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Newsletter 4/24/14

DVD Care
DVD CARE For optimal viewing pleasure, our DVDs are checked for condition following their return, and again before the next checkout.  There is a service charge of $1.00 per disk […]

Newsletter 4/10/14
LIBRARY SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK The library will be closed Wednesday, April 16, 2014 while staff members attend a continuing education workday.  The library will also be closed Friday, April […]

Wichita Eagle

Jewish centers murder suspect F. Glenn Miller was once caught with black male prostitute, report says

F. Glenn Miller, the white supremacist accused of murdering three people at Jewish sites in Johnson County, was caught by police in the 1980s having sex with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman, according to multiple media reports.

An ABC News report says that while authorities investigated Miller for hate crimes in the late 1980s, they learned of his arrest a year earlier in Raleigh, N.C. Police officers had caught Miller in the back seat of a vehicle, in mid-act with a black male prostitute masquerading as a woman.

“It was pretty shocking because of his personal stances that he had taken and what he was now accused on engaging in,” then-federal prosecutor J. Douglas McCullough, now a judge on the North Carolina state Court of Appeals, told ABC. McCullough was in on interviews with Miller.

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Wichita Children’s Home names new CEO

Debbie Kennedy, a longtime volunteer at the Wichita Children’s Home, is taking over as the new CEO.

Sarah Robinson, the CEO for 30 years, is stepping down but not leaving. She’s becoming the Home’s new chief advancement officer, according to a prepared statement from the Home on Thursday.

The board of directors named Kennedy to run planning and ongoing operations, including overseeing the expansion construction, the statement said. Kennedy will take up her new job in July.

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Defendant takes stand in College Hill Park murder trial

A Wichita man charged with taking part in a vigilante slaying in College Hill Park last year told a jury Thursday that didn’t realize the victim had been stabbed until long after the confrontation was over.

Kyle Carter, 31, admitted that he chased Carl Cooper into the park after Cooper had burglarized a car, but he said it was his co-defendant, Trenton Custer, who stabbed the victim.

"Did you stab Carl Cooper?" defense lawyer Quentin Pittman asked.

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Booklist Review of the Day

Song of the Shank.

Allen, Jeffrey Renard (author).
June 2014. 584p. Graywolf, paperback, $18 (9781555976804).
REVIEW. First published April 15, 2014 (Booklist). Now a fairly obscure historical figure, Tom Wiggins, born a slave, became an international sensation as a pianist. In the extraordinarily talented hands of Allen, Tom is a mysterious and compelling figure, a blind black boy at a time when his perceived infirmities, including his race, should make him insignificant. Apparently an autistic savant, Tom exhibits both giftedness and odd behavior, which unnerves and enthralls those around him. Allen uses Tom as the central figure as the novel explores complex relationships and the interior lives of black and white folks, including a mother with little authority over her child, a fairly benign but self-absorbed slave owner, ambitious promoters, an assortment of orphans and former slaves at wit’s end about their future, and a genius oblivious to the tumult around him. Told from various perspectives, shifting between the pre– and post–Civil War periods, Allen’s tour de force sweeps from the rural South to New York City and between lonely apartments and raucous refugee camps, encompassing the strife of war and the draft riots. Amid the larger drama of slavery and its injustices, Allen offers the more intimate drama of one young boy’s life and the financial and emotional investments involved in the question of what’s to be done with his exceptional talent. A brilliant book, with echoes of Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner.

— Vanessa Bush