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UMKC’s misleading march to the top

For years, UMKC’s Bloch School struggled for dollars and recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. That all changed in 2011 when UMKC vaulted above Harvard, MIT and Stanford in rankings for innovation management research, on the heels of Henry Bloch’s $32 million gift to the school for a state-of-the-art facility. But behind UMKC’s rise to No. 1, a trail of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and nondisclosures raises questions about the validity of the rankings.

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Artists look to tackle neighborhood blight, one vacant lot at a time

A group of artists is looking to turn two of the 500 empty lots in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood into community gathering places. The artists, in partnership with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, hope their initiative, called Lots of Love, will spread throughout the city. Thanks to a similar effort, a lot already has been transformed in the Marlborough neighborhood.

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