Entertainment Weekly says about Seeking a Friend for the End of the World that it “can be mistaken for a soft, sentimental story about a lonely middle-aged sad sack whose encounter with a quirky younger woman inspires him to make amends with his past and face the future with new serenity,” and I have to agree because that’s about what I took it to be. Except that it’s not sentimental and I can’t see that Steve Carell changes much from his initial numbness or faces his past in a new way.
An update of the proposed 2013-2014 budget was presented to Wichita City council members Tuesday. The plan includes eliminating 37 positions to help balance the budget.
The 37 jobs slated to be cut include 19 vacant positions in the Office of Central Inspection, and 10 in engineering. Also, eight police positions will be eliminated including seven grant-funded police officers plus another police position, a civilian working in parking enforcement.
City Manager Robert Layton says the plan is to move these workers into other positions.
Wichita State University is home to many exceptional sculptures permanently displayed throughout campus. Recently, Francisco Zúñiga’s “Three Women Walking” was re-located from its original placement due to the massive renovations underway at the Rhatigan Student Center. Moving this hefty bronze sculpture was no small feat. Weighing in at two tons, it required construction equipment and precision guidance to situate the work just north of its original location.
It looks like Kansans won’t get a break from the heat in the coming days. Temperatures are projected to be in the mid-90s or higher until at least Saturday. Jared Leighton is with the National Weather Service. He says temperatures are running about 10 degrees or more above average for this time of year.
“It’s a little early this year to be experiencing temperatures this warm,” Leighton says. “Usually we’re still dealing with thunderstorms and severe weather, and this year it seems like the mid-summer pattern has set in a little early.”
Kansas is renegotiating its contract with the company that supplied the state with its new motor vehicle system.
The state’s contract with the company, 3M, was supposed to end Friday. But Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the state has a list of changes it wants made to the system before signing off on the contract.
Since the state launched the new $40 million motor vehicle system May 9th many county treasurers’ offices have complained about problems with the system that tie up their clerks and increase the amount of time it takes to process customers.
Mark Foley looks at the history of the electric guitar.
Two thousand and twelve marks the 80th anniversary of the invention of the Electric Guitar, an event more important than the first moon landing or the isolation and identification of DNA. The very first electric guitar debuted in Wichita in 1932. Local musician Gage Brewer had vacationed in Los Angeles that summer and a friend happened to work for the Rickenbacker Company.
Preparations are underway for tax changes next year. Kansas Department of Revenue staff is working this summer to write the new rules and regulations that will guide the agency as it implements a sweeping series of cuts to the state’s income tax system.
Secretary Nick Jordan says the agency is meeting with accountants and lawyers to discuss the new law and write the policies that will govern how taxes are collected for individuals and businesses.