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In Response To Justice Department, Kobach Cites Voter Database As Key Kansas Resource

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is touting a controversial multi-state voter database as a key resource in response to U.S. Department of Justice questions about Kansas’ compliance with federal voting law.

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We don’t really have any hills here in Wichita so we couldn’t erect our Greek Temple to the Celebrity Gods up high where everybody could see it. But downtown was as good a place as any, better than most, for its location.

Celebrity worship continues to be one of our most popular religions. So it is that we find our modern equivalent of the Greek Temple, the downtown Intrust Arena, about ready to open its doors to that fervent flock, the Adorers of the Blessed People Magazine Cover Subjects.

One thing I’m betting you are not asking Santa for this year is a telephone book.

Yet another unrequested phone book was delivered to my front porch the other day. I dutifully brought it in and opened the cabinet door to the area where we store them to add it to the collection. It was hours later before the avalanche rescue team found me beneath the huge pile of phone books that had tumbled out of that cabinet and buried me.

I’ve never been able to pass up an estate sale and stopped in at one last week in modest little home. The tattered art prints and hundreds of books painted a picture of a person with intellectual curiosity about the world of ideas. The small living room was dominated by a seriously grand piano standing proudly out among a few worn and threadbare sticks of furniture.

While I was in the basement, someone sat at that piano and played a flourishing rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” It echoed easily through the thin floors and walls of that once-beloved home.

What a weird holiday Halloween is.

It’s like some sort of phantom holiday that we all know exists and yet seems to dwell in some other holiday dimension. It’s printed on calendars, yet no one gets off work for it. The mail’s delivered.  Banks are open. Schools don’t shut down on Halloween, though some teachers trying to deal with kids on a frantic sugary candy high probably wish it was otherwise.

I like trains. I like riding on trains. I like looking at trains.  Heck, I even like songs about trains.

And I guess I really must admit that sometimes I even like getting slowed down at a railroad crossing while a thundering freight train lumbers along. It’s a chance to throw your hands up and say, “What can I do? I’m forced to sit here and take a pause out of my busy day and just watch this train go by.” It’s a break from the routine, as we scurry over the busy ant hills of our daily lives.

Fall is a time that always reminds me of when I was a kid growing up in the developing suburbs of Memphis. I had lots of opportunities then, to roam around the fields and woods, going no place in particular through nature’s leafy abundance.

Sometimes I was Robin Hood, sometimes a yodeling Tarzan, and sometimes I was just a leaf-kicking explorer feeling the breezes that whispered of a weather change just around the next weekend.

I have a health care proposal. It’s not about insurance availability or doctor choice. It’s not about single-payer or public option issues. But it is about our health. Our mental health. We need to take all the minutes from all the health care reform town hall meetings, take all the breathless commentaries from red-faced conservatives and blue-in-the-face liberals, put all that stuff in a lockbox, throw the lockbox in a closet for about a week, and get ourselves down to the Cowley County Fairgrounds in Winfield, Kansas.



Your Move: Localhost

It’s not uncommon for video games to have the player kill robots - it's practically a trope at this point. But what is uncommon is for you to have to get the robot’s permission to kill them first - and this is the premise of the new indie game LOCALHOST .

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Will Erickson has played drums in bands such as The Travel Guide, Spirit of the Stairs and Bridegeist but a few years ago he wanted to see if he could return to another musical love, guitar, and write songs for a project that, at least at first, existed only at his home. That project would eventually become the band Team Tremolo.

KMUW Music is celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Night Train on Thursday, September 7 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Corners of the rock ‘n’ roll landscape are populated by the corpses of bands that pride themselves on being literary, enough that comparisons to Wallace Stegner, Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’ Connor have become standard issue for any band that can whip out polysyllabic lyrics and cook up a reasonably strong metaphor. There are exceptions. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, a cornerstone of the Denver, Colorado music scene is one. The band’s 2008 effort, Cipher, reissued earlier this year, provides listeners with all they’d want to know about smart, multi-layered gothic Americana.

Monday 9.4.17

Night Train takes a night off its labors for Labor Day, but join us instead for two specials that explore the work song in jazz and popular music and songs about working tonight from 10 until midnight.

Tuesday 9.5.17

Night Train celebrates Classical Music Month throughout September with a wide array of artists and recordings inspired by both jazz and classical music. To kick off  the feature, tonight’s show is devoted to these classical and jazz meetings, including jazz reinterpretations of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and jazz artists performing with classical ensembles. Artists featured include Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron, Art Tatum and Cyrus Chestnut,.

Wednesday 9.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of British jazz singer Claire Martin; continues its Classical Music Month feature with classically inspired pieces from Duke Ellington, Charles Lloyd, the Peter Erskine New Trio and the Classical Jazz Quartet; and highlights new music from Hudson, the Yoko Miwa Trio, Terell Stafford, and the Spike Wilner Trio.

Thursday 9.7.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a show devoted to Brazilian jazz. We’ll hear classic compositions, new music, and pieces given a Brazilian twist. Among the artists featured on the show are Mark Murphy with a Jobim classic, Charlie Byrd with a classically inspired rendition of a Jobim piece (for the September Classical Music Month feature), Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias with an album done in Brazil, and a new album from John Pizzarelli marking the 50th anniversary of a recording that featured Frank Sinatra and Jobim.

Monday, September 4

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work, workers, and working. Among the artists with topical songs are the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, and the Roches.

Tuesday, September 5

Global Village kicks off the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a special devoted to music from Fania and its subsidiary labels. Known as ‘the Motown of Latin Music,’ Fania pioneered the sound of salsa and during its heyday had some of the biggest names in Latin music. We’ll hear music from label cofounder Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Cuba, the Fania All Stars and more.

Wednesday, September 6

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to pioneering and contemporary Latin rock and soul artists – including Santana, Malo with Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge, contemporary pan-Latin bands Grupo Fantasma, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and Buyepongo, Congolese rhumba rock group Ry-Co Jazz, ‘60s chicano rock pioneers Thee Midniters, and Latin soul jazz master Pucho with His Latin Soul Brothers.

Thursday, September 7

Global Village celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with a wide array of styles and artists from that country. We’ll hear Ary Barroso’s classic song,”Brazil,” from Trio de Paz, Brazilian jazz from mandolin master Hamilton De Holanda, Afrobeat inspired music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70, nova bossa nova from Bossacucanova, the underground sounds of the Friends from Rio Project, one of the great voices of Brazil Virginia Rodrigues, and even some Brazilian music by way of Kansas City from Ensemble Iberica.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Brazilian Independence Day tonight.)

Friday, September 8

Global Village marks birthdays of David Steele of English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, and acclaimed Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle – continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with music from Cannibal & the Headhunters (one of the first Mexican-American bands with a national rock hit) and Austin’s adventurous Grupo Fantasma – and highlights new music from Bokante (featuring Michael League of Snarky Puppy), reggae artist Christos DC, the Pop Makossa compilation, and the exquisite Arabic ensemble Duo Sabil.


Wichita Police Tentatively Identify Child’s Body Found In Home

Wichita Police say a three-year-old boy missing since July is likely the small child that was found encased in cement at a Wichita home over the weekend.

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