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TV crew locates toddler
A toddler, who was taken when a car thief stole the vehicle she was in, was safely rescued. A TV station operating a helicopter first located the toddler in the abandoned vehicle, Tony Rizzo and Matt Campbell report. Footage of her running away from the vehicle toward a police officer was captured by the crew.
Mania over August’s solar eclipse
Millions will crowd rooftops, yards, streets and farms to see the first solar eclipse of its kind in nearly 240 years. The eclipse, which will blot out the sun Aug. 21, is causing a frenzy in the public and private sector, Eric Adler reports, to plan for the coming influx of people.
A “screwed up” Kauffman Stadium?
A Washington Post columnist said renovations at Kauffman Stadium “screwed up” the venue, Pete Grathoff reports. The columnist also called Kansas City “West Nowhere.”
Mowing with a vengeance
Perhaps the best surreptitious insult ever seen: A neighbor mowed a design into his yard with an arrow pointing at his neighbor’s house, the same neighbor whom he has been feuding with, Lisa Gutierrez reports. Above the arrow is a pointed message to the neighbor and the world that Google Earth photographed. Click here to see it.
Sportswriter, opinion writer jump into KCI debate
After sportswriter Sam Mellinger weighed in on the KCI debate, Dave Helling of the The Star’s editorial board wrote a response with a column that explores the motivating factors for people when they step into the ballot box. Support for a new KCI is determined at least in part by how much one values short-term vs. long-term well-being, Helling writes.