Baseball Hall of Fame opens for Buck O’Neil, but he’s already earned something better

The metaphorical door that had been locked and shut forever to Buck O’Neil is open again, just a sliver, enough for the light to come through but not enough to see what’s on the other side. A hundred possibilities come from the Hall of Fame’s announcement of structural changes. The one of most interest around Kansas City is a rewrite of how folks from the Negro Leagues will be considered.

Lead problem (if there is one) remains a frustrating mystery in Salina, Kan.

Routine exams found 32 kids in and near Salina, Kan., with high lead levels, sparking a state probe. Residents wonder whether to blame the drinking water, a battery factory, old houses or something else. And while the frustration eats at them, a pediatrician says the “Flint influence” may be heightening concerns.

This week's circulars

In Depth

Kansas City parents of black, mixed-race children, on their fears, hopes

July has been a turbulent month in heightened racial tension

How do Kansas City parents of the next generation of black youth prevail in these times?

Videos

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers

Royals pitchers Edinson Volquez discusses his sting one-run outing, as Luke Hochevar talks about the home run ball that got away from him in the 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
Christian Hardy chardy@kcstar.com
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers 1:18

Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez on his strong outing vs. the Rangers

Dom Dwyer scores twice as Sporting KC routs Seattle Sounders FC 1:23

Dom Dwyer scores twice as Sporting KC routs Seattle Sounders FC

I Am: Raising A Black Child 5:33

I Am: Raising A Black Child

Bernie Sanders supporters are restless in Philadelphia 1:44

Bernie Sanders supporters are restless in Philadelphia