MU reaches out to Kim Anderson, Tim Floyd’s name emerges

The search for Frank Haith’s replacement as Missouri’s men’s basketball coach entered its fifth day Tuesday with athletic director Mike Alden bunkered in as promised. Still, Missouri has reached out to former player and assistant Kim Anderson. Also, Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd has “emerged as a strong candidate,” according to ESPN.

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Royals break out of offensive slump with 8-2 win over Indians

The elements clicked into place for the Royals in an 8-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Mike Moustakas crushed a three-run homer. Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson manufactured a run for the second night in a row. Billy Butler came a few feet shy of his first homer of the season, instead settling for an RBI double. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI.

The highest-paid doctors are in the Heartland

In the six-state region of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, doctors averaged $257,000 last year, according to a survey by the online news and information site Medscape. The only doctors with higher incomes — averaging $1,000 more — were in the six Midwestern states clustered around the Great Lakes.

Stretched lobes are the big(ger) thing

Stretching lobes has been in local body piercing and tattoo studios for more than a decade now, but even in 2000 it was still very punk rock, says Rachel Cross, piercer and owner of Ink Parlor on Main Street. Earlobe stretching — along with lip and nasal septum stretching — dates back centuries.

Chiefs’ Mike DeVito wants to add quarterback sacks to his diet

Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito is still hurting from the sting of the season-ending 45-44 loss at Indianapolis in the playoffs, so he thought about how to prevent such a defeat. The answer was changing his diet. Since the end of the season, DeVito, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder, embarked on a diet and conditioning program that he hopes will enable him to become agile enough to better rush the passer and contribute more to the defense.

Mayor of Marionville, Mo., trips over vile speech

As a community stands up for civility, its ousted mayor, Dan Clevenger, an avowed friend of the accused shooter in the three fatal shootings outside Jewish-oriented facilities in Overland Park, has learned that speech, especially of the vile kind, has its consequences.

FBI investigates suspected serial child molester

The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action

The Supreme Court accorded voters more leeway to challenge affirmative action as justices gave the green light to a Michigan measure that bans preferential treatment in college admissions based on race or ethnicity. In a fractured decision, the court said it lacked the authority to interfere with the political decision made by Michigan voters in 2006 when they amended their state’s constitution.

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