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  1. Malaysia to release MH370 report, PM saysThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:29:53 GMT
    Facing anger from families of Flight 370 passengers, Malaysia's Prime Minister said Thursday his government will release its preliminary report on the plane's disappearance. More...
  2. Robber hits bank in BrooksideThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:29:26 GMT
    Police and the FBI say a bank in Kansas City's Brookside area was robbed early Thursday afternoon. More...
  3. FBI investigates Raytown bank robberyThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:18:48 GMT
    The FBI is investigating a bank robbery in Raytown. More...
  4. Lunchtime storm brings heavy rain, hail to KC metroThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:07:19 GMT
    A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for much of the Kansas City metro during Thursday's lunch hour. More...
  5. New date set for first lady's Kansas graduation speechThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:01:26 GMT
    Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas. More...
  6. Coach pleads not guilty in girl's kidnapping, deathThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:36:53 GMT
    A southwest Missouri youth football coach accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old girl pleads not guilty. More...
  7. Strong winds cause minor damage in Saline CountyThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:31:29 GMT
    High winds that roared through central Kansas cause minor damage and power outages and prompt officials to extend a burn ban for at least three more days. More...
  8. University of Missouri brings drones class indoorsThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:29:59 GMT
    The University of Missouri brings a class on using aerial drones indoors after a federal government agency tells the journalism school last summer to stop flying them outdoors. More...
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  1. Woman sues after alleged pet duck attackThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:13:02 GMT
    A woman is suing her mother's neighbor after she claims she was attacked by her pet duck. More...
  2. Ronald McDonald gets new style makeoverThu, 24 Apr 2014 18:01:42 GMT
    Ronald McDonald is updating himself with a new look and a new presence on social media. More...
  3. Postal worker jailed for hiding mailThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:36:58 GMT
    Newman, Jerry Seinfeld's diabolical nemesis and United States postal worker, was denied his dream transfer to Hawaii when the Post Office discovered he hadn't been delivering a lot of the mail he was supposed to be. Unfortunately for Brent Morse, lif... More...
  4. Man wants 'murder' tattoo removed before murder trialThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:17:06 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...
  5. Texas woman jailed over corn dogThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:42:14 GMT
    A Texas woman is arrested after police say she threatened the lives of restaurant workers over a corn dog. More...
  6. Cops: Man fakes kidnapping; mom won't pay ransomThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:30:19 GMT
    Police in Tennessee say a man's fake kidnapping scheme backfired when his mom refused to pay the $200 ransom. More...
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  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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  1. NYPD's Twitter campaign was a fiasco Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:01:51 EDT
    Mel Robbins says social media is often ruled by haters, and people can be brutally honest. More...
  2. 'Guns everywhere' law packs dangersThu, 24 Apr 2014 13:57:56 EDT
    Norcross, Georgia, Chief of Police Warren Summers says the new state law that allows guns in bars, churches and schools will have unintended consequences that don't make anybody safe. More...
  3. 10 things you're wasting money onWed, 23 Apr 2014 07:20:03 EDT
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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. London school says images of up to 60 students found on suspected abuser's computer driveThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:41:04 GMT
    A British private school says images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month. More...
  2. Slain TSA agent's family files claim for $25 million for Los Angeles airport shootingThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:39:58 GMT
    A law firm has filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the wife and family of a security screener killed in a gunman's attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year. More...
  3. After legal confusion cleared, Oklahoma prepares for state's first double execution since 1937Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:38:56 GMT
    Two condemned inmates at the center of Oklahoma's now-resolved legal confusion will be put to death Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937. More...
  4. New York man who faked drowning, accosted woman, gets up to 7 years; must pay search costThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:35:58 GMT
    A New York man will spend up to seven years in prison for faking his own drowning in an insurance fraud scheme and other crimes. More...
  5. Christie says he would have stopped lane closings in New Jersey if told of the plan in advanceThu, 24 Apr 2014 17:08:02 GMT
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have stopped aides from blocking George Washington Bridge traffic if he had known about the plan in advance. More...
  6. Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn makes waves as 1 of few gay celeb Mormons; talks about new musicThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:58:32 GMT
    When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons. More...
  7. Produce giant Chiquita asks appeals court to dismiss Colombian terror payments caseThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:50:54 GMT
    Chiquita Brands International asked a federal appeals court Thursday to dismiss lawsuits filed against the produce giant by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed in a bloody civil war, contending the cases do not belong in a U.S. court. More...
  8. Florida elementary school stops serving Mountain Dew to students before standardized testsThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:28:03 GMT
    A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests. More...
  9. Netanyahu blasts Palestinian leaders over Hamas coalition gov't; won't deal with terroristsThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:05:54 GMT
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace. More...
  10. Chicago doctor killed in Afghanistan was training residentsThu, 24 Apr 2014 15:49:58 GMT
    A Chicago doctor was among three American physicians killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, officials said. More...
Sports
  1. Army occupies Rio slum ahead of World CupThu, 24 Apr 2014 16:44:29 GMT
    Brazilian army troops and marines have moved into a sprawling shantytown in northern Rio de Janeiro to reinforce police in an operation aimed at securing the slum ahead of the World Cup. More...
  2. Sunday Night Football begins with Broncos-ColtsThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:53:39 GMT
    The first Sunday Night Football game of the 2014 season features the second meeting between Peyton Manning and his former team when the Denver Broncos face the Indianapolis Colts and his young replacement, quarterback Andrew Luck, on Sept. 7. More...
  3. Ex-NBA player McGrady makes Skeeters' rosterThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:39:36 GMT
    Former NBA player Tracy McGrady has shown enough promise as a pitcher that he landed a spot on the opening day roster with the Sugar Land Skeeters. More...
  4. Red Sox win 5-1 as Yankees' Pineda ejectedThu, 24 Apr 2014 14:27:49 GMT
    Michael Pineda stole the headlines, but John Lackey and his Boston Red Sox took the game at frigid Fenway Park on 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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