King of Hearts

Ethan Cale performs a card trick to promote the custom playing card company he hopes to start. Ethan, 20, learned card and magic tricks after a heart condition left him unable to participate in sports and hungry for a new passion. (Cale Card Co. via instagram.com/calecardco)

 By Chris DiMeo

A two of spades flutters loftily through the air, then dives into Ethan Cale’s hand like a slam dunk into a basketball hoop.

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Stand Up and Cheer with The Red Towel Guy

By Morgan Reagle

“The Red Towel Guy.”

When asked what his name was, those were the words from soon-to-be Western Kentucky University grad Brendan Ward. His answer was uniquely based on how other people would identify him, not his birth name.

And he’s OK with being the nameless Hilltopper sports fanatic. In fact, he relishes it. Continue reading “Stand Up and Cheer with The Red Towel Guy”

A ‘best’ friendship ends and a prison sentence begins

By Emma Collins

Peter Gall stood in the Warren County Justice Center courtroom on Nov. 19 — a little more than a year after shooting to death his best friend Alex Davis.

Dressed in a khaki suit with combed-back hair, Gall barely resembled the red-faced, drunken 21-year-old in the mugshot taken only hours after he fired a shotgun into Davis, killing him in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2017.

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Making a good grade in mental health is an increasingly tough assignment

A good home life. A college scholarship. A suicide attempt.

Promising college students like Olivia Eiler (above) hit rock bottom with mental illness. A record number of college students now experience anxiety, depression, and consider suicide while chasing degrees and dealing with the stress that comes with it, a new report shows.

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The Lost Postcards of Ms. Martha

(Editor’s note: In September 2018, Sofie Mathiassen, a student from Denmark, was assigned a feature profile of someone local in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area. Her search for ideas led her to a local consignment store where she read through baskets of paper ephemera. There she found a series of postcards addressed to a woman named “Martha.”What followed was Sofie’s quest to find Martha and reconstruct how her correspondence had landed in a store. Sofie’s story reveals a life lived in full and memories claimed and unclaimed by dementia.)

Photos and story

by Sofie Mathiassen

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