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No. 13 Notre Dame rallies to beat No. 6 Wichita State 67-66

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 04:55

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The list of champions at the Maui Invitational includes some of the best programs in college basketball. Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believed his team belonged up there, too.

Now they are after a gritty comeback against one of the nation’s top teams.

Martinas Geben hit two free throws with 2.3 seconds left and No. 13 Notre Dame rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 6 Wichita State 67-66 in the Maui Invitational championship game on Wednesday night.

“We wanted to have our name up on this wall, we felt our program was one of those programs that deserved to be on the Maui wall here,” Brey said. “I’m thrilled that it is now.”

Notre Dame (6-0) trailed most of the game, but clawed its way back in the second half, using a zone to slow the high-scoring Shockers (4-1) and working the ball inside on offense.

Their first Maui title came with a little luck of the Irish.

One came during their second-half comeback, when T.J. Gibbs banked in a 3-pointer. Another came when Wichita State’s Austin Reaves, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving Notre Dame a chance, trailing by one with 13 seconds left.

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell had a driving layup blocked, but a jump ball followed and the Irish had possession. Geben was fouled by Shaquille Morris on the inbounds play and his first free throw appeared to be headed out of the rim before bouncing back in.

He sank the second one cleanly and Wichita State fumbled away its final possession, sending Notre Dame to its first Maui title in three trips.

“We fight, we give it all every game,” said Bonzi Colson, who finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. “Wichita State hit some shots, but we kept our composure”

The Maui Invitational has a history of marquee matchups in the title game and this one was no different.

Wichita State and Notre Dame were the only ranked teams in the field, a pair of programs loaded with talent, depth and Final Four aspirations.

The Irish flexed their muscles in overpowering their first two Maui opponents, crushing Division II Chaminade and LSU.

The Shockers had a little rougher ride in their opener, needing to rally from 18 down to beat California before rolling over Marquette in the semifinals.

Their meeting in the title game matched two of the nation’s most efficient offenses.

Wichita State happens to be pretty good on defense, too, and muddled things up for the Irish in the early going, denying passes, contesting perimeter shots and clogging the paint on the Irish’s drives.

The Shockers were just as good on offense, building an 11-point lead midway through the first half and going up 37-23 at halftime after making 15 of 30 shots, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

Notre Dame started going inside in the second half and turned to a zone defense, scratching the Shockers’ lead down to 55-50.

“I don’t think we attacked the middle of the zone the best we could,” said Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp, who had 12 points.

Gibbs’ banked-in 3-pointer and a traditional one by Colson made it a three-point game with 5 minutes left.

Trailing all night, the Irish were back in it — and made the most of it with a strong finish and two big free throws.

“I thought it was a great college basketball game,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. “Obviously, I wish it had ended 3 seconds sooner.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Wichita State held its own with one the nation’s best teams, doing it with forward Markis McDuffie still out with a foot injury.

Notre Dame showed a lot of grit in its first real test of the season, fighting its way back to beat a top-10 team.

FINAL PLAY

Wichita State took away the first two cuts on Notre Dame’s final play, but fouled up the last one, leading to the foul by Morris and the free throws by Geben. “One of the last things I said to them was don’t help,” Marshall said. “Guard your man. We take away certain things and we belly-up. We show our hands and we fight screens. Somebody helped, and they were smart and looked for them.”

UP NEXT

Wichita State hosts Savannah State on Tuesday.

Notre Dame plays at No. 4 Michigan State on Nov. 30.

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Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy’s parade

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 04:15

NEW YORK (AP) — New faces and old favorites will fly, float and march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as police go all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.

One of the nation’s biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2 ½ miles of Manhattan with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons. Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” and Chase from the TV cartoon “Paw Patrol” will be among the new balloons Thursday, along with a new version of the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame.

The parade also will feature heavy security, including officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors among the crowds, sharpshooters on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks poised as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street.

