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.

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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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Boilermakers union leaders receive lofty pay, benefits

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, an international union based in Kansas City, Kan., rewards its officers with big pay and top-flight perks. The Boilermakers say theirs is just like any other union, but labor watchdogs disagree, asking: Should a nonprofit be spending that way?

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