The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from July 1, 2016

Another Familiar Ring ; about 250 People Attend Grand Opening of Train-Themed Park
S. Kansas Avenue garnered a lively crowd of nearly 250 people Thursday morning with the opening of yet another "pocket park," this time at the S.W. 10th Street intersection. The park, sponsored by Burlington North Santa Fe, is train- themed and...
Brexit Backers Must Be Careful ; 'Leave' Supporters Need to Champion Civil Discourse to Combat Spreading Xenophobia
Britain voted to leave the European Union for an array of reasons, none of which should be cited as all-encompassing or definitive. Some critics of the "Leave" campaign have dismissed it as xenophobic and intolerant, but this ignores Britons' legitimate concerns...
Brookwood Shopping Center Displays Colorful New Banners
Brookwood Shopping Center unveiled bright new banners, the result of a community art project, this week. Last November, the shopping center hosted an event inviting members of the community to draw on two silk sheets provided by Carol Bradbury,...
Capital-Journal Holds Open House for Candidates in Contested Races
Fifteen candidates in contested races gathered Thursday morning at The Topeka Capital-Journal for an open house, where they heard from Capital-Journal publisher Zach Ahrens, and had the opportunity expand their campaign reach. After a presentation...
Contract Cuts Shawnee County Ambulance Subsidy by More Than $280,000 a Year
A contract Shawnee County Commissioners approved Thursday reduces the subsidy the county pays for ambulance service -- which had already dropped considerably in recent years -- by more than $280,000 annually. Commissioners Shelly Buhler, Bob...
Downtown Topeka Events Postponed Epsilon Zeta ETA Xj ; Organizers Cite Safety Concerns as Reason for Delaying Freedom Festival, 'Urban Slide'
Downtown Topeka events scheduled for this weekend -- including a Freedom Festival and "Urban Slide" event -- were postponed for safety reasons Thursday, a day after organizers opted to move a Saturday concert by the band Kansas away from downtown. ...
GOP's Benghazi Report Primarily Discredits Congress
The Miami Herald, June 28: The long-awaited report by House Republicans on Benghazi released Tuesday packed all the explosive punch of a 5-cent firecracker. Yes, it found a series of failings by the national security bureaucracy, but...
Hurricane Katrina Blew Together One Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival Act
It took much more than the butterfly effect to bring together the Honey Island Swamp Band, which will make its Topeka debut Monday at the Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival. Hurricane Katrina blew the band together. When the levees broke and...
June Tax Revenue Could Miss Estimates ; Collections Likely to Be $30 Million Short of Target
State officials will reveal Friday how much revenue Kansas collected in June, but Gov. Sam Brownback's administration already has lowered expectations, publicly saying the figure likely will come in below estimates. The strength or weakness of...
KDOT, KHP Expect Increase in Holiday Traffic
Anticipating an increase in traffic during the holiday weekend, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol issued a release warning travelers to be on alert. AAA Kansas estimates that 3.3 million people in the region...
More Music at Event Than the Headliner Kansas
Because of its historical ties to Topeka, the progressive rock band Kansas will be the big draw Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre where it will headline a free concert in Landon Arena. However, those attending will find a lot more music to enjoy...
Out & about Hot Tickets, July 1-7
Hey, hey, it's the Monkees at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork co-star in The Monkees: "Good Times" 50th Anniversary Tour, which stops at 8 p.m. Friday at the casino, 12305 150th Road, north of Topeka. Tickets are $45 at...
School Boards Transfer Year-End Funds
The Topeka, Seaman and Shawnee Heights school boards held brief meetings Thursday to wrap up bookkeeping matters for the fiscal 2016 year. At the end of each year, districts may transfer dollars between funds for various reasons. For example,...
Some Food for Thought: Baby Nutrition Ideas
Dear Doctor K: What do I need to know about solid food for my baby? Dear Reader: To make sure I had current information, I spoke to my colleague Dr. Claire McCarthy, a primary care pediatrician at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children's Hospital....
Topeka Police Officer Details Injuries Suffered in Incident ; Officer: 'I Felt My Left Wrist Break'
A Topeka police officer felt the bones in her arm and wrist breaking as she struggled to pull the keys from a fleeing SUV's ignition earlier this year in an incident in central Topeka, she testified on Thursday. Patrol officer Cassandra Caviness,...
Two Patrol Cars Disabled in Ramming by Driver of Stolen Cox Communications Truck; Driver Escapes
The driver of a stolen Cox Communications truck escaped on foot early Thursday after stopping it during a two-county chase, reversing and ramming a Shawnee County Sheriff's Office vehicle, forcing it into an Osage County Sheriff's Office vehicle and disabling...
Warren a Potent Asset for Clinton
Watching Hillary Clinton beaming sidewise on stage as Elizabeth Warren taunted Donald Trump brought the Wrigley twin ditty to mind: Double your pleasure, double your fun, with double good, double good, Doublemint gum. Instead of two happy twins...
Westar, Great Plains Ask for Deal Approval from KCC
Great Plains Energy Inc., Kansas City Power and Light and Westar Energy Inc. filed a joint application this week with the Kansas Corporation Commission asking for the regulatory agency to approve the $12.2 billion sale of Westar to Great Plains. ...
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