“Every year the NYPD has done more to keep this event tonight and the parade itself safer,” Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio told crowds gathered to watch the balloons being inflated Wednesday. “Because we understand we are dealing with a very challenging world. And so the amount of resources and personnel we put in has increased each year to make us safer.”

Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat to the parade, but it comes after a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center killed eight people in October. Weeks earlier, a gunman in a 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room rained bullets on a crowd at a country music festival, killing 58 and injuring hundreds.

New York City’s mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for the Thanksgiving parade and that visitors shouldn’t be deterred. But they’re asking spectators to be alert for anything suspicious.

Police officers will escort each of the giant balloons to help monitor wind speeds and ensure the wafting characters don’t go off course, but winds weren’t expected to climb above 17 mph.

In 2005, a balloon caught an unexpected gust of wind and struck a lamppost in Times Square, injuring two people. Since then, the parade has been accident-free.

The 91st annual parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” plus a dozen marching bands.

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Kansas travel experts talk safety as traffic fatalities near record highs

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 23:18

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thousands of Kansans are traveling by planes, trains and automobiles for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Clint Mefford is from Kansas City and spent his day driving through Kansas while on his way to Stillwater, Oklahoma to see his family.

Mefford, along with his furry four-legged friend, Cutter, say it has been smooth sailing for the most part.

“The roads have been fairly clear, really not much more traffic than usual, but you can tell on the road there are a lot of families traveling,” said Mefford.

Mefford says he also noticed a strong police presence keeping a watchful eye on drivers as they hit the roadways.

“There’s been more state troopers on the side of the road than usual, so there’s a lot of folks that have been minding their speed, more so than usual,” said Mefford.

For those people who are taking road trips today and this weekend, travel experts are trying to make sure everyone stays safe.

Shawn Steward, a Spokesman for AAA Wichita says traffic fatalities are up in Kansas, from this time last year.

“In all of 2016, there were 429 fatalities here in Kansas and as of November 21st of this year, we are already up to 414,” said Steward.

Steward touched on several factors that play a role in the number of traffic deaths.

“There’s excessive speed, which has a big impact on a lot of accidents, distraction is a really big aspect, people on their cell phones, sending texts, checking social media,” said Steward.

Steward urges drivers to be careful, leave some space between the car in front of you, slow down and avoid any distractions, like cell phones.

“The last thing we want to see those fatality numbers going up, especially on this holiday weekend,” said Steward.

It is a sentiment echoed by Mefford.

“Definitely hoping that everyone travels safe, it is definitely on my mind every time I’m out on the road,” said Steward.

Steward says they estimate they’ll rescue 1,500 Kansans and 330,000 people nationwide on roadways over the next couple of days.

If you do get stranded on the side of the road, you can call AAA at 1-800-222-4357.

You can also visit the AAA website at http://www.aaa.com/ 

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Shooting in southeast Wichita leaves security guard wounded

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 21:43

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A shooting in southeast Wichita left one person injured Wednesday night. The incident occurred in the 2100 block of S. Oliver is between East Mt. Vernon and East Pawnee.

A Sedgwick County Emergency Communication supervisor originally said the incident occurred at a smoke shop and a security guard had been shot in the hand.

Wichita Police officers responding to the area immediately began searching for suspects.

Police had closed the intersection of S. Oliver and East Mt. Vernon because of the incident.

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80-year-old Wichita man runs 800 miles

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 21:40

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thanks to a Wichita man 80 years old may be the new 50.

“This Is what a guy looks like after 800 miles,” said Larry Peck.

That was what Larry Peck, 79 at the time, said as he crossed a makeshift finish line in early November. The now 80-year-old had just accomplished his goal of running 800 miles in less than five months. However, Peck’s journey to the 800 miles started long before the summer of 2017.

“I got on the scale one morning and I weighed 194 pounds and I thought ‘wow, that’s too much and I don’t feel good!'” Peck said.

