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Smart start

Parents had a timely reminder last weekend of the impending start of school. In Missouri, consumers took advantage of the state’s annual back-to-school tax-free holiday to purchase clothing, computers and school supplies without paying sales tax. The Community Services League in Independence and the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to struggling families. …

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Handling a belligerent little bully

Twelve years ago, New York Times journalist William Grimes penned a book review published in the May 18 edition. His critique of Rogue Regime Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea bore a provocative title: “What to Do About a Country That Has a Nuclear Threat and No Use for Rules.” Its author was veteran foreign correspondent, …

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Are America’s food producers in trouble?

America’s farmers and ranchers account for just two percent of the nation’s population, but their impact is enormous. They supply our dairy products, poultry, meat, grains and produce, and through the flow of their products to other countries, they help shrink the U.S. trade deficit in the global marketplace. In 2015, $133.1 billion of agricultural products were exported around the …

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Artes Mágicas: Cáncer 21 de Junio al 22 de Julio

PERSONALIDAD: Su carácter es tranquilo, tiene paciencia, es adaptable para vivir en distintos lugares y trabajos. Es cariñoso, son buenos padres y compañeros. Es hospitalario y ayuda a sus seres queridos. Depende de su Ascendente (para esto debe saber a qué hora nació), para saber su personalidad más exacta. Unos son más celosos, enojones y lentos. Otros son más enérgicos, …

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Put down the phone & live

Last month, a 67 year-old woman suffered serious injuries when she tumbled headfirst over an open sidewalk door and nosedived six feet into the space below where workmen were repairing gas lines. Surveillance video shows the Plainfield, N.J. woman looking at her phone as she approached the open door. She appeared to be texting while she walked. Absorbed in the …

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Preserving neighborhood elementary schools

Last month, the Shawnee Mission School Board approved boundary changes for one-quarter of the district’s 33 elementary schools. The eight schools involved are Broken Arrow, Christa McAuliffe, Lenexa Hills, Mill Creek, Rhein Benninghoven, Rising Star, Shawanoe and Sunflower. The boundary changes will launch with the 2018-2019 school year and affect about 1,000 pre-K through 6th-grade students. School officials devised the …

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Celebrating the Fourth of July

New York City’s Independence Day parade in 1918 saw 75,000 marchers. Among them were groups and floats representing 34 immigrant nationalities.  At the head of the parade behind a platoon of mounted policemen were four women. Each had given six sons for the cause of justice. Their boys were fighting in the U.S. Armed Forces in France.   A year …

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Adequately & equitably educating Kansas kids

Last Thursday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a new school funding bill. Legislators are hopeful that the new funding formula will meet the Kansas Supreme Court’s “adequacy test” for K-12 public education. If it doesn’t, schools statewide could be shuttered in July, and lawmakers could be called back for a special session to correct the new per-pupil funding …

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Editorial: Teaching by example

A nationwide campaign is underway to stamp out bullying in our schools. It involves a broadscale network of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies.    Society’s wholesale anti-bullying efforts, however, are avoiding a key aspect. Children learn what they see and hear. They take their earliest cues from their parents whom they begin mimicking as infants. As they …

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Se parte del movimiento anti-bullying

Mayo es para celebrar graduaciones y el alegre inicio de las vacaciones de verano. Pero para cuatro parejas de padres en diferentes ciudades de Estados Unidos, fue un tiempo de llorar la pérdida de un niño. Extraños el uno del otro, su duelo ofrece un interés común en promover la prevención del bullying (acoso escolar). El 19 de mayo, Alyssia …

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