Billy Butler is a very good hitter, whether people acknowledge it or not

I guess I should be used to this by now, but Sunday’s column was about the worst (first?) slump of Billy Butler’s life which means most of the emails and voicemails have been about how Butler stinks and should be, at best, a pinch hitter in the National League. A significant — or at least significantly loud — segment of Royals fans refuses to acknowledge that Butler has established himself as one of the game’s better hitters.

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For Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., a war declaration and a reduced sentence

In December 1987, he was facing 15 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines after mailing a “Declaration of War” to authorities and white activists across the country. In a letter to the judge, Miller said his declaration was wrong. Miller cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to cooperate fully with a federal investigation. In less than three years, he was a free man.

Tipster power leads to shooting arrest

As Mayor Sly James said at the news conference announcing the arrest of Mohammed Whitaker in connection with the series of recent highway shootings, it takes some bravery to report suspicious behavior or step forward as a witness. But it’s far better for all of us than living in fear.

KCI task force is poised to recommend airport terminal layout

The KCI Terminal Advisory Group appears ready to decide Tuesday or soon after on a specific terminal configuration for the airport’s future. The group is expected to recommend one of three options: major renovation of two existing terminals, renovation of two existing terminals with a central building connection, or construction of a new single terminal.

Actress Connie Stevens wants to make people laugh — because they need it

Connie Stevens — who is in town to star in the New Theatre Restaurant production of “Miracle on South Division Street” — was the classic studio starlet. She made dumb TV shows (“Hawaiian Eye”) and movies we now regard as camp (“Parrish,” “Susan Slade”). She made pop records. As time went by, she played Vegas. But as is often the case with celebrities we think we know, a serious human being is at work behind the superficial imagery.

Teachers from UMKC learn to survive urban schools’ rigors

By now, at least half of them should be gone. Out of teaching within five years. That’s the national trend the first graduating class of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Urban Education was up against. Yet they’ve made it. All of them.

Christians around the world celebrate Easter

From the splendor of the Vatican to some of the world's most troubled regions, Christians worldwide sought hope Sunday in their religion's holiest event — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. In Rome, Pope Francis made an Easter plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria. He also called for more attention to the needy and the hungry.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

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