Pitcher Luke Hochevar will begin season on disabled list for Royals

The Royals bowed to the reality of Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Luke Hochevar bowled over hitters with fastballs and froze them with his curveballs this spring, but the organization still feels his surgically-reconstructed right elbow is “not ready for the rigors of a major-league bullpen right now,” manager Ned Yost said.

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New technology and recipes with bolder flavors are making slow cookers a hip choice

Hungry hipsters may not exactly jump for joy when the subject of slow cookers arises. But we’re not talking the recipes of old when a can of soup, poured over an unidentifiable cut of meat, cooked all day in the slow cooker. We’re talking recipes with flavors that pop and explode on the palate.


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Schweich spokesman Spence Jackson feared unemployment, suicide note says

Concern over a lack of job prospects may have convinced Spence Jackson to take his own life over the weekend, his final note suggests. “I’m so sorry,” the note said. “I just can’t take being unemployed again.” The note confirms what a Jackson friend told The Star on Monday — that Jackson, 44, was worried about future employment after Missouri auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide Feb. 26.


Wife of suspect in Henry County kidnapping helped investigators find him

Raymond Chandis Vallia III, 55, of Albuquerque, N.M., faces a kidnapping charge in connection with the Sunday disappearance of 13-year-old Hannah Sue Kennish of Montrose, Mo. According to court records, Vallia’s wife told investigators the two had separated after she found that he was involved in an online relationship with a teen. She gave authorities his cellphone number, his address and a description of his black 2013 Ford F-150.

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Mindy Corporon: How to heal and make a ripple by reaching out

Mindy Corporon, whose father and son were killed outside the Jewish Community Center on April 13, 2014, writes: Can seven days of love and other focused activities really make a ripple to change the world? We think so. We must take a stand with the idea that it is better to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

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