Tuesday, August 25, 2015

KCKCC home volleyball opener Wednesday

By ALAN HOSKINS

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College will open the 2015 home volleyball season Wednesday night in the first of just three home contests in the first month and a half of the season.

Neosho County will be the opening foe in a Jayhawk Conference contest starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Blue Devils are only home twice in September, against Allen County Sept. 16 and Cowley Sept. 30 before playing three of their final four games at home in mid-October.

The Blue Devils ran into a buzz saw of national ranked Division II powers in their opening tournament at Johnson County Friday and Saturday.

Ranked No. 15, KCKCC opened with a come-from-behind 16-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-22 win over No. 13 Kirkwood but then fell to No. 12 Johnson County 25-19, 25-17, 25-20.

The Blue Devils were swept on Saturday. Lincoln Land, which received votes in the national poll, rally from a 25-21 opening loss for 25-23, 25-19 and 25-14 wins. Cowley College, the No. 3 ranked team in Division II and third place finisher in last year’s national tournament, swept the Blue Devils 25-21, 25-14, 25-24 in the final.

KCKCC to host Women’s Equality Day event

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas City Kansas Community College is hosting Women’s Equality Day later this month.

The event is from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 in Room 2325 on the Lower Level of the Jewell Center. It is free and open to the public.

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the granting of women to vote in the United States. First proposed in 1878, women known as suffragettes worked for more than 40 years to gain equal voting rights. Some would try to pass suffrage acts in individual states; others organized parades, vigils or even hunger strikes. New York was the first state to adopt women’s suffrage in 1917.

After that, President Woodrow Wilson changed his position and started supporting a woman’s right to vote. Other politicians soon followed his lead. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law, and since 1972, every president has issued a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day.

“Many people don't know how much some women sacrificed to win the right to vote.  Some were imprisoned, protested through hunger strikes and were force-fed. One woman sacrificed her life for the cause of women's suffrage,” said Jennifer Gieschen, coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center at KCKCC. “Many people don't know that women had been fighting to win the right to vote since the writing of the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y.”

During KCKCC’s Women’s Equality Day event, attendees will have the chance to learn about the history about women’s right to vote as well as the most current legislation. Polly Hawk, assistant professor of English and Women’s Studies at KCKCC, will talk about the history of how women fought for the right to vote and Dr. Valdenia Winn, Professor of History at KCKCC and Kansas State Representative, will give updates on legislation that affect women, families and education. A light reception will follow.

“Women's Suffrage is a fascinating and often much forgotten part of our national history,” Gieschen said. “If people have learned about women's suffrage in the past, they have often forgotten it, or they never learned how difficult, long and passionate the fight for women's right to vote was. The right to vote affects all of us. Everyone is welcome to attend both women and men.”

KCKCC’s Women’s Equality Day event is co-hosted by the Women’s Resource Center of the Counseling & Advocacy Center, the American Association of University Women and the Intercultural Center.

For more information, call 913-288-7193.

Topeka man sentenced for downloading child porn

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 84 months in federal prison for downloading child pornography from the Internet, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Mark A. Hastert, 55, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.

“Consumers of child pornography help create a market and demand for the production of images of sexual abuse and exploitation of real children,” Grissom said. “They contribute to the cycle of abuse and are in part responsible for the harm suffered by children.”

In his plea, Hastert, admitted that the investigation began in September 2011 when a task force with the FBI cyber crime unit in Kansas City, Mo., downloaded child pornography from Hastert’s computer using a file sharing program. Investigators followed an electronic trail to Hastert’s home in Topeka. A forensic examination located 875 images and 58 videos of child pornography on Hastert’s computer.

Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.

Kansas Insurance Department completes review of individual federal marketplace health premium rates

TOPEKA, KAN. ---- After three months of review and discussions with Kansas health insurance companies, the Kansas Insurance Department announced today the completion of the rate review process for companies planning to sell individual health plans on the 2016 federal marketplace in Kansas.

The range of average rate revisions by insurance companies for individual plans is from 9.4 percent to 25.4 percent, which is less than the increases originally requested in May, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Commissioner of Insurance.

Less than five percent of Kansans are affected by the rate revisions, both on and off the marketplace, according to department statistics.

“Many factors contributed to the need for rate increases in 2016,” Commissioner Selzer said. “Guaranteed issue of policies, broad coverage requirements and other federal mandates continue to drive up health insurance costs in Kansas and throughout the country. Additional factors pushing rates up include changes in pharmacy costs and medical costs.”

Additionally, a new company entrant, UnitedHealthcare of the Midwest, Inc., has proposed plans to be sold on the marketplace in 2016. Also proposing to sell on the marketplace are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; Coventry Health & Life Insurance Company; Coventry Health Care of Kansas, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; and BlueCross BlueShield Kansas Solutions, Inc.

These private companies also sell plans outside the government website.

“During the review process our department was able to lower many of the rate increase requests for 2016, saving significant money for Kansas consumers compared to the original requests,” Commissioner Selzer said. “We worked to find the balance between company claims trends and the need to hold down consumer costs.”

