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Missouri added new premium seating as part of the east-side expansion at Memorial Stadium. Here is the view of the field from the loge/club seats.

TOD PALMER | The Kansas City Star

Missouri added new premium seating as part of the east-side expansion at Memorial Stadium. Here is the view of the field from the loge/club seats.

Expansion of east side of Memorial Stadium will give MU football fans ‘a better experience’

Missouri executive associate athletic director Tim Hickman provided a guided tour of the Memorial Stadium east-side expansion, which he said is on budget and expected to be finished on time before the 2014 football season commences.


Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., also known as F. Glenn Miller, appeared at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex Adult Detention Center in New Century, Kansas on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Miller is charged with three shooting deaths at Jewish locations in Overland Park on Sunday, April 13th.

David Eulitt | The Kansas City Star

Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., also known as F. Glenn Miller, appeared at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex Adult Detention Center in New Century, Kansas on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Miller is charged with three shooting deaths at Jewish locations in Overland Park on Sunday, April 13th.

Suspect in shootings at Jewish centers shows that hate is hard to handle

In 1987, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. wrote a six-page letter to a federal judge, pleading for leniency.


Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who is better known as F. Glenn Miller Jr., is charged with one count of capital murder in the killings of 69-year-old Overland Park doctor William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. Miller is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, a Kansas City mother of three who was shot outside Village Shalom senior living facility.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who is better known as F. Glenn Miller Jr., is charged with one count of capital murder in the killings of 69-year-old Overland Park doctor William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood. Miller is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, a Kansas City mother of three who was shot outside Village Shalom senior living facility.

For Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., a war declaration and a reduced sentence

“The best way to tell this story is to start from the beginning.”


Running in this year’s Boston Marathon are these Kansas City area runners (from left): 63-year-old Marc Hardin of Lenexa, 32-year-old Jason Parr of Kansas City, 47-year-old Jeff Maher of Overland Park, 27-year-old Ali Hatfield Mohsen of Mission Woods and 68-year-old Bobby Fernandez of Shawnee.

Chris Ochsner | The Kansas City Star

Running in this year’s Boston Marathon are these Kansas City area runners (from left): 63-year-old Marc Hardin of Lenexa, 32-year-old Jason Parr of Kansas City, 47-year-old Jeff Maher of Overland Park, 27-year-old Ali Hatfield Mohsen of Mission Woods and 68-year-old Bobby Fernandez of Shawnee.

In 2014, the Boston Marathon is a very human race

Monday marks the 13th anniversary of the stroke that brought Marc Hardin to his knees. But the gritty longtime marathoner eventually began running again.


Otis Reed, 2, has severe seizures, and his parents, Kathy and Ryan Reed of Baldwin City, Kan., say they have tried everything. They are moving to Colorado so Otis can get a medical marijuana extract said to help many kids.

Keith Myers | The Kansas City Star

Otis Reed, 2, has severe seizures, and his parents, Kathy and Ryan Reed of Baldwin City, Kan., say they have tried everything. They are moving to Colorado so Otis can get a medical marijuana extract said to help many kids.

Families flee Kansas and Missouri so sick kids can get medical marijuana

Otis Reed will soon move to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day.


Sgt. Aiden Hinkley and about 30 other Army sexual assault response coordinators from around the globe completed three months of training in late March.

Sgt. Aiden Hinkley and about 30 other Army sexual assault response coordinators from around the globe completed three months of training in late March.

Fort Riley quickly overhauls its sexual assault program to improve response

As much as Army Sgt. Aiden Hinkley believed in the concept of a one-stop shop of services for sexual assault victims in the military, he and his supervisor weren’t certain anybody would show up.


Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) could go almost anywhere in the first round.

Garry Jones | The Associated Press

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) could go almost anywhere in the first round.

Chiefs might draft a quarterback this year

It might just be the typical predraft pump fake, all being spewed by coaches and executives trying to dupe each other in the lead up to the NFL Draft.


Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler (16) is congratulated after scoring on a single by Justin Maxwell in the fourth inning during Saturday's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on April 19, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

JOHN SLEEZER | The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler (16) is congratulated after scoring on a single by Justin Maxwell in the fourth inning during Saturday's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on April 19, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Royals win fifth straight with 5-4 victory over Twins

A week ago, the Royals’ bullpen blowup reached its most perplexing stage. After a loss at Minnesota, the group’s ERA had ballooned to 5.13. This from a pen considered by some to be baseball’s best last year.


Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is hitting just .193 this season.

Ann Heisenfelt | AP

Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is hitting just .193 this season.

Struggling Royals DH Billy Butler hasn’t been plugged in at the plate

Billy Butler hits baseballs. Hard. This is what he does. His father wore out a shoulder throwing him endless batting practice as a kid. Billy has worn out countless gloves and batting cage nets and daylight hours hitting baseballs. Hard. This is who he is.


High school and college track and field athletes from across the Midwest competed in the 87th annual Kansas Relays at the newly constructed Rock Chalk Park in West Lawrence.

High school and college track and field athletes from across the Midwest competed in the 87th annual Kansas Relays at the newly constructed Rock Chalk Park in West Lawrence.

