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12:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

OnWords: Look Past Numbers, See The People

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Stories are quick, powerful ways to present complex, human themes, so why do we often insist on using discrete, numerical approaches to complex, human problems?

A case in point recently aired on NPR's Morning Edition. Shankar Vedantam covered a study in which the techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy were used to help at-risk youth think through conflicts in order to prevent violent acts.

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Commentary
7:58 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Into It: The Secret Life Of Suicide-Bombing Insects

Profile view of ant Camponotus saundersi.
Credit Noel Tawatao / AntsWeb.org

Suicide bombings, an act usually associated with terrorism, can be found in select insects that are built to self-destruct.

In Southeast Asia, at least nine different varieties of carpenter ants have an unusual talent; they can make themselves explode.

It's a natural act of defense in which they (Camponotus saundersi, for instance) grip an enemy, squeezing it tightly until the ants own abdominal lining ruptures. It's a suicide bombing that releases sticky toxins that glue the ant and its foe together, killing them both.

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Community
7:34 am
Tue August 13, 2013

2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship Awarded To Topeka

For many people, horseshoes is a game you might occasionally play during a summer picnic. But for Topeka, horseshoes could mean big business in a couple years. It's been named as the host city for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship.

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Health
7:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Groups Renew Effort To Rezone Land Near Abortion Provider

Abortion opponents are redoubling their efforts in Wichita to use zoning laws to drive out a clinic that provides abortions.

Representatives from four groups will ask Wichita's City Council Tuesday to rezone the neighborhood around the South Wind Women's Center to ban abortions.

Speakers from Kansans for Life, Operation Rescue, World of Life Church and the Kansas Coalition for Life are on the council agenda.

The city planning commission rejected a similar effort to rezone the building earlier this year.

Government
7:06 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kansas AG Joins National Effort To Fight Human Trafficking

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been appointed to a national committee focused on combating human trafficking.

Schmidt's office says he's the first Kansan to serve on the Human Trafficking Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.

The appointment comes in the same year that Kansas legislators voted to strengthen the state's anti-trafficking law.

Health
7:01 am
Mon August 12, 2013

West Nile Back In Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an adult from Atchison County has the state's first case of West Nile virus this year.

KDHE says on its website that a mosquito sample in Sedgwick County has also tested positive for West Nile, a virus that can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms include headaches and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain.

West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months.

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Book Review: Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson is set in a sleepy university town a couple hours outside of New York City. The novel has a familiar cast of characters: an author, a book critic and the women who loved them.

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Community
6:04 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Kansas Coal Miner Featured On New USPS Stamp

This photo of a Kansas coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

Thursday the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp featuring a photo of a coal miner from the Kansas Historical Society’s collections.

The 12-stamp series "Made in America: Building a Nation" honors industrial-era workers just in time for labor day. The vintage, grayscale photos of the series portray men and women of the era at work.

Photographer Lewis Hine took 11 of the photos used in the collection.

The photo of the coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development. It depicts the unidentified miner at work with a handpick and lantern.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A Musical Life: Beau Jarvis

Beau Jarvis spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita.
Credit Courtesy photo

 

Beau Thomas Jarvis holds an undergraduate degree from Friends University and a masters degree in Musicology from Wichita State University. He spent several years living and playing in Los Angeles before returning to his home base in Wichita. He has performed with Jean-Michael Byron (Toto), Doug Grean (Scott Wieland), The Lettermen, Benny Golson and Tim Orindgreff (Black Eyed Peas), among others. He currently teaches jazz piano, jazz combo, jazz big band, and aesthetics through music at Friends University and he plays with various musicians in the Wichita area.

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri August 9, 2013

City Officials: The Drought Is Over

City of Wichita officials announced Friday the drought that threatened the area’s water supply the two past summers and heightened conservation efforts is officially over.

In a release Friday, the city reports Cheney Lake, the city’s primary water source, reached full capacity in the early hours of Thursday from 73.6 percent on July 29. Earlier this year, the lake was as low as 58 percent capacity, causing city officials to encourage conservation efforts through a media campaign, a rebate program and other measures aimed at extending the area’s water supply.

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