MU reaches out to Kim Anderson, Tim Floyd’s name emerges

The search for Frank Haith’s replacement as Missouri’s men’s basketball coach entered its fifth day Tuesday with athletic director Mike Alden bunkered in as promised. Still, Missouri has reached out to former player and assistant Kim Anderson. Also, Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd has “emerged as a strong candidate,” according to ESPN.

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen is a comedian, mentor, translator and major-league survivor

On Thursday, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen can match Mariano Rivera’s record for major-league wins by a Panamanian. Chen, 36, cherishes the potential record, just as he cherishes his endurance. He has played for 10 teams, persisting thanks to his studious nature, dedication to his craft, ability to manipulate a baseball and the genetic gift of being born left-handed. With the Royals, where he is the eldest member of a youthful clubhouse, he doubles as cut-up and conciliator.

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Former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay, groping, 'jiggle tests'

Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were.

As Shakespeare turns 450, the Globe is taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. It's fitting they were first staged at a playhouse called the Globe. Now the modern-day Shakespeare's Globe theater in London is setting out to test the Bard's maxim that "all the world's a stage" by taking "Hamlet" to every country on Earth, more than 200 in all.

Future is uncertain for suburban icon King Louie

The former bowling alley and ice rink closed five years ago. Johnson County taxpayers now own it, but some are fuming about that, noting that the $3.6 million the county spent to purchase and stabilize the facility over the last 30 months could have been used to address other public needs.

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is coming to KCI

The entry of Spirit promises new competition for Southwest Airlines, which has become the dominant carrier in Kansas City with more than 40 percent of the market. It creates the possibility for travelers that the two airlines will directly compete for business to such cities as Chicago.

The highest-paid doctors are in the Heartland

In the six-state region of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, doctors averaged $257,000 last year, according to a survey by the online news and information site Medscape. The only doctors with higher incomes — averaging $1,000 more — were in the six Midwestern states clustered around the Great Lakes.

Stretched lobes are the big(ger) thing

Stretching lobes has been in local body piercing and tattoo studios for more than a decade now, but even in 2000 it was still very punk rock, says Rachel Cross, piercer and owner of Ink Parlor on Main Street. Earlobe stretching — along with lip and nasal septum stretching — dates back centuries.

Royals break out of offensive slump with 8-2 win over Indians

The elements clicked into place for the Royals in an 8-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. Mike Moustakas crushed a three-run homer. Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson manufactured a run for the second night in a row. Billy Butler came a few feet shy of his first homer of the season, instead settling for an RBI double. Eric Hosmer went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI.

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