Dennis A. Skeen was charged with attempting to rape an unconscious woman. He later pleaded guilty, but on the day that he was to be sentenced, Skeen committed suicide — essentially robbing his victim of ever seeing justice served.
New Hampshire state representative Robert Fisher is another public figure exposed for glaringly sexist screeds, and yet he is the one who claims to be misunderstood. In Fisher’s world, it is men who are being cheated and attacked unfairly by “feminists.”
One of the final chapters in a horrific story of a 7-year-old’s torture and murder was written in a Wyandotte County courtroom Monday. But change must come in the wake of Adrian Jones’ death to ensure that no child suffers such abuse.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced this week that he’s staying put in these parts, possibly bound for a run for governor. That doesn’t mean that Kobach’s done with enticing other jurisdictions to enact bad policy — like the idea that police should engage in enforcing federal immigration law.
Fast and Furious was a botched federal effort to track U.S.-purchased guns trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. Eventually, guns went missing, and a U.S. border patrol agent ended up dead. Brian Terry’s family never learned the full truth of what happened to their beloved son and brother.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for a review of current and yet to be finalized consent decrees with police departments in the nation. In doing so, Sessions is sending signals. But he might be too late. And he probably already knows it. The nation is in a different place now than it was even two years ago when it comes to policing.
By extending his initial restraining order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson slammed President Donald Trump’s plot to punish whole groups of Muslims for the deeds of Islamist extremists. The legal equivalent of a constitutional checkmate has been moved into place.
Kansas City civil rights activist Alvin Sykes is scheduled to meet Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sykes will press Sessions to vigorously pursue cold case civil rights murders through the Till Act, a piece of legislation first signed into law in 2008.
The American public is expected to buy into the notion that Ivanka Trump can and should play a constructive and indispensable role in her father’s administration and that it’s only natural and fitting that she settle into a West Wing office to help Daddy run the nation. Doing exactly what, we’re not supposed to ask.
According to Reps. Roger Marshall and Jason Chaffetz, poor people buy iPhones instead of health insurance and refuse to take care of themselves. This is the narrative we’ve been hearing from Republicans — and a lot of Democrats, too — for years. They blame low-income people for their own troubles while failing to address low wages, educational gaps and a range of economic factors that aren’t easily explained by simplistic moralizing.
If you do one thing to mark International Women’s Day, do this: Download a copy of the documentary “Equal Means Equal.” Or buy a copy of the book by the same title. Both works turn complacency to dust.
Not long after news of the murder of George Tiller hit the Internet, liberal bloggers had assembled a video montage of Bill O’Reilly repeating “Tiller the Killer” on various broadcasts, along with other choice bits of blood-curdling vituperation.
The muddled minds that now run the federal government think it’s fine, preferable even, to legally segregate public bathrooms. In 2017, this should shock.The targeted group today is transgender students. And the bathroom stalls some want to keep them out of are in the public schools these youths attend.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to emphasize that it does not conduct sweeps, checkpoints or raids. But the focus has widened on who might be targeted or merely caught up as collateral damage.
At least 60 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their native counties. Only a tiny fraction will ever be resettled through formal refugee networks. Yet President Donald Trump has slashed the number of refugees the U.S. will accept in 2017.
"I sat outside my home and listened to my sister scream for help," wrote Kayla Perez, 21, of Overland Park, who is the author of the first story in a new book, "Welcome to My Neighborhood." It is framed as a children's book, similar to Golden Books, but the stories are true, dire and grim. They're written by teenagers in the Youth Ambassador program, including Perez, who penned her story when she was 17 years old and living under the same roof as a crack addict her mother had married. The book, a pro bono project of the advertising and marketing company VML, will be introduced to Kansas City civic leaders at a dinner Tuesday. The Youth Ambassador program promotes youth development and addresses social and academic challenges for underserved teenagers.
Tammy LjungbladThe Kansas City Star
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