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Crime
12:28 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Non-Profit Will Receive $25,000 Grant To Help Stop Human Trafficking

A non-profit focused on ending human trafficking in Wichita has been awarded a $25,000 grant from State Farm.

ICT S.O.S. will use the money to expand the residential services they provide to young women in need.

Through its partnership with Carpenter Place, the program currently provides six individual apartments for women in crisis ages 18 to 24.

Education
12:32 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Library For Seeds Instead Of Books

Farmers’ markets are now open in several parts of Wichita, including one in the Delano neighborhood that has a library that isn’t meant for books.

For the second year in a row, a seed library will be available at the Delano Farmers’ Market on Wednesday evenings.

The library was established to let gardeners share and try out new seeds.

Many of them were donated from El Dorado Heirloom Seeds and include a large variety of non-genetically modified seeds including beans like the Eye of the Goat and tomato varieties such as Rutgers and Arkansas Travelers.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Into It: Stock Sounds

For this Into It I’ll try something a little different: instead covering one topic and moving on to the next, this week begins a four-part series on stock sounds and canned emotion.

Long before the luxury of recordings, stage performers created their own sounds to accompany productions. Copper sheets were struck to produce a crack of lightning. Blocks of wood, hand drums, whistles and other simple items could add believability or comedy.

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Commentary
4:09 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Book Review: Home

Even though Frank Money lived in Lotus, Georgia since he was four, he never considered the town his home. According to Frank, “Nobody in Lotus knew anything or wanted to learn anything.” Left to their own devices, Frank and his friends roamed the unpaved streets and countryside with Frank’s little sister Cee in-tow, biding their time until they could leave Lotus for good. That opportunity came for the boys when they enlisted to fight in the Korean War. Cee’s opportunity presented itself later when she took off with a stranger—who took off with her car.

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Transportation
12:34 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Wichita Transit Board Wants Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Increase

Wichita transit advisory board members voted Friday for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be put on the ballot. The additional money would attempt to stabilize the city’s bus system, which was just recently spared additional cuts to service.

The next step is for the Wichita City Council to consider the request and determine when to put the issue on the ballot or if it should go to a public vote at all.

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Food
5:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Food Insecurity

Kansas Food Bank

I am thankful every day that I am able to afford to buy the food I want to eat. I haven’t always had that luxury. I ate a lot of beans and tortillas when I was in my 20s, and have had to make the choice between gasoline and groceries many times. My financial situation has improved considerably since then, but I know what it’s like to be worried about food.

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Government
12:37 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Ceremony Honors Fallen Officers

A ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers of Sedgwick County will take place noon Friday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall in downtown Wichita.

Twenty-nine officers have fallen in the line of duty since 1871, including 19 Wichita police officers, eight Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater.

For the first time in more than 14 years, more deaths occurred by gunshot in 2011 than traffic accidents.

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Arson
10:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Reward Offered In 2011 Mosque Arson

The FBI and the Wichita Fire Department announced Wednesday the ATF will offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for fire at the Islamic Association of Mid-Kansas.

The fire was reported around 12:45PM on October 31, 2011 and caused approximately $150,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF, FBI and the Wichita Fire Department. 

Commentary
7:20 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Art Review: Keeper of the Plains

The Keeper of the Plains is a monumental sculpture that marks the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers.

The Keeper of the Plains is a monumental sculpture that marks the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers. Rising 44 feet in the air, this Cor-Ten steel sculpture of a Native American chief is a popular site for Wichita visitors and residents alike. The proud figure stands tall with his back arched, offering something invisible to the sky with his upturned palms. The crisp lines of the stylized figure give it striking silhouette. But the large headdress and waving fringe gives the figure movement and life.

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