TOPEKA, KANSAS – Linda Brown, the Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76. Topeka's former Sumner School was all-white when her father, Oliver, tried to enroll the family. He became lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court that ended school segregation. Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka confirmed that Linda Brown died Sunday afternoon. Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president of The Brown Foundation, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal.
FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, center, asks a question to the state as they make their arguments in front of the Kansas Supreme Court, in Topeka, Kan. The judges are threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday, May 27, 2016, on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP File) MANDATORY CREDIT The Associated Press
The recent actions of a McDonald's employee in Kansas are leaving a bad taste in the mouths of police officers and their supporters. A Topeka employee at the fast food chain has been fired and is currently facing criminal charges after local law enforcement say the worker put mustard in an officer's beverage. On Friday, an officer with the Topeka Police Dept. says he went through the McDonald's drive-thru at the 2000 block of NW Topeka Blvd. The officer--who has not been named--said his drink tasted funny and lifted the lid to find what appeared to be mustard squired inside, reports 13 NEWS. On Sunday, Kansas Going Blue posted a picture of the tainted drink on its official Facebook page.
Roe v. Wade protesters rally on the steps of the Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Roe v. Wade protesters rally on the steps of the Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. State Representatives and Senators stand with organizers of a protest against Roe v. Wade on the steps of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., as hundreds converged on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Abortion opponents expressed optimism Monday that President Donald Trump's early months in office would advance their cause as hundreds converged on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Anti-abortion supporters Marian Rumley, Taylor Miller and Sophie Caticchio from Minnesota listen to speeches at the National March for Life rally in D.C. on Jan. 22, 2016. Trump, inaugurated Friday, has promised to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court with what he has called a "pro-life" justice and has said he would sign anti-abortion measures approved by the Republican-controlled Congress. Even as GOP governors and legislatures enacted a raft of new anti-abortion laws over the past decade, the movement faced a big obstacle from Democrat Barack Obama's eight years as president. "I have high expectations," said Karin Capron, a 69-year-old retired chemist from the Kansas City suburb of Mission who has been active in the anti-abortion movement for more than four decades. "The more hear about him (Trump), the more I think he can be very helpful to the pro-life movement."