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Articles from January 13, 2016

CEO 'Meeting, Greeting' ; New Chamber, Go Topeka Leader Wants Branding Focus
Matt Pivarnik started shaking hands yesterday and probably won't stop for several weeks. Or months. The new president and CEO of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Go Topeka is planning to spend his first few weeks on the job listening...
Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin Remains 'Day to Day' with Mild High-Ankle Sprain
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin didn't practice Tuesday, but Kansas City coach Andy Reid certainly didn't rule out his star receiver for Saturday's game against the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs....
City Talks Car Impound Policy
Topeka governing body members spent more than an hour Tuesday evening discussing Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz's suggestion that the city authorize its police officers to impound vehicles whenever the driver is unable to provide proof of insurance. ...
C-J Area Athlete of the Week: St. Marys' Jayson Failer
JAYSON FAILER St. Marys senior wrestler His performance: Failer fought his way through a loaded 160- pound bracket at the Rossville Invitational to win his first career tournament. After pinning his first opponent and taking...
C-J City Athlete of the Week: Shawnee Heights' Jake Patterson
JAKE PATTERSON Shawnee Heights sophomore wrestler His performance: Patterson, second-ranked in Class 5A in the most recent state coaches rankings, won the 145-pound championship in the Maize Invitational, besting a field...
C-J Extra: Shepherd's Center Provides Learning Opportunities for Seniors
Members of the Shepherd's Center of Topeka are hard at work these days, volunteering their time to inform older Topekans, via newsletter, about the center's Adventures in Learning classes offered in the first quarter of 2016. One of the larger...
County to Review Sales Tax Accord ; City Council Held Action on Issue for Commission
Shawnee County commissioners will discuss the interlocal agreement with Topeka's city government outlining how the countywide half-cent sales tax will be spent. That item and others are on the agenda when Commissioners Kevin Cook, Shelly Buhler...
Efficiency Study: Move State Workers into High-Deductible Health Plan
State workers would move to high-deductible health insurance under an efficiency study released Tuesday that offers 105 recommendations to save Kansas $2 billion over five years. The report provides an array of options for lawmakers and the executive...
First 800 Series Comes as a Surprise to Nelson
The last thing on Tony Nelson's mind a week ago Wednesday night was how well he was going to bowl in the Little Eight League at Gage Center Bowl. In fact, he wasn't even sure he was going to bowl. "I had worked Tuesday night right after...
Governor: State of State Strong ; Brownback Defends Record, Blasts Planned Parenthood
Gov. Sam Brownback devoted much of his State of the State speech Tuesday to defending his accomplishments as governor, seeking more money to go to classroom instruction and calling for changes to the way state Supreme Court justices are selected. ...
Hayden Girls Knock off Previously Unbeaten Shawnee Heights 57-45
Hayden's girls basketball team learned its lessons well. A week after letting a 17-point lead slip away against Washburn Rural, Hayden found itself in a similar situation Tuesday night at home, opening up a 12-point halftime lead against Shawnee...
High Boys Edge Rival West 71-68
The final play didn't work out exactly as Pat Denney planned, but the end result is all that matters. Up three with 8.3 seconds left, the Topeka High boys basketball coach asked his team to foul rather than allow Jordan Newby to take yet another...
Highland Park Girls Rally Past Junction City
Down by 10 points at the half to a winless Junction City team, Highland Park girls coach Mike Calhoun challenged his team in the locker room. The Scots were up to the challenge. After scoring just 15 points in the first half, the Scots...
High School Boys and Girls Basketball Scores and Boxes for Jan. 12, 2016
ATCHISON COUNTY 52, RIVERSIDE 32 Atchison County__ __ 14__ 17__ 10__ 11__ --__ 52 Riverside__ __ 9__ 6__ 9__ 8__ --__ 32 Atchison County -- Ernzen 5 (1) 3-4 14, Eckert 4 (1) 1-5 10, Beien 1 8-9 10, Miller 2 2-5 6, Parnell 2 1-2 5,...
High School Stats
CITY Cornerstone 54, SM Christian 38 BIG SEVEN Atchison County 52, Riverside 32 Holton 72, Hiawatha 65 Jefferson West 42, Wamego 26 Royal Valley 38, Perry-Lecompton 31 Sabetha 60, Nemaha Central 41 ...
Historic Spoon Dating Back Nearly 200 Years Donated to Kansas Museum of History in Topeka
Tarnished ever so slightly over the past 185 years but still in pristine condition, a sterling silver spoon that belonged to one of Kansas Territory's earliest settlers found a home Tuesday inside the state's history museum in Topeka. Allin and...
Horoscopes
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your energetic approach and can- do attitude will make you the go-to person for consultations. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You should energetically seek out creative endeavors that will allow you to use your skills...
House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs Calls Sam Brownback Experiment a 'Failure' ; House Democratic Leader Calls Tax Policy Experiment 'Failure'
House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs responded Tuesday to the State of the State message by declaring the five-year leadership experiment with Gov. Sam Brownback a "failure" epitomized by misguided tax policy damaging to economic growth, education and transportation...
Kansas Legislature Drops Bills on Judiciary, Guns, KDOT, Foster Care
The House budget committee demonstrated eagerness Tuesday to resolve a conflict with the Kansas Supreme Court by introducing a bill to eliminate a judicial budget provision ruled unconstitutional by the state's highest court. The controversy resulted...
Kansas School Boards Reject School Finance Argument in Court Brief
Attorneys for dozens of school boards suing the state filed a court brief Tuesday countering the state's latest arguments that Kansas' funding for schools is adequate. The attorneys reject the state's defense of last spring's controversial school...
