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Yordano Ventura demonstrates a coolness that belies his years

In 71 1/3 innings over 11 outings since the All-Star Break, the 23-year-old has given up 18 runs. He won on Tuesday for the fifth time in six starts, improving his record to 14-10, and he’s now been involved in six scoreless starts this season.


Leawood bitcoin business vows to fight federal shutdown

The Federal Trade Commission said it won a temporary restraining order against Butterfly Labs operator BF Labs Inc. and three individuals connected with the company. More than 20,000 consumers had bought computers from the company hoping to generate the virtual currency for themselves. The company said it will fight the federal action.

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U.S. airstrikes in Syria go beyond Islamic State militants

Americans are also targeting a terrorist group called the Khorasan group that was “nearing the execution phase” for an attack in Europe or the U.S., officials said. The group was described as a network of veteran al-Qaida members, including a one-time close ally of Osama bin Laden.


Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament honors a son lost in the crossfire

The mother of murder victim Chris Bartholomew has created a scholarship in his name for students aspiring to careers in criminal justice. Misty Kirwan and her son used to play softball together, and an tournament raises money for the effort. Barholomew, a Gladstone resident, was caught in crossfire seven years ago when violence erupted near Westport.

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Yordano Ventura goes seven innings, helps the bullpen

Tuesday night, Ventura spread four hits over seven innings and didn’t give up a single run. The Royals’ offense supplied seven runs, and that meant manager Ned Yost did not have to call on relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis or Greg Holland. For the Royals to get a win and for those guys to get a night off is a big deal. It sets the bullpen up for at least the next two nights.

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Eleanor Nash: The Internet can bring teens together

“Teenagers are often portrayed in the media as wild, hopeless, dumb, doomed, uncontrollable and overall a disgrace to their elders,” writes Eleanor Nash,  a homeschooled 15-year-old who attends Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley part time.  “But this attitude is nothing new.”

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