Black Friday up and running in KC, worldwide

Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There’s good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the first crack at those holiday budgets.

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry gets support from his ‘hero’

Brice Eidson is only 12 years old but he knows what Chiefs safety Eric Berry is going through. Brice got to know Berry when the NFL star visited the youngster at Children’s Mercy when Brice was undergoing treatment for double leukemia. “You’re a hero to me,” he told Brice.

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In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish baby. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend. It was a mundane start to a Saturday, but by noon, all three had made a series of wrong turns that led to Brown’s death in a burst of gunfire.

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Slipknot’s shocking rock provides catharsis at the Sprint Center

Wednesday night’s 95-minute headlining outing indicated that the masked heavy metal band from Iowa remains potent 15 years after the release of its debut album. Aside from a rendition of the melodic 2008 hit “Dead Memories,” almost all of the songs could be used as effective emergency alarms at a nuclear facility. King 810 and Korn were also on the bill.

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Dave Helling: Bargains aren’t always what they seem

We don’t want to think too hard about what we buy. We purchase our miraculous phones, big-screen TVs and tablet computers the same way we buy almost everything else: as cheaply as possible. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work. But let’s think a moment about the full cost of the goods and services we buy.

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