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UMKC’s misleading march to the top

For years, UMKC’s Bloch School struggled for dollars and recognition as it sought to join the nation’s elite business schools. That all changed in 2011 when UMKC vaulted above Harvard, MIT and Stanford in rankings for innovation management research, on the heels of Henry Bloch’s $32 million gift to the school for a state-of-the-art facility. But behind UMKC’s rise to No. 1, a trail of exaggerations, misstatements, selective science and nondisclosures raises questions about the validity of the rankings.

Technology

Special report: Merger with T-Mobile would dial up tough choices for Sprint

On the second day of a two-day series, The Star looks at Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.’s possible merger with T-Mobile US Inc. The deal could mean throwing the Sprint brand under the bus and putting T-Mobile’s flamboyant top executive, John Legere, in charge. Day one: After years of blocked ambitions and dropped subscribers, the top brass at Sprint plot a dicey merger with T-Mobile while its network czars take aim at leapfrogging the competition.

Special Reports

Kansas City’s True Crime: A look at the area’s notorious history

The 1933 Union Station massacre. The 1980 slaying of musician Steve Harvey. The 1988 arson-caused explosion that left six firefighters dead. The case of Robert R. Courtney, a pharmacist who diluted the cancer drugs for numerous patients. They are but four criminal cases from the Kansas City area that had an impact nationwide. This special section tells these stories and six more notorious cases that are also collected in the new book “Kansas City Crime Central” by Monroe Dodd.

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