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Bennigans Becomes Boulevard Grill

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Boulevard Grill is open for business at 3251 South Topeka Boulevard. Ron Cleaver, was manager of the Bennigans that used to be at that location, says he's hired back most of the crew he'd worked with at Bennigans.

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Judge Refuses to Intervene in Jail Allegations

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Linda Schneider's lawyers contend she's been subjected to cruel and punitive conditions while in solitary confinement. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Monday refused to intervene, saying the defense failed to prove its allegations.

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Brownback Introduces Detainee Bill

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Sen. Sam Brownback announced Monday that he's introduced legislation to stop the transfer of any detainees from Guantanamo to Fort Leavenworth.

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Charges Filed in Clay Center Shooting

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Two charges, including attempted first degree murder, were filed against 41-year-old Tracy Hackney. Hackney was arrested Friday evening in Topeka. He's suspected of shooting a woman in Clay Center Thursday morning.

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Topeka Police Arrest Man for Bomb Threat

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Russell King is in custody at the Shawnee County Jail, facing a criminal threat charge. Officials say he called and reported an explosive device about to go off at an apartment complex. Nothing was found.

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Shawnee Co. Commission Approves Salary Hike, Business Break

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Commissioners voted Monday for pay increases for county department heads, as well as commissioners' salaries. Their salary will go up 3.7 percent, to $43,000 a year. An intent to issue industrial bonds for an as-yet-unnamed business was also approved.

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Fort Riley Unit Returns from Iraq

Posted: 12/08/2008 - More than 150 soldiers with the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division were welcomed home Monday afternoon. The troops spent the past 15 months in Iraq, where they took command of more than seven battalions and about 4000 soldiers.

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Call for Nomination for YMCA Character Awards

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Nominations are being accepted for the YMCA Character Values Awards. The awards recognize a youth or adult who exemplifies any or all of the YMCA's core values, caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

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Kan. DOL Extends Unemployment Benefits

Posted: 12/08/2008 - As unemployment increases across the country, Kansans now have a little extra time to find a new job. The state Department of Labor has added seven weeks of eligibility beyond the standard maximum of 26 weeks and 13 more provided by the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (EUC08).

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KU Chancellor to Step Down

Posted: 12/08/2008 - KU Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway announced Monday he will be stepping down on June 30, 2009.

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Kansas Health Officials Urge Flu Shots

Posted: 12/08/2008 - For the first time, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment this year is recommending that anyone in Kansas aged 6 months through 18 years be vaccinated.

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Tribune Co. Files For Bankruptcy

Posted: 12/08/2008 - The Tribune owns the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise, as well as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Sun of Baltimore, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, six other daily newspapers and 23 television stations.

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Analyst Predicts Job Cuts for Sprint

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Sprint Nextel has struggled since acquiring Nextel in 1995 as technical problems, ineffective marketing and poor meshing of the two companies have led to massive subscriber losses.

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Statehouse Renovation Bonds Not Approved

Posted: 12/08/2008 - The Capitol Restoration Commission agreed Monday not take any action on additional bonds for the project. The commission oversees the renovation project when the Legislature isn't in session.

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Leavenworth Majors Devising Afghan Strategies

Updated: 12/08/2008 - Using unclassified information, the group of about three dozen majors at Fort Leavenworth are working on strategies that could be used to fight a resurgent Taliban and other terrorist groups.

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Studies show dogs have sense of fairness

Posted: 12/08/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- No fair! What parent hasn't heard that from a child who thinks another youngster got more of something? Well, it turns out dogs can react the same way. Ask them to do a trick and they'll give it a try. For a reward, sausage say, they'll happily keep at it. But if one dog gets no reward, and then sees another get sausage for doing the same trick, just try to get the first one to do it again. Indeed, he may even turn away and refuse to look at you.

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AP IMPACT: More are getting away with murder

Posted: 12/08/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Despite the rise of DNA fingerprinting and other "CSI"-style crime-fighting wizardry, more and more people in this country are getting away with murder.

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OJ Simpson transferred from Vegas to Nevada prison

Posted: 12/08/2008 - LAS VEGAS (AP) -- O.J. Simpson was transferred Monday from jail to a Nevada state prison to begin serving nine to 33 years for his felony convictions in a gunpoint confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers, a state corrections official said. Simpson, 61, arrived at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Suzanne Pardee said. The all-male medium security prison, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas, has 3,000 beds and serves as the intake center for all new southern Nevada prison inmates.

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AP Interview: Marines will shift to Afghanistan

Posted: 12/08/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- There is a growing consensus among defense leaders to send a substantial contingent of Marines to Afghanistan, probably beginning next spring, while dramatically reducing their presence in western Iraq, the top Marine general told The Associated Press on Monday.

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AP IMPACT: More are getting away with murder

Posted: 12/08/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Despite the rise of DNA fingerprinting and other "CSI"-style crime-fighting wizardry, more and more people in this country are getting away with murder.

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Pakistan arrests suspected Mumbai attack plotter

Posted: 12/08/2008 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Troops raided a militant camp and arrested a suspected mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan's first reported response to U.S. and Indian demands for action against alleged plotters on its soil, officials said Monday. The arrest in Pakistani Kashmir of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi could signal the beginning of a wider crackdown aimed at reducing tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors and satisfying Washington.

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AP NewsBreak: Marines faulted for truck delays

Posted: 12/08/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Marine Corps left troops in Iraq vulnerable to deadly roadside bombs by failing to answer an urgent request from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, according to an internal Pentagon investigation obtained by The Associated Press.

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