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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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Kraken and other fantasy beasts are to be released in Overland Park’s Museum at Prairiefire

“Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids,” a traveling exhibit presented by the American Museum of Natural History in New York that opens Saturday, may seem like a whimsical offering from such a prestigious institution. But there are good, and fascinating, reasons to conclude that these mythic creatures were inspired by real ones.

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Missouri won’t overlook FCS South Dakota State

No. 24 Missouri doesn’t expect South Dakota State to be a pushover Saturday when the 2014 season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The Jackrabbits, who are ranked No. 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision, reached the second round of the FCS playoffs last season.

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Samsung, LG show latest smartwatches

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung’s latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG’s has a round screen. Motorola also is expected to come out with a round-face smartwatch soon, the Moto 360.

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Bandidos bring bikes and raise eyebrows 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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