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Wichita Mosaic
6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Mohan Kambampati

Mohan and Lakshmi in 1968
Mohan Kambampati

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?

Mohan Kambampati was born in a suburb of Chennai (formerly Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. Here, he talks about meeting his wife, Lakshmi, moving his family to the United States in 1985, and becoming director of the Wichita Indochinese Center:

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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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Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friends University Hosts Jazz Fest With Master Classes

Friends University Jazz Director Lisa Hittle and Jazz Vocal Ensemble Director Craig Curry in Hittle's office.
Credit Carla Eckels

Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands and jazz vocal ensembles will sharpen their skills this weekend under the direction of musical masters at Friends University.  The 21st Annual Jazz Festival is a two-day event on the Friends University campus in Wichita. An invitational vocal concert will cap off Friday's events and the festival will culminate with the Headliner Concert Saturday night. (The festival's daytime events are no-cost and welcome observers.)

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Richard Crowson: Wichita's the Top Flag!

Credit Wikimedia Commons

We’ve heard about the state of the union, the state of the state and the state of the city. It’s time we had an update on the state of the city flag.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Wakeelah Martinez

Wakeelah standing next to a her painting of African Mother Queens.
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?

Hear Wakeelah talk about her life, her travels and her path back to Wichita:


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Community
8:44 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Does Wichita Have Enough Parks?

Riverside Park in North Wichita, taken in October 2009.
Credit Ty Nigh / flickr Creative Commons

 A report released Wednesday from The Trust for Public Land on the nation's park systems ranks Wichita 34th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

ParkScore rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches, with Wichita earning two. Wichita scored well on median park size but was hurt by low marks for park and playground access.

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Community
7:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

From Vietnam To Wichita, In Search Of Freedom

Christine Cao moved to Wichita when she was 16. Now, 22 years later, she is the owner of Perfect Nails.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.

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Business
6:38 am
Fri May 17, 2013

900 New Jobs Could Be Coming To Wichita

A company that operates hotels and resorts around the world says it plans to hire about 180 people later this year for a new customer call center in Wichita.

Officials of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Starwood Hotels announced plans for the center Thursday.

Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita's Black Entrepreneurs

“Rip” Gooch represented a pioneering enterprise in the aviation industry, starting in the 1950s.
Credit Bonita Gooch

Compared to other major cities, Wichita has a relatively small African-American population.

Because of this large, black-owned commercial enterprises, such as insurance companies, never developed here. Nevertheless, there exists a strong tradition of smaller-scale African-American entrepreneurship in this city.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Past and Present: Kellogg, The Lost Thoroughfare

Credit Amy Delamaide

More than just a road, Kellogg is a major landmark, separating the main downtown and upscale districts of central and northern Wichita from the aviation plants and blue-collar neighborhoods that lie “south of Kellogg.”

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