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Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar pummel White Sox ace Chris Sale in 6-2 Royals victory

Cain launched a three-run homer, Nori Aoki set a club record as he extended his torrid string of hitting and Escobar smacked a homer of his own to continue his mastery of Sale as the offense carried the day. The 6-2 win Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium set the stage for the clash with the division-leading Detroit Tigers on Friday.

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A broken back made singer Anna Cole stronger

Anna Cole was about to open a bar in her favorite neighborhood and launch her newest music project when she fell and broke her back. Six months later, the bar is open, the band is playing and she has a renewed lease on life. Cole and the Other Lovers perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ink Stage at the Plaza Art Fair.

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Former Chiefs tackle Branden Albert finds happiness in Miami

Before the 2013 draft, the KC Chiefs nearly traded Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins but instead put the franchise tag on him for another season. Last spring, he signed a five-year contract with Miami, and so far, Albert has rewarded the Dolphins’ belief in him. The 0-2 Chiefs play the 1-1 Dolphins on Sunday in Miami.

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Missouri town wants to restore doctor’s old piano

In 1879, a doctor in Butler, Mo., had a Steinway Model B grand piano shipped from New York City to his home. Generations of kids took lessons from the doctor’s daughter for decades after. Now the town wants to hear the music again. People want to dig the old piano out of storage and ship it to New York for a restoration at a cost of $50,000. No problem — they’re selling shares.

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National panel urges overhauling health care at end of life

The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, calls for sweeping change. The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant cost savings that would help make health care more affordable.

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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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Civic leaders’ bluster can look a little arrogant

While it’s often encouraging to see the Kansas City area’s powerful local business leaders speak out on important topics, their views sometimes are inaccurate, arrogant or not in the region’s best interests, such as when Cerner Corp. CEO Neal Patterson complained recently that the needs of the American Royal weren’t getting enough attention from Kansas City officials.
 
 

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