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10:15 am
Wed March 5, 2014

English Runner Continues To Dominate Against Liberal In Annual Pancake Race

An English runner won the 65th annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race on Tuesday.

20-year-old Devon Byrne of Olney, England, covered the course in a record time of 55.61 seconds. This is her third win in a row.

Runners in this friendly competition between Olney and Liberal, Kansas, wear aprons and head scarves, and run the course with a pancake in a pan.

Byrne beat 25-year-old Summer Parsons, who won the leg of the race in Liberal with a time of 63.5 seconds.

Olney has won the race 28 times, and Liberal has 36 wins.

Community
9:52 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gay-Rights Activists Rally At Statehouse To Protest 'Religious Freedom Bill'

Gay-rights supporters are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse at 1pm on Tuesday to protest anti-gay marriage legislation that critics contend would encourage discrimination.

Rally organizers include: the group Equality Kansas, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

They oppose a bill that prohibits government fines and anti-discrimination lawsuits when people, groups, businesses cite their religious beliefs for refusing goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spray-Painted Racial Epithets Deface Hispanic Students' Mural

Armando Minjarez points to where the faces of three Hispanic youth were spray-painted over. Called the "Dreamers", they represent undocumented Hispanic students working toward high school diplomas.
Credit Carla Eckels

A mural painted by Hispanic teenagers in north Wichita was discovered defaced with racist language Thursday. It was created as an expression of the immigration struggles that undocumented youth face in the American education system.

Visit our original article about the mural's creation, written last Fall.

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Community
5:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Date Maven: Dating In The Modern Age

"The first date is a lot like a job interview if you will, but I always remind people to keep it light and keep it fun." - Suzanna Mathews
Credit srgpicker, flickr Creative Commons

Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic days of the year, and  it's also a busy time for Dating Coach and Strategist, Suzanna Matthews.

Matthews is the Founder and President of The Date Maven. For nearly 25 years, she's been studying dating, mating, gender communications, and human sexuality. She coaches clients throughout the Midwest on how to choose well and find love.

So give us some dating examples. What should we keep in mind on a first date?

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Community
9:47 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Kansas Historical Society Program To Digitize Every Kansas Newspaper Since 1854

The Kansas Historical Society says its Kansas Digital Newspapers program has partnered with Newspapers.com to provide online access to several million pages of Kansas newspapers from the Historical Society's collection.

The initial partnership will focus on Kansas newspapers published 1854 - 1922 and includes almost five million pages.

The KHS's collection holds nearly every newspaper published in Kansas from 1854 to the present. The digital newspapers program seeks to digitize and share electric versions of Kansas newspapers.

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.
Credit Carla Eckels

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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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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Community
10:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Officials Celebrate Kansas' 153rd Birthday In Newly Renovated Statehouse

State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.

It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.

The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.

Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.

Community
12:34 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Celebrate The Life Of MLK At WSU MetroPlex Event

Credit http://eriklerouge.blogspot.com/2012/01/mlk-in-detroit-great-march-to-freedom.html

Hundreds are expected to attend this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled at noon on Monday at the Wichita State University metroplex.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU and The Greater Wichita Ministerial League. It's an effort to reflect on King's message of hope and pursuit of freedom, as evident in the slain civil rights leader's June 1963 speech in Detroit, where he reminds the crowd of the importance of passing the civil rights bill.

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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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