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  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Wichita Eagle: News
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:"A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.Read more
  • Volunteers do a little spring cleaning at Chisholm Creek Park

    Wichita Eagle: Top Stories
    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Honeysuckle shrubs suffered a setback Saturday in Chisholm Creek Park.Volunteers yanked as many of the invasive bush honeysuckles out by the roots as they could in sections of the park during the Great Plains Nature Center’s “Workday in the Park” event. The volunteers were fighting a battle to prevent the bushes from monopolizing the soil moisture and preventing the germination of native plants, among other unfortunate results wrought by bush honeysuckles.Read more
  • Volunteers do a little spring cleaning at Chisholm Creek Park

    Wichita Eagle: News Updates
    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Honeysuckle shrubs suffered a setback Saturday in Chisholm Creek Park.Volunteers yanked as many of the invasive bush honeysuckles out by the roots as they could in sections of the park during the Great Plains Nature Center’s “Workday in the Park” event. The volunteers were fighting a battle to prevent the bushes from monopolizing the soil moisture and preventing the germination of native plants, among other unfortunate results wrought by bush honeysuckles.Read more
  • Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains

    Wichita News
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Friends surround Melquin Merchan, an 18-year-old painter from Aracataca, as he paints a portrait of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in front of the house where the Nobel laureate was born in Aracataca, Colombia, Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • Multiple-defendant homicide cases on the rise in Sedgwick County

    Wichita Eagle: Crime andamp; Courts
    Hurst Laviana
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Vat Khamvongsa, 24, said he was tagging along with a childhood friend on Aug. 4, 2012, when he found himself among a group of Asian Boy gang members. They forced their way into a home at 830 S. Erie, and one of them cut Pheng Xiong’s throat. Khamvongsa was charged with first-degree murder.Emmalynn Spencer, 18, spent the night of March 30, 2013, with four other young adults partying in Old Town. Early the next morning they drove to a field southeast of Wichita where one of them shot former South High football player Jordan Turner to death. Spencer was arrested and released without being…
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    Wichita Eagle: News

  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:"A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!" — Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.Read more
  • Is space study worthwhile? Kansans Steve and John Hawley offer their views

    Roy Wenzl
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Steve and John Hawley are brothers who grew up in Salina, with a few years spent in Maryland. Both studied astronomy in college. Steve became an astronomer and astronaut. John became a theoretical astrophysicist. Both say they have spent their lifetimes hearing some people question whether it is worth it to go to space, or to study basic science, or astronomy, or Newtonian mechanics, or black holes in space. How are these subjects practical?Read more
  • Sky is no limit for Salina brothers who pursued careers in astronomy

    Roy Wenzl
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    In 1961, after NASA shot Alan Shepard into space, a 9-year-old boy named Steve Hawley asked his mother to buy him a dime-store telescope. Several years and several telescopes later, he asked his mother and father to help pay for college. To study astronomy.Some parents might ask how staring at stars would get him a job. But Bernie and Jeanne Hawley said yes. Read more
  • Manhunt is detailed as Grandview man is charged in area highway shootings

    CHRISTINE VENDEL
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Like pieces of a puzzle, Kansas City police used tips about an erratic driver, a fingerprint from a plastic bag of shell casings and a bullet from a house that was shot last year to link Mohammed Whitaker, 27, to a series of recent highway shootings.Jackson County prosecutors on Friday announced 18 felony charges against Whitaker involving nine separate shootings. Two of the charges relate to cases in which victims were wounded. In each case, police recovered, tested and matched spent .380-caliber bullets.Whitaker remained in jail Friday in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond. While being…
  • Teachers in Goddard pledge to help Davis oust Brownback

    Dion Lefler
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Saying they felt insulted and attacked by recent school legislation, dozens of angry teachers in the Republican stronghold community of Goddard signed up Friday to help Democratic candidate Paul Davis in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.Davis spoke to about 80 teachers and administrators who gathered at Eisenhower Middle School.The big concerns on the teachers’ minds were provisions in the recently passed school finance plan, House Bill 2056, that would allow districts to hire unlicensed teachers for science and math classes and whittle down teachers’ protection…
 
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  • Volunteers do a little spring cleaning at Chisholm Creek Park

