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Kauffman Stadium ‘should be rocking’ as Royals face most important series in decades

The front office has waited eight years for this. The owner has waited 20. The baseball fans in Kansas City have waited almost three decades without a playoff appearance, a group wracked by anxiety during the final weeks of this season. On Friday night, the Royals begin a three-game series with the division-leading Detroit Tigers. A sweep would vault the Royals into first place for the final week of the season. The stakes could not be higher.

Government & Politics

Kansas court scrubs Democrat Chad Taylor from ballot for U.S. Senate

Democrat Chad Taylor’s name won’t appear on the Kansas ballot for the U.S. Senate. The Kansas Supreme Court, dominated by Democratic appointees, ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Thursday to strike Taylor’s name from the Nov. 4 ballot.

Health Care

Truman Medical Center will stop billing practice that refuses to accept health insurance

The concession is part of a proposed settlement valued at $478,000 to dispose of a lawsuit against the hospital. Truman Medical Center allegedly didn’t file health insurance claims for some patients injured in auto accidents, which allowed it to avoid the deep discounts typically required by health insurers. It could then seek more money for its medical services, mainly from auto insurance settlements.

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Chiefs’ running backs coach Eric Bieniemy’s enthusiasm, passion rubs off on players

Eric Bieniemy is the man in charge of cultivating the Kansas City Chiefs running backs, and he uses whatever he has can — namely his booming voice — to make sure his passion and enthusiasm for football rubs off on his players.

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Woodneath Library provides picturesque setting for monthly food truck event

I drove along the white horse fence and turned into the driveway flanked by two stone pillars. The driveway stretched in front of me and at the end stood a 160 year-old estate home. The Greek Revival house, with its white Doric columns and red brick facade surrounded by 30 acres of green grass and rolling pasture, is more likely the scene of a civil war reenactment than a food truck roundup.

Judging the Royals

Managing to cover your posterior

On Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, Royals manager Ned Yost did not bring relievers Kelvin Herrera or Wade Davis into the game and got roasted for it. On Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, he did and the move didn’t work. Now ask yourself: What would have happened if Yost had once again refused to pitch Herrera or Davis out of their accustomed roles in that Tuesday game and the Royals lost? He would have been hammered by fans and the media.
 
 

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