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5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Book Review: 'The President's Hat' Is Charming And Fun

When French President Francois Mitterrand and his party are seated next to Daniel Mercier at a Parisian bistro, Daniel prolongs his meal to savor his close proximity to the man, imagining he is the fourth guest at the President’s table.

When Mitterrand inadvertently leaves his hat behind, Daniel takes possession of it, wearing it as his own.

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Crime and Courts
5:23 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Terry Lee Loewen Charged With Suicide Bombing Attempt At Mid-Continent

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A suicide bombing attempt took place this morning at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Terry Lee Loewen was taken into custody after trying to drive a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives on to the parking lot.

Members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Loewen after he attempted to enter the airport tarmac at 5:40 a.m. on Friday.

"There was no breach of Mid-Continent Airport's security," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a press release. "At no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy."

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

A Musical Life: Hawley Shoffner

Hawley Shoffner is a Wichita-based songwriter who claims comic books and Thin Lizzy as influences. She says that it’s easiest to write songs from the perspective of someone else. “They’re best,” she says, “when written from the perspective of Gena Rowlands or a vampire in sunglasses.” With a full length album behind her she has a new EP, called Tiger, that she’s eager to release.

My name is Hawley Shoffner. I am a songwriter. I play the ukulele, and the guitar and the piano and a 12-button accordion.

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Agriculture
9:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Two Chinese Scientists Try To Steal Rice From KS Research Facility

Credit Wikipedia

Two crop scientists from China are accused of trying to steal rice seed samples from a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas. Federal charges have been filed against the two men in U.S. District Court, in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Government
8:42 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Judge Eric Melgren To Hear Arguments Over Voter Citizenship Law

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona counterpart Ken Bennett want instructions on the federal form that requires Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Kobach and Bennett want these changes made before next year's mid-term elections.

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Government
8:34 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kansas Delegation Split On House Budget Bill

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: CHEESE!

Credit MetaGrrrl / Flickr / Creative Commons

When I was growing up in Newton in the '70s, I was unaware that there were more than five kinds of cheese.

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State Finance Council
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

State Delays Land Purchases

State officials on Thursday put on hold the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's purchases of two large parcels of land in northeast and southeast Kansas over concerns about the timing of the sales and lack of legislative input.

The state finance council delayed its decision after several legislators on the council said some of their colleagues questioned the purchases. The council includes top House and Senate leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Politics
8:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf

The national group "Senate Conservatives Fund" has endorsed Milton Wolf in campaign against Senator Roberts for the Kansas Republican primary.

Wolf is a radiologist in Leawood, Kansas, and is running against Roberts as a tea party candidate.

He's criticized Roberts on budget, tax and health care issues and sees the endorsement as helping him build momentum.

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint founded the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle

Woody Harrelson, being vile, and Christian Bale, being unsubtle, in 'Out of the Furnace'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Out of the Furnace is rated by Entertainment Weekly as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.

But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.

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