Wichita East Tells Special Needs Student To Remove Letter Jacket

by Don Winsor | Friday, March 27 | Posted in News

Kansas again took the national spotlight today after KSN reported today that Wichita East special-needs student Michael Kelly was told to remove his letter jacket at school. Kelley has Down Syndrome and autism. He plays basketball on the school's special needs team, and his family bought him the letter jacket to celebrate his efforts. Michael's mother Jolinda Kelly told KSN, "Another parent, from what I had been told, was upset that my son was wearing his letter jacket."

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by Christina Calhoun | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Arts

If the lunar forces of the recent solstice weren't enough to woo you out of the house every night for the last week, Final Friday has arrived to offer unparalleled seduction.

Consider it a city-wide first date with Spring. Art galleries sigh crowds into the streets, live music lingers on patios, drink specials and festive events set the weekend scene.

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by Mike Marlett | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

For many, the highlight of the KU/WSU game at the NCAA tournament was when the cameras trained on Gov. Sam Brownback and the crowd just booed.

Some have suggested that it was because he was wearing a KU/WSU T-shirt and showing no favorite team. These people would be wrong. He was booed because he's the leading asshole in the state.

Brownback's garb for the afternoon was a pink button-down shirt. The commemorative T-shirt hastily pulled down on top of it was sold at the game and was actually extremely popular with the crowd.

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by Vickie Kline | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Food

Anyone who lives within two blocks in any direction of my home knows our cat Baxter. He's a wonderfully intelligent gray Chartreux who has a natural smile. I like to say the smile is because we rescued him from the Kansas Humane Society 15 years ago (but it's really a trait of the breed). Baxter is one of those cats that act more like a dog. He knows his name, will come when we call or whistle and knows how to convey what he wants.

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Country music legend Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives melted faces at the Orpheum.

by Michael Carmody | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

When Marty Stuart was 12 years old, he talked his mother into buying him a sharp yellow shirt; he had a ticket to see Miss Connie Smith live and in person, and he wanted to make a good impression. After the show, he vowed that he would one day marry Smith — 17 years his senior — and some 37 years later, he did. What better way to cement an enduring reputation as the foremost curator of the legacy of traditional country music than to become family with one of its living legends?

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by Don Winsor | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

It's time for the greatest holiday on the calendar, other than Halloween. And my birthday. And Black Friday. Next Wednesday is the celebration of April Fool's, the day when we punish the gullible for being stupid enough to trust people. That's right! Take that, faith in humanity! Ha! Pie in the face! I'm very excited.

"But Don," some of you say, "I'm just not creative enough to come up with an effective April Fool on my own. What can I do to toy with the trust of my loved ones?"

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by Bill Jenkins | Friday, March 27 | Posted in View

What a weekend! The Shockers are going to the Sweet Sixteen. The haughty Hawks have been given their come-uppance. There IS justice in the universe. I should be so proud. But I'm not.

I have lived in Wichita since 1967 and in the area all my life. My friends of long standing are rabid Shocker fans. Their wardrobes are built around black and gold. They contribute money, buy season tickets and give WuShock themed gifts at the holidays. Why can't I feel their joy, get into the general madness and learn to Play Angry?

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by Torin Andersen | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

Ending a beautiful Friday evening, people slowly gathered at Lucky's Everyday, most enjoying the patio weather while Ryan Windham setup for sound check in front of the already half loaded in Gunshy.

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by CJ Harries | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Music

Two nights. Two killer shows. This is more than two sweaty dudes screaming in your face with some breakdowns and dance parts for good measure. Get stoked.

The first night is Barrier, Villains, 2x4, Left Behind and locals Shatter the Memories on Tuesday, March 31, at KC's Too, 7504 S. Broadway, in Haysville. It is $12, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. This show is all about the breakdown.

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by Kelsie Baab | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Books

In her debut novel, The Given World, Marian Palaia speaks to a contemporaneous audience through the vehicle of a recent era: the Vietnam War. Palaia demonstrates that not all victims of war are veterans — some are children, parents or lovers of those who are wounded, killed or forever-changed by their experience abroad.

