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One man’s blindness helps brighten prospects for KC transit

ATA chairman Robbie Makinen is a 50-year-old former social worker whose sudden blindness last year made him dependent on public transportation and now feeds his passion for fixing Kansas City’s fractured transit system. And 33 years after breaking away from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County is thinking of hiring the ATA to run its bus service.

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Reporting of school bullies goes high-tech

Online services allow students to discreetly report bullies in some area school districts. One area student cites the system’s benefit: “No one has to know it was you.” Almost all of the reporting is being done from students’ homes, keeping away a possible stigma of putting complaints into “Bully Boxes” at schools.

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