Vahe Gregorian

Royals’ Miguel Almonte makes sizzling debut that hints at bright future

Spontaneously during a chat in January, Royals vice-president for international operations Rene Francisco broached the name of a prospect on the cusp of being the Next Big Thing for the Royals — 21-year-old pitcher Miguel Almonte.


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Wounded Wyandotte County deputy is improving but still in critical condition, doctor says

Though Scott Wood remained on a ventilator in intensive care, he had improved enough that he was writing notes to others and cracking jokes about his nurse. He also used hand signals to tell his wife that he loved her. “The last 24 hours, the improvement my husband has made tells me God is healing him,” Staci Wood said while sitting next to their 16-year-old son, Blake, who called his father his “superman.”

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