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Lawrence police block off 27th Street just east of Haskell Avenue during a standoff with a man at a house who was reportedly armed with a gun, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Olha Korinets, left, and Oksana Husieva, right, talk to festival-goers about Ukrainian culture Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the Festival of Cultures at South Park. Items on display included pysanka, handcrafted Easter eggs with traditional Ukrainian designs etched in wax.

Raghsidad dancers perform a Middle Eastern dance at the annual Festival of Cultures Sunday afternoon in South Park.

Festivalgoers stop by the Islamic Center of Lawrence's booth for traditional Middle Eastern dishes of basbousa and baklava, which were fan favorites, as well as beef pastries and shawarma.

Several Valor First Responder Awards lie on a table at a recognition ceremony Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at the Doubletree Inn, 200 McDonald Drive. Local organizers presented the awards to first responders recognized for acts taken during life-threatening situations.

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