Alex Smith passed for 311 yards Sunday but the Chiefs couldn't get the ball into the end zone in a 20-12 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Kansas City still could make the playoffs, but only if the Ravens and the Bengals lose their games.
Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby concurred that Michael Keaton’s “Birdman” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” belonged on their individual lists, but there are many other movies our critics believe are among the year’s best. Check out their lists.
The minimum wage. Campus sexual assaults. Immigration. Same-sex marriage. Race and law enforcement. Frustration and anger over these issues and more have erupted into local and national demonstrations. Critics say these protests are merely age-old tactics with ulterior motives. But activists say their actions are showing dramatic results.
That’s been demonstrated year after year since 2010, when The Star and Harvesters first partnered on the KC Challenge, a virtual food drive aimed at feeding the area’s hungriest children. In five years, you’ve donated nearly $1 million. As this year’s drive enters the final days, there’s still time to contribute.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.
When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.
In front of a sparkling Christmas tree, the Kansas City chapter of Mothers in Charge offered punch, cookies and gifts to children and families touched by murder — and hugs from people who know the pain a holiday can bring.
According to the Wine Institute, a California-based advocacy group for the U.S. wine industry, 40 percent of sparkling wine sales occur the last few months of the year. So if you’re looking to spread holiday cheer with a bottle of bubbly, here are a few ways to mix things up a bit.
Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.
Certainly there are many unhappy people in this world — ones resentful of the fate that bad luck or poor choices have dealt them. One hears or reads about them every day. But all around us also are these others whose good nature and resourcefulness, though seldom properly celebrated, bring light and happiness to the troubled days of us all.