The 87th annual Kansas Relays

High school and college track and field athletes from across the Midwest competed in the 87th annual Kansas Relays at the newly constructed Rock Chalk Park in West Lawrence.


Sporting KC’s Dominic Dwyer (center) got to celebrate two goals Saturday. He’s scored four goals in his last four matches.

Brian Davidson | Special to the Star

Sporting KC’s Dominic Dwyer (center) got to celebrate two goals Saturday. He’s scored four goals in his last four matches.

Sporting KC fires up offense, buries Montreal Impact 4-0

Peter Vermes walked through the Sporting Kansas City locker room late Saturday night — long after his club had completed a satisfying 4-0 victory against visiting Montreal — and planted himself in front of a wall-mounted TV showing another MLS game. Aurelien Collin was already watching.


Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass during the first half of Missouri's Black and Gold spring NCAA college football scrimmage Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

L.G. Patterson | AP

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass during the first half of Missouri's Black and Gold spring NCAA college football scrimmage Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

In Black and Gold Game, Maty Mauk shows he’s ready to take Missouri’s reins

As spring games go, Missouri’s Black and Gold Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a thriller.


For the fourth time since becoming Missouri’s athletic director in 1998, Mike Alden is in the market for a new men’s basketball coach after Frank Haith jumped ship Friday for the same gig at Tulsa.

File photo

For the fourth time since becoming Missouri’s athletic director in 1998, Mike Alden is in the market for a new men’s basketball coach after Frank Haith jumped ship Friday for the same gig at Tulsa.

MU’s Mike Alden under pressure to make quick, smart basketball coach hire

Mike Alden has been here before.


Carol Spencer became the first University of Kansas Hospital patient to receive an heart monitor implant in a clinic instead of a procedure room. The incision on April 10 didn’t require bandages, and the monitor is smaller than a pinky finger.

Jill Toyoshiba | The Kansas City Star

Carol Spencer became the first University of Kansas Hospital patient to receive an heart monitor implant in a clinic instead of a procedure room. The incision on April 10 didn’t require bandages, and the monitor is smaller than a pinky finger.

Remote monitoring of patients expands the medical frontier

Friends have joked with Carol Spencer because this month a doctor implanted a microchip to monitor her, just as some extreme opponents of the Affordable Care Act had warned would happen when the law took effect.


A new plan offers up to $10 million statewide in Kansas tax credits to entice businesses to donate money for scholarships that send the least affluent students to private schools. The proposal chips away only a small fraction of the state’s $14 billion budget, but it reopens years of debate over whether public money should be diverted to private education.

File photo by BO RADER | The Wichita Eagle | The Wichita Eagle

A new plan offers up to $10 million statewide in Kansas tax credits to entice businesses to donate money for scholarships that send the least affluent students to private schools. The proposal chips away only a small fraction of the state’s $14 billion budget, but it reopens years of debate over whether public money should be diverted to private education.

Kansas school finance bill would give corporate tax breaks for private school scholarships

Is it a back-door attempt to funnel money to religious schools at the expense of taxpayers and public schools?


Strong rain showers did not dislodge the blossoms of a star magnolia beginning to bloom Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Brookside.

TAMMY LJUNGBLAD | The Kansas City Star

Strong rain showers did not dislodge the blossoms of a star magnolia beginning to bloom Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Brookside.

Blooms proclaim that we are blessed

Almost overnight, it seems, our city bloomed.


Joy loves the “streaky glass” he used for the windows at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, where the sanctuary windows depict biblical parables. “Look how beautiful these pieces of glass are,” he says. “This gives you a whole different feel.”

JILL TOYOSHIBA | The Kansas City Star

Joy loves the “streaky glass” he used for the windows at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, where the sanctuary windows depict biblical parables. “Look how beautiful these pieces of glass are,” he says. “This gives you a whole different feel.”

Oak Grove artist Russell Joy finds his passion in stained glass

For a stained glass artist, it’s not so easy to stage a gallery show.


By the Blade Landscape and Design is sprucing up the front yard of the 8,000-square-foot Jacobean mansion in the Country Club District.

JILL TOYOSHIBA | The Kansas City Star

By the Blade Landscape and Design is sprucing up the front yard of the 8,000-square-foot Jacobean mansion in the Country Club District.

This year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is a stylish home of note

The first goal of any showhouse is to raise money for a nonprofit. The second is to give designers a chance to play with trends and showcase their design chops.


Gordon Gietz (from left), Liam Bonner and Kelly Kaduce perform in the Lyric Opera’s “Die Fledermaus,” which will begin performances Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

JILL TOYOSHIBA | The Kansas City Star

Gordon Gietz (from left), Liam Bonner and Kelly Kaduce perform in the Lyric Opera’s “Die Fledermaus,” which will begin performances Saturday at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Lyric Opera serves up a frothy treat with ‘Die Fledermaus’

Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus” is a confection as delightful as a slice of Sacher torte topped with a big dollop of schlag.

Star file photo

Gas station shooting kills father and paralyzes his 10-year-old son

A man found shot to death Friday night at a Kansas City gas station was identified as 34-year-old Kavyea Curry.