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Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00am.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett                         This review was submitted by Karina Rodriguez, Summer Reading Participant Find […]

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Wichita Eagle

Army recruiter: Tougher tattoo rules bring fewer –but better – recruits

Uncle Sam still wants you – just not as heavily inked.

More than three months after the Army implemented a more stringent tattoo policy, recruiters say they are the ones feeling the pinch.

“It certainly makes our job a little more challenging,” said Staff Sgt. Carrington Oliver of the South Holland recruiting station.

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UPDATE: 3 killed in accident near K-254 and 159th Street East

Three people from Butler County were killed early Sunday morning in a accident near the Sedgwick County/Butler County line.

In a media briefing, Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper David Monckton said emergency dispatchers received multiple reports of a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of K-254, shortly before 6 a.m. A few minutes after the first call, there was another call saying there had been a head-on accident.

“I can tell you that a green Ford was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck a black Buick. The green Ford had one occupant that was pronounced dead on the scene, as well as two occupants in the Buick, also confirmed as fatalities in the collision.”

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Motley Crue: It was loud. There was fire. It was rock ’n’ roll.

A wall of speakers loud enough to leave ears ringing for hours. Grown men screaming until their voices were gone. Hand horns by the hundreds. Pyrotechnics hot enough to be felt in the back of the house.

Intrust Bank Arena had a rock show on Saturday night, and Wichita might not have rocked so hard since the days of the Kansas Coliseum.

Motley Crue, the famous hard-rock band with 33 years of music on its resume, returned to Wichita on Saturday for what the band insists is the last time, and it drew an enthusiastic crowd of 8,000. The tour, which includes all the original members – singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars – is the group’s final one.

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Booklist Review of the Day

Some Luck.

Smiley, Jane (author).
Oct. 2014. 416p. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95 (9780307700315); Knopf, e-book (9780385350396).
REVIEW. First published July, 2014 (Booklist).

Smiley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres (1991), a novel about a farming family in Iowa. In her fourteenth novel, she returns to that fertile ground to tell the stories of the Langdons, a clan deeply in accord with the land, wherever their quests lead them. A seductive writer in perfect command of every element of language, Smiley sets a ruminative pace embodying the tempo of farm work, season to season. Beginning in 1920 and reaching 1953, this saga of the vicissitudes of luck and our futile efforts to control it is also a richly meteorological novel, exploring how the high and low pressures of the mind can determine a farm’s bounty and losses just as droughts and blizzards do. While steadfast Walter worries, his smart, industrious wife, Rosanna, runs the household and cares for their children, beginning with courageous Frankie, followed by animal-lover Joey, romantic Lillian, scholarly Henry, and good Claire. As barbed in her wit as ever, Smiley is also munificently tender. The Langdons endure the Depression, Walter agonizes over giving up his trusty horses for a tractor, and Joe tries the new synthetic fertilizers. Then, as Frank serves in WWII and, covertly, the Cold War, the novel’s velocity, intensity, and wonder redouble. Smiley’s grand, assured, quietly heroic, and affecting novel is a supremely nuanced portrait of a family spanning three pivotal American decades.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a major print run and extensive national author tour ramping up publicity, ever-popular Smiley’s tremendous new novel will be on the top of countless to-read lists.

— Donna Seaman