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Long Jump Records 2014-06-13 16:51:04
Jump, Name, High School, Year 1. 26-9 1/4, Dion Bentley, Pittsburgh Penn Hills, 1989 2. 26-8 1/4, Carl Lewis, Willingboro (N.J.), 1979 3. 26-5 1/2, Charles Smith, Las Vegas, 1984 4. 26-4 3/4, James Stallworth, Tare (Calif), 1989 5. 26-2 1/4, Ken Duncan, Sacramento McClatchey, 1972 6. 26-1 1/2, Todd Trimble, Kansas City (Mo.) Southeast, 1989 7. 26 3/4, Jerry Proctor, Pasadena (Calif) Muir, 1967 8. 26 2/4, Joe Richardson, Pasadena (Calif), 1984 9. 26-0, Johnny Cleveland, Soquel (Calif), 1984 10. 25-11 1/2, Larry Doubley, Los Angeles Manual Arts, 1976
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  1. N.Y. official: Ebola policy 'a real stunner'Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:58:29 GMT
    A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health care workers returning from West Africa after treating Ebola patients caught local and federal officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of the ... More...
  2. Giants tie World Series with 11-4 blowout of RoyalsSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:26:50 GMT
    Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday to tie the World Series at two games each. More...
  3. Live updates from World SeriesSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:26:09 GMT
    KMBC 9 News and KMBC.com provides non-stop live updates from the World Series as the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants. More...
  4. Shields, Bumgarner ready for rematch Sunday nightSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:24:58 GMT
    When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest. More...
  5. Fans who got tickets from Ellen savor trip to San FranciscoSun, 26 Oct 2014 02:47:52 GMT
    Karla Jameson and Marla Kamertath, two Royals fans from Kearney, said their experience in San Francisco has been "just awesome" so far. More...
  6. Mizzou tops Vanderbilt, improves to 6-2 on seasonSun, 26 Oct 2014 01:03:08 GMT
    Bud Sasser scored two touchdowns and Russell Hansbrough added another to lead Missouri past Vanderbilt 24-14 Saturday and end a two-game home losing streak. More...
  7. Have you seen this Ned Yost look-alike around Shawnee?Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:55:06 GMT
    Renny Brandy, if that's his real name, is enjoying the ride as a Ned Yost look-alike. More...
  8. Reward for information in Angel Hooper slaying hits $21KSat, 25 Oct 2014 21:51:35 GMT
    The reward has risen to $21,000 for information about a drive-by shooting that killed a 6-year-old Kansas City girl. More...
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  1. Have you seen this Ned Yost look-alike around Shawnee?Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:55:06 GMT
    Renny Brandy, if that's his real name, is enjoying the ride as a Ned Yost look-alike. More...
  2. Bus driver beats crying thief with bat while drivingFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:24:51 GMT
    A would-be thief who tried to steal a woman's handbag on a bus wasn't fast enough, got stuck in the vehicle's door as he tried to get away and was beaten by the driver as he continued to drive the bus. More...
  3. Thief steals 160,000 diapers from charityFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:22 GMT
    Police say more than 160,000 diapers donated to a children's charity have been stolen. More...
  4. Mystery surrounding missing Count Chocula solvedFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:59:03 GMT
    The cereal killer in Fort Collins has been found. More...
  5. Texas man's Halloween decor inspired by EbolaFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:41:32 GMT
    Ebola-themed Halloween decorations? That's the approach one Dallas-area man is taking. More...
  6. Oops: Man accidentally texts probation officer for potThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:41:36 GMT
    File this under 'Doh! A criminal in Georgia is headed back to jail after accidentally texting his probation officer asking if he had any marijuana. More...
  7. Characters brawl on Hollywood BoulevardThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:12:08 GMT
    Police are investigating a brawl that broke out between Mr. Incredible, Batgirl and other characters on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. More...
  8. KFC unveils a triple meat Double DownThu, 23 Oct 2014 09:53:03 GMT
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  9. Lovesick woman spends week mourning at KFCWed, 22 Oct 2014 20:50:08 GMT
    Forget the wine and chick flicks. A Chinese woman spent an entire week in mourning at KFC after being dumped by her boyfriend. More...
  10. Jail guard accused of smuggling pot in sandwichesWed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:34 GMT
    A corrections officer in Chicago is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into jail ... using sandwiches. More...
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  1. 2 officers die in 'one-man crime spree'Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:54:39 EDT
    By the time the California shooting spree suspects were arrested, they allegedly killed two sheriff's deputies in two counties, wounded a third deputy, attempted three car carjackings, and shot one of those drivers in the head -- all during a span of six hours Friday, prompting school lockdowns and a massive manhunt. More...
  2. 'Constantine': What's the verdict?Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:56:11 EDT
    Critics can't seem to agree on whether NBC's "Constantine" is worth staying home for (or DVRing) on Friday night. More...
  3. How $1 billion companies are madeSat, 25 Oct 2014 20:04:19 EDT
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You Are In A 1st Place Town 2014-09-03 21:03:21

By Marcus Austin, National OurTown News Editor,

Welcome to Kansas City. You are in a "1st Place Town." That's right, it is September,  2014 and the Kansas City Royals are in 1st place, preparing for a play-off run. This long awaited run comes at the same time the Kansas City Chiefs experienced a play-off game last year, in which they led by 28 points in the second half. With coach Andy Reid, an exciting draft class and definite motivation, the Chiefs are primed for a 1st place run.

