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Lawrence community embraces spirit of Hanukkah menorah lighting

As the sun sank toward the horizon Sunday evening, Bita Porubsky danced with her 18-month-old son Cyrus to music in the Lawrence Public Library courtyard in front of a large, unlit menorah.

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Expectation of joy: For those who are grieving, holidays may be anything but jolly

For Karen Glotzbach, the day started like any other. But within hours, everything changed. Forever. The unimaginable had happened. Glotzbach’s granddaughter, Autumn, was killed in an accidental shooting. For people who are experiencing tremendous emotional pain, the season of joy can be anything but joyful.

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A tour of KU's new Earth, Energy and Environment Center

Here’s a look at what the Journal-World saw during its tour last Friday of KU’s Earth, Energy and Environment Center, starting with the larger of its two buildings.

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Healthy Outlook: Life hacked — How to work in a workout

Take on 2 to-dos at once and feel the power

Time: that elusive, tricky devil seems to slip away from us at every turn. How could we ever find the time to squeeze in exercise? Here’s the trick to making it happen.

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State Sen. Marci Francisco officially enters 2018 secretary of state race, wants to restore 'integrity' to office

State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, has officially entered the race for Kansas secretary of state — with the goal of restoring "integrity" to the office that has become so controversial under Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Lawrence student selected for prestigious Senate Youth Program

A Lawrence Free State High School senior has been selected to serve in the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program in 2018, according to a news release Friday from the Lawrence school district.

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Bullying, restorative justice, equity work among issues discussed at school district's Community Conversation

Around 50 people filled the Lawrence Public Library’s auditorium Thursday night for a public discussion on challenges facing the Lawrence school system.

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With just over week to go, Douglas County Salvation Army at halfway point in Red Kettle campaign

With donations lagging this year, local Salvation Army leaders have less than 10 days to collect $40,000 and reach their fundraising goal for the annual Red Kettle campaign. This year’s campaign, which launched the day before Thanksgiving and is set to end Christmas Eve, had just hit its halfway mark as of Thursday afternoon. So far, bell ringers have raised approximately $40,000 of the campaign’s $80,000 goal.

KU students nab top prize at international spacecraft design competition

The University of Kansas School of Engineering recently won first place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ undergraduate team space design competition, KU announced Thursday.

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Semiprofessional soccer team coming to Lawrence and Topeka

Lawrence is set to become another destination in the region’s growing soccer hub.

Lawrence residents trying to beat the heat

Today's weather: The heat continues again today as our high pushes the 100 degree mark. Although there is a chance of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm, the chances remain fairly slim. The light south wind will provide little relief from the ...

Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105. We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and ...

Now is the time to adopt a dog

Weather: While the high may be 90 degrees, our heat index will remain near 100. A southwest wind will continue between 10 and 20 miles per hour before a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The showers should ...

Hundreds of friends, family honor Frederick

Today's weather: We're going to have another muggy afternoon. The high will be near 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100. Today's headlines: • Friends and family filled KU's Lied Center on Wednesday • A Lawrence man, along ...

Wet spring means pests galore

• The wet spring season will mean more mosquitoes than last year • Former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick was flown by air ambulance to KU Medical Hospital after a bicycle accident at Sixth and Kasold Drive around 6:45 ...

Lawrence residents going batty in bug battle

Some Lawrence residents are turning to bats to control their mosquito problems. But The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department does not recommend that people have bat houses, mainly because bats can carry rabies. For more on bats, and how to attract ...

No more bus rides for many: District tightens belt by cutting transportation

After a chilly start to the day, temperatures will climb to near normal by afternoon. Expect a high near 78. Skies will gradually clear throughout the day, leading to mostly clear skies overnight. With the help of light north winds, ...

Pools spending thousands to comply with new federal standards

A slight chance of morning storms will give way to a very muggy Friday. The humidity, combined with sufficient twist in the atmosphere, and a front, will spark numerous thunderstorms by late afternoon across the area. Before the storms, highs ...

Curbside recycling in Lawrence? Don't count on it anytime soon

General recipe for fog: lots of moisture, calm winds and seasonably cool temperatures. Dense Fog Advisories will remain in effect until 11 a.m. for Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Once the sun's heat takes hold, fog will begin to clear by ...

School board cuts mental health support program

A storm slowly taking shape out to our west will turn winds, gusting at times up to 20 mph, from the southeast. The south bit of the wind will help to draw some warmer air into Northeast Kansas, Wednesday. Highs ...

Abused and dismissed

Mark McMeans, 52, of Meeker, Okla., accused James Jackson of sexually abusing him in 1975 at Arrowhead Junior High School, where McMeans was a seventh-grader and Jackson the vice principal. In a theme that develops over his life, Jackson is accused of abusing children but faces few repercussions.

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.

Morning check with Bill Lacy

We checked in with Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, at about 10 a.m. Tuesday for his early thoughts on the election.

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.

Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days shed light on pioneer life

Re-enactors show what is was like making due in the 1800s during Lecompton's Bald Eagle Rendezvous Days, which goes through Saturday.

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.