Archive for Friday, December 28, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Billy Brimblecom, originally of Shawnee, performs last summer at the annual Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee, Wis. Brimblecom, who lost a leg to cancer, is finding success both as a professional musician and actor. Photo courtesy of Donny Smutz Area drummer triumphant onstage after loss of leg
December 26, 2012
In August of 2005, 28-year-old Billy Brimblecom went through surgery to remove his left leg. Earlier that year, doctors had identified the source of the pain Brimblecom had been experiencing in the leg for several years: Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Brimblecom had always attributed the pain he would feel off and on to an earlier car accident. But worsening pain had motivated the trip to the doctor’s office, where multiple tests, including a biopsy, led to the discovery of the cancer. “They said, ‘Here’s what we’ll do. We’re going to try to do everything we can to remove the cancer,’” Brimblecom, a professional drummer and actor, recalled. But doctors warned that losing his leg, “in an effort to save your life,” was also a possibility. By Melissa Treolo
6:00 a.m.
KU freshman Ben McLemore stretches among hundreds of kids in attendance at the annual KU men's basketball clinic on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse. Happy holidays: Ben McLemore cherishes visit with brother
December 27, 2012
The 450 youths in attendance at Kansas University’s 2012 Men’s Basketball Holiday Clinic made it clear that one of their favorite players was red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore. By Gary Bedore
12:00 p.m.
Gene and Diane Wallace are living in their recreational vehicle at Campground 3 at Clinton State Park with their two cats. Unlike some of the permanent residents at the campsite, the Wallaces — who lived in Lawrence before becoming full-time RV residents in August 2011 — were not prepared to weather the winter in their vehicle, below, but found themselves stuck after transmission repairs and a hotel stay set them back financially. For some, campground is home, even in winter
December 27, 2012
The boats are out of the water at Clinton State Park. Restrooms are locked up for the winter, water has been turned off and, with freezing temperatures and the season’s first snow blanketing the ground, the park’s campgrounds are empty. Except Campground 3. A couple dozen people make their homes there, weathering the elements. Some live there permanently, in well-equipped campers. For others, the campsite is a cold, squalid last resort before homelessness. By Sara Shepherd

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