WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Haskell alumnus won't be speaking at graduation after allegations of financial and sexual misconduct publicized

The man Haskell Alumni Association named as this year’s outstanding alumnus — who had been removed last September from his leadership role with the Kickapoo Tribe in Horton after allegations of financial and sexual misconduct — will not speak at the university's graduation Friday. Russell Bradley, the 2019 Outstanding Haskell Alumnus, confirmed Monday that the Haskell Indian Nations University ...

Former poet laureate saying goodbye to Kansas

Kansas poet Denise Low will be pulling up stakes and heading west this summer. In preparation for a move to California, she has been decluttering her life. It helped that the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas accepted 20 boxes of her papers, manuscripts, letters and journals. Low, who turns 70 on May 9, has more than 20 published books of poetry, personal essays and scholarship. She ...

Lawrence Civic Choir will take to the stage at New York City's Carnegie Hall

Fans of the Lawrence Civic Choir can attend a local performance Saturday or wait until June 9 and catch the choir on stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Attending “A Spring Bouquet of Songs,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., will be more convenient and cheaper. However, watching 20 members of the Lawrence group sing in a 200-member choir at Carnegie Hall could ...

Domestic violence center has seen dozens of clients a year at drop-in site at library

Once a week, for the past two years, someone from the Willow Domestic Violence Center has waited in a private meeting room at the Lawrence Public Library ready to listen and to explain the center's services. While the center, which works to eliminate domestic violence and human trafficking, is located on Moodie Road, it offers the extra service of Willow Drop-in at the library from 9 a.m. to noon every ...

Go, See, Do: Kansas Food Truck Festival, Art in the Park and more

Visitors to Saturday’s Kansas Food Truck Festival can enjoy everything from gyros to bulgogi bowls to Kansas City barbecue, all while supporting an important cause. Thirty-two vendors will be at the annual event, including local favorites such as Torched Goodness, Drasko's and the Mad Greek food truck, according to the festival's website. The festival is a benefit for local food bank Just Food and will ...

Adaptive triathlon gives all students a chance to shine

Gracie Flanagan was having so much fun Wednesday morning running in the triathlon at Lawrence High School that she crossed the finish line three times. Flanagan, 17, was one of about 45 secondary adaptive physical education students in the Lawrence school district competing in the event, which included swimming, stationary cycling and track. As the name suggests, adaptive physical education refers to the ...

Rainfall brings needed moisture to Lawrence but also potential for flash flooding

After last spring’s drought, the recent rain around Lawrence has been a welcome sight for many, although the precipitation comes with a risk of flash flooding. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 2.37 inches of rain had fallen in Lawrence since the system moved in Sunday evening, according to Sarah Teefey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Because of the rainfall, Douglas County is in a flood ...

Homes: Owners believe they are just caretakers of restored early pioneer cottage

Robert Sterling’s neat craftsmanship remained a selling point 146 years after he laid the stone for the small cottage at 1117 Connecticut St. Warren Hays and Melody Stratton purchased the house in June 2015, after moving to Lawrence from the Washington, D.C., area for Stratton’s job at the University of Kansas. "It’s very well put together and structurally sound,” said Hays, who described the limestone ...

Free State alumnus had a creative hand in global blockbuster 'Avengers: Endgame'

It’s been a hectic few years for Hamilton Lewis, who has been part of the team behind the blockbuster hit “Avengers: Endgame.” The 2005 Free State High School graduate also had a hand in the films “Captain Marvel” and "Avengers: Infinity War," which told the first half of the story that concludes in "Endgame." Since “Avengers: Endgame” opened on Friday, the superhero movie has made history with ...

Lawrence teen continues to build bonds of friendship at special camp for kids who have cancer

As much as Addison Leslie loves her chickens — especially Eilen, a Polish hen — she’s happy to leave them every June for a week at camp. There is something special about Camp Hope, says Addison, 13, who will be returning for her fifth year. She will be one of 70 kids ages 5 to 17 from across Kansas who have or had cancer attending the free camp. It's located 5 miles northeast of Great Bend at Camp ...

