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Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

We’ve probably all had a conversation like this sometime in the last few days.I stepped out of church on Sunday – back outside into another perfect-weather day – and a friend said she wanted to go to wherever it is that they have this all the time.Don’t we all?What is better than October in Missouri, with a bright sun, warm days and crisp nights? When the red and gold leaves haven’t yet been stripped from the trees and scattered by that...

Updated Oct 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

We need not panic, but two glaring, contentious political questions beg to be answered concerning Ebola in the United States.Would we have had a vaccine by now if sequestration and budget battles not impacted the National Institutes of...

Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I don’t remember a lot about 1969 mainly because I was 4. I remember when Neil Armstrong took his “one small step” because Mom sat me in front of the television and told me I’d remember that moment.I...

Posted Oct 17, 2014 at 1:01 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice has made it possible for local law enforcement agencies to fund some of their policing practices through collaborative civil asset forfeitures. The process known as Equitable Sharing drives revenue to local crime...

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fight against Ebola.

Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

This week I realized that over the summer I hit a major birthday.The fact that it took three months for the significance to sink in is probably a sad admission that the crabbed bottom-liners who run the world might be on to...

Updated Oct 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I truly understand that we are part of a global economy and that exporting American-made goods and services keeps the engines of our economic running. But are those engines all-inclusive?According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United...

Posted Oct 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

The first 20 feet outside the St. Joseph Civic Arena smelled like breakfast. That’s when I started to doubt the $15 I’d spent on my ticket to the city’s first BaconFest would be worth it.I’d been to a bacon...

Updated Oct 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The search for justice in America’s criminal courtrooms can be a tortured journey. Everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty — guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Those fundamental rights are well known, but are they well...

Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Not all of us have lost faith in law enforcement.But it should be noted that this is a convoluted issue that will most likely be argued for as long as America remains a nation that protects the right to free speech.

Updated Oct 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

So the toaster died. Along with some of my faith in We the People.Toasters are blessedly simple devices, and easy to take for granted. Basically it needs a cord, a heating element and one dial, for the setting exactly how toasted you...

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