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Google expanding fiber service to four more cities

The company announced Tuesday that it will add gigabit-speed service over new fiber-optic cables in Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; and Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina. Google Fiber was launched in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. several years ago.

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Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?

If Yordano Ventura gets the opening day start, it’s an indication that the Royals think he’s confident, able to handle adversity and ready to be a team leader. If the Royals give the opening day start to one of their veterans, it might mean the Royals think Ventura needs to build his confidence and have more success at the big-league level before stepping into that role.

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‘Lone soldiers’ from Kansas City serve in Israel’s army

Barstow and Park University graduate Jake Fichman is a combat medic, part of a small group inside the Israel Defense Forces of “lone soldiers” — foreigners whose parents do not live in Israel. The support group Friends of the Israel Defense Forces estimates that a half-dozen Missouri and Kansas enlistees are among the 450 or so who enlist each year from the U.S.

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Super efficient apartments could bolster Kansas City’s reputation

A big joint effort, the Kansas City Energy Initiative, was unveiled in June. It challenges owners of large commercial buildings to compare their energy use with similar buildings in the U.S., and then look for ways to save energy to ensure they’ll be in the top 25 percent of building efficiency. Owners of 175 buildings have signed up. And Kansas City Power & Light has broadened its rebates for residential and business customers in Missouri and hopes to eventually extend them to Kansas.

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