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2008-09-13 15:00:12

A 65-year-old man is the first reported victim of new flooding in Kansas after driving his vehicle into deep water near Wichita, officials say. While portions of Wichita were dealing with record rainfall, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Gary Hargis said the unidentified man apparently drowned while attempting to swim from his vehicle to safety, The Wichita Eagle reported Saturday. The man's body was found early Saturday alongside an area road, Hargis told the newspaper. The...

2008-09-12 12:00:23

WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and Southwest Airlines today announced the signing of a supply agreement whereby Spirit will supply thrust reverser, fuselage and wing components for Southwest's fleet of B737 aircraft. This multi-year contract will enable Southwest to obtain predictable and competitive pricing for all 737 parts in the Spirit catalog while ensuring availability for key parts and components. "We are pleased to be growing our...

2008-08-07 09:01:05

Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens, has opened three Take Care clinics at Walgreens drugstores in Wichita, Kansas. Take Care Health Systems now has 15 clinics in the region, including 12 in the Kansas City metro area. Additional expansion is planned for the state in 2008, including three additional sites in Wichita, expansion in Kansas City and a new market launch in Topeka. Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems's president and CEO, said: "Take Care clinics...

2008-08-07 03:00:18

By Jerry Siebenmark, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 7--A group of 50 business, government and civic leaders will be learning next week how two regional cities improved their downtowns and have benefited economically from it. The three-day trip sponsored by Visioneering Wichita and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce will take them to Oklahoma City and Fort Worth beginning Wednesday. Suzie Ahlstrand, the chamber's vice president of community advancement who will be leading the group,...

2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 6--Hawker Beechcraft recorded an increase in orders, sales and earnings for the second quarter of 2008 compared to a year ago, the company said Tuesday. Earnings were released on the second day of a work stoppage by 4,700 Hawker Beechcraft hourly workers in Wichita and about 500 in Salina. The workers, represented by the Machinists union, voted overwhelmingly to strike on Saturday and walked off the job Monday. The company booked $1.7...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Christina M. Woods and Jeannine Koranda, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 6--Gail Finney, a marketing consultant and vice chair of the Sedgwick County Democrat Party, beat out medical assistant Inga Taylor for the 84th District House seat. It was one of the more clear-cut victories in primaries in the Wichita area for three open House seats. Finney won the 84th seat despite Taylor raising roughly $10,000 more, some of which was due to an influx of donations from Victory Fund and an...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Jeannine Koranda, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 6--State Reps. Oletha Faust-Goudeau and Ty Masterson will be continuing their bids to switch chambers in November as both appeared to win their primaries Tuesday. Wichitan Faust-Goudeau won the Democratic primary by a wide margin for the 29th Senate District, while Masterson, an Andover Republican running in Senate District 16, was leading in incomplete results late Tuesday. Faust-Goudeau, who also celebrated her 49th birthday Tuesday,...

2008-08-05 03:00:34

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 5--The strike at Hawker Beechcraft could remove $10 million to $12 million a month in take-home pay from the Wichita economy, a Wichita State University economist said Monday. About 4,700 Machinists in Wichita -- more than half of the company's work force of 9,000 -- went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday as the current contract expired. The union also represents 500 members in Salina. Job security, health care, earned time off for new...

2008-08-04 15:00:49

By Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor and Bi, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Small businesses and independent oil producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas find themselves caught in the ripples from the spreading SemGroup LP bankruptcy. SemGroup buys, sells, stores and transports crude oil and crude oil products. The Tulsa-based company, the 12th-largest privately held company in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on July 22. Numerous Wichita-area and Kansas...

2008-08-04 03:00:22

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--And daniel MCCoy Eagle correspondent Hawker Beechcraft hourly workers prepared Sunday for this morning's picket line as a strike against the company gets under way. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. this morning, as the current labor contract expired. Hundreds of workers lined up outside the Machinists strike headquarters on South Greenwich on Sunday evening to begin signing up for times to participate in the picket line. "It's a...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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