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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. Boy Scouts change policy on gay leadersTue, 28 Jul 2015 00:26:13 GMT
    The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it's lifting the ban on gay adults as Scout leaders. "On Monday July 27 the national executive board ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees," Boy Scou... More...
  2. Salvation Army gets big donation to help people keep coolMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:36:14 GMT
    The Salvation Army receives a gift that will help more families beat the heat. More...
  3. Friends, family celebrate birthday of teen shooting victimMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:25:13 GMT
    Friends and family members are celebrating a birthday for a teenage girl injured in a shooting at her home early this month. More...
  4. Carbon monoxide sickens 4 at Kansas City homeMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:24:55 GMT
    Four construction workers were taken to a hospital early Monday after becoming sick from carbon monoxide at a Kansas City home. More...
  5. Charges may come soon in Greenwood dog bite caseMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:22:06 GMT
    Charges could come as early as Tuesday against the owner of a pit bull involved in the mauling of a toddler over the weekend. More...
  6. Gun store shooting suspect appears ready for guilty pleaMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:20:30 GMT
    At least one She's a Pistol suspect has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and says he plans to plead guilty to avoid putting witnesses through the pain of reliving the traumatic event.  More...
  7. Man accused in mall 'upskirting' case appears in courtMon, 27 Jul 2015 22:12:43 GMT
    The man accused of taking photos up a teenage clerk’s skirt at an Oak Park Mall store appears in court. More...
  8. Grandview man charged with murder in father's deathMon, 27 Jul 2015 20:24:58 GMT
    Police said a 44-year-old Grandview man has been charged with murder in connection with his father’s death. More...
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    A Texas family is dealing with an infestation of copperheads that has hundreds of the snakes slithering over their property nightly. More...
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    A traffic stop of one car in Vermont over the weekend netted two drunken-driving arrests after police said a backseat passenger jumped behind the wheel. More...
  3. Dennis Rodman endorses Trump for presidentSat, 25 Jul 2015 22:09:18 GMT
    As Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign lurches from one controversy to another, the real estate mogul on Friday gained the support of a widely-recognized celebrity with experience in international diplomacy: NBA hall-of-famer Dennis Rodman. More...
  4. Bowe Bergdahl detained in pot raidSat, 25 Jul 2015 02:04:22 GMT
    Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban and released in an exchanged orchestrated by President Barack Obama, was involved in a marijuana raid in California. More...
  5. Feds: Philly postman didn't deliver 22,000 pieces of mailFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:30:56 GMT
    Instead of delivering 22,000 pieces of mail, a Philadelphia postal worker brought them home, according to federal prosecutors. More...
  6. Bono: 'Rick Santorum is in the house!'Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:41:34 GMT
    Rock legend Bono put the spotlight on GOP presidential Rick Santorum on Wednesday during U2's concert in New York City, praising the usually buttoned-up social conservative for his help fighting AIDS in Africa. Santorum attended a U2 concert in New Yo... More...
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    Police say a man snuck into a New Jersey home and hid under a spare room's bed for three days before the homeowner spotted him. More...
  8. Couple crafts personal shark cages for swimming in NCWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:17:07 GMT
    A Virginia couple visiting Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina for a day at the beach made sure they were shark-proof before getting into the water. More...
  9. French Scrabble champion doesn't speak FrenchWed, 22 Jul 2015 10:33:12 GMT
    He's been called the LeBron of Scrabble, and for good reason. Nigel Richards is the world's best Scrabble player, and he proved it again on Monday by winning the World Champion for the Francophone Classic Scrabble of 2015, in Louvain-La Neuve, Belgium... More...
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    A Wamego, Kansas, woman has had a lucky couple of days that wrapped up with a big lottery win. More...
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  1. Sources: Nation's disabled work program mired in corruptionMon, 27 Jul 2015 20:59:03 EDT
  2. What's next for disability rights?Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:55:19 EDT
    Wrestler and martial artist Kyle Maynard has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, traveled the world and won an ESPY Award. It may come as a surprise to some people that he's done all of it, and more, as a quadruple amputee. More...
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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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    A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. More...
  2. Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults; church-run units could maintain itMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:32:51 GMT
    The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. More...
  3. Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:30:52 GMT
    The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith. More...
  4. Retired LAPD detective charged with bank robbery will be held without bailMon, 27 Jul 2015 23:19:09 GMT
    A retired Los Angeles police detective suspected of robbing five banks has been ordered held without bail. More...
  5. Officer suspended after video shows him tossing food at intoxicated homeless man in handcuffsMon, 27 Jul 2015 22:52:02 GMT
    A southwest Florida police officer has been suspended after his superiors watched a video of him tossing food to a handcuffed suspect at the county jail and then allowing the man to eat the food off the floor. More...
  6. Police say boy dead in car was Arkansas judge's son; family calls death 'tragic accident'Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:42:06 GMT
    Police say an 18-month-old boy found dead in a hot vehicle in Arkansas last week was the son of a juvenile court judge. More...
  7. Cut Meeting Time -- and Make 'GRIT' Happen!Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:30:00 GMT
    Did you ever think "generosity" would be the goal of a good meeting? It is now. More...
  8. Judge ends parental rights for Detroit mother convicted of killing 2 of her childrenMon, 27 Jul 2015 22:14:28 GMT
    A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Detroit mother who was convicted of killing two of her four children and placed their bodies in a deep freezer in the family's home. More...
  9. 3 teens sought in Arkansas fatal shooting investigation on their way back from TexasMon, 27 Jul 2015 22:08:11 GMT
    Three teenagers sought for questioning in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas couple are on their way back to the state. More...
  10. Neighbors recall volatility of Phoenix couple before discovery of wife's decapitated bodyMon, 27 Jul 2015 22:07:34 GMT
    A Phoenix woman who police believe was decapitated by her husband was in a marriage that neighbors said was fraught with public fights. More...
  1. Report: Galette passes physical, paving way for releaseMon, 27 Jul 2015 19:45:30 GMT
    Junior Galette reportedly passed his physical with the New Orleans Saints on Monday and was set to be released. More...
  2. Disney's Bob Iger: ESPN could be sold directly to consumersMon, 27 Jul 2015 19:43:09 GMT
    ESPN, one of the most popular networks in cable, could one day be sold directly to consumers who are cutting the cord, Disney CEO Bob Iger believes. Iger said that Disney has even done some research into pricing for a stand-alone ESPN, but said the co... More...
  3. OT Jonathan Martin retiresMon, 27 Jul 2015 19:41:32 GMT
    Former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is retiring from the NFL. More...
  4. Vikings RB Peterson wants to play until 'I am 36 or 37'Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:36:46 GMT
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the center of attention as training camp got underway over the weekend, doesn't see an end to his career for many years to come. More...
America's Top Schools Reside Here
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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