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“One City, One Flag”
Graham Ripple wants to foster unity and togetherness by creating a contest to produce a flag to represent all 14 counties that make up the Kansas City metropolitan area, Rick Montgomery reports. The problem was and remains that unity is far from the national narrative in today’s polarized political climate.
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Trump and obstruction of justice
There’s been a turning point in the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election: President Donald Trump is now personally being investigated. Trump, who long sought assurances from former FBI director James Comey that he wasn’t personally being scrutinized by investigators, started being examined for potentially obstructing justice in the Russia probe after he fired Comey.
‘Wild car’ accident 58 years ago
A story behind a freak accident on a Kansas City golf course in 1959 came to an end Wednesday, 58 years later, Eric Adler reports. A runaway car belonging to Donald Barnhart struck people on the course, including Janet Stephenson. The two, linked by a freak accident on a day decades ago and then never coming in contact again, each had funeral services Wednesday.
An attack on all of us
The Star’s editorial board writes that Wednesday’s attack on Republicans practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria, Va., is an attack on all of us. “Before we go off to our usual corners to disagree on what should happen now, let’s just stand with them quietly for a minute, in solidarity,” the board writes.
Judy Thomas reports the attack highlights a trend that terrorism experts have recently been monitoring: the ramping up of violence committed by the left.
Royals winning streak at four
The Royals’ 7-2 victory over the Giants Wednesday extended the team’s winning streak to four games, Rustin Dodd reports. Mike Moustakas blasted a home run into McCovey Cove at AT&T Park.