Alcides Escobar, Ben Zobrist help lift Royals over Astros, 5-4, even ALDS at 1-1

The baseball hung in the sky for a lifetime, floating like a horsehide-covered offering to the Baseball Gods who had been so cruel to the Royals for the first 15 innings of the American League Division Series. Ned Yost often jokes about the talismanic powers of Alcides Escobar as their leadoff hitter, but in the seventh inning of a series-tying, stress-reducing, mojo-restoring 5-4 victory over the Astros, the Royals experienced a genuine bit of magic.

After the Royals lost Game 1 to the Astros 5-2, they discussed the frustration of not being able to break through on offense but also were confident they'd be back for Game 2 at 2:45 Friday at Kauffman Stadium.


City invests in parks, kids

The Wichita City Council made two investments in the city’s children and well-being with its votes this week to build a third baseball field at McAdams Park and to upgrade Buffalo Park.


Tunisian democracy group wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet cited for its 'decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy'

Prize is a big win for the nascent democracy, struck by 2 horrific extremist attacks this year

Tunisia is the home of the first and most successful Arab Spring movement


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House GOP crying for Paul Ryan to run for speaker

With the zeal of a college football coach trying to woo a blue-chip recruit, House Republicans are aggressively trying to persuade Rep. Paul Ryan to run for House speaker after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s surprising withdrawal from consideration.


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