    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Honeysuckle shrubs suffered a setback Saturday in Chisholm Creek Park.Volunteers yanked as many of the invasive bush honeysuckles out by the roots as they could in sections of the park during the Great Plains Nature Center’s “Workday in the Park” event. The volunteers were fighting a battle to prevent the bushes from monopolizing the soil moisture and preventing the germination of native plants, among other unfortunate results wrought by bush honeysuckles.Read more
  • United Way to devote $1 million to helping kids in West High neighborhood

    Roy Wenzl
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Joel Hudson drives his pickup truck up and down streets around West High School. He points to houses with boarded-up windows and crumbling porches – and to the bicycles and toys of children scattered around many front yards. “A lot of people here work two jobs, work hard. And a number of them show up at West High to talk with us, because they care about their kids.”Read more
  • Police: Woman tries to run boyfriend over with car

    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    A man was slightly injured late Friday when his girlfriend tried to run him over with her car, police said.The 22-year-old victim told police his 20-year-old girlfriend had two children in the car with her when she drove the vehicle at him in the 2000 block of East 11th Street, said Sgt. John Hooker. It happened at about 10:10 p.m.The man was able to get out of the way for the most part, Hooker said, but still received some minor injuries.Read more
  • Transplants give Garden Plain man a second chance at life

    Stan Finger
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Chris Simon’s bucket list wasn’t anything fancy. He simply wanted to be able to ride a bike again. Or take a swim. Or go camping with friends.“Stuff I used to do all the time,” Simon said. “And all of a sudden it was taken away.”Read more
  • City eager for board to take over National Baseball Congress World Series

    Bill Wilson
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    City officials hope to have a board of directors in place next month to take over operation of the National Baseball Congress World Series. The board will run the new nonprofit NBC Baseball Foundation. City officials announced earlier this month that they will take their tournament back from the current operators, the Wingnuts independent league baseball team. This year’s tournament, the 80th World Series, runs July 25 through Aug. 9.Read more
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    Wichita Eagle: News Updates

  • Volunteers do a little spring cleaning at Chisholm Creek Park

    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Honeysuckle shrubs suffered a setback Saturday in Chisholm Creek Park.Volunteers yanked as many of the invasive bush honeysuckles out by the roots as they could in sections of the park during the Great Plains Nature Center’s “Workday in the Park” event. The volunteers were fighting a battle to prevent the bushes from monopolizing the soil moisture and preventing the germination of native plants, among other unfortunate results wrought by bush honeysuckles.Read more
  • United Way to devote $1 million to helping kids in West High neighborhood

    Roy Wenzl
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Joel Hudson drives his pickup truck up and down streets around West High School. He points to houses with boarded-up windows and crumbling porches – and to the bicycles and toys of children scattered around many front yards. “A lot of people here work two jobs, work hard. And a number of them show up at West High to talk with us, because they care about their kids.”Read more
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    JULIE PACE
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming…
  • Police raid LA Times building after threat reports

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Police took a man into custody Friday night inside the Los Angeles Times building after it was locked down because of a shooting threat report, the newspaper said.The man was detained by police and removed from the building less than an hour after the threat report, the Times said. The man does not work for the newspaper but is connected to Vxi Global Solutions, which rents office space in the building.Officers searched the building but found no weapon and the lockdown was lifted by 9 p.m., police Lt. Lonnie Benson said.Read more
  • Police: Woman tries to run boyfriend over with car

    Fred Mann
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    A man was slightly injured late Friday when his girlfriend tried to run him over with her car, police said.The 22-year-old victim told police his 20-year-old girlfriend had two children in the car with her when she drove the vehicle at him in the 2000 block of East 11th Street, said Sgt. John Hooker. It happened at about 10:10 p.m.The man was able to get out of the way for the most part, Hooker said, but still received some minor injuries.Read more
 
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  • Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Friends surround Melquin Merchan, an 18-year-old painter from Aracataca, as he paints a portrait of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in front of the house where the Nobel laureate was born in Aracataca, Colombia, Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • Multiple-defendant homicide cases on the rise in Sedgwick County

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Pheng Xiong was found dead in a house in the 800 block of South Erie on Aug. 4, 2012.
  • Mariners beat Adelaide 1-0 in elimination final

