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Steve Rose: Here’s how to sell reluctant voters on a new airport

Kansas City voters’ willingness to approve a sales tax for economic development on the East Side could portend well for the future of Kansas City International Airport. Apparently people can be educated and sold on the idea of caring about something besides their own narrow self-interest. Now, proponents need to convince voters that a new airport is critical to Kansas City as a whole.

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Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

"I sat outside my home and listened to my sister scream for help," wrote Kayla Perez, 21, of Overland Park, who is the author of the first story in a new book, "Welcome to My Neighborhood." It is framed as a children's book, similar to Golden Books, but the stories are true, dire and grim. They're written by teenagers in the Youth Ambassador program, including Perez, who penned her story when she was 17 years old and living under the same roof as a crack addict her mother had married. The book, a pro bono project of the advertising and marketing company VML, will be introduced to Kansas City civic leaders at a dinner Tuesday. The Youth Ambassador program promotes youth development and addresses social and academic challenges for underserved teenagers.
Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married 1:47

Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

Lewis Diuguid talks about his friendship with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee 1:49

Lewis Diuguid talks about his friendship with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee

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White Privilege Conference coming to KC

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Firefighters contain blaze at apartment complex