The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from May 7, 2016

Be Sure You're Mulching Your Garden the Right Way
Have you been looking at your garden beds this spring and trying to decide whether to put down fresh mulch? Maybe you put mulch down last year and most of it has either blown away or rapidly deteriorated, or maybe it didn't prevent weeds from...
Bishop Elementary Principal May Not Know Fate for 20 Days
Another 20 days could pass before the fate of Bishop Elementary principal Amanda Czechanski is clear. On Friday, Czechanski submitted her request for a closed-door meeting with the Topeka Board of Education concerning their resolution to dismiss...
Bob Dole Endorses Donald Trump for President
As he seeks to overcome the apathy of party leaders and prominent Republicans, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Friday he has the support of Kansas' elder statesman. Trump's campaign announced in a news release that former...
Bods Drop 3-2 Decision to UCM in 10 Innings
With Nick Silva going strong on the mound and Washburn's defense cutting down runners on the bases, all the Ichabods needed was a timely hit against Central Missouri on Friday at Falley Field. But the clutch hit eluded Washburn, and UCM finally...
Brownback Administration Launches Quest for More Foster Parents
The record-high number of foster care children in Kansas led to a renewed call by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback for expansion of the state's network of foster parents, especially for care of youth with physical or behavioral challenges. ...
Charges Pile Up as Tow Company Fails to Notify Car Owner
Dear Bruce: My car was towed recently from a private lot. I had been given verbal permission to park there, but unbeknownst to me, I did indeed need a pass as well. To make a long story short, my car was gone when I went to get it 10 days and $350 later....
Chiefs Sign Six of Nine Draft Picks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs handled business with a majority of their 2016 draft class Friday, signing six of the nine selections ahead of Saturday's rookie minicamp. Kansas City announced the signings of second-round pick defensive lineman...
Create Private Space for Working Woman
Perhaps you have heard of the expression "man cave," the affectionate term for a man's private space. Women need their own private spaces, too. If your home allows, instead of having a universal office, consider an office just for her. Ideally...
Dialysis Center's Opening Hinges on Medicare Certification
An almost empty parking lot can be found at Wanamaker Dialysis, the new DaVita dialysis center that opened in August in Topeka. The reason for that, according to DaVita spokesman Justin Forbis, is the center can only serve individuals with private...
Gov. Brownback Signs Drone Stalking, Toll Road Bills and 11 Others
Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Friday expanding anti- stalking law to include use of drones, placing a hold on vehicle registrations by people with more than $100 in unpaid turnpike fees and blocking cities and counties from limiting door-to-door...
Heights Softball Sweeps Blues ; Losses to T-Birds Mark First of Season for Junior Blues
A tense opening softball game that Shawnee Heights was able to pull out enabled the T-Birds to loosen up in the second game and caused Washburn Rural to tighten up. Shawnee Heights won the first game 1-0, scoring an unearned run in the fourth...
Holton Motorist Arrested Thursday 24 Hours after Law Enforcement Pursuit
Twenty-four hours after the initial law enforcement pursuit of a motorist in an area west of Holton, Jackson County sheriff's deputies took a Holton man into custody in connection with the pursuit on Thursday night, a statement issued by the sheriff's office...
Methodist Church Sponsors Family Fun Fest
New Hope United Methodist Church, 2915 S.W. 8th, will have its second annual Family Fun Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event, which will be held in the parking lot on the south side of the church, will feature carnival games, three...
NASCAR Not Yet over Hill ; Hill: Topekan to Be Honored at Favorite Track - Darlington
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It's been 41 years since Topekan Bruce Hill was named NASCAR's Winston Cup rookie of the year in 1975. But the 66-year-old Shawnee Heights graduate was back in the NASCAR garage area and back in the limelight Friday at Kansas Speedway....
Pittsburg State Student Ashly Erickson Dies While Celebrating with Friends Ahead of Graduation
PITTSBURG -- A Pittsburg State University student died Thursday night, two days before her graduation. Witnesses said Ashly Erickson, 23, collapsed while celebrating the completion of her studies with her friends at the bar 505, located at 505...
Royals Take Eighth Loss in 10 Games ; Royals: Moustakas Scratched Because of Sore Left Thumb
CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez has served as the Indians' super utilityman this season. On Friday night he played a lead role in Cleveland's fourth straight win, a 7-1 victory over the reeling Kansas City Royals. Ramirez got three hits and drove...
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BLUE JAYS 5, DODGERS 2 Los Angeles_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Utley 2b_ 4_ 0_ 2_ 1_ 1_ 2_ .295 Seager ss_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 1_ 1_ .243 Turner 3b_ 4_ 0_ 2_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .261 Gonzalez 1b_ 4_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 0_ .280 ...
