The Kansan - Newton, KS

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Updated at 8:43 AM

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, are considering whether to create ďpublic safety zones,Ē areas within the city where people with past convictions, and merely arrests, would be restricted from entering.Charlotte is not the first city to pursue such restrictions. In 2011, North Arlington, Texas, home of Cowboy Stadium, made the neighborhoods around the stadium prostitution-free zones before and during Super Bowl XLV.

Posted at 1:01 AM

  Many a parent has those moments when you feel both heartbreak and heart-warmed as the result of your children. It is an interesting feeling, not knowing if you should smile a big smile or shed a tear. The past couple of weeks there...

Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 2:40 PM

In the wake of my previous column on the Oregon community college murders, several people raised a similar objection to my suggestion that we extend criminal background checks to all gun sales.

Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On Sept. 28, the extremist Islamic movement overran the major city of Kunduz. Afghan government forces were quick to counterattack.

Posted Oct 7, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Thinking that it might be interesting to trace the history of Dillon’s stores in Newton, I asked the manager at South Dillon’s if he could get some history from corporate that I could use, as well as a picture or two. Some history...

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Republican leaders were in disarray Wednesday after Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential candidate, showed up at the Senate carrying a Sky Rangers Park Flyer Radio Control Airplane, a product that had not been seen in the corridors of...

Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 8:34 AM

A man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday. News reports said that nine people were killed and another nine were injured in the shooting.

Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM

John Boehner (R-Ohio) appears to have stunned everyone, including friends and allies, with his announcement on Sept. 25 that he is leaving the post of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Ė and also retiring from Congress. This concludes a...

Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 10:03 AM

No matter how full our recipe box or files seems to be, there is usually room to squeeze in one more pound cake recipe.

Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Itís one of the most dismaying poll results Iíve seen: In October 2008, a month before they elected him president, 12 percent of Americans thought Barack Obama was Muslim. Seven years later, now that they know him better, 29 percent have the...

Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Is the right to counsel in Americaís courtrooms merely lip service today? Court appointed counsel and public defenders are underpaid and overworked. According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice published several years ago, court appointed...

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