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Drew Finnelly: the man behind @LawrenceKS_PD

Drew Finnelly: the man behind @LawrenceKS_PD

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief
July 29, 2017
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Just because Lawrence Police Department’s Drew Finnelly holds the title “Public Relations Officer” does not discredit the fact that he’s a cop. He spent the first five years of his career on patrol, still holsters a Glock and dons the uniform, most of the time. On July 8, Finnelly showed up...

Pie perspective

Pie perspective

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief
June 14, 2017
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The carolina blue doorway of Ladybird Diner lolls open on a relatively sleepy Tuesday afternoon. Kianti Vann, going about her third week as a waitress for the restaurant, collects the peculiar salt and pepper shakers from the patio before the diner closes for the day. The joint’s owner Meg Herifor...

New club focuses on equity, student action

New club focuses on equity, student action

Darby Gilliland and Jackson Barton
April 14, 2017
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Despite being in her last quarter of high school, senior Sonal Soni refuses to ignore injustices she witnessed at Free State. “I faced a lot of harassment, bullying,” Soni said. “It all culminated last semester, but it’s been prevalent throughout my high school career. I was really fed u...

Tattoo Stigma Transformed

Tattoo Stigma Transformed

Jake Clark, Reporter
January 31, 2017
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Holding a needle over a flame to sterilize it, freshman Beatrice VonHolten prepares to give herself a stick and poke tattoo. As a seventh grader, she received opposition from her father, but VonHolten decided to do it anyway. “I’m really into trying new art forms as much as possible,” VonHolten...

Dungeons and Dragons Club provides creative escape

Dungeons and Dragons Club provides creative escape

Chris Pendry, Reporter
January 19, 2017
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After rolling a two out of twenty for intelligence, freshman Greta Hayden was understandably disappointed. Ten hours later, Hayden and her group are deep into their game, or “campaign,” of the role-playing game, “Dungeons & Dragons." A haunted forest, a magical kingdom or anywhere in a fantas...

Illegal focus stimulants common during finals

Illegal focus stimulants common during finals

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief
January 5, 2017
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Late nights, constant anxiety and review material are all commonplace in student life during the closing days of every semester. Adderall, one of the most commonly prescribed treatment for students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is infamous for its black market presence on high school and university...

Editor reviews the costs of graduating high school

Editor reviews the costs of graduating high school

Darby Gilliland, Copy Editor
November 9, 2016
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Parents watch with tearful eyes as their child shakes the principal’s hand, takes their diploma and flips their tassel over their cap. Graduation tends to be an emotional day for students and their families, but once the excitement of the ceremony fades, the worry begins again. Many students spend...

‘Our Scene’ invites underrepresented youth to safely engage in music community

‘Our Scene’ invites underrepresented youth to safely engage in music community

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 12, 2016
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For the first time, the trend of of aggressive male audience members is facing an organized opposition in the form of a LGBTQ+ advocating, minority inclusive, safe space supporting group, 'Our Scene'.

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Art installation describes students in one word

Art installation describes students in one word

Maya Hodison, Online Editor
October 4, 2016
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As junior Kade Traffas and senior Kalena Nichol sat in their second hour class one late August morning, they tuned into their AP Biology teacher. Little did they know, they would soon be asked to do something that would get their brains turning even more than a lesson on macromolecules would. Two or t...

Pokemon GO catches attention of students, community

Pokemon GO catches attention of students, community

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 7, 2016
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Over the summer, the nation was suddenly engulfed by the largest “Pokémania” since 1999. The international phenomena to “catch ‘em all” reached students and teachers alike.

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Robotics Team Exceeds Expectations

Robotics Team Exceeds Expectations

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
April 28, 2016
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The Free State Robotics Team persevered through a tough start and placed second at the regional tournament

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Reminiscing about past brings back elementary, middle school memories

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling
March 29, 2016
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On the playground of Deerfield Elementary School, a third grader stood dressed in knee high socks and a tutu. After surveying the scene, she noticed a fellow classmate and decided to bite her. From that point on, current sophomores Haley Wolcott and Grace Raney were best friends. “S...

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