Sam Mellinger

Chiefs running back Knile Davis shows he’s more than just the next man up

Chiefs running back Knile Davis just played the game of his professional life Sunday in Kansas City's 34-15 win over the Miami Dolphins. He must be sore, but there is no telling. He must be proud, but you would not read it in his body language.

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One man’s blindness helps brighten prospects for KC transit

ATA chairman Robbie Makinen is a 50-year-old former social worker whose sudden blindness last year made him dependent on public transportation and now feeds his passion for fixing Kansas City’s fractured transit system. And 33 years after breaking away from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County is thinking of hiring the ATA to run its bus service.


Long-term job hunters still struggle

Many Americans see the Great Recession in their rear view mirrors. Not the long-term unemployed. A new national survey by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, released today, shows deep and lasting scars among long-term job hunters. Some Kansas City area residents concur.

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Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why

Some cite reality TV, films about sexually active youths and the Internet. Some cite more effective contraceptives and straight talk in schools. Some point to the stigma of abortion and even the long economic slowdown. Whatever is driving down teen pregnancy numbers, “we call it the greatest story never told,” said Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.


Reporting of school bullies goes high-tech

Online services allow students to discreetly report bullies in some area school districts. One area student cites the system’s benefit: “No one has to know it was you.” Almost all of the reporting is being done from students’ homes, keeping away a possible stigma of putting complaints into “Bully Boxes” at schools.

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Judging the Royals

The Royals’ formula for success: Give the ball to Herrera, Davis and Holland

It’s pretty simple: Get a lead and give the ball to Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. As you watch the rest of the season, pay attention to what happens in the sixth inning. Thats might be when the ballgame is decided. The Royals are now 61-5 when they have a lead after six innings. Sunday afternoon, the Royals’ formula success worked once again, and they beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.

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