Joanna Hlavacek (Features reporter)

Joanna Hlavacek is the features reporter for and the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Kaylee Clancy, a third-grader at Lawrence's Langston Hughes Elementary School, is one of two Kansas winners in this year's National School Bus Safety Week poster contest.

Julie Bear Don't Walk, left, takes her client's pulse while administering an acupuncture treatment to Stephanie Stuhlsatz, a certified massage therapist, on Nov. 21 at Bear Don't Walk's Lawrence acupuncture practice, 16 E. 13th St. Bear Don't Walk is offering free stress-relief acupuncture treatments to those in the "helping professions" (health care workers, counselors, teachers, journalists and others) in the aftermath of this month's elections.

Lawrence Arts Center kindergartener Oscar Lang feeds Gus the guinea pig Tuesday at the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., while his classmates, joined by teacher Becky Rogers, look on. The Arts Center is selling tote bags to cover the costs of its preschool and kindergarten classroom pets, Gus and Sylvie the guinea pigs, as part of its recently launched "Feed the Guinea Pigs" campaign.

A mural at Lawrence's Hobbs Park has been defaced with anti-Trump imagery, Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department officials confirmed Thursday afternoon. The picket sign depicted in the mural originally read "Save the Tree," but now reads "Stop Trump." It's unclear who altered the mural or when, Parks and Rec officials said Thursday.

Ed Gerhardt, a retired Army Brigadier General, visits with students during a lunchtime trip to Lawrence's Hillcrest Elementary School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. Gerhardt was treated to lunch and a tour of the school's recent kitchen and dining area renovations, as well as its garden, playground and gymnasium, with fellow retired Army Brigadier General Daryl McCall. The two visited Hillcrest that day as part of their work with Mission: Readiness, a non-profit aimed toward strengthening national security by promoting healthy lifestyles in kids.

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