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Olathe — best beach town?
According to the website WalletHub, Olathe is among the nation’s best beach towns, Ian Cummings and Lily O’Neill report. The city came ahead of Miami Beach, Fla., and Newport Beach, Calif., for its Lake Olathe, a small body of water. The methodology used in the study includes measures of affordability, safety and education.
UMKC vows to fund new campus
Hours before Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed a plan to use state funds to help pay for the construction of a downtown Kansas City arts campus, University of Missouri System officials vowed to raise the $96 million to build the campus anyway, Scott Canon reports.
Sexual assault survivor buoys alleged victims
A sexual assault survivor has relived some of the trauma of her past through the sex crime allegations against Jacob Ewing in Holton, Kan., whose second trial is underway this week, Max Londberg reports. Savhannah Jurgensmeier was assaulted in Holton in 2010. She was “bullied out of testifying,” the rape charges were dropped and months later, when she said she was assaulted again, she chose not to report.
Cyclists battle Kansas winds
A team of cyclists on a trip to raise awareness for a rare muscular dystrophy-like disorder are being hit with Kansas winds, Eric Adler reports. It “is fast and furious and comes from every direction,” said team leader Frank Carbone. But the hospitality of Kansans has pleased the cyclists. “The people in Kansas have been absolutely spectacular,” Carbone said.
Do we still believe in free speech?
Americans are backing away from one of the country’s defining principles, writes Anders Gyllenhaal, as we find ways to block ideas we don’t agree with. High school teachers avoid controversial topics, protests block controversial speakers on college campuses and online, some are harassed into silence.