Christmas in a children’s hospital? No better gift, couple says

Tara Jarvis and her pharmacist husband, Matt, are surprised and thankful that their almost 5-month-old daughter, Piper Grace Jarvis, who doctors and the couple were all but certain would be too congenitally sick to survive more than a few days, is not only alive but is so much on the mend that she is expected to go home from Children’s Mercy Hospital soon after the new year.


Secret Santa spreads cash and holiday joy to those in need

The anonymous benefactor known as Secret Santa dispatched his “elves” to hand out cash in Kansas City on Tuesday. The result was a succession of smiles from the recipients — and some tears of joy. Police Chief Darryl Forté participated for the first time. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp also participated.