UMKC’s misleading march to the top

For years, UMKC’s Bloch School struggled for dollars and recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. That all changed in 2011 when UMKC vaulted above Harvard, MIT and Stanford in rankings for innovation management research, on the heels of Henry Bloch’s $32 million gift to the school for a state-of-the-art facility. But behind UMKC’s rise to No. 1, a trail of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and nondisclosures raises questions about the validity of the rankings.

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Royals have a legitimate chance at earning wild-card spot

The last game of the Cleveland series left a bad taste in the Royals’ mouths, but with 58 games left, the team can still turn this season into a happy memory.  They will need to play their best of the season from here on out. But the difference between what’s required and what they’ve shown might not be as big as you’d think.

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Hunters are up in arms over Jackson County ordinance

An ordinance approved in December bars people from shooting guns, arrows or other projectiles across patches of eastern Jackson County, including areas previously hunted. The Jackson County Legislature and law enforcement officials passed the ordinance to discourage negligent gun owners within those areas from firing bullets toward nearby homes, but critics want the law changed.




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Arthur Nemitoff: An open letter to Hamas

“I implore you, leaders of Hamas, let your people find peace and shelter from life’s storms,” writes Arthur Nemitoff, the senior rabbi of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah.  “And all you have to do to solve the pain of your people? Just stop sending missiles into Israel. Let your people live.”

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Royals can live with how this Mike Moustakas is producing

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas became such a flashpoint around the Royals early, it fortified some minds and allowed people to dig in a bit on whether he can be a good player going forward. But since his demotion, Moustakas’ .741 OPS is comparable to the season numbers of Aramis Ramirez (.750), Sal Perez (.749), Manny Machado (.731), David Wright (.739) and Jason Heyward (.730). That’ll play.

Mary Sanchez

Children at the border: An old story repeats itself

What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. Not by a long shot. Records of Ellis Island are filled with the stories of young children who arrived on our shores without parents. Those children were just as desperate as the Central American children today.