Sam Mellinger

Chiefs need coach Andy Reid’s expertise to separate preseason stink from regular-season hope

Your belief in the Chiefs’ looking better in the 16 games that matter than they did in the four games that don’t should be a direct reflection of your belief in coach Andy Reid. The spots where the Chiefs have shown inadequacies are the spots where Reid’s experience and particular expertise are most effective.

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Bandidos bring bikes and raise eyes in Grain Valley

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which is holding a holiday weekend rally in the eastern Jackson County city, is what authorities refer to as an OMG — outlaw motorcycle gang. But Jeremiah Britt, who identified himself as president of a local chapter, said police and locals were overreacting. “We’re getting together to visit, tell stories and catch up,” Britt said. “It’s like a family reunion.”

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Mayor Sly James of Kansas City says he will ride out rough patch

After coasting through his first few years on cheerleading and good vibes, James is hitting speed bumps and community pushback. Former city councilman Dan Cofran has emerged as a possible challenger in 2015. Still, if the political waters have gotten choppy, you wouldn’t know it from talking to the mayor. “I am very happy to stand on the record of what we’ve done,” James said. “We’ve got people feeling good about where they live.”

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