Too much exercise can be harmful, a new study finds

A new study shows that men who are into excessive workouts such as marathons had 62 percent more plaque buildup in their coronary arteries over 25 years than men who were sedentary, But that’s not an excuse not to exercise at all. It still makes sense to become more fit and lose weight. Moderation is the key.

People feel compassion for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

It’s easy to see how that news emotionally distressed relatives and friends of those on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with some making wild accusations against the Chinese and Malaysian governments. No hard evidence has surfaced yet of the plane crashing into the ocean despite intensive search efforts by many countries.

Educating today’s kids requires different skills

Social media and hip-hop should be part of educating today’s students, advises Gloria Ladson-Billings, a University of Wisconsin-Madison urban education professor. “Kids can turn their lives around because they are finding a way to express themselves through art,” she said. Adults just have to anchor them with history and boundaries to respect so they can soar into a great future.

Obama’s actions for workers could benefit the economy

President Barack Obama is doing the right thing in pushing for pay equity for women and making millions of additional employees eligible for overtime pay. It would benefit the economy, reduce the unemployment rate and pump more money into businesses as people purchase more products and services.

Kansas City targeted in sex trade study

Drive or walk Independence Avenue at any hour day or night, and it’s easy to see why Kansas City was one of eight large metropolitan areas targeted for an Urban Institute study on the underground sex trade. The report shows that the commercial sex economy in the cities generates from $40 million to nearly $300 million in 2007.

Russia, really? Edward Snowden is hard to take seriously

for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, his video appearance at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, was good theater. Snowden issued all of the right cautions over Internet freedoms and people’s civil liberties being breached. He urged folks to take action. But dude is still in Russia.

Fukushima disaster in Japan remembered

People are commemorating the March 11, 2001, disaster that hit Japan. The world should mourn, too. But the disaster has caused some nations like Germany to turn away from using nuclear energy to generate electricity. That’s good for the planet and all of the life it supports.

China's ‘war on pollution’ is long overdue

Last week, Li Keqiang, China’s premier, at the annual meeting of the nation’s legislature said the country must wage war on pollution. Certainly, it’s long overdue. China is the world’s No. 2 economy, but it can’t continue as one of the world’s worst polluters. China has to play catch up to U.S., not in economic growth, but in air, land and water quality.

Downtown Kansas City will be THE party place next week

As if losing an hour from the jump to Daylight Savings Time over the weekend isn’t bad enough, downtown Kansas City will be a tough to navigate for many sleep deprived folks next week as some streets close and people fill the area for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.