A fans’ guide to the Royals’ most important month in decades

Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals will be in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.

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No. 24 Missouri runs away from South Dakota State 38-18 in season opener

No. 24 Missouri wasn’t expecting Marcus Murphy to be called on to turn the tide Saturday against South Dakota State with a third-quarter kickoff return touchdown in a 38-18 season-opening win at Memorial Stadium. The Jackrabbits, ranked No. 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision, kept the game close into the fourth quarter.

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Personalized lockers are all the rage in middle schools

Locker decorating has exploded from a homemade undertaking into a commercial industry during the past few years, where products like slam-resistant pink pencil cups, beaded lighting fixtures and “curtains” of sparkly plastic flowers are sold widely at discount and office supply stores, specialty stores and card shops.

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