When Gary Shteyngart was a young child, his mother would call him "Solnyshko," which means "little sun."
But after the Shteyngarts left Leningrad for the United States in the late 1970s, his parents were disappointed with his aspirations of being a writer. His mother melded English and Russian to come up with the pet name, "Failurchka." The translation? Little Failure. Shteyngart has adopted this name as the title for his new memoir.
Few would have guessed that Bill and Karlee’s musical life would now be based in Wichita. Bill left Kansas for Boston in 1983, leaving behind his musical ambitions to focus on painting. Karlee grew up near the beach south of Boston, and when Bill found her basking on a stack of poems and a Radio Shack keyboard in 2010, he knew he had found a songwriter and partner. Showered with autoharps and ukuleles, she blossomed into the better half of the duo, which records and serves its songs, still warm, at bandcamp.com.
More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.
The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.
The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.
The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.
Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years.
In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr. Tiller’s practice once operated.