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The corpse of Brownback’s tax plan
Kansans shared their thoughts with The Star on the end of the Brownback tax cuts era. “What took so long?” was the overall sentiment, Eric Adler reported. Though some were concerned businesses could take a hit, many were pleased that the Kansas Legislature had taken steps to replenish a depleted budget — down some $3.6 billion over the last five fiscal years.
Semi-automatic rifles in school
The Shawnee Mission School District’s police department issued eight semi-automatic rifles to its district resource officers, Katy Bergen reported. “You are never going to see (the weapon) unless something really, really bad is happening,” said the district’s director of safety and security, John Douglass. Still, some parents questioned the purchase, which cost $5,671, “I don’t fully believe one person with a bigger, badder gun is really going to make a huge difference in an active shooter situation in a school,” parent Lisa Veglahn said.
Google Fiber and our searches
Going on the internet means sharing data with strangers, Scott Canon writes. And in search browsers, we’re likely to share more about ourselves than we do even with our friends and family. Canon explores the consequences of that reality in light of Google Fiber’s expanding presence in KC.
Royals beat Padres
The Royals pummeled the Padres with four homers in an 8-3 win. Rookie Jakob Junis took the ball for his third career start, Rustin Dodd reported, and he lasted seven-plus innings, enough for the win.
Doppelganger helps free imprisoned man
Richard Anthony Jones often heard in prison that another man looked just like him, Tony Rizzo reported. Jones, serving his 17th year in prison for purse snatching, informed his lawyers, who learned the doppelganger lived near the area where the crime occurred. The revelation led a judge to order Jones’ release, raising the unsettling question: What if your doppelganger commits a crime?