Sam Mellinger

Despite worry, All-Star Game voting is validated

Baseball can claim victory, a good All-Star starting lineup selected with — by far — the biggest voter “turnout” in history and the biggest voting discussion in at least 58 years. For a sport in need of buzz and creating younger fans, this is a terrific outcome. For the Royals, this is more about hometown support, and less about hijacking the system.

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Nation & World

Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs

Controversial bill would block state and local laws requiring the labeling genetically engineered foods

Bill would instead establish voluntary ‘GMO-free’ certification process overseen by the federal government

Consumer groups warn bill is designed to keep Americans in the dark about what’s in their food

Kansas City Deals

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Judging the Royals

Why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer?

Coming into Sunday’s game, Joe Mauer had hit .429 off Wade Davis. The two hitters that followed Mauer — Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe — had each hit .167. The solution seemed obvious: walk Mauer and go after Hunter and Plouffe. So why did Wade Davis pitch to Joe Mauer?

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