Mary Sanchez

We have much to learn about homegrown jihadists

The question many are asking — no doubt including the FBI — is how this odyssey began, how these teens, two sisters and a friend from their Denver-area high school, were recruited to venture across the world to join the “caliphate” established in Syria and Iraq by the jihadist armed group known as the Islamic State.

Mary Sanchez

Lynda Callon, a force on Kansas City’s West Side, dies

All day Sunday, people streamed into the hospital room of Lynda Callon, the force behind the West Side CAN Center. Callon died Sunday at University of Kansas Hospital. Hers was a horribly fast death to cancer that was diagnosed in late September. She was unrelenting in ensuring that CAN — Community Action Network — would succeed. And it did, receiving national acclaim.

Mary Sanchez

With gun in the mix, mental illness turns to tragedy

Janet Delana realized her frantic efforts to help her mentally ill child were in vain when her daughter texted her: “Dad is dead.” Whenever a mentally ill person kills with a gun — be it in these lesser known cases or in higher-profile mass shootings — the question naturally arises: Why can’t more be done to keep weapons out their hands? A tangle of interests works against stronger restrictions.

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