In an unusual attack, Missouri man dies from snakebites

Even though a 37-year-old southwest Missouri man died after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after wading into the James River, such deaths are relatively rare. Gilbert De Leon was with his girlfriend near Nixa on Friday when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten. De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and later died.


Summer Fun 2015: A guide to festivals, fairs and more

Most of us know all about the area’s big summer events, which started with the Celebration at the Station this past weekend and concludes in September with the Kansas City Irish Fest and Santa-Cali-Gon Days. In between we have the likes of Old Shawnee Days, Fiesta Kansas City, Riverfest, the KC Fringe festival and the many county fairs in July and August. But don’t overlook the smaller or lesser-known festivals and events that populate the area’s summer calendar.

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Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey tells her bruising life story

Ronda Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion whom Sports Illustrated recently called “the world’s most dominant athlete,” talks about her new autobiography, “My Fight/Your Fight,” her fighting style and her appearance in the new “Entourage” movie. She appears at 7 p.m. Thursday at Unity Temple on the Plaza.


Reeling Royals drop fourth in a row, get swept by Yankees in 4-2 defeat

The losing streak reached four games at 3:51 p.m. local time, and 15 minutes later the leaders of the Royals stood at their lockers to address the latest defeat. Swept for the first time this season, they did not hide from the reality after a 4-2 loss to the Yankees, and they did not waver in their belief in the briefness of this skid, a stretch of baseball marked by suspect pitching and absent offense.

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