Special Reports

Special Reports

Kansas City Zoo: Penguins

For the first time in more than 50 years, the Kansas City Zoo will feature an exhibit full of penguins. Four different species will inhabit the zoo's new $15 million exhibit — its most expensive undertaking yet.

Special Reports

Small town strong: the story of Overbrook, Kan.

Pundits have been writing America’s small-town obituaries for decades, yet towns hang on for reasons that seem hazy from a distance. So a Kansas City Star reporter spent much of the year in a small Kansas town to see what keeps small towns going in 2013. What he discovered included poultry swaps, volunteer fire fighters and coffee at the BP.

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When homes associations go bad

Homes associations are meant to keep neighborhoods from turning shabby and to maintain property values. But when homeowners don’t follow their strictly enforced regulations, they may be fined, end up in court or even lose their homes. Here are their horror stories.
Neil Nakahodo & Kris Knowles, nnakahodo@kcstar.com, kknowles@kcstar.com
When homes associations go bad 2:33

When homes associations go bad

Angry residents dig for truth at HOA 6:02

Angry residents dig for truth at HOA

Tennessee family battles HOA after daughter is nearly strangled 2:37

Tennessee family battles HOA after daughter is nearly strangled

Right and wrong ways to run an HOA 4:01

Right and wrong ways to run an HOA