Archive for May 22nd, 2009

KC Star wants you to feel guilty about appointing a white male to Supreme Court

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Prime Buzz ran this headline for an AP story:  “U.S. Supreme Court: 106 white males out of 110 justices”

Washington Post: study finds link between obesity, flu severity

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Washington Post:

A survey of people hospitalized because of swine flu in California has raised the possibility that obesity is as much of a risk factor for serious complications from the flu as diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy, all known to raise a person’s risk.

In all, about two-thirds of the California patients had some underlying medical condition, according to a report yesterday in the weekly bulletin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nationwide, 47 states and the District have reported 5,469 cases and six deaths since the start of the outbreak in late April, according to the CDC’s count. Yesterday, officials in Missouri reported a seventh U.S. death — that of a 44-year-old man who had no underlying medical problems, wire services reported.

Chris Sorensen Recognized As Cortelyou-Rust Distinguished Professor At K-State

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

From K-State:

News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415,


MANHATTAN — University Distinguished Professor of Physics Chris Sorensen is Kansas State University’s newest Cortelyou-Rust Distinguished Professor. His appointment to this professorship is effective July 1. The appointment was announced today by K-State Provost and Senior Vice President M. Duane Nellis. (more…)

CNN: Dick Cheney’s favorability increasing, now at 37%; Bush at 41%

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Fifty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say they have an unfavorable opinion of the former vice president. Thirty-seven percent say they have a favorable opinion of Cheney, up eight points from January when he left office.

In the past two months the former vice president has become a frequent critic of the new Administration in numerous national media interviews.

“Is Cheney’s uptick due to his visibility as one of the most outspoken critics of the Obama administration?  Almost certainly not,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Former President George W. Bush’s favorable rating rose six points in that same time period, and Bush has not given a single public speech since he left office.”

The poll suggests that 41 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the former president, with 57 percent viewing him unfavorably.

K-State Students Win Recognition In Cooper Lighting Source Awards Competition

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

From K-State:

prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,


MANHATTAN — Two Kansas State University students were recently recognized for their design expertise during the 2009 Cooper Lighting SOURCE Awards Competition. (more…)

The Hill: Democrats seek financial rescue of racial minority-owned broadcasters

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Hill:

High-ranking House Democrats are urging the Treasury Department to prop up minority-owned broadcasters suffering from a lack of capital and lost advertising revenue amid the economic slump.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is leading an effort to convince Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to take “decisive action” by extending credit to this sector of the broadcasting industry.

Clyburn and other senior members, including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), argue that minority-owned broadcasters are sound businesses, but that the recession could undermine the government’s efforts to diversify the airwaves.

A number of members from the Congressional Black Caucus signed the letter, too.

Israel citizens ignore Obama, continue building settlement in West Bank

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – Jewish settler leaders on Tuesday shrugged off U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank, saying Palestinians needed to “halt terror first”.

Dani Dayan, chairman of the West Bank settlers’ umbrella organisation Yesha Council, said he felt assured that domestic political support would allow settlers to continue to live in the occupied West Bank.

“The Israeli electorate set a clear line for this government … we have strong support in the new Knesset (parliament) and the things we hear among politicians certainly encourage us that if Netanyahu (halts settlement building) the Knesset will stand at our side,” Dayan told Reuters.

CNN: Whites become minority in Finney County, Kansas

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Though not new in California, Arizona, Texas or Florida, the change of demographics is a bit more surprising in southwest Kansas.

Finney County, Kansas, is one of six counties across the nation that became majority-minority between 2007 and 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced. The agency defines majority-minority as a county where more than half the population is made up of a group that is not single-race, non-Hispanic white.

Nearly 10 percent (309) of the nation’s 3,142 counties were majority-minority as of July 1, 2008.

WIBW: Westar Declares Quarterly Dividend

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


TOPEKA, Kansas (Marketwire) The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share payable July 1, 2009 on the company’s common stock.

The board also declared regular quarterly dividends on the company’s 4.25 percent, 4.5 percent and 5 percent series preferred stocks payable July 1, 2009.

The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2009.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to about 679,000 customers in the state. Westar Energy has about 6.800 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates more than 35,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines.

AP: Gov. Parkinson seeks FEMA disaster funding for late March storms in Kansas; Butler, Cowley and Greenwood counties hardest hit

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Gov. Mark Parkinson sent the request Thursday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s regional office. Preliminary damage assessments put the cost in excess of $18.6 million across 62 counties.

Then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declared a state disaster emergency for the counties at the time. Assistance would cover debris removal, infrastructure repair and funds for the statewide hazard mitigation program.

Among the hardest hit counties were Butler, Cowley and Greenwood. New K-State AD John Currie Contract Details

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

* Five-year, $350,000 base … June 7, 2009 – June 6, 2014.
* Incentives to be agreed upon in the first 120 days.
* Kansas Board of Regents retirement plan.
* A vehicle and stipend of $10,000; or, a vehicle stipend of $18,000.
* One complimentary ticket per family member for all events; two complimentary tickets for all away games; and, up to six complimentary tickets for all Conference NCAA Tournament and bowl games.
* Use of a suite.
* Membership to Manhattan Country Club.

