The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from September 10, 2016

7-Year-Old, Woman in Late 20s Testify Man Charged with Unrelated Sex Offenses Also Sexually Abused Them
A 7-year-old girl took the witness stand Friday to testify that Zebulin Richard Barron sexually assaulted her four years ago during a Sunday church gathering at Barron's Tennessee home. Earlier, a woman in her late 20s testified she was 12 years...
Accountant Can Help Determine Tax Liability on Condo Sale
Dear Bruce: My mortgage is paid off on a condo I've rented since 1991. I purchased it for $42,000 and it's worth $150,000. I was considering selling the property to the tenant over a 5-to-8-year period. Would this help me avoid a giant capital gains...
At Home: Clogged or Damaged Sewer Pipe May Cause Sink Backup
Q: My washing machine is in the basement in a room directly beneath the kitchen. When water drains from the washer, it's going into a hole in the basement floor. The sump pump kicks on, but the water comes back up into the kitchen sink. The water recedes,...
At Home: Energize Decor with Abstract Thinking
My 140-year-old Greek revival home in Atchison was about as traditional as you can get. I filled it with antiques, when I could afford them, and to stretch my budget as far as I could, good reproduction cheater pieces. I covered the walls with classic artwork,...
At Home: Plants Signal When They're Ready for Harvest
Is it done yet? Can I eat it yet? What should it look like when it's done? Knowing when to harvest your garden is as important as knowing when to plant your garden. Each vegetable has its own time frame for harvesting. The seed packet...
At Home: Realtors Can Ease Process of Buying, Selling a Home
Purchasing or selling a house can be an anxiety-inducing experience. But with the help of an experienced professional, prospective buyers and sellers can avoid much of the stress of doing it themselves. Finding a Realtor who is trustworthy and...
At Home: THBA Serves as Watchdog for Construction Business, Homebuyers
When most people buy a new home, their primary concern is whether the house will fit their family and their budget. There usually isn't much consideration given to everything it took for the house to be built: government regulations, the necessary licenses...
At Home: True Geraniums Return to Garden Each Year
"Geraniums" -- the word brings to mind images of baseball-size red or orange flowers that are boldly held above bright green scalloped leaves. They're a lot like lollipops of the plant world -- sweet but bland. But the real name for those plants...
Defendant Accused of Witness Intimidation after 2011 Topeka Murder Has Conviction Overturned
The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a woman accused of intimidating a witness to the 2011 murder of Natalie Gibson and shooting of Lori Allison at a Topeka home. Breonna Wilkins was convicted of aggravated intimidation of a witness...
Ex-Fire Chief Criticizes TFD ; Wayne Says Technology, Training, Recruitment Lacking in Scathing Assessment
The Topeka Fire Department is in "maintenance mode," former interim fire Chief Tim Wayne wrote in a recent report, and lacks adequate technology, training and recruitment. The department also relies heavily on overtime hours and a perception exists...
Horoscopes for Sept. 10 2016
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A move will do you good. Refuse to let your emotions surface and stop you from adapting to new possibilities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Speak up and promote what you have accomplished. Travel, communication and progressive...
Is It on a Finesse, or Is There Better?
Samuel Goldwyn said, "I'll take 50 percent efficiency to get 100 percent loyalty." A finesse has 50 percent efficiency, at least in theory, but it is always better to have a 100 percent line available. Today's contract is not that good....
Junction City Thwarts Topeka High's Upset Bid
JUNCTION CITY -- Topeka High had its chances, but a lack of offensive execution led to a 26-21 loss to Junction City on Friday night. Topeka High struggled to get its running game going but found scattered success through the air. Senior quarterback...
Justices Vacate Rapist's Sentence ; Court: Judge's Decision-Making Process Flawed
The Kansas Supreme Court has vacated the life sentence of a man convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl due to a Sumner County judge's decision-making process. In early 2012, Christian McCormick and Seth LeClair, both 19, invited two 13-year-old...
Kevin Haskin: KU Provides Opportunities Aplenty for Freshmen to Contribute
LAWRENCE -- The latest football recruiting class at Kansas was ranked 85th nationally by Rivals. Rankings, however, did not prompt coaches to place limitations on newcomers. Opportunies exist. KU coaches stressed that on the recruiting trail...
Letters
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION The best of four bad options The dismal four main choices for voters in the presidential election are: (1) vote for Hillary Clinton, who's widely regarded as a liar and a crook; (2) vote for Donald Trump, who is every...
Lyndon, Mission Valley Tight as Expected
ESKRIDGE -- After splitting last year's meetings, it didn't appear that much really separated Flint Hills League rivals Lyndon and Mission Valley. After one half of Friday's rematch, it was merely a PAT kick. Lyndon led 21-20 at halftime of...
Nepotism Allegations at Haskell Need to Be Investigated
Charges of nepotism have been made against Haskell Indian Nations University president Venida Chenault, and there's troubling evidence to suggest that they might be well-founded. Chenault's son, chief information officer Joshua Arce, received...
Omaha Professor to Lecture in Topeka
Professor Rami Arav, of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will discuss "Bethsaida from King David to Jesus" at the Thomas L. King Lecture in Religious Studies event at Washburn University at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Washburn University...
Organization Rallies on Firm Legal Ground ; Anti-WBC Group Cleared for Action after Court Saga
Each year, Journey 4 Justice members park their motorcycles outside Westboro Baptist Church, grab their flag poles and wave large American flags along S.W. 12th Street. On Friday, the annual tradition continued. But something was missing. ...
Police Calls
POLICE CALLS People booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies. Kelly Ann Schultz, 29, in connection with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, 9/8. Felecia Harvey, 45, in connection...
Save Money, and Your Sanity, While Flying
Fed up with high prices, endless fees, cramped seats, long lines and crazy connections? Here are some strategies for flying saner, safer and cheaper from Consumer Reports. - Score the best seats. Start checking for available seats 72 hours before...
Seaman Tops Highland Park in One-Half Contest
Seaman notched its second win of the season, beating Highland Park 23-0 in a contest marred by wind and rain and ultimately cut short at halftime by lightning. Highland Park held the Vikings scoreless until the final minute of the first period,...
Shawnee Heights Tops Topeka West 40-0 in Weather-Shortened Game
A fast start is always important, but it proved vital for Shawnee Heights in a short night of work. The T-Birds scored on every first-half possession and also scored a defensive touchdown, building a 40-0 lead over Topeka West on Friday at Hummer...
'Shoulder Bump' Preceded Drive-By ; Witness Recalls Mall Altercation Prior to Killing
A "shoulder bump" between two men at a mall escalated into the fatal drive-by shooting of a southeast Topeka man a day later in April, a witness testified Friday. The testimony came during the preliminary hearing of De'Angelo Megle Martinez, 20,...
Stories from Topeka Baha'i ; Historian, Author Duane Herrmann to Lead Talks
Duane Herrmann didn't plan to become a historian on the local Baha'i community, but once he started his research in the mid- 1970s, he found he couldn't stop. Herrmann, of Topeka, will present findings from his years of digging through historical...
Topeka Police, Youth Football Team Partner to Boost Kids' Interactions with Officers
A new partnership between the Topeka Police Department and a youth football program aims to give kids from low-income families an opportunity for positive interaction with police officers. Police Capt. Mike Cross said Friday the partnership included providing...
Washburn Hoping to Take Lessons from Loss to No. 1 Northwest Missouri
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Playing Northwest Missouri has a way of spotlighting concerns and needs for improvement for any team in the MIAA. Fortunately for Washburn, which took a 41-7 loss to the defending national champion on Thursday, there's plenty...
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