The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from December 20, 2015

Another False 'Turning Point' on Climate
History, on the "right side" of which Barack Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy. Proof of which is something happening this week: Britain's last deep-pit coal mine is closing, a small event pertinent to an enormous event, the Industrial Revolution,...
Bill Self Repeats Himself Often in KU's 88-46 Win over Montana
LAWRENCE -- Bill Self spoke two words most frequently Saturday, a short phrase coming often when he was standing and applauding his team. "Good job!" he yelled out with 7:37 left in the second half after Landen Lucas sealed his man, received a...
Book Reviews
Everyone loves a good mystery, and these mystery books for third- through sixth-grade readers will spark the imagination and inspire curiosity. "Theodore Boone: The Fugitive" by John Grisham, 2015, Dutton Children's Books, 250 pages, ages 9-13....
Business Watch: Salon Relocating after 38 Years in Same Spot
A salon will move from the Indian Hills Shopping Center to Barrington Village Shopping Center this week. Jody Roberts, owner of i.h.s. salon, formerly known as Indian Hills Styling Salon, said the new address will be 5642 S.W. 29th. The previous...
Checking 'Warts' in Mirror ; Officials Assess Situation after 'Less-Than-Flattering' JEDO Report
Consultant reports sometimes "expose all warts," one Topeka leader said, and a 49-page analysis of how Topeka's Joint Economic Development Organization could improve its operations and effectiveness certainly caused a few Topeka leaders to draw a deep breath....
Chiefs Looking for Historic Eighth Straight Win ; Chiefs: Injuries Have Taken Toll on Ravens
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of standing alone. With a win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens (4-9), the Chiefs (8- 5) will establish an NFL record as the first team in league history to win eight straight games after...
Employee Compensation Study on Monday's Shawnee County Commission Agenda
Shawnee County commissioners Monday will consider contracting to build a southwest Topeka aquatics center. They'll also consider formally acknowledging they received a recently completed compensation study, which says Shawnee County employees...
History Connects Library's Topeka Competition 32 Art Entries
History is the connective element in Topeka Competition 32, a local art show with its own long history. For the first time since the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's juried art show began in 1977, artists submitting works were asked...
Horoscopes
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Get into the festive spirit. Decorate your home and invite friends over. Your hospitality will help you recognize who is taking advantage of you and who is not. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Do something that will...
It's Your Biz
Items for It's Your Business can be submitted online at http:// cjonline.com/business, by email to iyb@cjonline.com or by mail to The Topeka Capital-Journal, 616 S.E. Jefferson, Topeka, 66607. Items and photographs will run in print as space permits....
Kansas Colleges Show Earnings Gap for Former Students, May Reflect Cost of Living
Students who went to college in Kansas appear to earn less than expected based on their majors and academic preparation, but that could reflect the area's low cost of living or other factors not linked to the quality of their educations. Georgetown...
Kansas Labor Market Data: 12,542 More People Working, but 2,600 Fewer Jobs
Data on the Kansas labor market painted a confusing picture in November, with one measure showing the state had 2,600 fewer jobs and another showing 12,542 more people were employed. Kansas added about 7,000 jobs over the year in November, but...
Kansas Launching Online Tool for Schools ; Program Meant to Gather Variety of Information
Kansas launched a new online tool this month meant to give the public a more thorough and convenient source of information on the performance and quality of their local schools and school districts.The tool, which the department will hone and expand...
Kansas Lottery Cooperating with Multi-State Jackpot-Fixing Investigation
The Kansas Lottery is actively cooperating with a multi-state investigation into jackpot-fixing, a lottery official says. The investigation centers on Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association -- an association that...
Kevin Haskin: Transfer to Nebraska Provides White New Opportunity
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Sitting at the end of a basketball bench, players long to shed their warmups. So much so, it becomes possible to start hearing things. Andrew White was no different last season at Nebraska. While sitting out, the Kansas...
Kicking Addiction to Bank of KDOT
The Kansas Department of Transportation promotes an important annual public awareness program on safe driving. "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" was Oct. 10. KDOT, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature should embrace another rallying cry. This...
K-State Football Team Pushes through Tragedies during 2015 Season
MANHATTAN -- The list of injuries that took on epidemic proportions on Kansas State's football team has been well documented. From the first game when quarterback Jesse Ertz and strong safety Dante Barnett went down with season-ending injuries, the Wildcats...
K-State Holds off Colorado State for 61-56 Victory
WICHITA -- Colorado State had a good reason for having a bad day on offense, missing its leading scorer due to injury. Kansas State wasn't at its best on offense, missing shots and turning the ball over 13 times and unable to get into its transition game....
Letters
TOPEKA Believe in our city As someone who grew up in the Topeka area, I have seen many sides of our city. Many people have become apathetic toward our community; still others believe it is nothing more than dying and corrupt. That being...
Lewis Leads K-State Women Past Sam Houston State
MANHATTAN -- After sitting out much of the first half with two fouls, Breanna Lewis scored 18 of her season-high 24 points after intermission to lead Kansas State's women's basketball team to a 78- 50 victory against Sam Houston State on Saturday night...
Miss Rodeo Kansas Takes Second at Pageant
Abbey Pomeroy, of Hesston, tested her luck in early December in Las Vegas -- but not at the slot machines. The cowgirl represented Kansas in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo. Pomeroy, Miss Rodeo Kansas...
