The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from June 8, 2016

Authorities Investigating after Body Found at Lake Shawnee
A fisherman who was walking late Tuesday morning along the northwest bank of Lake Shawnee noticed an object in the water that he believed might be a body. The man called 911, and emergency responders confirmed his suspicion. About an hour...
Boys
Shawnee Heights sophomores Hunter Henderson and Michael Hoffer, the city's lone state champions in the 2016 State Outdoor, headline the All-City boys and girls track and field team. The All-City team was selected based on minimum standards set...
Cub Reporter Recalls Covering One of City's Biggest Stories
When I sat down at my desk about 3 p.m. on June 8, 1966, Jim "Pete" Petterson, the city editor, handed me some obituary notices and said I would be doing the daily weather story. In those days, the front pages of the morning Topeka Daily Capital...
Downtown Sidewalk Skating, Skateboarding Banned
Topeka will ban skateboarding and skating on sidewalks in much of downtown Topeka. The city's governing body voted 8-1 Tuesday evening to add skateboards and skates, including Rollerblades, to the current ban against cycling on the sidewalk in...
Gov. Sam Brownback to Call Special Legislative Session to Tackle School Finance
Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he will call a special session of the Legislature to address school funding, a move many had expected as lawmakers face a June 30 deadline to enact a constitutional funding system. Brownback's announcement didn't...
Helped Police with Looters
HELPED POLICE WITH LOOTERS Thomas M. Pickford had just returned home from the Shawnee Country Club, where he had been watching a state golf championship until lightning posed a threat, when his wife, Pat, told him WIBW- TV announcer Bill...
Judge in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Expresses Disappointment with Kansas Position
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The judge in a federal lawsuit over Kansas' plans to halt Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood said Tuesday she was disappointed the state hadn't agreed to a timeline earlier that would have paved the way for a fall trial, while...
KBI Night Clerks Secure Files before Twister Hits
In summer 1966, I was 20 years old and worked as a night clerk for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, along with another young man, Mike Brittain. Our hours were from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. The KBI offices were in the Capitol -- first...
Kevin Haskin: Making Guarded Shots Always Critical for Any Championship Run
Musings at the mid-week: - Bill Self stood before members of the Topeka Jayhawk Club this week and flat said the better team lost the Western Conference final in the NBA playoffs. - Golden State was not as good as Oklahoma City, said...
K-State to Play Boston College in Barclays Center Classic
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State's basketball team drew Boston College as a first-round opponent in the Barclays Center Classic in November, it was announced Tuesday. The Wildcats and Eagles meet Friday, Nov. 25 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The other game matches...
KU Basketball Guard Devonte' Graham All Smiles at Topeka Visit
Devonte' Graham is a natural at this, and really, it's easy to see why. The Kansas basketball guard spent part of his Tuesday afternoon in Topeka helping Washburn coach Bob Chipman's youth basketball camp at Lee Arena. At times, it was hard to...
Missouri Regulatory Agency Wants in on Westar, Great Plains Deal
Missouri's utility regulatory agency wants a say in the proposed acquisition of Westar Energy Inc. by Great Plains Energy Inc., and a noon hearing Wednesday is expected to clarify whether the utility companies will be forced to seek approval from two...
Mother Understands 'Fear' after the Tornado
When you hear a tornado siren, please take shelter, in the basement if possible. We are "true believers" that a house can be destroyed in only a minute. On June 8, 1966, my husband had just returned from work and we were sitting down to dinner....
Murray Takes Snap as No. 2 QB
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs returned to the practice field Tuesday for Day 7 of organized team activities with a different No. 2 quarterback. Third-year quarterback Aaron Murray worked with the backups, replacing Tyler Bray, who started OTAs...
Police and Fire Calls - June 7, 2016 Update
POLICE CALLS People booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies. Jordan Daniel Seymour, 22, in connection with abuse of a child, 2:56 p.m. 6/6. Samantha Elizabeth Warrior, 21, on an outstanding warrant charging...
Salvador Perez Still Leads All American League Players in All-Star Fan Voting; Hosmer, Cain on Pace to Start
Kansas City's Salvador Perez continues to lead the American League in fan voting for the MLB All-Star Game, the latest numbers showed Tuesday, and fellow Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain are still in position to start the Midsummer Classic....
Shawnee County Artists Earn Two of Mulvane Art Fair's Top Three Awards
Although the Mulvane Art Fair drew artists from 13 states, two of the event's top three awards went home with Shawnee County artists. Rossville artist Martin Bourbeau earned Best of Show honors in his first year at the 24th annual fundraising event for...
Sheriff, D.A. Candidates Seek Law Enforcement PAC Endorsements
Shawnee County candidates for sheriff, district attorney and county commission Tuesday night made personal appeals for support from members of the local Fraternal Order of Police's political action committee. An endorsement by the PAC is considered...
Silver Lake USD 372 Planning for Potential State School Shutdown
SILVER LAKE -- Members of Silver Lake Unified School District 372's school board heard Tuesday how the district could be impacted this summer if schools were to close at the end of June. "All school based activities and services would end," superintendent...
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Named Library of the Year, Highest Honor in U.S. and Canada
The chance to win national recognition was one thing that attracted Gina Millsap to the CEO's job she took in 2005 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. "I told the staff when I got here, 'We will be "Library of the Year," because this...
Topeka Gives Encourages Collaboration along with Donations
The corridors of Fairlawn Plaza were packed with tables and people, and the sounds of talk and laughter drifted through the area as early as 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for Topeka Gives. The annual day of giving, established by the Topeka Community Foundation,...
Topekan Shares the Truth Behind a Photograph
Nineteen-year-old Dan Kingman was working on the political campaign of Ernest Fitzpatrick, a friend who was running for the Kansas Legislature, when he heard the sirens sound. They were in a house two or three blocks from Washburn University and ran...
Topeka Survives and Thrives after Tornado in 1966 ; Thousands of Volunteers Helped City Recover from Deadly Natural Disaster
On the afternoon of June 8, 1966, Topeka was under a tornado watch -- something most Kansans get used to before they learn how to read. As the afternoon spilled into early evening, a severe storm developed about 60 miles west of Topeka. At 6...
Upcoming Meetings and Events
WED JUN 8 Topeka West Rotary Club, 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, Hy-Vee (second- floor conference room), S.W. 29th and Wanamaker. Information: Rick Ryan, 249-9000 or president@topekawestrotary.com. Blockbuster Wednesdays: Sal...
Volunteer Opportunities
Find these volunteer opportunities and much more at VolunteerTopeka.com. KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL OF TOPEKA/SHAWNEE COUNTY Volunteers are needed for the following activities: - To help with litter...
What U.S. Diplomacy Can't Fix
Israel wanted no part in it. And neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were scheduled to attend. Yet Secretary of State John Kerry remained optimistic ahead of Friday's sure-to-go-nowhere Middle East peace conference in Paris. "What we are seeking...
Yoga for Children Can Improve Physical and Mental Health
Dear Doctor K: My 8-year-old daughter has expressed an interest in taking a yoga class. Can children really benefit from yoga? Dear Reader: Yes, they can. I spoke to Dr. Marlynn Wei, who is a psychiatrist, certified yoga teacher, and author of the...
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