A New Car!

As I previously mentioned, I had an incident with a deer out on US 24 last week that totaled my 2013 Sentra. After having the insurance payout confirmed, it was time to get a car.

The new ride is truly new – a 2019 Subaru Impreza, purchased today from Olathe Subaru.

It is my first truly “new” car and the first car bought new in the Kennedy house in over 30 years.

It’s equipped with all the latest safety bells and whistles – so if another deer crosses my path, I may have a chance of not running into it.

I didn’t get push button start like the Sentra, but it did come with heated seats and all-weather floor mats.

I also wanted to avoid my 4th red car in a row – I went with white.

Next steps: Add this car to the insurance policy ✅, get a K-Tag ✅, and get ready for some car payments.

Parental Advisory: Case Law, Part 2

About a year and a half ago, I posted about a decision of the Kansas Court of Appeals regarding the admission of a defendant’s statements after being pelted with profanities by the arresting officers.

It turns out that the State petitioned the Kansas Supreme Court for review, which they accepted. They released their decision today.

There wasn’t a “warning” in the Supreme Court decision, written by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. There was, however discussion on the profane language and its impact on how the Defendant interacted with the arresting officers.

In addition to throwing out statements the Defendant made after receiving his Miranda warning, the defendant cross-petitioned for review whether statements he made before being read his rights should have been suppressed. The Supreme Court agreed with the defendant on this as well, reasoning that the police had effectively put him in custody when he made those statements and therefore should have been given his Miranda warning sooner.

Justice Caleb Stegall, joined by Justice Dan Biles, disagreed with the suppression of the pre-Miranda statements. Stegall also thought the majority opinion put too much weight on the use of the f-bomb, but agreed that the officer’s statements were coercive in nature to affirm their suppression.

July, 2019 KDOT lettings

I’ve been writing a summary of the monthly lettings of the Kansas Department of Transportation on the aaroads.com forum as a sneak peak of the planned projects that the state is working on. So, I might as well publish them here as well.

Federal-Aid projects:

24-81 KA 4757-01: Intersection improvement at the intersection of Tuttle Creek Boulevard (US 24) and Kimbell Drive in Manhattan. Adding Double left turn lanes from Kimball to westbound Tuttle Creek Blvd. and Double right turns from Kimball to Eastbound Tuttle Creek Blvd. Protected left turns on all legs, with protected/permitted right/turns from eastbound Tuttle Creek Blvd to Kimball (five-aspect) and from Kimball to Eastbound Tuttle Creek Blvd. (double FYA)

106 KA 5145-01: Lighting at six intersections in Atchison, Jefferson, and Douglas Counties

62 U 2330-01: Safe Routes to School sidewalk improvements in Beloit

70-85 KA 5282-01: Pavement marking from Halstead Road to Niles Road near Salina

47-19 KA 4755-01: Intersection improvement at St. Johns Street (K-47) and Ozark Avenue in Girard

59-50 KA 4536-01: Roundabout at the north junction of US 59 and US 160 east of Altamont

78 U 2333-01: Safe Routes to School project in Haven

Federal-Aid county road bridge replacements:

99 C 4924-01: Replacment of the Headwaters Road bridge over Batch Creek northwest of Harveyville.

9 C 4910-01: Replacement of this bridge over Bloody Creek in Chase County

61 C 4916-01: Replacement of this truss bridge on 263rd Street over North Wea Creek near Louisburg.

68 C 4919-01: Bridge replacement 3 miles west of US 283

Non-Federal Aid projects:

75-7 KA 5285-01: Rumble strips Milling on US 75 between Fairview and Sabetha

81-15 KA 5264-01: Milling and overlay on US 81 between the Ottawa/Cloud county line and US 24.

106 KA 5268-01: Crack Sealing on K-28 from K-14 to K-148 and K-148 from K-20 to US 81 in Jewell and Republic Counties

70-32 KA 5276-01: Spot milling and HMA overlay on I-70 near Quinter

160-13 KA 5275-01: Ditch grading on US 160 3 miles west of Ashland

First new page moved to WordPress

I finally got around from moving a page from a Raw HTML page and into the WordPress system.

That page is a minor update to the History of former radio station KAIR in Atchison. The station had left the air on Halloween in 2017 and was never able to return to the air before a statutory one year deadline kicked in. The FCC officially deleted the KAIR licence back in April.

Next up will likely be the Pioneer Radio History front-page.

Truck Parking, Part 2

With the new Truck Parking Information Management System system now in place at the rest areas along I-70 in Kansas, the KTA is now following suit at its service areas

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This sign was installed on Eastbound I-70 heading toward the Lawrence Service Area. Needless to say, the TPIMS has not been activated on the Turnpike just yet. The sign for the westbound approach to the Turnpike will also include information on the Topeka and Emporia service areas.

Administrative note

For several years (and at least three hosting providers) I’ve had a WordPress based blog on this site. Although WordPress is primarily known as a blogging platform, it’s also designed to be complete website back-end.

Although I’m more than familiar with most of the intricacies of HTML, having maintained a personal website for over 20 years (!), not to mention a BS in Computer Science, I figure using an off-the-shelf back end would be a good idea.

The first order of business: move the WordPress front-end to the front-page. That has now been completed. Eventually, I’ll move some of my static pages into the WordPress backend, starting with the Pioneer Radio History and Fan Fiction Stories. This might take a while, as I’m working on other things at the moment, notably the Lawrence Train Show.