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5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Movie Review: The Heat

Biff-- er, Captain Woods-- tries to separate our heroes in 'The Heat'
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The Heat is an unusual buddy-cop movie in that the odd couple cops are women-- it's also unusual in being very funny indeed, and has a plot that pretty clearly hangs together, though it does not particularly feature credibility.

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Social Work
6:04 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

KU Program Aims To Fill Social Worker Void

The University of Kansas is starting a new program to address a shortage of social workers in western Kansas.

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Gun Laws
3:46 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hundreds Of Local Governments Request Gun Law Exemptions

The Kansas Attorney General's office has received notifications from more than 300 local governments stating that they're exempting themselves from a new state gun law.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Moderate Party of Kansas Co-Founder Considers Run Against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

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Education
7:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

WSU Supporter Velma Wallace Leaves $6 M To Wichita State

Wichita State University says the late Velma Wallace has left $6 million in an estate gift to the school's foundation. She died last July at the age of 95.

Velma had supported Wichita State in many ways, including the Wallace Scholarship Program for years. Both she and her husband, Cessna Aircraft Executive Dwane Wallace, who died in 1989, loved and supported WSU.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Park Chan-Wook Comes To America

Park Chan-Wook directs Mia Wasikowska in the thriller 'Stoker'
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: The English-language debut of an acclaimed Korean director.

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Kansas Corporation Commission
5:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

KCC Approves Operations Changes

The Kansas board that regulates utilities has approved operational changes after replacing its top staff member and facing allegations that it violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

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Board of Regents
3:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Democratic Senator Criticizes Regents Appointments

A Democratic senator from Topeka says Governor Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

OnWords: Don't Believe The Hype

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The power of hype is its ability to radically lower our expectations.

I remember vividly the 1980s TV show That's Incredible! featuring a yogi so flexible he was able to fold himself into a tiny Plexiglas box.

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Community
9:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

11 Places To See Fireworks On The 4th Of July

Firework watching near the Arkansas River on July 5, 2009.
Credit ercwttmn / flickr Creative Commons

Wichita has not had a fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration since 2010, as the Wichita Eagle recently reported, but luckily there are locations in and around the city that will be hosting festivities that include some pyrotechnics:

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