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This couple has been threatened with foreclosure, owed back taxes and scrambled to find work with odd jobs.
They landed in this position after a series of events, including canceled health insurance after the wife was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.
Consumers would be wise to take precautions before settling down for a long winters nap because scammers never seem to rest.
The Internet continues to be favored over chimneys as a way for the unscrupulous to gain entrance into the lives of the unsuspecting. Here are scams number 9 through 7 in our continuing list of the ways holiday shoppers could be victimized.
Scam number 9: Fake deals on must-have gift items
It took a few weeks of research, but National Geographic has confirmed that pop star Lorde was referring to a photo of Kansas City Royals’ baseball legend George Brett when she explained where she got the inspiration for her megahit “Royals.”
In an interview a few months ago with VH1, Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) explained how she “had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’
“It was just that word. It’s really cool.”
The Orpheum Theatre has launched a $30 million campaign to renovate the historic facility and turn it into a modern-day performing arts center.
The campaign is based on a feasibility study by Webb Management Services of New York, which found that the 1,200-seat theater built in 1922 in downtown Wichita plays a significant and unique role in the community and can help support the performing arts in Wichita.
Architects have created a master plan calling for a six-phase project that would restore, renovate and expand the Orpheum, including an addition on the north side of the theater. The existing historic entrance and marquee on the northeast corner of First Street and Broadway would be retained.
No one matched all six numbers in Friday's "Mega Millions" lottery game.
The jackpot for Tuesday's drawing is now estimated to be $344 million.
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About 3,000 people are expected to gather at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.
About 70 World War II veterans and survivors of the Dec. 7 bombing plan to attend the morning ceremony on the shore overlooking a memorial to the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the attack.
The event will begin with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. There will be a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. A guided missile destroyer will pass by and render honors to the USS Arizona and its crew.
For the first time last year, there was little wide-scale recognition of the Pearl Harbor anniversary.
But this year, Jim Denison is hoping things will be a little different.
He is honoring the wish of Wichitan Arthur Dunn, one of the few living links in Kansas to that “date which will live in infamy” — Dec. 7, 1941.
A nearly two-hour standoff with a recent parolee who perched outside a second-floor window at a state parole office in downtown Wichita ended Friday afternoon when the man fell to the sidewalk after a brief struggle with officers.
A canopy broke the man’s fall, and he didn’t appear to be seriously injured; he was taken to a hospital for evaluation, said Wichita police Lt. E.J. Bastian.
The Kansas Department of Corrections confirmed later Friday that the man who fell is Jose L. DeLeon, 39, whose parole ended Nov. 15 when his sentence expired. He was booked into Sedgwick County Jail on an allegation of criminal damage to property and was being held on a $2,500 bond.
A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for killing his wife last year at the couple’s home.
A Sedgwick County judge on Thursday ordered Guy Palmer, 56, to serve the 285-month term in the fatal stabbing of Debra Palmer on Dec. 15, 2012. Palmer, who was convicted of second-degree murder in October, turned himself into authorities at Sedgwick County Jail shortly after the knife attack at 6800 E. Farmview.
Testimony during his trial showed that Debra Palmer, 61, was stabbed six times with a 8 3/4-inch blade in the couple’s basement. Guy Palmer, who told a jury his wife revealed the day of her killing that she was having an affair, claims he doesn’t remember the attack.
North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said it made the decision because 85-year-old Merrill Newman had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and on a recent trip to the country and because of his age and medical condition.
Newman has yet to speak publicly and it was unclear Saturday where he’d been deported to. It wasn’t clear if his alleged confession shown on state TV last month was coerced.
Wichita has suffered 52 fire deaths since 2006, and in most of those incidents, a smoke alarm was present.
The problem is, in most of the cases, the smoke alarm wasn’t working, Wichita Fire Department data shows. At least investigators couldn’t verify through witnesses that it had activated. Because fire alarms can survive fairly far into a fire, firefighters can sometimes tell if the alarm activated because they can hear it when they arrive, Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said.
