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Writers' Weir: A poem by Byron L. Sanford


Life’s not always the way we had planned it. And bade Juneau, Alaska, goodbye. They bought a nice home in Ozawkie. Kansas gardening was soon their life style.

Courtney Calhoun - Clubs' honoree a mentor to younger kids


Courtney Calhoun smiled in awe at what she was holding Monday evening – proclamations from Mayor Eileen Weir and State Sen ...
for being named Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year. “This is the coolest thing ever!”

Parents as Teachers faces devastating cuts


Nancy Keel, director of the Kansas Parents as Teachers Association (KPATA), is having ...
That’s when Parents as Teachers parent educator Paula Weir walked into their lives. Weir provided Conrad with the information she needed and referred her to ...

Some in Independence want to lift city's pit bull ban


Out of all the dogs at the KC Pet Project is Kansas City, there are far more pit bulls than any ...
The ban on pit bulls in Independence is a divisive issue, something Mayor Eileen Weir knows all too well. "People are very passionate about their pets ...

Roundup: Vanguard rallies past Forest


Lake Weir (3-4, 2-0 in District 5A-5) will visit North Marion at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. ST. JOHN 5, ST. FRANCIS 2: At St. John, junior righty Jordan Salamone threw a complete game, allowing 2 hits with 14 Ks. He also was 1-for-3 with a HR. Alex Luscombe (1 ...

CNN's Weir escapes studio for the road


CNN's Bill Weir can thank Anthony Bourdain for all the frequent-flier miles. When Weir left ABC News to join CNN in late 2013, the idea was he would join the long list of people with cable news talk shows. He even did pilots for prospective versions.

CBW Bank Readies Launch of Real-Time Payments


CBW Bank aims for nothing less than to reinvent the bank account. The innovative Weir, Kansas bank (it was the original institution behind BankSimple and Moven, and partners with cryptocurrency firm Ripple Labs on cross-border payments) will formally ...

Jackson and Cass counties: News from around our towns


AREA | Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and Kansas City Councilman Scott Wagner are new members of the Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors. Weir was elected mayor in April 2014 for a four-year term and Wagner represents the 1st District at-large.

Wednesday preview: Eyes on Whitbread, Weir Group earnings and China manufacturing data


003160.KS - news) ), Rex Bionics (LSE: RXB.L - news) , SEGRO (LSE: SGRO.L - news) , St James's Place, Telefonica SA, TSB Banking Group , Vitec Group, Weir Group, BritEGMSAmiad Water Systems Ltd (LSE: AFS.L - news) , Petroceltic International (LSE ...

Small Bank in Kansas Is a Financial Testing Ground


as well as Kansas bank regulators, to buy the bank in Weir. The process began with a seven-page application; regulators responded with 26 pages of questions. In their application, the couple said they wanted to keep the bank in Weir alive, while working on ...

5 family-friendly things to do this weekend in Calgary


March comes in like a lion, then it’s time to take your lambs outside. Here are five things that will keep the gang occupied March 6 – 8. (And don’t forget to spring ahead at 2 a.m. on Sunday.) 1. Aw…

Bob Weir & Jerry Garcia – When I Paint My Masterpiece (Live on Letterman in 1987)


Here’s another great early Letterman clip. It’s 1987. In The Dark had just gone platinum. And Jerry and Bobby play “When I Paint My Masterpiece” with Paul Schaffer and the band. You also get the inter…

Welcome to Weir Tree and Gardening Services!


Thank you for visiting Weir Tree and Garden Services and for more information please click on About.  If you have any questions or would like us to get in touch, please enter them in the “Leave a rep…

This Week in Books 04.03.2015


Welcome to my Wednesday post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week. I’m still not back to full blogging quota so I’m keeping this week’s post short again. Now: The French…

New Shows Put CNN on Top in Cable News


CNN broke out two new original series Sunday night, with both shows scoring ratings wins in their time slots. “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” and “The Wonder List with Bill Weir” won their time…

Bix Weir – Thank You Mr. Buffett…but Can You Answer This Question for Us?


Berkshire Hathaway has their annual meeting today, and if I had an open mic in front of all those shareholders I would ask Warren Buffett the following question: Thank you for taking may question Mr.…

In The Wonder List, CNN’s Bill Weir Brings Wanderlust to Cable News


Bill Weir eats regurgitated kava so you don’t have to. Midway through the first episode of The Wonder List, premiering on CNN Sunday night, a tribe on the island nation Vanuatu is inducting Weir into…

In Review: February 2015


As with all February’s of late it couldn’t decide if it was going to warm up or freeze us to death. It’s honestly been a blur and I can’t really remember if I’ve made much progress in anything but oh …

CNN’s Bill Weir Explores the World’s Threatened Wonders


In a CNN series, a seasoned foreign correspondent and noted filmmaker explore the cutting edge of fast-forward environmental and cultural change.

its always sunny in season 9


Download its always sunny in season 9 10:00 AM PDT 1092013 by Michael O’Connell. 12 ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Gang Sees No Endgame in Sight parlayed it into a mainstream darling — now in…




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President Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro visited Phoenix, Arizona this afternoon to put a spotlight on the recovering housing sector.

Restoring security to homeownership has always been one of the President's top economic priorities, and the results are clear -- the housing market has greatly improved since President Obama took office.

The President’s push for new consumer protections and tough enforcement on abuses have given Americans more confidence in investing in homeownership:

  • Home sales are up.
  • Home building has more than doubled since 2009.
  • Home values have risen for the past three years.

But there's more work to do. Mortgages need to be more accessible and affordable for creditworthy families.

That's why today, at Central High School in Phoenix, the President announced a responsible reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Mortgage Insurance Premium program. The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points, from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent.

The President’s new proposal to reduce the fees associated with buying a home would help first-time homebuyers save an average of $900 on their annual mortgage payment. More people buying homes would also strengthen the market, helping everyone who already owns a home.

In Phoenix today, President Obama explained that homeownership was a dream that should be open to all Americans. Not only will the President’s actions help numerous families realize the American Dream and get a place they can finally call home, but millions of families will save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support and stabilize the housing market recovery.

President Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on housing at Central High School in Phoenix, Az., Jan. 8, 2015. [31]



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Domestic violence in WEIR KANSAS

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

http://www.thehotline.org/

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The Guardian and a warning to WEIR KANSAS: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [6]








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