Soon after that Peck, a retired special education teacher, turned to running.

“I just started coming down here to the park and running. The weight started coming off slowly, felt better and just kept it up,” he said.

Peck makes it his goal to run between 2-to-6 miles a day. He admits, it’s was not always an easy task.

“Half walking, half jogging, I’d call it,” Peck said. “I can run 6 miles without stopping, now. I couldn’t run six blocks when I first started.”

As Peck’s workouts got easier for him, he decided to set a new goal for himself.

“I thought, you know, I love to run, so why don’t I just challenge myself to do 800 miles before I’m 80 years old. That was June the 11,” Peck said.

Peck accomplished his goal of running 800 miles in early November. His family welcomed him with signs and balloons as he crossed his makeshift finish line at the Sedgwick County Park.

“It felt good. I was proud to do it and extremely happy that I could finish that in five months because I didn’t know if my body would hold up or not,” he said.

KSN asked Peck’s wife of more than 50 years how she felt about her husband’s running accomplishment.

“I thought how in the world is he going to get this done in five months. That is way, way out of realm, but he did it,” said Val Peck.

Larry Peck kept a log of the miles he ran each day. He said his next goal is to run Route 66 which is about 2,400 miles. If he completes that goal, Peck said he would likely reward himself with some ice cream, his favorite food.

KSN asked Peck if he has any advice for others looking to set and accomplish their goals.

“Just keep going and going,” he said.

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City of Wichita: Cease the grease down the sinks

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 20:30

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Meals around the holidays often involve more prep time and more clean up time. One shortcut people often take could cost the city big time.

City of Wichita deputy director of public works and utilities, Joe Pajor, asks politely: please do not pour your turkey grease down the pipes this Thanksgiving.

Grease cools and accumulates and can cause big blockages.

“This is a busy time of year for these problems to occur and it also varies depending on the area of town,” Pajor said.

Routine maintenance helps keep the sewer problems at bay, but grease can exacerbate these clogs.

“Specifically if people don’t deal with the waste from it properly, they can create problems for themselves and or their neighbors. So if they put things down the drain that shouldn’t go down the drain, there is a potential to create clogs, those clogs will then back up sewage and that sewage will then come out somewhere,” Pajor said.

You can do the math. Wichita typically deals with two blockages per month, but the holidays cause potential for more problems.

Pajor recommends disposing of grease as you would with solid waste, by putting it in a container and throwing it in the trash.

“It’s really pretty straightforward,” Pajor said.

He adds, those two clogs per month are typically caused by residences and not restaurants. Restaurants typically keep equipment on hand to deal with the grease waste.

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Teachman’s Take: Breaking Free From The Chill, Record Highs In Sight

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:33

Temperatures were mixed across the state today.  It was much cooler in central and eastern Kansas than the rest of the state.  While it may not have felt like it, a warm up is already underway.  This is why temperatures overnight won’t be nearly as bitter.

We have a nice long stretch of dry and unseasonably warm temperatures ahead.  All of us will warm even more on Thanksgiving.

And Black Friday shoppers won’t have to load on the layers while standing outside in long lines.  In fact, we will be looking at shattering several records across the state.

How much longer we can hold on to this heat before another cool down tonight on KSN News.  Plus, I’ll have an updated look at holiday travel problems across the nation due to weather as well.  – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman

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Small businesses use personal touch to beat online and ‘big box’ sales

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:23

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – While the turkey and stuffing are stuffed into the fridge on Friday, many will head out to go shopping for sales. Others, still, will go online for bargains.

And while Small Business Saturday is around the corner, some small stores say it’s a daily fight to get customers in the door.

“I restore a lot of jewelry for people,” says Leslie Kinder with Melange Custom Jewelry in Delano. “And the mass marketing game? I play it on a smaller scale.”

Smaller doesn’t mean less effective. It just means more targeted. Kinder says one-on-one attention helps bring people in. She’s been in Delano since 1986.

