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Christine DiMeo Enterprise Story Feature Long Reads Profile

A Sketch of a Hero

By Christine DiMeo

Pinned to the door of the sculpture studio in Western Kentucky University’s Fine Arts Center, a wide horizontal flier depicting a cloud of muscled, mostly female superheroes gazing triumphantly into the sky flaps its corners at the warm spring breeze every time the nearby exterior door opens.

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Brooke Wright Enterprise Story Quick Reads Trend

The day the music died: EKU cut marching band

By Brooke Wright

Dalton Bates, a 21-year-old junior at Eastern Kentucky University, recalled the days he spent practicing with his high school marching band in Whitesburg, Kentucky. He dreamed of the day when he could experience marching on a “grander level” in college.

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Long Reads Profile Sille Veilmark Spring 2018 Senior Show

While we wait

By Sille Veilmark

David Brinkley, 49, is dressed in blue. His jumper is tangent to gray, his jeans are whiter on the knees, and the rubber along the sole of his running shoes is shining white. The shoes have no marks on them yet, and  they carry him back and forth to the sound of a running dishwasher in the kitchen of his home in Alvaton, Kentucky.

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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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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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Casey McCarthy Long Reads News Politics Spring 2018 Senior Show

WKU Students Rent Without Protection

By Casey McCarthy

Courtney Thompson, a senior at Western Kentucky University, was having a birthday party for a pair of friends at her house in October 2016. All night, people complained that the toilets were taking forever to flush in her house on Ogden Avenue in Bowling Green. Thompson brushed the  comments off and chalked them up to her house being old. She and her roommates were going to bed that night when they heard running water.

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Feature James Humphrey Quick Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Leisa Hutchison: A Life Devoted to Helping the Disabled

By James Humphrey

At a table in the middle of a large room at Thanksgiving dinner for Best Buddies, the organization’s president, Leisa Hutchison, 55, scooped food from her son Ben’s plate and fed it to him.

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Casey McCarthy Feature Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Kim Greene: Chasing Dreams

By Casey McCarthy

In the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, near Cherokee Park, down a tree-lined hilly lane, sits a beautiful two-story home where dreams are tended.  Up the steps, the client walks into a sea-foam green nook, the word DREAM in gold letters behind the tender.

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Feature Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Love you forever: a mother survives after daughter’s suicide

By Srijita Chattopadhyay

It was a typical winter evening at the Hack household. Melanie Hack had just picked up her oldest daughter Reagan Harley Carter, 12, from a school basketball game. It was nearly half-past eight in the evening and Melanie was in the kitchen preparing supper. Everything seemed normal — perfect. Her youngest daughter, Zoey, 1, was fast asleep in the crib. Her step-daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Billy, had already left for their night shifts and her step-son Tyler was in the basement.

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2017 Senior Show Feature Jamie Williams Long Reads

Between two schools: High school life on a college campus

By Jamie Williams

Florence Schneider Hall’s limestone exterior sets it apart from the numerous red brick buildings on Western Kentucky University’s campus.