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Cameron Coyle Feature Long Reads Profile

Preparation and Reflection: WKU Counselor Looks Back on Career in Mental Health

By Cameron Coyle

Dr. Karl Laves, 60, has worked at the Western Kentucky University Counseling and Testing Center since August of 1991, and as he moves toward completing the final stages of his career, he can fully reflect on a field that has advanced leaps and bounds over the last 50 years.

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Feature Long Reads Olivia Mohr Profile

Parenting a parent: a daughter reflects on mother’s Alzheimer’s disease

By: Olivia Mohr

Cameron Lebedinsky remembers the first time she started to become concerned about her mother’s memory. She was at her mother’s house on Pepperidge Drive in Bowling Green, Kentucky, sometime between 2007 and 2008. Her mother, Winkie Huddleston, took Cameron to her backyard garden area to show her a new bench she had bought. Then, five or 10 minutes later, Winkie asked Cameron again if she wanted to see the bench.

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Emma Collins Feature Long Reads Profile

Employee who viewed workplace as family loses job

By Emma Collins

Autumn Jarvis knew she was about to be fired when she received an email from her director on March 7 asking Jarvis to meet with her in her director’s office in 15 minutes.

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Amelia Brett Feature Long Reads Profile

Culture and spirituality: Temple provides community for Cambodian Buddhists

By Amelia Brett

Thyda Freiberger slipped off her shoes with ease beside the door before entering her family’s temple. A short line of sandals sat next to hers on the front porch. Her black hair hung down her back in a long braid. After walking into the room, she bowed three times to pay respect in front of a large statue of Buddha. With rose red curtains tied back, sunlight reflected on ornamental golden leaves in front of decorative lotus flowers and a light pink box with the word “donation” painted on it in crimson letters. The Buddha’s face shone with closed eyes and a soft smile. The room was silent, except for the sound of Freiberger’s small daughter running around in socks and stopping to carefully pick up an incense stick.

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Amelia Brett Feature Place story Quick Reads

Refugees from Myanmar’s Chin State gather to worship in Bowling Green

By Amelia Brett

Long, colorful skirts skimmed the floor as women from Myanmar entered the church room with friends and families. A Chin language, “Hakha,” filled the pages of Bibles and hymn books and could be heard from rows of seats.

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Feature Long Reads Place story Sille Veilmark Spring 2018 Senior Show

World’s largest cave system battling deadly bat disease

By Sille Veilmark

The rocky chamber in the world’s biggest cave system, Mammoth Cave, is dimly lit. The echoing chatter from 107 mouths dies out as the flock approaches a slim man with red beard. He is wearing a stiff park ranger hat, and the glue in his hiking shoes are not holding the sole together completely anymore. The air is cold, dry, and tastes slightly of stone. Visitors over the years have burned their names in the flat cave ceiling with torches, in a font that looks like a typewriter.

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Feature Long Reads Profile Spring 2018 Senior Show Srijita Chattopadhyay

Rising from the ashes

By Srijita Chattopadhyay

The walls of faded blue were plastered with posters of bands and TV shows, from Panic at the Disco to Supernatural. The smell of rich sandalwood filled the air inside the room. A heap of colorful stuffed animals were piled in a corner. A small Zen fountain gurgled on a bookstand next to a blue-orange wristband that read “We are Marshall Strong.”

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Feature Jennifer King Long Reads Profile

Reaching for the stars

By Jennifer King

On Aug. 21, 2017, Alicia Edds woke with her heart pounding.

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Audrey Brown Feature Place story Quick Reads

A Decade of Train History at Railpark Museum

By Audrey Brown

A woman and her young son stand observing an exhibit explaining Abraham Lincoln’s railroad legacy inside the Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The boy points enthusiastically at pictures of Lincoln, trains, and slaves surrounding tracks as he asks his mom questions.

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Feature Jennifer King Quick Reads Small business

Roxie’s Cottage

By Jennifer King

Fresh coffee is brewed in a pot just inside the door at Roxie’s. Customers grab a mug from a large stack beside the pot and serve themselves their own coffee as they walk in the door.

It’s not quite 4 a.m. on a Friday morning in Bowling Green, but the red and blue neon lights of an open sign glow in the window of a small white cottage with a red roof on the corner of Louisville Road and Old Porter Pike.