10 Reasons Why Climbers Should Live in the Midwest

Shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas, I followed in the footsteps of countless Midwestern climbers before me: I stuffed my Subaru to its roof with my entire net worth (which primarily consisted of abused climbing gear, thrifted Patagonia apparel, and an excessive number of secondhand Canon camera lenses) and moved to Boulder.

Kansas Reflector

Candlelight vigil at Statehouse honors Kansas officers killed in the line of duty

Community members and law enforcement officers gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday evening to commemorate bonds that one speaker described “as strong as family.”  

The Lawrence Times

Staying strong, even in limbo: Meet scientist and aerial artist Jodi Simeon

Every week, a group of women gather to practice aerial arts on 19-foot-tall silks. One of them is 26-year-old Jodi Simeon — described as fearless, despite knowing that her future in Lawrence hinges on random chance.

See also: Mountain biking in Kansas? It exists, and it’s thriving: Meet Oona Nelson

The Lawrence Times

Lawrence school district students, staff and community members rally before school board meeting

Community members joined Lawrence school district staff and students in a rally outside district offices before the school board meeting Monday to voice their concerns regarding a budget cut proposal that included possible closures of multiple schools. 

Kansas Reflector

Lawrence police work with domestic violence center to prevent and identify human trafficking

In the years following a high-profile murder case, the Lawrence Police Department and The Willow Domestic Violence Center  joined forces to help victims of human trafficking.

Who crushed Yosemite this year? Amity Warme did.

On a chilly spring evening in early April, Amity Warme and Brent Barghahn scrambled onto the summit of El Capitan, exhausted and overjoyed. They had just topped out Freerider (VI 5.13a; 32 pitches) in a truly enviable style: In a little over 18 hours, without support, rap rehearsal, or stashed gear, they both free climbed the route, making Warme only the fifth woman to free the Big Stone in a day, and likely the first to do so in this self-reliant style. 

The Lawrence Times

Teen seeks immunity in shooting death of Lawrence 14-year-old

A Lawrence 17-year-old charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy is seeking immunity from prosecution, and a judge will hear that motion before the court considers prosecutors’ request to try the teen as an adult.

Kansas Reflector

Advocates gather to support former University of Kansas professor following his sentencing

Supporters of former University of Kansas professor Franklin Tao gathered in the cold wind and rain Wednesday outside the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse.

The Lawrence Times

‘The pain and the stains are still there’: Dedication set for marker to ensure Lawrence’s segregated history isn’t forgotten

The Lawrence Aquatic Center opened in 1969, providing relief to all from the brutal summer sun. More than 50 years later, the pool remains a beloved spot for people trying to escape the heat: dropslides, diving boards and a lap pool mean fun for all ages when temperatures skyrocket.

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