Inspired by his experience as an immigrant, local musician explores topic through multimedia performance

On the surface, there is nothing to identify Nick Carswell as anything but another white American, sitting in a Lawrence coffee shop sipping a latte on a Wednesday morning. He jokes that his accent has slowly "naturalized" over the past eight years since moving here from Dublin, but Carswell’s identity is clear. “I’m an Irishman,” he said. “I have an Irish passport, and I’m an Irish citizen.” ...

Go, See, Do: Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, Parade of Homes and more

Nearly 50 barbecue teams will square off at Saturday’s Sertoma 48 BarBQ Cook-Off, serving up their best pork, brisket, chicken and ribs for a chance to compete in the American Royal's World Series of Barbecue in September. For $6 each round, visitors can taste the contest entries and vote for their favorite team. Round one of the competition begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, and round two is at 12:30 p.m. The event ...

Man removed from tribal council amid allegations of financial and sexual misconduct named as Haskell's outstanding alumnus

The man Haskell Alumni Association named earlier this month as this year’s outstanding alumnus had been removed last September from his leadership role with the Kickapoo Tribe in Horton. Russell A. Bradley, a class of 1962 graduate and the 2019 Outstanding Haskell Alumnus, has served on the Kickapoo Tribal Council, which is the official governing body of the tribe, for 15 years. However, in September 2018, ...

School gardeners hope to donate 2,000 pounds of produce to Just Food this growing season

Nancy O’Connor and Elise Gard carefully lifted the plastic off the low tunnel, revealing big heads of buttercrunch lettuce that would be ready to harvest in a few weeks. When that time arrives, Gard and other young gardeners working with the Growing Food Growing Health project at West Middle School will gather the lettuce. They'll wash and bag the greens and place a sticker with the project's logo on each ...

Youths with special needs take center stage with Theatre Lawrence production

Kelsey King hasn’t missed a rehearsal of Disney’s "Aladdin Jr." since the first snowy night in February when the Penguin Project was introduced at Theatre Lawrence. But she’s not alone. Her peer mentor Eleanor Roust has been by her side. “The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew we were going to be friends,” said Kelsey, a student at Free State High School. The two are with 34 other artists and ...

Longtime Lawrence string band to celebrate 40th anniversary with reunion performance

While the five members of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band were setting up for rehearsal Monday night, Gayle Sigurdson poked her head in the room to say they had been mentioned on National Public Radio. Monday was tax day, and Sigurdson, the wife of band member Steve Mason, heard that the NPR show "Marketplace" had included the band in a story about tax day parties. The news caused the group to ...

Go, See, Do: Art from child refugees of the Rwandan genocide, Kansas City history book talk and more

In April 1994, in the immediate aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, relief worker Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen saw a young child draw a picture of a soldier with a gun, a body on the ground and a small figure standing outside a house watching. The memory was so painful, Janzen said, that the child cried out in despair — "Ayiwewe!" Now, a quarter of a century after the genocide, the Lawrence Arts Center will be ...

Movie based on Lawrence author's best-selling novel 'The Chaperone' will have sneak preview at Liberty Hall

Life hasn’t drastically changed for Laura Moriarty since her novel “The Chaperone” was turned into a movie; she still worries if she can afford a new roof on her house. But despite everyday concerns, it has been an exciting time for Moriarty, a 48-year-old Lawrence author and University of Kansas professor. She was recently in New York City to watch the premiere of "The Chaperone," which is based on ...

Lawrence's 19th annual Earth Day Parade and celebration scheduled for Saturday

Final touches are being put on Saturday's 19th annual Earth Day Parade and Celebration; however, there is one thing organizers have no control over: Mother Nature. No rain date has been scheduled, which has had Caleb Hull, a Lawrence Parks and Recreation intern who is helping to organize the event, keeping his eye on the forecast. For now, Hull said, it appears Saturday will be sunny. The purpose of the ...

Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family

The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time between being a professor, writing (both fiction and nonfiction), and advocating for healthy eating in the Native American community, among many other interests. Mihesuah, a Choctaw historian, is KU’s Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in ...