The Fourth of July in Kansas City: A river runs through it

Fireworks, music and food drew tens of thousands to Fourth of July’s KC RiverFest, but for many the focus is the Missouri River. Besides the entertainment — bands, colorful kites, jugglers — getting folks to see and appreciate the river is a chief goal of the festival, which was organized by Friends of the River-Kansas City.

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Royals’ Don Wakamatsu carries lessons learned from grandparents’ ordeal in internment camp

A reaction to an envelope in the mail nearly 30 years ago prompted the beginning of a journey of discovery for Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, whose grandparents lived in and whose father was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. It’s a particularly reflective time for Wakamatsu in the wake of the recent death of his cherished grandmother, Ruth, 97, who will be memorialized Saturday.

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