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Mariners will play Western Sydney Wanderers next Saturday in Sydney. Melbourne Victory, who beat Sydney FC 2-1 Friday, plays first-place Brisbane next Sunday in the Queensland state capital, with the winners to play in the Australian grand final on May 4. Before Saturday's match, there was a minute of silence observed for 20-year-old Australia ... (more)
  • Executive AirShare posts record year

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Executive AirShare, founded in Wichita and based in Kansas City, posted a record year last year, one in which the number of customers served grew 37 percent, the company said.
  • Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows actor Idris Elba at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif.
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    Wichita Eagle: Crime andamp; Courts

  • Multiple-defendant homicide cases on the rise in Sedgwick County

    Hurst Laviana
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Vat Khamvongsa, 24, said he was tagging along with a childhood friend on Aug. 4, 2012, when he found himself among a group of Asian Boy gang members. They forced their way into a home at 830 S. Erie, and one of them cut Pheng Xiong’s throat. Khamvongsa was charged with first-degree murder.Emmalynn Spencer, 18, spent the night of March 30, 2013, with four other young adults partying in Old Town. Early the next morning they drove to a field southeast of Wichita where one of them shot former South High football player Jordan Turner to death. Spencer was arrested and released without being…
  • Manhunt is detailed as Grandview man is charged in area highway shootings

    CHRISTINE VENDEL
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Like pieces of a puzzle, Kansas City police used tips about an erratic driver, a fingerprint from a plastic bag of shell casings and a bullet from a house that was shot last year to link Mohammed Whitaker, 27, to a series of recent highway shootings.Jackson County prosecutors on Friday announced 18 felony charges against Whitaker involving nine separate shootings. Two of the charges relate to cases in which victims were wounded. In each case, police recovered, tested and matched spent .380-caliber bullets.Whitaker remained in jail Friday in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond. While being…
  • Registered sex offender given 2 life sentences for attack on girl, 14, in Wichita

    Rick Plumlee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A Wichita man who was a registered sex offender at the time he committed sexual crimes against a 14-year-old girl was given two life sentences Friday.Sedgwick County District Judge Bruce Brown handed down the sentences for Gerrian Green, 32, for criminal sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child, District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a news release.Brown ordered the sentences to be served consecutively and without the possibility of parole. Green was sentenced under the state’s aggravated habitual sex offender law, a Bennett spokesman said.Read more
  • Police: Woman head-butts officer, damages patrol car on South Meridian

    Rick Plumlee
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    A 35-year-old woman head-butted a police officer as he tried to arrest her and then damaged his patrol car, according to a Wichita police report.The incident started about 2 p.m. Thursday at a convenience store in the 800 block of South Meridian. A 31-year-old man told police the woman ripped a blinker off his company car, the report said.When the officer started to take the woman into custody, she smacked him in the head with her head, Lt. Dan East said. Read more
  • Woman arrested; shots fired at house with 3-year-old inside

    Rick Plumlee
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    A woman has been arrested in a case that involves shots being fired at a house where five people were inside.The 23-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday evening on East 21st Street, not far from where trouble started earlier this week, Wichita police Lt. Dan East said Thursday.The chain of events began with a disturbance on Tuesday between two women at a convenience store at 21st and Grove. It’s unknown whether the disturbance was physical or verbal, East said.Read more
 
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    Finger on the Weather

  • Wichita weather: A rainy morning

    Stan Finger
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April showers are in the forecast for Thursday morning in the Wichita area. Cooler temperatures are, too, with highs only expected to be in the mid-50s. North winds will be in the low teens, forecasters say. Chances for rain will end Thursday night as skies begin to gradually clear. Lows will fall into the upper 30s. Friday should see the return of sunshine to the region, forecasters say, with highs in the 70s. Robust winds will return, too, with south winds in the teens and gusting to nearly 25 miles an hour. Chances for showers and thunderstorms return over the weekend, forecasters say.
  • Wichita weather: Warm and windy Wednesday, then another cold front arrives

    Stan Finger
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The roller coaster that is spring weather takes Wichita and the Sunflower State on another whirlwind of contrasts over the next several days, forecasters say. It’ll be warm and windy Wednesday in the Wichita area, with highs in the low 70s under sunny skies. Winds will be blustery out of the south, blowing steadily in the 20s and gusting to nearly 40 miles an hour before easing slightly later in the day. A cold front pushes through the state late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, forecasters say. What that means for Wichita is that Thursday’s high will only be about 10 degrees…
  • Tornado season off to a slow start in the U.S.

