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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. Giants' bullpen melts down in 7-2 loss to RoyalsThu, 23 Oct 2014 04:15:29 GMT
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  6. Royals win World Series Game 2: Live updatesThu, 23 Oct 2014 03:36:24 GMT
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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. Investigators using cell phone records to track movements of Indiana serial killing suspectThu, 23 Oct 2014 05:38:40 GMT
    Investigators are using the cellphone records of an Indiana man already charged in the slayings of two women to pinpoint his movements after he told police he liked to check on the status of bodies he'd previously stashed after a fresh kill, authorities said. More...
  2. Police use technology to track movements of suspect in Indiana killings as probe widensThu, 23 Oct 2014 05:15:18 GMT
    Investigators are using the cellphone records of an Indiana man already charged in the slayings of two women to pinpoint his movements after he told police he liked to check on the status of bodies he'd previously stashed after a fresh kill, authorities said. More...
  3. Inmate who escaped from Chicago federal lockup sentenced to 36-year term for bank robberiesThu, 23 Oct 2014 03:30:01 GMT
    A bank robber who escaped from Chicago's high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. More...
  4. AP NewsBreak: California prisons to end policy that segregated inmates by race after riotsThu, 23 Oct 2014 01:08:12 GMT
    California prison officials have agreed to end a policy that segregated inmates based on their race after a riot. More...
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    The National Park Service says vandalism has been found within five western national parks and officials are investigating vandalism reports at five other parks. More...
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    A northern Oregon city is being forced to use a van as its sole library after a blueprint mix-up shut down the new $1.2 million public library building. More...
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    A Romanian princess who helped run a cockfighting enterprise in Oregon has been sentenced to three years of probation and won't have to go to prison. More...
  8. How academic scandal at University of North Carolina worked to help athletes, other studentsWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:32:33 GMT
    The academic scandal at the University of North Carolina unfolded over nearly two decades and involved about 3,100 students, nearly half of them athletes, according to a report released Wednesday by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. More...
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Sports
  1. Royals ride five-run inning to Game 2 routThu, 23 Oct 2014 05:58:29 GMT
    Salvador Perez hit a two-run double and Omar Infante belted a two-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece. More...
  2. Giants' bullpen melts down in 7-2 loss to RoyalsThu, 23 Oct 2014 04:15:29 GMT
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy signaled to his bullpen and got no relief. Over and over. More...
  3. Fans party at Kansas City's Power and Light District to celebrate winThu, 23 Oct 2014 04:06:27 GMT
    Thousands of fans gathered in Kansas City's Power and Light District on Wednesday night to cheer their Royals on and celebrate the victory. More...
  4. Butler delivers 2 big hits, KC evens World SeriesThu, 23 Oct 2014 04:01:11 GMT
    A big-and-burly thumper still has a place on these flash-and-dash Kansas City Royals, it seems. Especially if he can deliver clutch hits in the World Series, the way Billy Butler did Wednesday night. 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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