Sam Mellinger

Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball

None of Chris Young’s pitches is impressive on the surface. His fastball is one of baseball’s slowest, averaging 86 mph, the speed of some of his new Royals teammates’ change-ups. But Young makes up for that in so many ways. He is 6 feet 10 and has a naturally deceptive delivery. Then there’s his competitiveness.


Same-sex marriages expected to boost Kansas City area wedding industry

A study conducted at the Williams Institute at UCLA forecasts that the country could see an additional $2.6 billion spent on nuptials. In addition, LGBT weddings could support 13,058 jobs in the wedding industry. The study predicts same-sex marriages could add $14.1 million to Kansas’ economy and $36.3 million to Missouri’s economy in the next three years.

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Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co.

Founded by Kirk and Julie Berggren and guided by their daughter Taylor Berggren, the KC Wine Co.’s winery and vineyards are next to its sister business, the KC Pumpkin Patch, at 13875 S. Gardner Road, which will open for the season in late September. It now sells four red wines and four white wines but has plans to expand.

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