Sam Mellinger

The Royals missed their dream offseason but gave themselves a good reality

There is a lot to like from the Royals’ offseason, and not just because it comes after making it all the way to the World Series. The Royals had five goals during the offseason, and they scratched each one of their list with the final one coming Wednesday when they agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez.

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President Obama says U.S. will end ‘outdated approach’ to Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “It’s time for a new approach.”

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Michael Brooks denies assault accusation after submitting resignation to Kansas City Council

Councilman Michael Brooks blamed a “media circus” surrounding an allegation of violence against his council aide. At a news conference, his attorney insisted that the aide, Tonia Titus, only leveled her claims after Brooks told her she would soon be let go from her job. In a brief telephone interview later, Titus discounted Brooks’ account of the incident and said he was lying.

Entertainment

Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’ as movie theaters back out

The four largest theater chains in the U.S. said they would not show the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The film has been at the center of a devastating hacking attack on Sony. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was centrally involved with the attacks on Sony’s computers.

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Yael T. Abouhalkah

Twists and turns occur in Kansas City’s naming rights game

Kansas City likes to name buildings, streets, parks, libraries and other public amenities after local politicians and civic leaders. Almost all governments participate in this naming rights game. It can make great sense when it rewards people for their services to the community or for their achievements in certain professions. But this process also can be flawed, leading to some oddities.
 
 

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