Students in the Blue Valley School District have found a novel way to soothe the stress and anxiety felt by children with autism, and they’re hoping the chairs they’ve designed can someday be produced.
Three years after almost dying from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, Jon Sestak of Lake Quivira has turned his life around. He is back up to 160 pounds, has graduated from the University of Kansas, has a new job, a stronger faith and a new dog, named Champ.
Massive budget deficits brought about by deep income tax cuts in Kansas are making Republican leaders in other states nervous about pursuing similar aggressive strategies. It’s being called the “Brownback effect.”
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.
In a holiday tradition, here are the pithiest, zaniest and most outrageous quotes of the past year from Mayor Sly James, Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and other politicians speaking in Kansas and Missouri.
Sony Pictures’ tribulations over the past few weeks are a warning of the precarious state of the nation’s cybersecurity. This is serious business, and it’s in the public interest to get it sorted out. For too long, however, we’ve taken an unserious attitude toward this threat, as was evident in the prurient interest the media and the public took in Sony Pictures’ dirty laundry.
Long-simmering tensions over policing and race relations boiled over on Aug. 9 when a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. The new focus on policing and race relations was conceived in tragedy and continues to claim lives. It is imperative in 2015 to turn the terrible losses into some lasting good.
Despite the disparate circumstances, all these recent fatal incidents involving African-Americans and police have tapped into a seemingly intractable strain of distrust. Generations upon generations of white people and black people — too many whites, too many blacks — hold little but low expectations when they face one another across the racial divide.