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CUBS 5, NATIONALS 2 LATE THURSDAY Washington_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Taylor cf_ 4_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .186 Rendon 3b_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .223 Harper rf_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 0_ 3_ 0_ .274 Zimmerman 1b_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_...
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PADRES 5, METS 3 LATE THURSDAY New York_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Granderson rf_ 4_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 0_ 0_ .221 Wright 3b_ 2_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 2_ 1_ .250 Conforto lf_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .301 Cespedes cf_ 4_ 1_ 2_ 2_...
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CUBS 8, NATIONALS 6 Washington_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Revere cf_ 5_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .000 Rendon 3b_ 4_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 1_ .224 Harper rf_ 3_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 1_ 2_ .265 Zimmerman 1b_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 2_ .242 Murphy...
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INDIANS 7, ROYALS 1 Kansas City_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Escobar ss_ 4_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .261 Cain cf_ 4_ 0_ 2_ 0_ 0_ 0_ .243 Hosmer 1b_ 4_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 2_ .321 Morales dh_ 4_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .202 Gordon...
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YANKEES 3, RED SOX 2 Boston_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Betts rf_ 4_ 0_ 0_ 0_ 1_ 1_ .246 Pedroia 2b_ 5_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 0_ .317 Bogaerts ss_ 5_ 1_ 2_ 0_ 0_ 1_ .313 Ortiz dh_ 5_ 1_ 1_ 2_ 0_ 1_ .313 Ramirez...
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REDS 5, BREWERS 1 Milwaukee_ AB_ R_ H_ BI_ BB_ SO_ Avg. Villar ss_ 5_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 2_ .263 Presley rf-cf_ 4_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 1_ 1_ .310 Braun lf-rf_ 5_ 0_ 1_ 0_ 0_ 0_ .360 Carter 1b_ 4_ 0_ 2_ 0_ 0_ 0_ .283 Nieuwenhuis...
Shawnee County D.A. Chad Taylor Won't Seek Re-Election, Citing Term Limits
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced Friday he won't seek election to a third term this fall. During an afternoon news conference, Taylor said he has long been a proponent of term limits and so, after serving two terms, he would step...
SLI Has Provided 45 Years of Consummate Mental Health Services
SLI (formerly Sheltered Living) -- an organization that has assisted thousands of people with mental health issues in Shawnee County -- celebrated its 45th anniversary on Tuesday. May is Mental Health Month, and we commend SLI for helping so many intellectually disabled...
T-Birds Sweep on Senior Night Stunner
In the midst of an injury-plagued season, Shawnee Heights senior Mitchell Sullivan made the most of his opportunity during Friday's senior night doubleheader against Washburn Rural at Bettis Family Sports Complex. Sullivan, who had yet to find...
The Truth about Portion Control
Can shrinking our waistlines be as simple as bringing serving sizes down a notch? That can help, according to Consumer Reports. Follow these techniques to help train your brain to recognize and stick with healthy helpings of food. SMART-SIZE...
Time to Design Your Annual Flower Beds ; Kidd: Check Light Requirements for Chosen Plants
I'm feeling it. I'm feeling it. My hands are itching to get down and dirty -- in my garden, of course. What did you think I would say? This spring has been a real tease -- warm, warm, cool; cool, cool, warm; frost. I know many of you have planted...
Topeka Rapist and Kidnapper Jeremy Lindsey Gets Three Life Terms for Crimes Committed against 8 Year Old
In a note, a 9-year-old girl told a judge Friday she thought she was going to die when Jeremy James Lindsey kidnapped her and repeatedly raped her in 2014. The child, who was 8 years old when she was abducted and sexually assaulted, stood at a...
Topeka Teen to Vocalize in Carnegie Hall
Over the past few weeks, Topekan Kolby Van Camp has let his voice take him to new heights. Van Camp, 17, a bass-baritone singer, has advanced into the upper echelon of male vocal performers in his age group -- not just nationally, but internationally,...
Truex Captures Cup Pole ; Truex: Bowyer to Start in 33rd Spot
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Martin Truex Jr. has almost always run well in NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Kansas Speedway, leading laps, posting four top-five finishes and taking second twice. After capturing his first pole at the track Friday, can Truex...
Two Fallen Law Enforcement Members Honored Friday at Kansas Statehouse
If Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Kent Newport were alive today, he would have appreciated the ceremony honoring him Friday outside the Statehouse. But, his family said, he wouldn't want the attention. "He'd be proud, but he'd say, 'Others do a...
Washburn Rural Girls Win 14th Straight City Swim Title ; Washburn Rural Girls Win 14th Straight; Larson, Parman, Stessman Double Up
As expected, the Washburn Rural girls swim team won its 14th consecutive City championship Friday at Capitol Federal Natatorium. But it was the individual performances of swimmers from other schools that stole the show. A swimmer from Seaman,...
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