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Chronic clutter fills many homes, and sometimes it can even be dangerous

Countless Americans fall somewhere on the “clutter-hoarding scale” created by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The first level requires no professional help to clean up, but level five requires teams of professionals. Clutter made the news this month when it played a role in two Kansas City area house fires.

Over 45 years, Star Magazine covered life in and around Kansas City

The Star’s Sunday magazine traces its modern origins to January 1970, when the first issue was published featuring best wishes from President Nixon and anthropologist Margaret Mead, among others. After 45 years as part of the Sunday Kansas City Star, the magazine ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015, edition.

Wet spring can lead to soil problems

From Dennis Patton: Extended wet periods can cause problems with our area soils. Soils in this part of the country, for the most part, tend to have high clay content. Clay is poorly drained and aerated, and holds high levels of water, which can be detrimental to many plants.

Habitat for Humanity prototype home has fame, but no interested buyers

It has been featured in Architectural Digest and Dwell. And there are, undoubtedly, plenty of architecture buffs who would jump at a chance to buy it. But the three-bedroom, low-slung home in Kansas City, Kan., has been empty for the better part of its nine-month existence, despite its sleek modern aesthetic.

Over 45 years, Star Magazine covered life in and around Kansas City

The Star’s Sunday magazine traces its modern origins to January 1970, when the first issue was published featuring best wishes from President Nixon and anthropologist Margaret Mead, among others. After 45 years as part of the Sunday Kansas City Star, the magazine ceases publication with the Feb. 22, 2015, edition.

Wet spring can lead to soil problems

From Dennis Patton: Extended wet periods can cause problems with our area soils. Soils in this part of the country, for the most part, tend to have high clay content. Clay is poorly drained and aerated, and holds high levels of water, which can be detrimental to many plants.

Habitat for Humanity prototype home has fame, but no interested buyers

It has been featured in Architectural Digest and Dwell. And there are, undoubtedly, plenty of architecture buffs who would jump at a chance to buy it. But the three-bedroom, low-slung home in Kansas City, Kan., has been empty for the better part of its nine-month existence, despite its sleek modern aesthetic.

 

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Snakebite deaths still rare, despite case from Missouri

Even though a 37-year-old southwest Missouri man died after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after wading into the James River, such deaths are relatively rare. Gilbert De Leon was with his girlfriend near Nixa on Friday when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten. De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and later died.

Snakebite deaths still rare, despite case from Missouri

Even though a 37-year-old southwest Missouri man died after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after wading into the James River, such deaths are relatively rare. Gilbert De Leon was with his girlfriend near Nixa on Friday when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten. De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and later died.

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Class of 2015 gets creative with mortarboards

Commencement mortarboards have come a long way from duct-taped greetings like “Hi, Mom!” Here are some of our favorites. We asked you to send some of the more creative offerings from this spring’s graduations. Click through the photos to see these heads of the class.