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  • Texas executes woman for torture and starvation of 9-year-old boy

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    17 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she’s the 15th woman executed since…
  • Pia Zadora home from Vegas hospital after accident

    Wichita News
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    A spokeswoman says entertainer Pia Zadora is home from a Las Vegas hospital to continue treatment for serious head and ankle injuries received when she fell from a golf cart last week. Zadora representative Eileen Koch said in an email Monday the singer-actress was released from University Medical Center in Las Vegas and plans to travel to Los Angeles next week for surgery for a compound ankle fracture.
  • Wichita weather: Plenty of clouds on a pleasant day

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    Stan Finger
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tuesday should be a pleasant day in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs will be in the mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies, with winds staying light and variable. A slight chance of showers will come late tonight, with overnight lows falling to the mid-60s. Wednesday could see scattered light showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-80s. Winds will be light out of the south. Highs will be in the 80s through the weekend, forecasters say, with chances for rain scattered throughout the period. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
  • Sears to close Towne West store, auto center in December

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    Emily Behlmann
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Sears store and Sears Auto Center in Towne West Square mall, which together employ 103 people, will close in early December. Howard Riefs, director of corporate public relations for Sears Holdings, confirmed the company’s plans on Wednesday, saying this and other closures “are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.” Sears had said previously that it expected to close at least…
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    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
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  • Texas executes woman for torture and starvation of 9-year-old boy

    The Associated Press
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she’s the 15th woman executed since…
  • School consolidation is officially on the table

    Craig Andres
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Click to view the K-12 Commission Chairman’s requested issues. WICHITA, Kansas – What comes next for schools and money in Kansas? As a school efficiency task force meets this week, several groups are wondering if consolidation will play a key role. “I think the committee comes up to this because the perception is there is a lot of money to be saved through consolidation,” says Mark Tallman with the School Board Association of Kansas. “We are not aware of any studies that show that to be the case. What Kansas provides to its small schools in the scheme of what is…
  • Lyons schools volunteer for the community

    Molly Hadfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    LYONS, Kansas – “It’s fun, you get a break from class,” said Tyler Kirland a senior at Lyons High School. From washing school buses, to fixing fences at the dog park, students in Lyons were busy today, giving back. “There are a lot of kids who have really embraced this day taking it to heart and are enjoying the experience,” said Lyons High School principle Kelly Nusser. The school district found these projects through emails of people asking for help and staff members who knew about people who needed help, and everyone from Pre-K to seniors are helping out…
  • Production of Lincoln Logs return to US

    The Associated Press
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A. Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday the toy logs, created by John Lloyd Wright and used to create miniature toy buildings, will be made at Pride Manufacturing, a wood products company in Burnham. The toy has been made in China but when production of the wooden pieces ramps up, possibly in November, 80 percent of the toy will be made at the plant in Maine, said Randy Dicker, senior director of manufacturing for Pride. Some plastic…
  • Document: K-12 Commission Chairman’s requested issues

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    17 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
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  • Pia Zadora home from Vegas hospital after accident

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    A spokeswoman says entertainer Pia Zadora is home from a Las Vegas hospital to continue treatment for serious head and ankle injuries received when she fell from a golf cart last week. Zadora representative Eileen Koch said in an email Monday the singer-actress was released from University Medical Center in Las Vegas and plans to travel to Los Angeles next week for surgery for a compound ankle fracture.
  • Defense attorney appeals for overturn of Wichita mana s rape, human-trafficking convictions

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    An attorney for a Wichita man convicted in 2012 of raping and trafficking a 13-year-old girl told the Kansas Court of Appeals on Tuesday that his client's convictions should be reversed because the trial judge stated the girl's age in one of the jury instructions. Attorney Randall Hodgkinson argued that because the teen was allowed to give her own age during the trial of Donald L. Davis - testimony which he argued was hearsay, since the girl has no firsthand knowledge of her own birth - and because the judge then reiterated her age in the instruction, it stripped jurors of their…
  • Wichita Heights alum to begin hosting NBCa s a Todaya show

