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Kauffman Stadium ‘should be rocking’ as Royals face most important series in decades

The front office has waited eight years for this. The owner has waited 20. The baseball fans in Kansas City have waited almost three decades without a playoff appearance, a group wracked by anxiety during the final weeks of this season. On Friday night, the Royals begin a three-game series with the division-leading Detroit Tigers. A sweep would vault the Royals into first place for the final week of the season. The stakes could not be higher.

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Truman Medical Center will stop billing practice that refuses to accept health insurance

The concession is part of a proposed settlement valued at $478,000 to dispose of a lawsuit against the hospital. Truman Medical Center allegedly didn’t file health insurance claims for some patients injured in auto accidents, which allowed it to avoid the deep discounts typically required by health insurers. It could then seek more money for its medical services, mainly from auto insurance settlements.

Sam Mellinger

Chiefs’ Alex Smith can be more than a ‘game manager,’ and needs to

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith usually laughs when he hears he’s a “game manager,” a nice way of saying he’s the kind of QB expected to basically stay out of the way. But Smith has an opportunity to change what’s said of him around the league. He played what may have been his best game with the Chiefs on Sunday, pushing to within two yards of tying or (more likely) going for the win at Denver.

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Time for NFL to lead on abuse, not just react

Despite all of the angst in the NFL right now, when it comes to domestic violence, the discussion is lame and frustrating. We can create all the shelters and women-be-smart programs we want, but we wouldn’t really be addressing the root of the problem: men. We wouldn’t be asking the people to step up who could really make a difference but aren’t: men.

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Woodneath Library provides picturesque setting for monthly food truck event

I drove along the white horse fence and turned into the driveway flanked by two stone pillars. The driveway stretched in front of me and at the end stood a 160 year-old estate home. The Greek Revival house, with its white Doric columns and red brick facade surrounded by 30 acres of green grass and rolling pasture, is more likely the scene of a civil war reenactment than a food truck roundup.

Judging the Royals

Managing to cover your posterior

On Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, Royals manager Ned Yost did not bring relievers Kelvin Herrera or Wade Davis into the game and got roasted for it. On Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, he did and the move didn’t work. Now ask yourself: What would have happened if Yost had once again refused to pitch Herrera or Davis out of their accustomed roles in that Tuesday game and the Royals lost? He would have been hammered by fans and the media.
 
 

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