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by Cindy Klose | March 28, 2011
There may be a hidden message in your friend's Facebook posting.  A new study says signs of depression may be found in status updates.  Check out the story here and keep an eye on your friends!
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By Cindy Klose | March 27, 2012
If you have a question for a business, reaching out through Facebook may not be your best option.  A survey of retailers looked at how quickly businesses respond to a posting on their Facebook page, and found a quarter of the companies didn't respond at all. Researchers say it's an untapped opportunity for customer service with 850 million Facebook users.  Read more here and remember, we do answer your...
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By Cindy Klose | October 4, 2012
You may look forward to seeing how your friends react to a Facebook post,but what if you could feel it? The "Like a Hug" vest promises to do that. Developed at the MIT Media Lab,the vest interacts with Facebook, and every time someone likes your photo, video or status, the vest inflates...sort of giving you a hug. Sounds crazy, but maybe that's where we're headed? Check it out here and  let me know your thoughts.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | January 24, 2011
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department now has a facebook page. Officials with the department say using the social networking website should help them increase their voice in the community. The site will include safety bulletins, news, pictures, most wanted, upcoming events and historical information. To friend the department, search for Sedgwick County Sheriff on Facebook. Their profile picture features a department badge. Don't forget to become a fan of KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Facebook to keep up with the latest headlines or let us know what you think of a story.
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October 22, 2013
Facebook has stirred up a storm with a controversial decision to lift a ban on violent videos, including beheadings. A temporary ban on graphic content was imposed in May following complaints about videos which depicted people being decapitated. But now the company has relaxed its stance. It will allow violent content such as beheadings to be published, provided the intent is to raise awareness rather than celebrate violence. The change in policy, first reported by the BBC, drew a wave of protest from Facebook users and others on Twitter, who point out that Facebook allows users as young as 13. Facebook still prohibits nudity, drug use and pornography.
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by Jennifer Searle | November 1, 2010
The ReNewton Project wants those living in Newton and North Newton to get on Facebook and give your opinion of what you'd like to see in the communities. The ReNewton Project brands itself as "Two Cities.  One Community. " The organizers says residents should voice their opinions and concerns regarding the region's new comprehensive plan.  The plan will guide leaders in decision making over the next 20 years. Over the next few weeks, downtown revitalization, preserving community character, transportation innovations and sustainability will be discussed on Facebook.
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By Cindy Klose | March 29, 2012
Researchers warn-you may want to cut your Facebook time. A new study finds people who use the social media site are harder on themselves when it comes to how they look-75% were unhappy with their bodies. Researchers say Facebook makes it easier to criticize yourself or compare yourself to others. They fear it will trigger more problems like eating disorders. The research was done by mental health researchers affiliated with an eating disorders clinic.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 24, 2012
Wichita police say a 17-year-old student slapped a teacher...over computer use Thursday afternoon. According to police, a 17-year-old male student at Riverside Academy on W. 11th Street was on Facebook.   A male teacher told him he couldn't be on Facebook.  The student then took the teacher's glasses off and slapped him on the face. The teacher was not seriously hurt. No word on what charges, if any, the student faces.
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By Cindy Klose | May 9, 2012
Have you ever noticed how you feel when you post on Facebook or send a tweet? New research says, when we share information about ourselves-it activates a pleasure sensation in the brain, like we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. The Harvard study looked at whether we get that feeling because we're talking about ourselves, or we like having an audience for our stories. Check out the research here and enjoy your sharing.
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By Michael Schwanke and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 7, 2012
A Kansas school district says it just learned a lesson on how to handle school threats. Viewers called FactFinder 12 after the Augusta School District used Facebook to tell parents about a threat made and to reassure them everything was safe. For many parents and students it only created more worry.    “Everybody is talking about it,” says Chelsea Danler whose step brother is in Augusta Middle School. The Augusta School District says it learned a lesson.
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October 22, 2013
Facebook has stirred up a storm with a controversial decision to lift a ban on violent videos, including beheadings. A temporary ban on graphic content was imposed in May following complaints about videos which depicted people being decapitated. But now the company has relaxed its stance. It will allow violent content such as beheadings to be published, provided the intent is to raise awareness rather than celebrate violence. The change in policy, first reported by the BBC, drew a wave of protest from Facebook users and others on Twitter, who point out that Facebook allows users as young as 13. Facebook still prohibits nudity, drug use and pornography.
