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 By Eric Adler    Regional    April 24, 2020

Mom, daughter celebrate 100th birthday through glass doors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — This is the way it is for now, an only child, 69, shouts to her aged mother from behind glass doors. On May 6, Doris Hockenberger is to turn 100. A birthday party was planned, but in this time of COVID-19, everything needs...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    April 10, 2020

Veteran laid to rest at Kansas cemetery amid virus outbreak

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — No military bugler sounded "Taps" for Raymond Boler, a soldier for nearly 40 years. No honor guard stood among the white marble headstones of Leavenworth National Cemetery on a recent Monday to fire the three-volley salute...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    March 6, 2020

Kansas 6-year-old gets new family, name, life amid cheers

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Court adoption hearings tend to be intimate family affairs. Not on Monday morning, when 48 Olathe first-graders, teachers and a principal rose in a standing ovation for their friend and classmate, 6-year-old Tyler Jones, as he w...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    July 20, 2018

Memorial to honor Kansas City teen raped, dismembered

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — It's been 20 years since 16-year-old Jennifer Long, cutting classes one January morning, was lured into the pickup truck of the stranger who that day would rape and murder her. Wesley Ira Purkey, 46, a brutal ex-con high...

 

Remodeled contemporary homes cause tension in Missouri city

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Their friends and family thought they were insane. Build east of Troost? To many white Kansas City residents, that coded phrase, "east of Troost" — the unofficial color line of the city's segregated history — has long...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    May 5, 2017

Paralyzed Kansas City woman writes book reviews with eyes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Courage is a pair of brown eyes. They belong to Michelle Melland, a 50-year-old wife and mom of twin teenage girls who, since she began typing away last spring as a book reviewer, is all but certain to rank as special among...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    March 24, 2017

Social Security failing to keep up with disabled population

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The tumors and cysts that blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory. "I have photos of her face all bruised up because she got up in the m...

 

Child cancer patient freezes ovarian tissue

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — At 8 years old and with leukemia, Jhayliegh Rosales is years away from thinking about having her first baby. When the ebullient second-grader checked into Children's Mercy Hospital recently in preparation for a bone marrow...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    January 6, 2017

Workout regime brings new life to Kansas City gunshot victim

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The new year is upon you, and 28-year-old Wesley Hamilton knows the fear in your heart. Resolved: You're going to lose weight. Resolved: You're finally going to achieve that one great thing, whatever it is, that fills your...

 

University of Kansas conducts dementia research

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ann Poehler's strides quicken on the treadmill. Her feet pound. Her heart races from 150 to 160 beats per minute and more. A plastic tube jutting from the Prairie Village woman's mouth feeds carbon dioxide levels to a computer...

 

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