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From jail, man charged in 10 highway shootings offers a defense

Mohammed Whitaker, the man charged in 10 shootings in March and April on area roadways, has called The Kansas City Star at least eight times in recent weeks from the Jackson County jail, saying he’s been wrongly accused. He says that if the time of the sixth shooting listed on a police report — about 5:30 p.m. April 2 — is correct, then cellphone tower records show he could not have been the gunman.

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Royals’ offense silenced again by Chris Sale in 3-1 loss to White Sox

White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale struck out eight while scattering seven hits across as many innings as the Royals fell 3-1 in the opener of a three-game series in Chicago. In losing seven of its last eight games, Kansas City fell two below .500 at 48-50.

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Car drives through group from Westboro Baptist Church protesting at KC concert

A Sunday night protest in Kansas City by the Westboro Baptist Church was interrupted when someone drove a car onto a sidewalk and into the group. The female driver eluded police who were monitoring the protest. The band Panic! At the Disco was performing at Crossroads KC, and the band said it would donate $20 to the Human Rights Campaign for each Westboro protester.

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Judging the Royals

Jeremy Guthrie throws a quality start, but the offense doesn’t come through

Jeremy Guthrie threw six innings and gave three earned runs: that’s a quality start. The Royals bullpen supplied a quality finish; three scoreless innings from Aaron Crow, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor. Once again the Royals pitched well, but couldn’t come up with enough offense to make the pitching pay off. Kansas City has scored two runs in the last three games. They’ve already gotten one hitting coach replaced; at some point you need to look at the players.