December 2, 2009
President Barack Obama addresses cadets as he speaks about the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Tuesday. President Obama ordered 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
The home of Dorothy Wight in Burlingame, Kan., was the scene of a triple homicide Saturday evening when Karen Kahler, and her two daughters, Emily Kahler, 18, and Lauren Kahler, 16, were shot to death. Sean Kahler, 10, escaped the house and alerted neighbors. A manhunt ensued and James Kraig Kahler was captured by authorities and indicted on murder charges in Kansas on Monday.
The triple homicide in Burlingame is the second related to domestic violence that has occurred in Osage County in 2009. The house at 212 South Lawrence Road is still vacant after police say a man shot his three children and then set the house on fire, killing himself in January 2009.
The FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Osage County Sheriff's Department and Shawnee County Sheriff's Department take a lunch break Tuesday during their search for the gun that they think was used in the shooting deaths of Karen, Emily and Lauren Kahler.
At Diane's Beauty Parlor in Burlingame, Kan., from left, Bob Thornburgh, Carol Kurtz and Diane Wilkin talk about the recent triple homicide that took place at the residence of Dorothy Wight. "She was a strong woman. She would have tried to defend them. But who knows how quickly it all happened," Dilkin said about Wight. Wight was injured in the shooting which left her granddaughter, Karen, and great-granddaughters, Emily and Lauren Kahler, dead. James Kraig Kahler is charged in the shootings.
December 1, 2009
Cortez King, 15, student at Hickman High School: He does not agree with sending more troops. "I don't want more people dying," King said. In his opinion, the United States should not play a role in Afghanistan. "It's their problem, not ours," he said.
Johnny Northcutt, 51, Salvation Army volunteer: "We need to get over there and get it done and some other countries should help with the war. China should help because all their cars are over here."
D'eray Hall, 20, Stephens College student: Some of her friends are fighting in Afghanistan and she wants the war to end, though she acknowledged it can't be stopped "all at once." "I don't even know what we're fighting for," she said.
Gary Riess, 50, works for the city of Columbia in the Solid Waste Department: "The United States is taking up the role of being the peacekeeper. Since we started that, I guess we have to keep going. It'd be nice if everyone kept the peace."
Mark Haim, 60, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks: He opposes the war and wants all troops brought home as soon as possible, and he expressed concern over the increased economic and psychological costs of military action in Afghanistan. "We are perpetuating a cycle of violence that really needs to be defused," he said.
Laura McKee, Truman Veterans Hospital employee: She said she can see both sides of the issue. “I don’t know. I think it’s a no-win situation," she said. "I don’t have a strong opinion either way because either way, more people will die.”
Matthew Smith, 36, student and former Marine: While he supports the president, and wants the troops to have extra support if needed, he said military troops are not adequately trained to police a country. "If this is going to go on and on, bring them home," he said.
Nick Cundert, 26, student and internal vice president of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association: "It's really about eliminating terrorists and eliminating the threat they have on the Afghanistan community and the U.S. I would hope the idea of sending more troops over there would mean that."
Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey led Murfreesboro's Siegel High School to the Class AAA Tennessee state championship.
Richard Oliver, PhD, is dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.
The basketball court at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium rises above the first rows of seats like a stage.
Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium can give basketball fans the feeling they are watching a game in a theater.
Paul Rolfe is the faculty coalitions coordinator for the student group Coal Free Mizzou.
Ryan Doyle is a Sierra Club organizer with the Beyond Coal Campaign