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Kansas City’s True Crime: A look at the area’s notorious history

The 1933 Union Station massacre. The 1980 slaying of musician Steve Harvey. The 1988 arson-caused explosion that left six firefighters dead. The case of Robert R. Courtney, a pharmacist who diluted the cancer drugs for numerous patients. They are but four criminal cases from the Kansas City area that had an impact nationwide. This special section tells these stories and six more notorious cases that are also collected in the new book “Kansas City Crime Central” by Monroe Dodd.

Nation & World

The day is here! Brazil celebrates World Cup final

Football’s big day is finally here! Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday, joining millions around Brazil and across South America who celebrated the last game of the monthlong football festival.

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Sam Mellinger

Royals still have margin for error in playoff chase

When the team you follow owns the longest playoff drought in major North American sports, it’s easy to think you must be perfect, that any little mistake or shortcoming will cost your guys glory. At least this year, in the Kansas City Royals’ situation, that’s not true. This is not a treacherous climb up a mountain as much as it is a brisk jog, most of it uphill but also with a few water breaks along the way.

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Photo gallery: Supermoon around the world

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon! Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect.

Government & Politics

Documents reveal KC’s spending plans, maneuvering for the 2016 Republican convention

They reveal testy email exchanges about state laws and party invitations. They show local boosters considered giving the site selection committee tablet computers and autographed George Brett baseballs. The memos cover hotel concerns, security problems and a debate about where to hold the final dinner for the site selection committee. They reveal the person behind the cover-up of a risque sign along the site committee’s travel route. And they involve lots of talk about money.

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Sam Mellinger

Royals still have margin for error in playoff chase

When the team you follow owns the longest playoff drought in major North American sports, it’s easy to think you must be perfect, that any little mistake or shortcoming will cost your guys glory. At least this year, in the Kansas City Royals’ situation, that’s not true. This is not a treacherous climb up a mountain as much as it is a brisk jog, most of it uphill but also with a few water breaks along the way.