With 5-1 loss to Yankees, Royals enter first losing streak of season

For two months, the Royals denied the existence of losing streaks, ceasing every temporary, two-game skid with another onslaught of winning. They bent to reality on Tuesday night in the Bronx, dropping their third consecutive game for the first time in 2015, this one a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees. Activated from the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon, Kansas City starter Jason Vargas allowed two runs in four innings. Joe Blanton, his replacement, gave up three in the fifth.

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Pens Across the Northland program forges cross-generational links with ink

As part of Pens Across the Northland, fifth-graders from St. Patrick School exchanged correspondence with a group of seniors in the Northland Shepherd’s Center’s Learning & Laughter club, giving the seniors a chance to recount their experiences and memories and connecting the 10- and 11-year-olds with an older generation. The pen pals met face-to-face at a party May 13.


Olathe’s Vanya Shivashankar is the only five-time competitor at this year’s national spelling bee

Bee watchers consider Vanya, an eighth-grader at California Trail Middle School, a top contender. Her sister, Kavya, won the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old Vanya is one of four top spellers from the Kansas City area in the competition.

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