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Risky business: Lawrencian who does business in Uganda faces difficult climate under harsh Anti-Homosexual Law

Two years ago, Kate von Achen started her own fair trade business in Uganda. But in the wake of the Anti-Homosexual Law of 2009, things are a bit more complicated...

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Call of duty: Volunteer call line Headquarters could use a few more good listeners

Message received 1:10 a.m., Aug. 28, 2009: “Without the crisis line, I doubt that I would be alive. I’m still not thrilled about being alive, but I know that I can call on the worst days and it helps get me to the next one” ...

Fight for Your Right to Hoodie: An interview with Sarah Sung of The Lucha Narrative

The Lucha Narrative sprang from the soul of Sarah Sung, a KU grad and graphic designer seeking to merge her passions for creating cool stuff and helping the world. She visited with us to discuss the launch of the Lucha ...

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Torch Song

The legacy of Jana Mackey burns bright in the 1,100 Torches Campaign

A mother in Oregon is compelled for the first time to donate her services to homeless outreach. Halfway across the country in Nebraska, a woman with no particular background in community organizing spearheads a statewide clothing drive for a shelter in Kansas. In New Mexico, yet another woman is driven from complacency and begins volunteering at a rape crisis center. The only tie connecting these seemingly disparate people is they are first time activists-and they were all inspired to this newfound activism by Jana Mackey.

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Lawrencians leave for Burma: "It's time to do something about it."

One day this past May, a 28-year-old hairdresser named Julie received a phone call from Tim Heinemann. Said the retired U.S. Army colonel to the stylist: "I need your help."

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

Look at the photo with this story. It's heartbreaking. It's of Addison Whitenight, who's now 19 months old and has been waiting to receive a liver transplant for a year.

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Kickin' the Truth to the Youth

Local rapper Richard "GQ" Thomas schools Lawrence High hip-hoppers

Who is that rapper poisoning the delicate minds of our youths with the hippity-hop? After searching low and high, we found that it's none other than local rapper and BombSquad member Richard "GQ" Thomas.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

It's a colossal mound of mud today. A big, wet dump protected by a chain-link fence. Such is the construction zone west of the long-awaited addition to KU's Student Recreation Fitness Center.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

If you dig furry creatures and groove on sounds, here's something you may want to tune your mind to, compadre:

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

A clash is a-comin'. An architectural clash. A few months ago, the tide of progress seemed to roll onward in its depressing way when the developers of the proposed Oread Inn on the edge of campus offered to buy the adjacent Ecumenical Christian Ministries building.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

The job sounded simple enough the day the Peace Corps dropped Katherine Carttar off in the highland Mayan town of Sololá, Guatemala. She was to work with a small lending organization that supported hundreds of indigenous farmers and artisans and, if she succeeded, get them fairer prices for their potatoes, carrots, onions, and handmade goods.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

This August, Lawrence's E.M.U. Theatre will celebrate10 years of broke-ass independent productions that somehow manage a consistent quotient of awesomeness. Such undertakings rely on the tenacious dedication of the E.M.U. crew, the support of the community and places like Ecumenical Christian Ministries, which has hosted countless community events throughout the years.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

Sheena Shippee was taking a women's history class at KU in spring 2005. The professor gave the class two options: write an in-depth research paper or sign up for service learning in the community.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

A preview of "The Truth of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine." As tangled as one can get in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hannah Mermelstein views it, at its core, as a simple beast: In the wake of the Holocaust, Zionists seeking a Jewish state won approval from the United Nations. The Arabs fought. Israel won the war. The Arabs, by and large, fled or were forced elsewhere.

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Our occasional reminder that not all people are bastards

Kate von Achen made her second trip to Uganda in January. She was with a group called Global Youth Partnership for Africa, one of 13 Americans and 13 Ugandans there for a three-week case study on the two-decades-long civil war in northern Uganda.

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Our occasional reminder that people aren't all bastards

Amber Nickel, judging by the promo materials she sent lawrence.com for the upcoming Doggy Monster Ball, likes awful dog puns. A lot.

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Our occasional reminder that people aren't all bastards

Every second Thursday of the month, Erika Zimmerman gets her papers in order, heads to the Douglas County Courthouse and helps decide a child's fate.

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Our occasional reminder that people aren't all bastards

Like furtive spiders, charities are hiding in every corner-among houses in seemingly ordinary neighborhoods, in back rooms of buildings, under your bed, everywhere. This is what Maggie Bixler says.

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Our occasional reminder that people aren't all bastards

Like many college grads, Jim Weatherly chose to delay his entry to that cold ol' money-grubbing world. After earning a photography degree from Southwest Missouri State University, he signed on with AmeriCorps.

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Our occasional reminder that people aren't all bastards

All the moments of a person's life. Junctures of triumph and calamity, love and melancholy and confusion, decision and fog, guilt and embarrassment and shame, euphoria and exhaustion. May lead to a phone call. It could be the point on the teeter-totter where a person starts to fall, or to get back up again. It could affect nothing. Either way, in our moment, someone is on the other end of the phone.

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