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President Obama to meet letter writers in Kansas City

The White House says that President Barack Obama will spend part of his time in Kansas City on Tuesday and Wednesday talking with people who have written to him. He has used such meetings to underscore issues he is trying to press with the broader public. Meanwhile, Kansas Citians


More seniors re-inventing themselves to ‘un-retire'

Retirement. Days of sleeping late, playing bridge, golfing, sailing, traveling, enjoying grandkids and other long-delayed pleasurable pursuits. Ahh, at last. Not so fast, say many seniors in the Kansas City area: Retirement is over-rated. After consulting with business financing advisers, Rand and Janeel Smith used their retirement funds to open a retail store, “eyeSmith,” in May of 2012.

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Artists look to tackle neighborhood blight, one vacant lot at a time

A group of artists is looking to turn two of the 500 empty lots in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood into community gathering places. The artists, in partnership with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, hope their initiative, called Lots of Love, will spread throughout the city. Thanks to a similar effort, a lot already has been transformed in the Marlborough neighborhood.




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NCAA concussion settlement is a victory for athlete health

A decision on Tuesday that should be hailed as a victory for all college athletes comes in the form of improved health. The NCAA agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose current and former athletes to determine if they suffer brain trauma by playing contact sports, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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How to watch baseball on TV

A friend recently asked me how I covered games on TV and whether I found it frustrating; you don’t get to choose what you watch. I said there were advantages to live games—you can see infield and outfield positioning whenever you like—but there were also advantages to watching televised baseball.