Living

Eat & Drink

The bee savers: From city to country, these keepers are building buzz

Meet four people with a bee in their bonnets: virtual beekeepers Barbara and Bryan Ritter of Garland, Kan.; executive chef Kyle Williams, who tends a corporate-sponsored beehive at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kansas City; and John Speckman, a professional apiarist — or beekeeper — who lives in Shawnee and has a passion for educating beginners in the art of keeping honeybees.

Living

‘Fun jumpers’ take the leap from three miles up

They jump out of a plane together in the day and party together at night. Yeah, “fun jumpers” sounds about right. That’s what you get at Skydive KC at the airport in Butler, Mo. They show up every weekend morning for that one minute when everything else in life goes away.

Health & Fitness

National liver transplant proposal gets thumbs down in region

A proposal that would change the way donor livers are allocated drew sharp opposition from doctors and others in a six-state region that encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. “I think this policy proposal is seriously flawed,” one St. Louis surgeon said of the changes proposed by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

House & Home

Mailbox gardens are a ‘first class’ idea

Think of the mailbox as a piece of functional sculpture that gives your little garden both a focal point and a vertical element. Then design around it, choosing hard-working plants that will thrive in the often challenging conditions at the curb.

House & Home

Give your old clothes to charity, and help save the planet

Most Americans don’t realize that all but 5 percent of clothes and household linens can be recycled by bagging it up and dropping it off at a charity. You may think no one wants your smelly old shoes or ketchup-stained shirt, but they do. It is the first step in reducing a growing problem: 25 billion pounds of textiles are generated each year and only 15 percent get recycled.

 

Videos

Mold and peeling paint create maintenance headaches at Truman Home

Planning is underway by the National Park Service to address extensive mold and areas of peeling paint on the exterior of the Truman home in Independence. The work should be done by spring.
Keith Myers The Kansas City Star
Mold and peeling paint create maintenance headaches at Truman Home 1:43

Mold and peeling paint create maintenance headaches at Truman Home

Virtual beekeepers help save the honeybees 2:45

Virtual beekeepers help save the honeybees

Hillary or the Donald — which mask will you wear? 1:33

Hillary or the Donald — which mask will you wear?

Oak Mites' Bite: Within hours 'I was itching like crazy' 0:43

Oak Mites' Bite: Within hours 'I was itching like crazy'

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