Royals break out of offensive slump with 8-2 win over Indians

The elements clicked into place for the Royals in an 8-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Mike Moustakas crushed a three-run homer. Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson manufactured a run for the second night in a row. Billy Butler came a few feet shy of his first homer of the season, instead settling for an RBI double. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action

The Supreme Court accorded voters more leeway to challenge affirmative action as justices gave the green light to a Michigan measure that bans preferential treatment in college admissions based on race or ethnicity. In a fractured decision, the court said it lacked the authority to interfere with the political decision made by Michigan voters in 2006 when they amended their state’s constitution.

Stretched lobes are the big(ger) thing

Stretching lobes has been in local body piercing and tattoo studios for more than a decade now, but even in 2000 it was still very punk rock, says Rachel Cross, piercer and owner of Ink Parlor on Main Street. Earlobe stretching — along with lip and nasal septum stretching — dates back centuries.

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Chiefs’ Mike DeVito wants to add quarterback sacks to his diet

Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito is still hurting from the sting of the season-ending 45-44 loss at Indianapolis in the playoffs, so he thought about how to prevent such a defeat. The answer was changing his diet. Since the end of the season, DeVito, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder, embarked on a diet and conditioning program that he hopes will enable him to become agile enough to better rush the passer and contribute more to the defense.

Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career

Albert Pujols hit the 500th home run of his career Tuesday night, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone. The Los Angeles Angels' first baseman, a Fort Osage High School graduate, did it with a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan, a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth.

MU reaches out to Kim Anderson, Tim Floyd’s name emerges

The search for Frank Haith’s replacement as Missouri’s men’s basketball coach entered its fifth day Tuesday with athletic director Mike Alden bunkered in as promised. Still, Missouri has reached out to former player and assistant Kim Anderson. Also, Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd has “emerged as a strong candidate,” according to ESPN.

Missouri governor says flaw in tax cut bill is ‘crippling’

Thanks to one sentence in the bill, Gov. Jay Nixon thinks the General Assembly may be wiping away all taxes for those who earn more than $9,000 a year. He said doing so would strip away two-thirds of state revenue, punch a $4.8 billion hole in Missouri’s budget and ultimately force the closure of public schools, prisons and mental health facilities. But GOP leaders say the governor’s argument is “laughable.”

Mayor of Marionville, Mo., trips over vile speech

As a community stands up for civility, its ousted mayor, Dan Clevenger, an avowed friend of the accused shooter in the three fatal shootings outside Jewish-oriented facilities in Overland Park, has learned that speech, especially of the vile kind, has its consequences.

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