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by Jeremy Webster | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Film

Insurgent — the second book-to-film adaptation from Veronica Roth's apparently quite popular Divergent trilogy of young adult novels — is, essentially, a massive, leaden blob of CGI effects after heavy saturation of adolescent hormones. Which, if you're into that sort of thing, you'll probably find enjoyable enough.

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by Dan Kampling | Friday, March 27 | Posted in Film

It's hard to imagine a time when comic book adaptations were rarity in cinemas. When they first appeared on screen, they were merely treated as matinee draw for the kids and rarely paid attention to the source material. However, the efforts of Universal Pictures' trilogy of serials based on the Flash Gordon comic strip broke that mold and went on to became memorable pieces of the genre. Their influence played an important part in the creation of the science fiction film genre, notably for Star Wars.

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by Elizabeth Jackel | Thursday, March 26 | Posted in Food

Kansas. The Wheat State. The Sunflower State. The Beer State? It might have been if it weren't for those teetotaling, busybodied, fun-hating killjoys who led the charge toward Prohibition. Kansas as "The Beer State" might be a stretch, but had we not been forced off the road to perdition there's no doubt that, in addition to being closer to eternal damnation, we would be much further along in our brewing history.

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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, March 26 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    You shouldn't hide that sprocket rocket in your pants.
  • This week: Get in a barbershop war.

  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    That charcoal sketch of your building manager will earn you $25 off next month's rent.
  • This week: Barbara Walters is on your speed-dial.

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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, March 26 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Why are we put down by our own people for being educated and articulate while the Anglos accept us for being smart? I work in Santa Ana, California, as a high school teacher and am considered very good at what I do, but when I meet with the Mexican parents, it almost borders on mistrust. What is it — envy, paranoia, jealousy?

    — Smart Mexican American Reading Teacher Asking Serious Stuff

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    by Don Winsor | Wednesday, March 25 | Posted in

    Indiana is ready to go full monty with a legalized discrimination plan that failed even in Oklahoma. That's right, our friends to the east saw the executive order made by Gov. Sam Brownback in February, and said "Nope! Not far enough!"

    They decided to push through a measure that would make it legal for you to tell any customers who offend your religious sensibilities that they cannot purchase ammunition, bait, or whatever the hell else it is you sell when you're the sort of person who would do that.

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    Yes, we really asked the mayoral candidates these questions — and they answered.

    by Don Winsor | Thursday, March 19 | Posted in View

    Shortly after the mayoral primary, in which we're sure you voted because you're all intelligent people, we contacted the camps of each of the candidates for mayor going forward. Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams gamely agreed to answer whatever questions we chose to throw at them, and we took full advantage of that. What follows are our questions and the responses; after reading this you will know all you need to in order to make your decision at the ballot box.

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    by Bill Jenkins | Thursday, March 19 | Posted in View

    I'd much rather be talking about Israel or the NCAA regional in Omaha this weekend, but I started to tell about my experiences going to the march on Selma 50 years ago, so I had better finish the job. At the end of last week's article, I had been one of about 40 people arrested marching around the Alabama State Capitol building on March 19, 1965.

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    by Don Winsor | Thursday, March 19 | Posted in Food

    As you know, the west side of Wichita is a lawless wasteland where life is cheap and rough justice is dealt by bands of malfunctioning robot cowboy sheriffs who long ago escaped from Wild West World. The minivans of the funmoms in their Lululemon pants roam unchecked and your attempts to reach the IMAX at the Warren on 21st are entirely at your own risk. Until now, IMAX movies and pizzatacos were the only reason to venture west of West; now there is another.

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    by Vickie Kline | Thursday, March 19 | Posted in Food

    My front porch is whispering my name. Not outright calling me yet, just whispering and letting me know the time is drawing near. Yes, it won't be long until I'll be spending many evenings there: writing these articles, talking with the neighbors, petting my cats and relaxing with a glass of wine in hand.

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