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While growing up in the ’90s in Johnson County, Kansas, in a suburb of Kansas City, I had a friend, Kevin Aaron, who was a dedicated environmentalist. To strangers, Kevin appeared to be a laid-back punk-rock music fan with a dry and slightly mischievous sense of humor, but those of us who knew him best saw his passion for sustainability blossom during high school. In his barbecue-obsessed part ...

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The latest school shooting tragedy, in Michigan on Nov. 30, shares many common traits with those that came before it. The suspect was a young male student at the school in the midst of a noticeable crisis. He had communicated intent to do harm. He got a firearm from a family member who had failed to store it securely. But one crucial thing is different — the suspect’s parents have been ...

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Joel Eriksson Ek is a regular on the Wild's power play, logging the second-most minutes on the team in that situation behind Kirill Kaprizov. But it also isn't unusual for Eriksson Ek to be on the ice leading up to the advantage. No one in the NHL has merited more calls than Eriksson Ek, whose 17 drawn penalties going into Tuesday's game at Edmonton were tied for the most ...

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LOS ANGELES — When Nikole Hannah-Jones' "The 1619 Project: The New Origin Story" was greenlighted, she didn't want to mince words in her sweeping and eye-opening exploration of slavery and its legacy in America today. The New York Times Magazine investigative journalist and her collaborators created a style guide to ensure they would be mindful of the language used: Human beings would be ...

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Dec. 8—The individual awards keep coming for Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III and Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson. Walker is the Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year and co-Offensive Player of the Year. Hutchinson, announced as one of four Heisman Trophy finalists Monday night, is the Defensive Player of the Year. He set a program single-season record with 14 ...

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Dec. 8—Paige Bueckers has been on the court for 1,267 minutes in 35 regular season and postseason games at UConn. There have been five games when Bueckers did not leave the floor and 10 other games when she logged at least 38 minutes. She has been on the court for at least 35 minutes in 25 of her 35 games in a UConn uniform. Have all these minutes — an average of 36.2 per game in college, plus ...

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Dec. 8—The late Bob Dole witnessed a whole lot of history in his 98 years, and, as Senate Republican leader and as a three-time presidential candidate, the courtly fiscal hawk from Kansas made more than his share. A small slice of that history, he made here in Louisiana. Among many other things, Bob Dole will go down as the last Republican, at least as of now, to lose the state's presidential ...

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Dec. 7—Mason City's Riverwalk project received a financial boost on Tuesday. T-Mobile has awarded one of its Hometown Grants to Mason City to help with community development projects that revitalize those communities, according to a release from the mobile phone provider. The grant is for $50,000. "The River Walk will showcase Mason City's legacy as the 'original River City' made famous in ...

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Dec. 7—A transgender indigenous Mason City Schools student who has been involved in the Mohawk nickname debate was outed on Monday on a local group's Facebook page. The group's Facebook, Mason City Mohawks Save the Name, was formed to encourage the district's board of education to reconsider its decision last month to eliminate the use of "Mohawk" as its nickname and on its apparel. Though the ...

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Dec. 7—Carson Toebe was called for his fourth foul on a chase down block attempt in the final two seconds of the third quarter Monday night. He went to the bench and stayed there for the first four-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter. Clear Lake, at the time, was down 35-32. All of a sudden, the Lions were without their best player for an extended period of time. Add in a rowdy ...