Three years after the state of Kansas raised the speed limit 5 mph to 75 on certain highways, fatalities and injuries are rocketing, according to new numbers compiled by the state Transportation Department.
A few times in recent years, players from opposing teams have snapped photos of handwritten notes they received from Snyder and have posted the photos and their thanks on Twitter. The photos often go viral.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Betsy Herold Heimke was 12 when Japanese soldiers came to her house just after Christmas in 1941. She and her family would spend the next three years in captivity. Unlike Louie Zamperini, who in the book and movie “Unbroken” forgave the guards who mistreated him, Heimke offers no absolution, saying, “He’s a better Christian than I am.”
Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who played at Olathe North and K-State, are mentoring young people and will be featured in the upcoming documentary “NFL Characters Unite,” which will premiere at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 on the USA Network.
Reps. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park and Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe will lead powerful legislative committees. Rep. Melissa Rooker of Fairway was removed from the education committee, where she had vigorously questioned conservative policies.
Plenty of people are opening presents on Christmas Day. Most want the goodies under the tree, but a few won’t like what they unwrap. That’s a lot like this column, which today hands out a few lumps of coal but also some high praise for the Kansas City area’s naughty and nice leaders.