Each year you ask us for a list of the naughty and nice in Wichita, and each year we comply. But it's not easy. Did the Wichita school board break its word and abandon an inner-city neighborhood when it voted to close Southeast High, or just make the best use of public money? Was Wichita State's firing of Gene Stephenson ungrateful or long overdue? Do the Koch brothers bring welcome attention or notoriety to Wichita?
We'll bypass those and pass judgement on easier matters. You'll notice there are twice as many nice as naughty folks, because that's just the kind of place Wichita is.
Wichita 2013 Police Officer of the Year Nate Schwiethale, who helped create the three-officer Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). So far the unit has found places for 100 homeless people to live, and jobs for another 25.
Wichita State professor Erach Talaty, who gave $2.2 million to the school's chemistry programs, where he started teaching in 1969. Talaty died in June at age 86.
A 32-year-old man burglarized a house in south Wichita, then crashed his truck into the same structure while running from police.
The WSU men's basketball team, which electrified the whole city while reaching the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1965. The women's team did pretty well, too, reaching the tourney for the first time ever.
The organizers of League 42, a nonprofit established to bring baseball to disadvantaged youths in Wichita's inner city (and named for Jackie Robinson). An introductory camp was held this fall; games are to start next summer.
Inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail used so much toilet paper $100,000 a year, according to Sheriff Jeff Easter that Easter limited them to one free roll of the stuff a week (after which they are charged $1.18 per roll).