In the wake of four recent deaths in an east-side mobile home fire where there was no working alarm, Crisp said it’s important for people to not only have a smoke alarm but to also check it and maintain it. A resident who escaped the recent fire said there were two alarms in the home and that one of them might have been tested.
Douglas Douthit, a prominent Wichita obstetrician and gynecologist who cared for generations of Wichita women, has died, his office said Friday.
Confirmation of the circumstances of his death was not immediately available, said Krista Long, office manager at Wichita OB-GYN Associates where Douthit practiced since 1983.
Douthit, 59, had been in private practice since 1980, according to his office website. He specialized in general and high-risk obstetrics and gynecology, the website said, and was a member of the Pharmacy and Home Health Care committees at Wesley Medical Center.
School district crews are still finding and removing bats from Curtis Middle School, but officials say the number of flying critters is diminishing.
“We continue to monitor the building carefully and will address any concerns immediately until we no longer find any new cases,” district spokeswoman Wendy Johnson said in an e-mail Friday.
More than a month ago, a small colony of little brown bats was discovered inside Curtis, which is near Harry and Edgemoor in southeast Wichita. School officials and district crews so far have removed about 20 bats – most of them from classrooms or common areas. Four were discovered Monday and Tuesday, Johnson said.
The job market is showing signs of the consistent gains the nation has awaited in the 4½ years since the Great Recession.
Employers added 203,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, a five-year low, the Labor Department reported Friday. Four straight months of robust hiring have raised hopes that 2014 will be the year the economy returns to normal.
The steady job growth could also hasten a move by the Federal Reserve to reduce its stimulus efforts.
The rock band Kansas has canceled its Jan. 29 appearance at the Kansas Star Arena.
The arena said it was informed Friday by the band’s management company that Kansas had to cancel due to routing complications.
Tickets had been set to go on sale Saturday morning. The arena said that all pre-sale tickets purchased through Ticketmaster would be automatically refunded to the cardholder’s account.
The Thunderbirds – the Air Force’s elite demonstration squadron – announced their 2014 schedule Friday, but it doesn’t include a stop at McConnell Air Force Base.
After not performing at all in 2013 because of the defense department’s spending cutback, the Thunderbirds will resume their 61st season of shows. They will perform 66 demonstrations at 34 locations next year, according to a Air Force news release.
The Thunderbirds have performed at McConnell numerous times over the years, including in 2012.
Inspired by the growing population of Clark Griswolds in Wichita, The Eagle is attempting to put together the ultimate guide to awesomely decorated houses.
We need your help.
If you know of a house in the area that has an outstanding amount of lights, or just a really creative approach, let us know about it. E-mail us the address and a short description. You could even snap a quick picture and include that if you’re able. We’ll check it out and produce a guide to lights for the Dec. 14 Arts & Leisure section.
While most donations are gladly accepted at Goodwill Industries, grenades are not.
Even inert grenades, such as the one left this week at a Goodwill store in Goddard.
The inert grenade – minus any ability to explode – was found Thursday evening among other items donated by an unknown person, Goddard Police Chief Sam Houston said Friday.
Two men had a busy morning Thursday, breaking into at least 17 vehicles in same west Wichita neighborhood before they were arrested, police said Friday.
A resident in the 300 block of South Firefly, just off Maple and 119th Street West, looked out a window about 3:40 a.m. and saw two men putting items in the trunk of their red car, Lt. Doug Nolte said.
Police found the two men and the car a short time later in the area. Items taken from the vehicles were in their possession, Nolte said.
As snow and freezing rain blanketed normally sun-swept North Texas, residents accustomed to warmer temperatures appeared to heed warnings on what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," staying off nearly impassable roadways and out of the skin-stinging cold.
Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in spring-like temperatures that hit the 80s. But by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.
Freezing rain started to pelt highways and power lines Thursday evening, leaving a quarter-million customers without electricity Friday morning. Schools canceled classes a day before, many businesses gave workers the day off, and frigid roads and sidewalks were mostly empty. Organizers of Sunday's Dallas Marathon canceled the event early Friday afternoon.