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Court records reveal details of deadly shootout at She’s A Pistol in Shawnee

Details of what happened Jan. 9 during an attempted robbery at the gun store at 5725 Nieman Road were revealed publicly for the first time Monday in court documents. Jon Bieker, 44, who owned the store with his wife, was shot and died later in a hospital. Four men — Londro E. Patterson III, 20, Deanthony A. Wiley, 19, Nicquan K. Midgyett, 19, and Hakeem W. Malik, 18 — are charged with first-degree felony murder.

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A ‘new’ KCI also should be convenient

Kansas City International Airport is beloved by many residents, mostly for its convenience, so suggesting major changes to it could be hard. But look at the issue another way. There’s simply no reason for the city or airlines — through whatever project they develop — to make it inconvenient for local travelers to use a renovated or new KCI, especially if they want voters to ultimately endorse the plan.

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The middle class that President Barack Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home.

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