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Articles from July 20, 2016

ACLU Sues Kobach over Voter Rule Aimed at 17k Registered without Proving Citizenship
The American Civil Liberties Union sued Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday, charging that he has created a dual voter registration system that will unlawfully deny thousands the right to vote. The lawsuit follows a state board's...
At Home: Fair Time: An Opportunity for 4-H Members to Shine
Head, heart, hands and health -- that's what the four H's in "4- H" represent. A 4-H member pledges their head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service and health to better living. Those are the attributes local...
Big 12 Notebook: Interim Football Coach Jim Grobe Says No 'Culture of Bad Behavior' at Baylor
DALLAS -- Jim Grobe has no intention of changing Baylor's successful, high-octane on-field football product during his time as interim coach. From the sound of things, he doesn't seem to see the need to change the program's off-the-field approach,...
Bob Beatty: Trump Woos GOP Establishment with Familiar Faces at Convention
CLEVELAND -- The theme of Tuesday night's Republican National Convention was "Make America Work Again." While some of the speakers -- Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis -- were unconventional,...
Colleagues: Former Chief Justice Kay McFarland Blazed Trail for Other Female Judges
Kay McFarland's legacy continues to live on as reflected by the careers of sitting female judges of the Kansas courts and Shawnee County District Court who followed her pioneering path. McFarland was the first woman elected to a judgeship in Shawnee County,...
Editorial: Our Discourse Should Change after Baton Rouge
Shortly after Gavin Long murdered three police officers and wounded three deputies in Baton Rouge on Sunday, we discovered that he was from Kansas City, Mo. While videos and accounts of other tragedies have been filling our living rooms for weeks, the...
Federal Government Formally Ends 'Threatened' Listing for Lesser Prairie Chicken
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is dropping its listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, formally ending a heavily politicized debate that drew the ire of western Kansas conservatives. The bird's continued...
Groups Favoring Immigration Control, Gun Rights Back Kobach in Voter Registration Appeal
DENVER -- National groups favoring immigration control, gun rights and other causes are supporting Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's legal fight to require proof of citizenship to register new voters. The groups recently submitted arguments...
Highland Park Legend Ken Darting Calls KU's Josh Jackson 'The Real Deal' as Both Person and Player
When asked for her impression of highly touted Kansas basketball freshman Josh Jackson, Karen Darting gave an answer that most mothers could appreciate. "He made his own bed,'' exclaimed Darting, wife of legendary Highland Park coach Ken Darting,...
Jesse Ertz Looks to Make His Name as K-State Quarterback
DALLAS -- Not that there's anything wrong with the name Jesse, and Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz is quite happy with the moniker, but there is an element of coolness to his middle name: Sisco. It's part of his Twitter handle -- @JSisco16,...
Kathleen Parker: You Know What They Say, Imitation Is the Highest Form of Flattery
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much. This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at the Republican National Convention. Or, is it? By the reaction, both within and...
Kevin Haskin: Snyder Understands Discussion about Booting Kickoffs from Football
DALLAS -- A movement seemingly designed for Bill Snyder to retire is under consideration. Within the rules of college football, no less. Informal discussions have begun among the sport's governing bodies to eliminate kickoffs as a safety...
K-State Coach Bill Snyder Has Simple Keys to Success
DALLAS -- As college athletics faces increasing scandals and controversies, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder remains a calming influence. Snyder salvaged a rock-bottom K-State program when he arrived in 1989 and returned in 2009 after a three-year...
Mastermind Behind Teen Armed Robbery of Topeka Academy Sports Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
As a high school student, Raymond Austin Zachary Felton, 18, amassed a stellar list of awards for community service and leadership. But Felton used those same skills to mastermind and lead three peers in a robbery of Academy Sports + Outdoors,...
Mike Hall: An Inspirational Story from the Rockies
A week or two in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is nice, but it's also nice to get back to the land of the thick air. Our cabin at the YMCA of the Rockies was one of the camp's highest. I estimate it was 8,500 feet. It offered pleasantly...
New Building Allows Expansion of Bereavement Programs
The Midland Care Center for Hope & Healing is doing its work to help grieving people in the community from new offices, where sand tables and stages offer opportunities for children and teens to work through the grieving process. The nonprofit...
Police and Fire Calls - July 19, 2016 Update
POLICE CALLS People booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies. Charles Andrew Taylor, 27, in connection with acquiring proceeds from the sale of controlled substances valued at less than $5,000, 7/ 18. Domeka...
Smartphone Apps Can Help with Minor Hearing Loss
Dear Doctor K: Can you give me some practical help for minor hearing loss? Dear Reader: Before I do, though, I'd advise you to see a doctor. In the meantime, here are some listening strategies that should help you to get the most out of a conversation...
So, Who Really Runs Bill Snyder's Twitter Account?
DALLAS -- If you ask his fellow colleagues in the Big 12 Conference, they'll say it isn't real. There is no way that 76-year- old, hall of fame, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is running his own Twitter account. "That's a little much," Texas Tech...
Teens at Boys and Girls Club Learn about Cyberbullying through AT&T Program
Representatives from AT&T visited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka's Teen Center on Tuesday to educate middle schoolers about cyberbullying. The event, which was part of AT&T's national "Digital You" program, taught sixth- and seventh-graders...
Topeka City Government Seeks Dismissal of Two of Three Counts in Heartland Park Lawsuit
Topeka voters had a right to elect new governing body members who might change the city's plans for Heartland Park Topeka, the city argued in a recent court filing seeking to dismiss two counts of a three-count lawsuit filed by the racing facility's...
Upcoming Meetings and Events
WED JUL 20 Topeka West Rotary Club, 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, Hy-Vee (second-floor conference room), S.W. 29th and Wanamaker. Information: Rick Ryan, 249-9000 or president@topekawestrotary.com. Capitol Midweek Farmers Market, 7:30 a.m....
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