The Star received almost 550 entries in its annual summer vacation photo contest. Our panel of judges, made up of Star photo editors, features editors and designers, chose one winner in each category (each winner scored $50). Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their summer adventures with us!
By taking the equality fight to the state of Kansas, Lawrence attorney David Brown may have penciled his name on history’s dance card. If Brown prevails, it could be a landmark decision that harkens back to another famous Kansas civil rights case: Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court said separate but equal is not equal at all.
How do you celebrate fall? With hay rides? Pumpkin picking? A scenic drive through gorgeous fall foliage? We want to see your photos of how you celebrate and love the season. Send your photos to our “Fall in Kansas City 2014” gallery at Mingle.KansasCity.com.
The University of Kansas Hospital’s 13th annual Treads & Threads gala, held Sept. 5 at Kansas Speedway, raised more than $1.4 million to support cancer patient care at the The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
‘Boo’ just doesn’t cut it anymore. Halloween attractions are becoming edgier and more high-tech to appease today’s appetite for fright. With video, animation and Hollywood-quality sets, “they are more sophisticated. They have gone to another level.”
The Kansas City Star offers a never-before-published account of the Battle of Westport by a young Kansas cavalryman, John Benton Hart. His great-grandson John Hart has shared an old man’s memoir, written in 1919, that scans the fighting against Gen. Sterling Price’s army from south of Lexington, through Independence, along Brush Creek and ultimately into Arkansas.
Vitaly Chernetsky of Kansas City is associate professor of Slavic languages and literature and associate director of the Center for East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. He came to America in 1989.
Union Station’s centennial celebration focuses not only on looking back but also on looking ahead. That’s a testimony to how important the building has been to the history of Kansas City — and how essential it is to shaping a brighter future for it. The building today — 100 years after 100,000 people saw it officially opened at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1914 — is still busy with activity from morning to night.
Mark and Tracy had both attended Eisenhower Middle School in Kansas City, Kan., and even though they hadn’t been friends, they remembered each other. They hit it off, and at the end of the evening, Mark asked Tracy for her phone number.