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Q&A: Why is Hays painting bike symbols all over the city streets? »

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The city of Hays is getting a lot of questions and comments about the new Bike Hays system. Here are some of the most frequent asked questions, and the answers, from Paul Briseno, Assistant Hays City Manager. Why is the City of Hays painting all of these bike symbols all over the city streets? The on-street […]

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HAWVER: Threat of state furloughs hasn’t entirely passed »

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As many as 25,000 state employees whose jobs were guaranteed through June 26 now face the possibility of furloughs as a result of working for a state that is nearly broke — Kansas. Yes, those workers, due to some fairly complicated budget dancing around the effective date of the new, tight budget and when payroll […]

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REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World’ roars its supremacy from atop the box office »

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I loved dinosaurs like you wouldn’t believe when I was a kid. I wanted to be a paleontologist, I was a regular at the Chalk Dust store on Main street, and Sharptooth from “The Land Before Time” scared the ever-living crap out of me. So, very naturally, “Jurassic Park” is an incredibly central film in […]

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At the High Court, rare win for workplace religious freedom »

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“This is really easy.” So said Justice Antonin Scalia when he announced last week’s Supreme Court 8-1 ruling in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch. The case involved Samantha Elauf, an American Muslim who claimed that Abercrombie & Fitch denied her a job because she wore a headscarf to a job interview. In […]

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INSIGHT KANSAS: Topeka 2015 is beyond metaphor »

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Kansas House of Representatives, and by extension the Kansas Legislature, and by further extension, the GOP-controlled government of Kansas imploded. After the Kansas Senate cobbled together (and I mean no disrespect to shoe-makers) a regressive, mean-spirited tax bill to (barely) fill the state’s coffers, the House initially voted down […]

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Our government: The highest-bidder-take-all bazaar »

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When Dennis Hastert was indicted for trying to cover up some $3.5 million in hush money payments to a man he’d allegedly sexually abused decades ago, Washington was shocked. I wasn’t. I was shocked that Hastert, who’d spent the better part of his life in public service after working as a high school teacher and […]

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DAVE SAYS: Standing up to debt collectors »

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Dear Dave, I have a debt with a collection agency and they have started calling my office. Last week, I made an agreement for monthly payments, along with an initial payment. All of a sudden, they were calling me again this morning at my office. Can I legally demand that they not call me at […]

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Inside China’s massive Gao Kao exam »

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Yesterday, the 9 million plus Chinese seniors sat for the English portion of the national Chinese exam, the gaokao. Today they will finish elective subjects. My ability to view the testing stops at the security gate, but I have been privileged to receive descriptions of what goes on inside the test facilities from an Australian […]

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Schlageck: Be wise to the ways of the rays »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

The next time you take time out of the sun, dust off one of those old family photo albums. You know, the ones that date back to the ’30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and even early ‘60s. If your family farmed, you’ll see photos of your relatives attired in wide-brimmed hats. Look at their shirts. You’ll see […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Spy’ is every kind of pretty good »

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Melissa McCarty movies come in exactly two varieties, the funny, entertaining kind and trashy, abysmal kind. In this reviewer’s opinion, the distance between the two types of Melissa McCarthy movies is only 15% the fault of Melissa McCarthy. The lion’s share of the blame falls on the parade of executives, writers and directors that jumped […]

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HAWVER: Playing the furlough games »

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Now, let’s think…you are in front of a burning house with a child inside… Do you rush in to save the child, or do you wait until the local TV crew shows up, unloads the cameras, positions them for the best view, and then, once you’ve gotten the OK that film is rolling, storm into […]

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China’s most severe test continues »

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The first weekend in June brings China’s “gao kao” or “high test.” Today, I am walking through the crowd of students awaiting the re-opening of the school doors and the beginning of the afternoon test session.This is the test that will determine their life. Score high and they may be able to enter the first […]

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Exploring Kansas Outdoors: Jane Schmidt’s monster striper »

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The other day at the nursing home/retirement center where I work, I passed a group of the senior “girls” just finished with their morning exercise class. Among the group was Nora Jane Schmidt, who called to me “Hey Steve, have you seen the picture of my big fish?” Now Nora Jane is no stranger to […]

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