Christmas spirit shines in Country Club Plaza’s famous lights

The shopping district’s traditional Thanksgiving lighting ceremony was created by someone who might just surprise you. Here’s a brief history of the event, and of the Plaza itself. Tonight, Royals general manager Dayton Moore and left fielder Alex Gordon will have the honor of flipping the switch at 6:54 p.m.. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Three simultaneous fireworks displays will follow the lighting.

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Perry Ellis proves key as No. 11 Kansas beats Rhode Island 76-60 in Orlando Classic

Junior forward Perry Ellis helped the Jayhawks stake a 21-point lead during a dominating first half, then sat in foul trouble for most of the second while the Jayhawks fought off Rhode Island’s best efforts to make it a game. The Jayhawks prevailed 76-60 and on Friday will face the Tennessee Volunteers, who beat Santa Clara 64-57 in the tournament’s first game Thursday.

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Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea

Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell a virus that has killed more than 1,200 people in the former French colony, officials and medical aid providers say.


Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

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Slipknot’s shocking rock provides catharsis at the Sprint Center

Wednesday night’s 95-minute headlining outing indicated that the masked heavy metal band from Iowa remains potent 15 years after the release of its debut album. Aside from a rendition of the melodic 2008 hit “Dead Memories,” almost all of the songs could be used as effective emergency alarms at a nuclear facility. King 810 and Korn were also on the bill.

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Dave Helling: Bargains aren’t always what they seem

We don’t want to think too hard about what we buy. We purchase our miraculous phones, big-screen TVs and tablet computers the same way we buy almost everything else: as cheaply as possible. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work. But let’s think a moment about the full cost of the goods and services we buy.

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