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Kansas City Connection: Upgrades coming to downtown
January 25, 2015
With a new streetcar line currently being installed and dozens of new development projects in the works, the downtown development boom is already well underway.
Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It’s a breeze
January 21, 2015
Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.
Double Take: Getting organized can help teens avoid mayhem
January 21, 2015
Organization isn’t just for people with ADHD. The secret of happiness can be how you organize your life. We’d rather see happiness as something magnificent like meditating toward a higher state of consciousness or perhaps something trite yet unattainable, like, “look on the bright side,” “seek your true love.” But a catchy mantra, no matter how much you practice it, can’t create happiness unless your life is organized so you can gain its benefit.
Health Focus: GOP divided over using budget process on health care law
January 21, 2015
Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional purposes like cutting spending or overhauling the tax code. A potentially divisive debate between tea party forces and GOP pragmatists looms.
Health Focus: One foot in front of the other
Lawrence artist’s epic hike inspires others to tackle new goals one step at a time
January 21, 2015
A Lawrence artist took an epic hike in the woods to meet her ultimate goal: walk the entire Appalachian Trail. But one expert says you don’t have to set giant goals to get big benefits.
Kansas City Connection: A slice, a symphony and opera singing
January 18, 2015
Last week, this column previewed KC Restaurant Week, which began Friday and lasts through Jan. 25. Sometimes you just want to keep it simple, though, and just order a pizza. Also, mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Florez will headline the pinnacle event of the Harriman-Jewell series’ 50th season.
Kansas City Connection: Resolving to have a happy new year
January 4, 2015
A positively framed list of New Year’s resolutions that will help you gain in fun, healthy and culturally enriching experiences
Kansas City Connection: In the mood to celebrate New Year’s
December 28, 2014
Kansas City Connection’s New Year’s Eve guide will help you pick from some of the city’s best options, conveniently categorized by what you’re in the mood for. We’ve included a few daytime/family-friendly options as well.
Documentary features Liberal boy’s heart surgery
December 21, 2014
Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal’s Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits. Now 12, Tatum had started attending South Middle School, but just before the current school year started, the young man was taken to a doctor to get a yearly physical to continue playing sports, the Liberal Leader & Times reported. During the exam, the administering doctor discovered something Tatum’s mother, Misty Tatum, said was kind of funny with Nelijah’s heart.
Kansas City Connection: Dining delights in the West Bottoms
December 21, 2014
This week: fancy eats in the West Bottoms, intriguing plays at the Unicorn and your last chance to check out Christmas lights.
Kansas City Connection: Karaoke and a cup of joe
December 16, 2014
Whenever someone proposes a one-word group activity like trivia, Twister or karaoke, I instantly start refreshing my mental list of excuses. But if I find myself in an agreeable mood and decide to take part, I usually have a great time (except in the case of Twister — that never ends well).
Kansas City Connection: All aboard for holiday activities
December 7, 2014
Kansas City’s Union Station is staying busy in its centennial year, and December alone is full of enough events and activities to fill an entire column. Instead, let’s focus on just a few of this month’s holiday highlights.
Kansas City Connection: Art, shopping and shows
November 30, 2014
Now that it’s almost December, the holiday events are in full swing, though there’s still plenty of non-Christmas-related events to check out in Kansas City as well.
Kansas City Connection: New barbecue joints worth making a pit stop
November 23, 2014
The “Kansas City as barbecue capital” narrative is nothing new, and you’ve seen it propagated in this column more than once. I’d put it to rest except that fantastic barbecue joints keep popping up in Kansas City, each with its own take on smoked meats, sauces and flavor combinations, as well as unique identities and dining environments.
Kansas City Connection: How to spend the holidays in KC
November 16, 2014
The holiday season is upon us, and as is always the case, there’s lots to do in Kansas City between now and New Year’s. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.

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