This is the first time since the federal marketplace began that insurance companies have had a full year of claims experience on which to base their premium rate revisions. In almost every case, the claims experience has been worse than anticipated, the Commissioner said.

For 2016, a total of 96 plans have been proposed for sale during open enrollment for the Kansas federally-facilitated online marketplace. That number includes 74 individual plans, an increase of 10 individual plan choices from 2015.

Open enrollment begins Nov. 1, 2015, for the 2016 calendar year.

Former Wyandotte Bulldogs great, current NBA coach Larry Drew to be honored in KCK

Press Release:

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners will honor Larry Drew, former professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, during the Commission meeting at City Hall on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 pm.

Mayor Mark Holland will present the former Wyandotte High School standout with a proclamation in recognition of his many achievements during his career. Drew will be visiting his home town this weekend to host an autograph signing event on Saturday, August 29th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Peace and Fellowship Community Church located at 8550 Parkway in Kansas City, KS.

"I will always have a close connection with my hometown of KCK.  This is where I grew up, attended school and made my first connections in life,” says Drew.

“To see someone giving back to our community is a big part of what we value. We’re very grateful for his commitment to his hometown and using his star power to bring awareness to the issues in our community and to lift up the rest of the community is a great gift,” says Mayor Holland.

Due to his demanding schedule with the NBA and raising three children with his wife Sharon, it’s been two years since Drew has visited KCK. He says he’s looking forward to returning home and visiting his home church where his brother, James Drew, Jr., is the pastor.

“My family and I are very close and I always enjoy a home cooked meal from Mom and visiting with my siblings,” says Drew. “I will take full advantage of every opportunity to enjoy my hometown."

After high school, Larry Drew played for the University of Missouri under Coach Norm Stewart from 1976 to 1980. He had a long 10 year career in the NBA, which began when he was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons in 1980. He played one year for the Pistons before coming back home to Kansas City to play for the Kings, which later relocated to Sacramento, CA.

After his playing career, he served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks. He was head coach of the Atlanta Hawks from 2010 to 2013. After his head coaching stint in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Bucks hired Drew as their head coach for a season. He now is currently the assistant coach of the popular Cleveland Cavaliers which is known for the NBA’s star studded player, LeBron James.

“We’re very proud of our native son Larry Drew and all of his accomplishments showing that world class athletes and people come from Kansas City, Kansas,” Holland said.

The public is invited to join the Commission in honoring KCK’s own, Larry Drew, during the Commission meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening, August 27, 2015 at City Hall. 

KCK man pleads guilty to carjacking, pushing woman out of car

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- A Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges he pointed a gun at a woman and pushed her out a driver’s side door before stealing her car, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

John Michael Devosha, 25, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of carjacking.

In his plea, he admitted that on Oct. 22, 2013, was already under federal indictment in another case when he wrecked a stolen pickup truck near 59th and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kan. He abandoned the car and fled on foot in search of another car.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pill to increase women’s sex drive nears FDA approval

Courtesy of University of Kansas Hospital

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Women may soon be able to turn on their sexual desire by taking a pill.

The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of approving filbanserin, a drug that boosts the libido of pre-menopausal women.

Taken daily, the pill treats women suffering from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

But many doctors urge caution, saying the medicine is not for everyone. Danielle Staecker, MD, director of The Center for Pelvic Pain and Sexual Wellness at The University of Kansas Hospital, explains how this medicine is different from Viagra for men, why it’s not for everyone, what it treats and why doctors will need to undergo training before prescribing it for their patients.

Kansas City Chiefs to host Military Appreciation Day at training camp

Press Release

The Kansas City Chiefs will host a Military Appreciation Day at Chiefs Training Camp presented by Mosaic Life Care on Wednesday, August 19 at Missouri Western State University.

The VIP treatment for members of the armed forces comes on the closing day of training camp in St. Joseph and is part of the NFL’s Salute to Service recognition initiative.

In total, approximately 100 servicemen and women representing the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Air National Guard will be in attendance. In addition, 20 international officers stationed at Ft. Leavenworth will be on-hand for the day.

Following the 9:15 a.m. practice, all hosted members of the military will be invited out to the post-practice huddle where Head Coach Andy Reid and the entire Chiefs team will recognize them. Also as part of military appreciation day, Chiefs coaches, players and fans will be treated to a special flyover from a C-130 plane from the 139th Airlift Wing, stationed at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph (weather permitting).

The Chiefs have a long-standing tradition of supporting the men and women of our armed forces. Wednesday’s training camp visit is just one way that the Chiefs organization salutes our servicemen and women and share our appreciation for all the sacrifices that they and their families make on our behalf. In past years, the Chiefs have hosted members of the military in the club’s VIP tent at training camp, but 2014 marked the first time that the club had designated a day as Military Appreciation Day.

Wednesday’s practice begins at 9:15 a.m.