Let's not forget that it is September,  2014  Sporting K. C. is also in 1st place. Sporting is coming off of a soccer season where they brought a 1st place finish and a championship to Kansas City.  Kansas City has quickly become a leader in soccer which was widely displayed during the World Cup. Kansas Citiies women's soccer team, FCKC is also getting ready to play a championship game.

Yes, Kansas City is a 1st Place Town in several other ways too. To name a few would be Barbecue, Jazz, and Negro Leagues Baseball. Finally, September 29th, during Monday Night Football, the fans at Arrowhead Stadium will attempt to reclaim their 1st place status from the Seattle Seahawks, 12th man,  as the NFL's "Loudest Stadium!"  We will see you there!

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  1. Hawaii officials warn that lava flow may force evacuationSun, 26 Oct 2014 07:00:52 GMT
    Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes. More...
  2. Officials say suspect in killings of California deputies was deported twiceSun, 26 Oct 2014 07:00:06 GMT
    The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff's deputies Friday, killing two, was deported twice and has a criminal record, federal officials said late Saturday.  More...
  3. Police arrest 2 gang members in killing of 9-year-old Anaheim girl shot outside her apartmentSun, 26 Oct 2014 00:21:53 GMT
    Two gang members were arrested in the killing of a 9-year-old Anaheim girl who was hit by stray gunfire while playing outside her apartment, police said Saturday. More...
  4. Oklahoma authorities: Man suspected of damaging Ten Commandments monument under evaluationSat, 25 Oct 2014 22:30:29 GMT
    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the man suspected of driving a car into a Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol is under mental evaluation. More...
  5. Calif. cop-killer suspect with AR-15-type assault weapon captured after tense manhunt, cops saySat, 25 Oct 2014 21:00:01 GMT
    A suspect described as a "one-man crime spree" is accused of shooting three Northern California sheriff's deputies, killing two of them and wounding a civilian, then eluding hundreds of searchers before being hunted down and forced to surrender, authorities said. More...
  6. Residents in path of Hawaii lava told to prepare for possible evacuation in 3 to 5 daysSat, 25 Oct 2014 20:45:54 GMT
    Hawaii authorities are telling residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to give days. More...
  7. Teacher tried to stop shooting at Washington state high schoolSat, 25 Oct 2014 19:16:31 GMT
    A union official says a newly hired high school teacher confronted a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Washington state school. More...
  8. You can't take favorite object with you, but your remains can rest in custom 3-D printed urnSat, 25 Oct 2014 18:32:25 GMT
    A Minnesota startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold. More...
  9. 3 California Highway Patrol officers accused of sharing nude photos of female DUI suspectsSat, 25 Oct 2014 18:20:24 GMT
    Authorities say a California Highway Patrol officer suspected of stealing nude and racy photos from the cellphones of women arrested on drunken driving charges sent those photos to at least two fellow officers. More...
  10. Lava from Hawaii volcano snakes toward rural town; flow is 250 yards from small country roadSat, 25 Oct 2014 16:45:28 GMT
    A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare. More...
Sports
  1. Giants knot World Series at 2 games apieceSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:43:18 GMT
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit stalled the Kansas City Royals with three shutout innings of relief and the San Francisco Giants rallied from behind with 10 straight runs during a five-inning stretch Saturday night en route to ... More...
  2. Giants tie World Series with 11-4 blowout of RoyalsSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:26:50 GMT
    Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday to tie the World Series at two games each. More...
  3. Live updates from World SeriesSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:26:09 GMT
    KMBC 9 News and KMBC.com provides non-stop live updates from the World Series as the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants. More...
  4. Shields, Bumgarner ready for rematch Sunday nightSun, 26 Oct 2014 04:24:58 GMT
    When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest. More...
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America's Top High Schools 2013-04-28 11:28:04

Although there are some excellent private high schools in our area, such as my alma mater, Rockhurst. Some of the public schools have endured challenges. For instance, the KCMO school district has lost it's accreditation.

However, there are public schools in our area that are excelling! There are five high schools in the Shawnee Mission school district in Overland Park Ks. There is Shawnee Mission, North, South, East, West, and Northwest. The community can take pride in the fact that this week the Washington Post has named four of the five schools as "America's Most Challenging Schools." Only 11 schools in Kansas were good enough to receive this honor.

This recognition is determined by the number of Advanced Placement Exams taken by our students each year. Shawnee Mission West also won the 6A State Championship in football this year. Principal, Dr. Charles Mc Lean was prompted to say, "This is another piece of data to support our claim that West is Best!?

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