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Overland Park motorcycle racing
Neighbors in Overland Park are making a plea: stop motorcycle racing in our neighborhoods. Police in the city are aware of motorcyclists roaring down Switzer Road past Blue Valley schools, almost on a nightly basis, Joe Robertson reports. It’s been happening for years. Alec Haith died Sunday in a crash on Switzer.
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Sal Perez’s game-winning slam
Salvador Perez hit his first grand slam Wednesday afternoon — a game-winning shot to left field on a full count. It was the most momentous homer of the Royals season, Rustin Dodd writes, and sealed a victory against the Red Sox. The Royals are now 25-16 since early May and 3 1/2 games out of first place. Watch the grand slam and Perez avoid a postgame splash here.
Database: KC employee salaries
Curious about how much city employee earn? Kelsey Ryan reports on a Kansas City database that lists salary information for every city employee in 2016.
Fireworks on Longview Lake canceled
Jackson County officials told Mike Hendricks that, after five years of hosting one of the largest Fourth of July events in the metro area, the festivities at Longview Lake would be canceled due to budget constraints.
Federal help welcome in combating KC crime
The Star’s editorial board writes that federal help is welcome in Kansas City to combat an unrelenting upward trajectory in the city’s crime rate. “Kansas City is one of 12 metropolitan areas named in the first round of a new U.S. Department of Justice effort to stem crime,” the board writes. “So far, details are scant. But any assistance in combating violent crime is welcome.”