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Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why

Some cite reality TV, films about sexually active youths and the Internet. Some cite more effective contraceptives and straight talk in schools. Some point to the stigma of abortion and even the long economic slowdown. Whatever is driving down teen pregnancy numbers, “we call it the greatest story never told,” said Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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One man’s blindness helps brighten prospects for KC transit

ATA chairman Robbie Makinen is a 50-year-old former social worker whose sudden blindness last year made him dependent on public transportation and now feeds his passion for fixing Kansas City’s fractured transit system. And 33 years after breaking away from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County is thinking of hiring the ATA to run its bus service.

Northland programs help put renters into homes of their own

Habitat for Humanity and Fuller Center for Housing were founded nationally, based on biblical principles. Both are making homeownership a reality for families in the Northland. Meet some of the people who look forward to a new home, and one who has enjoyed hers for a while now.

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Kansas governor candidate Paul Davis was at strip club raided for drugs in 1998

A Montgomery County sheriff’s office report says police found Davis on a couch in a private room with a woman wearing a G-string when the club Secrets was raided in August 1998. The Democratic opponent of Gov. Sam Brownback said he was not charged, arrested or detained. Davis was 26 and single at the time the raid occurred, about five years before he entered the Legislature.

National panel urges overhauling health care at end of life

The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, calls for sweeping change. The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant cost savings that would help make health care more affordable.

Kansas governor candidate Paul Davis was at strip club raided for drugs in 1998

A Montgomery County sheriff’s office report says police found Davis on a couch in a private room with a woman wearing a G-string when the club Secrets was raided in August 1998. The Democratic opponent of Gov. Sam Brownback said he was not charged, arrested or detained. Davis was 26 and single at the time the raid occurred, about five years before he entered the Legislature.

National panel urges overhauling health care at end of life

The 21-member nonpartisan committee, appointed by the Institute of Medicine, the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, calls for sweeping change. The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant cost savings that would help make health care more affordable.

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NFL must play lead role to end the abuse of women

Despite all of the angst in the NFL right now, when it comes to domestic violence, the discussion is lame and frustrating. We can create all the shelters and women-be-smart programs we want, but we wouldn’t really be addressing the root of the problem: men. We wouldn’t be asking the people to step up who could really make a difference but aren’t: men.

NFL must play lead role to end the abuse of women

Despite all of the angst in the NFL right now, when it comes to domestic violence, the discussion is lame and frustrating. We can create all the shelters and women-be-smart programs we want, but we wouldn’t really be addressing the root of the problem: men. We wouldn’t be asking the people to step up who could really make a difference but aren’t: men.

Humans hate and cats await crickets on the march

Each morning, crickets wait in serious numbers at the threshold of our front door. When one of us goes outside to fetch the newspaper or turn on the lawn sprinkler, they take that as an invitation and rush inside.

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Festival brings retail traffic to downtown Mission

The two-day Mission Arts & Eats Festival and Battle of the Brisket Kansas State Championship barbecue had to compete with events around the metro area and still draw people who have been avoiding the “Johnson Drive nightmare.” But people still turned up to buy locally made products and brought sales to surrounding businesses.

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Video: Plaza Art Fair is this weekend

The 83rd annual Plaza Art Fair at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City is this weekend. The three-day fair features more than 200 artists from across the country, food from 24 Plaza restaurants and music.