    Stan Finger
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    As predicted in a story I wrote last month, the tornado season in the United States is off to a remarkably slow start. According to the story on the website FiveThirtyEight, there had been only 70 tornadoes across the country through March 31. That’s less than half the average over the past 10 years of 170. There has been only one tornado in Kansas so far this year: a weak, short-lived twister on the evening of April 2 in Elk County.
  • Record lows around Kansas – but not Wichita

    Stan Finger
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    “Two measly degrees.” That’s how close Wichita came to setting a record low temperature Tuesday morning. The reading of 27 didn’t quite reach the record of 25 set in 1983, according to Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. But records fell around the state. Russell dropped to 19, obliterating the old record of 26 in 1983. Salina got down to 22, bettering the mark of 23 set in 1936. Chanute fell to 23, topping the old mark of 24 set in 1928. More records may have been broken, Pearce said, but those won’t be confirmed until…
  • Wichita weather: Spring returns

    Stan Finger
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    After a dusting of snow early Monday, Wichita shook off the wintry coat and will sample spring again for the next couple of days. Highs should top 60 Tuesday in Wichita, forecasters say, with sunshine and variable winds in the teens. Gusts could approach 25 miles an hour out of the south by afternoon. Overnight lows will settle in the low 40s as the breezy conditions continue, forecasters say. Gusts could near 30 miles an hour. Wednesday is likely to be warmer still in Wichita, forecasters say, with highs climbing into the 70s. It’ll be very windy, however, with south winds in the 20s…
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  • Former Kansas state representative Donald Dahl killed in ultralight crash

    Daniel McCoy
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The pilot who died in an ultralight aircraft crash Friday afternoon has been identified as former Kansas House member Donald Dahl of Hillsboro. Dahl’s plane crashed just south of Hillsboro around 1:45 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries and later died. The accident is under investigation. WBJ news partner  KAKE TV has more information on the incident. 
  • Photos from the 2014 Best in Business awards

    Kellen Jenkins
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Photos from the 2014 Best in Business awards
  • Kansas Supreme Court cries foul over new law that gives chief judges more authority

    Josh Heck
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday signed a bill that critics argue limits the authority of the Kansas Supreme Court. The bill, which was approved by the Kansas House and Senate, allows the chief judges of the state’s 31 judicial districts to have more say in budgeting. The bill also allows district judges to select the chief judge for their district’s court and gives the go-ahead for increases in docket fees. The Kansas Supreme Court has been staunchly opposed to this bill, a  compromise version of…
  • Pilot dies from injuries in ultralight plane crash in Marion County

    Daniel McCoy
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Emergency crews responded Friday afternoon to a crash of an ultralight plane in Marion County, just south of Hillsboro. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol the pilot was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and he later died. KHP was first notified of the crash around 1:45 p.m.
  • Video tutorials: Play a better golf game this weekend

    Emily Behlmann
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Leading up to the  special golf issue we published today, the Wichita Business Journal posted video tutorials throughout the week with Flint Hills National Golf Club head golf professional Rick Hatfield. Hatfield’s advice ranges from beginner basics to more advanced adjustments a player can make to play better golf. Whether you use golf as a business tool or just an escape from the office, check out these videos before hitting the links: Monday —  The importance of proper club fitting Tuesday…
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  • Cerebral Palsy Foundation celebrates renovation of its wheelchair modification clinic

    Julie Doll
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation on Friday celebrated its successful drive to renovate its wheelchair modification clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $670,100 capital campaign allowed the nonprofit group to create a more family-friendly environment, add storage and create space for its exercise and wellness program, according to a news release from the group. Staff at the center build wheelchairs to meet individual clients’ needs. “This campaign has been another example of the generous support and ongoing dedication of our donors and their desire to improve the lives of…
  • Koch’s CFO to give business lecture at KSU

    Julie Doll
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Koch Industries’ chief financial officer will be the spring 2014 speaker at a Kansas State University business college event. Steve Feilmeier, executive vice president and CFO for Wichita-based Koch Industries, will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union in Manhattan, according to a news release from K-State. The speech is part of the KSU College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series. As CFO, Feilmeier oversees Koch Industries’ global financial network and serves on the company’s business development board, as well as the…
  • Erie High School team a finalist in national engineering-design contest

    Julie Doll
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    A high school team from Erie High School in southeast Kansas is among five finalists in a national engineering design contest. Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring the contest, which is in its first year, to engage students in engineering and space exploration. The design challenge presented in this year’s contest was to mitigate the dangers of radiation for astronauts as they travel or spend long amounts of time in space. According to a news release from the contest sponsors, the students were asked to design an experiment to protect a dosimeter,…
  • TGA plans promotional event tonight at Golf Etc.

