Joanna Hlavacek

Joanna Hlavacek is a reporting intern for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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Downtown shot put draws crowd despite funding issues
April 18, 2014
Amid a cloud of white powder, Christian Cantwell grips the shot put and nestles it into the side of his neck. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound shot putter spins around a few times to gain momentum and releases the 16-pound lead ball into the air. A few seconds later, the shot put falls with a thud at the opposite end of the limestone pit. The crowd erupts in cheers and the herculean Cantwell is decreed the winner of this year’s Downtown Shot Put competition.
Patience needed for Lawrence early spring gardening
April 11, 2014
As new grass sprouts from the ground and leaves begin to return to trees, gardeners should try to exercise a little patience when it comes to their own yards.
Lawrence sous-chef wins cook-off and $1,500 culinary scholarship
March 28, 2014
Gina Skinner has sliced and diced her way to a $1,500 tuition scholarship from the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes. Skinner, 25, of Lawrence, competed against other culinary hopefuls in a “Chopped”-inspired cookoff at the school’s Kansas City location in Lenexa on March 8. By Joanna Hlavacek
Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy
March 17, 2014
Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program’s founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek
Lawrence Jewish community hosts Purim celebrations
March 14, 2014
Before St. Patrick’s Day engulfs Lawrence in a green, beer-filled frenzy Monday, local Jews will celebrate Purim this weekend with costumes, charitable giving and perhaps most importantly, food. Two Jewish institutions in Lawrence are holding celebrations for the Jewish holiday Saturday, both of which are open to the public. By Joanna Hlavacek
KU med student recounts visit to Syrian refugee camp in The Atlantic
March 9, 2014
Outside a trio of portable metal buildings just off the crowded main street of Zaatari, Jordan, dozens of women lined up each day to receive contraceptives, breastfeeding consultations and, often, to give birth.
KU gives ‘Shmacked’ camera crews the cold shoulder
February 22, 2014
Camera crews from college-party video company “I’m Shmacked” left town empty-handed Saturday after being met with resistance from Kansas University and the Lawrence community.
Speaker shares tales of working 50 jobs in 50 states
February 20, 2014
Embracing fear is what enables us to find success in life, Daniel Seddiqui told an audience of about 100 people Wednesday night at the Kansas Union.
Gas leak blocks traffic on 23rd Street
February 14, 2014
A gas leak caused Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical officials to block off traffic from Ousdahl to Iowa streets along 23rd Street this evening.
Dress giveaway makes prom accessible for Lawrence students
February 12, 2014
Project Prom Dress will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests can choose from more than 200 dresses, as well as the Social Service League’s collection of shoes, bags and jewelry. By Joanna Hlavacek

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Volunteers with Prophet of Mercy, a non-profit Islamic group based in Saudi Arabia, hand out flowers to passersby on Massachusetts Street on Friday afternoon.

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