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'KC Live' Kickoff to Light Up City
March 6, 2008
The long-awaited Power and Light District opens with a kickoff event in the Kansas City Live block at 14th Street and Grand Boulevard. The Cordish Company plans 150 events that include rock, country and...
'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down
June 4, 2010
Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...
100 Years on the Assembly Line
October 8, 2013
Article on the 100th anniversary of the Ford Co. assembly line, focusing on the Claycomo plant. Founded in 1909, the plant in the northeastern Kansas City industrial district was the first Ford assembly...
26 Schools Will Close
March 11, 2010
On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...
A Case as Cold as Ice
August 31, 2013
Article covers the inactive investigation of the Vinca Jewelry heist on September 6, 2010. Simon Zouein, the owner of the shop, is interviewed and expresses his dissatisfaction with the Kansas City Police...
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
A Growing Demand for Local
December 8, 2009
Feature article in the Star Business Weekly about local farms and the demand for locally grown food even in the winter. The article includes a comparison chart between 2002 and 2007 of number of farms...
A Health Center with More
January 9, 2012
The new Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, located at 825 Euclid Ave. across the street from the prior facilities, cost $25.1 million. The metal-and-glass builidng was designed to resemble a pelican, the...
A KC Landmark Goes Overlooked
April 21, 2015
Article marking the 100th year of the Hotel Muehlebach at 12th and Baltimore. First opened in May 1915 on the former site of the old First Baptist Church, the 500-room, 12-story, $2 million hotel quickly...
A New Heritage of Frustrations
November 24, 2013
Article summarizes the current state of the 18th & Vine Jazz District redevelopment plan and problems that have held back its progress. Emanuel Cleaver, Ollie Gates, Troy Schulte, and other interested...
A Tiny Renoir Began Impressive Obsession
June 3, 2007
Article spotlighting the personal collection of French Impressionist paintings of Henry and Marion Bloch. For the last 35 years the Blochs have acquired works from such artists as Manet, Monet, Renior...
Always a Helping Hand
December 31, 2010
Article describes minister and activist Sam Mann, who served 40 years as the preacher for St. Mark Union church, “a black church on Kansas City’s East Side.” Mann retired from the St. Mark Children...
Always Moving, Always Changing
February 23, 2014
Interview with Yvonne S. Wilson, former director of education for the Kansas City School District and Missouri state representative for the 42nd District. Wilson responds to questions regarding her involvement...
Arts District Upgrade
November 14, 2012
Article describes the completion of a federally-funded sidewalks project in the Englewood Arts District of Independence. Representatives from the Englewood Business Association and the Mid-America Regional...
At Age 101-Plus, He’s Been a Campaigner All His Life
December 10, 2013
Profile on Sam Montague, Kansas City promoter, fundraiser, and civic activist. Among his many projects, Montague worked to pass bonds funding KCI and Truman Medical Center, proposed the “City of Fountains”...
Big Buzz About Those Books
October 14, 2009
Article spotlights the Kansas City Public Library's "larger-than-life" Community Bookshelf parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. The bookshelf design decorates the south facade of the garage and looks...
Building Will Help Boulevard Grow
May 3, 2013
Brief article announces that Boulevard Brewery has purchased a building located at 2450 Summit Street in Kansas City. It is stated that the building was constructed in the mid-1970s and was recently occupied...
Can Area Support Two Aquariums?
April 7, 2012
With the opening of the Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center, plans are still underway in Kansas for a larger aquarium in Mission, Kansas. The Kansas aquarium was...
September 7, 2013
Article provides details concerning the opening of the Jackson County Museum of Art, located within the historic Truman Courthouse in Independence, Missouri. Some of the items on display, 27 paintings...
September 25, 2011
Article spotlights Kansas City residents Jason and Candy Fields and other families who have transformed blighted properties in the Lykins Neighborhood into "urban homesteads." More than 20 families have...
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