Christmas spirit shines in Country Club Plaza’s famous lights

The shopping district’s traditional Thanksgiving lighting ceremony was created by someone who might just surprise you. Here’s a brief history of the event, and of the Plaza itself. Tonight, Royals general manager Dayton Moore and left fielder Alex Gordon will have the honor of flipping the switch at 6:54 p.m.. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Three simultaneous fireworks displays will follow the lighting.

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Chiefs inspired by Eric Berry’s strength in midst of lymphoma scare

Teammates of Kansas City Chiefs star safety Eric Berry say the speech he gave the team Monday following news that he might have lymphoma was sobering and inspirational. Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed perhaps the most illuminating story of all — that the first thing Berry asked when told of the mass in his chest is whether he could still play Sunday in the Chiefs’ huge home test against Denver.

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Slipknot’s shocking rock provides catharsis at the Sprint Center

Wednesday night’s 95-minute headlining outing indicated that the masked heavy metal band from Iowa remains potent 15 years after the release of its debut album. Aside from a rendition of the melodic 2008 hit “Dead Memories,” almost all of the songs could be used as effective emergency alarms at a nuclear facility. King 810 and Korn were also on the bill.

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Dave Helling: Bargains aren’t always what they seem

We don’t want to think too hard about what we buy. We purchase our miraculous phones, big-screen TVs and tablet computers the same way we buy almost everything else: as cheaply as possible. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work. But let’s think a moment about the full cost of the goods and services we buy.

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