‘Mr. Reliable’ Frankie Hammond Jr. steps into prominent role for Chiefs as Dwayne Bowe’s replacement

While Bowe has not practiced this week because of a quadriceps injury, Hammond has stepped into Bowe’s flanker spot with the Chiefs starters and will be a prime target in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. If he continues to play well, Hammond could play a key role in Kansas City’s regular-season opener against Tennessee, when Bowe will serve a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s subject abuse policy.


Live updates, stats from tonight’s Royals-Rockies game

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday night’s Royals-Rockies game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 7:40 p.m. Central on Fox Sports Kansas City.


Hitchhiking app hopes to tap into the booming sharing economy

Lawrence’s Jenny O’Brien thinks her service, CarmaHop, which taps into the power of social media, can cut through the mystery — and fear — separating hitchhiker and driver. “It makes (hitchhiking) smarter and safer,” O’Brien said. “If you know somebody is going to rate you, then you’re less likely to be a jerk.”


KC police officer’s online post about Ferguson case is under scrutiny

The post showed a picture of a young man with a wad of money in his mouth and a gun in his hand. “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community,” Officer Marc Catron commented in the post with the photograph. The picture actually shows a murder suspect in Oregon.

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U.S. tried to rescue hostages in Syria

Several dozen U.S. special forces troops flew into Syria last month in a bid to rescue several Americans held by the Islamic State, including journalist James Foley, but they pulled out after discovering that the captives had been moved, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

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Sorry, America, but Japan is better on guns, transit and health care

As a longtime chronicler of challenges facing the Kansas City area, I made mental notes about some of the lessons Japan could offer in improving the quality of life in this region and even this country of 314 million. Here are a few examples, while recognizing Japan is not close to being a perfect society and the United States is a great country (but too often hardly exceptional).

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