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    One of the newest anchors scheduled to start work soon on NBC's "Today" show may look familiar to some Wichitans. Sheinelle Jones, 36, a 1996 graduate of Wichita Heights School, will begin anchoring the weekend editions of "Today" starting Oct. 4. She is the daughter of Sheila Kinnard and granddaughter of Val Brown, a retired longtime Wichita physician, and Jo Brown, former school board member and educator.
  • Photos from Wichita's city-to-city visit to Austin

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Phyllis Snodgrass, COO, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; Bob Lander, president and CEO, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Wichitan draws 2 years for counterfeiting currency

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison for counterfeiting currency worth $3,390, U.S. Attorney Barry Grisson said in a news release Billy J. Antrobus, 25, had pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing counterfeit currency in June after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to a court document. The counterfeit list of currency included five $100 bills, four $50 bills 27 $20 bills and four sheets of uncut $20 bills.
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  • Wichita weather: Plenty of clouds on a pleasant day

    Stan Finger
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tuesday should be a pleasant day in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs will be in the mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies, with winds staying light and variable. A slight chance of showers will come late tonight, with overnight lows falling to the mid-60s. Wednesday could see scattered light showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-80s. Winds will be light out of the south. Highs will be in the 80s through the weekend, forecasters say, with chances for rain scattered throughout the period. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
  • Wichita weather: Chances for showers much of the week

    Stan Finger
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s a slight chance for showers in the Wichita area on Monday, forecasters say. And Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Thursday. The pattern of unsettled weather will bring highs in the 80s on Monday, upper 70s on Tuesday and mid-80s on Wednesday, forecasters say. Winds will vary, blowing steadily in the teens on Monday and easing slightly on Tuesday. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
  • Wichita weather: Dig out jackets and long sleeves

    Stan Finger
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Friday will be quite chilly for mid-September in the Wichita area, forecasters say – so much so that Wichita’s record low high for the date is under threat. The National Weather Service is projecting a high of 58, which is only a few degrees warmer than the record of 55 set in 1989. “It’s going to be close, obviously,” said Eric Schminke, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service. There will be a chance of showers, primarily in the afternoon, with breezy north-northwest winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour at times. Overnight lows will…
  • Wichita weather: Pleasant day before more chances for rain arrive

    Stan Finger
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thursday should be pleasant taste of autumn in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs will be in the low 70s under sunny skies, with light north winds occasionally reaching double digits. Showers move in after midnight, with lows in the mid-50s. Daytime showers are possible on Friday, too, with highs only in the low 60s, forecasters say. North winds in the teens and gusting at more than 25 miles an hour will make it seem even chillier. The weekend should be sunny, with highs in the mid-60s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather…
  • Wichita weather: Morning showers possible

    Stan Finger
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There could be rain in Wichita’s Wednesday morning before skies start to slowly clear. Cooler air is on the way, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the upper 70s. It’ll be breezy, with west winds in the teens early and strengthening into the 20s later in the day. Gusts could reach 30 miles an hour. Overnight lows will fall to the low 50s, forecasters say, before temperatures rebound to the low 70s on a mostly sunny Thursday. Winds will crawl into the double digits out of the northeast. Friday brings another chance of showers, forecasters say, with highs only in the low 60s.
 
