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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

Report from Lawrence sister city in Greece: People 'worried about their future,' liaison says

Dennis Christilles has been traveling to Greece regularly for two decades. On his most recent visit, two weeks ago, he found it markedly different due to the country’s financial crisis. Anxiety seemed to blanket the country, he said. Even more so than rural communities, such as Lawrence’s sister city of Iniades, that sense was strongest in the capital city of Athens. By Sara Shepherd

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Nepalese students at KU collecting money for earthquake relief

Members of the Kansas University Nepalese Student Association are collecting money to help with Nepal earthquake relief. Club members are accepting donations today at a table on Level 4 of the the Kansas Union, where they plan to be until 7 p.m. Donations also can be delivered or mailed to the KU Nepalese Student Association account at Commerce Bank. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence residents get news from relatives in Nepal, plan fundraising

For the second night in a row, family members of Lawrence resident Subarna Bhattachan slept outside in Kathmandu following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus

Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd

Visiting KU professor shares Israeli perception of Netanyahu visit

Many Israelis are cynical about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, viewing it as an attempt to drum up popularity for his reelection that could even harm Israel’s relationship with America, a Kansas University visiting professor says. While Israelis see party politics of one kind — Netanyahu’s Likud v. Herzog’s Zionist Union — many Americans are talking about other party politics in connection with the visit — Republican v. Democrat. By Sara Shepherd

After days of terror, French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

KU professors discuss deadly terrorist attack at Paris newspaper

Sadly, Kansas University professor Don Haider-Markel will have fresh material when students arrive in his Extremist Groups and Government Response class later this month. Wednesday’s shooting that killed a dozen people at the Paris office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will probably be one of the first example cases he discusses, he said. Haider-Markel is a professor of political science whose specialty is public policy, including counter-terrorism. He shared reactions to the Paris killings Wednesday, along with KU’s Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the School of Law. By Sara Shepherd

Natives of Philippines concerned for relatives in typhoon’s path

Since late last week, natives of the area hit by Typhoon Haiyan have been glued to news of what’s happening in their homeland and anxiously awaiting word on loved ones. “I hope they’re safe,” Ray Arnado said of yet unaccounted for relatives. “I’m just praying.” By Sara Shepherd

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has prostate cancer

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday that he has prostate cancer. He said the tumor was caught early and would be removed this week.

Farmers turning profit with grain shortage

Area farmers have been making money on wheat crops thanks to a global grain shortage. Prices have jumped nearly $3 since the middle of the harvest after Russia announced it would ban grain exports for the rest of the year.

Residents seek status of relatives in Haiti

After the most destructive earthquake in the country's history, local residents are trying to find out how their loved ones are doing. The earthquake destroyed much of the country's largest city.

KU professor laments Haiti's loss

The University of Kansas boasts one of the only Institutes for Haitian studies in the world. Experts are saying it's the worst disaster to ever hit the country and that the country may never recover.

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin passes away today

According to a Kremlin spokeswoman, the 76-year-old former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died of cardio-vascular problems.