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2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Karen Shideler, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--If Sedgwick County residents want a better quality of life, says Sonja Armbruster, the question is: "Better than what?" It's a question that the Sedgwick County Health Department hopes to begin to answer with a quality-of-life survey that's being launched today. Armbruster, community health assessment coordinator, said the survey is part of a national movement to assess communities "so we can better measure quality of life, and...

2008-08-04 03:00:12

By Joe Rodriguez, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--Congregation asks 500 houses of worship to join its program A Wichita church that launched an initiative this spring to help combat hunger locally has invited other houses of worship to join the effort. As part of its "We Can" program, members of Asbury Church, a United Methodist church, have brought canned goods and other items such as hygiene products to Sunday morning services since early May. The items collected at each of the...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

By Brent D. Wistrom, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Brooke Owens' four children were somewhere in the jungle of slides, swings and sand shovels at Sedgwick County Park Saturday morning. Occasionally, one of them would pop up -- and disappear again. Cody, 7, spun in childish bliss on a spiraling pole. Cale, 5, ran up the slide. Then slid down it. Ran up it. Slid down it. And Brooke stood in the shade with a smile. She and her kids -- all from Fort Worth -- were among the first...

2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Beccy Tanner, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--This is a weekly series on day trips and weekend getaways within easy driving distance of Wichita. If you've stayed close to home this summer, why not treat yourself in these last few weeks before summer ends and venture forth on an outing across Kansas? It can be as long or as short as you want. It's time now to explore the eclectic shops of Kansas. Leavenworth Distance: 198 miles Main attraction: EuroPottery, a Polish...

2008-08-03 03:00:20

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Machinists union members at Hawker Beechcraft overwhelmingly rejected the company's proposal of a new three-year labor contract Saturday and voted to strike. A work stoppage begins and picket lines go up at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the current contract expires. Third-shift hourly workers, who begin work at 10 p.m. Sunday, will walk out at midnight, union officials say. Members voted Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum. Eighty-nine...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Brent D. Wistrom, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Accessible playground opens at Sedgwick County Park Brooke Owens' four children were somewhere in the jungle of slides, swings and sand shovels at Sedgwick County Park Saturday morning. Occasionally, one of them would pop up -- and disappear again. Cody, 7, spun in childish bliss on a spiraling pole. Cale, 5, ran up the slide. Then slid down it. Ran up it. Slid down it. And Brooke stood in the shade with a smile. She and...

2008-08-02 21:00:15

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 2--Hawker Beechcraft workers who are members of the Machinists union voted today to reject the company's three-year contract offer and strike. Eighty-nine percent of those voting this morning at the Kansas Coliseum voted to strike; 90 percent voted to reject the contract. Loud cheers greeted the vote totals when they were announced just before 4 p.m. The strike will start at 12:01 a.m. Monday when the current three-year agreement...

2008-08-01 18:00:17

By Stan Finger, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 1--With the heat index expected to rise to dangerous levels over the next several days, local agencies urged elderly residents to take additional precautions to protect themselves. The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging and the Sedgwick County Department on Aging on Friday issued warning signs for heat stroke and prevention tips. The heat index, a measure of what it feels like outside, is expected to top 103 through Tuesday. At those...

2008-08-01 18:00:17

By Deb Gruver, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 1--Bel Aire police believe the death of a woman discovered today in a Bel Aire home was a suicide. The woman's roommate found her in a closet. The Sedgwick County Coroner's Office investigated, and the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office's crime lab responded to the call, which came in about 9:30 a.m. today. Bel Aire Police Chief John Daily said a preliminary investigation indicated the death of the woman, believed to be 21, was due to a...

2008-08-01 03:00:26

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 1--Spirit AeroSystems engineers and professional and technical employees overwhelmingly turned down the company's offer of revisions to their contract Thursday evening. The employees are represented by two units of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. Eighty percent of members of SPEEA's professional and technical unit who voted and 77 percent of the voting members of the engineering unit turned back the...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.