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HOBOKEN, N.J. - Somewhere in the vast frontiers of Internet radio is a station that plays a selection that very closely resembles the Top 40 music that was played in Topeka on KTOP AM in the late '50s and early '60s. The station is K-LUV Oldies and you can find it in your iTunes program under Library -- Radio - Golden Oldies. I found it by just probing around the stations in the standard iTunes' listing. I zeroed in on it quickly as it gradually dawned on me that it was reproducing my adolescent radio experience in Topeka with remarkable verisimilitude.

SALINA, Kan. - When a Virginia Tech student disappeared at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville last fall, her friends and family turned to social media to find her. A few months later, when a Utah woman went missing, supporters launched what some claimed was the most extensive use of online technology in a missing-person search, enlisting close to 40,000 Facebook and Twitter members in three days. Thus far, neither campaign has led to the two missing women.

Nevertheless, said Claudette Artwick, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Washington and Lee University, another way to assess the success or failure of these efforts is by looking at the media coverage they generate.

In the pre-social-media days, the goal was to get a missing person's photo on television and in the newspaper. Social media now allow friends and family to put that photo in front of millions and millions of eyes with or without the help of traditional media.

WICHITA, Kan. - Abraham Lincoln said, "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."

Unfortunately, recent history has demonstrated that those of us on the receiving end of the cascade of 24-7 information have a tough time ascertaining whether information we receive is factual or a total misrepresentation of the truth. Besides, who has the time to fact check the New York Times, or CNN for heaven's sake?

We get distracted by our jobs. Our families demand attention. Let's face it: questioning the validity of the information we absorb about world events, politics or history is just not "on our radar."

DODGE CITY, Kan. - This afternoon, the Kansas Supreme Court granted an emergency stay, temporarily preventing a subpoena from forcing a Dodge City Daily Globe reporter to answer questions under oath regarding her confidential sources and unpublished notes.

The journalist, Claire O'Brien, was subpoenaed to testify about her reporting of an ongoing murder case in Dodge. She was scheduled to appear before an inquisition in Ford County on Wednesday.

Finally, a Resolution I Can Keep

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Though I've visited KFP frequently, this is my first contribution. I admit to being somewhat intimidated by the quality of work from other contributors but will do my best to deserve being included in their company.

After giving up on resolutions years ago, this year I may have hit on one that I believe to be worth the effort and more importantly, perhaps will prove to be doable.

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