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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

To our readers: We will be making a significant change in the system we use to allow readers to comment on stories: We are ending anonymity and requiring commenters to post under their real names.

Longtime newspaper executive named Journal-World circulation director

A longtime circulation manager for The Kansas City Star and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has been named as director of circulation for The World Company, publisher of the Journal-World.

Mobile phone apps launched for website

Fans of now have two new mobile phone apps to choose from to stay up-to-date on local news, sports and weather. Officials with The World Company, the parent company of and the Journal-World, announced they have released both iPhone and Android mobile phone apps for the site.

'60 Minutes' newsman Mike Wallace dies at age 93

A spokesman says CBS newsman Mike Wallace, famed for his tough interviews on "60 Minutes," has died. He was 93.

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Top local stories of the year: SRS, KU Athletics, highway safety stood out in 2011

At the end of each year, the staff of the Lawrence Journal-World reflects on the stories that affected our community most. While no one event dominated the headlines this year, there were several that made 2011 a memorable one. Here are our top stories.

Artists show off storied work as patrons tour studios

Diana Dunkley looks at a large painting full of dark, deep colors and swirls. It’s displayed pristinely at 1019 Del.— it’s her studio space, her painting, but she’s talking excitedly about, well, the excitement of talking about art.

Kansas officials looking for people in Atchison grain elevator explosion

A hunt was on for survivors of an explosion at a northeast Kansas grain elevator injured at least two people Saturday, shaking the ground for miles around and sending a fireball high into the night sky that was visible across the river in Missouri.

Occupy Lawrence members energized by rally

As they vow to keep going, the occupiers, are now waiting — waiting to see what further steps the Lawrence Police Department and the city may take to remove them from South Park’s scattering of tents that have become their camp. They’re not leaving. Or most say they aren’t, at least.

Occupy Lawrence members ticketed in South Park

At least eight members of the protest group Occupy Lawrence received citations early Saturday morning for remaining in South Park after the park closed

Protesters maintain presence in park

The Occupy Lawrence camp remains in South Park, technically outside the law but working toward a satisfactory resolution for both the city and the protesters.

Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson talks about Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, 19 and her first appearance.

Kansas River Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles fish below the Kansas River Bridge in Lawrence.

Gwin final of 2013

Senior photographer Richard Gwin's best images of 2013.

2012 Photos of the Year - Richard Gwin

Senior photographer Richard Gwin talks about his best photographs of 2012.

Midland Railroad dining car to open in Baldwin City

The Midland Railroad in Baldwin City is adding a dinning car to its fleet. The car will offer a five-course meal as it runs the rails between Ottawa and Baldwin City.

Emma Pogge, WWII Veteran

Emma Pogge, one of the oldest living World War II women veterans, talks about joining the army, playing basketball during her service, meeting her husband and seeing Europe.

Halloween Light Show

Lee Howe, who lives at 2020 Pebble Lane, spent countless hours setting up a Halloween display in his front yard. The display is made up of grave stones and pumpkins and a pirate ship guided by a scary captain, all illuminated with hundreds of LED lights for the show.

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.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church's Oktoberfest

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church held its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, which featured German food and beer, along with music and dance.

Baldwin City man builds new drum for Kansas City Chiefs

Cyrus Fillmore of rural Baldwin, talks about making a special drum for the Kansas City Chiefs.