After blown call, baseball’s replay system in need of review

No single call can be completely blamed for a loss, but at least in the Royals’ 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, there was enough to pick apart. Like the mechanics of baseball’s replay system, which upheld a call that Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez was safe at first base on a potential double play in the eighth inning.


Family pleads for help in catching the killer of 3-year-old Amorian S.L. Hale

Amorian’s house was sprayed with nearly 20 bullets about 10 a.m. Sunday in the 6700 block of Walrond Avenue. One of those slugs tore into Amorian’s bedroom and hit him in the head. A reward in the case has grown to $2,500.

Eat & Drink

Cookbook Preview: ‘Buttercream Dreams’ tells story of Smallcakes’ sweet success

“Buttercream Dreams,”  a new cookbook by Jeff Martin and published by Kansas City-based Andrews McMeel, features Smallcakes, a growing chain of sweets shops based in Overland Park. The recipe for Smallcakes' popular Infamous Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cardamom Buttercream is available in the book, as are recipes for other cupcakes, ice cream and cookies.

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Government & Politics

Amid tax impasse, Kansas lawmakers edge forward on budget

Kansas legislators have begun a process that would pass a budget before raising the taxes that would support it. Republicans remain deeply split over how — or even whether — to raise taxes to offset a shortfall largely created by tax cuts in 2012. The Senate moved slightly forward Tuesday on a placeholder plan that could serve as a vehicle for a final tax plan.


Ford will keep its Claycomo plant running longer this summer

Claycomo and five other assembly plants, as well as supporting powertrain and stamping plants, will shut down for one week beginning June 29 instead of the traditional two weeks. This will be the third consecutive year the automaker plans to shorten the traditional summer shutdown from two weeks to one.


Grace Church offers a special time for some special kids — and their parents

Families flock to activities sponsored by an Overland Park church whose growing ministry called SOAR — Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships — is attracting participants from as far away in outstate Kansas as Manhattan and Fort Scott. Parents get a “night out” from caretaking duties, and siblings of the special-needs kids get their own night of fun.

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Nick Connery: There is no ‘War on Christianity’ by Muslims in the U.S.

Nick Connery, 28, an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who serves in the Missouri Army National Guard, writes: In order to metaphorically “stick it” to Muslims, anti-Islam rallies are popping up all over the Southwest. But to understand what’s really going on, look at the amount of hate-crime violence that Muslims face in the United States every year compared to Christians.


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