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'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
'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...
105 Artists are Right at Home
November 24, 2012
Article on the art collection of John "Topper" Johntz of Prairie Village. Johntz has over 800 pieces by 105 artists in his home, including works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Francisco de Goya, Mark...
A Big Day for Protests
October 8, 2010
On October 7, 2010, two anti-nuclear protestors interrupted a council meeting at City Hall bearing a sign stating “Stop Building Nuclear War.” The protestors oppose the construction of the Honeywell...
A Little Slice of Heavilin
June 7, 2009
The Heavilin School of Hair Fashion is the oldest beauty school in Kansas City. Founded in 1953 at 12th and Walnut, it has been also located at 5700 Troost and now 5720 Troost.
A New Leaf for Rehab Institute
January 5, 2013
Article describes the establishment and operations of the new RIKC Book Store. Rick Caplan, director of RIKC's new business development, is interviewed and provides details concerning its partnership with...
Center to Adopt Name of Its First, Only Director
May 31, 1988
Article about Dr. Samuel Rodgers, the new namesake in 1988 of the Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health Center, formerly called the Wayne Miner Health Center. Dr. Rodgers was the first and only director of...
Couples' Diversity Grows
April 27, 2012
Article detailing the rise in inter-racial marriage, not only in the United States, but in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well. Data for Kansas, Missouri and the United States is provided in article...
March 9, 2008
Feature article about the Cowtown Ballroom, located in the former El Torreon ballroom at 3109 Gillham Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowtown Ballroom opened July 1971 and closed Sept. 16, 1974. It...
KC Women's Clubs Pass into Obscurity
April 18, 2009
The last official meeting of the Woman's City Club and the Presidents and Past Presidents General Assembly, both formed more than 90 years ago, will be held April 2009. A third club, the Kansas City Athenaeum,...
Negro Leagues Museum Chief Steps Down
October 28, 2010
Greg Baker, after less than two years as executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, resigned. Raymond Doswell, vice president for curatorial services at the museum, will serve as interim...
Proclaim Liberty Through the Land
July 4, 2009
Article tells the story of Jack P. Whitaker who led Boy Scouts in 1949-1951 in raising money for "little sisters" of the Statue of Liberty. These small versions of the famous New York original numbered...
Protest Drive is Local and Vocal
April 16, 2015
A protest took place along Brookside Boulevard in Kansas City in pursuit of a $15 minimum wage. The protest was part of a national movement organized by a group called, Fight for 15. Mayor Sly James was...
Saving 17,000 Kids
August 22-27, 2010
Series of six articles examines the problems of the Kansas City, Missouri, School District and the measures taken by Superintendent John Covington to deal with them. In addition to examining the district...
Soldiers Get Overdue Salute
Septermber 20, 2009
A monument was recently erected in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery honoring 62 Union soldiers who died protecting Fort Larned, Kansas, during the Civil War. A volunteer at Ft. Larned, Janice Seymore,...
Struggling Union Station Makes Switch to New Track
February 28, 2010
Article describes the continuing financial struggles of Union Station, as well as plans by Station leaders to generate revenue and cut expenses. The new direction calls for leasing additional space inside...
Talk of the Town
December 9, 2008
This feature article concerns the Town Topic diner and it's daily clients. The restaurant has been located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, for 71 years, getting its start during the Great Depression...
The Man in the Middle
September 13, 2009
Article examines the six-year tenure of Wayne Cauthen as city manager. His accomplishments and challenges are discussed and what his supporters and detractors say. Hired by Mayor Kay Barnes, he is seen...
The Prosecutor: The Triumphs and Trials of Albert Riederer
January 25, 1987
Biographical article about Albert Riederer, county prosecutor of Jackson County and lawyer and resident of Brookside, growing up in the Hyde Park residential district in the 1950s.
The Road to Nowhere
August 29, 2011
Article discusses the difficulties caused by flooding, especially Interstate 29 that has been covered in water creating lengthy detours and large amounts of traffic to small towns as people travel between...
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