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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.


Chiefs have a special feeling about showdown with the Steelers

Exactly 28 years ago Sunday at old Three Rivers Stadium, the Chiefs turned in one of the most remarkable performances in franchise history, scoring three touchdowns on special teams for a 24-19 win over the Steelers that clinched the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 15 years. The circumstances are strikingly similar this weekend.

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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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Golden Ox joins the list of iconic Kansas City restaurants that are gone

When the Golden Ox Restaurant & Lounge in the West Bottoms closed Saturday night, it went the way of other iconic Kansas City restaurants like Italian Gardens and Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm Restaurant. But some longtime operations are showing no signs of slowing down. They are drawing their fourth generation of customers and expanding throughout the metro.

Vahe Gregorian

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore has earned not just faith, but trust

No, the Royals didn’t win the World Series, and there’s no assurance they’ll make it back soon. Just the same, the 2014 season created a transformative new frame of reference. It’s one that says “same old Royals” is an obsolete term, that you needn’t look at every setback as crippling, that a trapdoor isn’t inevitably waiting to spring open, and that it’s rational to have hope.

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Steve Rose

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.

C.W. Gusewelle

Let’s drink heartily from that cup of kindness

Certainly there are many unhappy people in this world — ones resentful of the fate that bad luck or poor choices have dealt them. One hears or reads about them every day. But all around us also are these others whose good nature and resourcefulness, though seldom properly celebrated, bring light and happiness to the troubled days of us all.

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