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Lenexa-based nonprofit sending team to Ecuador

A suburban Kansas City nonprofit has sent an official team to Ecuador to determine what type of medical assistance the group can provide in the wake of the deadly earthquake.

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Aggrandizing 'El Chapo' in song: KU professor studies Mexican 'narcocorridos'

It was 2009, and Rafael Acosta was at a party in his native Mexico dancing to a lively traditional corrido, when he realized this corrido wasn’t the old-fashioned kind. “Suddenly I paid attention to the lyrics of what I was dancing to,” said Acosta, an assistant professor of Spanish at Kansas University. “And there was a guy singing, ‘if you are not good for killing, you are good to be killed.’"

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Lawrence native played role in rescuing Chilean miners who are now subjects of 'The 33'

When the San Jose mine collapsed in August 2010 and left 33 workers trapped 2,000 feet beneath Chile’s Atacama Desert, it took the efforts of several Chilean government ministries, NASA, approximately a dozen multinational corporations and one quick-thinking Lawrence native to get them out. Selina Jackson, a 1984 graduate of Lawrence High School and 1988 alumna of Kansas University, helped facilitate the transportation of the 13-ton drilling equipment that brought the miners safely above ground in October 2010.

KU’s new international recruitment program reports 88 percent fall-to-fall retention rate

Fifty of the 57 international students who came to Kansas University last fall through the International Academic Accelerator Program are back on campus this fall. That number meets the year-old program’s “aggressive” goal for its first fall-to-fall retention rate of 88 percent.

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KU archaeologist shares 'helplessness' felt by scholars after temple destruction by Islamic State group

Archaeologists like Phil Stinson, associate professor of classics at Kansas University, are appalled by this week’s news that the Islamic State group blew up a 2,000-year-old temple at Palmyra, Syria. Adding to a sense of “helplessness,” Stinson said, experts and scholars can’t even fully assess the remains at Palmyra, as well as other cultural sites the group, also known as ISIS, has destroyed. “They’re just too dangerous to go to right now." By Sara Shepherd

KU chooses director for international student program

After operating its first year with an interim leader, Kansas University’s International Academic Accelerator Program now has a permanent managing director. By Sara Shepherd

KU announces seven student Fulbright winners

Seven Kansas University students have won Fulbright awards to research, study or teach abroad during the upcoming school year, KU announced Friday.

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

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.