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  • Sears to close Towne West store, auto center in December

    Emily Behlmann
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Sears store and Sears Auto Center in Towne West Square mall, which together employ 103 people, will close in early December. Howard Riefs, director of corporate public relations for Sears Holdings, confirmed the company’s plans on Wednesday, saying this and other closures “are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.” Sears had said previously that it expected to close at least…
  • With county funding secured, Sedgwick County Zoo starting construction on $10.5M elephant exhibit this year

    Josh Heck
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The Sedgwick County Zoo may start construction on a new elephant exhibit yet this year. Gayle Malone, a zoo board member who is part of the organization’s fundraising team, tells me the zoo has raised $4.3 million in private donations over the past year to go toward the $10.5 million project. She says the zoo still needs to raise another $1 million for the project to be fully funded. She anticipates construction on the project will still be able to start, despite having some money yet to raise. The…
  • Ambassador Hotel lands only AAA Four Diamond rating in Kansas

    Bill Wilson
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Inspectors for AAA have designated Wichita’s Ambassador Hotel at Douglas and Broadway as a Four Diamond property, the only hotel in Kansas to receive the rating. According to AAA, the rating ranks the Wichita Ambassador among only 5.3 percent of the more than 29,000 hotels approved by AAA inspectors. Such hotels are required to be “refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes that reflect enhanced quality throughout,” AAA says, and offer “extensive amenities and a high degree of…
  • Site prep for new Southeast High to start later this month

    Josh Heck
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Site work for a new Southeast High School is expected to begin later this month. Momentum for Wichita USD 259’s plan to construct a new high school near 127th Street East and Pawnee has been building in recent weeks. The district has scheduled a formal groundbreaking ceremony for 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at 12301 E. Pawnee. That will mark the beginning of one of the most anticipated projects of the district’s 2008 bond issue. Earlier this month, the USD 259 Wichita Board of Education approved a $1.1…
  • This Nike-inspired aircraft interior is now on my wish list

    Daniel McCoy
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Nike has long been known for making sure athletes have solid footing when they compete. Now, the athletic-apparel giant is thinking about how to take care of athletes in the air. Design firm Teague has teamed with Nike to create the interior of the “Athlete’s Plane.” The idea was to create an air travel experience for athletes that helps negate some of the hindrances typical of air travel. As Teague calls it, the plane is a “home-team advantage at 40,000 feet.” While it isn’t in…
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    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Business Casual has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/business-casual/.
  • Updated: Kangaroo Express stores to celebrate Hot Dog Day

    Julie Doll
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Editor’s note: This item has been changed to correct the stores that will be participating in the promotion. Kangaroo Express convenience stores will celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday with special prizes and festivities, including a free hot dog for any customer with a military ID. The free hot dogs also will be available to store customers who show a Kangaroo Express mobile app on their phone, according to a news release from the company. The offer is good at Kangaroo Express stores, including those operating under the Presto name in Wichita. Participating locations in Wichita,…
  • It’s sign-up time for Chamber’s Exposure

    Julie Doll
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Businesses that want to participate in Exposure – an event organized by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce – have until July 31 to sign up and get the chamber’s early-bird rates. Exposure is a business-to-business event for chamber members that provides an opportunity to network with other business people and create awareness about Wichita companies. Last year’s expo drew nearly 200 exhibitors. The event this year runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Century II, in Expo Hall. According to information on the chamber website, exhibit space begins at $150, and standard booths…
  • Say cheese. New Sam’s Club to open Thursday

    Julie Doll
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Sam’s Club isn’t afraid of cheesy. To celebrate the opening of its new store in west Wichita, it has invited cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann to put chisel to cheddar to create characters from the “The Wizard of Oz.” According to a news release, Kaufmann will be working on a 500-pound Wisconsin Mammoth block of cheddar Thursday. She also will be working on her sculpture Saturday. Store customers can watch and sample some Wisconsin cheddar. Sam’s Club, at the corner of 29th and Maize Road, will have its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.
  • Boeing will offer bigger bins for all that carry-on luggage

    Julie Doll
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Business travelers and vacationers who fly could find more room to stuff their belongings in overhead bins starting in late next year. Boeing announced this week it would offer what it’s calling Space Bins, which provide more room for carry-on bags. The larger bins will be available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes, according to a news release from the company. Each of the larger Space Bins will stow six bags, based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, according to the company. Alaska Airlines is the launch…
 
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  • Is fun necessary for sports?

