Billy Butler still adjusting to life with Oakland, away from Royals

Even if Billy Butler left Kansas City for his new job with the Oakland A’s on good terms, even if he understands this game is a business, the reality still gnaws at him. He spent eight seasons as a Royal, but it is the last month that sticks with him.

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James McGinnis shows progress from brain injury during appearance at Olathe East basketball game

In a halftime festivity initially intended to surprise James McGinnis and honor his homecoming from a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska, McGinnis’ next move instead surprised those in attendance. With the aid of his father, he stood up from his wheelchair and took a step. Then another. Then another. In a matter of moments, Senior Night had transformed into James McGinnis Night.


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Royals lefty Brandon Finnegan is a playoff veteran who’s still a rookie

After a 14-month whirlwind that took him from the Big 12 to the big leagues and the World Series, left-hander Brandon Finnegan reported this month as the youngest pitcher in Royals camp and the most fascinating component of their roster construction. Team officials consider him their best left-handed option for the big-league bullpen and hope he could anchor a starting rotation. But he is still learning the etiquette of his clubhouse, and experiencing the rights of passage inflicted on rookies.

Government & Politics

Auditor Tom Schweich’s apparent suicide continues to shake Missouri politics

Campaign events were canceled Friday. So was a planned trade mission by Gov. Jay Nixon to Cuba. A replacement for Schweich was named, but only on a temporary basis. And the Missouri Republican Party’s chairman worked to dispel rumors that he had engaged in a whisper campaign targeting Schweich’s religion — a charge Schweich made to reporters by telephone just moments before allegedly taking his own life.

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