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Giles Bruce

Giles Bruce is a general assignment reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. He joined the staff in March 2013. He covers health and other human-interest stories and writes for the weekly WellCommons section and WellCommons.com. Contact him with story ideas by phone at 785-832-7233, email at gbruce@ljworld.com or on Twitter @GilesBruce.

Recent stories

Lawrence residents showing support for Boston by running in this year’s marathon
April 17, 2014
A dozen Lawrence residents have entered Monday’s Boston Marathon. Several say they are doing it to show support for the Boston community after last year’s terrorist attacks. By Giles Bruce
11 things you’re doing to your skin that you shouldn’t be
April 15, 2014
Eleven things you’re doing to your skin that you shouldn’t be.
Lawrence experts: Your skin ‘tells the tale’ of your overall health
April 15, 2014
Skin care experts in Lawrence say the way you treat your body will show in your outward appearance, so they advise eating a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and not consuming a lot of alcohol or caffeine. By Giles Bruce
Spring planting season off to a slow start in Douglas County
April 14, 2014
While the weather has been warming up lately, it hasn’t been quite warm enough for most local farmers to start planting spring crops. A handful of Lawrence-area producers have begun to plant corn, while many others are preparing to begin as soon as soil temperatures rise. By Giles Bruce
Stolen golf clubs back in possession of disabled military veteran
April 11, 2014
Well, that didn’t take long. A day after a story ran in the Journal-World detailing the theft of disabled military veteran Chris Sorrentino’s golf clubs from a local golf course, he had them back in his possession. By Giles Bruce
Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
April 10, 2014
Logan Brown, a senior at Lawrence’s Free State High School, has volunteered at Lawrence-based rape crisis organization GaDuGi SafeCenter for the past three-plus years, starting an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit that has raised more than $20,000. Her efforts helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Youth Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce
Health Champion: Older runner has inspired many in the Lawrence community to be more active
April 10, 2014
Ellen Young saw the positive impact running had on her life. And she wanted to share those benefits with the world. Her efforts to make running as nonintimidating as possible for others helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce Related story: Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
Disabled military veteran victim of bizarre theft
April 10, 2014
Chris Sorrentino finished putting at the 10th green of the Alvamar members golf course one day in March when he turned around … and his golf cart was missing. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence native honored for rescue efforts in Kansas City, Kan., attempted murder of two children
April 9, 2014
Patrolman Eric Ibanez thought the two little girls were dead. He found them in the hallway of their Kansas City, Kan., home, soaking wet, unresponsive, after their mother attempted to drown them. His quick response in the moments that followed helped save the girls’ lives. The Lawrence native was honored for his rescue efforts as part of the Kansas City, Kan., police department’s annual awards ceremony last Thursday. By Giles Bruce
Retired health department director honored with wall of fame
April 8, 2014
Kay Kent, who was director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department for 33 years before retiring in 2006, will continue to oversee the goings-on at the health department for the foreseeable future, though not in a literal sense. On Tuesday, to coincide with National Public Health Week, the health department unveiled the Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award wall, with Kent’s picture and bio front and center. By Giles Bruce

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Robert Walls, of Lawrence, is down to 205 pounds after once tipping the scales at more than 960.

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