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They might yet sneak into playoffs, but Chiefs failed in pledge to ‘finish’

kansascity.com — The Chiefs are the man who starts a diet and exercise routine with gusto, loses 10 pounds, then switches back to brownies and sitcoms. And they'll have plenty of time for each when they fall short of the playoffs.
Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

If the Chiefs wrote this column it would have stopped halfway through. But I went ahead and finished it: kansascity.com/sports/spt-col…

Chiefs exploit Steelers’ secondary at the expense of the running game

kansascity.com — Instead of playing press coverage on the outside, and forcing Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith to make throws to contested receivers, the Steelers instead played lots of off coverage, allowing Smith to throw short passes to the left and right sides.
Dec 21, 2014

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KC warns against meals to homeless sex offenders near schools

kansascity.com — Kansas City is reminding charitable groups not to feed the homeless close to parks or schools because that might mean violating a state law restricting where sex offenders can be.
Dec 22, 2014

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Ghostly mall memories of Christmases past

kansascity.com — Two area shopping malls that closed in 2014 - Metcalf South in Overland Park and Metro North off Barry Road - were both at one time massive magnets for holiday shoppers.

Videos: Highlights, analysis of the Chiefs’ 20-12 loss to the Steelers

kansascity.com — Why did the Chiefs' offensive line allow six sacks in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Terez A. Paylor, The Star's Chiefs beat reporter and CineSport's Brian Clark discuss.
Dec 22, 2014

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Chiefs Blitz: A look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday's loss to the Steelers

kansascity.com — The Star's Terez A. Paylor addresses Alex Smith's arm strength, Jamaal Charles' usage and Eric Fisher's struggles on Sunday.

Steelers 20, Chiefs 12: Insta-reaction!

kansascity.com — PITTSBURGH - There is a subtle brilliance to stadiums like Fenway Park and Mile High and Cowboy Stadium (or whatever it's called) that really fit the home team. Fenway is old, crickety, intense and historic. Cowboy Stadium is all glitz and show and cheerleaders and HD video boards.

Royals 2014 World Series champions shirts found in Joplin, Mo.

kansascity.com — The Kansas City Royals may have lost the World Series, but there are T-shirts that proclaim they won it all. And one lucky fan snagged five of them at a store in Joplin, Mo.

Poll: Do you want the Chiefs to reach the postseason?

kansascity.com — Was Sunday afternoon's reaction a real read of KC sentiment or just the immediate pain watching the Chiefs get pushed around in Pittsburgh talking? After hearing a number of you say you hope the Chiefs miss the playoffs entirely now, we want you to go on the record: Are you pulling for them to reach the postseason, or would you rather they simply go quietly into the night?

How the Chiefs can still reach the playoffs despite loss to the Steelers

kansascity.com — The Chiefs, at 8-7, still have a fleeting chance of making the NFL playoffs, but they're going to need some help. In order to qualify as an AFC Wild-Card team, they must hope a few scenarios come true.

Chiefs’ defense wins battle against Le’Veon Bell but loses the war to Steelers

kansascity.com — Pittsburgh's star running back has touched the ball 348 times for 2,043 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Chiefs held Bell to a meager 72 yards on 21 touches on Sunday, and it still wasn't enough to come away with the victory.
Dec 21, 2014

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Reid made right call in going for it on fourth and short in first half

kansascity.com — With 27 seconds to go in the first half at Pittsburgh, Chiefs coach Andy Reid had a momentous decision to make. In electing to go for it on fourth and short near the goal line, he made one too admirable to condemn, even as it crumpled.

Chiefs’ report card vs. the Steelers

Former transfer Hunter Mickelson makes a case for more minutes in Kansas’ frontcourt

kansascity.com — Saturday as the Jayhawks beat Lafayette to win their eighth straight game, the 6-foot-10 transfer from Arkansas finished with eight points and seven rebounds in a season-high 18 minutes. Two of those baskets came during the Jayhawks' decisive run in the second half, and the emergence of Mickelson has caused coach Bill Self to rethink his frontcourt rotation.

Protecting taxpayers, Kansas City comes up with a better retirement plan for politicians and judges

kansascity.com — Thirty Kansas City politicians and municipal court judges get retirement paychecks from the city, topping out at almost $96,000 a year for a former judge. However, the city fortunately has closed this overly generous retirement plan and set up one for current and future elected officials and judges that's more mindful of taxpayers.
Dec 21, 2014

The @KCStar editorial: Retired KC municipal judge gets almost $100K/yr, but new pension system will help taxpayers kansascity.com/opinion/editor…

Cindy Hoedel: My first cookie exchange in the country, guided by Christmas lights on cattle guards

kansascity.com — Rural Kansas holiday traditions include home-grown cedar trees, lighted antique tractors and nighttime cookie swaps in remote farmhouses.

One killed, two wounded in shooting Saturday night on KC’s East Side

kansascity.com — Kansas City police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two others wounded just after 10 p.m. in the 5300 block of East 24th Street.
Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Kansas City’s pension plans are on firmer footing, but they must get better

kansascity.com — The Star last week reviewed several hundred pages of the latest financial reports for Kansas City's four retirement plans. The most important findings show that the city's systems are on firmer footing than a few years ago but still below where they need to be.
Dec 21, 2014

The @KCStar editorial: KC's pensions plans are on firmer footing, but they must get better. kansascity.com/opinion/editor…

Dec 20, 2014

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In a year of discontent, social justice issues flare near and far into protests

kansascity.com — The minimum wage. Campus sexual assaults. Immigration. Same-sex marriage. Race and law enforcement. Frustration and anger over these issues and more have erupted into local and national demonstrations. Critics say these protests are merely age-old tactics with ulterior motives. But activists say their actions are showing dramatic results.
Dec 20, 2014

In a year of discontent, social justice issues flare near and far into protests kansascity.com/news/local/art…