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'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...
A Pianist with a Passion
April 29, 2010
Obituary for Kansas City jazz pianist and piano tuner Byron Floyd "Pete" Eye (77). His band, the Pete Eye Trio, played regular shows at the Carriage Club for 20 years. In 1992, Eye was honored as an Elder...
Amputee Fights to Recover
November 30, 2008
Mel Deng, one of the "Lost Boys" from Sudan who was sent to Kansas City, suffered another tragedy. A work injury forced surgeons to amputate his forearm.
Big Cat Was A Missouri Rarity
January 4, 2011
A mountain lion was located in Ray County, Missouri, and shot on Bob Littleton's property. The Missouri Mountain Lion Response team was thankful to discover the cat was a male. A female feline would have...
Capturing the Essence of Eudora
August 20, 2008
Kansas City fireman Nick Berardi has sculpted a 10-foot bronze statue of author Eudora Welty that will be installed near her home in Jackson, Mississippi. Article describes how Berardi, a battalion fire...
Class Ending on a High Note
May 24, 2010
Article profiles the last senior class of Southeast High School and their principal Cheryl Wright. The original Southeast High School at 3500 E. Meyer Blvd closed in 2007, but the remaining students were...
Fire on the Prairie Burns Over Rights
October 21, 2012
Article describes how the citizens of Hutchinson, Kansas have been affected by a proposal to add LGBT individuals to a city anti-discrimination ordinance. Supporters and opponents of the addition are interviewed...
Fly Girls Are No Longer Forgotten
July 4, 2009
Margaret Ellfeldt Rees was one of the first women to train as a WASP, or Women Airforce Service Pilot, during World War II. She is now one of the few remaining. WASPs flew every type of aircraft that men...
GM Burnishing its Crown Jewel
January 29, 2013
Article on General Motors planning to invest $600 million in its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas. The money will be used “to build and equip a 450,000-square-foot paint shop and upgrade...
Hundreds Gather to Honor Adele Hall
February 3, 2013
Article covers the funeral of Adele Hall, philanthropist and wife of Donald J. Hall, Sr. It is noted that her funeral took place on Saturday February 2, 2013, at Stine & McClure Chapel. Friends and acquaintances...
KC Drummer Vince Bilardo, Mentor to Other Musicians, Dies
February 26, 2009
Obituary for Kansas City musician Vince Bilardo, who died February 23, 2009, in his home. Bilardo's musical career spanned nearly four decades, including 23 years with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra....
Lives of Love, and Championing Rights
March 22, 2013
Obituary for Ken Kerford, a former Tuskegee Airman and husband of Ruth Kerford, a champion of the civil rights movement in Kansas City. The couple's connections to local history are described. Funeral...
Remembering 'Forgotten' War
September 29, 2011
Photograph and article about the dedication of the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington Square Park, Kansas City, Missouri. The memorial is a result of the efforts of James Shultz,...
Rescuing a Historic Hotel
February 13, 2012
During the Civil War Battle of Lone Jack (1862), "Union soldiers took over the Cave Hotel and the grounds nearby," and when Confederate troops attacked the following day, "the family who owned the hotel,"...
Taking a Leap of Faith
July 15, 2009
Article reports on how Pastor John Wiley of River Christian Fellowship church in Raytown purchased the former Park Lane Medical Center to use for charitable purposes. River of Refuge will be a place where...
Veteran Organizer Now Feels 'Blessed'
March 28, 2009
Article profiles Fred Curls, "the last surviving founder of the black political club, Freedom Inc." on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
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