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‘Lone soldiers’ from Kansas City serve in Israel’s army

Barstow and Park University graduate Jake Fichman is a combat medic, part of a small group inside the Israel Defense Forces of “lone soldiers” — foreigners whose parents do not live in Israel. The support group Friends of the Israel Defense Forces estimates that a half-dozen Missouri and Kansas enlistees are among the 450 or so who enlist each year from the U.S.

Judging the Royals

Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?

If Yordano Ventura gets the opening day start, it’s an indication that the Royals think he’s confident, able to handle adversity and ready to be a team leader. If the Royals give the opening day start to one of their veterans, it might mean the Royals think Ventura needs to build his confidence and have more success at the big-league level before stepping into that role.

Business

Super efficient apartments could bolster Kansas City’s reputation

A big joint effort, the Kansas City Energy Initiative, was unveiled in June. It challenges owners of large commercial buildings to compare their energy use with similar buildings in the U.S., and then look for ways to save energy to ensure they’ll be in the top 25 percent of building efficiency. Owners of 175 buildings have signed up. And Kansas City Power & Light has broadened its rebates for residential and business customers in Missouri and hopes to eventually extend them to Kansas.

Crime

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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Blizzard blows into Boston but fizzles in NYC

A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.

Crime

Updated Jan. 27: Kansas City Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted

Updated Jan. 27: This man is wanted for possession of cocaine. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to KCCrimeStoppers.com, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.

Business

KCP&L plans to install 1,001 more chargers for electric cars

KCP&L in one jolt is going to make its service territory one of the best places in the nation to drive an electric car. The utility, in an announcement set for this afternoon, plans to install 1,001 public electric chargers, a 2,400 percent boost over the approximately 40 units now available in the area.

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