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Photo gallery: Justin Timberlake plays first of two sold-out concerts at the Sprint Center

The multitalented Justin Timberlake was focused on his music Wednesday night. He kicked off a two-night stay at the Sprint Center with an emphasis on material from his dual 2013 releases, "The 20/20 Experience" and "The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2." Click the link for a gallery of photos from the first night by The Star's Allison Long, and come back later to KansasCity.com for music critic Timothy Finn's review of the show.

Government & Politics

In Kansas City, President Obama urges opponents to stop ‘hating all the time’

“Come on and help out a little bit,” the president implored lawmakers to laughter and applause from an audience of 1,500 at the Uptown Theater. The 33-minute speech, which focused entirely on domestic issues, was the centerpiece of an 18-hour presidential stop in Kansas City. Republicans criticized the president’s often partisan tone.

Local

Blue Valley School District turns megachurch into a children’s campus

The district bought the campus for $9 million in 2012 after the property at 7700 W. 143rd St. went into foreclosure and then set about doing $17 million in renovations. Now the 51-acre Hilltop Campus in Overland Park is done. With the slogan “Education Beyond Expectations” emblazoned on its building, it houses an early childhood learning center, conference center, Parents as Teachers program and Student Services.

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Why the Minnesota Twins’ Phil Hughes got hit in the sixth inning

Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes pitched five innings, gave up three hits and no runs. In the sixth inning, Hughes gave up four hits — three of them doubles — and three runs. So what happened? How could a pitcher be so dominant for five innings, then get whacked all over the yard in the sixth? Probably because it was the third time through the order.