Star: K-State coach, pitcher receive Big 12 baseball honors

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


Kansas State took two of the top Big 12 postseason awards Tuesday, with Brad Hill being honored as coach of the year and junior right-hander A.J. Morris winning pitcher of the year.

Hill led the Wildcats to their best season ever with a 39-15-1 record and as high as a No. 10 ranking in the Baseball America poll.

“This award isn’t about me, it’s about the players,” said Hill, the first K-State league coach of the year since Mike Clark in 1990.

Morris, who also made the All-Big 12 first team, led the conference in wins (12), ERA (1.61) and was second in complete games (four).

Star: Two players leave, one joins K-State basketball team

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Star:

Neither sophomore guard Fred Brown nor junior guard Buchi Awaji will be back next season for Kansas State, coach Frank Martin announced Thursday.

Brown averaged 8.1 points and made 42 percent of his three-point shots last season.

Awaji struggled in his adjustment from junior college and didn’t play more than 21 minutes in a game.

Brown and Awaji join forward Ron Anderson as this season’s departures. Neither Brown nor Awaji could be reached for comment.

AP: Kansas State University contests secret Ron Krause-Ron Prince deal

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State has filed a lawsuit challenging a secret deal between former athletic director Ron Krause and former football coach Ron Prince that would pay Prince $3.2 million in deferred compensation between 2015 and 2020.

Kansas State president Jon Wefald said he found out about the deal on May 11 and that nobody in the administration or athletic department knew about it. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the deal.

Roeland Park City Council sells former elementary school building to Community Living Opportunities; will become Kansas City Autism Training Center

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Star:

The Roeland Park City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to accept the latest offer from Community Living Opportunities for the school, which will become the new home of the Kansas City Autism Training Center. Councilmember Toni Hull was absent and there is a vacancy in Ward 4.

The council rejected a $550,000 offer earlier this year. Under the new deal, the organization will pay $650,000 for the building; however, only $550,000 would be paid at closing. The city will carry a 10-year, $100,000 second mortgage on the building. The interest rate for the first three years will be 3.5 percent and then rise to 7 percent.

The city will ensure that the roof, windows, plumbing and air-conditioning work and spend as much as $15,000 on other repairs. The closing deadline is September 1.

Transcript: Rush Limbaugh on Glenn Beck Fox News TV program

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


BECK: You know, I saw Barack Obama today. I think he is a – I think he’s an extraordinarily talented man – very, very shrewd, very good politician. He was giving a speech today at the National Archives. He was standing right in front of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. (more…)

McClatcy: KU student Dan Parker helped create military program Kansas Military Service Scholarship

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

He didn’t know how to find other veterans, couldn’t pay tuition on time because of the cycles of his military income and wasn’t able to find any scholarships for veterans.

“A lot of people support vets, ” he said. “But a lot of people, when they’re not posed with it, don’t really think about them.”

In summer 2006, Parker and a few friends decided to help reintegrate vets into college life. First, Parker created the Collegiate Veterans Association, a networking group for veterans. He said taking classes with 18-year-olds at age 23 made it difficult to make friends.

“You would think that the experience of being a veteran would be the real separating factor,” he said. “But more than anything, it was age.”

Parker wasn’t done.

During the next two years, he helped create a new tuition payment plan for veterans that allows them to pay tuition throughout the semester without penalty.

He helped establish the Kansas Military Service Scholarship, which pays for 10 full-time semesters for Kansas high school graduates returning to college from service.

And he helped create a new, easy entry-and-exit program for students who are activated in the middle of a semester.

KC Star – K-State beats KU 5-4 in Big 12 tournament opener; hoping for first-time bid for NCAA tournament

Friday, May 22nd, 2009


The Wildcats have never reached the NCAA Tournament – they’re all but assured of an invitation next week – and coach Brad Hill set up his pitching rotation with regional play in mind.

K-State’s best chance to make noise in the national tournament is to keep life normal for the staff. It’s why A.J. Morris, the Big 12′s pitcher of the year who started nearly every series for the Wildcats this season, didn’t get the ball Wednesday.

LJ World: Former KU professor Christine Arguello being considered by Obama as Supreme Court nominee

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

LJ World:

Some media reports have cited for Kansas University professor Christine Arguello as a potential nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Barack Obama is looking for someone to replace the retiring David Souter.

Arguello, a U.S. district judge in Colorado, has received a call from people “in direct contact with the White House,” according to an article in the Denver Post.

David Klepper: Board of Regents to consider KU 4 percent tuition increase request

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

David Klepper:

TOPEKA | The University of Kansas is proposing a 4 percent increase in tuition.

The Kansas Board of Regents today is hearing proposals from KU and the state’s other public universities.

The potential tuition hikes are prompted by large funding cuts from the state, which has seen its revenues plummet in the recession.

University officials said they would strive to minimize any increases knowing the downturn impacts families as much as it does the state’s coffers.

A final decision on tuition levels is set for June.

KU said 40 percent of students would see no increase because they are locked into the university’s tuition compact, which keeps tuition flat for four years.