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by Ryan Johnson and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 30, 2013
A deadly house fire in Hutchinson last week has been ruled as arson, killing a mother and her daughter. The son, 14-year-old Sam Vonachen, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson. A Facebook friend of his contacted us about some messages the teen posted on the day of the fire. The posts might give us a better idea of the timeline of what happened, and what was going through his mind on that day. Click here to see Sam Vonachen's Facebook posts the day of his arrest Just after midnight, fire crews were called out to the fire at the Vonachen home.
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by Jim Grawe and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 25, 2013
Facebook users make a new friend--a feathered one. Kathy Inlow discovered a half-grown heron in the yard of her rural Sedgwick home.  She says he was squawking in pain from a shattered wing. Inlow captured the bird and took him to the Hutchinson Zoo.  The vet said the bird would need a $300 operation to amputate the wing.  But the zoo had no money in the budget for that. "He was so strong," Inlow says.  "He was a fighter.  He wasn't going to die, and I just couldn't stand to see a strong, vibrant animal euthanized.
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By Cindy Klose | August 2, 2013
How do you feel about getting even through Facebook? A bar in Reno, Nevada posted a photo of a man it said skipped out on a $100 tab.  That was just the start of the trouble for Saul Zelaznog, as other bars chimed in that he owned them money too.  The post called him uncool, and a serial tab-skipper.  Zelaznog is now in custody and promising to make good on his debts.  Read more here .
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by Anne Meyer and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 22, 2013
emium_video/vid_mobile.php?myexp=myExperience104501681&vidid=76757670' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen> Facebook helps Hutchinson business find stolen trailer
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By Jade DeGood and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | June 2, 2013
Three storm chasers were killed by a deadly EF3 tornado Friday in El Reno, OK. Tim Samaras, a well known veteran to storm chasing, was among those killed. He has been chasing for over three decades. Those who knew him well describe him as "cautious" and "one of the best in the world". Samaras founded the group Twistex, which stands for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in/near Tornadoes Experiment. According to the group's Facebook page, "The primary research objectives of TWISTEX involve achieving a better understanding of tornado formation, maintenance and decay processes and gaining insight and knowledge of the seldom sampled near-surface internal tornado environment.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | April 16, 2013
A member of the Phelps family is denying claims that hactivist group 'Anonymous' took over the Westboro Baptist Church Facebook page. The Topeka-Capital Journal reports 'Anonymous' brand-jacked the page as a hoax. Shirley Phelps-Roper said WBC doesn't have a Facebook page. "There are so many fake Twitter and Facebook accounts that it keeps the anonymous groups busy trying to figure out who's hacking who," she told the newspaper. News of the rumor spread quickly through social media Tuesday after Anonymous threatened WBC when the group announced plans to picket any services for the Boston bombing victims.
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KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 14, 2013
A Swedish clothing store has sparked a social media storm after displaying full-figured, curvy mannequins. A blogger took a photo of the plus-sized H&M mannequins dressed in skimpy lingerie. The department store models displayed bigger busts, softer stomachs, and larger thighs than traditional mannequins. The photo was posted on Facebook and caused a controversy. It had more than 50,000 likes and 15,000 shares Thursday night. Modern-day mannequins have long been scrutinized for their tiny size 4 proportions, since the average woman wears a size 14. H&M said the clothing retailer installed the realistically shaped mannequins to show their customers what clothes really look like off the hanger.
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By Michael Schwanke and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 28, 2013
A 28-year-old Wichita man was arrested for impersonating an officer on his Facebook page. Police say he claimed to be a Wichita officer under the occupation section of his page. He was reported after police say he made derogatory comments on-line.  When police investigated they quickly learned the man was not an officer. Police Lt. Doug Nolte says it's illegal to impersonate an officer, even on social media.
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by Brian Heap and Factfinder 12 Investigator | February 4, 2013
Customers who stopped at the Jiffy Lube near 21st & Woodlawn in Wichita were surprised to find the doors locked Monday.  The oil change shop is temporarily closed while the company looks into an incident last week involving a customer and an employee. According to a Wichita police report, the customer claims the employee used profane language  and threatened him.  In a posting to Facebook, the customer also said he was repeatedly called a racist name. Jiffy Lube's Facebook page was buzzing over the weekend with hundreds of people urging the company to take action.  Jiffy Lube wrote the store was closed and an investigation was underway.  It later posted the owner of the Wichita franchise had fired the employee.
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