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Trial nears in priest sex abuse case filed by former altar boy

A civil trial is to begin this week in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest decades ago. Filed by a former altar boy, the lawsuit alleges that the diocese failed to supervise a priest who repeatedly abused him. The Kansas City Star published a three-day series in December 2011 called “The Altar Boys’ Secret” that told the story of Jon David Couzens and the three other altar boys.

Vahe Gregorian

It’s all in strange day’s work for the Royals

The circumstances Monday made for a quirky and curious start to this day of immense implications for the Royals, who began the day 1 1/2 games behind Detroit in the American League Central race and could have ended it anywhere from tied with the Tigers to three games back.

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Prosecutors see chilling result from Kansas court ruling

A Kansas Supreme Court ruling involving inmate sentencing could mean hundreds of violent criminals could get out of prison far sooner — which alarms prosecutors across the state. “It’s very disappointing,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. “In all likelihood, it will benefit some really horribly dangerous inmates.”

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Chiefs looking for more protection from the offensive line

The sample size is small, of course, just three games. But if there is one early concern for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, it might be this: Quarterback Alex Smith has been among the most harassed quarterbacks in the NFL. Through three games, the Chiefs have allowed 11 sacks, the second most in the NFL.

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Birds win in fight over wind farm near northwest Missouri wildlife refuge

Oregon-based Element Power’s has dropped its $400 million plan to build Missouri’s largest wind farm in Holt County. It had been criticized from the beginning because of the site’s proximity to the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City. Opponents feared a slaughter if migratory birds flew into the 350-foot-high turbines.

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