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Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

LONDON — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published in the journal Clinical ...

Maple Leaf Festival canceled; organizers plan virtual event

Because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the annual Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival has been canceled for this year. Mike Curran, Maple Leaf Festival Committee chairman, said the Maple Leaf Festival Committee last week voted to call off the festival, which annually draws more than ...

Mask opponents protest at Wichita mayor’s home

WICHITA — Protesters who oppose a city ordinance requiring that masks be worn in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus gathered outside Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple’s home Saturday. The Wichita City Council voted 4-3 Friday in a special meeting called by Whipple to require masks ...

Experts: COVID-19 cases will spike if Kansans don’t wear masks

A month ago, the University of Kansas hospital had as few as nine of its beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Now, it’s about twice that. When the coronavirus-driven statewide shutdown began to go away in mid-May, clinicians in Kansas were confirming about 100 new infections a day. Now, that ...

K-State players end threat of boycott over Floyd tweet

MANHATTAN — Kansas State football players have called off a threatened boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd. The decision, announced on social media by several players, follows moves by the school to address diversity concerns. "We ...

KC police officer shot in head remains stable

Kansas City, Mo. — A Kansas City police officer who was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire that left a suspect dead was in stable condition Friday following surgery, authorities said. A police spokesman, Officer Jacob Becchina, declined to release the name of the officer, and ...

Afternoon thunderstorm drops nearly 3 inches of rain

Lawrence police officers blocked entry to the underpass on North Second Street about 3:45 p.m. Friday after an afternoon thunderstorm. Bryan Baerg, of the National Weather Service Office in Topeka, said 2.75 inches of rain was reported near Interstate 70 in North Lawrence from about 2:30 to ...

Garden Variety: When to harvest fruits and veggies

Knowing the right time to harvest fruits and vegetables from the garden is tricky for some crops, even for experienced gardeners. To complicate it further, some produce can be harvested at different stages or have additional edible parts of the plant than what is traditionally harvested. Follow ...