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Kraken and other fantasy beasts are to be released in Overland Park’s Museum at Prairiefire

“Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids,” a traveling exhibit presented by the American Museum of Natural History in New York that opens Saturday, may seem like a whimsical offering from such a prestigious institution. But there are good, and fascinating, reasons to conclude that these mythic creatures were inspired by real ones.

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Chiefs need coach Andy Reid’s expertise to separate preseason stink from regular-season hope

Your belief in the Chiefs’ looking better in the 16 games that matter than they did in the four games that don’t should be a direct reflection of your belief in coach Andy Reid. The spots where the Chiefs have shown inadequacies are the spots where Reid’s experience and particular expertise are most effective.

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Bandidos bring bikes and raise eyebrows in Grain Valley

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which is holding a holiday weekend rally in the eastern Jackson County city, is what authorities refer to as an OMG — outlaw motorcycle gang. But Jeremiah Britt, who identified himself as president of a local chapter, said police and locals were overreacting. “We’re getting together to visit, tell stories and catch up,” Britt said. “It’s like a family reunion.”

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Samsung, LG show latest smartwatches

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung’s latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG’s has a round screen. Motorola also is expected to come out with a round-face smartwatch soon, the Moto 360.

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The Twins beat the Royals; a sixth-inning walk changed the game

Bruce Chen giving up six runs in the tenth inning is going to get a lot of attention, but if you want to dig a little deeper, take a look at the sixth inning. The Royals tied the game in the fifth; 4-4. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie went back to the mound needing a shutdown inning and couldn’t provide one; he walked the Minnesota Twins leadoff hitter Chris Parmelee and things went downhill from there.
 
 

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