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'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down
June 4, 2010
Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...
An Old Way of Moving is Timely Once More
June 23, 2007
June 23, 1957, marks the 50th anniversary of the last streetcar ride in Kansas City. Streetcars were introduced in Kansas City in the 1870s but were fazed out in the 1950s in favor of a more modern bus...
Ashes Are Gone, and Renewal Is Under Way
February 16, 2008
Story about the February 16, 2007, fire at 75th and Washington St. and the businesses affected and year later status of the businesses. "The blaze destroyed the 74-year-old Waldo Astoria Dinner Theater...
City Plans Business Center
June 21, 2007
A delegation of economic development officials and city leaders from Kansas City attended the Paris Air Show this week to showcase their new master plan for an 800-acre, multi-use development on Kansas...
Flood Heads This Way
June 8, 2011
Residents of Parkville, Missouri, piled up sandbags in preparation of flood waters that could surpass the records set in the 1993 flood. Includes a sidebar "Flood Forecast" which has a map and figures...
For Organ, A Resurrection of Sorts
January 1, 2009
Color photograph in article about the purchase, move, and restoration of the 1869 E & G. G. Hook pipe organ installed at the Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Its former home was the abandoned...
It's Ever Green for 125 Years and Counting
July 8, 2011
In recognition of their 125th birthday, Bon Ami has produced 1,886 cleaning cakes based on its original 1886 formula. Owned by the Beaham family, the Bon Ami company has used all-natural formulas in their...
Kansas City/Airport Art
March 8, 2007
Captioned photograph of a new piece of art placed at Kansas City International Airport. Caption reads: "Workers Kriss Swartz (from left), Gary Crispin and Marcus Swartz readied an 18-by-34-foot sculpture...
Neighborhood Looks Past Jail's Closing
May 13, 2009
Article discusses the closing of the Municipal Correctional Institution (MCI) and the impact on the Eastwood Hills Community. For the last 100 years, Eastwood Hills has been a "dumping ground" for Kansas...
New Offices Proposed for Symphony
April 15, 2008
Philanthropist Shirley Helzberg plans to restore and expand the old Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte for symphony offices and other tenants. Its close proximity to the Kauffman Center...
Remembering 'Forgotten' War
September 29, 2011
Photograph and article about the dedication of the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington Square Park, Kansas City, Missouri. The memorial is a result of the efforts of James Shultz,...
Stepping into New Role
January 19, 2009
Jackson County Circuit Judge John R. O'Malley became the first judge appointed to Kansas City's new federal immigration court in 2009. Judge O'Malley served in many notable cases such as the criminal cases...
Tax Credits: Setting off a Domino Effect?
March 24, 2009
Article tells of effort by some lawmakers to change state tax credit programs. "Missouri offers 61 tax-credit programs," and last year "$710 million in tax credits" were authorized. Some of those projects...
That Crazy Old Moon
March 4, 2007
Color photograph of a partial eclipse seen over the Power and Light Building (14th and Baltimore).
The Apple of Her Eye
August 7, 2007
Profile article about Julia Stewart, CEO of IHOP Corp. IHOP Corp. plans to acquire Kansas City company Applebee's, a restaurant chain. Stewart began her career as an IHOP waitress, but after college went...
The Missing Gun Turns Up--In Use by the Police
August 11, 2010
Photo and timeline for shotgun used in the slaying of black political leader Leon Jordan in 1970. Article also discusses the reopening of the cold case.
They Picked a New Record
"More than 1,600 guitar strummers set a world mark to the strains of 'Smoke on the Water.'" In an effort to beat the Guinness record of 1,323 guitarists playing a song simultaneously set in Vancouver,...
Volunteers Fill Holiday Parade
July 5, 2011
Picture of flood waters in Parkville, Missouri, during the annual Fourth of July parade. Some of the usual events had to be relocated due to the flood waters and at least six businesses have temporarily...
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