Shooting victim Terri LaManno remembered as kind 'beautiful soul'

Terri and Jim LaManno planned to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Tuesday. But on Sunday, as Terri LaManno made her regular weekly visit to see her mother at an Overland Park assisted living center, she was caught in what authorities say was a hate-inspired killing spree that left her and two other people dead.

Math, reading tests results may not go public in Kansas

Kansas will do an analysis after the mid-May deadline for taking tests plagued by computer glitches and cyberattacks. If the results give an invalid picture, the state could ask the federal government if it can withhold the results.

Dilemma in reporting on extremism: Ignore it, or expose it?

One of the central challenges in political reporting is figuring out how much exposure to give to people like Frazier Glenn Cross, aka F. Glenn Miller. The journalist’s usual answer is balance — expose what you can without overexposing the rantings of an anti-Semite. But sometimes balance is imperfect, too.

Federal hate-crime charges, state charges likely in Overland Park shootings

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 73, of Aurora, Mo., could face state murder counts and federal hate-crime charges in the shootings that killed three people Sunday outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park. Meanwhile, friends and family are mourning Terri LaManno, the third victim of the rampage, who was visiting her mother at Village Shalom, an assisted living center.

Parties will look to night sky for first of four 'blood moon' eclipses

If you can stand the cold, this should be a good night to view the total lunar eclipse. The National Weather Service in Kansas City said via Twitter that it will be clear and cold at midnight. The “clear” part is good news for those wanting to see the eclipse. The “cold,” not so much.

Missourians could face competing proposals to establish early voting

A Missouri House committee last week endorsed a constitutional amendment and companion legislation that would establish an early voting period. That comes as the Missouri Early Voting Fund is using professional petition circulators and volunteers to gather thousands of required signatures from registered voters in hopes of getting its proposal on this year’s ballot.

The city that holds our hearts

I confess to being fiercely devoted to this community that 464,000 Kansas Citians call home. At risk of being accused of boosterism, I consider this place at the prairie’s edge a collection of treasures.

Miriam Pepper leads honorees from The Star at Kansas press awards

The Kansas City Star won dozens of awards in the 2014 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest. In addition, Miriam Pepper, vice president/editorial page, won the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award, which recognizes a Kansas newspaper editor for a lifetime of achievement.

Police link 12 area roadway shootings

Police Chief Darryl Forté would not reveal which shootings were linked or through what evidence. Police still didn’t have any suspect or vehicle information to release, he said, including whether they suspect a lone gunman or a group of shooters in the crimes. If history is of any help, similar highway shootings across the country have shown the perpetrators usually work alone and many suffer from mental problems.

Club KC branches out to reach more kids on summer nights

Over the past two summers, Kansas City’s government-sponsored Club KC has proved a popular weekend hangout for youths. Basketball and soccer programs have also been a big draw. This summer, the city will offer new locations and programs geared toward the arts, culture and other recreation.

Animal escapes rarely happen, but they can give zoos some wild rides

When animal escapes happen — and they do — zookeepers know the reasons, which can be human error or the more naturalistic designs of modern zoos. In the escape of seven chimps, Kansas City Zoo director Randy Wisthoff and other experts acknowledged that the peripatetic primates certainly had the tools they needed: big brains and a scalable tree branch.