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9:32 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Musical Space: Jingles

There’s been a noticeable trend away from using jingles in TV commercials. This really doesn’t bother me too much; jingles are designed to lodge themselves into your brain, and an effective one can have the same effect as a toothache. I’m interested, though, in how jingles have been replaced.

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Commentary
8:28 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Richard Crowson: Digging Ourselves Deeper

When shovels are outlawed only outlaws will have shovels. I guess that’s the predominant attitude in certain circles these days. As for me, I’m all for some sane shovel-control laws in this country.

In spite of the best efforts of many fine, upstanding, super-colossal maxi-conservatives, we have gone down a slippery slope. Not the slippery slope that they were so worried about—you know, the one that leads to more and more restrictive gun laws. We avoided that one, thank the Lord.

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Health
6:25 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Community Baby Showers To Be Held Saturday To Combat SIDS

A baby sleeping in an unsafe manner.

Kansas has the 4th highest Sudden Infant Death syndrome or SIDS rate in the US, and it’s even higher for black children.

An area group organized community baby showers to be held in Wichita Saturday, to promote good health and safe sleep for babies.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer Tuesday issued a proclamation at the City Council meeting recognizing “A Healthy Baby Begins With You Day”.

SIDS Network Director Christi Schunn says the infant mortality rate in Kansas among black infants is the highest in the country.

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Wichita State University
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

New WSU President Bardo Wants To Explore Private Partnerships, Grow Campus Area

WSU President John Bardo at the announcement of his selection.
Wichita State University

On July 1, John Bardo became the 13th president of Wichita State University. 

He previously served as the chancellor of West Carolina University for 16 years.

KMUW's Carla Eckels talks with President Bardo about his ties to WSU and formulating a strategic plan for the future.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 8/15 - 8/28

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: Marilyn Monroe’s farewell, a true-life mystery, and The Dude.

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Discrimination Protection
12:56 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hutchinson Ballots Could Have Dueling Gay Rights Issues

Hutchinson voters in November might face ballot issues that would either repeal gay rights or broaden them. 

In June, the Hutchinson City Council added protections against discrimination in housing and employment for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

After the vote, opponents began gathering signatures on petitions to require a November vote to repeal that ordinance. Today, the Kansas Equality Coalition announced it would gather signatures on a ballot question asking voters to approve wider protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

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Commentary
9:08 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Into It: Colorful Noise

Courtesy Photo

When we hear the word “noise,” we think annoyance and distraction. And that makes perfect sense. Noise is essentially interference, something that disrupts our experience with everything from radios and televisions to images on digital cameras. But our ears have a unique relationship with colorful noise.

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Commentary
8:18 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Book Review: The Family Corleone

In his novel The Godfather, Mario Puzo used his life in New York, his penetrating imagination, and some kind of exotic material for polishing prose to reveal the world of the Mafia. In that world, the reader observes the coming of age of Michael Corleone, as he reluctantly confronts his complicated fate as a gangster. This leads him down the path to self-betrayal.

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Sedgwick County
6:46 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Citizens Gather To Oppose Cuts To Senior Centers, Zoo

The entrance to the Sedgwick County Zoo.
Travel KS Flickr

Sedgwick county residents Thursday had a second chance to publicly voice concerns about the recommended 2013 budget.

About 50 people gathered in the commission chambers at the county court house to listen and express concerns about proposed cuts outlined in the county manager’s 2013 recommended budget.

The budget includes broad cuts to eliminate the $9.3 million deficit, including funding reductions to the County Extension Center and 4-H programs, Judge Riddel Boy’s Ranch, senior centers and the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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Election 2012
6:05 am
Fri August 10, 2012

At Least 80 Voters Given Wrong Ballots At Topeka Polling Place

The Kansas Statehouse.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

 

A mix-up at a polling place in Topeka could affect the outcome of two Republican primary elections for seats in the Kansas House. At least 80 voters were given the wrong ballots.

The victor in one of the affected House races won by just 41 votes.

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