A lot has changed since the 80’s.

“Facebook, personal touch marketing. I got on Instagram a few years ago and that is a great way to show people, conceptually, what I do,” says Kinder. “I’ve moved all of my slides, the images, onto digital. If people can connect with me then I can show them what I can do.”

And Kinder says a lot of people may not realize what a small store has to offer. Kinder has focused on custom jewelry and it’s keeping her business strong.

“I just have a little niche’ where a lot of other jewelry stores haven’t been able to make it because they sell and buy and it’s tough to compete with the malls right now,” says Kinder. “Just because we don’t have the advertising budget, it doesn’t mean we don’t have the products, you know?”

Down the street at the small business called Bungalow 26, Kelsey Metzinger sells an eclectic mix of candles, tea, notebooks and tiny metal Christmas trees. Metzinger says she fights year-round to get new people in the door, and to keep existing customers coming back.

“Customer service. 90 percent of the time I’m going to be in here,” says Metzinger. “I think it’s customer service and… I think my product selection, I work really hard to keep my product selection different, to keep it fresh, to keep it… things you would have to go to a big city to buy. And a lot of the stuff you want to touch it and smell it. It’s a very sensory experience in here.”

Metzinger said her website helps fight online sales from large retailers. But she, like Kinder, say it’s the personal touch that keeps people coming into their stores. Particularly this time of year when you see so many sales.

“It’s that custom, hands-on, I know what I’m doing. Because I’m a gemologist,” says Kinder. “And I can counsel them on their stones and I can clean and maintain it. And I think that’s what all of us little guys have to do is hone-down and specialize if we are going to stay open.”

Both Kinder and Metzinger say they look forward to Small Business Saturday. While they will turn six or seven times their normal business, they will remain focused on a year-round approach.

“I think engaging them (customers) is definitely part of the process of getting them back as… repeat customers,” says Metziner. “And once I see you twice I probably know what you like. It’s a conscious effort on my part to keep people here. I want them to buy stuff in here. I want to see them. I want to see their families and hear their stories.”

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Missing Wichita man last seen in Ottawa

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:08
(Photo courtesy Ottawa Police Department)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities are looking for a Wichita man who was last seen in Ottawa, Kansas on November 19.

According to a press release from the Ottawa Police Department, Destry Jade Sweet-Crawford, 24, of Wichita, stayed one night at the Days Inn Motel in Ottawa where he was last seen.

He is between 5’4″ and 5’5″ tall and weighs around 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He may have gauged ears but may not have the gauges in.

Destry also goes by the name Greg Bates.

Anyone with information on his location can contact the Ottawa Police Department dispatch at 785-242-1700.

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Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:46

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

Pittsfield police say 65-year-old Joseph Van Wert and 45-year-old Randy Lambach have been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Nov. 29.

Authorities say Lambach recruited drug addicts from Pittsfield, took photos of them, and posted ads on adult websites. Police say he scheduled and drove them to and from meetings with men, kept most of the proceeds, and paid the women in drugs.

Police say Van Wert used his apartment at a senior living facility as a place to conduct the prostitution.

Lambach allegedly threatened to turn the women in if they stopped working for him.

It could not immediately be determined if they have lawyers.

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Law enforcement cracking down on impaired drivers this ‘drinksgiving’

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:34

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thursday is Thanksgiving, but tonight is “drinksgiving.” It’s when students, friends and family are home for the holiday and hit the bars.

From 2012 to last year in Kansas there were 188 alcohol related crashes over the five-day thanksgiving holiday, four of those fatalities.

Troopers know this is the holiday when lots of people will be on the road some traveling and some behind the wheel after drinking. For trooper Joe Middleton, it’s the most deadly time of the year, when people mix alcohol and driving.

“I believe it was two years ago and I went to a crash here in Wichita on a Thursday or on Thanksgiving Day and it was alcohol related,” said Joe Middleton, KHP Trooper.