    Joanna
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I read a story today called Putting Kids Back Into Kids’ Sports, and I’d suggest you check it out. I was absolutely fascinated by how it touched on everyone involved in youth sports and what each one can do to improve the state of youth sports. If you question my use of “state of youth sports,” I will simply refer you to the Kansas.com article on the football beating at Linwood Park and also point out the statistic used in the story from experiencelife.com that states 70 percent of kids drop out of team sports by 13. 70 percent are done by 13! Are you kidding me?
  • High school watch lists

    Joanna
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle There’s a bazillion watch lists out there for college football, so I thought that there should be watch lists for high school athletes, too. But the difference is that the watch lists won’t be created by me — they’ll be created by you! This is what I’ve gotten so far from Twitter. If you want to add to the list — players or a different watch list — e-mail me at jchadwick@wichitaeagle.com or tweet @joannachadwick or write on my Facebook post on Joanna Chadwick VarsityKansas. This is meant to be fun and to bring…
  • Running back Curtis Whitten will transfer to Derby

    Joanna
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle Curtis Whitten, who will be a senior, plans to transfer to Derby. He moved with his father to Derby and will play football and baseball. Whitten, who played at Heights his first three seasons, was also an All-Metro selection as a center fielder at Heights in May and helped lead the Falcons to the Class 5A tournament. Whitten rushed for 728 yards his sophomore season, but suffered a knee injury early in the 2013 season opener. He came back later in the season and had 21 carries, 157 yards. He has offers from Georgia Tech and Alabama State for baseball.
  • Announcing the 2014 Wichita Eagle/VarsityKansas.com All-Metro baseball team

    Joanna
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:27 pm
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle The selections have been made for the 2014 All-Metro baseball team, and it was not easy. Scott Paske, the Eagle’s beat writer for baseball, not only went through all the nomination forms from coaches in the three-county area of Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey, but he spoke to coaches and other media members, as well. Congrats to all the players who were named. Jordan Dingman, Northwest Bryce Fischer, Carroll Brady Hoover, Maize Tyler Jones, Andale Keylan Killgore, Heights Jordan Miller, Carroll Cooper Minnick, Bluestem Braden Minor, Eisenhower Taylor…
  • Announcing the 2014 Wichita Eagle/VarsityKansas.com All-Metro softball team

    Joanna
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    By Joanna Chadwick The Wichita Eagle   The selections have been made for the 2014 All-Metro softball team, and it was not easy. I not only went through all the nomination forms from coaches in the three-county area of Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey, but spoke to coaches, as well as watched as many different teams as possible. Congrats to all the players who were named. Morgan Bohanan, Goddard Lauren Buchanan, Carroll Brittany Finney, Carroll Kylie Fox, Southeast Megan Graf, Goddard Emily Griggs, Maize Jessi Haffner, Carroll Hunter Hogan, Carroll Bailey Holt, Mulvane Miranda Rohleder,…
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    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Air Capital Insider has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/air-capital-insider/.
  • Bob Hoover to be honored by NBAA

    Molly McMillin
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Famed air show pilot Bob Hoover will be awarded the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award by the National Business Aviation Association at its annual convention in October. Hoover served as a combat aviator during World War II, a military and civilian test pilot and air show performer. He’s piloted more than 300 types of aircraft and is best known for his aerial demonstrations in the P-51 Mustang and Shrike Commander. During World War II, Hoover was shot down and spent 16 months as a prisoner of war before escaping by commandeering a German fighter. When he returned to the U.S., he…
  • Spirit AeroSystems adds aviation veteran John Plueger to its board

