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  1. FDA releases proposed e-cigarette regulationsThu, 24 Apr 2014 04:59:00 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is making another attempt at regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. More...
  2. Mom of man killed at KC gas station urges public to help find killerThu, 24 Apr 2014 02:56:52 GMT
    The mother of the man killed while he was with his son at a Kansas City gas station Friday night asked the community for help in finding the person who did it. More...
  3. Warrensburg substitute teacher arrested on child porn chargesThu, 24 Apr 2014 02:30:27 GMT
    A Warrensburg, Mo., man has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography after troopers searched his home on Wednesday. More...
  4. Body found in south Kansas CityThu, 24 Apr 2014 02:27:56 GMT
    Police said they're investigating after a body was found in south Kansas City. More...
  5. Police looking for man that exposed himself to Olathe girlThu, 24 Apr 2014 01:13:59 GMT
    Police asked the public to help them find a man who exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl early Wednesday. More...
  6. JJ's Restaurant to reopen in Plaza Vista buildingWed, 23 Apr 2014 23:25:10 GMT
    JJ's Restaurant will reopen this summer inside the Plaza Vista building. More...
  7. Rumbles tonight, tracking severe weather for weekendWed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:23 GMT
    A storm system will roll across the plains over the next 24 hours, and it's expected to bring some thunderstorms to the Kansas City metro. More...
  8. Spanking by parents not allowed at KC children's hospitalWed, 23 Apr 2014 22:23:29 GMT
    Children's Mercy Hospital adopts a new policy that bans hitting of any kind, including parents spanking their children as discipline. More...
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  1. Man leaves $1,000 tip for dog's surgeryWed, 23 Apr 2014 19:16:11 GMT
    Good people, not to mention good tippers, do exist. More...
  2. Man wants 'murder' tattoo removed before murder trialWed, 23 Apr 2014 16:04:05 GMT
    A man who has been charged with first-degree murder has requested that he be allowed to cover up or remove his massive neck tattoo that says "murder" before he faces a jury. More...
  3. Woman finds bird leg in bagged spinachWed, 23 Apr 2014 15:35:00 GMT
    An Ohio woman says she's disgusted after finding a bird leg in her Dole bagged spinach. More...
  4. Woman serves KFC with a smile for 52 yearsWed, 23 Apr 2014 15:28:59 GMT
    A KFC restaurant in Michigan is home one of the franchise's longest-serving employees. More...
  5. Kan. man wants to remove 'murder' tattoo before murder trialTue, 22 Apr 2014 22:03:45 GMT
    A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up. More...
  6. KKK forms neighborhood watch in PennsylvaniaTue, 22 Apr 2014 14:56:26 GMT
    A Ku Klux Klan chapter in Pennsylvania is forming a neighborhood watch group in response to a string of break-ins. More...
  7. Regulator reverses approval of powdered alcoholMon, 21 Apr 2014 22:40:32 GMT
    A federal agency that had originally approved a new powdered alcohol product reversed its position Monday. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol's powdered vodka, rum, and other cocktails "in error," Tom Hogue, the agency's di... More...
  8. Senator nearly hit by train during safety eventMon, 21 Apr 2014 15:26:05 GMT
    A Connecticut senator is nearly hit by a train during a commuter safety press conference. More...
  9. Miss America: Don't suspend teen who asked me to promMon, 21 Apr 2014 14:50:15 GMT
    Miss America is defending a Pennsylvania teen who was suspended after asking her to prom against school administrators' wishes. More...
  10. Cops: Man stole woman's dog, TV on first dateMon, 21 Apr 2014 14:45:35 GMT
    A New Jersey man may face charges after police say he stole a woman's dog and flat-screen TV on their first date. More...
World News
  1. Why Common Core tests fail kidsWed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:16 EDT
    In a few weeks, the New York State Education Department will begin the second round of Common Core tests. Earlier this spring, thousands of students refused to take the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) exams. In New York, as in states across the country, parents are telling administrators that their children will not sit for exams that pressure teachers to teach to the test and drain school budgets. More...
  2. N. Korea nuke threat aimed at U.S.?Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:26:27 EDT
    News reports indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, potentially scheduled to coincide with President Obama's visit to South Korea this week. More...
  3. De Niro goofs while making VineTue, 22 Apr 2014 18:12:26 EDT
    Robert De Niro shot his first six second movie when he commandeered the Vine account of a Tribeca Film Festival judge. More...
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From Seed, A Need For Speed 2014-04-02 11:01:20

At the age of 5 when most children are learning to ride bikes, this kid was winning Go Kart races. Lenexa resident, William Wolf always had a desire for speed. As a track, scholarship athlete, speed is now a necessity for this sprinter. "Will," as his friends call him, is a 20 year old sophomore management major at Tabor college and has entered another racing competition. This competition can land him a development contract with NASCAR racing driver, Michael Waltrip.