A severe crash like that is what he and others in law enforcement are trying to prevent this holiday.

With grant money, troopers will be able to spend more time eyeing roads for drunk drivers.

“As many people that are celebrating and having a good time and drinking, we are going to have an especially watchful eye on any drivers that may be impaired,” said Middleton.

Middleton says to plan ahead if you’re going to go out and have a few, so you don’t put yourself and others in danger. But if you do spot a drunk driver on the road be sure to take the appropriate precautions.

“Well certainly you should get away from that person, you don’t want them to crash into you, and then call 911 report it and we will respond,” said Middleton.

Wichita police say they’ll have more units on the road as well, all with the goal of cracking down on drinking and driving this Thanksgiving holiday.

Other alternatives to traveling after you’ve been drinking is to use a ride-sharing company like Lyft or Uber, call a cab, or stay where you are until you’re OK to drive.

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Did you ‘like’ Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:23

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will show users if they followed or ‘liked’ Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won’t show users if they merely saw — or even “liked” — posts from those pages.

Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Congress this month, acknowledging that agents tied to the Russian government used their platforms to try to meddle with the U.S. elections. Facebook has said that as many as 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen ads from the Internet Research Agency.

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Estranged wife of murdered Liberal man arrested

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:10

SHERMAN COUNTY, Texas (KSNW) – The estranged wife of a Liberal man found murdered in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Last week, authorities found 39-year-old Luis Eduardo Moreno from Liberal north of Highway 54 on County Rd 15 along a fence line. He had been missing for weeks.

Today, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Luis Moreno’s estranged wife. Nancy Moreno was taken into custody without incident. She is being held in the Seward County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Investigators from the Sherman County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Seward County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

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Black Friday 2017: Helpful links, store hours and ads

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:00

After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. We have compiled some helpful links.

Black Friday store websites and ads Sears Black Friday 2017 Kmart Black Friday 2017 JcPenney Black Friday 2017 ToysRUs Black Friday 2017 Kohl’s Black Friday 2017 Walmart Black Friday 2017 Target Black Friday 2017 Old Navy Black Friday 2017 Home Depot Black Friday 2017 Dick’s Sporting Goods Black Friday 2017 Costco Black Friday 2017 Lowe’s Black Friday 2017 Sam’s Club Black Friday 2017 Store hours for Black Friday 2017

1. Best Buy

Opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and opens at 8 a.m. Black Friday morning

2. Cabela’s

Opens at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning and opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday morning

3. Costco

Closed all day on Thanksgiving and opens at 9 a.m. on Black Friday morning

4. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday morning

5. JCPenney

Opens at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon and opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday morning

6. Kmart

Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday morning

7. Kohl’s

Opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and remains open all night until Black Friday

8. Sears

Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remains open until 2 p.m. on Black Friday

9. Target

Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday morning

10. Walmart

Opens at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening and remains open until Black Friday

2017’s best stores for Black Friday

Website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best Stores for Black Friday.

WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2017 Black Friday ad scans to identify the stores offering the biggest discounts in various product categories such as “Appliances,” “Jewelry” and “Toys.”

The following are some highlights from the report:

Best Black Friday Retailers (Avg. % Discount) 1 Kohl’s (66.32%) 6 Bealls Florida (52.78%) 2 JCPenney (66.30%) 7 Sears (50.09%) 3 Belk (62.75%) 8 Macy’s (45.58%) 4 Stage (60.82%) 9 Fred Meyer (43.88%) 5 Shopko (55.93%) 10 AAFES (37.25%)

To view the full report and each retailer’s rank click here.

The best Black Friday apps

DealNews scours the web for deals on everything from laptops and shoes to clothing and more. Keep track of special deals, find the best coupons, and even get a few freebies. Sign up for alerts for specific items. And with 300 deals a day vetted by experts, you’ll never have a lack of ways to save. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The app called Flipp – that’s F-L-I-P-P – remains a top choice for many looking for Black Friday deals. The app now features more than 1,000 local circulars – the ads people traditionally have turned to their favorite newspaper to get. The app is free for iOS and Android.

