Wichitan among blacks resettling in Ghana
WICHITA (AP) -- Shukura Sentwali is going home -- to Ghana, West Africa.
Sentwali, a Wichitan and longtime community activist, said she's moving to Africa next year because two Ghanaian chiefs are offering free land to descendants of slaves.
The gesture means to atone for Ghana's participation in the African slave trade, but the land holds deeper meaning for Sentwali because it provides her a way to fulfill a lifelong mission to improve life ...
McDyess leads Pistons past Celtics
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Antonio McDyess is relieved he didn't retire when his knees and career were in shambles. The Detroit Pistons are, too. Playing his best playoff game in perhaps a decade, McDyess had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lift Detroit to a 94-75 series-evening win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. McDyess' banged-up left knee limited him to 10 games during the 2001-02 seas...
Warm spring, rain make it prime year for insects
WICHITA (AP) -- This is a good year for bugs -- and a bad year for people who want bugs to stay out of their homes and yards.
Ants have already infiltrated houses in greater numbers than usual, say bug experts and exterminators. They are being followed by swarms of termites -- and by spiders and other pests.
"This is shaping up to be one of the most significant swarm seasons we've seen a long time," said Kathleen Kaiser, owner of Kaiser Pest ...
Program guides expanding families
HUTCHINSON (AP) -- Parenting doesn't come easy for everyone. When Teresa Corwin had her first child, a baby girl named Mauryn, in the summer of 2004, she acknowledged to being a little overwhelmed. She was a single mother trying to care for a newborn while holding down a full-time job. "I've always had a job or two or three to get by," she said. Coming from an abusive background, she had some uncertainties about being a parent, Corwin sa...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices today
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices today.
Aluminum -$1.339 per lb., London Metal Exch. today.
Copper -$3.8125 Cathode full plate, U.S. destinations.
Copper $3.7550 N.Y. Merc spot Fri.
Lead - $2013.00 metric ton, London Metal Exch.
Zinc - $0.9949 per lb., delivered.
Gold - $906.75 Handy & Harman (only daily quote).
Gold - $925.60 troy oz., NY Merc spot Fri.
Silver - $17.570 Handy & Harman (only daily quote).
Silver - $18.241 troy oz...
Debate over energy likely to continue next year
TOPEKA -- A legislative battle this year over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas is likely to represent only the first few rounds of a longer debate over energy policy.
This year's fight ended quietly last week. House leaders decided against attempting to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' lastest veto of a bill allowing the two plants and limiting the power of the regulator who's been blocking them.
Supporters never muste...
Citizens learning from city police offers
JUNCTION CITY (AP) -- Imagine over a dozen people following you at work for 10 weeks. It's not a game show, but a reality for 14 everyday citizens who stepped into the lives of Junction City police officers during the Citizen's Police Academy. "It is for their information, to give an insight into our successes and some of the challenges we face," Capt. Chuck Leithoff said about the course. After being promoted to captain this past year, Le...
Sydney Pollack dies at 73
LOS ANGELES -- Sydney Pollack was remembered by some of the elite actors he directed in films such as "Out of Africa," "Tootsie" and "Absence of Malice," not only for his Academy Award-winning direction, but also for his acting talents
Sydney Pollack dies at 73
LOS ANGELES -- Sydney Pollack was remembered by some of the elite actors he directed in films such as "Out of Africa," "Tootsie" and "Absence of Malice," not only for his Academy Award-winning direction, but also for his acting talents.
Pollack, diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, died Monday afternoon, surrounded by family, at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, said his publicist, Leslee Dart. He...
TOPEKA (AP) -- Soldiers in Kansas can get free hunting and fishing licenses and extra time to pay their taxes when they're deployed. The state will even give their families $1,000 to help them through rough financial times.
But after several years of enacting laws to help soldiers, veterans and their families, legislators and other state officials are turning their attention to the long-term mental health of veterans who've survived combat an...
Mortgage-bond guru gets hit by loan bust
NEW YORK -- Lewis Ranieri is credited with inventing mortgage-backed securities two decades ago, and recently he sounded warnings about mortgage risks. Yet he couldn't save his own company from getting tangled in the real-estate loan bust. That's alarming -- not just for investors in his small Franklin Bank Corp., but for anyone hoping the credit crisis would end soon. If someone with Ranieri's clout missed the mark on the mortgage mess, w...
Shooting strains truce
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi soldiers fired in the air over supporters of anti-U
Shooting strains truce
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi soldiers fired in the air over supporters of anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to prevent them from gathering for Muslim prayers Friday in the southern city of Basra, enraging the worshippers and straining a fragile truce with the government.
In another worrisome sign, a top aide to al-Sadr accused Iraqi forces of violations of a separate truce in Baghdad's Sadr City, where thousands of Iraqi troo...
Halladay, Blue Jays stop K.C.
TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay is the perfect go-to guy for Major League Baseball's efforts to speed up the pace of games. Halladay won for the third time in four starts, Marco Scutaro matched a career high with four RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City 7-1 on Friday night, handing the Royals their fifth straight loss. Friday was the first day umpires were asked to crack down on batters who are slow getting into the box, pitchers ...
Dole: Act for wounded vets
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole on Friday urged Congress to expand disability benefits for wounded veterans, but said lawmakers are not likely to act in the face of opposition from veterans groups. Dole's comments came in a speech to the National Press Club where he described some of the changes since a presidential commission last year made dozens of recommendations for improving the treatment of wounded soldiers. One of th...
2. Jeff Burton 1,611
1. Kyle Busch 1,690 2. Jeff Burton 1,611 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,556 4. Denny Hamlin 1,500 5. Clint Bowyer 1,490 6. Jimmie Johnson 1,442 7. Carl Edwards 1,400 8. Tony Stewart 1,397 9. Kevin Harvick 1,396 10. Jeff Gordon 1,326 11. Greg Biffle 1,308 12. David Ragan 1,266 13t. Ryan Newman 1,264 13t. Kasey Kahne 1,264 15. Martin Truex Jr. 1,230 16. Juan Pablo Montoya 1,190 17. Brian Vickers 1,161 18. Travis Kvap...