    Julie Doll
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    TGA of Central Kansas, which provides youth golf programs, is partnering with Golf Etc. for a promotional event that will run from 6 to 8 tonight at the Golf Etc. store at 2621 N. Greenwich. According to a news release from TGA, the event will include activities for children as well as some discounted prices. Golf Etc. also will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the TGA Sports Foundation, according to the release. Also during the event, TGA will give away a golf camp scholarship that is valued at $189. TGA of Central Kansas was founded in 2013 and offers after-school golf programs…
  • Wichita ranks No. 5 in best places for professional women to live

    Julie Doll
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    Movoto, a website that provides information about the real estate sector, says Wichita is one of the best places for professional women to live. Wichita ranked No. 5 on its list of 100 metropolitan areas for working women. Atop the list was Lubbock, Texas. It was followed by Omaha, Neb., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lincoln, Neb. The writers at Movoto said criteria for the rankings included the following: average commute time, recent job growth, unemployment rates, adjusted earnings (adjusted for cost of living relative to other cities), and the number of women’s professional groups per…
 
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  • 2014 Softball videos (4-17)

    Joanna
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle Carroll swept Maize South 8-0 and 12-0 (in five innings) tonight. Carroll’s Hunter Hogan was 6 for 7 at the plate with 3 RBIs, six runs scored; Morgan Balderas was 6-8 with 6 RBIs, 2 HRs, 5 runs; Jessi Haffner was 5 for 7 with four RBIs.  Brittany Finney also had a homer, as did Briana Hogan. Below are video interviews.   Carroll 2B Morgan Balderas Carroll catcher Lauren Buchanan Coach Steve Harshberger
  • Valley Center’s Otte resigns as volleyball coach

    Joanna
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle In the span of a few weeks, Valley Center has lost two of its most high-profile successful coaches. Volleyball coach Bryan Otte recently resigned, as did wrestling coach Brian Shelton. These were two of my favorite coaches to deal with, men who I could count on to give the information to me straight, whether it was about their team or another. There was never any posturing — you know, dogging another team’s athletes to get more coverage of their own team. If there was a stud athlete out there, then they told me. They were also wonderful…
  • 2014 Softball videos (4-15-14)

    Joanna
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle Goddard swept Eisenhower softball on April 15, 2014. Below are my interviews after the doubleheader. Goddard junior pitcher Megan Graf pitched a shutout in Game 1 Goddard freshman Talli Shepherd had five RBIs, a triple and was 7 for 10 at the plate. Goddard coach Rita Smith
  • 2014 Softball videos (4-7-14)

    Joanna
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle Rose Hill entered its doubleheader with Clearwater on April 7 with a 2-4 record, while Clearwater was 4-0. Rose Hill got the sweep, 8-5, 12-2.   Rose Hill’s Brooke Talbert Rose Hill’s Dani Sherwin Rose Hill coach Kim Waltman
  • Varsity Kansas Big Show (April 7, 2014)

    Michael Roehrman
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Andale track coach Greg Smarsh joins Joanna Chadwick on the Big Show.
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    Wichita Eagle: Opinion

  • Charles Krauthammer: Zealots using donor lists to persecute citizens

    Charles Krauthammer
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. On the other hand, of course money is corrupting. The nation’s jails are well-stocked with mayors, legislators, judges and the occasional governor who have exchanged favors for cash. There is no denying the unfairness of big contributors buying access unavailable to the everyday citizen.Read more
  • Letters to the editor on expanding Medicaid, Hobby Lobby, Science Olympiad, great neighborhood, helping a stranger

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Not on ‘freebie train’I’m sorry the writer of “Need kick in pants” (April 12 Letters to the Editor) has been so misinformed about those who have tried to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. These people work, often more than one job, but are not offered health insurance by their employers. They have tried to pay for it but are unable to. They also may have tried to apply for “Obamacare” and found they did not qualify because they made too little money.This seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? But each state was allowed to choose whether…
  • Opinion Line (April 19)

