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Sheila Albers | Optometry During A Pandemic | KC Library's New Director

Andrea Tudhope
KCUR 89.3
More than two years after her 17-year-old son was shot and killed by a police officer outside of the family's Overland Park home, Sheila Albers' fight for change is far from over.

An Overland Park mother's years-long fight for transparency and better police training after the death of her son, how going to the eye doctor is different during a pandemic, and a new director takes over at the Kansas City Public Library.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:03: An Overland Park mom demands for reform two years after her son was shot to death by police.

John Albers was 17 and struggling with mental health issues when an Overland Park police officer shot him to death in 2018. Today, his mother continues to fight for what she says could have kept him alive — transparency and better training for first responders.

Segment 2, beginning at 29:24: How eye doctors are working through the pandemic.

Practicing medicine during a pandemic is challenging for both doctors and the patients, especially in the world of optometry, where eye doctors tend to move in close to patients to examine or operate on them.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:33: A new leader takes over at the Kansas City Public Library.

John Herron succeeds Crosby Kemper III, and takes over at a time when the library's public events and finances have taken a hit. He comes from UMKC, where he was the interim dean of the the College of Arts and Science.

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