More Than 40 Bull Riders Compete in Two-Day Event at Expocentre
Jessie James, Desperado and Buckshot each took a shot, storming into the Kansas Expocentre's Landon Arena on Saturday night during the second part of a two-day bull riding event. The three bulls were part of a group of 50 that participated along...
Northeast Kansas Happenings
HOLIDAY SHOW -- The Columbian Theatre, 521 Lincoln Ave. in Wamego, will host its Christmas show, "A Columbian Christmas," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The show features a mixture of classic Christmas songs and holiday humor. Tickets start at $15 and can...
Outdoor Calendar: Team Shoot on Tap at Ravenwood Lodge
DECEMBER 20 -- European Driven Pheasant Hunt, Ravenwood Lodge. (800) 656- 2454. 27 -- Ravenwood 3-person Team Shoot 100, Ravenwood Lodge. (800) 656-2454. JANUARY 1 -- New Years Day Survivors Shoot Off, 1 to...
Police and Fire Calls
POLICE CALLS People booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies. Rodriquez Valdez Davis, 35, in connection with aggravated battery, 3:14 p.m. 12/18. Marsha Lynnet Kirtdoll-Benson, 33, in connection with aggravated battery,...
Project Celebrates Farmers ; Photographer, Kansas Farm Bureau Team Up to Produce Coffee-Table Book
Photographer Scott Stebner may see himself as an agriculture industry outsider, but he is dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers succeed. Stebner, who grew up as a self-proclaimed "beach bum" in San Diego, also raised livestock and later studied...
Readers Offer Suggestions, More Photos of 'Chupacabra'
I received a lot of responses from readers following last week's column about an odd-looking, hairless creature prowling around the Topeka area that Ralph Pimentel caught on a trail camera. He joked that he thought it was the first sighting of the Kansas...
Red Cross Seeks Nominees for Hero Awards
The American Red Cross is seeking nominations in northeast Kansas for its Tribute to Heroes awards. The categories are: Call to Action -- an individual who by circumstances beyond their control found themselves in a challenging situation...
Report: End Private Foster Care ; DCF under Increased Scrutiny Following Schumm Arrest
A Republican lawmaker's report calls for the end of Kansas' current privatized foster care system -- an idea coming as the 20th anniversary of the private system looms and the agency in charge faces mounting scrutiny. Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe,...
Scoreboard
CLAY CENTER 46, WAMEGO 29 Wamego__ __ 11__ 0__ 4__ 14__ --__ 29 Clay Center__ __ 12__ 11__ 11__ 12__ --__ 46 Wamego -- Claussen 4 1-2 9, Stratton 2 (1) 1-1 6, Griffitt 2 (1) 0-1 5, Faulkner 2 0-0 4, Seeberger 1 0-0 2, Schwein 1 0-0...
SPORTS BIREFS: Steelers' Offense Meets Broncos' D
A classic matchup awaits at Heinz Field. The franchise that brought the NFL the Steel Curtain instead has become an offensive machine. And the team that once featured the Orange Crush has revitalized its powerful defense, if not the nickname. ...
Sports Briefs: Fredonia 91, Burlington 84 (Ot)
FREDONIA 91, BURLINGTON 84 (OT) Burlington__ __ 18__ 22__ 19__ 17 __ 8__ --__ 84 Fredonia__ __ 15__ 23__ 16__ 22 __ 15__ --__ 91 Burlington -- Redding 11 (4) 7-10 33, Nordstedt 2 9-15 13, Rankin 4 (3) 1-1 12, Kuhlmann 3 2-4 8, Williams...
Sports Briefs: Thunder Rout Lakers
THUNDER ROUT LAKERS: Kobe Bryant may not have made the difference. Either way, the Oklahoma City Thunder had little trouble with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday at Oklahoma City. With Bryant out with a sore right shoulder, the Thunder stars...
Tim Bisel: My Word(s), This Have Been an Eventful Sports Year
Every year the task seems more daunting. Trying to find ways to adequately describe a year's worth of events -- a year's worth of delight and disappointment, cheers and jeers, successes and failures -- is difficult if not downright impossible....
Topeka Credit Unions Outpace Banks in Growth over Three Years
Deposits at credit unions in Shawnee County grew at a far greater rate than banks over the past three years, though they still hold only a small percentage of local residents' money. Data from the National Credit Union Administration showed deposits...
Washburn Women Stymie Missouri Southern 64-42
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The Washburn women came to Joplin fully prepared for a dogfight with Missouri Southern for 40 minutes. With the Ichabods locking Southern down defensively, the back- and-forth battle they expected never even materialized. ...
What Is Making His Car Go "Bump?"
Dear Car Talk: I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima, and when I go over a speed bump it makes a "thump" sound when it lands back on the road. The sound comes from the rear, as if something heavy is loose in the back and that makes the sound when it lands after...
WU Men Lose Track of Southern Early in 92-72 Loss
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Missouri Southern has proven to be one of the toughest places to play for the Washburn men over the past several years, and Saturday's contest at the Leggette and Platt Center was no different. The Lions raced to a double-digit...
YOUTH ALMOST GONE ; Twin Son Harvests Monster 10-Point Buck on His Final Youth Hunt
I've always tried to give my kids every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It's always been special to me and hunting, fishing, trapping and camping are a part of my personal and professional life. The outdoor trips with my kids, many as simply...
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