Archive for Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Outgoing mayor Mike Dever listens to a discussion among the commissioners Tuesday at City Hall. On his final night as mayor, Dever delivered his State of the City Address, in which he asked the commission to prioritize its search for a new homeless shelter. Outgoing mayor: Shelter issue needs cooperation
April 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Outgoing Mayor Mike Dever on Tuesday congratulated the community for coming together in the last year to handily approve a trio of sales taxes for public transit and infrastructure projects. Now, he says the community and the commission need to come together on another long-talked-about subject: homeless shelters.
10:00 a.m.
The dome of the Kansas Statehouse in downtown Topeka is reflected off the windows of a nearby building. Ethics officials investigating House Speaker O’Neal for possible violation of nepotism law
4:38 p.m., April 15, 2009 Updated 5:31 p.m. in print edition on 1A
When state Rep. Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, was elected speaker of the House earlier this year, his wife also changed jobs. Cindy O’Neal had been secretary of the House Judiciary Committee, which her husband chaired. But when Mike O’Neal got a promotion, Cindy O’Neal was hired as a House Republican Caucus liaison at $27,000 per year.
2:01 p.m.
Lori Alexander, who’s been on the job for 11 years, works Wednesday at her dispatcher station in a secure area of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. Thirteen dispatchers work in split shifts around the clock to answer about 240,000 emergency 911 and other telephone calls every year. Emergency dispatchers celebrated for their behind-the-scenes work
April 15, 2009 in print edition on 1A
As one 911 dispatcher sent officers to track down a reported mushroom hunter, another rushed paramedics to a reported medical death. Meanwhile, a third emergency dispatcher was on the phone with a caller who was complaining about someone driving across their property.

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Unseemly bonus
News about additional bonuses awaiting Kansas University’s athletics director raise some troubling questions.
April 16, 2009 in print edition on A7
What is the protocol of higher education? Is it proper for departing administrators to put into place policies or practices that a new administration will have to follow and execute when he or she moves into the vacated office?
Gardening through the moon’s phases
Some experts say planetary forces influence how plants grow
April 16, 2009 in print edition on C1
Some gardeners turn their eyes to the night skies to determine when to plant.