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12:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Thayne Coleman

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Thayne Coleman has recorded two albums as frontman of The Travel Guide. He’s also a member of the Wichita collective The Wonder Revolution in which he plays drums. The Travel Guide is working on a new studio album that should be released later in 2014. Coleman counts, among his influences, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, and John Updike.

My name is Thayne Coleman. I play guitar, and sing for a band called The Travel Guide, and I play drums in a band called the Wonder Revolution.

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Books
10:51 am
Fri February 7, 2014

William S. Burroughs' Final Personal Journals Donated To The University Of Kansas

The final personal journals of novelist William S. Burroughs have been donated to the University of Kansas.

Burroughs lived in Lawrence from 1982 until his death in 1997.

Besides the journals, the donation to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library includes typescripts and editing materials.

The materials were the source for "Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs," published in 2000.

Burroughs, novelist Jack Kerouac, and other writers were known in the 50s and 60s as the Beat Generation, who railed against the mainstream.

Government
10:45 am
Fri February 7, 2014

UPDATE: State Committee Delays Vote On Measure To Void Existing Local Gun Ordinances

Update: Kansas House committee has delayed a vote on gun-rights legislation so members have more time to consider changes that include provisions punishing possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee was expected to vote on a bill that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns or block the open carry of firearms.

The committee had been expected to approve the measure on Friday, and then send it to the full House for debate.

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Government
10:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Judge Eric Melgren Rejects Claim Against Kris Kobach's Right To Sue Over Voter Citizenship Law

A judge has rejected the claim against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Voting rights organizations had claimed that Kobach has no legal authority to file a lawsuit to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the federal voter registration form.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied their request Thursday.

The court found that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had authorized Kobach to handle the litigation.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Slow Cooking

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My plan for today was to talk about leftovers and what to do with them, but as I sat in my office typing and watching snow fall beautifully onto our patio, I changed my mind.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Double 'V' For WWII Victory: African Americans In The Armed Forces

World War II veteran and 20-year serviceman, John Monk, 98.
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It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

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Government
12:14 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Judge Melgren Agrees To Limit Evidence In Voter Citizenship Case

A judge has agreed to limit what material the court can consider in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona. The suit seeks to force federal election officials to change voter registration forms to require proof-of-citizenship from residents in those states.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sided with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Wednesday.

Melgren will limit his review to the existing administrative record, rather than hold an evidentiary hearing in the case.

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Health
9:49 am
Thu February 6, 2014

State Health Officials Report 16 Deaths Caused By Influenza

State health officials say 16 Kansans have died from the influenza during the current flu season.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says at this time last year, 42 people had died from the flu.

The state's reporting period is from September to May.

The H1N1 flu strain this season is the same strain that caused killed more than 18,000 people in the U.S. in 2009.

But state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says this year's strain won't be as severe because people have developed more immunity to that strain.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

'Labor Day' Should Have Taken More Time

A long weekend should have been longer for Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet in 'Labor Day'
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Labor Day is a good movie badly damaged by a single fundamental mistake: Almost all the action is chronologically limited to one Labor-Day-extended weekend, and while the physical action may be credible over just three days, the psychological and human-relations developments are such as should have been allowed at least three months.

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Weather
9:32 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Another Snow Day? Check Out What's Closed For Wednesday, Feb. 5

Snow might not be in the forecast today, but roads are still slick due to six to nine inches of snow.

Here are some of today's closures:

Area Schools and Colleges:

Wichita Public Schools, Wichita State University, Cowley College, Wichita Area Technical College, Butler Community College, Newman University, and Friends University (including Topeka and Lenexa campuses) are among the schools that are closed today.

Southwestern College Professional Studies in Wichita will open at 10 am.

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