World Series afterglow draws thousands downtown to Royals’ FanFest

Just three months after the Royals bulldozed their way through the American League playoffs to come within a win of their first world championship since 1985, a fan event that has long generated rather modest attendance figures has become a bonafide happening.

Sam Mellinger

As Clark Hunt nears 50th birthday, credit him for identifying his shortcomings

Clark Hunt, if we’re being honest, has had a disappointing run as the Chiefs’ owner. He has now been in charge for eight years and is on his third GM and fourth head coach. But credit Hunt for admitting his shortcomings.


First-time Super Bowl advertisers hope to score lots of points

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

University of Missouri

Emotional Mike Alden says it was the right time to leave as Mizzou athletic director

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, who has been publicly guarded throughout his 17-year tenure at the helm of the Tigers’ athletic department, struggled to fight back tears several times Friday as he discussed his impending retirement. He called it a “perfect time” to hand over the department to a new leader, touting the academic and athletic success of the Tigers in recent years.

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KU hopes Jamari Traylor’s energy is contagious

Jamari Traylor, a redshirt junior, is averaging just 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds entering a matchup with Kansas State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse (ESPN). But Traylor has carved out a spot in the KU starting lineup mostly on his ability to play with energy and reel off the kind of hustle plays that spark a team on the floor and become viral sensations on Twitter.

Visual Arts

New downtown art installations say ‘LUV U’ to Kansas City

A Valentine’s message in Morse code begins blinking in the windows of a half dozen buildings downtown, including the Central Library and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The message, “LUV U,” is part of a light installation by award-winning Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister, sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and on view through the end of the month.

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