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  • Kansas State Interrupts Kentucky’s Waltz Through the Bracket

    03/23/2018 5:37:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2018 | By JOE DRAPE
    ATLANTA — The South Regional was supposed to be the Kentucky Invitational, a warm up tournament for the vaunted Wildcats before the team took its rightful place in the Final Four next week in San Antonio. The regional semifinals, after all, were lacking star power and quality. Loyola-Chicago and Nevada were mere upstarts. And Kansas State? It might be a pretty good football school, but it was widely considered the weakest team of the 16 remaining in the N.C.A.A. tournament — so said various pundits and analysts who re-ranked the tournament’s survivors. They brought to Thursday’s matchup a 24-11 record,...
  • Pollster Testifies Most Kansas Voters Can Prove Citizenship

    03/19/2018 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | March 19, 2018 | AP
    A pollster hired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testified Monday that a survey of 500 adults he conducted found just one person who couldn't produce a document proving U.S. citizenship. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported his testimony came on the seventh day of a federal bench trial challenging Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement. Pollster Pat McFerron also acknowledged possible bias in his survey under questioning by an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • 4 Billboards In Kansas Call For Charges Against Cop Who Shot Unarmed 'Swatting' Victim

    03/18/2018 2:16:19 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 131 replies
    Yahoo Noose ^ | March 18, 2018 | Dominique Mosbergen, Puff Ho
    Four billboards have appeared in Wichita, Kansas; all of them bearing the same somber message: “Andy Finch is dead. If you believe in justice, it’s time to file charges.” In December, a Wichita police officer fatally shot Andy Finch after a fake emergency call directed law enforcement to the 28-year-old victim’s home. A man in California has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the so-called “swatting” hoax call, but the victim’s family and community activists have repeatedly called for the officer who killed Finch — who was unarmed at the time of the shooting — to come under greater...
  • Adrian Lamo, hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to FBI, found dead

    03/17/2018 11:12:02 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    Adrian Lamo, the notorious computer hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning to the FBI and was arrested for hacking into The New York Times and Microsoft, has died in Kansas at age 37. *snip* Charley Davidson, a Wichita police officer told the media outlet there was “nothing suspicious about his death.” It was not immediately clear how Lamo died.
  • Travel ban in California hurting college sports, lawmaker says

    03/16/2018 6:17:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 16, 2018 | Billy Kobin
    San Diego State's men's basketball team took the court Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but California's multistate travel ban meant the trip to Wichita, Kansas, was more arduous than usual. Under a California law that took effect last year, state universities and public agencies are prohibited from using state money to travel to Kansas and seven other states with laws deemed discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Dog Mistakenly Sent To Japan Instead of Kansas Via United Airlines

    03/16/2018 6:19:36 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 23 replies ^ | March 15, 2018 | Michelle Gant
    Dog mistakenly sent by United to Japan returning home to his owners After a mix-up with United that resulted in a family's dog being sent to Japan instead of Kansas by mistake, Irgo the German shepherd is returning home. According to his owners, Irgo will be traveling by private charter Thursday on a nearly 12-hour long flight, leaving Narita International Airport in Tokyo at 10:30 p.m. local time and arriving back home in Wichita, Kansas around 8:25 p.m. Irgo ended up in the foreign country mistakenly when his owner, Kara Swindle, was moving with her family and pet from Oregon...
  • Top ACLU Voting Rights Lawyer Rips Into Trump Expert’s Evidence Of Kansas Voter Fraud

    03/10/2018 7:43:52 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 3/10/18 | Sam Levine
    The ACLU’s top voting rights lawyer faced down one of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commissioners in court on Friday, getting him to concede that he had shaky evidence of significant voter fraud in Kansas. The exchange came on the fourth day of a trial over a Kansas law that requires residents to prove they are U.S. citizens when they register to vote. Several residents who were not allowed to vote in the 2016 election are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in the suit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). Dale Ho, director of the...
  • Kansas man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years, receives no compensation from state

    03/04/2018 3:09:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    WIVB ^ | March 4, 2018
    When Lamonte McIntyre was exonerated for a double murder in October, he walked out of a Kansas prison with a clean record – but not a dime to his name, reports CBS News’ Dean Reynolds. After losing 23 years of his life behind bars, the state is offering him nothing. Kansas is one of 18 states that offer wrongfully convicted prisoners no compensation at all upon their release. “I think it’s unjust, but me being angry about it is not going to change it,” McIntyre said. Tricia Bushnell of the Innocence Project worked to win McIntyre’s release. She said McIntyre...
  • Sen. Pat Roberts: Nobody under 21 should have an AR-15 [GOPe]

    02/22/2018 12:42:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 144 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Jonathan Shorman
    TOPEKA Sen. Pat Roberts supports placing an age restriction on the rifle that was used in a Florida school shooting where 17 people died. The Kansas Republican said he believes Congress is ready to act and expects President Donald Trump to take the lead. "This is an opportunity, if you look at these youngsters who are so emotionally tied in to this grief of losing their friends — but it’s more than gun control. But I think we’re ready as a Congress to actually pass something and I think it’s going to be better background checks. Certainly nobody under 21...
  • Senate Republicans call on Trump to re-engage on TPP

    02/21/2018 2:55:42 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/21/18 11:22 AM EST | Vicki Needham
    More than two dozen Senate Republicans are urging President Trump to re-engage in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The 25 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that he may consider U.S. participation if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.
  • GOP candidate going forward with AR-15 giveaway in wake of Florida shooting

