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Dear Partner in Innovation:We’d like to extend an opportunity for your company to participate in an impactful way in a new, transformative and as yet untapped marketing opportunity.First, a little about this exciting field. For decades, hurricanes have been given names so meteorologists and the general public can better keep track of them. More recently, The Weather Channel – though not the stodgy friends National Weather Service – has begun naming...

Updated Mar 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Researchers in academia estimate there are at least 1 million dictionary words and that hundreds are added yearly. Some of the new words in the Oxford Dictionary include al desko (eating lunch at one’s desk) and the acronym IDC, for I...

Updated Mar 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I always loved Minnie Minoso.

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 9:14 PM

When asked by a colleague from another country why Americans like zombies so much, my initial thought was probably the most accurate. We like to shoot things. The end.Game, bottles on an old fence, road signs. Anything we can put our...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 9:04 PM

  Tom Schweich had set out to make a clear case to voters and to his own party about why he should be Missouri’s next governor. “I don’t think you have anybody who’s more...

Updated Feb 27, 2015 at 8:54 PM

 Let me start with positive news from Washington and an update to my last column regarding the 114th Congress and potential tax law changes.The House of Representatives on Feb. 12 passed the America Gives More Act of 2015,...

Updated Feb 25, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Click, click. Nothing on. That never stops me. Click, click, click. Uh-oh. Suddenly I knew it was going to be a late night. Certain movies force you to drop everything and just watch. I...

Updated Feb 25, 2015 at 8:41 AM

The way I see it, we have two choices.We can set up our economic system so that every able-bodied person who wants to work hard can succeed.

Updated Feb 23, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Imagine if the mayors of Independence, Sugar Creek, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs were told they don’t love their cities. Would you take umbrage?What if someone like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that of the...

Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM

 The Missouri General Assembly eliminated campaign finance limits in 2008. As a result, our state has the weakest campaign finance laws in the country. Since this time, accountability of elected officials has deteriorated, and public...

Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 11:41 AM

The British woman had no idea why her head hurt.The 42-year-old heard a popping sound while exercising, but didn’t think much of it until she began to suffer persistent headaches. The only thing that would take the pain away,...

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