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    E-mail comments, 50 words or fewer, to opline@wichitaeagle.com Liberals think the world is going to end due to climate change. Conservatives think it’s going to end because of Obama.Read more
  • Kathleen Parker: Erasing the race card

    Kathleen Parker
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina “Uncle Toms.” Holmes has also said that it’s fine by him if men want to marry mules and, while we’re exorcising demons, that white people are only pro-life until their daughter gets pregnant by a black man.Read more
  • Opinion Line Extra (April 18)

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Joe Biden has been there, done that, and is underrated for his compromising abilities. He is not known as a standout politician but as the working policymaker of our time.Biden told the surviving Boston Marathon bombing victims “it was worth it” when they were blown up, maimed and scarred. Does anyone with any intelligence need any more proof the Democratic Party is a terminal cancer to this country?Read more
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  • Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems reach milestone with delivery of 8,000th Boeing 737

    Molly McMillin
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    Boeing celebrated delivery of the 8,000th 737 single-aisle commercial airliner to come off the production line on Wednesday, which also marks a milestone for Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit, and Boeing’s Wichita commercial airline division before it, have built the fuselages for all 8,000 planes. Spirit builds the fuselage, pylons and thrust reversers in Wichita and wing components in Tulsa. Boeing has more than 3,700 Boeing 737′s on order. That includes 1,934 orders for the 737 MAX, an upgraded version with new engines. The 8,000th 737 was delivered to United Airlines. Since 1965,…
  • WSU’s Dean Headley to talk about airline quality ratings

    Molly McMillin
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Every year, Wichita State University associate professor Dean Headley co-authors the annual Airline Quality Rating report, ranking the nation’s largest airlines. The report, in its 24th year, measures the performance of U.S. airlines as it relates to customer complaints, denied boardings, mishandled bags and on-time arrivals. Headley, a native of Kansas, will speak about the ratings and ho the report was developed  at the Wichita Aero Club luncheon on Wednesday. The latest rating was released Monday. Headley received his undergraduate degree in business from Emporia State University.
  • Wichita Manufacturers Association announces scholarship winners

    Molly McMillin
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    The Wichita Manufacturers Association awarded 19 scholarships for 2014. Sixteen companies that are members of the association provided funds for a named scholarship, two scholarships were provided by the association’s scholarship fund, comprised of member donations. And one scholarship is funded by the Wichita Area Technical College. The winners are Jacob Dold, Bao Pham, Austin Towne, Brianne McNutt, Tanner Harpool, Jose Cisneros, Taylor Price, Arlene Raymundo, Nathan Ruzzin, Michelle Wheeler, Katherine Marceau, Henry Ramirez, Kyle Offutt, Phillip Osu, Talon Wanless, Conner Garoung,…
  • Cessna Aircraft partners with Liberty University

    Molly McMillin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Cessna Aircraft has partnered with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., to help students with flight training. Under the agreement, students will learn to fly at Cessna Pilot Centers and enroll in online classes at Liberty that will qualify toward a degree in aeronautics at the same time. Liberty also plans to offer classes to high school students who live near Cessna Pilot Centers so that they can take part of their training before they graduate, the company said.  
  • Kirby Ortega inducted into National Flight Instructors Hall of Fame

    Molly McMillin
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Kirby Ortega, who retired from Cessna Aircraft last year as chief pilot for its piston engine operations, has been inducted into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame by the National Association of Flight Instructors. Ortega was surprised at a banquet Thursday evening in Lakeland, Fla., the site of this week’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. He began flying at age 16 through the Cessna Employees Flying Club. His father was an employee. Ortega received his private pilot’s license at age 17. During  summer break from Wichita State University, Ortega’s father…
 
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  • Mohammed Whitaker is the suspect in KC's highway shootings case

    David Hudnall
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Last night, the Kansas City Police Department announced that it had taken into custody a suspect in the rash of mysterious highway shootings in Kansas City in recent weeks.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boulevardia announces its music lineup

    April Fleming
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Boulevardia, the weekend-long beer/music/food/street festival taking place June 13-15 down in the West Bottoms, now has its official music lineup. L.A. dance-pop duo Capital Cities are headlining, alongside Ryan Adams-y Nashvillians the Wild Feathers.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Where do you take your lunch hour?

