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American Royal Barbecue may hold the key to the Kemper Arena’s future

Raze or renovate 19,000-seat Kemper Arena? The decision may hinge on how the choice might affect one of Kansas City’s signature events, the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue. The 35th edition of what promoters say is the largest contest of its kind on the planet fires up on Friday.

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James Shields and company fulfill promise of his arrival in Kansas City

James Shields was the no-brainer starter for the Royals in their single-elimination, high-wire act Tuesday night against the A’s. And with some help, he got the job done. “Epic, absolutely epic,” Shields said. “You don’t write a story that goes this way. It’s truly special.”

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High school homecomings: Traditions of autumn fun

The football games will be the place to be. Homecoming queens will be crowned. Students will muster the courage to ask for dates to the homecoming dances, some devising elaborate invitations for those special someones. It’s an important cultural moment for the school and the community.

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Sushi Mido keeps rolling with plenty of options

Sushi Mido in Shawnee offers an all-you-can-eat sushi while discouraging over ordering and waste. The all-you-can-eat special costs $21.99 per person. If you typically order three or four rolls that cost $8, it’s a good deal — especially because the meal comes with crab rangoon or edamame, plus soup or salad.

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