    Molly McMillin
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Spirit AeroSystems has a new member on its board of directors. John Plueger, president and chief operating officer of Air Lease Corp., has been appointed to Spirit’s board, the company said. Plueger, 60, previously was  CEO, president and chief operating officer of International Finance Corp. He is a pilot with multiple jet type ratings. Plueger also holds single-engine, multi-engine and intrument instructor ratings. “John is a prominent leader in the aerospace industry, who brings a wealth of experience to the table,” Spirit board of directors chairman Bob Johnson said in…
  • Aviation Design Challenge for high school students in third year

    Molly McMillin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is hosting its third annual Aviation Design Challenge for high school students. The nationwide competition is to promote science, technology, engineering and math skills. In 2014, the challenge attracted entries from 79 schools in 33 states plus Washington, DC., the trade group said. Under the competition, GAMA will provide 100 teachers who enter with a “Fly to Learn” curriculum and five copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace…
  • Flying Magazine: Top 100 Warbirds

    Molly McMillin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Flying Magazine publishes its picks of the world’s top 100 Warbirds of all time. The publication calls the aircraft on the list “the best, most influential, fastest, most powerful, most effective and most revered fighting airplanes.” Each plane is described with photos and its place in the line-up. You may not agree with all of the picks. But you’ll learn a lot. Number 100 is the Northrop P-61 Black Widow.      
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  • Bier Station prepares for its biggest event yet: Zwanze Day

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    John Couture arrives at Bier Station holding a fistful of papers. “Just picked up our permits for Zwanze Day,” he says. It’s around 9:30 a.m. on the first chilly day of September, and Couture, owner of the tasting bar and bottle shop at 120 East Gregory Boulevard, wears a blue Bier Station hoodie.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boozefish closes after this weekend's two-day party

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Looking for a bag of wine corks? (Great for some future craft project.)… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Hammerpress celebrates 20 years in business this week with festivities and discounts

    David Hudnall
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    It has been 20 years since Brady Vest started Hammerpress, his Crossroads-based letterpress and design studio. In that time, it has grown from a dinky operation that made posters for Vest’s friends’ bands into a business with 12 employees and a global reach.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Big Rip throws second annual Ripper Halloween party Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    The Big Rip Brewing Co. is throwing its second annual Ripper Halloween party on Saturday, October 25.  You're going to want a costume for this one from the looks of last year's party. Big Rip plans to have its Oktoberfest/Amber beer out by then. And there will also be a guest tap with a lighter beer for drinking games. Expect a costume contest and door prizes near the end of the night.  Tickets cost $60 (mug club members get 15 percent off), and that gets you open bar (all beer, wine and liquor), dinner, movies, live DJ music and more than a few frights.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the…
  • Next Year's Winner BBQ serves a barbecue sundae

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    I loved the idea of a barbecue sundae when I saw it on the menu of the three-year-old Next Year's Winner BBQ and Catering (2306 Northwest Vivion Road, 816-587-4227), and the description was certainly enticing: "Layers of rib tips, beans, cole slaw, and pulled pork with bacon-wrapped meatballs on top." But when the "sundae" arrived in a tall red-plastic cup, my heart fell. If there was ever a novelty barbecue creation that practically begged for a traditional tulip-shaped glass sundae dish, it's owner Steve Christian's $5 BBQ Sundae.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • Bier Station prepares for its biggest event yet: Zwanze Day

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    John Couture arrives at Bier Station holding a fistful of papers. “Just picked up our permits for Zwanze Day,” he says. It’s around 9:30 a.m. on the first chilly day of September, and Couture, owner of the tasting bar and bottle shop at 120 East Gregory Boulevard, wears a blue Bier Station hoodie.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boozefish closes after this weekend's two-day party

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Looking for a bag of wine corks? (Great for some future craft project.)… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Hammerpress celebrates 20 years in business this week with festivities and discounts

