Chiefs exploit Steelers’ secondary at the expense of the running game

Instead of playing press coverage on the outside, and forcing Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith to make throws to contested receivers, the Steelers instead played lots of off coverage, allowing Smith to throw short passes to the left and right sides. The result was a quintessential bend-but-don’t break effort Pittsburgh as Smith and his receivers posted huge numbers but failed to punch the ball into the end zone even once.

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The best films of 2014: Three critics’ picks

Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby concurred that Michael Keaton’s “Birdman” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” belonged on their individual lists, but there are many other movies our critics believe are among the year’s best. Check out their lists.

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Laura Bauer: When kids are hungry, the Kansas City area helps

That’s been demonstrated year after year since 2010, when The Star and Harvesters first partnered on the KC Challenge, a virtual food drive aimed at feeding the area’s hungriest children. In five years, you’ve donated nearly $1 million. As this year’s drive enters the final days, there’s still time to contribute.

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The Monday Poll: Weigh in on President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama last week announced an end to the nation’s stone-cold isolation policies regarding Cuba. The reversal of a 53-year-old stance, would mean upgrading a Cuban interest section in Havana to a full-fledged embassy; easing travel restrictions on U.S. citizens; and opening dialogues aimed at loosening a trade embargo and fostering change in the island government’s repressive hold on its people. We’d like to hear your thoughts.


With Black Wolf Hunting Club, Eric Morris tries to introduce sport to more African-Americans

Eric Morris founded the Black Wolf Hunting Club with the goal of attracting African-Americans to hunting, an ambitious goal considering that federal surveys show that less than 5 percent of all participants are black. He says a recent outing at at the Harding Gamebirds hunting preserve in northern Missouri “is proof that blacks can have a great time hunting. We just have to give them the opportunity.”

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A huge holiday gift reflects community spirit

Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.

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