Sam Mellinger

Jamaal Charles’ deal was easy, now comes the hard part for the Chiefs

Jamaal Charles earned every cent of his contract extension. The shelf-life of running backs is cruelly short, and Charles is absolutely right to get paid while he can. More importantly for the Chiefs’ future, this does not affect their ability to work out more complicated contract situations with Justin Houston and Alex Smith.

Royals

Mike Moustakas, Royals slide into 2-1 victory over White Sox

A dropped ball at home plate in the top of the ninth inning allowed Mike Moustakas to score the game-winning run as the Royals beat the White Sox 2-1 on Wednesday in Chicago. After limping into Chicago, the Royals exited on their first winning streak, albeit a brief one, in weeks.

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Union Station’s centennial bash will include a giant digital show

The story of Union Station will be depicted in a huge digital projection onto the facade of the historic depot in a celebration of its centennial on Sept. 5. Organizers also promise a national music act and fireworks for the free community party that is being timed to coincide with First Friday in the Crossroads and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Red Friday bash ahead of the football team’s home opener.

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KC diocese disputes order to pay $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.

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Atchison man is charged with murder of 5-year-old girl in police chase

Marcas McGowan, the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, made his first court appearance Wednesday. He also is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated child endangerment, and fleeing and eluding in connection with the incident Friday in which Cady Harris was killed.

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