Kevin Haskin: Bill Snyder's Return No Surprise, but Announcement Worth Sharing
Musings at the midweek: - When Kansas State confirmed Bill Snyder was returning as head coach, I was a bit startled. - Why the announcement? Snyder had given every indication he was returning for the 2016 season. - Loose ends...
K-State Posts First Big 12 Win over Texas Tech
MANHATTAN -- Win or lose, Kansas State is the type of team that is going to keep things interesting. Whether it's falling behind and making a late charge or building a lead and giving it up, nothing is going to be easy or pretty for the Wildcats....
Letters
GOVERNMENT Politicians to blame Our country has cancer caused by career politicians. History shows some political malignancies that have never gone away. I'll mention only a few. In the late 1890s, anti-trust laws were passed to...
Mike Hall: Building Column with Bits and Pieces
Here's another one of those olio columns -- little tidbits left over from making more substantial meals. - Howard Ward, now that he is retired from practicing medicine, could work up a standup routine and make a second career of it. He told...
Missouri Western at Washburn
Just slowing down Missouri Western guard LaQuinta Jefferson can be a nightmarish assignment for any team in the MIAA. Factor in Western's supporting cast, and the Griffons become one of the tougher teams to defend in the country. That's...
No. 1 Kansas' Guards Struggle in 74-63 Loss to No. 11 West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The disappointing part of No. 1 Kansas' 74- 63 loss to No. 11 West Virginia won't be dropping a Big 12 game on the road. That's going to happen in an 18-game round-robin, especially with the depth of the league. No, the disappointing...
Ongoing Research Seeks Effective Treatments for Alzheimer's
Dear Doctor K: My mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Can you tell me about medications that are available to treat this disease? What can and can't they do? Dear Reader: Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. It often affects...
Ruling: Protesters Violated Ordinance
The American flag is a banner, so it can't be used to picket the Westboro Baptist Church during posted service hours even if no service is actually taking place, a Topeka Municipal Court judge ruled Tuesday. In his ruling, Judge Joseph Wittman...
Rural Girls Fight off Unbeaten Manhattan 54-52
First, Washburn Rural's girls hit undefeated Manhattan with a healthy dose of defense. Then the Junior Blues smacked Class 6A's No. 3 team with scorching stretch of offense. It was enough to build a 15-point halftime lead for Rural, but not...
Seaman Boys Top Emporia
Seaman's boys rode an 11-0 first-quarter scoring run to their sixth victory of the season, a 56-44 home win Tuesday night against Emporia. Seven Vikings scored, led by Josiah Hazim's 14 points. Hazim shot 2 of 3 from 3-point range and Seaman as...
Seaman Swim Team Takes Crown at Topeka West Invitational
Seaman continued its assertion as the top swim team in the city by capturing the Topeka West Invitational Swim Meet at Capitol Federal Natatorium. Emerging from the shadow of Washburn Rural, Seaman ran its string of meet victories to four Tuesday....
Sick, in Need of Comfort ; Whether Food or Drink, Heat Takes off Chill during Winter
Now that the holidays have passed and winter has settled in, I often find myself turning to recipes that both nourish and comfort. This is especially true when I am dealing with a virus that seems to hang on forever. Still, even a cold, dreary day can...
Sports Briefs: High School Stats
STATE Andover Central 57, Derby 56 Andover 66, Valley Center 59, OT Attica 59, Central Christian 54 Augusta 57, Rose Hill 44 Basehor 57, Lansing 42 Beloit 60, Chapman 31 Berean 48, Marion 40 Bennington...
Sports Briefs: Rams to Relocate to Los Angeles Area; Chargers Have One Year to Join
RAMS TO RELOCATE TO LOS ANGELES AREA; CHARGERS HAVE ONE YEAR TO JOIN: NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility,...
State to Gauge Preparedness Earlier ; Gauge: Policy Holds Schools Accountable
The Kansas State Board of Education took the first step Tuesday toward measuring the academic preparedness of 5-year-olds as they embark on their educational careers. In a 9-to-1 vote, the board instructed the Kansas State Department of Education...
Stormont Vail Health's Chief Medical Officer Announces Retirement
Kent Palmberg announced Wednesday that he will retire later this year, ending a 38-year health care career in which he piloted Stormont-Vail Health through myriad changes in the industry. Palmberg, Stormont-Vail Health senior vice president and...
The Costly Blunders of Saudi Arabia's Anxiety-Ridden Monarchy
"Fragile" is the word that journalist Karen Elliott House used to describe Saudi Arabia in her 2012 book about the country. "Observing Saudi Arabia is like watching a gymnast dismount the balance beam in slow motion," she wrote. The world holds its breath...
Topeka Activist Helps Draft Federal Disability Rights Legislation
A Topeka disability rights activist worked with a New York senator to draft legislation aimed at improving the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mike Oxford, director of the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, said Tuesday that he helped...
Treanor Architects Merge with H+L Architecture; Treanor Has Offices in Topeka
Treanor Architects has merged with H+L Architecture out of Denver, increasing the size and expertise of both firms. The merger was effective Jan. 1. Each business will temporarily retain its name but both will work to brand themselves as...
Upcoming Meetings and Events
WED JAN 13 Topeka West Rotary Club, 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hy-Vee (second-floor conference room), S.W. 29th and Wanamaker. Information: Rick Ryan, 249-9000 or president@topekawestrotary.com. Story Time, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13,...
Volunteer Opportunities
Find these volunteer opportunities and much more at VolunteerTopeka.com. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Volunteers are needed to work 3 to 5 hours per week helping with the setup of the Topeka Heart Ball on Feb. 6. Contact:...
Wiley Leaves Lasting Impact on Topeka High School
Each day presents challenges for high school principals. Some are common. Some are completely new. In either case, issues often require quick resolutions. Linda Wiley encountered a wide variety of occurrences, including a visit from the first...
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