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Coach’s owner grieves, has bad news for employees
Brian Darby, a co-owner of the Coach’s Bar & Grill destroyed by floodwaters last week in south KC, recently told his employees to look for new jobs, Robert Cronkleton reports. “We told them that they are like family to us and their loyalty to us through the years has been amazing,” Darby said.
Royals halt losing skid
The Royals beat the Mariners 6-4 on Thursday, halting a three-game skid. Manager Ned Yost was ejected for the second straight game, but that didn’t hinder what felt like an offensive explosion after a 13-inning scoreless drought dating back to Wednesday in Baltimore.
Jackson County jail in ‘crisis’
That’s the word used by a consultant to describe the jail to county legislators during a special meeting Thursday, Matt Campbell reports. Guard shortages and low compensation, as well as an aging facility are among the problems.
Scrutiny of jail took too long
The Star’s editorial board writes it has taken “way, way too long” for scrutiny by legislators and other officials of the Jackson County jail’s dangerous conditions. The board also questioned County Executive Frank White’s abscense from the Thursday special meeting, a troubling development “especially because White hasn’t shown an inclination to act quickly and decisively to fix a jail in crisis.”
Parkville plans welcome for Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff will return home to Parkville this weekend, and the city is planning a special welcome, Aaron Randle reports. “We are proud of Sophia, and we know she will represent Parkville well as she tends to her responsibilities as Miss Teen USA,” said the mayor of the city.