Chiefs lose to 20-12 to Steelers but remain in AFC playoff hunt

Alex Smith passed for 311 yards Sunday but the Chiefs couldn't get the ball into the end zone in a 20-12 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Kansas City still could make the playoffs, but need other teams to lose and a win over the Chargers at Arrowhead next Sunday.

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The best films of 2014: Three critics’ picks

Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby concurred that Michael Keaton’s “Birdman” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” belonged on their individual lists, but there are many other movies our critics believe are among the year’s best. Check out their lists.

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Laura Bauer: When kids are hungry, the Kansas City area helps

That’s been demonstrated year after year since 2010, when The Star and Harvesters first partnered on the KC Challenge, a virtual food drive aimed at feeding the area’s hungriest children. In five years, you’ve donated nearly $1 million. As this year’s drive enters the final days, there’s still time to contribute.

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With Black Wolf Hunting Club, Eric Morris tries to introduce sport to more African-Americans

Eric Morris founded the Black Wolf Hunting Club with the goal of attracting African-Americans to hunting, an ambitious goal considering that federal surveys show that less than 5 percent of all participants are black. He says a recent outing at at the Harding Gamebirds hunting preserve in northern Missouri “is proof that blacks can have a great time hunting. We just have to give them the opportunity.”

Vahe Gregorian

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore has earned not just faith, but trust

No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.


Golden Ox joins the list of iconic Kansas City restaurants that are gone

When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.

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Steve Rose

A huge holiday gift reflects community spirit

Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.

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