Check out the good news about K-12 education in Kansas City

The many serious problems facing the Kansas City Public Schools have been in the news for decades. But there’s an important, far more positive and less-known side to the subject of K-12 education in Kansas City: More children — white, black and Hispanic — who live within the city limits are attending high-achieving school districts than ever before.

Social media are helping kill Daisy Coleman

It’s trite but sure looks true: Social media are helping to kill Daisy Coleman. More specifically, the creeps on social media — especially Facebook — appear to have had a profound effect on the northwest Missouri teenager whose alleged 2012 sexual assault in Maryville has garnered national attention.

All eyes are on Sly James as big KC issues loom in 2014

Kansas City stands poised on what could be a historic year of success when it comes to pushing forward crucial issues and projects in 2014. Or ... progress could stall, badly. So who’s going to make sure it’s the former and not the latter? Mayor Sly James is in the best position to provide focused leadership on important initiatives.

Did Chiefs turn Belcher into a murderer? It’s very complicated

Jovan Belcher died a murderer on Dec. 1, 2012. But did the Kansas City Chiefs help make him one? That’s a truly provocative question raised Tuesday by the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Belcher’s mother. Along the way, we might get more answers about how the Chiefs and the NFL once handled and are now handling head injury cases.

The top 10 ‘top 10’ lists about lovable Kansas City

Getting ranked on a top 10 list these days is pretty easy, given all the categories of food, travel and sports that lend themselves to this exercise. And it’s easy to make light of these rankings. Still, they often make sense. Consider some of the top 10 lists Kansas City and this region have appeared on in the last year or so.

In 2014, get tougher on taxpayer handouts in KC

Kansas City’s politicians and economic development agencies have approved billions of dollars in public incentives for dozens upon dozens of development projects. Some have been worthwhile. Too often others have been financially foolish investments on behalf of taxpayers. But with 2014 dawning, an unusual story is unfolding.

Deaf people and a Kansas congressman? Yes, it’s funny

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder gets a lot of deserved criticism for his views on many policies, which align too often with the ultra-conservative tea party and not the more progressive people of Johnson and Wyandotte counties. But he does deserve some praise for his efforts to reach out to the deaf community,

Sonic’s mistake embarrasses KC Chiefs, too

Sonic’s mistake spotlights part of the problem with the name of the Kansas City “Chiefs.” It feeds into negative stereotypes about American Indians. Football teams with Indian-themed nicknames bring out the worst behavior in some fans, whether it’s about the Washington Redskins or — yes — the Kansas City Chiefs.

Obscene T-shirt mocks Sporting KC

Aren’t those Real Salt Lake soccer fans so .... cute? Some of them have come up with a T-shirt that mocks Sporting KC, before the two teams tangle in the MLS Cup on Dec. 7 at Sporting Park. Stay classy, Real Salt Lake.