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Friends University Lab Prepares Cybersecurity Students For Ever-Evolving Threat Landscape

In the past six months, Harvey and Butler counties were the victims of cyberattacks that shut down their computer networks for a short time. The incidents are a reminder that network security and backup systems are critically important for government agencies, businesses and organizations of all sizes.

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I don’t know about you but I’m seeing signs of spring everywhere these days! The tiniest hint of green on my lawn; birdsong in the mornings; two whole weeks without snow and that surest indicator of Spring in Kansas – state legislators giving more tax breaks to businesses while our schools agonize over deep budget cuts.

You see, our legislators argue that they may be creating new jobs for our state by giving businesses these tax breaks. You know, to sort of offset the jobs lost due to school budget cuts.

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Feb 25, 2010

Well, we’ve had some snow this winter. That proves there’s no global warming. No, really. Fox News has been all over it. See, they took Al Gore’s book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and they set it outside in the snow and showed it on camera while they snickered and cackled about how the snow disproved it all.

Yeah. That’s what we’ve come to. Imbecilic “news reports” like that. The “gotcha” mentality rules stronger than ever.

I never thought I’d say this, but, man! I’m really into basketball these days! Generally I barely pay attention to it. But a couple of things happened recently that turned me around.

It’s felt like the dead of winter around here lately - day after day of dense fog, damp air and cool temperatures. We’re not used to this kind of fog here in Kansas.

It’s crow time in Wichita. Driving my daughter to school this morning we noticed the thousands of crows roosting in the trees along Grove Street. She took the same perspective on the sight that anyone who’s ever seen Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, would take, and she pronounced it “creepy.”

There’s a little dog that usually appears somewhere in every cartoon I draw. His name is Al and he’s a wire-haired fox terrier that we once shared our home with. Al came from a background of abuse as was evidenced by his shy, cowering personality. There’s nothing normal about a terrier that’s shy but Al had been badly mistreated during his first four or five months and he never really got over it.

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.



Murdo Macleod

Marginalia: Maggie O'Farrell

Irish author Maggie O’Farrell is best known for her fiction, with a half dozen novels on her bibliography. But her newest work is non-fiction, a collection of essays about her brushes with death.

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Sunday, March 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Jody Watley. She’s known as the original female lead vocalist for the group Shalamar on soul classics “Take That To The Bank” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley was featured on dance TV show Soul Train in the 70s. She been named one of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine and one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine in 2016. Jody Watley is also an award winning songwriter with BMI. Hear her new single, “Waiting In Vain,” on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW 89.1FM.

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

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The Harmed Brothers could be any city's hometown band for the amount of time the group spends on the road. Somehow, between those long stretches of tour, the outfit has found time to record a series of finely tuned albums that spotlight the songs of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido. The latest such release is a collection of tunes captured lived at Morehouse Barbers in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland (titled, unsurprisingly, The Morehouse Barber Sessions).

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Tune in from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 as Global Village and Strange Currency team up for an Ides of March music special.

Global Village gets the special underway with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.


Stephan Bisaha

Students At State Universities In Kansas Pay For Higher Education Funding Cuts

Students are bearing more than two-thirds of the cost of their education at Kansas state universities.

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