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8:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Book Review: The Chaperone

One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions. In “The Chaperone,” Laura Moriarty takes us to the far reaches of Douglas Avenue, Winfield, McPherson and New York City.

Laura Moriarty’s first three books were set in Kansas towns, all based on times and places she actually lived. With her latest book she takes a leap backwards to 1922 Wichita, when soon-to-be silent film star Louise Brooks was 15-years-old, heading off to New York City for the first time.

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Business
9:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

KS Orgs Receive Grant To Document Boeing’s Legacy In Wichita

Boeing B-29 Bomber
KDavidClark Flickr

The Kansas Humanities Council has received an award from the Library of Congress to document Boeing’s legacy in Wichita through an oral history project.

The Kansas Humanities Council was one of five recipients of the Archie Green Fellowship through the American Folk Life Center.

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Food
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Tanya's California Food Vacation

I have just returned from a wonderful vacation to Sebastopol, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. My dance partner Marta and I went up for a huge bellydance event called Tribal Fest. We’ve been before, so we knew the food would be great, but the ante had been upped since were there last. I have never been anywhere where everything was so fresh and delicious. Even the rest stops had organic offerings, perfumed strawberries, and gluten-free cookies. It was like being on another planet.

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Community
1:58 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

42nd Annual Special Olympics Games Kickoff Friday

The 42nd annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games will take place this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

The opening ceremonies will begin Friday evening with the Parade of Athletes followed by the lighting of the cauldron by the 2011 Most Inspirational Athlete, Chevi Peters of the Pittsburg New Hope Bulldogs.

A Law Enforcement Torch Run includes 900 officers from more than 85 agencies carrying the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual games held in Wichita.

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Health
12:19 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

'Clinic In A Can' Headed To Haiti In August

A self-contained portable medical clinic will be sent to Haiti this August. The non-profit organization Hospitals of Hope began the program Clinic In A Can in 2005 to serve those without access to basic medical care.

Ten shipping containers have been converted to these portable mini-hospitals and have been sent to places such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, West Africa and Sudan.

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Arson
12:05 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Wichita Mosque Still Under Construction After Arson Nearly Destroys Building

Members of a mosque in Wichita continue renovation efforts after a fire severely damaged their west side building on October 31, 2011.

Abdelkarim Jibril, president of the Islamic Association of Mid Kansas, says the fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The west side mosque at 3406 W. Taft was the first established in Wichita in 1978.

“The mosque now has a new roof and windows but there’s still lots of work to be done and there is a lot of money being spent to rebuild,” said Jibril.

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Commentary
8:39 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Art Review: Visions of Mexican Art

Graciela Iturbide Wichita Art Museum

Earlier this spring, the Wichita Art Museum opened the exhibition Visions of Mexican Art. This exhibition serves as an introduction to the modern and contemporary painting, sculpture and photography of 53 Mexican artists.

This collection belongs to the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. They acquired the artwork through a “Payment-in-kind” policy that began in 1957, which allowed artists to submit artwork as form of tax payment.

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Government
9:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

New Law Will Help Create Job Opportunities For Disabled Kansans

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday signed into law a bill that will create jobs for Kansans with disabilities.

House Bill 2453 will give preference for state contracts to businesses that meet specific criteria, including employing at least 20 percent of full-time workers in Kansas with disabilities.

Companies must also do the majority of their business in Kansas and pay at least 75 percent of the total health insurance premium cost for their employees.

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Military
12:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Traveling WWI Exhibit To Stop In Wichita

A traveling WWI exhibit will be in Wichita Wednesday and Wichitans will have the opportunity to see artifacts and experience the sights and sounds of the war to end all wars.

Exploration Place will be the 48th stop for the traveling exhibit, which is housed in a big-rig and on a national 75 city tour.

“Honoring Our History” was put together by the Kansas City-based financial planning company Waddel and Reed to honor the company’s founders, Chanuncy Waddell and Cameron Reed who were WWI veterans.

Ron Avey is Managing Principal at Waddell and Reed.

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Museum Exibit
6:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Star Wars Exhibit Opens This Weekend At Exploration Place

A version of C3-PO without his outer coverings, called 'Naked C3-PO'.
Jonathan Dwyer

The Force is strong in Wichita.

Not only is May 25 the 35th anniversary of the release of the first star wars film – A New Hope.

It is also the day before the much anticipated exhibit – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination opens at Exploration Place.

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