Suspect in shootings at Jewish centers shows that hate is hard to handle

For years, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. was a man of many angry words as he spewed his hatred of Jewish people. But he managed to stay out of the courtroom, and law enforcement officials didn’t see signs that he would erupt in violence, as prosecutors say he did a week ago in Johnson County.

Families flee Kansas and Missouri so sick kids can get medical marijuana

Otis Reed will soon move from Kansas to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day. Otis is 2. He and little ones like him who suffer hundreds of seizures a day have become the new face of America’s discussion about marijuana. A growing number of health professionals say medical marijuana, specifically an oil extract called Charlotte’s Web, can help those children. The big question is, why do these families have to move to Colorado to get it?

Oak Grove artist Russell Joy finds his passion in stained glass

A few of Russell Joy’s stained glass windows are at businesses, restaurants and homes, but mostly they’re at churches, lighting up sanctuaries and chapels, cavernous and intimate, across the Kansas City area. Their themes are sacred and their styles range widely. They tell a story. They say a prayer. They stir a sensation. They do what stained glass does: twinkle, glow, radiate, illuminate.

Struggling Royals DH Billy Butler hasn’t been plugged in at the plate

Billy Butler hits baseballs. Hard. This is what he does. So what happens when the hitting stops, inexplicably if temporarily, at the start of what might be the most important season of a career? “I don’t think he’s ever been through anything like this,” Royals manager Ned Yost says. “I’ve never been through anything like that,” Butler says.

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In 2014, the Boston Marathon is a very human race

This year’s marathon will be a celebration of the sport a year after two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Sixteen people lost limbs. Qualifying for this year’s marathon was tougher than ever after last year’s tragedy created so much interest in the race. But five Kansas City area runners made the cut. Each brings a special story to Boston.

The 87th annual Kansas Relays

High school and college track and field athletes from across the Midwest competed in the 87th annual Kansas Relays at the newly constructed Rock Chalk Park in West Lawrence.

Blooms proclaim that we are blessed

I’ve been to some places in this world where people should not be obliged to live. To remember those grim scenes — as in spite of myself I sometimes do — is to be reminded that we’re privileged to live in an urban forest in one of the planet’s sainted zones.

This year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse is a stylish home of note

The first goal of any showhouse is to raise money for a nonprofit. The second is to give designers a chance to play with trends and showcase their design chops. Many of this year’s trends have been skillfully applied by local designers to put a fresh modern twist on a stately and traditional home to produce the 45th annual Symphony Designers’ Showhouse at 1256 West 59th St.

Remote monitoring of patients expands the medical frontier

It may not be long before many of us are being watched over by distant health care professionals as we go about our lives. There’s a booming new market in remote patient monitoring technology that promises to change the way we diagnose perplexing conditions, manage recently hospitalized patients and care for the frail elderly.

In Black and Gold Game, Maty Mauk shows he’s ready to take Missouri’s reins

As spring games go, Missouri’s Black and Gold Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium was a thriller. Of course, the final score — the reserves, who started with a 14-point lead, rallied for a 21-20 victory in the closing seconds — doesn’t matter much. The 15th and final spring practice for a Tigers team that is eager to build off a 12-2 season in 2013 was less about winning than it was about preparing to win.

Anti-Semitism in Johnson County is not the norm

The murder spree that left three dead, as a man gone berserk thought he was mowing down Jews, has given Overland Park recognition for prejudice and violence, when that is the complete opposite of what Johnson County has stood for.

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