North High sets out to prove physics is not just for nerds

Next year, with the blessing of principal Sherman Padgett, North High aims to have at least 80 percent of juniors enrolled in regular, honors or Advanced Placement physics, more than doubling the number of students who will have at least some exposure to the principles of motion, energy, heat, light, electricity and sound.

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Let the holiday shopping begin: When stores’ specials start

More stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day and stretching specials over a weekend rather than a few hours. For those who consider shopping in crowds as part of their Thanksgiving tradition, there’s plenty of bargains to be had, including a $199.99 50-inch Panasonic TV at Best Buy, $2.99 bath towels at J.C. Penney, $5 Fraser wreaths at Home Depot and $33 airfare from Wichita to Phoenix on Allegiant. Restrictions apply.


City has many blessings

Each year puts what President Washington proclaimed the “day of public thanksgiving and prayer” at greater risk from the early onset of Christmas. But this deliciously American holiday still manages to stir up the gratitude as well as the cranberry sauce.

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Child poverty up, welfare down

It’s uncertain how much the welfare policies of the Brownback administration are contributing to the growing poverty rate among Kansas children. But it’s clear that the policies aren’t helping and need to change.

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Republicans don’t want leaders to work with Obama

Though 57 percent of Americans want GOP lawmakers to work with President Obama to get things done, “there is a clear majority of Republicans who have absolutely no interest in seeing their leaders cut deals – large or small – with the president,” wrote Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

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