Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KCKCC athletes donate blood at mini blood drive

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- For the first time, blood drives were held on both the Kansas City Kansas Community College main campus as well as KCKCC-TEC, a plan that worked out well for the student athletes at KCKCC and the Community Blood Center.

“The athletes and nursing students are our biggest supporters when it doesn’t conflict with their practices, games or nursing clinicals,” said Linda Sutton, director of student activities at KCKCC. “Valerie Stambersky (women’s basketball coach at KCKCC) contacted me and asked if the time could be extended because her team wanted to donate, but had missed the time (on the main campus) because of practice.”

In addition to Stambersky, Sutton said KCKCC Baseball Coach Steve Burleson had sent me an e-mail stating that his team could not donate because they had a game on the original day of the blood drive.  After speaking with the Community Blood Center and discovering that it was not possible to extend the day beyond the allotted time, Sutton said they came up with an alternative day, Oct. 17.

“The mini blood drive was a huge success,” she said. “The athletes donated 24 units (of blood) in a three-hour period.”

During the Oct. 15 blood drive, KCKCC collected 53 units, bringing the combined donations of the main campus and the student athletes to 77 units of blood. Sutton said the goal for the main campus was 54 units. The total units from the TEC are not yet available.

“The college has partnered with the Community Blood Center for over 35 years because they are the main provider of blood for the 75 hospitals in the area,” Sutton said. “They (the Community Blood Center) were impressed that our athletes would spend their Friday afternoon donating blood.”

Sutton said she is thankful to all of the coaches, athletes and the entire KCKCC Athletic Department for stepping up to donate “life-saving blood.”

“Also, a big thank you to Jeff Sixta and the Buildings and Grounds staff for their quick setup and getting the room ready for the mini blood drive,” she said. “And most of all, we were proud to dedicate these blood drives to Kelly Fehlhafer, who is currently receiving platelet transfusions. Kelly is the wife of Tom Fehlhafer who works at the TEC campus.”

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC: Eastbound K-10 at Lexington Avenue

Kansas Department of Transportation

Eastbound K-10 at Lexington Avenue will be closed to all traffic for emergency pavement repair work beginning at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22 and will reopen to all traffic at 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, October 23, weather permitting.

Due to the bridge repair work underway at Lexington Avenue, eastbound K-10 traffic has been shifted partly onto the left shoulder and the shoulder pavement has not held up to the increased traffic.

The one open lane, the left lane, must be closed so that crews can safely complete pavement repair work on the left shoulder which buts up to the left lane edge.

During the overnight roadway closure, eastbound K-10 traffic will detour via Lexington Avenue exit, north on Lexington Avenue to Kill Creek Road, south on Kill Creek Road back to eastbound K-10. Drivers should expect only minor delays during the overnight closure.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online any time at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and  the Kansas Turnpike Authority urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

The overall bridge project is scheduled to be completed in early December 2014, weather permitting.

Bishop Ward soccer having record season

Courtesy of Bishop Ward High School

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Bishop Ward is thirsty for more soccer after last year’s regional title.

“Eight wins in the first ten games is unprecedented in the last decade of Ward soccer,” commented Coach Dan Shaver. “We have a chance to finish the season with double-digit wins and a winning record for the first time in my tenure at Bishop Ward.” With excitement brewing at the school it will be interesting to see how far the Cyclones will go!

“After our quarterfinal berth last season, the boys returned this season with playoff experience and a hunger for a state championship,” said Coach Shaver.

This year’s team is also experienced with twelve seniors leading the team. Coach Shaver credits this for allowing the team to “click” early on in the season and providing the leadership the team needs to move forward.

“This season is going very well. The hard work we have put into practice is showing on the field,” Cyclone senior, Mark Lopez said. “Thanks to Coach Shaver really pushing us to do our best, we are really trying our very best.”

According to Coach Shaver, he is not the only one doing the pushing, “We have a lot of returners that have pushed their teammates to remain focused game after game, especially in our stretch run.”

The Cyclones have a tough schedule coming up. When asked how they plan to finish the season, Mark Lopez said, “Strong! We need to work harder than ever to finish off the season strong.”

Coach Shaver mentioned they have a motto that has carried them through the season, “the most important game is the next game; we don’t look too far ahead, but instead just focus on beating the team in front of us.”

This has gotten the team through the season, and Coach Shaver and the rest of the school hope that this will propel the Cyclones through another regional championship run and beyond.

