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Open Streets ICT is returning for a third year on Sunday.

Saharah Small is with Visual Fusion, which provides marketing for Open Streets. She says the event brings residents of all ages together for fun and community-building.

Small says people go to “iconic areas in Wichita to really see how everyone talks to each other, how different people communicate with each other [and] how different cultures might even come together.”

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The Catholic Diocese of Wichita says an independent audit has substantiated sexual abuse allegations involving minors against nine priests.

The diocese released the report today following a review of more than 1,300 files by the Wichita law firm Fleeson Gooing. Many dioceses in the state and around the country have issued similar reports. Of the nine priests involved, six died after being removed from the ministry. The other three were removed in the 1990s. Seven of the nine were ordained in the 1950s or earlier.

TOPEKA, Kansas — When Gov. Laura Kelly signed a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas this week, she hailed the culture and diversity that Latinos bring to the state. She also gave a serious warning. 

If the state’s 350,000 Latinos don’t take part in the 2020 census, she said, Kansas could lose federal money and, potentially, representation in Congress.

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Staff at the Sedgwick County Zoo gathered this morning to watch as crews demolished the zoo’s second-oldest building.

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The second round of community engagement events for the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan process is next week.

The Urban Explorations events on Sept. 24-25 provide a chance for Wichitans to take part in a walking tour along the riverfront and learn about some of the proposed plans and ideas the design committee is discussing. A question-and-comment session will follow each tour.

Susie Santo is president of Visit Wichita and a member of the planning committee. She says community interaction and feedback is essential to help the plan move in the direction that Wichita wants. 

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Wichita State University is partnering with Kansas State University to start a satellite nursing program at K-State.

The partnership addresses the rising need for registered nurses in Kansas.

Wichita Public Library

The kickoff for Big Read: Wichita, the community-wide reading event, is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Advanced Learning Library.

The opening event, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., will include a nature photography exhibit by Roy Wenzl; a mime performance by Wichita State University’s Alithea Mime Troupe; chamber music, and a readers' theater presentation.

The book chosen for this year's Big Read is "Lab Girl," a memoir by Hope Jahren. 

FORT SCOTT, Kansas — On a hot June day, as the Good Ol’ Days Festival was in full swing, 7-year-old Kaidence Anderson sat in the shade with her family waiting for a medevac helicopter to land.

A crowd had gathered to see the display pre-arranged by staff at the town’s historic fort.

“It’s going to show us how it’s going to help other people because we don’t have the hospital anymore,” the redheaded girl explained.

Ken Burns is to contemporary television what baseball is to contemporary sports: a vestige that remains relevant, no matter that there are gadgets and gizmos galore competing for our attention. Just as families once flocked to the box on Sunday nights to see Ed Sullivan introduce the most exciting entertainers of the day or others gathered around the tube to witness historic programs such as Roots, so too do we find occasion to hunker down and dig into a new Burns series every now and again and learn something more about America's cultural heritage.

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Hattie McDaniel is best known as the first African-American to receive an Academy Award. The actress and radio performer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her image is on a U.S. postage stamp.

Still, most people aren’t aware that McDaniel was born here, in Wichita. 

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