The competition is called the "Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge." The contest is based on fan votes, resume, driving test and accomplishments. With over 200 career victories, Will has the resume, ability and accomplishments to one day race at the Kansas Speedway! 18 contestants will be chosen. Will is currently 16th. To vote and see video go to www.vote68.com.

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  1. Few answers on why earthquakes are shaking KansasWed, 16 Apr 2014 21:17 CDT
    More questions than answers came out of a meeting conducted Wednesday by a governor-appointed task force charged with responding to the possibility that man-made activity is causing earthquakes. More...
  2. Kansas Senate to debate school-finance fix; House plan stallsWed, 02 Apr 2014 18:24 CDT
    The Senate is moving forward with a possible school-finance fix Thursday, but the House is not. More...
  3. After 40 years, Super Outbreak remains a tornado benchmarkSun, 30 Mar 2014 18:57 CDT
    Forty years later, the numbers still boggle the mind. More...
  4. Nonfatal shootings in KC: Many bullets and little blameThu, 23 Aug 2012 14:56 CDT
    In six out of 10 cases last year, victims declined to cooperate in catching their attackers, many times out of fear or distrust. Authorities then walked away, routinely shutting down the cases. More...
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  1. Oklahoma court says death row inmates not entitled to know source of execution drugsThu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:20 GMT
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week. More...
  2. Scientists closely watching endangered fish runs after deadly landslide, see signs of hopeThu, 24 Apr 2014 05:16:39 GMT
    As search crews continue to look for two missing people following the devastating mudslide in Washington state, scientists are closely monitoring how the avalanche is affecting federally endangered fish runs. More...
  3. Judge releases tape of psychiatric exam of woman who pointed gun at President FordThu, 24 Apr 2014 04:35:33 GMT
    Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial psychiatric examination has been made public. More...
  4. Florida school board nixes idea of dress code for sloppy parentsThu, 24 Apr 2014 03:10:13 GMT
    An unlikely proposal to create a dress code to sway unkempt parents from showing up at school functions was quashed Wednesday. More...
  5. Navy investigating complaint that former Blue Angels leader allowed, encouraged lewd behaviorThu, 24 Apr 2014 02:04:37 GMT
    A former commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels allowed, and in some cases encouraged, sexually explicit humor and inappropriate comments among members of the famed precision flying team, the U.S. Navy contended Wednesday. More...
  6. Correction officer held by inmates at Ohio county jail; state hostage negotiator at sceneThu, 24 Apr 2014 00:44:15 GMT
    A correction officer has been taken hostage by inmates at an Ohio county jail. More...
  7. Oklahoma high court rejects death row inmates' drug secrecy claims, lifts stay of executionThu, 24 Apr 2014 00:25:42 GMT
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they're entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. More...
  8. Defense calls for probe into FBI questioning of 9/11 trial counselWed, 23 Apr 2014 22:55:13 GMT
    The defense team for five people facing trial before a Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal claimed implications of the FBI's questioning of one of its members are "staggering" and called on the court to probe the incident aggressively, according to a motion unsealed on Wednesday. More...
  9. Florida executes man convicted of killing 2 relatives to prevent one's testimony against himWed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:02 GMT
    Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial. More...
  10. Explosion, fire force evacuation of Wyoming townWed, 23 Apr 2014 22:22:16 GMT
    A small Wyoming town has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub. More...
Sports
  1. Cleveland beats KC despite Perez, Moustakas homersThu, 24 Apr 2014 02:17:44 GMT
    Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. More...
  2. Real edge Bayern in Champions League thrillerWed, 23 Apr 2014 21:50:59 GMT
    Real Madrid came closer to scratching their 12-year Champions League itch with a 1-0 home victory over defending champions Bayern Munich. The La Liga side want to reach the European final for the first time since 2002 while the German champions are ou... More...
  3. Gattis' pinch double helps Braves beat MarlinsWed, 23 Apr 2014 21:28:22 GMT
    Evan Gattis continues to torment the Miami Marlins for the Atlanta Braves. More...
  4. Report: Pacers' Vogel 'coaching for his job'Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:24:46 GMT
    Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, despite a 56-win season that secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, is "coaching for his job," ESPN.com reported Wednesday. 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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