    Charles Ferruzza
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The concepts of breakfast and dinner are older, apparently, than the idea of the midday meal that we now know as lunch. Culinary historians pinpoint the mid-19th century as the time when lunch, which had been treated as little more than a snack prior to that (Samuel Johnson's 1755 definition of the word was "as much food as the hand can hold"), became less of a novelty, more of a meal with a fixed timetable. The subject of today's Central Standard program at 11 a.m. on KCUR 89.3 will be lunch in all of its possible incarnations, from a quick jaunt through the company cafeteria to the…
  • Jasper's Restaurant: After 60 years, Mother knows best

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Several beloved Kansas City restaurants are celebrating anniversaries this year: The American turns 40 and the family-owned Northland restaurant, Cascone's, turns 60.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Bartender's Notebook: Looking for Chartreuse at Manifesto

    Natalie Gallagher
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    When I ask for Tex at Manifesto, the man in question laughs and darts his eyes around the dark basement bar, as if he's surprised to hear that a patron might know him by his longtime nickname. But the man known aboveground as Jonathan Bush has a reputation among cocktail-loving Kansas Citians.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Mohammed Whitaker is the suspect in KC's highway shootings case

    David Hudnall
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Last night, the Kansas City Police Department announced that it had taken into custody a suspect in the rash of mysterious highway shootings in Kansas City in recent weeks.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boulevardia announces its music lineup

    April Fleming
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Boulevardia, the weekend-long beer/music/food/street festival taking place June 13-15 down in the West Bottoms, now has its official music lineup. L.A. dance-pop duo Capital Cities are headlining, alongside Ryan Adams-y Nashvillians the Wild Feathers.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Where do you take your lunch hour?

    Charles Ferruzza
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The concepts of breakfast and dinner are older, apparently, than the idea of the midday meal that we now know as lunch. Culinary historians pinpoint the mid-19th century as the time when lunch, which had been treated as little more than a snack prior to that (Samuel Johnson's 1755 definition of the word was "as much food as the hand can hold"), became less of a novelty, more of a meal with a fixed timetable. The subject of today's Central Standard program at 11 a.m. on KCUR 89.3 will be lunch in all of its possible incarnations, from a quick jaunt through the company cafeteria to the…
  • Jasper's Restaurant: After 60 years, Mother knows best

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Several beloved Kansas City restaurants are celebrating anniversaries this year: The American turns 40 and the family-owned Northland restaurant, Cascone's, turns 60.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Bartender's Notebook: Looking for Chartreuse at Manifesto

    Natalie Gallagher
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    When I ask for Tex at Manifesto, the man in question laughs and darts his eyes around the dark basement bar, as if he's surprised to hear that a patron might know him by his longtime nickname. But the man known aboveground as Jonathan Bush has a reputation among cocktail-loving Kansas Citians.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Mohammed Whitaker is the suspect in KC's highway shootings case

    David Hudnall
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Last night, the Kansas City Police Department announced that it had taken into custody a suspect in the rash of mysterious highway shootings in Kansas City in recent weeks.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boulevardia announces its music lineup

    April Fleming
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Boulevardia, the weekend-long beer/music/food/street festival taking place June 13-15 down in the West Bottoms, now has its official music lineup. L.A. dance-pop duo Capital Cities are headlining, alongside Ryan Adams-y Nashvillians the Wild Feathers.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Where do you take your lunch hour?

    Charles Ferruzza
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The concepts of breakfast and dinner are older, apparently, than the idea of the midday meal that we now know as lunch. Culinary historians pinpoint the mid-19th century as the time when lunch, which had been treated as little more than a snack prior to that (Samuel Johnson's 1755 definition of the word was "as much food as the hand can hold"), became less of a novelty, more of a meal with a fixed timetable. The subject of today's Central Standard program at 11 a.m. on KCUR 89.3 will be lunch in all of its possible incarnations, from a quick jaunt through the company cafeteria to the…
  • Jasper's Restaurant: After 60 years, Mother knows best

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Several beloved Kansas City restaurants are celebrating anniversaries this year: The American turns 40 and the family-owned Northland restaurant, Cascone's, turns 60.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Bartender's Notebook: Looking for Chartreuse at Manifesto

