Based on what I saw and heard at a Boston literary event last weekend, the state of American literature remains healthy and diverse. NoViolet Bulawayos novel We Need New Names burnishes the notion that American literature, like America itself, is a melting pot, enriched as it ever has been by the voices of immigrants.
No matter what happens in the midterm election this November, a larger political scenario looms for 2016. For the Democrats right now, the presumptive though not entirely certain presidential nominee is Hillary Clinton. But, according to demographics and polling, its all uphill for the GOP.
With evidence that the carmaker knew about the ignition problem for at least a decade and suppressed damning documents for years, the case is mounting that something was rotten in General Motors castle. Its reminiscent of automotive debacles of the past, events that undermined American consumers faith in the quality and safety of American cars.
When Curt Flood, a gold-glove centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, refused to be traded to Philadelphia in 1969 and thus challenged major-league baseballs reserve clause, he stood virtually alone. Within a few years, baseball adopted the concept of free agency.
Its fitting that the Kansas City Royals begin the 2014 baseball campaign, on Monday, against the Detroit Tigers. Perhaps it will feel like a preview of the whole season, mano a mano between potentially dominant division rivals.
Two ongoing tragedies have brought to the forefront aspects of science worth knowing about. And another recent development highlights the wonder of the infinite nature of what we know and how we know it.
Two more oil spills this week at a BP refinery near Chicago and off Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico should give Americans pause, especially in the ongoing, fractious debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.
With a nod to Charles Erskine Scott Wood (Heavenly Discourse), The Star's Steve Paul imagines what might happen when Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. meets his maker.
Every time I see the word Bitcoin, I think of tulips and housing bubbles and the kind of multilevel marketing schemes that push overpriced cleaning agents and nutrition supplements onto friends and neighbors with hyperactive, quasi-evangelical fervor. Call me cynical, but recent events in the Bitcoin world appear to signal the whoosh of a bubble bursting.
It was something of a High Noon moment when Mayor Sly James drew the line. Should drunk people be allowed to carry firearms? The state says yes, and a city attorney advised that Kansas Citys law must comply. But when it came time to vote, James rebelled, leading a 7-6 City Council tally to defy the state over a ridiculous law.
Anecdotes will not solve what is arguably the most significant design issue facing the metro area. The long civic conversation, which could go on for another two years, has had the benefit of making us think seriously about what we need and what we want.
It was both disspiriting and unsurprising to hear the other day that nearly 100 artworks had been stolen from storage at Cubas National Museum of Fine Arts. Disspiriting because there are hints that the heist was an inside job and possibly accomplished with the knowledge of the government. Unsurprising for the very same reasons.
As recent events in North Carolina, Texas, the Cheasepeake Bay region, California and West Virginia demonstrate, precious water is a core issue for individuals and governments. And individuals should keep watch on their water, their weather and what their governments do about all of it.
Four years after the release of architect Frank Gehrys plan for a memorial plaza in Washington, D.C., devoted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the controverial project seems destined for change. Its sad that this worthy project has become such a prolonged circus. Its time to start over.
The Folk Alliance and its annual conference are vibrant additions to Kansas Citys cultural scene. And, if the first night of the conference was any indication, it inflicts a welcome spirit of ebullience, creative values and musical bonding.
A tug of war is underway to determine whether the wobbling elephant that is Kemper Arena can or should be revived. The city, which owns and maintains the underused facility in the West Bottoms, is in the middle, and apparently leaning toward demolition.
Dave Fowler, the co-chairman of a citizens advisory panel that is considering the future of Kansas City International Airport, may have betrayed his bias toward an overhaul in an odd moment of a hearing Tuesday morning in City Hall.
A well-meaning citizen, an artist no less, went before a city board to answer for a civic infraction. He had a hard-luck story. He didnt pay attention to the law. He wasnt sure what to do. He was trying to do the right thing, but you know, sometimes the right thing takes time. Welcome to the world and the difficulty of Israel Garcia.
Three of the five Academy Award nominees for best feature-length documentary movie take viewers to distant places and troubled times. The Square, The Act of Killing and Dirty Wars bear watching. Indeed, they ought to be watched and contemplated by Americans.
A nomination to the National Register of Historic Places will elevate the standing of one defining feature of the city — the parks plan, which originated in 1893. Story update: State office approves nomination.