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Test that took Vanya Shivashankar out of last year’s National Spelling Bee also took away drama

For viewers of last year’s National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw. Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe breezed through the preliminary rounds and spelled both words correctly in the semifinals. But she was eliminated by a computerized spelling and vocabulary test. Vanya is back for this year’s bee, which starts Wednesday.

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Adventurous day for the Royals’ Yordano Ventura belongs in eye of the beholder

Royals starter Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs in seven innings Sunday against the Cardinals and opened the game in an apparent funk as the first four Cardinals reached base. But he settled down and retired 14 in a row at one point.

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Memorial Day events endure amid a soggy weekend

Despite the weather, the show went on at Sunday’s Celebration at the Station, as thousands of people braved cloudy, drizzly skies for the annual Kansas City Symphony concert that traditionally is at the center of Memorial Day weekend festivities in Kansas City.

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Photo gallery: Celebration at the Station goes on amid a soggy Memorial Day weekend

For more than a decade, the focal point of Memorial Day weekend festivities in Kansas City has been the Celebration at the Station, an outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station with a massive fireworks display over Liberty Memorial. And the show did go on Sunday evening, as the rain held off and an enthusiastic crowd was able to take in the patriotic music, tributes to the troops and fireworks.

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