    David Hudnall
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    It has been 20 years since Brady Vest started Hammerpress, his Crossroads-based letterpress and design studio. In that time, it has grown from a dinky operation that made posters for Vest’s friends’ bands into a business with 12 employees and a global reach.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Big Rip throws second annual Ripper Halloween party Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    The Big Rip Brewing Co. is throwing its second annual Ripper Halloween party on Saturday, October 25.  You're going to want a costume for this one from the looks of last year's party. Big Rip plans to have its Oktoberfest/Amber beer out by then. And there will also be a guest tap with a lighter beer for drinking games. Expect a costume contest and door prizes near the end of the night.  Tickets cost $60 (mug club members get 15 percent off), and that gets you open bar (all beer, wine and liquor), dinner, movies, live DJ music and more than a few frights.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the…
  • Next Year's Winner BBQ serves a barbecue sundae

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    I loved the idea of a barbecue sundae when I saw it on the menu of the three-year-old Next Year's Winner BBQ and Catering (2306 Northwest Vivion Road, 816-587-4227), and the description was certainly enticing: "Layers of rib tips, beans, cole slaw, and pulled pork with bacon-wrapped meatballs on top." But when the "sundae" arrived in a tall red-plastic cup, my heart fell. If there was ever a novelty barbecue creation that practically begged for a traditional tulip-shaped glass sundae dish, it's owner Steve Christian's $5 BBQ Sundae.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Bier Station prepares for its biggest event yet: Zwanze Day

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    John Couture arrives at Bier Station holding a fistful of papers. “Just picked up our permits for Zwanze Day,” he says. It’s around 9:30 a.m. on the first chilly day of September, and Couture, owner of the tasting bar and bottle shop at 120 East Gregory Boulevard, wears a blue Bier Station hoodie.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Boozefish closes after this weekend's two-day party

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Looking for a bag of wine corks? (Great for some future craft project.)… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Hammerpress celebrates 20 years in business this week with festivities and discounts

    David Hudnall
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    It has been 20 years since Brady Vest started Hammerpress, his Crossroads-based letterpress and design studio. In that time, it has grown from a dinky operation that made posters for Vest’s friends’ bands into a business with 12 employees and a global reach.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Big Rip throws second annual Ripper Halloween party Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    The Big Rip Brewing Co. is throwing its second annual Ripper Halloween party on Saturday, October 25.  You're going to want a costume for this one from the looks of last year's party. Big Rip plans to have its Oktoberfest/Amber beer out by then. And there will also be a guest tap with a lighter beer for drinking games. Expect a costume contest and door prizes near the end of the night.  Tickets cost $60 (mug club members get 15 percent off), and that gets you open bar (all beer, wine and liquor), dinner, movies, live DJ music and more than a few frights.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the…
  • Next Year's Winner BBQ serves a barbecue sundae

    Charles Ferruzza
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    I loved the idea of a barbecue sundae when I saw it on the menu of the three-year-old Next Year's Winner BBQ and Catering (2306 Northwest Vivion Road, 816-587-4227), and the description was certainly enticing: "Layers of rib tips, beans, cole slaw, and pulled pork with bacon-wrapped meatballs on top." But when the "sundae" arrived in a tall red-plastic cup, my heart fell. If there was ever a novelty barbecue creation that practically begged for a traditional tulip-shaped glass sundae dish, it's owner Steve Christian's $5 BBQ Sundae.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Wichita weather: Plenty of clouds on a pleasant day

    Stan Finger
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tuesday should be a pleasant day in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs will be in the mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies, with winds staying light and variable. A slight chance of showers will come late tonight, with overnight lows falling to the mid-60s. Wednesday could see scattered light showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-80s. Winds will be light out of the south. Highs will be in the 80s through the weekend, forecasters say, with chances for rain scattered throughout the period. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
  • Wichita weather: Chances for showers much of the week

    Stan Finger
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s a slight chance for showers in the Wichita area on Monday, forecasters say. And Tuesday. And Wednesday. And Thursday. The pattern of unsettled weather will bring highs in the 80s on Monday, upper 70s on Tuesday and mid-80s on Wednesday, forecasters say. Winds will vary, blowing steadily in the teens on Monday and easing slightly on Tuesday. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.
  • Wichita weather: Dig out jackets and long sleeves

