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This historic Veterans Day: peace

Sunday is Veterans Day, dedicated to honoring the service of American military veterans of all wars. It’s also the centennial commemoration of Armistice Day, marking the date hostilities officially ended between the Allies and Germany. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, an agreement the Allies had signed with Germany went into effect. The next year, then-President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed …

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Making happy Halloween memories

We’re increasingly conscious of the dangers our children face in their daily life; news headlines and research data regularly remind us. But celebrations like Halloween, “the spookiest night of the year” designed to thrill and scare heighten our security awareness for our kids. To keep costumed kids safe on the haunt for treats, communities nowadays organize safe trick-or-treat and options. …

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Nov. 6 to decide who’ll rule

Kansans who are eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election have until Tuesday to register. Oct. 16 is the registration deadline for the midterm elections. It’s too late for Missourians who haven’t registered. Yesterday was their deadline. Advance voting in Kansas starts Oct. 22 and runs through 12 p.m. Nov. 5. Missouri voters who anticipate being unable to make …

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Early screenings, press cancer survivor advocates

News about colon/colorectal cancer is mixed. Thanks to prevalent use of screening methods such as colonoscopies that detect polyps before they become cancerous, the total number of colon cancer cases is falling. But there’s been a sharp rise in the incidence among people under age 50 — as young in fact as 18 — of colon cancer, once considered “an …

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Different upbringings, different outcomes

Two teen tales about incidents that occurred earlier this month 1,800 miles apart independently illustrate the best and worst in human nature. The two occurrences also present a study in contrasts and a cautionary tale. On Sep. 11, the national day of remembrance, officials in Gardner, Kan., dedicated a monument to honor sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty, …

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Fiesta Hispana, enduring legacy

Ninfa Marie Garza, Jose R. Gonzalez and Rebecca “Becky” H. Jaramillo are “gone but not forgotten.” The beloved community leaders who passed away in 2012, 2003 and 2005, respectively, left a legacy that the Midwest has embraced unreservedly. Fiesta Hispana is enshrined as a treasured institution. The festival, scheduled this year for Sept. 14-16, inaugurates Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual …

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DACA temporary reprieve faintly encouraging

August ended last week with a temporary reprieve for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Seven states had joined a lawsuit filed by Texas to stop the DACA program and declare it illegal. On Aug. 31, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Federal District Court in Houston, Texas declined to issue an injunction terminating DACA. But he also gave …

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On Labor Day, a prosperous picture for some

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles began laying off employees earlier this month. The company had warned that it would close the Kansas City plant by 2019, cutting some 800 jobs. Those unemployed workers could soon be joined by communications personnel. If the Federal Communications Commission approves a proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, it could result in the loss of more than 24,000 …

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Artes Mágicas, ¿Cúal es su pareja ideal?

Encontrar su media naranja no es fácil, la gente está tan obsesionada buscando a alguien que los ame, que no sabe esperar a la persona que le haría feliz. Y cuando escuchan palabras lindas o alguien que parece interesado creen que esa persona va en serio y la ama y se casarían con ellos, formarían una familia. Y ponen su …

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Election for political control

Republicans currently wield tremendous power. The party controls the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, 31 state legislatures and 33 state governorships. But the political sands could soon shift dramatically. On Nov. 6, Americans will elect 435 U.S. representatives and 35 U.S. senators. Furthermore, constituents in 36 states will elect governors, and voters in 46 states will elect …

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