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North Overland Park neighborhood rocked by third killing in a week

first_imgThe duplexes at 61st Street and Robinson have seen three murders in less than a week.For the second time in a week, a north Overland Park neighborhood is coping with an act of violence that left someone dead.Police confirmed Monday night that a woman in her 30s died after a shooting in the same block where two young men were killed last Tuesday. The cul-de-sac that makes up the 7800 block of 61st Terrace in Overland Park dead ends at the eastern edge of the Crestview Elementary School property.An 11-year-old girl was injured in the shooting as well, and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Police are looking for a suspect who left the scene in a grey Pontiac Grand Prix. The suspect used a semi-automatic rifle to fire multiple shots into the duplex where the woman was hit around 6:30 p.m.Police say they are investigating whether Monday’s incident had any connection to the shooting last week that killed former SM North student Velik Henderson and Trevon D. Anderson.“We haven’t confirmed anything as far as a connection but it’s certainly the first thing we’re looking at,” said Overland Park Police spokesman Gary Mason.last_img read more

Bag toss win puts Shannon on front row

first_imgEthan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., will start on the pole. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Those California drivers are just as good at bag tossing as they are at wheeling their IMCA Modifieds. Cody Laney will start third, Jordan Grabouski fourth, Randy Brown fifth – making the California drivers 3-for-3 on the day – Kelly Shryock sixth, Jeff Taylor seventh and Jimmy Gustin eighth. Both had won Thursday qualifying features at Boone Speedway. Top four finishers in those events duked it out this afternoon in the Fan Zone to determine the order one through eight in the middle row.center_img D.J. Shannon became the second California speedster to win a front row starting spot in Satur­day’s main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, defeating Nick Roberts in a Friday matchup. D.J. Shannon won his Friday afternoon bag toss matchup with Nick Roberts to earn the middle of the front row starting spot in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at Super Nationals. (Photo by Nick Woolley)last_img read more

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

first_imgNEW YORK | Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: “Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable. Please feel free to leave a gratuity to express your appreciation for their efforts.”Shriver, who founded an organization called A Woman’s Nation that aims to empower women, says many travelers don’t realize tipping hotel room attendants is customary. “There’s a huge education of the traveler that needs to occur,” she said. “If you tell them, they ask, ‘How do I do that?’” She said envelopes make it easy for guests to leave cash for the right person in a secure way.So how much should you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says $1 to $5 per night, depending on room rate, with more for a high-priced suite.Michael Lynn, a professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, says his research shows that “30 percent of people stiff the maid,” while 70 percent said they usually leave a tip.Sorenson noted that housekeepers “are less frequently tipped” than other hotel workers because they do an “invisible task.” In contrast, workers who carry bags, hail cabs and park cars tend to get tipped because they “make a personal connection” with guests, he said.Rosario Rodriguez, who works as a housekeeper at Marriott’s Times Square hotel, says many guests don’t tip and welcomes the envelope campaign as “a good idea.”Jessica Lynn Strosky of DuBois, Pennsylvania, who earns $7.75 an hour cleaning rooms at a hotel that’s not a Marriott, says only 1 in 15 or 20 guests leaves a tip. When they do, it’s a dollar or two; she’s lucky to get $20 a week in tips. “I’ve talked to lots of people who say they don’t know they are supposed to tip,” she said.Unlike waitresses who earn less than minimum wage because tips are expected to raise their earnings, hotel housekeepers are paid minimum wage, and in expensive markets, substantially more. In Washington D.C., Sorenson said, Marriott housekeepers start in the mid-teens per hour.Not everyone applauds the envelope concept. “It is not Marriott’s responsibility to remind customers to tip; it’s their responsibility to pay their workers enough so that tips aren’t necessary,” said author Barbara Ehrenreich, who tried working as a hotel maid for her 2001 book “Nickel and Dimed,” which chronicled her experiences in low-wage jobs.But Scott Lazerson, 42, who lives in Sundance, Utah, said he “had no idea” tipping was customary until his wife told him on a recent trip to Orlando. He said he “feels stupid” for not knowing all these years, and added: “Yes, the hotel industry needs to do a campaign about it.”last_img read more