Government & Politics

Mayor Sly James of Kansas City says he will ride out rough patch

After coasting through his first few years on cheerleading and good vibes, James is hitting speed bumps and community pushback. Former city councilman Dan Cofran has emerged as a possible challenger in 2015. Still, if the political waters have gotten choppy, you wouldn’t know it from talking to the mayor. “I am very happy to stand on the record of what we’ve done,” James said. “We’ve got people feeling good about where they live.”

Local

Bandidos bring bikes and raise eyes in Grain Valley

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which is holding a holiday weekend rally in the eastern Jackson County city, is what authorities refer to as an OMG — outlaw motorcycle gang. But Jeremiah Britt, who identified himself as president of a local chapter, said police and locals were overreacting. “We’re getting together to visit, tell stories and catch up,” Britt said. “It’s like a family reunion.”

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Pessimism rocks America’s post-recession workplace, survey says

If a sampling of Americans is correct, the U.S. economy and workplace were forever changed — for the worse — by the Great Recession. According to a majority of adults polled by the John H. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, college will continue to be unaffordable, people won’t be able to retire as expected and jobs will continue to be insecure.

Royals

Royals attendance is up, even as Ned Yost’s comments touch a nerve with fans

Comments by Royals manager Ned Yost critical of Tuesday’s poor attendance at Kauffman Stadium touched a nerve with Kansas City baseball fans, who, at 28 years, are suffering through the longest postseason drought in any of the four major North American sports. Others agreed with Yost as Kansas City’s credibility as a baseball town was questioned, even if attendance, on average, is up compared to last season and on pace for the club’s best since 1994.

Crime

Kansas City mother on a mission seeks information in son’s murder

Monique Willis, the mother of Alonzo “Zoe” Thomas IV, continues her campaign to seek information on those who killed her son in April. No arrests have been made. Willis has resolved to keep the memory of her only child alive amidst the numbing litany of news involving Kansas City shooting deaths, especially those involving young African-American men.

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