The ShopSavvy app uses your smartphone’s camera to scan barcodes on items and compare prices from different sellers to find the best deal. You can feel confident in the results, too, because ShopSavvy has the scoop on more than 40,000 in-store and online retailers, from Walmart to Amazon. The app is free for iOS and Android.

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Other Black Friday websites

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LINK | Black Friday 2017: Black Friday Ads, Deals, and Sales

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Western’s Weather Wrap: Wonderful Travel Forecast

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:32

After the coldest morning since February 25th, we’re seeing some improvements in Wichita as we head into the afternoon, with lots of sunshine, light winds, quiet conditions, and temperatures climbing towards the 40s.

For the rest of the day, expect continued sunshine, only slightly breezy winds, and cool temperatures with a high around 50 in Wichita, but much milder conditions out west.

No travel concerns across the Central Plains today or tomorrow, but you may run into a few issues in the Pacific Northwest, New England, and Florida, with some heavy rain and a few pockets of a wintry mix possible for those areas.

For Wichita on Thanksgiving, expect a GORGEOUS day: Lots of sunshine, light winds, dry conditions, and mild temperatures soaring into the 60s. Get out and enjoy it!

And if you plan on going shopping on Black Friday, expect even warmer temperatures with near-record highs in the 70s. The only downside will be the return of some gusty winds, so hang on tight to those shopping bags, but enjoy the warm weather!

Get more details on your travel forecast, with a look ahead to our weekend weather, in my latest forecast right here: http://ksn.com/2017/03/08/weather-forecast-discussion/

Have a safe and happy holiday, everybody!

~Katie the Weather Lady

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Police leave fliers on vehicles left running unattended

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:00

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police left fliers on vehicles that were left unattended while warming this morning.

The warming assignment occurred from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. across the city. Police placed 74 fliers on running cars reminding people to not leave their car unattended.

“Take that extra 10 minutes to wait in your vehicle and not become an easy victim by leaving the vehicle warming,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.

Often times, police say if the vehicle is stolen it can be recovered. However, the vehicles often have missing items, or they are damaged.

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Man critically injured in southeast Wichita stabbing

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:06

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to southeast Wichita after a report of a stabbing and a disturbance.

It happened before 11 a.m. in the 3300 block of Sunview. It is located in Oaklawn. When authorities arrived, they found a man in the street with a stab wound. CPR was being performed on the victim. He was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition.

Right now, authorities are interviewing several witnesses to figure out what happened. Capt. Mark Pierce said they have a possible suspect in custody, and they are not looking for anyone else.

Sunview street will be blocked for several hours as the investigation continues.

Authorities responded to a stabbing in the 3300 block of Sunview. (KSN Photo)

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Bills reverse course in having Taylor start against Chiefs

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:52

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott reversed course. Tyrod Taylor will start at Kansas City on Sunday, a week after McDermott’s decision to start rookie Nathan Peterman backfired.

McDermott on Wednesday called his decision to return to Taylor “the right thing for our team,” after Peterman threw five interceptions in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers last week.

Taylor, who is 20-18 in 2½ seasons in Buffalo, was benched after going 9 of 18 for 56 yards through 55 minutes in a 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 12.

Peterman is a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh who became the first quarterback to throw five interceptions in the first half since the NFL merger in 1970. He finished 6 of 14 for 66 yards and was replaced by Taylor to start the third quarter with Buffalo trailing 40-7.

Taylor mopped up by going 15 of 25 for 158 yards, with a touchdown and a lost fumble. He also scored on a 2-yard run.

The Bills (5-5) have lost three straight.

McDermott waited until Wednesday to announce his decision after saying he was still evaluating his options on Monday.

