Royals

Jason Vargas shines as Royals beat Indians 5-3 to begin three-game series

Jason Vargas was making his fifth start of the season and lugged a 5.95 ERA into Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. With the Royals’ 5-3 win, he improved to 3-1 with the previous two victories fashioned by generous run support. On Tuesday night, Vargas helped himself. After a first-inning home run to Michael Brantley, he retired the next eight batters and 11 of the next 12.

Eat & Drink

Chocolate hummus? It’s just one odd but tasty chocolate pairing

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, many spouses and children are likely to rely on the old standby: the gift of chocolate. But beyond the tried-and-true box of chocolate-covered cherries, the naturally rich, earthy and seductive character of cocoa can also be used to enhance an unexpected array of dishes.

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Orange Popsicle Week and website help young stroke victims stick together

Finding people to relate to became easier for young stroke victims with the creation of a website and a week of events to raise awareness of their struggles. National Orange Popsicle Week was inspired by Amy Wooddell of Overland Park requesting the frozen treat as she recovered from a stroke at age 24. The site and the weeklong event soon followed.

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Sprint credits customer satisfaction in remaining the No. 3 wireless carrier

The Overland Park-based company held on as the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier by adding 1.2 million subscribers in the first three months of this year. It foiled for at least another three months the plans at fast-growing rival T-Mobile to pass it. Subscribers totaled 57.141 million at Sprint at the end of March, compared with 56.836 million at T-Mobile.

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