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Fiery I-70 crash kills five
A crash on Interstate 70 near Bonner Springs killed at least five people, Shane Sanderson and Toriano Porter report. Two tractor-trailers involved in the crash were engulfed in flames, and the incident led to the closure of the highway.
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New York Times vs. MU
After a New York Times piece about the challenging aftermath of the 2015 race-related protests on the University of Missouri campus, MU officials contest the article is misleading, Mará Rose Williams reports. MU officials say The Times omitted key facts. The Times responded that the university is not challenging any facts in its story.
Groundbreaking for tiny houses for vets
The first steps in developing tiny houses for veterans were taken last week in south Kansas City, Rick Montgomery reports. The Veterans Village aims to offer free, temporary shelter to homeless people with a military background.
Trump Jr. and the Republican Party
The Star’s editorial board writes that the potential collusion shown by Donald Trump Jr.’s emails to a lawyer linked to the Russian government should be closely scrutinized by members of both parties. “Whether you are R, D, I or none of the above, the Russians, whose cyber capabilities are second only to our own, are coming for your power grid, your voter rolls, and your democracy,” the board writes.
What the MLB All-Star game could be
Sam Mellinger makes an impassioned plea to allow more emotions on the field during the midseason showcase of baseball’s best talent. He cites a few promising examples from Tuesday’s 88th All-Star game. “This sport is tremendous, for a lot of reasons, but at the highest level remains dictated by a culture more appropriate for the library than a game,” he wrote.