Hugo Phan

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Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.

Picking up the habit at a young age from his own father, listening to KMUW has become a lifelong solitary practice, although he is open to a listening party to all those who are willing. His favorite public radio programs are Talk of the Nation (R.I.P.), Strange Currency, Fresh Air, Snap Judgment, Radiolab and This American Life. 

A recent graduate of Wichita State University, he majored in sociology and minored in communication. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read comic books, participate in laughter, and attend live performances of any variety.

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Community
11:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84

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The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for  hate-filled protests blamed almost everything--including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers--on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

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Entertainment
11:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

SNL Alum Bill Hader Is Bringing His Eccentric Brand Of Comedy To WSU

Comedian Bill Hader will perform at WSU's Hughes Metroplex on Saturday, March 8 at 8pm.
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On Saturday, March 8, comedian Bill Hader will spend the evening engaging in a humorously moderated conversation at WSU's Hughes Metroplex. The event, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Student Government Association, is a chance to showcase Hader's impressive comedic abilities through clips, an interview and a Q&A.

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Wichita Mosaic
6:32 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Angela Mallory

Donut Whole co-owner Angela Mallory
Hugo Phan

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Wichita native Angela (or "Angie") Mallory's path in life has lead her on many exciting adventures--from competing for the state of Kansas in soccer at age 13 to an offer to be a model in New York as a young adult. But Angela says her winding past has given her the skills and experiences she needed to her iconic downtown donut shop with her business partner, Michael Carmody.

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Weather
9:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

UPDATE: What's Closed Because of Tuesday's Winter Storm?

The Kansas Department of Transportation confirms: yep, there's a lot of snow on the roads. As of 9:30 am on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Credit WichiWay.org / Kansas Department of Transportation

Update: Wichita State University has canceled classes for Wednesday.  

Update: Wichita Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 5th.

Update: Southwestern College has decided to close all campuses today, including its main Winfield campus.

The snow storm we've been preparing for is finally here. Almost all schools in the area are closed, as well as universities and many larger employers.

Closings on Tuesday, February 4:

K-12 Schools:

All Wichita Public Schools.

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Community
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Celebrate The Vietnamese New Year In The Wichita Area

The Vietnamese New Year takes place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.
Credit Hugo Phan

Once every year, my family and I celebrate Tết, which is also known as the Vietnamese/Lunar New Year.

From my experience with the holiday, preparations for the event usually involve one thing: cleaning.

“I want this house cleaned today because we’re not lifting a finger when Tết starts,” my mother says. “It’s bad luck.”

My father is not superstitious but still enjoys her rituals, which increase as the holiday grows closer. The whole family is pressed into cleaning, cooking and decorating – superstitious or not.

The theme of the holiday revolves around luck.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the seven-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

BACKGROUND

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Community
12:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate MLK Day In The Wichita Area

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.
Credit Wikipedia

There will be several events in and around Wichita that will be commemorating the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can participate in these events beginning on Saturday and continuing through the King federal holiday on Monday.

The Kansas African American Museum- Saturday, January 18

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Community
7:41 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Why Do Wichitans Give To Charities Around The Holiday Season?

David Cline rings the Salvation Army bell at Dillons on Douglas and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Why do people give to charities during the holidays in Wichita? Several volunteers share why they give, and several people who have received holiday help share how it affected their lives.

Tell us:

Which charities do you support during the holidays? Do you give your time, your money, or some other kind of support?

Have you ever received holiday help? Was the assistance what you needed? What did you think of the experience?

Share your story with us on our Facebook page.

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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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