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Newsletter 7/24/14

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Wichita Eagle

Longtime Wichita journalist Randy Brown dies after long illness

We lost one of our own, yesterday.

Randy Brown a longtime journalist, journalism instructor and emcee at for Wichita’s Gridiron died Wednesday after a long illness. Funeral services are pending.

Mr. Brown served for more than two decades at The Wichita Eagle as former editorial page editor and executive sports editor. He also was senior editor, managing editor and then “Live at Five” anchor at KAKE-TV and a journalism instructor at Wichita State University’s Elliott School of Journalism.

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One killed in motorcycle-car crash near Seneca and Kellogg

One person was killed and two others injured in a collision between a Lexus and a motorcycle in southwest Wichita late Wednesday night, authorities said.

The collision was reported at 11:40 p.m. at Harry and Orient, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. That’s southwest of Kellogg and Seneca in southwest Wichita.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. His female passenger was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis with serious injuries.

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Wichita State School of Nursing receives $697,515 grant

Wichita State University’s School of Nursing has been awarded a two-year grant of $697,515 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release.

The grant will be used to fund about 15 students who are pursuing advanced nursing education programs in an effort to increase the number of primary care health providers, specifically as nurse practitioners.

Alicia Huckstadt, professor and director of graduate programs and project director of the grant in the School of Nursing, says the program will help students graduate with less debt.

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Booklist Review of the Day

Half a World Away.

Kadohata, Cynthia (author).
Sept. 2014. 240p. Atheneum, hardcover, $16.99 (9781442412750). Grades 5-8.
REVIEW. First published July, 2014 (Booklist). Jaden is fascinated by electricity, which always relaxes him. And relaxation is important to the 12-year-old who was abandoned by his mother when he was 4 and adopted from Romania when he was 8. He has been told by doctors that he is a textbook case of a troubled, older adopted child: he has set fires, hoards food, steals, lies, sleeps on the floor instead of in a bed, and, worst of all, seems incapable of feeling love. And now his American parents are taking him along as they fly half a world away to Kazakhstan, where they plan to adopt a baby. How is Jaden to feel about this? And, once there, what will happen after he bonds not with the baby but with a special needs child at the adoption facility? Newbery medalist and National Book Award winner Kadohata has written a remarkable, insightful study of a troubled boy, the challenging circumstances in which he finds himself, and his painful journey to bonding and, perhaps, to love. Along the way, she has given readers a candid and often disturbing look at the adoption process in a remote country, while her memorable novel is further enriched by the depth of her characterizations; even minor characters come alive on the page. Thought provoking and emotionally engaging, this is wholly satisfying.— Michael Cart