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Kansas City School Dis...
'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...
'SMO Local TV Shows
June 28, 2011
Article profiles KSMO television ('Smo for short) and its emphasis on local programming. The station started out as in independent in 1980s. It later merged with KCTV, focusing on local shows that reflect...
24 Hours at the K
June 26, 2011
This article provides a behind-the-scenes look at a typical day at Kauffman Stadium in preparation for a Royals baseball game. Several Royals' players, fans, and stadium employees are profiled in 14 segments....
A Welcome Wave of Upgrades and Improvements
August 14, 2011
Editorial about “the Sept. 16 opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts" and the "wave of upgrades and beautification efforts around the facility." Article includes photos of the area improvements....
Above the Crowd
July 13, 2008
Cover story about the Petrehn family and their history with hot air ballooning. Includes photos. John Petrehn held many hot air balloon records, and in the late 1980s he became the first American to fly...
Athlete Who Inspired ''The Blind Side'' Shares His Message of Hope
March 3, 2011
Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens football player made famous in the movie "The Blind Side," was the keynote speaker at the 50th annual Greater Kansas City Area Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, March 2, 2011....
Blue Skies and Blue Dresses; We're off to See Wamego
August 24, 2014
Two part article that focuses upon two the Wizard of Oz tourists attractions in Kansas: Dorothy's House and Land of Oz in Liberal and the Oz Museum in Wamego. When describing Dorothy's House and Land of...
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...
Crime Diminishes Park's Glory
August 2, 2013
Article describes how drug and criminal activity has made Independence Plaza Park a dangerous place for children and residents of Northeast Kansas City. Past and current efforts of the Kansas City Parks...
Downtown KC's Long Road Back
May 18, 19, & 20, 2008
Series of three articles discussing and measuring downtown's progress. The three-day series "charts Kansas City's downtown comeback, compares it to recoveries elsewhere and explores what it needs to continue...
Effort to Restore School Revitalized
May 3, 2009
Before her death in 2004, Lucille Douglass worked to restore the Benjamin Banneker School in Parkville, one of the first schools built for black students in Platte County. The project languished, but the...
Green Recalls Hard Lessons
July 1, 2015
Author of the article briefly discusses current status of the Kansas City school district and interviews superintendent Steve Green, who is vacating his position to move to Atlanta, about his time working...
Historic Site Faces Uncertain Future
June 20, 2007
The Odd Fellows Home in Liberty, Missouri, was listed for the second straight year on the Missouri Preservation's list of Most Endangered Historic Places. The complex of four historically and architecturally...
Iatan 2 Plant Fires Up
December 8, 2010
December 7, 2010, Missouri's governor Jay Nixon "flipped the switch" on "Kansas City Power & Light's new $2 billion power plant near Weston...." Article discusses the Iatan 2 plant that adds 850 megawatts...
Is It an Exodus? Not Here
June 6, 2011
Based on information from the Census Bureau, both Kansas and Missouri had more people moving into the states than away--about 25,000. Other population trends are discussed and a sidebar "Commings and Going"...
Kansas Case Takes Center Stage in National Marijuana Debate
April 30, 2015
Article is about a Garden City, Kansas woman who used medical marijuana to ease her Crohn’s disease. After her son was heard at school speaking out about how medical marijuana saved his mother, authorities...
Kansas Oil Fields Come Up Short
October 23, 2013
Article reports on the under-performing oil industry in the state of Kansas. The primary reason given for the lack of production is that limestone formations haven proven difficult to drill through and...
Kauffman Rings The School Bell
September 12, 2011
"After years of studying and experimenting in education, the Kauffman Foundation is opening its own school with a hundred fifth-graders." The school is temporarily located in a Westport building, but plans...
August 20, 2013
The beginning of the 2013 professional football season also marked the beginning of the Chiefs Art Program. Headed by Sharron Hunt, the program commissions site-specific works of art for display in the...
KC’s Jazz Scene is Renewing Itself
December 26, 2010
Article describes events in 2010 that prove the jazz scene is bouncing back after a tough 2009. Among the significant events were Bobby Watson’s new CD, the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and Jazz Winterlude,...
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