So much to be learned about Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, which makes his starts all the more thrilling

The problem with the Royals’ Yordano Ventura, who makes his seventh major-league start Friday in Baltimore, is that nobody knows. This is the wonder in watching him pitch. It is also the danger. The thrill. The fear. Baseball is a world where everything is calculated, by computer or by intuition, and Ventura doesn’t fit any of the formulas. He is the size of a high school sophomore and throws a baseball, literally, harder than anyone on earth. What can you make of a guy like this?

‘It could happen anywhere’: KCI, like other airports, is vulnerable to security breaches

This week’s case of a 15-year-old stowaway who clambered into a jet’s wheel well and flew away undetected has airport officials across the country considering whether something like that, or perhaps an even more serious security breach, could happen at their installations. And like other colleagues elsewhere, officials at Kansas City International Airport say the answer is yes.

Arrest made in gas station attack that left a man dead and his son paralyzed

Dontae D. Jefferson, 27, was charged with first-degree murder and five other felonies in the brazen April 18 attack at a gas station at 45th Street and Cleveland Avenue. “Now my nephew can be at ease. He no longer has to sleep with his eyes open,” said an aunt of 10-year-old Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry, who remains hospitalized and on a respirator.

Xavier’s Chris Mack, Dayton’s Archie Miller haven’t been contacted by Missouri

Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack (above) has not been contacted about the vacancy at Missouri, a source close to Mack told The Star on Thursday. “Chris is happy at Xavier,” the source said. Also on Thursday, Dayton confirmed that it has not been contacted by Missouri or any third party about Flyers coach Archie Miller’s interest in the Tigers’ vacancy.

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Jewish centers murder suspect F. Glenn Miller Jr. was once caught with a black male prostitute, former prosecutor says

Police in Raleigh, N.C., filled out an incident report after finding Miller in a car with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman, said Douglas McCullough, who in 1987 prosecuted Miller on charges of possessing hand grenades and mailing a threatening communication. McCullough said the prostitute case was never prosecuted.

Ride sharing service Lyft comes to Kansas City

Ride sharing services operate through local drivers who use their own cars to respond to ride requests transmitted through the company’s mobile app. Lyft’s cars stand out thanks to big pink mustaches that drivers attach to the grill of their cars. News of Lyft’s expansion to Kansas City drew a challenge from a taxi company as well as interest from the city.

Three construction projects will shut down lanes and ramps along I-35 and U.S. 69

Drivers who traverse Interstate 35 on the Kansas side can expect to wrestle with construction at three interchanges, starting with a ramp closure on Friday and more closures into next week. These projects are not part of the massive Johnson County Gateway Project scheduled to begin early next month at the Kansas 10, Interstate 35 and I-435 interchange.

KU has two recruits in top six of Rivals’ class of 2014 basketball rankings

If you put much stock in basketball recruiting rankings, the rich continue to get richer in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences. Kansas features two players in the top six of Rivals’ final top 150 rankings for the class of 2014, which were released on Thursday morning. Kentucky has four players in the top 30. Defending SEC champ Florida boasts three signees in the top 50.

Arcade Fire’s Starlight Theatre show highlights a busy week for live music

Live music’s busy season is now upon us. Here’s a look at some of the best shows rolling into town over the next week or so. Arcade Fire’s previous Kansas City show, in April 2011, topped many best-concert lists that year. This time, the seven-member band is touring on “Reflektor,” its most-recent album, and one that requires a larger ensemble of musicians.

What defines Chow Town? These 52 thoughts are a start

Fred W. Sauceman introduces his new book “Buttermilk & Bible Burgers” with some reflections on what “Appalachia is” to him. As the one-year anniversary of Chow Town draws near, let’s reflect on what Kansas City’s culinary scene is to us. Here are my 52:

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