    02/16/2018 8:53:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    The (s)Hill ^ | 2/16/18 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    A Republican running for a Kansas congressional seat is going forward with his planned AR-15 giveaway for his campaign after the same weapon was used to carry out the mass shooting at a Florida high school this week. Tyler Tannahill, a Marine veteran, announced the giveaway one day before the shooting. He told The Kansas City Star that he would still hold the event...
  • ICE arrest of Kansas professor highlights complicated paths to citizenship

    02/08/2018 7:54:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/08/2018 | by ELIZABETH CHUCK and DANIELLA SILVA
    The detention of a Kansas father of three who has lived in the U.S. for three decades highlights what experts say is the extraordinarily complicated nature of immigration law — and how much can change from one administration to the next. Immigration experts said the path towards citizenship can easily get derailed by what appear to be minor infractions, which may have contributed to the seemingly out-of-the blue detention of Syed Ahmed Jamal last month. Jamal, who is from Bangladesh, was about to take his daughter to school on Jan. 24 when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showed...
  • Man shielding family from gunman complied with cops, witnesses say, but was still shot

    02/05/2018 2:38:53 PM PST · by JP1201 · 52 replies
    When Mike Becker received the frantic call on Tuesday that a gunman was threatening his family at the nearby Dollar General, he said he immediately took off with a handgun. The Independence man ran to the store shortly before 6 p.m. and saw the gunman pounding on the glass door. Inside, his wife, 4-year-old adopted daughter and about 30 others huddled together, terrified, toward the back of the store. His wife hid the girl behind bags of dog food. Becker said he put his body between those inside and the gunman. “The only thing in my mind was my baby...
  • Harley-Davidson to close KC plant

    01/30/2018 11:52:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies ^ | 01/30/2018 | Staff
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harley-Davidson announced that it will close its Kansas City plant as the company moves to consolidate operations. In the company's fourth-quarter earnings report, Harley-Davidson said that the Kansas City motorcycle plant would be consolidated with its plant in York, Pa. Workers were reportedly told that the plant would close next year. A statement released from Harley-Davidson Tuesday morning said the plant would close in the third quarter of 2019. "As we continue to improve our cost structure and maintain world-class manufacturing operations, we are launching a significant, multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative that is anchored in the...
  • The growing credibility problem with the Wichita police department

    01/21/2018 9:38:05 AM PST · by JP1201 · 12 replies
    Chief Gordon Ramsay read from a statement during Friday’s Wichita police briefing, then took questions from reporters. One asked how indictments released Thursday, revealing two officers being charged with obstructing a criminal investigation, reflected on the department even though the officers’ actions allegedly occurred in 2014, two years before Ramsay’s arrival. Seemingly exasperated – and not by the question – Ramsay went off script. “There’s a lot that’s been going on, right?” he said. “I’m passionate about the role police play in society. We do tremendous stuff for the community, so it weighs heavily on us. Community support is critical...
  • Monarch butterfly migration was off this year and researchers are worried

    01/20/2018 6:05:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2018 | By Joe Trezza
    Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and a sizable number of one of America’s most famous migrants could be seen still sputtering south. Not across the Texas-Mexico border, where most monarch butterflies should be by that time of year. These fluttered tardily through the migratory funnel that is Cape May, N.J., their iconic orange-and-black patterns splashing against the muted green of pines frosted by the season’s first chill. This delayed migration is not normal, and it alarmed monarch researchers across the country. Scientists fear that climate change is behind what they’re calling the latest monarch migration ev er recorded in...
  • Experts discuss officer's use of force in 'swatting' video

    01/17/2018 10:09:31 AM PST · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    Based on the approximate eight seconds of body cam video released by Wichita police, Eyewitness News asked several experts around the country if they could answer those questions. Their perspectives didn't necessarily align. Dr. Delores Jones-Brown is a former prosecutor and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "It appears that all the police officers had taken cover and there are no civilians on the street," she says. "So there would not have been a necessity to fire his weapon at the time that he fired." Jeff Noble, a former Irvine, Calif. police officer now works as a police...
  • Trump Touts Tax Cuts to Farmers Amid Immigration, Trade Concerns

    01/08/2018 11:39:51 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom
    newsmax ^ | Jan 08, 2018 | Associated Press via Newsmax
    Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland. "Those towers are going to go up and you're going to have great, great broadband," Trump told the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Farm country is God's country," he declared. Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to address the federation's convention, using the trip to Nashville as a backdrop for a White House report that included proposals...
  • Kansas Swatting Perpetrator 'SWauTistic' Interviewed on Twitter

    12/31/2017 12:22:20 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 77 replies
    Slashdot ^ | December 31, 2017 | EditorDavid
    "That kids house that I swatted is on the news," tweeted "SWauTistic" -- before he realized he'd gotten somebody killed. Security researcher Brian Krebs reveals what happened next. When it became apparent that a man had been killed as a result of the swatting, Swautistic tweeted that he didn't get anyone killed because he didn't pull the trigger. Swautistic soon changed his Twitter handle to @GoredTutor36, but KrebsOnSecurity managed to obtain several weeks' worth of tweets from Swautistic before his account was renamed. Those tweets indicate that Swautistic is a serial swatter -- meaning he has claimed responsibility for a...
  • LAPD arrests man on suspicion of making deadly swatting call to Wichita police

    12/30/2017 6:44:28 AM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 149 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | December 30, 2017 | Nichole Manna
    Los Angeles police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of making the swatting call that ended with a Wichita man being killed by police. Tyler Barriss was arrested Friday afternoon, according to KABC. Booking records for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office say he was arrested at 3:15 p.m. for a felony. Barriss is accused of reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation to the Wichita Police Department just after 6:15 p.m. Thursday. The practice is called "swatting" and happens when someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime – often...