The Cyclones are currently 8-5-0. Their next game is Senior Night on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 PM against Washington at Bishop Ward High School.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kansas City restaurant owner pleads guilty to harboring foreign workers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A man who owned Chinese restaurants in Olathe and Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to employ and harbor workers who were in the United States illegally, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Three other defendants also pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The following defendants entered guilty pleas:

  • Wei Liu, 41, Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain. He was the owner of Wei’s Super Buffet on South Strang Line Road in Olathe, Kan., as well as Wei’s Super Buffet No. 2 on Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Xiang Liu, 36, Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. She was Wei Liu’s wife, and she helped manage the business.
  • Huiqing Liu, 25, Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud. She is Wei Liu’s sister.
  • Bin Liu, 40, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. He lived at Wei Liu’s residence in Olathe.
A fourth defendant, Huiming Liu, 43, was sentenced Monday to time served, which was approximately 10 months.

She pleaded guilty to one count of failing to depart from the United States after being ordered to do so. She is Wei Liu’s sister.

In his plea, Wei Liu admitted that he employed at least 12 illegal aliens at his two restaurants. He paid them in cash and provided housing for them without charging them for the housing.

The defendants, who will be scheduled for sentencing at a later date, are facing the following penalties:
  • Wei Liu faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Xiang Liu faces a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Huiqing Liu faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Bin Liu faces a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Grissom commended the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kansas Department of Labor, the Missouri Department of Labor and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask for their work on the case.

My Shelf to Yours Book Sale to assist KCKCC students

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The My Shelf To Yours Book Sale is returning to Kansas City Kansas Community College next week, raising funds for students on campus.

The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 30 and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.

All books will be $1 or seven books for $5. All proceeds will be placed into a student scholarship fund for textbooks and tuition for those in financial need.

In addition, there will also be beverages and snacks for sale as well as fashion jewelry and other local vendors. Those who attend the book sale and purchase at least $5 worth of items will be automatically entered into a raffle for a KCKCC Bookstore Certificate.

My Shelf To Yours at KCKCC was created in 2010 as a way to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both on-line and on-ground. As of July 2014, My Shelf To Yours has received more than 45,500 donated books and assisted more than 260 students with textbooks.

Any unsold book donations from the sale will be donated to local charities and organizations.

For more information on the My Shelf To Yours Program at KCKCC, call 913-288-7228 or e-mail myshelftoyours@kckcc.edu.

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC: MoDOT prepares for World Series traffic, urges early arrival

KANSAS CITY, KAN.  – World Series traffic congestion can be expected around the Truman Sports Complex, particularly along I-70 and I-435 from midday Tuesday throughout the early evening.

MoDOT urges baseball fans heading to the game to leave in plenty of time to ensure you are parked and in your seat by the 7:07 p.m. start of Game 1.

A sell-out crowd combined with the usual afternoon rush hour traffic can lead to backups and delays for those who are accustomed to normal game-day traffic. MoDOT and Kansas City Scout will do their part to help.

Motorists are urged to check up to the minute traffic conditions online before heading out by going to www.modot.org and clicking on the Traveler Information Map, and also to www.kcscout.net for the latest information on delays and congestion. Scout message boards along major routes will help alert motorists to any potential problems.

MoDOT’s Motorist Assist will be out in force to help stranded motorists get back on their way and move stalled vehicles out of the roadway.

MoDOT is working with local law enforcement to make sure there are no abandoned vehicles on major highways in the metropolitan area in the hours leading up to game time.

Community invited to 40th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Wyandotte County mayors, in cooperation with Wyandotte County Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, are hosting the 40th annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 a.m.   Seating begins at 6:45 a.m.

The breakfast buffet and program will be held at the Reardon Convention Center at 500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Tickets are $20 per person.

All ticket reservations must be paid in advance. To purchase tickets, reserve a table of eight, or to inquire about a company sponsorship, please call 913-371-3070 and ask for Cecelia.

Emanuel Cleaver, II, who is now serving his fifth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, will offer the keynote motivational speech at this year’s breakfast.

Because of Congressman Cleaver, Missouri’s Fifth District is home to the only city in the nation with the distinction of having the National World War I Museum and Memorial, farmers and ranchers throughout the district now have more freedom in choosing who works in the family business, and the Congressman has been recognized across the country for his efforts to bring cooperation, common sense, and civility to Washington in the sea of political partisanship, dysfunction, and debilitating delays.