Several KC forces — notably the Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City Public Schools and the mayor’s office — made it clear in a rally at the foundation this week that they are serious about getting community support to bring a City Year program to Kansas City.
A day after they were closing in on an agreement with one free-agent starting pitcher, the Royals formally announced the signing of another. Former Braves right-hander Kris Medlen, who missed the 2014 season while recovering from the second elbow-ligament replacement surgery of his career, joined the Royals on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017.
The first gentoo penguin chick hatched Monday and is being cared for by surrogate parents. The second hatched Wednesday and is being cared for by its biological parents. A third chick could hatch before the end of the year.
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.
Although it is not illegal to portray Santa, Sheriff Mike Sharp said, authorities arrested James R. Gray and charged him with failure to register as a sex offender for not reporting his employment as required.
Moments after he was ruled mentally competent to stand trial, the man accused in an Overland Park killing rampage learned that he will face a possible death sentence if convicted. Not that 74-year-old F. Glenn Miller Jr. seemed to mind. “I don’t fear the death penalty,” Miller said. “I’m already dying.”
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the year on Wednesday, and even though the order has yet to be finalized — there’s still two games left in the regular season — he does have the Chiefs addressing a significant position of need.
We asked Chiefs defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson five questions to learn a little more about his life away the football field. Then we asked fellow defensive lineman Nick Williams to guess Vickerson’s replies.