Park

Students of Lawrence violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform in front of family and friends, Friday, June 26, 2015, in South Park.

Picking Sweet Corn

Lowell Neitzel and others at Bismark Gardens, 1616 N. 1700 Road, started picking sweet corn Thursday to get what's left of a head start on the area's increasingly hot temperatures.

Juneteenth Celebration

Lawrence residents celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday in South Park. The commemoration was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lawrence High alumni partner with Free State Brewery for 'Lion's Pride' beer

Lawrence High School alumni will soon have a new brew to commemorate their glory days. Aptly named “Lion’s Pride,” the new beer coming out late this summer is the brainchild of a collaboration between Free State Brewery and Pateros Creek Brewing Company, of Fort Collins, Colo.

2015 Douglas County Master Gardener Garden Tour

The biannual Garden Tour sponsored by the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners stopped by the garden of Michele and Bruce Passman on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Six private gardens participated in the weekend event.

Lawrence Police Camp

Children ages 8 to 12 participated in a public safety camp with the Lawrence Police Department Friday, June 5, 2015, at Free State High School. Campers learned about many facets of public safety and police work, including forensic investigation techniques.

Red Dog's Dog Days begins 32nd year of workouts

The summer session of Red Dog's Dog Days started early Monday, June 1, 2015, at Lawrence High School. The popular exercise program, led by Don "Red Dog" Gardner, has been keeping the community on the go since 1984.

Bike to School Day 2015

Students at Pinckney Elementary School took part in Bike to School Day, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Students biked to school as parents and community members supervised and offered encouragement.

Jaybowl set to close after 60 years at KU

Jaybowl, located in the Kansas Union since 1953, will close for good on May 9, 2015.