    Natalie Gallagher
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    When I ask for Tex at Manifesto, the man in question laughs and darts his eyes around the dark basement bar, as if he's surprised to hear that a patron might know him by his longtime nickname. But the man known aboveground as Jonathan Bush has a reputation among cocktail-loving Kansas Citians.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • Open thread (April 19)

    Rhonda Holman
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
  • Kansas Democrats ‘just don’t win federal statewide races’

    Rhonda Holman
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In pondering the gossip about a possible Kathleen Sebelius run for U.S. Senate, the FiveThirtyEight website noted the state’s “ruby-red” voting record: “The last time a Democrat was elected to the Senate from Kansas was 1932. That’s not only the longest drought for the party, it’s by far the longest winless streak. (The next longest drought for Democrats is in Wyoming, where they haven’t won a Senate seat since 1970.) Democrats have lost 29 consecutive Senate races in Kansas, and they just don’t win federal statewide races. Since 1940, Lyndon Johnson, in 1964, was the only…
  • Off-season moves around the MVC

    Paul Suellentrop
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    With the April signing period underway, let’s catch up on the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference. The theme, as it usually is in the spring, is transfer. MVC schools concentrated on adding junior college talent, while dealing with players who either left in search of a better fit or where “encouraged” to leave. Bradley The Braves needed a shooter and Kendal Amerson appears to fit that profile. Two Bradley freshmen are headed elsewhere. Drake Swingman Kale Abrahamson, from Des Moines, is transferring to Drake after starting 28 games at Northwestern. Two little-used…
  • Public prefers small-ball politics to big ideas

    Phillip Brownlee
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done… Yet almost every time elected officials have tried bold problem-solving in the past 20 years, it has produced a backlash against them,” wrote columnist Ramesh Ponnuru. “The more ambitious the attempt, the worse the political repercussions have been.” He concluded that activists with far-reaching agendas should pull the reins on their ambitions and “people considering running for office should know that politics, for the foreseeable future, is probably not going to be much fun.”
  • Friday musings

    Bob
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    * I know the record for Wichita State’s baseball team is at .500 as the Shockers prepare for a three-game set with Southern Illinois at Eck Stadium this weekend. I know fans aren’t used to seeing this team battle just to stay afloat. I know Todd Butler is having a rough first year. But it’s not all that surprising, given the team’s injuries, suspensions related to NCAA clothing violations and lack of overall talent depth. * Way, way to early to make any long-term judgements about Butler and his coaching staff. Let’s see how he recruits. He has 17 new players…
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  • Open thread (April 19)

    Rhonda Holman
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
  • Kansas Democrats ‘just don’t win federal statewide races’

    Rhonda Holman
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    In pondering the gossip about a possible Kathleen Sebelius run for U.S. Senate, the FiveThirtyEight website noted the state’s “ruby-red” voting record: “The last time a Democrat was elected to the Senate from Kansas was 1932. That’s not only the longest drought for the party, it’s by far the longest winless streak. (The next longest drought for Democrats is in Wyoming, where they haven’t won a Senate seat since 1970.) Democrats have lost 29 consecutive Senate races in Kansas, and they just don’t win federal statewide races. Since 1940, Lyndon Johnson, in 1964, was the only…
  • Public prefers small-ball politics to big ideas

    Phillip Brownlee
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done… Yet almost every time elected officials have tried bold problem-solving in the past 20 years, it has produced a backlash against them,” wrote columnist Ramesh Ponnuru. “The more ambitious the attempt, the worse the political repercussions have been.” He concluded that activists with far-reaching agendas should pull the reins on their ambitions and “people considering running for office should know that politics, for the foreseeable future, is probably not going to be much fun.”
  • Open thread (April 18)

    Rhonda Holman
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
  • Brownback should veto bill giving state control of Medicare

    Phillip Brownlee
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “To include Medicare into an attempt to make political statements about the Affordable Care Act, I think, is wrong,”  said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger (in photo). It is wrong. Yet House Bill 2553 would give the state control of all federal health care programs, subject to congressional approval, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Brownback needs to veto the bill, which is being promoted by an out-of-state group, and not jeopardize the health care of senior citizens. Praeger also cautioned that there could be political consequences…
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