Test that took Vanya Shivashankar out of last year’s National Spelling Bee also took away drama

For viewers of last year’s National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe breezed through the preliminary rounds and spelled both words correctly in the semifinals. But she was eliminated by a computerized spelling and vocabulary test. Vanya is back for this year’s bee, which starts Wednesday.

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Royals place Danny Duffy on disabled list, plan to start Jason Vargas on Tuesday

Starting pitcher Danny Duffy has biceps tendonitis and will be eligible to return June 1. The Royals also recalled rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan for Monday’s game against the Yankees. The team is expected to option Finnegan back to Class AAA Omaha on Tuesday to make room for Jason Vargas.

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Memorial Day events endure amid a soggy weekend

Despite the weather, the show went on at Sunday’s Celebration at the Station, as thousands of people braved cloudy, drizzly skies for the annual Kansas City Symphony concert that traditionally is at the center of Memorial Day weekend festivities in Kansas City.

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