Kansas City often cant compete with much of what Boston and other East Coast elites such as New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. can offer. But more optimistically, Kansas City can compete for new residents and jobs on issues that are extremely important to people in general and millennials specifically.
That sure was a lot of fun on Wednesday, as some Missouri Republicans revved up their inane bid to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon. It also was yet another waste of time by our taxpayer-supported lawmakers in Jefferson City.
The canyon of noise that engulfed thousands of runners in downtown here today was only one indication that the 118th version of the historic Boston Marathon may have been the most emotional one ever. Along with about 150 other Kansas City runners, I took part in a race that America's running community will be talking about and celebrating for years.
It's off to the races Monday morning for myself and 35,999 other runners at the 118th Boston Marathon. My plan is to run under 3 hours and 40 minutes. If I do it at age 58, great, I will be qualified for another one of these in 2015. And if I run slower, and I certainly could, that's the way these 26.2-mile races go!
On a chilly but sunny Sunday here, runners from around the world gathered the day before the 118th Boston Marathon. Here is what I am seeing less than 24 hours before we head to the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass.
Runners start the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., 26.2 miles away from the finish line, in a place filled with its own traditions. One of the best will occur again Monday. As runners shed hats, gloves, sweatshirts, sweatpants and other clothes used to keep themselves warm before the race, charity officials then pick up and reuse the clothing.
The recent highway shootings are among the grim reminders that Kansas Citys unacceptably high rates of violent crime and murder affect its reputation. Its essential that leaders keep trying to reduce these rates. They are bad for businesses, bad for tourists and especially bad for residents.
Even though the suspect likely visited two Jewish facilities on Sunday allegedly hoping to kill people of the Jewish faith, that plot failed miserably. In the end, the suspect who senselessly took the lives of three people was another mad person with a gun.
About 125 Kansas City area runners cant wait to run the fabled 26.2 miles of next Mondays Boston Marathon. They offer compelling, emotional and personal reasons for pursuing that quest. Many focus on showing the tremendous power of the human spirit to overcome tragedies like the deadly bombing that struck the historic marathon one year ago Tuesday, on April 15, 2013.
The University of Missouri is too fine of a school to become a sad, national joke because of all the recent embarrassing incidents involving the athletic department. The seamy side of college athletics can really sully a schools reputation.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker made the right decision in taking action to oust a convicted felon from the County Legislature. Fortunately, James Tindall made the proper call to announce that he would step away on June 30.
Costly plans to expand the downtown streetcar line and to dramatically update Kansas City International Airport are under attack by many people. But will a risk-taking community eventually approve one or both of these plans as it has done many times in the past with controversial and expensive projects?
As fun or silly as the online game to find Americas worst parking craters might seem, it has a serious purpose: Get cities to look at the problems they have created by dedicating so much space to parking los in downtown rather than more productive activities, such as residential towers or office buildings.
Caving to pressure from the National Rifle Association, the Kansas Legislature has passed a bill that takes away the rights of officials in Johnson County and in other local governments to pass gun-control laws to protect their own communities.
Taxpayers in Kansas City and in Jackson County wound up on the wrong side of the ledger and paid out for the actions taken by their government officials.
Unfortunately, Kansas Citys often-empty downtown parking lots have caught the attention of a group thats holding a contest to find Americas worst parking craters.
How courteous of them: Missouris gun-happy lawmakers have backed down from one confrontation with the federal government. House members this week decided that a new law they want to pass will not require the arrest of U.S. agents who enforce federal gun laws.
A new report contains bad news for Kansans, for Gov. Sam Brownbacks re-election campaign and for all the Republicans who embrace tax cuts as the answer for everything. Oh, and its good news for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis.
Dont get your hopes up, Overland Park residents. Google Fiber does not appear headed your way anytime soon, even if you are an extremely prosperous community, the second largest city in the Kansas City area and the shining star of the Kansas jobs market.
Now that the rah-rah speeches by Kansas City Maor Sly James and Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert are over, it turns out Kansas City and Johnson County communities arent so different in some key ways.
The sport of running is a great one. Dont let a study like this one stop you from enjoying it. Ive long had the view that I enjoy distance running so much that I will take some of the bad that might come from it in exchange for the many friends and the other benefits I have received.
Give it up to the NIMBY crowd: The anti-streetcar Brooksiders won the first round. If the City Council approves a new plan on Thursday, Brooksiders who have been vocal against bringing streetcars to their area will be carved out of the transportation development district.
While name-calling isnt always productive, you could sense the frustration in Mayor Sly James attitude as he delivered his mostly upbeat State of the City speech at Park Hill High School. In each instance he used the term idiots, James was right on.
University of Kansas basketball fans and coach Bill Self wont like hearing this contention, but: For the last two years Wichita State University has gotten as much if not more deserved national acclaim than the Jayhawks. Wichita State fans could argue their team has taken over as the best college team in Kansas.
Friday was a great day for Andrew Wiggins, the freshman sensation for the University of Kansas, which defeated Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament. And Friday was an absolute deflating day for Jabari Parker of Duke University,