The first-year coach faced heavy criticism over the past week for making what he called “a calculated risk” in going with an unproven rookie at a time the Bills held the AFC’s sixth and final playoff spot. Buffalo is also in the midst of a 17-season playoff drought, the longest active streak in North America’s four major professional sports.

On Wednesday, McDermott shook his head “No,” when asked if he had any regrets about starting Peterman.

He justified his decision to make the switch last week by saying he was doing what he felt was best for the team. And he said the same applied in making the switch back to Taylor.

“I felt like it was the right decision, and right now the best decision for us is to focus on the Kansas City Chiefs,” McDermott said.

“I don’t believe in making irrational snap decisions. I don’t think that’s right,” he added. “But you make decisions and you go with it. And sometimes you learn.”

Taylor has been inconsistent in leading Buffalo’s passing attack, which ranked 28th last week before slipping to 30th this week. His strength is being a dual threat by adding a running option, and protecting the ball.

Taylor has gone 178 for 279 for 1,842 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions and a lost fumble.

Taylor expressed disappointment after being benched a week ago, while suggesting he also had a feeling of being betrayed.

“I don’t agree with the decision, but ultimately coach McDermott has a vision for this team,” Taylor said. “I have to move forward and continue to be a teammate and the leader that I am in a different role.”

The Bills’ defense presents a bigger concern for McDermott. Buffalo has allowed 135 points and a whopping 638 yards rushing during the three-game skid.

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Search resumes for remains of missing at charred senior home

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:26

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Investigators are back at the charred shell of a Pennsylvania senior living community, searching for remains of the last two missing residents who are presumed dead.

The remains of two other elderly residents were found Tuesday.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives returned Wednesday to what is left of Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, just outside Philadelphia.

The fire broke out Thursday night at the senior home. More than two dozen people were injured and 133 residents displaced.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Monday four residents were unaccounted for, including a husband and wife.

None of the missing residents have been identified.

The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Security tight for Thanksgiving parade in terror-wary NYC

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:26

NEW YORK (AP) — Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan.

New York City’s mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for one of the nation’s biggest outdoor holiday gatherings, and that visitors should not be deterred.

“We had a couple of tough months as a nation,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “We won’t ever accept such acts of hate and cowardice as inevitable in our society.”

A posting last year in an English-language magazine of the Islamic State group, which took credit for the Oct. 31 truck attack that killed eight people, mentioned the Thanksgiving parade as “an excellent target.” Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat.

“I want to assure the people that we swore to protect that anytime something happens anywhere in the world, the NYPD works with our law enforcement partners and studies it and we learn from it and it informs our decision making going forward,” O’Neill said.

This year’s security plan includes dozens of city sanitation trucks, which weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand, that will be lined up as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street along the 2 ½-mile parade route stretching from Central Park to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.

In addition, officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors will walk among the crowds, and sharpshooters on rooftops will scan building windows and balconies for anything unusual.

New York officials are also asking the tens of thousands of spectators to be alert for anything suspicious.

“There will be a cop on every block,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan. “Go to that cop and say something.”

The 91st annual parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” ”Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

New balloons added this year include Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, Olaf from the smash movie “Frozen,” and a puppy called Chase from Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol.”

Beyond the pageantry, police say they have been working on security for the parade since the moment last year’s parade ended. It’s a plan that got renewed attention after a terror attack in lower Manhattan Oct. 31, when a man in a rented truck barreled onto a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

Authorities said the 29-year-old suspect operated from a playbook put out by the Islamic State group. Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, was charged with federal terrorism offenses that could qualify him for the death penalty. According to a criminal complaint, he made statements about his allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The first major event since the attack — the New York marathon, which drew tens of thousands of spectators and 50,000 runners from around the world — went off with no problems.

“We said right away New York’s response is to remain strong and resilient,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We do not back down in the face of terror threats. The city is filled with resolve.”

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