Sam Mellinger

Jamaal Charles’ deal was easy, now comes the hard part for the Chiefs

Jamaal Charles earned every cent of his contract extension. The shelf-life of running backs is cruelly short, and Charles is absolutely right to get paid while he can. More importantly for the Chiefs’ future, this does not affect their ability to work out more complicated contract situations with Justin Houston and Alex Smith.

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KC diocese disputes order to pay $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.

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Mary Sanchez

Diocese case is for the children

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.