    Stan Finger
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Friday will be quite chilly for mid-September in the Wichita area, forecasters say – so much so that Wichita’s record low high for the date is under threat. The National Weather Service is projecting a high of 58, which is only a few degrees warmer than the record of 55 set in 1989. “It’s going to be close, obviously,” said Eric Schminke, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service. There will be a chance of showers, primarily in the afternoon, with breezy north-northwest winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour at times. Overnight lows will…
  • Wichita weather: Pleasant day before more chances for rain arrive

    Stan Finger
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thursday should be pleasant taste of autumn in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs will be in the low 70s under sunny skies, with light north winds occasionally reaching double digits. Showers move in after midnight, with lows in the mid-50s. Daytime showers are possible on Friday, too, with highs only in the low 60s, forecasters say. North winds in the teens and gusting at more than 25 miles an hour will make it seem even chillier. The weekend should be sunny, with highs in the mid-60s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday. For more information on current conditions, go to our weather…
  • Wichita weather: Morning showers possible

    Stan Finger
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There could be rain in Wichita’s Wednesday morning before skies start to slowly clear. Cooler air is on the way, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the upper 70s. It’ll be breezy, with west winds in the teens early and strengthening into the 20s later in the day. Gusts could reach 30 miles an hour. Overnight lows will fall to the low 50s, forecasters say, before temperatures rebound to the low 70s on a mostly sunny Thursday. Winds will crawl into the double digits out of the northeast. Friday brings another chance of showers, forecasters say, with highs only in the low 60s.
 
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    Phillip Brownlee
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This blog is no longer in use. To read new blog posts from The Eagle editorial staff, go to http://www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/now-consider-this/.
  • Will Republicans aid Democrat in Senate race?

    Phillip Brownlee
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    “Paradoxically, Pat Roberts’ political future may depend on his Democratic opponent staying in the race. And that, in turn, affects the balance of power in the closely contested Senate,” an article in the New Yorker magazine noted. That’s because polling shows the Kansas Republican senator winning if the race is between him and Democrat Chad Taylor, or if the vote is split between him, Taylor and Independent Greg Orman (in photo). But if the race were only between Roberts and Orman, one poll had Orman ahead by 10 points. “With so much at stake, if the national Republicans were to…
  • Public still supports voter ID laws

    Phillip Brownlee
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    The American public supports requiring voters to bring a photo ID to the polls, despite complaints by civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department that such laws can be discriminatory. In a recent Rasmussen Reports nationwide survey, 74 percent of likely voters supported an ID requirement. Also, 61 percent of those surveyed did not think the ID requirement discriminates against some voters, and 61 percent said that voter fraud was a serious problem in American today. Fifty-six percent said that supporters of stricter voter registration laws were trying to stop people who are not…
  • Follow other states’ lead on Medicaid expansion

    Phillip Brownlee
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Pennsylvania became the ninth state led by a Republican governor to expand Medicaid. Its expansion, which was approved last week, will be contracted through the state’s privatized Medicaid program, similar to KanCare, and will provide health coverage to nearly 500,000 low-income adults. Counting Pennsylania, 27 states and the District of Columbia have now expanded Medicaid, and several other states are pursuing it, including Indiana. But in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature refuse to act. As a result, about 75,000 Kansans are left without health insurance and Kansas hospitals…
  • Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

    Phillip Brownlee
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com: Koch Brothers Encouraging Youth To Make Voices Heard By Forming Super PAC Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons Critics Blast Obama for Consuming Three Meals a Day While on Vacation Teacher Asks Students To Split Into 2 Groups To Simulate Ideal Class Size Elderly Lobbyist Always Droning On About How Little Legislation Cost In His Day Devastated Family Struggling To Cope After Losing Everything On DVR
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