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Aircraft Industry
9:36 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Announces Sale To Chinese Firm

Passengers wait to board a Raytheon Hawker Beechcraft T-1 Jayhawk.
Jack Snell Flickr

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that it had reached a $1.79 billion “exclusivity agreement” with a Chinese aerospace manufacturer for the sale of its business jet and general aviation operations.

Under the agreement Beijing-based aerospace manufacturer Superior Aviation Beijing will buy Hawker Beechcraft and make payments over the next six weeks to support ongoing operations until the deal is finalized.

The sale does not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company, which will remain a separate entity.

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Commentary
9:22 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Musical Space: Minimalist Music

Steve Reich
Courtesy Photo

Minimalism was the last great revolution to happen in the world of art music. Young American composers began experimenting with using limited materials and processes in the 1960s, and the result was music that relied on repetition and very slow change over time.

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Commentary
8:20 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Velma Wallace

The Big Read
6:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

2012 Big Read Wichita To Celebrate “The Great Gatsby”

The original cover of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Charles Scribner's Sons

At the Wichita City Council meeting Tuesday Mayor Carl Brewer announced the Big Read would return for the fifth year this fall.

This year’s selection for the Big Read will be “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and will run October 1 through November 21.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts and is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

Wichita is one of 78 communities participating in the Big Read this year, which makes the city one of the longest running Big Read communities in the nation.

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Aviation
1:32 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Officials Promote Kansas Aviation Industry At English Air Show

Kansas officials are in England this week promoting the state's aviation industry.

Senator Jerry Moran, Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will be discussing Kansas aviation at the Farnborough International Airshow near London.

Executives from Wichita's Spirit AeroSystems, Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier also will be there.

Brownback says the Kansas delegation is working to promote current companies and recruit more companies to Wichita.

Board of Education
8:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

BOE To Work On Education Funding Proposal

The Kansas Board of Education will work on their proposal for state education funding this week. 

They’re taking comments from organizations on what they should pursue.

One group is urging them to push for a big funding increase.

Sports Exhibit
10:07 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Wichita Area Ties To 1936 Olympics Featured In New Exhibit

A exhibit that highlights Wichita’s ties to the 1936 Olympics opens Monday.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Richard Crowson: The Mayberry Town Band Bandwagon

There’s a bandwagon making the rounds these days that I pretty much have to jump on. I just can’t resist. The band that’s playing on this wagon is pretty rag-tag. They do have band uniforms so give them a few points for that. But none of them are very proficient on their instruments and the sound of them all trying to play “Stars and Stripes Forever” is nothing short of calamitous. Still, me and millions of other people are happy to count ourselves among the fans of this band.

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Campaign Finance
1:25 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kansas Republican Party Fined

The Federal Elections Commission has fined the Kansas Republican Party $6,500 for violating campaign finance law.

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Commentary
9:46 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Movie Review: Magic Mike

Magic Mike is a quite entertaining male strip show for the ladies, with codpieces instead of g-string and musclemen, but not weightlifters, especially Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, baring almost all in routines that represent gymnastics more than dancing, dominating most of the movie until a veneer of social concern slips in a vein of wages of sin toward the end; men will get to know what it’s been like for the ladies to have to compete with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie: I suspect that such males bodies as Magic Mike displays are just as artific

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