The Kansas City Star’s publisher is apologizing for printing an opinion piece that suggested women can reduce the risk of being raped by not drinking too much. Many readers felt the piece amounted to victim blaming and blasted the paper through social media and other outlets. In the apology posted on the paper’s website, Publisher Tony Berg wrote that, in retrospect, he never should have published the piece by a schoolteacher and author and one of the guest contributors to the paper’s “Midwest Voices” column.
A sheriff in southern Kansas says calm has been restored after dozens of inmates created a disturbance that included flipping over tables and breaking security cameras. The Butler County Sheriff says the incident began after lunch yesterday when 57 inmates complained about the food and refused to go back to their cells. A door was barricaded but officials were able to get in regardless. Nobody hurt.
Two people are dead following a motorcycle crash in southern Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a motorcycle was eastbound outside Meade when it tried to make a turn and the driver lost control and hit a sign. That happened early Sunday. The man from Meade and woman from Russell were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Crews in Wichita search for a man who was reported missing while kayaking in the Arkansas River. Wichita Fire Department crews started the hunt Saturday night, trying to find that man from Garden Plain. He had been scheduled to enter his third year of theology study at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Police believe they’re ready for the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy protests that led to nearly 2700 arrests outside clinics providing abortions in Wichita. A fundamentalist Christian organization is organizing a similar protest starting Saturday and running for a full week, with the police department assigning as many as 150 officers to the operation.